I have often wondered if Bill was still alive, would the conversations we are having today about him, would we still have them?? I bet they might be different.
The fact that he is dead and has been since 1971, does this have influence on how we speak about him? Do you feel free to express yourself anyway you see fit? What the heck, Bill can not rebut, right?
Do we really know who he was? Is it important? Do we care?