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   Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ October, 2000
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/1/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Lou Stines (50), Mike Clowes (54), Patti Jones (60) Leo Webb (63), Billy Didway (66), Becky Tonning (73) Greg Alley (73), Doug Zangar (74), Heidi Hogan (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Lou Stines Pearson (50WB) Re: Addition of the names of the towns where the entries originated Dear Maren, Perhaps you have been doing this for some time and I just now realized it, but I really like knowing where the people who write to the Sandstorm are geographically located. Somehow, it is less like hearing a voice coming out of the ether and more like real persons addressing other real persons. Earthy? May be, but I like it. -Mary Lou Stines Pearson (50 WannaBe) ~ Olympia, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Mary Lou - Hasn't been going on very long. Somebody wrote in that they thought it was a good idea and many have picked right up on that and started adding their town lately. -Maren ~ Chelan, WA] ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Anonymous (from 9/30 Sandstorm) Dear Anonymous: "It is with humble heart, and deep regret that I will not seek, nor will I accept my party's nomination to be your President." For you political junkies, who said that? As for Annon's nomination, while I have the time, the Lear is no longer in service, and I do believe the job of Club40 president to be one that should require residency in the "automatic" city. Which disqualifies me. It has been discussed several times, but that's all. The notion of combining with the R2K mob on "Cool Desert Nights" seems doable. There might be a problem with adequate lodging for all us "out of towners", what with all the cruisers and camp followers on the same week end. I hope the saliva from the local inn keepers doesn't cause a flood. The prospect of several hundred people vying for motel rooms makes the mind boggle. I do not know the original rationale for selecting the weekend following Labor Day, but the first members had graduated forty years prior, so the kids must have grown up and left home. There aren't many people traveling that weekend, as school has started, so why not? So, let's have more ideas on this. And you "townies" get with the program. Perhaps through this forum (and clandestine trysts at Denny's) a consensus maybe reached. For "The Ultimate Bomber Hoopster", Tom Tracy (55) Thomas, It is a well known fact that Denver's airport (no matter which one) is The black hole for travelers in the (un)friendly skies of Untied. Always a Bomber (and never a Duck Freak) -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) After reading the newsletter I also had a lot of thoughts about how I could help the Club 40 stay together. Being my first time at the Club40 reunion, I do not feel it is just about the Bombers of the 50s. There was a relationship there with the Bombers of the 40s and back that taught me a lot. New history of Richland that I didn't know. Where people came from to be in Richland and a lot more. Every person I met had a special story to share. After attending three reunions in about ten weeks, there is a specialness to Club40 Bombers that deserves to go on. Being a longer function of the Bombers makes it very special. The amount of people being there also tells its specialness. So many Bombers went out of their way through the years to come from wherever to be there. So how can all of us Bombers help the Club40 go on. For me I know attending every year is one way to keep it going. Obviously the committee needs help. The Alumni Sandstorm is great place for all of us to let the committee know that we support them to go onwards. I know the committee members are a question and I hope others will step forward to help. My commitment is to write the Club40 to find out how I can help them from a distance to stay together. Meeting you, Mike Clowes, was one of the joys of the reunion. Thanks for all your great writing as well as being at the reunion. See you next year. -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) Re: small world After getting out of Navy boot camp in the early spring of 1967, my first duty station was NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. I was there about a week before running into John Santangelo. We were both in the Base electronics section. John was assigned to a VPS Squadron. I think he would have been a 1965 graduate. Thanks to John the nine months that I was stationed in Hawaii were a total blast. Nineteen was a great age to be stationed in Hawaii. Where ever you are, John, thanks for the memories. I don't remember any Denny's over there at that time. Our family took vacation each summer to Oklahoma. Dad would drive to Oklahoma City in 2 1/2 days. Mom helped in the driving and we three kids would do as well as we could in non-air conditioned cars. Dad would take a different route each year but we always seem to make it in the same amount of time. I remember a lot of road construction being done in those days. Nearly every third car would have a water bag hanging down from the hood ornament in front of the radiator. Big squarish canvass bags in case of emergencies. The Burma-Shave signs were looked forward to with anticipation. Dad would only stop at Shell and Texaco gas stations because they were sure to have clean bathrooms. I think, for all the families that made these yearly drives, our fathers had to be the original "Iron Men". -Billy Didway (66) ******************************************** >>From: Leo Webb (63) Does anyone know where Pat Rice is located? I would like to get in contact with her to find her mom. Her mom got me interested in a life time career in computers when I was working in the 700 area cleaning the computer building during high school. Thanks for any help -Leo Webb (63) ******************************************** >>From: Becky Tonning Downey (73) Re: 5th Grade Hi fellow Bombers and Marcus Whitman-ite's, Does anyone who had Mr. Wooley in the 5th grade at Marcus Whitman remember having to memorize the poem: "Little Boy Blue" and reciting it to the whole class standing at the front of the room??? I remember him telling us that if we learned it, we would never forget it! Guess what... He was Right!!! I have never forgotten it. I think my sons got tired of hearing it growing up. I just think it is amazing how some of the littlest things become a thought in our minds forever. Anyway, just wondered if any of you had Mr. Wooley and remembered having to do this assignment. -Becky Tonning Downey (73) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Brad Upton (74) I will look for you on channel 3 in funland Washington tonight. Its a great show and I know you are "Almost Famous" (please watch the new Cameron Crowe movie for reference). To: Mike Davis (74) I think you are using Franco's line about being at the library. The R2K committee has a special Denny's salute for you. I will present it in the Mel Brooks style as a Laurel and Hardy wreath. Long live Denny's and its free meals for you. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Doug Zangar (74) Re: "Almost Live" Kudos to Brad [Upton-74] for joining the the staff of "Almost Live". It's a great show and I look forward to seeing your "commentary". However, it sounds like steady work - and that may take a little while to get used to. Hope the "adjustment" goes well. I hate to say it, but being busier you'll probably have to eat out more - I think there's a Denny's near the KIRO studio... -Doug Zangar (74) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) So Mr. Upton (74) has a new gig! Not to be outdone I, too, would like to shamelessly promote my next venture. I have been selected to represent the northwest in the upcoming "Grand Slam- off" in Dennyton next week! I have graciously been provided the Aqua car to get to and from this gig. The Aqua car is equipped with a "Burma-Shave" Sign on top. Actually, Dennyton is having quite the festival all week long. Marilyn Richey (53) will be throwing out the first ball! Ms. Tedi Parks (76) is flying up from Texas to make an appearance as the new "Krispy-Kreme Queen". (There is a rumor making it's way around Dennyton that Ms. Parks and Val {Ghirado-72] will have a mud wrestling contest with the loser being banished from the Tri-Cities forever!). Greg "Springboard" Alley (73) will be putting on daily jump shot clinics. After his commitment to KIRO is finished, Brad Upton will be arriving in Dennyton to participate in the first "live on-air" hair transplant. After his bomb-kissing performance at the R2K basketball game, Jim House (63) has been asked to show up and kiss babies! (Jim told me he has been working out with some Cabbage Patch dolls and he's ready!) Jerry Sions (74) will be conducting hourly seminars on "Higher Education Studying Techniques" (Get to that one early. It'll fill up in a hurry!) Franco (70) and Crigler (70) will be there setting up their "Lying Booth". Sheila Galloway (71) will be giving a heartfelt reading on the main stage entitled, "The Joys of Being Mike's Older Sister." Group pictures will be taken and sent to you within five years! (tee hee) There's many more events too numerous to mention here. Just get there early and stay the whole week! It'll be the time of your life! Oh, and yes, all Dennyton's hotels are equipped with KIRO!! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Heidi Hogan Gottschalk (82) Hello out there in computer land and hello to all my old classmates from the class of 1982! I have been scanning through the old e-mail entries trying to find someone that I might know and couldn't find any? I thought I might send a note in hopes that someone might in! So show your old school spirit class of '82!!!!! Oh, I'm Heidi Hogan Gottschalk class of "82 (if you hadn't figured it out by now!) -Heidi Hogan Gottschalk (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/2/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and another Spudnut Lover today. Jim Hodgson (64), Bruce Strand (69), Dan Ham (72), Greg Alley (73), Tamara Chitty (80), Katrina Sims (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hodgson (64) My experience with Burma-Shave has left a profound impression on my psyche. It has taken nearly a half century to recover: The signs read: "The monkey took one look at Jim and through the peanuts back at him". This had nothing to do with my behavior in school, however. -Jim Hodgson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Bruce Strand (69) To: Billy Didway (66) Are you John Didway's brother? He would be in Class of '70, I believe. If so, what is he up to...? -Bruce Strand (69) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Ham (72) A special thanks to my little sister, Julie (77), Peter Brandt (72) and Jim McDonald (72) for sending me birthday greetings. It made my day. -Dan Ham (72) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Brad Upton (74) You were a star [Saturday] night. I actually stayed up that late. You even did some old bits. Will you be a regular? You could be the next Dennis Miller. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Tamara Chitty Marlin (80) Re: Class or 1980 reunion To: Those who attended the class of 1980 reunion It sure was good seeing you all! (and 20 years later everyone had a lot of fun reminiscing) We really had a great time, good turn out & lots of events to participate in, from socials both Thursday and Friday night, Golf, Family Picnic and the main event Saturday night with video slide show, Memory book, commemorative etched glass, and a new group class photo. A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped pull this together! If you were unable to attend we missed you and hope to see you at the 25 year reunion. That's right - the summer of 2005 so mark your calendar now! We are asking you to register your email address now so it will be easier to contact you. Please take a moment to go to our WEB page: Click on [1980] Please tell other classmates to also register at our WEB page as it is an incredibly difficult job to track everyone down - this will sure save a lot of volunteer hours. Look forward to seeing everyone in just 5 short years - live a good life & take care of yourself - see you in 2005! -Tamara Chitty Marlin (80) ******************************************** >>From: Katrina Sims Lenkersdorfer (82) To: Heidi Hogan Gottschalk (82) Hello Back at you Heidi, As you know, I'm still around. I tried to e-mail you after I saw you at the Sausage Fest and it came back undeliverable. Well, just wanted to show my old high school spirit (smile). -Katrina Sims Lenkersdorfer (82) ******************************************** >>From: James Rader ~ Enon, OH To: Gary Behymer (64) Re: SPUDNUT Question? Dear Mr. Behymer, I just read your posting of April 06, 2000 on and was delighted to link to your Richland Bomber Alumni Page where I read the interesting history of your Spudnut Shop. At my present age of 59, I too remember when there was a Spudnut Donut shop in my hometown of Greencastle, Indiana in the mid 1950's. Greencastle is the home of Depauw University. The Spudnut shop was located on campus in a commercial brick building which also had an Ice Cream store. I loved those Spudnuts!! Haven't had any since then. Was just wondering if you could email me some more background information as to who originated the Spudnut Franchise and where they originally were located. Is the Franchise still in operation? Thanks in advance. James Rader 6622 Emerald Avenue Enon, Ohio 45323-1401 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/3/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones (60), Gary Behymer (64), Mark Saucier (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** THREE entries today????????? There *MUST* be something wrong with my e-mail!! I didn't even get my own copy of yesterday's Sandstorm yet. -Maren ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) To: Mary Triem Mowery (47) Your kind e-mail, addressing the Club40 situation, was very much appreciated. For some reason your e-mail address did not come through. Would you please e-mail me again with your address, so I can respond to you directly. -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, Wa. ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Now living on the corner of Canyon & Main in downtown Colfax, Washington... that's my office at the 3rd stoplight on the right, if you are driving North to South. Oh... there are only 3 stoplights in Colfax! Can someone offer the size of a F-House closet? How in the world did all of our (kid) possessions fit in such a space? Summer and winter clothes... 25,000 baseball cards... thousands of comics... Monopoly, Parcheesi, Boom or Bust... etc. Wait...I t's all coming back... 3 pair of shoes... 6 shirts... 4 pair of pants... heck, there was still room in the closet to hide from Mom (;-) -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Mark Saucier (70) Re: Club 40? Been reading the comments about Club40. What's Club40? -Mark Saucier (70) ~ Pittsburgh, PA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Club40 website is at: *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/4/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Claris Van Dusen (48), Betty Conner (52), Vera Smith (58), Kathy Lamb 62), Bonnie Timmerman (63), Larry Bowls (64), Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Claris Van Dusen (Knox) Troutman (48) Hi Maren -- No, it's probably not your computer that's having problems. Oregon's telephone company, in all it's "wisdom," has decreed that everyone must use 10 DIGIT DIALING starting October 1 for all phone calls, which of course includes computer usage. As usual the powers that be at QWEST (aka AT&T) were not capable of handling this full scale changeover. From what I read in the paper this morning, things have calmed down a bit, but problems still abound. Hopefully you are now getting all your info and messages. Keep up the good work! GO BOMBERS!! -Claris Van Dusen (Knox) Troutman (48) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom (52) Re: Count me in... To: Gary Behymer (64) I just found out about this wonderful website from my daughter's son's teacher in Vancouver, WA! (I have to find out more, I believe she graduated in 1970.) I am a 1952 grad from Col-Hi - went all four years there. I married a fellow '52 grad, Doug Sansom, in 1954, and we just had our 46th anniversary. He moved there in 1943, and we both have lots of great, great memories. I spent about 3 hours going through some of these memories! Great reading. Keep it up. Count me in. -Betty Conner Sansom (52) ******************************************** >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) Re: You know you've lived in Richland too long......... YOU KNOW YOU HAVE LIVED IN THE TRI-CITIES TOO LONG WHEN: ~ You wonder why the wind is NOT blowing ~ You consider a layer of dust as "nice table decoration" ~ Dust free air is considered a health risk ~ During the winter, you're wishing it was summer ~ During the summer, you're wishing it was winter ~ You consider a telephone pole "a nice shade tree" ~ If you don't cross a bridge you haven't gone any place, nor can you ~ A tragic news story remains head line news for over a year ~ The local news hour only takes ten minutes, five minutes of which are sports and weather ~ You're assessed a "Storm Run Off" tax and it never storms ~ River rock is considered prime street pavement ~ Dining out at a nice place is going to a smorgasbord on "sea food night" ~ When the car wash gives you a three month guarantee against rain ~ Your preferred yard plants are sage brush and tumble weeds ~ Your Christmas tree is decorated sage brush or tumble weed ~ You make snow men out of tumble weeds and white spray paint ~ Green plants, grass and real trees are put on the endangered species list ~ You "know" that washing your car will actually cause it to rain just enough to settle the dust onto your car. ~ Your kids are scared the first time they hear thunder... ever (they are eight, or older) ~ You are twenty minutes from anywhere you need to get to, even if you have to drive around traffic. ~ When your kids sing Christmas carols it occurs to them to sing "I'm dreaming of a BROWN Christmas" ~ You can name five businesses that have been at a particular address, but not the current one. (Quick.. what's Lamont's called now, or remember where Montgomery Ward's used to be?) ~ Your kids hold their jackets up like a sail and see how far over they can lean without falling down. (my personal record is 50 degrees) ~ Ye Merry Greenwood Faire is a "big event." ~ Over half your friends get their news from the Internet. ~ Over half your friends have high speed Internet because there is nothing else to do around here. ~ Over half your friends dream of telecommuting to Seattle from here. ~ When the term "brown out" refers to blowing dust not a shortage of electricity. ~ When you have all the water you want even though you only get 6" of precipitation per year. ~ When your kids build forts out of tumbleweeds. ~ You run the sprinklers even when it rains because it probably won't rain that much anyway. ~ You can remember exactly when and how much snow you've had for the past 3 or more years. ~ For "sledding" kids go to the nearest hill during the summer with large blocks of ice from Albertsons or Fred Meyers. ~ If you've ever said the phrase "...but at least it's a dry heat..." ~ If you know what "Alphabet House" means (and can probably identify most of them on sight and by letter) ~ If you know that a "spudnut" doesn't mean "someone that really likes potatoes" -Vera Smith Robbins (58) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Lamb Brown (62) Hey Bill Didway (66) I don't know you or remember you but...we are fellow Bombers and friends now. I think we were the car you saw 9/15 in LaConner. Our license is WROFF (we're off). Was that the one you saw? We were eating at the LaConner Tavern. The next day we were driving through Bellingham and at a stop light someone yelled out "Bomber.. What Year?" "'62" I replied. "'76" he called out. I asked "Are you on the Sandstorm?" "What's that?" So I told him how to find it. I Wonder if he has made on yet. After a day (the 16th) of sightseeing through all that beautiful country of yours, way up in the tippy- top corner of Washington, we wound up at your very own Sedro Woolly Tavern for dinner. Yummm - Yum. Super food!! Nice little town to be from. We were on our way for a week long Schooner trip on the "Zodiak". What a wonderful trip it was, too. The point of this whole scenario is: Every one of us should have such a plate. Then we could recognize each other in far away places. Get yours' now! -Kathy Lamb Brown (62) ~ West Linn, OR ******************************************** >>From: Bonnie Timmerman Glover (63) Just wondering if anybody out there is interested with who lives in their city or near by that is from Bomberville........ I live in Boise, Idaho and I am grateful to Susan Warren (63) who told me that a grade school friend of ours lives in Boise.......... I would like to know more - if any body else lives here. Who knows...... maybe a mini reunion. It just seems once a friend,,,,always a friend from the tri cities. -Bonnie Timmerman Glover (63) ~ Boise, ID ******************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls (64) Re: Richland H.O.G. Rally and Ride-In "ATTENTION HARLEY OWNERS" Having just returned from a 7 day Riverside, CA to Durango, CO trip, the idea of a HOG (Harley Owners Group) ride-in to Richland during summer of 2001 has come to mind. Are there other Harley owners out there with a similar interest? This would certainly include spouses who ride as well. I'm not opposed to having riders of other touring bikes, Honda - Goldwings etc., however, I know we would have to designate a Harley owner as one to go for Honda parts .... just kidding. Post responses to the Alumni Sandstorm and copy me directly. -Larry Bowls (64) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) Just curious, but how many of you still live in Richland or at least the Tri City area? I see so many of you writing about fond memories of Richland here, but seems like everyone got out of "Dodge" as soon as they could. -Larry Stone (71) ~ Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/5/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Mike Clowes (54), Ken Neal (57), Judy Willox (61), Jane Mattoon (62WB), Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) RE: Addresses I'm glad that someone thought of putting one's City/State after the name and year. I wish everyone would. -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: Area code confusion It is true that Qwest (aka USWest, aka "Ma" Bell) hath decreed a new area code in the 503 group; which is Portland Salem and probably Astoria. Forgot already what the new number is, but it will only apply to those people getting new lines (or so THEY say). Anyone in the area already having a phone line will be allowed to keep the 503 area code. Their further lineup had Who on first and | Don't Know on second. Aresn't (I was taught ain't aresn't correct) progress great? Despite some problems, for those of you whose TV cable systems offer digital cable may now or will soon offer digital internet connections. They don't hang up on you in the middle of something, and access is usually fast. Onward the Bombers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Ken Neal (57) To: Marilyn Richey (53) Marilyn, I am going to take the liberty to answer your recent note to my sister, Betty Neal Brinkman (62). Betty is married to George Brinkman (60), now Dr. Brinkman, and they live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada where George has been a professor at the University of Guelph for many years. George's work takes him all over Canada and they are in Saskatoon right now and I am not sure how much computer access Betty has. Our mother, Elizabeth, passed away in 1989. Our Dad, Floyd, is a resident of Columbia Edgewater. Interestingly, this year Mr. and Mrs. Brinkman also moved into Columbia Edgewater. This causes my sister to make more trips to Richland than I do. Next week, October 10, our Dad will be celebrating his 88th birthday and Betty and I will be in Richland for the event. Everyone remembering our folks, or wanting to visit with Betty and me, are welcome to come to Columbia Edgewater for ice cream and cake on the 10th. Marilyn, our folks always remembered you fondly. Our mother was the avid Bomber basketball fan. She also was a great fan of you and your accomplishments. When we visited Richland she often brought us up to date on your status. As for the Brinkman children, in addition to George there is Sandy (58) and Kippy (62). Sandy is retired and lives with her husband in the Phoenix area. Kippy is still working and lives with her husband in San Diego. Betty attended the big reunion this summer and had a great time. I would like to have attended, but was still working in Cairo, Egypt. I returned from Egypt in August. By the way, the school I attended in Tennessee was Memphis State University, now the University of Memphis. Re: Burma-Shave Those Sandstorm readers who have not gotten enough of the Burma-Shave sign thread may want to pick up the book "The Verse By The Side of the Road" by Frank Rowsome, Jr. This book is the history of the signs and contains the text of all 600 sets of signs appearing from 1927 until they were taken down in 1963. -Ken Neal (57) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Re: Still Here! To: Larry Stone (71) I know of a few of the Bomber alumni who have stayed around here, Larry. I have never been very far - - Walla Walla for a year and Ayer Junction for another year in my younger days and only because a mate's work took me there. My sister, Deedee Willox Loiseau (64), has also been in the area except for brief periods away (again, for the same reason). However, our brother actually managed to escape to the big city life up in Seattle. Never did get that kid raised right and we are always trying to get him to come back home! *G*!!!! It would be interesting to hear from a few more out there though, huh? Speak up all you faithful natives! -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Jane Mattoon Carlson (62WB) I attended John Ball elementary school 1950-53; but I did not attend RHS. Is there a John Ball group? -Jane Mattoon Carlson (62WB) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) Re: Larry Stone (71); Getting out of "Dodge" I think they call that "Spreading your wings". Our folks all came from "Their home towns" to Richland to find new jobs and "Spread their wings" Well, so have we. We all still have great memories of our "home town", but we have the need to move on and learn and spread Our wings! As all things do, Richland has grown, a lot! I grew up there in the 50s & 60s and it was just a small town, then. I still live in a small town, because of my growing up there. I love to come back and visit.... but Richland has out grown my way of living, small and quaint. I'm a small town gal, because of Richland, but let's face it: Richland ain't small any more! It's the City now! :o ! Richland will always be my home town and where I'm from, where I can go back in time to a slower way of living and remember the fun and friends I have. When you meet people from Bomber Ville they are special and you have an automatic bond with them. I don't think that there are too many other places that can say that. I've lived in Big Cities, Santa Ana CA, Las Vegas NV, Denver CO, and Dayton, OH, but I always come back to Washington - not necessarily Richland, but always close by. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ~ Thorp, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/6/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy (55), Sharon Chapman (57), John Northover (59), Larry Mattingly (60), Jane Walker (62), Gary Behymer (64), Tedd Cadd (66), Chuck Crawley (67), Linda Barott (71), Sheila Davis (71), Spencer Houck (71), Darren McIntyre (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Vera Smith Robins (58) Those are great memories!... a fitting bit of memorabilia for all of us... we lived through a lot of dust... perhaps it scoured some of our surface blots away... and made us better people... It helped us radiate as we began to glow in the dark... who needs flashlights if you've lived in Richland?.. ahh... the Columbia and Yakima Rivers rinsed a lot of our dust away on hot summer days... sometimes it was the irrigation canal... we had to look over our shoulders because our parents were sooo sensitive about our swimming in untreated waters... drying off after a swim was one thing... but receiving a posterior application of superior force was not our favorite treat after a good swim in a cool river. I remember Tom Sullivan, our Carmichael Jr. High teacher, telling Pete Hollick and I about swimming in the Columbia River near the new pilings being placed in the river for the old bridge across the Columbia between Kennewick and Pasco... he said, "When I swam to shore there were two women on the bank scolding me and telling me if their son were ever to do such a dangerous thing they'd whip him within an inch of his life"!!!... guess what... about that time the lady's son dove into the water and it redirected her disciplinary mode away from Tom Sullivan. Isn't that just like life? About the time we think someone else's kids are out of line... we get a little lesson of our own. All the kid would have to say was, "I was just rinsing off the dust from a Richland Sandstorm"... It might have spared him.... but he was from Pasco, so he was used to taking a beating.. Tom Sullivan was a fun teacher and had lots of stories about the Tri-Cities. He took Pete and I deer hunting above Spokane one weekend after we helped him with a house repair project. We really had great teachers in Richland. There must have been some "gold" dust in those Sandstorms... -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Chapman McFall (57) Re: Help! Do any of you who went to Chief Jo in '52, '53 or '54 remember Bonnie Watson? She would have graduated with the class of '57. She moved in the middle of our sophomore year to, I think, Germany. Her father was a Colonel in the army. I remember the day she left with much sadness...... my Mother even let me stay home from school and I spent that day with Bonnie. It was the last time I ever saw her and I think of her often and would love to get in touch with her. She was so bright and fun-loving and a very gifted writer. Help..... anyone know anything about what happened to her or even remember her? I know this was not a figment of my imagination -Sharon Chapman McFall (57) ~ Mesa, AZ ******************************************** >>From: John Northover (59) Re: Small Bomber World ... To: Ken Neal (57) Ken, Talk about a small world ... There has to be very few people named 'Kippy'. In your response to Marilyn Richey (53), you mention a Kippy Brinkman (62) ... living in San Diego with her husband. In the planning for my second marriage, my Intended and I wanted music at the ceremony. We were dealing with a catering manager and she had a list of 'preferred' people that provide various services, flowers, decorations, music ... on that list was Kippy Lou Scott .. Harpist. She played at our wedding!! That was in 1996. She got a lot of comments as she is not only a very accomplished Harpist, but she is also a very beautiful woman!!! ... I was not looking!! ... My friends noticed! ... and they told me! It is indeed a Bomber World! -John Northover (59) ~ San Diego CA - Paradise Found ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [If memory serves: Kippy was Miss Washington and won the Talent Winner (playing the harp) in the 1965 Miss America Pageant. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To: Curt Donahue (53) You can thank Patti Jones Ahrens (60) for the "city of residence" idea. Several of us (at the Club40 Friday night) were discussing how much we enjoyed the Alumni Sandstorm. Patti said she thought we should list our present address and Roxanne Knutson Short (62) seconded the idea and it went from there. While I am at it, thanks again to Maren for faithfully putting this missive together and getting it on the server every night. Everybody I know reads it first in the day. I saw something the other day that gave me reason to chuckle to myself. Anyone remember the old cylinder- type of evaporative car cooler of the 50's? I saw one on a car over by Moses Lake last week. They mounted in the passenger window and you added a couple of gallons of water. The pad was round and you pulled a rope to rotate it through the water and then it "cooled" for about 15 minutes. Then you had to pull the rope again. But not too fast as that would dump about 1/2 gallon of water in the air stream soaking everybody in the front seat. I would have thought they would all be in antique stores by now. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ~ Tacoma, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jane Walker Hill (62) To: Larry Bowls (64) A Richland Rally would be great fun! We just returned from "Street Vibrations" in Reno. We live in Juneau, Alaska.... Did a "Fly & Ride" out of Eugene, met up with friends and 30 other bikes for the trip. Saw some beautiful country, down through Alturis and returning through Shasta on I-5. Spent three days in Reno, did a Poker Run through Virginia City, Carson City, and up to Tahoe. Our riding season is pretty short, up here, due to all the rain.... so we really enjoy getting out for Rallies. -Jane Walker Hill (62) ~ Juneau, AK ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) FYI... a listing of the Richland companies that advertised in the 1950 Columbian. Korten's, Northwestern Fuel Company, Davis Furniture, C.C. Anderson, Richland Laundry & Dry Cleaning, Pennywise Drug Store, Richland Thrifty Drugs, Ganzel's Barber Shop, The Mixer, Garmo's, Parcell's Automotive Service, Parker's Hardware, C & H Foods, Barott's Corner Associated Service, Columbia Service Company, Seattle First National Bank, Spudnut Shop, Gail's, Green Hut Cafe, Anderson Motors, Richland Fuel & Lumber Co., The Mart, A & Z Specialty Shop, Dawson-Richards, Johnny's Minute Man Service, Stanfield Floral & Gift Shop, The Desert Inn Hotel, The Bootery, Sportlets, Inc., Richland Bakery, Frank Berry's, Richland Supply Co., Ernie's Restaurant, Diettrich's Market, Kennell- Ellis, Richland Branch National Bank of Commerce, Cahoon Motors Co., Groceteria, McVicker's Jewelry, Blocks' Shoe Store, Richland Floral Co., Chevron Community Service. -Gary Behymer (64) ~ Colfax, WA ******************************************** >>From: Tedd Cadd (66) Re: Dodge City and environs... Pam [Hunt-66] and I were married in Richland (Feb 1, 1969). We left town in late '69 when I joined the Air Force. We moved around a lot. We lived in Denver, CO (1970 and 1974); Hampton/Newport News, VA (1970-72); Austin, TX (1973-1976); Richland (1976); and Santa Barbara, CA (1976-80). I spent a year (72-73) partly in Saigon, Viet Nam and partly in Udorn, Thailand while Pam lived in Richland again near her parents. We moved back to Richland in 1980 to make sure the kids would get to know their relatives. There were a number of moves within the cities as we looked for a place or gradually upgraded to better apartments. It wasn't until we had been married 27 years that we were able to average 1 year per address. We currently live in near Twin Bridges just outside the West Richland city limits. -Tedd Cadd (66) ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Crawley (67) To: Pam Ehinger (67) Pam, Well said. We were back in Richland quite a bit during this past year after many years not... There is a lot there that looks so different and yet a few things are still the same. It's so barren and dry, except for a few months in the spring. I don't remember it that way, it was the best place to be alive when we were kids. We've all spread our wings and seen many places since then and some still choose to make it home. We who grew up there were shaped by that small town and that time. Everybody came from somewhere else. Nobody lived on the Family Estate (except on Harris St. :o). We all had equal stature, lived in the same houses and shared the experience. All of us who chased the bug sprayer are probably lucky to have kids. The one thing thing it didn't prepare us for was ethnic diversity. I am still impressed by the people of Wallowa County. We went over there quite a bit as kids, for camping and to Boy Scout camp. Went back later occasionally for business or to get away. I hear it's changed a bit there now too. I don't know if they still do this but I'll bet they do. The people over there used wave to everybody they'd encounter driving on the road. They'd rather wave to a stranger than miss waving to a friend or neighbor. It's just nice to have roots. -Chuck Crawley (67) CtK ~ Portland, OR ******************************************** >>From: Linda Barott Rodriguez (71) Hi all, Just wanted to let you all know that we buried my brother-in-law, Richard Lopez Rodriguez, today, a fellow Bomber who I don't think graduated but went to Col-Hi. If he would have graduated, he would have been a 1973 WB (wanna be) graduate. He is my husband David's (69) younger brother. He had been on dialysis for a number of years, but it is still very hard to let him go as he was only 46 years old. Life on earth is too short sometimes. But we are grateful for the years we shared together and sustain comfort from the many wonderful friends he made over the years. -Linda Barott Rodriguez (71) David Lopez Rodriguez (69) ******************************************** >>From: Sheila Davis Galloway (71) Re: Still here My husband, Steve (74), and I are still here. Born and raised in Richland. In fact we live in the house that I was raised in. (Tinkle Street... Davis Memorial Court) I guess another meaning for not falling far from the tree. Come on, Mike, admit that you are still here too.... and working in the big city of Finley!!! Also Keith "Jumbo" is still here too! -Sheila Davis Galloway (71) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Spencer Houck (71) Re: Getting out of "Dodge" To: Larry Stone (71) I too had to spread my wings and spent some time out and about. Couple of years in Ireland, back home and then six and a half years in the military. I spent a couple of months in San Antonio, TX, almost a year in Biloxi, MS and three and half years in Great Falls, MT and the final couple of years in the Azores (Portugal). I came back and have spent the rest of my time all around Richland. I even ended up living in the other end of the "B" house I grew up in. I seem to like the small town atmosphere and I think that is why I came back. Also the fact that I "feel" safer here than I did anywhere I lived. At least this gets away from talking about Denny's, since I live across the street from Shari's Bombers living around the world. -Spencer Houck (71) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Darren McIntyre (82) Re: Leaving Home To expand on leaving home. I lived in Richland from 1977-1986 and will always call Richland my home town. At one point I was ready to find a new life in a new place and thought joining the Air Force was the best way to do it. Uncle Sam saw fit to send me right back to where I came from by stationing me at Fairchild AFB in Spokane. After 4 years in Spokane. I felt it was time to leave home again. After tours in Alaska, Idaho and Germany, Uncle Sam did it to me again. He saw fit to send me back home again. Thus I'm stationed at Fairchild again, and have been back for almost 3 years. I still make to the Tri-Cities as often as possible, but it seems that time for friends takes a back seat to family getting to see the grandkids. People say that you can never leave home, and we're definitely proof of that. I wish everybody happy holidays as I get ready to leave for Europe for the next three months. Remember those who serve our nation during this time of the year. -Darren McIntyre (82) ~ Fairchild AFB, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/7/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes (54), Tom Tracy (55), Vera Smith (58), Larry Bishop (61), Fran Barker (64), Robert Shipp (64), Rick Maddy (67), Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** Bombers, 35 - Wenatchee Panthers, 28 -- in DOUBLE overtime. Class of 2001 kicked Panther butt!! ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) TO: Larry Mattingly (60) You must have had an older model car air conditioner, what with rope pulling and all. I remember sharing the back seat of a '41 Chevy with two Cocker Spaniels on a trip to New Mexico. We, too, had a cooler on the passenger's window, only it had a fan that turned when the car was moving. You could always tell when the water went, the breeze got warmer. I think we also had at least one water bag hanging on the front bumper (remember those?) To: Gary Behymer (64) From the '54 Columbian, do our lists match? Tri-City Herald, Parker's Hardware, Donald Duck Bread, Richland Laundry, Richland Auto Supply, Fission Chips, The Mart, McVicker's Jewelry, Johnny's Minute Man Service Station, Bur-Bee Candy Company, C.C. Anderson's, Jed's Sports Athletics - Yakima, Mickey's Shoes, SPUDNUT SHOP, David's Shoes, Rainbow Service, R.J. Skewes, Hermans, Anderson Motors, Densow Drug, Richland Electric, Spencer-Kirkpatrick, Dawson- Richards, Frank Berry's, Kortens, By's Burgers, Columbia Book Store, C & H Market, Thrifty Drug Stores, Klosters Camera Shop, Kennel-Ellis, A&Z Specialty Shop, Ganzell's, Roger's Beauty Salon, Bolton Shoes, The Style Center, Bootery, G.W. James Jewelry, Stanfield's Florist, Richland Shoe Salon, Helen's, Dietrich's Parcell's Automotive Service, Well's Radio and TV, Western Auto, Tastee Freeze, Columbia Oil, Binyon, Columbia Basin News, Goody Good Bakery, Hurt's. To: Tom Tracy (55) Swimming in the Columbia, Yakima and irrigation ditches!!!! No wonder you are the sort of person my mother warned me about. A bad influence on all the yout's of Richland is what you are. Personally, I had a spot near North Richland, complete with an almost sandy beach. Re: About leaving "Dodge" Someone once (or several times) said "The more things change, the more they stay the same." New houses north of Van Giesen, and along the river toward the North Richland Bluff. Same stores, just new names, owners and/or products. The Village Theater gone forever in a "thunder of hooves and a cloud of dust." The Uptown is now a multiplex, and the Richland offers live theatre. The trees are taller and give more shade, and it looks like the Wellsian Pond is gone, turned into more tennis courts below Carmichael. But the town is still the same. Steady on Bombers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Gary Behymer (64) Wow. All those merchants' names ring a bell. Especially Cahoon Motors. I delivered the Tri-City Herald to their doorstep many mornings. They were wonderful people... and they had the "Studebaker" dealership in Richland... at that time it offered the most forward-looking automobile in the world... all it needed was a small set of wings... a twin tail and it could have been a P-38 Lightning. For all the world, it looked like an emerging jet aircraft to a kid in the 6th grade. Mr. & Mrs. Cahoon were generous people and always gave me a tip... Their paper was always placed with extra care. Garmo's Grocery store too. Didn't Mr. Garmo have a speedboat that he raced on the Columbia?... or was it just a Chris Craft pleasure boat? Remember when the Mercury "Sun Valley" with the sunroof came out? And the first time we saw the Chevy Corvette at a Football game in Sunnyside with Patti Badger sitting on the fender of it leading cheers? Was that '51,'52, '53? or '54? Gosh, I'll wager Patti Badger remembers. The Ford Mustang came out in the Fall of '54... remember getting to drive it down the road just below Carmichael. The salesman let a couple of us lay a patch of hot "molten" patch rubber on the asphalt.... then winked and said, "How 'bout that? ... Some car huh?"... it was a heart-warming experience for sure. Technology had arrived in Richland. We had an uptown, downtown and now the younger set have no concept of how well the put power and torque to the pavement in those good days... I am tempted to say "things aren't what they used to be"... because when I say that I almost always to forget to include myself. It was always relaxing to visit the music store where we had booths and could listen to a record before we purchased it. What was the name of that place?... Does anyone remember the merchant, "Lee Staker... Watchmaker"? at the corner of "Lee & George Washington Way? How about the neat bus transportation system. I thought it worked pretty well... but if you stayed too long at a show... past 11:30pm... you had to walk home. My favorite bus driver was Mr. "Weiman? Weirman?" He was a really professional and a friendly gentleman. Reminded us of a commercial pilot. The best athletic school bus driver in Richland was Bill Hartley, who was also our friend, (volunteer asst. coach) and had the best sense of humor ever. He also knew how to keep kids in line if they misbehaved in the halls. Remember the dreaded letterman's initiation?...I remember attending that one with fear and trepidation. Rumors had spread far and wide of the worst WWII concentration camp violations that were to be re- enacted. Jerry Reed and I were finishing a typing homework lesson in our classroom that evening and put off going to the old locker room above the Bomber Bowl as long as we could. We were not too surprised at the scenario of events prepared by our predecessors that kept us from being bored... and the mad dash we made up the asphalt path with only a towel covering our unembellished physiques.... particularly memorable were the headlights from the girls in the parking lot and the horns honking as upper classmen tried to grab our towels while we streaked for the new gym's locker room and the showers... all the while thinking... "feet don't fail me now!". most of us were too bashful during those sensitive years to let girls look at us while fully clothed... It was a race to maintain one's dignity and self-respect.. and to reach the showers and wash the hot analgesic balm from places where it didn't belong. Thanks for the Bomber memories of merchants... -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Vera Smith Robbins (58) I've been reading so much about how everyone moves around from state to state and then ends up coming back to Richland. My husband Sam (58-deceased), and I were transferred to Calgary, Alberta Canada in 1968. We were supposed to be there one year, but ended up staying there for 16 years. Finally got out and were in Atlanta, GA for 18 months and then transferred to Dallas, TX where he died in 1985. I sold the house and moved to Jacksonville, FL. Took me 6 months to get used to the humidity there. I came back to Richland for my 40th class reunion and decided I wanted to come "HOME". Went back to Florida, packed up my house, quit my job, called the movers and drove out west to Richland; just me and my 2 cats. Thought about going back to Florida but changed my mind. Don't care for the cold in the winter time, but guess I'll get used to it. Been back 2 years now and here I'll stay. By the way, does ANYONE know the where abouts of Andrea Bennett Miller? Sure would like to find her. Last known married to Gerald Miller. -Vera Smith Robbins (58) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Larry L. Bishop (61) I would like to know if there is anyone from Richland High School living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota. -Larry L. Bishop (61) ~ Brooklyn Center, MN ******************************************** >>From: Fran Barker (64) Hi Guys, I'm coming home this weekend. My Dad is having a surprise 75th birthday party {shhh, he doesn't know yet} and as much of the Barker family as can make it will be there. Maybe we'll catch you at the Spudnut Shop. Bye, Fran Barker, 64 Seattle P.S. Catch my paintings in an exhibit at Artists Gallery 1/2 block north of the baseball stadium on first avenue, also still at the Iron Design Center, Pioneer Square, and Black Lab Gallery, Ballard. -Fran Barker (64) ~ Seattle, WA ******************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp (64) With all the talk about Lake Wallowa and about funny road signs (yes, I remember both the Burma-Shave and Stinker signs) in the Sandstorm of late, I was reminded of the sign at the entrance to the thriving metropolis of Joseph, Oregon. (For those who may not know, Joseph is the last town you go through on the way to Lake Wallowa.) The sign read, "This little town is heaven to us. Please don't drive like hell through it!" It's been nearly 20 years since the last time I went there. Does anybody know if that sign is still there? -Robert Shipp (64) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Re: Home I am very much content with the fact that several of my high school friends still live in the Tri-Cities. When I was at R2K, I had the pleasure of visiting Phil Collins (67) and his family. I missed Gary Nelson (67), his wife Mary Dean Nelson (hmmmm 71?), and Ron Hansen (67), but next time. R2K was a real slam/bam. I love coming back to the town I grew up in. My sincere thanks to all that stayed because it gives the rest of us that left a reason to come back now and again. Pure and simple. -Rick Maddy (67) ~ Kihei, HI (Maui) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) I too left "home" for a few years... twenty to be exact. Enlisted in the Air Force in '71 and came back in '91 after retiring. I enjoyed places like New Mexico, Alaska, Idaho, Spain, and Texas but Washington was the place for me to come back to. Sure was amazing how much this place had changed. -Larry Stone (71) ~ Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/8/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes (54), Tom Tracy (55), Gloria Falls (58) Patti Jones (60), Peg Sheeran (63), Gary Behymer (64) Patty de la Bretonne (65), Mike Franco (70), Jim Patton (71) Greg Alley (73), Sherry Foreman (73), Mike Davis (74) Sheryl Romsos (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Tom Tracy's (55) recollection of those "wonder(?)" cars, the bullet nosed Studebakers of the late forties and early fifties does stir a memory or two. My step father, in his wisdom, got rid of a '48 Packard Clipper (one of the true "boats" of the era) for a brand, spanking, new 1949 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe. Oh, wow. Bullet nose, wrap-around rear windows and a six cylinder engine that couldn't beat a Honda lawnmower off the line. Fortunately for all the speed limit was 55 in those days, as it would probably take two weeks for this mechanical wonder to do anything faster. In all fairness, Studebaker did make a "Commander" version of the same car only with a V-8 engine, and it was marginally faster. No wonder I opted to walk to school once we moved into the pre-fab on Sanford. I did manage to incur his wrath one day by asking to make a slight modification to the car. The back seat had arm rests on each side over the wheel wells. They were large, and lo and behold, they opened inward to disclose a nice storage compartment. My modification was simple, I only asked to bore some holes in the bottom of these compartments. "Why?" he asked. "To let the water drain out." I replied. "What water?" "Well, when ice melts it turns to water." "And what is the ice for?" "To keep the beer cold." I leave his final response to your imagination, as this is a family paper and Maren would take me to task severely for any improper language. How about them Bombers!!!! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Robert Shipp (64) Re: Lake Wallowa. Recently visited Joseph, Wallowa and the lake area. If the sign is still there, I missed it. The town is still rustic and has excellent museums, shops and restaurants. Friendly people. Last time there I stopped and visited with a farmer who was fixing his fence. His horses were spectacular. They were black Clydesdale's and one corral held a new pair of twin colts. Such contented giants. They are show horses and the farmer is justifiably proud of them. Stopped and bought some apples at the store in town and took them to the park area near the lake. The deer roaming about the grounds loved them... In fact they stuck their heads into the car for more!!!... finally one wanted to nudge me over so she could drive... I think she wanted me to get out and see what it feels like to be frozen like "a deer in the headlights". I remember when were in high school, a radio station in Washington had a live broadcast from somewhere in the Western part of the State (not sure if the story was only apocryphal or if true, but it caught my attention) at a hunter's check point. One hunter came in with a mule strapped across his hood. (only a few hunters had pickups then), smiling broadly as he approached the wardens weighing in and inspecting the game... The game warden said, "well what have we here?"... "A mule deer", replied the proud hunter from out of state. "Hmm..." pondered the game warden. "It's the first one I've ever seen with shoes on it". Some hunters continue to invade our forests even though they operate at the Level of Unconscious Inefficiency, otherwise known as "bliss". (They don't know that they don't know)... +++++++++++++ Congratulations to the Bombers and their navigators for attacking the panthers in an exciting game. Wasn't it Ogden Nash who said, "If you ever meet a panther, just don't anther"? Looks like our Bombers answered anyway and lived to brag about it. Remember when someone asked Frank Buck, the "Bring 'em Back Alive animal procurer for Zoos and Museums, "Mr. Buck, is it true if you carry a torch through the jungle, the animals will not bother you?".... Frank thoughtfully replied, "Yes, but it of course depends on how rapidly you carry the torch."... Thanks to everyone who continues to carry our Bomber torch... and refreshes our thoughts with memories, where they are and what they're doing. Even if it's just a note. Keep letting us know what's up in your life or what you remember about our sacred village. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Gloria Falls Loman-Evans (58) I would like to commend all of you who have left and moved back to Richland. I still consider that my golden school years. I went to John Ball - and have very vivid memories of that school and still am in contact with a few of the kids I went to school with there. A lot of them have stayed or either moved back to Richland. I left Richland in '59 to go to college and to get married to Loman (deceased) in 1980. We moved to Spokane, Seattle, Et. St Louis, Ill. Moses Lake, then I lived in Walla Walla (town) for 8 months then back home to Spokane where I am now. I was born here and and plan to stay, but my two boys still live in Richland and my grand kids will go to Col Hi, which makes me very proud they are going to MY school. I visit there as often as I can and enjoyed the 40 class reunion. Yeah, you guys still in Richland are so lucky to be able to be in what I call my home town. My husband is the gardener of the Arena and Convention center here so we are season ticket holders for the Spokane Chiefs Hockey team but I sometimes root for the Tri-cities Americans. MY sons and I do not talk hockey - to save an argument between us. But my grandson will be a hockey player soon and I will root for him no matter where we all live. Wishing all of you a very pleasant winter season. Bonnie Richardson Reno (58) and I go to lunch quite often here, too. Ralph Bean (58) lives just down the street from me and we visit often and go to the hockey games here. Anyone else here go to the games? -Gloria Falls Evans (58) ~ Spokane, WA ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker (59) Re: Coming Home There is something about Richland that makes it a "coming home" place. I moved back the last day of 1989 after 28 years on the wetter side of Washington. I loved the Seattle area and didn't think I would ever move back but my parents were still here on Cottonwood Street and being newly divorced I discovered that I could afford to live in Richland and could no longer afford to live in the Seattle area. I have never been sorry that I moved back, except I miss my daughters and grandchildren. I'm noticing a lot of "returnees" in the Sandstorm! To: Tom Tracy (55) You mentioned delivering the Tri City Herald to businesses a lot of mornings and unless I'm having a "senior moment", I thought the Tri City Herald was an afternoon paper. I delivered the Columbia Basin News to the Women's Dormitories off Lee Blvd. when I was in the 6th and 7th grade and it was definitely a morning route. I still hate dragging myself out before the "cold light of day"!! -Missy Keeney Baker (59) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) Re: Bus Drivers, Began in the 1940's era The tribute to bus drivers goes beyond the town drivers. Town bus drivers knew us all. They were always there to deliver us to our destination. Then there were the Hanford bus drivers. They picked up Hanford workers, took them to work, delivered them home. Bus drivers started and ended their day of driving, at what was called, the Bus lot. Names that come to me of course, were my Dad, Harold Jones, Johnny Pfohl & Everett Green. They were brave men who took us all to our destinations no matter what the weather. Sleet, hail, snow, rain, and the famous winds of Richland. Many may know names, that I don't, or don't remember. Lots of the bus drivers had children who are Bombers. My father & mother, Norma & Harold Jones, as well as Everett & Roberta Green were great Bomber fans. They never missed a Basketball game. Knowing dad he was watching the R2K Bomber game from Heaven. Evert & Roberta Green wanted to watch the R2K game but were told on the morning of R2K that there were no tickets available for them to get in. Bus drivers seemed to be the eyes of Richland. I know, because if I did anything out of context in town, it always seemed to filter back to dad. Then of course I heard about it. He also mentioned things about other students as well. This was always in a caring manner. BUS DRIVERS CARED My dad, Harold Jones, in about 1957 was given an award for his safety suggestion. His picture was on the front page of the G.E. news, as well as his story about his suggestion. Harold suggested that the lights of all vehicles be turned on during the day for Safety. To this day when I drive down the streets and roads, winter or summer, a tear comes to my eye thinking of what dad knew when he was on the roads that were important to safety. All bus drivers, I'm sure passed on their safety tips to everyone. I'm sure some of us were taught to drive by them as well. LOL. We were fortunate to have such a great transit system in such a small area. THANKS BUS DRIVERS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!!!!!!!!!! In addition to the Business names, I'm not sure if you are targeting certain years. Skips drive-in was in business in the 50s. -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) To: Larry Bishop (61) Unless she's moved in the last year or so, Glenda Moyers (63) lives in Mounds View, MN. Stay Warm! -Peg Sheeran Finch (63) ~ Omak, WA ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Mary Waite - Pasco 1964 This is for those of you who might have attended Columbia Basin Junior College starting in the fall of 1964 thru the spring of 1966. If you remember Mary Waite, Pasco Bulldog from 1964, send me a note & I'll send you her e-mail address. -Gary Behymer (64) ~ Colfax, WA (26 years) ******************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne (65) To: John Northover, I ran into Kippy Brinkman in the 70s somewhere in Nevada I think, when I was on the road myself in a band. We walked into a very nice restaurant/lounge and saw an easel board advertising her, with a picture. It is indeed a small world. -Patricia de la Bretonne (65) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) To: Tom Tracy (55) Sorry but if you are listing all time bus drivers for Bomber sports teams you MUST lead off with Bishop ("Bish"), Bill Bishop's dad. He drove for our legendary tennis teams of the late 70s and I know he hauled a lot of baseball teams and others as well. I can remember playing matches at Larson Park in Yakima against Davis and Ike and by mid afternoon Bish would be laid out in the last seat of the parked bus sound asleep. Kelvin Soldat (71), I and others would rock the bus back and forth until Bish awoke with a start, nearly having a heart attacK. Trust me, Bish was a legend and I am sure others (Phil Jones (69), Steve Neil (72) and many more) have stories to share. And Bill Bishop (70) himself could share even more. Bomber cheers and GO M's!!! -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: James "Jim" Patton (71) Date: Sat Oct 7 13:34:54 2000 Nice to see some familiar names! I retired from the Navy in 1996, and now I'm teaching High School in Redding, CA. I'm married to a San Diego gal, and we have one daughter, a teen-ager (yikes! was I this bad?) -Jim Patton (71) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Linda Barott Rodriguez (71) Sorry to hear about Richard and read the obituary in the Herald. It was well done and I will miss him. I think he was always a '73 grad and fun to be around. Thanks for the memories. