Bill was born in the winter of 1933 in a cotton field on the High Plains of West Texas. His parents were migrants who followed the cotton harvest from South Texas to the Texas plains during the Great Depression. He grew up on a sharecrop cotton farm near Spur, Texas during World War II, quit school at sixteen, and joined the Navy at the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. Bill served on warships in the Korean and French Indo-China Wars. He retired as a commissioned officer with two college degrees in 1972. He capped his working years as a proprietor of California's Matanzas Creek Winery that drew national acclaim for high quality wines from 1980 to 2000. He was a principal founder of four wine industry organizations, established to represent interests of small family wineries. He was honored for his wine industry accomplishments in a California Senate Resolution in 1998. By Dead Reckoning is his first book. He lives with his wife Sandra, in Sausalito, California, and writing a book about the rise of Matanzas Creek Winery and wine industry politics.