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My Name Is ... Bill Robie

Longtime Goldenite, Vietnam veteran

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Helicopters, trains and automobiles

I came to Golden in 1964, and have lived here continuously except the five years I was in the Army.

I enlisted in 1966, and left the Army in 1971 as a captain. For four of the five years, I was in Army aviation. I spent three years flying helicopters, and one year flying helicopter combat missions in Vietnam.

Helicopters are fun to fly — they’re like a motorcycle in the sky.

I’m a member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. I enjoy being a part of our mobile Helicopter War Museum, which is housed in a 50-foot highway semitrailer. We take it to various events and venues in the Front Range area.

I’ve always been interested in trains and Colorado railroad history. I’m a trustee at the Colorado Railroad Museum. I’ve been doing that for about 15 years, but have been on the board for about 20 years.

And I enjoy driving my maroon 1949 Willys Jeep.

The girl next door

I met my wife Dianne here in Golden in 1965. I was going to the School of Mines, and my sophomore year, I moved off campus and ended up dating the girl next door — then married her.

She and I owned Del’s barbershop on Washington Avenue for 20 years. Now my daughter owns and operates it.

Career with Coors

I earned a bachelor of science in engineering geology from Colorado School of Mines.

While I was attending Mines, I worked part time at Coors in the hospitality department — Fritz Brenecke hired me.

After I graduated in 1975, I couldn’t find geotechnical employment in the Denver area, so I applied for permanent work with Coors in the land and water department.

Over an 18-year career, I worked in land management, water management and land development. I helped develop three residential properties — Canyon Point, which is now Mountain Ridge; Bear Tooth Ranch, which is a 700-acre residential development north of Golden; and I helped a co-worker with the CoorsTek center.

After I left Coors, the same co-worker and I partnered and together, we developed Wild Plum Farm in the Fairmount area of Golden and Rockwell Estates, adjacent to Fossil Trace Golf Course. I still manage the home owners’ associations for those two.

A Golden street-namer

I’ve probably named more streets in Golden since the founders. I’ve named 28 streets in and around Golden.

It takes imagination — you can’t use a name that’s already in use. I focused on geography, animals and wildflowers. For example, Rubey Drive was named after the former name of the property, Rubey Clay.

My favorite is Magpie Court, in Mountain Ridge.

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