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Old 10-01-2022, 08:08 AM
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Default Bill Stine Retirement Announced

Announcement on the Estes company FB page that Bill is retiring. I attached a screenshot if youíre not a FB user and would like to read what Bill had to say. Retirement was a bittersweet time for me but after the transition Iím enjoying it - best wishes to Bill and hope he enjoys his as well!
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Old 10-01-2022, 07:58 PM
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With Billís retirement, it may be the first time since the inception of th hobby of model rocketry that a Stine will not be directly involved in the hobby either with a manufacturer or administration of the NAR.

Good luck Bill in retirement!

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Old 10-01-2022, 09:19 PM
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With Billís retirement, it may be the first time since the inception of th hobby of model rocketry that a Stine will not be directly involved in the hobby either with a manufacturer or administration of the NAR.

You might be making this profound announcement prematurely. It's not like he's 102 years old and will be spending his time doing puzzles.
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Old 10-01-2022, 10:16 PM
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That was based on the assumption that Bill would no longer be working directly for another rocket manufacturer or be a future president of the NAR or a board member. Either Harry or Bill has or had a position such as that somewhere in the hobby best I can recall since the latter 50s. I wasnít talking about just simply Ďbeing involvedí in the hobby.

If Bill is gonna go to work for another company, start another rocket company, or become a NAR board member or president, become the NAR mag editor, etc., then my comment would not apply.

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Old 10-02-2022, 02:26 PM
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Bummer loss for Estes.
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With Billís retirement, it may be the first time since the inception of th hobby of model rocketry that a Stine will not be directly involved in the hobby either with a manufacturer or administration of the NAR.

Good luck Bill in retirement!

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except for the three years between him selling Quest to Gary and John asking him to come to Estes.
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Old 10-02-2022, 11:59 PM
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Bill Stine...

Retired....

Hard to believe.

It seemed like only yesterday (Okay, it was 35 years ago) that Bill and I worked together at Enertek.

We were going to change the hobby of model rocketry forever.
Well, that didn't work out.

Enjoy retirement Bill!

Bob

PS: You are still a weenie.
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Bill Stine...

Retired....

Hard to believe.

It seemed like only yesterday (Okay, it was 35 years ago) that Bill and I worked together at Enertek.

We were going to change the hobby of model rocketry forever.
Well, that didn't work out.

Enjoy retirement Bill!

Bob

PS: You are still a weenie.


Bob,
Somewhere in the stash there's an Enertek catalog-the years have surely zipped by.

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Old 10-03-2022, 03:27 PM
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I found this comment interesting: "Another big task was to re-establish our factory relationship in China since they got hurt pretty badly financially in the HOBBICO bankruptcy." I wonder if reshoring the kit manufacturing operation was considered. My guess is it was. Anyway retirement from Estes could just mean on to the next thing.
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