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  Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ August, 1998
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20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 PEACE ~ Frank Osgard #1 ~ Frank Osgard #2 Zip's Tarter Sauce ~ Fight Song ~ Alma Mater *********************************************** From: Gary Behymer (64) TO: All Bombers RE: Houses That Hanford Built ~ 8/1/98 The Houses that Hanford Built.... I believe these to be the actual cost to the government to build each house. Type # Year Built Cost A 408 1943-1945 ? B 520 1943-1945 ? C 85 1950-1951 ? D 8 1943-1945 $11,570 E 84 1943-1945 $ 9,535 F 250 1943-1945 $10,562 G 8 1943-1945 $ 9,220 H 250 1943-1945 $ 9,220 K 60 1950-1951 $11,768 L 44 1943-1945 $11,733 M 25 1943-1945 $12,191 Q 143 1948-1949 $12,608 R 146 1948-1949 $13,580 S 19 1948-1949 $16,049 T 5 1948 ? U 110 1947 $ 7,941 V 340 1947 $ 9,689 Y 950 1948-1949 $ 9,704 Z 50 1948-1949 $10,755 Prefabs 1-BR 150 1944-1946 ? 2-BR 675 1944-1946 ? 3-BR 517 1944-1946 ? Where did you live? ****************************************************** ****************************************************** ....more Bomber Memories ~ 8/8/98 This question has been asked by Barbara Vaché from the Class of 1968 concerning 'the camp' that was located next to 'Horn Rapids Dam'. >From Barbara Vaché '68) We are looking for any printed information stating what the camp was used for. Everyone seems to know of it existance but there is little info on the camp itself. I was visiting the area several weeks ago and just wanted more information on it and have run into dead ends. Thanks Barbara Vache Baird class of '8 >>From: Sonny Davis ('2) My name is Sonny Davis and I graduated in 1962. After I got my driver's license, I spent almost every your I could at "the camp". The concrete floors and foundations were clearly visible and one could actually drive down the streets of the camp itself. This was one of the hunting, fishing, shooting, camping favorites of the area. The indians were still fishing the river at the Rapids. In about 1960 they had huge Army excercises there and there were literally zillions of tanks, armored cars, artillery pieces, etc. all over that area. I don't know what is there now but if I were there I could take you right to it. I shot deer, trapped beaver, hunted chukar, pheasant and quail there. Probably around 1954 or 55 my Boyscout troop did an overnight right on the old foundations. Sonny Davis >>From: Larry Smith ('1) Hi, I don't have any papers regarding the camp, but my dad always referred to it as 'the conchy- camp'. It was a storage place for concientous objectors durring the war time. I don't know how long it was used, but when I first remember going there in about '48-'50, all that was there was the foundations and some trees. It was a common camping spot for scout over-nighters without having to go too far. Kinda secluded and like an oasis, but still close to home. The water in the river was pretty clear in those days. >>From: Joe Ford (63) Gary, I'm joining Ray Stein, and no doubt dozens of other folks, in thanking you for the research on Richland. My dad told me that the Horn Rapids prison camp had POWs, mostly German, who worked in the harvest in the Yakima valley. They were guarded and escorted but had a degree of freedom. By late 1945 or early 1946, most of them were repatriated. When I was a kid (1950 to maybe 1955) we would occasionally go there on family outings. I remember fairly tall trees, which probably were remarkable for a born-and-raised Richland boy. Anyone else have a version? Best regards. --Joe Ford ('63) >>From: Linda Sargent Evans ('7) I just found out about your website! It's great, and a wonderful way to keep in touch. Please add my name to the list. Thanks so much. >>From: Diane Brown Koehnen ('64) Dear Everyone, It is so fun to read these tales of us as kids growing up in Richland and our shared experiences like chasing the mosquito trucks, floating down the flumes, cruising the Uptown, then the Downtown, hangin' out at Zip's!!! I grew up in a B house at 1414 McPherson. My parents still live there and my younger brother Dan and his wife live on Cottonwood. I ran into Darlene Huesties in Seattle this week! She recognized me in a checkout line at Fred Meyer - even after 34 years! Thanks, Gary, for making this possible and all of you for the memories........ Dianne Brown Koehnen ('64) >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson ('68) We moved into a pre-fab at 1808 McClelland in 1951. In '56, I remember going down to "housing" where the Health Dept is now, and looking for our name. Mom was expecting #3 and we were short on room. Fortunately we got to move to 410 Cottonwood about a month before my little brother arrived. The folks bought that house in '58 for about $11,000. I still have the paper work. They sold in '71 and my husband, new baby and I bought it in '78. The small bedroom was just like I had left it as far as paint and wallpaper. I remember the painters coming down our block doing the interiors. I could have any color I wanted, as long as it was pink!! I tell my kids the only way I am leaving this house is feet first : ) Mina Jo Payson, Class of '68 >>From: Tonny Tellier Anyone remember: By's Burgers Ray's Market out at the Y Highland Ranch Market in Kennewick The Flume The Men's Room At The Standard Station Lucky 7 Atomic Frontier Days Arlo "Muscles" Paul Schlagle Officer Worrell Warren Scott Ida Me(a)chem PasPort Plunge Drift Inn Wild Bill's ................more on houses............... >>From: Bob Mattson ('64) Hello, yes the DDT sprayers. Those little jeeps, rolling down the streets of my home town. Through a network of informats we could locate it blocks away and swarm in it's clouds. What fun. Started off in the Kadlec as a lot of us did. Started off in a prefab on Snow, then to 1514 Marshall which I think was called an "A" house. Two story half. Then on to 1606 Johnston, could have been a "Q" house. John Corado, Tom Clements and David Dowis shared the neighborhood. Quansit hut at Sackie, Then Jason Lee, Christ The King, Chief Jo, Then to Col-Hi as that was it. Anyboby remember swimming at the passport plunge in Pasco? Include the Nam, a marriage gone south, two beautiful children, besides some live stage & stand-up, in a band called Fat Chance, I'll have some Tee shirts for sale when we all gather once again next summer. A thanks goes out to Gary and Maren, I'm sure. Later, Bob "Tuna" Mattson ('64) >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) .....Several people have mentioned the Passport Plunge. I believe it was out by the Pasco Airport? Went there but once when I was a cubscout. >>From: James Armstrong ('63) Hey it was another great reunion. I went on a great sight seeing excursion up the RIVER to the Hanford reach. With great running commentary from Mike Quane about his adventures on the river way back when. Long may you wave Mike! Great to see everyone. Jim Armstrong - "Pitts" ('63) >>From: the Vaché Sisters Hi from alumni of '59, '66, and '68. We are the Vaché sisters having a sisters week in Lake Stevens, WA. This is our first view of the Bomber Home Page that we heard about from brother Jim ('64). We are hoping to catch up on some news of "old" classmates. The Vaché Sisters: Mary Ellen ('59), Katie ('66), and Barbara ('68) ================ This 'memory lane' trip is being sent to over 700 emailing Richland Bombers from class years 1945 to 1989. We know that each of you have different 'types' of memories. Realize that this group represents 45 years and several generations! Thank you for allowing us to share 'our' thoughts and memories. Maren Smyth ('64) & Gary Behymer ('64) ************************************ ****************************************************** Richland Bombers Come Out of the Woodwork ~ 8/10/98 from Gary Behymer ('64) ... sending this to the Class of 1964. Note to Maren -- Please forward to all other classes. ==================== >>From: Rob Williams ('67) Hi Gary, I ran into an old friend last spring, thanks to your great site. I saw Jamie Worley's (Hills) name on the Bomber site and contacted her concerning her brother Larry, we all grew up together in Jack-Ass flats, West Richland. I met with Jamie, she's still a fox, Larry and his great family out in Benton City last May, we all had a wonderful visit. What a great family. Here is a picture of Larry's youngest son Seth on my Harley. He also has an older son Silas, both great boys. Larry and I played baseball together, his father, Ralph and my dad Richard started alot of the ground work organizing teams and got the land to build the baseball park by the golf course. Just to let you know this site is working to bring old friends back together... thanks again, Rob Williams ('67) ==================== >>From: Teresa DiVine Knirck ('64) Once again, it is great to read all the memories of early Richland--It was fun to see Sonny Davis' name. For those who went to Chief Jo, I think it was Sonny Davis and Ronnie Hoglen who were sort of folk heroes when I was in seventh grade. I am sure it was they who somehow added their names to those signing the copy of the Declaration of Independence hanging in the foyer by the auditorium entrance at CJ. Anyone else remember that--like Sonny? :) Teresa DeVine Knirck ('64) ==================== >>From: Roberta Gross ('70) Hi Gary! Thanks for the info! How do I get my email address added to the list: CLASS OF 1970 TO 1979 EMAIL ADDRESSES (for 1970 list)? Roberta Gross Darrow ('70) Another person who would like to get added to the email list for 1970 is Gudrun Witt Zimmer. She was the foreign exchange student from Germany in 1970. ==================== >>From: Stephen Schraedel (79) Gary, Are there any plans for a '79er's reunion? Stephen Schraedel ==================== >>From: Barb Gore McCleary ('67) I just heard of this awesome Web site. I'm a '67 graduate of Col. Hi. My maiden name was Barbara Gore, so plrase include me Thanks! This is simply great!!!! ==================== >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) In reply to Tony Tellier and others The camp: I agree, a POW camp during the war. My brothers' Scout troop camped there often. By's Burgers: My dad told a story about By's Burgers and the painters. He sent use kids and mom to grandma's in Seattle while our house was being painted. One evening he went down to By's, on the corner of Gillespie and Duane (Goethals, now). Of course, the inevitable dust storm blew up. He rushed home to close windows, but was too late. We had some of the earliest texturized walls in Richland. "Muscles": I remember a guy who rode his bike around town. As little kids, we would see him and yell "Hey, hey, Muscles" and wave and he would yell "Hey, Hey" back and wave. He was a fixture for years. I guess he was retarded or just slow. The rumors by the time I was 11 or so were that he had gotten run over trying to ride his bike on the freeway in California. Who knows? Atomic Frontier Days: A good excuse for the men not to shave for a week. Ida Meachem: Was she the Dr. Meacham who taught some of the science courses at CBC in the late 60's & early 70's? She was quite a character on campus and seemed to be older than dirt. PasPost Plunge: Never got to go there. I was under the impression that it was reserver for the military families in Pasco. I think there were some naval air guys stationed there. It was at the old airport. I remember going by there often as a late teen and seeing the remains. No building, just a big, empty cement pool. Wild Bills Market: Used to be on the corner of Lee and Jadwin. I think there was one at McMurray and G. Way, too. I can remember that we alway shopped at C & H Market on Wright, next to Densows, because it was close to home. But sometimes mom or dad would go down to Wild Bills because they had good prices on dry goods. Mosquito trucks: We used to chase them on foot and on our bikes as they came down Cottonwood. It is amazing we aren't all dead from inhaling that stuff!! -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ==================== >>From: Kathy O'Neil (63) Thanks for all the interesting information and great comments by everyone. I really enjoy reading them! ==================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) Hey! I am glad so many have yukked it up on those snippets. The guy who threw in The Mad Turk got an extra 10 points!! Fission Chips BB&M McGuire's Shoe Repair Skip's Drive-In Q: was the Chinese place in Uptown the "Ming Room" or was that in Pullman?? Hi-Spot (!!) "Atomic Harvest" a book about releases of radioactivity into the Walukee (sp) Slope to the east =============================================== >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) My last name at graduation was Gerry. I remember the pink because mom had a bad habit of moving bedroom furniture and I came home from Marcus Whitman one day to find that I had been moved into my brother's room, which was blue and he got my pink one. That really frosted my cookies, but I guess I lived. =================================================== >>From: Bill Byrd (59) Gary, here is another slant on the Horn Rapids Camp. I remember my Father telling the story, ....following Pearl Harbor, the US government decided to move all of the Japanese living and working on the west coast of the US to inland camps until the war was over. While at graduate school, I met a Japanese who colaborated this story saying that his father had a store in Tacoma and was threatened with being turned in to the authorities if he didn't sell his store (and for a fraction of its worth). It happened anyway and his family was moved to the Horn Rapids Camp. I have no documentation and my Father is no longer living, so take it for what it is worth. ===================== >>From: Richard Baker (58) By's Burgers: The original was located on the old Columbia Park highway. I used to love it when my folks took me there. Still today, I think those were the best hamburgers I have ever eaten. Later, he opened a By's below Lee Hill. Then, he open Tim's near Uptown, named after his son. It was at Tim's that I first remember hearing Elvis. Ray's Market out at the Y: When I was growing up at 216 Cullum Avenue, a neighbor, Bill James (who has long since passed away) used to take me fishing on the dike that connects Bateman island with the road. Of course, Ray's is just across the street. We got our fishing supplies and bait there plus a treat after fishing. Highland Ranch Market in Kennewick: I remember it but don't have any memories associated with it. The Flume: It was always neat to spend Friday or Saturday night "shooting" the Flume and then walking back across the ties to do it again. Another night time activity we enjoyed was sitting on the fenders and shooting jackrabbits with 22's while driving all of the dirt roads above the flume. Couldn't do that now, could you. The Men's Room At The Standard Station: I don't think I remember the Standard Station. But, I do remember Pott's Rainbow at the corner of Casey and Douglas. I think this was the only filling station in town when we moved there in '43. Safeway was across the street. I think Potts eventually opened the first station on the corner just south of the Community House. Lucky 7: I remember what I thought was the Lucky 5 just across the street from the Gaslight and, of course, the Frontier Tavern in the next block. Atomic Frontier Days: I remember these days vividly. It was a fun time. And then came the Unlimited Hydroplane races. The night before the races, we used to go down to the barricade they set up in Columbia Park and spend the night having a few bruskies and playing poker. Then the next morning they would remove the barricade and we drove (hurriedly) down to get our favorite spot to watch the races. Chrysler Crew, Miss Spokane, Miss Tri Cities, Atlas Van Lines, and many more. Those are fond memories! The Chrysler Crew actually had two Chrysler engines. Arlo: Yes, I remember Arlo. His last name was Beedles. His sister is Irma who graduated with me and one of the folks I hope to see at the reunion next month. Arlo used to hang out at the Carmichael shop. When he got on a wood lathe, he settled down and performed excellent work. "Muscles": I had forgot all about Muscles. Yes, I remember seeing him all the time around town. It seems like he was always smiling. Boy, a real long lost memory! Paul Schlagle: I need a memory jogger here. I remember the name but can't put a face or story with it. Officer Worrell: I remember him. I think we spent a few times together over the years…if you know what I mean. Warren Scott: No memory. Ida Me(a)chem: For sure I remember Ida. I had her for biology at Columbia High in '57 or '58. Then I had her again at CBC in '65 or '66. As I look back, we kinda gave her a hard time, but she was a very sincere, dedicated person. PasPort Plunge: I used to swim at the PasPort Plunge. It was the old military training pool. I think it was Olympic size, but can't really remember. Every time I fly back to the Tri Cities and land in Pasco, I look over at the few remaining buildings and think of swimming there. Drift Inn: I kinda remember the Drift Inn. For sure I remember the name and associate it with a bar. But I can't place the location. Wild Bill's: I want to add the word "Market" on the end of this one. Am I right?? Was it located in West Richland?? Thanks for giving me the chance to re-live some great memories. Here are a few more: The Richland and Village theaters where I used to see Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, etc., etc. for a dime and then 12 cents. The Stile family ran the theaters. They had two sons. One older than me and one younger. They originally lived above the Village theater. And, how about the original Richland swimming pool that was in the park below the Community Center. It was so small, that they rotated kids on an hourly basis. And, last but not least, Ganzeles Barber Shop where from 3 years old to probably 18 years old, I got my hair cut. There used to be a black gentleman, Otis, who shined shoes. He was a nice old gent and was there a long, long time. -Richard Baker (58) ================================================= >>From: Maren Smyth ('64) I remember Otis!!!!! Must have been on a trip to the barber shop to watch older brother, Tim ('62), get his hair cut. And now the last name of Azure pops into my head. ============================================== In response to "Letter from a Friend" by Jim Hamilton: >>From: Kathie Roe (64) What a great letter!!! As I read Frank's recollections, I chuckled at our shared experiences. Misguided as it may be, I still feel a sense of pride to be part of a generation who who grew up riding bikes behind DDT jeeps, skating at the roller rink, going to movies at the Uppy, savoring a hot & greasy Spudnut, knowing where Zeb's Radiator Shop is located, sneaking into drive-in movies, parking in North Richland, swimming to The Island, living under the "mushroom cloud", and knowing there is nothing more exciting than chanting "On to State". You guys are the coolest. Semper Bomberus...... Kathie Roe Truax ('64) =============================================== Hi, I thought I did this before but maybe not, you know how computers are, have a mind of their own. Please add: Linda Barott - Class of 1971 I am married to: David Rodriguez - Class of 1969 Thanks ==================== >>From: Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck (63) I have loved reading all these wonderful Richland memories...thank you for sending them to me, too! Growing up in Richland must have meant so much to so many people...just amazing. Thanks again for your efforts.... Mary Lou ============================================== >>From: Sandi Cherrington (66) Hi Everyone, Good to hear about and remember the "people and local hangouts" of the years gone by! I do remember: By's Burgers Ray's Market out at the Y Highland Ranch Market in Kennewick Atomic Frontier Days "Muscles" Wild Bill's Flumes Does anyone remember going to the dances at Howard Amon Park during the "Frontier Days" celebrations? How about going to the "Indoor Swimming Pool" over in Pasco by the Old Airport? Our family used to enjoy going there. Sandi Cherrington (Class of '66') =========================================== In Response to the Letter from John Coons >>From: Larry Bowls (64) John, An interesting note you have written regarding the significance of the August 9, 1945 date. By your concluding comments, I am not sure, however, if you are an apologist for Hanford war contributions or condemning them. I'd rather think the former. As we know now, after two dropped bombs, the war came to an abrupt end saving many American and Allied lives that would undoubtedly have been lost in an extended conflict in the Pacific. I think it is fair to say none of us individually take any pride in the destruction of life and property caused by these bombs, but can be proud of all collective efforts to effect the earliest end to the war. It is a given that history was made on those days, but what other history would have been written if had we not dropped those bombs. Let's reflect on that too. Larry Bowls, Class 1964 P.S. John, please say hello to Ginny ('64) from my wife Donna Young ('64) who was a close friend of Ginny's during high school. We trust that all is well with you. We now reside in southern California. ===================== >>From: Valerie Polentz Topham (72) Hi Maren, Glad you are the one keeping up the "page" and not me! I am reading interestedly about an area I had little interest for when I lived there. Now that I'm older and wish to recount memories to my child, it is soemthing new to tell her every time I drive over the mountains. Val (currently resting in Richland) =============================================== >>From: Marilyn Henderson Boyd-Young (73) Hey, this ones for Tonny Tellier- I'd like to know what went on in the Men's room at the Standard Station, seeing how my father owned it:):):)- ================================================ >>From: Kathy Rathvon (63) You're doing a great job passing along all these memories. People mention things I had totally forgotten about. This is great! Thanks, Maren, for all your work. =============================================== >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Received this letter from Frank Osgard today, thought you might enjoy. Dear Jimbeaux, Sorry I missed the reunion. I would love to attend, but still have trouble dealing with the clothes I wore to our 10th reunion. I don't know why I thought a pair of white patent leather loafers and a matching belt would get folks to sit back and say, "Hey, Old Frfand is doing OK". I devoted a lot of time to make sure that I would be looking "so sharp", that people would forget about my Graduation Night indescretion on the Columbia Queen, but I was wrong. That initial reunion was the inagural trip to Richland for my first wife. I had bought that paisley shirt with the John Travolta long point collar to wear with my sky blue Glen Campbell leisure suit. Then as we were all crowded in the bar out at the "K of C Smoker Drinker (fromerly known as the post office where we used to go to see if Stanley Middelton was on the wanted posters, yet)", someone yelled "FIRE". I'm not sure if it was really spontaneous combustion from all of that polyester and hairsray, but I lost about 4" off my left "huck'a huck'a burnin' love" Elvis sideburn. That was when wife number one bolted and ran, never to be seen again. On second thought, I think that was probably wife number two. I don't remember much else about her, but I do know that number one would have probably gone up in smoke as she is currently in a 12 step program for polyester, big hair and cheap jewelry abuse. Number one was from Kennewick, but spent her formative years in North Richland in the trailer courts and went to John Ball. When she was six, they moved to one of those houses up by Sanders Field and Zeb's Ratiator Shop, that only had a basement. We first met crawling under the fence at that Drive-in down by the Y. Me thinks it was a "buck nite", which should have clued me to the fact that she wouldn't be real quick with numbers. Her brother worked at the roller rink down by Tastee Freeze and always wore black. He could smoke real cool, and skate backwards with his hands in his pockets. He still can and he still does. Did you ever wonder why our folks always said the Roller Rink was such a horrible place? It was Ok to go there if it was a church deal, but no other time. My sister went there on a birthday party and with the Blue Birds a couple of times. If memory serves me right, I think it was over Chicken ala'King that she asked what has come to be known at "The Hickey Ques-tion". No way I can recreate the logic, but to Mom, Hickey = Roller Rink. We never went there again. We had experienced similar drama over the pool hall at the "Rec Hall". I guess that is where "Uncle Sugar's Finest" from Camp Hanford went to eyeball High School girls. I can close my eyes and still smell it. I remember it with the same exhileration that you reserved for the first day of school, or maybe the ski bus. Pinball machines, Pools Tables and Bowling Alleys. Probably the place which God himself would have chosen to put peanuts in his Pepsi, and learn to smoke. Gotta rip, the wife is stranded down at Costco. She locked herself out of the Volarie and that case of Kid Bars is starting to melt. I'll run down with a coat hanger and grab her a couple of those Hebrew National Polish Sausages for a buck. And she says we never go anywhere. More later, Frank SEMPER BOMBERUS ================================================= >>From: Al Parker ('53) Tony Tellier ('57) asks: Anyone remember: (Replys to his query in brackets) By's Burgers [Sure-- round and round we went, sesame seed buns, "souvenierable" menu signs on the side of the building, best Col-Hi hangout spot for class of '53 and others.] Ray's Market out at the Y [Probably passed by it a number of times.] Highland Ranch Market in Kennewick [Sounds familiar ... specialized in meat and custom cutting later on? Trying to remember name of proprieter, last name started with a T?] The Flume [Uh uh.] The Men's Room At The Standard Station [Was it clean?] Lucky 7 [Was that a tav at the Y?] Atomic Frontier Days [Oh yeah!] Arlo [Yes, I remember Arlo and his monkey.] "Muscles" [Yes... I remember him well... Quite a nick name for that guy, but he didn't mind. Always a smile. And a "hey, hey!"] Paul Schlagle [Nope.] Officer Worrell [Sounds familiar, no specific recall. Did he catch you going through a red light?] Warren Scott [Taught crafts, graduated from Central Wa College of Ed. b.a., m.ed.] Ida Me(a)chem [Ida Mecum taught science, had a b.a. and b.s. from U of Iowa. According to year book, but while attending Col Hi, (graduating in '53), I was under the impression that she also had a doctorate.] PasPort Plunge [Yeah. Big indoor pool in El Pasco, near the airport, had been built by military for training and recreation, later operated as a civilian facility. Good sized place to take a bath.] Drift Inn [Another tav? Downtown? There was one tavern, perhaps a different one, with doors that opened both on GWWay and the Greenway. One Col Hi graduate drove straight through the tavern in one door and out the other on his Harley(?), in celebration perhaps, of his 21st birthday.] Wild Bill's [Don't recall. But do you remember the Mad Turk?] And how about Ganzel's Barber Shop? [Dozens of barbers. Hardly any waiting.] And the Richland and Village Theaters. [How much did it cost to see the movies then, 35 cents for a Saturday matinee? You could see the continuing serials and newsreels to boot!] We enjoyed the outdoor skating rink before an indoor one was built near by, by the Bakers, I believe, and the Brinkerhoffs had an amusement ride enterprise just below Col Hi. -Al Parker, Class of '53. ==================== >>From: Jay Jacky (64) This is draggin' deep in the muck of my memory but I think the "POW" camp was actually a Japanese-American Internment Camp constructed in Pearl Harbor hysteria. Incidentally a friend who grew up in the camps loved it. "One long summer camp" he said, "Mom and Dad weren't thrilled with it though." Also, I can not remember a single Oriental family in Richland, oops... forgot the "mysterious" Golden Lion crew...told ya it was muck... -Jay Jackey ('64) ==================== >>From: Sharon Henry (64) My brother-in-law has just got into the realty business and says he has information on all the houses including floor plans and pictures of each type of house. He will bring me a copy tomorrow night. Let me know if you would like to have this information. Sharon Henry Eckert, Class of '64 ==================== >>From: Terrance K. Liechty (64) Gary, OK.... how about this one. Does anyone remember Mary's Doghouse? It was a little hole in the wall at the "Y" and run by a little old man who made the biggest hamburgers I've ever seen. There where, as I remember not tables or chairs but shelves along the wall and you stood there and aite some of the best and biggest hambergers around. -Terry Lielchty ('64) ==================== >>From: Cathy Biehn Wickholm (64) & Berta Hettinger ('64) Gary, I don't see Connie Fay Phillips ('64) listed anywhere on the Bomber pages. Does anyone know her address? Berta Hettinger ('64) and I would like to find her again. -Cathy Biehn Wickholm & Berta Hettinger ===================== >>From: Joe Largé (class of '68) Dear Tony, Yes, I remember Atomic Frontier Days very much. They had them at Riverside (Amon) Park. I remember the parades. When I was a Junior Fire Marshall, I remember walking in the Kiddies parade. I can still hear the band playing "Stars & Stripes Forever". We would have the fireworks display in the Bomber Bowl. I remember as a kid, sitting on the lawn in the bowl watching the stationary displays, the waterfalls, etc. Remember at Sacajawea park when they would sell snow cones and cotton candy? You would get SICK on the stuff. There was (is?) an old indian artifact museum there, made out of round rocks. You would go through and see the arrow heads, the rock hewn bowls and utensiles, and the indian skeleton. There was a little drive-in right across the old Pasco-Kennewick bridge (can't remember the name of the place) that used to sell "Chicken-in- a-basket". Dad and mom would take us there once in a while. Delicious Chicken! Dad played the banjo and alto saxophone for a Mexican Group lead by Tony Sandoval from West Richland. They would play for dances all over the place, usually at a dance hall at the "Y", or the Kennewick Highlands, or Prosser, Mabton, Toppenish, Yakima, Grandview, etc. One of my first recollections of a basketball game was when we went to (I think) Prosser, where we watched Richland play Prosser. The family that we went to was named Szendre (don't know if Sue Szendre is a relative or not), but there was this darlingly cute little blond girl about my age (I was only about 3 or 4) that I played with. She and I fell asleep in the back of the car on the way home, huddled against one another. I can still remember the smell of her hair. The little girl's name I believe was Marion Szendre. I guess that's where I learned to love blonds. (My wife is a blond - she's definitely more intelligent than I am. Her only mistake was in marrying me. I think I got the better end of the deal, though!). -Joe Largé (class of '68) ============================================== >>From: Marianne Matthews Wood (63) Funny reading about the versions of the "camp" out at Horn Rapids. I, too, used to go out their with my folks and I remember being told it was an internment camp but for Japanese, I also remember the tall trees and the foundations but nothing else. We used to watch the Native Americans fish on platforms at Horn Rapids too, but darned if I remember ever seeing anything caught! Also, someone mentioned the Passport Plunge out in Pasco, the giant pool that had a great rope swing out somewhere in the middle that was so much fun. I really enjoyed swimming in that pool because it was indoor but also because it seemed so huge and rather mysterious. -Marianne Matthews Wood (63) ================================================= >>From: Tony Tellier (57) And good replies!!! Warren Scott was the Physics teacher .. always touted steam power or some such thing. "Paper-thin titanium heat exchangers" He cleaned his Kaiser (or Frazer!!) with gasoline. Nice paint job! NOT!!! Kind of a "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" guy. And NOT Spicoli, either. "Lucky 7" WAS the "5" Frontier was a block north ... the Tremmels owned it. Arlo was Irma Beedle's brother. Massively strong. Like "Chalmers". Wild Bill's Market: next to the Buck Private. "No meal is a meal without spuds." Paul Schlage was a juvenile officer. Worrell was a cruiser cop. Al Ryles (sic) was a bug sprayer AND a cop. -Tony Tellier ('57) ==================== >>From: Bruce Edwards (62) Might contact Benton County concerning the POW camp at Horn Rapids. The County's master plan includes a "developed" park at horn rapids, with an interpretive center focusing on the activities there during WWII. Best person to contact would be the Facilities Manager -- the plan is to have the Park up and going within the next 18 to 24 months. I'm sure you can get a good deal of info that way. -Bruce Edwards (62) ==================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) "We" used to buy beer underage at Ray's. He was busted and "we" (i.e., me) had to testify .. Bummer. Almost ditto for the Highland Ranch Market. Those pesky "21" states. WSU was close to Idaho (20 age state) so ... -Tony Tellier ('57) ================================= >>From: Gloria Falls Evans (58) Thanks for sending me all this good information. ==================================== >>From: Carol Carson Renaud (60) I contacted one of my class of '60 classmates and he asked if anyone was planning a 40th reunion yet? Do you have a reunion committee or webpage? >Response to the above from Maren (64) If there is a reunion committee for class of '60 we don't know who is on it or if any of them have email. As soon as somebody DOES know, let me know any particulars and I'll put up a website. ======================================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Please pardon any duplicates.... Maren forwards a 'lot' of information to me that makes all of this possible. I also pull from my mail and add to hers. That's why we might have a duplicate or 3 but at our ages who will ever remember? Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/11/98 This "Alumni Sandstorm" is a joint effort by: Chief Jo Warrior-Bomber, Gary Behymer (64) and Carmichael Cougar-Bomber, Maren Smyth (64) Email stuff to either of us and we will email it to online Bomber Alums. Gary collects e-mail and also gets posts from more than one Bomber 'guest book'. All I do is copy/paste then send. Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth (classes of '63 and '64) ================================================ ================================================ >>>Response to Tony Tellier (57) >>From: Steve Carson (58) Tony, gee I didn't know that the action was at the Standard station I thought it was at By's Burgers, at least that worked for me. Steve Carson (58) (Cedar St.) ============================================== >>>Response to Tony Tellier (57) >>From: Bill Byrd (59) Tony, the younger Stiles boy was David (59), who passed away in California in the '60's. He was singing with a group called the Big Sky Singers, who he hook-ed up with while at university in Montana. Bill Byrd (59) =================================================== >>>Response to Tony Tellier (57) >>From: Bob Maulsby (59) Hi, Tony, This is Uncle Bobby (Maulsby). Tell that mope that the Standard station was company owned when we used the biffy as a relief stop. The Stiles boys names were Doug (56) and David (59). I think that Dave passed away some years back. How about Ed Borasky? If you hear from David Joseph, tell him I'm still waiting for email. I talked to him a while back and asked about you, but he hadn't heard from you. Keep in touch. Bob Maulsby (59) =================================================== >>>Response to Tony Tellier (57) >>From: Walt Bailey (60) I too recall chasing the DDT foggers in the evenings hours. One of my fondest memories is the water slide on the hill at the south end of Richland. There was an irrigation ditch on top of the hill that went south from Carmichael JH. Just before it reached the outer loop, there was a gated spillway that controlled overflow and as the water spilled over, it would form a slick mossy surface. It was great fun sliding down the spillway and into the catch basin below. However, sometimes you would hit a dry spot and the skin on the lower extremities would suffer. It was a normal hot summer weekend gathering place for young boys with bicycles and beebee guns. Does anyone remember Neal Gray that accidentally shot himself about 1955? Does anyone know who was lost in NAM? Walt Bailey (60) =============================================== >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Anybody else remember Jet Jackson and his trusty sidekick, Ikabod Mudd ("with 2 d's", Ikabod would say). Maury Amsterdam played the part of Ikabod --- I thought it was a weekly series -- maybe it was a movie? =============================================== >>From: Sharon Panther Taff (57) The memories are great. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication. I haven't seen anyone mention "The Mart". I remember the day we moved to Richland and our 3 bedroom prefab was just finished and the electricity wasn't on. My dad took mother, my baby brother, and I to "The Mart" for dinner. This was my first experience with cafeteria style - I was truly amazed that I could push my tray along and point and they would put it on the tray. The Mart was like a great a big convenience store - as I remember it was the only place to shop in town at that time and it was located in the building just south of the current post office. Clothes, drugs, etc. It was a carnivorous building like an airplane hangar. Then there was CC Anderson's - a department store that was in the building where Ariel's is now located. Later became "The Bon". I remember the hardware store on the corner where Jennifers used to be with its sawdust floors. I also remember the swimming pool in Howard Amon park. When the Columbia River would flood the park and the waters receded the pool would be full of all these fish. No one has mentioned the Old Dutch Tavern before you got to the Richland Y. I remember it on the right just across the Yakima River - the foundation was there for years after they built the raised road. The Drift Inn was a tavern in uptown - mother used to take care of some children whose family frequented that place. Used to say "Drift Inn and stagger out." My dad and I also got our bait from Ray's to fish the backwater for bass - it was the only place you could get those black salamanders. I remember a huge ball of string they had on the floor that was almost as tall as I was. Doug Stiles was the older son of the Stiles who owned the theater. He later owned it. I believe he also started "Bassett Transit". The only place my dad would shop was Safeway and it was located just west of Las Margaritas. The Richland Dry Cleaners has always been here. How many of us girls had to wear the old brown oxford safety shoes our dads could get at the company store for $3 a pair. I hated them. They had steel toes. But with 5 children, dad did the best he could. Oh how I longed for the fancy "Joyce" shoes with the gillie tie that the "popular" girls bought at CC Anderson's. I survived that too. Sharon Panther Taff (57) =============================================== >>From: Gloria Falls Evans (58) hi there guys i was wondering if anyone here ever lived in N richland later called hanford. we went to school in the quansit huts rather known as John Ball grade school and the later rode the bus to school to Chief Joseph jr hi and then on to COL HI. the good old days were fabulous don't you think? Gloria Falls Evans class of 58 =============================================== >>From: Carol Converse (64) I remember going to Pasco and swimming in that pool. It was great fun. It was a few years after it closed before it was taken out. I remember each time that my parents and I went by, I would look over at it with fond memories. I've been to the POW camp quite a few times. When I was in Girl Scouts, we went camping there once or twice. I had always thought that the American Japanese were taken out there for the duration of the war. Carol Converse Maurer (64) =============================================== >>From: Sue Henderson Semler (68) Hi, I was born and raised in Richland. My maiden name is Henderson. My folks always said I was born in a blizzard (January, 1950) At that time we lived in a prefab on Thayer just off Lee. In 1951 we moved to 803 Wright and rented one side of a "C" house until 1958 when my folks bought the duplex for $10,500. My mom still lives there. I went to Marcus Whitman, Christ the King, Chief Jo (I think it was Chief Jo, the one on Lee? I only went there one year), Col Hi and Columbia Basin College, then to Spokane to Gonzaga, graduated, met my husband, got married and moved to Colton, WA, 15 miles south of Pullman. I'm a farmer's wife, raised 3 kids and work at WSU's Environmental Health and Safety, "out where the bears are!" My dad work at Hanford from 1948 until he retired in 1988. My mom stayed at home and raised my younger sister and I. I remember going to Zip's and cruising Uptown which was really fun in my white polka-dotted red Corvair that needed shocks! I also remember a few skating parties at the Roller Rink and root beer freezes from Taste Freeze. I remember the mosquito trucks, but mom wouldn't let me chase them! and also the ice cream wagon playing its tune. I could always hear that tune a mile off and would run and ask mom for a dime! Was there a landfill at the Horn Rapids Camp? I remember going with my dad and there were tall poplar trees and concrete slabs. I was the "boy" of the family so accompanied my dad a lot. I helped him out in the garage which was actually a shop. He built trailer hitches, trailers, lead shot machines and various other items out of metal in his spare time. I remember water skiing on the Columbia River off Bateman Island. Boy, you didn't want to fall down 'cause you would be frozen in about 2 minutes even in August's 100+ weather! Kathie Roe, do you have a sister named Virginia? I believe she was in my class. Joe Large, I remember you. I missed our reunion this summer! Hope it was a good one. I need to see if there are any extra reunion books. If anyone wishes to e-mail me, please send it to my home e-mail, It's great to hear how other Bombers are doing and I would love to hear from my classmates! Sue Henderson (68) ================================================ >>From: Robert Kennedy (60) Muscles - a friendly guy on a nice Schwinn bike -balloon tires, chrome fenders, mud flaps and a rear view mirror. My first memory of him was in front of the Community House in about 1952 when he would regale us pre-teens with stories of boxing and beating Joe Louis - hence the name Muscles. The story that I heard was that Sonny (his other name) was at one time a brilliant man and that at some point his brain just snapped (whatever that means). When we talk about Col-Hi faculty, Fran Rish is a must. I remember, while still attending Marcus Whitman, walking down to the Bomber Bowl with A. W. Harness and other neighborhood friends to watch the football team practice and to hear Mr. Rish cuss. By the time we were part of his team, he must have mellowed, because I remember him as a caring and demanding coach, with a sense of humor, but without an excessive amount of bad language. ==================================================== >>From: Marianne Matthews Wood (63) Muscles, wow, the guy that did smile all the time when riding his bike - you "had" to respond to him, couldn't help it. Man, did that come from the recesses. Anybody remember the trucks building the dike? I was really little but I remember the noise and the dirt. We lived right on Geo. Wash. Way across from the Uptown. My mom said enormous rocks would sometimes fall off those trucks so that she was concerned about us kids running around. I remember before the uptown went in, all desert except for the ditch running through it that had lots of tadpoles - we were sorry to see it built up except for the nickel movies at the Uptown and Spudnuts for a nickel too. My brother Tom, class of '57, had a paper route and delivered to the theater, so got to sit up with the projectors and watch the movies -so, when I delivered for him, I got to watch, through a very small window (not very satisfying, however). Fun memories, hot tar on bare feet in the summer, the bug-ma-spray-ma-man, daily swims at the "big pool" with guys doing jack-knives practically on top of you, dreams of war planes flying overhead (I think from all the air-raid drills we had in grade school (Jefferson), sneaking into La Dolce Vita (we were bored!), seeing South Pacific for the first time and falling in love with love, submarine races on flat top, those were the days. Marianne Matthews Wood ('63), again! ================================================= >>>Exchange between Al Parker (53) and Vera Smith Robbins (58) Al, your name seems very familiar to me. Don't know if you would remember me or not. I graduated in '58 and my name is/was Vera Smith. It just seems to me that we either dated or had some kind of relationship, but my old memory just can't remember as well as it used to. Maybe you can help. I'm at work right now, but when I get home I will check my annual and see if you're in it. The name is so familiar that I feel I know you. Hope to hear from you. TTFN Vera >> --- Hi, Vera- Very nice to hear from you. We didn't actually date, but you may still have my razor. Does that ring any bells? -Al ================================================= >>From: Al Parker (53) Oh yeah, and just because Vera Smith Robbins ('58) may still have a razor of mine doesn't indicate there was any hanky panky involved. (Wasn't) Had something to do with a public shaving (of my face) at Camp Dudley on Clear Lake circa 1955 or so. The shaver's first name escapes me, although really should not. Her last name was Paulson, sister of Lou Ann. Vera just ended up taking the razor home. Of course, in actuality, I am sure that Vera would have disposed of the razor long ago since I didn't go after it. Maren, This Institute of Col-Hi Memories you have initiated is really getting interesting. It has spawned all kinds of additional memories that I must further respond to as soon as time permits. Lots of wonderful feed back flowing back and forth between the troops! Gotta love it! -Al =================================================== >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) What a wonderful array of memories you collected. I can never remember the "site" for leaving messages and/or reading them. Is there a Internet site where the class of '58 can leave messages? Let me know. Keep up the good work with keeping everyone "connected". I don't know how you find the time. I sure enjoyed reading all the comments and responses from everyone. Picked up a couple of email addresses of people I'm sure I remember, but can't put a face to them. I've emailed them and I'm waiting for a response. TTFN Vera =============================================== >>From: Anna Dempsy Dixon (75) Mosquito trucks: We used to chase them on foot and on our bikes as they came down Cottonwood. It is amazing we aren't all dead from inhaling that stuff!! LOL... I lived on Cottonwood too... right where Boulder was.... -Anna Dempsy Dixon (76) ================================================ >>From: Eva Clark Perry (49) Hello Maren, Don't usually write, just enjoy all the jokes and now all the Bomber News, i Don't know if i should write to you or to the Club Forty but don't know if they have a site or not. Anyway, being so much older than all that are writing, don't know as any would know about what i would like to find out. Much to my surprise on this last move, i started polishing my folks bedroom set, as we now have a place to settle in, and lo and behold on the back, it is an issue of furniture for an F house clear back to the lst days. I saw the site about all the houses and the prices and now am wondering how many people still have the furniture issued for the houses. This furniture has been to India, Spain, and California and still is holding up real well, so even for issue , it is made better than most today. I thot that amazing. anyway, if anyone out there knows i'll be reading and watching. As a youngster, we heard too that they put the consciences objectors out at the camp. Eva Clark Perry ('49) ================================================ >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Can you put me on "the list" I grew up at 707 Downing (54 - 67) across the street from Lewis & Clark Elementary. My parents shopped at Wild Bills. I believe the Carnation (distributors) milk trucks were behind the store. Saw The Old Man and the Sea at the old Richland Theatre. Was officer Worrel aka Tom? Wasn't it Mario's in Pasco that was a supposed hot place to go? I knew of Muscles. He had some really cool stuff on that bike. i.e., a squeeze horn, a thumb ringer warning bell. Arlo, if it be the same Arlo, was developmentally disabled and changed the sprinklers on the L&C school grounds. He scared me, but was a harmless, somewhat non-verbal, man. My ole man caught me in the DDT one evening, and that was my last ride. Anyway - this is fun. Thanks -Rick Maddy (67) =================================================== Thanks for all contributions -- including pictures (HINT!) =================================================== *************************************************** ****************************************************** From Tony Tellier (57) ~ 8/11/98 Sending to ALL Online Bomber Alumni. Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth (64) ============================================= In response to comments directed to him, This just in from Tony Tellier (57) ***Mosquito trucks: We used to chase them on foot and on our bikes as they came down Cottonwood. It is amazing we aren't all dead from inhaling that stuff!!*** Pretty a-mazing, huh. Cough, wheeze.. Now where is that DAMNED O2 bottle fer my emphazema. And light me up a Camle, Ma! ***The Stile family ran the theaters. They had two sons. One older than me and one younger.*** Jim's the one I went to HS with. ***And now the last name of Azure pops into my head.