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   Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ July, 2000
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17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/1/00 ALL Bomber Alumni Links site has had 113,854 Bomber hits. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers, 1 spouse, 1 EHS grad, and another Spudnut Lover today: Marilyn Richey (53), Marguerite Groff (54), Lequita Branum (55), Tom Tracy (55), Dean Enderle (57), Jessie Willoughby (60), Larry "Fireworks" Mattingly (60), Patti Jones (60), George Carlin (62-Everett H.S.), Leoma Coles (63), Mack Brand (64), Spouse of Karen McDonald (65), Frank Fowler (66), Jan Switzer (70), Greg Alley (73), Marilee Gossard (77), Dari Wilson (78), Jenny Khan (90) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To Tom Tracy (55) I read your piece in the Alumni Sandstorm and what you said about me. It was very touching to be remembered for some part of my life that was very dear to me. I was lucky to play when fast ball was the game. I always told the people who played slow pitch that it was a game and fast pitch softball was a sport. But, anyway thank you for the kind words. I would have given anything to been able to attend the game because I was a die hard bomber and I think I only missed 4 games from 1950 - 196l. Then moved away and didn't get to see the games only at the holidays. Tom, I remember you when you were a sophomore and that uniform they gave you to wear was one you could have gotten another person in the uniform with you. The armpits came down to your waist. I wanted to take them home and fix them for you. But you started to grow and finally got a suit that fit you. You were a credit to the uniform you wore while you were a Bomber. Again thank you and and my E-mail is and I will give you my address. I would love to have some things from the reunion. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) To Class of 1954: Among all the wonderful feelings of the past weekend, I have to report the death of one of our Classmates. Carolyn Thorp Crawford lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, June 24, 2000. Her obituary has been scanned in and can be found if you click her name on the Class of '54 website. I've been trying to find Carolyn. I had been told she had moved to the Tri-Cities but didn't have any other information. She was not listed in the local directories. In reading her obituary, it mentioned that her husband, Bob was one of the persons that preceded her in death. In that case, I guess I'm reporting that another classmate, Bob Crawford, is also deceased. Carolyn's obituary was in Wednesday's Tri-City Herald (which I hadn't looked at yet) and her funeral was today. So, I don't know if our class was represented. I'm sorry that I wasn't aware of it. When we had our 40th reunion, I had received a note from Bob Crawford saying he would be attending. I never heard anything more from him and in subsequent years his mail has been returned. If anyone reading this message has information on Bob, please e-mail. We are in the process of mailing out the Club 40 Newsletter. Inside the envelope is a registration for the Club 40 Reunion, September 8, 9, 10. For those of you who attended the R2K Reunion - you will probably be anxious to return for some more fun. For those who missed this past weekend - you can recoup by attending the Club 40 Reunion. Everyone had a great time last year. We don't have our own meeting room like last year, but we will set off a section that we can all use as home base and mingle from there. If you haven't paid your $5 dues and do not receive the Newsletter - and, want more information - please e- mail me and I'll get someone to send you information. I'm going to be on vacation for the next 3-4 weeks, but will have access to my e-mail for the middle 2 weeks or so. Which reminds me, I need to get busy packing - we're leaving by Saturday or Sunday. Until next time. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) ******************************************** >>From: Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) Thanks for all of the pictures and articles from the Tri-City Herald. I know it is not like being there, but it helps us that could not be there to get in touch with what was going on. My hat is off to Howard Kirz (60) WHO rode his to the reunion. Thanks again for all of the efforts that keep this web site on going. If there is a cost that involves this site to be on going, let me know. My morning would not be complete without my cup of coffee and reading the Sandstorm. '-) CUL8ER -Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) Can someone list the band members who played at the R2K basketball game? They were wonderful. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Dean Enderle (57) I have been reading all of the accounts of the BIG PARTY, sounds like everything went off with precision and that all the Bombers had a great time. Reading through all the entries made me feel as though I was there (in spirit I was) there were just so many old memories that came flooding back. Thanks to everyone who took the time to describe all of the events and make a "senior Bomber" happy by being able to relive a part of his youth. I hope that by now that fire that is threatening everything in the area is under control and that there is no loss of life, material things can be replaced, human beings are more difficult and do not have price tags. Best wishes to all Bombers everywhere!! Take Care out there -Dean Enderle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Jessie Willoughby (60) RE: Spudnuts for 1960 Class Reunion in August For all classmates attending the 1960 Class Reunion in August. There will be free Spudnuts and a tour of the school at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 5. (This was not mentioned on the registration form). Any classmate wanting to attend our great class of 1960 40th reunion who have not received a registration form (or misplaced it), please e-mail me at and I will make sure you get one. Please try to get your registration forms and histories in for the yearbook ASAP. The local planning committee is meeting every other Thursday at the Red Lion Hanford House at 7:00. All 1960 classmates are encouraged to come. A big thanks to the planning committee who have been hanging in there doing such a great job of pulling this 40th reunion together. We only have a little over a month (can you believe it??) We are still taking items for the silent auction, so if you have anything that you think would be worth auctioning, please let us know. I'll be on vacation all of next week. Thanks. -Jessie Willoughby (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) R2K Aftermath.... What a marvelous experience, so many friends, so many hugs, and so little time. But the fleeting memories will last a lifetime. Thanks to all of you who made so many wonderful comments about the fireworks. One of the true pleasures of life is to be able to bring joy to others. The reaction after the display was as enthusiastic as I have experienced in my entire career. Thank you for the opportunity to complete this small circle in my life. And, my heartfelt thanks to all of you who played a part in the success of the evening. From the committee, to the planning, to the setup, to the hamburgers for the crew at just the right time, you were all just super. I am so very proud to be a Bomber. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" J Larry Mattingly (60) VP Sales and Marketing Entertainment Fireworks, Inc. ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) Oh my gosh where do I begin. The Bombers reunion was so exciting from moment to moment it all seems to blend together for an outstanding four days of fun, friends and feeling like a child in Richland again. What or who I couldn't remember, someone else could. The endless meetings of old friends and conversations were constant excitement from moment to moment. Having my siblings, Joe Jones Winterhawk (58), Nina Jones Rowe (65) and my mother together after five years made it very special. My niece Debi was with us also and very loving - let us all know she was the designated driver. She was always available if we needed a ride. To Debi a special thank you for rounding us all up. I think you found out what we were like as kids. It was perfect for my mom's 80th birthday celebration. The Basketball game was the biggest delight of the week-end for me. Being in the old gymnasium made it extremely exciting. It felt like old home week. Nothing seemed to be missed from the great band, cheerleaders, basketball players, baton twirlers, old friends and much more. The sweaty hot just seemed to be a part of old times. Thank you, thank you Kathy Hoff Conrad (64), Maren and Gary and all the great people who were on the committees that made it possible for all of us. New friendships also emerged from the week-end which made the week-end even more exciting. Larry Mattingly (60) also puts on the Fireworks on fourth of July at Ruston way in Tacoma. The sky will be in Bloom twice in my neighborhood thanks to Larry. -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: George Carlin (62 - Everett High School) Date: Wed Jun 28 11:47:22 2000 RE: Your Reunion Site One of my classmates attended your reunion and hasn't been able to stop bragging about it. I just looked at your site and read all the minutes for your reunion. Great Job! We're holding a reunion in 2002 for multiple classes and you've given us a lot of good ideas. -George Carlin (62 - Everett High School) ******************************************** >>From: Leoma Coles (63) I recently signed on to receive the Alumni Sandstorm news and have enjoyed every day of your news. Wish i could have joined those of you at the R2K Reunion... sounds like it was enjoyed by all. I live in Everett Wa and would love to hear from any (63) classmates... Hope all is well over there now. Take care... -Leoma Coles (63) ******************************************** >>From: Mack Brand (64) Just want to add my thanks to the many, for the great time I had at the reunion. And to think I almost didn't go! (Thanks for twisting my arm, "P"). I want to apologize for all the conversations left dangling, and express my regret for those that never got started... hard to believe, but I know many people must have been there that I didn't see, or that I didn't know I was seeing when I was seeing them. Know what I mean? (Vern?) Anyway, it was great fun and very gratifying to see so many! Thank you to those who worked so hard to put it together. And I would also like to thank those who took part in the program... it must take a significant act of courage to step out there in front of God and everybody after so many years. Well done. -Mack Brand (64) ******************************************** >>From: Ed Jones - spouse of Karen McDonald Jones (65) RE: Richland My wife, Karen McDonald, graduated from Richland in 1965. She said she wanted to go the Richland Bomber reunion so we went and had a great time. It was fun to talk to folks she knew and others we had never met, including those from Virginia, Alabama and Seattle. In retrospect, I think her mother, who still lives there, would have enjoyed several of the events. The reunion committee did a outstanding job bringing everyone together. When reviewing what happened, it is amazing to think about all the details that were successfully coordinated. Events ran on schedule. Hats and shirts were great. Food was available. Displays were interesting. There were many activities that were excellent options. The Bomber photo was so well organized that it was completed ahead of schedule. The basketball game with all those who were actively involved was a hoot. The player from the 1950's who saved the ball from going out of bounds, passed the ball to another player, who passed it back to him, and then canned a shot was incredible. I wish I could have seen him play when he was in high school. Holding the event on the same weekend as the Summer Nights program was smart. We were able to attend the evening music entertainment and see the car parade on Saturday. In addition, since we are parents of swimmers, it was fortunate that the event was held on the weekend of the big swim meet at the pool. We wandered down to the pool and talked to several friends who are involved with swimming. However, I was unsuccessful convincing our junior high school daughter, who was with us, to sign up for an event as a deck entry, even though our friend said she could. Has anyone had trouble convincing a junior high school student to do something? As a graduate of a Western Washington High School, it was fun to see the players, who I had read about while growing up. e.g. Ray Stein and Phil Neil. I found it interesting and informative to learn of the athletes, actors, lawyers, entertainers and others who have graduated from RHS. I enjoyed looking at the athletic displays and pictures. It was a great event that can never be topped or recreated. -Ed Jones - spouse of Karen McDonald Jones (65) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Fowler (66) RE: The recent fire at and around Hanford The recent fire at and around Hanford is another reminder how fragile our desert country is. It is indeed fortunate that people were able to escape with their lives. I hope that the long term effects of the fire won't be too severe. It will take many decades for the desert to recover. This fire reminds me of an incident that occurred just after I had bought my first car, a brand new 1969 Mercury Montego. I was giving my brother, Jim, a ride and we were between the Richland Wye and Kiona when a guy in a brand new Chevrolet Impala passed us. We heard a loud "bang" when his car was about a car length ahead. The driver completed the pass and then pulled over to the shoulder, stopped, got out, and opened the hood. I stopped behind him and walked over to see what was wrong. After a minute or two he figured out that a spark plug on the right side of the V8 had loosened or broken and been ejected! As I turned to go back to my car, I saw that sage brush and grass along side the rode were on fire! The hot spark plug had apparently landed among the dry desert plants and ignited them. Fortunately, there was no wind. Several motorists stopped and helped fight the fire which burned an area perhaps 100 feet along the north side of the road for a width of up to 20 feet. About the time the fire was pretty well contained, a state police car arrived and called for a fire truck. Had there been a strong wind that day... -Frank Fowler (66) ******************************************** >>From: Jan Switzer Schroeder (70) Gee, I wish I had been a member of one of the classes of the '60s. The spirit and camaraderie (shown on this site) is wonderful. My sister is from the class of '65 (Beverly Switzer McKown) My class '70 is severely lacking (I feel) in this spirit, our class was so large that either you were IN or you were NOT...... and the division line was set, and as far as I've seen isn't crossed very much to this day. Oh Well, I have good memories of Jason Lee, Chief Joseph, and Richland High and the people that I was friends with through those years. After reading this site (and I love it, and look forward to it every day), I wish we had more involvement from our class, but crossing the "line" isn't that easy. I know I'm not the only one out here who feels that way. It sure sounds like the Reunion was GRAND! Congratulations on such a successful event. -Jan Switzer Schroeder (70) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To all basketball fans and memories. The game still stands out for me as other activities did, but is still the defining moment of the weekend. To Gary Webb (64): Thanks for mentioning my response because your name and your team was a great memory to start my Bomber fan career out. The names of the ones that I wish were there was made more complete by Treg Owings (76) who included Rick Slater (76). I know this brings up Mike Davis (74) and other trivia, but also includes the great neighborhood of Tinkle, Trippe, Torbett, and surrounding areas. The Davis court of course brings up Steve, Rick, and many others and stirs the memories of Blaine Teverbaugh. If they were their Saturday it would have been even better. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Marilee Gossard (77) I left Richland first in fall of '77, left for good winter '81....... didn't come back until 1997 (?) for a friend's memorial service, and didn't recognize the place anymore, but lately memories keep flooding back (The Big Pool, the little park behind Tastee- Freeze, Zips) ..... Would like to know if a 25 year reunion is in the picture....... Friends can e-mail me, would be nice to "hear" from you again. ;-) -Marilee Gossard (77) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Dari Wilson (78) Date: Thu Jun 29 23:21:01 2000 Wow! I'm impressed with this web site. Brings back a flood of memories from when I went to Col-Hi. My brother Dwayne went to the last reunion and told me how great it was. Unfortunately, I found out about it, and the web site afterwards. This sets the stage that makes me want to attend a future reunion. All my best to the Bomber alumni, and I hope to see you some day. -Dari Wilson (78) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jenny Khan Keating (90) Date: Fri Jun 30 06:51:41 2000 Looking for Crystal Davison I was an exchange student at Richland High January to June 1990. I am trying to contact old friends. I am Australian. If any one remembers me or knows where Crystal is now please e-mail me. Thank you -Jenny Khan Keating (90) ******************************************** >>From: RE: SPUDNUTS With all the retro stuff going on, why are spudnut franchises not available? We ate them as kids in Tulsa and remember delivery service! They would blow Crispy Creme away. (an obvious Spudnut Lover *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/2/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Ely (47), Al Parker (53), Marilyn Richey (53), Muriel Anderson (53), Tom Tracy (55), Ann Bishop (56), Carol Purkhiser (56), Alice Hanthorn (59), Barbara Seslar (60), Mike Lewis (60), Jim "Andy" Andersen (61), Lynn Johnson (63), Gary Behymer (64), Rick Polk (70), Steve McClung (73), Tara Shipman (95) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Ely King (47) RE: reunion I want to thank Mary Triem Mowery (47) for saving the large 1947 banner. It was so nice to stand in front of that banner with Mary, Doris Nordman Gibson (47), and Joyce Nordman (48). We may have been the oldest at the reunion but we still have the "BOMBER PEP'. It was Mary Triem Mowery and Don Richey (47) who started our reunions as a great party... in 1987 we had our 40th with 300 attending from as far away as Hong Kong.. I have talked to my son in Pennsylvania and Rick Trainor wants me to get him a shirt and the tape and my brother, Ken Ely (49) also wants a shirt. I bought them the bomber brass ornaments........ -Betty Ely King (47) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) I would like to let some people who went to school with my brother Alan (49) is at the present time in the Kadlec Hospital Critical Unit and is in critical status. I know some people who live in Richland know him and he is in room 258 and the outlook is not good for him. I know he and his family would appreciate a prayer for him. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Muriel Anderson Thompson (53) To Marilyn Richey (53) When I saw the movie "A League of Their Own", I recalled that you were invited to join a National Softball League when were about thirteen, Eighth grade. When I told my mother about it, and was appalled that your parents wouldn't allow you to join the National Circuit and "make it big". Mother replied "of course they wouldn't allow it, She's just a little girl". -Muriel Anderson Thompson (53) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Christopher Lih (67): What a wonderful story about you and our common challenges as we meet our soul mate and try to impress her... Your experience was a "classic"!!!... Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. Thanks for sharing that heartwarming experience. To Maren Smyth (64) Maren, Couldn't resist getting you a copy of the letter sent to me from Jerry Cozad. ----- from Jerry ------ Tom - I married a Bomber (Judy Shibly, '63) back in 1965, ten years after your playing days. Sorry I missed you as I guess you were quite a player in your day. Even as a spouse, I thoroughly enjoyed your R2K and really got caught up in the spirit of things. I came to Richland right out of college from Iowa in 1963 and then went off to the Navy during the Vietnam era. I have worked for GE ever since (will retire next year). This was my fourth Bomber reunion event, the best ever. The GAME and all that led up to it was just something special as everyone who witnessed it will testify. I headed up my 40th H.S. class reunion back in Iowa last year and have continued to keep in touch with a small group of classmates who are now scattered throughout the U.S. and Canada. They wanted a trip report from me on this reunion, so I sent off two written segments trying to capture for them what a wonderful time you all had. The first one covered the two days prior to Game Day and the one copied below was your day. I actually passed your article in the 6/30 Sandstorm to them along with Christopher Lih's love story as two very good examples of what the essence of a Bomber is. The least I can do is pay you back by sharing with you my second letter to my high school friends. I think you will see that you folks have an impact beyond your own kind and set a good example for us all. Best of health and happiness to you. -Jerry E. Cozad ------ end of letter from Jerry ---------- from -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (56) RE: SPUDNUTS I, too, have wondered about Spudnut franchises. We got them in Pueblo CO in '69 and my husband fell in love (kinda like Bombers, huh?) with them. One day I'll try one of the recipes (or two or three) I copied from the Sandstorm. Sounds like the reunion was fantastic. Wish we could have been there, but finances and major surgery 2 months ago prevented it. How about some '56ers writing in on occasion? There are only 5 of us on the Bomber Query, the last I saw. I've asked before... are we anti-social, behind times (i.e. no computer) or what? This hoary head was still smart enough to learn how to turn a 'puter on and I'm sure you can, too!!!!! Thanks for the GREAT job on this site...and the other Bomber sites. -Ann Bishop Ousley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) RE: PEP BAND Tom Tracy (55) was asking about the band members. Well, I can tell you about one of them - my brother Jerry Purkhiser (54). He was the 'oldest' member of the band. He was also the best looking, but I'm his kid sister and what do I know? He still has his clarinet from high school (days of Gordon Pappas). He got it refurbished (with the suggestion by Bob Johnson) and returned to practicing scales and whipping up the 'fight song' among other things. Don't you think he did a good job? -Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ABSOLUTELY!!! When the Pep Band started playing our fight song.... it was like GOING HOME.... -Maren} ******************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson (59) Hi Bombers! I spent time with my son and his family, in Marysvale, after the reunion, and I read the remarks from many others, I wish I could write like some of them, such beautiful prose, but I'll just say THANKS to all who had any part of the organizing and execution of one great weekend. When I tell folks about it, the biggest reaction I get is to the "Sky in Bloom" -- "You had fireworks at a reunion?!" There is always a little awe in their voice. Thank you, Larry Mattingly (60)! It has been a LONG time since I have been in a position to be close enough to feel the percussion in my chest. Loved it! -Alice Hanthorn Johnson (59) ******************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) RE: R2K Fireworks I'd like to join the rest of you in saying the fireworks were awesome (Thanks to Larry Mattingly! (60) and a real treat! My husband, Larry (56), and I were at the park for The Kingsmen concert and got to enjoy the fireworks, too! We had to laugh when we heard car alarms going off whenever there was a big BOOM! We were standing across the street north of the former GasLight. We'd hear a BOOM and the alarms would sound then finally quiet. Then another boom and they started all over again. It was funny. :-) -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) The reunion was great. It made the world seem substantial again. I enjoyed meeting people who are grandparents from the time I was there. It's hard to put the sensibility of that into words. It was a true event. Because there are so many nuclear savvy people among Bombers, and because I know it just can't be possible that the recent fire occurred just because of the sheer rank magnificence of the reunion, I want to share some thoughts about the fire: The fluid dynamics of the meteorological activity on earth is the same as it is on the sun and stars and all places with fluid environments. One of the factors is proton convection. I believe that proton convection was present in the Los Alamos and Hanford fires. It is not so noticeable in "ordinary" fires. I'd keep an eye on Oak Ridge in the coming months. If there are fires, I'd look at them and photograph them with a hydrogen alpha filter... The proton convection does not suggest that proton-proton fusion reactions were taking place (there are still some questions about just how far apart "ordinary" chemical reactions and nuclear reactions are, but leave that be for now) -- merely that hydrogen was involved in the shapes of the fires. In particular, protons follow electric field lines more closely, very much as electrons do. Makes the flames more exuberant. Oh me, I could draw an income writing things like this. If I could just find the right earth people. -Mike Lewis (60) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jim "Andy" Andersen (61) Date: Fri Jun 30 14:24:18 2000 Living in tn working in Two Rivers, WI the past 2 years. Tom Chiles up here, too, Hope to see you all in 2001 at reunion. -Jim "Andy" Andersen (61) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Johnson Andrews (63) RE: Thanks for the memories What can I add? !!!!WOW!!!! -Lynn Johnson Andrews (63) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Copies of Bomber Mania still available! Bomber Mania This was our home 2 years ago. The marigolds aren't doing quite as well this year. I can't believe my Kennewick wife from the Class of 1965 allowed me to go 'green & gold' but that's certainly a lot better than 'trick or treat'. (Black & orange) (;-) -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) To Jan Switzer (70) Whatever do you mean "In or Out"??? :-) Now I don't know if I was an "Innie" or an "Outie". :-) But I do know what you're saying about class spirit. Our fellow 70s classmates do not send in many entries to this great website. Granted, I missed the R2K Reunion, but my Bomber Pride is still with me. I actually feel very honored and proud to have grown up in Richland and to have graduated from Richland High and to be able to call myself an Alumni of good old RHS. From 10 1/2 years in the Army and having traveled and lived in a lot of different places since graduation and having lived in Ohio for 7 years..... and can say without hesitation, that "There's No Place Like Home" and Richland will ALWAYS be home. GO BOMBERS -Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Steve McClung (73) Is there going to be a web site to post your pics from the great party so the ones who couldn't make it can see what we missed? I wished I could have made it but if we could see pics of it it would be great. Thank you. -Steve McClung (73) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Tara Shipman (95WB) Date: Sun Jul 2 00:26:00 2000 Was supposed to be a Bomber graduate. Hey yall, I lived in Richland for 14 years and moved down to Texas and graduated from there. I am now in CA and have lived here since Dec 99. I am looking just to stay in touch with people i went to school with so email me so i can keep in contact with everyone..... and congrats to my friend who is expecting her first baby...... congrats.......... -Tara Shipman (95WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/3/00 ~ "Dog Days of Summer" begin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard (52), Hugh Hinson (52), Curt Donahue (53), Tom Tracy (55), Susan Erickson (59), Jay Siegel (61), Linda Belliston (63), Rosann Benedict (63), Rick Maddy (67), Betti Avant (69), Teena Stoner (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard (52) I just got back to my home in Indiana and want to express my gratitude to all those who worked so hard to make the Y2K experience such a memorable one. It was good to see so many familiar faces, meet new friends, and relive the experiences of a long-distant childhood. I am happy that my and I made the decision to make the long journey there, and I can say to those who were a lot closer and chose not to come that they missed one whale of a time. It was also stunning to realize when I got home that the area I drove through on my return to Seattle was swept by fire only a day afterwards. I am going to England in the morning and I will wear my Y2K hat with pride. Once again, thanks to all of you who labored so diligently to make the Y2K reunion a success. -Dick Pierard (52) ******************************************** >>From: Hugh Hinson (52) To Marilyn Richey (53): Marilyn, Sorry to hear about Alan. Our prayers are with him and our thoughts are as well. Your brothers are some of my heroes who I admired growing up in Richland. Keep in touch. -Hugh Hinson (52) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To Marilyn Richey (53): You've got my prayers. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) RE: Alumni Sandstorm & R2K Invasion Someone inform the Office of Foreign Buildings and Dept. of Defense that if the U.S. ever needs to deploy troops for the invasion of a City, contact: the R2K site for those committees who know how to invade a town, mobilize troops and elicit foreign visitors to apply for citizenship, R2K' and the Sandstorm organizers are the staff to coordinate the attack. P.S. Re-cycled '55 Bomber available for limited duty.. being fitted with corrective landing gear... pending body modification, inspection and re-certification. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Susan Erickson Kuntz (59) RE: Fortunate Bombers Maren and Gary and all who contribute to this site..... thank you! Judy Jo Ehlers Evanoff (59) introduced me after finally getting online after Christmas. It's the first thing I do in the morning. I have enjoyed reading all the memories as it certainly brings back our own forgotten experiences of growing up. Living in E. Wenatchee near the Columbia River is wonderful as the smells of the sagebrush and sand are right outside our home with the view of the Columbia. All of this puts me right back in Richland, especially with the memories. Wanted in the worst way to attend the R2K, but, it wasn't in the cards. All the contributors bring those of us who were unable to attend, visually there. Thanks, again. A sad note. David Hoffman (59) passed away the weekend of the reunion. I heard from Jim Chubb (not certain of his class). He is Kenny Chubb's (53) brother. Jim is David's uncle, by marriage. David was residing in California. Thanks, again, -Susan Erickson Kuntz (59) ******************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (61) RE: Bringing some happiness. My sincerer thanks to all who have shared their R2K experiences with those of us who could not make it. Your remembrances will add to our lives. Thank you. -Jay Siegel (61) ******************************************** >>From: Rosann Benedict (63) RE: R2K Memories It doesn't get much better than the All-Alumni R2K Weekend. Thanks again to all who worked so hard to make it the resounding success it was. I don't think any school anywhere could duplicate the experience we had. The very best part of the weekend was seeing and talking to teachers and classmates of all years. What inspiring, interesting, good, decent, funny people you have all become. (Or more likely, I was too preoccupied years ago to notice.) It was a joy to be with you again. Having all that makes me want more - I would vote for an all-alumni event every ten years just to have a second chance at some of the memories from this past weekend. Perhaps what makes an event like this so very heartwarming and special is looking at each other and remembering: there was then, but there is a grace and satisfaction in knowing that we have become more than we were, and what we have become, despite the difficulties, is good for this moment because we're together again. -Rosann Benedict (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63), R2K Secretary Some of us on the Reunion Committee spent about 5 hours Saturday trying to close the books on the "All Bomber Reunion". It's going to take a little longer than we expected. So give us a few more weeks, and then we will be putting some stats, trivia, and other facts of the Reunion on the Sandstorm. Because Registration got a little hectic, it would be appreciated if those of you who had (Pre- Registered), and couldn't make the Reunion, or did come and didn't receive, or forgot to pick-up your Paraphernalia items, please contact Perry Moore or one of the Committee Members and let us know. We are trying to mail out items left behind, of which there are many. I have met a lot of special new friends from ALL classes working on the Reunion Committee, and wanted to thank all of you for being so willing to donate untold hours in making this Reunion so successful. We worked hard, but we had fun, and made lasting friendships I hope. I also want to thank all the Volunteers who helped out. Most of you spent more time than you were assigned, as we needed more hands. We couldn't have done it without you. We were concerned in the beginning that to combine all classes might not work. Little did we know how successful our efforts would be. Who would have ever known such a span of years could create so many new friendships, and "Memories" of "Bomber Pride". A very special thanks to all of you who have expressed to us in person, or by writing in the Sandstorm your thanks for all the Committee has done. Your smiles and thanks at the Reunion & your comments in the Sandstorm have made all the hard work worth it; to know how much we were appreciated. Most of us have worked on other Reunion Committees, and we do it because we know the final result is a chance to see our classmates again, and that makes it all worthwhile. Another "All Bomber Reunion?" MAYBE! Give us another millennium to recuperate. -Linda Belliston Boehning (63), R2K Secretary ******************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Got home Friday 30th. Finally getting some blood back into my knuckles after another trip dealing with mass, velocity, and lift. Planes are no friend of mine. Gary Behymer (64) and Maren Smyth (64): You two [and Bill Gates, I suppose, to a degree] were the crux to the whole show. I thank you for bestowing upon us three days of pure fun in Richland - made possible courtesy of the Alumni SANDSTORM. Thanks to all who organized the event, particularly several of you from the Class of 64. I am still dazed by the fact that Dennis Huesties (deceased 67) has an older sister! These all class reunions are a hoot. Thanks to all the participants for giving us a spectacular show without any ACL tears. I'm still nursing a phantom groin pull that occurred with the cheerleader’s splits. Larry Mattingly (60): WOW!! Magnificent!! Up close and personal. In your business, I suppose saying “too high” would not be the correct way of saying how truly wonderful the show was, but I will run with it. Too high!! Ray Stein (64): I was looking forward to a perimeter shot just one more time, and got to see one. I was in ninth grade last time I saw one. Missed or made made no difference. Although I collected quite a few free Hawaiian Air Miles on this trip, their importance faded away at that B-Ball game. I hope I am in half the condition you are when I get to your age. Basketball aside and without a doubt, you are one of the great Bomber mentors in our times. And next time you should have the honorary position of being on that much younger alumni bench so you can get out of second gear. Thanks for the moment in time Ray. Pam, Peg, and Joyce - Loved the HB wishes at the happy hour table. You girls are numba one. Apathy is becoming a major problem, but who cares. The next all class reunion will never be like the last one, but who cares. Now, Davis, don't freak about this. I hope you are sitting down when I tell you this, but Denny's is closed from 2am to 6am over here. Just wanted to make a subtle mention of this and let you down easy in case you ever make travel arrangements for these parts. A Denny's that does NOT stay open 24 hours. Are they out of their minds? Are there any posts anywhere with what the TCHerald had to say about this event? Helluva ride. -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: small gym Even though I was unable to attend R2K, I can relate to the small gym. When I was in grade school my family used to go to the basketball games in that gym. My idol at that time was Kippy Brinkman who was a song leader and a fellow classmate of my cousin, Jean Bruntlett (62). I remember it was also "cool" to squeeze in more than the Fire Marshall allowed as people were always sitting in the aisles. I also remember when the brand new big gym opened, as us kids just had to go to the grand opening. If my memory serves me correctly it seems the opponent was one of the Yakima schools. The worst part for me was they got the bleachers moving back and forth and believe me for a kid prone to motion sickness I wasn't real happy, but did enjoy the game. When I got to High School was I surprised when I found out the small gym was where I would have P.E. classes all three years. My mom wasn't happy, however, as my sophomore year I broke my wrist and my junior year I dislocated my knee. At least nothing happened my senior year. Last summer, during my 30th reunion we toured the small gym and locker room and believe me they both seemed too small. RHS basketball--truly some of my fondest memories as a kid. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Teena Stoner Giulio (79) RE: Lamont Worden's (65) June 29th Sandstorm entry I was not able to attend R2K because of other family obligations, but have been reading the many positive entries from the past week. I have to say that Lamont, your entry was the one that gave me goose bumps and chills all over. It was very similar to the feeling you get when you truly realize what it is to be an American and what was sacrificed in the name of freedom. Reading your entry brought to light for me just how special we Bombers really are, and how unique our place in history is. Hopefully the person your entry was addressed to now realizes this also and feels a little better about being some place others could not, but wished they could. Thank you. -Teena Stoner Giulio (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/4/00 ~ INDEPENDENCE DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Annie Parker (57), Tom Matthews (57), Missy Keeney (59), Mike Lewis (60), Sue Elliott (62), Jim Hamilton (63), Jim House (63), Bill Trumble (64), Bill Wingfield (67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Annie Parker Hoyle (57) To Marilyn Richey (53): My prayers are with Alan and his family and with you. I remember in Jr. High he use to tease us kids that ran around with Richard. He was like 7 years older than us and oh so neat. Please keep us informed of his progress. Love Annie Parker Hoyle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews (57) RE: R2K Band I would also like to add my thanks to those who helped organize the reunion. Obviously a lot of work went into the effort and many volunteer hours were donated. I know all of us in the Pep Band had a great time... Bomber energy comes back in all it's power and time travel seems to be possible. Same gym, same clarinet, same music (well, some of it), same basketball players. Amazing! Thanks to Janet Franco (73), coordinator and Larry Bunch (66), director and any others who were involved in getting the pep band going. It was nice to read all the positive comments about the band including Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) and her mention of Jerry Purkhiser (54), her brother. He played the early version of the fight song for us in the band and it was great. As to looks, I must say Marianne Matthews Wood (63) looked even better - of course, she is my kid sister so what do I know? A Bomber vocal department member, she filled in for bass parts on a keyboard. A bonus to me was that a former Spalding 4th grader of mine, Nat Saenz (72) was in the band whom I haven't seen for just a "few" years. A Bomber Band Question: In looking a some old home movies on video tape, my father got a short segment showing the Bomber Band in a parade on GW Way probably about 1947. They were on a decorated truck bed, performing while moving by. The unique thing is that most of the band, probably about 16 people, are standing in barrels designed to look like they were wearing them while playing their instruments. On the side of the truck it said: Bomber We're Here To Stay Barrel FROM BARRELS TO UNIFORMS Band Evidently they were working on raising money for uniforms or just about to get them. A baton twirler is also in view. Other floats also seemed to have the same "We're here to stay" theme. Anyone know more about this? -Tom Matthews (57) ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59) RE: Pep Band II Ditto to to all the laud and praise heaped on the R2K Committees and Participants. But I want to say a BIG Thank You to the Pep Band. You were awesome and absolutely set the tone and atmosphere for our wonderful afternoon in the "small" gym. Thank you Mr. Pappas wherever you are! I was an Orchestra kid and did not get to do the Band thing but I love and appreciate Band music. Mr. Pappas wrote in my annual my Senior year, "Missy, you have music in your heart...keep singing!" Mr. Pappas would be proud to know that after all these years I am still singing and loving every minute of it! It was fun to have all the "Keeney Kids" together at R2K and I was glad to finally meet Maren, what a colorful spirit you are! GO BOMBERS!! -Missy Keeney Baker (59) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) To Richard Anderson (60), Enjoyed seeing you the other day. The fire is sad. It's too similar to the Los Alamos fire for a complete coincidence. I think it is because the nuclear order equity created by these plants has stacked all the environment, including flammable systems, into a neat flow pattern just waiting for a spark, causing it to burn with unusual energy because it spreads so rapidly. I felt you were very patient with me as I had to go over some things more than once before it made decent sense. Thanks for that. -Mike Lewis (60) ******************************************** >>From: Sue Elliott Homan (62) Better late than never - must add my two cents' worth to all the words of appreciation for the MOST memorable weekend of R2K. I can't begin to imagine the time and effort that went into the planning and execution of all the events; my hat is off to those who worked so hard to 'make it happen.' I hope it was as gratifying to those of you who were there for the long haul as it was for us who swooped into town, partook of the festivities, and swooped out again. My HUGE thanks to every one of you - especially, I'd have to say, to Valerie Polentz Topham (72), who graciously welcomed my husband Tom and me into her home as if we'd been friends forever, even though we'd never met. Her hospitality made the weekend that much more special - the Bomber spirit really shined through! I also must echo the praise for the incredible fireworks display -- one we'll NEVER forget! All in all, it was a once in a lifetime experience - and I'm so grateful that we could be a part of it. Also, our thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered losses in the fire last week - so glad there were no fatalities, as far as we know, and we hope those affected are on their way back to normal life. -Sue Elliott Homan (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Was cleaning out some stuff from R2K, and came upon some notes that people had left at the press table in the Gym. I surmise they wanted them to be announced, but in the excitement of the moment, they were overlooked. In the hopes that they will be read by the folks they were intended for I'm putting them on the "Cult Page" (as named by Chapin Kraftt, husband of Kathy Hills' (67). *************** Dan (it might be Don, or maybe even Ron) I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw you pull up in the Junior Lot in your Lexus. I don't know, nor can I imagine what made me think I had to wash my hair that exact saturday night that you wanted to take me to Homecoming. I'll he at the party tonight, I'd love to talk to you, I'm a blonde now. name deleted for confidentiality p.s. Was that a real Rolex you were wearing ***************** There were so any people at the picture thing, and I can't find you anywhere at the game. Please, please, please, don't come over to my folks' house this evening. Apparently my Dad's memory is a lot better than I thought. He's still pretty sore about finding you hiding behind the couch (dang prefabs with no back door) that night they come home early. I'm still sorry you burned your butt on the electric heater. In fact he's making me come home right after the game. "30 minutes max and I'll be listening on the radio, Young Lady", were his exact words. I may be in my fifties, have had more marriages than kids, but he is my dad and won't budge on this one. I'll look for you at the picnic. ****************** Sorry we didn't announce them at the game, hope no damage was done. jimbeaux ******************************************** >>From: Bill Trumble (64) To: Gary Behymer (64) Hi Gary, Happy 4th of July back to you!! What an eagle eye you have for Bombers. Yep, if I had not changed jobs I would have been at R2K, but I am now in New Hampshire up to my ears in learning something new. I've recently gone to the "Dark Side" and become an administrator. I run the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and serve as Assoc. Dean for Research at the University of New Hampshire. If you (and any other Bombers) find you're on the east coast, you certainly have a place to stay. From what I read, R2K was a real success! Congratulations! All the best, -Bill Trundle (64) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: R2K was my State Tournament Richland merchants may have just experienced what a State Tournament is like. Were there any complaints about the influx of Bomber fans for R2k? Hopefully no hotels or restaurants were trashed and Night Court was quiet. It just occurred to me that I might have finally experienced what most Bomber fans did when they were in Seattle. Like most players, I spent my tournaments in Seattle sequestered in the hotel (the Washingtonian is now appropriately a home for senior citizens) under the watchful eye of Art Dawald. But at R2k I enjoyed the festivities from the fan perspective, never in bed before 2:00 AM from Wednesday through Sunday. I had all the fun from helping the "bag ladies" prepare for R2k registration, to late night meals at Denny's (yes Mike), and harassing the rowdy girls in the rooms next to me. My on-court behavior during the game (including bowing to the fans, applauding the cheerleaders, saluting the band, and high-fiving my opponent after he scored) would have lead to my dismissal from any team in normal circumstances. But I was all consumed as a Bomber fan for this game. Besides how could we lose? To Kim Edgar Leeming (79) There is no need to apologize for your performance with the flag. The smile and enthusiasm were all we really needed. Like Rosalie Lansing Haag (63), who lead cheers from her chair, none of the participants may have performed as gracefully as they used to, but their spirit was as strong as ever and second to none. On to State! -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) To Pam Ehinger Nassen (67) You were right. Sounds like I missed a chance of a lifetime by not coming from Georgia to Richland for the R2K. Reading what everyone says, makes me bummed that I didn't attend. I could tell you what all my excuses were, but they don't sound good enough. I will really try to make the 35th in 2 years. For all of you others out there who have a reunion coming up that you are debating about going to or not. Don't make the same mistake I did. As Nike says, Just Do It. Just go, and then you won't regret it later on. I would love to have taken my dad (Truman Wingfield) to the basketball game. He remembers so many of the great players like Ray Stein (64), Theartice Wallace (63), Phil Neil (66), and the Browns (57 & 58). After HS, CW Brown used to be the star spiker/setter on my volleyball team. It would of been good to see him again. And of course to watch the hot Cheerleaders and Song queens. Lynn Dodson Stedman (66) relayed some of it to her parents Oren & Bonny, who are great friends with my parents, so they heard what we missed. Pam, please harass me and make sure I don't ignore the next reunion. I can handle the heat. Maren, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the Alumni Sandstorm. It is my link back to Richland and my home town. I so very much look forward to every morning grabbing a cup of coffee and reading the Sandstorm. We all love you, keep up the good work. -Bill Wingfield (67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/5/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers and one funeral notice today. Gene Keller (50), Judy Meyer (53), Marilyn Richey (53), Mike Clowes (54), Marlene Maness (57), Alice Hanthorn (59), Burt Pierard (59), Nancy Jones (60), Kenny Wright (63), Gary Behymer (64), Pam Ehinger (67), Betti Avant (69), Mike Franco (70), Stu Osborn (71), Kellie Walsh (77), Samantha Stokes (96), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gene Keller (50) Just a reminder from Buddy Gene Keller, Bomber from l946-l950. Our class 50 year reunion is fast approaching, time to rise and shine. I am looking forward to Sept. 8-9-10 at the Shilo Inn, when we will rumble once again. (Maybe a little slower than in days gone by, but with more appreciation). Send in your registration now, now, now. I will send the posse after you if we do not get quick results. Don't miss the social hour on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Shilo Inn, we will have time to visit and catch up on each others lives. GO BOMBERS. -Gene Keller (50) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Meyer Donovan (53) To Marilyn Richey (53) Your brother and family are in my prayers also. Don't know if you remember me but Judy Meyer Donovan same class of l953! Love hearing about the reunion that I missed and all the very special things about Richland and our wonderful days of growing up. Want to know where all our classmates are though, rarely hear from any of our year! -Judy Meyer Donovan (53) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) RE: Passing of my Brother Alan Richey, class of 1949 I would like to express my thanks for the very nice messages and prayers for my brother. Alan passed away Saturday 7-1-00 about 8:45 pm. The arrangements are to have graveside services at Sunset Gardens out at the by-pass at 2:00p.m. and then a memorial services at West Side Protestant Church at 3:00 p.m. The family appreciated the messages we have received on the e-mail. Thank you again, Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To Bill Wingfield (67): Bill; Sorry you missed R2K. As I wrote earlier, it was an experience that will never be repeated. But that's not my point. You said you were going to do your utmost to make your class's 35th reunion. Take it from someone who more or less dropped out of touch for 45 years, it's better late than never. I could offer all sorts of excuses for not seeing old friends and/or fellow classmates, but that would be just obfuscating the fact that I did withdraw from them. It is not something to be proud of. I fully realize that money and distance can be a limiting factor in attending reunions. Maybe you can only get there once every ten years. I strongly urge you to go; and more important, keep in touch. And to those of you who drop in on this site occasionally and haven't attended your class's reunion, you really should. For some, the years spent in the "hoch schule" on the bluff overlooking the "Admin. Area" may not have been pleasant. For some those years may have been a great disappointment. For others, in retrospect, they may have been golden, even though none more was achieved than getting the diploma. But for all, it was a shared experience. And it is one that you can related with your children and grandchildren. Or, if not relate to, at least understand. We, Col-Hi/RHS, grads are indeed fortunate to have a website that enables us to get in contact with, or find out about our fellow schoolmates. One could possibly count on the hands of one finger the number of other high schools that can make this claim. And, who knows, maybe us Bombers have become role models for other schools in more ways than one. I know there is one fellow classmate I would like to see. Maybe one day I will. I certainly hope so. Bombers always! