Greetings from scenic Ypsilanti Township! I’m the “other” William, but you can go ahead and call me Will. I’m a nearly 30-year resident of the Ypsi-Arbor environs, having moved here after college to work at the Ann Arbor News.
Do you remember newspapers? If so, this blog is probably going to be right up your street. We hope so, anyway. In fact, us “Two Williams” met and became friends when we both worked at The News and realized we had shared interests in music, basketball and beer. Mostly beer. But, as is so often the case, time, job changes, family, and an ever-diminishing capacity for beer intervened and our interactions dwindled to the occasional happenstance encounter somewhere around town.
So Iwas as surprised as I was pleased when Bill contacted me recently — and by recently I mean more than a year ago — to suggest we collaborate on this blog as a way not only to fill the growing void in entertainment and cultural reporting around Ann Arbor, but also to rekindle the friendship that life’s other demands had sidetracked so many years earlier.
And now many moons have passed … but we’re ready to unveil the fruits of Bill’s grand vision and my own meager efforts. Look for news about music — local and beyond — food, iconic Ann Arbor characters and some fun (and hopefully funny) other adventures in journalistic whimsy.
Let us know what you think, and by all means, feel free to hip us to stories, people, bands and/or happenings you think should find a place on these pages. We have some ideas of our own, but we really want this to be a collaborative effort between us and you.
Meanwhile, at the risk of self-aggrandizement, here’s just a little more about me: In 2001, after nearly a decade and a half as a newspaper reporter (in a moment of totally accidental prescience) I made an abrupt career change and opened a record store in Ypsilanti. Maybe you remember Rubber Soul Records; but probably you don’t. I barely do. For the last decade, I’ve worked in public relations, specializing in media monitoring and measurement for automotive-industry clients.
I used to play drums with local stalwarts, Corndaddy, and led my own “garage-country” outfit, The Ypsitucky Colonels for many years after that.
Most of my gigs nowadays occur on the back deck with friends or in my wife’s kindergarten class. And, just to show how time marches on, I no longer drink beer. But if you happen to see me walking out of a marijuana dispensary, rest assured it’s strictly for medicinal purposes …
Welcome to the2Willams. We hope you like it here!