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Bill NotBonds

Bill Bonds was the legendary alcoholic Detroit News anchor who, newscasting under the influence challenged Mayor Coleman Young to a fist fight on camera.

His career high point may have been a self-portrayal in Planet of the Apes:


a living legend, despite the booze and occasional outbursts.



You stay classy, Detroit.

Bat Guano

Poor people, or short, declarative sentences: which are more important?


He is still with us, hocking Lasik eye surgery and sporting a full 'hair hat.'


I grew up watching this newscast... This guy was hysterical in an awful kind of a way.

Mike White

I love this tape. Curious where you found yours -- I'm dying to find more of Bill's outbursts. Link is to a transcript of this.



Tt's time somebody stopped this politically correct charade, and say what he really felt. Hope the people in Detroit don't see this - he'll end up like Theo van Gogh.


It seems he was playing off how the copy made the story sound more so than personally commenting. I lived in Detroit for years and always got a kick out of Bills delivery. I'd have to say his career highlight was playing himself in RoboCop.


Next time you all are at the bar, you should take the "Bill Bonds" shot... its Crown Royal and Buterscotch Schnapps.. BLACKOUT!

Ron Harrington

I knew Bill when I lived in Bloomfield Hills. We hung together at the local clubs sometimes. He is a very taented man and is prone to "shoot from the hip"at times.I ran into him again when I lived in Malibu Ca.He was going through a bad time in California.I was with WXYZ radio also,But that was b-4 Bill.

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