*** not Larry Azure ... class o' '57? ***Hey, this one's for Tony Tellier- I'd like to know what went on in the Men's room at the Standard Station, seeing how my father owned it:):):)*** it was the only open "bano" at night ... late night. Seedy souls such as perhaps myself would lurk there ***white patent leather loafers*** Hey! Quit cappin on my Dad! ******************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/12/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>>Response to Tony Tellier (57) >>From: Pam Ehinger Naasen (67) Hey does any one remember lost lake out in West Richland, it was surrounded by tall trees out in the middle of nothing? We used to have some good parties there!! At least the ones I remmber!! We went swimming and I got my folk's 66 SS Chevy stuck between first and revers. Lois Burnley and her cousin Pam and I had to walk about 1/2 mile or so to the main road and catch a ride into West Richland. Then I had to do the hardest thing for me to do... call Daddy to come and get us!! Oboy did I hear about that one for a long time to come. Bomers Rule Pam Ehinger Nassen '67 ================================================= >>>Reponse to Tony Tellier (57) >>From: Gregor Hanson (65) Maren - the following is some info that you might want to pass on to others on the Bomber list! Here's information on the prison camps which from the chronological dateline entry in a publication titled "The Long Road to Self- Government - the History of Richland, Washington 1943-1968!! This is an awesome year by year historical account of the making of the City of Richland with lots of pictures, year by year population count, Dupus Boomer cartoons (first cartoon depicting Richland life was published Nov 29, 1945), and dates that indicate when various stores, banks, and types of houses were built, churches started, schools opened, community club activities, photos of Atomic Frontier Days royalty, local government officials, etc. It is over 40 pages of information only a former Richlander would cherish. I just learned that Carmichael Jr. high was originally named Robert Gray Jr High!! April 28, 1943 - Housing construction began in Richland. dupont was prime contractor for both housing and plant construction, 4,000 homes completed by 1945. July 30, 1943 - First house occupied was a "B" house (duplex) and was occupied by JC Lang - Coal, water, electric service, furniture, lawn mower, etc. all furnished. Back to the prison camp item: February 1944 - Columbia Camp on the Yakima River near the Horn Rapids Dam was established as a camp for Federal Prison Industries. The camp was closed in October 1947. As many as 250 prisoners from McNeill Island were housed in the camp and they cared for and harvested fruit from the porchards left when the project started. During the four years of operation an excess of 5,669 tons of fruit was harvested. Since many of us were Hi-Spot dance attendees the history on that is: December 21, 1945 - The Hi-Spot teenage club for Richland teenagers opened inthe W-17 Women's Dorm under sponsorship of the Jaycees. In recalling some of the early "landmarks" in Richland - glad that someone mentioned The Mart Cafeteria and Store - I remember the Green River lemon lime drink served there. Other early stores in Richland started in 1945 included Thrifty Drug, Binyon Optometrist, Mickey's Shoe Repair, Style Center, Pennywise Drug, etc. However, I didn't find any entries in the publication about Johnny's Delicatessen where teens got their first taste of men's magazines, nor any rumors of the Sandman - alledged stalker of parked cars in secluded places and preying on the couples inside!! Bomber Cheers!! Gregor Hanson ('65) ================================================= >>>Response to Rick Maddy (67) ~ Richland History Lesson >>From: Tony Tellier (57) Rick ... Big Fun! You COULD add an explanation about the huge flood that scabbed the channel-lands ... or channeled the scab-lands ... when Lake MIssoula blew through the ice dam .. musta been something to see. And surf! TT ================================================= >>From: Sonny Davis (62) Really enjoy the memory jogging.... there hasn't been a name/place come up yet that I don't remember. Thanks for forwarding it all to me. I always anticipate reading the latest. I would especially like to add that I was extremely happy to hear from Big Frank Osgard. Who wudda thunk it! Alive and kicking after all these years. I would really like to hear from all you Bombers and Bomberettes who were affected, like I was, by Frank Osgard. Thanks Sonny Davis ('62) Signer of the Declaration of Independence PS. Ron Hoglen owns and operates Builder's Supply in Kennewick... drop in and say hello! =============================================== >>From: Vicki Schrecengost Carney (67) Great website! I lived in Richland from 57- 66 and attended Col High my sophmore and junior years. I, unfortunately, had to move east with my family in 1966 and did not graduate from Col High. However, my graduation gift from my parents was a trip west to see all my childhood friends graduate in '67! I have been to two reunions there ('87 and '92) and am in touch with many friends. My sister, Dianna, graduated from Col High in 1964. She can be reached via email. Good luck with the site! -Vicki Schrecengost Carney (67) ================================================= >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) Thanks for the info. I've been wondering how those great comments all came together for us to enjoy. I really wish Florida had a Spudnut Shop. That's the very first place I go when I get to Richland. The first morning I'm there at 7 am I HAVE to make a trip to the Spudnut Shop. You see just everyone there. Another drive in that I haven't seen mentioned is ZIPs. By's Burgers and ZIPs were about the only 2 places to get juicy hamburgers where the juice would run down your arm! I can't wait to tour around and see how much Richland has grown since I left in 1968. -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) =============================================== >>From: Deborah Helin Dawkins (88) I was forwarded the memory lane email for Richland alums. If there is a growing list of people for this group, please add me to it. Thanks! -Deborah Helin Dawkins (88) =============================================== >>From: Veronica Yates Jones (64) Maren, It was Sky King (I think) that had the side kick Ichabod Mudd (with 2 d's). It was my favorite show fron the era. Remember one show where the daughter was kidnapped and left behind a clue. She had the time (and presence) to leave a blood mark on the wall calendar that had a picture of the mountains. The clue was that she was taken to the Red Mtns. Of course, Sky King used his airplane to get to the mountains and rescue her and send the bad guys to the pokey. How's that for a memory! Remember home delivery of milk and bread? Some mornings just after I got up, I would go with my mom outside to the bread truck and pick some goodies for breakfast -- raisin bread or prune bread (yes, it was good). I remember Muscles riding his bicycle around the Uptown--didn't know there were so many chrome accessories that could be put on one bike. Anyone remember the blizzard during the winter of 48-49? My mom and I were out, but when we arrived home, we found that snow had blown in the windows and under the doors -- little ridges of snow! Must be how all the sand got in, too. My dad always talked about a flood in 48, too, but I don't remember that. After that the dike was built. No one has mentioned the stock car races that were at the Benton County fair grounds. Had a driver Cassidy that had only one arm who was sorta the race folk hero. My mom had friends that lived at Camp Hanford in the trailer park -- they were not mobile homes, but trailers. Most had no bathroom facilities, so there were bath houses that included washing machines on each block. People lived in the trailers that were smaller than our motor home! Sorta sounds like we are a bunch of old folks sitting on the front swing--but very enjoyable. -Veronica "Ronnie" Yates Jones ('64) ================================================== :>>From: Gary Twedt (62) I've been following the fascinating recollections of our fellow alumni. Across the years and experiences, it seems that the same memories are first in our minds. I thought I was the only one who would remember the mosquito jeeps. I haven't seen any mention of the midnight drags at what is now Columbia Park or of "the Sandman". We lived in a "B" house at 903 Torbett until '57 when the folks bought at 3-bdrm "prefab" at 1427 Perkins. Anyone remember watching TV in the front window of Greer's Appliance in the early 50's? How 'bout the booming sounds of dynamite on the Columbia in the winter of '49 when the river froze over (before the dikes were built). Brother Richard (64) and I attended Sacajawea, Chief Jo and Col-Hi. I recently discovered a number of class photos from Sacajawea from '49-55, will share when I figure out how to operate this new scanner (see Jeannie Crigler, Elaine Wyss and Babbette Petty missing their baby teeth). Alan Coffman was the fastest rope climber at Pasport Plunge, toes were long enough he could walk up the rope, gripping it between his toes. Ya, I got the wammies from the skeleton in the museum at Sacajawea Park too (got over it, being a cop for 31 yrs). We're getting older, but being able to share memories with everyone is really great. ================================================ >>From: John Coons (63) 1. Tell the guy who wrote about the bomb that everyone knows that they were B-29s, not B- 52s. (Thanks Alan, Chuck, 2. Here are some more memories: . Having coal, bread, & milk delivered to your home. . Day care at the big nursery school at Lee & Jadwin . Catching tadpoles, frogs, & fish at Welsian Pond. . The Riding Academy . C.C. Anderson’s, where you could x-ray your feet to make sure your shoes fit properly and have change sent down from the cashier's office though a vacuum tube. . The Passport Plunge: We climbed up a rope in the middle of the pool to get to a platform attached to the ceiling, then jumped off into the water. Later, I helped tear it down and salvage the wood as a church money making project. . Patrol Boys & Girls . Grade school lunches (Hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes, carrot stick, & milk) . Friday the 13th horror movies . Drawings for live Easter bunnies . Sleding down Carmichael Hill . The Tri-City Braves . The Ski Bus . Hi-Spot . Floating down the Yakima River . Jumping off the rail road bridge . Jump-Off-Joe . Submarine Races . State Basketball Tournaments . The Camlin Hotel . Drag races at Columbia Park . Atomic Burgers at the Atomic Lanes included a fried egg. . Bateman Island . Third Island . The Lagoon . "Suntan Turnover Time" on KORD -John Coons (63) ================================================ >>From: Maren (64) COONS -- YOU were the guy who said they were B-52's! Is this fun or what? VERONICA -- OK, I'll buy Sky King, but where did Jet Jackson come in??? Maybe he was on one episode of Sky King? KORD ... and I tell people to this day when they ask where Richland is, I recite the KORD signoff "...where the Columbia, the Snake and the Yakima form their 'highway to the sea'". ...and YES, Richland WAS different from any other town in the WORLD... -Maren Smyth ('63 and '64) ================================================ >>From: Mary Collins Burbage (63) Maren - it is so much fun sharing all these memories with former Richlanders. I had forgotten so much. I have been sharing some of these stories with my co-workers and they think I am making them up. Were our formative years so different for everyone elses? Does anyone remember lining up at CC Andersons to see Santa Claus? I remember Bozo the Clown always being there. Or the old canoe that was in front of Lewis and Clark that we were told was left there by Lewis and Clark? I remember Ida Mecham. We used to count how many times she straightened her bra strap in an hour. My husband and I were in Richland in May. I took him up to the Spudnut Shop and made a true believer out of him. We were with a group of 20 people from Olympia and everytime I see any of them, they want to talk about the Spudnut Shop. It was neat to see that one thing from my childhood had not changed -the best doughnuts anywhere!!! I appreciate all the hard work you and Gary are doing helping all of us to keep in touch. Thanks so much!! Mary Collins Burbage (63) =============================================== >>From: Carolyn Karns Keck (65) Hi im class of 65 does any one remember the milk trucks and the bakery trucks that came around early every morning? Pasco plug was the greatest. But most of all the bon fires we use to have and got out of hand some times. My parents came out in the 40s and then later all came out in 46. My bother John Karns went to school here can't remember what the school was call then but he was 13 years older then me. The uptown was my favorite place to spend time. Use to live in "B" house on the corner of Hains and G Way so got to watch every one curseing. Lots of fun to grow up there . Thanks for all the memories. -Carolyn Karns Keck (65) ================================================= >>From: Les Brown (66) Les Brown ('66) sponsored a Association concert at the Doubletree Courtyard in Richland with amost 800 people attending - including ('66) Mike Sheeran, Johnny Cole, Pat Mitchell, Lynn Berry (Pielie), Gail Setbacken, Margie Legowick (May) Caroline Stanfield ('65) Terry Knox (Davis), David Rivers, Ginny Dawsen, Brian Johnson The place was rock 'n rollin Stay tuned to next year ================================================= >>From: Carol Converse Maurer(64) Maren, I looked up my class pictures this morning. I wasn't in Mrs. Eubanks [3rd grade L&C] class. My mother didn't write down the years of the classes and some of the pictures don't have the year written down with the class grade. Oh well, thought that I could help. I remember getting a spanking from her for talking in the bathroom though. Carol Converse Maurer ('64) [TOUGH TEACHER!!! Talking? -Ed] ================================================ >>From: Lois Clayton Colton (72) I am enjoying reading about historic Richland. My father and mother moved there in 1949. My father, Aubrey Clayton taught Science and Math at Carmichael, and north of town in the huts, and night school at Col-Hi. Lois =============================================== >>From: Joe Largé (68) Maren, My recollection of muscles was this skinny blond guy with sort-of weepy, puppy dog eyes that was friends with EVERYBODY! He rode around on this old "40's" or so vintage bicycle with rear view mirrors on it. The Richland police would allow him to help direct traffic at some special events. I remember he had mentioned that he had always wanted to become a "Submarine" captain. He and I were going to run away and have our own submarine. Eventually he moved away to Los Angeles(?) I think. Last I had heard was that he had gotten into trouble for trying to direct traffic in a busy Los Angeles intersection. The Spudnut Shop, my brother Dennis used to work there, when he was a kid. Wasn't it "Ernie" that owned the Spudnut shop? Anyway, while washing a huge bunch of dishes, he cut his hand really bad on some knives that were in the dish water. They were "REALLY SHARP". Had to have some stitches. I guess Ernie was the one that took him over to Kadlec for that one. The reason it was called the "Spudnut" shop, rather than "Donut" is that "Ernie" used potato batter in making his donuts, rather than wheat flour. In any case, they sure were GOOD! I also used to swim at the PasPort plunge. I remember it was HUGE (of course, as a little kid, anything was huge.) And yes, I do remember it to being Olympic-sized. I seem to remember that it was not the "standard(?)" 12 feet deep, but like 15 feet or something of that nature. Anybody remember the old "Columbians" Drum and Bugle Corps? A few of us Richandites belonged to the Corps. We practiced at the bowl in Pasco. Sometimes in the Sears parking lot. Started out at the old park with the railroad train in Pasco. I used to be a member back in about 1960. I played 1 valve bugle. We went to VFW Nationals in Las Vegas, NV about 1962 and won 5th. Our chief rivals were the "Thunderbirds" and later, "Shamrocks" from that stiff nosed town called "Seattle". It was some blood-feuds between us and the "T-Birds". One time, one of our members had even took his Crystal knobbed canes and placed a good sized dent in one of their brand-new contra basses. The "Columbians" got 5th in Nationals over there, the "Thunderbirds" came in 7th! Yay!!!! CIAO for Now! Joe Largé (68) ================================================= >>From: Sandy Kaas Wallace (68) I'm so glad I'm on this list. Reading all these letters has been so much fun. I missed the reunion this year, but this helps a little to catch up this way. Dennis and I, both 1968 graduates, are in Redmond, Oregon. He teaches math at the High School and I run the computer lab at an elementary school. We have two kids. Tawnya will be 25 in Sept. and Ben is 21. Tawnya is a Nanny for two children and Ben is a senior at OIT in Klamath Falls. His major is Mechanical Engineering. Dennis has taken up fly fishing and is out today on a two day trip to a nearby lake. I am really into quilting and can't seem to find nearly enough time for it. Work gets in the way! And I only work half time! Thanks for taking on this monumental task of keeping us all in touch. Sandy Kaas Wallace (68) ================================================= >>From: Marilyn Henderson Boyd-Young (73) Hey Uncle Bobby, It was company owned, managed by my father till 1960, then he bought it plus had one built on the corner of Van Geisen and G- way. (That still happens to be there.) The Mope ================================================= >>From: Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46) Maren: This is in response to Eva Clark Perry (49), requesting info re: anyone having any furniture from the "old" days. When Eva was a freshman I was a senior along with Paul Crowder whom I married. I do remember her and we just looked her up in an old annual. My parents were issued furniture in 1944 and it has been to South Carolina where they worked in the 50's at the Savanah River Project and then to Arizona where they retired and where Mom still resides. The dining room table, ladderback chairs and buffet with hutch are now in our son's home. The desk and some chest of drawers have vanished. Paul and I have the desk chair -- it was called a Windsor-style chair. We also have a flip-top table. Was interesting reading Eva's letter. I am not aware of anyone in the class of '46 that we knew well that is on E-Mail. Bernie Simpson of the '46 class gets mail via his daughter. Wish more were on e-mail. -Evelyn Meyer Crowder ('46) =============================================== Editor's note: I got Eva Clark Perry (49) and Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46) confused this afternoon... sent e-mail for Eva to Evelyn (or maybe it was the other way around)... all about this picture that was labeled "Richland High School"... only it's really Sacy in 1945. ================================================= >>From: Eva Clark Perry (49) Hi, yes, that is funny, and you are right, seems like everyone is getting on the bandwagon now and that is great. I remember Evelyn Crowder ('46), but she probably doesn't remember me. She must be the one married to the Bomber.. I'm fianlly getting a chance to start going thru the pictures in my albums and as i find the good ole days ones, and will start sending some along. Don't know how you can keep up with all this but sure that everyone does appreciate it. Keep up the good work. -Eva Clark Perry ('49) ================================================== >>From: Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46) Maren: This is from Evelyn. My husband, (Paul J. Crowder, Jr. '46) is also a Bomber. I do not know about Eva's husband, but think you were not even born when Paul lived there (1003 Williams in an "F" House). Think Steven's Drive has been changed also, but the house is still there. I lived at 1318 Goethals in an A house while in high school and later in an "H" on Barth. There was no UPtown. We are going up to Richland for reunion next month (40s Club) and if no one has let you know what kind of houses those are in front of Sacajawea pic, I will find out. Can understand your confusion. E-mail is so fast, I sometimes forget if I've answered a letter or not. Evelyn M. Crowder '46. ================================================ Thanks for all contributions ================================================ ************************************************ ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/13/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Ray Stein (64) With all the interest on this site about Richland's history, I thought I would share an old newspaper. My mother kept the Tuesday, August 14th, 1945 issue of the Villager. The headline screams in 4" letters "PEACE!", and below that it says, "OUR BOMB CLINCHED IT!". There are several interesting articles with quotes from people at Ganzel's Barber Shop. But I think one of the articles sums up how most of our parents felt at that time. I'll quote it word for word below: "It's Peace" "It's Peace," was heard first by village housewives who had done their housework with one ear listening to the radio since Friday morning when announcement was first made of the Japs peace feelers. "It's Peace," they screamed to anxiously awaiting husbands as soon as jammed switchboards permitted their calls to go through. "It's Peace," shouted the men to others in the office, warehouses, plants, stores and streets. The four-and-one-half long years of war were over at last. Sons, brothers and fathers - some of them - would be coming home now. Villagers exulted! The slaughter was stopped. Villagers were thankful! A bomb made in Hanford helped clinch the victory. Villagers were proud! As the lights went (o)n all over the world the villagers joined with the rest of the world in one joyous, surging son(g) - "IT'S PEACE!" These are not my words, but taken verbatim from the Villager. I added () letters that seemed to be left out. I suppose these newspapers are available in archives, but if anyone wants a copy of this let me know. Peace, Ray Stein ('64) ================================================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Certainly fears and feelings that we ourselves would not be able to express unless have lived through it. The above equates to my answer to why we had to drop 'the bomb' or any bomb to end a war. ================================================== >>From: Kenny Wright (63) Have been following with interest all the remembrances of the "Atomic Town". A lot of memories started flooding back. When I was growing up I assumed all other kids grew up like we did: no slums, no old people, all new houses about the same, most all families were young college graduates (usually WASP's) who were doing their part for us baby boomers (on the 300 block of Craig Hill at one time there were 31 kids about the same age), no crime (as a kid I cant remember seeing a cop car cruising), and no one knew what their father did at work. I have a bit more of a perspective now. So I have succumbed. Does anyone remember these: (1) the last 5-cent Coke machine in Richland that was in the hallway of old Police Station in Downtown Richland (2) the Government would: with just a phone call come out and replace a broken window for free; in the winter when you ran out of coal they would come out and fill up the basement coal bin for free; on alternative years they could come out and paint the outside of the house, then the next the inside for free (3) when the family would pack up and go to the drive-in you would leave the front and back doors open (with screen doors closed and of course unlocked) to air condition the house (4) when mom would not let you go to the community swimming pool in the mid 50's because of the Polio scare (5) on a slow Saturday night, ride inside the Laundromat dryers for a dime (6) when a kid could go to the grocery store with a dime and buy 10 pieces of penny candy (7) on Saturday afternoons for 11 cents you could see a couple of cartoons, a Buck Rogers serial, and then a full length Western at the Village Theater (8) the bowling alley/bus station (where the Community Center is now) where a kid (you had to be 15) could get a part-time job as a pin setter (9) on Tuesdays and Thursdays the Bakery van would drive up and down the streets delivering phoned in orders; ala the Milk man early in the morning (10) water skiing behind a car on the West Richland irrigation canals (you had to remember where the signs were) (11) the submarine races over looking the Columbia in North Richland (12) the 4th of July fireworks at the Bomber Bowl where they would rope off 1/2 of the field and all of us would sit within yards of the rockets (would they let us do that now?) (13) the Chamber of Commerce sign as you entered Kenniwick by the golf course warning "all negroes must be out of the city limits by sunset" (14) before the lawns and trees were established, the residue inside the houses after a sand storm, or the tumbleweed forts we built after one of those storms (15) the 1 1/2-lane bridge over the Columbia from Kennewick to Pasco, we would stop until we were sure no trucks were coming (16) Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) told about the Eagles and DDT, she was about a decade too late for the "baby boomers" of "Atomic Town"; ever wonder why the sperm count and infertility rates are so low among us? It happened to the eagles etc., etc., etc. .........! (17) the 15 cent burgers at By's (18) when a kid needed money we would either go out along the roads and collect pop and beer bottles for a penny return or go house-to-house asking for clothes hangers and turn them in to the Richland Laundry and Dry Cleaners (which use to be just East of By's) and get a penny for each hanger (19) in the Fall, before school and after sun rise, you could walk down to the Yakima River and hunt Canadian Geese and with your limit still get to first period on time (20) hookie-bobb'in behind the Area Buses when it snowed (21) on one of the hottest days of the summer chipping in enough money between your buddies to buy a block of ice and "sledding" down Carmichael Hill (22) on a hot summer night when families would leave their front doors open to cool off, a couple of kids would go to the back of an "A" house (is that the 2-story duplex), crawl up on the backdoor roof, into the hallway window which was always open, then run down the stairs and out the front door screaming (23) the "Why Me Worry" philosophy seemed to fit (24) after we were suppose to be in bed, getting up and listening to the old upright Philco to Wolfman Jack playing the real rock-and- roll which the TriCities didn't have (25) the first working television picture in the TriCities at Rexall Drug store in Downtown Richland next door to the Richland Theater and across the street from CC Andersons ( a little kid could squeeze through the crowd to see a salt and pepper snow job with things moving and squeaking for audio) -Kenny Wright ('63) ================================================ >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Response to Kenny's memories above: (6) when jawbreakers were TWO for a penny. (9) Our Darigold milkman's name was Jerry. (12) We sat on a blanket on the hill. (13) WHOA!! I don't remember THAT!! (15) Only 1 1/2 lanes!! Explains my fear of bridges! (20) Hookie-bobb'in behind ANYTHING... Ya think we all had a death wish? -Maren Smyth ('63 and '64) ================================================ >>From: Carol Wiley (63) Maren, Thanks for forwarding the messages from the alumni. I have laughed so hard at some of the memories... I am fortunate to have some home movies that my Dad took of my birthday parties. I have put them on video and I pull them out every now and then and look that those familiar faces that I knew from Kindergarten [Spalding] through graduation. Tammy Bond, Susie Rohrbacker, Judy Fisher, Emajean Stone, April... We were such hams in front of the camera.! I talk to my kids about home milk delivery they are amazed... and better yet, walking to Densow's to have a REAL coke and look at magazines. As I have met people from other parts of the country, I am sure we lived a very unique life growing up in Richland.. I haven't been home in a long time, but after reading some of the memories, I think it's about time to make the trip!....... -Carol Wiley ('63) ================================================ >>From: Robert Stark (70) RE: Columbia River High School 1970 graduate, live in N.W.Arkansas for past 5 yrs. Lived in Salmon Creek but visited Richland alot. ================================================ >>From: Mike Franco (70) WOW Kathie Roe!!!! so tell us.... did any of your customers kids ever fall in love with their babysitter? That old Davison street gang did have some raging hormones working!!!! ================================================ >>From: Bill Compton (64) Dear Gary, Please add me to the network list. I'm alive and reasonably well and working as a starving teacher in Oakland, CA. Isn't Chief Joseph buried in Colfax? Bill Compton, '64 =============================================== >>From: Randy Buchanan (57) I came to Richland in 1943, and I am still here (55 Years!). There is a lot I can tell you of what has happened in and around the Tri-Cities during those 55 years. Anybody that would like some information, I would enjoy hearing from you. It is good to hear from Tony Tellier. I don't believe I have known Tony's where abouts since high school graduation. It seems strange to think of Tony back then as an 18 year old and now read his comments and thinking that Tony is now around the good old age of 60! WOW It is also great to hear from Bob Maulsby. How are you doing Bob? There are also other names that I recognize from different classes. But, would like to hear from those in classes '55-'59. My wife, Karen Moore would like to hear from those in class '75 also. Yes, we know .. there are a lot of years betwen class '57 and '75!! Oh Well. We love reading all the information that is shared from the Bomber Alumni. -Randy Buchanan Class of '57 ================================================= >>From: Harvy Irby (64) Maren, Captain Midnight was also known as Jet Jackson and "Icky" was his sidekick. Sky King's real love and sidekick was the "Songbird" (at first a Cessna Bamboo Bomber and later a Cessna 310). He was always being helped (?) by his niece, Penny. -Harvey Irby (64) ================================================ >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) I really didn't think I had any interesting memories to share with anyone until today while reading recent stories from others. My Poppy moved my mom and I to Richland in 1944. He had gotten a prefab on Potter (1210 or 1208) can't remember the address. Anyway, Pop was on graveyard and it was early evening when we arrived at the house. Mom dumped the sand off the mattress, spread a sheet on it for my Pop to lay down and get some sleep before having to go out to the area. Then Mom and I went to grocery store to "stock up". When we finished we started home. HOWEVER, there were NO street signs and Mom couldn't remember where we lived. Also, all the prefabs looked alike in that area and she couldn't remember the little number that was at the base of the house. We drove up and down the dirt roads trying to find our house. She said it was something like 2 or 3 hours! It was getting closer and closer to the time she needed to wake Pop up for work. Needless to say, she finally found it, but she was almost in tears by then. Can you imagine all the houses looking alike, no street signs and it's dark! -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) ================================================ >>From: Bill Pollard (56) Good work! Thank you for the "Alumni Sandstorm." Bill Pollard ================================================ >>From: Ken Finley (64) I was talking with Carol Southworth who attended Richland High School and she would love to find out how to contact Anna Glover. I told Carol I would try to see if anyone out there knows where she is. Thanks. Ken Finley =================================================== >>From: Carol Converse Mauer (64) This was great reading about all those long ago places that were so popular back when. Nobody mentioned the movie house downtown. I remember going there and seeing a movie for 10 cents. You'd get the news and a cartoon before the movies started. Carol Converse Maurer =================================================== >>From: Mickey Lynch Rose (66) Better known as Ronna Jo Lynch's "little sister". We actually still live in Richland, however I work for The Boeing Company in Bellevue, WA. I telecommute two days a week to Bellevue and am in Richland the rest of the time. I am married, have two daughters and three stepsons and one adorable grandson. Being a grandparent is the best. ================================================ >>From: Kenneth Finley (64) Someone mentioned Jump Off Joe in one of the journies through Richland memories and I was reminded of an attempt to be poetic as we vacationed through the Tri-City area on the way to Sun Valley. I thought some might enjoy this free verse memory. Vacationing Past Childhood Mystery Touring in the shadow of Badger Mountain, one can well imagine the inspiration of some ancient naming pioneer -Although, I can't recall such a four legged creature calling it home. Off to the left, across fields of grain nearing harvest and those furrowed new to strut future rippened head, Rises Jump Off Joe like some giant ocean swell against the horizon. Ah, now there's the mystery! Who was this Joe fella anyway? And was Joe (Jo) ever a fella - we never thought to ask in those days? What drove Joe to jump if any jumping Jo did? I never thought to probe such now tantalizing mystery. Content was I, amid baseball games, desert exploration, and quests to hook the big one, To let truth and mystery play behind the more riveting distractions of my youth. -Kenneth Finley (64) ================================================= >>From: Marilyn Thorp (63) Maren, just wanted to let everyone know about the Spudnut Shop. I missed visiting it when I attended the reunion this year. Everyone at our table that Saturday night was talking about how good Spudnut's doughnuts were. Went back for Mom's 92nd birthday two weeks ago -- phoned the Spudnut Shop and asked for the manager. The original owner's daughter came to the phone. She has been working there 28 years and is carrying on her father's recipes/methods. Spudnut Shops were a franchise operation and originally there were 500 of them throughout the U.S. Currently, there are 33 in business. I brought a dozen assorted "spudnuts" to work and everyone raved. My boss said she remembered a Spudnut Shop in Minneapolis, MN where she grew up....More later. Thanks for the memories... I look forward to every day getting more messages. -Marilyn Thorp (63) ================================================= >>From: Terrance K. Liechty I remember a swimming area by the ruver near Keniwick that was outside not a park but like atificial beach. It was down by the old highway and I can't remember the name of it but it was, for a while the "in" place. The owner of the Spudnut shop was Barlo Ghirado, Gail Ghirado's (65) father. I worked at C.C. Anderson's for awhile. I did my share of cleaning that old building. It was one of the originals. I used to like the western wear area because it always smelled good. (Leather I guess) They also had a store in Pendelton and when we went to the Round up we would go in there and they had an even bigger western dept. that smelled excellent. I still have a sticker on a box from KORD 910, Pasco, Washington. Terry Liechty (64) ================================================= >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Terry --- How about 'the Lagoon'??? GREAT place to swim!! Gail Ghirardo's brother is Kevin (78). Email address for Kevin on "Decade of the 70's e mail site. -Maren Smyth ('64) =================================================== >>From: Pat Bezzio (63) Does anyone remember Taco the Town in West Richland - might have been my first introduction to a pun. ================================================ For Veronica Yates Jones (64) >>From: Gloria Falls Evans (58) Veronica, I was one of the Bombers that lived in N . Richland in those trailers it was a lot of fun we did have the bathhouses and there was a playground on every other corner. We had a grocery, a pharmacy, a firehouse, a theater, a post office and also a beautiful park that my father took care of. There was also a trailer retail supply, and yes they were called trailers at that time. We moved in when the flood took over previously had lived in Bunch Finnigans in Kennewick and got run out of there and ended in the Kennewick High School grounds for three days. -Gloria Falls Evans ~ Spokane wa. CLASS OF 58 THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES ================================================ >>From: a Bomber guest book Record 143 Name: Ed Bartol Referred by: Just Surfed On In! From: Marysville California Comments: Class of 84. ================================================ Thanks for all contributions ================================================ ************************************************ ****************************************************** AlumniSandstorm ~ 8/14/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: John Bradley (65) Gregor Johnnies was located in the uptown shopping center around the corner from the Spudnut shop. The original owner was Mr. Napoli, his son John graduated from rhs in 64. About in 64 or 65 he sold it to Jack, Jack was the original manager of the place, and came to Richland from New York City with the Napoli's. He lost it in 65 or so, and went to Sears to work, then I lost track of him. It's been a few years and my memory is getting weak along with some other things. If you can find Ken Johnson (65), John Foster (65), or for that matter John Napoli (64), they could really fill in the gaps. I used to hang out there also, but that ended when my dad found out and all hell broke loose. Of course that was my normal state at that time. This is really a great site, and I enjoy it very much. I think though, I chased to many jeeps with the bug spray, and the effects have been with standing for too many years. John Bradley (65) ================================================ >>From: STEVE Carson (58) This is an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Nice Job! Steve Carson (58) ================================================ >>From: Rich Henderson (62) Some of the teachers at Chief Jo and Col-Hi I well remember for their unique contribution, style and character. * Chief Jo - Mr. Harvey. He was my 8th grade teacher, (1957-1958), and the most memorable of all I've ever had - that includes college. He was tragically killed in a bunkhouse fire trying to save boy scouts. I am sure his memory endures in many to this day. * Chief Jo - Mr. Strankman. He was the P.E. teacher. The part where the boys and girls practiced dancing was awkward and funny - to me. * Chief Jo - Mr. Pippo, (Mr. Twevo Pippo). He was the health teacher (1957-1958). He would warn us that the Russians were coming over the hill to invade Richland -or so it seemed so. Turns out he had good reason to fear; he was a fighter pilot in the Finnish Air Force during WW- II. * Col-Hi - Vice Principal Tom Lyda. He always seemed so serious and official looking. * Col-Hi - Venerable Art Dawald. Not only was he a living institution; he had a personality that an Army drill sergeant could love. I well remember his anticts and goofy style he would pull on us in U.S. Government class. I Could write a chapter on this alone. Long live his memory. * Col-Hi - Dr. Ida Mae Meacham. She taught biology and physiology. She had this fish tank full of rare tropical species. I think it was her passion. * Col-Hi - Ray Juricich. He was my safe-driving instructor. He was a hard taskmaster on us in both the classroom and behind the wheel. He would have the girls in tears when they goofed up while driving. NOTE: his admonishments remain vivid to this day. (i.e., "you contol your car by controlling your speed".) Richland is my hometown no matter where I live. Let us continue the journey down memory lane. Bombers uber alles, Rich Henderson Class of '62 ================================================ >>From: Shery Nugent Dupuy (62) Oh - Randy Buchanan! Have you ever heard anything of Sara Sartain/'57? She lived a couple houses down from me and was like a big sister to me. Would love to connect back with her and thank her for it. These memories being recalled bring home what a unique childhood we all shared. Especially chasing the mosquito spray truck.... people look at me as if I came from another planet when I relate that memory. God knows what we breathed in. Does anyone remember what the game was called when we chased around the well laid out blocks in town with our headlights off? And I remember watching Bob Irwin climb from one car to another as they were driving side by side at some ungodly speed. There IS a God and He HAD to be watching over us. Sherry Nugent Dupuy/Class of '62 ================================================ >>From: Kenny Wright (63) Maren, Something small but could be important if someone wanted to Email me, on the newest posting my Email was: [deleted for privacy]. At the very end there should have been a "u" to complete the "edu". Thanks Kenny [Sorry, Kenny! My error.] ================================================ >>From: Chuck Crawley (67) Maren & Gary, Good job making the Alumni Sandstorm happen. Great idea!! Does anyone else remember going to movies at the Uptown Theater on Saturday mornings in the summer for the price of showing a receipt from an Uptown District merchant? We would go to the Spudnut Shop (it's unanimous, the best donuts on the Planet), get a glazed raised for a couple of pennies and we were off to the movies. It was a long walk from Lee & Wright and no trip home was complete without trolling for tadpoles in the drainage ditch behind Kadlec Hospital. (Obviously, I was in high school at the time.) Chuck Crawley, CtK, Carmichael, '67 ================================================== >>From: Peggy Sheeran Finch (63) Don't know if I'm sending this correctly for all to see, Maren, but you're a good bet, I've decided. More memories: Taking a bus with other school kids to the Horse Heaven Hills as part of an evacuation practice in case of bombs dropping on us... Practicing bomb drills by lying in groups of 3 in the school halls, face down with a hand over the back of our neck (as though that was going to save us from the bomb) Howard Chitty's blonde 3 yr. old daughter as our mascot at basketball games. Dr. Ida Mecum keeping her lunch in the fridge along with dead mice, etc. (And I've done the very same thing in my classroom as a teacher of health related things). The Caducean Club supervised by her inspired me. Saying "OOH" and "AAH" at the Bomber Bowl lying on the hill on a blanket during the fireworks on the 4th of July. Initiation at Atomic Frontier Days (lipstick smeared faces). Using tokens to get into the movies at the Richland and Village Theaters. Otis, the only black man I remember seeing as a child, who shined shoes at the barber shop, and we had him over for a couple of Thanksgiving Dinners, I think. Peggy Sheeran Finch (63) =============================================== >>From: Denny Hayward (62) Really enjoy all the memories. Someone mentioned old Otis who ran the shoe shine stand at the Barber Shop. He lived down the basement of the shop and I was there a time or two with him and my dad - don't know why. I think my dad was helping him fix something. As a 10 year old I was amazed - but look back at his situation with sadness as it was little more than a cot in the corner and a pile of books. Would love to Gab about digging artifacts at Columbia point - I think we are too old for them to send us to jail. =================================================== >>From: John Fletcher (64) There was a Wild Bills Market at the Richland "Y". When I was about 11 years old (1957) I was heisting comic books under my coat. I had made 2 clean trips to the car while my folks shopped and I got nailed on the 3rd trip. A night to remember. I believe it was Wild Bill, the owner, who caught me by the coat collar and turned me over to my merciless Father. "Why didn't you ask me for a dime?" Yeah, right. I was stealing the big 25 cent comics. I was guilty, and did pay the price. John Fletcher '64. ================================================= >>From: Mike Franco (70) The stories are great... being a relative latecomer to Richland, we arrived in 1954... some of this is ancient history. ALL BOMBERS NOTE: if you are in Washington DC go to the Museum of Modern History and in the area that displays the development of nuclear energy you will find prominently displayed a green and gold Richland Bombers T-shirt My parents, Dr. Robert Franco and Ilene still live in Richland and in 44 years have become true natives who love hearing and reading about times in the past. Please add them to your list Any of you who remember them , Mom and Dad would love to hear from you.... about half of you out there must have been stitched up by Dad one time or another! [ANOTHER ONE FROM MIKE TO GARY BEHYMER] Gary, please add my Mom and Dad (Dr. Robert Franco and Ilene) to your listing...they still live in Richland and would love to enjoy the great stories. And my dad asked me to ask you know Bill Pinick? His mother was one of Dad's nurses and Bill now lives in Colfax. Bill's younger sister Marcia was a year behind me (71) . Thanks for the fun ============================================== >>From: Wife of Steve Cantrell ('68) Although I graduated from Ki-Be in '68, I lived in Richland up until the second grade, attending the original Sacajawea Elementary school. My husband, Steve, a '68 Col-High graduate, and I remember the Frontier Days well. They used to have an old-time carnival come into Riverside (Howard Amon) Park just above where the Fingernail is now --- complete with all kinds game booths and only a few rides. Loved the atmosphere there --- kind of Pollyannaish. Also, the little train ride used to be located by the market on the corner of Symons and Goethals --- we lived on Torbett, just up from it. My first memories of Richland are looking out on the old trailor camp from my fenced yard (we lived in one of the trailors) when I was about three. =================================================== >>From: Arthur (TOM) Hughes (56) My family moved into the Tri-Cities in late 1943. We first moved into Campbells Cabins on the Kennewick side of the old Pasco Kennewick Bridge. We lived there until our Pre-Fab was ready. Even had a bee hive in the wall of the cabin to keep things interesting. We moved into a 3 BR Pre-Fab on Smith just to the east of the "Grocery Store" behind Marcus Whitman Grade School. In First Grade Marcus Whitman was not yet finished so I had to walk to Sacajewa for that year. When Marcus Whitman opened they also opened a "Candy counter" in the back of the Grocery Store so kids could by candy at lunch and recess. We still lived there when the Bombs were dropped and I remember how excited everyone was that "Our Bomb" won the war. I remember the Navy planes from Pasco dive bombing the hill out by West Richland. They dropped little 25 pound bombs that had explosives in them and you could see the bombs go off. My best friend at this time, and for many years, was Duane Knott. He first lived in a 2 BR Pre-Fab but when his sister Jill was born the moved into a 3 BR just behind where they had lived. I remember walking to the "Village Theater" on Saturday mornings. The Saturday special was 9 cents for the cartoons, the serial and two movies. We would get a dime and on the way home we would stop in the dime store and by a bubble gum. Walking up Lee Hill in the summertime, barefoot with all of the hot asphalt and cockleburrs will remain in my memory for all time. We would stop at the irragation ditch to cool off and catch pollywogs. There used to be free bus service all over town and you could just walk to the bus stop and get on and go where ever you wanted. There were always signs on the bus about "Loose Lips Sink Ships" and "You never know who the Enemy is". The kids were all told that secret agents would ride around on these buses listening to you to try to catch you saying something wrong. Of course we never understood what was "Right or Wrong" to say. Most of us did not even know where our parents worked. Dad got on a bus at the corner and came home on the bus and we had no idea of what was going on. My Dad worked "Shift Work" which meant that when he worked Graveyard shift we had to be quite while he slept. I still remember the Aluminum foil covered windows and the "Day Sleeper" signs. From the Smith address we moved into an "A" house on Stevens Drive just a block north of Sacajewea so I moved back to Sacajewa for my schooling. I spent one year in the Quonset hut class rooms on the east end of the school. The Shegruds and Billy Everett were neighbors at that time. Billy and Burt Rivers lived with us for a time in the "A" house because of the housing shortage at the time. After the "A" house we moved into a Brand New Pre-Cut on Willard just north of Marcus Whitman so back I went to Marcus Whitman. When my Mom decided she did not like the Pre-Cut because of the cold floors we traded houses with some people across the street. They took our Pre-Cut and we took their 3 BR Pre-Fab. I lived there during the years I went to Carmichael and Columbia High. When I went away to school my Mom and Dad moved into a Ranch House on Olympia. They lived there until my Dad went to work for the State of California in 1969. Helen Cross and the Brileys were close friends from that neighborhood. About the Merry-go-round and Trains at the bottom of the hill below the High School. Jess and Elva Brinkerhoff and Their family operated the amusement park for several years. I used to go down and help Reed, Virginia and Doris run the place every once in a while. I remember that we used to go out to the old prison camp at Horn Rapids after the war. It was used during the war to hold Italian Prisoners of War. Most of them decided to stay in the United States after the war was over.We had some friends that rented one of the old homes out there and we used to go out there for picnics and for Easter egg hunts on Easter. Other pleasent memories include the "Spudnut" shop, noon dances in the girls gym, "Daddy" Dewald and Coach Rish, the NEW swimming pool below the high school, the Uptown theater which was a vast improvement over the Richland and Village theaters, the Atomic Bowl and the Frontier Days celebrations in the park below downtown. Thanks for the chance to remember some of these wonderful years. I didn't realize how good most of us that grew up in Richland had it. Our families had no mortgage worries, rents were cheap, jobs payed well and there was really no class distinction in the town for most of those years. For some of us the real world was a rude awakening. Arthur (TOM) Hughes "Class of 56" ================================================== >>From: Don Panther (62) I checked with the Hanford Historian, Dr. Michelle Gerbr, regarding the Horn Rapids prison camp. Here's what she has found in her research. There are so many "tales" about the prison camp that it would be good to pass this along.... The prison camp at Horn Rapids was known as Columbia Camp and housed prisoners from McNeil Island prison near Tacoma. These were Americans -- low risk criminals -- NOT POWS! They were ordinary offenders. They came here to care for and harvest the fruit trees during 1944 and into about Feb. 1945. Then Col. Matthias, the Site commander, propsed having them do some demolition work on some of the wartime structures that were no longer needed -- starting with demolishing the large construction camp that had housed WWII construction workers. However, labor issues were raised (I'm not sure by whom) and it was decided to send them back to McNeil Island in mid-1945. There were a few Italian POWs housed at a camp up the Yakima Valley, but this was closer to Yakima and not in the Hanford area. ================================================ >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstorng (63) Hi. Jim Armstrong again. First, did all you Bball fans know that Theartis Wallace's "over 50 ' team is kickin' butt at the Nike Tournament in Portland. More on the DDT sprayers. They were quite efficient because they apparantly wiped out all the flying insects and drove away those thousands of beautiful nighthawks that came out every evening. Remember them? They've been gone ever since. Interesting what Kenny Wright had to say about those govt. services. We lived in an H house on Haupt Ave. and my folks paid 50 bucks a month rent . My mom said even though the houses sold cheap they were sorry to give up that even cheaper rent. Does anyone remember Garmo's, Food liner, The Hut, Rubinoff and His Violin, or Paul's Inc. [ I loved their electric train set up at Xmas]? How about the Goody Good Bakery in Uptown? ================================================= >>From: Gary Behymer (64) If has been a 'fruitful' week for Richland Bomber Alumni. 'Alumni Fever' has struck many of much that we actually sat down and wrote a letter...a letter that 650 to 700 people actually read! (Or so we think.) Thanking Maren Smyth (64) for loaning me her copy of Dupus Boomer by Dick Donnell. I do believe that the Donnells' shared a boathouse next to Richard Charettes' folks and mine. Ellen Spitaleri took time out to send me a great advertising book for 'The Tri-City Area'. It has a number of Richland photographs. (1) Cambell's Grocery Store on the corner of Williams and Thayer. Mom used to walk from 1304 Mahan to Marshall to McPhearson to Thayer to get groceries most every day. On a 'hot' day or one that required extra help, I would go. On Marshall, lived the Calvin Welsch Family. I was forever over there trading baseball cards. (Sold all 25,000) of them in 1973 for 7 cents each! NO, I don't want to know what they are worth now! There was Keith (64), Kirk, Kyle, Kim, Klay, Kent, Kristy & Kline....or so that's what I think? Marilyn Perkins (64) and John Crigler (64) lived next to the Welschs'. If you cut thru the alley one could find Joe Fordon McPhearson. Thanking Frank Stratton (64) for the great! information on Richland Housing. I will make copies available to any/all for the cost of postage. Jamie Worley (64) has been a big player in sending items, including photographs!!! Thank you so very much. Jamie is a 'wealth' of information. Ray Stein (64) was able to provide a 1964 Columbian to Patti Mitchell (64) Photo copies of the 1964 annual are available for the asking from myself. Just let me know you need one! (Class of 1964 only.) Norman Klusman (64) may drop the 1964 Annual on CD and provide copies, once his schedule slows down a bit. The Class of 1964 is waiting for the 1st letter concerning the 35th reunion to come from the pen of Charles Faubert (64) Hello Charles (;-)! 'Say Hey!' I still have a few copies of the 1980 book Bomber Mania that cost but a mear $8.00 priority mail postpaid. Gary Behymer (64) =============================================== >>From: Rick Allen (67) and Jacki Shipman Allen (73) Hi Maren, Good to hear from you. Yes you have my name spelled right. Yes my maiden name is Shipman. Rick and I have been married for 19 years. Yes I do use Allen As my Last Name. Rick Is the year of 67 or so he says. And yes we are having fun. We live in Lewiston Idaho. We have been here for 10 years. We have 4 Boys Between us, 32-17. You know his, mine and ours. Maren do you remember Rick????? We have been talking to Pam, For about a month. Do you know where Marti Sterns might be located? Maybe somewhere in California? Let us know. Time to go. Have to e- mail Pam. Love Always Two Bombers Rick and Jacki Allen =============================================== >>From: Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck (63) Hi Maren... just got in for the evening and had to check out what you all had on e-mail.. I just love reading these memories every many different, yet so many the same...tonight I saw a message from Bill Compton, who was one of my favorite neighbors on Johnston. Our families were close for many years and my parents still keep in touch with his Mom, however, I would love to e-mail Bill, but didn't see an address... was it there? Or do I need to look in a different place? Anyway, thanks... and I will keep reading and enjoying what you send... ML ================================================ >>From: Sonny Davis (Bomber Dad) Regards Having been a resident of the Hanford barracks and the Richland community from 1944 to 1968, I am quite interested in the type of information I have seen coming from this e-mail address. I will look forward to future episttles. E.M. Davis ============================================== >>>Response to Rick Maddy (67) >>From: DeWayne F. Miller (??) Rick, just wondering if you are still married to Mary...if you are...tell her hi from Gay Wear Miller...and to E-mail me...Thanks. ==================== >>From: Leslie Dreher Schroeder (63) Where's my maiden name? The risk of being so retro that you don't use your maiden name is the risk of being invisible to your oldest friends. I am, and remain Leslie Dreher Schroeder ps -- I married Class of '63 classmate Mike Schroeder. We'll be there at Kathy's next summer, for sure. ======================== >>>Response to Kenny Wright (63) >> From Earl Bennett ('63) 1) Heard about a night when the coke machine in the police station started giving back more change than put in PLUS a coke; milked dry while hoping the desk sergeant didn't notice. Probably not the same machine - memory says the amounts were more significant than a nickel machine would generate. 7) Ah, yes, newsreels (vaguely recall some Korean war footage) and THE BIG PICTURE, INDUSTRY ON PARADE, etc. 14) Late August, 10-15 foot high piles of tumbleweed against the walls in the U-shaped area behind Chief Jo. 23) That's "What, me worry?" Alfred E. Neuman is alive and well on MAD TV - saw an episode by accident a couple of weeks ago. Believe Joe Ford was a dedicated proponent of the Alfred E. Neuman mystique. Other notes: Paddy O'Cinnamon, The Cinnamon Bear, every afternoon/evening for several weeks before Christmas on (?KORD, KALE?). My sister Sue Meek ('68) taped a resurrection of the series a few years ago and sent it to me - fascinating! And I've seen Sunday Supplement ads for a stuffed Paddy O'Cinnamon (outrageous prices). Patronized a Spudnut Shop '81-'84 in Charlottesville, VA, two miles from Uva and three blocks from where I worked as translator at the Army's Foreign Science & Technology Center (now National Ground Intelligence Center). Just as good (and fattening) as the Richland version, but without the hometown memories. Made believers out of my office mates. May try to get a job back there again someday - nice place to live, though not as nice as ... "The Tri-Cities, in heart of the banana belt, sunshine capital of the Pacific Northwest!" Was that from radio, too? Can't remember where I heard it. Love the memories, saving the histories. [more from Earl Bennett for Pat Bezzio Re: TACO THE TOWN] Earl Bennett (63) Hi, Pat! I do remember a Mexican restaurant in West Richland that we went to occasionally when I was quite young. Probably the same place. (Maternal) Grandpa Norris immigrated from England as a teenager with 50 cents in his pocket on arrival, eventually established a ranch in southeastern Arizona. I don't remember it, but Mom said his Spanish was a funny mix of British accent and Americanisms. Mom was born there in 1922, became quite adept at Mexican cuisine of that region. Grandpa was living with us during the warm part of the year, May - September, from the time we moved to Richland in 1951 until he died in 1962 (winters were split between my aunts in California and Arizona). He always paid me $5 or $10 for the use of my room while he was there, I slept on a cot in the utility room. I always kept the Roi-Tan cigar boxes ("Stinky Pinkies" he called them) when he finished with them - may still have one somewhere. Back to the point. Mom thought that restaurant had excellent Mexican food, and coming from her that meant something. I remember how upset she got when Grandpa would eat so many of the awesome jalapenos -I couldn't handle them! - like they were candy. Eventually his ulcer put a stop to that practice. I don't know if Mom originated them, but she used to prepare what we called enchilada pancakes: Corn tortillas briefly sizzled in deep fat, drained, and swished through warm Old El Paso enchilada sauce; laid flat on a plate, covered with shredded lettuce, diced tomato, chopped onion, a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese (if/when the cheese was in short supply, it would only go on the top layer), and ladle a bit of the sauce over it; add one to two more layers of the same; for a special treat, add one or two eggs (over easy) on top; serve immediately (i.e., don't try to make this a sit-down dinner serving everybody at the same time - lukewarm is not good). Be prepared for a significant cleanup effort. If you can't tell, I'm using this forum to document regenerated memories - haven't deleted more than two or three of the emails yet, although I will have to move it to off-line storage pretty soon, 'cuz I can't afford a bigger hard drive. Later. ecb3 -Earl Bennett ('63) =================== >>From: Gail Hollingsworth (56) I moved to Kennewick in my Junior year, so didn't get to graduate with everyone I had gone to school with from 1st grade.. sighhhhh. But that's another story.... Been reading all this stuff, wondering if any of you remember HI Spot? It was lots of fun...... learned to jitterbug there...... and the bunny hop and a few other fun dances. By the way, I noticed you teasing someone about being 60..... LOL , hafta tell you, I am writing this on my 60th birthday. Just got home from my night job and it's after 2 am on the 14th. Speaking of babysitters....... my next door neighbors (when my son was about 4, and I was working at Anderson's{during the transformation to Bon Marche'} were the Crow' son's babysitter was Gary Crow....... now a pretty well known dj in Seattle. When we first got to Richland, in 44, my dad was living with a bunch of the other men in a house, each of them were waiting for the homes to be completed so they could move into them with their families...... My mom, and my sister and myself all lived at the Desert Inn for what seemed like forever, back then...... waiting for our house to be ready. My Dad used to bring home cartoons with a character named Dupis Boomer.... does anyone remember that? Had great cartoons of our terrible wind storms, prefab roofs blowing down the street, etc...... funny jokes, but I really hated those hot sandy winds....... B.L (before lawns). Oh, and one thing that was really wonderful about Richland........ someone mentioned the fireworks in Bomber bowl........ but did any of you go to any of the Sunrise Easter Sunday services there....... with the sun coming up....... it was really beautiful... Well, that's about all I can think of at the moment..... hope we will be hearing from more of the grads from the 50s......Thanx for reading...... Gail Cherrington Hollingsworth ==================== >>From: Denis "Sully" Sullivan (62) "Muscles", a.k.a. "Sonny", never without that bike. PasPort plunge: My dad was a seaman at the Pasco Navy Yards during the war. I remember his telling me that the pool was used as a training facility--something about having to swim under burning oil a certain distance to demonstrate one could escape a torpedoed ship. Potts' gas station: spent lot of time there filling my bike tires with air and pestering Potts. The grocery store across the street was not Safeway, but Campbell's, I think. We spent a lot of time pestering the produce guys--I still remember the smell of the place, riding our bikes with playing cards on the spokes through the parking lot and other annoying activities. There was barber shop on the Potts' side of the building and for a time a couple of us had a shoe shine operation where more polish got on socks than shoes. The Village Theater, at 11 cents a matinee, was king until it gave way to the "free show" at the Uptown Theater. The merchants sponsored it to draw the parents to the stores. Captain Midnight became Jet Jackson (or vice versa) in syndication. Kenny Wright and I pestered our mothers to buy Ovaltine so we could get the decoder rings that could create an image when you held it up to the sun. I remember how ripped off I felt when the first message I decoded was: "Drink your Ovaltine!" Remember the Bomber Mascot: the green and gold bomb shell, in the middle of the floor before every basketball game? The bomb shell gave way to sensitivities, but we have never gotten rid of the mushroom cloud. Most non-Richlanders I know still cannot fathom that one! I always thought the Spudnut Shop was a Richland original. A franchise? Picnics at Hat Rock. Thanks for the memories and keep them coming. -Denis Sullivan ('62) =========================== >>From: David Clark (56) These little vignettes have brought back a flood of fond memories of growing up in Richland and I'll pass on a few from my own memory bank. 1. The great flood and 'miracle mile' in 52-54? Not sure of the date. We lived at 1319 Hains St and watched the Corps put in the miracle mile dike to save our home and much of downtown Richland. Went right through our front yard. The Columbia was full of floating debris and we used to fish out boxes of apples floating down from Wenatchee. 2. The winters with the big freeze sometime in the early fifties. Had several small ponds along the Columbia in front of our home that would freeze over every winter - great ice skating/hockey. What happened to winters like those? 3. Horse back riding at the riding academy near West Richland. Used to love taking out the horses for riding in the areas around the academy. Fulfilled fantasy's of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Durango Kid, Cisco Kid, and other cowboy heros we saw every Sat at teh Village theatre. 4. Flat Top in West Richland. Used to take my old '37 Ford out on the trails to rabbit hunt, look for old bombs, etc. As a youngster, we also used to shoot fireworks out there and had the unfortunate experience of causing a brush fire which brought folks from all around to fight it. 5. Fishing with Bob Butler in the small creeks near the Uptown Shopping center. Remember Bob trying all summer to catch this large trout we could see but not catch. Well, Bob stayed after it and did finally catch him. Was over 20 inches as I recall. 6. Grade school at Lewis/Clark and Jefferson. Butler and I would spend a lot of time exploring Jefferson after hours, paticularly in the gym and stage areas. Jr. High, first at Carmichael where my acadamic career changed with Mr. Bressler. Home room teacher, small guy in stature but huge in character. After one year, moved ot the new school, Chief Joseph. At CJ, remember the first boys Home Ec class with Ms. Spain. Still remember the cooking one semester where we always doubled the receipe for cakes (ate half the dough and cooked the other half), sewing classes with the pins and needles flying and finally making/modelling shirts that we had made. High school with Dawald as Home Room and Civics teacher, Mrs. Buscher, the beloved math teacher, Mr. Morris, the tennis coach, typing teacher who nailed me and several others for throwing snowballs in class by checking the temperatures of our hands, and Mr Scott, the physics teacher whom we wired his chair to the Van de Graf generator. 7. First class at CBC over at the old Pasco naval base. Think we had around 350 students of which there were only 3 or 4 girls. Mostly Korean war vets and us young guys. Ping Pong between and sometimes during classes. Anyone remember our first Ping Pong Tournament. . ======================== >>From: Gregor Hanson (65) Another item I remembered last evening when reading the posts about early childhood days in Richland were the listening rooms at Korten's Music Store in Uptown Richland where you could play the latest 45 records on a phonograph in a sound proof room!! They also had sound proof rooms available for the practice playing of insruments -especially if you didn't have a bass cello or a tuba at home!! -Gregor Hanson ('65) ========================== >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) Hello to all this is Patty Stordahl!! Yea I am still Stordahl tried it twice couldn't do the domestic thing. Wasn't worth it & kept me to poor. So here I am & where are all of you? Call me (206)242-7294 or e-mail me Kraemer where are you your email keeps returning to me need good number. Nancy McWain stop telling people about my very generous good natured agreement with you. I just had a bird tell me you told them that while I was in Walla Walla. I knew we were good friends but that is a secret. MY MOM OVERHEARD. Silly gal call me I miss you & Edie & all. I want to hang with you when I come into town. Mom still lives down there but I split years ago came back for a bit & moved to Pacific NW. What's up with any West side folks lets get together & play. I have not changed much I still wander like a gypsy but now I go 1st class & get paid for it. Still sleep on the couch but now I own the home. Ride in a van but lost the flower paint job. So call me or write me lets get reaquainted. If I don't respond within a day or two I may be on the road working. See ya. Any one do anything with Trade shows? That is what I do all over the US. Need any help or ideas call me(888)767-4697 ask specifically for me. Thanks. Bye for now. [MORE FROM PATTY STORDAHL (72)] Thank you for sending this info to me. It is great reading. Memories are too fun for most of us. I am Patty Stordahl Bomber alum 72. you can email me at I work on the road alot so I don't get to read these daily but they are great. I went to the old Sacajawea grade school & then moved with my folks to Benton City. Moved back into Richland summer of 70 to finish school with old friends. Where is everyone?? with in the years 68 -75?? Talk to me I would love to have a huge street dance & party with all the old hippies & see how they have changed or not changed. What are you all doing now? Any responce for personal communitcation would be super. I was the era with Mr. Stevens, Vandeburg, & Nash. They were three bad boys that tried so hard to pretend they were good. Remember the hanky panky with Ms.B & Mr.N? That was to weird for me? What ever happened to Dimples, alias Mr. Stevens? Karlyn, DI, Nancy, Eddie, Sue, Val, & many more where are you all? Any one remember the days when the bathrooms had doors. Wasn't it nice that they took them off so the smoke could filter out faster?? Hearts or Spades any one? Where is Jessica Allen it has been a long time since I have had my cards read. She was really great. keep me in the loop this is great to read. Susan Kramer your email address wont work please find me I want to get together. I grew up to have 4 wonderful kids, Steven (23), Darcia(22) (bomber alum 94), Rian(20), & Janea (15). No husbands anymore I think I just move to fast. No time to pick up any one elses socks. Shoot I have to have a maid just to pick up mine. I have a great job that is to much fun. Go figure I always had to much fun throughout school. My gypsy wandering ways have not left me. No longer riding my thumb I now get paid well to fly all over the US & flap my jaws only this time I really know what I am talking about. I have managed to stay out of jail though (knock on wood). Any one need any help within the trade show industry. From conceptual to actual fabrication of display & marketing & graphic design send me an email I would love to see what I can do for your trade show needs. Again, keep me in the loop. You can call me when I am in town toll free. Try me or leave a message.1(888)767-4697 Store D doll [MORE FROM PATTY] would love to hear from anyone Suzie Kramer where did you go I have wrong email. Nancy McWain please respond you been sharing secrets with my Cousin Lizann. Edie J whats up with you. Any happily divorced alumni out there? Lets remember together. -Patty Stordahl ('72) ====================== >>From: Berta Hettinger (64) Hi, Maren, I enjoyed reading everyone's Richland memories. Thought I would add a few of my own. I lived in a B house at 1205 Benham. We were the last house on our side of the street. I think Benham ran into Duane. If I crossed Duane there was a shelter belt of trees. Helped to break some of the sand my Mother hated to clean. Beyond that was the railroad tracks and eventually Wellsian Way. When I used to walk to Carmichael Junior High I would take a short cut across the tracks and walk down Wellsian Way. I too spent many hours in the swamp land collecting polly wogs and making trails through the dried cattails in the Fall. There were many adventures to be had beyond the railroad tracks. The government had some buildings near the tracks. We kids were always tresspassing , playing in the giant crates filled with packing material. In those days our parents felt safe to let us play unsupervised. I think they would have changed their minds if they knew all that we did! We would stay out until dark during the hot summer evenings, playing hide and seek and various other childrens' games. It was a wonderful childhood. One time I woke up to a herd of horses in the vacant field outside my window. Some men had to come and round them up. We used to pick wild asparagus near the Yakima River. My Dad, with a little help from me, dug our basement out one bucket load at a time. He then built two bedrooms downstairs. We had a coal bin in one corner of the basement. I can remember when the coal deliveries were made and loading the furnace. My Mother's screams were heard after the cat fell down the chimney into the cold furnace. I ran to the top of the stairs to see what had happened and there she stood with coal dust from head to toe. The cat was unharmed and Mom said that she had had a catastrophe! Along with sand, Mom did not like dealing with coal dust. Dad took Cathy Biehn and I hiking in the Horse Heaven Hills a couple of times. Cathy and I used to go horseback riding at the Riding Academy in West Richland. We used to walk or ride our bikes to Lewis and Clark and come home for lunch on nice days. I can remember going to the gas station next to Campbell's grocery store and getting the used oil cans. We would stomp our shoes into the sides of the cans and wear them around on our feet for the added height and noise they made. Does anyone remember "White Christmas" showing at the uptown theatre during many a Christmas season? The Spudnut Shop is a delicious memory for me too. The closest thing to them is Dunkin' Donuts glazed in New England. My Mom used to buy sample shoes (her feet were so small) from the Bootery in Uptown. My friends and I would stop at Tastee Freeze and buy nickel ice creams on our way home from the big pool. I better stop rambling. -Berta Hettinger ('64) ===================== >>From: Carol Converse Mauer (64) I remember going to the movies a few times in North Richland. I remember my mother made me stay real close by, as the soldiers were there also. I can't remember how old I was at that time. Not very. Maxine McCune and I would ride our bikes out there in Jr. High school and early High school. All that remained were the concrete pads. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) =========================== >>From: MLou Williams (60) to Maren re: Kenny's #13 - In 1958 when the Bombers were AAA all-state basketball champions, there was a celebration party at the Kennewick Social Center(?) and our All- American Norris Brown and his brother, C.W. weren't allowed in! Were they the only black family in Richland then? Anyway, it nearly caused a riot and suddenly the Tri Cities and we sheltered children from the only town in the world that was its own suburbs became aware of discrimination. In 1962 CBC students held a peaceful demonstration, marching in Kennewick. It was covered by the Tri-City Herald and the now defunct Columbia Basin News. And those Spudnuts, which along with Coke in bottles were our dance refreshments at Chief Joe, started out at 52 cents a dozen. That was with 2 cents tax. Muscles, also called Sonny, lived in a house near Jason Lee, I believe. There was a pet monkey there, in a cage we used to stop by on the way to and from school and one day the monkey grabbed my glasses and really wrecked them. Boy, was I scared to go home! It cost $15 to replace them. Muscles died in Richland many years later -I remember his obit in the TCH. I'd like to write more, but the end of the fiscal year calls, and I'm at work. It's great to be reminded of all those good, bad and otherwise times when we were growing up. -MLou (formerly Mary Lou) Williams, class of 60 ============================ >>From: Michael Figg (70) Just like Mike Franco (hi Mike), I also remember very much about growing up on Davison St. For Mike, his Davison St gang was probably Dick Boston and Paul Wittenbrock plus a few others. For me, a quarter mile south on Davison it was the Twins, William and Richard Rathvon, Bob Gustavson and others. Growing up on Davison there is one thing that really sticks out, as it probably did for many others in the neighborhood and all over town, The River! It was only about 150 yards from my back door - through the Raile's back yard, across Hunt St and up and over the hill next to the Salinas'. It seems like I grew up on that river, sailing or swimming over to the first island. The other favorite memory was going to Bomber games and walking home eating sunflower seeds, then stopping at the Spudnut Shop to satisfy the other essential food groups needed in a well balanced diet. And if that didn't do it the Artic Circle wasn't far away either. It seems like by about 1975 there were two places I didn't want to live in; eastern Washington and Southern California. I've changed now, after 14 years in Columbus, Ohio, even Southern California sounds good. I can't imagine what it would be like to live back in Richland, but I wouldn't mind trying. Mike Figg [MORE FROM MIKE FIGG] Hi Gary, Kathy Rathvon is definitely the twins sister. Just like Kathie Roe use to babysit Mike Franco, I'm sure (although don't remember) that Kathy Rathvon probably babysat me. And you must of known one or two of the Gustavsons, like Julie or Martha. There were 6 of them, about every three years and I think Martha must have been about '62 and Julie probably '65. But then there were alot of Bostons too with Jeff, Janet, Dick and Martha. My mind is a little foggy as to where Hains is, is it up there along the dike between the river and Hunt? And near the Manolopolus's (I'm sure I messed up that spelling)? -Michael Figg (70) =================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) ....."no slums, no old people, all new houses about the same, most all families were young college graduates (usually WASP's) who were doing their part for us baby boomers (on the 300 block of Craig Hill at one time there were 31 kids about the same age), no crime "...... This is so true. No other place like it, I guess. No unemployment. And all the free stuff: trees, house painting, busses .... ========================= >>From: Vonnie Reed (60) I'm from the class of '60 (Vonnie Reed) and thoroughly enjoyed your history paper on Richland. I never knew the story! Thank you. I lived at 1311 Haines (right along the dike and close to the George Washington intersection) in an F house. I think someone from the Class of 62 or 63 lives in there now. My grown children visited Richland a few years ago (maybe 1994) and asked the new owners if they could walk through the house where I grew up. My kids were surprised at how little it was because we housed me, my sister, five brothers and a grandmother, along with my mother and stepfather in that house! We built 4 bedrooms in the basement after hauling all the dirt out and getting rid of the coal bin. I moved to California in 1963 and am busy within the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley--I want to get out! It's too fast here and crowded and expensive and it's time to take the time to smell the roses! Richland was a great place to grow up. I have many fond memories and go back every once in a while (for my 10th and 20th class reunions) and the last time was 1992. Our 40th reunion would be cool because it will be the year 2000. That should be a wonderful celebration. P.S. I noticed Eva (Clark) Perry wrote in (class of 49). I lived two houses away from her! She didn't give an email address but if you have one, I'd love to have it. -Vonnie Reed (60) ==================== >>From: Dale Hosack (69) 5) Riding the Dryers for a dime: we called it "Turning Orbits" (Now I build satellites for a living...) 7) Free movies in the "Uptown" theater on Saturdays with any receipt from an uptown merchant. We used to go around the corner to the five and dime and snatch a receipt off the floor to get in. 12) Bomber bowl Fireworks: A spinner came off the post one year and burned my next door neighbor Bill DeHollander above the eye. 16) Running behind the DDT Jeeps until I was covered with slimey oil.... Maybe that explains my fondness for peanut butter, pickle and mayo sandwiches..... 26) Surgical tubing squirt guns that shot a 1/4" stream of water 25 feet. 27) Building Snow Jumps on Col Hi and Carmichael hills for sledding. I remember Larry Worley coming about 6 feet off his sled. Landed where you don't want to land...If 'ya know what I mean. 28) The trampolines next to the Atomic Lanes. 29) Ice skating at Wellsian and the "Y". Finally.... Whatever Happened to "Sure Lloyd" -Dale Hosack (69) =================================== Thanks for all contributions =================================== *********************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/15/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Marilyn Groff Taylor (63) Thank you so much for jogging my gray matter, I have a few more thoughts to add to the list: Saw my first Television at Bill Redmond's house. A bunch of kids from Jason Lee followed him home to see the test pattern. Buying 5 cent ice cream cones at Tastee Freeze after a day of swimming at the big pool by Col Hi. Climbing "Flat Top" Saw my first MicroWave at Sears in Pasco about '54 or '55 The story Vera Smith Robbins talked about her mom getting lost, my folks told us once dad came home from work and yelled "Honey, I'm home." This strange woman walked out and said "Hi, Hon....... ekkkk" Wrong house, but our families made some new friends. When I was about 14, I travel by train with a group of kids, to Seattle. My folks instructions to me were: Don't tell anyone where you are from, where your folks work or what they do for work. My mom worked in a Biology Lab where they experimented with radiation on animals. My dad worked at the bus lot where they bussed people to the areas. I remember the bomb drills in grade school. Once they wanted to see how fast we could evacuate the town and my part of town walked to Chief Joseph, got on a bus and were transported to Prosser. Pretty scary for kid. One more comment: The talk about Muscles. You know we were pretty special people, the whole town excepted, loved and kept an eye on him for years. He would get into the movies for free, wearing his gun, holster and cowboy hat. The police let him feel as if he was a help to them. I understand when he moved to California it was not the same. He became an oddity, someone to stare at. We cared about him and even now we love him and miss him because he was a part of our childhood. We're pretty cool. Hey, does anyone out there Motor Home a lot? Would like to talk to anyone who goes into Mexico in the Winter. my email is -Marilyn Groff Taylor (63) ======================== >>From: Tony Sharpe (63) HEY HEY HO HO Does that sound familiar? I remember him a smallish and lean. With lots of teeth. Remember that they took up a collection to give him a new bike. It was a Schwinn with fat tires and the "Springer" front end. He was definitely retarded, but not a "Downs Syndrome" type. -Tony Sharpe ('63) ================================================ >>From: Lois Clayton Colton (72) I remember when the coal furnace exploded soot all over our house. It was impressive washing the ceilings. :-) RE: FIREWORKS I remember the spinners. It was great. Thanks for the second half. I loved it. -Lois Clayton Colton (72) ======================================= >>From: Teresa DeVine Knirck (64) Hi Gary and all "old" Richlanders - Does anyone else remember going to dances at the Social Club in Kennewick by Sanders Field? Judy Campbell, Kathy Hoff and I used to go there quite often during our junior year. Paula Jill, too. They had live music. Wasn't there also briefly a place in the uptown where the old C and H grocery store was called the Hideaway - live music and dancing I think. During junior high and even high school the girls would walk around and around the Uptown and the guys would cruise - all checking out each other. Anyone else remember the old girls' gym at Col-Hi? It was so dark - I think we had dances in there too, but they tore it down in 63 to make way for the new gym, then the boys' gym became the girls' gym. Thanks Gary and Maren -Teresa DeVine Knirck ('64) ====================================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) What ever happened to Col Hi teacher Jo(h)n Reid/Reed? I recall something untoward, as it were. Edgar Haag, the VP? "Smiley" ... The Principal? Mister Keech? Pappas the band leader. Who knows the whereabouts of: Larry Dibbern Al Figliola Richard Chandler Moonbuttons? -Tony Tellier (57) ================================== >>From: Patsy Noble Eichner (61) I have really enjoyed reading all the info from the past. Thank you for sending it my way. -Patsy Noble Eichner (61) =============================== >>From: Patri Largé deVargas-Walker (59) Hi! I'm Patri Largé deVargas-Walker. My dad moved to Richland in '43' and the family followed in '44' when I was 3 yrs old. We lived at 1308 Perkins and I started school at Sacajawea and then transferred to Spading when we moved to Birch Street. The first thing I remember is a cow tied to a post in front of a drug store and lots of sage brush. I survived the wind storm in '47' with my brother and sister. We had to walk home from the bus stop by Spading to Birch Street, and the wind was so bad we couldn't see where we were going. I attended school Columbia High until the end my Jr. Year and graduated after I married. I would like to hear about reunion plans for the class of '59'. It's great reading the notes from all of you. Somewhere, I have some photos taken at High Spot. I will try and find them. Patri Large deVargas-Walker ('59) ================================= [Patri -- Click on the class of '59 site and if there is NOT reunion information there and you find out anything, let me know and I'll get the information on the site. Also, you might want to check with Bonnie Webb Roe... I'd really like to see '59 and '64 do reunions on the same week end next summer... pretty cool idea, huh? Get those pictures to me and I'll get those on the '59 site, too -- Maren Smyth] ====================================================== >>From: Eva Clark Perry (49) Hello Maren, this is Eva again, in response to Evelyn, and I'm wondering if Chuck Crowder, was his younger brother?? and if so, does she remember Colleen? Gee's these really are shades of yesteryear. Also, does anyone out there remember, Bettye JO (Warren) Forsythe, she just had a Birthday and if anyone knows her whereabouts, tell her that Penny is really wondering what happened to her. She last lived in Murfesborro, Tenn. I'm sure that a lot of you out there should know my siblings, Carolyn (Clark) Burbach, Davie Clark, Larry Clark and Kathy (Clark) Hale, our plan was to hit the reunion this year, but don't know if it will be possible now, but betcha, i will make the 50th for sure. Even tho long past the time a lot of you younger ones that are writing, I'm sure that you must be children of (KIDS) I went to school with, and really enjoy everyone's thots on what Richland is all about. Thanx again to Maren and Gary. -Eva Clark Perry ('49) ======================================= >>From: Dave Miller (67) Hi Vegas [aka Maren] real nice you doing this. I was wondering if there was any one out there for a long time now. Now it is here, congrats on a great site. I am also on a site for midway island (navy, dependents, etc.) very similar site. My folks moved to a- house in I think 1958 from Longview WA. We lived an "A" house on Jadwin next to a very large church? Moved to Ritch court about 1960, moved to Jonhson about 1966. Went to Sacajawea Elementary then to Lewis & Clark Elementary. I thought it was Jason E Lee Elementary. Then to Chef J0 and on to Col high. June67 Grad. Nov67 in the Navy 4 years. Met girl Santa Clara/Sunnyvale CA. I year 4 months Midway Island. Folks moved to Illinois Chicago 1970. Never been back other than hitchhiking thru in 1972 and on bus to Snoqualmie pass for pacific trail hike in 1974 (alone) and 1975 hike with brothers to Lake Chelan. Dave Miller 67 ==================================== >>From: Mike Franco (70) My parents are Dr Robert Franco and Ilene, Please encourage anyone interested to contact them. They moved us to Richland in 1954. I remember starting school at Jefferson as being one of VERY few kids whose dad did NOT work at Hanford. We started out in a Richland Village house on McMurray, then to Harris, then Davison then finally out to the "new " part of Harris where my parents still live. We are all enjoying the great stories -Mike Franco (70) =============================== >>From: Maren Smyth (63 AND 64) The 8/14/98 Alumni Sandstorm was WAY too big! And it was only 24 hours worth of collections. If we get that many again, we'll probably split them into EARLY and LATE editions -- something like that. Also put links as the last entry for how to get to the FIRST Bomber Alumni Site and a link for the ALL Bomber Alumni Links site. Had 15 kick back because of 'data format error', so I learned not to do THAT again!! Also, at least one person (from AOL) reported that only about HALF of the text showed up. Another person had some difficulty trying to 'view part 3' -- something like that -- whatever THAT means. Appears the part that wouldn't open was the little section with the stupid links in it!! Guess we need to come up with something so everybody will know FOR SURE that there isn't any more... This one isn't as big. WHEW! ======================================= DON'T MISS THE NEXT Alumni Sandstorm ======================================= *************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/16/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yes! They keep coming... support your "Alumni Sandstorm" by sending your contributions.... this is a joint effort by: Chief Jo Warrior-Bomber, Gary Behymer (64) and Carmichael Cougar-Bomber, Maren Smyth (64) and YOU! ================================================ >>From: Wife of Steve Cantrell (68) Hi! The camp was used to house those living in the surrounding areas (complete families) who were of Japanese descent following the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WWII. They were not actually POW's, but were considered to be possible security threats and, as such, had to give up their homes and remain restricted to the camp. Sue Cantrell (wife of Steve Cantrell---class of '68) ================================================ >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) I used to think that living in Richland was a pretty normal way to grow up.. .but looking back, it was not ordinary!! How could "bomb drills" with heads to the hallway wall at school, with rears in the air and locating out evacuation bus stop be normal? I remember we got our first tv in about '55. I used to watch Uncle Jimmy's Clubhouse and the Bert Wells Show. I remember sending my mom's 30th b- day in to Bert Wells and he read it on the air. She was MORTIFIED!! Spudnuts are still a treat! I have gotten them on occasion for students as a reward. Does anyone else remember Miss McGillicut (?), second grade at Marcus? We built a store and sold school supplies to learn about making change. I remember coming to school 20 min early for the privilege of going in and minding the store when the big kids came to buy pencils and notebook paper. We used the profit to tour the transportation center in Pasco -- the airport, railroad hump yard (where they put trains together by running them over a hump and down a hill. Get your mind out of the gutter) and roundhouse, finishing with a train ride from Pasco to Kennewick. What a day that was!!! -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ================================================ >>From: Peggy Hartnett (72) Dear Maren, We have been offline for a couple of months it seems, the hotel business is wacky and when your monitor dies and you are on the edge of the universe, well these things take time and patience is the lesson we practice. When I finally downloaded all the mail, Bomber stuff certainly was in the land of overwhelm, I have been sifting through it this evening and I have a few things to add. I think the "camp" at the Rapids has been thoroughly covered but my dad, in later years worked with a young Japanese-American out in the area who had been interned there and later came back there to work. I remember going to Seattle to his wedding, I was just a kid, and as a Catholic in Richland I don't think I had even been in a Protestant church let alone a Buddhist temple- that odd town led me to some surprising places. When you leave Richland is when you "get it". We went to public schools and yet got outrageously great educations. I have yet to meet anyone who got the chance to study Russian in a public high school. I have recently gotten to know some folks out of Chicago who work in the field of chemistry, the company they work for was started by one of the guys who figured out how to test all whose urine samples fast enough to do anyone any good. Well, they thought their boss was kidding them and they were astounded when I confirmed that the urine samples in the green boxes were right next to the Carnation milk boxes on the front porch. They were beyond amazed that someone outside the "field" knew what the periodic table was and could identify radio isotopes, of course they did want to know if I glow in the dark. One of their proud gifts to me was a Bomber T-shirt with cloud - not really my style but it gets noticed. It was nice to see the note from Mike Franco and Mike Figg, the decade of the 70s being somewhat absent in all the messages, but as I recall we were somewhat absent. As far as Atomic Frontier Days go, you know it has a certain sardonic quality but somewhere I have a box of color slides from the parade one year and photos of my dad, unshaven. My sister Mary Mike has some early 8mm film - my dad was quite the avid amateur. A couple of questions, when they built the dikes during the flood, was it 1948? did they actually sandbag in trucks, etc. for foundations or was that just more tall tales? Does anyone remember "whole body counters"? And one last bit from the "small world Dept." a guy pulls up to the hotel last week, has WA plates on a very road tired Kawasaki, he takes a room, eats and the next morning we get to talking about WA, seems he is from the "other" side of the Cascades but briefly lived in Kennewick "63-'64, his dad was working on something at Hanford. His big memory was getting out of school and being taken by an older brother to the groundbreaking of the N(?) Reactor when JFK came to the ceremony. I loved his memory because he said he was so struck that Kennedy had auburn hair - he expected him to be in B&W -- too cool y hasta luego! Thanks to you and Gary- Margaret (Peggy ) Hartnett ('72) ================================================ >>From: Dave Edgar (56) While stationed as a helicopter flight instructor at Fort Wolters Texas I ran into "muscles" bicycle and all in Mineral Wells Texas. His Parents had retired there and they were living at the Brazo's hotel which had been turned into a retirement facility. This was in 1974. I left the same year with the posts closure. When I found him he had the same support base he enjoyed in Richland. D. Edgar (56) ================================================ >>From: Art (TOM) Hughes (56) Someone mentioned the dances in the Girls Gym at Col Hi. I was a member of the Lettermen's Club and in 1954 we went to Mr. Haag and got permission to have dances at Noon in the Girls Gym. We charged 5 cents for the dances. I was responsible for going up to Kortens Music Store every week and getting the latest records from the top 20 that were good for dancing. We kept this going until I graduated in 56. Don't know what happened after that. Does anyone remember the floods of 1949 when we had to go through Benton City to get to Kennewick? I think that was the year Vanport Oregon washed away. Art (Tom) Hughes Class of 56 ================================================ >>From: Kathy O'Neil Stine (63) Thanks so much for all your efforts to send us all the Bomber information. My family and I are really enjoying it. Kathy O'Neil Stine ================================================ >>From: Susan Kraemer (72) Attn: Patty Stordahl ('72) I'm alive and well and living in the Mill Creek area. Call me. Don't know why e-mail is not coming through. "Vegas" is coming through loud and clear. Spell my name right? Kraemer with an "e"!! I have had to spell my name at least a billion times over the years! Price you pay for keeping a name that doesn't spell the way it sounds. Hello to sister Kathy. I saw you too have shared your memories. Cool! Hey to everybody. On behalf of the Kraemer Clan, Phil (dad), Florence (mom), Kathy '67, Ken '68, Mike '69, Cindy '71, Susi '72 (me) and Marlene '75, we cover a few years of Richland history. The family is doing well. Mike and Cindy are in the Spokane area, Ken and Marlene are in Richland with Mom and Dad and Kathy and me are here in Western Washington. The family moved into an "A" house, our permanent residence, across from Christ the King School about 1960, and my folks still reside there today. Thus we all attended CK. How convenient to hear the 5 min. bell from your bedroom window then run across the street to school. There were many large Catholic families in the neighborhood (Plachata, Huff, Danhauer, Hodgson, Kaftantzis) to name a few. It was great for a kid. I would like to "hats off" to mom for those great CYO dances and activities she coordinated in the late 60's early 70's. Her kids were teens and there wasn't enough for them to do besides get into trouble (that was me!) She worked together w/Father Monahan. What a team. They were great dances and filled the CK cafeteria to capacity! They would bring bands in from Seattle per our requests. Dad would work "security" checking the dark corners with his flashlight. He always thought he might find me there "making out" or something but I was always one step ahead of him! Thanks for the memories!! -Susan Kraemer (72) ================================================ >>From: Denis Sullivan (62) Somebody mentioned Kortens. Remember sometime after school, but before the evening news?: "I'm K-K-Kenny from K-K-Kortens and I'm here to bring you Komik-k-kal Kartoons." Thanks for keeping this going. -Denis Sullivan ('62) ================================================ [Denis -- I even remember that TUNE that goes with K-K-K-Kortens! Maren] ================================================ >>From: Ginny Rowe Duve (68) Hi Gary, My siblings are: Dennis-59 Andrea-64 Joe-66 Kevin-72 I've really enjoyed viewing the old pictures of Richland and the memories people have written down. :-) -Ginny Rowe Duve ('68) =============================================== >>From: Eva Clark Perry (49) Hi again, seems like after i read all the daily notes from everyone, i have more to say. Does anyone remember the North Star theater, ran by Mr. and Mrs. Honey, i worked there for awhile., back in those days. Then in 51 Jerry Fazendin and I were married at the rectory where Mr. and Mrs. Barlow Ghirado stood up for us, so we were real familiar with the Spudnut shop too. We later were divorced but Jerry remained there and was probably the milk man that everyone is talking about. Surely takes a person back a lot of years remembering all these things. We used to lay on the bed upstairs on Haines during the flood and wave at the fellows doing the dike work. We were lucky, we had a layer of water in the basement but they got the dike up so fast that it was an amazing thing to watch. Guess all of our little secrets are coming out. Thank everyone for all the work that they are doing to make this a success. -Eva Clark Perry ================================================ >>From: June Smith Colletti (63) I have read everything that has come over email. Memories! I wanted to savor all of it, so I have saved to discs. That way I will have them forever! It is wonderful to read from all of you and to know, I did have a normal life. Outside the tri- cities they didn't. People can not comprehend what our childhood was. Several have said they envied me (smile). Our little world of the the Tri Cities! My first memory of Richland was being 5 yrs old and my Pop and I went out fishing (just past the Knights of Columbus near the bridge that linked Richland and the Y.... I'm talking back in 1949- 50). The Columbia and Yakima river had over flowed and it was just receding. It was hot........... no one had caught fish.......... and I landed my monster! I brought that giant in............. all the men clapping and applauding because I caught a fish. My Pop beaming with pride. I couldn't understand why I couldn't take that fish home and feed my family for at least a week. Pop then explained quantify to me.............. a fish 4 inches long just couldn't feed anyone! I just couldn't throw it back; so Pop did! My first day of Kindergarten. My sister Vera ('58) was to take me. She walked me to the end where Kindergarten doors were. She was "much older" and couldn't be seen at the Kindergarten end (she was in 6th grade). She got to enter in the big kids doors! I cried all the way home. My recollection of Kindergarten class............ teacher said that we were to place our coats and mittens on the hook (in the closet). I went over and mine was on the hook. Someone threw my mittens on the floor. The teacher took a ruler to my hands. It hurt! [June -- I was in that Ktgn class and Miss Stewart was MEAN. You remember the day she chased John Poynor out of the class waving that ruler/yardstick at him? He ran home and she didn't catch him either!! --- Maren] Oh yes, the bomb/radiation drills in the halls. Lying 3/4 rows deep....... on our tummies, eyes on our arm and the other hand on the back of the neck. Smelling the shoes in front of you and hoped that you didn't get a fellow student that stepped in something a dog left behind. In grade school I was the tallest person in the whole school (which included some of the teachers). Went to Jr. High and some of the fellas grew tall! [June -- and I was only 1/4 inch or so behind you - - we were EVEN in Mrs. Atwater's third grade picture-- Maren] In PE we had to learn how to dance. Loved dancing with Gary LeClair and Jim Maulsby. Oh yes, PE................ going into the girl's dressing room and find that all the corners were taken so you had to dress and undress out in the open......... being tall was noticeable enough..... but not developed yet............ oh, how embarrassing! I learned how to kiss (thanks to Robert Riley). I learned to kiss at the swimming pool under water (took me many years later to know I could breathe and kiss at the same time)! The sock hops............... the dancing came easy for me............ (those long legs did pay off). I had just one little problem....... no boy asked me to dance (the little wall flower). Thanks to my sis, I found a road that led out in the boonies and then you came upon the Snake River. A secluded spot. I learned about skinny dipping. I felt sorry for a friend of mine.......... she just bought the 2 piece bathing suit and during our skinny dipping, her bottoms sank to the bottom (neither of us would swim THAT deep to get it). Which by the way.............. does anyone know the where abouts of Sandy Dreher? I lost track of her after I married. Where, oh where, can she be? High school................ trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up..... Ah.... a police woman! Women had to have a college education (men didn't). Women worked only in offices (no such thing as out on the street). In college, you needed to take Zoology. Before Zoology, you had to have Chemistry, before that, Geometry, before that Algebra. Lordy, you're talking to a person who hated math in any way shape or form! Algebra I had the light bulb go on and got to understand it very well. [Sounds like Mrs. Nina Johnson!] Then came Geometry....... squares and triangles... Nope, can't do it. Requested a second study hall. I want to be a police woman. So, summer school here I come! Gave up being an Aquanaut (at the pool). That was a sacrifice! Hey, Geom was a piece of cake, especially when the teacher had the hots for my sis and I let him know I was her sister! Passed with a C : ) Now comes Chemistry................ Elmer Fudd! (Mr. Gentle). I just couldn't blow out the Bunsen burner and asked to leave the class (another 2nd study hall). No, he said, "The only way you can prove to me that you don't understand is to fail the quarter"! Boy, I showed him! Test time. He passed out the exam. Then passed out 2 pieces of blank paper for working formulas. Well shoot, I couldn't make heads or tails of the test, so I sat there during the test and wrote a note to a friend (to pass during change of classes). The note explained why I hated Elmer Fudd (oh yes, I did use is nick name). Test over, passed the tests up front. Then he asked for the scrapes of paper (ah oh)! Of course, as it was being passed up, everyone had to read bits and pieces. You know what? Yep, I failed and yep I got out of the class. Boy, I showed him! I was thinking of college until my sis told me in secret that mom and Pop had enough money saved to send one of us to college (of the three siblings). As she reminded me, it was more important for the male to go....... so, my brother Chuck was to get the college. I chose the Navy. Hey, thought it would be fun with McHale's Navy... I could handle that way of life! The Saturday am movies. WOW! I remember Johnnie McBrown; Hop-a-Long Cassidy. The Three Stooges. After the movies to walk in the old cemetery and clean off the plates of the babies. To kneel and say a prayer. I remember going to the movies with my mom and sis to see Transula (the BIG black spider). I had to go to the bathroom (good, cause it got me out of the theater). But, wait......... there was the big spider hanging over the women's bathroom. I'M NOT GOING IN THERE.... NOT ME! So, I went in the Men's. That was first experience with the funny looking drinking fountains. Memories........................ I have a life time full of them. The day of my 15th Birthday my girlfriend (Sherry Mason '61) and I drove up to Seattle (alone). Picked up another girlfriend of hers (college) and on to Penticton, BC. We took sleeping bags (the stars will be the roof over our heads). Met fellas. My second experience of french kissing (first time was a friend of my sisters). Hey I liked that! Hey, I read those Romance Magazines (that Pop forbid in the house.... (thanks to Vera who brought them in behind his back). I knew when to quit! Years later I asked my mom how could she have let me go up there...... just the two of us? She said that was the hardest thing to do.... she said she hoped and prayed that I knew right from wrong. Thanks mom for teaching me. I remember taking a bunch of kids on a hiking trip. Walked from Richland, to Hanford (where the base used to be) across the desert and ended up in West Richland. Took them up Rattle Snake Mountain.... oh, look at all those big holes in the side of mountain. One fella wanted to cr awl in one. I don't think so..... the sun was going down (dah..... sun goes down, cools off and big and little slithering things come out of those holes)! Thank God no snake bites. Back down the hill... now the sun is down..... ah oh, how do we get back home? I went in a bar (I remember the saw dust on the floor). I didn't have any money. I told the owner what I had done... I needed to call my mommie. He gave me a nickel (I remember it having an Indian Head). I wasn't tall enough to reach the dials on the pay phone, so some nice man dialed the number. Pop answered...... ah... ah..... Pop, I want to speak to mom. (Where are you)..... ah.. ah I'm over here... (where). When I told him, he sounded so angry (I'm dead.... I know I'm dead). He said I was to wait there with the other kids until he came and got me. Yep, I'm dead! He came to get the kids and he said "Sorry June, there is only enough room for everyone except you. You will have to wait until I get back". Most definately dead! He doesn't want any witnesses. What's the big thing.... we just took a short hiking trip............... wasn't until years later that I discovered the way we went was 13 miles! I didn't die. Pop was more relieved to know I was ok along with the kids. When he lectured me about rattlesnakes, I told him I had the kit (remember the razor and rubber suction cup). I didn't know how to use it, but having it protected us! Well..... that does it for me. Again, if anyone knows the where abouts of Sandra Dreher, please contact me. Hope I didn't bore anyone death? -June Smith Colletti ('63) [June-- Not me for sure! I was right there with ya. Don't know about Sandra Dreher, but I'll bet Leslie Dreher can put you on the right track. --Maren] ================================================ >>From: Judy Shaw (65) Love the Bomber page!! Please add me to your list for E-mail addresses and info sharing. Thanks. Judy Shaw, RHS class of '65. ------------------ We will add you!... You a sister to Byron Shaw ('64)? -Gary Behymer ('64) =============================================== >>From: Chris William Reuther (65) Maren - Having a great time reading your sandstorm. Many of these memories you were right in the middle of... There was a huge neighborhood full of kids who played games at the Roberdeau Playfield: Smyths, Castos, Hawks, Williamsons, Gosnells, Webbs, Rhoades, to name just a few. We had fantastic summer games at the big field till after dark... mostly kick-the-can, two-feet-in-the-mud, and sardines. Played till after dark. I remember my folks talking about the deer in the field in the early years. They came to Richland in '47 and we were fortunate, moved into an "L" house immediately. The area was pretty wild still, and I remember one summer day when Gary Webb's 5 year old brother, Randy, found a rattlesnake in their back yard! At the playfield there's a baseball field and a basketball court where Gary ('64), Tim ('62), my brother, Jay ('63RIP), and others played for hours at a time. Bobby McClellan ('66), too. Favorite summer memories include all afternoon at the Big Pool, horseback riding at the Riding Stables (their sign was still there last time I looked), playing on that huge playground at Spalding School - I've never seen anything as big or open since at a school. One of the most significant events of the year was the Halloween Party and Costume parade each year. One year my brother, Jay, over ate and ended up with appendicitis. He was about 16. I'm enjoying the Sandstorm and familiar names. Someone mentioned Gary Crow being a dj in Seattle... Where? What class is he? Looking forward to more. Thanks for your efforts. -Chris Williamson Reuther (65) ========================================== That's all --- til YOU send more!! ========================================== ****************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/17/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Bob Mattson (64) Thanks for the Alumni Sandstorm.. A Bomber till I DROP!! Bob Mattson, class of '64 ================================================ >>From: Gary Turner (71) After spending our first three years in Richland in a tiny prefab on Rossell, we moved in 1958 into a Ranch house on Birch. After my dad's death in the 1983, while sorting through all of his old papers we found the original bill of sale: $9,500!! The payments, if my memory serves me correctly (yes, we had the foggers on Birch also) were about $60 per month. My Mom still lives there with many of our original neighbors - the Utechts, Steelmans, Geiers, Christophers, Strankmans, and others. Still a wonderful neighborhood, where all of the longtime residents look out for each other and maintain the neighborly feeling that makes it such a comfortable place to go back and visit. -Gary Turner (71) ================================================ >>From: Debra Cravens Biondolillo (73) Hello all fellow Alumni, Just an update of where I am these days. I have been married for eleven years to a theater major who is working on his maters in theater performance. I have 3 children Amber who is almost 21 years old and she is married and has two children, I have two boys Aaron who is 10 and Andrew who is 7. they keep me very busy. I have graduated from CBC with an AAS in Human Services and Alcohol and chemical dependency counseling. I am now going to WSU extension to get my Bachelors in Social Science. And then I'd like to get my masters in Counseling. I'd love to hear from any of my old friends Like Dana Goecke, Wendy Gower, Gayla DeVries, Sue Hinkle, or any of my old participants in J.C. Bridge. Feel Free to write me at any time. -Debra Cravens Biondolillo (73) ==================== >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) Maren, I sure hope these comments and stories continue to roll in to you and Gary. It's the highlight of my morning at work when I can open up my email and read all these stories. I start my day off smiling, which causes everyone that passes my desk to also smile. Good way to start the day. I wonder if anyone remembers the USO Club? I know a lot of parents weren't very happy about it being there on Geo Wash Way because all the Camp Hanford soldiers went there. I was a USO girl for a short time. We were there just to play cards, shoot pool, dance or talk with the lonely GI's. That's where I learned to shoot pool and play Pinochle. It was later turned into a dance club but I don't remember the name of it. A big "atta boy, girl" to you and Gary. Also to all those Richland Grads that pass along all those memories. I can't wait to come back to Richland for my reunion. Vera Smith Robbins '58 ================================================ >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen (67) Answer to Bill Compton's question. Chief Joseph is buried in Nespelem, just as you come into the town there is a statue of him. Nespelem is on the Colville Res. in the Okanogan. I lived in Omak for 17 yr, plus that is where my grandparents lived, (dad's folks). Also I don't remember any sign out side of Kennewick stating no negros after dark. But I do remember that they bragged that they had no colored people living there, but banned the book Tom Sawyer because it used the word nigger in it and that they were offended by that! Now go figure!! There are so many of my old class mates that I would loved to hear from, Marti Sterns, Willie Mitchell, Pat Blake, Patty Shelton, Lewis Gray..... Those are just a few. So if anyone knows I'd love to hear from you. A lot of talk of the West Richland canal, well just one week before graduation '67 I gave my car or rather my folk's car a bath in it!! Had 3 kids two dogs and a cat in the car at the time!! What Fun!! It happened right in front of Jim Howard's place in West Richland. There are so many memories that we all have to such a small town, then, but they are ours. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen '67 ================================================ >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Both my brother, Gordy, and I are all enjoying this Bomber stuff. Thanks -Kim "Edgar" Leeming, Class of 79 ================================================ >>From: Walter Gordon Edgar (78) What could be more normal than chasing mosquito trucks and getting your radiation level checked at grade school? In 5th grade (Mr. Miller) at Jason Lee the entire class was marched single file to a trailer in the parking lot and we were checked one at a time for radiation while the rest of the class waited outside. -Walter Gordon Edgar (78) =============================================== >>From: Patri Largé deVargas-Walker (59) I can't believe the amount of information about the Bombers. It sounds like we all had the same childhood. The exception might be that we were the only Hispanic family in the area for a number of years. I don't remember any discrimination, however. People pretty much accepted everyone else for who they were. I'm thrilled to see the names of people I had lost contact with and look forward to more. Please send me the site for the '59' Bomber e-mail. -Patri Laargé deVargas-Walker ('59) ============================================ >>From: John Northover (79) The Alumni Sandstorm... I remember the Tri City Braves, my dad would take me to the games, do not remember but I think they were a AA club...the big memory was the right field foul pole. Every baseball field has advertising on the fence. There was a plumbing repair/supply company, do not remember the name, but they had a commode mounted just outside the right field foul line near the top of the fence in right field. If one of the players managed to hit a ball in the commode, they would receive some grand prize. My dad said during one game, as though he had some revelation...looking at the commode hanging on the right field fence, 'That would really be a foul ball!!!' He was very happy with himself, for thinking of that. I think he actually bought a bag of peanuts after that. The swimming pool in Columbia park that was fed by the cold water from the Columbia river. having to get out of the pool every hour and let the next batch of kids in. Once in it took several minutes to get used to the water again... Using Crisco or that yellow suntan lotion. Trying to get some adult to purchase beer for a friday or saturday night. The dances held on Friday night in the Richland Community Center???? The 45's we played??? Does anyone remember the headlines in the Tri-Hard Herald that announced 'MOTHER THWARTS BEER BUST' or some thing to that effect??? How about lagging for pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters ... in the boys head in the new section of the high school??? Drinking beer during lunch time at the high school parking lot??? Francis Coelho ... the art teacher ... I will admit to drinking vodka [and not mention others that may have ... ] in the back work room of the art class room during my senior year... I remember sitting in physics behind Mike Patzer in Mr. Scott's class after a liquid lunch ... and hearing Mr. Scott say 'someone smells like beer ... ' I set a world record holding my breath ..!! Does anyone remember getting the 'office girls' to mark us present and then taking off on a trip to somewhere and back before school let out??? The smoking areas???? Dumas Gains??? "New wonders, fast beginnings Slow endings, all the same As they fade, all the same Never to be heard again" Sue Birge '59 Jay Butler and Pat Hartnett ... the Basket Ball managers??? Setting firecrackers off in the men's room in the UPTOWN Theater??? Operation Weed ...??? Roger Sharp ... editor of the '59 Columbian The top five .... Susan Myhre, Judy Rees, Loretta Reich, Gerogette Anderson, Tom Beaulieu '59 was the first year to wear T-shirts and shorts to school Remember the '59 Tolo Royalty, King Ernie Trujillo, Senior Princes Gary Lind and Sandy Kross, Junior princes Dennis Waltman and Don Smith, Sophomore's Don Ott and Chuck Rathbun Newberrys hot dogs??? The State national Scholastic Art Awards, Columbia High School took 27 of the 75 awarded to the entire state....GO BOMBERSSSSS!!! Remember the Sandmen, R. Williams, D Robertson, C. Carlson and V Bates. the Senior trio ... J. Lambert, E. Belliston and S. Seely. "Plants swaying to their leaning for a bend petals open with a secret hiding hidden to the bee a leaf, its vein\s crawling creeping for the sun, stems support the carring of their secret. plants have a life so different." Mary Mankowski '59 ASO Officers, Bill Roe president, Jeff Hartman vice president, Barbra Haugen secretary, Karen Howe treasure and Helen Clark Publicity Manager... '59 Cheer Leaders, Ernie Trujillo, Sandy Kross, Kit Bridges, Barbara Stanfield, Vonnie Reed, the YELL QUEEN!!! Rick Johnson and his radio program??? Pancakes my dad made on a Saturday morning??? '59 Song Leaders...Diane Glover, Judy Fellman, Susie Fisher [SONG QUEEN], Darlene Manning, Mickey Ellingson, Nancy Manning [little sister of Darlene] and Pam Shine THE boys pep club ... in its first official year ROTTA...ROOOTTTAAAA!!! Going hunting with a bow and arrow with spent casing of 38's as tips, looking for pararie dogs... Walking around the hills with a 22 cal cannon hunting rabbits??? Searching "Searching through a square, A barren field appears, Watching close to see, What little life is there In the distance stands A hill in silence bare." Chris Midkiff Some on in a previous emailing ... asked the name of the C and L Tahitian Room '59 IN MEMORAIM: Leslie Mc Intosh, Super of schools??? and Dan Cambell, dove off a bridge and broke his neck... Sleeping out ... If our parents only knew!!!! WWHAT A TIMMMMEEEE!!! John Northover ('59) ==================== >>From: Robert Davis (73) I moved to Richland in the summer of 1970. My Dad took over as Project Manager for the construction of the FFTF (Fast Flux Test Facility) that Becthel was building 'out there'. So, I don't have a lot of the 'early' memories of Richland that some of the 'old timers' have written about. But I still have more than a few fond remembrances. Visiting the 'visitor center' and collecting my irradiated glass marble. Collecting the tumble weeds from the backyard fence. Watching the construction of the (then) new Hanford K-12 school, just a few blocks north of our house. Even in the early 70's, Richland was a safe place to be. A tennis buddy (Bill Koshman) and I would walk the streets downtown on Friday night with some of the summer seminary students discussing philosophy and the bible while sucking down real draft root beer from the A&W. My best bud (Mark Van Tuyl) and I jogging down to the picnic benches 'down the hill' from Col High and playing chess every Sunday... our version of the Boris Spasky and Bobby Fischer face off. Learning to peck out the Canadian national anthem on the piano in the locker room before cross country practice. ( Olympic fever ) Shaking my head at the mania (and maniacs) that went to the roller derby event in the main gym. Coach Jensen - Higgins, Melton, and the Rice boys bringing the State Title home for three years in a row in Cross Country. Running miles along the 'green belt' and sucking water from the busted irrigation pipes. Running miles up and down the hills and multiple circles around the pool to check out the females and their swim fashions. The Guardian Angels cheering all the sports folk on every week. The Bleacher Bums of America... raggedly singing slapped together challenges to the opposition at the B-Ball games. Me and the entire graduating class of males sweating out the last official lottery to see who might be going off to 'clean up' the mess in Viet Nam. The Nixon years... and more people bitching about the trials pre-empting their daily soaps than why and what the trials were all about. And a whole bunch more I'm probably missing at the moment. Makes me sorry I couldn't get up there this summer for the 25th reunion. -Robert Davis (73) =================== >>From: Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46) Dear Maren -- I had trouble on AOL yesterday so don't think my mail reached you as it doesn't show up on list. I did get to the url and the picture, etc., for 1942 turned out perfectly. What a great job you and Gary are doing. In response to his question about John Crowder - he comes from a different family. In response to Eva's question about Chuck Crowder'49 and Colleen, yes, Chuck is my husband's brother. Unfortunately he died from a heart attack in 1989. Saw Colleen a few years ago at a 40's reunion in Richland. Think she lives in northern Arizona but am not in contact with her. Keep up the wonderful work. -Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46) ======================================= >>From: Don Winston (63) TO: Richard Henderson (62) Rich, You don't know me, but I was in the Class of '63 and my sister, Liz Winston, was in your class. I was just reading your post on the 8/14 On-line Sandstorm, and your mention of Mr. Pippo (wasn't it spelled Toivo? -- I seem to remember the pronunciation as "toy-vo") brought back a memory that no one has mentioned --- the "Lung Cancer Film". Did you guys ever see it? I can remember Mr. Pippo showing the film in, I think, 8th grade (for me). It was a pretty graphic film of a lung removal operation, complete with the darkened lung displayed by the surgeon at the end of the surgery. The shock of the first cut with the scalpel caused the whole class to gasp (and some to leave), and the cranking open of the poor guy's chest with the rib retractor (looked like a torture machine from Hell) was certainly graphic in my mind. I never became a smoker, and I attribute a lot of that to watching that film one afternoon in 8th Grade Health. Thanks, Mr. Pippo, wherever you are. Regards, Don Winston, Class of '63 ================================= >>From: Marilyn Thorp (63) TO: Jim Vaché (64) Jim, this idea just percolated to the surface. It would be great if all class members would give you permission to use the pertinent memories/stories for your book (if appropriate). You could make/fill in situations using the stories. Just a thought. What do you think Gary, Maren? Too far out? Maren, I went through my annuals and have some names for the three class pictures you put out. Will bring tomorrow. Some names just came to me as I looked at them, but there were no corresponding pictures in high school. For what they are worth. More later. I have two pictures from Marcus Whitman, but haven't scanned them yet. Would it crash e-mail systems to send them as an attachment? Let me know protocol. Thanks. -Marilyn Thorpe ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Marilyn -- send scanned pictures to me and I will see that they get on the pictures site for class of '63. The BIGGER the BETTER!... Gives me more pixels (little squares) to work with. Can't attach the pictures to the Alumni Sandstorm because that messes up some computers. --Maren] ===================================== >>From: Jim Haun (71) Please add me to the Class of 71. Thanks, Jim Haun ======================================= >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) Still in Richland and retired almost one year! Hi! I am really enjoying all the memories. Although I have remained in Richland, the changes going on all around are really something! If you have been gone awhile, it would surprise you. No one has mentioned yet - Hanna's Malt Shop that used to be in Downtown Richland across from Bell Furniture (which is still there!); JJ Newberry's on the corner of Uptown Richland that used to have a lunch counter; Densow Drug and their wonderful ice cream counter (they had the BEST ice cream!); The Tahitian Room (it hasn't changed!). My family moved here in about 1954 or 1955 and they are still here, too. Thanks for the memories. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) =================================== >>From: Jim Vaché (64) I found Mr. Maddy's paper very interesting. For those who don't know, much of the recent topography of the area, other than the river and the higher hills, is the product of the great Missoula floods of the late ice age. The channelled scab lands were formed by immense floods that burst through ice dams that formed in the ranges in the Rockies (Bitteroots, Cabinets, etc.) The immense floods (one thinks of biblical proportions!) deluged the area thru Spokane, south to Wallula gap and west to the grand coulee area. The effects on the landscape were tremendous, as one can see from the air flying in the area, and also far reaching. There is respectable opinion that part of the Willammette valley is from deposits from these floods. The sandy soil in the Tri Cities area is primarily silt and loess that was deposited in the area when shallow lakes formed as the water backed up at the Gap. I used to wonder how a big piece of granite (much older rock than the lava and basalt deposits that dominate the landscape) came to be deposited on our property in West Richland -- the answer is, I think that it was carried out of the Rockies by these immense floods. I seem to remember as well that the Palouse Hills were formed by these floods, either directly, or indirectly as a result of the prevailing winds from the West carrying the sand/silt from the Tri Cities area to the Palouse. (And you think the sandstorms in our time were awful!). Steptoe Butte, a dominating feature of the Palouse and its companion Kamiak Butte, a party favorite for cougs in my day, are left over remnants of the old North American continent western edge, and are composed of that same billion year or so old rock that forms the Rockies. I am writing this from memory of reading I have done, so there may be some mistakes in it. I would be glad to send out a short biblio. on these general topics, if anyone is interested. BTW, it is ironical that Mr. Maddy's alma mater was the home base for the man who propounded the Great Flood theory back in the 20s or 30s, and who was laughed out of the mainstream Academy because his theory was thought to be so outlandish. I believe the man's name was Harlan Betz, and if I remember the story right, he lived long enough to be vindicated in his theory in the 70s. regards and in the search for knowledge, jmv. -Jim Vaché ('64) ============================================== That's it for today -- looks like this is going to be another 'late' edition --- ummm... or EARLY tomorrow.... since I'm working on it on the 17th, will leave it that date even though it will, I'm sure, go out VERY early of the 18th. More tomorrow... I'm SURE you will send more. -Maren =============================================== *********************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/18-19/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Bomber Mania The History of Richland High School Basketball 1953- 1980 By Ernest Z. Jensen and Richard W. Swanson. This book was put together and released in 1980. It is 52 pages -- mostly written commentary -- of each season from 1953 to 1980 of Bomber Basketball. It is full of statistics, records and even some cool pictures. Information gathered from the Tri-City Herald, the Bomber Booster Club & many individuals. I have secured a limited number of these booklets and if you want one, send me e-mail and I'll save ONE just for YOU. Would like to give everybody a chance at them, so one per person, please. They are a modest $8.00 and that's POSTPAID. Checks only, please. Gary Behymer ('64) ====================================== >>From: Marilyln Groff Taylor (63) My brother Phil must of graduated in 1958. He was a good looking blond, now he's a good looking bald headed man. Lives in Post Orchard,WA near Bremerton. One adopted son and two grandkids. My brothers do not have email. Phil has a computer but hasn't gotten with it yet. My sister and I talk (email) almost daily, it's as if I haven't left Washington, I still feel she is next door. She lives in Richland, after several years in the state of Michigan. My husband and I went to visit my daughter in North Carolina a couple of years ago and stopped in New Orleans on the way back. I agree it's a nice place to visit but I don't think I would want to live there. But we really like the whole country in the south. It's just so pretty, but I guess it is real humid in the summer. We met a man in a small town in Mexico. He was from New Orleans, he worked on one of a cruise ship or river boat (not sure). Anyway, he worked on the ship for 2 weeks then had 2 weeks off. He flys down to Mexico for his weeks off (every month). He said he could fly down and rent a small villa, cheaper then he can rent a place in New Orleans. Sounds kind of crazy but he seemed very truthful. -Marilyn Groff Taylor ('63) ====================================== >>From: Carl Lorenzen (98) I am doing my best to take care of my own class By maintaining a smaller one class sight, I ensure that the page will have higher priority on any search engine if someone searches by name alone. And thus, the Internet works a little better for everyone. I would appreciate any e-mails from my class that you could give me (I've already got a good start). Thanks, Carl Lorenzen (1998) ======================================= >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Re: Clear Lake -- I saw somebody mention Clear Lake. I have a memory of my Dad saving me from drowning in Clear Lake. I must have been real little... like maybe only 4 or 5 ... does anybody know WHERE Clear Lake is? ReL Hat Rock -- Remember going there a couple of times on family outings in the summer. Is that in Oregon somewhere? -Maren Smyth ('64) ===================================== >>From: Tim Lippert (79) I've really enjoyed reading all the e-mails from everyone. I graduated in '79, but I still remember alot of the things everyone is writing about. I printed a couple of days worth and showed them to my dad. (Carmichael Cougars: My dad is Mr. Lippert) He recognized a few names and remembered alot of things too. We moved into town, from Benton City, when dad got a job teaching at Carmichael in '63. We lived at 1446 Agnes, off of Cottonwood at the south end of town, until 1978. I remember the irrigation slide near the by-pass and catching pollywogs at Welsian pond. The shelter belt was another big draw and we spent alot of summer days climbing trees and damming up the little irrigation canal that ran through it. I'm lucky that I get to go back quite often, the folks live in West Richland now. Kind of spooky is that my wife grew up in a parallel town in California, Ridgecrest. It has the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake and from what I've been told they made and assembled the lenses for the bombs that Hanford made the plutonium for. The two towns are strikingly similar in geography but Ridgecrest is a bit less thriving so retains some of the "older" feel to it that Richland seems to be growning out of. I mean who ever thought that 7-hills would be a posh golf development and that Sham-na-pum would go upscale? Thanks again for sharing . -Tim Lippert ('79), Shoreline, WA ======================================== >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (63) Hey! Theartis Wallace's ('63) over 50 team "The Oddballs" won the silver medal at The Nike Games at Porland last Friday. The team included Jerry Skaife from CBC/Idaho and Jack State from EWSC. I talked to Theartis Sat. evening and he was quite pleased with their performance since they only had one practice before the games. Jim Armstrong ('63) ======================================== >>From: June Smith Colletti (63) Re: Sandy Dreher Thank you soooooooo much! She was part of my high school childhood. Each time I came across a picture I had (taken of a group of us after my return from boot camp) I would wonder where oh where can she be! I'm just so excited about it. Just another piece of my life! Thx again! -June Smith Colletti ('63) ======================================== >>From: Cappy Haines (63) Do you remember the Columbia River MTA (midnight timing association)? Does it still live? Cappy Haines 63 Bombed out! [ANOTHER ONE FROM CAPPY HAINES] Thought some one of us could use this. PRAYER OF THE GOLDEN YEARS Blessed are they who understand, My faltering step and palsied hand Blessed are they who know that my ears today Must strain to catch the things they say. Blessed are they who seem to know That my eyes are dim and my wits are slow. Blessed are they with a cheery smile Who stop to chat for a little while. Blessed are they who never say, "You've told that story twice today." Blessed are they who know the ways To bring back memories of yesterdays. Blessed are they who make it known That I'm loved, respected, and not alone. Blessed are they who ease the days On my journey Home, in loving ways. -Cappy ('63) ======================================= >>From: Ellen Spitaleri (65) Hello Gary - glad you got the magazine I sent you - hope you like it. I have just one memory to add, and it may be a "folktale." My mom tells me that I saw Sharon Tate crowned Miss Richland in the late '50s. But shortly after she won the title, her dad was transferred somewhere else and she had to give it up. Wonder if that is true? Thanks for all the fun forwards! Ellen Spitaleri (65) Newspaper adviser Lake Oswego High School ================================== >>From: Bill Byrd (59) RE: Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/17/98 The note from John Northover brought back so many memories of the summers the neighborhood gang spent together. John's dad would put up a large 16 man army tent in their back yard each summer and the whole neighborhood gang would read comic books during the day and sleep out there during the nights. John mention-ed his dad's pancakes. On Saturday morning, John's dad would make pancakes in the shape of animals for the whole gang ie. Rick Johnson, Steve Baker, Pete Bradley, Ron Crawford and sometimes George Pruden. As we got older(14 or 15) we would "borrow" John's Dad's old Ford and joy ride around town before replacing the car back in the exact place where his dad had left it. We played baseball in the front yard until we broke a window in Steve Baker's house. Rick and I use to ride our bikes to the pump house on the Columbia River after school to fish. This is where the irrigation ditch that ran through town was pumped over the dike into the river. Many great memories of catching fish there. Later during high school days we water skied from Jim Warren's dock using his family's ChrisCraft mahogany hull inboard with the flat head six. What a great boat! Plenty of power to pull two skiers off the dock or the island. Paul Knutson was there and Jim's younger brother David. We had many a good night sleeping out on the dock. More later. Bill Byrd (59) ================================== >>From: Jill Walser (81) Hello everyone! I thought I'd join in as a member of the "younger generation". I remember swimming and floating on the Columbia River and under the railroad bridge with Joyce True, Barb Hodges, Rob Gibson, (he married Joyce) and Gauin Moore. I remember getting dizzy on the fastest merry-go-round in Howard Amon Park. We'd routinely stop for pasty faced younger kids, so they could time to get right back on. I remember walking home alone from school. As an adult I thought how great it was we were so safe then that we could do that. Then I read about Wesley Alan Dodd and what he was doing to children and animals during that time. I remember Wesley playing in the RHS band. I look forward to hearing from more of my age classmates. -Jill Walser '81 ======================================== >>From: Al Parker (53) I've been reading all the memories people have sent in to Maren and Gary. I'm getting the itch to sell my house and move back to Richland. The desire is sooooo strong right now. Wow Truly amazing to me, and wonderfu also, all this Bomber bonding happening! -Al Parker ('53) ==================================== >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) Thanks she already responded this is way cool. Hey Peter Brandt I accidentally deleted your message write again. Soon as I am headed out of town on business next week & only back for 8 days befor I go to Boston. Then back to CA & MT. Big stuff coming down the pike. Patty Stordahl [ANOTHER ONE FROM PATTY] Peter Brandt I accidentally deleted your message write me again please or call (206)767-4697 see ya. This is way cool. I really appreciate this effort by every one. Nancy still has not responded. I know she has a computer. -Patty Stordahl ('72) ================================ >>From: Rich Baker (58) Maren, I read John Northover's e-mail and it brought back a couple of memories I would like to share. He mentioned the Tri-City Braves. I remember going to the games, but the highlight for me was when I was playing Little League for By's Burger's and the Tri- City Brave's catcher at that time was Nick Pesuit. I was the catcher for By's and Nick came to one of our practice sessions and gave me some pointers. Barbara Seslar Brackenbush mentioned JJ Newberry's. I started working there when I was in 9th grade for 75 cents an hour and worked part time all the way through high school. Isle Sessions ran the kitchen. Gerald Burdsall (56 or 57) was the dish washer. Unfortunately, Gerald passed away a little over a year ago. -Rich Baker '58 ==================== >>From: Grover Shegrud (56) Wow this is terrific!! I have found a justifacation for my computer money now. We moved to Richland from Minn. in 1944 to 1320 Stevens Dr. (couple doors from Tom Hughes). I went to Sacajawea (the only word I ever learned to spell) remember Mrs. Dunn, Mr. Webber, Mrs. Peterson (principal I think), Cheif Jo, shop class and home ec * still make baked potatos from that recipe * Then out of Col Hi 1956. Best memories from algebra Mrs. Skogen and english class Mrs. Brown (only english class I passed). and Mr.Hartly. I remember one winter diving into a pile of tumble weeds covered with snow (my brain must have gotten fried very early). My summers we spent each day reading first in am then walking across play field at Sacajawea to the men's dorms and picking up 5 pop bottles. Then to the store downtown to cash them in $.15 dime for locker at old pool where I'd swim all day, then walk to uptown for a soft ice cream cone at the Spudnut Shop.. then do it again the next day. Our family sent Spudnuts to brother Terry (still in Richland) they took weeks to get to him in England by APO don't know if he was ever able to eat them but I could't think of anything better to send to him. My sister Beverly class of '50 is still in Richland too. running out of words I can spell. -Grover Shegrud ('56) ==================================== >>From: Maureen Fleischman (76) Hi! I am Maureen Sullivan, a 1976 graduate of RHS. Please add me to the small list of 76 addresses. ==================================== >>From: Mary McGuire Druffel ('65) Hi Gary - remember me, Mary McGuire Druffel '65, former fellow classmate of Herr Stoebner. I just found out about the Alumni Sandstorm from my daughter who lives in Seattle who works with a former Bomber. He knew about the Bomber alum website and passed the news on to her because she told him her mom was a Bomber. So how are ya' doing? Are you working hard at getting the price of wheat up? Hope so. We need all the help we can get. Harvest is winding down here - it sure has been great weather for it - will be wanting rain soon. Enjoyed reading all the memories of Richland from other alums. I recognized some of them. You can put me on the website. After graduating from Col Hi I went on to Sacred Heart School of Nursing, graduating in 1968. I married Mike Druffel, Colton area farmer, in 1970. We have five children. In Richland we lived on the south end of town on Cullum, then Douglas.. My dad was on the Richland Police Dept. for 25 years. They moved to Clarkston, Wa. in 1978 to be closer to us. My mom died in 1989 and my dad still lives in Clarkston - he is 85 years young. I went to Christ the King grade school, then Carmichael for 9th grade, then on to Col Hi. My good friends were Janice Turner and Patsy Bolson. Janice used to pick me up for school in her brother, Paul's, "50 Ford. I could hear her coming from blocks away. One day we dropped the universal joint in the Col Hi parking lot. I remember tooling Zips, frosty mugs from the A&W, Tasty Freeze treats, cheap movies, the Downtown and Uptown, skiing on the river with Flinn Curren, the lagoon, great basketball teams, the spudnut shop, and lots more. Lets hear from some more '65 grads! -Mary McGuire Druffel ('65) ===================== >>From: Maureen Sullivan (76) Class of 76'--Where are you guys? Hey, this is great! My brother Denis (62) turned me on to this bombermania. Loved reading the stories and laughed out loud at some of them. Our 1400 block of Marshall was filled with Bombers: Crowleys, Gregers, Foleys, Schumachers, Jones, and of course the Sullivans from 62'-68' and then me in 76. Would love to hear from more 74-76 alums. How about some Christ the King memories? -Maureen Sullivan ('76) ===================== >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Here are a few more memories: "Collection" containers which mysteriously appeared on front porches and disappeared just as mysteriously. Frequent stops to J. J. Newberry's as we walked around and around the Uptown. Checking out the candy in the long rows of candy bins, getting a bag of popcorn or eating at the lunch counter. I believe that Newberry's was the only store Uptown that we were allowed to enter from the alley. Plus you could go upstairs using the flight of stairs on the north side of the store to use the bathroom without even asking. At Christmas time Santa's Toyland was upstairs. We used the west stairway to enter Toyland to "dream" and to visit Santa. Does anyone remember when the Payless store was located on The Parkway? I remember shopping there for a Christmas present for my brother, Jim ('62). I purchased a sno-cone making machine and thought it was so neat! The store was located on the northwest corner of Lee and The Parkway. How about shopping for groceries at the Army Commissary? I remember going there with one of our neighbors. She probably asked me along because I could keep an "eye" on her five children! The prices really were much cheaper there. I have noticed references to Dr. Ida Mecum. I checked our yearbook for the correct spelling of her name and found that in addition to teaching Biology, she also taught Physiology. I was in her Biology classroom my sophomore year when the announcement came over the intercom that President Kennedy had been "fatally wounded". Remember Mr. Matt Greenough? Neat teacher! He was my Economics teacher my senior year. I was also taking "Steno" from Mrs. Georgia Burns at the time. Mr. Greenough asked Mrs. Burns if I could use one of the typewriters to type our semester final test which he had written. He told me not to pay any attention to the answers which were written by the questions as I would be given an entirely different test. Guess which test he ended up having me take ...? Yes, the one I had typed! I believe I got a B+ on it, too! By the way, both Dr. Mecum and Mr. Greenough have passed away. I remember having Mr. James Loss my sophomore year for English. It was his first year of teaching, so he was pretty young then. I thought it was pretty "cool" that he was also a D.J. on KORD! Teachers frequently have to have a second job to support their families, unfortunately. Did anyone else ever wonder about the "friendly relationship" between Miss Joyce Larson and Mr. Bill Allen (both English teachers)? Uptown Thrifty Drug was a favorite place to stop at their "fountain" for banana splits with Ellen Bohringer Bjorn ('66) as we "walked the Uptown". Remember the LONG lines to see a movie playing on a Friday night at the Uptown Theatre? They would be way back past the Spudnut Shop. Of course, that was way before the roof collapsed on the Uptown Theatre. Thankfully, no one was inside at the time. The structure was rebuilt and redesigned. No more makeup benches to sit at in the girls' bathroom now! Did anyone have the opportunity to walk through the cemetary on Williams on the way to school at Sacajawea? That was the shortest route for us when I attended Sacajawea my 6th grade year. I remember also playing with friends under the shrubs in the cemetary (west side). There were long paths which you could walk/crawl on under the shrubs. I have no idea why they were there, though. I remember walking all over Richland with Ellen beginning about 9th grade. We walked at night, too, with no fear of being harmed. One night, though, we were walking to Ellen's house on McMurray from my house on Johnston and took a shortcut behind Chief Joe. It was really dark on the north side of the school (the court yard side), and we SCREAMED AND SCREAMED when we came upon TWO DEER walking back there, too! By the way, Chief Joe was closed for a number of years due to a lack of middle school aged students in that area. When the school population warranted another school, however, Chief Joe was redesigned and rebuilt. I believe it reopened the fall of 1994. This spring Mr. Piippo received the honor of having the school gym named after him. He is still living in Richland and remains pretty active. Mr. Strankman was named to the "Hall of Fame" at Hanford High School last spring due to his huge success as the first boys' high school basketball coach at HHS (yes, there is another high school in Richland!). The gym at Christ the King School was named in honor of Superior Court Judge Albert J. Yencopal several years ago. Of course, a lot of students remember Al from their basketball days at CK. Byrne Haskins ('65), my brother-in-law, was instrumental in having the gym named after Al. That's all for now, Maren. "Thank you" falls very short of the appropriate words to say both to Gary and to you. The memories are cherished by so many people. You two are GREATLY appreciated! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ================================= >>From: Joe Largé (68) Dear Larry, (and Maren, and Gary), Just wanted to take a minute and say thanks for all the memories you folks are bringing our family's way. Since I've gotten "online" with y'all, we have been scaring up friends we haven't talked to since I was in High School. Thanks for sending me the copy of the Sandstorm with my sister Patricia's message in it. I was sort of absent when Patri and my other sister, Delores experienced the "big Sandstorm". I don't remember the cow out in front of Densow Drug, but I certainly remember Mr. Lytle, the Druggist. I wonder where he is now! I used to play with Vicki Lytle, his daughter quite a bit. They lived about 3 houses down from us. I remember in the summer, climbing up "Flat Top" and the stories people would tell of driving up to the top of "Rattlesnake" and listening to the "Rattlesnakes" in the night. Been there, done that (sort of) in Tonopah, Nevada where I climbed up to the top of an 800 foot Cinder Cone and was greeted at the top by a large Red Diamondback rattler shading himself under an overhanging rock. Got the picture to prove it, but I didn't wait around for him to autograph same. Has anybody ever heard any more about the whereabouts of Mr. Aubrey Clayton or his son, Dennis. He was my Jr. High (Carmichael) biology and science teacher. I really enjoyed knowing him. I counted him as a good friend. I'm sad to hear about Maryjane Cross. I wouldn't mind knowing how she died. The Crosses lived across the street from us on Birch and we played together a great deal. She was the first one I ever considered as a "girl friend". Thanks again, folks! Joe Largé (and family) Note to Dennis Largé My dearest Bro Den, I wanted to include the website address for the "All Bomber Alumni Links". Patri and I have been getting re-aquainted with old friends through all this. Talk to you later, bro! Hope you enjoy this! Love, Joe -Joe Largé ('68) ============================ >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Interesting statistic: We have 65 pairs of Bombers who married Bombers. TRIED to eliminate duplicates of this issue. I was in Miss Heath's Shorthand class when JFK was shot. WHERE WERE YOU??? ================================================ THAT'S ALL FOR THIS "ISSUE" .. SEND MORE. ************************************************ ************************************************ ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/20/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Bill Lattin (58) Thanks you for these memories of Richland. One that I remember that no one has mentioned is surf boarding in the irrigation ditches. We would put a rope from an old car to a homemade surfboard, drive along the service road pulling this piece of plywood with one of us on it. You would have to lean away from the road side of the ditch just to stay in the middle of the irrigation ditch through turns and your friends trying to get you to fall off. At times the rope would hit the vegetation along the side and start pulling you to the edge. It's a wonder that no one got hurt but a great memory. -Bill Lattin (58) ==================== >>From: Jack Spanner (70) I enjoy reading all these old stories. One of folklores is absolutely true. In response to Ellen Spitaleri (65), Sharon Tate lived in the house behind mine on Berkshire Street in Richland Village. My Mom still says that our lawn was never mowed as often as it was then. Sharon and her friends used to catch some rays in preparation for the for the Frontier Days pageant. -Jack Spanner (70) ====================================== >>From: Jean Nelson Minor (57) Hi, Gary and Maren, thanks so much for all your hard work. I notice the time that the e-mail is sent out and I appreciate all the time you put in on this for our benefit. I lived in White Bluffs until they moved the whole town out (about 3 months, I think.) Then we lived in Sunnyside for a year and then moved into a prefab at 808 Willard. We lived there for several years across the street from my grandparents (there were some older people in Richland.) We also lived across the street from Lenora, Tom and Howard Hughes. Then we moved to a "K" house at 2201 Swift Blvd, three houses from Dixie Dye. Yes, Ellen, Sharon Tate was not a folklore, she really was crowned Miss Richland and her father was transferred with the Army and she did give up the crown. Does anyone remember trading comic books? It was so exciting to get all new comics books about once a week! I remember doing this for a couple of years. Also helping at Brinkerhoffs amusement park, driving the train and running the merry-go-round and sitting on a horse backward once I got it going. That was a carefree time of life! I went to Marcus Whitman where my mother was PTA president. I remember in kindergarten I was helping lower the blinds and the whole thing fell. Boy did I get into trouble. There I met Joan Campbell who was a great friend clear through high school. We had a terrible blizzard about the time I was in fifth grade and my fingers got frostbitten walking the three or four blocks home. My fingers have never been that cold since. I went to Carmichael Jr. High and then to Col Hi. The students all liked Norris, CW and Yolanda Brown but when we choose Norris as Tolo king the parents were up in arms and tried to stop it. Norris and his brother did a lot for our basketball team and he deserved the honor. He has a full page picture in the annual as I remember, I haven't seen it for years. I have to mention Elvis in his first movies at the uptown theater and how I screamed for 2 hours because he was so cool!!! Setting there with my friends and our feet on the seats in front of us. Six couples went on a midnight picnic to the lagoon and we thought we were sneaky until a cop chased us off. I don't know about the other 5 but it scared me to death. My best friends were Lenora Hughes, Joan Campbell, Arlene Gruver, Hope Northrup, Dixie Dye, Kenny Gruver. Does anyone know where Hope Northrup and Arlene Gruver are??? Email me -Jean Nelson Minor (57) ====================================== >>From: Earl Bennett (63) In the Fall of '63, I was taking second year Russian at WSU. The professor was a very kind, white haired native Russian, name long forgotten. He was late for class one day, walked in with shoulders and head down and said "President Kenney's been shot, probably killed." He paused, said he didn't feel like teaching, and left. A few students had gasped at his first announcement, but I don't remember hearing much conversation as we all gathered our books and headed for wherever we could find out more - in my case, the dorm. John Coons - great to hear from you, how's Tony and your Mom? Thanks for reminding me of school patrol boys and girls. I don't remember if we were enlightened enough to have girls involved when you and I participated at Jason Lee in 5th and 6th grade - the hot chocolate in the Principal's office on winter mornings was always great. Do you, or anyone else, remember the name of the police officer who came about once a week for those two years and taught us close order drill? After two years, we were pretty impressive - "To the Four Winds, March!" and back and stayed pretty much in proper alignment. I was way ahead of everyone else in my basic training squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in '65 as far as marching was concerned, and I had later chances to use make use of that training, too; punitive drill practice - a long story. Does anyone know if Sonja Harmon (RHS Russian teacher, Chief Jo French teacher) or her husband Merle are on line? I know they live on Whidbey Island now, I trade Christmas cards with her each year. I guess I could write and ask, couldn't I. Another teacher I've not seen mentioned -Mr. Calvin Gentle, a superb math teacher but not much of a disciplinarian. I guess we could have been kinder ... I also remember Mr. Harvey fondly from Chief Jo, as well as Mr. Piippo's enlightening health lessons - was he the one who got so upset when a cheerleader misspelled "success" on a paper on the same day she spelled it right in public at a pep rally? I may be mixing memories, but Sharon Tate comes to mind in that context - and yes, she was Miss Richland one year, which links us to the several mentions of Atomic Frontier Days, but I don't remember that she had to relinquish the crown. Don Winston, you are right about his first name - but I gave up correcting folks after a couple of years of marriage to a poor speller -might have saved my marriage! And I've seen several spellings of his last name, too, with no chance to check on it - seems, being Finnish, he would be obliged to have a double consonant somewhere. Ray Stein, good to see you on line. Whenever I'm among people bragging about their high school sports programs, I mention your appearance on Ed Sullivan's show as one of the top ten high school All Americans - was that 63 or 64? I remember we took 3rd at the state tournament 62, 63 and 64, with you on the team, and I was at the game when RHS "broke the clock" at Eisenhower HS in Yakima - scored over a hundred (103 to 58 if I recall correctly) on a 2-digit scoreboard. The ride back in Jim Jensvold's car was scary - Bombers lined up for miles on the Yakima Valley highway, maintaining 50- 60 mph, and Jim stayed about 10 feet behind the bumper ahead of us. And thanks, Jim Armstrong, for the news about Theartis and crew. Some international senior softball championships occurred here in the DC area these past few weeks - separate division for each five years of age grouping. The over-75 group had a whole article about them in Sunday's paper. Nearly all have had heart surgery. Maren, Gary, thanks a heap! I don't know how you do it - I feel guilty just taking the time to do this reply. Later. ecb3 -Earl Bennett ('63) ======================================= >>From: DeeDee Willox Loiseau (64) RE: Sharon Tate. Yes, that's true. She was crowned Miss Richland, but I don't remember what year. She did transfer after that and had to relinquish the title to the runner-up. I remember that my sister thought she had already known her dad was being transferred and that it was tacky for her to do that. Later she played in the movie "Valley of the Dolls". She was one of the people that was killed in California by followers of Charles Manson. There is a book written by one of the followers who did it. Mr. Clayton moved to Puyallup, Washington where he died last February. I don't know where his son is, but his daughter, Lois Colton, has a message on one of these Alumni Sandstorms. We have "spoken" because I saw her message and remembered Mr. Clayton. He was one of my favorite teachers. Lois has e-mail RE: The Lagoon -- It was called the Lagoon. It's still there, but not allowed to swim there. Not sure if polluted, but think it's a drainage for water from lawns of Kennewick and has chemicals in it. People still go there, but not to swim, and certainly it's not as crowded as it was when we swam there. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ======================================== >>From: Gloria Falls Evans (58) TO Ellen Spitaleri -- I believe Sharon Tate was in class of 57. She became the movie star that was tragically murdered in a very bad situation in CA. ======================================== >>From: Mary Lou Williams (60) Re: Ellen Spitaleri's inquiry about Sharon Tate. Sharon Tate went to Chief Joe one year, I believe, and Col Hi one year. She won a title as some kind of Miss Car, about 1955-56, and if she was around long enough I'm sure she would have been Miss Richland. She was gorgeous - and truly very nice. She wore makeup in junior high and had flawless skin. Her military dad was transferred to Italy, and she was featured in a background shot there when Pat Boone did a live TV show from Italy. The wind was blowing like crazy, and only us who knew her recognized her. The Tri-City Herald advanced the show like crazy, so everyone was looking for her. What a sad day when she was killed. She became part of America's history, but not how she wanted to be. I also remember the A&W - over by the old Safeway in downtown. They had 5 cent root beers in frosty mugs! I think it was a day place, while Zips and Bys were more for "evening-type" activity. And who remembers grade school Mondays at 10 when the sirens went off and we all went out in the school hallways and laid down against the walls with one arm covering eyes and one over the neck because that would save us from the bomb fallout? I worked at J.J. Newbery's in 9-10th grade during Christmas and Easter breaks, in the candy counter. After opening a cardboard box of chocolate covered peanuts full of worms, I never again bought candy in a dime store! Also worked in the school store at Chief Joe, then again at Col Hi and Mr. Wick came over from the Junior High to Senior High as our advisor and a great teacher. He farmed across the river in the summer. Did they ever wish for a bridge across back then! And I remember when Edo Vannie managed the Tri-City Braves. And also the commode on the fence wall they tried to hit balls into for bucks! Are you the Richard Baker who used to go with Missy Keeney from Cottonwood? If so, Hello! I married her brother, Gus, class of 57, one of the Sandmen then. The Stiles' older son, Doug, ran the theater after his folks quit. He also started Bassett Transit, which was the forerunner for bus service (FINALLY!) in the Tri-Cities. I believe he still lives in Richland and runs the bus to Seattle and Spokane daily. Haven't thought of Doug and Sally for years - this is a nice way to conjure up pleasant past memories. Before Bassett, WAY BEFORE, in the 40s and early 50s, there was bus service around town. It stopped across the street from our house on Van Giesen in front of the Eckerts' house. Cost a whole nickel, and took 30 minutes to get to downtown. I recall it was yellow - maybe school bus moonlighting? Enough of this -- I'm hooked but there is a real life out there needing occasional attention! Thanks a lot, though, Gary and Maren, this is really terrific of you! -MLou Williams '60 ================================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Ok, Ellen Spitaleri (65) has brought up the question about Sharon Tate? I believe she was Queen of Atomic Frontier Days in 1957 or 1958. Anyone have any solid 'printed' proof? ===================================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Ok Class of 1961. Sharon Tate (Deceased movie star) would have graduated with the Class of 1961. Her parents were Doris and Paul Tate. Her father was a lieutenant colonel in Army Intelligence. She won the title of "Miss Richland, Washington," at the age of 16. (?1959?) Does anyone from the Classes of 1958 thru 1960 have any annual photographs of Sharon Tate and/or a picture of her as Miss Richland or Miss Atomic Frontier Days? -Gary Behymer ('64) ============================= >>From: Bill Compton (64) I teach at a public alternative school, K-12, in North Oakland, called the Arts School. Two of us "cover" grades 7 and 8, so I have to teach some things that I am not well equipped for: English, for example. Math is my main deal. But the students are great, I continue to learn from them, and feel very lucky to be in the job I'm in. The last time I played hoops I became aware of an approximate 1 second lag time between determining what to do and STARTING to do it. This makes me like a loose cannon on the court, and I am considering retirement from the game. Tennis is now my thing (I find jogging and gym exercise excruciatingly boring), but alas I'm not very good. I've only been playing four years and WILL GET BETTER, dadnabbit! I plan to take two courses in the Fall: tennis and Spanish. -Bill Compton ('64) ================================= >>From: Dan Gire (83) Wow, this is great! The memories are just flowing now. Anyone in my generation remember Officer Panther sitting across the street in the church parking lot during 6th period, taunting us on his P.A. horn? -Dan Gire (83), my wife's parents are Ken Johnson (65) and Penny Zbyszewski (66) ============================ >>From: Creede Lombard (72) Hi Maren -- these Alumni Sandstorms have been quite interesting. I don't remember a lot of what the older "kids" are talking about because I (a) was born after some of them graduated and (b) was never into just "hanging out." One thing I don't remember seeing in here so far is mention of the local radio stations. I remember three specifically in the Tri Cities, KEPR and KOYN in Kennewick and KALE licensed to Richland but I think it was actually across the river somewhere. I don't remember much about KOYN except that they started out playing rock 'n' roll (from my perspective, i.e. when I first discovered them) and changed formats somewhere along the way. KEPR was an MOR (middle of the road) station, playing occasional "light folk" like the Serendipity Singers but mostly a lot of instrumentals and Brothers Four - Perry Como - Peggy Lee type vocals. Nothing in any way weird or way out there, except for once a year when they did "Radio In Retrospect" with all older (30s & 40s mostly, if I remember) music and radio shows like "The Whistler" and of course "War Of The Worlds" in the evening. Great stuff for an 11 year old kid. But KALE . . . ahhh, KALE . . . Now that I look back on it I remember KALE as being a pretty hip radio station for a conservative town like Richland. They carried all of the Bomber games and as I remember they had Sonics games as well, but their format was top 40 and then some. I say "and then some" because mixed in with the bubble gum and vocal pop, we occasionally got things like the full versions of Eric Burdon's "Sky Pilot," Phil Ochs' "Small Circle Of Friends" or Spanky and Our Gang's "Give A Damn." If you know these songs you know what I mean. Very political stuff. There was at least one other station in town that opened when I was at Carmichael (late 60s). I don't remember the call letters. All I remember is listening to them once and deciding then and there that country music wasn't for me. You ask about where we were when we heard Kennedy was killed. I'm a bit confused on this one for some reason. On 11/22/1963 I would have been 8 years old and in the fourth grade at Lewis & Clark (with Mrs. Minor) but for some reason I associate it with being in my third grade class (with Mrs. Phillips). In any case I remember the teacher crying. I'm pretty sure we went home at noon. I remember Richland pretty much shut down for about four days. We lived on Benham on the south side, and I remember walking past the lumber yard about 1/4 mile from the house and noticing that even it was closed until Tuesday. I think it hit a lot of people hard because, let's face it, Richland was a government town, but also more so because (again, if I have my time line straight) Kennedy had just been out there to speak the previous July. I remember being out there and thinking something important was going on but boy it was sure hot. Anyway that's my memory du jour. -Creede Lambard ('72) ============================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) The Palouse Hills are vast deposits of "loess" ... glacial powder moved and deposited by the prevailing winds. TT In Hb (Tony Tellier '57) ============================== >>From: Anna Dempsey Dixon (76) Loved reading the stories and laughed out loud at some of them. This is Anna Dixon (Dempsey).... funny you mention living on Marshall...Our 1400 block of Marshall was filled with Bombers: Crowleys, Gregers, Foleys, Schumachers, Jones, and of course the Sullivans from 62'-68' and then me in 76. Would love to hear from more 74-76 alums. How about some Christ the King memories? Hi Maureen!!! Amelei Greger was one of my best friends in school. There aren't very many of us 76'ers on this Bomber list. It has been a blast reading it all.. my husband, dghtr and I live the Ft Worth TX area and have lived here many yrs. We come up every summer to visit my family ..was just there for the month of 3 yr old dghtr just loves the Columbia River. WHERE WAS I WHEN JFK GOT SHOT??? I was getting ready for kindergarten.. -Anna Dempsey Dixon (76) ============================== >>From: Mark Woodward (81) Well I just made one of my last trips to Richland - Home of the Bombers! My folks are now moving from the desert to lush Gig Harbor on the west side of the mountains. (Lived on Comstock Street for past 30 years) Reading the emails has brought back many memories. Even though I am on the younger end of the Alums that have been sharing - my mother Dorothy Osborne Woodward (54) - brother Bill "Woody" Woodward (75) were all Bombers and have shared many memories. My folks are not on email - but I have been printing them out and they have truly enjoyed them. Some thought my mother had; Muscles - remembers the town of Richland purchasing him a new bike. Big Wayne and Little Wayne performing at Atomic Frontier Days. Miss Larson - anybody remember how she could add? Also how sad she was when that little dog died. Coach Covington - How could he wear those short sleeve shirts? Carmichael - Anybody remember the wrestling room with it's pipes wrapped in asbestos? Big Pool - Having to swim from end to end before you could go off the "High Dive". Lewis & Clark - Mr. Carlson's toupee? I loved growing up in Richland and my family has been there since 1948. Great to have the same friends since grade school! Thanks for the great Alum news. -Mark Woodward (81) =================================== >>From: Marilyn Thorp (63) RE: JFK Assassination I will never forget that day/hour I found out. I was attending CBC at the time and I hadn't been feeling well that day (premonition?). I went out to my car in the parking lot and fell asleep. My beau, Gary, came out to wake me up for my next class. He didn't know about the shooting, but as we came into the lobby of the school everyone was crying and in total shock. No one was functioning very well for the rest of the day. On the home front, my parents were also in shock. Mom was a staunch Kennedy supporter at the time. I don't know that there are many other events where everyone can remember where they were when the event happened. In our lifetime, maybe Princess Diana/Mother Theresa were the only people that have affected the whole world emotionally in the same way as John F. Kennedy's death. -Marilyn Thorpe ('63) ======================= >>From: Jeri Shaw Rodinsky (73) Hello from a proud "Col-Hi " grad (1973) My name is Jeri Shaw Rodinsky. I've lived here in Richland forever. (except for a few years on the outer edges of Kennewick Lion country). I've been married to a Pasco Bulldog for 12 years and have an 8 year old son who is attending my own elementary alma mater (?) Jason Lee. My sister Judy -Class of '65 - and I are residing in the "B" house our parents purchased from the government lo those many years ago. She has the side we always lived on and I'm on the side we always rented! In reality, we are probably just a little bit more "native" to this area than most. Our mother was raised in old Walulla . . . the one that is under water now! She told stories of driving along the river through what is now Richland, and seeing only a few houses surrounded by acres of orchards, or wheat fields. They met when our dad was stationed here in the Navy. Mom was working in a little cafe in Pasco, and stole Dad's heart by playing hard to get! When W.W.II was over, they married and spent some time in Michigan with Dad's family, then moved out here to work at Hanford in 1947. Judy was part of the 2nd kindergarten class at Jason Lee. I've been reading all of the posts and must say it's some of the best email I've ever gotten! It really is fun to have my memory jostled by everyone else's memories! I know there is much that I have forgotten . . . (I'm afraid I've killed off a lot of innocent brain cells over the years. While I'm sure they died happy, I find I'm beginning to miss them more and more all the time!) but I have thought of a few things: One biggie that I can think of right off hand . . . the collapse of the Uptown Theater roof, just hours before a matinee of "Star Wars?" That movie was so popular that the lines went all the way around Uptown ending near the Towne Crier. What a disaster that could have been!!! Another . . . How many of us were on boats or lining the shores of the Columbia River, waiting for the next heat of Hydroplane Racing to begin when man first set down upon the moon? Speaking for Judy and I, we were aboard Judge John Day's paddlewheel boat the Snake River Kate when those historic words were spoken: "The Eagle Has Landed!" John F. Kennedy's visit to Hanford was called to mind. Like thousands of others, I was there to see him at N-Reactor. I was so young, I don't remember anything about what he said, but I remember seeing a "Presidential" speck up on a platform. Then, I remember being in the cafeteria at Jason Lee when the announcement was made that he had been killed. Payless Parking Lot! I'm not sure when it started to be the place for everyone to gather on a weekend, or when it stopped, for that matter, but I know it was the place to be in '73! Also . . . I miss the phones and car hops at Zips! And I definitely miss A&W! My mom and I always mourned the passing of their Deluxe Cube Steak Sandwich! Without a doubt the best burger in my memory. The first (to my recollection) Pizza delivery in town was Pizza Pete. They made a great pepperoni pizza and a fabulous Chef salad and would deliver . . . Life was great! Someone mentioned the Drift Inn tavern. Dick Watson, and Jerry Hudson owned and operated it. It was the favorite hangout of my mom and dad. In fact, my dad had to be called there during the Saturday Night Fights so he could come home to take my mom to the hospital to have me! Sometime later, Dick and Jerry collaborated again in opening the Gaslight. I remember sitting in the family room of the Gaslight watching the sign painter put the finishing touches on the mural over the order window, while munching on our favorite Sausage and Black Olive pizza. Mom was always pleased when Dick would ask her to taste test a new pizza he had in mind for the menu. Both Judy and I remember feeling it was part of our rite of passage going into the bar to have a beer on our 21st birthdays. Mom and Dad took Judy, and Judy took me! I also remember the bowling alley that used to be right next door. I remember as a kid going to the Drive-in Movies. There were drive-ins all over the place. North Richland, West Richland near Flat Top, at the Y, in Kennewick, and in Pasco. Now they are all gone. I for one miss them greatly! It was so much fun going to the movies in our pj's with pillows and blankets! Great family entertainment! I just thought about the modern version that was attempted out west of the Richland Y. Several screens all in a circle. Cars would park in front of a screen, tune in the audio on the car radio and enjoy some of those marvelous X-rated movies. I think most will remember or can imagine what everyone called that place. I guess I'd better quit for now, but before I do, I want to add my voice to those who appreciate this service you two are doing for all of us! Keep up the good work! Until more cells are resurrected . . . Cya Later -Jeri Shaw Rodinsky (73) ============================= >>From: Melinda Robison Smith (61) Hi, This is Melinda Robison Smith (61). I am married to Larry Smith (61) He wrote in about the camp at Horn Rapids. What neat memories and history from reading all the comments written! Our 2 daughters are also interested in all that’s written as both sets of their grandparents moved to Richland in '44 - '45.. -Melinda Robison Smith (61) ============================== >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) Where was I when Kennedy was shot: I remember being in 8th grade math class at Carmichael. Mr. Billings was my teacher, I think. The principal made an announcement to the entire school that the President had been shot, but I don't remember if he said anything else. That year our annual cover was black. I wonder if there was a connection, because the dedication was to President Kennedy. -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ============================= >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Does anyone remember watching Starlet Stairway? It was a talent show filmed in Spokane with "future stars" from the Tri Cites and Spokane areas appearing. The "jingle" was something like ... "When you need coal or oil, call Boyle, Fairfax 8-5121!". The prefix for Richland phone numbers was ...? "Whitehall", of course, which eventually became "94". Does anyone besides me STILL have dreams about forgetting school locker combinations or class schedules? What ever happened to students playing "jacks" or "marbles" at recess? Of course, I bring up that question because I just happened to have been the "State Jack Champion" when I was in the 6th or 7th grade. I remember traveling by car with "Tiny" McDonald, Karen McDonald ('66), and Roger Bergdahl ('67) to the Seattle area so that Roger could defend his "marble championship" and for me to defend my "jack championship". I believe I came in 2nd or 3rd in that competition. I don't recall how Roger fared. Did you grow up with an alley between your house and the house behind you? I remember using the alley behind our house on Johnston to play baseball with my brother, Jim ('62), and a lot of neighborhood friends. My sister, Barbara ('71), was too young to play with us, though. I recall the two story dorms located on the 1100 block of Jadwin. The dorms were torn down to make way for The Richland Clinic and other professional buildings in the early 60's, I believe. Everyone is remembering the mosquito sprayers, but I have a story to beat those memories. Prior to moving to Richland permanently when I was in the 1st grade (March '55), we moved according to the work assignments dad received through the "Guards' Union". Our family lived in Missouri; Klamath Falls, Oregon; Illinois; Kansas; and Indian Springs, Nevada -- HOME OF THE MERCURY TEST SITE FOR ATOMIC BOMBS! We lived in an adobe house about 35 miles from the actual test site. From Feb '53 until June '53 we witnessed TEN mushroom clouds from the atomic bomb tests. Do you think the "fall out" had any thing to do with the growth on my thyroid which Dr. Franco's medical partner, Dr. Flannigan, removed in March '81? Dr. Franco was unable to perform the surgery because he was going to be out of the country visiting his son, Marc ('66). Yes, Sharon Tate did live in Richland and was crowned "Miss Richland" in the late 50's. I believe her family did move as her father was in the military. I don't know if she "lost" her crown, though. My husband, Dennis Haskins ('66), and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this year. So, yes, Maren, we are one of those "Bomber Classmates Marriages"! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) =============================== >>From: Karen Kleinpeter Kroger (63) Hi, Maren, The Clear lake I know of is on Hwy. 12 on the way to White Pass. It is just past Rimrock Lake. Someone mentioned Camp Dudley, which is on Clear Lake. I have sure enjoyed reading all the memories of the "good old days." Thanks for all your work! It is wonderful to hear from everyone, and see all the familiar names. We should get some organized "library type" like Joe Ford, to compile a bibliography of all the books/articles about early Richland and Hanford. I'd like to see the Villager article about "Peace" that Ray Stein mentioned. It sounds as if several people have some interesting things. Thanks, again! -Karen Kleinpeter Kroger ('63) ============================= >>From: Mary Collins Burbage (63) Maren - I was in the lobby of my dorm at CWSU in Ellensburg when I heard that JFK had been shot. Was eating lunch in the commons when it was announced that he died. I'll never forget that whole week. Long distance phone calls weren't made as often back then (at least in my family) so I couldn't talk to my family. Besides - we only had one phone line in the dorm so they couldn't have gotten through to me if they had tried to call. I remember being horribly frightened. The dorms did not have TV's so we were dependent on the radio for the news and updates. I think that is the time a lot of us truly began to grow up and realize what sheltered lives we had been living. -Mary Collins Burbage (63) ========================= >>From: Richard "Dick" Swanson (64) RE: A 1944 Souvenir Program "Christening of the Bomber" If anyone is interested I scanned an old program that my Mom had in her scrapbook and put it on my homepage. -Richard Swanson ('64) ============================================ THAT'S IT FOR THIS ISSUE --- SEND MORE..... ============================================ ******************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/21/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) Haha - yes, you have it straight. You aren't as confused as you think. Larry sent you his background info last night. I am just responding to this email to keep us straight. There are 3 Brackenbushes: Larry ('58), Rita ('60) married to Dan Sevcik; and Don ('63). I (Barbara Seslar) married Larry. Lila Jenne ('63) married Don. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) ====================================== >>From: Sherri Fisher (74) I graduated in 1974. Please add my name and e-mail address to that list. Thanks. I have lived in Puerto Rico for 6 years now. ====================================== >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) If anyone out there knows where Andrea Bennett is I love to hear from them. I think she married a Jerry Miller, but not positive. Her mother is Kate Bennett and I know they used to live on Cottonwood. Her dad died. -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) ======================================= >>From: wife of Bob Taylor (63) Hello! My name is Dianne Taylor and I've just received a phone call from an old neighbor of mine, Linda Belliston Boehning ('63). She was actually calling to talk with my husband, Bob Taylor, but he is out at a meeting and I was so excited about her call that I thought I would e-mail you tonight to tell you that we have a lot of information on Columbia Camp. You see, Bob's father, Harold E. Taylor was the Superintendent of the Camp. Harold Taylor was sent out in the winter of '43 to set up the camp and he ran it until it was closed down in October of 1947. The inmates consisted, for the most part, of Conscientious Objectors, and minimum security prisoners from various federal prisons around the country; they were sent here to work the fields as so many of the local men were at war or working out in the area. Bob and his mother moved there on June 6, 1944 and lived there until the camp was shut down. He has lots of great memories. I should also mention that we have quite a few copies of letters between the Camp and the government, personal letters, etc., all relating to the operations of the camp. Harold kept copies of all of his correspondence. We also have a few pictures of the camp. It's really interesting stuff, that is to us it is. Two years ago, one of the local TV stations did a segment on Columbia Camp and Bob. I'm sure Bob will get back to you soon. Feel free to e-mail us. Dianne Taylor (not a Bomber) ======================================== >>From: Donna Seslar White (68) I have really been enjoying this walk down memory lane. One forgets how good things were "back then". All the stories of being able to go anywhere without fear of being hurt or killed. Wish the young people now could have known life like that! Re The day President Kennedy was killed. I remember in distinctly. I was in homeroom class when the announcement came over the intercom at Carmichael Junior High. I remember the shock and horror. Later in chorus class with Mr. Ronald Knight, my friends and I were upset and crying and he tried to get us to sing and get our minds off of it, but we were too upset. Does anyone remember the Bob-a-Lou restaurant? From what I can tell, it must have been the same as By's. Corner of Goethals and Stevens. My friends, Karen Pierce, Kathy Berreth and can't remember who else used to walk down there and play the jukebox 3/$.25 as I recall, eat fries and drink cokes and watch for cute guys. Oh the memories. How about Mildred Finney? She was my absolute favorite teacher in junior high. I had her twice. So sad when she died. In high school, after getting a car, my friends and I would "tool" around the Tri-Cities. Zip's was the favorite hangout then. Someone mentioned Payless on the Parkway. Yes, I do remember that and think about it whenever I pass by. I remember CC Anderson and later the Bon in that location. How about Dietrich's Market. Some have mentioned a market near Marcus Whitman. Must be the same. I would walk or ride my bike up there. We had a charge account there. All I had to do was sign my name! So cool! I have a lot of good memories of those times also. I remember Greg Markel being a boxboy there. Mina Jo Gerry Payson - I remember you from Marcus Whitman and Carmichael. Any one remember Mrs. LaBorde, home ec teacher at Carmichael and how she would rip out girls hems if their skirts didn't touch the floor when they were kneeling? Remember Granny dresses? The OTHER extreme! Would love to hear from any '68 graduates who are online. I am still in the Tri-Cities. Only left for about 3 years when I got married in 1972. -Donna Seslar White (68) ======================================== >>From: Doreen Ostler Blanding (68) Hi! This is Doreen (Ostler) Blanding. You can email me or visit my husband's web site at I personal thinks it a great site. -Doreen Oster Blanding ('68) ======================================== >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen (67) Maren and Gary; Let me first thank you from the bottom of my heart for this page you two are doing, it is FANTASTIC!!!! Okay lets see if I can answer some of these questions. 1) Sharon Tate was Miss Richland in 1959. Jean Demiter Middleton went to school with her and Jeannie live next door to me on Wilson I lived at 1304 so she lived at 1308, just a house between us. Her sister Sandy Demiter, I were child hood friends. 2) I was in home room class at Cheif Joe, Mrs. Latta's class. Does any one remember her? We used to have squirt gun fights only we didn't us water, it was VERY OLD perfume!!! It was very bad smelling. But I think she had no sense of smell, as she would just smile and go about her business. Until we put a tack on her chair and she never noticed it until after class, and them make the comment that was very dangerous. 3) The lagoon, was a great place to go and see everyone during the summer break. I'll never forget when I ran into Larry Muir the summer of 64', we had all call him Shorty in the ninth grade, and now we were going to be mighty Sophomores. I said hi Shoryy and he stood up and said "Who's Shorty now!" he had grown about 4-6in. I looked up at him as I'm only 5'2" and said Hi Larry! 4) Does any one remember the Roller Ring, and the dances we'd go to? I met Paul Riever (sp?) and the Raiders, Mark Lynsey. Marti Strens and Shari Tadloc and I all most had Paul talked out of his feathered hat he wore. We saw the Hondels. Oh boy did that group ever get us into trouble!! The got lost the first time, so the dance was canceled They went to Pendleton to play, so we all told our folks we were going to the triple feature drive in show (remember those, Starlit Drive-in) Well need less to say we got caught, Big Time. Then the Hondels came back to Richland and a way we went again. Mom asked haven't they got you into enough trouble? I was always getting grounded for one thing or another. Do people still ground their kids? 5) Remember stealing concord grape in peoples back yards? How about the watermelons out in West Richland? Do you remember Big Foot? 6) Of course you can't for get the submarines races!! I always bet on the Pink pokadoted one. 7) There was a spot in the road outside of Kennewick or Pasco along side of the Columbia, that if you came at it very very fast and hit the dip your car would leave the ground. It's a wonder we never got killed or crashed real bad. Well I've rattled on and on so, it's time to rest this old brain. Oh one thing more, am I the only one that when reading this messages I see young men and women still 18yr. rather than the 30-60 years olds we really are? Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen '67 ======================================= >>From: Gail Cherrington Hollingsworth (56) Hi Maren...... Just thought of a couple more things...... I had a 'very favorite' Art teacher at Lewis and Clark Elem. named Miss Fenstermacher........she was also a good those of us who loved hanging around the art class whenever we could... She told us one day (Probably sometime in 49-50, when I was in 5th or 6th grade......can't remember the timing exactly) that there was a Prince coming to America to search for his Princess....... something right out of ' Cinderella'... At first I think we took it, tongue in cheek...... but later we did read lots of articles in the newspaper about Grace Kelly and how she left the Motion Picture Industry to become a REAL-live Princess. Yum, that A & W root beer Stand........ for years, whenever I went to Richland to see my folks, after moving to Puget Sound in '63.......... that would be one of my stops. Often got a jug of root beer and a carton of Vanilla ice cream.... I remember Muscles too......... riding by, downtown Richland.....on his bike, greeting everyone with 'Hey, Hey, Hey!' As much a landmark as anything you could name from Richland. Loved sitting in Densow Drugs, sipping Cherry Cokes...... nothing like that anymore...... with real cherry syrup in the coke....or Chocolate Cokes, even Vanilla cokes...... And fountain made Green River....... Had some friends working for a while at the Downtown theater, who would let me sneak in and see a free show...... think I remember paying 15 or 25 cents for a movie, in those days, when I HAD to pay... :) Remember the format? A Cartoon, a newsreel, a serial, and then the movie....... wow, we got lots of entertainment for our quarter, in those days..... but when I think of it...... I only got a couple quarters for my allowance in my younger years......... good thing things were cheap. LOL..... Well, guess that's all I can add for now, gotta get off to work again.... keep those memories coming............. still would love to hear from some of the 'kids' I grew up with on Barth.....Annette Verellan was my 'best' friend, for many years.. but there were many others living near us and we all went to Lewis and Clark Elem. all those years together........ Had to stay there in 7th Grade instead of going on to Carmichael, while we waited for the construction on Chief Jo to be finished. Had Mr. Harvey for my 7th grade teach at Lewis and Clark. Woops, better not get started again, cya....... -Gail Cherrington Hollingsworth (56) ===================================== >>From: Jo Cantrell Lee (82) Hi, This is great to read these about Richland, in the past. I'm from the last of the Baby Boomers which was anyone born in 64. I remember alot of stuff from my older brothers though. I'm the youngest of 5 and hung out with others who are the youngest of 5. My older siblings went to school with students that have the same last names as those I went to school with. I don't know if that's common anywhere else, but I always thought it was unique. The names mentioned in the Alumni Sandstorm e-mails are very familiar to me, but I think it might be of an earlier generation than what I know. :-) I went to Spalding, Carmichael, and Col-High. I graduated from Col-High the last year that it was called that. 1982. It's now Richland High. Anyone remember Tri-Cities Race Ways? I spent alot of time out there when I was 5 years old, while my dad and brothers planted trees out there. Use to fall asleep on my mom's lap as the race cars went around the track. I guess the sound of the loud engines put me to sleep. Mosquito trucks... Those crazy older kids riding their bikes through the clouds. I wasn't allowed... Too young. Being the youngest was a major bummer, because I missed out on alot of things because I wasn't old enough. These e-mails tell me what I missed. :-( -Jo Cantrell Lee (82) ================================================== >>From: Marilou Ingram Webb Aeschliman (62) Hey Sonny, [Davis - 62] Jan (Kelly mailed me the Alumni Sandstorm - what a kick. And who did I see as a contributor but you. Chief Jo Junior High came up in a discussion recently (Char Goodnough Wilson, Patsy Loman Podesek, Nancy Fellman Lysher, and me) Anyway, I had just told them the about the Independence Caper where you, Ron and a third person (was it Kerrick Lambert) took the Declaration of Independence down from the hallowed halls and added your signatures. Guess the officials thought there was some inappropriate signature contact. No official indictments though but I sort of remember that you were "out of school" for a few days? Don't have to go to Builder's Supply to see Ron - Patsy, Nancy and I ran into him at McDougall's over the holidays but unfortunately they just closed McDougalls. I saw Bob Irwin (we would see him more if he didn't have a full-meal deal but that's another story), Bill Blankenship (alias Estel or vice/versa), Coffman, Gable, Sybertz (sp?) recently. Cowgill was missing in action that day but is usually around too. Craig Lansing is also back here in Richland but he insists that we salute him from time to time - you know those ex-military types. Mike Taylor is also still here - he honked - and then sailed by me in a corvette out on the Richland by-pass a few months ago. Sonny - as far as Big Frank goes - he doesn't have much of a kick anymore and he hasn't shown up at any parties lately - maybe the right people haven't been inviting him? I remember Lost Lake, the Prison Camp, (did anyone mention swimming in the irrigation ditch at West Richland), dragging in Columbia Park, the social club, etc, the first Zip's Drive In. In fact, Tastee Freeze was still Tastee Freeze until just recently. I still have a very slightly chipped tooth from a "coke" bottle I dropped on my face during a party) - no vanity here - it's kind of a bomber badge of courage (or stupidity)! Does anyone remember the song "Give a cheer, give a cheer, for the girls who drink their beer in the cellars of old Richland High"...... Guess this tells you something about the group I ran around with. Gary and Maren - the "Alumni Sandstorm" is a neat idea (Bob et al...I'll forward to you under a separate EMail - you'll have fun reading it). Would also like to be included on the mailing list. Sonny - nice to run into your EMail address and know that you, unlike Frank, are still kicking! -Marilou Ingram Webb Aeschliman (62) ==================== >>From: Mike Figg (70) Hi Gary, It just keeps coming doesn't it? As others have said you and Maren are doing a great job with this and I am sure all of us are feeling thankful. And as someone else pointed out, I saw the time stamp on the last Alumni Sandstorm - 3:08 AM! Geez, this latest Sandstorm blew in a lot of old memories. Creede Lombard ('72) talked about the three radio stations in the Tri-Cities KEPR, KOYN, and KALE. I really don't remember KOYN, but what about KORD? It seems like they were big before KALE took over playing the Tri-Cities flavor of watered down pop/rock. Jeri Shaw Rodinsky ('73) talked about Pizza Pete being the first to deliver pizza. I don't know if they were the first but I was out there doing it for Pizza Pete from about August '74 through February '75. We used a old red VW bug and at the time the only manual transmission I had driven was in a jeep out in the desert when I was about 12. The boss told me to just go and I would pick it up quickly. I did, but it took killing the car about 4 times between Swift and Symons on GW Way. But 6 months later when I got a job out at WPPSS #2 I bought a red VW bug. Shirley Collins Haskins ('66) mentioned the old Boyle advertisement on Starlet Stairway. I had forgotten about it but it came back clear as a bell. And did anybody else learn to swim or race in Howard Chitty's pool? It seemed like I learned to swim at an early age in his pool and later for one or two winters worked out with a few other kids working at being racers. I didn't know Chitty from Carmichael since I went to CJ but sure spent a lot of time in his pool. He had a bubble over it in the winter so it could be used year round. Somebody mentioned Newbury's. I remember the snack counter they had and eating egg salad sandwiches there. But what I remember even better was an upstairs they had that wasn't usually open but at Christmas time they had a Toyland up there. It was right out of Jean Shepard's Christmas Story. Ohh, a Red Ranger BB gun! Somebody mentioned Peter Brandt. Are you out there Pete? I don't remember you that well but didn't we spend an evening talking during a party at an apartment I had somewhere near that small shopping area on Van Giesen near the By-Pass? Mike Figg ('70) =========================== >>From: Ellen Spitalari (65) Hi Maren and Gary! I'm hooked now! As I read the message about radio stations I recalled that I dated a disk jockey on one of the stations in 1966. His name was Sherman Meyer and he got in big trouble once because he said: "That's the news from the Trishitties." The FCC was NOT amused! -Ellen Spitalari (65) =========================== >>From: Jack Grouell (61) The 1959 Columbian has a picture of Sharon Tate as the sophomore homecoming princess. I will try to get the time to scan it and send it this weekend. Keep up the great work! -Jack Grouell '61 =========================== [Jack -- So this settles it. Sharon Tate WOULD HAVE BEEN class of '61 --look forward to seeing that picture!! -Maren] =========================== >>From: Larry Reid (68) Wow! I haven't thought about Mr. Clayton for ever! That really brings back memories. I wouldn't have a clue where he might be now but would love to know. I remember his stories about how he survived when the ship he was on during WWII was hit. He was my favorite teacher at Carmichael. Remember Mr. Jantz, Algebra teacher. His favorite saying to teach about the equal sign was "What you do to grandma, you do to grandpa". I still remember both of those teachers vividly. I worked at Zips 66 - 68 and Mr. and Mrs. McDonald (who owned Zips) still live next to my parents on Cottonwood. I see them now and then and they look good. Do you remember Zips? I worked around alot of Bomber Alumni including Delores and Carolyn McDonald. Haven't seen Carolyn, Delores, or Steve. Anyone ever hear from them? See ya for now. -Larry Reid ('68) ================================== >>From: Jo Frick Haverfield (??) Gary, I would like to purchase a Bomber Mania book. I will be sending you a check soon. Please tag one for me. My father is Bob Frick who played in the State championship in 1958 and I would like some history on his basketball era. Thanks -Jo Frick Haverfield ========================= >>From: Berta Hettinger (64) Hi Maren, When I was in 5th grade, I went to a Girl Scout Camp on Clear Lake. I believe it was located on White Pass near Tieton Reservoir. Do you know anything about Mike Blalock who was in our class? I don't remember seeing her name on any list. Thanks so much for Connie Phillips' address. Have a great day. -Berta Hettinger ('64) ====================== >>From: Joanne Hilbert Stahler (76) This has been too funny... like spending an afternoon in the Twilight Zone. Thanks for the laughs! Please add my name to the list of '76 grads. Recently moved from Phoenix, AZ to Seattle. Any other '76ers up this way??? -Joanne Hilbert Stahler ('76) ========================== >>From: Jo Cantrell Lee (82) Hi, This is great to read these about Richland, in the past. I'm from the last of the Baby Boomers which was anyone born in 64. I remember alot of stuff from my older brothers though. I'm the youngest of 5 and hung out with others who are the youngest of 5. My older siblings went to school with students that have the same last names as those I went to school with. I don't know if that's common anywhere else, but I always thought it was unique. The names mentioned in the Sand Storm e-mails are very familiar to me, but I think it might be of an earlier generation than what I know. :-) I went to Spalding, Carmichael, and Col-High. I graduated from Col-High the last year that it was called that. 1982. It's now Richland High. Anyone remember Tri-Cities Race Ways? I spent alot of time out there when I was 5 years old, while my dad and brothers planted trees out there. Use to fall asleep on my mom's lap as the race cars went around the track. I guess the sound of the loud engines put me to sleep. Mosquito trucks... Those crazy older kids riding their bikes through the clouds. I wasn't allowed... Too young. Being the youngest was a major bummer, because I missed out on alot of things because I wasn't old enough. These e-mails tell me what I missed. :-( -Jo Cantrell Lee (82) ===================== >>From: Karen Stinsman Nowitzki (65) Junior English class when the announcement came in about Kennedy - still remember which seat. We moved to Richland one day before my 8th birthday in 1955 and lived in the "Stilts" for a couple months. Then Cottonwood and the 1118 McPherson ( an A house) next door to Sharon Brown's family. Went to Sacajawea and Junior High at Highlands in Kennewick when we moved. Came back to Richland for High School. Enjoying all the "memories" and sharing them with my sixteen year old. Thanks. -Karen Stinsman Nowitzki (65) ==================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Interested in 'live chat', where you and whoever you are writing to are 'live', typing on the same page? No waiting for email! This 'live chat' is call ICQ for Windows 95 or better. (Mirabilis) I would suggest a 486 or better with windows. Maybe even suggest a 100 or better. It is free and requires a download which I will send you. The following class members from the 1964 class are already there. Gary Behymer... Maren Smyth... Larry Bowls... Charles Soloman... Art Nelson... Vernon Blanchette You don't have to chat if you don't want to but it let's you know when people are on line and you may request a chat. Try it...If you don't like it, delete!!! Safe!!! Not a 'virus'... -Gary Behymer Class of 1964 ==================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Searching for a lost Richland Bomber? 'Say Hey' let us know who it is and any/all of the information that you might have about this person. (Namely, brothers, sisters, parents names...Where lived. Check first with those in your email group. (Same class i.e. 1964) Then come to us and I will be glad to start the hunt. -Gary Behymer ('64) ==================== >>From: Irene Smith Gostnell Goodnight (59) Hi, I think this is really awesome that we are all connecting like this, over all these years! I wonder if any other towns are having this phenomenon, or is it Richland, itself (and all of us) that are different??? I went to Chief Jo, and always had to carry my violin with me everywhere, I felt like a nerd, but never wanted to quit playing it. I still do, in a Scottish band in Bend, Oregon. ....I remember walking home from Uptown with Nancy Stull, hooking arms together in case any kidnappers came by in a car and tried to grab one of us.....we never really thought any would, but we had a plan in case they did....One day on the way to school (we WALKED everywhere until we could drive) I asked Judy Drott's mom how she was feeling, and she said, "With my fingers." And during one of our slumber parties in high school, Judy and I, with Joyce Farley, Lorna Lee (I think) Carol Jean and Ginger Munson, and Jeannette, (I forgot her last name,) we went into the high school in our p.j.'s and looked around all the halls. There was a game that night, and there were lots of people in the school, so we were trying to hide, yeah, right! Thanks for all the memories, it's really fun to read the Sandstorm before going to bed every night! -Irene Smith Gostnell Goodnight ('59) ======================================= That's it for today. Please send more. ======================================= *************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/22/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Anyone from the 1956 to 1960 period remember Larry Coryell? He became the lead guitarist for the Dynamics. And while we are on music do you recall the Pacific Northwest bands that used to come to our area? The Fabulous Wailers (Tacoma), The Sonics (Tacoma)(Hey Pitts (63) you remember these fellows!, The Kingsmen (Still around), The Bards (Moses Lake), Jack Bedient & the Chessmen (Wenatchee), Paul Revfere & The Raiders (Still around)(Originally Boise, Id), The Four Winds (Ken Finley, Joe Keefe & Sandy Sanders (Class of 1964), The Pastells, a Pasco group that played 'Cicuit Breaker', Don & the Goodtimes, Jimmy Hanna & the Dynamics, Little Bill & the Bluenotes, The Ventures, The Gas Company (Spokane), The Mark V? (Spokane), the Viceroys, The Frantics, George Washington & the Cherrybombs.....any many more. 'Garage Rock' was in and every neighborhood had a 'noise group' that most any parent would be glad to shoot. Score 10 points if you remember the Wilson McKinley group from Spokane. (;-) -Gary Behymer (64) ======================================= >>From: Tony Tellier (57) Re: "How about Dietrich's Market. Some have mentioned a market near Marcus Whitman. Must be the same. I would walk or ride my bike up there. We had a charge account there. All I had to do was sign my name! So cool!": How about Chuck Dietrich??!! He got a law degree then ended up in Phoenix where the high-paced lifestyle overran his common sense, so to speak. For a variety o unsavory and illegal reasons he was/(is?) disbarred. He was running at full throttle when I ran into him. He also got a LOT of media attention. I believe he is living up in Payson (AZ). -Tony Tellier ('57) ====================================== >>From: Greg Sletager (72) Anybody remember? - Black low top Converse - in '68 you had to have 'em. Learning to drive and park (parallel and the other kind) at the old trailer courts north of Richland. Mr. Covington saying, " You're idlin' on me" when you weren't paying attention. Morely Paul waxing eloquent on his favorite subject - sailing his San Juan 21. (Often a welcome reprieve from the planned curriculum). Multiple bomb scares at Col Hi in the spring of 72, strategically timed to get everyone out of school early. Bleacher Bums of America chanting, "Elevator, elevator, we got the shaft" whenever the refs made a call against the Bombers. Richland teens referred to as "A-city Youths" in the Tri-city Herald. The "fingernail" stage in Howard Amon park. (What was the name of that park before - Riverside?) The hill outside Mac hall. For when you needed a little "fresh air". More later as the search for dormant brain cells continues... Greg Sletager (72) Carmichael and Col Hi. ====================================== >>From: Susy Rathjen Whitney (71) I grew up across the street from Betsy O'Dell ('64) and her family. I still see her once in a while. I don't know her address of phone number, but you can contact her sister, Bobbie Shipman. I am having so much fun with this alumni stuff. My sisters and I all went to Col-Hi. Our last name was Rathjen. I feel a kinship with everyone, having all lived in this unique town and all being Bombers... even my kids were Bombers. My sister Kathy was '66, Betsy was '68 and Karen was in '74. I'm going to send in some of my thoughts and memories soon. I talked to Patti Snyder last night, class of '65, she's going to send in her e-mail address, too. You know, I had been thinking about doing something like this, but with more of a newsletter. But this is MUCH better. Thanks. -Susy Rathjen Whitney (71) ======================================= >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) Hey this is a great page! I would like to get info also. . I remember when I moved to Richland when I was 13... 3/4 of the way through 7th grade. Came from Puyallup(west of the mountain). No one could pronounce the name.. they would say Pullyup, etc. Coming from raining country to 110 degrees!!! I never thought I'd make it. I'm still here too! Someone mentioned the ground breaking of the 'N' reactor and getting to see President Kennedy. I did too and also had to stay after school for a couple days for going! My Mom took my brothers and I (Mike Snider class of 62, Richard Snider class of 66). Hey it was worth it! I also remember being sent home from Chief Jo because my skirt was 2 inches above my knee!!! My how things have changed... Keep up the good work on the Bomber page!!!! -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ======================================== >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) I used to work with a very pretty, dark haired girl named Patty Ludwig who was telling me (along with others) that she was Miss Tri-Cities when Sharon Tate left. She commented that she got the title but not the roses! Patty later married and her last name was Forrest, then married again and her last name was Dubsky. She died of cancer some 20? years ago. Since this is coming from memory (long ago), better check it out before believing it as fact. Maybe it will ring a bell with someone else. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush ('60) ==================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Starlet or Starlit Stairway? Their phone # Fairfax 8-1521? ======================================= >>From: Marilou Ingram Webb Aeschliman (62) Hi Gary - No relation to the Colfax Aeschlimans. The "Tri- City" branch came from Missouri and were the only ones local. You and Maren deserve special thanks for your Herculean efforts. I plan on taking copies home this weekend and reading through the data. Here are E-Mail address of my children and a few additional I thought of. My son, Torry, was a 1984 Bomber, my daughter Tasha was a 1987 Bomber and my sister (Joahn Husted Nield) and her husband (Gary Nield) were 1949 Bombers. I believe that Tony Tellier - the name seems familiar - ran around with one of my brother-in-laws (Denny Brown (57RIP). Denny passed away in December 97. Torry Webb - Class of 84 Tasha Aeschliman - Class of 87 Nancy McMurray Bell - (sister-in-law) Bonnie Webb Roe ('59) (sister-in-law) And husband Bill Roe ('59) -Marilou Ingram Webb Aeschliman (62) ======================================== >>From: Patty Stordahl ('72) Any one who wants to get tougher before the weather turns bad this side of the mts. call me while I am in the tri cities at my mom's 545-5848. I would love to hear from any one direct susie I got your e mail peter I received yours as well. Nancy McWain 72 is still hiding. All this memory lane stuff is making me feel older than I want my plastic surgeon to know I really am. Any more 72 alumni out there Sam Morris, Wayne Wallace, remember the Butternut gang? Late night sneak outs, zips, Salad burgers, skipping class. what ever became of good clean fun is it really all outlawed??? Skinny dipping behind the race track, well almost in the buff. Some of us were just to chicken to bare it all. I remember the hill & all the long hairs that used to hang out there. Wayne Bloomster the notorious smoke bummer on the hill. What happened to him? He was always so nice & friendly. Still can't locate Jessica Allen. Peter I hope that you are doing super in your button business haven't heard from you regarding any display upgrades. It is time you did some really cool digital stuff. come in the office lets do lunch. Susie K join Tina & me. We are going to mazatland in Oct 12 -19 rates only $356.00 RT you can stay with us. Company has a condo & we are going to play for 7 days. lots of Tequila??? No I refuse to change I was a wild child then & I still am. To many awesome memories to slow down now.. Chitty's pool wasn't every protestant baptized there?? I was by the Rev Jeske In fact I liked his wife so much as a kid in church I named my last daughter after her Janea I spelled it different Mrs. Jeske's name was Jene'. I remember the weird christmas decorations one year they had sand & tumbleweeds. Responding to Mike Figg: Peter Brandt is alive & as cute as ever. He is the ceo of Button Gallery a company he started from a dream so now he rolls in the dough & plays while all his computers do the work. He always was the smart on of the butternut gang. Ask him about how he got his girlfriend it is to funny. -Patty Stordahl ('72) ======================================= >>From: Joe Largé ('68) My Dear Friends, I am sad to announce that I had heard that Mr. Clayton died in February of this year. Can't remember who told me this, but I have it on my computer at work. If I can remember, I'll forward the e-mail to you when I get to work. Also, Mr. Lytle who owned Densow Drugs passed away awhile ago. Not sure if any of you remember him, he was really a neat person to know, very kind person. We lived about 3 houses down. Vicki Lytle and I played together as children. If anybody could find out the details surrounding MaryJane Cross's death, I would appreciate it. She and I were good friends when we were in grade school. Thanks -Joe Largé ('68) P.S.: About Mr. Jantz, he also used to like to lean back in his chair and throw his chalk behind him in an effort to hit the chalk railing on the blackboard. If I remember right, he was no basketball star in that regards. Anybody remember the Astronomy teacher (Dang, can't remember his name). Tall, skinny guy with white hair, stringy voice and glasses (I think). Oh, Yes! Mr. Klukas. His son, Craig, played Trombone in the band. -Joe Largé ('68) ========================= >>From: Eva Clark Perry (49) Hi Maren, this is Eva again, and I'm writing for my baby sister, Kathy (Clark) Hale, and she is wondering if anyone out there knows where Patty McLaughlin is. Contact me here and I will forward it. When JFK notice came out, I was on the hiway to Lynnwood Wash. to visit a friend and the drive line fell out of my car on the Highway, had 4 little boys at the time and had to wait for the S.P. to call my friend to come and get us. How can one forget those times. -Eva Clark Perry (49) =========================== >>From: Dianne Cherrington (54) Hi guys, Just wanted to send my thanks and let you know that I am really enjoying the contributions of generations of Col Hi students. It is particularly amusing to see that we share so many of the same memories, in spite of the span of ages. Both of my sisters, Gail (58) and Sandi (66) have already sent some memories we have in common so I will try to add a few of my own.... First job (that gave me a regular paycheck). I was one of those uniformed usherettes at the Village Theater that watched over, cleaned up after and "put up with" a lot of the younger crowd... (I was all of 13 or 14 myself) and unless memory fails me, I earned about .35 per hour. It was a fun job and I was so proud to have it! The old swimming pool! Learned to swim there and later, was a member of the water ballet team. We had great fun practicing when the pool was closed!! Homecoming floats... One year we used tumbleweed for decoration. Friends and I borrowed Dad's old pickup to go bouncing off across the hills to collect "the best ones". Shield's in Uptown (is it still there?) was where I worked during high school years and was a good place to be for after work fun. I was in 6th grade (or was it 7th???) at Lewis & Clark when fire closed down our part of the school. It didn't get us off the hook, though. They sent us to Spading to finish out the year! Carmichael was brand new when I started there the following year. Mr. Jantz! Tried to teach me Algebra too....and remembered that I wasn't one of his better students when my sister had him 11 years later!! He was still teaching Algebra when my daughter was in his class 20 years after me. Where does the time go???? To Mark Woodward: I remember your mother. We were friends so many years ago! Just to be certain, I went digging through my old Columbians and sure enough, I found her in the '53 issue (junior students). Please tell her "hello" for me. Speaking of early '50s......I keep hoping that I will see more old friends write too. In spite of the fact that my Mom and Dad lived in Richland the rest of their lives, I've lost touch with too many of you. To Gary Behymer: Thank you for mentioning ICQ. My sisters and I have been using it for well over a year now. It's a great way to communicate. We have even used it to visit with family members in Florida, Canada, Walla Walla, Tacoma, Seattle & Vancouver, WA simultaneously. I will include my ICQ# with closing. Thanks again, Maren and Gary (and anyone else that may be helping you keep this together). Your efforts are really appreciated. -Dianne Cherrington (54) ICQ#1291506 ==================== >>From: Helga Blankingship (66) Gary, My brother Bill Blankingship ('62), just told me about the Alumni Sandstorm... I graduated in class of 66... Are you sending this out to anyone? Can we get a copy? or is there something we can do on this end.. -Helga Blankingship ('66) ============================================== >>From: Dianne Brown Koehnen (64) To Berta Hettinger ('64): I remember going to a Girl Scout camp one summer, too. It was called "Camp Singing Pines" and was on a lake in the Cascades with an island called Strawberry Island. Maybe it's the one you remember, too. One of the campers stepped on an underground hornets nest on a day hike and freaked everyone out screaming and jumping around with bees swarming all over her legs! I remember winning a big spatula as first prize for a flapjack flipping contest! I always thought it was near that stumpy lake on I-90, but am not sure. Anyone know for sure? -Dianne Brown Koehnen (64) ==================================== >>From: Carol Converse Mauer (64) I'm sure enjoying all these memories!! I remember being in Homeroom when the announcement came over the loud speaker about Pres. Kennedy being shot. Actually, I was sitting close to the front of the first row. I don't remember anymore of that day. There was no other talk but that. I also remember going to JJ Newberrys and going upstairs to see Santa Clause. Those were sure great days. I was at Clear Lake a few years back, actually, quite a few years back. It is up White Pass. I remember how cold it was and my son, then 2 years old, didn't think anything about going into it - burrrr!!! I remember back in elementary school, racing home each day right after school to listen to a radio program right before the Christmas holidays. Does anyone remember which program that might have been and what it was about? I don't remember. Bye for now. -Carol Converse Mauer (64) ======================================== >>From: Gerald Stein (66) Hello to the class of 1966 Finally figured out how to leave a message, so here goes. We are currently displaced Texans, our house is in Granbury, Texas, but I am doing Management Consulting work and my spouse (Lovena) and I travel around the country now. We are currently in New London, CT. All the kids have flown the coop, one is married and has given me a grandchild, the other two are in college. While flying through Chicago about two months ago I ran into Walt Sommers and his spouse (Grace). He is the Director Of Student Activities at Northeastern Illinois University. Maybe if some other individuals E-mail him we can get him to come to the next class reunion. -Gerald Stein (66) ==================== >>From: Al Parker (53) Memorial services were held for my cousin, Jack Russell, 1960 RHS graduate, on Aug 4, 1998 in Seattle. I learned at his memorial service, from his associates, that he was considered somewhat of a genius in atmospheric science and research at the U of W. He engineered, designed, programmed and maintained much of the equipment that was used in the research. He died suddenly from a massive aneurysm. He was scared to death to fly but in spite of that fear, went on over 1700 missions to take samples of particles and gasses in the atmosphere throughout the world. Those samples were then analyzed for "good" and "bad" particles, gasses, density, etc., determining whether from natural or man made causes and more. Flights included chasing and entering storms, skimming the surface of the ocean, frequently flying over St. Helens in its pre-eruption stages, etc. His associates and family are going to miss him much. (Maybe this info could be included in one of the Alumni Sandstorms?) I should mention also that Jack was the brother of James F. Russell (58) -Al Parker ('53) ======================== >>From: Kerry Kelly Compton (64) Coming from Catholic school in 1960 to 9th grade at Chief Joseph was terrifying to me. Sister Superior had told us stories about how Protestants hated Catholics and would persecute them. I felt very awkward and didn't know what to wear because I had been wearing uniforms for four years. I was in awe of those sophisticated Chief Jo kids - but they didn't persecute me at all! -Kerry Kelly Compton ('64) ========================== >>From: Irene Smith Gostnell Goodnight (59) RE: Gary Behymer' question: "Is Craig Gostnell your brother?" Gary, Nope, my former husband Dave's brother. However, I have a brother, Craig Smith, class of '69. As well as brother Larry Smith, '61, and sister Francine Smith, '63. We lived at 607 Comstock til about '51, then to 1520 Butternut, and then to West Richland on Canal Drive in about '56. The Gostnells lived at 1121 Perkins, across from the Smyths. Youngest brother Mark, then Craig, then Dave, up to Roger and big brother Gene. Parents are Ray and Naomi Gostnell. Craig (Smith) was here today when I opened your email; we are really enjoying all this "daily news". Thanks again for all your time, and for starting it all....... -Irene Smith Gostnell Goodnight ('59) ============================ Gary found this on a guest book in a Sharon Tate site. ============================ Janice ? Age 55 Comments: When I was little, I lived in a small town in Richland, Washington. They had an annual celebration known then as "Atomic Frontier Days." Sharon was crowed "Queen" at this festival, this would have been late 0's-early 50's. My father met her father, who I believe was an officer in the military, and he introduced us. She was supposed to be around "16" at this time. I could never figure out how I ended up older then her! Maybe she had a sister? Do you have any pictures of Sharon at that event? ==================== Gary finds another Richland Bomber entry in a Sharon Tate guest book. ==================== >>From: Alan McMurtry (61) Comments: I remember Sharon as a friend and eighth, ninth and tenth grade classmate in Richland, Washington before her family was transferred to Europe. She was rather quite, almost shy. I am looking at her now in our Jr. Hi year book, eighth grade group picture and the radiance of her beauty leaps off the page at you even then. She was crowned "Miss Richland" at age 16, shortly before she and her family moved away from the community. It saddens me still to think of her tragic loss. ==================== >>From: Jack Grouell (61) Maren I have attached a scan of the picture of Sharon Tate from my 1959 Columbian. I did not know Sharon personally but everyone knew who she was. For those of us who grew up in the safe and very sheltered world of Richland, her violent death was a shock beyond belief. I wish I had more time to work with the images and restore the original quality. I have to tear down our whole computer room tonight because we are having new computer room furniture delivered tomorrow. I will begin working on my contribution to the Sandstorm, including "Tiger" Gentle and the parking stall caper, -Jack Grouell, class of '61 ===================================== [Picture of Sharon Tate came thru GREAT. What a beauty she was!!! Can't put the "ALL Bomber Alumni Links" site address in this e-mail or I'll just get a BUNCH of 'kick backs'. I will, however, upload the picture to the net and put a link to it somewhere on the "All Bomber Alumni Links" site. Anybody who doesn't have that site bookmarked by now is either new or not paying attention. Ask and I'll send you the link. -Maren] ========================================== That's it for today. Please send more. ========================================== ****************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/23/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Maren Smyth (64) When sending your Bomber Memories for the Alumni Sandstorm it sure would save me some time if you would start off the body of your text with who you are (including maiden name if applicable), your class year and your e-mail address that will save me a LOT of time. THANKS! There's a picture of Art Dawald and Gene Conley in that Bomber Mania booklet that Gary Behymer has. What class was Gene Conley?? Hmmm... wonder if he has a web site. -Maren Smyth ('63 and '64) ============================= >>From: Earl Bennett (Gold Medal class of '63) TO Carol Converse Mauer ('64) The radio program was The Cinnamon Bear, I think it ran daily for a half hour (including recap of the previous episode) for about three to four weeks before Christmas. Some witch came out of the picture on the wall and stole the star off the top of the Christmas tree, so the kid(s?) had to join the stuffed reddish teddy bear, Paddy O'Cinnamon, to go into the picture and retrieve it. A kleptomaniac dragon was involved among other fascinating creatures and implausible adventures and situations - was that on KORD or KALE? My sister Sue Bennett Meek ('68, aka Birkenstock Sue of the former BB&M Sporting Goods store -sadly had to close down recently due to competition from the Mall) taped a re-creation of the series a few years ago and sent me a set - 6 tapes, I think they're 90 minutes each! It must have been syndicated nationwide because I've also seen ads in Sunday supplements here on the East Coast for a stuffed bear commemorating the series (outrageous prices), for some reason Chicago sticks in my mind as the ordering address I did NOT use. Carol, you would have been in my sister Diana Bennett Ground's class, now living in Alaska with husband Bobby but retiring back to Oregon within a few years. I remember your name but little else. Another sister Cecilia Bennett McCartney ('65) might have known you as well - She's in Richland with husband Marvin and children Meaghan and Kerrie (both now living the jr hi/hi school memories we're sharing on line). Cecilia's a nurse at Kadlec. A couple of days ago Dr. Franco's son was on line -yes, he stitched up my finger when a hatchet I had thrown at a tree stump bounced back. Someone else in today's Sandstorm mentioned Patty McLaughlin -was she around '64 class too? Once again I may be mixing memories, but her name rings a bell about walking a girl home from a dance at Chief Jo to a house near the North end of Cottonwood - if I'm not mistaken, that house or one next door was on my paper route (Oregon Journal). I still enjoy a vivid memory of the sweet sound of mourning doves on the power lines over the shelter belt on sunny summer mornings while delivering the papers. I digress: The girl I walked home, of course, had to call her folks for permission, and her Dad drove to the school to bring her a sweater for the walk home on a cool spring evening - how patient our parents were! Are we as well? Gary - yes, Larry Coryell (2 l's?) had a band in Richland, I believe Paul Anderson ('63) was also a member (last I heard of Paul was around our 10 year reunion somebody said he was an executive in the Escort division at Ford motors - not surprising at all). Somewhere around 59-60 I was asked to join them to play piano, but I didn't think I was good enough. In retrospect I probably could have handled it, but I quit piano after 3 years of lessons. Larry Coryell is a staple artist on a station set on my car radios, "Soft Rock 97.9 WASH-FM" in DC, superb jazz guitarist (hope it's the same guy - how many can there be?). Anybody know if Larry Tew is still the master trumpeter he was back then? Your rundown of Northwest artists should include Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts (Walla Walla?) - the original "Angel of the Morning," better than Linda Ronstadt in my opinion. And I seem to remember Spokane being the home of the group that did "Sugar Shack," whoever that was. You mentioned the Kingsmen - who can forget "Louie, Louie?" I never could understand all of the lyrics (enunciation was not their strong point), but they were reputed to be exceedingly raunchy, even offensive (for that era) when performed live. One last memory: First formal job after paper delivery was bagboy at the C&H next to Densow's, then bagboy and produce work at the one next to the Rexall Drug store on Thayer. Started at $1.35 per hour (believe that was considered the "minimum wage" around '60). A co-worker there, young man named ?Thad? became a worker for the union and I never understood why I had to pay him dues out of a meager paycheck for something I didn't care about, until much later when I learned more about the history of the union movement. Later. ecb3 -Earl Bennett ('63) ====================================== >>From: Patsy Noble Eichner (61) Re: Sharon Tate, if memory serves me correctly, wasn't Sharon crowned Miss Autorama before the Miss Richland title. -Patsy Noble Eichner ('61) ====================================== >>From: Alan Sargent (56) There's been some mention of the "Blizzard of '48-'49. There was another snowstorm, much earlier I think, that really sticks in my memory. At the time we were living in an "A" House at 201 Benham. There was nothing between us and "The Rose Bowl" but a huge sandbox. It snowed, followed by a dust storm which turned the snow brown! I remember it vividly because on the same day "The monster in the basement" (coal furnace) belched soot all over the place. My mother was tearing her hair out and I know if she had had her way we would have left Richland that very day. Maybe it only was a problem in the South end. By the way, weren't those furnaces wrapped in Asbestos? At about the same time we were chasing DDT trucks and playing under the funny orange clouds periodically released from Hanford. I wonder if that's why my grandchildren all seem to glow in my eyes! I'm positively drooling thinking about a big By's Burger, a fresh banana/chocolate Tastee Freez shake, topped off with a bag of warm Spudnuts. Three of the basic food groups! Following that I want to jump in a cool "49 Chev (like the one my sister wrecked) load it up with a bunch of friends (hide a couple in the trunk) and go to the Y Drive-in. Someone would then produce those terrible crooked "Rum soaked cigars" and we would try to be cool while turning various shades of green. I still can't stand Cigar smoke The memories are terrific. Your might think about putting them in a book down the road. My neat spouse just informed me that the drooling is not out of the ordinary and not yet a major problem. Alan Sargent "56 "Tough as nails, hard as bricks, we're the class of "56" ======================================= >>From: Larry Reid (68) Hi Donna (68), remember you well. I remember Sharon Tate and I was friends with John Tate (wasn't that her brother?). I think he is married to someone who graduated with us in '68. I have been living in Benton City since '81 all my kids have gone through Ki-Be. My oldest son is a Math/Science teacher at McLaughlin Middle School in Pasco. He is married and has two kids. He now lives in Richland! My Daughter is married and has 1 kid and lives on my property in Benton City. I still have two boys at home - one is a senior and the other is in 7th grade. I celebrate 28 wonderful years of marriage December 28th. I love being a grandpa!! My kids all look at me in dismay when I reminisce about my HS days!..."Wow, you guys were pretty weird Dad!"