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   Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ November, 1999
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/01/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff in: Carol Hollingsworth (55), Chuck Holtz (55), Linda Sommers (57), Jinny Barnett (62), Linda Pohlod (67), Ann Minor (70), Lori Simpson (70), Patty Stordahl (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) In reply to Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57): Yes, I had Miss Redekopp for typing and shorthand. I believe my Jr. year 53-54. She was explaining the typewriter on the first day and all the parts and how to return the carriage. I returned my carriage way too hard and the darn thing flew across the room. She helped me pick it up off the floor and we were deadly enemies from that moment on. However, I did end up taking 140 wpm in shorthand which got me really good jobs after high school and I credit her for that. She made you write 25 pages every day, no matter what, Easter, Christmas, New Years, vacations, didn't matter, you wrote those 25 pages and that shorthand is still engrained in my brain never to leave. I think we finally ended up on a friendly basis but it took a long time. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin, 55 ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Holtz (55) RE: mushroom cloud To Jay Siegel (61) Jay, I bought a class ring in 1955, and for $35 if I remember right. It too had a mushroom cloud on each side. It was ripped off in Navy boot camp. Popular rings, huh? -Chuck Holtz (55) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Sommers Evanson (57) Betty, I remember Mr. Price very well, he was my 6th grade teacher at Marcus Whitman. I thought he was absolutely wonderful. His son was born that year and he was so proud. This was his second year of teaching and he had obviously gone to college on the GI Bill after serving in WWII. He would sometimes tell us stories of his experiences. When he started teaching at Col Hi it was fun to see him at school again. I remember that he always dressed nicely. Mr. Morris was my typing teacher and I laugh at the memory of the day it snowed and someone threw a snowball in the classroom and in order to find out who did it he went around feeling hands to see whos were wet and cold. Some of the guys spit in their hands. As a retired teacher I wonder if my students will one day be writing about my escapades in the classroom. Only with fond memories, I hope. I love reading the daily recollections of growing up in Richland, the Spudnut Shop and all the other discussion surrounding our lives in a very special place. I have a class ring with a mushroom cloud from the class of '57 so keep going back. -Linda Sommers Evanson ('57) ******************************************** >>From: Jinny Barnett Howser (62) For Peggy Hartnett (72). Do you have your sister's E- mail address, Mary-Mike (61)? Wilbur (my husband) and I were friends in high-school. In fact I was one of the occupants of the car Darwin wrecked on Prom night so many years ago, with Mike, Denny and I in it. Send our address to her would you? Thanks, -Jinny Barnett Howser (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Jinny - Find ANY Bomber e-mail address on the website for their class!! Go to the ALL Bomber Alumni Links site at and click on the class year you're looking for. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Linda Pohlod Rushing (67) Hello all, Well today is my Grandmothers 90th birthday!!! She still looks great and drove to Kent from Olympia so we could celebrate her birthday!!! Some of you my have gone to her Nursery school as small children. her name was Marjay Dickson then. She lived on Harris St. Also thanks for the update on Mrs. Roy. I'd truly like to thank Dave Hanthorn for his feeling on the Bomb (mushroom) on all the Col Hi stuff for all those years. I agree that all those do gooders can keep their hands of Bomber stuff. Close for now. Have to change clocks and get ready for the horde of kiddies coming to our home for Trick or Treat. -Linda pohlod rushing 67 ******************************************** >>From: Ann Minor Wells (70) Does anyone else remember an old POW or something camp remains out of town a ways, maybe near Horn Rapids Dam? -Ann Minor ******************************************** >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan (70) To Phil Jones (69): RE: Your info on past Bomber mascots. My dad was a 1946 grad of RHS and he says that they were never the "Broncs" the "Beavers" were their mascot previous to becoming the Bombers. He remembers talk that they were the "Broncs" way back in the early days?! Thanks, -Lori Simpson Hogan (70) ******************************************** >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) To Peggy Hartnett (72): Congratulations on your Little red spider. That is great. Yes, I think most of us did the same responsible thing. But now the responsibilities are less & the time is now to spoil ourselves. I had promised my self at age 40 I would get my convertible but when 40 hit I was buying another home, situating my older children & working my back side off to just make it through the magnifying glass of the home loan officers. I had to put my dream goal on hold for 5 more years. Well, girl We did it. It was a brave step but one worth the taking. After 2 divorces & 4 kids I am finally waiting for my new personalized plates. No Room. LOL Take care & happy Haunting day to you all. Special note to Dr. Willard Ule (73): Prayers are with you. Thanks for the clock reminder. I just did it. It is now 2 am. 16 year old out to the homecoming dance & after hours party. Biting my nails & waiting by the front door. -Patty Stordahl (72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/2/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff in: Dick Harris (49), Ralph Myrick (51), Shirley Davis (56), Tom Hughes (56), Linda Sommers (57), Sonny Morgan (58), Steve Carson (58), Larry Houck (59), Richard St. John (65), Billy Didway (66), Lynn Dodson (66), Pam Ehinger (67), Bill Yandon (68), Patty Stordahl (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) Re: Beavers vs. the Bombers and Prisoner of War Camp. Thanks for reinforcement of the mascot being Beavers, immediately prior to becoming the Bombers! With regard to a prisoner of war camp near Horn Rapids, I think you are referring to a camp occupied by Federal Prisoners Inmates, who were used for labor around the area, during the war. I think they were moved from McNiel (Sp?) Island in Puget Sound, but some could have come from somewhere else. Several of our friends worked there in administrative positions or as guards for the prisoners. I think the Marcum family's father was employed in that operation. Bev Keller Marcum McMullen (49) could tell us! There were many prisoner of war camps around the country, but I don't think there were any around Richland. With security as tight as it was, they wouldn't want any information coming from that source. Someone wrote recently, that the Federal Prisoners were utilized to harvest the fruit from the orchards and vineyards around Richland, that were associated with the farms that the governments confiscated from the residents. I can remember what beautiful and delicious grapes were available from some of the tract house properties. Do any of our alumni remember that treat? To Kathy Roe Truax (64): Beth Pederson's brother's address is: [deleted for privacy] His name is R. (Rufe) J. Pederson. To Patty Stordahl (72): You know what you get when you dial 911 in Bellevue, don't you? Ans: The local BMW dealer! -Dick Harris '49 ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Some of you out there may have had Mrs. Mildred Robinson in the third grade at Jefferson. She had taught there 20 years. I don't believe that any teacher had loved her kids more. Mildred died October 26th. Her memorial was today at Einan's. She will be missed by the many who knew her. God be with her. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey '56 With all the talk about class rings, I just had to hunt for mine. I remember at the time we received our rings that they looked different from the class rings I had seen before. There is no mushroom cloud on the '56 class ring. Even though we were Columbia HS (Col High) our ring had an R in the middle and in very fine print Richland HS. You'll need a magnifying glass to see the Richland HS on it. Are there any '56ers out there that may know the story of our "different" class ring? How well I remember Anne Hutcherson (56) and her infectious smile. She graduated 5th in our class. May she rest in peace. I read in a Whitman College publication last year that Doug Cole '56 (our senior class president) had passed away. Can anyone verify this? -Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey '56 ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) Does anyone remember John Reid? If so, do you remember the lapel pin he wore and what it stood for? -Tom Hughes, Class of 56 ******************************************** >>From: Linda Sommers Evanson (57) RE: Correction More to Betty McElhaney (57) I had Mr. Reid in the sixth grade at Marcus Whitman. I said another name, I goofed. Would you accept any excuse? Had a mind cramp I guess. -Linda Sommers Evanson (57) ******************************************** >>From: Howard "Sonny" Morgan (58) RE: Pow Camp? In answer to Ann Minor Wells (70), Yes I remember a camp out on the old road to Benton City near the Yakima River. I believe it was a Japanese Internment Camp though, not a POW camp. My Dad, brother and I used to hunt pheasants and Quail out there, and I remember when I first saw it the wire fences and buildings were still there. When I asked my Dad was it was, he said that it was a camp for Japanese people during WWII. -Howard "Sonny" Morgan (58) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) For Ann Minor Wells (70): The German POW camp was at Horn Rapids and we used to take our guns out there to practice shooting in what was left of the buildings. We could wade across the river by walking on the dam and "risking death" in the adventure. -Steve Carson (58) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Houck (59) RE: teachers I can remember Mr. Morris when I had that office machine class in HS. The period that I had it I think I was the only boy in the class. To think about those calculators now, they were dinosaurs (sp)!! Mr. Haag was the VP at the school and I went to L&C with his daughter. Mrs. Meachem for Biology in Mac Hall upstairs were the science classes. Mrs. Meachem had a rose garden over near the auto shop where along with some others we had to go and weed for our class that day. I had Mr. Reid for History also. Mr. Dawald for Gov. Mr. Juricich for driving. Ms. Mount was the librarian I think, Mr. Anderson was the wood shop teacher, I still see him around town from time to time. It sure is fun to remember all these fun things. -Larry Houck (59) ******************************************** >>From: Richard St. John (65) To: David Rivers (65) David: I remember the "atomic blast." Our family was standing next to J.J. Newberry's looking East toward what is now the Cathy Ann apartments (I think; It's been some years since I was back in Richland for any length of time, ie: more than 48 hrs). The gas bomb was set off in the vacant field just to the West of Van Giesen, and I remember going out there the next day to view the "damage." The one thing I remember was the concussion we felt standing next to the building. I remember hearing my folks talking to their friends all the way up near Spalding school and hearing about how their windows bulged. Thanks for the memory. To Anna Durbin (69): Where is your brother Terry (62)? he and I were in Boy Scouts together back in the '50's and early '60's before he went to West Point. I remember running into him in the Base Exchange in Chanute AFB, IL in 1966 when he was on his way to Germany. If you hear from him, tell him I said hello. -Richard St. John, class of '65 ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) RE: mid '60's Reading the messages made me think of things that are fond and not so fond memories. Peanuts in Coke --Working at John Carrigans Texaco "full service" gas station was the first time I ever saw anyone put peanuts in a coke. How a person could drink and choke on a peanut amazed. I had to try it. Not only did I not like the taste combo but got choked. Swamp Water -- We used to go to the A&W and order swamp water. That was half root beer and half orange soda. Jerry Steen, Jim Carpentar, Alan Stephens would go in Jerry's folks '59 Ford 2-door station wagon and order quarts of it to go. It came in cone shape containers just made for drinking. Alan and I were in the riding in the back seat and just as Alan was taking a drink Jerry hit the gas and sticky swamp water poured out all over Alan and the back seat. Old Songs -- The sock hops at Chief Jo were the first dances I ever went to. The girls on one side and the boys on the other. The girls danced to the fast music with each other as the boys were just to self conscious at that age to go out and dance fast. But come the slow dances and things changed. "Solder Boy" and "Theme from Exodus" are etched in my mind for ever. "Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry", and for some reason "Moon River". The last song as I was in orchestra with Judy Corder and Molly Brown and we played that in some school program. Very seldom played my violin after ninth grade. Old Cars -- Someone had a early Henry J that had the big fat slicks on the rear and skinny tires up front like the dragsters ran in those days. Also there was cool looking '49 or '50 Mercury that ran around school about the time. Wrecks -- I had a '53 Ford Mainline that I sold and bought a '55 Plymouth the friday before school started for our senior year. I spent all weekend cleaning and waxing it. Monday morning Alan Stephens and I were in it ready to make a left turn down to the senior parking lot. I heard the scream of tires as someone locked them up. Looking in my rearview mirror I saw Aaron "Tank" Roberts coming at me with tires screaming and smoking. I saw the huge chrome grille with big chromed bullets just as it put my cars trunk into the back seat. No one was hurt but the Plymouth would never see the senior parking lot. -Bill Didway (66) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) RE: Oldies To all of you who live in the Tri-Cities area who love oldies -- Run, don't walk to the Hanford High School production of "Return to the Forbidden Planet" November 5 - 6th. It's a rendition of The Tempest by Shakespeare set in a Star Trek setting with TONS of 50's, 60's and 70's tunes. I know this probably sounds like someone's left over acid trip, but it's one of the most professional high school productions I've seen. There are even some chances to sing along with SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL, MONIE, MONIE, GOOD VIBRATIONS, ALL SHOOK UP, WHY MUST I BE A TEENAGER IN LOVE?, MONSTER MASH and many more. It's a must see. I came down from Seattle to see my niece in it and went to it both nights this last weekend. It was hilarious! Lynn P.S. Eddie Temple (67) -- your son was (again) a highlight of the production --where did he learn to dance and steal the show like that? -Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To All Classes: Re: The Cloud. This is what it says on the front of the Class of 67 Graduation Program, about the symbol on the side of the class rings. The Blazon: is the symbol Arms: (colors) Columbia High School was established in 1944. School Colors are New Gold and Kelly Green. New Gold: Signifies brilliant opportunities for precious growth in learning and living activities. Kelly Green: Signifies youthful fertility of minds and area. Shield and Mantling: The sun, the desert mountains, and the rivers - natural resources for abundant growth. The unity of efforts of teachers and students with the knowledge of the past and present are combined for boundless achievements in our world. The eternal torches of scholarship and spirit are related to the atoms and hopes for the future. Crest: (Top Cloud) The nuclear burst symbolizes the attainments by educated men and reminds us of responsibilities shared by all men in all of life's endeavors and that man alone does not control the forces of this world. This coat of arms was adopted by the Associated Student body in 1965. It is the product of work by many students and faculty members. So take a look at the Blazon on the side of your class rings. The above is what it stands for. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger 67 ******************************************** >>From: Bill Yandon (68) RE: POW camp For Ann Minor Wells (70) I think I remember that camp, it was a ways out of town, but not sure if it was used for POW's or for the Japanese. -Bill Yandon, Class of '68 ******************************************** >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) Regarding the POW camp. I remember it well that is where I tried my first heidlburg. I nursed that beer all night long. A Benton City male asked me to get another as he had noticed I had been carrying the same one all night & told me warm beer is not very good. I remember telling him that even when it was cold I didn't think it was very good. That party was the day I decided I could easily not become an alcoholic & would prefer to be the designated driver. To this day I still prefer to be the driver and I still do not like beer. It was out of Richland a ways as you cut off to head towards Vantage from the by pass. Don't know much history about it though. It was a party place as I remember. I have not been back to that empty lot in a long time. I think there are homes out towards that way now though. Any firm history on what took place there would be interesting. Any Bombers out there that really remember? -Patty Stordahl (72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/3/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bombers and 2 obits today: Sandra Atwater (51), Steve McElhaney (53), Mary Winston (55), Betty McElhaney (57), Larry Mattingly (60), Mike Lewis (60), David Rivers (65), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Ed Temple (67), Nola Alderman (69), Robert Epler (80) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) I do remember the fruit and veggies that the government said that the Hanford workers could pick or cut for themselves. I don't remember how long it lasted though. I remember the wonderful asparagus that my Dad, Grandmother and I would go out to the fields and cut. I can still see a very full platter of it on our table for dinner and it would be the only thing we would have for dinner! Remember rationing? Also, we just really loved it!! -Sandra Atwater Boyd '51 ******************************************** >>From: A.S. "Steve" McElhaney (53) RE: Memories of Richland First to Speed ahead a few years and shed some light on queries and statements of some of my former classmates; First, is the occupancy of Carmichael Jr. High, the first move occurred in January/February 1949, I/We moved from Lewis and Clark and others from the other grade schools around Richland. This assembly was the first for the future Class of 1953. In May 1949 we were informed that one half the class would remain at Carmichael and the other would report to "Columbia" High in September 1949. The division of the class was accomplished by random alphabetical selection; Trading was permitted on a one on one basis, I traded with Ken Chubb (he wanted to stay at Carmichael to be with Diana Dudley) you see some of us knew then what our life decisions would be. I went to Columbia High in September and thanks to fate and Sunny Edwards who introduced me to Bobby Moorman (she and I have now been together for 50 years including high school, as have Ken and Diana, Harold (Long Jon) and Baretann, to name a few). The second, "advanced memory" (statements made about Mr. Morris in a very recent issues of the "Sandstorm"), I had Mr. Morris for business machines class, as did a multitude of you; However, my relationship with him was, very strained at times, (With the exception of the 10 key adding machine I excelled in the class (he doubted my honesty) and one day he was giving, I believe, a mid term proficiency test on all the machines, to all the students. When it was my turn I aced the test on each machine, he accused me of cheating and I said "if you think so give me another test" he did and I aced it again, he further insisted that I was cheating, I ask "how this could be in that he was sitting there timing me" he then called me a liar and in the heated exchange I took a swing at him, my shirt sleeve caught the carriage of a Frieden Calculator, knocking it into the floor and into a thousand pieces, he shouted at me and I went after him, he ran as fast as he could (with me in hot pursuit) to the Boys Gym. where there was a all school assembly taking place, He scampered into the Faculty section, I took discretion over valor and gave up the chase. I don't believe the incident was ever discussed by either of us after that!! In retrospect I liked Mr. Morris and didn't agree with all the dirty deeds some students did to him (sugar in the gas tank of his car ect, al.) My first memories of or about Richland, was from hearing my Dad and Mom talking about his being approached to transfer there in the spring of 1943, he stalled them until December 1943 when they insisted he transfer or go into the military, he gave in and left for this far away place; only to return in april of 1944, to retrieve his family and travel to Richland. We arrived in mid April 1944 and I remember that we were stopped at the Yakima River bridge, to prove who we were (Dad was in security and knew the guards), he presented his papers and we traveled to the "Housing Office" where after several hours, he accepted that there were no houses for us. So we traveled via Pasco and way points, spent the night in Moses Lake, on to Ellensburg and finally to Yakima. In October 1944, Dad was notified that he could have a Prefab, we moved to 403 Smith. On arrival we found that the streets were unpaved and large piles of sand were around the house (these piles were from construction and not to be confused with the piles blown in by the incessant wind). From the eyes of a 10 year old boy, we had arrived in heaven, plenty of dirt to play in and on the edge of civilization, I could play for ever. First I appropriated a large ladder from the construction crew (they wouldn't miss it, right) and each morning I would fortify my larder with kid food and climb up on the roof, pull the ladder up with me and watch the Navy/Marine fighter planes bomb the monument out by West Richland. One morning I witnessed three plane crash in succession and then the ambulances with sirens screaming and lights flashing headed for the hospital. When the roads were paved the "free" bus would pick me up and I would ride it to the Rec. Hall, transfer to another and go all over the city. I have to close now but will pick up here later!! -Steve McElhaney (53) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Winston Wymer (55) TO Shirley Davis (56) Doug Cole (56) did indeed pass away. He was a professor at Simon Frasier University in Vancouver. Don, his brother, is living on Bainbridge Island and attended our 40th Whitman College reunion last April. To Carol Hollingsworth (55): I remember what a task master Ms. Reddekop was and what stands out most in my mind is the volumes of shorthand pages we had be turn in before we could go to the state basketball tournament in Seattle. -Mary Winston Wymer - Class of 1955 ******************************************** >>From: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) To Tom Hughes (56) I don't remember his lapel pin but does it have anything to do with the South? He always said to pass his History or Government class you had to salute the Confederate Flag. He was a great teacher and really cared about the students. To Linda Sommers (57) I knew who you meant (it's a woman thing, intuition). I also have these senior moments. Does any one remember Miss Tate for Home Ec. and Miss Reiten for P.E.? Thanks Maren & Gary -Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) My father was transferred to Richland by DuPont in the Fall of 1943, mom and I made it the day before Christmas. OK so I don't remember that day as I was only 2. However, from 1946 to 1958 or so my dad and I fished and hunted in the area around the POW camp many times. I can remember as a child watching them pulling down the fence and knocking down the barracks. In the early 50's the Boy Scouts used to hold "camporee's" in that area. At that time many foundations and other features were still there. It was about 1956 or so that the site was re-bulldozed, and virtually all remains of the camp were gone. In about 1967-8 I was on a plane (from the mid- west to Baltimore if I remember right) and the elderly man next to me struck up a conversation. When I said I was from Richland, he said he was there during the war. He was a guard at a POW camp on a river. He said the prisoners were German submariners. He said there was something in the "Geneva Convention" that made it an ideal place to house those people there. He also said there were work parties of trustee prisoners from Washington, building and maintaining the camp. He spent most of the flight regaling me with stories of the area in those years. I remember him saying that guards from the POW camp were separate, and were forbidden to associate with the guards form the Hanford project. According to him POW camp staff had no idea what was going on at Hanford. -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) I remember the vestiges of that camp on Horn Rapids. We lived in West Richland and sometimes hunted there. We did not move from Seattle to North Richland until 1951 or 52; my father always thought that camp was a prisoner of war camp but that it was Japanese prisoners, whether they were captured in war, or detainees from inside the US as Howard Morgan (58) heard, was not clear. Dick Harris' (49) story sounds more likely true, that it was a prison, but we never heard of that when I was at ColHi -- or that it was thought that German prisoners were kept there as Steve Carson (58) suggests. -Mike Lewis, Seattle ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) RE: Bombers Here's my next 2 cents worth (Attention: computers don't have a cent sign). I've been thumbing through my (autographed tutt tutt) copy of Tales of Richland, etc. by Martha Berry Parker. According to her RHS used the name "Beavers" until 1938 when the name was changed to the "Bronks" Id. @318, So... Phil Jones (69) gets a star for his snooping according to Ms. Parker. But, I think it may interest all of us to imagine our favorite cheerleaders from our respective hi school days leading us in that most memorable cheer from the class of 1907: "Chicky, go-runk, go runk, go rah, Whicky, coax, coax, co-ah, Whiz, zip, rah, rah, rah' Richland High School, hip hurrah! Heligo, beligo, zip, boom, bah, Richland High School, rah, rah, rah, Are we in it, well I guess, In the name of R. H. S.!" Now if that doesn't get yer blood a pumpin' and explain why the Bombers had so many aliases... I don't know what will! Heligo, beligo! -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) So, where is Jerry Steen and how is he? I will never to this day forget how cruel Mrs. Brown was to you in 6th grade, Jerry. (Please, Maren, don't edit out her name, she's dead.) Anyway, I think you had some trouble reading and she could be so sarcastic and mean, it made me feel awful. I guess I hope you've actually forgotten. -Patty de la Bretonne '65 ******************************************** >>From: Ed Temple (67) To Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) Thanks for plugging the Hanford musical "Return to the Forbidden Planet." My wife has been in charge of publicity and appreciates the help. The crowds on Friday and Saturday really rocked, and we were concerned that those in the front row were going to get up and dance in the middle of the performance. Hope this weekend is just as good. Your niece Erin told me that you were coming down last weekend. I looked for you Saturday but never saw you. As for my son Bobby's talents, he obviously did not get them from me. I just wish a little of Erin's brains would rub off on him -- what's this I here about 800 on the SAT Verbal! -Ed Temple (67) ******************************************** >>From: Nola Alderman Lobdell (69) It was a german pow camp right before the turn off to 52 L left towards the river was the camp and right to the mountain was 52L. The kids still have beer parties out there unfortunately mine did, Benton county knows the spot well, everything but a few cement bases is gone and overgrown. -Nola Alderman Lobdell 69 ******************************************** >>From: Robert Epler (80) I only went to school in Richland from 1967 to 1972, attending Jefferson grade school, but have, nevertheless, felt a deep connection to everything Richland ever since. You can leave Richland, but Richland never leaves you. And thank God for that. My warmest memories of childhood are from there and the Alumni Sandstorm brings me back time and again. I felt prompted to write today concerning the passing on of Mildred Robinson, my third grade teacher. Of all the teachers I had at Jefferson, she was my favorite. More than any of the others, it was apparent that she genuinely loved and cared about her pupils. It wasn't just a job to her. Though my memories are a little fuzzy of her, I do remember her as a warm, caring teacher who made me look forward to going to school every day. I'm afraid I can't say that about too many of my past teachers. The world is certainly a better place today for having had Mrs. Robinson in it. -Robert Epler (80) ******************************************** ============================================ ******************************************** Funeral Notices >>Beverly Wodehouse Breizy, Class of 1954 >>Mrs. Mildred Robinson, 3rd grade teacher *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/4/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff in: Sandra Atwater (51), Mary Winston (55), Tom Hughes (56), Fred Phillips (60), Linda Houck (61), Marilyn Stewart (62), Carol Converse (64), Nancy Mallory (64), Kathy Hills (67), Pam Pyle (69), Cami Fresk (88) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) I do remember Miss Tate very well! I had her class in 1948 and we would say, behind her back of course, "Miss Tate, Get Your Mate in '48". Also, I remember we could only make the recipes 1/8 of what they really were supposed to be and we all would laugh about that, behind her back of course! -Sandra Atwater Boyd '51 ******************************************** >>From: Mary Winston Wymer (55) Today my three year old grandaughter came to visit me with a new favorite book in hand and I had an instant dejavu. The book was "A You're Adorable" and it took me back in time to an election skit we performed for Jan Nussbaum Sinderson (55) which we obviously plagiarized. The lyrics came back to me in a flash and although no one else will remember them, I'm feeling rather smug that I do. Why can't I remember where my car is parked in the Costco lot? For the record, she won the election. Sing along with me: "A" she's so accurate "B" she is bright all day "C" she's a candidate full of charms "D" she's dependable "E" she's efficient, and "F" she's a fine one for the job "G" she looks good to me "H" she's so happy "I" her ideas always jibe "J" she is just the one "K" she is kind and fun "L" she's a live-wire on the job "M, N, O, P" - We could go on all day "Q, R, S, T" - Alphabetically speaking, she's o.k. "U'd" make our school complete "V" she is very sweet "W, X, Y, Z" It's fun to wander through the alphabet with you So vote for Jan for A.S.B. - SECRETARY! This must be a good memory from my days at ColHi - hokey as it is - (since I remember it) but I bet most of our elections during that era were more popularity oriented than politically. -Mary Winston Wymer - Class of 1955 ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) RE: John Reid Mr. Reid wore a pin that was a small caterpillar. It was the pin for a group of guys that had to bail out of an airplane during world war II. I believe he bailed out of a B17 over Germany and was very proud (rightly so) of that pin. I first saw it when I was in the 6th grade at Marcus Whitman and he still had it when he taught history in high school in 1956. -Tom Hughes (56) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) In the middle '50s, my Boy Scout troop used to go camping near the remains of the prison camp? - POW camp? near Horn Rapids. Although most of the scoutmasters, including my dad, had been in Richland since '43 or so, they weren't sure who, exactly, had been interned there during the war. Germans? Japanese? Conscientious objectors? Ax murderers? Nobody seemed to know. A couple of months ago. I stopped by the site for the first time in 40 years or so. The buildings are long gone, but a few of the concrete foundations are still there. Since folks always write stuff in fresh concrete, I took a close look and found a few sets of initials and the inscription "Short Man 12 Aug 45." Nagasaki was bombed on August 9, and the Japanese surrendered on August 14. It must have been one helluva week. I wonder who "Short Man" might have been. Was he a little guy, getting paid to pour concrete? Or was he a resident of the place whose time there was growing short, as the war was ending? Maybe he was your father, or perhaps your uncle. Who knows? I suppose I'll always wonder about that. -Fred Phillips - '60 ******************************************** >>From: Linda Houck See (61) To Jane Rollison Hightower (52) Thanks, the lady was a substitute the day the question came up. I tried to explain I did not think it was so. As I had never heard about it from anyone I knew. I do remember getting checked in and out of Hanford like you mentioned. That could have been what she heard and got it mixed up. Thank you for the "confirmation". To Marilyn Stewart Stephenson (62) on Pearl Harbor vs Hiroshima! Thank you, that was the BEST "reply" I have seen on the subject! -Linda Houck See '61 ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson (62) To Steve McElhaney (53): After reading that story about you and Mr. Morris, Steve, all I have to say is finally I know why he gave me such a hard time in typing and office machines. My first day in his class, he was going over the class roster and said "Stewart, Stewart" Miss Stewart are you related to any of the Stewarts that have been in this school before? I said yes, I had a brother and sister who were at Col High before me. Apparently he knew that Lionel married your sister-in-law and how our 3 families were related, because he also asked me about the Moorman sisters and Steve McElhaney. I said yes, we were all connected by marriage. He then told me that he knew what I had come from and would keep a good eye on me. You think you gave him trouble and swung on him??? I slugged him in the stomach for calling my sister a bad name. I was in Mr. Haag's office more during his class than I was in his class. Still got straight A's from him, although continually got U's in deportment. Who cares! I learned more from my Dad about office machines than Mr. Morris ever could teach. -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson (62) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) Our 2nd grandchild was born today. A healthy 7 pound 3 ounce, 19 inches long baby boy named Chase Alan. He has reddish hair just like his big sister of 6 years. Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson (64) RE: my sister Just wanted those of you who know her to know that my youngest sister, Wanda Mallory Nelson, passed away suddenly on Oct. 21. I think she graduated about l981. -Nancy Mallory Johnson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Hills Krafft (67) Glad to see that the fact that the town of Richland (the Beavers!) existed well before 1943 acknowledged. Pretty sure that the Richland team mascot/symbol/whatever was not "the Bombers" in 1944... no one knew what they were working on until 1946. Sure doesn't seem very likely... given the circumstances and degree of secrecy! -Kathy Hills Krafft - 67 ******************************************** >>From: Pam Pyle Jewett-Bullock (69) To Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) Sandra: Mmmmm, that asparagus! My mother used to send a friend and me down across GW Way (to what is now - I think - the Riverview Golf Course) with paper sacks and dandelion knives. We'd cut those beautiful asparagus spears until the sacks were full! Now, in those days, I didn't much care for asparagus. Of course, in adulthood, I LOVE the stuff!! Egad! I've often considered taking my husband along to "ride shotgun" following a purchase of the green gold! Last week, it was $4.99 per pound at the Giant Supermarket here in Stafford, Virginia. And of course, about half of that goes in the trash when you cut off the tough lower stems! Which reminds me of another treat down near the river, still golf course turf, but near the resort end. Used to be a HUGE English walnut tree down there. Another spot to which Momma would dispatch us about this time of year, bags in hand. We'd pick up the icky, leather- skinned balls, fill the bags, and trot home. Momma left the nut pods out to harden and dry, then outer pods were removed, shells cracked, and nut meats produced for any number of Christmas goodies which came out of her kitchen: fudge, divinity, cookies, ad infinitum. As with the asparagus, I don't even LOOK at the prices anymore. There are just some places a person CAN'T cut corners! Thanks for the memory! And, speaking of Christmas celebrations circa the late 50's/early 60's, how about those ALUMINUM TREES and COLOR WHEELS?! As if those weren't bad enough, next came pink and white FLOCKED aluminum trees with more shades on the color wheels. I hated those trees with a passion. In my adult life, even in the leaner, earlier years of adulthood, I'd spend my last cent on a REAL Christmas tree - an absolute must! Here in the Mid- Atlantic Region, we have to settle for the North Carolina Frasier Fir - a nice tree, really, but still not as beautiful and fragrant as Oregon's Noble Firs! -Pam Jewett-Bullock (nee Pyle '69) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Cami Fresk Kitchens (88-Auburn HS) Date: Wed Nov 3 11:32:51 1999 Although I ended up graduating in Auburn, I spent many years in the TriCities. Fond memories of Carmichael Jr. High, and Richland High. Also Badger Mtn. If anyone knows the whereabouts of GG Dopps, I would love some info. -Cami Fresk Kitchens (88-Auburn HS) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/5/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 obit today. Ralph Myrick (51), A.S. "Steve" McElhaney (53), Missy Keeney (59), Mike Lewis (60), Verla Farrens (61), Don Peyton (63), Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Harvey Montgomery (50) and I are about ready to end this season's blowing out sprinkler systems. It has been real interesting as I have met many of my past students and high school friends. We did Jim Jones house and Wes Lechty's house last week. If any of you remember Gus Wiley, teacher at Marcus, we did hers today. I even got to talk to Murray Ducan. Norm Ferguson's house was on that list. I had a nice visit from him. I did not know he was an excellent cook. He has retired teaching and doing catering for weddings, parties, etc. He has just finished a wedding that included 375 guests. November tenth is the last day this season. Goody, goody, gum drops. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: A.S. "Steve" McElhaney (53) When we arrived in Richland for the second time (we lived in Yakima from April to October, 1944) the family had been living in a very small one room cabin (a place to live was almost non existent at that time within about 100 miles of the Hanford project) and when we opened the door to the three bedroom Prefab we couldn't believe it, it was completely furnished with all new furniture, including "Hemp" rugs. Within a few weeks the sand piles were leveled. Dad obtained grass seed, water hoses, sprinklers and garden tools, all from the housing authority and we planted the lawn (the weather was extremely mild and the lawn sprouted before Xmas). In the meantime the 10 year old boy was given a reality check, he had been enrolled in school, I should say Schools', I first was enrolled at Sacajawea and it was discovered that we lived in the wrong area to go there so I was then transferred to Lewis and Clark. I was in the afternoon shift (too many kids, too few classrooms) so each day I would catch the "Free" bus to the Rec. hall terminal, lunch at the downtown Drug store lunch counter and then go to class until about 5:30 PM. I remember Students going to the Old Richland High School (it was just west of Lewis and Clark) later it was occupied by I believe the Red Cross and then by the VFW. This daily routine continued until early 1945 when Marcus Whitman opened and those students living in that area were transferred there. I know that in April, 1945 when President Roosevelt died I and one other student under the eye of a school authority raised the flag and then lowered it to half mast. I also remember selling Newspapers at the intersections of Lee Blvd. and Thayer on both VET and VJ Days. I remember for a diversion, I would ride the bus to the Rec. hall terminal and shag coffee and food for the bus drivers (for tips of course). This would give me money to go to the movies, Ron Chafin (53), who I had met in class at Lewis and Clark and I were buddies and would meet and go to the movies and would rome the city looking for anything for adventure. He and I were buddies for years and it was sad to hear that the had died. When the war ended, hundreds of families left Richland to go back to their prewar homes, this made available some of the permanent homes in Richland and we moved to 303 Gothels Dr., across the street from Campbell's Food store. A whole new era was beginning, more on that next time!!! -A.S. "Steve" McElhaney (53) ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59) RE: Miss Scoggins fourth grade To Ralph Benoliel (59) Cool Ralph! I knew almost all of those folks too, I didn't know how to tell Maren or John. You knew more of the guy names than I did. Can you believe we were ever that young. I saw Addie Verbrugen a few years ago. He was living in the Seattle area and came for a visit. Remember the old Sandhill between Cottonwood and the Bypass? I remember a very old car body in there or something. Addie remembered a baseball "field" across the highway and commented that it was still there. Richland! What a great place to grow up...... er... live. My children tell me that I have never "grown up"! -Missy Keeney Baker (59) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) RE: Fred Phillips' (60) comment. "Short Man" might have referred to the code name for the bomb -- with slight inaccuracy on the part of the graffiti author. The code names for the two different kinds of bomb (uranium and plutonium) were something like "Fat Boy" and "Thin Man". Lends an interesting intrigue to the old prison camp. -Mike Lewis, '60 ******************************************** >>From: Verla Farrens Gardner (61) RE: Town of Richland There is a movie, the old type on a reel, about Richland that includes pictures and the early history of Richland, before "the bomb". I saw the movie in '73, the Johnson's brought it to our church group. Mr. Johnson had been President of G.E. for a number of years before his retirement. The Johnson's had a daughter that graduated in '57 and went on to be a medical doctor. She may have a bigger view to offer of Richland's past. My family came to Richland in "55. There were lots of nice kids who I met in Richland. But moving to Richland was culture shock for me. My parents had been ranchers and could no longer make a living at ranching. So we came to Richland dirt poor and I always missed the Ranch and the freedom that living on a Ranch gives a person. Some of the kids knew my Father as he had a horse and was with the Richland Rider's Club for years. Well Verl Farrens is 91 and lives in my home with me and my husband of 26 years. So Richland offered my parent's an opportunity to catch up financially and provide for their family - my Mother went back to school at 48 to do nursing. For financial opportunities offered my parents I am very grateful. There are great people in Richland, but there are great people everywhere. I have lived on the East Coast and Midwest and Willamette Valley. We have lived in Oregon City for 14 years and it to has a great people and a great history. But for me I do not like the heat and the wind, I will take the rain. One of the things I valued in Richland was Westside Church and all the adults who reached out to us teenagers and organized camps and youth sings for us. I don't know if I could have made it without Westside. This e-mail is way to long.... but the best of my life is today. -Verla Farrens Gardner (61) ******************************************** >>From: Don Peyton (63) Does anyone have an e-mail address for Margaret Ruppert, class of '63? -Don Peyton (63) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Trivia! Name all the locations in town that were once Mayfair Grocery Stores? (I can think of five.) To Roger Fishback (62): Please enlighten us and put to rest this Bomber/Beaver/Bronks business. To all: Now that the quarterback listing epidemic seems to have lightened up and Phil Jones (69) can take a deep breath, lets hear your all-time starting five in hoops. (I'm sure Fishback (62) and Hanson (65) will be the gurus here!) -Davis (74) ******************************************** ============================================ ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) >>Wanda Mallory Nelson, Class of 1981? *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/6/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today. Mona Jetton (52), Steve McElhaney (53), Fred Phillips (60), Emajean Stone (63), Shirley Collings (66), Kay Tonning (67), Phil Jones (69), Rick Polk (70), Tony Berven (72), John Schmidt (86), BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mona Jetton Davis (52) RE: Doctor Willard Ule (73) It is with much sadness that I give you my last update on Willard Ule. He passed away today [11/5/99] at approximately 12:30 P.M. in Mercy Medical Center in San Diego. Willard had a difficult life with many sorrows and much pain, through no fault of his own. Even when he was young he was a very caring and compassionate person. For instance, he had a wonderful time being a self-appointed Santa in Uptown Richland when he was 16. He even bought his own costume and candy! He went on to become a successful and highly respected medical doctor. He loved being "Doc," but his greatest joy was in being a born again believer in Jesus Christ. You could not be around him for long before he would humbly tell you that he was nothing in himself. It owed all he was, or ever would be to his Lord Jesus Christ. There will be a memorial for him in San Diego on November 12. If anyone has a memory or comment about him they would like to share please e-mail it to me and I will forward it. -Mona Jetton Davis (52) ******************************************** >>From: Steve McElhaney (53) RE: Comments about the "Tucker Automobile" There were comments about the "Tucker" in some recent, past issues of the Sandstorm. This brought back personal memories. My dad was involved with Tucker and his Automobiles. Dad was always very conservative; However, he saw an opportunity with Tucker. A friend of dad's was on Tuckers staff and dad felt that he had an inside track so he put up the money for a Tucker Agency. As I remember they brought the "Tuckers" to Richland more than once, (I remember their being driven all over the softball field at Howard Amon park). In any event, on the day of the first demonstrations, dad's friend arranged a private showing of the cars out back of the "Desert Inn" and during the conversation he told dad that things, were not going right and that dad should get his money back, which he did and the rest is history. That was dads only adventure into big business. -Steve McElhaney (53) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) To Mike Lewis (60): You might be right about "Short Man," but I doubt it. How many guys, particularly those living at the prison camp, would have known the bomb's code name in '45?? I think our buddy "Short Man" was just somebody who was there at the time. Maybe he was your dad. I'll see you at the reunion next summer, big guy. I'm looking forward to it, even if your family was responsible for the more-or-less infamous "Short Man." -Fred Phillips '60. ******************************************** >>From: Emajean Stone (63) Re: Hoops This is in regards to the challenge about the best five in hoops. I don't care what Dave Hanthorn (63) will say, but I will put in that the 1962-63 team was one of the best. I would nominate Thea Wallace (63) for one of the five. Along with his brother Maurice Wallace (62) and Gene Conley (48). -Emajean Stone (63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Emajean -- You must be picking on Hanthorn just because you remember him from Kindergarten at Spalding!! -Maren] ******************************************** >>From Shirley Collings Haskins, (66) -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ******************************************** >>From: Kay Tonning Broweleit (67) To Verla Farrens Gardner (61), I agree. Westside Church made a huge difference in my life also. It is great to read about all the history and memories of Richland. I'm realizing I have forgotten so much. -Kay Tonning Broweleit, class of 67 ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To Pam Pyle Jewett-Bullock (69) Hi Pam. You hit a great memory button with two things you wrote about; aluminum Christmas trees and cutting asparagus where Columbia Point Golf Course now stands. I have vivid memories of being a kid and shaking, rattling, rolling and manipulating all of my enticing presents under the Christmas tree. The memories all include this glare of colored lights as if I were inspecting my gifts on the stage of a rock concert. The shining reds and greens and yellow lights were all courtesy of our "magnificent" color wheel shining on our "brilliant" aluminum Christmas tree. I loved that thing as a kid. Now as an adult (sort of), I am into the traditional real live tree. A real tree isn't so traditional with me, however, just more pleasant. I also remember cutting wild asparagus around the old American Legion baseball field that backed up to Geo. Wa. Way. The field, I think, was torn out when Sham-na-pum was constructed or thereabouts. My dad and I would cut asparagus and watch baseball. I haven't heard any remembrances about that ballpark. Of coarse Bomber Field was around than too. My dad coached the American Legion team in 1948 and has an old picture of that field when it faced a different direction than it does today. I was told that the outfield was turned toward the southeast so home runs to center would have been in the general direction of Albertson's today. Anybody remember that? Great memories Pam. A couple of old southenders in the 60's would remember this stuff, huh? -Phil Jones 69 ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) All time RHS "hoops" starting 5: Guard: Ray Stein Guard: Mike Neill Center: Pat Hoke Forward: John (?) Meyers Forward: C. W. Brown Well, that's MY starting 5 anyway. :-) GO BOMBERS!!!!! -Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Tony Berven (72) To Pam Pyle Jewett Bullock (69): Try pealing the asparagus stalks with a potato peeler. The stalks will be soft and not stringy. -Tony Berven (72) ******************************************** >>From: John (aka Randy) Schmidt (86) It was my impression that we got the name Bombers from "A Days Pay" an actual bomber that all the Hanford workers donated a "days pay" for the war effort. By the way does anybody know where "A Days Pay served? -John Schmidt-86 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [John -- Where did it serve??? Check out: -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) To Mike Davis (son): Are you speaking stats or favorites? My favorites hoopsters were: Steve Davis Mike Davis Jumbo Davis Steve Neil Pat Hoke Brian Coyne And my favorite ASB president was Kent "Wig" Davis Now isn't that a surprise to everyone??? Don't send me a smart alec letter, Mike. I know what you meant but I get tired of you jocks and your stats all the time. -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/7/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and one announcement Dick Roberts (49), Darlene Trethewey (56), Larry Houck (59), Mike Brady (61), Dave Hanthorn (63), Gary Behymer (64), Judi Wilson (65), Dave Kiel (66), Kathy Hartnett (69), Sheila Davis (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Roberts (49) To Steve McElhaney (52) My dad bought Tucker accessories. I think a travel kit and a blanket. Sort of a down payment or interest money for the purchase of the Tucker. It's true that they drove around the softball field, but only forward. Their reverse gear was either not working or never did. -Dick Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Darlene Trethewey Dunning (56) Do I ever remember the sand hill, We lived on Cottonwood, right by the sand hill, One of my brothers and Johnny Cole set a fire up there once. Then one other time I was doing dishes and looked out the kitchen window and here comes a car right through the field from the bypass, and headed straight for our house. They came right down our driveway, My Mom, here she is standing in the driveway trying to wave them down , She had to step aside or she would have got hit, they never did stop!! -Darlene Trethewey Dunning (56) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Houck (59) RE: asparagus I remember when I was young, we lived just off GWW on Benham and I would go across GWW and down into the fields with my grandmother, who came up from Utah to visit, we would go cut the asparagus every day for awhile. I don't remember the ball field but I do remember that there were a number of horse corrals down there you could get to them by the road that ran by the treatment plant (rose bowl). I never did know who it was that kept their horses there. -Larry Houck (59) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Brady (61) How could anyone leave the great Norris Brown (57) off their all Bomber list. I remember spending hours in my backyard practicing Norris Brown shots. Don't forget Chuck Curtis (55) either. Marv Harshman considers him to be one of the best college kids he ever coached. -Mike Brady (61) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) To Fred Phillips (60) and Mike Lewis (60), The bombs were known as "Fat Man" (Hanford plutonium, Nagasaki) and "Little Boy" (Oak Ridge uranium, Hiroshima). The "purpose" of Hanford was not made public until 1946, before then only the very top scientists and engineers knew what was going on, so it is highly unlikely that someone writing their name in the concrete at the POW camp would have known those "code names". To Emajean Stone (63), You should care what I say, because I agree with you that Thea Wallace easily makes the All Time All Bomber All Star list. Here is my full list: Mike Neill (75) Norris Brown (57) John Meyers (58) Ray Stein (64) Thea Wallace (63) Brian Kellerman (79) I know that's six, and I didn't pay any attention to positions played, but these guys were the best. A few more of my personal favorites, because they were friends of mine: Jim House (63) Gary Webb (64) Chris Brewer (65) Bob McClellan (66) Others that deserve "honorable mention" (because they were on State Champion teams): C.W. Brown (58) Bob Frick (60) Pat Crook (58) Dick Cartmell (73) Mike Davis (74) Pat Hoke (72) Steve Davis (72) Bob Kennedy (79) Dennis Soldat (81) The danger of making lists like this is of course that one might leave someone important off by mistake. If I did that, then you have my profuse apologies. These are the guys I remember (I had the thrill and the honor to see each of them play for the Green and Gold) How 'bout it, Emajean? Did I do okay? You mentioned Gene Conley (48), and he certainly deserves to be on any list of Bomber greats, I just was too young to have ever seen him play, but his fame in Bomberville lives on. To John "Randy" Schmidt (86), Although the "Days Pay" bomber is a great story, it is not where the Bomber's name comes from. We are the Bombers because our town (later known as the Atomic City) "built" the bomb that won the War in the Pacific, thus saving millions of American and Japanese lives that would have been lost in an invasion of the Japanese mainland. This is our heritage, and it is one that I and most Bombers are very proud of. Of course with today's "political correctness", we aren't "supposed" to feel this way, but I never have been much for being "politically correct". It always was and always will be "Great to be a Bomber", -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) RE: Name/Rank/Serial Number Maren... let's start this one for all the vets (;-) i.e. November 11 is coming up. ********************************* Name/Rank/Serial Number Gary W. Behymer Sergeant U.S. 56817313 ******************************************** From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Judi Wilson Johnson (65) Date: Fri Nov 5 00:02:08 1999 Please add my name to the Sandstorm list. A friend has to keep forwarding them to me (thank you again, Steve!). My kids and their spouses are very jealous of the enormous BOMBER site and all the remarkable memories that we all share. They just don't get this thing we have about spudnuts, though. Poor deprived children! Thanks to everyone for all your great work. -Judi Wilson Johnson, Class of 65 ******************************************** >>From: Dave Keil (66) Didn't know "Doc" Willard Ule, and he died way too young, but it's inspiring to hear of those who left a legacy of owing their life and their all to the Lord Jesus Christ. No other great religious leader gave his life for his disciples -- not Buddha, not Confucius, not Mohammed. Dave Kiel (66) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Hartnett Mitchell (69) RE: Class of '69 Website Saturday morning catch up on life outside the restaurant... went to check if the reunion picture was posted on the "69 homepage" and IT'S (the page) is not even there? I think I tried this a few weeks ago to the same results and thought it a fluke.. what's up? Also Phil... does everything in life happen or take place in relation to baseball fields?... Asparagus? I can only wonder at some of the other high points in your life and their location... the parking lot at the old/new Howard Amon (then Riverside Park) field, How 'bout the old Tri-City Braves field in Kennewick: my sis and I spent many hours crawling around those old wooden grandstands, our dad's greatest disappointment in life was the limits in the world of baseball placed on us by gender. Missed you at the reunion, ever down this way, stop in, I'll buy. -Kathy Hartnett Mitchell (69) ******************************************** >>From: Sheila Davis Galloway (71) Re: Mayfair Markets: Corner of Thayer and Williams Jadwin where the Four Square Church is Jadwin across from Uptown, Al's Auto There must of been one in north Richland somewhere, but I can't recall. I know that the old Payless across from Zips had a Rosaurs, was that a Mayfair earlier? -Sheila Davis Galloway 71 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/8/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 announcement today. Marilyn DeVine (52), Shirley Jetton (54), Betty McElhaney (57), Missy Keeney (59), Paula Beardsley (62), June Smith (63), Jim Hodgson (64), Billy Didway (66), Linda Pohlod (67), Nola Alderman (69), Kathy Wheat (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** ANNOUNCEMENT: >>From Gary Behymer (64) Please send me your Name, Rank and Serial Number + what years you served. This for November 11th issue.. ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) Hi Everyone; I'm visiting my Dad and got more information on some of the "old times". For instance, the POW camp. I was just about ready to say we could almost guarantee there was no POW camp but Dad says there was. Over in the Benton City area. He is a retired fireman and he says they used to have practice drills out that way. I remember having work crews of "common criminals" taking care of the orchards and irrigation across the street from our Wright Street prefab. They may have been from the prison in Walla Walla, but not sure. Dad has a book from the 50th anniversary of Hanford, printed in 1994 (I'm not sure why it wasn't from '93, because 1943 was when he started working on the project as a fireman. Anyway, when I get more info, I'll write again. Finally got my taste buds around a Spudnut... Oh, my gosh! SO DELICIOUS!! Every bit as good as I remembered. Take care, everyone. Loving regards, -Em Dow (aka Marilyn DeVine '52) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Jetton Marushia (54) Re: Willard Ule (73-deceased) I am grateful God allowed this young man to come into our foster home and into our lives. He never had a chance at a normal childhood. He was hurt much by those who did not understand him - including professionals, friends, family and peers. However, he tried to please and be helpful from a young age. Willard had a big heart and it was not surprising that he became a highly respected physician. He continued to help others even while his own body deteriorated. He gave me excellent medical advice and was a dear friend. He taught me a great deal about psychology, acceptance, compassion and forgiveness. I will miss you much "Doc"! -Shirley Jetton Marushia (54) ******************************************** >>From: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) I have really enjoyed the history of our family that my brother has been telling us about. Now I know some things that I was too young to remember. How many of you can remember the first days of your life here and the first houses and schools and first friends you met? How many of you that went to Lewis & Clark remember when it burned and what school you were sent to while they rebuilt it. I still went there but had to go to class in the kindergarten class room and remember sitting at the small tables trying to get comfortable and make room for my legs. Also remember the smell of the smoke and burned books. The man who set the fire also tried to burn the Gym at Col. High but didn't succeed. I too remember my Mother cutting asparagus and picking grapes and making jelly. She did this until the state or county started spraying the asparagus and warning everyone not to eat it. I think I am correct in this statement: Hanford produced the plutonium for the first bomb that was tested in New Mexico and one of the bombs that was used on Japan and Oak Ridge produced the enriched uranium for the other bomb used on Japan. The bomb was assembled in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Maren I also have some Lewis & Clark class pictures from 1946 to 1951 of the graduating class of '57. Is anyone interested in having them on the class picture site? Thanks again, -Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Betty -- YOU BETCHA!! Send me those class pictures and I'll get them on the Bomber website. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59) RE: The Atomic City One of the really neat things about the Alumni Sandstorm is that it has made me aware of how great growing up in Richland really was. The asparagus, the sand hill, the Sports, the Spudnut Shop, cruisin' around Uptown. I also had great experiences with music in Richland. Remember Mr. Dunton (sp?) at Carmichael and the Variety Shows. And Mr. Stell at Col High and Mr. Pappas? Because of the Sandstorm I had the opportunity to see Hanford High's production of "Return to the Forbidden Planet" last night. What a fabulous show. It's nice to see that a passion for theatre and music is alive and well in the High Schools in Richland. -Missy Keeney Baker (59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Watch for the next issue of THE SANDBOX for Missy's last paragraph of this entry. -Ed] ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) RE: Bomb names I thought the names of the bombs dropped on Japan were Fat Man and Little Boy. Anyone know?? RE: Mayfair locations: I could only come up with four Thayer & Williams, on Wright next to Densows, Jadwin and Comstock, Stevens and Symons. Where was the fifth one? -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: June Smith Colletti (63) To Larry Houck (59): I remember the asparagus. I married a city boy and he didn't believe that it grew 'wild'. It was in May when we came to Richland for a visit. We drove the bypass (between Richland to Pasco/Kennewick). It was before we got to the Lagoon area. I told him to pull over on the gravel side of the road. He did. He was amazed! We cut the asparagus (down to 1 inch from the base, so it would grow some more). We had nothing but steamed asparagus for dinner. I still remember!!!!!!!! -June Smith Colletti (63) ******************************************** [NOTE - the entry below just arrived in my INBOX .. and it's dated 10/31/99!!! -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Jim Hodgson (64) RE: happy birthday, Bobby Mattson (64) [10/31/99] Likewise, I wish you a great birthday, even though the only way I could get this to you on time is through extraterrestrial communication. But I'm sure you had fun on your birthday? Did you play any golf? -Jim Hodgson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) RE: cars To Patty de la Bretonne (65) As far as I know Jerry Steen lives in the tri- cities. And speaking of him reminds me of his uncanny ability in finding running cheap cars. A couple of the cars he found were amazingly cheap even for the times we were raised. A 1952 Chev. four dour sedan for twelve dollars. All it needed was a throwout bearing which Jerry bought at at a junkyard for three dollars. Ran great till it dead-centered a telephone pole teaching our girlfriends how to drive. Jerry sold it for fifteen dollars. A 1949 ford two-door coupe for twenty five dollars in great shape till he threw a rod in the engine, being chased out of Pasco. A 1952 four door Desoto for twenty dollars. Looked good ran good but it was not till buying it and driving it down the road the he discovered the lights and engine would turn off each time he tried honking the horn. Now a cheap running car costs in the thousands and have nowhere near the character of the ones built back in the 40's, 50's and 60's. My favorite cars are still the big finned, massive chromed bumpered boats of the 50's. -Bill Didway (66) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Pohlod Rushing (67) Hello Kay Tonning (67)!!! It was a real kick to read your input. I just came from Richland - visiting my parents. My Mom isn't doing real well. But she puts up a great front. Hope your doing fine. how many children do you have? Love to hear from you. Hello Sandstorm, My Dad says people from all over are calling Mom and Dad about her cancer. My Dad is getting a kick out of it but Mom is concerned. I think its great that people are praying for her and are letting her know they care. Thanks everyone for your concern. -Linda Pohlod Rushing, class of 67 ******************************************** >>From: Nola Alderman Lobdell (69) Don't forget Nov. 10th the Marine Corps B-Day. Just got back from the Marine corps Ball in Yakima there's a tank detachment of reserves up there that throw a pretty good party for a bunch of young guys. The local Marine corps league is looking for members if any Marine vets out there give my husband Guy Lobdell (66) USMC ret. a e-mail at aolguy2277. -Nola Alderman Lobdell (69) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Wheat Fife (79) To: Stephen Schraedel (79) There were indeed a lot of fun times with our Pasco friends. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy some of them, too. Lots of neat people. Then there were the rivalries, but, in my opinion, more between the fans than the students of '79.... anyway, I'm still interested in others remembrance of the "R" deal. The Hoops best 5: Certainly the class of '79 had a great bunch.... Brian Kellerman, Bob Kennedy, Mark Hoke and Dennis Soldat were all over 6' something, with Steve Chalcraft being the "short man", sorry Steve. We won state and had several games that the team scored over 100 points. If they were not the "best" 5, perhaps, they were among the record breaking scores for the season. Thanks for the fun, guys! Kathy Wheat Fife, '79 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/9/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 Bomber spouse. Mona Jetton (52), Marilyn Peddicord (53), Bob Trethewey (58), John Northover (59), Lucy Schmidt (61), Emajean Stone (63), Linda Belliston (63), Linda Reining (64), Rob Puetz (73), Mike Davis (74), Beth Young (81), Denny Irby (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** The following entry appeared in the 8/21/98 Sandstorm: ~~~ >>From wife of Bob Taylor (63) RE: POW Camp Hello! My name is Dianne Taylor and I've just received a phone call from an old neighbor of mine, Linda Belliston Boehning (63). She was actually calling to talk with my husband, Bob Taylor, but he is out at a meeting and I was so excited about her call that I thought I would e-mail you tonight to tell you that we have a lot of information on Columbia Camp. You see, Bob's father, Harold E. Taylor was the Superintendent of the Camp. Harold Taylor was sent out in the winter of '43 to set up the camp and he ran it until it was closed down in October of 1947. The inmates consisted, for the most part, of Conscientious Objectors, and minimum security prisoners from various federal prisons around the country; they were sent here to work the fields as so many of the local men were at war or working out in the area. Bob and his mother moved there on June 6, 1944 and lived there until the camp was shut down. He has lots of great memories. I should also mention that we have quite a few copies of letters between the Camp and the government, personal letters, etc., all relating to the operations of the camp. Harold kept copies of all of his correspondence. We also have a few pictures of the camp. It's really interesting stuff, that is to us it is. Two years ago, one of the local TV stations did a segment on Columbia Camp and Bob. I'm sure Bob will get back to you soon. Feel free to e-mail. Dianne Taylor, wife of Bob Taylor (63) ======================================== ======================================== >>From: Mona Jetton Davis (52) RE: Dr. Ule I want to say "Thanks" to everyone who wrote or called me concerning Willard Ule's death. He was a special guy to my family and we appreciate your concern and thoughtfulness. Ray, you asked me about a brother named Curt who graduated in the class of "57". Curt is my cousin. Thank you for your special note of encouragement to me. God bless, -Mona Jetton Davis (52) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) I remember when Lewis and Clark had a fire. I was in the 8th grade, the fire started in our classroom (at night). We were bussed to Sacajawea. One of the most embarrassing moments in my entire life was when: I had forgotten to take my lunch over to catch the bus from L&C to Sacajawea AND as the bus drove up Lee Blvd. past our house, mother appeared in the middle of the street - flagged the bus down, got on and delivered the lunch. It was humiliating. I think we finished the year at Carmichael. I was the student body president at L&C the move to the jr. hi ended my political career. -Marilyn Peddicord Whitley (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Trethewey (58-KHS) I remember the Sand hill and also the Archery Range where Enein's Cemetery is now. I also remember 10th grade at Col Hi in PE one day when we were cleaning out the swimming pool and I was hit by a stream of water on the back of my legs and was knocked out and when I came to John Meyers (58) had lifted me up and set me on the edge of the pool, I only weighed 90 lbs then?? -Bob Trethewey (58-KHS) ******************************************** >>From: John Northover '59 ALL YOU HAPPY BOMBERS ... Larry Houck '59, Donated a Kindergarten picture taken in 19 and 47 ... Teachers White and Workman. If you have the time and the inclination, check it out ... Please identify any one of the little tykes you can... They are we ... Most of the individuals were destined to become '59 BOMBER GRADUATES' ... URL to the picture: Scroll down and Click on: "All Grade School Class Pictures" Click on: "Lewis and Clark" Click on: "Class of '59 - Kindergarten - Mrs. White & Ms. Workman" ALSO Larry donated the 1959 Commencement Program from the Class of '59. Click on "1959" The link to the program is below the link to the '59 annual. There are six pages one can view ... later john '59 ******************************************** >>From: Lucy Schmidt Mahoney (61) RE: Mayfair stores This is in regards to the Mayfair stores. I think the fifth Mayfair was on Geo. Wash. Way and McMurrey next to Malleys Drug store. When I lived in the "Richland Village", first with my parents and then after I was married, that was the store to go to because it was close enough to walk to. The last store that was in that building was an 88 cent store, I think. It burned down shortly after that store opened. There is now a Pizza Hut there. Can anyone remember when that fire occurred? I was thinking it was in the early eighties. -Lucy Schmidt Mahoney '61 ******************************************** >>From: Emajean Stone (63) TO Dave Hanthorn (63) You did a great job. After I e-mailed my entry last week, while on the plane to Reno, I suddenly remembered C.W. and Norris Brown. They were on the team while my brother was in high school. I may not remember this right, but didn't one of them go on to play in the pros? After reading your entry - Whoops, how could I have forgotten Ray Stein (64). He was great. -Emajean Stone (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63) To Anita Cleaver Heiling-fellow classmate of '63: You mentioned taking dance lessons from a Mrs. Knutson. I took from a Mrs. Knuth. Could that be the same one? She was the kindest lady. She had her studio in the basement of those apartments across from Kadlec Hospital. She taught us not only tap, but we learned Ballet, Acrobat, Baton Twirling, and Hawaiian dancing. Remember how big the recitals were. We had them in the Chief Jo Auditorium, and she went all out for costumes. We had about 6 or so costumes each, and I remember my mother sewing for days for the recital. She even had a photographer come in and take pictures we could buy. There were several of our fellow male classmates in my Ballet picture. Should we start naming them? To Donna Bowers Rice - another '63 classmate: I was shocked that you were "that" kind of a girl who kissed her boyfriend good-bye in the Senior Parking lot. Loved your story. What a hoot! To Frank Osgard: Carolyn and I know who kept your class ring. But we promised we wouldn't tell! To Dick Boehning - My favorite '63 classmate: "Happy Birthday today" -Linda Belliston Boehning (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) RE: Mr. Dunton Just read the entry from Missy Keeney Baker (59) and she mentioned Mr. Dunton - I lived behind him as a child - they lived on Roberts; I lived on Rossell. He moved to Fullerton, California in 1957? as I was entering 7th grade at Carmichael. I reconnected with him in 1974 when I moved to Garden Grove, California. He taught choir at La Habra High School until retiring - his wife, Lynn helped with all the scenery for the productions that the choir would put on every Spring. He had a wonderful knack for getting the whole student body involved in his productions - from the choir students to the football team. Was an absolute "riot" watching the "jocks" perform in the musical "South Pacific". After retiring from teacher, he became a member of the school board. Was a great asset! I haven't seen them since I moved to Bakersfield in '85, but they still live in Fullerton. They have 5 kids - four boys and one girl - think the girl and youngest boy are the only "native Californians". I have their address, if anyone is interested. -Linda Reining Pitchford (64) ******************************************** >>From: Rob Peutz (73) RE: Willard Ule (73) I was deeply grieved to hear about the passing of Doc. I spent time with him, at the hospital, laughed, joked and made fun of our teen years in Richland. Talked about taking a trip to the mountains. Sorry my schedule did not give us the opportunity to make that trip a reality. I owe the Alumni Sandstorm a thanks for giving me an opportunity to spend time with a truly caring and spiritual man. I will be at sea, on the 12th of November, so will not be able to attend his memorial. I thank god that your pain has gone away Doc. I miss you... -Rob Peutz (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Paula Beardsley Glenn 62) Four out of five Mayfairs - not bad! The one you left out was the Al's Auto Parts Store next to Dairy Queen (I believe it was also called Stone's at one time.) To: Sheila Davis Galloway (71) Not even close! Mayfairs: 1. Jadwin and Comstock (Church sits there now) 2. Symons and Goethals (Dance studio now) 3. Thayer and Williams (Old Salvation Army store) 4. Wright St next to Densows (Westside Center now) 5. Jadwin and Williams (Al's Auto Parts now) I think that's it! