William Branton Robertson was born the 2nd of December 1936 in Georgia.
He grew up mostly in New Orleans where he also went to college. He became an engineer and worked as such for a number of years.
Bill became involved in Scientology in the beginning of the 60s. That is also when his interest in global affairs started to take form. He had been working as an engineer on the construction of Minuteman missile sites and other secret government projects, but started now to realize that this wasn't any way of dealing with the problems of the world.
On the first given chance Bill got a berth on a freighter sailing for England to join the mainstream of Scientology at the time. He arrived at Saint Hill in 65 and enrolled as a student in the Briefing Course. He was very excited about the whole thing and devoted all his energy to the subject from day one.
The first time Bill met Hubbard was shortly after arriving at St.Hill. He and a few other students had sneaked into the chapel to have an impromptu guitar jam session. Ron, having heard the sounds walked in and joined them. He borrowed a guitar and taught them a series of raunchy whole track pirate songs he remembered. The new students didn't realize before afterwards to their amazement that they had met the founder of Scientology.
Bill soon joined staff and was put in charge of Estates. He also worked as an auditor in that period after finishing his Class VII course. Later he became one of the first to become involved with the newly formed Sea Organization in early 1967. He became the chief engineer on the first ship, the Enchanter, and continued in a many different capacities.
Many of his years in the Sea Org Bill functioned as captain on the flag ship, the Apollo. Hubbard awarded him the rank of Captain, an honor otherwise only bestowed on his own wife, Mary Sue. After that Bill was never known as anything else but simply 'Captain Bill'. The Sea Org offered many adventures and Bill was in the midst of most of them.
Hubbard was very impressed with Bill's qualities as a missioner. Given an difficult situation with all the odds against it, Bill would be one of his first choices to send out. Bill therefore -completed an impressive amount of missions in many different environments. He has worked as a commanding officer of most of the major organizations at the time. There is no doubt that he was very instrumental in spearheading the subject time and time again.
Captain Bill was the type of person who would charge ahead no matter what the opposition was. Of course that couldn't always be done without casualties and he would often end up stepping on some toes. But in terms of getting the job done he earned a lot of respect. Hubbard granted him the title of "Kha-Khan", meaning the forgiveness 10 times of the death penalty, which in the church means an SP declare. Bill used several of those “lives" in the course of his Sea Org career.
In 1981, after Hubbard disappeared out of touch with the organization, Bill involved himself in finding out what was going wrong with the church. His working theory was that it had been infiltrated and taken over by government agents. He pursued this and found quite a lot of data to back it up. He distributed his findings in what is called the Sector Operation Bulletins, also drawing from unpublished materials of Hubbard's about the political situation in the galaxy and the existence of an off-planet destructive group, known as the Marcabians.
Bill and a number of his closest associates at the time established themselves as members of the Galactic Patrol, the whole track organization that the Sea Org reputedly was modeled after, in order to counter the break-down of the church. The venture didn't get very far before everybody concerned was officially declared suppressive by the new leaders of the church.
The whole sale purging by the church of its key members followed soon after that in 82.
Bill didn't hesitate long before he started to build up activities in the independent field. He moved to Europe and started an OT Committee to get independents moving on 4th Dynamic projects. From 85 on he started to concentrate on tech again. He formed a loose network of delivery centers collectively known as 'Ron's Org'. Today there are 15-20 centers across Europe in this network, the biggest independent delivery organization at this point.
Training delivery terminals and producing technical materials Bill has been very instrumental in establishing a solid independent field in Europe. He developed an impressive series of advanced levels continuing the bridge that was previously available. A large amount of written materials, tapes, and videos now add to the pool of technology that exists. This includes the Sector 9 and Teegeeack books and a series of lectures and seminars covering basic tech as well as such subjects as telepathy and UFOs.
The love of music has always been very important for Bill. In the last few years he produced a series of 19 albums of computer generated music of many different kinds. His most popular compositions are inspired by music he recalled from past civilizations on this and other planets.
Bill lived in various locations across Europe, including Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. His communicator and life companion over the last 7 years was Maria Maloney, also a long term veteran from the Sea Org.
I think both friends and foes alike will recognize the loss of a key player. A more dedicated spirit it will be hard to find.
Bon Voyage Bill, and see you amongst the stars!