Dr William L Coale; Biographer of George Wright (Rotarian Host Michael Chang)

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Michigan native William Coale served for 33 years in K-12 and higher education in roles as classroom teacher, school administrator, and university professor. Bill retired as a school superintendent in 2009, and moved to El Cerrito.

Once in California, it didn’t take long for him to associate himself with renowned theatre organ restorers Edward Millington Stout, III and his associate Richard Taylor, owner of the iconic Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ in San Francisco’s Castro Theatre. Although the organ business has closed down, Bill continues to work with Dick on the restoration of the famous Wurlitzer designed by Jesse Crawford for the recording/broadcast studio of the New York Times Square Paramount Theatre. The organ is being restored and installed in Dick’s private concert hall in Rocklin, California.

For the last year and a half, Bill has been working almost fulltime on a commissioned biography of Orland, California native George Wright, a legendary theatre organist who got his early start at his high school (Grant Union HS in Sacramento), soon followed by stints at Oakland’s New Shanghai Terrace Bowl restaurant, on radio for the Don Lee Mutual Network, and then as a headliner playing the Mighty Wurlitzer in the San Francisco Fox Theatre. The biography is slated for release in July, 2016.

Time not spent on the biography is used for theatre organ practice, performances for local theatre organ chapters, and in service as Vice-Chairman of the American Theatre Organ Society.

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