April 14, 2023
When is an idea so out that it's in? Here's a current controversy in my world that just might prove the point, or, at least add fuel to the fire.
We need new products for our store and so I sent out a few select emails to people who love Billy the Kid, asking them what new products they would like to see.
I received this suggestion for a T-Shirt idea from Down Under.
"This would make a fine white T-shirt and coffee mug. Maybe jazz up the 'Hello Bob' a bit. I can see these two images side by side and wrapped around a coffee mug."
—James B. Mill
Deep In The Weeds
This "Hello, Bob" refers to the alleged words Billy the Kid said to Bob Olinger, on April 28, 1881, just before the Kid pulled both triggers on Bob's own shotgun sending The Big Indian straight to hell.
I personally think the idea rocks, but I am a bonafied-Kid Krazy-buy-anything-goonball and perhaps too close to the issue, so, I sent the idea to our art director and got this response:
"The 'Hello Bob' T-Shirt seems like a very limited market. Mainly just the guys that said they want one. And you really have to know that fact in his life to make it mean anything to anyone else."
—Dan The Man
Hmmmm, while I appreciate and respect Dan's ignoramus view on this, I decided to get some of my Kid Krazy friends to weigh in and here is what they said.
"Really bad idea."
—Paul Andrew Hutton