Bill's Bio
(last update: Feb. 2012)

Birthdate: Sept 6, 1940 in Upland (Philadelphia) PA

Current address: Lithia, FL

Current employment: Licensed stockbroker and investment advisor

Previous jobs you've had: movie usher; meatcutter; US Air Force (20 years) doing computer jobs of all kinds -- programmer/operator/systems analyst/system architect/DP manager; tech writer/editor; church president (unpaid); school photographer

Date and place of marriage: April 6, 1963, Fryeburg, Maine

Names of your children: William R III

Birthdates/place of child or children: April 20, 1970, Reading, PA

Date/place your children were baptized: July 1970, St John's Lutheran Church, Dover, DE

Hobbies: Computers, woodworking, lawn/gardening, webmastering

Pet Peeve: Drivers who do the speed limit in the fast lane -- get OVER!!!

Favorite sports teams: Phillies, Steelers

Favorite car (whether owned or not): 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III (the Big Healey)

Favorite vacation spot: Cayman Islands

How do you unwind? Read, watch TV, web-surf, one of Jackie's martinis

Favorite movies? Lonesome Dove, True Confessions (DeNiro and Duvall - whoa), Mystic River, A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, Lawrence of Arabia, Eight Men Out, A Place in the Sun

Favorite books? Lonesome Dove, Great Gatsby, New Testament, poets and poetry (Frost, Sandburg, Wordsworth, Browning, Keats, some Shakespeare)

Last book read: Summer, by Edith Wharton

Last movie saw and liked: "The Bridesmaids"

Favorite musical artists: Paul Desmond, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck ... many more too numerous to list.

Favorite author: St Paul, Martin Luther, Larry McMurtry, Carson McCullers, James Carlos Blake, Steven Ambrose, any American historical writer ... many more too numerous to list.

What type of music/artist do you listen to? West coast jazz, all classical (especially Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart), Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Barbra Streisand, and a host of others.

When I grow up I want to be: a jazz musician in the early 50s in LA -- or a cowhand living in the 1860s-1880s.

Which LIVING public figure do you admire most (other than spouse or parents)? The American fighting man, past and present.

Finally, let's say you have the opportunity to have dinner with three other people -- alive or dead. Who would you choose to share your table? Martin Luther, my Dad, my sister Jean.

(Note: I see now just how restrictive that last question is ... But think about it: if you invited 10 people, you'd never be able to talk to all of them. As restrictive as it seems, three people seems optimum. Obviously, we ALL would choose many, many people to share our table if we could. Does that indicate that we should be living today more fully? That we didn't take advantage of the moment when it was in our hands? I wonder.)