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WM. G. HOLST

"True 'Patriots' are those who seek to help make the United States what it is capable of being, not just a vessel in a turbulent world, but a sanctuary where the aspirations of all its citizens are encouraged."

— HOLST 2021

About Bill

Bill was born in Port Jefferson, New York, in 1952 and grew up in Smithtown, NY, where he was actively involved in student government starting in seventh grade. Interested in politics, he seized an opportunity to speak to Robert F. Kennedy in 1964 at a campaign stop in Smithtown.

 

In 1970, Bill received a Congressional Recommendation to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He was sent out to sea in 1971, sailing to various ports in the Far East, including Yokohama, Kobe, Inchon, Pusan, and Hong Kong. Although he found his months at sea exciting, Bill resigned to pursue another academic path. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 1974, where he majored in journalism and minored in philosophy.  Bill went on to graduate from St. John’s University School of Law in 1982.

 

From 1975 to 1978, Bill was an active duty member of the United States Army and served as a reporter and photo-journalist. At Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was part of a post newspaper staff that won the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Department of Defense. At Camp Zama, Bill was awarded an Army Commendation Medal for his reporting on the activities of members of the United States Army Communications Command - Japan.

 

After his service in the Army and graduation from law school, he was employed for several years by CBS in Manhattan as a litigator and broadcast counsel. During his career, Bill was appointed to several governmental positions on Long Island and was twice elected to the Suffolk County Legislature.

 

Bill and Laura, his wife of forty-two years, have lived in Queens County, Manhattan, and Long Island.  They have a daughter and son, as well as three grandsons.

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Speaker

Since his first appointment in 1988 as a public official in Suffolk County, Bill has spoken on various topics with an emphasis regarding public decision making and consensus building. Bill shares with audiences his experiences during more than 25 years of public service through a mix of his professional knowledge, unique insight, and humor. Bill consistently energizes his audiences to get involved by identifying areas where public involvement can make a difference and always provides practical tips on how to effectuate needed change.

 

While Bill is able to speak on a wide range of topics, the topics most related to his historical novel include:

  1. ​Is the crack in the Liberty Bell a cosmic metaphor?

  2. What were the artist’s concerns regarding the Statue of Liberty?

  3. How much planning went into the celebration of the Bicentennial?

 

If you are interested in learning more about booking or interviewing Bill please reach out to us today.