CARPINTERIA, Calif. - A memorial plaque dedication honoring Bill Connell, fondly remembered by most as "The Hot Dog Man," or "HDM" to some that knew him best, will be held this Saturday in Carpinteria and the public is invited.
The memorial plaque was installed on a boulder near the site just off U.S. Highway 101 where the Hot Dog Man sold his world famous "Surf Dog" for years.
Bill passed away in 2016. He was a Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany in the 1970's and became recognized as a boxing champion for the Army.
But perhaps his most notable fight was here at home. HDM was a tireless advocate for Veterans rights.
“His was a familiar face in the halls of the capitol in Sacramento where he traveled many times over the years, always on his own dime, to lobby on behalf of issues affecting Veterans throughout the state,” said Peter Bie, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America-Chapter 218. “He had the tenacity of a boxer in the ring, going another round and another round,” noted Bie.
The ceremony will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at the corner of Carpinteria Avenue and Bailard Avenue, near the old "Surf Dog" spot.