Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa English graduate of Yale (a contemporary of Erich Segal of Love Story fame, a novel similar to Bill’s in concept), and of Harvard Law School (where to drop yet another name, Archibald Cox, former Solicitor General of the United States under Nixon at the time of the Friday night massacre over the Watergate tapes, was his Constitutional Law Professor, and Tricia Nixon Cox’s [Richard Nixon’s daughter] husband was a classmate). John Kerry was a classmate of Bill’s at Yale, George W. Bush two years behind, and Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut two years ahead. Bill advised them on politics while they were at Yale together, which explains a lot, especially in the case of Lieberman.
Over the last 10 years or so, Bill has written short stories about relationships, often in a political setting, for several forums including NPR’s short stories contests; and has had two dating and relationship advice columns, one in print in a local newspaper and one online at examiner.com, which seems to make Bill the only elected official in the history of western civilization to have a dating and relationship advice column, especially while serving in office.
After several failed careers in corporate law (20+ years), adjunct college and secondary math teaching (15 years) overlapping with retail management, and customer service and sales, for Walmart (he failed the test to be a greeter so they made him a manager) and AT&T, and politics (Bill has won 4 out of 4 elections for St. Louis School Board but is one for seventeen in other elections, though he has had some impressive primary showings), Haas will be trying to redeem, some might say “salvage,” his so-called life by winning the Democratic nomination for US Senate from Missouri in 2016 (votebillhaas.com) and hopes his novel will be successful; the latter might lead to the former. It has been in the works for over 30 years.
To his knowledge Bill has not been married but has proposed three times and two of them said yes, so though he doesn’t remember the details, he thinks he might be a bigamist. He also has a son, daughter-in-law and two lovely grandchildren. Whose grandchildren aren’t lovely?
God once came down and told Bill that he had good news and bad news for him. The good news was that he’d find a lifelong love and have significant political success. “What’s the bad news?” asked Bill. “You’ll be 95 at the time.” There’s no capital in arguing with God’s plan. Only capitol in Washington, where Bill’s time will be better spent.