My wife Janet and I recently moved to San Diego, California from Blue Springs, Missouri. I was born in St. Louis and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where I majored in political science and education. I earned a Master of Arts degree in history from Missouri State University.
I have taught history courses at Johnson County Community College, and at several other colleges in the Kansas City metropolitan area. I received the Lieberman Teaching Excellence Award at JCCC.
Before settling in the Kansas City area, Janet and I taught in high schools in Victoria, Australia. I taught English, history, and government courses as well as editing school newspapers and coaching “A Grade” basketball teams. However, my main extra-curricular activities involved public speaking, debating, and theater. I coached public speakers and debating teams to several Victorian state and Australian national titles. I also wrote and directed school plays, and I had the privilege of playing Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with the Redcliffe’s Players at the Australian National Theatre in Melbourne, Vic.
I lived in seven states and attended twenty schools growing up. Besides teaching at high schools and colleges, I’ve been a truck driver, a dockworker, a house painter, a fitness instructor, and a community organizer. It’s great to meet people from different walks of life and to learn new things.
Janet and I love to travel. We’ve backpacked and traveled independently throughout much of the world. We’ve visited all 50 U.S. states, and we’ve roamed around Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Pacific and Caribbean Islands, Southeast Asia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Kenya, and Egypt. There’s nothing we enjoy more than planning that next trip!
I’m currently working on a fifth full-length play and a novel involving political intrigue set on an exotic tropical island.
I’m a Lifetime Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of American playwrights, composers, and lyricists.
by Julie Schiedegger in the April 14, 2010 edition of the Blue Springs Journal.Q & A with Bill RogersFee
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