Pompano Bill remembers when he arrived in South Florida.
“There was no animosity,” Bill recalled, describing the attitudes at the time. “I gave people a kiss on the cheek and nobody cared. I gave my straight friends kisses too.”
Bill, whose real name is John William Calcaterra, retired to Broward County after 36 years with IBM. He quickly became a familiar face among the paparazzi.
“I never walk out the door without the camera by my side,” said Bill, who at 88, continues to work the crowds for just the right glamour shot.
Bill’s photos have been published in magazines such as Scoop, Outlook, 411, Buzz and, currently, Hotspots (as well as SFGN).
“When one magazine would end, I’d jump on another,” says Bill, always eager to provide content.
Bill, a native of Norway, Michigan in the state’s upper peninsula, says he owns many pictures of celebrities, preferring to name former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as his most prized possession.
He fondly recalled shooting the models at Fort Lauderdale Beach’s Club Caribbean during the 1990s.
“There would be 1,500 guys there on Sunday afternoon … almost all with their shirts off,” Bill says. “That’s when I bought a zoom lens.”
NEXT: Ralph Wolfe Cowan - Painter of the Ultra Famous
TABLE of CONTENTS: SFGN's Out50
PREVIOUS: Tony Plakas & Jamie Foreman - Palm Beach Power Couple