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Sherry Foreman (73) To: Becky Tonning (73) Heck - yes. I remember the poem you mentioned. "The little toy dog was covered with dust, But sturdy and staunch he stands. The little toy soldier was red with rust And his musket molds in his hands." I remember the rest, Becky. What a hoot! I also remember one of my book reports in 5th grade for Mr. Wooley was about John Brown trying to steal guns and stuff to free the slaves. I had a chance to visit Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, and felt kind of awed about the history since I remembered so much giving that book report in 5th grade. The reason? The last line in the book was "The sheriff cut the cord, the trap door fell, and John Brown was dead." Oooh. Can't believe I always remembered that. Becky - didn't you get hurt at recess and Mr. Wooley had to carry you into the school? Makes me smile to remember that, not that I smile about you getting hurt - you know what I mean. -Sherry Foreman (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) I know that I usually send in gibberish about Denny's, but I would like to be serious for a moment if you don't mind. People have been talking about "Getting out of Dodge". Well, I guess you would have to count me in as one who left and eventually returned. Right out of high school I hitched a ride to Graceland to meet "the King". I figured we could start a singing duo, "Mike and Elvis". Didn't quite work out as I planned but I did stay on at the mansion for a few months serving as Elvis' peanut butter and nanner sandwich fetcher. From Graceland I found myself in Georgia at the home of Ted Turner. Tried out for his baseball team, but Ted felt he needed me in "the business." I ended up running a couple of his television companies which provided me the opportunity to meet Jane Fonda. I dated her for a while and eventually introduced her to Ted, himself. Jane's unquenchable desire for me created a "sensitive" atmosphere around the Turner household. Jane would not leave me alone and I knew it was time for me to move on. I decided to head north for a while. While passing back through Tennessee I spent the night at Elvis' Graceland, where I met the young senator from Tennessee and his wife, Al and Tipper Gore. It's funny to look back now. Here was this young man, seeking my advice on a number of subjects and issues and now years later he is running for president. I think that was the first time I shared my idea of creating the Internet with him. Made my way to New York and got a job on the crew that was modernizing and revitalizing Yankee Stadium. I was very instrumental in the new design, but when they started calling it "The House That Mike Built" I knew they had gone to far. It was time to move on and preserve the legend of Babe Ruth. Heading west I made it to the Dakotas and worked on the massive monument being created in the Black Hills in honor of Crazy Horse. There was talk of adding my head to Mt. Rushmore, but I'd have nothing of that. The monument has been the same for years and to change it would have been just plain wrong. Still the people persisted so I had to move on. Made it to the wilderness country of northern Montana and bunked down with Big Foot for a quite a while. Geez, talk about a misunderstood creature! He's made out to be this big hairy beast when really he's a pretty down to earth type guy. Drinks his coffee black and enjoys a nice conversation. While in the wilderness I got a call from Hollywood. Seems Carson was ready to retire from the Tonight Show and he seeked me out personally as his replacement. I hated to turn Johnny down. I've always had the utmost respect for the man. And I always appreciated how he'd let me stay at his place every time I was in town. I wish the peaceful time with Big Foot could have lasted forever, but there was that trouble in the Middle East with Desert Storm. General Powell and Schwartzkoff sent for me immediately. They needed a little advice, kinda in a pickle! I did my patriotic duty and wrapped that mess up in a hurry. After years away, I was quite homesick. It was time to come home. The years away were quite adventurous but coming home and reading my daily Sandstorm was the right thing to do. So here I am, Bombers! Anybody for a Grand Slam? -Mike Davis (74) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Sheryl Romsos Senyk (76) To: Larry L. Bishop (61): Hi Larry: You inquired as to whether there were any Bombers residing in the Mpls/St. Paul area, land of two seasons: SHOVEL AND SWAT, home of the famous Mall of America, the formerly and now currently artist known as, PRINCE, and the toughest governor THE BODY of them all. Yes, Larry, I moved here in 1981 and I am still trying to adapt.... I am not far from you either... just go east on 694. My family and I live in Shoreview. My parents, Wally and Carol Romsos are still living in Richland and manage to keep very busy, despite retirement. I enjoy going to Richland to visit them as often as possible, and was home this summer for R2K! -Sheryl Romsos Senyk (76) ~ Shoreview, MN *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/9/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Cliff Judd (49), Laura Dean Kirby (55), Tom Tracy (55), Bill Moyers (60), Larry Mattingly (60), Donna Bowers (63), Peg Sheeran (63), Gary Bush (66), Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68), Rick Valentine (68), Peggy Roesch (71), Greg Alley (73), Kellie Walsh (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Cliff Judd (49) To: Tom Tracy (55) You know cars, Tom, but the Ford Mustang came out in 1964 and not in 1954. I think your finger just hit the wrong number. Bomber Cheers -Cliff Judd (49) ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) Re: Studebakers It must have been 1956 or '57 when my Dad bought his first and only Studebaker, a tangerine colored "Power Hawk". It also required the purchase of a snazzy snap-brim style "golfing" hat to go with it! I was already married with children and could hardly believe my old dad was acting so childish....... something about that car? I will admit I was impressed when that years local Democratic candidates asked to "borrow" it to ride in the parade. Aahh, memories -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong (55) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) Congratulations to Dee Shipman Jones (72) You caught me on the Mustang story... You thought I was off by about 10 years.... Congratulations to Dee... It was the T-Bird... that hot little two-seater that came out in 1954... Thanks Dee for uncovering that bit of horse feathers and correcting me... My biggest auto trouble came when I changed anti-freeze in my volkswagen bug in the early 60s. With my auto technical skills, it's no wonder I pushed my '36 Ford all over town... well, at least I got good mileage. Dee was paying attention to details. Besides, your Dad bought the first Mustang in Spokane after they came on the market... Bet you can tell some real mustang stories.... -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Moyers (60) To: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) My dad, "Smokey" Moyers, was one of the bus drivers that worked with your dad for many years driving buses in Richland. He started with the Village Local, as they called it then in the 40s, which was an early public bus system that ran around town. I think the fare was about a nickel to go anywhere in town. I remember occasionally riding the routes with him, round and round, on summer afternoons. The drivers had a little white shack that was the dispatch office, I guess, behind the original Safeway store and the Carnation diary. They clocked in and out there, and between runs, the drivers stopped there for their breaks. Later on, he drove the Hanford buses, until his retirement in the mid 70s. I think he must have known or at least recognized every Hanford worker in town at some point and knew their stops. Some of the other drivers that I remember and that also worked with your dad were: Don Hogue, Chuck Lair, Johnny Pfohl, Chalk and Wink Evans, Tom Davidson, Leo Dahlquist, Joe Cruz, Art Poor, E. B. Brown, and Harold Groff. There were many others, of course, but these names are the first to come to mind. -Bill Moyers (60) ~ Vancouver, WA ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) My folks bought a new Ford in the spring of '55 without A/C. Dad said it was a waste of money. But we set out for Kentucky just after the 4th and it was HOT on US 30. We stopped in Boise or someplace in south Idaho and bought one of those coolers for the car window. It didn't have a fan but it did have a funnel on the front that gathered in the air and forced it through a smaller hole to the inside of the wet pad. The only way for the air to go was into the car. It wasn't great but it did take the edge off of the heat. You just had to roll the pad through the water every so often... verrry carefully. Yeah I remember the water bags. Very popular in the 40s and 50s. Usually saw them hanging on the front "bumper guards". Re: the Columbia River We always thought of it as a great resource. It is difficult for me to understand the reaction of some here in Western WA: "You can't really be serious that you fish, drink, and swim in that river"???? (yup, every chance I got, water ski too) They drown more every year in the Snohomish and Skykomish thAn we lost in 10 years in the Columbia. Correct me if I'm wrong... I believe "that river" is considered one of the top 2-3 largest "pure water" sources in North America. It was only one of the many reasons of how great it was to grow up in Richland. I could retire there, except right now I am having too much fun. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ~ Tacoma, WA ******************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (63) Re: Pat Rice To: Leo Webb (63) Since I married a Rice I can let you know where Pat is. She lives in Vallejo, CA and she and her husband own a B & B called the Inn at Benecia Bay (once owned by a seafaring Capt. in California's early years). It is quite charming and I would recommend it to anyone as Benecia is a little town with small shops and right on the Bay. Pats and Mike's Mom passed away several years ago due to cancer. She was one of the early ones in computers in Richland and largely self taught. I'm sure Pat would love to hear from you. Their Inn is online at She is married to Mike Lamb. Thanks for remembering! If you have difficulty reaching her, I can give you her address if you e-mail me. -Donna Bowers Rice (63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I *guarantee* people will have trouble getting to that website, Donna!! It's incomplete, but I tried it anyway and when it didn't work, I tried everything even CLOSE. Then I searched the entire WWW for "The Inn of Benecia Bay", "Inn of Benecia Bay" and... and... and... you get the idea. Anybody who wants that information will have to drop Donna a note to get it. -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Correct URL is ******************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) So glad you mentioned the Columbia Basin News. I've been trying to find an old photo of some family members (our's was lost), that had been in the newspaper in Richland in about '51-'52. I spent hours in the Mid- Columbia Library last year, going through a year's worth of old TCH's, and couldn't find it, and no one could tell me the name of another newspaper from that time in Richland. Any idea if they have archives somewhere in the Tri-Cities? (You mean all paper girls and boys don't have that information at hand?) Or does ANYone know out there? -Peg Sheeran Finch (63) ~ Omak, WA ******************************************** >>From: Gary Bush (66) Re: Burma-Shave Websites Several of you have mentioned the Burma-Shave signs. Here are three of several websites and a little info for those who would like to recall the past. Burma-Shave Starting way back in 1927 and running until 1963, the Burma-Shave company dotted American highways with witty jingles posted on road signs (e.g. We can't / Provide you / With a date / But we do / supply / The best darn bait / Burma-Shave). Each sign featured a single line, so the kids could read aloud and burn some time. And guess what? We've got a whole category devoted to them! Naturally, the entire archive is online. You can catch a random scrolling Burma-Shave slogan and aspiring jingle writers can even submit their own lyrics to the great American Burma-Shave Contest. Whither Burma-Shave? The company is listed in our business directory as a subsidiary of the intriguingly titled American Safety Razor Company. The fine folks at ASRC own a number of branded health and beauty product lines, and the venerable Burma-Shave is among them: "Burma-Shave caters to all male shavers, from the classic mug and brush, to the brass-toned razor and shave cream. Burma-Shave is the All-American brand for the All-American male." For more, search on Burma Shave. Re: Stinker Stations Although my parents knew the owner of the Stinker Stations (gas stations in Idaho), Fearless Farris, don't have as much info about them and their great signs such as: one among some boulders near Boise that said, "Petrified Watermelons; Take All You Want." But, here's their website: Enjoy. -Gary Bush (66) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote (68) Re: Moving Back to "Dodge" -- AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN ..... Born in Richland in 1950, left in '69 for Tacoma/Seattle, returned to Richland in '71. Left in '72 for Vancouver, WA, returned in '73. Left in '80 for Walla Walla (but commuted to work in TriCities for some time), returned in '83. Left for Seattle in '85, returned to Richland in '88. Left for Boulder, CO in '93, returned in '94. God-willing, I will complete my Psych Nurse Practitioner program in 2002. The plan then is to move the following year to Roslyn, and split my practice between there and Ellensburg. (Green trees, rural living, AND closer to my Mariners and my sons, all in Seattle :-) ) I would like to live there for the rest of my life --- but given my track record, is it possible that, since I was both conceived and born in Richland, I may have some genetic mutation that keeps calling me back here? The summers are too hot now. (I think I outgrew my need for 110 degrees some years ago.) The winds are too .... windy! The dust is too ... dusty. And it doesn't rain enough. Still, there is something about this place.......... h-mmm-mm. Maybe I could do my final clinical project on "The Call of the Isotope: What IS It That Brings Us Back Home?" -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote (68) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine (68) To: Gloria Falls Evans (58) I too live in Spokane and love to go to the Chiefs games, although I still route for the Chiefs, even when they play the Tri-Cities. To: Maren Loved seeing the game scores in the Sandstorm, hope that becomes a regular thing during school months. -Rick Valentine (68) ~ Spokane, WA [Rick -- I caught the Bombers/Wenatchee game because I'm living in Chelan and listen to Wenatchee's KPQ Talk Radio -- the game was heavily advertised. If somebody in the Tri Cities provides me with game scores on Friday night after the game(s), I'd LOVE to put them in the Saturday morning Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Roesch Wallan (71) To: Missy Keeney Baker (59) Re: The Tri-City Herald Over the years, it seems the Atrocity Herald has flip-flopped its morning and afternoon schedule a few times. It even seems to have an occasional no-delivery schedule, too. :o) To: James "Jim" Patton (71) No, you were worse, sweety. Cheers, -Peggy Roesch Wallan (71) ~ Spanaway, WA ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) Thank you for inventing the internet. I knew sooner or later though, you would have to say something about Elvis and Babe Ruth. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) I just saw a "trailer" for a movie starring John Travolta, due out in a few weeks called "Lucky Numbers". From what I saw, it's about a guy (Travolta) who wins the lotto, and everyone is doing ANYTHING to get him to share his money -- including giving him his own private reserved booth at the local Denny's ... Sounds like a movie made for Mike Davis (74). But after reading his last Alumni Sandstorm entry, I bet he claims he wrote the script. Yeah, that's the ticket. You know, I can't even drive by a Denny's now without thinking of Mike Davis. And I've never even met the man. -Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/10/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem (47), Dave Brusie (51), Ralph Myrick (51) Betty Conner (52), Mike Clowes (54), Mike Bradley (56) Burt Pierard (59), Margo Compton (60), Marilyn Baird (60) Gary Behymer (64), Donna Seslar (68), Janis Cook (68) Betty Avant (69), Phil Jones (69), Ann Minor (70) Daniel Laybourn (70), Steve Piippo (70), Brad Upton (74) Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) Re: Club40 To: Mark Saucier (70) Club40 is the Col-Hi/Richland Hi alumni association organized in 1986 for those of us who have been graduated 40 years or more (old folks, that is!). Seriously, we have an annual reunion and most of us are hoping to keep it together for at least another few years! Problem seems to be 1) the old "aging process" of the originators and 2) need for younger grads from the 50s to step forward and run the club (all volunteer, of course). Hope this partially answers your question and just maybe in 2010, we'll see you at a reunion! That's a joke, you realize? -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ~ Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Club40 website: ******************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie (51) Re: Bus Drivers To: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) Yes my dear I did know a couple bus drivers on the project. One was my father Elwood Brusie, and the other was Doyle Keller, later the Insurance Man in Richland. They sure did talk basketball. Doyle was the father of Gene Keller (50) and the father in law of Orville Marcum. Gene and I played on the teams of 49-50-51. -Dave Brusie (51) ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Foote (68) Lynn, You mentioned that you went back to Dodge a couple of times in the Sandstorm. I presume you are talking about Dodge City, KS. My wife, Judy Anderson, is from Dodge City. Her father was Hugh Anderson and built houses all around the area. They lived in Willow Gardens. As a matter of fact, AJ Wade, the contractor that built my house is from Dodge and lived in Willow Gardens. Rind any bells? -Ralph Myrick (51) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom (52) Hi! I just got this in from a friend. Sound familiar to anyone of you? Does to me, also. The 50's were the greatest! My grandkids even tell me that! (Ouch!) -Betty Conner Sansom (52) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) To begin with, I don't really know where exactly you might find any archives of the Columbia Basin News (or "Washbasin Wipe"). Maybe in the Pasco city library. The CBN was started in 1950 or '51 in response to Glenn Lee's anti-union stand at the Tri City Herald. The printer's union (I think) wanted the usual things, more pay and less hours, and Lee (who was owner and publisher of the TCH) said no. So they went on strike. The strike lasted well into the mid fifties and maybe beyond. The dispute didn't seem to make much of a dent in the Herald's circulation, quite possibly because the CBN was such a bad paper. The only ones who read it publicly were staunch union members. If memory serves, I think it was the CBN who boosted a minor shoving and name calling match in By's parking lot to a full fledged teenage riot. No pictures, no names, no facts, but one great scare headline that had parents worried for quite a while. Maybe the reporter watched "Blackboard Jungle" one too many times. But, in all fairness, they were just as anti Bomber as the TCH. Ever the Bombers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley (56) To: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) There was a newspaper called "The Richland Villager" I am sure that the Richland Library would have copies. Hope that will help. -Mike Bradley (56) ~ Kirkland, WA ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: Tom Tracy (55) Having been a faithful reader of the Sandstorm for about two years, I was wondering if anyone would bring up the subject of the Letterman's Club Initiation. I figured that the modern, uptight, PC folks would just as soon let that example of Col-Hi "hazing" die a natural death and act as if it never happened, but leave it to the "old spinner of 50s Col-Hi lore" to mention it. As a tender young sophomore in the spring of 1957, I was a designated victim of the very last LC Initiation (somebody told their parents and one call to the school ended the ritual forever). The main difference between your experience and mine was they eliminated the run up the hill from the Bomber Bowl and held the whole thing in the old Girl's gym & locker rooms (the East one for the devilish deeds and the West one for scrubbing off the paint and liquid Heet). Big John Meyers (58) was the "Mad Barber" and Pat Crook (58) was in charge of ushering us in, blindfolded. I remember vividly Pat announcing loudly as he brought me in, "Let's give it to this guy." I got a chance to reminisce with Pat about it at R2K. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) Re: What a small world this is Apparently Texas is too big to be included in that. I left Richland in 1968 with what I could get in my car and three kids stacked on top of that (remember, no seat belts or kids car seats back then) and headed for Dallas. I have lived in Texas ever since, Dallas, Fort Worth and in San Antonio for the last 25 years, and have never run into ANYONE from Richland. If fact, the people I have met from anywhere in Washington, I can count on one hand. I also found that when I say I'm from Washington, everyone thinks all of Washington is tall trees and it rains ALL the time. They won't believe me about the dry weather and "dust storms" in Richland. There are places in West Texas that remind me of Richland. If there are any Bombers in the San Antonio area, I would love to hear from you. -Margo Compton Lacarde (60) ~ San Antonio, TX ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Baird Singletary (60) To: Leo Webb (63) and Donna Bowers Rice (63) Re: Looking for Pat Rice I live in the next town over from Benicia and lived in Benicia when I first moved to California in '78. Correct link: -Marilyn Baird Singletary (60) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Net Surfing Just when you thought it was safe to come out! Most of us don't intend to spread a rumor, hoax, or urban legend. We intend to spread the truth. It's fascinating, however, that in our desire to spread what we think is the truth, certain kinds of stories emerge that are repeated from person to person, year to year, century to century, and place to place. They have popularity and staying power. Yet a substantial number of them are not true. Characteristics of rumors, hoaxes, and urban legends. (1) Where Do They Come From? (2) Is There a Way of Knowing Whether a Story is False? (3) What Do We Learn From Studying Rumors, Hoaxes, and urban Legends? EXAMPLE: A fifteen year old boy collects $71,000 from a chain letter... and you can too! -Gary Behymer (64) ~ Colfax, WA ******************************************** >>From: Donna Seslar White (68) We had the pleasure on Sunday of touring the new Liberty Christian School which is located in the old Spalding School Building in Richland. They have definitely given the old building new life! A very nice school and very nice people. Anyone who attended the old school (I was Marcus Whitman) should be proud that it has found a new use and new appreciation. Check it out sometime. There is a picture of Henry Spalding and the old building displayed in the entry of the school. -Donna Seslar White (68) ~ Kennewick ******************************************** >>From: Janis Cook Tames (68) To: Kellie Walsh Patterson (77) Re: Denny's Yes, me too... I can't drive by Denny's either without thinking about Mike Davis (74). I also saw the new Travolta movie ad and instantly figured that soon we would be hearing a new spin on this movie. Mike, you are quite full of yourself, and seem to have a "wonderful following" all your own. I too, have never met you, but look forward to it. -Janis Cook Tames (68) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Re: Ford Mustang I remember that most powerful of cars (the Ford Mustang). Our next door neighbors (Nolands on Torbett) bought one when they first came out. As I recall they had it for several years thereafter. We also had a renter in our B-house before we took over the whole house, who was a car salesman. I vaguely recall when he drove an Edsel home to show off. Talk about a loser of a car. I remember the car I learned to drive in ('65 Ford Galaxy) was when they started putting seat belts in the front. My twin brother told me when I took my driver's test to remind the trooper to fasten his seat belt (it may get me some brownie points). -Betti Avant (69) ~ Goodland, KS ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To: Mike Franco (70) I think Bish was driving the football bus when we played Wenatchee in the fall of 1967. It was George Rallis' first season and we had high hopes against a loaded Wenatchee team with John Rosendahl, John Mills and Larry Worley. Anyway, we got smoked and Rallis was p***ed. We stopped at some fast food place (I don't think a KFC) and picked up boxed chicken dinners. Rallis was still upset with us and as punishment, he made Bish get underway back to Richland. That left 45 guys in the bus attempting to eat their boxed chicken dinners in the dark. It was chicken part identification by braille. I had honey on my fries and ketchup on the roll and chicken bones were flying. A learning moment, for sure. I'm sure Bish would have much preferred Rallis' predecessor as he and Fran would have taken the opportunity to let the kids eat in the drive-in, have a quick puff and a good B.S. Bish was a character and we had some fun baseball trips with he and Rish, especially to Yakima where the highlight was Miner's. We never rocked the bus to wake Bish up but what a great idea, Mike. -Phil Jones (69) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Minor (70) Re: Leaving the nest Lived in Oregon - Portland, the coast around Lincoln City and a summer at Coos Bay. A summer in Yellowstone (you out there, Bill?), school in Spokane and Pullman. Lived in Boardman and Ione, Oregon. Traveled to Arizona, Colorado (Hi, Cragie), California, Mexico, Turkey, London, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Didn't like Chief Jo, ColHi, Richland in general except the rivers, the sky, the desert, and my small circle of friends. Never felt I fit in but now looking back realize it was my attitude and no one else's that was responsible. Still go back cause my father (also) lives at Columbia Edgewater and in fact introduced me to this newsletter (Hi, Dad)... actually can enjoy Richland now, would even consider moving back except I have found a good life here in the Okanogan. Married a well- traveled rancher, have twin eleven year old boys, and Nita (Wood) Timm is my closest neighbor (20 minutes away - we live on the Colville Indian Reservation where there are no phones, no pavement, and no paved roads.) Nita's twins are 17. I faithfully read the Sandstorm and only wish some of the Middle Earth and Grumvatz (thanks, Grant!) crowd would de-lurk a little more often... -Ann Minor (70) ~ Okanogan, WA ******************************************** >>From: Daniel Laybourn (70) To: Leo Webb (63) and Donna Bowers Rice (63) Re: Looking for Pat Rice Try this... -Daniel Laybourn (70) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Franco 70 From: Piippo 70 'Bish' was a legendary bus driver and also mentor, father figure a lot of kids looked up to. There was no messing around when Mr. Bishop was in charge. I remember those 106 degree HOT summer days Mr. Bishop, shirt off, digging into the ground to repair sprinklers. We'd cruise by on our banana seat bikes heading to the big pool and he'd always give us a reminder and have something nice to say. Bill Bishop must have learned some of his quality dance moves from Mr. Bishop. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton (74) I returned last evening from a great weekend in the Bahamas! Imagine my surprise when the cashier in the casino handed me my change.... staring up at me from the front of a Bahamian $20 bill, none other than Mike Davis! His many accomplishments are admired all over the world! I am proud to call him my friend. -Brad Upton (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) Re: Columbia Basin Newspaper To: Peggy Roesch (71) I too have been trying to find out where to look for newspaper archives. I would like to get a hold of a copy of the obituary of my Grandfather "Wally Edgar" who passed away on February 14, 1960. My mother seems to think it was on the front page since he was well known in the community. If anyone can help with figuring out how to find it, please let me know. Re: Surgery I recently had surgery last Tuesday, October 3rd. I had my nose fixed; I had a deviated septum, which was interfering with my breathing. I also had my "Uvula" removed from the back of my throat, this was to help reduce or cure snoring that was interfering with my sleep. It has also been a week since I actually ate real food. So far to date, I've been on a liquid diet, I have managed to get some "Gerber's Rice Baby Cereal down (yum, yum) as well as some really diluted instant oatmeal. I've managed to drink a few cans of ensure for nutritional purposes as well. (I've lost about 13 pounds so far, don't worry, I'm told it will all come back). I hardly notice the pain in my nose as the pain in my throat (especially when I swallow) can be overwhelming at times. I should have had this surgery when I was younger, I'm sure the recovery time would have been shorter. Has anyone else had this type of surgery? If so, can you give me an idea as to when I can eat an actual meal? A Spudnut sure sounds good as well as a sitting down to Grand Slam from Denny's with Mike Davis (74). He could fill me in on the menu and let me know what I've missed out on. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/11/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff (54), Tom Tracy (55), Mike Bradley (56), Max Sutton (57), Larry Mattingly (60), Richard Anderson (60), Patti Jones (60), Richard Trujillo (62), Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68), Mike Howell (68WB), Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) Re: HANDORD/CITY BUS DRIVERS We were living in Spokane (1943) when my dad, Harold Groff, got word that there were jobs to be had at a place called Hanford. He applied, and was hired as a bus driver. Then the big problem was getting his family there. Eventually he found a small house near Sunnyside that was for rent. He checked it out - there was a wood heating stove, wood cooking range, a kitchen sink with a hand water pump and no indoor plumbing. But just thinking about having his family closer, made the place look like a palace. I attended 2nd. grade in Sunnyside and for third grade the bus routes changed and I went to Grandview for half a year. On January 20, 1945 we moved to Richland and I attended third grade at Sacajawea (teacher, Mrs. Livingston). My dad drove bus for a number of years and eventually became a supervisor and dispatcher. He never drove the city bus. Some of the fellows that did, knew my dad and knew his children. Whenever something was left on a bus that I had been on, the driver would take it to dad and ask if it was mine; it usually was. Once or twice, my little brother Billy (Bill Groff '61) would just hop on a bus without the driver being aware of him. Eventually, the driver would see this little kid and Billy would always have a destination in mind - like the drug store, or whatever. The driver would let him stay on the bus until our corner was reached, park in front of our house and present the stray kid back to a very panicked mom. Dad took disability (heart problems) at age 60 and passed away in 1978 at age 64. He always talked with great affection, about the men he worked with. I remember some of the names, but not nearly as many as Bill Moyers (60) remembered. Bill, thanks for remembering my dad's name. Some other names were Ernie Jones, Jim English, George(??) Sharp, Jack(??) Mormon; Henry Lee; ? Shine.... You know, I never thought I'd forget any of those names. I was really pleased when I came across several letters that dad had written to mom from Richland to Spokane. You could read the loneliness in his words. He was just jubilant when he found that little old house in Sunnyside. I have really appreciated those letters. Re: LEAVING DODGE After graduation I went to Pacific Lutheran for a year; came home with plans to work for General Electric for a year and then go back to school. In the meantime, met my future husband; married, and moved to Michigan. We were in Michigan for 11 years, had 6 children, and moved back to "Dodge" (Richland) in 1967. It was a good move. My kids were able to get acquainted with their grandpa before his death in 1974. They all really benefited from that relationship. My mom was with us until 1995, so she was able to not only get well attached to her grandchildren, but also most of her 22 great grandchildren. I really enjoy living at "home." I have renewed so many wonderful relationships with friends from school and have had the fun of working on our reunions. Even my kids are all here. Most of them have lived in other towns and states, but now the two farthest families are way out in West Richland. We have wonderful rollicking birthdays for 22 grandchildren; hugh Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. We are so blessed - even if they did leave "Dodge" for awhile - they returned. I want to thank all of you that sent me cards, e- mails, or just comments through the Sandstorm after we [Phil (58) and Marilyn (63)] lost our Brother, Bill Groff (61) on September 17, 2000. I shared most of what I received with his widow, Barbara. She really appreciated them. I'm expecting that brother Bill (Billy) would have forgiven me for sharing his earlier escapades with all of you. He always had a great sense of humor. Until next time - -Marguerite Groff Tompkins (54) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) Re: The Inn of "Benecia" I think it is spelled "Benicia", California. Only reason I know is that's where I take my new aircraft systems for "Challenge Tests" against Polio mixed with "certified" wastewater for FDA and USPublic Health approvals. The Virology lab in Benicia is only one of a few that can safely generate and manage the powerfully "active viruses. Our system was required to sterilize wastewater with poliomyelitis @ 10 to the 8th power... (the lab manager said no one is ever exposed to that strong a virus... not to mention the wastewater...)