William Windsor Became an Entrepreneur as a Student at Texas Tech in Lubbock Texas

 

Bill Windsor at KLBK Radio in Lubbock Texas

As a college student at Texas Tech University, William Windsor was working as a DJ at KCAS-Radio in Slaton, Texas and KLVT-Radio in Levelland, Texas.  He was working 30 to 40 hours a week and paying most of his college expenses.

President of Delta Tau Delta fraternity

Bill was President of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Texas Tech.  He was also Vice-President of the Interfraternity Council.  A traveling salesman came to Lubbock and took orders for fraternity and sorority sportswear with 50% deposits.  The balances were to be paid on delivery.  The salesman was a crook, and he stole the money from the Tech kids.

This was discussed at the IFC meeting, and the fraternity presidents voted to require salespeople to register and go through an approval process before they could sell.  Fraternity members and pledges were told to call the president of their fraternity if they encountered anyone trying to sell on campus.

Bill Windsor was at his apartment one Sunday and the phone rang.¬† It was a Delt pledge reporting that a man was in the dorm trying to sell fraternity sportswear.¬† Bill spoke to Ken Miller of Southern Sportswear that he would not be able to sell until he was approved, which could take a month.¬† It’s about a six-hour drive to Lubbock from civilization, so Ken was understandably disappointed.¬† He asked if he could come over to talk to Bill.

Ken came to Bill’s apartment and brought his samples.¬† He had a great line that included some cool surfer-type shirts that Bill had never seen before.¬† Ken asked Bill whether the problem was that kids couldn’t be sure they would get their merchandise and could lose their deposits.¬† Yep.¬† Ken asked, “what if all orders came in COD with a personal check accepted on delivery?”¬† Bill said that would work as they could stop payment if the merchandise was not received or was unacceptable, but he’d still need approval.

Ken asked, “Well, what if you were my campus representative?¬† I could ship to you and accept your personal check.¬† I’ll pay you 15% commission.”

That got Bill’s entrepreneurial juices flowing.¬† He said, “I’ll give it a try.”¬† Ken left a set of samples with Bill, order forms, and complete information.¬† Bill felt very comfortable with Ken Miller from Atlanta, Georgia.¬† Business #2 (lemonade stand was #1 LOL.)

Bill took the samples down to his fraternity meeting, put them in the living room with order forms.  After the meeting ended, he had orders for $1,000 and checks for $1,000.  He made $150 doing little or nothing.  He thus started his first business with no money and had $150 in working capital.

He mailed the order off to Ken Miller.  Three weeks later, he received a COD for $850.  He wrote a check, and his fraternity brothers were delighted.  He got orders for another $1,000 when all the fraternity brothers saw the stuff.  Cha-ching, another $150.

Bill kept working as a disc jockey, and he was making $450 or so a week selling fraternity and sorority sportswear.  The sororities had Bill come to their meetings at least once a month.  Tough duty.  LOL.

Bill couldn’t get around to see the sororities as often as they would have liked, and he never had time to go to any of the fraternity meetings.¬† He had also added party favors, mugs, greek jewelry, and more.

Bill Windsor US ArmyIn 1970, Bill joined the United States Army Reserves.  His best friend, Steve Shanklin, handled the business while Bill was in the Army.

The Greek Corner

So, after he returned from active duty in the U.S. Army, William M. Windsor decided to open a store.  The business was called University Services, and the fraternity-sorority business was called The Greek Corner.  The rent was scary Р$75 a month.  But he signed a lease and then subleased part of the store to other entrepreneurs.  He made a profit as a landlord.  Business #3.  The store was pretty ugly, but it was just half a block to the Texas Tech campus.  Bill quit working as a DJ when he opened his store.

When one of his tenants was thrown in jail for stealing a piece of beef jerky at the 7-11, Bill became upset when Joe had to spend the night in jail.  None of the bail bond companies would come to bail him out at midnight.  So Bill worked with Bill Goodacre to start a bail bond service for students.

