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   Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ May, 2000
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12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/1/00 ALL Bomber Alumni Links site has had 98,911 Bomber hits. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ALL BOMBER REUNION 2000 (R2K) 54 days left till R2K (June 23-25, 2000) NEXT R2K COMMITTEE MEETING: Monday, 05/08/00 ~ 7pm ~ RHS Home Ec Room ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Chuck Holtz (55), Helen Cross (62), Dave Hanthorn (63), Jim House (63), Carol Converse (64), Janie O'Neal (65), Joni Lee (65), Lamont Worden (65), Jo Clark (67), Peg Kestell (67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Spudnuts I was in Richland this past week for a few days and had to get some Spudnuts and I have to tell you they still taste the same. Mmmm, good!!! I hadn't eaten one for over forty years, but all this conversation about them stirred me into picking up some. Having just lost thirty pounds, they don't help, but it was worth it. RE: Aqua Car, etc. I remember the Aqua Car and I have seen one tooling around the Seattle area from time to time. I also remember By's Jeepster. He sent me over to his restaurant in Kennewick to pick up something for him and I got to drive that Jeepster. I always admired that vehicle, I guess because it was so different. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Holtz (55) RE: Utah Vacation Fellow Bombers, Thank you for all your tips and information. Thanks to you I almost have my trip planning to Utah completed with many places to visit. Looks like I won't be able to see it all in eleven days so I will have to come back for a longer visit some time in the future. To Brad Kuiper (56), You must have been asleep when you passed through Utah. From all the pictures I have seen of the state its one of the most scenic places in the USA. I would suggest you keep a good pair of running shoes close by and practice dodging rocks in case you ever visit Utah again. I understand those red rocks hurt big time when tossed by angry Utah "bombers". :-) -Chuck Holtz (55) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Carol Bishop Horne (57) Carol, Susie, and Sandy, I was so sorry to hear that your mother has passed away, so she won't be there on Cedar when I visit our hometown again. But I share many fond memories of her as my Bluebird leader on through many years, and I never had her as a mom and grandmom for my kids as you did. She was such a positive person over all these years, I guess we must be glad that she was here with us so long. I believe the whole Pittock family moved to California years ago, seems like the San Hose area. They were our original neighbors to our left on our little block of Olympia Street. I have memories too of coming home from Spalding (in dresses, of course,) and being caught in a sandstorm and having to get down on the ground and cover up as best we could to protect ourselves from the sand hurtling by. I can remember putting in our yards and when the Sycamore trees were planted in the front yards of the ranch houses. Our growing up years were unique we learned later when we met others who didn't grow up in a town with no unemployment, and it is fun to recall it all on this neat Sandstorm that Maren tends to for us. We do appreciate you, Maren, so much. Hope you made some money on your subscriptions. I'm looking forward to coming back for R2K, and hoping maybe one of those floating cars will again appear on the river. Fondly, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) RE: Eleven People in a Renault To Lamont Worden (65) Lamont, You had the same kind of car, you stuffed it in the same manner, you shifted gears the same way, but it was at a different time and different place for a different reason. The episode I was referring to was during the 62-63 school year. It took place at night after a Junior Achievement meeting at the High School, and it was done just to try something new and crazy, just to see if it could be done. It had nothing to do with any contest, and the only thing any of us ever got out of it was a funny, crazy story to tell about what teenage life was like in the early 1960's. I remember this incident very well (even though my memory of other things is not so good), but I just can't remember with "absolute certainty" who our driver was. I am pretty sure it was a girl, and I am pretty sure it was Margo Woods, but not sure enough to stake my life or reputation on it. Also, after we got down to Zip's, most of the people (sardines) from the car found separate rides home, only one or two stayed on with Margo or whoever was driving the Renault. I have to admit, it is quite a coincidence that a few years later you would have such a similar experience. Its a small world. -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: R2k Basketball Kathie Roe Truax (64) asked for my memories as a Bomber basketball player and my thoughts about the R2k alumni game she has organized. As many of you have seen, I am inclined to share my personal thoughts with all of you. While preparing for the R2k game, I realize my basketball outlook has gone full circle. Forty-plus years ago, I spent countless hours in the back yard or at the park dreaming of rebounding like Bill Russell and shooting like Jerry West. While shooting a few hoops this morning my dreams were much different. I now visualize grabbing a rebound and delivering a crisp outlet pass to the great Norris Brown (57) to start another Bomber fast break. I wonder if my eye contact with Ray Stein (64) will again somehow silently signal a back door pass for easy lay-up like it always did back then. Will I be able to deliver a pass in the perfect location and rhythm so Mike Neill (75) can confidently launch his jump shot? Those are today's dreams for this kid preparing for one more game. Most understand that the foundation for the Bomber success originates in the battles on the playground. My favorite memories are the important victories that occurred there, those that all former players will understand. I refer to the two on two games, when the former stars returned from college in the summer, to test the new crop to see if they were worthy to wear the Bomber gear. No words were spoken, you just played the games and walked away, a victory meant you were worthy. It will be great to see all the players and to hear the band and the cheers one more time. I hope our supportive fans turn out to salute the Bomber tradition. I especially hope "Big" Simpson, Dave's (63) dad, will have the strength to be there. Who could better stand in for my father and other Bomber parents who cannot attend? That would be special. Yes, Miss Brown, we have a game on Saturday. -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To Larry Mattingly (60), CONGRATS on the graduation of your oldest granddaughter!! Wish I could be there in Tacoma and at the dam to see the spectacular fireworks, but will have to wait until the R2K reunion. I enjoyed reading your segment in the Sandstorm of your visit to Richland. I'm sure that you drove by your old home on Benham. Last summer, I was going to show my husband the old homestead, across the street from your house, and we drove right past it. haha Had to turn around and go back. Trees were just much taller than I remembered. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Lamont Worden (65) RE: Eleven People in a Renault To Dave Hanthorn (63) Dear Dave, I'm not sure if this is the same "Eleven People in a Renault" episode that you referenced in your recent Sandstorm Alumni contribution but I assure you this one actually took place because I was the driver and it was my family's Renault. Our Worden family lived on Hunt (my Dad, Joe, still resides there, married to June Perkins' (64) mother Sara Kay for more than 30 years now). The back yard of our home was directly across the street from Margo Woods (and her older sister {Linda} and younger brother {Keith}. I wonder if you thought the car might have belonged to Margo because they were our close neighbors. Anyway, the Renault in my story was actually a Dauphine, subtype called a Gordini. It was dark blue and the subject of many adventures for my friends and myself during our Bomber years of the mid 60's. I'll save some of those other Gordini stories &/or a few memories of Margo's family for a later time, if you're interested. So, once upon a time, around 1963 - 1965 there was a store that sold appliances and other items, located on the Jadwin side of the Uptown shopping center (between B.B.& M. Sporting Goods and the Tahitian Restaurant). This store wasn't a long-lived enterprise as I recall. However, there was a period in which they had a contest which encouraged customers to come into the store over a period of several weeks and do various things to earn "points" or "votes" towards some sort of eventual prize allocation process. Just entering the store each of the days of the contest earned a customer a certain number of "points". However, on specially designated days "bonus points" could be earned by various gimmicky means. For example, on one day additional "points" were credited for each spool of thread which was brought into the store. As is usually the case in contests such as these (ie. magazine "sweepstakes") if a customer were to actually make a purchase, an enormous number of "points" were earned, generally far surpassing the amount of points which could be otherwise earned without making a purchase. Well, my dear friend, Ed Sullivan, (65) (from Marshall street) and I each entered our mothers into this particular contest (there was probably an age restriction that led us to entering them in lieu of ourselves). There was some fairly fierce competition between Ed and myself during the time frame of this contest, as we each vied for "points" in behalf of our mothers. In the final analysis, as well as I remember, Ed's mom finished in the top 2-4 in the contest, largely due to Ed's diligence but also due to a major appliance purchase (TV or washer I believe) that really made it impossible for me and my commitment to the "no purchase necessary" policy to compete with. I was thrilled that my own mom finished among the top 10 without me ever spending a dime. Ironically, the very top winners were people who had spent hundreds of dollars on various purchases and very likely had absolutely no idea that any sort of contest was even underway. Now for the Renault part. On one of these specially designated contest days, there was some sort of "point compensation" for either the number of people who came to the store all at the same time or who arrived in the same car or something of that nature. I decided that I could earn a considerable number of "points" for my mom's contest effort if I could load up the Gordini and head on down to the store after school. For those of you who may be eavesdropping and have no memory of Renaults or Dauphines or Gordinis, this tale will have more meaning if you realize that this particular breed of car had about the same internal capacity as a Volkswagen Beetle. There were two bucket seats in the front, separated in the middle by the four speed manual gear shift lever and the emergency brake lever. The back seat was a small bench that would comfortably seat two but could allow for three if they didn't mind being in very close contact with each other. The small 4 cylinder engine was under the front hood and the trunk was a tiny space in the back of the car. Soooooo, how did we manage the ELEVEN PEOPLE IN THE RENAULT? With not too much difficult really, IF you're a teenager and want to absolutely maximize the number of "points" your mom is to receive in this contest, so she can finish ahead of Ed Sullivan's mom, as a result of your efforts. I sat in the driver's seat, of course. Then, there were 3 people (I think all males) sitting across the bench in the back seat. Each of these three had another person (girls I think) sitting on his lap. Then, there were two more friends sitting in the front (kind of on the other bucket seat and kind of in between the bucket seats on top of the gear shift and emergency brake. Finally, each of these other front seat riders also had passengers riding on his lap. That makes 5 in the front and 6 in the back, for a total of eleven, all riding "two deep", except for the driver, (me), who enjoyed a seat all to myself. The only real difficulty we had in maneuvering the car was that there was no way physically possible for me to reach the shifting lever between the seats to shift gears. This obstacle was overcome by my accelerating to the appropriate RPM, pushing in the clutch and then yelling (over the din in the car) for my "shifter" to change gears. I honestly can't recall if my shifter was the person sitting on the bottom immediately to my right, or if it was the person on his lap. I just know it took considerable cooperation (and a genuine amount of trust) for the shifter to be groping around between the legs of those two to my right, then forcing the lever into the next gear, and finally yelling back to me that the shift had been accomplished, so I could release the clutch, step on the gas and head for the next speed required. Using the rear view mirror was also totally out of the question. The driver's side view mirror and various passengers acting as "look-outs" substituted for that function. Stopping was pretty easy. I just stepped on both the brake and clutch simultaneously and we shifted into first gear while at a resting position. I don't think we did too much "down-shifting." So, this excursion (which was absolutely a one-time only experience for me, then or since) was not to Zip's, but rather to the Uptown "contest" appliance store where my mom accumulated an enormous amount of "points" thanks to the help of my "adventurous and loyal" (read that as "immature" and "foolish" if you're now a parent) friends who each "voted" for my mother in the contest. I remember dropping off each of the 10 passengers afterwards, one at a time, and the challenge it was for each of him/her to sort out the books and other possessions which we had simply piled helter-skelter into the tiny trunk. On another day, when my own kids are no longer teenage drivers, perhaps I'll feel brave/humble enough to admit to the stunt that Jack Hoffman (65) (from the stilt apartments near Chief Jo) and I pulled off driving this same Gordini back from Benton City after a fruit picking episode and actually changed drivers while doing approximately 60-70 MPH! Rather than "immature" or "foolish", that little escapade would qualify as "insane" or "suicidal". Yet, somehow we survived it to live long enough to pray that our own children are never as stupid and reckless as we were, and confine their youthful experimentation to tamer activities like the "eleven people in a Renault" episode. Thanks for listening. I sincerely hope this is indeed the same story you were referring to because I would hate to think that someone else duplicated our Renault feat. If you were actually one of that special "eleven" wouldn't it be sweet if I could actually discover via this E-mail site who the other 9 were?? I suspect, what'll happen is, like Woodstock, after the tally of those in the car that day is finalized it may turn out that we have 20-30 people claiming to have been there. One thing I can guarantee is that Ed Sullivan WAS NOT one of the eleven! There was no way he was ever going to participate in anything at that time which would have contributed to my mother's "point" total in the competition against his own mother. -Lamont Worden (65) ******************************************** >>From: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) I also attended C.B.C. (65-67) and it was referred to as tumbleweed tech then. I thought it was started by the Hawaiian boys that were recruited to play football. I remember the first snow we had, they went ballistic. They were rolling in it, turning somersaults and didn't quite understand when everyone started throwing snowballs. First they got really mad, then realized it was all in fun. I remember hitting Fred Tubbs in the back of the head with a snowball, when he turned around I thought I was dead. 250 lbs of mad Hawaiian can make anyone tremble. I know this is the Bomber site but I think we can all be proud of Tumbleweed Tech. The years of 65-67 we were undefeated in every sport (except in baseball in 67). It was sad when they dropped their athletic program. Is it still that way? -Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Joni Lee Rabena (65) Date: Sun Apr 30 13:02:13 2000 "In Memory of" Sorry, my brain is starting to catch up with my age. When I said I had been corresponding with Mike Toner, I was mistaken. It was Mike Sams. Didn't want to cause anyone an embarrassment cept me! -Joni Lee Rabena (65) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jo Clark Donahoo (67) Date: Sat Apr 29 19:08:24 2000 Class of '67 What a great idea. I'm looking forward to the All Class Reunion in June. -Jo Clark Donahoo (67) ******************************************** >>From: Peg Kestell Hume (67) RE: Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Today, April 30, 2000, marks the 25th anniversary of South Vietnam's surrender to communist North Vietnam. It was also the day that I visited the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. The day started out sunny, but by the time I arrived at the Wall, dark storm clouds were spilling over the 10,000 foot Sandia Crest, threatening to ruin the whole experience with high winds and rain. I was able to easily locate Mark Black's name as well as those of Dan Wagenaar '67 and Michael Hawk, Chuck Holtz's cousin. I was also able to make rubbings of all of these names, per requests that were sent to me, all without crying. (The wind was whipping at all my papers and I was highly distracted trying to keep them together while doing the rubbings) >From there, I went to the gym. It was there that I realized just how touched and moved I had really been, I had absolutely no energy to workout, and ended up going home. I'm sure this experience will hit me later on tonite. I made several extra rubbings for Mark Black. I will have them at the 60's registration table at the reunion this summer........ first come, first serve, unless someone sends me their snail mail address, then I will mail it to them. Chuck Hotlz had asked me to find out the Traveling Wall's itinerary. What I was given was their web link: The info can be found here. I have nothing but deep regard for all the men whose names are on that wall.............. -Peg Kestell Hume (67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/02/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Jo Cawdrey (49 and 50), Wanda Wittlebort (53), Roger Myers (55), Dave Henderson (60), Helen Cross (62), Dave Hanthorn (63), Rod Brewer (65), Jan Switzer (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jo Cawdrey Leveque (49 and 50) To Dick Roberts (49) You're absolutely right in my case. I was in Selah with my kids and grandkids looking for Easter eggs. I didn't find any, however, as there were 24 little ones seeking them out (not all mine - but my sister's and brother's, too). Haven't heard from many of you lately, either. Happy Easter to you all. And, like Ray, we are into the 100s here in Western Arizona, too! -Jo Cawdrey Leveque (49 and 50) ******************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittlebort Shukay (53) RE: Social Security e-news May 1, 2000 Maren, thought you'd like to publish this SSA Newsletter site in the Sandstorm. I signed up and get this monthly. Its free. -Wanda Wittlebort Shukay (53) ******************************************** >>From: Roger Myers (55) Regarding Chuck Holtz's (55) comments about Brad Kuiper's (56) comments about Utah. I would only comment that: "I spent a week in Utah one day!" I have been remembering various events about growing up in Richland. I remember some very exciting times I had at the "Atomic Frontier Days". Always a big event - probably the second most anticipated event (besides the state HS basketball tournament) for me in my youth. I also have fond memories of Mr. Mefford who coached youth baseball for years. He helped me realize that I was never going to replace Stan Musial. The baseball program in Richland was always strong. Community support was a prime reason for the success. HAVE FUN! -Roger Myers (55) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Henderson (60) RE: Need A Lift To R2K I am flying my private plane from San Jose, CA, to the Pasco for the R2K event. I have two open seats in the plane. I plan on leaving San Jose airport at 0900(L) on 23 June 00. I plan on landing at the Pasco airport around 1300(L) on 23 June 00. I will depart the Pasco airport on Sunday 25 June 00 around 1200(L). Anyone wanting to hop a ride, please contact me by e-mail at -Dave Henderson (60) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) Obviously, I have not been in California for awhile. I can't believe that I misspelled San Jose, Ca., but I did. Somehow my spell check missed it, as did I. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Helen -- My spell checker has been known to mess up more than one Sandstorm entry. You COULDA spelled it correctly and my spell checker 'fixed it' wrong. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) To Dick Rushworth (70) You and your sister Georgia (66) did live next door to me on Hunt Point from 1963 to 1965, however, you must have bought that motorcycle from somebody else, since I never had a motorcycle in my life, so could not have sold one. One thing I do remember from those days, that may spark a memory for you, was riding your skateboard down our adjoining driveways on those "hot August nights" in Richland. BTW, I exchanged a couple of e-mails with Georgia a few months back, and it was fun catching up on some old memories and with what has been going on in our lives for the past 35 years. It was good to hear from both of you. To Jim House (63) If you wrote in Miss Brown's English class the way you write in the Sandstorm, you must have received all A's. Your piece in today's SS (May 1) on your thoughts about the upcoming All-Bomber Basketball game was great, nearly bringing a tear to my eye. This is one loyal fan (for over 37 years now!!) who can't wait to see "big" number 32 pull down one more rebound and whip a nifty outlet pass to number 10 to start another Bomber fast break. I am sure the stands will be crammed with loyal fans, just as they were all those years ago. The confetti is being "punched", the air horns are being "charged", and the cowbells are being "dusted off". Its time for BOMBER BASKETBALL!! -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) RE: bball memories -prompted by House I was still considering whether or not to share my Richland Bball memories when I read what Jim House (63) had to say this morning. Here are a few. All I dreamed about from 6th grade on was being a Bomber. In junior high I would go to the library (couldn't get a date) and dig out the old Tri City Herald sports pages and read word for word the accounts of the great games and feats of the teams of the late 50's. In 9th grade my Mom took me out of school and to the last of the single site 4 day state tournaments in Seattle. I watched every single game. If I had moved that summer to Maine or wherever, I would still remember that great team led by House and Stein and Wallace. The Garfield game was so intense I was moved to write a poem. That I was fortunate enough to practice in the same gym the following year with those three and eventually play with Ray my junior year was really a dream come true. The summer games at the park, the two on two, three on three, etc., anywhere we could find a game and a court. The night several of us goaded Stein to ask Mr. Knox if we could use his lighted court, and, sure, Kenny can play - if Susan will watch. It goes on and on, but my single favorite memory is the night Jim House, whom I hadn't met yet, knocked on my door at 9pm, soon after school had started my sophomore year, and asked me to come over to his backyard court on Tinkle, to play a little 2 on 2. So who is waiting for us? Walton and Frick, 2 Bomber greats I only knew from pouring over the sports pages all those nights. It didn't get any more special than that. -Rod Brewer (65) ******************************************** >>From: Jan Switzer Schroeder (70) I have a question, when I graduated 130 years ago (at least sometimes it seems that long)..... we had a dinner at Jason Lee for the group of us that went through Jason Lee, Chief Joseph, and Richland High together. There was a group picture taken. I had purchased one, and never did get a copy. Is there anyone out there that is of "my age" and maybe did get a picture. I would really appreciate getting a copy. When my daughter graduated from Kamiakin in '97, we went to Rick Reil (70) for pictures. Rick and I chatted the whole time he was taking pictures, about the "old" times, how we could walk wherever we wanted, whenever, and not be worried about what might happen. I really appreciate being able to grow up here, and during the time that I did, with my Mom at home, and being able to "be a kid". My Mom still lives in our home on Wright Ave. I have enjoyed this site, and look forward to reading more from people. -Jan Switzer Schroeder (70) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [If anybody has that picture, let's get it scanned and get it up on the '70 website for everyone!! -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/3/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson (50), Curt Donahue (53), Wanda Wittlebort (53), Sharon Bee (55), Missy Keeney (59), Tim Smyth (62), Marilyn Swan (63), Jean Armstrong (64), Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68), Steve Piippo (70), Mike Davis (74), Becky Seely (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) I opened my big mouth last year and told Dick Roberts (49) that I would start putting in "news" from 1950 this month. The items will be culled from the last issue of "The Sandstorm" published for the Class of 1950. Front page headlines "Richland to Graduate 189 Seniors" Lorna Erickson was Valedictorian and Catherine Baudendistel was the Salutatorian (pictures on front page). Another headliner was "Fantasia to be Gala Prom Theme" -"'Fantasia', the land of the beautiful flowers and soft music, will be the setting for the Junior Prom on June 2 from 9 o'clock until 12. Decorated in canary yellow and french blue, the boys' gymnasium will be transformed into a ballroom fit for a king. Candidates for the royal couple are Billie Lou Waldrep, Sue Ryel, Vivian Helgeson, Buzzy Jochen, Bob Campbell and Carl McBee. The juniors have planned something really super for entertainment, but sorry, it is a top secret. Gif Sandin with his eleven piece orchestra will provide music. General chairman for the event is Janet Browning with Doreen Hallenbeck as business manager, Paula Doctor, Bob Cooke, Margaret Downs, entertainment; Annette Badely and Erma Scott, programs; Althea Swearinger and Gerry Stode refreshments; Russ Bown, lighting; Chuck Evans, construction, and Bob Graham Clean-up." Tell me - does anyone still use the Gym for Proms??? It seems to be a passe' thing!! At least my kids all had to have limos and go to some fancy restaurant for dinner, to a hotel for the dance, an all-nighter somewhere else etc... Later this week I'll finish up the front page. -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Interesting headline in today's Seattle Post- Intelligencer reads "Richland 'Bombers' have peace in mind these days". It's an article about scientists joining the fight against weapons of mass destruction. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittlebort Shukay (53) RE: Another one You might want to add this site for Bombers also. -Wanda Wittlebort Shukay (53) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) RE: Death Notice in Tri-City Herald Would like to express our sympathy to Loren Claunch (55). I read in the Tri-City Herald that his mother passed away. They were living in Longview, WA. -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59) RE: Spell Checker This was sent to me in a Habitat for Humanity (Tri- Cities) communication from Jim Wickman, the Wednesday Foreman. "Dew knot trussed a spell checker two fined awl you're miss steaks." And that's "awl" I have to say about that! -Missy Keeney Baker (59) ******************************************** >>From: Tim Smyth (62) RE: Barry Stephens There was a Stephens family who lived in the 1100 block of Perkins, across the street from the Hanthorns. One of their kids was Barry, who was in my early classes at Spalding. For some obscure reason, I was wondering about him the other day... also Fred Dearing and Paul Sterling. Anyone out there know about them? Also Rocky Sanborn was a family friend.... lost track of him. As we get older, our minds work in weird ways..... don't they? -Tim Smyth (62) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo (63) RE: Negative Utah comments O.K. So Utah isn't everybody's favorite place! Good naturedly, I can accept it, I grew up in Richland and aren't we known as Richland Bombers to be pretty open- minded? Some of us here in Utah also have pretty broad shoulders and other body parts (especially at this age!). So we'll just ignore your negative comments and continue to enjoy our beautiful scenery and our "Utah Jazz" ("GO JAZZ!"). And we don't even throw rocks at the tourists! I have visited several other states, and I can honestly say there are worse places to "spend a week one day". Anyhow, Chuck Holtz (55), don't let these guys mess with your head, Utah will offer you a very enjoyable vacation! I've lived here alot of years and I even manage to have a life! And no, I'm not a Mormon either, I just think it's a pretty great place to live and raise a family! To Roger Myers (55): Where did you "spend that week in one day"? Could it have been in the desert stranded between Salt Lake & Wendover? Just couldn't resist that dig, you're probably a really O.K guy, right? -Marilyn Swan Beddo (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) RE: ALL Bomber Alumni Links site hit counter I'm with you, Maren.. Cinco De Mayo -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote (68) RE: Jan Switzer Schroeder's comments on growing up "safe" in Richland. (5/2) Jan made the comment that she and Rick Reil (70) had been talking "about the "old" times, how we could walk wherever we wanted, whenever, and not be worried about what might happen." That reminded me of Christmas, 1960, when the gift I wanted the most was my own house key. I was SO thrilled to receive one. But for the life of me, I can't figure out why I wanted it so badly! For one thing, my Mom was always home when I got home from school -- and anyway, we NEVER locked our house, except for when we went to see my Grandparents in Utah one week a year, and to the ocean one week a year. During those vacation times, our house key went to the neighbors, who fed the cat and dogs for us. In fact, in order to have my copy of the house key made for Christmas that year, my Dad ended up having to go retrieve that one from the neighbors. It seems he had misplaced his somehow between when we got home from vacation that summer, and when Christmas-time rolled around. (No wonder, since he never used it anyway!) And we had never bothered to get the extra back from the neighbors at the end of vacation. Anyway, I was delighted with my shiny new house key. But the novelty wore off very quickly, since I never got to use it. Like I said, we never locked our house! Not when we left to go somewhere, not when we went to bed at night, even if my Dad was working night shift. Gosh, looking back on that one fact really makes me realize how much some things have changed here in Richland! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To Rod Brewer (65) You nailed it! That's exactly how lots of kids felt about Bomber basketball. Even those kids who never quite made it knew you guys and how hard you played. I don't know how many wrote poems but we knew where you guys lived, when you played, who you beat and loved going to games. The best part may have been you guys generally were good guys who taught the younger kids to play. You all kept it going by teaching the younger kids and inspiring them. Maybe, it doesn't get any better than that. Thanks. Tastee Freeze, Cherry Cokes and dip cones. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To Gary Behymer (64) 70's poll needs Bruce Wallace on it. Great player playing in the shadow of Mike Neill. Take Neill off of 1973 and 1974 team and Wallace shines! You have a chance to pick some of your favorite players from the 50s, 60s and 70s. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Becky Seely Collins (77) Date: Tue May 2 12:19:05 2000 I had such a good time going to high school in Richland. It always seemed that I was on the outside looking in, I was too shy to really get involved in anything. I've found the older I get, I no longer care if I make a fool of myself!!! I really appreciate growing up in that area though. I feel bad for my child growing up in a metro area, he doesn't have nearly the freedom we did. Every time I come to visit, I drive over the hill from Hermiston, catch a glimpse of Kennewick, and I feel like I am coming home. -Becky Seely Collins (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/4/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson (50), Carolyn Eaton (53), Dwain Mefford (56), Ann Bishop (60), Roxanne Knutson (62), Donna Pardee (65), Bill Didway (66), Mike Franco (70), Rick Polk (70), Holly Chamberlain (76) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) To continue from May 1950 Sandstorm's front page: "Three Girls Elected New Cheerleaders" and they were: Sandy Soderquist, Zona Beth Bumgarner and Pattie Cole. "Incidentally, this is one of the few times in the history of Col-Hi that the cheering squad ha been made up entirely of girls" is the ending of the news item. (After Dick, Dick, Freddie, Rex, etc. no one dared to compare!) "Clubs Vote For Officers". Joan Blum and Jack Fisher became, respectively, president of the Girls' League and Boys'Federation in the election held by the student body May 12. Other officers are: Girls' League - Margie Sargent, VP; Mary Ann Burnett, Secretary; and Margie Casebier, treasurer. Boys' Federation - Norman Howard, VP; Floyd Montgomery, secretary; and Ronald Ensign, Treasurer. "Here are the Senior Survey Results" (complete w/picture) Here are the Col-Hi seniors and teachers who were voted by the senior class as outstanding in the annual Senior Survey. Kneeling are Bill McCormick, most popular boy; and Don Fisher, most athletic boy. Standing are Edgar Haag, most popular man teacher; Marilyn (Bugsy) Griffin, wittiest girl; Tom Harbour, wittiest boy; Raideen Porter, most athletic girl; Albert Hester, boy most likely to succeed; Elbert Kelly, best looking boy; Helen Murphy, prettiest girl; and Naomi Buescher, most popular woman teacher. Lorna Erickson, most popular girl and girl most likely to succeed is not in picture. (Photo by Robley Johnson). There were two articles on "Seniors Take Part in Career Day" and "Seniors Scan Future Jobs" - a plan to help with future employment administered by the Washington State Employment Service. "Class Day is May 29" "The annual senior Class Day will be held Monday, May 29, according to Nadine Brown one of the class advisors. Included in the program will be athletic, oratorical, and other achievement awards, along with the reading of the senior will and prophecy"... I have a copy of each of those items - although rather yellow with age and since it was done on a mimeograph machine some of it is hard to read - probably a good thing it wasn't done on ditto as it would have faded by now!! If anyone is interested in what a particular person was willed or predicted, let me know. Until next week. -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) RE: Growing Up In Richland To "Class of '53" I to grew up in Richland during the 50s. My mom was always home when we got home from school. Depending what shift my dad was working determined what was going on. Lord how we hated the "graveshift week" because we had to be quiet, and phone calls were limited. We lived on Elm Street, and had great neighbors. We never locked our doors either, because everyone watched out for everyone. You could go anywhere at night, movies, ball games, and walk home and never had to worry. Can't say that today. Isn't that sad? I got e-mail from my sister last night, and she said she went to school with Curt Donahue's (53) sister. I thought the name was familiar, and I am waiting for a copy of a 53 yearbook. Since mine can't be found she and a dear friend of mine are running off pages so that I can put names and faces together. I hope that helps! Also anybody out there know where Elizabeth Rose (53) or Betty King (53) are today? Well that's all for now -Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) ******************************************** >>From: Dwain Mefford (56) To Roger Myers (55) Thanks for the kind words about my dad, Fred Mefford. I played on the same teams as you and he also told me to find another sport. Dad is still alive and kicking, he and mom are still in Richland. Reading your letter reminded me of some of the great times we had in school. I particularly remember a couple of dances where we double dated. Thanks again I will tell dad you thought of him. -Dwain Mefford (56) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Myers (60) RE: Utah We have visited Utah several times in the past few years, and are planning to go back again. There is a huge amount of awe-inspiring natural beauty. Every one of those national parks is well worth a visit! God was having a very creative, artistic moment when He created Utah. However, there are some pretty ugly empty stretches of country as well. How can we complain about that after growing up in eastern Washington? Speaking of Eastern Washington, have the rest of you received the e-mail about why God created Eastern Washington? It's great for those of us who live here on the east side, but our brethren on the west side are probably not enjoying it as much! -Ann Bishop Myers (60) ******************************************** >>From: Roxanne Knudson Baker Short (62) Steve you don't know me but Mr. Piippo from Chief Jo does! Say Hi to him from Roxanne Knutson Baker Short. I see him maybe every 6 mo to 1 yr. and stand on the streets to catch up on what's been happening. I listened many times to your father, when he was anguished over the health of your Mom when she was dealing with Cancer, once seeing your Dad on crutches out side of Safeway, after he missed the curb and injured his ankle. You are honored with a great guy as family and I hope you realize it as much as I do enjoy my elderly healthy parents today. Just wanted you to know he is loved. -Roxanne Knudson Baker Short (62) ******************************************** >>From: Donna Pardee Strasser (65) RE: Next Basketball Polls? To Gary Behymer (64) How about polls for the 80' and 90's? -Donna Pardee Strasser (65) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Didway (66) After reading the back issues of the Alumni Sandstorm all the list makings jumped out at me. School teachers, sports stars, and custodians. Of course those well known names stuck with most of us all these years. How many can name the Valedictorian for their their graduating class? Has a list been started that acknowledges the top student of each class? -Bill Didway (66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Margaret Simmons was the '64 valedictorian. Start the list, Bill, and when it's complete, let me know and we'll put it in the Alumni Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) To fellow class of 1970 Bomber hoopaholic Steve, You are right on about how we all watched, studied almost worshipped those Bomber players ahead of us... especially those pre game lay up drills with "In The Mood" playing in the background... but some of us made it in hoops and some of us didn't.... but ALL Bombers excelled at one skill: The consumption (in great quantities) of local, low cost quisine (A-City junk food). So to prompt a few favorites from our fellow Bombers out there..... I will raise your "Tastee Freeze Cherry Coke & Dip Cones" by a Cherry 7-Up, Salad Burger, small fries and TWO TARTARS (Zips, of course!). They weren't even fries without the tartar sauce! I hope to see all our class of 70 mates in July... I'll buy ya a brew and we can talk about what 30 years feels like. -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) To: Steve Piippo (70) Steve, You brought back a lot of memories of growing up in Richland and wanting to wear the Green & Gold of Bomber Basketball. That's all I dreamed about as a kid, through intramural ball at Sacajawea Elementary, then team B-ball at Carmichael. That was my ultimate goal, to be a Bomber and play Basketball for Art Dawald. I remember just before Basketball season my Junior year, the late Kim Killand (70) would come over to our house every day right after school and practice, getting ready for tryouts. When Kim passed away, I was devastated. His gym clothes stayed in my dresser for months. I just couldn't bring myself to take them to his folks. Then tryouts came and because Kim wasn't there any longer, I was more bound and determined to make the team. Well, as we all know, I didn't. I did make it to the last "cut", but I did not fulfill that childhood goal of being a Bomber. That was the only team that I was ever "cut" from. The combination of losing a friend, in Kim and not realizing my dream of being a Bomber Basketball player was, well...... the pits. -Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Holly Chamberlain (76) Does anyone remember a dance in grade school that involved jumping in and out of two bamboo poles alternately being plunked on the floor and clicked together by people kneeling on the floor? What was this dance called? I remember one "special" performance of this dance for a parent audience at Marcus Whitman in about 1969. We had practiced and practiced -- but never on the stage. When we did the actual performance on the stage, the bouncing caused the needle on that really high-tech record player providing us with music to jump around. I'm just sure that I would have gone on to be a star of stage and screen if I had not been traumatized by this experience in the footlights (if we had them!) at an early age. Another lost career opportunity -- but the dance was fun! -Holly Chamberlain (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/5/00 ~ Cinco de Mayo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Linda Reining (64), Carol Peterson (66WB), Annie Peterson (69), Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Some of my fondest memories of High School were performing in the musical comedy "Good News" opposite Alice Verbrugghen, performing in the choir, and in the quartet that included Harley Stell, Jerry Reis and Bill Chapman. We always enjoyed performing for the GI's at Camp Hanford. They were a most appreciative audience. I also enjoyed singing for assemblies. I agree with other writers that Bomber basketball players were worshipped. I always wanted to be one, but never had enough talent. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) RE: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) and the "graveyard shift" ---- hated that one, too. The phone always had to be wrapped in pillows and no friends could come over and the TV had to be so low, you had to sit right in front of it to hear. I grew up on Elm Street (1111), too and we had the best neighbors: Wises; McAllisters; Conrads; Mullers; Taylors; Doziers; Ards (later Surplus') ------ everyone looked out for the others and there were no fences separating the yards - - plenty of room for playing games, backyard parties, bbq's; Holiday parties; we also slept out in the yard and never worried about something happening to us! No way in the world would my kids, or grandkids, do that in this day and age! Sad that things had to change so drastically. We also had fun times camping at Wallowa, Oregon with the "gang from Elm Street" ----- had an entire camp site to ourselves. Earlier I mentioned the Ards ----- does anyone remember them? Jimmy Ard played basketball at Carmichael and then his folks moved to Chicago and if memory "serves" he later played for the New York Knicks???????? If he had stayed in Richland, I think he would have been a '66 graduate???? -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Peterson Zimmerman (66WB) To Billy Didway (66) Hi Bill, This is Carol Peterson Zimmerman. I graduated in the class of '66, although I actually graduated from Rippowam HS in Stamford, CT. My daughter, Kate, graduated valedictorian from Newtown High School, CT, class of '96. I think there should be a list for valedictorians -- they work so hard!!!!!!!! -Carol Peterson Zimmerman (66) ******************************************** >>From: Annie Peterson Shiffer (69) RE: Tinikling To Holly Chamberlain (76) The name of the bamboo pole dance was Tinikling -- or a spelling close to that. Funny you should mention it -- I found a bound-to-be scratchy cassette tape with that label in the archeological dig we call the basement the other day. -Annie Peterson Shiffer (69) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) To Mike Franco (70) I raise your Zip's goodies by a French Fry and "secret (mayo & ketchup) sauce" at Artic Circle. :-) -Rick Polk (70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/6/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Linda Reining (64), Billy Didway (66), Phil Jones (69), Janet Switzer (70), Vikki Kestell (70), Greg Alley (73), Mike Davis (74), Amy Larson (96) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) Curt Donahue (53) mentioned a musical comedy that he was in and it got the "memory bank" working ---- anyone remember the play, "Rumplestiltskin" being performed when we were in the 8th grade at Carmichael? the school year would have been 60-61, cannot remember any of the cast members but the guy that played "Rumplestiltskin" was great! Also remember the play, "Bye Bye Birdie" being performed at Col-Hi and I think it was the year we graduated (64) --- remember Karen Webster (64) playing the part of "Mama" and I think Mike Tomlinson (64) was also in the cast. Anyone else out there that can "refresh" the memory? On another subject, anyone out there remember Mr. Andersen, 6th grade teacher at Spalding? He was "great" for giving the guys "whacks" with a board and "pinching" the girls ----- remember some bruises that, when explained, had my Mother going to the principal's office. I also remember he liked giving "dictionary- work" for the "talkers" in his class ---- he would assign a page or pages, and every word and every pronunciation and definition had to be written and had to be done neatly! I remember being there till after 4 p.m., sometimes. Some of my "fellow talkers" were: Jim Weaver (64); Floyd Bishop (64); Chuck Minnick (64); and Pearl (Pat) Drotts (64). Also, remember him taking out a handkerchief, lighting a cigarette and blowing the smoke into it and telling us that is what nicotine would do to our lungs? He said it was a "Science" experiment, but being a former smoker, I think he was just having a "nicotine fit". -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) In asking if anyone remembered their class Valedictorian I have received some e-mails with such information. I will keep and list the names as they are sent to me. I don't remember volunteering, as I learned not to do that in the Navy, but will be glad to gather in the names. It is possible that I will have a job in the San Francisco area during July and August so if you have the names of your graduating class Valedictorian please send them to me before July 1st. -Billy Didway (66) ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To Mike Franco (70) I'll see your salad burger and raise ya a Papa Joe. To Rick Polk (70) As someone previously mention, in these pages, I believe, the "secret ingredient" in the Arctic Circle fry sauce was buttermilk. Mayo, ketchup and buttermilk. I think there was buttermilk in the Zip's Tartar sauce too. -Phil Jones (69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Arctic Circle Special Sauce Recipe can be found on the Alumni Sandstorm website. -Maren] SCROLL to "SAMPLE and Selected Highlights" when you get there. ******************************************** >>From: Janet Switzer Schroeder (70) Arctic Circle.... wow! I remember when Terrie White got the car, and we actually left the campus to go "out" to lunch......... they always had some special for school kids, it was like $1.00 (or less) I don't really remember, and so greasy yummmmm, but it did have "special" sauce. Ya, reading from one of the earlier graduates, Graveyard Shift was awful I remember the phone on the pillow and not being able to have friends over, cause "Dad is sleeping"...... Swing Shift, my dad would get up in the morning, do a day's work around home, and then go to work on the project in the afternoon. He had Ray's Wrecker Service, and we couldn't "chat" on the phone much, we had to leave the phone lines open in case there was a wreck in the traffic coming home from Hanford. Looking back, life was good! I wish my daughter had some of the freedoms I had, because things were Community Friendly then. Love to read everyone's remembrances, keep them coming. I have told several friends about the Richland High site, and about the "Sandstorm" hopefully there will be more and more join in the reminiscing............ JAN -Janet Switzer Schroeder (70) ******************************************** >>From: Vikki Kestell (70) To Rick Polk (70) Arctic Circle secret sauce was the absolute greatest. I think we sometimes ordered fries just to get the sauce . . . -Vikki Kestell (70) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To Mike Franco (70) I was one of the hoopaholics in the stands for a lot of years. First memories, besides crawling around the old gym, was the game with Ray Stein (64) against Davis and Lenny Allen and Ted Wireman. After that I did not miss a home game for about ten years. Had to go to college or the streak would have continued. I think I could admit it was the only game in town, but it was some great hoops. There is a lot more choices for kids today, but the gym full of people and a good game was too good. I know that Zips tartar was real good. I still experiment with it on a weekend sports fast food bender. I would still go with Arctic Circle sauce and the fact that the 9 kids in our family could fill up on 19 cent burgers and 15 cent fries. One big bag of cheap greasy food. -Greg Alley (73) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Zips Tarter Sauce recipe is on the Alumni Sandstorm website. -Maren] SCROLL to "SAMPLE and Selected Highlights" when you get there. ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To Franco 1. Fries and gravy at the BA 2. Cube Steak Sandwich at A & W 3. Gaslight 99 4. Pizza Pete Shrimp Salad 5. $2.00 pitchers .......need I say more -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Amy Larson (96) Date: Thu May 4 11:05:55 2000 class of 1996 Hey, I just joined this Bomber webpage and it's great! I loved all my four years at Richland High and loved running for the Lady Bomber Varsity Cross- country and Track teams all through high school. I am very proud that I was a Bomber and always will be. But I just moved to Houston, Texas about five months ago, and I am homesick for Richland. I was born and raised there my whole life, and I am trying to still adjust to a new climate, culture, and being away from my family. Take care! -Amy Larson (96) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/7/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Norma Culverhouse (49), Gail Henderson (53), Helen Cross (62), Gary Behymer (64), Toby Wheeler (65 & 66), Betti Avant (69), Kathie Moore (69), Greg Alley (73, Tatiana Villa (90) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Norma Culverhouse King (49) Was there a liquor store on Jadwin on the East side of GWWay? The building is now Bistro something. Discussing this with some other old timers, I am the only one to think there was. Or maybe it was a Denny's. Glad to see you 49'ers and honorary 49'er (Jo) writing in to the Alumni Sandstorm again. -Norma Culverhouse King (49) ******************************************** >>From: Gail Henderson Renner (53) To All those who commented abt Utah When I was traveling abt closing banks for the FDIC, I spent a lot of time in Utah. Some was very interesting. It has been a while since I did that, but besides SLC there was a lot to do. Have you ever been to Vernal, Utah. It is the land of dinosaurs, they have one on every corner. There was a museum a little one. And the camping and a beautiful river and they say great fishing. I told you it has been a while. Moab is great for the red canyons. We toured the back roads, until the bus broke down. Thank heavens it was not terribly hot that day. Anyway, I for one liked most of Utah. In fact there are a lot of truly nice small places around this country. Lovely people, quaint towns in isolated places. My time with FDIC was a true experience and I am so glad I was able to work for them. That is it for today. -Gail Henderson Renner (53) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Bill Didway (66) The class Valedictorian of the class of l962 was Joyce Herbal, a good friend and very nice person I'm hoping to meet up with at the Reunion in June. To Amy Larson (96): I was just talking with a friend who has also moved maybe as many times as I have to a new area, and we agreed the adjustments you are talking about are always tough. I would suggest finding an ongoing interest group where you can meet a smaller group of same interest friends, like joining in a play producing group if you were interested in that. Or we have found church to be a great source to meet people and new friends. Of course if you are working you will probably meet friends there. Glad you are on this web site, there have been some fantastic memories of Richland and the good ole days that you can scroll through at your leisure. Hope you can come to the Reunion, and that when you return to your new home in Texas that you will feel a little like you are coming home. Good luck, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Note of interest: There are 33 Bombers in my address book (that I know about) living in Texas -- 7 of them live in Houston. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) If you are knowledgeable of the whereabouts of the following individuals, their parents and/or siblings, please contact Gail Franz Missing Members of the Class of 1964...A thru G! Connie Beaty, Frances Black, Helen Bower, TeriAnn Boyer, Janet Brandenberry, Rey Call, John Choate, Tom Clark, Jim Cox, Donald Crawford, Janice Curtis, Lea Cutler, Darcy Dean, Mary Delano, Joye Emerson, Dena Evans, Ralph Fairweather, Alfrad Graf. -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Toby Wheeler Davis (65 & 66) What about a list of those in'famous' cheers... the ones that got us all into a lot of trouble! I seem to remember 'Bob.. the tuna' (with his cape on) leading us in a couple against Davis. Their coach was I believe Larry Price and the cleaner of the cheers was: "Do you know what makes Richland SO-O-O G-R-E-A-T?????" "We're PRice-LESS!" Another one related to the Mickey Mouse song... M-I-C-K-E-Y......O-U...."s-o-(fill in the blank)". I believe the second one was nearly a cause of probation, plus we also seemed to have some cheers pertaining to Larry Price's socks. For some reason when I think of basketball, these cheers pop into my mind... funny stuff. -Toby Wheeler Davis (65 & 66) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: Arctic Circle I, too have fond memories of A.C. When I was in the 8th grade at Chief Jo the AC opened. There was a 7th grader in my speech class with Mr. St. John whose parents opened the AC. I remember her bringing a coupon for a free ice cream cone for everyone in the class. When I went back to college in 1986 in Ogden, Utah they had an Arctic Circle there. On many a Saturday when I was not up to cooking a meal I would hit the AC and get a hamburger and fries with the famous sauce. I have tried to reproduce that sauce, but it never tastes the same. Ah, the good ole days. -Betti Avant (69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Betty -- Find the recipe for Arctic Circle sauce on the Alumni Sandstorm website. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair (69) Maren Have you ever come across a belt buckle like this? Jimmie and I bought it at the Kennewick fairground swap meet today. There are no dates. On the back it says "hook fast" PAT.NO1481,911. PROV. R.I. RHS-BeltBuckle.jpg Thanks, -Kathie Moore Adair (69) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To Mike Davis (74): I`ll raise you a Jerry Special at the Gaslight. Maybe a papa burger at A&W or a Red Steer burger with a scotch and soda -- when was a pitcher of beer 2 bucks, 1979. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >> From: Tatiana Villa (90) Date: Fri May 5 17:27:10 2000 Class of 1990 I was graduated as a foreign exchange student 10 years ago. I'm from Madrid Spain, and many time I remember many things about the states. -Tatiana Villa (90) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/8/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Jo Cawdrey (49 & 50), Marilyn Richey (53), Larry Mattingly (60), Don Peyton (63), Jim House (63), Carol Converse (64), Gary Behymer (64), Ed Temple (67), Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jo Cawdrey Leveque (49 & 50) To Norma Culverhouse King (49) I think there was a liquor store on the Parkway - maybe where the Style Center was (or around there somewhere) but I don't know what's there now. It was when there was a counter only and you had to order from the clerk because all bottles were kept in the back room. (I only know because my brother told me so :-).) Also, when I worked for a Dentist (Schilke), I had to go with a prescription to the liquor store to get the pure alcohol he used in his practice. His office was next door to Dr. Sutch's when Ann Pearson and then Katie Bode were his receptionists. Some really funny stories from then! -Jo Cawdrey Leveque (49 & 50) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Bill Didway (66) The val, of class of 1953 was Sue Struck and presently lives in the Seattle area. She was an all around person involved in tennis and very much into her studies. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) Norma Culverhouse King (49) asks about a liquor on Jadwin and/or GWWay. Somewhere in my "stuff" I have picture of my dad standing in a line of a hundred or so men at the liquor store. It was taken in the mid-40's. The liquor store was the brick/block building on the NE corner of GWWay and Lee Blvd. the entrance was on the Lee side of the building toward the back. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Don Peyton (63) Medical leave during this time. But, I still can get your e-mail. I am recovering well from surgery.... will be back to work on May 9. Thanks for all the flowers, cards, phone calls, and money that was sent....... YEAH, RIGHT! -Don Peyton (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: Valedictorians and R2k I think it is great that we honor our valedictorians and list all of them on this web site. I would like to especially recognize Ken Carlson who headed a very impressive "Top Five" in the Gold Medal Class of 63. But wait, none of the five have bought their R2k ASB's yet. How smart is that? -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) I, too, remember those "shifts" with fond memories. I, like everyone else, hated the 'graveyard' shift. Didn't have the phone buried in a pillow, but couldn't get any calls that week. Also, no friends over. We must all share that experience. During the 'day' shift, my cat and I would go to the bus stop to meet my dad. That was always fun to do. Now, 'swing' shift was fun and different. I remember watching tv and eating a large bowl of popcorn at times with my mom. 'Longchange' was great, as we would go for a drive to Prosser or Umatilla on Saturday. I laugh about that today, but it was really something that I looked forward to. Perhaps that's why I enjoy going for drives to this day. More memories later. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) My thanks to Ron Richards (Class of 1963) for stopping by my office last week to spend an afternoon. While we did not know each other in high school, we were able to talk Bomber Mania. Questions of the Day? Does the Spudnut Shop still offer a 'bakers dozen' (13) for the price of 12? Are spudnuts cooked all day long or just in the morning? -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Ed Temple (67) To Linda Reining (64) You asked about anyone remembering Jimmy Ard. Since I do not get a chance to read everything written here, I am uncertain if Jim has been discussed before. Sometime in the late 60's Charlie Van Sickle had an article in his "Dutch Rub" in the Tri-City Herald discussing Bomber basketball tradition. His story, however, featured the "ones who got away." All of us of course knew that Ted Wierman could have been one of us if he had not moved, but Jimmy Ard would have been the big man that we missed from 1964 - 66. The Ards lived on the corner of Elm and Cottonwood; and if you were heading for the Bypass, you would often see Jim out shooting hoops in his driveway. Jim played three years for NBC in the Columbia League and was an all star his last year. At Spalding he was one of Mr. Olson's captains for intramural basketball (along with David Sonderland, Bob McClellan, Ken Deery, and Larry Bunch that year). Jimmy was a tall, skinny, kid then. As I recall, McClellan was a bit taller and heftier at that time than Jim. Anyway, Jim was a year ahead of me in school. He went off to Carmichael, and I a year later to Chief Jo. I remember Joe Montgomery telling me that Jimmy Ard had grown 6 inches in the summer of 62 or 63. That however made no difference to Richland; because when GE made its move to leave Richland in 1963, the Ards moved. You mentioned that they went to Chicago. As I recall from the Van Sickle article, it had been Indiana but I could be wrong. I also remember Van Sickle mentioning that the biggest fish to get away from the Bombers had been 6'8" Jim Ard who had led his high school team to the state championship in 1966, received 150 offers to schools for basketball scholarships eventually settling on the University of Cincinnati. You thought that he had played for the Knicks, but my memory supports the notion that he backed up Dave Cowens at center for the Celtics. The picture of Jim in Van Sickle's article showed him to be mammoth. Now just suppose he could have played center for us in 1965 and 1966 with Dave Strasser and Bob McClellan then moving to play power forwards those years. Would Davis or Renton have even been on the same court? I don't think so. -Ed Temple (67) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To Greg Alley (73): Raise ya a Kid bar and Cremecicle from the Little League Concession Stand. To Roger Fishback (62): Check your old stat books and list me the leading scorers for each year in Bomberville that you have? Gregor Hanson (65) might be able to help here. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ~ Shawn White, Class of 1970 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/9/00 ~ 365 consecutive days today. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and one Bulldog with green & gold ties today. Richard Roberts (49), Ann Pearson (50), Nancy Clark (52), Al Parker (53), Janet Wilgus (59), Janice Woods (60-PHS), Linda Reining (64), John Marshall (65), Karen Schildknecht (67), Betti Avant (69), Steve Piippo (70), Frank Standefer (72), Patty stordahl (72), Kellie Walsh (77), Mike Mattingly (77), Kathy Wheat (79), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts (49) To Norma Culverhouse King (49) Yes, I think you're right, except it was on the west side of George WW. On the south west corner as I recall. Of course, I was never there. How are you doing, Norma? -Richard Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) to continue the May 1950 "Sandstorm" Page 2': 'Seniors Recall Memorable Years" "Do you remember? The Freshen class party with Dicksey Poe and Tom Merryan as Queen and King... Ms. Nina Johnson and Edgar Haag as class advisors.. Wilber Meicenheimer and Bill Hinson representing our class in athletics. short skirts and long sweaters.. 129 bewildered freshmen, the school so large and we so small.. after a few days we found that it was fun.. we became part of Col-Hi through Girls' League, Boys' Fed, G.A.A., Letterman's Club and Pep Club. Have your Forgotten? The sophomore picnic, in the park, complete with rain, dill pickles, and a super- duper baseball game... that Ms. Naomi Buescher and Orrin Cowles were our advisors... seeing Helen Murpy and Jim Chubb, Ted Jessen and Alberta Warburton together... 168 sophomores... Hit Songs - "Sentimental Journey" and "Open the Door, Richard"... remember the sock hop in the cafeteria - we started this tradition at Col-Hi. Remember? The Christmas Party given in the gym for the whole student body.. some couples seen were Edwina Overstreet and Wayne Wallace, Bill McCormick and Dawn Moore... the Jr-Sr picnic held for the seniors... boy, hat was lots of potato salad... of course, there was a rough and tumble ball game.. then the night of nights - the Jr-Sr Prom "Silver Sails" ... didn't Jeanine Paquette make a beautiful queen and Tom Merryman a handsome king .. remember the Junior Review under the direction of Lorna Erickson... Bill McCormick being chosen the Junior Prince fir the Tolo Week... Mrs. Audrienne Claair and Calvin Welsh as advisors. You will Never Forget .. Seniors at last ... four years have passed since our first bewildered day at Col-Hi .. this is the year we sit back and have a little time for relaxing (supposedly) ... having Senior pictures taken, choosing the class gift to the school, and preparing the will and prophecy were just a few of our activities ... Fred Barker was elected school cheerleader ... Cecil Morrison claimed ASB Prexy with Andrea Moore as V.P, just to mention a few celebrities ... our Senior Carnival, under the direction of Bill McBee was a big success - everything from horse racing to dart throwing was carred on in the boys' gym ... Miss Nadine Brown and Wallace Wheeler have done a swell job as class advisors... all 192 seniors give them a hearty "Thanks" ... some senior couples are Will Meicenheimer and Norma Myers, Mary Sargent and Earl Skow, Darlene Wilson and Dave McElroy ... have you forgotten our peculiar football team? Looked as if they fell into a bucket of peroxide! We graduating seniors all know that no matter what lies in the future, we shall never forget the years we spent at Columbia High School. Footnote: And it looks like we didn't ever forget our years judging by email and such. Interestingly we grew from 129 bewildered freshmen to 192 graduating seniors! -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Nancy Clark (52) Date: Mon May 8 19:06:58 2000 I first moved to Richland in 1951 so I really didn't get to stay long but I enjoyed RHS as long as I was there. I do remember the wind and the sandstorms. One day I was in the house and I heard a scream from the back yard and went out. The wind had spun our circle cloths line around and around and threw a lot of the clothes into the cottonwoods in the next yard. My mother (all 100 lbs of her) was trying to hang on to the rest of them till I got there. Living in North Richland was interesting if dusty. the first winter we were there the army or GE dug a ice skating pond right in the middle of the park so we could go ice skating without danger. In the summer of '52 the Army (I think) dug a swimming hole in the desert out near the irrigation ditches East of town. I'm not sure the houses that we had in North Richland were the same design as the ones in Richland but it was said they were all prefabs. The one we lived in looked like the ranch house only -Nancy Clark (52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Looks like the minimum number of characters in the guest book cut Nancy off. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) To Gary Behymer (64): Gary My best guess is that the Spudnut Shop does NOT make those goodies except in the morning. We visited Bomberville a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't wait to get to the shop. The first morning stop was unbelievably satisfying -- I gobbled 2 of those freshly made and warm, lighter than air goodies in just a few minutes. I sent my husband to the shop the next day (want to get enough of a good thing) to get "breakfast," and I was waiting in the kitchen watching for him to drive up -- he arrives, oh great -- he has this look of incredulity and I nearly collapse from disappointment when he says, "Some guy was loading his trunk with every spudnut they had in the shop and there won't be any more until tomorrow!" Now I know what they mean -- I felt like they had just taken candy from this baby. Such a wonderful guy I'm married to, he made the foray to the Uptown the next morning and came back victorious -- wonderful spud pastries in that little white bag. So, for the future, I've learned -- get there pretty early or the "regulars" may not only take up every seat in the place (I'm pretty sure those booths are "grandfathered" to the next generation) but they just might load up their car with all that delicious inventory and you'll just be left standing there very disappointed and hungry. This from one who drove a thousand miles for a Spudnut and will go back. -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) ******************************************** >>From: Janice Woods Ehrke (60-PHS) To Tim Smyth (62): Yes, I remember Rocky Sanborn. His Dad was Arnie, his Mom, Jonnie. Arnie died suddenly of a heart attack must have been around '48. Arnie was a huge man -- played baseball with my Dad. Rocky was a couple of years younger than me..... he was a terror as a youngster! Very active mind. Jonnie was originally from Massachusetts. Seems that after Arnie's untimely young death, she went back to East Coast. We lost track after that. Re: Utah Vacation Don't forget to check out Union Station in Ogden, marvelous old terminal. Tunnels were built under the tracks to protect passengers from the snow. Also, the Browning Gun Museum, is located in the Station, fascinating place. As the owner of my own BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) and a hunter, really enjoyed a stroll through the Browning family history on my way to Wyoming to hunt. -Janice Woods Ehrke (60-PHS) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) To Ed Temple (67), Gregor Hanson (65), and Donna Thorson Whiteside (66): Thanks for all the info on Jimmy (Jim) Ard -- he was a great kid and had a great family. -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: John Marshall (65) RE: A&W Hamburgers I have been trying for the last 35 years to recreate the flavor of A&W hamburgers with mustard and pickles. Either the pickles or mustard had a very special flavor or there was some spice they added to the hamburger itself. Anybody know? -John Marshall (65) ******************************************** >>From: Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) To Ed Temple (67) RE: Jim Ard The Ards lived across the street from us from the time we moved into this neighborhood, until they moved to Chicago, when Jim was in ninth grade. They were some of the most wonderful people I've known, truly decent inside and out. His mother, 'Chick' as we called her, was an absolute jewel who would come over for coffee, and helped us change the words to some of our more offensive 'children's rhymes', without ever causing us to question why. His father, Jim, was a very intelligent man, but a quiet man. When the opportunity to move to Chicago came up, Jim's parents felt they had to move to an area with more African- Americans in it, so that Jim and his sister, Betty Jo, would be able to know more about their heritage, and have a better chance of meeting other black kids. At that time, there were very few black families here in the area, and this move was very necessary, to the Ard's thinking. Jim grew a lot in height after he left here, and I think he finally topped off at about 7'2". He eventually played for the New York Nets, and then he played professionally in Italy for a while, but I'm afraid I don't know the names of any of those teams. His family and mine stayed in touch, and, in fact, my Mom still gets Christmas cards and notes from the Ards every year. Jim stopped by a few years ago, for the first time since he left this area, to visit with my Mom and my brother, Jim. He confided to my Mom that he never made any 'real' friends after he left Richland. Things were a lot harder in Chicago, and his sister even took a knife to school, to defend herself from the girls there. It was a very hard life for them in school, and in the neighborhood they moved to. It was an end to the innocence they had known while living here. He mentioned that he never had another 'sleep out' in the back yard, again. We missed his family when they left, and were so glad that Jim finally came back to visit. He's now a very successful man, and works with AT&T. -Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: the Ards I, too remember the Ard family. There was a daughter named Betty as I recall who was in my Sunday school classes at CUP church in the 50's and early 60's. The main reason I remember her is the fact that there were very few black people in Richland at that time. It didn't seem to matter what their color was as we had good times together on Sunday mornings. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To Ed Temple (67): This is the same Ed Temple who grew up below Birch hill? You delivered my kids, at least the first three! Good to read your stuff about Bomber basketball. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Standefer (72) To Carol Converse Maurer (64) Don't forget the 'Day Sleeper' signs. Try and explain that to someone... You get the 'deer in the headlights' look. No, Mike, those weren't for Dennys workers. -Frank Standefer (72) ******************************************** >>From: Patty Stordahl (72) RE: Forever friends Dear Alumni: This news letter has put me in contact with friends of yesteryear. I am forever grateful. One most recent was Wendy Wheat class of 1973. She, Nancy Neumeyer (sp), and I finally got together a few months ago shared a drink and a ton of laughs. At first I wondered if they would recognize me as we were to meet in Bellevue at a local lounge. When I got there they were nowhere to be seen so I waited and waited and then walked out side and as I did they were walking in. There could be no mistake. Years had been kind to both these high school beauties. Of course as life has it we parted with promises to get together and do "This" more often. A few emails continued to exchange and one day just this last week I got one from Wendy Wheat. She was informing me that she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, the same life threatening strain that Naomi Judd was cured from. My heart sank and I said my prayers for her and you know what I thought of all the wonderful people out there, Our Bomber people, You know I really feel that if we all encourage Wendy and her husband at this time and send her positive thoughts and hope and love we all can get through this together with her. She is still young and vibrant and her smile has not faded with the years. She is such a fun person, full of life and though life has dealt her a few bad cards I believe with prayer and our support she can play them and win. If any one has a loved one who has conquered this infection and has a word of medical wisdom to share or a story of overcoming of their own please share that hardship now and how the victory was won in your life. We all know life is no bed of roses. I remember our first day back in Richland. We moved onto Butternut and in the a.m. a little boy came to our house on his bike looking for the little boy his age to go riding with him. That little 10 year old boy was my brother Richard. Struck by a speeding car the DR's gave him up for dead. Though life has been hard for Richard at times he is still with us and his Bomber friends still are in contact with him. He is still as ornery as ever. Actually he is back in Richland and lives at 1105 Sanford. He would love a drop in memory or two. He has a pool table right in his living room. Any way Wendy is all smiles still but I am sure a line or two of love and upbeat email would really give her a boost. So if you have a moment and a funny line or joke or an encouraging story to share please do so and please if you pray send one up for her every time you have a blessing come your way. We all need to remember life is fragile and without the whole group pulling for us sometimes we feel forgotten. Lets not forget that our Bomber brothers & sisters all need an encouraging word and a prayer once in a while what ever their day is like. Take care and love and blessings to you all. For those who have knowledge of this disease please share your knowledge in a positive way. I am reading up on it on the Internet but personal stories directed to my email would be helpful. Remember Wendy is one of us a Bomber with a heart of gold. All you 1972-73 grads email her. Thanks for this paper it allows us to share so many good and not so fond memories. -Patty Stordahl (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) Our class ('77) had SIX Valedictorians, all with 4.0's: Carol Guthrie, Janie Crowley, Genie Eschabach, Stephanie Dorgan, Carolyn Brown & Karen Benton. -Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Mattingly (77) RE: Graveyard and Swing Hi Carol Converse (64): My little memory that pertains to "graveyard shift" is that sign in your window across the street from us on Benham Street that read "DAY SLEEPER." I'm pretty sure it was your house, but then again, that same sign was probably in many windows around town. -Mike Mattingly (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Wheat Fife (79) Valedictorian for '79..... I think it was Linda Romrell, anyone else remember? And, Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's. Bombers wouldn't be Bombers without all the mom's who helped raise along the way! Thanks to all of you! -Kathy Wheat Fife (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/10/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Sandra Atwater (51), Don McKenzie (56), Helen Cross (62), Nancy Fellman (62), Carol Converse (64), Pam Ehinger (67), Anna Durbin (69), Randi Newby (70), Rick Chapple (72), Jim Rice (75), Sandy Schively (77), Kim Edgar (79), Jenny Smart (87) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) The graveyard shift in our house ----------- no telephone! My Dad thought that was a great way not to be disturbed while sleeping! Had to go across the street to where I baby-sat to make and receive phone calls!! -Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) ******************************************** >>From: Don McKenzie (56) It seems to be prom night all over Seattle, so attempted to recall those that I went to. WOW, we were excited, but compared to today's big $$$$$ that are spent, our proms were in the girls' gym, and decorated with twisted crape (spelling?) of different colors. There might be a theme, but that was mainly reflected in the color of the paper. Unlike today, if you didn't have a date, you didn't go. The scariest part was picking up your date at her parents' house. You had previously coordinated the corsage with her outfit and determined if it was a wrist corsage or one for the chest. If for the chest, the parents would stand there and watch you attempt to attach. Ha! It sure seems like those times were so terribly innocent compared with what the kids do today. Am sure that many Bombers of the 50's have some fantastic stories. How about Tolo Week! YIKES, you'd hide from the freaky girls, and make yourself available to others. That was really a scary time for a lot of guys. Ha! -Don McKenzie (56) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Bill Didway (66) Re: l962 Valedictorians!! According to Carole Johnston Berg, there were 3 4.0 Valedictorians for our class: Joyce Herbal, Sandra Harmon, and Yvonne Wright!! Carole was fourth, and Richard Tew 5th. I stand corrected. Sorry, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Nancy Fellman Lysher (62) RE: The Liquor Store Don't we all remember the Washington State Liquor Control Card of Identification? My late husband saved some interesting "stuff" in those velvet bags that Crown Royal came in. After reading about the liquor store in the Parkway, I looked in one of the bags I've still saved and found our "liquor cards"....... those reminders of turning 21! As I recall, we "signed up" for them at that liquor store. Gary worked part time at the liquor store in the 60's.... anyone else? -Nancy Fellman Lysher (62) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To Frank Standefer (72) and Mike Mattingly (77) WOW! I forgot all about that "Day Sleeper" sign that was put out while on 'graveyard' shift. Now that you both reminded me, I do remember. Yes, I'm sure that there were many many signs out all over. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) RE: R2K Woodgrain Plaque/Box Lids & Boxes This is an update on the R2K plaque/box lids. The plaque/box lid still costs $5.00 but now you can get the box too! The plaque/box lid is approximately 8" x 10" and the box is approximately 4" to 6" high. The plaque/box lid WITH the box will be $8.00 and there is a groove in the box into which the plaque/box lid slides. Please get your orders in NOW! I'll have them with me at the Reunion, I'll be at the registration table for the 60s - 70s. You may mail your check or money orders to: Pam E. Nassen PO Box 8 Ronald, WA 98940 (509) 964-2713 Leave a Message Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin (69) Okay, I will speak up for '69. Our valedictorians are Robin Corley and Nancy Carter. But no one will remember salutatorians, right? -Anna Durbin (69) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) almost To all the 1970 Col-Hi Bombers: Hello 70's Class Bombers! Oh Boy! Can you believe it's the 2nd week of May? We do not realize how fast this year is going. As some are aware and for those who might not be, we have been working on the up coming 30th class reunion in July. As my part I have been working on the memory book. I need your feed back 70' Bombers. I only have 22 entries and only af few pictures for our book so far. Terry, is there more? I also need Kendal's phone # or email. Looks like I lost the papers I brought home from the last meeting but I didn't lose the the registration forms for the memory book, yeah! I have put in a spot for email addresses. Feel free to send me your info over the net. But be sure that you get those registration forms in, we need them by May 15th. I need name------------(maiden name)-- city-----state---zip spouce-----------------email address-- kids names and ages;----------------- and ---"What I've been doing since 1970".----- It will be going into the book the way you send it, so be sure to write clearly. My english and writing skills are not the best so when sending in registration forms (ASAP), write so I can read them, PLEASE. Again "WE NEED THOSE REGISTRATION FORMS" now. We need to get a count ASAP. Terry, Laure, someone - let me know if they have gotten any more forms for the memory book. Thank you all, -Randi Newby Tucker (70) almost ******************************************** >>From: Rick Chapple (72) RE: Life In response to Patty Stordahl's (72) letter about her friend being sick. To all who know her friend, call her often and check on her attitude. Keep her mind occupied with good thoughts and stories about yourself and your life. Ask how she is and how she feels, but don't dwell on the sickness and don't share sad stories of others. Make her smile with your call or your visit. It's good medicine and I know this first hand. I was told I have Lymphoma cancer (thanks to our friends at Exxon Nuclear) and went through Chemotherapy and radiation treatment. All the while I was being hammered with Chemo, my good friends would call and cheer me up often. I also told myself and others that I was not sick, it's just that the doctors made me feel sick. My attitude and my friends got me through my ordeal very quickly, or so it seems now, and I am feeling like my old self again. I'm a firm believer that your mind can help you overcome alot of adverse conditions that sometimes come at you from nowhere. So, Patty, cheer up your friend. She has a long life still ahead of her and will need you to help her along the way. Now everybody SMILE and get on with life, for us from the class of 72, it's more then half over and I'm just getting my stride..... -Rick Chapple (72) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) RE: Valedictorians You can find the Class of 75 valedictorians on our web page. Click on [1975] -Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** >>From: Sandy Schively Buckley (77) RE: class of '77 Valedictorian Does anyone remember which of the valedictorians for the class of '77' accepted their diploma with a "fake" handshake? I know Kellie and Anne can answer this! : ) -Sandy Schively Buckley (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) RE: Hamburgers Hi All, While I admit the A&W hamburgers are good, my favorite is the Zip's "Salad Burger" I have one every time I visit the Tri-Cities. It has a delicious special sauce, the Zip's near the mall must use a different sauce, theirs doesn't taste as well as the one in Kennewick, (is there one still in Richland?). I worked at Zip's, it was my first job, I believe I was 15 1/2 years old. Although, I knew math and could count money, I never really counted change before, it was really quite easy. It's a shame young kids aren't taught this anymore. They rely on the cash register to tell them how much change to give back. Boy, are they confused when it's not working. The best part of working there was carrying the meals out to the cute high school boys and watching the kids in their cars congregate across the street at Albertson's parking lot. I also remember working the night that Elvis died, I remember thinking this isn't real. I was really too young to remember JFK death, so this was the first "Well Known" person I knew to pass away. It really made an impression on me. Anyone out there care to share memories of their first job? -Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page (87) RE: '87 Valedictorians I believe the valedictorians for the class of '87 were Chris Rheumler (sp?) and Steve Reese, with #3 on the list being Amy Taylor. -Jenny Smart Page (87) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/11/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 Bulldog today. Mary Triem (47), Marilyn Richey (53), Janice Woods (60-PHS), Jeanie Walsh (63), Linda Belliston (63), Kathie Roe (64), Linda Reining (64), Rod Brewer (65), Bill Wingfield (67), Ed Temple (67), Steve Piippo (70), Jeff Marcum (73), Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) RE: Valedictorian(s) To Bill Didway (66) Believe it or not - the class of 1947 has at least one member who keeps important stuff. Our senior class president, Roy Thomas, advised me that we did have 5 smart folks who were: Glenna Jean McEwen Jones (deceased), Iva Tucker (married name unknown), Eugene Fergin, Donna Dillard Matsumoto and Joan Long Lynch. -Mary Triem Mowery - 1947 Bomber ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To: John Marshall (65) I was the first cook at the A&W which Dick Heath and his wife opened in Richland. The taste was a seasoning that was from A & W company that was put on the burgers. It was there special seasoning. That was a busy place and probably would still be there til the A&W company forced the owners to build an inside dining area to keep their franchise. The people who owned the franchise Mr. and Mrs. Keith Hunter decided it would be such an large expense, that they decided to sell it. By the way, if you travel along the coast of Oregon, there are some drive-ins along the coast route. Also, there is some in Idaho going up to Canada through going to Banff. Hi Nancy Fellman Lysher (62) I heard you were back in Richland now from Connie Madsen Hall. When I came back to Richland in 61 to attend CBC, I worked at the Richland liquor store on the Parkway. Mrs. Hoff, who had managed the Korten Music Record Store for Harold Morgan got me the job. Those ID cards were the thing to have. Many a time, people who I knew would come in to purchase a bottle and they would see me and turn around and leave because I knew they weren't 21. It was fun to work there and you sure knew who drink, how much and how often. I worked there while going to CBC and during the holidays coming home from CWU. I knew Gary worked there during the later years. Tell your sister hell'o for me, -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Janice Woods Ehrke (60-PHS) First job, Arctic Circle, Pasco, Summer 1958, $0.85/hr. Towards the end of August I realized that I would have to find a job with more reasonable hours during school. I finally found one at the Drugstore Fountain at 4th and Lewis, (was it Payless or Thrifty or none of the above?) Anywhoo, the catch was I had to start right away, so it developed that the jobs overlapped and I ended up working 16+ hours a day for several weeks. Good thing it wasn't brain surgery or air traffic control cause I was really functioning way below par. One evening during the dinner rush, I was asked to make up some chocolate syrup as we had run out, and to do it post haste! Well, I got the two gallon glass jar, the wooden spoon and the simple syrup (they diluted everything) assembled and hurriedly set about my task. I poured in one gallon of chocolate and one gallon of simply syrup and began to stir with the wooden spoon. My mind started to wander and I guess I wasn't stirring fast enough for the boss. He came past me on his way to put some more of the delicious french fries in the fat, an said "We need it now, not next week, Woods!" I snapped out of my momentary daydream of how bad I needed some sleep and accelerated my stirring. All at once that wooden spoon just lightly touched the inside of that jar way down about an inch from the bottom and popped a perfectly oval shaped hole in the glass from the inside. In my sleep deprived stupor, it just didn't compute and in fact for a few vital seconds I was enthralled at this juncture at how the chocolate came pouring out of this perfect inch wide hole and was making a mess of my little red and white gingham uniform, not to mention the rather large lake that was forming at my feet. About this time the boss, apparently sensing disaster, grabbed a bucket and rushed up pushing me out of the way to put the bucket under this spouting river. Unfortunately, he slipped in the by then rather large lake of chocolate covering the floor. Did I mention he was a large man? Always wore white: white pants, white shirt, socks and hat. He managed to get up finally, after several unsuccessful attempts during which he rolled around quite liberally in the brown lake. He disappeared into the office in back and didn't return for almost two hours. Life went on in the mean time, the rush was over, and we had cleaned up the mess. It was miraculous, he was completely white again, head to foot, maybe his wife brought him a new set of whites, anyway I really think he was so long in coming out because he was trying to control himself, and not set upon me like a mad man. He walked casually up to me as if nothing had happened, and said he thought it best that I take the rest of the evening off. I know it took all the control he had left to inquire if I needed a ride home. What a dear! Needless to say my career planning henceforth took on a more serious bent. Of course, in later years, this episode was the subject of a great deal of hilarity at family gatherings Boy I did love those Chocolate Marshmallow Malts and Fries! Jan (waitress par excellence) Ehrke -Janice Woods Ehrke (60-PHS) ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63) WHAT??? No Kellie Walsh Valedictorian??? -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63) To John Marshall (65) Regarding A & W Hamburgers. You mentioned how good the hamburgers were with just their mustard and pickles. But you forgot the onions. I car-hopped there in '62 & 63, and I've been trying to re-create the flavor also. Don't recall any extra seasoning on the hamburgers, but I was just a car-hop, maybe some of the cooks can enlighten us. Jackie Sheard Cross '61 are you there? I do remember Papa Burgers were 55 cents, Mama's were .35 and Baby Burgers were .20. An A & W Special was 55 cents, which consisted of Hamburger, Cheese, and Ham. It cost .10 if you wanted Deluxe trimmings, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. Someone also mentioned those delicious Steak Sandwiches. If you all knew how we washed those Root Beer Mugs, you probably wouldn't have ordered any Root Beer. There was a sink of Large Bottle Brushes in supposedly DISINFECTANT cold water , and we'd just swish the mugs quickly over the brushes, dip them in rinse water and that was it. No putting them through a hot dishwasher. When we were busy, which it always was, and we were running out of clean mugs, it was a really quick swish, rinse and fill them up. Our class of '63 top five were: Ken Carlson Valedictorian, Leslie Dreher, Salutatorian, and Gary LeClair, Marye Durbin, and Jim Newell. Anybody join the Library Reading Club every summer, and do you remember what you made for your craft on your 10th book? REUNION INFORMATION: Because there is not a Reunion function scheduled between the soccer games and the fireworks, some people have expressed an interest in having a place for Alumni to gather and just visit. So I have reserved the Courtyard at the Red Lion Hanford House (The old Desert Inn) Saturday evening starting at 5:30 P.M.. After 10:00 when the Courtyard closes, we have a room downstairs reserved. Hor d'oeuvres and drinks can be ordered. The Cool Desert Nights Old Car Parade is in front of the Hotel that evening around 7:00, the Street Dance is at 9:00 at Howard Amon Park, and the Fireworks are behind the Hotel over the River around 10:00, so everyone can just come and go to these activities as they choose. Dick Boehning (63) was able to acquire more tee times, so if anyone else is interested please let him know. Golfing starts at 9:00 Friday, the 23rd of June at Columbia Point Golf Course, previously known as Sham-Na-Pum. Just a few Reminders: -If you haven't sent in your Registration Forms, please do so ASAP. The Reunion is just around the corner, and we are preparing to make ASB Cards, and will soon be getting Reunion Packets ready. -Think of some good Trivia Questions and send to Jim Hamilton. -Get those Bomber Mums ordered for that special Mom, Wife, Sister or friend. -And don't forget to check out the Reunion site. New items are being added all the time. -Linda Belliston Boehning (63) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) I'm trying to locate Tom Tracy (55) to see if he would like to play in the alumni basketball game. Does anyone out there know how to contact him or have an email address for him? Thank you. -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) RE: Don McKenzie (56) and proms ------ I, too, remember the dances in the gym and the decorations being made out of crepe paper and the teachers chaperoning. I went to the Jr.