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Beth Young Gibson (81) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) You mentioned a book from the 50th anniversary of Hanford, printed in 1994. Are you referring to the one with the logo at the top called "Great Memories" with a picture of the White Bluffs ferry on the cover? I was on the 50th anniversary committee. As I recall, it was a year long celebration, that kinda slopped over into the next year, that is way the publication date is 1994. We did start events in 1993, the true 50th year. The books were distributed at the final celebration, which was a reenactment of the old mess hall dinners that those first workers had. It was held out at the fairgrounds in one of those big exhibit buildings. Servers brought each course to each table, served drinks, and brought deserts. Recorded music of the era was played for ambiance. The walls were lined with war-time savings bond and "stamp out the Nazis" type posters. Table top decorations in the dance area were made like atoms. A band was hired to play swing tunes throughout the evening. We had several nice exhibits of Hanford history too. It was a really great celebration. Somewhere in my files I have an article written by the East Benton County Historical Society that tells all about that prison camp at Horn Rapids. I will try to find it (or go get a copy of the original from the museum) and share it with everybody. Frankly I thought it was a prison camp, not prisoner of war camp. To: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) According to my book The History of the Atomic Bomb, by American Heritage, the bombs were called Fat Man and Little Boy. Fat Man is the plutonium bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima. Paula, you mention Mayfair on the corner of Stevens and Symons. Are you absolutely sure? See I lived on Stevens, just two houses off that corner, beginning in 1966. I don't recall there ever being any kind of store there. Of course it could have been before that! Now if you'd said Symons and Goethals, I could believe that, there are some commercial buildings there, plus a vacant lot and parking lot that has been vacant for a very long time. Just curious! Of course the one at Thayer was where we rode our bikes every other day to get candy. Actually we went to the Pennywise Drug Store across the parking lot to get the cheap stuff. A quarter could buy a lot then. We would take our glass coke bottles to Mayfair to get cash, then spend it at Pennywise. -Beth Young Gibson (81) ******************************************** >>From: Denny Irby (81) The '79 hoops squad lost their first game to one of the Spokane teams. They went undefeated the rest of the way, including winning every game in the state tourney by double digits. If I remember correctly, the front court was Marc Hoke & Dennis Soldat (both 6'6"). The back court was Brian Kellerman (6'4"), Bobby Kennedy (6'5") and Steve Chalcraft (6'2"). Larry Davis (5'7", but dang quick) got significant playing time at the point. Kellerman had the softest touch from outside that I've ever seen. I figure he would have averaged 25 points per game if there was a three point line. The Bombers beat Pasco in the state finals. Even though we be the Bulldogs four times that year, their coach declared his team to be #1 1/2. Since I married a Kennewick Lion, my favorite score from that season was RHS 107 - Kennewick 30 in the district playoffs. -Denny Irby (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/10/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 1 obit today. Jon Veigel (56), Linda Houck (61), Gary Behymer (64), David Rivers (65), Tedd Cadd (66), Kathy Hills (67), Brad Wear (71), Stu Osborn (71), Judi Ell (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jon Veigel (56) Yes, indeed there was a prisoner of war camp! I remember very vividly seeing it set up in a wide bend of the Yakima River on the river road from Benton City to Richland. The camp site is now a park. My memory tells me that the prisoners were all, or primarily, Italians. -Jon Veigel (56) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Houck See (61) Regarding the POW camp called "Camp Berlin" I remember my father telling me once that Italian prisoners were kept out there. He was an Hanford Patrolman. Paula Beardsley Glenn (62), you may want to check with your father on that one. My father also said he knew what he had been guarding when it was announced about the bombing of Hiroshima. He was in basic training after spending 2 years here in Richland/Hanford, he got drafted. He told me often that when the news came to Camp Hood (Texas) he knew what Hanford had been doing. It may not have been officially released until 1946, many of the people who spent any time at all out there figured it out. Also Paula did you include Uptown Thrifty in your list (I erased it before I could double check), Downtown Thrifty, Pennywise on Thayer & Williams, Densows, and ? I used to work for Max Walton (Jim's (class of '60) dad, he had them insured). -Linda Houck See (61) ******************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) Searching for Sacajawea Grade School teacher Kenneth Gallaher? Not 100% on the exact spelling or first name. Can you help? His first year was 1957 at Sacy. He was still there in 1972. -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) RE: Happy Birthday Marines! To George Kelly (64), Jim House (63), Charlie Tuna (Bob) Mattson (64), Jimmy Heidlebaugh (65), Steve Simpson (65), Brad Wear (71) and all the other Marines out there: November 10, 1999 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (224 years of tradition, unhampered by progress!). David Rivers (65) PS: For all you Doggies out there... Tour of Duty will air on TNT Nov 11th from 8-2... check your local listings. -David Rivers (65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [11/11/99 ~ 9am-1pm Mountain Time Zone -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Tedd Cadd (66) RE: Mayfair on Wright.. When we made West Side Center out of the Roy's Chuckwagon that used to be Mayfair next to Densows, we found artifacts in the attic from the old C&H grocery store that it was originally. I still have a largish canvas banner with C&H on it from that remodeling effort. There were labels for meat packages and all sorts of things still up there, most of which was junk but a few things got saved. RE Carmichael opening date: The Thursday February 24, 1949 paper said it was going to open on the following Monday - February 28, 1949. -Tedd Cadd (66) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Hills Kraft (67) (aka Kate) RE: north end groceries & fun The grocery store at the NE corner of George Washington Way and McMurray was Kaiser's Market. Next door was Johnson's Pharmacy complete with a great soda fountain. Juanita was the checker at Kaiser's and she knew everybody. I loved going to the grocery store with Mom almost every afternoon. If I was a good kid (on occasion I was) Mom gave me 10 cents to go next door for a root beer at the soda fountain and if I was really good I got to have a root beer float for 15 cents. When my best friend and neighbor (Hal "Juggy" Rathvon) and I got old enough, our Moms let us walk over to the Market with a couple pennies for candy. We were less than five years old and really scared of some neighborhood dogs (boxers?) that we had to walk by. I think we found a new... longer route. Have such wonderful childhood memories of life in our safe little neighborhood. -Kate (Kathy Hills) Krafft - 67 ******************************************** >>From: Brad Wear (71) Happy Marine Corps Birthday to all prior and current Marines. 224 years of tradition unhampered by progress. The most destructive fighting force known to man. -Brad Wear '71 ******************************************** >>From: Stu Osborn (71) TO Class of '71: Click on [1971], then go to '71 grade school pictures... It's Miss Joan E. Dewar's 3rd grade boys and girls at Jason Lee Elementary School, 2nd Hall, Room 62, during the 1961-62 school year. You'll notice I wasn't able to remember (or find in the annuals) all the kid's names in this picture. But maybe Brad Wear (71) or Sheila Davis (71) will be able to fill in the five missing names. (Brad's missing from the picture but he actually was in this class with Sheila and me.) Can't take credit for remembering Miss Dewar's middle initial. That's the way she signed it my 3rd grade report card. She also wrote, "Stuart has been a good student..." then something about my Arithmetic skills. But we won't go into that. ;-) -Stu Osborn (71) ******************************************** >>From: Judi Ell Dahl (76) RE: Mayfair stores To the Davis kids: I have been having a great time reading up on all the old Richland stories. I was born here in 1957 and haven't left. Though, I must comment on the Mayfair's in Richland. I tried real hard to think of the 5 but only came up with 3. I do believe though that the one you say was down on Jadwin/Comstock was actually a Campbell's store. I remember going there on the way to Lewis and Clark to buy penny candy. Wow, 10 pieces of candy for a dime! And none of it was prepackaged! On Easter they would close the store and hide Easter candy and eggs on the shelves in the isles and we would run through the store filling our Easter baskets. Does anyone recall where Kaisers store was? Now that was quite a way out of town for me. The only time we drove way out north was to take my dad to the bus lot whenever he missed the bus (usually on graveyard shift) on Abbot Street. That wasn't often but us kids got to go with mom and it felt like it took forever to get there. My dad rode those old brown and yellow busses until they got the blue ones for close to forty years! Anyway, thanks for the memories! p.s. Does anyone recall where they started to build an ice rink in Richland? Some of the foundation is still there today. -Judi Ell Dahl (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/11/99 ~ Vets' Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers, 1 announcement and 1 funeral notice AND Vets' Day stuff today. Jimmie Shipman (51), Larry Houck (59), Ed Wood (62), Harvey Irby (64), Kathy Hoff (64), Leona Eckert (65), Shirley Collings (66), Phil Jones (69), Brad Wear (71), Bill Moore (76), Brenda Belcher (76), Jim Wilson (76), Suzy Nuest (77), Bernie Freeman (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** R2K ANNOUNCEMENT The next meeting for the Y2K ALL BOMBER REUNION will be Monday, Nov. 15th at 7 P.M. in the RHS cafeteria. And there will be an informal meeting (gathering) at the Spudnut Shop on Friday, Nov. 26th at 8 A.M. All Bomber Alumni, teachers, etc. are invited. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jimmie Shipman (51) c/o RE: Class of "51" grade school pictures from Marcus Whitman and Lewis & Clark Let's check these 6th and 8th grade pictures and complete the identification. Click on '1951' to find the Class of '51 grade school pictures. Jimmie Shipman "51" ******************************************** >>From: Larry Houck (59) RE: Kaiser's To Judi Ell Dahl (76), Kaiser Market was on what is now McMurrey and GWW it was where the "Pizza Hut" is now, across the street to the south where the Subway is was a service station a Mobile Oil, (Parcells, I think) any way it was Phil Kaiser's (59) Dad who owned the store. My dad used to drive out to the gas station to get his gas as that was the only Mobile station in town and that was the only credit card he had. I did seem like a long way out there as we lived on Benham. -Larry Houck (59) ******************************************** >>From: Ed Wood (62) My folks used to go out by the Yakima River to harvest the wild asparagus along the banks. Knowing full well in my own mind that it was "poor folks" food, I developed an instant dislike for it and refused to consider it to be edible (probably before I tasted the first bite). It wasn't until well after I left Richland that I learned both that it not only wasn't poor folks food, but that it was delicious. A few years back I was in Amsterdam with some friends who were wondering what the unusual vegetable was they were eating. It tasted familiar, but was white --unlike anything they had experienced before. I asked them to close their eyes, take a bite and taste --then I said, "it's green!" And that's all it took for them to recognize the delectable morsel was the asparagus that we all grew up to recognize as green "sparrow grass". -Ed Wood (62) ******************************************** >>From: Harvey Irby (64) RE: Veterans' Day Heartfelt thanks, a tip of the hat and a sincere salute to all who have served. -Harvey Irby, '64 ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Hoff Webb Conrad (64) To All Our Veterans - THANK YOU! We live in the greatest country in the world, thanks to you!!! -Kathy Hoff Conrad (64) ******************************************** >>From: Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) With all the talk of various stores throughout Richland since way back when, I don't recall anyone ever mentioning Ward's Ice Cream Shop next to the Tahitian Room. They had terrific hot fudge sundae's. My sister, Rita (61) worked there quite a while. According to Blue Mountain Greeting Cards, the eleventh of November is also, Sundae Day. Just might go out and indulge in one of the lucious hot fudge ones tomorrow! -Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Perhaps answers to questions about the prison camp will be found in this TCHerald article which I scanned: -Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To Linda Houck See (61) You mentioned that your father and many others who spent any time working at Hanford had figured out what they were working on in the area. While some may have, many did not, as my mother used to tell it. My mother, Peggy, moved to Richland in 1942. She worked in various jobs in Richland connected with the Manhattan Project throughout the war years. She told me that she was amazed that the product of the Manhattan Project was kept a secret so well. While there was plenty of speculation, some pretty outrageous, only a handful of folks supposedly knew the big picture. Everyone else was involved in smaller pieces of the project and they were discouraged from talking about it. Loose lips, sink ships, you know. With so many pieces to the puzzle and the discouragement from talking about it, it was difficult to predict the whole picture for most of the workers. When the bomb was dropped and the true magnitude of the project was revealed, the secrecy was that much more amazing. My mom may have been out of the loop but her story was one of a strong effort towards secrecy that worked pretty well, all things considered. I would be really interested in comments on this from the people who were here than about the secrecy and not from my recollections of my mom's comments. Was the product of the project a surprise or pretty common knowledge? -Phil Jones 69 ******************************************** >>From: Brad Wear (71) To David Rivers (65): Tour of Duty, what a joke. The only good thing about it was Terrance Knox, local Richland boy made good. That was not his real name, he actually took his wife's last name. I think he married one of Dr. Knox's daughters. Not Kathy-69, Clint 71 or Rob (?) would know. Clint Knox and I were best friends growing up, and I see him when I get home. Dr. Knox did my braces, and we used to go hunting together quite a bit. I liked T. Knox better in St. Elsewhere. -Brad Wear '71 ******************************************** From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Bill Moore (76) Date: Tue Nov 9 21:47:15 1999 Please add me to the list. I haven't been able to make our reunions. This is the next best thing. -Bill Moore (76) ******************************************** >>From: Brenda Belcher Ripplinger (76) RE: Beaver cheers Here's a cheer that's probably been long forgotten. (or maybe it's just a myth) Richland Beavers fight, fight, fight! Chew 'em up with all your might! Whittle 'em! Gnaw 'em! Spit 'em out! Pick your teeth! Pick your teeth, While they pout! Dam that Bulldog! Dam that Lion! We will cheer While they are cryin'! Richland Beavers fight, fight, fight! Chew 'em up with all your might! -Brenda Belcher Ripplinger (76) ******************************************** >>From: James Wilson (76) RE: Kaiser's Store Regarding Judi Ell Dahl's question: I think the Kaiser's was on the corner of McMurray and GWWay, about where the Pizza Hut is today. At least, that's where I remember it. Ice Skating rink? I haven't a clue! -Jim Wilson, Class of 1976 ******************************************** >>From: Suzy Nuest (77) RE: Veterans I just wanted to take this opportunity to mention some of the men who served in the military who are important to me. I don't know their ranks or serial numbers, though. ~ First is Robert E. Watts, brother of Shirley, Jim and Dave -all Bomber alumni. He served in the marines during the Korean war. Probably the best step-dad anyone could ask for. ~ Next is my dad Gene Nuest, former Ki-Be Bear - Air Force. Served in Italy and England in the early to mid-50's. ~ Then there's Danny Ham, Col-High class of '72, served in Germany after high school. The closest I've ever come to having a brother. ~ Then there's my father in law, Ed Dickey, such a southern gentleman. He served time in Korea in the army. Just wanted to let you all know I'm thinking about you. Note to Dave Rivers (65?): I enjoyed corresponding with you about the POW websites. You're in my thoughts too. -Suzy Nuest (77) ******************************************** >>From: Bernie Freeman (81) Hello Bomber Alum! I hope this e-mail doesn't come off tactless but I felt it relevant based on our rich athletic history. I am a co-founder of a website called Our site was developed to empower athletes to reach their goals by providing tools, information, motivation and incentives. I'd like to invite all Bomber Athletes to sign up, membership is free. I read the Sandstorm every day and get a kick out all the stories. It's great to think about home even if I can't get back as much as I'd like. Continued success and happiness to all! -Bernie Freeman - Class of '81 ******************************************** ============================================ ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) >>Sandra Whitehead Nash ~ Would have been with the Class of 1966 ******************************************** ============================================ ******************************************** NAME / RANK / SERIAL NUMBER V E T E R A N S ' D A Y S T U F F [***'s replace actual serial numbers] ******************************************** ******************************************** There may be some duplicates -- information was sent to both the Alumni Sandstorm and to Gary Behymer. Gary's 'collection' follows the information sent to the Alumni Sandstorm ******************************************** Jack Grouell (61) SSgt USAF (64/68) AF******** ******************************************** Rick Polk Staff Sergeant (U.S. Army) #***-**-**** Jun. ' 73 - Nov. ' 83 ******************************************** June C (Smith) Colletti YNC (retired)...Yeoman Chief Serial #: Was *******W (stood for Woman '63-'66) Became: ***-**-**** ******************************************** David J. Rivers S/Sgt. USMC 1966-70 RVN 67-68 #******* ******************************************** Robert M Mattson cpl USMC #******* ******************************************** Marv Carstens Spec. 4 R.M. RA#******** MOS: 11F4D (Inf. Opns. & Intel. Spclst)... translation, Scout Dog handler. Service, RVN, 1968-9, 11th Bde, Americal Div. ******************************************** Bill Wilborn Col-Hi (54) June/54 until June/75 US Navy Retired RDC #*** ** **** Viet Nam Mobile Riverine Forces Veteran (Brown Water Navy/Black Berets) God bless all Veterans across our great country. Someone mentioned a bumper sticker the other day (WITHOUT A PEARL HARBOR THERE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A HIROSHIMA). Can't be more accurate than that. We have that hanging in our veterans hall here in Southern California. -Bill Wilborn (54) ******************************************** Margaret M. Sheeran (then: Morgan), 1LT, US Air Force Nurse Corps, 1966-1969. Peg Sheeran Finch '63 ******************************************** Tedd Cadd (66) USAF 1969 - 1976 Staff Sergeant Vietnam 1972 - 1973 USCGR 1983 - present, Lieutenant Commander ******************************************** Guy W. Lobdell Sgt. E-5 USMC Retired served 1966-1969 before being medically retired for injuries suffered in viet-nam serial #******* ******************************************** Richard Anderson (60) SP-4 US Army 1962-1964 Italian Linguist Kagnew Station, Asmara, Eritrea ******************************************** Paul Tampien (64) August 1965 - January 1986 8 1/2 years Active Duty 12 years Reserves. US Navy CTM (Cryptologic Technician - Maintenance) E-6 Career Counselor ******************************************** Ganz, Terry L RA******** in country 69-70 1/69 Armor 4th ID 2/47 Inf 9th ID highest rank SFC ******************************************** Terry Christensen (61) Sergeant US******* ******************************************** Brenda Belcher (76) Served from 1977-1980 U.S. Army Spec 4 Serial # = SSN ******************************************** Stephen H. Denler SSG E-6 RA******** September 1967 to September 1979 U.S. Army ******************************************** ******************************************** HERE'S GARY'S "COLLECTION" ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) Sergeant US ******** This piece dedicated to John Marshall from the Class of 1964. (4 tours of Viet Nam + believe him to be in the Vets Hospital at Walla Walla, Wa.) ... others from the Class of 1964... just a handful of those that I remember..... Mac Brand... Gary Setbacken... Byron Shaw... Hector Alvarez... Bruce Whiteside... Mike Alexander... James Bowman... Bob Mattson... Kenny Gray ~~~~~~~~~~~ This was sent to me from the KHS Reunion Group [Kennewick High School R2K group] This day we would like to honor those who have served us in all branches of the service. Many of our classmates, friends, loved ones and family members have paid the ultimate price for freedom and our way of life. We would like to extend our utmost appreciation to all of those families who have lost family members on foreign soil, in the service of their fellow men. Many have returned to us, some wounded in body or spirit. To all of you who have put your lives on the line in our service we say, "God Bless you all." We can't express enough the gratitude and respect that we have for you and your families. -KHS Reunion Group ~~~~~~~~~~ Thank you for all of the ideas that you sent my way this past week. I am unable to include all in this message... but again, thank you! -Gary Behymer ******************************************** Margaret M. Sheeran (then Morgan) 1LT, US Air Force Nurse Corps 1966-1969 Ken Carlson, Class of '63 Lieutenant US Naval Reserve #728738 Active duty 10/67 - 1/71 Alan R. Stephens Class of 66 Chief petty Officer Retired U.S. Navy 23 years active- 7 years inactive=30 years Rex S. Davis Specialist 3rd Class US******** l953-1955 Roy Ballard SSgt- Air Force- 1963-1967 Ned Barker Captain RA******** Jerald D. "Jerry" Molnaa US Army--1956-1958 Rank: Sergeant US **-***-*** Billy J. Didway Aviation Electricians mate 3rd class (E-4) B****** United States Navy -- July 1966 to Sept 1970 Robert J. Trethewey, SKSA NAVY RESERVES FEB 58 - MAY 63 Spec 5 RA******** - ARMY - MAY 63 - APR 66 Dennis W. Damschen Airman 1st Class AF******** 6/65-6/69 Bill Wilborn Col-Hi (54) June/54 until June/75 US Navy Retired RDC Richard J. Epler Captain, USAF AO******* 1953-1958 Perry C. Dangerfield (65) Sergeant R.A. ******** Gary Twedt E-4, USAF AF******** 1962-66 AQ1 Gordon McMaster USN-Retired Aug 1970 - June 1986 Burger, Harold L. RD-2 USCG 1965-1969 Scott Haney Captain, US Navy 30 JUN 69 & still going Larry D. Houck (59) Tsgt, USAF Nov1963-Dec1983 Scott Houston Airman First Class (E-4) 1963 to 1967 James C. House Captain, USMC (67-71) Jack Leroy Moorman Spec 4 RA ** *** *** Name: Ken Heminger Rank: Msgt SN: ***-**-**** Dates of service: 11 Jan 55 to 1 Aug 78 Keith Arndt Captain, USN Lee Newsom AMH-3 U.S. Navy. SN# ***-**-**. 1959 - 1963. Leonard R. Huesties (70) Sergeant US Army 1971 - 1974 Dennis E. Huesties (67) Deceased Sergeant US Army Jess C Huesties (66) Specialist 5 US Army Jim Heidlebaugh USMC James W. Adair (Class of 1966) Sgt. E-5 Michael R. Bradley Radioman Second Class (E-5) United States Navy 1958-1962 Mike Brady HM3/USN ***-**-** Jim Mitchell (70) Marine Corp 1971-1973 John Adkins Sgt. ** *** *** 3 years (65 -68) Lionel W. Roberts (1952) Colonel USAF John R. Northover *** ** ** USN: Jun 1959 - Jul 1962 USN: Feb 1964 - Nov 1981 Richard Anderson (60) SP-4 US Army 1962-1964 Name: Ronald D. Hostetler Rank: MSGT, USAF Serial Number: AF******** Wally Carlson '61 Capt, USAF 1966 to 1970 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ************** "It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag." -Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC ******************************************** ------ END OF Gary's "Collection ------ ******************************************** ******************************************** THIS SENT BY SEVERAL PEOPLE SEEMS APPROPRIATE HERE ******************************************** 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE. I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE. NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS. WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND. FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY. THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME. THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER. WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED? I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT. SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY. THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE. I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME. THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY. THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, "SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS." THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP. I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT. THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE, WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE." ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT." -Marine stationed on Okinawa, 1999 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/12/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers & 4 late Vets' Day entries today. Sandra Atwater (51), Art "Tom Hughes (56), Mike Lewis (60), Denny Damschen (62), Gary Behymer (64), Kathie Roe Truax (64), Kipp Quinlan (64), David Rivers (65), Janine Rightmire (65), Dwight Carey (68), Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) RE: Hanford To Phil Jones '69 My Father came out to Hanford for the construction part, barracks etc. Then he stayed to work the rest of all that went on until he retired. He did not know any of what was being made and neither did any of the men he knew. It was always thought that only the "big wigs" knew what was happening. It was a big surprise to most of the people that worked on the project. My Dad had saved coupons for gas so we could go to Idaho to fish and he went to the country market in the morning and there it was on the front page and that is how he knew what he had been doing. He was also very proud that he had helped to save our country, even in a small way!! From all that my Dad said about it and what he said his friends said -- I do feel it was the biggest secret -- maybe to ever have been kept since it involved so many people! Just this morning I talked to our neighbor and he had been in WW2 and he felt that the bomb actually saved so many men and women. He was in the infantry and he said that they were about ready to make a land invasion on the shores of Japan! Then the bomb -- thank goodness for that -- it saved so many of our country's people!!! Germany was very close to having the bomb and what would it have then been? -Sandra Atwater Boyd '51 ******************************************** >>From: Art "Tom: Hughes (56) In going through my old photos, here are a couple that I thought might interest some of the people. The first is one of Art Dawald (about 1955) while coaching the Track Team. The second is part of the crowd at the softball game behind the Bus Station in about 1951 or 1952. -Art "Tom Hughes (56) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) RE: Horn Rapids camp Bomber Intelligence Section: The discussion about the Horn Rapids camp was entertaining, especially in the way in which initial, vague memories, rumors and speculation led to increasingly careful detail such as in Diane Taylor's letter and the historical society information which Beth Gibson mentioned. These excerpts are in order (approximately) of appearance in the Bomber e-mail. Some material was deleted. Most likely, the Horn Rapids camp detained people from several situations. Probably all those mentioned in the Bomber mail were held there at one time or another. Bombers referred to the Horn Rapids camp as: ~ German POW camp ~ Japanese Internment Camp ~ camp for Japanese people ~ camp occupied by Federal Prisoners Inmates ~ Federal Prisoners were utilized to harvest the fruit from the orchards and vineyards ~ a prisoner of war camp... (of) Japanese prisoners ~ the prisoners were German submariners ~ trustee prisoners from Washington, building and maintaining the camp ~ "common criminals"...(who) may have been from the prison in Walla Walla ~ Conscientious Objectors, and ~ minimum security prisoners from various federal prisons around the country ~ Italian prisoners ~ prisoners were all, or primarily, Italians. Like all prisons, the Horn Rapids camp probably held people from several situations at different times--probably all those mentioned in the Bomber mail at one time or another. -Mike Lewis (60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [We're not REpublishing all the entries in which Mike found the above information. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Denny Damschen (62) To: Larry Houck (59): When I worked at the Mobil Station across from Kaisers it was Wascher's Mobil Service. To Brad Wear (71): The Knox daughter was Susan (64) To Judi Ell Dahl (76) and James Wilson (76): Drive South on GWWay toward Kennewick, take a right at the last light in Richland like you were going to go to Fred Meyer, just past the mini-storage facility as the road bends to the right to parallel the highway, look off to your right. I think you can still see the ice rink foundation. Also I think the R2K meeting Monday is in the RHS library, not the cafeteria, but it doesn't really matter. They are closely located and we will find you!! later, -denny damschen (62) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Dear 6th Grade Classmates of Mine + Students of Mr. Wilbur Gallaher. Just chatted with Mr. Gallaher who was our 6th grade teacher at Sacajawea. With the help of Anna Margaret Bell's ('64) Mom.... Mom's are great!... I was able to trace him to Pendleton Oregon where he has been living these past 3 months. He has been long retired and living in Arizona.... His wife passed away 3 months ago.... Here are his vitals.. you may want to call him or drop him a card. Mr. Wilbur Gallaher, [Address and phone number deleted for Mr. Gallaher's privacy -- Send Gary e-mail if you want the address/phone number. -Maren] -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) RE: Reunion 2000 B-Ball Game Since Bombers love basketball, we're trying to put together a game in the gym around 1pm on Saturday (June 24) as part of next summer's all-class Reunion 2000. We are talking to some people about coordinating this event for us, but right now we need some players. Ray Stein (64) says he'll play, and Jim House (63) says he'll be here from Texas to play in the game. Many people have said they'd like to see you guys play again, so come on: Browns, J.Castleberry, B.Roe, L.Parchen, J.Walton, GeneConley, Otts, Wallaces, J.Spencer, G.Webb, Neills, Davis, Mitchells, Kellerman, Hokes, Cartmell, etc. etc. etc. And don't worry if you think you're out of shape ... players will be divided up so we'll end up with two equal teams of young guys and old guys and they'll be plenty of substituting. If you'd be interested in being part of this event (either as a player or helper), please email me so we can get something put together for the Reunion weekend. See you in June!! -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kipp Quinlan Schmidt (64) RE: Kaiser's Market To: Larry Houck (59) Larry, In your letter to Judy regarding Kaiser's. Kaiser's Market (yes, owned by Phil Kaiser's Dad) was next to Johnson's Drug Store and across the street from Wascher's Mobile Station, run by Pete (?) Wascher. Don Doud's (64) uncle bought out Johnson Drug, Campbell's Grocery bought out Kaiser and Wascher's eventually closed. The drug store later was purchased by Malley and burned down, Campbell's was re-purchased by Kaiser, then closed. -Kipp Quinlan Schmidt (64) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) I just want to thank Gary and Maren for the Vets' day list. It was chilling to read. As hokey as some may want us to feel about it, that service reflects well for all Bombers who served and all who supported us during that time. We will hold our heads high, knowing, that we have carried on the tradition of the Atomic City and all that its history stands for (yes I see the preposition at the end of the sentence). Thanks to all who contributed. Special thanks to all who wanted to contribute but were blocked by the demon which haunts them, and to all who are no longer with us to contribute -- our hearts are with you. -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Janine Rightmire Corrado (65) Okay, I'll join the group. It's interesting reading everyone's messages. I can't believe we all used to follow the mosquito truck. God help us. I didn't know that Terry Davis was getting into another TV show. I'll have to watch. When I first met Terry in the 8th grade at Chief Jo he just had so much talent and energy. I have been watching his movies and shows over the years. I have a daughter who is striving for the same goal and I hope she can make it too. Ray Stein. I love sports and what a basketball team we had for his three years. High school seems to dim with passing years as we are growing and learning and becoming our own people. Now, as we are on the other side of the mountain, I think we start to appreciate the people and times spent together in our past. I have this year come into contact with another Bomber who moved away before his senior year. We have been emailing back and forth because he heard I was in real estate and needed my services. Now we have knocked off years of silence. I live in the Seattle area so I couldn't help him too much, but he is moving back to Richland after all these years in CA because he remembers it so fondly... Dennis McGrath would have been the class of '63. I was upset to read of the passing of Ron Whitney. Anyone know what happened? -Janine Rightmire Corrado (65) ******************************************** >>From: Dwight Carey (68) Richland Bombers - Just Bought A Sweatshirt The Other Day From The School Store - Had A Great Looking Mushroom Cloud On It!! My Son Is A Bomber Now - The School & People Still Have The Spirit!! -Dwight Carey (68) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) Hi Kathy Hills (67)... I seem to remember you as a pal of my sister Barbara's... I remember that counter at Johnson's pharmacy on Geo Wash Way.... remember buying penny candy in there and clicking (pounding really!) our coins on the counter. The lady behind the counter actually served us our penny candy! I too remember Juanita the checker at Kaisers, I think we all did. That little intersection with Kaiser's, Johnson's and Wascher's Mobil across the street was the commercial center of our north end of town. Anybody remember Pete Wascher? Terry Davis (aka Terrance Knox) got his last name from his first wife Suzie Knox. I assume she got everything else. Knox clan just down the street from us included Sue, Ken , Kathy, Clint & Rob.... any of you out there? -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** ============================================ ******************************************** LATE VETS' DAY STUFF ******************************************** >>From: MMCM Peutz (??) I wanted to recognize the Veterans today. I appreciate the sacrifices that you have made, Freedom is not free. Thank you. -unsigned ******************************************** >>From: Kurt Johnson (63) I wish to note that I am very proud of my wife's military service, too. Sherri Ward Johnson ('63) Colonel, Ret. USAF -Kurt Johnson (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson Jon Burnley, class of 63' served in the US Army from l963 to l966. Has since passed away. -Jeanie Walsh Williamson, 63 Bomber ******************************************** >>From: Garrett Craddock (84) It was the soldier who fought under the flag, Died fighting for the flag, And whose coffin was draped in the flag, That allowed the protester to burn the flag. Happy Veterans' Day. -Garrett Craddock (84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/13/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff in: Ferna Garoutte (58), Jessie Willoughby (60), Larry Mattingly (60), June Smith (63), Rich Maddy (67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ferna Garoutte Hicks (58) RE: halloween tricks Does anyone remember the tricks that the gas station owner and the drug store owner on GWWay used to play on each other every year? I vaguely remember one of the tricksters wrapped the other's house in tp. and there was a rumor about a car being put on the top of the store. I enjoy all the memories that come back while reading the Alumni Sandstorm each day. Thanks to all you. -Ferna Garoutte Hicks (58) ******************************************** >>From: Jessie Willoughby (60) RE: Extremely late Veteran's Day Entry I would like to honor my brother Stuart Renfro (Rennie) Willoughby, Jr. (55) who passed away August 19, 1999 for his service in the army. I am not certain of the years, but he spent two years as a Spec 4 and had something to do with medics. I don't know any details because I am not "Army literate". I do have a picture that he gave to me many years ago of him and his baseball team that he coached while in the army. Jessie Willoughby (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60 Regarding "the secret of Hanford". In the box of "old stuff" that I gathered from the house when my mother passed away are copies of several VILLAGER the Richland newspaper in the early 40's. One of them is dated a day or two after the Japanese surrender and the headline is "OUR BOMB DID IT". Details were sketchy, but the secret got out pretty fast. I recently read the book The Making Of The Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhoads. This Pulitzer Prize winning book says that there was a great deal of fear that the Germans were developing the bomb and were very close to having one. However, in the last weeks of the war and immediately following, the evidence showed that while they were on the track, the Germans were actually quite a ways from getting even close to the bomb. They had some heavy water for a reactor and some Uranium and some plans, but not near enough of either. Fortunately for the allies the project was poorly funded and far too low in priority. Had Hitler listened to his scientists as Roosevelt did, it might have been a different story. -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: June Smith Colletti (63) I have been reading about the making of the bomb was "the best kept secret" and it is surprising that so many people involved were able to "keep the secret". Says a lot about our little corner of the world, doesn't it?! I'm proud to be from Richland...a town of good people. That's why so many people can not understand the way we were raised....a true Leave It To Beaver/Father Knows Best kind of world!!!!! -June Smith Colletti (63) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Nice to see all is the same. I finally made it to Maui on 9/26 and got me a real cozy pad here for about the same amount as I was paying in Seattle. Life is a funny thing; I finally was struck down with mid-life crises, gave everything I own to my kids except for a couple knives, spoons, and a fork because you cannot take it with you when you die, shipped my truck over here, got on a jet plane, bought me a box spring and mattress for $85 yesterday... and... Anyway, Warford (65) will be here for T-Day, and I'm not sure what I am going to do tomorrow. Please write. And olekukahi has something to do with a non-productive day, in case you were wondering. -Rick Maddy (67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/14/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 2 funeral notices today. Dick Epler (52), Marilyn DeVine (52), Carolyn Mouton (60), John Hall (60), Dave Hanthorn (63), Jim Hamilton (63), Linda Smith (72), Vicki Owens (72), Lanette Powell (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Epler (52) RE: The Secret of Hanford Everything I’ve read and everyone I ever talked to about building the reactors and separations plants in the 40s say that the secret was very well kept. Information was restricted to a need to know basis only, and no one discussed what they were doing with anyone else. Not even with their wife, or other family members. That was true at the highest levels as well as the lowest. Security personnel were everywhere and no one knew who they were. Even so, it wasn't a gestapo atmosphere. As someone mentioned, people refrained from speculation simply because they viewed it as their patriotic duty. -Dick Epler (52) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) To Beth Young Gibson Hi Beth - thanks so much for the update on the 50th anniversary celebration. I'm sorry I missed it... sounds like QUITE a party!! Take care. Best regards, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Mouton (60) It wasn't the gas station owner and the owner of the drugstore. It was my father (A.J. Mouton) and the pharmacist there (Don? Doud), who later owned the store. My father had the pharmacist's car put on the roof of the pharmacy. At least that's the way my mother told it. -Carolyn Mouton (60) ******************************************** >>From: John Hall (60) To Kathie Roe Truax (64) and Larry Mattingly (60) Kathie's proposed reunion basketball game sounds like great fun, but I suggest the committee invest in about an extra railroad car of Advil and line up every whirlpool in the Tri Cities for after the game! To follow up on Larry's book suggestion, I highly recommend Los Alamos. It is a good murder mystery /steamy sex novel set in the "race for the A bomb" context, the author does a particularly good job characterizing the key scientists and generals of the era. -John Hall (1960) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) To Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63): Thanks for mentioning that our classmate Jon Burnley (63) was a veteran. Jon died in an automobile accident around 1967. Another of our classmates that served in the military was Jay Williamson (63) who was an Army M.P. at Ft. Leavenworth, where he died in a freak accident. I "forgot" to send it in on time, but I served in the USAF from 1965 - 1969. Jon, Jay and myself, along with Tim and Maren Smyth, were part of the ol' Perkins Ave. gang that grew up together in the 50's and 60's in the best neighborhood in the best town in the best state in the best country in the world. -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Welcome to the world JULIA RAYE BRAZEAU Proud Parents are Megan and Brian Brazeau Prouder Grand Parents are Nancy Wick Hamilton (65) and Jim Hamilton (63). At 8 lbs 11 oz and 22 1/2 inches, she's ready for spudnuts. Let's all work hard to make her world a better place. -Jim Hamilton (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Smith Davis (72) RE: Bomb Secret Mom and Dad talked many times of the project being kept secret. Many of the "workers" were FBI to make sure nothing leaked out. They might be in your work group or car pool or neighborhood. Anything said in even vague reference to bombs or atoms could be cause for immediate dismissal. My parents remembered an article about splitting the atom in collier's magazine and had considered going to the library to check it out but never got around to it. Later they found that anyone who asked for that particular issue was fired. Many I believe, had figured out what they were doing, but were smart enough and or afraid enough of losing their job, to keep it to themselves. When allowed to hold a bit of uranium, my Dad almost blurted out what it was, he guessed by the weight of the small piece. A look and shake of head from the boss kept him quiet. Later he was told that if he had said it - as usual - instant firing. I doubt that anything of this magnitude could be pulled off today. -linda smith davis 72 ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) To: Larry Mattingly (60) Reading some of the notes over the past few days have given me a fresh perspective on the bomb. I hadn't realized that an attack on the Japanese mainland was "in the works." Surely the bomb allowed the Japanese to "save face" while ending the war. Your thoughts about how Hitler should have listened to his scientists how Roosevelt did got me thinking further. I seem to remember hearing that several of the scientists who were involved in the Manhatten Project were of Jewish descent, and many were refugees from Europe. Could it be that Hitler actually gave us his best scientists, because they didn't fit into his Aryan plans? Do we have any Bombers out there who are savvy about history and know something about this? -Vicki Owens (72) ******************************************** >>From: Lanette Powell Empey (79) This entry is really from Lanette Powell Empey (7-7-7-7-79!) Our e-mail is set up under my husband's name even though he seldom uses it. Maren, I've never met you, and I know you are so wonderful! This has been so much fun to receive and read. I only read about every two weeks so when I read, I read! And I'm usually behind with all my memories. Any of you who remember me know how much I talk and I love to share memories. I am about a month behind on my "Sandstorm" reading and I don't have the time to finish all the entries today or add all the memories I'd like to, I'll do it another time but I just had to say, THIS IS SO MUCH FUN! I do have to say HELLO! to Dori Luzzo (92), I loved living in your neighborhood, my mom is still there and so are your parents! We still try to Carol at your house at Christmas, but no one is home on Christmas Eve usually. Tell Mary and Pat "HI!" from me, I'd love to hear from both of them. Hi, Diane Carpenter Kipp (79), I talked to Juli-boo today and yesterday, I love to read your comments and think about memories with your family. Hi, Kathy Wheat Fife (79), haven't made it to Boise yet, still trying. I'll let you know. So many people I wanted to say something to and now I can't remember! I was walking into my children's elementary school in Mesa, WA (about 20 miles north of Pasco) for the Veteran's Day Program. The morning was cool and damp. There were golden, green and harvest orange leaves all over the ground, those long brown seed pods from whatever kind of trees that grow all over in Richland and that musty dew, autumn scent that I recalled from walking down Van Giesen to Jason Lee to school...... what comfort I felt with those things.... I was drawn back for a few long seconds. I know the world is not the same as it was in the 60's and early 70's in Richland, but I can't help but hope my children will feel that sense of comfort and security when they recall their childhoods. We are on a farm and still have a somewhat sheltered atmosphere. Richland in Fall, what an invigorating, com thought.... love this memory site. Happy Autumn, fellow Bombers!! -Lanette Powell Empey (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) William "Bill" Burnett, Class of 1961 David Horner, Class of 1965 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/15/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff in: Bud Row (47), Norma Culverhouse (49), Dick Epler (52), Ed Borasky (59), Howard Kirz (60), Larry Mattingly (60), Mike Lewis (60), Don Winston (63), Gary Behymer (64), Patricia de la Bretonne (65), Diana Fowler (70), Petty Roesch (71), Jim Burger (72), Shelley Williams (84) ******************************************** ******************************************** OOPS!! Problems in yesterday's Sandstorm: ~ Entry from Dick Epler (52) was cut WAY short and appears in this issue in it's entirety. ~ Entry from Lannette Powell (79) was missing a few words in her last sentence. It should have read: "Richland in Fall, what an invigorating, comforting, happy this memory site." ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Charles "Bud" Row (47) RE: as i remember; this may be only the way one old man recalls things. it was the place most of us ended up in during the construction stage. are there any who remember we first reported to a place called white bluffs. a small town soon forgotten and little known because hanford was closer to & more convenient to the construction sites. now one more thing tonight: there was no way that we bombers were named for the abomb, i was a bomber before the word atomic was is an every day word. i would be hurt? upset, mad, whatever, if the name was not for "Days Pay" i did give a days pay for that plane not much but i didn't make much in those days, to tell the truth i never did make a h--- of a lot. maybe to hear from some of the old foggies like me, how many of you remember the "Hi Spot" some of us worked hard to get that place ready for Xmas 46?? time does dull the years things occurred. is 46 right. a glad i was a bomber. -bud row "47" ******************************************** >>From: Norma Culverhouse King (49) Re: Kaisers grocery store. Bob Kaisers wife, "Sneeze" as we call her, is still alive and very well. She was still playing golf at West Richland golf course until this year but quit after the Doctor told her to slow down. Her mind is still sharp and she is a treat and always fun to be around. I'm sure she would love a call if anyone wants to know more facts about Kaisers grocery store. -Norma Culverhouse King (1949) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Epler (52) RE: The Secret of Hanford Everything I've read and everyone I ever talked to about building the reactors and separations plants in the 40s say that the secret was very well kept. Information was restricted to a need to know basis only, and no one discussed what they were doing with anyone else. Not even with their wife, or other family members. That was true at the highest levels as well as the lowest. Security personnel were everywhere and no one knew who they were. Even so, it wasn't a gestapo atmosphere. As someone mentioned, people refrained from speculation simply because they viewed it as their patriotic duty. Nevertheless, many had to suspect that Hanford was involved in building a secret weapon of some sort. But the magnitude of the chemical operations suggested something more conventional than atomic. In those days, a nuclear bomb was almost pure science fiction to everyone – even to most of the scientists who developed the plans. But the Hanford project was even wilder. Here they were making a new element, Plutonium, whose nuclear properties weren't very well known. Also, making a Plutonium bomb is much more difficult than a Uranium bomb. Our scientists really weren't sure it would work which is why they had to test it (they never tested the Uranium bomb). None of this had ever been done before. Which is why I don't believe very many Hanford workers guessed what Hanford was all about prior to dropping the bomb. Some, like my father-in-law, suspected a secret weapon of some sort, and when the bomb dropped, it all made sense to him. But prior to that, I don't believe he or any other non-scientist would have ventured a guess that Hanford was making nuclear bomb material. It could just as easily been a more efficient form of TNT, which at the time was the specialty of the du Pont company. Larry Mattingly (60) recently suggested that it was lucky that Hitler didn't listen to his scientists, but maybe he did. Recent information indicated that Hitler depended on Weiner Heisenberg who continually told him that while atomic research was important there was little hope of Germany, or anyone else, developing an atomic weapon in the near future. It's always been somewhat of a mystery why Heisenberg, one of the 20th century's greatest scientists, choose to stay in Germany when most of the rest fled. The evidence now indicates that Heisenberg stayed, in part, to detour Hitler's efforts in developing the atomic bomb. Our scientists, however, knowing the genius of Heisenberg, were certain that Germany would be able to develop an atomic weapon in time to affect the outcome of the war. There's no question that if Hitler had it, he would have used it, but Heisenberg effectively prevented that. It seems that the evil German scientist that I grew up knowing is, in retrospect, just a myth. Like other scientists all over the world, Germany's top scientists had great misgivings about Hitler and atomic weapons. And when it became clear that Hitler would use such weapons indiscriminately, they didn't help. While they didn't actively oppose Hitler, they simply didn't do the work required to develop the weapon. -Dick Epler (52) ******************************************** >>From: Ed Borasky (59) TO Vicki Owens (72) I'll take a shot at this, Yes, many of the scientists in the Manhattan Project were Jewish. As physicists and mathematicians, they knew the bomb was possible and they knew that their colleagues in Germany were working on it. But Hitler never expelled the Jews. Those that were here and in other parts of Europe were those who were able to escape. Many actually left Germany before the war, when escape was a good bit easier. Though it is tempting to think that the lack of Jewish scientists impeded Hitler's progress towards the bomb, it should be noted that the Allies did the best they could to thwart the German efforts, limiting access to uranium whenever possible, bombing heavy water plants and other such activities. In the end, though, Germany fell before they could finish the bomb, and the remaining scientists were dispersed to Russia and the West. Russia had the bomb a few years later. -Ed Borasky (59) ******************************************** >>From: Howard Kirz (60) To: Truax (64), Mattingly (60) , Hall (60) Re: Proposed reunion basketball game Actually guys, from a medical point of view, it might make more sense to hold such a reunion basketball game "in" the whirlpool. It'd dampen the noise from all the creaks and groans and surely cut down on post-game surgery costs! -Howard Kirz (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To Vicki Owens (72) While I am an avid reader of books about history, I not sure how "savvy" I am. However the impression I have regarding these scientists and engineers was that they fled in front of the wave of Hitler's takeover and the institution of his Aryan policies. Some of them left only days before the SS would have detained them. Some Jewish researchers that didn't get out were forced to carry on their work in their respective fields, so I don't think Hitler had a program to "give" them to the Allies. There was a fair amount of correspondence between many of these folks in the 30's. While many of them did not envision the "bomb" they strongly suspected that it would lead to something big. Nils Bohr, Hans Bethe, and others were crying for secrecy as early as about 1938-9. By the time Einstein (in early 42 I think) wrote his letter to Roosevelt regarding the possibilities of the atom, many scientists were keeping the details of their findings reasonably quiet amongst a small, select group. The Manhattan Project clamped the lid on very tight. I have the book "Los Alamos" that John Hall (60) referred to. It is fiction but based on many facts that the author obviously spent a great deal of time learning. There is a a good deal of insight into the history surrounding the making of the bomb. To all Bomber Alumni: I am on my way in a few minutes (Sunday AM), to Boise ID for a meeting with a client Monday AM. I will try get back to Richland Monday night to make the planning meeting for the All Bomber Reunion. Just in case I don't make it in time, I will make a commitment here. My company, Entertainment Fireworks, Inc. will donate a fireworks display to the reunion. There is some discussion that needs to take place regarding time, place and some hard costs, but the offer is genuine and the display is on if you would like it. Paul Beardsley was one of my mentors in pyrotechnics in the early 50's, perhaps we can get him to push the button to fire the show. This will be a full-fledged electrically fired display. Go Bombers "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) One of the reasons the Manhattan Project and Hanford are still so murky is that the declassification is not complete. In war strategists aim for dominating not merely the immediate fighting, but several centuries each way and all foreseeable future. Saturn is big in this since ancient Roman times, with its 30-year orbit. That has by now become a mortgage, but the military is still savvy on the role of the ephemeris in war. Just last week on PBS tv was the first mention I ever saw of the German Fish code program and the English Colossus decoding machine. Apparently the Colossus was, so the English claim, the very first programmable computer, but secrecy permitted the US to take credit for that with, I think, the Eniac. So one can bet not all the tales are told from Hanford, even yet. And now, you can bet that national security is a factor as the US prepares to take responsibility for the development of computers, and just as the atomic scientists had little to say about what happened after the bomb was successful, the computer scientists are likely to be dominated by politics. -Mike Lewis (60) ******************************************** >>From: Don Winston (63) RE: A-Bomb History I've noticed more interest lately in the Sandstorm about the history of events surrounding the making and dropping of "the Bomb(s)". A very good history, and an easy read, is Richard Rhodes' "The Making of the Atomic Bomb". $15.20 plus shipping at Also, "Los Alamos" is an interesting docu-novel about life and security at Los Alamos during the period of the development of the A-Bomb, intermixed with a good crime story. $6.00 at And no, I'm not an stockholder - but I wish I were. Both books have been mentioned in the Alumni Sandstorm before, but I'm writing to second their nominations as informative (the former) and entertaining (the latter). And Jimbeaux - congratulations on the grandbaby. Is anything cooking in that department for Aunt Annie and Uncle Bill? -Don Winston, Class of '63 ******************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) Re: Hitler Channel need to start watching the 'Hitler Channel' aka History Channel to bone up on the Manhattan Project etc. ...last nite on 'Histories Lost & Found' there was a story about the flag raised at Iwo Jima. About 7 minutes into the program there is a quick 'blurp' of the flag being shown at Richland. (;-) Some Useless Information that Tries My Imagination... but I do get Satisfaction. Thanking those of you who are scanning, mailing, faxing, sending pictures and remembrances for all of the 'Bomber' pages. Contact Maren Smyth for HER mailing address (;-) -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne (65) congratulations to Nancy and Jim!! Patricia de la Bretonne '65 ******************************************** >>From: Diana Fowler Bernard (70) This is to Gine Evans. How are you? Haven't seen you for so many years, where are you living and what are you doing? Are you planning on attending the class reunion next summer? -Diana Fowler Bernard (70) ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Roesch (71) For those of you who may have known him and maybe worked with him out at Hanford, this is to let you know that Bill Roesch (father of Carol '68, Peggy '71, and Judy '75) died last night (Saturday 11/13) at home (in Richland). He outlived his doctor's expectations in a grand way, and when the end came it came swiftly. All through this nastiest of nasties, he never lost his gentle humor, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, and sweetness. May his memory be eternal. -Peggy Roesch (71) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Burger (72) RE: Bomber Football Ok all you Bomber arm-chair quarterbacks, former quarterbacks, or quarterback list keepers. The dusty archives of Bomber history makes for good reading, but what I would really like to read is some comments on more recent games, like yesterday's playoff game with Mead. The only thing we can get out of the Seattle Times is a score, if we're lucky. Could someone point me to a link that has game coverage, or add some comments here? How about some info on the next game: When's the Shadle Park game, Friday or Sat? Are playoff tickets hard to get? (i.e. if I drive over Friday afternoon, can I still get in, or do I need to have someone get tickets ahead of time?) Where do you get tickets? Etc... A displaced Bomber -Jim Burger (72) ******************************************** >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard (84) RE: hanford secrets My grandfather was a construction foreman at Hanford when they were first building. He told me he received building plans ONE day at a time. He said he got in trouble once for trying to look ahead and plan. Another dear lady I know was a nurse at the hospital. She told me that all of the doctors and nurses had security clearances in case someone 'talked' while under the influence of anesthesia and medications. Interesting! -Shelley Williams Robillard (84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/16/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff in: Evelyn Meyer and Paul Crowder (46), Bud Row (47), Ray Gillette (49), Shirley Watts (49), Dick Epler (52), Steve McElhaney (53), Jamie Worley (64), Kathie Roe (64), Kathy Hills (67), Frank Hames (69), Phil Jones (69), Valerie Polentz (72, Beth Young (81), Garrett Craddock (84) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Paul and Evelyn Meyer Crowder '46 TO Bud Row '47 Dear Bud - was so good to see a familiar name in the Alumni Sandstorm. Please say hi to Mickey from us. We miss you at the reunions. We retrieved our 1945 Columbian from the bookshelf. At that time we were known as the Beavers and the school was known as Columbia High School. In the 1946 Columbian, we were known as the Bombers - The bomb was dropped in August 1945. Haven't found when the name was changed, but you were elected student body president on December 28, 1945. The 1945 football team was known as the BOMBERS. The Hi-Spot had its opening on December 21, 1945. We both remember White Bluffs. I, (Evelyn) stayed there the first night I arrived in Washington. A quote from the Foreword to the 1946 Columbian, states: "For memories sake, and because of its greatness, we have carried the "Atomic Bomb" theme through the annual in an effort to symbolize the world history, which has been in progress here in Richland, in which we and our parents have had a part." We also had a page in our '46 annual that said below you see secret formula for atom bomb - the entire page is blank. At the time the 1946 annual was published, the school was still known as Col-Hi. We aren't certain, but I believe the Day's Pay came after we had left Richland - someone that knows for sure will have to tell about that. Take care and keep writing. -Evelyn & Paul '46 ******************************************** >>From: Bud Row (47) RE: basketball?? basket case TO Howard Kirz {60} Would you help me into the whirlpool bath, after I just think about playing. I'm sure all would get a big laugh just seeing me on the court. B. Row {47} ******************************************** >>From: Ray Gillette (49) To all the other "old fogies" of the 40s Was very happy to see an entry from one of the more outstanding bombers of the 45-47 era. I refer, of course, to Bud Row (47) who was the mainstay on the great basketball team that included Gene Conley, Orv Marcum, Keith Roberts, Kay Connolly, Chuck Larabee, Junior Williams and others that I can't come up with at this moment. I was one of the biggest fans of that basketball team and it is great to hear from you, Bud Row. Hope all is well with you and your lovely wife Mickey Ferney Row (48). -Ray Gillette '49 ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Watts James (49) To the Roesch Family: I was sorry to hear of Bill's passing. As I told you in previous correspondence, Bill was my boss for several years, and I enjoyed working for him very much. I know all of you will miss him, but he has left a fine legacy. Sincerely, -Shirley Watts James (49) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Epler (52) RE: A Book Recommendation on the Early History of the Atomic Bomb For those with an interest in the physics and early history behind the Atomic Bomb, I'd like to recommend Robert Serber's book "The Los Alamos Primer." This book is based on a set of five lectures given by Dr. Serber during the first two weeks of April 1943. Those lectures served as an indoctrination course to the incoming scientists at the beginning of the Los Alamos Project and were sufficient to define the technical uncertainties and work that needed to be done to actually build an Atomic Bomb. LA-1, The Los Alamos Primer, was the first document published by Los Alamos and remained Top Secret, Limited (need to know), until long after the war. It was declassified in its entirety in 1965, but wasn't published for the masses until this book in 1992. Robert Serber was a protégé of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Director of the Los Alamos Laboratory. The two had known each other for some time prior to Los Alamos. In fact, Oppy had been trying for quite awhile to get Dr. Serber an appointment with the Physics Department at University of California, Berkley. However, the Department Chairman, Dr. Raymond Birge, nixed the effort saying that "one Jew on the faculty was enough." I mention this to illustrate four historical aspects of the book beyond the physics. First, before the war, anti-Semitism was not confined only to Germany. In many parts of the world, the Jewish community tended to scare others. But then so did the Catholics (think of the story of the Boston Kennedys - I lived in Massachusetts for awhile). I also spent a number of my formative years in a San Francisco Italian Catholic community, and I remember lots of discrimination but we didn't call it that. To us, it just an ethnic thing. Nevertheless, religious discrimination was prevalent in much of America's Scientific and business community before the War and is a historically important aspect of the War itself. Second, the book contains a number in interesting stories about many of the other top scientists involved in the project that, to me, was often a matter of "suspicions confirmed." Here I'm thinking about Edward Teller's notorious question of igniting the atmosphere with an atomic explosion (that seems to survive to this day). Hans Bethe, playing his usual role, ran the equations and showed it just couldn't happen. Serber's comment that "Edward Teller is a disaster to any organization" is "suspicion's confirmed." Third, Appendix I contains copies of the original Frish-Peierls Memorandums (March 19, 1940) that laid the foundation for using nuclear fission to build an explosive device. Those memoranda, along with Einstein's letter, were used by the MAUD committee to encourage President Roosevelt to fund the Manhattan Project. And four, Appendix II contains a good biographical description of all the major scientists who had a significant place in the history of atomic energy. Einstein, incidentally, is NOT listed there. For those who think the book might be unreadable, I should mention that Richard Rhodes wrote the introduction, and helped Serber to edit his annotations to the original document, which elaborates and clarifies most of the really technical stuff. Richard Rhodes' book, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," 1987, is probably the best book written on this subject for the general public. But like any successful author Rhodes necessarily distills large amounts of source information, ties it up and neatly packages it into something that, while eminently readable, seems to be a bit sterile to me. For we who are old enough to have lived in those days, however, reading the documents and memories of those who were intimately involved provides a greater insight into the hits and misses of one of the most significant events of the 20th Century. And many of us Richlanders were a proud part of that. -Dick Epler (52) ******************************************** >>From: Steve McElhaney (53) RE: About Atom and The Bomb Speaking of Secrecy; I have been following some of the comments about he speculation of what was produced at Hanford by those who worked there during the war and about those who were involved in the early development and research. There is an excellent book on the subject and it's history. The book is "Brighter than a Thousand