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18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26-Pt1 26-Pt2 27 28 29 30 ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/1/00 ALL Bomber Alumni Links site has had 105,620 Bomber hits. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today. Richard Roberts (49), Judy Meyer (53), Ann Bishop (56), Jim Russell (58), Gloria Davis (61), Rick Maddy (67), David Flaherty (76), Tedi Parks (76), Shirley Boots (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts (49) To Marilyn Wallace Hultman (47) and Marilyn Richey (53) Thanks for the history review and refresher course on the Hi Spot. I spent a lot of time there myself dancing, ping pong and pool. Great place to socialize and make new friends and some recreation. It worked so well for we teenagers. I'm just surprised that communities can't see the value and repeat the good things in history. Maybe it will come back with some new technology venues added. To Dave Brusie (51) Thanks for the memory jog. The Hi Spot card with the dancing Fred Astair type with cane. I absolutely remember that. -Richard "Dick" Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Meyer Donovan (53) RE: Greetings from Portland. Hi, anyone, This is Judy Meyer Donovan, class of l953, just checking in to say hello. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Piet Smith from our class or an E-Mail address for him? How about Gary Porter (53), does he have an E-Mail address? I received this from Gail Henderson Renner (53). Talk to you later! -Judy Meyer Donovan (53) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (56) To Steve Schraedel (79) Thanks for your reflections. You are right, we are a special breed, with a special life long bond with all our comrades, even those we don't actually know but especially with those we served with. Even after being retired (USAF) since 1971, we are STILL "military". It is nice to know that our sentiment isn't entirely lost on all the younger generation. Thanks for being the "bugler" when you were young. "Taps" still can dissolve me to tears. My husband served in Korea and Vietnam. -Ann Bishop Ousley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Russell (58) RE: Old Liquor Stores I'm reading with interest about these "old liquor" stores. I don't care how old it is, it seems to get better once aged. Don't you agree? -Jim Russell (58) ******************************************** >>From: Gloria Davis Tinder (61) RE: Wapato basketball players? Can someone tell me the names of the most outstanding Wapato High School basketball players in the mid 50's to the early 60's? I visited WPS this week to check out their Senior Portfolios, and I was asking some of the teachers about former players. Were there brothers who played? I just can't remember a particular player who was well known in the area at that time. I would recognize it if I saw it. Thanks for the help. -Gloria Davis Tinder (61) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) RE: St. Helens I was married with children in Rainier, WA (15 miles south of Oly) when St. Helens erupted. My mother had to call us from Tenino to tell us. We never heard or felt a thing. I grabbed the family and headed to Toledo and the St. Helens view road in the foothills on the west side. There were no road blocks; nothing. Couldn't see anything because of the dust and ash in the lower hills, but the road was clear. Finally drove back to the highway near four corners (Onalaska area) and got a chilling perspective from there. No camera, of course. Hey, let's drive the family down and check out the erupting volcano... sounded good at the moment... I certainly had never seen one. Just another typical "stupid is" day I seem to deal with in life. Now I live on one. In 74-75, I lived for a year outside Toledo with Phil Collins (67) and his wife, Patty McCarthy (72?). Collins set chokers for a bit up there. We fished the Toutle for Steelhead, Silver Lake for catfish, smelt dipping at Castle Rock, and four wheeled around the foothills of St. Helens with our landlord's son-in- law, who could not read or write, but knew them hills like the back of his hand -- one time he saw a new sign out in the middle of nowhere and didn't know if he should turn around or go on because he didn't know what it said. Fearing the unknown (no pun), he decided to turn back and get someone to read this sign he had never seen before. The sign said "No Fern Picking." -- We even fished Spirit Lake for trout a couple of times. Nature took something very beautiful and gave us something else to check out. I was just happy it didn't look like Crater Lake. RE: Memorial Day Besides the one in ten on Maui who have never heard of Vietnam, one in ten residents on Maui are veterans. Approximately 3500 are Vietnam Vets within a population of 130,000 (the number you have left when everyone leaves). I am still trying to figure out how many of these own a Harley. I went to Makawao and ate dinner with the men and women vets and their families after graveside services. Several men from the 442 Rainbows and a good amount of Korean War Vets were there. Gawd I love those guys! I am a member of the Vietnam Veterans of Maui County (VVMC). Whether speaking of Bomber vets, vets on Maui, or just vets, I am simply one amongst millions of survivors and just happy to be here. Nothing more, nothing less. It was a good day. I was going to wear my Bomber T but decided to leave that exclusively for visits to Lahaina (don't ask). See you in a few. -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: David Flaherty (76) RE: Thanks, Davis Ok Mike Davis (74) wins for making me laugh the most often. The St. Helens comment was just what I needed to bring a little cheer into this day. Thanks Mike! P.S. I thought you were working as a chef at Denny's when St. Helens blew. -David Flaherty (76) ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) I also remember the day Mt. St. Helen's blew very vividly (and so does Mikie) We had been called out to site 4 to work on the budget (another boon doggle someone thought up). This was one of my many efforts towards a career working outside the home. I finally got wise and realized my job was at home but anyway.... About noon everything started getting black. The power went off and they gave us flashlights. It was our impression we were to continue to work on that blasted budget by the light of that faint beam. Didn't even have emergency candles. I thought maybe we could work some of those into that budget. We had a man there who thought he knew everything and when those weird clouds started coming in before it got pitch dark, he said, "Oh that is clouds like pilots experience all the time". (He was a weekend pilot) He didn't have much to say when it was dark as a tomb at mid day, however. I thought it was the end of the world and I badly wanted to be with my family. Finally it was decided we couldn't get any work done so they (Who "they" were is anyone's guess) told us to go on home. Well, that was better said than done. But we all decided to give it a try. A brave soul led off and I followed him. Ash was blowing up on the road as we passed and I just followed his tail light. Good thing there were no cliffs between there and town because if he had driven off so would I. We had gotten the news before we left that the mountain had blown so everyone knew the situation at home when I got there. I didn't have too far to go as we lived on Tinkle Street then and I tell you I was glad to see that big old tract house. As I recall Mike was the most excited of all. Wig was a little worried about his Mom but when I finally got home he was ok. It was quite an experience for everyone in the area. I sometimes wonder about Truman and wonder what he thought in his last moments. I regret the loss of life and the beautiful trees but it was an exciting moment in our Washington history otherwise. -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** >>From: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) As this school year wraps up, I'm wondering if the senior graduating classes of RHS still carry on the year-end traditions, i.e., painting the wall down by the tennis courts, and if they still pull the year-end pranks as in years past. Some (I won't mention names) from my class ('76) "borrowed" an outhouse from a local construction site and placed it in the courtyard outside the cafeteria. I know the classes of '74 and '75 got pretty creative with their year end pranks as well. I remember something about the Tomlinson's Dairy Cow, but the details are sketchy. Somebody out there could refresh my memory. -Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Boots Neiman (77) RE: Mt. St. Helens I have read a lot of stories about where people were and what people were doing when the mountain blew. So I wanted to share my story. I met the man who soon became my husband just a few hours before Mt. St. Helens blew. We knew this was the start of something grand! We still have some of the ash that we collected from that day. So to us the mountain is very special. My husband is from a little town called Kalama, located in Washington. Just a few miles south of Longview. He was here working construction for AWSH. When a girlfriend set us up on a blind date. We met at Adrian's, now Red Robin. Spent the evening talking till 4:00 in the morning. Then after he left, a few hours later the mountain blew and the sky turned dark and scary. We tell people that when we met the earth shook and there was a blast! The following December we were married. So we celebrate our 20 years together on the same celebration of Mt. St. Helens. -Shirley Boots Neiman (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/2/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Richey (53), Dennis Kline (57), Dave Vallely (60) and Evelyn Evans (64), Dennis Robertson (60), Patti Jones (60), Bill Craddock (61), Jack Gardiner (61), Cheryl Rew (62), Jim House (63), Janie O'Neal (65), Vicki Owens (72), Mike Davis (74), Mike Mattingly (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Judy Meyer Donovan (53) Hi to you Judy. You ask about Pieter Smith and Gary Porter from our classes. The last place I knew of Piet's whereabouts was in Sacramento Calif. Gary lives in the Kirkland, WA. I am sure his phone and address are in the book. Haven't seen you in many a year and you should come and join the Club40 fun. Every September there is bash in Richland. This year there are two classes with reunions: class of '55 (45th) and class of '50 (50th) included in the Club40 September weekend fun. Last year there was about 600 persons came at the Shilo Inn. It's great fun to see everybody. It's just an annual thing that keeps people connected who went to school together and even the new persons that were living and went to school at RHS. I don't know of any school that has this tradition in maintaining contact with your former school peers. Norma Loescher Boswell (53) is our representative to Club40 and can give you all the information you need. Hope to see you some time in the future. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Kline (57) To Gloria Davis Tinder (61): The Wapato basketball players I seem to remember from the late 50s were the Douglas brothers (John and ?). In the '57 season they beat us by a single point in the Valley championships following an undefeated and spectacular season. That had to be the best team ever that did not win the State championship. What great pride the Bomber teams continue to bring to young and old. -Dennis Kline (57) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Vallely (60) and Evelyn Evans Vallely (64) RE: Mt. St. Helens - 5/18/80 Couldn't resist joining in. Living in Vancouver we were visiting in-laws in Seattle when she blew. Heading home on I-5 in the late afternoon, no problems until we were stopped at the Toutle River bridge. The raging flood waters were washing trees, buildings and just junk into the bridge. The big trees rang the bridge like a bell. The fear was that the rushing water and battering ram affect of the swiftly moving trees might knock out the bridge. The water was a thick foaming brown as it roared under the twin bridges and the level was still rising. As we watched trees being uprooted and drawn into the swift current we noticed that the water level was getting closer to road level and shouted our concern to fellow travelers. As word spread people got back into there cars and started heading north in the south bound lanes. We took the first "entrance" we came to and got off I-5, which by now was blocked off. We took back roads to Longview then crossed the bridge to Rainier Oregon. Going home via Portland got us home late but a lot sooner than the people who left later and got stuck in heavy traffic jams in the Longview and Astoria areas. We feel very lucky that she blew north rather than south, the damage and death toll could have been much worse. Looking forward to R2K!! Bombers rule!! -Dave Vallely (60) and Evelyn Evans Vallely (64) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) I have read with great interest the stories of where Bombers were born and came from prior to settling with their parents in Richland. I also remember when I started school there in 1957 as a sophomore and the Carmichael and Chief Joe grads were coming together in the larger group now known as "Bombers". They not only talked about the differences between the two schools but also about what part of the country they came from. While I was explaining all this to my wife (not lucky enough to be a Bomber) she was wondering "Was anyone born there?" That is a question to put to the group. 1. Does anyone know who the first Bomber grad was who was born, lived in, and graduated from Col-Hi? 2. What class (year) were they in? 3. How about grandchildren born and graduated in Richland of parents born and graduated in Richland? I told her I would ask. Might be an interesting time trying to get this info together. -Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I believe the answer to #1 and #2 above is Jerry Liddell (62). Anybody know any different? -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) Thank-you to everyone for the great stories about Mt. St. Helens. A Special thank-you to Fred Phillips (60) for being one of those pilots who saved lives. Here's my story: My family lived in San Jose, Ca. when the news was first announced that Mt. St. Helens might blow. My daughter Kimberly was twelve years old at the time it was announced that the mountain would blow. She instantly took an interest. Kimberly read everything she could get her hands on about the Mountain. Newspapers, magazine articles and making phone calls to people involved. Kimberly connected with an editor for a newspaper in Portland area which made everything more exciting. They wrote letters back and forth. In all of this of course our family had daily news from Kimberly. Even though we were a couple of states away, it was fun to have my daughter so involved and telling me all about the state I love so much. The excitement when the mountain blew, took a few days for the family to calm down and not have our daily news be about the mountain. Grandma (Norma Jones) made it very special when she sent vials of ash from Richland. Mine is still in a special treasure chest. Four years later the family moved to Western Washington and Kimberly ended up working at Mt. Rainier for a couple of summers. After we moved to Western Washington, a friend and I took a day to be at the mountain. Even after all I heard about the devastation it seemed beyond what I could ever think or see in my mind. Just seeing little baby trees four years after the mountain had blown was amazing to me that there was life there. It just looked like nothing could grow. The memories of people being there when the Mountain blew seemed at every bend we drove. But yet there was new life also at every bend. The memories will always be there thanks to my daughter Kimberly who brought it closer to home. I have only been receiving the Sandstorm for a few months. It makes everyday an added specialness to read about all the bombers, the past and wonderful Richland. Thanks Maren. See you at R2K!!!!!!!!!!! -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Craddock (61) RE: Wapato Roundballers To Gloria Davis Tinder (61) In response to Gloria's question regarding outstanding basketball players from Wapato: They had some excellent teams in the 50s and 60s and were usually led by one of the Douglas brothers or one of the Carnavellis. I remember Bill Douglas (61) went on to quarterback the UW Huskies football team but his older brother, John was probably a bit better with the roundball. There may have been others, but the Douglas and Carnavelli brothers (I don't know how many there were in all) were the big names at Wapato high. -Bill Craddock (61) ******************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner (61) RE: Wapato Basketball To Gloria Davis (61) The player that I can remember from Wapato basketball is John Douglas. I think he may have been a all-state player. -Jack Gardiner (61) ******************************************** >>From: Cheryl Rew Gale (62) RE: LDS Church Reunion Dear LDS Church Member Bombers, There will be an informal LDS Church Member Bomber reunion on Saturday, June 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Jadwin LDS Chapel in Richland. It will be a time for visiting and seeing each other again. Anyone who comes (person/couple) is invited to bring a dozen cookies. Hope to see you all there! -Cheryl Rew Gale (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: Wapato Basketball To Gloria Davis (61) Bill Douglas and Gary Carnevali were outstanding basketball players who graduated from Wapato in 61. (Certainly you recall checking them out from your vantage point as a Bomber Songleader - you just forgot their names, right?). Each averaged more the 20 points per game as they won the 61 league championship. I am certain both had older brothers that were also good players for the Wolves. Bill went on the quarterback the UW Huskies in the Rose Bowl, winning NCAA academic achievement awards, and Gary had a nice bball career at Seattle Pacific. Some earlier Sandstorms included memories of the great Wapato basketball teams in the 50's and early 60's, that was especially impressive given the size of the community. See you in the Bomber gym on June 24? -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) RE: We need your prayer! Hi everybody. Sorry to be a black cloud in a very sun shinny part of everyone's day but we desperately need all believers to pray for my niece Erin DeDridder, age 21. She has had a relapse of leukemia and is in intensive care tonight fighting for her life. Last year this time she had a very close call and I believe God did a miracle. The one thing that has kept her going this entire year has been planning her wedding. Her wedding date is Aug. 26th and all she wants is to live long enough to get married. I don't know why I'm telling you all this about the wedding but it seems so important to her. I'm afraid to pray that she live long enough to get married because of course I want a total miracle. A long prosperous life with lost of children but if that's not God's will ar lease until the wedding. I know this is a crazy letter but we've come from the hospital, everyone else is in bed and I'm here alone with all these thoughts. Please pray. -Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) To David Flaherty (76) David, I really think you ought to think twice before you give Mike Davis (74) any further encouragement. If it wasn't for his Mom (BJ) assuring us that he really is normal, we might have to call in some neurosurgeons to perform a transplant! -Vicki Owens (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Parks (76) brought up "senior pranks". I remember them well. The class of '74 had the best of them all! Late one night a group of us stole the aqua car and hoisted it up on top of Denny's only to have it blown off when the %*#@ mountain blew its top! Kids do the darnest things! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Mattingly (77) RE: Mt. St. Helens My brother Mark (77) and I were stuck in Ellensburg (they closed the freeway for a time). After a day or so (I think) Mark couldn't stand it any more so he and a friend took the back road to Cle Elum or some place and then to the freeway towards Seattle. As soon as they got to the top of the pass and it looked clear they opened the air vents in the dash and instantly the whole interior was like the inside of a vacuum cleaner bag. Piles of ash had collected in the vents. They couldn't see a THING. While simultaneously going "AHHHHHH!!" they scrambled to roll down the windows to let fresh air in. I still laugh when I think about it. -Mike Mattingly (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/3/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 Lion today. Judy Meyer (53), Marilyn Richey (53), JeNeal Martin (55), Linda Sommers (57), Shirley Atwood (58), Carol Henderson Clary (59-KHS), Sharon Phillips (64), Greg Alley (73), Mike Davis (74), Treg Owings (76), Kim Edgar (79), Kim Veverka (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Judy Meyer Donovan (53) RE: Hello in there I guess I was supposed to tell you to add me to the list. Gail Henderson Renner (53) and I correspond all the time and she said I probably wouldn't hear from anyone unless I requested that you put me on the list. Hi, Norma Loescher, do you remember me, Judy Meyer. Judy Meyer Donovan. Anyhoo, if anyone has heard from or knows the E- Mail to Piet Smith or Gary Porter, will you let me know please. Thanks much, Judy Meyer Donovan, Class of l953 ---- gazooks is it that long ago? -Judy Meyer Donovan (53) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Gloria Davis Tinder (61): The Wapato Wolves had great basketball teams in the 50's and 60's. The Douglas brothers were very much part of what made them a good team. Yes, Bill went on to the UW and played quarterback for the huskies. He then went on to Harvard for advanced degrees and then came back to Yakima where he went into business. Brother John went to the UW and was killed in the old Ellensburg canyon coming home for Xmas. They had another brother and played at Wapato. Another player that was outstanding guard for them was Richard Juarez who always gave the Bombers a lot of problems. He averaged about 18 pts per game and Douglas (Bill) was the conference scoring champion with 25 per game. The thing about Bill was he was only 5'10" and could jump very well and got alot of rebounds which helped in his scoring. They also had a outstanding coach in Russ Issum which was considered up there with Daddy Dawald in coaching skills. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: JeNeal Martin (55) Hi This is JeNeal Martin (55). Just wanted to know how many are on the list that remember the Community Hi Spot Club. I would love to hear from any of you. -JeNeal Martin (55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [JeNeal -- Check out the Hi-Spot web page at: Hi-Spot Lola Yale (WaHi Blue Devil) married to Bob Yale (47) scanned Bob's HiSpot card. If you click the link on the HiSpot page, you can see what Bob's card looks like. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Linda Sommers Evanson (57) I am not sure I have THE answer to Dennis Robertson Beatty's (60) question but try this. I remember every year the teachers would go around the room and have us tell where we were from. We discovered all kinds of interesting things about our classmates. I was one of a few who had grandparents in Richland. My grandfather worked for the Red Cross, helping people find housing until they were on the top of the housing list, get settled in the area and maybe get clothes other than military uniforms. He was from Prosser so he knew a lot of people in Benton County. One year in high school (1955), Margorie Nichols, (class of '57) said that she was born in Richland. What a surprise to all of us that had not known her or heard that before. The class was orchestra and Mr. Pappas was the teacher. Now this was a long time ago and I may be mistaken. Everyone seems to have a such keen memories of so many things, I hope that I have not embarrassed myself. Maybe someone can correct or verify this. Douglas Walker, you were there. What do you remember? -Linda Sommers Evanson (57) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Atwood Sun (58) I believe that Ruth Ann Hutchins (58) was born in Richland. -Shirley Atwood Sun (58) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Henderson Clary (59-KHS) >From Carol J. Henderson Clary (59 KHS) I was born in Highland Park, Illinois and after moving from state to state as my dad was in construction we ended up in Richland where we lived until the summer of my eighth grade year we then moved to Kennewick. We lived at 527 Delafield in a A" House. When I think of Richland I think of fun times like walking to the movies; walking Uptown; playing outside till dark; playing a lot of croquet. Of course I also remember the truck spraying for mosquitoes and wonder about what those chemicals that were sprayed might have done to our health in growing up around it. Paul [Clary-59] and I remember and loved the radio programs like "The Whistler", "The Shadow" and so on. I remember running in the house to catch the 15 minutes of The Cinnamon Bears and wishing it was on longer as I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. I was fortunate to purchase The Cinnamon Bear cassettes from KMBI radio one year and made copies for our grand-children. We sure grew up in a special time. I just can't believe what's going on these days in this world. We were at Hauser Lake, ID when St. Helens blew and it turned all dark outside and ash was everywhere. Our son, Rick went outside and gathered up some ash in jars and we still have them. Paul went out and started hosing things down outside. One thing that happened was funny. Rick's cat, Smokey, came out from the plants outside and looked like a ghost from the ash all over him. Rick has pictures of the ash all over his truck. Enjoying the Richland Bomber website everyone is doing a great job. Thank you -Carol Henderson Clary (59-KHS) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Phillips Cowles (64) RE: need your prayers Janie, I will definitely keep your niece in my prayers. Just a word of hope for you.... Three years ago I was asked by my son's girlfriend (now wife) to run a marathon with her for the leukemia society. I thought, why not, I love running 10Ks and this is a good cause. I didn't realize what a good cause it was! I not only did something for myself but raised $5,500.00 for the CURE. The experience will be with me for the rest of my life. We spent 5 months training but the part that made the run so easy was we had the chance to meet several of the patients, many of them children. Runners from all over the U.S. met in Alaska and ran 26.2 miles, all with similar donations. We raised a total of 9 million dollars that day. The most heart warming part of the event was to watch a little boy from Texas walk in with his bone marrow donor. He walked the marathon! There is truly hope! This Sunday I have a friend who is walking the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego for the Leukemia Society. She is my dentist hygienist who I just happened to mention my run to her 3 years ago and she and the office donated to the CURE. Little did she know that one year later her youngest son at age 25 would be diagnosed with Leukemia 3 months before his wedding. He postponed his wedding and started his chemo treatments. Today he is in remission, married and doing very well. His Mother is walking for the CURE! -Sharon Phillips Cowles (64) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To Mike Davis (74): Since you are so pumped about all the subjects on the latest Sandstorms, could you please entertain us with an essay of your Patrol Boy days. We will all be riveted to our computer seats. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To Vicki Owens (72): So, Vicki, it's come to that , huh? - neurosurgeons, brain transplants? Come on! I just feel it's my calling to keep this group informed about important things like Denny locations, past-present- and possibly future. Did that aqua car break a rutter and make you hold your breath too long? Or did that St. Helen's ash go to your brain? Have a good day, Vicki. See ya at the Hi-Spot! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Treg Owings (76) RE: Locate Jim Geren - class 75 Has anyone heard from Jim Geren (75)? Got an address? -Treg Owings (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) To Janie O'Neal Janssen (65): Janie, My thoughts and prayers not only will be with your niece, Erin, but for your family and friends having to go through this difficult time. God Bless! To Dennis Robertson Beatty (60): My parents were transplants, my grandparents moved to Richland from Utah and Louisiana. My brothers and I were born and raised in Richland, minus a few years during my childhood when my father joined the military, we moved around a lot but always ended up back in Richland between moves. I attended Lewis & Clark (Kindergarten), Jefferson (2nd grade), Jason Lee (4th & part of 5th grade), Chief Joseph (7th & 9th), Col-High (10th through 12th). To Mike Davis (74): I remember the class of 77 "borrowed" the Cow from the Dairy Mart and the it in the pool at the Shilo Inn. The class of 79 did a few things, someone "borrowed" the miniature house from Century 21 and a few coin operated horses from Safeway and put them in the court yard. Also, someone but an old beater car in the foyer. Last but not least (and unfortunately not the funniest) a few of guys got together and chopped down the big shade tree in the court yard. They had to plant a new one, however, I don't ever think it could replace that old tree and all the memories of everyone who sat under it. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Veverka Berna (81) I'd like to wish Christy Veverka Wegner (78) a happy birthday (the big 40)!!! All those years growing up, I always wanted to "catch up" to you... Now I admit that I'm glad you are OLDER. I love you, big sis! -Kim Veverka Berna (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/4/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and one "69 Warrior" (?) today: Ray Gillette (49), Al Parker (53), Tom Tracy (55), Linda Lester (62), Gary Behymer (64), Susy Rathjen (71), Kim Richey (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ray Gillette (49) To Marilyn Richey (53): Thank you for bringing up the name of Richard Juarez. When Wapato was mentioned and their basketball players I immediately thought of that name but could not be sure if it was Wapato where he played. Later, I believe that he played and coached for the Gonzaga U. Bulldogs. Would have to check with my lil' brother Norm Gillette (Pasco HS '57) who was at GU at that time. Anyhow I am glad we have people like you, Marilyn, who can remember so many things. Regards -Ray Gillette (49) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Gloria Davis Tinder (61): About Wapato Wolves. The great players for Wapato were ones we faced for several years. Don Douglas was one of my fraternity brothers at UW Theta Chi. He graduated in '53 or '54. Other good players were Jerry Stump '55 and and Don Marler '55. They both also made the All Conference team. Richland defeated Wapato for the Conference championship. Chuck Curtis, Lonnie Whitner, Tilbert Neal, Norris Brown, Dave Forrest, Denny Olson, John Cowan, Bernie Qualheim, Robbie Hatfield were just too much for the Wapato Wolves... I remember it well... It was a pretty good game... right up until they played the National Anthem... Richland Bombers won 67-55 in the playoff game for the class AA title to automatically qualify for the state tournament in Seattle. I agree with Marilyn Richey (53) about Wapato having a good coach. However, Dawald had the ability to take someone right out of the hall in school and turn him into a good player. He also knew the game as well as most NBA coaches. His knowledge of technique is unmatched. Closer to John Wooden. Art Dawald didn't let players waste time. He taught players to take risks.. encouraged us to take chances... "The only time I might take you out of the game immediately is if you have a good shot and don't take it!". His fast breaks were more than fast breaks ... they were more like "firehouse basketball" personified by Frank Keaney of R.I. State ... who used to frighten Red Auerbach to death. Dawald was a strategist. A master of the game. The only limitations on his teams were inattentive players. He taught us new things all the time and he gave every player a chance to play in every position on the court. I cherish the memories of games and practice sessions... The toughest players we ever faced were those we practiced against every day. Ray Juricich was a great coach... and motivational genius, serving Bomber athletes for decades. Wayne Campbell says he still plays golf... (Ray probably has a couple more careers left in him)... yes, Wapato was a good team and the players were well trained. I don't think we would have traded coaches with them however. Fran Rish and Calvin Welsh were devoted coaches also. Met Gordon Rodland's (another coach) nephew by accident at SEA-TAC airport. Rodland retired recently from Highline High School as Football coach.... if I remember correctly. Hope he's been invited to the big party. Whoops, got carried away... Sorry, Marilyn got me started... (Her brothers, Alan Richey (49) and Don Richey (47) were great athletes and two of my heroes also... they were all-round athletes... and they always seemed to be in the company of beautiful Richland High girls.. (who wouldn't want to be like them?)... anyway, other players on the Wapato team in '54 team included Norval Paul and Don Reed. I'd tell you more about them, but most are married and are accompanied by jealous wives. best regards, -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Linda Rutkowski (62) RE: Bombers Born in Richland I seem to remember that Ed Quigley in our class was one of the first babies born in Kadlec Hospital. The year would have been 1944. -Linda Linda Rutkowski (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [From Paul Beardsley's Book The History of Richland, Washington 1943 - 1968: June 2, 1944 - Richland Hospital opened on Swift Blvd. with Dr. T.L. Williams as superintendent. July 2, 1944 - Richland Hospital was named Kadlec Hospital in memory of Lt. Colonel H.R. Kadlec, deputy engineer assigned to project. He was the first patient to pass away in the new hospital. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) To Greg Alley (73) Just to let you know that I was Patrol Boy of the Year in 1958 at Sacajawea. We received an end-of-the- year picnic at Riverside Park paid for by the local area police? One up on that is the fact that Eric Hoffman (64) was "Patrol Boy of the Year" for two years! Congrats Eric (;-) In another line, the "A" squad for Wapato High School for the 1961-1962 season consisted of the following: Fred Alvarado, Dick Fraley, Charles Dixon, Charles Dorsey, Mike Roberts, Richard Villegas, Ramiro Lopez, Charles Kempton, Steve Young, Ken Hornstein, Paul Smith, Ken Gasseling and Jim Rogers. Their coach at that time was Russ Insely. Heck, while I'm at it, here are the Bombers for the 1961-1962 season: Ken Anderson, Jim Holmes, Jim House, Doug Lukens, Bob Mitchell, David Simpson, David Smith, John Sonderland, Jim Spencer, Ray Stein and Theartis Wallace. In another direction, Jim Spencer (62) had one of the first fiberglass shafted 'drivers' in the local area. I played at the Pasco Muni course with him several times and he could hit that 'puppy' a good 300-325 yards! -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Susy Rathjen Whitney (71) Friday night I went to my niece's graduation at Hanford High. After the ceremony our entire family met at my sister's house for a party, where I noticed a big sign hanging along the back of her house. It read "This ends 47 year legacy". I didn't understand what it meant until she explained it. For 47 years there has been a member of our family in the Richland school district, without one year being missed with representation. Now, I think that's really something special! And because I think that's really something special I'm going to list all of our names.. the Rathjens: Kathy (66), Betsy (68), Susy (71) and Karen (74) Kathy's 2 kids, the Lopers: Jenny (87), Shane (89), Susy's kids, the Roohrs: David (91), Debbie (93), Jack (95), Karen's son, Kevin Todd (95) Betsy's kids, the Taylor's: Jeff (98) and Vicky (2000). All but the last 2 kids graduated Bombers. Jeff and Vicky graduated Hanford. We won't have anyone represented this next school year, but we do start the 3rd generation the following year, with Shane's son, Robert. I think it would be interesting to hear from others who have had a long, maybe even longer history with the Richland School District. -Susy Rathjen Whitney (71) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Richey Dykeman (74) RE: Dennis Robertson Beatty's Question #3 Although my dad (Don Richey-47) was not born in Richland, he did arrive here from Texas in 44?? - 45?? (Help me out Marilyn) He started as a Beaver but graduated in 47 as a Bomber. My brothers Ron (72), Mike (73) and Marc (85) and I (74) all graduated as Bombers as did my children Melissa (98) and Bryan (99). So we have third generation Bombers in the Richey family. (my husband Randy graduated as a Bomber 69er!!!) This really doesn't qualify as a answer to Dennis' question, but I thought I would boast a little of having three generations of bomber Alumni. By the way.... congrats to the Class of 2000. They held their graduation ceremonies at Fran Rish (Bomber Bowl) this evening. To Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76): I remember someone painting the udders Pinkish/Red on the Tomilson's Dairy Cow and putting it on the roof of the Richland Public Library.. just above the entrance. Then of course there was always someone trying to repaint the "Bomber Bug" on top of the car wash on Lee Blvd. (just across from the baseball/football parking lot). While we are on the topic of pranks, I wonder how many people climbed up Badger Mountain to create the large white "R" for all of Richland to see and to put their class year beside or underneath it. Various sizes and shapes have appeared on the hill side over the years.... It seems it has been quite a few since anyone has attempted to re-create the now very faded "R". I remember a few times the "R" had been transposed into a "K". It would be fun to try to re- create the "R" for R2K. Does any one have any suggestions, or know of the restrictions that might apply? I've always wondered what material was used to make this. Anyone? See you all in a few weeks! -Kim Richey Dykeman (74) ******************************************** [Been waiting 10 days for this person to further identify themselves. Tired of waiting... -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >>From: Richard Gish RE: Am I a wannabe? Hi to all Bombers, I've been reading parts of your Sandstorm e-mails through a friend of mine, Myrna Bolin Turner (63). I think its really great that you have such a nice web site to keep informed and in touch. Whoever is taking the time to keep up this web site is fantastic!! It brings back a lot of school memories for me even though my school is 3000 miles from yours (Boonsboro, MD) and only 800 in my whole school. I enjoy all the tales I hear from Myrna, and am so glad to have her in my life. She really can brighten a day! Enjoy your Reunion 2000... it sounds like a blast!! -Marty Gish (a '69 Warrior) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/5/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Joan Eckert (51), David Rivers (65), Patti McLaughlin (65), Bob Gustavson (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens (51) RE: Spudnut recipe In this month's issue of "Taste of Home" there appears a recipe for Spudnuts. Now I'm sure they won't measure up to Val's Spudnuts, but for those of us living away from Richland, it might be fun to try this recipe. It's on page 39. Idaho Spudnuts: 1# russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 pkgs. (1/4 oz. ea.) active yeast 1 1/2 C warm milk 1/2 C vegetable oil 1/2 C sugar 2 eggs 1 t salt 7 1/2 C all-purpose flour oil for deep fat frying Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook until tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 C cooking liquid; cool to 110 to 115 degrees. Discard remaining cooking liquid. Mash potatoes without milk or butter. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in reserved cooking liquid. Add mashed potatoes, milk, oil, sugar, eggs and salt. Add enough flour to form a soft dough. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down; let rise again until doubled, about 20 minutes. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 in thickness. Cut with a floured 3 in. doughnut cutter. In an electric skillet or deep fat fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown. For glaze, 4 C confectioners' sugar 1/3 C water and 1 t vanilla extract. Combine confectioners' sugar, water and vanilla in a bowl. Dip warm doughnuts in glaze. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen. -Joan Eckert Sullens (51) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) To The Adair Family Just a short note to Jimmie, Kat, Stevie and all the other members of the Adair Family to let them know we have been with them during Jimmie's dad's illness. He is now at peace. Let peace be with you in knowing he is free from all pain and suffering. -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) Help! The class of '65 is trying to find an address for Susan Bensch Garretson. Has anyone kept in touch with her? We really are having our 35th reunion this August 11-13. When I was in high school, I could barely imagine even BEING 35, let alone having a 35th reunion. Jeesh! Are we old or what? -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Gustavson (70) RE: Richland All Class Reunion (R2K) Sock Hop Be prepared to dance to the classics you remember from your days at Col-Hi (aka RHS) at the R2K reunion sock hop. Music will be provided by "the DJ Maestro", Bobby Dale, who has over 5,000 tunes in his digital library. Be ready to request your favorite hit songs of your era. The sock hop will be held Friday night, June 23rd, in the school's "upper gym", formerly known as the "girls' gym" (after it was originally the "boys' gym"). It will start at 6:30 PM (after the chili feed) and go until the last Bomber drops. Tables & chairs and a dancing area will be set up in the decorated gym, and the gym's foyer will be set up for an additional mixing area. A refreshments/concessions stand will be operated in the foyer by a school club as a fund raiser. We are also planning to set up a display of photos and other memorabilia for alumni to view. Dance contests will be held with prizes going to the best couples dancing to medleys from each of the decades. There will also be a retro dress contest with winners best representing different decades. More details on these activities will follow as we get closer to the big event. We will also have some special surprise entertainment. If you are interested in helping make this event be both enjoyable and memorable, there are many ways you can help. We need volunteers for set up & decorating, contest judging, soliciting prize donations, photo display set up, tear down & clean up (Sat. morning), etc. Contact me by e-mail at , or phone me or contact Darlene Huesties Bern (64). Also, send me any scanned photos that can be printed out for the photo display. You can send me hard photos to 221 Jadwin, Richland, WA 99352. I will return them. More details are forthcoming. -Bob Gustavson (70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/6/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann (49), Ginger Rose (55), Tom Tracy (55), Paul Lewis (61WB), Helen Cross (62), Kenny Wright (63), David Rivers (65) ~ Letter from Gene Conley (48), Patti Snider (65), Gary Ell (67), Shannon Weil (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) RE: Children's Orthopedic Hospital Telethon One great thing about being an "old" graduate is our news is the first to read. To: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) Our prayers are definitely with you and your niece. Prayers can do so much and tell her to keep planning on that wedding. A goal in sight can do wonders as well as prayer. Now, along that line I am going to be on the Telethon this Sunday between 2 and 3 with the Washington State Elks accepting pledges and donations to the Children's Hospital. I sure would appreciate if any of you would care to donate to e-mail me at and give me your pledges over the internet. If you want to use a bank card just give me your phone number and I will call and get the info if you don't feel secure with giving your bank card # over the internet. If you do use your bank card I will need the number and the expiration date. You can also send checks. Let me know and I will e-mail you with the information, on how the checks should be made out and where to mail them. As you realize so many kids benefit from Children's Hospital. I would imagine that all of the graduates we have had from Richland that many of you have made use of their facilities here in Seattle. Any and all help will be appreciated or if you watch the telethon call in and challenge any and all graduates of Richland to match or better your donation. We could get quite a contest going here. Your help will be most appreciated, by me, the Elks, and the kids at Children's Hospital. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Ginger Rose Reed (55) RE: JeNeal Martin (55): JeNeal, I remember Hi-Spot as one of my favorite places during our high school years. And I believe it was your parents who were responsible for it during the years we were in school at least 1953 thru 1955. They did a wonderful job and were much appreciated. -Ginger Rose Reed (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Steve Panther (67): Thanks for the note. Your are so right about the "surprise" effect Dawald wanted us to utilize. Dawald's techniques are not well taught now. They are "mysteries lost with the Pyramids" to most of today's coaches. They seem to want to emulate Bobby Knight... pretending to be coaching during a game. Art Dawald taught us in "slow motion" during practice .. then speeded things up a bit... then compelled us to attempt warp speed. Todays' coaches, unfortunately, are forced by critically inept fans to stand and pace the sidelines, publicly humiliating their players (a substitute for real coaching)... Makes us wonder what the coach forgot to tell them in practice! Those inept fans, who think coaching is done during a game need to disabuse themselves. A time out, some substitutions may help, but little coaching effects the game after the opening toss. There are times when I think coaches and officials should be put in a box and unavailable for fan viewing. Let a robot administer the game... and let coaches merely substitute via telecommunication. Then we could validate who did their jobs during the week. If he were here today, Dawald could hold clinics and bring the game up to a new level. John Wooden would have loved Art Dawald had they ever met. Most coaches don't have the wisdom, knowledge and savvy that they possessed. The problem with "firehouse" basketball is that fans and commentators don't have time to give their own "personal analysis" of the last play. They want to talk the game to death. They don't have time to go to the men's room or eat popcorn. It's blitz krieg.!! We don't see it much action like we did from the likes of UCLA during Wooden's career or Paul Westhead's career at Loyola Marymount. (What me run?... I might get tired!!... my agent says I need more TV Camera time... so I need to do the dribbling routine...) The only reason we have a clock is because poor coaches want to keep the score's spread minimized.... Dawald taught us that knowing "when to pass" was just as important as knowing "how to pass". He taught us how to answer every player's perplexing question, "What do I do when I don't have the ball"? We had many scrimmages when we were not allowed to dribble the ball at all. Those were good lessons. When Dawald's teams played the way he coached them, they gave fans their moneys' worth. They didn't go out for a smoke or a coke until half time. Few took time to obey a call to Mother Nature during game time.... you just might miss some of the action. I loved growing up there and got to see so many fine basketball players who became my idols. Gene Conley (48), Hal Gibson (53), Gene Keller (50), Dick Dawald (49), Dave Brusie (51), Jack Sinderson (53) and so many others... They gave us weekends to look forward to... I was fortunate to get to play with some great players like Chuck Curtis (55), Norris Brown (57) and others. But the greatest athlete I remember at Richland was Gene Conley. He had to be something to be pitching for the Boston Red Sox and playing for the Boston Celtics at the same time... A feat not matched , even by Michael Jordan. Conley used to leap off the mound and virtually step in a players' face when he threw the baseball. When I first saw him play I was 3rd grader at Prosser, Washington. He was stunning then and absolutely bigger than life. When we moved to Richland, he was still an icon. He was modest, had a great sense of humor and played well at Washington State Univ. (His Dad finally let him sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox when he found out the WSU coach Buck Bailey always took Conley out of the game whenever Pro Scouts were were in she stands. Gene had a great career with the Celtics too. I know some of the players during your time were super athletes as well. Conley was a number of years ahead of my class, but we'll always remember his talent, energy and great sense of humor. It served him well too. The Celtics he played with were great pranksters on and off the court. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Paul Lewis (61WB) RE: Spudnuts To Joan Eckert Sullens (51). I lived in Richland 20 years just a few blocks from the Spudnut Shop, and it never dawned on me that Spudnuts might be made from spuds! Thanks for enlightening me about my heritage! -Paul Lewis (61WB) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Bob Gustavson (70) The organization for the sock hop sounds great. Are you related to Mary Gustavson of CUP fame And Dedication? -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Kenny Wright (63) RE: Ellensburg It has been many a year since I have hung out in Ellensburg so I respectfully defer to my fellow Bombers who have better updated information than myself. This coming weekend I plan to take my daughter (15 years old) on the chimpanzee tour at CWSU. Can any one out there suggest what activities/events/sites/ restaurants etc. that could entertain us during our visit? If there is anyone that would like to join us we could have a pre-R2K mini Bomber reunion. In anticipation, thanks for any assistance. -Kenny Wright (63) ******************************************** >>From: Davis Rivers (65) RE: R2K Raffle Greetings, Sports Fans! I received the following letter from Gene Conley today along with an autographed baseball for the raffle: 5/28/00 Dear David, I received your note regarding the June 24th reunion. I'm not sure if I can attend but I know I would like to see a lot of those old people. Please say hello to our mutual friends Bob, Dean and Bo. I sure hope their bones don't ache as much as mine. ha. I'm mailing on a baseball and inscribed a lot of everything and maybe one of my old drinking buddies from High School will pay a buck or two for it. Thanks for the letter and my best to you and all. Kindest Regards, Gene Conley --------------- So, gang, be at the raffle if you want to get a hold of a very nicely autographed piece of baseball history from one of our own! David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) RE: R2K All Bomber Reunion Chili Feed/Twirlers Hi everyone! It won't be long now and the FUN begins!! I still need some helpers for the chili feed, I'm only asking for an hour of your time between 3 and 6 p.m. The committee has been working really hard to make this a success and with your help it will be. Say, you baton twirlers out there, I know there are more of you. Come and join in and have some FUN that's what it is all about !! Come join us during the 'fight song' and do simple twirls.. don't have a baton?..... We'll share.. then we'll be sure to have FUN! No special uniform, no special routine, not even a special baton, we just need the twirlers to join the FUN! Don't be shy.. -Patti Snider Miller (65) ******************************************** >>From: Gary R. Ell (67) To Kim Richey Dykeman (74) I know who was involved in the very first "R" on bager mount, and I also know who went up the next night ,and knocked the leg out so it became a 'P'... all in all, it would be so cool to redo it for the big event! -Gary R Ell (67) ******************************************** >>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) Hi Class of 1982! I just wanted you all to know I am maintaining the Class of '82 website now. Right now it only has email addresses, so if yours isn't there, please send it to me and I'll put it in. Eventually, I would like to include a link to any reunion info there might be, photos of our class from High School to Elementary, a Memorial Page, and anything else that might be of interest to you guys. Some of the classes ('75 and '67 come to mind) have some great ideas. If you have any suggestions, or could help out, please let me know. I am a real novice at this, so I would welcome anything you have to offer. Thanks much, -Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/7/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and two more "Spudnut Lovers" today. Anna May Wann (49), Curt Donahue (53), Marilyn Richey (53), Jerry Martin (57), David Rivers (65), Janie O'Neal (65), Shirley Collings (66), Vickie Krause (70), Larry Stone (71), Peggy Adair (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) RE: Telethon My entry today [6/6/00] got lost in cyberspace and it showed up late. The telethon was last Sunday [6/4/00], but we can still take pledges. Next year I will get my message in earlier. It was a great experience and one I will do as long as I can still walk the Seattle Center. Thanks to those who did donate this year. The money goes to take care of children that their families can't afford medical treatment. Thanks. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Gene Conley (48) Tom Tracy (55) was right on with his comments about Gene Conley. My earliest recollection of Gene was when I was 12 or 13. My dad, Howard Donahue, drove the team bus for a number of years and on one occasion I got to ride along to the game. Richland was playing Walla Walla that day and Gene was pitching. Two things stick in my mind from that day. The first was Gene was polishing his shoes on the way to the game. I don't recall whose polish he had borrowed, but when he was through there wasn't any polish left in the bottle. The whole team got a real charge out of that. The next memory was during the game when Gene got angry over something and he reared back and through a fast ball so hard that the catcher (Meicenheimer) got planted on his seat. I don't remember the score, but Richland won. Gene's accomplishments in both Professional Baseball and Basketball were unmatched in my opinion. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Ginger Rose Reed (55): The Hi Spot Club that was in the dorm near what is Rite Aid and then went to the Richland Community House advisors were Don and Alice McCaughtry until I think l954 or 55 when the Martins became the advisors. But it was Don and Alice who developed the Hi Spot Band, sponsored a contestant in the Miss Richland contest - Beverly McCleary Rafferty (49) was Miss Richland that year. Miss Richland reigned over the Atomic Frontier Days during the summer. Every male grew beards during this time and western clothes were the thing to wear. It is too bad that there isn't a place where the kids from the two high schools could have a social life on the weekends instead of just cruising the streets burning up gas. But what fun in the 50's of going down and dancing, and meeting your fellow students for the evening after the Saturday nite game. Times now are different with the drugs and booze so easy to get. There will and would be to much problems for the community volunteers if you could get somebody to handle. To Tom Tracy (55): Your facts of Gene Conley (48) are a little off key. He signed with the Boston Braves. Then they became the Milwaukee Braves when he was playing. He ended his career with the Boston Red Sox. He pitched in two All star games and won 1 and lost 1. He pitched with two great pitchers of the 50s Warren Spahn and Lew Burnett. They had a great team and beat the Yankees either in 55 or 56. I know the Conley family went back to see Gene pitch. One of the neat things I had the chance to see - as my family was friends with the Conleys - is the large drinking glasses Mrs. Conley had in her home. All the Boston basketball team signed their names and Tiffanny's in New York made up these glasses with clear glass and green signatures. I think Gene's brother Ray (46) probably has them now. And, Tom, you are so right about Mr. Dawald. At least they had the insight to name the gym after him and he was alive to go there and enjoy some games after he retired from RHS. I still remember what he told me once. "there has never been a dribbled ball get to another place faster than a pass. I rest my case. I watched basketball from 1948 till in the 60s every year and then later when I was home at holidays. Yes, there was the KK boys and that championship team and there have been others, but what made Bombers different under Dawald was the style. It was something that is hard to explain. You had to be there to watch his teams on the floor. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jerry D. Martin (57) Date: Tue Jun 6 12:22:18 2000 Where's Dean Enderle (57), do any of you remember the Hi-spot Club? Or better yet does anyone remember me? Other than have a lot of senior moments, I am doing Great. Most of my classmates have grandkids the age of my baby (11 years old). I know a slow learner. Would love to hear from any of my ole friends, both of you. Jerry -Jerry Martin (57) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) RE: How'd that happen? Okay. So we're not as young as we used to be. But I remember dancing my very first slow dance with a vision of loveliness (I'm talking VERY FIRST), Carol Wise... the song... "Mr. Blue".. yes, or course, by the Fleetwoods, Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher (always remembered her name from my on again off again girlfriend, Gretchen Griffen) and Barbara Ellis... three kids from Olympia (Kinda like Jimmy Rogers from Washugal).. I mean our own Washington kids making it BIG!!!!!!!!! (Yes, I know... Bing... the Ventures.. and....... the Hallowed Wailers).. but anyway, back to the story......... So I often think of that first slow dance and always think of it when I hear "Mr. Blue"... It's like entering my first sock hop at Col-Hi... "Oh Donna" was playing... one of those things you don't forget no matter what........ Oh yes... back to the story... So... (if you've lost interest, I'm getting to the point of all this) How does our very own Gary Troxel get to the point where he's in front of the Supremes arguing about....... shudder......... grand- parents' rights??????!!!!!! How and when did we get to be gray panthers? I mean just the other day I remember marching and getting arrested (don't remember the cause... I'm sure it was a good one... but I know it wasn't the gray panthers I was with!)...... And, more importantly, when did it become Okay to be old enough to be grandparents....... (Geez, are these kids expecting any answers from us????? I'm not sure I've figured out the questions!). Well, It was such a shock to be listening to my oldies station and Having Gary and his wife calling in to the station just like anyone else to request a song and to start talking about the case.. then of course, "Mr. Blue" came on... and then of course, I sat down here and began rambling like... me. -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) I wanted to thank all the people who prayed for my niece, Erin. Unfortunately she passed away last night [6/5/00]. The family was called in early yesterday [6/5/00] morning because they told us there wasn't much hope. As we gathered around her bed and watched her peacefully slip away one of our pastor's sermons kept coming to mind. He said, 'If God came to us and announced the day before that he was coming to bring us home we would stand there and argue with him. We'd probably tell him something like "No I just got this new car, or but I want to go to my prom, or I need to live long enough to get married." And not even realize what a wonderful place God has created for us. Beyond our wildest dreams." I don't think it was a coincident that in my Sunday school class last week our scripture was John 14:2 "In my fathers house is many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." I had the children in my class tell what their mansion would be like. The ideas were so basic of course, one child wanted it filled with strawberries and white cake, another with puppies and kitties, another with beautiful curtains. I thought, so similar to us in Gods eyes. We can't even imagine. But like my grandson said "Erin is on her second course at the big feast. She doesn't have to eat through those awful tubs any more." Erin is in a better place now. We only morn for ourselves. Thanks again for my Bomber family and their prays and words of encouragement. Every night after coming home from the hospital it was so comforting to get on my computer and hear from you all. Sincerely, -Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) ******************************************** >>From: From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Re: New author, Glenna Hammer Moulthrop (66) Thought I would provide advance publicity for Glenna by attaching this TCHerald article with information about Glenna's 'book signing' as author of "Mother Teresa: Living in Love." Congratulations, Glenna! "Former Hanford High School and Lewis-Clark State College infielder Elliott Strankman was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round in Monday's Major League Baseball Entry Draft". His dad is Fritz (67) and his granddad is Fred Strankman (former RHS coach). -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Vickie Krause Herold (70) Date: Mon Jun 5 19:45:23 2000 Just found out about the reunion will be there who's out there from the class of 1970? Hi... I was at the 20 year cant believe its 30 already!! Looking for Larry Worley anyone know of his whereabouts? Or how about Meg (teaches in Pasco or Kennewick) Will see you in a couple of weeks -Vick -Vickie Krause Herold (70) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Larry D. Stone (71) Date: Mon Jun 5 00:13:54 2000 I started at Col Hi for my junior year. My late sister, Sandra Stone (Smith) just did her senior year there. We had moved over from Kennewick. I graduated and entered the Air Force where I stayed for 20 years. Retired from the AF in 91; took over my father's carpet installation business for a couple years till I got on with the Postal Service. I'm now a Supervisor of Customer Service with the Richland Post Office (now at the West Richland Station). I live in Richland, on Newcomer St. -Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair (72) RE: Gene C. Adair, Sr Wanted to let you know and friends of Gene Adair, Sr. that my Dad passed away at his home Saturday night the 3rd of June with my sister, Judy, my brother, Jimmie, and Dad's wife, Pansy, at his side. He has been very ill for the last six weeks or so and has now left this world for a better one. Dad's funeral is Thursday, June 8th at 1:00. His obituary will have further details if anyone would like to attend. Sincerely, -Peggy Adair (72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Shirley Collings Haskins (66) scanned the funeral notice for us all. Find it at: ******************************************** -------- Original Message -------- RE: Spudnuts Date: Tue, 6 Jun 2000 14:15:45 EDT From: Larry Hunter To: I grew up in No. Utah where there was a Spudnut Drive- In, it was a popular place and the Spudnuts were great, I have forever thought "Spudnuts" was a franchise of some sort, can you provide any information, we are pursuing information with an interest in opening a "Spudnut" shop. Any help would be appreciated Thanks -Larry Hunter ******************************************** -------- Original Message -------- RE: spudnut Date: Sat, 03 Jun 2000 09:40:52 -0800 From: Marilyn Petrosie To: Hello, I am seeking information on the "SPUDNUT". If you or anyone can help it will be apreciated. I remember as a child of eating spudnuts in Pampa, Tx and recently had a chance to taste what I had been missing for 40 some years in Santa Barbara, Ca. Is there a franchise on "spudnut" and if so how does one buy into it. I want to start a business for a drive thru coffee shop but didn't want to serve the regular old donut. I thank the spudnut is the answer. Thank You. -Marilyn *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/8/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Ann Pearson (50), Loretta Ostboe (55), Ann Bishop (56), Dean Enderle (57), Shirley Collings (66), Steve Piippo (70), Terry Hutson (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** This was an interesting web page that Gary Behymer (64) found Since it was in German, I sent the URL to Bill Wilson (63), who lives in Germany for translation and this is Bill's response: Hallo Maren, Just opened your message with the attachment in German. Am happy to translate, although not too much value. "Nuke 'em is also the war cry (cheer) of the Richland Bombers, that is, the athletic teams of the Richland High school, whose green-yellow (shows you how much this guy knows/everybody knows they are green and gold) oh well, back to the text: whose green-yellow jerseys are adorned with a nice atomic mushroom. And all of this from a place where the plutonium was brooded for the Nagasaki-bomb. The Americans are crazy! (This line is an adaptation from an Aterix comic book line - Die spinnen die Römer = The Romans are crazy!)" Still proud to be a Bomber!! Bill ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) Here is another column from the May 1950 Sandstorm: "You Know Them By....piano playing and parties, Alberta Wawrburton...levis and boxing, Jerry Arbuckle...'Seventeenth Summer' and bridge parties, Margie Panahan....Barbara and Patti, Carrol Clement...Prom King and football, Tom Merryman...Cars and Shanna, Bary Mosceller...Nanette and Wilmer, Norma Meyers.... Shortstop and student store, Bill Hinson....Swimming and 'Me and My Shadow", Ann Pearson...Hi-Spot and dancing, Dan Breard....Sewing and representatiave for prom queen, Jean Glendinning...Half mile and drum and white shirts, Bob Musselman...Helen, Jim Chubb....Basketball and 'Big Ed', Ed Osborne...Girls sports and typing, Shirley Binns...Relays and Darlene, Dave McElroy" The Seniors of Columbia High School, class of 1950, have many ambitions as shown by the following significant discoveries, which were unearthed only after careful questioning. Carroll Clement's ambition is to eventually become an outstanding athlete like Bill McCormick. Bill McCormick's ambition is to eventually become as graceful as "Twinkle Toes" Carroll Clement. Andrea Moore's ambition is to ride in a flying saucer. Elbert Kelly wants to go to the moon, but not in a flying saucer. He wants to go in a hot rod. Raideen Porter's ambition is to mow all the lawns at Col Hi with her little movwing machine. Charlene Luckey hopes to raise black orchids, and sell a hundred a day at a thousand dollars a piece. For a little musterm, there is an anonymous senior girl, whose ambition is to be an old maid and run a bachelor's home. Other ambitions are more realistic...Ray Jessen to be an engineer, Neil Goff to be a geologist or a forester, Dick Morton an engineer or artist, John Maxwell to be in nuclear physics, Fred Barker a mechanical engineer, Tureman Tucker and Norman Baker electrical engineers, Jack Jordon a commercial pilot, Arachie Frew a dentist and Stan Ewing a teacher. Well - how did it go - anyone out there realize these ambitions?? -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) Do you know that Fran Rish plays golf every Mon-Fri at West Richland Golf Course? Since the Bomber Stadium is named for him, wondered if this is common knowledge. My husband plays golf there and he and Fran are in the same gangsome, small world!! -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (56) To Jerry D. Martin (57) Dean Enderle (57) is living in England. -Ann Bishop Ousley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Dean Enderle (57) To Jerry Martin (57) Hello Jerry I am alive and well (at least mostly so) been wondering if you would ever turn up on this web site. I think your sister and brother have had some input on a couple of occasions and I did mention you a couple of times earlier on when I left messages but no one seemed to know where you were. The things I remember most about you and our time in Richland were how proud you were of your dad's Caddy and that 49 Ford convertible you had with the continental kit on the back. You also had a little black dog, I think her name was Mitzi?? and once you came over to my house after she had pups and you had one in your jacket pocket. They were so small you could hold them in the palm of your hand. I am presently living in England, its a long story so won't bore everyone reading this with it, if you get time drop me a line with your e-mail address and we can talk. My e-mail is , I also have addresses for Darrel Cowgill and Max Sutton if you are interested. -Dean Enderle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) RE: Additional information about my 6-7-00 entry My message about the book signing by Glenna Hammer Moulthrop (66), author of "Mother Teresa: Living in Love" was lacking this sentence: "Please come visit Glenna June 10 at the Book Place (noon-2 p.m.) OR on June 24 at the Richland BookWorm at 11 a.m. or the Kennewick BookWorm at 1 p.m." Visit Glenna's web page at: Click on [1966] and poke around the '66 website for a link to Glenna's book. Also forgot to mention that Elliott Strankman's mother is Marilyn Hammer (70). Congratulations, Elliott!! Peace, -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To RHS Alumni: RHS assistant principal Steve Neill (72) was selected as graduation speaker by the class of 2000. Neill followed many RHS students as asst. principal from Badger Mountain to Chief Jo and now here in RHS. Neill provided an articulate, outstanding speech discussing racial diversity, what the future holds and the importance of attitude. Neill also recognized several state championship Bomber teams. Neill did the RHS staff, community and class of 2000 proud!!! Neill is the first RHS administrator selected as speaker since 1983. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Terry Hutson Semmern (74) RE: David Rivers' (65) note to the Adair Family. My thoughts, prayers and warm wishes go to the Adairs. If there is anything that I can do, please let me know. -Terry Hutson Semmern (74) ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Dick Von Olnhausen, Class of 1962 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/9/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard (59), Richard Anderson (60), Judy Willox (61), Mike Brady (61), Carol Converse (64), Gary Behymer (64), Patti McLaughlin (65), Patti Snider (65), Steve Piippo (70), Debra Upington (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) Recent RHS Grads wanted to help with R2K Mary Triem Mowery (47) has agreed to head up the recruitment of 10-12 recent RHS grads to help with the Bomber Bowl field lettering & ushering for the R2K Bomber Group Picture. If you know of any recent grads that would like to help, contact me and I'll put you in touch with Mary. The time requirements are: Thursday, June 22 - probably all day & Saturday, June 24 - 10:30 to noon. Volunteers will receive a cool gold T-shirt with green lettering to identify them as members of the Bomber Picture Crew and free entry to the Great Chili Feed Friday, June 23. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ******************************************** >>From: Class of 1960 40th Reunion Committee Class of 1960 "List of the Lost" Fellow Bombers, We have just published our Class's "List of the Lost" on our website. If you know the whereabouts of any of these individuals, please help us out with your knowledge. The list may be perused at: Click the [1960] link to visit our site. The "List of the Lost" is the first link in the Table of Contents. Yr Obt Srvt, Richard Anderson (60) Webwright [trust me, I'm on linguistic bedrock in choosing this term], Class of 1960 ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Date: Wed Jun 7 19:01:42 2000 All new at this, I love this page. Hey all you Bombers out there! Finally came out of the dark ages and fell prey to one of these contraptions. Thanks to my brother, I am now an owner of a computer. Thanks to my sister, Mercedes Willox Loiseau (64) and my best friend (still to this day) Myrna Bolin Turner (63) for nagging me to death until I finally gave in. I am sure I will thank them for real some day! Would love to hear from more of the class of '61. Does anybody know what ever happened to Barry Babbit '60 or to Kent Bone '60? If any one knows, let me know. See ya all again. -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Brady (61) RE: Bomber basketball Looking back, one of my biggest thrills was going to Bomber basketball games as a kid. When the band began to play the Richland fight song and the team came out from the locker room, chills would run up and down my body and my heart would skip a beat as I watched the Bombers do their warm-up drills. From the time I was in the second grade I never missed a home game. As I got older I would go down on the floor under the basket and retrieve balls while the Bombers warmed up. When they were on the road, I would listen to the games on KALE radio. As I kept my own score card, I loved to listen to the sportscaster describe the games in detail. I remember beating Hermiston 101-65. Art Dawald pulled Norris Brown out early in the 4th quarter. Norris had scored around 30 points. For the remainder of the quarter the crowd would yell, "We want Norris." Of course, being the gentlemen and sportsmen that Dawald was, he never put Norris back into the lineup. To read the names of these wonderful athletes in the Sandstorm brings back many of those great memories. Names like Lonnie Whitner (55), Tom Tracy (55), Dick Nelson (59), Bob Frick (60), Chuck Curtis (55), John Meyers (58), C.W. Brown (58) and of course the great Norris Brown (57) are music to my ears. When I was on school patrol at Sacajawea Elementary School, Lonnie Whitner would drive by each day in his old Ford. I would wave at him, and he would wave back. To a 10 year old kid, life didn't get any better, and to a 57 year old guy, it still doesn't get any better. Thanks guys for the memories and thrills! -Mike Brady (61) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) I'm so sorry for the loss of your niece. I know she is in a much better place now. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Need Your Help! Would someone with a 1974 annual please let me know who the secretary of Pep Club was??? -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) Help, again! The class of '65 is looking for some more friends, namely Darrell Moorman and Jan Barnes Smith. To David Rivers (65): Do you know where Gretchen Griffen is? She was so much fun! But she moved during junior high, and we've never been able to find her. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) I was just down to Rocket Mart and was told that 2a.m. today (6/8/00) that Jim Perryman, retired teacher from Jason Lee Elementary passed away from a massive heart attack. Most likely the next day or two the obituary will be in the Tri-City Herald. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Carol and family. -Patti Snider Miller (65) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To DR. Ed Temple Congratulations on your retirement. You helped bring alot of kids into the world. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Debra Upington Fritts (82) Date: Wed Jun 7 01:42:55 2000 Class of '82 Anyone else? Would love to hear from anyone in class of '82... Please add me to your next update for the Alumni of '82 page. Thanks!!! -Debra Upington Fritts (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/10/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Laura Dean Kirby (55), Kathie Roe (64), Becky Skarshaug (66), Pam Ehinger (67), Betti Avant (69), Phil Jones (69), Randi Newby (70), Kathy Wheat (79), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** ANNOUNCEMENT: To those asking about Hi-Spot cards: Gloria Davis Tinder (61) had two of hers scanned. There is a link to each of them on the Hi-Spot website. Hi-Spot The second one -- signed by Walt Steckline -- even has the rules on the back. -Maren ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) To the local class of '55'ers: Finally turned a remark into a reality yesterday when "Let's do lunch" became "Let's do this again". Applebee's shoved tables together and 10 of us "gals" gathered 'round for lunch and laughter. We concluded that grandchildren are wonderful, husbands are a mystery, weight comes with wisdom, technology is a challenge, and retirement is busier than work. It was great to see Sherrill Hamlin Savory, Sharon Bee Burks, Wanda Rickets Steel, Barbara Crawford Marsh, Sharon Templeman Watts, Janet Oats Porter, Billie Lee Lawell Neth, Nancy Grow Bainard and Pat Acton Jonson. They all look as pretty to me as they did 45 years ago on graduation day. Some changes are evident, but all for the better as we have matured more or less gracefully. All in all, only our minimal health challenges slow us down. We looked at photos and discussed other passions and I'm sorry to say we all talked at once causing me to fail to absorb as much news as I would have liked. We tried to review a list of those who have not responded to the request for personal information for the upcoming reunion, but sadly, many are "missing". I see that most of us are too busy living for today, to spend much time thinking of the past. Many reminiscences are fun, but thankfully we are able to put away the painful parts to history and go on to something better. I know there are several of you out there who still live in the area and we wondered why we don't hear from you. Send your data to this site or call Sharon Watts with your address so you can gather with the rest of us the next time we "Do lunch". You won't be sorry! It was fun. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) To Terry Duncan (85) Please send me your email address so I can forward you info about the alumni game. Thanks. -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Becky Skarshaug Fisher (66) Re: New author, Glenna Hammer Moulthrop (66) Glenna, How wonderful to read about your book. I am so pleased to be able to say, I once knew this author. Congratulations, may your life be filled with the love and joy that was practiced by the incredible subject of your book. Peace, -Becky Skarshaug Fisher (66) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To Ed Temple: Retired at the age of 51!! Ed that's not fair! As a hard working nurse I don't get to retire!! But I still wish you all the luck in the world! Hope to see you at the reunion in 13 days! Bomber's Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) To Mike "Boo Boo" Davis (74): I know you don't know me, but my brother Howard was your manager for basketball your sophomore year. In looking at Sunday's paper here [in Kansas] there were coupons for Denny's. I am just curious -- what is your thing with them? I drove from Kansas to Richland last summer for my reunion and stopped at several Danny's in route. They are all the same, but they do have good food and you know what you are getting at one, you will get the same at another. Happy eating!!!! -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) My sincere condolences to the Jim Perryman family. I liked Jim very much. -Phil Jones (69) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) RE: Class of '70 Vickie Krause Herold (70): Hi, Just got back for the committee meeting for the class of '70. Wish I'd seen this before I went. I could have check to see if your name was possibly left off the list. I don't think you will remember me as I left before graduation but of course lived here my whole live. I was welcomed when asked if I could help with the upcoming reunion in July. Kendal Smith (70) and I are working on the memory book for the reunion. If you know of anyone from the class of '70 who wants to put something in (what they've been doing since 1970 -- about family, jobs and so on) have them get a hold of me. I have over a hundred entries in it and of course there will be pictures and so on. The books are $10 and will be very nice. If you need any more information just send me an email. The rest of you '70 grads who have gotten notices and have not responded PLEASE, we need a head count - - deadline for Memory Book is June 26. Get your information in. You never know who may be looking for you and wanting to send you a HELLO! So, you '70 Grad's get in gear. Jim asked tonight how many of us planned on going to the R2K. More the 1/2 lifted hands BUT when he ask "how many have registered" mine was the only hand that went up. PLEASE do not wait until the very last minute. Name tag and so on must be made, head count is important for everything. -Randi Newby Tucker (70) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Wheat Fife (79) I was so sad to hear Mr. Perryman died. He was absolutely one of the most influential teachers I had. He was a man of great character and a lot of fun. My condolences to his family. Does anyone have an address for Mrs. Perryman? I was fortunate to take my 3 children to Richland about 5 years ago to meet him, and, after 20+ years he hadn't changed much at all. They really enjoyed him, too. He will be missed. -Kathy Wheat Fife (79) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) Does anyone remember the name of the Science Center that was housed in the Federal Building years ago. I thought it was the Hanford Science Center, however, I don't see it listed under that name. Does it have a website? If so, does anyone know the link? -Kim Edgar (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/11/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today. Mary Triem (47), Betty McElhaney (57), Dean Enderle (57), Larry Mattingly (60), Denny Johnson (62WB), Lyndy Wheeler (62), Paula Beardsley (62), Frank Osgard (63WB), Gary Behymer (64), Ray Stein (64), Ed Temple (67), Larry stone (71), Vicki Owens (72), Mike Davis (74), Dave Trent (75), Chad Walter (90), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) TO THE CLASSES OF THE 40's Where are you? I know many of you are subscribing to the Sandstorm, but there are only 3 really OLD timers signed up for the Y2K from the class of 1947 and none from previous years. This event is a one-of- a-kind happening and there are many folks who are working very hard to make a success of the reunion. Anyone who has ever even assisted in preparations for a class reunion will know what a terrific amount of dedication and hard work it takes to pull such an event together, and I, for one, can only imagine working toward a goal of an all Bomber affair. After attending the graduation of the class of 2000 (oldest granddaughter carried on the Bomber tradition) I have become even more aware of the tremendous pride of the Bombers. Call it refusing to give up my youth, sloppy sentimentalism or an avid party person - I am eagerly anticipating the Bomber Y2K. Remember the old saying "you snooze, you lose". -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ******************************************** >>From: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) To Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) Looking for Darrell Moorman, try the Tri-Cities phone book. He is listed and so is his Mother. -Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) ******************************************** >>From: Dean Enderle (57) To Jerry Martin/Gus Keeney (57) Sorry to use the Sandstorm as a means of getting info, but Jerry and Gus, if you want me to answer your questions and keep in touch, I need your e-mail addresses guys........ In the meantime all you other Bombers out there, enjoy the big R2K bash and I will be thinking of you. -Dean Enderle (57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dean -- When they submit a Sandstorm entry, their e- mail address is RIGHT THERE below their name in the entry. All you need to do is CLICK on the e-mail address, and you should get a nice, clean blank e- mail all addressed to them and ready for you to type in the subject line. Click on your own e-mail address in this very entry and you will see. If it doesn't work like that with YOUR e-mail client, SWITCH TO NETSCAPE! ALSO, you can find their e-mail address(es) on the Class website for their class. Check it out! -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To Kim Edgar (79): What I remember about the "Hanford Science Center" when it was first opened was that it was full of interesting exhibits of actual items from the Hanford facilities. There were lots of "insider" pictures and many exact scale, or working models of equipment generic only to Hanford. Several years ago I took a client from out of state to the Federal Bldg. only to find that the wonderful museum had been replaced by Energy Department propaganda pictures and posters. Almost nothing applied to Hanford. Unless they have changed it back, it may not be called the Science Center any more. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Lyndy Wheeler Myers (62) WOW what fun to read about "old" friends and neighbors. Wayne and I are still married is that weird or what? We are looking forward to seeing you all at the R2K -Lyndy Wheeler Myers (62) ******************************************** >>From: Denny Johnson (WB62) Jason Lee 51-56 While I was perusing today's offering, I noted a question regarding the Hanford Science Center, which triggered a memory of a movie that was filmed back in about 1955 or 1956 - The Richland Story - some of it was taken at Jason Lee where I was a student - I believe that Greg Boyd (63) and Dwight Burke (62) show up in there. When we viewed it, there were lots of catcalls and smart remarks of course. Just wondered if it's still around, or whether anyone else recalls it - I've been away from there so long (plucked out of elementary school in the prime of my life - banished to Clarkston, forced to be a hot- rodding juvenile delinquent), I don't know if it was ever shown again. Since I first discovered this site, I have been contacted by a few fellow students that recognized my name - that feels pretty good, although perhaps their memories were prompted by my notoriety rather than my biting wit and suave continental charm? I likely won't be attending the reunion, as I am barely an alumnus... but I wish every class and every student the best of luck finding old friends, making new ones, and reminiscing about one of the greatest towns in which it has been my fortune to live. Longer I type, the more I recall.. watching Conrad Hansen give a neighborhood bully the thrashing he so richly deserved - said bully shall remain unnamed in the likely (or unlikely) chance that he actually outgrew his predilection for violence and became a contributing member of society. Our neighborhood "gang" used to take great delight in ringing doorbells -particularly recall how rewarding it was to ring Borasky's (sp?) in particular. Eddie (59) would come out yelling and screaming about "hooligans" while we hid in the bushes and roared - apologies are hereby extended to Eddie, and his parents, and his brother Mike (who was much more even-tempered) - both kids were sharp as can be and I'm sure they have gone on to fame and fortune. If anybody remembers Tony Tellier, he was my mentor - taught me how to build flyable, gas-engine powered planes, and got me interested in cars - a hobby I have had ever since. Tony was probably 16 or so when I was in 6th grade, so I don't know what class he may have graduated with. {Tony is a '57 grad. -Ed] That's enough for now - fear I am inducing ennui with my ramblings.... good narrator knows when to stop - unfortunately, that's not me. -Denny Johnson (WB62) Jason Lee 51-56 ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) Hi - Just finally came up for air after our son's graduation from Richland High on the 2nd. I was caught up in a time warp as we watched the kids march onto the track through the old bleachers. Sang along to the fight song and remembered all the words - didn't know if I would after all these years. I remember like it was yesterday (or maybe 33 years ago) when my classmates made that same march. Santino Fontana was one of the speakers and he was so funny. Also loved the "superman" that ripped off his robe and leaped off the stage after receiving his diploma. These crazy kids!! Was a great weekend and happy to have another Bomber Alumni in the house now. RE: Bomber Mums - LAST CHANCE TO PREORDER - JUNE 15 I have been busily trying to get all the preordered mums done so they will be ready for the reunion. I will have a few (very few) extras made up and for sale at the reunion but they won't have the graduation year on them. Last chance to order will be June 15 and what I have extra will be on a first come basis. If you want yours with your graduation year on it - order now. RE: Edward Temple Way to go little brother- I know you aren't really retired - you are much too young - just making a change - good luck in your new practice. I'll see you on the 29th. Big vacation plans - We are headed east beginning July 4 to visit sister Janice (64) in Barnwell, SC with stops in Ft. Collins, Oklahoma City, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Rapid City and Boise. Any '62-65 Bomber grads who remember the Beardsleys along the way, would love to visit with you. Let me know where you are and I'll give you a holler. Also would like a suggestion for inexpensive nice motels to stay in decent neighborhoods. Would hate to end up in a "bad" part of town. Thanks for any ideas you might have. Deaths: Rose Sonderland Arndt passed away this week. Memorial Gathering today at the Tower Inn. Many of you will remember her boys: John, James, David, Craig and Roger. Roger is a coach at Riverview in Finley. Also Walter Cook passed this week. His son Nelson (The Jolly Green Giant) graduated in '60. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) RE: Where's Jimbeaux? Have lost Jimbeaux's e-mail address, and can't seem to raise him at work, so maybe he'll check in here. I guess the statue of limitations on my "deficit karma" has run out. All that crap I pulled with Pook, Chico, The Chipmunks and the rest of those "South End Irregulars", is by the by. Shooting Gaylor Bolton's decoys I'm clean. That slight indiscretion on the Columbia Queen, it's history. Peeking into the girl's shower at Church Camp, blame it on Normie. That near terminal case of Honky Tonk Amnesia from gunnin' a warm half rack of Oly at the Camlin, color it gone. Or more appropriately, color it green and gone. The current Frau, turned by luck around. Her love of "Road Food", made her a regular at each and every AM/PM, 7-11 and Chevron Food Mart, here around town. The 30th of May weekend we had just left the Denny's on the Interstate, when she had a hankerin' for some Nachos. I stopped at the Ghandi Mart and got her the big basket, with extra cheese and jalapanoes and a 96oz (you can use the empty cup for a waste basket, when you're done) diet pepsi. Our new main man (who will live forever in my heart), Arman, rang it up at $4.02. I only had a five spot, so he took some pennies out of the dixie cup by the till. I took my buck change, bought a lottery ticket and the rest is history. Come seven o'clock that night we were trippin' the light fandango. Tuesday, we got our picture taken with the Govenor's lackey, grabbed the check and left the Volare in the parking lot with the keys in the ignition and the engine running. I stopped by the shop in a Lincoln stretch limo, with all the windows rolled down (they hadn't cleaned it very well after somebody got sick on their way home from the Prom, kinda like the Columbia Queen). I sniffed out my Supervisor and told him Sayonara, AMF, See Ya, Kiss My Butt and to keep the deposit for the shirts with my name stitched over the pocket, I won't be back. I gave the boys a couple of "Jacksons" to buy everyone a beer and a bump after work. I got a manicure, tanning session and a massage (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), and even sprung for some new snake skins with silver toe caps at the BootTowne outlet. When I got home, Mama was a blonde with three diamonds in each ear. Thursday, we got us a big ass RV with a bump out and satellite dish. Now that the boys are out of school, we're headin' for Richland and Y2R. Gonna play a little catch-up, knock back a few with some friends, watch Norris's magic one last time and goad Pitts into doing the gator. I'll check in along the way... -Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) RE: Seriously Seeking Cheryl ____ (Class of 1975) I have come across a 1973 annual of a Richland Bomber who was a sophomore that year. All things being equal, this person would have graduated in 1975. Here is what I know about HER. HER name is CHERYL. ~ In her sophomore year she took drivers training. (Susan Sadler) ~ Had Morley Paul as an English teacher. ~ "May have been interested in a young man named Danny O." (Dennia ?) ~ "Had P.E." (Kathy Showalter) ~ "Was good in geometry." (Debbie Rolph) ~ "Took German." (Scott Hardman) ~ "Have fun with Mr. Harbour and the 11 boys on that trip." (Jan Sullivan) ~ "It's been fun in biology." (Cheryl?) ~ "Glad you got secretary in pep club for your junior year." (Tina?) Anyone from the Class of 1975 identify this lady? ***** >From Holly Chamberlain (76) Gary: The secretary of Pep Club listed in the '74 annual is Cheryl Birden ***** >From Jim Rice Sounds like Cheryl Osborne to me. Note: the 75 yearbook has her name with an e (ie Osborne) but the 75 web page email listing has it without (Osborn). The clue from "Tina" (who's probably Tina Emmons, who married my brother Randy) is the best evidence. I have the 74 yearbook at home, so I can double-check the pep club officers that year. But my vague recollection is that Cheryl Osborne hung around in Tina's crowd. ***** >From Cheryl Osborn (75) Can't be me, because I went to Hanford my sophomore year, and then transferred to RHS in my junior year - 1974. Sorry. ***** >From Karen Rathjen Todd (74) The secretary for Pep Club for '74 annual was Cheryl Birden. (treasurer myself that year) ***** Bottom Line.... It appears that I have acquired the 1973 annual of then sophomore Cheryl Birden (Class of 1975). I would be glad to give this annual to her if someone can give me her mailing address or phone number. -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Ray Stein (64) RE: Gene Conley (48) After reading all the discussion about Gene Conley, I decided to scan his baseball card, just in case anyone is interested. -Ray Stein (64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Find it at: All Bomber Sports Click the baseball link to find the baseball card. ******************************************** >>From: Ed Temple (67) To Pam Ehinger (67) and Steve Piippo (70) Thanks for your notes and kind words. However, Pam, I am not really retiring. My partners for over the past twenty years are leaving the practice of medicine, so I had to decide on my options. I decided to do it the old fashioned way of stopping obstetrics and just doing gynecology at this point. You may not have noticed, but I have, (okay, so doctors are wimps compared to nurses; I am sure Donna Strasser agrees), but it is harder to do certain things after 50 -- like getting up in the middle of the night. That used to be the standard plan for OB/GYN's. Dr. Chase did it; Dr. Peterson did it before him. It is a bit harder to pull off now with managed care, but I am going to give it a shot. Also with "call" not as busy, I may even make it to see all the Bomber greats at the basketball game in two weeks. Thanks again, -Ed Temple (67) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) To Kim Edgar (79) It was the Hanford Science Center. It has moved and changed names. Now located behind the Community Center, it's the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology (CREHST)... (509)943- 9000. The Post Office and Border Patrol now share the space that was vacated when the HSC moved out. -Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) To Betti Avant (69) You have asked the two-dollar question! What IS Boo-Boo Davis' "thing" (aka "total preoccupation") with Denny's? We all await his response with baited breath! To All Ok, I'm willing to admit it in public, I am REALLY getting excited for R2K. On Thursday I caught myself prancing through the living room humming the Richland fight song! I mentioned that to a couple of my friends, and they made me sing it for them. That was worse, because when I sang the "dah dadat dah dah dah dah dah" part, they accused me of forgetting the lyrics. Nope, just singing the trumpet part, too. I've got it bad, folks. Thankfully, although it will take me 40 hours to reach Richland, I'll have four days to sleep off my jet lag before the pre-reunion festivities begin. If there are any CK people from the Class of '72 out there who want to join us for a Thursday night dinner together somewhere in Richland, let me know and I'll let you know once the venue is set. Hope to see you all soon... -Vicki Owens (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) My heart goes out to the Jim Perryman family. I was a fifth grader at Jason Lee when Jim arrived there and our relationship evolved into a 30+ year friendship. It was people like Jim who helped me make my decision to go into education. He always had the time for us through his teaching, coaching and friendship. He ran an after-school intramural basketball program and after the day's scheduled games he would keep the gym open for anyone that wanted to play some more. He would remain there until the last kid had had enough basketball for the day. I can remember Jim coming out on the playground with us and taking his swings with us in the softball games. To a 10 year old fifth grader he could hit the ball out of sight - very impressive! I always admired his fairness in dealing with the kids. If any of us got the "cools" real bad he would knock us down a notch and bring us back to reality. But if we needed our spirits lifted, for whatever reason, he had an uncanny ability to bring out your smile and laughter. Carol and family, I know you have a lot of precious memories of your husband and father. Think of all the good times, the funny times, the times he made you laugh, and the special moments you shared. That way he will always be with you. Be proud that his influence and good character went beyond your home. He was a positive influence on many people and a well respected member of this community. I'll miss him. May God bless you. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Trent (75) To Gary Behymer (64) The secretary of the pep club in 1974 was Cheryl Birden (her picture wasn't in the annual). -Dave Trent (75) ******************************************** >>From: Chad Walter (90) To: Class of '90 Bombers We are down to missing about 91 people (roughly 1/4 of the class). PLEASE look through the list below slowly to see if you know where any of these people are. There is just over a month (July 15) before the actual moneys and reservations have to be in so it is imperative we find these people. Don't forget if you are going to need a room at the Hanford House, reservations for reduced rates must be in by July 11. I can't believe some of the names on this list --- Paul Norman, Jamey Ingersoll?! These people are surely in touch with someone. Also, even if you are planning on not going to the reunion, please fill out the survey and mail it in anyway!! Just because you aren't going doesn't mean that nobody wants to hear about you or get in contact with you later on! Besides, you can still order a memory book! If you know where any of the people below are, email Tanya DeMyer Its going to be a great reunion --- can't wait to see everyone!! Missing People (As of June 7, 2000) Lorena Acquavella --- Sa'Matra L Anderson --- John L Baird-Boyd --- Ryan P Baker --- Catherine J Beattie - -- Crista L Belt --- Squire D Bennett --- Jason M Bergman --- Renee S Borowski --- Amy C Bozicevich --- Tracey M Brouillette --- Helen E Carrington --- Rick M Castillo --- Jason R Channel --- Susanne J Christensen --- Robert E Claphan --- Dawn S Clark --- Patrick L Cooper --- Darrin A Cox --- Doug R Davies - -- Derek Donley --- Sherrie A Duncan --- Sabrina E Easterwood --- Brett Eastmond --- Nick B Ellingsworth --- Jonathan P Faber --- Candy L Fall --- Tanya A Fisher --- Charmagne L Flynn --- Cynthia R Fowler --- Nerissa A Freeman --- Rob H Gale --- David J Gentry - -- Guilherme R Goncalves --- Stephanie R Hager --- Alan D Hahn --- Tawni R Hall --- Tina Harding --- Jeanna M Hester --- Heidi M Hill --- Patrick J Holden --- Jamey D Ingersoll --- Hiroshi Iwamoto --- Jennifer L Janetski --- Brenda S Jessop --- Vickie A Johnson --- Mike Kasch --- Sharon A Kempf --- Rebecca M Kozlik --- Jon Law --- Campbell H Lee --- Melanie Lehner --- Judy T Lewis --- Glenn Limketkai --- Wendy Manthei --- Rob C Martin --- James I May --- Debra Melton --- Vicki Morales --- Stacey K Miles --- Phil L Nelson --- Shannon L Nichols --- Paul J Norman --- Greg Noyce --- Jeffrey D Panko --- David R Peters --- Dylan P Place --- Jeffrey D Potter --- Kelly S Potter --- Andrea M Pratt --- Nathan E Pride --- Julie M Richterich ---T ony F Rodriquez --- Christopher A Schmidt --- Rebecca R Scott --- David Simpson --- Amber L Sullivan --- Glen L Tan --- Chris R Terry --- Dixie D Tidwell --- Cynthia M Todd --- Elizabeth A Turner --- Garrett C Venters --- Tatiana T Villa --- Jamie N Walker ---Diana L White --- David B Whitney - -- Chad A Womack --- Celeste K Wood --- Carol Wright --- Altagracia L Zepeda thanks, -Chad Walter (90) ******************************************** >>From: Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) To Kim Edgar (79) RE: Science Center Several years ago a new and expanded center was built... just above the tennis courts. Columbia River Exhibition Of Science History & Technology Telephone 943-9000 There are many very interesting pictures of days past: early Richland days... books.. souvenirs.. Mt. St Helens information.. Kennewick Man exhibit.. Dupus Boomer... housing info... and many Videos to see of the areas... house plans for all houses, etc... A small fee (reduced for R2K) lots of parking (just behind the Community House... it's a beautiful Museum and would be of interest to most alumni... I serve as a docent (tour guide) and will be happy to see lots of former Richlanders drop n during the times at the park.... HAPPY REUNION!!!! -Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/12/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Ralph Myrick (51), Mike Clowes (54), Tom Hughes (56), Missy Keeney (59), Fred Phillips (60), Helen Cross (62), Pam Ehinger (67), Anne Mitzlaff (77), Tracey Wood (82), Mary Bacon (84) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) RE: On the subject of Gene Conley (48): He certainly was everything that every one said he was. I never got to see him after he became a pro. I met Don Drysdale in Tokyo when I was there. I mentioned Gene and he told me he is one of the best pitchers in the big leagues. When you came up to bat against him, his arm reached half way to the plate. I even shook hands with Don Drysdale. His hand was larger than that of an encyclopedia. I painted his Mom's house and I see Ray [Conley-46] once in a while. His Mom said that he was in a stationery business. He certainly earned my respect and admiration both as an athlete and a person. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Other things in Uptown besides Kortens', The Spudnut Shop and the ever-popular Uptown Theater: Does anybody remember the Fish 'n Chips place? And if you do, did you ever eat there? It was called Fission Chips (ain't old annuals grand?). In case it doesn't sound familiar, it was next to the Spudnut Shop on the GWW side (I think). By way of weird instance, I believe there is a Kortens' in Longview, WA, and wasn't there one in Pasco? I know it is long gone from Uptown, but there is a Kennel-Ellis in Eugene, OR. Haven't been in there, but may go someday to inquire about Sam Ellis. Do we have other fond memories? All for now, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) 1956 Valedictorian - Ruth Johnson 1956 Salutatorian - Polly Ann Hills Remainder of top 5 Lloyd Moore Janet Glenn Anne Hutcherson -Tom Hughes (56) ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59) To Ed Temple (67): I'm sooo glad the best OB/GYN in the Tri Cities isn't totally retiring!! -Missy Keeney Baker (59) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) To Denny Johnson (WB62) Jason Lee 52-56 RE: You wondered about Tony Tellier (57). I'm pleased to report that in about '61, or maybe '62, he got busted for rolling a keg of beer (Oly? Rainier? Black Label??) across the skybridge into McAllister Hall at WSU. He did us Bombers proud. -Fred Phillips (60 ~ Jason Lee 52-54) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Paula Beardsley (62) We won't be home then to offer you hospitality at our home about 2 hours east of Indianapolis. But the Indiana state parks are great with all sorts of cabins and lodges all over the state. Your trip sounds so interesting, there will be lots to see in every spot. I'll bring you an Indiana booklet at the R2K reunion get-together. Looking forward to it, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) RE '67 Grade School Class Pictures: I can't remember who was asking for class pictures, but I've got class pictures of CKers from the 3rd - 8th plus the 8th grade party! Plus some singles from 5th and 7th! To Marsha Hopfinger (67): I've got yours from the 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th! You sure improved with years!! Boy O Boy the way our mothers did our hair!! LOL Well back on track here! I'll be bringing copies of these pictures to the Reunion. So if they could Contact me and let me know what to do with these it would help! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken (77) This is out of the norm for entries here, but I figure the odds are in my favor for an answer. Does anyone out there have an airbed made by whoever? I've checked into Select Comfort, Nautilus, and I forgot the third maker. If so, could you give me your input? Thanks. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken (77) ******************************************** >>From: Tracey Wood Peloquin (82) RE: passing of Jim Perryman My thoughts and prayers are with the Perrymans: Carol, Zane & Denise, Jimmy & Erin, Pam & Jason. He was a great teacher and taught many of our Richland Bombers how to drive... my sympathy. -Tracey Wood Peloquin (82) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Bacon Anderson (84) RE: Bomber Band Well, I heard rumor that someone is trying to get old members of Richland' Band's flag and rifle lines together to do the fight song maybe at the game? I would love to participate. I've been teaching color guard now for years since graduation and it would be fun to perform again. I would love to help make up a routine. I have plenty of flagpoles I could bring if needed. Maybe we could get the school to loan us some flags and such. If anyone is interested let me know. Does anyone else remember winning the 1983 state band championships at the Kingbowl? Then playing at the Seahawks game that Sunday. What a blast. I still remember the state football championships from before that that Richland beat Kentridge 7-6 with that beautiful 80 yard pass ("hail mary pass" as my husband calls it.) You see, he was in Kentridge's band that year while I was in Richland's. I remember at half time that my end of the flag line had to run over his band to get on the field cause they wouldn't get totally off! That next summer we both met by noticing each other's band jackets when at Drum corps camp in Seattle. We've been together ever since. Well, gotta go. See you all at R2K. -Mary Bacon Anderson (84 but 83 state band champs!) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/13/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today Anna May Wann (49), Tom Tracy (55), John Hodges (58), Judy Willox (61), Linda Lester (62), Kathy Rathvon (63), Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) RE: Air Beds First to Mary Triem (47): Sorry I can't make it to the R2K reunion but grandkids graduation, golf and work have me busy to the limits, can't possibly squeeze another week-end in. Just was in the Tri-Cities this past week-end for "Sun Bonnet Golf" and the wind was horrendous!!!! Did have a good time though. To Anne Mitzlaff Gerken (77): If you are talking air mattress - the other name is Aero and they are great. I have a queen size one for extra company. Electric inflate and instant deflate (not while you're on it of course). -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54): Thanks for the memories regarding Uptown. Wasn't there a Dawson-Richards store there also. The owner was a great supporter of Bomber Athletics. I remember the basketball trips in cars with either Dawald, Juricich and Bill Hartley and some in the bus. Bill Hartley was a tremendous supporter and fun guy to travel with. After a late game in Ellensburg. There was zero traffic with no wind and a glare ice road and he let several of us hooky bob for about 5 miles or so... it gave new meaning to the fast break.... Skateboarders: Eat your hearts out!!! The most difficult thing to do at the sporting goods store in Uptown Richland was for an athlete to ask a girl for the unmentionable item... athletic supporter... Most delicate ladies knew an athletic supporter as someone who sat in the stands and cheered.... In the 50s we just didn't talk much about the J word. One new young lady thought L, M, S meant something else besides Large Medium and Small. What sensitive young athlete would purchase for a "medium" or "short" (her terms) in presence of an innocent, under informed Bomber Maiden? The only way to maintain any semblance of ego was purchase the largest or oversized garment and try to return it later when one of the men was at the counter. Ah, the golden days of Bomber innocence. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: John Hodges (58) As far as memories go, I remember ... We did chase the mosquito jeep when he drove down our street, spraying out the cloud of DDT. We would run back and forth through the cloud. I think we were about 6 or 7 years old at the time, which places the date at 1946 or 7. Larry Taylor (58) and I used to go 'skinny dippin' down in the Yakima river in the '50s. I remember the 'Rec. Hall' in downtown Richland... we played pool by the hours! Ping-pong too! Then the school held some soc-hops there. At the other end was the bowling alley, it was mostly adults there. Hey, do you remember the 25 cent matinees? Movies at the Downtown Theater. We would faithfully go to those movies, lotsa westerns i.e. Gene Autrey, Roy Rodgers, and Hop-a-long Casidy! Ha ha ha! The six guns held hundreds of rounds without reloading! There's more later... -John Hodges (58) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To Barry Babbitt (60) Hey Barry, I have often wondered about you through the years and have asked several people if they knew where you were and what you were up to. I am up to 5'7" and 100-and-plenty, but that's beside the point. Anyway, suddenly (have only been a computer user a week now), here you are right before my eyes. Do you remember a classmate by the name of Kent Brewer Bone? If so, do you have any idea where he is or what has ever become of him? Remember, at one time that he had his jaw wired shut, I believe because he got it broken in a fight. Let me know if you have any info. I have alot of memories of people over the years and you and that oh-so-sweet maroon and black ford of yours are among some of my fondest! Take care and hope to hear from you! With Fondness, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Lester Rutkowski (62) RE: CHREST Was in Richland a few weeks ago and visited the Museum with another 1962 Graduate, Kathy Lamb Brown. It was a wonderful walk down memory lane. Learned some new facts about old things and thoroughly enjoyed the adventure. Learned some facts about new things too. When you visit, be sure to go downstairs to see the display of the Alphabet houses and look through picture albums of unidentified Richlanders. -Linda Lester Rutkowski (62) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon (63) RE: Reunion I've got an extra reservation that I don't need. It's at the Shilo Inn from Thurs. - Sat. It's one king size bed and there is a microwave in the room. Before I cancel it, does anyone want it? -Kathy Rathvon (63) ******************************************** >>From: Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) To all you local over-50 Bombers, just putting in a plug for the Tri-Cities Senior Celebration taking place Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16..... we have Spudnuts for door prizes (among other things, of course) and Jeff Marcum (73) is allowing 9 holes of golf at his Buckskin course and Jenny Bixler is leading a water aerobics class at the Racquet Club to mention just a few Bombers involved. If you've not heard of it, get in touch with Richland Senior Center or the other two. Lots to do and lunch, too, for $5.00. Know you all are busy with the ALL Bomber Reunion but..... -Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/14/00 ~ FLAG DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Bud Row (47), Mike Clowes (54), Gus Keeney (57), Marilyn Baird (60), Roxanne Knutson (62), Jean Armstrong (64), Pam Ehinger (67), Mary Davidson (85) ******************************************** ******************************************** Some time ago Jim and Janet Voorhies McCord (57/61) sent an entry that I suggested the hold until today. Flag Day, 2000. The original entry said something about "never really paying much attention to the words before, but seeing it in print was a pretty nice summation of our proud flag and for all the veterans who so ably fought for our country and its red, white, and blue." Please check out the following website: Thanks to Jim and Janet for sharing. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bud Row (47) To Mary Triem Mowery (47): Bud and I will not be able to make it this year, will be thinking of all of you... Have Fun.. Bud Row (47) and Mickey Ferney Row (48) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To Tom Tracy (55): Of course I remember Dawson-Richards'. Wasn't Grover Dawson on the school board for several years. You must have had poor timing in making purchases of certain "masculine" items of apparel. If there was a girl behind the counter, I waited until later to get mine. I still have the warm-up jacket I got many moons ago. It even helped me get a reduced price ticket to a Bomber football game last year. The lady selling tickets asked me if I wanted a Senior ticket. I asked her what the age limit was; and she replied that the jacket was proof enough. Too bad it doesn't work elsewhere. I don't wear it around here as people get the impression I'm an Oregon Duck freak. And Bill Hartley, who was also "Dutch" Haag's enforcer. Great guy to be on the good side of. Now, as for Saturday matinees at the Village Theater, I remember the day I knew that Roy Rogers was done as "The King of the Cowboys". It was during one of those gun fights in the rocks, and all the little kids started counting shots as Roy was shooting. I think he was using both guns, and the count got to twenty something before he had to reload. It was indeed a sad day for an idol of our youth. Always a Bomber, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney (57) RE: Saturday Afternoon Movies I remember when I was disappointed when the price at the Village Theater went up from 12 cents!!!! I always had a great time at those Serials, etc. when I was a "Youngster". I remember being frazzled after a Saturday as Doorman at the Richland Theater. I seemed to forget that I was one of those "Brats" at one time. It was Mr. Stiles way of getting even with me, I think!!! I got even with him when Doug (57) and I became good buddies. -Gus Keeney (57) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Baird Singletary (60) RE: Lost Classmates of 1960 The following is the current list of Missing class members from the Class of 1960. Fellow Bombers, your help is needed to help us track down any or all of the following: *G* Barbara Barrett Longworth, William A Becker, Truman J Bernhard, Tad E Berry, Judith Bowen Pies, Sarah Bowls Durning, Dennis K Brown, Bernard M Browning, Robert A Caldwell, Lewis H Campbell, Kenneth 'Randy' Carver, Patty Chappell Christison, Carol Coffman Holmes, Demita 'Dee' Cole, Jean Correy, David Couhig, Virginia Crawford Anderson, Karen Crownover Martin, Larry K Davis, John R Day, Joanne Dixon Jackson, Carolyn Doud Zsadanui, Irene Evanson Durbin, Gerald J Finley, Harriet Fischer Haugen, Alvin D Fisher, Margaret Gagnebin Cundiff, Sharon Gentz Lovinger, Claudia Gomez Camilli, Joanna Goodner Nute, Larson Greninger, Susan Groswith, Dan E Grunwald, Betty Gustafson, Conrad D Hanson, Jay T Hanson, A.W. Harness, David G Harris II, Harry W Heavner III, Dian Henrich Manross, Jane Holcombe Tucker, Dennis R Jensen, Robert E Johnston, Rowen C Jones, Karen Karnie Thaxton, Daniel R Klepper, Ruby Koehler Morton, Roger L Koford, Roger A LaVine, Raymond Lassila, Donald G LLewellyn, Frank J Lodefink/Lohdefinck, Glenn Lund, Veronika Maclennan, Jerry E Maness, James L Mattison, John/James A McDonald, Ronald L McVicker, Phyllis Monk Brooks, Ronald J Mudd, William P Neal, David F Neikirk, Shirley O'Brien Henderson, Mary 'Bonnie' O'Connell Thomas, Zona Odegard Sandford, Edward J Pasahow, Alvin J Pippitt, Alessandra 'Sandy' Prounchick Elovick, JoAnn Rasmussen Jensen, Mary Rhodes Jordan, Kathryn 'Katie' Riggins Richardson, Dorothy Rogers, Sandra Romeri Rutherford, Darlene Ronk Rose, Mary Schell, Emma Schroeder Baca, Suzanne Scott Komarzec, Sandra Shaver Hildner, Kathleen Shipp Davies, Darrel G Smith, Frederick H Smith, Paul 'Ted' Smith, Robyn Talbott, Jay G Tappan, Teresa Taylor Rees, Jeffrey L Thompson, Paul Thomsen, Laura Trout Fletcher, Steven E VanPatten, Thomas L Verellen, Linda Walsh Burkhead, David D Warner, George Warren, Alvin Whiteside, Charles H 'Chuck' Wiley, Richard Wilson, Barbara Winch, Harry V Winsor, John G Woodhead, Ben S Workman. Information used is last information known. Have a Bomber Day.... -Marilyn 'Cookie' Baird Singletary (60) ******************************************** >>From: Roxanne Knutson Short (62) RE: R2K Housing Guess what old Bombers? It is less than 2 weeks before the big event of R2K! I offered to help house as many people as needed and to my surprise very few requested assistance. For the few who did I also had just enough responding to open their hearts and homes. Thank you to the ones who did, and you know who you are. I do have one family who said they could take care of 3 R.V.'s close to Col. Hi. I will keep that open up to the event. But please don't expect me to find a home at this last minute, because I have none available. I have been working so hard on my place this spring, painting outside of my mobile home, painting rod iron railings, taking off glued down carpet of two porches and one large deck, and having new carpet replaced. I have been working since middle of March and it is just about done. I haven't been even keeping up with the Sandstorm and when I did I was so tired I didn't concentrate enough to grasp all of the content. Soon we will all be wanting to write in and tell what was our most memorable moment at R2K was, and I hope we all tell our own stories for the people that couldn't come so they can try to get a feel for what went on. We who do attend won't always be at the same place either so we will all be able to appreciate each others' stories. EEEKS! It's getting so close, SEE YOU ALL THERE!! LOVE YA ALL! -Roxanne Knutson Short (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) Pardon me for being a little behind. My daughter from Texas is home and we were busy planning her wedding June 10th. Now that it is over, I have only two more weeks of Sandstorm to catch up on. Of course, I had tons of family come for the big event. My oldest daughter, Kelly Gaines Franklin (84) and her other half and their son, Koby, 7 months, from Richland, were here. My sister, Gayla Armstrong (74), hubby John, and 4 of her kids, from Idaho were here. It was wonderful to have such a house full. At least, I thought so. After my youngest went off to college, I went through the "empty nest" syndrome. That was 6 years ago and I think I am still in it. Now she is married, bought a big, beautiful home, and lives in Texas. She is teaching 4th grade and loves it. I miss having my kids around. I have also been blessed with having friends stop by for a visit. Larry Holloway (64) and Barbara Eckert Holloway (60) were passing through and stopped for a few days. It was a nice to have them to my home and we had a great time. Then this last week there was a knock on my door and another friend from Richland was standing there. I worked with Corey at the Holiday Inn years ago. We have kept in touch for over 20 years and he always said, "I am going to come to Arizona to visit you one of these days". Well, he did. It was a nice surprise and we had fun. He left before it got to 110. That was probably a smart thing to do. I keep telling everyone that if you are going to come to Arizona, do it in the winter. I wanted to comment on Jeff Curtis' (69) poem. It brought a tear to my eye. We do need to be reminded of what Memorial Day stands for now and then. A few years ago my husband and I went to Hawaii. We decided to go to Oahu. We visited Pearl Harbor and when we took the boat out to the memorial, it was very emotional. Even though I don't remember much about the history, I didn't do well in that class, the emotion was overwhelming. It's hard to explain, but it was like all those people were still there. In spirit I knew they were. They did fight for us and we do need to be reminded that without them we would not be where we are today. My heart goes out to them all and their families they left behind. As for Mt. Saint Helens: I was in the back yard on Sanford hanging clothes on the line with my youngest daughter. My middle daughter was with her Dad fishing on the Columbia River. When I saw the gray sky, I thought the world was coming to the end. Too many Sci-fi movies. All I could think about was trying to get to my daughter. Fortunately when hubby saw the gray sky, he headed home. The other thing I remember was that you were not supposed to drive your car in it. I had to change my headlight about 6 months later and when I took it out, there was ash behind it. I had saved some also, but lost it somewhere. Mom had a little duck made out of ash, and when she passed away I took it. I still have that, and I even know where it is. I hope everyone had a safe holiday. See you in June. Oh, my, that's this month already. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom): I'm 51 years old now, but I still can't put myself in the SENIOR CITIZEN category!! I get teased about it being time to join AARP and I just tell 'em to Talk to the Hand! I think of a Senior Citizen as a VERY gray-haired bent over old person! (sorry if I've offend anyone) I don't fit the category, nor do most of us, so called Senior Citizens! So does anyone out there in Bomber Land know a better word than Sr. Citizen? Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Davidson Coates (85) Just heard about the Alumni Sandstorm website! How exciting to have a Richland High School all class reunion. That should be a lot of fun. I have a daughter who goes to RHS, and she also is very proud to be a Bomber. See ya all there! -Mary Davidson Coates (85) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/15/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem (47), Anna May Wann (49), Curt Donahue (53), Bob Lattin (56), Dave Beck (59), Dennis Robertson (60), Patty Chappell (60), Frank Osgard (63WB), Linda Belliston (63), Brian Dierks (78), Jamie Baldwin (95) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) To Bud Row (47) and Mickey Ferney Row (48): Will you two be able to come to the Club 40 reunion in September? We have missed you the last couple of years. We're back home until October and enjoying old friends and of course, family. I'll bet you will see a good accounting of what happens at the R2K by keeping up with the Sandstorm. By the way, Bud, I haven't been getting many jokes from you lately. This e-mail address will get to me until Oct. Bomber Cheers -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) RE: By's Burgers in Redmond Just had another great burger at By's Burgers here in Redmond and By came over to tell us that this was his last day at By's - he has sold By's Burgers and will just be making burgers out of his other business in Redmond "The Workshop Tavern". He informed us it was a great place for ladies to go -- he allows so foul language or rowdiness in the place and that we would feel very comfortable there. We decided we will try it next week after golf and see. For those of you who didn't get to By's please go see him at the Workshop Tavern. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Senior Citizen To Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) I have an acquaintance who deplores the term "senior citizen" and refers to herself as a "more mature adult" RE: Saturday Matinees I recall when I was about 12 that my sister, Clarene (who was 8), and I had stood in line so long that when we reached the ticket window the price had changed. Now I didn't have enough money for the two of us. After seeing how long the line was behind us, I knew that if I went back home for more money, it would be after dinner before we got into the movie. I decided to take advantage of "children in arms are free" and picked my sister up when we got to the window. The girl at the ticket window just smiled and sold me one ticket and the usher let us through. I held her on my lap until the lights dimmed and the movie started. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Lattin (56) I plan on entering my 41' Ford pickup in Cool Desert Nights. It is yellow with redwood side racks so any of my old high school friends might look me up. Last year it overheated so had to drop out - but I believe I now have the problem solved. Some teenage years' problems just don't seem to go away. My brother Bill (58) plans on being over here on Saturday & Sunday and my wife Berta Kirkwood Lattin (58) as well as my sister Glenda Lattin Brunson (66), and my three children, Ken Lattin (85), Wendy Lattin Stovall (87) and Stacy Lattin (91) should be around somewhere. Hope to see some of you then. -Bob Lattin (56) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Beck (59) Hello: I have been following the build-up to R2K, and want you all to know I'm thinking of you, wishing I could make it, (I won't). Would love to hear from my peers in the class of '59, or my other friends in neighboring classes. Best Regards, -Dave Beck (59) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) In response to Pam Ehinger (67). There are better words, especially for the kids (old folks, gramps, etc.) however I like the Silver Commandos. As for being old, my Mom used to always tell us (when we reminded her how old she was) that "middle age is 20 years from how old you are today". Try it. It works. See all at R2K. -Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Patty Chappell Christison (60) Date: Wed Jun 14 15:04:36 2000 I guess I've been among the list of missing! "Hi" to classmates from RHS, class of '60, Carmichael, Lewis & Clark, Marcus Whitman -- I'd love to hear from you! What a GREAT site and wonderful trip down memory lane! Brings back great memories! -Patty Chappell Christison (60) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) Jest checkin’ in. This RV’en is way over rated. We're not making nearly the time I thought we'd do. What with the Outlet Malls, Indian Fireworks Stands, Gas Stations and the Highway Patrol, this is gonna take bloody forever. Fortunately my experience in interacting with men in uniform, is serving me well. The same charm that got me off the hook with Game Warden Kershaw, pulled the same magic with some small town "Officer Mumper". If you can walk away with a hen pheasant stuffed down your pants, going 40 over in a six ton land yacht is nothing. The state cop failed to see the humor in the boys mooning people out of the back picture window. Took him a while to find a reason to write us up, but all in all I'd rather have the 45 minutes back than the $25.00. Hell, if you bat .500 they put you in the Hall of Fame. Hope our luck holds out. We are in total comfort, and can microwave burritos at 65 miles per hour. In the old Volarie, you couldn't drive and eat at 65, 'cause of the King pins. Yesterday we learned the lesson about putting the Karo Syrup away, before you hit 60. It was a mess, but the good news is you can walk around while we're moving without worrying about slipping. It's like having Velcro on your feet. Hey, are my boys going to get to see Pook play. I've told them that he had the sharpest elbows ever known. We tried to round 'em off a bit on the bar at Bruce's Lucky Five. Am using the computer here at this campground. It's really nice, but lots of 'old people', who in the most part are younger than me. Tomorrow we're gonna catch a major league game. Everyone is excited about that. Hope we can find some place to park this monster. Eight Days and 80 pounds to go, -Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63) Just a reminder that due to the closure for the summer of the Dawald Gym because of bleacher repairs, we are going to have the "Alumni Basketball Game" in the old gym, and seating will be limited. The old gym only holds about 1500 people, and Registrations are coming in fast now, and we are around 1,000 sold. ASB card holders will get admitted first to the game, and then it will be open to the general public. You will not want to miss this once- in-a-lifetime event because you failed to buy your ASB card soon enough. We will be e-mailing out Volunteer assignments hopefully by Friday. If you do not hear from us by Saturday, please contact Perry Moore. Each class is welcome to make and bring displays or posters for the Reunion. Some classes are making class signs for those classes that want to sit together at the Basketball Game. Days Inn in Richland has a few rooms available. Their phone number is (509) 943-4611. The other Motels in Richland, said every day they have cancellations, so call for availability. Their phone numbers are listed on the Reunion Site. Dick Boehning <> has a few more tee times for Golf on Friday morning the 23rd. Contact him before Tuesday if you're interested in playing. Kathy Hoff Conrad (64) has arranged a tour during the Reunion of the High School: Saturday morning June 24th from 9-11am. Tour guides will be Vicki Steichen Buck (67), Steve Neill (72), Steve Potter, and Jim Qualheim (70). Just 8 more days until R2K!! -Linda Belliston Boehning (63), R2K secretary ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Brian Dierks (78) Date: Wed Jun 14 01:49:37 2000 Just found this site. Not bad. Found a couple of familiar names. Drop a line if you wish. Still in the area. Recognized a familiar name where I work. Small world in some aspects. See ya! -Brian Dierks (78) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jamie Baldwin (95) Date: Tue Jun 13 21:43:55 2000 Just thought it would be interesting to hear from anyone in high school who remembers me. See where your lives have taken you. I live in Minneapolis and just graduated from college.... I've only kept track of a hand full of people from high school and would like to hear from others! Write if you have time, and if you don't have time - you should make it!!! Who knows what could come of it! bye bye -Jamie Baldwin (95) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/16/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Richard "Dick" Roberts (49), Al Parker (53), Carolyn Eaton (53), Lequita Branum (55), Mary Lee Lester (58), Mike Waggoner (60), Patti Jones (60), Frank Osgard (63), Jean Armstrong (64), Richard Swanson (64), Robert Shipp (64), Pam Ehinger (67), Vivian Good (74), Pamela Scott (80) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts (49) So, Anna May Wann Thompson (49), where is this "The Workshop Tavern"? Carol Tyner (52) and I will probably be up your way next Spring and there's always time for a beer. Bomber cheers! -Richard "Dick" Roberts (49) ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) I remember alot of things about growing up in Richland. I remember that while Ray King (49) went up and down the irrigation ditches on his board, and that was neat, his sister Betty (53) and I were close friends and on warm summer nights a group of us would pile into whoever could get a car and we would float (on any flotation we could get our hands on) and just float on down, while looking up at the stars. Of course we got caught, and Judge King would really get mad at us. He even said he could put us in jail, but he never did. I miss those warm summer nights when we were just out to have some fun. I also remember going to the Saturday matinees. Gene Autry was my favorite. We also went to the Drive-In. We would pile as many kids as would fit and go for the all night movies. We "hung out" at By's Burger, The Mixer, and Zip's Drive In. We really were lucky to grow up in the "times" that we did. I think that our city of Richland raised a good generation of kids! Have A Great Reunion!!! -Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) ******************************************** >>From: Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) RE: By's Burgers! Thanks Ann for bringing up the By's Burgers. Weren't they awesome? I worked at By's in Richland in the 50's. We had some great times around that place. Some of the cars were so loud we could hardly take the orders. Or maybe it was looking who was driving around in that good looking car!!!! That was a fun place to be at after a game. Everyone headed for By's. Surly this By's at Redmond couldn't hold a candle to the Richland By's. I have some great memories at that place. It was a fun place to work and gave me some money for my car. I enjoy all of the Bombers that like to remember all of the good times in the 50's. Thanks Tom Tracy (55) for your in-depth on shopping. Your are so funny!!!!!! Hope to see you all in Sept. -Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Lee Lester Yarborough (58) Any past or present attendees of the Richland Nazarene Church are invited to join us (Lester girls) and others on Saturday, June 24, for a time of fellowship and food. Come to the new church at 2500 Jericho Road. Admission is by donation. Hope to see many of you then. -Mary Lee Lester Yarborough (58) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Waggoner (60) RE: 1960 Alum I was on the Sandstorm in 1959-60. I hope to attend the 1960 Reunion. Will others from the Sandstorm be there? -Mike Waggoner (60) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) I have been in contact for the past three months with Sharon Tate's (61) website, webmaster. Natalie contacted me yesterday to let me know that Sharon's sister, Patti Tate, lost her fight against breast cancer. She passed away Saturday June 3, 2000. Patti was born in Richland. I think the year was 1958. May she rest in peace and know that all her work regarding Sharon's death be continued for the good to stop brutal death. More information is at the following address: -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) Today we're visiting relatives. The ball game was only OK. We had to park way to hell out there, and then couldn't leave as early as we wanted. The lanes were not for "T-Rex" with Frank driving. We had to wait until everyone left, and ended up sleeping at a rest stop on the Interstate. Them semi-drivers came and went all night, and I got zero z’ssss what with their headlights shining though the windows. Got more sleep on the floor of the Camlin. The l0-4 Good Buddy Semi drivers need to find an alternative to coffee, and they wouldn't have to make as many stops. We stopped at a Krispee Kreme today. Their fare pales in comparison to Spudnuts. I haven't had a "spuddie" in years, but I recall them to be pretty good. Of course I recall myself as a great dancer. I could do that slow walkout thing at Hi-Spot, almost a good as Doug Hawkins (62). He was my idol, he could really trip it. But I was talking about Krispee Kremes, it was stressful in there. No smiling Spuddie girl, but some Doughnut Nazi asking us if, "We wanted a dozen, what kind, filled or iced, plain or old fashion, how were we going to pay, what to drink...". I wanted to run out of there screaming. Never thought you could use a credit card to buy doughnuts. Not like the old days when a spuddie was a nickel, and then you could go over to Johnnie's Delicatessen and eyeball the dirty books. Can't wait to tool the uptown, have a spuddie ala'mode and maybe drop by Curly's 76 to fill up the tank. Gonna hit the road on Friday, and hi-ball it to Bomberville. Frank p.s. They broadcast the beer league softball schedules our here on the plains, it ain't Lynner the Spinner, but then again it is. -Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) Pam Ehinger (67) asked "Does anyone out there in Bomber Land know a better word than Sr. Citizen?" You can use MY term. I am a RECYCLED TEENAGER... -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp (64) RE: Lessons Learned - DANGEROUS CRITTERS Hi Maren! The attached pictures were taken at Hanford a couple of weeks ago. If you think they're worth putting in the Sandstorm, go for it. How many of the old Bombers remember the critters we had to watch out when we were kids and would go play down by the river? Pictures were taken in 200 West Area on the loading dock T-Plant. -Robert Shipp (64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Find pictures at the link below. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Vivian Good Rogalsky (74) RE: R2K reunion I can't believe I'm going to miss the big reunion! I was even planning to go with my sister, Barb Good (72). What fun it will be. I'll be out of town watching my 16 year old daughter (also a Bomber) play soccer. Fun To all. I'll be with you in spirit!! -Vivian Good Rogalsky (74) ******************************************** >>From: Pamela Scott Hobson (80) Yes, please add my name to your list. I don't think I can submit memories everyday, but I'll try to contribute occasionally. As a start, here are some of my memories: When I was very young, I remember going to Newberry's w/my mom, and getting the "world's best tuna sandwich" and a "malted" at the counter. Then in grade school, stocking up on candy at the drug store next to the uptown movie theater because it was cheaper and had more variety than at the theater. The Columbia Center was built when I was in the 3rd grade; that was the biggest thing that could've happened to me and by 4th grade I could be found trolling around the mall almost every weekend with my best friend. In high school, my first real job was working at J.C. Penney's in the men's dept. And that reminds me of the Mt. St. Helen's eruption... when I came out of work (J.C. Penney's), the cars in the parking lot were all coated w/ash - what a weird day that was. -Pamela Scott Hobson (80) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/17/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers, 1 Bomber Mom and 1 Bulldog today. Ralph Myrick (51), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Sharon Bee (55), Tom Tracy (55), Spencer Hinson (56), Larry Mattingly (60), Janice Woods (60WB - PHS), Pam Ehinger (67), Kim Edgar (79), Mandy Holmes (97), Ellen Barns (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) It was sad to read that Mildred Anderson died. I taught with her at Jefferson Elementary School for the 10 years that I taught there. She was a hard teacher but she had a goal to make her kids ready for junior high. I liked Mildred and respected her. She was also head of the girls' patrol. This was when girls could only patrol hallways. I soon was awarded the job of girls' patrol supervisor. I had one young lady named Virginia, her last name I have forgotten, ask me point blank why couldn't girls go out on the street. I could not give her a good reason, girls went out to the street. This was a problem for other supervisors but it was too long afterwards that they all put girls on the street. They were very good and dependable patrol persons. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) Remembering By's Burgers, does anyone remember when By's first opened up? As I recall it was in the vicinity of what is now Columbia Park. I remember driving (what seemed to be a long way) for a hamburger and curly fries. Don't remember what year they moved it to Richland. I don't think there has been a better burger. Do you all agree? -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) Okay, I give up. Why is Bob Carlson (54) aka Mike Clowes? In response to your entry from June 12 regarding Fission Chips.... yes I ate there many times. Remember those tall glass bottles of vinegar? I love the play on the name of the place. It WAS next to the Spudnut shop, but on Williams Blvd. Depending on what time frame we are speaking of, here are some of the places I can remember in Uptown: ~ Dawson Richards - All the cheerleaders and Song leaders purchased their sweaters through this store. Grover Dawson was a huge supporter of the Bombers and did serve on the school board for several years. ~ B.B. and M. - Tom Tracy's favorite sports equipment shopping place. ~ Block's Shoes - This is where you went to have shoes dyed to match your formal ~ Newberrys - Used to love having a soda at the lunch counter. Remember buying those old fashioned false fingernails that you glued on for 29 cents. ~ 23 Flavors Ice Cream Shop ~ Uptown Thrifty ~ Uptown Theater ~ LaHats Jewelry - My "EX" and I purchased our wedding rings there. Plain gold bands for $6.00 and $12.00 1955 prices! ~ Young Fashions - Jan Nussbaum Sinderson (55) worked there ~ Woolworths? - I know it was some kind of dimes tore, but might have been Ben Franklin ~ Pink Parasol/Purple Poodle? Some "hoity toity" dress shop on the S.E. corner ~ Shields ~ Kortens - Bill Witherup's Mom worked there and after school or on Saturdays we would go in and listen to 78's in those little soundproof booths. Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Patti Page, Mills Bros. Johnny Ray, etc. etc. ~ Hughes Apparel ~ J.C. Penny - On the N.E. corner. They had those vacuum change returns that swished your money away. They wrapped everything in brown paper and tied it with string. Later this location became Robinsons and The Octopus' Garden first started in their loft. ~ Payless Drugs I started work there in 1969 before it relocated to 1268 Lee Blvd. Retired from there (Rite Aid) this year. In Downtown Richland what do you remember? I remember: ~ The Villager Newspaper ~ The Desert Inn Hotel - There used to be a radio station in the lobby where you could go in and make requests ~ Post Office and Seattle First Bank side by side on the North end of the "Greenway" which later became "The Parkway" ~ Mickey's Shoe Repair ~ Robley Johnson Studio ~ C.C. Anderson's which later became the Bon Marche ~ Richland Hardware ~ State Liquor Store ~ The Style Center ~ Hurts Apparel ~ Frontier Tavern ~ Bruces Lucky Five Tavern ~ The Mart - across Jadwin to the West of the Parkway ~ Wild Bills Meat Mkt. - across Jadwin behind Anderson's ~ The Village Theater - across Geo. Wash. Way. Movies were 12 cents and lasted all afternoon on Saturdays with all the serials. ~ Richland Theater ~ Downtown Thrifty Drugstore - they had one of those cabinets where the peanuts were always kept warm. Also had a fountain. While we are waltzing down this memory lane.......... Remember during Atomic Frontier Days when they had stage shows in "Riverside" Park. Remember the swimming pool in that same park? Remember the year an airplane drove down Lee Blvd. during the parade? I think that was the same year that Janis Page and Monty Hale came to be in the parade and he got drunk and fell off his horse and broke his arm. Remember Richland Light Opera's first production, "The Mikado"? And finally, who remembers a "haunted" house across Geo. Wash. Way down by the "Rose Bowl" (must have been about where Bradley Landing is today? Kaye Wheeler (55) and I used to ride our bikes down there and sneak into the basement where (I am not making this up) there was a mummy in a wooden "coffin". Thanks for the memory trigger. This should stir up a few for ya! -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) Thanks for the memories of the canal surfing. Sometimes we got a bit careless when pulling someone behind the car at the irrigation canal. Remember once when the canal was near full one of our surfboard buddies wound up surfing out of the canal and onto the road. That was too much variety for him. We noticed his changed facial expressions early in his advanced move from water to gravel. He almost made it back into the water. One of our friends who shall remain nameless drove his Dad's car into the canal while looking back out the window. Those were heart warming experiences along the banks of the old canal. Thanks again, Carolyn, for the reminder of those Happy Days. Glad we missed out on the Judge part. To Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55): Hi Lea. You are so right about By's. Wasn't there a radio disc jockey named "Cousin Ben" about that time who let listeners make requests and dedicate songs to their favorite guys and gals? By's seemed like a small Indianapolis circle-track on some nights. Except the car I bought from my pal, Lonnie Whitner (55). I got lots of exercise pushing it. I had to park it across the street when I went to By's. I remember the Ford Dealer near By's. He took a few of our basketball team members on a demo ride on the long road nearby and let us drive the new Ford Thunderbird. He let us pop the clutch and leave a patch of hot molten rubber on the street... Ahhhh... those were the days. Lea, I remember the great times at your parents' home. Jess and Nina Faye were wonderful to all the teenagers who came to your home each week. Remember your Dad filming so many basketball games and showing them to us later. He was a super guy with a great sense of humor and good friend to all who met him.. Your Mom was a perfect hostess and fabulous pianist. They were good chaperones and helped us have a lot of fun. Thanks for the memory. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Spencer Hinson (56) In the past few weeks I have enjoyed the many write-in memories of the Mt. St. Helens eruption on May 18, 1980. Some of those alumni had the opportunity of climbing to the summit of the mountain, which at that time had a elevation of 9,677 feet. For a photo of myself standing on the summit back in June of 1964 click on the [link] below. I am on the far left of the picture with the red pack. During the years while living in the northwest I had the experience of climbing about 30 mountains in the states of Washington and Oregon. -Spencer Hinson (56) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) Wow, only 7 days to R2K! About the Fireworks.... For those of you who will come to the Park... please be patient with the large safety zone that will take a chunk out of the park. I have no choice, it is the law nowadays. (No more lying on the grass in Bomber Bowl and just looking up) (sigh). Anyway, we will fire it from the riverbank and it should be visible from all along the park as long as you aren't behind a tree. There should also be good viewing from the dike. Class of 60 picnicers will have to move just outside of the safety zone just during the shooting of the display. Any of you who will watch from a boat on the river, please stay well out past the center of the river. We cannot fire if any boats are in the fallout zone. Ground zero will be almost directly behind the hotel. Just to repeat it, it will be Saturday night, and the last I heard we will fire at 10:30 to allow all that want to see to get down from the activities at the high school. I just finished the last of the show design and the display will be very entertaining. Lots of deluxe grade, "good stuff". Several hundred shells and other items. Much noise, glitz and glitter and special effects. There will be some low-level effects. These are not something gone wrong, they are designed that way for variety. The whole show will be fired electrically. This is a real homecoming for me. As many of you know I got my start in display fireworks in the 50's in Richland It is with some emotion that I will have Paul Beardsley ( an early mentor of mine) fire the first round. To all of you, Bomber Cheers! With my compliments. Please enjoy. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Janice Woods Ehrke (PHS '60) The dictionary says senior means "high ranking" so I propose high ranking ones or HROS, or "hero's" to those who hang around Denny's! I will be visiting Tri Cities on 30th for Pasco's Reunion. Wish I could come early and stop at R2K as well, but not in the cards for this year. So leave something standing for us late comers! All right! And I'll tell Willie Brown hi from all you guys. -Janice Woods Ehrke (PHS '60) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) T0 Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64): I can live with RECYCLED TEENAGER!! I Like that one!! I have received many good names, but I must admit that this one FITS me to a tee!! Thanks Jean, I'll be using your term quite often!! Bombers Rule Recycled Teenager -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: Critters To Robert Shipp (64): Awesome photos of the rattlesnake. I sent the link to a coworker. When she opened up the view #3, she let out a scream, needless to say, I don't think she likes rattlesnakes. Does anyone remember the sign at the "Vantage" rest stop that said "Watch out for rattlesnakes". It was located over in the pet area, however, the last time I was there, it was gone. To: Richard Swanson (64): Beautiful photos of the Orca Whales. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) To Jamie Baldwin (95): Hi, Jamie, This is Mandy (Amanda) Holmes, now Taylor. We were in choir together with Mr. Black, I believe my sophomore year. I doubt you remember me, but I remember who you are. If you're who I think you are, you were also involved in drama and other fun things like that. I'm in California and have been married for about 2 1/2 months now. I'm working and finishing up an English degree from BYU. Who are you still in touch with? Let me know. Does anyone know what happened to Beverly Aiello? She was a choir teacher at Carmichael Middle School when it was still Carmichael Junior High. She was diagnosed with cancer in 1993 and had to stop teaching that year. Dan Black took over the choirs as well as juggling the RHS choirs that year. I haven't heard if she has recovered or if she ended up passing away. Can anyone help me?? I wish that I could attend the reunion. It seems like such a wonderful thing: all of these people coming together because they graduated from the same high school. For those of you who go, remember those of us who wish we could be there but cannot... RHS in the veins, where'er I go. Go Bombers! -Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) ******************************************** >>From: Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) To all you "youngsters" aged 50-something and just getting your letter from AARP: I sympathize with you. It is a shock which, hopefully, comes to us all. And no, I am not fond of hearing "senior citizen" myself but facts are facts. Nevertheless, I am still thinking on a new term!!! Okay??? -Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/18/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann (49), Al Parker (53), Curt Donahue (53), Marilyn Richey (53), Mike Clowes (54), Sharon Bee (55), Tom Tracy (55), Craig Buchanan (57), Mary Lee Lester (58), Frank Osgard (63WB), Ralph Wood (64), Jo Conrad (65), Jeff Curtis (69), Bob Gustavson (70), Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) To Dick and Carol Tyner Roberts (49/52): The Work Shop Tavern is right down town Redmond (I mean really - Redmond is so big you can't miss it) The Tavern, that is - not Redmond. Well, maybe you might miss Redmond, too. When you decide to come up this way we will get all of the old grads in this area to meet at By's - It is across the street from our new shopping mall called the "Town Center". Right now we are planning on getting a bunch of gals to go to the tavern on a week day afternoon and have a By's Burger - Thanks to Rose Boswell Smith (61) - this was her idea - Just for old time's sake. Yesterday's Sandstorm was so great with people's memories of By's that I ran it out to take to him this week after we return from Reno. He is a wonderful person and I'm sure he will enjoy the fact that everyone remembers him and his food and how they added to the the happy memories we have of Richland.. To Sharon Bee Burks (55): I will ask By when he opened up his restaurant and where they were all located. To Lea Branum Clark (55): No this By's doesn't compare to High School memories - (Even though things may be the same - our memories have changed the image by so much - otherwise why are buildings that we re-visit now - so much smaller than we remember - or movie stars that we remember - so much shorter now? And then again the stars and the sky are still just as far away? - Ah well - - I also wonder why as I get older the golf courses get longer? Also graduating seniors look so much younger. Went to my grandson's graduation Friday night and they are still babies - yet at 17 I knew it all and nobody could tell me different. - it's amazing how much dumber I got every year, when I was so smart as a senior. - Memories - that's what keeps us going and what is great. We make new ones every year. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55): One business you overlooked in Uptown was The Bootery, owned by the Purkhisers.. I worked for them for several years and so did Art Dawald's wife. It was a great place to work, because the people were so nice. To Tom Tracy (55): You are correct about your recollection of "Cousin Ben". I worked with him for a year or so at KALE. He was quite a character. I don't know if he managed to stay out of jail or not, but he was always doing something right on the edge. I have to say that he was very good to me, though. To Larry Mattingly (60): Your mention of Paul Beardsley brought back many memories of Atomic Frontier Days and the times that I sang in the Talent Shows. I always thought he was the best Pyrotechnician in the business when I was growing up. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Sharon Bee Burks (55): By's Burgers was first opened in 1949 on the old road to Kennewick where about the Columbia Park Golf Course is now located. It was very small and had a drive up window to get your food. By and Glenna Mae worked the place by themselves for the most part when they started out. Then they built the By's Burgers in Richland which still stands across from P & K Body and Paint business. This opened the fall of 1950. I worked for By from Feb. '51 till August '55, except for the college time I took off. Donna McCleary Belt (54) and Ruben Edens (56) worked for By the. This was the fun time of my life working at By's. It was one place you earned your money as it was busy from the time the doors opened at 11:00a.m. to 1:45am 7 days a week. For a high school person it was great. The tips were the best in town. My tips per day were way over my hourly wages. I started at 75 cents and when I left I was making $1.35 per hour cooking. Those were some of my happy days of high school working at By's. You had a chance to see everybody in the school as they passed through some time in school. When By and his wife, Glenna Mae, were the guests at the Club40 Bomber reunion last September, he said he never realized how special By's was to the students of RHS during that time of their lives. He hasn't changed any since I first met him in l951 and neither has Glenna Mae. They were very special people and will always have a part in all who went to By's in the 50s. Just for the record, many people who liked the By's Burger have asked how to make the special relish that was on the burgers. Here is all you have to do: Nalley's Red relish Nalley's green relish Miracle Whip - not mayo A touch of catsup - not much Mix and you have the sauce. Try it - you'll like it. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) For Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) and Tom Tracy (55) RE: radio programs that took requests. Not too sure about the exact dates and the circumstances, but sometime in the spring of 1952 a "gentleman" known to all as "Cousin" Ben Roscoe established a booth in the back of By's parking lot, were on Friday nights he did a "remote" broadcast for KWIE (a Kennewick station). This program lasted through the summer and into the fall. By the time the weather turned cool, he moved the program to the studio in the lobby of the old Desert Inn (it was to the right as you came through the main door). "Cousin" Ben lasted on KWIE until sometime in January or February of 1953, when he either quit or was fired. The program, however, continued. It was hosted at various times by Jack Quinn (big with Richland Opera, and later owner(?) of a radio station up around the Sunnyside area) and "Dusty" Rhoades (who was later connected in some way with the old Science Museum). Ben Roscoe was on KALE for a while, and I'm not certain if he enjoyed the following he had while on KWIE. The last I heard or saw of him, he was shilling things or acting as host for some very bad, old movies on one of the Spokane TV stations. I was part of the program, both at By's and the Desert Inn, usually in the background answering phones or doing what ever. This was probably a result of taking the Radio Broadcasting class at school. And, Laura Dean, what would you know about the Frontier Tavern? Or is this another of those "where was the downtown liquor store" rambles? Go Bombers! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) RE: Downtown Richland In the downtown area I remember a dime store on the corner of Lee, across from Anderson's. I think it is now a sandwich shop. There was a small luncheon place close and further north a Barber shop and Beauty shop. Janice Rucker Myers (55) used to work at the Barber shop. I remember when the duck tail was a popular hairstyle for girls and getting the worst cut ever at that Beauty shop. It was so bad that Judy Allen (54) or Judy Hoff (54) recut it at a slumber party. They were much better than the beautician (cheaper too). -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Laura Dean Kirby (55): Wow. What a fantastic Disk Drive you must have in your personal computer... Sounds like you are keeping Richland's Live Sea Scrolls in good condition. I still remember our fun 7th grade year in Mrs. Latta's Class at Carmichael. The boys all gathered outside at recess and shared the latest jokes while the girls penned their comments in the personal "slam" books so popular at the time. Carmichael was a well equipped school. Over-funded as I recall. Didn't its construction come in way over budget? What was the name of the music shop that let us go into the listening closets and review the records before purchasing those 45 rpms? Thanks for the memories, Laura Dean. -Tom Tracy (55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Tom - Listening 'closets" were at Korten's on the East side of Uptown. Remember K-K-Kenny from K-K-Kortens and his Comic-A-Co-Cartoons?? -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Craig Buchanan (57) Today's (Sat. 17 June) submittal to the Sandstorm by Spencer Hinson (56) was interesting. And the photo of Spencer on the summit of Mt. Saint Helens was outstanding. Spencer must certainly rank among the top (no pun intended) of graduates who are accomplished mountain climbers. Congratulations Spencer. You have done your fellow Bombers proud. Your old neighbors of the 40s and 50s on 1300 block of Farrell Lane are also proud of the guy from the 'F' House. -Craig Buchanan (57) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Lee Lester Yarborough (58) RE: New Bomber... ...arrived at 12:44 a.m. Saturday morning at Kadlec to Lee Ann Yarborough Snyder (89) and Matt Snyder (93): Abigail Quinn at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and 20" long. Grandma Debbie Snyder works in RHS library and, of course, I've been a Bomber for a very long time. We've thought all along that she would come during the Reunion, but this will be better so you can all see her. RE: Bev Aiello: She indeed is alive and well. I see her frequently at the Court Club at water aerobics. -Mary Lee Lester Yarborough (58) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) Guess I was just a tad bit too quick with the Karma crack, when the wheels came off of the trip just outside of Odebolt, Iowa. At least I think it's Iowa. Seems the "T-Rex" has an axle bearing problem, and I'm/we're "permanent party" in some drink water burg waiting for Monday. The drama is that we're parked in front of a garage in this town whose city teams are the "Gypsy Moths" and whose claim to fame is that they were 19th (that's correct - 19th) in the state back in 1958 for judging Goats. I went to visit Mrs. Tampien's farm in 1965, and she didn't have no stinkin' goats. "Pitts" and Whiteside had sheep, but I don't know goats. There isn't even a grocery store or WallMark in this place. There is a restaurant (Chat and Chew) and a beer joint (Stink's). We can't even have our rig eyeballed 'til Monday. Then we gotta order parts and have warranty folks OK the repair. No sweat, I'm gonna make it by Friday. As Ol' J. Newton used to say, no fail. Have enjoyed myself at Stink's, 'cause it's air conditioned and the boys can't come in. They have Carling's Black Label on tap. Hell, I ain't had a Black Label since what, eighth grade. They have beer nuts there. You know the difference between beer nuts and deer nuts. Beer nuts are $1.35 and Deer nuts, are under a buck. That's a favorite here at Stink's. We've been invited by the Baptists to go to Church, and the Presbyterians have asked us to play in a softball game tomorrow, but we're still parked in front of a greasy old garage with a brand new (still on temporary plates) RV that cost a bunch plus tax. The Chat and Chew fries everything and is closed on Sunday. I'll go to church if they've got some grub in the Amen corner, or I'm gonna be hitchin' for some DVDs and road food. It's hotter'n heck, and conversations is getting pretty difficult with the family. The boys are about ready to tilt, 'cause this town is deadsville. The three "city" girls here, passed on them 'cause of their Skate Punk baggy shorts, and their reluctance to pledge allegiance to Clint Black (is it just me, or does he look like Roy Rogers with a better looking wife than Dale and a black hat)? Happy Fathers Day to all you Bomber Pops, and ice'm up, I'll be there Friday. -Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Ralph Wood (64) Date: Sat Jun 17 12:22:39 2000 Hi to all Bombers Please enter me in the next update of the email addresses. Living in Pasco. -Ralph Wood (64) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jo Conrad Bott (65) Date: Sat Jun 17 13:09:18 2000 Great site! Thanks. Like to hear from old friends. -Jo Conrad Bott (65) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Curtis (69) RE: It Can Bruin Your Whole Day... Well, are you guys ready for a long one? How about a tale that took place after I left the hallowed halls of Mac and headed out into the world beyond the A-City? If you're in a hurry pass this by. If not, grab a cup of coffee and let me tell you a story: After graduation from RHS in 69, having had a brief, unsavory taste of the economic opportunities in the local vineyards and cherry orchards, I began looking for other means of generating income for the summer. I saw and ad in a magazine and applied for a position with the Yellowstone Park Company as a fishing guide on Lake Yellowstone in Wyoming. Now, I had absolutely no qualifications or background to justify my employment at this position except for the occasional channel cat hooked on the banks of the Yakima near Rick Reils' family "Rancho" in West Richland. I did not envision that I would be dangling hook and bobber for a lot of catfish high in the Rockies. None the less, perhaps the result of an oversight in their HR department, I was hired. I boarded the train in Pasco and sat in the "Vista Dome" (remember, "It's really terrific, Northern Pacific. Vista Dome North Coast Limited....?") all through Idaho and Western Montana and ended up debarking in Livingston, Montana. The Park Company then provided transportation to Lake Hotel, Yellowstone Lake where, as it turned out, I would make my residence for the next two summers. Yellowstone Lake has a shoreline of about 120 miles and is located at just about 8000 feet above sea level. It's huge. That's about the same altitude as the (current) top of Mt. St. Helens. We were warned as new employees that we may experience light-headedness for up to two weeks until we became accustomed to the thinner air and many employees did have a woozy first few days in the park. After that we just had to blame it on all of the drinking. The fishing guide part, as it turned out, was a relatively simple affair. The lake had a large population of native Cutthroat trout that would bite on just about anything. The National Park Service would regularly take temperature readings at various locations on the lake and it was not uncommon for fish to hit their thermometers as they were pulling them back into the boat. I could catch fish with beer tabs (remember them?) if I wanted to. Among my duties on the boat dock was to pilot one of the scenic cruise guided tour boats out of the marina and around one of the nearby islands on the lake, chatting about the local topography and landmarks for about an hour's round trip. The cruise boats were manufactured by a company in Missoula called Inland Laker and were basically 35 foot covered barges with seating for about 40. I still remember, through many, many repetitions, a good chunk of my spiel, "Good afternoon ladies and gentleman. Welcome aboard the scenic cruiser Absaroka. My name is Jeff Curtis. I'm from Richland Washington and I'll be your skipper on this tour." "Absaroka is Sioux for crow or raven. If you'll look off to your left you will see the Lake Hotel. Started in 1906 and completed in 1916, with some of its timbers being hauled in by dogsled, the Lake Hotel is the second largest all wooden structure in the United States, the largest being the Grand Hotel located on Mackinaw Island in Lake Michigan." "The average depth of the lake......" I would go on for an hour striving not to let my voice drop into droning monotone. What a great job for a young guy. Mountains, fishing and a female to male employee ratio of 7:1. It didn't pay a lot but who cared? They fed and housed me and I earned at least as much as I had as a very, very bad cherry picker. I met and lived with college kids from all over the country whom, without exception, I have never seen again. That was something that I never experienced growing up in Richland. Everyone was pretty much always there. I don't know if you noticed, but things got a lot less static as we got older. We got one day off a week and on the particular day off of this tale, two of my friends and I decided to hike into the back country and do some REAL fishin'. Not that "drag the spinner behind the boat" crap that we indulged the tourists with. No sir. We were going into the deep woods to an isolated mountain lake untainted by East coast dudes who would frequently inquire "When do they take the animals away for the Winter?" or "How do they keep the bears in if there isn't a fence around the park?" (no I'm not kidding - every year, same questions, different idiots). I was accompanied by two fellow "boat dockers", as all of us who worked at the marina were known, (somewhat notoriously), Murray from Minot, North Dakota and Graham from Greenville, North Carolina. Murray had worked in the Park for a couple of years and had learned some tricks along the way. He showed me how to catch trout with his bare hands. Seriously! In the late spring when the trout were still heading up the little rivulets that fed the lake, Murray would lay on the edge of the stream, cup his hand just under the overhang of the bank and wait. The trout would feel the warmth of his palm and hover for a moment just above it. Murray could feel the slight change in the water flow caused by the unwary fish and with one smooth, quick movement would flip his hand up and out flinging the fish onto the ground. It was amazing. Then he'd stomp a hole in a nearby snow bank, put whatever fish he wasn't going to eat right away into it and cover them with snow. Snow bank? Yeah, the lake is at such an elevation that it stays frozen till about mid-May. I experienced a raging snowstorm there on July 4th 1969. I sincerely doubt that there was any white stuff on the ground for the fireworks that night in Richland. It was interesting, not necessarily pleasant, but interesting. At any rate Murray, Graham and I had high ambitions and all day to realize them. We drove to Canyon Village, another major Yellowstone destination. Big canyon, big waterfall, lots of tourists. We found the trail head we were after and headed into the wilderness. We had been hiking and BS-ing for about two or three hours when we walked out of the woods and into an open meadow. There are few things as inspiring as a high mountain meadow in full bloom on a sunny afternoon. The field was about 500 yards across and a light breeze had the grasses swaying like waves on the ocean. Murray and I were engrossed in conversation but Graham noticed a rather large, brownish ocean wave on the other side of the meadow that wasn't swaying very much. In fact it wasn't swaying at all. Actually, the swaying grasses were washing up against it like a big brown rock. Graham said, "Hold it. What's that?" We stopped and looked at him. "What's what?" said Murray "That big brown pile over there." Now, as a rule, unusual big brown piles encountered while minding your own business in the forest are not good things. "It looks like it could be a bear." said Murray. The accuracy of this observation and it's seeming compliance with the aforementioned rule, were about to become a bit distressing. For at that moment, from just on the other side of the big brown pile, another somewhat smaller brown pile rose like a full moon, turned about 180 degrees and stared at us with black- button eyes. All three of us knew right away that Murray was wrong. It wasn't a bear. It was a B E A R! A grizzly and it was huge! It was the south end of a north bound bruin. We looked at each other and then back at the bear. Oh great. It had now turned completely around and was facing us. "What do we do?" asked Graham getting right to the point. "The rangers say not to move, they can't see very well but movement excites them." Said I, feeling the need to contribute. "How about the fact that we're up wind from it?" said Graham his voice starting to raise up an octave. "Oh," said Murray, "They can smell reeeeeal good." I looked at Murray trying not to see him as bear food. But if so, I was hoping he looked tastier that I did. I was very skinny back in those days. We both looked over at Graham. Graham was no longer there. Graham was running like hell for the trees, his fishing pole still in the air having thrown it as he took off. We both looked back at the bear. The bear was no longer there either. The bear was running like an Arabian stallion right at us. All bears, despite their ungainly appearance, can attain the speed of a quarter horse for short distances, which was just about how far away he was from us. Now our fishing poles were in the air as well and we were no longer under them. Park rangers are funny people. At least they think they are. They have little folksy ways of imparting woods lore to the uninitiated and seem to have a grand time doing it. For example, and this came to mind in the meadow that afternoon, they would ask, "How can you tell a grizzly from a brown bear?" And the rollicking answer, "If it follows you up the tree, it's not a grizzly." This, however, is true to a point. Grizzlies are too big to climb. They have developed a rather nasty coping mechanism however. If the tree is large, they can get a running start and scramble a good way up it. If the tree is too small they have been known to knock it down or knock you out of it by sheer brute strength and weight or sometimes even chew it till it falls over. I was not in a particularly receptive state of mind to be picky about the tree I was going to climb. Quite honestly, I always had big trouble climbing that damn rope in gym class. Rex Davis was very patient with me and eventually, with a good deal of agony and coaching, I reached the knot at the top. Of course I locked up at that point and couldn't get back down, but I touched the knot! Select the proper tree? Hell, what difference would it make if I couldn't get up it? Brunch time in Bearville. I can't faithfully describe what it feels like to be chased in the open by hundreds and hundreds of pounds of furious teeth, fur and claws. No car to get in. No door to open and get behind. And screaming "Mommy" like a little girl just wasn't going to help anything. We are truly marshmallows. Soft little fragile marshmallows that never should have survived the rigors of evolution. Bottom line - it felt bad. And there was a rather large, unrelenting amount of uncertainty surrounding the eventual outcome of this little adventure. Trees getting closer. Bear getting closer. Trees, bear, trees, bear. Trees...trees... yes, we made it to the trees. Now, where is that bear? Never mind!! Pick a tree. ANY tree. Well, Darwin was right after all. I instinctively dug down into my simian heritage and went up that tree like a gibbon. Stayed way up there for a long, long time too. The bear came right up to the base of the trees we went up, looked up at us, snorted and then sniffed around some more. After about ten minutes he waddled away into the woods. Whew!! That was a close one. You know, in the movies or on TV when the bad guys are chasing the good guy and the good guy ducks into a door way and the bad guys rush by not seeing him and then the good guy immediately steps right out of the doorway and goes the other way? Well, that doesn't happen in real life. At least not in MY real life. The bear was gone but not forgotten. I'm sure he knew where he was, but we didn't. For all we knew he could have been waiting behind that bush right over there, just out of sight, watching for us to come down. So there we three were, Graham (who had an accent like the sheriff of Mayberry), Murray (who had an accent like everyone in the movie "Fargo") and I (you know us Richlanders - no accent at all) chatting away, each in our own swaying treetop, in the forest, somewhere in Wyoming on a sunny summer day in 1969. That summer, men were walking on the moon relying on the latest, cutting edge technology to keep them alive. I was up a tree in the woods relying on mankind's oldest instincts to keep from being bear sushi. The irony is not lost on me. If I was as "worldly" then as I am now I'd probably still be up there. But being young and dumb (when you're young and dumb you can easily think that you are brave and resourceful when actually you are just underinformed) we eventually came down from our lofty security and headed immediately back to the car, right? No, oh no, we continued on and pursued the clever trout in the unspoiled mountain lake.. So I guess, in a way, it all comes down to what that guy in the cowboy hat said in the movie The Big Lebowski, "Sometimes you eat the bear. Sometimes the bear eats you." I don't know about eating any bear but I ate way too much trout while working in the park those summers and still can't stand to eat it today. Never did see that bear again though. -Jeff Curtis (69) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Gustavson (70) RE: R2K & CREHST Museum For those of you attending the RHS All Class Bomber Reunion (R2K), you don't want to miss dropping into the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology (CREHST) for a trip down memory lane. The museum is located next to Howard Amon Park (formerly Riverside Park) just above the tennis courts [and behind the old Community/Rec Hall]. Gwen Leth (Director) has graciously offered reduced admission ($2.00) for those with R2K ASB cards. Gwen and Connie Estep (Curator) also donated the use of some very interesting photography collage displays of old Richland that will be placed in the gym foyer for viewing during the events at the gym (e.g., registration, sock hop, basketball game). Others are also putting together displays, such as from various classes. Anyone is welcome to put together displays of old photos, especially representing old Richland and various Col-Hi or RHS classes. The sock hop is shaping up to be one of the funnest events of the weekend. It will take place at 6:30PM on Friday, June 23rd after the great chili feed, and it will last until whenever. The old gym will be decorated for the event, and Bobby Dale (aka Dr. DJ) will be providing the tunes that you'll surely remember. Tables for about 200 people will be provided for those who want to sit. Also, the bleachers are available for sitting. There will be two dance contests and a "retro" costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Dress in your favorite garb from your decade if you wish, and come prepared to dance and unwind with your fellow alumni. For you local Bombers, or for those of you coming in to town early, the committee needs some volunteer help in decorating the gym. We will start decorating and setting up at 10:00AM on Friday (6/23). See if you can find some time to come down and have some fun helping. We also need some help tearing down after the event and in the AM on Saturday. The alumni Bomber basketball game is in the gym the next day. Send me an e-mail or phone me on (509) 946-5292 if you can help. Thanks and see you next weekend. Make sure you get signed up for the reunion. Spread the last minute word to your friends and family. This event is really becoming something. -Bob Gustavson (70) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55): Thanks for your comprehensive list of Richland trivia. Although some of those items have been discussed, there were some above or over my head as far as age or memory. I am just a young (I think) 45, the memory of Korten's, BB & M, Newberry's, Penney's, and many more are in there for me. I did try out for the Desert Inn little league team. Mr. Van Wyck cut me (it was deserving) from that team when I was 10. I still contend the 5 and dime was called Rascos or Roscos about where the Town Crier is now. What was that Bruce's Lucky Five tavern thing? Is it time for Mike to comment on Denny's again? Why not - its R2K time. -Greg Alley (73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/19/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Mike Clowes (54), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Tom Hughes (56), Spencer Hinson (56), Jim Russell (58), Paula Beardsley (62), Kathie Roe (64), Glenda Gray (66), Joanne Boyd (67), Betti Avant (69), Daniel Green (73), Mike Davis (74), Dan Wilson (76), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To Jeff Curtis (69): I grabbed a cup of coffee and it was worth the time. You did it again. Great story! To Mike Clowes (54): You were right on about Ben Roscoe and the places he set up for his show. He finally just worked out of the studio at KALE, except for Sunday nights, which were a different format. Those shows were done from his home in Kennewick. I had forgotten that you helped out like I did before I started. Those were fun times. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To Curt Donahue (53): Didn't know you worked with/for the mighty Roscoe at KALE. But you are right in that it was a definite experience even being near the man. Just hope you weren't the guy he had washing and waxing his Kaiser (or was it Fraser (sp?)) convertible. I remember it as being red with a Continental kit, and his name on the spare tire cover. First time I saw the convertible he also had KWIE emblazoned thereon. Surprised some irate husband/boy friend didn't come after him (at least, so he told it). I wouldn't give him credit for being a full step ahead of the law, half a step maybe. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) Here are a few answers or comments on today's Sandstorm entries. FYI To Curt Donahue (53): How could I have forgotten the Bootery? Both Jerry (54) and Carol Purkhiser (56) were familiar Bomber faces and I remember several favorite shoes purchased there from their parents. My first pair of high heels were navy blue Johansen pumps and I can remember walking to CUP Church with Pat Acton (55) and wearing them for probably the first time. I had to take them off before we got to Pennywise, for our after church chocolate coke, because they wore blisters on my heels. I also purchased the yellow Tweedies that I wore for graduation and the brown Tweedies I wore for my wedding, from the Bootery. My apologies for forgetting. As far as the Atomic Frontier Days talent show, I can remember how very nervous I always was before performing some dance, usually acrobatic or tap. Always had some skimpy costume and a sheet hung up on a clothesline for a dressing room. Seems like it was either freezing, suffocatingly hot, or the wind was blowing at gale force. I bet YOU remember the sound system? To Bob Carlson (54): The radio show I remember was in the Desert Inn lobby, to the right of the door. We would sometimes be asked to come in to advertise or discuss school plays too. To Sharon Bee (55): Yes, the dime store was on the corner of Lee and the parkway across from Anderson's and I recall the long counter of glassed in candy and the caged birds in the back by the exit door. This is where Payless was located when I went to work there in 1969 after they had previously been in the Mart on Jadwin. You're right about Ganzell's Barber shop which later had a beauty parlor. I had my hair fixed into an "up- do" for the melodrama that we put on in school. "The Curse Of An Aching Heart", with Bob Johnson as the villain and Bob Mollerus (54) as the hero. Must have been quite a challenge for the operator to make that hairstyle from a DA. You are lucky you weren't on that train ride from Seattle State Tournament when, apparently I gave everyone from Ginger Rose (55) to Mary Winston (55) a free sample of my famous fingernail scissor haircuts. I don't remember it myself, but Mary and Ginger have never forgotten! To Tom Tracy (55): Yes Tom, Carmichael was a big political issue when it opened. It was referred to as "Hickenloopers Folly." I guess he must have been the politician in charge of pork barrel at the time. My mother, a teacher and my dad, a rabid Democrat went to check everything out at the "grand opening/dedication" and I know my mother wrote home to her mother, who was also a teacher, of the many amenities and extravagances in this fabulous showcase building. I guess we didn't realize how lucky we were to have such a wonderful school to attend. Mostly what I remember about Carmichael were the teachers like Vera Edwards, Hazel Latta, Mrs. Baudendistle, Thelma Pearson, Chris Anderson and of course Rolland Jantz whose mission, it seemed, was to make all the girls and some of the boys cry when they were "too dumb" to understand math!! To Greg Alley (73): I don't remember the dates exactly of when Bruce's Lucky Five Tavern was in business. I believe it was owned by the West Richland Johnson family and I know that Bill and Dorothy Chadwick ran it for a number of years. It was across the parkway from what is now Ariels. It was larger than the Frontier, but never had the talented longboard players that inhabited (and I mean that literally) the Frontier. The dime store Uptown was in the area you suggested, or could have been slightly South of that where the Richland Beauty School was in the late '60's. It could well have been Roscos? To: Frank Osgard (63WB) and Jeff Curtis (69): I must say that you two keep us entertained with your particular brands of humor and writing style. I appreciate all the local references and time frame I can relate to. Keep up the great entertainment. I hope you make your destination, Frank. RVing can be a real challenge to the pocketbook when something goes wrong. I remember spending a couple of days at the Woodpecker Truck Stop in Troutdale Oregon waiting for parts when we were on the way to the coast one year. The scenery was interesting, but the noise was something else. Of course at those truck stops the food was great, if you like chicken fried steak with the gravy running off the edge of the plate! Don't let my husband see this........ he's one of 'em!! Thanks for the feedback you Bombers. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) RE: Uptown I don't think anybody mentioned the Uptown Jewelery Store, McVickers Jewelers. They were on the GW Way side. Dell McVicker was in the class of 56. -Tom Hughes (56) ******************************************** >>From: Spencer Hinson (56) To Craig Buchanan (57): I suppose my interest in mountain climbing all started when you and Tom Gilmore (55) and myself use to climb up Badger Mountain hunting for rabbits back in the early 1950s. It would have been fun taking you two on one of my several accents of Mt. Rainier. Anyway, thanks for those kind words you sent in - I greatly appreciate it. -Spencer Hinson (56) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Russell (58) To Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55): I loved your recollection of the many retail stores in Richland during the mid-late 50's. The name of each one brings back memories. I couldn't help being fascinated by the "change machines" at J.C. Penny's that whisked away your cash and returned your change and receipt (?). I spent many afternoons playing in and around the "haunted house" down near the river and north of the "Bomber Bowl." There WAS a coffin (you're not making this up.) I remember, with others, hauling that coffin around. It was a wooden box, shaped like you would expect in the form of an Egyptian coffin. The mummy? It must have already been lurking in the dark shadows somewhere. Fortunately, I never came across "him!" How marvelous were our young imaginations. -Jim Russell (58) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) To Jeff Curtis (69): You are amazing. There is nothing more to say. I'm glad you made it up the tree if for no other reason than to be around to tell us the story. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) Here's a peek at the people who will be involved in the R2K alumni basketball game. If you're a participant and your name isn't listed below, please let me know ASAP. The pep assembly begins at 1pm, with the game beginning around 1:30. Remember to get there early because tickets go on sale to the public at 12:30. It's going to be a great afternoon of Bomber fun. See you there ..... Kathie Roe Truax ('64) Alumni Band: Conductors: Larry Bunch ('66) and Marsha Polk ('67) Jeff Adamson ('74), Sally O'Neal Coates ('79), Sandi Ward Donahue ('66), Janet Franco ('73), Dean Heiling ('63), Maxine McKune Hoffman ('64), Spencer Houck ('71), Anita Lauhalal ('92), Brenda Baker Long ('75), Tom Matthews ('57), Andrea Herb McMakin ('74), Mino Jo Payson ('68), Marsha Polk ('67), Gerald Purkhiser ('54), Nat Saenz ('72), Duane Snyder ('73), Valerie Polentz Topham ('72), and Gary Turner ('71) Alumni Baton Twirlers: Cindy Campbell Britten ('83), Patti Snyder Miller ('65), Valerie Ludwick Willman ('77) Alumni Cheerleaders: Micki Lund Anderson ('63), Kim McCoy Densley ('83), Janice Pierce Gunter ('63), Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63), Connie Madron Hall ('60), Jane Walker Hill ('62), Jill Butler Hill ('63), Debbie Lyons ('65), Diane Patterson McCabe ('62), April Miller ('92), Sue Nussbaum Reeb ('63), Jill Buchanan Rose (81), Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66), and Donna Pardee Strasser ('65) Alumni Flag Carriers: Mary Bacon Anderson ('84), Kim Edgar Leeming ('79), and Melanie Orgill Meinherdt ('83) Officials: Jon Boisoneau ('67), Dan ('70) and Dick Cartmell ('73), Steve Cassidy ('73), Bryne Haskins ('65), Ben ('69) and Bob Jacobs ('70), Jeff Marcum ('73), George Mulligan ('57), CJ Mitchell, and Greg Mitchell ('71) Alumni Bomber Teams: GREEN TEAM - Coach Jim Castleberry ('58) Team 1 (1955-76) Team 2 (1977-98) #12 Dick Nelson ('59) #11 Steve Chalcraft ('79) #14 Bill Johnson ('57) #14 Nat Roe ('89) #20 Richard Coffman ('60) #21 Larry Davis ('80) #22 Jim Walton ('60) #23 Pat Hollick ('86) #24 Chris Nickola ('68) #25 Boyd Robertson ('92 #30 Dick Cartmell ('73) #31 Cameron Mitchell ('77) #32 Norris Brown ('57) #33 Rick Rose ('78) #34 Steve Denler ('64) #35 Kevin McClelland ('98) #44 Bill Blankenship ('62) #41 Mark Stottlemyre ('94) #50 Dave Strasser ('65) #43 Brian Kellerman ('79) #54 Mike Neill ('75) #53 Steve Miller ('78) Pat Crook ('58) #55 Mark Hoke ('79) GOLD TEAM - Coach Phil Neill ('66) Team 1 (1955-76) Team 2 (1977-98) #12 Tom Tracy ('55) #10 Neal Robertson ('96) #14 CW Brown ('58) #14 Brian Neill ('98) #20 Ray Stein ('64) #20 Terry Duncan ('85) #22 LeeRoy Parchen ('59) #24 Rial Steichen ('78) #24 Bill Roe ('59) #30 Kelly Euteneier ('77) #30 Mike McKeown ('60) #32 Bruce Robertson ('85) #34 Jack Glover ('61) #34 Mark Bircher ('82) #40 Randy Free ('61) #42 Blaine Marlin ('78) #44 Bob Frick ('60) #44 Dwayne Wilson ('81) #50 Jim House ('63) #52 Jeremy Eaton ('94) #52 Mike Hogan ('70) #54 Gary Webb ('64) Dean Lansing ('60) & Steve Neill ('72) -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Joanne Boyd (67) Just heard some sad news. George Jacky passed away in April, down in Palm Springs. He was living there at the time. There is going to be memorial service for him in Portland in July. Does anyone else know anything about this? George went to CK, Chief Jo (I think), and RHS. He left his senior year with his family and graduated in Portland. He was our publicity manager in 65-66, I believe. He also had several brothers, Jay (64) and Peter (65) are two. Rachel was his younger sister. He was a great guy. Please let us know if anyone has more information. Thanks, -Joanne Boyd (67) ******************************************** >>From: Glenda Gray (66) To Tom Matthews (57) and Mary Ann Matthews (63) Thanks for bringing your Dad over to visit my folks! They had a wonderful time... my sis and I had lunch with them in Tacoma today celebrating Father's Day. They could not stop talking about Richland and your visit! I was in Richland last weekend.. just a tip to those of you who have not revisited in a while... it has changed A LOT!!!!! It had been 6 or 7 years ... got quite the tour from Becky Rulon (66)... it is incredible how much it's grown!... loved the Bomber on the Dawald gym wall at Col Hi... even the buildings look smaller! Was sad to see the old part of Jefferson was gone... anyway... get ready for the changes! -Glenda Gray (66) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: Memories of a dear brother Howard Lee Avant, 28Feb1953-19June1995, RHS class of 1972. My dear "little brother", It does not seem possible that it has been 5 years since your untimely passing. How I remember that day so vividly in my mind. You enjoyed your life and the sports that were such a big part of it. It started at Chief Joseph when you started managing the teams. It continued at Col. High where - at the highlight of your high school career - you were part of the state championship basketball team of 1972. You then went to C.B.C. and managed the "Hawks". To make the circle complete you were an Athletic Equipment Manager at the University of New Mexico for the most part of 20 years. You managed some future pro players in several sports. You even went back to C.B.C. for a couple of years in between and helped them in their national football championship, again with some future pro players. You are sorely missed by all your family and friends. Your time came much too soon. I, for one, really miss you a lot, but know you are at peace and happy and have joined Dad and Mom in a better place. Some day I will see you all again, and I know you will always be a Bomber, Hawk, and Lobo. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Daniel W. Green (73) Date: Sun Jun 18 14:15:14 2000 This is a great Idea! I am looking forward to seeing alot of my friends. Great Job on putting this together! -Daniel Green (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) The recent ridicule I have faced about my Denny's recollections (Boog Alley (73), Vicki Owens (72), Tedi Parks (76), etc.) has left me with no choice. The other locations of past Denny's will remain a secret from you nonbelievers. You can tempt me with Grand Slams ($1.99! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?), etc. The secret locations will die with me!!! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Wilson (76) RE: More memories!!! To Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55): I think you forgot a few of the downtown places. You have a few years on me (sorry) but I still remember some of the older stuff. You mentioned Payless. I didn't know it used to be at the Uptown, but I do remember it being on the NE corner of Jadwin and Lee before moving to 1268 Lee. When they moved, a Radio Shack went into the same spot. I also remember the carnation building across from the old Safeway store. We used to go there for ice cream and freebies and those huge rubber bands. I remember the old remains of a jail house that was around where the last location for Payless is at (Riteaid now). A friend and I used to go in there and find bird eggs. I remember being at Lewis and Clark school and seeing the blasting of an old smoke stack and the erection of the Federal Building in it's place. Lots of changes have happened even since I was young. I grew up on Abbot street. When we first moved there, the Mayfair on Jadwin & Comstock was still open. I still member getting the S&H green stamps. -Dan Wilson (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/20/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann (49), Shirley Segrest (52), Curt Donahue (53), Marguerite Groff (54), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Elsa "Lolly" Phillips (57), Gary May (58), Patti Jones (60), Judy Willox (61), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Betti Avant (69), Edye Jenkins (72), Debra Dawson (74), Kim Edgar (79), Kathy Snowhite (89) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) Rose Boswell Smith (61) and I have decided all of us who attended RHS and who live in the Redmond area (or anyone else that wants to travel) will be getting together for a By's Burger, Friday, July 14th at 1:00pm. If you need directions let me know and I will send them to you. Please E-mail me if you can attend as I would like to know how many tables to have By set up for us. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Segrest Telford (52) To Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) I live in Kirkland (Bridle Trails Area) so let me know when you plan the get together at By's as I would like to join the group, if possible. -Shirley Segrest Telford (52) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To: Mike Clowes (54): Yep, we're talking about the same Ben Roscoe. Fortunately, I only helped out in the studio. I didn't have to wash cars or anything else. I remember when he ran some contest and the winning couple was to receive an all expenses paid trip to some resort in Montana. The transportation was his old car. I don't recall what it was, except it was so small there was only room for two and hardly any luggage. It died somewhere between Spokane and the Montana border and those poor people had to find their own way back. I don't know if he ever reimbursed them or not and I don't think they ever got to that resort. He was quite the promoter. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) To Kathie Roe Truax (64) RE: R2K Alumni Basketball game oops!!... You missed Norma Myrick Nunamaker (54) when you listed the cheerleaders. She has been contacted about participating and she is planning on being there. We are all pretty proud of her. Last September Club 40 had their annual reunion, along with Class of 49's 50th and Class of 54's 45th reunions. One of the activities was to attend a Richland vs. Pasco football game (of course Richland won). During the game, Norma, who had her original cheer leading outfit on (and it still fits perfectly), did a cheer in front of the reunion attendees. You know, "2-bits, 4-bits...." and her split was perfect. The students were so impressed that they asked her to do a cheer in front of the students also. She complied, and again, did a perfect split. On the following Monday when my daughter happened to be at the high school, she heard an announcement on the school's PA system, saying that if anyone at the school was related to the older lady who did the great cheer at the football game, would they please extend the school's thank you. I think it's so awesome that someone my age can still cheer lead - not to mention doing the splits. I sure can't - but then, of course, never could. My best wishes to all you hard working planners. It looks like this coming weekend will be a major success. For me, the fact that myself and 3 siblings; Phil Groff (58), Bill Groff (61), and Marilyn Groff Taylor (63), will all be together is absolutely wonderful. We are sort of spread out, so it doesn't happen often. That also means 3 RVs in our driveway - and accommodating neighbors taking any overflow of vehicles. To Frank Osgard (63WB) Your RV problems bring back really frustrating memories of our first RV trip from Richland to Michigan and back last summer. Long story about a very long trip in an old '83 motor home. My husband is from Michigan, so we make the trip every year. We're going again, this year, but driving our car with motels, restaurants, etc. If the time ever comes that we get something newer, we may try again. But until then, we'll let you younger people have all the fun. Sure hope you get here in time. You'll have to update us after the reunion so we'll know if you made it. A regular thriller - Will he or won't he! Stay tuned... Until Friday - -Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) To Sharon Bee (55), Laura Dean (55): You won't believe this but out in my garage I have scrapbooks of all 3 years of high school filled with all kinds of stuff from parties, football games, basketball games, dates, etc. One of them is a little bag (waxed paper, of course, not this "new" stuff, cling-wrap). And in this bag is a swatch of hair from all who attended that slumber party (I think it was at Sharon Bee's house) We all came to school on Monday with duck tail hair cuts. It believe it was Judy Allen and we were introduced to "hair spray". Had never used it before. in fact, I think it was just invented. I told a young friend the other day, "I remember the first time I saw hair spray" and she almost fainted that anyone could be so old!!! I will get those books out of the garage and find out who was at that party. Poor hubby, up in the rafters again, and the garage today in Sacramento is about 120 degrees. I know Jan Barker was there and I think Bev Menefee and Sarah Powell. This was when we were sophomores. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) To Dan Wilson (76): I know, of course, that the Payless was on Lee and the Parkway DOWNTOWN....... NOT UPTOWN. Somehow I got it listed in the wrong section of my written memories. I really do know where it is. I worked there for 23 years, so it was just like a "typo" kind of slip up. Sorry if I confused anyone. To Jim Russell (58) THANK YOU THANK YOU for your memory of the 'haunted house" and the coffin. What do you suppose that really was anyway? At least I have some corroboration now and maybe someone will believe me. I have never been able to find anyone else who knew about this. People always just kind of got that suspicious look when ever I brought it up. Like.... you know, maybe I have slipped into the old-timer's la la land or am having an extended "senior moment". Thanks for the validation, Jim. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Elsa "Lolly" Phillips Schultz (57) It has been wonderful reading everyone's memories of Richland and Columbia High School, particularly those of classmates from the late 50's. I went to all grades of school in Richland (Sacajawea, Chief Jo, Columbia High) and graduated in 1957. I left Richland in 1962 for San Jose.... what a cultural shock.... such diversity! Many different races, occupations, houses, etc. Mind boggling for a small town Richland girl. I could never really explain to anyone what it had been like to grow up in Richland.... that most of our Dads worked out in the "area", that we lived in alphabetically numbered houses, that in early Richland there were almost no elderly people, that there was no real poverty because at least one parent in each household was employed and, especially, about Richland sandstorms. Laura Dean Kirby's (55) memory is phenomenal; I could never have remembered all the stores. I do remember how enthralled I was with the dime store across from what was C.C. Anderson's Dept. Store. The long line of glass topped candies made it almost impossible to make a selection. I also remember purchasing wonderful balloons. I do have some really early memories such as the use of ration books (I still have one with my name on it) to buy shoes, etc. I remember standing in line at Pennywise Drugs for bubble gum... perhaps because it was not made during war time. Richland was so safe. I lived on Marshall St. and rode my bike all over that part of town. I remember raiding Mulberry trees, on Symons St., I think. We also rode around in the trees that were below the cemetery near Sacajawea. One really cold winter, when I was about 10, the firemen flooded an area below the cemetery for an ice skating rink. Also, without TV we were pretty creative kids. I remember our putting on more than a few neighborhood carnivals and circuses. At my last reunion, a few of us (Gary Hunt, Suzanne Anderson Medema) reminisced about a 6th grade class we attended at Sacajawea Grade School. It was in one of the quonset huts out back and we were a pretty incorrigible class. I've wondered if we abruptly ended the teaching career of a brand new teacher whose name, if I remember right, was Mr. Walter Lewis. (Some other classmates I remember from that class.... Max Case, Randy Buchanan, Craig Buchanan, Lynn Bryson, Nancy Cotten, Ken Jones, John Zilar.) I am really looking forward to the reunion. Hope more people are coming from the class of 1957 than are now listed! I have lived in Boise since 1973 and my husband and I plan to bring our street rod for the cruise night. It is a "tangerine with lime green" 1928 Model A Ford with the license plate "RODNEY" so honk if you see us. Wish my sister, Sharon Phillips Cowles (64) could attend but she, unfortunately, had made other plans that she can't change. -Elsa "Lolly" Phillips Schultz (57) ******************************************** >>From: Gary May (58) RE: Great Job Before you finish with the constant, and well done, updates on the upcoming reunion I simply want to wish you a hardy w e l l d o n e for all the work that I know it took. Thanks and hope to see some of my old alumni this coming week-end. Again, thanks for a great job. -Gary May (58) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY NORMA JONES During the R2K reunion, Joe Jones Winterhawk (58), Patti Jones Ahrens (60) and Nina Jones Rowe (65) will be celebrating with our mother, Norma Jones, her 80th birthday. We will be having her birthday dinner at the Red Lion at 5:00PM on Saturday evening. If any of you who knew her would like to stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday, please do. After living in Richland for 49 years she now lives in Milwaukee, Oregon. [Portland suburb] She will be visiting friends during the reunion so if you see her around ask her about Richland as she has great memories of the growth of Richland. One of the greatest questions I ever heard her ask was: "I wonder if there is Government Housing in Heaven?" As healthy as Mom is, it will probably be a long time before she finds out the answer. Norma worked for reproduction in the Federal Building for over 30 years and retired in 1984. Nina, please give her a copy of this. HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY MOM -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) RE: R2K & CREHST Museum Bob, Are you aware that the CHREST museum also has Marlin's Photography Studio's old negatives for purchase if one wants their old negs of events in their lives, i.e.: graduations, weddings, Family Record Plan negs, parents and so much more. One goes to the museum and looks through the record books for entries in their name, fill out the forms requesting the negs by the numbers in the record books, pay $4.00 for each packet searched for (this goes to the purchase price if you do buy them), and wait to see what comes up and if you want to purchase them. The packets are $20.00 if you want them (or at least that is what they were when I got mine). I did this for Myrna Bolin Turner (64) and for Tom Ellis (60) and some other Bombers and they were delighted to get those old negs! Tom and I each spent a fortune on ours with grad pics (junior and senior), family album negs and etc. Sooo, all you Bomber photographic people out there, go check this out while you are at this fabulous museum. Bob knows what he's talking about when he says that this place is an interesting one to visit. And, the people are all so very nice too! See you all in about four days now. Is anybody out there as nervous AND excited about this reunion as I am? -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) Wow! the list of cheerleaders brought back memories! I remember especially thinking Rosalie Lansing was so cool! She was older and I was always thrilled when she said "Hi" to me in the hall. -Patty de la Bretonne (65) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: duck tail haircut I remember the duck tail haircuts very well. I was in the second grade at Jason Lee when the haircut became so popular. My mom took me to a beauty parlor on Thayer next to Pennywise drug store (I believe the name of it was Dolly's. She told her I needed a haircut and she said the popular one at that time was the duck tail. I went to school the next Monday and got several compliments about my new hairdo. I remember bragging that it was called a duck tail. Little did a little second grader know then that she had gotten the "most popular cut of the day". Isn't it funny what kind of things we all remember about our childhood growing up in the grand ole town of Richland, WA, USA? Those were the days, huh? -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Edye Jenkins (72) ATTENTION BOMBERS – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED Darvi Markfelder Hull (72) is fighting cancer for the second time. Darvi had been cancer free for 7 years before the disease was diagnosed again earlier this year. Darvi and her husband, Todd, live in Kennewick with their 9-year-old daughter, Hilary. Donations are needed to help Darvi and her family defray costs of her treatment. A table will be set up at all major events at the upcoming All Bomber Reunion to collect donations. In addition, an account has been opened at Hapo Credit Union to receive donations. Please send your contributions to the "Darvi Hull Fund" at any Hapo Credit Union in the Tri-Cities. Every donation helps! For more information, please contact Jean Bartlett Bunch (74) at 509/543-6554 or Edye Jenkins (72) at 509/582-9457. THANK YOU -Edye Jenkins (72) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) I happened to be in Tri-Cities this past weekend, and saw an old friend, Zita Seymour, in a Richland store. She gave me the rundown on some of my old friends from Chief Jo, so now I'm thinking that maybe I will get myself back down there for some of the reunion festivities next weekend. None of my old friends has written in to the Sandstorm since I've been receiving it, so I was reluctant to attend. Ann, Terri, Leanne, Judi, Robyn and anyone from West Richland... hope to see you there. She also gave me the shocking news that Shelley Dalen (1974) died last January. Shelley used to take me on VERY SCARY bareback, double horseback rides on her giant Palomino. I wasn't much of a cowgirl, so I just hung on and prayed whenever we galloped like the wind along the Richland windbreak trail, or whipped our way around the barrels at the boarding corral. This was the most wholesome and healthy thing Shelley and I did together. A lot of our friendship involved hitchhiking and drinking. Ah, well, it was a different era, and Shelley will always be a part of my teenagehood. I haven't seen her since our 10-year class reunion, but I still feel the loss. We're too young to be dying, aren't we? On the other hand, I was so much wilder in my youth, I guess I'm lucky to have made it to age 44. Maybe Shelley was still riding wild in her forties, or maybe her luck ran out. Zita said there was an accident when Shelley was still a teenager. It must have been after my family moved to Yakima, when Dad got laid off from Hanford in 1971 or 72. Shelley's horse rolled over on her, and she had seizures afterward. Seizures eventually caused a stroke, and that's what took Shelley's life. I'm trying to figure out why her death is so unbelievable and so painful after all of these years. I guess she is another person from my fond childhood memories who is forever gone, like Dad, grandmas and grandpas, and a lot of other relatives. It's really hard to give up all the joys of carefree youth. She's another part of my past that is gone from this world, and my inadequate memories can't do justice to the lives that once existed with mine. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: R2K We'll be headed over to the Tri-Cities from Western Washington on Wednesday afternoon. I'll have a "Richland Bomber" banner in the back windshield, be sure to wave us as you go by, if you're traveling Highway I-90 / I-82. Looking forward to being acquainted with old friends and meeting new ones as well! Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Snowhite (89) I want to give my deepest sympathy to the Perryman family on the loss of their father and husband. Mr. Perryman will be remembered by all who knew him. -Kathy Snowhite (89) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/21/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 1 Bulldog today: Mike Clowes (54), Ann Bishop (56), Mike Bradley (56), Gus Keeney (57), Ellen Lenor (59), Janice Woods (60WB), Linda Belliston (63), Gary Ell (67), Bob Gustavson (70), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) For all holders of a 1953 Columbian: (From the "Now It Can Be Told" Department) For the past few days I have been discussing the following anecdote with Al Parker (53). He thought I should perhaps put it in the Alumni Sandstorm. I told him I did not think the world was ready for it. Then I realized that he was not Dr. Watson, and we were not discussing the Giant Rat of Sumatra. He assured me that the "statue" of limitations has probably gone well into the night. We had been discussing Harry A. Thompson, faculty advisor to "The Sandstorm" during the 1952-53 school year. I had mentioned a minor talent I had for reproducing signatures of certain teachers in order to escape the boredom of study hall. One of the results of this slight proclivity is the following. For those of you who have in your possession a copy of the '53 Columbian, I suggest you turn your attention to the page preceding the section devoted to the Class of '55. It is a collage of photographs and snapshots of various students engaged in whatever. Near the top center is a framed portrait, and it is to this I draw your particular attention. The picture was taken backstage in the auditorium, most likely during the run of "Mr. Barry's Etchings" (The Thespians contribution to culture), or possibly during "Good News" (the Music Departments similar contribution). The willing participants were Dore Tyler (53), Ken Brandt (53) and yours truly. For those of you without copies to look at, the picture in question is of a rather serious looking Dore Tyler. He is accoutered with a pork-pie hat, horn rim glasses, scarf and warm-up jacket (Bomber Green and Gold to be sure). He is accompanied by a stuffed bird of unknown specie. For all we know it may be an owl or hawk (bird lovers have a go at it). The picture was taken in the evening using the school's 4x5 Speed Grafix camera. We were possibly experimenting with the camera and the new strobe flash unit. At any rate, after completing our task, we returned, camera, strobe and film to the school photo lab where we debated on developing the film. We then reasoned, that due to the lateness of the hour (probably 6 or 7 PM) that we should leave it for Jim Gladfelder (53) to take care of. But how could we be sure that he would. Well, someone suggested, we could leave him a note to that effect. He would not do so, unless directed by higher authority, someone else declaimed. Simple solution, I was to warm up my fingers, write a note and sign it. Ergo a note to the effect of directing Jim to develop and print the picture was written and duly signed by "H.A.T." (by yours truly of course). Our only regret is that we have no record of Jim's reaction to the picture, and what, if anything, Harry Thompson said about it (if he in fact even saw it). Ah, well, such is life. And there you have it, the slightly embellished tale of the picture of Tyler and The Bird. None of the names have been changed to protect anybody. A Guilty Bomber, if ever there was one -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (56) To all the merrymakers this weekend Have a wonderful time. I can not be there, but my heart and thoughts will be with you. If any '56 grads are going to be there, HELLO.... and get on the net. I'd like to hear from some of you. God Bless To the R.V.ers: If you would get Good Sam Road Insurance, the troubles would be fewer and less frustrating. They will TOW your vehicle to the closest authorized repair shop FREE. We were full timers for 5 years before going on the mission field to Scotland and GS had to tow us twice, they brought us gas and repaired a tire on the road..... no charge except for the gas price. We'd be back on the road if we had bought a newer R.V. instead of a house!!!! -Ann Bishop Ousley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley (56) RE: R2k2 To the classes of '56 & '55: I am coming to the R2K2 on Friday night. Will be staying at the Hampton Inn so if any of you are around, give me a call. I will be helping out at the Chili feed so I will also see some of you there. Hope that more of you show up than what I see on the registered list. Have a great week. -Mike Bradley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney (57) RE: Golf outing on Friday Hi Golfers, Duffers & the Like, I am donating one of my custom Putters for a door prize at the golf tourney. Any one else that would like to donate something please let Dick Boehning know. [R2K Latest Update 6/20/00 said "Don't forget to bring your old clothes for the Soc Hop" Gus responded:] HA!!!! Like we could fit into our old clothes!!!! -Gus Keeney (57) ******************************************** >>From: Ellen Lenor Foley (59) Since I have lived in Los Angeles so many years and not seen many of your faces in years... I will be attending the R2k Reunion.. hoping to see you again. Any Bomber attending reunion who needs someone to hang with..... I probably will be attending alone. One of the local Bombers that was going to attend a lot of functions with me probably will not be able to because of some health problems. I will be looking up Maren possibly at the Spudnut Shop or Registration. You can contact me at me parents house in Kennewick (Bill/Rina Foley) by the 22nd at 509/783-6380. Look forward to hearing from you. Ellen Lenor Foley '59 P.S. I attended Jefferson (Mrs. Woods Class - 5th grade) and was with the HUT MUTTS - 6th and then on to Chief Jo (where we all were obnoxious!) right? -Ellen Lenor Foley (59) ******************************************** >>From: Janice Woods Ehrke (60WB) I believe the old coffin in the house down by the river was a "prop" from the old Richland Theater. At least that's what my Dad told me. -Janice Woods Ehrke - PHS 1960 ******************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63), R2K Secretary A reminder to all Committee Members: We are meeting tonight, Wednesday, at 6:30 at the Days Inn, 615 Jadwin Ave. to assemble Registration Packets. The more that show up, the faster we get done. I also made a mistake in the Sandstorm yesterday on the time of the Hors D'oeuvres being served at the Red Lion Hanford House. It will be from 8:30 to 10:30, NOT 6:30-8:30. Volunteer Assignments were E-mailed out yesterday. If you volunteered, and did not receive your assignment, or can't do it at the time assigned you, please contact one of the Committee Members. Two more days till R2K. See you all Soon! Linda Belliston Boehning (63), Reunion Secretary ******************************************** >>From: Gary Ell (67) To Pam Ehinger (67): Thanks so much for the CK pics on the class of 67 site. If anyone has any more please forward them to Pam. Thanks again, Gary R Ell (67) P.S. I have checked out all of the class sites and I really do think the class of '67 has been done the best. Congrats for the good job, and keep up the good work! -Gary Ell (67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [NOTE: Class of '67 website was designed by Vikki Kestell (70). -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Bob Gustavson (70) RE: Your Old Photos I picked up this info from the 6/20/00 Alumni Sandstorm for those who haven't seen it: From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Bob, Are you aware that the CHREST museum also has Marlin's Photography Studio's old negatives for purchase if one wants their old negs of events in their lives, i.e.: graduations, weddings, Family Record Plan negs, parents and so much more. One goes to the museum and looks through the record books for entries in their name, fill out the forms requesting the negs by the numbers in the record books, pay $4.00 for each packet searched for (this goes to the purchase price if you do buy them), and wait to see what comes up and if you want to purchase them. The packets are $20.00 if you want them (or at least that is what they were when I got mine). I did this for Myrna Bolin Turner (64) and for Tom Ellis (60) and some other Bombers and they were delighted to get those old negs! Tom and I each spent a fortune on ours with grad pics (junior and senior), family album negs and etc. Sooo, all you Bomber photographic people out there, go check this out while you are at this fabulous museum. Bob knows what he's talking about when he says that this place is an interesting one to visit. And, the people are all so very nice too! See you all in about four days now. Is anybody out there as nervous AND excited about this reunion as I am? -Judy ~~~~~~~~~ Thanks for reminding me, Judy. I believe that CREHST is offering these at a very reduced price now. Don't quote me, but I think they are ten dollars per packet. -Bob Gustavson (70) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: Reunion To All Traveling Alumni: Just want to remind you that other alumni want to see you at the reunion safe and sound. So, "PLEASE", drive carefully, wear your seat belt, leave the road rage at home. You may be a good driver, however, that doesn't mean the driver next to you is. Drive defensively (give the idiot drivers plenty of room), that includes the drive home! Have a great time while your there, and please "DON'T DRINK & DRIVE!!!!!!!!!" Our children and grandchildren learn by example. See you there! Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/22/00 ~ using laptop in Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Delores Raffety (49), Ralph Myrick (51), Kenny Wright (63), Patty O'Neil (65), Larry Stone (71), Kathy Wheat (79) ******************************************** UPDATE from R2K Registration Headquarters Days Inn - Richland Jim House (63) reports he is very impressed with all the bag ladies (group of mostly women - bagging R2K paraphernalia). They need MORE HELP!!! Everyone is encouraged to come help with the process. ******************************************** >>From: Delores Raffety (Yale) Leonard (49) Does anyone know where Doris Lemon Jones (51) is now living? Last we heard she was in Cal. Her mother was in Az. Please contact me or Nina Williamson. Hope all have a great reunion, sorry we won't be there. -Delores Raffety (Yale) Leonard (49) ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) R2Kers coming back home I don't know how many of you remember Ray French or his son Robin. They have a big apple, peach, and cherry orchard on Keene Ave. I just returned from picking a bucket full of Rainier Cherries and found a few bings. Tell you what -- they are delicious. Only $.50 per pound. Thought some of you might be interested. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Kenny Wright (63) RE: Richland documentary As some of you may know, I am working with a documentary producer, Bob Geballe, on a documentary about growing up in Richland. We will be in Richland for R2K Friday, Saturday, and part of Sunday taping footage. Our documentary is not an exhaustive examination of the health-related controversies surrounding Hanford, but we are interested in finding people whose families may have had significant illnesses as a consequence of either working at or being around the Hanford area. We also are hoping to find home movies of Richland in the 40's, 50's, and 60's to possibly use in the documentary. So, if you have home movies, and might be willing to let us look at them, please contact me. And if you are willing to talk about health-related issues, we would also like to hear from you. Thanks for any assistance you may provide. -Kenny Wright (63) ******************************************** >>From: Patty O'Neil (65) I have so enjoyed reading the Sandstorm since my sister Kathy (63) brought it to my attention. I guess I'm still a bit like I was in high school, quietly enjoying the antics of the bolder members of the class. What a wonderfully articulate group the Bombers turned out to be. Your memories finally got the best of me. I too could not resist the temptation of a Spudnut. I booked my reservation and planned to join you all for the R2K reunion. I even had sister Eileen (73) and brother Tim (76) talked into joining me. Unfortunately our mother, Maxine O'Neil had a stroke last week. She slid into a coma and the doctors were not hopeful. Our Father's Day present was that she opened her eyes, recognized all the grandchildren and even was singing with me. Actually she was correcting me when I had the words wrong, I think she was letting me know my singing would wake the dead. She has not been as strong these last two days, but still hanging in there. Our plans for the reunion are off but we'll be thinking of you all. So eat those Cinnamon Rolls, cheer on the teams and best of all, find old friends. And someone let me know if summer sunsets, viewed from the top of the dike, are still among the most beautiful in the world. -Patty O'Neil (65) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) Does anyone remember Elaine Ko, believe she was in the Class of 1973? -Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Wheat Fife (79) After looking forward to attending R2K, I am sorry I will be unable to attend. All of you that go, have a blast for those of who can't! Kids' commitments have taken precedence. Brian and Bobby.... have a great time at the basketball game.... and remember the good ol days! Go Class of '79. Will look forward to the post R2K reports. -Kathy Wheat Fife (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/23/00 ~ using laptop in Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Frank Whiteside (63), Donna Pardee (65), Bob Gustavson (70), Vikki Kestell (70), Vicki Owens (72), Mark Ufkes (73), Steve McClung (73), Kevin King (75), Mark Paris (80) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside (63) R2K Greetings Greetings to all Bomber alumni and especially to those in the Class of 1963. I left Richland in 1965 and last returned in 1967. So when I do return again (not for R2K but maybe by 2003). I imagine I'll be in for a shock. When I lived there, I didn't really appreciate it. I have these nostalgic "Leave it to Beaver" daydreams about hanging out with the guys at Zip's and charfing down a dozen spudnuts. Are there any ag. boys still out there? I don't mind admitting that I was one for 4 long years. Frank Osgard (63WB) had me raising sheep, but it was really cattle - I took 1st and 2nd place at the fair that year. We were kidded about being "pig farmers", but I learned more from Bill Evans in ag. than in all of my other classes combined. My plan was to run the family ranch in Colorado, but when it was sold (right before I graduated), I went to college in Louisiana and became a history teacher for 30 years - a rather drastic change of plans! I've only been involved with the site since mid- May, so I'm sure I missed a lot of letters. Did anyone mention what happened to the Riding Academy or the old Indian burial grounds? Do they still have the Soap Box Derby and Frontier Days? Does anyone know addresses for Darrell Renz (63) or Larry "Fig" Newton? If so, drop me an E-mail. Have fun and raise one for me (does everyone still drink Oly?). -Frank Whiteside (63) ******************************************** >>From: Donna Pardee Strasser (65) Well, today's the start of R2K, and I would like to thank in advance all the many alumni that have been working so hard to pull off this monumental event. I can't imagine any other school's mates so well cyber-connected and with so much city history in common. And the idea of alumni from '42 to 2000 wanting to get together to share memories and get to know each other due to an internet connection??? Awesome! Ultimately, I'm sure that much of the credit goes to Maren and Gary who got this all started. We are forever in your debt! BOMBER CHEERS to you. See you ALL at Bomber gym. Donna P.S. I just can't wait to see if Frank Osgard (63WB) and family in the "T_Rex" made it to Bomberville! :) -Donna Pardee Strasser (65) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Gustavson (70) All- I understand that the Marlin's Photography negatives available at CREHST Museum have been even further reduced in price for the R2K Reunion. They are now only $10.00 per packet, so make sure you visit this weekend to pick up your old photo negatives. Also, see the link below to CREHST. See ya at the reunion tomorrow! -Bob Gustavson (70) ******************************************** >>From: Vikki Kestell (70) Class of '67 R2K Photos: The Class of '67 Webmasters will compile all submitted R2K photos into a PowerPoint presentation (PowerPoint not required to view) with captions and comments. Send scanned photos to Send hard-copy photos to: Vikki Kestell New Mexico Engineering Research Institute 901 University Blvd. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106-4339 (If you wish us to return your pictures, include a self-addressed and stamped envelope.) Be sure to identify folks in the photos, what's going on, and add any comments/witty remarks that will help others to appreciate what the photo has captured. This photo compilation will be a great memento of R2K. -Vikki Kestell (70) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) I've arrived in Richland for R2K and the weather is gorgeous -- every bit as beautiful as I remember it! Looking forward to seeing you all in just HOURS... To Mike Davis (74): I drove past Denny's and waved, but you didn't wave back. Did they move your bed away from the window? Look forward to seeing you soon... -Vicki Owens (72) ******************************************** >>From: Steve McClung (73) I was under the impression that Richland was once known as Hanford, WA. When was the name changed? Perhaps it's not so..... I see from some of the folks who graduated in the early 50's that it was named Richland at that time..... is my information all wet? Ahhhhh... cherries! I picked cherries in Benton City for 4 summers.... It was great, fast cash. Fell out of a tree once, and my spine hasn't been the same since. In those days, no X-rays, since I could walk, it was assumed I was fine... Did any of you ever work in the potato sheds in Pasco? One of the things I miss the most about the Tri- Cities is the boat races we used to have...... yes, you still have them, I know.... but not like WE had them!!!!! Here's a question I have had on my mind forever... here's TRIVIA: What year did the Columbia River flood nearly up to George Washington Way? It covered Howard Amon Park... Looking forward to 2003 to see how much the Tri Cities have changed. The 20th reunion was disappointing because the ones who still live there, who were the closest to the reunion, never made it there. Anyone know the whereabouts of Pat Irwin (73), or Bill Church (73)??? -Steve McClung (73) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Mark L. Ufkes (73) Date: Tue Jun 20 22:46:14 2000 Atomic City - RHS Classes of 1972, 73, 74, 75 After going through the alumni list and web site, I can't get this big grin off my face. What a great job. Good for all of you who have worked so hard to put it together so that the rest of us to stay connected and enjoy the benefit. Spent much of my life working around the country and overseas. RHS Bomber hats with the mushroom cloud were always a big hit wherever I was. There is someone in Kasgar, China wearing one right now. I have always been proud of the "Atomic City" and will definitely be at R2K. Sounds like great fun. Warmest Regards -Mark L. Ufkes (73) brother of Doug (68) and Tamara (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kevin King (75) In reviewing the rosters for the R2K alumni game and the individuals who will be officiating, I think the local bookie will need to set the over/under for technical fouls somewhere around 10. -Kevin King (75) ******************************************** >>From: Mark Paris (80) Can anybody tell me if there will be someone taping the basketball game? I can't make the reunion but I'd love to purchase a copy of the tape if there is one. -Mark Paris (80) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/24/00 ~ using laptop in Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Curt Donahue (53), Marilyn Richey (53), Linda Reining (64), Maren Smyth (64), Bill Wingfield (67), Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To Steve McClung (73): The great flood was in 1948, when Richland nearly became an island. Howard Amon Park, then known as Riverside Park, became snake infested as a result of the flood. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Steve McClung (73): You ask if Richland's name had been changed from Hanford to Richland. There was a town site on the Columbia River up river from Richland were Hanford and the town of White Bluffs were located. There was a town named Richland located near the area of where the corner of GWWay where the restaurant TASTE and across the street from the building where Heaston Vision, Frontier tavern area on the parkway. The year of the flood was 1948 when Richland surrounded by water going out through West Richland and the Yakima bridge going towards the "Y". The water was up to GWWay. That is when the dike was built all along Haupt street east of the uptown district. I do have a question about the basketball game Saturday. If anybody films the game, I sure wish I could purchase a film of the game. I'm sure somebody could sell a lot of the game to people for a keepsake. I'm unable to attend the functions this weekend and would love if this is going to be made available by somebody. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) To Steve McClung (73): You asked if anyone worked in the potato sheds in Pasco -- I worked there in '65 - '66 and was an experience I never care to repeat. :) Frank Whiteside (63) asked if we still had Frontier Days ------ think they disappeared in the late 50's. I left Richland in '66 and have gone home for visits, and you will be in for a shock when you go home in 2003. The saying, "You can never go home, again" is true ----- if you stay, you don't notice the differences, but once you leave, you feel like a stranger when you go back. I loved growing up in Richland where I didn't have to be afraid and I knew my surroundings and felt safe no matter what part of town I was in. Walking from where I lived on Elm Street to Uptown; the library; to Zip's; to the bowling alley; the theaters; and the shops. It was a great place and I miss it. Do the schools still have "carnivals"? I remember the ones from Marcus Whitman and from Spalding ---- cake walks; "white elephant" booth; costume parade; etc. I even remember one at Carmichael when I was in 8th grade ----- my mom and a neighbor, Rachael Taylor, donned "gypsy" clothing and told fortunes. Anyone remember the Fire Safety parade? Do they still have those? Remember "Sparky, the fire dog"? Remember dressing up in "fire" costumes for the parade? I was a match stick one year when I was in about the 5th grade. Am really envious of all that will be attending R2K and really wish I could have attended. Hope the Sandstorm will be filled with all sorts of memories for those of us who cannot be there. Have a great weekend. -Linda Reining Pitchford (64) ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Dateline: Richland, Washington R2K is well underway and seems to have taken on a life of it's own. More Bombers than you can shake a stick at - whole FAMILIES of Bombers. Bombers EVERYWHERE. Only two Smyth "kids" in attendance -- that would be me and little sister, Tere (65) To big brother, Tim (62): You're missing a great time! MANY people have asked if you were going to be here! TWO BIG surprises yesterday: "Bobby" Cowan (our next door neighbor) and Randy Webb (another neighbor from across the street). Hadn't seen either of them since at LEAST 1964. Yes, Randy remembered painting our dog, "Lucky", blue! I've seen LOTS of cameras, so those who weren't able to attend will be able to see pictures before too long. Stay tuned... Had the Alumni Sandstorm table set up -- NOT in the mainstream because I wanted an electrical outlet available for the laptop. Wish there had been a phone jack available, but there wasn't, so I'm not taking the laptop tomorrow (well, ok, TODAY). Burt Pierard (59) reports that the Bomber Bowl will be ready for the ALL Bomber R2K picture to be taken later today -- won't be long before we'll have the picture on the net. Basketball players were around most the day -- a little practice and picking up uniforms. I predict Bombers will win the game today. Yesterday was a long day. Began early with Spudnuts -- YUMMMMM. Richland School District chili and cinnamon rolls were both as good as I remembered. Soc Hop was hot and the music was great. Stayed late and then Tere and I went to the lounge here at the Shilo for 'just one' -- I was pretty pooped, so I took a nap before preparing today's Sandstorm -- in case anyone was wondering why it's a little later than normal... Now I need another nap before this day officially begins. It's gonna be another long day and I'm excited about ALL of it -- with a fireworks display by Larry Mattingly (60) to top it off. Stay tuned, Bombers! This is the first of what I'm sure will be MANY reports of R2K. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth (64) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) Steve McClung asked if anyone knows the year the Columbia River flooded. My guess is 1948. At least my mom, Carol Wingfield, told me she was pregnant with me when it flooded, and I was born in June of 1948. What do I win? Enjoy the R2K, sure wish I could be there, but Georgia is just too far. -Bill Wingfield (67) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) Just throwing out a possible conspiracy theory (not the Mel Gibson movie). The person who declared the Art Dawald gym as unsafe may be a knowledgeable person, but may have been paid off by a Kennewick Lion (possibly a Kamiakin Brave). The little gym for all the Bomber faithful, will be packed and hot Saturday. Even though the big one is hot in the summer for hoop leagues, it just will not house the real fans. The Lions have had some good football teams and some fine wrestling squads, but they have never had a good hoop program over the many years. Since they are having their big reunion at the fairgrounds, they may just want to outdo us. This could be the subject of the next Oliver Stone movie. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned by Jay Siegel (61) ~ James Spencer, Class of 1962 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/25/00 ~ using laptop in Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson (50), Gail Henderson (53), Gus Keeney (57), Jessie Willoughby (60), John Adkins (62), Leona "Mari" Eckert (65), Bill Wingfield (67), Betti Avant (69), Rick Polk (70), Mike Davis (74), Angelique Maxson (97) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) To Marilyn Richey (53): Marilyn I have and still do marvel at your memory!! Do you take gingko or whatever that is?? However, I have found a chink in your memory - this concerns the dike during the '48 flood - it was on Haines - not Haupt. Haupt is the street behind Haines toward GWWay. We lived on Haines at that time and I remember (yes I do) when the dike was being built - even carried some sandbags myself - have pictures Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) and I posing like movie stars on top of and behind the infamous dike! Hope you are enjoying the reunion - we will be there in September for my 50th - couldn't make both. Bomber cheers, -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ******************************************** >>From: Gail Henderson Renner (53) To Marilyn Richey (53): Marilyn, You are a constant source of amazement to me. Do you have all this stuff in your head or written down somewhere. Between you and Janice Kerstetter Bullek, I get so much history I still have trouble retaining it all. But it is marvelous. So keep it coming, wish I could see both of you more. Janice is still in Yakima, but doesn't have a computer. I keep telling her this is a must. She did get hold of Bev Smith Jochen (52) the other day looking for me. Kind of funny and really enjoyed catching up. So maybe that will give her an added nudge. Must get busy, keep it coming. Hope you all have a great time at the R2K bash, lots of my relatives are going. Gail Henderson Renner (53) ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney (57) Hats off to LARRY MATTINGLY (57) AND PYRO CREW!!! Was one of the finest Pyro Shows I Have seen or participated in EVER. I wasn't much more than "Moral Support" on this one. Helped out a little setting up because they were a little bit behind schedule. To Larry, John, Jill and the other volunteers again a GREAT JOB, well done etc., etc. Gus Keeney (57) ******************************************** >>From: Jessie Willoughby (60) RE: R2K Latest Update Dear R2K Committee, I attended the R2K this weekend and just wanted to thank the committee for the GREAT JOB!! I thank you for all your hard work and it was better than I had anticipated. Your hard work was greatly appreciated by me and I just wanted to be sure to thank you and let you know how much you are appreciated and to let you know that you did a great job. -Jessie Willoughby (60) ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) RE: R2K We all went to the river - and the sky bloomed - Great show, Larry! -John Adkins (62) ******************************************** >>From: Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) What a success R2K has been! All of you who were unable to attend, I am so sorry. You missed a truly wonderful event. To all those who made this possible: You have my heart felt thanks and a thunderous applause for doing the terrific job you did. The fireworks display was indisputably the absolute best I've ever seen! Am looking forward to tomorrow's picnic. If another joint reunion is ever put together again, the only suggestion that I would volunteer, would be that during the casual get together, maybe flags or banners with the various school year's number on them be placed around so people would have an easier and more successful opportunity to locate former friends and classmates. Was wonderful seeing again many former classmates and friends. Wish I could've found various people that I know by name (through this wonderful technology) so that I could've put a face with their names -- but maybe next time. To all who put so much time and effort into making this the success that it is, again I compliment you all for a great job and thank you again for your generosity of time and energy. Sincerely, -Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) Steve McClung (73) asked if anyone knows the year the Columbia River flooded. My guess is 1948. At least my mom, Carol Wingfield, told me she was pregnant with me when it flooded, and I was born in June of 1948. What do I win? Enjoy the R2K, sure wish I could be there, but Georgia is just too far. -Bill Wingfield (67) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) To all past, present, and future Bombers: Here's hoping those of you at the big R2K this weekend and to those of you (myself included) who could not attend -- a big Bomber cheer from northwestern Kansas!!! I would have liked to attend, but you know how it is when you have to share your time off with your fellow employees. I know my brother, Howard (72), is there in spirit as well, cheering for all the Alumni round ballers!!! Take care all of you, and to those of you who drove to the big event, have a safe trip back home. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) I'd like to echo Marilyn Richey's (53) comment / question about the R2K basketball games and if anyone video taped the games. IF, by any chance, anyone plans on making copies of the games and will be making them available for sale, I'd love to purchase one. I was laid up in bed ill that day and I missed the games. Soooooo, if anyone is selling videos of the games, please contact me at: or you can contact me here. I'd love to have a copy of the games. Thanks, -Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) RE: Boog Alley and Kennewick Conspiracy Way too many "Grand Slams", Boog! RE: Vicki Owens (72) and her obvious disrespect for Denny's I'm sure you probably think the "Society for Lost Dennys" is bogus and meaningless. You have hardened in your old age, Vicki. tee-hee! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Angelique Maxson Parker (97) I had considered taking part in this whole R2K thing, but in reading through the sandstorm, I get the distinct impression I'd be the only one there from any of the 90's classes. Am I wrong? -Angelique Maxson Parker (97) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/26/00 ~ PART 1 (MORE LATER - stay tuned...) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MORE than 22 Bombers sent stuff... there's 22 in part 1... Mary Triem (47), Sandra Atwater (51), Millie Finch (54), Mike Bradley (56), Cliff St. John (58), Ann Napier (60), Guy Corrado (62), John Adkins (62), Dave Hanthorn (63), June Smith (63), Gary Behymer (64). Linda Russell (64), Patti McLaughlin (65), Vickie Andersen (67), Peggy Standefer (68), Anna Durbin (69), Herrell Hall (71) and Mollie Rutt (71), Steve McClung (73), Debra Dawson (74WB), Tony Robinson (77), April Miller (92) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) To all Bombers who couldn't make the R2K: What a fantastic job the organizers did. I was glad to meet some of the folks who worked so very hard to pull this wonderful event together. I know everyone who attended had smiles on their faces meeting with older (ssshh - that's me!) and younger classmates. I'm sure our chief organizer, Kathy Hoff Conrad (64), will need full bed rest after today in order to recover. I say we should vote the whole committee to do another ALL Bomber bash! Enjoyed meeting our Sandstorm guru, Maren Smyth, but didn't get to meet Gary or Richard. THANKYOUVERYMUCH to all. -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) Ann Pearson Burrows (50) is very right about the street being Haines ---- not Haupt. I lived on Haupt and I so well remember when Ann's basement was flooded and we girls were going to go down the stairs and swim in the basement. Mr. Pearson caught us before we got too far and told us that we shouldn't because there were a lot of electrical wires down there and we sure might get hurt! When the dike was built, people were not allowed to swim in the river. A bunch of we kids used to swim in it all the time before the dike was built. Well, after the dike was built, some of we girls decided we could swim in the river anyway ----- but ------ guess what? The police came and told us we could get in bad trouble if we did swim in the river. That really took a big part of our summer fun away! -Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) ******************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg (54) RE: R2K To R2K Reunion Committee Members: Thanks to everyone who worked on the different committees to make this weekend so memorable. I didn't get to attend everything, but what I did get to see was marvelous. The basketball game without a doubt was just great. The gym was packed and surprisingly enough those "old guys" still can move pretty quick - truly amazing. However, the standout for me at the basketball game were the cheerleaders -well, I should say one in particular. You see my classmate Norma Myrick Nunamaker (54). Norma was the one and only one who did the splits and also, by the way, was wearing her cheer leading outfit from 1953!!! I don't think anyone can top that, do you?? The band sounded great, too, and when the fight song started, we all stood and it seemed just like yesterday when we a part of this. What wonderful memories were resurrected. It was so good to meet Maren and now I have a face with a name. Saw so many different people from school, work, etc. Everyone was having a really good time and that was what it was all about! The chili feed was well-supported, and everyone responded to me without too much hassle. I was your "chili feed" door monitor!! Thanks for all your cooperation. I think the whole committee deserves our applause and I send you best of times to everyone. Bomber forever, -Millie Finch Gregg (54) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley (56) Just got back from Richland and R2K. Had a great time. Saw some old friends and acquaintances and they all looked great. Helped out at the Chili feed and I have no idea on how many we served but we managed to give out just about everything. Sure noticed how the ladies went for those cinnamon rolls. Made the basket ball game and it was fantastic to see some of those older fellas get out there and play. Must admit some of them did not look the same as I had previously remembered but you could sure and heck see that they still knew how to play basketball!! The band sounded great and the old songs were nice to hear again. The Cheerleaders did a wonderful job with the Pep Club alumni and the baton twirlers were something else. Went down to the Hanford house for the social and talked a few people and then left to go to the Richland Players play. The actors and actresses did a spectacular job on "Move over Mrs. Markham. It was a great comedy and done extremely well. They had some brass strips mounted on the wall with some names that my family worked with when we lived in Richland. As luck would have it came out of the theater and the fireworks by brother Larry had just commenced. So stood down by my hotel and watched all the action. I love fireworks displays and this was as good as it gets. Had to leave this morning. Had breakfast in the Uptown district at a Russian place called the Samovar. Nice place and they make some of the best potato pancakes that I have had in a long time. Drove out of town via Vantage and as I begun to leave I thought of the days that I lived in Richland and considered myself to be a lucky guy. My thanks to all of you who came and especially all of those people who worked so hard to make the R2K the success that it was. -Mike Bradley (56) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Cliff St. John (58) Date: Fri Jun 23 19:56:19 2000 Just got a home computer (it's an "ol dog, new tricks" thing) Anyway would be glad to hear from any Bomber who may still remember me. I still live in Richland (couldn't tear myself away from Bomber Basketball) Would also like to hear from any of you Little League, Pony League, Colt League or Babe Ruth baseball players I've coached. Cliff St. John (58) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Napier McKibbin (60) Thanks for the memories! Enjoyed seeing classmates of the "60" class. The picnic was a great idea. The fireworks show was beautiful. Bob (my husband) were able to see it from our home on Duportail. Will see you in August on Friday of our "40" reunion. Now I have a question for you? Are any of the 1960 class ham operators? I just became an operator in March of this year. My call is KD7 IDZ if anyone would like to make a time to be on the air. I have a Technician license so you know that there are limitations to the bands I use. My husband, Bob - K7VNW, had been an operator for 35 years. Looking forward to e-mail from hams. -Ann Napier McKibbin (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Guy Corrado (62) Date: Mon Jun 26 01:17:41 2000 Missed the reunion Congratulations on your hard work on this site!! Recently relocated to Las Vegas - could not get back in time for the reunion. Will try to stay in touch more often. -Guy Corrado (62) ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) RE: R2K Raffle Winners Listed below are the winners of all the items in the R2K Raffle. Poster - Lethal Weapon - Lynn Noble "72" Poster - Armageddon - Megan Cartmell "73" Poster - Conspiracy Theory - Lynn Dodson "66" Michael Peterson Award - Vicki Davis "76" Gloria Evans - Floral Painting - Grover Shegrud "56" June Perkins - Drawing - Mary Rose "60" Kathy Brown's Oregon Wine - Barbara Franco Sherer "67" Poster/ Picture - Terry Davis Knox - Gayla Davis "73" Weight loss System - Andy Ward "68" Bo Belinski Baseball - Bunch "75 Etched Glass Mugs - Celia Sumner 946-8848 Autographed Basketball - Carol Wise "64" Whale Bone Polar Bear - Sharon Maxwell "60" Brad Upton CD - Andy Ward "68" Brad Upton CD - Monica Thorton "65" Brad Upton CD - John Hall "60" Brad Upton CD - Nancy Moore "?" Brad Upton CD - Dave McAdie "75" Custom Putter & Wedge - Jane Walker Hill "62" JoElla Blanchard Wall Hanging - Weston "58" Leslie Beck Runner - Ida Davis Miles "69" Leslie Beck Wall Hanger - Bruce Strand "69" Bills Cat House 2 Hats/ certificate - Leroy "58" Bills Cat House Sweat Suit - Lloyd Swain "66" Jim Heidlebaugh Painting - Upson "65" Bomber Quillow/ Pillow - Mary Adkins (62) Gene Conley Baseball - Mary Hartnett "61" Ceramic Angel - Tom Albert "69" Ceramic Horse/ Rider - Tom Albert "69" Hand quilted quilt & Shams - Bruce Strand "69" Richard Twedt Painting - Carolyn Roe R2K Wooden Box - Jim Hamilton "65" Miss Budweiser inflatable boat - Becky Frick "81" ~~~~~~~~~~ Those listed below have not been picked up. Contact me if you're a winner and have not received your item. Gene Conley Memorabilia Pack - Stu Osborn "71" Autographed Basketball - Jo Bott "65" Brad Upton CD - Carolyn Roe "63" Bills Cat House 2 Hats/ certificate - Carol Rodrigues "76" Bills Cat House Hat/ T-shirt - Janice Steeber "57" Ceramic Canisters - M. Tesky R2K Wooden Box - Jo Bott "65" -John Adkins (62), Raffle committee ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) I just returned home after R2K, and want to make a few comments while things are still relatively fresh in my mind. 1. For those who could have come and chose not to, you missed a fantastic weekend of fun, friends (old and new), nostalgia, entertainment, laughter and tears. Shame on you. 2. For those of you who couldn't make it, you have my condolences, and this advice: reserve the summer of 2005 for a trip to Richland, because this weekend was just too great not to happen again!! 3. For those of you who were there, I love all you people! Its great to be a BOMBER! 4. For the guys who played in the "old-timers" Alumni Basketball Game, YOU WERE FANTASTIC! Now go check into the nearest whirlpool tub immediately *grin* 5. For Kathy, Linda, Perry, and all the others on the committee, thanks so very much for all your hard work to make this such a wonderful success. I know your efforts were greatly appreciated by all. Now go get some rest!! and remember, its only five short years until the NEXT ONE. :-) 6. For Larry Mattingly (60), THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. It was an amazing show, and the sky indeed was in bloom. And I have it all on tape, to enjoy again and again, and again... 7. To Maren and Tere and Gary and Rod and Bob. It was so wonderful to see the old neighborhood gang again. What beautiful memories we have of our childhood. 8. Bombers rule!! 9. On to State. 