William Ernest Slater (December 3, 1902 – January 25, 1965) was an American military officer, educator, sports announcer, and radio/television personality from the 1920s through the 1950s, hosting the radio shows Twenty Questions and Luncheon at Sardi's. He was the great uncle of actor Christian Slater.
Education and educator
Slater earned a master's degree in political science from Columbia University and was a 1924 graduate of West Point. An imposing man of 6 ft 3in, he subsequently taught English and math at his hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
He then joined the Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia as commandant. Next, he was on the faculty of the New York Military Academy where he also coached football. He was then the head of the math department and football coach at Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He left Blake School in 1933 to begin his final teaching post, as headmaster o