-Sr. Prom with Ray McCauley (65) and a corsage that had to be pinned on and, after many tries, my aunt pinning it on. Don't know who was more nervous, him or me, but my Mom, my aunt, and my grandmother were all watching as he tried to pin it. Think kids today are missing out on a lot - ---- there is a lot to be said for the innocence we experienced. My two daughters went to the proms' and "Sadie Hawkins' Day" dances (our Tolo) and the price of the dresses and the "bid" (ticket) and then the dinner and the limo ride, they almost had to go into debt for one night!!!!!!! and, they never held their dances in their school gym's ----- they were always in a hotel ballroom and dinner had to be at a "swanky" place, too. Don't know where the idea came for that one, but think it was due in part to the fact that a lot of the schools in California do not have gyms and therefore they had to find alternative places for the dances. The junior high and high school that my oldest daughter attended did not have a gym and when they held basketball games, they had to be held at another school. The schools here in Bakersfield have their own gyms, but the dances are not held there, either. Guess kids today are too "sophisticated". Too bad. -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) To Ed Temple (67) RE: Ard Just have time for a quickie. When Jim Ard left Richland he was 6'1" with obvious big time potential. We played a lot of ball together at the park the summer he moved. His folks considered leaving him behind to play ball at Richland, but of course, he left. I don't recall where he moved, I thought it was Ohio. He did go to the U of Cinn and had a great career. The ABA was just getting underway while he was in college. They were looking for a big headline and when Seattle of the NBA drafted Ard #1, the ABA, via the NY Nets, trumped them with a $1 Million offer which Ard accepted. The catch was, that most of the money was deferred. In fact, Jim started collecting a large chunk of that a few years ago at the rate of $50,000 per year. I saw him play a pre season game in Asbury Park, NJ in 1970 against the Carolina Cougars??. I lost track of him after that. I don't recall any power forwards in Art's offense. -Rod Brewer (65) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) Maren, I love the Sandstorm. You're doing a great job. PLEASE KEEP IT UP. Kim Edgar (79) asked if anyone out there cared to share memories of their first job? How about summers, between Richland HS and college, working the Green Giant or BirdsEye pea fields in Walla Walla, then Dayton, and then on to the lima bean fields in Nampa Idaho. This was with Pete Dullum (67), Sammy Dossett (67), Dave McDaniels (67), Steve Witeck (67), Ray Miller (67), and Don Andrews (67WB). Note: Pete Dullum passed away in Oct 71 from cancer. I remember him, even after having a lung removed, skiing all out on trips to White Pass, and Snowbird, or running up and down the stairs in his parents "B" house on Mahan to keep in shape for skiing. He had such a great attitude. He was the best friend a person could have. His Mom, Millie Dullum, lives alone in the same house at **** Mahan. If any of you knew Pete please stop in and see her. She would love the company. [Deleted Mahan address numbers for Mrs. Dullum's privacy. If anybody wants it ask Bill for it. -Maren] We started out working our first year in the cannery in Walla Walla, paying the high wages of $1.85/hr, but after a lot of pushing on our part got the exciting job of combine drivers paying a whopping $2.25/hr or something like that. The group of us Bombers were the entire crew. We worked 12 hour days 7 days a week, some of the time living in my dad's camper, the other time living in small 2 bd room apartment in WW or Caldwell, ID paying $50/month in rent. At the end of the day we were covered in dirt from head to toe, and sick of eating peas. Looking back on it, we had fun times, but that sure was hard work. Did any other Bombers work the peas? How about lifting 100# sacks of potatoes, in Pasco 12hrs/day for $1.85/hr, or picking cherries, asparagus, or grapes in Benton City? Those are a bunch of different stories. I've already said too much. -Bill Wingfield (67) ******************************************** >>From: Ed Temple (67) To Steve Piippo (70): Delivering your kids was pay back to you for delivering our newspaper when we were kids. Glad to see that your dad got the recognition with the naming of the gym. -Ed Temple (67) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To Mike Davis (74): Who is the youngest player and what is/was the age of the youngest player to play on a state championship BOMBER team? -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Marcum (73) Nice to see a place for all of us who bleed green and gold to visit. My buddy Fritz Strankman told me about it. To all of you who had Fred Strankman as a coach, give him a call; he just got banged up in car wreck, but is doing fine. And for Boo Boo and Boog, when you need accurate stats, go to the source, Steve (stats) Cassidy. The articles are great, nice to start the day with a chuckle. -Jeff Marcum (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) '74 Valedictorian wasn't me! Might have been Denny! -Mike Davis (74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Peg Kestell Hume (67) Date: Wed 21:19 Subject: Los Alamos is burning to the ground..... My family moved to Los Alamos, NM in 1969. Other families, including the Hemphills, Keighers and Parsons, moved here from Richland also. Ron Snow (should have graduated with class of 67, but he went into the Marines) and his wife, Peggy Jones Snow (who did graduate in 67), live here also. I had already graduated and had moved to Reno, NV. In 1976 I finally joined my family in Los Alamos and immediately fell in love with the area. Northern NM is just breath-taking, or at least it was until today........... Los Alamos is situated on the east side of the Jemez (hay-mez) Mountains. This is a relatively small mountain range that was created millions of years ago by volcanic action. The mountains reach up to over 10,000 feet, with Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Lab sitting at 7,500 feet on the mesas that flow out from this mountain range. The view from here is like sitting on top of the world, you can see across the valley to Santa Fe and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and all the way up to Taos, NM. The summer of '76 saw a devastating fire start up in Bandelier National Monument. It was started by an illegal campfire. It burned close to the highway between Bandelier and S-site at the Los Alamos National Lab. It actually jumped into S-site, but they were able to keep it away from the explosives that are stored under ground in cement bunker vaults. Then, almost 20 years to the day later, Bandelier caught on fire again, once again by an illegal campfire. That day, April 26th, 1996, was my last day of driving school bus for Los Alamos Public Schools. I was planning on moving to Idaho the next week. As I was leaving the mid school I spotted a curl of smoke coming up out of Bandelier. I thought to myself "hmmm, Bandelier is doing another controlled burn". How wrong I was. The next day the fire exploded like an atomic bomb. I was on my way to Santa Fe when it occurred, and I will never forget the awe I felt while witnessing it. The smoke rose up into the air over 36,000 feet! Smoke covered all of Santa Fe and the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The sun, filtered by the smoke, looked like a red tail-light! I moved up to Idaho the next week and spent the rest of that summer driving fire fighters to the forest fires. Since then I have traveled all over the place, from Florida to California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and New Mexico, transporting the fire fighters, so it's safe to say that I can accurately spot a forest fire, which is what I did last Thursday nite. I drive a full-size coach between the Albuquerque, NM airport and the Santa Fe, NM, hotels, making 2-3 round trips a day. Last Thurs. I was leaving Santa Fe around 8:15pm when I once again spotted a curl of smoke coming up from the Jemez Mountains. I know Los Alamos and the surrounding mountains so well because they were my playground for the 12 years that I lived there. I hiked those mountains, skied those mountains, biked those mountains, I worked at Pajarito Ski Hill for 7 years, I had an apartment that had a view of the ski hill for 7 other words, I knew exactly where that curl of smoke was coming from.......Cerro Grande Peak, just south of Pajarito Mountain, which is the Los Alamos Ski Hill. By the time I got to the bottom of La Bajada Hill, the mountain top had exploded. I called it in to the State Police and it wasn't until the next day that I found out that it was a controlled burn started by Bandelier National Park!! The next day the Western area of Los Alamos was evacuated. My brother and his family, my 2 nieces and their father and step-mother were among those evacuated. Every time I had to drive to Santa Fe for the next 4 days left me with a huge lump in my throat. To see those mountains on fire brought tears to my eyes every trip. But none of that effected me the way today did. I was getting ready to go to work when my phone rang. A friend was calling me to tell me that the entire town site of Los Alamos was being evacuated! 11,000 people were evacuated in 4 hours! In the mean time the news coverage was so graphic that I couldn't quit was like watching a loved one die right in front of my eyes as a video shot the fire leap across Los Alamos Canyon and into the western area of the town. Live coverage, and there went my beloved ski hill........needless to say, I didn't go to work, it's hard to drive and cry at the same time. There has been continuous news coverage of this event for over 9 hours now. The fire creates it's own weather as it builds, looking a lot like a thunder head. It creates it's own wind, and today there were 50 mph winds coming from the southwest added to that. Those winds caused the fire to jump the Los Alamos Canyon into the western area where my nieces live. I got on the phone immediately trying to get hold of Peggy Jones answer. I knew my brother and my nieces were safe in White Rock, NM where they had been evacuated to 4 days earlier, but the western area was the route that I had for my school bus run the last 5 years I lived there. I was so involved with the community, and many of my kayaking and boating friends lived in the western area, and many of the families of the kids I transported. The hospital patients were evacuated to Santa Fe, the nursing home patients to White Rock. Shot after video shot showed one house after another going up in flames, trails that I had hiked, they are saying that the northern part of the community is on fire also. Many expensive homes that are fairly new to the area are gone. The golf course is gone. Explosion after explosion can be heard over the tv as propane tanks explode. There are 2 gas stations that will be gone soon, as well as the Los Alamos High School, which is across the street from the Texaco station. So many lives devastated, and all because of a DAMN CONTROLLED FIRE!! Am I pissed, hell yes I'm pissed, and there's not a thing any of us can do about it. The winds will be up to 60 mph tomorrow, and no end in sight. The fire has now sparked another fire to the NE of Los Alamos, and most likely will continue to travel thru the Puye Cliff Dwellings and on to Espanola NM. There is no end in sight. I just heard on the news that they are calling for the evacuation of Santa Clara Pueblo, and all residents of Espanola on the west side of the Rio Grande River......good grief.......there is no end in sight.....The President is pissed, the Governor is pissed, and I am pissed. (you can delete this Maren, but I just HAD to say it!) Right now they are saying the smoke has risen to over 26,000 feet, and traveled over 90 miles. Is this the wrath of God? So much for having built the Bomb here.....(and yes, this is REALLY where it was built) Paradise Lost. I'm sure this will spark (no pun intended) a lot of controversy over controlled burning. Having been as closely involved in fighting fires as I have, I realize there is a need for thinning down and dead brush...........but you don't do it during one of the 2 windiest months of the year, and in the presence of a severe draught, which is what New Mexico has been experiencing for over 2 years now. Los Alamos Ski Hill only opened for 3 days in '99, and didn't open at all this year. No doubt, it won't be open again in our life-time. I was supposed to go to Ron and Peggy's house this Sunday to teach Peggy what Pam Ehinger and I have learned in taking over the 67 web page. No doubt, that's NOT what we will be doing come Sunday. I just hope Ron and Peggy get hold of me soon, so I can find out how they are doing, and where they are staying. This tragedy has sparked unbelievable response from the communities. Expensive hotels in Santa Fe have offered to put up people for $25 a nite, Glorieta Baptist Convention Center in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains has offered free lodging. The TV stations in Abq. have started relief funds and clothing and food donations are pouring in. What am I doing here plucking away on my computer?? I should really be out volunteering, but feel that this needs to get out to the Sandstorm due to Richland's closeness to the Lab. A relief fund has been set up with Bank of Albuquerque, if you are inclined to donate money. They feel that is the best way to offer help right now. Sorry, they aren't showing the phone number for the bank right now. I'll post it later. I have been battling 40-50 mile an hour winds between Abq. and SF. for over 7 weeks now, and I can not believe that this prescribed burn should have ever been started. This is of epic proportion. Watch your national news, this story is the number one news out there. Peg Kestell Hume '67 P.S. from Wed. 22:29 This is the number that is being posted if you want to help out with monetary donations......1-877-424-3232 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/12/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely (49), Darlene Minard (60), Mike Lewis (60), Helen Cross (62), Linda Reining (64), Tedd Cadd (66), Christopher Lih (67), Peg Kestell (67), [Sharon Keigher (65)/Vikki Kestell (70)] Betti Avant (69), Danny Bowling (70), Stephen Schraedel (70), Steve Piippo (70), Frank Trent (72), Dan King (77), Rick Hodgson (78) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely (49) I believe the valedictorians from the class of '49 were: Richard Boyd, Elizabeth Meyers, Patricia Monroe, and Mary Musser. Richard Roberts, Ray Gillette, and/or Ann May Wann Thompson may want to correct this list if necessary. Howard Walker and I worked in the pea fields of the Smith family in Dayton, WA after our freshman year of college, 1950. We slept in tents and showered in water warmed by the sun. We were in the field from 6 to 6 and our lunch was brought to us so we wouldn't have to leave the field. I think our pay was 60 cents an hour, but I'm not positive about that. -Ken Ely (49) ******************************************** >>From: Darlene Minard Mortensen (60) Just a reminder about the picnic for the class of '60, Saturday night, June 24 at the Howard Amon Park from 4-9 p.m. This is not to replace the reunion in August but will give us a chance to get together during the R2K Reunion in June. Connie Madron Hall (60) can give you a list of those who are planning to attend the picnic. If you would like your name added to the list, contact her. Hope to see you there. -Darlene Minard Mortensen (60) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) Mainly to Janice Woods Ehrke (60-PHS) Must be something slippery destined for the level; some time later (around 1968) I dropped a 25 pound canister of blue phthalocyanine dye powder at Xerox and naturally the whole end came off. That's the blue dye used in blue ball point pen ink. It's very dry, fine powder and reminds one of the stuff in puffballs in the dry season. Too many coincidences for words: my mother's name was Janice. And of course you lived on Lewis street. -Mike Lewis (60) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Bill Wingfield (67): I remember working in the strawberry and bean fields in Eugene and Salem, Oregon, before I could even drive, before I even got to RHS. My brother, Roy (68), and my cousins, Allen, Bob (62), and Carol and I all did it. We lived with relatives. We had alot of fun, but it was hard work. And being a social worker, I always felt it gave me a better perspective in understanding people who didn't have enough. I'm discussing getting a summer job with my son, Ryan who has just finished his first year at Purdue, and in remembering how we worked at what ever job we could find, somehow I just can't explain to him, that he might not get a perfect job now. I worked at Densow's Drugstore part-time for 2 years while in high school. That was when I finally turned l6 and could legally get a job. I had worked in the summer for Howard and Helen Chittly caring for their 3 young children while they taught swimming in their back yard. No disrespect to the Chittys, I learned some valuable lessons about family values from being with them, but for a l5 year old girl, it was hard work, and I'm sure was the deciding factor for me, to push on to get my education and have some fun before I even thought about getting married and having kids. See you at the Reunion. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) RE: first jobs First "real" job I had was after graduation and I went to work at "Stop 'n Go" (later Max's Broiler) restaurant in the Kennewick Highlands. I worked the shift from 6 p.m. till the place closed at 2 a.m. The couple that owned the place, Max and Ruth, would drive by at 2 in the morning, to make sure that the place was closed and then they would go home. The pies were baked on the premises and we had to count our tickets and write down how many slices of pie were sold and which ones ---- then, the cook would decide which pies were "keepers" and which ones she didn't need to bake anymore. When the Tri-City Braves were in town, they would come in and their meals were paid for at the end of the season. Well, I didn't know that, so when they came in, I served them and gave them their bills, they told me to put them under the counter in the cigar box and they would take care of it later. I thought, "yeah right" ----- so, I told them if they didn't pay, I was going to be in trouble and they just laughed and walked out the door. I don't think I slept all night, just knowing that I was going to be fired when I got to work the next night. I wasn't, but I left there for "greener pastures": the potato sheds in Pasco! Had to be there by 6 in the morning, and started out on the "line" sorting through the potatoes that were on the conveyor belt. They had been soaked in a lye solution and our job was to pick out the rotten ones. After doing this job for about three weeks, I was convinced that anyone could do this job in their sleep, and in fact that is just what happened! Had been up late the night before and was "sleep-standing" at my station when one of the gals next to me nudged me and said I was sleeping and the boss was watching me!!!!!! Stayed on that line for about another month and then "progressed" to the tater-tot room, which was always kept cold, cause the tater-tots were packaged frozen ---- we wore gloves and heavy coats, and the temperature outside was HOT - ---- we really looked odd when we would take our lunch break and go outside with the others ---- course, once outside, you immediately realized why you were being stared at. After those two experiences, I decided my "career" needed to go in a new direction ---- so, I got married and became a mommy. Best choice I ever made. -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Tedd Cadd (66) RE: Pea harvest, Corn, Wheat and etc. Hi, there Mr. Wingfield... Yeah, I worked two summers in the canneries in WW. Corn and peas and one other crop I can't remember. I worked mostly night shift -- same 12/7 hours you quoted. It was not particularly difficult work. With one exception: Loading the boxcars. For some weeks, I stacked boxes of #10 cans (6 in each box) in boxcars along side the cannery. There were two of us and, in a short while, we were able to throw the boxes pretty much into place much like shooting a basket. Best muscles I've ever had... I still carry a skill from the corn work. The cobs had to be at least three inches long to go through the cutters. I learned the precise point at which my thumb and fore finger were three inches apart. I just now tried it and then measured it with a ruler and I was only 1/8th inch off. One summer after I was married and still at WSU, I wanted to ensure I got as much work in as possible and worked peas and then got on at another cannery in a second crop. When that crop started to come in, I was still working at the pea line. In order to keep the other job, I ended up working 12 hrs at the one place and 10 at the other. I remember that I did it, but that week was a blur. Pam came in at one point to see why I was taking so long in the tub only to find me asleep (little wonder!). Fortunately it only lasted a few days and I could drop the 12 hour job. I also drove wheat trucks one summer. The wheat was really good to eat fresh like that. Only excitement was nearly rolling a loaded truck (30 ton gross) down a hillside as I was taking on wheat from the combine. As we went around the hill, it got steeper. I didn't realize how steep until I started to slide sideways down the hill. It took us an hour to get it out after we tried different methods of just driving it out. The solution turned out to be using a combine to tow it to safer ground. -Tedd Cadd (66) ******************************************** >>From: CB (Christopher, Chris) Lih (67) RE: Coming home To whom it may concern, I just wanted to announce the return to Richland of myself and my sweetie, Marita Plachta Lih (both '67). We'll be coming in shifts. My last day of work here in Mississippi is 5-22-2000. I'll be driving back to the Atomic City immediately after (should take a week). Marita will need to extricate herself from her job, so we're not sure when she'll arrive. We've purchased the old Lih homestead and will be living with my parents on Harris Avenue. At present I do not have a job in the Tri-Cities (I do computer technical support, help desk, if you are looking for some) but hope to rectify that soon. I guess this means I'll be able to attend R2K! We look forward to re-establishing relationships in the home of the Bombers. -CB (Christopher, Chris) Lih (67) ******************************************** >>From: Peg Kestell Hume (67) Maren, I forwarded my Sandstorm entry to Sharon Keigher (65) last nite after I sent it off to the Sandstorm. I wasn't sure if she was still in England, or if she had returned to her home in Wisconsin. It appears she was back at home. Please post this letter from her to the Sandstorm tonight, as well as my follow up report here. Her parents, Don and Mary Lou Keigher live in a new senior retirement center (100 Oppenheimer Center) directly across the street from the apartment complex I lived in for 7 years, and next door to Fuller Lodge. It has been untouched by the firestorm so far. Her father, Don Keigher has been very instrumental in many projects in Los Alamos (LA) striving to save and restore a historical building called Fuller Lodge. (you can see the inside of Fuller Lodge by renting the movie "The Milagro Beanfield War". Robert Redford is sitting at a desk inside the Lodge) Los Alamos started out as a boys school, and Fuller Lodge was the dorm and school I believe. I watched the news last nite till way past midnite, only to get up this morning to find out that all of White Rock (WR) had been evacuated...... 15,000 people. My brother and his family are now safe here in Abq. at his in-laws, and my nieces are in Santa Fe. I still don't know where Ron and Peggy Jones Snow (67) are, but I'm sure they are safe. In all, over 22,000 people have been evacuated from LA, WR, and Espanola, 12 miles to the northeast from LA. At best count, over 150 homes have burned, but the fire is still raging, and many homes are burning as I write this. (The news just said that this count is now up to 3-400 homes damaged) There was a briefing a few minutes ago in which numerous government officials repeatedly stated that AT NO time is the Lab in danger of releasing radio-active material...... it is well stored and away from the fire. I'll be back at work this afternoon, hopefully with my emotions a little better under control as I make my trek northward to Santa Fe, with the Jemez Mountains off to my left. We are very fortunate so far, with only the loss of material belongings, and only one minor injury to a fireman, and no casualties. -Peg KESTELL Hume (67) (not Ehinger!) ~~~~~ From: Sharon Keigher (65) To: Peg Kestlell Hume (67) Dear Peg, Thank you for the most graphic news I've been able to find on the whole internet. My folks are staying at LaFonda Hotel tonight. Dad is pretty calm, but it could be he didn't want to worry me. mom was obviously really frazzled. She'd had several ladies over for lunch and just as they sat down to eat, someone knocked on the door with the news everyone had to evacuate in a half hour. I was oblivious to this til about 9 pm when my sister called, asking if I'd seen TV. I never see TV. And when I started looking, of course, all I or she caught was the same 30 sec's of bumper to bumpers driving out of town in the terrible smoke. I since found the LA Monitor on the web, with graphic photos and all, but the coverage was only up to the Tuesday paper, of course. That explained how some people had been evacuated clear back o Saturday. Dad said they'd been warning people for days not to open their windows in their building, "which is fine because that's why we have air conditioning." they took off in the van with their suitcases, and at the last minute thought better of splitting up and taking the new little Golf down to White Rock. They've left in in the covered parking at Oppenheimer, along with everything else. God, it IS soooo SAD. My dad made sure that building has so many sprinklers in it, it may well be the safest building in town. But no guarantees with this. It must be incredible to see fire jump like that. I imagined Dad hanging out to save Fuller Lodge (he chaired the committee that brought it up to code a few yrs ago and sprinkled it). . . . ironically, they are off the the Nat'l Fire Protection Assn in Denver on Saturday. Can you beat that? So, they've packed for their trip and are trying to pretend (I suspect) this is just another leisurely trip. but several from Oppenheimer Place are at the La Fonda tonight, all watching the tube nonstop. Probably no one will sleep. Your description of this beautiful exquisite place is very lovely. I don't think I've appreciated it nearly as much as I should. It is an incredibly strong community too tho, so I'm not as worried for their mental health as I will be if it keeps on going to hit these really poor communities like Espanola, or worse, the Pueblo. BTU, Dad does not blame the Supt. at Bandelier. He said the guy has taken full responsibility, but i read that he'd not seen the latest weather report the day they did the burning. Dad really feels if they want to blame somebody, blame Oppenheimer and Groves for picking this site in the first place. Fire has always been a huge danger from the beginning. He was on duty in the one 20 yrs ago, and feels the lab learned a lot from it. Indeed, he's really impressed that the interagency group (feds, state and local govt.) have been planning for such an event for 2 years, which is how they were able to evacuate 11,000 people in a couple of hours. He says they even cut two new dirt routes out from the North so as to evacuate out up there also. We're all praying with you out there. I'll be in touch. Thanks. Sharon ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Later update from Peg Kestell Hume (67) An update now, The American Red Cross is now THE place to contact for being able to make monetary donations 1-800-717-7101 You can place donations by using your Visa, Master Card, or American Express. This money goes to supply food, clothing, lodging and mental health counseling for the victims of this horrendous firestorm. I just heard that the High School Gym caught on fire, so far the school is safe, but right next to the gym. The wind has shifted and is blowing out of the west. All the mesas in LA run out from the mountain, from the west to the east, so what ever homes were not burned last nite when the wind was blowing from the southwest to the northeast are now directly in the path of this fire.. Many thought their homes were safe, but the winds are whipping this fire up, changing the direction, so that those who thought they were safe, aren't. The fire has split, and gone around the Lab to the south, headed towards Pajarito Acres and White Rock, and to the north, thru the town site, and on towards Espanola. The small mountain communities of Canoncito, Coyote, and Abiquiu are being evacuated. Thanx for helping me get this out Maren, -Peg Kestell Hume (67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Later update from Vikki Kestell (70): Peg was just called out to drive bus for the fire fighters. She'll be incommunicado for who knows how long. The good news: My former brother-in-law, Ken, called my mom. Apparently, someone sneaked up into Los Alamos and drove around a bit. He told Ken that his house was still standing! WOW! Not confirmed yet, but hopeful. The bad news: He also reported many burned out houses and cars. The radio estimates 150 homes at this point. I saw video this morning on the news of an apartment complex (looked like about 20 units). Just the foundation was left. This will probably be the worst day of the fire as the wind has picked up and is gusting at 50-65 mph. When you are at 7,300 feet and the wind is blowing, things burn like a hurricane blows. The ignition factor is nine. That means that out of every ten airborne sparks, nine ignite. They've evacuated all the communities north of Los Alamos up to 25 miles away: Santa Clara Pueblo, Espanola, and the little grant township of Abiqiui Grant. When the wind is blowing this hard, they can't even attempt to fight it. No person could out run a blaze that hot or that fast. That's it for now. Guess I just needed to unload to someone. Got instant e-mail after the special edition Sandstorm from Bomber Dan Henry (68) who now lives in Kalispell, MT. Thanks for the coverage. Bomber cheers (droopy, but still cheering) -Vikki Kestell (70) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: AW dinners I, too remember the A&W Mama burgers. When I was young I was not a very big fan of mustard and we usually had sweet pickles. However, the first time I tasted a Mama burger at the A&W with onions, dill pickles, and mustard I was hooked. The combination was delicious. Occasionally on Friday nights after Mom and Dad came home from work we would pile into the car and go to A&W for dinner. It was such fun sitting in the car and eating, as they had no inside tables at that time. I have often wondered if the burgers are the same now as they were then. There is an A&W drive-in (just like then) in a neighboring town. I lived there, but never went to it (I guess I should have just to see if they [the Mama burgers] taste the same). Just some food for thought. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Danny Bowling (70) RE: Agriculture jobs in the Columbia basin Of course, I remember working the farm jobs in the area. Daisy Cartwright's mom drove us to Benton City to hoe weeds out of the mint fields in about 1964 and 1965. We started real early in the morning and only worked 8 hours. I must have been 12 or 13 years old. I think the pay was under $1 per hour. Steve Dreher (70) and I went to Dayton one summer (after our junior year I think) to work the pea harvest. We both drove swathers (backwards tractors with a sickle bar and conveyor to windrow the vines). We stayed in the company camp/housing with all kinds of transients, alcoholics, and unsavory folks. We fit in. After the pea harvest I went to drive truck for the wheat harvest. That summer was full of adventure for a young man's first extended time away from home. I bought a cherry red 1939 Plymouth coupe for $100 and found a girlfriend in Walla Walla. There was the job in the cherry orchard in Benton City, working on the Bennett's cattle ranch north of Pasco, and loading alfalfa pellets on rail cars at night. I heard that Steve Dreher took a few wrong turns. Does anybody know about him and his family? Submitted, -Danny Bowling (70) ******************************************** >>From: Stephen Schraedel (70) To Peg Kestell Hume (67) Peg, This is a totally tragic event. We are terribly sorry, and yet I know that words seem so hollow. I hope that you can feel some comfort in this time of loss, and harbor the least amount of bitterness possible, if any, toward those nameless beings who are responsible. Much love, -Stephen Schraedel a '79 Bomber ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To Ed Temple (67): That was a heck of a long paper route. Three long blocks on Birch and three long blocks on Acacia, one side of the street. Taught me a work ethic carrying all those papers on Sunday morning. Your house was usually the last house. Interesting, I remember an ancient Bomber named Denny Duncan (66), also a creative exciting basketball player, who apparently had a 'foxy' girlfriend on my paper route. Duncan had moves off the court too. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Trent (72) To Rick Chapple (72) It's no Wonder we think so highly of you ... You are, and always have been, an inspiration to us all. Thanks, Rick. -Frank Trent (72) ******************************************** >>From: Dan King (77) I've been following the Sandstorm for some time now and have enjoyed reminiscing, with many other readers I am sure, about the good old days. I have especially found pleasure with entries referring to the Southenders, or more specifically to the locations, events, and happenings that fulfilled our lives in the southend of Richland. The All Bomber reunion promises to be a very special event, and I am regretful I will not be able to attend. I am pleased to see a golf event planned for this occasion, but this is the reason I feel compelled to write. I noticed in yesterdays archives Columbia Point was referred to as "previously Shamnapum." I must make a clarification here because all of us 'Shammy-Boys' know that Columbia Point never was, nor will ever be in the same league as the course we grew up on. I mean no disrespect to Columbia Point, but Shamnapum was Bomber country and will forever hold its own in any links conversation amongst pre 90's Bomber Alum. Have a great time at the reunion, and remember, the Chief will be watching. -Dan King (77) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Rick Hodgson (78) Date: Thu May 11 15:27:30 2000 Class of 78 Long time Richland resident currently living in Seattle and working in Santa Monica. Hope to hear from other '78 grads and past friends from Carmichael and RHS wherever you may be. Thanks for the site. -Rick Hodgson (78) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/13/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Ray Gillette (49), Tom Tracy (55), Fred Phillips (60), Jim House (63), Betti Avant (69), Dennis Strege (71), Maggie Gilstrap (74), Stacey Parker (94), Mandy Holmes (97), 1 from January, 2000 3 Guestbook entries with unclear information. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ray Gillette (49) To Ken Ely '49 and other 49ers, Ken, you are absolutely correct with your list of Valedictorians (i.e., Dick Boyd, Mary Musser, Liz Meyers, and Pat Monroe). I might add that the Salutatorian was my old high school buddy, Philip M. Raekes. He might say that the reason he wasn't also a Valedictorian was that he ran around with me too much during those times when he could have been studying. (Wouldn't be true, of course). Maybe too much time with Dick Roberts (?). Not really Richard..... -Ray Gillette (49) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) Thanks to all the classmates and the super-charged people from Bomber Town who still keep our "glow in the dark" spirit of a few short decades ago. It's a spirit well worth keeping alive. I remarked to my wife smiled when I told her that "everyone else has probably become so bald and overweight... they won't even recognize me"... I look forward to the planned basketball game..... They say that "you're only as old as you "FEEL".... the day AFTER you try to prove it". Aahh, such great memories of the '40's and '50's of that wonderful town in that wonderful era. And the "spudnuts"... wow. Can't wait for a rack of those... "A waist is such a terrible thing to mind." Used to drop by and see Jerry Reed there. He practically started managing the place when he was in Jr. High it seems. Think he was our first business executive from class of '55. ...from Marcus Whitman, to Carmichael and Chief Joseph and then to Col Hi.... and Bomber land... what a trip! All the great friends... wonderful faculty, super coaches and community spirit. "What did we do to deserve all the beautiful, bright and vivacious girls?"... Could it have been the radiance from radioactive releases?... some say it was... makes one wonder. Extend thanks to all those who have worked hard to make this event possible. A special thanks to Bill Rowe's sister for contacting Susan Nussbaum Reeb -- a Chief Joseph, Col Hi Grad and [A Boise Cascade Corp Executive] and sister to Janice Nussbaum Sinderson '55 (Married Jack Sinderson '54). Susan mentioned the names of Norris Brown, Bill Johnson, Bill Rowe, Tilbert Neal, C.W. Brown, Pat Crook and the names of some of those great classmates and younger players who brought instant recall of so many good memories. I look forward to the big celebration in June and seeing all the great classmates. Seems like yesterday at times. Long Live the Bombers!!! Best regards, -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) The Valedictorian of the Class of '60 was Mike Waggoner. I'm sorry to say it, but like several other valedictorians from Col-Hi (as well as quite a few of us who were classified as "underachievers") he sold his soul and became a lawyer. Our salutatorian was the Prez, Howard Kirz, who went on to fame and medical school but, unfortunately, didn't learn how to efficiently catch and lobotomize the lawyers. -Fred Phillips (60) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: R2K at Denny's? To Mike Davis (74) Perhaps you can go to Denny's this weekend and offer to bus tables. You might earn $10.00 so you can buy your R2K ASB card. Provide extra service with a smile and you might earn another $15.00 so you can order a Bomber T-shirt. The R2K Committee anxiously awaits your order, old neighbor. -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: "Stop 'n Go" You can sure tell my mind is on food lately. I guess it is because I am trying to lose a few pounds. Anyway, I too remember the "Stop 'n Go" as they used to have the most delicious chicken basket. It came in a plastic basket with I believe french fries. I can't remember if there was anything else in the basket or not. I believe they called it broasted. That was long before K.F.C. became popular. It seems we went to a place in Milton Freewater that had a similar dinner. On a couple of occasions on Sundays after church we would go to Walla Walla and see my cousin, Jean Bruntlett (class of 62) while she was a student at Whitman. I recall the place was between Walla Walla and Tollgate anyway, so probably was in Milton Freewater. Talking about first jobs, mine was babysitting, like I am sure alot of you did. I took a course after school in Jr. High and passed a test to show I knew what I was doing. I made a big .50 an hour. That wasn't bad in those days, at least it gave me some spending money plus I put some in the bank for my college education. Well, enough for now. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Strege (71) For the Class of 1971, the top five students highest in scholarship in alphabetical order are: James Davis Paula Higby Vanessa Pugh (Valedictorian) Peggy Roesch Henry Vea (Salutatorian) -Dennis Strege (71) ******************************************** >>From: Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara (74) To the Bombers of Los Alamos My heart really goes out to all of the people who live in and around Los Alamos. There is not a person I have talked to in Big Lake, Alaska who's heart is not going out to you all. We went through the Big Lake- Millers Reach fire, started by fireworks, almost 4 years ago. To many of us it is just like yesterday. I have watched the fire on CNN and many times have just sat with tears rolling down my face, it is pain and destruction you never forget. My husband and I, with a few friends, refused to leave and battled the fire for over 48 hours with no sleep. We were some of the fortunate ones and did not lose our homes and business to the fire. I believe the worst part of the fire was not knowing where friends and family were. Our local radio station helped with that. Even if the power is cut off many people will have a radio turned on. If someone was missing they called the station and they put it over the airwaves, soon that family was calling in. As sad as it is losing all your momentos keep remembering its only stuff........ You are safe, your family is safe and hopefully your friends are safe. My husband keeps telling me "What does not kill you only makes you stronger" He was right the Big Lake area pulled together and made this a better, stronger area. -Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara (74) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Stacey Parker (94) Date: Thu May 11 23:10:40 2000 Class of 94 I just wanted to say "hi"- I just found this site, it's really neat! I have many good memories of being a Bomber, and miss Richland. I am currently living in Phoenix, AZ, but will always consider Richland my home. Anyone out there from class of 94? I would love to hear from you! -Stacey Parker (94) ******************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) Is there an ongoing question/need for valedictorian names from each graduating class? The class of 97 had eight of them, and if I stretch really hard I can remember all of them, but if any of my fellow graduates remembers everyone, please give it a better shot. The ones I remember off the top of my head are: Eric Allwine, Ryan Plaisted, Joan Doran, Abby Krause, Heather Eggen, and Kaci Young. I know I'm missing some more, anyone else remember? As for me, I'm living in Fontana, California with my husband. I'm starting a new job on Monday and wish I could go to the reunion, but I'm afraid I won't make it up there. I, too, send my condolences and thoughts to those suffering losses in Los Alamos. I am truly sorry. God speed recovery and help. Until next time, keep the faith and try to smile. Green and gold forever, -Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: [Class year and maiden name not specified. -Maren] >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson Date: Sun May 7 03:58:08 2000 Can't believe I found this site... especially since I found out about it from a letter I received from my boyfriend of the 5th grade.. "Dickie" Fitzmaurice..he lived next door to Jim Walton (a 1960 graduate) who dated my sister Jeanie (a 1962 graduate)... thanks Dick for the connection!!! ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: [maiden name not specified. -Maren] >>From: deborah stordahl (holt) Date: Fri May 12 03:22:37 2000 76 Middle Age Kids I just got a computer if you can believe that. I think I'm one of the hold outs. Any of you that remember me drop me a line and let me know how life has treated you. Mine has been great! Still stay in touch with Lynne Teverbaugh - old friends are the best friends. They know most of your secrets!! Hope to here from some of you guys. ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: [No class year -- maiden name not specified. -Maren] >>From: JUDY LEE (WARD) COLEAN Date: Sun May 7 21:26:19 2000 INSANITY. ARE WE THERE YET? Just found out about the reunion and I think it's great. Five kids and eleven grandkids later I think i need a reunion! Name change to jlee ray long story. Teach autistic children, life is great see you this summer. Let me know more. See ya! ******************************************** [Here's one from in January - I've asked "MYLAWNMAN3" several times, but to no avail. So we still don't know who this is from. Class year 1970??? -Maren] ~~~~~~ >>From: RE: HI LOOKING FOR DELENE NICHOLSON WITH HER IN CLASS OF 1970 HAVE NOT SEEN HER IN 12 YEARS *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/14/00 ~ HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely (49), Al Parker (53), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Tom Tracy (55), Darlene Trethewey (56), Dennis Robertson (60), Howard Kirz (60), Gary Behymer (64), Reesia Petty (71), Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely (49) To Ray Gillette and other '49ers: Thanks for your input. Another Salutatorian was Glen Turner. There may have been others but I can't recall. Any ideas out there? -Ken Ely (49) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) To: Tom Tracy (55) Thanks....... I could not for the life of me remember who worked at Spudnut for so long......... Jerry Reed!!! I can see him still with his white jacket on or am I just senile? Anyway, Tom, say Hi to Jerry for me if you see him and also Jan Nussbaum and Jack Sinderson live in Roseville here. I ran into her 18 years ago in the grocery store when we first moved here. What a surprise. Glad to hear you are well and planning to play again. The last time I saw you play you were a skinny little thing but quite the hoopster!!! Loving Memories. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Tom Tracy (55) Date: Sat May 13 03:32:48 2000 Glad to find the Bomber Page Ralph Myrick (51) and Susan Nussbaum Reeb (63) helped me find the Richland High Bomber Website. I have been reading so much "catch up" stuff... especially enjoy reading posts by Marilyn Richey (53). She was so active in our school and such a great athlete herself. Her understanding of the games puts her at the top of the class!!!... I remember batting against her. She was a fantastic softball pitcher. Her comment about Art Dawald's Fast break was right on target. Dawald's skill matched that of Frank Keaney of Rhode Island State's "Firehouse Basketball"... You got your money's worth .. .a full game of excellent basketball.. closest coach to that fast break was Paul Westhead's Loyola Marymount team... you couldn't buy a ticket to the games there... if you blinked you missed half the action. It's fun to read about classmates. I consider myself fortunate to have had the classmates from Marcus Whitman to Carmichael and Chief Joseph to Richland High... what memories. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Darlene Trethewey Dunning (56) Does anyone know the where abouts of Steve McAllister, Class of 56? -Darlene Trethewey Dunning (56) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) HAPPY Mothers Day Have really enjoyed reading all the very fine remembrances of Richland. Some of the most interesting are the memories some have shared about their parents and some of the things that happened back in the days when for the most part mothers stayed home and took care of the family. These stories are treasures and one should always cherish them and pass them on to the next generation. As the mothers of today, all of you, May God Bless you and Keep you and your families safe. Have a wonderful Mother's Day. For the children, remember, everyday should be some type of Mothers day so that you remember them and tell them you love them. They may not always be there and when they are gone it is too late. Once again, Happy Mothers Day to all the Bomber Mom's. See ya at R2K. -Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) ******************************************** >>From: Howard Kirz (60) To Fred Phillips, LLD (60): Fred, Your typically brilliant thinking about solving the lawyer problem really struck a cord. Maybe we could collaborate. You know something catchy like "You Catch Em, We Clean Em" (Free lobotomies for lawyers while you wait) -Howard Kirz MD (60), of Counsel ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Anyone from the Class of 1962 have an address for Carol Rice Humphrey? See e-mail below. -Gary Behymer (64) -------- Original Message -------- Subject: please help Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 20:50:56 -0000 From: "Dorothy Beck" To: Gary Behymer Hi, I'm trying to locate my cousin who lived in Richland. I believe she would have graduated somewhere near 1959. Her name was Carol Rice, her parents were William and Stella Rice. I would really appreciate any help you might be able to give. I have family pictures that I know she would like to have and would really like to make contact. Thanks, Dorothy Beck ******************************************** >>From: Reesia Petty Mitchell (71) Hi, Just wanted to let you know I like reading all. I enjoy school, but had some difficulties cuz kids will be kids and with my Cerebral Palsy, they were not very nice to me at times. (Now I bet they wish they were). I hope some of them have taught there kids that they should be nice to the ones that need extra help. Anyway, if most people remember me, I took it all in stride and kept a smile on my face most the time. Keep the words coming, it is fun reading all. I live in Montana now, but go home for visits during the summer. -Reesia Petty Mitchell (71) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) I want to take this opportunity to wish a Happy Mother's Day to the most remarkable lady I know. My Mother raised six of us always putting our needs and desires before hers. She is getting older now and slowing down a bit but her heart continues to grow every day. Her capacity to love is unmatched and her guidance she has shown us through the years is appreciated by all of us. I love you very much, Mom. Have a wonderful day! -Mike Davis (74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/15/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell (51), Phil Gant (54), Tom Tracy (55), Ann Bishop (56), Bill Chapman (60), Kay Lynch (60), Larry Mattingly (60), Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (63), Linda McKnight (65), Pam Ehinger (67), Barb Domarotsky (73), Greg Alley (73), Mike Davis (74), April Miller (92) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton (51) To Betti Avant (69): You were talking about the Stop n' Go: In the spring of 1952 I worked at Max's Stop n' Go when it was at the Wye, across from the drive-in theater. It was small, and you had to walk up to the window to get your order placed and to pick it up. After that I went to work at Korten's Music Store, and worked there until after I got married (in January 1954), until that summer. -Betty Bell Norton (51) ******************************************** >>From: Phil Gant (54) To Reesia Petty Mitchell (71): Your message was simply beautiful!! If I may say so I actually cried when I read your words. I am a 1954 graduate and I know that many of the classes before and after had classmates in similar situations that had to struggle to 'fit in'. It wasn't fair then and it isn't fair now. You yourself said 'kids will be kids' and yes kids can be cruel but I want you to know that even as kids we knew what was wrong and right and even though we didn't always act like it we should have been more understanding of situations like yours. I for one would like to apologize to you and others who didn't quite fit the norm. In my era it was Arlo Beadles who was a neighbor on McPherson and someone I really liked a lot. He had his problems (spastic) but eventually our 'group' accepted him and he became a true friend. And yes, as kids we teased him which we should not have done. If we could do it all over again it would not have happened! Many of my friends and relatives have said that. We do 'learn' but sometimes it is not soon enough. So, Reesia I sincerely thank you for your touching message and I hope you and your family are having a great mother's day and God bless! -Phil Gant (54) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Carol Hollingsworth!!! (55): Hey, It's so great to hear from you and share the super memories of the Richland High era. I often visited with Jerry Reed at the Spudnut shop. The spudnuts didn't have the effect on me then that they do now. I laughed at your comment about skinny. I'm a little bit taller now. 6'1" and a bit heavier @ 195 lbs. Wish I could recapture the metabolism we had in those days. You were always one of the most fun ladies in our class. I remember such wonderful times at the noon dances, sock hops and just visiting with friends in the hall. We jump-started the mid-50s for the other generations. Please tell me where you are and what you are doing? I'm living in Boise, Idaho. Own a couple of small aircraft systems manufacturing businesses. Design and market new patents for corporate and commercial jet aircraft. Right after college I taught for 4 yrs., then became principal for 5 more. Had college teaching/coaching offer in Boston. Went there to finish grad work and then a headhunter offered me a chance to return to Boise 3 yrs later to school adm here. Loved the college kids and coaching then. Have 3 grown sons and 7 grandchildren. All out of college and on their own... "Whew!"... but it was fun. Our coach, Art Dawald, could have been a great college or professional coach. We were fortunate to have such a wizard working with us. Anyone who could turn such a skinny, stumbling kid like me into a player has to be a good coach. I was lucky to have played with such good teammates. And have friends in school like you. Carol, please tell me where you are and what's been happening in your life. You were always one of the loveliest, most vivacious, young leaders in our school and I remember you well. I look forward to hearing all about your adventures. I looked at your picture in the '55 annual and the memories came floating back.... almost like yesterday... Also with loving memories. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (56) Yes, add me to the list. One of my memories??? That L-o-o-o- ng hall, and singing and dancing " we're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of OZ " all the way down it. WE did OZ as our school production one year (my junior, I think). -Ann Bishop Ousley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Chapman (60) This is a small message from Bill Chapman. I'm looking for info about the 40th reunion this summer. I heard from my brother, Lee (64), that there would be one. I'm currently living in Ventura, CA. Moved down here in December of '98. I retired from teaching after 35 years. After high school I went to WSU. Majored in Social Studies & minored in German & Russian.. Graduated in '65, and began teaching junior high students in Ventura County, CA, Oxnard to be exact. After 2 years, I moved to Seattle and taught there one year, in the Edmonds School District. Then I got married and moved back to Ventura, CA, where we both taught for 3 years. Then (because both my teaching assignment & my wife's were changing too drastically) we moved back up north to Salem, OR. Taught there 27 years: high school German, Russian & also some social studies and English. Because of my German & Russian, we got to travel a lot, mostly with my students, to Germany and the Soviet Union. In August of '97, while mowing the lawn, I had a heart attack & triple bypass surgery. Retirement was "planned" for 2001, but because of 1) the heart attack, 2) a real jerk of a principal at school, and 3) a really lucrative retirement benefits offer from the State of Oregon, I decided to hang it up. Recuperating at home during the rainy Oregon winter really got to me, so we decided to find a warmer, less rainy place to spend "our declining years.". We decided to return to Southern California. Retirement is a blast! The "honey do" list is longer now than it ever was, but now I actually have time to DO things, and on MY schedule! We are in the process of getting a new computer capable of being on the internet. Our old one is so slow that we can't get on! So, until we get a new computer, somebody please get in touch with me about the reunion. Address is [deleted for Bill's privacy - if you want it, ask]. Go Bombers! -Bill Chapman (60) ******************************************** >>From: Kathleen (Kay Lynch) O'Shea (60) One of the things I treasure most about The Alumni Sandstorm is the sense of family history and the contributions of whole generations to the "personality" of a town. Amazing! This poem came to me after conversations with my former Mother-in-law who is 93. 2000-05-15KLynch Blessings upon all the moms and grandmoms and great-grandmoms in our Online Town, -Kathleen {Kay Lynch} O'Shea (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) Next Saturday evening a few of us are gathering for drinks and dinner. Other Bombers and spouses or significant others are invited to join us. We will meet in the bar at the Emerald Queen Casino at 6.00 PM and will adjourn to the dinning room as they have room for us. EQ management are customers and friends of mine and I am assured they will accommodate a modest number of us. So far on the list are Fred Phillips (60) and Patti Ahrens (60). Several others have said they will try to clear their schedule and make it. No agenda here and no host. Just a gathering under a common bond. Be there or be talked about. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong (63) RE: WHITESIDE Hey class of 63! I just got off the phone with Frank Whiteside. He lives in Louisiana and retires from 30 years from teaching this month. Drop him a line. His brother Al (60) can be contacted through him too. Maren please put him on the Sandstorm list. -Pitts (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight (65) To Janie O'Neal (65) I haven't read my Sandstorms in awhile, and I am so sorry that I did not respond sooner. Of course I remember you. I know I saved that entry with your e- mail address, but can't find it at this moment. Please e-mail me. We are practically neighbors. And you are a grandma, too!!! Happy Mother's Day!!! I have three grandkids and I love it. What with T-ball games and soccer games life is certainly full. Are you coming to the R2K Reunion? And our 35th??? Take care. To Carolyn Moore (65) Would love to hear from you. It has been forever. Last time I saw you I think was the 20th Reunion (?) And before that it was your place in Seattle when we were in our 20's. Whatever happened to that cute guy with the red Corvette? Rich (I think) was his name. Remember he picked me up at the airport? Best blind date I ever had!!!! Would love to hear from you. One last thing, for all you Moms, Daughters and Sons out there. Cherish your moments together. Take lots of pictures and do things together. My Mom has been in Heaven now for 17 years. And all I have are memories. My Grandmother kept every letter my mom sent her and I have all of them. They are so much fun to read...... back in the day (as my son says) my Mom and grandma used to write each other every day. So its like a journal of my youth in my Mother's beautiful handwriting. -Linda McKnight (65) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) Re: R2K Boxs & Lids The Lid and Box together will be $8 the lid/plaque alone is $5. Thought I better clear that up! Hurry and get your order's in as they are going fast!! Pleas Mail Checks or Money orders to: Pam E. Nassen, PO Box 8 Ronald, WA 98940 It's only a 6 weeks until it's PARTY TIME!! And what a great time we should all have seeing old friends making new ones!! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE BOMBER MOMS!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Barb Domarotsky Finley (73) RE: Dorothy Stein Wondering how many of you out there remember Dorothy Stein? She was not only Ray & Judy Stein's Mom, but secretary at Chief Jo for many years. Just to let you in on a bit of info on her. She was diagnosed with bone cancer last fall and was looking at the possibility of amputation to solve the situation. But her physician found a doctor in Seattle that did a complete hip, femur and knee replacement instead of the amputation scenario. She has totally recovered, staying in a Seattle hospital for 8 weeks, then rehab here in Richland for an additional 4 weeks. She's back home doing her same old activities with the church, Kadlec auxillary and friends and family. She is such an amazing woman and I'm very thankful to have her as a friend and neighbor now in my later years, even though I did not know her growing up here in Richland. Anyone wanting to drop her a line can mail it to her at her home at [deleted for Mrs. Stein's privacy -- e- mail Barb for the address], Richland. I know how much she loves hearing from people. -Barb Domarotsky Finley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To Mike Davis (74): I would like to thank you for your message to your Mother and say that most of us reiterate your sentiments. Now we all want to know if you will bus tables at Denny's? -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To Jim House (63): To be recognized by my boyhood Bomber idol is quite a thrill. Spent many hours hanging on the old fence watching you, Webb, Stein and others playing the game where it was taught the best - "no blood-no foul, traveling accepted, no whining backyard basketball" Only the strong survive! The "training ground" shifted from your court to the Davis Court and many a Bomber career started and ended on that slab of concrete. Like the ghettos of New York the ratballers also included some players that did not go on to Bomber fame but could still play the game - backyard style. Greg Turk Slater, Craig Wally King, Paul Whoop Caudill, and Gus Meyers to name a few. I'm sure there were some in your time too! Good luck in the alumni game, Jim. I'll be a safe distance away in the stands. Where have you been? To: Diane Hartley (72), Tedi Teverbaugh (76), and Sheila Davis Galloway (71): Haven't seen you on the Sandstorm in quite a while! Where ya been? I understand why my sister, Sheila, has been absent. She's probably gearing up for this summer's "Spelling Camp!" But, Hartley and Teverbaugh - what's your excuse? Big babies! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/16/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers, 1 Bomber Woulda Been and 1 Bomber offspring today. Richard Roberts (49), Marilyn Richey (53), Robert Carlson (54), Rodney Smith (54), Shirley Davis (56), MLou Williams (60), Denny Johnson (62WB), Kathie Roe (64), Carolyn Moore (65), Tedi Parks (76), Sarah Rodriguez (Bomber Offspring) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts (49) To Ken Ely (49) It wasn't me. My only claim to fame was a member of the Honor Society. But college and fun soon took care of that. -Richard Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Betty Bell Norton (51): Betty, My parents and family remember when the Stop N go was at the "Y" around the street from the drive inn show. Their kids were small and were running around outside and they were always busy especially during dinner hours. They made enough to build the place in Kennewick which was a favorite place to go even if it was in Kennewick. I remember when you worked there and at Korten's with Mrs. Eleanor Hoff, mother of Judie Hoff Buxton (54) and Jim Hoff (57). To Phil Gant (54): I'm glad that caused you to express how kids are cruel to each other during their school years. I knew Arlo Beadles very well. His father was down at the ball park to watch the women play softball which his daughter Doris (47) played and Arlo always came to the games. He was always treated with respect when he came up to the players after the games. Later in his life, he worked at the school district watering the lawns at all the schools. The kids got to know him and always were around him. Him and "muscles" Robinson were treated in this community with a lot of respect even before people started realizing they are humans just like us. Maybe from knowing them and having contact with them led me to work in the field of Disabled persons, especially with the developmentally disabled. It was a very rewarding career and I hope people will have and treat persons with disabilities with respect and dignity. Only by the grace of god, that most of us did not have to go through life being labeled. Good for you Phil. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Tom Hughes (56), Ray Gillette (59) Burt Pierard (59), Richard Anderson (60) Sorry, I don't remember any of you, but you were mostly after my time, except for Tom Hughes (who was a mere sophomore when I graduated). But I do remember the irrigation ditch, and it wasn't all that hard to get to school from where I lived at 937 Sanford, just cross the bridge at Thayer and then walk beside the fence to school. Yes, there was a fence along the ditch. I think it was put up in 1952 or 53 because of parental concerns about safety. Seems someone drowned in a similar ditch in California or some other alien world. There was concern about the irrigation ditches in our neck of the woods too. But mainly because some of us were using them to go water skiing on. Particularly the one that ran through West Richland. What would happen is that using someone's car, you could lash a 2x4 or bigger to the rear bumper so that it would hang out over the ditch. Then you tied a rope to the end of the board and hung on while being towed. Worked great until you came to a bridge or other low hanging obstacle over the ditch. Oh, what fun it was and lucky no one lost any teeth. That's about it for now. Will try again when the memory cells function again. -Robert Carlson, aka "Mike Clowes" (54) ******************************************** >>From: Rodney Smith (54) To Phil Gant (54): I felt warmed by your response to Reesia. I didn't see her story, but I can relate. If you remember me you'll remember I didn't "fit in" either. It was, as I know now, the worst time of my life. My reception has been GREAT ever after. I never made "fun" of ANYBODY because I knew what it was like to be made "fun" of. I must say that relations with the same people now, (via class reunions seem to be most cordial...with 1 or 2 exceptions). Of course, now I also know kids can't help how they were brought up and most can't resist peer pressure. But it hurt being taunted and called "queer"! -Rodney Smith (54) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey (56) To Ann Bishop (56) Hi there Ann! Welcome to "Memory Lane" Bomber style. Your mentioning "The Wizard of OZ" sure brought a rush of memories back for me. It was our senior year, by the way. We did the "Fortune Teller" in our junior year. I recall a lot of hard work and a lot of fun. During one afternoon performance the wicked witch's "poof machine" caught some scenery on fire. There was a sudden rush by the stage hands -including Mr. Stell - to get that scenery off stage and put out the fire. Meanwhile those of us on stage continued with the play. As I recall a bit of ad-libbing was done until we got our "rhythm" back. I always wondered how many in the audience were aware that anything was amiss. I'm still a Wizard of Oz fan! -Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey (56) ******************************************** >>From: MLou Williams (60) If we're still doing valedictorians, the class of 1960 was Michael Waggoner. I remember because I was his date at graduation, gardenia and all! We had one of the first all-night graduation parties, sponsored by the school, and wound up swimming in Richard Sutch's pool and having breakfast there. We were also treated to the just-out movie, "Dr. Strangelove", or "How I Learned to Love the Bomb", or something of the sort. It was 12-2 in the a.m. at the Uptown Theatre, as I recall. My memory betrays me. There was a dance, and food (Spudnuts?) and prizes, the movie, then we were on our own, I guess. -MLou Williams (60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [hmmmmm, everything falls into place [Slim Pickens does indeed ride the bomb down -- final scene of the movie] except the actual flick (you can see lots of info about Strangelove at ) -- I'm sure Maren will publish the item and one of our fellow Sandstorm readers [Howard Kirz? -- he remembers everything!] will get us all squared away. -Richard Anderson (60), Assistant Sandstorm Editor] ******************************************** >>From: Denny Johnson (62WB) RE: Living in Richland I don't remember what the nomenclature for our house style was - we lived at 1900 Thompson - it was just a large box - not attached - several like that in neighborhood. Distinctly remember when they installed the gabled roofs on the little prefabs - prior to that they were all flat roof - and UGLY.... sorry to any occupants.. I would have been class of 62... but my dad worked for NBofC and the bank transferred him to Clarkston to open up new branch there.... I went to Spalding only one year - Kindergarten, then over to Jason Lee for duration of elementary school - was slated to begin Jr. Hi, but that was the summer we moved. Folks actually moved back a couple years after I graduated from Clarkston High, but by then I was off to college and military... My sister Rita was Columbia class of 64 - she is now in CA. I remember the irrigation ditches through town - remember the big half-pipe that ran out behind the riding academy on way to Yakima River - a bunch of us guys from the neighborhood would walk all the way out that thing about 2 or 3 miles... then clamber down and have BB gun fights, get bit by those tiny little scorpions, and drink the water that leaked out of the culvert - man... that was LIVING LARGE in the desert.... Also remember that Jason Lee was the "end of town" pretty much - there was an empty field west of it that had an old shack... and a pasture where "ol' one-eye" used to graze (white nag of unknown ownership). The Butler family ran a large dog farm (?) just beyond Jason Lee.... Anyone else remember riding your bicycles behind those mosquito spraying trucks in their fog? gad - bad enough what was drifting out of the "area" without looking for respiratory problems..ha ha Remember going to "summer school" - what all the Catholic kids got to do that could not or did not attend Christ the King regular grade school - used to tick us off to be sitting in the sweltering classroom while teeming crowds of laughing pals walked by on the way to the municipal pool, and all we could say was RATS!!! Major bad memory was when Rudy Mansfield accidentally hanged himself in his kitchen - I apologize to any family members for whom this memory is painful -but he was "one of the guys" in our neighborhood, and we were all just stunned by this tragic accident... as a side note - in comparison to current PC.... the school did not rush "grief counselors" in, we were not assaulted by the news media asking our last encounter with the deceased - we just each found a way to deal with it and went on, missing our friend, but knowing time did not stop for any of us. Well, now I have made myself melancholy - so I will sign off - this concept is excellent - wish I would have gone on to high school in Richland, but the bank (NBofC) transferred my dad to Clarkston - they did finally move back a few years later, and my sister and brothers all graduated from Columbia High. Wondering whatever happened to Cheryl Rew - she was ALMOST as smart as I was.... ha ha... if she reads this - she'll disagree Just remembered first "crush" - Georgine McGinnis (64) - we scratched our initials in the pillars at Spalding front entry porch. More names coming back now - in my neighborhood we all ran around together -Mike Leddingham, Greg Boyd, Dick and Larry Tew, Conrad Hansen, Mike Barton (big Mormon family), we used to ride our bikes behind the mosquito spraying trucks - ick - wonder any of us have ANY lungs left.... walked to school with Bonnie Geer sometimes. My family was good friends with Jacky family - they had a passle of kids - Jay (64) Rachel, Peter (65), cant remember them all. If any of the above tickles your memory - feel free to drop me a line at: -Denny Johnson (62WB) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) I'm trying to find an email or postal address for George Mulligan (57). I hear he lives in Walla Walla. Also, I like to get an email address for Jon Boisoneau (67). Thank you. -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Moore (65) HI LINDA MCKNIGHT (65)!! I have only been reading the Sandstorm for a short while now, and was hoping that we would make contact.... I have never forgotten that you came up from Richland to see me in Seattle in 1968. You took me out for my 21st Birthday. That was a fabulous treat for me! I have often tried to remember where we went. Do you remember? I also remember that we had to get liquor cards back then. I still have mine. Woohoo! I think that "cute guy with the corvette" WAS named Rich, but we did not keep in touch over the years. Was he blonde? Well, I do not have any children, but my brother, George (67), has 2: Randy 20 and Mollie 16 and I am very close to them. I have 3 cats that are very precious to me. I still live in Seattle and I work for the City of Seattle. I have been with Robert for 15 years. Are you going to either of the reunions? I don't think I will be going. Stay in touch. If you are ever in Seattle, let me know, I would love to see you. -Carolyn Moore (65) ******************************************** >>From: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) To Mike Davis (74): I haven't written in to the Sandstorm lately because I've been so busy with my job at Denny's (I boast proudly of our 14 locations in the Fort Worth area). By the way, just how many Grand Slam Breakfasts have you put away? -Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) ******************************************** >From the Forum: >>From: Sandra Rodriguez 1996 May-12 6:19 pm To: ALL (1 of 1) 201.1 i'm not looking for an old classmate but this person did go to RHS. i am looking for my biological father. i met him in 1995 or 96 at my grandmother Betty's funeral. His name is Steve Wagner. i don't know his exact graduating year (sometime in the early to mid seventies)When i met him he was going to pullman. i know i have relatives in this area. i used to have his address but obviously i have lost it. anyone with any info please e-mail me. thanx -Sandra Rodriguez *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/17/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers. 1 Bomber Woulda Been, 1 teacher and Another Spudnut Lover today. Sandra Atwater (51)/Jim Boyd (55), Bob Carlson (54), Rodney Smith (54), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Dean Enderle (57), Tom Matthews (57), Ann Bishop (60), Bill Chapman (60), Dennis Johnson (62WB), Kathy Rathvon (63), Myrna Bolin (63) Janie O'Neal (65), Rick Maddy (67), Vikki Kestell (70), Brad Upton (74), Mike Davis (74), Jenn Tomaszewski (94), Carl Wilson (Teacher '69 - '72) Another Spudnut Lover ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Boyd (55) and Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) Everyone talks of the taste of the A&W hamburgers. We owned an A&W for twelve years in Othello, WA. (1974 to 1986). The secret to the special taste of the hamburgers was a special seasoning salt which we sprinkled on the burgers after they were half cooked. A lot of our customers liked it and wanted the same salt on their French fries which was referred to as "sprinkles". So they would order, "French fries with sprinkles". Those were the "good old days" when you could get a root beer or root beer float in a REAL frosted mug! Not plastic ---- glass!! In those days, root beers sold for 5, 10 and 15 cents a mug. -Jim Boyd (55) and Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) P.S. Glad to see Tom Tracy (55) has found the Sandstorm. ******************************************** >>From: Robert "Bob" Carlson, aka "Mike Clowes" (54) To Marilyn Ritchey (53) and Phil Gant (54) Marilyn and Phil: Sorry I don't remember Arlo; but I do remember "Muscles." I think he was somewhat akin to anyone who lived in Richland. We were all a bit "weird" in our own right. However, unfortunately, he was the occasional butt of several jokes and pranks. I don't think the perpetrators thought of themselves as being cruel to a fellow human; because I don't think they (we) thought of him as human. To Rodney Smith (54) Rodney: I do remember you as being somewhat strange. Wacky sense of humor. But certainly not the "Q" word. To Reesa Petty Mitchell (71) Reesa: You are not alone in all this. Take heart, each of us in someway or other has had "it" happen. But somehow, through all of life's trials and whatever, we manage to survive and maybe even flourish. To all: I am reminded by looking through the '54 Columbian, that we did show some glimmer of hope in selecting Pat Duffy as Homecoming Queen. I don't recall if it was because of her affliction or in spite of it. I do remember her as a charming, vivacious, intelligent young woman, from whom I was granted the privilege of her friendship. Even though Patty Doyle's little sister laid claim to most of her friendship. No, not sour grapes, because Mary Doyle did a lot for Pat, and I for one appreciate it. Thanks for the time and the use of the page. Before I go, maybe someone can answer my wife's question as to why the Alumni Sandstorm. Was it the influence of our teachers; or was it that in some way, most of Richland High students are more computer literate than other schools? -Robert "Bob" Carlson, aka "Mike Clowes" (54) and no, I'm not related to the auto shop teacher of the same name. ******************************************** >>From: Rodney Smith (54) RE: god.. the brain cells are trying to work! Dear Marilyn Richey (53), I think I remember Muscles.. he rode around on a bike. He was friendly. A real sweetheart. Puts most of us to shame in the "nice" category. Thanks for remembering him. -Rodney Smith (54) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) To Shirley Davis (56): You brought back some memories for me when you mentioned The Fortune Teller. What a great show that was with all the choir singing in the wings, etc. and the costumes and backdrops which were rented from the New York production. Quite a big thing in those days for a high school to do. I was Madame PomPom, Prima Donna of the Grand Opera Ballet (never did know what that meant) and Donald? (page 89 of the 55 annual) was my Royal Hussar. Sharon Bee (55), you were there too in the chorus and Jan Barker did the choreography. A friend of ours who had attended a lot of New York musicals remarked to my parents that it was every bit as good as the pros. We had great music teachers. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Dean Enderle (57) RE: Arlo and Muscles I have been reading many of the comments concerning Arlo and Muscles with interest. Seems as though most everyone remembers them and they were very much a part of Richland and for the most part probably had a better time than they would have had in many other parts of the country I could name. If my memory serves me correctly, didn't Arlo also help out at Carmichael in the woodworking classes? I seem to remember seeing him there and watching how he coped with his handicap around power saws and other machines. Just goes to show what handicapped people can do if given the chance. As for Muscles, well he seemed to be everywhere with his cheerful "hey" "hey" and a wave of the hand, one of those people you never forget. Best wishes to all for the coming R2K celebration, I would like to have been able to make it but just too much distance and too little time, anyway raise a glass to the absent friends while you are all enjoying yourselves. -Dean Enderle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews (57) To: Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey (56) This audience member remembers the Wizard of OZ fire. Also that my friend and classmate Charles Collins (57) was the Tin Man. It was a good production (and not just because of the fire). -Tom Matthews (57) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (60) To Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey (56): Thanks for setting me straight on the year. I belonged to the Richland Light Opera and we did Show Boat and Oklahoma, and Oz at school, so time frame is blurry.... age??? Naaahh! I don't recall the fire, but I DO recall Stell. My old yearbooks were left behind many years ago and I was never able to recover them so I can't look at them and remember you. Sure wish I could. I was only in Richland from the last quarter of my sophomore year 'til graduation. The fall after I graduated I went into the Marine Corps and I have only been back 3 times. I'd love to go to that reunion, but it isn't possible. Enjoy if you are going. -Ann Bishop Ousley (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Bill Chapman (60) Date: Sun May 14 20:49:40 2000 My brother Lee (64) has been after me to get on the internet so that I can keep in touch with the aging Bombers of the Class of '60. We are in the process of shopping for a new computer which will make internet possible. (Our old computer is a relic destined for the Smithsonian Institution any day now!) Anyway, I'm playing with a friend's computer, trying to decide if I want one like it, or not. I'm writing this missive from Ventura, CA, where I now live. I hear there's a 40th reunion for the Class of '60 in the works sometime this coming summer. We're planning to come, providing I get some info. My address is: [deleted for Bill's privacy - if you want it, ASK!]. If anybody from my class reads this guestbook, get in touch, please. In the meantime, I will continue to shop for a new computer, and soon be on the internet. I'll have plenty of time to play on the internet as I'm now retired from 33 years of teaching. Hope to hear about the reunion ASAP. Go Bombers! -Bill Chapman (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Denny Johnson (62WB) Date: Mon May 15 10:03:07 2000 Jason Lee Grade School - would have been RHS '62 Attended Jason Lee Elementary from 1st thru 6th grade -was slated to go to Chief Jo, but the bank (NBofC) transferred my dad to Clarkston. Folks moved back to Richland in '63, but by then I was off to college and military. My sister Rita (64), brothers Steven X (66) and Jeffery T all graduated from RHS. After a time, I moved back to Richland also - wondering what happened to grade school buddies - Mike Ledingham (62), Greg Boyd (63), Ronnie Wallace (62), Dwight Burke (62), Mike Barton , that's about all my feeble brain will do on spur of moment. I know there are other friends out there from later years before I moved to Seattle, but in deference to online decorum, I will not mention their names. -Denny Johnson (62WB) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon (63) RE: Tinikiling or whatever The dance with the bamboo poles is called Tinikiling or something like that. When I was a senior, my family had a foreign exchange student from the Philippines, Shirley Belulia. She taught me that dance and she & I used to perform it when she gave talks to various organizations. -Kathy Rathvon (63) ******************************************** >>From: Myrna Bolin Turner (63) RE: My friend, Bonnie Beebe Does any one have memories of Bonnie Beebe? She was born in 1944 and lost her life in 1956. She was 12 years old and drowned in a most unfortunate swimming accident. I think her nickname was Doddie. She was a dear little girl and I would go to her house and we would play dolls. Hardly a week doesn't go by that I don't think of her. I lived up on 810 Wright Street then until the 4th grade when my parents moved to Delafield. It was at the Wright street pre-fab when she and I were pals. I think she was in the 6th grade when she lost her life. She had an older sister, oh about 3 years older than Bonnie but cannot remember her name. If anyone out there knows where I could contact her sister or other family members, let me know. What I would like is a snap-shot, or a copy of a picture of Bonnie for my hat room. [Asked Myrna to define 'hat room' and here is her response. -Maren] I am a hat collector and I have a room just chucked full of hats old gloves and hat boxes. Now there are hats - much to my husband's dismay - throughout the house hanging everywhere. He wishes I had a normal fetish like tap dancing on the moon. I sent in early my name as coming to the reunion however I will not be attending as Mr. Turner (husband) is still a gypsy for Bechtel and is on work assignment overseas and his R and R falls at this time. So as I board the plane at Regan National Airport with my passport in hand I shall think of all of you. Thanks. -Myrna A. Bolin Turner (63) Maryland ******************************************** >>From: Jane O'Neal Janssen (65) To Linda McKnight (65): Did you get my e-mail? To: Caroline Moore (65): I'm sure you don't remember me because I was only at Columbia High my senior year. Although I was in grade school all over Richland at various times. Anyway, my locker was right next to yours. Your were going out with a friend of mine from Prosser High who moved to Richland I think the year before I did. He actually went with one of my best friends in Richland, Pierre Remalard (I don't know if I'm spelling it right or not) You guys really were cute together. I remember he was a great gymnast. Do you know what ever happened to him? It's funny but I also spent my 21st birthday in Seattle. I got my first apartment there with Linda Drinkard and Bonnie Bristol. It was a great adventure. The sad thing was all the guys would stop of there just before they were sent off to Viet Nam. I remember how hard it was never knowing if they would come back or not. -Jane O'Neal Janssen (65) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) RE: Jimmy Ard To Linda Reining (64) I sat between Doug Strasser (66) and Jim Ard (66) in a Spanish class during my sophomore year. All I did was laugh. And was Ricky Ricardo for a year. Gawd, the humanity! -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: Vikki Kestell (70) RE: Los Alamos Fire Peg Kestell Hume (67) Update: Peg is still on the Cloudcroft (the Scott Abel) fire (south of Ruidoso) and will be out there for quite a while. She has a fire fighting crew from Montana. Her crew is on the line at night, sleeping in the bus during the day. This is hard, dirty work, and the fire is only about 50% contained. A new fire by Glorietta (east of Santa Fe) broke out yesterday, caused by a traffic accident on the interstate. The fire jumped the median and immediately crowned, burning about 20 acres. They (whoever "they" are) dumped slurry bombers and copious fire fighters on to it immediately and should have it contained soon. The only problem right now is the state-wide high wind advisory issued for today. Predicting 60 mph gusts. *sigh* Los Alamos residents are starting to move back into town as each residential area is checked and cleared for electrical and gas connections. Of course, 260 families have no homes to come back to, which is very sad. Bomber Peggy Jones Snow (67), lives on 46th street, which lost 25 homes. She and her husband Ron (67) are some of the lucky ones. The fire, only 20% contained, is now burning down the Santa Clara canyon north of Los Alamos. This canyon is sacred to the Santa Clara Pueblo Indians, so is causing a lot of grief there. Map of burned Los Alamos homes can be seen at: LosAlamosFire.gif -Vikki Kestell (70) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton (74) Oooow this is painful to report. My plans have changed and I won't be attending the R2K reunion. I will be performing on one of Holland America's Alaska cruises during that weekend. I spend a week on the cruise and then do two 45 minute shows on the last night.... it's a tough job but somebody has to do it. I will be there in spirit. I know, let's change the plans and have the reunion on the boat! Go Bombers! -Brad Upton (74) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To Parks (76): You may have 14 Denny's in your Ft. Worth area but I'll bet their pancakes are like biting into a big "mushyhead"! And do you have any "aqua cars" in the parking lot? -Grand Slam Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Jenn Tomaszewski Seidl (94) RE: Valedictorians of the class of 97 Mandy, one other 97 grad I can remember who was your valedictorian was Randy Teel. He is the younger brother of my good friend, Karen Teel (94). He has spent some time in Africa over the past year on study abroad with Gonzaga Univ. He is back at school now in Spokane and will graduate next year in Biology. RE: Anyone out there, class of 94? Hi Stacey. I doubt you remember me, but I remember you. You lived right behind my husband's, Ryan Seidl's, house. Good to know you found the Sandstorm. Not too many 94's write in, so it is always interesting to see one from our class. Hope your life is treating you well. Are you planning on attending the R2K Reunion? Perhaps we will see you there. -Jenn Tomaszewski Seidl (94) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Carl Wilson Date: Mon May 15 02:39:26 2000 Classes of '69 through '72 Just an "Old" teacher saying Hi to all my kids. Boy was I "young" then! Viet Nam war was raging and we were all protesting in "Social Protest" literature. Would you believe that I still have some of those Semester Projects. Still remember how hot the second floor got before school was out for the summer. Am still teaching but took 10 years off to regain my sanity. Didn't work. Would love to hear from my "old" students and find out how life is treating you. Strange, but I still hear from some of the group. Would like to hear from more. Thank God and Al Gore for the Internet. ;>} -Carl Wilson (Teacher) ******************************************** >>From: Roger Grover To: Gary: Where exactly is this Spudnut Shop located? I didn't know they were still around. