San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
About the book:
After winning Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94WIP’s Wing Bowl in January 1999, competitive eater Bill “El Wingador” Simmons became an overnight celebrity and helped inspire food-obsessed gluttons across the nation.
However, despite winning four more Wing Bowl championships, and participating in numerous television commercials and public appearances across the country, there was much more going on behind the scenes in the life of this six-foot-five, larger-than-life character than what appeared on his plate.
Personal setbacks soon forced Simmons down a devastating and destructive road, leading to his subsequent arrest and jail sentence. A series of near-death experiences while in prison inspired Simmons to take control of his life, and his newfound path has helped him regain the love and respect of legions of fans.
'Snow On The Barbwire' is more than just the story of a man eating chicken wings. It is the candid, compelling tale of a man whose random participation in one of the world’s biggest eating competitions led to fame, fortune, and some rather unintended consequences. It inspires all of us to rise up against adversity and never give up on life—no matter how dire the consequences may seem.
After developing a reputation as a ferocious eater in his small South Jersey town in the late 1990s, Bill Simmons, who stands at 6’5” and weighed 290 pounds at the time, received a random phone call that changed his life forever. The call was from a former contestant of Wing Bowl, an a chicken wing eating eating contest created by Philadelphia sports talk show hosts Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti, who believed Bill had what it took to become an eating champion. After passing the eating stunt on SportsRadio 610WIP (now 94WIP), Simmons became a contestant for Wing Bowl- and promptly won the contest. Bill Simmons was now known throughout the Delaware Valley as “El Wingador.” Bill’s “every man” personality, combined with his natural charisma and national appeal, made him a household name. His five Wing Bowl championships are still a record, and gave him the title of the “World’s Greatest 30-Minute Eater.” Bill’s numerous television appearances and commercials helped bring Wing Bowl to massive heights and national attention, and the event now attracts 20,000 attendees each year.
Joe Vallee is co-founder of the website Philly2Philly.com and co-author of 'A Snowball’s Chance: Philly Fires Back Against the National Media,' and ‘No Curveballs: My Greatest Sports Stories Never Told,’ the autobiography of long-time sports journalist Bill Werndl.
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Theresa is the facilitator for the Philly Author Series at the Pyramid Club. Theresa is a seasoned corporate trainer, motivational speaker, and professional stand-up comedian. Past-President of Greater Philadelphia ATD and Blue Bell Toastmasters, she currently serves on the non-credit faculty at Temple University, teaching courses in business communications and leadership. Her passion is to help leaders in organizations create places where people want to work.