William Robert "Bill" Derrick was born in 1928 in a farmhouse outside Ben Wheeler, Texas. After high school, he did a tour in the U.S. Navy where he took up bodybuilding. Bill used his GI Bill benefits to attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, earning a B.S. in Engineering in 1952. During that time he won the Mr. Fort Worth title, and was runner up for Mr. Texas. After graduation, he got a job with Todd Shipbuilding in Long Beach, California. After arriving in the LA area, he posed for Bob Mizer of AMG for the photo above, but he moved on from there quickly, it seems.