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/18/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson (50), Bill Wilborn (54), Steve Carson (58), Linda Reining (64), Maren Smyth (64), Carolyn Moore (65), Sandi Ward (66), Mina Jo Gerry (68), Jim Rice (75), Treg Owings (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) An Open Letter ... Dear Students of the Senior Class (Class of 1950) Sometime during the year of 1932-33 all over the United States your parents had the foresight to bring you into the world. I remember well that dreary, dismal, hopeless year, yet a momentous one. Its presidential campaign brought into being anew belief in the right of every many to a decent life. And Hitler that year sneaked into power in Germany. Yet to your parents the future, your future, was bright. A year later the dreamers and planners began to build Grand Coulee Dam to irrigate the dry land of the basin. First they completed its power plant to produce electricity. It was in the year that you started to school that Grand Coulee power flowed through transmission lines. That year, too, Hitler began his march to conquer the world by over-running Poland. That one year or the next, a German scientist proposed the harnessing of the atom. It was not long until the army came to the desert along the Columbia River, brushed aside the small orchard communities, and supervised the construction of the ultimate in power plants. With electricity from the Columbia River, with space in the sand hills, and with a war of survival to drive the effort, the government built the plants and city to service them. And you people came, some from stable homes, some in the last move of a long series of moves. In this city with its people gathered from all the cultural backgrounds of our nation, the citizens are building a united community. In Columbia High School you Seniors have led the way in drawing together a motley crowd of boys and girls to a closely knit student body. Surely, fortune shall smile on the future of such a class, its members born of hope in a year of despair, its dwelling place created to service power plants in the future, its community background distilled from the best of all our states. In years to come I shall say with pride, "I remember them.". Sincerely yours, W. B. Wheeler, Co-Advisor And I, too add, "I remember us well"!! -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wilborn (54) RE: Michael Peterson New CD Michael Peterson (77) has a new CD that was released on 5/16/00 on for $9.49. Just in case someone might be interested. I don't know what songs are on it but who cares! They are all good. -Bill Wilborn (54) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) For Bob Carlson (54) My wife had the same question and I think that there are a couple of reasons the "Sandstorm" flourishes. 1. Our specific generation does seem to have embraced computer technology and 2. Those who are most active in the Sandstorm are beyond or coming up on retirement age and have time to enjoy this daily morsel. -Steve Carson (58) not yet retired ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) RE: Jimmy Ard To Rick Maddy (67): Have enjoyed reading all the "memories" you and others have been relaying about Jimmy ---- if he had that much of an impact on us, can you imagine how much more he would have, if he had remained a "Bomber"? Wonder if he has any regrets about leaving the "little town under the mushroom cloud". I know his folks thought moving back to Chicago was a good idea for dating purposes, etc., but have often thought of him and his family. It is great knowing that a lot of others have great memories of him, too and that a lot of people wish he had continued to be a "Bomber". Thanks, again, to all those that have responded to my "query" of Jimmy Ard. -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) RE: Class of '67 website Heads up, Bombers!! Class of '67 has a brand new website! Check it out!! Click on [1967] New Bomber webmasters for the site: Peg Kestell Hume and Pam Ehinger Nassen. Peg's sister, Vikki Kestell (70) did the graphics and web design for the new '67 website and I gotta say, I'm IMPRESSED. THANK YOU, VIKKI!! And while I'm at it, we STILL need somebody from each of the following classes to take over their website and maintain it OR -- build a BETTER site!! '51, '56, '57, '83, '85, '87, '88, '89, '92, '95, '96, '97, '99 Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth, classes of '63 and '64 ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Moore (65) To Janie O'Neal (65): YES, of course I remember you. It seems to me that we were neighbors. I lived on Cullum. I also remember your sister, Linda. Where do you live now? Where does Linda live? Jerry Evans (64) was a very good friend of Pierre's and Jan Goodenow was a good friend of mine. We were all neighbors - remember? Thank you for remembering Pierre Remillard. I just talked to him on the phone a week or so ago. He and I were together from 1964 - 1974. He spent 4 of those years in the Navy. He specialized in Underwater Demolition (UDT) during the Vietnam war. We were engaged during that time. When Pierre came home from the Navy, I left Seattle in 1971 to live with him in Walla Walla. Then, we both moved to Seattle in 1973. We rented a little house on Queen Anne Hill. Pierre decided to move back to Walla Walla (he has family there) and I bought the house a few years later and have been there ever since. Pierre will always be a hopeless romantic! He recently married again and still lives in Walla Walla. He has a daughter, Mia Rose, and I think he said she is 12 now. We have always kept in touch. Do you or your sister know the whereabouts of Jerry Evans? Last I knew, he was in California. It was good to hear from you. -Carolyn Moore (65) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Sandi Ward Donahue (66) Date: Wed May 17 08:12:40 2000 Hello from New York Coming home for the reunion this summer. Signed up to play in the Pep Band - Kathy Thompson, join us? Hope to see classmates from '66 that I haven't seen in .... years! Still love being in the New York Air National Guard. See you this summer. -Sandi Ward Donahue (66) ******************************************** >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) I remember that production of "Wizard of Oz." I was about five or six at the time. What sticks out in my mind was the witch melting after Dorothy threw water on her and that she was smaller and smaller each time she popped up until she was a hand puppet. I was wide- eyed!! My dad was also on rotating shifts. I think he called it "ABC" shift. We were luckier that most on grave yard as he was totally deaf in one ear and would sleep with his deaf hear up and his good ear on the pillow so we didn't have to be as quiet as some. Anyone remember that dark hunter green that the painters would use in the "master" bedroom and the blackout roller shades. I liked swing the best in the summer. If we were hungry when dad would get his dinner ready before catching the bus, we could eat with him. The menu was always the same: boiled hot dogs, mashed potatoes with butter and diced onion and corn. My dad was a real gourmet cook! -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) RE: Brad Upton's cruise Upton, how could you? Not come to R2K, that is. I spent $400 on a plane ticket on the hope that I'd finally get to see you perform (free). Let's see, a week cruisin' the inland passage or a weekend in the desert. Tough choice. We'll miss ya. -Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** >>From: Treg Owings (76) I am glad I was shown this site. Great way to find class mates. Soooo, big hello to ya'll. I am in Central OR working for the NRCS (feds) on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. This has got to be God's country! -Treg Owings (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/19/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and Another Spudnut Lover today. Betty Ely (47), Dennis Hoff (59), Gary Behymer (64), Bill Didway (66), Dick Fitzmaurice (67WB), Pam Ehinger (67), Betti Avant (69), Mike Lemler (72), Sonny Parker (81), Another Spudnut Lover ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Ely King (47) RE: May 18, 1980 Early, Sunday morning, I received a phone call for my husband from Seattle. I said, "My husband has already gone to Church early because he is in the choir and took both sets of keys, so I won't be attending Church." The man said he was to be the guest speaker at the CCC picnic in Richland's park, but the plane turned back to Seattle instead of landing because the mountain blew. I said Lloyd was not going to the picnic because we were going boating with our neighbors. He said, "Lady, you aren't going out in any boat, the ashes are headed your way." Well before noon the sky turned black and the night lights came on. My husband gave the message to the few at the picnic. The Kings and Harveys had a boat picnic on the living room floor at the Christiansons. A man I worked with took a full set of pictures from his home on the hill overlooking West Richland. I paid him to have a set made for me and as I look at the pictures, I relive that day. A week later we were at the Jazz Festival in Sacramento, and visiting my brother Ken Ely (49). -Betty Ely King (47) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Dennis Hoff (59) Refreshing It's been quite a while since I signed in. Just wanted to encourage everyone to try and make "R2K" -- This could be bigger than Sturgis, SD, I'm serious! I also wanted to make sure my new e-mail was listed f/Dennis Hoff, '59 & Sharon Otey Hoff, '60.d. Hope to see you at "R2K" or "60". STILL THE BEST SITE ON THE WEB!!! --- GO BOMBERS!!!! -Dennis Hoff (59) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) My thanks to Jefferson C. Saunders (69) who sent some nice pictures of the 'great' Richland Flood. 1948 Flood ***** Noticed that approximately 500 Alumni Sandstorm readers took time out to send Maren $12 or more to help compensate for all of her time spent on 'many' Richland sites + the Alumni Sandstorm! Needing her address? Just send me a note and I will get it to you. ***** Just saw the listing of basketball players that are going to be at Bomber gym in just a few weeks (;-) Many thanks to Kathie Roe (64) for helping put this together along with Coaches Phil Neill and Jim Castleberry. ***** Copies of Bomber Mania are still available. Check out the following URL. Bomber Mania -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Didway (66) RE: Val. & Sal. With summer fast approaching and at the urging of my youngest sister (who shall remain unnamed but graduated RHS 1979) am sending in the accumulated names of past Valedictorians and some Salutatorians. The list is not complete but as more names are remembered they can be added to the correct year. I really want to thank all who put the memory banks to work to come up with these names as Valedictorian and Salutatorian names, and Honors, are not usually listed in year books. I have relied on the memories of former classmates for the inclusion of names and spelling. Any errors or exclusions are apologized for at this time. 1947 - Valedictorians: Donna Dillard, Joan Long, Glenna Jean McEwen, Iva Tucker, Eugene Fergin 1949 - Valedictorians: Richard Boyd, Elizabeth Meyers, Patricia Monroe, Mary Musser Salutatorians: Glen Turner, Phillip Raekes 1953 - Valedictorian: Suzanne Struck Salutatorian: Norma Loescher 1954 - Valedictorian: Mural Nichols Salutatorian: Larry Blackman 1958 - Valedictorian: Pamela Hosclaw 1960 - Valedictorian: Mike Waggoner Salutatorian: Howard Kirz 1962 - Valedictorians: Joyce Herbel, Yvonne Wright, Sandy Harmon 1963 - Top Five Valedictorian: Ken Carlson Salutatorian: Leslie Dreher Gary LeClair, Marye Durbin, Jim Newell 1964 - Top Five Valedictorian: Margaret Simmons Salutatorian: Bill Compton Kerry Kelly, Carolyn Carver, Veronica Yates Will continue with more later. -Bill Didway (66) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Fitzmaurice (67 Wannabe) To Linda Thomas Richardson (68) Glad you received my letter and that you found The Sandstorm! You mentioned in your Sandstorm note that we were "fixed-up" when Jim Walton (60) dated your sister Jeanie (62). Remember the day they put you in the back seat of his Ford (a '55 I think but definitely blue) and cruised by my house on Howell to see if I could join the three of you at the Spudnut Shop? I was 10, you were 9 and there we were - double "dating" with the big kids. In a car. And our moms weren't driving! I remember feeling pretty grown up. I also seem to remember that Walton made me pick up the tab. Just kidding -- actually, there aren't many 17 year old guys who'd take a couple of elementary school kids anywhere. And how many teenage girls would want their little sister hangin' around while on a date with the HS basketball star? Thanks for a great memory, Jim and Jeanie - this Spud's for you! -Dick Fitzmaurice (67WB) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) RE: Mt. St. Helens So where were you 20 years ago? My Sister was having her bridal shower, in Ephrata. On Sun. May 18, 1980, we were having breakfast at my parents house. There were 13 people there from the Big Bash on Sat. About 8am the wind started up and you could see this big black cloud coming from the West. My Dad was an Air Traffic Controller and stated that there was no front coming in, so wonder what this was! We had not heard about St. Helens yet, but the neighbor came running over yelling that we needed to get inside that the Volcano had erupted! With in 20-30 min. this course stuff came falling from the sky, then it all went black, like walking into a closet and shutting the door. I lived in Omak at the time and Dad asked me if I wanted to head home. Well I was not going any where as it was to much like the Twilight Zone out there! Some guests head for home on the other side of the mountains, but by the time they got to Quincy, the ash was very fine and clogging up the engines. The WSP were turning everyone around as the farther West you went the worse it got. So Mom had 13 extra people to put up!! Myself and one other gal, walked to Safeway's and it was like walking in Talcum Powder! Every time you took a step it puffed up around your feet and you left little clouds behind you. We looked like something from God knows where! We had bandanas on our heads and a scarf over our noses and mouths, so we wouldn't breathe any of that stuff! A picture was taken of us that day, and when I was shown it, I asked who they were!! That's pretty bad when you can't even recognize yourself! Later on my Dad made the comment that the only good from the ash was that it helped his garden that year! He grew the biggest tomatoes, that year. The ash kept the moisture in. Moses Lake and Ephrata were one of few cities that were hit hard when Mt. St. Helens blew! Well that is where I was on May 18, 1980. How about you? Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: Ah, yes Mt. St. Helen's eruption day I remember the day very well. My mother was working at the Richland Police Department at that most interesting of days. I had stopped by to see if she needed anything from the grocery store that morning when we heard a "loud boom". Of course, in those days we were always hearing sonic booms from airplanes and thought nothing of it. After I got back from the store, she called and said Mt. St. Helens had erupted. The ash cloud was possibly expected over Richland, so I may want to keep an eye on my dog. Well, I turned on the TV to watch the Seattle Mariners and in the corner of the picture throughout the entire game they had images of the ash rising higher and higher over the mountain. Mom called a bit later and said the ash was headed our way in Richland. I went out and got the dog in. She wasn't real good in the house, so I got an old sheet and laid on the couch watching the Mariners with her laying on my belly. After Mom got home and the ash had passed I went out and took some pictures of the clouds. My brother, Robert (class of 1969), called from Spokane and asked what blew up at Hanford. I assured him it was not a nuclear cloud, but rather ash from Mt. St. Helens. The Lilac Parade had been in Spokane the day before and people were having a difficult time getting back to western Washington. I also remember the next night my softball team had a game scheduled at the field at Howard Amon Park. Well, they decided to play the game. That is one time I was glad I was a catcher, as every time a ball was hit to the outfield on the ground the players would get a face full of ash. Somewhere I have a small bottle of ash I collected that day. Mother Nature sure surprises us sometimes. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lemler (72) RE: Brad Upton (74) Cruise Brad, We think that you have a great idea, having the reunion on the boat. Sorry that we missed the last show in Everett, but if you are putting up the dough for the cruise, we would be glad to join you. It sure is nice having such a considerate friend as to invite us on an Alaskan cruise. We will be watching our mailbox for our tickets! -Mike Lemler (72) ******************************************** >>From: "Parker, Sonny" Hey Gary! Just a note to say that I cannot find Tom Roulstan anywhere. He was class of 1981. Went into the Navy (career), and I ran into him 11 yrs ago. No word since. Any ideas? Sonny Parker (81) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Sonny Parker (81) Hello, Stacey Parker (94). I'm a Bomber from 1981, and I too, live in wonderful PHX. Been here since 1982, love the place. Like to hear how you ended up here. The Air Force sent me to Williams AFB in Chandler, and now I live near Camelback. Write sometime... -Sonny Parker (81) ******************************************** >>From: I was reading about your Spudnut Shop in Richland. I was so excited to see there is one still around. We are from Beloit, Wisconsin. That is about 15 min from Rockford, Illinois on the stateline and about 45 min from Madison, Wisconsin. Do you know of any other Spudnut Shops around the country? Also who would you contact if you wanted to open a doughnut shop. Where do you get a franchise? Also is there a recipe you could share with me on how to make the spudnuts even for our enjoyment at home. We definitely will stop at your shop when we are in WA. we have friends in Wash. Look forward to hearing from you. Thank You, -Arlene & Dave Hudson *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/20/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Sandra Atwater (51), Bob Carlson (54), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Jan Bollinger (60), Marilyn Swan (63), Bill Didway (66), Steve Schraedel (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) We lived in Othello, WA when Mt. St. Helens erupted. Moses Lake, Othello and Ritzville got more ash than any other town. The day started out as such a beautiful day with bright blue skies and big, puffy white clouds that appeared first. I was leaving for work (A&W Drive-in) when I saw the clouds and I visited my Dad before going to work and told him to look out the window. I had never seen clouds like that before. Then it got darker and darker ------ finally it was so dark that you could hardly see with the ash coming down like a snow blizzard. At 2:30 in the afternoon we closed the A&W. They were keeping people from leaving town, but they let me go as I lived close enough and not actually going out of town. Well, I was driving 5 miles an hour and I almost went off the road. It blacker than black!!! The next morning you looked outside to see an unbelievable amount of ash! We had to wear masks for several days. The ash wrecked havoc with the cars. The military came in to help clean up the schools. It took so long to get it cleaned up -------- months! Even after years when I would be planting things in the yard, I would find a layer of ash. It is really heavy too. We had a business and home to clean up and we thought we would never get it clean!! Lots of stories can be told by people and it will never be forgotten! -Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka "Mike Clowes" (54) To Bill Didway (66) Continuing on the V&S topic; my '52 Columbian lists only the top six. They are: Tom Davis Nancy Mooers Joy Mason Margie Casebier Elsa Lou Slack Mary Morgan My '54 Colombian confirms your V&S, but you might want to add the remaining top six: Mary Esther Anderson Carol Clark Ruth Haugse Virginia Brinkerhoff To Tom Tracy (55) Tommy, Shame on you, Jack Sinderson was '53 not '54. Not that we didn't want him in our class, but he wanted to get out of school when he was supposed to, and not a year later. Anyway, have fun at the "old" ball game. I don't know if Medicare covers injuries from such activities. -Bob Carlson, aka "Mike Clowes" (54) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) Class of 55 Valedictorian was Helen Henry Salutatorian was Jane Volpentest Class of 54 Valedictorian was Mural Nichols, Salutatorian was Larry Blackburn (also a good football player) -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons (60) Does anyone else have a filtered Internet service that regularly blocks access to the allbomber site? At least once a week I have to request that the site be unblocked, and even then, the Class of 60 site is not accessible. My server tells me the pornography peddlers have been especially active, lately, and this site gets blocked along with those. Verrrrry frustrating! To Myrna Bolin Turner (63) Dodie Bebee was the younger sister of my friend Charlotte (60), and I remember the river drowning accident that took her life. I believe that Charlotte's married name is/was Carson. There was also an older brother, but I can't recall his name. Hope this small bit of information helps. If you should make contact with Charlotte, please ask her if she remembers our group visit to the riding stables at West Richland. And all those batches of fudge we made that we either ate with a spoon or cemented in the pan. (My fudge still turns out that way!) -Jan Bollinger Persons (60) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo (63) RE: Spudnuts I saw this recipe in the food section of the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday, May 17. It is said to be more than 30 years old. One lady writes that she remembers Spudnuts being sold at small shops and in downtown offices by small delivery boys. Someone recently wrote that they thought the head offices of Spudnuts were at one time in Salt Lake City. Anyhow here is the recipe for Spudnuts coming to you live from S.L.C. to pass on to all those Bombers out there who may not have access to a Spudnut shop. Don't know if this is the same as you have printed before or not. SPUDNUTS 1 cup shortening 2 cups mashed potatoes 4 cups lukewarm milk 5 eggs*, beaten 1 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 12 to 15 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract Scald milk with shortening. Add sugar, salt and enough flour to make a thin batter, about the consistency of cake batter. Add the mashed potatoes, beaten eggs, dissolved yeast and lemon extract. Add enough more flour to make a soft dough. Let rise twice, then roll out and cut into doughnut shapes. Let rise again until light. Drop doughnuts into hot oil (375 degrees to 400 degrees), raised-side down. Turn once. Remove from heat and drain briefly before dipping into a glaze made by mixing powered sugar and water at a ratio of 1 cup to 2 Tablespoons, respectively. Add more water if needed. Makes 10 to 12 dozen spudnuts. ENJOY!!!!! * note: If you cut the recipe in half, use 3 eggs. -Marilyn Swan Beddo (63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [This is a little different than the "Spudnut Wannabe" recipe posted on the Alumni Sandstorm website. -Maren] Scroll down to RECIPES ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) Continued: Valedictorians and Salutatorians 1955 - Valedictorian: Jane Volepentest Salutatorians: Beverley Menefee, Gretchen Heldt, Don Cole 1965 - Valedictorians: Gaynor Dawson, Paige Wheeler Salutatorians: Robert LeClaire, Marsha Dallaire 1967 - Valedictorian: Deborah Cahn 1969 - Valedictorian: Robin Corley, Nancy Carter 1971 - Valedictorian: Vanessa Pugh Salutatorian: Henry Vea 1975 - Valedictorians: Judy Bunch, Janet Guthrie, Pam Richmond, Judy Roesh, Marian Watson Salutatorian: Laura Blackburn 1977 - Valedictorians: Carol Guthrie, Janie Crowley, Genie Eschabach, Stephanie Dorgan, Carolyn Brown, Karen Benton 1979 - Valedictorian: Linda Romrell 1987 - Valedictorian: Chris Rheumler, Steve Reese, Amy Taylor 1997 - Valedictorians: Eric Allwine, Kaci Young, Randy Teel, Ryan Plaisted, Joan Doran, Abbey Krause, Heather Eggen -Bill Didway (66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I've put up a another website. -Maren] Scroll to find Validictorians/Salutitorians, etc. ******************************************** >>From: Steve Schraedel (79) RE: Mt. St. Helens I remember hearing a distant bang. After hearing the news, we stepped outside to have a look. The sky - - was a scene of a 1000 upside down, grayish parachutes. All seemed to flow slowly to the earth. There was a hush outdoors and a gentle breeze. The sight must have deeply impressed me, as I remember exactly where I stood while surveying those unusual clouds. Standing on the east of our front yard, I wondered how long it until those bellowing clouds would descend, and if they would destroy grass and plant life, but I don't remember being afraid. [Steve -- WHERE WERE YOU??? -Maren] Recently, I was in Salt Lake City as the famous Tornado rounded our building. It was so quick in its destruction. With several friends, we had planned a walk in the adjacent canyon at the very time the tornado made its pass, but were detained by overdrawn meetings. None of us made it to the canyon that day, where some 40 plus trees were leveled in a matter of seconds. I had typically parked on east capital hill and just that week decided to park on the west hillside. My car would have been smashed where I'd usually left it. The powerful forces of nature are so awe inspiring. 100 year old trees were uprooted, cars, and roof tops smashed. One gentleman, waiting for a bus, saw the impending danger heading his way, grasped a firm hold on the nearby tree and for a moment his feet were perpendicular to the tree as the powerful winds blew. When the dust settled, I peered from an upstairs window and noticed men examining a roof across the street. I later saw one of them on an elevator and asked how the building had weathered the tornado blasts. He said it was fine, but that they were looking for a little baby. A baby had blown from it's mother's arms. The mother in a frightful plight, begged for everyone in sight to help search for her baby. Can you imagine her feelings? After a while, I don't know the period of time, she was reunited with her infant as a man who had not been far from her said that he caught the baby in his arms, and took it to safety. Shortly there after, he began a search for its mother and happily presented her to her loving, yet relieved mother. -Steve Schraedel (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/21/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts (49), Hugh Hinson (52), Tom Tracy (55), Betty McElhaney (57), Loron Holden (57), Paula Beardsley (62), Carol Converse (64), Peg Kestell (67), Jim Gulliksen (68), Diane Carpenter (72), Kim Edgar (79), Donna Fisher (80), Gil Blankenship (81), Jamie McDevitt (81), Shannon Weil (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts (49) To: The Hi Spot crowd Carol Tyner Hinson (52) and I were recalling our Hi Spot days and we were wondering if we had membership cards and if so did we get carded at the door. Anybody remember? -Richard Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Hugh Hinson (52) To Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) Hi Sandra, I read your note about St. Helens. We were living in Spokane at the time the mountain blew. My youngest son and I went to the Armed Forces Day celebration at Fairchild AFB. It was about 10 in the morning when we looked West and way a big dark cloud coming our way. I told my son that we should probably get out of there and head home because it was a sandstorm coming our way. It reminded me of the old days in Richland. When we got to the car the dust had already started to fall. You are so right when you say it was dark at 2PM. Boy was it. We owned a restaurant at the time and the night before we had not turned off the incoming air fan. Guess what? I don't think I have to say more. It took several days to clean the inside of the place. We also had to wear masks etc. for several days. Everything came to a stop. What an event to experience in our lifetime. Take care. -Hugh Hinson (52) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) Bob: Thanks for the note. ... I figured... what's a few years among friends. Jack was a great player... but an even finer person than a basketball player. I remember listening to a little kid behind our bench one time who said to someone sitting nearby... That's Jack Sinderson and you can't say anything bad about him ... 'cause he's my Sunday School Teacher!!!... All the best, Bob -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) RE: Mt. St. Helens I know we were at home on May 18th, reading the morning paper. My Husband went to let the dog out and came back in and told me and our son to come look at the funny clouds. As described by another they looked like upside down parachutes. Our Son turned on the T.V. and then came out to tell us about the mountain blowing its top. When we heard how bad the ash fall was at Moses Lake we got real concerned as my parents and Aunts and Uncles were at O'Sullivan fishing and camping. We had no way of getting in touch with them to know if they were all right. So we sat here waiting and waiting for some news. Finally after 4 days they finally got home. They said some people left right away and got stranded as the ash filled their air cleaners on the vehicles, some made it out by using their gray water or sewer hoses for their motor homes by somehow attaching it from the air intake into the inside of their motor homes. (bear with me on this as I am not mechanically inclined.) The folks decided to stay and wait and see if the state was going to clear the highway (big dreamers). One morning My Mother and Uncle were out early walking the dogs and my Uncle noticed that the ash was not poofing up as they were walking and the dogs running around were not kicking it up. It was the dew on the ground real early in the morning that kept it settled, so the next morning they started out early and made it home without any trouble. Their boats had about 4 to 5 inches of ash in them. All were safe and we sure were glad to see them. -Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) ******************************************** >>From: Loron Holden (57) RE: Class of 57 Valedictorian: Gary Lucas Salutatorian: Aida Mankowski Other Mention: Elizabeth Parker, Max Case & Carol Shanks -Loron Holden (57) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) RE: St. Helen's Eruption My memories of that day are coming home from Kennewick about 9:00 after a very late night (early morning) and noticing the dark cloud on the horizon as I approached Richland and thinking "Oh crap - another dust storm." It did turn out to be the granddaddy of all Tri-City dust storms after all. I headed up to Mom and Dad's to check on Dad. He had a very bad case of the shingles and was in terrible pain and Mom needed help getting him up and down. As we watched TV that morning and the reports came across about St. Helens and the sky continued to darken, and the neighbors came out one by one to check out the unusual "clouds" in the sky, Dad decided he needed to go outside covered with open sores and unable to wear much besides a pair of loose boxers. We grabbed his camera and headed out the door and were astounded by the sight of the upside down thunderheads, or so they appeared to me. It was so quiet - no birds chirping or dogs barking but you could hear the neighbors hollering to one another. After about 15 minutes, the ash began to fall and all I could think about was that fine grit getting into those open sores on Dad and hustled him back indoors. We watched the rest of the day through the window and were grateful that we didn't get any more ashfall than we did. It was an amazing day and I'll never forget where I was "The Day the Mountain Blew. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) RE: Mt. St. Helens I remember going out onto the deck, looking over our backyard. Like someone already said, the day was sunny and so pretty. I had just gotten ready for church and was waiting for the kids to finish up. I looked to the west and saw these dark, ominous clouds coming our way. My thought was, oh what a sandstorm we're going to be getting. I saw small amounts of ash on the deck railing, but didn't think too much about it at the time. I just thought -how curious. I made sure that the lawn chairs were in their places and all the windows were closed. All the while, I kept a lookout on those clouds and kept thinking to myself how different they looked. Nothing like what I had ever seen. Made me really wonder what was going on. Upon arriving at church, I heard about Mt. St. Helens blowing. That was the first time that I knew what was going on. I think everyone was pretty jittery and really couldn't concentrate on the sermon at all. By the time church let out, it was pretty dark. When we got home, we turned on tv and saw the happenings in Yakima and Moses Lake. What a sight to behold - total darkness in the middle of the day. I, too, collected a small cup of ash. Saved it for years, but in the move to Wenatchee, I must have accidentally thrown it away. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Peg Kestell Hume (67) RE: Class of 67 new web page Just got back from a 20,000 acre fire in southern NM, only to find out that my sister, Vikki Kestell (70), had done the 67 web page over again.......... Looks great Vikki, only problem is tho, Bob Barnett is NOT deceased, Lewayne Barnhart is...... so don't go panicking over this typo, please. I'll get this straightened out just as soon as Vikki returns from the week-end. Also, Pam Ehinger (67), with the help of Peggy Jones Snow (67)(who's house in Los Alamos did NOT burn down) and I are trying to take over the responsibility of managing this page. Web masters we are NOT, but we are willing to take a stab at it. The roster list is still under construction, and I've had several write and tell me that I need to complete it, which I would have done on this fire I was on, but I couldn't find a current bush anywhere to plug a lap-top into! Please be patient with us....... there is lots that we want to do, such as a "Tour of Duty" list, and a "Where We Are Now" section. We'll ask for donations for these sites as soon as we become competent with this new program that we are working under. I'm going to Los Alamos tomorrow to view the damage. The fire has grown to over 48,000 acres and is being said to be the largest fire in NM history. I don't have an accurate count as to how many homes were destroyed, somewhere between 260-405 families without a home. The town in no longer in danger as the fire has moved off the town site and into the canyons and mesas to the north and east. More later. Oh, and thanx to all who wrote and stated their concern over this devastating matter. -Peg Kestell Hume (67) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jim Gulliksen (68) Date: Sat May 20 12:28:28 2000 Memories Just got thinking and wonder if any of the "SENIOR MEN" of the class of '68 remember the burning of the library cards in the courtyard in the spring of 1968? -Jim Gulliksen (68) ******************************************** >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) RE: Mt. St. Helens day Twenty years ago I was in Utah so missed all the excitement, though my dad later sent me a small jar of ash. However, 5 years later on 18 May, 1985, I was giving birth to my 3rd child (of 4) and 1st girl, in Spokane. (Remember, Dee?) The nurses at Deaconess Hospital told me that several baby girls born on the day Mt. St. Helens blew were named either Helen or Ashley. We chose not to follow tradition! (Her name is Mallory.) -Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) RE: Mt. St. Helens I was working at K-mart, I remember going out in the parking lot and seeing the big black cloud coming our way. My mother was stranded in Spokane and missed a few days work. They got hit pretty hard there. A few days later, I remember seeing a news clip about signs at banks saying "Please remove your masks upon entering". The one thing I'll never forget is driving down the road a couple of days after the eruption, is a woman passing by me in her car - she was wearing a dust mask. A few minutes later, I passed her, she had pulled her mask down to smoke a cigarette. It's ironic, she was concerned enough about lungs to were the mask, but not to smoke. It gave me a chuckle. Oh well, to each his own. In regards to Reunion, I plan on putting a "Bomber" sign/banner in my car as I travel across the mountains. I'd love to see others have signs as well, it would be great way to show our pride and connect with other alumni - especially at the rest areas. PS: Don't forget to honk and wave if you see me! -Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** >>From: Donna Fisher (80) I can remember what happened the day St. Helen blew her top. My dad was putting on a girls softball tournament in Richland, the tournament was to be played at the Columbia Playfield. My sister Brenda (77) and I were wearing shorts that morning around the time St. Helen blew - we heard the BOOM! Of course joking around at the time, I said "There goes Mt. St. Helens!" (not thinking it really happened). We saw the dark clouds coming over and - thinking we might be having a bad storm - my sister and I went home to change pants. We met a boy half-way to the cars and he told us that Mt. St. Helens erupted. Of course we didn't believe him. He showed us the ashes on the cars. When we came back to the fields, we sat down and watched the ash clouds go over us. It was wonderful to watch the clouds go by -- like looking at thunderheads going underneath the clouds instead of on top. Brenda, Melinda Cole (79), and I decided to go to Wendy's for lunch and we watched the ash coming down. It was interesting that day. . . Both of my grandparents lived in Packwood (which is about 1 1/2 hours drive from Mt. St. Helens). They said it was very quiet that Sunday morning and the birds were trying to fly in their windows. They never heard the blast like we did and when the ashes started to fall, they thought this was end of the world. My aunt, who lived in Moses Lake, set out a saucer to get some of the ash. The next morning she couldn't find the saucer with all the ashes they got that day. Did anybody go to Mt. St. Helens Monument National Park yet??? I have been there about 5 or 6 times. First time was 3 years after it erupted - the most interesting time to go. You were traveling in green forest and POOF you were in the blast zone. I recommend everybody go and see this wonderful Park, especially the Coldwater side where you are only 6 miles from the cater. -Donna Fisher (80) ******************************************** >>From: Gil Blankenship (81) RE: Mt. St. Helens I remember that weekend clearly. I even have a number of photos laying about that I will try to post if I can find them. As for me, I was on a trip - a 'Poolee Party' for those of us who had expressed an interest in joining the Marine Corps. We had taken a bus up to the air show in Spokane, camping overnight at the lake and doing some skiing the day before. We woke early that morning, kindled the fire and were able to fashion some coffee and eats from the night past. It was slightly after 8am (I think) when we heard what we believed to be a sonic boom. The recruiter stated that it was probably signaling the start of the air show and we needed to board the bus and head off to the base. We spent the morning roaming around the aircraft, and I had taken a couple pictures. There was a display of the new 'Stealth' plane - but in those days it was simply a starched rope that stuck straight up from the ground, as if to be tied to an invisible object. Suddenly - the base alarm sounded. Military Policemen in jeeps began driving through the base and with megaphones ordered everyone to return to their homes. The aircraft sorties were dangerously close to one another, taking off abreast and practically nose to tail. We boarded the bus and departed the base - only to be turned around by the highway patrol. While returning to the base the cloud passed over. I remember it becoming instantly dark, and for a moment, as I was seated in the rear of the bus I thought how strange it was. You see the front half of the bus was pitch black, and the back half was still daylight. The darkness passed through the bus like a wall. We made it back to the base and the recruiter was able to find us rooms. We spent a couple days at Fairchild with the Marine Corps footing the bill. I'd love to find those pictures because they portray the boredom of the time. Everything was closed except a small shopette. So we bought sodas. When we finished off those, we crushed the cans to various levels, placed them on the tiled floor and fashioned a chess board. -Gil Blankenship (81) ******************************************** >>From: Jamie McDevitt (81) To Sonny Parker (81) RE: Tom Roulstan Tom Roulstan married Melinda Lee (82). If Melinda isn't listed on her class web site you might want to try one of her sisters Michelle Lee (I don't remember her married name) class of '79 or Jamie Shurts (the spelling may not be correct) who graduated in the late 80s or early 90s. Also, last I heard Melinda's parents were still in Richland (last name Shurts, home is on Van Giesen) Good luck. -Jamie McDevitt (81) ******************************************** >>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) RE: Mt. St. Helens To Sandra Atwater Boyd (51): I, too, was at work (A&W - what a coincidence) in Richland when the mountain blew. After a couple of hours, the billowy gray clouds arrived and turned what started out to be a nice day into NIGHT! I don't remember what time exactly they sent us home, but I know it was well before noon. I once had an A&W cup full of ash. I think it is still at my parents' house. -Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/22/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Carol Tyner (52), Marilyn Wallace (47), Marilyn Richey (53), Mike Lewis (60), Helen Cross (62), Tim Smyth (62), Carol Converse (64), Mike OR Lori Simpson Hogan (70) Mike Davis (74), Loreen Muhlestein (89) ******************************************** ******************************************** ANNOUNCEMENT: PLEASE, Bombers! 