Slicing, dicing, wiping, swiping, here the hard sell is everywhere and smooth operators are standing by -- pitchmen putting on a show. Hawking the ''Super Chamois'', the cousin to the nationally peddled ''Sham-Wow!'', pitchman Jerry Span said, "A good pitchman has to be versatile, kind, considerate and,'' Span added, ''you gotta be a ham!'' Span says close friend, the late Billy Mays, who died in June, has opened new doors for this old profession. ''He took us to a higher level, he was a kind man with a good heart and we all try to be the same way.'' Selling the "Edge 2000", the latest incarnation of the iconic "Ginsu" knife, pitchman Rick Zee said, "a good pitchman is someone who provides a little entertainment to sell a product, they have fun they give them a little show but give people a quality product too."
Billy Mays reached super star status and worked the Big E for years, training with Span on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. When asked if there is another Mays in waiting among the talent ranks at the Big E Span exclaimed, "You know what I'm saying from your mouth to God's lips, if that happens it would be wonderful!"
The Big E runs through October 4th in West Springfield.