10. Bombers Forever. Whew, that's about it for now, I'm pooped. Pictures at 11 (that's Sept. 11, probably). -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: June Smith Colletti (63) I remember the flood of 1948. I was 3 yrs old and I remember going fishing for the first time with my Poppy. I was the only one around who caught something. I remember the men applauding. I caught a sunfish that might have been 3 inches long (if that). Couldn't understand why I couldn't take it home and feed the whole family!!!!! It was water... water.. everywhere along with them dad'burn snakes!!!!!!!!!!! -June Smith Colletti (63) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) R2K All-Class Reunion... is now over for most but I believe the door is open for a 'new look' at class reunions... namely an 'all-class reunion' every 5 to 10 years? Easy for me to say since I don't plan them. What say you? *** Tooooo many people to thank but for Kathy Hoff (64), Kathie Roe (64) and Darlene Huesties (64) a job well done!!! Hats off to LARRY MATTINGLY (60) AND PYRO CREW!!! Thoughts and Comments... Standing outside the cafeteria I was treated to a big hug from Mrs. Edwards my 9th grade homeroom teacher from Chief Jo (1961). She taught at both Chief Jo and Carmichael. Thanks to all of you who took time out of your busy schedule to stop by the Alumni Sandstorm table to say hi (;-) My thanks to Maren Smyth (64) for ALLLLL of her Bomber energies. She is the lady who puts many many hours into each 'Sandstorm'. It was a treat to see 'Richie... Richie Twedt' (64). Maybe a first time at a Bomber reunion? The last time I saw Richard was in June of 1966. Mac Brand (64) is another 'newbie' to reunions? I chatted with him last, in a grocery line in the spring of 1973 in Ellensburg. Orchids to Jill Lange (64)... another 'newbie' for attending! She lived a few houses up from us on Mahan and we started school together at Sacajawea. On a visit to her Mom and Mother-In-Law's... her Mom talked her into going to the R2K All-Class Reunion Alumni Basketball Game. Jill has lived in the St. Paul, MN, area for the past 32 years. You all are a very precious group of people. I'm sorry that I didn't make the picnic on Sunday but was up at 5:30 am and was ready to come back to downtown Colfax by 6:30 (;-) Maybe reunions should consider having the picnics on Saturdays at 11 to 3 or so? Just an idea. Driving through the old neighborhood on Mahan and Hains is most necessary when I visit Richland every 5 years or so. Here is what I learned this trip. We are not doing our home-work very well... we may not be able to persuade some those living in Richland to come to the reunions but an all out effort needs to be carried out on searching thru the 'lost lists'. I plan to do so this week. One of our neighbors was the Moss family. (Verbie Jo and Tilman Roy). I remember seeing them on a lost list last year. HEY! Their parents still live on Mahan in the same house!!! Spotted Floyd Gates... WITHOUT GREEN ON! (He is the Dad to Linnea (66), Wesley, Tim and?.... walking back from the Little League field and had a chance to chat a bit with him. Again, my thanks to Maren, the ball players, ALL the workers and YOU who made the effort to come and relive a little of your past. P.S. Keep searching for those who appear in each class years' 'lost list'. -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Linda Russell (64) No e-mail address given in guest book Date: Fri Jun 23 15:39:33 2000 This is what made me decide to come to the R2K reunion. Great job with web site. -Linda Russell (64) ******************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) Ditto Ditto Ditto. Thank you thank you thank you! Great! Great! Great! The basketball players put on a terrific show and the fireworks were the best. It was wonderful to see all the generations together. NOW - CLASS of '65 - We ARE having our own 35th reunion in August. If you have not received a brochure, please contact Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger - you may publish this address - 308 Shaw Street, Richland WA 99352 -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) ******************************************** >>From: Vickie Andersen Simmons (67) RE: R2K I had planned on coming to the reunion - actually the first I'd ever thought of attending. But my friend from Georgia could only come to visit me in Alaska the same week. I look forward to reading everyone's input of the wonderful weekend. Hope you all had a blast! -Vickie Andersen Simmons (67) ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Standefer Christensen (68) Thanks for doing such a wonderful job of staying on top of all the Bomber news even in the midst of the big "party". Wish I could be there but just did not work out. But, there is a good side to this, my brother, Frank Standefer (72), and his best friend, Jack Sherman (72) are there enjoying the festivities. 'Who'd a thought it!' of the two of us. Hope everyone is having a fantastic time. Peggy Standefer Christensen (68) ******************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin (69) Dear Maren: Totally amazing that you are doing this from a laptop. Hope that R2K was so good that people will do it again. I want someone to invent the transformer beam so I can get there next time. I keep wanting to be in two places at once. So, encourage everyone to send in all their stories for those of us who wished we were there. -Anna Durbin (69) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Herrell and Mollie Rutt Hall (71) Date: Fri Jun 23 11:53:01 2000 Class of 71 Fred Hinkle linked us to this site, so blame him. Mollie and I met at our 25 year reunion, got married, and yes, we're still together. Looking forward to Y2K reunion and Cool Desert Nites. See you there... -Herrell and Mollie Rutt Hall (71) ******************************************** >>From: Steve McClung (73) RE: flood Well, there must have been another one [besides '48]. I was born in '54, and I remember my brother and myself riding our bikes around the flood area. Thanks for the help!!! GREAT link! -Steve McClung (73) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) Just came from the R2K picnic. Went to the street dance last night. Didn't see ONE person I recognized from the Class of 1974. Was I the only 74ish person there, or do we all look so different? Thank you to the organizers of the event. I have a suggestion for next time -- to help me find 1974 graduates amongst a crowd of middle-aged Bombers. At the picnic, we could have been grouped into decades, then sorted ourselves out from there. I haven't seen some of these classmates since 1994, and most I haven't seen since we went to Chief Jo Jr. High eons ago. Anyway, it was fun, the weather was perfect, and I got to hang out with two of my sisters for the weekend. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Tony Robinson (77) Date: Fri Jun 23 03:56:00 2000 I'm getting ready to move back to Richland after 23 years and retiring from the Army, I've always considered Richland home no matter where I was. I have to tell all of my former classmates, teachers and coaches that you all made a difference. I wasn't very out going so I didn't know many people, but I noticed alot of what went on. Having been in some pretty lousy situations during my military career I can tell you that I looked back to the best part of my life when things got really intense, and that was my time at Richland High School. Thanks to all of you who made a difference, there were some great role models out there who will never know how much you helped me and in turn helped others in other places. After being in over 60 countries, and most of the U.S., Richland was a great place to grow up. I'm looking forward to moving back home and flying for Battelle and hopefully seeing people I know at the reunion. Great Site!! -Tony Robinson (77) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: April Miller (92) Date: Mon Jun 26 00:58:15 2000 RE: R2K Had a great time this past weekend! Didn't realize how much fun the R2K would be. Nice to know that there are other fellow Bombers who are just as team spirited and supportive of RHS as I am. I hope this event becomes a tradition. . . (let me know next time if you need volunteers.. I would love to have had karoake at R2K or even an alumni softball game w/alumni baseball players and softball players) :) p.s. to: angie willis (maiden name) hey girl.. I couldn't find your email address on the web page :( -April Miller (92) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's NOT it for today - MORE LATER. Stay tuned for part 2... Keep 'em coming. ******************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/26/00 ~ PART 2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 25 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom in Part 2 - WHEW!!! Ed Borasky (59), Janet Wilgus (59), Jessie Willoughby (60), Pat Vache (60), Stephanie Dawson (60), Judy Willox (61), John Adkins (62), Paula Beardsley (62), Sharon Brooks (62), John Campbell (63), Kathy Rathvon (63), Peg Sheeran (63), Gary Behymer (64), Gary Setbacken (64), Kathie Roe (64), Jo Conrad (65), Patti Snider (65), Pam Ehinger (67), Kathie Moore (69), Spencer Houck (71), Lynn Noble (72WB), Greg Alley (73), Mike Davis (74), Dave McAdie (79), Kathy Wheat (79), Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ed Borasky (59) Well, I'm back home in Portland after R2K. Many thanks to the organizers; it was quite an experience, especially so soon after the '59 reunion last year. I'm beginning to think the second biggest industry of Richland is Bomber reunions (Spudnuts are #3 :-). And, of course, Richland won the basketball game! Thanks especially must go to Larry Mattingly (60). That was the best fireworks show I have seen since I lived across the street from the park where the Las Vegas French club had their Bastille Day celebrations!! Then there was that moment when they brought the green and gold bomb out onto the basketball court. I'm sure there's an anthropology PhD thesis in there somewhere :-). Anyhow, I'm glad they didn't take my advice in 1959 and change the mascot to an aardvark. -Ed Borasky (59) ******************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) RE: R2K -- Success report To one and all: Tom [Beaulieu-59] and I had the best time at the R2K reunion; the Chili was great, we even purchased EXTRA cinnamon rolls for breakfast, enjoyed catching up with a few but very important people from our class, just loved Jerry Irwin's "Dance Originale" -- it was unforgettable, and on Saturday the Old-timers Round-ball game was just as exciting as in 1957-59!!! The Sauna was a bonus we hadn't planned on... was it 120 degrees near the top??? Hats off and pom-poms plus to our wonderful vintage pep squad!! You were all just terrific -- Twiller Babes, you were inspirational!! Thanks for all the work to those on the Committees -- Roxanne [Knutson Short-62], we know how diligent you were!! Applause to all of you. Wish we could have had more from the great '59 class there and thanks to all of you who made it!! Burt Pierard (59) Wish I'd had a camera so we'd have a picture of you with your Harley, leathers and that spectacular 3 foot-long panther-grey pony tail. Great talking to you. Safe cycling -- and I don't mean ala Kirz!! Best Wishes from us to the most recent class of 1959 newly weds (I won't make the announcement -- leave that to you!!) We are so happy for you and glad we could renew old acquaintance. Thanks for the dance, PK, would have hated to have gone to the hop and just watched. Next time I'll be fit as a fiddle and we can really rock! This is a note to Terrance (Davis) Knox... I've always wanted to meet you -- your mom, and mine (Hazel Wilgus) were the best of friends, they shared so much about the families, so when I read in the TCH that you were at the game, I said an "oh darn" because I know there will likely be few opportunities for introductions. Continued success -- am happy you could make it to the Atomic City. Bye and thanks for the memories. -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) ******************************************** >>From: Jessie Willoughby (60) RE: Fireworks Display Thank You To Larry Mattingly (60): Larry, I just wanted to thank you so much for all the beautiful fireworks at the R2K. I have never seen such a beautiful display. The part that was exciting was to be able to lie on our blanket on the grass and have the display flow down from the dark sky right above our heads. The way in which the colors were coordinated was a delight to my eyes as each firework seemed to be a new creation that was created especially for my eyes to behold. You and your team are appreciated. At the end when the fireworks fired so fast, Connie Oneil and I almost jumped off our blankets to run up the hill but we couldn't move as fast as we used to move so didn't make it. Again, BEST FIREWORKS THAT I HAVE SEEN IN MY 50+ YEARS!! -Jessie Willoughby (One of your 1960 classmates) ******************************************** >>From: Pat Vache (60) To: R2K Reunion Committee Members From the inception of the dream to the reality of this weekend, you all deserve a heart felt THANK YOU. Who would of ever imagined that once again we would sit in that old gym, feel the metal bleacher floor tremble, and see the green and gold move the ball down the court. It has been said over and over again that "you cannot go back". Do not believe it! You can go back, and the trip is worth it. The reward might be simply the remembered taste of a Spudnut, as energizing a finding a long forgotten friendship, or as complex as knowing that home will always be home. Mrs. Grossenbacker (sp?)(Junior High I think) often said to her classes "We are who we are, because we were who we were." If that be true, then many of us are lucky that we had the privilege of growing up "BOMBERS." Thank you for the great weekend. -Pat Vache (60) ******************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) Just want to say that in addition to the great reunion picnic that the class of '60 had at R2K, I was absolutely blown away by the basketball game. The class of '60 was represented by so many, and the players from the earlier classes were all known to me and my family, as well as a number of the guys who came after. My dad, Grover Dawson, used to help the coaches drive the BB team to State; he was one of the founders of the Bomber Boosters; his business sponsored the games on the radio; he sold those classy Bomber jackets and letterman sweaters; and he and Mom attended all the state games (not just when the Bombers were on the floor), when there were 20 teams in double elimination and by Saturday night you felt like you were one of the seats at Hec Edmondsen Pavilion! Grover would have loved the R2K game. He would have had tears in his eyes, it was so nostalgic. Thank you thank you thank you to the organizers for the terrific job, the players for showing up and doing their year 2000 best, and all the others who made the game a real walk down memory lane. Just one small question: why didn't we sing the alma mater? I think I still remember all the words, and I don't think the school uses it, now that it's no longer Col Hi ---- well, it still is in a lot of hearts! Already, people are saying let's do this again in a few years. I know that the attendance would be even greater than it was this time, and by the way, how many were we? Hello to everyone I know and didn't get to see or talk to. Maybe next time! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) RE: The Flood of 2000 I am home now -- 4:00p.m. Sunday, the 25th of June, the year 2000. A year forever etched in many people's memories as R2K from this day forward. It's over; yet never over in our hearts and memories. And -- did it even happen? Was it a dream? Oh no, my friends, no dream; it really happened! And for several hundred Richlandites, AKA as the Richland Bombers, it REALLY happened! And as there is talk of the great flood of 1948, I can honestly say that it now pales to the flood of 2000. A flood so massive that it washed over us, bringing tears to the eyes and joy to the hearts. A massive flood of memories that for all of us that were witness to it's coming; welcomed it with open arms and happy to be awash in it. Now I am awash in new memories to treasure; and for those, my Bomber friends, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Sincerest Bomber Wishes, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) My last project for R2K is pictures. I have about 150 - and another bomber alum has promised his stash of pictures - now anyone else out there with R2K pictures that would be willing or would like to share the pictures with all the bombers please send them to me in JPG format. I will accumulate these and make them available to all Bombers on a CD for $10.00 per CD through the R2K committee. Any money above the cost of creating these CD's will go to the R2K committee and ultimately to Richland High School. -John Adkins (62) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) What can you say but WOW!!! What a wonderful weekend in Richland. It was awesome to see so many old neighbors, classmates and friends. Sitting at Col Hi on Friday watching everyone meet and greet each other was wonderful. Trying to read all those name tags to see if I actually knew them was a little tough (bifocals you know) but fun since everyone else was doing the same thing. The basketball game was so cool. I was never into sports when I was in school but certainly knew all the names and it was so great seeing those "kids" have fun. Thank God no one got hurt. The ceremonies before the game were just the right touch. Thanks Kathie Roe Truax (64) and your committee for all your hard work. I want to thank all of you that stopped by to visit with my Dad, Paul Beardsley. He so enjoyed the visits and to Larry Mattingly (60), a GIANT thanks for letting him help shoot the fireworks off. He was so tickled and will be talking about that for a long time. The show was AWESOME and I certainly thank you for bringing them to the R2K so we could all enjoy the "Sky in Bloom". Finally to Kathy Hoff Conrad (64): You are the BEST. You worked so hard putting together a wonderful opportunity for all of us to reconnect and I want you to know how much I appreciate all the time, energy and hard work you did. I know you didn't do it by yourself but without your idea and guiding hand, it would never have happened. Everyone that worked on the committee did an outstanding job. Thanks Kathy - We all owe you. I hope all who traveled to be here enjoyed your visit and have a safe trip home so you can tell all your friends you come from an incredible town. We are glad you came home and hope you come back soon. To those who ordered mums and were unable to pick them up: E-mail me so we can make some arrangements to get yours to you. OR yours can be picked up at Arlene's if you are still in town. They will be at the shop today. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Brooks Sims (62) What can I say but WHAT A WEEKEND! I also want to thank Kathy Hoff Conrad (64), all her chairpersons, and the volunteers who made this weekend possible. Larry Mattingly (60) and his crew did a fireworks display unlike any I have ever seen. The sky was green and gold! The basketball game was great. Looked like the players were having as much fun as were the spectators as we cheered, "ON TO STATE". The band, cheerleaders, majorettes, and the refs also did a great job. At the picnic, one more time, we all followed directions from our teacher Mrs. Edwards. She gave us a very inspiring message about life. Then gave us a grade. Not an A but an A+. Not only was she a wonderful teacher, she is a delightful person. I sure enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. 2005? -Sharon Brooks Sims (62) ******************************************** >>From: John Campbell (63) RE: R2K and Cool Desert Nights Wanted to add my thanks to all the folks who made both the Y2K reunion and the Cool Desert Nights possible. I know it takes a lot of work by many volunteers. Ran into quite a number of '63 alums - it was good to see Jim Armstrong over from Centralia and a bunch of others I won't even try to list. It was good to see friends from other years, too. The combination of the basketball game, the socializing, and the cars was great. The capper had to be the fireworks - - my brother Rush Campbell and my sister Joan Campbell Hinkle - also Bombers - were there with their families. We kept thinking the fireworks were over, and then it just kept going like the energizer bunny. In Seattle we have to watch from a long distance, this was really great! It was nice of the Red Lion bring out the chairs for us old folks. Thanks again. Oh, and my '57 made it back over the pass without overheating - always a bonus. -John Campbell (63) ******************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) Just got home to Omak, WA after a most wonderful time with R2K, and I, too, want to thank all the people who put such effort into this event. I haven't laughed so hard for so long in years. May we all keep our senses of humor. -Peg Sheeran Finch (63) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathvon (63) Wonderful! Fabulous! Amazing! Terrific! Those of you who missed it, missed a great event. It was super! Thank you, Maren, for letting me wear your tiara Saturday night when we were at Denny's. It was wonderful to feel like a princess, if only for a short while. -Kathy Rathvon (63) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) ["P.S." from Gary's entry in "Part One"] P.S. Again... Carol Cross (64).. it was so nice to chat with you. No classes with you in high school but we did attend kindergarten together at Sacajawea. ... and again... to those of you who could not, would not etc. attend... The All-Class type of reunion is much more interesting than just one class.... do try to make the next one (;-) -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Setbacken (64) To Gary Behymer (64) Gary, After each reunion I, as I'm sure all of us have a million thoughts racing through our minds. I wonder at all the years gone by, my move to AZ. and the loss of contact with many Bombers still living in the Tri City area. The one thought/memory is the luck or just shear coincidence that some how my father landed a job at Hanford and the wonderful years it allowed me to have in Richland and as a Bomber. I have been a very fortunate man, my life has been a very positive experience, I sometimes wonder if for some people the best years of their lives might have been the Bomber years??!!! Keep up the good work and by the way, I FINALLY gave Maren $20.00 for all her efforts, I'm off the hook finally!! -Gary Setbacken (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) Let me add my thanks for all the people who volunteered their time and talents to make R2K the wonderful weekend it was. One unsung hero of the weekend was LINDA BELLISTON BOEHNING (63) Linda was the R2K secretary and did way, way, way more than just being the recorder for committee meetings. She donated untold hours of time to help the chairperson and committee heads do whatever they needed to do to get their jobs accomplished. She was an integral part of the weekend and deserves a round of applause. Thanks, Linda, for all your support!!! -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Jo Conrad Bott (65) The R2K events were terrific, fantastic just plan fun. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work to bring back great memories. -Jo Conrad Bott (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) Wow! What a wonderful week end, seeing old and making new friends. First I want to congratulate Maren being crowned our Queen of the Alumni Sandstrom at the alumni basketball game, also to our King, Gary Behymer. I was so very pleased that so many came to the chili and cinnamon roll feed. You were all so patient while waiting in line. Special thanks go to all my volunteers, yes, we had men helping too!! Everyone pitched in to make it so much easier for the two school cooks, no one minded cleaning pots and pans either!! All of you made my job so much easier too. All I had to do was to help make cinnamon rolls, direct volunteers to their jobs, and keep looking at the long lines and the worry if there would be enough chili :) There was enough... only 3 gallons leftover! Close huh? Thanks to all who bought the leftover cinnamon rolls that I wrapped up to sell. Thanks to all the chairman and their committees: Sock Hop was so much fun! Can hardly wait to see the picture on the football field! The basketball game brought back so many memories... The greens and golds did awesome! The cheerleaders, song leaders and pep squads made it fun with all the chanting, like "On To State". Can't forget the band, they did a super job. Oh.. the fireworks.. they were fantastic!!! Larry Mattingly (60), you out did yourself on the fireworks. I have never seen any look so beautiful! Thank you so much! The picnic was a great way to end the week-end. A neighbor that I lived next to on 1400 Mahan as well as being a 65 graduate with me, was at the picnic and it must have been at least 15 years since I had seen her last. How wonderful to catch up on what's happening. I can't forget to say how I love my mum! I'm sure I'll think of others things later and will write again. Thanks Kathy Hoff Conrad (64), you are the greatest!!!!! Until we meet again and Bomber Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller (65) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To Bill Wingfield (67): Dear Bill, Your remark: "Georgia is just too far!" BAH!! Vickie Owens (72) came from Africa, and Peg Kestel Hume (67) drove from Albuquerque, New Mexico!! Sorry you missed a great time! Hope you make it to the 35th class reunion in 2 years!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair (69) To Kathy Hoff Conrad (64) and all of those who gave of their time so selflessly and contributed so much to be able to pull off this reunion: We can't begin to express enough gratitude. This was truly a wonderful weekend. From the beginning, at registration on Friday in the gym with all of the memorabilia and pictures and the great items that were donated for drawings to the absolutely best pyrotechnic show we have ever witnessed. We were down on the river bank, laying in the grass ooing and awing like crazy. It was wonderful, just absolutely beautiful fireworks and they just kept happening. Of course, on Friday night the marvelous chili and cinnamon rolls, great food - great job - lots of great friends and people. And the Bomber Alumni picture in the Bomber Bowl and the Alumni basketball game, 112 degrees in the nose bleed section, at least - but what a game, what memories. If you weren't there, then sorry, too bad, so sad - you missed it and it was great -saw it being videotaped, hope we can purchase a copy. We didn't make the picnic - we did Cool Desert Nights with Jimmie's 1940 Ford coupe that he's had since 1963, so we are exhausted. Very busy, but truly terrific, unforgettable weekend. Thank you, thank you all. And to Larry Mattingly (60): The sky was not only in bloom, it erupted. Thank you for the memories. >From Jim Adair (66), Kathie Moore Adair (69) and Steven Adair (2008) ******************************************** >>From: Spencer Houck (71) RE: A Great BIG Thanks To all the R2K reunion committee: I want to send a great big thanks for a job well done. I know that at the last meeting there were some questions as to whether this would all come together, but from what I heard at the basketball game and comments after I think it was well worth it. Bomber pride runs very deep for some of us and Saturday at the game brought out some deep emotions. As the VFW entered the gym with the flag I had a big swelling of pride fill me and made me feel very proud that I am a Bomber and also a Veteran of the Armed Forces. At my father's funeral the VFW provided a 21 gun salute and their tribute to the Veterans at the game Saturday brought back that memory and then hearing taps echo through the gym and then singing the National Anthem I tried to fight back the tears since I knew that after it was over I was to help the band play the Richland High fight song. Maren, you too have done a lot to make this thing happen along with all you people who continue to send your thoughts in. WE all should feel the BOMBER PRIDE having grown up in such a time and in such a place that we can all reflect and remember and then share those memories. The fireworks were also great and I was able to take my sons down the dike on our bikes and watch. As we waited we talked to people who were walking the dike and I asked if they were going to watch the fireworks and of course they didn't know what I was talking about so I let them know about it and on their return trip afterwards they thanked us for letting them know and that they had really enjoyed it. They asked what the reason was and I explained that we had an all class reunion and this was the end of the get together, they thought it was pretty neat that we could do such a thing. I felt good to let them know about it. I hope this is not too much and I don't want to step on Jeff's toes but I have been thinking about this all day long. Thanks to all who made the reunion happen and hope that everyone's life has been made better because of it. BOMBER CHEERS TO ALL -Spenc Houck (71) Bomber ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden (72WB) "Thanks for the memories..." To Kathy Hoff Conrad (64) and crew (sorry I can't recall all names) for well planned and exceptionally FUN event. Your hard work was evident throughout the weekend. I especially enjoyed getting the opportunity to snap a picture of my big bro, Dan Noble (58), blissfully gliding around the dance floor in his Texas Two- Steppin' boots! Move over Fred and Ginger! See you at the next one! Lynn Noble Paden (72WB) P.S. Maren, so fun to meet you and laugh with you at the Apollo! ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To Mike Davis (74): I did not see you at the hoop game. At 45 I felt really young. Everybody was there to see the old timers playing (playing and running with uniforms on) and it was a great time. Although Gene Conley (48), John Meyers (58), Pat Hoke (72), and the great Steve Davis (72) were not there, it was a great event. The spirit of the tradition was evident and the early guys game was competitive and the younger guys game was a group of in shape for the most part, competitive stars from the past. It was worth every penny (1 buck), to see this group of memories. My memories start with Ray Stein (64) and continued through 73 until I had to go to college and miss a few games. The biggest ovations that I heard were Norris Brown (57), Ray Stein (64), and CW Brown (58) for the introductions. With the ages of the crowd I could see arguing who is the best player and best team and so on would be fruitless, you could never win the argument. I missed some events but I would like to thank everyone for their contributions in pulling off a great event. My life in the sixties and seventies was Bomber basketball every Friday and Saturday night from November through March. I probably will not make R3K unless they can clone me or make me a robot. If that happens, they better have Art Dawald gym available for it. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Geeeeez! I missed the entire R2K weekend festivities! I thought it was going to be at Denny's! Darn it! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie (79) RE: R2K - What Else!!! To all of the Organizers and Volunteers - THANK YOU! The R2K Reunion was a great success. It was great to be able to put a face to a lot of these names - especially Maren. I believe that without her and Gary's efforts with the Sandstorm, this event would not have been as big as it was!!!! I can't believe how good all the Bomber Basketball players looked! It was hot, hot, hot, and stuffy in the small gym, but it did not matter. People were seated an hour before the game and the crowd was buzzing. The place was electric when the Green and Gold teams came out. We were treated to 4 great quarters of Bomber history. I loved Jim House's (63) "We're Not Worthy" homage to the Bomb (yes, it made a guest appearance!!!). The Fireworks on Saturday night were AWESOME. The one thing I have always liked about fireworks (besides goose bumps!!) is the BIG ones and Larry Mattingly (60) had some HUGE Fireworks. It was a beautiful show. I kept my kids up (actually Grandma had them at the Street Dance) to watch the show and they were thrilled. To those of who who could not attend, you missed a great Bomber event. Enjoy everyone's recollections of the weekend. -Dave McAdie (79) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Wheat Fife (79) Looking forward to the R2K reports. It sounds like it was great on Friday. I'd like to purchase a video of the b-ball game as well, if one is available. Stayed home for kids commitments, our son's 13 year old team won the district championship last night, 6-5. 30+ teams competed so it was a great time! -Kathy Wheat Fife (79) ******************************************** >>From: Wanda K. Janos (Bomber Mom) To Gary Behymer (64): It was so nice to finally get to meet you. We had a very nice group of alumni both Friday and Saturday... and I understand Sunday, too, at the science museum... I'm glad so many took advantage of the busy time to stop and see their beginnings... I've heard nothing but praise for the organizers -- some crew -- they should help the D.O.E. get its act together ---- and I do enjoy those Sandstorms... -Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/27/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 28 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely (49), Al Parker (53), Marguerite Groff (54), Mike Clowes (54), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Tom Tracy (55), Dennis Hoff (59), Dave Vallely (60), Kathy Lamb (62), Tim Smyth (62), Dave Hanthorn (63), Jim Hamilton (63), Mary Collins (63), Mary Ann Vosse (63), Kathie Roe (64), Linda McKnight (65), Marsha Goslin (65), Sharon Keigher (65), Lynn Dodson (66), Brent Van Reenen (67), Sharon Lucas (68), Randi Newby (70), Shirley Moore (70), Linda Smith (72), Steve McClung (73), Kim Edgar (79), Stephen Schraedel (79), Kelly Weil (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** Many have asked "Can we have another All Class Reunion?" -- I say of COURSE we can!! We're BOMBERS! The ONLY question is "WHEN?" -Maren ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely (49) RE: the flood of '48. Richland became an island and the only way in or out of town was to fly from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) airport, south of Richland not far from the Yakima River. Aircraft came to Richland from all over the Northwest to carry passengers and some small cargo to and from Richland. It was more of a money making venture than a humanitarian gesture for the owners of these small planes. We, in the CAP, worked 24 hour days directing traffic and pumping gas. We would only sell enough gas to get to the next airport because we could not replenish our supply. It was a busy and memorable time that Spring during finals at school. I remember that I took all my final exams on the same day as I had missed school the other days that exams were being given and because I had been working at the airport, I was given permission to do that. As you can see, the flood of '48 is etched into my memory. I managed to fly to Pasco or Kennewick a couple of times and the view from the air was awesome. To quote the Ancient Mariner, "Water, water, everywhere." -Ken Ely (49) ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) Whew!!! - What a weekend it was! A standing ovation to all of you who worked so hard to put on our very successful R2K Reunion. I'm sorry so many grads were unable to attend. We missed you! Everything turned out wonderful. The chili and cinnamon rolls were absolutely delicious. Wish I had known there were extra cinnamon rolls for sale. Not that I needed them, but since my brothers, Phil (58) and Bill Groff (61) and sister, Marilyn (63) were staying at my house, breakfast Sunday morning may have been more fun. We did the spudnut breakfast on Saturday (What else??). When I arrived at the gym to register Friday afternoon the first person I met was Maren - I had never met her, but knew her immediately. Of course it helped that she was at a desk that said, "Alumni Sandstorm". It was a pleasure meeting you, Maren. As I said, you have been a wonderful web guru since you talked me into working on our class web page. I was pleased when you told your sister I was the Web MASTER for the Class of 54 - but I fear its more like a Web Apprentice - you are the Master. I found the registration table, registered and picked up the alumni items I had ordered. I was not disappointed in any of it. The t-shirt was great; the license plate holder will be fun to have when we go on vacation; and, the ornament was very attractive. It is now decorating the lamp I have over my computer. My husband really liked the hat and the green polo shirt he got. In fact, he's giving his hat to his brother in Michigan and had me get him another hat that he promises he won't give away. There were some great items raffled off. I bought 24 tickets and put most of them on the baseball that Gene Conley had signed, and on a packet of Gene Conley Memorabilia - to give to a grandson that is baseball crazy (if I won). Of course I didn't win either of those, or anything else I tried for. Guess I should have known better, I've never won the lottery either. As I said, the Chili was great Friday night. I was pleased for Patti Snider Miller (65) that everything went so well and she didn't run out of chili. Then we all went to the Sock Hop and I did something I would never have wanted to do 47/48 years ago - sat on the sideline and didn't dance. The music and the entertainment was really fun. The basketball game on Saturday was the real highlight of the weekend. We got there just before the activities started and ended up in the upper level of the bleachers. I read that some spectators were trying to guess the temperature up there - I don't even want to know. However, the heat was forgotten with the start of the Pep Assembly with the very talented cheerleaders, baton twirlers, etc.; the Presentation of Color Guard and Taps to honor our Veterans; and finally, the game. At that point I regressed to about 1953 and enjoyed the best game of basketball I've seen since those days. The basketball players outdid themselves. The only player I had ever seen actually play was Tom Tracy (55). He did himself proud, as did the rest of the players. I do have to admit I asked for divine help; I was praying that no one would fall and break something - or that there were no heart attacks or strokes, etc. I'm sure they would have been OK even without prayers, but a little insurance can't hurt. By the time the older hoopsters were done (half time) the heat finally drove us out. During my stay in that Girl's Gym (the Boy's Gym in my day), I went through every good emotion there is. There was laughter, tears, applause, cheering, tears, just lots of nostalgia and good feelings. There is an article in Sunday's Tri-City Herald about the basketball game. Someone may want to scan it onto the Bomber web pages. No, not me - remember, I'm only an Apprentice. Sadly we missed all the Saturday evening activities including the fireworks. However, my 13 year old grandson announced they were the best he's ever seen. As you have read from so many in the last few Sandstorms, there is an overwhelming agreement that Larry Mattingly (60) gave everyone a show they will never forget. For us local Richlanders, doesn't this prove that Richland should have their own 4th of July celebration and not have to join the crowds for Kennewick's or Pasco's celebrations? I think it's a heck of an idea!! I personally am so proud of all of you that put this weekend together. Computer technology with all the web pages you were able to build and the wonderful e-mail is the best tool you had, besides, of course, your own imaginations and determination. I think our #1 debt of appreciation is to Maren and Gary for their hard work and their enthusiasm which is the marvelous tool that brings us all together on a daily basis. Because without their vision and talent to start this publication, the whole weekend may never have happened. And, I for one, am glad it did. Until next time -- -Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Well, boys and girls, shall we all settle down now and remember the moment.... School mate Ron Snow (52) held the opinion, and I second it, that no matter how many more of these all class reunions we may have in the future, this one will be the only one. It can never be repeated, and the feelings and emotions will always be there. To those gentlemen "of an age" who were transmogrified when they came onto the floor, accompanied by the Pep Band, thanks guys! You proved that "once a Bomber always a Bomber" is more than a slogan or sentiment. And it was definitely more than a Kodak moment. Debbie, Marilyn, Millie and Pat, I would like to thank you for being so kind and patient with an almost virtual stranger. And now, for the ten or twelve of you who did not hear; this is why Bob Carlson is Mike Clowes. Back in the dark ages when I was a second grader my parental units made the decision that life for each of them would be better if they were apart. Well, actually it probably started before then, but who knew. At any rate, by the time I started third grade, she had remarried. Not to be a stand out for some reason, I decided it would make life a lot easier if my last name was the same as their last name. Other wise, I would have to say that my mother and father were not living together, and she has hanging out with some other guy. Thus Robert Michael Carlson became Robert Michael Clowes without benefit of legality. Don't know why "Mike" instead of something else, except that it had been a family nickname. Are there any questions? And, Tom Tracy (55), the outside jumper may have gotten away, but your heart and love for the game certainly hasn't. I certainly glad the Bombers won the game. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) Can you stand another comment about R2K? I had so many Class of '55 friends who asked for a report, I have been at the computer all afternoon, but I just couldn't quit until I had added my thanks to those of so many others who have written in. Maren, I never did get to meet you, but I heard over and over that the information people received about all the events came from the Sandstorm site. Thank you for all your work, not just for R2K but throughout the year. The star of the '55ers would have to be Tom Tracy who did us all proud as the oldest Bomber on the court for Basketball. When I was in school I don't think I ever missed a football or basketball game. I have shed a lot of tears as we came so close to the championship in those golden years, but the tears flowed just as plentifully on Saturday afternoon when the Bombers went ON TO STATE in everyone's heart. For those of you who missed out, you cheated yourselves of a special treat. The nostalgia was thicker than the chili, and the noise in the gym nearly equaled that of the fireworks show. So many memories came to life for all the participants and old friendships were rekindled. I don't think there was a person present who didn't realize what a special place and time we all shared as Richlanders. My personal thanks to Kathy Hoff, Kathie Roe, Linda Belliston and Larry Mattingly and all those who worked on the various committees. I know there is a move to do this again, but it is probably the last thing you want to think about today. After you rest up, please put my name on the list of those who would be willing to work on a committee for next time. I did not take any photos myself, but I know many folks who would love to have a compilation on a CD as John Adkins (62) has suggested. Please make this information available in the Sandstorm so we can order. Also, let us know if there are leftover Tee shirts or group pictures to purchase. One more thing..... did Frank Osgard (63WB) ever get his RV on the road again and did he get to the reunion? Sorry I never found out who Jeff Curtis (69) or Curt Donahue (53) are, maybe next time? Thanks for a great weekend, and Bomber Cheers to everyone. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To All R2K Committee Members and Fellow Classmates: Thank you one and all for refreshing memories and creating new ones well worth keeping in the memory bank. The thrill of seeing so many smiles on so many faces was the best picture a mind could capture. Visiting with classmates across decades created synergies of mental memorabilia. One event remembered triggered history, then recent events and personalities and laughter. ...questions and comments. "Remember...____________... where is he/she now?"... amazing how many blanks were filled in by others around. Maren, you have been magnificent in keeping this mailbox intact. Your diplomacy and commitment are becoming a legend. I guess I should pay for all the space I'm taking here. Kathie Roe Truax. Art Dawald would have wanted you to manage the team schedule, arrange the trips, plan everything for us... If he had been here he would have been proud of your work. You and the Bomber coaches gave us memories above and beyond our expectations. I met players who have advanced the "near sacred" Bomber Tradition to another level . Basketball is a better game in the State of Washington because of them. What a thrill to meet those whose names I had only read in articles sent by my Mom. Wish all of you could have been in the locker room and listened to some of the memories shared before the R2K game. Lots of laughs about who we learned from. Marilyn Richey's name came up. Someone asked, "How many of you were struck out in softball by Marilyn's windmill pitch? A lot of hands went up... (mine included)... I'll never forget Marilyn's screaming fast ball. I felt like Casey at the Bat against her. I was in 7th Grade... It was a hard thing to swallow.. being shy, and in the time when acne collided with teenage hormones... it was a hard pill to swallow then but a great memory today. She was/and is a treasured Bomber athlete and the best classmate and supporter of athletics any of us could have had. I love to read her posts in email. As soon as I can find her address I'm sending her a package of R2K memorabilia. Marilyn we love you! I was astonished at the shooting ability of the last younger set of Bombers who played last Saturday. Dawald style for sure! Firehouse Basketball! They nearly set the nets on fire. What a tradition!... Basketball is a wonderful game. Everyone should learn to play it and enjoy it. And each player should help every other younger player get better and better and better... It's the true Bomber way! Thanks to all of you earlier Bombers who inspired us. Gene Conley, Whitey Schell, Gene Keller, Hal Gibson, Jack Sinderson. It was great to visit with David Forrest one of our Bomber team mates. He was quarterback, and baseball player... one of our triple-threats. I remember how great Chuck Curtis was to play with. Bill Johnson, Norris and C.W. Brown. it was good to back on the court with you again.... Now if I could just borrow your legs.. (I hope most of you remember that some of us played before they put air in the ball!) One nice thing about the game... there were No Technical Fouls. No one fouled out... such a deal. Special thanks to Ray Stein (64). I appreciate the scrapbook you gave me from your collection started when you were 9 years old. Most of us grey-haired Bombers didn't realize that anyone remembered us... You truly honored me by sharing that. I only hope my performances in High School didn't disappoint you. Reading about you and your Bomber classmates always made me proud. I am so pleased to meet the Bomber legends. Because of all the committee's and individual support... they made it happen for us. Our Band was as spectacular as always!!! Just like our Fans!!! The Cheerleaders, Pep Club are to die for... They have been our inspiration over the years... I still feel the adrenaline kick in when I remember... and my mind continues to make commitments that my body prefers not to keep... and punishes me later for trying... It's hard to describe how much we really love this game! There is no city in the world that supports basketball like Richland, Washington!!! What a City! The visits with classmates at the Hanford House were classic. Hope we can do this again. Thank you classmates for bringing back such wonderful memories... -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Dennis Hoff (59) What a class act, BOMBER ALUMNI. I was overwhelmed at R2K this past weekend. I believe I can finally claim Kathy Hoff Conrad as my sister, very proudly. And I mention her because she is my sister, but the rest of the committee also -- Thanks a lot for an unforgettable time. ******************** What is it about the BOMBERS? I've never seen such unity over all these years. -Dennis Hoff (59) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Vallely (60) RE: R2K - "WOW" A truly once in a life time event. To all who planned, helped, worked or just showed up, WOW, and thanks for the memories. For me Donna Williams Thompson (60) who turned me on to the Sandstorm and Billye Conley (61) who I shared an "A" house with, I missed you both. Billye you should have seen the picture of you at High Spot that was on display. Thanks to Pat Vache (60) for buying the first round at what we knew as the Gaslight, he claimed I got the last round at the Golden Rule in San Francisco in 1961. Larry Mattingly (60) who got the Peter Pan award at the class of '60 picnic, for never growing up, everyone is glad you didn't. Denny Hoff (59) Where did you go? Last seen at Bomber Bowl for picture. Two more things I have to mention. The game, a jam packed gym, the band fires up the fight song as the green and gold Bombers take to the floor while the fans stomp on the metal bleachers and chant "on to state" as 40 years melt away, I'm a kid again!! Over the years Bombers have had to step up and defend the Bomber tradition. I was very proud to see that the newer Bombers are still meeting the challenge. The class of 1997 even arranged a B-17 flyover for their graduation. Again WOW and thanks, you have made a reunion attendee out of me and for those who missed out, we missed you, and you missed a truly special event. Bombers Rule!! -Dave Vallely (60) *************************************** >>From: Kathy Lamb Brown (62) WOW!!! What a wonderful week-end! Wonderful memories renewed! Reconnecting going on all over the place! ---------------HATS OF TO YOU:----------- >From Maren, because this could never have occurred were it not for all your work over the past two + years, to Larry Mattingly, who topped this perfect week-end off with the most magnificent Blossom imaginable, and all the great organizers in between. You basketball players gave us such a trip down memory lane. The picnic was created from a spontaneous combustion similar to the atomic energy we all represent. Thank you Vera Edwards for binding us together there, and reminding us what a great unit we are. AREN'T WE GRAND!! This was definitely a "once in a Lifetime" event. We can do it again, and we will (5 years - Yes! and it will be great) but never the same. Thanks to EVERYONE who worked so hard. This includes all those wonderful people in the background that we never even heard about. Some were mere (spelled "amazing") spouses who worked their hearts out. This means you, Jeff Hill. Thanks John Adkins and Jane Walker Hill, who worked so many hours to make the raffle a big success. This was a fun way to recoup expenses. I've blubbered enough. But good to see all you old friends. And I made new friends this week, too. Did you? Love to all Bombers - wave if you see our license plate covers. :-) Baa Baa, Black Sheep, 4 now. -Kathy Lamb Brown (62) ******************************************** >>From: Tim Smyth (62) Was very disappointed that I wasn't able to make the reunion..... New York is too long and too expensive a trip. Daughter #2 (Kelly) is getting married next month and that is getting most of our attention now. Also just started a new job. Sounds like I missed a great one. Enjoyed Dave Hanthorn's (63) comments about our old neighborhood. I was very saddened to read about Jim Spencer's (62) obituary. Jim and his wife (Joanne Pfohl, also 62) were two of the most genuine people in our class. They were both in many of my classes. Condolences from New York.... -Tim Smyth (62) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) As wonderful as R2K was, we did have one small disappointment over the weekend. There was a rather large group of Bomber alumni that gathered in the bar of the Denny's on GWWay on Saturday night from 11:00 PM until shortly after 2:00 AM (when they managed to throw the last of us out) waiting to see a much anticipated sighting of the now famous Mike "Grand Slam" Davis (74). Now we are all feeling a little like Linus the day after Halloween, when the "Great Pumpkin" once again didn't make a showing. What a letdown. Mike, how did we fail you, what did we do to make ourselves so unworthy? We even devoured several orders of buffalo wings and onion rings, not to mention countless (at least I lost count, and Maren did too, later claiming to only have one) drinks. We had former Bomber greats Randy Free and Gary Webb (64) there to attract your well known interest in Bomber Athletics. We were so SURE that you would come. Alas, now we are probably going to have to wait another five YEARS to have another such opportunity. Since you weren't available to ask on that fateful night, let me ask you