'Sign' your entries that you send to the Sandstorm. That means, at the end of your entry 'sign' it -- just like you would sign a letter to a friend. MARRIED LADIES: Include your maiden name so that everyone from 'back then' will know who is writing. You don't have to leave your married name out -- just INCLUDE your maiden name. EVERYONE: Include your class year. This will save me from looking through 3000 e-mail addresses to try and figure out this information so that it can be added 'for' you... AND it will keep me from messing it up.... read on.... -Maren Smyth, classes of '63 and '64 ******************************************** >>From: Carol Tyner Roberts (52) Hi there. Well I guess someone had a "senior moment" and married me off to Hugh Hinson (52) when I wasn't looking. He is a great guy, but it is Richard Roberts (49) that has been my "one and only" for these 46 plus years. Still curious if we had membership Hi Spot cards and, if so, did we get carded at the door? Anyone remember? -Carol Tyner Roberts (52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bomber apologies, Carol! That "someone" was me who ADDED the wrong married name to Richard Roberts' (49) entry in yesterday's Sandstorm. TOTALLY my goof!! - Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Wallace Hultman (47) To Dick Roberts (49): Yes, Dick you had a membership card to the Hi Spot and you were carded at the door. Remember ---- The Hi- Spot Club was organized to provide the teen-agers of Richland with a place and means of recreation and enjoyment. The club was run entirely by teen-agers, and was sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). It was open for every teen-ager who resided in Richland and had a membership card. At the beginning of the school year, l945, two representatives were elected from each class to meet with the Jaycees and draw up the plans and rules for the club. t was formally opened on December 22, l945. The first representatives were: Ken Cundy and Georgia Jenkins (46), Marilyn Wallace and Clarence Powell (47), Dale Gier and Mickey Ferney (48), Ray King and Helen Anderson (49). What a great place to go!!! We teens fried the burgers, made the shakes, checked out the equipment for the pool tables and ping pong, changed the records to dance. If a member broke or abused a rule they had to appear before the committee and if judged in the wrong, their card was suspended for a certain period of time and no entry without your card!! It was such a wonderful place to go and meet your friends and dance to the latest records, have a shake or play any number of games. My husband Ray (47) and I were sorry to hear it had to close a few years later. We are Bomber parents also of Mike (72) and Steve (75) and wished it had been open at that period of time. Great memories!!!! -Marilyn Wallace Hultman (47) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Richard Roberts (49): The Hi-Spot Club in the old Richland Community building had a membership charge which we paid $2.00 a year and you received the card to get into the center on Wednesday and Saturday nites each week. It also helped sponsor the Hi sport band which played at special dances during the year. You had to show your card to get in and also your card could be revoked for a time if you were drinking or other conducts were displayed. There was a peer committee you would go beforth and if they thought your actions called for some discipline, then you could lose your card for a certain length of time. Also on this committee, Mr. & Mrs. Don McCaughtry were acting as advisors to the club members. Not much got pass Alice when she was on the door. I later worked for her at General Electric and always had fond memories doing this in the community. It's too bad there isn't a place in the city where the students of high school could enjoy themselves like we did in the late 40's and 50's at the Hi-Spot. -Marilyn Richey (53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Check out the Hi-Spot page. -Maren] Hi-Spot ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) RE: Ashfall from Mount Saint Helens I had the ignominious distinction of putting something into a dumpster when this huge cloud of ash fell on me and I was obliterated. It was in a way the same as that of the fellow who was quoted so much: I just knew I was dead. Null and void, nihil. Vacuum. Nothing under my graduation cap at that moment had ever lived or known of life and all my consciousness was at first overwhelmed by that lifeless modality. It was so fundamental that it even caught any fear I might have had by surprise and I realized I was alive before there was time for more than a shimmer of fear I was in Aberdeen so it was easy to take it with humor and rain. We could see it from a window one day, still smoking with the ash that had been lifeless for maybe a hundred million years. -Mike Lewis (60) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) When Mt. St. Helens blew on May l8, l980 we were living in Cincinnati, Ohio, and my mother-in-law was visiting us from Brewster, Wash. That afternoon after we'd all been out working in the yard, my husband drove her over to the airport and she caught her plane and flew out, to be stopped in Chicago for the next 3 days. The radio wasn't working in the car he'd taken to the airport, so they hadn't heard about Mt. St. Helens blowing. I honestly don't think any of the ash helped our gardens back here, like it did out west, but it did affect our contact with the West. I still have a little prescription bottle of the ash my dad sent me that he got that day. He was fascinated with it, and was driving in it around Moses Lake. It did play havoc with his car, but he realized that it was a part of Washington State history that he was able to be a involved in. I'm looking forward to attending our reunion in just a little over a month from now. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Tim Smyth (62) RE: May 18, 1980 Easy for me to remember. Living in New York, I didn't experience Mt. St. Helens first hand. But we were busy.... we had our own eruption. Our third daughter, Erin Maureen, was born that day. Can't make it to R2K, but I wish all of you who are attending, that you all have a good time. -Tim Smyth (62) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To Richard Roberts (49): I remember having a card to show at Hi Spot each Friday night when I went. I can't remember if they stamped the back of your hand or not though. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Mike OR Lori Simpson Hogan (70) RE: 1970 REUNION NEWS Hello 1970 grads! We are getting closer and closer to Reunion time and so many of you still haven't registered. It is imperative to have your registration money to Terry Hodgson Buechler no later than May 31st. If we don't find more interest we may have to cancel, as the Shilo Inn requires a minimum of 150. As of our last meeting we had only 88 registered. We hope that you have just been procrastinating and will be attending! We want to see as many of our classmates as possible. PLEASE get your $$$ in ASAP. UNSIGNED - e-mail address belongs to Mike and Lori Simpson Hogan (70) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) RE: The Day Mt. St. Helens Blew I remember it well. From my front porch I looked toward the West and saw the entire sky black! My first thought was that the Hanford Project had just blown up and we would all soon be cookies! Then I turned on the television and realized what had happened. I quickly ran to the phone booth located down the block. This quick trip was not to call anyone but to quickly change into my red cape and shirt with the big "S"! I figured I could help! While flying over the Pass my thoughts of helping were detoured by a sighting of a Denny's below. And yes, Parks, I stopped for a couple of Grand Slams!!! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) Please include in the "valedictorian" list, the following: Valedictorian for Class of 1974: Mike Davis Valedictorian for Class of 1976: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh Thanks, -Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Loreen Muhlestein Bliss (89) Date: Sun May 21 05:48:09 2000 Class of '89 Just wanted to say Hi! Our reunion last summer was great. All you class of '90 folks out there who aren't sure whether to make your reunion this coming summer.... do it! It will be fun. I'd love to make it since I knew so many of you too. Enjoy! I'd love to hear from any "long lost friends." -Loreen Muhlestein Bliss (89) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ~ Billy Kenneth Watkins, Class of 1947 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/23/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Ray Gillette (49), Shirley Watts (49), Hugh Hinson (52), Betty McElhaney (57), Janet Wilgus (59), Larry Houck (59), MLou Williams (60) via Jay Siegel (61), Helen Cross (62), Patti Snider (65), Spencer Houck (71), Vicki Owens (72), Kim Lampton (74), Sonny Parker (81), Jenn Tomaszewski (94) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ray Gillette (49) To Carol Tyner ROBERTS (52): Whew!! I was worried for a brief moment that you had run off and eloped with one of the Hinson boys. Actually I doubted that it was possible after the forty something years of marriage to my friend Richard Roberts (49). Concerning membership cards to the Hi Spot... I have no knowledge or memory of ever having cards or being carded upon entry to the Hi Spot. Hope all is well with you and your family. I think I envy your weather at this time of year (we are expecting near 110 today in Phoenix). Have fun on the beach at Grover Beach. Regards; -Ray Gillette (49) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Watts James (49) RE: Mt. St. Helens I was living in Evansville, IN when I heard the reports on the Mt. St. Helens eruption. A short time later while visiting family in Richland my husband and I decided to take a small aircraft and fly over the area. Mt. St. Helens had been a favorite spot for us to backpack, camp and water ski in Spirit Lake's beautiful blue waters. I couldn't believe the devastation. The enormity of it was unbelievable; it looked like a moonscape and Spirit Lake (what was left of it) was a boiling cauldron of polluted soup. Only one small sprig of green peered through the scorched earth and the Tuttle River was a roaring, swirling mass of gray water carrying dead trees, rocks and silt with it. Slain tree trunks lay everywhere like a crosshatched sampler on the gray landscape. I wept. About four years ago, we made a visit back to Mt. St. Helens. You can imagine my surprise to find a desolated area made magnificent with masses of colorful wild flowers and young trees, and Spirit Lake once more serene and beautiful. Mother Nature impressed me with her powers, and also made me realize what a small part I play in her scheme of things here on earth. -Shirley Watts James (49) ******************************************** >>From: Hugh Hinson (52) To Carol Tyner Roberts (52) Hi Carol, You are a great lady, and I have also been married for 43 years to the same lady. The Hi Spot you could enter if you showed your ASB card. That is what I recall. I could also be having a senior moment. Best regards, -Hugh Hinson (52) ******************************************** >>From: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) Re: Los Alamos fire Our sympathies go out to all the people there. We lived there for six years (2 in White Rock and 4 on the "Hill" as they call it). It is a beautiful place and it just makes a person sick to think of the destruction, not only to the people and their homes but of the animals. It is a beautiful sight when you can stand at the kitchen sink doing dishes and look out and see deer wandering through your back yard or raccoons, bear on occasion and all the different birds. Especially the Hummingbirds, we had hundreds of them and kept busy keeping the feeders filled. We lived two blocks from the edge of the forest on 45th, the Quad we lived in must have survived the fire according to the pictures and address list, but the Quad across the street from us and the next two streets 46th and 48th are toast. They said fifteen houses on 45th were lost. Such a beautiful place-------- -Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) ******************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) RE: 1959 Class Valedictorians etc. Well, since the top students for the class of 1959 haven't been listed yet, I'll see what I can do to fix that. According to our commencement program Judith Rees, Loretta Reich and Georgette Anderson were listed as Co-Valedictorians. The top Five students were the above three and Susan J. Myhre and Thomas Beaulieu. (Tom thought that all four GURLS were straight A students and then he was next in line.) -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Houck (59) RE: Mt. St. Helens I was in the Air Force and come home on leave, the day before we left and went to Salt Lake City, UT. We got up to go to church with my uncle he had a radio on and heard the news so we turned on the TV and watched on the tube. We left SLC on Monday as I had to get back to Keesler, MS. My folks who had driven us down to SLC were going to leave Monday afternoon but after the blast they stayed until Wednesday. My sister called them from Richland and had my dad pick up some oil and air filters as they were in short supply around the Tri-cities and elsewhere near-by. I have had a chance to go the area and see the aftermath it was awesome. -Larry Houck (59) ******************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (61) RE: Forwarded by request >From Mary Lou Williams (60) for Nadine Smith Heusser (60) Hi, Jay. I'm just stopping for a minute before I take off to the Tri-Cities. Thought you would like to know that Nadine's father died last Saturday. What a great way to remember Mother's Day weekend! Her Mom died a few years ago. Anyway, she and husband Roger and son Andy and his new wife (don't know name yet) will be at my Mom's for dinner tonight. She doesn't have internet access, so if you want, could you post this on the Sandstorm so people can send Deenie e-mail. She was really very close to her dad so this has hit her hard. It was unexpected, and in fact just a week before, her dad was diagnosed with liver cancer with about two months to live. He apparently had it for about a year, but his doctor never diagnosed it. Deenie usually comes for a visits in late July or early August, and if she hadn't come home two weeks ago, it would have been too late. She's the one who got him into the hospital as an emergency where tests were done to reveal the cancer, already metastasized to everywhere else. I think they're going to sue for the sake of her step mom, Charlotte. Sorry to bear sad news. The only good thing is he didn't have to linger for two months in pain. See you - in good health I hope! MLou -Jay Siegel (61) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) RE: Koinonian Reunion held during the R2K Reunion Week-end!! We are inviting anyone to join us who attended the Koinonian group when Larry and Lorraine Riggs were our advisors. We will be having a get-together with Larry and Lorraine Riggs, our fearless (and very kind and caring) leaders for the CUP Church Koinonian Group. The Koinonian Reunion will be on Saturday afternoon, June 24, after the game, at the Kadlec Hospital Cafeteria, (if memory serves me right that's at the corner of Swift and Stevens, with the main entrance being off Swift). The time will be 4:00-8:00 pm or whenever. Please drop by and say hello to the Riggs and visit with the rest of us "oldies". Questions? I can be reached via my email or I'll be available through the class of 62 registration desk from Friday nite on. I'll be at my brother, Roy's house in Kennewick for that week-end. I'm looking forward to it. See you then. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) To All you Bombers out there! Anyone coming to the R2K Reunion and would like to volunteer on the chili feed? I have some slots waiting for you. Just an hour (longer if you want!) of your time. Need 2 more in the kitchen at 3p.m. 3 keeping tables cleared and wiped down at 4p.m. or 5p.m. 4 people for clean-up 6-8p.m. If we get done sooner we will be out of there! Thanks for any help you can do. If you who have already volunteered: e-mail me or call (946-0109) and I will give you you a time slot. See you for chili!! -Patti Snider Miller (65) ******************************************** >>From: Spence Houck (71) RE: Mount St. Helens I too remember the day the mountain blew. I was stationed at Lajes Field in the Azores. For those who are not familiar with where that is, it is 900 miles off the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean. Anyway, I was stationed there with a fellow from Eatonville, WA. Once we found out what had happened we were at the BX every day buying all the news magazines we could get to find out more. Since we were from Washington we were given permission to call home to check in with our families to make sure all was well. It took almost a week for us to see the outcome of the blast but it did eventually give us some rather spectacular sunsets, very colorful to say the least. So we were not really a part of all the excitement but we did hear about and saw some of the forces of nature rear it's ugly head in pictures and finally in the sky. Hope you all have a great week. GO Bombers -Spence Houck (71) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) I don't have much to add about the day the mountain blew. I was in Pullman, downwind, and experienced the same rolling clouds and day into night dusting that others have mentioned. Everything there (schools, shops, banks, WSU) was closed for several days while the health risks were assessed. What was funny was phoning my parents in Richland to let them know I was all right. "Yes, Honey," was their relaxed reply. Since Richland was bypassed, they didn't have a clue what I was going through! I tried to tell them things were really bad, and that we were all being told to stay indoors until further notice, and they said, "Oh, really?!" So much for sympathy! Post blast, I managed to visit Mt. St. Helen's the first year they reopened for hiking, 1987. They were only allowing limited numbers of people each day, and you had to get a special permit. As I recall they were only issuing two each day, and my friend from Vancouver worked for weeks to get our group one of those precious few. We drove down the night before, rose before dawn, and packed our lunches and lots of water up the mountain. I had previously done some backpacking, mostly in the Wenatchee National Forest and the North Cascades, and it started out much like like that. It was a nice trail up the mountain through some beautiful forest scenery. But after some time we got to the burned out part. No trees, no grass, no shade at all, just gray, bare rock. Where the ash was the size of pebbles you had to take three steps to move up one step, since you kept slipping back. Then closer to the top were the boulder fields that you had to crawl up on hands and knees. I'm sure those were pieces of the mountain that had been tossed into the air by the blast. Ugh. It was a miserable hike, like hiking up a giant ashtray. And this was seven years later! I found a bit of shade and an old downed log, and decided I had enough and was going to sit and wait for the others to go up and come back. Within five minutes one had come back to proclaim I was only two minutes from the top and I simply had to go see. So I trudged up the last bits of gray grit, and saw a sight to behold - though I'm not sure "beautiful" would describe it. We stood right on the end of the crater. One misstep would be a v-e-r-y long (and final) step into the bowels of the mountain. There was a lava dome still spewing steam and smoke far below us. And everything was gray and lifeless, like a lunar landscape. What was most overwhelming was that you could see the pristine peaks of Rainier to the north, Adams to the east, and Hood to the south, and you knew that St. Helen's used to look like THAT. I'm not sure it's a hike I would recommend, but now that it's behind me I'm glad I did it! -Vicki Owens (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Lampton Kinder (74) RE: A circle of life - Mt. Saint Helens May 18th turned out to be quite a day, for a dozen of my friends and myself. We had all gone up camping for the weekend in the Wild Cat Wilderness above Yakima, to harvest wild fungi (morels). That morning we heard the "thunder" and decided we had better put up a tarp so we could make breakfast before hitting the road to return home. We were dashing about trying to get everything put away before we got soaked. Oh no, the rain is here and we still need to get the tent packed, and I hate putting the tent away wet because you always have to get it back out to clean it up later. So, 10 minutes pass.... 15 minutes pass..... "hey guys, we're not getting wet"....... "this isn't rain"..... "this is like"... "sand?"........ it's (all together now) "MOUNT SAINT HELENS BLEW!!!" Well, at that point we decided to skip the breakfast plans, we were north-east of the mountain and inside the evacuation area, which meant we had a long trip to get back down out of the mountains. We threw everything into the trunks of our cars within 15 minutes, loaded up and started creeping down the unmarked mountain road. That day in the ash fall was the most total lack of light we had ever experienced. The car headlights projected maybe 2-3 feet into the ash and were gone. The lead car slowly picked it's way, on and off the road again, with the other cars riding each other's bumpers. We finally got to Yakima late in the afternoon and decided to spend the night with some friends before heading home in the morning. When we got home the next day, I went by my parents' home to clean out the trunk full of camping equipment. I asked my dad, how it had been in Richland? He said they had quite a bit of ash, he had gone out to the car and carefully swept up samples of the fine powder to send to friends and family back east. With a smug grin on my face, I asked him again, "Got lots of ash, huh? Come here, Dad." With that I opened my trunk to show him the 50 pounds or so of ash that had gotten packed up with the camping gear. He was delighted, disappearing into the garage to find jars and cans to fill with the coarse, sandy ash. Samples were sent out all over the country, and I myself kept a 3 pound size coffee can full of the stuff. Life churns on, the ash gets stuffed into a corner of the garage then resurfaces on moving day. No that is so important but, can't throw that out, we will have to move that can of ash again. Now, that can had been around twelve years, and the plastic top didn't stay on so well anymore, and one of the cats decided to perch on the edge and use it as a cat box. (well, it looked like cat litter when I used it. meow) So, I decided it would have to go. Not that I had ever done much with it, just what do you do with volcanic ash anyway? I didn't like tossing it out, and I certainly didn't like the customization of my ash, by my cat. Oh well, out it goes. A little more life churning by (1998), and I realize that grandma won't be with us much longer so I head back with dad to visit her. She has a storage unit full of stuff, that is going to be sent to Good Will, I am invited to pick out anything I might be interested in. Much to my surprise, I spy a jar of Mount St. Helens ash. It had been scooped out of my trunk.. traveled to Kansas, and is now returning to me. I'm still not sure what to do with it, but I like having the momento once again and it is made extra special because it almost "got away" with all of grandma's stuff because it didn't look important, and she passed away shortly my visit with her. That jar of ash had traveled many miles and returned home. I wonder how many other little samples were sent out far and wide? How far have they been? How many hands have they passed thru? Do they surface as odd items at garage sales? Find your momento of MSHDA, take it out, feel it between your fingers, smell it, taste it, remember what a unique and great, one of a kind, day it was. I'm glad to have some of the ash, out of my own trunk, back again. -Kim Lampton Kinder (74) ******************************************** >>From: Sonny Parker (81) To Jamie McDevitt (81) Thanks for the help. I found him in Memphis, TN. Bless the internet. -Sonny Parker (81) ******************************************** >>From: Jenn Tomaszewski Seidl (94) RE: '94 Valedictorians/Salutatorians Valedictorian: Jared Anderson Salutatorians: Kirk Morris and Analiese Sand -Jenn Tomaszewski Seidl (94) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/24/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers and 1 Missoula, MT grad today. Dorothy Sargent (51), Bob Carlson (54), Burt Pierard (59), Joe Jancovic (62), Paulette Petty (62), George Valdez (63), Linda Belliston (63), Kathie Roe (64), Mary Mulroy (66), Dan Henry (68), Randi Newby (70), Creede Lambard (72), Jean Eckert (72), Mike Davis (74), Jim Rice (75), Treg Owings (76), Kathy Wheat (79), April Miller (92), Mandy Holmes (97), Paul Norderhus (Missoula H.S. '41) ******************************************** ******************************************** ANNOUNCEMENT: Alphabet House ornaments are all available once more (A, B, Ranch, Prefab, F). For order form, go to Ornament Order Form ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dorothy Sargent Rath (51) RE: Mt. St. Helens I've enjoyed reading everyone's recollection of the "day the mountain blew." We were in Prosser then, and wouldn't you know picked that day to be incommunicado. That seemingly peaceful Sunday to us was a work day in the yard getting ready for our daughter's garden wedding. We were away from the telephone and TV. I will never forget how perfectly still it was that afternoon -- not a bird or creature around and utterly quiet. When I tried to make a long distance call that evening, the operator informed me no calls could go through because Mt. St. Helens had erupted. I had heard what I thought was a sonic boom at 8:30 that morning and remember how very dark it seemed when we were reading the papers during the noon hour. The mountain had been spewing all week with lots of stuff on the news. Strange how you don't really focus on something until it happens. I guess we were pretty fortunate in Prosser. At our little farm in the country there was barely a trace of ash. In Yakima, Pullman and Spokane where we had relatives -- a whole different story. We visited the new Visitors Center off I-5 a few years ago. The devastation we saw all those years later -- thousands of trees laid down like matchsticks -- made quite an impression. -Dorothy Sargent Rath (51) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson aka "Mike Clowes" (54) To Bill Didway (66) Further my last, judging by the way the names and pictures were placed in the '52 Columbian, I would hazard a guess that Tom Davis was possibly valedictorian and Nancy Mooers was salutatorian. You might could check the last issue of the "Sandstorm" issued in May or June of '52. Or, maybe someone from that class remembers. To Nancy Clark (52) North Richland houses were of a pre-cut nature. Although in actual construction, it appeared as if each component was made at a different site or plant. I recall they didn't fit together too well. Remember seeing daylight through cracks in the outside wall in my closet. I think they came in two or three bedroom versions and were heated with oil stoves in the living room. Probably bigger fire hazards than pre- fabs. I was looking through a book in a used book store, that had pictures of housing at Oakridge. Guess what? They lived in pre-fabs too. The pictures showed the early versions with flat roofs. I used to live in North Richland on B Street, until about the middle of '53 when the family got up-graded to a pre-fab on Sanford. To Tom Tracy (55) You are right about Jack being an excellent ball player, and a good guy. You're just lucky his Sunday School student didn't bean you or something. All for now, -Bob Carlson aka "Mike Clowes" (54) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) RE: 1959 Class Valedictorians etc. To: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) Janet, you and Tom are correct on the Co- Valedictorians (Judith Rees, Loretta Reich and Georgette Anderson) but Susan J. Myhre was Salutatorian (followed closely, as I recall, by Thomas J. Beaulieu). Since the Co-Vals were all three 4.0ers, Susan could not have been the same or we would have had 4 Co-Vals (and Tom as Salutatorian). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From Joe Jancovic (62) Class of 1962. See you all soon. -Joe Jancovic (620 ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Paulette Petty Frase (62) I haven't gone very far - living in Pasco. Why leave the beautiful Tri-Cities when everything is here. Recently retired after selling our ambulance business. See you all in June! -Paulette Petty Frase (62) ******************************************** >>From: George Valdez (63) RE: Mt. St. Helens Wow do I remember that day. My wife and I had just left church (Richland Christ The King), and heading for Howard Amon Park, I was directing the youth group choir and we were going to have a Bar-B-Que at the park. Merry and I were chaperoning the event. We stopped at Albertsons to pick up some items for the festivities. Upon leaving the store there was this little lady old walking out in front of us (probably 80 to 90 years of age.) About 20 yards into the parking lot we all stopped and stared at those strange upside down clouds hanging over Richland. She turned and looked at me and said "Sonny, I've lived many, many years and I've never in my life ever seen clouds like those, what do you suppose is causing that?" I had no answer. None of us was aware that Mt. St. Helens had erupted, so we had no Idea what was causing this phenomenon. What we were looking at were the heavy ash laden clouds that had just reached Richland. I called them upside down clouds cause they looked a lot like Cumulus clouds except they were upside down with the billows hanging down instead of up. We all stared in disbelief at this strange cloud formation in the sky and then we went our separate ways. Merry and I met the youth from our church at Howard Amon park and during the drive to Howard Amon Park heard on the radio about the eruption. Needless to say we canceled the picnic and we all headed home. What a day that was, filled with wonder and awe. I remember there was a lot of talk about not washing your car because the ash would be abrasive and scratch the paint. Turned out Richland didn't get enough ash fall to really be concerned about. -George Valdez (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63), Reunion Secretary Kathy Hoff Conrad (64), Chairman of the Reunion, was contacted this week by the School District, informing her that because of unsafe bleachers, the School Insurance Carrier withdrew their insurance coverage of the Gym until the Bleachers are fixed, which could not be done before our Reunion's Basketball Game. Unless we hear different, we are planning on having the Game in the Old Gym. The problem is that the Old Gym only holds about 1500 people. At our Reunion Meeting tonight [5/22/00], it was voted on and approved that those with ASB cards will be admitted to the game first, before we sell tickets to the general public. So if you want to see the Alumni basketball game, seating will be limited, so better send in those registration forms and get your ASB card. Our ASB Sales are now nearing 1,000. The Shilo Inn called today and informed me that the rooms we blocked are filled, but in their general reservations, they have had some cancellations, and they have a few more rooms available we can have. Call 946-4661, or 1-800-222-2244, and tell them you are with the All Bomber Reunion to get your discount. The Committee is still in need of more volunteers to help at the Reunion. We need help at the registration tables, chili feed (serving and clean-up), sock hop (decorating and clean- up), and paraphernalia tables. Please e-mail me or one of the committee members if you can help us out. You will only have to work 1 or 2 hour shifts. We are finalizing our orders for most of the paraphernalia items, so if you are interested in getting any of them, get your orders sent in soon. The minutes of tonight's meeting will be on the Reunion site tomorrow afternoon. -Linda Belliston Boehning (63), Reunion Secretary ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) Re: R2K Alumni Game I'm looking for Jim Albaugh. If you have an email address for him, please contact me. Thank you. -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Mary Mulroy Wilson (66) I was just recently told about this site - news doesn't get up to Spokane very fast. Had fun reading over some of the emails and remembering some old friends I haven't thought about in years. Look forward to logging on more often - this was fun. -Mary Mulroy Wilson (66) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Henry (68) RE: Mt. St. Helens I remember where I was when Mt. St. Helens blew. I was up the south fork of the Flathead doing a little fishing and spring bear hunting. Although it was a little hard to breathe, it was like having tracking snow. The Jeep didn't like it though. It couldn't breathe either. -Dan Henry (68) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) RE: 70's 30th Class Reunion Okay class, Where is everyone? I missed the meeting this last Wednesday night and Terry tells me that only 120 have signed up. We have to have no less than 150 registered to even reserve the Shilo without a $2500 deposit. So come on get your stuff together and mailed in so all of us who are working on the reunion can keep going. Guess what? There is still time to send in those registration and also you can email any of us who are working on this project. The most important part is getting in the money and head count ahead of time so we reserve the Shilo. Remember, we also are putting together a memory book but to many of you have not responded. Terry did tell me that she has a hand full of mail for me to enter into the memory book and I will get that from her tonight, I hope or first thing after work Monday. For the few of you who have send me the information I needed through email I want to thank you. BUT you need to let US know that you are coming. We want to put on a great class reunion but without everyone's help, how is that possible? So PLEASE send in all your information TODAY. Thank you -Randi Newby Tucker (70) ******************************************** >>From: Creede Lambard (72) RE: Mt. St. Helens Twenty years ago I was working at the Radio Shack store at Rimrock Mall in Billings, Montana. We didn't get "ashed" as much as people in Washington did but we got our share. I remember the store manager decided to close at 2 PM that day because the city was encouraging people to stay off the streets and by that time the mall was pretty much deserted. He later tried to file an insurance claim for "loss of business due to volcanic eruption"! (Tandy's insurance department turned his claim down, but I guess he figured nothing ventured, nothing gained.) -Creede Lambard (72) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Eckert Imholte (72) RE: May Processions at CK OK, I know this will be a foggy memory at best for former CKers, but those of us with a little melancholy in May remember the tradition we had of honoring a statue of Mary with a "crown" made from flowers. Each day a kid in class was given this privilege and it was always "interesting" to see what flowers were glued or wired together to create this royal headgear! So many were way huge and looked more than a little ridiculous. The best ones seemed to be the smallest and it was always a challenge to see if you could create something so small as to be proportionate to the statue and not have it fall apart. We Christ the King kids were no doubt the object of much confusion to the neighboring community - marching around the school singing songs to honor Mary. To this day, in May, parts of those songs creep into my memory! I no longer am Catholic but do appreciate the traditions and their significance. I guess we learned respect, at the very least, which is a vanishing thing these days. Yikes! I'm sounding like an real oldie, so better stop here. Just thought a few of you would enjoy a little 'Month of Mary trivia'! Enjoy our May flowers and remember! -Jean Eckert Imholte (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) I must question Tedi Parks' (76) claim to being in the top spot academically for the class of 76. In fact, I question if she could even spell valedictorian! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) RE: Class of '75 website Heads up, Bombers!! Class of '75 has a brand new website! Check it out!! Click on [1975] -Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** >>From: Treg Owings (76) RE: Mt. St. Helens I was on a fishing trip w/my folks at Twin Lakes. We also heard the blast. I remember asking my Dad if there was blasting going on. We were leaving that day. My folks going to a bowling tournament in Spokane and me going back to WSU. Well, we only made it to Spokane. I ended up staying for 4 days. When I got back to WSU the town had run out of beer! I was ready to party and everyone else was burned out! Our softball year was over. We ended up undefeated even though the season was cut way short. The powers at WSU decided that if you had a respiratory problem you could go home and skip finals. It was amazing how many students developed problems. Our professors were not happy so most finals could only help you, not hurt your grade. I kept thinking w/the light dusting Pullman got compared to Spokane that these folks were a bunch of weenies. I do remember the parties when the ash made it around the world. -Treg Owings (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Wheat Fife (79) RE: Mount St. Helens: I saved the newspaper and I still have it! My mom brought over a box of "junk" a few years ago and there it was. My sister, Lori (first graduating class at Hanford, class of '74) had invited me to meet her down at the docks by the Richland Water Treatment plant. We were to meet at 8:00 a.m. and load for a day of skiing at the Dunes. We were there about 8:30 and watched in amazement as the ash slowly billowed toward the river. What a sight and one I will never forget. We rushed home, called mom and dad, who were traveling back from Seattle later that day. They got about half way, were instructed to turn around and attempt to come back through Ritzville, they ended up spending the night in a hotel due to all the closed roads. We all just wondered what was next. It was a remarkable event in history and I appreciate all your stories! Also, thanks to all of you who sent emails to my sister, Wendy. She is handling the sad news well and trying to make the best decisions for treatment, one day at a time. Lots of emotions! Your prayers are appreciated and bring needed strength to her. -Kathy Wheat Fife (79) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: April Miller (92) RE: R2K Reunion Howdy all. Class of '92 here. Looking forward to the 2000 get together next month. Does anyone know when the Hydroplane races will be this year? Please e- mail me and let me know. Thanks "Merry Miller" : ) <~~~inside joke w/'91-92 cheer squad -April Miller (92) ******************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) RE: Valedictorians class of '97 I know I wrote in earlier, but I think I remember who the other valedictorian was, or at least have it narrowed down. I'll need help from a fellow '97er or someone else who remembers. Valedictorians: Joan Doran, Ryan Plaisted, Kaci Young, Heather Eggen, Eric Allwine, Randy Teel, Abigail Krause, Eric Cadwell, or perhaps Courtney Christensen or Annika Ritter Salutatorian: Jayna Disney Sorry I can't be more help, does anyone remember conclusively? I can't find my graduation program, so I can't be sure of the last one. God speed all to the reunion; I'm sorry I can't make it. Green and gold forever, -Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From Paul Norderhus (Missoula H.S. '41) Lived in Richland for 10 years Was at Long Ave. Just across the street from the school. Worked at 200 West. Arrived in 1950 and left in 1960 for Syracuse NY. Then to Glens Falls NY and to Myrtle Beach in 1985. Love it here. Best of luck to all in Richland, including my sister and husband along with their children and grandchildren. Richland is a great place. Attended high school from across the street. Lived on Long Ave. I graduated from Missoula County High School, Missoula Montana, in 1941. After entering the service ended up doing Primary Flight School with the Navy at the Pasco Air Station. After the war and college in Bozeman Montana, took the first job out of school with GE in Richland. All three of my children were born in Richland/Sunnyside. Moved from Richland to Sunnyside in about 1957, then to the East, Syracuse New York, in 1960. The 22 in the handle [e-mail address] is a reference the birth date. Still kicking good and having a ball. Thanks for the call, Guestbook, -Paul Norderhus (Missoula H.S. '41) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/25/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Brusie (51), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Lucy Schmidt (61), Lee Bush (68), Phil Jones (69), Steve Piippo (70), Nancy LaRiviere (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie (51) RE: Hi-Spot Card Etc. To all early Bombers & Some Later: We did have High Spot Membership Cards, and as I recall they were yellow and had a Top Hat and a Cane, or a dancing man with a Top Hat and a Cane in a top corner of the card. I remember two locations for the Club, one in a two story building not far from the Kadlec Hospital, and the other in the south end of the Recreation Hall. As for the Mt. St. Helens eruption, I was living in Lake Oswego, Oregon as I do at the present, and I remember that I had to have the plant manager in Los Angeles send me a case of Air and Oil filters for my car, as there were none to be found. Can't remember what year he graduated, but Mr. Houck, the man who was stationed at Lajes AFB, in the Azores, I do know where that is located. I landed there in the Air Force coming back from England on one of my trips back to the states. There was very little room for pilot error upon landing and takeoff. I think they chopped the top of the Hill off to make the landing strip. I am really glad to hear that Carol Tyner finally found out to whom she is married. -Dave Brusie (51) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) When I think of Hi Spot I think of the Glass Ball in the ceiling going round and round and all the girls dancing together (not slow dancing) and watching the door to see who was entering and who their date for the night was. After Hi Spot it was down to By's to drive around and around and around the parking lot. How did we ever get up the next morning? I don't ever remember being tired. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Lucy Schmidt Mahoney (61) RE: Mt. St. Helens Just got around to catching up on the last few Sandstorms and decided to relate my memories of May 18, 1980. My then husband, Guy, and our four boys lived in Colville north of Spokane at the time. We were both working in our grocery store that we owned, when customers came in and told us about the eruption. My first thought was of my dad who for years had been stating that the mountain would blow. He passed away Jan. of '80 so he missed it but would have loved watching it. Mom was still in Richland and said they sent everyone home from church once they received word of the eruption. At the time we received word of it we had blue skies and sunshine and could not imagine what it was like. By two thirty that afternoon the ash rolled in leaving four to five inches of ash on the ground. Everything went dark and the birds went to roost. Everything was eerily quiet. By the next day the people started to panic and began buying groceries like there was no tomorrow. It took three days for supplies to reach us from Spokane so we could restock our shelves. As quickly as shelves were stocked they were wiped out. What a time this was. The one thing that was great is that summer we had the greenest lawn and the best garden. The ash made a great fertilizer. -Lucy Schmidt Mahoney (61) ******************************************** >>From: Lee Bush (68) To Vicki Owens (72) RE: Mt. St. Helens Eruption Hate to correct you, but in your accounts of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens you stated you called home and your parents were relaxed. Also, that since Mt. St. Helens had "bypassed Richland, they did not have a clue as to what had come through". Richland got a dusting of ash from Mt. St. Helens but not a whole lot - depended where you were. I remember, because at the Richland Police Department we didn't know whether to drive our patrol cars on routine patrol. The administration decided to have us sit in the station and respond to emergency calls only. So, for the day, we played like our neighbors at Swift and GWW (the fire fighters) and responded to calls from the station. Everything else was handled by phone. Only we didn't have barcolounger chairs to sit in all day. Later, the mechanics, at the city shops, rigged some air intake filters that protruded from the front grill and rose about a foot above the engine compartment hood. Only a few squad cars were outfitted in this manner. Also, the ash was unwelcome since we wore dark blue uniforms and were only issued three pair of pants and four shirts. Later. -Lee Bush (68) ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To Bob Carlson a.k.a. Mike Clowes (54): You mentioned pre-fabs in Oakridge. I was in Tennessee in the late 80's just traveling around playing golf. I made a special visit to Oakridge having heard that the town was a replica of Richland from the town layout to housing styles. I did find some interesting similarities. I suspect the original town boundaries have moved as much as Richland's. This made it difficult to see where the old housing started as I entered town. The layout did not appear to me to be similar. The housing styles did. I definitely saw a "B" house but made of brick. I took a picture of it and it remains in an album. When I'm long gone I'm sure someone will look at that picture and wonder why I had a picture of a very nondescript house that I never lived in. On the side of the high school was the atom symbol. They did stay away from any controversy by calling themselves the Wildcats, however. And last but not least, there was an Atomic Lanes. No kidding. Had an enjoyable afternoon and satisfied my curiosity about Oakridge. I'm sure someone reading the [Alumni Sandstorm] either has lived there of spent time in Oakridge and can lend more information about similarities beyond what I could discover in one day. -Phil Jones (69) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To Mike Davis (74): I read in the newspaper the concrete 'R' in Rish Stadium was for Richland and the concrete 'H' was for Hanford, but apparently this has caused lots of grief to Hanford because apparently at Hanford and everywhere thought the concrete 'H' was for 'High' as in Richland High. I've lived here for 48 years and had no clue. I thought the 'R' was Richland and the 'H' was obviously Hanford. Did you know? -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Nancy LaRiviere (73) Date: Wed May 24 17:37:31 2000 RE: All Year Reunion This Summer I heard about something going on this summer in Richland, but didn't receive any information. Any chance, someone could send me information as to days, activities, etc...? Thank you -Nancy LaRiviere (73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/26/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Carolyn Eaton (53), Bob Carlson (54), Marguerite Groff (54), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Tom Tracy (55), Helen Cross (62), Jane Walker (62), Bob Cummings (65), Pam Ehinger (67), Peg Jones (67), Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) RE: Mt. St. Helens I remember where I was when the mountain blew, I was in Jacksonville, N.C. We got word of the disaster on the evening news. I was stunned to say the least. My folks sent pictures from the TCH about day turning into night. They also sent me some of the ash, with directions not to breathe it. I took it to school, where I worked as a teacher's assistant (21 yrs) to show it to my third grade students. We were studying volcanos and this was a great learning tool. They couldn't believe how heavy the ash was and their comments were "Cool". Since they were 8, 9 and 10 year olds I guess it was. I wanted them to know how long it would be before a tree would grow again and how long before animals would once again come back to live and then it began to sink in. By then the 4th and 5th graders wanted to know more about what happened, so for a few days we had talks about it. They understood it a little bit better. To me it was a tragedy. I can still remember being in Yakima and looking in all four directions and seeing snow topped mountains. Our hurricane season starts in about one week. They say we will have 17 storms - 8 hurricanes - 5 major. Please say a prayer for us. We need them. More later -Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes (54) Wow! Hugh Hinson (52) and Carol Tyner (52)! Who would have thought? And remember, fans, you read it first in "Sandstorm!" No reason to buy the "National Enquirer" with news like this. Will the editor ever live this one down? Tune in tomorrow when Irving asks the question.......... To Phil Jones (69) Thanks for the up-date on Oakridge housing. If the people there are anything like those in Richland who bought their houses, I'm sure they did things to them and renders the houses unrecognizable. I know that the last time I was in Richland, I went by the old house on Sanford. If I didn't know exactly where it was located, I wouldn't have known it. Amazing what one can do with a pre-fab if you're handy with money. Now, about this Mt. St. Helens thing: My wife, youngest son and I were visiting friends in Port Orchard, and were going to head home to Oregon on that Sunday morning. We did hear the boom, and my son wanted to know if Boeing had perfected their SST. As we were driving south towards Tacoma and I-5, we heard on the radio that the mountain had blown up, and that I-5 was closed at the Cowlitz River bridges. I then announced that we would be taking a scenic ride home, via Shelton, Elma, Aberdeen, and possibly Ilwaco; and then cross the Columbia to Astoria. I was not the only one to have this idea, because when we got to the bridge, southbound traffic was backed up almost to the Washington shore. It's not that there was really a lot of traffic, but Oregon was still collecting tolls on the bridge at this time, and that was what slowed things down to a crawl. Some time later, someone from ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation) said that if such a thing happened again, the toll collectors would be instructed to wave people through. And it seems that it wasn't long after that the forces in ODOT calculated they had collected sufficient money and closed the toll booth. We did make it home, without encountering any ash; and did have some interesting views of the ash cloud as we drove east on US 30 toward Portland. I remember listening to a call-in talk show on the radio as we drove, and typically, no one, especially the staff at the station could give out any information as to what happened. In later hiccups, we did get ash down the Willamette Valley. To Tom Tracy (55) As I recall, you weren't too bad a ballplayer yourself. But did you have a good 3-point shot? Oh, sorry, the three point shot hadn't been invented then. As always, Go Bombers! Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) Guess I need to add my experience with the Mt. St. Helens eruption. I really expected someone else would write this story, but guess I will. That weekend I had been attending a Professional Secretaries International convention in Spokane. We had a breakfast meeting on Sunday, so were not aware of anything until we returned to our rooms. When we turned on the TV there it was in all its glory. For some reason we didn't have any concerns about getting home that day. We packed up and left, deciding to stop at Denny's on the way out of town. As we were leaving town about 2:00pm, heading southwest, we saw that the sky ahead of us was getting dark. We just figured it was a big black cloud we would drive under and be home in short time. At about Sprague the big black cloud that was going to pass over us came to meet us. It was black as midnight and the ash was falling so heavy that we couldn't see the front of the car. Oh, well, no big deal --- we decided that when we reached Ritzville we would just find the nearest motel and spend a night there. The trip from Sprague to Ritzville took about 3 hours. We had to inch along, using the little reflector posts on the right side of the road as our guides. We couldn't see anything else outside the car. It was like a really heavy snow storm. The road was very slippery. Some drivers were unhappy with us just creeping along, so they would roar past us, leaving us in their wake, barely able to see out the window at all. Later down the road we saw some of these same cars off the road, some that had rolled over. Eventually we drove into Ritzville; drove up to the first gas station and asked where the nearest motel was. The fellow laughed, then told us to just get in line and soon a lead car would be there to take us to the nearest location where we would spend the night. Our sleeping arrangements for the next three nights was on the floor of a gymnasium in a junior high school. We shared accommodations with a lot of Tri- Citians. Even some Richland Bomber grads. Spokane had just had their Lilac Festival that weekend, so a lot of people were returning home. We even had some Carnival people. We lucked out with a couple of ladies from Prosser who were cooks at a high school. They took over the kitchen; and until the kitchen cupboards became bare, we were fed well. The Red Cross were great. The first night we all took turns calling home to let our families know where we were. The Red Cross picked up the bill on that. It took a day or so for them to get in. When they did, they supplied mattresses for the elderly and masks for persons with breathing problems and sheets for the rest of us to sleep on. I used my friend's small cosmetic bag as a pillow. The ash seeped under all the entryways of the building and anyone with breathing problems was having great difficulty. We mostly considered it an adventure. The Red Cross furnished towels and washcloths and we took turns showering. As kitchen supplies dwindled, we ate a whole lot less. By Tuesday morning we were told we could try to leave, but that the ash on the roadway was not yet cleared off. We got a little way out of town and had to stop suddenly when a large cloud of ash enveloped the car. A car that was behind us, ran into us. A gal in the other car ended up with a broken nose. Our driver was so shook up that she refused to go on further and we returned to the school. On the way back we found a Safeway and bought some food to take back. Wednesday morning we finally got the go ahead to leave. We all left, with the police letting people leave town about 5 minutes apart. For awhile, all we saw was white road and fields. By the time we got to Connell, the roads were clear, not near as much ash was evident so we stopped, found a restaurant and I had the best hamburger I had ever eaten. To Steve Carson (58): Certainly you've heard this story. Your mom was there with us, in fact it was her car we were traveling in. With her sense of humor it helped to make the whole situation a lot easier to endure. I love her a lot. ATTENTION CLASS OF 1954: Some time ago Maren suggested I do the site maintenance for 54's web page. She said it was "easy!" Well - I agreed to try, but didn't want anyone to know it was me until I became more proficient at it. Now that I have added a couple of e-mails to the list I feel just barely proficient. The address below is where you send your requests for new listings or changes. Some of the classes have really great web pages. I would like to make changes to ours --- add more photos and make it more fun. However, I'm such a novice that it may take me a long time to be able to accomplish that. Maybe one of you really talented persons out there will join me in this venture and help me build something really great. Any takers??? Again, Marilyn Richey (53), your memories are just great. I'm in awe of you. Until next time --- -Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) Date: Thu May 25 01:51:54 2000 NOBODY BEATS AN OLD BOMBER CLASS OF 55 Hi to really old friends. Just cruzin' around for memories. Retired now, I can do that. I feel lucky to have grown up in such a great time and wonderful place.... dust and all! See you at the all class reunion. I answer my E mail. LD -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Mike Clowes (54): RE: Jack Sinderson (53): Jack was one of my heroes. The little boy behind [the bench - see the 5/21/00 Alumni Sandstorm] was talking to some guy near him and said (loud enough for the whole gym to hear) ["That's Jack Sinderson and you can't say anything bad about him ... 'cause he's my Sunday School Teacher!!!"]... We all laughed and it put the grumpy old man (who didn't know whether the ball was pumped or stuffed) in his place. I don't want anyone to think that I would say something bad about Jack. In fact, I consider that near profanity. He is a great Bomber... he had an unusual outside shot... wore out a lot of nets in his day!!... Jack also had an excellent history at Pacific Lutheran. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Joe Jancovic (62): Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion too. I love it when I spot a familiar name after all these years. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jane Walker Hill (62) RE: R2K RAFFLE This will be the last request for donations of items for the R2K Raffle. Use your imagination and come up with an item that an Alumni can't pass up. If you are an Alumni who owns a business... please consider donating an item, a gift certificate, or something that promotes your company. If you can help by donating an item, or would be willing to help the Raffle Committee, please e-mail me..... June is just around the corner! -Jane Walker Hill (62) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Bob Cummings (65) Date: Thu May 25 23:10:59 2000 RE: R2K This is the first visit to the websites and Alumni Sandstorm (I try to avoid the confuser if at all possible), but what a great idea! Pam [Miller Cummings-69] and I hadn't given much thought about the R2K, but reading just a few messages, has made us realize how neat it is to have a vehicle to tie so many of us together. We are now looking forward to joining the festivities for at least the Friday and Sunday events. Saturday we'll be spent doing the NASCAR racing thing with some other Bomber Alumni. We pit crew for Davey Manthei (92) who is the youngest son of Butch and Sharon Griffin Manthei (65) and unfortunately has the racing/hotrod curse just like us old guys. Anyway, we will be at the track Saturday night, but look forward to seeing as many folks as we can. Joe Evans (65) and Randy Simmons (65): You are sorry dogs if you don't get yourselves to town for this function!! -Bob Cummings (65) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To the Class of 67: Please check out our new web site! Thanks to Vikki Kestel (70), the web site looks GREAT!! The names are in the Roster, please check to see if you are there and that your name is spelled right. If there is a problem, please let me know, as I'm the one keeping up the roster and also the e-mail list. So please check it out and let me know if I've missed someone or if there is someone who has passed away, that I forgot to put in. Thanks for your help and patience. Don't forget to get your Lid/Plaque or your Box & Lid/Plaque ordered. Those of you who have sent your $$: I've received it and will have your names on your order. I will have them with me at the registration table, 60-70. ONLY 29 DAYS!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Peg Jones Snow (67) The response to Peg Kestell Hume's (67) entry regarding the Cerro Grande Fire here in Northern New Mexico has been gratifying plus it is interesting to read how many Richland Alumni have parents, siblings, or friends here in Los Alamos - or as we sometimes call it - "Little LA". The firestorm that swept through the western edge of town the night of May 10th was devastating. On our street - 45th off Urban for those of you familiar with the Northern community - three homes were burned to the ground.. one immediately next door. The fire came to within two feet of the south wall of our home. Why our home did not catch fire is a bit of a mystery but we are not complaining. We are still engaged in cleaning and piles of paperwork but, again, who's complaining? 48th street and Arizona are almost totally devastated... looks like a war zone. To Karl and Judy Corder Fecht (66): If you read this, the Gardner's lost their home and May 29th is Jamie's birthday. I guess this year one could get him just about anything. A card from you would be appreciated. You can mail to them c/o my address if you like. The next big threat to this town is the possibility of severe flooding due to run-off from our summer rains. The deep ash layer acts to repel water and run-off is expected to be one to two orders of magnitude greater than normal. Who would have thought we'd need flood insurance living at 7500 feet above sea level? Moving to a more light hearted topic... I am trying to help Peg Kestell Hume (67) and Pam Ehinger Nassen (67) with the class of 67 web site and have been surprised at how few grade school photos have turned up. THERE ARE NONE FROM JEFFERSON OR JASON LEE!! I know we got them so where are they??? If you have one or more and are willing to either mail them to me or scan them yourself in and send me the images I will help get them onto the proper page. Or if you have miscellaneous photos of events or groups of alumni I will try to find a place for them too. I myself have a photo of about 10 Jefferson students attending a Halloween party in 6th grade... the popular costumes that year were hobos and beatniks. I've got my Dad hunting through his slide collection for group photos. So, please clean out your photo stashes, beg them from your parents, or borrow them from your friends!! -Peg Jones Snow (67) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To Kathie Roe Truax (64) I saw in the Post Intelligencer a few months back that Jim Albaugh had been named the head of Boeing's Aerospace division I think. I think he makes a little more money than me. To all who had Volcano stories: This is mine. I went to Pullman and Spokane with Jeff Rolph and Skip Fowler, class of (73) also. It was a classic road trip and we did find the people we wanted to visit. After passing through these fine cities, we went fishing and or drinking on Amber lake and did not know the mountain blew. About 1 in the afternoon we were driving home and found out about Mt. St. Helens. I drove into darkness and went off the road a few times before making it to the Perkins - sorry, Mike, not a Denny's - in Ritzville. After a few hours we were escorted to the High school gym and proceeded to sleep on the wrestling mats with the seniors and carney bums. I went to town in the morning through the ash moonscape and got a hotel room. For 3 days until we were allowed to leave we ate junk food and drank beer and slept in hot rooms - could not open the windows - and took showers while we waited to be let out of the ash world. The people of Ritzville were great and although the experience was tough, we came through all right. My Datsun 210 had to have a new transmission though. -Greg Alley (73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/27/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers 1 Bomber Spouse and 1 Lion today. Hugh Hinson (52), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Sharon Bee (55), Jerry Cozad (59-Bomber Spouse), Jay Siegel (61), Kim Watson (62), Lynne Taylor (67KHS), Randi Newby (70), Sheila Davis (71), Christa Moore (75), Matt Crowley (75), Gauin Moore (82), Yvonne Paris (82), Annie Weldon (98) ******************************************** ******************************************** ANNOUNCEMENT: There's a problem with many/most/all? hotmail accounts and accounts. I don't think Alumni Sandstorms have been delivered for the 24th and the 26th - not sure about the 25th. Error message for all says "Returned mail: I/O error: Illegal seek" and/or "Service unavailable". Does ANYBODY know what that means??? There was also at least one AOL recipient who received extremely late delivery on both the 24th and 26th. Some e-mail being sent TO me isn't arriving or is arriving VERY late - like DAYS late or not at all yet. Don't know what to do about all this, but wanted to let everybody know that it's happening. -Maren ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Hugh Hinson (52) To: Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes (54) Hi Bob. Carol Tyner (52) and I are not, repeat, not married. She is a neat person, but she is not my wife. I have been married to the same woman for 43 years. See ya. -Hugh Hinson (52) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) I guess I will add my St. Helens story: I was living in Bellevue, Washington with husband and kids and for some reason we were out in the yard early that morning doing some spring yard work. The sun was shining (most unusual) and so every neighbor on the block was out with their clippers, etc. We heard a boom and I remember thinking "Oh, just another sonic boom." and thought nothing of it. A few minutes later my husband went in the garage and turned on the radio and they said it was "dark" in Yakima, etc. We went out in the backyard (a golf course) and looked south and saw the mushroom cloud. I worked for the Bellevue American Newspaper at the time and the photographer who took the famous picture everyone sees was a photographer for our paper. They had been hanging around for weeks down there waiting for the "blast". The next morning when I went to work people were lined up for blocks to get a picture of the famous blast from the front pages of the newspaper. This went on for about a week and being rather small newspaper, everyone worked overtime at the desk selling papers night and day it seemed. The paper gave every employee a plaque with the famous picture with our names on it for working all that overtime and being a "part of the news making team that made history". Later on, our photographer became quite famous for his photo. I'm sure you know the one I mean. Wish I had a scanner. That's my story...and I'm stickin' to it........... -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) To Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) You are right about the Class of 55, it was great. Congratulations on your retirement. That is why I haven't seen you at the store lately. Let's get some of the gals from '55 and do lunch sometime. -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Jerry E. Cozad (59-Iowa ~~ Bomber Spouse) I am truly amazed at the level of interest, energy and professionalism that you and others put into the Sandstorm each day. As a spouse, I admit I don't read them thoroughly, but I can relate to some of it since (1) I lived in Richland 1963-65 before doing my Navy stint in the Vietnam Era (2) I have slept with a Bomber for almost 35 years and (3) I headed up my own 40-year class reunion back in Iowa last summer. I know my wife, Judy Shibly Cozad (63), has volunteered my services for some stuff at the reunion and am really looking forward to helping out and meet again with some nice people in her class and others. As part of my reunion bit (a seven month labor intensive affair from long distance in California), I did a lot of research on the Fifties (I am a 1959 H.S. graduate) for a large binder Judy and I put together for classmates. Here is a Fifties Time Line that might be of interest to some of your readers as you all experienced those years with your parents. 2000-05-27Timeline50s.htm Best wishes to all the Bombers. -Jerry E. Cozad (59-Iowa ~~ Bomber Spouse) ******************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (61) To Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53): When Mount St. Helens erupted, I was about 50 miles northeast of you in New Bern, NC. I can remember thinking that I would really have liked to have been back in Richland. I can remember hearing from friends about the ash fallout. A few days later, not more than a week, I was flying into Charlotte and someone had little tubes of ash for sale for $5.00. I told a friend of this and was offered a large plastic bag full for the cost of postage. It is amazing how one's perspective can be altered by distance. I still have friends living 'down east' and some in 'tornado alley', so my prayers are constantly with those of you who put up with the mosquitoes, humidity, tornados and hurricanes. They are some of the reasons that I moved back to Washington. I have to admit that it would be nice to go swimming in ocean water warmer than 70, but the negatives have won out. Take care. -Jay Siegel (61) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Watson Kahl (62) RE: Mt. St. Helens Six months prior to the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. St. Helens, I had been living on the Toutle River which was decimated for a period of time by the mud flow. One of my friends had moved into my house and had barely escaped up into the hills with her life. Because my driver's license still showed my address as being on Toutle River Rd. #4, I was allowed in to see the damage. My house was gone and the landscape unrecognizable. The mud and debris left in the aftermath was over 8' higher than when I lived there, making it very hard to find any landmarks. (Friends told me later that while watching news photo footage taken of the mud flow, that they saw a little building I had built on my property riding high) I took a lot of pictures (which I still have) and traded some with another friend who flew helicopter looking for survivors. I had owned a couple of acres up river which was my first venture into the world of real estate investment and which I had planned to sell and make a tidy profit the following June...alas, I was a month too late in the implementation of my plan to reap profit from the sale. Two weeks before the mountain blew, I had been up cross country skiing at Spirit Lake and had waved and said hello to "Harry". I cried as if I had lost one of my best friends and indeed I had. I had several years of incredibly wonderful memories cross country skiing around Spirit Lake, climbing Mt. St. Helens, and photographing the beautiful creatures that lived there. I could go on & on with a myriad of memories of the beauty of that special place. -Kim Watson Kahl (62) ******************************************** >>From: Lynne Taylor (KHS '67) Hello again Richland! I must commend Jeff Curtis (69) and his, to the moment writings. I want you, Jeff, to pen the book I've always want to write. I have stories (as do we all, I'm sure) that you could embellish wonderfully. You have a talent there my dear. Are you capitalizing on this??? I read an essay in a recent Time magazine, May 15, by Garrison Keillor (The Mysteries of Prom Night), that reminded me of your writing. Give him a run for his $. His Prairie Home Companion is right up your alley. I applaud you! I wrote in some time ago about pictures you might enjoy and include in your reunion. I saw more today at the Kennewick Historical Society Museum. Some great pictures of sports teams from Richland. I know you probably think you've seen them all, but believe me, there are some worth taking a gander at. You cute little boys in uniform standing in front of a petrol station somewhere in the A-City. It's actually in color, which makes it even more outstanding. I would say, maybe it's mid-50's. There are others from as far back as White Bluff days and the 1st baseball field in the area. That includes the other towns around. No wonder you guys were so good, your history goes as far back as ours. Ha Ha!! Another spot to check out is the new Godfathers in Kennewick on Kennewick Ave. I think you could probably be allowed in town these days.... if you behave yourselves. They have some pictures as well. As for the St. Helens topic. I lived 30 miles to the west at the time of the big blast. In St. Helens, Oregon. We got the view, you all got the ash. We made a trip into the Portland Zoo that day to celebrate my daughter's 1st birthday. As you know animals are very sensitive to environmental things, and were all hiding out in their respective dens, caves, nests etc. We saw very few that day. Keep the entertainment coming. -Lynne Taylor (KHS '67) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) RE: Mount St. Helens Boy, I can sure remember the day that the mount blew. It was a Sunday and I was laying on the Bed reading the comic when my youngest son Camerson came into my room. He asks "Can I please go to the park and play?" (just down the block) About that time the window gets a little dark so I look out. Of course I think its rain clouds coming and tell my Cameron "Yes, but if it starts to rain you come right home", and off he goes. He's not even to the park when my sister Blanch calls me from Pasco. All I hear her say is "It's blown, it's blown, can you believe it?" At last she calms down, so I ask; "What"? "The mount, she blow" I hear her at the top of here voice. "Those are not rain clouds coming, it's ash coming our way". When we hang up I head for the park to shag all my boys home. My ex Ken is on his way home from Walla Walla from playing softball, and my mom I find out is stuck in Seattle. My dad took some great pictures that day that are still around somewhere. I guess the thing that made me the maddest is that though they were always doing those tests on the TV for just that sort of thing, and they can't get the program up and running to tell everyone what was going on. At first it's by phone and mouth to mouth. By the time I round up the boys, the ash is falling. I'm trying to drag them while they are writing on the cars like it's snowing. Ooops! Poor cars. We went through Moses Lake years and years later and I was so surprised at all the ash around. Guess we just thought it would go away like snow, hehehehehehe!!! Guess not. P.S. '70 grad's the memory book is coming along. Terry just sent me stacks of forms. I have been working daily trying to get them all in. Of you who may decide not to come, please send me information also. Others my be looking for you. Below is what I need. Name:___________________Maiden Name_____________ Address:___________________ email address:_________ City _____________________State_______Zip______ Spouce's Name:_____________________________ Children's Names and ages:________________________ What I've (you) been doing since 1971.________________ _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ NO BOOKS Please. One gal sent in three long typed pages, so someone will get to break it down. We want to give all a chance to drop in a line or so and let people know where you live, etc. So remember a page of hand written text goes further than type. Or you can send information to me. Thanks all. :)smile! someone may be looking. -Randi Newby Tucker (70) ******************************************** >>From: Sheila Davis Galloway (71) To Jim House (63): Jim, Your old house on Tinkle Street is for rent...... are you interested? It would be great to have you for a neighbor again. Don't worry. Mike doesn't live here anymore! -Sheila Davis Galloway (71) ******************************************** >>From: Christa Moore Kirkendall (75) RE: Class of 1975 Website To Jim Rice (75): The website for class of 1975 is very cool! The photos are great! You did a good job on this. Thank you Jim. -Christa Moore Kirkendall (75) ******************************************** >>From: Matt Crowley (75) My compliments to the person or persons who created the new Class of '75 website. Nice job! -Matt Crowley (75) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [That would be Jim Rice, '75 Bomber webmaster. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Gauin Moore (82) RE: Mt. St. Helens Been a little while since I've checked my mail and I noticed all the memories about the day the Mt. St. Helens blew. I was getting out of the shower and getting ready for work when I heard the boom. Thought it was just a plane creating a sonic boom. I got to work (Westgate Conico) and remember the ash starting to fall by early afternoon. We didn't have a radio on so we thought it was just a big storm rolling in. Once we started seeing all the ash fall we knew it had to be St. Helens. I bet I filled at least 2 or 3 pop bottles out of the old pop machine and took them home that afternoon. It's still hard to believe how fast it got dark and how long it took to get home that afternoon. I used to ride my dirt bike to and from work and it was hard to see going home. A time to remember and I'm glad I can look back and tell my kids about it. -Gauin Moore (82) ******************************************** >>From: Yvonne Paris (82) To Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) Did you ever bring back memories for me about "The Day the Mountain Blew". My parents and I were trying to make it back to Richland from Spokane. We must have been behind you somewhere. We were one of the last cars to turn around at Sprague and head back to Spokane. It was like a major snow storm and really dark. I was in the back seat of the car but I was the one telling my Dad when he was on the road and when he was straying onto the shoulder. I could see the white line on the side of the road and my folks couldn't. It was pretty scary but I didn't realize the full impact until the next day. We were stuck in Spokane for a couple of days. Luckily, we were able to ride out the eruptions at my grandparents' houses. My grandparents lived across the street from each other so we spent the time between the two houses and watering down the street to keep the ash down. The only time anybody could venture out was to go to the grocery store. I still have the jars of ash I collected from Spokane - the second major plume left a different color of ash. When we got back to Richland, I swept up some of the ash from there too. It was very interesting to see that the ash from Spokane was baby powder fine and the ash from Richland was like sand. I have visited the Mountain a couple of times since then and what a sight to see. -Yvonne Paris (82) ******************************************** >>From: Annie Weldon (98) Last night I was reading the June/July issue of Real Sports magazine. In the article on the US Olympic Soccer team they were talking about the new additions to the team. Hope Solo (99) - looks like she will be making a run for the back up goal keeper position behind Briana Scurry. Way to go and the best of luck to her. -Annie Weldon (98) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/28/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today. Al Parker (53), Marilyn Richey (53), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Bill Chapman (60), Dennis Robertson (60), Rich Henderson (62), Carol Converse (64), Cathy Fullmer (66), Wendy Newby (67), Debra Dawson (74WB), Yvonne Ling (75), Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ANNOUNCEMENT: has revamped their e-mail INBOX... and guess what they did with the 5/27/00 Sandstorm!!!! They dumped it in the BULK e-mail box!!! I clicked the small box to the left of the e-mail and then clicked the box that said "This is NOT bulk e-mail" and that seems to have taken care of it. -Maren ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Tom Tracy (55): Your comments about Jack Sinderson (53) basketball Bomber are so correct. I knew Jack since our freshman year at RHS and watched him grow as a player to where he was a very smart player and a floor general for the Bombers. Jack would have done very well in these days with a three pointer. Jack was very smooth on the court and I know a very coachable player. I know that Daddy Dawald thought a lot of Jack both as a player and a person. Haven't seen Jack in many years but I remember him with fond memories during our high school days. Tom, I remember your long shot with a lot of spin on it. Since you were left handed, that natural spin was exhibited. You could have held your own today with that shot. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) Have to get my two cents worth in about Mt. St Helens. It seems to be one of those historical events that lodge themselves into our memory forever. Will we ever forget the day Kennedy was shot? Old age creeps up on me in "senior moments", but certain images remain as fresh as ever. In May of 1980, I was visiting my daughter in Baumholder Germany. I had decided to take a side trip to London England and was standing in a hotel lobby when a stranger approached me and asked if I was from Washington State. I replied that I was (I don't know how she had deduced this) and asked why she wanted to know. She then looked at me with a mixture of fear and sympathy and inquired if I had plans to return. "Of course" I said, and then she proceeded to tell me that Washington State had been blown off the map, Seattle airport was closed forever and there was no way I would ever be able to return!! Not given to hysteria myself, I made further inquires and after a call to my husband here at home, I knew I had missed the big event of the year, if not the century, but I would indeed be able to return the following week. It must have been some sight for Eastern Washington and I'm sorry I missed all the excitement. My daughter was in the Army and living on a base where her TV at home, had about a 2 day delay, so we had not heard the news prior to my leaving for London. So that's how I missed such a significant day and have no real memories of the sound or the dust ............. not because of a failed memory. a senior moment, or old age! -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Chapman (60) I've noticed a couple of notes about Hi-Spot and membership cards, etc. I was a regular at Hi-Spot during my high school years. As I recall, there wasn't much else to do (legally!) on a Friday or Saturday night except go to football or basketball games or to a movie. But I remember those nights well. Had a lot of fun with some really great people. About those membership dues: I graduated in '60, and I don't much recall cards of any kind at that time. I know we paid some ludicrous price to get in -- - must have been all of 25 cents and we got our hand stamped. As I look back now, we were really lucky to have had Hi-Spot. -Bill Chapman (60) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) RE: R2K Caravan Anyone interested in joining a small caravan from the Utah area give me a call. We are planning on leaving either the afternoon of the 21st or very early on the 22nd from Salt Lake City. Looking forward to the trip and the reunion. Go Bombers........ -Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) ******************************************** >>From: Rich Henderson (62) Mount St. Helens is well etched in my memory. I climbed it once in 1961 with members of the Richland- based mountaineering club known as the "'Inter- Mountain Alpine Club' - 'IMAC's'". They would, every summer, climb such biggies as: Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and some of the lesser peaks in the Cascades. Mount St. Helens was often nicknamed the "Mt. Fujiyama of North America" because of near-perfect- cone shape. It wasn't a particularly tall mountain, about 9700 feet, but; it was still a long climb due to the lower starting-point elevation. When it erupted I was living here in north-central Texas. The ash fallout did not noticeably reach this part of North America. It did, however, alter the normal weather patterns to the point that Texas, and this part of the Southwest, experienced the most torrid-hot summer in the collective memory of many locals. Temperatures, that summer, reached well over 100 to 115 for a couple of months straight. There were fires, heat injuries, deaths. The water levels of all reservoirs dropped drastically. Water became a rationed and valuable resource. One other note: air conditioning, too, was the only way to survive this "long hot summer"; and, air conditioning is where I spent most of my time that summer. -Rich Henderson (62) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) TO Jerry E. Cozad (59-Iowa)- Bomber Spouse Your timeline was VERY interesting. I found out a lot of new information in the early 50's that I didn't know, being that I was so young then. The one thing that you didn't mention was the time when Elvis went into the army. Fun noticing when the new [movies] were made and the new products and tv shows. Maren, I had given my 2 cents worth about the Hi Spot card, but never saw my entry. Now, it may be that it never got to you. I was in a hurry and may have clicked on the close button instead of the send button. But, I do remember being carded each time that I went also. Somebody had mentioned food there also. When we were in high school, there was only the dancing as far as I can remember. Not much longer to wait now for the reunion. Am really looking forward to it. I've been trying to get somewhat of a tan so that I don't look as funny as I did last year at my 35th class reunion. We're starting to get the high fog each day now, so I'm not so sure as my hard work will pay off, haha. Oh well. Later, -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Cathy Fullmer Tusler (66) RE: Late mail Add to your list of late mail deliverers. I've been having major problems with them for over a week. I can still send mail, but can't receive it without first getting on the internet. Then, as of the last couple of days, I received NO mail at all. This morning I finally received the Sandstorm from the 25th. The error message just says they can't connect me to their central computers, but all the fixes they've told me to make from this end have not worked. Interesting that lots of people are having trouble. Now I don't feel quite so 'technologically challenged'! Thanks for the great job you do, Maren! -Cathy Fullmer Tusler (66) ******************************************** >>From: Wendy Newby Johnson (67) I have really enjoyed reading about people and places and events from my childhood, a lot of which I had forgotten. I was wondering if any one remembers the Dog and Suds on the corner of Williams and Simmons? I remember hanging around there when I was a sophomore, then on to Zips when a senior. Other than it's location and that one year, I don't remember much more about the place, does anyone else? I've read others account of the blast of St. Helen's, I have lived in Portland for many years and on that day I had a front row seat. My brother and I went up on Mt. Tabor, and sat and watched the blast soon after it started it was pretty awesome. I don't remember if we had the camera or not. We do have my mother-in-law's old eight mm film of the earlier spoutings of the mountain because she lived in Battle Ground just SW of the mountain. She would check every day and shoot any activity. There are probably films of the big blast also though I haven't looked at them for a long time. When they finally opened the roads back to the mountain my family and I went to see the damage. It was very spectacular. Sorry to say that the only camera we had was an old polaroid that didn't take very good pics and at the top of the mountain it was so cold that the camera froze up and wouldn't work. For about 10 years after the blast it was impossible to see the mountain in the summer. The snow would melt and the gray of the ash would blend into the blue of the sky and the mountain would disappear from as close as Vancouver. -Wendy Newby Johnson (67) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) RE: Mt. St. Helens eruption We celebrated my (then) husband's graduation from J.M. Perry Institute on May 17, 1980, in Yakima. We had a barbecue and several kegs of beer to toast the occasion, and the party lasted well into the night. At 11:00 on May 18th, I awoke to thunderstorm-like noises and a pitch dark bedroom. I stared at the bedroom clock, thinking that I had not only slept through the night after our party, but had snoozed uninterrupted until 11:pm the following night! I heard weird noises and the neighbor's rooster was crowing incessantly. I knew instantly that something was terribly wrong. I called to my husband, "What's going on? What time is it?" He had been up for an hour, watching the news on TV, and was perfectly calm and matter-of-fact. "Oh, the mountain blew," he replied, "and the ash fall is blocking out the sun so it looks like midnight." Naturally, I didn't buy this story for a minute. I leaped out of bed to find out what was really happening. But he was right. It was midmorning, the sky was as black as a rare moonless, starless night, and the ash was falling like snowflakes. Thank God it wasn't the nuclear holocaust we all prepared for back at Marcus Whitman in the 60's! The neighbor's rooster kept crowing, as if he thought that would make the sun appear. Honestly! Roosters seem pretty convinced of their importance in the Cosmos. We ended up with about 4 inches of ash the texture of beach sand on EVERYTHING, including the leftover keg of beer sitting in the back of Dave's truck. Since we were convinced by authorities that the ash was potentially lethal, the beer was unfortunately dumped as unconsumable. Budweiser is a terrible thing to waste. My brother-in-law from Richland suggested that we simply hose off our roof as he had done. HA! David rigged up a scraper from a rake and duct tape, and pushed off the heavy pile of ash from our roof before it collapsed in on the house! Four inches of beach sand is a lot heavier than a dusting of ash, and impossible to move with a sprinkler. However, I must agree that it was good fertilizer. We in Yakima were afraid that our shallow burial would result in crop devastation, but plants did eventually flourish. The problem for a year or so was that every time we mowed the lawn, a huge dust cloud would plume up around the mower and mowee, so we had to wear masks and change the air filter frequently. I still own the car I was driving during the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and it still runs. I drove my 1969 Datsun Roadster to the grocery store on May 18, 1980. The store was maybe 10 blocks from home, but the drive was a nightmare. The lines on the road were totally obliterated with ash, and it was pitch black out. I had to keep track of the roadway by the curb, which is only about six inches high, and therefore mostly buried in ash. I stocked up as best I could (and yes, some of the shelves were empty) then returned home. The trip either took an hour or felt like an hour. I felt like a rookie pilot flying by instrument readings only in the Bermuda Triangle. Since then I have stopped by the visitor's center for Mt. St. Helens, seen the forests that were flattened like matchsticks, and witnessed the rivers that were turned into slow-moving bogs of fallen timber and mud. But the most memorable sight (in 1990) was that of a newborn fawn and his/her mother alongside the roadway from the museum. We saw the mother first, and she ran off a short distance into the forest to try to distract us from the baby. The fawn was right next to the road, still wet and unable to stand. We remained unobtrusive, so the doe returned to the fawn, coaxed him/her into a walk, and moved them both deeper into the forest. Plant and animal life have made a remarkable comeback in this devastated region. It's been a privilege to witness the awesome power of mother nature, both destructive and creative. Which reminds me.... anyone remember the big freeze of the Yakima River somewhere in the late 60's, early 70's? When the ice broke it was magnificent! I can remember standing on the West Richland bridge and feeling like I was aboard the Titanic! I don't think Tri-Cities has witnessed anything like that since. Gigantic chunks of ice tumbling downstream, jamming up again, then sweeping toward the Columbia, taking out everything in their path. COOL! as long as you weren't a homeowner along the Yakima River bank! Our generation has seen a lot of earthshaking events. I like being able to read and write about them from a personal perspective in the Sandstorm. