Bill was born in Columbus, Ohio, but the family tired of Columbus winters. Bill did most of his “growing up”
in Ft. Lauderdale, where the family lived for 35 years. During a summer vacation from college (Stetson University) Bill, along with dozens of others, got a job as an “extra” in a couple of beach movies. After two years active duty in the Army Artillery, Bill followed the “call” inspired by Roy Burkhart and Sam Orlandi and migrated to Princeton Seminary. His first parish was in Howell, Michigan, where he met some professors from the University of Michigan during a series of workshops offered by the church for parents and teens.He was invited to a doctoral program at Michigan where he taught grad students and served as an assistant dean. During his time at Michigan he got to know Bo Schembechler and a few other coaches through his work as a dean. So, the original Ohio State kid turned out of to a longtime Michigan partisan and great fan of college sports. In general, this was a natural evolution as Bill was the sports editor for his college paper and had a sports radio show.