... and the water came out cleaner than that required by the EPA for public drinking water supplies... The EPA permits 100ppm of colony forming units (cfu's) in public drinking water supplies. The new system sterilizes the "challenged" water to zero (<1 cfu) while the ... We partied for a week when that certification was verified)... So there is a warm spot in my heart for Benicia, California... (The lab is located some distance from the Inn, however.) Benicia is a splendid little community. We had coffee near our classmate's Inn on "d" street. The almond latte' is to die for. My colleague at the coffee shop was a former United Airlines executive and firm advocate of Starbucks coffee. He said he didn't drink that sissy latte' stuff.... I pointed out a bumper sticker nearby that read: "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Starbucks Coffee". I nearly spewed my Latte' on nearby patrons while they sipped coffee and read their morning papers in the soft, misty sunlit morning near our classmate's Bed & Breakfast. (Don't know them but their lovely community is a wonderful place to visit... If they're R2K... they're AOK) The Inn at Benicia Bay - Benicia, CA, USA ... The Inn at Benicia Bay, 145 E 'd' St. Benicia, CA 94510 USA Voice +1-707-746-1055 Fax +1-707- 745-8361 Innkeeper(s): Patricia and Mike Lamb Rates: $99 - $179.... [More results from]... How about those Bomber Innkeepers.. Congratulations to them.. To: Burt Pierard (59) Really enjoyed your reminiscence of the lazy, hazing days of summer enjoyed by all the lettermen. Those temporary humbling experiences were worn by some as badges of valor... after such pre-trepidation and fear. The agony of anticipation while waiting for initiation was like waiting for the appointment to the most feared dentist I once had in my youth in Los Angeles. He believed in the conservation of Novocain. I think he did his internship at Marquis de Sade University. I'm sure those initiates who later attended the Univ. of Wash, remember the story of their closing the rites of initiation for the Big W Club when someone got carried away in the 1940s. Milt Bohart (sp?) was the football hero. It seems he and some buddies thought it would be entertaining to pretend he had been assassinated. So when his fraternity doorbell rang, a guy asked for him... and when he got to the porch someone fired a blank at him... spilled a little blood on the porch and they carried him to a car and screeched down the street... Before they got back to tell his classmates it was a joke, they called the authorities in the City of Seattle to close the airport, all roads out of the City and engage in the "unappreciated frisking" of travelers who were not amused after finding that their delays had been caused by pranksters during initiation ceremonies. (The big fearful initiation was when they took a new letterman to the high balcony near Hec Edmundson Pavilion and let them see the big net below his fellow lettermen were holding... then blindfolded him and on the count of 3 only dropped him about a foot onto a mattress that had been placed after he was blindfolded... one letterman went into shock and it ended that practice.) If anyone's Grandchildren are reading this... Please don't try this at home or at your local school without the written permission of The Pope, Billy Graham and The Secretary of State or even WITH the permission of the Governor of Minnesota. There is sometimes a camaraderie that emerges among survivors of school initiations, boot camp experience and the like. But it is seldom enjoyed at the time. The worst fear of initiations however, were for the poor visiting coaches who used to come into the Bomber gym and face the awesome power of the R2K team that that Big John Meyers (58) and Pat Crook (58) maintained. I remember watching those two players warm up with team mates before a game against an ill-fated foe when they were sophomores. Can you imagine how a J.V. coach must feel to watch a Bomber JV team shoot lay-ins without missing a single one during warm ups?... or not even letting the ball hit the rim - merely gently bouncing off the backboard and falling cleanly through the net... you don't even see that today in most professional games!... Well they did it... I knew then that they had all the right stuff!!! Hey, Burt, thanks for the memories and for keeping the R2K spirit and memories alive and well. I'm not sure, but I think we had to walk a little further through the snow than you younger kids did. Besides we had to wind up our bombers' rubber band propellers tighter to get down rougher runways than you kids did.... well, perhaps that's just the way it seems to us. Many Happy Bomber returns To: Dave Brusie (51) It's always so good to hear from our heroes of the 1940s and early 50s. You, Gene, Orville and so many others were the great players who inspired everyone who loved the game to keep trying. I remember your long shot and how we listened to your teams play on the radio when you took the first Bomber teams to the State Tournaments in Seattle. Mr. Anderson, principal of Carmichael, always broadcast the games over the public address system. I was, of course, always proud of my Brother, Bill (51) who played football and basketball with you too. It was great being able to watch you and others introduce the Art Dawald style of basketball, that became one of Richland's greatest treasures. The Bus Drivers in Richland, including your father, always made each person, when we paid our nickel (or collection of 1/3 cent tax tokens Washington used --- remember the aluminum ones with the hole in the center?) feel like we were 1st class citizens. The drivers all had their names printed in large professional letters in a sign above them. Their manners and respect shown for their passengers made us feel like we were flying first class. The drivers were respected and admired. They made us feel like we were part of their family. You and Gene were two of the reasons lots of us were spending our days (till sundown) shooting at any basket we could find. Thanks for the inspiration. Whatever happened to Whitey Schell (51)? He was our own Pete Maravich. One year when you helped Richland ge to the State Tournament, the tallest player was Schermer (50). He seemed barely over 6' tall... but jumped center. That was one great team, with lots of style, unique ability and surprising endurance. The dream of getting one's name on that gigantic Yakima Valley Trophy still in the case with yours, Gene Conley (48), Gene Keller (50), Orville Marcum (48), Junior Williams (47) and others was the dream of a lifetime for kids in grade school and junior high in Richland. Thanks, Dave, for reminding us of them again and those wonderful professional bus drivers who were such a vital part of our community's spirit.. To: Mike Bradley (56)!!! Hi Mike: Good to hear from one of Richland's first Cross Country Runners. Still remember the fun we had on trips with Mr. Welch. He was a dedicated coach and a good teacher. The trips to Spokane and runs through their parks seem a bit longer now... even that easier Lewiston downhill run. We had a great group of runners. Two miles used to seem like a marathon, but I still remember your dedication and that you were an excellent Bomber Cross Country runner. I had forgotten about the Richland Villager newspaper until you reminded us. Thanks. Many happy Bomber returns -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley (56) Re: Letterman's Club Initiation To: Tom Tracy (55) and others. I can not remember the year that I was initiated, either 1954 or 1955, but as I recall the rite was held at the Swimming Pool below the high school in one of the locker rooms. I can still visualize the tables, benches, chairs, my peers, the surroundings and I don't think that I was ever so glad about anything being completed and I was still whole and alive in my life. I remember trying to get the green and gold paint off of my body for days and recall a few other things that are not easily described in public print. You definitely earned that big R on your sweater for experiencing the initiation, not necessarily for the sport you were involved in. -Mike Bradley (56) ~ Kirkland, WA ******************************************** >>From: Max Sutton (57) To: Tom Tracy (55) Hey Tom, Regarding the Corvette. The first year was 1953. They were all white with a red interior and came with a six cylinder engine and a four speed transmission. I think there were about 100 produced by Chevrolet. Of course we all know how they went on from there. Probably the greatest sports car the U.S. ever produced. The aura and camaraderie among owners is outstanding. All the talk of Ford Mustangs prompted me to write is missle. Gayle and I bought a new 2000 "Vette" in November and are in our second childhood with it. Go Bombers and "Vettes" -Max Sutton (57) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To: Maren Smyth (64) Re: A mystery HI Maren.... Not sure where to begin here... For the past several months I have been getting an "undeliverable" message back from system administration. When I opened the message from system I found an "envelope" with a message that I did not send, to a person I did not know or have an address for in my address book. When I opened the actual message is was blank. Also, there was no listing of the message in "items sent" in my e-mail software. Now this has happened about 12-15 times in the last year or so. It has been a mystery to my partner who is a computer guru first class. Today it happened again..... ahhhh but now the message that I did not send was not blank.... it contained the post I sent to the Sandstorm last evening! Seems to be a glitch in Tripod??? At least it now doesn't appear to be something subversive.... we spent a lot of time looking at every cookie on my computer over the past several months, and dumping those I didn't recognize. Far fetched as this sounds.... we were even concerned of the possibility it might be a cookie reporting my e-mail activity periodically to a competitor or ??? We did hear of that kind of thing happening back east about a year ago. Anyway I have now stopped worrying about it. If you can find what the deal is, and turn it off more the better. Yeah I know, stuff like this can be hard to find and fix. Don't you just love stuff like this? Good luck. I would send you the exact text of the thing but in our zeal to protect our server from the unknown, we deleted it too far to recover. If and when it happens again I certainly will send you the whole file. See you on the 24th. Your friend....Larry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Mystery solved - Response from: Richard Anderson (60) To: Larry Mattingly (60) Hello Larry, psmithr here -- aka Richard V T Anderson When you send stuff to it gets forwarded automatically to [Maren, of course, and to] me at one of my "master" addresses which, in turn, forwards it to a whole slew of mailboxen I have (I HATE the idea of losing messages). If for whatever reason one of the mailboxen is not available, you are informed as the "reject" message percolates back through the system. I may have to change things around a bit to prevent these messages from breeding like so many Horn Rapids Hares! Yr Obt Srvt, Richard, BW-60 and Asst Editor, Alumni Sandstorm -Richard Anderson (60) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) Re: Ice Hockey Are there any Bombers who attend the Tacoma Sabercats games? Friday, October 13, 2000 is opening night of the season. I can be identified by my R2K T-shirt. Would like to say hello. Bomber Cheers, -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ******************************************** >>From: Richard Trujillo (62) To: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) Good news! There are other Bombers in Texas and the San Antonio area, in particular. About a year ago I asked (in the Sandstorm) if there were any other Bombers in Texas. I only got 2-3 replies. Since then I have discovered (just by reading the Sandstorm) that there are Bombers also in Austin, Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth area and throughout Texas. Thanks to Roxy Knutson Short (62) and whoever else it was that suggested we put our city and state at the end of each Sandstorm entry. I have lived in Universal City, Texas since 1977 and we are planning to move/retire in the Phoenix area next year. Margo, if you ever need your hair done... give me a call... (210) 654-2255... I manage a salon in Windsor Park Mall. -Richard Trujillo (62) ~ Universal City, TX ******************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68) To: Ralph Myrick (51) Re: Leaving & returning to "Dodge" Yikes! Ralph, I had hoped my writing was more clear than that! I was speaking of "Dodge" as a metaphor. You know -- "It's time to head out of Dodge, cowboy." What I was really writing about was all the times I have left and returned to Richland. Sort of like a homing pigeon! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68) ~ Richland ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Mike Howell (68WB) Date: Tue Oct 10 12:02:51 2000 Re: I'm Looking for: Hi Everybody; I'm trying to find a few of the people I knew back when. I would like to find Rebecca Ann Zielinski, Howell,? (1972) - Jon Wray McKnight (1966) Floy Greenough, ? (1968)- Diane Purdue (1968) - Or even anyone that remembers me. Mike -Mike Howell (68WB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sent Mike e-mail to get his class year. His response: "I should have graduated in 1968, but I opted for the military and Viet Nam instead. Sure I would love to read and share stories about The Tri-Cities in the 60s I left there in 1972 and have only driven thru a few times since. Mike Howell"] ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Re: Brad Upton's entry from 10-10-00 Ah shucks, Brad! Stop it! You're embarrassing me! And one more thing, Brad, you may have just returned from the Bahamas, but I've been in Finley for years. -Mike Davis (74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/12/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Dave Brusie (51), Fred Suckow (55) Max Sutton (57), Margo Compton (60), Kim Watson (62), Mike Howell (68WB), Ann Minor (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dave Brusie (51) Re: Whitey Schell To: Tom Tracy (55) Tommy me boy!! The last time I talked to Whitey Schell he had retired from Boeing, and was spending his winters in the Arizona Desert, and I can't tell you just where, and his summers is the Seattle Area. He graduated from the University of Washington in Engineering, and worked for Boeing until his retirement. Where is "Mine Capitain", your brother Bill living these days? Thanks for the praise of the early Bomber Teams. We sure had a lot of fun. We were quite small according to today's standard, but managed to hold our own in spite of it all. It would have been quite interesting if we were able to get away with all the carrying of the ball, hanging on to the man you were defending, as they do today. I guess it was all relative. I am sorry I didn't have the chance to see the great teams of the Meyers, Neil, Tom Tracy era etc. You guys really put Richland on the map. Thanks Again -Dave Brusie (51) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Suckow (55) Re: Mustangs To: Betti Avant (69) I worked with Bob Noland at the time he bought his Mustang. As I recall, he had about 4 children then. He loaded the kids and his wife in the Mustang and drove to Boston shortly after he got the car. As he told the story, the family was so upset about being crowded that he attempted to drive straight through only stopping for food and gas. -Fred Suckow (55) ~ Murrieta, CA ******************************************** >>From: Max Sutton (57) Re: Letterman's Club I was fortunate to letter my sophomore year of high school and I can remember the rite of passing quite well. I remember you, Tom Tracy, wielding the fire hose while we all were in the water. I remember the dull hand held hair clippers, the NEET, the paint and the chicken guts. I remember going home, getting into the bath tub and feeling like I'd been burned so bad I'd never recover. However, the next day I was fine and it all was worth while because next year I was going to be the givee not the given and the class of '58 was coming up. -Max Sutton (57) ******************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) To: Richard Trujillo (62) Glad to hear there are other Bombers in Texas. Was feeling kinda lonely down here. I lived in Universal City from 1976 until 1993 on E. Byrd Blvd. My last name at that time was Herring. We must have crossed paths at sometime and just didn't know it. I now live in Converse. This past August, I went to my 40th class reunion in Richland and went out to the Hanford site. (kinda of spooky out there) My Daddy worked at the "power plant" from 1944 until he retired in 1962 because he had bone cancer (hummm). In the late 60s or early 70s, after I had moved to Texas, I was watching a TV new magazine program that had a segment about the nuclear power plant in Hanford, Washington. "Nuclear power plant". WHAT nuclear power plant???? I had no idea growing up that it was a nuclear plant. To me it was just a power plant. Just wondering if I was the only naive person regarding Hanford. -Margo Compton Lacarde (60) ~ San Antonio (Converse), TX ******************************************** >>From: Kim Watson Kahl (62) It is wonderful to read of all the memories of our past lives in Richland. Even though we grew up in a time when it was common to practice how to survive nuclear attack while living in the shadow of Hanford, we still ran freely through our neighborhoods without fear and went home to a "Father knows best" kind of life. I am glad that I grew up when I did... I remember a lot of things that will never be the same as they were and the contrast to me is awesome. We are very lucky to live in relative safety and have all the advantages that we do, but we need to remember that a large percentage of the world's population are dying in a variety of horrible ways and have no such feelings of safety and peacefulness. Even though we have constant reminders of crisis occurring all over the world, I was more personally reminded of this fact by an email sent to me by one of our classmates from 1962 who has been in the Middle East for over a year. He was riding in the taxi with the photographer who took the photo of the child who was shot in Gaza recently. The reason for writing this at all is to ask everyone to close their eyes and breathe deep into the pit of your stomach and ask God (or whatever you call out to spiritually) to heal the hearts and minds of all people so that we can overcome the brutality that has become "us"... the human race. Thank you and love to you all. -Kim Watson Kahl (62) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell (68WB) Hi, I just received my first Alumni Sandstorm and I really enjoyed it. I have heard from a couple of people that I thought I forgot and didn't even realize how many friends I still had back in Richland until the letters started coming in. This is great. I must admit that I got a little teary eyed when I went to the website and went through the roster of class mates. I was wondering if Miss Larson was still around? After all she was my favorite teacher and I was her Teacher's Pet. I may have to drive back over the mountains and look at Richland again. It has been at least 10 years since I actually have been in Richland. I wonder if I can still find my way around? Well I have work to get done so I got to go. -Mike Howell (68WB) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Minor (70) Re: Ulcer Gulch Does anyone else remember this location? Just a gas station and a restaurant/tavern(?) on the way towards the Olympia area before the Vantage road was built? Dad? And have we talked about Tiny's in Cashmere? I remember seeing those signs all over, and I remember what a great day it was when my family finally made it there, after years of pleading, as I recall. The thing I remember about it is that while we were there, the rest of my family was inside, and I had gone back out to our car for something or another, when a man called me over to his car (NO, Dad ,not one of those kind of men) I had never seen or imagined anything like this poor guy - he was so fat he was totally wedged in under his steering wheel - in fact I don't see how he drove! Anyway, he gave me a quarter or whatever to go into Tiny's and get him a newspaper, and when I brought it back out, he gave me a dollar - an unimaginable fortune to me at the time - and that is how I remember Tiny's. Wonder if it is still there? To Pam: Did you know Suzy Chiles and Sue Peterson were from the Tri-Cities too? Pretty sure Sue P. from R-land, Suzy either there or Kennewick... -Ann Minor (70) ~ Okanogan, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from October 4, 2000 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richard Rodriguez ~ Class of 1973 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/13/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff Today. Gus Keeney (57), Dennis Johnson (62), Donna Bowers (63), Betti Avant (69), Art Snyder (71), Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney (57) Re: '53 Corvette To: Max Sutton (57) If I remember correctly, the '53 Corvette came only with the "Powerglide" trans. I had a friend in the Navy who had one in 1959 and we went through quite a project to put a '56 overdrive trans in it to replace the powerglide. It was one of the "Funest" Cars I ever had the pleasure to drive. I have to admit the Most fun Car that I ever owned was my 1968 Porsche 911s Targa. It was a far cry better car "in MY Opinion" than my 1968 Corvette which the front fenders and hood would start shuddering about 85MPH. The 911 would just start handling good at 80 and get better all the way up to Red-Line in 5th gear!!! Anyway, Chevrolet started putting 4 speed transmissions in the Corvette in '56 or '57. My '56 had a 4 speed, but it came with the 357 that we put in it. -Gus Keeney (57) ~ Columbia City, OR ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Johnson (62WB) I cant stand it..... all this misinformation on cars of the 50s.... the original Corvette (1953) was NOT available with a 4 speed transmission, nor any standard trans... only a Powerglide 2spd automatic. The manual transmission (3spd on floor) was introduced in concert with the installation of the 265 cubic inch V8 engine in 1955 (same body as 53/54). The stovebolt six was still available in '55, but big news was the V8. The 4 speed (Borg-Warner T-10) was not on option until part-way through 1957 in Corvettes only. Big news for 57 (in addition to a 4spd) was the fuel injected 283 cubic inch V8 which, in its hottest form (solid lifters) offered one horsepower per cubic inch. While Corvette made much of this feat, it was actually Chrysler, one year previous that had met/exceeded this hp junkie's goal. Someone earlier had mentioned the 54 Thunderbird - the two-seat T-bird was first brought out in 1955 - one shortcoming was its retention of the 6 volt electrical system - cured in 1956. Thank you for your indulgence in this matter, sorry to be so picayunish, but this is my hobby, and has been so for years. Sat with all the other "roosters" out in front of ZIPs in my Olds-powered '31 Model A back in the early/mid 60s. Had a Tbucket roadster, but sold it to Nelson Cook - he finished it off quite nicely too. Cookie was first guy in town to buy the new 1964 GTO.... hailed as America's first "muscle car". Although I did not attend High School in Richland.... I am a Jason Lee alumnus and my folks lived there for years and years.... sister and two brothers were proud to be Bombers. Have a good fall/winter -Dennis Johnson (62WB) ~ Las Vegas ******************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (63) To: Tom Tracy (55) Tom, Thanks for the info on the Inn at Benicia Bay, even though my sister and brother-in-law own it, I wasn't aware that Benicia was spelled with an "i." I was trying to get their web page open, Mike had given me several addresses - none of which worked, so I tried the new spelling and it still didn't work. That is why I didn't give everyone the address - wanted them to see it on the web site. [] Pat and Mike have done a great job of restoring it - they have traveled the country picking up antiques from all over as a hobby, as well as oriental rugs, art, jewelry. Mike runs it now, and he is a great guy and connoisseur of cigars and fine wines and he certainly know his antiques. Patricia Rice Lamb's (63) specialty is weddings. I'd recommend it to any Bomber. Tom, I don't know you but I think you must speak in metaphors. I read your stuff in the Sandstorm all the time and feel as though I know you. I see you mention Sue Nussbaum (63) in your entries occasionally - Susan and I have always been good friends - Jr. High to High School and my best songleader friend. Again, thanks for plugging Pat's Inn. Sincerely, -Donna Bowers Rice (63) ~ St. Louis, MO ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Re: The wonders of the Alumni Sandstorm Before last summer when I attended my 30th reunion I was one who said I would never own a computer. I guess it seemed a bit intimidating even though at that time I had just started using one in some of my daily job duties (on a very limited basis). In talking to classmates about the people they contacted about the reunion by just using the computer I broke down and bought one almost a year ago. I am so glad I did. In my writings to the Sandstorm, I have gotten notes from ex- neighbors, childhood friends, and even from people I didn't even know about some of my writings. I had a note just yesterday from someone whose mother grew up in the town I now call "home". I agree it was a great idea to include the name of the town where you are currently living. Another nice thing about a computer - my niece Sarah (RHS 94) has been able to send me pictures of my great nephew as he is growing up. She lives in Mexico and it is expensive to mail things to the U.S.A. Ah, the wonders of the computer!!!!! -Betti Avant (69) ~ Goodland, KS ******************************************** >>From: Art Snyder (71) To: Ann Minor (70) I also remember Tiny's in Cashmere, signs everywhere. As I recall the place burned down in the mid 70s and I don't believe was ever rebuilt, at least not as Tiny's. I could be wrong on the time frame but as my old teachers would say, "That is par for the course". Don't see too many class of '71 people writing in. Where is everyone? I know of a few still in Richland but never see anyone anymore, not since the reunion in 91. Hope we have a 30th next year. -Art Snyder (71) ~ Walla Walla, WA WA ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) To: Ann Minor (70) Re: Ulcer Gulch On which road or highway would this place have been? How far from the Tri Cities? I can think of a lot of places that would give an adult ulcers. But kids can eat anything and survive. -Larry Stone (71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/14/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Tom Tracy (55), Patti Jones (60), Bob Mattson (64), Gary Behymer (64), Pam Ehinger (67), Betti Avant (69), Brad Wear (71), Cath Wallace (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** Bombers, 28 ~~~ Moses Lake, 14 - GO BOMBERS ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Larry Stone (71) If one ever had a chance to eat at Lindy's Restaurant in West Richland...where the food was so delicious it made you want to hug yourself... it was at that place... where Grandma Sandlin and the Sandlin Family owned and operated the finest gourmet Southern Cooking the West has ever seen! Grandma Sandlin also cooked for a fraternity at WSU... I forgave her for that. WazzU needed all the help it could get. (just kidding)... I loved the food at Sandlin's Restaurant... the biscuits and gravy, steaks, turkey dinners, the best Fried Chicken.... (If Colonel Sanders had access to Mrs. Sandlin's recipes, he'd have been a General!!!). The Sandlin's and their relatives, the Mary Lester Family, (Remember Mary Lester one of Richland's Finest Teachers?... and her R2K daughters, Mary Lee, Linda Ruth and Bunky?... The Cooking was probably part of the reason Steve Sandlin became such a famous Richland Bomber basketball player! It has been rumored that the fraternity where Grandma Sandlin offered up her elegant meals... the members gained 500 pounds in one semester! If true, she would have been the football and wrestling coaches' best friend. I still remember those wondrous meals and the Southern hospitality that made them even more delicious. And speaking of pounds... I overheard a lady say recently that she lost 200 pounds on a cruise. Her ex- son-in-law fell overboard. Ah, Lindy's Restaurant... still makes my taste buds smile ... to get there you took the bypass highway, turned down the hill, passed by the Riding Academy... across the Yakima River Bridge... around that steep hill (where they had motorcycle hill climbing contests every Sunday) just a few hundred yards on the left... and you were at Lindy's Restaurant... a place to reward your body and taste buds... not to mention your waistline... ahh... a waist is a terrible thing to mind.... hen I think of Lindy's, the good flavors and aroma of that famous fried chicken... all comes back.... Thanks for reminding us about eating places .... the restaurants that were not so good became stopping places for folks to begin "antibody development"... like the guy who said one was so bad, they let their bread mold so they could grow their own penicillin.... well that's another story for another day.... Maren may unplug my keyboard if I don't stop... I'm trying to remember some of the other good places to eat in the Tri-Cities. Thanks for stirring up good memories, Larry... To: Dave Brusie (51) Good to hear from you David! Thanks for reminding us where Whitey Schell went. Good to know he enjoyed a career at Boeing. Bet he got to enjoy some of the great Sonics teams. Bill lives in Moses Lake and last time I saw him he was heading for his 60' cabin cruiser... and looking like he might want to trade it in on the Seattle Floating Bridge... something a little larger perhaps. He enjoys boating on the Columbia and the Inland waterway.... He's worked hard and deserves it. He was my biggest hero... and a good brother. He still enjoys nice cars. The best one he had in H.S. was that '40 Ford Convertible.... Cars just aren't what they used to be... when I say "things aren't what they used to be"... I usually forget to include myself... Hope all things are good for you, Dave... thanks again for sharing your basketball talents with all of us in Richland. It's a big risk getting out there in front of a crowd that wants the best from you, isn't it? The fans were always kind and sometimes forgiving. I remember how much Dawald wanted to beat Walla Walla. Boots Wooten pulled his first five out of the game one year and let them shower at half and come back out in street clothes. Dawald never forgot that one. So it was a great thrill when we put them away in '55. It was one of the biggest smiles I ever saw on Art's face. Mrs. Dawald said, "He really slept well after that game"!... Art Dawald was a big positive factor in my life. I treasure the things he taught us. He was a master of the game... and could take someone out of the hall and turn them into a good player even if they'd never played before. I know Dawald really liked you a lot. I never missed a game your team played if it was within 100 miles. I think Gene Conley (48) inspired everyone in our town too. Did you get to play with him? Stay in touch. To: Donna Bowers Rice (63) Donna Thank you for your comments. It is always nice to meet another of our Richland Bomber family. It was an accident that I knew how to spell Benicia. It is emblazoned in my mind, after paying the bill at the FDA Laboratory there. They run a meter on me like a New York Taxi Cab Driver... But the community where Pat and MIke manage their Inn is one of the most pleasant places in the bay area. Susan Nussbaum (63) is one of Boise's Community Treasures. Her executive position at Boise Cascade plus her community and church leadership activities lets her share her magic diplomacy and management skills. And the way I speak is awkward, I know... metaphors and all. However, I always try not to speak with a metaphorked tongue ... it seems tho, I've never metaphor I didn't like... or a metaphive either... for that matter. Please tell Pat that when they've finished all the work on their Inn... I noticed several mothballed aircraft carriers far out in the bay that could use their touch... someone said each carrier sleeps a substantial number of guests. Well, anyway, it might offer them another challenge. I wish them well and am sure they are finding lots of wealthy customers in that area, so close to Silicon Valley... where they coin and stamp newly minted rich entrepreneurs daily. Last time I was in your town of St. Louis it was on the highway below the Daniel Boone Bridge in '93 during the floods. We were testing a new flood fighting system where we filled large plastic tubes filled with flood water or hydrant water. You had some kind of flood that summer. We were out in Chesterfield flats near Lindberg field. (I remembered that field because one of our Richland English Teachers had seen Charles Lindberg leave on his famous flight. It was Miss Brown whose grandmother took her out as a little girl and said, "If you never remember anything else in your life... remember this". And she got to watch him take off on his famous journey. It was late evening when we got there and about 10pm we heard a PA system announce "The Monarch Levee has broken and a 4 foot wall of water is heading across the valley... everyone head for high ground immediately"... After being on one of those levees in Hannibal the week before and watching it turn to mushy oatmeal consistency, it was a good warning to heed. When the levee began to give way we headed across it as fast as possible... even with the mushy textured soil, I found out that a 56 year old man could outrun a tractor in high gear! I remember how the people of Missouri pulled together and helped each other out. It was sad to see so many lose their homes and jobs due to businesses being washed away. Watching the 40 mph Mississippi tear the Burger King Casino Paddlewheel boat into your bridge and shear the top deck off was a sight to behold. The Missouri River from Rocheport to St. Louis looked like the Amazon. It was incredible. Near Jefferson City we were heading through one subdivision and watched a large pickup full of Amish men pull up behind a Nat'l Guard dump truck (the guard delivered sand bags to the