Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author George F. Will was born on May 4, 1941 in Champaign, Illinois. His parents were Fred and Louise Will. His father was a professor of philosophy at the University of Illinois. Louise Will died in 2006 at age 98.
George attended grade schools in Champaign. He then studied at the elite University Laboratory High School on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana. The 'Uni High" school can take students as young as sixth grade by application. The high school has graduated four Nobel Prize winners and was named in 2006 by NEWSWEEK Magazine as a "public elite" in their list of only 21 best schools in America.
Will attended Trinity College in Connecticut and Oxford University in England. While he was at Trinity in 1960, Will was co-chair of the Trinity College Students for Kennedy. But while at Oxford, he began to reject the dominant anti-capitalist and leftist philosophy of the Oxford faculty. He appeared to be following in his father's career of teaching when he earned a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University in 1967.
By 1967, Will was solidly in the conservative Republican camp. He taught at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto. But in 1970 he left the academic life to work in Washington, DC for Sen. Gordon Allot (R-Colorado).
In 1973 Will became the Washington editor of National Review. He resigned as editor in 1975, but by this time he was already syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group, and by 1976 he became a contributing editor for Newsweek. Beginning in 1977 Will was a television commentator for Agronsky and Company and in 1981 for This Week with David Brinkley. He won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary writing in 1977.
George Will continues to write a syndicated column for The Washington Post Writers Group and continued to be a commentator for ABC News. He is the author of many books on politics and baseball. The dark side of George Will is a common affliction for many native Illinoisans, he continues to have a weak spot for the Chicago Cubs. His son is an Orioles fan. George is a member of the Washington-based Emil Verban Society of Cub fans both in Illinois and in Washington. The society meets every two years for a lunch in Washington.