Bill Roper discovered filking at his first convention, the 1976 Worldcon in Kansas City, and immediately fell in love with it. By 1978, he was writing songs that people actually wanted to listen to. And since then, he’s won three Pegasus Awards and been inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame.
Bill’s repertoire runs from serious to silly, although leaning much more heavily on the serious side of the ledger. He’s mellowed quite a bit since marrying Gretchen, to the point where she once told him, “If you’re not unhappy enough to write ‘ose’, I can fix that.” Not wanting to mess around, he immediately wrote something serious.
He’s also been performing improv comedy for over 30 years and is, with Gretchen, one of the founding members of SpaceTime Theater, which performs regularly at conventions in the Midwest. And in his copious spare time, he helps run local conventions, having chaired Windycon four times now. He also recently became the publisher for ISFiC Press, Windycon’s associated small-press publishing house.
He’s happiest about his two daughters, Katie and Julie, who are both itching to sing with Daddy on stage and have learned the difference between a live microphone and a prop.