...I was good friends with Bruce Latta and remember his mom well. Bruce was killed in a one car accident near the Meadow Springs area of Richland around 20 years ago! I remember the Roller Rink and the local bands of the time. I also played in a local band and met several of the other band members of the time. Some went on to play professional for awhile. Last night I played my guitar for the first time in seven years (I only do country these days!) at a friends family reunion where we had about four guitars and sit around and jam-what a night!! Memories are made everyday and as time goes by they sustain us and give us hope. See ya all later. Larry Reid (68) ========================================= >>From: Don Winston (63) Re: Larry Coryell I'm sure many remember Larry Coryell, but don't know how many people know what a huge success he has been in the guitar world, really in the whole music business. He is considered a truly world class guitarist, and has often been rated as the #1 jazz guitarist in the world in various polls. That puts him in the ranks of Les Paul, Joe Pass, Al DiMeola, etc., so it's pretty lofty company. In addition to issuing about 60 albums, he teaches occasionally at advanced guitar schools, has published videos to teach advanced guitar playing techniques, and has at least one signature model guitar on the market (Cort Model LCS-1 -- $1,495.00). Any fans out there can find a good Larry Coryell jump- off site at: [deleted URL for this e-mail -- if you want it send e- mail to Don or Gary and ask for it] Re: JFK I heard about JFK being shot from my roommate in our freshman year at the U of W, Joe Kaveckis. In fact, Jim House ('63), Joe and I were reminiscing about it at the 35th reunion. Joe and I were roommates, and Jim lived across the hall. I think Jim was in our room, (he remembers it the same way), when Joe came in and said, "The President's been shot." For those that remember, there was quite a bit of campus unrest at the time, including student occupation of Administration Buildings, etc. I thought Joe meant that the President of the University, Charles Odegard had been shot, and it took a few minutes to get out of him that he meant JFK. When he, Jim and I were talking about it last month at the reunion, Jim mentioned that he had exactly the same initial reaction -- that Odegard had been shot. It was really interesting to learn that we both had the same erroneous first interpretation of what Joe said. I don't think it was Joe's communication skills -- they were OK. It was just that with what was going on on campus, it seemed at least plausible, while the shooting of JFK did not. Regards, Don Winston ('63), father of.. Glen Winston Budding Guitarist my source) ==================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Larry Coryell (61) was at the U of W when you were there and wrote for the Daily. He being a Journalism Major. ======================================== >>From: Larry Brunelle (67) Still here and alive Richland High School Class of '67 Our family is spread from Alaska to Southern California. Feel free to contact me for any information on my seven brothers and their locations. Good Web Site. -Larry Brunelle ('67) ==================== [Larry....How about the email addresses for all of those other Brunelles? -Maren] ========================================== >>From: Terry Liechty (64) Speaking of bands... Revere Dick (real name of Paul Revere of PR and the Raiders) was my cousins' uncle. He came from a little town just west of Boise, Caldwell, I think and when I was young he lived in Boise and commuted to LA for his television show. My cousins lived in Boise and they took me to his house to pick up some amps and instruments that he no longer used (a cousin had a band and got all the hand downs.) I remember him as a nice guy and he and his wife made me feel at home. He had a lot of cars from Rolls to Wagoneer. He did commercials for Pontiac and had a Judge (here come da judge) and some other one they gave him. Two of my uncles by marriage were his brothers. Well, that's my brush with fame. Terry Liechty (64) ======================================= >>From: Melinda (Mindy) Robison Smith (61) My husband (Larry Smith '61) and I remember Larry Coryell. He graduated in our class. He has several albums out. He is played frequently on the local (Seattle area) jazz station. Thank you Gary & Maren for all you are doing to make the ALUMNI Sandstorm possible! It's great!! Melinda (Mindy) Robison Smith '61 ======================================= >>From: Randy Buchanan (57) Some things of interest regarding Richland memories: My family and I arrived in Richland in 1943, and moved into a prefab on Winslow. We moved to Farrell Lane (a "B" house") around 1946. My Mom is still living in the same "B" house. Mom still remembers many of us through the years. My school years were at Sacajawea, Chief Joe, and Columbia High. I married in 1962 and had 3 children - Jill (class of ’81 and married to Rick Rose of class of ’78), Dana (class of 1984 of Hanford High) and Steven (class of 86). I remarried in 1985 (Karen Moore - class of 1975) and still hanging in there! I worked at Hanford for 30 years and retired four years ago. Hooray!!!! My Richland Memories: · Dust storms of the l940’s. The Dupus Boomer cartoon book depicted it best. Cartoons were done by Dick Donnell, a good friend of my parents. · Old swimming pool in the park (swim 1 hour, get back in line and wait for the next turn). I remember the water being sooooo cold! · The little round wading pool in the park. · Village Theater on Saturday - 2 cartoons, 1 serial, news & 2 westerns - all for 12 cents · Playing in the irrigation ditches · Clod fights · Playing army & cowboys and Indians in the desert · Riding bikes everywhere · Playing kick the can, anti-anti over, wolfman, and bicycle tag · Remember Muscles? Sonny would sit in the movies with his pet monkey. How about those stories about people taking him to Walla Walla? · The Prisoner of War Camp on the Yakima River. In high school, we had keg parties out there. · The blizzard of 1950? Almost didn't get home from school. · The floods of 1948 · Playing in the buildings when the Uptown was being built · We use to play in a swampy area call the "lumber lost". The Uptown business area was built over it. · Sleeping out in sleeping bags in our friends back yards. It seemed like we did this every night during the summer. · Atomic Frontiers Days down at the park and the parade. · The air raid sirens each month · Riding horses at the Riding Academy. · Cruising the Uptown after school · High Spot on Wed and Saturday nights. I did not dance, but was always there. · Old girls’ gym sock hops at lunch hour · And, do many of us remember the basketball state tournaments? What a deal, huh? Bombers won championships in ’58, ’72, and ‘79. · Friday & Saturday nights at By’s Burgers, then later was Skip's, then on to Zip's. The old building of By's is till there but vacant. Lots of memories of By's. · Max’s Stop & Go in Kennewick was Kennewick’s kids’ hang out in the 1950/60’s. · Remember the Pasco Pas-Port Plunge to swim in? · The new George Prout Swimming Pool next to Col High was great to have - could stay in there all day. It was warmer and way bigger than the old pool. · Skip's Drive-In - liked their ham & cheese sandwiches. · Tastee Freeze had a great hamburger (the banquet burger). · The water skiing & parties at the Buchanan’s boat dock during the 1950’s & early 1960’s. Many Bombers & others participated during these fun times! · The soda fountain at JJ Newberry’s. Loved their cherry cokes and club house sandwiches! · Frank Berry’s Sporting Goods · Dawson-Richards Clothing Store - It is still there! I've had a charge account there since it opened ~1950. · Midnight shows at the Uptown Theater - It is still there! · Garmo’s Grocery & Castleberry’s Drug Store on Goethals & Symons street. My hangout as a young boy. My dad played softball for Garmo’s. Playing under the grandstands at the softball field down at the Richland Park. Eddie Feinter (the King and his court?) would come there to play. The ball field is still there. · Pennywise & Densow's Drug Stores · Thrifty Drug next to the old Richland Theater. · The Frontier Tavern - still there. Tilbert Neal (class of ’56) owned it for awhile. He still lives in the area. · Stan's Lucky 5, Uptown Tavern (Tommy's) and the Towne Crier Tavern. The Uptown Tavern is still there and the Town Crier is still going strong. · Remember the kids’ fishing pond below Carmichael Jr. High? · Atomic Bowling Alley where many would have a late (early morn) breakfast after a night on the town. · TV was introduced to Richland in 1953 - I remember seeing TV advertised at the old Desert Inn Hotel. We bought one in 1954 (what a snow job!). · The drive-in theaters - Hiland Drive-In, StarVue Drive-In at the base of Flat Top in West Richland, the Skyline Drive-In at North end of Richland. The River View Drive-In in Pasco and the "Y" Drive-In. Remember, sneaking into the drive-ins in the trunks of cars? Got caught once or twice! · The drag race strip we set up by the Richland Y in the park. I ruined a perfectly good 1949 ford there. · AND, the Spudnut Shop. It is still going strong. I personally am there every morning at 7:00 a.m. My coffee fix since 1954. The SPUDNUT Shop is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. I have given Val (Girardo ?) Driver (the owner) the Bomber email address as she is an ex-bomber (don't remember which year). There is more that comes to mind, but have been long winded enough. So will leave you with these thoughts. TO TONY TELLIER (’57): We had an island beer party one night. Dave Gilpin’s (’57) boat sunk because too many people were in it. Me & Jim Morton (’56) retrieved Dave and his boat & I want to think you were also hauled in being you couldn't swim. All you had left on was your underwear and leather jacket!!! DO you remember this? Randy Buchanan (57) ======================================== >>From: Dick Boehning ('63) Paul Boehning ('85) Suzanne Christensen Boehning ('85) Corey Boehning ('87) Also please add us to the mailing list for Sandstorm. It is great!!!! -Dick Boehning ('63) ==================== >>From: Irene Smith Gostnell Goodnight (59) Hi Maren, You and Gary are providing all of us with a great and unique service! Kudos to you, and as my ex Dave used to say: "You'll receive your reward in heaven!" Really! It was him who said it first, and I still say it to friends from time to time. Seems funny that it came to mind while I was writing to you! -Irene Smith Gostnell Goodnight ('59) ======================================== >>From: Susan Rathjen Whitney (71) I can't help it..I have to do this.... If you need coal or oil call Boyle, Fairfax 8-1521, Fairfax 8-1521 For all your heating problems Be your furnace old or new, Just call the Boyle fuel company And they'll solve them all for you. If you need coal or oil, call Boyle Fairfax 8-1521, Fairfax 8-1521. And now, back to our master of ceremony........ what was his name?? Susan Rathjen Whitney '71 ======================================== >>From: Amanda Hitt LaRiviere (86) Hi! I'm a Bomber from the class of 1986. Thanks for adding me. Go Bombers!! I teach Spanish at RHS. -Amanda Hitt LaRiviere (86) ======================================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) Responding to: "I believe that Tony Tellier - the name seems familiar -ran around with one of my brother-in- laws (Denny Brown - Class of 57). Denny passed away in December 97." I sure did. What brought Denny down? Did he ever get a good operation for his hip?? -Tony Tellier ('57) =============================== >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Another to me from Frank Osgard. He sent another msg that he meant Pepsi rather than pizza, in his reference to the "Big Y Tavern", I think Hawkin's mother was the gray haired lady of which he referred. SEMPER BOMBERUS -------------- From: Frank Osgard RE: I'm still stuck in let's remember 15 Aug 1998 Jimbeaux, Jeeze, I can't believe all the flack over my saying that the Rec Hall was the best place to put peanuts in your pepsi and learn to smoke. Is there ANYONE who doesn't have an opinion? The signal station below Carmichael got a lot of votes, as well as the bus station on G.W.Way. There was a surprisingly large number of votes for Boy Scout meetings and Church Youth Group meetings. My mom referred to the Signal Station as the "Rat Hole". It was inhabited after school by a bunch of guys in jeans (with tow buckled skinny belts) and teeshirts with rolled up sleeves. Most of these guys had (and some still have) "DA's, Flat Tops with Fenders and an occasional Wally Cleaver Jelly Roll. No tennis shoes or fruit boots here, these cats wore "mile high" thick soled wedgie shoes, some with the soles painted white. These weren't white buck frat boys. Speaking of wedgies, that's what you got if you stood too close to Wally Meyers. He was on Big League Bad Ass. He's probably in the Rotary Club now, selling Amway and driving a nine year old Dodge Caravan with pink dice hanging from the mirror, full of kids and his third wife, but back then he was some kind of a serious dirt boppin' Mike Tyson. I digress Any of the windbreaks were a great place to smoke, but there were always a lot of bugs and irrigation water, so one really couldn't sit down and have discourse with your friends. Another negative was no pop machine. Curley's 76 and Wascher's Mobil have gotten some mention as a good place, if your folks or their friends didn't buy gas there. The bus station was cool 'cause it had pinballs, but the machine to buy smokes was outside in the sun, so you could count on your Pall Malls to burn faster than det-cord. The good news was that they only cost a quarter. It also had a back door, in case your Aunt came in on the Greyhound from Salt Lake. Quane claims they had a bar there, and food. It did have a pin ball baseball game, that's where my lunch money went. Of course you could always have a heater at Hi-Spot, and don't forget the library. You could suck down a Lucky and fine tune your plagerization skills at the same time. Steal couple of smoke from the folks, and fill out a couple of dozen 3x5 cards with all kind of minutia about George Bernard Shaw and his clim to literary prominence. We seldom needed to go to the library after the Old Man bought a used set of World Book. He saw them advertised in the Works News that came out every Friday. The "Trading Post" was his favorite part. I remember that there were always pictures of someones Dad getting a safety prize, a perfet attendance pin and then a couple of colums of killer deals on cars, old furnaces, bicycles and kittens. That parat must have eventually become the Big Nickle. There was always pretty major ocerage of Fire Prevention Parades and Atomic Frontier Days. Back to encyclopedias, the Old Man figured that all you needed to know was in Volumes 1-13. Even though they were ten or more years old and made no mention of Joseph Stalin or television, "Don't make me get out of this chair, you can damn well find it if you'll just look". Heard from some folks that went to the reunion, that spudnuts are two bits, I can't believe it. Wife number one, was from Kennewick, but never developed a taste for those little rings of grease. Spudnuts and Apple Juice were the main stay of every Halloween party. She (wife number one) had an infatuation with Maple Bars from Wild Bill''s down at the "Y". I think she developed the taste when her Dad would buy the kids a bag of day olds and and a couple of pizzas, then leave them (the kids that is) in the car while de ducked into the "Big Y Tavern" for a couple of hours to pound "red oly's" and play shuffle board. Some gray haired gal who owned the place, whose name escapes me, would run him off after about three hours. He would navigate home by landmarks. Up the road past the Buck Private, turn right after Ray's Grocery where he bought his crappie bait. Go past Hank's Auction and then straight through the Mad Turk Intersection, at what time the old Kaiser he drove would go on auto pilot. Like an old fire horse to the barn. Is it true that they have opened up the old Fred English as a B&B, that might be a very appropriate place for our next reunion. That's another place I really wanted to visit, like the Ritz Rooms and the Waldorf Hotel in Walla Walla. But alas, I never made it. Was watching some drag race shown on TNN last Sunday, and swear I saw a couple a couple of the old Columbia Park regulars form t he early 60's. They had a couple more chins, had gained a lot of weight, but they had the same tee-shirts and haircuts. I miss the sounds of those friday night drags. Cecil Howard uncapping his lake pipes (actually 2" galvanized pipe) and the pulsating sounds of Duane Eddy out of the reverb unit on someones '50 Ford. Hearts never beat as fast as when someone yelled "COPPPPPPS", except of course when the chant of "ON TO STATE, ON TO STATE" began. Gotta check off now, since Wrestle Mania XII is this evening. I'm pulling for Steve Austin to crack open a "Big old can of Whupass" and take care of Hulk Hogan, and that stupid black beard. What an idiot Frank Osgard ('63WB) ======================================== That's it for today. Please send more. ======================================== **************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/24/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Had been sending Alumni Sandstorm to a wrong address and discovered this day before yesterday. Here is the response..... ===================================== >>From: A Corvallis, OR Grad (72) Dear Vegas68- I had actually started a note after I received the first couple sandstorms. I found the notes interesting and wished something similar was happening with CHS. Where did you first find email addresses for the alum? My only connection with the Tri-Cities area is that my folks' RV has twice had vehicle problems there on 100 + degree days. We joke about the area as a sort of "Bermuda Triangle". ; ) BJ ======================== >>From: Valerie Polentz Topham (72) Does anyone else remember dragging out of bed those summer mornings to go out to Staples' orchards to pick cherries? Dave Vetrano et al drove out to climb the ladders, fill the buckets and return home filthy. If you 'graduated' as Dona and Lana Pfeifer, Sue Goff and I did, we landed in the sorting and packing plant. I still have a hard time looking at a bing cherry! Any CUP "Group" members out there online? Valerie Polentz Topham (72) =================================== >>From: Robert Shipp (64) I finally got my home computer on-line and when Dennis Strege (class of '71) gave me a printout of the Alumni Sandstorm the other day, I was prompted to check out the Bomber web site. The Sandstorm and the web site both brought back a lot of memories. As you may have guessed, I'm back in Richland. I left here when I went to college, came back in '76, moved to Kennewick (I know that's sacrilege, but I couldn't afford a house in Richland at the time) in '78, left the Tri-Cities in '83, back to Kennewick in '88, and finally bought the house I live in now in '90. After all that moving around, I ended up living just 3 houses down from the one I had lived in since second grade (my mom still lives there). Looking forward to hearing more about the old school and our classmates. -Robert Shipp ('64) ======================================== >>From: Jim Armstrong (63) Hey don't forget The Gems {Walla Walla}. Larry Coryell played in a band at Chief Jo it included Grant Ross and Don Ott I believe. He also played with The Checkers {Yakima]. They had a great piano player who later played with Larry in his Jazz group. Also Richland's own Chessmen were one of the best of the local Rock and Roll groups. Plus I believe Dean Heiling was in a group. Darrel Glasford was in an excellent Ventures type group {I forget their name}, before he joined The Chessmen. THE FABULOUS WAILERS {my all time favorite Rock and Roll group] are together and performing in Western Washington and still sound great. They just released a C.D. in June. -Jim Armstrong aka "Pitts" ('63) P.S. Gary I hope you still have your Like Longhair album. It should be worth a few bucks. ====================================== >>From: Maureen Sullivan Fleischman (76) Hey! This is really a kick, reading all these memories. I think I'm getting a bit addicted... Regarding JFK's death: I was 5 at the time, in Mrs. Clayton's kindergarten class at Sacajawea. When I arrived home, my mom was as white as a sheet. She told me and my best friend (Cindy O'Brien, where are you?) to kneel down and say a prayer for President Kennedy, who had been shot. Now I felt like Mr. Kennedy was practically family, being an Irish Catholic democrat and all. My whole family had piled into the old green Pontiac and gone out to the desert to see him cut the ribbon on the reactor. I remember my brother Denis pushed his way up to the front that day, and all that week he went around saying, "shake the hand that shook the hand of John F. Kennedy." Well, when I learned he was dead, I consoled my mom by saying, "just think mom, God gets to see President Kennedy in person." Mom would vouch for that story if she were still here. I recognize a lot of the names from the sixties. I remember our house being full of my brothers and sisters' friends. Lots of card playing, watching sports on tv, and debating. Ray Baalman, Gerry Schirado, Jerry Hurley et all were always speaking French to each other. A few years later, there were Mark Painter, Emmit Jackson, Scott Woodward, Chris Nickola and a host of others drifting through. I remember pouting because they wouldn't let me play hearts with them (I think I was 8 at the time). Then Mark Painter came in to my room and said, "all right, Squaz, you can play!". Thanks, you guys, wherever you are -- I can still play a mean hand of hearts, and so can my kids! Did anyone mention Newberry's, on the corner Uptown? That store had everything, even a fountain where you could get great hamburgers and milkshakes. Upstairs at Christmas, Santa always waited for any kid who could make it up those steep stairs. Thrifty drug, next to the Uptown Theater, had a cafe too, and a small attic where Santa would sit as well. I always felt sorry for that guy -- it was kind of spooky up there. All for now -- thanks for all your hard work! -Maureen Sullivan, 76' ========================================= >>From: Ken Heminger (56) My name is Ken Heminger, I attended several schools in Richland from 1947 to 1955. Spalding, John Ball (in North Richland) Chief Jo, and then Columbia High. Seems like there were others but hard to remember now. I grew up in what is now West Richland. Then it was Enterprise. My dad tried to make to make a name for himself and bought some property and sold lots to businesses. The area was developed and was called Heminger City. It was just west of Enterprise separated by an irrigation ditch. As time progressed the town folk of Enterprise got to fussing about what to call the whole thing. The folks in Enterprise wanted it called Enterprise, and the folk's in Heminger City of course wanted to call it Heminger City. To make a long story short, the town of Richland kinda settled the matter by calling it West Richland. I am glad I found this page, I have read a lot of the msgs and it has sparked many good memories. I enjoy the pictures also. Wish there were more... I had forgotten what many of the places looked like. -Ken Heminger ('56) ==================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) To Randy Buchanan ('57) wrote: "Remember Muscles? Sonny would sit in the movies with his pet monkey. How about those stories about people taking him to Walla Walla?" Scary, huh? And regarding sinking that boat ... REAL scary how many mighta ended up downstream up against McNary. A boat load of drunks all piled in into Dave's dad's outboard and we all were in the back. The river water came in over the transom in the dark of night and the thing went down big time. I recall kicking off my water logged "501"s and somehow getting to shore, the island that is. I don't remember HOW we got back off. Another boat? Q: didn't we ~ or some of us ~ get a lift back into town in Dave Clem's hearse? What ever happened to Richard Perry? George Pruden was around the LA area, or so I heard but ... -Tony Tellier ('57) ======================================== >>From: Bomber Combo Ralph & Sandy Hardin Koontz (62/65) Gary/Maren, Please include us on distribution for the Alumni Alumni Sandstorm. Sandy (Hardin - Class of 65) and I (Class of 62) currently live in Northern Virginia about 15 miles from Washington, DC. I am now a defense contractor after retiring from the Air Force in 1993. I work for Teledyne Brown Engineering and am involved with requirements definition for the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office. Sandy is a Fairfax County special education teacher where she works vocational programs for handicapped children. We are interested in hearing about other alums activities. Thanks, -Ralph Koontz ('62) ====================================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) I have found a nice black and white photograph 8 1/2" X 17" that I could have reproduced. It is labeled Hanford Engineer Works Staff January 11, 1944. Photograph + lisiting of names. Approximately 180 men + 1 nurse. If you are interested in knowing if your dad is in it or if your mom is MM Shaw, please let me know. I will have copies made up. ======================================= >>From: Jane Walker Hill (62) Larry Coryell graduated w/ class of '61.... he was a very quiet, studious person... I have his albums. Kippy Brinkman, also '62, very talented 'harpist'.... played in Reno or Las Vegas casinos for years. Lots of talented Bombers out there! Sharon Tate's brother, Terry, was also '62..... a cool "big" guy. Anyone know what happened to Mr. Thomas Knudsen.... a terrific person and art teacher?? -Jane Walker Hill ('62) ======================================== >>From: Ginny Rowe (68) In case anyone is interested... I have the original recipe for Zip's tartar sauce. Zip's fries, tartar sauce, and cherry 7-Up.... still my favorite meal! :-) ======================================== >>From: Sue Henderson Semler (68) I remember Sonia Harmon. I was in love with the French language and took four years of it. There was another French teacher but I don't remember his name. He must still live in Richland 'cause I've seen him in church when I've been down visiting my mom. When JFK was shot I was in eighth grade at Christ the King. I remember being in the hallway on the upper floor near the principal's office when I heard about it. It's been great fun hearing about all the memories and getting in touch with schoolmates from the past. I hope I can keep up with answering e-mail! Hi Mary McGuire Druffel, fellow Bomber, Coltonite and farmer's wife! Sharon Ghirardo, daughter of the Spudnut Shop owner was in my class and lives in Pullman. It was a small world when she came into WSU's Parking Services, where I was working, to get a parking permit! And the world was smaller still when I met Janet Davis ('68) in a store in the Pullman area. I used to walk to Col Hi with her and her twin sister Jean, Jane Brown and Peggy Standefer. Peggy was my best friend for a lot of years and though we are both terrible writers and have drifted apart, we've just been reunited by e-mail through the On-Line Sandstorm! Thanks Gary and Maren!! -Sue Henderson Semler (68) ================================= >>From: Eva Clark Perry (46) Hello. this is Eva Clark again, just found another Bomber Pair, Jerry Reed (55) and Ginger Rose (55). They live in Spokane, hopes to get his computer soon and I told him to be sure and look this all up. Next time we go to Spokane, will give him a call. Thanks, to Vonnie Reed Hoff, his little sister, I was able to contact him. -Eva Clark Perry (46) ====================== >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) Re: Cinnamon Bear -- Finally someone else remembers that program. I was beginning to think it was a figment of my Imagination. I remember Judy and Jim and their amazing adventures each December. My kids really find it hard to believe how I used to listen to radio programs. I remember a lot of the soaps -- Our Gal Sunday, The Romance of Helen Trent, etc. If I was good, I could stay up late and listen to Gunsmoke. Donna Sesler -- We did go to Marcus together. I remember biking to Dietrick's Market, too. Mom would send a note and we would buy her cigs and maybe get a candy bar or one of those twin popsicle. I loved banana or root beer. How times have changed. Bob-a-Lou drive in -- My best friend, Linda Flagor and I would walk there from her house on Duane and get a coke, if we were feeling rich. One of its many incarnations was a great Mexican place called Jose's. I just noticed that it is closed. Bummer! Looked at the Sharon Tate sit last night. It is very well put together. My hubby was surprised to learn that the military was here into the 50's. He's from a small town near Fort Lewis -- Steilacoom. Went to Clover Park High School. They aren't as electronically inclined as we former Bombers. I guess it comes with those weird orange clouds that came from up wind. -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ==================================== >>From: Carol Converse Mauer (64) TO: Earl Bennett, Thanks for writing to me about the radio program that was on when we were younger. All I remembered of it was someone going through the mirror. Would it be possible to perhaps get a copy of those tapes? You can write to me your answer. Would love to listen to that program again. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ======================================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) I have scanned all of the Richland house types... schetches included. The URLs foul up people with 'juno' and a handful of other ISPs. (Internet Service Providers) I will drop them on to a web site and or you can request one and I will send it as an 'attachment' or I will be glad to 'snail mail' you a copy. -Gary Behymer ('64) ================================ >>From: Karen Kaas Foster (64) I have really enjoyed the Alumni Sandstorm, I finally realized tonight that it was our school newspaper. "Brain F--t!! I am impressed that so many remember Sharon Tate, my last visions of her are as "Miss Frontier Days" on a float. I remember when she was in the "Valley of the Dolls". I felt honored that she was from Richland. After her brutal death I was really into the Manson thing. I couldn't imagine any human being doing those things to another. I think I have read all that has been published about her death and "the Manson Family", may he rot in hell! One thing I would like to hear response on is the death of "JFK", that is a time period that I will never forget. I remember it all in detail, especially since he was at Hanford the month before he was killed. There was something about him, when we met him at the dedication of the first dual purpose reactor in the areas. I will never forget the sight of those helicopters coming in to land, five of them. That was the most impressive point in my life, he was the "President" and we got to shake his hand and talk to him, he had such a way with the people, you were hypnotized by his presence. Dianne Brown swore she would never wash her hand after he shook it. I will never forget coming home from lunch on that day, with a car full of friends, walking into my house and seeing my Dad crying, by that time time we knew he was gone. When we went back to school after lunch, my class was psychology, the teacher (I don't remember his name) started bad mouthing him, one of our class stood up and basically told him to shut his mouth, shortly after that we were let out of school. The next five days are unforgettable to all of us. I just wonder if any others have any memories that stick out so much during that time. -Karen Kaas ('64) ========================================== That's it for today. Please send more. ========================================== ****************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/25/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Maren Smyth (64) I forgot who was looking for Patty McLaughlin. I have information on her, so whoever you are, drop me an e- note and I'll send it to you. ========================================= >>From: Rick Maddy (67) OK Ginny -- I put the fries, tarter sauce and the cherry 7-UP in my blender, but it doesn't taste the same. Did I forget the pickle juice? Please send the recipe :0) -Rick Maddy ('67) ========================================= >>Frokm: Ginny Rowe Duve (68) I've had several requests for the recipe for Zip's tartar sauce so here it is. Remember I said this is the original recipe. What's a cube of mayonnaise???? I was a car hop. Any of you Zip's cooks out there who can interpret this recipe and convert it to a family size portion rather than an army size? This is straight from the bulletin board in the hallway next to Mary's office: 1 Cube Mayonnaise 2/3 Can Relish 56 Squirts Catsup 50 Squirts Mustard 1 Ounce Garlic Salt 2 Ounces Celery Salt 1/3 Can Pickle Juice Enjoy! Ginny Rowe Duve ('68) ==================== >>From: Terry Liechty (64) Gary, I found some pictures and I put them on my site. Copy them, use them or link them. from the 1959 GE Newsn - 700 area (in town) from 1948. If anyone is interested and for what it is worth. -Terry Liechty ('64) ========================================== >>From: Linda Davis-Brede '63 Gary and Maren- I'm looking for a lost bomber class of 63, Peggy Wirth. She lived on Swift next to Sandy Riggins. Her folks were Mary Lou and Roy Wirth. She had two sisters and a brother, Patsy Wirth probably Class of 65, Barbie Wirth younger and a little brother Rob. Peggy went to CBC for a year and then moved with her family to Nevada I think. I used to go camping with her family to Lake Conconully near Omak. Its so hard to trace women as they lose their identity over their lifetime as their names change. I'm enjoying reading the Alumni Sandstorm, no one else in the family gets this much e-mail -Linda Davis-Brede '63 ============================= >>From: Gary Behymer n(64) To Linda Davis-Brede '63 For What It's Wirth! I believe that most of this family is still in Nevada. By searching thru some of the 'people finders', I come across the following: Roy Wirth 4340 Matich Dr Reno, NV 89502 (702)825-0993 Robert Wirth Reno, NV 89501 (702)852-4899 Barbara Wirth 434 Greenbr Twnh Wy Las Vegas, NV 89121 (702)454-1359 Invest a quarter or 2. I bet you hit a homerun your first call. Gary Behymer ('64) =============== >>From: Steve Oak (67) Re: Spudnuts! I moved to Richland in 1960 just in time to be in Mr. Yance's last 6th grade class at Sacajawea Grade School (I think he moved on to high school). He worked a second job (seems to be the requirement for most teachers...unfortunately) at the Spudnut Shop in Uptown. The big treat was when he would bring us the holes...made us all spudnut addicts for life. The thing I remember most about Richland is the great water skiing. I have never skied any where else that is better and most places are terrible in comparison. I remember cruising the shoreline in my old Renault 4CV (this is when it was still pronounced with a "t" at the end) with my ski down the middle of the front seats looking for friends with a boat in the water for a quick ski. Some of the best summers of my life. -Steve Oak (67) ======================= >>From: Pat Bezzio (63) RE: When Kennedy was shot and other brief topics Well, I was attending a Catholic university when Kennedy was shot -imagine the uproar! The only really clear memory I have now, though, is that those of us in the University Chorale were rushed over to rehearse briefly for a requiem mass, which I believe we performed that day or the very next day. We had only recently (that same autumn) sung the Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. James Cathedral - the pageantry (all professors wore those academic, medieval-style robes in the colors of their own universities, many priests and altar boys, and guys chanting and playing organ along with us up in the choir loft) was truly incredible. The requiem for Kennedy was a bare-bones affair held on campus, but it and the tragic event of his death made a profound impression on all of us. I wonder if our classmates Rosemary Qualheim and Gary Bartram were at this Requiem. Things I was wondering if anyone else remembers: The goofy names of the streets in North Richland - trailer court area -Cosmic Lane, Proton Lane, Log Lane - and since the abbreviation for Lane is "Ln", the sign for the latter read, of course, Log Ln. I am pretty sure that some place - Spudnut Shop? made lemon soft ice cream. Also, it was considered revolutionary when Popsicle came out with new flavors - two I recall were blue raspberry and white licorice. And remember how there was a science to breaking the popsicles down the middle - any kid who goofed had to take the tops and not have a stick. Has anyone mentioned Tangee natural lipstick yet - sometimes a girl whose mom wouldn't let her use real lipstick would be allowed to use Tangee natural. [Pat -- Nobody's mentioned Tangee yet, but I've been watching for it!!! You know that stuff turns your lips RED after a while... and my Dad said "You look like you cut your throat and your bleeding from the mouth. Go get that stuff OFF... RIGHT NOW!!" -- Maren] There was that ritual of how the jr. high boys would find the outgoing 6th grade girls, the ones they considered "cool", at the drugstore or similar places, and smear them with lipstick. Those who did not get smeared were already suspected of not being "cool". And somehow, even though it was still summertime, word got out as to who got smeared. P.S. No, I did not get smeared. I wore braces and glasses and was good in science and math, and to top it all off, my mom did not let me wear any type of lipstick! -Pat Bezzio ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Pat -- I didn't get smeared either!! hehehe -- Maren] ===================================== >>From: Katie Sheeran Johnson (61) RE: A PENNY'S WORTH OF INFO Just thought I'd add some info. First off, Gene Conley graduated in 1948. About 1980, I was working in a place called Jazz Plus down in Waikiki and we booked Larry Coryell for a week. He played to a packed house every night and after the shows we had a chance to talk about the old Richland days. Oh, and did you know that Sharon Tate appeared in quite a few of the Beverly Hillbillies shows? That was soon after she left Europe. She was the secretary to the secretary of the bank. They had her in a black wig to disguise her and Jethro always had a crush on her. -Katie Sheeran Johnson '61 ================== >>From: Marilou Ingram Webb Aeschliman (62) To: Tony Tellier ('57) Re Denny Brown ('58RIP) Denny died from a heart attack in December of '97 (Seattle, WA). And, he did finally have a successful operation on his leg - he even played baseball for a period of time. He spent a good part of his life overseas (Thailand and Indonesia) and returned to the States in the mid eighties. Assume you also knew Joel Tremmel and David Joseph Joel lives in Benton City - has been retired for more years than he has worked and David, last I knew, had a bar in Arizona. Maren - Someone also asked about Richard Perry in one of the messages I read. I can't remember who specifically, but Richard married Joanne Coyne, Class of 61 and they also live in Richland. I've copied Joanne in case she would like to contribute and/or have herself and Richard added to the list. Also, any info I sent back re your personal request on updates of the Brown/Webb/Bells is fine to include. Maren - You really have the Brown/Webb/Bell clan figured out compared to most -it has always caused mass confusion.. Here's responses to some of your questions: 1. Denny Brown is Bonnie Webb's brother but I might have the year of graduation wrong, but was the same year as Joel Tremmel. Bonnie graduated in '59 and Denny might have been '58 but thought that they were two years apart. Denny was living in Seattle with his son Ron and had a heart attack and passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital. [Denny was also brother to Terry Webb ('63RIP), Gary Webb ('64) and Randy Bell ('72)] 2. Yes - I was married to Terry (1st husband) and then Larry Aeschliman (class of 60) second husband (now divorced). Terry passed away in February of 85, also heart attack, but his was precipitated by his diabetes which he never would take care of. He must have had a premonition as he called quite a few of the guys he ran around with several weeks before he died. Torry is Terry's son and he does look like him but is not as tall or as skinny as Terry was (looks like Terry but built more like Gary). In fact, people have stopped Torry on the street and asked if Terry was his father because of the resemblance. I don't have a scanner that's appropriate for me to use at work, but my girlfriend Nancy Fellman Lysher, currently out of town, has one so will have her scan a picture of Torry when she gets back. Nancy can send you her E-Mail address also - I have forgotten it. 3. Gary [Webb] works for a company out of Seattle (Zetec) and travels all over the world. He is in Sweden right now. Saw him several weeks ago and he is still the same old Gary. 4. Randy lives locally also - Nancy McMurray Bell is his wife (Randy was a Bell). He has had heart problems too, had a five-bypass some years back and everyone worries about him particularly. 5. Ilo [Webb], or Grams as we called her, passed away just a bit over six years ago in August. And yes she was a very special person. She "ran" around with me and my friends, as well as all of the grandchildren. Often when my daughter would get home from college she and her friends would call Grams to come meet them at the Red Robin or wherever. Quite frankly, there aren't many like her. 6. My sister (half-sister) was Betty Joahn Husted, but usually went by Joahn. Her father died when she was just a small child. Our Mother, then married an Ingram who was my father. 7. Yes I remember Tim. Didn't know him well but I do know who he is. In fact not to long ago a bunch of the "girls" were going through the '62 Columbian so for the time being, names and faces ring even more bells! Can't remember what we were looking for - but maybe that's OK at our age! 7. I read all the E-Mails that I received last week and noticed there were some questions about Sharon Tate. One of my girlfriends in high school (Vicki Fitzgerald) ran around with Sharon. If I remember correctly, Sharon's father was transferred to Germany (he was in the Army) so Sharon didn't graduate from Richland but would have been a 61 graduate. Don't know if Vicki is online with everyone, but last I knew she was in Seattle. Haven't seen her Since Terry passed away in 85 but she would have more details or probably know someone that does. Can't think of anything else relevant right now, but did thoroughly enjoy going through the messages this weekend. And, it was nice to hear from you! Have a good week..... Marilou Ingram Webb Aeschliman (62) ============================ >>From: Ned Barker and Susan Birge Barker (59) Gene Conley was in a class sometime after 1945. He was the center on the first team that went to "STATE". By the way they played in what everyone refers to as the girls gym. My father E.R. (Joe) Barker was the coach at that time. My sister is Jan Barker who I think was in the class of 56 or 57. I am having a great time reading all of the posting. Keep up the good work. -Ned Barker and Susan Birge Barker (59) ================== >>From: Gloria Falls Evans (58) to ken heminger: ken I also went to john ball grade school. what a experience it was. i remember it well the bomb shelter in the ditch out back, and all the huts and the cafeteria where everything was held. I only lived across the parking lot in the trailers at that time. -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ==================================== >>From: Ray Hall (57) hi friends! thought i would share some memories of the early years in richland. i moved to richland in october of 1948. my dad opened the richland jewelry store at the corner of lee and george washington way. our government house was at the corner of stevens and wilson. i will never forget the famous dust storms we had. i can visualize one in particular when mom and i were leaving the jewelry store to go home and it was so dusty that she had to have here lights on the car and started heading to kennewick it was so bad: i informed her to turn around and get headed in the right direction. i remember, to young, the liquor store was behind the jewelry store and on friday evenings the lines would wrap around on gw way. some of you may remember hurts apparel in the same building as ours. and naturally you all remember the village theatre; where on saturdays we could pay 12 cents to get in, buy 3 boxes of popcorn and a hershey bar and still have two pennies left from a 50 cent piece; my how times have changed. on the other side of the theatre was a rose garden that was maintained by the rose society. then the desert inn hotel was the cities only place to stay overnight. i used to get my haircut there or at ganzels barber shop. you guys remember the great black man that shined shoes called otis; he was very nice to everyone; and how many chairs did that shop have, seemed like 20 or so, anyway a lot. i would entertain my self in the old recreation hall. i remember the manual pin setters in the bowling lanes there and the 30 or so pool tables, quite the hang out and we kids could go into the pool hall to play. as i remember it had a restaurant there also. then the community house at the other end. i spent many a day there playing ping pong, pool and shuffleboard. i think al maurica, and ernie curtis were the directors. riverside park as it was then called had many games for us to play. no for you younger graduates that is what is know howard amon park. and the old bus depot with its music blaring out over the area, what is now the jackpot. a very busy place as people took the bus to the basin area for work and the bus was a major way to travel at that time. those softball games by the bus depot. i can remember them starting at 4pm and lasting until late evenings. great games to watch. another place was the mart, corner of knight street and jadwin, but someone else has talked about that place. we would take the ferry in north richland to go hunting across the river in the blocks. i often wished that i was older when this place was being developed. i don`t think the younger people can appreciate what a fast growing town we lived in. i remember selling trees that my neighbor, mr christensen, had purchased to the people in north richland. at one time it was the world`s largest trailor court. i can remember just barren dust that their trailors would sit on and they were happy to purchase a tree for 25 cents. they would wash there clothes at building, brick, that the government built for the residents. north richland had a theatre called the north star i believe, and even a big department store in which we even had a jewelry section. john ball school was there, and i think, not sure, that a bowling alley was there also. i went to the old sacajawea school, corner of williams and stevens, went to the great chief joseph junior high school, we were warriors then, they call themselves eagles now, but it will be warriors to me. went to the great columbia high school. many memories of dutch haag and mcintosh trying to catch smokers between classes. we had a pretty good system of notifying the smokers who was on the prowl. i didn`t smoke but was one who would kind of keep watch. i enjoyed writing this and reading all of your others. brings back memories, that i can honestly say were great. hope to hear more about the history of this great town. we not only lived hear, but we are the history. i am trying to locate a high school friend of mine: kenny roberts 57 anyone know his whereabouts -Ray Hall ('57) ======================================== >>From: Pat Vaché (60) My sister, Barbara, sent me e-mail with all sorts of fun and interesting stuff from your site. I have spent a very interesting morning reading and remembering. I even got off an E-mail to a lost friend from CBC. Thanks and GOOD Work. I am a Cougar-Bomber, class of 60. From our home in West Richland, I think that I went (by bus) to every grade school in Richland, but one, even John Ball in North Richland. It was at John Ball that we got to practice hiding from "the bomb" in a large trench in back of the school. Last moth the local museum held a display Smithsonian display of WWII posters. My mind immediately took me back to C.C. Andersons and the scary posters reminding us to that at every turn there might be a spy or other evil lurking about. Interestingly, a generation later, in a different time and place, my children were all Cougars (Redmond Junior High) and wore the colors Green and Gold at RHS (Redmond High School) Please. if you have a mailing list, add me. -Pat Vaché ('60) ======================================== >>From: Margaret (Peggy) Hartnett (72) Sue Henderson asked about the "other" French teacher- the one I remember was Gerard Lebreque -- the Lebreque's who moved into your house Maren [at 1205 Perkins]. I always think of Mrs. Harmon as the Russian teacher-she was the best I ever had. Here's my entry into the Where Were You When JFK....." well, at the moment I was in Mrs. Nichola's 4th Grade class at Christ the King, as I recall we immediately hit the aisles on our knees, the rest is pretty common to everyone's memories until later that evening, My older sister Mary Mike (61) was getting married the next day, whether it is family lore or the truth, Father Sweeny asked her if she wanted to postpone the wedding, but people had come from out of town, etc. When we went to the rehearsal that night the church was draped in black, somewhat ominous. Next morning the church wasn't in black, just everyone's mood but the wedding went on and since Irish/Catholic wakes and weddings call for the same sort of that's my memory. Gary, my dad was W.S. Hartnett, nicknamed Gabby, he was there earlier than '44 so would you see if he's in the photo? Thanks........and finally, it is interesting how many people know about Hanford, the most commonly asked question I get: "Do You Glow In the Dark", my common answer, "What's Dark" takes them a minute. I have had a few occasions to meet people from Nagasaki, they get asked that too. On the Sharon Tate topic, my sister Mike (61) and she knew each other, I don't remember her but am pretty sure there are some photos around. I currently live in the town that Charles Manson says he would move to if ever let out--we have our own thoughts on that, but rumor has it that Squeeky has a house here and is a part time rez. I guess everything is connected. -Peggy Hartnett ('72) ==================== >>From: Irene Smith Gostnell (59) I was just sitting here reading today's Alumni Sandstorm (truly a miracle, the paper we all can read and write an article for at the same time: thanks to M. and G.!) and I just thought of Flattop. No one has mentioned it that I've noticed. When we moved out to West Richland I was 16, but we had been building our house on Canal Drive since I was 6. The family built it ourselves on weekends and evenings after work and school - a great family project. It kept us from having to get a teevee for years - we were never home! But us kids went up Flattop many times over those years, and I remember running down all the way without stopping, or tripping and falling, rolling back up on my feet again and running on, flyyy-ingggg, that was a trip!!! In 1959 after I graduated I bleached my hair in the canal with Joyce Farley egging me on. We used a 4 oz bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and while it was wet it didn't look much lighter, so we just kept pouring it on til the bottle was empty. Of course it was almost white when it dried!! Looked smashing with my black eyebrows and glasses! My dad took one look at me and said if I ever did that again I would have to move out. Of course I'd never have done it again anyway. That was also the summer that I was "Carp Queen of '59" for loaning Dave Stiles and some other guys my dad's pitchfork to go carping in the Yakima at the end of our land out there. I don't remember them ever stabbing any carp though..... -Irene Smith Gostnell Goodnight ('59) ====================== >>From: Jack Grouell (61) RE:Larry Coryell Correction, I'm sure you will get lots of mail on this but Larry Coryell was class of 1961. I'm looking at the '61 Columbian and in the seniors section (page 24) there is a picture of Larry Coryell. Besides, I had a couple of celebration drinks with Larry and my cousin Bill Grouell (also class of '61) in Bill's dark green '54 Merc Sunvalley (Plexiglas top!). Time for a new celebrity Thread? Who remembers Beth Pederson (class of '61 of course). She sang around the NW for a long time. I have a record titled Beth and Cinde recorded in 1977 in Sandpoint Idaho. Does anybody know if she recorded anything else? Still working on a list of things I