Bill McCoy

Photo by Eric Olsen

Bill McCoy grew up in State College, Pennsylvania. At Penn State (where he supported himself by playing bass in a funk band), he started out wanting to be a filmmaker but switched to English in time to get his BA. From there, he was off to Iowa, receiving an MFA in fiction from the Writers’ Workshop in 1977. After a couple of decades working in the world of magazines—he has been on staff at Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Parents and other lesser-known publications—he stumbled into marketing. He is now an editor and writer at Merrill Lynch. His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including Travel & Leisure, Parenting, Utne Reader, the Los  Angeles Times Book Review and Chief Executive. His book of essays, Father’s Day: Notes From a New Dad in the Real World, was published by Times Books/Random House in 1995. He lives in Ivyland, Pennsylvania with his wife, Sharon, and their two teenage  children.