Rj Smith

Profile Updated: February 6, 2018
Residing In: Las Vegas, NV USA
Spouse/Partner: Jackie Smtih
Occupation: Senior Manager - Accenture
Children, Grandchildren Two children - Rj Smith IV - 34 & Sarah Starr Bridge - 33
Two grandchildren - Declan & Tristan 2 More…years old (twins boys - born January 2012)
Military Service: U.S. Army - Vietnam  
How often do you get back to Fullerton?

I get back to Fullerton about once a quarter, with offices in Los Angles and Irvine, I get back to Southern California about twice a month.

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

See most of classmates on social media. Most recently had lunch with Bill Brown while he was staying in Las Vegas.

I know from this site that several classmates live in the LV Valley, but have not been able to contact them (not from lack of trying). If you are visiting or live here, ping me.

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

Wanted to get through college and stay out of Vietnam. Accomplished one - got through college and went to Vietnam.

Leaving FUHS, my longest term vision was FJC. After three years in the Army, I came home with a clear vision of what I didn't want to do. Life became clearer, finished college and started a successful career in the Information Technology space that I am still engaged with today.

What's on your "bucket list"?

Cycle tour of Ireland. Stay in good health.

Favorite place to go?

India, China, Caribbean, St. Barth’s, Hawaii, Ireland and Scotland.

How old do you feel?

For the most part 40. I find it hard to believe that we're "senior citizens" and get discounts at the movies.

I am still working and very active with family, friends, traveling and cycling.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Cycling, traveling and collectting wine. As part of my job, I travel to some interesting part of the world (the "Taj", Great Wall of China, etc) and try to be a tourist as often as possible.

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

Nothing.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

It all depends how you measure success - but I've surprised myself with my accomplishments in my professional career and having a great family.

Famous or interesting people you've met?

Ronald Reagan - attended The 50th Presidential inaugural as friend of the first family.

After returning from Vietnam, I spent my last year in the service in Washington D.C. Under the small world category, I got to meet with Brig Owens who I had not seen since I was a freshman at FUHS.

While in Vietnam, we went to the port of Saigon. Coming through the gates an MP asked if I was "Butch" Smith. I replied yes and was told a person on the Sea Train ship at the port was looking for me. Turned out to be Junior Lewis (class of 1963). Junior was a helicopter pilot heading north during the TET offensive. Junior and family live in Arizona.

Under the same “small” world category, Jackie and I went to a soccer game in San Diego. Arnold Forsyth (class of 1963) was sitting in front of us. I believe his lives in Montana today.

Posted: Feb 06, 2018 at 10:08 AM
Finished Ride the Rockies June 2017. 500 miles over six days and riding over 5 passes with elevation of 10,500 feet or more.
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM
Beware of pizza delivery drivers that are reading a map and not watching traffic. Good news was that I didn't have any serious injuries and got a new bike.
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM
End of the ride in Austin - it was really 162 miles of hills and wind.
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM
Prior to the start of the Houston to Austin MS 160 mile ride.
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM
Jackie and I in Cabo.
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM
Didn't know I had a "RJ" family member in Bangalore, India.
Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 7:27 PM