Roaming the boardrooms and bar rooms in the Windy City, Bill made a name for himself at BBDO; Foote, Cone & Belding; Clinton E. Frank as an advertising executive handling prestigious accounts like Reynolds Aluminum, Curtiss Candy, Ft. Howard Paper, Dodge and Pontiac. ..And he tells some interesting and funny stories. The early days of live TV add to the merriment of the book as he dealt with a few near-disasters including a show down with prima donna figure skater Sonja Henie among others.
After Chicago, his ad career later took him to New York, Detroit (where he handled major auto manufacturers’
A World War II vet, Bill was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After journalism school at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, he toiled in the Chicago ad game for major agencies while embarked on a career through the auto and show business industries that had him breaking bread (and vino) with Jonathan Winters, Pat McCormick, Art Linkletter, Jay Leno, Mario Andretti, Dick Clark, Arte Johnson, and Jackie Cooper, auto industry movers and shakers and famous race car drivers.
A career of firsts includes his creation of the first ever automotive TV show in the U.S., "Motorsports International"
Bill’s latest adventure is the creation of a weekly automotive radio show, "Ohana Road, Radio" which began in 2013 on NBC radio in Honolulu. He is executive producer, co-host and chief promoter.
*Bill handled publicity for the captured WWII German submarine U505 when it was brought to Chicago in June 1954. He was on the deck as it sailed down the Chicago River before it was moved to the Museum of Science and Industry.
* Bill "invented" tailgating at Northwestern (yes, "invented")
*Jonathan Winters created such a stir when Bill brought him to a Northwestern football game that most of the fans were paying more attention to him than the game
*50’s and 60’s watering holes for the mad men were Chez Paul and Henrici’s (in the Merchandise Mart) among others
*At U of I, several of his side businesses were "encouraged"
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