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"GI" Furniture Cost ~ Christmas '98 by Ray Stein ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/1/98 *************************** 6 Bombers and ONE Kennewick Lion sent stuff in: Jo Cawdrey (50), Grover Shegrud (56), Randy Buchanan (57), Barbara White (58), Jim Russell (58), Steve Carson (58), Bob Rector (62), Sonny Davis (62), Gary Behymer (64), Gary Brehm (KHS'64), John Fletcher (64), Rod Brewer (65), Pam Ehinger (67), Grant Rantlett (69), Kathy Hartnett (69), Karen Schildknecht (79), Kelly Flanagan (85) ********************************** >>From: JoAnn Cawdrey Leveque (50) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sun Nov 29 17:29:15 1998 Class of '50 - Are There Any Left? My sis just sent me the Sandstorm. Thought I'd see if any of my old buddies are on here. We're in Arizona - retired, of course. This is such a good idea! -Jo Cawdrey Leveque (50) ********************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud (56) I, too, remember the CAP link trainers we would close the top and fly for hours though i never got the landings down portly why i never went on to a flying career. I remember Pat O'Conner (I think) setting some sort of a record by flying the link overnight some eight hours or so. I was active as a cadet from about 1952 to 1956 and expanded a love for airplanes and anything aeronautical to last a lifetime. Some names from that time Dr Littington, Sam Ellis, Vernon VanDusen (52), Willis Weichel (53) , Rod Linkous (53), and of course Mrs Moeller. I was in many drill team excursions including one memorial day parade where I smashed my finger with a car door just as we were forming in the cemetery; one bad day! I, too, put in a lot of time in the stearman (right where it sat) does anyone know what happened to that good old airplane? Enough for now. -Grover Shegrud (56) ********************************** >>From: Randy Buchanan (57) A number of names have appeared who played for the Tri City Braves. There is one name however, that nobody mentioned that was my favorite...... The shortstop BUDDY PETERSON. Does any one remember? -Randy Buchanan (57) ********************************** >>From: Barbara White Brown (58) >From a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sun Nov 29 17:48:44 1998 Hi, No one has mentioned attending the nursery school in downtown Richland in the l944's, etc. I remember not being the only one there. I was one of the few who had a Mom that went to work at 6 in the morning. I would have to get up, dressed and catch the bus to nursery school. I don't imagine I looked very good. For first grade I would walk from nursery school (I remember cod liver oil at noon) to Lewis and Clark . The next year I started through Sacajawea. Mr. LeClair was principal and when I because a teacher and taught at Marcus Whitman he was there as my principal. A very nice man. I started Sacajawea (K) in 1951. Mr. LeClair was still there. (;-) My step mom, Mary Ware, asked me to try to find out where Darrell Fleshman might be. Darrell graduated in l958. There was no response from him to the reunion. I thought maybe someone might know. If anyone knows, please let me know. Thank you. -Barbara White Brown (58) ********************************** >>From: Jim Russell (58) Hey neighbor Jimbo [Jim Hamilton-63]: I think you must have been too young to remember some of those teams that the Tri-City Braves played -- when we were part of the old "Willie" League (the Western International League). The Northwest League was a downgrade from the better teams of the earlier years. The Northwest League may have been a 'D' League or at best a 'C' classification. Willie was one step below the Pacific Coast League, as I recall, in the early 50's. I, too, recall the House of David teams, with the long beards. They traveled as exhibition players, much as did the Harlem Globetrotters, except that HofDavid was truly good and did not play patsies. Speaking of Harlem Globetrotters, they played occasionally in the old Col-Hi gym and were fun to watch. Jim, you said the House of David (baseball) played the Harlem Globetrotters (basketball). Is this true? I do know you lived near the "Rose Bowl" longer than I. Perhaps this explains it. -Jim Russell (58) ********************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) For Ed Burnet: I remember flying the old blue link trainer. Trying to fly a specific pattern was more than I could ever master. When we attended summer encampment one year at Geiger AFB in Spokane some of us got a shot at the F-86 simulator. We could get it up but landing was a disaster. Today I have Flight Simulator on the computer and am much better. The CAP was great during the 50's and the Senior Squadron really supported the Cadet activities. Greetings from one of the "kids" who remembers you. -Steve Carson (58) Cadet Commander 57-58 ********************************** >>From: Bob Rector (62) RE: The Ford in the window I believe the Ford Crown Victoria that mis-handled the corner around Zips drive-in and went through the window of the florist shop was driven by a guy we all knew and loved... Gail Cyphers ... class of '62. Way to drive Gail! Thanks to all the guys who shared hunting stories of old. The dumbest hunting event I remember was rabbit hunting down the old gravel road outside of West Richland. (now Rupert Road) Two of us were sitting on the front of Bill Stade's [59] old Chrysler with rifles or shotguns as usual and everything was just fine until Bill thought he saw a rabbit that we hadn't seen. Just to make sure, he hit the brakes to check. Well, we of course had no seat belts on the hood of the car so off we flew into the gravel at about 20 miles an hour. We both sacrificed our bodies to save the guns and my knees and elbows still have scars to this day. Not sure who was the dumbest this time.... Bill Stade for hitting the brakes, or the two idiots sitting on the hood, trusting an "upper classman." -Bob Rector '62 ********************************** >>From: Sonny Davis (62) RE: Flashbacks Re: Lynn Bryson I remember his moniker as "Lynner the Spinner" and was crushed when he left and went to work for Hanna Barbera Productions in CA. Always wondered what he ended up doing. Re: TriCity Braves I recollect a summer's evening at Sander's Field in about 1953 or 54 when the starting outfield for the TriCity Braves consisted of Matty, Jesus, & Felipe Alou. -Sonny Davis (62) ********************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Welcome to Mike Lucas, Class of 1964. There are now 140 1964 'e-mailers' from the class of 1964 in our data base. -Gary Behymer ~ 'still crazy after all these years' ********************************** >>From: Gary Brehm (KHS '64) I hope everyone will excuse this "intrusion" by a Kennewick High alum, but I have been a faithful reader of the Alumni Sandstorm for some time now, ever since our friend Bev Karns (52) started forwarding them to us. I actually have two redeeming qualities, that I hope allow me to contribute a couple points to this great and entertaining cyber publication. First of all, I attended John Ball for the first three years of my schooling, before my parents relocated us to Kennewick where they built their home. Secondly, my wife of five and a half years is a Bomber, Marsha Goslin Brehm (65). Recent contributions concerning the old Tri-Cities baseball team and Tri-Cities radio finally made me get up the courage to put forth a few lines of memories. I've been trying to prod Marsha into writing for sometime now, without success. For those of you that might remember her, she attended Jefferson, Chief Jo, and then Col Hi, graduating in '65. Her dad and mom (Bill and Viv) still live in their "F" House on Haupt and are both doing good. My first job was at Sanders Field selling ice cream in the grandstands. It was a cold and rainy night, and I made a total of $.45 for working a double-header. If memory serves me correctly, I made the switch to popcorn as soon as they would let me. Over the years I had several positions there, including all different concessions, ball shagger, and even clubhouse boy for one season. During the years I remember many young players who either played for the Tri-Cities or other teams in the Northwest League. Some of the names I can easily recall: Ron Cye, Steve Garvey, Bill Harris (who has owned Billy's Bullpen Tav in Kennewick for many years!), the Alou Brothers, and others. There were also two "big name" managers that ended up in the Tri- Cities in the 60's. Anyone remember when Duke Snider was here, or how about Cal Ripkin Sr.? Cal Jr. was about eight or nine at the time, and they lived about a block from us in Kennewick. I have many stories about the Tri-City Braves/Atoms I could share, as my mother, Tillie Brehm, ended up being business office manager for the ball club for several years. The other point I wanted to mention was the oldtime radio memories some people have brought up in recent issues. This is especially interesting to me, as I have worked in radio and television in the Tri-Cities for many years now. I did depart to Portland for about 18 years ('70-'88), but returned in 1988 when I went to work for the local NBC affiliate 10 years ago. I am a director there, and currently direct the morning news show (AM Live) and also the noon news (Midday Live). In the 60's, I spent several years working in radio in the Tri-Cities. One of my first stints locally was a three hour show I did from the old Desert Inn (now the Double Tree/Hanford House) every week morning for KALE. I did that for several months and over the years worked for both KALE and KORD. After my firs job with KALE, using my own name, I started using "air names". This was prompted by phone calls at home, usually around 2:00am, from teenage "admirers"! For those of you with good recollections, I went by Ken Chase for several years here, most of the time with KORD, working mornings. This would have been about 1967 to 1969. Thank you all for the memories and all the hours of enjoyment we've gotten from the Sandstorm. -Gary Brehm (KHS '64) [husband of] Marsha Goslin Brehm ('65) ********************************** >>From: John Fletcher (64) Jo Miles '64 mentioned Phil Armstrong '63. I was in the army medical training school with Phil in San Antone for a few weeks in 1966. I haven't heard from him since. Can anyone update the whereabouts of Phil? -John Fletcher '64 ********************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) Jim Hamilton [63] brought back a few memories. Maren's Dad would go to at least one Tri City Braves game each home stand, and if you happened to be around the park at Roberdeau and Perkins, you could pile in the Smyth mobile and go with him. He'd watch the game from that little shack of a bar behind 1st base while we'd score snow cones from the only good looking babe in the stadium and beg the players to throw us balls and broken bats. Bob and Tim and Dave and Jay and.. you know who you are. And Robby Calhoun, actually John Robbie Calhoun. I've got $5 for anyone who can tell me his whereabouts. No, he doesn't owe me ten. He's just someone I've never forgotten but totally lost track of. -Rod Brewer (65) ********************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen (67) ED Burnet: You talked about the AEC airport. Did you know Max Ehinger? He was one of the controllers there. Then something happened and they moved the controllers, 80ft. underground. It was a missile site. That is my dad. Also you little leaguers: He used to announce your ball games! -Pam Ehinger Nassen 67 ********************************** >>From: Grant Ranlett (69) Hello Gary and Maren. I enjoy reading the [Alumni] Sandstorm each day. Thanks for all your hard work. I lived on Basswood Street with my neighbors the Maguffee's, Spitaleri's, Crawleys, and the Upson's. Jeff Upson [67] had an "underground" radio station that he operated from his home. To boost his broadcast frequency, Jeff tapped into the fire alarm system. Remember when each block had a box for fire emergencies. The call letters of Jeff's station were KUTE. I remember when you were driving around town listening to this station on your car radio, the volume would suddenly get much louder when you drove by one of these fire alarm boxes. Jeff also worked at KORD as a DJ. He was fired for playing the long version of the Chambers Brothers "Time has Come Today". Jeff was also a talented filmmaker, a really creative individual. On occasion, he would let me spin records and be DJ on his home radio station. A really great guy, very funny. He is much missed. Jeff left us all too soon. -Grant Ranlett (69) ********************************** >>From: Kathy Hartnett Mitchell (69) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Mon Nov 30 10:20:39 1998 My younger sister Peg (aka Margaret) put me in touch here, this could be a real kick! In a nutshell, (which actually is a very comfortable place at times!) I left Bomber Country 6/69 and barely looked back. Spent 16 years on fishing boats in Alaska, went to cooking school, bought a farm, opened a restaurant (currently) working my *** off still... details to follow if anyone's interested. Married, 1 daughter, 1 grandson, 2 dogs, 5 horses and no time to ride 'em. Living in Albany, Oregon. Does anyone know anything about Nancy Dutton '69, Ginny O'Bryen '69, Greg Van Kirk '70, Don Seimans '67? -Kathy Hartnett Mitchell (69) ********************************** >>From: Leslie Schildknecht Dodd (79) Hey all you Bomber Alumni~ On Tuesday Dec. 8th Karen Schildknecht Mateo ~ Class of 67 will be turning THE BIG 50! She has been very ill this past year and could use some cheering up! Her e.mail address is: [deleted for privacy] Please drop her a line and wish her a happy birthday! Thank you! The Schildknecht clan ********************************** >>From: Kelly Flanagan Gustafson (85) Re: One 85 is out here! Hey Stan how are you? Our class doesn't seem to interested in the net! Not very many E'mail address's out there! Hope all is well with you, I've been in Texas for three years and I love it! Take Care! -Kelly Flanagan Gustafson (85) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/2/98 ************************** 10 Bombers sent stuff in: Sue Garrison (58), Lefty Roohr (60), Dean Hoff (62), Jo Miles (64), David Rivers (65), Cheryl Moran (66), Gary Bush (66), John Wingfield (66), Chuck Crawley (66), Stan Podesek (85) ********************************** >>From TCHerald, dated December 1, 1998: Larry Allen Popp, age 57, our beloved husband, father, and son passed away at his home in Richland, WA, with his family by his side on Saturday, November 28, 1998. Larry was born on October l8, 1941, in Scottsbluff, NE, to Arlene (Startzel) and Emmanuel Popp. The family moved to Grandview, WA in 1945 and to Richland, WA in 1947. Larry graduated from Columbia High School, Richland in 1960 and served in the United States Navy from June 1960 to June 1962. On December 10, 1967, Larry and Bobbie Dykstra of Richland, WA were married in Prosser, Washington. Larry and Bobbie were blessed with two wonderful children, Holly Rae and Tyce Allen. Larry is survived by his wife, Bobbie; daughter, Holly Rae and Kenny Holcomb; son, Tyce Allen and wife Sara; parents, Arlene and Emmanuel Popp; brother, Gary of Richland; brother, Ronald and his wife Miyoka of Oak Harbor, WA; sister Sharon Wise and husband Stacy of Perioa, AZ; aunts and uncles, John and Pat Startzel of Richland, Paulien and Ray Kirland and Loraine and Ellis Wetstein of Seattle, WA, Neal and Audrey York of San Diego, CA; numerous cousins; mother-in-law, Irene Wood of Prosser, WA; sister-in-law, Donna Anderson and husband, Larry of Milwaukie, OR; nephew, David Anderson and wife Francie of Milwaukie, OR; and niece, Rebecca Nichols and husband Robert of Vancouver, WA; and his beloved pets, Lady Bug ("My Pupperdog") and Boots. Larry was preceded in death by his fraternal and maternal grandparents, aunt Alice Johnson, and cousin Deborah Brotherton. Visitation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tues., Dec. 1, 1998 at Einan's Funeral Home, Richland. At the family's request, private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Larry, the family requests that remembrances be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice, Benton-Franklin Humane Society, and the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. ********************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett (58) I started school at "old" Sacajawea on Williams. Then moved to Spalding when it was finished (middle of my third grade), and on to Carmichael and RHS. I remember walking to and from Spalding (everyone did) in severe sandstorms - feeling I was never going to find my way home. My best memories are of my old neighborhood. Grew up in an A-House on Roberdeau, just opposite the end of Pennywise Drug (cherry cokes, marshmallow cokes--YUK!) No fences--all back yards were open and provided terrific areas for steal-the- flag, kick-the-can, sleep-outs, days-long games of Monopoly. All ages. From brothers Wayne and Lewis Campbell to the others: Beutler, Burnside, Haws, Pollard, Foster, Ehlers, Klusman -...and my own sisters Nancy Garrison Foster (62), Patty Garrison Foster (66), and Mary Jo Garrison Miller (69). We still occasionally have "old neighborhood reunions." Married Bob Pritchett, our biology teacher/PE teacher/coach 12 years after graduating high school. He and I are both retired. -Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) ********************************** >>From: Bob Loper (Lefty Roohr, '60) For Bob Rector (62): I'm not surprised if this happened more than once, but the Crown Victoria I saw go through the side wall of Arlene's was not driven by Gail Cyphers, but my lips are still sealed after all these years. -Bob Loper (aka Lefty Roohr - 60) ********************************** >>From: Dean Hoff (62) RE: flashbacks Have enjoyed reading about the old Tri City Braves.. I spent many hours attending the games with Jim Johnson (60) and his father.. the old know hole gang. I remember when Edo Vanni was player-manager and he went to sleep running at second base and got picked off... after a run down he was tagged out and lay motionless on the infield dirt. It seemed like forever before they brought out the stretcher and carried him off. One out later the side was retired and out popped Edo heading for his spot in right field.. what a showman. Steve "white lightning" Dalkowski was considered one of the hardest throwers in all of baseball.. even Ted Williams, who saw him in spring training, considered him in his top ten of flame throwers.. White Lightning also was know for his after the game activities which probably kept him out of the majors. Bob "boom boom" Nelson was the big time home run hitter. Neil Martin and Walt O'Neill played in the 60's and their sons played for me at Kennewick High. Bob, don't call me Robert, Rector [62] and I used to go to the studio with "Lynner the Spinner Boy Disc Jockey" (57) and his High Torque Tower Of Power".. Remember Don Steel?? By the way Robert it was Lew Lloyd who drove his car through Arlene's and then reported it stolen.. Sonny I remember the Alous but I think they played with the Eugene Emeralds?? Keep up the great work, we appreciate it!!! -Dean Hoff (62) ********************************** >>From: Jo Miles (64) PONY LEAGUE BASEBALL 1959: I wrote earlier about Paul Sterling's 1959 fast ball that injured Jim Spencer (62). Jim went on to become an All-American center fielder at the University of Idaho. Paul [63] went on to be the guy who broke Jim Spencer's nose. Pony League players that year will remember there was more to fear than Jim or Paul on the mound. Batters hit by a pitch from Jerry Kern (63) of Engineers #280 might still be seeing orthopedic specialists today. When Don Smith (63) of VFW was scheduled to pitch, the faint hearted took up tennis or golf. Our thanks to pitchers like Darrell Renz (63) of Downtown Merchants and Ron Cowgill (62) of VFW for having deliveries less than the speed of light. In fact, once when Ron was pitching I remember being up to bat and able to tie my shoe before his big round- house curve ball crossed the plate. Lucky for him it still had some stuff on it and I struck out. Speaking of injuries. Remember when Jim "Chopper" Coyne [64] of Engineers #280 became the first, first baseman to wear a cup? After he took that ground ball bad hop to the shorts he walked very slowly from the field and went straight to BB&M's to get a protector. The Pony League champion team in 1959 was Parkers Hardware led by Ray Stein [64], Brad Mosteller [63], Ralph Lee [63], Mike Byrd [64], Mike Huske [64], Tom Clement [64], Rod Peterson [63], Fred Tausch [63], John Poyner [63], Lloyd West [63] and of course, Paul Sterling [63] who eliminated Romeri Ford's chances earlier in the season with a high inside brushback pitch to the nose. -Benchwarmer Jo "Mills" Miles (64) ********************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re The Black and White Crown Victoria caper (may have been all black now that I think of it). I've got to star reading the Sandstorm more carefully... apparently there is a question about who crashed through Arlene's that fateful night. It was Lew Lloyd. He took a $.50 bet (that's 50 cents not dollars) that he could get his car to 50mph around Zips. Made a pass or two (was way too drunk to make many more) and slammed into the shop. Ralph Lee [63] pulled him out of the car and took him home... put him to bed. Ralph came back and we all walked around... asking the burning question "wonder who stole Lew's car?"... Damn we were clever! We lined our cars up facing west toward Lee hill kind of drive-in style and sat and watched as they removed that beautiful car from Arlene's. As I recall the cops paid Lew and his Dad a visit... don't know what the final result was, though. Glad to see someone else remembers Lynner the Spinner, Lynster the Spinster as fondly as I do. I too was crushed when he left. His theme song was Straight Flush but I don't know who the group was that played it. We also had the Real Don Steele... playing second fiddle to Lynn, till Steele when on to Fame and syndication... Hi to all! -David Rivers ('65) ********************************** >>From: Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) Hey, I don't know whether it's considered "Politically Incorrect" these days to have a Nativity Scene in a school play, but it's a fond memory of mine. Jason Lee seemed to always have one on stage during their Christmas Programs. We would rehearse for hours (it seemed!!!) with our teachers and (Mrs. Megs?). The main thing we were told was not move around much during the performance! I was always trying to find my parents in the audience. What a great auditorium we had there! With all the stories about the airplanes, was it a myth that if you waved to a plane going over, the pilot would tip the wings? I always waved! The sound of a prop jet still reminds me of the airport at the northwest end of town. -Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) ********************************** >>From: Gary Bush (66) Pam Ehinger Nassen (67) asked recently about how long Arlene's Flowers has been around. I also remember the Bomber mums that we and Stanfield's in Uptown Richland used to make each fall for homecoming. I used to help with them when I worked at Arlene's from 1965 - 1967. The business was started in the latter 50s or early 60s by Don Douglass who used to work at the Hanford Site. It was named for his wife, Arlene. The business involved the entire family, later being run by Don and Arlene's son, Don, and his wife, Doris. They sold Arlene's and moved to Western Washington where they operated another business before moving back to Richland and opening up Dordon's Flowers in Uptown Richland. I spent many great evenings unpacking and preparing the flowers that came in from Portland and other wholesale locations - great aroma - beat working in the greasy air of Zip's Drive Inn next door. My most enjoyable moments working for Arlene's was making flower deliveries to mothers of newborns in the local hospitals and making my mother's corsage for my high school graduation. Denny Smith ('63) asked in the November 24 issue of Alumni Sandstorm what letter the ranch houses were. If someone else hasn't already responded, from what the City of Richland told us, they are Y (3 bedrooms) and Z (4 bedrooms). I may have the two reversed. But, that's what I heard. -gary bush, '66 ********************************** >>From: John Wingfield (66) Maren and Gary, thanks again for providing this service. It prepared me well for going home for Thanksgiving. As we drove into town from the desert, seeing the Horn Rapids development and golf course took me back. Our family belonged to the ColYak Bowhunters and at one time the club owned land there, with a Quonset hut (sp) for indoor shooting and stacks of hay bales for outdoor shooting. But the great part of that place was the "archery golf" course which we had in the desert. We'd shoot a "flight arrow" for long shots and then a "flu flu" for short shots at the soft ball size orb made out of cloth tape. In winter when it snowed enough, we would go out on the dirt roads around the archery club and find an old junk car that (what's his name) had left, pull off the hood, tie it on with an old ski rope and dad would pull us around in the pickup. I sure wouldn't do that today. After eating too much of my mom's delicious TG dinner and to make room for her pecan pie I went for a walk. Before I was down the street I decided to walk over to old Col High campus, thinking of all the memories and nostalgia that this service has prompted. I walked across Williams from my childhood kingdom on Farrell Lane. Going across the old Sacajawea school yard I was reminded of all the games and stuff we did there. Past CUP and Christ the King I walked down Long to the RLDS center, hasn't changed, except for the wheel ramp. When I walked across the parking lot to the barrier posts I found one post had been pulled out and a huge oil slick in it's place where some lad running on high testosterone and who knows what had impaled an oil pan on his bomb and made greasy tracks leaving a trail behind him. As I walked among the buildings I was floating back in time and space. And then I was really quite taken by the huge mural of bombers on the North wall of Dewald Gym. With the front and center bomber being "A Day's Pay" and understanding the story and it's significance for all the good men and women who worked at Hanford I was impressed favorably once again for our mascot name and legacy. But I still like calling it Col Hi. The next two mornings I went for runs down along the river. And I literally ran into Andy Bishoff (66) and friend. Well, I didn't really run into them, we swerved, but it was good to see and old friend. Whenever I go home to visit my folks I enjoy going for walks and runs down by the river. I wish we had that greenway along the river when we grew up there, it's so good to have public access now and see so many people on foot and wheels, the geese and even the coots. On Friday night I took my wife and two of our kids to watch their high school (Capital) play Moses Lake at Kennewick High stadium. I only say this to suggy into a question. I played football for the Bombers during the dark ages of our history. I know all the great things about the basketball dynasty and may it continue on forever (go Phil Neil). But I was grunting in the scrum in the fall of '64 when we lost to Borra of Boise 52-0. And the next week we went to Yakima and lost 60-0. My question is: does anyone out there remember which school we lost to? I thought it was Davis, and at our 30th reunion, John Allen and I bet $50 on it, he bet that it was Eisenhower. But I was sure it was Davis and Del Carmichael was their big horse running back. That year Moses Lake was the only team we could beat, as I recall, but it was a good way to end a dismal season. I saw Fran Rish and his wife Betty (?) in Lahina, Maui twenty years later and the first thing he said to mme was: "Wingfield, how did they let you on this island?" Memories. Whenever I roll into town from the West side of the mountains I remember the night Bill Mitchell and I went tooling in the desert to check out the new highway under construction. Needless to say, the "cheater slicks" on the orange 55 Chevy were no match for the soft sand. My dad took us back out that night and dug us out. I remember when President Kennedy encouraged the American people to get fit. Some of us decided to ride 50 miles on our bikes, then "new" three speeds, to Prosser or Grandview. We made it to Benton City and faced with a strong head wind and uphill we took a right and rode along the Yakima river, past the prison camp, horn rapids dam and back home again. Someone asked about past players for the Tri City Braves. Tom Jacobs lived behind us and "Jake" was the general manager for the club for a while. His nephew, David Rees (64), from England, lived with him. We went to a lot of games and I came away with several broken bats, repaired them with all the nails I could get in them and covered them with electrician's tape. Three players names that I recall are: Bob Nelson and power hitting first baseman, Fillipe Alu and Jesus Alu. We were so blessed to grow up in Richland. It was a cloistered and simple world, like "Father Knows Best" and "Leave it to Beaver". It really felt good to go home again. Thanks for the memories! (*sp) (*my spell check doesn't work, the one in my head never did) Peace, -John Wingfield (66) ********************************** >>From: Chuck Crawley (67) RE: KJAU To: Grant Ranlett [69]: Jeff Upson's [67] station also went by the call letters KJAU (for Jeffery Allan Upson). You are absolutely right about Jeff's genius. His star burned too brightly and went out way too soon. I used to run his station while he went out on his paper route to check the reception. He started out with a Heathkit turntable that he got for Christmas one year. We ran wires across the yard from his bedroom to my brother Mike's and my bedroom so we could listen too. Then he had to add a mic so he could announce the tunes and it went from there. Thank you for remembering the contributions Jeff made to our lives. He ended his life on the day my son began his so I shall never forget that date. What about the Hinkles, Langes, Altmans and Hartcorns? They all didn't live on Basswood but they were all definitely part of the scene. Happy Birthday to Karen Schildknecht Mateo!! -Chuck Crawley ('67) ********************************** >>From: Stan Podesek (85) To: Kelly Gustafson (85), I hope Texas is treating you better then it did me, I didn't care that much for Witchita Falls, or especially San Antonio. Both times I was in the U.S. Air Force. I did like Cutter Bills ranch outside Witchita Falls though. Okay, here is my last 15 years in on paragraph if you care. 86-88 USAF active duty, Most in Great Falls Mont. Loved it, Hunting and Fishing paradise. 88-93 Washington Air National Guard in Spokane. 89-91 also, Full time Perry Tech. in Yakima, Electrical program. 91-93 Graduated Perry and went to work for Westinghouse in Ogden Utah. Met my beautiful loving wife Sydnee and was married Sept. 91. Came back to take a salaried position with Tri City Herald as Plant Electrical and Instrumentation Superintendent. That was 93-95. 95 to current. Boise Cascade Wallula Paper mill plant Electrician/Electronic Tech. Three Children Ashley 11, three when I married Syd. Coleton who is 6 and Skyler who just turned 4. We are very active in our LDS Richland Ward and are trying to find that retirement job back towards Syd's family in Utah. Got to go. -Stan Podesek (85) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/3/98 ************************** 15 Bombers sent stuff in: Ralph Myrick (51), Jim Hamilton (63), Linda Belliston (63), Ray Stein (64), Terry Liechty (64), Janice Klusman (66), Shirley Collings (66), Dave Miller (67), Mark DeVoss (67), Rod Collins (67), Vickie Andersen (67), Donna Seslar (68), Mina Jo Gerry (68), Rich Crigler (70), Kelly Flanagan (85) ********************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Attention Chuck Crawley ('67): You lived by my mother, Ola Myrick. Betty and Mom have known each other for years. I spent a lot of time at her house. Got to know Betty real good. Can't remember meeting you. You mentioned a Karen Schildknecht in the latest Sandstorm. I believe I had her in my fifth class at Jefferson Elementary. If she is the same, I have always wondered what happened to her. Could you give me any information? Thanks, -Ralph Myrick (51) ********************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) RE: Chance of a Lifetime To all of the Bombers and Bomberettes, whether exiled or currently ensconced in the tri-cities, the Gold Medal class of '63 would like to offer you a challenge. Tis the season for tacky craft bazaars, and even tackier Christmas Ornaments. In the true spirit of a Bomber Christmas, we invite you to submit your Christmas Craft ideas that utilize a Spudnut as the primary focus. Since not everyone has access to these "golden circlets of grease", your idea needs only to be described in detail and e-mailed to [deleted for privacy]. If a photo can be scanned and forwarded, all the better. An Independent Council or two selected from the more auspicious members of the "Golden Order Of the Loyal Spudnut" will judge these entries. On December 23rd they will award the inaugural "Osgard Trophy" for the most creative use of a Spudnut in a Christmas ornament or decoration. If it's true what they say about the effects of DDT, drinking from the irrigation spigots and swimming in the Yakima River on your creative juices, Martha Stewart won't have a prayer. -Jim Hamilton (63) ********************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63) Someone mentioned they wanted to know when "Arlene's flowers" was established. I talked to Don Douglas today. His mother was Arlene. He said that his folks bought "Ellis Floral" in 1962 which was owned by Mada And Ellis Miller. They changed the name to "Arlene's." Don and his wife Doris helped his folks run the shop until they sold it in May of 1978. Mum's back then sold for $1.00. Someone also mentioned Lynn Bryson, the DJ. I remember that he used to be one of the owners of the Social Club. Many times he used to take a bunch of us backstage to meet the singers and get their autographs. I saw Lynn a couple years ago at a Book show in Salt Lake City. He had his own company and was selling talk and music tapes. I will get a hold of him and tell him to get online and let us know what he's been doing since he left the Tri-Cities. -Linda Belliston Boehning (63) ********************************** >>From: Ray Stein (64) RE: Cinnamon Bear Maren, The "Cinnamon Bear" tapes are distributed by: Stiles-Bishop Productions, Inc. PO Box 93-531 Los Angeles, Ca. 90093-0531 1-800-93PADDY Take care, -Ray Stein (64) ********************************** >>From: Terry Liechty (64) Regarding Lynn Bryson. When I went to BYU in 64 I found Lynn Bryson there. I always saw him around talked to him once. He was involved in making cassettes of the scriptures (he read them/made the recording). Beyond that, I have no idea where or when about him. -Terry Liechty (64) ********************************** >>From: Janice Klusman McCurdy (66) To: Sue Garrison Pritchett [58]: Oh, yes, I remember the walks to Spalding too, not only in the sandblasting storms, where we dodged tumbleweeds bigger than we were, but in the snow with a light crust of ice on it and we were still light enough to walk across the top without breaking thru! Contests to see who could get thru the park to the gas station! Also, not only the chocolate cokes at Pennywise, but the gal who made the fries would always give our neighborhood kids bigger portions! That Roberdeau playground was certainly well used.. Remember moving the big fat black hoses and setting up "two feet in the mud" and "red light, green light" boundaries? And taking off the big sprinkler and filling up the sandbox so we would have our own swim mud hole? And of course who could forget my Dad's piercing whistle to call us kids home... kinda like puppies! We were always so embarrassed in front of the other kids! Those were the days.. jump rope in the street, Elmer howling to the harmonica, and the ice cream coming around in the summer.. Swim pool, summer reading club at the library, walking around the uptown on Saturdays, 25 cent movies at the uptown theater, and then as we got older... cruising Zips... cherry 7 ups... hmmm those were the days indeed. Now it's work work work, and on my way to senior days!! Ahhh sweet retirement!! -Janice Klusman (66) ================ [Jan--I think "Two Feet In The Mud" was only our neighborhood.... I never heard YOUR Dad's whistle! But you can BET we all heard OUR Mom's three toots on her whistle -- and we'd BETTER have all been heading home BEFORE she got to the third toot, too! Even the DOG headed for home! -Maren] ********************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) To John Wingfield (66): I enjoyed reading your input in today's Sandstorm, John. I thought that I would enlighten you (and make your "wallet lighter") regarding the football season our junior year - the "BIG FALL" of 1964. According to our yearbook for that year, the following is the season record for the football team: Richland 6.....Walla Walla 12 Richland 0...........Borah 53 Richland 0......EISENHOWER 60 Richland 13......Moses Lake 6 Richland 6...........Davis 39 Richland 6.....Walla Walla 21 You have to have a REALLY GOOD memory to "put one over" on John Allen. Looks like you owe him $50. But you WERE correct about losing to Davis, also! -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ********************************** >>From: Dave Miller (67) RE: Vets' Day SANDBOX: Thanks for [the URL] locations. I will check them out. Sorry I am reading this so late but I am on the web site for Midway Island where I was stationed [from] May 70 - Sept 71 in the Navy. I get 10 e-mails from them each day plus Bombers and I have never caught up from our annual vacation to Maui in Sept. God Bless all Vets and all downwinders . I always think of Thanksgiving as when I went into the Navy - 1967 - five months after High school graduation, but then I would never have met my wife of 21 years and be here in San Jose if it that had not happened. Thanks to Gary and Maren hope you both have wonderful holidays. -Dave Miller, class 1967 ********************************** >>From: Mark DeVoss (67) Hi all, I've been reading the last few days Alumni Sandstorm and some familiar names from prior classes have come up. First is Gail Cyphers, while I didn't know Gail when he was in Richland. I got to know him for some time in San Jose. As a matter of fact, Gail was the person who hired me into my first job in microelectronics in '72, a business I am still in today. Gail was a manager of a tech support group for a company called American Microsystems Inc. When I interviewed with him he noted he too was from "there" and I thought he meant Washington State and he said "No, I mean I went to Col-Hi in Richland." I thought what a small world. I don't know for sure what happened to Gail after he left AMI, but the word was he got married and moved to Minneapolis to work for Honeywell. Another memory, triggered by Dean Hoff's (and someone else) statement, that Gail was not the person who drove the black Crown Victoria through Arlene's flowers. Dean was my coach, along with Perry Bushnell's ('67) dad, when I played Pony League for Engineer's Local #280 in '62 or '63. "Hi Dean." Also by strange coincidence in '66 I bought an all black '56 Crown Victoria from Curtis Snow (father of Ron ('67), janitor at Jason Lee and mechanic at the Conoco station on Van Geisen) for $100 and it had a more than slightly rearranged right front fender. It was a great deal, a Thunderbird special 292, red carpet in the front, a muffler that was constantly falling off, a big chrome knob on the gear shift lever that never remained in place under rapid acceleration, three of the four tires were the same size and a set of almost nearly new snow tires in the trunk and the inordinate ability to fill with exhaust smoke when stopped at a light or sign for more than 30 seconds. I drove the hell out of it and sold it to some stiff from Pasco six months later for $50.00. He had to push it away from the front of my parents house. Puzzle: Is this the famous car that went through Arlene's flower shop four years before? There weren't that many Crown Vickies around. I'll probably never know. The memories just keep coming back, its fun. Regards, -Mark DeVoss (67) ********************************** >>From: Rod Collins (67) If I remember correctly, Jeff Upson [67] also used the fire lines to transmit his signal. The fire department used to get a little irritated with Jeff as his signal would on occasion set off a false alarm. Many hours were spent at Jeff's house with Chuck, Fred Hinkle [67], Scott Beyer [67] and I believe Louie Yesberger [67]. I remember one day we fired-up the blender and made batches of frozen gin gimlets. Jeff is in a lot of peoples' memories. -Rod Collins (67) ********************************** >>From: Vickie Andersen Simmons (67) RE: Thanksgiving Memories Hi Maren, Some things never change - I still do almost everything in a "fashionably late" manner. I remember after Thanksgiving dinner, my whole family would load into the car and we would drive around and look at the Christmas lights that everyone had put up. Don't think my dad was as fond of it as we kids were, but it was a yearly tradition. I also remember it was at the end of one of those Thanksgiving weekends that I started smoking. I was 19 and on my way back to Seattle after spending Thanksgiving in Richland. It took us two hours to go two miles to "that stoplight" in Ellensburg. Before the highway went in, it seemed like every road from everywhere ended up at that stoplight. After you finally got to it and turned left, it seemed like it took no time at all to get to Seattle. Sheer boredom mixed somewhere with wondering if I'd ever get back to Puget Sound led to my downfall. -Vickie Andersen Simmons (67) ********************************** >>From: Donna Seslar White (68) Anyone out there who can help? I just tried to order the Cinnamon Bear tapes from Amazon and received a reply stating that they are not available. Does anyone know of a place where they are still available? I, like many others, listened to them when I was a kid and would like to have a copy. -Donna Seslar White (68) ================== [Donna--see entry from Ray Stein (64) about where you can get these tapes. - Maren] ********************************** >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) Sitting in my classroom the other day, I was remembering the great Christmas Pageants we put on at Marcus Whitman. It was much better than thinking about the topic at hand which was 9th grade Health. Each year we alternated between the upper (4-6) and lower (2-3) grades. When it was our turn, we would rehearse and rehearse during music. Those lucky enough to get a real part in the play stayed in at lunch recess and after school to practice. I especially remember the night of the performance. The gym would be packed with parents and siblings in their best clothes and we in the choir would have on those white choirboy robelets with the big red bow at the neck. I look back on those programs with a smile and gratitude to our teachers for having the guts to gather upwards of 200 kids in one place and get them all singing the same words at the same time. Just the thought makes my hair turn grayer that it already is. -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ********************************** >>From: Rich Crigler (70) Bombers of 70 - Having read the sandstorm for months - I have finally been spurred into writing - Ricky Polk how can you call that a jump shot? I had the opportunity to watch that shot during the Sacajawea School Boy Patrol league. Your hands must go over your head. As I recall your butt went further back (as in sitting) than your hands went up - Thus SET SHOT. Boy doesn't that Franco have a great line? I suppose he gained his smooth writing style during his years on the Sandstorm staff with THE CAT - Mel Schauer lives in Desert Air. He goes to the Spudnut shop a lot and a lot of the Bomber Games. What would you change from your high school days? Ricky, you said "forget girls and go more to sports" - as I look back I would have to go with the most opportunities -Sports has not been to good to me. One should go were they could score the most. -- Think of what you could have had then had you known what you know now. Yes that's right -prefabs for $1600. Quiz for you all 1. Where did the term "submarine races" come from? 2. Who burnt their library card by the flag pole in 68 3. How many R houses are there in Richland? 