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Mulch (57) RE: Cherry Pie Hello, I just finished reading a newly released book entitled "Learning To Glow: A Nuclear Reader". It is a compilation of experiences written by some of our generation who grew up "in the shadow of the bomb". One Chapter "Mother Witherup's Top-Secret Cherry Pie" is written by Bill Witherup (53). I'll quote a couple of paragraphs - "Hanford workers and their families, however, were checked and rechecked for political spots or moral stains. Every six months the plain-clothes guy from Military Intelligence would knock on the neighbors' doors and inquire about the Witherups; would rap on our door and discuss the neighbors. Before the unions were voted in at Hanford, it was hard to make do for a family of six. My mother cooked up the idea to cater desserts for a little extra grocery money. Her masterwork, the Cadillac of pies, was her cherry pie, with freshly picked Yakima Valley cherries as the nuclear core. She decided to advertise her wares in the local paper, The Villager". The result of her advertisement is the focus of the story. Two of the many other authors who wrote chapters are Barbara Kingsolver and Scott Russell Sanders. The book is listed at and probably at your local library. -Marlene Maness Mulch (57) ******************************************** >>From: Alice Hanthorn Johnson (59) RE: R2K question Hi All, A question has been poised, "How many were at the Reunion?" Any one got some idea? -Alice Hanthorn Johnson (59) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) TO: Tom Matthews (57) RE: Bomber Band question The parade you saw on your home movies was the Richland Days Parade, September 1, 1947, when the parade theme was "We're Here to Stay." The whole Richland Days Program has been scanned and is on the "40's Richland" page as Richland Days II program (technically Richland Days III since there was a small, semi-spontaneous celebration on Labor Day, 1945, recognizing the end of the war a month earlier). The theme was chosen due to the uncertainty of what was going to happen to the Project and Richland Village at the end of the war. Remember that all the people recruited were hired for an "important war job." DuPont had originally rejected the offer of the Manhattan Project because of the charges and investigations of "Munitions Profiteering" levied against the company following World War I. The company was cleared but the stigma remained and they adopted a company policy of zero military contracts in the future. General Groves argued that duPont was the only company with the existing infrastructure and personnel to take on a project of this immense size. Groves prevailed but only on two conditions: 1) duPont would only be paid costs + $1.00 and 2) duPont would sever from the project as soon as possible after the conclusion of hostilities. When the war ended and the decision was made to continue Plutonium production, a new contractor was needed, thus the entrance of General Electric in the Fall of 1946. The transfer was complete by the Summer of 1947 and led to the aforementioned Parade Theme. I agree that the band was probably raising money for uniforms since the school opened in May 1944 and changed from Beavers to Bombers in September 1945. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ******************************************** >>From: Nancy Jones Pritchard (60) Well, here I am almost a week late and still reveling in the enthusiasm, emotion and fun of it all. What a great reminder on Independence Day of growing up and going to school in a really Patriotic Community. Every day I am thankful for the wonderful people who mentored us and the fabulous education we received. I'd be willing to wager there is no other community in the country that gave kids the opportunities we had. Gordon really enjoyed meeting all of you at the picnic for the class of '60. It was great! We are looking forward to August and hoping many more will be attending. Best of all the Kudos go to Larry Mattingly (60). You and your crew did a great job. We know you won't be able to make August, but hope to see you before too long. A special thanks to all of you who volunteered your time putting R2K together. -Nancy Jones Pritchard (60) ******************************************** >>From: Kenny Wright (63) RE: thanks Richland I initially assumed time would give me the advantage of perspective to coherently reflect on that experience a couple of weeks ago. Time has not afforded me that luxury yet. Early on Jeff Curtis (69) preempted me by succinctly taking the thought off the tip of my tongue: ************** (Alumni Sandstorm entry of June 29, 2000) >>From: Jeff Curtis (69) RE: R2K Now wasn't that a hell of a thing? Speechless. Jeff Curtis (69) **************** For me it was literally a whirlwind from Thursday evening to Sunday evening. I basically missed our Reunion. I was inside another world at R2K - a documentary about us as kids and life in Richland, Hanford, and R2K itself. There were two quick vignettes that momentarily transported me into our Reunion: the first being Friday evening when I was able to briefly sit down with one of my sisters, Tracy (76), and dunk the cinnamon rolls; the other was on Saturday after the Reunion photo shoot when I met a friend that I had not seen for 37 years, Betsy (63). I was beamed back to my Richland childhood and the "bleacher bums" fraternity until my producer shocked me back into reality by grabbing me out of the stands before the games started because I was real real late for an interview I was to conduct. The crew, Professor Richard Pierard (52), and present time were waiting for me. It is not like me to "space out" like that. With hindsight, the only excuse I can come up with is that maybe it was the old green and gold rushing through the veins that started to flow a little stronger and glow a little longer..... longer, stronger, and brighter than it has for a long long long long time. Those precious vignettes caused me to ponder who and what else I missed. The fact that I got cheated big time did not go unnoticed!! After Burt announced the planning for R3K I told him to, "Save my place..... I'll be right back." I want to be one of the first in line. You can etch this one at the top of my tombstone: "I will not miss the next one." Kenny (63) p.s.: all I know is what I read in the newspapers and I know some characterized R2K as "a hot time in the old town"..... but the way I figure it, the following week was a bit ridiculous ******************************************** >>From Gary Behymer (64) Found an interesting LP at a used record store in Kennewick. The album is called "Joyful Blenders". Here is a listing of those in the group. Lois Gaskell, Beverly Adams, Chris Reuther, Petra Butto, Sharon Clemens, Marilyn McNeill, Peggy Upton, Sharon Lorh (?), Gloria Sutherland, Zosie Padilla, Marianne Wood, Margaret Oberg, Linda Gasdon, Connie Fastabend, Carol Dahl, Mary Jo Moen, Gale Simonson, Becky Gilbert, Jeri Colby and Nicki Ryan. Spot any names you recognize? This probably done by a church group? -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (60) RE: 4th of July Ah, today is the 4th day of July, 2000. As I went to the grocery store this morning and ran into a co- worker looking at watermelons it reminded me of one summer in Richland. We always had watermelon (probably grown in Hermiston) and boy were they good. These were from Texas. Oh well, back to the story. One year it seems it may have been around the 4th of July we were sitting in our back yard watching the fireworks from the Bomber Bowl, as we could see them from there (at Torbett and Thayer) and eating watermelon. I remember we spit the seeds into my mom's flower bed. By halloween we had several volunteer watermelon vines and even had a small watermelon to boot. Alas, it didn't get very big before the first frost, but then we never had much of a garden any way. The watermelons my coworker and I were looking at were seedless (there goes the fun of seeing who could spit their seeds the farthest). -Betti Avant (60) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) Well I waited until things slowed down! To say THANK YOU to all that did the work and helped putting on the Reunion of ALL TIME!! I had a great time selling the R2K Boxes and helping the group of 66-69 get their stuff! I saw people and met new people and things just went so fast!! I met Terry Davis Knox, and I did the unspeakable!!!! I got his autograph! I just had to...... sorry. Terry is a very nice and outgoing person, he does the Bombers Proud! Oh, by the way, I sold all the Boxes but for those of you who missed out please drop me a line and let me know, if you'd like to get one. I can have about 50 more boxes made. Then that will be the end of the R2K boxes. They will be just memory for those who didn't get one and those of us who have them will have our memories in them!! To: Bill Wingfield I can keep the Harassment coming as long as you want! I am very sorry that you couldn't make it this time, but don't do it twice and miss the 35th. Granted it won't be a Grand as the R2k, but it'll still be great to see everyone again! There was only a small hand full of the class of 67, but we still had great fun! The picture taking at the picnic was a blast! But YOU townies WHY weren't you there?? People traveled from all over to come to this WING DING, and the Locals couldn't bother to come!! You missed out BIG TIME! Right Bill? Well hopefully The Townies will come to the 35th! Hope to see you then! You all know who you are!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) I won't spend any more space on the reunion... only agree with ALL the positive feelings of others. As a 1970 guy, it was special that many/most of those I visited with were from earlier classes and represented the "big kids" we all looked up to... especially the Bomber b-ball players. I would like to share a couple of special visits I had with a couple of really special ladies: 1) Although I get back to Richland a couple times a year and she still lives right down the street on Harris, I had not visited with Mrs. Knox in years. What a pleasure! Mrs. Knox has not changed. It was so nice to see her and catch up with the "Knox gang". Like my mom & dad, attending this event was obviously very special for her. 2) I saw (and traded a nice hug with) Sue Holmes Saturday at the game. Those of you who went to Chief Jo and RHS during our era are well aware that Sue was a true pioneer attending "regular classes" with her challenges. Sue looks great and I look forward to seeing her at our 30th, coming up later this month. Seeing Sue reminded me of Mrs. Vera Edwards, our 9th grade teacher who was so inspiring (and trust me, I was NOT easy to inspire as a 9th grader!!!) I will never forget how Mrs. Edwards handled our class. I am sorry I missed you but will be back the weekend of July 21 for our 30th. I would love to visit. Again, thanks to all for this great event . If there is anything positive about aging it is the memories we get to take with us. (Mike Davis.. you do know what MEMORY is, don't you?) I am sorry for being so serious about all this, I will try to keep this in check in the future. -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Stu Osborn (71) RE: R2K Celebration - Thoughts and Memories It's been more than a week since the R2K celebration and I'm still remembering fondly all the fun we all had in such a short amount of time. It was a whirlwind of activities, wasn't it? What a blast! (I think that refers to a mushroom cloud of fun.) There were so many activities happening like clockwork at all times of the day and night, no one could hope to make them all!! With my printout of the entire weekend's itinerary in hand, I sprinted from work late in the afternoon on Friday and drove the 208 miles at speeds of up to 80 miles-an-hour in my gutless little '97 Mazda Protege to try to make the Soc-Hop. My sister Cheryl Osborn (75) had to beg off (last minute guests) and I know she regrets it now because she's still anxiously awaiting an answer to her, "How was R2K?" and "I'm so sad I couldn't make it." email. What stood out for me first as I arrived late for the Soc-Hop was realizing the tremendous amount of work that had to go into it, just to let Bombers like myself enjoy themselves and each other for one full weekend. Talked to Bob Gustavson (70) "at the hop" while we pitched in to help clean up afterward. But somehow missed Maren Smyth (64) the whole weekend. Can't see how I missed the "Alumni Sandstorm" table during registration, raffle ticketing and R2K paraphernalia pickup from the "bag ladies". Must've spent $200 on Bomber clothes and paraphernalia. But did get to meet Gary Behymer (64) at CREHST museum after pawing through their books and finding out that they indeed had my Marlin's '71 class picture negative and proof. $10 was so cheap!! Snapped them babies right up!!! Gary was just about like I'd pictured him, a jovial, energetic, enthusiastic gentleman. Friday night's Street Dance following the "Cool Desert Nights" car show. That was a time. Listened to the great band, made a beeline to the beer garden, ran into Chris Bolkan (72) and discussed our memories while rooming at EWSC (now EWU) together noting just how much our old McIntosh tube amplifiers are going for at online auctions these days. It was great to buy an old friend a beer and find out my MC225 is worth about as much as my motorcycle. Bumped into Rob Wheeler (71) one of the Soc-Hop's dance contest winners, wearing his hand-painted 4th of July overalls and he informed me that he's living in the Seattle area. Plan on looking him up over here, what a great guy and quite an amusing conversation we had. Good memories of our high school daze and our mutual friends back in 1971. Passing from conversations of memories from one person to another, I spotted Sandy Clark (71) then talked shortly to Rich Gentz (71) then later, to Cindy Maki (Gentz?) (71) and attempted to jog her memory about Mr. Campbell's 9th grade "Romeo and Juliet" reading we did in English class together by saying, "Hello Juliet!". I was hoping she'd answer, "Romeo, oh Romeo!" but her response was only a giggle, a pause, another giggle and a blank stare but not a word. Not sure if she even recognized me so I said, "It's Stu Osborn!". But Rich sure did. Later I saw Jimmy Jeffs (71). He and I grew up in the same neighborhood on Stevens Drive because I remember having him as a playmate during grade school. We discussed Mike Underwood (71WB?) another Jason Lee classmate and went over (again) Microsoft's current legal hassles. I'm used to expressing my opinion on that by now. Could never find Brad Wear (71) or Sheila Davis Galloway (71) but did bump into Dennis Strege (71), Jerry Rice (71), Herrell Hall (71) and Molly Rutt Hall (71) at the beer garden. Apparently Molly was "hooking up" the single male alums with the single lady alums in attendance because Jerry was very interested in her activities for some reason and was quite amused over the whole thing. Noticed later a couple of the guys (who will remain nameless) were being introduced to one lucky lady. Needless to say I didn't talk too them much after that. The weekend was starting to get interesting. The next day, the Bomber "All-Class Alumni Basketball Game" was indeed quite a spectacle. With my brother Jeff Osborn's (81) Bomber jacket on standing behind the Bomber bench, Cameron Mitchell (77) said to me, "You gotta be hot in that." Sure was! In the girls gym it must have been in the 90's and at 100% humidity right before the game. I left the Bomber jacket on during the anthem as a sign of respect but that was about it. Was amazed to see a player weighing over 250 pounds get up and down the court that fast! When Ray Stein (64) popped off a couple of jumpers at the top of the key, I flashed back to before a Regional or State tourney sometime in the 60's when my Dad Hal Osborn bought me some "Action" comics and some "Milk Duds" to wait in line at Bomber Gym for tickets. My Dad really wanted to see Ray light it up in the playoffs but not enough to stand in line for tickets for three hours like I did. I was about 12. Anyway, wonder why Kelvin Soldat (71) wasn't asked to play in the "Alumni" game wearing his BLACK Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars? That could have made Bomber history... again. With my brother, sister-in-law and another couple and everyone's kids in tow, we all attempted to go see the "Kingsmen" Saturday night at the Street Dance. But the total fee to get everyone in was cost prohibitive. So we all took a walk through the park and were treated to some of the best fireworks we had ever seen!!! Double wowie!! Thank you Larry Mattingly (60)! The grand finale had us all gasping! And the Kingsmen sounded great even from a distance. Couldn't make the picnic because of tickets I had to the Larry Coryell (61) concert at Bagley Wright Theatre as a part of the Experience Music Project's opening weekend. You see, a charter membership to EMP still couldn't keep me away from the R2K weekend but I just had to run back to Seattle for the show Sunday evening. Was thoroughly entertained wearing my R2K polo shirt at the Coryell concert all the while resisting the idea to contact Larry after the show and give it to him. Great performer and one we Bombers can be very, very proud of. Hopefully someone contacted him about R2K??!! And to top it all off, last week I downloaded an email from the R2K Raffle Committee informing me I was the winner of the Gene Conley (48) signed memorabilia package that Gary donated!! Can you believe I only put three tickets in that coffee can? The package arrived today. (Thanks John Adkins (62) - Reimbursement for shipping is on its way). Now, a hearty congratulations to those Bombers who put in so much work and those Bombers who attended. It was a one-of-a-kind event and personally helped me realize just how connected we all are in this age of computers and e-mail. We've got Maren and Gary (and ourselves somewhat) to thank for that. (Maybe a little credit goes to Mr. Gates.) And sincere thanks for all the Committee has done, and continues to do... Have a great 4th of July, Bombers... but please be careful with the fireworks over there! All for now... -Stu Osborn (71) P.S. Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) and Rose Boswell Smith (61), see you in Redmond at By's Burgers on Friday July 14th at 1:00 PM. Maybe I'll bring Bill along. ;-> ******************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) RE: Underground tunnel in Richland??? During the R2K reunion, a bunch of us were talking and somebody mentioned that an underground tunnel exists under the city of Richland, traveling between Chief Jo, Carmichael and Richland High. Apparently from what I can gather, this tunnel was built in the 40-50's as a sort of "bomb shelter" during the Cold War. Some others had heard about this too. Am I the ONLY one who didn't know about this, or does this story fall in the category of "Snipe Hunts", "Submarine Races", and such? Someone else mentioned they had been DOWN INSIDE the tunnel once --entering thru the Chief Jo entrance (outside in the courtyard near the old Shop area). By their accounts, entering thru the Chief Jo entrance is no easy task. First you have to crawl thru a mini tunnel and then go down a flight of stairs. Once at the bottom, the ceiling is not too high and several rooms exist off of this tunnel. Others said that the Carmichael entrance was much easier -- just an unmarked door off some hallway that led to the stairs going down to the tunnel. I have no accounts as to where the entrance at RHS is located. I guess the plan was to evacuate students/faculty down into the tunnels in case of a nuclear threat of any kind....???? Anybody out there know about this or am I being bamboozled? -Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From Samantha Stokes (96) Date: Mon Jul 3 16:04:59 2000 Class of '96 Looking over this page has made me feel really young! Thanks everyone. =) I just graduated from Willamette University and I have been suffering from a serious case of nostalgia. I have been home since graduation in May. However, in three days I am leaving for New York, where I will be working for two years. I am very excited, however, a little nervous about driving through Kansas. I can't decide whether I am going to die from the tornados or sheer boredom. Anyway, if anyone is out there from any class who I know I would love to hear from you about the changes in your life. It's much better than hearing it through other people who swear they know "accurate" stories about everyone! =) Take care everyone. -Sammy Stokes (96) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Alan Richey, Class of 1949 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/06/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Dorothy Sargent (51), Lorraine Powell (52), Curt Donahue (53), Tom Matthews (57), Judy Willox (61), Gail Cyphers (62), Earl Bennett (63), Jean Armstrong (64), Chris Williamson (65), Tedd Cadd (66), Greg Alley (73), Mike Davis (74), Mary Foley (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** Yesterday's typo: I made Betti Avant class of '60 and she's class of '69. Sorry, Betti. -Maren ******************************************** >>From: Dottie Sargent Rath (51) To Marilyn Richey (53): I was so sorry to hear of Alan's passing. I remember Alan, as well as Don, from the good old days at Col Hi. Please accept our condolences to you, Don and the rest of the family. Thanks, too, Marilyn, for your wonderful contributions to the Sandstorm. You have revived a lot of good memories for all of us. Take care. -Dottie Sargent Rath (51) ******************************************** >>From: Lorraine Powell Earp-Tanner (52WB) To Marilyn Richey (53) So sorry to hear about Alan's passing. My late husband, Kenny Earp, was in Alan's class (49) and I knew of Alan because of Kenny and also Beverley McCleary Richey Raffety (49), who I worked with in the 300 area for a while. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. -Lorraine Powell Earp-Tanner (52WB) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To Marilyn Richey (53): May God grant you and your family an extra measure of His mercy during this trying time and may Alan rest in Christ's arms. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews (57) To: Bert Pierard (59) RE: Parades Thanks for the research Bert. We have a copy of the '46 and '47 programs (both on the "40's Richland" page) and it didn't occur to me to check them. The '46 program notes that first parade in 1945 and has a small photo of that. I guess the government didn't pay for band uniforms. We always had good seats for the parade's since we lived at 1300 Haupt and our side yard was along GW Way. We still had to stake out territory of course because of the unwritten "It's government property" rule. I'm sure many of you remember that rule which was often used by kids when some minor juvenile territorial conflict occurred. A related note to those who live in Richland: The rock landscaping that now exists on that yard occurred after my parent's sold the house in 1970. As kids, we would have seriously missed the grass for playing, BUT it would have removed the task I most hated: mowing the grass! To: Gary Behymer (64) RE: Joyful Blenders I will encourage my sister Marianne Matthews Wood to answer the question about the record album. She gave us a copy. -Tom Matthews (57) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) RE: Trivia Answers Please! Did anybody out there catch the answers to the trivia questions or were they ever given? I, for one, would like to know the doggone answers since I thought that I was so smart about this town; and found that I could be pretty dumb about some things that happened right under my nose! Could we get the trivia answers posted on the Sandstorm for us to take a looky-loo at? That would be great! That way, I could find out for sure whether I was really dumb about things or just having a senior moment! Smile ya all. Also, have reunion pictures to share, but no scanner yet, so could somebody local (that's Richland ya know) get in touch and give me some idea who could help me out? Would appreciate it. And, finally, to Marilyn Richey (53), I am deeply sorry for the loss you are feeling at this time of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you! God keep him and bless you and help you to know that Alan is at home with his maker and at peace. May peace also come to you soon. -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ******************************************** >>From: Gail Cyphers (62) It's difficult to write about the loss of someone like Jimmy Spencer (62). In fact, I haven't been able to until now. The few seasons that we spent together reflect more of my kind of childhood than any other time of my life. Jimmy could run the wind like no one I ever knew. That's what you do when you are young. You run with the wind and explore. I was forever in his wake as with the many other things that he did so well and he would turn and wait for me and tell me how to do it better, then laugh and turn and run again. Where ever the winds take Jimmy I know that he will run with them. And he will laugh again like we did when we were kids. Maybe this time he will even fly. -Gail Cyphers (62) ******************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett (63) TO: Gary Behymer (64) RE: Joyful Blenders Lois Gaskell was involved in music and I think either led or helped lead the youth choir at Richland Lutheran when I was in Chief Jo and Col Hi ('57-'63). We learned a lot from her and the other leaders of the music ministry there. I didn't know Lois had gone on to professional endeavors, but she certainly was good enough. A couple of the other names sound familiar, but no specific memories come back. When was the album recorded, what was on it, etc.? Regards, ecb3 -Earl Bennett, Gold Medal Class of '63 ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) To Marilyn Richey (53): I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Alan (49). It is always hard to lose someone whether close or not. I know it doesn't help much to say he is in a better place, but when you are lost for words, it seems like the right thing. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. To Marlene Maness Mulch (57): Thanks for the info on the book "Learning to Glow, A Nuclear Reader". Sounds like an interesting one. I'll check my library today. As for the Reunion, I don't think we will EVER stop talking about it. It was more than I ever thought it would be. Thanks to everyone and especially Maren and Gary, without them this would not have been possible. Their hard and dedicated and endless work has brightened the lives of more people than they will ever know. I know there are many Bombers who did not attend the reunion, but knew and read about it. Some because they couldn't and some because they didn't want to. It's hard for me to understand why they wouldn't want to. I was not popular, I was not smart, I was not active in sports, I didn't even graduate. I was just a plain Jane. But, to go back, just one more time to the years of being safe and young and innocent, is just overwhelming. Everyone treats you with respect and loves you for who you are. It's a warm fuzzy feeling that you can't explain. We are indeed a special breed that only comes from Richland and being a Bomber. I vote to have another all alumni reunion in 5 years. I really think it will be bigger and better, (if that is possible). I will do all I can to help even though I live in Phoenix, put me down for a volunteer. I can come up a week or two early to help. Bombers Forever, -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Chris Williamson Reuther (65) To: Gary Behymer (64) RE: Joyful Blenders Yes, I remember the group and was part of it for a year or two. This was not a church group, although the music we performed was mostly religious. Some of the music was written by Lois Gaskell, who was a friend of ours. She was music director for the production of Oliver! My husband, Dick, and I co- directed for Richland Light Opera in 1975. She was a great person to work with. Funny thing about the record is that I do not remember ever doing a special recording. Perhaps it was recorded during a dress rehearsal or concert. Gary, if you can get your hands on that album I would be happy to repay you. I'll be down for the class of 65 reunion in August. It may have been produced after I left the group, and we moved to Seattle area in early 1976. Let me hear and thanks for the info. -Chris Williamson Reuther (65) ******************************************** >>From: Tedd Cadd (66) A couple in our Care Group (as small house groups are named at our church) was one of the families that were burned out. The husband was able to get back to his home (and his wife who was at home and unable to drive) just before the flames. They drove out between walls of fire on either side. The church (and our Care Group in particular) is starting to put together ways we can help them out. They are staying with one of the other couples from the Care Group and we are helping in various ways already. Mostly, though, we are standing by while they begin to sort through what they are going to do and we will assist as those decisions are made. Is there anybody on this newsletter who's experienced the loss of their home by fire? Or are there some on this list who have helped others in that loss? Do you have any advice for those of us who are helping John and Toni? -Tedd Cadd (66) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Stu Osborn (71) Better tone down those 20 paragraph messages. I saw you in the aisles at the basketball game and you probably don't remember me, but you finally got your prize that I did not win. Sorry to say that Rich Gentz (71) is not married to Cindy Maki (71) but did escort her to the street dance. To: Mike Franco (70) It was only fitting that you showed up at the hoop game and yelled a few great lines to make the game a little better. I know you had too many people to talk to but hope to remember the game with you in the near future (probably 2003 with your traveling schedule). Meet you at regionals at Showalters in Cheney in the year (?). -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) By the way, maybe one of you out there can shed some light on this for me. I heard there was going to be an "All-class Bomber Reunion". What a great idea! Can anyone tell me when it's going to be held? Anxiously waiting your reply. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Foley Bazzano (77) To: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) Oh Kellie, THAT particular tunnel I have never heard of. However, during my years at Christ the King, we were SURE there was a tunnel between the convent where the nuns lived and the rectory where the priests lived. THAT tunnel I remember hearing about!! Oh the stories we would make up!!! -Mary Foley Bazzano (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/7/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick (51), Wanda Wittebort (53), Judy Willox (61), Marianne Matthews (63), Carol Cross (64), Larry Bunch (66), Pam Ehinger (67), Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68), Annie Peterson (69), Janet Devine (69), Randi Newby (70), Greg Alley (73), Jeff Marcum (73), Brad Upton (74), Don Jepsen (80), Jim Moran (87) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) For Bombers who are still in the area and those who may be visiting: Ray French still has Rainier Cherries for the picking. He is asking $.50/lb. I saw the same breed of cherry for $2.00/lb. I just picked 6 pounds and, boy, are they good. He is located on Keene Road. The driveway to his home is on the south side of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittlebort Shukay (53) To: Marilyn Richey (53) Marilyn, All our love from Joe, Suzanne and me. We want you to take care of yourself as you have given such loving care to your Mother "Lucille" and Alan and Don. Our prayers and love are with you and your family at this time. I know Alan's children know they are very lucky to have Auntie Marilyn to support them. I will call you again this week end. Take good care of yourself as we all love you and want you to continue updating us in the Sandstorm of our past days in Richland. You are a very very special lady. -Wanda Wittlebort Shukay (53) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Gary Behymer (64) Hello Gary, I wonder if perhaps that the album you found is another one that was made by the old Bible Way people that made one once before. The people are not the same, but the bands were always changing even back when my brother was in with that bunch. His group was called Restoration and they did an album called I Believe. The album was manufactured and distributed in Canada by Praise Records with the U.S. branch hailing out of Seattle, WA. Two of the names on your list sound vaguely familiar, that's why this all came to mind. I am not sure when Bible Way disbanded or how old the album is that you found, but John's was made around 1969 or so. The names in that group are: Jerry Chichetti, Thomas Tuffield, Patti Smircich, Phil and Joan Nordin and John Willox. Bet you can't guess which one is my brother? Smile! Don't know if this helps you out at all, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it! Hahaha. Was real glad that I got to meet you at the reunion. It's really nice to put faces to names when all your high school albums and etc. are packed away in sheds and you can't get to them most of the time. Wish I could, I could add so much to the sandstorm I think. Which reminds me, I do have some pretty good pictures from the reunion to share, but I do not have a scanner yet, soooo is there anybody local that I could get in touch with and get together with to give them to? I had some great shots at the picnic. And, I think that Deedee had some to. She is gone for a week right now, but we'll get together when she comes back and pool our pics together. Let me know who I could get in touch with or send them to. Thanks. Bomber Cheers to Ya, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ******************************************** >>From: Marianne Matthews Wood (63) To: Gary Behymer (65) I was in Joyful Blenders for a number of years. Lois Gaskell was the director and we met at the Central United Protestant church weekly. It was, as you can tell, a women's group only, our instruments were mostly guitars and a few others like tambourine (played by me) and bells (also me) depending on the songs. Lois was a member of the Catholic church, I was a member of Central and there were many other churches also represented. We weren't exactly what you call "refined" but it was a very meaningful group of women with an ecumenical spirit. We sang in various churches and groups around the area and did make several albums. Lois's son, a Jesuit priest, wrote a couple of songs that we sang. I feel blessed that I was a part of that group. Lois was/is? a very special woman. -Marianne Matthews Wood (63) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn (64) RE: R2K Reunion This email is long overdue. I want to thank and re-thank everyone involved with making the reunion so wonderful. Was amazed at the emotions that flowed from walking up to the gym to pickup registration packet and then continually throughout the weekend. Thank you Kathy Hoff (64) for ordering the tolerable weather for those of us use to coastal coolness! It was a thrill to see our tennis coach, Rex Davis (49) and Alice; you both are amazing and look wonderful!! Thanks for all the HOURS you spent coaching us, and although you worked us terribly hard, you also made it loads of fun! Wish more of the Bomber Boosters could have seen the game. I let my father, Bob Cross - father to five Bombers: Allan (59), Bob (62), me (64), Maryjane (68) and Duane (79), use my ASB to watch the game, which he thoroughly enjoyed. If anything could be added to R2K-II: it would be wonderful to include honoring Bomber Boosters. Our Bomber Booster Dad and wonderful Stepmother, Louise, catered our weekend so that we were free to completely enjoy the reunion - even stay out as late as we wished!! I watched the pre-game and game from the gym door and was (again) amazed at the tears and emotion I felt as the Bomber pull to participate in cheering for the Bombers and pride watching those with the courage to participate. Maren (64) you were right about the pre-game and game being the highlight of the reunion! Thanks Gary Behymer and Maren Smyth (both 64) for answering all my questions, directing me in the right direction for help and as a result re-meeting many friends from Class of 64 and other classes! -Carol Cross Llewellyn (64) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Bunch (66) RE: R2K Pep Band I would like to again heartily thank all those who played in the R2K pep band. I "recruited " a few more players to help out whose names did not show up in the program. Austin Bunch (01) on trumpet. Cameron Bunch (05) on Trombone. Matt Elliott (99) on clarinet. Brad Pitkin (99) on trumpet. Trevor Farone (99) on trumpet. Richard Bowen (Class of 65) Baritone. I am missing a few names of a few more recent graduates who showed up at the last minute to help us out. My apologies and heartfelt thanks for helping out. Playing the RHS Fight song and listening to the crowd chant "On to State," brought back a flood of memories, and almost made me lose track of what I was doing - which was making up drum parts to the songs as we had only one drummer show up, so I appointed myself substitute snare drummer. The band got better as we went along, which is a tribute to the ability of the players, some of whom had not touched their instruments since they graduated. Cheerleaders and Twirlers: You were great. I hope you did not mind me taking over the scheduling of the pep assembly. Your routines to our music were fantastic considering we did not get to practice together. Sandy, You still look the same (beautiful) as you did in high school, and you still do a pretty darn good job on that flute. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did renewing old friendships and reviving memories of lost youth. -Larry Bunch (66) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To: Mary Foley Bazzano (77) Oh my! I hadn't thought of THAT tunnel for years now!! I went to CK from 1956-1963! So when you went how many babies were buried in the tunnel!! LOL :) The stories that would fly around about the Priest and Nuns!! Of course none of it was ever true! But it was funny to see that you had the same stories as I had many years later! Just wanted to let you know that some things never change! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote (68) To: Tedd Cadd (66) Sorry to hear of your friends' loss of their in the big fire. One of my dearest friend's property was spared by the width of their back pasture --not much space! The wind shifted just as the fire was ready to start nibbling at their hay. Anyway, 7 1/2 years ago, I had a house fire. Fortunately, not all was lost, but much was. The three things I would suggest both as one was has "been there" and as a psych nurse are (1) DON'T MINIMIZE! The loss of whatever seemingly minor (to you) item may be causing any person the greatest grief at a given time IS the most important thing to them in that moment. It also maybe the focus of their bigger grief, which they are just unable to express or accept in that moment. So never say "Oh, gee, that was just a cup (or whatever.)" Express condolences, regardless of what they are mourning over. (2) NEVER SAY "Well at least nobody died." When you lose all your "stuff" in a fire, it feels like part of you HAS died. It's important that these folks be allowed to grieve their loss, and not be made to feel guilty about their grief, just because "nobody died." (3) LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN. For most people, it takes a lot of talking-through to air out this kind of loss before they can get on with life. Don't be surprised if it takes longer than you at first expect, or if the process of grieving seems to ebb & flow over months and months of time. Hope these suggestions are helpful to you. Your friends are in my prayers. They are fortunate to have your Care Group as a support system through this very tough time! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote (68) ******************************************** >>From: Annie Peterson Shiffer (69) RE: Joyful Blenders To: Gary Behymer (64) The Joyful Blenders were singers from Central United Protestant (CUP) Church. I believe Margaret Oberg is Greg Oberg's (68?) mom. The group sang upbeat Christian music accompanied by guitar. I was in Chief Jo or maybe Col-hi when the group started and I was just amazed that ladies my Mom's Age could have so much fun and make such beautiful 4-part harmony. To make a record was really enterprising-- glad you found a copy. -Annie Peterson Shiffer (69) ******************************************** >>From: Janet Devine Call (69) To: Gary Behymer (64) You'll probably be hearing from the kids of the members' names on that LP because many of them were Bomber Moms. It caught my eye because my Mother was a Joyful Blender just before that LP was cut - my Dad got transferred back to AEC-Germantown, MD a few months beforehand. Just spoke with my Mom, and she gave me the history. There were two LPs cut - in 1971 and later. The Joyful Blenders was an ecumenical group that began singing songs of Sister Miriam Therese Winter, the Singing Nun. She was connected with Catholic University in WAshington DC. Many religious affiliations were represented (Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Jew) in voice or instrument in the Joyful Blenders. They first sang at the World Day of Prayer at the Reformed LDS Church. The director was Vivian ____________ (Mom couldn't remember her last name) who was a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Lois Gaskell, who was the director of music at the round church (Mom thought is was Presbyterian), became the director when Vivian died an untimely and very sad death. The group started out doing performances for churches, then began to do fund raising for AFS and for charities like MS or MD. They branched out from the nun's music to do more popular folk types of songs and performed when the governor came to town and did the Nutcracker Suite with the Symphony. My mother loved this group so much that when she moved away she said she would play tapes of their rehearsals on the day they normally rehearsed and it would bring tears to her eyes. Now you probably know more than you ever wanted to know, but that's the Joyful Blenders in a nutshell. -Janet Devine Call (69) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) RE: Reunions To: Janet and all RHS '70 class I myself am sorry that more of the Bomber '70 grads could not make the R2K. I did not hear one negative thing in regards to it. Janet, sorry you felt that the class of '70 didn't have enough support. I saw many people and all enjoyed seeing each other! All had fun, and it was wonderful to see people there who I'd worked with and never knew were Bombers. Now as to the little bit of the inny - outy thing. If you have the inny - outy syndrome, then I am sorry. Those who know me also know that I did not get a chance to finish out at Col-High. (It will forever be Col-High to each and everyone who proudly went to Richland High in the days it was then called "Richland Columbia High School", therefore Col-High.) I have not a clue as to who was in either group, for most, who gives a rip. I'm just looking forward to seeing those people I went to school with from 2nd grade on up. I am looking forward to seeing all of my old classmates and spouses to see how life has treated them. I want to encourage all who graduated in the class of '70 (or should have) or who may have moved away before graduation but were here most their lives. We hope to have a great time. Everyone who has an interest has been more than welcome to come and join in. We have a meeting next Wednesday night at the High School (Col-High) at 7 pm. For those who didn't get contacted, we are sorry. Every effort has been made to track people down all through the records of the 20th reunion, their families and so on. If you want to contact the committee by mail here you go: RHS Class of '70 Reunion Committee 4900 Chukar Dr. W. Richland. WA 99352 I hope more of you show an interest and come. I want to thank all the people who made it possible for me to be part of a great committee. -Randi Newby Tucker (70) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) Are you really Brad Upton (74)? Since Brad could not make the reunion and was on a cruise, these comedy entries must be you, or Brad. If you keep this up we will have to get the committee together to reevaluate your inclusion to the Bomber wall of fame. If not, we will go for a foursome. You, Blaine (Teverbaugh that is), Ponch, and me for our card baseball exploits. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Marcum (73) Hope all the Richeys are hanging in there. We have so many great memories of the times our families have spent together. Especially the 4th of July Celebrations at "210". I'm sure if O.J. could send "E-Mail" you'd get some dandy stories about Alan and Donald and their hunting and fishing trips. Don't get to see Bev, Connie, Scott, and Jill much anymore but we're thinking about you. Marilyn, I hope you stop by again next time you're in town, take care. -Jeff Marcum (73) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton (74) I think most of us can agree that a large segment of our society doesn't want to take responsibility for their own actions.... it's always somebody else's fault. With that in mind, I will take full responsibility for introducing my good friend and classmate, Mike Davis (74), to the Alumni Sandstorm. I am not responsible for what he writes but I'm the one who told him all about the Sandstorm. It was me. I told him. I am responsible. -Brad Upton (74) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Moran (87) My wife and I drove from Nampa to Benton City to assist my in-laws in the clean-up from the fire. They lost 2 out buildings, a pump house, 1 pick-up, and part of the outside of their home was damaged. Since I teach summer school we only had a few days to spend in Benton City. Also, we had no time to drive to Richland and see the changes - all of our available time and energy was spent on cleaning up and rebuilding. At first, my in-laws thought they had lost everything. They were not home when the fire swept through the area. Rather the watched, helplessly, from a near by road. It was there they witnessed tall, green walnut and evergreen trees, only ten feet from their home burn like candles. But after their inspection and the shock was gone, they were much better. Also, it helps to have family members and friends to pitch in during the clean up, and to give emotional support. -Jim Moran (87) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/8/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Ely (47), Carolyn Eaton (53), Loretta Ostboe (55), Charles Cox (56), Mike Franco (70), Sheila Davis (71), Debra Dawson (74WB), Mike Davis (74), Kim Edgar (79), Jenny Smart (87) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Ely King (47) RE: Lois G. & Music Lois is a member of the Richland Lutheran Church but is our Choir Director at Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland. Last Sunday, she sang a solo about "the sparrow". I told her it was one of my favorite songs and it had never been sung more beautifully..... -Betty Ely King (47) ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) RE: Memories!!!!! I want to thank everyone who wrote about the reunion. It really brought back a lot of memories. When you talked about the basketball game, I just closed my eyes and I was there. I couldn't help thinking of the time we were playing Walla Walla at home and we finally won. It wasn't by much, but everyone was crying and cheering and the gym was really rocking!! I just can't remember what year. What fun you must have had at the "Sock Hop", the street dance and the fireworks! For those of us who could not make it, you all brought it to life. When I graduated in '53 I left to go take care of my grandmother who lived in Portland. I have only been back there twice in 47 years, and of course everything had changed. So I asked my sister, who still lives in Richland, to see if she could get me a city map, with all the changes, and then maybe I will know what you all are talking about. I remember some of the places, but not all, and every little bit helps. Is the Civil Patrol still active?! I was a member while in school, but can't remember anyone else who might. Thanks again for the memories!! -Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) To: Tom Tracy (55) from another (55) Loretta Ostboe Fraser On your inquiry about the band, have to brag that two of the cutest chicks there were my daughters - alumni also: Laurie Fraser Mitchell (79) played a trumpet (at the insistence of her younger sister Tina Fraser Simpkin (89). It was great fun to watch the game and the power of '55 while hearing the rousing band and knowing two of the contributors were my daughters. Thanks for asking..... a great reunion. PS - I have pictures of Barbara Crowder, Barbara Crawford, Ginger Rose, Linda Pardee, etc. taken in the "B" area - all 1955 grads. If you would like one, please let me know. Loretta Ostboe Fraser PS loved the flag twirlers - if I hadn't been so busy taking pictures of my daughters and the game, would have been there with you!! -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ******************************************** >>From: Charles Cox (56) RE: Reunion Class of '56 Sorry I missed this years big Reunion but does anyone know if they are having a Reunion for class of '56 next year? My E-Mail address is [shown above]. Thanks -Charles Cox (56) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) Brad Upton (74) has stepped forward billing himself as Mike Davis' (74) "good friend"?!?! Well, that's one. I had dinner last night with Stubby. I forgot how awesome it is for Stubby and I to eat at the same table... like a school of sharks hitting a swimming cow!!!! Reached for the steak sauce and nearly lost a finger!!! "Bear" was smiling down at us! -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Sheila Davis Galloway (71) To: Brad Upton (74) Brad, Don't take all the responsibility.... I think it happened a lot earlier to Mike.... maybe it was living so close to the "bypass" all those years??? -Sheila Davis Galloway (71) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) To Gail Cyphers (62) What a lovely tribute to your friend, Jimmy. Childhood friends are really something special. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Brad Upton (74) RE: Yesterday's Entry: "...I will take full responsibility for introducing my good friend and classmate, Mike Davis (74), to the Alumni Sandstorm. I am not responsible for what he writes but I'm the one who told him all about the Sandstorm. It was me. I told him. I am responsible." ONE WORD, FUNNYMAN!...................... ROGAINE! To: Greg "Boog" Alley (73) Don't even bring up that "bogus" Wall of Fame! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: Running Start Program I recently became aware of an awesome program that most public community colleges in Washington State offer. I thought I'd share it with you: It's called "Running Start"; it provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to enroll in courses at their community college. The purpose of the program is to provide academically qualified students an opportunity to take college courses while they are still in high school. When they graduate, not only will they have a High School Diploma from their school, they will have an Associate from college. The college classes offered are tuition-free to the student (the school district pays for it). However, the cost of books, supplies non-course related fees and transportation are the responsibility of the student. How do students qualify? Running Start students are limited to "college- level" courses at the community college. Therefore, ASSET, the college placement tool, is used to determine readiness for college work. Students must qualify for college algebra or above to take any math class. To take any other course, students must qualify for English 101 (English composition) AND demonstrate college level reading ability. Qualifying in reading only can access some professional/technical programs. Students enrolling in Running Start must have junior standing or higher by the start of school in the fall. Home school and private school students must reconnect with the public high school and be classified by a high school official. Students who have passed the GED may return to the high school and seek eligibility for the Running Start program. Passing the GED does not automatically qualify a student for Running Start. (Your child is still eligible to participate in sports, music and other activities at his/her high school during this time). If you're interested, call your local college or high school to get more information. (Testing is done in the spring) CBC Contact: 547-0511 ext. 2481 - Janice Bocek Richland Contact: 946-5121 - John Richardson Hanford Contact: 375-9671 - Bruce Cooley Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page (87) To: Marianne Matthews Wood (63) RE: Lois Gaskell Lois is still a fantastic vocalist. She sang a beautiful solo just last week at church. She is currently a member of Richland Lutheran Church (the "upside-down cupcake" or "coffee filter" church at the corner of Van Giesen & Stevens). She is still active in the choirs, among other things, in the congregation. -Jenny Smart Page (87) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/9/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Al Parker (53), Mike Clowes (54), Loretta Ostboe (55), Ron Richards (63), Pam Ehinger (67), Anna Durbin (69), Debra Wadwon (74WB), Dan Wilson (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) RE: Tunnels After reading several items about tunnels between the nunnery and the parish house and/or between Carmichael and Chief Joseph via Col-Hi, I can only hope that none of you were visited by the Feds or the Spanish Inquisition (depending on which tunnel you wrote about). On the face of it, there have been reported tunnels between nunneries and monasteries ever since there have been such places. In certain literature, the existence of such things is quite well documented. It is purported that these stories were started by radical "Lutherites" in order to discredit the church. Enough said. On the other hand, it would be best for all concerned to forget "That Tunnel." We certainly wouldn't want Big Brother coming after us, now would we? Remember there are certain aspects of living in or having lived in Richland that must not be pursued, even if only idly curious. If you have bought into all this, I also have a bridge that I am willing to part with for a mere fraction of its cost. It is possible that the "tunnel" may have been an old irrigation ditch that was filled in during construction on the bluff. I recall there being some sort of lake or pond below Carmichael. Maybe Marilyn Ritchie could fill us in on that. As I remember they extended from Lee to the by-pass, or close thereunto. Quite possibly it was overflow from remaining ditches. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ See where the ditch runs BEHIND RHS and UNDER Carmichael: 1948 Irrigation Ditch ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) To: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) Sure do remember Civil Air Patrol - my very favorite activity during the Col High Years. I belonged from 1952 (I believe) until graduation in 1955 and beyond. It is no longer at the same location, don't know if there is a CAP any more at the Richland airport up by the Racquet Club. There is a cement plant in the old location now. -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ******************************************** >>From: Ron Richards (63) To: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Think twice before you fully embrace the Running Start program. Although the politicians behind the program want you to think it is a wonderful bonus for you and your talented children, when all is said and done and your children have graduated from college they will have had only 14 years of education -not the normal 16 years. In this day and age children need more education -not less. I believe the Running Start program is more accurately portrayed as a way to save tax dollars and as an excuse to not solve the many problems that exist in public high schools today. I assume you so enjoyed being a Bomber that you would rather have had four years of high school instead of two. Your children deserve the same. -Ron Richards (63) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) RE: R2K Box Elsa Osborne, did you pick your box up at the Reunion? Would you please contact me. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin (69) Dear Sandstormers: I keep seeing references to the Very Esteemed Mrs. Vera Edwards. She was one huge inspiration and an incredible amount of fun for me in 9th grade at Chief Jo. Is she on e-mail or could someone send me her address so I could ship an overdue thank you or two to her? Many thanks. -Anna Durbin (69) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) To: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: Running Start Program My son just completed two years of Running Start at Eastern Washington University. He graduated last month from Cheney High School with 88 college credits already under his belt. Just wanted to let you know that the program is available through universities as well as community colleges. Also, the program is NOT for everyone. He earned a respectable 3.5 college gpa, but probably would have gotten 4-points in high school. On the other hand, he was so bored with high school, he may have flunked out or dropped out if he hadn't had the challenge of Running Start. It cost me $150-$200 per quarter for books and fees, so it's more expensive than high school. He did continue band classes at CHS and participated in marching band, so he had some contact with high school his junior and senior years. My daughter began her junior year with history and English classes through EWU Running Start, but preferred the social life of high school, so she quit after 2 quarters. She was only 15-years old, and the stress of running back and forth from high school to college, the heavier academic burden, and extra- curricular activities were too much. She's every bit as bright as her brother, but Running Start just wasn't for her. These are a few things to consider if you're thinking about enrolling a child in the program. If (s)he has a lot of high school friends, participates in band and sports, then (s)he is probably already challenged enough in regular or honors classes at high school. If (s)he is unhappy with the high school social scene and is an underachiever or effortlessly earns A's, then Running Start is just the pick-me-up (s)he may need to enjoy school. The Spokane area contact for EWU Running Start is Barbara Baines (509) 359-6439. To: Mike Davis (74) Watching a Frasier rerun the other night (which pretty much describes my social life), it occurred to me - the reason you didn't show up to R2K - couldn't find a date! Condolences. Better luck at the next reunion. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Wilson (76) RE: Tunnel To: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) Hi Kellie, I had heard about the tunnel between Carmichael and Col-High, but I never knew it went as far as Chief Jo. I never had the opportunity to go investigate them, might be fun sometime. -Dan Wilson (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/10/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Mary Triem (47), Anna May Wann (49) Ray Gillette (49), Shirley Watts (49), Dick Epler (52), Gail Henderson (53), Steve Carson (58), Stephanie Dawson (60), Gary Behymer (64), Larry Stone (71), Sheila Ramerman (72), Mike Davis (74), Patricia de la Bretonne ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) RE: Kennewick High All-Class reunion Being the spouse of a 1946 Lion, I attended their all-class reunion yesterday. Let me tell you, they did a FINE job of putting their day together. They had graduates from waaaay back who were specially honored at the opening ceremonies. We went out at 10:00 am and said if we didn't see anyone we knew, we were coming home early - we got home at 10:30 pm!! The Lions turned out in force and the rumor in the evening was that they had registered 5,000 people during the day. I wore my Bomber baseball hat (to the chagrin of my spouse) and saw several Bombers there, as well. Ran into Kathy the latter part of the evening proudly wearing her R2K badge (she was actually casing the joint for ideas for our next bash). Congratulations to all the hard working Lions who put a great day together. -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) RE: By's Burgers Just a reminder to all of you in the Redmond, WA area on Friday the 14th we are meeting at the WorkShop Tavern for a reunion with By and to have a gooooood!!!! hamburger. Time is 1:00 pm and address is 7541 Leary (almost across from the entry to Town Center Shopping Mall). The weather is supposed to be beautiful so let's meet out on the deck. From the graduating years that have responded - guessing your ages and what you will look like - I will be the little old white haired lady sitting there waiting for you and possibly the only white haired lady there. See ya there. {SUGGESTION: Bomber green/gold apparel!! -Maren] As Judy Campbell Barragar (61) suggested - we could start our own "Cheers" group. (I guess I could classify myself as Norm's mom!!!) -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Ray Gillette (49) RE: Ditch below Carmichael I can verify that there was indeed an irrigation ditch part way down the hill below Carmichael. Before they started clearing the land for the school there was an orchard there and the ditch supplied it. While there was still quite a lot of "cover" there some of us Bombers circa 1947 would take sixth period off and do a little "skinny dipping" in that ditch during the warm pre-summer months. This can be verified by perusing the 1948 (?) Columbian picture section where a photo of six or seven of we delinquents can be seen having fun in the water. -Ray Gillette (49) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Watts James (49) To: Marilyn and Don Richey and Bev McCleary Raffety's family I was so sorry to hear that Alan passed away. Please accept my sympathy and condolences. Sincerely, -Shirley Watts James (49) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Epler (52) RE: The Hanford Fire and DOE Sites Two recent Sandstorm entries (7/2 and 7/4) discussed the Hanford fire in terms of an increased danger due to nuclear activities at the site. There was an attempt to find similarities to the Los Alamos fire where the implication is that fires in the vicinity of DOE sites involves an additional risk to neighboring communities. I believe the reverse is actually the case, but my interest here is to dispel a few misconceptions about hydrogen, proton plasmas and range fires. One of the terms used by the writer to heighten anxiety was “proton convection” which he correctly linked to nuclear fusion of the sun and stars. Though the writer declined to assert actual fusion, he stated that “there are still some questions about just how far apart "ordinary" chemical reactions and nuclear reactions are.” Actually there's not that much disagreement. Here's what we know: First, nuclear energy involves interactions between nucleons in the nucleus while chemical energy involves interactions between electrons in the electron shells surrounding the nucleus. In 1943 Dr. Serber, who wrote The Los Alamos Primer, made some comparative calculations based on electrostatic forces to estimate that “The direct energy release in the fission process … is considerably more than 10^7 times the heat of reaction per atom in ordinary combustion.” His estimate was a little short since he didn't consider the stronger binding force between nucleons. Actually measurable fission reactions are in the range of 18 million times more powerful than chemical reactions while fusion reactions are about 29 billion times more powerful. Two oft-quoted examples: 1) The energy in a kilogram (2.2 lbs) of U235 (fission) is equivalent to about 40 million pounds of TNT; and 2) One ton of deuterium (fusion) is equivalent to approximately 29 billion tons of coal. Big, big difference! There may be some disagreement on the exact numbers but no one questions the relative magnitudes. Second, proton convection simply means that lots of protons are moving from a hotter area to a colder area. In the sun, this is a big deal since the mass of the sun consists mostly of protons … highly agitated protons due to local temperatures in the neighborhood of 15 million degrees Kelvin. While some of the physical laws governing the fluid dynamics of plasma gasses (totally ionized gasses) also apply to the earth's atmosphere, the huge temperature and pressure differences required to sustain the fourth state of matter (plasma) make the energy calculations quite different. Although hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, there's not a lot of free hydrogen in the atmosphere (about 0.5 ppm). There are even fewer free protons. Furthermore proton plasma is very unstable and hard to generate on earth generally requiring a “magnetic bottle” and lots of electrical energy. There is hydrogen in water but the energy and pressures required to first break the molecular bonds between hydrogen and oxygen and then to ionize the free hydrogen to sustain any reasonable degree of proton plasma is found only in stellar masses (or magnetic bottles). For comparison, the combustion temperature of woody materials is about 650 degrees F with an average flame temperature of 1700 degrees F, while stellar temperatures are in the millions of degrees due to the enormous pressures from both gravitation and fusion reactions. Thus the implication of the author seems to be that the protons required for any proton convection in the Hanford fire came from the nuclear materials associated with the site. My feeling is that's enough of a stretch for most Bombers that I don't have to go there. The author was correct, however, in assuming that range fires are special. Range fires involving dry sagebrush and mesquite are much more dangerous than forest fires because they burn hot, quick, and spread like crazy primarily because the fuel is small and well contained, like kindling. Massive trees and timbers on the other hand burn slowly because wood is actually a good insulator. The temperature difference between the outside of a burning timber and the core is relatively large. So it's actually better to build a building using large timbers than steel beams in the sense you have more time to get out before the building collapses (disregarding smoke inhalation). Also forest fires last longer than range fires simply because of the quantity of fuel involved. In both cases, the major fire fighting trick is to contain the fire to an area where it can burn itself out. With range fires, that's hard because they spread so fast in the direction of the prevailing winds. In truth, active DOE sites are quite safe. If I was driving a highway being overtaken by a range fire and I had a choice between driving to a nearby town or to a nearby DOE site, I would pick the DOE site. They have excellent fire prevention and fire fighting facilities as proven by both the Los Alamos and Hanford fires. -Dick Epler (52) ******************************************** >>From: Gail Henderson Renner (53) To: Carol Eaton (53) The memories of the basketball games are all coming back. I believe we have the same one abt the Walla Walla game (except I was thinking it was in Walla Walla, could be a senior moment). Anyway, I keep picturing George Anderson in the middle of the court shooting for the basket and making it just as the whistle blew. Most fantastic and created absolute bedlam. You couldn't hear a thing for all the yelling. No one has mentioned this so if I just dreamed it someone let me know please. RE: Tunnels I have never heard abt that. Oh, well. Maybe I am better off according to Bob/Mike. Take care all -Gail Henderson Renner (53) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) To: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) In about 1960 Major Florence Moeller (Shorty) and the adult squadron acquired one of the old Barracks from the Army and moved it from N. Richland to the Richland Airport. I don't know how active the CAP in Richland is now but the 50s and 60s sure turned out some strong leaders. You were my first contact with the CAP and I also stayed through my freshman year at UofW serving on the Washington Wing staff. -Steve Carson (58) ******************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) RE: The pond below Carmichael. I think that it was called Wellsian Pond, and it was a kids' fishing pond. I suspect that it was stocked by the city (in the good old government days). I remember my dad taking me and my brothers, Jeff Dawson (62) and Gaynor Dawson (65), fishing there. In the winter, when it froze over, we used it for ice skating --- well, in my case, ice falling! RE: Civil Air Patrol. My son, Jeff Janicek (88), was in the Civil Air Patrol in the mid 1980s. The meetings were held in a small building at the Richland Airport. In his senior year, the members painted the outside and made other improvements, and I believe that it was in use for several years after that. Can't say for sure if the group is still going or not. Hope to see all my classmates at the fabulous 40- year reunion in August!!! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) OK... so some of us won't win the 'least changed' award at the next reunion. That shouldn't stop us from recognizing Richland Bombers from past and present. Whether we're in the airport at Minneapolis or the Mall at Edmonton... we should come up with an idea of spotting 'Bombers'. Please a 'politically correct' idea! Got for it and make a 'bundle'! RE: Joyful Blenders continued... Would be glad to give my copy of Joyful Blenders to whomever would like it. If there is more than one person interested, I'll clip the e-mail address from your 'headers' and do the 'draw' the number out of the hat thing(;-) RE: Next Up... Shorty Holloway Fiddles "Back Up & Push". I found this treasure in Kennewick also... anyone remember Shorty? This album was done on Big Sound Records BS- 102. Know the year? -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) Is it possible that the Ms. Vera Edwards was the same English teacher I had in Kennewick? She was slightly handicapped but an excellent teacher. -Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Sheila Ramerman (72) Date: Sat Jul 8 18:57:07 2000 Hi all! CLASS OF 1972.... I missed the R2K reunion because I didn't hear about it until July 5 - wish I could have been there! Lori Jo Killand Whelan (72) filled me in on everything, tho. This is a great idea, and a good way to keep in touch. Please add me to the alum list. Thanks! -Sheila Ramerman (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) About the mysterious tunnel: I don't even have to say it. We all know where it leads. Are you outta your mind? To: Franco You and Stubby rassling over steak sauce? You wouldn't last the first course at a Davis dinner table! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne Hi. Just wanted to add my 2 cents re Running Start. I think it's an excellent option for a kid who is not interested in the social life of high school and is perhaps bored with the academic. Sitting in a classroom 6 hours a day for an extra 2 years is not necessarily more education. Patricia de la Bretonne P.S. On a lighter note, Frasier reruns are one of my favorite social activities too. ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Janice Shade Kelley, Class of 1978 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/11/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Epler (52), Kay Mitchell (52), Al Parker (53), Curt Donahue (53), Mike Clowes (54), Sharon Bee (55), Donna Bowers (63), Jean Armstrong (64), Gary Behymer (64), David Rivers (65), Edye Jenkins (72), Kim Edgar (79), Wig Davis (82), Bill Vickers (86), Steve Piippo ['??], Mike Lewis ['??] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Epler (52) RE: The Running Start Program I thought Debra Dawson Fogler's (74WB) assessment (7/9/00) of the Running Start Program identified the pros and cons quite well. Had it been available in 1950, I would have jumped on it. I had a terrible thirst for knowledge at the time (still do). In an academic sense, much of today's primary and secondary education is a waste of time. And for this, taxes from $5000 to $13,000 per student per year must be collected (depending on where you live). Of course today, academics are generally not emphasized; turning out "good citizens" is the primary goal. But it wasn't always that way. My father graduated in, I think, 1902 with an eighth grade education that I'm quite certain was better than many of today's college graduates. He had marvelous penmanship and excellent skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, history, and geography -- everything one needs to continue their education on their own. Speaking of which, Lynn's father left school after the *third* grade in 1910, but continued to educate himself to rise to a level-3 manager with General Electric at Hanford. Most recent college graduates couldn't pass the eighth grade test of those years. Occasionally you'll see a high school test representative of the turn of the century published in the Wall Street Journal as a reminder of how far our nation has sunk academically. Having said that, however, I should mention that a TCH headline of a couple weeks ago stated that RHS was the only school in the State to have significantly exceeded the new standards. Sadly, the following day's front page had the NEA calling for the standards to be lowered, or for the number of years to be increased from 12 to 13. Nevertheless, in today's world, the social and sports aspect of high school is important. I'm just not sure it needs to cost quite that much, or that academics need to be de-emphasized to the point we have to raise the import quota of educated talent each year to support our high-tech industry. -Dick Epler (52) ******************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates (52) To: All You "Younger" CAPers Some of us "older" CAP cadets from 1947 to 1952 had a great reunion in July of 97. Our guest of honor was Walt LePage, a flight instructor for many of the cadets at that time. We tapped into many good memories through photographs of the planes, the airfield, the cadets and the instructors. My father, Art Mitchell, was commander during part of that time. When we were planning the reunion, our first choice for a meeting place was at the Richland Airport in the building we knew was the CAP Headquarters. We found out there was a small group still meeting there on a regular basis, but after looking at the building and realizing we were scheduling this event for the middle of July, we quickly changed our mind. No air conditioning, no restaurant facility at that field any more. It looked deserted and HOT! Bill Hightower, Willis Weichel, Vera Rodda Simonton, my husband Richard and I did go out to the field and await the arrival of Ed Mickulecky - we managed to find a bit of shade! He was flying his private plane in from Sacramento. As we caught up on all the things we had done over the nearly 50 years since we had been together, we found that many of the fellows had Air Force careers and some still held private pilot licenses. CAP was a very positive influence on many of our lives. -Kay Mitchell Coates (52) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Mention of Welsian Lake puts me in mind of the times that Danny Lyons (53), David Isom (53) and I would take bed rolls (we didn't have sleeping bags) and would "camp out" on the stream that fed the lake near the outlet pipe after it crossed under the by- pass highway. Kids would never be able to do that nowadays. We would take potatoes and bury them in the sand and build a campfire on top of them. After an hour or so we would scrape the fire to one side and dig up the potatoes, smoother them with butter (ooh the cholesterol) and we thought they were the best tasting ever. One night while waiting for the potatoes to bake, the cops showed up. It took some talking to convince them that our parents knew where we were and what we were doing. We were only 12 or 13 at the time. As others have stated, it was great fun growing up in Richland in so many ways. I want to add my appreciation for all the comments about R2K. Being unable to attend, these remarks made impressions on the mind that were nearly visible. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) RE: C.A.P. in the 50s Now that we have established a Civil Air Patrol Squadron and its cadet auxiliary; here are some of the people I remember from those days of yore: George Howser (53) Rod Linkous (53) Ron Polock (53) Joe Polson (53) Pat O'Conner (54) Chuck Holtz (55) There were some girls involved also, but I just don't remember the names. The only adult I can remember was Sam Ellis. I do recollect pulling a few all nighters at the field because someone or something was playing with the parked airplanes at night. Naturally, we cadets were volunteered to stand guard duty. This, of course, was at the old field, and the facilities were somewhat spartan to say the least. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) I also remember the ditch below Carmichael. We first lived in the basement of one of my father's co- workers while waiting for a house to become available. The ditch had a bit of a bridge across it (the width of the street) where we used to try to catch minnows in a jar. There was an irrigation ditch which ran the length of Duane St. which is now I believe called Goethals where we (the neighborhood kids) were always going to build a raft and float to wherever it went. That never happened. It is so amazing to think back as to what was and compare it to what is now. -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (63) To: Gary Behymer (64) Dear Gary or Maren: I wanted to order a video of the reunion pep assembly and basketball game. I got into the website, but could not get into the name and address of the person to send my $20 to as there was no way to scroll down to it on the website. Could you give me the name of the person/address to send my money to. We are coming in August for my husband's 40th reunion-could only choose one or the other reunion. Wish I'd not missed Y2K, though. It sounds as if it just was the greatest. Thanks for the Memories! Love ya: -Donna Bowers Rice (63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [For Donna -- and anybody else who can't get the information from the website: Make checks ($20.00) payable to: Don Jepsen Send all orders to: DJ Video Editing Attn: Don Jepsen 313 Thayer Dr. Richland WA 99352 ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) RE: Running Start Program This is not exactly the same type of program but the end result is about the same.. An education.. In Arizona high school they have what is called AP classes.. Advanced Placement.. They are college classes that are offered in high school.. The A's are worth 5 points instead of 4 and the B's are 4 instead of 3 and so on.. These do count towards your GPA.. When the class is done, you are allowed to take a test that, if you pass, will count as a college credit.. Therefore when you go on to college after graduating high school, you could go in as a sophomore, or even a junior, depending on how many credits you have.. There is a charge for this test, but I am not sure of what it is.. I thought maybe Arizonians who are not aware of what our schools offer might be interested in this also... It pays to get good grades in high school.. If you graduate in the top 5% of your class, our in state colleges offer a tuition wavier as long as you maintain a 3.5 grade point average.. (not exactly sure on the grade point).. If you graduate in the top 10%, you are offered a tuition wavier at any in state community college, maintaining a certain grade point average.. When my daughter graduated in ' 94 she was ranked 8 out of 400.. She received certificates for three colleges in Arizona with a tuition waiver.. U of A, ASU, and NAU.. She chose U of A.. In her first year, she took an R.A. class (resident assistant).. In her second year, she became a resident assistant, and therefore received her room without charge.. She also received $1200 a semester for food.. What you don't use goes back to the account.. It's a use it or lose it deal.. You use it for food only on campus, in the vending machines and for pizza delivered by some pizza places.. (This may have changed a little over the last few years) She also worked at the front desk at two dorms, with this money she bought her books.. I am sure other states have similar programs, but I learned that you have to go looking for them.. And by being active in your child's education.. You will notice that I never used the word "free".. I have had people say that she basically went through 4 years of college free.. She earned every bit of it.. Not only by getting the best grades she could, but by being a leader in her dorm.. She had to deal with all the problems of all the girls in her wing.. She also worked long hours at the front desk, but still graduated with a 3.7 GPA.. And next month will be starting her 3rd year teaching elementary education.. This is something that the student has to want and can give them a reachable goal.. I think if I would have had this type of opportunity, I would have tried a lot harder.. The programs are out there, but very few of us know about them.. The counselors at school don't seem to council much any more unless your child is unruly.. The quiet, studious ones seem to go unnoticed.. We really had to dig for this information and ask a lot of questions.. But there are opportunities out there for higher education at very little cost, if you are willing to work for it.. and in this day and age a high school diploma is not enough.. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) RE: Bill Rightmire (67) I received a distraught phone call from Janine Rightmire Corrado (65) this morning. She was calling for "all the help [she] can get". Her brother, Bill, an accomplished pilot, his wife, Ronda and 16 year old son, Keith, were leaving Aspen, Colorado in Bill's light plane either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, when the tower lost contact with Bill. The wreckage was found with no survivors. Bill has a surviving son, a Senior in High School, who was not with them on the plane. Janine asked me to place this note in the Sandstorm and she asks for your prayers (she has mine) for the strength to tell the rest of the Rightmire family of the tragedy and the courage to get through this day and those to come. -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Edye Jenkins (72) RE: Darvi Markfelder Hull (72) RE: Darvi Hull Fund THANK YOU BOMBERS! Thanks to your generosity, about $600 was collected through your donations at the All-Bomber Reunion to help Darvi Hull, class of `72, fight cancer. This is the second time Darvi has had cancer; she was cancer-free for seven years before she was diagnosed earlier this year with peritoneal mucinous carcinomatosis, a rare form of the disease. The account at Hapo Credit Union remains open to receive donations to help Darvi and her family defray costs of her treatment. Please send your contributions to the “Darvi Hull Special Fund” at any Hapo Credit Union in the Tri-Cities. For more information, please contact Jean Bartlett Bunch (74) or Edye Jenkins. THANK YOU AGAIN. -Edye Jenkins (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: Running Start To: Ron Richards (63), Debra Wadwon (74WB) I agree this program is not for everyone, I myself would have not been interested, I loved being in high school. But, there are definitely kids that would benefit greatly from it. Especially those students, who are academically advance and that would have been bored in high school because they weren't being challenged enough. There are also kids that don't get into the social life of high school and they might want to move on. It's also a way for some kids to have access to college, that financially wouldn't be able to afford it when they graduate from high school, it gives them a head start. I've heard several positive comments from parents and students that have gone with the Running Start Program. (I'm sure there are negative ones as well) It just depends on the student. Other than having different classes than the kids at high school, these kids still can still be involved in their high school activities such as; sports, music, friends, pep-assemblies, and dances, so they wouldn't miss out on all the experiences that high schools can offer. I've got a ways to go before my son will be eligible for this, he starts kindergarten this year. When the time comes, if he's interested, we will discuss the benefits and the drawbacks of the program and decide if it's right for him. I do want my son to have the wonderful time in high school and enjoy all that it has to offer. But, I also want him to have the opportunity to be academically challenged if he feels he's not getting enough in high school. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) P.S. Please don't turn this into a political debate, if so take it to THE SANDBOX. I just wanted to let folks know this program exist and could benefit a few kids. ******************************************** >>From: Wig Davis (82) I have been in the process of moving to Dubuque IA over the past two months. I have not been able to read the daily postings until tonight. To all who read this on behalf of my brother Mike I apologize. He has been sick for some time. -Wig Davis (82) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Bill Vickers (86) Date: Mon Jul 10 22:30:18 2000 Class of 86 Greeting form Florida. If anyone knows how to get a hold of Mike Webb please let me know. In short I moved back to Florida Married to Kim have two children Savannah and Levi. Work in the Aeorspace industry, my wife is a physical therapist. Look forward to hearing from any other 1986 grads. (damn we are getting old) Take care -Bill Vickers (86) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo ['??] Having sat in endless classrooms totalling 8 years after high school, and for 25 years trying to teach in a classroom my experience has taught me high school can be the best! My own three kids will also enjoy the high school experience in the classroom, out of the classroom, participating in activities and socially with their friends. The 'running start' resulting in a 19-20 year old with a college degree who seems to be looking forward to the world of work and years of employment, often leaves the kid feeling he/she missed out. Parents like 'running start' because it's free. Courses are offered in RHS that meet the college credit status. My three kids will continue to enjoy the high school experience while I hear other kids wish they were here. Can't tell you how many kids wished they had stayed in RHS. But, 'running start' will save $ and get the kid into the world of work. They seem to all want to graduate from RHS with their childhood friends. Gotta go back to work. There's my three cents. -Steve Piippo ['??] ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis ['??] To: Dick Epler It is certainly true that fires like these are matters of intense concern for human beings. With lives -- indeed life -- at stake, it is very important to be certain of what we are doing, even more than to dispel doubt. You appear to hold energy from nuclear reactions too distinct in kind, from energy of chemical reactions. A photon from a mass-energy reaction, such as the 511 keV electron-positron annihilation, is identical in kind to a photon of the same energy from, say, an X-ray machine; and the action quantum is identical in magnitude in nuclear, chemical, and electric field processes. An eV, erg, Joule or BTU from uranium fission or proton fusion is the same as from wood or gasoline, especially in the form of electricity. Please recall that I do NOT suggest that nuclear fusion was involved in the Los Alamos or Hanford fire. I suggested that nuclear equity enhanced the flammability of the area, and acted as an accelerator. Many fundamental constants, equations and processes which were introduced by Hanford can affect flammability. There are areas in the physics of energy which are not completely understood, in particular the influence of nuclear order on chemical reactions, including flammability. Nuclear order does occur in certain reactions which are primarily chemical in nature - namely, crystal formation, as in frost, salt and other crystals. The influence of nuclear order on chemical reactions will take a good deal of time to completely reveal its eventual outcome - its takes place in very low-energy, long-duration processes which fit more in the geophysical domain; hence, five decades or longer passed until these fires. I am not content to say that nuclear order cannot affect chemical reactions such as in these fires, for instance, by equalizing the flash point throughout the region before the fire begins. There's lots more which one can say or write about it but the whole is not really clear yet. Mainly, I think it will occur again at other nuclear facilities. Mike Lewis ['??] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/12/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers and 2 Bomber WBs today. Grace Spice (50WB), Dick Epler (52), Tom Tracy (55), John Adkins (62), Jean Armstrong (64), Leona Eckert (65), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Rod Brewer (65), Gail Setbacken (66), Kathy Hills (67), Pam Ehinger (67), Ron St. John (67), Cathie Schmidt (68), Gary Hoff (68), Karen Pierce (68), Kathie Moore (69), Mike Davis (74), Dan Wilson (76), Kathy Hodgson (76), Lonnie Beatty (86WB), Jenn Tomaszewski (94) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Grace Spice (50WB) To: Gary Behymer (640 Hi Gary I am a (50 WB). I came out here the day after I graduated from high school in Boston. My first job at Seattle First National Bank I met Mary Triem Mowery (47). She suggested I write. In 1969 I joined the Joyful Blenders. It was a new choral group just starting up. I came across a program for a concert we gave and the Swing Choir under the direction of Ted Baer was a part of this concert. We were under the direction of Vivian Curtis. perhaps some of these names will be familiar. 