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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:
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??
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!