4. Richland has three of the top ten all time state basketball tourney scoring leaders. Who are they and what place? -Rich Crigler (70) ********************************** >>From: Kelly Flanagan Gustafson (85) Stan [Podesek-85] - Well it sounds like you've been very busy, and enjoying life, I'm glad to hear it! Kris and I are in Houston, TX and I can't say enough about it we love it! We moved here because Kris got a job with a Pharmaceutical Company he's the Director of a couple of Depts. What he does is write software applications for example to test new drugs for say cancer, so a doctor will call his program when randomizing a patient and it will tell him to give the patient the placebo or the real drug and in the end the FDA either approves or disapproves the drug. (Lets just say since he left wppss he hasn't used his mechanical engineering degree :)!) Its a pretty cool job the company has affiliates in Paris, Brussels, and London, so in the last three years its taken him to Europe 8 times which is a benefit I must say I have enjoyed!! I didn't go with him this last October because we just had our first baby. His name is Chance Christian and he was 9.6lbs. He was huge. Thank God for c-sections!! He's the love of my life. I always said I didn't want kids and now I feel I could have quite a few! Kris and I enjoy him so much!! He's now 16 weeks today. We took some recent pictures with the digital camera @ Thanksgiving but we haven't had time to update. I'm still working in retail a little bit I was a Visual merchandise manager for a Multi Concept Eddie Bauer Store, but have since stepped down to just work about 20 hours a week, because I don't want to put the baby in daycare so this way he's with Kris when I'm at work. I'm also doing some work on the side as a interior stylist (home decorating) its a blast, so I guess you could say I'm still artsy, and never enjoyed sitting at a desk! Nancy and James Filsinger live in Dallas they moved down here a few months after us. We all have yet to hook up we always say its pretty sad considering we only live 4 hours apart!! We do keep in touch and hopefully will see each other soon! Well enough rambling for now! Take Care! -Kelly Flanagan Gustafson (85) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/4/98 ************************** 11 Bombers sent stuff in: Joan Eckert (51), Dick Epler (52), Lynn Hinson (52), John Northover (59), Jim Walton (60), Lefty Roohr (60), Marilyn Thorp (63), Carol Converse (64), Larry Brunelle (67), Rob Teats (70), Jim Laidler (77) ********************************** >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens (51) Being from Ralph Myrick's class of 1951, can't help but wonder if there are any of us "old timers" left. Jim Grow [51], Richard Gibson [51], Bob Harmon [51], Maggie Masters [51], Sally Stone [51], Bill Wilkins [51] -all were good buddies. Does anyone remember Sportlets, the toy and hobby store that was right next to the Spudnut Shop? The Spudnut Shop has enlarged and moved into the area that housed Sportlets. That store was my first job and I loved it. It was so much fun working there prior to Christmas. We all wore Santa hats and had a great time. Our boss, John Castle, was a railroad buff. He built a beautiful set for HO gauge trains and everyone loved watching. Responding to ideas for Spudnut ornaments, how about a Santa munching on one? -Joan Eckert Sullens (51) ********************************** >>From: Dick & Lynn Hinson Epler (52) Re: Black and White 1955 Ford Crown Victorias We've been following with some interest the notes about 1955 Ford Crown Victorias in Richland. As someone mentioned, there weren't that many of them around. As it turns out, we are responsible for bringing one of the Crown Vics to Richland. It was a Black and White with Smitty mufflers (nice mellow sound). We bought Vicky in Texas, our first new car, when I graduated from the Aviation Cadet (USAF) Corps in May 1955. As a graduation present, Lynn had the Smitty mufflers installed. We drove it to my next duty assignment in Sewart AFB, TN, where I flew C-119 Flying Boxcars for almost two years. Then in 1957, I was transferred to Molesworth RAF Station in England and I had to make a decision. The Air Force would either pay for moving our new Spartan 45' (8' wide) trailer back to the Tri-Cities, or pay for my wife to accompany me to England. Sounds like a simple decision, but I still didn't have enough money to move the thing, and I couldn't afford to sell it. Besides, we wanted to keep that trailer for use after the Air Force to go to college somewhere. So, in 1957, I went to England by myself, and Lynn stayed in the Tri-Cities. Near the end of '57, I bought a new Volkswagen through the PX, which we thought would be more economical for going to school. But that meant selling Vicky. So Lynn sold our beloved Vicky to a Richland family whose name she can't remember now. Later, we heard that the boy wrecked the car. Lynn thinks it was on the Pasco bridge. So I don't know if our Vicky was involved in Arlene's spectacular crash or not ... but it could have been. At that point in time, we weren't in the Tri-Cities... we were in Pullman at WSC. -Dick & Lynn Hinson Epler (52) ********************************** >>From: John Northover (59) Searching for Missing '59 Bombers. I thank you for your indulgence and apologize for the inconvenience. HOWEVER, If you would not mind thinking back, way back ... back to your High School Days ... I know many of you were playmates [or had brothers and sisters] that, lived next to, lived close to, across the street, up the street, down the street, in the next block, were in the same club, fished together, swam together, rode bikes together, played various sports together, drank together, hunted, chased boys, girls, dogs, cats, ... knew their girl friends, boy friends, uncles, aunts, sisters or other family members ... and other normal/abnormal human interaction situations not aforementioned, with the members of the Class of '59. Someone out there knows where some of these people are. We are having our 40th High School Reunion in Richland; July 1999!!! We want to find as many of our classmates as possible. Presently we are missing 47 out of 371 from the class of '59. Please look at the list of MISSING '59 BOMBER CLASSMATES. We thank you for your time and effort. john THE MISSING: JudithAndersonMotor, ErnestBacklund, TomS.Beirs, GaleBollingerWebb, EdwardM.Borasky, JaniceClarkHanson, DennisCox, BrianJ.Dahl, EddieSeeDay, LarryE.Fisher, ChuckL.Graverson, DickL.Griffin, AliceHanthornGlick, SueHeathVenger, JudithLambdinDarden, CarolynLeeShaffer, StephenE.Lewis, GeorgeMartinex, MichaelMcGrath, BarbaraMcLemore, JoanMidkiffChris, JeanieMiller, JanetMithcellWasselman, DanielMonroe, StewartR.Nielson, LyndaPhillips, SusanF.Pittock, NedE.Pugh, KayeRayWard, ChesterA.Roberts,Jr., RobertH.Robinson, CharlesTomRonk, RudySeymour, SharonSherwood, BobSievers, George"Bill"Smith, RuthSolomonEllsworth, RalphStephens, RosemaryStroup, EugeneSturdevant, ConnieL.Wagner, JoanWare, GladysWebbPerkins, JamesD.White,Jr., MichaelD.Williams, AnnetteV.Winsor, RogerYoung. ********************************** >>From: Jim Walton (60) ...from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Wed Dec 2 21:05:00 1998 GREAT SITE Brilliant idea---I wonder how many other High Schools are doing this??? ********************************** >>From: Bob Loper (Lefty Roohr) ('60) To Mark DeVoss (67): One more time for the Crown Victoria - did it have triple deuce carburetors? That's what made it fly!!! Let me know if its the same one. -Bob Loper (aka Lefty Roohr - 60) ********************************** >>From: Marilyn Thorp (63) Ray Stein [64]: Thank you so much for the address of the Cinnamon Bear. I was just talking about the program the other day to some coworkers. Growing up, I looked forward to the episodes starting at Thanksgiving and finishing at Christmas. I used to rush home from school to hear that day's episode. AND... the Spudnut ornament is inspired! It should be commemorated forever. I hope a manufacturer can be located -- after we have a design winner. Put me down as the first customer. I am going to call my folks (who still live in Richland) and my Sis (Carolyn Thorp '54 -- she just moved back to Kennewick last month) and let them know about the other Alphabet House ornament and the pending Spudnut ornament. Great creativity! -Marilyn Thorpe (63) ********************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) TO: Donna Seslar White (68) - I bought the Cinnamon Bear tapes a few months back from Amazon. I know they have them, but are probably just out of stock. Also Barnes and Noble has them. It would be interesting to know just how many people have gotten the Cinnamon Bear tapes to listen to this year. Any takers? My husband and I started listening to them last night. Funny, I don't remember anything about it. I am thoroughly enjoying listening to them again. Does draw me back to my childhood and the fond memories of the Christmas season. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ********************************** >>From: Larry Brunelle (67) RE: Dose Assessments Howdy Maren and Gary Haven't seen anyone mention the Hanford INDIVIDUAL Dose Assessment Project yet. For those of us living in the Hanford area from Dec 26, 1944 through Dec 31, 1957 you can get an INDIVIDUAL thyroid dose estimate request form, for iodine 131, by calling 1-800-432- 6242. Leave your name and address on the recording and they will send you a form to fill out and return no later than March 1, 1999. Apparently there is a study proposed by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry for which you may be eligible. Of course all people reading this newsletter may be eligible and at risk. Seems to me that there was an article in the Tri- City Herald about a group (class action) seeking compensation from the government for the releases but I didn't record the information. Anyone know about it? Both my parents are gone now from what we refer to as "Hanford Cancer". I don't know yet what good the dose assessment will do me but I have received the form and will send it in. It may just be something to alert our family doctor about. I think that a Geiger (had to look that one up in dictionary) counter would do the trick for those of us that glow at night from our early days near "the" project. Hope you all had a good turkey day. -Larry Brunelle (67) ********************************** >>From: Rob Teats (70) It was good to hear Grant Ranlett (69) mention "underground." If I remember correctly, Grant published his own underground newspaper that was called "The Goods." In those days, high school administrators didn't think too much for first amendment rights of students and they did not want an underground newspaper to be distributed on campus. This did not prevent Grant from sneaking copies and passing them out in the hallways. On one occasion, the vice Principal saw some students passing out this "hot" journal of student radicalism and confiscated them. I spoke up and said he had no right to do that. The next thing I knew I was in the office with both vice principal and principal hearing a lecture on how "tricky Dick" was not acceptable language to be included in a respectable publication and therefore could not be allowed on school property. On a further occasion, the police were called to confiscate the underground newspaper "The Goods," because it was a source of "outside agitation." The way I remember it, Grant's newspaper was a great achievement of journalism. Grant, do you still have any copies, I would love to see one? -Rob Teats (70) ********************************** >>From: Jim Laidler (77) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Thu Dec 3 16:30:51 1998 What a tremendous find! Maybe the Class of '77 can finally get together! I was in Richland for a couple of weeks two years ago and was amazed at how much had changed... and how much hadn't. I'm done moving around - the Class of '77 seems to have so many of us "tumbleweeds" that I wonder we were ever able to make it to our own graduation - and I've settled down in Portland, OR to stay. At least for a while. I'd love to hear from old friends and classmates, even if you don't fit into both categories. -Jim Laidler (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/5/98 ************************** 14 Bombers sent stuff in: Ralph Myrick (51), Norma Loescher (53), Jack Gardiner (61), Bob Rector (62), Mac Quinlan (62), Jo Miles (64), Mary Sullivan (64), Ron Sledge (65), Cheryl Moran (66), Karen Schildknecht (67), Patty Eckert (68), Dale Hosack (69), Rich Crigler (70), Carolyn Polentz (74) ********************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Joan Eckert [51]: Bob Harmon [51] was living a street over from me and since has moved - where? Bill Wilkins [51] is the local tax man. At this time of the year you see him on all three local TV channels. Gibson [51], as I understand it, went back to school and became a lawyer - living somewhere in Arizona. I still remember him with those Great Danes, paperboy bag thrown over their backs like a saddle, and pulling Richard around every morning to deliver papers. He couldn't have picked a better career than being a lawyer. -Ralph ********************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell (53) God, grant me the Senility To forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune To run into the ones I do, And the eyesight To tell the difference. ********************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner (61) For all you Tri City Brave fans out there. Another guy who played for them during the early to mid 50's was Terry Carroll. I believe he was a infielder. -Jack Gardiner ...61 ********************************** >>From: Bob Rector (62) RE: Oh, now I remember! Gee this is fun. Yea, no one would fess up about Lew Loyd until I stupidly accused Gail Cyphers. Hum, maybe Gail stole the car. Ok, Lew, where are you? And Paul Whatz-his-name (Southworth?) in his dad's Kaiser... we were playing follow the leader and went down the "road" next to Carmichael Hill and took out the power steering. Never heard how Paul explained that to his dad. Yes, Yes, Dean Hoff... I had forgotten the name of Don Steele, the DJ with a brain. (at least that is what I thought at the time) He was always poking fun at the religious beliefs of the other DJ. I felt that this guy had guts, along with his brain. All I had was this stupid grin, which I wear to this day. And whatever happened to Bob Mitchell ('62)? Together, we boldly suggested to the administration, at a student council meeting, to allow pop machines on campus. Wow, Tom Lyda turned redder than a Wenatchee Delicious, and after the meeting he angrily explained to Bob Rector and Bob Mitchell, that we should keep our ^&%$# noses out of administration business and stick to student business at hand. Damn I remember his face every time I go to a basketball game and walk past those beautiful pop machines!! Semper Bomberus. -Robert or Bob, Rector '62 ********************************** >>From: Frank (Mac) Quinlan (62) I've put off writing as long as I could, but the talk about Lew Lloyd's black Crown Victoria finally got the best of me. David Waggoner (62) lived next door to Lew, so if he is out there, he might have the best information about what happened. I used to live down the block from Lew and one of the times I was home I remember seeing the infamous car with weeds growing up around it. This was probably about '72 or '73. So Mark, I guess there were at least two black Crown Victories. A while back someone wrote that they thought that they were probably the first Hispanic family in the area. In '53 I was in the 3rd grade at Jefferson and one of my friends was Israel Padraza. His family either owned or operated a Mexican restaurant in West Richland. When I was in the 4th grade I remember a new 5th grade teacher who had a red turtle back '47 Ford with laker pipes, loud exhaust and flipper hub caps. I was impressed that a teacher! would have a car like that. The teacher was L. Holland St. John. He was my 5th grade teacher the following year, but he had sold the car by then. The year after that he went off to Chief Jo to teach Speech. Sand storms (real ones) The worst sand storm I remember was in about '57 or '58. David Waggoner and I had ridden our bikes out Davidson to the gravel pit north of Newcomer. During this time there wasn't anything north of Newcomer other than cherry and apricot orchards. When the storm hit the dust was so bad we couldn't see anything so we were afraid to move. We were literally sand blasted for about 1/2 hour. When we got home it took forever to get the sand out of everywhere. Dumb things. We used to sleep overnight out on the first island. Once the sun would go down the water would usually turn to glass. This was always the best time to ski, so we would ski by moon light. The scary part was having the boat find you after you fell down. Riding Academy. The e-mails about going horse back riding sure brought back memories. Does anyone remember the lady's name who taught riding lessons in the middle fifties? I think her name was something like Mrs. Linderoff or something like that. Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53). I really enjoyed your memories of old Richland. I only wish my memory was half that good. -Frank (Mac) Quinlan (62) ********************************** >>From: Jo Miles (64) TO Larry Brunelle (67) RE: Hanford Class Action Lawsuit The Yakima Herald Republic reported 8-26-98 "Judge Tosses Out Most Claims of Downwinders" Federal Judge Alan McDonald dismissed most of the about 4,500 plaintiffs suing former contractors at the nuclear reservation over radiation releases they claim harmed their health. He said that scientific evidence of radiation injury is too complex for a jury to determine. A jury's consideration of such matters could lead to "an erroneous conclusion that exposure to Hanford emissions was a cause in fact of an individual's disease." The ruling does allow a handful of cases to proceed to trial, including those of some plaintiffs with thyroid cancer. The disease has been directly linked to exposure to iodine-131, the most predominant radioactive isotope released from Hanford's plutonium- processing plants. McDonald's ruling dismissed all cases of iodine- 131 exposure after 1960. Attorney Tom Foulds of Seattle who represents some of the plaintiffs said he would appeal. I guess we'll know for sure if there is an RHS reunion scheduled and no one is able to show up. -Jo Miles (64) ********************************** >>From: Mary Sullivan (64) To Donna Sesler White [68] - It WOULD be interesting to know how many people have gotten the "Cinnamon Bear" tapes this year alone! I have had them for about 10 years - Thanks to my brother, Denis (62) and still enjoy them! It would be interesting to know how long other Bombers have had them?? Any takers?? REMINDER RE: THE "CINNAMON BEAR" tapes. When listening to them - remember DO NOT play them on Sat. or Sun. eve's! I found out the hard way that the radio show did not broadcast them on the weekend!! Otherwise you will be ahead by Christmas Eve! I ended up with one "unhappy camper" one year! So I learned my lesson and thought I would pass it on! Til later, Bomber Cheers, -Mary Sullivan (64) ********************************** >>From: Ron Sledge (65) Basketball: Just thinking back on the players during my time in school I get flashes of Ray Stein (64) out jumping the 6' 11" Ted Wierman from Yakima; the year Rod Brewer (65) played part of the year left handed due to a broken arm and it didn't slow down his scoring that much; Thea Wallace (63) with the flattest arc in basketball history, most of the time it looked like his shots were below the rim; the great fast break where the ball never hit the floor; the full court press starting in the first quarter and continuing throughout most of the game; Fred Milton (66), looking more like an offensive tackle than a basketball player until the game started and his displays of speed and grace on the court, Jim House (63) tenacity in close under the basket. Hunting: Does anyone remember Tom Norton (?) dressed in his all white coveralls laying out on the second or third island in the snow shooting ducks? He just let them drift down stream until he was done then picked them up on his way home. Garret Meador (65), the quickest chuckar hunter alive. We could be road hunting and Garret would hear some chuckers, stop the famous blue truck and be up a 500 foot hill before the rest of us could load our guns. Pulling the tail feathers out of hen pheasants and tell mom they were sage hens. My brother Dave (69), always shooting three times at everything. I think his gun was a full automatic and he couldn't let off the trigger quick enough. One of his first pheasants shot at about 15 feet coming down in a puff of feathers. No meat could be salvaged from that one. Hope everyone has a happy holiday season. -Ron Sledge (65) ********************************** >>From: Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) Thanks, John Wingfield [66], for your account of your Thanksgiving walk. That's really the best way to see any place and I have done that on occasion when in town. I'm thinking "wreath" for the spudnut ornament. Seems like the same shape. Just not sure what to use for the green yet. And speaking of ornaments, if a Ranch house was the letter Y/Z, then that means I will be quite ancient by the time my house can be hung on a Christmas tree. Any way to expedite the process??? -Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) ********************************** >>From: Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) To Ralph Myrick [51]: Regarding your inquiry as to whether Karen Schildknecht went to Jefferson. The answer is no. I went to Spalding, then to Carmichael, and so on. In fact, no Schildknecht was ever enrolled at Jefferson, although my sister, Lynn Schildknecht Ibatuan (74) works in the office there now. Just wanted to set the record straight. -Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) ********************************** >>From: Patty Eckert Weyers (68) Happy Holiday's Maren and Gary. Life is sure full of forgotten memories with both of your wonderful idea's of these sites to wonder back through time in.... I personally feel very blessed at living and going to schools in Richland and this input back in time helps me see other sides to events that happened and teachers and other Bomber's we knew. Thank you for such hard work and attention given to all of us spread everywhere to still be able to have a piece of 'coming home' even when we can't. Does anyone remember I believe it was in the 50's, a bus service for traveling around town? Back then it was an event to get to go 'shopping in Uptown' and we dressed up in good clothes and gloves and hats and got to catch a bus close to our house on Van Giesen (1108) and ride to the Uptown or Downtown area's. What ever was the reason that stopped? Anyone want to inform me on more details. I was a young girl, but I do recall it faintly and I wasn't over 10 yrs old. But later in my early teens there was no such memories of it?! Great idea, Joan Eckert Sullens [51], on Santa eating a spudnut, I like that one, Sister. Or how about a Santa's sleigh being a large spudnut flying through the sky by his reindeer over Uptown Richland and the Spudnut Shop itself.... Or, a nice Frosty the Snowman swishing down a snow covered hillside on a Spudnut Innertube with his scarf blowing in the wind and a smile on his face! (Like good old Carmichael Hill)! This is a sad confession for me to make, but in all my first 36 years living in the Richland and the Tri Cities areas, I never once experienced the 'high' of sledding down that hill, sad but true, but I still wouldn't mind if the opportunity ever arises as its been like a life long dream to do it and I'll be 49 years old two days after Christmas! Is it ever to late for that sort of thing?!!!! I remember only the hill at Christ the King. This is a great invention Maren and Gary and I am so thrilled to be able to read these 'steps in time from our past'. Mari Eckert, where are you, and do you remember all our trips to town on the bus system? It was you I usually always went with? What say you Sister dear? -Patty Eckert Weyers (68) ********************************** >>From: Dale Hosack (69) Hey everyone, As I was reading the Sandstorm for 12/3/98 I noticed that two Bombers in a row from Class of '67 (Dave Miller, and Mark DeVoss) indicated that they now reside in San Jose, Cal. My brother (Steve Hosack, '65) and I both live in the South Bay as well. I was wondering if there are any other Bombers lurking in the area? Maybe we could establish a South Bay Chapter of the Col Hi Bombers (any excuse to have a party...) Has anyone thought about setting up a "Where are they now" type of list or map to link together Bombers geographically? Might be fun to do and help keep the ties close. Anyone interested? Including all Bay Area cities creates a Bay Area Bomber Branch Link Exchange (BABBLE)!!! ;^) Or a Bay Area Relocated Bombers Society (BARBS)...... I just think it would be fun to gather the Bombers and have a ParTee. Anyone else expressed an interest in something like this? -Dale Hosack ('69) P.S.: Thanks Maren and Gary for your tireless work keeping this newsletter alive. ********************************** >>From Rich Crigler (70) Quiz in the 12/3/98 Alumni Sandstorm 1. Where did the term "submarine races" come from? 2. Who burnt their library card by the flag pole in '68 3. How many R houses are there in Richland? 4. Richland has four of the top ten all time state basketball tourney scoring leaders. Who are they and what place? ANSWERS: 1. Two Bombers were parked on the boat ramp at Howard Amon - they parked the car down the ramp a ways to avoid parking lot headlights - too busy to notice the car's movement and stop it - they began the first submarine race - names? I believe they were from the class of '68. 2. David (tank) Roberts [68]. 3. 146 4. BOYS: #1.Mike Neill (75) - Career State Tourney points: 296; #3.Norris Brown (57) - Career State Tourney points: 215; #8.John Meyers (58) - Career State Tourney points: 184 GIRLS: #9.Shari Biggs - what year did she graduate and how many points? ********************************** >>From: Carolyn Polentz Burnham (74) Hi Maren - the latest Sandstorm mentioned as resource for these [Cinnamon Bear] tapes and I was able to find them... here's the address for anyone else who might be interested. They had stock today when I placed my order... /n/qid=912805605/sr=2-1/002-2498090-0506607 -Carolyn *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/6/98 ************************** 18 Bombers sent stuff in: Marilyn Peddicord (53), Norma Loescher (53), Grover Shegrud (56), Rich Baker (58), Steve Carson (58), Paula Beardsley (62), Roy Ballard (63) & Nancy Erlandson (67), Ray Stein (64), Carol Converse (64), Kathy Rathjen (66), Mick Hemphill (66) Patty Eckert (68), Donna Seslar (68), Grant Rantlett (69), Debbie Roberts (75), Jim Laidler (77), Darcy Koontz (83) ********************************** >>From: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) A few days ago Norma Loescher Boswell [53] sent me a picture of my dad and two other supervisors from the post office. It would have been taken in the 50's. She had asked if I would like to have this nice momento of my father. When I opened the envelope I began to giggle. My father was a man of only 5'8". He was the Postmaster, but in the center of the threesome was Floyd Hutchins, the assistant postmaster, a man of 6' 2" or so, with an incredible sense of humor. In the picture he appeared to be a few inches shorter than my father and the other person, Earl Jones also a shorter person. Floyd was, standing in a hole, everyone was grinning broadly. Norma reminded me that there was great humor among our elders. In fact, Earl Jones, one of the original Richland residents, the rural route carrier and by the 50's a postal supervisor kept a goat staked in his front yard, never believing in mowing grass. His house was at the corner of Lee Blvd. and Jadwin where a bank is now situated. By the way, What are the cinnamon bear tapes everyone is talking about? -Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) ********************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell (53) "God grant me the Senility to forget. . .And the eyesight to tell the difference." I loved the humor of the sentiment and passed it on to everyone I knew past 40, but I DIDN'T WRITE IT. It came to me from Pat Hamrick, the wife of Kent Hamrick (53). There was no author given. So many good things lose their origins as we pass them from friend to friend. For that loss I'm sorry. -Norma Loescher Boswell (53) ********************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud (56) RE: submarine races! We were going to the submarine races as early as 1955 ** just an excuse to get a girl to go to an isolated place by the river and park**. I remember a place by the Yakima south of the CAP base and a place just north of the last houses on the Columbia. But we also had no qualms about using flat top in Kennewick. In fact the sand dunes just west of Richland where the cemetery is now was just as good. -Grover Shegrud (56) ********************************** >>From: Rick Baker (58) In response to Vic Hubbard's "Where I Was When JFK Was Killed", I was working at "D" area as a Utility Operator. We were on our lunch break when it was announced over the PA system. Everyone just sat there in shock. I remember that we went to a skeleton crew the next day to allow as many folks as possible to have the day off. -Rich Baker '58 ********************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) TO Rich Crigler (70): We were watching the sub races in 1956. We watched them on the Columbia and the Yakima and on one special night on the Snake. Good memories on the State Tourney. Norris Brown (57) and John Meyers (58- deceased) played on the greatest ever Bomber Basketball Teams in 56-58 -Steve Carson (58) ********************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) I bet those people at Amazon are going nuts trying to figure out why the run on The Cinnamon Bear tapes. I keep forgetting to play mine but thanks for the tip about not playing them on Sat. and Sunday. Think I'll get mine out and listen to them tomorrow and get caught up to date on them, then wait and do them each day. Maybe knowing I have a new episode to listen to each day will make work go a little quicker. Today is my son's 17th birthday and he was really disappointed that he couldn't go late session skating at the Rollarena with his friends. They close at 9 on Sat. They ended up at Skate-west and will be home shortly to take over the computer. He's a good kid but a little weird sometimes. Some good things just hang in there like the Rollarena and the Spudnut Shop. Someone was asking about Saralyn Reil Curtis earlier - Just found out she and Don are in Sisters, OR. Don't have an address but will keep checking. Happy holidays to all. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ********************************** >>From: Roy and Nancy Erlandson Ballard (63/67) RE: Richland High Wall of Fame On Dec. 19, 1998 at 1:00 pm the Bomber Boosters and wall of fame committee will have a presentation to bring the wall of fame up to date. The wall of fame is made up of athletes that have been awarded an all state award or won a state title. It will be held at the high school. -Roy and Nancy Erlandson Ballard (63/67 ********************************** >From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) TO: Dale Hosack (69) I like your idea of having a list of cities that Bombers are located at. Does sound as though there are quite a few people that live in the San Francisco area. My husband and I just moved to California earlier this year, but up north in Eureka. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ********************************** >>From: Ray Stein (64) To Carol Converse Maurer [64]: We bought our Cinnamon Bear tapes about 2-3 years ago from the Wireless Catalog. The address I listed in the Alumni Sandstorm came from the back of the cassette case. I've found out since that the 800 # is no longer active (sorry about that). Take care, -Ray Stein ********************************** >>From: Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) When I start dreaming about Cinnamon Bears driving black Ford Crown Victorias, I will know I've been reading too many Alumni Sandstorm editions. In the meantime, what fun! Its amazing. A lot of us are 50, 55, 60+, but for a half hour or so, we are kids again. Years ago Bob (Lefty Roohr, '60) told me about the Cinnamon Bear Christmas radio series. When the tapes turned up at a booth at the Tri-City Coliseum about 10 years ago, I bought them. We were both working in 200E area then, and since we got a late start on the tapes, we listed to one episode on the way to work, and one on the way home. Now, we have a 3 year old grandson, and the tapes are waiting until he can sit still long enough to listen to anything for a half hour. -Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) ********************************** >>From: Mick Hemphill (66) Wishing all the Bombers a Merry Christmas. Wanted to say to Dale Hosack (69); I live in Antioch and would be interested in a "Bay Area Bomber" (wasn't that a Roller Derby team in the '60's??) reunion. I know two other BAB's, Dennis Smith (63) and wife Lucy Foster (65). I worked with Dennis until his retirement recently. He is on-line and will probably respond, as well. Please advise of a plan and I'll be there. I remember a couple more Tri City Braves: Rick Herrera (I ended up with one of his broken bats), and Kenny Meyers (married Janice Rucker, class of '56?). Kathy Hartnett Mitchell (69); If you hear from Don Siemans (67), tell him hello for me. Last time I saw him was in Hawaii on my way over seas, 1969, we had a fun night if I remember right. He was serving aboard a Submarine at that time. Kathy Rathjen (66); I believe wearing red on Thursday meant you were "gay", not happy, but light in the loafers. I think we called it "being fruity" back in those days. Good to see you on line, too. I still remember one of the prettiest girls from Lewis and Clark. Hunting in the Tri Cities were some of the best times I can remember. Shot my first jack rabbit where houses are by the flume near the "Y", my first pheasant near Mike Murray's old house across the Yakima from Richland, and sluiced my first duck (crippled mallard) behind the old CAP airport... couldn't eat it, but it was a pretty green head. As we got older a group of us 66ers used to hunt the blocks in Pasco; Mike Murray, John Cole, Ron Griswold, and Ken Fortune. One unforgettable trip a farmer asked us to help rid him of some Bantey chickens that had overrun his barnyard. He would not let us shoot them (smart man), so we had to catch them by hand or club or pitch-fork. During the great chicken round up; Mike Murray sighted in on one and threw a metal capped fence post at the poor thing, and missed. The post cleared a ditch bank and smacked John Cole in the head as he was walking. John and chicken survived, but John got the worst end of that deal. I think we bagged 30 or so that day, and I took three live ones home. They kept the bugs down around the place for a year or so, until the neighbors got tired of the rooster crowing every morning. Enough for now..... Happy Holidays, -Micky Hemphill (66) ********************************** >>From: Donna Seslar White (68) RE: Cinnamon Bear Tapes To Carolyn Polentz Burnham [74] - Guess my timing was just off for ordering from Amazon. I was told they were not available. :( I did receive a confirmation from Barnes & Noble, however, that my order was being filled. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks to Carol Converse Maurer [64] for the suggestion. I also found another source in a search - However, theirs costs $34.48 with shipping while Barnes & Noble is $21.43 with shipping. Hope they are the same thing. Also thanks to a former neighbor of over 30 years ago who offered to loan his tapes to me. This Sandstorm is really doing great things for renewing old acquaintances! -Donna Seslar White (68) ********************************** >>From: Patty Eckert Weyers (68) Hey, Norma Loescher Boswell {53}; liked the verse; (how about this one): May those who Love Us, Love Us And those that Don't Love Us May God turn their hearts And if He doesn't turn their hearts May He turn their ankles So we'll know them By their limping And Dale Hosack {69}; love the B.A.B.B.L.E. /B.A.R.B.S idea's on a Bomber branch in your area. I am not in that area but the idea of a "Geographical Link" would be an interesting idea to see where we all are strewn across America! "Happy Holidays & Best of New Year's for All Bomber Alumni" -Patty Eckert Weyers (68) in Montana! ********************************** >>From: Grant Ranlett (69) RE: Underground papers THE GOODS, that infamous underground newspaper, was written and published with the help Ray Nelson (70) and Janice Hutchinson (70). We wrote about the Vietnam War, farm laborer's rights, the peace movement, the Chicago 7 Trial, and other timely issues. Rob, I think I actually may have some old issues lying around. THE GOODS was the second paper that I published. Remember THE NITRO EXPRESS? Dave Alden (69), Steve Lewis (69), Bob Bacon (69), and Sylvia Griffin (69) co-wrote and produced this one hit wonder. Bob Bacon was walking through Col-Hi one afternoon distributing the papers when he was stopped by a teacher. Apparently Bob had no right to do this. Also there was some questionable language in the paper. So all copies of THE NITRO EXPRESS were confiscated and the police called to the scene. Larry Upson of the ACLU contacted me and interviewed me about this matter of constitutional rights. Should not I have the right to publish and distribute a newspaper? Are students denied this right? Thanks to Rob Teats [70] for bringing up this colorful and important bit of Richland history. -Fred G. Ranlett ********************************** >>From: Debbie Roberts Riddell (75) from the RHS Guest Book: DATE: 1998-12-04 03:49:32 Comments: 1975 graduate. Enjoyed the web-site. I miss the Tri-cities and the warm and dry weather. Relocated to Bellevue a year ago and work for Boeing. My daughter (Jenny Aichele) graduated in 1998. My son (Jason Aichele) is a junior and enjoying playing Bomber basketball and golf. Hope the Bombers have a great season. -Debbie Roberts Riddell (75) ********************************** >>From: Jim Laidler (77) Gary, Thanks for keeping a list of the graduating classes - I hope that this will help my class finally get together. It seems like we all split and went our separate ways right after graduation; we couldn't even get half the class together for our 20th reunion because nobody knew where we were (myself included). -Jim Laidler - class of 1977 ********************************** >>From: Darcy Koontz Smith (83) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sat Dec 5 18:19:39 1998 Didn't see many early 80s grads sign the guest book. My maiden name is Koontz. I live in Spokane now but visit Richland a few times a year to see family. Everything there is so different now! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/7/98 ************************** 7 Bombers sent stuff in: Norma Loescher (53), Jan Nelson (60), Jim Hamilton (63), Deedee Willox (64), Rod Brewer (65), Doug Payne (73) Bryan Brenchley (81) ********************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell (53) To Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53): Thanks for sharing the humor about your Dad, Floyd Hutchins (who lowered his stature by standing in a hole) and Earl Jones (who used his goat as a lawn mower). You gave my memory a welcome boost! To Cinnamon Bear Lovers: Those tapes with daily before-Christmas episodes of Paddy O'Cinnamon were played on our radio before Christmas every year when I was a child, and I loved them. They probably began soon after World War II. Does anyone know for sure? To Patty Eckert Weyers (68): I chuckled over your verse! Montana is a great state. My husband Don is from Helena, and we visit friends in the Bitter Root Valley every summer. I also help judge Missoula's summer rose show every year. -Norma Loescher Boswell (53) ********************************** >>From: Jan Nelson (60) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sun Dec 6 20:14:01 1998 What a great site. Connected with friends immediately. Fun reading about the houses and all the memories. -Jan Nelson (60) ********************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) All of this talk about the Best of the Bomber Basketball players bring back all kinds of names and memories. Before the '58 team, there was Gene Conley, Jack Sinderson, and Chuck Curtis. But without a doubt, the most famous Bomber basketball player has to be from the Gold Medal Class of 63. No not, Theartis of the flat "J", Jim House of the right cross, or Pook who always played with one arm in the air ("foul on number 13"). Ron Richards and Chuck Gardiner would have been great, but were never really given a chance. But the most "Famous Bomber" has to be Darrel Renz, and he made history without ever taking a shot, making a pass, or boxing out. Put his picture on the "Wall of Fame", He's remembered more clearly by most than some last minute win over the Bill Douglas led Wolves of Wapato, or those damn Davis Pirates. Give Darrell his due recognition, he played his pants off for the Green and Gold. -Jim Hamilton (63) ********************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) To all who are looking for Cinnamon Bear tapes. I bought mine from: Radio Spirits Inc. P O Box 2141 Schiller Park, IL 60176 I paid $24.98 plus tax. To Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) who asked what Cinnamon Bear was: It was a daily radio program at Christmas, 26 episodes. It is about twins Judy and Jimmy who are trying to find the silver star that goes on top of their Christmas tree. In the attic, they meet Paddy O'Cinnamon who takes them to Maybeland; every day they have another adventure in the quest for their star until finally on Christmas Eve, they wake up in the attic with the star. It was a big part of my life as a child and now I listen every year to the tapes. I bought THREE sets over the years, but the ones from Radio Spirits are the best quality. My granddaughter in Everett, WA has one set and listens every day also; she is 4. My granddaughter in Kennewick has one set and listens also; she is 10. It gives us something special at Christmas time to share with each other. I don't know what years they were aired, but I have a friend who is class of '53 who listened to them in Yakima, WA and I am class of '64 and listened in Richland. A few years ago, one of the Christian stations aired them in the Tri-Cities. They really are fun! To all Bombers everywhere: Hope your Holiday season is a good one. I know many people get depressed this time of year; don't know if it's the holidays or the weather. But remember what the season is really all about, the birth of the Savior, and take your troubles to Him (He's not a baby anymore!). Merry Christmas. