William F 'Bill' Peters

Profile Updated: March 26, 2014
Class of 1953
Residing In: Oceanside, CA USA
Homepage: picasaweb.google.com/bpeterssp53
Spouse/Partner: Beverly Smith '55
Children, Grandchildren: Daughters: (Mine) Katherine '59, Karen '60, Ronnette '61, Kristi '66
Son's (Bev's) Tom '58, Dan More…'66 (Deceased)
Emily, Heather, Richard, Sarah, Chris, Nick, Haley, Tyler, Nathaniel, Johnathan, Dylan, Nora, Nate
Occupation title: Engineering Manager, Chief Engineer
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Occupation/Career(s) Details:

Project Engineer and Engineering Manager:
Consolidated Systems Corp.
Scientific Data Systems
Xerox Special Information Systems
Chief Engineer - Datum Systems
Chief Engineer - Geophysical Systems Corp.
Owner - Quality Systems Group
Chief Engineer - Oceanside Community Television - presently
-- Watched a whole bunch of large rocket engine tests at NASA - various facilities
-- Watched a launch from Cape Kennedy
-- Involved in the progress of digital data storage from 3 Megabytes (3,000,000 bytes) in a 159 pound package to more than one terabyte 1,000,000,000,000 bytes) in a five pound package and 4 gigabytes (4,000,000,000 bytes) on a postage stamp
-- Involved in the development of laser printing, laser scanning, image processing and editing, word processing, optical data storage, and (as an observer and user) the development of Internet protocols and the Internet! What a wild ride!! Over 40 years worth and still learning!

One of my projects in the early 1980s was to store 4 gigabytes of data on a 14 inch diameter glass disk using lasers to write and read the data. I mostly watched the project team do the real design work and keep the paperwork off of their backs. We accomplished the objective but that technique was quickly surpassed by plastic media, audio CDs, video Discs and eventually the CD-ROM and DVDs.

Currently serve as Staff Engineer for a local Oceanside TV station, KOCT. Do everything from Voice Overs to fixing cables, cameras, recorders and anything that breaks. Get to twiddle knobs on shoots like football games, council meetings, music events and and stuff like that there. It is more fun than actually working!

Different places I have lived:

San Marino, CA
Glendora, CA
Pass Christian, MS
Hawthorne, CA
Arcadia, CA
Chino, CA
Oceanside, CA

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Parents and their parents moved to So. Pas in 1918 from Allentown, PA and both went to So. Pas HS as did my dad's sister and mother's brother.
My grandfather, Lyman Clark, Owned Glendale Motor Car Company and was a founder of Glendale Federal Savings and Auto Club of Southern California
I lived in San Marino and went to Stoneman and Huntington Schools in San Marino, then SPJHS in '49 - '50 and SPSMHS in '50 to '53.
Engineering at PCC and UCLA
My two youngest daughters went to SMHS.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Mother Virginia Clark '23
Father William Peters '25
Uncle Richard Clark '25
Aunt Christine Peters 1933
Cousin Linda McNeish '55

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Warren Martin
Chuck Everts
Jon Hansen
Some members of the Class of 1953.

School Memories:

Wayne Steimle's physics class.
The Link Trainer
Mr. Bookhout's chmistry class.
My mother had both Al Adams and Hester Lauman as teachers in the 1920s. Ed Jacobs was friends with my uncle and I took his radio class in my Sophomore year.

We discovered that the pay phone outside of the study hall/cafeteria was a slot machine. Id didn't work one day so I tracked down the fact that the ground wire was broken at a nearby water pipe. Reconnected it and the phone dumped a handful of dimes. Hmmm . . .this looked promising until the phone company reconnected it permanently.

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

Cimota Club
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Audio Engineering Society
Instrument Society of America

Milestones & Epiphanies:

I actually graduated but I don't remember spending much time in class. Most of my time seemed to be spent in Mr. Steimle's room and in the Link trainer.

[Date] What's happening in my life now:

I am failing retirement.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

What Spare time?
Radio and Electronics, Audio/Video
Amateur Radio K6BXE, KB6LK
Model Trains
Fixing things
Publish magazines for SPHSAA Emeritus
Maintain a few web sites - Emeritus

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Classical and Theatre Pipe Organ
New Wave

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

Uncle Wiggley
Winnie the Pooh on Management
The Complete Practical Joker

William F 'Bill''s Latest Interactions

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Mar 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Bev and Me - Glacier Point
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Chuck Everts '51 and me reconnect after 52 years.
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM
64 years later!