Colorful fireworks have long held fascination for Bill Frost; he
is a key figure in the North County display
To Bill Frost
, fireworks are just like ice cream -- no matter the age, everybody enjoys it.
"It's universal across all cultures," said Frost
, 57, who has worked in Paso Robles for 20 years."There's not a culture that doesn't embrace it."
More than five years ago, Frost
wanted to share with others his
fascination of the colorful sparkles that light up the sky.
What better way to do it, he
thought, than to hold a show in Paso Robles on the Fourth of July.
After receiving the city's blessing, fireworks paid for by Frost
filled the air in 2002 above the newly-opened Barney Schwartz Park.
...Frost is principal owner and CEO of Chemlogics in Paso Robles.He was president and owner of Chemron Corp., before Lubrizol Corp. bought it and merged it with Noveon.
"Corporations or companies have a responsibility to improve the community and to share and give back," said Frost
, who lives in San Luis Obispo."I've always made that a hallmark of my business."
initiate and help fund the show has made a difference for the city, as other communities in the county have had to hold fundraisers for their shows.
If it weren't for Frost
, the city probably wouldn't have one, Mecham said.
is already thinking ahead to next year's show.He
hopes to coordinate music with the fireworks, a component that will cost an additional $5,000 to $6,000.He
plans to ask other companies to help pay for the show, which increases in cost every year as it becomes more spectacular.
, fireworks is just a branch of what he's
life to for decades --- chemistry."He wants to share that with other people," said Philip Bailey, dean of Cal Poly's College of Science and Mathematics, who has known Frost for more than 30 years.