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ********************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) TO: Shirley Collings Haskins (66): Good call. Steve Dale played on the Eisenhower team that beat us 60 -0. Do you know where he went to college and what tailback he played behind? Careful, the answer could kill you. -Rod Brewer ********************************** >>From: Doug Payne (73) (aka Douglas Noblehorse} Hi! A while back someone mentioned that Spalding Elementary had burned - partially I think. This prompted me to dig out some photos I took of Spalding when I was visiting Richland back in 1995. I scanned a couple of these (with a few more to follow) and put them up on a webpage for those that might be interested. I also dug out some of my old report cards from Spalding and Carmichael and a class schedule from Col Hi and put them up , too - minus the grades and comments, etc. of course! -Doug Noblehorse (73) ********************************** >>From: Bryan Brenchley (81) from a Bomber Guest Book Date: Sun Dec 6 05:04:49 1998 It was great to find this website. I see several people from my class that I plan on contacting. Thanks for your efforts in putting this site together. -Bryan Brenchley, class of '81 ********************************** The Richland School Board has voted to name a new elementary school in West Richland after Dr. William R. Wiley. Dr. Wiley served as Director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 1984 to 1994. He was Battelle's Senior Vice President for Science and Technology Policy when he died in 1996. Dr. Wiley had a long and distinguished career with Battelle. He came to Pacific Northwest as a scientist in 1965 and quickly moved up in the management ranks. Along the way, he garnered many honors and awards, including Tri-Citian of the Year, Black Engineer of the Year, and the Department of Energy's Distinguished Associate Award. He also was instrumental in establishing the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/8/98 ************************** 14 Bombers sent stuff in: Ralph Myrick (51), Lee Johnson (54), Millie Finch (54), Ken Heminger (56), Howard Kirz (60), Jack Grouell (61), Jan Voorhies (61) OR Jim McCord (57), Gregor Hanson (65), Mari Eckert (65), Shirley Collings (66), Dan Henry (68), Mike Franco (70), Rick Polk (70), Holly Chamberlain (76) ********************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Search for Dick Sievers. My mother, Ola Myrick, was reminiscing yesterday and ask if my sister, Norma, or me if we knew what happened to Dick Sievers. His dad was an umpire and I was told he went on to ump in the major leagues. So, if anyone can enlighten me as to his where he is, I will let my ma know. Thanks. -Ralph Myrick ********************************** >>From: Lee Johnson (54) Bomber alert: Many of you know that the Marlin Photography Studio has gone out of business. And has turned over their portrait negatives to the Columbia River Exhibition of History Science and Technology (CREHST) The negatives go back to 1953 with a few from 1950, 51 and 52. All the negatives have been cataloged by family name. There are a some loose prints available and are on display. The prints are not cataloged so, have to be identified by sight. If you or anyone in your family ever had their picture taken at the Marlin Studio then chances are good you can retrieve the negatives. CREHST will sell you the negatives for $20.00 and if you spot a picture in the display you can buy it for $2.00. The CREHST Museum is located at 95 Lee Blvd., Richland. It is the building that overlooks the tennis courts at Howard Amon Park. 943-9000 -Lee Johnson (54) ********************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg (54) Greetings to all Bombers out there. I have been reading your messages on this wonderful site and chuckle so much as memories flood my soul! It is great to see so many names that I recall and haven't thought of for years. To: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) - I love your stories. Hope your dad is doing good, tell him I'm still "hobbling" along. Where is that sister Nancy - haven't seen her name on this line yet. I know she is working, but miss seeing her. By the way Bombers, there is an interesting tidbit of news connecting the Beardsley name and the Finch name. Years ago when my mom worked in the area, she was the secretary for Paul Beardsley in security. Then low and behold in the 80's, when I was working Human Resources for Kaiser, my new secretary was Nancy Beardsley Luckey! What a small world, huh!! To: Kim Richey Dykeman (74) - I don't know if you remember me or not, but I have been enjoying your memories. I didn't know you were a Bomber. To: Ralph Myrick (51) - You mentioned Bob Harmon (51) in your bit on 12/5. Bob and his wife Barbara live in Richland, and as far as I know, they have always lived here. My family knows them well. To: Norma Loescher Boswell (53) - I continually am amazed at your input. I loved your "serenity prayer" - hope you are well. To: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) - It was wonderful reading your memories of old Richland. My family moved here in (44) so I could relate. I do remember you well. To: Patty Eckert Weyers (68) - I think if you have a life-long dream of sledding Carmichael Hill - go for it girl (as my grandaughter would say!) You are as old as you think. Your body might suffer later, but what a fun thing to do! Let us know if you succeed!!!! To: Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) - Hi guys! What a surprise to know you are both Bombers. Haven't heard from you in so long - are you still working Bob? I hope you both are enjoying life and good health. I'm one of the old Bombers! To: Members of the Class of '54 - Do any of you remember the day when we were Srs, and we basically "skipped" school and went to Pasco (I remember riding the city bus) for a football game???? Gary and Maren this is such a wonderful way for all of us to share our past together, just as we grew up together. I find it interesting the different things that people remember. That is what makes us unique in this "one-of-a-kind" town! Happy holidays to everyone and good health to you from me. -Millie Finch Gregg (54) ********************************** >>From: Ken Heminger (56) Does anyone remember a teacher named "Miss Rootness" (The spelling may be off but it sounds like I spelled it.) from the late 40's early 50's. I remember I had her for the 5th grade but can't remember which school, I think it was Spalding. If someone should remember her it would fill a gap in the old memory, -Ken Heminger (56) ********************************** >>From: Howard Kirz (60) Gary, What a great idea! Have you considered running for President in 2000? We could all march on Washington wearing our Bomber sweaters. Got to be at least as snazzy as those Promisekeeper outfits. Let us all know when you file. Meantime, please add my e-mail to the growing list. Thanks a lot for the great site. -Howard Kirz, Bainbridge ********************************** >>From: Jack Grouell (61) Richland Bomber Alumni: We have been expressing lots of Richland memories thanks to the tremendous effort of Gary and Maren. Obviously we all feel that growing up in Richland was a unique experience in many ways. I have been thinking that the Richland we knew is changing and disappearing and with it some of the "look and feel" of what made it unique. Would it be a worthwhile to preserve a bit of the historic past as a tribute to those who made Richland a part of history? What I have in mind would be acquiring an original government house and restoring it to the condition it would have been at the end of WW II, VJ Day. Not just the house, but the yard and all of the furniture, appliances, clothes in the closet, maybe even a pre- war car with bald tires sitting in the driveway. Make it look like a WW II Richland family was still living there. What do YOU think? -Jack Grouell '61 ********************************** >>From: ??? Whoever sent this in did not 'sign' the e-mail. The e-mail address belongs to Jim McCord (57) and Janet Voorhies McCord (61) My guess is Janet!! The Cinnamon Bear Story was definitely a tradition in the Tri-Cities. To those who are interested in more on the Cinnamon Bear Story. Go to the Barnes and Nobel site: and do a search for the Cinnamon Bear Story. It will come up with two versions available: One on 5 cassettes (17.48) and one on CD-ROM (24.48). Title will be: "The Cinnamon Bear: Smithsonian Historical Performances, Vol. 5" The synopsis reads: "The Cinnamon Bear is the beloved 1937 children's radio series featuring Paddy O'Cinnamon, the Cinnamon Bear. It's a delightful six hour adventure story of twins Judy and Jimmy Barton and their search for the silver star that goes on top of their Christmas tree." I don't recall Amazon offering the CD version but think with changing technology and for children's wear-n-tear, this might be a better way to go than cassettes! -[deleted for privacy] ********************************** >>From: Gregor Hanson (65) I'll take a "stab" at Rod Brewer's [65] question in the Sandstorm about where the running back from Eisenhower (was it Steve Dale or Spud Edmundson) went on to school and who he played behind -Answer is: USC and OJ - the murderer - Simpson! Rod - I'm going to forward you some scanned photos of our NB of C Little League pictures to see if you can recognize any of those youthful faces!!. -Gregor ********************************** >>From: Leona (aka Mari) Eckert Leahy (65) Thinking about the past made me recall fondly, the memories of walking to the Arctic Circle after early Mass each (or rather, many) Sunday mornings with my sister, Patti. Those fries we bought just tasted EXTRA good those mornings. Or going to the old Mayfair store on Thayer Dr. (corner of Thayer and Williams) to buy shoestring potatoes in the can. On the rare occasion that we went straight home, it was French Toast time with loads of maple syrup! Gosh, am getting hungry just REMEMBERING all that good stuff!!! Patti mentioned in the Sandstorm the other day that Richland had a bus system for a short time, back in our school days. I had actually forgotten about it, but again, the memory resurfaced upon reading her letter, and I recall using it on rare occasions, but mostly I recall, walking everywhere that I wanted to go, no matter where in Richland it was (once or twice even went as far as Kennewick). Christmas time while growing up was the greatest. Everyone so friendly and not afraid to smile and say hi or Merry Christmas. On Saturday mornings the cartoons and double feature we got to go to at the Uptown theater, the cost only a receipt from any of the stores in the Uptown! Can actually recall my brother Bob reading the titles for me and wishing I could read them myself. So proud of myself when I was finally able to do so. Santa's workshop upstairs at Newberry's - how exciting that was!! Bought Mom a pair of red high heels and a red purse, one Christmas, at the Bon Marche and they put a gold sticker on it with the letters - BM. Wasn't sure I cared for those letters, in that order, on Mom's packages! Sledding down Carmichael Hill or the backside of Chief Jo. Great fun. Hooky bobbing behind the cars that cooperated. Afraid I could go on and on, but best quit before this becomes a book ------- even if it would be a BEST SELLER. Merry Christmas all, and have a Great New Year. -Leona (aka Mari) Eckert Leahy (65) ********************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) In response to Rod Brewer (65): Boy, your question in today's Sandstorm really causes me to put on my "thinking cap", and, even so, the transmission I am receiving is a little fuzzy . . . I seem to have an unquenchable thirst for orange juice, though! Plus the word "US" keeps trying to get through. Uh oh, now I am thinking of California. If I could just put all of the clues together! Perhaps the answer will "come to me" if I think harder . . .! Now an image of a glove is appearing. I just can't quite put my finger on the answer, Rod. Sorry, -Shirley Collings Haskins ********************************** >>From: Dan Henry (68) I remember the riding academy very well. I spent many days there. My brother had a horse but wouldn't let me ride it by myself. So I spent every dollar I got renting horses. Some horses were so barn sour that you would not get a hundred yards out the back before they would turn around and return whether you wanted to or not. I finally found a mare named Bambi that was worth the money. She was really a good horse for a kid. I didn't get my first horse til I was 18. My sister Sharon co-signed for me to by her. The riding academy was also where a lot of the girls hung out. Worked for me. Thanks Sharon. -Daniel Henry, Class of 68. ********************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) Rod [Brewer-65] ... Steve Dale went to USC.... was not only behind O.J. Simpson, but was WAY behind him.... in those days with no scholarship limits I think Dale was buried in the USC depth and never played much..... what do I win? -Mike Franco (70) ********************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) Since the subject of best of the Bomber Basketball players has cropped up, I feel the need to throw in my two bits. With all due respect to Jim Hamilton (63), Ray Stein (64) had to be the best all-around B-ball player to wear the Green & Gold. I grew up watching Bomber basketball, having 2 older sisters (Myrna-64 and Marsha-67) rant & rave about the Bombers. I can remember watching Ray Stein play ball for RHS and was amazed even then, at what he could do on the court. One image of Ray still stands out to this day. Ray was driving down the middle of the court. At about the top of the key, a defender slid across in front of Ray's path. Well, Ray simply jumped, twisted his lower body in mid-air and laid in a finger roll lay-in over the top of this poor guy. I mean, the waist band of Ray's shorts were even with the top of this guys head. We may now see "Air Jordan", but during the '63-'64 Bomber basketball season, Richland High had "Air Ray". At the same time though, how can we single out one individual as the "best" from the Richland Bombers' rich basketball tradition. RHS was fortunate and still is, to have so many outstanding athletes - both male and female. But Ray Stein was one of the best ever. -Rick Polk (70) ********************************** >>From: Holly Chamberlain (76) I was interested to read in the Alumni Sandstorm about the Richland School Board voting to name a new elementary school after Dr. William R. Wiley. I would like to add that his wife, whose first name I have unfortunately forgotten (Evelyn? Eleanor?), taught in the Richland schools for many years, and may still be teaching. I remember her teaching at my alma mater, Marcus Whitman, in the late 1960s. And speaking of Marcus Whitman, Rob Teats' comments about student newspapers being confiscated, reminded me of an incident in which I was involved in 5th grade. A friend of mine, Geri Monson, came to school one morning indignantly reporting that her sister and the rest of the third graders were on their way to Toppenish that day by school bus for a field trip to a sugar beet plant. Well. We were outraged. When WE were in third grade, we only got to go to the Richland post office on a field trip, and that was on foot. Somehow, a bunch of us got it in our heads that what we needed was a petition declaring that fifth graders should get to go on more field trips. I can't remember how we knew about petitions as a form of democratic expression, but that was the tool we chose with which to air our grievances. I think the petition was written primarily by me (at any rate, I ended up taking the rap for it) and was duly circulated among all the fifth grade classrooms. It got a tremendous number of signatures - - lots of support for more field trips! -- before unfortunately being confiscated by Mr. Morrow as it was being too prominently passed around his class. He was not particularly upset, as I recall, but was just responding to the fact that something was happening during class time that was not, shall we say, part of the curriculum. My teacher, Mrs. Fischer, hit the roof, however. (I remember that Mrs. Sagerser was none too happy, either). Mrs. Fischer literally stomped around the classroom yelling and waving her hands, saying that we had done a terrible thing and that Mrs. Wellman (the principal) would be REALLY upset. After ranting about sedition for awhile, she finally calmed down enough to ask who had perpetrated this awful crime. Reluctantly, and in great fear, I, who had never previously been accused of doing anything particularly awful during my mild-mannered Library Club-type career at Marcus, raised my hand and confessed shakily that I had written the petition. The rest of the class was sent out to recess while I was sent to the principal's office. Mrs. Wellman wasn't in at the time, so I took advantage of the opportunity to inform my teacher that I was sick and had to go home. Mrs. Fischer said, and I quote, "Now, I haven't said anything that upset you, have I?" Weasel that I was, and desperate to get out of there, I said, "no," and departed to the waiting arms of my mother, who had sympathetically come to pick me up from school, and who was surprised when I weepingly informed her that I was now a criminal. The next day, I did indeed have to go see the principal - my first (and last) time in the Inner Sanctum. Mrs. Wellman, a wonderful person, was completely rational and understanding, discussed the lack of field trips in some depth, and suggested that the petition should go to the student council. The fifth grade's contribution to the democratic process was duly delivered to the student council, which discussed it but never acted upon it. Now, THERE'S a lesson on democracy. About 20 years later, I was fortunate enough to run into Mrs. Wellman in Portland after she had been retired some time, and be able to tell her how much I appreciated her calm treatment of my political excesses. She threw her head back and laughed and laughed! -Holly Chamberlain (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/9/98 ************************** 10 Bombers sent stuff in: Joe Choate (60), Paula Beardsley (62), Don Winston (63), Carol Converse (64). Jamie Worley (64), John Allen (66), Jay Wheat (67), Patti Eckert (68), Paula Vinther (69), Marjo Vinther (77) ********************************** >> From: Joe Choate (60) Gary, Have had a real good time reading all of the old trivia. I wonder if all the Eckert family was related to Bobby. I think our horse broke his arm when we lived out on the FFA farm near North Richland. We had been riding and my horse got away. When I caught up with him we walked to Bob's house and the horse kicked him. -Joe Choate (60) ********************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) Re: New Elementary School Name I think naming it for Bill Wiley was a great choice. How nice that recognition for a Hanford worker comes in a school name. We all agree that we got a pretty good education thanks to the Richland Schools and have gone on in some cases to stellar careers- (mine not among them) and none of that would have happened without Hanford. He was a wonderful addition to our community and I was pleased to hear of his honor. His wife is named Gus- she was my nieces teacher at Marcus in the 60's and she is still around. The TV station interviewed her on the day the school name was announced. Nice Lady!! To Jack Grouell (61) Great idea. I bet if we all got up in our parents attics and crawled around basements, we could furnish a house from their treasures. RE: Carmichael Hill I don't ever remember sledding down the hill- after all I was a Chief Jo girl and Carmichael sucked- until about 12 years ago when I took my son and since he was only 5 at the time, Mom had to go with him- That hill is really tall when you look at it from the bottom with a sled and a kid to haul back up. We had a good time though- I think we need to have a Bomber reunion on the first snowfall of the season at the top of the hill. Bring your sleds, thermos of coffee, cocoa, hot buttered whatever. We can keep each other warm with memories. You'll recognize many of us by the gray hair peeking out under the stocking caps. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ********************************** >>From: Don Winston (63) If you check out the picture of Ray Stein from 1964 State: What's your guess as to the general location of Raymond's left foot? What a classic picture! "Take that 24 -- here's one in your gut -- and while I'm at it, here's two in your face." Raymond -- thanks for the great memories. Did you make the shot? -Don Winston (63) ********************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) TO: Jack Grouell (61) Now that's a splendid idea you have there about getting one of the original houses in Richland and fixing it up as it would have been. Do any exist? Seems to me most have been remodeled. Keep us informed as to what becomes of your idea. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ********************************** >>From: Jamie Worley Hills (64) Hi Maren, thanks for the wonderful newsletters. Just a note that I thought some would like to hear. Last Sunday, the 6th, I was at a 90th Birthday Party for Beth Tampien. I'm sure many will remember her from her column in the Tri-City Herald called The Farmer's Wife. I think it was a rite of passage from the first grade in Richland that we all went to the Tampien Farm for a field trip. Mrs. Tampien is an amazing and beautiful 90 year old and it was a wonderful party. Both her sons, Paul '64 and David '58 were there along with her 16 great grandchildren and one on the way (all David's grandkids). Would love to send my company's newsletter to any who would like it if you send me your real mail address. Once again, thanks to you and Gary for all you do. Happy Holidays to all. Best wishes. -Jamie ********************************** >>From: John Allen (66) Comparing the "Best Ever" athletes is almost always an "apples and oranges" argument because, particularly where team sports are concerned, the different positions require such widely different skills. I sympathize with all those who would point to Ray Stein as the best ever. He was certainly a personal hero of mine; not only for his physical talents and his will to win, but because he was and is a fine human being. But if you measure the best ever by how far the player managed to go in the game after Col-Hi, the nod would have to go to Gene Conley (Class of '48) who played center for the Bombers. While not as flashy a player as Stein, Gene did make it as far as backing up Bill Russell for a number of those Boston Celtic teams who won so many consecutive NBA titles (more even, than the Bulls). Gene also pitched for the 1957 World Series Champion Milwaukee Braves (that's right, they were in Milwaukee AND Boston before Atlanta) along with Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette. Some fellow by the name of Henry Aaron also played on that team. And by the way, Gene is a pretty nice guy, too. -John M. Allen, Class of '66 ********************************** >>From: Jay Wheat (67) Date: Tue Dec 8 01:33:35 1998 RE: Richland Flying Service Great site here, would have graduated class of 67, but left in 66 still had a lot of good friends in the time I was in Richland. My folks had Richland Flying Service until 68. Any one remembers the name Jay Wheat give me a shout. Take Care Everyone. -Jay Wheat (67) ********************************** >>From: Patty Eckert Weyers (68) Hey Dan Henry, we are connected as fellow Bombers and as extended family by Sharon, your older sister marrying my older Bomber Bro, Don of '64 and the rest of us Eckert Bombers all 10 of us! Joan, Andrew, Jinnie, Bob, Rita, Don, Mari, Me, Jean and Chris. Didn't realize however we also shared the year we graduated and such a love of the riding academy and renting horses until such time as we could own our own. Nick Koontz (also class of '68) was my steady and husband a year after graduation and we enjoyed the horses for many good years. Good old riding academy. Even loved the smell of horses and sage brush as their both unique scents. Now it seems to be a hardship to find a trail out into the dunes to ride and enjoy without running into connected properties that are fenced. Someone asked about a riding instructor's name, back in the late 60-and into the 70's, a Mrs. Jackson taught and had a thriving business using the huge property of Bexler's property over by the river. Her property was beside it. She used many of the academy's horses for her many students. We had our own by then so we did our own thing with other friends with horses. We had wonderful swimming parties and horse tail races across the river on that Bixler land with great beaches and that good ol' filthy Yakima river to enjoy! Yee-iiks! Mari Eckert (65), good to hear some of your memories also, love those shows in the uptown theater for only a receipt from usually the drug store next door, had forgot about that. get a firestick for 5 cents! and a receipt and you're set for a few hours fun. Sunday's and our long Canasta or Hearts card games also, really got fun. Or the Oh Hell! Now there was a game. Remember that one Don and Mari?? Thank you Millie Finch Gregg (54) for all your encouraging words on my sledding the Carmichael hill in my life time, still plan on doing it if my visits coincide with good snows, hasn't happened yet but still hoping. Having two grown girls now 27 and 28 yrs old, that will have to come down it on both sides of me for sure, as they love it and have even my grandchildren into that tradition. And Lee Johnson, your news on negatives still being available from Merlin Studio's is a wonderful thing, so thank you for all your helpful information on where to obtain those, appreciate it! Didn't ever know of the traditional Cinnamon Bear broadcast but what a lovely idea for the grandkids now, thanks all of you that have supplied the information on where best to buy and prices, etc. Cannot thank you enough Sharon Henry Eckert (64) for your sharing these great sites for all us Eckert's to go into and enjoy. It has on many occasions given us "the rest of the story"!!! This is the greatest sites traded among our family e-mailings. And thank you Maren and Gary for all this work getting our daily news and memories out, its a favorite ritual now and a part of our lives. -Patty Eckert Weyers (68) ********************************** >>From: Paula Vinther Case (69) To Holly Chamberlain (76): I loved your hysterical story about Mrs. Fischer and the petition. I can just see her ranting and raving in front of the class!! I also had her in fifth grade - so did Marjo. My most vivid and irritating memory of being in her class was when she forced me to memorize and recite the poem, "The Raggedy Man," at the Marcus Whitman Talent Show. I remember spending valuable recess time in her room practicing it in front of her. I believe I was a hit at the show but it always bothered me that it was her idea and not mine. I always kind of wondered about her... It was great seeing you this summer. Say hi to Ann when you talk to her next. -Paula Vinther Case (69) ********************************** >>From: Marjo Vinther Burt (77) To Holly Chamberlain (76) - your hilarious story reminded me of an incident I had with Mrs. Fischer in which I, too, felt she had overreacted. Although Mr. Morrow was my teacher (5th grade Marcus Whitman), he, Mrs. Fischer and Mrs. Sagerser would rotate through the three classrooms each day to teach a particular subject. One morning after Mr. Morrow had left and while we were awaiting Mrs. Fischer's arrival, several of the boys started "farting on their arms" (blowing on their bare arms) - an activity this tomboy enjoyed immensely! Not wanting to be left out, I proceeded to produce a truly thunderous blast of my own..... just as Mrs. Fischer entered the room! Uh oh! I can still see her shocked reaction: she stopped dead in her tracks, jerked her head around (in that kind of off- balanced way of hers) and screamed, "WHO DID THAT??!!!" I couldn't believe how quickly my classmates betrayed me as they pointed at me and said, "she did it!" When Mrs. Fischer finally focused in on me she said, "Miss Vinther! That wasn't very lady- like! I want you to come to my classroom at the end of the day and stay after school!" I was mortified, as this was the very first time I had ever been told to stay after school! A while later someone advised me that Mrs. Fischer had a very bad memory, and that I could probably just go home after school and she'd never remember what happened. So I did, and she forgot! Whew! Even so, I felt guilty about not complying and began to rationalize my actions. I decided that she had overreacted and that any punishment was unjustified... and besides, she'd really hurt my feelings by yelling at me! Much later it occurred to me that the reason Mrs. Fischer reacted as she had was because she probably thought what she'd heard was me actually breaking wind! Although hardly what I would consider a punishable offense, I could definitely understand why it shocked her so - such a tremendous blast would have been an incredible feat for even the heftiest man, let alone an 11 year-old girl! It was a long time before I finally confessed this to my mother! The shame! -Marjo Vinther Burt (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/98 *************************** 13 Bombers sent stuff in: Kay Mitchell (52), Shirley Segrest (52), Ray Wells (54), Mary Lee Coates (59), Jo Ann Dresser (61), Gary Ennor (64), Mary Sullivan (64), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Cheryl Moran (66), Barb Frecht (67), Donna Seslar (68), Mike Franco (70), Cheryl Raekes (74?) ********************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates (52) To Jay Wheat (67) I certainly do remember the Richland Flying Service! You must be the son of that great guy "Buck" Wheat! Bill Wheat and family were our corner neighbors on Cedar Street. Your cousins Wendy, Lori and Kathy Wheat ( Maren -all bombers also, the years would be the same as my kids I think) were friends of my kids - Jay (73), Julie (75) and Doug Coates (HHS 81). We all spent lots of time out at the airport, viewing the planes and watching students practice take-offs and landings. Have had a couple great reunions with the Cedar Street neighbors the last 2 years, so was able to visit with your Uncle Bill, Aunt Rosalie and Wendy and Lori. Several of us "old" bombers - Willis Weichel (49), Bill Hightower (49), Vera Rodda Simonton (52) Rich Coates (52) and I spent one very hot summer afternoon in 1997 at the old Richland Flying Service air field, waiting for Bomber Ed Mickulecky (50) and his wife to fly in from California in their private plane. He was coming to join us for a Civil Air Patrol Reunion. We were all so disappointed in what has happened to that airfield. It is like a ghost town. No one was around, the restaurant was gone, it was almost totally deserted. The big hanger had a few planes stored in it. There was one building that was open - had a rest room and a coke machine. We were just grateful there was a picnic table with benches outside in the shade of one of the buildings. We sat there, scanning the blue sky, waiting for Mick to arrive. It seems there is very little activity out there these days. I remember the big air shows we attended there. It was always great fun to be able to get close to the really BIG planes. Seems to me like Buck and Bill offered plane rides over the Tri-Cities during those air shows. -Kay Mitchell Coates (52) ********************************** >>From: Shirley Segrest Telford (52) Just wanted to let everyone out there know that I received my "A" house ornament and it is great! Anyone who ever lived in one of the "A" houses should have one hanging on their tree. My family lived in an "A" house on Long across from Col High during my high school years. It was great living so close to the school (and also the swimming pool). A group of us would gather at my house everyday to have lunch. Looking at the ornament brings back a lot of great memories. When Sue sent me the ornament she also wrote a little note that her parents were the "Garrisons" my parents were very good friends with. Our dads worked together at Hanford for many years and were real buddies. Happy Holidays to everyone! -Shirley Segrest Telford (52) ********************************** >>From: Ray Wells (54) Speaking of Carmichael Hill. I sledded down it even before Carmichael JHS existed. Except the sledding was on sand, and the sled was a cardboard box. My mother could never understand why I came home with all the real estate in my clothes, hair and ears. -Ray Wells (54) ********************************** >>From: Mary Lee Coates Batterton (59) Since the topic came up about decorating a Richland home with "GI" (Government Issue) furniture, I dug out my parents', Frank & Florence Coates, receipt for the furniture they bought from the government. Our family was flooded out of VanPort, Oregon on Memorial Day, 1948. We were left with nothing. No clothes, - Thank you Red Cross! - no furniture, etc. We lived at the Desert Inn until we got a 3 bedroom prefab at 1316 Totten. We bought the following furniture from G.E. How ironic, I notice this receipt is dated Dec.10, 1948. The code descriptions and unit prices read as follows. Dining Room Table.............$ 4.39 Folding Chair................. 2.01 KDX Rocker.................... 6.75 KLA Daveno.................... 15.00 MB Lamp-floor................. 2.34 MA Lamp-table................. 1.34 7x9 Rug & Pad................. 10.10 OB Rug........................ 1.30 Bookcase...................... 2.47 Double Unit Cabinet........... 3.03 Single Unit Cabinet........... 2.46 Clothes Hamper................ 2.84 KIX Chair..................... 1.54 MD Lamp-boudoir................ .67 Dressing Table & Stool........ 3.70 JAX Mirror.................... 1.39 Single Chest of Drawers....... 5.72 Double Chest of Drawers....... 7.52 Double Bed & Mattress......... 8.16 Single Bed & Mattress......... 8.03 DA Pillow...................... .42 Since they bought more than one of each item their grand total was $132.61, including 3% Washington State sales tax. Where else? -Mary Lee Coates Batterton '59 ********************************** >>From: JoAnn Dresser Nai-che (61) from a Bomber guest book: Date: Sun Dec 6 21:10:33 1998 I just spoke to Mary Mike Hatnett (61), she told me about the site. So here I am just to say hi. I will check periodically from now on. I am looking for Phylis Rich. Would love to hear from you. -JoAnn Dresser Nai-che (61) ********************************** >>From: Gary Ennor (64) When Gary and Maren tracked me down in Colorado a couple months ago via e-mails to both a cousin in Oregon and a sister-in-law in Montana, I told them I left the country in the summer of `61 and I never attended Col Hi. In effect, they said I was as good as an alumnus because I would have if I could have. At any rate, I have enjoyed "listening in" on everyone's reminisces, recognizing a surprising number of names and places, but never assuming I would contribute anything.... that is until reading Jamie Worley Hills' remarks about Beth Tampien's 90th birthday party. I didn't know Mrs. Tampien wrote a newspaper column. I did know Paul and I did spend a couple nights at their farm when we were attending Carmichael. At one point Paul and I were doing something with a coffee half full of gasoline and one or the other of us ignited it. Somehow it ended up getting kicked over and I'll never forget how we frantically stomped on that fire, finally covering it with dirt, in the hopes that the task could be accomplished before his mom came out and caught us. I think we got the job done because I don't remember getting caught. Playing with fire in the midst of a barnyard wasn't one of our better ideas. I liked Mrs. Tampien and I wish her all the best and many more birthdays. I know a woman in Nederland who celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday also. I asked Irene what her secret was. She said a lot has to do with attitude. Other factors are being blessed with good health, having a pleasant house to live in and a good community of friends. All this from the widow of a tungsten and gold miner who got out the day before her birthday and washed all the windows in her house... and there are a lot of them... inside and out. She gets about better than many 20 years her junior. Her final remark was: "You know, Gary, I don't feel any different. Inside I feel just like I did when I was 18." What an inspiration! Cheers and all the best, -Gary Ennor (64) ********************************** >>From: Mary Sullivan (64) Reading about Christmas ornaments "jogged" my memory about tree "tinsel"! How many of you out there remember the good ol' "foil" tinsel?? Not your "state of the art" saran style! My siblings and I had a tradition - take a handful of "foil" - stand back a few feet from the tree - then see WHO could throw the furthest and the highest!! Then before taking the tree down our parents tried to "salvage" that "stuff" to use the next year! But they weren't very successful and usually gave up after about 10 minutes!! AH - another memory - anyone remember the "aluminum" trees with the "strobe" wheel that circled the tree with different colors?? Our neighbors (the Pierces) across the street got one (around 1957 or so) - I thought they were SO ugly!! None of this -artificial- tree-with lights attached-already assembled-in a box- of today!! OH WELL! Gotta run for now! Til later, and Bomber Cheers! -Mary Sullivan (64) ********************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) yes, all those Eckerts are related. Several of them spent time with my older brother and sister(Bobby Eckert--he could drink vinegar, Rita--whose childhood name was Bunny) Spent one summer hanging out with Donnie, with Linda Montgomery--he was crazy about her. I wonder now why I never was really friends with the Eckert girls who were close to me in age--Mari Leona and Patty. I think my sister Irene used to listen to the Cinnamon Bear at the Eckert's house. Anyway it is fun reading stuff from various Eckerts. A vivid part of my childhood. Since we were only 3 siblings, their large family was something strange and wondrous. And I'll never forget the worms. Happy Holidays to all!(Eckerts and everyone else!) -Patty de la Bretonne ********************************** >>From: Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) Thanks again, Sue Pritchett, for processing my "A" House Ornament order. I got it today and am quite impressed. I hope to be able to collect all of them in time. The brain storm for restoring a government house and turning it into a "Shrine" to Hanford is a wonderful idea! What about a prefab? I understand they came furnished. Would there be any furniture still around? I would definitely be interested in getting involved with this project. As the Holidays approach (and yes, I'm sick of shopping!!!) I want to join everyone else in wishing Maren and Gary a Glorious Season's Greeting. You have given the Bombers a wonderful gift during these past months. I look forward to future readings! Happy Sledding!!!!!!!!!!! -Cheryl Moran Flemming (66) ********************************** >>From: Barb Fecht (67) I don't believe I have seen anyone mention piling kids into the ol' station wagon and heading for the Buck Private at the Richland-Y to select a Christmas tree. Seems that I remember them being 99 cents back in the early 1950s. In later years our family headed for the Cascades to cut our own and we have continued that tradition (I guess prices must have gone up at the BP!). To Jamie Worley Hills (64): Thanks for the update on Beth Tampien. I can still remember in the early 50s being "traumatized" as a youngster when Mr. Tampien would require us to perform some talent prior to receiving our treats on Halloween. Think I sang jingle bells one year 'cause I couldn't remember any other songs. Mrs. Tampien would always have hot cider, donuts and some special treat for each of us though. And, I'll bet a lot of Bombers will remember touring the Tampien farm as a nursery school or kindergarten class field trip. They were wonderful neighbors. Holiday Greetings to all Bombers everywhere-- -Barb Fecht (67) ********************************** >>From: Donna Seslar White (68) In the 12/7 edition of the Sandstorm, Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) gave an address for obtaining the Cinnamon Bear tapes. Curiously enough, that is the same supplier Barnes & Noble lists. The Barnes & Noble price with shipping is $21.43. Just thought I would pass the info along. -Donna Seslar White (68) ********************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) Best Bomber EVER... OK, I'll bite... No question about it, the best Bomber basketball player ever was Mike Neill (75). Yes Ray was fantastic, and so were a lot of others. But no player Bird's size ever came in and made such an immediate impact (first game as a soph, on the road in Spokane he scored 35-G. Hanson will correct me if mistaken). Mike played on some pretty average teams, yet finished 2nd, 2nd and 3rd at state. He still holds career tourney scoring record. Mike contributed more and carried his teams more than any other single player.....ok, there it is!!! Comments? -Mike Franco (70) ********************************** >>From: Cheryl Raekes Smith (??) from a Bomber guest book: Date: Tue Dec 8 22:50:59 1998 Had to check it out. Ellen Thornton's sister, Monica, told Ellen and Ellen told me. Hard to believe it's been almost 25 years since we last walked the halls and hills at Col High. -Cheryl Raekes Smith (??) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/98 *************************** 16 Bombers sent stuff in: Joan Eckert (51), Dick Pierard (52), Sally Foley (56), Jim Hamilton (63), Jim House (63), Ron Sledge (65), Shirley Collings (66), Becky Botsford (67) Pam Ehinger (67), Patti Eckert (68), Roberta Gross (70), Steve Piippo (70), Holly Chamberlain (76), Donna Fisher (80), James Sickler (80), Heather Carstens (88). ********************************** >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens (51) Someone mentioned our large Eckert family and the worm business. As a teenager I was "mortified" when Dad went into this "business". But it provided the family with some extra funds to do some fun things. And believe me, at that time, extra funds were hard to come by. I married shortly after the start of this business so missed out on the "thrill" of nightcrawler picking in the park over in Walla Walla. My sibs remember it well! -Joan Eckert Sullens (51) ********************************** >>From: Dick Pierard (52) Re: the item about project furniture. I found in my late mother's papers the mimeographed form letter sent out from the Realty Division, dated March 25, 1948 and signed by M.T. Binns of the division, that provided the terms of sale for all the furnishings (even linens). I noticed that my dad (Jack P. Pierard) spent $145.59 for the things we bought. (We lived in a "B" house on Thayer across the street from Pennywise Drug.) If someone is interested in seeing a copy of this, you can contact me off-line at my e-mail address and I will xerox mine and send it to you. Also, I appreciated the "A" house ornament. It is now hanging on my Christmas tree. -Dick Pierard (52) ********************************** >>From: Sally Foley Chapman (56) from a Bomber guest Book HI BOMBERS!!!!! CLASS OF '56 LOVE READING ABOUT EVERYONE ON THIS PAGE. IM STILL IN RICHLAND AND GOING TO ALL OF THE GAMES. HAVE 2 GRANDSONS, ONE A BOMBER AND ONE A CHIEF JO EAGLE. HAVE ENJOYED ALL THE CLASS REUNIONS, OLD BOMBERS NEVER DIE, THEY JUST GET BETTER!!!!! RAH, RAH, RAH!!!! WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU FAR AWAY CLASS MATES. -Sally Foley Chapman (56) ********************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Some seven or eight years ago I purchased several copies of a book named "Memories of The Farmers Wife", which was a compilation of the articles of the same name written by Beth Tampien in the Columbia Basin News and possibly the Tri City Herald. Mrs. Tampien was kind enough to personalize them for me, and I gave them as Christmas gifts to some Family and Friends. At a later time she and Paul stopped by my office for a visit, and she was incredibly charming. I think I initially ordered the books from the Washington Museum of History, or whatever that museum is by Husky Stadium (booooooo) with BoBo the gorilla stuffed in the foyer. I've spent many evening thumbing through the book, and like so many recall our grade school trips to "The Farm". For what it might be worth, the ISBN for the book is: 0-9626195-0-7 As an aside, I received my "A" House Ornament and it is outstanding. One hell of a buy for $4.00, if you don't have one, order one. Semper Bomberus -Jim Hamilton (63) ********************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Best Bomber Ever? Mike Neill (75) certainly had impressive scoring and tournament records. However the first prerequisite for any consideration must be he NEVER lost to teams from Kennewick or Pasco. Sorry, Mike's out! -Jim House (63) ...beneficiary of two of the greatest. ********************************** >>From: Ron Sledge (65) Having read several pieces regarding the "Best Ever" basketball player from ColHi it is apparent that the call would be a tough one. Strictly from the perspective of those that I saw play, I agree with those voting for Ray Stein (64). I never got to see Gene Conley (48) play but I'm sure he was great. -Ron ********************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) In response to Mike Franco (70) regarding Mike Neill's basketball talents, I'll have to agree. He was amazing to watch! He was consistently shooting 3- pointers BEFORE they even had the 3-point shot. AND he STILL holds the record for most points scored in the state tournaments. Just imagine what his scoring average would have been if the 3-point shot was counted when he played, Mike! AWESOME!!! -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ********************************** >>From: Becky Botsford Trullinger (67) from a Bomber Guest Book: displaced boomer I've had such fun reading and looking through old pictures. Names are popping off the screen flooding me with many memories. My family moved away when I was 11... but I'm still a Bomber at heart. Class of 67 Hey Judy Cameron (60).... scare any little neighbor girls in your basement lately? -Becky Botsford Trullinger (67) ********************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen (67) Oh yes I remember the "foil" tinsel!!!! My dad would stand for hours hanging it one strand at a time!! He'd have it lined on his hand all in a neat row and place each strand on the limb. You started from the back of the limb and worked forward. It made for a very impressive tree!! But try as I might I can't "Throw" the tinsel, it seems almost sacrilegious! Dad gave up on the one at a time when the "Plastic" stuff came out, it's almost impossible to get Just one strand! Happy Holidays and Many Good Cheers -Pam Ehinger Nassen 67 =============== [Pam -- Our neighbors, the Williamsons (Coralie-60, Jay-63 (ceceased), and Christi-65) put the tinsel on their tree the way your Dad did. Their tree was always BEAUTIFUL! Ours, on the other hand, was NOT. My Mother TRIED so hard to get us to apply that tinsel one piece at a time, but when she wasn't looking we always had more fun throwing handfuls of the stuff at the tree and our tree LOOKED like it! At least it kept us in practice for testing the doneness of the spaghetti noodles when Mom wasn't looking! -Maren] ********************************** >>From: Patty Eckert Weyers (68) Good chatting with you Dan Henry (68), didn't realize we also shared this great state of Montana for our homes now! and, Joe Choate (60), your horse kicking my brother you think was Bobby, but I remember very vividly a day we all rushed down to Wilson Street, (the last street then of our town before the bus lot and onto into North Richland and the FFA Farm.) Running down to the home of the Dixon's where my brother Donny had been kicked by a horse and broken his arm.... never knew Bob to have done that! Bob was and is an avid hunter and always was out in North Richland and West Richland hunting his beloved pheasants, etc. But I really believe the horse kicked Donny (64). I'll never forget that. Patty de la Bretonne (65), funny how we never did connect and get to know each other very well living so closely. Your older brother Ernie was like one of our family. Bob and Rita (Bunny) over at your house. Irene was a loved person also, as I remember Rita and Jinnie singing "Irene GoodNight" (and I associated that to your sister Irene!) before falling to sleep some nights, and it became a big memory in my childhood. Only thing I can surmise is Mari (Leona) and I went to C of K school instead of the public until 9th grade instead of the close elementary school of Jason Lee. Cheryl Raekes Smith (74), I hope your close friend Ellen Thornton can give me some clues as to the where abouts of her older sisters, Carole and Monica, as Mari and I each went through school with them. Do they write in to the Alumni Sandstorm? haven't seen any yet. Paula Beardsley Glenn(62), sounds like a plan on Bomber Alumni reunion on the first good snow fall at the base of the Carmichael Hill for some serious sledding and warm memories and hot toddy's!! There will probably be allot anyway still having a ball even with the gray hair beneath their winter caps. Someday will live that dream out for sure. DeeDee Willox Loiseau (64), yes Christmas is indeed the Birthday of our Savior, love your words, 'He's not a baby anymore!" Truly that he wants to hear from our hearts that we remember what Christmas really is all about, is so right!