Suns" by Robert Jungk It is or was used as part of the references of a class at the University of Washington. The book also relates to the time line of the Manhattan Project and how it ultimately came into being and affected all of us who lived in Richland, The United States and the world. I keep a copy of the book at hand for reference on several subjects. The book also has reference to "Flying" Saucers. (A group of Scientist, integrated into the military by "Leslie R. Groves" the head of the Manhattan Project) followed the troops into Europe, through Italy to Czechoslovakia looking for any information about Atomic research by Hitler; and they found among other things, research documents on Flying Disk (later called Saucers) and two of the three specialist that worked on them. The first Disk to fly was 45 yards in diameter and first flew from Prague, on February 14, 1945. On its first flight it achieved a speed of 1250 Mph. and doubled this speed on subsequent flights. This gives rise to the questions about flying saucers as we now refer to them and perhaps where they are coming from, given the fact that two of these specialist came to the US immediately after the war. With all the advancements in technology since the war who knows how advanced the flying "Disk" technology has progressed (also one of the Specialist from Prague is thought to have gone to Russia). Keeps you thinking Right!! -Steve McElhaney (53) ******************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley (64) Welcome to the world RAYE COFFEE Daughter of Kristine Hills Coffee and Nathan Coffee of Juneau, Alaska. Raye joins her big sister Rhys into the Coffee household. Born November 7, Raye weighed 5lbs, 13oz, 18 inches. Raye arrived rather fast, Mom not making it to the hospital, and an hour and a half before Gamga Jamie arrived from Seattle. The birth was attended by the labor coach, who fortunately happened to be a midwife and arrived 15 minutes earlier and 911. All are doing just great. Raye is the granddaughter of Jamie Worley Hills '64, and Rob ('63) and Heidi Hills. Congratulations to Jim and Nancy Hamilton. I agree, let's make this world a better place for these beautiful children. -Jamie Worley Hills '64 ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) There is a lot of interest in the June 24 Reunion 2000 basketball game. Everyone I've heard from thinks it is really going to be a fun time for players and spectators. Players, when you email me about playing in the game, please include the following info: (1) year graduated, (2) position played, and (3) date when you'll be in town (in case the coaches want to try to have any pre-game practice sessions). Thanks. -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kate (Kathy Hills) Krafft (67) RE: North end pharmacy fun Don Miller was the pharmacist who owned the pharmacy next door to Kaiser's (later Campbell's owned by Kit Campbell) Market after Bob Johnson. Don was a good friend of my parents and was a very funny guy. I remember stories about Don and someone (Mr. Wascher or Mr. Mouton?) carrying out an on-going series of pranks involving placing tons of pumpkins in each others yards and then donkeys (Can this really be true?) which culminated in the placement of Don's car on the roof of the drug store. Don organized a kite-flying group (my parents were members) that used to go to Long Beach each spring to compete with each other flying unbelievable home-made kites. I remember my parents spending hours designing and building their kites. One year Don designed a self portrait kite and beat everybody real good. This all came back to me as I was emptying Mom & Dad house last year and came across their kite collection and prizes. -Kate (Kathy Hills) Krafft - 67 ******************************************** >>From: Frank Hames (69) I noticed a small article in The Dallas Morning News last week announcing the opening of a 300 million dollar observatory in Louisiana that will work in conjunction with a similar observatory at Hanford to measure gravitational waves. I was curious if anyone up there knows what gravitational waves are and why we are spending so much to measure them. -Frank Hames 69 ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To Dick Epler 52 Awesome information about the German war effort, Heisenberg and the the bomb. Thanks. To Jim Burger 72 Regarding your question about the upcoming Bomber football game: (Please don't read this if you aren't interested in football) The Bombers play Shadle Park on Saturday at 1:00pm. It's part of a triple header at Lampson in Kennewick, that day. Prosser follows the Richland game and Touchet plays at 7:00, I think. There's also 2 games Friday night. Great week-end for high school football. The stadium is big enough, Jim, so tickets aren't a problem. The line to buy them can be, however. Shadle has a terrific running game. They rushed for an unbelievable 630 yards against a tough Wa-Hi defense, 415 yards the first half alone. They had four players who rushed for over 100 yards against Walla Walla. Shadle's best back is Steve Gabriel who had 210 yards in only 18 carries. He is or is close to the being the state rushing leader. Shadle is a throwback offense. They run a double tight, full house "T" formation with lots of counters and cross buck action. They seldom throw so if Richland can get the lead they wouldn't be a team who can throw the ball for a lot for quick scores. But they sound like they break plenty of running plays. Should be a great day for high school football, Jim. The Bombers are very good right now but the coaches will have their work cut out stopping their power running. Go Bombers!!!! Hope that wets your interest Jim. -Phil Jones 69 ******************************************** >>From: Valerie Polentz Topham (72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~APB~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is for Rick Anderson Class of '72. HELP! We (Linda Smith Davis (72) and I) volunteered to track you, find you and get you to commit to a performance at the Bomber Bowl (Richland Stadium - the politically correct name) on June 24, 2000. If anyone knows the whereabouts of this man, please email me or send a message vial the R2K site. -Valerie Polentz Topham '72 ******************************************** >>From: Beth Young Gibson (81) To Gary Behymer (64): You are right there is lots of good stuff on the History Channel. I wanted to mention that tonight (11/16) at 5 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. is a program, having something to do with failed war efforts, can't remember the exact title. Anyway, the preview said one of the stories is going to be about the Japanese balloon bombs. As many of you may be aware some of these balloon bombs actually crossed over the American mainland and some landed in our area. Might be an interesting program. You can go to the history channel home page and subscribe to their monthly "TV Guide" for the night time programs. Another good book to read about Hanford and the Bomb is "Working on the Bomb," by S.L. Sanger. It is full of personal reminisces of people who worked there, everyone from the scientists, to guards, to craftsmen, to cooks. It is a great book. $17.95 at Amazon or $14.36 at Barnes and Noble. Amazon says it will take 4- 6 weeks to find it, Barnes and Noble has it now. Watch out, Washingtonians, you'll pay tax on orders from Amazon, since their HQ is in Seattle. Barnes and Noble, shipping only. To Bud Row (47) For what its worth, that is the story that I recall, that Bombers came from the B-17 purchased with a Day's Pay. When I next get over to the Kennewick museum, I'll see if anybody can find me any "proof." -Beth Young Gibson (81) ******************************************** >>From: Garrett Craddock (84) To Jim Burger (72) Try the Tri-City Herald online ( for current Bomber sports info. Here is a link to the story of the game vs. Mead: I don't know if they post ticket info, though. I, too, get a little frustrated by the lack of coverage of anything east of Snoqualmie Pass over here. Even seems like they only grudgingly give the Cougs what little press they do, although that's just as well with the season they're having this year! Beat Shadle!! -Garrett Craddock (84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/17/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff in: Anna May Wann (49), Dick Harris (49), Carol Haynes (51), Sue Garrison (58), John Northover (59), Larry Mattingly (60), Anita Cleaver (63), Kipp Quinlan (64), Lesley Wood (66), Dave Miller (67), Peggy Standefer (68), Vic Marshall (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May Wann Thompson (49) For all of you wondering about "Days Pay" please go to our Bomber website Its all there. From the inception of the "idea" to the buying of the bomber and the Class of 1993 having the mural painted on the gym wall. There is so much information that Maren and Gary have put together for us. You should just spend a couple of days browsing through all of this wonderful history. Its ours and its free -thanks to these wonderful youngsters who have put it together for us. And I agree with Ray Gillette (49), its good having a few other "old timers" putting in their two cents worth. I'm surprised that Ray Conley (46) hasn't been writing more as he has bundles of books on all of this history, that I borrowed and returned, finally this last year. Come on Ray give us your two cents. By the way did you get the hotel information?, and have fun at the Apple Cup. But I do hope the Huskies beat your Cougars. I'm sorry, but it looks like Seattle is going to have a wet day for all of you. I can't be at the game this year as I will be on vacation that week - leaving Thursday morning and getting back Thanksgiving morning. - Going to Hong Kong. Ray, as the Huskies win, think of Mel and me!!! -Anna May Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) Re: Bomber vs. Shadle Park Highlander Football Game on Saturday! The Wenatchee World newspaper lists the game as starting at 12:30 on Saturday, next. I hope my fellow Bomber friends will forgive me for rooting for both teams as our son-in-law, Mark Hester, is the head coach for Shadle Park in Spokane. Things are much changed this year. Last year they lost 9 games straight! This year, they have lost only once! My daughter, Leslie, says from worst to first! Anyway, it should be a good game! -Dick Harris '49 ******************************************** >>From: Carol Haynes Finch (51) Have been reading with interest all the input on who knew what, when and where in regard to the plutonium bomb at Hanford. I remember distinctly that my father showed no surprise at the news but he certainly never gave us any clues. I think the atmosphere of the times kept everyone very patriotic --the nation was together in the war effort as we have not been since. Remember all the Bond drives, scrap metal drives, the oleo margarine we had to color ourselves, the ration stamps and all those Gold Star flags in the windows? I don't remember being aware of any big secrets since I was only 10 in 1944, but I was aware of the uniqueness of Richland and the pride my father always had in his employment there. We were living in Pittsburgh when Dad was hired to work for the Dupont Company (I still have the correspondence that was exchanged over his hiring) and we had to wait for months for the arrival of the gas stamps to drive across the entire country in December 1944, in a Willys, with 4 people, and a dog in a clothes hamper. I also still have the little notebook with many of the Burma Shave verses I was able to write down. We stayed in Tourist Cabins for the most part, if not visiting relatives or friends along the way. In the late 50's while we were living in Montgomery, AL, we had a baby sitter whose husband had been involved with the initial construction of the houses in Richland; and later, in the 60's while living in St. Louis we had a landlord who had been in Richland helping to put together that 'lovely' HEW-stamped furniture. One of my daughters still has one of the slipper chairs, which has been recovered about 10 times! About 10 years ago, in Maryland, I met a couple who had lived in Richland right after I married and left. He is a Health Physicist and was there to do 'quiet' research on any long range health problems in the human population. They collected children's teeth to check for radiation, being well aware at that time of the 'leaks' that had occurred. I wonder if any of the families realized what the baby teeth were being collected for? Do they still leave the big glass bottles on your porch there to collect urine specimens? Or was that all just before we knew what we know now? We used to tease each other about our Dads' urine bottles being out for one and all to see. I miss those old days of having frequent visits from FBI agents checking on your neighbors. Of course, we continued to see that while being in the military. Well, that's about enough for today! Keep up the good work and the good comments. -Carol Haynes Finch '51 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [G.I. Furniture cost -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) A reminder that ornaments depicting A-house, B-house, Y-ranch house, and Prefabs are available through the Richland Seniors Association. Proceeds go to the new Richland Community Center (combining old Community House and Senior Center). Ornament Order Form -Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) ******************************************** >>From: John Northover (59) RE: gravitational waves For those that maybe interested and to: Frank Hames (69) Information about gravitational waves OR Did Pavlov have a cat? -John R. Northover (59) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) RE: Richland character(s) Last Saturday my business partner and his wife and I took my wife out to dinner for her birthday. After a nice dinner at Homeport, we went to the Underground to take in Brad Upton (74). If you haven't seen his act, he's a really funny guy. He is a real pro who deserves to be the headliner he is. Afterwards we spoke with Brad for a few minutes outside in the fresh air. After we got in the car Ken said "nice fellow, how long have you been friends"? I explained I didn't know him, but that he was a Bomber. Ken looked at me and shook his head. My wife who has spent 12 years trying to figure out what it means, tried to explain. Neither she, nor any or her brothers and sisters, nor any of our circle of friends have any loyalty to their high school whatsoever. Ken, who grew up in Vancouver WA admitted the same thing. What is this mystic' that makes us forever "Bombers"? Is it our polyglot beginnings? Is it the shadow of the atom? Is it the positive attitude of those living in and around Richland? Was is the trust we had in each other? Is it the fact that we dared to be different and have refused to be called anything but "Bombers" and display the mushroom cloud? Anywhere in the US a young person 18 or a few years older, being told by a neighbor that the FBI was asking pointed questions about them, would likely have a touch of paranoia or fear. In Richland we smiled, knowing that meant we were about to be offered a job at Hanford. We lived and grew up by the grace of the government and the FBI. For many years anybody in Richland was pretty much an OK person or you knew they wouldn't be there. I moved to the Puget Sound area in 1971, but I have been back many times and I suspect it is like that bunny on TV, it just keeps going. We have talked about some of the characters in Richland that many of us knew. Lets not forget the character of the Bombers. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Anita Cleaver Heiling (63) To Linda Belliston Boehning (63) Yes, Linda, you're right. It was Mrs. Knuth who taught dancing. I can still remember the routine of step - brush brush - step step. Anyone else out there remember how great those classes were? Dean and I were lucky enough to be in the Tri-Cities last weekend for the wine festival when it was almost 80 degrees!!! Not the weather I remember growing up there. Sure was beautiful. -Anita Cleaver Heiling '63 ******************************************** >>From: Kipp Quinlan Schmidt (64) To: Kate (Kathy Hills) Krafft (67) RE: North end pharmacy fun You said, "Don Miller was the pharmacist who owned the pharmacy next door to Kaiser's (later Campbell's owned by Kit Campbell) Market after Bob Johnson." Don was a good friend of my parents and was a very funny guy. I remember stories about Don and someone (Mr. Wascher or Mr. Mouton?) carrying out an on-going series of pranks involving placing tons of pumpkins in each others yards and then donkeys (Can this really be true?) which culminated in the placement of Don's car on the roof of the drug store. You might want to check with Don Doud (64) - he is/was Don Miller's nephew and grew up in the neighborhood of Johnson's/Miller's Drugs and Wascher's Mobile Station. -Kipp Quinlan Schmidt ('64) ******************************************** >>From: Lesley Wood Nelson (66) To Bud Row (47) I'm an old friend of your daughter Karen ('66), and have to say it's fun to hear from you and from others who have written about you. Our families moved from Richland to California about the same time - early 60's. I hardly know you but for one thing. I must have been invited to spend a day on the California coast with your family, because I vividly remember getting caught in an undertow there, and finding myself too exhausted to make it back to shore. You saw my plight -irrespective of whether or not I was willing to admit it to myself - and with what seemed to me one incredibly powerful arm, you calmly hauled me in. I didn't know until today that that arm belonged to such an illustrious Bomber. You made little of the whole thing, but I'll never forget - your calmness and the strength and timing of that offered hand. Thank you, Bud Row. -Lesley Wood Nelson (66) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Miller (67) TO: Rick Maddy (67) Hi Rick. You got to Maui the day after my wife and I left on the 25. Next year we are going on the 11th or that that Saturday. We have been going the second week of September ever since 1982 for our 5th anniversary. I would enjoy seeing someone from Richland. The last time was about 1972. We stay at Napili Bay just below Kapalua. If you are in that area give me a e-mail and I will meet up with you. For some Info to the Alumni Sandstorm: We moved to Richland about 1958 and I went to Sacajawea then Jason e. Lee when we moved to Ritche Court, Then Chief Jo. My Dad worked For Hucks floor covering until he hurt his back and then at N-reactor until my folks moved back to Chicago area in 1970. My mother worked for GE as a data entry clerk (key punch) until they moved. We used to go to an open house at the reactor before the N-reactor how many kids in the US ever toured a reactor on an open house day? Oh and by the God bless all VETS especially the ones who gave more than most and the ones who never made it back. Dave Miller Class 67 US Navy Thanksgiving 67 Boot camp till Sept 71. US navy Nas Imperial beach Helicopter base southern Cal. and Midway island crash and fire. -Dave Miller (67) ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Standefer Christensen (68) I love reading all the wonderful memories we as Bombers have,,,, but where is the class of '68? -Peggy Standefer Christensen 68. ******************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall (71) RE: The Gashouse Gang To: Kate (Kathy Hills) Krafft (67) I remember the antics that Don Miller inspired fairly well. From 68-72, I worked either directly for Pete Wascher or at the Mobil station for Don Davis (59). Don Miller, Pete Wascher, Bob Johnson were the individuals I remember best - probably because they were the ring leaders of Halloween antics. They called themselves the Gashouse Gang. I'm sure the pranks started harmlessly enough but over the years escalated into massive pumpkin deposits, a basement full of chickens (which Wascher's dog made a real mess of), booby trapping Miller's pharmacy, removing the wheels of Wascher's big oil delivery tankers (I might have played a part in that one). The culmination was when part of the group kidnapped Don Miller's old 53/54 Plymouth/Dodge Station Wagon and used a fork lift to place it on top of Miller's pharmacy. The picture of that prank made the wire services in about 1971. Don Miller was a relatively young man when he died of a heart attack in 71 or 72. He was very much the heart of that group and although I know they all stayed friendly for years afterward, Don's death marked the end of the annual halloween antics - who knows to what heights (lows) the pranks could have progressed. Incidentally, I stopped and visited with Pete Wascher last summer. He retired to Gearhart, OR back in the mid-70's. He's now in his late 80's and ever the gentleman. -Vic Marshall (71) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I can't speak for everyone, but I know I'd sure like to see a picture of that car on top of Miller's pharmacy. Somebody send it to me and I'll get it up on the Bomber website. -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/18/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff in: Betty Berst (46), Clarence Fulcher (51), Ramona Miller (54), Jack Gardiner (61), Dave Hanthorn (63), Jim Hamilton (63), Peg Sheeran (63), Paula Jill Lyons (64), Joanne Boyd (67), Chuck Smith (69), Phil Jones (69), Mike Franco (70), Dee Shipman (72), Kelly Weil (81), Carianne Siemens (94) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Berst Medlock (46) So glad to be hooked up with NW. Where are the memories from the ELDERS?? Pictures of the HS really brought all back to me. I can remember being an usherette at the show, along with my dear friend Lois Thompson (47-deceased). Got to see all the movies free - and those uniforms!! We thought we were something, when in reality we were something else again!! I was happy to see it still standing. Went to the Park, spent a lot of time playing tennis there and at the pool in in the summer, taking lifesaving lessons with Pat Creiton (no, I am not spelling it correctly) I only know that the man who taught us certainly enjoyed "saving" Pat and used her all the time in the demonstrations. Think it was because she had her own "FLOATION" Equipment. It seems that all we had the first year that I was there were sandstorms. I never saw such fine stuff ever again and I certainly got tired of trying to get rid of it in the house. I think I remember stuffing somebody into a phone booth at the bowling alley too. I remember the asparagus field too. We used to get the most tender shoots, take them to the cannery, I think it was in Kennewick. We could either can it ourselves or have it canned. No Labels - just # on the cans. Did the same thing with some of the best fruit I ever have had. I have Evelyn Meyer Crowder (46) for getting me into this thing - My football twosome!! Someone out there - what was that dance hall we used to go to? I know that I will remember much more and do hope that I can learn how to pull up the sandstorm so that I can read more and don't have to have it forwarded by Ev. Would love to hear from some of you -Betty Berst Medlock (46) ******************************************** >>From: Clarence Fulcher (51) RE: Death of a classmate My brother, Don Fulcher class of '49 passed away today [11/17/99] at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Or. It's a very sad day in my life. -Clarence Fulcher '51 ******************************************** >>From: Ramona Miller (54) RE: Zucchini Bread We ran into the Don Fisher's (50) at Richland's Gourmet Breakfast Club this morning i.e., McDonalds on Torbett Street. They hold Court there most mornings. I want to share a secret with all Bomberland -- Don is as good at making bread as he was on the football field. I jokingly gave him my address and by time we got home there were two loaves of bread hanging on my door. What a treat -- I don't know if this would work for everyone, but it sure did for us. We ate 3/4 of the first loaf in one sitting. Thanks, kind Fishers. -Larry Bruggeman (54) & Ramona Miller (54) P.S. - Guess who is getting married this weekend? ******************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner (61) Don't know if there are any nascar car fans out there or not. Nov. 5th I went to phoenix international raceway for the dura lube 500. First time I ever went to major race it was very impressive. The first day of racing I watched the nascar featherlite southwest series. There was a guy by the name of Damon Lusk in the race, from Kennewick. Don't know if anyone knows about if him or not. As of Oct 16 he was in third place in point standings for the year. Thanks -Jack Gardiner (61) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) I am going to try to keep the timeline and history straight here, it seems like there has been a little "wandering" of memories on the subject of Richland/Hanford history. The collection of money from the HEW workers for the "Day's Pay" bomber came in June of 1944. The Atomic Bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in August of 1945. Many people in Richland suspect that they must have been working on "the bomb", but it is not until 1946 that it is "officially" announced that Hanford had indeed been responsible for producing the plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb. This announcement made (large) headline news in the local paper at the time. That same year (1946) the high school in Richland, (Columbia High School) changes its "mascot" from the Beavers to the Bombers, replete with full mushroom cloud motif. Although the school's name was later changed to Richland High School, the "mascot" has remained the Bombers ever since, and has always been associated with the Atomic Bomb. Like I have said before, although the "Days Pay" bomber story is a great piece of local history, our school is the Richland Bombers because of Hanford's contribution to the building of the Atomic Bomb, and no amount of "politically correct" wishful thinking can ever change that. Several people have mentioned books about "the building of the Bomb", so I will mention one that I have read more than once and referred to many, many times through the years: "The Manhattan Project: The Untold Story of the Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Stephane Groueff from Bantom Books. This book was originally published by Little, Brown in 1967 and by Bantom in 1968. I don't know if it is currently available for sale, but should be available in a well stocked library. To Mike Lewis (60) You mentioned an "English Colossus decoding machine" as being "the very first programmable computer" instead of the Eniac machine. There seems to me to be much confusion here. I believe you must be referring to the Enigma/Ultra encryption device, which was invented by the Germans, stolen by the Polish underground, and turned over to and used by the British intelligence agency to decode intercepted German radio traffic during WWII. This was a "programmable" mechanical device, sort of like a cross between an old mechanical calculator and a mechanical typewriter. An excellent (although rather long, two volumes) book on this subject is "Bodyguard of Lies" by Anthony Cave Brown from Harper & Row. There were "programmable" mechanical calculators both before and after this time. Eniac was the world's first programmable electronic computer, so there is no mysterious altering of the credit for the purposes of secrecy. BTW, the only computer named "Colossus" that I am aware of is one that played a major part in a rather forgettable Sci- Fi movie that I have appropriately forgotten the name of. To the 1999 Bomber Football Team: Congrats on making it through the first round of the playoffs, now its "ON TO STATE! GO BOMBERS!" Until next time, STILL proud to be a Bomber after all these years, -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) I think it very irresponsible for the Sandstorm to be publishing descriptions of the practical jokes perpetrated on one another by messrs. Mouton, Waescher and others. Every day we hear how innocent people's lives are affected by kids learning to make bombs and worse on the internet. Now you allow your readership to submit these stories of Chickens in the basement, yards full of pumpkins, cars on roofs, etc., etc., etc., knowing full well that the Sandstorm is read on a regular basis by Dean and Anita Heiling (63). The last thing this world needs is someone pouring fuel on the fire, that is "Them Heilings" desire for the top step in the Olympics of practical jokes. Let's think responsible -jimbeaux ******************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) To Anita Cleaver Heiling (63): You're note on dancing reminded me of square dancing at the community hall as a very young teen-ager, I think. I know High Spot was in another room in that building, but do you or does anyone remember square dancing? -Peg Sheeran Finch '63 ******************************************** >>From: Paula Jill Lyons (64) To Carol Haynes Finch (51): I remember those urine samples. They used to drop them off and set them right next to the milk bottles that were delivered the same day. Wonder what that did to our milk?!?! -Paula Jill Lyons (64) ******************************************** >>From: Joanne Boyd (67) All this talk of Pete Wascher's has me wondering where Steve Washer (67) is? Has anyone kept in touch with him? I don't believe he has come to any reunions. I have fond memories of him from all the fun we had in Morley Paul's class. Also, I noticed Janine Rightmire wrote in, where is Bill? He hasn't shown up for a reunion since the 10th, quite a while ago. Last address I saw on him he was in Columbine, Colorado. Thanks for any info. -Joanne Boyd (67) ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Smith (69) Hello again folks.... I understand there's a portion of your site that has a listing of us Vets..... well, please add me to it..... Chuck Smith (Class of 69) entered the Air Force in Sep 71..... retired Sep 91.... Was assigned at Webb AFB, TX, (Jan 72 - May 73, Weisbaden AB, Germany, (May 73 - Sept 74), Dyess AFB, TX (Sept 74 - Sept 79, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ (Oct 79 - Dec 82), Avaino AB, Italy (Jan 83 - Dec 85), Travis AFB, CA (Jan 86 - Sept 91). Been retired since then and currently live in Vacaville, CA working for the County in Health and Social Services Dept as a Medi-Cal Trainer. -Chuck Smith (69) ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) An update for all of you interested in the high school football playoffs. Friday night at Lampson in Kennewick: B-11 - Asotin v. Waitsburg 4 pm Desales v. Ritzville 7:30 Saturday: Richland vs Shadle 12:30 (Originally scheduled at 1:00) Prosser v. Tumwater 4 pm Touchet v. Inchelium at 7:00 GO BOMBERS!!!! -Phil Jones 69 ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) To Kathie Roe (64): In support of the alumni hoops game next summer it would be good to also gather some of the all-time-greatest cheering sections from over the years to share some of the creatively crude and childish cheers that made all of our parents so proud of us! I will never forget in 1970, during our noon PE class having to sit on the floor listening the WHOLE period while Rish ripped us for our LANGUAGE!!!! It was incredible.... trying to keep poker faces listening to Rish lecture about the use of bad language!!! To Vic Marshall (71): Great to hear about Pete Wascher... I can remember five cent sodas from the machine at that station.... and also Vic, YOU were the guy who came through with my "Shell Answer Man" uniform! Only at Richland High School could we do a Shell answer man skit with a guy wearing a uniform from a Mobil station!!! -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Dee Shipman Jones (72) RE: Don Miller Oh I am so glad someone wrote about Don Miller. He was a great friend to my Dad and our whole family. He died in the hospital after having a simple surgery. It was so sad. He played the best jokes - I had once written a letter to the editor and he called me in response pretending to be the person I had written about. He really had me going there for a while. I'll never forget his wonderful personality. I also remember Pete Wascher too. Another nice guy. -Dee Shipman Jones (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kelly Weil Austin (81) To Larry Mattingly (60): What makes us such a tight knit group being Bombers? I've explained this phenomenon to many people over the years, and only one of my friends has come up with a nod! My friend, Therese Smith and her husband Ken have been in the Army for several years and have traveled to bases all over the US and Europe. She tells me that much of the same Bomber camaraderie happens in the military, at least in her experience. People came from all over to serve a purpose under military order that very few of them understand, but for the love of their country, they carry out the directive with no questions asked. Many of these families in Richland, as in the military, didn't have extended family living close by, so difficulties and celebrations were shared with friends and neighbors. There is something about serving a purpose greater than yourself that is very bonding to those around you. I also agree with the government clearance stuff! Many folks would run the other way if they knew the FBI was poking around, but not those of us who know why they're doing it! To Linda Belliston Boehning (63): Say hi to your husband, Dick, for me. I used to work with him and his Hispanic office mate (I remember his wife sending 5-alarm breakfast burritos with him before the rest of the world knew there was such a thing! Hot Hot Hot!) at the Materiel and Spare Parts office in the 200W area in the summers of 1982 and 1983. My dad, Vic Weil, knew a lot of people in that area, and if I screwed up in any way, he would have heard about it! Dick helped me keep my nose clean by keeping me very busy with all his filing needs! You can tell him I'm happily married, with a 3- 1/2 year old son and the second child on the way, living in Vancouver. -Kelly Weil Austin (81) ******************************************** >>From: Carianne Siemens Shuster (94) I am writing in regards to an article in Wednesdays Tri-City Herald Sports section. It is regarding Coach Pierson and why he has not been on the sidelines for a couple of weeks. I could not believe that Coach Pierson has cancer. I would hope he has a speedy recovery. I believe he will though because of the will and desire he has. I truly admire Coach Pierson. He helped me a lot when my brother Brian Lehman (1991) died. He also helped me out when I played football my sophomore year in high school. Good luck to the Bombers Saturday and I hope they win for Coach this weekend. Bomberly, -Carianne Siemens Shuster 1994 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/19/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff in: Mary Triem (47), Dick Harris (49), Hugh Hinson (52), Jessie Willoughby (60), Mike Lewis (60), Richard Anderson (60), Anita Cleaver (63), Jean Armstrong (64), Rick Polk (70), Shelley Williams (84) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) To Dave Hanthorn (63): THANK YOU very much for giving the dates on the change from Beavers to Bombers. I could only remember that it was changed during my junior year and did not remember the actual months. We "elders" rely on you young folks to keep us straight! If you are in Richland, maybe you could add your 2 cents worth to the history at the local museum. I heard that they have misinformation on this sequence as well. I heard this when I was home this summer, but did not check it out. I understand some of the current Bombers have called this gross oversight to their attention despite one of the current teachers' views. Always enjoy your contributions to the SS. -Mary Triem Mowery - '47 Bomber ******************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) RE: Richland Timelines TO Dave Hanthorn (63) Dave: I think you need to look a little closer at the timelines. I came to Richland in August of 1944 and attended Sacajawea and Marcus Whitman Grade Schools. Then, I was a freshman at Columbia High School in September of 1945. In that year, I was one of the Managers of the Basketball Team in which Bud Row (47) and so many great stars of the Bomber Basketball Team performed so magnificently! I was never a Manager of the Richland Beavers, but I do know that they were the Beavers, prior to being the Bombers. We learned immediately following the dropping of the plutonium bomb on Nagasaki that our parents had been involved in producing plutonium at the Hanford Project and that was in Aug, 1945. We were the Richland Bombers, prior to the dropping of the bomb. I agree with you about the concern of rewriting of history, with regard to out family's contribution to the war effort and we should not apologize, but