Raymond Haak has been a Galveston County resident for all his 75 years, apart from his four years with the U.S. Air Force. Haak was a registered professional engineer in Texas before he began to grow grapes in 1969 and launched Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe.
With which TV character do you most sympathize? Archie Bunker of “All in the Family.” Surrounded by my wife and five daughters, I feel constantly misunderstood.
What is the travel destination on top of your wish list? I would like to spend a few days at a great lakeside cabin somewhere in Texas to do some fly fishing. My wife, Gladys, and I love fish and all seafood with, naturally, a glass of Haak Blanc du Bois wine.
What’s the biggest dare you’ve ever done? Riding my first bull. Putting a pair of spurs on my boots, sitting down on a 1,500-pound Brahma bull, wrapping a bull rope around the bull and my hand, focusing the audience over the chute gate with a faraway look in my eyes saying, “Let’s have him outside!”
Pick three all-time favorite music pieces? “Wind Beneath my Wings,” Bette Midler; “The Opera Carmen,” by Georges Bizet; and “The Sky is Crying,” Stevie Ray Vaughn.
If you were reborn, what would you like to come back as? I hope this doesn’t sound pretentious, but I would come back as myself. I have had a blessed life. I have enjoyed fishing, playing football, playing guitar in a rock-and-roll band, playing in the high school band, riding bulls in the rodeo, becoming an engineer, a winemaker and most of all a husband and father.