DADDY-O'S DRIVE-IN DIRT
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A continuing series profiling one member of the Best Brains organization.
(no, not THAT "Postman")
Uh-oh, another long-time regular around Best Brains is leaving
Wait! Before before you start to sweat, you should know that it's Bill Vieths, BBI's regular letter carrier,
who is transferring to Red Wing, MN, after servicing the Best Brains route for ten years.
On his last day of his route, Bill,
who also farms in a small town south of the Twin Cities, reminisced about his experiences delivering the many letters
and packages to the office, among them lipstick-covered love letters and a ten-pound homemade clay replica of Tom
Servo. He got to know Trace, Mike, Kevin, Sarah Wisner and Julie Walker,
and talked to most others who have been at BBI through the years. He was probably the only letter carrier in the
Twin Cities who wasn't even phased when a mountain gorilla or a man in a long blonde wig answered the door, or
when Crow (or "that bird robot" as Bill puts it) tossed insults about the U.S. Postal Service
from behind a thin office wall.
"I remember that there was a mess of pink flamingos all over the yard for a long time," Bill says, referring
to the loveable prank by AOL MSTies following the first MST3K ConventioCon in 1994. Bill and his wife were
also in attendance the night that MST3K: The Movie opened in Minneapolis. "That was quite the shindig!"
he recalls. "The robots sticking out of the top of the limo when they arrived at the theater was the best
Bill is best remembered as our snow buddy during the frantic Christmas rushes, back when all merchandise orders
were packed and mailed from BBI. He worked extra hours in the snow and cold, packing up his truck to the roof,
sometimes with the whole BBI cast pitching in to help. "But I hated those poster tubes!" he gripes.
Bill is also an avid snowmobiler and stock car racer. He's happy to transfer closer to home, but he's worried about
his BBI replacement. "I hope it's not ..." Well, he never DID give us the name. Whoever it is, we think
Bobo should answer the door.
A great big thank you to Barb Tebben, who not only came up with the idea for this
article, but also submitted the interview with Bill.
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