About Bill Stix
cottage grove, MN
Bill Stix was born - entirely through no fault of his own - in Minneapolis Minnesota to a Norwegian-Lutheran-Minneapolis father and Irish-Catholic-St.Paul mother, thereby becoming a perfect composite of the Twin Cities population of the time (1958). His musical "talent" was first noticed in a positive sense when he became part of the Sixth Grade Choral Group at Central Elementary School in the village of Richfield MN. (The school is now defunct, as are Woodlake Elementary and West Junior High schools that he attended, though whether his attendance (or lack thereof) helped create this situation is still open to conjecture.)
Bill (or as his classmates called him, "that weird fat guy") began playing guitar while attending Richfield High School (still in existence but just barely) and soon showed a talent for home recording...which was fortunate as no one really wanted to play with him. As with so many things in his life, Bill had to settle for playing with himself.
Sadly, any chance for a real career in music was dealt a devastating blow when Bill faced a serious addiction problem in the early '80's. Yes, like so many young people of "Generation W" (the generation after Woodstock but before Generation X) Bill became "hooked on phonics". On a brighter note though, he seems to have become "clean and slobber" in recent years.
As an employee of the Minnesota Dept. of Revenue in St.Paul MN, Bill has over the last decades produced a number of songs that were used in training videos and programs, and other illicit purposes. He now lives in rural South Washington County, Minnesota - the Twin Cities' last line of defense against the Cheesehead hordes of Wisconsin - with his wife, former supermodel Linda LaFrooth.
- Entry from "Who's What in South Washington County 2013", used with persimmon.