About

About me.

Hi.  I'm Bill Doughty, a husband and father; bulldog sidekick; professional nerd; all-day breakfast enthusiast; and lifelong New Englander. I've worked in the academic library world for over 15 years, spending about a decade on the assistant level and an MLIS-holding librarian for the last 5 or so years.

Sometimes I write and make things, too.

About Trusty Plinko Stick.

I started this site way back in the 2004 in order to make myself write more often.  Sometimes I'm more successful in that goal than others, but I've been keeping the thing going since 2004 so yay me.  I have a lot of thoughts about pop culture - mostly comics, books, TV, movies, cartoons, and professional wrestling, but I branch out all over the place. There weren't a lot of folks with shared interests in my day-to-day life back in the early '00s, so I figured I'd type my thoughts into the void of the internet.  Seemed like the thing to do at the time.

It's still mostly a blog, but over time it has transmogrified into a generalized storehouse for all sorts of crazy ideas I've had.

And the name?

Yes, it's a reference to The Price is Right, and no, this isn't a Price is Right fan site (the question has indeed been asked before).

See, whenever they'd play Plinko on TPIR, some contestant's disc would inevitably get stuck going down the board, and Bob Barker would have to get out his "trusty Plinko stick" to knock it loose so said contestant could give it another go.  Plinko has long been the show's most popular game, a lot of people got their discs stuck through the years, and Bob always referred to the stick with that exact phrase.

For whatever reason, it always struck a chord with me and roundabout high school I decided that if I ever started a band, it would be called Trusty Plinko Stick (and we'd open for Showcase Showdown).  The band never came to be but it seemed a shame to let such a dynamite name go to waste, especially since current host Drew Carey calls the stick his "Plinko rod" whenever the need for it arises, so... here we are.

That's a lot more info than I wanted.

Yeah, I can be a bit verbose.  Sorry.