Bill Stevenson, founder of the Stone Balloon
You may know that Bill Stevenson III was the founder of the Stone Balloon in 1971. Just about everyone in Delaware has a Balloon tale to tell. What you may not know is that Bill has been Delaware’s greatest rock ’n’ roll ambassador to the world since his humble beginnings on Main Street. When I was a young deejay and music director at 1380 WAMS and legendary WFIL, I would often see Bill backstage at sold-out Queen, Rolling Stones or other rock events. I recall talking to Bruce Springsteen, who made sure I passed on his thanks for Bill’s hospitality when he played the Balloon in 1974, and Roger Earl of Foghat recalling fond memories of his visit to Newark. Bill was not only a big part of Delaware’s entertainment scene but a big part of rock ’n’ roll history. Not bad for a former UD student who calls Delaware home. Today Bill is happily married to Linda and has traded rock ’n’ roll roots for another kind of root, developing an innovative plant support system called the Superstake. Look for him to put Delaware on the horticultural map.