By now you’ve all heard dozens of legendary Bill Murray stories – Bill is a life bombing legend – So much so he has become as much an American Folk Hero as he is an A-List movie star.
Today marks Bill Murray’s 71st birthday! For every story about Bill Murray crashing a kickball tournament in Roosevelt Island, there are dozens that have not made their way into our parlance. We will be revealing many of the untold Bill Murray Stories a few gems at a time. It’s often difficult to discern which stories are true and which are tall tales. But here at theCHIVE we know. And here we go…
(Birthday coins available
Fist, there are rare instances of Bill Murray actually telling his own stories. Bill made an appearance on the Graham Norton show and the iconic raconteur told some doozies about his time in Italy with George Clooney and Matt Damon.
Today we’d like to share a couple original Bill Murray stories you may not have heard.
First, did you know Bill Murray started a car club? Automotive clubs by definition are a community of automotive enthusiasts who share a common interest in a general or specific manufacturer of car. In this case, that car is the 60’s era Ford Thunderbird. Bill found his Thunderbird counterpoint in legendary grill master and bass guitar designer, Big Poppa.
Big Poppa has a black ’63 Tbird and Bill purchased a 1960 Tbird in champagne pink (pictured). They call it the
Thunderbird Owners Club. Bill and Big Poppa are the listed Co-Founders. The two gentlemen alternate who is the President of the club every year and members are awarded t-shirts.
A few luminaries and fellow enthusiasts are asked to join the club every year, however, it’s a difficult club in which to obtain membership. I was recently asked if I might consider joining the club? I could barely contain my excitement. But I was told the vetting process could take months, possibly years. I would need to ingratiate myself to the members, perhaps run some errands; maybe a little laundry from time to time. But it would all pay off with membership, a t-shirt, and long breezy rides through the Mesa Grande. It sounded exhilarating. As I left the meeting I was walking on air. I asked Big Poppa how many people they had asked to join the club?
“About a hundred,” he said. I imagined myself cruising in a champaign t-bird with Bill and Clooney through the Valley just like the Rat Pack did back in the day. What a charmed life I was about to have.
“How many official members are there in the Thunderbird Club now?”, I asked.
“Only two?… You two. This is running gag you clowns pull so people will be nice to you for a membership they’ll never get, right?”
The real origin of, “ Nobody Will Ever Believe You.”
Perhaps the most famous Bill Murray Story is the urban legend of a random stranger sitting in a restaurant, eating a plate of burger and chips, when out of nowhere appears Bill Murray. In
multiple interviews Bill can’t quite recall if the story is true or not. “I don’t know if that really happened, but to me… there’s nothing better than stealing piping hot french fries, that’s living… they’re free, they’re right there, they’re bonus potatoes.”
One thing is certain – whether the story is true or not – Bill will never confirm it. We have uncovered reliable evidence that the “Nobody Will Ever Believe You” actually started in an elevator, not a New York brasserie. This is the story of the
Drew Murray, Bill’s nephew, works here at theCHIVE in Austin. He told me a story that predated the french. Drew was only a freshman in high school at the time when one of his girlfriends approached him:
“So, Drew, my brother was in an elevator in downtown New York. The doors were closing when suddenly a hand came through the door. My brother suddenly found himself standing next to Bill Murray. My brother kept subtly looking over at Bill and Bill seemed to notice. The next second Bill put my brother in a headlock and started giving him a noogie yelling, “Your friends will never believe you! Your friends will never believe you!
…The doors opened and Bill got off the elevator, leaving my brother’s hair looking like he’d been playing with an electrical socket.”
I asked Drew if he’d ever mentioned the elevator noogie to his uncle and he said that he had, “Billy just turned to me with that mischievous glint in his eye and said, “It sounds crazy… Just too crazy to be true.”
To celebrate Bill Murray’s Birthday we’re launching his birthday coin! It’s the lovable Bob Wiley from What About Bob? Ever seen a coin with a heads of a man tied to the mast of a ship? This coin is truly an original. It gets better…
Our coin crew will be taking over the entire frontier town of Star Hill Ranch on the outskirts of Austin. theCHIVE’s Gold, Silver, and Black has so many people who want to come we have upgraded from Capital Grille to an entire wild wild west town. Countless movies have been filmed here. There are multiple real saloons where professional bourbon tastings will be set up for you followed by a huge dinner for all the attendees. But before that you’ll all be invited for a happy hour at theCHIVE HQ and we’ll take busses out to the OK Corral. The price of admission is owning a Gold, Silver, or Black Coin (sorry Copper coin holders). But this launch is the cutoff to be RSVP’d. We have to get the rest of the invites out tomorrow in fact.
That’s right, if you
invest in a coin your Eventbrite invite will be emailed to you tomorrow. Admission is a $10 donation to Chive Charities.
It’s going to be a night to remember with the Green Gala only two days later. Make a weekend of it.
Happy 71st Birthday to Bill Murray! Proud to call you a friend.
PS – Coins are sailing away faster than expected get yours
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