William (“Bill”) Holmes Hickox, born in 1942 to Lute and Elinor Hickox of Berkeley, California. Although different in looks and temperament, they became tighter than most biological siblings. Bill competed in singles for several years on the national level, but Bill and Laurie excelled as a pair team.
After winning the 1960 U.S. junior pair title, Bill graduated from Berkeley High School, and retired from competitive skating. He had been accepted into the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and realized the commitment necessary to excel at the Academy would leave little room for competing. Bill was off the ice for six months when his mother convinced him to enter the 1961 U.S. Championships with Laurie, at the nearby Broadmoor World Arena. After placing third in senior pairs and making the 1961 U.S. World Team, the Academy granted Bill permission to miss school and travel to a communist country. Bill had the opportunity to travel to Prague on a military plane, but he chose to fly with his fifteen-year-old sister and the rest of the U.S. World Team.