street and people could pick them up and place them wherever needed)... a 80 year old man was exhausted and sitting on his porch... the 10 Amish men backed the truck up and lined up, picked up the bags and relayed them to each other and into the truck like a machine gun... then backed up to the man's garage and surrounded it within 5 minutes... it was stunning to watch their efficiency... they laid the sand bags exactly like the Corps of Engineers manual recommends. Then they tipped their hat to the man and drove off to help others along the street... the man ran over to us and said, "Did you see those Mormons lay them sand bags?" The City official with us said, "I think those men were Amish"... the man replied, "Well, whoever they were.... they sure know how to lay sand bags!!... They're fantastic"... they were. Have lots of boring stories about our experiences there... met a lot of wonderful Missourians ...!!!... I think the Amish people are just about my favorite folks on the planet. They are so efficient... It's a good thing for the NBA that the Amish don't play basketball... they'd win hands down! Can you imagine it? They'd build a barn during the day and beat up on the Lakers at night and give their money to charity!... now there's a program. Maybe we could resurrect the Ozark Ike comic strip (remember that one?) They had a football team and basketball team and baseball... Does anyone else remember Ozark Ike? or was it only delivered on Barth Street or Iry or Cedar St. I loved that comic strip. Who were the other characters? and when was Ike retired? Well, it's a terrible death to be typed to death... my fingers re tired and your eyes are tired... and I wish you a very very good goodnight. and By the way... politically speaking, I'm disappointed that Martha Stewart didn't run for President. She would be fantastic... Can't you just imagine her meeting with Putin of Russia?... "Now Mr. Putin, please try some of this wonderful peach jam on your waffles instead of that runny caviar... and while I'm pouring your freshly squeezed orange juice we'll help you park your nuclear submarines in the dry dock. We'll move your nuclear weapons to a safe holding place while you are planting these new American Beauty Roses in Red Square... and be sure to take one of these fresh blueberry pies home to Mrs. Putin while we help you convert those tanks into tractors." Well, Martha has been eyeing Ralph Nader recently... It is said he whispered a proposal to her.... She said, "If you marry me, I will agree to buy you a majority... but I'll be hanged if I'm going to pay for a landslide"... Ralph left disappointed.... So maybe Martha in 2004 or 2008... g'nite... I just put all the bombs away... gotta hit the hay. What a wonderful Bomber family... someone once said, "We're the best people we know". Keep your powder dry. Bomber cheers, -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) Re: Different stories this week To: Gary Behymer (64) Through circumstances a few years ago, I had quite a learning process about legend stories. I believed they were all true. Now know there are great story tellers that spread them from city to city. Boy was I naive. Wonder how many Bombers have started legend stories and didn't know it? Interesting surfing, Gary. To: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) Re: Your comment about Texans believing it rains here all the time. Living in San Jose for 22 years, I found the same comments. Adding to that, the people would call me a web-footed apple knocker. No matter how I explained about Richland, the desert and Eastern Washington, they wouldn't believe me. After moving back to Western Washington in 1984, the flood of people moving into this part of the state, made me want to tell everyone, that it does rain here all the time. Being as my job takes me (by phone) all over the the country. I decided when people bring up the rain in Washington, I would quietly listen to them. Make no comments. Letting them believe what they wanted. The more the word spreads it rains in Washington, maybe less will move here. LOL To: Mike Davis (74) Re: Your great imagination Imagination was one of the greatest teachings that I appreciate from my years in Richland. Everyone, teachers, students and parents seemed to let us have our imagination. Keep up the great stories. As some already said, thanks for the internet so all of us Bombers can have fun together again. To: Dave Brusie (51), Bill Moyers (60) & Marguerite Groff (54) Thanks for filling in all the bus drivers names and the data. All the names started coming back with each writing. My dad, Harold Jones ("Jonesy") was a truck driver before he started driving for Hanford. But I do still remember him talking about the shack. My sister, Nina Jones Rowe (65), added to the bus drivers seeing everything. She thought dad was everywhere. As we grew up, we figured out, they all talked together. They sure had a lot of kids to look after. This also brought some interesting e-mails that are left unspoken. ^^G^^ THANKS FOR ADDING TO THE MEMORIES Re: The name Richland I think we ought to change the name of Richland to Bomberville. There are probably enough Bombers in Richland to vote it in. Bombers Cheers -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** >>From: Bob Mattson (64) Going home from work, another roadside Garage sale sucked me in. Looking through the usual assortment of Teflon frying pans worn down to spotty metal, Mrs. Butterworth bottles, with or without lids, chipped everything, I saw two brown plastic, hang-on-the-window, drive in movie speakers. One still had a cord. Window memories. An abrupt stop to the sleepy ride home from the drive-in. "HEADLINE" The swamp cooler is no match for the second story of an "A" house in summer. But they perfected implosion. And us kids got burned out playing beneath the towering movie screen, with it's back packed with pigeon nests. And so, home to bed. I remember being carried up those stairs, like a dazed warm water balloon. A faint coolness of night was replaced by the greenhouse effect of a 109% second story humidity. And they were only 5 bucks a piece too. Gad huh! Later, Tuna 64. -Bob Mattson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To: Ann Minor (70) Ann The very large man in the car was Tiny, himself. Tiny and his folks were very good friends of my Aunt and Uncle. Tiny was a very Large man but the nicest man you'd ever want to meet. Tiny's burned down in the 70s sometime and was never rebuilt. There is a grocery store where Tiny's was. Tiny died after the fire, not sure just when, then his parents passed on. So that ended the Tiny era. But it was a great fruit stand and gift shop. Yes, I knew that Sue Peterson was from Richland. Her sister graduated after me but before you. I think she is older than Sue. As for Susie Childs, I did not know that. Such a small world. Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Re: Today of all days The news just got over and I was reminded of something I hadn't even thought about today. Not only is it Friday the 13th, but there is to be a full moon tonight. I guess it is a double whammy for the superstitious. I'm glad it doesn't bother me. I'll shut down the computer for now and go watch the Mariners and the Yankees go at it. I was quite the Yankee fan as a kid. But then I think alot of people were, as they were on the tube almost every Saturday. In the 4th grade when they were playing the Pirates I think I was the only one in the class pulling for them. I still remember the home run that gave the Pirates the World Series of 1960 like it was yesterday. Go Mariners!!!!! -Betti Avant (69) ~ Goodland, KS ******************************************** >>From: Brad Wear (71) Re: Corvette's and T-Birds To: Gus Keeney (57), and Dennis Johnson (62WB) Nice job on the Corvette and T-Bird details. I've restored several of those cars and they all had particular nuances. '56 Dual quad, close ratio 3 spd., '54 six cyc. power glide, '58 washboard hood and too much chrome. '68 was a change year as well and the body did not fit right on the frame. I had the 131st '56 that rolled off the line, it was a change car during the production year, one of fifty with special wheels (knock-off wires) dual quads, power windows, and top. Quite a feat in '56. '55 was the year Corvette almost died. They made just over 700 of them, lowest year since '53 when they were hand laid fiberglass. Two of those were six's. Pretty rare. The '55 T-Bird in addition to the six volt system did not have the side vent air intake and they are like a furnace inside. Great during cold weather but unbearable in the summer. They fixed that in '56 as well. If anyone is looking for a '55-'57 T-Bird, one of my friends in Dallas restores around 70 a year and always has a great selection. I've been lucky this week, I got a Spudnut fix, Teddy, I hate to say it but they are better than Krispy Kremes. Let me know if you or Frank Hames want me to bring some back. I'll do it. Gee, it's good to be back home again! Semper Fi, Bomber Cheers, -Brad Wear (71) ~ Richardson, TX ******************************************** >>From: Cath Wallace Hammack (74) Re: Senior Pictures from Class of 1953 and class photos from Class of 1950 Delores Mae Paseka Hammack (53), my mother-in-law, passed away in 1976. She had several senior class pictures and some other pictures I would love to pass on to the families of or the person in the pictures. Class of 1953 Senior Pictures ~ "Sunny" - Girl - Med long dark hair wearing dark sweater with collar and single strand pearls ~ "Judy" - Girl -Short dark hair wearing dark colored sweater with 4 strand pearls ~ "Gerri" or "Geni Shannon" - Girl -Long med brown hair wearing dark sweater with single strand pearls ~ "Wyona Baker" - Girl - Short med brown hair wearing dark colored sweater with single strand pearls ~ "Janice" - Girl - Med long dark hair wearing dark sweater with single strand pearls ~ Unknown - Boy - Hair slicked back brown no part wearing tweed jacket with white shirt with dark tie with a light colored horse's head on it. If you would like the picture please email me directly. Chet Hammack (50), my father-in-law, passed away in 1992. I have two class pictures from the future class of 1950: ~ 1946 Sacajawea and the 7th grade class If you would like the picture please email me directly. -Cath Wallace Hammack (74) ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from October 13, 2000 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Linda Palmer Heineman ~ Class of 1970 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/15/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVine (52), Loretta Ostboe (55), Jack Gardiner (61), Marilyn Simmons (63), Gary Behymer (64), Clif Edwards (68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) Re: Speaking of good local Restaurants Hi, Everyone! Does anyone remember the name of the great Mexican Restaurant in West Richland? We went there occasionally and I still remember laughing about the sweat pouring off Dad and Terry's faces as they tried to out-do each other with the hot stuff!! Dad turned 90 years old Thursday! We'll have his party today (Saturday). He's doing well at his new home in Royal Columbian Retirement Inn. Monday, his wife of 33 years (Roberta Sherwood) will move next door to Gallaway Garden. Some of you will remember her daughters, Sharon (59), Shirley (62) and Susan (63). Shirley and Susan helped Terry and me get their Manson house emptied and ready to sell. Wow, what a job!! But we got it done in less than a week. Take care, all. Life is good!! -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) To: Betty Conner Sansom (52) Don't know you but sure did enjoy your fifties web site.. Thanks for the memories - sent it along to young and old I know to remember or see for the first time how neat it was! Another "fifties" admirer, -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ~ Yuma Sunbird ******************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner (61) Re: Just a couple of things I would like to throw out Does anyone remember the Labor Day picnics at Riverside Park? They were given by the unions every year. It was always a big day in my life, as a kid growing up in Richland. All the Pepsi and Green River pop and Carnation ice cream bars one could drink and eat. Also while at R2K in June, I was driving past Chief Jo and I thought the school sign said Chief Jo Eagles. I remember them as the Warriors. Hope its not another Native American protest. On October 31 I will be retiring from General Electric after 34 years of service. I volunteered for early retirement. I plan on relocating back to the Northwest within a year. I've always considered Washington my home. -Jack Gardiner (61) ~ San Jose, CA ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Simmons Arnold (63) To: Tom Tracy (55) You asked about other good restaurants in the Tri Cities. I have fond memories of Ernie's chicken fried steak during the mid 50s. As I recall, that Uptown restaurant had a very large picture of a mushroom cloud of the atom bomb. Seems like it was painted on glass with lights behind. Little did I realize in my early years just why that type of art would be featured. -Marilyn Simmons Arnold (63) ~ Tulsa, OK ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Yes Virginia... there is a Santa Claus..... In the summer of 1966, my head was turned by a cute blonde, Janis Cook (Kennewick Class of 1965) driving a black 1956 T-Bird... This perhaps an early version of Richland Graffiti (;-). The sound of my own 1957 Austin- Healey 100-S may have tweaked her interest. Sold the Healey in 1973 for $300 and 'we' gave the 1956 T-Bird to our daughter Sarah and her husband Eric in 1995. Celebrated our 32nd anniversary this past August. -Gary Behymer (64) ~ Colfax, WA ******************************************** >>From: Clif Edwards (68) Re: Cars I've really enjoyed reading the Sandstorm e-mails. The Tri-Cities was a weird (now I know how weird) and wonderful place to grow up in. My wife (second) was an Air Force brat and continually talks about all the places she lived, but has few friends to call on from those days. I grew up in one house (1714 Hunt St.) went to one grade school (Jefferson), one junior high school (Chief Joe), one high school (Col Hi), and one college (WSU). One of the best memories I have of high school was having my car in "Heap of The Week". I had a '57 Austin Healy 1006 that was an evil smelling, rough riding, hard to start, really loud ball of fun. I remember 1967 when I told Gary Splatoesser (SP?) I wouldn't put the top up until it snowed that winter. The top didn't fit all that well anyway, but it did give a lot of protection from the wind. Problem was it didn't snow that winter until early the next year, but it did get REALLY cold! I will never forget that car or the time I forgot to undo the seat belt when my future wife Debbie Hannaman introduced me to her mom when I was sitting in the car and tried to get up. Oh, well. I sold that car to Clif Peterson, Dr. Peterson's son before I went off to WSU. I wonder if he kept it? Probably not. Sam McKay had a Healy too. Great summer time car; just not too great in the winter. Strange the things you think about after all these years. Regards to all, -Clif Edwards (68) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/16/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes (54), Tom Tracy (55), Shirley Atwood (58), Denny Johnson (62WB), Leoma Coles (63), Maren Smyth (64), Julie Ham (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) All this talk about good eating places in the Tri- Cities has made me hungry. But in my youth, there weren't a whole lot of places to go for good food. Naturally, we flocked to By's, and the Spudnut Shop. And how could we forget the Fission Chips joint next the Spudnut Shop. Other places, like Ernie's, served basic American food, you know, the stuff nutritionists warn us about.. Ernie's, and the cafe in North Richland (by the North Star Theater) served the best chicken fried steak anywhere, complete with lots of gravy, mashed potatoes and regular vegetables (not this trendy stuff). The grocery store in North Richland had a nice gimmick, you could pick out the steak of your choice, and for a buck or so (plus the price of the streak), they would cook to your specification, add fries and a vegetable. And for all you guys from the sixties and seventies, sorry, no Denny's, no Whoppers or Big Mac's. Although A&W had started "The Burger Family" (Papa, Mama, Baby and Teen Burger). And nothing really "up- scale". I can't even think of a good Chinese place, although "The Tahitian" was just getting started (but that was before I liked Chinese). And who ever heard of Italian? Right now, the Italian place in Downtown is probably as good as you'll get (much better than "The Olive Garden"). But it is fairly new. Talk about cars for a while. Too bad what happened to the Thunderbird in the sixties, turned into a "boat" complete with four doors. Come to think of it, management at Ford has made some really poor choices, like the Edsel, putting four doors on what was once a sporty little car, and just recently the Ford Explosion (boy, talk about blowing your money!). They did do some things good, the Mustang for example. But there was the Pinto, which nobody knew what it was unless it was a down-sized Mustang. But then, did Ford make a Mustang sedan? I have heard from several really unreliable sources that Tom Tracy (55) may have to return the letters he earned (and very nicely too, I might add) for divulging state secrets. Really, Tom, the initiation rite of clubs (like the Lettermen, Moose, etc.) is somewhat sacred to the membership. What really gets me is how so up-tight some parents got about hearing of these rituals. It's not like they were anything mean, sadistic or brutal. They were intended to be fun, and to establish a bond with other members of the group. I'd tell you about my initiation when I got promoted to Chief Petty Officer, but that is still classified information. It was basically the same thing, and the welcoming ceremony after was worth the gooey mess. Onward Bombers, Huskies, Mariners and Beavers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Marilyn Simmons Arnold (63) You are right about Ernie's. Great chicken fried steak... like those at Lindy's ... but I remember Norris Brown (57) and I ordered one at Moses Lake or Othello on one of our road trips... and I turned to him and said, "This one's so tough... I think it came from a rooster." I liked Ernie's too... What was the name of the restaurant in Pasco that had such good food? Seems Kennewick had a few good ones too. But By's Burgers and the A&W... were the places to cruise... Hey, our class remembers the big Drive Inn in Yakima... where they had famous shakes!!!... what was the name of that place?... someone said they put an egg and extra vanilla in their shakes... well whatever it was... they were really popular. [Miners???] Speaking of food... I remember eating a meal with my good pal and former neighbor from Iry Street, Bill Griffin that fabulous Bomber pitcher and basketball player from '54. His Mom made us a meal before we left for a game in Yakima. She was a good cook and such a grand lady I cleaned my plate. I knew better than to tell such a good former neighbor and friend's Mom that oysters or liver didn't pass across my "no chew, swallow or taste zone". The best sharing of meals came from the Saturday or Sunday afternoon Church picnics we often attended at Riverside Park... the best meals and recipes came from my Mom Chlo Tracy, Lois Williams (Wynell's Mom '55), Mary Lester (Mary Lee Lester's Mom), Myrtle Myers (Mary, Dean and Jerry's Mom), Mrs. Roberts (Hoyt's Mom '55); Nina Faye Branum (Lequita "Lee" Branum Clark and Myrna Branum Willard '57s Mom), Mrs. Woolbright (Mom of Wes & Ray Woolbright), Lila Mae White (Dewey '57's Mom), Mrs. Drury, Larry '57's Mom); Mrs. De le Bretonne (Rene's '63 Mom); Mrs. Smith, (Duane Smith's '55 Mom), Mrs. Stethopolous, Mrs. Sandlin, Mrs. Pippitt, Mrs. Osborne, (Dorothy Osborne '53's Mom) and so many others. They were creators of delicacies that could have made Martha Stewart "green" with envy... candies to delight the hearts of all mankind... and they all smiled a lot too..... ahhh, there was always plenty of food... and sometimes others in the park joined in and were invited to attend... especially the soldiers from North Richland who were away from home.... We met so many good ones... Joe Timbrook... a pianist who could play like Liberace...and two others back from Korea who were responsible for protecting and moving orphans out of harm's way... I am sorry I don't remember their names... Sarge and "Tiny"... Sarge would always have to go outside when a baby cried in Church because he wanted to be so sure they weren't in pain or remembered how important it was for them to not be discovered by the enemy... it's amazing what the thought of a meal or place or sound or fragrance can do to recall the events of that wonderful place and that wonderful time... mashed potatoes, all kinds of gravy, biscuits, hot rolls, every conceivable salad, pie, cake, fried chicken, roast beef, turkey... with all the trimmings... and often Jess Branum and others had their homemade ice cream machines working overtime... with that magic touch of the extra drop of vanilla and rich cream that caused a long line of kids to grow... awaiting the delicacies of a park suddenly transformed into a gourmet's paradise... a time to share the activities and news of the week, see friends in a relaxed atmosphere and a common ground to share the joys, sorrows and experiences of friends... It enhanced the spirit of Richland... that faraway time... that seems so near... and makes one think how lucky we were to be in that place in that time surrounded by so many good people. A safe time and place for children to grow and learn and share. A big Bomber cheer for those wonderful Moms who made thousands of meals and made life well worth living for so man of us... in the '50s and beyond. Sure was glad to be there from '48 - '55... seems like yesterday until I look in the mirror and see my Grandfather and my Dad looking back at me with that surprised expression on their faces!... (I still remember what my Grandfather in Los Angeles once said to me in frustration... "What do you think you'll be... if the neighbors decide to let you grow up?"...) g'nite everyone... g'nite Maren... and thanks again for being our angelic editor... who never seems to sleep.. or take vacations... special thanks for correcting my offbeat keyboard that hates spell check... and grammatik... and most of all doesn't proofread well at all... that errant keyboard often marries the wrong guy and gal from incorrect classes; you correct them so very well... Happy Landings... -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Atwood Sun (58) To: Betty Conner (52) I checked out the web site about the '50s and it is great. Thanks for sharing it. -Shirley Atwood Sun (58) ~ Chatsworth, CA ******************************************** >>From: Denny Johnson (62WB) Speaking of the World Series.... I remember that they used to pipe those games into Jason Lee via the sound system.... Standard School Broadcast.... we were allowed to just sit and doodle and listen...... unless there was an air raid drill, of course. Speaking of Urban Legends.... which of you wags did all of us guys the favor of starting the one about the hybrid monster that escaped from Hanford radiation testing area? Man did the ladies ever scoot close thinking about THAT thing. By the way - I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Ed Borasky (59) for hurting his hand...... and for ringing his doorbell incessantly.... -Denny Johnson (62WB) ~ Las Vegas, NV ******************************************** >>From: Leoma Coles (63) Re: Mexican Restaurant in West Richland... It was called the "Mexico Cafe". I worked there between my junior and senior years to pay for my contacts. It was a fun place to work and good tips too!! Fun to remember those days... -Leoma Coles (63) ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Re: WANTED: Microsoft Outlook Express EXPERT I'm a Netscape user and having a heck of a time trying to tell an Outlook Express user how to change the address that shows up on their e-mail -- AND the address that I get when I click "Reply To Sender" is wrong, too! Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth (64) ~ Chelan, WA ******************************************** >>From: Julie Ham Froehlich (77) To: Jack Gardiner (61) I'm sure lots of people will answer your question about Chief Jo. After the school was remodeled and reopened (I think it was in '94 or '95), the students got to select a new mascot/name. Ideas were suggested and then voted on. I don't think that "Warriors" was even considered (I could be wrong). I know that "Buffalos" was one of the ideas suggested though. My niece, Angela Ham, left Carmichael and started at Chief Jo that first year. Angie could probably fill us in on the other ideas being voted on. I'm am just glad that Chief Jo did reopen. My daughter now goes to that school and so will my sons. And they will all eventually be Bombers. What a great tradition! -Julie Ham Froehlich (77) ~ Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/17/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Sandra Genoway (62), Tim Smyth (62), Jim Vach (64), Maren Smyth (64), Pam Ehinger (67), Andy Stewart (68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau-Spruksts) (62) Hello! I used to know the whole family that owned the "Mexico Cafe", the Pedrozas, because they went to our Church where I grew up -- The First Baptist Church of Richland. Sometimes they would invite all of us out to their restaurant for a free meal. I have never since tasted Mexican food as good as their original, genuine Mexican, and I was spoiled by this at an early age. I now live in the Seattle area, and the only restaurant that I have tried that even compares (and due to its reputation here), is the Guadalajara Restaurant on N 45th in the U-District. I won't eat Mexican any where else, except for my own home cooking! Ol, and Bomber Cheers! -Sandra Genoway (Jeneau-Spruksts) (62) ******************************************** >>From: Tim Smyth (62) Re: World Series - 1959 Denny Johnson's (62WB) comments unleashed a small part of my very desolate memory. I have always hated the New York Yankees... and landing here in New York with all the Yankee fans here, I hate them even more. If my memory serves me correctly, we heard Bill Mazeroski's dramatic home run to beat the Yankees in 1959 in Mrs. Johnson's 9th grade Algebra class at Carmichael. Anybody else remember that? -Tim Smyth (62) ~ Hudson Falls, NY ******************************************** >>From: Jim Vach (64) Re: Atomic Farmgirl If you all haven't seen this, I suggest you get it and read it: Teri Hein (author), "Atomic Farmgirl", an autobiographical sketch of growing up in the Palouse, interwoven with the gradually unfolding story of being a downwinder. She has some of the facts wrong regarding the history of Hanford, but it is still a beautifully written account of growing up in the 60s in eastern wa. We bombers sometimes forget that ours was a unique experience. Regards, -Jim Vach (64) ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Re: Help with Outlook Express THANK YOU to everyone who sent e-mail to help with OE. Problem solved. BOMBER help is MUCH BETTER than Microsoft "help" -- but we all knew that, didn't we?? Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth (64) ~ Chelan, WA ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To: Tom Tracy (55) I saw Miners in Yakima mentioned in your last entry. It is still there! Remember it was only a drive up and the owner would come on to the buses and take orders. Well they added on to it sometime ago and now you can go in and sit down. The high school buses still go there and the food is just as good if not better than it was when I or you were in school. The burgers are HUGE!! We usually split one. Fries up the yingyang and the Shakes are great nice and thick! If you're ever in the area of Miners (or Minor's not sure which) you have to stop in! It is still in the same place. Take the exit into Union Gap go to the first stop light and turn right you can't miss it! Bon Appetite!! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (67) ~ Thorp, WA ******************************************** >>From: Andy Stewart (68) I may be wrong and heaven knows that Alzheimer's has set in, but does anyone else remember ZIP's. It seems to me that ZIP's was quite the gathering place for all ages in the late 60's. Anyone else out there remember. Please do, I really hate losing my mind. -Andy Stewart (68) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/18/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 18 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Loretta Ostboe (55), Tom Hughes (56), Fred Phillips (60), Betty Neal (62), Ed Wood (62), Sandra Genoway (62), Fran Barker (64), Gary Behymer (64), Leona Eckert (65), Pam Ehinger (67), Rick Maddy (67), Bill Yandon (68), Mike Howell (68WB), Mark Saucier (70), Debbie Bennett (72), Anita Fralava (73), Mike Davis (74), Dave McAdie (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** To remain young while growing old is the highest blessing. -- German Proverb ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) Re: zips, of course! To: Andy Stewart (68) YES, Zips was the 70s (and 60s) equivalent of By's Burgers in the 50''s..... my son Tom Fraser (78) worked there to support his car, etc., while attending Richland High School (the equivalent of Col High of the 50s). Wasn't it on Lee Blvd.? After work he would pick up his sister Laurie Fraser (79) who worked late at Bananas (remember that?) (now Sterlings). A Bomber forever, -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ~ Richland (Yuma Sunbird) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) Re: Yakima Drive Inns To: Tom Tracy (55) I remember one year when the track team went to Yakima. On the way back the Bus pulled into a drive in in Union Gap. We looked in and saw there was one waitress and one cook. I think we had two buses. The waitress looked up and saw us getting off and she ran to the door to try to lock it. We beat her to the door and two bus loads of Jocks filled the place. I think she was ready to quit before we left there. -Tom Hughes (56) ~ Auburn, WA ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) To: Tim Smyth (62) Re: World Series - whenever it was I was listening to the radio in the EWSC student union in Cheney when Bill Mazeroski's hit his homer. I guess it was a delayed broadcast, since you heard it in 1959 and I didn't hear it until 1960. If you want to listen to it all over again, you can download the audio at: To: Andy Stewart (68) Re: Zips Zips was the place to be in the early 60s too. The warm summer nights were the best of life, sitting on the hoods of our cars, drinking beer out of milkshake cups and watching the parade of cops cruising through the parking lot. But I suppose things might have changed by the late '60s, after beer had been replaced by those tasty Magic Brownies. -Fred Phillips (60) ~ Bellevue, WA ******************************************** >>From: Ed Wood (62) Re: ZIPS To: Andy Stewart (68) I've heard that an overdose of Zips cuisine can accelerate the onset of Alzheimer's. You are not alone! -Ed Wood (62) ~ Lakewood, CO, ******************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman (62) Andy Stewart (68) mentioned Zips as a gathering place. Oh what memories I have of that place. One Friday night Mary-Dean Middel, Judy Wahlen, and Glenda LaFollette and I (all class of '62) had gone out to dinner together. Without any real purpose for the evening we decided to drive around Zips to see who was there. We had successfully gone around a couple of times but pushed our luck too far. Just as we got to the back side of the cars my horn started blowing for no reason at all. Of course all three of my "friends" ducked down so that no one would see them and there I was all by myself driving around with my horn hooting to let everyone know I was without a date for the evening. I'm sure I was several different shades of red. And to my amazement, once I got back out to Lee Blvd. the horn stopped. I will never forget that night. Another memory of Zips was when I went to CBC. A group of us carpooled and every day after class we would go to zips for french fries and tartar sauce. Um Um good! -Betty Neal Brinkman (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Re: ZIP's To: Andy Stewart (68) Yes, I too do remember ZIP's very well, from the early and mid 1960s. I used to bop over there for lunch while I was working as a secretary-steno at the USAEC, and even before that time, with my family. Later, I went there with some of my boyfriends for a good meal on a date! Thanks for the memory! -Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) ******************************************** >>From: Fran Barker (64) Re: Bombers I am curious, since I'm new to this site and only made it back to one reunion, what has happened to Bombers since high school. Who lives the farthest? I know about actors but has anyone been elected to public office? What kind of occupations have we gone into and has our unique upbringing affected what and how we live the rest of our lives. I remember seeing only one drunk person in public the whole time I was growing up. I remember no old people, only other young families with dads working at Hanford. I remember other races and cultures not separated but integrated as much as the fifties allowed. I remember FBI agents in pairs like missionaries going through a neighborhood asking questions whenever a neighbor got a promotion and urine testing bottles on every doorstep but not for drug tests. My children's life has been so different than mine and I assume my parent's was before Richland. I find it difficult to explain to my Seattle neighbors. Of course the first question they ask is if I "glow in the dark". And what is it like to still be part of Richland? When I visit it has grown but still seems so much the same. In other words how has living in a "bomb factory" colored our attitudes? What have we accomplished with this unique history of ours? -Fran Barker (64) ~ Seattle, WA ******************************************** >>From: Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) Re: Andy Stewart and Zips I remember Zips well. Cherry 7 Ups (or cokes) were the "in" thing, back in '63/'64. It was THE gathering place for many of us. Parking lot was always jammed. Papa Joe Burger was the best (in my humble opinion). Made some wonderful friends that I met while "hanging out" at Zips. So, Andy, rest assured that you are NOT losing your mind. -Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) ~ Kennewick, WA ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) To: Andy Stewart (68) Remember Zips?? Who wouldn't except those in the early years when By's was The place to go. We all hung out at Zips or tooled it (driving around it many many times in a night) In fact in the '67 annual there is a picture of Zip's and all the cars tooling around it! The station wagon belongs to Ivy and Glenna Pratt. Zip's had the best Hamburgers and fries the Tarter sauce was to die for, and the cherry cokes mmmmmmmm I'm getting hungry. Unfortunately things have changed ALOT!! and the food at the Zip's in Richland is AWFUL!! Ate there in June during the R2K and was so very disappointed!! But I can still dream and taste how it was back when! But go to Miner's in Yakima and they are just the same as they were back then. But I told all about Miner's yesterday! So no Andy you don't have Alzheimer's....... can you draw a clock? That is one of the test we sometimes use. So just remember if ya can draw a clock you're okay! