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William Bill Steinhour

Profile Updated: December 25, 2018
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Herndon, VA USA
Broadcast TV Engineer, US Senate
Justin William
Joshua Allen
Military Service:
US Navy  

After High School I joined the Navy's Advanced Electronics program. After Boot and Electronics Schools in San Diego, I went to Advanced Electronics, Computers, Communications, and Radar Schools in Chicago. That's where I met my first wife, now ex. I was recruited for White House duty and spent the next four years traveling the world with Reagan and HW Bush. I spent a month in China, a month in Ireland, and visited 36 countries and 40 states. 300 days a year of travel is too much!

I left the Navy when Justin was born. I worked four years at NIH doing biomedical research videos. I then worked as a Senior Systems Engineer with Video Dynamics Inc. I took a job at US Information Agency in 93 and have been with the US Gov't ever since. After VOA did a hostile take over of our TV Department, I moved to the State Department as their Chief Engineer for 10 years. We built a new digital global broadcasting facility at State and the Foreign Press Centers in DC.

I had a real jerk for a boss and after putting up with his SH&t head for six years, I took a position at the Senate Recording Studios. I love it there. Working in the Capitol in a brand new facility. It's a great job and with luck, I will retire in a couple years.

It's a true honor to work for the Senate and walk into the US Capitol every day. It truly is a monument to freedom around the world.

School Story:

I transferred to McCook from Vallejo SH in California. Unlike many of my Classmates, I didn't have lifelong friendships to rely on. I grew up as a Navy kid and had to make friends fast as either my friends would move, or we would. Moving back to McCook (where I was born) was difficult. I didn't know anyone, I didn't know who the good people and bad people were. I had long hair by McCook standards and short hair by Cali standards. I felt like I didn't fit in with any of the clicks, I was treated like an outcast by many despite my best efforts at being friends with everyone. After awhile, I just gave up trying to make friends in McCook.

I saw a thing in the paper where it called the High School kids "Smokers, Dopers and Hell Raisers". Hell! They have no freaking idea how mellow MHS was, or how tough the High School was in CA. There were buildings you just didn't go behind for fear of life and limb. There were gangs everywhere. The blacks hated whites, Philippines hated the Mexicans, Mexican's hated everyone.

Drugs were everywhere and there wasn't a day you didn't see a knife or gun on School grounds. If you wore your football jersey, most gangs left you alone. Racial tensions from the 70's were still very high. Living in McCook was like living in Mayberry RFD. It was nice in some ways, but a huge shock in many others.

The Cops constantly pulled us over thinking we were drug dealers. My fellow students treated us like we were outsiders, even though we were FROM McCook. Gone was the nice California weather, and in it's place baking heat in the summer and freezing temps in the winter. Yes, I know I was spoiled, having lived in California and Hawaii most of my youth, but Damn!

There were bullies in the upper class, and one of those guys took out my knee in football practice. I have had problems with that knee ever since. Three surgeries later.it is still painful. Another idiot thought it would be fun to spike me in the back with his helmet and I have had back issues from that injury. I am not bitter as I know those A-holes will get their just deserves.

I guess I had a good time at McCook. After making a few bad decisions, I finally found a few friends and while working on the farm almost full time, I still had time for Band, Stage, Jazz and marching Band. Choir, Swing Choir and solos rounded out the music education. Musicals and plays, concerts, football and even had a girlfriend or two. I still play piano, but haven't touched the trumpet much since the concert tour of Europe with Perdue University after graduating MHS and playing in the Drum and Bugle Corps in Bootcamp.

I joined the Navy in 1980 and have only been back to McCook a couple dozen times for visits, funerals and weddings. I have bumped into a few friendly faces, but other than Mike Kennedy, and Lanita, having looked at the pictures from the 30th reunion, I doubt I would recognize anyone from my class. Those of you who have stayed in or around McCook all these years, and having seen each other periodically, have the same advantage you did when I moved to McCook. If I moved back ""home"", I would be in the same boat I was in in 1976. Not knowing anyone, not recognizing anyone, and worse, not remembering much of those High School Years. The memory goes first they say. Hah!

Luckily, I have had a great career in Television, getting to meet world leaders, dignitaries, and Politicians. I love what I do and where I work. I am the former VP, President, Activities Chair and current board member of a large Ski Club, A Third degree Master Mason, and father of two great sons. I have a wonderful wife who tolerates me fairly well! I love to travel with her. We have a beautiful house in the suburbs of DC. We have two wonderful Collies named Duncan and Copper as well as one psychotic dog named Cassie. I attend Herndon United Methodist Church, but have recently started looking for a closer one.

If you are still reading this, I guess that is a good thing and I could consider you a friend, just for continuing to read. :-)

Have a great day!

Update: 4-2017
We have lost some wonderful classmates. Michael Kennedy, Deb Amen, and several others. So if I have ever wronged you I apologize. If you have ever wronged me, I forgive you. I thank you all for my memories in McCook... Good bad and indifferent,, Thank you all.

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Cherry Blossom time, my favorite time in DC
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Mr. Bill at the top of the Rotunda. Behind me is the painting most people see when they look straight up from the floor of the Rotunda. Awesome! Thank you Constantino Brumidi.
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Mr. Bill at the top of the US Capitol Dome looking west towards the Washington Monument
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Mr and Mrs. Bill at the Blue Knob Ski trip 2009 Somerset PA.
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Bill and Joshua standing on the South Rim edge of the Grand Canyon July 2009
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South Rim of the Canyon. Andrea, Bill and Joshua Steinhour July 2009 Taken by a nice Austrian Family.

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How most people see me... Photographer at large.
Just have to love those Canon Lenses.
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Taking pictures like these. Cathedral Rock in the distance. Just south of Sedona AZ.
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Mr Bill at the Petrified Forrest park and Painted Desert in Arizona July 2009. What the picture can't convey is the heat. There should be a law against living in AZ during the Summer.