remember, but for now, Does anyone remember Tiger Gentle and his parking stall name change? Or the disappearance of his beloved star chart? I have the details! Maren -- The teacher you are thinking of was Mr Scott, the Physics teacher. He had a VW microbus. One of the big things to do at lunch was for a bunch of guys to pick it up and turn it sideways in the parking stall. I think on time it wound up on the steps in front of (Help me here, what was the annex building called). [Mac Hall -- MacIntosh] You and Gary really are doing a GREAT job keeping all this going. If you ever question whether it is worth the considerable effort it must take to do this, trust me, it has made a LOT of people very happy to be in contact with old friends and finding out they have many shared memories with people they never new. Thank you very much for doing this. Jack Grouell ('61) =================== >>From: John Northover (59) For those that remember what great burgers By's cooked ... How many remember sometime in '58 or '59, By's was shut down for a few days by the food inspector due to some mix-up with the butcher ... seems as though there was a little more equine mixed in with the bovine, than there should have been ... or the shipments from the butcher got mixed up with what was supposed to go to the dog pound ... Regardless ... they sure did taste good!!! I do not remember any one getting ill over a little equine burger... or that it kept anyone from returning as soon as they re-opened. In response to Gloria Falls Evans (58) Sharon Tate was the Sophomore Princess at the '59 Bomber Home Coming, along with Katie Sheeran, Junior Princess's Sandy Stice and Cheryl Weihermiller, Senior Princess's Sandy Witherup and Betty Baker, AND Judy Rees the Queen of the Ball! ... which would put her in the Class of '61. Maren, Noticed several people mentioning Sharon Tate, here are a couple of sites people might be interested in ... In addition do a search in any browser ... tens of sites show up... just ordinary people that cared for her... [deleted URLs so everybody can get this e-mail... put URLs on the ALL Bomber Links site --Maren] john northover ('59) ================== >>From: Janice Mulroy Wick (58) Thanks you guys for the great job your doing!! In reply to Karen regarding JFK and the day he came to Hanford and the day he died. My name is Janice Mulroy Wick class of '58. I was married and was home vacuuming the living room when my phone rang and my mother was screaming turn on your TV the president has been shot. My husband had just left to go to Pasco for something and heard it on the radio and turned around and came back home. Like everybody else we never left the TV for 5 days and were in total disbelief that he had been assassinated. When he came to Hanford my husband (Roger) was a State Patrolman. He was one of the 8-10 chosen to be on the honor guard for Kennedy. He was on the stage right by him. What a thrill for both of us. I was left to fin for myself in crowd and I was rabid about getting close enough to see him. I was practically on the land pad when his helicopter landed!! When he was leaving and walking by the people I was right there and got a fast movie picture of him. Anybody out there that hasn't heard about the class of "58's reunion on Sept. 25, 26 can contact me at and I will see to it you get the information. I hope the memories never end!! I just love reading them and I had forgotten so many things. What goes right after the memories ¿ Thanks to all Janice Mulroy Wick (58) =========================== >>From: Micki Spears Rose (61) Hi Gary and Maren... I can't believe how fast the Bomber site has expanded since I first found it last year!!! I think there were only a handful of visitors when my brother Jerry Spears ('64) told me to look it up and sign in. It has been incredible to read all the memories that we have in common. We are, indeed, a very unique group. All of us that were born here or lived here during the war years, when it was Hanford, up until the military left (1961-62) lived and shared a very different reality from most other children growing up in the United States at that time. I am curious whether the families of Oak Ridge, TN (the only community that might have been the same), have this same intense connected awareness, or is it just us Richlanders?. I think it would be interesting to contact their High School and see if some of them are interested in sharing their stories as group recollection, and if their stories have a thread of similarity since they were raised in the only other situation similar to ours. War stories that my father told me were that the first atomic bomb (Hiroshima) originated from their location, and the second (Nagasaki) from Hanford. My father worked for DuPont (at Oak Ridge) in 1942, and was sent here as one of that first group of "Manhattan Project" engineers in 1943. [Micki--have some inquiries in to some people from Oak Ridge High School. Will let everybody know if I hear anything -- Maren] I was born in February of 1943 and took my first steps later that year in the trailor camp called Hanford. We moved to 1616 Perkins (a two bedroom pre-fab) then to a "Ranch House" at 633 Cedar Street where I went to Marcus Whitman (Kindergarten and half of first grade) and then to an "A" house at 514 Delafield (Hazel and Arlene Gruver lived next door) where I went to Lewis and Clark Elementary (we played in one of the authentic canoes from the L&C expedition for years before someone realized that we were tearing a piece of history apart and moved it to the Sacajawea Park site), then on to Carmichael Jr High and then Col Hi. In the 3d grade we had moved down the street to another "A" house at 509 Delafield that my parents bought in 1957 for 7,900.00. They still live in that house and I sleep in my old bedroom when I visit my parents. Sharon Tate was indeed from my class of 1961. I was a Carmichael kid, so I first really knew her from our Sophomore year at Col Hi. I don't think I have ever met anyone as beautiful, both physically and spiritually. She had a very sweet nature and was kind and loving to everyone. She was one of the least snobbish persons I have ever met. She would be as likely to seek out and walk to class with a "nobody" (high school hierarchy) as she would one of the "cheerleaders". I personally witnessed this many times. I believe that the year we were 16 (1959), she held these titles: Miss Frontier Days Miss Richland Miss Tri-Cities Miss Water Follies Miss Auto-Rama Robley Johnson Photography also won a national contest with a picture of her in a straw hat that year. It was such a beautiful picture. It hung in the window of his studio for years. I wonder if Bill Johnson ('61) would have a copy of it in his fathers files? She always looked and acted so serene and composed for a girl our age, and was eons ahead of all of us in compassion and grace. It is so hard to understand the event that took her life, and the life of her baby. Vicky Fitzgerald ('61) was one of her best friends, and would be able to fill in a lot of details about her before she left to move to Italy with her family, and I know she continued to corresponded with Sharon for some time after she left Richland. I will look for her address, or maybe someone else has it on hand and can contact her. She might be able to confirm the titles that Sharon held that year we were all 16, I know she had many...and deserved them all. So many other "beauty queens" are only superficially beautiful, while anyone who ever met or knew Sharon will attest...she was "truly" an exquisitely beautiful person ...from the inside out. Do any of you from that year (1959) remember "squash heels"? Actually, I think Sharon Tate started that craze at school...I remember her having the first pair I ever saw...cream white ones. I nearly put my parents into fits that same evening to get to the store to find mine. Within a week there wasn't a pair available in the Tri Cities. Girls were driving to Walla Walla to get theirs...ah! the joys of high school fads...but it was so simple then...just a pair of shoes with a squashed down heel. I do remember the white lipstick too, the Bridgitte Bardot look. And, in 1960, the exchange student that taught us all to "rat" our hair (later called 'teasing")? I have forgotten her name, but she was from Italy and years ahead of Richland in fashion. It didn't take long for us to get the hang of it though, and we went into the 60's with beehives and ratted french twists to be proud of. Reading these stories that could so easily have my name instead of the authors and it would be my own authentic experience is fascinating. My mother worked at The Mart and I remember Muscles so clearly and how my mother taught me to be compassionate and not make fun of those who were different...good lessons. The Village theatre where, on Saturdays, you could get 2 main features (Roy Rogers,Tarzan, Lash LaRue, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger...I guess we were big on westerns) plus 2 cartoons and a serial. The price?...a whopping 25 cents. That also included popcorn and a candy. Unfortunately, my brother and I had to walk past the downtown Richland theatre to get to the Village. I was older and a real adventurous I talked him into going to see the House of Wax in 3-D one Saturday instead of the kiddie show. Big Mistake. Scared both of us half to death with nightmares, and when we broke and told...the teller got in trouble for letting us in. Thanks so much for your considerable efforts, Gary and Maren!!! I can hardly wait to read each issue of the "Sandstorm"!!! -Micki Spears Rose ('61) ===================== >>From: David Rivers (65) What a great idea. I can't believe the number of people I've seen in the pages of the cyber-sandstorm that I've thought of for years and years but never known where they are. I just saw Jerry and Vonnie Reed's name (without addresses unfortunately). I lived next to Jerry. Vonnie, Sharon, Larry, Johnny and Billy Lipke from god knows when till 2d grade. My mom still talks about those kids all the time and has always said the last she heard, Jerry was in Spokane. Kenny Peterson now lives in the Reed's house...the "new" people have put an addition on at my house next door at 1309 Haines. Guess the old girl was right. I got the address for Gene Conley from Bo Belinski, an old Angels friend of mine: 12 Ridge road, Foxborrow, Mass 02035. I remember meeting him one time. My dad took me to his folks' house and all I had for him to sign was an old chewed up ball my dog had got. He signed it and I still have it. You can no longer even see his name...but I know it's there. Bo said the first time he met Gene, he also met Wilt the Stilt. He said he felt like he was standing between two redwoods. We (the 65ers) just finished our yearly get- together...(thanks Maren for the web page). As you and Gary know (but others may not), a bunch of us from '65 get together every year during the 2d week in August for a get-together. This year the same gang got together and even managed to get some new faces to show up. As usual, Brian Johnson, Terry Davis, Jim Heidlebaugh, Jack Keeney, Tony Harrah, Steve Simpson, Lyman Powell, Carl Beyer, Terry Werner, Jim Adair and I got together. We managed to attract Laura Parker, Greg Hanson JoAnn Bushnell and Marv Steele to join us this year. Absent were Pete Carrol Larry Greer, Bobby Commings and Rick Warford this year. I'll send pix when I remember to bring them in. We started off with an "Association" Concert on Friday (not quite our era but sure was fun) and we had two rooms behind the stage...cut up the whole night and had a ball. Saturday a party on Carl's dock and the usual breakfast and Brian's house on Sunday. It's a blast. Hope more can join next year! Well, gang it's great to have this wonderful forum to get together with other Bombers! -David Rivers ("65) ======================= >>From: William Porter (68) RE: Larry Coryell I never knew Larry in Richland, but have come to admire his guitar work. I have quite a few of his albums. This reminds me, Richland has had a hidden treasure in John Lachappell, a fine guitar teacher. Is he still teaching or retired now. I remember most of those band names. How about the Daily Flash? I also remember the pseudo bands that came thru town. The Animals at the Roller rink, THe Zombies at the Pasco Armory, THe Buffalo Springfield in Walla Walla. Who were these bands really? Oh yeah, who could forget the Morning After, or Carmichael's own, The Penquins. I always mention The Penguins when I see Larry Horne, he just shakes his head and smiles -William L. Porter ('68) ============================== >>From: Susie Dill Atlee (64) You and Gary are doing a wonderful job with the Sandstorm. I tell ya, these random thoughts from alumni have certainly dredged up some memories...things I haven't thought about in eons. I remember vividly what I was doing when JFK was killed. I was one of those students who "worked" in the school office during my free period. That's where I was...with Sharon (Sasser) Warren, who also worked in the office. I had forgotten how compelling the TV coverage was 'til Karen (Kaas) Foster brought it up. We were glued to the television from the time of the assassination 'til the funeral. Remember John-John saluting his Dad's casket? Hard to believe it was soooo many years ago. Does anybody else remember heading to Zips for lunch during school for our usual order of fries, tartar sauce, and a Vanilla coke with extra vanilla? This was a daily routine for many of us! Don't think I've had fries quite that good since. :o) Keep up the good work! -Susie Dill Atlee....'64 ======================= >>From: Julie L. Thompson (79) Maren, would you please add my name and e:mail to your list. I graduated in 79 and have enjoyed reading everyone's memories, some are familiar some were before my time. Can you also explain how this works? Thank-you, -Julie L. Thompson (79) ================ >>From: Tony Tellier (57) RE: Also Richland's own Chessmen were one of the best of the local Rock and Roll groups. OK, then how about Galen Walley and the Pyramids .... Tony Tellier ('57) ================================ >>From: Carol Carson Renaud (60) I love reading all these "memories". I loved the one about Mrs. LaBorde. Boy - did we think she was a witch at times. Does anyone remember Tim's (down across from the Richland Cemetery)? One side was for families and the back part was for all of us kids to sit around, drink cokes and eat french fries and try to pretend we were ignoring the opposite sex! What a life. Keep all the memories coming. Carol Carson Renaud ('60) =========================================== That's it for today. Please send more. =========================================== ******************************************* ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/26/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: John Northover (59) One couple more things come to mind... FLAT TOP, they had motorcycle climbs out there. One day when Ned Barker, myself and a couple of other guys, bored as usual and out to find any kind of excitement. We drove to the top, to watch the climbers attempt to reach the top. We were all watching in a somewhat detached attention, when Ned said something like "I wonder if we could drive down the front of this hill." He had his parents car, a little green french machine. It was not a fiat, possibly a Simca, or something like that ... some little obscure brand made in france. A four banger with a four speed transmission. We all looked down the 'hill' and decided it could be done. However, two of the four of us suddenly realized that this was DUMB!!! STUPID!!!. SOooo Ned and I climbed into the little green car and headed over the edge, nose down ... transmission in first gear, foot on the brake... It was not to bad for the first half of the 'hill' or so ... After we had passed the 'no way one can turn around mark', the only concern of mine was that we would get down with all our parts in place...As we descended even further the front wheels would not give us any steerage... A combination of wet ground and traction. There were several times that I thought for sure that the end was near...but Ned somehow kept the little green car pointed down the 'hill'. Ned and I were so engrossed in just getting down, that we did not notice that the motorcyclist had stopped the climb and the spectators had turned their attention to this car coming down the front side of FLAT TOP. As Ned guided the car to a flat spot, and stopped his father was running over to us yelling '*&%**&( *#&$(* [those kinds of things]. Ned's father had come to the races with a neighbor of his and had witnessed the entire event. The only thing I can remember Ned saying to his father was 'What the Hell are you doing here?' Ned did not get to drive the car for a while.... Mark Krepsky ... had a 48-49 Mercury. Ken Free's parents had an Oldsmobile. Mark's key would open Ken's parents car, and he could start it. But Ken's key would not work in Mark's. One of the great remaining mysteries in the universe. Yours in perpetual confusion john northover ('59) ===================================== >>From: Sherri Fisher (74) Yes I am a Fisher. My grandparents Howard and Hazel Fisher arrived in Richland in 1942 and lived at White Bluffs. They then moved to 308 Abert and finally to 325 Goethals. My grandfather worked at David's Shoes in the Uptown. That's the place you went for your saddle shoes. They produced the following Columbia High School graduates: Don Fisher ('50) Jack Fisher ('51) Wayne Fisher ('54) Sharon Fisher ('56) Susie Fisher ? Patti Fisher ? She married Ronnie Campbell Class ? (Sue and Patty have always lied about their ages and giving their graduation dates would blow their cover.) Don Fisher is my father and I have seen his trophies for the football team. He was the quarterback. Maybe someone out there has more of the gory details? There are 4 ColHi graduates in my family: Sherri Fisher (me) ('74) Mark Fisher ('76) He married Melinda Cole ('76) Brenda Fisher ('78) Donna Fisher ('80) Hope I got all this right! Where was I when Kennedy got shot: I was in the 2nd grade and it was my birthday and the teacher canceled my party and made my Mother take the cupcakes back home. My Grandmother had taken me to see him that summer out at Hanford and I remember how HOT it was. Guess this is all. Thanks. -Sherri Fisher (74) ======================== >>From: Erin Owens Hyer ('66) I was out of town for a month and it took me a full day to read all the fun stuff you have been circulating. Thought I would throw in a few memories. Mr. Carlson, ColHi Biology teacher - known as "earwig" Did all the girls belong to Girl Scouts but me? I was a Campfire Girl -stayed in long enough to sleep in the tepee's at Camp Rogununda. My dad was the manager of Pennywise Drug - next to Campbell's Grocery. They had a great little fountain, too. My mom worked the "jewelry counter" when I was in elementary school. She later worked at the Bon before it moved to Columbia Center. She worked the Estee Lauder line at the Bon until about 1984. Dad bought the Prescription Pharmacy when I was in college. He sold it in about 1980. Did anyone ever see "The House of Wax" with David Niven? Scared me to death when I was quite little. On the cemetery on Williams - one year in high school a bunch of us snuck in on Halloween (I think) and stole some plastic flowers. We felt so guilty later we took them back but couldn't remember which ones went where. Are there any guys out there who remember Mr. Barnard's hack board at Chief Jo? I remember walking to West Richland on a Saturday morning several times with my friend Kathy Thompson. We climbed Flat Top so I could look down the back side and try to get a glimpse of my junior high heart throb. I remember the Patrol Boys and Patrol Girls at Jason Lee. The girls had to wear those silly hats that had PG embroidered on them. Sigh! Thanks for all the memories. -Erin Owens Hyer '66 ====================== >>From: Earl Bennett (Gold Medal Class of '63) Ralph Koontz - where you are, you beltway bandit!? I'm in Woodbridge, working for HQ INSCOM at Fort Belvoir, at least for now. My wife, Barneata (from Pennsylvania), has a hair salon in Nokesville, about 5-6 miles south of Manassas on 28. Being in Prince William County, I'm not willing to pay $35 for the Northern VA phone books. Guess I could call 411 - but this is funner. ************* !!!! Just learned great granddaughter #2 was born at 8:18 am today, Alexis Marie Kinsey, 8 lbs 2 oz (attended the 1st birthday party of her sister, Courtney Gwendolyn, 3 weeks ago). Yes, I know, us '63ers aren't old enough to be great grandparents - my wife has a couple of years on me. I was in 9th grade when her first daughter was born. ************ Memories jogged over the last couple of weeks: - "Muscles" (was he also called Sonny?) parking that amazing bike and directing traffic at MAJOR intersections. A policeman would show up pretty quick, thank him and take over for him, and he'd be on his way, happy as ever. Mom said it happened a lot, but I only remember seeing it once, at the traffic light just down Swift from the pool. Everybody was so understanding and patient - I shudder to think what would happen to someone like him in DC, or even out here in the suburbs. - Saladburgers at ZIP's - basically coleslaw on a hamburger - messiest sandwich ever invented! - The TEENBURGER at A&W - even today's Burger King Whopper pales by comparison for flavor. Remember the A&W up the Yakima Valley from us (Sunnyside, Grandview?) with one door in the back marked "EITHER?" I seem to recall seeing it nearly every time my family traveled up that way or I rode the bus to Richland from UW. - Mentioned "Sugar Shack" last week - heard it on an oldies station today (not normally my choice, but my Sweetness Barneata had the car last night), then forgot to pay attention when the artist was announced - Ray something? The lyrics reminded me that I heard somewhere the song was named after a coffeehouse in Spokane. - Neil Armstrong on the moon - somehow my folks had wangled an invitation from a family I'm not sure I even knew to watch the Atomic Cup from half way up the Pasco bank - down to the rec room between heats to watch the landing progress - Mom and I so sorry Grandpa Norris (her Dad) had not lived to see it, as he had firmly believed in its inevitability all his life (we were close, must be why I became a sci-fi freak). - Speaking of sci-fi, Mrs Cottrell, (9th?) grade English at Chief Jo, caught me reading a Heinlein or Asimov space opera in my lap instead of working on the lesson. She hated to punish someone for reading, but ... We all were amazed that the school put her son, Bob, in her class, but they did a great job of not letting the relationship interfere with the classroom atmosphere. She also had very strong hands and forearms which she attributed to long summers working and picking in the melon fields as she grew up - she would take on all comers at the soc hops in the double handed, bend back the opponent's wrists game. I don't remember anyone ever beating her, and we had some serious athletes who tried. - The reference to the letter/word prefixes for phone numbers: In addition to Whitehall, I recall either Juniper or Jupiter. - Before they were refinished one year, Dad said there was one lane at the bowling alley where he knew exactly where the groove was that practically guided the ball into the strike pocket - he could usually hit over 200 on it. - The Cuban missile crisis. Has anyone else seen the superb documentary done by one of the networks a few years back, with all the footage of Kennedy's closest advisors, including his brother, their uncertainty, and the interviews with Kruschev's children and other Russians involved? Riveting drama, even when you know the outcome. At the time I was scared stiff that nuclear war was about to break out. - Someone from a fifties class mentioned teachers named Fenstermacher and Harvey at Lewis and Clark - I had a good fifth grade teacher at Jason Lee named Mrs. Fenstermacher who left in mid-year to have a baby. The replacement, Mr. (Nesbitt?), was fresh out of the Navy with his last tour being in Hawaii - I remember learning some Hawaiian words, but Mom said he wasn't much good at teaching us anything else. Later. ecb3 -Earl Bennett ('63) ================================== >>From: James F. Russell (58) Bomber Memories We moved to Richland, November 1949. We lived at 211 George Washington Way at the southern entrance to town. (I hated filling out those endless forms asking for my address, the form allowing only enough room for "211 George!") Ours was one of those 'F' houses angled to the street, across the road from the Columbia River. One of the unique features of housing in Richland was the open "compounds" in the backyard of many homes. Bill Berlin (56), John Cowen (56), Pat Murray (60) my brother Jack Russell (60), Jim Hamilton (did you ever graduate?) and many from nearby neighborhoods spent many hours playing "touch" football, "500" baseball and other sports activities in those city-maintained grasslands. Also, exciting bicycle races were held on an imaginary oval track. We didn't wear helmets, but we had lots of spills and thrills. Those central compounds also were the scenes of neighborhood circuses and magic shows we kids put on for our admiring or embarrassed parents. When George Washington Way was widened from two lanes to four, the fill dirt to widen the road toward the Columbia River was drawn from the flatland between the roadway and the river. Among the dirt and debris came any other critter unfortunate enough to be in the way of the earth-mover. I remember watching from the safety of my upstairs bedroom as workman retreated to whatever safe distance was available to throw rocks at the nest of snakes deposited in their midst. During one annual flooding of the river, before the installation of McNary Dam to control such natural causes, a "rattler" took to the safety of our half- basement. It was with some trepidation that we finally had the courage to test that he (or she) had finally departed for more accustomed living quarters. The flatlands across the road were sources of many hours of entertainment and adventure. We would dig for hours (and days) to create large pits in the sandy earth, cover them with boards and those with dirt to create large caves and tunnels. Tumbleweed and other brush would conceal the entrance(s). These were our fortresses, lighted with candles, to sit and talk about our plans for the future, "spy" on any unsuspecting "foot soldiers," or just do whatever a modern-day Huck Finn might feel like doing. Asparagus grew wild in the flatlands. We would pick enough to bring home for dinner. One always wondered, as we stooped to pick, what else was lurking in the field to share our time in the sun. More than once, we startled a snake or four-legged critter. More than once, we "ran for the hills" to live to play another day. The tall weeds and sagebrush and tumbleweeds I guess are gone now for the more refined use by golfers. They can't be enjoying the course nearly as much as we did "in the good old days." -James F. Russell (58) =================== >>From: Creede Lambard (72) RE: Radio Stations in Richland Last time I wrote I talked about radio stations in Richland. Mike Figg pointed out that I made a mistake on one of the radio stations' call letters. I misidentified KORD, which played Top 40 for quite some time. They may have changed their call letters to KOYN somewhere along the way, though I don't remember for sure. I do remember that somewhere along the way KEPR changed their radio call letters to KONA, though the TV station kept KEPR. I never did understand why they changed. I mean, KEPR obviously stood for KEnnewick Pasco Richland. Of course most of us probably didn't listen to KEPR/KONA unless Mom was in the car and in control of the radio. Cheers, -Creede Lambard ('72) ===================================== >>From: Toni Zima (62) I never felt like I got to know a whole lot of people in my high school class. I don't recognize a lot of the names and I don't have my old yearbooks handy to look them up! But after high school, I went to college in Ellensburg to become an art teacher. My first year of teaching was in Las Vegas, Nev. and then I went up to Seattle for a year and then down to Long Beach, California for two years. Then I moved to New Mexico and went to UNM to get my MA in Art Ed. I have lived in Santa Fe and surrounding areas, with a four year period out in California at Lone Pine, Laguna Beach and Santa Barbara, until recently when I took a teaching job in the Four Corners area, in Farmington. I've never been married or had any kids. My older sister, Rita, lives in Houston with her husband of thirty + years, Tom Helgeson, who also was a Richland Bomber. I hung around mostly with Andi Heim, Jane Warford, Irene de la Bretonne. I never really had a boyfriend during high school, but I was good friends with Dave Bell, who moved to Kennewick for his senior year. The last I heard of him, he was a lawyer in Houston . I also remember my art class buddies, Jane Walker, Jill Butler, Cliff Bowers, Kim Watson, Irene, Rick Donnell and others. We had a lot of fun and did a lot of good art in Mr.Knudsen's class! -Toni Zima (62) ============================== >>From: Ray Hall (57) i remember the store across from our jewelry store; richland jewelry, at the corner of lee and gww called "The hardware store" and across what is now the parkway a 5-10 department store. next to it was a little restaurant originally called sowell`s, later gordon hanna`s parents owned it and somewhere in between was mickey`s shoe repair, already talked about. my question is that i vaguely remember that the parkway was originally called the greenway and had grass in between, help me am i right or wrong on this one. i remember watching the trains go to and from the hanford areas with actual armed guards on them that you could see with their rifles. i remember in the stores little posters that the government would place saying something like loose talk can sabotage. people weren't suppose to talk about anything concerning their work; if they did you were to report them to the fbi. while living in the early years i can remember on more than one occasion being interviewed concerning a neighbor by a couple of fbi men. it was nice to hear about enterprise and heminger city yesterday, for you youngins, that it the two cities that made up west richland. remembering an incident from the advanced choir i was in. my voice was so bad that during the practice for the messiah the choir director would give me a permanent study hall pass. and that he would instruct me the day or night of the performance to just mouth the words. it was our very famous harley stell that was the instructor. i understand that i wasn't the only person he did this to. i also remember going to the gym on fridays or saturdays waiting for the gates to open for a richland-wapato basketball game. we would go to the gym at about 3pm and the janitor bill hartley would let us in to shoot some hoopes until there were to many people waiting outside and then we would have to wait in line till the gates opened at around 6. bomber basketball was great, fantastic, and you would have to get there early for a good seat, of course at that time we were the best show around. -Ray Hall ('57) ========================================= >>From: Doris Van Reenen (61) Love the Alumni Sandstorm have told everyone i talk to who went to Riceland. Just ran across 3 years of real Sandstorm papers in a box of old pictures I was going through. Talked tonight two two girlfriends from Richland days Roni O'Donnel and Billye Conley both would like to get on your mailing list. Please forward Alumni Sandstorm to Roni and Billye. Please let me know if you got this message ok. Thanks for the great job. -Doris Van Reenen (61) ======================== >>From: Cindy Johnson Vinson (73) This is great I went to Chief Jo Jr. Hi. From 1973 to 1975. I loved the Tri-Cities. My name is Cindy Vinson (was Johnson). I got married at the beginning of 9th grade to a guy that Graduated from Col Hi in 1973. Everyone knew him as "Davey Dodge" or David Vinson. We are still married after all of these years but we are a long ways from Richland. We live in San Angelo, TEXAS and have one Daughter 14 and in ninth grade. We would like to know if there is anyone from those years that remember us? Dave used to Race his Charger, Roadrunner, and a Superbee. would be nice to hear from others from our time. Have a supper Day and keep smiling. -Cindy Johnson Vinson (73) ==================================== >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Responding to 08/25/98 'Alumni Sandstorm' >>From: Jack Grouell (61) Who remembers Beth Pederson (class of '61 of course). She sang around the NW for a long time. I have a record titled Beth and Cinde recorded in 1977 in Sandpoint Idaho. Does anybody know if she recorded anything else?.......... Jack.....I have the album with Beth & Cinde and that is the only one that I have ever seen.....Gary (64) Re: Teachers at Col-Hi.....Mr Hubbard who taught physics starting in 1963 for 10 years, Bob Blankenship, history and Norma Boswell, english all all on line........... Re: Sharon Tate....Several of you have forwarded 8th grade thru sophomore pictures of Sharon Tate. I thank you. These were forwarded to a Sharon Tate site on the internet. Whomever runs it was thrilled!.......... >>From: William Porter (68) How about the Daily Flash? .......... William.....There was but one Daily Flash Albums and try as I have, I could never forget their 'Jack of Diamonds'. They were a later 60s group with several members from The Fabulous Wailers.....Gary (64) P.S. Can't/don't remember but the Northwest had a group named the Springfield Rifle who later became Jeff Afdem and the Springfield Flute. Gary (64) ........... OK...Now I have a question. Any class from 1966 to 1970 or so know Tom aka Tommie Sparks? He turned out to be the lead guitarist on a late 60s group named Magic Fern! I would like to contact Tommie. He also did some 45s ala 'country western'. Gary (64) .......... >>From: Tony Tellier (57) K, then how about Galen Walley and the Pyramids .... .......... Tony.....NOPE! You've stumped me now! How about you Pitts? Know this group?..... -Gary Behymer (64) ======================== >>From: Donna Seslar White (68) Everyone has been talking about celebrities "in our midst", how about Michael Peterson, class of 1977. He is a country singer now with his videos being shown on the country video channel. TCH had an article on his visit back to the Tri-Cities for his class reunion! Just had to add my two cents! -Donna Seslar White (68) ======================================= That's it for today. Please send more. ======================================= *************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/27/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Jack Evans (62) So how does one get on your mailing list for the Sandstorm.... -Jack Evans (class of 1962) ======================================= >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Teachers: Chief Jo 7th grade teacher Mrs. Cottrill (New Name) now lives in Colville. Chief Jo+Carmichael 7th grade teacher Mrs. Linn now lives in Spokane. Chief Jo+Carmichael 9th grade teacher Mrs. Edwards now lives in West Richland. Now you know. -Gary Behymer (64) ==================== >>From: Maren Smyth (64) What about Mrs. Nina Johnson -- 9th grade Algebra at Carmichael. She was so important in my life. -Maren Smyth ('64) ============================ >>From: Janice Klusman McCurdy (66) Maren -- Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your forwarding the Sandstorm to me! I have really enjoyed it and print it and take it to work, as I work with a classmates sister who is not on the net and she enjoys it too!! I will E-Mail you in the near future with some memories of my own to share with others on the Sandstorm. -Janice Klusman McCurdy (66) ============================== >>From: Ann McCue Hewett (63) Maren, you and Gary are doing a fantastic job! Ann McCue Hewett-Chief Joseph-Col Hi (63) What great fun to plug in to all the memories! Reading all the messages for the past several days has jarred some back for me, too! A BIG DAY was walking or biking to the Uptown and making the block --- of course stopping at Johnnies Delicatessen and buying pepperoni by the inch, hitting Newberry's (?) and then around to the Spudnut Shop. I grew up on Whitten Street. My parents still live in Richland but on Birch now. In fact, all the McCues in the Richland phone book are "kin". Sorry I missed the 35th reunion but we made the annual trip in June and 1800 miles one way just couldn't be done again so soon! My husband is a Spudnut convert, but as we all no, that wasn't even a challenge! I sure wish I could remember all the TEXAS jokes that were told when we were kids --- never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever go to Texas, much less live there. We have been here since '72. Both our sons are AGGIE grads, for heavens sake! Does anyone else remember Ronald Reagan - then an actor, not the president, speaking at a Father/Daughter banquet - probably in the late 50s. Don't remember if it was DuPont then or GE but I think it was GE that my father worked for at that time. [ANN -- I went to that, too!! And even got Ronald Reagan's autograph on the little program -- which I still have!! -Maren] Thank you, Karen Kleinpeter Kroger (63) for getting me on the list for Alumni Sandstorm... I look forward to each edition. Reading about all the goings on during the high school years makes me realize I led a very sheltered life and missed out on a lot... drat it! Betsy Fuller - are you out there??! We sometimes go through Shiprock NMX on the way to Washington and I get to thinking special thoughts about you.... didn't you teach there for a while? I'd love to hear from you! I must get back to the present day-more memories later. "Ya'll" have a great day! -Ann McCue Hewett (63) ============================ >>From: Mike Figg (70) A couple of people have mentioned Beth Pedersen. I don't remember her but the name rings a bell and I also have a recollection of their being a group out around 1972 named Joy of Cooking that was two women and that one of them was possibly Beth. The memories are vague and distant and probably are residing in the same part of the brain that remembered Ray Stein leaving River City to play college ball at Ohio State, and that he must be the same Ray Stein that now is a sports writer for the Columbus Dispatch. Ray (Richland Ray) straightened me out on that one. There was some kid named Lucas at Ohio State about that time, maybe I confused the two. Back to music - Does anybody remember a guy from Richland, I think named Paul, and probably around the class of 66 or 67? He played keyboards in a band called Factory around 1972 that I remember playing one night in the old library behind the Police Station. He stuck in my mind and I found that ten years later in a computer class at North Seattle CC. I should have talked to him the first night of the class but waited until the last one and then asked him "Aren't you the Paul (??) that played keyboards with the Factory about 10 years ago in Richland?" That blew his mind. Mike Figg ('70) ============================ >>From: Veronica Yates Jones (64) Mr. Hubbard was chemistry a teacher. When I was in college as a requirement for my teaching certificate, I did what was called "September Experience" before my classes started. I spent 2 weeks in his class as an observer/helper/pseudo teacher. It was kinda funny, because I wasn't much older that the students and there was one guy from my neighborhood who has a terrible time calling me "Miss Yates." Also remember the trip to the plant for the dedication that President Kennedy did. It was a very hot day. Have a picture of him on the platform shaking hands with Father Sweeney who did the invocation. There were rows and rows of porta-potties, and rows and rows of cars. Just think if that happened today - all the vendors that would gather with water bottles, t-shirts, and who knows what! Do any of the gals remember the father-daughter banquets that GE sponsored? I think I attended 2 with my dad, probably in the late 50s. Seem to remember Ronald Reagan speaking at one of them -- he was the host of the TV show GE Theater on Sunday nights. The other one had a female Olympic swimming champion. This is great - keep the memories comin'. -Ronnie Yates Jones ('64) ========================== >>From: Kelly Weil Austin (81) Gary - I caught your website! Well, it's about time! (ha ha) It really is fabulous to have a website where all of us can come to catch up with our fellow classmates. I am a Class of 1981 graduate. My maiden name was Kelly Weil. Just have anyone who wishes to contact me e-mail at . By the way, do you know who is handling the class of '81 20 year class reunion for 2001? If so, who would I contact? Thanks for giving us old alums a place to come to to reminisce about our Bomber days! -Kelly Weil Austin ('81) ========================= >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) More RHS teachers. . . Miss Brown, English, almost as wide as she was tall, but what a sense of humor!! When I went back to teach at RHS, she was subbing, lost weight through Weight Watchers but didn't loose her humor. Mr. Allen, English again, with the bad toupee in later years. He is still active in local theater. Miss Swain, Home Ec, the last of the "old maid" school teachers. I took home ec as a senior. In those days it was required for all girls before graduation and I already cooked for my family and made all my clothes. Didn't see the need and would have rather taken auto shop. Love getting these memories every day. Gary & Maren, you guys are doing a great job!! -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ======================= >>From: Jim Russell (58) Toni Zima (62) mentioned a girl friend Irene de la Bretonne, who I knew because one of my favorite places to visit was Ernie's (de la Bretonne) Typewriters and Repair, when it was located near the Richland Theater on George Washington Way. Ernie was a wonderful man who always had a smile and warm and friendly greeting and who seemed generally interested in our latest projects. My best friend Bill Bettenberg (58) and I produced a monthly newsletter, the "Atomic Blast," for the Richland Chapter, Order of DeMolay. Ernie printed and counseled us in the finer art of newsletter publishing. Bill and I later attempted to help Ernie make a go of it at publishing a shoppers newspaper, but couldn't compete with the much larger and heavier financed Columbia Basin News, which chose to launch its own shoppers newspaper that same summer (60?). The experience was invaluable to me, and I found it of great interest to cover the breaking news at City Hall, human events, local police calls, the political scene, as well as calling on local businesses for advertising. Is Ernie still living in Richland? I would imagine that he has sold the business by now, which was later moved and changed to Ernie's Printing, I think. To Sherri Fisher (74): Susie Fisher was a charmer who graduated in 1960. As a sophomore, she was a "princess" of the 1957 Homecoming Royalty. Sandy Olson was Homecoming Queen, Vonnie Reed, another sophomore princess, and Carolyn Ficter and Colleen McDermott were senior princesses. Since Susie doesn't want to talk about her age, I should suggest that she was a very precocious child, probably well ahead of her age group in school! -Jim Russell ('58) ===================== >>From: Sharon Panther Taff (57) Response to Tony Tellier's inquiry about Galen Walley and his group the Pyramids. I remember Galen. I believe he graduated with us Tony. I remember Galen from Lewis and Clark in the 40's and of course high school. He was in my geometry class with Mrs. Butcher - one of the best. No one has mentioned Mr. Kelly the history teacher. A very frail old man it seemed at the time to a 15 year old, but had been a golden gloves boxer. Anyone remember the shorthand and typing teacher Miss Redinger? And the 25 pages front and back of shorthand homework required every night. She did her job well - I remember getting an award for being able to take shorthand (and being able to transcribe it) at 200 wpm and typing 90+. Has kept food on my table for 40+ years. Someone mentioned Calvin Welch. He was the industrial arts teacher and we got to make those plastic laminated gear shift knobs. Also the "necking knobs" so you could drive with one hand.. The year he was President of the Washington Education Association they paid me a $1/hr after school to do the typing for him in regard to the position. That seemed like a bundle to me since I only got 25 cents an hour babysitting. That was probably 1955. Re: Principal Haag. He had three daughters I believe. The middle one died several years ago of a brain tumor - she was married to Doyle Ehl and lived here in Prosser. The other, Lori, still lives here. I remember Ida Meacum. Since I've always been interested in science, I thought her classes were great with all the wild life, floral, and fauna in her classroom. Later my best friend move next door to her prefab and it looked just like the classroom - a science lab. I remember feeling bad at how poorly several of the students treated her - but she seemed oblivious. Speaking of playing in the sand - those of us in the Cottonwood, Swift, Lee area had the sand hill to play and dig in and make forts. I remember we would get the dried mustard plants, get in our fort, break it off, and light the end. The pith of the plant would burn and about choke us as we tried to inhale. Then we went for the coffee grounds in the corn cob pipes. Never worked very well. Finally all the mothers complained about the sand blowing in the house and the city came out and covered it totally with river rock. What a fantastic place to hunt for agates. Every day we went hunting we would come home with a coffee can full of big agates. Now that hill is gone and there is nothing but houses. Another favorite past time was going down below where Einans is now and catching the riding academy horses and riding them bareback with our hands and face buried in their mains since none of owned a bridle. We would have died if our kids had tried that (and we found out about it). -Sharon Panther Taff (57) ========================== >>From: Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46) In response to a question about Gene Conley, he graduated in 1948. His brother, Ray Conley '46, still lives in Richland. I really enjoy reading what you younger graduates did while in High School. For fun, we rode the buses all around the town. It was free - we sang and cut up and no one minded. We went to the cafeteria in downtown Richland after games for hamburgers and/or chili. We rowed on the river - no one had fancy boats at that time. Went dancing at the Hi-Spot and at Playland in the Kennewick Highlands. I lived in Pasco half of my Sophomore year. I remember how I told my Mom and Dad I would not go to high school in Pasco as it was so small. I lost and when our house was ready on Goethals, I rode a bus back and forth to school in Pasco each day as I liked Pasco Hi so well. Also liked Columbia Hi. My dream of living in the West was to ride horses and I, too, hitchhiked out Van Giesen to the stables in what I think was West Richland with Betty Priest' 47, among others. Can you believe hitchhiking --- everything was much safer in those days. In P.E. Class we would go down to the Rec Hall and bowl --- no automatic pin setters -- I use to feel sorry for the guys having to set the pins up. I worked on the Sandstorm my senior year -- also on the annual. Wish I could figure out why we didn't put the senior pictures in alphabetically. Paul Crowder '46 and I were married in the United Protestant Church in '47 after a year of college. Lived in a trailer out in North Richland for a year and in a pre-fab a year before going back to college. Paul's parents lived in Richland and Kennewick the rest of their lives. My parents moved to Aiken South Carolina with the Savanah River Project in 1951 after my brother Dick '51 graduated from Richland Hi. We go back often for the reunions.. my wish is that some of our classmates would get On-Line, but can't seem to talk them into it. So far, we are the only people from the '46 group that we know of that are On-Line. -Evelyn Meyer Crowder '46 ==================== >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay (53) Boy, you guys make me really feel old. I have no idea what you are talking about, but I want to add going to Col High from 49 to 53 were some of the best years of my life. Carefree days. Never afraid to stroll at night, course we had NO TV until 56. I have many fond memories of all my friends from 49 through 55 classes. I moved to Calif in 55. Lived there until 69. Moved to Concord, Mass till 72. Back to Calif until 76. Moved to Virginia in 76 and here I am in Alexandria VA still (except for three and 1/2 years in Frankfurt Germany. I've been working for the Army since I divorced in 81. Still a Senior Contracting Officer but just recently transferred to Navy Projects (Construction worldwide). Still enjoying my job, so I don't intend to retire "just yet". As long as its "fun". I enjoy reading the Alumni Sandstorm. Keep it up. Was nice to hear "Don Fisher (Class of 50) is still going strong. I was good friends with Don and his brother Jack. In fact I took Jack to a school dance. Both were super people, and I must admit I had a crush on them. But during those years, having a crush on someone meant you really admired them. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay (53) ==================== >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb (63) Hi, everyone. I've been enjoying hearing from so many present and former Richland Bombers who share common childhood memories. After reading Erin's note today, I had to respond. She talked about her parents and Pennywise Drugstore. I worked for them while I was in high school and on holiday vacations when home from WSU. My brother Skip ('65) also worked at the store when he was in high school. It was a fun place to work, and we were treated very well. Yes, Erin, there were other Campfire Girls in Richland. I was one and loved adding beads to my vest as I earned new ones. And those Campfire mints we sold door to door weren't too bad either. And . . . I was a patrol girl at Jason Lee, so you brought back those memories for me, too. An update of myself and my family. My husband Tom and I live in Boise, where I have worked at Boise Cascade for nearly 27 years. My brother Skip and his wife Debbie are teachers in Richland. And my sister Jan ('55) and her husband Jack ('53) just retired in June and are living in Sacramento. I see that several of their friends are on line, and it's fun hearing their names again too. Thanks for the memories... and keep them coming! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb (63) =========================== >>From: Chuck Smith (69) Class of 1969 "where are you?" I read your Sandstorm almost every day and never seen anyone from the 69ers...... I was able to contact a few old buddies through the Email section.... what a great happening...... What's up with you people from 69? Drop a line or two and tell us about yourself..... another neat thing too,... my sister who is from the Class of ..... ah.... 57? I think, also writes in.... really neat hearing about her days of Columbia High..... Anyway, I would sure like to hear from anyone who was either a 69er or lived on Delafield...... also attended Carmichael.... Was reading a clip from Ginny Rowe (68)... she has the receipt for Zip's tarter sauce..... Hmmmm, never had that, all I remember is their Vanilla Cokes....... Hey anyone got the recipe for Artic Circle's special sauce.... Yummy.... I know it's Mayo, Ketchup and Lea & Perrin sauce... Anyone know? Chuck Smith.... 69er ========================== >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) Hey, I'm still in Richland - just the name has changed for awhile. Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ==================== >>From: Patri Largé deVargas-Walker (59) It is great to read the comments about Gene Conley. We lived next to him in a great big "A" house on Perkins. He and his family were so wonderful. Gene or his sister sometimes baby sat for my sister Delores, my brother Dennis and me. I remember very hot summer nights when his dad would round up all the kids in the neighborhood and take us for ice cream. I would get to ride on old Mr. Conley's shoulders (wearing only a nighty because I'd gotten rescued from going to bed before the sun was down.) Mrs. Conely made the best cookies, I was always a regular visitor, and always ready to share with a five year old. They were truly wonderful people. How many remember the Christmas parties at the old community house? I remember the stories, songs and socks of candy from Santa Claus while my older brothers entertained themselves and their friends at the Hi-Spot. -Patri Largé deVargas-Walker (59) ======================= >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) Hi Everyone! The opening day of the Benton/Franklin County Fair was Aug. 25th. My husband and I went out and saw Gary Lewis and the Playboys. They were popular in the 60's. Anyone out there remember them besides me? "This Diamond Ring," sold a million records! Followed by "Count me In," "Save Your Heart for Me," and Everybody Loves a Clown". Remember that he played the drums and sang when he first started? He put on a great show last night and afterwards he signed autographs and let people take pictures,,,yes, my husband took a picture of Gary and I.. He and his group sang some medleys of the Beatles as they were an inspiration to Gary. They were doing so well until Gary got drafted. Now he and his "new" Playboys tour the fairs all over the country. Bye for now, -Patti Sniser MIller ('65) ======================================= That's it for today. Please send more. ======================================= *************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/28/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Patri Largé deVargas-Walker (59) You are right! Mid-sleep last night after writing my comments I had doubts about the Conley family I described. So, I called my 85 year old mom to refresh my 57 year old memory. The family that lived next to us was the Jim Conley family. They had three kids, Kay graduated in about 47 or 48, Sue was next and Tom was the youngest. They were very nice, but not the Gene Conley who was the ball player! Sorry, I will check out my memory next time before I speak! -Patri Largé deVargas-Walker (59) ======================================== >>From: Judy Shibly Cozad (63) Maren and Gary, YOU ARE DOING A F A N T A S T I C J O B with the Alumni Sandstorm!!! Like everyone, I look forward to it every day, it gets my day going! I print off a copy and send it to my mother who still lives in Richland and she's really enjoying it too. The memories!!!! You forget so many things but once they're mentioned, they're right back. I'll submit some of mine in the near future. In the meantime: In the 8/26 (I believe, could have been 8/25) Alumni Sandstorm, Gary mentioned a web site for Sharon Tate. Can you please send that URL to me? I would like to see it. THANKS! -Judy Shibly Cozad (63) ========================================= >>From: Vonnie Reed Hoff (60) I remember playing/climbing around all the construction at the Uptown Theatre while it was being built. We'd climb up into the air conditioning ducts as well. It's a wonder we didn't fall and break our necks! My younger brother, Jonnie, and I would play in the alley behind the deli (just around the corner from the Spudnut Shop). We'd use all the discarded packing boxes and built forts; buy some cookies at the deli and spend hours there. The big pool--I'd spend my whole summer there! My blonde hair would turn green from all the chlorine. And remember the bathing caps we used to have to wear? We'd get sun-tan marks where the strap went under our chin. Back in those days (late fifties) we wore one piece swim suits--no bikini's (at least I wasn't allowed to wear one!). Today, girls go half naked at the beach! Which brings me back to my cheer leading days. Our skirts were clear down to our knees or barely above! I think the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders changed all that! While Jefferson was under refurbishing (year? early 50's) we had to be bussed to another school - I'm thinking it was "clear across town" - into Carmichael territory. (I didn't know anybody from Carmichael until I got into Col Hi.) Great fun on the bus! The last time I knew, Susie Fisher and husband, Carl, and two daughters, were living in Fredricksburg. I've lost contact with her. Does anybody know where Mickey Ellingson is living these days? Her sister, Patti? Message to David Rivers.... I remember you well-- being my next door neighbor and all! Your family was great! and you were such a cutie! Randy Buchanan--nice to hear from you! Where's George Mulligan? I know Sandy (Stice) Smith is still living in Richland... would love to hear from her on line. In the fifties - when it would really get cold in the winter, the trees would all be covered with ice and frost. It was such a beautiful site seeing our tree lined street dressed all in white. I remember the Chinook winds... the warm breezes would come in and melt any snow left on the ground. My brother and I would sneak in to the swimming pool at the Desert Inn during the evening. We never got caught! The Desert Inn is called something else now (along GWW). I remember going to "State" up in Seattle for the Basketball tournaments (late 50's). John Meyers, Russell Burks, CW Brown, Jim Castleberry (can't remember who played what year). It was great fun-- competing against all those schools and being away from home! Remember Burks Brothers Texaco gas station?