If any of you have taken a gander at our about section, you know I drool over 80s and 90s pop-culture. I enjoy things from other decades too of course, but the 80s and 90s are my comfort zone. Actually, now that I’ve got it on my mind, anything involving pop-culture is awesome, whether it’s To Kill A Mockingbird or a Super Soaker.
For our first trip to Connecticut, we visited Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center where fads, music, and ideas of the past go when no one wants them. Just like the island for misfit toys.
Located in Middletown, Wild Bill’s is owned and run by Bill Ziegler, a man who bought a warehouse 30 some-odd years ago to hold (and sell) his vast collection of funky things. Some might call it hoarding; I call it super rad.
As we walked around the outside, we realized Bill was into everything from tie-dye to classic movie monsters from the 30s and 40s, as well as carnival attractions like fun houses. And clowns. The guy loves them. I guess it makes sense — he is Wild Bill after all.
We spoke with Wild Bill shortly after our encounter with the rabbit. He was a man of few words, but we enjoyed his story of building a haunted fun house. It will be the largest walk-through haunted house in the world, once completed.
Inside, we did our own exploring. Natalie roamed the aisles with a camera, while I lurched around cluttered shelves like the pop-culture fiend I am. In one of these photos, she managed to get a good shot of Waldo. See if you can find him.
If things go smoothly, the fun house will open in May 2014, which means Roadsight Relics needs to return to write the sequel: “Leave Your Sanity In The Car 2: Wild Bill’s Haunted Fun House.” Stay tuned for the spooky final chapter.
PS – Did you find Waldo?