William Frost Rickenbacker

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Bill was born on March 16, 1928. As a child, he demonstrated a remarkable talent as a pianist, although he never played professionally. Like his brother David, Bill was educated at boarding schools during the late 1930s and into the 1940s. He attended and graduated from Harvard University.

Bill entered the Air Force in 1951, being sworn in by his father. He flew transports during the Korean War and completed his service at Rutherford Air Force Base near the family ranch in Texas.

Once out of the military, Bill moved to New York and entered the investment firm of Smith, Barney and Company. Within a few years he had struck out on his own as a small-business investment counsellor. His Rickenbacker Report grew out of his investment knowledge and his love of writing.

Bill followed that love of writing and his attachment to conservative politics into the field of publication. He joined the staff of William F. Buckley's National Review where he rose to the position of senior editor. In addition, he wrote three books on investing and currency policy and edited a volume on compulsory education. Bill also published a volume of selected correspondence between his famous father and himself entitled From Father to Son; The Letters of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker to His Son William, From Boyhood to Manhood.

Bill married Alexandra Harriman Leys of Yonkers and moved from the city to Briarcliff Manor, New York to raise their sons James and Thomas.


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