-- gasoline was about 35 cents a gallon. You could also buy a loaf of bread for 25 cents in those days. Sometimes, when there was a special at the grocery store (name?), north of Jefferson, my mom would send me down there and get 3 lbs of hamburger for a dollar! A Snicker's candy bar was only 5 cents! They're still my favorite candy bar today! I used to babysit for 35 cents an hour. That's all my brain cells can recall for now-- in Mt. View, California (45 miles south of San Francisco) -Vonnie Reed Hoff ('60) ==================================== >>From: Linda Davis Brede (63) To: Gary Behymer ('64) RE: "Did you call any of the Wirths' in Utah? Gary, I had called those 3 numbers in March or May, two are definite no's and the third I have left messages to call me collect but haven't been able to get any response except answer machine. I've also tried to search for Peggy under Margaret Mary Wirth her full name and found a woman at UCLA but alas not my Peggy Wirth. I'm hoping some younger classmen might have some connections with her siblings. I'm not ready to quit yet, thanks for your help. -Linda Davis Brede (63) =============================== >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) RE: High Centered on Yeah I Remember Funny that no one has mentioned the "Midnight Show" which they showed on friday the 13th and halloween. Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein and the scariest movie I ever saw (except for that VD film in the Army) "Invaders From Mars". It still gives me the creeps. If everyone who claims they went to the Village Theater on Saturday for the Las Larue/Captain Video serials, and a couple of cowboy/war flicks had actually shown up, the Kingdome wouldn't of held them. Was it Joe Banana and his Bunch who played every Prom /Tolo/Dress up deal? I recall some rockers from Walla Walla called "Kit Kat and the Kasuals " or did I make that up to stump "Curtis James the King of Soul". The bravest man I ever saw was that cat wearing the Richland Bomber teeshirt and talking to the butcher at Uwajimayas in Bellevue. Was I the only person who delivered the Columbia Basin News in the morning and the Tri-City Herald (remember Ernie Carlson) in the afternoon (had a short lived and surely non terminal case of ambition one summer) Hey Irwin, how many cars now? Anyone know how to contact Tom Knudsen? He had a great effect on my life. Last I heard he was teaching at a college in Oregon. Would like to have a chance to tell him how much he gave me.. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ============================= >>From: Larry Brunelle (67) Gary, I signed in the other day and have gotten a couple emails from classmates already along with people looking for my brothers. I am not listed in the 1967 email directory yet and am wondering if I need to do something else to get there. Also wondering where my note is posted as I can't find it - yet people are responding to it. Maybe it was sent out and dropped as I assume the Sandstorm is all about. Just learning the process. My brother Gary (69) Will be emailing you. Thanks -Larry Brunelle (67) =========================== >>From: Ken Heminger (56) This Sandstorm idea is great, I couldn't think of a more appropriate name either. I can remember some of the nose bleeds I would get when caught outside in one of those storms. It is so neat to read comments from those of my era and from those who came later. A lot of holes in my memory are being filled reading the Sandstorm. My thanks go out to Gary and Maren I would have graduated from Columbia HS in 1956 but I quit school in my Junior year along with some others and joined the Air force. I was reading the msg's and the name Mrs. Mecum kept coming up. I had her for Biology. I would like to relate a incident that happened in her class. Maybe there is some one out there that will remember it. Mrs. Mecum would at times have a mannequin sitting out on her desk, you know, the kind that you can take the heart, lungs etc. out for demonstration purposes. She always had a towel wrapped around the bottom portion. Us boys, and I suppose the girls too, always wondered if it was anatomically correct. One day Jerry Peterson and I came into the room and we were the first ones there. The mannequin was out with the towel wrapped around it. We both had the same idea and we grabbed the towel. I cant say for sure now if it was anatomically correct or not at this late date but I think it was. Anyway we hid the towel and left the room. A couple of minutes later we came back and the room was full of students and there was much laughter and giggling going on. Me and Pete acted really surprised to see the naked mannequin. We had a rock solid alibi, no one saw us do it, and we were not the first ones into the room. When "Old lady Mecum", (as we affectionately called her) came into the room. She had a habit of sitting on the corner of her desk, one leg up and the other on the floor. Anyway she entered the room, passed the mannequin and took up her position on the corner of her desk. The class was having a very difficult time containing their laughter. Mrs. Mecum was trying to get across the lesson for the day but everyone had the giggles. She decided that she didn't have the attention she wanted and felt it necessary to give us some extra work on the black board. She rolled off the desk and proceeded to write on the black board. Then one of the girls begin to laugh. I wish I could remember who it was, I think it was Mary Jones but Im not sure. Anyway Mrs. Mecum turned and said "What's the matter with this class today" As she said it she looked right into the butt of the mannequin. A photo of her face at that moment would be priceless today. She ran to the front of the desk and had a look, and then all hell broke loose. As I remember it she right away figured that me and Pete had something to do with it, but we had our alibi.. She called the Principle down to the room. I forget his name, heaven knows I should remember it, We were down to see him often enough. He too blamed us for the incident but couldn't prove it. We were 15~20 minutes into the next class before we finally got out of there. Now if there is someone out there that remembers and has always wondered who did it..... Now you know. I also remember that she gave me a "F" on one of my report cards and I went back to her and told her that my dad would beat me if I brought back a "F". Out of the goodness of her heart she gave me a "D-" Ahhh..Those were the days... I don't want to wear out your eyeballs so more later..... -Ken Heminger ('56) ========================== >>From: Maureen Sullivan Fleischman (76) Gary, Yes, I am Mary's little sister. I'm the baby Bomber. Denis, 62, Mary, 64, Ned (Ed), 65, Terese, 66 and Kerry (68) round out the bunch. Mary is just now getting an e-mail address via hotmail. She doesn't have a computer, but has daily access to one. She's been reading and enjoying the Sandstorm stuff, and will probably sign the guest book soon, when she gets a little more familiar with the system. Keep up good work! -Maureen Sullivan Fleischman (76) ============================= >>From: Art "Tom" Hughes (56) Someone mentioned the common areas in the backs of the houses. When we lived on Stevens Drive the area behind the houses was the site of many a softball game with myself, Bill Everett, Terry and Grover Shegrud and many others from the neighborhood. Even the older men in the block would get out to play. The area between the "Hardware Store" and the "Dime Store" was a grass island with sidewalks along the buildings on both sides. The fronts of most of the stores faced the grassy area. I remember when they paved it and made it a street. We really hated that because it was a nice place to walk. Does anyone remember Pleiss Davis Furniture? It was across the street to the west from the Bank in Downtown. For years it was the only furniture store in town. Does anyone know where Penny Pleiss is now? I think she would have graduated about 1960 or so. I remember when they built the ranch houses and the Bypass highway. I lived on Willard at the time and it destroyed a lot of the area where we played. There were a lot of old asparagus fields out there. Lester Parker and I used to go out there with his bows and arrows and shoot at ground squirrels. Dick Oaks and I used to go over to Densow Drugs and sit at the soda fountain and drink green river floats and cherry cokes and play the jukebox. More later as I get the time. -Tom Hughes ('56) ======================================== >>From: Dennis Wallace ('68) Please add me to your list. I thought I better sign on for the Wallace clan, since we all graduated from Col Hi: Arlene Wallace Towne (56) -- Retired living in Puyallup Dee Wallace (60) - Works for County at Serria City, CA Ron Wallace (62) - Works for NASA with retire soon Dennis (ME)(68)- Math Teacher in Redmond, OR Randy Wallace (69) - Carpenter (I remember I misspelled this in the 7th grade and Mrs. Dykes let Jan Wingfield win the spelling be)and Adoption Agency in Hawaii If anyone would like to send them a message you can do it through me. I don't think there was a recipe for the special sauce. I think it depended on who made it. But Zip's and the 3 movies at the drive in for a buck did keep me busy and less bored. -Dennis Wallace (68) ================================== >>From: Cheryl Simpson Whitaker (64) Gary and Maren - keep up the good work. This is really an interesting process... ===================================== >>From: Connie Witherup Isakson (63) RE: Bailing Out Maren, thanks for the Sandstorm subscrip but I'm going to jump off. My memories are bitter sweet and this journey hasn't been without a little pain. But primarily, I deal with way too much email on a daily basis (mostly business/church related) and I can't afford the time. However, please subscribe my sister, Sandy Witherup Hankins (59) a legend in her own right. I've been forwarding to her and she and brother Bill (53), who is not on line, are enjoying. If my name pops up or anyone is looking for me, by all means forward that edition or particular email. Not likely to happen; haven't kept many close Bomber ties. Thanks! Before I totally bail out of this loop, I should share about my siblings. Sister Sandy (59) is a musician (was also homecoming princess). She's part of an all female cajun band (Les Femmes d'Enfer) which plays the Seattle circuit. And lest I neglect brother Bill... he's a published poet (and much more), with several anthologies. He's active with Physicians for Social Responsibility (no he's not a doctor) and carries the anti-nuclear flag. Both live in Seattle. Brother Merv (Lucky), class of 61 is in Spokane slugging it out making a living and looking after a huge passle of grandchildren. Speaking of anti-nuclear, I have the dubious distinction of being part of a government study for those born in Benton/Franklin Counties (I think) between the years of (early to late 40s). I've yet to receive the survey but understand it is coming soon. Brother Bill has been archiving family/Hanford memories at the University of Washington. He was also instrumental in arranging for our mom to be interviewed for a documentary about a family growing up in the shadow of Hanford. (I have yet to see the video but understand it was well done.) -Connie Witherup Isakson ('63) ================================ >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) I confirmed with three other coworkers from my past that Patti Dubsky did receive the crown when Sharon Tate moved. I was there when President Kennedy visited Hanford and spoke. It was wonderful. I had forgotten the helicopters(!) but did remember an open pickup selling apples. They were doing pretty good sales because it was so hot. Someone mentioned Gordon Hanna (Hanna's Malt Shop). I saw Gordon a couple (maybe three or four?) years ago and he has all white hair. Lives around Portland. He has a younger brother Lonnie; they were a part of the crowd I ran around with. They were in town for a funeral (Janet Zepp Spinks). Has anyone mentioned the Spudnut Shop celebrated 50 years recently (1948-1998)? Richland Assembly of God is also celebrating 50 years in September. It is next door to CUP and across the street from the Catholic church several have mentioned. Thanks again for the Sandstorm! (I never thought we would give thanks for a sand storm!!) :<) My sister (Wanda Seslar Piper) would like to know if anyone recalls the words to the song "I Love Columbia"? Also, any of the pep or cheer "yells"? I have been printing the Sandstorm for her. She is still in Richland, also. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) ==================================== >>From: Dale Hosack (69) Maren, I'm trying to find Email addresses for the following old friends who would have been Class of 1969 (at least they would have been when I moved away in '64): Mark Gostnell Howard Horrocks Rennee Rathbun Bob Thorsen Jim Jones (I know, that's a tough one! He lived three doors down from our house at 2209 Putnam) Dick Staley Kathy Knox (Susan's little sister, Terry Davis's Sister-in-law at one time) Patsy Brown from West Richland Stephen Mueller, my arch-rival pianist nemesis Thanks for any help anyone can give! Re: Now to the memories: Teachers: Miss Koss the Art teacher at Spalding. She was great! And Mr. Carlson seemed to make an impression on everyone. Mr. Chitty, who was a gym teacher at Carmichael. He used to set up "War Ball" in boys gym with shirts and skins on opposite sides of the gym. We'd use these 6" inflatable balls and he'd watch from the stands as kids would get smacked with one of these balls especially hard. He'd laugh this maniacal laugh while he watched the welt develop on the kid's bare back. Used to issue corporal punishment in the form of a plastic football uniform belt across the backside. Wonder what ever became of him? I remember two other teachers at Carmichael mostly because of their names: Helen Maude Baudendistel, who was my homeroom teacher in 7th grade, which is where I was when the Kennedy Assassination news came out, and Birdie Maude Jernigan. I didn't have her for a teacher but could never forget the name. Another particularly fond memory was opening day of fishing season when we would go down to Wellsian Pond which had been freshly stocked with 6" trout. We'd be elbow to elbow, tangling our fishing lines, and catching little Trout to take home and show to Mom. Great times. How about the display at the community center that had manipulatable arms where you could stack stuff on the other side of the window. This was supposed to be a duplicate of a handling device used out at Hanford. I remember having my own charge account at Densow Drug's Fountain. What a great place to sit and drink a Cherry Coke or have a Float. Maren - You and Gary are really doing a great service for all of us Bombers. What a great thing the "Alumni Sandstorm" is. It's making me homesick after 34 years of being gone! Thanks so much and keep up the good work! -Dale Hosack (69) ================================== >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) The Christmas radio program that we listened to every day (for 26 days) before Christmas was "The Cinnamon Bear". They are available on tape now. I bought myself a set and my granddaughter a set so we can both listen every year (she lives in Everett and I live in Tri- Cities). You can order from: Radio Spirits, Inc. P.O. Box 2141 Schiller Park, Il 60176. $25. I believe Barnes & Noble can order them for you. -Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) ================================= >>From: Gloria Falls Evans (58) To: Mina Jo Payson (68) I remember the same teachers you had. Miss Swain: I remember well she wore the same suit all year long. She was a great instructor for Home Ec, in the 50's Wonder what happened to her? To: Vera Smith --Do you remember Miss Swain? -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ============================= >>From: Gregor Hanson (65) Maren - Nina Johnson passed away several years ago - she lived at the corner of GWWay and Gowen in Richland until time of her death. Vic Hubbard - chemistry teacher - still lives in Richland, as do other former Richland School District teachers Mr. Jantz, Ray Juricich, Howard Chitty, Fran Rish, Julia Davis, Marian Hankwitz, Helen Skogen, Tiger Gentle, Gerald Labrecque, Gene Dudley, Ernie Unruh, etc. Also could you put in an item suggesting that readers check out the links to the missing list for Bomber classes of '64 and '65 as their 35th reunions are coming up and would like to be able to find more classmates. With many of the Alumni Sandstorm readers having brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, etc. in other classes, this should help spread the search!! A couple of other items - Gene Conley went on to play baseball and basketball for WSU, as well as a having successful professional career in both sports for the Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies in baseball and was the backup center to Bill Russell on the Boston Celtics in the NBA. He later owned and operated his own company in the Conn area where he still lives, perhaps paper or tape products (not sure). His parents and my parents were friends and I have collected all of Gene's baseball cards which show him as from Richland, WA!! Great trivia item - Gene is the only person to have ever won World Championship rings in 2 major professional sports -World Series champs with the Braves and NBA champs with the Celtics!! Great recall by someone of the urine specimen bottles that were placed on the doorsteps (right next to the milk bottle containers) of homes in Richland and collected periodically by the guy who drove a big silver walk in van that looked like a milk truck!! Guess Richland was just 50+ years ahead of its time in doing urinalysis testing, though obviously for different substances than currently!! Another good memory about the pneumatic tubes in the JC Penney store that sent your money upstairs to the main cashier and returned your change a few minutes later. The restaurant located inside Thrifty Drug in the Uptown area was called Tammy Coffee Shop - my first job was as a dishwasher there - not much pay, but free food and milkshakes!! After home delivery of milk declined there were the drive through dairy marts for milk, eggs, cheese, etc. One was located on Lee, between Zips and A&W, and another on Williams, east of the older Richland cemetery near where Dog 'N Suds drive in was once located. Tomlinson's and Stiller's Dairy marts were the names as I recall. At age 16, being able to drive the car to go get milk was a valid excuse for a little extra cruising, as well!! Also, I think Mr. Carlson, Biology teacher, was known as "Grasshopper" rather than earwig. Kevin Ghirardo - part of the family owned Spudnut Shop - works right next door to my office and he enjoys reading all of the input on people's memories of the Spudnut shop, particularly the person who bought a couple dozen and shipped them to Europe. The shop celebrated their 50th anniversary this summer - Kevin informed me they started in '48 at a Richland Y location and then moved to the Uptown in 1950. His nickname is Spud, as well. I laugh out loud when I read Frank Osgard's contributions of his childhood days in Richland - he is quite the humorous author of some great stories - hope he keeps them coming, and/or that Jim Hamilton continues to share them with us!! Go Bombers! -Gregor Hanson '65 ============================= >>From: Grover Shegrud (56) Great times in the Civil Air Patrol based south of town just west of Yakima bridge. Remember watching Bill Boeing, Jr. fly a B-17 in for our air show about 1953, and taking part in several search and rescue missions; one was looking for Sam Ellis and his air coupe. A train crew found it by the tracks in Blue Mts. Had some terrific times on encampments at McCord air base. Names from Civil Air Patrol: Rod Linkous, Joe Polson (53); Pat O'Conner, Doug Robbins, Marvin Moeller, Loretta Ostboe, Harriet Moore, Sonya (Sona) Hankins all of (55), and a bunch of Kennewick folks. I was in the theater on George Wash way across the street from optomatrist watching the movie when the show stopped and we all went outside to celebrate the end of world war 2. The last and much needed HS credit to get me out of Col Hi was in typing ( I wish I had learned better) Mr. Morris signed off on me just 3 hours before graduation. Hey! Any one out there put time in with I B M? I am in 34th year. I worked with Maynard Moody for a short time in Seattle and there were a couple more I knew of Don or Dan Mckenzie and Miles Isom (I think). That's all for now! -Grover Shegrud (56) ==================================== >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) I am Irene de la Bretonne, now Dr. Irene D. Hays. I would like to be placed on the Alumni Sandstorm distribution. Can you do this for me? I was a member of the class of 1961. From a forwarded Sandstorm message, I learned that Toni Zima may be on this distribution and that Jim Russell asked about my father, Ernie de la Bretonne. I would enjoy hearing from both Toni and Jim. My parents, Ernie and Inez de la Bretonne, are living well in Richland, both having retired some years ago. Ernie's Printing still exists, though now on the corner of.... Jadwin and Williams, I believe. After receiving my B.A. in 1967, I taught school in Idaho, Hawaii, and in Richland at Columbia High School (1974-1980)-- our old home! (At "Col Hi", some of our old teachers became my colleagues, several children of former classmates were my students, and one of my own children had "mom" as a teacher!!) In 1980, I earned my Masters and accepted a position at Battelle in Richland, where I remained until 1994; then transferred to Battelle in Seattle, where I am now. Also completed my doctorate in 1997. Much of my work takes me other places; I'm writing this message from Washington DC. I'd enjoy hearing from friends who receive this message. -Irene de la Bretonne ('61) =============================== >>From: Jack Evans (62) Maren-- I won't bother your brother, Tim, at work... just tell him Jack Evans said hello. On a sadder note, Mrs. Nina Johnson passed away a couple of years ago. She was special to many of us. I kept in touch with her both by some visits when she was still here in Richland and by Xmas cards we exchanged up until a year before her death. She remained mentally alert up to the very last and was able to keep in touch with her daughter who is a Doc in the Seattle area. She moved to a church type retirement place south of Seattle and lived her last days there. It made me feel really good that she got to know our two children and always had nice things to say about them as well as always commenting about members of your brother's and my class... tell Tim she remembered him in her conversations with me..... You guys are doing a great job with the Sandstorm... I've turned about ten or so of my friends on to it in the last day or so... -Jack Evans ('62) ================================== >>From: Jo Heidlebaugh (74) Jo Heidlebaugh here, and yes I am the baby sister of Lola (60) and Jim (65) Heidlebaugh. Found the web page and wanted to let it be known that I am and will always be a SPUDNUT fan. I graduated from Col High in 1974 and would like to get in touch with other '74 alums. Please advise. Thanks bunches -Jo Heidlebaugh (74) ============================ >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (Chief Jo-Bomber '64) Like Chuck Smith from the Class of '69, I also used to love the fries and special sauce at Artic Circle. I heard from someone who swore to know the real skinny that the special ingredient was tomato soup not ketchup. Don't know the exact proportions though ... -Kathie Roe ('64) =================================== >>From: Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara (74) Thanks for emailing me the Alumni Sandstorm. It is the first email I read in the morning. One of my fondest memories happened in my junior year. My dad who was on the school board that year, caught me skipping school with my best friend Kim Lampton. Out of no where he taps my shoulder, and says " I bet you beat me home and I will be going in the car". That was the one and only time I skipped. Does anyone remember four wheeling down by the river during lunch break? -Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara 74 =============================== >>From: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) Hello: I'm enjoying reading the Sandstorm. I'm from One of the original families in Richland. I was in Second Grade when the project began. Only five families were allowed to stay. We were one of them because my father was the Postmaster. Kassie and I both went to Lewis and Clark, Carmicheal and then I graduated in 53, she in 55. Kassie died of cancer in 1986. I live with my husband Lee Whitley (class of 52) in Renton, Wash. Would love to hear from any one who remembers us or would like to know more about the real early days in Richland. -Marilyn Peddicord Whitley ('53) =================================== >>From: Valerie Polentz Topham (72) I caught the note about Cal Welch. He and his wife live across the street from my folks on Ada. My 2 nieces, daughter and I raked leaves for them just last Fall. We fly up to the Pac NW to do chores for the folks and often end up doing a little here and there in the neighborhood. Mr. Welch would be happy to know we remember him fondly and I will see if he is online via my dad. -Valerie Polentz Topham (72) ================================== >>From: Judy Shaw (65) Hi Gary. I'm curious. My sister has received several e-mails with postings about fellow Bombers. I have not received any since this previous one. Was I supposed to do something else to begin to receive Bomber stuff? Please let me know. Thanks, -Judy Shaw (65) ===== [Judy -- I think you did everything right -- must have been me who messed up. I remember your name -- and Gary asked if you were By Shaw's sister, but somehow didn't get you on the list.. You're there now, though -- Sorry for delay -- Maren] ====================================== >>From: Bill Byrd (59) Maren, attached is my 2nd grade class picture at Sacajawea. Mrs. Meigs' 1949 class. I am the striped shirt in the back row. I can remember some of the names but not all. jpeg file. BACK: 1.TomBiers, 2.JohnMcKinna, 3.DavidCarlson, 4.JimCrum, 5.___McDonald, 6.BillByrd, 7.JohnFredrick, 8.GailBaker, 9.Mrs.Meigs MIDDLE: 1. Buddy ____, 2.TimBrown. 3.RonCrawford, 4.AllenCross, 5.KenFree, 6.ClarkHenderson, 7._______, 8.LindaBowman, 9._________ FRONT: 1.MinnieSueHarris, 2.Maryanna________, 3.CarolBowman, 4._______, 5.PattyCruz, 6.PeggyBellards, 7.HelenClark, 8.JanetBest Maybe we could make a contest out of this to fill in the blanks. Cheers, Bill Byrd (59) =================== [Bill --- What's the prize and who's gonna pay off??? Anybody who wants to see this picture, go to the ALL Bomber Alumni Links site and click on the "Alumni Sandstorm" Link --Maren] ============================================= That's it for today. Please send more. If you want OFF this list, PLEASE let us know. ============================================== ********************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/29/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FIGHT SONG Fight, fight, fight for ol' Richland High Win that victory Let it be told we'll fight for old green and gold Best in the west You know we'll all do our best Fight, fight, fight right on to the end [R I C H] Honor and glory we will win [L A N D] So fight, fight, fight for ol' Richland High and victory =================================== >>From: Thomas W McGuire (54) I'm Thomas W. McGuire from the class of '54. Looking for classmates. One in particular is Jerry Swain. Do you have a clue? Nice Web Page. I have a sister that still lives in WA and she let me know about you endeavors. -Tom McGuire ('54) ================================== >>From: Richard Huske (61) Couple of the Huske's still kicking in the Tri- Cities, Rich in Richland, John ('58') in Benton City. Verne in Newport, Or., Mike in Olympia, Wa. This is great, enjoyed reading about the Bombers. Our kids all graduated from Richland and are 'Bombers'. Vera Smith Robbins, great to see you're doing well. -Richard Huske ('61) ====================================== >>From: Mike Swallow (69) I was wondering where the 69ers are as well, Chuck. There must be a few of us kicking around. I would like to hear from Duke Mitchell, Pat Maki and Dick Foley (68). I think the four of us still hold the 880 relay record for RHS (So what if they quit running that race). My wife tells me the "older I get the better I was" (even bought me a shirt that said so). Could use a chat with someone who remembers like I do. By the way, anybody -- any plans underway for our 30th reunion? -Mike Swallow (69) ====================================== >>From: LeeRoy Parchen (59) Hi. I graduated form Col High in 1959, lived in Richland since 1942, been there, done that. Richland needless to say has changed a whole lot, not sure for the better. Member of the 1958 state championship basketball team. Will always be a BOMBER. -LeeRoy Parchen ('59) ============================= >>From: Sandra Witherup Hankins (59) Hi...My sister (Connie Witherup '63) has been forwarding these wonderful memories to me. Please add me to your distribution list and I'll jump in when I can find the time. Thanks for doing this! -Sandra Witherup Hankins '59 ================================= >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Nothing like basketball games in the 'old' gym!! The 'new' gym didn't get the THUNDER we could make when EVERYBODY stomped their feet on the bleachers of the 'old' gym. NOTHING LIKE IT!! -Maren Smyth ('64) =================================== >>From: Harold (Hal) Burger What a wonderful find! Hello to all my fellow classmates. We just got this electronic gadget so I'm still lernin'. My wife and I just celebrated 30 years, with three sons, 6 granddaughters and 1 grandson, wow! Going to roam the pages and start catching up on what the rest of you have been up to. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Judy Shuey? Regards, -Hal Burger ('62) ============================= >>From: Dave Rodriguez (69) I figured after reading so many letters and remembering so many fond memories and old friends I'd drop line or two, too. What I remember was Ernie's Rack and Cue, burgers at Zips and Tastee Freeze, truck races in the senior parking lot and sharing bourbon floats with Jeff Zwicker. Boy were those the good years or what and we can't forget War ball in Mr. Rish's class. It's good to hear all the memories that everybody has of Richland High and Richland in general. My family moved here from Texas in "53" so I remember some of the old buildings too. The Saddler Hotel, Skyline drive-in and I don't recall it's name but there was a building in the Richland Y where they use to hold dances but it burned down. Lost friends like Joyce and JoAnn Scott, Mickie Knowles, Peter Bird and Sandy Workman. Some of you may remember my brother, George, from the class of '68 who died in Vietnam or my brother, Richard, still lives here in the tri-cities. I also have my sister, Mary, in Boise and a brother, Michael, in L.A., if you want to hear from them just let me know and I'll pass it on. I hope to hear back from some of the other senior "animals" from the class '69 and anybody else that just wants to talk. Oh, by the way, I married Linda Barott (71). Here's to the good old years and to the people who started and run this Alumni Sandstorm, thanks for the memories. -Dave (Taco) Rodriguez (69) ===================================== >>From: Judy Shibly Cozad (63) Maren and Gary: YOU ARE DOING A F A N T A S T I C J O B!!! Can't tell you how much we're ALL ENJOYING IT! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! It was WONDERFUL seeing everyone at the '63 reunion in July!! For those who were unable to attend, 'PLAN ON IT NEXT TIME'!!!! We all had such a great time! You may think you have nothing in common after all these years but . . . N O T! It's great getting back together and it's as if 'time stood still'! THANKS AGAIN to everyone!! More Memories: Mrs. Georgia Burns placing typewriter covers over the knees of mini-skirted students in steno class. Receiving 80, 100 & 120 Gregg shorthand pins/charms as you passed shorthand speed writing tests. Purchasing a specific brand steno pad so you could write shorthand faster and faster, sliding the page up as you wrote. Cruzin Zips and ordering french fries with tartar sauce! (Thanks for the recipe!) In those days, remember: the lady sat right next to the guy! Teen burgers and root beer floats at A&W. Mrs. Hunter wouldn't hire me as a car hop because she said I couldn't carry the heavy trays full of mugs of rioter. She was probably right but . . . I THOUGHT I COULD! Finding a calf's eyeball looking up at you from the drinking fountain as a result of Mr. Clayton's Science Class projects. Along with everyone else, all these messages revive many, many wonderful memories! THANKS! -Judy Shibly Cozad, Class of '63 ===================================== >>From: Penny Smith (65) Have a confession to make. The first OA download you sent me I deleted. I did not recognize your E-mail address and I get so much unwanted mail, that I trash without reading. I do not download anything unknown either. I finally opened one and realized what it was! That one started with the Zip's Tartar Sauce recipe. If you can, I'd like the two you tried to send me before that one. I understand if its too much of a problem. Do enjoy reading them. Brings back alot of memories. Of which, I am organizing and will send you some of mine soon. Again thank you and sorry for the mix-up. -Penny Smith (65) =============================== [Penny -- Can BARELY keep up now. This STARTED around 8/4 with an e-mail with the subject line: The Houses That Hanford Built. Remember the recipe, but have NO IDEA which day that e-mail went out. Sandi Cherrington is working on a "Bomber Memories" site with all the "back issues". You can get to that site from the ALL Bomber Alumni Links page. I can't put a URL in this email or it will mess up the incoming e-mail for a lot of people. Send me a request for that URL (if you don't already have it bookmarked) and I'll send it to you. - Maren] ================================= >>From: Earl Bennett, Gold Medal Class of '63 To: Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46): Read your note to us younger alumni and saw the reference to Aiken - I frequently go to Fort Gordon from the DC area on business for the Army (civilian employee managing training programs for intelligence units). It's a pretty nice area, considered taking a job there about four years ago but it didn't work out. I believe Dad, a nuclear engineer at Hanford (GE then Douglas) went to the Savannah River reactor site once to present a paper or research results or something related his work on reactor cooling systems. He had me get a book of steam tables for him when I went to WSU - I was amazed at how many properties and graphs are associated with steam! Did you and Paul have children attend Col Hi? The name sounds familiar from my time frame or shortly after. Love the memories - thanks, Gary and Maren. Later. ecb3 -Earl Bennett ('63) =================================== >>From: Betsy Rathjen Taylor (68) Vonnie Reed Hoff (60) mentioned the Burk's Brothers Gas Station. Our dad always went to that Texaco for gas and to have the car repaired. I loved those red fire engine hat suckers they would occasionally give out -- they tasted great and sometimes had a very thin soft outside to them, which I loved. I was really disappointed when they stopped handing them out. I don't know if it was because they didn't have them any more or they decided I was too old to receive them. Little did they know --I wasn't too old to enjoy them. -Betsy Rathjen Taylor (68) ================================ >>From: Creede Lambard (72) Hi Maren, I just wanted to add my voice to those who have said you're doing a great job with this. For all I know this could be the first all-class online reunion any high school has ever had. :D It sometimes amazes me, the shared memories we take for granted that are unique to Richland. I'm not talking just about living in the shadow of Hanford, though that's unusual enough. Just to give you a for instance, I tell friends that when I grew up it we didn't think anything of it to see tumbleweeds rolling down the streets. I haven't seen one since I left Richland although it stands to reason they don't have many in Seattle (or any of the other places I've lived, for that matter). -Creede Lambard ('72) =============================== >>From: Kathy Staley Berg (65) Maren, Can I request my sister be added to the mailing list? Susan Staley Mitchell (71). She Her and hubby Ed Mitchell have enjoyed all of the Alumni Sandstorm material I've been able to send. Also, just want to say that you and Gary are doing a great job. Sure has brought back lots of memories for me who was born and raised in Richland. Thanks, -Kathy Staley Berg ('65) ======================================= >>From: Mike Figg (70) About Beth Pedersen, as I should have expected, I was wrong about she being a part of Joy of Cooking. After a little research last night I found out that Joy of Cooking was a Berkeley based group primarily composed of two women, Toni Brown and Terri Garthwaite. But I do remember vaguely that an album by them was pretty good. Somebody else mentioned Johnnie's Delicatessen and buying pepperoni there by the inch. I don't think I was old enough to do that on my own when Johnnie's was still around but do remember going in there with my parents. Someone also mentioned father/daughter nights. I remember some similar father/son nights and going to the circus (in Kennewick, I think) but since my father died when I was about 6, I went with Pam Sloat's (68) dad. Vonnie Reed Hoff (60) mentions the grocery store north of Jefferson. Was this the Mayfair at McMurray and GW Way? Somebody mentioned Campbells and I am wondering if it was that before (or after?) it was the Mayfair. Johnson Drugs was right next door, with a great soda fountain. And across McMurray was Wascher's Mobil station. -Mike Figg (70) ========================================== >>From: Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) Hi! I will add my thanks to both of you for your successful efforts with the e-mails. I'm Cheryl Moran, class of 66. My father came to Richland right after WW2 to visit my mother and her family. Her father was working at Hanford. My mom and dad met while in the service. My mother was a marine and my father was in the air force. I used to wear their uniforms outside playing. My mom's cap made a great policeman's cap! Anyway, they got married in the CUP church and had to go to Yakima to get their wedding cake because of the sugar rationing/shortage. They were able to rent a ranch house at 2406 Torbett St and we moved there when I was 3 months old. That was the last block west between Birch and Cottonwood. There was a neat moss- bottomed drainage curb at the corner of Torbett and Cottonwood that the parents refereed to as Polio Water. And we were cautioned to stay out of it. All the kids called it the "Polio Water". I married Jim Fleming (65) and we have great discussions about Richland and Hanford and our wonderful childhood there. Someone from Seattle calls it a "Social Experiment" and that is probably what it was. My dad would drop my sister (Janie 64) and I off at Newberry's every Christmas and give us each 5 dollars for shopping. We loved that Toyland upstairs! And the bright decorations hung up around Uptown. Jim says he used to get into the dumpster at the C&H Market and eat old sweet rolls. I remember going over to the laundry mat and sitting under the salon size hair dryer they had there. I went thru our old house last year. Yeah, just went to the door and told the lady I used to live there and she was really nice and friendly and let Jim and I wander around inside. Those ranch houses were really tiny. I always envied kids who had basements! -Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) ==================================== >>From: Rob Piippo (74) ====================================== >>From: Richard Bronson (59) I went to grade school at Sacajawea, and graduated from Columbia High School in 1959. I now live in Independence, Missouri. Snail mail address; Richard Bronson [removed for privacy] -Richard Bronson ('59) =================================== >>From: Margo Heiling Barron (57) I saw Miss Ruth Swain (home ec teacher) at the Manor at Canyon Lakes (retirement community--more like a cruise ship on land) in Kennewick last October or November where she had recently moved. She looked exactly the same except that her hair was white. We had a nice conversation. She was my teacher in 7th grade at Chief Jo. She never married but she did adopt a troubled teen at some point and raised her to be a good citizen (I never knew this back then, but this was a subject of the conversation when I ran into her last fall.) Fortunately for me I don't think she remembered me being in her class -- if she did remember me I'm sure she wouldn't have been so cordial. -Margo Heiling Barron (57) ============================= >>From: Leona M. "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) Hi. I dropped out of High School in 1964. Since I was born and raised in Richland, I have a lot of interest in finding out what has happened with so many of the kids that I attended school with. Is it possible to be put on your list to receive information and updates of events that involve the class of 65? I would really appreciate it. My name in school was Leona M. Eckert, though several knew me as Mary Eckert. I lived at 1108 Van Giesen my first seventeen years. My current name is Mari Leahy. Thanks for this wonderful website!!!!!! -Leona M. "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) ================================== >>From: Peter D Jensen (57) I have thoroughly enjoyed the pages expounding the exciting times of RHS. However, when I accessed the ALL BOMBER ALUMNI LINKS site, I can understand the AMAZEMENT of an old (sic) friend, Tony Tellier, that it was indeed Peter D Jensen. The red name indicates that, as Mark Twain once so eloquently expounded, the reporting of my death is greatly exaggerated! I am actually alive, and somewhat well, living and working in Megapolis (Tri-Cities) and close to retirement. Hope the untimely announcement of my "life" does not bring dismay to anyone. Thank you for the continued light you all bring to us old Bombers. Long Live The Bombers (Col Hi, Richland Hi, who cares!?) -Pete Jensen ('57) - Alive and Well =============================== [Pete --- Got a GREAT laugh over this one -- GEEZ!! 800 Bombers with e-mail and there was BOUND to be ONE messed up! ...went to the '57 site to 'fix' your untimely death -- only to discover that your name is NOT in red -- it's in BLUE and UNDERLINED and THAT means you have an e-mail address and people can click on your name to send you e-mail. ARE YOU COLOR BLIND????... Now having doubts about combining the red and blue names all on one list. Hmmmmm..... Or is Tony Tellier causing trouble again? --Maren] ============================================== That's it for today. Please send more. If you want OFF this list, PLEASE let us know. ============================================== ********************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/30/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ALMA MATER Oh, we love our fair Columbia As we see her in our dreams Looking o're the infant city to her namesake's royal stream As it's mighty tide resistless Surges onward to the sea So may our own Columbia's course forever onward be And as the years go by We'll sing her praises high Remembering once again her pride and fame And though we may depart A corner of each heart Will cherish ever more the hallowed name of Columbia, fair Columbia Where we learned of loyalty, And we shall not forget that lesson through eternity ============================== >>From: Carol Boyd Breckenfeld (72) Creede stated that when he tells people not from Richland about the tumbleweeds, nobody believes him. I've run into the same problem. "Normal" people just don't believe that we have streets named Neutron Lane, or the Atomic Bowl. When I tell them of the mushroom cloud logo, well, I get blank stares. Over the years, I've realized how special Richland is. I've realized how special WE all are. I brought my husband to Richland last year for the 25th reunion. He just loved our town! He saw his first "dirt devil", and heard stories from other Richlanders about the beer parties out in the desert. Now, he wishes he could be from Richland. Cheers, -Carol Boyd Breckenfeld (72) =========================== >>From: Greg Swank (65) RE: DON Jones (64 - "Missing") I think the dude lives on Riverside in West Richland and likes to fish a lot... REALLY a lot! -Greg Swank ('65) ================================== >>From: Vern Blanchette (64) Thanks for all the Sandstorms... speaking of that does anyone remember the time when we had a whopper of a sand storm. I remember seeing a wall of dust coming from all directions. It was clear and sunny where I was, but after the wall of dust passed I found myself in a very windy dust laden storm. It was unique... I think I only saw that happen once in the 16 years I lived in Richland. Lots of dust storms, but just not that sharp a defining edge. Anyone remember the name of the shop teacher at Chief Joseph... taught drafting and drove a VW bug... painted like a lady bug?? Mr. Sauer or something like that. I remember his tales of being in the army driving tanks in WWII... how he and his crew got lost. Swung a sincere paddle too! -Vern Blanchette (64) ============================= >>From: Steve Oak (67) RE: Water Bombs I remember bombing the parkers down in the park behind the dike. We would take 2 strands of surgical tubing and tie them to the knotted end of a cutoff pant leg (always plenty of those around since school jeans became cutoffs the day school ended... sooner in some cases). Two people would stand on the top of the dike holding the loop of the tubing at the halfway point and a third would walk down the grass side and load the pocket with a nice sized water balloon. 1-2 & 3 and unsuspecting parkers would be interrupted with a load crash when we got lucky and actually hit a car! Don't try this at home... only should be done by professionals. -Steve Oak ('67) ============================= >>From: Jim Hamilton (gold medal class of '63) Meryn (pronounced incorrecrtly) Please add daughter number one's mother-in-law to the list: Mary Winston Wymer ('55) Thanks to you and Gary, you're doing a lot more good than you intended or ever imagined. Laughter is a great medicine you know. jimbeaux SEMPER BOMBERUS -Jim Hamilton ('63) =========================== >>From: Tony Tellier (57) RE: Maren's comment Re: Pete Jensen's 'demise': Hmmmmm.... "Or is Tony Tellier causing trouble again?" Hey! I ain't ever stopped! -Tony Tellier ('57) ================================ >>From: Joe Largé (68) Dear Maren, et, al., You know, I never did KNOW the words to the RHS Fight Song. Being in the band, I was never able to actually SING the fight song. I know practically every trumpet part (to this day) to the fight song, just not the words. Difficult (not impossible) to sing and play at the same time. By the way, weren't Sharon Tate and Kippy Brinkman good friends? I had always heard that the two of them would sing together for special school occasions. We all know what happened to Sharon Tate (sadly), but I wonder where is Kippy Brinkman? Dear Mike Swallow (69): The older I get, the better I was!!!!! OH, I LOVE IT!!! By the way, if you ever make up a tee shirt with that on it, I'd love to buy a copy of that from you! CIAO for now! -Joe Largé (68) ===================================== >>From: Rod Brewer (65) Maren and Gary, I just want to add my thanks to you and all the contributors to the Sandstorm "on line". I check it out daily and really enjoy the flashbacks everyone's comments revive. Keep it up! While I'm at it, Maren, one of my fondest memories growing up near the "park" is the Tri City Braves games your Dad would take us to in the summer. Bill Compton, glad to hear you are alive and sounding somewhat well. I seem to recall you used to have about a 2 second lag time when playing ball for the Green and Gold. You must be getting better. Just kidding. RE: The 'old' gym Now you've done it. Talk about memories. I remember walking into the gym with Allen Strege before our JV game. It had been packed for at least 2 hours before our game. Strege and I looked at each other and said, "gee, all these people here just to see us". I think we knew they were really there to see Thea and Jim and Ray and Dave and Pook... ...And the night in that gym when it looked like the Bombers would lose our first ever home game to Kennewick when, down by 1 with 3 seconds left, Wallace's half court shot was rebounded by Simpson who was fouled at the buzzer. And after Dave converted the One and One to pull out the win, how his Dad, who was sitting right in front of me, raced out onto the floor and pressed a $50 bill in his hand. Wow, thanks, for the memories! -Rod Brewer (65) ============================================== That's it for today. Please send more. If you want OFF this list, PLEASE let us know. ============================================== ********************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 8/31/98 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This "Alumni Sandstorm" is a joint effort by: Chief Jo Warrior-Bomber, Gary Behymer (64) and Carmichael Cougar-Bomber, Maren Smyth (64) E-mail stuff to either of us and we will e-mail it to online Bomber Alums. Gary collects e-mail and also gets posts from more than one Bomber 'guest book'. I copy/paste, spell check (if I remember), and send. Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth (classes of '63 and '64) ==================================== >>From: Art "Tom" Hughes ('56) I took Kippy on her first "date". Her sister, Sandy was going to a Janzen Party in the Kennewick Highlands with Dick Oaks. Kippy's Mom did not want them to go alone so she asked me to take Kippy along with them. Kippy went to Las Vegas where she was the headliner in one of the lounges in the Dunes. She retired several years ago and I think she still lives in Las Vegas. -Tom Hughes ('56) ================================= >>From: Bill Yandon (68) Gary and Maren: Why would I not want to receive all of these stories? They remind me of when I had more hair and less weight. Even though I was only in Richland for two and a half years they were good years to remember. For me the best memories were the year we went to the basketball championship in Seattle (1966 I think). Please, keep me on the list. -Bill Yandon, Class of 1968 ==================================== [Billy -- The reason we added that little blurb was because of a FEW Bombers who have (VERY SURPRISINGLY) responded negatively and want OFF the list. Didn't even THINK about the possibility til we got the FIRST one of those. We'll DEFINITELY keep you on the list! Waiting for YOUR 'memories... Maren] =================================== >>From: Lucy Schmidt Mahoney (61) I am thoroughly enjoying the Alumni Sandstorm. My family moved to Richland in 1959 just before my junior year so I didn't have the pleasure of growing up in Richland but I spent a lot of my adult years there and watched all the changes that were made. We lived on Goethals (now Jadwin) just past Comstock. The Mayfair market was on the corner of Comstock and Goethals, very convenient for the quick trips for last minute meal items. My cousins, the Deans grew up in Richland, (Connie graduated in '60). One of our neighbors were Ed and Tess Haag. Ed was our principal at the time. They retired to Port Angeles and Ed died just a few years ago. Their granddaughter Laurie (daughter of Janette) is the bookkeeper at the store where I work in Prosser. Kippy Brinkman and her parents went to the same church I went to (Southside U.P.) and the last I heard Kippy was living in Las Vegas and playing her harp for some top name entertainers there. She makes it home occasionally and whenever I visit in Richland her mom gives me updates. So many of the memories that have been related in past issues are also my memories. When I got my first car a bunch of us along, with my brother Harry and sister, Georgia and sometimes younger brother Richard would go cruising down GWWay up Jadwin then down Stevens all on a dollar's worth of gas. I usually got my gas at Burkes brothers. We usually ended up at the A&W or Zips. Also made it to the Artic Circle after it was built. I worked there when it first opened. As to the prison camp in North Richland, that used to be a favorite parking place for my then boyfriend (later husband) and I to park. We had a favorite tree that we parked under. I remember going to the Village theater to watch the movie "The Longest Day". Where were you when the roof of the Uptown Theater collapsed? What a shock that was. Alum that I am looking for are Rod Burril, Tom Hann class of '61 Pat Hagimier class of '63. Please feel free to e-mail me if you remember me. Two of my four boys graduated from RHS also, Edward Mahoney and Erin Mahoney '85 and '86 respectively. "Long live the class of '61" -Lucy Schmidt Mahoney (61) =================================== [Lucy -- Linda Belliston Boehning (63) will have information on class of '63 (Patty Hagemeier) To my knowledge, Patty does not have e-mail, but think Linda may have a 'snail mail' address for her. --Maren] ===================================== >>From: Eva Clark Perry (49) Haven't seen anyone mention the A & Z Dress shop ran by Agnes and Zelda, the real classy place to get clothes back in those days. Her daughter-in-law, Roger's wife, now has the Annie Z's. They were the McVicker's. -Eva Clark Perry (49) ====================================== >>From: Gary LeClair (63) HI MAREN Somebody asked about Ms. Swain. Ruth Swain is still alive in a nursing home -- I think in Kennewick. My brother, Bob (65), parked our old camper there until a couple of years ago when she got so frail she had to sell her house on Cedar. She never married, but did have a foster daughter named Yvonne. Bob and I used to visit her, as our Mom (Peg LeClair) taught kindergarten at Jason Lee and our Dad (Jim LeClair) was principal at Sacajawea. We saw Ruth frequently over the years. -Gary LeClair (63) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for this month. Please send more. ******************************************** ******************************************** September, 1998