be proud of the history of our contribution to the shortening of the War! Our family was most sensitive to this as I had three brothers in the service in Europe and we didn't want them to have to be sacrificed in an invasion of Japan! There is no way that anyone can convince our family that our country didn't do the right thing in dropping the bombs and shortening the War! At least, that is the way I remember and see it! -Dick Harris '49 ******************************************** >>From: Hugh Hinson (52) To: Clarence Fulcher (51) Sorry to hear about your big brother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. -Hugh Hinson (52) ******************************************** >>From: Jessie Willoughby (60) RE: Square Dancing at the Community House To Peg Sheeran Finch (63) I remember square dancing at the Community House when I was about in the 6th grade (about 1954). It was in the south room of the building. I also went to Hi-Spot. Thanks for jogging my memory about the square dancing. My sister and I were talking about it a few months ago. -Jessie Willoughby (60) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) RE: Colossus For Dave Hanthorn (63) No, the Colossus was a project introduced later in the war to decode a rarely used German code program named "Fish". Fish was an administrative program, based on the teletype code (it actually was bit encryption); Fish was not used in the Enigma machines and was unknown to the military. Colossus only was used for a few weeks before the German surrender. Colossus was more programmable than the Ultra decoding machines, apparently being electrically programmable. The Enigma cipher machines were widely used throughout the military of course, and the decoding program was, as you said, Ultra. Fish and Colossus were only recently declassified and are described on a new PBS television report; you can probably find it on the PBS website since the show ran only last week. -Mike Lewis (60) ******************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson (60) Well everybody, the State of Washington has released the latest test scores and.......... we have a school our fuh-bah team can be proud of. Of particular note is our score on the Writing section of the test -- if not the highest in the state, it is right up there. [I am too lazy to look through the entire list - it is available at where you can select individual schools by following various links.] Note that the scores are limited to 10th graders -- the complete methodology of the study is available somewhere in the k12 site. I have summarized the table below. We owe heartiest congratulations to the school staff and to the parents without whose active encouragement these results would not be possible. Sadly, with all the good, we must note one stat that is just terrible: the number of students performing at Level 1 in Mathematics. This number reflects the number of students who "just don't get it" math-wise. In this day-and-age these kids will really be left behind in the "information economy" we hear so much about. Let's hop to it all you math teachers out there! Bomber cheers (including the fuh-bah team, of course), -Richard Anderson (60) RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL 1999 WASL Test Scores School State MATHEMATICS: Number of Students Tested: 432 65,312 Percent Who Met Standard: 53.8 33.0 Level 4: above standard 28.7 13.9 Level 3: meets standard 25.1 19.1 Percent Not Meeting Standard: 46.2 67.0 Level 2: below standard 16.6 19.4 Level 1: below standard 28.0 39.4 Percent Not Tested: 1.6 8.2 Percent Exempted: 0.0 3.6 READING: Number of Students Tested: 430 63,079 Percent Who Met Standard: 70.3 51.4 Level 4: above standard 50.3 33.4 Level 3: meets standard 19.9 18.1 Percent Not Meeting Standard: 29.7 48.6 Level 2: below standard 20.4 23.1 Level 1: below standard 7.8 13.7 Percent Not Tested: 1.6 11.7 Percent Exempted: 0.0 3.3 WRITING: Number of Students Tested: 419 60,742 Percent Who Met Standard: 70.6 41.1 Percent Not Meeting Standard: 29.4 58.9 Percent Not Tested: 3.9 14.6 Percent Exempted: 0.0 3.6 LISTENING: Number of Students Tested: 430 64,182 Percent Who Met Standard: 85.8 72.6 Percent Not Meeting Standard: 14.2 27.4 Percent Not Tested: 1.8 10.1 Percent Exempted: 0.0 3.3 -Richard Anderson (60) ******************************************** >>From: Anita Cleaver Heiling (63) To Peg Sheeran Finch '63 Yes, I remember square dancing - I think I was in grade school - and I can't remember how it was organized that we go??? Was it every week? Were we just there while our moms and dads bowled on the bowling leagues (not much to do back then in Richland)? Anyway, great fun. To Jim AND Nancy Hamilton (63 AND 65) Practical jokes you accuse Dean and I of??? Now who sent a Spudnut all the way to France to have on our pillow for turn down service last summer???? -Anita Cleaver Heiling '63 ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) Re: Peg Sheeran Finch '63 I can remember square dancing at the Community Center... Can't remember much, but I do remember dancing.. It was fun.. Anyone else??? I just got home from spending one GREAT month in Richland at my daughter's, Kelly Franklin Gaines '84.. She gave me my third Grandson while I was there.. I really bonded with him and hated leaving Richland almost as much as I hated leaving him... The colors of the leaves were beautiful.. It's funny when you live there you don't even notice them.. It took me moving to the desert to appreciate the beauty of them... I need to get caught up on reading my Sandstorms and the 184 e-mails that I have in my mailbox.. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving... Enjoy spending time with your families.. We are only here for a short time.. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds '64 ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) To: Mike Franco (70) I remember quite vividly that day in Coach Rish's PE class that we received the lecture on our choice of "cheers". You & I were in the same gym class and Rish even cleared the students out of the balcony area that day before he ripped into us. A well deserved lecture.... true. But we would have never admitted that back then. :) Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard (84) RE: english Colossus Wanted to respond to Mike Lewis' (60) and Dave Hanthorn's (63) discussion on secrecy. I too saw the program that Mike Lewis' referred to about the English group of war time decoders and their significant, and until recently unknown contribution to the war. Mike Lewis was correct, at least according to the PBS program we were watching, in the statement about the Colossus being the first "programmable" computer. The English had indeed built a version of the German's Enigma device and were able to decode German radio traffic, until a point in time when the German's built a new device that used twelve dials (can't remember the proper name for the parts of the machine) instead of the four that the Enigma originally used. This advance in the German encryption device added so many possible code combinations that it took the English decoders a month of mind numbing number crunching to come up with the code, which made any information gleaned long since useless. An English scientist, can't remember his name, developed the Colossus to compute the different combinations in a usable amount of time. Due to secrecy, after the war, the work of this English unit and all things associated with it were destroyed. The program was NOVA's Decoding Nazi Secrets. There is a little information online at in the history section. If it is rebroadcast, I recommend it, REALLY interesting stuff. -Shelley Williams Robillard '84 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/20/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff in: Dave Brusie (51), Dorothy Sargent (51), Dick Epler (52), Janet Tyler (61), Sandy Carpenter (61), Dave Hanthorn (63), Janine Rightmire (65), Lynn Dodson (66), Rick Maddy (67), Stephen Lewis (69), Daniel Laybourn (70), Mike Davis (74), Gil Blankenship (81), Dori Luzzo (92) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie (51) RE: Don Fulcher's [49] Passing To Clarence [51] and Gloria [54] Carol and I are sorry to hear of the passing of Don. Sorry that we could not be of more help to you during this time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you. Love -Dave & Carol Brusie ******************************************** >>From: Dorothy Sargent Rath (51) To Clarence Fulcher ('51) Clarence -- Dennis and I send our sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your brother, Don. Take care. A Fellow '51 Classmate -Dorothy Sargent Rath ('51) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Epler (52) RE: The Colossus, the ENIAC and the ABC There are lots of different kinds of computers, but the first electronic digital computers were the Colossus, the ENIAC and the ABC. And guess what? The ABC was first. For a long time now, many thought the Colossus, built in England in 1943 and the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), built in the United States in 1945, were the first of the vacuum tube behemoths. We now know, however, that the first “electronic digital computer” was actually built by John V. Atanasoff, an American theoretical physicist at Iowa State College (now Iowa State U.). He named it the ABC after himself and his graduate assistant, Clifford E. Berry, who worked with him from 1939 to 1942. The ABC first went operational in October 1939. Atanasoff built the ABC in just a couple of months to test two basic design concepts: capacitors to store binary data, and logic circuits to perform addition and subtraction. It used punched cards for input/output and had about 300 vacuum tubes. The calculations of the ABS were about 1000 times greater than Vannevar Bush’s differential (mechanical) analyzer (a form of analog computer), which was the most advanced scientific computer at the time. So how come no one’s heard of the ABC? The short answer is that computers just weren't that big a deal back then. In those days, there wasn't any military or commercial market for automatic computers. That all changed during and after the War. But even then, it wasn't until 1967 when Sperry Rand (who owned the ENIAC patents) filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Honeywell and it was discovered that essentially all the key design aspects of electronic digital computers were derived from the ABC and were imparted to John W. Mauchly (one of the ENIAC designers) by Atanasoff in the early 40s. In 1973 the ENIAC patent was ruled invalid by a Federal court. Even then, it took a long time for academia to give any recognition to Atanasoff. It seems the literature and the textbook writers are often a bit incestuous and tend to use the same old references in new work, often without any attribution to specific individuals. And so, it generally takes an unreasonably long time to correct mistakes in history. This is a lesson I find myself continually relearning as I get older. -Dick Epler (52) ******************************************** >>From: Janet Tyler (61) To Peg Sheeran Finch (63) The highlight of my week in late elementary school was the Friday evening (As I remember but then again, maybe not) square dancing sessions at the Community Center. I doubt if my sister, Miriam (60) or I, missed any! What great socializing that was. It is one of my fondest memories of the Richland community during those years. I don't remember if they were discontinued or if I thought I had outgrown them at a certain age. Anyone remember when they ended? I enjoy reading the '61 graduates' sharings and wish for more (but then I've been lurking for some time now myself.) Happy Thanksgiving to all! -Janet Tyler (61) ******************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter (61) To: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) Yes, I remember the weekly square dancing at the Community Center downtown; I believe it was on Wednesday nights, although my brother, Gary Carpenter (64) remembers it as being on Friday nights. Anyway, it sure was a LOT of fun. And now I'm going with a man who used to do a lot of square dancing and was a square dance caller... he knows ALL the terminology and names of the steps and calls. It has all been coming back to me... great memories of the good, clean fun of the 50s. -Sandy Carpenter McDermott (61) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) To Dick Harris (49), Mary Triem Mowery (47), and Marilyn Hultman (47) I stand corrected! I concede the name was changed from Beavers to Bombers in 1945, rather than '46 as I stated. According to Marilyn (in an e-mail), her husband Ray started out the football season that year as a Beaver, and ended it as a Bomber, as the name change took place in late September, on a vote of the student body after the suggestion by the school principal, Joe Barker. This confirms the point I was trying to make (even though I had the wrong year) that the Bombers were named after the Atomic Bomb and not the Day's Pay bomber. To Mike Lewis (60) and Shelley Williams Robillard (84) I guess I missed that installment of Nova. Sounds like a great story. Mike, you said this story about "Colossus" was just recently declassified. That is probably why it was not well known, and why the English never got their "due" about inventing the first programmable electronic computer. Maybe if they had de- classified this sooner, say when Ultra/Enigma was declassified, Colossus would now be remembered as the world's first programmable electronic computer rather than Eniac. I guess now they will have to re-write the computer history books. (again) (sigh) :-) To Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) I too remember the dances at the Community Center. As I recall (my memory isn't always perfect, see above) they were in the summer months when school was out. It would be about 90 degrees (at night) outside, and about 400 degrees inside from all the warm bodies and HOT rock 'n roll. I also remember the leaves turning color in the fall, but dreading having to rake up the yard a couple of weeks later. I particularly hated those trees the "gov-ment" planted, the ones with the long brown seed pods and the itty bitty little leaves. Those seed pods would always get all tangled in the rake tines, and you would have to stop to clean them out every 5 seconds. And you could rake the same spot about a dozen time over and there would still be several million of those nasty little leaves snuggled down there between the blades of grass. I can still hear my dad even now: "David, I told you to rake the lawn!" "But Dad, I DID rake the lawn." "Well, there's still millions of leaves out there, go rake it some more!" "Awww, Dad." "GO!!!" Ha, and my kids wonder why I am the way I am. :-) I also remember the marvelous sunsets we had in Richland. When those reds and oranges and browns and greens and blues would come rising up from behind ol' Rattlesnake Mountain, it was just so spectacular that even a punk teenage kid had to stop and take notice. I have been a lot of places around the world since then, and I still have never seen a sunset that can hold a candle to those unbelievably beautiful eastern Washington desert light shows. All these memories are making me homesick. I want a SPUDNUT!!! Bombers Forever, -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Janine Rightmire Corrado (65) To Joanne Boyd (67): In answer to your inquiry about my brother Bill Rightmire, he is indeed in Colorado. Morrison to be exact; with his wife Rhonda and two sons James and Keith. He is a Captain for United Air Lines. I will give him your message and your email address. Thanks for asking. -Janine Rightmire Corrado '65 ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) RE: Bomber Reunion 2000 To Kathie Roe ('64) How about a multi-class reunion of all the songleaders, cheerleaders and Pep Club Drill team members at half-time of the All Class Hoops game? (Skip trying to fit into your old outfits -- we'll think of something else.) Also, how about a multi-class Pep Band, too? Since it's the year 2000 we may as well go all out! Thanks to Mr. Olsen and his wife who always chaperoned the dances at Hi-Spot at the Community Center. You gave me a social life!! I had strict parents who had to know EXACTLY where I was going and what I was doing and with whom I was doing it with. They thought Hi-Spot was an acceptable pastime. It was a place to legitimately start the evening. -Lynn Dodson Stedman '66 ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) RE: Bombs Away ...was the Pay Day B17 a B, F, G, or? Can someone please overnight me some spudnuts? Please. When I was a young boy visiting my grandparents in Iowa, my father took me to the VA hospital in Knoxville, IA, to visit his cousin (my cousin too). He had been on Saipan with the Marines, was not feeling well, and having one of his frequent visits to the mental health ward at the VA. An invasion of Japan would have caused the mental health wards at the local VA's to overflow their capacities with the survivors. Thank goodness we had that bomb. -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: Stephen Lewis (69) I'm glad all of that Bomber/Beaver stuff has been straightened out. Whatever the Bombers were named for it was a patriotic effort and should be remembered as such. King County Washington is now going to say that they are named after Martin Luther King rather than some long forgotten slave owner/politician. Historical revisionism lives on. -Stephen Lewis (69) ******************************************** >>From: Daniel Laybourn (70) RE: encryption and computers To: Shelley Williams Robillard (84) An English scientist, can't remember his name, developed the Colossus to compute the different combinations in a usable amount of time. That Englishman's name was Alan Turing. For an entertaining read about the whole subject (and many others), I recommend Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson. Granted, it's fiction, but based (loosely) on fact. And funny. -daniel laybourn (70) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) As the day of Thanksgiving nears I'm compelled to write about the Davis Family Thanksgivings. I, being an annual participant in the feast, can proudly say that absolutely no one could put on a Thanksgiving spread quite like my Mother, B.J. Davis. The preparation usually started about a week ahead with Mom producing pie after pie. We had a table for the family to eat at and an additional table to hold all of the pies. A typical Thanksgiving pie line-up would include banana cremes, coconut creams, pineapple creams, pumpkin, lemon, mincemeat, pecan, cherry, chocolate cream, German chocolate cake, chocolate cake and I seem to remember an occasional pineapple upside-down-cake - every one of them homemade in my Mother's oven. Countless people would drop by throughout the four days to watch a little football, relax and shoot the breeze, and get their specially prepared piece of pie usually served up by the cook herself. I can remember bringing friends over for the first time and watching their mouths drop open when they would see the famous pie table. Soon we would have friends bringing friends over for their slice. The event seemed to grow larger and larger each year as everyone would put their pie orders in and, sure enough, their pie would be there the next year. Well, those days are over now with all of us kids grown, and Thanksgiving has been scaled down considerably, but I'll never forget all the pleasure and joy of family and friends and PIE that the Thanksgiving holiday brought to me and my brothers and sisters for all those years. Thank you, Mom. I love you. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Gil Blankenship (81) RE: B-17 "Day's Pay" To Beth Young Gibson (81) [hi-ya Beth] and Bud Row (47) You are both correct. The B-17 "Day's Pay" was purchased with a day's pay, thus the aircraft name. A search for the aircraft on the Heavy Bombers page at fails to turn up any entry. However, further research reveals that the "Day's Pay" was attached to the: 8th Air Force (Eighth Air Force Constituted as VIII Bomber Command on Jan. 19, 1942. Activated on Feb. 1, 1942. Redesignated Eighth AF on Feb. 22, 1944.) 4th Bomb Wing, (331st, 332nd, 333rd, 410th Bomb Squadrons) Bury St Edmunds, Rougham, England 94th Bomb Group (Bury St Edmunds [tail markings: square-A]) 410th Bomber Squadron The pilots were Roberts and Henderson. There is no listing for the Aircraft number nor a date lost. This information is listed at: A brief history of the 94th Bomb Group can be found at: There is no entry for the nose art of the Day's Pay on the site as of yet however the tail art for the 94th can be found at: -Gil Blankenship (81) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Don't forget our own Day's Pay site at: -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Dori Luzzo Homer (92) RE: Bowling in Richland Regarding Anita Cleaver Heiling (63) comments on bowling in the Richland leagues. My mom and dad both bowled and my only memory of "day-care" (mom was a stay at home mom... didn't know that was unusual until much later in life)... anyhow mom had my sister and I enrolled in the Atomic Lanes day-care. It was in the back of the bowling alley and we thought it was the coolest. Anyone else out there an alumni of bowling day care? -Dori Luzzo Homer (92) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/21/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff in: Dick Roberts (49), Gail Henderson (53), Larry Houck (59), Linda Reining (64), Ray Stein (64), Phil Jones (69), Valerie Polentz (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Roberts (49) Thanks to everyone for the interesting, informative and sometimes misleading discussion on Beavers vs Bombers and Days Pay vs The Bomb. As I now understand it, the Beavers name was changed to the Bombers in the first few days of school in 1945. That's why I never remembered the name Beavers. With those first few days of first entering high school, I was too excited, concerned and focused on remembering my locker combination to bother with that other stuff. And, the name change was because of the bomb dropped in Japan. That's the way I remember it. Everyone agree on the timing and reason for the Bombers? -Dick Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Gail Henderson Renner (53) Getting caught up - Way behind... I have been thinking abt teachers and though the brain is a little fuzzy, I recall a history teacher who was cross-eyed (terrible I know, but that is all I remember abt him) I sat in a front seat, and it seemed that if he was looking at you you could get by with anything, one day I guess something happened because he hit me on the head instead of hitting my desk with a yard stick he carried around. His wife taught either shorthand or typing. I had her too. I think it was shorthand. This was in my senior year. I was wondering if anyone knows their names. It is a real kick to recall all this. -Gail Henderson Renner (53) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Houck (59) RE: John Meyers (58-deceased) Today in the Tri-City Herald there is a bio about John Meyers (58) on the sports page. The writer has done his homework. Good article there is a file photo also. -Larry Houck (59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Editor's NOTE: The Tri-City Herald is doing "top 100 TCH Stories of the Century" and apparently adding one each day till 12/31/99. Already on the list are these articles: John Meyers (58) 1958 Champs Mike Neill (70) Coach Teverbaugh Orv Marcum (47) Gonzaga's Dream Season" Bombers '99 Baseball title ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) I, too remember, but I think it was on Friday nights. Does anyone remember the hay rides that were done in the back of a large flatbed truck? I think they were from the community center, too; anyone remember taking bowling as part of 9th grade P.E.? Took me forever to learn how to keep score and now it is all done on computers. Anyone remember the folk dancing? Have been enjoying reading everyone's recollections of growing up in the best City in the best State in the best Country in the World!!!!! Gave up trying to convince people why I think Richland was and is such a great place! They just don't "get it"! 35th reunion was in August and was a great experience - was the first one I have been to and it sure won't be the last! Won't make it to the millennium reunion, though; my youngest daughter is getting married and all my "spare change" will be spent on her; but will definitely be at the 40th! Can't even believe we are old enough to think about 40th reunions! Great hearing about all the pranks and experiences that make Bombers unique! Keep it up! Bomber Cheers! -Linda Reining Pitchford class of 64 ******************************************** >>From: Ray Stein (64) RE: Beavers to Bombers I keep hoping one of our elder grads will settle this Beaver to Bomber controversy by finding an old article or some other conclusive proof. So far, Bud Row (47) and Dick Harris (49) are sure we were named after the plane, and Mary Mowery (47) and Dave Hanthorn (63) are just as sure we were named for the atomic bomb. Since hearsay seems acceptable in this debate, let me add some. A friend of mine, Pat Parker Green (47) said that she remembered the name change taking place at an assembly in early 1945 (before the bomb, but after the day's pay). What is not in dispute is that Hanford workers did contribute a day's pay towards an airplane in 1944 (my father gave his pay of about $15), and that anyone who read the "Richland Villager" on August 14, 1945, saw the headlines "PEACE! OUR BOMB CLINCHED IT!". Whatever the case for the name change, I remember the airplane as a prominent symbol in the early '60s. I'm not just talking about the paper planes that greeted us at Hec Ed, but also the airplanes on the backs of the cheerleader uniforms (see p123 and p130 of the '62 annual). My sister Judy (71) confirms that the planes were still on the backs of cheerleaders in the early 70's. At least we weren't named after some cat or dog. I wonder if Pasco or Kennewick grads muse about the origins of their nicknames. Proud of the Plane, -Ray Stein (64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) Great Bomber news!!! Final score in the 4-A prep game is Bombers 41 - Shadle Park 18. The game was much more competitive than the score might indicate. The Bombers led at the half 14 to 10. Shadle Park tried to cover Bomber receiver Jeff Stowe with single coverage early on and he caught 2 TD passes from Adam Oakes. But the first half was very even with the total yardage being 221 to 219; about as close as it gets. The Bombers made some nice adjustments at half time to stop Shadle's powerful running game that was being successful running off tackle. The Bomber "D" shut out Shadle in the second half except for a late meaningless touchdown and 2 point conversion. The Bombers went to the running game successfully in the second half. Michael Richardson finished with 208 yards rushing, with the Bombers finishing with 450 total yards. A really nice win against a good team. The Bombers are now in the Final 4 in State. They will play next Saturday at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick against Bethel who knocked off previously unbeaten and top-ranked South Kitsap (a team from a conference that is consistently over-rated, in my opinion). The winner will play for the State Championship against either Capital or Kentwood or Kamiak. This is a very talented Bomber team that has a real chance of winning the whole thing. Nice job Bombers -- and keep it going! -Phil Jones (69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Kentwood defeated Kamiak, so the Bombers/Bethel winner will play the Capital/Kentwood winner. -Richard] ******************************************** >>From: Valerie Polentz Topham (72) All Local Bombers Re: Brad Upton (74) It seems Brad Upton will be in town for a performance - sort of a comedy laugh off with other comedians - at The Tower Inn in Richland on Wednesday Nov. 24th and for $10.00 you can pick up tickets at the desk. The show starts at 8:30 and I am not sure what billing Brad has but... if you are looking for a way to entertain Aunt Edna the night before Thanksgiving, this could be the answer! -Valerie Polentz Topham '72 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/22/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and one Bomber offspring today. Bud Row (47), Dick Harris (49), Ken Ely (49), Shirley Watts (49), Bev Smith (52), Bill Moyers (60), June Smith (63), Carol Converse (64), Patricia de la Bretonne (65), Kathy Kraemer (67), Brad Upton (74), daughter of Marie Ruppert (63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bud Row (47) RE: The Bombers: Let's stop the thing about where the name "Bombers" came from be proud wheather it was "Day Pay" or the A-bomb, I am proud of either and/or both. -Bud Row "47" ******************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) To Phil Jones (69) Thanks for the nice write-up on the Bomber/Shadle Park Game of yesterday at Lampson Field in Kennewick. I think your analysis was a fair one. The Highlanders needed a passing game to go with their great ground game to have made a difference. It was an interesting dilemma, sitting next to the Shadle Park Coach's wife, my daughter, and not yell for the Bombers. Of course, I've been in that situation before, as her mother and I are Cougars and she and her brother are Huskies. Sometimes, I feel I have an identity problem! Anyway, thanks for the nice comments about Shadle and I relayed them to my daughter and her husband, Mark Hester. To: Maureen Neidhold Mo: Most interesting to be seated in the Visitor Side of the Field watching the Bomber/Shadle Park playoff game yesterday. As I am scanning the program of players, coaches, etc., I see Mike and Joe Neidhold as Assistant Coaches for the Bombers. Obviously, they did their job as the Bombers were a class-act in defeating the Shadle Park Highlanders. It was great to see two Neidholds involved in Bomber athletics. For the rest of you Bomber alumni, Mo's late husband, Jerry Neidhold, was my best friend in high school! -Dick Harris (49) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [This must be to Maureen Doyle Neidhold (56) -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely (49) Re: Beavers vs. Bombers I agree with Dick Roberts (49). At the beginning of the school year (Sep 45), we were the Beavers. Our football team was really terrible. I think we only scored 3 touchdowns that year and only won one game. I think it was the powerhouse Hermiston, 6-0. A name change was in order and the entire student body met in the gym and voted for the change to Bombers because of the Atomic Bomb. I was in Richland a few years ago and visited the museum. When I read that the high school teams were named after "Day's Pay", I was livid that someone was attempting to change history. I know that some may think the mushroom cloud is not politically correct, but that's the way it was. We were proud of it, then. So, we started the school year as the Beavers and were the Bombers before the start of the basketball season. -Ken Ely (49) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Watts James (49) To Dick Roberts (49): Frankly, I don't remember the "Beavers", but I most certainly remember the assembly that was called to determine whether or not we would change the name to the Richland Bombers. Also, the 49 class ring has a symbol that I was never able to determine whether it was a lighting strike or whether it was supposed to represent the typical mushroom cloud of an atomic blast. Do you have any idea what it portends to be? -Shirley Watts James ('49) ******************************************** >>From: Bev Smith Jochen (52) RE: Remembering the "Requa's" To Gail Henderson Renner (53) A couple of months ago, during a get-together while Norma Tausch (52) was in town, we recalled the very same situation that you describe as being Herman Requa's U.S. Government class! Ring a bell? His wife's name, I think, was "Gunda" - as we disrespectfully called her behind her back - and she did teach shorthand... As you mentioned, the "primo" seats in that class were in the very front, since they were UNDER his field of vision... Norma, Lou Ann Binns, Margaret Pendergast and I had staked our claim on those seats from "Day One" (on the advice of some former student/friends who knew the "drill"...) One day, "Herman" was wielding his yardstick, while driving home an 'exciting' point of US Gov., so Norma slipped her hand under it just as it struck the desk and then let out a (fake) shriek! and began shaking her hand and moaning. The poor man was beside himself with remorse and apologized all over the place while the whole class was in stitches! This, I am not very proud to say, was only one of many pranks played on the poor man. However, he always picked up where he left off and rarely missed a beat! Gail, going waaaay back to Lewis and Clark days - about 1944-5 - do you remember Jean Smiset's Ballet & Tap classes held in the old Legion Bldg. (Maybe the original High School) on Cullum St.? Joyce Juneau (w/b '52), Caroline Lineberger (54) and a number of others that I can't recall were, I think, members of those classes that met on Saturdays. We had a few recitals and it was a fun time, as I recall, and are - hopefully - a little more graceful for the experience! I seem to think of you in connection with that. Am I wrong? (Kind of scary, dredging up all of these memories that I thought were long gone. But also very rewarding to be ABLE to recall all of this stuff, huh?) -Bev Smith Jochen (52) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Moyers (60) RE: Days Pay Response to Rick Maddy (67) and comment for Gil Blankenship (81): What I glean from the "Days Pay" serial number, as it appears in the Bombers Days Pay website (serial #B17-80-B0-43-38223 ), that it was a "B" model, that it was tail no. 38223, and that production was started in 1943. Maybe others can derive even more info. out of that number than I can (?) Also, I believe it could be possible that there were other B-17's of the same name, which could account for the other aircraft named "Days Pay" as early as 1942. It seems that pilots and crew in that era often named their assigned aircraft (informally) as they pleased and often painted various symbols, cartoon characters, glamorous girls, etc. on the nose of the airplane. Some of the art work was actually quite good, and there are books and displays in various air museums extolling some of the best "Nose Art of WWII. Also, it seems that the idea of various groups of workers giving up a days pay to purchase an aircraft for the war effort was not entirely unique. I've read about shipyard workers, and other industrial groups throughout the country helping out by donating a days pay to buy a new bomber for the war effort. I don't know how many such bombers were purchased by civilian workers for the Air Corps., or where the idea originated from. It'd be nice to know if the idea originated in Richland and that it was the first. -Bill Moyers (60) ******************************************** >>From: June Smith Colletti (63) I click my ruby slippers.... no place like home.... no place like home! Thanksgiving is a time to sit and think about all the things we are grateful and thankful for. Each year my list gets longer and longer!!! Thankful for this website and the wonderful people who write in. Thank you for letting me grow up in Richland! -June Smith Colletti (64) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) RE: Bowling and Dancing To: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) I too remember bowling in P.E. It was great fun, as I loved to bowl. I was on a league then, don't remember the name of it nor the people that I bowled with though. I do remember that it was after school. Hi Spot was on Friday nights. I remember going to quite a few dances there at the Community House. What fun!! -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne (65) Get over it people! Bombers were named after the bomber Plane!! -Patricia de la Bretonne '65 ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Kraemer Fisher (67) RE: Final 4 in State. Ironically, my kids are graduates of Bethel High School (in Pierce County, south of Tacoma). The Bethel Braves are having their best year ever, undefeated in 18 or so games (back to last season), and were rated #2 in the state, under the team they beat (South Kitsap). This will be an exciting game for me .. my alma mater vs my kids' alma mater (I also worked for Bethel School District for a dozen years). Wish I could get over to see it. -Kathy Kraemer Fisher (67) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton (74) I would like to thank Valerie Polentz Topham's (72) plug for my performance in Richland this Wednesday night. I will emcee Wednesday night's show. This is one of the five nights of the finals