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Episode 219: Nerdist Podcast
Billy Hardwick
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Nerdist Podcast: Billy Hardwick

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!! It’s a special episode with Chris’s dad (and Hall of Fame professional bowler), Billy Hardwick! It’s a longer episode, but a great and personal one full of stories about the pro bowlers’ tour, Hardwick family origins, overcoming anxiety, pursuing passions and more!

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Comments

  1. Mark says:

    What a lovely episode! Billy seems like such a sweet guy, and a lot of great advice there too. You can really see how Chris learned from him and shares his positivity and self belief after listening to this – even how they both went through problems with drinking and were able to bounce back. Great to hear the bowling stories too – you can tell how much Chris means to him that he remembered right away that his highest score was 287.

    It’s nice to think that Chris will have this to listen to as he gets older, so much good stuff there and positivity, good lessons, I had to pause it a couple of times to stop myself shedding a tear at work! Probably wouldn’t be appropriate…. Hard not to think about your own life when you hear stuff like this though. Really sorry that your dad passed away Chris, maybe it’s because he figured it out and advanced to Level 2? : ) Seems only fair really. I don’t know you of course, but I think it’s great what you do and it’s nice to think that good people are overcoming tough times and doing well. All the best : )

  2. Ron Moore says:

    Chris, I was sad to hear about the passing of your dad and a longtime friend. I remember you when you were 4 or 5 yrs old in Hialeah Lakes in Florida and you got your first bowling ball. When your mom and Billy lived in Louisville we became close friends and then I bowled on your during his best season with 7 wins. My wife and I spoke to Billy in October and were planning on meeting up with him while we were in Florida in January 2014, not knowing he had passed away in November. It was a shock. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Ron Moore’Louisville, KY
    502-290-2667

  3. Kirk says:

    Just finished listening and I have to say, out of all the podcasts ive listened to, I think this might be my favorite. I lost my dad when I was 19 and, strange as it sounds, listening to you and yours talk reminded me so much of him. I never got to have that kind of sit down, but i know it would have been just like that. Funny, heart warming, and real. Not that your others aren’t, but i hope you know what I mean. Anyways, i was saddened to hear about your loss when it happened, and though it’s still a tender subject im sure, this conversation was an amazing gift. Thank you for everything you do.

  4. LouisJ says:

    I’ve been having a cherry picked nerdist marathon for the last couple of days and finished the one with your dad while on the way home from work. I think it’s great that along with the memories that you have of him you also have this wonderful moment in time to come back to whenever you want to hear his voice. When he tells you that he loves you toward the end was truly a touching moment.

  5. Jim Sprague says:

    I just heard you say you lost your father on your Podcast. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Drew ormiston says:

    First, I wish to offer my condolences. Your announcement at the end of TD, really hit home for me. I too, lost my father very suddenly a little over 20 years ago. I was 28 at the time and felt cast adrift after that.
    Someone told me at the time that you don’t really become a man until your father dies.
    In many ways I have found this to be true.
    Thank you for those heartfelt words at the end if the show. I know, I mean I KNOW, exactly how difficult that was. I have had a strained relationship with someone in my family, and up to that point was going to skip the while thanksgiving ordeal with them.
    Chris, you made me reconsider. I am ever grateful. Peace

  7. vonmerpf says:

    Hi Chris. Sorry to hear about your dad. He sounds like he was a cool guy and must have been a great dad. I like the picture of him above about to bowl a strike. He looks a bit like Steve McQueen in that photo. Take it easy dude.

    Aloha,
    vonmerpf

  8. Marny CA says:

    My sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved father.

    It was a very long time ago that I got to keep score for your father on Long Island.

    RIP

  9. Samantha says:

    Hey Chris, I know you’re probably getting this a lot from everywhere on the internet, but I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost my Mom years ago and it’s a big loss to go through to have to say goodbye to a parent. So my heart goes out to you and your family. I always enjoyed watching you on Space. Take care <3

  10. Steev says:

    Hey Chris, dude I was SO sad when I heard about your father, man… My heart goes out to you and your family big time! I teared up when you took the last few minutes of Talking Dead to share, it takes big balls to do that and I/we are glad and proud that you did!
    I lost my father a few months ago unexpectedly so it hit me hard….
    I love you, I love ALL the work you do and follow whatever you’re involved with… @midnight is the BEST damn show and can’t wait for it to return!
    Take care of yourself, brother <3

  11. Chris, since I first saw you on G4 I’ve been a fan. I’ve also been a huge fan of the Walking Dead, so I was delighted to see you hosting Talking Dead, and I haven’t missed an episode of that OR @midnight. I don’t want to send any sorrow over the loss of your dad, because I’m sure you’ve gotten enough of that, but rather I’d like to send some happiness your way, that you might remember the good times, as no amount of sorrow or happiness will bring Billy back, and given the choice of the two, I’d rather receive the latter. I took a trip from New York to Senioa, GA the weekend before that episode aired, and I got to sit next to Robert Kirkman at a bar. The following weekend aired a great episode of the show, which was followed by your announcement. It was a roller coaster of a week for me, and way more so for you. My point is that even in the face of such adversity, you sat on that couch in front of a few million people and entertained them. Your dad was awesome. I guess it runs in the family. Much love, -Nick

  12. harry fitch says:

    Chris: I worked with your dad, first with the PBA during the mid 70s and later with him as a client in my sales region for Ebonite. I got to know him a little during the PBA years, but really grew to appreciate him when I would call on him at the bowling lanes in East Memphis. Great sense of humor and a warm fellow to be around. I will cherish my memories of those few times we ‘socialized’ and he even bought a few products from me! Would have liked him even if he didn’t! Hope that your memories will be many and smile-inducing.

  13. ANGELA says:

    MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU CHRIS. LOSING A PARENT IS A BIG HURT. MET YOUR DAD OVER 50 YEARS AGO WHEN THE PBA CAME TO BOWL IN MY HOME HOUSE GARDEN CITY BOWL IN LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK. I WAS ONE OF HARRY GOLDEN’S “GIRLS” AND MET ALL THE GREAT BOWLERS OF THAT ERA AS A RESULT. HE WAS ALWAYS SUCH A GENTLEMAN WITH A BEAUTIFUL SMILE ALWAYS ON HIS FACE EXCEPT WHEN HE WAS BOWLING. THEN HE GOT DOWN TO BUSINESS AND HE WAS SOOOOO GOOD HE WAS A PLEASURE TO WATCH.