The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

July 7, 2012

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Bill Tieso

CLINTON — Bill Tieso, 55, of Clinton, is retiring from the Clinton Municipal Transit Administration after almost 25 years. However, he does not plan to sit idle during his retirement.

Bill has lived in Clinton most of his life and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1976. He and his wife, Cheri, have been married for 18 years.

Bill was looking for work 24 1⁄2 years ago, when he saw an opening for a bus driver for the MTA. While he always enjoyed driving, he had no previous experience as a bus driver and no idea what to expect.

Bill found that he liked driving the bus. After a while, he started knowing his regular passengers and found that he enjoyed interacting with them. He quickly learned their routines and their stories. Bill said he enjoyed learning why they were going to their particular destinations each day.

“I always kind of say that the bus is kind of a separate little subculture. Everybody knows each other,” Bill said. “If someone isn’t on the corner one day, you think, ‘I wonder where Mary is,’ or whoever.”

He will miss his passengers and co-workers at the MTA, but feels it is time to move on to something different. Still, he plans to remain busy during his retirement.

Bill used to have radio shows on KCLN F.M. and on KROS. While he is no longer on the radio, he still likes to remain involved in music. He currently maintains the website, Independentmidwestmusic.com, in which he has music interviews. He also writes in his blog.

He and his brother, Ray Tieso, are working with their very own beehive. They both became interested in beehives a year ago, after hearing about colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon in which worker bees abruptly disappear from the hive. They plan to gather honey. Bill also hopes to use the beeswax to make lip balm and lotion.

Bill is looking forward to spending time with the beehives. He has watched several documentaries on bees and likes watching the bees interact with each other.

“They’re fascinating creatures. They really are,” Bill said.

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