through this wonderful forum (once again, thanks Maren S. and Gary B.) was that Denny's on GWWay (like some say) ALWAYS a Denny's, or was it (as others say) something else in Richland's early days. I heard a rumor that it was a dry goods store on that fateful day that General Groves rode into town to declare that henceforward all that "magnificent desolation" that is the Hanford desert would be know as the H.E.W. But only you, the great "Grand Slam" can shed the light of truth on this matter. Please, please, enlighten us unworthy ones. -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) It was a slow trip home, but we wouldn't let the traffic get to us, our minds were in another place and time. Didn't want to drive too fast, or wash my hands when I got home for fear of losing the feeling. My high school sweetheart, the always lovely and forever young Miss Nancy [Wick-65], and I were able to go back 35 or more years together in a flash. The buildings were different, a lot of our friends weren't there, but there was that something in the air the whole weekend. If you could bottle it and sell it, Bill Gates would be coming to you to borrow a shiny silver dime. Our sincere thanks to everyone on the committee, and also to everyone who came, it took both to make the weekend such a success. The people at work asked me about my weekend, and I realized if you have to explain it, they're never going to understand. My top memory of the weekend, I got to shake Norris Brown's hand. The worst part of the weekend, the welcome to Richland sign in the rear view mirror, at about 4pm on Sunday. The government should require a warning label when the Bomber Fight Song is played, the floor starts shaking and you get another opportunity to see Ray Stein and Jim House running lay up drills. Who says, there are no second chances. Jimbeaux p.s. Bill Blankenship (62), you're the Man, you're my hero, you're are a STUD. ******************************************** >>From: Mary Collins Burbage (63) What a wonderful time we all had this weekend. It was so great to see old classmates and friends. To all of those who worked on the various committees - you should be very proud of yourselves. You are definitely the "Best of the Best". Thanks so much for giving all of us a chance to relive our high school days!!! -Mary Collins Burbage (63) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst (63) Kudos to the R2K committee and all the other contributors and helpers behind the scenes that made the R2K all-class reunion such a success! Soooo many details to have taken care of, but all seemed to go like clockwork (of course, we attendees probably don't know about any of the last minute headaches and crises that happened!) Great fun, great events, great success. You did good! To Larry Mattingly, the fireworks show was spectacular. Having a front row seat on the dike made your wonderful show even more exciting. Thank you! Certainly enjoyed seeing old friends, including some we haven't seen since high school. I agree with Gary Behymer that this would be great to do again; however, since the brunt of all the work falls to those precious few in Richland who cheerfully do the work, I don't think it's fair to expect it - keep in mind that these are most likely the same people who organize our individual class reunions, too. It was a wonderful weekend. -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst (63) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) I'll say this again: One unsung hero of the weekend was LINDA BELLISTON BOEHNING (63). Linda was the R2K secretary and did way, way, way more than just being the recorder for committee meetings. She donated untold hours of time to help the chairperson and committee heads do whatever they needed to do to get their jobs accomplished. She was an integral part of the weekend and deserves a round of applause. Thanks, Linda, for all your support!!! Also, I want to thank JIM HAMILTON (63) for being our basketball game Master of Ceremonies. Jim makes any event more fun just by his being there. Hopefully, you all were aware of the basketball game coordinators: JANET FRANCO (73-band), LYNN DODSON STEDMAN (66-pep squad), CINDY CAMPBELL BRITTEN (twirlers), and KIM EDGAR LEEMING (79-flags). They helped make the game a magical event for those of us lucky enough to have been there. Another person who contributed many hours behind the scenes for the basketball game is CHUCK FAUBERT (64). Chuck coordinated a lot of the activities to support the game, and things wouldn't have gone as smoothly without Chuck's involvement. All these people helped us go on a wonderful sentimental journey and I, along with thousands of other Bombers, thank them for making this happen. -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight (65) Thank you, thank you! For one of the best weekends of my life. I love going to the '65 reunions, but always wished I could see friends from the other classes. I was in heaven. I had goose bumps. The basketball game was my favorite!!!!!! I was nearly in tears seeing our starting five from 64-65 out on the floor. Gary Webb, God love ya, but for the gray hair at the temples you looked just like you did in high school. And I hope my film turns out. Mrs. Edwards said it well when she said there was so much love among all of us. I am very proud to be a Bomber and to wear that Bomber shirt here in Oregon (you can get it at Dawson Richards) that says '"NUKE EM." Hey you guys, you all looked fabulous. -Linda McKnight (65) ******************************************** >>From: Marsha Goslin Brehm (65) When that terrific alumni band played the fight song and our beloved Bomber basketball players ran out on the floor of the little gym, it was all goose bumps, swelled hearts, tears, huge smiles and thunderous applause. Thanks to every one of you guys for being willing to come home and thrill us again with a game! And thanks to the band, cheerleaders, baton and flag twirlers and all the alumni who packed the gym for this super event. A huge thanks to Kathie Roe Truax (64) and all the people who worked with her to make it happen. Another huge thanks to Kathy Hoff Conrad (64) and all the volunteers for undertaking R2K and making it a reality for all of us. The chili and cinnamon rolls were just like we remembered, and seeing old friends was absolutely terrific! What wonderful memories we'll cherish forever. -Marsha Goslin Brehm (65) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Keigher (65) It was fantastic! Way to go, hometown organizers. We coming from the hinterland of the rest of this country owe you a big THANK YOU. YOU ARE WONDERFUL! The coolest thing was how "intergenerational" this was, talking with great people older and younger than myself who affected my life in such subtle, important ways. Margie and Rosemary Qualheim (our babysitters), you were wonderfully empowering. I had no idea you were only 9, Margie. No wonder we locked you in the toy box! And Terry Zangar, and Vickie Owens (72), and the McKee girls, who ever knew THEN that younger kids would remember THEIR babysitters, and camp counselors... As Sue Funk reminded me, talking about the red wagon privileges in kindergarten, you never know how important your affect can be on a young person. And when that band started to play, and Jim House (my old neighbor) bowed to the old Bomb, well, I was flying. Like Mrs. Vera Edwards said, we all knew we belonged here. We were special and we were proud! We're a lucky bunch of middle agers, we are! Pass it on! -Sharon Keigher (65) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) The R2K All Bomber Reunion was wonderful! It was great fun coming down to registration (planning to help) and finding it so well organized that I only helped out a little and mostly just connected with people and kept my eyes open for a size Medium Polo shirt to show up (which it did -- thank goodness). I had fun and learned a lot as well. I learned that when people come together with a common purpose that many amazing things can happen. For those of you who may not have been aware of the behind the scenes activity that some of us were involved in, Larry Bunch not only let the great Pep Band, but made numerous last minute changes in how the Pep Assembly needed to flow. His calm demeanor and clear directions kept the activities from looking totally chaotic. The baton twirlers came early and practiced behind the condemned bleachers on Friday to be ready for Saturday's game. Weren't they awesome? They have been to national competitions more than once. I was only expecting ONE flag twirler and FIVE more came and rounded out a great demonstration and significantly contributed to the cheerleader gauntlet for the players. The cheerleaders and song leaders that came and sat in the front row were great sports to participate with the changes that were coming at them fast and furious every 5 minutes. They never lost their good humor and I now have a new picture of what being 65 and a former cheerleader can look like, thanks to Norma Myrick Nunamaker (54)!! The former Pep Club and Drill Team Members that came and sat with us in the Pep Squad section were such great sports and backed up anything we asked of them with enthusiasm. Thank you all so much. I learned that I have missed saying the Pledge of Allegiance and I have not been in a group for a long time that was willing to all sing along with our wonderful soloist performing the National Anthem. The echoing bugles playing TAPS was a solemn moment that deepened my experience of all the fun, when I remembered that we were (and always will be) missing some of our classmates -- thank you, Kathy Hoff Conrad for insisting that we take this moment to feel the patriotism we were all taught as kids and to remember the friends we've lost. I loved seeing the players stand at attention and place their hands over their hearts -- a piece of formality that has been lost in most sports arenas. The basketball game was the best! I was initially disappointed that they didn't wear those shorter shorts, but Steve Denler assured me that since he was in the locker room and had a birds' eye view, that there were things that were better left unseen. I'm not sure what he meant, but he seems like such an upstanding guy that I'll take his word for it. I learned that many of the cheerleaders I contacted and some of those who came and participated were struggling with the fact that they don't look like their senior pictures anymore. I am also trying to weigh what it says I weigh on my driver's license, and am saddened by how hard we are on ourselves and each other about this issue. I learned many years ago that anything short of FULL PARTICIPATION in anything I do results in kind of a push-pull feeling within myself that creates undue tension. It works better to just go for it flat out. My favorite example of this was Rosalie Lansing Haag who, when I asked her how she wanted to participate with the cheerleader group, said "Oh, honey it's just my legs that don't work so well. I can do anything else with the rest of you." And she did! What a joy she was to have there. The fireworks were great and I'll bet the old Hanford House/AKA Desert Inn was on tilt with the number of us that came to the courtyard to continue the celebration. Another one? I don't know -- there's something special about this last weekend that may not be able to be duplicated. It had such a great spirit about. Thanks to you all. -Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) ******************************************** >>From: Brent Van Reenen (67) WOW This was one of the best reunions in history and I can not thank the people who organized it enough. Thanks for the memories and the opportunity to see and chat with so many old friends and new ones too. As a class of 1967 member I can only say that this R2K reunion was a gift of great worth. Thanks so much and a special hello to one of my classmates. LOL -Brent Van Reenen (67) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Lucas Simmelink (68) Spent the weekend at the R2K Reunion. It was great to see people I haven't seen in years. The basketball game was great. It was amazing to see most of the players hadn't lost their "touch." The Pep Club was fun. Sure brought back old memories of sitting in the Pep Club section and cheering for the Bombers. I want to thank the committee for doing such a fabulous job. I know a lot of hard work and time was put in for everything to turn out. Thanks again -Sharon Lucas Simmelink (68) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) Thank you Bombers, I also have to say that this was a great get together. Does anyone have a count on the number of those who signed on Friday and Saturday say nothing for the pre-register. I am sure that I am not the only one who would like a head count. Of course you could just look a parking lots and see they were full. I was sorry to say that I missed a lot of people on Friday night. I was home waiting on some people who were supposed to come. Well, it seems they came but stopped at the high school. So while I waited they played and enjoyed friends. I will not let this happen again. Yet, I do have to say that I was rewarded with the call from a long lost friend just as I was putting on my shoes to head for the chili feed. I had not seen Lynda Brandon in 27 years. We both laughed as we saw that we looked the same and would have picked each other out in a crowd, maybe a few pounds heavier, a few gray hairs and of course those tiny lines around our eyes. I did not get to see Lynda after she dropped me off after the picnic Sunday and was sorry not to hug her good-bye. I hope to never lose touch with her again. The committee worked so hard and I myself want to thank each and everyone of you. You did more then an outstanding job. Kathy, I'll bet John is happy this is over. Did not get a chance to ask him out at work but spotted him here and there Saturday night. THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU, THANK-YOU. NOW, to the basketball players who played in the second 3 quarters, I hope that you had a good turnout. I was just to worn out to spend any more time in that hot gym of the first game. Go Bombers, on to State. It was a thrill to watch those guys play and enjoy having so much fun. I was to pooped out from the heat that I asked to be dropped off at home rather then join good friends as they visited. Hope I got to see most of you. I did miss seeing Judy Farris but know that she is coming again next month for OUR 30th Class reunion. '70 grads have all of you gotten your stuff in for the Memory Book? I believe that Kendal will be at the reunion meeting at 7 @ Richland High on Wednesday night. I will be turning over my copies of the memory book so that some NICE person can do the proof read. Hope we ALSO have a grand turn out next month. You who just did not want to bother coming to R2K, really missed a very wonderful time and maybe you will think twice when the next one comes along if we have one in 2005. Thanks you all for the good job. Larry, the fire works were great. I watched from the Bal-Hi so my ears could have a rest. Someone at work said their family watched them and thought Cool Desert Nights did a wonderful job. Of course, yes I did tell them it was the Classes of Richland High and NOT the car folks that put this display on. Just maybe the folks who do the Cool Desert Nights should think about putting on a display next year as it did draw a crowd. -Randi Newby Tucker (70) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Moore (70) I have read the numerous entries about R2K and it just can't be said enough about the fantastic job everyone did all the way from the organizer (Kathy Hoff Conrad (64) to the clean-up crew! I volunteered on registration both days and I was impressed the way Kathy and Perry Moore (63) had things under control! The advertising of the event couldn't have been done without the likes of Gary Behymer (64) and Maren Smyth (64) working the Alumni Sandstorm. Kudos to you both! To Larry Mattingly (60) & crew: The show of fireworks was the best ever I have seen! (And I'm from Vancouver WA with the biggest fireworks show east of the Mississippi!) I now have more memories of Richland Bombers and I'm glad I went to the R2K. My 30th is next month, and I doubt that our class could out do the R2K! The mums were a great idea, Paula Beardsley (62)! I'm sure there are many others that deserve thanks, but I can't think of all the names -- you know who you are. THANK YOU AGAIN for a memorable R2K Reunion!! A Bombers salute! -Shirley Moore (70) (P.S. Did Frank Osgard (63WB) and his family in the "T-Rex" ever make it to R2K?) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Smith Davis (72) The reunion was great - I think for me the best time was at registration and working the table for 5 hours - got to see so many. And the first time in 7 years my family has all been together. There was so much and so little time - I missed many things but did hear the band playing outside the gym just before the game. Hats off to all the committee members and Larry Mattingly for a fantastic fireworks display. Nothing like the school cinnamon rolls or Spudnuts. Gee - think I will be around for the R3K? -Linda Smith Davis (72) ******************************************** >>From: Steve McClung (73) My wife and I couldn't be there from Chicago, and I can tell we missed so much!!! We have read and re- read the stories of the event, and have at least been able to have been there through so many eyes. Thanks to all who have posted here.... you have placed us in the midst of it all!!! All of the committee, volunteers, sympathetic observers, and Larry Mattingly (60) deserve an overwhelming round of applause!!! Please announce the site where the pictures will be posted!!!! Go BOMBERS!!!!!!! -Steve McClung (73) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: R2K Review (Part 1) What a blast, I had a wonderful time. I enjoyed meeting everyone. Although, most of the alumni's were strangers when I met them and seemed like friends when it was over. It was especially nice finding some of my classmates. A big thanks, to all those people on the committee and all the volunteers, who made the reunion a success. You've helped created memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. The band, color guard, pep squad and cheerleaders did a wonderful job. I was especially impressed, with Norma Myrick Nunamaker (54). "Norma did a great cheer as well as the splits." The baton twirlers, all I can say is 'WOW" you all were awesome and of course, the basketball players, what a wonderful game, you all were incredible. It was a pleasure seeing the retired coaches and officials as well. I want to thank the other flag twirlers, (Ann, Mary & Melanie), who performed with me, I had a great time. I enjoyed meeting you, I was a bit nervous about performing, but excited (it's been 21 years, since I twirled a flag), the experience wouldn't have been the same without you. There's so much more to say, however, I don't have time right now, so I'll write more at later time. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Schraedel (79) Sure sorry to miss the reunion. My brother was out of town and I we didn't want to miss him, so we will be there for the 4th of July. Hope to see some photos from all of it. Now I'm thinking that I should have come anyway. But, hind sight is always depressing that way, isn't it? When will the next All Year Reunion be??? -Steve Schraedel (79) ******************************************** >>From: Kelly Weil Austin (81) Congratulations to all the folks who played such a BIG part in this AWESOME celebration. Even if you didn't think your part was very big, it took a lot of "small efforts" to contribute to the big picture. It was worth it for such a rousing success. To Kathy Hoff Conrad (64): Thanks for being so supportive and understanding in accepting my "with-child" situation. I would have loved to have been able to play a much larger part in the planning of this wonderful event, but God had other "development" plans for me and my family. I just loved the name tag you guys made for our "new little Austin". I'll have much to scrapbook! This event was a keeper. How special it was for all of us to not only meet up with old classmates, but friends from other classes we may not have otherwise had a privilege to see. I agree with comments made in the Sandstorm for an "All Class" reunion every 5-10 years. I think we've just started a wonderful tradition! For those who couldn't make it, a wonderful time was had by all. I am sorry I didn't get to see more of the '79-'84 folks I used to know. You were all VERY missed! Hope to see more of the '81 folks at next year's reunion. Keep us posted on our class website! -Kelly Weil Austin (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/28/00 ~ using laptop in Bismarck, ND ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Richey (53), Jacqui Crose (61), Darlene Minard (60), Paula Beardsley (62), Emajean Stone (63), Frank Osgard (63WB), Gary Behymer (64), Ed Sullivan (65), Judy Farris (70), Jacki Shipman (73), Cecily Riccobuono (77), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Ann Pearson Burrows (50) and Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) Yes, right after I wrote and sent that about the flood in '48 I remembered that it was Hains instead of Haupt Ave. Judie Hoff (54) and Betty Russell (54) lived on Haupt and you lived on Hains. As far as my memory, I just remember a lot of my days growing up in Richland. It was a good time of my life when you didn't have many cares in life and just enjoyed your time with your friends. Will look forward to seeing you this September at the Club40 reunion for the classes of 1950 and the 1955. Bombers who have been out of RHS for 40 or more years should look into belonging to this group as they pay $5.00 a year and get letters about what is happening and what people are doing with their lives now. The reunion is a fun weekend and it happens every year in Richland and last year there were about 500-600 people. I didn't get to attend this big blast as I have been taking care of my brother, Alan (49), who has been ill and needs some one around him. I would have loved to seen the basketball game. See you in september. Talk your sister to flying up from Phoenix and having some fun. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Darlene Minard Mortensen (60) I, too, want to add my thanks to the R2K committee for a job well done. It was well worth the trip for a chance to get reacquainted with old classmates and friends. I, too, enjoyed the alumni ball games, chili dinner, the fireworks, and all the other activities. Thanks again for all your hard work. -Darlene Minard Mortensen (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jacqui Crose Zwanzig (61) Date: Wed Jun 28 01:20:06 2000 Class of 1961 Sorry to hear I missed a very fantastic reunion!! Would have loved to see some "old" pals from the class of '61. Looking forward to the next one!! -Jacqui Crose Zwanzig (61) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) If you ordered an R2K silk mum and were unable to pick it up, I can ship them to you for a total cost of $15.95. Please e-mail me with your snail mail address - no PO boxes please. If you would like to order one, the same applies - $15.95 and a snail mail address. I will be out of town on vacation during July - visiting my sister, Janice (64) - so it will be August before I can take care of this unless I hear from you before July 2. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Emajean Stone (63) Hi from San Jose, CA. Just wanted to add to all the others a big THANK YOU to everyone who worked on the reunion. It was GREAT! It was wonderful to get to see everyone and to watch the big game. Even the weather was perfect. The timing with Cool Desert Nights was good too. It was wonderful to see Maren and get to thank her for all her work. I was wondering if it would be possible to have this event again and what do you know - the Sandstorm entries were already talking about 2005. Who is heading up the planning committee? I can't wait for the Class of 63's 40th reunion in 2003. Is there a reunion committee already formed? Please let me know if I can help. I know that I am far away, but maybe there is something I can do from here. So nice to see all of you, can't wait to do it again. - Emajean Stone (63) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) Remember the old saw about, “if it weren't for bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at all”. Well, regardless of what I said earlier, I'm up to my butt in deficit karma. Iowa, ain't even my favorite, in fact I'm never gonna eat corn again or watch “The Music Man” on TBS. Don't know when I checked in last, but it had to be around a week ago. In review, the T-Rex had a bit of a rear-end problem (no cracks) on Friday afternoon and we got towed into Buds Garage, where they were just closing and couldn't take a look until Monday. We did our best, but couldn't open the bumpout, ‘cause there was a manure spreader parked on that side. The satellite dish was no-op, too cause of the building. It's like living in an aluminum “B” house, and the thunder storms, were makin’ me crazy. Sunday we went to a picnic and softball game with a couple of Baptists that I met at Stink’s Tavern. Had a good old time, and I bought a Geo from the third baseman. It was all setup to be towed behind an RV, so we were able to “sight see” on monday and tuesday, while they were workin’ on T-Rex. The problem was finally diagnosed as the axle, pronounced ax-oh in Eye-oh-way, and eventually the right parts came in the the Greyhound. Not a minute too soon as the holding tank was getting a tad full, and the Farmall Spreader was taking on a life of it's own (reminded me of the Rose Bowl). We got about of town about six on Wednesday night and made darn good time, till about 8am on Thursday when we discovered we had forgotten to hook up the Lumina. The boys having been banned from the bedroom, after the mooning incident, hadn't noticed that nothing was following us. We backtracked a couple of states and got that stupid chevy in tow. Back on the road and after two tickets, and one warning we stopped at a rest stop in Nebraska. I was really beat after driving for that many hours, so the bride offered to spell me while I got some ZZZZZZZZZZZ’s. I slept like a baby. I dreamed of seeing old friends, snarfin’ down some spuddies, the Chili and Cinnamon rolls dinner and watching Jim House play some hoops. I woke up pretty rested and had the rest of the frito and bologna hot dish from the picnic and a Dr. Pepper for breakfast, and was ready for the final push to Bomberville. Then that negative karma thing reared it's ugly head again. About 20 minutes out of the rest stop I see a sign that says that the TERMINOUS exit is coming up in a couple of miles. Now I don't know if everyone knows where Terminous is, but without you having to go look for a map let me tell you that it is between Sacramento and Stockton. Now I'm not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to geography, but I knew that it was not between Dever and Richland. I started to feel a little sick, but blamed it on the potato salad being out in the sun too long. This was definitely Not the best time to go Nuclear. I was dragging some car I don't want, I've collected about $600 worth of tickets, I don't have a map (it was involved in the karo syrup deal), a sobbing and hysterical wife, two teen age boys who haven't had a Brittney Spears fix in a couple of day, and everyone with cabin fever. I figure that the above mentioned chemistry related to a female judge in Divorce Court would have me back at the shop, sucking up to my old boss, eating my words and looking for another Volarie. I just smiled and said, "No big deal, we'll take our time and get there when we can". We checked into a Holiday Inn (two rooms), laid by the pool, hit Oinker's Buffet and figured that if everything worked out we could make the ball game on Saturday. Assuming of course we all got a decent nights sleep, and let bygones be bygones. Mein Frau quit crying about the second half of Jenny Jones, didn't really need the two room any ways. I slept better knowing that things couldn't get any worse. Pretty soon I'd be back in area code 509, showing the kids around town, having a Papa Cheese and maybe getting in some skate time at the Roller Rink. -Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Consider the Colfax Codger Pole at the following URL: There must be something in the 'same' line we can do for Richland Bombers? -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Ed Sullivan (65) Date: Tue Jun 27 05:53:09 2000 R2K Please add my name to the list of most appreciative benefactors of all the hard work that went into the planning and execution of the best Richland homecoming ever. Having the school available for most of the events was a stroke of genius; it brought back the setting, and not just the people. I enjoyed almost every minute of the entire weekend, save for the inevitable denouement, of saying good- bye to friends we've just re-met. I was impressed with the generosity of talents that so many gave to the raffle; the well done alumni games, with pep band, cheerleaders, flags and the stupendous baton twirlers, the sweltering sock hop which brought back memories of a night at the Hi Spot in August, the ready availability of the spudnuts and the cinnamon rolls on Saturday, the list can and does go on. And that's not to mention all the old friends and the older memories that happened at every corner. To all the people who worked on the event, who made it so that I was able to enjoy t -Ed Sullivan (65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NOTE: The Guestbook holds a finite number of characters. Ed, what's the rest???? -Maren ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Judy Farris Rick (70) Date: Tue Jun 27 03:13:25 2000 class of 1970 reunion So glad to find this site. I enjoyed the R2K reunion and am looking forward to class of 70 reunion in July. Hope to get some e-mails from friends in classes 1968 thru 1970. -Judy Farris Rick (70) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jacki Shipman McKinney (73) Date: Mon Jun 26 21:26:02 2000 R2K Reunion Uncle John you did a great job. Thanks to all of the people who volunteered. Rick and I had a great time. Wish that more of the Class of '73 could have been there. Where "Were you Guys" Let's see there was Myself and Danny Green, Sherry Foreman and Dyanne Fowler. What happened??? Oh wait there where some that I didn't see. Thanks to all that showed up from 1973. Hope that when we have a 30 year reunion that all will be there. -Jacki Shipman McKinney (73) ******************************************** >>From: Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan (77) So sorry to have missed the R2K reunion. Sounds like it was a big success, and I wished I could have been there, but my oldest daughter graduated last weekend, and I was just plain worn out!! I can't tell you the pride I felt watching her receive her diploma. She graduated from Camas High School, and I hope that she will have the great memories of her school, and fellow classmates, that I have of mine. Us Bombers are a pretty tight bunch. Something you don't find to often amongst high schools anymore. I wish she could have been a Bomber. Oh well. You can't have everything. To Tony Robinson (77) So glad to hear you will be back in Richland. You have had a wonderful career in the military, and have been through some pretty rough situations. You are a hero, and I salute you! Best of luck. Hope to see you at our 25 year reunion. -Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) I still can't believe how much fun I had last weekend. To all those who couldn't make it, I hope you can attend next time, the reunion was truly an awesome experience. I was a little disappointed there weren't too many alumni's from the 70s 80s & 90s. The classes of '75 on up to 2000 only took up the letter "S" in the Bombers group picture. I only saw a handful alumni/friends from the class of 79. The gym was like a sauna, however I'm not going to complain, that was one of the factors that made this event so memorable. I do have a suggestion for the Class of 2001, maybe your gift to the school could be to replace some of those old windows, with windows that open, or maybe, add doors at the west end of the building (under the basketball hoop) to allow for air circulation. I really enjoyed meeting Terence Knox (aka Terry Davis-65) and Michael Peterson (77). They're both really nice people. Terence, my mother and sister-in-law have a crush on you. Michael, did you ever run into Jim and Jaye Peterson Payne? I never did. I'll just have to search for them the next time around. I wish you both continued success in your life and careers. Thanks for coming to the reunion. It was a real highlight of the whole experience. Val Ludwick Willman (77) Cindy Campbell Britten (83) and Patti Snider Miller (65), I really enjoyed meeting you as well. Taking with you watching you perform gave me the courage to get out there, have fun and twirl that flag for the pep assembly. The only word that can think of to describe your performance is "WOW". "You were wonderful". Your performance ranked right up there with the Basketball game. I also really enjoyed putting faces to the some of the entries in the Alumni Sandstorm. For all those who were wondering, no the guy hanging around with me at the reunion was not my husband, it was my uncle, Herschel Halstead (66). My husband couldn't make it to the reunion, it's probably just as well, he doesn't understand what's so special about a school reunion anyway, much less the cool school logo on my R2K Polo shirt. "The Mushroom Cloud" Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) "One of the Flag Twirlers" *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/29/00 ~ Biggest Sandstorm EVER! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 32 Bombers sent stuff today. Ralph Myrick (51), Mike Clowes (54), Lequita "Lea" Branum (55), Tom Hughes (56), Gus Keeney (57), Sharon Roos (59), Connie Madron (60), Fred Phillips (60), Nancy Fellman (62), Ann Palmer (63), Jim House (63), Karen Kleinpeter (63), Kurt Johnson (63) and Sherri Ward (63), Ray Fisher (63), Carol Wise (64), Jean Armstrong (64), Robert Shipp (64), David Rivers (65), Ed Sullivan (65), Lamont Worden (65), Rod Brewer (65), Peg Wellman (66), Lee Bush (68), Jeff Curtis (69), Kathie Moore (69) Vikki Kestell (70), Mike Davis (74), Teresa Larkin (75), Sean Lewis (77), Lori Walker (78), Gil Blankenship (81), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) In the Alumni Sandstorm and when I had attended the social Saturday night, I heard may nice things about my sister, Norma Myrick Nunamaker (54). I want to thank you all for those nice comments. It is pretty special to her to hear them from her peer group as well as others who graduated way beyond her. You all made Norma feel real good. Thanks again, -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) RE: From the "I Take Umbrage" Dept. To Ed Borasky (59) How dare you, sirrah! To insinuate that Spudnuts are the No. 3 industry in Richland (after Bomber Reunions and what ever else). Spudnuts are the No. 1 industry in a town that has none. Well, it did once, but those days are long gone.. And certainly Bomber Reunions are important. But without Spudnuts? Surely you jest. Ed, Spudnuts are in and of themselves a major food group (particular chocolate covered ones)(no, wait, that would be two major food groups). By rights, they should constitute a major portion of a healthy breakfast. I don't know how I would have survived the Saturday photo session without having fortified myself with a hearty breakfast of Spudnuts and coffee. I sometimes wonder how I survived this long without them. But enough of this frivolity. According to absolutely no major or minor research the major industries in Richland ("The Automatic City"), Washington are: Spudnuts Bomber Reunions/Cool Desert Nights Figuring out who put the "R" on Badger Mountain Figuring out who changed the "R" on Badger Mountain How to retaliate the changing of the "R" and What ever it is the government is spending money on in the area. Spudnuts and Bombers rule! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) Well, it sounds like life is over..... '-) Nothing else to look forward to. :-) So glad last weekend was such a success. What is left for Sept.? Can anything be worth coming for in Sept.? LOL It has been so much fun to read all of the Sandstorm e-mail relating the events that took place. The big Bomber game sounds like the good old days. So glad no one had a heart attack or stroke. :-> I could not make it to the reunion. Thanks for all of information that is coming from such a wonderful weekend. If someone in the Tri- Cities could scan some of the articles that have been in the Tri-City Herald that would be interesting. I'm sure there were coverage for such an event. After all! Thanks again for all of you that have shared your weekend with us that could not make it to Richland. Richland is truly a unique and wonderful place to have grown up in. CUL8R -Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) I want to thank everyone who put this great event together. I don't know when I have enjoyed a weekend more than this one. I want to start by thanking Dick Boehning (63) for setting up the Golf tournament. The most enjoyable round of golf, and the most unbelievable round, that I have played in many years. Thanks to Denny Webb, Eddie Hoff and Mike Sheeran for the greatest day of my golfing life. (Being 17 under after 18 holes helped everyone's attitude) It was great seeing Rex Davis and the Bosso twins as well as getting to meet a number of new friends. I couldn't believe the turnout at the registration and finally getting to meet Maren Smyth and Gary Behymer was really great. I met so many people that I knew or that were connected to people that I knew that I can't remember them all right now but the memories will linger for years. The Chili feed was fantastic. I even traded my cinnamon roll for my grand daughter's bowl of Chili. Standing around waiting for the picture was not something I looked forward to since I live in Seattle and 85 degree, sunny days are something that only mad dogs and englishmen take on. To my surprise when I got to talking to Carol Purkhiser, Maureen Doyle, Terry and Grover Shegrud and others I didn't even notice the sun. The basketball game was a once in a lifetime experience. Others have commented about the "old" gym. I may be a bit biased but I think having the game in the old gym was icing on the cake. When the fight song started up, the guys ran onto the court for the warm-up and the rumbling of the feet on the old metal stands, well if it didn't choke you up a bit you really aren't a Bomber. The cheer leaders and especially the baton twirlers were outstanding. It didn't look like those girls had missed a day of practice in all those years. Tom Tracy, Norris and CW Brown, Jim House, Ray Stein, You all brought a lump to my throat and, I must admit, scared me a little. As hard as you guys were playing I expected a cardiac call at any moment. From the first tip off you guys were playing Art Dawald basketball and were out to win. YOU ALL DID!!! The gathering at the "Desert Inn" was wonderful and I want to thank Michael Peterson (77) for being so gracious to my two grand daughters. They love your music and have all of your CD's. They were thrilled. My wife, Agnes, tried to be cool but I think she almost wet her pants when she met you. She was reluctant to go to the reunion until I told her that you might be there. I think she dragged me most of the way to Richland just on the chance of seeing you. Larry Mattingly (60) outdid himself with his show and I hope everyone supports him wherever he puts on a show. I understand he will be at the Emerald Queen on the first of July. The people around the Seattle area should all show up. Finally the picnic. Ms. Edwards was inspirational and I think the gathering demonstrated how solid the Bomber tradition really is. I made many new friends and enjoyed another day in "The Park". Once again, thanks to everyone. While I thank those involved in the planning and execution of the event, I especially thank those who took the time to come, some from very far away, to make this such a special occasion. Thanks to all. -Tom Hughes (56) ~ Bomber Always ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney (57) RE: Thanks Maren and all the rest!!! Maren, It was great meeting you in "Real Person". Thanks again for all the hard work getting this publication out. So much data and so little time!!! Thanks from all the Keeney Clan to the committees and volunteers that used up some or all of their "Visiting with other Classmates " time preparing and putting on the FUNCTION OF ALL TIME!!! And Believe me, I have attended some REAL FUNCTIONS. Uh, I mean, I heard about them, Sue. Don't believe anything that Dan Feveiz (58) or Doug Stiles (57) say!!! Anyway, thanks to all, it was a superb Reunion. To Spence Hinson (56), You haven't lived till you've gone jackrabbit hunting with Jim Brand!!! It was quite a sight to see, Him chasing after a rabbit full tilt leaping over tumbleweeds, sagebrush and the like with his pump 22 blazing away at the rabbit he almost would over run!!! -Gus Keeney (57) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Roos Kent (59) R2K was GREAT THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED WITH IT! -Sharon Roos Kent (59) ******************************************** >>From: Connie Madron Hall (60) To ALL of you who worked so hard to put it together and to ALL of you who came: It was the best time I've ever had in my life! -Connie Madron Hall (60) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) R2K was as delightful as any event I have ever attended. A million thanks to the organizers and everyone else who participated. If it's not too much trouble for you folks, let's do it again next weekend. -Fred Phillips (60) ******************************************** >>From: Nancy Fellman Lysher (62) When the Bomb came back to the middle of the old gym and the band played the fight song, magic and those great Bombers came out on the floor..... we did go home again. Larry Mattingly's gift to the Bombers was more than awesome, somehow a piddling thank you doesn't seem adequate. Twelve years in Las Vegas and I never saw a better show. Sky in Bloom will always be my recommendation. To all the Bombers who gave so generously to create this event and to those who traveled near and far to attend... Thanks isn't nearly enough..... Richland was "Fantasy Bomberland"! -Nancy Fellman Lysher (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: R2K Aftermath I have concluded there is no easy way to leave Richland. I delayed my departure until Tuesday hoping it would help me wind down rather than endure a cold turkey withdrawal. It did not help much. Monday, I really missed the morning coffee and walk with the Bombers in the adjacent rooms at the Red Lion that I had enjoyed over the weekend. However, during an afternoon drive around town, I found a nice lot on Bombing Range Drive (can you believe it?) that might be a suitable home site some day. Later, feeling just a little rambunctious, I put the car in neutral and coasted down Lee hill as if in the soapbox derby. Following dinner with great friends, I went for one last evening walk along the dike. Naturally I was immediately drawn to a bouncing basketball on the court behind the hotel where I saw a youngster feverishly working on his game. He saw me removing my glasses, ring and watch as I approached like some old gunslinger about to challenge the kid. He invited me to join him in a round of jump shots. After a few shots he quoted something from Bill Bradley's book suggesting that old basketball players never lose their shot. I told him that was quite evident in the Bomber gym Saturday afternoon and added my less scholarly observation that true fans never loose their enthusiasm. (This the only time you will see a reference to me and a Princeton All-American in the same place). We played long past dark, comparing how great it was for me to how he hopes it will be for him. Sunday's Tri-City Herald concluded that I bleed green and gold after seeing me bow in reverence to the Bomb. I need to clarify two points. First, I was also bowing in reverence to the fans in the "student section", because I believe the Bomb represents them and their spirit. Second, my mother says my blood was red at birth so the green and gold obviously came from a transfusion from the likes of those chanting "on to state" during Saturday's game. My drive to the Spokane airport yesterday seemed to take forever as I savored the R2k event. The twirlers, cheerleaders and band were great. The camaraderie with the players spanning 40+ years of Bomber glory was even better than expected. The stars of the event were the Committee organizers and all the volunteers working behind the scenes. I think I shook hands with someone from every class in attendance, if not it wasn't from a lack of effort. Bomber cheers to everyone, you are the greatest! -Jim House (63) P.S. If you need to rent a car at the Spokane airport, request the one with the Bomber license plate (shame on me). ******************************************** >>From: Karen Kleinpeter Kroger (63) Hi, everyone, I just want to add my compliments to the list. I really appreciate the hard work all of the committee put in on making the reunion a roaring success. It was all terrific. I was amazed again to realize the diversity of talent and ability the Bombers have. I loved every function and get-together, but the highlight for me was sitting in the "old" gym at a Bomber basketball game one more time. I was thrilled and moved to tears at the same time. It was incredible to have a chance to relive those distant days once again. That gym sounds like no other gym I have ever been in. I know it wasn't planned to have the game in there, and that some people didn't get in because of all of us with ASB cards. I'm sorry they missed the game, but I wouldn't have given my seat to anyone! From the Fight Song, stomping on the steel bleachers and seeing the BOMB once again on the "R" at center court, to the color guard and honoring our Bomber veterans, the whole event was first class. I only missed singing the Alma Mater at the end of the game. Next time, right? I loved seeing old friends. I know I missed seeing some people I wanted to get to visit with, but seeing "kids" from other classes was a real bonus. The fireworks were stupendous. Thank you Larry Mattingly (60). Well, I've gone on long enough, but I want you all to know I think you are wonderful. Bombers are a great group, and that was a class act. Thank you, thank you, thank you. On to State!!! -Karen Kleinpeter Kroger (63) ******************************************** >>From: Kurt and Sherri Ward Johnson (63) So many others have been more eloquent but we wanted to add our thanks to the R2K committee and all those that helped. R2K was a sentimental journey --- one-of-a-kind and wonderful --- just like Richland. You CAN go home again!! -Kurt and Sherri Ward Johnson (63) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Palmer Pearson (63) I got called home last week just before the Reunion to take care of my extremely ill mother and didn't think I would be able to attend any of the R2K activities. I found a way to get away for a moment and go down to the Hanford House for a while for the Saturday Get-together. I cannot tell you what a boost in my morale that was. I could not believe what an outpouring of love I felt from everyone I saw. How excited everyone was to see everyone. People were so relaxed and so accepting of everybody. I haven't had that much fun in a very long time. It was just what I needed through this difficult time. I am going to be in Richland for a while, and would love to hear from anyone. You can write to Linda Belliston Boehning's e-mail address <> and she will get them to me. Love to everyone!! -Pam Palmer Pearson (63) ******************************************** >>From: Ray Fisher (63) R2K - What a blast! A great big thank you to "ALL" for sharing your time .. . and a very special thank you to the "FEW" who gave so much of your time preparing a truly wonderful weekend for everyone! What a great bunch of . .. um . . . aaa . . . kids? Yeah . . . that's it . . . KIDS! -Ray Fisher (63) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Wise Roberts (64) I would like to make a few comments about the reunion this past weekend through the eyes of a non- Bomber, my husband. He has watched over the past couple of years as I would read the Alumni Sandstorm, check the web site, and respond with fellow classmates through email. He would respond with, "I don't get it. I don't understand the continued ties after all these years." After much prodding, he did attend the reunion activities with me. On Friday, he had to sit in the foyer of the gym for several hours while I worked at the registration table. He looked at the displays, watched as people came and went greeting one another, and talked to some. We attended the chili feed, soc hop, game, and picnic. At the end, he said he was in awe of the whole reunion. First of all in the planning and organization that the event took, the work that each of the committees put in, and the overall coordinating of the whole affair. Secondly, by the turn out and support of all the Bomber alumni and the spirit of oneness that everyone seemed to have. The spirit of being a Bomber! He said that he thought he was now beginning to get "it". Not quite sure what that "it" is but it was definitely a special feeling, camaraderie, and spirit. He knew something like this could not happen with his class or school and didn't think it would be able to happen in too many other places either. I think that speaks well of being a Richland Bomber. Needless to say, he was impressed, as we all were. I want to give my own thanks of gratitude to all of you who worked so tirelessly on putting the reunion together and those of you who participated in each of the events, especially the basketball game activities. You all provided a wealth of wonderful memories that will not be forgotten by those that attended the reunion. It was a fantastic weekend. -Carol Wise Roberts (64) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) Got home safe and sound yesterday evening. Along with all the wonderful times and long lasting memories of a GREAT weekend, I brought along a cold. At least I think it is a cold. Not real sure. Woke up with a sore throat and then cough and the ears hurting and not feeling as well as I did when I arrived Tuesday night at midnight. Not sure if it was because I wore myself out trying to help with my share of the volunteer work that I could squeeze in before the excitement started on Friday or if I just played too much over the weekend. Doesn't matter, it was worth it. It was so much fun, I think we should do it again, at least every 5 years. To see classmates from other years was really enjoyable. It was a great turnout, and I know everyone had fun. It was a shame that some events overlapped, as I would like to have attended them all. My husband enjoyed being there. He commented what a different bunch we all were. Just like one big happy family. We have no enemies, just friends. He wasn't too impressed with the cinnamon roll and chili, but loved the cornbread with the chili. I told him you had to grow up in Richland to appreciate the unique taste of dunking your cinnamon roll in the chili. It was great to see every one and to act like a teenager again. (or is that STILL)? The streets were peaceful and quiet. No drive-by shootings. No sirens all night long. No traffic jams. And I was even shocked at the cars that stopped so we could jaywalk across George Washington Way on our way to the street dance. (Remember, we live in Phoenix, where if you step into the street, it makes you fair game to the drivers.) Makes you want to move back. I miss my home town. Wish I could talk hubby into it. Anyone know of any good pilot jobs available in that area? Kudos to all that helped and attended to make this a VERY successful and memorable event. :) -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp (64) RE: R2K and Fire in the Tri-Cities What can I add to what has already been said? Dave Vallely (60) said it best with one word - "Wow!" Let me add my thanks to Kathy, Kathie, Linda, Larry and everyone else involved in setting this up. The chili feed, sock hop, picture session, pep assembly, classic basketball, the get-together at the Red Lion/Hanford House/Desert Inn, fireworks - each event was the best. I must confess it wasn't until about the third time the band played the fight song that I was able to sing it all the way through. It wasn't that I didn't remember the words; I just couldn't get them out past the lump in my throat. Seeing Stein, Webb, House, Brewer and Denler all on the court at the same time once more was worth the entire cost of the ASB card ten times over! And seeing the stars I watched or followed on the radio when I was still in Jefferson - Norris, CW, Bob Frick. So what if they weren't quite as quick as they were back in the Dawald era? Some folks think it had something to do with the intervening years, but I'm sure it was those baggy shorts that slowed them down. How can you run a fast break with that much wind resistance? One thing I didn't quite understand: Why was the Varsity game played before the JV? Okay, the "kids" played a great game. If I looked at it objectively, I'd have to admit that the second game was more exciting, but since when has there ever been anything objective about nostalgia? It was so great to see so many friends from classes ahead of and behind mine - many of them for the first time since high school. Sadly, I wasn't able to make it to the picnic on Sunday. I would love to have heard Mrs. Edwards talk. Did anyone happen to tape it? I did see her at the chili feed Friday and was able to talk to her for a few minutes. What a great teacher and wonderful lady! I add my vote to those calling for a repeat. We might not want to do it in five years, though. That would put the same people who can't make two trips to Richland in the position of again having to choose between their class reunion and the all-Bomber reunion. How about every seven years? On a less pleasant note: As I write this (Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.) a major brush fire is threatening the Tri-Cities. For those living out of town, it started yesterday afternoon as a result of a fatal car/semi collision on Highway 24 between Yakima and the west entrance to Hanford. Workers in the 200 West area were sent home around 10 this morning due to heavy smoke in the area. So far none of the Hanford facilities are threatened. I'm listening to a special TV news report as I type. The authorities have ordered Benton City and some areas of West Richland evacuated. Some houses (4 so far with others in danger) in the Benton City area have burned. RHS is being used as a Red Cross shelter, as are the new Southridge High School in Kennewick and a school in Prosser. Over 50,000 acres have burned so far. There's a lot of smoke in the air here in Richland, but so far we're relatively safe. Keep a thought and a prayer in your hearts for all of us here, especially those who have lost their homes. -Robert Shipp (64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Latest from KOMO news update at 11:30pm: The Governor declared a State of Emergency in Benton County. The National Guard has been called out to help with evacuation. -Maren ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) RE: Second wave Well, I kept my promise and have waited two whole days to express my impressions of the Event. Naturally, I have to thank Hoff, Roe, Darlene, Larry, Burt (was he a DI in a former life or a choreographer?), John, Gary, Maren, Patti and the host of others that worked so hard to pull this wonderful moment off to the joy and pleasure of us all. Things like that don't happen in real life... just in the movies... unless you are lucky enough to come from Richland. Over the years we have been doing this little paper, I have read how great it was to have been raised in Richland. I have also read comments from some who have been brave enough to share their feelings of insecurity during our growing up years. It's to those who I especially want to say: "Thank you for being here". Some of us have skin like leather and are outgoing to the point of being obnoxious.. we thrive on Events and would head for Richland at the drop of the hat to pay money see some "used to be" group at the DI that was playing for free at the Fremont Street Experience the weekend before here in Vegas, just to have the opportunity to be with our High School buds... If someone said we were doing another reunion next weekend I'd be there in a flash. But for the ones who agonized over who they would see, who would they recognize, who would recognize them and who (if anyone) would be glad to see them....... to the ones who have never been home since high school and have never experienced a class you I say THANK YOU! It was so good to see you again and get the chance to talk or just say hi. The hugs I gave and received from guys and gals I haven't seen in ages can never be taken from me. To touch my fellow vets and to feel them in the flesh and know they are now home was a wish come true... to you I say "Welcome Home" And if no one has told you before... "Thank you for all you have contributed to our way of life" To my fellow Marines, I say "Semper fi". Finally, I read in today's paper, something to the effect that even if we do this again, it won't be the same........ NOT SO, After our 25th, my friend Tony Harrah and I fretted that the 30th could never be as magical as the 25th... we were wrong........ so wrong that the 65ers have been meeting EVERY year since and it gets better every year! This reunion, Y2K will always be special because a handful of girls from '64 had the vision to pull it off........ I am so very glad that I was not one who missed it. I will never forget it... and I look forward to the next all-class reunion! -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Ed Sullivan (65) re submission Maren, Here is the text of the message. I note that spell checking had changed the word beneficiaries to benefactors. I had sent it at work, so had some trouble getting through my firewall and e-mail service, since so many people use that terminal. You may find it repetitious and not worth reposting, but it's a big thank you for everyone that helped make my weekend so spectacular. Please add my name to the list of most appreciative beneficiaries of all the hard work that went into the planning and execution of the best Richland homecoming ever. Having the school available for most of the events was a stroke of genius; it brought back the setting, and not just the people. I enjoyed almost every minute of the entire weekend, save for the inevitable denouement, of saying good- bye to friends we've just re-met. I was impressed with the generosity of talents that so many gave to the raffle; the well done alumni games, with pep band, cheerleaders, flags and the stupendous baton twirlers, the sweltering sock hop which brought back memories of a night at the Hi Spot in August, the ready availability of the spudnuts and the cinnamon rolls on Saturday, the list can and does go on. And that's not to mention all the old friends and the older memories that happened at every corner. To all the people who worked on the event, who made it so that I was able to enjoy the weekend, thank you very much. I must admit that I was not expecting the fireworks display to be so spectacular, having seen so many in my 4th of July years, but it was absolutely the best fireworks display I can ever remember, even better than my memories of the Bomber Bowl. The colors, the intensity, the variety, even some I had never seen before, and the seemingly endless array of light and beauty moved me greatly. Especially prized because it was the creation and labor of love of one of our own, Larry Mattingly. So much thought and effort for a relatively select audience, and it was still the best that could possibly be. I will never see another sky in bloom without thinking of that Saturday nite. This note is too long, and not different from all the sentiments already echoed in the Sandstorm. But I don't think it could be overstated. Thank you all, -Ed Sullivan (65) ******************************************** >>From: Lamont Worden (65) RE: On being the only '97 Bomber at an All Class Reunion like R2K Dear Unknown Friend and Fellow Bomber, I think you are correct that you may have been the only 1997 grad present at the recent R2K Reunion if you had chosen to attend. I did have a pleasant visit with a 1986 grad, but the vast majority of the attendees seemed to be from the 60's. We even met a sweet lady, Nancy Clark (52), who rode on a bus from North Carolina for over three days to attend this reunion. However, whether or not being the youngest Bomber at the reunion would spoil the event for you would be entirely up to you. I graduated in 1965 and have children your age. If you were at the reunion there would have been an excellent chance you would have seen a recent family portrait of our family as I carried it around all weekend and forced hundreds of classmates to view my most precious accomplishment since graduation. I was amazed that there were so many really old appearing grads who were Bombers from back in the 40s & 50s. You'd probably have been shocked to see so many really old appearing grads from the 60s & 70s. Nevertheless, I cannot imagine any Bomber, regardless of age, not enjoying that Basketball game on Saturday. It was a truly inspiring scene to see the "old gym" packed to the gills with representatives from over 50 years of Bomber athletes, coaches, referees, cheerleaders, band members, majorettes, pep club girls, and most of all fans. When I thought of the unifying effect that Bomber Basketball has had on over a half century of Richland residents and the shared joy that we have all experienced because of that mutual activity, it brought a few tears to these aging eyes to look out over the crowded bleachers that day. It is as if Bomber Basketball is a Gold and Green thread that has been woven through the decades of this unique desert community, unifying generations of residents and providing a shared civic anchor for so very many precious memories. I think Jim House (one of my all- time idols, along with Theartis Wallace, Ray Stein, Gary Webb, Dave Simpson, Rod Brewer, Mike Toner and others) provided the moment that for me symbolized the entire event when he knelt and kowtowed in front of the legendary green and gold bomb mascot during the introduction of the basketball players. How could a Bomber fan of any era not have been moved emotionally by the collective cheers of "On To State", "We're Number One", and "We are the Bombers, Mighty, Mighty Bombers. Everywhere we go-oh, people want to know-oh, who-oo we are-re, so-oh we tell 'em. We are the Bombers, Mighty, Mighty Bombers."? This R2K Reunion was the best ever because it was not just one's own class. It was older brothers and younger sisters. It was teachers and parents. It was families and friends. It was community. It was a Bomber Love Fest!! But even if you wouldn't enjoy the many opportunities to mingle with Bombers of various ages and meet siblings and spouses of classmates, who wouldn't enjoy seeing ancient photographs of Richland from the 40s & 50s, having the opportunity to purchase Bomber memorabilia, taking a chance at winning a raffle of truly valuable items donated by some of our more talented/famous peers, wolfing down great chili, corn bread and cinnamon rolls, dancing to nostalgic music at a Sock hop, picnicking in the shade on a hot Richland summer day at Riverside Park (sorry, Howard Amon), and Saturday night lying or sitting atop the dike, gazing skyward at an absolutely orgasmic fireworks display with the magnificent Columbia River as the backdrop? I could go on and on but, trust me, there was something for everyone, even the non-Bombers who were dragged to the event or who came to keep an eye on their Bomber significant others to ensure that not too many old high school memories were revived. My brother, Duane (69), and his family took my wife and I to Zip's for some burgers late Friday night. The boy at the drive through window had just graduated from RHS with the class of 2000. Since there were no cars behind us, we chatted for several minutes and it was very touching to us "old fogies" to feel his loyalty to RHS and love of the Bomber tradition that he expressed. He seemed sincerely interested in hearing a couple of our stories of what it was like to be a Bomber before he was even born and grateful to now be a part of that legacy. So, maybe you'd feel out of place at a reunion with a lot of folks as old as your parents or even grandparents. Or, perhaps, you'd fit right in as a representative of the next generation in a "Family" of Bombers filled with love, joy, shared traditions and mutual memories. Like so many things in life, the choice is yours. It's all up to you. Here's hoping to see you in Richland at another All Class Bomber Reunion some day. Sincerely, -Lamont Worden (65) ******************************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) Flying back to Maryland Sunday - after waking up somewhere over the mid-west, I filled 4 pages with names and memories of the the most special and amazing three days I've probably ever spent. I'm not even going to try to duplicate that here. I do want to thank Kathy and Kathie and Perry and, well everyone that had anything to do with R2K from the bottom of my heart. I still get chills remembering how I felt on the bench next to Gary, Ray and Jim watching the other great players I worshipped as a kid introduced. My only regret is Dave was on the wrong team. That would have made it perfect. Love you Strasser! The best part of all for me was that the basketball was only a part of the best experience any ex high school kid good ever have. Richland was and is a special place to live and grow and play. I'm sitting here teary eyed telling all of you, everyone one of you I had the opportunity to see and spend any amount of time with, every moment of this weekend was precious and special for me - thank-you all. -Rod Brewer (65) ******************************************** >>From: Peg Wellman Johnson (66) Rose bouquets to everyone who instigated, planned and attended the first R2K. It was fantastic. I could only attend about a 1/2 day of events, but it was still an incredible testament to the strength of roots and the ties that bind. Thank you so much. -Peg Wellman Johnson (66) ******************************************** >>From: Lee Bush (68) RE: R2K REUNION To Larry Mattingly (60) Dear Larry, Have to add my two cents worth about the fireworks display. My brother, Gary (66) and I drove over to the Franklin County side of the Columbia River on W. Court. We parked near an orchard intake pump house that is directly across the river from Newton St. extended, in central Howard Amon Park. What a show!! And, I mean, what a show!! Couldn't make it to the other activities but glad I didn't miss the fireworks display. It was awesome to hear the concussion of the exploding fireworks echoing through the city. My parents, who live in the 2400 blk of Pullen, stepped out on the front porch and also enjoyed the show. THANKS AGAIN!! Dear All You B-Ballers: My mother read the Sunday write up in the Tri-City Herald about the basketball game and it brought tears to her eyes. I wish I could have participated as a former manager/score keeper (1966 thru 68) but bad knees kept me pretty much down for the weekend. Looked like you all had fun. Dear all organizers & others assisting: Sounds like you did a great job. The ornaments look fabulous! Bomber Cheers, -Lee Bush (68) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Curtis (69) RE: R2K Now wasn't that a hell of a thing? Speechless. -Jeff Curtis (69) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair (69) RE: fire Maren: Don't know if you've heard, but we have fire - a big fire, headed our way. it's already burned 40,000 acres, very much out of control. Started yesterday, from a lady crossing over and hitting a semi head-on. They have evacuated the areas of Harrington Rd., Twin Bridges, Snively Road and around Seiman's and now they just evacuated Benton City. The wind is picking up and really blowing our way. Our back yard borders Bombing Range Road (the old sod farm) and we had a lot of ash falling on us earlier and now we can't even see Candy Mountain. Our next door neighbor is the fire chief for our volunteer fire dept., bless their hearts, they've been fighting this fire for over 24 hours. I just heard that they've called in the state fire fighters. It has jumped the river, and by land it isn't that far away. Whenever there are races out at West Richland race track, we can hear them hot lapping all night - funny I always enjoyed that, was sort of a comfort. Now that seems too close, way too close. Now all we can do is wait and listen to the radio and tv and see if we have to evacuate, too. Funny - if you evacuate you are to report to Richland High School. I don't want to go. better get my hose ready. Need a prayer folks. Hope this doesn't go like Los Alamos. -Kathie Moore Adair (69) ******************************************** >>From: Vikki Kestell (70) RE: Class of '67 R2K Photos: The Class of '67 Webmasters will compile all submitted R2K photos into a PowerPoint presentation (PowerPoint not required to view) with captions and comments. Send scanned photos to send hard-copy photos to: Vikki Kestell New Mexico Engineering Research Institute 901 University Blvd. SE Albuquerque, NM 87106-4339 (If you wish us to return your pictures, include a self-addressed and stamped envelope.) Be sure to identify folks in the photos, what's going on, and add any comments/witty remarks that will help others to appreciate what the photo has captured. This photo compilation will be a great memento of R2K. -Vikki Kestell (70) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To Dave Hanthorn (63): You mentioned you and a group of people, including Maren, Gary Webb and others, gathered at the establishment at the southeast corner of the Uptown Shopping complex waiting for an appearance by me. So there's a Denny's there, huh? I thought it was a Shari's! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Teresa Larkin Alley (75) Date: Wed Jun 28 15:41:19 2000 I'm so sorry I missed the big reunion in June. Our family is already planning a trip to Richland early August. It sounds like it was a terrific time for all! Jim Rice [75] - my best buddy, Kathy B. tells me you had something to do with the wonderful Bomber web-site. You never cease to amaze me! I think I actually miss your teases! Great job! -Teresa Larkin Alley (75) ******************************************** >>From: Sean Lewis (77) OK, my two cents' worth, having finally returned from the R2K weekend and then a short business trip extension: Last weekend was too cool! I promise you, no one had more fun than I. To all who missed out: YOU MISSED OUT! My hat is off to all those who helped put such a great event together and I must add even more praise to Larry Mattingly (60) for easily the greatest fireworks show I've ever seen. You could see a lot of his heart and soul up there, and he did it for his fellow Bombers. Thanks, Larry! We all appreciated that more than I think you could know. The pride we all saw and felt in that gym, at the park, wherever Bombers were gathered, in whatever size group, was simply amazing. It was great to see old friends, some of whom I have seen fairly regularly, and some not at all, since school. Ran into Tony Robinson (77) and his wife at the Hanford House (well it used to be, at least) gathering and we had a great talk and I'm glad you've made it home in one piece, Tony, and thanks for coming. Quite a life you've had since we saw each other last! (Tony, uh, helped me remember some "lost details" about a certain trip to Regionals in Spokane; at this point I can only take his word that they are true!) Thanks also to Gary Davis (77) who graciously hosted a bunch of us at his home. "Sleep?!? What sleep? We don't need no stinkin' sleep!" Sheeesh. It was great also to see other '77ers Mark and Anne Mitzlaff Gerken, Dana Steichen, Trish Saucier, Mike Mattingly, Val Ludwick and others -- and yes, even the shy and introverted Ed Maxwell! I will even admit that both Mike Peterson and I got down to the Spudnut shop Saturday morning for the first time EVER in our now-fulfilled lives (oh, the shame of it all) -- and yep, those things ARE good!! We almost had to beg Mark and Anne to let us sit with them, though, being "newbies" and all... I can only say that the unity and pride of the Bomber alumni community is truly amazing. I'll admit to getting chills down my back when the band started up the Bomber Fight Song and hearing the chorus of "Here we go Bombers, here we go!" instantly took me back to the truly great days of Bomber basketball in one of the rockingest gyms in the land. Geeze, there were 40-50 years of Bombers represented there!! I was standing there, watching that game and thinking that I'd never quite been to something like that before. We kept saying that Life Magazine or National Geographic should've been there. It was The Twilight Zone and Happy Days all rolled into one amazing episode.... This weekend was an event that I'll always remember. Thanks again to those many people who made it all happen. Can we do it again next year, huh? Canwecanwecanwe? -Sean Lewis (77) ******************************************** >>From: Lori Walker Wehmhoefer (78) Just wanted to put my 2 cents in on the wonderful fireworks display put on by Larry and Jill (?) Mattingly! All I can say is, "WOW!!!" It was truly second to none! Thanks so much for sharing your talents. And, it was nice to meet the couple behind the noise! Whoda thunk God would bestow so much talent on one family...... Larry, Mark, Mike! A GREAT weekend! Almost like living in a dream (or the fog of the great mosquito trucks???). Thanks for the memories! -Lori Walker Wehmhoefer (78) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 6/30/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 24 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Kay Mitchell (52), Judi Pearson (54), Mike Clowes (54), Tom Tracy (55), Burt Pierard (59), Bill Chapman (60), David Henderson (60WB), Dennis Robertson (60), Helen Cross (62), Paula Beardsley (62), Patricia Keeney (63), Anna Margaret Bell (64), Carol Converse (64), Gary Behymer (64), Gary Webb (64), Jean Armstrong (64), Robert Shipp (64), Christopher Lih (67), Sheila Davis (71), Linda Smith (72), Treg Owings (76), Kim Edgar (79), Don Jepsen (80), Gene Trosper (85) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates (52) RE: R2K Weekend I just want to add my thanks to the many thanks that have been expressed for the wonderful R2K weekend. Richard and I returned home on Monday and found ourselves back in the world of everyday reality. The magic of Bomberland and the experiences of the previous three days are still being savored - every moment being relived and re-felt (I don't think there is really such a word!) Sitting in the pep club section in the old Bomber gym, stomping my feet and cheering "On to State"! and "We're #1" put me into a time warp. How strange it was to return home, look in the mirror and find that I was actually a 65 year old great grandmother! The memories of being a Bomber and part of such an incredible weekend will warm my heart till next time! -Kay Mitchell Coates (52) ******************************************** >>From: Judi Pearson Parker (54) To all of you who wrote such descriptive accounts of the R2K - THANK YOU. I feel like I was there, the gym is shaking, the noise is deafening, Norma is leading the cheers. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make it such a success. I won't miss the next one! I've been following the entries by Tom Tracy (55) and Laura Dean Kirby (55) with interest. Why wasn't Laura Dean leading the Song Leaders? She was on the first Song Leader Squad RHS had. Maren, please send me your snail-mail address so I can contribute to keep this great site going. My day isn't complete without reading the Sandstorm. Bomber Cheers. -Judi Pearson Parker (54) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) June 29, 2000 Just read in tonight's paper of the brush fire in the Hanford area. For those who didn't get the news, seems parts of Benton City and West Richland had to be evacuated. The good news is that BLM or some other government agency did not start the fire. The bad news is that it may be close to some of the dump sites. Isn't it nice that this sort of news makes the front page of the Albany, OR, paper and R2K does not. Makes one wonder what the priorities are. Just hope, friends, acquaintances, and fellow Bombers have not been harmed in anyway. Go Bombers! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) R2K harnessed the energy in the old Bomber Gym on Saturday afternoon. We captured a piece of time, not often available. It was indescribable. The peaceful gathering at the Hotel in the evening would have made Mahatma Gandhi envious. The smiles and friendliness told it all. The R2K Committees, The history of Richland Community, the teachers, the re-gathering of our tribe of nomads who moved to that city, the parents and neighbors synergized this surprising spirit... a spirit well worth keeping alive. A Dr. friend was playing at the YMCA noon businessmen's basketball games today. When I told him about a few sore muscles, etc... he told me to go see a veterinarian... I asked why... he said... "You were a jackass to try playing with those guys".... He may be right, but he certainly doesn't know about the magnetism of R2K. A special thanks to our coaches who provided the special uniforms... from small to large to the "don't bend over" sizes. (If my Dad had seen me playing in those long trunks, he'd have asked if they came with "turtle necked pantyhose" or were stolen from the girls locker room)... it didn't make any nevermind. It was good to hear from Lea Branum Clark (55) and see my old pal Hoyt Roberts (55) in the stands and Duane Smith (55), Bill Rowe (56), Bud Row (47), Mary Myers and Dave Forrest (55). Nice to chat with Chuck Curtis' sister. I kept looking for Chuck (55) to break through the key. He was always there before. I missed Denny Olson (55-deceased) too. Sure glad Dave Forrest came to R2K. He could have put in some shots. Nice to see Barbara Crawford (55), Sally Foley (56), Lowell Hanson (55), Mike Clowes (54), Tom Hughes (56), the lovely Boise Cascade executive -- Susan Nussbaum Reeb (63), Maureen Doyle (56) and of course Norma Myrick (54) our champion gymnast & cheerleader from Marcus Whitman to Richland High. Would love to wake up to that band every morning...but the neighbors would never go for it. The fireworks and the band...what a combination. When I watched the younger players (which was everyone else), I thought I was at an NBA scrimmage. Made a person want to call, "Send in the Wapato Wolves, the Pasco Bulldogs, Kennewick's Lions, The Yakima Pirates, The Walla Walla Blue Devils, Lincoln High of Seattle all at once... Look out for the minefield... you're in our war zone... you can never win against the Bombers... even if you get lucky and outscore us... the Bombers always win!" What a team. What a town. What a tradition It's a tradition hidden somewhere deep in every Richland High student's spirit! A spirit well worth keeping alive. No matter where you go... there's always a piece of that R2K spirit within you... it restores peace, energy, renews your resolve and makes you smile when you think of such great friends from days gone by. (My grand daughter is looking over my shoulder, reminding me that if I don't stop writing, Maren will start charging me for air time) Once again, to those of you who brought us together... we shall be eternally grateful. I remember someone asking Gene Conley (48), "What is your favorite shot"? He quickly replied, "The one that goes in"... I was searching for one of those last weekend. Wonder where the 2nd best place to have grown up might be? Have another great week, everyone... We'll see you in September. By the way -- put out that fire. (Lots of good thoughts and prayers are with you) -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) / John Adkins (62) Bomber Picture Committee RE: R2K Bomber Bowl Pictures The R2K Group Picture spelling out BOMBERS on the field at Bomber Bowl is available for a limited time to those who didn't pre-purchase them and would like to obtain one now. No special order form is required. Send your name and snail mail address with a check or money order for $15.00 (US funds) to: R2K Bomber Picture 2102 Tinkle Richland, WA 99352. Make the check payable to: R2K Committee. Only orders received on or before July 8, 2000, will be accepted. Bomber Cheers, Burt Pierard (59) & John Adkins (62) Bomber Picture Committee ******************************************** >>From: Bill Chapman (60) My wife and I just recently joined the 20th. Century by trading in our old computer for one that made internet access possible. I have really enjoyed being able to touch bases with old Bomber friends. If no one has already done it, I think all Bombers from the "old days" should thank Patsy Noble Eichner (61) for the pictures that she scanned and sent to the Hi-Spot page! Some of my best memories of high school are connected to Hi-Spot, and I really appreciate being able to "re-live" some of those times through the internet. Actually, I'd like to thank whomever came up with the idea of a Hi-Spot page! Hi-Spot was an important part in the social lives of a lot of us. I only wish that today we had more towns with a community-sponsored teenage hangout like Hi-Spot. Kids need a place like it today much more than we ever did. -Bill Chapman (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: David E Henderson (60WB) WOW!!! What a trip down memory lane. After a thirty year absence, I used the R2K gathering to justify a visit to Richland, from my wife. Emajean (aka Jean) Stone (63) and I left San Jose and flew up to Pasco on Friday. As we took-off, Jean leaned over and told me that this was her first flight in a small airplane, and that she was a little apprehensive. Well folks I am here to tell you all that she did just fine. By the powers given me as a FAA certified pilot/flight instructor, I declare that Jean Stone is fully qualified to fly as a co- pilot in a small plane. Here are some observations from a person whose memory of Richland was dated by thirty years. 1. Richland has grown. It stretches north to the areas and west to the Yakima. 2. There are whole lot of mature trees and grass in Richland than I ever remembered. 3. All the empty lots/fields I played in have been replaced by strip malls, housing and industry. 4. The original houses that I grew up in were SMALL. I found out that most of the original letter houses were less than 1200 square feet. 5. It appears that the city leaders have done very little to improve the infrastructure in the original parts of Richland. Many of the streets lacked sidewalks, and the asphalt appeared to date back to the 50's. 6. I like the new bridge (from Pasco to Richland). I noticed that the old two lane bridge at Pasco has been replaced. I remember in drivers education having to drive over that bridge; boy was I scared. 7. I was saddened to see that the famous ROSE Bowl has been torn down. In my humble opinion Richland will never be Richland without the Rose Bowl. I am glad that the basketball game was held in the old gym, even though it was HOT and crowded, as it brought back great memories. I too hope that somebody took video of the game and will offer them for sale. I heard that the BOMB is out at RHS is that true? What's going on? I want to take this opportunity to thank ALL of the people who labored to make R2K such a success. The fireworks were fantastic. The question that only time will answer is. Was this a one time event, or has a tradition been started. I hope for the latter. -David E Henderson (60WB) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) What can one say about the last weekend in the home of the Bombers.... It was "marvelous", "Fantastic", and so many other descriptive words I have been reading since returning home. It is impossible for anyone, not a bomber, to identify with the feeling you get just being there with classmates regardless of the year they went to school. The committee and volunteers that put this shindig on did the Bomber Name PROUD. I wanted to share with you the comment that I think best describes this feeling...... My sister JoAnne Robertson Riley (61) and her husband Bob, had sent their registration in and forgot to include the check. When Kathie Roe Truax (64) called them to tell them of the omission she talked to Bob. She asked Bob if he was a Bomber and when he replied no Kathy simply stated "I'm sorry". I think after attending the Friday nite gathering he finally understand what her expression of sympathy meant. Anyway, I want to again thank all involved. You are simply MARVELOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! -Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To Maren and Gary and all involved with R2K: I want to add my heartfelt thanks for putting together a most fun and neat reunion. And I must again thank John Adkins (62) for patiently helping me get my registration online so I could get there. It was truly a great time, and I'm so glad I was able to attend. To Tim Smyth (62) Tim, As you and I go back practically to Kindergarten, I really wished you could have been at our great R2K bash. It was so neat thanks to the efforts of so many people, including your sister, Maren's wonderful Sandstorm. I only hope that you can attend our 40th in 2002!! The only suggestion I'd make from a Bomber who comes from far away. I think that all class reunions and one class reunions, if held in the same year, need to be extensions of each other, so that you could just stay an extra day or two and not need to make two separate trips to attend. I agree with you, I was very saddened by the loss of Jimmy Spencer (62), who also goes way back in my happy memories of growing up in Richland. Shalom, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) RE: Memories and Fire I just finished reading the latest and biggest Alumni Sandstorm ever with tears in my eyes. I am so grateful we live in a town that means so much to so many. I guess I always knew this place was special but until I read how much it means to those of you who have moved away over the years and took this opportunity to come back, I didn't realize just how special it was. I hope it inspires more of you to come home more often. The tears in my eyes come in part also from viewing our landmark, Rattlesnake Mountain scarred black from this devastating fire that has now consumed almost 200,000 acres and still going strong. Weather reports say more wind on the way so we hope all the Bombers across the world will keep us in your prayers. It isn't over by a long shot and although we have had no fatalities yet, the homes in Benton City that burned and the anxiety this has caused many of us still looms large. It seemed hard to believe that it was only a week ago that the pictures of RHS on television were filled with happy R2Kers and last night were full of people evacuated from their homes and filled with concern. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Patricia Keeney (63) Add my wildly enthusiastic appreciation to ALL who contributed to an unforgettable weekend. All class reunions - a great concept. Let's do more! Bomber regards, -Patricia Keeney (63) ******************************************** >>From: Anna Margaret Bell (64) To: Gary Behymer (64) Hi Gary. Don't drop over from shock but I have purchased a computer and am on line! I can't believe it myself. I had to wait for school to get out to get with it so I have. I was inspired by R2K so really got with it when I got home. Please switch me from my school e- mail to my home address. The reunion was wonderful. As usual, I am still there reliving old times and wondering where all those years went. Mother really enjoyed it too. I was so glad she could go and meet you. She knew most of the parents of the people there, so it was a nostalgic time for her too. The wildfire is threatening Mother and my older brother. I have talked to her twice today. They told them to be ready to evacuate and my brother already has evacuated with papers and pictures they wanted. I wouldn't have been able to leave if I had stayed a little while longer. I am praying hard. Again, the reunion was so wonderful with so many people that I was totally overwhelmed. There was no way I could have seen everyone I wanted. I am anxious to be able to read the Sandstorm at my leisure now and hear what they are saying about it. Thanks for all your work. You have begun something big. Will see you in four short years. By then I will be retired for sure. My financial advisor says anytime after this coming year. I think maybe two more might do it. I will play it by ear and see how I feel year by year. It is a big part of me. Redefining myself is a little scary to me. Oh, for those carefree years again! (Not really). They were glorious. Take care and God bless. -Anna Margaret Bell (64) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) RE: R2K After reading the many entries from those who attended R2K, I'm afraid that I can't think of anything new to add at this time. The reunion was so GREAT! I, too, want to thank all those who worked so very hard and spend many many hours for the weekend to come together. It, by far, surpassed my expectations! It would be great to have another all alumni reunion one of these years. Again, THANK YOU all so very much!!!!! Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Webb (64) R2K Committee....Abosolutely Fantastic!!! Larry Mattingly (60) and crew, breath taking, the best I've ever seen. What a feeling, being on the floor again with Dave Strasser, Rod Brewer, Ray Stein, Jim House, and hearing those great Richland Bomber Fans once again, "UNBELIEVABLE" Could only happen in Bomberville. Thank you Bomber Fans for all the great memories, and by the way Greg Alley, you will be happy to know that, Gene Conley (48), John Myers (58), Pat Hoke (72), The Great "Bear" Davis and Daddy Dawald, they were all there! Maren and Tere Smyth, David Hanthorn, Bob Cowan and everyone else in that group Sat. night, Thanks for a wonderful time. To Linda McKnight, You're a sweetheart!! To Big Frank Osgard, glad you and family made it, Two Tone would have been proud. Thanks again to all, especially Gary Behymer (64) and Maren Smyth (64), without you, this would not have been so successful. -Gary Webb (64) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) Just heard about the fire. How awful. It's hard to believe. My prayers are with you. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp (64) RE: Fire Update For those who haven't been watching CNN or any other news in the last 24 hours: The fire is still burning out of control - only about 40% contained as of 6 p.m. The latest estimate is 192,000 acres (about 300 square miles) burned. The winds shifted and drove the flames and smoke away from the Tri-Cities for now, so we're still all right. Most of the people that were evacuated have been allowed to return to their homes. The official figure is 36 "structures" burned or damaged in the Benton City area. The latest report said at least 25 of these are homes. Some of the rest may be barns, sheds, stores or some other kinds of buildings. There are more than a thousand fire fighters from all over the region trying to get things under control. None of the facilities at Hanford are seriously threatened. Even so, D.O.E. closed the site today so I got a day off work. That was nice for me, but I'd much rather go to work than have people lose their homes. So far there has only been one serious injury and no fatalities (besides the lady who died in the car accident that started the fire). Apparently the Bomber gym wasn't a good choice for a refugee center. Around 10:30 last night they moved the people to CUP. Something about needing a place where they had air conditioning and could close the doors to keep the smoke out. It's been around 100 degrees here yesterday and today so, judging from the temperature in there last weekend at the basketball game, it couldn't have been very pleasant. (Funny how I only noticed the heat when nothing was happening on the floor. Once the guys started playing, nothing else mattered!) -Robert Shipp (64) ******************************************** >>From: Christopher Lih (67) Hello, I'd like to tell you about a couple of my all-time favorite Col-High memories. The first took place a couple of months into my junior year. It was a moment that shook me for a couple of reasons. One was that it felt like I was suddenly waking up. Like I had been snoozing through the semester and then an alarm went off and I was truly awake. The second? It was a direct result of the first. It was English class. I don't remember, but really should, who the teacher was. (In my opinion, Richland had, and probably still does have, some of the best English teachers around. They taught me how to write. It's that simple. I came to appreciate that fact when I ventured out into the non-Richland world. One of the tragedies of education in America is that so many students were not, and are not, taught how to write. We Col-High alumni should be very grateful for that. Any errors in this note are mine-me forgetting what I was taught.) But I digress. I had a seat about two desks back from the front of the middle row. One day, at the end of class, I stood up and turned to go toward the door in the back of the room. Then it hit me. Mario Puzo described it in The Godfather-the thunderbolt. I saw a girl who took my breath away. I am one of those people who doesn't remember much of High School. Most of what I do remember are little snapshots of typical scenes. I'll remember the approximate relative locations of the school buildings, like where the cafeteria and the band room were. I don't remember conversations, events, teachers names, specific lessons, etc. However, this moment is lovingly framed and hung in a special place in my heart. She was talking to someone and laughing. That's when the two things hit me. One was how could I have not seen this wonder before that day? That's the waking up part. I could instantly tell how intelligent, kind and warm she was. I could tell that she loved to laugh and that I loved to hear her. Just where was I up until that point, that moment, of the fall semester? Maybe that's why I don't remember much. I really was asleep until that instant. The other thing that hit me was that my life was irrevocably changed. The scene immediately plunged me into a dire predicament. I had no knowledge of who this beautiful girl was. As I said, she was just suddenly there. And perhaps even worse, I had no knowledge of dating. OK, I had been on maybe two dates at that point. But, believe me, I had a long way to go. So. What to do? I started quizzing my friends. Who is she? What's her name? Was she spoken for? What's she like? (My instant assessment turned out to be correct about how sweet she was.) Her name was Marita Plachta. She had a bunch of siblings also attending Col High. A friend of a friend knew one of her brothers. Another digression: I heard much later that news of my investigation had gotten back to the subject of it. So then she had to figure out who Christopher Lih was. She finally found out one day when she was walking to the front of the classroom and saw my name stenciled onto the inside cover of my 3-ring binder. OK, so I had enough information about her. It was time to begin the dating ritual. Sophisticated man of the world as I was in those days, I decided it would be best to make first contact by telephone. Yes, that was much better than just walking up to her and starting to talk. The swoon risk was just too great to do it in person. Well, it was easier said than done. (Not that I actually said it to anyone. You know what I mean.) After a while I realized that the reason I couldn't obtain a phone number was they didn't have a phone! Yikes, that meant I would have to walk up to her and start talking! Which I did. This was another moment lovingly recorded in my scattered scrapbook memory. You know where the principal's office was? Remember the aforementioned Band Room? There was a little landing outside them that led to steps going down to the classrooms in the other building. I psyched myself up in class and followed her out to that landing. (Actually, I didn't have to do much psyching. I was thoroughly hooked; I had no choice in the matter.) She was alone. No other students were hanging around. So I didn't have to worry that they would stop what they were doing and point and laugh at the guy making a fool of himself trying to make a date. Or maybe see him swoon and fall to the cement. My opening line needed a little work. I think I hit on it early in the preparations and had it well rehearsed in my mind. Yes, it needed work, in fact it needed a re-write. But it got the job done. It started the thing where she'd say something to me and I would say something to her. Anything after that was pure gravy. The line was: "You're pretty hard to get a hold of." See what I mean? But it did start that thing. And so our relationship was begun. We went to see the movie "My Fair Lady." I think it was at the theater the Richland Players now use. Is that possible? It was the perfect movie for a first date. Or perhaps it just seemed to be. You've probably guessed by now that this is a public love letter to my sweetheart. That's just what it is. We were married in 1970 on July 4th (interdependence day). We're three thousand miles apart at the moment. I miss her. Happy birthday Mur. Happy 30th anniversary. I love you. -Christopher Lih (67) ******************************************** >>From: Sheila Davis Galloway (71) The reunion was great! How exciting to sit so close to the fireworks, thanks. I regret not being able to talk with those of you that came to my defense against my little brother. (It was hard finding many 71 ers. Brad and Stu I'm sorry I didn't see you after all these years.) To Jim House (63): I enjoyed your visit to the "old court". It was fun to talk about old memories. (of course Mike has a memory of an old chest) I think to see you smile and know how much you enjoyed being here was worth it all. Retire in Richland... not a bad idea!!!! -Sheila Davis Galloway (71) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Smith Davis (72) RE: fire Many homes and structures have been lost in Benton City. One family taking a big loss and barely getting out alive was a Bomber. 65 structures have been lost, mostly homes. In 5 hours last night the fire spread from 50,000 to 100,000 acres and now is up to 160,000 acres. winds are shifting, picking up and threatening to bring it back to the Benton City area. Animals that couldn't be moved like horses and cattle were turned loose. Many only had minutes to evacuate. One man is at Harborview with 3rd degree burns in serious condition. The Hanford site closed many areas due to smoke - no danger of anything important burning as those areas had been cleared and surrounded with gravel several years ago. Rattlesnake Mountain is blackened up over the top and the fire is still only partially contained. -Linda Smith Davis (72) ******************************************** >>From: Treg Owings (76) RE: Class of 76 I want to thank those who put together a great time for all. I'm afraid I only hit bits and pieces as fishing called on Saturday. I have been reading the comments about the game and can't help but think of someone missing. Rick Slater. He was in my class a nd a great ball player and great guy. He became a doctor. I guess all the math classes we attended must have helped. He was hit by lightning many years ago. I'm sure he was missed. On a lighter note it was good to see some old teachers. Patti McLaughlin and Mr. Bell. Two of my favorites. Patti must have been the target of many boys crushes back in Junior Hi at Chief Jo (and what's up w/the Eagles???). Those short dresses..... And Mr. Bell in his way of dealing punishment. I think that is when I first started to enjoy gambling! Flipping coins w/Tex to see who got hacks. Those were good days. Thanks for the memories. -Treg Owings (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: R2K PEP ASSEMBLY & FIRE OK, I watched the video tape (my brother took) of my performance twirling the flag at the pep assembly. I looked a little stiff and a little nervous, however, I did have a smile on my face. My husband who couldn't attend, watched the video and he started laughing "playfully". I think he was expecting a more professional show (like the high school flag team going to a state competition). I explained that it's been twenty-one years since I twirled a flag and we only had about twenty minutes to put a routine together. Anyway, I think it's one of those situations that you would have to be there to appreciate it. I had fun, I guess that's all that counts. To all those people having to deal with the threat of the wildfire, my thoughts and prayers are with you. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Don Jepsen (80) RE: R2K Saturday events / Basketball games available on video. I understand that there are a number of people looking for a video tape copy of the R2K Basketball games. I taped both games in their entirety as well as the Pep Assembly and will soon edit it onto one tape. All of the events were taped using a professional camera and shot from a good location. I am currently working on a production for the Class of 80's 20 year reunion, so some time after July I should have the R2K editing completed, and at that time I will announce it officially. In the meantime it would help if I had an idea of about how many people are interested in getting a copy. If you are, just email me directly. -Don Jepsen (80) ******************************************** >>From: Gene Trosper (85) RE: Prayers I turned on my television early this morning to discover the news that Hanford is currently being besieged by a wildfire. My prayers are with everyone affected by this situation. Let's hope it ends soon. -Gene Trosper (85) California resident in the heart of wildfire country ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Mary Carolyn Thorp Crawford, Class of 1954 ~ *************************************** ******************************************** That's it for this month. Please send more. ******************************************** ******************************************** May, 2000 ~ July, 2000