for the Seattle International Stand Up Comedy Competition. This competition started 3 weeks ago between 30 pro comics competing for $10000 in prize money. When I found out the show was going to be in Richland and I was going to be home anyway.... I called the producer and he quickly agreed to let me host. The show will consist of the top 5 people left in the contest and they will be doing their best 15-20 minutes of material. I will open the show and warm up the audience, introduce each act and then do time at the end while they compile the scores and then announce the evening's results. I will then hype my new CD (which will be available at ABCD's across from WalMart in Kennewick - can you say stocking stuffer?). I'm not saying this because I'm involved... it really will be a great show. I hope to see all of you there. Go Bombers, -Brad Upton '74 ******************************************** >>From: Christy Jenkins - daughter of Marie Ruppert Hartman (63) My mother is Marie Ruppert (63). Her married name is Hartman. She is not up and running yet on e:mail, but I can get messages to her. In the meantime, if you have any good stories about her, I would love to hear them. Thanks Christy Jenkins, daughter of Marie Ruppert (63) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/23/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff in: Dave Brusie (51), Dennis Robertson (60), Gary Behymer (64), Toby Wheeler (65), Pam Ehinger (67), Peggy Cook (68), Steve Lewis (69), Steve Piippo (70), Vikki Kestell (70), Miriam Lewis (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie (51) RE: Atom Bomb vs. Day's Pay Bomber I don't remember when the name Bombers was taken? I do know that on my wall in my office are two (2) shares of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress to be presented to the United States Army Air Forces by the employees of the Hanford Engineer Works Dated July 1944. One share each for a days pay by my mother and father. -Dave Brusie (51) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis (Robertson) Beatty (60) I have been reading with great interest the facts rendered about when the Beavers became Bombers and exactly what the inspiration was. I moved to Richland in 57 and remember how strange it felt to have so many people that didn't know what their folks did for a living except "work at the plant". Coming from a Military environment this was indeed unfamiliar. Remembering Hi-Spot and the dances and the square dances like what else was there except cruising to the Frostee Freeze or the A&W. As a member of the Sandmen and the Choir it was with great interest the first year we were invited to entertain the troops. Our first look at Hanford!!!!! Blacked out windows, circuitous routes and MP's on the bus as "escorts". What a hoot. I would like to thank all those responsible for this publication. It brings back, in floods, memories, memories and more memories. Keep it up and Good Luck. -Dennis (Robertson) Beatty (60) ******************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) Anyone familiar with a 70s singing group from Richland named The Rock-N-Souls? They have a 'cut' on a Pebbles Presents High in the Mid-Sixties album Volume Seven: The Northwest. On that same album are The Pastles from Pasco (;-) Looking for a 1958 Annual?... I have come across another 1958 Columbian. Please contact me if you need one (;-) I also have found a 1965 Chinook (WSU) annual. There are some great pics of former Bombers in this one! Contact me at . Looking for a great 'Bomber' Christmas gift? How about Bomber Mania? Visit great 'Bomber' basketball at: Bomber Mania The History of Richland High School Basketball 1953-1980 By Ernest Z. Jensen and Richard W. Swanson This book was put together and released in 1980. It is 52 pages of mostly written commentary of each season from 1953 to 1980 of Col-Hi aka Richland High School aka Richland Bomber Basketball. It is full of statistics, records and many game by game information gathered from the Tri-City Herald, the Bomber Booster Club & many individuals. -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Toby Wheeler Davis For Christy Jenkins, daughter of Marie Ruppert (63) Both John and Marie Ruppert were friends of mine, and I have not thought about them in years. We all survived Luther League and retreats, and the thing I will always remember about your mom is that she was such a sweetie, often generous to a fault, she always had a smile regardless of how bad things seemed, give her my best. -Toby Wheeler Davis Class of '65 ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) RE: Bomb vs Plane: If the Bombers were named after the Plane, then why did we have a Bomb as a mascot? Bomber's Rule Happy Thanksgiving to all -Pam Ehinger 67 ******************************************** >>From: Janis Cook Tames (68) To: Peggy Standefer (68): I think most of the class of '68 is still busy working, putting kids through college etc., would like to hear from you ,if interested. -Janis Cook Tames (68) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Lewis (69) To Kathy Kraemer Fisher (67): Bethel was lucky to get by the mighty (but inconsistent) Lake Washington Kangaroos in an earlier round. Now that they get stuck with the long bus ride to Lampson, the Bombers will wipe them out easily. To the Days Pay/Cloud controversy people: Be glad that the name has something to do with the local community. Someday my son may have to come up with a reason why his high school decided to call themselves the Kangaroos. -Steve Lewis (69) ******************************************** >>From: Vikki Kestell (70) To Mike Davis (74) Mike: I'd like to place an order now for a coconut cream pie, lemon meringue pie, and pineapple upside down cake. Since Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Lee have been my only sources for pies the past several years, I'm so pleased to get another source - especially one that comes so highly touted. Happy Thanksgiving! (And let's remember to be thankful . . . ) -Vikki Kestell (70) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To Ray Stein (64): You are right. A few years was ago there was a student body vote to keep the 'R' bomb-cloud as a school symbol and now it is copy righted, in addition coaches felt the stealth bomber was a good symbol and also the B-17 still is on jackets etc. We are unique and justifiably so! By the way, my senior daughter is back from ACL surgery and my sophomore son is playing on the quarter finals Bomber football team! My junior daughter is considering turning for cheerleader. Both letterman jackets have the 'R' cloud-bomb. It's great to work in RHS seeing my kids every day knowing there are 15 people I grew up keeping an eye on them! Grandpa is busy figuring which game is where! By the way, you are in the top 5 all time Bomber basketball players which is another subject. Gotta prepare for kids. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Miriam Lewis (76) RE: memories of Mrs. Robinson, etc. I've been catching up on about a month of Alumni Sandstorms for a good reason (to follow). I wanted to mention my own memories of Mrs. Robinson, who I had as my third grade teacher at Jefferson. I was blessed with many, many good teachers in my Richland public school career. Even one good teacher can make a permanent positive difference in a child's life and I had more than I can count on the fingers of my hands. Mrs. Robinson was definitely one of them. She cared about her students as individuals. Now, my good reason for being so behind hand. Late bloomer that I am, I was expecting the arrival of my first child on December 9. However, she wanted to be born in October so I am announcing: Rose Elizabeth Mandell October 21, 1999, 1:09 a.m. 4 lbs., 14 oz. 17 1/2" long Although she was 7 weeks early, she never had any major preemie problems and we were able to take her home in less than two weeks. She eats like a starving longshoreman and occasionally allows her parents to sleep. Miriam Lewis (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** lumni Sandstorm ~ 11/24/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff in: Clarence Fulcher (51), Wanda Wittebort (53), Dennis Robertson (60), MLou Williams (60), Kathie Roe (64), Billy Didway (66), Vicki Steichen (67), Mina Jo Gerry (68), Diane Carpenter (72), Patty Stordahl (72), Mike Davis (74), Kellie Walsh (77), Shelley Williams (84), Annie Weldon (98) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Clarence Fulcher (51) RE: Sincere Thanks I'd like to thank all of those who sent me messages of understanding, support and encouragement during this painful time in the loss of my only brother.[Don (49)] I guess I was surprised at how much those messages helped me. Every time I got a new one it gave me a little more strength. The Oregon State Police sent an Honor Guard to the funeral and all the pageantry they did was very impressive and moving. Believe me, we'll be watching for those who need support from us in times of need after experiencing this ourselves. Thanks again. Sincerely, -Clarence and Gloria ******************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay (53) A Happy Thanksgiving to all especially to the keepers, movers and shakers of this newsletter. Someone from Richland needs to contact Marilyn Richey (53) and help her access this newsletter. I called her (I live in Lake Ridge, VA) and she told me she is online now. She told me her [e-mail] address. I tried to forward her some of the Sandstorms to get her started, but her address is not recognized. Marilyn has a "lot" of history stored in her wonderful brain. She is retired and living next door to her brother Alan Richey (49). Again, have a peaceful, plentiful Thanksgiving. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay (the great class of 1953) in wonderful Lake Ridge, Virginia, overlooking the Occoquan River - next door to our Nations Capitol. ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) Was just browsing thru the class roster and didn't see a response from Vern Bates (60). Anyone know where he is lounging these days? -Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) ******************************************** >>From: MLou Williams (60) So here it is -- almost Thanksgiving. I ruined Thanksgiving for my family. In a way. I was early coming into this world. We lived in a $100 house in the foothills (mountains) of Mt. Shasta in northern California (yes I am a NATIVE Californian!) The hospital had only two beds and both were filled, so I had to be born at home. Of course I was a breech birth, lots of pain and blood and coming into the world feet first. Poor mom. It was all night, and all morning. The midwife took time out to stick the roasting chicken in the oven so Dad and Susie could have something to eat. I had my own food supply. So that was the beginning. And on November 25, 1963, I turned 21. The day we buried President John F. Kennedy. No party there, either. I guess its congenital that I'm not a party girl. The first birthday was worth it. The 21st was a very, very sad time. I wonder what they were doing on Thanksgiving in 1899? Have a happy, everyone and be thankful we live in this country, in this time. I look around a see a thousand things and people I am thankful for -- I bet you do too. -MLou Williams (60) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) Well folks, it looks like we're going to have a good basketball game for the Reunion 2000 weekend. Jim Castleberry (58) and Phil Neill (66) have agreed to coach the two teams, and the following Bomber hoopsters have agreed to play: (59) LeeRoy Parchen, Dick Nelson, Bill Roe (60) Jim Walton (63) Jim House, Ron Richards (64) Ray Stein, Gary Webb (65) Denny Duncan, Brian Johnson, and Rod Brewer (maybe) (70) Mike Hogan The game is scheduled in the gym at 1pm on Saturday, June 24, but we still need more players!!! If you'd like to play or if there is someone you'd particularly like to see play, email me and we'll try to get them on the team. -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) During Jr. High and High School we always had roll call in alphabetical order. Robin Dejong (66) and Johnny Dietz (66) were in a lot of my classes. I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge of them today and where they are. -Bill Didway (66) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Steichen Buck (67) To Kathy Kraemer (67): Please stop by to say hi at the football game on Saturday. It has been years. Our Bomber team is anxious to win the game and go to State. We are planning to give Bethel a run for the title. I get to supervise the fans from the side lines and have a great view of the boys on the field. Go Bombers. -Vicki Steichen Buck (67), Assistant Principal RHS ******************************************** >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) Speaking of Wascher service station, does anyone remember the Sarpolas? He was a mechanic there and his wife, Lorraine (which I thought was a beautiful name), played the organ at Central Church sometimes. The had several children. I remember Bruce (my age) and Marilyn (a couple of years younger). They moved to Seaside, or somewhere on the Oregon coast and operated a hardware store. My folks kept in touch for years. I have some pre-school age pictures of Bruce and I. This one came to me in the shower the other night: "I'm Captain Jinks of the horse Marines. I feed my horse on corn and beans. I like my ladies in their teens, 'cause I'm the pride of the Army." Did we used to sing that or am I having a memory lapse? I remember that the song had something to do with eating beans and the boys though it was hilarious, but we young ladies we mortified!! This was about 4th grade. If the all class reunion gets a pep band together for this All Star Basketball game, I will volunteer to be the director. I know the current RHS band director and I am sure I could twist his arm to get some music together. -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ******************************************** >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) I'd like to say hi and Happy Thanksgiving to Roy and Nancy Ballard, two of the best neighbors our family ever had. -Diane Carpenter Kipp, '72 ******************************************** >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) Thanksgiving Day is almost here. Taking a stroll down memory lane, I remember. Packing up the family car, traveling the whole distance of about 5 miles from our house on 1415 Jadwin to 620 Birch St. Maybe it was 6 or 7 miles but that is where a beautifully manicured yard with high privacy hedges were all around and rose bushes along with many other flowers and a huge garden lay. Nestled inside right in the center of the yard lay a familiar pale yellow house with white trim. The patio always had a water falls continually running and bird feeders all around. The old rocker iron chairs that were outside nestled around a large patio table with an umbrella now down due to the weather. A large sliding glass door that would open up to the wonderfully large kitchen and a pink rotary phone all to familiar to me. As you walked in the door you could smell Grandma, She smelled of white shoulders and cookies. She always greeted you with a red lipstick kiss, I think she put it on extra heavy just to leave a kiss mark. That is how I remember her. First thing you would see was her collection of the Walt Disney blue bird serving collection that came out on holidays. How all of the grandchildren coveted those birds. The smell of Turkey baking in the oven, the mounds of mashed potatoes, baking yams, the rolls that she made from scratch oh my I am gaining 10 pounds just remembering, Special pies mock mince meat (Ritz cracker & cool whip pie) pumpkin, apple, cherry, man as we all converged to grandma's house we met up with cousins usually the same ones over and over, The Shannon's, Uncle Jack, Aunt Geri, Mike, Kay, Marc, & Jackie Sue, Aunt June & Donnie Wilson, Grandma, Grandpa Stordahl, our clan of 8, The Campbell's, Uncle Arnie, Aunt Shirley, Ronnie, Linda, and Tina. That was a house load for the little yellow house with white trim. Playing tag or hide & go seek in and out of the hedges around the house. Walking through the front room and looking at all of Grandma's really cool statues of birds, the pink flamingo's in her yard, The days are hazy any more. Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Shirley, Dad, my cousin Kay, they are all gone now, All the cousins, scattered through out the states, The little yellow house sold and hedge ripped out. It is amazing how things change but memories remain forever the same. I get a bit sad when down in Bomber land every time I drive past 620 Birch St. How I wish sometimes I could just one more time walk through that sliding glass door and feel my grandma's arms of love around me. Taste one of her cookies or smell her perfume. But now I am the grandma of two beautiful little girls and yes one more on the way, and I am the one who bakes the Turkey, and heaps mounds of mashed potatoes and baked yams on the table in fancy serving dishes, I am the one who wears White shoulders and bakes the cookies and wears the red lipstick as to leave a kiss mark on my grand babies. Our house is full of family, fun, games and football nuts that watch the game. Grandpa, as mine did before, finds a couch and dozes off for an after dinner nap. (while Grandma cleans up). I want to share a wish for a wonderful Thanksgiving to all the Sandstorm family. The Sandstorm has brought friends back to me and just recently my cousin Jackie Sue and I found each other. For this I am very thankful. So I am counting my blessings as history repeats itself. As we all made our way to grandma's house now my family makes their way back to Grandma's house. Memories make us what we are and I am so glad I have some really good ones in my head. Again, Sandstorm, Happy Thanksgiving, because of this news letter many filed away memories have resurfaced. -Patty Stordahl (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) I asked a while back about the all-time starting five for Richland hoops. Although I didn't receive as many responses as the "Beaver vs. Bomber" issue, I have enough for a consensus. There was overwhelming support for Mike Neill (75) and Ray Stein (64). Followed by (in order) Norris Brown (57), Theartis Wallace (63), John Meyers (58), Brian Kellerman (79), and Pat Hoke (72). Ray Stein is the "sentimental" choice as best ever, but realistically Mike Neill was the best. He is the leading all-time Bomber scorer by nearly 700 POINTS (over 2,000 points). He is the all-time leading scorer in the state tournament still today. Had there been the 3-pointer in his day his totals would have been astronomical. His state finishes were 2nd, 2nd, and 4th. ENOUGH SAID! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) To Miriam Lewis (76): Congrats on your new little "alarm-clock." She must be such a great joy to you both. I agree with your comments about Mrs. Robinson. I was in your 3rd grade class, and she was everything you said she was. I especially remember Mrs. Robinson reading to us after every noon-time recess. She introduced us to Pippy Longstocking, Ramon & Beezus (my FAVORITE!), and Charlotte's Web. She had such a wonderful flair for storytelling, and it is one of my very favorite memories of her class. Wasn't it in 3rd grade that you cut your long hair into a pixie bob? Very hip at the time. I also seem to recall at recess, you doing a very convincing "sock-it-to me" imitation of Judy Carnes from Laugh-in. Also chinese jump rope and marbles were a very popular recess activity. Here's a name that just popped into my head -- Sylvia Bingston, remember her? I know I've told this to you before, but you did the most incredible fashion drawings at age 10-11 that I have ever seen! Everyone, they were unbelievable. All throughout grade school, junior high, and high school, you were a very talented artist. Best wishes for your new addition, -Kellie Walsh Patterson, '77 ******************************************** >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard (84) RE: Happy Thanksgiving I received permission from my fourth grader to post this school journal entry: Here's some steps to have a happy Thanksgiving! 1. Get decorations like pilgrams, fake turkeys, and leaves. 2. Call friends and family to see if they could come over for Thanksgiving. 3. Go and shop for the food. 4. Set up your table. 5. Cook the food you bought. 6. Say a prayer for what you're thankful for. 7. Sit down and enjoy! The Robillard family wishes you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! -Shelley Williams Robillard (84) ******************************************** >>From: Annie Weldon (98) I have often wondered why the bomb is on the jackets when our mascot is actually a plane. I proud of the cloud, and I still wear my jacket down here in Knoxville, TN. I get a kick out of people asking me what it is and were the school is. A lot of them like it because Oak Ridge (just North of Knoxville) is just like Richland. If any one has the answer to how the bomb ended up on the jackets I would like to know. -Annie Weldon, Class of 1998 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/99 ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff in: Mary Triem (47), Annie Parker (57), Linda Sommers (57), Jay Siegel (61), Norm Bell (61), Sharon Greer (62), Emajean Stone (63), Carol Converse (64), Linda Reining (64), Rafael Alcazar (64), Kathy Kraemer (67), Rick Valentine (68), Frank Hames (69), Beverly Hinkle (73), Ron Harman (77), Greg Ballard (90) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) MICHAEL PETERSON (77) - what a wonderful surprise to see Richland's own on a national country music awards program tonight. He was a part of the Brenda Lee tribute and sang one of her songs - very well, too. -Mary Triem Mowery - 1947 ******************************************** >>From: Annie Parker Hoyle (57) To Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) You thanked Roy Ballard for being such a good neighbor. Would you ask him if his Mother and Father were Roy and Jo Ballard and went to Westside Church. My Mother was very close to his parents and she would like to know if Jo is still living and if so where. We had heard that Roy had passed on. Thank you for any information. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. -Annie Parker Hoyle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Sommers Evanson (57) Happy Thanksgiving to all Bombers. We all have so much to be thankful for and the Alumni Sandstorm is one on them. What a great link to each other and our past. We all have a special bond growing up in Richland and the Sandstorm keeps it alive in all of us, a special thank you for the Alumni Sandstorm. My husband and I attended a wonderful luncheon in Seattle for National Philanthropy Day. What a treat to see all those people who share with others their good fortune and time. They see giving as a privilege and responsibility filled with joy, being able to improve the quality of life for those in their community be it something simple as food, or the arts or land for recreation. These folks were thankful for the opportunity to share. We are loading up the truck and getting ready for Thanksgiving in Philomath, Oregon with my brother, Merrill Sommers, and his family and my mother is coming from Richland. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends and a time to reflect on our many blessings. -Linda Sommers Evanson (57) ******************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (61) RE: Thanksgiving Greetings! To the Bombers at home in Richland and to those scattered throughout the world: We are so very fortunate, no matter what our actual financial situation might be, we are indeed rich. Many don't realize it, some refuse to accept it, but many embrace the uniqueness of our situation. We have a common bond that gives to each of us special meaning to our existence - we are part of a family spanning four, going on five generations. We have succeeded at doing what few can even comprehend: we put aside most of our pettiness and are happy with what we have. I am thankful that I am a part of this family. Wishing to each of you a happy Thanksgiving Day and renewed awareness of those things that we really need to be thankful for. A special thanks is given for Gary, Maren, Marilyn, Richard and to those whose names I can't remember - you have played a major role in preserving our "family". For each one of you, I am so very thankful. -Jay Siegel (61) ******************************************** >>From: Norm Bell (61) RE: the mushroom cloud/bomber confusion In my mind (with no documentation) the mushroom cloud is the original mascot/logo for the Columbia High School Bombers. Both of my parents, their parents, and my wife's grandparents all contributed "A Day's Pay" to the war effort. While this was a source of pride for all involved, it was even a bigger source of pride to be so directly involved in the single event that ended our war with Japan. Displayed on the wall at Abby's Pizza on Torbett, there is a Richland Junior Chamber of Commerce souvenir brochure from 1947 that proudly exhibits the mushroom cloud with "Richland" written across its top, almost an exact replica of the insignia on my class ring. My mother, Mildred Bell - now 85- and my wife's parents (graduates of Col Hi, HA Montgomery (50), Ramona Garcia (54)) are certainly of the opinion that the "Bombers" stood for the bomb that was built at Hanford. One might ask, "Has anyone ever seen a RHS or CHS class ring or any other school memorabilia with a B-17 insignia?" I think NOT - NOT until it became politically incorrect to proudly display a logo that represented to some the mass destruction the bomb caused in Japan. If you'll recall, Richland received considerable negative press, Newsweek, National Geographic, national television, etc. as a result of the mushroom logo. It is my opinion that this is when The Day's Pay logo idea was born. I think the powers to be were concerned that the school was going to lose it's mushroom cloud and Bomber title as a result of this negative press and saw a clever opportunity to reclaim pride in Richland's contribution by emphasizing the Day's Pay B-17 - and, hey - it worked!!! As you have seen from many of the preceding comments regarding the mushroom logo, the local pride was in contributing to the construction of a weapon, other than the B-17, that ended the war promptly. My wife (a proud Hanford Falcon) and I attended the fly-in ceremony of the B-17 at the Richland airport and as many old timers probably did, chuckled or muttered to ourselves about the re-write of history. We still share the pride that our parents felt, for we too were a part of this history, both the atomic bomb and the Day's Pay. P.S. For those of you who have been commenting about the FBI lurking around Richland, I can tell you that my mother, who worked in an area that gave her access to the FBI background checks, was able to thoroughly check out my dad's background before accepting her first date with him. -Norm Bell (61) ******************************************** From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Sharon A. Greer (62) Date: Wed Nov 24 14:45:18 1999 Would enjoy hearing from any of my old classmates or my brother's old classmates. Was in Richland last week for the first time since 1964. It has changed a lot but it still looks like a "toy town". I am sorry to say that my brother Malcolm A. Greer ('59) passed away April 3,1999 after a lengthy illness with colon cancer. -Sharon Greer (62) ******************************************** >>From: Emajean Stone (63) Re: Reunion Does anyone out there know how to contact Thea Wallace or his brother Maurice? I do want to tell all the Huskies fans that I was rooting very hard for the Cal Bears in last Saturday's Big Game with Stanford, but it didn't work. Sure would have liked to see the Huskies play Minnesota in the Rose Bowl. Oh well, maybe next year. -Emajean Stone (63) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) RE: Thanksgiving To Patty Stordahl (72): I can't thank you enough for that warm thoughtful memory of past Thanksgivings at your grandma's house. As I read your entry, I could just picture each detail as though I were watching it all take place for real. Thank you once again!! I, too, would like to wish each and everyone of you, the Sandstorm family, a great Thanksgiving. We do have so very many things to be thankful for. Great families, great country and a great God. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) Happy Thanksgiving! Things I am thankful for: family and friends who know my faults and accept me anyway! A nice home; good health; and the most wonderful country in the world! And especially the opportunity to be "Grandma" to wonderful grandchildren! -Linda Reining Pitchford, class of '64 ******************************************** >>From: Rafael Alcazar (64) hi... just short memories of my first Thanksgiving celebration... November 1962, just arrived from Miami and Cuba. Had no idea at all about this particular celebration and what it meant in the US... To me, it was a "free day" from school and a day to get together with some of the other Cubans who had just come with me. We went out and came back later than expected. Of course, the dinner was waiting and even somewhat overcooked. When I realized what had happened, I felt horrible, but the Crowleys were very patient and understanding (as always they were...!) and we proceeded to have our T-day dinner and I learned a cultural lesson about my new country and family. Short memories about Thanksgiving... and life in the US for a new arrival... Very happy Thanksgiving day to all BOMBERS and their families, wherever life may have taken them. -Rafael Alcazar (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Kraemer Fisher (67) To Vicki Steichen Buck (67) Wow .. yea, really long time. Assistant Principal? That's neat. Wish I could get over there for the Bethel- Richland football game .. but unfortunately, I'm in Bethel country (south of Tacoma, towards Mt. Rainier) and I can't make it. Despite Bethel's fantastic year and tendency to not just beat teams, but stomp them good, I still think Richland has the edge in this game, just because of where it is being played. Thanks for the invitation to join you on the sidelines tho. -Kathy Kraemer Fisher (67) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine (68) RE: Happy Thanksgiving I would just like to wish everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving" from a class of '68 member. (yes there are some '68 people out here lurking) Have no fear I will try to eat more than my share of turkey, which I will probably regret when I have to be to work at 5:00am on Friday Morning! Trivia... Israel is the country in the world that consumes the most turkey... Bomber cheers... -Rick Valentine (68) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Hames (69) To: Gary Behymer (64): Gary; I noticed in your entry in the Sandstorm you mentioned a record containing a cut by the Pastels. I would really like to get a copy of that if it were possible. If you could let me know how to obtain a copy I would greatly appreciate it. My name is Frank Hames (69) and I played keyboards in the Pastels from 1966 to 1969 and do not have any of the many recordings we made during that period. If you can help, please contact me. Thanks -Frank Hames (69) ******************************************** >>From: Beverly Hinkle Lais (73) Howdy, I read the sandstorm daily... I am always disappointed that no "1973" entries are ever there. It's like we completely disappeared, and never existed. Is anyone from "73" out there, or did we burn ourselves out so much that there's no one left to carry on the era of "73" "Beaver" P.S. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to create the Sandstorm. It's like my morning paper... :):):) -Beverly Hinkle Lais (73) ******************************************** from the RHS Guest Book: Record 247 Name: Ron Harman - Class of '77 From: Portland Time: 1999-11-23 09:21:28 Comments: Wow! Is this great! Still singing and acting here in Portland. I know, it's not the best place for the career of choice, but I've got a great wife and daughter to make it all worth while!! And a day job. Please drop a line and let me know what's up with you!! -Ron Harman (77) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Ballard (90) To Annie Weldon ('98) Unless there has been some change that I am not aware of the "R and mushroom cloud" are the official mascot and not the plane. I graduated in '90 and we voted on that issue as a school in 87(?) and it was passed unanimously at that time that the mushroom cloud was to be the official school mascot. It was promised to us at that time by the school faculty that it would never come up again and that this would be the final say on the issue. Unfortunately there are still to this day several faculty members who feel that it is a politically incorrect symbol and are obviously afraid that we might offen somebody with it. These faculty members, at least during the time I was there, felt that the issue was important enough to push their "beliefs" on their students during class time and any other opportunity they got. I still have issues with the fact that some of the sports teams are not allowed to have the official school mascot on their uniforms. At that time the school said that the head coach of each respective team would make the decision on what went on the uniform, even if it went against the wishes of the team and student body. My mother disagreed with this stating that she as the taxpayer sending her kids to that school was paying for those uniforms (not to mention the monetary support the got from the Bomber Boosters) and the kids should be allowed to pick what went on the uniforms, within good taste of course. I am a WWII "buff" and have been fascinated with the B-17 and am particularly proud of the fact that my grandparents and all the other workers around Hanford at the time helped purchase the Day's Pay and send it off to help with the war effort. BUT, Hanford was instrumental in the production of weapons that ended the war and that is what I am most proud of. If those weapons had not been dropped, there is a chance that one or both of my grandfathers would have died in the continuing years of WWII and that I would not be here today. I am curious who misled you with the information that our mascot is the plane? Please look at the top of the school crest and you will see the mushroom cloud. I believe there are still faculty members of RHS that are trying to get this changed, and I ask them why? Especially if those members are not former RHS graduates. I do no mean to rant and ramble about this, but it made me mad then and it makes me mad now. -Greg Ballard (90) ******************************************** ******************************************** THINGS TO DO TO LIVEN UP THANKSGIVING DINNER 1. When everyone goes around to say what they are thankful for, say, "I'm thankful I didn't get caught," and refuse to say anything more. 2. Bring along old recorded football games, pop them in the VCR when Dad's not looking. Make sure it is set to the last two minutes of the game. 3. During mid meal turn to your Mom and say, "See Mom, I told you they wouldn't notice that the turkey was past the expiration date." *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/26/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff in: Viva Webster (53), Dean Enderle (57) Dave Hanthorn (63), Lee Bush (68), Terry Hutson (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Viva Webster Metz (53) To: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) Linda - just wanted to let you know that we just came from a Thanksgiving Reunion at Tim and Neila's. Your mom was there; Arin and little Chase home from Police Academy in Tacoma; Adrian, Jennifer and little Darian home from Spokane, and my parents. It was a wonderful afternoon - wish you could have been here. Maybe next year. I read the Sandstorm daily and see all of your messages. I don't have a lot of time to sit down and respond to messages -still working long hours on a computer all day, but plan to retire from Battelle next year. The first thing I do each evening after dinner is to log on for the Sandstorm. It's one of the "highlights" of my day. I'm so thankful that all our family on "both" sides are still with us and healthy. I wish you well and will watch for future messages. -Viva Webster Metz (53) ******************************************** From the RHS Bomber Guest Book: >>From: Dean Enderle (57) Referred by: Just Surfed On In From: England at the moment Time: 1999-11-25 18:50:59 Comments: Just wondering if any class of "57" people might be in the area and what they have been doing, etc. etc. for all these years. I have not been back in the area for many years and probably would not recognize it now. I retired from the Air Force in 1981 after 22.5 years and then went to work for the Defense Communications Agency in Europe. Am presently living in England as I am semi retired but am planning to return to the states in the new year for good. Don't know exactly where yet but most probably will be on the East Coast, wife has family there. Hope the old school is going ok in every way and best of luck to the Bombers. -Dean Enderle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) To Norm Bell (61) and Greg Ballard (90), Thanks guys, for expressing so well what I wanted to say but could not as well as you. I am constantly amazed how people will believe whatever they choose to believe, in spite of all evidence to the contrary (in this case the "eyewitness" accounts of the people that voted on the name "Bombers" to begin with, the use of the Mushroom Cloud motif and Bomb from the very beginning, and all the rest). If people choose to deny their own heritage, then so be it. But when they try to take my heritage, my pride, from me, when they try to rewrite history to make everything "politically correct", then is the time that we have to stand up and say "I am PROUD to be a BOMBER. My family helped build the bombs that ended WWII and kept the Soviet Union at bay and the world free for 50 years. I am PROUD of that, and you are not going to change MY history just because you don't like it." Truth department: My own family moved to Richland in 1946, so was not involved in the production of the WWII A-bomb, but as someone said here recently, we Richlanders had (have) an extended family that includes the whole town, so I lay claim to the right to feel proud of the folks who were there during the war years "building" those bombs that made history. On this thanksgiving day, I am thankful that I live in a country in which all of us can freely express our ideas and opinions, where we can gather with our friends and loved ones to celebrate the joys of life, and where the bounties of freedom makes each of us rich in spirit and opportunity if not also rich in material goods. I sincerely hope each and every one reading this has (had) a wonderful Thanksgiving day, and will continue to have wonderful days for a long and joyous life. Bombers Forever, -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Lee Bush (68) To: Vicki Steichen Buck (67) Wow! Golly gee whiz - a VICE Principal!! Just wondering, really, just wondering - dare I ask........? Well here goes, "What vice are you principle of?" Oh, you said principal not principle! Sorry!! Go Bombers, -eeL hsuB (86) oh my dyslexia acted up again, I meant, Lee Bush (68) P.S. My dyslexia got me kicked out of DDAM (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers). -Lee Bush (68) ******************************************** >>From: Terry Hutson Semmern (74) Re: Brad Upton (74) Saw his show in Richland last night at the Tower Inn. It was great and the other comedians were so funny. It was so good to see Brad again, he is funnier every time I see him perform. And also thanks for the laughs on my birthday. It made it extra special. -Terry Hutson Semmern (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** Bomber Mania would make a great Christmas gift at just $8.20 postpaid. Got a reunion coming up? Purchase 25 copies for $125.00 + UPS charges. Got a '2000' reunion coming up? Purchase 100 Bomber Mania's for a mere $500 plus UPS charges. Whata deal (;-) Or bid for it on eBay at $4.95 (;-) Bomber Mania The History of Richland High School Basketball 1953-1980 By Ernest Z. Jensen and Richard W. Swanson This book was put together and released in 1980. It is 52 pages of mostly written commentary of each season from 1953 to 1980 of Col-Hi aka Richland High School aka Richland Bomber Basketball. It is full of statistics, records and many game by game information gathered from the Tri-City Herald, the Bomber Booster Club & many individuals. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/27/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and one obit today. Ramona Miller (54), Ken Heminger (56), Richard Anderson (60), Bob Mattson (64), Gary Behymer (64), Linda Reining (64), Kathy Wheat (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ramona Miller Bruggeman (54) TO: Dave Hanthorn (63) I agree with you 100% -- yes, thanks to Norm Bell (61) for putting it so succinctly. (I wonder if his tremendously talented English teacher Hanford Falcon wife had anything to do with the writing?) Seriously, we know we did what needed to be done -- as has been said many times "If there had been no Honolulu there wouldn't have been a Hiroshima." I'm also a proud "Atomic Kid" -- our parents made great sacrifices to come here to the desert and work under difficult circumstances. -Ramona Miller Bruggeman (54) (Norm Bell's Mother-In-Law) ******************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger (56) I have read many memories in the sandstorm, some I can relate to and others I wonder how I missed out on so much. Having lived in what is now West Richland all my young life I missed out on many of the "Goings on" in Richland. There's one thing I haven't seen mentioned in the Sandstorm. How many remember the Farm in a Day Project. All the details are fuzzy anymore but as I remember they got together and started from scratch and built a complete farm including putting in the crops in a 24 hr period. I think they then gave the keys to a veteran. This had to be in the late 40s early 50s. If anybody remembers it maybe they can fill in the who, where and why of it. Just thought I would throw something in that no one had mentioned yet -Ken Heminger (56) ******************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson (60) What year did Hanford open and what year did it graduate its first class? I am sort of guessing 1972 and 1974; but I'd like to know for certain. Thanks. -Richard Anderson (60) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Mattson (64) RE: hair, skin & mussel tune{ sandstorm stuff There is to be a rally band for the 2000 basketball game. Nothing better than music at a happening. Count me in. Let's have a practice the night before --somewhere. I guess that's all we need now. Keep your ear to the water pipe. hummmm, tap tap, 3 ,4, huh? Dust off those clarinets folks, we need all the noise available. Gad, I'll bet there's real band people out there. Well, accepting apps? We can start the implosion. No wave for us. Marching optional. -Tune a Bob Mattson 64 Cheerleader try outs room 41, BaliHi motel. ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) I would like for all Bombers who receive the Alumni Sandstorm to check their email listing on their 'class page'. I 'lost' the site for the class years 1971 thru 1974. The site is back up now - with the help of Maren Smyth (64) who had the foresight to copy that site and save it plus Richard Anderson (60) who was able to convert it to 'html'. -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) To Viva Webster Metz (53): Great to hear from you - isn't it "funny" how "small" our world is? I'll be home (Idaho) for Christmas - am flying and am counting on all the angels to guide my flight, as I'm absolutely terrified of flying! But, it'll be the first time in 10 years that Mom will have her kids "home". Course, my kids will be here in CA. Absolutely terrific that the Sandstorm can keep so many "in touch" and revive great memories. Have a great Christmas and tell your folks hello. -Linda Reining Pitchford (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Wheat Fife (79) To "Mrs. Neidhold", I was so sorry to read that Mr. Neidhold had passed away. What wonderful memories I have of you and your family. How many out there remember the Spaghetti Feeds before football? and do you share your recipe? I doubt you'd remember me but you were great examples of wonderful parents and had great kids. Please say hello to Mike and Patty! To "Mr. Fulcher" and your family: My prayers are with you at the passing of your brother. It's always sad to hear of bad things happening to good people. I hope time will quickly heal your heart and that wonderful memories will live on! Please say hello to Karen. I have great snow skiing memories and pool party times at your home. To the planners of the all 2000 reunion, What great ideas. The basketball game and cheerleaders??? How many former cheerleaders and song leaders would be interested in a half time deal? I got out my old cheer leading uniforms.... size 5! I wouldn't believe I wore them if not for the pictures. At least my daughter got a kick out of them! Brian, I know you may be reading, are you up for a game? Perhaps you could get that old '79 team going against some other state champs? What a ride it was, and could be again.... :) To Miriam Lewis: Congratulations on motherhood and many, many blessings to you and your family! Kathy Wheat Fife, '79 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/28/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff in: Bill Draper (44), Dick Harris (49), Dick Roberts (49), Dorothy Stamper (54), Larry Mattingly (60), Norm Bell (61), Paula Beardsley (62), Terry Hutson (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bill Draper (44?) It's been a lot of years since I left Richland High, but it's nice to know the old school is still there. I left in Jan. of 1944 to join the Navy. A couple other boys went with me but I can only remember one name. Al Colbough. I hope I spelled it right. A guy by the name of "Shorty" Lightfoot also went with us but I don't think he was going to school at the time. Another friend I remember is Jr. Mineer, a girl by the name of Jody Foster and Ina Dean Funk (44). I wish I could remember more of them. Lots of good memories from that school even though I was only there from Sept. 1943 until Jan. 1944. That's it for now but if any of; the students of that era are still around I sure would like to hear from them. -Bill Draper ******************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) RE: Columbia Basin Farm In A Day TO: Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce: In this morning's Richland High School "Alumni Sandstorm", one of our alumni, Ken Heminger (56), asked if anyone remembered the Farm In a Day project. I certainly do and seem to remember that it happened in 1951 and was a fantastic promotion to promote the Columbia Basin. Any information that you might have could go to the "Copy To," addressee, please. Thank you! We have had a rather interesting thing happen in our community [Wenatchee]. Two Rotarians, one from each of two different clubs in the area, were conversing over Tom Brokaw's (NBC Nightly News Anchorman) book, "The Greatest Generation." For those of you who may not have heard of this book, it was inspired by interviews, Brokaw had with veterans who were commemorating Normandy at the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the event in France. These two Rotarians came up with the idea of involving high school age young people in interviewing persons who lived through the Great Depression and World War II and getting that down on paper and tape. Their idea was that this would be an excellent way for these young people to learn history from persons that lived it. Bob Parlette and Don Moos, a WW II Veteran, who was wounded three times before meeting the Russians at the Elbe River, were the two Rotarians who presented the idea to the teacher of the Eastmont High School junior honors English teacher, Allison Agnew, who liked the idea and presented it to her students. They were excited and the Rotary Clubs put them in touch with a number of persons who lived through the depression and WW II. By the way, Don Moos, was also a former State Legislator, former Director of the Dept. of Agriculture, Dir. of the Dept. of Fisheries, and Dir. of the Dept. of Ecology. More recently, he has been liaison staff person for Eastern Washington for Senator Slade Gorton. The students interviewed persons who lived during the depression and veterans of WW II and taped their sessions and wrote what they learned. Then they edited them and included them in a publication called, "Honor by Listening." Someone sent Tom Brokaw a copy and he was so impressed, that he contacted Ms. Agnew and requested that the students get together this summer and record their feeling about this experience for him. He was so elated with their response, that he immediately sent out an NBC Nightly News Team to Wenatchee and East Wenatchee and they spent a week interviewing the students and some of their interviewees. As a result of this effort, NBC Nightly News dedicated a portion of their Friday evening news program to featuring the 'Honor By Listening" effort. This was just before Veterans Day and was a tribute to the students and veterans. The students are expanding the effort now to the Korean War and Viet Nam and several other schools have adopted the idea. Anyone interested in learning more can go to the Honor by Listening Home Page or the Honor by Listening Webmaster. It was an honor for me to work with one of these young persons about our family's experience during the depression in Colorado and at Richland and the Manhattan Project during WW II. I think we can all be proud of our families' contribution to world peace through the magnificent effort at Hanford and we don't need to apologize to anyone, but rather speak with pride! The efforts of some to rewrite history and try to suggest that the use of the A-bomb during WW II was anything other than a brilliant decision by then President, Harry S.Truman, to shorten the conflict and thus reduce the casualties, is a travesty! -Dick Harris '49 ******************************************** >>From: Dick Roberts (49) To Pam Ehinger (67) One of my elders, Bud Row (47), suggested we sort of cool it on the issue of "Bomb" vs "Plane". But your comment, "If the Bombers were named after the plane, why did we have a bomb as a mascot?" caused me to recall a picture in the '47 annual featuring the great Bomber basketball champions of the Yakima Valley Conference. We beat Pasco, went on to the state conference to be defeated. Who won? Pasco! First team players were Bud Row, Chuck Larabee, Orville Marcum, Junior Williams, Gene Conley, Jack Davis, Keith Roberts, Dick Sears, John Hughes, Kay Connolly and Vern Lawson. Alan Neidhold and I were managers. The point is, you ask? The picture also shows Alan and I standing next to a wheeled cart that carried the drinks and towels to the players during breaks. On the top of the cart is a bomb, with fins. Painted along side of the bomb is the word "Bombers". We almost got a standing ovation the first time we wheeled that cart out on the floor. The BOMB was our mascot. Richlanders were proud of it. With all of the evidence, it is clear to me that we voted for the Bombers in September, 1945, after the first bombs were dropped on Japan a few weeks before. The Days Pay was christened in '44, more than a year before. Ken Ely (49) was livid when he made a visit to the local museum where it is indicated that we were named after the Days Pay. Could some of you locals take up the cause and get them to correct history? I think the jury has returned with the correct answer. -Dick Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Dorothy Stamper McGhan (54) To: Richard Anderson (60) You are right - Hanford opened in '72 and the first graduating class was '74. Our daughter was in that class after going to to Col-Hi for her sophomore year. We also had kids that graduated at Hanford in '75 and '76. Just finished listening to the Bomber - Bethel game. Great win! Yeah. Bombers!!! -Dorothy Stamper McGhan (54) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To Ken Heminger (56) Didn't we used to call part of what is now West Richland, "Heminger City"? Late 40's or early 50's? My poor tired brain also remembers some of it was also called "Enterprise". When is it fun to be a Bomber? When you are sitting in a meeting with several clients in the Spokane area and there is discussion going on waiting for the last person to show up. The talk turns to where you are from and how long you have been there and so on. When it got to be my turn, I grew up in Richland etc. One of the clients said "God, another Bomber". Another said to him "they sure whacked your Shadle pretty good the other night". (Great chagrin on the face of the first). Then another piped up and said "you gotta hand it to the Bombers they always seem to have a winner in something". Another said "you know, that success carries on even in the City of Richland. No matter how tough things get at Hanford they always come out of it". Go Bombers! "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Norm Bell (61) To Richard Anderson (60) RE: Hanford High Hanford Educational Park, a K-12 complex, as it was called then, opened in the fall of 1972. The first class to graduate from there was the class of 1974. 1972 was the year that there was a double levy failure (the only one) and the adminstration/school board found itself with a flawed RIF policy so every teacher in the district received a pink slip. This gave the district time to work things out and selectively began rehiring before school started in the fall. Most teachers were retained, although there was considerable displacement. Several former "Bomber alumni" (Mushroom variety) teach at Hanford. These professionals constitute what some others on the staff refer to as living proof of evolution. -Norm Bell (61) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) Hi Bombers - We have a lot to be thankful for. I am so thankful we live in a country that allows us the opportunity and freedom to remember and relive those special memories of growing up in the greatest town. I'm thankful for the superior education we got (although some of us may not have thought so at the time) and am proud of what we have become. I'm thankful for lifelong friends and the best family in the world. I'm thankful that my Dad (who just turned 87 last Monday) made the decision he did and moved to Richland from Oklahoma in December of '43. I can't imagine a better community to grow up in and am still thankful to be a Bomber and proud of all it represents. Don't think I mentioned it before but sister Janice became a Grandma finally on Sept. 29 back in South Carolina. Little Larson doing okay after a pretty rough start - 3 major surgeries on his tiny heart within the first 10 days. They finally got him home last week and he is hanging in there. He showed up one week after Nancy's youngest daughter gave birth to a baby boy - Josiah here in Richland. So the Beardsley gene pool is still going strong. God Bless all our babies. Hope the holiday season is especially blessed for all our fellow Bombers - wherever they may be. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Terry Hutson Semmern (74) Re: Hanford High School opening up To Richard Anderson (60) Hanford opened in 1973. And it's 1st graduating class was 1974. How do I remember that? Because I am a 1974 Bomber alumni and it was our class that had to split up when it came time to do the Hanford split. It was so hard to say good-bye to some of our classmates that went to school with us for so long. That is why we have 1974 combination class reunions with Hanford now, which started 5 years ago. We combine it with the colors and everything and it's like we never separated. It's a lot of people who get together but it works and we love it. -Terry Hutson Semmern (74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/29/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and one Falcon today. Ralph Myrick (51), Dennis Barr (58), Paul Ratsch (58), Rose Boswell (61), Dave Hanthorn (63), Gary Behymer (64), Lynn Dodson (66), Rick Maddy (67), Stu Osborn (71), Rob Peutz (73), Mike Lloyd (77-HHS) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) I am really proud to be a Bomber. The l999 Bomber football team is on to state. I didn't get to be their but I listened to it on the radio. What a gift to Lonnie Pearson, the coach. If you haven't heard, Lonnie is recovering from a cancer operation. I can't think of a better tribute to a coach. I am really proud of them. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Barr (58) In reply to the interest of "Farm in A Day".. My uncle lived in Moses Lake at the time and he worked as a carpenter on the house and some of the out buildings. I only saw it later in the month, but it was really amazing. The footings for the Buildings were poured a day or two before the actual buildings were raised, to allow them to firm up and cure, but everything else went up from day light until after dark. It kind of reminded me of the Play Ground of Dreams.. which I worked a shift on. It's amazing what people can accomplish working toward a common goal... The sad part was the person that won the farm wasn't able to make a go of it, and I guess there has been several owners since it was built... It was a amazing feat!! -Dennis Barr "class of 58" ******************************************** >>From: Paul Ratsch (58) RE: Football "58" Who played on the Yakima valley championship team of '58' besides myself. Anybody out there remember? -Paul W. Ratsch (58) ******************************************** >>From: Rose Boswell Smith (61) When we moved to West Richland in the late 40's we called it Enterprize. I remember quite a while after that they started calling it West Richland. Also I remember something about the farther out part of the area called Heminger. But I was pretty young when we moved there. Nice to see people from class of '61 writing in. Nice to see Norm Bell's (61) name. Hope to see you all when its our turn for the class reunion. -Rose Boswell Smith (61) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) Big win by the Bombers today over Bethal to put them into the state championship game. I hope someone that was at the game can give a recap of the game, as the Seattle Times is notorious for forgetting that there is such a thing as Eastern Washington except to report something negative. (They had one short paragraph on the game, and that probably only because Bethal is a Western Washington team). Anyway, now its "On To State" for the Bombers. Way to go guys. And a big win tonight for the Cougars over the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Hawaii Rainbows in Honolulu. This was an exciting back and forth game that featured tough defense and big plays. The Cougars hung tough and never gave up. A lot of Freshmen and Sophomores played key roles in this game for the Cougs, so even though this season was a tough "rebuilding" year, the future looks bright for the scrappy Cougs. (Sorry, I know this is for Bomber stuff, but a lot of us Bombers went on to be Cougs). It looks like the plans for the R2K All- Classes Reunion and Blowout Party of the Millennium are coming along nicely. A HUGE thanks to those involved in putting this together. It is gonna be great!! Also, a HUGE thanks to Maren and Gary for the Alumni Sandstorm. What a great idea, and what a wonderful job you guys do in putting it all together. One of the neat things about being a Bomber is all the fantastic and talented people who went to our school. Proud to be a BOMBER, -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) This is for those people who are new to the Alumni Sandstorm e-mail list (;-) *** Check out the "Stuff to Buy' Page at *** Richland Seniors Organization ALPHABET HOUSE ORNAMENTS - Richland's "alphabet houses" are being remembered in a unique way. Light-weight "genuine 24K gold finish brass" ornaments have been designed. These ornaments (for your window, souvenir, or Christmas) will be a unique gift for parents, neighbors and friends, children, and grandchildren. Ornaments Order Form *** "The Long Road to Self-Government" The History of Richland, Washington 1943 to 1968. 44 pages of compiled from clip-pings, data, booklets, etc. in honor of the 25th anniversary of Richland (;-) Contact one of those Beardsley ladies. Their Dad has copies for sale. Nancy Beardsley (65) *** "Bomber Mania" the History of Richland High School Basketball 1953 to 1980. (52 pages.) Bomber Mania All available at CREHST Gift Shop *** "Home Blown" The History of the homes of Richland *** "A B C Homes The Houses that Hanford Built" *** "Legend and Legacy" Fifty Years of Defense Production at the Hanford Site" *** "The Hanford Site: An Anthology of Early Histories" *** "Something to Win the War: The Hanford Diaries" This is a video! Great film. Found this one at a used book store in West Gate...Richland. Must be others around town? *** Free for the asking... Page 8 from the Tri-City Herald Sunday June 12, 1955 with pictures of 307 seniors...It's graduation 1955! Includes all of the names. *** -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) To Bob Mattson (64) and all the others who played in RHS Pep Bands: Of course, we'll have to have music at the 2000 Reunion B-Ball game. It's been my experience in life that people who played in the bands and orchestras in high school turned out to be some of the most interesting people. Except for that questionable final comment about Cheerleader tryouts in Room 41 at the Bali Hi Motel (In your dreams!) I'm in full agreement with old "Tuna" Mattson. -Lynn Dodson Stedman '66 ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) I believe I was in the ninth grade and had gone to a high school game at Col Hi. This was 1964. Somebody from the opposing school, I think it was a Yakima school (Davis or Ike), stole the bomb with fins after a bleacher emptying end of game melee on the court. And I do remember it was painted green, and had gold lettering. Quite a few RHS “older” boys headed out to set up roadblocks to get the bomb back. It was NOT a small deal. I was curious if anyone remembers that incident? Speaking of bombs, last week I went to a belated Marine Corps birthday (11/10/1775) dinner put on by the Maui Leathernecks. Lt. Gen. (3 star) Libutti was there. He is the commanding general of all Marine forces in the Pacific. The night was filled with interesting stories, particularly WWII and Korea. Gawd, I love those guys. General Libutti is a Vietnam vet and has been in the service thirty-two years. There were 130 former and present Marines there with their wives and children. One woman Marine, a seventy- seven year old WWII radio operator that looked great. Heck of a party. I just wanted everyone to know that the Corps is the same today as yesterday. Anywhere, anytime, no questions asked, and unfortunately, that is just the way it has to be. -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: Stu Osborn (71) Sometimes it's fun looking through the annuals from my years at Chief Jo Jr. High and coming up with forgotten names of classmates. Spent a solid two hours tonight trying to caption this latest .jpg for Maren. Once you see the kids' names in print, a flood of memories come back associated with the girls and boys and our lives and times together growing up at school. Kind of like reading the Alumni Sandstorm. The third picture of five that I have for the web shows Mrs. Meigs' 2nd grade class at Jason Lee in 1960-61. Hopscotch and kick soccer were our recess pursuits back then. Mrs. Meigs herself isn't pictured somehow. But I remember her being a portly woman with brown curly hair and a jolly laugh. Can anyone from the classes of '69-'71 help identify the missing names of our classmates in 2nd grade? Welcome any and all e-mails from my "flower- power" era classmates. Just wanted to give the "high sign" to the Bomber boys football team who yesterday qualified for the state 4-A title game against fifth-ranked Kentwood this Saturday night at 7:30 at the Tacoma Dome. Grabbed the paper this morning after seeing the brackets on TV and noticed second- ranked Bethel fell 21-14 Saturday under a furious rally by our boys at Lampson field. The Oakes to Kafenzis connection was deadly in the second half. Interestingly enough, Richland's last state football championship came against Kentridge 7-6 in 1981. A "Did You Know" about Richland coach Lonnie Pierson... Did you know this will be Lonnie's 4th RHS state championship football game? He's been involved in all four that the Bombers have played in. Knowing that he's recovering from cancer surgery, it's all that more impressive. (Lonnie was an assistant on the 1975 state runner-up team, defensive coordinator on my brother's 1981 state championship team and was head coach in '96 when the Bombers were outclassed a bit by Curtis 35-15.) Gotta go. I've got to go secure my seats at the Tac 'Dome for this Saturday night. -Stu Osborn (71) ******************************************** >>From: Rob Peutz (73) Hey Beverly Hinkle Lais (73), Yes, there are other class mates out here. I too enjoy hearing from people I went to high school with. I was talking to Jeanette Haberman (73), this weekend, about the pungent smell that used to come from the water purification plant, and wondering if it still smells. I joined the Navy right out of high school, and have been here ever since. I have been back to Richland twice since. The last time was in 1974. Would love to hear from 73 class mates... -Rob Peutz (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lloyd (77-HHS) Hanford High opened up in 72, I was there the first day as an 8th grader. They didn't have a Senior class that school year, 72/73. First Seniors graduated in 74. I refereed a basketball tournament this weekend at Mt. Rainier HS in Des Moines, just a little south of SeaTac. Called the Clash of the Classes where teams were made up of graduates from each of the classes. Think the oldest class(es) where a combined 70/74 team. They give a 1 pt per year handicap for each game. Seemed like they had a lot of fun and is this was the ninth year of doing this. They do it over Thanksgiving weekend as a lot of the graduates are home for the holiday weekend. Thought this would be something right up RHS's alley with its rich basketball tradition. Speaking of that, I was wondering just how many people does Art Dawald Gym hold? I have heard that it is the largest HS gym in the state. Does anyone remember the Pioneer Days at Sacajawea? Good luck to the Bombers next weekend. Even though I live in Kent, I will be rooting for the Kelley Green and Gold of RHS. Have extra room if anyone needs a place stay cheap!! -Mike Lloyd (HHS 77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/30/99 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff in: Bud Row (47), Annie Parker (57), Kathie Roe (64), Billy Didway (66), Dyanna Cook (67) and Shannon Forsythe (97) Phil Jones (69), Anita Fravala (73), Jeanette Haberman (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bud Row (47) To Dick Harris [51]: I had no idea you were from Colorado. My dad & mom left Denver, for Hanford in late '43, why I never knew. No regrets what so ever. What else can I say since I have 2 daughters that take the "Sandstorm" also. Please all out there be nice!! Anyway Dick, dad was working at the Rockey Mountain Arsenal a few miles west of Denver, when he decided that Hanford was the place to be? go to? whatever. Thank you Mom & Dad. One more thing: I was a Coloradian from day one, born and raised between Denver and Beautiful Boulder. As you may suspect, I was born in Boulder. 4k, residents, 8k, when C.U. students showed up in Sept. I still think of the C.U. Buffalos to this day. Glad to be a Bomber, what a group you [we are,-were?]. [were] those who are not with us now but I hope still in spirit. To all Happy Holidays. -budmick [47][48] ******************************************** >>From: Annie Parker Hoyle (57) In answer to Paul Ratsch (58) about the Yakima Valley Champs in Football. I can name a few I think I married one. Bill Hoyle (58) - Pat Crook (58) - George Stephans (58) -John Meyers (58) - Ted Kuykendal (58) - Kenny Ryan (58) - Dennis Barr (58) - Big John Richardson (58) - Darell Henjum (59) - Bob Lipke. How many did I miss? -Annie Parker Hoyle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) TO: Lynn Dodson Steadman '66 Bob Mattson '64 And other RHS band members MUSIC FOR ALUMNI B-BALL GAME: My "to do" list for the June 24 alumni basketball game included talking to the RHS band leader. However, I think it would be more fun if we could get an alumni band to play at the game. In order to make this happen, we need someone to take the lead. Please contact me if you'd be willing to coordinate getting an alumni band together. I know zip-nada- nothing about music, so if we can't get someone to coordinate this, I'll probably just go ahead and contact the school to see if current band members would be willing to play at our game. -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) RE: pep music There was an old movie on TV this week, "Elephant Walk", and the title reminded me of a song the pep band played at the basketball games in the mid sixties. I can't remember the name to the song. It had elephant in the title though. Does anyone remember the whole name? "The Theme From Peter Gunn" was another tune that I remember them playing. -Billy Didway (66) ******************************************** >>From: Dyanna Cook Forsythe (67) and Shannon Shea Forsythe (97) RE: Rosemary Johnson Cook Eden (48) Just a short note to let all know that Rosemary Johnson, class of 1948, passed away tonight, just 6 short weeks after her beloved sister, Betty Johnson Bennett, class of 1946, passed away. Their families will miss them. -Dyanna Cook Forsythe (1967) daughter -Shannon Shea Forsythe (1997) granddaughter ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To Rose Boswell Smith (61): Rose, you mentioned you moved to West Richland in the late 40's. My dad, Jimmy Jones, owned the Richfield service station on the corner of Grosscup and Van Giesen about the time I was born in 1951. He reports that the area from just across the Yakima River bridge from Richland to West Richland to the irrigation ditch by Flattop was all Enterprise. From the irrigation ditch west toward Benton City was all Hemminger City. How about those Bombers. Great high school football last Saturday. I thought Bethel was very good. The Bombers got off to a great start and controlled things early. But when Bethel finally got the ball and settled down into their offense, they looked unstoppable. Richland again made some very nice adjustments at the half. They decided to contain the quarterback better and defend the run. They also appeared to decide to blitz like crazy and force the Bethel QB to throw quickly with guys in his face. That worked and Bethel just couldn't throw it well enough to win that way. Bethel was very quick on defense and made the Bombers earn everything offensively. Open receivers were few and far between and Bethel's defensive backs were always in position. Number 81, Scott Burcar for Bethel was Mr. Everything. He covered Stowe either one-on-one or with some (disguised) underneath help all day, played offense, place kicked, kicked off, and is reported to be one of the best high school soccer players in the country, going to San Diego State to play soccer. The Bombers were very fortunate to win but they played their butts off. They need to cut down the penalties some Saturday night and keep the intensity. Kentwood is supposed to be very talented. The book on them is they think they have 5 Division - One caliber seniors and a junior class that might be better than the senior class. That means they are a very talented group. But so are the Bombers! Great team speed and playing well. Go get it!! -Phil Jones 69 ******************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin (73) TO Beverly Hinkle Lais (73) The class of '73 is alive and well! Would you believe we are just quieter than most classes?! I read the Sandstorm every day - gets my day off to a good start! You can sure learn a lot of things about our community and school we never knew when we went there! Does anyone remember the bomb threats we used to have? School couldn't be canceled until we had been there a certain amount of hours so we had to stand outside until we had reached those hours - then we went home for the day! Wow, those were the days! -Anita Fravala Griffin (73) ******************************************** >>From: Jeanette Haberman Nymon (73) To Beverly Hinkle Lais (73) and Rob Peutz (73): I haven't written in to the Sandstorm, so I thought it was my turn, and hopefully this will prompt some of you other "shy" '73'ers to write in too. Rob, we did talk about Bomber things sweeter than that waste treatment plant, didn't we? I am now living in Davenport, Iowa, having recently transferred with my company (Alcoa) from Pittsburgh. Had an interesting time living in various parts of the country. I am thankful for the experience. So, Rob, you will have to check out Iowa, and see if it matches up with your around-the-world experiences! -Jeanette Haberman Nymon (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for this month. Please send more. ******************************************** ******************************************** October, 1999 ~ December, 1999