-and-Yes!! we sold the worms in town for years and years at 1108 Van Giesen, but don't laugh, we also were able to buy a boat and motor and ski and fish some of our youth for those funds and a tote goat (motorcycle) and in '61 a brand new black and silver Ford Galaxy 500 two door with red interior we all thought was the best!, and the folks bought and paid for an 80 acre parcel of forest land out of Spokane, to die for now, and built a little cabin where we all have loved and enjoyed for 35 years now on worm funds and selling rabbits and flower seeds. I hated it all then, but now I see the wisdom of all of us working together.... and it was a lot of work! Still can rattle that one off: (when answering our door at all hours of the late night and very early mornings with excited fishermen); "the night crawlers are 35 cents a doz. and 3 doz. for a $1.00, or our angle worms are 25 cents a doz. and 5 dozen for $1.00!" In today's age, we'd be crazy to open up our doors and house to strangers like then... Often our little bunny rabbits that we tried to always have available around spring and Easter time were sold for only $1.00 each and the big buck's or doe's for $5.00 each. What a deal.... where have those prices gone! Bomber Cheer! -Patty Eckert Weyers (68) ********************************** >>From: Roberta Gross Darrow (70) Hi Maren and Gary! You are doing a great job with the Sandstorm web site. I have enjoyed reading it! I don't always have a lot of time to read it because I just have the internet at work, so sometimes I "surf" through the pages looking for notes from classmates from the class of 70. Because of this, I missed the note Jamie Worley Hills (64) sent in about Beth Tampien. I didn't realize it until today when Gary Ennor (64) and Barb Fecht (67) mentioned the remarks Jamie had sent in about Beth's 90th Birthday Party. Is there any way that you could resend Jamie's comments to me? I was at Beth's 90th Birthday Party this last Sunday (the 6th). I never knew Beth from her Richland days and I had left Richland 15 years ago. But it is a small world and I met Beth at a Unity class in Bellevue about 10 years ago. She has been my friend, my mentor, and my second mom ever since. What a wonderful person. I wish I had known her when she was still in Richland as well, but it is great to know her now. I had never seen her "Farmer's Wife" newspaper articles in the Tri-City Herald when they were originally published but I did help her (just a little) on self-publishing the compilation of those articles into a book in 1990. Very interesting articles! Beth's party last Sunday was great. It was nice to meet all of her relatives. Her sons Paul (64) and David (58) were there and Beth got up and introduced all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I love hearing the stories about Beth from her Richland days in the Sandstorm. Maybe anyone else who knew her would like to respond with their memories and I can pass them on to Beth. Thanks for all of your help! -Roberta Gross Darrow (70) ********************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To Mike Franco (70) - yes Mike Neill (75) may well be the best ever. Tremendous tradition in Richland, the community still enjoys. Mike is another Chief Jo product as well as Steve Neill currently RHS assistant principal and Phil Neill present RHS hoops coach. -Steve Piippo (70) ********************************** >>From: Holly Chamberlain (76) To Howard Kirz, '60: The only way we could be in an issue of Sandstorm together -- the ether! It was great to be "published" in an edition with you! To Marjo Vinther Burt, '77: Your note about one of your Marcus Whitman fifth grade experiences reminded me that you were in the Library Club there at the same time I was. I don't know how long the Library Club, a.k.a. free child labor, existed, but I think it was there at least as long as during our MUCH OLDER sisters' years at MW. (I'll get it for that one!) I remember being in it also with Louise Kirz, Kristen Lindberg, Carol Houston, Geri Monson -- who else? I'm surprised that we all didn't end up on Broadway, given the stellar performances we put in on those library plays. Gosh, where WERE those talent scouts when we needed them? -Holly Chamberlain (76) ********************************** >>From: Donna Fisher (80) My parents got one of the "A" ornament just last week and it's hanging on the tree right now. Tinsel throwing reminds us (kids) on doing the same thing with our trees. No wonder our parents hated us when we did that. But it was fun. The best memory I have around Xmas was going around looking at lights and the best spot was up on Cottonwood Street. That whole section would be shining with all kinds of lights and decorations. My most scary memory was going to see Santa in the old Thrifty store uptown. My mom had to get me real excited about seeing Santa and as soon as I saw him, I would start crying. So back to the drawing board next year with me. -Donna (Class of 80) ********************************** >>From: James Sickler (80) I was wondering if there's anyone out there from the class of 80'. I was trying to locate some old friends, Lisa Jones, Kelly Packard, Kathy Hoey, Dave McDowell, Byron Skinner, John Clifford. If anyone knows some people from Columbia High Class of 80' e- mail me and let me know. Thank you, -James Sickler (80) ********************************** >>From: Heather Carstens Pedlar (88) To Patty de la Brettone (65): Are you related to Rick de la Brettone ('86 or 87?) I remember him because he hung around the band people, which included me. I am not even sure if the name is the same, but it seemed close enough for me to take a shot at asking:) I have noticed a significant drop in 80's classes writing again. I hope many of you are at least reading this even if you are not contributing. I have really enjoyed hearing from those of you who have contributed from the late 80's classes! Does anyone remember going out to eat at restaurants along the river and watching the boat light show for Christmas? Do they still do that? My family used to go on my birthday (12/12) and watch it I loved it . . . fond memories:) -Heather Carstens Pedlar (88) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/98 *************************** 13 Bombers sent stuff in: Mike Bradley (56), Barbara Parker (62), Kenny Wright (63), Lee Chapman (64), David Rivers (65), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Rod Brewer (65), Erin Owens (66), Lloyd Swain (66), Patty Eckert (68), Rick Polk (70), Jenny Smart (87), Dustin Rector (88) ********************************** >>From: Mike Bradley (56) Happy holidays to all of you Bombers out there wherever you may be. Had the opportunity to go through a lot of my folks pictures recently. Found a whole bunch of pictures from the old Richland Players back in the 50's. My father forced my brother and I to participate in that organization for a lot of years. When we were selected as an actor from time to time we got a can of Almond Roca as a reward. I still love that candy. If any of you had any ties to the Richland Players during the 50's I would be delighted send you any photos that I may have. I have shots from Little Women, he Philadelphia Story, Life with Father and so on. In talking about sports, particularly, Baseball there was another guy from the class of 1954 who went on to the semi-professional team in Walla Walla and then to the majors who was quite good. His name was Bill Griffin. I remember one time he and I were returning to Walla Walla in his 1940 or 1941 Chevrolet. One of his favorite tricks was to pull the hand throttle all the way out, stick his feet out the window and let her rip. I can recall trying to play catcher for him while he was practicing his pitching. I think my hand still smarts. I believe he played for Chicago but now I am not sure. I can recall going to the Tri City Braves games in Kennewick on numerous occasions. One time the game got rained out and my brothers and I were on the way home to Richland in my recently overhauled 1934 Chevrolet. A Car came out of the night and hit us. It was a new Henry J which ended up being totaled. I remember calling my father from Zeb's Radiator shop up in the highlands and relating the events of the accident. He showed up at the same time as the Washington State Patrol. A sergeant of the WSP who was the guy on the old program "Could this be you" which aired over the radio made a statement to my Dad that old cars such as mine shouldn't be on the highway as they were unsafe with Mechanical brakes. Since my Dad and I had just completed a complete overhaul of the old car including the brakes, my father blew a gasket and be-rated the Sargeant and I got off with no punishment. Luckily, no one was hurt but my driving days were over for a short period of time. How many of you remember the radio program? After my father got through with the Sargeant I remember listening to the radio to see if our interview ever made it to the airwaves. Needless to say it never did. Again I would like to convey my thanks to you wonderful people who make this web site available. -Mike Bradley 56 ********************************** >>From: Barbara Parker Grant (62) Love this site! I look forward to reading it every day. I have been in contact with people, I hadn't heard from in years. I, too, have the Cinnamon Bear tapes. I purchased mine for about $39.00. Looks like I could have bought them much cheaper! I seem to get my grand children interested in them. They want to be able to watch what they are listening too. Thanks to you two, for this special site! I LOVE it! -Barbara Parker Grant (62) ********************************** >>From: Kenny Wright (63) 12/11/98 Jim Hamilton referred to a location where one could order Beth Tampien's book - "Memories of the Farmer's Wife", the exact name is: Museum of History & Industry 2700 24th E. Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 324-1125 and remember: Go Huskies and Bombs Away!!! -Kenny Wright (63) ********************************** >>From: Lee Chapman (64) I am actually going to get my Mom set up to visit this site as she is still irritated that Bill and I moved her to OR and then we moved to WA and CA. I think She still wants to be there even though most all her friends are gone - and we may consider that as an option for her in the near future. Jamie's reference to Mrs. Tampien brings memories, too, as Paul (64) and I used to wrestle pigs and did we ever get dirty - great times - It seemed we always got rewarded with a good dessert for getting dirty. -Lee Chapman (64) ********************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Santa at Thrifty! One of my favorite Christmas memories was probably my Junior year or so. Butch Manthei (65), Eric Pederson (65), Johnnie Crowder (65), Rick Warford (65), Brian Johnson (65) and I were kind of cruising Thrifty, probably up to no good, and we walked by what appeared to be a dead or stuffed Santa. Butch couldn't stand it and had to see if he could get Santa to react.. all of a sudden Santa opened his eyes... Butch jumped a mile and Santa said... "It never rains but it pours Rivers"! We couldn't figure this guy out but knew we'd all been made by Santa! Butch, being Butch put his face in Santa's face and let out: "Santa's a cop!" I think it was "officer Stout" (don't know if I ever knew him by any other name... didn't he used to come to the schools and give a talk or something?) Anyway, we all decided to leave about that point. Didn't Santa used to be Downtown before he was at Thrifty? I remember going to see him at Anderson's or the Bon Marche (or was the Bon Marche in the old Anderson's building??????????????). We really did have it good growing up in Richland and I wouldn't trade it or my childhood (now grown... kind of) friends for anything. There is just no way of explaining to others what it was to grow up in Richland, Washington in the 40's thru the early sixties!... I can't speak to it after I left in early '66... but before that it was better'n American Graffitiville! -David Rivers (65) ********************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) to Heather Pedlar' Yes, Rick de la Bretonne is my nephew, my older brother Ernie's son. He is living in the tricities, married with an adorable daughter Julia. ********************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) To Mike Franco (70) - Mike Neill (75) was a can't miss when he was about 7 or 8 and just shooting around between pick up games I remember playing with Phil, John Anderson, et al next to to Neill's at Chris Bolanges. I only saw him play once in high school, and he was the real deal. Saw him at UCLA his sophomore year playing for Washington, and he looked pretty good at that level. But, as good as he was, Stein will always be the man. On the cover of Street and Smith's as a senior -top 100 players in America; high school All-American; played in the Washington DC Capital Classic with Larry Miller (NO. carolina and the ABA), Wes Unseld (NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame) and others only Ray and maybe Greg Hanson or Jack Orchard would recall. At WSU he ate up Lucius Allen and I guarantee you, every big time pac 10 player of that era, including Alcindor, Hewett, Calvin, Peterson etc., etc. remember Ray Stein. I love all three of the Neill bro's. They were great. But no one was better than number 10. -Rod Brewer (65) ********************************** >>From: Erin Owens Hyer (66) Had to laugh reading comments about Santa. My Mom always told me that shopping with me when I was little was easiest at Christmas. With the first glimpse of a Santa in a store I was stuck like glue to my Mom. I was scared to death of the jolly fat man. Certainly no pictures of me sitting on Santa's lap when I was little. The rest of the year I was a pain in her fanny when we went shopping. Once, after frantically searching everywhere for me at CC Anderson, she found me in the window display with the mannequins. Another time she met me coming off the freight elevator. Oh, the trials of motherhood. Happy Holidays from Alaska to all of you! -Erin Owens Hyer (66) ********************************** >>From: Lloyd Swain (66) Hey kids!... just want to say thanks Gary and Maren... what a wonderful endeavor!!... something that I look forward to now every day... Saying hi to all the Bombers... and yes I agree Mike Neil is probably the best basketball player.. although Ray Stein was a treat to watch as well. For you bombers of the 50's My brother is Jerry Swain (54) now of Tacoma Wa... about to retire from the Boeing company where he spent many years after a stint in the air force as a pilot. I have got to get him in here! Well you folks.. my wife and I are headed to lighted boat parade... you all be good and write. -Lloyd Swain (66) ********************************** >>From: Patty Eckert Weyers (68) Hey Maren and Gary, has this idea grown or what?! Great for all of us, more work for each of You! But we love your work! Re: Tinsel, the old fashion foil type, Yes, this was a great memory on adding that product at the end of our mass production in the Eckert Clan 'F' House, but, no matter how much time we spent on it, and we're talking hours, as Mom usually ended up finishing this chore but it always looked just perfect, UNTIL the furnace kicked on through the register vents and let me tell you, it all changed and flew being that light in weight. We too tried to recycle year to year and really managed it, again Mom being the main person to accomplish this feat. A tree however without that tinsel was just not finished. One year we got to have a "flocked white" one and still the tinsel had to go on. Mom and Bob one year, I'll never forget, built their own plastic covered area outdoors to flock the tree themselves using our old vacuum cleaner, it actually worked well, except Mom tented the flocking with blue coloring so our tree was Bluish/White that year, different to say the least But instead of the tinsel she had silver sprinkles thrown on while the flocking was wet! What is with the new tinsel being 3 foot long? or more! Thanks for the update on that information on the 'A house' ornaments Jim/Cheryl Moran Fleming, what a buy, hope we all buy many and get a big response so they produce the others we all would love to buy! -Patty Eckert Weyers (68) ********************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) Steve Piippo (70) mentioned the Niell's as being Chief Jo products brought up memories of the great cross town rivalry during the late 60s between Carmichael and Chief Jo. I can remember everyone getting so excited when it was time to play Chief Jo. We Carmichael Cougars could have lost every game of the year, but if we beat the Chief Jo Warriors, it made the whole season a success. Having played basketball for Carmichael, I can remember the big game of the year was with Chief Jo, especially since we got to play the game in the "big" gym at Richland High. What memories. -Rick Polk (70) ********************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page (87) TO Heather Carstens (88): Heather, Yes, they still do the lighted boat parade. As a matter of fact it runs this weekend. Happy birthday tomorrow. And yes, people from the classes from the 80's are reading these notes! Have a Merry Christmas! P.S. tell you brother Darren that Binky the Clown says "Hello" and I wish him a joyous holiday, too! -Jenny Smart Page (87) ********************************** >>From: Dustin Rector (88) I mostly just lurk, but since you ask, I do have one really distinct memory. Last day of class before X-mas '86 was supposed to be a short day. It snowed, and we all came in an hour or two late, so we had an extra short day. Then we had an assembly, and our AP Algebra teacher (what's-his-name that always left during the tests so the jocks could cheat) had threatened the day before to still give us the test no matter what. As it turned out, I believe we went to the Christmas Assembly after 2nd period and as always went way over (by 45 minutes or so) and since the snow day had reduced class times to 20 minutes, nobody knew if we were supposed to go to 3rd period, lunch, 4th period or what. We took the test when we got back from Christmas Break. I don't think they should have called that a school day -- we had just enough time to get to our classes say hi, and then off to the next class. What fun! Oh, and hi dad (Bob Rector '62) -- after reading this list, Dana & I are amazed you survived to graduation! -Dustin Rector (88) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/98 *************************** 15 Bombers sent stuff in: Ralph Myrick (51), Al Parker (53), Norma Loescher (53), Ken Heminger (56), Joe Choate (60), Mary Ann Vosse (63), Jim Vache (64), Becky Skarshaug (66), Cheryl Moran (66), Gary Christian (67), Michael Figg (70), Mike Franco (70), Kelvin Soldat (71), Yvonne Ling (75), Kathy Jones (84) ************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) I don't know if any of you guys remember the big dance hall in the Kennewick Highlands that had big band music. I can't remember the name but I loved to go there to dance. This one evening, I took a date (and I wonder if that date can remember who she is?) to the dance at this place. I thought it would be exciting to dance to the big band sound and see the show entitled 'Girl Impersonators.' I thought that there would be girls doing impersonations of famous people. My date accepted my offer and we went. By the way, the band leader bought us a drink because we were the first couple to dance. Man, we loved to dance. Then came time for the show and on came the girl impersonators. Wow! They were beautiful. They sang and danced and even went into the audience and sat on the laps of beaming men. One of the men was bald headed and this beautiful girl planted a big kiss right on the top of his head. Man, you could tell, he was beaming from ear to ear. But you know, I didn't notice them trying to impersonate some famous person. Well, at the end I figured it out. When the show was over, the girls all came out and they pulled down the tops of their dresses. They all had hairy chests. The bald headed guy that was kissed, got up and ran out the door. For all I know, he is still running. Anyone remember? -Ralph Myrick (51) ************************************************** >>From: Al Parker (53) To: David Rivers (65) David, I noticed your reference in the 12/12 issue of The Alumni Sandstorm about finding Santa Clause in different parts of town. Did anyone ever explain to you how Santa could be in so many places at once? I still can't understand how he does that. Something to do with time travel maybe? Same thing seems to be happening this year. -Al Parker (53) ************************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell (53) Club 40 is planning its 1999 Reunion for September 10-12. An RHS Homecoming game and a sock hop afterwards are special options, in addition to the Saturday banquet and festivities. Mark your calendar, and send $5 Club 40 dues to PO Box 1832, Richland 99352 for a registration form and two Bomber Gazettes. (The first Gazette for 1999 will be mailed in January, so don't delay!) Club 40 is a lively group of RHS grads spanning the years '44 to '58 who have had their 40th reunion and want to maintain a close connection with their RHS roots. Not everyone attends every year's reunion, but all are invited and come when they can. The group maintains an excellent collection of memorabilia. Try us--we think you'll like us! -Norma Loescher Boswell (53) ************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger (56) To Mike Bradley (56) - I surly do remember the radio program "Could this be you?" I forget what night it came on but it was a must listen to program. If I remember correctly his name was Sgt. George Amonds (not sure of the last name spelling) There were so many good old programs we listened to back then. "Baby Snooks" was for sure one of them... I keep seeing Beth Tampien mentioned, I knew Ann Tampien in school, any relationship there? -Ken Heminger (56) ************************************************** >>From: Joe Choate (60) Gary, Don't know how many of our Bombers would remember the largest trailer court in the world, North Richland. It was the center for a majority of workers during the Hanford Project, and until a number of the homes in Richland were ready to move into. I moved there from Cherry Hill Trailer Park (Kennewick) following a trip to Tenn with my mother. It to brings back great thoughts of ball games almost every weekend, which it seemed all of our dads played in. There must have been 10 to 15 ball parks built throughout the project and it seemed all of them were being used in the summer. The city would provide wooden barrels of water along with salt tablets. The school John Ball was a typical military style construction but we did have a great time before moving to Richland and Jason Lee. -Joe Choate (class of 60) ************************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst (63) Hi, Maren. Merry Christmas to you and all the rest of you Bombers out there. Reading about the tinsel brought back the memory of trying to keep the cat away from the tinsel once we had the tree all decorated. For some reason the cat loved to eat that metal tinsel, and then would thank us for the treat by promptly throwing it right back up under the tree. Yuck! I also remember the last year we had tinsel on the tree - on Christmas eve we realized that the tree had already shed about half of its needles, so my Dad drove down to the lot on the corner of Lee and? close to Downtown and bought another tree (actually the guy at the lot gave it to us -what else was he going to do with it?), undecorated the first tree, tried to save the tinsel, but by the time we were finished, it looked like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, with only a handful of needles left. By the time we got the replacement tree decorated, we had to get ready to go to midnight Mass, so we left the tinsel off the tree. Decided we actually liked the tree better without tinsel, so that was that. Paul and I ordered a couple of the A house ornaments. They are really great. Looking forward to the rest of the alphabet. Does anyone remember eating off of their Mom's Fiesta ware? I mean the real thing that came from the boxes of Fab laundry detergent. I remember Mom tossing all the Fiesta ware when she finally was able to buy a "real set of dishes"! What I wouldn't give for just a few pieces now. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone. -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst (63) ************************************************** >>From: Jim Vache (64) Hello, all. I have been merely lurking for a while, but wanted to take a moment to wish all the Bombers out there a Merry Christmas, etc. Every Christmas, I tell my kids the story of all of us running in at 4:30 to throw ourselves on the floor and listen to the Cinnamon Bear. Christmas always brings back going to C.C. Anderson's to talk to Santa who gave away real presents. For us, that was vital to our Christmas. For one whose memories of Bomber basketball really stop in '64, I can't comment on Phil Neill, but it is hard to imagine a better back court than Stein and Webb. I saw Ray play all the way through WSU, too and let me tell you he was incredible then, too, and for the last couple of years played WITH Lenny Allen and Ted Weirman (sp), the hated enemy from Davis (?) just a year or so before. I haven't read everything carefully, but I would have to cast a close vote for the Brown brothers (Norris and C.W.) I remember one shot that I think C.W. made at Kennewick from 3/4 court. (Later, we sang "the Lion Sleeps tonight" when we went into the Lions Den!) Both of them could float to the basket from the free throw line much like much bigger men like Dr. J made famous much later. I think that John Meyers also deserves a vote for at least the all star team, too. One of my most vivid memories is walking under his cast at a football game in the late 50s. He had broken his arm or shoulder, and had it braced. I remember how big he was!! -Jim Vache (64) ************************************************** >>From: Becky Skarshaug Fisher (66) Greetings and Happy Holidays to all from Sunny (off and on) California. I have enjoyed reading the Sandstorms for the past month.. seeing familiar names and being reminded of the good old days. I am at a loss to remember some of the things that are being talked about, and will blame that on riding my bike behind the Skeeter Man in the summers, or just on the 70's. Or..... selective memory? To one and all again, I wish a happy season. Keep your fingers and toes warm, and your hearts filled with joy. -Becky Skarshaug Fisher (66) ************************************************** >>From: Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) My Christmas tree memory is not about tinsel, but Angel Hair. When our tree was decorated, my dad put on the angel hair. It was made of some kind of synthetic material and itched like crazy! Was it spun glass? We also had those ice cycles that glowed in the dark as ornaments, and we would take kids into our coat closet at home and show them. One year, we had an artificial aluminum tree with pink bows and pink bulbs. You couldn't put light on it because it was dangerous, so we had a revolving light that set on the floor next to the tree and gave off different colors as it turned. Now, that was Modern! Whenever I watch the movie, Nightmare before Christmas (which I do every Halloween), there is a scene where that type of Christmas tree is shown, and it reminds me of ours. One year, though, my sister Jane (64) and my Mother wanted a fresh tree, so we had two! I remember in High School, each class decorated their own trees. Was there a prize for the best? I want to say hi to Lee Chapman (64). I don't remember you writing anything before now. Please say hello to your Mother for me. Your father and my father worked together in the area and our families got together once in a while. I remember going to your house on Cottonwood for a bar-b-que and watching home movies of your vacation to Denver. Your brother was really funny!!!!!!!! -Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) ************************************************** >>From: Gary Christian (67) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sat Dec 12 09:53:44 1998 Wonderful web page. Found old friends already. Left Richland in 1982. Married Linda Boyd, class of 69, but then, oh well, as the story goes... Now live in Vancouver Wa and remarried to my sole mate Debbie. Two boys, 16, 22. -Gary Christian (67) ************************************************** >>From: Michael Figg (70) Merry Christmas to All! For those still thinking about ordering the Cinnamon Bear tapes, it looks like now is saying that they are back ordered until after Christmas, probably 3 -5 weeks. I ordered on Dec. 5th when they were saying 2-3 days for shipping but haven't received notice that they have shipped yet. I'm holding my breath. They just wont be the same in January. -Michael Figg (70) ************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) Bomber greatest (cont.)... Regarding the greatest has to have NEVER lost to Pasco.... Sorry Jim House, back in the "dark ages" of the early 60's the Pasco Bulldogs were mostly dogs. In the decade of the 70's those guys on the other side of the river were one of the very best and talented programs in the state. In the early 60's they were just kind of there (I can't remember, did they have bridges over the river yet?). And as far as the greatest stretch of Bomber hoops dominance... the seasons 72 through 78 take the cake, EASY. My Bomber Hoops auditor (Gegor Hansen-65) will verify all this... I believe during the entire 7 seasons the Bombers less than 25 games. State championships in 72 & 78, the Bombers finished second at state three other times in between putting the Green and Gold in the state championship game 5 times in 7 years!!! Steve Neill played on the 72 championship team (record for most air balls by a Bomber captain), Bird on the 73-75 teams and Phil assisted on most and was head coach on the 78 championship team. Therefore the most valuable Bombers EVER are... Madeline & Bill Neill .... both were a little slow with bad jumpers but had a lot to do with all this!!!! To Steve Piippo... I remember Coach Pip (Peaps, the original) coaching our 7th grade team at Chief Jo back in 1965. Trujillo brothers, Cliff Peterson, Mark Callen, Steve Taylor, (help me out here guys)... what a great team we were!!!! I remember when Coach Toivo tried to tell us our correct position for a certain offense or D, instead of telling us where we should be, he would walk over to us, grab a little pinch of our t-shirt shoulder material and lead us (pulling gently) to the correct position. Since we were rarely in the correct position, by mid season we all had little crowns sticking up on the shoulders of our practice shirts from Coach "repositioning" us. Piippo was a great coach and an interesting guy... anyone remember his "pointman" speeches during Health class????? This referred to the pointman in the infantry in Viet Nam, not point guard! As in... when we would get spotted goofing off, talking, etc. (a regular occurrence)... "Franco, YOU will be a point man some day..." would love to hear from others on Piippo... including you Steve I know there are a million great stories out there about your dad.... -Mike Franco (70) ************************************************** >>From: Kelvin Soldat (71) I just found about this site a little over a week ago and I absolutely love it. Its great to listen to the old stories, although they don't seem that old to me. I still live in Richland and am one of the many "Kadlic Babies" still living here. First of all I understand somebody wrote and talked about me bringing a Beach towel for nap time at Kindergarten. I missed that issue but hope to find it in the archives soon and challenge the person who submitted it, it was just a regular towel, purchased at the Bon, when it was located on Lee street. I went to Kindergarten at Lewis & Clark, Mrs. Badget was the teacher, still one of the best I ever had. She had a son, Mark that was in my class. Mark you still out there? As for the best ballplayer, tough call, but no doubt Mike Neill (75) was the best scorer. If the 3 point line was in effect then he would have had many 40 point games and at least one 50 pointer. And Ray Stein (64) may have been the best athlete, he was magic to watch, but best player would be Gene Conley (48) based on what he did after he left high school. NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, would have been the starting center on most pro teams but he had this guy named BIll Russel playing a head of him. He also pitched for the Milwaukee Braves that same year and they won the World Series. Only Pro player to this day to have played on 2 different pro world championship teams in the same year! Ok, Gregor Hanson (65), I have one for you, which Bomber basketball player, as a starter, has the most career wins? Hey Mike Franco (70), great to hear from you. Do you remember the good times we had playing tennis together? We weren't very good but you usually had our opponents laughing so hard they couldn't play worth a damn against us and we would somehow win. You coming to town over the Holidays? I have so many memories of growing up in Richland I don't know where to begin, so I won't. I save them for future issues. -Kelvin Soldat (71) ************************************************** >>From: Yvonne Ling Deshayes (75) From a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sat Dec 12 01:53:44 1998 Thank you to the person(s) who took the time to get this web site created. Hopefully old friends can keep in touch! -Yvonne LIng Deshayes (75) ************************************************** >>From: Yvonne (aka Kathy) Jones Taylor (84) The 80's classes are still here! Just busy with the holidays as I have small children, and not much to comment on since I never heard the cinnamon bear tapes (may have to get them though! We love books on tape and old radio shows since we always take MAMMOTH driving vacations - days at a time. Have a TV and VCR that go in the car to save my sanity and keep the kids calm) and I lived in a Y/Z house so am not interested in the A house ornament. I am however very interested in the spudnut ornament. How could you desecrate such a beautiful holy thing as a spudnut? It is perfect just the way it is! I think the list of where Bombers wound up is a great idea, although I don't think it's surprising that we have all scattered. Most of our families came to the Tri-Cities as "economic gypsies", searching for a better job, better pay. So I do not find it surprising that may of us have left for a better job, better pay. I am in New Orleans and people here are very clannish (pardon the pun) and have lived here for generations, hundreds of years. They have a very hard time grasping that when I say I'm going to my mom's for xmas, I don't mean Washington, I mean Ohio where she wound up, for now. My brother is in Nevada, my dad in California, and even Grandma moved, to Oregon. My husband is a military brat so his family is scattered too! A very foreign concept to people in New Orleans, they all live only blocks away from their families. Tying back into why we take these MAMMOTH driving vacations! Some of my fondest memories are of the old Vantage Highway. My how that road has changed! >From barren and desolate to well traveled. Got an A+ on an essay I wrote in college about the changes to the vantage highway. My family used to travel it a lot on our way to the mountains of western Washington. (I guess I'm just a gypsy at heart.) Have a Merry Christmas everyone. Try to enjoy it and not get caught up in the stress (this is coming from someone who has finished her shopping and mailing. I know - don't you just hate me!) Yvonne (aka Kathy) Jones Taylor (84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/98 *************************** 10 Bombers and 1 Bomber Parent sent stuff in: Jim Minor (Bomber Parent), Donald Ehinger (55), Tony Tellier (57), Carol Hirsch (59), Carol Carson (60), MLou Williams (60), Connie Boehning (64), Gary Behymer (64), Larry Hollowly (64), Gregor Hanson (65), Kelvin Soldat (71) ************************************************** >>From: Jim Minor (Bomber Parent) I am not a graduate of Richland High. I receive the Sandstorm thanks to my older son. Our three children; Ann (70), Craig (72), and Steven Minor all went through the Richland schools, graduating from Richland High. I write to reply to an earlier question: Why were the ranch houses built on slabs? GE proposed a project to build ranch houses with basements, built-in closets, etc. The Congress funded the proposed project. However, it was belatedly discovered that the project proposal did not include funds to build street, sidewalks, etc. GE wished to avoid an "overrun". So - the house design was changed - no basements, no built-in closets, etc. When my wife and I first saw Richland, there were holes along Cottonwood which would become basements. These holes were filled in, and the houses were built on slabs. It would have been possible to obtain extruded iron pipes for water mains - but spiral welded pipe made during the war was cheaper. So - now we can pay to remove that spiral welded pipe and replace it - at our expense. Nonetheless - Richland is, and has been - a great place to live. Merry Christmas! -Jim Minor (Bomber Parent) ************************************************** >>From: Donald Ehinger (55) Even though I only lived in Richland for a year and attended Col Hi the last semester of 54 and the first semester of 55, I have fond memories of Richland and still think of it as a great place. Still have some friends in the area and get back there occasionally for a visit. We lived on the corner of Wilson and Thayer, next to the bus lot. I was impressed by how clean the town was, how young the people were, and how big the school was. I came from a school that had no more that 200 kids in the whole high school, so Col Hi was intimidating, at first. People were friendly and it didn't take long to adjust and feel comfortable. I remember the dances at the Hi Spot and, during the lunch hour, in the girls gym. Never heard of another school doing that. I remember some of the cars that were driven by the students; a Model T Ford, a hurse, a Cad, a 35 Ford Coupe and many others. I also remember the winds and the garbage cans flying through the air, headed for the old nursery out beyond the bus lot, and the mosquito foggers, and enthusiasm of the crowds at the ball games. It was a great place to have lived, even for a short period of time, and I'm glad to know that so many others share those feelings. To Ralph Myrick (51): There was a place in the highlands called the Chinese Gardens that had big bands and catered to the kids on one night during the week. On Mondays, as I recall. I remember good music, good food and a lot of fun. To Mike Bradley (60): The WSP Sergeant that had the "Could This Be You" radio program was Lloyd Ammons. My brother worked in security and he related an incident that occurred between him and an unmarked courier convoy that was transporting classified material to Hanford. At one point along the route the radios used by the feds had somehow got switched to the same frequencies used by the WSP. Evidently St. Ammons saw someone in the truck talking on a radio at the same time he was hearing some mundane chatter on his radio. The situation ended up in a confrontation between the good sergeant and the couriers, and in which he came out second best. He apparently had a fair sized ego, and had more than one experience with the courier group. As I recall, the couriers were kind of like postman; Neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet, or WSP sergeants would keep them from their appointed rounds, etc., etc. To Gary and Maren: I appreciate the time you have spent on this time you've spent putting all this together and to keep it going. You've done a great job. Thanks -Donald Ehinger (55) ************************************************** >>From: Tony Tellier (57) You know that Big John [Meyers-58] played defensive end for Philadelphia Eagles for a "number" of years. I read here that John died a while back. Any details on that? -Tellier ('57), Yumaville ************************************************** >>From: Carol Hirsch Chartrand (59) I do remember the largest trailer park in the world in North Richland. I lived there and went to John Ball school in 5th and 6th grade. In fact, we were the last trailer to leave that trailer park. We could not live in the city of Richland because my dad worked for J.A. Jones Const. and Richland housing was for government workers only so we moved to West Richland. We moved there the summer before I went into 9th grade. Since I had been in Chief Joe for two years, they let me continue there for my last year. Sure brings back memories. -Carol Hirsch Chartrand (59) ************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud (60) To Joe Choate - I remember the North Richland Trailer Court. That is where we first lived when we moved to Richland from Portland, OR. My dad couldn't take the humid conditions so he got a job at Hanford. We lived at 502 G Street. Our neighbors were the McDonald's on one side and Thompson's on the other side. We had a playground across the street from us on the corner. My brother, Steve ('58), went to Chief Jo Jr. High and I went to John Ball the first year. Then our name came up on the housing list and we moved to 1210 Cedar to a Ranch house. I went to Carmichael and my brother finished at Chief Jo (quite a rivalry there). I used to sell newspapers on the steps of the Post Office at the Trailer Park. Every penny I made went into a coffee can to save for vacation (Mom slit a hole in the bottom of the can, shook all the coffee out and I used that for a bank - no way to sneak any out!). I remember spending all of that money on post cards and souvenirs on our vacation to Grand Canyon that year. I still have the scrap book! Keep up the good work Gary and Maren! I look forward to my Sandstorm "fix" every day. -Carol Carson Renaud (60) ************************************************** >>From: MLou (Mary Lou) Williams (60) To Joan Eckert (51) .... You were ahead of me in school, but I played with one of your sisters called "Bunny." Was it Rita or another? Ginny (Virgina) was my sister Sue Ella's age and they were friends. Your family lived across the street from mine on Van Giesen. You raised rabbits and one day Bunny (is that where her nickname came from?) invited me to dinner - we boiled a rabbit and baked it I think. I was amazed that people cooked rabbits. But then, I was a little kid and led a very sheltered life, being raised by an Arkie and an Oakie with few social experiences. As I got older, they learned a lot more. haha. Regards to bunny, and Ginny, and all the rest! Isn't this the greatest gift - Maren and Gary have put us in touch with our growing up years, first hand, and I consider this one of the best presents of the year. Have a happy holiday! And you too, Maren and Gary! Any everyone else, for that matter. Share the joy! No matter what one is feeling right now, at some point in your life, you were happy. Remember it now. NOTICE! I just tried to order "Memories of the Farmer's Wife" from the Museum of Science and Industry, and they claim they don't stock it. When I explained the circumstances, and noted they may be getting several requests for it, they're going to look into it and send me a response later this week. As soon as I know, I'll pass on the info. -MLou (Mary Lou) Williams (60) ************************************************** >>From: Connie Boehning Nicholson (64) I did not realize Mrs. Tampien was of that age. I do remember my Mother talking about the articles in the paper that she wrote. These writings can be found in the book "The Farmer's Wife" at the public library. It's worth taking a look at. I'm sure there are a lot of kids around that took piano lessons from her. -Connie boehning Nicholson (64) ************************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) Re: Mike Franco December 13th: Coach Piippo (Chief Jo) had the ability to put whole sheets of paper into his pocket without folding them. He taught us to face the closest wall while eating a steak. That way if the steak should slip out of your plate if wouldn't go sliding across the floor. By-the-way, my wife, Janis Cook, Kennewick Class of 1965, had Mrs. Piippo for senior english at Kennewick High School. Apparently she was a 'pip'. (Pun intended!) (;-) -Gary Behymer (65) ************************************************** >>From: Larry Holloway (64) The place where kids could go to dance and see popular singing groups of the 50's and 60's was called the Social Club which was located at the Kennewick Highlands. There was a bowling alley located in same area where my dad bowled. It burnt to the ground but I don't remember the year. Buddy Knox was one of the singers I can still remember seeing there. It was one of the few places where