1st Soprano Beverly Adams, Maimee England, Cheryl Hoaglund Zola Walker 2nd Soprano Margaret Bosch, Gertie DuPlessis, Barbara Oberg, Margaret Oberg, Grace Spice (me), Grace St. John, Donna Strasser, Sharon Vanderwood Alto Chloe Devine, Karen Gasper, Virginia Harty, Marilyn McNeill, Beverly Nelson, Betsy Phillips, Marilyn Thompson Guitarists Mary McCue, Jeanne Walker, Pat Wilburn This record must have been made after I left Richland in 70. We moved to Olympia and I was away 7 years. I lost touch with almost all of the women. I would love to have a copy or buy your record. Perhaps you know someone who has the capability of making a tape from a record. I have enjoyed reading all the letters sent in to the Sandstorm. You have marvelous school spirit. They have lit a fire under me to go back to Boston for my 50th this October. Thanks for listening. -Grace Spice (50WB) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Epler (52) To: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) Thanks for the information about Arizona’s “Advanced Placement,” with supplemental information. I copied and sent your note to the parents of some of my granddaughters. One is currently bound for ASU and two, in Phoenix, will be ready in just a few short years. Thanks again. To: Mike Lewis (60) Occasionally I’ll write a critical commentary to something in the Sandstorm but usually I never send it. That’s what should have happened in this case. I’m sorry and I apologize for my comments on your analysis. -Dick Epler (52) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Sharon Bee Burks (55) Sharon: We lived half a block from Carmichael on 1408 Iry St. when first moving to Richland. Swam in that ditch on many hot days with Bill Griffin (54), Joe Valdez (54), Kenny Plum and others. Our parents often reminded us we would receive a posterior application of superior force if we were ever caught there... (Polio was a parent's nightmare. Remember the Big March of Dimes Drives?) a mile of dimes spread out downtown?) Bet Ralph Myrick (51) remembers that one too. Ahh, that ditch was paradise on a hot summer day... and where it flowed offered Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer-type luxuries. I remember bringing a tiny poplar sprout from the ponds below the hill. I'm guilty of causing that giant tree that grew out of bounds and dwarfed our house later. Hopefully, someone got a few cords of firewood, and no parts were used to remind errant children not to stray. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) RE: Fire at Hanford Let's see if this makes sense, there was a particularly wet spring and the desert grasses were abundant. There was a two month dry spell and the desert grasses got dry. There was a good hot desert day. There was an accident that started a small fire. There was a bureaucratic policy to let fire run its natural course then a nice 20 - 30 mph wind - don't make much more of it than that. These deserts have been burning off for 10's of thousands of years, and if you don't fight them they burn. -John Adkins (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) RE: Bill Rightmire (67) To: Janine Rightmire Corrado (65) Janine, I am sorry for your terrible loss.. My thoughts and prayers are with you.. With God's help, you will get through this.. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) Does anyone know the where abouts of Thomas Verellan? Last I heard he lived in Olympia, WA. Would appreciate any info you could give. He was in the class of '60 or '61, I believe. Thanks, -Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) David Rivers, I read your email about Janine Rightmire's brother this morning and was so saddened and shocked. If you can relay a message to her, tell her I love her and I'm thinking of her and her family. If you have an email address or snail mail for her you can send me, I would appreciate it. Thanks. This is to Patti McLaughlin, I'm not sure I received a brochure for our 35th reunion, if so I lost it, can you send me another? And my last name really is de la Bretonne, not Klein. Thanks. See you there! -Patty de la Bretonne (65) ******************************************** >From the Class of '68 Message Board: >>Date: 01/10/00 04:57:10 AM Name: Rod Brewer (65) RE: Judy Ley Year Graduated: class of '68, moved before graduation, I think Can anyone tell me the whereabouts of Judy Ley. Last I heard she was in the Yakima area. Thanks -Rod Brewer (65) ******************************************** >>From: Gail Setbacken Carter (66) Yes!!! The reunion was special. Thanks to those who gave to make it happen. My best friend couldn't be there with us, I know she would have a great time seeing old friends and sharing our stories and laughing at the silly things we did. She was smiling down on us that day. I miss her as I have missed her for 34 years. Today would have been Marcia's 52nd birthday. Happy Birthday, Marcia. You are always in my heart. Love, Gail. MARCIA SETBACKEN ~ July 11, 1948 - November 5, 1967 -Gail Setbacken Carter (66) ******************************************** >>From: Kate "Kathy" Hills Krafft (67) RE: Bill Rightmire (67) I am heartbroken to hear about the tragic deaths of Bill and his family members. I remember him with tremendous fondness as a remarkable, wonderfully talented and kind person. I will try to find out some details so that those who wish to can express their sympathy to his sister and other family members or make a donation in his memory. On another subject. My eldest daughter took advantage of the Running Start Program through Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Community College/University of Washington. She had a fantastic experience, superior instructors and very challenging course offering. It was definitely a totally different social and academic experience than what either of her parents experienced at RHS and Garfield. She entered the University of California last Fall as a sophomore with 55 college credits and immediate access to upper division course work. She was very well prepared and made an easy transition into University level work and social life. Despite her experience... my younger daughter is totally happy attending her Dad's alma mater and I really doubt that she will opt to go anywhere else, but I am happy she will have that option. -Kate "Kathy" Hills Krafft (67) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) RE: Bill Rightmire (67) My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to Bill's son, and the rest of his family. -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Ron St. John (67) To: Gary Behymer (64) RE: Joyful Blenders Gary, My Mother, Grace St. John, was at one time a member of the Joyful Blenders and I have an album of their music. Although the only names on the album (the cover is plain white with nothing on it, mine still has the cellophane) except Lois Gaskell, Director and author of three of the 21 arrangements, Sister M. Therese author of 13, Dale Wood one, Ron McKeown one and the rest listing no author. The album label doesn't list a date or recording company but has the numbers GRS-8553A (&B for side two) and (18335). I will forward this to Mom perhaps she can provide more insight to the group's history. My Mom & Dad now reside in Kennewick in the summer and Tucson in the winter, and Mom still sings a strong soprano. Enjoy! -Ron St. John (67) ******************************************** >From the Class of '68 Message Board: >>Date: 07/10/00 01:42:36 PM Name: Gary W. Hoff RE: Lezlie Hough (68) Year Graduated: 1968 Anyone know Lezlie's email or whereabouts? -Gary Hoff (68) ******************************************** >From the Class of '68 Message Board: >>Date: 07/3/00 09:22:31 AM Name: Cathie Schmidt-Caruth (68) RE: R2K Reunion Year Graduated: 1968 What did you think of the R2K All Class Reunion? There sure weren't as many 1968 graduates there as I had thought would be. Rumor has it that only about 35-40 registered for it. Did you know that WSU sent a three-person team to do a documentary on the reunion? -Cathie Schmidt Caruth (68) ******************************************** >From the Class of '68 Message Board: >>Date: 06/29/00 05:52:41 PM Name: Karen Pierce Cowan (68) RE: Gary Pierce (68) Year Graduated: 1968 Gary's family have been looking for him - if any of you have a clue what happened to him please e-mail me. Gary had some problems a few years back - was hospitalized & made a good recovery. Later trouble began once again, unfortunately last November he was missing, not even a trace of his car. In January of this year his sister, Janice Pierce Gunter (63), had to shut his house down & as far as I know his daughters or Janice haven't heard anything since. I certainly hope he is ok & would get in touch with someone. Thanks so much! ------------ ...and another one from Karen ------------ >From the Class of '68 Message Board: >>Date: 06/29/00 05:26:38 PM Name: Karen Pierce Cowan (68) RE: All Class Reunion Year Graduated: 1968 Just wanted everyone to know - I just happened to go to the park after watching the Cool Desert Nights at my husband's law firm. It was quite pleasant. Greg Markel (RHS Grad of '65) & his wife, Carla, (Kamiakin Grad of ?, she's young) my husband, Tom (Kennewick Grad of '64)& myself went to the beer garden & saw so many people it was a blast from the past. Sorry, I missed the 30th Reunion but it was great to see & talk with different ones this last week-end. I found out it really is important to keep in touch. The next evening we danced to the Kingsmen which brought back many memories. Thanks to the class of '60 for the fantastic fireworks display. -Karen Pierce Cowan (68) ******************************************** >From the Class of '68 Message Board: >>Date: 03/1/00 08:22:27 PM Name: Kathie Moore Adair (69) RE: Jim Orren Year Graduated: 1969 Can anybody help me locate Jim Orren from '68? I really am trying to find his big brother, John Orren. Appreciate the help, thanks. -Kathie Moore Adair (69) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) RE: Wig Davis' (82) comments So the long lost Wig has returned! Some of you may remember him as "Half uniform" Wig, having had to share a uniform with a teammate in ninth grade hoops. Others may remember him as the Student Body President of 1982 that is credited with officially changing the name from Columbia High School to Richland High School. Apparently he felt there was confusion between Columbia High in Burbank and our own Col-Hi. If the truth be known, Wig lobbied for the change because he couldn't spell Columbia! Although Wig has left to the great corn fields of Iowa, he still resides on the western side of the Mississippi River, therefore, he can still hold claim to being the slowest person this side of the Mississippi! Good to hear from you, Wig! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Wilson (76) RE: tunnels To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) I do believe there were (or are) tunnels in the said locations. I don't know how much is truth and how much fiction, but I do know for a fact that there were bomb shelters at the schools that were installed about the same time as the Hanford plants AND the SCHOOLS were built!!!! What do you think these bomb shelters were, TUNNELS!!!! They had to be constructed large enough to accommodate hundreds & thousands of people. Also, I know reliable people that have seen them. And, No thankyou, Bob, not interested in a bridge at this time. -Dan Wilson (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Hodgson Lucas (76) RE: Running Start One more note about Running Start: The student doesn't have to take a full load at the college. My son is taking morning classes at CBC and afternoon classes at RHS so he can still partake in the social life. His gas bill will be expensive, but he'll have the best of both worlds, his high school activities, credit for time served in college and a foot in the door, and a nifty grad school application or resume entry. As my son is looking toward Medical School, this affords him a head start (Running Start!) without his having to lose out on the making of happy high school memories. -Kathy Hodgson Lucas (76) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Lonnie Beatty (86WB) Date: Tue Jul 11 05:46:44 2000 Would have been a Bomber Wazzzup to all the old and new Col-Hi/Richland High people out there. My Mom and Dad went to Richland High and graduated in 1960. Their names at that time were Wilma "Ellie" Pence and Dennis Robertson (now Beatty). My other relatives were Joanne Robertson and others, to be sure. Unfortunately my family and I moved and ended up being a graduate of Cabrillo H.S. in Lompoc, CA - class of 1986, but have always thought about Richland High and the Tri-Cites area. I went to Jefferson Elementary from 1972 and moved 3 months before Mt. St. Helens blow up - or out as the case may be. I went to school with Guy Lewis, David Bromley, Jennifer Spinos, Julie Bucanan, John Jate, Vonnie Edwards, Nick Manolopolis, Jackie Couch, Dana Hussy, and a bunch more people. If anyone knows how to get a hold of any of these people, please give them my e- mail address so they can respond. I would love to here from anyone. Thanks for a great web site GO 1986 GO BOMBERS!!!!! -Lonnie Beatty (86WB) ******************************************** >>From: Jenn Tomaszewski Seidl (94) RE: Running Start You have a lot of messages from parents and teachers regarding Running Start. How about some input from a not-so-distant graduate of good ol' RHS (1994)? Most people seem to think that high school is the best time any kid could ever hope to have. Their friends are cool and so are they and life is peachy. Some of us were simply bored so we chose other avenues to educate ourselves and get somewhere in the world. (I found out later that my REAL life-long friends would come from college or kindergarten and not from RHS - gasp!) Some kids take the A.P. (advanced placement) classes and test out of future college courses for a fee. Others do Running Start. I did a little bit of all three (AP, RS, and traditional) and I will tell you that Running Start is a good idea. Yes, you miss the high school "experience", but if that means missing out on the classroom interactions with immature, whining, frustratingly slow-learning individuals, I would rather be in college. Besides, who ever said that the classroom was meant to be socialite central? Naive me, I thought school was a place to learn; recess and after-school sports were for socializing. My fellow A.P. students and I studied hard to earn an A that was still only worth 4 points. A high- schooler's goal should be to graduate and make the best of the education opportunities offered them, including the chance to attend local colleges for "free". (Parents/students still have to pay for books and fees). This could mean participating in CBC's arts department, taking foreign language, joining choir classes, making pottery, or taking calculus. Nobody said attending college had to be for the purely scientifically oriented. I appreciate all the hard work that the high school teachers put into their jobs, but given the chance to be challenged, I as a student would take that any day. Don't sell your kids short and not offer them every opportunity to succeed in life and school. Just because they take R.S. doesn't doom them to 2 more years in the work place. It could free them up to have two years for traveling and performing socially valuable volunteer projects like the Peace Corp. Besides, what parent, who knows the skyrocketing cost of college, can pass on the opportunity to get some for free? That's my 4 cents. And no, Mr. Piippo, I never had you, but if you could have challenged me, I am sure I would have enjoyed your class. -Jenn Tomaszewski Seidl (94) BS Chemical Engineering 1998 MS Chemical Engineering 2000 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/13/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Mike Clowes (54), Steve Carson (58), Burt Pierard (59), Ann Bishop (60), Frank Osgard (63WB), Jim Hamilton (63), Christy Spencer (67), Steve Piippo (70), Brad Upton (74), Cecily Riccobuono (77), Kim Edgar (79), Monique Mangold (80) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) RE: Tunnels and Dan Wilson's (76) knowledge Dan, You may be right about bomb shelters; but from what I recall of those "golden days" was that public bomb shelters were clearly marked. Civil Defense authorities wouldn't have it any other way. While I may have a few "bouts of forgetfulness", I don't really recall seeing any signs in and around Col-Hi (as we knew it) pointing to shelters. And during the time I worked for G.E., both in the admin area and the 200 areas, I don't remember. I do know that in talking to some of the engineers, they were working on a variation of the "duck and cover" drill. It involved some contortions and was designed to say good bye to a certain portion of your anatomy in case of "BWF". No, I think I'll still hold with my theory of irrigation ditches. Probably dug by the Anasazi or some such group. Go Bombers! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (58) To: Bob Carlson (54) We were the CAP generation that followed you from '55 - '60. The all nighters we pulled at the old field were centered around flying the Link trainer. We beat Yakima in the drill team competition and went on to place second in Region sent several cadets on the International Exchange and Jet Orientation and more than a few into the ranks of the Air Force. We attended Summer Encampments at Geiger AFB in Spokane, and one year we concentrated on the Air Force Certificate of Proficiency at the AFB in the Puget Sound area (don't recall the name) The cadet squadron provided a great training ground and memories. -Steve Carson (58) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: Karen Pierce Cowan (68) The fireworks display was compliments of R2K, not the Class of 60. Larry Mattingly (60) graciously donated all the stuff for the show, but the R2K Committee paid all the associated costs. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Myers (60) RE: Termination Winds Video Before Christmas I purchased a video title "Termination Winds" from someone who sent an entry to the Sandstorm. Being long of years and short of memory, I do not remember who that was and am interested in getting another one or two. If you are out there, please e-mail me. -Ann Bishop Myers (60) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) Long story, which I'll relate in detail when I've got more time. Suffice to say that we rolled into "Graceland" about 6:30pm on Sunday the 25th of June. Beat feet to the park thinking there might be a straggler or nine. It turned out be be more like a straggler or none, as first we went to the park below the High School where as sophomores we used to "smoke our lunch". Then after considerable backing and filling we went to the right park, the one below the Bus Depot. But none Bombers. Lots of grass mashed down and some Sea Gulls (first time I'd thought of Steve Denler (64) in years) fighting over the remains of a box of KFC's finest. Was pretty crapped out, but could feel the vibes from everyone else's good time. Monday morning I got everyone moving for breakfast and a tour of what I could remember of the city. The Spudnut shop was pretty empty, and I didn't recognize a single soul. We were able to e-lax in a booth with a big plate of Spudnuts and some day old cinnamon rolls. Found some gum dried under the table, I mused about whose it might have been. Wonder if it was someone from the the Gold Medal Class of '63, for whom I had lusted, lusted and lusted. Drove by the Rec Hall and could still hear the strains of "The Bristol Stomp" from a Hi-Spot dance 35 or 40 years ago. Wanted to pull the T-Rex into the parking lot, crack open a tube of Oly, and yell "Hey Olson, come and get me". Couldn't get our caravan into and around the parking lot. I had to disconnect the GEO and finally got everything pointed the right way. Took a final lap of the Southend, down GWWay, right on Abbott, right on Armistead, left on Benham, right on Duane (which isn't there any mo') up Delafield right on Douglass down to Comstock, left up to Craighill (that was scarey, the road is so narrow). Left on some street I couldn't remember and then a right on Cullum at TWO-OH-SIXXXXXXXXXXXXX, my favorite Patrol Boy station. Lewis and Clark as I knew it ain't no more, so there was no point walking the playground and tell some Pook and Dewey Skaggs stories to my tour group. Couldn't believe how much everything had changed. Those skinny elm trees are big, and the streets ain't as wide as when people parked in the lots behind their houses. Was amazed at how many prefabs are still standing, and how many A and B houses are occupied with what appears to be absolutely no maintenance, none, zero, zip. There were so many stories that I couldn't tell. Actually I've been telling them for years. I'm pretty sure part of them are true, but like everyone else I can't remember what part. I did my best to entertain my fast losing interest troop, by telling them "this is where I _____" or "this is where ______ did _______ and Officer Mumper _______ __________ and called ________ folks and we all _______ at ______". I was fast losing my audience, so sooner than I had planned we were on the road. My credibility had been besmirched in the face of my boys. We didn't see a single person jump off a railroad bridge, hooky bob behind a car, drink irrigation water or ride his bike carrying a shotgun and bag of mallard dekes to hunt ducks on the Yakima River. I even checked the trash behind the grocery stores to see if any lost Beer was about to be found. Couldn't get a Pappa Cheese, but we did find Zip's Specials. Of course now they cost about what a recap 7.60 X 15 white wall used to run down at the OK Rubber Welders. Tastee freeze wasn't open, Dawson Richards and BBM aren't any more. Not a lot of business I could recognize and short of seeing Gary Scofield's (63) name up in lights by the old Frontier Tavern didn't see anyone I knew. I came home, kinda the same way I left. High Drama. The weather is still magnificent and the morning smells are just about the best. The Columbia at 6am still calls my name. What a great place, Richland. I'm not sure I don't like the one inside my head more than the one I tried to navigate in a Land Yacht with two bored boys devoting all of their focus to Play Station. The two are similar, but my home town didn't have video rentals, latte stands, houses that needed painting, yards that need watering and old men wearing tank tops and Mariner caps. In fact some of them "wide rides" were probably someone I went to school with. I'll come back to Richland when '63 has another reunion, but in the mean time I'll continue to come back a couple of times a day when I've a minute to close my eyes. Frank p.s. I don't close my eyes any more, when I'm herding the T-Rex. Did that once, and had to buy a new mirror on the right side. I was thinking about a sock hop at Carmichael, and WHAMMM. $78.80 at Kampertown, but recalling those six seconds dancing to "the Twelfth of Never" were worth it. -Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) RE: What I did on my vacation For those of you from the Gold Medal Class of '63, who did not make it to Carolyn & LaMont DeJong's "Son of R2K" Clambake and S'More Roast last Saturday in Portland. You missed a great time. Along with Anita & Dean Newlywed, we were graced with appearances by Bob Mathis and the Artist formerly known as No Show David Schulz. I personally was preoccupied with waiting for Jim House to show up. Jim has been named Poster Child for a recently identified malady (conjured up by one Mary Lou Watkins Rhebeck) know as Reunion-aholism. Someone mentioned that after having a room named after himself at the Desert Inn/Hanford House/Thunderbird/Red Lion/Double Tree/Red Lion Again Hotel, Jim went looking for some help. Apparently he has hit the road after packing his substantial collection of reunion tee-shirts and other assorted Bomberobelia into a 24 foot U-Haul and trailer. He was last seen heading for The Betty Ford Clinic. Hopefully Jim will be able to attend the Telethon scheduled for Charlie Van Sickel's birthday weekend and give some hope to the rest of us who can still quote the '63 Garfield starting line up and are terminally high centered on "Remember the time". Them DeJongs sure do throw a good party, glad I was there. jimbeaux ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Christy Spencer Peterson (67) Date: Wed Jul 12 15:11:36 2000 CLASS OF 67 Just found this site. Please add me to the alumni list. If anyone know where I can get in touch with Dawn Thomas (class of 67), please let me know. Thanks -Christy Spencer Peterson (67) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Kathy Lucas (76) Is this the Kathy Lucas married to the 'Big Dog?' There has been discussion as to why the high school course work, in many courses, does not earn community college credit as an AP course earns university credit? It's a great deal for the community college too. For example there is a college math course offered in RHS for students, but these students have to pay the college credit $$$ rate. You'd think if RHS offers course work at the college level the students would not have to pay in RHS just like the 'running start program' but the community college doesn't like that. What a rip. Your daughter Cara was a real treat to teach this year and I thank you for all those good years of AAU hoops and of course the years of excellent soccer Cara played here in RHS. Puyallup Good Guys Rod Run this weekend. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton (74) To: Mike Davis (74) Mike, Why all the pain? You strike out at those that love you. You're hurting inside aren't you? Do you need a hug? Only a few more years and you can have the senior menu at Denny's.... that should help. -Brad Upton (74) ******************************************** >>From: Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan (77) To: Marilyn Richey (53) I did not know Alan, but am sorry to hear of your loss. I am curious, and I hope you don't mind my asking. How are you, and your husband related to Bev Rafferty, and her family? I have known the Richeys since I was a little girl, and ran into Bev last summer at the fair. I saw Jill for the first time in a long time in '97 at the Puyallup fair when Michael Peterson (77) was performing there. Connie, who knew my brother, Clark (71), I haven't seen in years, but I imagine is still gorgeous like her mother. Scott, I haven't seen since school. Bev's husband, Charlie, is brother to Pam Baird's Mom. Pam, and I were best friends years ago, but have lost touch over the years. Anyway, again, I am sorry for your loss, and please convey my condolences to Bev and her family as well. -Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: "Bomber" Name My License Plate Holder "Alumni Richland Bombers" has sparked a few conversations. A few folks have wondered why the school has not changed "Bombers" to something else, since it is no longer politically or socially correct. My response is that the name is part of Richland's history and we alumni's as well as the town folks are very proud of it. It will be a cold day in "BLANK" (didn't want to swear) before it will ever get changed. Some people might try, but they'll have to put up a good fight, we Bombers are strong and stand united. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Monique Mangold Beaucour (80) French AFS student I wonder sometimes about the meaning of some words I read and I can find in the dictionary. I finally find some help reading the stories, days after days on the Sandstorm, like for "spud nuts" or "running start". Would you mind helping me for "alumni" and "R2K"? Thanks! To: Patty de la Bretonne (65) Your last name is definitivly french, I wonder if you know the origin of it? A Bretonne is a lady who lives in Bretagne , a region in north west of France, which had a strong link with Great Britain through the history and still speaks a celtic language . In fact Britain means Bretagne in french. I first want to tell every one how proud I am to be a Bomber. I fall in love with your country thanks to my great host family: the Wilsons (Kathy Wilson (80) and and my 5 other brothers and sisters and parents: Jean and Buck). It was not obvious at first to get along with you Bombers. I often felt stupid, for not being aware of things or just for being different (still do!). Some people beside my family helped me, like DAVE TADLOCK (80). I'm attending the 20 year reunion, and I am very excited about it, even if I'm anxious, too. I am thinking about people I would like to see again, Dave Tadlock was one of them. My best friend in the states: Debby Dorman Yaconetti (80) called me the 4th of july and told me he was dead for two years now. It took me a long time to recover from that bad news. It seems unreal when I see his picture in the yearbook. He is alive in my head, in my heart, in my memories. I have another friend, I kept in touch with for years: My Duong Martin (80). She used to live on Kimball Ave. She moved to Japan as she got married and when she came back her last address was in Michigan. Could one of you help me find out how come she doesn't give news any more, or where she is now? You know, this Sandstorm, and those reunion are great. As a frenchy, it's unbelievable people keep that spirit through years! We have nothing like that in France. Do you understand now why I'm very proud to be a Bomber? Thank you every one! -Monique Mangold Beaucour (80) French AFS student ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Donna Hebert Dittus, Would have been Class of 1982 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/14/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson (50), Marilyn Richey (53), Roxanne Knutson (62), Jim House (63), John Marshall (65), Judy Manning (65), Toby Wheeler (65/66), Kathy Hills (67), Dave Doran (72), Greg Alley (73), Susan Black (73WB), Dan King (77), Kathy Hodgson (76), Jamie McDevitt (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) To: Marilyn Richey (53) Marilyn, As you may know, the new training center for the Women's Softball Olympic Team is now open. It is located several miles from us and it is "something to die for". The grass is green, the housing for the players is new, and I understand the food is outstanding. All of this overlooking a lake. The entire Olympic Training Center is great! Think of you every time I see the interviews etc... how you would have loved it! Will send you a T-Shirt with proper insignia and Olympic Women's Softball logos etc... send me your address. Could I get it from Judi? -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To: Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan (77) My brother, Alan Richey (49), was married to Beverly McCleary Rafferty (49) from 1950-66. Connie, Scott and Jill are the children from that marriage. I'm so glad that my brother and Beverly as well as Charley remained good friends right up to his death. Beverly may not have been directly in the family but has been a good part of the children as with Alan. Thank you for your message. -Marilyn Richey (53) ******************************************** >>From: Roxanne Knutson Short (62) Have been enjoying everyone's entry's about the R2K weekend. All I know is it was one of a kind. I don't think you could duplicate it in even 5-10 yrs. Myself am looking forward to being eligible for the Club40 in a few years. The thing about the week-end I will never forget is "On to State! On to State!" made me feel like 17 teen again! Tears were iminate @ that point. Meeting people that were much older than I was another great feature, due to the fact they were truly teenagers during the early 50's. The gathering @ Hanford House was awesome Saturday eve and what a fantastic finish with the fireworks. Never forget it, made 4th of july works feel insignificant! Want to remind the ones who didn't buy ornaments for R2K, or house ornaments, that they still are available, just look at the R2K websites if interested. I have and enjoy each one that makes memories for me! Love you all Bombers! -Roxanne Knutson Short (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) To: Jim Hamilton (63) The Betty Ford clinic would not accept me. It is their opinion that Reunion-aholism cannot be cured. The R2k strain will never go away. It is a life-long affliction more addictive then the other maladies they treat. Their advise was that if I accept that I have R2k, my friends will ultimately accept me for the way I am. By the way it is contagious, no doubt some of my friends have to deal with it too. It appears even some Bombers who weren't there may have it now. On to State! On to State! On to State! -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: John Marshall (65) RE: Teachers I think it would be be worthwhile to add the Columbia High teachers to the mailing list. I was just thinking of my math teacher, Calvin Gentle. His preparation allowed me to sail through college math. PS. Dear Mrs. Laney (Jason Lee 4th grade) wherever you are, thanks for Robert Heinlein and my penmanship never got readable. -John Marshall (65) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From Judy Manning Moore (65) Date: Thu Jul 13 01:57:03 2000 Class of '65 Hello to everyone out there. Don't mind hearing from you.... its been along time. Miss seeing all my old friends. -Judy Manning Moore (65) ******************************************** >>From: Toby Wheeler Davis (65/66) RE: Bomb shelter at Col-Hi. I know for a fact there was a bomb shelter at Col-Hi, during the 50's at least. We lived smack across the street from the high school on the corner of Long and Swift and I used to ride my bicycle around the high school all of the time. I had one of those HUGE 26 inch bicycles to grow into and actually one of my first serious accidents involved one of those 3" black water hoses laying snaked across the sidewalk in front of the high school. While riding standing up (since I could not reach the pedals while sitting down) I attempted to ride OVER one of these monster black snakes, hitting it head on. Unfortunately the hose was bigger than my tire (I swear!) and my bike skidded sideways and I flew over the handlebars, skidding for a certain distance, peeling skin from all bare areas. Since I was in shorts and one of those white, lace like, ruffled tops that cover slightly more than a bikini top, there was plenty of skin to peel! "Ouch" to say the least. My Mom could not believe the amount of blood covering my body when I returned home. She thought I had been hit by a car... anyway regarding the bomb shelter. I finally did manage to ride my bike all around the high school. In back of Col Hi, next to, or near to where they eventually put the car and body shop, there was a bomb shelter. There were steps going underground into a huge room. We used to play around there all the time and scare each other with stories of devils, monsters and witches that lived in the darkest corners. I think I remember seeing one of those signs from the civil defense group too at one time. By the time I actually reached high school, I don't remember it being there anymore... but maybe there were tunnels to Carmichael too, from that point. Who knows? -Toby Wheeler Davis (65/66) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy "Kate" Hills Krafft (67) RE: Bill Rightmire (67) Memorial Service According to the 7/12/00 Rocky Mountain News story regarding the plane crash, a memorial service for Bill, Rhonda and Keith Rightmire is scheduled for 4pm Thursday (July 13, 2000) at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, 6337 S. Robb Way, Littleton, Colorado. I am attempting to find out if the family has suggested or established a memorial fund and will provide that info when I get it. -Kathy "Kate" Hills Krafft (67) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Doran (72) To: Frank Osgard (63WB) I have thoroughly enjoyed your T-Rex journals! Your writing has the rarest of combinations, being very funny and witty in a down-home way while keeping a seriously evocative tone. Well done! And reminiscent of the best from Mr. Clemons et al. -Dave Doran (72) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) Your subject matter on this sight is beyond famous. We now have a new subject. Can we dig up concrete evidence that Wig Davis (82) was the actual person who instigated the change of Columbia High to Richland. I open the floor to you and your loyal subjects. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From Susan Black (73WB) Date: Thu Jul 13 15:52:25 2000 Would-have-been 1973. Just signing in to say "Hi". Would love to hear from classmates -Susan Black (73WB) ******************************************** >>From: Dan King (77) To: Linda King Goetz (79) Just wanted to wish my favorite sister a Happy 39th Birthday! Card is in the mail... as usual. -Dan King (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Hodgson Lucas (76) To: Steve Piippo (70) As much as I'd love to claim credit for Cara, she isn't mine. And my husband (Ron Lucas, Pasco '71) has been called a lot of things, but I don't think Big Dog is one of them. I do have a son, Matt, a junior, a daughter Kati, 10, who plays AAU and Pasco Court Kids (by invitation) basketball and soccer, and a daughter Chelsea, 9, also playing soccer and basketball. The girls can't wait to become Bombers to continue to great Bomber sports traditions of Cara and her teammates. -Kathy Hodgson Lucas (76 ******************************************** >>From: Jamie McDevitt (81) RE: David Tadlock (80) David Tadlock is alive and well! He and his wife, Diane are living in the Seattle area. -Jamie McDevitt (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/15/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and TWO Bomber Moms today. Tom Tracy (55), Max Sutton (57), Larry Brackenbush (58), Barbara Gore (67), Marriem Sampson (68), Debra Dawson (74WB), Mike Davis (74), Mark Paris (80), Jeff Osborn (82), B.J. Davis (Bomber Mom), Jean Ell (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Ann Pearson Burrows (50) Ann, What a wonderful tribute to such a great softball pitcher, Marilyn Richey (53). She is a classic athlete and in todays' game, she would be an Olympic champion. Marilyn was a half-century ahead of her time. Everyone wanted a "wider" bat when they tried to hit against her. Hope you are still swimming. You were our favorite lifeguard at Richland's first pool. During the R2K fireworks, I mentioned to a friend, "right over there is where lots of Richland kids learned to swim. The spot in the park at the extension of "Lee"(?) Blvd. was where the old pool was located. Reminds me of the times a 6th grader was tempted to call for help. I recently saw a lifeguard tell kids who pretended they couldn't swim, "Hey, when you get to the bottom, run like mad (she didn't say "mad") for shore." We think lifeguard's Dad was one of the NewAge Dentists who gives you a shot of LSD and rips the tartar off your teeth. (He's the one with crooked windshield wipers on the headlights of his Mercedes.) Ann, we are still laughing about the forgotten tunnels running between Carmichael and Col. High that are a recent topic of conversation. Some people doubt their depth and breadth. How else do they think we were able to smuggle so many fortune cookies into the country? Weren't they referred to as Chinese "spudnuts"? (Didn't Marco Polo pretend to be Chinese while on one of his "bring 'em back alive" adventures and steal all the good potatoes from Ireland so he could capture the secret Nuclear Spudnut Recipe? Nice to hear from you again. Wish you could have seen the grand fireworks @ R2K. Brought back many memories of growing up in a "newly invented" American city. (Please don't tell Mr. Gore I said that.) The young engineers had a field day naming streets after their favorite engineers. They were good days to remember. (Does Carmichael Jr. High still have the "Ultraviolet Lights" in the room ventilators?) Bet Laura Dean Kirby (55) remembers those too. Mary Winston (55), said recently that she is recovering from her self punishment for not being able to attend the R2K ceremonies. She was a great cheerleader who inspired the Bombers and always won the outstanding citizen awards for community service. Jim Boyd (55) is "suffering in luxury" at pool side in sunny Palm Springs. It's good to know all that hard work paid off for him. He and Lee Stratton seemed to work around the clock at stores or restaurants, becoming professionals at 14-16. They always seemed to drive the newest cars too, while the rest of us pushed ours around town. Best to all the Bombers everywhere. And remember if your engines stall, turn your radio up real loud to drown out the sound of those who don't like to fly gliders. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Max Sutton (57) RE: R2K teeshirts My wife [Gayle Dunn-62] ordered a couple of teeshirts at the reunion and as yet we haven't seen hide nor hair of them. Anyone know how long it should be before we receive them? I've just bout worn out me hat though. It was a heck of a party. -Max Sutton (57) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Brackenbush (58) RE: The Hanford Fire and DOE Sites I have been reading comments about the Hanford fire and the idea that energy from nuclear reactions can act as an accelerant (Alumni Sandstorms 7/11, 7/10, 7/4 and 7/2). Frankly, I'm confused. I have absolutely no idea how "nuclear equity enhanced the flammability of the area", so I thought I would offer my 2 cents worth of confusion. But hey, what do I know about nuclear reactions influencing chemical reactions? Well, I did my thesis on creating chemical bonds by nuclear reactions. Way back in ancient times (1963), I was a naive grad student trying to come up with a thesis project. My advisor wanted me to "create something useful from nuclear reactions." Back then it was impossible to glue Teflon plastic pieces together using glue - the glue simply wouldn't stick. But I had the idea that you could glue Teflon together if you could graft polymerize another plastic to the Teflon. I took two pieces of Teflon, coated them with a divinyl boron ester (a gooey liquid) and stuck them inside the nuclear reactor at Wazzu for a few hours. The boron absorbed neutrons and created alpha particles, which dumped incredible amounts of energy in a very small volume. This ionizing energy caused the liquid divinyl ester to polymerize and turn solid. After waiting a day or so for the radioactivity to decay away, I found the Teflon was indeed glued firmly together. It really wasn't very practical, but it was good enough to complete the thesis requirements. (I later found that the Russians did it first and got ten times better results!) I am a nuclear physicist of sorts - actually I'm a radiological physicist. I'm an expert on calculating radiation doses, and I even co-authored a couple of extremely boring books on the subject, including "Conversion Coefficients for Use in Radiological Protection against External Radiation," Publication 74 of the International Commission on Radiological Proctection. I can attest that the radiation doses to Hanford environs are at least a hundred billion times smaller than the dose required to cause any significant chemical change. I simply can't see how any nuclear radiation can act as an accelerant or influence flammability in any way- unless the reaction is inside a nuclear reactor or the sun. The amount of energy imparted by environmental nuclear radiation is infinitesimally small, because environmental doses are so small. But you might consider another source of ionizing energy - ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunlight. The amount of ionizing energy imparted to the surface of plants in the Hanford environs from ultraviolet light is huge compared to that from nuclear radiations. As a Science Fair project way back when at Col High, we tried to mutate brine shrimp by exposing their eggs to ultraviolet light from a mercury vapor lamp. But all we succeeded in doing was killing the brine shrimp. I went fishing last week at Neah Bay and received a significant dose of UV, and I lost a significant amount of skin! UV radiation seems to be much more damaging to me personally than environmental nuclear radiations from Hanford. But hey, what do I know - I'm the one who was foolish enough to run under the core of a commercial nuclear power reactor while it was operating at 20% power. But that's another story-----. -Larry Brackenbush (58) ******************************************** >>From: Barbara Gore McCleary (67) RE: Rightmire Memorial Fund (Bill Rightmire (67) I attended the service yesterday for Bill, Rhonda, and Keith. There was information in the program regarding memorials. I have copied it herein: "The Rightmire Family has requested that gifts be given to one of two memorial funds: Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, 6337 S. Robb Way, Littleton, CO 80127-2898, or Instrumental Music Boosters in Bill, Rhonda, and Keith's names, c/o Conifer High School, 10441 Hwy. 73, Conifer, CO 80433-8538." The service was beautiful. The church was packed with students, friends, and relatives, and more than 60 United Airline pilots were there in their dark blue suits, sitting together. The pastor's words were of understanding and love, and he did a wonderful job, under such unbelievable circumstances. You could feel the gut-wrenching pain, along with the outpouring of love and concern for young James, age 17, whose entire family was killed in the plane crash. The program included these words about Bill.... ".......He was the epitome of kindness. He honored and respected other people as well as the sky and nature around him. He valued peace and never got angry. He always used love to solve every issue. His special strength and integrity made him the best husband, father, brother, son-in-law, uncle and mentor. He took everyone and everything under his wing......." For those of us who knew Bill, we were truly blessed. -Barbara Gore McCleary (67) ******************************************** >>From: Marriem Sampson Bradford (68) RE: Bill Rightmire (67) I was so sorry to read about Bill. I remember him as a really nice guy. Prayers are with his son. -Marriem Sampson Bradford (68) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) To: Kim Edgar Leeming (79), Steve Piippo (70), and others RE: Running Start I feel misunderstood on this subject. Please don't lump me in with program detractors. As I said, my son would have been extremely bored in high school academic classes, and may have dropped out had it not been for EWU Running Start. At the same time, he enjoyed his high school band class and attended all home football and basketball games to play tuba in the band. He also attended after school practices and traveled around with the CHS Blackhawk Marching Band for competitions. He was involved with high school as much as he CHOSE to be. On June 2nd, he walked with the Cheney High School Class of 2000 in his cap and gown. Fortunately, he was able to walk with calm assurance for his future -- a generous scholarship package from WWU and 88 college credits already under his belt. I shared information about my daughter's lack of motivation for Running Start because I admittedly bungled as a parent. I assumed that my smart, mature daughter would embrace the program, and as her brother had, yearn for the challenge of college courses. Although she succeeded academically in Running Start, she WASN'T happy with the situation after the first 2 quarters. She LIKES being in honors classes at CHS with her friends, and didn't like rushing over to the university for a mid-day course or two. Naturally, I supported her decision to quit R.S. and return full time to Cheney High School. As for MY motivation for "saving money" on college, it is simply not true. For 2 years, I paid hundreds of dollars per quarter for text books and fees, which would have been ZIP if they'd attended only high school. I didn't have to pay tuition, but on the other hand I'm not paying tuition next year either. Adam's academic success has earned his way through college beyond Running Start. And if he is anxious to get through school and begin earning money in the work force? Great! That should also be his choice and his triumph. Like the rest of us, he'll express both regrets and thank Gods further down the road of life. At least he's been given some opportunity. And lest I be labeled Public School Enemy Number One, let me just say that I am a certified secondary education teacher for Washington State. I've taught for 5 years, I love working with teenagers, and I feel that our schools are doing an excellent job of educating children, given the challenges of this society. I don't have to tell Sandstorm readers what I'm talking about. We all know what a different world it is. But high school has NEVER been enjoyable for EVERYONE, and it's not all the student's own fault if (s)he is miserable. Not every teacher can provide what every child needs. The Running Start option is by far preferable to suicide, or to the violent acting out of unhappy students that we have witnessed in recent years. A few days ago, I submitted pros and cons of the program just to lend some perspective to the decision making process. Please share the facts with your child and let them decide, with only your support and guidance. I would NEVER advocate forcing a child into the program to save some tuition money. I would NEVER advocate holding a child back from college opportunities because I was a "stud" in high school and want my child to be one too. I don't agree that more seat time equals better education, nor that it is detrimental to begin working and earning money as a young adult. I do advocate exploring options and taking advantage of what works. Monitor and is a good teaching strategy. To: Dick Epler (52) Unfortunately, many parents now leave "good citizenship" modeling and instruction up to teachers. To give us more time for academic instruction, I agree this should be a parent/church/community domain. Believe me, teachers would LOVE to work with a classroom full of students who already care about each other and want what is best for society. To: Kathy Hodgson Lucas (76) You are so right. Running Start students can have the best of both worlds. To: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) Unfortunately, not all high schools give students extra points for AP or honors classes. My daughter enrolls in honors classes at CHS, but gets no gpa compensation for her efforts. An A is a 4-point, and anything less detracts from her overall school standing, in spite of the fact that her classes are more challenging than normal. She will graduate next year with Trigonometry and Calculus on her transcript, but will undoubtedly have a lower GPA than the student who aced general language and history courses with a 4-point. It would be great if CHS used the 5-point system for advanced classes, but I suspect that colleges already know the difference. She has been solicited to attend colleges around the country. To: Jenn Thomaszewski Seidl (94) Congrats on your Chemical Engineering degrees. Loved what you had to say re Running Start. ZZZIIIINNNNGGG! To the Rightmire family: I am confident that you will get through this terrible tragedy with the prayers and support of your close friends and from us, the larger community which knows of your pain. Unbelievably, somehow we seem to overcome it and live on. Peace be with you and your family. The Foglers. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Greg "Springboard" Alley (73) Oh yes, Wig's claim to fame is that he is "the man" that instigated the name change from Col-Hi to Richland High School, the crowning achievement of his 1981-82 administration. A few other Wig "fame claims": 1. Never hit a lob ball Homerun! (take note, Upton!) 2. Shares a brain with twin brother, Jumbo 3. Still has his "half uniform" from Chief Jo days hanging above his mantle. 4. Repeatedly thrown out at first base from left field due to his incredible wheels. and last but certainly not least... 5. Chief Jo scoring average in ninth grade hoops: 0.00 ppg A proud older brother, -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Mark Paris (80) RE: David Tadlock (80) I'm very glad to hear David is still here with us. Although David is still alive, Duane Todish (80) did lose his life a couple of years ago in a car accident. I will miss him at our upcoming reunion. -Mark Paris (80) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Osborn (82) To: Greg Alley (73) Yes, I will corroborate Mike Davis' (73) story regarding Wig Davis (82) instigating the name change of Col-High to Richland High. I was there..... the justification was that there was some confusion between our Col-High and Columbia Burbank HS. Also, the acronym was always RHS not CHS and the fight song..... "fight, fight, fight for old RICHLAND High and we were Richland Bombers... not Columbia Bombers. It just made sense. But, let's not forget who's at fault for the demise of Bomber basketball as we all knew it in the '70's..... Jumbo Davis (82), who else! and remember the flood of '79? We can all thank Jeff Carney (82) for that and if it wasn't for Dave Keller (82), Sambo's would still be going strong in Richland and we could all enjoy our tiger butter! I can also attest to the less than superior foot speed of Wig. Although I have no room to talk...... growing up with Wig and playing on several baseball teams with him..... for some reason the coaches always wanted to run races around the bases and inevitably Wig and I would match up for the honored "slowest guy on the team" title. I think I edged him at the finish line but he more than made up for it with his "huge" 5 tool ability to trash talk from the dugout to the opposing team, pitcher, coach, umpire or whoever was in "flaming" distance. But seriously, it's fun rekindling these memories of people and places gone by. Wig, I wish you the best in your move to Iowa.......I hope it's a successful one for you and your family. Remember, you can always come back home to Richland.... I did. -Jeff Osborn (82) ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) To: Greg Alley (73) Of course Wig was the ACTUAL instigator to get the name changed, Boog, and that's all I'm going to say about that. Also Denny's has received more publicity in the last few weeks than it ever has. Do you think Mike should bill them? To: Brad Upton (74) Brad, everyone needs hugs. They make life worthwhile don't you think so? And, as you probably remember, Mike, Wig, Jumbo, Sheila and Karen don't do anything wrong, to Mom anyway. Yep, they along with Bear were perfect children and now you know where Mike gets his sense of humor. Just kidding kids. You were and are perfect children. Let no one tell you different. -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Ell (Bomber Mom) Greetings all you Bomber people. This is a great website and I am new to this site. All our 6 children graduated from Richland high school. Gary (67), Kathy (70), Janet (72), Judi (76), David (81), Linda (83) Daughter Kathy is looking forward to coming to Richland for her 30th next week-end. She was not able to attend the R2K but will enjoy hearing all about it. Keep up this wonderful site. So many names are familiar. Richland was (and still is) a great place indeed to raise a family. -Jean Ell (Bomber Mom) (Ma Ell to the bunch listed above) Kennewick High school graduate 1945 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/16/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 0 Bombers sent stuff: Al Parker (53), Loretta Ostboe (55), Earl Bennett (63), Patty Spencer (65), Anna Durbin (69), Mike Franco (70), Teri Claphan (74), Monique Mangold (80) Wig Davis (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) To: Sharon Bee Burks (55) Behind on my reading but must comment on your mentioning the Wellsian Way - do you remember the irrigation slide from Thayer to Wellsian Way? My brother and I used to get on it (halfway down because it was so long) and slide down the moss encrusted cement to the small pond at the bottom, our very own ride. We were forbidden but did it anyway (could have cracked our heads open easily!). That was so much fun until my parents caught us - because it literally tore out the seat of our pants!! Hi to all you old CAPers, Kay, I believe you lived on Cedar in the 1980s up a block or so from my husband and me? Didn't know you were in CAP, I joined when I rode my horse by the airport at age 13 - those were fun years. -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ******************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett (63) I second John Marshall's (65) motion. Regards, ecb3 -Earl Bennett (63) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Patty Spencer (65) Date: Fri Jul 14 23:35:24 2000 CLASS OF '65 Just connected with this site through my sister, Christy [67]. Please add my name to your alumni list. -Patty Spencer (65) ******************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin (69) RE: Nuclear Accelerants To: Larry Brackenbush (58) Dear Larry: That was one priceless piece in the Sandstorm. I had to send it to my sibs who don't subscribe to Sandstorm. Please tell about running under the operating reactor. Do you take the prize for Most Glow in the Dark Alumnus? -Anna Durbin (69) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) ***WARNING TO ALL ****** Class of 1970 begins gathering this coming week in Richland.... keep an eye on all valuable possessions and property values.... all could deteriorate! If anyone is looking for any of us, you can find most of us at the library, studying as usual! -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Teri Claphan Foss (74) To: B.J. Davis (Bomber Mom) B.J. Knowing you as I do, I can say with complete certainty that your children reflect the kind, gentle, and loving person that is you! -Teri Claphan Foss (74) ******************************************** >>From: Monique Mangold Beaucour (80) Hurray, Dave Tadlock is alive! I apologize for making sad every one who loves him. He, himself probably was shocked by this falls rumour. I'm so embarrassed, and so is probably my friend Debby who told me about it. I will send her a message to tell her the person who was the origin of the rumour is wrong. Anyway, Dave, I'm glad to be able (while you are alive!) to tell you I appreciate you as a friend, and all you did to make me feel at ease in Richland. I want now to declare how grateful I am, to each one who acted that way, with me, during that memorable school year. 14 juillet 1789 Today we commemorate that day, you call sometime Bastille day (its something like your 4th of July). The Bastille was a Jail in Paris, symbol of the king's power. That's the reason why, that day, the people of Paris, capital city of France, first emptied and then destroyed completely the Bastille. This act is considered as being the first of the French Republican and democratical era. Have a good day, as I will probably have a good night by the time you will read those lines! Salut (as we say) Bombers! Monique (80) -Monique Mangold Beaucour (80) ******************************************** >>From: Wig Davis (82) To: Jeff Osborn (82) Ozzy, Good to hear from you. What you said about the name change is how I remembered it as well. For the official scoop I believe we need to hear from my mentor and official of "Roberts Rules of Order," Mr. Guy Glazier. Theresa, Sherri, Alison, Greg, Susan, Faith, Becky, Linda, Sandra, Brenda and the great Richard D. Buel may have some to add about the great year of 1982. Yes, Oz we shared the blessing of blazing speed. >From what I remember and have heard Boo Boo was awful quick himself (In the line for seconds). Friends of Mike might want to share stories of his legendary speed. I inherited my legs from my father and if that makes me more like him that's what I got going for me. We did have some good times playing ball. Tom George has to share in our "slowest" club. Bog that is the way it was in 1982. Your sister could tell you that. Most of us still referred to RHS as Col-Hi but it was time to make it officially Richland High School. Wonder if any students today even consider "Col-Hi" as a one time name for their school? Thanks again, Oz, and good to hear from you. I don't believe I'll be seeing Richland any time in the near future. Sorry Mom. My kids would like to see the Zoo and water slides instead of hearing how their Dad wore half a uniform. That was funny at the time and for years later. After about a thousand times, my belly can't take it no more. My brother will wear it out though. Mike, tell us where some more Denny's are so we can all get another chuckle. Take care, Oz, and drop me a line if you ever come close to the Mississippi. -Wig Davis (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/17/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely (49), Mike Clowes (54), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Sharon Bee (55), Burt Pierard (59), George Valdez (63), Patti McLaughlin (65), Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely (49) As soon as I turned 15 I joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet program as well as several of my friends. The airport was being built then, using CAP members as workers. The Cadets were mostly used for weed control. I recall Jack Lowrey (49) got his pilot's license on his 16th birthday and it was several days before he got his drivers license. He couldn't drive to the airport but he could fly an airplane after he got there. Don Arbogast (49) owned his own plane while still in high school. Dick Schultz (49) and Willis Weichel (49) were other teens who earned their wings while still in school. We had many good times during the 3 years I was there including summer camps at Air Force bases in Spokane and Tacoma and marching in parades in South Eastern Washington. The Richland Cadets made up the majority of the Wash. St. Cadet drill team for the Western States drill competition at Hamilton AFB, CA in 1949. Jack, Dick and I joined the Air Force together in 1950 and went our separate ways. Dick became a crew chief on the B-36, Jack a fighter pilot flying F-100s and F-4s and I became a tail gunner on the B-36 and later the B-52. The CAP provided a good basic education in many ways and I'm sure it still does. I'm glad to see it still active in the Tri-Cities. -Ken Ely (49) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) All right, I've had it with some of the quasi- scientific discussions about nuclear enhancement of range fires. As Dick Epler (52) said a few issues back; sagebrush burns faster than pine trees. I believe it has something to do with the amount of creosote in sagebrush, which also contributes to a hotter fire over a shorter period. And it is some what the equivalent of black powder, doesn't take much to set it off. Now, consider this: two homes stand in the path of a tornado. One is completely destroyed, while the other sustains only minimal damage. Why is this? If you answered that one home had, perhaps, aluminum siding and the other didn't; you have come to an understanding of a problem that faces manufactured home builders. It would seem that something in the chemical composition of aluminum attracts ionized particles in tornadoes. Which is one reason the up-scale manufactured home builders are reducing the amount of aluminum in their products. The downside to all this is, manufactured home prices are going up. But is it a price to high for a degree of security if you live in a manufactured home (or one that has aluminum siding) in a tornado zone? And another thing for you inquiring mind: Is it possible that Ringo Starr and Yasser Arafat are the same person? Have YOU ever seen them together? Have they ever appeared simultaneously at different places at the same time? These are momentous questions to ponder. If you are able, I would recommend you have a Spudnut while you give these answers consideration. Oh, you fortunate few who have access to them; while the rest of us poor peasants have to put up with (gag, gag) Dunkin' Donuts or (gasp, gasp) Krispy Kremes. Sic gloria Spudnuts -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) To: Loretta Ostboe (55) I didn't know you rode horses when I was in high school. Sherrill Hamlin and I also had horses out in No. Richland when we were about 13 and into our high school years. I guess the airport was quite far away from us at the time. We kept them down by the river near the F.F.A. Farm in No. Richland and we used to ride down to the "Stables" to see our other riding friends. It was "hot stuff". So many wonderful memories on that horse and those days. Thanks, -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) To: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) No I don't remember the slide from Thayer to Wellsian Way. I can't believe I missed that. I remember kids skipping school and going to the Flume when I was in high school. While we are remembering -- does anyone remember the stores out in North Richland? I think it may have been a surplus store or I have heard it was Herman's, but you could buy everything there. Back then it seemed like a long journey to go there. -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) I'm certainly glad you mentioned "the irrigation slide from Thayer to Wellsian Way." About a year or so ago, a number of SS submittals were discussing the irrigation canal that ran under Lee Blvd. and Carmichael Jr. High to then run along Thayer to the By-pass and the Yakima River. I mentioned the concrete chute from the canal down the hill to Wellsian Pond but nobody responded. I was beginning to think that I was experiencing a "Senior Moment" (either mine or everyone else's). In any event, two buddies of mine (probably Pat Quane [59] and Bob Wagster [59]) and I were floating down the canal when we "discovered" the chute. It was probably about 1950 (age 9 or so). The chute was semi-Vee shaped, about 8 feet wide at the top with a flat area at the bottom about 3 feet wide. The difference in elevation was about 35 or 40 feet (from my Topog Map). The center area was covered with a thick, slick coating of moss. We thought it was pretty cool to slide down the thing and land in the small pool at the bottom (don't remember any dangerous rocks, but we were kids and invincible) until we realized the seats of our swimming suits were shredded and/or missing. We left and came back the next day with inner tubes. We figured that would be the solution to the clothing problem. As additional protection, I wore a pair of Jeans. The net result was that my bottom still hung down low enough to wear out the seat of my Jeans. I have apparently repressed the memory of what happened when my Mom found about the destroyed clothes. I'm sure she was not happy. Thanks for the memory. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ******************************************** >>From: George Valdez (63) RE: CAP and Wellsian Pond I remember the days of Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The senior group that was in at the time I was there used to love making the new recruits go find a bucket of prop wash and a yard of flight line. Fun days. As for Wellsian pond. I practically lived there. Catching frogs, pollywogs and a trout once in a while. I remember that at a certain time of the year (fall?) the pond would somewhat dry up. That would cause some of the outlying areas to be completely dry and as soon as the mud hardened we would be making forts in the dry bullrushes and cattails. We would get filthy dirty from head to foot but we loved every minute of the hide and seek games you could play down there. Ahhh the memories of being a kid. -George Valdez (63) ******************************************** >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) To ALL IN CLASS '65 Our reunion is shaping up well. Registrations are starting to pour in. People are coming who have never been to any reunions before. The hotel really does need a head count in order to get enough supplies. So please send those forms to us early. If you did not receive a flyer - send me your mailing address!!!!! Also, I've talked to Helen Skogen, Marion Hankwitz, Cal Gentle and Joyce Larson. If you know any other of our former teachers, please invite them. Cost for TEACHERS is free Friday, $20 Saturday dinner. The rest of us have to help foot the bill. Thanks! See you there!! -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Here it is a little after 2:00 mdt on Sunday afternoon. We have been very dry for several months. This day however, we are having a steady drizzle of rain. At least however, also, the temperatures are more tolerable. We have had so many days of 90s and 100s it feels almost steamy. I am taking the week off to laze around the house (I really need to do the dreaded house cleaning). This house to some extent reminds me of the "B" house I grew up in. The floor plan is similar. Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain. -Betti Avant (69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/18/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen Hallenbeck (51), Kay Mitchell (52), Mike Clowes (54), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Sharon Bee (55), Tom Tracy (55), Susan Erickson (59), John Adkins (62), Paul Wittenbrock (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) RE: Memories While looking at a May 25, 1951 issue of The Sandstorm, I noticed a picture of classmates and a caption that may bring back a few memories: "Class Chooses Top Seniors in Survey" "Here is the pick of the senior class. Pictured were: Edgar Haag, favorite man teacher; Bill Tracy, most athletic boy; Margaret Dowis, girl most likely to succeed; Paula Doctor, most popular girl and prettiest girl; Nancy Griffin and Dorothy Hickey, who tied for wittiest girl; Miss Mathea Hanson, favorite woman teacher; Jim Wakeford, boy most likely to succeed; Jack Fisher and Dave Hinson, who tied for most popular boy; Hank Struck, most handsome boy; Marvin Johnson, wittiest boy; Donna Miller, most athletic girl. If you knew them today, you'd find that these picks were not far off and there are a number of success stories in that listing. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) ******************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates (52) RE: Cedar Street To: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) Yes, we were neighbors on Cedar Street - we lived at 1108 when my kids were young. Funny that we never knew we shared a common bond (CAP) and being Bombers from the 50s. The Cedar Street neighborhood was a very special place for kids to grow up. We have had a couple Cedar Street Reunions over the last 5 years - Tiffanys, Birchers, Hinkleys, Wheat's and all the available adult kids. It was so much fun for all of us to be together again and remember all the fun times we all shared. Good to hear from you! -Kay Mitchell Coates (52) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Sharon Bee Burks (55) With what few memory cells that are left some of the North Richland businesses were the Northstar Theater (of course). There was an eating establishment next door I think was called the North Richland Diner. And don't forget the North Richland Tavern with what was reputed to be the longest bar in the lower 48. The grocery store (don't remember the name); they also had an eating establishment (one could buy a steak at the meat counter and they would cook it for you, along with fries and a vege for a reasonable price). There was also a drug store which, incidentally, had a restaurant and cocktail lounge. There was also a gas station (Signal, I think) and garage on GWW. Don't recall Herman's, but there was something of the sort out on the ever popular by-pass which may have been it. The only surplus store I really remember was owned by a man called "Cactus Jack", but that was out at the Wye. This comes from my association with "Cousin Ben", as Jack was one of his sponsors. Seems too me there was another auto shop just off the by-pass. Hope this helps. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) To: Sharon Bee Burks (55) Yes, I remember Herman's Outfitting, I think it was called but don't remember where it was. Maybe Sherrill Hamblin (55) will remember. The store I remember in North Richland was Red Green's kind of a small version of Target, but more of a drugstore. They sponsored my Dad's Pony League Team. Then there was the North Star Theatre, (my first date place) in 7th grade. Rode there on the handlebars of Jimmy Justis' bike. When we got there, found out I was over 12 and Jimmy didn't have enough money to pay my way in so I had to pitch in with more dimes. We also had "7th grade club" which had a jukebox and we learned to square dance et al. It was the highlight of the week and sort of a Hi-Spot for us 7th graders in No. Richland. I can still hear some of the songs playing. Third Man Theme, etc. and dancing with Kenny Creighton (55) and Fred Lanouette. Remember? Sherrill. Then the scary time came when we all had to go to the Big City of Richland and the big Carmichael with the Richland Kids. I was amazed that they all had houses and didn't have to go a block to the bathroom. In the winter, the ice in your hair after running across the street from just having washed your hair. No wonder I don't care for camping to this day. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) To: Carol Hollingsworth Entriken (55) Carol, Do you remember the time we borrowed a horse from your friend for me and and we rode into town? The horse didn't stop for the red light at Van Giesen and kept trying to throw me off. When we arrived at my house on Cottonwood we traded horses to continue our great adventure and the horse threw you to the ground. Was that fun? (or what). -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) Good to hear from you again. You were fortunate to have a horse. Some of us remember the Stables. When we got there to ride, we always hoped someone else hadn't checked out our favorite horse. I recall how much faster they ran when heading back to the Stables. The FFA Farm was a unique place. Mr. William Evans tried his best to develop good farmers from City Slickers in Richland. He was a diligent guy. I remember how much fun we had on the bus on the way to class from Chief Joseph. We enjoyed John Conway's humor. He was the assigned bus comedian at the time. His humor was spectacular. Jr. Highs in Richland offered a varied curriculum. Still haven't heard if anyone remembers the "blue" lights (UV bulbs in our heating ventilators at Chief Joseph during the early 50s). The engineers didn't spare any $ to provide germ killers when they built that school. Wondered if it were true that we were supposed to have an indoor swimming pool until the school went over budget.. Rumors often go half way round the world before the truth gets its pants on. But that story went around a bit. Carol, didn't check to see if the Stables still exist in Richland. Thanks for the good memories of the 50s. To: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger (65) Where is Helen Skogen our Algebra teacher? She was a favorite of many students. Still have memories of her kindness, patience and good advice. Anyone have information on Mrs. Thompson, our typing teacher? I remember Mr. Kelly, our history teacher, with arthritis difficulties, who wrote volumes on the chalkboard each day. We were fortunate indeed to have so many dedicated teachers. Trying to recall so many others. Especially appreciate Ray Juricich who taught us about driving. Heard from Richland's recent principal, Darrell Reisch, that Ray still does lots of driving on the golf course now. -Tom Tracy (55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Tom - Check out the article on Mr. Juricich. -Maren] Ray Juricich ******************************************** >>From: Susan Erickson Kuntz (59) RE: Stores in North Richland To: Sharon Bee Burks (55) The memory I have of the store in North Richland is going up there to get a bargain. They had so many miscellaneous items. I, also, remember they had a fire and a fire sale. I can still remember the smell of the place. The manager was *Cooney* Dietrich, I believe. I bought a black, velvet skirt. Can't remember wearing it, but, the day of searching for a bargain in that blackened store lingers. I, also, remember the pond or canal down by the Kadlec Hosp. and looking for pollywogs. I fell in and had to walk home in wet clothes. I was with Della Herde, I believe. Does anyone remember her? She moved to Aiken, SC, in about 1951. Kept in touch for many years and then lost track. -Susan Erickson Kuntz (59) ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) RE: Tornado's - Fires & Teen Age drivers tO: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) I spent a couple of years in Kansas, and my wife grew up there - you can take this to the bank. Forget the Mobile home syndrome, if there were two pine trees standing close together (I recognize there might not be two pine trees in all of Kansas) and a tornado blew by - took out one - left the other why would this be? Because a tornado is a very compact - highly volatile and unstable wind. On a larger scale - a hurricane can hit the Carolinas and miss Florida or visa versa. I suppose the teenager down the street could hit my pickup and miss my wife's sedan. Do I get a "Spudy" for that? -John Adkins (62) ******************************************** >>From: Paul Wittenbrock (70) In response to Mike Franco's comment about the upcoming Class of 70 Reunion that "If anyone is looking for any of us, you can find most of us at the library, studying as usual!" - Mike, The only time that I remember you at the Public Library, you spent the better part of it trying to convince the librarian that you had your parents' permission to look at the Playboys they kept behind the counter. Must have been a research project for one of your classes. -Paul Wittenbrock (70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/19/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Tom Tracy (55), Carol Purkhiser (56), Marilyn Baird (60), Stephanie Dawson (60), Mike Davis (74), Holly Chamberlain (76), Louise Kirz (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Mike Clowes (54) Wasn't there a "Wild Bill" who owned a store at the Richland "wye"? Seem to recall Art Dawald mentioning in a govt. class that just because someone was named "Wild Bill" didn't mean he might not be a good candidate. Didn't Wild Bill run for some public office? Dawald's influence from that statement "skewed" a straw poll in his class and Wild Bill won. Teachers did have quite an influence on students. Dawald reminded us that we needed to be careful not to be influenced by leaders' (his own) comments in the future. (someone please tell me Wild Bill was not a figment of my imagination). -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) RE: Horses! To: Tom Tracy (55) Hey, Tom Tracy, I didn't know you frequented the Stables, too. Janice Joseph and I would go out a rent horses for the day (or whenever we fell off, whichever came first). We owe those horses a lot of apologies. Damn fools! Just thank the Lord our parents never saw us riding around, hell bent for leather, as we say. It is a miracle that I've lived to tell the tale. Speaking of parents, you folks may remember my mother, Maxine Purkhiser (The Bootery). Mom is quite frail now and I don't think we'll have her much longer. Let me tell you, she knows what's happening and she's going out as a class act. Dignity, acceptance, peace. -Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Cookie" Baird Singletary (60) RE: Class of '60 Aug reunion Will be attending the class of 60's class reunion Aug 4th & 5th. I have been trying to track down a copy of Chief Joe Jr. Hi's annual for the year of 54-55. If anyone has an extra I would love to have it, or, would love to take one to Kinko's and make a copy. North Richland was 'home' at that time and those memories are a fading. Especially the old bus gang. Will be bringing a 52-53 John Ball class of 60 picture, don't remember all the names. But hope to see some of those classmates at the reunion. Bombers make it Better..... -Marilyn "Cookie" Baird Singletary (60) ******************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) RE: Chief Jo Pool To: Tom Tracy (55) Yes, Chief Jo was supposed to have a pool. If you remember, the west wall (behind the gym) had a huge brick square that stuck out a few inches toward Stevens. The wall was designed and built so that it could be punched out easily and the pool added (and new walls built around it). It was one of my Dad's many stories about his 13 years on the Richland School Board. P.S. I'm much too young to remember you in school, but you looked great in the game! -Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) ******************************************** >>From: MIke Davis (74) Franco - Richland Public Library??? You mean do they have reading circles at the Crier? -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Holly Chamberlain (76) I enjoyed opening The Oregonian on Monday morning and seeing a picture of Miriam Lewis (76) and her daughter Rose on the front page of the "Living" section. They were featured in a wire story on digital cameras and the archival aspects of preserving digital photos. If other people saw it in other papers, it might be fun for her to know how widely it was published. -Holly Chamberlain (76) ******************************************** >>From: Louise Kirz (76) RE: The famous Miriam Lewis (76) Ok so I am reading the Thursday June 17th Oregonian.... on the front page of the living section is Miriam Lewis and her daughter Rose..... Hey I know a Miriam Lewis... same one? No can't be.... Miriam lives in SF. Read the caption.... this Miriam lives in SF.... hey didn't my old friend just have a baby girl named Rose..... It reminds me of when we were preschoolers and Miriam got her picture in the paper looking a some flowers... I was sooo jealous. (it helped that Miriam's dad was a photographer for the TCH) Another famous bomber! -Louise Kirz (76) ******************************************** *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/20/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Mike Clowes (54), Tom Tracy (55), Dennis Robertson (60), Larry Mattingly (60), Patti Jones (60), Lynn Johnson (63), Randi Newby (70), Cheryl Osborn (75) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To: Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) Carol, I'm not surprised your mother is going out style and grace. I think she got that from your grandmother. Both are/were great ladies. Please give her my best. I think of both your parents many times through the years. I enjoyed my association with them at the Bootery. They taught me very much about dealing with the public and getting along with fellow workers. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Tom Tracy (55) The name "Wild Bill" strikes a familiar note. Do remember something about a political campaign, but don't remember the particulars. His name suggests that he either owned a used car lot or the Wye Tavern. To: John Adkins (62) Sorry, John, only half a "Spudie". To begin with, "everyone" knows the only trees in Kansas are on a Hollywood movie set. Secondly, the teenage driver corollary is only valid if your pickup is parked on the street and your wife's car is either in the drive way or garage. This being the case, the teenage driver will hit your wife's car and not your pickup. This is true of any driver group that is subject to frequent accidents, and the victim who wants to have the old clunker damaged, not the new car. RE: North Richland merchants Yes, "Red" Green ran the drug store. It was more like Payless/Rite Aide than Target. And he was the money behind the North Richland "Merchants" baseball team. "Pinky" Justice was the head coach, helped by a guy named Joe (can't remember his last name.) Onward Bombers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) Yes, Carol, we may owe some of the horses an apology, but on several occasions they did cause us to part company. It was a special challenge to stop some of the nags from heading back to the stables. (Made us feel like Red Skelton's comments... "aw, c'mon horse... whoa"...! Especially memorable were the times when a horse decided to put all his feet together ... in a bunch... and separate us from the saddle. On most occasions it was an attempted Walter Mitty reenactment of a good Western ride seen at the Village Theater. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) To: Tom Tracy (55) Yes, Tom, there was a "Wild Bills". It was a grocery/other stuff store that started out at the Wye and there was even one in the downtown area for a short while. I remember that the owner thought of himself as sort of a maverick and ran for offices in the Kennewick area frequently. I also have a slight memory of him dying a terrible death. There was an article in the paper where they found his body in the Columbia and it had been there for quite some time. The mystery surrounding it was front page news for several weeks but do not recall the outcome. If I remember correctly the store he was in in Richland was where the old Safeway used to be right across from the old Bon Marche building. Long time ago. -Dennis Robertson Beatty (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) About Wild Bill's Markets... As I remember the first one was in one the old original "grocery market buildings" that the gummet built for us citizens in about 44-46 or so. It was at the present site of the mexican restaurant next to the Days Inn. The store was open very late, unheard of in those days. I think Safeway was in there for a couple of years and then moved to the "new"/old Safeway store bldg. that is just West of the mexican rest. and the Days Inn. Wild Bill also had a store at the "Y". I think it was near what was the old "surplus" store. He also had a small store, canned foods only as I remember, in Kennewick a block off of the Ave., South of the Tri City Country Club. There were several of the old standard format "grocery store" bldgs. Kit Campbel had the store at Comstock and Goethels. He later ended up with most of them and sold out to Mayfair of CA. Kaiser's had one out on GW Way by McMurray. There was one on Williams near Goethels (I remember this one as the old Garmo's bakery), one on Wright, one at Thayer and, Williams? I think I am missing one and it reminds me of my age... -J Larry Mattingly (60) "Happiness is the sky in bloom" ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) To: Marilyn "Cookie" Baird Singletary (60) I have the Chief Joseph '54-'55 annual and I will get a copy and bring it to you at the re-union. Maybe someone will have an original and this will be a back up. See you August 4th. RE: Running Start Each day I read about the Running Start program in the Sandstorm, my thoughts were from my great days in high school and our wonderful programs, to why would someone want to leave high school early? It was hard for me to understand children leaving school before high school graduation. Mainly because I enjoyed our high school so much. I did not want to leave when I graduated. Today I picked up my grandson Jeremie from golf camp. Jeremie is 12. We started talking about his latest year of school, grades and all of the doings of the year. Jeremie has been a brilliant student and accelerates in everything he does. Very confidently, he looked at me and said "Grandma, do you know I can go to college before I finish high school?" Immediately I flashed back to the writings in the Sandstorm about the Running Start Program. Jeremie had such excitement in his eyes when he talked about the running start program, that I decided to keep quiet and let him expound on his dream. Thanks to everyone for all your opinions about the Running Start program. It sure helped me in the conversation with my grandson today. -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Johnson Andrews (63) RE: Bomber cheers Think I might be able to help Ann Bishop Myers (60) who wrote in about a week ago about a video named "Termination Winds" wanting to know how to obtain a copy. During the R2K weekend Karen Kleinpeter Kroger (63) and I visited the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science & Technology. I purchased two very interesting videos there about the history of Richland and Hanford. They had the "Termination Winds" video for $12.95, as well as one called "Alphabet Homes: The Story of Richland" for $15.95. The CREHST's phone number is (509) 943-9000. I'm sure they would be happy to send you copies. By the way, I also had great luck in finding three packets of negatives there, the Junior and Senior pictures of my sister Kay Johnson Wilson (valedictorian, '61) as well as eight negatives from my family's passport photos, done in 1960! A few days ago, someone mentioned the R2K documentary that a crew from WSU was working on. Does anyone know anything more about this? Any time frame when it might be completed and available? Any background information about who is actually working on it would be interesting. Also, at the R2K reunion I overheard someone saying that a Richlander is currently writing a book, not on the history of Hanford, but on the history of the town of Richland, and was looking for material as well as old photos. Anyone know anything about this? and how to contact this person? Does anyone have any information about Mrs. Gilbert who was the Chief Joe Home Economics teacher in the late 50's? Bomber cheers, -Lynn Johnson Andrews (63) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) RE: 1970 Class Reunion Hi all, Tomorrow is the big day. Yes, the 30th Reunion at the Shilo Inn in Richland. Just got home from the meeting and it was going gung ho. Lots of workers so snuck out. It is going to be a blast. Very disappointed that there is less the 200 people signed up for Saturday night. Not good out of a class of over 600. Oh well, those who miss are going to miss a good time. Picnic is Saturday, Howard Amon Park 11:30 to 3, you bring your own food. We will have a liquor license so you can bring your beer and wine. Hope to see you all. Smile the world is watching. -Randi Newby Tucker (70) ******************************************** >>From: Cheryl Osborn (75) RE: Class Songs Dear Fellow Bombers, This morning while I was working in my garden and listening to an oldies tape, I was struck with an idea and a new topic for Bomber reminiscing. I believe (??) it has been the tradition of Bombers of all graduating years to vote on and elect a "Class Song." I have always been a tremendous music lover, and I believe that current popular music says so much about the sign of the times, and the culture and values of each generation of young people. I think it would be really interesting and fun to think back to each graduating year and write what we remember about our year’s class song – who sang it, did the lyrics mean anything special, did thinking about the song bring back any special memories of friends, events in high school, or news in the world, or what we believed in at the time??? What do you think? So, I guess if it is my idea, I’ll start..... As I recall, twenty five years ago, the class of ‘75 voted for Jim Croce’s song, "Time in a Bottle," as our class song. Now I would go back and look in my old yearbook if I had it to make absolutely sure. But, I unfortunately lost all my yearbooks when my ex-husband "accidentally" took the box they were in from our basement to the Goodwill when we were going through our divorce. But that is another story.... I'm pretty sure that "Time in a Bottle" was our song. I remember Tammy Lyons (76) perched on a stool, microphone in hand, and singing the song in an assembly in the gym, accompanied by a band, guitars, drums, etc. Tammy had (probably still does) a beautiful, soprano singing voice. The lyrics.. "If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do, is to save every day just so that I could spend them with you...." My memory fails me, I haven’t heard the song in so long, but I think it went something like that. I loved Jim Croce’s music when I was in high school. I think he died in a plane crash not too long after we graduated. I wore out the album I had of his playing it over and over – "Bad Bad Leroy Brown." The song "Time in a Bottle" will always remind me of my friends in high school, as we were soon to be breaking up the "pack" and going to separate places and colleges. Some went to WSU, some moved out of state, some moved to the Big City to work, some stayed in Richland, I went to EWU. It may sound hokey, but that memory of Tammy singing the song, did sort of put that memory and that time in a bottle for me.... (I’ll be really embarrassed if this wasn’t our class song after all, and it was just a memory I had of the song being sung at an assembly. Let me down easy if someone knows for sure.) Along with my yearbooks, I also lost my old album collection, moving around too much, and not having a turntable. I wonder if "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" is out on CD.... Happy Music Reminiscing.... -Cheryl Osborn (75) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/21/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Hoffman (47 & 48), Carol HOllingsworth (55), Mike Bradley (56), Janice Woods (60WB), Paula Jill Lyons (64), Carroll "C.B." Stack (67), Pam Ehinger (67), Danny Bowling (70), Brad Wear (71), Shawna Boolin (75), Tami Lyons (76), Kelly Weil (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hoffman (47 & 48) There was a Wild BILL's food store out at the Richland Y. He did a lot advertising and crazy promotions. I had the pleasure of working a few weekends for him in the meat department when he needed extra people. I think he was going to run for mayor of the Richland Y. The Y was not incorporated at the time and there wasn't such a position. It was one of his crazy promotions. -Tom Hoffman (47 & 48) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) To: Tom Tracy (55) I had forgotten that they called it the Riding Academy. I used to beg my Dad to take me there every weekend and most of the time he did. I still remember one of my first rides. Just as we were out of the stables and heading for the gate to the back pasture, the horse decided he didn't want to go riding that day and went hell bent for the barn. I ducked just in time as we went in the barn door otherwise I would have been a teenage headless horseman. Really quite dangerous as I think back but now I know why my neck aches a lot. It is from falling off horses on my head. Sherrill Hamblin (55) and I had our horses down by the FFA Farm for quite a while. Our Dads got together and barbwired in an acre. They were charged one dollar per acre, per year. We had to take them down to the river every day for watering, and I mean every day! We would ride the school bus up GWWay home from school and jump off at our streets, run in and grab bridles, etc. and catch the bus back down the hill after it had made its run of North Richland and was on its way back to Richland. Driver would stop and let us off by the FFA Farm (sort of). Did this day in and day out for about 5 years. Rode in the Richland Ramblers and went to some rodeos. Here's one for you. What was the name of the guy (old cowboy) who ran and owned the stables? Anyone remember? I would know if I heard it. Hope you are all having a wonderful summer. Cheers! -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley (56) RE: Grocery Stores To: Larry Mattingly (60) There was a Garmo's at the intersection of Symons and Goethals, next to that was a Drugstore that probably was an original Thrifty but later was bought out and named something else. They had a soda fountain, hamburgers and etc. On the other corner was a Chevron gas station owned by Jerry Pleiss who later on partnered up with Roy Davis for the Furniture store in the uptown district. I lived on the South corner in an "A" house in 1947 and as a kid used to go over and wash windows at the service station and vacuum those cars that got lube jobs. Worked at Garmo's as a box boy later on. Kit Campbell had a store on Jadwin just below the Mormon church and some other locations that you have mentioned. We moved down on Jadwin, now Stanley street, across the street from the Mormon Church. In those days there was an irrigation ditch and kind of woods area. We used to go after carp with bows and arrows, spears and what ever else would work. The initiation into our neighborhood was getting dumped into that ditch. We were very disappointed when the church was built. I look at the marquee of the Uptown theater from my bedroom window. Really enjoyed the fireworks. Thanks -Mike Bradley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Janice Woods Ehrke (60WB) Bombers! I don't know about high school music, but I do remember several "sterling" numbers from my Dad's collection of 78's. "put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon, all I want is loving you, and music, music, music. Artie Shaw, and something about the thundering herd, Hoagy Carmichael, "Oh, Buttermilk Sky, I'm telling you why.... More fun, does any one remember those records with the picture on them? Must have been plastic or something, Cab Calloway, some Cuban Music or Spanish Like, with big many ruffled skirts. Johnny somebody who cried a lot. Little White Cloud, Cry. Vaugh Monroe, Ghost Riders in the Sky. The Ink Spots. Loved it! For the late 50s can't beat "In the Still of the Night" and those romantic? dances which included that wild dip down to the floor. My God, if I tried that now I would snap into like a toothpick! Must quit this, I'll be late for my Dr's appt. More aches and pains. -Janice Woods Ehrke (60WB) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Jill Lyons (64) RE: Time in a Bottle Way to go, Tami! XO XO XO -Paula Jill Lyons (64) ******************************************** * >>From: Carroll "C.B." Stack (67) I sure enjoy reading all the news. I was heart broken to hear about the death of Bill Rightmire (67). I remember him fondly and read of his passing in our newspaper, The Tacoma Tribune. I will travel to Richland this weekend with my wife and son. We will visit two of my sisters and mom and dad who still live there. My son, Zack, thinks Richland looks funny because all the houses look alike. I told him back in 1954, when my parents moved from a Pre-fab on Willard Street to a Ranch House on Birch Street, I had a hard time finding my house. I had walked home from morning kindergarten several times from Spalding School and never had a problem. But that morning, while in school, it started snowing quite heavily. When we were released, I walked out to the playground and started home, but everything looked the same. Back then, all those Ranch Houses were painted a drab gray and all of them looked alike. With a blanket of snow covering everything it was even harder to figure out where I was. I soon became disorientated and lost. Just when I had just about given up ever finding my home, I heard a dog barking. It was Butch Manthai's collie and I knew that just one house beyond that was my home. Boy was I happy to get home that day! -Carroll "C.B." Stack (67) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To: Cheryl Osborn (75) The putting together the Class Songs, sounds like a great idea! So the Class Song for the class of '67 was Born Free. I must admit that I don't remember who sang it, but it was from the movie Born Free, about lions, and how this couple had raised a cub and then set it Free. A very touching movie. Linda Pitney sang it at graduation and did a beautiful job. As for the meaning of the song, we are all raised by our parents and then set Free to be on our own. Which is very hard for parents to do, as I have been there done that! I now know what my folks must have gone through when it was time for me to leave the nest. You know what would be good is if we or someone could put all the class songs on a tape or CD and then we could offer it to other Bombers! What do you think? Hey Bombers do you remember you Class Song? Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Danny Bowling (70) RE: Class of 1970 reunion. My wife, Ann, and I will attend the reunion activity on Saturday night. Since 1970 I have been in Richland very few times and I am greatly looking forward to seeing the town and rekindling some old friendships. See you there! -Danny Bowling (70) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Wear (71) To: Cheryl Osborn (75) Great idea on the class songs. I'll wade in for the class of '71. "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Every time I hear it I think "that's my class song". '70's was "Come Together", by Jesse Colin Young and the Youngbloods. The Song I relate to now is "Cherry Bomb", by John Mellencamp. Lyrics really hit close to home. -Brad Wear (71) ******************************************** >>From: Shawna Boolen (75) RE: '75 Class song, etc. I just happen to have my OLD yearbook handy... my daughter graduated this year from RHS and we had been looking through it to see how much things have changed. (She's a 3rd generation Bomber Alumni now) For the class of '75 - Class Song: "Time In A Bottle" Class Motto: "To accomplish great things we must not only act, not only plan, but also believe." In case anyone is interested, for the class of 2000 - Class Song: "I'll Remember" by Madonna Class Motto: "With every ending there is a new beginning." -Shawna Boolen (75) ******************************************** >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians (76) To: Cheryl Osborn (75) Thanks for your kind words... have you tried downloading music from ""? I bet they have Jim Croce. You can burn your own CD of all of your favorite songs. If you want to do a search on "Songs from the 70s" you'll probably find a lot of songs that bring back memories. One of my most memorable "music" memories from high school was watching Rich O'Malley (on guitar) and Jim Hogan and I think it was Harold Ballou and Lindsey Tucker (on drums) (Anyone correct me if I'm wrong, they were wearing heavy face makeup at the time), doing a "Kiss" imitation at the senior talent show... Rich had on the highest platform shoes I have ever seen. He strutted around on stage and at the end, Rich broke his guitar into several pieces. They lip-synched the song, but it was quite a show. If someone has a picture, I would love to add it to our '76 website. -Tami Lyons Zirians (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kelly Weil Austin (81) To all of my fellow alums who thought I was "brave" for coming to the R2K only 3 weeks to my due date for our 2nd child . . . Victoria Jane Austin was born on 7/16/2000 (10 hours late!) at 10:04 am, to Glenn L. Austin and Kelly Weil Austin, and son Geordi. She weighed 8 lbs 12 oz, 21" long, lots of dark hair, and very dark eyes. Everyone in the family is doing well. Looking forward to hearing from all my friends and hearing your news, too! -Kelly Weil Austin (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/22/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Lois Pat McCrarey (50), Curt Donahue (53), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Sharon Bee (55), Tom Tracy (55), Ann Bishop (60), John Adkins (62), Dave Hanthorn (63), Tedd Cadd (66), Michael West Rivers (68WB), Betti Avant (69), Sheila Davis (71), Paula Moberg (73), Mike Davis (74), Jim Rice (75), Holly Chamberlain (76), Kellie Walsh (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Lois Patricia McCrarey Trent (50) To: Mike Bradley (56) The Drug Store next to Garmo's was Castleberry's. I worked there from 1946 til 1949. To: Janice Woods Ehrke (60WB) Tresa Brewer sang "Music, Music, Music" Johnnie Ray sang "Little White Cloud That Cried". -Lois Patricia McCrarey Trent (50) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Wild Bill's Market I worked at his store as a box boy for a short time. One of his promotions while I was there was to bring in the world's tallest man. He was Cliff Thompson and he stood 8 feet, 7 inches tall. He sold cheap replicas of his wedding ring, through which you could pass a half dollar. It was a real experience walking around with a person that big, especially when you were 12 or 13. When I left there, I went to work at Campbell's at Goethals and Comstock as a box boy. RE: The Riding Academy I went riding only once, because the horse I had refused to go very far. I would get off and lead him out into the pasture area, but as soon as I got back on, he would turn around and gallop back to the haystack. I tried many times and finally gave up. I decided that I would never be a cowboy, but I do wear the boots anyway. It's sure neat to have a site like this to spur old memories. Thanks to all you fellow alums for your inputs. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) The Class Song for us 55ers will have to be the most famous fifties song of all time..... .Rock Around the Clock .... Bill Haley and the Comets. This song has been used in American Graffiti as a theme song for Happy Days and countless others and we were there..... I'm sure someone will correct me but I believe it came out in '55 and I remember dancing to it at Hi Spot over and over and over. Anyone else? -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) To: Tom Tracy (55) I seem to remember Wild Bill's Grocery as being on Cullum. It later became a Safeway and now is an office building for the Mactec Company. Correct me if I am wrong. To: Carol Purkhiser Fleming (56) You mentioned Janice Joseph, have you kept in contact with her? She was my neighbor for years and haven't seen her since the 60's. I know at one time she lived in New York. -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) Ah, yes, Carol... the Riding Academy. Thanks for the memories. On days it might be closed, I could sneak down and lure "Jerry, a well-trained sorrel" my favorite horse over to the fence with a carrot. He'd let me put my belt around his neck... and take a free ride... He would turn at the slightest touch and stop on a dime. One day the owner saw me out riding Jerry and just smiled and waved.... You are so right about most of the nags wanting to hustle back to the stables. When someone was bucked off, friends had to ride back to the stable to get the horse. I think some of them had homing pigeon DNA. Fresh air, friends and a horse to ride. "The makings of a perfect day". A few good memories last a lifetime. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Myers (60) RE: Memories of the Riding Academy and other horse related stuff. I too had a horse in one of those pastures near North Richland. When I was in the 7th grade at Chief Jo I would ride the school bus to the pasture after school and off we would go to the river. The horses were very thirsty by then of course. One of the horses would stick his nose in the water clear up to his eyes. I couldn't figure out how he could breathe. We had water in our pasture during the irrigation season, but the rest of the time we rode to the river. I lived in N. Richland, so then we would walk home after the horses were watered and fed. The first name of the man who ran the stables was Ray. It seems like there was an article about him in the paper within the last several years? I was in a riding club that met in a building by the Riding Academy, I assume it was the Richland Ramblers that Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) mentioned. We wore white western shirts with a blue tie at our neck and white hats. We would give our horses a good bath, get on our "uniforms" and ride in the parades. Someone taught us some drills that we did on our horses, like the wagon wheel, where the center horse stood still and pivoted and the others went around like a wheel. We would practice in the arena across the street from the Riding Academy. RE: More about Wild Bill My husband was a friend of Wild Bill's son when they were probably late elementary school. Bill Jr. died when he ran his car off the end of what is now Columbia Center Blvd. into the river. I think that happened when he was in high school, and he probably went to Pasco High. My husband (KHS '58) thinks there were 2 stores in Kennewick and also one in Pasco, as well as the one in Richland and at the Y. He thinks the 2nd Kennewick one was opened when the one at the Y closed. -Ann Bishop Myers (60) ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) To: Victoria Jane and Kelly Weil Austin (81) Just don't forget - your momma was the original "Bomber Chili Cracker". Congratulations to the Austin's - and your dad too Kelly. -John Adkins (62) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) RE: The next R2K Maren, R2K2 was supposed to stand for the Second R2K. I guess you would prefer R2KII. Personally, I like R2K2 better, and if you wanta have it in 2002, that's okay by me, but I think the committee might like a little more time to recover. How about havin' R2K2 (that's R2K the second) in 2005? Bomber Cheers (and Perkins memories), -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Tedd Cadd (66) Class Song of 66: We Gotta Get Out of This Place I think it was a joke more than a statement... -Tedd Cadd (66) ******************************************** >>From: Michael West Rivers (68WB) RE: R2K2 Here's a thought about an R2K2. 2008. It would coincide with the 50th birthday of Richland as a City and the 65th of Hanford. :o) That would give EVERYONE, 8 years to make sure they make it. This one was SO great, we COULD do it EVERY YEAR!!!!!!! :o) Well, it was a thought. :o) -Michael West Rivers (68WB) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: trees in Kansas I was just thinking about the note about the lack of trees in Kansas. Yes, we have trees here. In fact, one of my co-workers lost quite a large wind break when the railroad decided to burn some old ties on a windy day. The fire got out of control and destroyed her entire windbreak of trees plus a shed full of antique farm equipment. The only damage to the house was smoke. Needless, to say, the railroad will have to pay for their "mistake". In fact there are several trees in my yard even though this sub-division used to be a wheat field. Not treeless in Kansas -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Sheila Davis Galloway (71) 1971... Class song: Teach your Children Class Motto: We have the capacity to make this the best generation in the history of mankind or to make it the last. Class flower: Avalanche lily Class colors: Burgandy and gold -Sheila Davis Galloway (71) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Moberg Bigelow (73) RE: funeral notices To: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Dear Shirley, My father, Dale Moberg, a longtime Richland Educator -- Jefferson School teacher in the 1950's, Sacajawea Principal in the 60's, and Special Ed. Director late 60's early 70's passed away on June 26. His obit. was in the Tri-city Herald on June 28,29, or 30th. Please add it to this site. He was a well respected teacher in the Richland schools. From the Sandstorm, he had received many old contacts from students that he taught. Thank you, -Paula Moberg Bigelow (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) RE: Class Songs Class song of Class of 1974: "Stairway to Denny's" -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) RE: Class Song To: Cheryl Osborn (75) Good memory! I just flipped through my yearbook, and "Time in a Bottle" was indeed our class song. (Just think: If we had graduated a year later it might have been "Frampton Comes Alive." Scary.) -Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** >>From: Holly Chamberlain (76) The class song for the class of 1976 was "Do You Know Where You're Going," which was the theme from "Mahogany." The motto was: "Free to be what we are, with the hope of becoming what we were intended to be." I couldn't remember either one, and so looked them up in my yearbook. What did flash into my head unasked for, however, was the theme from the 1973 "ninth grade party" at Carmichael: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." Any other ninth grade party themes floating around in people's gray matter? -Holly Chamberlain (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) Just looked in the '77 yearbook -- our class song was "We may never pass this way again" by Seals and Croft. However, I think we did tread some of those same paths at R2K. -Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/23/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 teacher today. Carolyn Eaton (53), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Frank De Vincentis (56WB), Elsa "Lolly" Phillips (57), Paul Ratsch (58), Missy Keeney (59), Maren Smyth (64), Lamont Worden (65), Barbara Mattei (71), Valerie Polentz (72), Tracy Wright (76), Shannon Weil (82), Lynn Dunton (Teacher) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) RE: Music Memories! I thought that I was the only one who remembered those wonderful songs of the 40s, 50s and all the rest of the years since. They were wonderful. Had melody that one could sing to and understand. By the way does anybody remember when, an unknown country music singer first got his start on one of the local radio stations? His name was Eddy Arnold. At about that time another young singer made his debut, Elvis Presley! Also Mario Lanza. He had a voice that would fill a room. I loved "Old Buttermilk Sky" and all the music that was popular then and the music that followed - even if you couldn't always follow the words. I just love music!!!!! Thanks for bringing up some wonderful memories. -Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) Has anyone ever noticed as we enter our class songs, how the music relates to the times. The fifties were "Life is a great, big party" and then as you get into the sixties, the music gets more and more serious and the seventies with "Time in a Bottle" and "We May Never Pass this Way Again". I don't think it was entirely "Vietnam" either. We had Korea but we still invented Rock and Roll. Maybe kids were getting smarter, (which I guess is too bad) Just wondering if anyone else notices this. Were we the last of our kind? Seems like it. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Frank De Vincentis (56WB) Hi Bombers, My name is Frank De Vincentis and I live in Parrish, Florida. I went to Richland High and Carmichael back in the 50s. My sister still lives in Richland and sends me the Sandstorm info regularly. I was interested in the recent mail about the riding stable, as I was a frequent customer and bought my first horse there. I believe the old cowboy that ran it was named Ray. I used to hang out with Dave Watts (56) and Thurman Bowls in those days. I still talk to Dave often and just last week I called him to inquire about the fire as he lives in Benton City. I wish I could have seen the Alumni basketball game. I heard it was great. Another old friend of mine was Pat Crook (58) who lived across the street from me when we lived on Abbot St. Also Mary Jo Woodhead (55) lived across the street. The first house we lived in was on 1104 Cedar. It was quite different coming from Boston, but I liked Richland as well as any place that I've been to, and still enjoy going back there as much as I can. My Email is If anyone knows the whereabouts of Thurman Bowls I would like to know. I heard that he was also living in Florida. -Frank De Vincentis (56WB) ******************************************** >>From: Elsa "Lolly" Phillips Schultz (57) Have been reading the entries about the riding academy. I, too, have many memories of trying to coax a horse to go forward (I wasn't much of a rider), and then almost losing my life when I turned it around and it galloped back to the stables.... trying to scrape me off at the barn door. Someone asked if anyone remembered the name of the man who ran the stables. I don't remember his last name but I think his first name was Ray. -Elsa "Lolly" Phillips Schultz (57) ******************************************** >>From: Paul W. Ratsch (58) RE: Dale Moberg (Passing) Dale Moberg was the best teacher I have ever had. He demanded that you pay attention in his class. That way you would get the most out of it. Our public school system needs teachers like him today more than ever. He will be missed by many... -Paul W. Ratsch (58) ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59) RE: Class songs, etc. I don't remember a class song for the class of '59....? We must have had one but unaided by yearbooks or any other hard reference materials, I believe the class motto was "Nothing Great is Ever Accomplished Without Enthusiasm"! Ring any bells?? -Missy Keeney Baker (59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Hey, Missy!!! Go to your class of '59 website!! Your class web master, John Northover, has the '59 Columbian right on the website -- along with '57 and '58 Columbians, too!! -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) RE: THE NEXT ALL CLASS REUNION We've had the following suggestions: "Next week" -- Thank you Fred Phillips (60)! "Every year", "every 5 years", "every 10 years". Let's take the burden off those classes that have their regular reunion planned for the same year -- so that those classes with a regular DECADE reunion planned could the HOST CLASSES -- combining their class reunion(s) with the all class reunion, thereby saving $$$ -- and resources -- for all the host classes. Every 3 years - look for an all class reunion in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012... Every 4 years - look for an all class reunion in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016... Every 5 years - look for an all class reunion in 2005, 2010, 2015, 2020... Every 6 years - look for an all class reunion in 2006, 2012, 2018... Every 7 years - look for an all class reunion in 2007, 2014, 2021... Every 8 years - look for an all class reunion in 2008, 2016, 2024.... Every 9 years - look for an all class reunion in 2009, 2018, 2027... Every 10 years - look for an all class reunion in 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040... THEN in.. 2001 HOST CLASSES would be: 51, 61, 71, 81, 91 2002 HOST CLASSES would be: 52, 62, 72, 82, 92 2003 HOST CLASSES would be: 53, 63, 73, 83, 93 2004 HOST CLASSES would be: 54, 64, 74, 84, 94 2005 HOST CLASSES would be: 45, 55, 65, 75, 85, 95 2006 HOST CLASSES would be: 46, 56, 66, 76, 86, 96 2007 HOST CLASSES would be: 47, 57, 67, 77, 87, 97 2008 HOST CLASSES would be: 48, 58, 68, 78, 88, 98 2009 HOST CLASSES would be: 49, 59, 69, 79, 89, 99 2010 HOST CLASSES would be: 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 00 2011 HOST CLASSES would be: 51, 61, 71, 81, 91, 01 I'll try and keep track of 'votes' -- Tell us how often YOU would like to have an ALL CLASS reunion and what YOU would call each one?? R2K2?? Then R2K3??? Then R2K4??? Something else??? Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth (64) ******************************************** >>From: Lamont Worden (65) RE: Thank you for the kind words To: Teena Stoner Giulio (79) Dear Teena, As you can see by the date of this response, I've been extremely slow in reading the many touching comments following the recent R2K event. (At least I'm reading the July entries now) Part of the problem has been that I start crying with each day's entries. I really can't read much more than a few minutes at a time. Another part of the problem is that the weather has finally turned "summer" up here near Spokane and I've been trying to get caught up on the many outdoor projects that were postponed due to our prolonged, wet Spring. Anyway, thank you for the very kind words regarding my memories. It really is something akin to patriotism to be a part of "the Bomber tradition." The Beach Boys well could've been describing Bomber loyalty when they recorded their classic "Be True To Your School." I think the sweetest joys I receive from this web site & events like the R2K are the continuity of the different generations. I absolutely love to read the comments of those graduates from the 50's & the 70s to realize how their recollections of Richland, the Columbia River, the Hanford area, the desert environment, Hi-Spot, Spudnuts, teen age girls (in general), and Bomber Cheerleaders and Song leaders (specifically), and of course Bomber basketball, etc. etc. are so similar to those from my own ancient childhood. I really got choked up to hear that the Class of '97 arranged for a B-17 to over-fly their graduation and that Jim House (63) put an RHS Alumni license plate holder on a rental car at the Spokane airport. THAT IS SOOOOOO COOL!!!!! My wife and I even saw a Bomber, green T-shirt being worn by a street vendor in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico several years back. All I can say to the younger generations is "Keep the faith. You're part of a tremendous community wide tradition that has become increasingly rare in our mobile, transient society. The torch has been passed to you. Carry it forth proudly." Now I'm all "Vklempt" again. Thanks again for your kind words. More later, after I dry out. -Lamont Worden (65) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Barbara Maffei Walker (71) Date: Thu Jul 20 15:29:16 2000 Was E-mailed this site. It was great to read all the stories. Have been gone for a long time. Came back this summer for my parents 50th anniversary. Am living in the Chicago area now. Would like to hear from you. -Barbara Maffei Walker (71) ******************************************** >>From: Valerie Polentz Topham (72) RE: Class Song for Class of '72 I remembered it at once! "Imagine" by John Lennon and the colors were Ice Blue and Silver Our motto? Keep on Truckin' Say no more. -Valerie Polentz Topham (72) ******************************************** >>From: Tracy Wright Tucker (76) RE: Holly Chamberlain (76) I'm thinking that Chief Jo's 9th grade party song (in our year?) was Color My World. At least every time I hear that song it reminds me of being on opposite sides of the gym and praying, pretending, and also scared that someone would or wouldn't ask me to dance.... if that were our only dilemma today! And yes, I remember clearly our Graduation song being the theme from Mahogany - Do You Know Where You're Going To. Was it our wonderful and blessed quartet that sang it? Who remembers who sang it? Hello to all the Bicentennial 76's -Tracy Wright Tucker (76) ******************************************** >>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) RE: Class song, motto, etc. I looked all over my yearbook for our class song, motto, etc. and couldn't find it. Could it be that the yearbook staff overlooked these important and meaningful bits of information, or am I just blind? Please help, class of '82! -Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Dunton (Teacher) To: Paula Moberg Bigelow (73) We were sorry to read in the Sandstorm about your father's death. We knew him in the fifties when he taught at Jefferson. My husband, Bill, taught vocal music at Carmichael and I taught at Sac and at Jason Lee when it opened. We were all young and excited about being in Richland. Your father was someone we still remember from almost fifty years ago. Betty Carlson Hammack, who's was a college friend, taught at Jefferson and introduced us to Dale. Most of us were away from families and there was closeness with friends that took the place of relatives. Richland was certainly unique. -Lynn Dunton (Teacher) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/24/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Al Parker (53), Mike Clowes (54), Larry Mattingly (60), Betti Avant (69), Michael Figg (70), Lori Killand (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Enough already with the riding academy/stables. [he says - as he proceeds with another entry regarding same]. Weren't there actually two such places. One being on the south side of the road, which had a covered arena and was the riding academy. The other was further to the west and on the north side, and was the riding stable where one could rent homing pigeons disguised as horses. As someone said: "Been there, done that, blisters on posterior healed." Almost told this one to Marilyn Biehn, Debbie Holden, Pat Nordman and Jerry Purkhiser, all former band members and also fellow Class of '54 people I met during R2K. "The Bomber" picture, and other things got in the way. What triggered the whole thing was Jerry showing us his new clarinet case, and the music and marching formation that he found in his old case. One of my minor addictions is listening to music, collecting records, etc. A particular sub-addiction is the musical stylings of Stan Kenton and his Orchestra. For the uninitiated, Stan led a Big Band from the forties into the seventies. The band(s) were predominately a jazz oriented group. His theme song was titled "Artistry in Rhythm" and over the years, Stan and his arrangers would make variations on this theme. During an interview in the late sixties Stan allowed as how the world would know when the song had reached the end of it's string. He said your local high school band would be playing it. Sometime in the very early eighties, I came over to Richland with my wife and possibly one or two of the younger sons to visit with my mother. It happened to be on a Friday night, and the Bombers were playing at home. Wenatchee, I think it was. Anyway, I went to the game, wife and kids stayed at Mom's and watched TV or some mundane thing. At half time, the Bomber Marching Band came on the field playing, yep, you guessed it: Kenton's "Artistry in Rhythm." Did a good job of it as I recall. But then, I got to thinking that back in the days when Gordon Pappas was Band Instructor the jazziest thing the Bomber Band might play would be the Miller arrangement of "St. Louis Blues March." Just goes to show what time does. And for those interested, I don't recall if we had a class song. We did have a motto: "There is no elevator to success, you must use the stairs." Naturally some one suggested that the word escalator be substituted for stairs. Before I forget it; Marilyn, Debbie and Pat, I'm sorry I've forgotten your married names. But you know who you are. And do you recall the band marching onto the field playing the "Fight Song" in what was known as the bomber formation? A hint, either the majorettes or the flag twirlers were the propellers. Onward Bombers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To: Mike Bradley (56) You and several others are right of course. The Garmos was on the corner of Simons and Goethels not Williams. I have spent the last 50 years getting those two streets mixed up. I do think I remember it started as a bakery. Our first house in Richland was 2-3 houses to the west of there in an H house I think it was. We shared it with another family. I was very young and the only 3 things I can remember are a little about the house, the smell of baking bread, and my father giving me a piece of cheese each night when he came home from work. We moved from there to 206 Casey. I do remember the ditch you mentioned. Never hunted carp in it. However, I did spend countless hours waist deep in the swamps near the mouth of the Yakima. There were some huge carp in there. 7-8 even 10 pounds was not unusual. I used to sell a gunny bag full of carp for $3.00 to the members of the "Rose Society" for fertilizer. The supply of fish was endless and it was worth 2-3 days a week in entertainment every summer. My mother finally started making me pay for my own tennis shoes I ruined so many pair. It did keep us out of trouble... well mostly anyway. J Larry Mattingly (60) "Happiness is the sky in bloom" ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: "golden oldies" Growing up in the fifties and sixties I, too, remember some great music. There is a station in Oklahoma City (KOMA) that plays nothing but music from that era. Every once in a while they play something from the seventies. I listen to it as much as I can (it doesn't always come in very well). They even have a website that has lyrics for several of those songs from "way back then". I never grow tired of listening to the music of that day. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Michael Figg (70) RE: 70 Reunion & The In Crowd Well, another Class of '70 reunion, and I give it a thumbs up. It seems like it was well put together and we all had fun, for the most part. As of 7:00 AM on Sunday, the Shilo was still intact. I am now in Bozeman, Montana on the way back to Ohio. I want to take this opportunity, while the reunion is still fresh in my head, on something that was said here a month or two ago by another '70 grad. The writer spoke of how if one was "in" they tended to stay "in", and if they weren't this didn't change after graduation. I disagreed then and after the reunion, I still disagree. I am no psychologist, preferring computers, but feels this more a feeling that is held by those that don't feel they are "in". I think there are two types of people that constitute the "in" crowd, and I think the same types are found outside of these groups. These are basically those that are comfortable with who they are, and those that aren't. There are those that don't have the self confidence on their own so they feel a need to surround themselves with people they want to be like. I don't feel a need for people like this in my life, and although there probable are, or were some like this in the class of '70, as well as other classes, I can't specifically think of more that one or two that really fit this type. Those that are considered "in" and have the self confidence seem to be able to accept anyone. So it comes down to those that feel they are "out" and want to be "in" that are rejecting themselves. I found a lot of acceptance this weekend from everyone and it was nice. The key for me is I am concerned with how I see myself, not how others do. This became real apparent for me when I got up in front of about 70 people from my church and sang solo for the first time. I really cared less about how others saw me than how well I thought I sang. Am I rambling here? The only other comment on this subject that I felt from my perspective that any perceived boundaries pretty much melted after High School. Part of this was the fact that I stayed around Richland for a few years after RHS and it seems that everyone that was left got together regardless of any old boundaries. I haven't done that well with keeping up with the Alumni Sandstorms but am open to comments. This probably should have gone to THE SANDBOX but I think the subject was originally brought up here so I continue. -Michael Figg (70) ******************************************** >>From: Lori Killand Whelan (72) RE: Class Songs 1972 . . . Class song: Imagine Class motto: Keep on truckin'! Class flower: wild flowers Class colors: silver and ice blue (We kept it short and to the point :- ) To: MWD (74) I always get a chuckle out of your entries. It amazes me how many people take you seriously! Hope your summer's going well. -Lori Killand Whelan (72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/25/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Hoffman (47 & 48), Betty Bell (51), Curt Donahue (53), Doris Brinkerhoff (57), Bill Moyers (60), Helen Cross (62), Earl Bennett (63), Jean Armstrong (64), Shirley Collings (66), Steve Piippo (70), Diane Carpenter (72), Mike Davis (74), Sheryl Romsos (76), Tedi Parks (76), Treg Owings (76), Kellie Walsh (77), Pamela Scott (80) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hoffman (47/48) To: Larry Mattingly (60) Garmo's was first a grocery store. I started to work there in Sept/45. The bakery was added in the mid 50'. When I started, there were 5 food stores in Richland. Next to Garmo's was a drug store. I think the name was Casleberry's. It was a real good hang out for us. They had a soda fountain and served hamburgers and fries. By the way the bakery was sparked by the automatic donut machine Garmo had installed in the early 50s. It was such a success that he added the bakery to gain the competitive advantage over the other 4 stores. A little bit of history. I lived at 811 Torbett St. -Tom Hoffman (47/48) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton (51) While reading about the old songs different people have mentioned, I would like to let those of you in the Tri-Cities (Richland, etc.) know that radio station 960AM plays "The Music of Your Life" 24 hours a day. These songs are mostly 40s, 50s, and 60s, but with many more recent songs. I really enjoy these old songs, and all my radios are tuned to this station. This is their 50th year broadcasting -- that was the station many of us grew up with! -Betty Bell Norton (51) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Music Memories Thanks to Carolyn Eaton Hudson (53) my memory got jogged to all the great tunes from the 40s and 50s. Whenever I feel melancholy for whatever reason, I sit down at the keyboard and drag out all my old sheet music and sing them all. Makes me feel young again, I guess. Some that come to mind are: "How Soon"; "You Belong to Me"; "You'll Never Walk Alone"; "Because of You"; "I'm Yours"; "On a Slow Boat to China"; "Here in My Heart"; "Everything I Have is Yours"; "Secret Love". I could go on for a long time, but it would just get boring to most of you. There were a lot of great tunes in those days. I'm sure, however, that each generation believes that the music that was around in their teen years was the best, and maybe that's as it should be. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) To: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Cliff Thompson - 8 foot 7 I can still see that signature in my little autograph book. At 9 years old, I think I stood about as tall as his knee and I could hardly believe that hands that big could write in my small book. In past years when some would marvel at the 7 foot plus basketball players, I would mention having once met a man who was 8 foot 7 inches. There were many looks of disbelief. Your memory has vindicated my memory. Thanks. Cliff Thompson was not a senior moment. Growing up in Richland was a great adventure. We were very privileged to have so many opportunities to explore and experience life in a safe and secure world. I loved the riding academy even though the most predictable and exciting ride was a crazy run back to the stable. Wish all children could have it so good. Good memories make a good base for a long and happy life. -Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Moyers (60) RE: Vote for All Class Reunions Maren- I'd vote for every five (5) years, and I'd called R2.005K, R2.010K, R2.015K, etc. Pretty geeky though, maybe too much so. -Bill Moyers (60) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To: Maren Smyth (64) RE: All Class Reunions. I think every 5 years would be great and I like the idea of combining it with the reunion of that year, as I doubt I could make two separate reunions in one summer, coming from so far away and some come farther. RE: R2K's following reunion's names. How about R2K2 for the next one and then R2K3 for the next one and so on, so the number tells which all class reunion it is -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett (63) Maren: I vote for the 5 year option. As for name, R2K2 has a nice "Star Wars" alliteration to it, that fits neatly with the science fiction of growing up on the cutting edge of science fact and the social fiction of growing up in Richland. Regards, ecb3 -Earl Bennett (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) To: Maren Smyth (64) RE: THE NEXT ALL CLASS REUNION HMMMMM, that's a hard one.. My vote would be for next week also, but on a serious note, I would like to see one every year.. At our age, we never know how many more we will be able to attend.. I sure wish we could get more locals to attend.. I wonder is they really know what they are missing.. I like your idea of splitting up the responsibility of planning the way you did.. That seems like it would make it not only easier, but more fun.. To get together and help work on it was more fun that I thought.. And if more people just put in a few hours, it takes pressure off the others.. Teamwork really works.. As for names, again I like your idea.. You are just way too smart, Maren.. Maybe we could come up with a motto and a song for each reunion.. One of my favorite "deep thoughts" that I would like to share, (cause it reminds me of Richland and the Bombers) is: "It's funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasures, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating". -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) The five students highest in scholarship for the class of 1966 were: Maureen Barber Lynn Berry Doug Conrad, Valedictorian David Kiel, Salutatorian John Lewis I doubt that I voted for our class song; I don't believe that I ever heard it sung. The words, however, are very meaningful. Our class motto, obviously, was taken from the third verse: CLASS SONG: "NEW FRONTIER" Some to the rivers, some to the sea Some to the soil that our fathers made free Then on to the stars and the heavens for to see. This is the new frontier, this is the new frontier. Let the word go forth from this day on A new generation has been born. Born to the task to keep us free Born out of the right of the home country. This is the new frontier, this is the new frontier. Let us begin for it shall take long, Let every man sing a freedom song. Not for ourselves that we take this stand Now it's the world and the freedom of man. This is the new frontier, this is the new frontier. The day will come, it's got to be The day that we may never see When man for man and town for town Must bring the peace that shall resound. This is the new frontier, this is the new frontier. The other favorites for our '66 class were: CLASS FLOWER: PINK ROSE CLASS MOTTO: "LET US BEGIN FOR IT SHALL TAKE LONG" CLASS COLORS: PINK AND BURGUNDY FAVORITE FAD: TOOLING ZIP'S FAVORITE HANGOUT: ZIP'S FAVORITE SONG: "WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE" FAVORITE EXPRESSION: "THAT'S PRETTY FUNNY" FAVORITE PASTIME: SUBMARINE RACES FAVORITE PARKING PLACE: INSPIRATION POINT Reporting in for the class of 1966, -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Bill Wedberg (70) Great reunion Bill! Your fellow committee members did a service for us all. Great conversations in the 'hospitality room.' Many good memories. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) I don't know if this was the party theme, but I do remember at Chief Jo's class of '72 9th grade party, "Up Up and Away" (5th Dimension) was sung. I believe Dana Sullivan and one or two other girls from the class of '71 sang it at our party. Does anyone still have their Chief Jo yearbooks? (And does anyone else remember that we used to also call them "annuals", a meaningless word to my children, except as referring to flowers?) I have mine somewhere, probably in a box in the garage, and when we start packing to move in a week, I might dig them up. To: Michael Figg (70) [You] just referred to a previous note that I had missed, in which someone evidently said that if one was "in" in high school, one remained "in" in life post-high school, and if "out" in HS, one was forever "out." I have noticed for many years that quite the opposite is true. I have found adult life to be MUCH more tolerant and accepting than the narrow, rigid standards of acceptability and worth in HS. Adults value a much wider variety of attributes, and are more willing to tolerate differences in their associates. I won't take the time to psychoanalyze why this might be, but I've noticed it to be overwhelmingly true. I have a son who has always marched to a different drummer and didn't find a lot of peer acceptance in American schools (he spent 2 of his high school years in Spain and found the students there to be much more open and accepting.) Many adults over the years have reassured him that he would find adult life much accepting of his differences and interests. There are different value systems in adulthood. Adults seem to care if someone is friendly, dependable, or knows how to fix their car; they don't much care if the person has a fashionable hair cut, wears clothes from the right stores, or is a top athlete. I know many adults now who I'm quite sure were not popular in HS, in fact some of them were probably on the low end of the social scale. Now though they are liked and respected for whatever positive attributes they have, and have many friends and friendly acquaintances. I know personally of many instances of complete role reversals - the HS "nobody" who in adulthood has either more friends, respect, or success than most of their peers. I realize these are major generalizations - there are plenty of friendly, accepting (secure) kids and snobbish, narrow minded (insecure) adults, but for the most part, I have found these concepts to be true - at least in the groups I associate with! I'm less of an "expert" on whether or not people who were "in" remain "in," but I do see that the qualities that often determine "in-ness" in HS aren't as important in "real" life. (Were there enough quote marks in that sentence?) If there was discussion following the original note, I'm sorry I missed it. For those who have actually read this far, you'll be relieved to know the lecture is over. -Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Lori Killand Whitney Whelan (72) Wait a minute, Lori! You mean you don't think I'm serious? -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Sheryl Romsos Senyk (76) To: Tracy Wright Tucker (76) Dear Tracy, We had a 9th grade party at Chief Jo?? Did the anticipation/agony of dancing or, worse, not dancing cause a mental block? I thought, perhaps, that it was just a Carmichael thing... I am having a hard time getting past the trauma of the first dance in 7th grade, and Michael Jackson's "I'll Be There"... loved the song, no one asked me to dance.. of course that may have been difficult since I was hiding in the girls' bathroom for most of the night... -Sheryl Romsos Senyk (76) ******************************************** >>From: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) To: Mike Davis (74) I just learned that since those in charge of the Wall of Fame refuse to acknowledge Richland Bomber Batgirls (Tami Love '76; Julie White '76; Karen Davis '76; Sandy Stavig '76 and myself just to mention a few)... that Denny's is now sponsoring our wall!! Can you believe it!?! You'll find all our pictures on a special Dedication Wall for Richland Bomber Batgirls in every Denny's location across the country!! Look for the big write up in tomorrow's edition of USA Today!!! Oh Mike, we did it... there really is a God! -Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) ******************************************** >>From: Treg Owings (76) To: Tracy Wright (76) Hey, good reading you online. I sure remember the 9th grade party! I also remember color my world. I think Reid Hogle used to play the flute part. What a great time! To: Lori Killand (72) How's life? What a great way to get back in touch w/folks. -Treg Owings (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) To: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) RE: your thoughts on how serious and somber some of the class songs had gotten over the years as compared to the choice made by those from the 50s -- As I remember, the class of '77 had a list of "acceptable" pre-chosen songs that the senior class could chose from. I think a lot of it had to do with the school's administration at the time and their "guidance" as to what was appropriate. Although our class song (77) falls into the appropriate group, "We may never pass this way again", please note that our cross-town neighbors at Hanford that year had the guts to pick a party song for their graduating class -- "School's Out" by Alice Cooper. Great Choice. Just about the only time I was envious of Hanford. -Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) ******************************************** >>From: Pamela Scott Hobson (80) RE: Next ALL class Reunion I vote for having the all class reunion either every 5 or 10 years. I'd love to see it combined with the class of '80's 30 year reunion. I'll be heading to Richland next month for the 20th reunion, but it's unlikely that I'd ever attend an all class reunion unless it coordinated with my own class reunion. I no longer have family in Richland and it's a full day's flight away (but always close to my heart). -Pamela Scott Hobson (80) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/26/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 26 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Mike Clowes (54), Millie Finch (54), Myrna Branum (57WB), Carol Converse (64), Jean Armstrong (64), Maren Smyth (64), Larry Brunelle (67), Pam Ehinger (67), Kathy Thompson (70), Mark Saucier (70), Mike Franco (70), Randi Newby (70), Lori Killand (72), Mike Davis (74), Kim Edgar (79), Jeff Osborn (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) I suspect that neither Gary or Maren realized the medical benefits of having a site like this for we older alumni. I read in today's Seattle P.I. that "jogging the gray matter helps to keep one mentally fit". "Mental exercise seems crucial." Research also suggests that it may be strong enough even to help influence who gets Alzheimer's disease." So, all of us older alums owe you both a great debt of gratitude, even beyond the joy and satisfaction we experience daily with the reading of the Sandstorm entries. -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Curt Donahue (53) Okay, buddy, remember these: "The rage, Miss Patti Page" singing "The Tennessee Waltz"; your number one hit from 1951. Johnnie Ray wowed us in '52 with "Cry". Also, from that year Don Cornell came in at number eight with "I'm Yours", just beaten out by the Four Aces singing "Tell Me Why". Would you believe the number one hit in 1953 was Percy Faith's recording of "The Song from Moulin Rouge" (also known as "Where is Your Heart"). During that year Patti Page beat Joni James for the number eight slot with "Doggie in the Window (arf, arf)". Joni's hit was "Why Don't You Believe Me?" Personally, I liked her rendition of "Purple Shades" better. In 1954 Kitty Kallen made it to the top with "Little Things Mean a Lot" beating Rosemary Clooney's "Hey There." My favorite from that year was The Crew Cuts cover of "Sh-boom". And how can we ever forget The Four Aces singing "Three Coins in the Fountain" from the forgettable movie of the same name. And for you crazy kids of 1955, your song "Rock Around the Clock" was number one. That year also gave us Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"; "The Yellow Rose of Texas" with Mitch Miller and the gang; The McGuire Sisters sang "Sincerely" (wonder if they were related to Tommy McGuire of '54?); and the ever popular "Mr. Sandman" by The Chordettes. Leave us not forget the dance steps of "The Creep" and above all "The Bunny Hop". And you young kids thought you had something going with "The Mashed Potato" or "The Twist", Ha! But I am sorry that our generation foisted "Mr. White Bread himself" Pat Boone on us all. Sally Foley (56), I know he is a distant cousin of yours, so don't kill me, but he should have stuck to singing ballads instead of trying to cover Little Richard. And you thought the memory cells were dead. Ever Bombers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg (54) Maren - you cease to amaze me. You are so smart!! How about an All Class Reunion every 5 years. I think they would be well received and as far as a name, I kinda like someone's idea of R2k2; R2k3; R2k4; etc. Has a ring to it!! Many many thanks to you for all your work. -Millie Finch Gregg (54) ******************************************** >>From: Myrna Branum Willard (57WB) RE: Bill Dunton, Carmichael music I was recently put in touch with this site by my sister and have been enjoying the memories of growing up in Richland. I didn't graduate from Richland because my parents built a home in the Highlands. We were allowed to provide our own transportation for three years and remain in the Richland school district but half way through my junior year several other families had made the same move and we were transferred to Kennewick High. That was a sad day. I'll never forget being in Mr. Haag's office when he said "Well Myrna, Kennewick has a good basketball team." He thought that would be an encouraging word. When I burst into tears he realized that was not a good choice. Kennewick was very accepting of us but I never could go to the games. The message from Lynn Dunton made me remember some of the fun times we had in Bill Dunton's music classes at Carmichael. I uncovered a program from a Variety Show in the spring of '54. There were thirty different show tunes either sung, played by the orchestra or an ensemble. I'm sure we weren't all that good but as I remember it was an "outstanding" show. Thanks for letting us perform anyway. There were 30 different Broadway songs in that show!!! All the talk about the riding academy. We kept our horse down at the stables on the other end of town that was owned by a man named John Phillips. I hadn't thought about that in years. So many memories of a safe childhood and school days at Lewis & Clark, Carmichael and Col. High. -Myrna Branum Willard (57WB) ******************************************** From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) MAREN: I believe that we should have the all-class reunion every 5 years also. Great idea about combining it with the class reunion of that year. It's too hard to go to Wa. twice in one summer for the all-class and your own class reunions. I'm speaking for just myself when I say that, as our kids are in Wenatchee and we go up to see them and bring back our granddaughter for a couple weeks each summer. So, as you can see, we make a few trips up to Wa. each summer. Do you think it is too much work for the committee of the class reunion to also do the all-class reunion? To: Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) I agree with you about the "in" "out" crowd of high school. I was in the "middle" crowd, if there was such a thing. Had friends in the "in" and the "out" crowd. Got along with everybody it seems. When we become adults, and that may take a few years after high school, our values change a bit I think. I'm REALLY enjoying the class reunions now due to that change. We are on the same plane now. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) RE: The Next All Class Reunion I guess every year was just wishful thinking.. I agree that every 5 years would be the best vote.. Most people that work, only get one vacation a year and I am sure they would rather not come to Richland EVERY year for their vacation (like me).. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds (64) ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) RE: NOT every 5 or 10 years I probably didn't explain things very well (or OVER explained) cuz it seems everyone responding is saying "every 5 or 10 years". Think about this now... IF we go for every 5 or 10 years, THE SAME classes will be the "HOST CLASSES" every time! I say pass that torch and give ALL classes a chance to be one of the host classes by going every FOUR or SIX years. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth (64) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Brunelle (67) These unwanted advertisements and offers coming over the Internet are getting way out of hand. Has anyone found a way to deal with them all yet? Does anyone have a routine to send 100 "get lost" emails back to these irritating space invaders? If they get 100 or more back for every one set out maybe things would change. It is also irritating in that the return addresses furnished by these businesses are not valid addresses for sending notes of displeasure back to them. -Larry Brunelle (67) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) RE: Next All Class Reunion Maren, I must join the group I feel that every 5 years would be a good idea. Time goes by to fast to wait 10 years. Joining the class that is celebrating their our class reunion, is a great idea. Calling it R2k3 works too! Easy to remember which one we'd be on! Maybe we could come up with a Class or Reunion song and motto for that time! What do you think? Or maybe reuse the Class Song and Motto of the Class that will be hosting the R2k3? Just some ideas! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Thompson (70) RE: Class of 70 Reunion Dear Classmates, Love to you all and thanks for the great time we all shared. Prior to our reunion some of us heard that the number of classmates that would be attending was quite low, that a few were not happy about this fact. I believe because there were fewer of us that we could bond and share more. As it turns out, we had a fantastic reunion, one that really mattered. So thanks and be HAPPY, it worked out Extremely Well*!* Warm regards, -Kathy Thompson (70) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) To: Billy, Lori, Q and the whole 1970 Reunion committee Thanks, what a great time, lots of great memories renewed but even more NEW experiences:... the first class of 1970 lecture series Friday night in "the Hospitality Room" with our sociologist from Texas (Thanks Chris!!! I just quit hyperventilating!).... The tour of RHS Saturday morning that allowed me to explain Saturday night to many of my fellow classmates where the library was located.... finding Crigler, Teats, my initials and lots of other class of 70 names carved into the backs of some desk chairs upstairs in Mac Hall (Crigler, how did you EVER get your Sazuki handlebars through those doorways when you rode your cycle through Mac Hall?)... Experiencing (again after 32 years) Barb rejecting me.. felt like yesterday.... What a great bunch we had and have... absolutely every time we get together, whether it is lots of us or just a few of us, it is always fun.... thanks everyone!!! -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Randi Newby Tucker (70) RE: R2K To: Maren Smyth (64) I like the idea of the idea of the class getting together for the all Bomber Reunion. We had our 30th just last weekend. So many who came said that they could not make it back for the 30th but wished all well. When you have people coming from all across the US then it only makes sense. Lynda Brandon came clear from FL to the R2K and it was after making arrangements for this that she found out our reunion a month later. I was not surprised that she could not make it back. A lot of people at our reunion said the same thing, "they'd have loved to come to R2K but just could not make two trips". Again, it's too bad that they could not have been the same weekend. The idea of so many classes helping is also a great idea. 5 years would be nice and to have 5 generation working together. Of course I do not know how many were working on the last one but it was outstanding. Soooooooo my vote is for 5. RE: 70 Reunion & The In Crowd Mike this was a fine article. The reunion was thumbs up and all that. It was so great to see so many people from out of town or state. Two from Hawaii and 2 for the state of NY and many other place like Ohio, Utah and etc. It appeared that everyone was having a great time and it was with much joy that everyone mingled. It didn't matter if you'd only gotten married and were raising kids or if you were a doctor or what. Very few did any sitting either night as all we so busy walking around talking to each other. The hospitality room was also fun and many gathered there in the wee hours of the morning. I had one gal come up and me and say "this is so fun. People who would never have spoken to me in HS were ever so nice and everyone was friendly. I'm so glad that you talked me into coming." I told them I was thrilled that they changed their mind and took a leap of faith. For those in the area that chose not to come, you missed a great time. When an adult comes up to you and apologies for something they did or said as long ago as junior high, you know that people have at last grown up. Connie, if you by chance get to read this I want to tell you thank you. I felt very blessed that you and your family took the time to stop and see me on your way out of town. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to put this together. I enjoyed working with each and everyone. Thought some people were given more credit and others less credit, it was okay as it was a team sprit. P.S. Just a little note to share with all. Judy Farris Rick was a great joy in both school and the reunion. Her hubby was very impressed but the Bomber. He'd never seen a school that had more sprit then we did. Isn't it nice to know that have been able to retain the Bomber name and the dedication of Bomber fans? When we lived in S. Or. during basketball season we got the Tri-City Herald and we were about to cheer from afar. -Randi Newby Tucker (70) ******************************************** >>From: Lori Killand Whitney Whelan (72) RE: Annuals To: Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) Funny you should ask - - - I have my '68 - '69 Warrior Annual right here beside me. In fact, there's a rather studious looking picture of you on page 10 with a big yarn bow tied in your fashionable flip. And then, back on one of the "autograph pages", you wrote to me about my "really cool, neat, sharp personality". I'm glad our friendship back then continued on into high school. I have to admit, though, I don't remember the 9th grade party you refer to. Maybe I didn't go? But then again, you remembered all the lyrics to a song from our 6th grade musical not long ago! WOW! Where are you moving? If you come across your Warrior annual, take a peek at page 10. :- } To: MWD (74) Of course I think you're serious, Mike! I also think that's a rather adorable picture of your twin brother Mark on page 33 of the aforementioned Warrior annual (in my response to Diane above). No, seriously. . . This is fun! -Lori Killand Whitney Whelan (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Tedi Parks (76) That is absolutely great news! After the obvious "snub" from the Wall of Fame, I am overjoyed that "The Denny's Foundation" has recognized the importance of batgirls and will display their photographs across the nation. People often forget that this job was no walk in the park. It entailed countless hours of hard work such as keeping those $#%@ bats in the rack-trademarks facing out, ducking flying helmets put into flight by temperamental players who strikeout, covering young sophomores ears when Coach Rish would start talking "French," and wiping off the occasional wad of tobacco from the shirt sleeve place there by a rookie spitter. Need I remind this forum that it was Tedi Parks who took a wayward hardball off the face and bounced back with hardly a flinch! Tough as nails and the girl didn't even wear a cup!! So again, thank you Denny's for recognizing a group of "real" athletes. Maybe their new slogan could be: "Batgirls left behind! - Are you outta mind?" -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: All Class Reunion I'd like to cast my vote for every five years. I also agree, it would be great to have it with the reunion of that year. -Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Osborn (82) To: Shannon Weil (82) I have to concur with you. I looked through our "Columbian" yearbook and can't find where it says anywhere regarding the senior class song, motto, colors etc. I can only guess that since the music of the early 80s was so forgettable...... they just forgot about it. What about Back in Black by AC/DC or some **** Journey song or Hold on Loosely by 38 Special. I would like to hear from other class of '80 through '83 grads to see if they remember if they had these little 'bits of the past or just say hi. Shannon..... I had a buddy in grade school named David Lamarche...... did you marry him? I remember he lived on Stevens and I spent the night at his house once and he had a pinball machine in his basement...... that was the coolest thing! In fact, you weren't cool unless you slept over at Lamarche's and played pinball. I finally arrived at age 11! -Jeff Osborn (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/27/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Bishop (56), Keith St. John (60/61), Pam Ehinger (67), Mark Saucier (70), Jim Rice (75), Robert Epler (80WB), Shannon Weil (82), Irene de la Bretonne (??) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley (56) To: Larry Brunelle (67) Advertisements I don't know about, but if they are BUSINESS offers, they're considered SPAM if they don't have a web address to remove them. That only takes a minute or so. -Ann Bishop Ousley (56) ******************************************** >>From: Keith "Fuzzy" St. John (60/61) I recently learned about the Richland Bombers Web Page and have enjoyed reading about the past history of Richland, and all the memories of our youth. To answer the question, "Who ran the Riding Academy out on VanGiesen Way?" I believe his name was Ray Mueller. Everyone has been talking about Garmo's Grocery Stores. Does anybody remember the Grocerteria (spelling?) at the corner of Williams and Thayer? It was back in the late 1940's. Later, it was changed to Mayfair Market. As I recall, in 1954, Wild Bill, owner of Wild Bill's Market in Downtown Richland, was the first person in the Tri-Cities to have purchased a 1954 T-Bird, which was parked in front of the market. I am currently visiting my daughter and family in the Tri-Cities, waiting for my 40th Class Reunion on August 4th. I live in Phoenix, Arizona and my daughter has just got my interested in computers. When I get back to Phoenix, I plan on buying a computer. Again, I have enjoyed reading about the past! See everyone at the Reunion! -Keith "Fuzzy" St. John (60/61) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To: Larry Brunelle (67) Those Adds that you hate so much help pay for the Internet and e-mail. If we didn't have them the Internet and e-mail may cost us to use. I know how annoying they can be but just click on the X and get rid of them. It's just a little bother some but at least we don't have to pay for the use of Internet and e-mail. Hey did you come to the R2k? See you Locals just don't know what Ya missed! Hope to see you in the year 2002 for our 35th reunion! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Mark Saucier (70) Sent this yesterday & saw it listed today without the actual e-mail text so I'm re-sending. Thanks again to the (70) reunion committee and there spouses/partners for a truly great time. To anyone who did not attend it is your loss. I've kept in touch over the years with very few people but really enjoyed seeing everyone again. PS: Hospitality Suite coordinator - Keep the chest. The suite was a real bonus. [Here's what was supposed to be in yesterday's Sandstorm -- Bomber apologies, Mark -Maren] Got back into Pittsburgh late last night after attending the Class of 70, 30 year reunion. Want to publicly thank the entire committee for a truly great time. A great bunch of people. I expected to have a great time, and had even a better time than I expected. The same was true for my wife, Cindy, who came into it knowing only a few of the attendees (though many more by reputation). Everyone made it very easy for someone new to the group. As the night wore on it was great to see that there were a lot of classmates that have no intention of "rusting out". There was a comment about an annual 3rd weekend in June get together. You can count us in. Thanks again to all the committee members for all the work that had to be done all the weeks in advance as well as to the spouses & partners of the committee members for having to put up with "Town-Criered" spouses every week. -Mark Saucier (70) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) RE: Cycles in Mac Hall Mike Franco (70) wrote: (Crigler, how did you EVER get your Sazuki handlebars through those doorways when you rode your cycle through Mac Hall?) In the mid-70s, a Bomber legend went something like this: Some senior was constantly late for Cal Gentle's class. Mr. Gentle said, "Do you realize, Mr. X, that for every minute you're late, you're wasting 30 class-minutes?" Mr. X replied, "But it's hard to park my bike and get in here on time." Mr. Gentle said, "I don't care if you have to *ride* the bike to class to get here on time, just be here." The next day, Mr. X rode his bike into Mac Hall, through the door, and into Gentle's classroom. (For the record, Mr. Gentle officially had a cow.) Two questions: Does that sound anything like what really happened? Is Crigler the infamous "Mr. X"? -Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** >>From: Robert Epler (80WB) To: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Music Memories Your opinion that perhaps each generation thinks that their music was the best does not quite hold true for me. When I was in high school, the popular music of the day was disco with stars such as The Village People, Peter Frampton, and Donna Summer. I, for one, much prefer the music of the 50s with singers like Nat Cole, Sinatra, Doris Day, and Joni James. That was music that speaks to the heart. I'm not sure what Disco music speaks to. Perhaps it could be summed up in the title of the late 70s hit, "Shake your Booty". -Robert Epler (80WB) ******************************************** >>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) To: Jeff Osborne (82) Jeff, No, I didn't marry David Lamarche. In fact, my husband, Jeff, is a Southern California boy. I met him while working at General Motors in college. He's still with them, but I am not. I'm starting to think we didn't have a class song or anything else. Just prom songs. Maybe Wig Davis or Guy Glazier remember? -Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) ******************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (??) To: Myrna Branum Willard What a surprise to meet you again in the Sandstorm! During the 50s you were the idol and role model for the younger teen crowd at our local Richland church. And summer church camp was the biggest thing that happened to us all year. Do you recall? I and my age-group friends listened raptly when you sang "I don't have to wait until I'm grown up..." We were all very impressionable and starry- eyed! Where are you now? I moved on to live in Idaho, then Hawaii, back to Richland--where I taught several years at Richland (Columbia) High School--and now in Colorado after living in Seattle for a few years while earning my doctorate. I recall I met your mom (as effervescent as ever), your daughter and grandchild at an event a few summers ago in Richland. It would have been a pleasure to see you as well! -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('??) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/28/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 31 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Ken Ely (49), Chuck Finch (50), Ralph Myrick (51), Kay Mitchell (52), Judy Meyer (53), Judi Pearson (54), Tom Tracy (55), Ken Heminger (56), Sharon Panther (57), Janet Wilgus (59), Jessie Willoughby (60), Marilyn Baird (60), Verla Farrens (61), Earl Bennett (63), Jim House (63), Sandy Hardin (65), Kathy Kraemer (67), Betti Avant (69), Kathie Moore (69), Diane Carpenter (72), Jean Albaugh (72), Laurie Hutton (72), Mike Davis (74), Tracy Wright (76), Kim Edgar (79), Jill Walser (81), Betsy Theroux (82), Linda Lawless (82), Lisa Tadlock (82), Tracy Wood (82), Wig Davis (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely (49) Class of '49 Flower - Red Carnation Colors - Green and Silver Motto - "He who seeks to win must have the courage to begin" (Before the days of PC) Song - None -Ken Ely (49) ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Finch (50) Greetings. Having just joined the Alumni Sandstorm, I don't know if this has been hashed over yet. There are probably some of the pre-1950 members that will. In 1948, General Electric (contractor at the Hanford site at that time) hired some high school students to water the lawns at each of the schools in the school district. I don't recall how we were selected but I was fortunate to be selected and to be assigned to Lewis and Clark Elementary School. Our job was to move the big two inch diameter hoses with the big commercial sprinklers around the school yard so that all of the grass received some water every day. Lewis and Clark was much different then than it is today. It and the old original high school were all that was on that block of land. It was a busy summer but I was certainly grateful at the pay. I had sold newspapers on the streets in Colorado and had had the obligatory paper route after we moved to Richland in 1944 but General Electric was paying us $1.00 per hour. $40.00 per week. In 1948 that was a lot of money for that kind of work. I had just been able to get my drivers license and now had money to do things I had never been able to do until then. The summer was over soon and I went to work at the original Safeway at Jadwin and Swift. But that is another story. -Chuck Finch (50) ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) RE: Death notice Sid Foreman (51) died July 25th at Kadlec Hospital. Darn, one more of our classmates gone. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Kay Mitchell Coates (52) RE: Old Cowboy To: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) In the early days a man named Dick Pedcock operated the riding academy. When I used to ride out there in the mid to late 40s he was the fellow who saddled up the horses and slapped them on the butt to get them to go. He was always so kind and gentle. If we requested a favorite horse, he made a special trip out the the corral to rope it and bring it in. He enjoyed teaching all of us "wanna be" cowgirls the finer points of mounting and dismounting, reining and riding. My riding buddies most of the time were Carol Haynes (51) and Nonajean Sterling (52). My brother-in-law Jim Coates (64?) married Dick Pedcock's daughter, Gay. They have property out at Benton City which adjoins Dick's and together they had a large scale quarter horse operation. Dick passed away this last year - a true cowboy till the end. He was a magnificent man. Jim and Gay are carrying on the horse breeding operation. There is a Pedcock Road out in Finley named after him. -Kay Mitchell Coates (52) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Meyer Donovan (53) To: Curt Donahue (53) & Mike Carlson AKA whoever (54) You bring back fond memories while going over all the oldies but goodies of the 50s. Actually reading all the many things that we sometimes forget about the good ole days of Richland is really refreshing and does remind us what a great place it was to grow up in. I wish our kids had had alot of the same. Thanks for taking us back down memory lane. -Judy Meyer Donovan (53) ******************************************** >>From: Judi Pearson Parker (54) An All Bomber Reunion every 4 years has my vote. The Club 40 meets every year so we older folks can get together every year if we want. To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) You must have one heck of a filing system to be able to have those hit songs at your finger tips! I remember them all. Thanks for all of those memories, they are priceless. -Judi Pearson Parker (54) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) ALERT BULLETIN!!! TOWER TO CREW!!! ALL BOMBER R2K CREW MEMBERS OF "DAYS PAY". . . THE RICHLAND BOMBER!!!...NOW HEAR THIS! It has been reported that one of our loyal, devoted Bomber classmates has been downed and her records sealed in Lion Country... away from the protection of her Bomber Friends. Engineers have the fleet warming up on the runway. A low altitude pass will warn those in Kennewick to release Myrna Branum Willard '57 Bomber Classmate and her listing to Richland's Columbia High School. She is one of our cherished classmates and was carelessly tossed out over enemy territory against her wishes and without a complete hearing. Her name needs to be removed from the Lions' Den and restored to the Bomber Airfield Immediately!... We see the crew of Bombers... in their Green and Gold uniforms scrambling to the rescue... and the deep roar as the engines lift off... seeming to drone 'bring down the thunder ... out of the sky...! It took an entire day to calm some of Myrna's friends down when they heard what had happened to her... How much we appreciated her loyalty to her school, classmates and Columbia High's Richland Bombers!! It has been noted that Myrna Fay Branum Willard '57 deserves to be listed with our Bomber classes she was: (1) an outstanding student, (2) a loyal Bomber, (3) a Devoted daughter, sister and a friend to all she met, (4) loyally, supported basketball teams as a cheerleader during her college years, including some that Bombers played on, (5) Married a college star basketball player, championship coach and former college coach of Big Bend CC and George Fox University, (6) a help to her husband as he coached basketball players and encouraged them in their careers, (7) Encouraged her Father, Jess Branum, to continue filming Bomber Basketball games from the early 50s through her high school days. Reviewing his films helped more than one Bomber basketball player. Her Mom, Nina Faye Branum and her Dad had dozens of Richland Bomber classmates in their home nearly every Tuesday night of the year for fun and fellowship and took them on many outings. She encouraged her Dad to continue as a loyal, devoted Bomber Fan! He even used to let us ride his horse, Blondie... the palomino that was big enough to carry an entire team! (8) Myrna helped teach many foreign airline pilots English to help them learn to bring money, passengers and business back to America. She is a true Bomber classmate. We remember her singing in Mr. Dunton's classic Musical... a song from Oklahoma... "I'm just a girl who..."... We're sure she will be singing and smiling once again and renewing memories with old Bomber classmates. [Mary Lester and I know more than 100 families who would have gladly let Myrna reside at their home in Richland to permit her to stay in school as a Bomber.] She and her parents took the honorable route of reporting their address and an unfortunate policy change took precedence over Bomber DNA, friendships, history and tradition! An unfortunate decision. Richland lost the presence of her loyalty, devotion and spirit. It needs to be returned to its rightful place... Columbia High, Bomber Haven... for sure... BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, that Myrna Branum Willard '57 be restored to Bomber Archive status. We've gotta maintain Bombers in their proper hangars... and keep them out of Lion's Dens. All bomber pilots are lining up... the tactic will be to drop spudnuts one block North East West and South of the High School in Kennewick. While the Lions are drooling and devouring spudnuts, something they're good at, the Name of Myrna Branum Willard '57 will be rescued and restored to the Richland Bomber Archives!!!... It's a terrible thing to be imprisoned away from the freedom, spirit and unique friendships of Richland... and there comes a time to return those to their true home! After seeing her note in the Sandstorm...07/25/2000, how could we do less than make every effort to re- establish and restore her to Bomber Archives.! Once a student enters and becomes a Bomber, the R2K DNA doesn't permit one to be anything else... Myrna has the R2K DNA just like her sister Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark '55. We extend our thanks for all the support after the appeal was been submitted to all classmates, reunion leaders, archivists, programmers of R2K, Bomber Pages and Sandstorm to join us in this effort. We are confident that Jim House (63) and other Bombers will be prepared, if necessary, to suit up in combat gear and help us put a new gleam on the famous Bomb a we bring one of our classmates back into the fold. Nice thing about mistakes, we can sometimes do something to correct them. We would not want to be responsible for what Myrna's friends might do to anyone not wanting this correction to be made... so this is our caveat emptor... please , everyone... restore her to her rightful place with her Bomber classmates. Thank you all for your consideration in this important Bomber Family Matter. We look forward to seeing her name in the Bomber list of classmates soon. Her loyalty was unquestionable... "she couldn't even go to the other school's games"... ONCE A BOMBER... ALWAYS A BOMBER! With the best thoughts of all Myrna's Richland Bomber Friends... What a spirit... Being a Richland Bomber... and having such wonderful friends in our town... and those who were fortunate enough to be at R2K this summer... know it's a spirit well worth keeping alive! Thanks again to all of you who made it happen... This has been a summer to remember. If I hadn't been at the R2K event, I wouldn't have believed it. Does anyone have a record, tape, or CD of our Band's music?... They played so well... and of course had a great repertoire. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger (56WB) Are there any plans for a "56" reunion?? I saw the question before in the Sandstorm but didn't see a response... did I miss it??? -Ken Heminger (56WB) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff (57) I have to put my 2 cents in about the riding academy. Ray would turn the horses loose to graze in the pasture/swamps west of the bypass highway along the Yakima. Several of us in our neighborhood (Cottonwood and Swift) would catch the horses and ride them without a bridle or saddles (didn't have those) - we would just grab the mane, swing up on their back, and take off using our legs to guide them. In the late 40s and 50s we weren't wealthy enough to have $1 for an hour's ride. We also hung out around the barn a lot, but didn't rent horses. I can still remember Ray in the middle of the horses running around the corral behind the barn. He would swing his rope and be able to throw it over several swirling backs of the horses and around the neck of the one he wanted. Little did I know that in 1963 my husband, Dave, would decide that he wanted to "run" the riding academy, board horses in the outside stalls, and stand his Appy stallion. That was great except he worked a job that was 10 days on and 4 days off which meant he worked every other weekend. We had a 3 year old and 2 month old baby and it was my job to "run" the riding academy every other weekend. I would put the kids in a play pen in the little shack attached to the front of the barn and rent out the horses. Thanks to some good friends that would help me wrangle the horses, since I had to ride with a child on the back and a baby in my arms, it worked out okay. When I was a kid I used to think what my mother would do if she found out I rode all over bareback down by the river and swamps. Then when we had the academy I thought what would my mother do if she will find out I was chasing around horseback with her first two grandkids on with me. We did a lot of business with the soldiers stationed at Camp Hanford. -Sharon Panther Taff (57) ******************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) RE: "Famous" name dropping Hi For those of you who occasionally watch "Frasier" reruns. I had to watch this one as I was alerted to the content--it was on a couple of nights ago. Seems that "Nilesey," in his effort to find yet another way of moving on from Maris (and keeping his awesome secret re Daphne secret) was smitten for a brief moment in time by the young and energetic coffee hostess. Regaling to Frazier their night of non-stop abandon, he mentioned that they danced the night away to a band - named... "Uncle Dirt Nap!!" And in the Seattle Real World, there is a band called "Uncle Dirt Nap," and of course, one of its members is the son of one of our own famous Col Hi class of 1959 grads; and that would be Mary Lou De Meyer Gnoza - her son Tom is a principal player in "Uncle Dirt Nap!!!" M.L. told me about this on a recent visit - guess the DeMeyer's phones were ringing away that night. See, you never know when fate is going to deal a LUCKY BREAK for a change!! Greatest publicity on one of the top rated shows! So if you're around Seattle and want to step into the world of the "happenin" you might just want to take in Uncle Dirt Nap!! Come on, don't say anything.... er ah, in the words of "Nilesey" don't be a "Buzz kill" just go see em! -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) ******************************************** >>From: Jessie Willoughby (60) RE: Class of 60 Reunion To: Class of 60 Classmates There have been complaints that we haven't been posting minutes lately on the Class of 60 page. We do apologize, but we just don't have time at this late date. Things are running along smoothly and we are very busy getting all the last minute details completed. We are meeting once a week on Thursdays for any local classmates that want to attend - 7:00 pm Hanford House (Lounge this week). I want to take this time to thank the local planning committee for all the hard work. I will not give more credit to any one of the committee because we all did good. Thank you for sticking in there for almost a year of meeting every month, volunteering your time between meetings, through thick and thin, through the (very few) complaints, and for meeting once a week for the past few weeks. Thanks for volunteering your time to this project when you could have been giving it to other causes. You are appreciated. Also thanks to all the other classmates who have helped from long distance to locate classmates, to donate items for the auction, to help locate good music, to provide us with an MC. Thank you all for contributing your time and efforts to help make this a great reunion. I appreciate your efforts and just wanted to make sure to let you know. Please get those registration forms and bios in so they will make it in the yearbook. Thanks. -Jessie Willoughby (60) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Cookie" Baird (60) With all the talk of North Richland, and thanks to a friend that shall remain anonymous, who never told me about the North Richland get together about 13 years ago, I would like to invite all and everyone who lived and went to school in North Richland to an impromptu get together. It will be a 'Saturday Lunch in the Park'... There are quite a few former North Richlanders in the class of 60 and since we are having our 40th class reunion on the 4th and 5th of August, we are planning to have a North Richland reunion at Lunch time in the Howard Amon Park on the 5th of August. We are planning to meet behind the Hanford House. Bring your sack lunch, a chair or a blanket, your memories and fish stories. To: All those who helped me track down lost classmates for the class of '60 I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. With all your assistance, I was able to find 50 out of 111, which I could not have done without the help of fellow BOMBERS. We do it better together. Proud to be a Bomber Have a Bomber Day -Marilyn "Cookie" Baird (60) ******************************************** >>From: Verla Farrens Gardner (61) RE: riding academy There has been some discussion on the Richland Riding Academy, so I asked my soon to be 92 old Father who was a member of the Richland Riders Club since 1955, when we moved from rural life to city life, if he could fill in some details. When the government chose to sell their holdings in Richland to the "people" (I believe in 1957) the Riding Academy and Riders Club became two separate entities. Father can't remember the last name of the Ray who purchased the land and barn for the Riding Academy (as a private business.) The Richland Rider's Club formed together as a non-profit and purchased the corral and individual stalls across the road from the Riding Academy. Each member paid a small rental fee to the club and each year for a good number of years the club put on a small rodeo as a fund-raiser. Ray Weaver did the business dealings for the Richland Riders Club for 10-12 years. Mr. Weaver had 2 sons that were around my age Bobby and Jimmy. They were in the classes of '60/'61 or somewhere in there. The Richland Rider's club still owns the stalls and corral. Many who join now seem to prefer the English riding style versus the Western riding style. Maybe this will help in understanding the logistics of the two areas. My Father (Verl Farrens) rented 1 acre for $10.00 a year for many years near the area of the Riding Academy besides his stall barn with the Richland Rider's Club. When Dr. Such, the psychiatrist in town, bought 10 acres near the barn he asked my Father to take care of his daughter's horse(s) and give her riding instructions in exchange for pasture. Yes, unfortunately the horses for rent were older horses and were not eager for exercise... all they seemed to want to do is head back to the barn, as many have indicated. If the owner had used younger horses for rentals the ride would have been more of an adventure. Since I started riding at age 5, I know riding horses can be fun, but they are also a lot of work. Some time in my teens the maintenance got tiresome (cleaning up after a horse) and my interest in horse mania waned. -Verla Farrens Gardner (61) ******************************************** >>From: Earl Bennett (63) Maren: Four and six both skip all the odd numbered years. Three and seven, being prime, achieve your goal of spreading the joy (and pain) evenly. I vote for three. Seven would make it so rare I might miss all the opportunities between now and whenever God calls me home. And three brings up my class for the very next one! Too bad I'm 2500 miles away. God bless you, Child, you do good work, and you think straight, too. Regards, ecb3 -Earl Bennett, Gold Medal Class of '63 ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: Kennewick Basketball? To: Myrna Branum Willard (57WB) My sympathy to you for having to transfer to KHS. Sadly, I would probably have chosen a more ominous alternative if confronted with that choice as a Junior. I can understand the dilemma for Mr. Haag, as he attempted to comfort you, but why would he reach so far as to say "Kennewick has a good basketball team"? Was he trying to cheer you up with a good joke? If he had any basis (and I doubt it), it rapidly disappeared after he made that statement. The Bombers beat Kennewick in 37 consecutive games covering 16 years from 1954 to 1970. Bomber love WB, you're still one of us. -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: Sandy Hardin Koontz (65) The posts about class songs bring memories, both past and present, forward. "Climb Every Mountain" was the song for the class of 1965. I have always liked it, and have encountered it often throughout the ensuing years, most often in a church. This June was an introduction to song in a whole new light for me. Our Davis Center (cross-categorical special education center here in Fairfax County) graduation ceremony always features special needs performer(s) for the entertainment. This year it was a 32 year old man, "retarded", autistic and blind, who sings "Climb Every Mountain" acapella. I had never met this young man, but had the assignment to pick him up from his group home and get him to graduation on time. On our drive to Davis I asked him if he would like to practice. Tears were streaming down my eyes in rush hour beltway traffic as I listened to his beautiful, spirited, and accurate rendition. When he finished he talked about losing his sight 10 years ago, and how he would have it back in heaven so he could see God. I should probably pulled over rather than try to drive through those tears. It is a wonderful reminder of our common humanity with all mankind, even those whom we do now think we have much in common. -Sandy Hardin Koontz (65) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Kraemer Fisher (67) TO: Larry Brunelle (67) RE: Unwanted spam mail Never ever ever respond to unwanted spam mail .. even to tell them to get lost .. that just gives the sender notice that you have a valid e-mail address which he can use himself or sell to others for .. guess what .. more of the junk mail! It's a pain .. I agree .. but that's the way the internet is going .. ads everywhere. Any time anyone can see money in something, that's what happens. And I was here 6 years ago, on the internet when there weren't any ads or e-commerce .. e-mail and internet (mostly bulletin boards back then) were free then, too, Pam .. just not commercialized the way everything is today. Sorry I couldn't make the reunion this time .. maybe next time .. :-) -Kathy Kraemer Fisher (67) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) RE: West Richland I remember when I was in grade school, it was a "big deal" if you knew someone who lived in the city of West Richland. If you were lucky that friend would invite you to spend the night with them so you could ride the bus. I made sure I invited a friend to spend the night with me so she would have to return the "favor" and I would get to ride the bus. I also remember I had a friend in the 7th grade (who I met in GAA) and we got it into our heads we were going to walk out to West Richland one Saturday with lunches and climb Flat Top. Well, we left from my house at Torbett and Thayer and walked all the way out, climbed Flat Top, ate our lunch on the summit, and walked all the way back home. We played leap frog over the concrete markers along side the road. Neither one of us were into horses so we didn't go riding at the stables. Thinking of that now most of today's young people have to have a ride every where, but then it is probably safer that way. -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair (69) RE: Class of 1969 CLASS "Motto" Some men see things as they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things that never were and ask, "Why not?" ......Edward Kennedy Class "Flower" Gardenia Class "Colors" Peacock Blue - Olive Green - Silver Class "Song" "SOMEWHERE" - from "West Side Story" There's a place for us, Somewhere a place for us; Peace and quiet and open air Wait for us somewhere. There's a time for us, Someday a time for us; Time together with time to spare, Time to learn, time to care, Wait for us somewhere. My, that hardly seems like 31 years ago. -Kathie Moore Adair (69) ******************************************** >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) To: Lori Killand Whitney Whelan (72) Lori, It's always embarrassing when things from my youth come back to haunt me. I didn't realize I ever actually used the word "sharp" as a synonym for "cool" back then. Hopefully no one will find evidence that I ever used "boss" in that sense - that would really make me cringe. But you DID have a really good personality and were a lot of fun and I'm sure you are the same now. We're moving from Vancouver, WA to Spokane in mid- Aug. Job change for my husband. Unfortunately, my mother just left Richland after almost 35 years there to live near us in Vancouver! I'm sure I'll find my Warrior annuals when we pack, and I'll probably discover witty autographs by you in there! -Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) ******************************************** >>From: Jean Albaugh McKnight (72) RE: 68-69 Warrior Annual To: Lori Jo Killand Whitney Whelan (72) Hey, Diane Carpenter Kipp (72) told me I had a "really cool, neat and sharp personality", too! Check out the Home Ec "fashion models" on page 54. Debora Bohringer was looking sharp in McCalls pattern #1564... great beachwear and a nice straw purse, Debi. Could my legs have looked any skinnier on page 78? -Jean Albaugh McKnight (72) ******************************************** >>From: Laurie Hutton (72) I ordered a sweatshirt at registration on Friday of the R2K weekend. Does anyone know when we should be getting items we ordered in the mail? Thanks! -Laurie Hutton (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Wig Davis (82) RE: 1982 Class Song Dear Wig, Your classmates, Shannon Weil Lamarche and Jeff Osborne, have both inquired about the class song of your graduating class. Shannon suggested asking you, the apparent "1982 Guru"! As I recall it was either the "I Love You" song by Barney, the purple dinosaur or maybe the classic, "All Around the Water Tank", by N. Cranston! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Tracy Wright Tucker (76) Sheryl, I am really not sure why I do remember that but then I don't want to have to worry about it either.... and yes, don't you know there were quite a few girls in the bathroom... Treg, Thank you for coming to my rescue and confirming those vague memories. I am still hoping that someone from our class will fill in the names of who sang the theme from Mahogany.... Tammy Walker, Tami Lions, Maureen, and Gin? Does that ring a bell? 76 colors were none other than red, white, and blue..... bye for now, -Tracy Wright Tucker (76) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) RE: Military Veteran's & Families To: All Alumni I have received photo's from my dad taken during the Vietnam War. Besides saving the ones with my father's photos, it seemed senseless to have all those other photo's sitting in a box collecting dust, so (with my father's permission) I found a place to donate them, it's called: The U.S. Army Military History Institute. The Military History Institute has a Manuscript Archives, an Oral History Archives, a Photographs Archives and a large library of secondary sources all on military history topics. if you have any letters or a memoir, cassette tapes or anything else, the materials will find a good home here and will certainly receive much attention from scholars who visit the Institute seeking just such historical materials as you will be donating. (I'm sure they'd be interested in other Wars as well) If you'd like more information, please contact: Mr. Mike Winey, Curator OR You may send the collection to: Photo Archives U.S. Army Military History Institute Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013 Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Jill Walser (81) To: Larry Brunelle (67) I feel compelled to tell you it's my opinion that your method of reducing "spam", i.e., unwanted commercial email, by sending them "remove me" messages is misguided. When you return an email that was generated from a mailing list, what you essentially do is tell the sender that they have indeed reached a valid address. Further, when you send a reply the sender realizes that this is an address of a responsive, "interested" person, increasing your "value" to the sender. Yuck, right? Not at all what you had in mind. I think the better response would be to delete the mail, unread, and be done with it. If you notice a particular "spammer" is repeatedly emailing you, check with your ISP as to how to block an address. In this case, the mailer gets the email back unread, decreasing your "value" to them. The best approach is to starve these companies until they lose interest in you. Good luck to you, -Jill Walser (81) ******************************************** >>From: Betsy Theroux Thoman (82) To: Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) I looked on one of the invitations for our graduation and nothing was printed there. Just the motto: Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. I have yet to get into the cedar chest to find the rest of my senior stuff......... and that is a project for a later date... Good luck in the search, -Betsy Theroux Thoman (82) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Lawless LaVigne (82) Hi Everyone, I am not sure but I remember that our class song was "Turn Me Loose". Was that by Loverboy? Maybe I am mistaken..... I hope! -Linda Lawless LaVigne (82) ******************************************** >>From: Lisa Tadlock Barker (82) RE: The Motto of the class of '82 I too, have no memories of a song, however I do remember our class motto (although I am not sure if motto is the correct term). What I remember is that we all referred to the class of '82 as "The class with class." Can anyone confirm that I am correct? -Lisa Tadlock Barker (82) ******************************************** >>From: Tracey Wood Peloquin (82) To: Jeff Osborn (82) Hey Jeff, I have misplaced my 1982 yearbook, but I don't remember a class motto or song..... but I would agree with you about the music.... AC/DC etc.. what about April Wine, KISS, ZZ TOP, MOLLY HATCHET Flirtin with disaster.. Ann Yencopal can do a great impression of that one... Hey it is great to see some 80's Bombers on line here and I've been wondering the same thing about Dave Lamarche...... If Shannon was married to him?? The 80s were great years to be Bombers, and it is nice to know that there are a few of us still around this area.... I have lots of great Bomber memories... would like to hear about some of the others anybody might have.... -Tracey Wood Peloquin (82) ******************************************** >>From: Wig Davis (82) To: Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) Sorry I can't recall the "name " of the 1982 Class song. I do remember, however, that when the winner was announced that Ms. England (I was in her class at the time) was rather disgusted with the winning song. I do remember it was from a "one hit wonder." A weak class song. Glazier should know. He made the announcement that morning. Sorry could not help. Ozzy, I remember Dave L. as well. Groovy bike with hair below his shoulders in the sixth grade. He rocked. I'm Out, -Wig Davis (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Sid Foreman, Class of 1951 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/29/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 18 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick (51), Marilyn Richey (53), Mike Clowes (54), Lequita Branum (55), Don McKenzie (56), Pete Overdahl (60), Emajean Stone (63), Ron Richards (63), Tedd Cadd (66), Ed Temple (67), Rick Maddy (67), Anna Durbin (69), Jim Rice (75), Tami Lyons (76), Julie Ham (77), Pam Scott (80), Shannon Weil (82), Wig Davis (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Sorry to send another funeral notice, but Andrea West, a primary teacher at Marcus Whitman, died of complications as a result of cancer yesterday. Many of you attended Marcus and probably knew or had Mrs. West as a teacher. She was a fine teacher and well as a human being. Her loss will be felt at Marcus. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) I have been reading all the input from a lot of folks about the all class reunion that was held this summer. I am really sorry I missed it but family illness caused me to not have it the highest priority on my list. I would have loved to have seen people I know and meet new people. The way all these reunions are set up is some years would have people trying to return to Richland for their class reunion, every five years an extra reunion and then there is the Club40 reunion the weekend after labor day every year for those who have been out of school 40 years. This year the class of 50 will have their 50th reunion as well as the 55 class having their 45th reunion in connection with the Club40 members from the classes from 45 to 60. This put people having to return to Richland too many times and they don't get the people that could make it to some of these reunions if there was a working team to help plan where they wouldn't have to plan on two or three trips. This past year when the '54 had their 45th reunion and the class of '49 their 50th reunion with the Club40, there were about 550 there those two evenings. I know some of those would have liked to been at both, but two trips makes it hard for families to travel that much and the distance. I think 5 years would be the ideal time for the R2K to be held again. But I think it would be fortabble to work with the established Club40 members to feed into what is happening and when theirs is held. I know I was not there but I heard nothing but high praise for the people who worked so hard to make the reunion a success. It makes a statement how there is and hopefully in the future, the BOMBER spirit will always be a part of the students who attended a great high school and if you look into how and what the students who have attended RHS have turned out in their adult lives; give yourself a pat on your back. To: Jessie Willoughby (60) I was reading that the 60 class will have their 40th reunion in Richland August 4th and 5th, 2000. They are now eligible to come to the Club40 reunions. I would encourage the people who live in the surrounding area of Richland to check out the Club40 reunion that will be September 8th, 9, and 10th, 2000 at the Shilo Inn. I think they would enjoy the evenings with fellow Bombers from the past. Jessie, I remember your family living up on Thayer Drive when I visited the Keller family. I do remember your mother when she worked at Pennywise Drug and we all loved to go there and talk to her at the soda fountain. Also remember your sister who was a friend of all the kids who went to the Uptown Theater. Her life was cut short in a car accident but she is remembered by those who knew her. Good luck with your reunion. -Marilyn Richey (53) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Check out the Club40 website: ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Judi Pearson Parker (54) Not a good filling system, just a reference library that includes the Time/Life series "This Fabulous Century". Trouble is, it ends with 1970. Who knew? At least your remarks prove that not all the class is "dead". To: Tom Tracy (55) Gadferrys, Tom, you haven't spoken this much on a subject since you ran for class president. However, since you have called the Bombers to arms (in what capacity I don't know), I'll have to go along with you. Bomber Spirit is amazing. I spent the first seven years of my academic life in Centralia, WA, where they, to a degree, worshiped Tigers, and charged about mightily in orange and black. I did one year in Kennewick (8th grade), and naturally followed the Lions (also in orange and black). Fortunately for all, there were no Bears (oh my!) in my school years. Then I went to Carmichael (blue and white). And finally became a Bomber. The only problem I have now is that people accuse me of being an Oregon Duck whenever they see the "moth eaten" warm-up jacket. But I don't mind; I tell them "No way! I'm a Richland Bomber". For some reason they think I'm mad. They don't realize what four years of Bombers and Spudnuts do to a person. We are the Bombers, and we're damn proud of it, and don't you forget it. So, yes, Tom, I agree. To: Class of '54 What were the class colors? I seem to remember a great hue and cry for "Royal Triton Purple". If that is the case, why is the tassel from my graduation hat blue? Bombers Always, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) To: Tom Tracy (55) I can't believe your incredible memory! Yes, we did have a beautiful horse named Blondie. She was a sorrel. Somewhat darker than a palomino. She was quite stubborn when it came to men handling her. The man we bought her from was a drunk and had mistreated her. So when my dad tried to saddle her, she would go into a big fit..... I remember asking my dad if I could try to saddle her. He said, No she will kill or hurt you. I begged and won out. She settled down, I threw on the blanket and saddle and she was a wonderful horse for me. Dad said, "She is yours". Thanks for all of you talking about the stables. I had forgotten about the stables. I remember, (probably the one you rode, Carol Hollingsworth (55) trying to get a horse to leave the barn. Well, I won out and got the horse out in the riding area. But, lord have mercy when it was time to go back to the barn that horse made it back in record time. Yes Tom, we did have tons of kids at our house. It was the best times. Mom would cook and bake all of the goodies. At Christmas time mom would make candy, cookies, etc. We were on a budget like everyone else. My Mom was a stay-at-home mom, like most moms in the 50s. But one thing that stands out in my mind: my Dad never ever said one thing negative about all of the teens at our house or all of the food we all ate. The doors were always open. Living in Richland was the richest time in my life growing up. Thanks for all of the memories..... -Lea Branum Clark (55) ******************************************** >>From: Don McKenzie (56) This will jar a few brain cells.... How many remember the location of the old "Rose Bowl"? Clue... it was between two schools..... -Don McKenzie (56) ******************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl (60) RE: '60 RHS Reunion "Enthusiasm" I think this really covers the Committee for the '60 Reunion. The planning of the reunion has been so much fun and we are almost ready for Aug. 4th & 5th. Last night's meeting was so great. Everyone was pumped up. You could power RHS for a year with the energy. We just hope the class has as much fun as the committee has had getting ready for it. Hope to see everyone there......... -Pete Overdahl (60) ******************************************** >>From: Emajean Stone (63) RE: BAY AREA BOMBER ALERT! I just saw the artist line-up for the 2000 AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival and was astounded to learn that it included one of our own Bombers - renown jazz guitarist Larry Coryell (61) will be performing on Sunday night, August 13, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. on the main stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez in front of the Fairmont Hotel on Market Street. For more information on the free jazz festival, go to This would be a great event for Bay Area Bombers to connect for a get together and some great music. If anyone is interested in getting together on Sunday night, let me know. -Emajean Stone (63) ******************************************** >>From: Ron Richards (63) RE: Alaska Salmon Fishing Anyone? I am looking for a deckhand for commercial salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska aboard a fairly nice 50 foot fiberglass freezer boat from approximately August 12 through September 25. Anyone considered from 18 through 78. If you're older than 78 you probably didn't graduate from RHS so you wouldn't do as well. No experience necessary, just a good attitude, good health, and an interest in Alaska salmon fishing. Please send me an e-mail if you are interested. -Ron Richards (63) ******************************************** >>From: Tedd Cadd (66) RE: Cycles in Mac Hall To: Jim Rice (75) I don't know about the mid-70s, but it did happen once in the mid-60s. Some guy rode his cycle into Gentle's class as if that was the normal routine. Gentle ordered him to remove it. He began to start it, but was ordered to walk it out. It was a dumb stunt but I'd don't remember any of the conversation you wrote about preceding it. Maybe in the 70s there was a need for nostalgia or a continuing lack of courtesy or something... -Tedd Cadd (66) ******************************************** >>From: Ed Temple (67) RE: Riding Academy Ray, who ran the riding academy in the late 50's, was Ray Moller. His daughter, Patti, attended Spalding and always seemed to be in my class. She always had good horse stories to tell. Patti is a Bomber from the Class of '67. The cost was $1 for an hour of riding, but if you could scrape together two dollars you could get lessons from Lee Linderoff. Mrs. Linderoff's riding lessons were my first exposure to kids such as Marc and Barbara Franco and Chris Nickola. -Ed Temple (67) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) To: Dick Epler (52) To: Mike Lewis ['??] To: Larry Brackenbush (58) RE: Heavy Water Just want to say that I very much enjoy your writings on radiation, negative and positive ions (are these the ones that hang from the cave’s ceiling?), Niels Bohr, c-oh-one robbing oh-three and causing fire to jump the road, etc., etc. By now, I figure most have figured out that we are just a chemical reaction waiting to happen. I learned that with the last girlfriend. The recent news about the entire human genetic slash DNA mapping fest completed. Of course, we have all heard the one about the college student asking the physics prof, “What chair?” All that atom smashing stuff needing to be put into laymen’s terms for those of us sitting on that skewed (obviously due to a much better gene pool in Richland) bell’s center line of IQ. All of you have done a very good job for us within the confines of the subject. Quibble, if need be, with your differences in opinion, but keep posting the radz stuff when you feel it appropriate... please. I, for one, find it most interesting at what happens when one of those contained atoms gets out of its cage and is swallowed, snorted, or dragged outside the wire on a new crescent wrench... or however it is introduced to the public. Even the every day non- contained garden variety atom arouses my curiosity, particularly if they are burning 100,000 plus acres. Anyway, thanks for your posts on radz. I guess a hurricane named Danny is around the corner, so I gotta go find some plywood... or was it masking tape? -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin (69) I am catching up on some old Sandstorms and I want to add a nickel's worth. Does anybody remember the place you could go riding on the island in the Richland Y? There were some spirited horses there. I remember riding a beautiful pinto who insisted on going right when I wanted to go left. Guess who won? I was really lucky I broke nothing when we parted company. But, he stayed around, and let me climb back up and off we went again. I think that I first had the feel of cantering riding there, and it was such a thrill. Speaking of generational crossing: when I read the class of '72 had Imagine for their class song, I remember that on a tape I mixed for my first labor, Imagine was playing when my oldest daughter was born. She still has that wondrous quality about her at age 17 as she heads off to college. (yes, mom will be crying a lot.) I am wondering if there are any drive in movies left there. I loved them as a child and as a teenager for entirely different reasons. And we had a famous one that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Maybe if I have any money when I retire, I will revive one. Anyone else interested? To: Sharon Panther Taff (57) Dear Sharon: I don't know if I ever knew your name, but thanks for making the horses available to us horse-craving girls. I am impressed with you doing it with babies. TO: Larry Brunelle (67) RE: Unwanted spam mail I hadn't thought about the bad result of confirming an address to these people. We got emails from a couple of porn purveyors, which could have been postal inspectors trying to entrap people for all I know, but I sent them a message that if I heard from them again, I would forward their message to an Assistant United States Attorney who had a big interest in prosecuting this stuff. Never heard again. To: Kathie Moore Adair (69) RE: '69 CLASS Motto - "Some men see things as they are and ask, "Why?" I dream things that never were and ask, "Why not?" ......Edward Kennedy" Kathie, I am having a senior moment. I thought it was Robert Kennedy. But then again, it could have been Edward describing his brother at his funeral. RE: '69 Class Song - "SOMEWHERE" - from "West Side Story" I always thought it was great that we chose a song from a 50s Broadway musical. When did the movie come out? -Anna Durbin (69) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) RE: Shampoo Planet A co-worker just brought me a book called Shampoo Planet, by Douglas Coupland. In this 1992 novel, the narrator talks about growing up in a town "in the dry plains of southeastern Washington State" where "my high school basketball team was called the Neutrons... and the team had a mushroom cloud as our logo." Everyone in the town (which he calls Lancaster) works in "the Plants" or at the mall. The Plants, he explains, are located a 15 minute drive away to the north; the town, he writes, "was once the world's largest producer of, how shall I say, forbidden substances - unpronounceable super concentrated broths, dusts, slugs, rods, buttons, and cylinders - substances more wicked than your darkest secret times a billion - substances whisked away by the government, just moments after their birth... taken away to their new homes deep in the cores of ships, rockets, weapons, and power plants." He says the town is "scientifically and strategically located so as to be as far away as possible from anywhere meaningful or fun, in the center of the arid belt of the sort-of desert that stretches all the way from the Sonora in Mexico right up to the Arctic Circle." Nah. Doesn't sound like Richland at all. -Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians (76) To: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) Where does the "Uncle Dirt Nap" band play in Seattle? (interesting name) I did a search and found some information about them on the "Magic Bus Music Forum" which is an informational site about bands. But it doesn't say where they perform. It does list two CD's that they have recorded. To: Tracy Wright Tucker (76) I don't think it was the quartet that sang "Theme from Mahogany" at our graduation. I think our swing choir did it. I seem to recall Pam Richmond from class of (75) singing it for an assembly in an earlier year. Anyone else remember that? -Tami Lyons Zirians (76) ******************************************** >>From: Julie Ham Froehlich (77) To: Betti Avant (69) Betti I grew up in your neighborhood (corner of Torbett and Marshall). I remember your brother Howard (playing "kick the can") and I remember your brother, Robert, walking through our sliding glass door during my brother, Jack's, ASB president "campaign party" - he cut his knee pretty badly! I remember walking out to West Richland quite often when we were kids. We'd do the same thing: pack a lunch, flat top (that is... until I fell down that durned hill!). When we would stop along the way to eat our lunch, we would sit on the edge of the road and put our feet into the Yakima River - can't do that now. To me those memories could have come straight from the movie "Stand By Me." -Julie Ham Froehlich (77) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Scott Hobson (80) It's nice see some entries from the 80s. Does anyone know where Sid Spence (81) is these days? Last I knew she went to U of W, but that's where I lost track of her - so it's been a while. Anyone? -Pam Scott Hobson (80) ******************************************** >>From: Shannon Weil Lamarche (82) RE: Class of '82 song, etc. Hi Classmates! Thanks for all writing in to help me with this dilemma. I was wondering if there was any of us out there (just readin', I guess, and not writin'). Anyway, I have to say "many thanks" to Sonja (Fisher) Greenhalgh for the winning entry. She found the info in (of all places) the program from our graduation. Class Song: "Turn me Loose" Colors: mint green, yellow and silver Class Flower: Rose Class Motto: "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." I feel much better now... -Shannon Weil Lamarche, Class of 1982 (the class with class) ******************************************** >>From: Wig Davis (82) To: Linda Lawless LaVigne (82) You're right about the song: "Turn Me Loose" Thanks -Wig Davis (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/30/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Lorraine Powell (52WB), Al Parker (53), Loretta Ostboe (55), Tom Tracy (55), Gus Keeney (57), Jessie Willoughby (60), Lamont Worden (65), Shirley Collings (66), Bill Wingfield (67), Larry Brunelle (67), Alan Lobdell (69), Mike Williams (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Lorraine Powell Earp-Tanner (52WB) Thanks to my friend Dorothy Keys Harding (52). I have been scrolling through this great Alumni Sandstorm every day. It is so interesting and as a lot of others have said. It brings back so many memories. I wanted to come to the R2K reunion but things didn't work out that way. But with all the comments you have all input I feel as though I was there. The memories of the Riding Stables........ My first home (the stables) when we moved to Richland ('47/'48). My dad had bought me a horse from Berry Mosteller (49/50)? The owner Ray and his brother Vern were two of the first people I met and they helped me a great deal in learning how to ride and care for a horse. We had some Horse Shows across the street from the stables which were a lot of fun. My dad use to MC at them (Chic Powell) He involved himself with much of my teenage years. He even started a club (TRIPLE TEEN CLUB) for 13/14/15 year olds. The group of 'kids' I rode with haven't been mentioned so I presume I was either earlier or later than the others that have written about the "Riding Academy" They were Pat Snyder (52WB), Jean Ackley (52), Pete Peterson (51?), Ernie Stocker (50/51?), Billy Randolf (?), Esther Shaffer (52WB). There were others just can't remember them all. To: Marilyn Richey (53) I enjoy your comments and memory of the 'good old days ' your right on' with so many things. You could write a great book. Thanks for the memories. -Lorraine Powell Earp-Tanner (52WB) ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) To: Carol Hollingsworth (55) I kept my horse down past the Rose Bowl - there were acres and acres of pasture land to ride in. After I got tired of trying to catch my horse, Tommy, we had a small acre pasture closer to GWWay but still on the same road past the Rose Bowl, and had tons of fun there. Sorry I didn't know the "other" horsey bunch, sounds like you had fun at the Riding Academy location. My brother Rod had a horse there too. (PS have been gone and just catching up on all the great Sandstorms.) To: Kay Mitchell Coates (52) Thanks for the comeback on Cedar St. I remember Birchers well, used to "Coffee clatch there". Remember the Bircher boy being SO GOOD AT ping pong, If you have another reunion, please let us know!! The reason that more locals didn't attend (and other too) the R2K reunion is that only those reading the Sandstorm( and those told by those reading the Sandstorm) knew about it!!!!! Was there any other advertisement, I didn't see any!! Sure Don McKenzie (56), I remember the Rose Bowl!! Besides living on the South end of town, my horse pasture was beyond the Rose Bowl (and the neat old house there) and I remember Mary Kay Anderson (58 or so?) and I riding my horse double and do all sorts of crazy things on horse back, like having water fights, sipping the nectar from the locust trees, etc. (are you out there, Mary Kay?) Thanks for the "rosey" memories, Don! Though I can't place you, have to get out the annual... PS - to those that are in charge of the Club 40 Haven't received our dinner/dance ticket yet, who do I contact? Sent in our check a couple of weeks ago!! -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Mike Clowes: (54) Really appreciated your summary of our top tunes in '52, '53, '54, '55. Your work with Cousin Ben brought back good memories too. Remember the noon dances in the old gym? That created a 5-10 minute lunch and a dash to the hardwood floor. Who furnished the records? Were you the DJ? Did Cousin Ben actually create a raffle & sell tickets for the Tucker automobile brought to Richland for a demonstration? or was that just a rumor... one of those messages that goes half way round the world before the truth gets its pants on?... tell us Mike... inquiring minds want to know. To: Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) Who could forget Blondie or Phoebe?... one needed a ladder to climb onto Blondie. Remember how your Dad used to laugh about how Blondie's front feet flipped outward when she ran? You were an excellent equestrian. I loved your Dad's creative humor. He was a good role model for all of us. Your Mom must have known every song written when she played the piano. The teenagers, army vets and all others who came to your home were always treated with respect and care. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney (57) RE: Homes full of kids!! To: Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) Thanks for reminding me of all those times my Mom, Gladys, would have a whole neighborhood full of kids in the house and yard. Dad never said anything because he at least knew where we were!!! With the four "Keeney Kids" and their friends there was usually quite a "herd". Of course Dad never had to worry much about my brother, Jack (65), and I getting into any kind of trouble!!! And Missy & Patricia were both "Angels" too. Also with Doug Stiles around my Mom and his never had to worry about any left overs in their respective refrigerators. It seemed that every other day we would clean out the other frig when we were working on our Chevy Coupes. That's all folks!! -Gus Keeney (57) ******************************************** >>From: Jessie Willoughby (60) To: Marilyn Richey (53) Marilyn, Thank you for remembering our family because my mother was so dear to me and in her later years after my sister passed away, she had a difficult time. Praise God that there are people that remember her from when she worked at Pennywise because I have had discussions with my living siblings that don't remember this, but I did and now I have proof. Thanks. I have been having a great time with our reunion and we will try to make it to the Club40 reunion. Donna Maupin Willoughby, my sister-in-love (Floyd's widow) goes to those and she has been encouraging me to attend. Thanks for the uplifting and encouraging words. Blessings always, -Jessie Willoughby (60) ******************************************** >>From: Lamont Worden (65) RE: Eleven People in a Renault To: Dave Hanthorn (63) Dear Dave, I'm not sure if this is the same "Eleven People in a Renault" episode that you referenced in your recent Sandstorm Alumni contribution but I assure you this one actually took place because I was the driver and it was my family's Renault. Our Worden family lived on Hunt (my Dad, Joe, still resides there, married to June Perkins' (64) mother Sara Kay for more than 30 years now). The back yard of our home was directly across the street from Margo Woods (and her older sister {Linda} and younger brother {Keith}. I wonder if you thought the car might have belonged to Margo because they were our close neighbors. Anyway, the Renault in my story was actually a Dauphine, subtype called a Gordini. It was dark blue and the subject of many adventures for my friends and myself during our Bomber years of the mid 60's. I'll save some of those other Gordini stories &/or a few memories of Margo's family for a later time, if you're interested. So, once upon a time, around 1963 - 1965 there was a store that sold appliances and other items, located on the Jadwin side of the Uptown shopping center (between B.B.& M. Sporting Goods and the Tahitian Restaurant). This store wasn't a long-lived enterprise as I recall. However, there was a period in which they had a contest which encouraged customers to come into the store over a period of several weeks and do various things to earn "points" or "votes" towards some sort of eventual prize allocation process. Just entering the store each of the days of the contest earned a customer a certain number of "points". However, on specially designated days "bonus points" could be earned by various gimmicky means. For example, on one day additional "points" were credited for each spool of thread which was brought into the store. As is usually the case in contests such as these (i.e.. magazine "sweepstakes") if a customer were to actually make a purchase, an enormous number of "points" were earned, generally far surpassing the amount of points which could be otherwise earned without making a purchase. Well, my dear friend, Ed Sullivan, (65) (from Marshall street) and I each entered our mothers into this particular contest (there was probably an age restriction that led us to entering them in lieu of ourselves). There was some fairly fierce competition between Ed and myself during the time frame of this contest, as we each vied for "points" in behalf of our mothers. In the final analysis, as well as I remember, Ed's mom finished in the top 2-4 in the contest, largely due to Ed's diligence but also due to a major appliance purchase (TV or washer I believe) that really made it impossible for me and my commitment to the "no purchase necessary" policy to compete with. I was thrilled that my own mom finished among the top 10 without me ever spending a dime. Ironically, the very top winners were people who had spent hundreds of dollars on various purchases and very likely had absolutely no idea that any sort of contest was even underway. Now for the Renault part. On one of these specially designated contest days, there was some sort of "point compensation" for either the number of people who came to the store all at the same time or who arrived in the same car or something of that nature. I decided that I could earn a considerable number of "points" for my mom's contest effort if I could load up the Gordini and head on down to the store after school. For those of you who may be eavesdropping and have no memory of Renaults or Dauphines or Gordinis, this tale will have more meaning if you realize that this particular breed of car had about the same internal capacity as a Volkswagen Beetle. There were two bucket seats in the front, separated in the middle by the four speed manual gear shift lever and the emergency brake lever. The back seat was a small bench that would comfortably seat two but could allow for three if they didn't mind being in very close contact with each other. The small 4 cylinder engine was under the front hood and the trunk was a tiny space in the back of the car. Soooooo, how did we manage the ELEVEN PEOPLE IN THE RENAULT? With not too much difficult really, IF you're a teenager and want to absolutely maximize the number of "points" your mom is to receive in this contest, so she can finish ahead of Ed Sullivan's mom, as a result of your efforts. I sat in the driver's seat, of course. Then, there were 3 people (I think all males) sitting across the bench in the back seat. Each of these three had another person (girls I think) sitting on his lap. Then, there were two more friends sitting in the front (kind of on the other bucket seat and kind of in between the bucket seats on top of the gear shift and emergency brake. Finally, each of these other front seat riders also had passengers riding on his lap. That makes 5 in the front and 6 in the back, for a total of eleven, all riding "two deep", except for the driver, (me), who enjoyed a seat all to myself. The only real difficulty we had in maneuvering the car was that there was no way physically possible for me to reach the shifting lever between the seats to shift gears. This obstacle was overcome by my accelerating to the appropriate RPM, pushing in the clutch and then yelling (over the din in the car) for my "shifter" to change gears. I honestly can't recall if my shifter was the person sitting on the bottom immediately to my right, or if it was the person on his lap. I just know it took considerable cooperation (and a genuine amount of trust) for the shifter to be groping around between the legs of those two to my right, then forcing the lever into the next gear, and finally yelling back to me that the shift had been accomplished, so I could release the clutch, step on the gas and head for the next speed required. Using the rear view mirror was also totally out of the question. The driver's side view mirror and various passengers acting as "look-outs" substituted for that function. Stopping was pretty easy. I just stepped on both the brake and clutch simultaneously and we shifted into first gear while at a resting position. I don't think we did too much "down-shifting." So, this excursion (which was absolutely a one- time only experience for me, then or since) was not to Zip's, but rather to the Uptown "contest" appliance store where my mom accumulated an enormous amount of "points" thanks to the help of my "adventurous and loyal" (read that as "immature" and "foolish" if you're now a parent) friends who each "voted" for my mother in the contest. I remember dropping off each of the 10 passengers afterwards, one at a time, and the challenge it was for each of him/her to sort out the books and other possessions which we had simply piled helter-skelter into the tiny trunk. On another day, when my own kids are no longer teenage drivers, perhaps I'll feel brave/humble enough to admit to the stunt that Jack Hoffman (65) (from the stilt apartments near Chief Jo) and I pulled off driving this same Gordini back from Benton City after a fruit picking episode and actually changed drivers while doing approximately 60-70 MPH! Rather than "immature" or "foolish", that little escapade would qualify as "insane" or "suicidal". Yet, somehow we survived it to live long enough to pray that our own children are never as stupid and reckless as we were, and confine their youthful experimentation to tamer activities like the "eleven people in a Renault" episode. Thanks for listening. I sincerely hope this is indeed the same story you were referring to because I would hate to think that someone else duplicated our Renault feat. If you were actually one of that special "eleven" wouldn't it be sweet if I could actually discover via this E-mail site who the other 9 were?? I suspect, what'll happen is, like Woodstock, after the tally of those in the car that day is finalized it may turn out that we have 20-30 people claiming to have been there. One thing I can guarantee is that Ed Sullivan WAS NOT one of the eleven! There was no way he was ever going to participate in anything at that time which would have contributed to my mother's "point" total in the competition against his own mother. -Lamont Worden (65) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) To: Lea Branum Clark (55), Ed Temple (67), Julie Ham Froehlich (77), and all of the others that have written about the riding stables. That really brings back fond memories. I use to love to just go down there and hang out on our way down to the Yakima River. As Julie Ham Froehlich (77) said, to hang our feet into the river. Julie, Is Jack Ham your older brother? How about the pinto out behind Jason Lee in the early 60s. Does anyone remember that Pinto? I keep thinking I'm gonna see some one write in about that horse. She/he was sure a pretty horse. We would go out there and give him apples quite frequently. I even got on him one time, but if I remember right he decided he didn't want me there. Does anyone know the name of that Pinto and who her/his owner was? -Bill Wingfield (67) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Brunelle (67) RE: spam mail To: Pam Ehinger (67) The unwanted spam mail or advertising I was referring to that bothers me so much comes in the form of emails. Not the advertising on the screen while surfing the net. I understand they are paying for the net, etc. and it does not bother me. I just don't care for the email stuff directly to my address and invading my space. To: All the Others who responded I had not thought that by responding "get lost" to the spam senders I was encouraging these people to send even more spam. Thank you to those that pointed that out. I guess it is just one of those annoyances that one has to put up with. Have a great day one and all -- time to head to the farmers market for some Yakima Valley home grown. -Larry Brunelle (67) ******************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell (69) To: Anna Durbin (69) Yes, there is a drive in that is located in Auburn, Washington. It is on the north end of town almost to Kent on the East Valley Highway (Auburn Way North). It has 5 screens and my wife and I go at least once a month during the summer. Each time we are there we wonder if it will still be around the next year. Its the last thing left around to make us feel like kids again. By the way, living in West Richland was not all that much fun if you were under driving age. Everything was too far away and rides were hard to come by. Once the car was in hand it was ok. -Alan Lobdell (69) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Williams (82) RE: class song '82 Our actual class song was "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd, but they wouldn't let us use it because of the blasphemous chorus of kids singing "we don't need no education." "Turn Me Loose" was voted in after that, and quite possibly remains the lamest song of the eighties. -Mike Williams (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. *************************************** *************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 7/31/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Myrna Branum (57WB), Dave Hanthorn (63), Jim Hamilton (63), Jim House (63), Ron Richards (63), Betti Avant (69), Peggy Adair (72), Mandy Holmes (97) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Myrna Branum Willard (57WB) RE: Bomber Rescue To: Tom Tracy (55) Thanks for the rescue - I feel like I've relived high school. I can't believe you remember all that stuff - must have some other resource other than your memory. I hardly recognized that loyal student you described but those are my family members so I'll consider myself rescued and an official Bomber and thank you for it. You have a special sense of humor. I laughed till I cried. Proud to be a Bomber -Myrna Branum Willard (57WB) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) After reading all the entries about class songs, mottoes, colors, and etc. I decided it was time for someone from the "Gold Medal Class of '63" to speak up. Since neither of the two Jimmies (House and Hamilton) have jumped on this, I guess I might as well give it a shot, so here goes: Class Motto: "Not finished, just begun" Class Song: Didn't seem to have one, but see below. Class Colors: No class colors, either. We were all just Green and Gold through and through (and still are). Top Five: Valedictorian: Ken Carlson Salutatorian: Leslie Dreher Gary LeClair, Marye Durbin, Jim Newell Class Officers: President: Bill Wilson Vice President: Kurt Johnson Secretary: Myra Bayless Treasurer: Diane Grunwald Billboard Magazine's Top Ten Hits of 1963: 1. Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs 2. He's So Fine - The Chiffons 3. My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels 4. Fingertips, Part 2 - Little Stevie Wonder 5. Walk Like a Man - The 4 Seasons 6. Surf City - Jan & Dean 7. Its My Party - Lesley Gore 8. Easier Said Than Done - The Essex 9. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen 10. Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beachboys Other favorites of the "Gold Medal Class of '63": Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades Deep Purple - April Stevens Da Do Ron Ron - The Crystals Louie Louie - The Wailers Just One Look - Doris Troy Money - The Kingsmen Keep Searchin' - Del Shannon Twist and Shout - The Isley Brothers Papa Om Mow Mow - The Rivingtons And also there was that weird song by the Japanese guy that was "discovered" by one of the DJ's at either KORD or KALE, who played and played it until we were all sick and tired of it, and then about that time it became a nationwide hit so we got to listen to it for a few more months. I really hate that song now. I think it was called Sukiyaki or something like that. Favorite Teachers: Mr. Albert Vandenberg and Miss Marie Churney Most Likely to Succeed: Jim Newell and Rosann Benedict Wittiest: Shelley McCoy and Barb Howe Biggest Flirts: Simon Van Houwelingen and Connie Witherup Best Dressed: Joe Kaveckis and Susan Sherwood Best Looking: Phil Armstrong and Diane Grunwald Cutest Smile: Ken Anderson and Pat Murphy Most Versatile: Jim House and Ellen Weihermiller Best Liked: Denny Smith and Myra Bayless Most Talented: Larry Tew and Dianne Kornberg Best Dancers: Dave "Pook" Smith and Beth Parker Most Athletic: Thea Wallace and Ann McCue Friendliest: Bill Wilson and Donna Bowers Some great Bombers in that lineup, and some great tunes became hits in "our" year, including what has become the number one all time Rock and Roll song (and nearly became the Washington State official song), and that is, of course "Louie Louie". I hope this little recap has brought back some fond memories for some of you out there in SandStorm land. Proud to be a '63 Bomber, -Dave Hanthorn (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Something is all screwed up, 'cause the message I read, said that Ron Richards (63) was looking for deck hands on a salmon FISHING boat. What I'm sure he meant was the Love Boat, on which he was taking all of his much beloved Snake River Salmon on a late summer Alaskan Cruise. I mean there's no way Ron is going to allow any harm to come to his little silver friends. It's sure lucky for those Green Lake Geese, that their potential savior actually looks forward to getting up at 4am in November, to help them out. Wish I had that much love in my heart. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) RE: '63 Class Colors Yikes! What is with all these class colors? Did any class consider something soothing like GREEN and GOLD? The closest was probably something like "Algae on a Lilli Pond Green and Dew off a Spaniel's Leg Gold". Just Green and Gold, -Jim House (63) ******************************************** >>From: Ron Richards (63) RE: Alaska Salmon Fishing Anyone? I am looking for a deck hand for commercial salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska aboard a fairly nice 50 foot fiberglass freezer boat from approximately August 12 through September 25. Anyone considered from 18 through 78. If you're older than 78 you probably didn't graduate from RHS so you wouldn't do as well. No experience necessary, just a good attitude, good health, and an interest in Alaska salmon fishing. Please send me an e-mail if you are interested. -Ron Richards (63) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Hi to Julie Ham (77) Yes, Julie I do remember you. I think when you first moved to Richland you lived beside us on Thayer (our backyards abutted each other). I also played softball against you in the 80s. I, too remember that store when they had that contest going on. My parents bought our first color TV at that time and really got a lot of points. I don't know where we finished, but I do seem to think we won a chair (seems it was in the top 5). -Betti Avant (69) ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair (72) RE: Riding Stables So many people have written in about the riding stable. If I remember right, there were two of them which I used to refer to as the red barn and the green barn. The red barn was run by Dave Taff and the green barn was run by Ray Moller back in the mid-sixties. When leaving the red barn, riders would head north to the sand dunes. When leaving the green barn, riders went southwest towards the river which is now the WE Johnson Equestrian Park. My dear brother, Gene, worked for Dave at the red barn one summer and that is where Gene found my first horse. I only had him for a year, then Gene gave me his big sorrel mare named, Sis. She was Saddlebred and Morgan and could out trot just about any horse in the Tri-Cities. For those of you that remember the play days at the Riders Club and the Wally's in West Richland, that mare was never beat in the quarter-mile trotting race. She could not only trot, but was very versatile in other events. Does anybody remember such events as: the boot race, walk- trot-scoot, barrel race, pole bending, egg race, double scurry, key-hole, and the two-man barrel race? Well, if you do, you're getting old like me! I spent many days at the Riders Club riding around the track and working in the arena. Everyone there were friends from youngsters to the older folks. People I remember riding with just to name a few were: Sue Barnard, Nancy and Margie Sheckler, Ann Sheppard, Joanne Shaddel, Terry Bushlach, Nancy Harville, the Haptonstalls, Louise Farrens, the Brendon sisters, Mike Reed, Darlene Merrill, and Penny Moller and her spunky pony. Forgive me if I have forgotten a few. Usually, one or two nights of the week, the ropers would meet at the arena and rope steers until late at night. I don't remember many of them but those I do were the Surplus family, the Beaver brothers, the Sheltons, Mr. Farrans, one of my all time favorites Mr. OB Williams, and a guy that had a big black quarter horse gelding that he used to haul around in the back of his pickup truck. Anyone out there remember his name? Was it Bill? All I know is that growing up in Richland and owning a horse was the best time in my life. There was a freedom in leaving home at a young age to go ride horses for miles in just about any direction you wanted. The dunes, the river, the forest (by Betty Jackson's boarding stable), and even trips to the Northwest Roping School all have the fondest memories. -Peggy Adair (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) All of this talk about class songs and mottos got me to thinking about mine, which is pretty recent as far as graduations and classes go. From the class of 1997, our class colors were kelly green and gold, the motto was "We cannot become who we need to be by remaining who we are" though there was quite a controversy about that one. Many of the seniors wanted "Do or do not, there is no try" spoken by the Jedi guru Yoda. Also, our class song was "Imagine" by John Lennon which did NOT fit our class at all. Some of my friends and I thought "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette filled the bill better. The class of 1997 was quite an interesting one, very diverse... and that diversity in thought and feeling was not expressed well in our commencement, though one of the valedictorians did blow bubbles as part of her speech. We also were not allowed to decorate the mortarboards (caps), though I must admit I broke this rule and decorated it with frogs (to contrast with the gold of my gown) on the "victory lap" we did around the stadium before taking our seats. Anyway, what I really wanted to ask about was the rivalry between RHS and Kamiakin. From the time I was very young and indoctrinated well with the virtues of RHS, Kamiakin became an enemy of the state, so to speak. When/why/where did that get started and is there anyone willing to share stories about things that perpetuated the rivalry? It could get rather intense, if I remember correctly, and I'm not that old, necessarily, so I think I do. Also, when was the current fight song written and has it ever been anything else? I know the words still, so if it would help for a refresher, let me know. Thanks! Keep the faith! Green and gold forever, -Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) P.S. Anyone know what happened to Beverly Aiello? She was the choir teacher at Carmichael until 1993 when she was diagnosed with cancer and had to leave. Please let me know. -Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Darvi Lee Markfelder Hull, Class of 1972 ~ ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for this month. Please send more. ******************************************** ******************************************** June, 2000 ~ August, 2000