Bill Ames is a retired aeronautical engineer who graduated from the University of Minnesota at Duluth and worked for General Dynamics and IBM. He and his wife Lynette are also entrepreneurs and avid property rights advocates. Ames is a writer of political commentaries in Texas, and he has been active in the Texas social studies textbook review cycle. He was instrumental in negotiating numerous textbook changes. He is presently involved in efforts to review the Texas social studies academic standards.