Downtown Denizen - Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy
Nightlife Marketing, Downtown Project

What is something about you that most people don’t know?
I’m a diehard music aficionado and a complete rock and roll junkie. I love all genres of music. Especially underground music. When I was in New York, I was throwing parties (raves) and at the same time I was singing for a hard-core punk band.  

What was your favorite subject in school?
Without a doubt, my favorite subject was (and still is) history. I’m a history buff, and I am happy to challenge anyone to a trivia competition during our weekly Geeks Who Drink at Gold Spike on Wednesdays.  

If you won $100 million, what would you buy first?
If I had to choose something, I’d buy or build an amusement park and live the rest of my days happily selling candy apples, corn-dogs and riding bumper cars. I’d be a modern new age Walt Disney.  

Which of your accomplishments has made you most proud?    
I’m most proud of the fact that I moved to Las Vegas and stayed here for as long as I have. I grew up in Upstate New York (Albany) where many people seem to get stuck and never leave. Many people said that I’d be back but I’ve been in Las Vegas almost ten years and am still going strong. I’ll always look back fondly on my days in New York but I’m going to continue to look forward and enjoy my life here.

If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
Vince Vaughn would be the logical choice since I get comments every weekend about how I look just like him. I’ve been hearing that for years from random people in random places. My personal request would be Christopher Walken. I’m a huge fan. I like people who are different and quirky.

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
My first job was bagging groceries, pushing shopping carts, and working in the bottle deposit room at a local super market. I would eventually land a teenagers dream job working for Trans World Music in one of their record stores. I stayed there for five years and loved it. There were a few other jobs in between then and now but I was very fortunate and blessed that I stumbled into the nightlife scene when I was in college.  I’ve been doing this for 18 years and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you?
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations,” Dr. Mae Jemison

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
I’d like to be a train conductor.  I’ve always been fascinated by trains and railroads.  My father was a train lover and passed that on to me as a kid. We used to squash pennies on the train tracks. I have this romantic vision of what it would be like to run along the side of a train, hop in the car, and end up somewhere new in the morning.

Who was your childhood celebrity crush? 
There were many but the top four were: Soleil Moon Frye who played Punky Brewster, Danica McKellar who played Winnie Cooper, Alyssa Milano who was Sam on Who’s The Boss, and Tiffani-Amber Thiessen from Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills 90210.

What is your favorite move of all time?
I love movies from the '70s and '80s, but my favorite is the cult classic, The Warriors.

Of the concerts that you have attended, what are some of your favorites?
I’ve seen many great concerts, but some of the best have been Social Distortion, Pennywise, Guns N’ Roses, Motely Crue, and Iron Maiden.  

If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
Just slow down and relax. You grow up really fast so enjoy this time. I’d also tell myself these three things: No. 1, learn computer programming; No. 2, learn to speak Mandarin; No. 3, learn how to be a DJ.  Everyone loves the DJ.

In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
The sky is the limit. DTLV is a canvas and there is still so much more that we can add to this ever-changing picture.

Is there anything that you have left to do on your bucket list?
I am not really the kind of person who would wait to do things until I’m about to die. I’ve always lived life to its fullest and I’ve done most things that would be on my bucket list. I would like to travel more though. I’ve done some traveling, but I want to see the world, indulge on good food and drink, and experience as much as I can while I am still here.