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ~ Thorp, WA ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Re: eggs and saddle blankets I always thought the BA had excellent food at 3am after a night out on the town. Of course, I was single at this time. Really didn't matter if I was in there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it seemed to always be three in the morning. Usually Fred Dink Morse (63) was with me. Great times. Great food. I suppose it was the frame of mind I was in. Cannot be specific on any one particular plate ordered, but I do remember the eggs staring at me as they rested on those delicious BA saddle blankets (a.k.a. pancakes for you connoisseurs). The other option at this hour was going over to Tim Curds (67) place because he usually had about half a dozen or so Zip's burgers in his freezer. Re: Arrowheads I have mentioned this before like I do a lot of things, but does anyone remember a Kadon/Kaydon/Cadon (sp?) Bruce? My father worked with him in the 300 area in the late 50s, early 60s. A rather eccentric type fellow, although I believe you have to have old money to be classified as eccentric under the criterion. This was not the case here. Nevertheless, Mr. Bruce was doing his own thing long before that became passe and was known to bring fried grasshoppers to work, etc. I am sure I heard that right. My father befriended Mr. Bruce and one day we were invited to his house. Mr. Bruce had a brother living in the deep southern Mexico jungle with some Natives. Mr. Bruce had gone down there and brought home a wife out of this tribe. She spoke no English. As a matter of fact, she was the first person I can recall in my life that I had ever met that was a bona fide foreigner. Not that I am not myself, I just didn't know it then. I was probably nine or ten. She was cooking chili and Mr. Bruce asked me if I would like a taste. Sure, I said. Fire in the hole. This stuff was pure fire. This chili was NOT Hormel. Moving on... Mr. Bruce had been digging arrowheads around the area where the new bridge to Pasco crosses the river on the Richland side. The Point? It's been awhile, forgive me. Arrowheads all over his walls in his pre-fab. One of the best collections of Native American arrowheads I have ever seen. Museum stuff. Does anyone remember this man, or whatever happened to him? Or whatever happened to this collection of points. Re: plastic cars I recall going to the drugstore near the old Richland Theater and seeing a little plastic car with the words Made In Japan stamped into the bottom. Wasn't it a Thrifty Drug with a soda jerk? Maybe not. My sister, Sheila Maddy Kelly (66) and I would always buy our dads yearly birthday tobacco pouch there. I just had to have this little plastic Japanese made car because it had come from such a far distance and was made by a former enemy to the State. Pretty cool, huh?! It was broke by late afternoon. Cheap! Can anyone recall the period of adjustment when everything went from Made In America to Made In Japan? Or was it too subtle to see? Just curious? -Rick Maddy (67) ~ Kihei, HI (Maui) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Yandon (68) Re: Zips To: Andy Stewart (68) No, you're not the only one to remember Zip's. If memory serves me correct, and it usually doesn't, it was quite the gathering place, especially after a game. Come to think of it, I'm surprised Zip's hasn't come up before. -Bill Yandon (68) ~ Newberg, OR ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell (68WB) Re: Zips To: Andy Stewart (68) Hey Andy, I remember Zips, before Artic Circle came in with their $.19 hamburgers and McDonalds with their sign that started out with 1 million sold. I even remember it before Herfys. We would race from Zips in Richland to Zips in Kennewick and then out to Finley for a quick run on the strip against any other way cool car. I was always ready to jump up against Jimmy Bumgardner from Benton City or Jon Mcknight when he talked too big. My Dad's '54 Ford pickup was quick but it put on a better smoke show. -Mike Howell (68WB) ~ Westport, WA ******************************************** >>From: Mark Saucier (70) Re: Bill Mazeroski To: Tim Smyth (62) Bill Mazeroski hit the referenced Home Run in the Bottom of the 9th in the 1960 World Series. When you live in Pittsburgh with the current Pirates the media dwells a lot in the past. Had a very large celebration last week end here in the 'burgh to commemorate the event. Bill was there, looking good & signing autographs. -Mark Saucier (70) ~ Pittsburgh, PA ******************************************** >>From: Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) Tonight on the news the Spokane serial killer (Yates) admitted to starting his murder spree in l975 while he was living in Walla Walla. That was the year that my neighbor Diane Mercks (sp?) disappeared and later found murdered and that Shannon Varley was found murdered. Walla Walla is only a half hour from the Tri-Cities so I called the Spokane sheriff's dept. and they asked me more info. I don't know how to spell Diane's name and can't find her on the Memorial page. Can someone tell me how to spell her name or help remind me of the year of her disappearance? I believe it was 75. Also, did they ever find either Diane's or Shannon's murderer? Sorry to be so gruesome, but as long as this guy is getting things off his chest, maybe this will give some resolution to the families. -Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) ******************************************** >>From: Anita Fravala Griffin (73) Re: ZIPS To: Andy Stewart (68) You aren't losing your mind yet - I remember Zips Drive-In and the Payless Parking Lot. That was still one of the hang-outs when I was in school. -Anita Fravala Griffin (73) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Tim Smyth (62) Mazeroski's homer was 1961! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie (79) To: Andy Stewart (68) Andy, Andy, Andy ---- I don't think one person on this Sandstorm has ever made any mention of a ZIP's, but if you want to catch up on Denny's history just check into the back issues :) I'm not too up on the "youth" night life of Richland any more, so I'm not sure if Zip's is still the gathering place. I do know that 'cruising' in Richland (and hanging out in Payless - now Rite-Aid) is dead so Zip's must be getting business from other night time sources because they continue to serve up Belly Busters, Papa Joe's, etc. from their Lee's Boulevard location. I have been knowN to frequent them for lunch from time to time. Still a great burger. Lunchtime Regards, -Dave McAdie (79) ~ Kennewick ******************************************** >>From: Funeral notice scanned from October 17, 2000 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Robert Martinson ~ Class of 1972? ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/19/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Conner (52), Helen Cross (62), Frank Osgard (63), Gregor Hanson (65), Janie O'Neal (65), Bill Barger (68), Debbie Lien (69), Ann Minor (70), Christine Woodward (72), Mike Davis (74), Kim Edgar (79), Melissa Jenkins (87) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom (52) To: Rick Maddy (67) Re: Arrowheads and Kay Don Bruce I remember Kay Don very well. He worked in 300 Area for quite awhile, and I remember him coming to work wearing a WWII gas mask. (His answer to the high pollen count in the area. It worked, and it was easily available at GI Joe's at the "Y" at the time he bought it. I have LOTS of stories about him, gleaned from a good friend who was a friend of his, and from my uncle from Tennessee who came out to visit us, and met him at a Dig out on the Columbia by Vernita. (He also eschewed the wasteful practice of ironing clothes. He figured it cheaper to mail his clothes home to his mother once every so often - when the bag filled up - and she washed them and mailed them back to him. You might imagine the wrinkles! He also thought that the price of haircuts was outrageous, and did his own a few times, until his 'buddies' (the ones who lived in the old dorms in the '50s, and didn't have enough to occupy their time) offered to cut it for him. A bowl over the head, and a few snips, and he was fine until it grew out long enough to be a bother. That and the gas mask is how I first met him on the work bus when I was working at the 300 Area in 1955.) Talk about lasting first impressions.) My uncle and he became close friends, and Kay Don visited him in Tennessee, and they kept up a lively friendship until my uncle became incapacitated by Alzheimer's. A third person came along, living next door to my mother for some time. He and Kay Don were still exchanging letters the last I heard when Mother died in 1997. Kay Don was an Original. People's opinions meant nothing to him... He was a near genius, having taken college courses by mail and achieving straight A's. He took Spanish, in order to be able to speak to the wife he PLANNED to get from Mexico long before it became a reality. Although some of his reasoning escaped me and those who dealt with him, nothing was done without careful thought and planning. (And who would even think that a correspondence course in Spanish would not include the correct pronunciation of Spanish words? He had to learn it TWICE -- once for the course, and once to actually speak to the wife, "Panchita" ("Chita") after they were married. (By the way, she kind of 'cleaned him up' after they were married. He just never took to the waste of using an iron to fancy up his clothes. She always looked so nice. He resembled the old photos of Pancho Villa.) His brother, Robert, was a Professor at the U of Mexico City. My dad made arrangements thru Kay Don to correspond with Robert, and went to Mexico with my mother and nephew, John Pratt (74) for a once-in-a- lifetime tour of Mexican ruins. They flew into the jungle in a little plane of questionable ancestry, with no doors, that had feathers and bits of corn stalks scattered throughout. (Mother was never the same after the trip!!!) Then he took them in a beat up Volkswagen in to some of the areas where tribes spoke different dialects, and they escorted them to some of the ruins not on any Tourist Agency Trip. Robert spoke several dialects and seemed to know someone from every one of the tribes. He has written several items about life down there, and I believe has written some books. (Somewhere in my papers, I have some excerpts of his work.) Robert was the instrument in finding Kay Don his wife. A long, but interesting story. Panchita worked at the Senior Center as an interpreter for several years. She had learned English, and was a lovely lady. I dare say that Kay Don has almost every one of those arrow heads he had in the prefab. He lived on Sanford in a pre-cut for some time when he and his wife and kids outgrew the ONE bedroom prefab on Wright. One of his sons went to Europe, could be Switzerland, but I can't remember at the moment, to school, and lived there for some time. Another of his sons committed suicide in 1990 or thereabouts. After that, he picked himself up and moved. Kay Don values his privacy. I know where he lives, but he doesn't want anyone to know. I was able, thru his friend that lived by Mother, to re-establish contact with him and my uncle's wife before she died last Christmas. They had lost contact when he left Richland, and my uncle becoming ill. He is living just as he always planned... the original "Earth Father" or "Hippie" or whatever we might call him. He has changed his name, and lives in the area where he grew up, and none of the people there know he was the same kid that went to school there. He likes it that way. I think everyone who knew him had their own stories about him. Some of them are hilarious, but shouldn't be told to the general population. He's honest, hard working, and sincere. He doesn't trust the world with his business... and I'm not always sure he has the wrong idea. He just has the courage to carry it out!! -Betty Conner Sansom (52) ~ Goldendale, WA ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) Re: Tim Smyth (62) I'm not a baseball trivia nut, but you triggered my memory, Tim. It seems I have a vague recollection of listening to a game in Spalding School with Barry Stevens making comments on the side. So what year did this Mazeroski hit the home run? '60 or '61? Sadly I can't ask my dad, I'm sure he would have known. To: Betty Neal Brinkman (62) That was too funny about tooling Zips obviously without a date!! It just wasn't the "in" thing to do then and we certainly were always very busy trying to do the "in" thing, or what we thought that was back then. Funny, I thought that the place we hung out more was at the A and W over on Swift. Or that's where I hung out when I wasn't working at Densow''s Drugstore. I had friends who were car hops (I always envied Cathy Wood Stevens (62) for her job there, but I needed a year around job, so Densow's fit that bill better for me, and my brother Roy (65) worked there, but that was "later" after I had graduated in good ole '62!! This web site is so great for these fun trips down memory lane!! Shalom, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~ West Harrison, Indianan (outside Cincinnati, Ohio) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) What's the chances? I look at the Sandstorm for the first time in months, and they're talkin about Zip's. Now I'm a Zip's expert, but not THE Zip's expert, that being Pitts (63) or Mike Quane (63). Pitts was the only person I knew who had Zip's as the emergency contact up at Col-Hi. I've done my share of laps, just so folks could see whose heart Frank was about to break. If I'm correct you kinda hunkered down in the seat and lurched into the steering wheel. You leaned over so everyone thought you had a floor shift, it also helped to hide your smoke in case your little sister happened to be hangin. If you had one, you could pull out the choke and hope it sounded like your speeder had a cam. Lurching, belching, farting and coughing, but hey someone might think you had some Isky 3/4 grind. Now as I recall Big Frank hung out at Zip's. Smokin, jokin, and on occasion toolin up to see who was at A&W. Cecil Howard and Stull would uncap their Lakes Pipes, rap their pipes and then wait for Officer Mumper to get his blood pressure up into the high 300's. You could be gone all summer in the Peas, show up at Zip's for ten minutes and not only be current, but also well fed. I have the quintessential Zip's memory, that I'm surprised hasn't been shared. Don't recall the year (probably 63) nor the day of the week (probably a Saturday), when one of the members of the No hope, lost cause Class of 62 was taking some serious Hot Laps in his Mother's Black 55 Ford Victoria. Fueled by a couple hours worth of warm Oly stubbies, he went round and round and round at increasingly higher rates of speed. Long about lap sixty something, he developed a push or made a move for his date's leg and put that sucker through the cinder block wall of Arlenes Flowers. When I showed up, there it was, the butt end of the Ford sticking out of the wall and the pointed end between the hydrangeas and nasturtiums. I think the wrist corsage I bought for the Thanksgiving Formal that year had some weather stripping stuck to the ribbon. Not sure, but I think the Cat who wrecked was Lou Lloyd. There were probably more people who claim to be there that night, than saw Darrel Renz (63) that night. Bobby Chipmunk (63) was a cook at Zip's and I think Carol Sledge (63) served some twenty million vanilla, cherry or chocolate cokes. Zip's was kinda a Lamonts to A&Ws Nordstrom. Took the family to Zip's in the T-Rex this summer, it wasn't all that great. Hope everyone has recovered from R2K, wish I could've made it, does anyone have pictures? Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Gregor Hanson (65) To: Tim Smyth (62) and Mike Davis (74) Wow - Mike Davis must have got a bite of a bad Grand Slam breakfast at Denny's - can you believe he is wrong about something - Bill Mazeroski's Home Run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the New York Yankees was in 1960 World Series (not '61) - this year is the 40th anniversary of that notable sports event! -Gregor Hanson (65) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) I'm so glad someone mentioned that wonderful Mexican food restaurant in North Richland. I remember the first time my family went there. It was my mother's birthday and we took her there because that's what she wanted for her birthday. I could not figure out why anyone would choose to go out to eat for their dinner when they could do anything they wanted on their birthday. After all you could eat at home. I was only in the fourth grade. But I remember after that night every time we would drive by that little restaurant my mouth would water and couldn't wait till the next birthday. I think they're responsible for my addiction to eating out. Ha! Ha! Also, Zip's. What a wonderful memory. It's really sad that today's kids don't get to enjoy these kinds of things. And I didn't know anyone was drinking beer at Zip's. Very sneaky. -Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Janie--I didn't know anyone was drinking beer at Zip's either. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Bill Barger (68) To: Andy Stewart (68) Yes, Zip's was the gathering place though I was shy at that time and not much into tooling. My favorite burger was the Big T at Tasty Freeze. But Zip's still has good fries. -Bill Barger (68) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Debbie Lien Gieszler (69) To: Pam Ehinger (67) I think you might have hit Zips on an "off" day. I still love their food, and I'm sure other people do too, as they are always busy during the lunch hour. Since I work at Battelle, I'm seldom in Richland at lunchtime, but I do enjoy eating there when I can. Their fish and chips are my favorite. My husband still prefers the Papa Joes. My son worked there a year ago part-time while he was attending CBC. He says they were often busy at night; though I'm sure its nothing like it was when we were in high school. -Debbie Lien Gieszler (69) ~ Kennewick, WA ******************************************** >>From: Ann Minor (70) Re: Funeral Notices A moment to say thank you to people for scanning those in. It gives me a chance to think of departed friends and acquaintances, and to reflect on how precious - and fleeting - life is. Thank you all. Re: Dianne Mercks Dianne was born on the same day as my youngest brother, Steve, and they used to celebrate birthdays together. I have an odd memory that Dianne was last seen in Columbia Park during a Water Follies, in the company of a young man with a boat on the roof of his car, as in Ted Bundy - but that may be a "false" memory, at least the boat part. It is hard to dredge up old memories, but you had a good point - if this sicko in Spokane truly was the one that killed Dianne, perhaps it will be some comfort to her family to know. The Tri-City Herald used to dredge up the story of her murder over and over again, apparently for the sheer sensationalism. Now that was sick. Re: Lighter stuff Zips: oh yes, there was a Zips, even in "brownie" days. I remember "tooling Zips" with Nita Wood in her family's Hudson. Now that was a car! Big enough to get lost in, and the engine must have been huge -not that we ever drove fast, Dad... I remember someone dropping the "cherry" off the end of a cigarette, burning a hole in the upholstery, and causing a small smoldering burn in whatever carcinogenic substance passed as car seat stuffing then that stank to high heaven and took forever to put out. Nita got into less trouble than she otherwise might have when she swore to her parents that it was a cigarette (that I was smoking) that caused the burn, rather than a joint. As I recall, it really was a cigarette... Re: The Monster What do you mean, it wasn't real?? Re: Arctic Circle Special sauce, vanilla Cokes, Ranch Burgers. Going there in my parent's Corvair... Re: Miners Good food, great root beer, but never could understand as a child why they spelled the name wrong... -Ann Minor (70) ~ Okanogan, WA ******************************************** >>From: Christine Woodward (72) To: Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) Re: Murders of Shannon Varley and Diane Merks. I am unsure of the spelling of her last name and it was not in the Annual. I am sure that there are some of the 'people from the hill' that will know the correct spelling. I don't believe they ever found those bodies. I remember the day it happened. They had gone swimming down at Wallowa and never came back. There were several of us that went down to help look but to no avail. It was also during the time of the traveling Ted Bundy incidents that they came up missing. Knowing those two, they would have helped anybody. It was a great tragedy at the time and a reality check for many of us. I do not think it was as late as '75 but I could be wrong. Thank you for following up on this. It is quite tragic that no one has solved this yet. -Christine Woodward (72) ~ Ferndale, WA ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) I apologize to Tim Smith and correct myself before hearing from the famous stat man, Boog Alley - Mazeroski's homer was 1960! P.S. Speaking of Zip's... just a spinoff of Denny's -Mike Davis (74) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Hey, Davis!! The my brother's last name is Smyth - not smith. It's not pronounced like smith either. -Maren Smyth (64)] ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) Re: Zips To: Andy Stewart (68) Andy, I have fond memories of Zip's, I worked there my junior year in high school, this was my first job (other than babysitting and mowing yards). The owner at the time was "Mary" (very nice lady) It was a blast, we got discounts on our meals. I really enjoyed the shrimp basket and my favorite was the Salad Burger (It still is, I have to stop at least once while I'm back visiting). I also remember working one night and listening on the radio that Elvis Presley had passed away. The girls would always want to wait on the cute guys, back when you would still take the trays to their cars. I enjoyed watching everyone hanging out at Payless. Dave McAdie (79), I don't remember seeing you there, however, I do remember Marlin Schumacher (not sure what class he was in 76-78?) and his great looking "green mustang". Bomber Cheers! PS: The sauce in the Salad Burgers at the Zips near Columbia Center isn't the same as the one in Richland and Kennewick, (not as good) -Kim Edgar (79)~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** >>From: Melissa Jenkins Heimbigner (87) Well, about Zip's Yes it was a hang out, but what I remember is the hill (in the parking lot) Boy were those the days! This is my first note to you all and it's kind of hard to tell all those stories - brings back good and bad memories. But, yes, we all like Zip's. -Melissa Jenkins Heimbigner (87) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/20/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Sandra Genoway (62), Leo Webb (63), David Rivers (65), Billy Didway (66), Sandi Ward (66), Dan Henry (68), Rosie Valenzuela (69), Lynn Noble (72), Greg Alley (73), Dave McAdie (79), Sonny Parker (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: Zip's To: Frank Osgard (63WB) Hey Frank, Are you sure that wasn't TROLLIN'? (toolin') While I was living in the TC's, again, during the years '77 - '83, I used to go "toolin'", too, in my 1976 bronze 280Z! What a car! I never had so much fun! I didn't "hang" at Zip's, though; just drove up and down GWWay, or out on the Stevens Hwy. Wooppee! Turn up the stereo! Honk at my friends in their RX's. All the years in Seattle, I couldn't afford a car, so I guess I went a little berserk. A&W had the best root beer (and mama burgers). -Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** >>From: Leo Webb (63) To: Frank Osgard (63WB) Re: Zip's and Lou Lloyd Yes, you are correct it was Lou who bet he could burn rubber all the way around Zip's and on the second pass he was slowing down and lost it. The flower shop still shows where he made contact and entrance. Ah, Zip's a lot of memories and quick lunches from school. This summer at the R2K reunion was the first time I was in any school lunch room. I wasn't at Zip's that night I had to work but heard about it later. -Leo Webb (63) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: Zip's and a small town To: Frank Osgard (63WB) Frank, Frank, Frank: How could you even suggest that those of us who profess to have witnessed Lew's great feat at Arlene's were not there... and how could you be so late to join in that story.... The story was discussed well over a year ago as a sort of quiz........ As I recall, Dean Hoff (62) and I recalled the story quite vividly... Dean even recalled some of the aftermath that was probably not as well known as the incident itself. Remember, Richland was and is a small town. What else was there to do to see and be seen than to be at Zip's on a weekend evening. My story is much like the others. In my Sophomore year... my mother announced that my grades were too poor for her to allow me to play football any longer...... Oh Mother, dear Mother... didn't you get the meaning of the Briar Patch Story? Ol' Mom set out to punish the boy by removing the boy from football... that nasty sport where it is not only possible, but highly probable that one will get hurt... hurt... hurt... and often! By, demanding that the boy not participate... saves face with the boy's friends... "hey guys...what can I say... Mom said..." but frees the boy up for the really important things in a young man's life... girls... booze... girls! It also gives a young lad a freedom no athlete could ever experience... Day and night Zip's! I remember the night as if it was last night... it was a bet... big bucks (.50) to take Zip's at 50 mph.......... easy money. He came screaming down Lee hill and made a pass.... then he came at it for real.... It was spectacular! After the smoke cleared, Ralph Lee (63-RIP) pulled Lew out of the car and took him home. Then we began inquiring as to who might have stolen the beautiful Crown Vicky with only it's tail end sticking out of Arlene's... According to Hoff... that ploy didn't work (not even with the Richland cops of the day). Dean says that a visit was made and Lew and his dad showed up at the station...... He also claims that the car remained at the Lloyds' for quite some time it the same state of disrepair......... As for the Renz story... many of us were also very much there for that (there was also an incident at Cheer leader try outs I could recount... but I'm far too much a gentleman to recount that one in the Sandstorm)........ I've always thought...: I'll bet Daryl wished his Mom had made him stop playing b-ball....." -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Billy Didway (66) Re: Zip's After getting a drivers license Zip's was THE place to hang out. Seemed it was standard to circle around the parking stalls at least twice before parking in an empty stall. One Saturday night Jerry Steen and I were riding with Jim Carpenter in his '56 Ford. I was riding shotgun and as we entered the parking lot I bent down and pretended to tie my shoe. Half through the second time around Jerry realized that everyone was staring at him and Jim as they were sitting next to each other, by themselves, in the car. A hard jab in the ribs brought me upright and I could see every one laughing and pointing at Jim's car. The flavored cokes..... must have been a hundred choices. Tooling Zip's, cool fall nights, football and friends we would know forever. It was great. This last spring was up in Moses Lake with brother John and his wife and went to an Arctic Circle. Ordered a ranch burger in a basket. The sauce was the only thing that seemed the same and I am sure the burger was half the size it was back in the '60s. Miner's in Yakima still makes the biggest best tasting burger that I remembered from the '60s. -Billy Didway (66) Sedro Woolley - Gateway to the North Cascades ******************************************** >>From: Sandi Ward Donahue (66) To: Fran Barker (64) You asked who lives the farthest. I don't, but I might have traveled the farthest. In my job with the New York Air National Guard, I have been to Alert, a Canadian Forces Base which is the most northern airfield in continuous operation in the world, and to Antarctica, the most southern point. I've been to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, (several years in a row) where we live while on the ice, and to the South Pole, which I flew to a couple of years ago (the temperature was -45F at the time). As a matter of fact, I was in Antarctica for the beginning of the year 2000 - and we were among the first to reach it! We not only fly all over the world from here in our ski-equipped C-130s, but we fly "Pole to Pole". I love it! -MSgt Sandi Ward Donahue (66) ~ Glenville, NY ******************************************** >>From: Dan Henry (68) Re: Zip's! I didn't spend much time at Zip's during high school but after Nam I took my '36 ford coupe down there a couple of times. Man did that thing lope at an idle going around Zip's. In a foolish moment I sold it and have always regretted it. Zip's tarter sauce is still the best. -Dan Henry (68) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [ Scroll down to the RECIPES section. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Rosie Valenzuela Preston (69) To: Betty Conner Sansom (52) I wanted to thank you for all the nice things you said about Kay Don and Panchita. My family and I were very good friends. My parents were God parents to one of their sons. My Mother used to take Panchita shopping before she learned to drive. We spent many days with them. When my Mother was alive we went to say good bye to them. Again thank for remembering these very good people. -Rosie Valenzuela Preston (69) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden (72) My best memory of Zip's is getting to "tool it" for the first time with my big sister, Becky (69), and I think Cheryl DuBois (69) was with us, too. It was a big day for Becky as she had just gotten her drivers license and it was her first official "tool" around Zip's. Everything went cool; she didn't rip out any of the phone/trays or take a curb while turning in and she was operating the clutch fairly smoothly in the "Ol' Toyota". She even treated me to a cherry 7-Up and fries with tarter sauce! Her embarrassing moment was about to hit, though. As we were leaving she forgot to put 'er in reverse. Yep. We jumped up on the little island, barely missing some of the steel girders. She finally negotiated "old blue" off of the island but didn't bother to "tool" again as we left. No need -- everyone was already staring... We laughed all the way home and best of all, I finally had blackmail material that carried me through at least a year of rides to school! -Lynn Noble Paden (72) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) To: the great baseball historian of yesteryear. Did you like me listen to your transistor radio at school? I snuck mine in under the desk at Christ the King and in the playground and listened to the great calls of all time. The Yankees and Mantle, Maris, Tresh, and Berra to the Orioles (personal faves) to the days of Bob Gibson and so on and on. If you want to talk Zip's, me and Bear hit it hard a few times after a couple of cold ones. The tartar and the grease are still there for anyone who critiques fast food. Minors still has a lot of food although its a little more money these days. Denny's does not figure in this scene but you will find a way to incorporate it. Please drop and give me 20 for the misspelling of a name. Please check my proper use of nouns and verbs as a front line teacher and don't take for granted your baseball knowledge as brain cell loss begins to take effect. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie (79) To: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) As far I can remember, Marlin Shumacher had a bright yellow Pontiac LeMans. He used to be famous for sending up huge columns of smoke from the tires as he sat and did burn-outs. I remember a guy named Pink Wilkerson (Hanford H.S.) who had a green Mustang and then of course Eddie Bolin and his lime green Challenger - Carla Bennett had an identical one and Eddie later painted his red. I had a '67 GTO (blue) that I bought from Joe Horst. All of us used to hang out at Payless (and eat at Zip's) during our Junior and Senior years. We all were proud of our "wheels" and always tried to prove we were faster than the other guy....... probably why I ended up with so many tickets all those years ago :) We used to "cruise" the dances they would have down at the Rivershore - now Shilo Inn - or the Community Center. I was sure glad when we were Seniors and could use the Senior Parking Lot instead of parking up in that dirt lot off of Thayer - although I left more than 1 muffler on that speed bump that had a railroad track or something in it!!!! I remember when Elvis died (in August of 1977) because I had a friend who was a huge fan of his - probably because his parents were, too. I was not a big fan and it did not affect me as it did much of the rest of the country. I remember watching the huge vigils they had outside Graceland during that time and then all the finger pointing (at Colonel Parker and Dr. Nick ("Nicopolis"?)) trying to blame his death on somebody or something other than his lifestyle. I have since become a fan of a lot of his music - especially the "gospel/blues" songs he sang and I really enjoy some of his Christmas music too. Take Care Bombers! Hope the "soon-to-be-upon-us" Holiday Season is good to you all. -Dave McAdie (79) ~ Kennewick, WA ******************************************** >>From: Sonny Parker (81) To: Dave McAdie and 79 Hang out at Zip's? I saw more fenders bent and noses busted at Payless. However, the highlight of my memories on Lee Blvd. has got to be... The night Eddie Bowlin came into A&W in his Challenger. It was raining cats and dogs. As he pulled in, there was a cop right on his ***. He started revin' up his engine, and we all screamed to warn him. Eddie thought we were encouraging him to "light 'em up". So he did, with a cop car 6" off his bumper... What a light show. Zip's has legendary food that we still talk about. It's almost enough to move back for. Almost. Sonny Parker (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/21/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Frank Osgard (63WB), Gary Behymer (64), Carolyn Moore (65), David Rivers (65), Rick Chappele (72), Julie Ham (77), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBERS, 49 ~ Kennewick, 14 ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Frank Osgard (63WB) Re: The Senior Smoke Show Long 'bout the end of our senior year, someone who I can't recall brought their parents' Buick to Zip's and put on quite a show for the assembled rabble. Now if memory serves me correctly, they pumped up the rear tires to about 100 lbs down at the Standard Station. They would bring the revs up to "A whole bunch", and about the time the valves started to float they'd drop that Dyna-Flo into low range. Boys and Girls, let me tell you, there was some serious smoke right up to the time the torque converter went south. This also upset the u-joints something serious. It was great, dodging all the bits and pieces. We spent the rest of the night talking about where we would move after our parents found out that we had pulled such a dumb stunt. The guy must have been one he** of a salesman, 'cause he was still around the next week for the back slappin'. There was some rain or water on the ground that night, but I'm not too sure who was the perpetrator. Cappy Haines (bless his sainted soul) beat his parents' Buick to death. Fire Head and Monkey Face both equally abusive to a couple of '56 Buicks. Can anyone help? Frank p.s. Got me one of them new Gas Gulpin SUVs with lots of chrome, lights and 35" tires. Got a personalized plate too, "S.S. Frank", in a Bomber alumni (so I'm a wanna be) license plate frame. -Frank Osgard (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Moore (65) I am going to jump in on the Zip's conversation. I haven't had time to read the Sandstorm every day, so I hope David Rivers (65) doesn't scold me (ha ha). Hanging out at Zip's was the cool thing to do in those days, but my parents didn't have a clue about "cool" cars. They always bought cars like a '51 Nash or a pink Rambler. It wasn't until I was out of the house that they bought a 1968 Cutlass Supreme V8 (my sisters, Nancy and Shirley, got to drive the cool car!) I guess they kept the rambler for a few years, because later, my sister Nancy named that Rambler "Ramblin' Rose" and she and a friend drove it to Las Vegas to look for work after college. David, have you seen it around? Anyway, back at Zip's... In high school it was drive the pink Rambler with 4 doors and a chrome rack on top, or nothin'! So, one night, Gary O'Rourke (66) got the bright idea that he should sit on top of the Rambler as I tooled around Zip's. I can't believe that I agreed to do this, but it was quite hilarious seeing him up there! Were any of you there to witness this event? In Jr/Sr year, Pierre Remillard (65) and I discovered the Teen Burger at A&W - they were great! And, I agree, they had THEE best root beer ever! (Root beer sure tasted better in that frosty glass mug than they did in paper cups later on.) Go Bombers! -Carolyn Moore (65) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: an errata [10/20/00 Sandstorm: "... I remember the night as if it was last night... it was a bet... big bucks (.50) to take Zip's at 50 mph.......... easy money."] The Lloyd bet was 50 cents... not five bucks... coulda bought a new car for 5 bucks! -David Rivers (65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [WAIT! Isn't "(.50)" the same as fifty cents?? or 50 cents?? or half a buck?? "Big bucks" for sure. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Rick Chapple (72) Re: Fess up Time to fess up you all. Who remembers smokin' pot, drinkin' "Boones Farm" and playing Frisbee all night in the Payless parking lot. Don't be shy!! Was I there??? How about "hookey bobbin" behind cars in front of Zip's after a good snow storm??? Just watch out for the manholes, they don't freeze over sometimes. There are some of us that gave the Richland Police Department something to do on Friday and Saturday nights. Heeheehee As long as they were on the payroll, might as well keep em busy :-) That was then, this is now, its only a memory. Looking back as a grandparent now, I wouldn't change a thing, life was great then and NOW. Keep them Zip's stories coming :-) -Rick Chapple (72) ******************************************** >>From: Julie Ham Froehlich (77) Re: Chief Jo My sister in law, Barb Ham told me that when Chief Jo re-opened, the kids did want to keep the old name (Warriors) and school colors (Blue and gold, but were not allowed). -Julie Ham Froehlich (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) Re: Payless Parking Lot Dave, I remember the yellow Pontiac Lemans, maybe I'm think of somebody else, but I'm pretty sure it was Marlin who got a green mustang with fabric seats), (I think it was during my Junior or Senior year). Anyway, whoever it was, got a great deal on it. He saw it from the highway, it was sitting in a barn, with a car cover half over it. He went over to take a better look. A elderly lady came out and talked to him, apparently, the car had belonged to her deceased husband. Her husband had only had the car for a short while before he passed away, (it had very few miles on it). I think it had been parked in the barn for about ten years. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/22/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Lois "Pat" McCrarey (50), Marilyn Richey (53), Mike Clowes (54), Jeff Demeyer (62), Sandra Genoway (62), Dan Ham (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Lois "Pat" McCrarey Trent (50) To: Rick Chapple (72) I'm sure glad my son Frank (72) WASN'T involved in those shenanigans. *Tongue in Cheek* -Lois "Pat" McCrarey Trent (50) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) Re: Zip's First Home Zip's first home in Richland was on Stevens Drive between what is now Richland Auto parts place and where the Sherman-Williams shop. He first built it there and at that time there was an outside roller rink next door which drew a large group of kids at night. That was the hang out after the By's time as the place to hang out. I remember Bonnie Bloosom (56) worked there and a girl named Clark ? when I went there. Then he built the Zip's at it's present place. Does anybody remember the outdoor roller rink at that location? -Marilyn Richey (53) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Kim Edgar (79) Ah, yes, the "Old Mustang in the barn" story. Remember it well, except in my day it was either a Model "T" with very low miles ("The Mister, he, bought four or five of them at once."), or an almost cherry Model "A" roadster. And don't forget about the Cadillac or Lincoln Continental at a very low price (and, no, the car wasn't "hot"). You could probably check these out on the "Urban Legends" web site. Then, there was the strip of rubber my old buddy, Dore Tyler (53) laid for two and a half blocks on Cottonwood one night in his '47 Merc'. Just because he had mud tires on the rear had nothing to do with it. And the strip wasn't continuos, there was a skip where he shifted. It was, however, a strong selling point when he unloaded. And using 90-weight oil in the crankcase helped muffle the fact that the pistons were swapping holes. I sure hope the person who bought it was from Pasco, or maybe as far away as beautiful Burbank. All you young folk keep those Zip's stories coming in. They are very entertaining and remind me of the thrilling days of yesteryear at By's. Oh, by the way, didn't Arlene's become the first drive-in florist shop in the TC's? Go Bombers! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Demeyer (62) Re: '62 classmates Fellow Bombers, My name is Jeff DeMeyer. I am on a committee looking for lost classmates from the year 1962 for our 40th class reunion from Richland High School. I am searching for the following classmates: Terry Tate, Darris Yeager, Bill Finney, Jeb Bernard, George Berry, Doug Burns and Bill Dolliver. I need the following information: current name, address, zip code, phone number and e-mail address. Any information would be helpful. Thanks, -Jeff Demeyer (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: Zip's Dear Sandstorm writers, Perhaps we should create a book about "Experience ZIP's". I think it would outdo "American Graffiti" any day! (You know, Jimi Hendrix did his "thing" -- album - - "Are You Experienced"?) Go Bombers Go! To: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Picture of Zip's Dear Gary, Thanks. Is this an up-to-date version? Does the A&W still exist? The one in Everett changed to something else. I guess there was one Zip's perhaps in the West Seattle area in the 60s or 70s. Mostly, the drive-ins left here are the Burger Masters. Very good food! But in the '50s first in Seattle, was IVAR'S (they served the best hamburgers then and the most expensive, .50, compared to DICK'S at .19 and fries at .11), and then came DICKS which still exists today. Then Gil's and Dag's and Kidd Valley (now found in many malls here and one on Hwy. 99 N.); Gil's became Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Dag's is gone, sorry to say, in Everett both since several years ago, and last year, respectively. This is Seattle - Everett history, according to my husband, George Spruksts, who grew up in Seattle. And, I guess Tasty Freeze was everywhere! Even at the bottom of the "hill", yah? BTW, did you know my brother Gil Genoway (65), or how about Mark Schack (64)? Bomber Memories! -Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Ham (72) Re: editing of entry made by Sandstorm alumni I want to personally thank the "Sandstorm powers that be" for taking on the awesome responsibility of censuring what makes it and what does not make it into this publication! If it wasn't for you picking and choosing not only what makes it but which part of what makes it, well, who knows what we would be subjected to reading (or in your words "not really Sandstorm material"). Why, who knows, this could turn into some kind of free exchange of opinions and memories. Although memories of Zip's and Denny's are truly some of my fondest, if this is all we are allowed to write about, I'd rather drive a truck. -Dan Ham (72) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sometimes it is necessary to edit so that the Alumni Sandstorm does not pour salt on the wounds of ANY Bomber!!!! -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/23/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard (52), Curt Donahue (53), Gail Henderson (53) Gloria Adams (54), Mike Clowes (54), Carol Hollingsworth (55) Loretta Ostboe (55), Sharon Bee (55), Betty Shane (57) Irene de la Bretonne (61), Helen Cross (62), Linda Reining (64) Mike Davis (74), Brian Denning (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard (52) I support Maren's right to "edit" (I prefer that word to "censor") contributions that she recognizes might be hurtful to someone. We all want this to be a fun-type and nostalgic chat letter, and opening up old wounds or showing insensitivity to people's feelings defeats the purpose of this wonderful communication device. -Dick Pierard (52) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To: Marilyn Richey (53) I remember the outdoor rink. I worked there for a while as "the floor manager" for no pay, only free skating. All the job amounted to was to help fallen skaters to get back on their feet, so they didn't get run over and slow down those who got a little over zealous in showing off for the less capable skaters. -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************** >>From: Gail Henderson Renner (53) To: Marilyn Richey (53) I do remember the outdoor skating rink. I thought about it the last time I was in Richland when we happened to pass the old site. What a great time we all had until it started getting cold and I put my hands in my pockets, of course I couldn't get them out in time to break my fall and really busted my lip. Didn't prevent me from going back. I just didn't put my hands back in my pockets. Keep the memories coming.. -Gail Henderson Renner (53) ~ Milton, FL ******************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher (54) To: Marilyn Richey (53) Hey, that's where I got my "start" in getting known at Col Hi. I had been skating since I was in the 7th grade at the roller rink in Pasco. My step-dad bought me skates and I had taken lessons and skated some competition in dance skating. When the Richland rink opened, I had a head start and was able to teach some of my classmates the incredible feat (at that time) of skating BACKWARDS! They thought I was a genius of course, and I started becoming popular. The most important thing of all that happened was that was how I met my husband-to-be, Clarence Fulcher (51). He used to come to the rink and lean over the wooden fence and watch me skate. Ah, what memories!! (.: Thanks Marilyn, you've done it again. Made my day with your fabulous memory. -Gloria Adams Fulcher (54) ~ Chinook Pass, WA ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Dan Ham (72) Well, Dan, these are really the "feel good" pages. If you want some sterner stuff check out "The Sandbox". It does not come out on a daily basis, only when Al Parker (53) has enough material. Other wise, you get the Zip's adventures, etc. Both are fun to read. And check around with some of your other friends and acquaintances (college, military, etc.) from other parts of the country and see if their old high school alumni offer the same. Or even if their school even has an alumni page. Bombers forward -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) Do I remember the roller rink????!!!! Sherrill Hamlin (55) and I (she taught me to skate and was quite good. Could even skate backwards and do dances) practically lived there the year before 10th grade which would have been the summer of '53. We had skate skirts (really short and kind of loose for those days; probably a whole inch above our knees). But when we would twirl you could see our tights! We had our own skates and real skate boxes with labels on them from other rinks and boy we thought we were the hottest stuff!!! I also remember being at Zip's when I heard that Jimmy Dean had been killed. All the boys were wearing those red wind breakers like the "Rebel without a Cause" hero. They would slink way down in their cars behind the wheel and kind of lean on the door and steer with one hand or a suicide knob, with duck tails greased heavy and would drive through By's and Zip's real slow, kind of trolling. There was another word for it that I can't remember. Every few minutes they would rumble their pipes just so the girls could hear them and you actually could tell a certain guy (not many girls had their own cars) by the rumble of his pipes. I think they were sort of "mating calls". The skate rink was outdoors and had lights strung around for night skating and the floor was blacktop with some sort of heavy liquid plastic on it. It was crude but so much fun on a summer night. Our parents would, of course, drop us off and pick us up at an appointed time and we would die if anyone saw us getting in a "parent's car" but girls our age didn't just hop in a car with a guy (even ones we knew). I tell my grandkids this and I'm sure they think I lived with the dinosaurs. Make me 15 again and that skate rink and the music on a hot summer night and a cool drink at Zip's afterwards with friends and I had my little bit of heaven. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ~ Roseville, CA. ******************************************** >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) To: Marilyn Richey (53) YES, I DO REMEMBER THE OUTDOOR RINK!! Hadn't thought of that forever, but don't remember much, just that it was there until? Do you remember any dates - when it was removed and the Rollerina went in, etc.? I met my husband of 44 years in the Rollerina, my very favorite hangout before and after graduating (aside of the Civil Air Patrol where Acme Concrete hole is now). How many roller skaters are out there now, I wonder? We used clamp ons then, if I remember, until the Rollerina updated us to shoe skates.. Thanks for the brain tingler... -Loretta Ostboe Fraser (55) ~ Yuma Sunbird ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Bee Burks (55) To: Marilyn Richey (53) Yes, I do remember the outdoor roller rink didn't we skate on asphalt? I don't remember Zip's being next to it. There was another Drive-in next to the skating rink (apparently after Zip's). Does anyone remember what the name of that one was? I think an appliance store went in after that. Marilyn, would that be Peggy Clark you were thinking of? She later worked at the Spudnut Shop for a long time. Do any of you Bombers know who sells the embroidered Bomber sweatshirts? I would like to buy one as a gift for Christmas. Thanks -Sharon Bee Burks (55) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Shane Cluck (57) Re: Zip's on Stevens Wasn't that Skips on Stevens Dr. in the 50s located where the Les Swab addition is? In fact I think that is part of the original building. There used to be a TV business in there. We spent a lot of time there after games and other activities. I don't remember the outdoor skating rink. -Betty Shane Cluck (57) ******************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) To: Dan Ham (72)... and many others: Couldn't agree with you more; what an extraordinary ability Maren has -- a "gift" really, for determining what we should and should not read. God knows where we'd be if we were always allowed to speak our truth. -Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) ~ Golden, CO ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To: Jeff DeMeyer (62) Jeff, I am sorry I don't know where any of those classmates listed are. I seem to remember Bill Dolliver being hooked up with Hawaii at maybe our tenth reunion. It's sad to lose touch with so many old classmates. Hopefully with the Internet we will find them. Take care, -Hele Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) To: Dan Ham (72) I, for one, am glad that the Sandstorm is edited. I enjoy reading of other's experiences of growing up in a time and place where we were safe, and had good schools, and good teachers. If you want "free exchange of opinions", see the "Sandbox". Happiness is/was growing up in "Bomber" country. -Linda Reining Pitchford (64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Ditto! I agree with what Danny Ham (72) said in yesterday's Sandstorm! Let the keyboards be free! (Geez, that's profound!) (First Denny's was actually a Danny's. Ya da man. Dan!!!) -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Brian Denning (77) Re: Kim Edgar's (79) memories Hi Kim, Brian Denning speaking. As a Bomber alumni and high school "gearhead' I felt compelled to respond. Troy Shumacher (77) owned a green '67 Cougar and Marlin (78- 79) owned a yellow '68 or '69 Pontiac Le Mans. Both were screamin' fast. You may remember my maroon '66 Chevelle SS from cruising Zip's. I had the greatest memories of patrolling Zip's & A&W in Richland and running to Pasco A&W looking for a pick-up race or to just check out the cars. -Brian Denning (77) ~ Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/24/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Shane (57), Doris Brinkerhoff (57), Patti Jones (60) Betty Neal (62), Denny Johnson (62WB), Larry Bowls (64) Rick Maddy (67), Mina Jo Gerry (68), Phil Jones (69) Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Shane Cluck (57) How many of you remember the small amusement park below the high school, behind Tasty Freeze? Ted (my husband) used to work there. It was owned by his aunt and uncle, Eddie and Wilma Bell. They had a Carousal and a small train, small cars and a flying ride. That was about 1948 or 1949. We used to go down for ice cream at the Tastee Freeze and go over to the rides. -Betty Shane Cluck (57) ******************************************** >>From: Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) Re: Roller Rink To: Marilyn Richey (53) Do you remember the merry-go-round and other small rides behind the roller rink on Stevens? In the middle fifties my family, brother Reed Brinkerhoff (52), sister Virginia (54) ran the park. We had a blast giving free rides to friends and eating all the candy and Nehi pop in 36 flavors. My dad helped build the wall around the roller rink. Those were fun years. -Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) ~ Villnius, Lithuania ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) Re: Skip's Skip's was a drive-in opened in the late 1950s. There was not a place to eat inside. It was drive-up or park in the stalls behind. Skip's was owned by a man by the name of Don. This year's Richland telephone book shows Skip's drive-in to be a Les Schwab tire place. The address by the Richland telephone book is: 837 Stevens Dr. Roller rink is at 849 Stevens Dr., Tastee Freeze is at 895 Stevens Dr. They are both north of Skip's. The front where the tire place is still looks the same as Skip's did. The small hill back to the stalls is still there also. I, as well as Margie Qualheim Haggard (60) & Darlene Minard (60) worked there in the summer of 1958. Hoped my mother Norma Jones would remember the dates Skip's was open and closed. Neither of us can remember. How about you Margie or Darlene? As car hops we wore these wonderful light green plaid pedal pushers, light green blouses and light green hats that looked like an army hat. (This was not a to die for outfit. LOL) Still have the picture buried away of me in that uniform. The food was great. Especially the hamburgers, shakes and fries. Mom said, "They also made fish & chips". Still remember those hot summer nights, finishing the shift with a juicy hamburger, french fries and a cherry coke. To finish it off a small strawberry shake. Gained ten pounds in the six months I worked there. *GRIN* Mom said "It was a great place to go for dinner before a Bomber basketball game. Don, who owned Skip's, was an eagle eye. Constantly watching for things to go wrong. Loud cars would have him looking immediately to see what was going on. He did a lot to keep Skip's a family type of drive-in. Bomber Cheers Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman (62) Re: A little bragging! Word came to me up here in the North Country that Roger Fishback of the great class of 1962 sold over 800 tickets for the Rotary Duck Races this year. That's quite a fete. Jane and John, if we are having any raffles at our 40th reunion, I nominate Roger as chief ticket salesman. Congratulations Roger! -Betty Neal Brinkman (62) ~ Guelph, Ontario, Canada ******************************************** >>From: Denny Johnson (62WB) Re: Car recollections... The BIG race between John Poynor's 63? Plymouth wedge 440 and a kid from South Dakota (Arvin VanDerveen) with an FI '64 Vette coupe. I'm not positive it was John in the Plym (or that it was even a Plym, coulda been a Dodge) AVV prevailed on the first run, the wedge ruled the next 3 or 4 passes.... Columbia Park drive.... quarter was painted off.... must have been about 150 of us down there to watch..... Other big doings were out on Horn Rapids Rd.... Fri or Sat night.... Cecil's '57 with Cecil (and his ubiquitous beer) would run anyone anytime. As I did not attend Col Hi a lot of the names of the hot rodders escape me - I was only in town long enough to take some classes at CBC, work part time - George's Chevron, and Richland Furniture. I recall Ron Tucker's '56 Chev 210 with the 389, sold to a guy from Univ. of Idaho that was in town working for the summer. Beautiful car. Do remember a couple of times that Jimmy Heidlebaugh (65) and I cruised Uptown and Downtown sans clothing just for a lark - we stopped for gas and Ron "Eli" Whitney (64) came out to pump island, took one look - and turned around. Comments on censorship and this whole "classes for the millennium" deal. I'm pretty sure that there are not too many other schools with the overall response and camaraderie that I see in these pages day after day. Maren and the rest are to be commended for their efforts in establishing and maintaining this forum and what little censorship exists, actually makes the reading light and enjoyable... I'm sure there's a place for enmity or vitriol somewhere, but I don't think these missives are it. Again... I'm not part of the "in-crowd", just an ex-Jason Lee denizen with good memories of Richland in the 50s and a short return in mid 60s. Every time I read the compendium of recollections that are aired in this venue, I wish we would have stayed in Richland for JrHi and HS. Clarkston is OK.... but I can assure you that there are not many high schools that have the multi-year following that this avenue engenders and supports. I have a few ZIPs stories of my own... but will save them for another time. -Denny Johnson (62WB) ~ Las Vegas, NV ******************************************** >>From: Larry Bowls (64) Re: 1st ANNUAL RHS ALUMNI RIDE-IN ATTENTION: Harley owners (HOG), and other touring bike owners. The first annual RHS Alumni Ride-in is shaping up. It's time however, that you closet bikers come out and fess up. Most of us are older now, more mature and having either our first or second mid-life crisis so put on the leather and lets get together in Richland during the summer of 2001. If some of you don't own a bike yet, sell some stock and by one. Plans are still flexible so get in on the ground floor of this history making event *grin*. Be a part of all that's good about riding a Harley. Remember that while we are meeting in Richland, "its not the destination, but the journey". Post responses to the Alumni Sandstorm and copy me directly -Larry Bowls (64) ~ Redlands, CA ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Re: editing of posts I cannot imagine how many folks read the Sandstorm that never write and post to it. I cannot blame them, really. A person opens themselves to a lot of scrutiny by doing so. Whether by poor syntax, spelling, word usage, or the misconstrued content of the post. There has to be several brutal mistakes in this paragraph alone. So what!? I was always told to be very careful what you write and leave lying about because some day, when you least expect it... pow! But I write to the Sandstorm anyway... not because text is probably the poorest ways of communication... not because I have anything that anyone wants to hear... but only because I have little aspiration to becoming a politician. With that in mind, and I am not talking strictly editing alone here, but the whole post being tossed... In the beginning, I had my moments with other Bombers and them with me. These were cleaned up after a couple of apologies. At least I hope they were. Problems were due to posts being read wrong, improper wording, the already mentioned, or someone getting mixed up with the that was then and this is now - communication failure. There was also a short period of trouble in the beginning for the Sandstorm due to much the same reason, but the Sandbox was born. If not for the Sandbox, this great place of Bomberdom could have bombed and be no more. The Sandbox was a beautiful strategic move by Maren and others involved to save the Sandstorm. I have no problem with my posts being tossed, or edited. Ive gotten a few no way, Maddy from Maren. And thanks for those (unknown outcome) few saves, Maren. You have done and are doing a helluva job. However long this cyber Sandstorm lasts, it will not be forgotten by those of us that have found long lost friends because of it. I will continue to enjoy until the end. All good things will eventually come to an end in my life because I will eventually die :-) -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) I still "tool Zips". I pick up lunch for my brother on an occasional Friday when I am working at his shop. He goes for the chicken strips and a pineapple milkshake. I like the fish and chips myself. Extra tartar for both of us. It was my son's, Adam (00), favorite place to take his buddies to dinner on his birthday when he was a middle schooler. Re: Drive-ins in Seattle My dad had a high school friend who started a Seattle chain called Skips (I think). I remember stopping there in the mid fifties so dad could talk to him. I can't single out his name from dad's old high school gang right now. I just remember it seeming so cool that dad actually knew someone who had "made it big" after high school. I think he sold the chain and did very well for himself. -Mina Jo Gerry Payson (68) ~ Still on Cottonwood in Richland ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To: Kim Edgar (79) Kim, Let me get your story straight. "Marlin" found a green Mustang, covered up in a barn for ten years, that was owned by a little old lady who's husband had passed away before he could put many miles on it. Did Mike Davis tell you about this down at Denny's???? -Phil Jones (69) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) Re: Haunted Houses Does anyone remember going to Haunted Houses sponsored by the Radio Stations? I loved going to those, however, I hated waiting in line for more than an 1/2 hour to an hour. I can remember going in one (I think my Junior year), it was in an old empty store in the south end of town. Anyway, my friend Pam Romaine (79) went in first, she was startled by one of the exhibits (it was pitch black and you couldn't see a foot in front of you), she grabbed my hand and pulled me right into a 2x4 as she was going around a corner. I ended up with a bump on my head and a nice little shiner. That's the second time I've had a black eye during Halloween. This first one, I was in first grade, I couldn't see through my mask very well, I tripped and hit my head on the fire hydrant. From that point on I never wore a mask with my costumes. Bombers Rule! -Kim Edgar (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/25/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Mike Clowes (54), Tom Tracy (55), Gary Scholl (56), Jane Walker (62), John Campbell (63), Pam Ehinger (67), Georgia Rice (69), Steve Piippo (70), Marjo Vinther Burt (77), Kim Edgar (79), Lanette Powell (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Re: Editing I agree with all the comments "pro-editing by Maren". Having a site like this is without equal and remains an enjoyable forum for positive memories. Without "all" of Maren's actions this site would probably not exist. Thank you, Maren for all you do. Which leads me to a question. What percentage of the Alumni users have paid their $12.00 to ensure that this site continues? -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) I have a fond memory or two of that amusement park. Can't remember all those flavours of Nehis, thought they were basically orange or grape, oh well. But I do remember your sister and brother, and also Kay Horrocks (54) working there. I came in once in a while to help out on either the merry-go-round or the train ride. Faulty memory has it that Reed and I would swap off on those jobs while Virginia and Kay manned the ticket sales and concession stand. This would have been during the summer of 1953. Great fun. Concerning editorial content of this "rag"; I feel I must add my hearty "well done" to Maren for keeping "The Alumni Sandstorm" what it is, a place for fond (and maybe foggy) memories of growing up "Bomber". For those of you who feel disinclined to think so, I encourage you to read the preamble to both here and "The Sandbox". I think then, that you will understand why the "Sandstorm" is the way it is, and why the "Sandbox" takes the road less traveled. All things considered (now that sounds like it might make a good title for something), we Bombers are fortunate in that we not only have websites for the individual classes, but also the Sandstorm and Sandbox, not to mention the R2K site. There are not many other schools that have this opportunity to reminisce about growing up in an unique town. Sure, some of the memories seem similar. Substitute By's for Zip's and we're back in the Fifties. At least the Spudnut Shop remains a constant. One last thing for Doris, do they pronounce Vilnius with a bit of Scots burr as did Sean Connery in "Hunt for Red October"? Go Bombers! