Part of a pioneering television family that hosted the first integrated TV program and children's Christian TV program in the U.S. during the late 40s and early50s in Baltimore, he's always been a very positive, open minded, creative, imaginative, entertaining and honest journalist. As snow fell one night while working at WSB-TV in Atlanta, the weatherman insisted on giving the official forecast for rain so when the national map was changed to the Georgia map, he made sure viewers got the truth by landing a snowball right in the middle of the state. As a reporter/anchor at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, he got the news director to approve airing a three and a half minute piece on the elephant walk when the circus came to town. Newscasts were only 30 minutes back then, and even today such a story would normally only warrant 15 seconds at the most, but the story he put together, though factual, was so cunning, entertaining and funny it had the crew, precluded from seeing it before hand, rolling on the floor in laughter. He can also be deadly serious and has had his testimony about the impact of a very serious and deadly disease affecting many American families published in the Congressional Record. The tragic death of a baby girl in his community after her doctor failed to recognize signs of America's most common chronic childhood disease led him to resurrect a carefully researched journalistic effort to save lives, begun after his own daughter was also struck by this incurable disease. Her doctor failed to discover it during her 2 year wellness check, but he alertly recognized the symptoms and she was hospitalized for treatment. He wrote an unusual book called "The Red Alert," that put the reader into the story, but important timing for its release, as written, was missed and the book was withdrawn for needed revisions and updating.
After leaving his news anchor position, he earned a M.B.A. degree from Emory University, but didn't subscribe to the "God is dead' theory and worked in the business world for many years while becoming active in his church and charitable organizations. Because of a disease top scientists declared would be cured within 10 years with government funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research along with dozens of other deadly diseases, his life expectancy was only age 36 so his 37th birthday was cause for great celebration and in 2011 he celebrated his 37th birthday, for the 29th time, which is interesting since he and his wife recently celebrated their 42nd anniversary. Fortunately his daughter, suffering from the same disease, is still alive more than 35 years after being diagnosed, but both remain on life support 24/7. He's been blessed, but 10 years after Bush's virtually veto of embryonic stem cell research nearly a half million Americans will now die each year missing the promised cure and it seriously jeopardizes his daughter's ability to live to see her baby graduate.
Bill believes strongly that God IS alive and uses people to do His work. He believes the mission that God put him on earth to accomplish is continuing Christ's mission of healing by drumming up support for the Affordable Care Act and funding to find cures for deadly diseases, as Christ directed all followers to do, and the best way to do that is to elect Democrats who also support Christ's liberal mission to help all.
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