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >>From: Yvonne Ling Deshayes (75) To Jim Rice (75): Great job on the 75 Website. I am going to Richland this summer but will miss R2K by a couple days, was originally going, but due to the lovely LA Fires and the impact at work can't leave as early as I originally planned. Have a great time! -Yvonne Ling Deshayes (75) ******************************************** >>From: Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) To Jane Walker Hill (62) Jane, We came, we enjoyed and we are back home again already. We enjoyed juneau - but not the rain. Our cruse otherwise gave us beautiful weather... We took the trolley in town and were able to see lots and enjoy the state museum again. Took the train at Skagway. It was great. Hope to see you in Richland. Kay says hello. -Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/29/00 ~ MEMORIAL DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers, 1 Bomber spouse and 1 funeral notice today. Norma Culverhouse (49), Norma Loescher (53), Larry Christenson (54), Ken Heminger (56), Alice Hanthorn (59), Jerry Cozad (59-Iowa-Bomber Spouse), Fred Phillips (60), Lola Heidelbaugh (60), Jay Siegel (61), Judy Williams (61), Jim House (63), Steve Upson (65), Jeff Curtis (69), Rob Peutz (73), Dave McAdie (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Norma Culverhouse King (49) I am behind in my Sandstorm reading (out of town) so forgive me if I am bringing up old subjects. Marilyn Richey (53) says she worked in the liquor store on the Parkway so there had to be one there at one time. I still believe it was located in the little brick building east of GWWay at one time because Larry Mattingly (60) saw a picture and Larry seems to have a great knowledge of the history of our town. By the way, Richard, I was never in there either. Also was never in the one located across from A&W on Lee Blvd. I know it was located there at one time because a teacher friend (not mentioning names) was very unhappy about the location because a lot of his students hung out at A&W and he didn't like the idea of them seeing him go in the liquor store. About showing ID at the teenage club. It seems to me we came and went as we pleased in 1948 and 1949. No memory of showing ASB card or other ID. A note about skiing in the irrigation ditch. I have a picture of Ray King (49) skiing on a board (pulled by a car) in the ditch. Probably taken about 1948. Wonder who was driving the car? Enjoying the entries about Mt. St. Helens. I remember the day very well but my story isn't near as interesting as most I've read. My kids could tell a few interesting stories about that event. Marge, I really enjoyed reading about your adventure. Hope to see you all at R2K. -Norma Culverhouse King (49) ******************************************** >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell (53) RE: Memorial Day The Laughin's Memorial Day 2000 This is worth your time to see! -Norma Loescher Boswell (53) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Christenson (54) To Marilyn Richey (53) RE: Jack Sinderson (53) Marilyn, This is Larry Christenson (54). Jack is alive and well and living in Roseville, CA with wife Jan Nussbaum (55). I usually talk with him on his birthday, November, and maybe a time or two during the year. And I agree with your feeling about his basketball abilities. I thought he was one of the best that the Bombers had and without him would not have gone to state the year(s) we did. Jack and I have kept in close contact with each other over the years. We both wet to Richland Lutheran Church and our parents were good friends. He is also my youngest daughter's Godfather. It's nice to have him remembered. Later -Larry Christenson (54) ******************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger (56) RE: Memorial Day Let us not forget our fallen comrades ... This was sent to me and I found it very moving. -Ken Heminger (56) ******************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson (59) RE: St. Helens Hi all, Well better late than never... ... I have to share my St. Helens' story too. May the 18th is my birthday, and the first ii heard of the blowup was when my brother, Dave (63) called to wish me a happy one. He said, "That was some Roman Candle they lit for your birthday." I said "HUH?" I was in Phoenix, AZ and had not turned on the TV, so knew nothing of what was going on. I turned on the TV and saw the pictures and wept, my comment was "God I'd rather have the mountain, I didn't need such a BIG candle." When we three [Hanthorn "kids"] -Jack (56), Alice (59) & Dave (63) - were kids that was one of the places we would go with our folks to camp out and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings we were in the midst of. We did the "launch" with "Harry", he told our dad he could bring us back, we "respected nature and kept quiet while we hiked in the woods." Dad took a photo of the mountain, from Harry's side of the lake, we always called it a post card picture, I still have it, but the red has faded, so it's not so great as a picture but as a memory, such a beautiful place. When I fly to SeaTac to visit Dave and my grand kids (my sons live in WA too) I always pray for a good day to see the mountains. I have seen St. Helens from the air and, perhaps, she is recovering - and for that I'm thankful - and it's happening faster than the scientists thought it would be possible. The year after I got a "T" shirt from Dave with a picture and the date, so I get it out and wear it on my birthday, just to commemorate "The Day the Mountain Blew up". So there it is the best parts, ... yes, I got the vile of ash and the news clippings and yes I still have them, there is the photo Dad took of the "upside down clouds" too, But my best recollection is Dave's "Roman Candle" line. Thanks for all the other stories ... -Alice Hanthorn Johnson (59) ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Cozad (59-Iowa - Bomber Spouse) RE: The Iowa kid responds To Carol Converse Maurer (64) Dear Carol - Nice of you to respond to some of the Fifties stuff I sent on to Maren. In summarizing the Time Line for the Era, I really had to pick and choose as best I could on the significant happenings. But you were right, the Elvis induction into the Army on March 24, 1958 (Serial No. 53310761) was a significant media event from the first hair cut to the Germany motor pool assignment. Earlier this year I purchased the CD collection of all of his songs (many of which you never heard) and it included a media interview in September 1958 just prior to his overseas assignment. He said over and over again, he felt no bitterness or regret but was simply doing his duty like any other citizen. He was a very likable, innocent kid at that point with a good sense of humor. He'll always be one of my favorite singers and an indelible part of my high school years. What a shame he died so young (1977 at age 42) and was subjected to cultural influences of the late sixties and early seventies. Long live the King in our memory. -Jerry Cozad (59-Iowa - husband for the past 35 years of Judy Shibly, class of 1963) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) RE: Mt. St. Helens Bombers sure had lots of experiences when the mountain blew. Here is a copy of an article I wrote for Air Progress magazine entitled "Volcano Pilot" (their title, not mine) that was published in the February, 1981 issue. 2000-05-29Phillips -Fred Phillips (60) ******************************************** >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen (60) Dennis Robertson (60) had a good idea. I too will probably be driving to Richland on June 21 or 22 from the Billings, Montana area. If anyone is interested in caravaning - or needs a ride - they could contact me. Have talked to my brother Jim (65) about flying in and driving over with me but haven't heard yet if he will be able to - so - would welcome contact from any other Bombers in this area. -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen (60) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Williams Clem (61) RE: MEMORIAL DAY 2000 The following was written by Gary Schein, a local Veterans Advisory Council Chairman, from the Tri- Cities. 2000-05-29Clem -Judy Williams Clem (61) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Today, instead of recalling the favorite memories of our youth or sharing our anticipation of a great reunion, perhaps we can all pause for a special moment in honor of our truly Greatest Bombers. In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our country, I once again offer the words from "Taps." Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lakes, From the hills, From the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh. -Jim House (63) USMC (Semper Fi) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Upson (65) RE: Late Mail Late mail delivery problems appear to be fairly widespread recently. I'm guessing here, but I suggest that this may well be due to mail service providers' reaction to the onslaught of viruses propagated worldwide via e-mail attachments. The most effective way to cope with such a threat is to shut the mail server off. Users would get a "Service unavailable" message. The second action would be for the provider to scan all messages already on the server and cleanse or exterminate those with offending attachments before restoring service. They'd then do the same with all incoming messages held in limbo. The backlog of these messages would be phenomenal! And again, you'd be getting error messages. Logs of messages found with viruses may also have had to be reported to federal investigators - yet another hassle for the provider. A third action would be to add, update or reprogram virus scanning software on the server so that all messages are scanned prior to transfer once the service is restarted. This last action would cause a delay of only seconds or minutes, but not days. Users wouldn't even notice it unless they're on a small network. The change in designation of Maren's mailings to "bulk mail" may also be associated with the virus scare. Providers may have searched for large e-mail lists, classified them as bulk mailers, and placed them under some additional scrutiny or special processing since bulk mailings and infusion with distribution lists are the killer method of distributing viruses. The bottom line is that if virus protection activity is the cause of slow (or non-existent) service in recent weeks, you should bear with it and be glad your provider took the initiative to protect your system. It's for your own good. On the other hand, if the cause is a lousy service provider it's in your best interest to switch to a more reliable one. -Steve Upson (65) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Curtis (69) RE: On Memorial Day I traveled to the wall today To find my buddy's name They etched it here with many more His only claim to fame He could have gone to college To make a better life He could have gotten married And had children, home and wife He chose instead to go to war He heard the duty call I went with him, my life long friend We're buddies after all We walked that road together And it was pretty rough Our training was severe and yet It helped to make us tough When I'd go down he'd pick me up He'd never let me fall And I would try to help him too We're buddies after all We shipped out to points East Together we would try To stop the killing of the weak And know the reason why And in the steaming jungle With things that bite and crawl We'd watch each other's backs because We're buddies after all But then one day it all blew up The flame and smoke did fly Bullets whizzing past our heads One got me in the thigh I couldn't move a muscle Behind an old deadfall He wouldn't leave me bleeding there We're buddies after all He should have kept his head down He should have crawled away I'm sure you know the reason He decided there to stay He locked a clip into his gun And gave me a wink first Then raised his head and M-16 And squeezed a three round burst The medics could then get to me Shielded by his cover fire They got me out and saved my leg It was his finest hour But a sniper saw him raise and aim And got him in his sights One round missed but one was true And put out my partner's lights So I lived to see this place And I'll pause here for a while The memorial that spans the ground Like a black and twisted smile I found that looking long and hard Upon that shiny wall Covered with the names of whom For duty gave their all That the answer as to why they died Is immortalized there too For reflected back from the gleaming black You're staring right at you So I went off to college To make a better life I eventually got married And had children, home and wife He chose instead to go to war He heard the duty call I owe you much, my life long friend We're buddies after all -Jeff Curtis (69) ******************************************** >>From: Rob Peutz (73) RE: Memorial Day..... Spending my last Memorial Day on sea duty, I am moved to write a special thanks to all of the men and woman that have served our country, may we not forget what Memorial Day is all about. I am in Pearl Harbor, and looking around, I see the navies from Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, Chile, and the US, all tied up to our piers, getting ready to celebrate Memorial Day with us. Because of the men and women that have "stood the watch", we live under a blanket of peace and freedom. To all of you, who have "stood the watch", I thank you. To Jeanette Haberman (73): Enjoyed sharing the sunset in San Francisco, care to share a sunset in Hawaii? -Rob Peutz (73) ******************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie (79) RE: Mt. St. Helens and Other Stuff First things first, Yo, class of '79: I have taken over the duties of maintaining the website for 1979 Click on [1979] There is not a whole lot there - plus a whole bunch of missing Bomber email addresses. If you have any ideas, photos, etc., please send them to me. Email is welcome and for those of you who have photo's (i.e., old class photos - preferably with faces identified -, etc.) I can get them scanned and I will send you my postal address if necessary. I was not privileged to be a part of grade school here, as I did not get to Richland until 1975, so I will be of no help there. Like many others, I am catching up in some past issues of the Sandstorm and wanted to provide my recollections of Mt. St. Helens. As I have probably mentioned in here, my folks own a camera store in Uptown Richland (Sunland Camera). Well, as you can guess, we saw literally hundreds of photos of the mountain, from the day it awakened from a long sleep, until long after she was done. There were people flying (and climbing) all around that mountain, getting great shots. On May 18, 1980, I had spent the night with some friends (probably partied too much to go home) and was awakened by a phone call from one the guy's Dad. Chris came screaming from the bedroom, 'Mt. St. Helens blew her wad!, Mt. St. Helens blew her wad!' or some such thing. Well, needless to say, it was up and home QUICK! I watched in awe as the cloud neared, then darkness, then this 'sand-like' grit falling from the sky. We were lucky to only get a light dusting of the "heavier" stuff. After it had passed, I took off and hooked up with another bunch of friends and we thought it would be cool to try and get a couple of carloads of us to Yakima. Well, Richland's finest had 240 barricaded so we took off to Horn Rapids Road to "outsmart" them. After driving through that stuff and getting to 240 out by Horn Rapids dam, we thought better of this foolishness and headed home. I know I had bags of the "sand" but they have long since disappeared. An interesting side-note: A few months later, me and three other guys hit the road for a car show in Indianapolis, IN (wow, what a road trip!!!!). If we had been any kind of entrepreneurs at all, we would have bagged as much of that stuff as we could and financed our whole trip!!!!! See Ya! -Dave McAdie (79) ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ~ Doris "Dodie" Irene Morgan Douglass, Class of 1958 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/30/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Muriel Anderson (53), Mike Clowes (54), Lequita Branum (55), Ann Bishop (56), Steve Carson (58), Bill Moyers (60), Larry Mattingly (60), Annette Robinson (61), Gloria Davis (61), Carol Converse (64), Gary Behymer (64), Chuck Monasmith (65), Rick Lee (70), Brad Wear (71), Peggy Hartnett (72), Kellie Walsh (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Tributes To: Jeff Curtis (69), Rob Peutz (73), Norma Loescher Boswell (53), Jim House (63), Judy Williams Clem (61 and Ken Heminger (56): I greatly appreciated your Memorial Day tributes. Thank you. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Muriel Anderson Thompson (53WB) To Gary Behymer (64) Dear Gary: Thanks for forwarding the classmates information Richland 1952. Actually I was in the class of 53 and graduated from high school in San Francisco. Many of my friends were in the class of 52. I don't know if you remember. when Carmichael Jr. High opened. they didn't have room for all the ninth graders. 100 Students went to Columbia HIgh and the rest stayed at Carmichael. I may have the number wrong. At any rate I went to Columbia and was active in Thespians. My best friends were Lynn Sapper (52), Herbie Bullard, Marvin Johnson, Pat Parkison (52), Nancy Robb (52), etc. I was happy to get some of the Email addresses. I am particularly interested in Lynn Sapper Needham. Do you have her snail mail address? I would surely appreciate it if you would forward it. Thanks, -Muriel Anderson Thompson (53WB) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) RE: Memorial Day and other random thoughts I think we all owe a debt of gratitude to the Fathers, Sons, Brothers, Uncles, Cousins, and even those who are not related to us in any way for the sacrifices they have made to keep us where we are. Some fought and died in various theaters of World War II. Some of our older class mates did the same in Korea. Many of us did the Viet Nam thing. And our younger alums did it in Grenada, Panama and the Persian Gulf. None of us had to. No one held a gun to our collective heads and said "Go, Fight, Die!" Some may have been drafted, but as we all know there were ways to get around that. So we went. we fought and some died. There are monuments all over this nation reaching back to thank and commemorate from the Revolution on. There is something about living in this country that makes people do things they really don't want to do; but know they have to do. Even if we are not happy with the way the country treats us. Several years ago, by pure happenstance I found myself in Washington D.C. There I made an effort to go by The Memorial. I must tell you in all honesty that, to me, it is the saddest, most depressing place I have ever been. There are too many names of people I knew, either by having served with them at some other place, or by reputation and mutual acquaintances. I doubt if I could recall their faces, or anything else about them. But, damnit, I knew them, and I mourn their loss. I was going to ramble on about something else, but I don't think what I have to say really matters at this point. If your father, husband, brother, or other loved one did not come home from the wars, remember that they did it for you. Not for God, country, or some politician. They did it for you. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Lequita Branum Clark (55) Date: Mon May 29 20:53:10 2000 This is a great site. Would like to hear from anyone that went to Col. Hi. around 54/55. I went to Lewis & Clark. Carmichael Jr. Hi. and graduated in 1955. I worked for G.E. till 1960 and moved to Nampa, Idaho and worked at Boise Cascade. After getting my three children in school, I started working for the Nampa School Dist. till I retired in 1991. I have five wonderful grandchildren. Hope to hear from some old Bombers. -Lequita Branum Clark (55) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (56) Is the reason for Memorial Day being lost on the younger generations? As a youngster I remember "BIG" parades (to me they were!!) and family gatherings afterwards. The veterans told "war stories" and during WWII, the whereabouts of our loved ones were discussed and what they were doing. I was very young during WWII, but I do remember everyone being so proud of the "war efforts" at home and what "our boys" were doing to the enemy forces. Now it seems that this is just a holiday and the beginning of summer. Not much reflection on the men and women who answered the "call" and gave their lives, in many cases, to keep us free. Many served proudly and were willing to give it all, while their families sacrificed here at home.... and did it willingly. I guess I am just a sentimental old ex-Marine married to a career Air Force man. To us Memorial Day is a time to reflect, and give Thanks for all our service men and women and the efforts they have put out in times of war, conflict and peace. God Bless Them All. -Ann Bishop Ousley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) To Fred Phillips (60): I read your account of the St. Helens rescue and salute you and your crew. -Steve Carson (58) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Moyers (60) To Fred Phillips (60): Great article you wrote for Air Progress some years ago. But more importantly, congratulations on your superior flying skills that enabled you to accomplish some pretty risky maneuvers and rescue those folks without incident or damage to the aircraft. That had to pretty scary stuff, landing in such tight quarters with absolutely zero visibility!! Actually, during that exact same period of time I was airborne also, flying numerous sorties from Vancouver so friends, family, and neighbors could see the mountain erupting up close from my Piper Cherokee. But of course I stayed well back, maybe 5 to 8 miles, from any visible ash cloud as my Lycoming wasn't in any way ash or dust-proof. I remember seeing some of the Huey's and news choppers darting in and out of the blast zone well below, but had no idea that an old high school classmate was piloting one involved in the tricky and very risky rescue work. Again, congratulations to our hero "Volcano Pilot"!! -Bill Moyers (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To Norma Culverhouse King (49) The picture of the liquor store that you refer to was taken about the mid 40's or so. There is no date or ID on the picture. Someone wrote on the back "line at early Richland liquor store". Next time I am into that pile of boxes in storage I will dig the picture out and have another look at it. I don't remember which Parkway building it was in, but there was a store there during the period Marilyn says she worked there. The only thing I can remember about it is that John Woodhead's dad Joe worked there also. John and I were friends in those days as were Bob Himmilwright and a boy named Rudy Alexander. I lost track of Rudy in the mid 50's. -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Annette Robinson (61) Date: Sun May 28 15:55:58 2000 Col High 61 looking for friend in class of '58 Where is Jim Carlson (James R Carlson), class of 58? Last heard from was in career Army. Any news? -Annette Robinson (61) ******************************************** >>From: Gloria Davis Tinder (61) RE: Hi-Spot card Believe it or not, I still have one of my Hi-Spot cards. It was signed by Sandy Kross (59) who was president at the time. So, there were Hi-Spot cards! -Gloria Davis Tinder (61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I've asked Gloria to get her card scanned so I can get it up on the Hi-Spot website. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To Jeff Curtis (69): Jeff, You did it again!! :):) Thanks for that lovely poem. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Spent Saturday nite at the Hampton Inn which is next to Riverside park. I miss the smell of the Columbia. Enjoyed the wedding of the oldest daughter of Dan Hultgren (65). Had lunch with Joe Keefe (64) and his wife Sharon Scharnhorst (64-KHS), along with Fred and Patti Finley Reich (65). Had a chance to chat with Mrs. Ev Irish. A marvelous lady! Later on in the evening we stopped for Italian at a place in 'Downtown' Richland. Sharon Brown (64) and her husband sat in the booth next to us... Sharon wins the least changed award, in my book for those of us from 1964. ***** Discussion of the day at our house..... and I need your help on this one... Would it be appropriate to have a 'bomb shaped' headstone? I told Janis (65-KHS) that a 'lion' would be fine for hers (;-) -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Monasmith (65) RE: Memorial Day 2000 Considering the patriotic fervor of Richland during the baby boomer days it is understandable that we have respect our veterans. The deceased RHS veteran I was closest to was Bill Dowd (65). Bill... I remember you well, I will never forget. -Chuck Monasmith (65) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Lee (70) Rumor has it that the old cement plant office building (the "fingernail") is still around but was moved to one of the parks. Is this true? I'd love to hear from the class of '70 (Not 1870! even though that's what my kids think.) -Rick Lee (70) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Wear (71) To Jeff Curtis (69): Jeff, I'm sure I'll be one of many to thank you for the poem. It struck to the heart. I think everyone who has served in the military will agree that you risk your own life for your buddy because the bond of friendship means that much in the military. Knowing that your friend will be there no matter what lets you do things you ordinarily wouldn't do. I'm fortunate to belong to the 1st Marine Division Assoc. and Metroplex Marines here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I forwarded the poem to quite a few of them - most are WWII and Korean War vets. They loved it, it struck a cord with them as well. They all wanted to know what unit you were with. Thanks for the note. -Brad Wear (71) ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Hartnett (72) RE: Mt. St. Helens So, we have probably covered this pretty well, but I have always felt fortunate for getting to have my view of the eruption. I was in San Francisco that morning and arrived at the airport to see that the flight was delayed/cancelled. They were waiting to see what that ash plume was going to do. I was lucky since I was going to Portland and the ash went north and east. We were the first plane to land in Portland, there was no other air traffic and so the pilot got permission to take a couple turns before landing. I had a window seat and could hardly believe my eyes. It was strangely beautiful and quite frightening all at once. Later when I heard the tapes of the messages from the base camp, the guy doing the monitoring called the USGS with the short message, "Vancouver, this is it." and the line went dead. What a moment that must have been to see that coming at you. I can't top Vicki Owens' (72) description of the hike/climb to the crater rim, but I can appreciate it. I did the same trek in March of 1987, the first year it opened. They gave out a precious 40 passes/day to go on the mountain and I felt very fortunate to get one. There were only 8 people climbing that day. When we were all on the rim, someone uncorked a great bottle of wine, we all sat with our legs hanging over the edge and shared the moment and the wine - sometimes humans are the coolest, we toasted those who perished on that mountain and were glad to be on what felt like the top of the world. The next day I was on the ice fields of Rainier when a marine air front rolled in, we hurried down only to find out that they had to send rescue teams up St. Helens because whenever any wind or clouds rolled in it became impossible to see where you were going. Sounds like Vicki and I both were blessed to get a perfect day. -Peggy Hartnett (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) First to Jim Rice (75): Nice job on your web page. I especially like the zoom-in option on the grade school pics. I hope others from your class will contribute to your site. RE: Mt St. Helens, or "How I got out of finals" I was a junior at Wazzu when the mountain blew. Studying for finals had become dull and boring, so my roommate decided to take advantage of this wonderfully warm sunny Sunday and lay out to get a start on our tans. But around 2 pm, this big, black, ugly looking cloud started to drift in from way out in the distance. . . Too chilly now for a comfortable tan, we went back into our apartment. A special news bulletin on TV reported the eruption, and soon the ash started to fall. All the street lights, bank signs, etc. turned on because it was pitch black outside -- at 3pm. Yellow emergency vehicles slowly cruised the streets of Pullman broadcasting this ominous message over and over, "Stay inside! DO NOT venture outdoors. Falling ash could contain toxic materials..." It was rather exciting, and creepy at the same time. At 6am the next morning, the Dean made a radio announcement that SCHOOL WAS OPEN AS USUAL. I wasn't about to drudge through the ashy stuff and rolled over and went back to sleep. Forty minutes later the Dean was back on air canceling school until further notice. You see, the ash that fell in Pullman was the consistency of baking flour: very, very fine. Now imagine dropping a book on the ground covered with an inch flour. Much of the flour rises through the air, which is what exactly happened as the first of 16,000 students ventured on to campus. Visibility was zero! So the Dean closed the University until further notice. That week is one I'll never forget. If you went outside for more than 5 minutes, the ash lingering in the air would make your throat severely sore, let alone what it was doing to your lungs. So to go to the grocery store, etc., most of us would wear bandanas placed just under your eyes, covering nose and mouth and tied in a knot in the back. Yes, the "Outlaw" look was very popular during this time. As the days went by, this historical event gave the bored students just another excuse to party. Just in our apartment complex alone (Campus Commons) there were "Ash Bashes", "Ash Wednesday Parties", "Mt. St. Helluva Parties", etc. But staying inside for a week really got old fast. I guess the University grew weary of the potential health danger and their liability if they required all students to remain in school. Finally, the Dean announced a statement that echoed throughout Pullman, "Students can either take the grades they have earned and leave campus, or they may stick around and complete their finals as scheduled. Well, this was a no-brainer in my book. I took my grades and ran, figuring this was a once in a lifetime occurrence thanks to Mother Nature. Upon returning for my senior year that September, some of the ash along the barren back highway still existed. And as I remember, the wheat crop that year was unbelievable. Some people even got creative and made glazes out of the ash. I have a gorgeous Christmas ornament coated with this glaze. All in all, it was experience I look back upon and smile. Us kids in Pullman had a unique experience. I've attached a couple of photos if anyone is interested. 1980-05-Pullman01.jpg 1980-05-Pullman02.jpg 1980-05-Pullman03.jpg Go Cougs and Bombers, Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) PS. When thinking about the trek back to Pullman, I was reminded of the little burger joint in Washtuckna on the back highway, just after Kalotus (sp?) Does anyone else remember this ol' place? -Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 5/31/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Richey (53), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Gary May (58), Steve Carson (58), Joe Ford (63), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Dave Miller (67), Kathy Hills (67), Peg Jones (67), Rick Polk (70), Vicki Owens (72), Jeanette Haberman (73), Rob Peutz (73), Mike Davis (74), Kim Edgar (79), Steve Schraedel (79), Jamie McDevitt (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Norma Culverhouse King (49) and Larry Mattingly (60) The liquor store which was in the parkway was the building that the HURT's APPAREL dress shop was in for years. Then they moved over to the corner of GWWay and Lee Blvd. right across from then the Gaslight Tavern. There was a liquor store put in on Lee Blvd. right across from where the A&W Drive Inn was located. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) Re: Jack Sinderson (53): Seems Jack is remembered by many as one of our finest examples. Because I was a friend of Jan Nussbaum (55) his wife, I was a bridesmaid at their wedding. I remember wearing pink velvet dresses. My mother made mine. It was a lovely service at the old Richland Lutheran Church at Van Giesen and Stevens, not the same structure that is there now. I haven't seen Jan since they left here for California. If anyone has their E-mail or street address, please let me know. RE: A Memorial Day memory from 1955. A bunch of us in 2 or 3 cars drove down by Walla Walla somewhere to a woodsy place for a picnic. We were listening to the INDY 500 on the way and I remember our shock when we heard that one of the drivers, Bill Vuckovitch was killed in a wreck. It was not a good day for us either. A few of the guys were horsing around, running after each other in the trees and over the shallow stream, when Lee Stratton (55) slipped and fell. We spent the remainder of the afternoon in the emergency department of the Walla Walla or Dayton Hospital getting him stitched up to come home. I can only remember that I was with Dave Belcher and Lael Ellingson (55) and her sister Ellie were there. Who else remembers this? Jim Boyd (55), were you there? Seems like we might have taken your car. Carlton Meyers where were you? Just thinking. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Gary May (58) RE: Memorial Day Just hope that Memorial Day went well for all. Having served two tours of duty in Vietnam, please don't forget the guys who have made the present possible. Danny Neth (57), my friend, I won't forget you. -Gary May (58) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) James R. Carlson attended our reunion for (58) and as I recall is powering up a second career in California after retiring from the Army as a full bird Colonel. -Steve Carson (58) ******************************************** >>From: Joe Ford (63) RE: Mt. St. Helens Fellow Richlanders; My wife and I were away (living back east) when St. Helens erupted, so we missed the direct experiences of folk in the State. My mother, still in Richland, has vivid memories of hearing the explosion and then seeing the dark clouds. I had climbed St. Helens several times (an annual spring conditioning event for a lot of Washington climbers pre-eruption, since you could drive very close to the mountain), and regret its appearance now. What intrigued and saddened me recently was reading in the Daily Olympian, local newspaper for Thurston County and Olympia, a roster of the 57 deceased people, and finding Beverly Wetherald's name. Beverly went to Sacajawea, Carmichael, and Col Hi, and graduated in 1963. She and her boyfriend, an amateur vulcanologist, were camped with Forest Service permission near Spirit Lake, observing the volcano. No remains were recovered for the unfortunates who were up so close to the mountain, including the legendary Harry Truman and his many cats. Local interest, tinged with some sorrow. Maren and Gary, many thanks for your work. Regards, -Joe Ford (63) ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) To Steve Simpson, my across-the-alley neighbor of childhood, Hey, it was great to see you at the Ray Charles concert at the Paramount last night ----- and wasn't it a classy and terrific concert? He sounded so good! Good band too! See you at one or the other of the reunions this summer! Your backyard Summer Carnival (!) buddy, -Patty de la Bretonne (65) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Miller (67) Well I just thought I would say something about Mt. St Helens, my father, Robert Miller, did carpentry work in Longview, WA. where I grew up until I was 10. We moved to Richland in 1958. My Dad did a lot of tile work and wood work for Harry Truman, (my Grandmother remembered him just from his name) every time relatives came out from Illinois we would take them to Spirit Lake. I could not believe it just blew up like that, I had never realized Richland got that much ash fallout. Down here in San Jose we had no indication it was that bad that far west. This keyboard sucks. Sorry. Anyway my wife and I went there two years ago when we went to Tacoma for my niece's birthday in Mar98 and they drove us down there to see Mt. St. Helens. Johnson Ridge (sp) is unbelievable. They put on a movie and at the end the curtain rises and MT. ST, Helens is right there staring at you. Course it was cloudy that day, still awesome but there is live video cam mounted on top of the observatory. Also there is also a cam shot 360 degrees around that you only to have to put cursor on right side and it will scan all the way around although not live. Peace be with you all and especially people like Rick Madly (67) who gave a lot for this country. See you in Sept. on Maui. -Dave Miller (67) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy "Kate" Hills Krafft (67) RE: Parkway liquor store Jo Cawdry Leveque (49/50) is correct about an old liquor store being on the Parkway - northwest side. My visits there (on many occasions) with my dear father (whose insurance company office was nearby on the Parkway) are among my earliest and fondest childhood memories. I think we usually stopped off on our way to make deposits at the Seattle First National Bank or visit the Post Office (they were both at the north end of the block facing the park). I can remember walking hand in hand with Dad and being the only child "in there"! Dad had a healthy attitude about such things and always enjoyed a good cocktail. Years after I left home and my sister (Marilyn '60) had settled in California... Dad and Mom stopped off and purchased a good supply of expensive booze at California prices on their way home. Several months had passed... when Mom got a rather strange telephone call from the proprietor of the liquor store (it had moved from the parkway by then). He was concerned... Dad hadn't been in for quite awhile... was he doing okay?? Mom explained that Dad was doing just fine (and along with the rest of us) laughed about this circumstance for many years. Probably... only in Richland would the liquor store proprietor check in on your Dad because he hadn't been in for awhile. What a town!! On another subject... I have heard that Stevie Johnson (WB 67) and he will be visiting Seattle in mid-August. Any old Jefferson or Chief Jo alumni who would like to get together while he's here... let me know!!! Wonder if he still has that arm cast that JFK sighed! -Kathy "Kate" Hills Krafft (67) ******************************************** >>From: Peg Jones Snow (67) RE: Mt. St. Helens I was working at Hanford as a Geologist when St. Helens became active during the spring of 80. We were living in Benton City when it erupted. We heard the blast that Sunday morning and passed if off as a sonic boom. About 30 minutes later I got a call from the wife of my manager telling me "St. Helens has blown and Wes and Karl (Fecht) are on their way out into the Areas". We drove up McBee grade out of BC and watched the dark wedge of clouds as well as the funny droopy clouds roll over. The next week we drove out into the Areas towards Vantage and were amazed to see about of foot of white floury ash on the ground, covering everything. The fact that most of the 1980 ash was dispersed within a year says something about the volume of other eruptions that produced deposits several feet thick that were preserved in lakes or between successive lava flows. It must take a really BIG eruption with even larger volumes of ash for the ash to be well preserved thousands of years later. A few weeks later members of my group at work took turns flying out and over the steaming volcano. When my turn came I brought a box of Animal Cookies to take along... being about 4 months pregnant I was still sometimes queasy but I wasn't about to miss every good geologist's dream of seeing a live volcano. We took a small plane (8 place) and flew up the Yakima Valley and towards the Cascades. The air became increasingly turbulent as we got closer to St. Helens. We flew over the devastated area and then took a dive down into the crater to see the growing resurgent dome. The turbulence was terrific and sulfur smell terrible but I lasted it out. Just when I thought we were out of the worst of it, the pilot said gleefully, "Hey! Lets take another look at that dome!" I leaned forward and said, "Oh no you don't! You do and you'll be wearing these Animal Cookies!!" Needless to say we pulled up, made a few gentle sweeping turns, and headed home. -Peg Jones Snow (67) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) RE: Memorial Day I hope all my fellow Bombers had an enjoyable Memorial Day. My family and I went to Sunset Gardens again this year, where my Father is buried. My Dad was a Navy vet of WW II. He was stationed in Bremerton, then at the Pasco Naval Air Station. Having served 10 1/2 years in the Army myself, Memorial Day always is a special day to me. I hope all Bombers and their families has a very pleasant day. -Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) To Peggy Hartnett (72): I enjoyed hearing about your climb up Mt. St. Helen's. Wasn't it awe inspiring to sit on the edge of that crater and look down? Words can't describe it. It was fun to hear about your celebratory bottle of wine at the top. I guess the mountain had a way of bringing such things out of people. One of the guys in our group toted up an American flag, but we didn't know that until we got to the top and he unfurled it. I've always loved my country, but since I had just returned from my first time abroad, it meant even more. I'm sure between the power of the crater, and the glory of the view, and the tug of patriotism, I lost a few tears up there! Thanks for sharing your "view"! To Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) When you mentioned that drive-in restaurant in Washtucna, memories came flooding back. It was the 7C's Drivein. (I don't know whether it has the same name now or not.) If my brain cells are functioning correctly, it was owned by the MacKenzie family, and they had seven kids (or seven family members?) whose names all started with "C". The reason I became privy to this information was that I was Courtney MacKenzie's camp counselor at King's Lake Girl Scout Camp about 25 years ago. -Vicki Owens (72) ******************************************** >>From: Jeanette Haberman Nymon (73) To Rob Peutz (73): Gee, Rob,... the sunset in San Francisco was great. I'll meet you for another romantic sunset on the beach in Hawaii, but first need to finish the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon next weekend (who talks me into these things???). You may be walking me along the beach in a wheelchair... So... where should our next sunset be? How about the shores of the Mississippi, here in Davenport, Iowa... still have more high school memories to catch up on! -Jeanette Haberman Nymon (73) ******************************************** >>From: Rob Peutz (73) RE: Memorial Day Yesterday [5/29/00] at noon, the ships of six different countries lowered their national colors to half mast, for a 21 gun salute, with one cannon blast every minute, to pay tribute to the men and women who have fallen while serving this country. As I stood at attention, facing our national colors, I wept. To Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes (54): The Viet Nam War Memorial leaves me speechless. -Rob Peutz, Master Chief Machinist's Mate, USN, (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Wait a minute! Mt. St. Helens blew up? When? -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) RE: Personal and Family Survival Manual I was going through an old foot locker full of old photos among other things. I came across an Personal and Family Survival Manual published by the Dept. of Defense and Office of Civil Defense (Dated Nov. 1966). It talks about protecting you and your family against a Nuclear attack. Public and Family fall out shelters and survival on the farm. Veterans, My father has sent me a ton of photos from the Vietnam war. I plan on putting the ones of him in a photo album, however, it seems like a waste (after all, it is history) for the others to sit in a box. Is there a place/museum I could send the rest? -Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Schraedel (79) In response to Bill Moyers (60), Ann Bishop Ousley (56), Bob Carlson (54) and others regarding Memorial Day: I think you are probably correct - the younger generation may not share the same feeling you have for Memorial Day. I don't think I do. During high school, I had the opportunity to play Taps for veteran funerals. Once or twice a year, I was invited to play for a funeral. I would call, confirm it, and be on my way. I always came away from these funerals with the picture in my mind of a group of men, very friendly to one another, and toward me, happy men, but mourning the loss of a good buddy. They shared a camaraderie that few enjoy, and I believe that they carried that bond amongst themselves throughout their entire lives. At the cemetery, a short service was held, some brief words spoken. Then a squad of riflemen aimed to the sky and saluted by firing their rifles. Finally, I would play taps. It was an emotional and moving scene even for one of my age at the time. Often, at it's conclusion, a kind gentleman would come and slip a few dollars into my hand. I would politely refuse, feeling it almost a sacrilege. He would earnestly insist, and as I saw his tear-filled eyes and that he was choked with emotion, unable to speak, I could not refuse his gesture of gratitude. I know that they carried an experience and feeling for this country that I did not have, and may never have. The closest I can come to it is that my father and both grandfathers fought in wars. But I do think my mind was awakened to realize that something deeply important happened, these men were a part of it, they did it selflessly, it was very real, it wasn't easy, and it has more life and meaning to it than history books convey. -Steve Schraedel (79) ******************************************** >>From: Jamie McDevitt (81) To Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) The "little burger joint" aka MacKenzie's in Washtucna is still there. I live in Moscow, Idaho and frequently make the trek to Richland to visit family. I almost always stop at MacKenzie's buy a pop and/or snack to gain rest room privileges before finishing the second half of the trip to Moscow/Richland. Anyone looking for a business opportunity? MacKenzie's has been up for sale for almost a year now. -Jamie McDevitt (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for this month. Please send more. ******************************************** ******************************************** April, 2000 ~ June, 2000