BILL MELLBERG

Bill Mellberg was born in Chicago on February 8, 1952. He grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Bill graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then joined Fokker Aircraft USA, the famed Dutch aerospace manufacturer, as a marketing and public relations representative.

Bill left Fokker to join Ozark Air Lines' marketing staff in 1977. In 1979, he founded his own company, Flight Research, which was primarily involved with supplying aircraft parts and equipment to regional air carriers. During the economic downturn of 1980, Mellberg left the aviation industry to pursue what had been his avocation as a political humorist and professional speaker. (He first took to the stage while in high school.)

Since 1981, Bill Mellberg has addressed hundreds of trade, professional, and corporate audiences throughout North America. He is known not only for his uncanny impressions of political figures, but also for his gentle humor and positive message. His personal philosophy has been compared to Will Rogers' -- mixing satire with patriotism.

Mellberg has enjoyed the honor of performing at The White House for President and Mrs. Reagan on several occasions. In November 1991, he was made an Honorary Staff Sergeant by Commissioner Norman Inkster of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for his many appearances with that world-famous law enforcement organization (the only American to be so honored). Bill has been spoofing "the Presidents" on a weekly radio program in central Illinois (now called "The Dubya Report") since 1989. He has made countless appearances on radio stations across the country,
including Chicago powerhouses WGN and WLS. He also served as a regular guest host for a Chicago-based talk radio program. Bill Mellberg starred in two nationally broadcast PBS television specials in 1992 and 1994 called "An Evening With the Presidents."

Mellberg is also known to aerospace enthusiasts as a prolific writer and author. His stories have appeared in magazines worldwide, including: Aeroplane, AIR Enthusiast, AIR International, Airliners, Airways, Exxon Air World, Aviation History, RCMP Quarterly, Sky & Telescope, United Airlines' Hemispheres and Wings. He is the author of two popular books, both from Plymouth Press: Famous Airliners (1995) and Moon Missions(1997). The latter is a history of lunar exploration with a Foreword by Apollo 17 Moonwalker, Dr. Harrison H. ("Jack") Schmitt.

Bill still resides in Park Ridge. He was named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1981, 1982 and 1983. In 1990, the University of Illinois Student Alumni Association honored him as a Distinguished Alumnus during its annual 'Homecoming' celebrations.