Bill Betten has been published in trade journals and newspapers, including a featured article in Bulletin, the Journal of the California Band Directors Association. He has also self published a kit/book entitled “How to Write Your Memoirs.”
Bill is a retired award winning teacher and band director who has been instructing writing to California students for more than three decades. He was also a program analyst for the California Department of Public Health piloting the Power Play! campaign in junction with the California Department of Education.
After having had his work with youth recognized and applauded by such organizations as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Boy Scouts of America, Bill turned his attention to those who served in the Great War by founding the California WW1 Advisory Council (WorldWar1Cal.org), which later developed into the California WW1 Centennial Task Force (WorldWar1Centennial.org/California) recognized by the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress.
He has three degrees from California colleges including a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from CSULA, and a Masters of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University.
As an entertainer Bill has a long list of stage theater work overseas (Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Manila, etc.) and in the U.S. that includes the Hollywood Palladium, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the L. A. Actors Theater.
He is the proud father of four and lives with his wife Joni Betten, who is also an author and educator, in the foothills below Lake Arrowhead, CA.
He is a member of the Palm Springs Writers Guild, the California Writers Club-I.E., the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the California Reading Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the California Music Educators Association, the California Alliance for Jazz, and the California Band Directors Association.
As a National Archives Identified Researcher Bill has made repeated visits to the National Archives in Missouri and California, and retains broad research on the histories of his story from New York, Paris, and Washington DC.
He was relentless in his extensive research for his book series Doughboys. His meticulous search for the historical evidence upon which the story is based extended not only across the North American continent, but even into France, Germany and the Philippines. His travels took him from the Presidio of San Francisco to stand at the location of the Pershing family tragedy to Ft. Wayne, Indiana and the birth place of America’s actual first Ace fighter pilot. To set the story straight in these places he learned the truth about these soldier’s histories. From the state of Washington on the Canadian border and the amazing discovery of long lost letters actually written by General Pershing, to way down south of the Mexican border where the General chased Pancho Villa, astonishing facts set the stage for the passion of the book where heartbreaking loss is personal and historic. Bill has unearthed the hidden sacrifice of individual Doughboys granting them the right to victory in the end.