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I'm a guy who's fascinated by YOUR story. I want to know about the obstacles you've faced in life and how you've overcome them. I want to know what you've learned about life, about character and about true meaning. I want to know about your relationships, the ups and downs and what you believe works. I want to know about your health, how you do or don't take care of yourself and how that's affected you. I want to know about your life, so I can understand and better my own. Then I want to use it to inspire and motivate others to want to better themselves. We can make our society great again, one person at a time!

My Latest Blog

  • Why Effort is Overrated

    So, what do you do when all the preparation, all the planning and all the best intentions result in an old-fashioned butt-kicking?I coach a youth hockey team, and brother, did we get beat! So, as the "leader," it's up to me to pull a positive out from...



  • Posted 12:50pm July 11th, 2011

    Bill, just thought I would say and I have enjoyed your show and I am so happy to here you again.

    How is mary and is she still singing ? I hope she is she has a great voice, tell here hi.

    Hope to ta;k to you some day.

    Have a great day

    Bob Lapratt

  • Posted 10:38am May 18th, 2011

     Happy Birthday Bill! Froim your friends at Women Playing For T.I.M.E.  Lynda

  • Posted 5:50am May 18th, 2011

     Happy Birthday Bill...another year older & Growing even more Bolder!!!
    Have a great day!

  • Posted 10:18pm May 20th, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL!  I hope you have had a super and bolder day!!  You all are doing a great job and we need to get togehter for lunch!  Kathy Pierson

  • Posted 5:05pm May 20th, 2010


  • Posted 1:42pm May 20th, 2010

    I made the font bigger since you know what happens to your vision as you get older! (if you don't maybe Marc will tell you-LOL) You're the best Bill, have a terrific birthday!


  • Posted 1:32pm May 20th, 2010

     Happy Birthday, Bill.  Here's hoping this is your best year yet.  Darlyn Finch

  • Posted 12:35pm May 20th, 2010

    Happy Birthday Bill,

    From your Friends at Women Playing For T.I.M.E. and Orlando Health Foundation!  Hope you have a great day and stretch it into a birthday weekend!

    Lynda Canatay

  • Posted 11:28am May 20th, 2010


    Your 'old' friend, Star

  • come awn!
    Pat Narciso
    GB Staff
    Posted 11:12pm July 1st, 2009
    If 9 out of 10 doctors recommend a weekly dose of Growing Bolder... what happened to that 1 doctor?

  • come awn!
    Pat Narciso
    GB Staff
    Posted 12:58pm May 20th, 2009
    Happy Birthday Bill!

  • Posted 12:09pm October 19th, 2008

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    Gingers story turned out wonderful. You guys do a fantastic job.

    Growing bolder is such a fresh concept that was long overdue.

    Just because you get a little older and slower doesn't mean you are ready to sit by and let the rest of your life slip past.

    There are a lot more stories out there to be heard......

    So Growing Bolder I hope you get to show them.

    A loyal fan and friend,


  • Posted 12:29pm May 20th, 2008

    Hi Bill,

    Today is a special day for a very special man. Happy birthday.and best wishes for a great year. Enjoyed seeing all of the group in motion.

    Fondly, Marilyn

  • Posted 1:22pm May 19th, 2008

    Hey Bill:

    Great to see you this weekend at the "GREEN EXPO!"  I thought it was a super show, and loved learning about all of the ways to help our environment.  Wish everyone could see all the great ideas that we saw there! 

    Really glad you are doing well.  Alway good to see your smiling face!



  • Posted 10:00pm April 20th, 2008

    Hello Mr. Bill! (I know, SO original, eh?)

    Just wanted to pop in and tell you that I think you're awesome!  I really enjoy your weekly newsletters.  Thank you for ALL of your efforts!!  You rock!  (I roll, ha.)  Hope all is well.


  • Posted 9:31am April 6th, 2008
    Thanks for your kind words regarding my video, "Water".  I posted the answers to your questions there.  -  Russ

  • Posted 3:32pm April 4th, 2008

    Hi Bill!

    Thanks for the connection.  I think I'm really gonna like it over here. 

  • Jackie
    Jackie Carlin
    GB Staff
    Posted 12:27pm February 7th, 2008
    Hi Bill!  Remember when my belly was still this small?  Feels like a lifetime ago.  Do you think she'll remember your voice when she gets here?

  • Posted 5:43pm January 13th, 2008
    Thanks for the comment Bill--hope the toupee stays on while you're flying down I-4 in that
    Corvette!  Have a great week!

  • Posted 2:20pm December 6th, 2007
    Did you notice that Squal gave himself a December Charter Member badge in addition to his November one!?! I think he is set on owning every badge that we ever create here on Growing Bolder.

  • come awn!
    Pat Narciso
    GB Staff
    Posted 1:59am December 1st, 2007
    Have a good weekend Bill!

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What I Do


1101 North Lake Destiny Dr, Suite #120
Maitland, FL 32751
United States Of America


Executive Vice President, Bolder Media Group

Where I Grew Up


St. Louis, MO


My wife, Mary is a singer! What a great way to go through life! Her main group is called Uptown, and they're available for conventions, weddings and private parties!!! Click here for more info, oh, and mention my name and get a BIG DISCOUNT!!! 

My son, Evan is one of the kindest, funniest and most caring people I know! We are so grateful for that! His passion is ice hockey and he's a whole lot better at it than his dad ever was! He loves exercise and working out at the gym, eating right and making friends.

My parents are in their late 80s, still active, still involved in life and still making a difference. My dad is one of those people who takes care of everyone else. He also knows everyone who ever lived in St. Louis, knows a little bit about every subject, reads the daily paper voraciously and has a great perspective on life. My mom still puts out a great spread whenever company comes over, runs the household and keeps everybody in line! They're both great examples of what's possible late in life if you take care of yourself and want to make a difference! 


Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, '80.

A Few Insights


Ice Hockey, Classic Movies, Old Time Radio, 60's TV, Classic Rock, Great groups in concert!


Arrogant Worms, Kansas, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Heart, Beth Hart, Edwin McCain, Supertramp, 10cc, Billy Joel, Wayne Gratz, Cyndi Lauper, the Eagles, Cheap Trick, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Slade, Patti Smyth, Brian Setzer, Tower of Power... And an awesome central Florida band, Uptown, who has a smokin' hot chick singer!


Silent Movies, Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy, Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, Mel Brooks.


Classics: The Three Stooges, Your Show of Shows, Jack Benny, Our Gang Comedies, You Bet Your Life, Dick Van Dyke, Star Trek, Seinfeld. Current: Red Green, Silent Sunday Nights, Turner Classic Movies, Modern Family, The Mentalist, The Family Guy, Parenthood.


I love coaching youth hockey! I coach the older kids and LOVE helping them start to think about being adults. Hockey is a great metaphor for life. You have to know what you want to do and have the confidence and determination to believe you can get there! Then, you have to have the vision to make adjustments along the way. But you have to strive to be great in order to get there! I hope I can help launch them on the way to meaningful and fulfilling lives!


My wife, my son, and the staff at Growing Bolder. And, of course, all the AMAZING people we feature on Growing Bolder. Their example inspires me, and hopefully you, too! There really are heroes out there, and there really are role models. It's wonderful to work for an organization who's goal it is to seek them out and put them in the spotlight!!!

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