a kid could go and have fun. Years before they used to have groups singing at the Richland Skating Rink. Fats Domino sang there but couldn't stay at the Desert Inn. My brothers & I were all born at the old Kadlec Hospital. We used to spend days roaming the desert area from the old duck pond to Badger Mt. I remember crossing the Yakima River when it was frozen in the winter never thinking of falling in. We had a raft we used to take journeys on. At that time we thought it was large and it was after the river would flood in the springtime. We all had our good and our bad times growing up in Richland but at least we did finally grow up. I have been trying to find out about a friend of mine who went to school here in the 50's his name was Denny Noble. His father was a cop in Richland. His family moved to Spokane and the last I heard was that he was killed in Vietnam. If anyone knows anything about him I would love to hear from you. I would have graduated in 64 and I went to Carmichael Jr. High. In your list of 64 students I find no mention of him. He lives in Kennewick now and works at Battele. My wife Barbara and I both love reading all the stories and have notified several others about you. Keep up the good work. -Larry Holloway (64) ************************************************** >>From: Gregor Hanson (65) To Franco (70) and Soldat (71) While I am definitely not the guru of Bomber basketball stats and records -that honor belongs to Roger Fishback (62) - I will add some further information to Mike's message since I don't think Roger is yet on line with the alumni Sandstorm. Mike Franco's numbers about Bomber hoops in the decade of the 70s are off slightly as the Bombers were the STATE CHAMPS of Washington AAA high school basketball in 1972 and 1979 (not 78). During the decade of the 70s, when three of the Neill family members were an active and vital ingredient of the success of those teams at one time or another, the records were as follows: 70-71 ~ 21-4 eliminated at State (Steve "Stubby" Neill a junior) 71-72 ~ 23-2 STATE CHAMPS (Steve Neill a senior) 72-73 ~ 23-3 2nd place in State (Mike "Bird" Neill a soph) 73-74 ~ 23-3 2nd place in State (Mike Neill a jr) 74-75 ~ 22-4 4th place in State (Mike Neill a sr) 76-76 ~ 19-4 lost out in District tournament 76-77 ~ 24-3 2nd place in State 77-78 ~ 24-3 4th place in State 78-79 ~ 26-1 STATE CHAMPS (Phil Neill head coach, and Phil was Asst/JV coach on the other Bomber teams in the 70s) Total of 205 wins - 27 losses for the teams of the 70s To Kelvin Soldat - I'm guessing that your brother Dennis had 69 wins and 7 losses as a Bomber hoopster from 79-80-81 - assuming he started all of those games -and the teams with Ray Stein playing in 62-63-64 also had 69 wins and 8 losses. HOWEVER, the Bomber teams of 55-56-57 had a record of 72 wins and 11 losses, so if Norris Brown played/started in those wins all three of those years, it could be Norris; OR the teams of 56-57-58 had a total of 73 wins-10 losses, so if CW Brown played/started in those wins all three of those years it could also be CW Brown!!! You'll likely need the assistance of Fishback and/or Ernie Jensen for a more accurate answer!!! To Gary and Maren - Thanks for all of your work in starting and maintaining these fun and entertaining memories from Richland - and peace be with the memory of both of your parents, and of Wendy Carlberg, Mark Browne, Derry Granquist, Jim Judd and other members of your class of '64 who left us at a young age, for which this site was created and dedicated. Happy Holidays and GO BOMBERS!! -Gregor Hanson (65) ************************************************** >>From: Kelvin Soldat (71) To Gregor Hanson (65) -- I'll have to assume you have the records right for those years. I really don't know the answer but I thought Dennis may have a chance since he did start all those games. I don't know about RAY (64), Norris )57), or CW (58) starting as sophomores. We need to catch Roger down at the Spudnut shop and see if he remembers. I just checked my Kindergarten class pic and I do remember Susy (Rathjen-71). We used to walk home together a lot, I think we even held hands a few times. I think she even used to wear perfume for me, but nobody had better perfume than Leslie Potter, Right Mike Franco????? ================ Career games Played: 83 Norris Brown 55-56-57 83 John Meyers 56-57-58 80 Mark Hoke 77-78-79 77 Mike Neill 73-74-75 75 Jim House 61-62-63 74 C.W. Brown 56-57-58 71 Ray Stein 62-63-64 71 Pat Hoke 70-71-72 71 Roger Sonderland 75-76-77 70 Theartis Wallace 61-62-63 69 Bob Frick 58-59-60 69 Steve Panther 65-66-67 69 Steve Neill 70-71-72 68 Brian Kellerman 77-78-79 64 Kelly Euteneier 75-76-77 Stats from "Bomber Mania" booklet available at: -Maren *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/98 **************************** 12 Bombers sent stuff in: Jinnie Eckert (58), Ann Bishop (60), Jan Nelson (60), David Rivers (65), Patti Eckert (68), Dennis Strege (71), John Mosley (71), Patrick Thrapp (71), Yvonne Ling (75), Dave McAdie (79), Heather Carstens (88), Ami Evans (97) ************************************************** >>From: Jinnie Eckert Stephens (58) To Mary Lou Williams (60) - I remember you and Sue with great fondness. Sue and I were very close growing up and I kept in touch with her up to her very early and tragic death. Rita (Bunny) owns and runs the agency liquor store in West Richland. I work with her. Rather than bore these folks you can e-mail me at [deleted for privacy]. Love to catch up. -Jinnie Eckert Stephens (58) ************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Myers (60) I have been enjoying reading all the memories, amazed that things came back to me as I read other people's memories of places and people. I am one of those trailer court kids from North Richland. Went to John Ball school, Chief Jo for one year, then moved to West Richland, so was transferred to Carmichael before moving on to Col Hi. I was in Mr. Huffman's 6th grade class that started at John Ball and then got bussed to Spalding due to crowding or something. Anybody remember the spats he gave - they raised welts! I never was the recipient, but I lived in fear. We had great soccer games on the playground at John Ball. We often played the kind of kick ball that was like baseball, kick the ball and run the bases. -Ann Bishop Myers (60) ************************************************** >>From: Jan Nelson (60) I have only recently become hooked to this site. Great job. Thanks for all the effort. Love the information about the houses. Would have to have an ornament but I lived in a "F" house. Let me know when they are available. A house memory. I don't know if anyone has talked about the coal furnaces. Our house had a hugh one and I can remember when the coal was delivered. The whole house would shake. I can also remember going to my grandmother's and grandfather's on Hunt Street and Grandpa had a popcorn popper that was a wire mesh frame (for the popcorn) with a handle. He would fill it with popcorn and then stick it into the furnace over the hot coals to pop. Was always pretty scary looking through the little door, that was about 10 x 12 inches, into that monster furnace. I also remember when the furnace was gone, the coal bin became a play area for me and my sisters. Took lots of work to clean it up but it was probably 6 x 6 and became many different things... a soda bar like the one at the Newberry store in the Uptown... a chemistry lab... a doll house. Lots of fun. I also remember putting the coal into a dish with some solution, salt and something else I think, and it would grow crystals. Dad was a chemist so we did things like that. Anyway, lots of fun memories come to mind. Loved the reference to the Cinnamon Bear. A classic. Thanks for the memories. Lets hear from more of the 1960 class. -Jan Nelson (60) ************************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Every now and then, someone mentions someone they believe was killed in Vietnam. Larry Holloway asked about Denny Noble. Denny was killed on July 26, 1970. He was a 1stLt. with the 1st cav. he was killed by rocket or mortar fire. His name may be found on the Vietnam Memorial Wall on panel 08W Line 55. It was a 122 rocket that clipped me back in '68 when I had only 4 DAYS LEFT IN COUNTRY!!!!!!! Others from Richland who died in Vietnam, are also listed on the wall. Many of us knew some of them well. Here are the guys who listed their home town as Richland: MARK STEPHEN BLACK (class of 66) WILLIAM DAVID DOWD CHARLES DEE GREEN CLYDE EDWARD MURR RICHARD DEAN NELSON DANNY A NETH (class of 57) DONALD WILLIAM PICK GEORGE RODRIGUEZ (class of 68) HOWARD LEROY SAVARE GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHOOK THOMAS EUGENE TAYLOR DANIEL LEONARD WAGENAAR (class of 67) Many others may be listed but may not have given Richland as their home town. Denny's home town was listed as Spokane. I know this seems a little morbid, but so many people have mentioned Bombers they believed killed in Vietnam; I wanted to see what the list looked like and confirm some of the "I thinks" and "I heards"... -David J. Rivers ('65) (SSgt USMC 66-70; RVN 67-68) ************************************************** >>From: Patti Eckert Weyers (68) RE: Rabbits; Yes M.Lou Williams (60), you did live in the B house across the street from our family. And you may have had rabbit one time for dinner. Have to recall we all refused to eat the rabbit, as they were more pets than a source of food for sure, Mom then got very creative in baking and Dad said it was chicken! Still we all refused it so much they gave up finally and they were just sold as pets. Any one remember sledding the famous "Flat Top" hill in West Richland? When did that cross appear on top and who did that? Never did any sledding on it, but climbed it a time or two throughout my youth, but recall some serious sledders with/on car hoods and inner tubes. Even some dare devil types driving their cars and trucks down the front side of it, and usually never made it without the cops coming! Thanks Jim Hamilton on the Spudnut ornament contest, haven't heard anything on it for awhile, is it still getting the idea's coming in...? via: [deleted for privacy] hope so, like to hear about that. Happy Holiday's Bomberus! -Patti Eckert Weyers (68) ************************************************** >>From: Dennis Strege (71) I dropped by Rob Piippo's (74) office today to coax him to tell some stories about his Dad, Coach Piippo. He told me to relay some stories about the Regional and State basketball tournaments. We went on for an hour with memories from the tourneys. Can't actually print any of them here. Do you suppose Richland had the highest per capita of basketball hoops on poles, garages, houses, trees, etc., because the Bombers were so good? Or was it the other way around? -Dennis Strege (71) ************************************************** >>From: John Mosley (71) From a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sun Dec 13 23:55:23 1998 Re: Hot summer days Reading the messages left by all these Bombers reminded me of how great a town Richland was to grow up in. I remember running the shelter belt for XC, Mr. Jensen, drinking the irrigation water cause no one told us it wasn't clean. A Zips Gut bomb with double cheese how cold the Columbia was and always knowing where the bathroom was cause all the houses were the same! What a shock it was to learn that all towns were not like ours with identical houses and tidy even streets. -John Mosley (71) ************************************************** >>From: Patrick Thrapp (71) I have really enjoyed reading these Sandstorms. I finally got up enough material to make a reasonable post. Remember the hut out behind the girls gym. Over by the water reservoir (what was it really?). Sold candy. I remember watching some World Series on the TV out there. The place wasn't around after 69 I think. Remember taco feeds at the Hardy's by the river? Hang'in out at the bowling ally or later PayLess parking lot across from Zips. Best fries were Arctic Circle, and only because the sauce was so good. Speaking of basketball, didn't RHS (69) beat Moses Lake to win district or something like that? I remember some fans (71ers) storming the court after the game. Made for a little ruckus. Pat Hoke (72) wasn't too bad of a round-baller. Went to Boise St if I remember correctly. Best times were regionals. I only went once. 70 I think. Remember the Davenport or Ridpath hotels/motels, names that were synonymous with the event. Remember Ron Howard? Took Pasco to state in basketball, I believe in 69 or 70. Later went to play at Seattle U, and then later played TE for the Seahawks. Anyone remember Ron Howard triple jumping? That guy had some power in those legs. Anyone know just how far Dean Thompson could hit a golf ball? For cross country and track John Blalock (69), Steve Curd (70), and Jerry Rice (71) were the distance runners that I remember were top tier. Qualheim (70) I remember could scoot. But not quite as fast as Vache (71). Wasn't Howard Amon originally called Riverside Park? When did it change? To Jim Vache (64): Met Ted Wireman in Corvallis during the early 80's. Told him I remember listening to WSU play while he was with them. Told him I was a Bomber he laughed. Said he remembered playing with Stein. I remember going to Portland with Bill Ayotte and his brother to see the LA Lakers break the most consecutive wins by any pro team. Win 23 that night. They went on to get 33 straight. Wicks, Petrie Rick Adelman for the Blazers. Goodrich, West, Chamberlain, wasn't Elgin Baylor on that team to. Rick was a relative's of Ayotte's. We stayed there that night. I dug out a couple of old pictures and placed them on my site for viewing. Thanks to Sandstorm folk for bringing this to us. -Patrick Thrapp (71) ************************************************** >>From: Yvonne Ling Deshayes (75) Just a question, I was reading the list on basketball players, # of games played? I was wondering why Jim Thompson's name was not on the list. He was pretty active on the team years mentioned? Let me know Thanks -Yvonne Ling Deshayes (75) ======= [Yvonne -- Jim Thompson Scored 711 Career points... Scored 493 Points in a single season... Scored 30 or more points twice in his senior year... Averaged 11.9 points per game during his 1973, 1974, 1975 seasons... scored 19.0 points per game his senior year... scored 121 career State tournament points... scored 77 points in one state tournament... Yes... a Richland Bomber to be proud of... (Information obtained from Bomber Mania) - Gary B.] ************************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie (79) To Mike Franco (70): Mike, since you so kindly "bombed" me for using the term "former-bombers", it is my turn to take a shot. Your memory needs a little of Gregor's auditing. It was the 79 Bombers that won State Hoops 72-59 over Pasco - NOT '78.......... At least you remembered it was Phil Neill and not Frank Teverbaugh! The Seventies must have been good to you :) Kelvin - A shot at your trivia question - Brian Kellerman, 77-79 (with 70-something wins)??? Happy holidays to all of you BOMBERS out there. -Dave McAdie (79) ************************************************** >>From: Heather Carstens Pedlar (88) To Jenny Smart Page (87): What are you up to? I will tell Darren hello for you. I remember the days you two "clowned around." Do you ever see him? He works at Red Robin in Richland and lives in my parents' in-law apartment (we had it built in 1994 ish for my grandfather, who has since passed away). I am in Chicago with my husband who is finally about to complete his Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University. We will be moving in March or April, but have no idea where! He is applying for post doctoral research positions on his climb up to becoming a professor. Eventually we hope to return to "God's country" (read Pacific Northwest. .. ) but it is not in our near future plans. No kids yet, but that IS in our near future plans:) I have very much enjoyed reading this to keep in touch and hear from old friends. Take care and Merry Christmas! To Dustin Rector (88): Wow! I cannot believe you remember that story! I think I took that class the year before you, but the teacher was Mike Mills. He coached track, I think. It was NOT my favorite class. I do not remember him leaving during tests, but hey, it's been over 10 years ago! What are you and Dana up to? Did you go to the reunion? Merry Christmas! -Heather Carstens Pedlar (88) ************************************************** >>From: Ami Evans (97) From the RHS Bomber Guest Book: SUP RHS!!! Well, all I have to say is that the class of '97, although we are the ****, doesn't even have a stinkin' web page! What's up with that? I KNOW we have some computer geeks in our class so step up, you guys! I would hook it up if I weren't completely computer illiterate! Anyhow, I don't get the chance to see a lot of RHS kids up here at UW, but I like to stay in touch. Although it never fail that every time I wear Bomber gear, I meet someone new that went there. So hello to everyone and way to keep the Bomber Spirit alive! -æææææ Ami Evans *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/98 *************************** 6 Bombers sent stuff in: Kenny Wright (63), Rick Polk (70), Patti Sinclair (77), Dan Staringer (78), Kim Edgar (79), Dan Gire (83) ************************************************** >>From: Kenny Wright (63) It is ironic how the past connects to the present without any obvious connections. I remember, in my Junior year when Art Dewald gathered the basketball team to announce the cut for the final '61-'62 team, I beat him to it, I told him "I quit". I knew I did not have a chance with the likes of Jim House, Theartis Wallace, Ray Stein, et al. So I became one of the bleacher bums. Someone's father working out in the area (can not remember now who that was) had access to the residue of computer punch cards (those tiny cardboard rectangle punch outs). They were free by the bag full and made fantastic confetti. What better way to celebrate baskets and winning games. After the first couple of games there was a school-wide announcement not to bring the confetti into the gym; re: the janitors had an impossible task of cleaning the tiny rectangles off the wooden bleachers after fanatic Bombers, sweating and spilling Cokes, embedded them into the bleachers. Of course the authorities were unsuccessful and the snow job continued through my Senior year. Sorry class of '99, you will have to use virtual computer snow. It is the full-computer- circle of the '60s computers to the Email Sandstorm of the '90s. -Kenny Wright (63) ************************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) Just a thought here, but how many Bomber Alumni are now teachers / staff members at RHS? Just curious, I know there are a few. -Rick Polk (70) ************************************************** >>From: Patti Sinclair Baldwin (77) I wanted to inform you of another famous Bomber. From the class of '77: Michael Peterson. He is making quite a name for himself in Country Music. He has several music videos, a couple of no.1 songs. He has his first CD out and now has some singles from his second CD getting a lot of air play. His newest song = "By the Book" was just listed as no.3, and will probably reach no. 1 too! He has a full concert schedule and several web sites. He was just featured on a "Walker Texas Ranger" episode (playing himself!) Since I am from the class of '77 and just visited with him at our 20 year reunion, I thought I'd pass this on! -Patti Sinclair Baldwin (77) ************************************************** >>From: Dan Staringer (78) Kati Ash (78) - I remember the French Club trip to Vancouver very well. I think the ratio of boys to girls was about 12:1, with me and the son of Mr. Labreque (sp?) the only two boys. I was recruited to go so there would be more than one male! We toured the approximately half block in Vancouver with stores predominately in French. The other 99.99% of town was great for us English speaking kids. I still only remember a few French words as I spent too much time goofing off with Jim Steach (current volleyball coach and teacher at Pasco High School) in class. We never called crepes by their proper name, we called them 'creeps', much to the chagrin of Ms. Gore. Does anyone from earlier in the '70's remember Farley Grubb? He went to RHS when my dad, Don Staringer, taught there. I distinctly remember going to a Richland/Eisenhower football game, one of the Bombers few victories in that period and Farley had done well. I believe he was the kicker and might have played on offense. As we were walking home to Jadwin by Lewis and Clark, my dad remarked how good he felt that Farley had played well that night since he was one of the brightest and hardest working kids he had in class. Around 1995, Dr. Farley Grubb, Professor of Economic History at the University of Delaware, educated at the Universities of Washington and Chicago, wrote a letter to the state school administration detailing how my father's economics classes in high school gave him the inspiration to dedicate his academics and career to the field. My father, who had transferred to Hanford High School around 1974, retired in '95 and received a teacher of the year award from Washington State, cemented by Dr. Grubb's letter. My dad has never been one to jump up and down over awards, but I thought Dr. Grubb's contribution 20 years after the fact was remarkable and classy. Looking forward to being home for the holidays this year with my wife. It will be the first time in 15 years that my sister (Becki, '80) and I will spend the holidays in Richland with my parents as we usually end up in Seattle at Becki's house. I'll be spending a fair amount of time walking by the Columbia even in freezing weather! -Dan Staringer (78) Body in California (San Jose), Heart in (actually) Seattle ************************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) REt: 79 Basket Ball Championship Dave McAdie (79): Wasn't that a great game! During half time, I was one of the flag twirlers, who marched behind the band. I was so excited when we won, one of my friends threw me up on his shoulders. We were chanting "We're Number 1". I had both arms and hands in the air with one finger each pointing up. Monday morning, when I went to class, I helped in the Main Office, Mrs. Ryder (Attendance Lady) asked if I saw myself on TV, I said yes, proudly. She then replied, don't you wish you acted more like a lady?, I said no, not really. Are you going to the Reunion in July? Happy Holidays Everyone! -Kim Edgar Leeming (Class of 79) ************************************************** >>From: Dan Gire (83) To Dave McAdie (79): Brian Kellerman (79), to this day, still has/had the highest arching jump-shot I've ever seen. It was nearly impossible to block! -Dan Gire ('83) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/98 *************************** 8 Bombers sent stuff in: Tim Smyth (62), Gary Behymer (64), Leo Bustad (64), Teresa DeVine (64), Rod Brewer (65), Steve Piippo (70), Becky Tonning (73), Maggie Gilstrap (74) ************************************************** >>From: Tim Smyth (62) RE: Is anybody out there from the Fifties classes? Living in New York, only been to Richland once in the last thirty years.. in 1987 for our 25th. There is (or was) a baseball diamond on the Perkins playground. I remember being 8 or 10; there were often older boys there who wouldn't let us little kids play. But we did look up to them because they were older, had more freedom, knew all the swear words and some could hit the drugstore (Pennywise) if they really nailed one... and they had girlfriends!! The only name that comes to mind is "Nick Speed". Are there any of you out there? I want to thank you for the times you did let us play with you because you needed some "fill-ins". You would now be in your SIXTIES. Remember you other runts.. Dennis Casto (63), Lyle Hawk (62), etc.? And my friend Jay Williamson (63), who unfortunately passed away, was also there. -Tim Smyth (62) ************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Part of what the Alumni Sandstorm is about, is being a 'helpmate' in finding other Bombers or missing class members. Searching thru the lost member's from the Class of 1969 I spotted a familiar name to the Class of 1964. No e-mail sent, nothing gained. Send that e-mail and you may find others from 'Bomber' past. I share the following: "Gary: Darcy is indeed my sister, one of three. Her married name is Darcy Farrens. She currently lives in the Seattle area and can be reached by e-mail at [deleted for privacy]. My other sisters are: Carol Uhlman lives in Pasco. I believe Carol graduated from Columbia High in 1966. She can be reached by e-mail at [deleted for privacy]. My youngest sister is Melinda Meyers. I think Melinda may have graduated in 1983, although she may have graduated from the new high school in Richland. In any event, she can be reached by e-mail at [deleted for privacy]. Thanks for the nice work on the e-mail. I always read it! Happy Holidays! Kerry" Thanks for all of your help Kerry. Through your letter a number of 'Bombers' will be reached. (;-) -Gary Behymer (64) ************************************************** >>From: Leo Bustad (64) I seem to recall Kenny Wright (63) encouraging all to make and throw confetti (as if anyone needed encouragement). There was a section of the old gym which was claimed by the senior boys. This was vacated during one game in protest when one of their members was ejected for throwing confetti. They then stood one row at a time, ala graduation, and filed out of the gym. I have no first hand knowledge of the events following the exit, but their exit and the amount of confetti were both impressive. -Leo Bustad '64 ************************************************** >>From: Teresa DeVine Knirck (64) I have to contribute to the discussions on the Tri-City Braves. I have always been a big baseball fan (Go Yankees!) and growing up in the fifties spent lots of spring and summer evenings at Sanders Field. My prized possession in those days was an autographed ball, which I (of course) still have - I passed into the dugout to my favorite player, Ray Zari, the catcher, and he had everyone autograph it for me. The date is 1956 and some of the names are Don Pries, Danny Holden, Bill Girdley, Milt Martin, Rich Scramaglia--and lots of others. When you drive down Clearwater now, it is really almost impossible to tell where Sanders Field was and the Social Club too. Remember how good that whole area of the Highlands smelled on summer evenings - all the mint fields up there. We often drove up there to cool off on hot summer nights. Nice to hear from Lee Chapman - I think our class sort of lost touch with him - come to the next reunion, Lee! -Teresa DeVine Knirck ************************************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) Re: Dennis Strege (71) - Your reference to the number of bball hoops in Richland reminded me of something. Cathy Weihermiller (66) moved to Indiana. The next time I saw her was at a party in '65 or '66?? Anyway, my first question was - how does basketball in Richland compare to towns in Indiana? - I was pretty impressed when she said there was no difference, except maybe we were a little better (It's possible I dreamed that, I did have a few CW dreams back then). - Rod Brewer (65) ************************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) RHS alumni teachers: at one time there were seven from the class of 1970 = Tom Regimbal, Dave True, Laurie (Rail) Williamson, Draper, Steve Piippo, Jim Qualheim, and? total there is Vicki Steichan Buck (67), Phil Neill (66), Steve Neill (72), Benji Jacobs (69), Mary Lester Yarborough (58), Dan Porter, Scott Woodward, Steve Potter, Carolyn Rish Moore (72), Debbie Crass, Mark Olson, Sue Hill Rulon (74), Greg Fetrow, Barb Hogan Ham, Lori Manolopoulos Gana (77), John Dawson, Chad Allen, Amanda Hitt LaRiverie (86), Nicole (Petersen) Hauter, Kenny (Chub) Gosney student teaching, Janet (jensen) Young, John (Blockhead) Richardson. This includes the security and cafeteria. Hey, we would not want to teach any where else. As Steve (stubby still) Neill says, "It's the best job in America." -Steve Piippo (70) ************************************************** >>From: Becky Tonning Downey (73) From a Bomber Guest Book: Hi everyone! It is so neat to have an alumni Bomber look-up, what's new, what's not and everything in between... place to go!! I've enjoyed reading up on all of you. I feel, we from the 70's need to make a bigger presence on this Bomber "Sandstorm" page!! It was fun to see so many of you former classmates at our 25th reunion this summer. Even though I lost my mother a few weeks later, seeing a lot of you and having someone to talk to while going through the pain of death, was very helpful. Thanks especially to Sherry Foreman (73), who has been a friend since the 5th grade and even now, lives across the street from where I grew up and we just sold that house, after my mother passed away. She had lived in that home for 47 years!!! Hard to believe anyone could live in a home that long! I sell real estate for Windermere, here in Vancouver, WA. would love to hear from any of you!! Miss the little "perfect" world it seemed we all grew up in so long ago!! Merry Christmas!! To all!!! -Becky Tonning Downey (73) ************************************************** >>From: Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara (74) To Sue Pritchett (58): I just received the "A" house ornaments. Thanks for sending them to me. I am giving one to Vickie Anderson Simmons (67) who lives near me and is from Richland and lived in an "A" house. Last Sunday Vickie brought her church youth group by the Cat House to sing Christmas Carols. It was wonderful, brought tears to my eyes. I remember as a kid going house to house singing carols. Most of the houses we sang at had hot cocoa for us. Correct me if I am wrong Sandy Kaas Wallace (68), but didn't your family get this started every holiday? I don't remember if I mentioned this before but Bill's Cat House is an Arctic Cat snow machine sales and service shop. I have had a few inquire lately about the name. However, until we finally received some snow and I started selling all my Arctic Cats I was considering turning it into something else. -Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara 74 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/98 6 Bombers sent stuff in: Marilyn Peddicord (53), Tony Tellier (57), Chuck Smith (69), Darwin Perkins (69), Jim Albert (73), Jenny Smart (87) ************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) I've been reading questions about a dance hall in the highlands. I don't know if this has any connection and I don't know the name of the street - but there was a grange hall in the Kennewick Highlands that I remember going to dances with my mom and dad - before the project (they never left us with a sitter) They always had a great time. Seems I also remember being in the same building as a teenager - maybe a 4-Her. Is that the dance place. -Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) ************************************************** >>From: Tony Tellier (57) Responding to the question: How does basketball in Richland compare to towns in Indiana? This is a good question and one to which I have no concrete answer. However, when I moved to Cincinnati (1968-ish)... which is at the KY, OH-IN border on the O Hi O River for those who are geographically challenged -- I was struck by how BIG basketball was there. Lotsa hoops and lotsa hoopla about all levels of basketball: U of Cin and The BIg O, Ohio State, Xavier, Maiami, UK Wildcats, the Hoosiers, Purdue, Bradley, St. Louis... tough college teams all within 150 miles. There was a championship party tween Ky (with Pat Riley?) and UTEP (Texas Western then.. Booby Jo Hill? and Don Haskins coaching?) and when " those " people beat the all-white Wildcats there were actually tears in the room! Indiana selects the high school Player of the Year called Mister Basketball. Lafayette still (?) has a sign touting itself as being the hometown of Rick Mount, Indiana's Mister Basketball. The movie "Hoosiers" is based on fact. I do not remember Richland as having a great number of hoops. -Tony Tellier (57) ************************************************** >>From: Chuck Smith (69) Hey Gary and Maren.... Let our folks know... if they don't already... the 30th for the Class of 69 will be Aug. 20 and 21st... Hope to seen all the 69ers there... -Chuck Smith ************************************************** >>From: Darwin Perkins (69) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Thu Dec 17 00:16:42 1998 'bout time I've been back in the tri-cities for about 10 years, finally looked for old people. Found some. -Darwin Perkins (69) ************************************************** >>From: Jim Albert (73) You found me! And I distinctly remember pedaling madly down Cottonwood street to keep up with the 'mosquito man' as he spayed our neighborhood with DDT! (I attribute my premature hair loss to this)! -Jim Albert, Class of 73 ************************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page (67) RE: Piippo's letters - It was always fun having a Bomber - alum as a teacher, and most of my favorite memories come from those classes --- especially Q's biology classes, and True's trig classes. You guys are wonderful teachers who have touched many lives in so many ways. Thanks a bunch! -Jenny Smart Page (87) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/98 6 Bombers sent stuff in: Ron Richards (63), Maren Smyth (64), Mary Sullivan (64), Ron Sledge (65), Willard Ule (73), Gene Gower (82) ************************************************** >>From: Ron Richards (63) To Jim Hamilton (63): Thanks for your comment. Although I doubt I'm deserving of the mention, I know Chuck Gardiner (63-deceased) and Darrell Renz (63) were extremely good basketball players to have in school but to not have on the team beyond their sophomore year. To Jim Walton (60): I'm surprised your name hasn't been mentioned among Richland's best basketball players. Your career compared very favorably to Ray Stein's career. Ray was selected to some All-America teams but your team won a State Championship. You both were starting guards for WSU. You both were selected PAC 8 and/or 10 players of the week for outstanding performances against UCLA. Although not too meaningful to the outcome of the game, and not the high point of your high school career, your 2/3 court half-time buzzer-beater, was the talk of the town for a long while. Maybe it was only eight feet beyond the center line, but it sure was a nice shot. To Ray Stein Fans: For a Ray Stein look-alike, watch James Madison at Cleveland State University this year and next. James was an All-American at Port Angeles High School whom I had the pleasure of watching play basketball since he was six years old. To Gary and Maren: I owe you a chukar hunting trip. In response to one of my bird hunting stories, I received an invitation from Peggy Sheeran Finch ('63) and her husband, Dick, to hunt chukars in Omak this fall. It was a great time with great hunting and great hospitality. Some advice for the unwary, however. Before you go chukar hunting with a 60 - 64 year old age group national bicycle racing championship second place finisher, you better be jogging more than fifteen miles per week. To all Bombers: A recent comment here stated that a federal district court judge had determined that the issues involved in the downwinder's lawsuit were too complicated to be decided by a jury. Specifically, it was stated that the judge believed that a jury would determine causation of the alleged injuries from the mere exposure to radiation. If these statements are accurate, you should all be concerned. Such a position seriously underestimates the collective intelligence of juries and seriously undermines the constitutional right to trial by jury. -Ron Richards ('63) ************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) I have a xerox copy of something called "The Long Road to Self-Government" The History of Richland, Washington 1943 - 1968. It is "Compiled from Clippings, Data, Booklets, etc., In Honor of the 25th Anniversary of Richland... ANYBODY know where I can buy one of these books? It's pretty cool, but I have NO IDEA how to get a copy of it. In fact, I'm not even sure where my xerox copy came from. I've had it for quite some time and I know I didn't make the xerox copy myself. I can see that the xerox copy that I have was made from a book that belonged (belongs?) to the Richland Public Library because it's stamped on the book... and another stamp says "Full price will be charged for books mended with scotch tape or crayon marked." It has lots of old pictures and a chronological history that starts with a brief history from 1805 and then gets a little deeper beginning in 1942.... says the population in 1943 was 240 and in 1944 it was 11,000... Can anybody help?? -Maren ************************************************** >>From: Mary Sullivan (64) I've just spent the last two days TRYING to shop for Christmas gifts - going to SEVERAL Dept. stores and malls and then back again!! And a thought came to me -In the late 40's and early 50's where DID our parents shop?? Outside of CC Anderson's and the Drug Stores I can't recall what other stores were available - Anyone care to refresh my memory??? I DO remember looking in the different catalogs - like Sears and Penny's and marking almost ANYTHING that appealed to me and of course I KNEW SANTA COULD read my mind - but just to to be safe I wrote everything down!! We had a tradition in our family where we put our letters to Santa on the window sill and lo and behold the next day they were gone!! So THEN I KNEW the first step was in motion!! Anyone care to share what kind of family traditions they had re: Santa - "elves" etc.??? Must go for now! If I don't get back online before next week I'd like to wish Holiday Blessings to all Bombers and their families!! -Mary Sullivan (64) ************************************************** >>From: Ron Sledge (65) Just wanted to say HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! to all those who read and input to the Sandstorm. Will not get to read any more til after the New Year. Health and happiness to all Bombers. -Ron ************************************************** >>From: Willard Ule (73) RE: THE 1973 SMOKER TO HELP THE AILING SON OF TRACK COACH MAX JENSEN I WAS PLEASE TO BE ABLE TO HELP COACH JENSEN AS HE WAS ALSO ONE OF MY BEST TEACHERS, AS HE TAUGHT P.E. COACH JENSEN INSTILLED THE GOALS WHICH AIDED ME IN OBTAINING MY MEDICAL DEGREES OFTEN WHEN I WOULD BEGIN TO FACE MY CHALLENGER IN THE FORENSIC CASES THAT I HAVE SERVED ON. I HAVE BEEN REMINDED OF THE TEACHINGS I RECEIVED AS I WAS A BOMBER. I ALSO AM REMINDED OF THREE OTHER GREAT EDUCATOR'S MISS SKOGAN MATH TEACHER. MISS HANKAWITZ ENGLISH /STUDY HALL / GUIDANCE THEN BOB BLANKENSHIP U.S. HISTORY. DOES ANYONE ELSE REMEMBER THESE GREAT EDUCATORS? IF SO PLEASE CONTACT ME -Willard Ule (73) ************************************************** >>From: Gene Gower (82) I think the one that you're talking about is the "Shuffler's Shanty" It's still there but I'm not sure exactly where. My folks still go there about every week. Square dance and round dance both. They re- started dancing after I was about 14 or so, all the other kids had left home and as the last of six I don't think the rules weren't as strict for me. Maybe the other siblings are reading this :-) maybe not... My rules could be summarized as such: Home by 9:00 if I was not at work and call them and let them know where I'm at. (and not in some ditch somewhere) -Gene Gower (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/20/98 11 Bombers sent stuff in: Ralph Myrick (51), Carol Converse (64), Gary Behymer (64), Jo Miles (64), Kathy Wersen (64), Mari Eckert (65), Kathy Rathjen (66), Vickie Andersen (67), Joy Stanfield (71), Kelvin Soldat (71), Gary Spanner (72). ************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) To Gene Gower (82): I don't blame your folks. You needed to be watched. How are you doing, Gene? First time I find you on the circuit. Say hi to your folks and Fred for me. -Ralph Myrick ************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) I think Mary Sullivan (64) had a great idea about us telling about Santa. For years I remember my mother and I would go over to these friends of ours each Christmas Eve. They had a son 3 years younger than I. We would exchange gifts then. My father would always stay home. I didn't think anything of it. Lo and behold, when my mother and I got back home, Santa would have been there. Gee, I was always just ecstatic over it. Now, I can't remember if I got to open up anything from him or had to wait til the next day. On Christmas morning, of course, I'd get up and find my stocking all full of goodies. I am sure that some years Santa didn't come Christmas Eve as my father was working swing shift. I always got to open one present before we would go to the candlelight service at church. It would always be something to wear. A sweater, etc. I always thought that was so neat to be able to wear something new each year. I hope all you Bombers out there have a wonderful and safe holiday. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ************************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) ...wondering if any might remember this team? Norris Brown Theartis Wallace Marve Stewart John Crow C W Brown Al Sims Mike Ferguson Roger Truhart John Rucker Jim Wren Mike McKeown Jim Lee Dave Strusser ...aka SAMAC Cougars who played in the Bill Fouts Memorial Basketball Tournament March 17-18-19 1968. -Gary Behymer (64) ************************************************** >>From: Jo Miles (64) To Ron Richards (63): Your recent comments on Bomber basketball were great. I was saddened to learn that Chuck Gardiner (63) was deceased. I last saw Chuck about 1973 at Ft. Lewis when I took a bunch of kids to compete at the Washington State Special Olympics Meet the Army hosted that year. Chuck made a special point to seek me out and was very kind and gracious with the youngsters who were there. "BB" was also very much admired as a baseball player with great skills and hustle at his catching position and at the plate. He will always be remembered as a great human being. -Jo Miles (64) ************************************************** >>From: Kathy Wersen Alder (64) To all who read this - Happy Holidays! To Mary Sullivan ('64) You asked in the last Sandstorm about shopping for Christmas and it reminded me of a year when my Brother, Larry ('63) found the boxes of gifts in the basement of our A-house that had been ordered from the catalog. I'm sure now that most of our Christmas gifts must have come from there because there weren't many other places in town in which to shop. Larry found the boxes - before Christmas, of course, and showed them to me, who in turn showed them to my two sisters, Becky ('65) and Linda ('66). When my folks found out that we knew where the gifts were and we had peaked at them, they were, understandably, furious with all of us. I'm sure for them it spoiled Christmas. I don't remember it doing that for me, but I also haven't forgotten about it either. We knew our parents were "Santa Clause", but continued to believe in the "concept" through many years. It was and is a good tradition! -Kathy Wersen Alder (64) ************************************************** >>From: Leona (aka Mari) Eckert Leahy (65) Say Mary Sullivan (1964) There was Newberry's, Hugh's, Western Auto, Gallenkamps shoe store, and probably other's besides Penney's, Wards, Sears, and the Bon Marche. Those are the only one's I can recall right off hand. Have fun remembering. Oh, and wasn't there a Dawson-Richards way back when? Re Gene Gower (82) and rules he had to bare. Rules we endured were something like: In BED by 9pm school nights. As for dating... either Friday OR Saturday night and IN THE HOUSE by midnight... notice that "or". Can't handle recalling any of the others right now. LOL -Leona (aka Mari) Eckert Leahy (65) ************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) To Ron Sledge (65) Re: Miss Skogan, algebra teacher. She is definitely on my list of excellent educators. She made us explain at least one problem to the class each quarter (or maybe semester) or she would lower your grade for that period. It was a nightmare for me. I think once I took the grade reduction, then I suffered through the terror of standing before the class. Later, as an adult, I became involved in a volunteer organization, and before I was finished, I was a state officer and spent most of one convention speaking before 1300 delegates! My list also contains Miss Larson, English, Mr. Klucas, Carmichael, Mr. Ray Smith, Lewis & Clark (until 1960). There are many other, but these always come to mind first. They were good teachers, and the treated us like human beings with brains. Throughout my life I have repeatedly benefited from wisdom they shared. Re: Santa Claus memories/traditions - we used to visit Santa Claus in the upstairs of the Uptown Thrifty Drug. When I was 11 or 12, I accompanied my younger sisters, but, of course, I was a big girl and new about the world. As we approached Santa, he called each of us by name! It threw me for a loop, and I failed to notice the similarity between Santa's voice and that of one of Richland's finest, police officer and neighbor John Morey. Where did my parents shop for Christmas besides Spiegel's, and Sears catalogs? Diamonds, and Newberry's got a fair share of the business. Its interesting to see the same kind of rhinestone brooches on display now for a lot more money than the 99 cents we paid for my grandmothers' and aunts' gifts. They would be displayed on tables along with embroidered, linen hankies, and my favorite, Midnight In Paris perfume (which I recently paid $25 for an old, dark blue bottle at a collectibles shop). To Margaret Gilstrap (74) Hi! I was a friend of Judy Kaas, and remember you were her neighbor. Nice to know where you are, now. Here's wishing you lots of snow (for your business). I bought my sisters and myself each an "A" house ornament. What a terrific fundraiser for the Richland Seniors Association. We grew up in one on Benham Street, and have owned one for 27 years that is converted to a single dwelling. The bad thing about them is you can put an awful lot of junk in them! Happy Holidays to all Bombers, and those who love them. -Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) ************************************************** >>From: Vickie Andersen Simmons (67) To Mary Sullivan (64) re: where did our parents shop for Christmas? I remember every other year or so our whole family would load into the car and we'd drive to Portland for Christmas shopping. I always looked forward to these trips. I loved the buildings with the elevators and escalators. I'd ride all the way up on one and all the way down on the other. Then my mother would take us to "tea". I felt so grown up! Some times we'd just go to Walla Walla. I also remember the Montgomery Wards catalog as being one from which we'd make our Christmas "wish lists". Hope all you Bombers have a Merry Christmas, remember the Reason for the Season, and have a great New Year. Thanks to Maren and Gary for their hard work. It seems to bless us all! -Vickie Andersen Simmons (67) ************************************************** >>From: Jay Stanfield (71) M*e*r*r*y C*h*r*i*s*t*m*a*s B*0*M*B*E*R*S Dan Staringer (78) I had Mr. Staringer's class 1967 Chief Joseph. The word 'pertinent' comes to mind. God Bless. David Rivers (65) Thank you for the list of Richland's Vietnam Casualties. Do have a list of Richland's VietNamVets? Love, -Joy Stanfield (71) ************************************************** >>From: Kelvin Soldat (71) To Dan Staringer (78), I had your father (Fungo Staringer) for a teacher at Chief Joseph in 9th grade. He was one of the best teachers I ever had. He made class so much fun yet we all learned a lot of valuable lessons from him. I remember one assignment was where a small group of students each represented a country. There were about 8-10 countries and the premise was that 2 countries were at war. These countries had to get allies and then fight. The winners had to decide to what to do with the losing country. One option was for follow on wars until one country became the overall winner. Our class was unusual in that after the first war a treaty was made a there were no more wars. Your Dad was amazed because other 9th grade classes always kept fighting. I was in your Dad's class when RFK was shot. I remember spending the whole time discussing this, it was shock to us all since it was just 4 years since JFK was shot. Your father was shaken yet he turned it into a valuable history lesson for all of us. Later on he was the assistant baseball coach at RHS. Although I didn't play baseball many of my buddies did and I remember them saying how much they liked coach Staringer, believe they called him "Fungo Staringer" since he hit baseballs at them during infield practice using a fungo (sp?) bat. I haven't seen him around for awhile, sure hope he is doing OK, he was one of my favorite teachers and I had some great ones during my school days at Richland. -Kelvin Soldat (71) ************************************************** >>From: Gary Spanner (72) Several Bombers have inquired about where to get Bomber clothing. I just found out that Dawson-Richards (still at Uptown after 50 years) has Bomber stuff for sale. There are hooded sweatshirts ($59), crew-neck sweatshirts ($36), and heavyweight T-shirts ($25). The sweatshirts are Lee brand and the T-shirts are Fruit of the Loom. The shirts all have "Richland Bombers" on the front and the mushroom cloud on the back. The phone number at D-R is (509) 943-0652, fax 943-6199. The shirts are dark green. Dawson-Richards will take phone or fax orders and shipping is at cost. -Gary Spanner (72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/21/98 ~ THE SHORTEST DAY 9 Bombers sent stuff in: Ralph Myrick (51), Art "Tom" Hughes (56), Chuck Monasmith (65), Patti McLaughlin (65), Rick Maddy (67), Mina Jo Gerry (68), Mike Franco (70), Rick Polk (70), Teresa Cook (73) ************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) To: Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) . Kathy, I hope you don't mind but I made a copy of part of your e-mail where to mentioned Helen Skogen. She was my favorite teacher also and my son, Neal Myrick. thought so too. She and Marion Hankwitz are my daughter's, Cassy Marsh Myrick, adopted grandmothers. I will give her the copy. She will be thrilled to death. -Ralph Myrick ************************************************** >>From: Art "Tom" Hughes (56) Anyone who wants to get information on anyone who died in Vietnam can go to You can search the data base and there is information about each person listed. The information is coded but there is a large page that provides a key to the codes. It shows that Danny Neth (Class of 56) was a Specialist 5 and was killed as the result of being shot down in battle. He was an air crewman on a helicopter. Much more information is available through the searches. -Art (Tom) Hughes, Class of 56 ************************************************** >>From: Chuck Monasmith (65) When David Rivers (65) Listed the Viet Nam casualties it took me back to my pilgrimage to the Wall. I will always remember my youngest daughter's compassion as her dad got so emotional touching the names of Bill Dowd and Mark Black. I did not realize there were so many others. David, Thanks for the reminder. Then I read from Joy Stanfield (71) a request for a list of all Bomber Viet Vets. An immediate flashback. While I was in DaNang, there in front of my rack one morning was Charlie Nevins (65). What a shock! Charlie, thanks again for the impromptu visit. A couple of weeks later, Wally Carlson (RHS sometime B.C.? - older brother of Ken Carlson (63) showed up. The first thing I thought of was "Gawd, he's got bars! Do I have to salute Wally?" Bomber roots do run deep don't they? -Chuck Monasmith (65) *********************** [Chuck -- Wally Carlson --- class of '61 -Maren] ************************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) To Willard Ule (73): I've been spending birthdays and Christmas day with Marion Hankwitz and Helen Skogen for about the past 10 years. They are sweet, intelligent women. In fact, I am taking them out to dinner today for Helen's birthday. They are in good health; but Helen in losing her eyesight. I'll share your sentiments with them! Bob Blankenship retired not long ago, but is in seriously poor health and spirits. I'm sure that all of these people would appreciate a note from you. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) ************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Cars I knew: I was always to drunk in the stands to remember specific basketball games, so I thought I would mention some cars. I know this has the potential to be very boring, particularly to the girls, but that has never stopped me before and I am sure many of them remember some of these cars one way or another... but I won't go there. Feel free to correct my recall capabilities. Speaking of Victoria, I believe Steve Palmer (68) had a late fifties Ford Crown Victoria. A beautiful car. Charles Warford’s (61) black and white 56 Chev, with a three on the tree, was another of the many beautiful cars in Richland. Louis Hogan (65?) had two cars I recall. The first was a thirties roadster with a louvered hood. Later he owned a powerful pearl white 57 Chev. Scott Beyers’ (67) late fifties Pontiac. Terry Werner’s (63) GTO. Jim Parvis’ (66) 55 Chev. Jim Adair’s (66) 55 Chev, or was it a 56? Ron "Race" Hansen’s (67) 56 Chev that he purchased from the government off the AEC Rez. Its rear windows were sealed. This car had everything from a one-barrel carb to something that resembled a toilet flushing for carburetors over the years. Really, just a few of many nice cars. Outside of Richland wasn't there a Fricky who had a black Model T roadster? And his father owned the junk yard out there in East Pasco? And Pat Prudhomme (sp) from Pasco had a 40 Ford that was a beauty. And then there was Ken Webb’s (67) 54 butterscotch Chev straight six that I cracked the rear window in with an empty beer bottle because I thought the window was rolled down. Gary Nelson’s (67) brown 57 Chev that I received reckless driving (drag racing on GW Way) and negligent driving tickets in, two weeks apart (this was not my fault - the Volkswagen Bug full of women I crashed into ran the red light). Instead of going to Spokane and the Regional B-ball tourney, I went in front of Judge Lawless who did not care about any red light. Phil Collins’ (67) 51 Ford, ‘Check the gas and fill it with oil,’ flat-head V8. Phil had a Rambler too. The car didn't have an engine and his dad wanted him to get rid of it and out of his driveway. So Phil and I, with Phil’s sister Teri Collins (69) along for the ride, towed it out into the desert. We found several abandoned cars (probably some of those already mentioned by previous Bomber Alums) parked next to each other. Phil wanted to know what it would be like slamming into a parked car at fifty miles per hour. With me driving Phil’s 51 Ford and Teri, my passenger, not giving up her incessant pleading to stop all this insanity because her brother was about to die, pushed Phil up to speed. Just before impact I got off the gas and on the brake. I see Phil duck down away from the steering wheel and all disappears in a cloud of desert dust and the dull thud of impact. The Rambler plowed into the abandoned car and settled with its front wheels off the ground and front end embedded into the impact car. And Teri never went anywhere with us again. Some of you probably know Dale, Frank "Sonny" and Judy Collins, Phil and Teri’s brothers and sister that were from the 50’s classes? (just curious) Ron Hansen had another car also. It was a 23 Ford. I watched Ron change this car from a AA Altered dragster with a blower to a car that the Washington State Patrol licensed as a 74 Ford in 1974. It had an abnormal Chev 350 in it. Weighed 1500+ pounds. It was an incredible thing watching him build it. I sat for hours waiting for him to complete this car so we could head for Berkeley, CA to play. The evening the car was finished enough to be driven, we drove it immediately to the Richland drag strip (a.k.a. Vantage Highway) in the shroud of darkness. An incredible mechanical feat in my estimate, but I don’t know much about anything mechanical. The steering column went straight into the floor-board running between your knees. It was like a big go-cart. Plastic, hard, unfinished seats. The stabilizing rods that connected the windshield corners to the radiator cowling were not in place. Unfinished and wicked. Open-engine and loud, Ron holding the windshield with one hand like he was going to avoid it collapsing on us at high speeds, the other on the steering wheel, pedal to the metal, and traveling by Ron’s estimation around 145 mph, we meet and scream by oncoming cars in a blur. It was deafening enough that Ron didn't hear me ask him to slow down. My worst fear, the windshield, did not collapse. I never cared if I ever rode in another hot-rod after that night. Still don’t. Two days later driving through Columbia Park at 25 mph with Randy Brown (72) a weld failed and the front-end of the car fell off. High risk behavior has its rewarding moments if you live. Ron still has this car laying around in his garage, waiting. Large motors with lots of fire and cheap gas was way too much fun back then. I believe Randy’s brother, Russell Brown (66-deceased), is the one who drove his car into Ernies Rack & Cue. -Rick Maddy (67) ************************************************** >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) School is finally out for the holidays and I have some breathing, and remembering, space. So here is everything I wanted to write but have been too busy to do so. Shopping for the Holidays: We did all the places mentioned and, of course, the catalogues. I also remember mom and dad going up to Yakima to shop at Bi-Mart without us kids. We always had Christmas in Seattle with grandparents and I remember shopping in downtown Seattle for many years. Our big mission was to get to the Bon and see the "real" Santa. The parents explained that Santa had legions of helpers all over the place, including those in Richland. I would sit on their laps and tell my wishes, but I was never really comfortable that the big guy would actually get the message until I got to the Bon in Seattle. The store always had a big production for Santa. One year I particularly remember was riding a "rocket ship" to the North Pole. It was like an tame amusement park ride where we kids would sit and watch the view screen show us traveling through space and hear all the rocket engine noises. I also loved going to Fredricks and seeing the Cosy Cloud Cottage displays that were their trademark. I think the characters were Mr. and Mrs. Mistletoe. I had the book. They had model trains that my dad would drool over set up in one window and you could run them by putting your hand on a touch-sensitive pad on the window. Boy, talk about technology in the 50's! It was like magic!! Trees were another big thing for me. I love lots of lights. Dad always did the lights and we got to put on the balls, bigger on the bottom and smaller on the top. We started the tinsel but would always get tired because mom was a "one strand at a time" tinsel put-er on-er and woe be unto those who threw it. She would also recycle it yearly. I think we may have had some left over from their early married years in Seattle all the way to the end of the 50's. One year, about 1960, she saved a branch from a Chinese Elm tree dad had cut down, sprayed it white and put small white lights on it, the first ones I had every seem. We never forgave her for that tree and to this day she gets grief from my brothers and I. Her excuse was that it was a cost question, but I don't buy that. After all, that white spray paint wasn't cheap. She read Sunset magazine faithfully and they had an article that year about new ways to have display your tree. She and dad flocked our trees in later years, usually outdoors, with the vacuum cleaner. Then one year they did it in the garage and got tremendous headaches and were cranky for days. After reading the package, they discovered that it said not to use the product in an enclosed space. That was the end of that little project. Merry Christmas to All and To All a Goodnight. Thank you Gary and Maren for all the work you do to keep us connected to our roots. -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ************************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) Happy Holidays everyone!!! Interesting to hear of everyone's X-Mas memories from our Richland days. I have lots and they are all good. The Franco's were one of the few non-Christians (Jewish) in town that I knew of. It did make things a little different but I don't remember missing out on any of the joy or fun of the season. As a grade school age (Jefferson) kid about half my buddies were CK (Turping, Cartmell et al) students and all of my pals certainly celebrated Christmas. I can remember hanging that tinsel on the tree at Pete Turping's house... it seems like I got to assist in decorating trees at several of my buddies' houses all through my youth. And of course there were always a few extra kids around (we had 6 of our own) when we lit our Hannukah candles. It really seems like I didn't miss out on a thing. I think most of my pals knew we didn't celebrate like they did, but I don't remember this ever being a big issue. We all sang the songs at the school pageants, enjoyed the decorations and generally enjoyed the season. I think I probably owe a lot to my folks who raised us to know and respect what and who we were and still be part of what was going on around us. As a junior high (Chief Jo) student more of my CK buddies (Paul Sinclair, George Dana) took me in... going to Midnight Mass became an annual event... although my interest in broadening my knowledge of Catholicism was dwarfed by my interest in certain Christ The King girls! This interest later blossomed when I became the first card-carrying Jewish CYO member. I always joke that Father Monahan was my most influential religious leader (he ran all the dances then)!!! It was about 8th grade or so when the most serious trauma of the holiday season I can remember, finally surfaced... Buying a Christmas gift FOR A GIRL!!!!!!!! Any of you guys remember the heat, the absolute pressure that came with figuring out how you were going to get the right gift, the money???????!!!!!! I remember going into jewelry stores and looking at necklaces... price tag first. This was really a big deal... something we all of sudden had to deal with that we had no preparation for whatsoever!!! How in the world would we know what to buy a girl???? I never did figure it out. Any of you ladies out there remember going through this? I would love to hear your memories... Favorite teachers???? I had lots. Don Staringer was one of the best.. he coached our 8th grade Chief Jo hoops team as well and was really a motivating teacher. Vera Edwards at Chief Jo might have been the best I EVER had anywhere. I had Jim Deathridge at RHS and it might have been his first year of teaching.. he was and still is top notch... also who remembers Carl Wilson??? I think he taught an English class, my jr. or sr. year of hi school. I remember one of the first days he put a recording of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" on and asked us to listen to the words... what does Alice REALLY mean when she says.. "...feed your head..."? Well Carl, we kind of sat there and stared at each other... most of us still haven't decided what she meant... but we DID know at that moment that teacher Carl was a product of college of the 60's. We got to listen to a lot of music in that class. Anyone know of his whereabouts now? My very best wishes to ALL Bombers out there... hope to see many of you in Richland between Christmas and New Year... Soldat, send me a note, we need to work on our doubles strategy!!!!! -Mike Franco (70) ************************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) I would just like to add my congratulations to all the Bomber alumni student - athletes recently added to the Bomber's "Wall of Fame". What a rich tradition of athletics Richland High has. Also, a belated Congratulations to the RHS Girls Soccer team for bringing home yet another State title for the Bombers.... the tradition goes on. I am so proud to call myself a Bomber. Does anyone have any info on just how many State titles the Bombers have won through the years and in what sports? -Rick Polk (70) ************************************************** >>From: Teresa Cook Morgan (73) I remember Mr. Staringer from Col-Hi. I date my love of learning and history to him. I had a bunch of business classes with a lot of homework, and I wish I'd had more time to devote to his class. More time to enjoy it. Is he still in the area? And Miss Larsen, what a joy. I have a rule with my kids. If they go snooping for Christmas presents and find them, I'll return them to the store. They may or may not be surprised with something else. Course, I always hide the presents in many different places. Problem is, this year, I've forgotten where I've hidden some of them. -Teresa Cook Morgan (73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/22/98 ~ WINTER SOLSTICE 12 Bombers sent stuff in: Jane Walker (62), Tony Sharpe (63), Mary Sullivan (64), Mike Lucas (64), Ellen Spitaleri (65), Ronna Jo Lynch (65), Nola Alderman (69), Willard Ule (73), Holly Chamberlain (75), Dan Staringer (78), Paula Mulvey (79), Heather Carstens (88) ************************************************** >>From: Jane Walker Hill (62) A huge thank you to Gary and Maren for all their hard work and dedication in keeping these wonderful pages going... they are really appreciated! Happy Holidays to all you Bombers out there... may you all be blessed with happiness and good health! -Jane Walker Hill ('62) ************************************************** >>From: Tony Sharpe (63) RE: The Team Gary, would that be the John Crow of Yakima and Seattle Pacific fame? If it is, I saw he and his wife Joyce earlier this year in Phoenix. My wife Jan and Joyce are old Kennewick Lions, and we attended the same Church in Bellevue for several years. John still plays regularly. -Tony Sharpe (63) ************************************************** >>From: Mary Sullivan (64) To: Teresa Cook Morgan (73) I had to laugh when you mentioned that you hid your Christmas presents and now you've forgotten WHERE you've hid them! My problem is that I wrap my presents, most often, as soon as I get them home - (problem with "perfection" here!) and try to use different wrapping paper and put them in "groups" - EXPECTING my memory to "kick in" -WELL THAT is NOT the case now!! I have found myself having to try and "re-open" just the corner of the box to find out WHAT the gift is and TO whom it's for!!! From now on I plan on making out the "tags" BEFORE I wrap and then put a post-it note on the back as a special reminder to myself!!! Being over 50 DOES cause problems!!! A special greeting to Maren and Gary - Thanks for all your hard work in keeping us "connected'"!! May your Holidays be filled with good health, happiness, and peace and all of God's Blessings!! Happy Holidays to one and all!! -Mary Sullivan (64) ************************************************** >>From: Mike Lucas (64) Gary, you might put this in the Sandstorm... Did they ever catch the infamous "Sandman" who used to prowl all the favorite "parking" spots? -Mike Lucas (64) ************************************************** >>From: Ellen Spitaleri (65) Hello! I am a Viet Nam vet. I was in Nha Trang and Saigon from October 1971 to October 1972. I had a radio show on AFVN in 1972. Any other women vets out there? I went to the dedication of the women's memorial and marched in the parade in Washington DC. That was an interesting moment. I saw a Manolopoulos name flash by -does anyone know where Alex Manolopoulos ended up? She was homecoming queen at CBC and again at Eastern Washington U. Thanks! -Ellen Spitaleri (65) ************************************************** >>From: Ronna Jo Lynch (65) I just want to wish all my Bomber friends a Happy Holiday Season. It's been a real joy to walk down memory lane with all of you. Such fond memories with very "special" people. God bless you and yours! -Ronna Jo Lynch (65) ************************************************** >>From: Nola Alderman Lobdell (69) Hi, to Rick Maddy (67): I remember Fricky. He raced by the Pasco railroad but I remember a couple of nights and a few afternoons he raced a "55" chevy with everything including nitro, those were the days and nights too??? -Nola Alderman Lobdell (69) ************************************************** >>From: Willard Ule (73) I remember Santa a little different as in my first three years of high school I would go to the uptown shopping center and cover for the old fat man himself. I made the try hard news each year. Also the P.B.S. station would interview me. I also would go to Heather house, and the Hospital those were the good times when time was not so hard to find. I now have a hard time with Christmas as my whole family - Wife and 3 Children were killed by a drunk driver in '81 so just a friendly loving reminder: IF YOU MUST DRINK PLEASE DON'T DRIVE. We often forget to tell the people that we care for that we do indeed care, remember to take the time. as later may be to0 late. Thanks for letting me share; MAY THE HOLIDAYS BE A BLESSING TO BOTH YOU AND YOURS. -Willard Ule (73) ************************************************** >>From: Holly Chamerlain (76) Perhaps I've missed someone else doing it, but I want to mention Densow's as having been an important shopping destination during the holidays, as well as the rest of the year. Those of us who lived in that part of town went there often, as the folks who planned Richland intended us to do, having carefully placed shopping sites just so. Densow's was a fascinating place for children, with all sorts of items of interest. How many Densow's clerks had to maintain a strict, grave face when parents sternly marched small children back in to the store to return the Bazooka bubble gum or whatever small item had been shoplifted? I shopped there for gifts for my parents, who always acted thrilled with whatever chosen sachet, bath oil, slippers, or "real gold" tie tack resulted. I also remember buying a lot of birthday presents there for friends - Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, abridged versions of classics with that shiny binding that seemed so appealing, Silly Putty, jump ropes, etc. The hula hoop selection was quite good at one point. (Shoop Shoop!) I think Densow's also had a soda fountain -- perhaps Slurpees drove that out of business. Lots of bicycle tires and pairs of shoes were worn out with trips to Densow's. -Holly Chamerlain (76 ************************************************** >>From: Dan Staringer (78) Thanks for the very kind memories shared about my father, Don Staringer. I received personal email from some of you that is quite rewarding. It is Monday morning as I write this and my wife and I are getting ready to fly to Seattle today (from the Bay Area) in order to make the trek with my sister over the hill for the holidays. Indeed, my mom and dad are still living in the same house on Jadwin Avenue down by Lewis and Clark. They are really enjoying retirement, playing a ton of tennis at the racquet club and getting in more traveling than they have ever known. They journeyed to Europe earlier this year where he was able to visit the birthplace of his father in Croatia, a memorable event for him. It seems such a short time ago that I was going with him to Chief Jo gym on Wednesday nights where they played basketball (around '68-'73), about the only perk school teachers had! Believe me, they had some spirited games. Leo Faddis, Jim Campbell and Toivo Piippo (sp?) were some of the teachers who laced up their sneakers and had some very competitive games down there. I would play one on one with David Younce whose dad was a principal but I can't remember what school. As many of you know, teachers put in so many more hours than meets the eye. My dad seemed permanently parked in his den on school nights preparing lesson plans, reading papers, etc. though he always had time for me to come in and play nerf basketball in the room. He would probably get embarrassed if I told him I was sharing these memories, but the heck with it, he'll get embarrassed. -Dan Staringer (78) ************************************************** >>From: Paula Mulvey Noakes (79) Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas to fellow Bomber alumni! My mom and I were reminiscing a week or so ago and I remember a winter when I was probably 7 or so and there was a lot of snow (for around here). Stanfield's flower shop down in Uptown piled up a bunch of snow, spray painted it green, and put fake flowers in it. Mom took a picture of me standing by it. As I remember, there was also a sign that said something like, "Cheer up, it could be dust!" I also remember my brother Craig Bird building an ice/snow fort with some of the other teenage boys (Mike Swallow, wasn't one of them you?) and getting their picture in the paper. My mom kept that picture and still has it after all these years. Craig's now living in Oceanside, CA, and probably hasn't seen a white Christmas in 20 years. Joy Stanfield, hi ... you probably don't remember me (Paula Mulvey) but I remember you and your family. My brother Craig is a Vietnam vet; he graduated in 69, then enlisted, so he would have served probably 70-71 over there. I remember one year him coming home for Christmas in his Marine uniform and I thought from a little sister's perspective that he must be the most handsome guy in the world and it didn't seem fair that I couldn't grow up to marry him! Oh well! I also remember Doug (class of 71) and his friends riding inner tubes down Putnam behind the car. I remember going Christmas tree hunting in the woods and the guys riding behind the car then also. I think we usually took a couple of extra guys for Craig and Doug to pal around with while my parents got the tree. I also remember a couple of Church outings but can't remember where they were to. I'll have to ask my parents if they remember. I remember Don and JoeAnn Brown and the Strickwerdas being there, but not a whole lot of others. Probably it was too cold and froze my memory engrams! Well, just wanted to add my two cents regarding Christmas memories from a little bit later (79) perspective. Seems we all had fun no matter when we grew up! -Paula Mulvey Noakes, Class of 79 ************************************************** >>From: Heather Carstens Pedlar (88) RE: Bob Blankenship To Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65): I have very fond memories of Mr. Blankenship and am very sad to hear he is ill. If you see him, please tell him Heather Carstens says hello. We got along very well, and I learned all I know about government from him... he really made me think and was always willing to give advice and just listen! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/23/98 11 Bombers sent stuff in: Barbara Seslar (60), Kathy Rathvon (63), Dianne Brown (64), Rafael Alcazar (64), Gregor Hanson (65), Kathy Hills (67), Rick Maddy (67), Glenda Hartley (68), Rick Polk (70), Lois Clayton (72), Gil Blankenship (81) ************************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) Re: Christmas gifts A couple of people have mentioned the problem of wrapping gifts and forgetting what is inside. I have been there, done that. This year I think we have a method that is working. We have a master list by number. We write the number in the upper right corner of the wrapped package. What could go wrong? haha Someone else mentioned finding the gifts before Christmas and peeking at them (spoiling their parents' surprising them on Christmas). My sister Wanda and I did that one year when we were little girls. We discovered two new dolls in a bottom drawer of a chest of drawers. Our mom had a really tender heart and would let us actually hold them once in awhile before Christmas. It may have spoiled the surprise but it certainly didn't spoil our excitement. I don't even remember what else we may have got that year. Merry Christmas, Bombers! God bless each one and may God bless America. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush '60 ************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon (63) Does anyone remember the Sears and Roebuck Christmas catalogues? They had a wonderful toy section. The first page always had the most beautiful dolls! My parents ordered from the catalogue. I remember on Christmas eve helping my parents set up cowboy and Indian sets or Blue and Gray set for my younger brothers (insert tab A into slot B and fold tab -- RIGHT!) It would take my dad hours. We also shopped in Seattle. My grandparents lived there and we would go over for Thanksgiving and always go downtown the day after to shop, see Santa and the windows all decorated. When I was in high school and college my dad would frequently shop for my mother at Piro's in Pasco. That was a class store. Also, for us kids Newberry's and Rascoe five and dime were big. Best wishes to you all for a wonderful and peaceful holiday. -Kathy Rathvon ('63) ************************************************** >>From: Dianne Brown Koehnen (64) Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a happy, healthy 1999 to Bombers one and all! A special thank you to Gary and Maren for keeping us all in touch. Cheers! -Dianne Brown Koehnen (64) ************************************************** >>From: Rafael Alcazar (64) Hi Maren: Just a short note to thank you and Gary. This past year has been a difficult one and being able to read the BomberNotes in between trips has been delightful. We all have our own memories of what ColHi and Richland ought to be and they will never change. However, no matter what these are to us as individuals, the collective thought over the years and "generations" is - very much apparent - that we are all glad to have been a part of that special school. Have a very special Holiday Season Maren and Gary -for your efforts, thank you. Regards, -Rafael Alcazar (64) ************************************************** >>From: Gregor Hanson (65) Gary - Back at you on your quiz question about the names of players on the SAMAC basketball team. Do you know or remember what the letters SAMAC stand for and what it was??? -Gregor Hanson (65) ************************************************** >>From: Kathy Hills (67) What's happening with our (Class of '67) 50th birthday party next summer? Are we really going to have it? No... I am not volunteering to organize it. Just wondering. Would love to have an all-Jefferson reunion. Anyone else interested. Please add me to the '67 class list. Thanks! Katheryn (Kathy/Kate) Hills Krafft (67) p.s. Oh, okay... I'll chair the decorations committee. ************************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) The children of my peers: I do have one question about basketball. I was the East Wenatchee 9th grade girls basketball coach from 1988-92. During those four years we played Hanford Falcons eight times. I always looked forward to coming down there and seeing players that were children of my Col Hi peers. The Sandstorm will now allow me to ask - - how many of you were parents of girls' playing b- ball at Hanford during that time? I think C.W. Brown was the assistant coach for the Falcons for two, maybe longer, of those years. And the head coach was from the RHS class of 69, but I cannot recall his name. Help me out here. ...and no, I was not drunk in the stands, nor on the bench, for these games. Don't get confused with the "that was then this is now." I moved the family to Wenatchee in 1987. My daughter, Heather, was the starting point guard for Wenatchee High (88) for her senior year (1988 honorable mention all league guard - not bad for a girl coming from a B-11 school into the Big 9, huh?). It was like old home week coming back into the Dawald gym for her game. Got the same deja vu in Kennewick and Pasco. I had not been in any of those gyms for twenty plus years. A special moment indeed, bringing my kid into a gym that was a huge part of my childhood and watching her play against the green and gold. Did they ever get rid of the asbestos, or whatever that stuff clinging from the ceiling was. We liked to knock that stuff down by kicking any kind of ball we could get our hands on into it. I probably walked by many of your children, or had them in class with me from 1992 - 1995 at EWU. Gary Nelson (67) told me I needed to go back to school. So, I went back to school and got my degree in special education. Never did learn the to, too, also, two rule there. The only RHS kids I ever saw or met was Wendy, Dawn Thomas' (69) daughter. I heard her mention Richland one day and lo and behold. Being 40 something and having your peers be 20 something was interesting, too say the least. I enjoy being with the severe and profound disabled kids, but particularly enjoy working in a program (I only do SpEd substitute work - there are salmon out there) with children 7th-12th grades that have been thrown out of school for every kind of offense you can imagine. They remind me of me when I was their age. Some things haven't changed. Well, maybe a little. Did any of you girls ever get caught piercing your ears with a medical needle (aka spike, aka drug paraphernalia) in the school bathroom during lunch? Substitute teaching in special education is not work, it is an adventure. Speaking of sports, did anyone ever see Fred Morse (63 aka Fast Freddy, aka Dink) or Nester Wise (63?) knock a cue ball around? Nester always reminded me of Minnesota Fats. Stubby fingers with a large ring on his left hand and all. Double bank shots, etc. Fred was awesome at pool too. During our marathon domino (dbl. six only) games, Fred and I would sit around and figure out how many unemployment checks it would take him for hustling pool in Astoria for three days, or where ever. I got the war pension check once a month, so I was always ready to go. I have always put your tax dollars to good use. Merry Christmas -Rick Maddy (67) ************************************************** >>From: Glenda Hartley Ackerman (68) To: Holly Chamberlain (76): It was good to hear your comments on the good old "Densow Drug". My mother still has several "treasured" Christmas gifts that my sister and I purchased from Densows and I believe my sister and cousin are among those marched back into the store for taking bubble gum!! The fountain was a big hang out in the late 50's, early 60's. The best french fries in town and we loved the "cherry" cokes! I know I spent a goodly portion of my allowance at Densows each week. Lots of really fond memories of that drug store. Thanks again to Maren and Gary for the hard work in keeping this site going. It's lots of fun. I've been copying the issues for my mom and she has gotten a lot of enjoyment out of them also. Happy Holidays to all the Bombers out there and my wishes for a fine 1999. Keep the memories coming!! -Glenda Hartley Ackerman (68) ************************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) I just want to add my special thanks to Gary and Maren for all the hard work and time they put into this site. It is through your hard work that we Bomber Alumni get to reap the benefits of recalling our youth and the many good times we spent as Bombers. Thank you Gary and Maren. And to all my fellow Bomber Alumni MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! -Rick Polk (70) ************************************************** >>From: Lois Clayton Colton (72) Merry Christmas to you all! I make a list each year and write what I bought for each person on it. If I put anything in a weird place I also write that down. Then the only problem is whether I loose the list or not. :-) -Lois Clayton Colton '72 ************************************************** >>From: Gil Blankenship (81) I have noted a couple of recent postings about my father and would like to thank you all for your thoughts. Since his computer is currently in the shop I will pass on your thoughts to him. Again thank you for your concerns - and happy holidays to all. -Gil Blankenship (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/24/98 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE 14 Bombers sent stuff in: Ramona Miller (54), Vera Smith (58), Irene Smith (59), Bill Johnson (61), Deedee Willox (64), Ray Stein (64), Patti Snider (65), Lloyd Swain (66), Janice Riese (67), Donna Seslar (68), Gary Turner (71), Carol Boyd (72), Patty Stordahl (72), Chris Lucas (79) ************************************************** >>From: Ramona Miller (Montgomery) Garcia (54) Hello out there - now speaks a real "old-timer" - where is everyone from 1954? All gone to the great Beyond? Or am I on a 'wrong channel?" Anyway, from Richland, hello to all of you and a very Merry Christmas. I also thank Gary and Maren (whoever they are) for getting this whole thing put together. I do understand that Marguerite Groff Tompkins and some of our '54' classmates are working on our reunion next summer/fall in conjunction with Club 40. Let's keep the info flowing. My best to you all. -Ramona Miller (Montgomery) Garcia (54) -- Richland ************************************************** >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) Maren, thanks for all the work you and Gary have put into making the Alumni Sandstorm such a joy to receive. A very Merry Christmas to everyone and a big thank-you to all those that sent in their memories of early Richland. They were and are great. Would like to see more comments from the class of '58. Hey guys, we aren't so old that we can't contribute our share! lol -Vera Smith Robbins (58) ************************************************** >>From: Irene Smith Goodnight (59) The Densow's articles keep prodding me, so I'll write it: That was my first "real Job" and I loved it! I worked evenings and weekends at the pharmacy counter while I went to CBC as I remember it. That would have been '60 - '61, and then more on Christmas vacations as I went off to EWSC. I loved it! Evan Lytle (the Great!) had such a dry sense of humor, a twinkle in his eye, and a personality that nothing ever seemed to bother. I was sorry to read that he has passed on, but we don't live forever, I realize! Lyle Boulange, his "sidekick" was the quiet one, with a sweet temperament. And George, the owner was like the granddad. What a neat place to start in the work world. I learned to scan the store from the check stand and roam out to help someone that looked like they could use it. How to deal with all kinds of people, and my first exposure to how many different kinds there were! Wrapping Christmas presents is now a breeze, due to the HEAVY training I got at Densow's every year. Densow's had anything you could want, every kind of over-the-counter medication, even sewing stuff and camping stuff. Sometimes I had to fill in at the cosmetic counter, which was always a laugh, since I never wore makeup, and though I always admitted that, I still had to sound like I knew what all that stuff was for. There was Velma, who took me under her wing and was always there to help me out. She had the stories to tell! She had been there for years! Bonnie Webb (59) worked up front, and I was a bit jealous that she had access to the cashew roaster anytime she wanted! (I had to make special trips by there on occasions.) She was the one who had to talk to Dr. Such whenever he would come in and announce at the entrance in a loud voice what he had come for, "WHERE ARE THE PENS, I WANT A PEN!!", or "WHERE'S EVAN - IS HE HERE TODAY??!!" In back were us ladies, someone named Bobbie, and Jim McCord (57). Jim, do you still have your T-Bird? The soda fountain was great and a perfect place to take our breaks. We were quite the crew, and I was always grateful for that first job. I haven't been back there for years.... Merry Christmas to All Bombers! (Are You Ready??) - Irene Smith Goodnight '59 ************************************************** >>From: Bill Johnson (61) When I found the Bomber site last November, I had no idea what fun and how interesting it would be. Since that time I have received many e-mails from friends that I had lost track of and talked to many on the phone. Because the timing was just right, I also had the opportunity to stop and visit with two wonderful friends for an hour or so on a trip I made to California. I feel confident that everyone that receives the Sandstorm feels the same way but I for one want to say thank you for all your hard work in making this possible. This has turned out to be something very special and if you don't mind, I think I will consider this to be my most cherished Christmas present for 1998. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to the two of you and to all the rest of the Bombers out there. Hail Fair Columbia and Bomberville -Bill Johnson (class of 61) ************************************************** >>From: Mercedes "Deedee" Willox Loiseau (64) Merry Christmas to all my friends and family. No matter how far away you are, I will have you here with me in my heart. Hope your Christmas is a blessed one and that you remember what it's really all about, the birth of our Savior. Love, -Mercedes ************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) Just wanted to wish everyone HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! ************************************************** >>From: Lloyd Swain (66) Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year to all of you Bombers.... and thanks Gary and Maren..... You are blessed daily.... NOW!... BACK TO STRESSING OUT CHRISTMAS!!!!!! Yours in the Cloud -Lloyd Swain (66) ************************************************** >>From: Janice Riese Blaisdell (67) It's the day before the day before Christmas. I must say that I have enjoyed this forum very much, even tho it takes much too much time to read every word. I now scan the "years" of grads to pick up on the chat I am most interested in. This is like a huge history book with all the information everyone offers. I, too, am glad to know there are others out there who have had the same or similar memories of the special environment in which we all grew up. A bit of a rude awakening for some of us but that was not a bad thing! I, too am in Special Ed (no, not as a student!!! but as an educator - now secretary.) Rick and I have lots in common with that one... and it IS truly an adventure. Am looking for a couple of people, maybe someone has information. Jeannie Harscher (68), Gerald Stein (66), Lamont Worden (65). Anyone know their whereabouts or possibly an E-Mail address??? Happy holidays! -Janice Riese Blaisdell ('67) ************************************************** >>From: Donna Seslar White (68) I see that my sister Barbara (60) checked in with her Christmas memory so I am not to be outdone. Since there was quite an age gap between myself and my two sisters, I didn't have the benefit of a sister to help me find the presents. Just kidding, Barb. I do however, have a memory of accidentally finding a dollhouse under the clothes in their bedroom closet and then going back periodically "just to check". Some have mentioned shopping at Densow's. I can remember riding my bike "all the way" from our house on Smith near Fries to Densow's to buy something for Mom. I proudly picked out a planter -donkey and cart and carried it all the way home in my bike basket, being careful not to break it. She still has it. I felt so grown up! I was just remembering the other day Mama and I buying a bag of hot nuts at Densow's candy counter. Then she would let me buy a comic book to take home and read while eating the nuts. Those were the days! I want to wish everyone a very blessed holiday season. Remember Jesus is the reason for the season!! -Donna Seslar White (68) ************************************************** >>From: Gary Turner (71) The debate rages on over the greatest all-time Bomber basketball player, but, after the reading the Monday "Sandbox", there is no question about which basketball player is the best poet. Let's see Mike Neill top that Ray Stein slam-dunk! Happy Holidays to all and Go Cougs! -GaryTurner (71) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you don't get THE SANDBOX, here's what you missed: From: Ray Stein (64) RE: Cougars and Huskies To: Kenny Wright (63), Bill Compton (64) and other unfortunate Huskies I write this for my Bomber-Husky friends who have given us Cougars such a hard time this year. 