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"It is later hinted that his rotting carcass was the source of the recent BSE epidemic."

Source? JWSchmidt 06:07, 30 Mar 2004 (UTC)

There is a sequence within the comic strip where Opus remembers most of his friends from Bloom County, and ponders their current wherabouts. A text box pointing at the memory of Bill proclaims "Rendered carcass could be source of mad cow epidemic", but is nothing more than simple conjecture on Opus' part. It was later disproved by the events of the comic, of course.--DXI 08:38, 11 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Is this article right?Edit

I don't know very much about the subject, but almost the entire article sounds wrong and phony. For example, at the bottom, that Bill the Cat becomes friends with the cartoonist, which is definently not right, because it is an imaginary character. Almost everything in the article sounds bogus and reminds me of some crazy soap opera plot. Something that is certain that it is written in an in-universe style. Estridaldrea 00:01, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

I don't know what the article looked like when you saw it in September, but it looks fairly accurate to me (except for no reference to vomiting). Pooua (talk) 06:41, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Well it is phony, which of course is the point. It is a fictional character who has a fictional life history. In terms of understanding the character and the role(s) it has played in Berke Breathed's comic world it hits just about everything. After reading this article you are pretty much "up to speed" on Bill which certainly could be handy if you are new to Bloom County, Outland, or Opus. Huttonm (talk) 14:43, 2 August 2008 (UTC)


One strip (I think it was "Bloom County") described themselves, ending with "a cat who, well, throws up a lot." I don't recall him throwing up all that much, but maybe I blotted that out of my memory. Anyway, it seems like that should be in this article. Pooua (talk) 06:41, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

It was one of the strips when Bill was running for president. —Torc. (Talk.) 09:11, 15 February 2008 (UTC)

Wording cleanup needed?Edit

Looking at the third paragraph of the introduction:

Bill the Cat was inspired by a colorful economist named Bill Moore. Moore was a graduate assistant at the University of Texas in Austin during the 1970s, and one of Berke Breathed's teachers. Recognizably wild-eyed (and one legged), Moore also became one of Breathed's friends. His name was inspired by a local homeless man of Iowa City, Iowa, who was dubbed Bill "The Cat". Nothing is known of Bill's whereabouts from the early 2000's onward. It is assumed he either moved to a different town, or, more likely, is deceased.

The first bit talks about Bill Moore.. Then the paragraph switches to an Iowa man named Bill "The Cat". Combined, this leads to the next to last sentence being ambiguous to me, "Nothing is known of Bill's whereabouts".. (Or maybe this bit is meant to apply to all 3 Bill's mentioned in the paragraph, and I'm missing the joke)

Mpreslar (talk) 04:17, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

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