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William Raines

Profile Updated: August 26, 2015
Residing In:
Huntington Beach, CA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Phyllis
Occupation:
Retired Engineer (Electrical/electronic)
Children:
3 extroverted kids; 2 daughters and one son
1 Grandchild-boy 2 years old (2015)
Military Service:
US Army  
Comments:

College from 1966 to 1971; 1980-1983

US Army 1971 to 1973

Civil Servant US Govt - US Navy Seal Beach; 1973 to 1985

Engineer at Hughes/Boeing 1985 to end 2009.

Boy Scout Leader/Eagle advisor since 1989.

Amateur Radio operator since 1997.

Retired in 2009.

School Story:

El Camino college 1965 to 1967

Long Beach State University 1968 to 1970; BS Engr.

CALPOLY Pomona 1978 to 1980; MS Engr.

Other than getting into trouble alot, I remember J.F. Kennedy's assassination.

Became Tartar Knight nerd - got into school game for free!

What did you do right after high school?

Attended Jr College then transferred to Long Beach State (University now).

I won the US birthday draft lotto number and went into the US Army after college.

Was Santa Clause for 10+ years for the Girl Scout Brownies and handicapped children organizations. Did it at work (adults) for a couple of years, but was not as much fun as with kids.

What did you want to do or think you were going to do when you finished high school?

Go into engineering and build stuff.

Become a genius like the character MacGyver (TV show) and become rich and famous, buy a Corvette, and travel around the world -- fell short on all.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I got old and now look nothing like my High School picture.

I have coached 77 scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout since 1998.

I helped build the many satellites that you need for your smart-phones and satellite/cable TV.

Help re-certify (i.e, testing remaining shuttle flight hardware) and placing a robotic arm on the Space Shuttle for the last 15 or so flight before being mothballed.

I survived to achieve retirement status.

Married for 45 years (to the same woman)

What’s your favorite memory of THS?

Chasing freshmen off the Senior Patio before the "90210" TV show ruined this tradition.

Wood-shop and metal-shop

Being able to exit campus because I was a Tartar Knight

Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at THS?

I would get involved with the student government -- The ASB officers seem to have way too much fun.

Seek tutoring for those "fun classes" like geometry and algebra II - remember feeling like the dumbest person on the planet?

Any words of wisdom?

Your integrity and trustworthiness will determine your stature amongst your peers and friends.

i.e., be nice and make lots of friends.

Memories fade after 50-years.

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