Pete Spaulding                        e-mail:

2531 Rio Bravo Circle                    H 916-361-1731

Sacramento CA 95826-2234        C 916-947-8018

Civil Engineering        California Energy Commission (Retired!)

RPI Update Oct 2017

Just spent a great couple of days hosting Steve Norton, who stopped in Sacramento while completing a world-wind tour of northern CA to attend graduations and visit relatives and friends. Steve is one of the few ’73 alums I have been able to stay in communication with over the years. Still hoping to land a gig as a roadie for his band, Juniper Row.

I promised Steve I would get off my butt and provide an update to anyone who cares. Life has been pretty damn good. Last April I retired, after 42 years of non-stop working. My last tenure with the State of California’s Energy Commission and Dept. of Transportation left me a good retirement, as well as a wonderful wife!! Zilan and I were married in May of 2015. So now I’m a house-husband, gardener, general contractor (readying Zilan’s midtown condo to rent), ski and tennis bum. I think I have finally found my true calling in life! To me, the biggest challenge in retirement is avoiding injury. Retirement can be dangerous to your health, from tennis elbow, banging up my shoulder in a bike crash, to pinched nerves and stiff necks from over-doing the workouts. Guess I still need to learn moderation.


Steve’s visit prompted me to reconnect with a great Hall 2 alum, Bob Eckart. I called Bob a few days after Steve left. We had a great chat! Another word of retirement advice – if you get a sudden urge to reconnect, do it right away! Don’t delay! And a phone call is way better than an email or text message.

With that in mind, I just got back from visiting a friend in Port Charlotte, Florida. So before the trip, I got in touch with another Hall2/Class of ’73 Alum, Rick Rosser. Had not seen Rick since 2000. Luckily our schedule coincided and Rick and I and Zilan were able to have lunch together at the Beach House Restaurant on Anna Marie Island in Sarasota. After a long stint in Saudi Arabia, Rick has been settled outside of Tampa for several years. He is still working in microbiology.

And if anyone has a hankering to come to northern CA, let me know. It’s a very underrated area. Lots to do all year round. Little traffic, compared to LA and SF. You are most welcome to our cozy guest room.

Definitely planning to come back to Troy for our 45th reunion in October of 2018. I hope a lot of civil engineers and Hall Hall alums will make a special effort to make it. C U there!

Quick update on one Robert C. Eckart ’73:

Bob was recently ‘honored” by the RPI Fraternity Association. After winning the annual Chapter Adviser Award so many times, RPI has decided to rename the award the Robert C. Eckart Chapter Adviser Award! Way to go Bob. Over the years, Bob has donated thousands of hours to his beloved Sigma Chi. Bob “Justa” Eckart’s second stint as the Delta Psi chapter adviser has lasted since 2010. He was Delta Psi’s assistant chapter adviser, as well as chapter co-advisor, for 13 years with Arch Love ’42 during the ’70s and ’80s. He was also chapter adviser for Albany State for 12 years, and has been an active member of the Phi Epsilon Phi House Corporation for more than 20 years. Bob was so well known by the brotherhood from an extra year of pledging, many of the new pledges and visitors mistook Bob for a brother, but Bob’s response was always “I’m just a pledge,” and the moniker “Justa” had stuck. Bob has been “just” a pledge, a brother, a magister, a chapter adviser, and now has been recognized as “just” an Order of Constantine brother. But to those of us from Hall Hall, he will always be affectionately known as “F*&%$n’ Eckart”!

Update 9/22/10:  OK, here's some news:

On July 31, alum Peter Q "The Rock" Spaulding conquered 14,162' Mt Shasta, covering 6,000 feet in 9 hours, and descending the same 6,000 feet in just 3 hours by sliding on his ass down the still snow-capped peak! A new Mt Shasta record.
For an encore, he then took on Yosemite's famous Half Dome. On September 18, he reached the summit after chugging a six pack and consuming a breakfast reminiscent of a Coco's late night sobriety check.
See attached pics.   

OK, so I made some of it up. I ain't no Pulitzer Prize winner ya know! Want to hear about some of my tennis matches??


Original post:

Have to admit, I really liked that tri-s*itty area, so right after RPI, I landed a job at NYSDOT in planning and development. After about 2 years, when Hugh Carey was elected Gov and started axing employees, I escaped the layoff by moving to Elmira NY and worked as a transportation planner. Elmira is a great, little town, but not much to do but drink. As you all know, my RPI years had me well prepared for that!

In 79, moved back to Albany after landing a job in the now defunct NYS Energy Office, energy conservation in transportation. After eight years of mind numbing state work, I met Marcy, got a sudden jolt of enthusiasm, and made a move to the Big Apple. Went to work for Moran Stahl & Boyer, a mgmt consulting firm specializing in corporate relocations. Marcy and I were married in October 87, and soon realized the big apple wasn't our piece of fruit. We high-tailed it up to Vermont, to the little town of Jericho, outside Burlington. I was working for St. Michael's College, bringing technology to rural road and transit workers, Marcy went to work for her uncle's newspaper in Barre.
(Is anyone still reading this? ZZZZZZZZZ)
Well, having moved to Vermont to improve our quality of life, Marcy decided hers was better without me in it. So we split up in the spring of 89. I decided I needed to get back into the real world, and through a series of fateful meetings wound up with a job offer in Sacramento CA running a state transit association. Did that from 1991 through 2006. It was lot of fun, and we grew to be the largest state transit association in the country, not in budget but in members. But it was a lot like running your own business and I finally got tired of 12 hour days and working weekends and not making enough $. So I left and am now with the California Energy Commission. I now supervise about 10 engineers and scientists working on renewable energy research. Biomass, solar, wind. Also, building up my retirement so I can quit this pop-stand and become a Roadie for Norton & Juniper Row.
(Hey, are we being graded on these? Does grammar and punctuation count? Can I get partial credit?)
So here I am. A state worker. Single. No kids. No pets. Right now, no girlfriend.
I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. And right now, I want to watch the replays of the GIANTS beating the Patriots, Packers, Cowboys and Bucs over and over and over! Ooh look, TO is crying again!
Sacramento is a great, very under-rated city. Less than 2 hours to SF and Napa, about two hours to Tahoe and some of the greatest skiing around. You can play tennis, run, bike, kayak, golf (I'm still too young for that) 12 months a year. Great camping, hiking. Home prices are reasonable, and the earth doesn't move or burn under your feet. And if for some reason you want to go to So Cal, SouthWest can get you there in just over an hour.
See you in June, maybe. Just did my taxes and Uncle Sammie needs some cash. Can anybody loan me a few bucks? Where's Jim Mulligan? I think he owes me a few!