We’d like to thank Allan (Gunner) Johnson for this story.
I met Bill in the summer of 1970 at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Illinois (the Club which formed the base for Caddyshack). Bill was a caddy and I worked as a life guard/snack bar cook/maintenance man there. Bill would stop by the pool on occasion when it was raining and he was unable to caddy. He would tell the funniest stories. When I first saw him on SNL years later, I went nuts, yelling, “I knew that guy would end up on TV”.
To the best of my recollection we never found candy bars in the pool.
Indian Hill Club was the most fun place I ever worked. (And this is coming from a guy who worked as an actuary as a grown up) I see my former boss from there (Wally Gart: “Gator”) almost every year when I go back for a visit to Illinois (I have lived in Southern California for 40 years).
Wally’s wife, Pat, told me a few years ago that those summers ’69 and ’70) were the best days of her husband’s life. He would come home and have her laughing every night with stories of what went on that day (Gunner versus the Hose wrestling matches, Vance and the Choppers daily cartoon strip, Sunday night swim clubâ€¦)
Bill owes me for several soft drinks I served him there.