Bill got 20,000 red and black business cards, one for each student at Texas Tech, and he started handing them out.  For the next two years, he spent many Friday and Saturday nights down at the Lubbock County Jail to get students out.  The bond fee is generally 10@, but he gave students a 10% discount, so it cost them 9%.  Business #4.

Bill’s girlfriend, Barbara, had a sister who could get factory-outlet double-knit slacks, popular at the time.¬† Bill started buying them from Judy, and he put them in his store and sold a lot of slacks at $12 to $15.

Bill Windsor was THE best-known student entrepreneur at Texas Tech.  So, other companies contacted him to sell things for them and do projects for them.  Bill established a rep business to handle other types of work.  He made a fortune soliciting students to obtain a Humble (Exxon) credit card.  He also did projects for Playboy Magazine (Sex on the College Campus study), Great Books, and others.  Business #5.

College Marketing Research gave Bill a contract to travel throughout Texas to find and hire other student entrepreneurs to solicit credit card applications.  Bill received 10 cents a card for every application they obtained.

Bill was accepted to law school, but he was also preparing to marry Barbara.¬† He decided he didn’t want to spend two years studying night and day.¬† He enjoyed making money, so he interviewed.¬† He received an offer from Procter & Gamble, but he chose an unknown company that had the concept of doing nationwide what Bill had done in Lubbock.

American Association of School Retailers

Bill took a huge pay cut when he accepted the position of National Marketing Manager for the American Association of School Retailers.  When Bill graduated from Texas Tech, he sold the businesses to his best friend, Steve Shanklin.

University Services - The Wear-House

P.S. This is a photo of the store after a tornado ripped Lubbock.  Our signage was destroyed.

 

Bill Windsor had a Date with Michelle Pfeiffer in College

Michelle Pfeiffer
This is a recent photo of Michelle Pfeiffer, the beautiful actress.
I attended the University of Texas at Austin for the first semester of my freshman year. I pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity when I discovered many of my childhood friends from Texarkana had pledged.
The week before classes began, we had a fraternity party every night for six nights. They were “match parties” where a fraternity and a sorority matched up the new pledges.
While I appreciate a beautiful redhead now, back then I really wasn’t attracted to redheaded girls.
My first date — redhead.
My second date — redhead.
My third date – redhead.
My fourth date – redhead. It got to be a joke in the fraternity: “How red will the hair be of Windsor’s date tonight?”
I decided to speak to the Social Chairman who did the matching. I said: “Sir, do you realize every date I have had has had red hair, and I’m just not attracted to red hair. It’s gotten to be a joke in the fraternity.” He chuckled and said he had heard that. I pleaded with him to match me up with a girl with any other color of hair. He said: “Windsor, it’s like this. We have a pledge class of 57. The sororities have a quota of 35. You are the next-to-last guy on our alphabetical list. By the time we get down to you, you’ll be lucky if there is a redheaded legacy available.” I said: “Could you start at the bottom of the list once?” He sent me away to clean toilets.
Fifth Date — As freshmen were not allowed to have cars at UT, we were always paired up with an active member who had a car. For my sixth match date, I was paired with Tom Neimeyer, a huge lineman on the Texas Longhorns football team. As we waited in the lobby of the Freshman girls’ dorm, Tom looked down at me and said: “Windsor, if an ugly redhead comes over and asks ‘Which one of you is Tom? YOU are Tom.” A gorgeous blonde came over, and I thought the Social Chairman had made amends. But Tom was delighted when she asked if he was Tom. My date had bright red, Howdy Doody-like hair.
Sixth Date — When I was given her name, my heart skipped a beat. Michelle Pfeiffer. I envisioned someone like Claudine Longet. I was pumped as I was driven to the dorm to meet Michelle Pfeiffer. My ride met an attractive brunette. We waited for my date to appear. I heard a sound that was like a herd of elephants was plodding down the stairs.
Out came the biggest, least attractive redhead of the six. Yep, that was my date. Michelle Pfeiffer — not THE MICHELLE PFEIFFER.
I decided to transfer to Texas Tech because of all the bad dates. I was scarred. I lived happily ever after at Tech.
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