'Twas Christmas '98 and all over the Palouse, Not a creature was stirring, no footballs were loose. Cougars were resting, some in their beds With visions of a Rose Bowl, still in their heads. But in the Pacific, Huskies were abuzz, A meaningless Bowl game, Oahu it 'twas. Now about this same time, Santa was ready For his Christmas deliveries, in his sleigh so steady. When he flew over Hawaii, he said, "sakes alive, That looks like the Huskies, but they were 6 and 5?" Now Santa wears red, but not for the fashion. His clothes are all crimson 'cause COUGS are his passion! When he looked down and saw purple and yellow, "Down with the Dogs!", cried this jolly old fellow. So the plan he devised, you wouldn't have believed, His reindeer had eaten, but hadn't relieved. He circled his sleigh and steered it in low. When they were over the Dogs, his reindeer let go. The sound and debris made such a clatter, That Lambright looked up to see what was the matter. The brown stuff did fall on Huard, on Hooker, On Dalan, on Pharms, on Hairston, on Looker. It hit thousands of Huskies, surely no fewer, It rained from the sky, this Christmas manure. As Santa flew off on this bright Christmas Day, People who were there heard this jolly man say, "Merry Christmas to you and to you and to you, Down with the Huskies! Forever WAZZU!" Merry Christmas! Ray Stein (64) ************************************************** >>From: Carol Boyd Breckenfeld (72) Hi all, and a Merry Christmas to all Bombers! To Glenda Hartley (68) - I used to live on the same street as you. Your sister Diane and I have the same birthday, and amazingly both have (had) holes in our hearts from birth. I remember playing "school" at your house.. you were the teacher and Diane and I were the students. I have many fond memories of our street. We moved to the other side of town when I was in 3rd grade. Actually, I think ALL of Richland is pretty cool! Peace to all -Carol Boyd Breckenfeld (72) ************************************************** >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) Happy holidays, Hope everyone gets a chance to read the Sand box. It is a wonderful addition. Memories are great also. Specially around Christmas time. I remember my grandfather, Chris Stordahl, would go to the old folks home and cut all the men's hair for free. We kids, would get to visit with all the elderly folks and sing carols to them. I loved to go with my grandpa more than the others so we went every month. I learned a lot of valuable lessons from the hoary headed folks imprisoned there. The most valuable was to never, never put my loved ones in a place like that. My grandpa used to say, "I will come back and haunt you." So we tried the best we could to raise their spirits up every holiday but specially on Christmas. Grandma even made stockings one year for all the people there and we stuffed them with a verse from her bible and a candy cane. John 3:16 Before the big holiday we would decorate their house on Birch with lot's of lights and a wooden miniature church with stained glass windows that played sacred carols through out the night. I remember grandma getting her musical blue bird pitcher and matching cups down and letting me drink out of them. Grandpa stashing his dentures in the cupboard, above the stove waiting for his hot milk and oysters, "shudder". He would slurp those things down with such so much pomp and circumstance you thought they were chocolate flavored - warm milk dripping off his chin - and his silly toothless grin. As much as I hated sitting across the table from him then, ya know, I wish just once more I could hear my grandpa slurp his oysters, or my grandma saying the blessing at the table, Memories, they have a funny way of clouding up one's eyes. All my wishes to all of you out there, from my house to yours. Merry Christmas and a Happy, joyous, and healthy New year. -Patty Stordahl 72 ************************************************** >>From: Chris Lucas (79) To Mike Lucas (64) - I have to ask, oh big brother, about this "sandman" who would prowl the "parking" spots????? -Chris Lucas (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/25/98 ~ CHRISTMAS DAY 13 Bombers sent stuff in: Doreen Hallenbeck (51), Dick Pierard (52), Steve Carson (58), Barbara Chandler (59), Mike Lewis (60), Bob Hodgson (61), Pitts (63), Tony Sharpe (63), Janice Klusman (66), John Wingfield (66) Dan Henry (68), Stu Osborn (71), Willard Ule (73) ************************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) Joyous Holiday Greetings from another 'old timer' - you don't hear a lot from the 1951 classmates, but believe me, we were there when the fun was around; and the football/baseball/basketball teams weren't all that shabby either - even the girls athletic association was a group to be proud of. Maren and Gary, you do a fantastic job - my sincere thanks. The '51ers will have their 50th reunion in 2001 -- if anyone knows of snail mail addresses for those marked on the 1951 page, please let me know -- we're hoping for a huge attendance. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51 ************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard (52) It is amazing where you run into Richland people. A few years ago I was invited to speak at a small school here in Indiana, Huntington College, and a student happened to walk by me who was wearing a Richland Bomber jacket. I immediately spoke to the fellow about his origins and he almost fell over in shock because a stranger had recognized this. Then last year, while my wife and I were in Australia, I decided to fulfill my long-held desire to climb Ayers Rock, possibly the largest free-standing monolith in the world. When I reached the top, I got to talking to another American who had done likewise and found out he now lived in Richland. His name was John Propson and we even corresponded with each after our return and swapped momentos of our mutual climb. Small world! -Dick Pierard (52) ************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) For Irene Goodnight (59): Isn't that a juxtaposition?) Densow's brings back good memories and was certainly a contrast to today's "drug stores". As a kid I was able to do substantially all of my Christmas shopping there. The best memories were stopping into the fountain for a phosphate. Try getting one of those today. -Steve Carson (58) ************************************************** >>From: Barbara Chandler (59) This is reply to Irene Smith's comments about Densow's. Irene, as soon as I saw the name Velma, I perked up. Velma was my mother's best friend. We lived on Willard and I used to pop into Densow's all the time. Velma introduced my mom and me to Nivea oil. Said it was first started in Europe and was the latest thing in moisturizers!. After all these years, I am STILL using it. My daughter, Kelly, will not touch the stuff, says yuck!! it's so heavy!! Too bad, Kel, if Velma says it was good, it is good. hahahhah Yes, fellow Bombers, this is the best site on the webb. I read it every day and now that the SANDBOX is a "daily" I read that too. I hardly have time to keep body and soul together with all this reading!!! But what fun and what memories are dredged. Please, all you wonderful people, have a safe, merry and blessed Christmas and I am looking forward to the last year of the 20th century. My best, -Barbara Chandler (59) ************************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) Glad to hear from you. White Christmas in Seattle, though with the usual rain. Oh, my goodness, a lot of things have happened since 1960! I recognize some of you! -Michael Lewis (60) ************************************************** >>From: Bob Hodgson (61) A Merry Christmas from Bob "Hoddy" Hodgson, especially to some old buds from the class of 61 (Dave Warren, Cliff Stice, Kirk Galbraith, .....). And a hearty thanks to those who have organized this alumni/ae point of contact. -Bob Hodgson (61) ************************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (63) Hi, just a note to all those who appreciate fine music. Last Saturday night I attended a concert featuring "The Fabulous Wailers" They still sound great. Three of the five are Wailers of old: Kent Morrill [keyboards and vocals] Rich Dangel [lead guitar], and Buck Ormsby [bass guitar]. They are my all-time favorite Rockn Roll band and Morrill is my favorite Rock n Roll singer. I have only one Beatle album but I have five Wailers albums. Different strokes for different folks. Look for them to performing around The Northwest in 99. -Pitts [63] ************************************************** >>From: Tony Sharpe (63) This is the time of year that most of reflect on the blessings the past year have brought to each of our lives. Gary and Maren, you both have been a true blessing to all of the Bombers represented by the 12,000 hits on the Web Site!! My wish for each of you is that this Christmas is just a little more special than the past 45+ each of you have already experienced. We all are truly touched by your tireless efforts to keep us connected and reflective. -Tony Sharpe ('63) ************************************************** >>From: Janice Klusman McCurdy (66) Just wanted to wish ALL previous, present, and future "Bombers" a very Merry Christmas, and the happiest of New Years! -Jan Klusman McCurdy (66) ************************************************** >>From: John Wingfield (66) It's Christmas and I keep remembering Caroling while I was in fifth or sixth grade at Sacajawea. It was with David "Dick" Ford, we would go out in the neighborhood around Sacy and sing in front of houses. We really got into it because some people would give us money. I mean is was only a quarter or two, but we started getting stoked up for that and went to lots of houses. Then, I was selected by the music teacher at Sacy to do the solo for "Oh Holy Night" at the Christmas assembly. I was on a roll. But in the second verse my voice broke and I crackled. That was the end of my professional career as a concert singer. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May all your dreams come true. My prayer is; may we have Peace in our nation once again (or is it once and for all). Peace, -John Wingfield ('66) ************************************************** >>From: Dan Henry (68) Gary, I just wanted to send a heartfelt thanks for all the work that you put into these pages for us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family from us here in Kalispell. Sincerely, -Dan Henry and family. ************************************************** >>From: Stu Osborn (71) RE: A Christmas Eve Sandstorm When I finally fixed my mail machine last week, I was surprised to find that I had 106 messages waiting in my In-box. Who could they be from, I asked myself... Once I saw "Alumni Sandstorm" on the title bars, I knew I was hooked up to the BOMBERS. Love it, great work! I've been reading the many funny, stupid, serious and sad memories from people of my era ('69- '71) and trying to catch up with all the different threads going on. Quite a chore. Took me a two weeks to catch up. Franco's stuff has been great and I've really liked the postings from Ray Stein, Kelvin Soldat, Pat Thrapp and I saw one from John Mosley. (Remember Driver's Ed, John? Can you still see that Mack truck bearing down on us at the Richland Y?) I sent Vic Marshall a mail about the war moratorium in '69 awhile back... Well, it's 3:00 AM on Christmas Eve morning and there's so many memories coming back I can't get to sleep. A real BOMBER! Golly, the earliest memory of my childhood in Richland is when we lived on 1505 Stevens Drive. It was a dirt road back in the mid 50's and I remember lots and lots of snow those Winters. About that time, the first release of radiation happened at Hanford but we'd never find out about those mishaps until years later. Then the 60's arrived. At the corner of Stevens and Van Geisen there was a little park across from the CUP church where we used to play. One of my little girlfriends' dad was the Pastor at CUP and they lived right next to the park. Her name was Karis Reitan and she and I along with Susan Dicks, who lived between us on Stevens would sometimes walk down to Uptown and go into the record shop down there and ask the guy to spin the 45's for us. I bought my first piece of vinyl in 1957 or '58. It was Tom Jones singing, "What's New Pussycat?" My next record was Simon and Garfunkle, "The Sounds of Silence". Since then, I've taken up music as a part of my profession twice (DJ and Record Store Manager at Fred Meyer) I still have those original 45's along with some 3,000 other LP titles. Try to move with 25 cases of records sometime... The postings about the great Bomber basketball teams are great to read. I've still got photos of Districts and Regional games I swiped from the Sandstorm photo room. I'll always remember being in the stands at Dawald gym with my buds Tom Brush, Phil Owen, Ray Traver, the late Jim Cardone and many others chanting "B-U-T-T-J-O-B! Butt Job! Butt Job! Yesiree!" after the striped shirts stunk up a call. I remember one of our friends, Matt Fields a 6'9" center (all block-no dribble) used to cause the crowd to cheer a lot, when Teverbaugh would let him play. But of course, I'll take Mike Neill as the greatest BOMBER round-baller. (Sorry Ray, didn't get to see you play but I remember my dad buying me a dozen "Superman", "Green Lantern" and "Action" comics to bribe me to stand in line for hours at RHS gym waiting for tickets when you played in the tournament. What a line that was!) Mike's older brother Steve used to notice that I'd win a few motorcycle races here and there and clap me on the back at school. That really shined my apple, coming from him, a varsity b-baller. The basketball championship in '72 came a year too late for my senior year but I remember listening to it on the radio when we beat Hazen and thinking, "I'd really like to get into broadcasting." My draft number was 136 so I figured I'd get a chance. Three years later I went to work for KORD-FM as "Stu Douglas" after a stint at EWSC. (The late Howard Hopf was my R-TV Prof.) Then after a short time as night DJ at "My Place Tavern" across from Bateman Island, I took a job at KOTY- AM/KXDD-FM (Double-D FM) and made it to News Director. Got fired when I was too tired (after 12 days straight working 12 hours a day) to cover a stupid grass fire in the hills behind Kennewick. Then quickly got hired to do all-nighter boardshifts at KZZK-FM (the former KORD-FM) as "Shane Gallagher". Moved to Wenatchee in '80 to join up with the news team at KPQ. Meanwhile, the mountain blew and then my brother Jeff's football team made us all proud in '81 with a state football title but they sure sweaked by in that tilt. All those little outs they threw finally paid off when late in the game they connected on an out and up and kicked the point to win 7-6. The film showed my brother, playing offensive tackle, 10-15 yards down field from the line of scrimmage when the pass was thrown. Glad the zebras missed that one. Wow, 4:00 AM! I'll log on and shoot this into cyberspace and fade. Let's get more comments from the '71'er's hey? Merry Christmas to all and take good care of the kids... ----- >More from Stu Gary, What a night, last night. Late December. Snow in Seattle. Stayed up til 4:45 AM writing Maren with memories for the Alumni Sandstorm. Looking at the Sent Mail, I seemed to have left out a chunk of history with that last posting. Couldn't be getting older, can I? The great BOMBER basketball team of 1979 somebody mentioned awhile back. I had the distinct pleasure of actually being in the Tri-Cities media covering the season when our Bombers advanced to State stylishly and we all wondered at the station if Pasco could be the team they'd face. And it happened. I used to submit a story a day on the 2-minute "Sportsline" sports coverage spot they gave me at KZZK-FM and being a grad myself made the whole season quite special, didn't it? (I believe CBC won the National Community College football title that year, too.) I dubbed a reel of some of those old news spots onto mylar and I think they're still around here someplace but I don't have a tape machine that will play them anymore. That'll have to be a project for 1999. Nowhere near the energy to continue typing like early this morning so have a safe and special holiday. Merry Christmas, BOMBERS old and young. -Stu Osborn (71) ************************************************** >>From: Willard Ule (73) Re: THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN OLD SAN DIEGO CA. IT'S SUNNY AND ABOUT 59 DEGREES THE WIND IS CALM AND THE SURF IS BETWEEN 2 AND 3 FEET. WATER IS A BIT NIPPY BUT NOT BAD WITH THE CORRECT ATTIRE. I'M SITTING HERE IN A T SHIRT AND MY DOORS AND WINDOWS OPENED NOT LIKE BOMBERVILLE (RICHLAND) 21 DEGREES? THAT IS ONE THING I WILL NEVER MISS IS THE TRI-HARD WINTERS. I ONLY COULD BEAR THE WINTER OF MY YOUTH AS IT MADE WAY FOR THE MOST GODLY LIKE SPRINGS. MAJESTIC IF YOU WOULD. I WILL LONG FOR TE REPEAT OF THE YOUTHFULL SPRING DAYS THAT I SPENT AT R.H.S. UNTIL THEY PUT ME TO REST. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN THE ODORS OF SPRING IN RICHLAND WASHINGTON. WELL ENOUGH OF THE WEATHER, LET ME WISH ALL OF YOU AND YOURS A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON, MAY SANTA FILL YOUR WISH LIST. MAY OTHERS FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH THE PUREST OF LOVE. MAY WE NOT FORGET THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS WAS CREATED BY GOD FROM ABOVE. -Willard Ule (73 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/26/98 ************************************************** Look for Today's Bomber entries below this message. There have been countless messages of thanks for the Alumni Sandstorm. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank YOU --- ALL of you... Without the memories from Bombers who share AND Bombers who read them, there wouldn't BE an Alumni Sandstorm. So keep sending in all those wonderful memories and the Alumni Sandstorm will continue. Happy Holidays and Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth (64) and Gary Behymer (64) ************************************************** ************************************************** 4 Bombers sent stuff in: Joan Eckert (51), Marilyn Hills (60), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Patty Stordahl (72) ************************************************** >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens (51) Merry Christmas to all us Bombers! Had to add a bit to the Densow's Drug Store memorabilia. That's where I did all my Christmas Shopping. It was truly a department store. And we always saved a little to have a "suicide coke" at the soda fountain. Densow's was also our favorite after school haunt. What's in that location now? To Doreen Hallenbeck (51) - there are indeed quite a few from the 51 class still able to get around! Looking forward to our 50th reunion in 2001! -Joan Eckert Sullens '51 ************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Hills Riegel (60) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Fri Dec 25 16:41:32 1998 my brother and sister have been crazy about this site -they're right!! super! go bombers! - love, marilyn ************************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) Happy Holidays to all!!!! -Patty de la Bretonne ************************************************** >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) Well another Christmas is almost another memory. We had a wonderful time. I held it at my home with my 4 children, my son's wife and baby. My boyfriend and his 3 kids with a daughter in law and son in law and his grand daughter who is 2 years old. We had a wonderful time. Lots of food and home made candy. (of course I baked all the calories out) Don't you all? Festive lights on both sides of our driveway. By the way the girls side won again this year so the guys have to take us all out to dinner and bowling. Family means every thing to us. A surprise visitor came to spend the holiday. It was my sister. Debbie Stordahl Holt (76). She was married to Mark Holt (75). She does not have a computer in her home but when she gets one she will get on line with us. She was very into the school spirit and has some great memories she could share with us all. Just got word that my little brother Richard broke his leg. For those of you who went to school between the years 74-78 Richard Stordahl was the one in the wheel chair. His bones are now so brittle and his circulation is so poor we are very afraid that the bone will never heal. His spirits are good and he feels no pain. We love him and ask for your prayers for him. My daughter Darcia will undergo some final test prior to heart surgery in early January. We would appreciate any prayers offered in '99 you mention Darci Davis also. She is 22. Doug Davis (72) who attended Col Hi is her father. He is one step ahead of the Child support division so we cannot locate him to inform him of her condition. Should any one see him, tell him to do the right thing and call me. He knows where I live and my number. I would appreciate any information on his whereabouts. Thanks again to all who keep this paper alive. Best wishes for the new year to all. -Patty Stordahl *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/27/98 12 Bombers sent stuff in: Ralph Myrick (51), Dick Wight (52), Ramona Miller (54), Doris Brinkerhoff (57), Kathy Wersen (64), Nancy Cruz (65), Patti Snider (65), Shirley Collings (66), Karen Schildknecht (67), Jim Laidler (77), Stu (71) and Jeff (82) Osborn ************************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) I hope everyone had a good Christmas. All my kids but one were home. Cassy and her husband Robb came in from Denver. My son, Scott drove in from Seattle before the storm hit. My Neal, who is also from Seattle, didn't make because of the storm. I got a very interesting gift this year. It was Cornelius the Chicken. This has a story behind it. When I was teaching PE in elementary school, one of the activities I had the kids do was the 'The Chicken Dance.' So guess what Cornelius does? You guessed it. You push on his foot and he does 'The Chicken Dance.' Last year I received another gift that I wanted when I was a little kid. I imagine all of you have seen "The Christmas Story" where all Ralphie dreamed about was owning a Red Rider BB gun. Well, I was called Ralphie and I surely prayed for a Red Rider BB gun. Unlike Ralphie, however, I never did get one. On the back of comics they were only $5.98 or in that range somewhere, but Mom and Dad couldn't afford it. So, guess what I got last Christmas. Yep, my wife, Judy, bought me a Red Rider BB gun. Isn't that weird that a 66 year old man get so excited over a chicken named Cornelius that does 'The Chicken Dance' and a Red Rider BB gun? Wow!!!!! -Ralph Myrick (51) ************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight (52) Dick Pierard ('52) wrote of a couple unusual meetings with Richland folks. I'm reminded of one which might be a rare meeting as well. In the summer of 1954 (I think!) I was a radio operator on USCGC NORTHWIND, a Coast Guard polar icebreaker. We were operating in the Arctic northeast of Point Barrow, Alaska, with a Navy submarine, conducting tests that were a preamble to sending the nuclear sub Nautilus across the "top of the world" under the icepack in '55. The sub we operated with was often submerged under the ice, and we maintained their radio guard for them during those periods. Several times the sub surfaced and moored alongside us, and on one of those occasions I went aboard the sub and hand delivered some routine messages to the sub's little radio room. I was most surprised to find a Col Hi acquaintance on watch onboard the sub. I can't remember his name... I think he was a '51 guy, blond hair as I recall. He was a 3rd class petty officer at the time. I never saw him again. Anyone know who it might have been? -Dick Wight '52 ************************************************** >>From: Ramona Miller Garcia (54) Greetings from Bomber Country. Happy Holidays. Don't let the "weather station" fool you; we had one of our wonderful Chinooks during the night. You remember -- those wild, gusty winds that you know are melting that ugly white stuff. It was a small Chinook but we are thankful for the dripping off the roof. Anyone who has ever lived here loves these winds. I'd like to hear from some mid-50's people -- I was especially pleased yesterday to see Dick Pierard's message from Terre Haute. I always get their wonderful Christmas letter, but now it will be fun to be connected e-mail. Dick was always Joseph to my Mary at the First Baptist Christmas plays. I know he hated it as much as I did -- but we did our duty --seems like year after year. A match made in heaven or at least at First Baptist. Again, greetings from beautiful downtown Richland --hope to see many of you at Club 40 or the 1954 reunion this summer. My thanks to Maren and Gary also! -Ramona Miller Garcia (54) ************************************************** >>From: Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) RE: Anne Hutcherson, class of 1956 Thanks to Maren and Gary for all your work! We travel and only connect to the net every two or three months and I enjoy every entry. If anyone out there has a little Christmas spirit left over, I know someone who could really use it. If you remember ANNE HUTCHERSON, class of 1956, you probably remember her quick smile and positive attitude, her great brain and clever wit. She has changed very little over the years except for some silver in her hair. She has not had an easy life and now is facing her final challenge. She has inoperable cancer, but faces it like all the hard things in her life, with her special smile. She will celebrate what will probably be her last birthday two weeks from now on January 9th. For those of you who don't remember Anne, she has lived in a wheelchair since first grade at Marcus Whitman. Her mother Bessie, now 94, is still her sole caregiver and companion. If anyone would like to bring a little sunshine into Anne's life, she would love to get cards and letters. She has always been curious about where the years have led her classmates, so please share a bit of your life with her. She does not have access to E-mail but her snail mail address is: PO Box 258, Gordo, AL 35466 Questions? I can be reached by E-mail until Jan. 15th at -Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) ************************************************** >>From: Kathy Wersen Alder (64) Gary, Just want you to know how much I appreciate your efforts, along with Maren's for keeping this web site alive. As I read the sentiments of others, I know we share some of the same fondness for this site. There is no one I work with or talk with who had access to such a great resource. I've had people ask about my Brother, Larry, someone who worked with my Dad in Richland in the 60's and someone who graduated with my sister, Becky. It's been lots of fun. I know it's been "work" for me to just read the daily entries, so I can only imagine how much "work" it is for you two to keep this going. Thanks again. -Kathy Wersen Alder (64) ************************************************** >>From: Nancy Cruz Shoemake (65) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Sat Dec 26 18:31:11 1998 FIRST TIME ON I'm from the Bomber class of 65. We have been back in the Tri-Cities now for several years and I'm a second generation Hanford worker. I have a co-worker, Duane Shults (70), who has been bringing me excerpts from the Alumni Sandstorm and I've really enjoyed reading them. I'm excited to be partaking in it at last! -Nancy Cruz Shoemake (65) ************************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) To Joan Eckert Sullen (51): Yes, Densow's is still there. Bill Knirck (65) bought it several years ago. On one end is Milestones (sports supplies) and the other end is Vacuum City. Bill made a small soda fountain area and has the neatest gift items along with his pharmacy. -Patti Snider Miller (65) ************************************************** >>From Shirley Collings Haskins (66) To Rick Maddy (67): You asked "for someone out there to help you" with the name of the coach of the varsity girls' basketball team at Hanford High School during the years of 1988-92. I believe that you are referring to Lindsey Tucker. He coached the girls' basketball teams for 15 years before quitting at the end of our daughter's junior season in 1996. Lindsey is also the varsity girls' fastpitch coach. Our daughter, Lindsay Haskins (just so you don't become confused, Rick, I added our last name) played both basketball and fastpitch softball for her four years at Hanford High. She is now a sophomore at ... guess where? ... Eastern Washington University. And, her major ... education! Boy, what a small world, isn't it, Rick?? Of course, Lindsay Tucker is a graduate of RHS AND EWU, too, AND is an education major!! Does that help you out, Rick? Our younger daughter, Kelly, is a sophomore at Hanford High. She was on the school golf team her freshman year and plans to continue on the team under the coaching talents of Dan Chubb. Dan was Tucker's assistant coach, at least the last few years of Tucker's reign, for the varsity girls' basketball team. Hope that answers your questions, Rick, including whose children are or were involved in sports at Hanford High. Tell Phil and Gary, "Hi". Happy New Year! -Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ************************************************** >>From: Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) Just a quick reply to Joan Eckert Sullens (51). In regards to Densow's Drug Store - it's still there and doing okay! Bill Knirck (65) is the owner and although the merchandise is much slimmer pickings, I have picked up quite a few gifts there over the past few years. They put in a small soda fountain and make cappuccinos and lattes, but it in no way compares with the old soda fountain. Nothing could! My memories of that wonderful place are still so real.. living so close, we started going there almost as soon as we moved into the neighborhood. I was in 1st grade at the time, and can remember walking to the store alone, or with my brother, Jim (66). At Christmas, we would go get gifts for Mom and Dad there. Poor Dad must have must have cringed every time he opened another tie tack! As we got older, we knew to get him the hot cashews or some kind of candy, because he eventually stopped wearing ties. We still have pictures of all of us kids standing in line to see Santa at Densow's! The picture we have that gives us the most laughs, is the one where my sister, Nancy, is telling Santa how mean her brother, Tom, had been to her that year, and poor Tom is next in line!! Densow's Drugs has always been one of my favorite places, and I was worried that when Evan Lytle passed away, it would be the end of an era. I was extremely pleased when Bill took it over. I hope it stands for another 50 years! I hope everyone survived another Christmas, safe and sound! Have a wonderful New Year! -Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) ************************************************** >>From: James Laidler (77) Well, after hearing all the great memories of Densow's, I thought I ought to put in my two-cents' worth about the North-end's equivalent (although it was a poor match): Kaiser's and ... (aarrgh.. why does my memory fail me on this.. it was the drug store next to Kaiser's Market on GW across from the Richland Village). Anyway, for those of us who lived in the Richland Village, it was our little shopping area, complete with a grocery store (which had the BEST meat counter in town until the butcher left and opened his own shop), barber shop, drug store, etc. Like Densow's, the drug store had a fountain (for a while) and was also a great place to pick up Christmas and Birthday presents for family members. I remember that it always had plenty of my mother's "favorite" bath items - at least she always seemed pleased to get them. The Village was a special sub-part of Richland for me - there were only a few types of houses, so it was like the rest of Richland in that you always knew where the bathroom was. Also, it was the last part of Richland to still be under the control of (I believe it was) General Electric. I remember going to the Village Office to pick up light bulbs and fuses (all part of the rent). I've gotten a copy (Xeroxed) of the book on the Alphabet Houses of Richland, but I've always wanted to try my hand at cataloging the house types in the Village. Does anyone out there know if this has been done? I'd like to hear from other Bombers about their memories of the Richland Village - we lived there for about ten years, moving from house to house (my Dad seemed to be trying to find the "perfect" Village house) until we finally bought an "R" house. During my last trip though Richland, I went through the Village and was amazed at the different ways that those houses could be modified; some of them were not recognizable as standard "Village" houses. Well, time to get this in the "mail". Happy New Year, all! -Jim Laidler ('77) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Jim -- Try the ALL Bomber Alumni Links site (the URL is towards the bottom of this e-mail), scroll down to SITES OF INTEREST, and click on "Houses That Hanford Built". -Maren] ************************************************** >>From: Stu Osborn (71) and Jeff Osborn (82) In the 12/25 Alumni Sandstorm Stu (71) wrote: "...Meanwhile, the mountain blew and then my brother Jeff's (82) football team made us all proud in '81 with a state football title but they sure sweaked by in that tilt. All those little outs they threw finally paid off when late in the game they connected on an out and up and kicked the point to win 7-6. The film showed my brother, playing offensive tackle, 10-15 yards down field from the line of scrimmage when the pass was thrown. Glad the zebras missed that one." Jeff (82) Responded: On the winning touchdown pass in Kingbowl 5 ('81 Richland State Championship), there was no penalty called because there was no violation. I believe the rule is to be illegal, an offensive lineman must be beyond 5 yards down field. It was a sprint out right and I was playing left tackle. The man opposite me realized the play was going the other way and didn't rush but dropped back into pass coverage. I tried to make a block so I took 1-2 steps in his direction (maybe 2 yards) and stopped not wanting to be called for illegal man down field (I did think about it). I then looked left to protect Mark Bircher's backside as I was taught and he proceeded to toss an 84 yard touchdown pass to Mark Schwisow with 2:54 left that proved to be the game winner. Never was I 10-15 yards down field as Stu stated and I, as well as many of my Bomber teammates, have the videotape to prove it. It was a legal play all the way. Can you imagine! Going through close to 10 years of football. Giving your all during summer two-a-days, playing through the injuries, accepting the victories as well as the defeats (which we had only one in the 3 years I played at Richland), sweating blood with my teammates on the football field, the whole time thinking about someday starting for the Richland Bomber varsity and playing for coach Covington. Finally making it to the pinnacle of my playing career.... the Kingbowl. The last time to ever suit up in a football uniform. Only to be called for a violation that negated the winning play and we end up losing 6-0. NO WAY. It didn't happen and I would prefer not to ponder it any further. Thanks for the forum and Thank You BRO! -Jeff Osborn (class of '82) and then Stu (71) responded: Seems I was wrong about my brother Jeff (82) being that far downfield (OK, 2 yards instead of 10-15) and as you can imagine he would know first-hand about something like that. I stand corrected. Bottom line is, the Bombers won the game. That team was the last Tri-Cities team to win the state championship since this year (Pasco) and I'm absolutely positive about that. Peace, BRO -Stu Osborn (71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/28/98 9 Bombers sent stuff in: Ron Hostetler (53), Burt Pierard (59), Carol Hirsch (59), Jeff Hartman (59), Janice Beardsley (62), Ralph Koontz (62), Jo Miles (74), Doug Payne (73), Jenny Loper (87) ************************************************** >>From: Ron Hostetler (53) I have been monitoring the Sandstorm Alumni site for a few months now and find it interesting to read about all the different memories associated with growing up in the Richland area. I have made several trips to Richland over this past year to settle my Mother's estate. Have seen a few of my old class mates and gone over some old times, on some of my visits. Most of my contacts have been with Ralph Myrick (51) as he has been assisting me in getting my Mother's house ready for sale. Which brings me to asking if anyone out there is interested in investment or rental property. I have a two bedroom duplex, C House, on the corner of Swift and Birch, for sale. It is just behind and South of the Densow Drug Store that many of you have written about. If anyone has an interest, they can contact my Realtor, whose sign is in the front yard, or contact me at my email address. By no means am I trying to make this site a "For Sale Bulletin Board". I only mention this opportunity as an item of interest. Hope you all had a Great Christmas and will have a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year. -Ron Hostetler (53) ************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To Maren & Gary - A belated Happy Holidays wish and thanks for all your work. I now start everyday with firing up the old PC and reading the Sandstorm (much better delivery than the Everett Herald). To John Wingfield (66) - We never met but I find we're "Soul Brothers". I also had somewhat of a traumatic experience with the Sacy Christmas Assembly and "Oh, Holy Night. I believe it was Christmas 1952 (6th Grade) and I was chosen with LeRoy Milard (59) and another guy (I think he was a 5th Grader) to sing before the All-School Chorus. Naturally, we were to sing "Oh, Holy Night". I don't remember who the Music Teacher was, but she insisted that we sing it like the Vienna Boys Choir (we even had to take the LP home to practice). I have no idea why I was involved in this, but fortunately, LeRoy had a strong voice and range so I tried my best, but was "Lip-Synching" part of it. I was never so happy to step back into the group afterwards as I was that day! To all you Densow's Drugs people - Densow's was not a part of my life until Jr. High days and the expanded horizons of town. We lived on Thayer Drive, across the street from PennyWise Drugs where the majority of my Grade School Christmas shopping was done. It also had a great soda fountain (Lime Phosphates were the specialty of the house). One Christmas, my mom and I were eating dinner there when the "Store Santa" came by on the way to the rest rooms and he stopped to greet us. That's when I realized he was MY DAD. (Mom sure had to do her best "just one of Santa's Helpers" routines). Does anybody remember the Great PennyWise fire? We had front row seats for all the Fire Truck activity. To my brother Dick (52) - When I was on my first US Navy Aircraft Carrier (USS Hancock CVA-19) from Dec 61 to May 62, three other people (out of over 3000) on the ship were from Richland and I ran into all three casually (chow lines, ship's store, etc.). Small worlds. Happy Holidays & Bombers Forever! -Burt Pierard (59) ************************************************** >>From: Carol Hirsch Chartrand (59) I have lived in the Richland Village for 32 years now. All 4 of my kids have all grown up in this house. The drug store was Malleys and still is. It is now owned by Bill Knirck, same owner as Densow's. Kaiser's market went out of business a long time ago and then the old building burned. They rebuilt Malley's and there is now a dentist on the north side of the drug store and Pizza Hut on the south side. A few of the Richland Village houses are still the same, but most have been remodeled. Ours is one of the remodeled. I grew up in West Richland, That's the place that has really changed. There was nothing out there way back when. Now, WOW. -Carol Hirsch Chartrand (59) ************************************************** >>From: Jeff Hartman (59) from a Bomber guest book: Date: Sun Dec 27 00:50:35 1998 Re: Old Bombers Graduated with the great class of 59. Was student body VP my senior year. We have our 40th coming up this new year. Entered the USCG Academy from Richland and put in 30 years retiring as a Captain in 1993. My wife, Sylvia, and I have three kids, two in Alaska where we spent ten years and one in Aspen. We moved to Parachute, Colorado, (on the Western Slope) from Alaska in 1997. Greetings to old friends. -Jeff Hartman (59) ************************************************** >>From: Janice Beardsley Glenn (62) Hi to all Bombers everywhere and best wishes for a wonderful New year. I have been swamped and unable to write trying to figure out how to feed 22 people in an A house but it worked and we had a great Christmas with all the family that could be here. I was curious how many Bombers made it to Carmichael hill for our "big" snowstorm. I finally got my A house ornament - we lived in an A house on Marshall until we moved to the Ranch house on Cedar and Sacramento in January '49. As I have been trying to read the Sandstorm every two or three days, I jotted down some memories I'd like to share that have been triggered by some of your great stories. Re: Densow's memories - I remember when I was in the 8th grade I took Home Ec at Chief Joe from Dalene Twing. Myself and a few other girls agreed to come in after the school year ended to clean the Home Ec stoves for the summer. Our pay was a trip t o Densow's for a banana split complements of Miss Twing. Wish I could remember the other girls but my mind can't pull their names up. Anyway, the day for the big trip to Densow's came and I wasn't feeling too well. Ms Twing bought us each a split - my first ever - and by the time we finished and she took us home - I was sicker than a dog. The flu bug had hit big time and I threw up for two days. It was years before I ever had another one. Anyone else remember cleaning those stoves - they were nasty after a year of 13 year old cooks doing their thing. Re: school choirs - I remember those dorky white cotton square "choir robes" from Spalding, sometimes with a big red bow and Mom having to heavy starch and iron them. God forbid we would wrinkle them before the big performance. Re: peeking at presents - My middle sister, Janice (64), was always trying to find our presents, usually with great success and she delighted in telling Nancy (65) and I what we were getting. Even if we begged her not to. Best Christmas present - One year we three girls got Toni dolls - way before a Barbie was even thought of -with their one or two outfits. The next year, Mom "in her spare time" made at least ten outfits for each of us girls for those dolls. We had ball gowns with sequins, nightgowns, robes, crocheted dresses, etc. It was so cool and since they were all different, we had 30 outfits to dress those dolls in. Wonder what ever happened to them? Re: Tinsel - the real deal - I remember Mom trying to get us to patiently put that tinsel on one strand at a time. Janice - it was always Janice - would try to do it but got impatient to be off somewhere else and would pick up all the tinsel on the floor and throw a big blob somewhere in the tree and then say hers was done and take off. For years, I put tinsel on my trees very carefully like I was taught and then picked up all the stuff on the floor and pitched it in. I knew in my heart that Janice would have done it for me if she had been there. Miss you Sis -Don't do tinsel anymore but I never forgot. Had a nice visit with Vera Smith Robbins (58) at our annual Holiday Open house the Sunday before Christmas. Was great to see that she hadn't changed much more than I have in 30 years. Welcome back home, Vera. Okay Junie (63) - its your turn to come home. That's it for today except to say thank you to Gary and Maren for keeping us connected. No matter where we have scattered too, we still roam the halls of Col Hi in our hearts. Happy and prosperous and healthy '99 to all. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ************************************************** >>From: Ralph Koontz (62) For those of you who follow the career of Bomber alum Larry Coryell (61), he is scheduled to perform at Wolf Trap, the National Park for the Performing Arts, located in the Washington, DC area (Vienna, VA to be exact) on March 12th. He is billed as "The Godfather of fusion jazz", whatever that means! Perhaps, someone out there can enlighten me. Have a happy New Year, -Ralph Koontz '62 ************************************************** >>From: Jo Miles (64) To Jim Armstrong (63): Yes, the Wailers' music was and is great. I remember them and you AKA Vince Pitts with many other RHS grads sitting around the table at the CBC student lounge in the Fall of '64 eating corn dogs and talking about the "Animals". There was Mike Quane (63), Frank Whiteside (63), Reed Gailbraith (63), Jay Williamson (63), Tom Stine (64), Keith Welsch (64), Mike O'Rourke (64), Mike Lucas (64), Tom Henrich (64) and Bob Mattson (64) all watching in awe as you blew cigarette smoke out of your eyes. That was a very memorable experience. Thanks for the flashback. -Jo Miles (64) ************************************************** >>From: Doug Payne (aka Doug Noblehorse) (73) Ramona Miller Garcia (54) wrote: "Chinooks... Anyone who has ever lived here loves these winds." Amen to that! I've lived here in Phoenix, Arizona now for 11 years, and that's one of the things I miss most about Richland - those wonderful Chinooks. After days and days of cold and snow and dingy days it was always such a profound, moving experience to have a Chinook blow through, warming heart and body and revitalizing your spirit. Arizona *is* a nice place to live, but it's always, always warm here, and while I don't miss the snow, I miss the Chinooks! -Doug Noblehorse (73) ************************************************** >>From: Jenny Loper Buchanan (87) I'm wondering if there are many former Spalding elementary students out there. I've got so many good memories from that school. It was so upsetting when they closed it, (in 1982?) even though I was at Carmichael by then. Was it the only school that was divided between Chief Joseph & Carmichael? I remember the fear I had when I realized that almost all of my friends were going to be attending Chief Joe and I was going to Carmichael virtually by myself! EEEEK! Anyone have Spalding memories that they'd like to share? -Jenny Loper Buchanan, RHS '87 =============== [Jenny - When Sacy was on Williams, it, too was a 'split' school. Seems I remember some talk about Sacy being somewhere else after it was on Williams, but I 'can't remember where or when'. -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/29/98 10 Bombers sent stuff in: Lafe Myers (52), Doris Brinkerhoff (57), David Tampien (58), Marv Carstens (61), Betty Neal (62), Gary Behymer (64), Kathie Roe (64), Joe Largé (68), Don McJilton (72), Sean Lewis (77) ************************************************** >>From: Lafe Myers (52) Just heard about this site from Howard Kirz (1960) and it is like a book that I can't put down! Congratulations to those who have put this very impressive work together - it makes me proud to be one of your classmate/associates. -Lafe Myers, Class of 1952 ************************************************** >>From: Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) Reading other Bomber's memories has certainly jogged mine. One of my earliest Richland memories was when my family moved into one of the first prefabs in September 1944. I was five years old and one day followed the big kids out into the desert beyond Wright Avenue, which was the edge of town. I got lost and wandered back among the prefabs which were all identical. There was not a blade of grass, a tree, a sidewalk or even a flowerpot on a porch to differentiate any one house from another. I was lost in a grid of little square, flat-roofed match-box houses sitting in a sea of pure sand. Finally, some kind soul took pity on me and hauled me up and down the sand streets until my mother, who was out hunting for me, saw us. I was glad when the side streets and sidewalks were paved and we got to pick what color we wanted our house painted. The company planted trees and grass but the terrific sand storms raised havoc with everything. Our neighbors roof blew off in one. Who remembers the Dupus Boomer cartoons? They were true! I still have those books in my attic in Kennewick. I'll have to get them out the next time I go home. That prefab was home for 45 years (my mother died in 1985, my dad in 1995) although after they bought it in 1958 they doubled the size and remodeled it. I remember in the early years how my mother would cry every time the company offered them a different letter house and my dad would refuse it. He had lived too hard a life during the depression and would not do anything that might put him in debt. He paid cash for cars, appliances and even had enough to pay cash for the prefab, but the bank would only sell on a contract. He paid it off as soon as possible without penalties. Before the prefab, we lived in an empty farm house near the Hanford town site. My dad came to work as a fireman at Hanford in 1943 and stayed to become a power operator for over 40 years. He fixed up one of the houses in the area until the prefabs were ready. My mother and I, along with my brother, Reed (52), my sister, Virginia (54), and brother, Ken (61), arrived in March 1944. (My brothers, Richard (74), and Keith (76), were born later in Richland.) All utilities to the farm houses had been cut off when the original families were moved out, so we cooked on a huge old wood cookstove, used kerosene lanterns and had an outdoor privy. The company brought us a large barrel of ice water every day. The house was in the center of fruit orchards and grapes and my mother was in 7th heaven canning enough fruit that summer to last us two years. Many others also came out and picked fruit for canning. Another good memory is of the community alleys behind the houses where all the neighborhood kids, boys and girls from 5 to 15, came out every evening after supper to play all kinds of games; kick the can, hide and seek, work-up baseball, jump rope, etc. We would play until after dark and then you would hear parents calling from all over the neighborhood. We often had unisex, all-ages sleep outs in our front yard in August to watch the falling stars. Not that we did much sleeping and there were always parents there to tell us to BE QUIET! We could go to the movies for 12 cents at the old Village Theater and popcorn was 5 or 10 cents. I think every kid in town showed up every Saturday afternoon to watch Tom Mix or Gene Autry and if you missed a week of the Flash Gordon serial you were really deprived. It was a totally safe community and you could walk anywhere even after dark with no fear. Several people have mentioned chasing the Mosquito Man. We had neighborhood contests to see who could ride or run the longest in the mist. Recently we visited with a fellow from Tampa Bay, Florida, who said they did the same thing there as kids. It's a wonder our DDT generation grew up at all! I remember swimming at the old pool in Riverside Park and how gigantic the big pool on Swift seemed when it opened. Our family also swam at the Passport Plunge in Pasco and often spent Saturday afternoons swimming and picnicking at a quiet pool somewhere on the Yakima River. I never liked the river water or the weeds on the bottom. The riding academy on Van Giesen was another favorite place, where you could ride for $1 an hour or $5 all day. The most exciting ride was always on the way back to the barn. Sledding (or sliding, as someone mentioned) on Carmichael hill was great fun. My grandchildren took me back there a couple of years ago for a summer evening of ice blocking. We sailed clear to the bottom of the hill perched on a big block of ice. It was almost as good as cardboard on snow. We also used to picnic at Columbia Camp after the war. During the war we went out there to buy vegetables and fruit. My mother felt bad for the people who were locked up there and wanted to help them by buying what they grew or harvested. Remember bubble gum after the war? We heard a rumor that they were selling bubble gum at the side window of the little store next to Marcus Whitman (anyone remember the name of the store that later became the school administration building?). My sister and I ran over and got in what seemed like a mile-long line. Then a clerk came out and started counting kids, and told most of us to go on home because only the first 50 in line would get gum. We went back every day for a week and finally were in the lucky first group. We chewed that gum for weeks and stuck it carefully on wax paper at night to keep it clean for the next day. I was so glad to hear other people's memories of the Cinnamon Bear. I tried years ago to find the tapes with no success. Thanks to you I now have several places to look. I can't wait for next year to listen to Paddy with some of my grandkids. I have 22 of them now. A couple of people have mentioned the merry-go- round behind Tastee Freeze. My parents brought the amusement park to Richland in 1950 and my family ran it for three or four years . It was a wonderful first job for us kids. We had a merry-go-round, little airplanes, little cars and the little train on an oval track. We sometimes gave our friends 15 or 20 minute rides. We had a concession stand where we sold popcorn, candy and 24 flavors of Nehi pop and I'm sure us kids and our friends ate up all the profits. When my brother, Reed, left for college we turned it over to another family to run so we weren't there when the famous train wreck occurred. Paula, I'm glad you weren't hurt badly even though the event left its mark on you for life. I guess that's enough reminiscing for one night. -Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) ************************************************** >>From: David Tampien (58) Reading all these memories stirs my imagination to recall something to share. I know that many of you, at one time or another, visited the Tampien farm. I can't remember the grades that came because we were always in school when the visits occurred. One day after school I was confronted my an upset mother. It seems that I was unaware of the questions that might be raised to an unsuspecting hostess regarding what the rabbits were "doing". Mother's admonition went something like, "Whenever the children are going to visit, DON'T put the buck in with the doe! I never did, again. -Davied Tampien (58) ************************************************** >>From: Marv Carstens (61) Re: Old Sacajawea school To Jenny Loper Buchanan (87) and any others who are interested in "Old Sacy" and any other split grade schools way back when: Indeed, Sacy was split between Carmichael and Chief Joe, just like Spalding. I started at Sacy in 2nd grade in 1950 (Mrs. Whitehead), then in 3rd grade we got moved 'outside' to an old quonset hut, since the main building was bursting at the seams. Mrs. Elkins was our teacher. Toward the end of 3rd grade, the brand new school opened (Jason Lee) and a bunch of us from Sacy, a bunch from Spalding and what was left of John Ball (out in Camp Hanford) all went to Jason Lee. Teacher i n 4th grade was Mrs. Laney. In fifth grade, they already had to add another wing to Jason Lee to accommodate the rapidly expanding population, so the administration moved our class and one other to Lewis and Clark until the construction was finished. (Mrs. Lyall was the teacher, and what a *itch she was --- use either of two letters to complete the starred reference.) In 6th grade, Mr. Tessen was my teacher. When the original Sacajawea was closed, it (the building on Williams) was given over to Head Start and some other programs, including aerobics classes and church basketball. It continued to be used in that capacity until the latter part of 1996, when it was razed. The current Sacajawea is in the north end of town on Catskill. The 'new' Sacy was built sometime in the early-to-mid 70's. Kinda surprised that no one had mentioned Hi-Spot yet ... remember those 'locker-room aroma' dances after games on Friday night in the community center? Recollect with great fondness the Green Rivers at Densow's ... the only place in town where you could get one, as I recall. Who else went to the Saturday movies at the Village theater? You got two cartoons, a serial and two cowboy movies for 12 cents ... popcorn was a dime, candy bars a nickel, and we rode the bus with a token (three tokens equaled a penny). For a quarter and a nickel, our parents could get nearly three hours of babysitting with transportation thrown in, and we kids ended up with three cents for ourselves ... such a deal! Thanks much to Maren and Gary for this site ... and best wishes to all the Bombers out there, wherever, for continued fond fellowship. -Marv Carstens (61) ~~~~~~ [Marv - the old Sacy school is where we Catholic kids -- BEFORE Christ the King School was built - had to go to summer Catechism classes. What a drag. - Maren] ************************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman (62) This walk down memory lane is wonderful! I was just wondering if anyone else remembers being part of the "living Christmas tree" in the park across from the old Desert Inn Hotel? With flashlights shining on our faces we sang our little hearts out. I also remember our trips to the service station at the corner of what was Goethals (now Jadwin) and Lee to buy our Christmas tree. Guess there weren't many places to cut your own tree in the TriCities in those days. I'd like to wish all Bomber Alumni a 1999 filled with good health, peace, and joy. -Betty Neal Brinkman (62) ************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) The Class of 1964 is searching for any information concerning the whereabouts of the following members of our class. Please look at this list. Perhaps a sibling was in YOUR class? Maybe you parents can provide information? Any leads would be appreciated. Missing Members of the Class of 1964: Connie Beaty Frances Black Helen Bower Teri Ann Boyer McGrew Janet Brandyberry Barbara Brown Stanley Burnett Becky Coleman Voetberg Jim Cox Don Crawford Darcy Dean Penny Dolliver McHenry Joye Emerson Dena Evans Ralph Fairweather Fred Geiger Delilia Ann Grout Brochon Gunnar Haglund (Foreign Exchange Student) Kaye Hansen Susan Harding Jean Hildebrand Donald F Jones Pam King Cleveland Dale Kohler David Koile Miyoko Kosaki Brittan Ruby Leach Nancy Lee Diane Loasby Murray Jim Lynch Eugene McVey Mary Massey Judy Merritt Charolotte Nugent Richard Odegard Jim Ott Linda Parker Richard Peterson Connie (Joy) Phillips Lyon Sharon Phillips Joseph Reynolds Carol Smith Jerry Smith Elaine Stanfield Hill JoAnn Tracey Perkins Diane Trosper William Trujillo Monika Voellmecke (Foreigh Exchange Student) Pat Volkman Carolyn Ward Donald Watson Ron West Judy Winchel Sweeney ************************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) Does anyone know the date or any details about the '64 Class reunion scheduled for this coming summer? Thanks. -Kathie ************************************************** >>From: Joe Largé (68) To Jenny Loper Buchanan (87): I attended Spalding School from 1955 to 1962, when I entered Carmichael Jr. High. I lived right on the corner of Birch and Richmond, so getting to and from school was easy. My dad (Bill Largé - now deceased) used to love to go over to the little league field and watch them play baseball. Some of my teacher's names were: Miss. Stewart - Kindergarten Mrs. Wall - First Grade Mrs. Claudia Pollard, mother of Bill Pollard (58) [deleted for privacy] My Favorite Spalding Teacher. Friends of our family for years. Mrs. Dodds (later, remarried and became Mrs. Birdsong).I remember she was from Massechusetts. Neat Lady! Mrs. Figliola - also a wonderful teacher and person. She invited me to go with her to a Mid-Columbia symphony performance of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue". I became hooked on Gershwin as a result. Just to name a few. I had a German Shepherd - a huge dog, that loved to climb trees with me. We'd go over to the Spalding School grounds, right in front of the main entrance, then climb up into the branches of the sycamore trees lining the front. Rex would take a flying leap and grasp the lower branches, hooking his front paws over the limbs, then shimmy up the rest of the way. We'd sit on the tree awaiting someone to walk underneath. When they looked up, they would see this huge monster dog, tail hanging down, looking at them with this immense row of white teeth smiling down at them. -Joe Largé ************************************************** >>From: Don McJilton (72) from a Bomber Guest Book: Date: Mon Dec 28 12:04:49 1998 What a great web site!! Hoping to hear from other 72 grads. ************************************************** >>From: Sean Lewis (77) OK, I have to ask: does anyone have any memories of attending the Richland Day Care Center in South Richland (814 Comstock to be exact, about 3 blocks south of Lewis & Clark Elementary)? It opened in about 1965, and my mom, after her divorce, designed it and had it built. We got to live in the "house" on top of it (it's still there, too) and I thought I was hot stuff 'cause my mom owned it and I got to play with all the toys whenever I wanted - evenings and weekends too. If you remember, it had those fold-out napping beds, and everyone had one. It had kid-sized everything in the bathrooms too. I remember being there the day it opened with only a friend of ours' daughter -- but it quickly filled up to its capacity of about 60. Full kitchen, etc. etc. I remember a hill in the backyard that we would roll down and it seemed so big but after seeing it as an adult I'm amazed to see that it's only about 6 or 8 feet high... Glad to see that it's still there. Well, that's today's memory from me. Thanks much - -Sean Lewis / Class of '77 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/30/98 12 Bombers sent stuff in: Joan Eckert (51), Jane Rollison (52), Carolyn Clark (55), Jinnie Eckert (58), Ruth Miles (59), Jan Nelson (60), Bill Johnson (61), Larry Bishop (61), David Rivers (65), Janice Klusman (66), Kathy Rathjen (66), Jim Moran (87) ************************************************** >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens (51) Doris Brinkerhoff has many of the same memories I have, coming to Richland in the fall of 1944. I remember well living in a trailer in North Richland until the prefabs were in place. Since there were five of us kids at the time, trailer living was wild. Two of us got to sleep on a mattress outside each night. Then finally came the big day when we got to move into our prefab. Never mind that there was no formal road to the place. They simply bulldozed the sand street. We were on Winslow Street. The house seemed huge after our cramped trailer living. There were no back doors, just a small crawl through emergency door or really just to put the garbage out. Dupus Boomer cartoons really captured the living conditions and we all thoroughly enjoyed them. Our family grew and grew and we were finally able to move into an F house over on Van Giesen Street. Marcus Whitman was a great grade school. I hated to move to Sacajawea; but it didn't take long to fit in. Loved walking to school. That's where we did most of our socializing. In high school, I got my first job out in North Richland at the theater. I was an usher first, then "promoted" to vending. Would love to have stayed in that position but couldn't stay away from the popcorn and chocolate kisses. The manager put me in the cashier's box selling tickets. Saved a lot of the profits that way! I really loved working there. As an usher we wore special uniforms and for certain movies, we were encouraged to wear appropriate clothing; i.e., Easter Parade, we wore long dresses and hats. Fun! -Joan Eckert Sullens '51 ************************************************** >>From: Jane Rollison Hightower (52) To: Ralph Myrick (51). Please tell your friend, Helen Skogen, that she was also MY favorite teacher in high school. Algebra was a joy as taught by her. From the many references to Mrs Skogen in the Sandstorm over the past several months, it appears that she made a major impression on all the students who passed through her classes. Please tell her how grateful we are. -Jane Rollison Hightower (52) ************************************************** >>From: Carolyn Clark Burbach (55) Hi Maren & Gary, As everyone else am enjoying all your hard work!! Can't believe HOW the memories come back after reading everyone's! Am curious about the Sweatshirts, T-Shirt's and etc. that Dawson Richards have for sell. Has anyone seen them? They sound sooooooooo neat and I'm interested!!! -Carolyn (Clark) Burbach '55 ************************************************** >>From: Jinnie Eckert Stephens (58) To: Marv Carstens (61): Thanks for mentioning Mrs. Whitehead. I have thought of her with great fondness over the years. When I was in her class there was a rule that you could not wear hats in class. The reason that I mention this is that my sister, Joan (51), and my dad decided that I needed a hair cut while my Mother was in the hospital having a baby. To make a long story short (among other things!) each time they figured they were done they would decide that it was longer on one side than the other and start chopping again. Pretty soon my long hair was above my ears in a wedge chop cut! I was mortified and when I got to school I left my scarf on. Well Mrs. Whitehead told me to step out into the hall and than firmly asked me if I had forgotten the rule about hats. Through tears and stammering she got the idea and untied my scarf and looked. She gently smiled and retied my scarf and never said another word for the next month as I continued to wear my scarf. On a happier note - do you remember the sock hops held at the Community Center? What a lot of fun they were. I met my husband Ron there. Any one remember Ms. Swain (Home Ec) at Chief Joseph? I still make the Cream Pie now and then! Thanks everyone for sharing your memories which have caused me to remember a lot of memories of my own. -Jinnie Eckert Stephens (58) ************************************************** >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns (59) I'm starting to unload some of the memories that reading this Sandstorm has raised up. My very first memory of life is holding my father's hand to climb up a sandy hill into a small house where the lights were just small dots of light (that was the candles when we first got into the pre- fab on Smith Avenue before the power was on). We moved into that house from the trailer camp where the Hanford plant was built -- my father was in personnel there, and in tenant relations for years after in Richland until it wasn't a "company town" any more. Probably my strongest memory at Jefferson Elementary School (we moved to Howell Avenue when I was about 6) was that we played soccer at every single recess every single day of 5th and 6th grade (or close enough that's how I remember it). Today's soccer moms don't seem like such a big deal to me. And there was Atomic Frontier Days every summer. I got to be on a float in the parade the year I was 7, and when I was in high school I was in a melodrama that was part of Atomic Frontier Days once -- we put on seven performances in three days. In later years, when I start to tell folks about Atomic Frontier Days, they just crack up at the name and can hardly hear anything else. Nearly every autumn for the past 40 years, when the nights are just starting to get crisp, I remember vividly the feeling of walking home from night ball games at the high school. I remember when the Uptown Theater was brand new, and absolutely the greatest new thing around --and that I sat through "The Greatest Show on Earth" twice over because it was so wonderful. That's enough for one afternoon, but I'm really looking forward to more stories from other Bombers that bring back the Richland of years ago. I'm very grateful to have gotten back news of friends and memories that had been at least 2500 miles and a lifetime away. Thank you! Ruth ::: ::: ::: ::: Ruth Miles Bruns Jefferson / Chief Jo / Col Hi '59 ************************************************** >>From: Jan Nelson (60) To Marv Carstens (61): Thanks for the "Sacy" memories and Mrs. Elkins, one of my favorite teachers. I can still close my eyes and see the great suits and shoes she used to wear to school. Also wanted to let you know there were Green Rivers at the Uptown. Think it was J.J. Newberrys. May have been a different name before that. But they did Green Rivers at the soda fountain and I think we got them at the local drug store off Goethals, about 1300 block. (need a map of Richland to remember streets) Was a grocery store next to it. Garmo's (spelling) Help my memory, someone? Have been away a long time. Thanks -Jan Nelson (60) ************************************************** >>From: Bill Johnson (61) This is to Marv Carstens (61): Well, Marvin it seems that to me that you have such a great recall of events, maybe you can help me out here. I went to Jefferson down on G.W. Way for K, 1st, and 2nd. Then I joined you in Mrs. Elkins class in the Quonset huts up at Sacy. As I remember, we moved to Jason Lee after the Christmas break of that year. Then I had Mrs. Laney for forth, again with you. Do you remember the huge white Kodiak bear bearskin rug that she brought in to class to show us? I was also in the same class with you in 6th grade with Mr. Tessen (sp). Now here's where I need some help. You say that you went to Lewis and Clark for some or all of 5th grade and I don't remember going to Lewis and Clark, so one of two things has happened. One I went there and have absolutely no recollection of that experience or two I stayed at Jason Lee and you know what? I still don't have a clue who my teacher was. Anyway nice to see you on here. Got your e-mail address and will try to stay in touch. Happy new year Marv. -Bill Johnson Class of 61 ************************************************** >>From: Larry Bishop (61) Green Rivers are still available in this world. I live in Brooklyn Center, MN and we have a local restaurant called the 50's Grill. It has all the 50's pictures, tv set and lamp of the good old days, but higher prices. -Larry Bishopo (61) ************************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Wow, now those are some memories. No one will ever touch the Wailers "real' version of louie Louie. I remember dancing at Hi Spot to Mau Mau and dirty Robber... Naturally, Tall cool One was mixed it there. Kent Morrill was the best man at Bob Middleton and Becky... Becky... Becky... (well that maiden name just went out of my head) wedding. I also remember Jr. Hi Spot in the afternoons. The night I walked into my first Hi School mixer, the song playing was Oh Donna... I knew I was going to love Col-Hi... even better than the noon Dances at Chief Jo... dancing to Theme from a Summer Place..... give's me goose bumps just to think of it. I must say, that (for me at least) being in my fifties is a very comfortable place to be. As one of my partner's said... "we can do anything we want... we can even eat crackers and leave crumbs all over our faces..." But I wouldn't give up my memories of Richland for anything in the world. I'm sure if I could just sneak back for a few moments and then return in time, I would jump at the chance. But memories are filled with a wonderful glow that reality just can't match. The talk about Densow's reminded me of the dog I had back then. He waited to die till I got back from Vietnam, and I had to have gotten that dog before second grade, as I was still at Jefferson... he would walk to Densow's with me and wait till someone opened the door and rush in and eat the candy off the counter. I remember the day I burned the orchard down next to Densow's. Keith Peterson, Greg Davis and I were hanging around. I started shooting matches into the dry grass in the orchard. All of a sudden a fire started and I couldn't put it out. It got huge and I ran into the north entrance where the soda fountain was and yelled "someone started a fire in the orchard"... Couldn't leave well enough alone and had to wait for the fire dept. to get there... Keith loaned me a dime to pay off my little brother from telling. Eventually the Fire Chief came up to me and began to question me... I broke.. .he said if I just told my dad (a former Richland fireman) it would go no further and he wouldn't intervene... (Never trust anyone over thirty!!!!!!!!!!). That night, I had to fork over some more money to my little brother.... plus I was already into Peterson for a dime!... Then the news came on TV... "and in local news... a fire broke out in the orchard next to Densow's Drug earlier today..." ZAP, I turned off the TV (a very brave act in itself as my dad was watching the news) and said... "Let's go to the drive-in" he bought it and we went... I couldn't concentrate on the movie... after the movie... I called my mom in my room and told her... she told my dad and he didn't say ANYTHING to me.... but the next morning... the Fire Chief pulled up to my house as Craig Davis and I were playing over at Spalding.... Busted again! DATELINE RICHLAND WASHINGTON: 12/29/98 Happy Birthday to Kathy Wersen Alder ('64 - class of, that is)! It's been your special day all day, because you deserve it... in fact, take the rest of the year as your very own! Have a ball! -David Rivers ('65) ************************************************** >>From: Janice Klusman McCurdy (66) David Tampien (58): I too have been one of the many that visited the Tampien farm. Your mother submitted an article to the paper about my visit. I remember it well, as I wanted to ride behind Paul on "Old Dan" all day! I thought that horse was the neatest thing in the world, but I couldn't understand why your family had a cow named "Froggie"!! Your mom agreed it was a silly name for a cow and told me she was changing it to "Jan"... I will never forget that... important memory for a 6 year old! -Jan Klusman McCurdy (66) ************************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) For any interested Lewis & Clark alumni who may have known Mrs. Ericson (1st grade teacher), I recently learned that she will celebrate her 100th birthday on January 16, if anyone cares to send a card. Peg Ericson resides in Morrow Bay, CA Please address any mail to Peg Ericson, c/o Kathy Loper, 1309 Rochefontaine, Richland, Wa, 99352. I'll forward them to her in a packet. I best remember her for creating three-layer birthday cakes with colored chalk on the black board to celebrate student birthdays. I also remember standing before the class to receive a ruler across the back of my hand as discipline. It was more humiliating than painful, and 44 years later its a vivid memory. -Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) ************************************************** >>From: Jim Moran (87) I attended Spalding from K - 6th. The following were my teachers. K - Mrs. Miller 1st Mrs. Rice 2nd Washingtonfelter 3rd Burnet - she made us watch those old black and white movies too much. All the while she had her feet on her desk, sleeping away. 4th Mrs. Leonard 5th Mr. Blazard (Spelling) 6th Mr. Anderson The PE teacher was Mr. Olson, and his Bomber green 1950's pick up. The music teacher was... I don't recall, but she was very demanding. She was replaced with a younger teacher. The school seemed so huge for those of us who attended it in the early years. And as a 6th graders, going to Chief Jo was sad. Not that CJS was a bad school... In the 6th whole grade class, only 14-15 (most of which were girls, only 3 boys) attended Chief Jo, the rest when to Carmichael. However, when I went to RHS, it was nice to see my old classmates after so many years. But I remember the debates/arguments I had with mom, urging her to allow me to change schools. Then once I finished Chief jo, the closed it down. I was beginning to feel as if I was cursed. First Spalding, then they closed down CJS. -Jim Moran RHS 86-87 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ****************************************************** ****************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~~ 12/31/98 ~~ NEW YEAR'S EVE Hope my computer makes it to 1999 with no problems!!! ~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers and 1 Falcon sent stuff in: Al Parker (53), Ken Heminger (56), Wally Carlson (61), Kenny Wright (63), Gary Behymer (64), John Foster (65), Rick Polk (70), Jim Wingfield (71), Maggie Gilstrap (74), Mike Davis (74), Holly Chamberlain (76), Mike Lloyd (77-HHS), Debra Evans (79), Dustin Rector (88), Erica Fletcher (89) ************************************************** >>From: Al Parker (53) SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE RENEWED? Should auld acquaintance be renewed, And memories brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be renewed, And Bomber ties that bind? Should auld acquaintance be renewed, And Richland times reviewed, Our days in Richland shared, my dear, Our days in Richland shared. Should memories of the past be brought, Of days so long ago? Our days in Richland shared, my dear, Our days in Richland shared. ************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger (56) To: Patty Eckert Weyers (68): I lived at the foot of Flat Top during the early 50's And we did a lot of sliding down that hill as kids. We used mostly cardboard box's but there were times if the snow was right we'd slide just on our bellies. Much fun at the time. As for the cross at the top, I don't know who put the one up that stands now. If I remember correctly the last time I was there it was made of steel. The original Cross, made of wood, was placed there in the very early 50's by my dad, Carl Heminger, and a few others. It was placed there so the folks in Heminger City and Enterprise could enjoy Easter Sunrise Services. It was the perfect place for the service as you could see forever, and the Sun Rise would be beautiful. There was a black man who lived in the community. His name was Bill Jackson or Bill Johnson. (hard to remember old names anymore) I remember him singing "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord" I'm not sure that was the title but it was part of the lyrics. His voice was strong and would carry for miles it seemed. I remember seeing cars stop at the foot of flat top and listen to him sing. I wonder if folks in that area use it for Sunrise Services now. Hope this answers your questions.. -Ken Heminger (56) ************************************************** >>From: Wally Carlson (61) TO: Marv Carstens (61): Marv My brother (Ken '63) just had me added to the subscription list. Yesterday was my first issue and "lo and behold" there you were. I have now seen two issues and they are simply fascinating. I can't believe all the memories that come flooding back. I still remember having to sit in alphabetical order and always being caught between Duke Campbell and Marvin Carstens. I also remember some duck hunting episode where you became known as a mighty coot hunter. I still remember someone drawing a picture of the then famous "cootus carstoonus". Best wishes for a Happy New Year. -Wally ************************************************** >>From: Kenny Wright (63) Re: glowing tumbleweeds Any one still living in Atomic Town seen any glowing tumbleweeds at night? I heard on NPR this morning that Hanford is having a problem with the tumbleweeds sucking up radioactive ground water and then when the "Termination Winds" hit, spreading radioactivity. Does that mean no more tumbleweed forts? What a legacy. -Kenny ************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Mike Davis letter Anyone provide further information on the Hall of Fame? Member and class years? Gary B (64) From: Mike Davis [deleted for privacy] Date: Wed Dec 30 20:35:01 1998 Sign me up Good idea! By sending a message here does that sign me up? May I moan and groan a little? What's with this recent Wall of Fame Induction? 79 or so new inductees? A Hall of Fame should recognize the elite of the elite. Come on! This school is around 50 years old and there are already well over 100 inductees. I think this last bunch, not that some of them are probably deserving, has cheapen the intent of such a project. What's the criteria for entrance? Does anybody know? ************************************************** >>From: John Foster (65) RE: Merry-go-round To Doris Brinkerhoff Deford (57): Doris, Thanks for confirming that I am not nuts. I knew that there was a little amusement park behind T.Freeze some time in the 50's. I have talked to many people, and had no success. It seems like they just didn't remember it. I was class of '65 but left town for quite a few years so have lost track of most of my old friends in Richland. I live in Kennewick now - have for the last 22 years. Of course no one in Kennewick remembers anything about Richland except Zip's and By's Burgers. Thanks for the memories. -JOHN FOSTER ************************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) To anyone trying to reach Myrna Polk Frazier (64) or Marsha Polk (67): These are my sisters. Marsha can be found at [deleted for privacy] Mryna does not have a home computer, but works for Garlick Enterprise and may be able to be reached there (not sure of that address either). Both of my sis's still live in the Tri-Cities. Mryna in Kennewick, Marsha in Richland. Well, I just wanted to throw that out there to you Bomber alumni of classes 64 and 67. GO BOMBERS -Rick Polk (70) ************************************************** >>From: Jim Wingfield (71) Yes, my brother is John Wingfield (66) To Jan Nelson (60): the small drug store you mentioned was Malleys just off of Swift close to Goethals. Malleys was close to where I grew up on Farrell Lane. My friends and I would go there for cokes and buy our baseball cards and matchbox cars. I remember Mr. Malley telling me to be really careful when he would sell me a small vial of Cinnamon oil to soak toothpicks in... man were they hot. How many of you remember the chicks that they sold at least one Easter at Newberry's. I remember the bin of different colored chicks. I think I bought a couple to take out to our small farm in West Richland just to get them out of there. My favorite memories of Newberry's involved a number of bags of their popcorn, getting a cold pop at the counter and Santa upstairs. To all you Bombers.....Happy New Year! -Jim Wingfirld (71) ************************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara (74) My Christmas was just completed with the exchange of "The Bucket" Blue this year, yellow last year. You all must be wondering why a plastic sand bucket would complete my Christmas. Maybe some of the 74' grads know. My best friend in junior high (Carmichael) and high school was Kim Lampton Kinder. We did everything together, well almost everything, (seems I was grounded most of those years for one thing or another). We - like many of us - lost track of each other thru husband changes, kids, and moving etc. We were reunited at our 20th class reunion. I stayed with the Lamptons so it was like old home week. The only difference was Kim slept with her husband and not in the same room with me. We were up late every night talking like we had never been apart. We had a blast. Kim and I even went to Glamour Shots and had our pictures taken together - her mother talked us into that. After a glass or two of fine wine we were off to the studio. Now to the "Buckets". At saturday night's banquet our center pieces were, you guessed it BUCKETS. Yes we STOLE the buckets, some things never change huh? We figured they would be thrown away anyway. If not, the reunion committee can charge us more to get into our 25th. Kim and I will be bringing our buckets to our 25th or 30th reunion, which ever comes first. Hey Kim, do your think we should have our first glass of wine out of our buckets? To date they have been back and forth every Christmas. These two buckets one yellow and one blue have logged over 12,000 miles. I hope each and everyone of you have a safe and happy New Year. I will be out on the trails putting the first miles on my new, blue, 600 ZL EFI Arctic Cat snowmachine. By this time I usually have over 200 miles on it, can't complain though as we have been busy. So busy that I got a Notebook computer for Christmas so I can read my Sandstorm in peace before leaving for work in the morning! Take care all and a BIG THANKS to Maren and Gary! -Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara 74' ************************************************** >>From: Holly Chamberlain (76) I have been interested to read people's memories of what life in Richland was like in the late 40s and early 50s from the perspective of being children at the time. Of course, in my era, the trailer courts were long devoid of trailers and were used by what seems like most of the town as a place to teach 16- year-olds to drive. It was so handy having those real streets, weedy though they were by then, on which to practice. My mom probably still had white knuckles from grabbing that imaginary steering wheel and a tense ankle from pushing a non-existent brake as she sat beside me in the car but at least there wasn't much traffic with which to contend, except rabbits and tumbleweeds, I suppose. Later, in college, when a friend was teaching me to drive a stick, I thought, "I just know I could get this faster if I could do it on the trailer courts." -Holly Chamberlain (76) ************************************************** >>From: Mike Lloyd (77-HHS) Maren, I graduated from HHS in '77. My Sister Tracey graduated from RHS in '78 and Brother Chris was a '79 graduate. I have really loved reading alot of the stories from the past and I honestly feel we grew up in a very unique situation where the city was so new and the heart and soul of the city was established by all these people. When we had our 20th reunion, both RHS and HHS had it at the same time. Alot of us went to grade school (myself an old Sacajawea alumni) and at least one year of JHS (Chief Jo) together before Hanford opened up. It was a nice experience seeing all those people again. We even did some activities together. The first night mixer was at the Town Crier and Mike Peterson (77 and FAMOUS) did a little impromptu concert out in the parking lot, Friday was a golf outing and then saturday we had a softball game and then a picnic in the afternoon. It was really alot of fun!! I really appreciate all the newsletters that I read in the morning before I go to work. LOL better than reading all the bad news in the paper! :) Thanks again! -Mike ************************************************** >>From: Debra Evans Grimm (79) I remember grade school lunches at Jason Lee and then Spalding Elementary Schools. My favorite was chili and cinnamon rolls. Well guess what, my son's school here in Graham (Pierce County, WA) is doing "Blast from the Past" menus and that meal is one of the features. I wonder if I could join them for lunch? Good to read everyone's memories. ************************************************** >>From: Dustin Rector (88) Jim Moran (87) made the earth shake with: "And as a 6th graders, going to Chief Jo was sad. Not that CJS was a bad school... However, when I went to RHS, it was nice to see my old classmates after so many years." I finished at Jason Lee (when we first moved to Richland, the first spelling test I had in 3rd grade had a bonus question of spelling the school's name which I thought horribly unfair as I agonized to guess and came up with "Jaysen Lea"). After 6th grade my class got split between the Jr. Highs. I ended up at Chief Jo and did one year there. Then we got bounced to Carmichael for the year after that. I think our ASP reps got to go to the school board and say why they should close Carmichael instead -- I thought this was a waste of time since it was all about economics and figured they'd already made up their minds as to which to close. Then we were off to RHS. Four different schools in 4 years and I lived at the same address the whole time. From year to year, you'd be going "Hey, what happened to whats-his-name?" and "Who are these teachers?" -Dustin Rector (RHS '88, CJH '84, CJJH '83, Jason Lee '82) ************************************************** >>From: Erica Fletcher Bender (89) I especially enjoy reading the entries posted by the 80's crowd. Both my husband and I went to RHS. Chuck graduated in '82 and myself in '89. The Spalding discussion has been interesting to me for several reasons. Growing up, I lived very near to Spalding and played there often. I also went to school in the Spalding building, but AFTER it was already closed as a public school. The private school I attended, Liberty Christian, rented some classrooms from the district, so I attended some of middle school in that old building! As many people here in Tri-Cities know, Liberty Christian has recently purchased Spalding and is refurbishing the school (quite a project -- let me tell you!). Now, my own children attend Liberty and will be in the new school, at Spalding, by next school year if all goes well! As a long time Richland resident, I am delighted that the new home for Liberty will become a part of the long history of this Richland building. Hope to hear more from the 80's crowd... hard to believe our 10 year reunion will be this summer! Agh! -Erica Fletcher - Bender '89 ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for this month. Please send more. ******************************************** ******************************************** November, 1998 ~ January, 1999