World’s Most Famous Door-To-Door Salesman And William H. Macy Inspiration Bill Porter Dies At 81

Bill Porter

Bill Porter, right, met RECOiL writer/direct Brian DiMaio during a sales call in the mid 80’s. When Porter learned DiMaio was writing a film he insisted DiMaio write a part for him. DiMaio said a salesman had no place in the film industry. Porter was persistent and even provided a modified version of the script in which Porter played a starring role. The plot change involved a gangster and law-man playing an intense game of cat and mouse. After some initial screen tests DiMaio rejected the script changes as “amateurish” and, instead, gave Porter a minor role playing himself making a sales call that was later cut. Porter would go on to sell the script to Michael Mann who updated the script for a film called Heat.

Portland, OR—Bill Porter, portrayed in the Emmy Award-winning TV movie, “Door to Door” by William H. “Fargo” Macy, has died. He was 81.

Despite having cerebral palsy and walking with great difficulty, Porter harnessed the power of spite to achieve his goals and was the top salesman for years in a four-state area for J. R. Watkins products, selling his wares door to door throughout Portland.

He first came to national attention in 1995 when his life was written about in The Oregonian newspaper, back when people actually read newspapers. He was then written about in Readers Digest when it was still a decent publication. Porter also portrayed himself in the film, “RECOiL.”

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Ernie Johnson, Former Broadcaster And Major League Pitcher, Passes At 87

Ernie Johnson

A young Ernie Johnson playing for the '52 Boston Braves.

Atlanta-Beloved Atlanta Braves broadcaster and former Major League pitcher Ernie Johnson passed away Friday night. He was 87.

He served in the Marines during World War II and participated in the  invasion of Okinawa.

He came up with the Boston Braves in 1950 and won the World Series in 1957 with the Braves after they moved to Milwaukee. He retired from baseball in 1960 with a record of 40-23.

A 2001 inductee into the Braves Hall of Fame, Johnson called baseball games for the team from their arrival in Atlanta from Milwaukee in 1965 until his first retirement in 1989. But a year later, he was back calling one game a week on a different cable network, where he stayed until his second retirement in 1999.
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