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To Rick Maddy (67) For those wonderful comments about Maren and her diplomatic talents... you shall never die... you shall be crowned with a radiant (if not radioactive) R2K live forever hat, halo or beanie of your choice... to help oversee the future of the Sandstorm and ensure the absence of cynicism, vulgarities and contradictions entered just for the sake of contradiction (Wasn't it Mark Twain who said about those who love contradiction... "Contradiction is a lower form of intelligence"... I would never say that... it might be considered cynicism... or contradictory)... Actually, Rick, I think you would make a great politician... thanks for your support in Keeping The Sandstorm's roadways dusted and swept and free from road kill and litter. ... Maren gets high marks for her help in spelling, diplomacy, guidance and she is best known for her mathematics... She is so good at helping all R2Kers calculate our memories by Multiplying the joys and Dividing the sorrows as we share experiences and thoughts for the day from R1.940K all the way to R2K... When people email you and say "I hope you don't mind my saying this"... it's pretty certain that you will. Maren has saved more than a few friendships and helped classmates dodge misunderstandings by communicating and advising them about responses and posts in the Sandstorm. Regardless of a little bit of editing, tense, case, capitalization, syntax... its always good to hear from our classmates and all those who attended Richland Schools or are related to those who did or who lived in the Tri-cities... during those wonderful years and reminding us of the way we were... even when we overexpose ourselves to the way we think things are exposed to be... R2K is too great to Litter... Let "The R2K Glow Flow... and Glitter Reign"... Richland was our Camelot... hmm... Camelot... how do those words go?... something like... "The rain must never fall till after sundown... by eight, the morning fog must disappear... in short there's simply not... a more congenial spot...for happily everaftering... than here in R2Kamelot Keep those good memories flowing... I'm trying to tighten my skates and head for the outdoor roller rink... and quaff down one of those burgers... next door... and maybe ride on that tiny little train... Hey, remember the 8am whistle that blew and the 4pm whistle that blew down at the "area downtown"?... were those the right hours? Didn't it also sound at Noon too?... What about weekends?... anyone remember?... what was that area called?... It was secured from the public, but the whistle was always loud and clear for everyone to hear... Anyone know who maintained that time clock/whistle? Did Kadlec Hospital patients plead to have it disconnected? It was Richland's Big Ben... Thanks Rick. Thanks Maren. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Gary Scholl (56) Date: Tue Oct 24 19:09:23 2000 Does anyone remember Tim's Drive-in? Hi: everyone I am a '56 Grad and am looking forward to a reunion (45th) next year. I was one of the cooks at Tim's for a little over a year 55-56 until I went into the Air Force. I remember the dances (sock-hops) on Wednesday evenings... I remember the time we burned a big "R" in Kennewick's ball field... Brown Leather Jackets and blue jeans... A purple '47 Ford Coupe... Rock and Roll. These are the things I remember about 1956 The Good times. I hope there are some of you who remember those days. -Gary Scholl (56) ******************************************** >>From: Jane Walker Hill (62) Re: Raffles To: Betty Neal Brinkman (62) and John Adkins (62) I second the nomination of Roger Fishback (62) as Raffle Ticket Chairman for the 40th reunion of the class of '62. Way to go Roger! We can certainly use your expertise. -Jane Walker Hill (62) ~ Juneau, AK ******************************************** >>From: John Campbell (63) Re: 2001 Alumni Ride-in Regarding Larry Bowl's (64) idea of having a 2001 Alumni Ride in - Sounds like a great idea. Just got a 2000 Heritage Softail Classic (can't have too many toys) and it would be a great ride over to Richland to relive those old drag racing memories I've been reading about. I remember John Poynor (63) racing the black vette (365 HP), but I remember him runnin' a '55 chev with a Pontiac Engine. As I recall, they went off neck and neck -don't know how they finished. Those were the days! Speaking of riding, things are a lot different now then when I used to ride my Honda 305 scrambler around the Tri-Cities gathering bugs on my sunglasses, wearing cut-offs and tennie runners. P.S. I'll get my brother Rush (52) to ride his hog as well. We'll have to organize a Seattle to Richland run. -John Campbell (63) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) Re: Haunted House Kim Edgar (79), brought back my one and only haunted house story! (Except for the haunted houses I took my kids to). It was in the late 50s or early 60s not sure just when. But there were several of us from Wilson and Thayer that went T&T! There was this house on Van Giesen (can't remember how to spell it!) The lady was sitting in the door way dressed like a Witch, looked very real too! She gave out graham crackers with pink frosting (the things that stick in your mind). She sent you around to the back yard, where you were greeted by a man all dressed up as ?? I forget! He blind folded you and led you through this sheet tent. First you felt this slimy thing, then there was the cut off hand with oozing stuff! Then the most scariest thing I ever felt an Eye ball!! Well needless to say we screamed and ran like H***! The man hollowed at us and then took us back through the tent! The only things I can remember is the hand was a glove with water in it that had been frozen, the eye ball was a peeled grape! The things we remember from our childhood! In those days those things were scary as all get out!! Plus how many of you would let your child eat a fresh graham cracker with pink frosting today?? We had never heard of razor blades in apples and all the other rumors that go around. We lived in a carefree and trusting time. Oh the Good Ole Days!! HAPPY HOLLOWEEN TO ALL IN BOMBERVILLE!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Georgia Rice Bailey (69) This is the first time I have sent anything so please forgive any errors. In response to Denny Johnson (62WB) comment about the BIG race. The '63 Dodge that blew VanderVeen's doors off was and is still owned by John Bailey. "Old Red" is part of the family and I don't think John will ever part with it. Even though I was too young to have been a spectator at any of those races I have heard the stories many times. After that race John and Arvin became friends and we still have some pictures of "Old Red" up on the trailer being towed to a race by Arvin's black Vette! Cheers, -Georgia Rice Bailey (69) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Dan Ham (72) Right on Dan! Good to know and keep cruising in the yellow truck! Two Thumbs Up! -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Marjo Vinther Burt (77) To: Betty Shane Cluck (57) Hi Betty! My sister, Paula Vinther Case (69), certainly remembers the amusement park behind Tastee Freeze! In fact, I believe she still has a scar from the injuries she received while riding the train there! She gave an hilarious account of the incident in a post to the Sandstorm a year or more ago... something about the Great Richland Train Wreck of '53, I think! And to Rick Maddy (67) - My sentiments exactly! Thank you Maren!! -Marjo Vinther Burt (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar (79) Re: Car Story To: Phil Jones (69) I have to admit, I was a little more naive and a little more gullible at 16 years old than I am now. Over the weekend, I remembered it wasn't Marlin who told me the story, but it was his brother Troy. I got the color of the car correct (green), however, it wasn't a mustang, it was a Pontiac. Anyway, does anyone else know the real story of how Troy got his car? Does anyone remember playing "Hooky" from school? I did once, my senior year in school. It was planned, I wanted to see what it was like. My mother with her wisdom (knowing the main reason I liked going to school was to be with my friends) knew I'd find it boring. So she said go ahead, try it, I'll write you a note. So one day Tim Thornhill and I did. I was a little nervous, I thought we'd get caught. We went to the park at the bottom of the hill, hung out and talked. After a while we ran out of things to say, needless to say, mom was right, it was boring and I never skipped school again. My son came home from kindergarten yesterday, he said Mom, did you know that "Boys Rule and Girls Drool" I said "Really? Why do you say that?" He said "It's true", because some boy in his class told him so. I can only imagine what it will be as time goes on. I think in my day, the slogan (in High School) was: "Bite me" and / or "Get a life" Does anyone else remember catchy slogans as they grew up? Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** >>From: Lanette Powell Empey (79) Re: Maren's Magic! I agree with Rick Maddy (67), although I do not want to be a politician! Thank you, Maren, for making this a pleasant walk through Memory Lane. I appreciate reading positive recollections and knowing I won't feel offended by negative comments about myself or about any other Bomber. We ALL heard enough of that while we were actually IN high school, and most of us still remember the negative well enough. We all can use a little dose of 'let's remember the GOOD times'. All of us have 'matured' through the years, and for those times we want to throw a childish fit at a fellow Bomber, we can kick sand in their face in "The Sandbox". I have always enjoyed the more accepting and positive areas of the "playground" myself. Also, I think that the mascot change at Chief Jo was due to some Native American protests. They said that Chief Joseph was NOT a Warrior, he stood for peace and tried to live that way. So, they changed it. At least, that's what I remember. My sister Julie's kids go there and I remember them talking about the whole thing when it happened. Anyone else know anything more? Thanks, Maren, for all you do! Have a great day, fellow Bombers! Bomber Cheers, -Lanette Powell Empey (7-7-7-7-79) ~ Mesa, WA Farmville *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/26/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Richey (53), Denny Johnson (62WB), Dave Miller (67), Judy Ley (67), Laurie Hutton (72), Vicki Owens (72), Cheryl Osborn (75), Patty Sweetin (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To: Doris Brinkerhoff De Ford (57) Yes, I do remember the little park behind the Tastee Freez. It was a fun place to take my niece and nephew to it for some fun. Re: Out door Roller Rink The outdoor rink had a wooden wall around it and lights all along the walls. The kids would park their cars next to the wall and sit on top of the car and watch people roller skate. It was a very popular place but did not last very long as the present roller rink took it over to be the place to go and skate. Marilyn Richey (53) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Denny Johnson (62WB) Re: More recollections from AFTER 1964... Anyone else remember that culvert over on Pasco side that brought runoff water all the way from Ice Harbor Dam and went under the road, but the outlet was about 15 feet above a lagoon? we used to slide down a rope attached to the guardrail - the last 1/8 mile or so had a perfect incline, and if you wore your socks, you could get traction on the mossy bottom, walk up to top of the slope - socks then went onto your hands, and you just sort of skiied and/or slid down to the end... if you wanted to stop and repeat the exercise - you spread-eagled - using cutoffs and handsocks to create friction... sometimes it was enough - sometimes it wasn't... and you went over - there were some danger areas off to the side, and I know there were numerous injuries (serious ones) from striking submerged concrete pylons, boulders, etc. This was really a major hoot on a hot summer day. I think Ed Quigley (62), Jim Heidlebaugh (65) and I skipped a few classes at CBC to indulge in this "sport". Haven't seen it mentioned in previous missives - perhaps the "authorities" took steps to eliminate this as a recreational past time due to the rate of attrition once you went "over the edge". Whenever I hear the word "matinee" I recall the theater there on GWWay just above Riverside Park "Richland" theater? or "Village" maybe (Village may have been the one that was on south end of "downtown" by CC Anderson/Bon Marche. Anyway - place would be full of kids watching all the old serial movies - westerns, science fiction, and other cliff-hangers. If I recall, "Muscles" never missed a showing - always in front row.. having the time of his life. -Denny Johnson (62WB) ~ Las Vegas, NV ******************************************** >>From: Dave Miller (67) Re: Chelan To: Maren Smyth (64) I have to ask you how did you wind up in Chelan? I have been dreaming about that place since 1976 when my brother and I and his friend Buddy came off our hike at Stehekin (sp) and got a boat ride down the lake to Chelan. We started at Snoqualmie Pass after we got off the bus going to Seattle July 4, 1976, I had done the hike between Snoqualmie and Snohomish pass the year before by myself and we figured it was an easy backpack and it wasn't. We came out on a road and along came an old about 1947 pickup and asked us if we wanted a ride into Stehekin and of course we jumped in and and said "Thanks". It turned out there are not any roads to Stehekin and all the cars/trucks are maintained by one garage. All cars are barged in and they keep them running for years. A great place and a great lodge and cabins further up the lake if you chose. If you have never been up there its changes from near desert at Chelan and at the other end of the lake 45 miles west you are in the mountains. Its an amazing change Desert to waterfalls and mountain goats in just 45 miles. Send me your mail address and I will send you a check for all your efforts to keep us all from getting any more radiation. Saw Rick Maddy (67) on Maui in September and will see him again next September... going 9/8/01... any Bombers welcome to join Rick and I. Best wishes -Dave Miller (67) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Ley Warninger (67) Re: Harley ride To: Larry Bowls (64) Count us in for the summer 2001 RHS Alumni Ride. We have a Harley and ride as often as possible. This get together will be great. Please send us information on this event as soon as you are able to. I did not attend RHS until Winter '64 as my father was transferred to the Tri-Cities from Yakima at that time. I have not gone to any of the class reunions so it will be fun to see classmates after 30+ years! It might be tough to recognize people after only 2 1/2 years in Richland so long ago, but what a great way to reacquaint. Any excuse to go for a ride is always a day well spent! looking forward to hearing from you. Also, someone mentioned last week that they occasionally come to Yakima for a Miner's Burger. This is truly an amazing establishment. It has been family owned and operated for ever and there is a continual line of cars at the drive-up all day and evening, as well as people inside, waiting for a famous Miner's Burger. They are huge... big enough to share with another and yes, oh so good! Whenever anyone from RHS comes to visit Yakima for a Miner Burger, let me know ahead of time, if possible, and perhaps we could meet there, as I am only about 15 minutes away. -Judy Ley Warninger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Laurie Hutton (72) Don't know if I'm remembering a dream or something but does anyone remember trampolines that were in the ground or on the ground and they were down by the bowling alley on Wellsian Way??? Now don't laugh! Also, does anyone remember going to the Carmichael gym on a Saturday when John Pocrnich would open it up and kids could come play basketball and other activities. This would have been in the early 60s as I was quite young and I'd be in seventh heaven if my Mom would let me go and I got to swing on the rope or jump on the trampoline (there's that trampoline thing again!). Anyway - that's my "does anyone remember" thoughts. -Laurie Hutton (72) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) To: Betty Shane Cluck (57) So there really WAS a little railroad behind Tastee Freeze?! I thought that was some sweet little illusion from childhood. Now that you've jarred the gray matter, it must have been my big brother's sixth birthday party (Bill Owens, '69). That would have been around '57. I remember Ted and Don Smith being there (205 Bernard) and probably a few others from the "old neighborhood" before we moved up to the ranch houses. That has got to be one of my very earliest memories, since I would have been two weeks short of my third birthday. And a lovely memory it is. Thanks for the "jar". -Vicki Owens (72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ******************************************** >>From: Cheryl Osborn (75) Re: Missing T-shirt I don't know exactly who to address this to, but am I the only person who still has not received their t- shirt from the R2K? I was unable to attend after having paid for the ASB and shirt. Two different gals have called me about this, and have said that it would be mailed to my house shortly, yet still no shirt. I still would like to wear the "green and gold," so am writing this note. Thanks to whoever will follow up on this for me. -Cheryl Osborn (75) ~ Seattle, WA ******************************************** >>From: Patty Sweetin (76) Re: Hello from Bellingham Hello Bombers! Wasn't Zip's right next to A&W? My friends and I did not frequent Zip's and I'm not sure why. We went for the pizza places, especially after Bomber games. To: Brenda Belcher (76) Thank you for writing. Did we really pull the stingers off of bees? I guess that memory has faded. I do remember the cinnamon flavored toothpicks that many of us bought at 7-11 in the late 60s. I don't think they're for sale anymore and why would they discontinue such a simple item like this that the kids enjoyed? -Patty Sweetin (76) ~ Bellingham, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/27/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today. Ann Pearson (50), Mike Clowes (54), and Brinkerhoff (57), Dave Vallely (60), Fred PHillips (60), Denny Johnson (62WB), Sandra Genoway (62), Gail Setbacken (66), Jo Clark (67), Steve Piippo (70), Judy Stein (71), Larry Stone (71), Sean Lewis (77), James Becker (83) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows (60) To: Tom Tracy (55) Good for you remembering the "siren" that blared twice a day - and maybe at noon too?? I can't remember how many times a day, but somewhere in the recesses of my overcrowded head I think it had something to do with shift changes!! Funny that no one has mentioned this so far - or have a missed out on that issue? You knew that Dad would be home/leaving for work soon after the horn had sounded. Ann of San Diego -Ann Pearson Burrows (50) ~ San Diego, CA ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Denny Johnson (62 WB) It was the Village Theater in Downtown that showed "kiddie" matinees for quite a while. At least until 1958 when the Richland Players took over the building. It was located on the river side of GWWay between the Community Center and what was The Desert Inn. Presumably concurrent with the Richland Players moving into the VIllage, the Saturday matinees moved to the Richland Theater; which was next to the Downtown Thrifty Drug Store (don't know what's in that building now) and across the parking lot from C.C. Anderson's. The Community Center is/was across GWWay from the building. While the Village Theater has given way to progress or whatever, the Richland Theater still stands at it's original location, and is now the home of The Richland Players (guess the Uptown was too much for them). I said that the Village Theater operated as a movie theater until at least 1958, it may have been earlier. I do remember being in a production of the Richland Players at the Village Theater in 1958, at which time they acted as though they owned the building (or at least had the sole right to use it). Going down that water chute sounds more "fun" than water skiing behind a '46 Ford in the irrigation ditch in West Richland. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) To: Bob/Mike Carlson/Clowes Were you Bob or Mike in '53? The Merry-go-round was a fun place to work. True, we sold mostly orange & grape Nehi, but there was also lime, lemon, lemon-lime, root beer, strawberry, creme, cherry and I can't remember what else. Have to email Virginia and ask. She had them all memorized. Kay was there a lot and there were others who worked there off and on. Lithuanians pronounce Vilnius as Vil-nus. So do Russians. The second "i" is so subtle you can't hear it. Sorry, no burr. There are a lot of schoolmasters here, but I haven't seen a submarine. Bomber Cheers, -Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) ~ Vilnius, Lithuania ******************************************** >>From: Dave Vallely (60) All this talk of Zip's has got me hungry and the Berma-Shave signs got the old brain cells working. Am I the only one who remembers "stuffing the ballet box" when it came to listing the books we had read over the summer? We made up some titles to add to the list just to see if the teachers ever read them all. "Eighteen steps to the outhouse" by Willie Makeit, "Under the Grandstands" by Seimor B----" etc. As to the drags I sure remember my dad's '58 Pontiac V8 that no one wanted to take on, but little did they know that car was a real dog. Thanks again to all involved in the R2K and the class of '60 40th reunions. We didn't know it at the time but we were very lucky to have grown up when and where we did. We knew our neighbors, seldom locked any locks and played outside after dark without concern. No wonder we enjoy remembering those special days. John Ball School is another special story. Good on Ya!! Bombers Rule!! -Dave Vallely (60) ~ Vancouver, WA ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) To: Laurie Hutton (72) Re: Bowling Alley Trampolines There were about a half-dozen trampolines in the ground next to the bowling alley, but not many folks know how they got there. During the summer of '62, or maybe it was '63 or '64, trampoline centers were becoming popular and Bill Vosper, who managed the bowling alley, figured he could make a few extra bucks by setting one up in the empty space next to the parking lot. To keep things simple, he decided to install the trampolines in pits, rather than having them up off the ground. Vosper hired a local character named 'Go Go' (really, that was his name) to do the digging. For a week, I saw Go Go out in the hundred degree heat with his shovel every day, digging trampoline pits out of the hard dirt and suffering big time. But he was a tough guy. He never complained. Finally, about 5:00 on Friday afternoon, the last pit was finished and Vosper paid Go Go for his weeks labors. It wasn't a lot of money, probably not much more than the minimum wage, but Go Go decided to invest some of it in the pinball machines in the bowling alley cafe, which paid winners off in cash when the cops weren't looking. In only an hour or so, he lost his entire paycheck. Still, Go Go didn't complain. Without a word, he walked out into the bowling alley, stared at Vosper (who then had his trampoline pits AND Go Go's money), picked up a bowling ball, headed back into the cafe and slammed the ball through the machine, destroying it nicely. Go Go had been a fixture in Richland's taverns and bowling alleys for years, but he left town that night and none of us ever saw him again. Maybe he became a trampoline artist, but I doubt it. -Fred Phillips (60) ~ Bellevue, WA ******************************************** >>From: Denny Johnson (62WB) I must thank Georgia Rice Bailey (69) for the correction regarding who owned the '63 Dodge... I had completely forgotten John's name... Arvin was a pretty good guy, one of the most "natural" mechanics I've ever met - he wound up being friends with most of the car guys there in Richland. He's currently in Seattle, a commercial real estate broker. -Denny Johnson (62WB) ~ Las Vegas, NV ******************************************** >>From: Sandra (Alexandra) Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Re: 2001 Alumni Ride-in To: John Campbell (63) and Larry Bowls (64) Regarding Larry Bowls' idea of having a 2001 Alumni Ride-in, I sent out the following E-mail to a couple of Seattle "boys" I know. "Kirby" is THE Kirby Wilbur on conservative talk radio KVI, Seattle, and the "John Carlson" may be our new Governor by the time you guys get this thing together and RIDE! ~~~~~ Dear Kirby, The following is an excerpt from the Bomber (Richland High School/Columbia High) alumni "Sandstorm" E-mail list, and I thought perhaps you and/or John Carlson might be interested in this item. You may want to ask "permission", since you are not alumni? I suppose they would let a few Seattleites in, though; if you behave yourselves . . . -Sandra (Alexandra) Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) ******************************************** >>From: Gail Setbacken Carter (66) Yes!! Yes!!! the roller rink was the place to go. The big event to me, was when Sonny & Cher came there to sing. We all thought what a odd looking couple!! So we all tried to look like that odd couple. At the time they came they were not a big name, just a couple of hippie looking singers. My dad, Clair Setbacken, was the man the bands called to fix their electrical key boards and stuff. I still remember one morning around 2am dad got a call from a band that needed something fixed so dad told them to come up to the house and he would take a look. It was Paul Revere and the Raiders!! My sister Marcia and I went nuts throwing on clothes and getting the eyeliner on. When they came we tried to act like it was no big deal, that we were always up at 2am in full war paint!!!! We sat and had a coke with them as our wonderful gifted dad (he just had to be, to get these bands there) fixed the wiring on whatever it was. There were other bands that came also. What a wonderful time it was. I can still smell that dusty smell the roller rink had. Have a great day everyone! -Gail Setbacken Carter (66) ******************************************** >>From: Jo Clark Donahoo (67) Re: Miner's burgers To: Judy Ley Warninger (67) Have you tried Major's Burgers on 3rd and Washington? I think they're much better than Miner's. -Jo Clark Donahoo (67) ~ Yakima, WA ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Dan Ham (72) The 2000-01 Senior Powder Puff Women were victorious last night defeating the juniors 26-20. Team MVP selected by head coach, John Richardson, was Jaque Artis. RHS Powder Puff is known throughout the state as the #1 program. RHS Powder Puff sends more Powder Puff players to college than any other Powder Puff program. Attendance achieved 850 tickets (according to one official more people than attend a Hanford varsity football game). Great fun for all. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Stein Mitchell (71) I don't know how many of you have experienced the "Bomber Dilemma" - where a born and bred Bomber finds themselves on the sidelines of a former born and bred rival. I have the happenstance of bringing children into the world in the shadow of the blue mountains in Walla Walla. Instead of little Bombers running around, I co-exist with three hard core Blue Devils. I remember the first time I had blue and white confetti raining down beside me and blue pom poms waving about my head, it was truly a different experience. Cheering for the old rival Walla Walla - and against the Bombers - well, the green and gold ran pretty deep. Maybe only a Bomber understands. Although it was hard getting there, I am now a Devil fan through and through. My son is now QBing for the Devils and cringes that he has blood ties to the Bombers! My Bomber coat is safely hidden away... but on occasion... and when they're not playing Walla Walla... and no one is looking... I secretly cheer for Bomber victories. (Just never let my sons get wind of it!) A Bomber with a Pitchfork, -Judy Stein Mitchell (71) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) To: Patty Sweetin (76) Re: Cinnamon Toothpicks As I remember, the cinnamon toothpicks (still available in a few small stores) were a fad. And in that era, seems like all fads were linked (by adults) to drugs somehow. So we weren't allowed to have them in school. I also remember being able to buy the little vials of cinnamon flavoring. Re: A&W I believe the old A&W is a brew pub now and though they have great food and drinks, they could never beat the root beer and steak sandwich we used to get there. -Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** >>From: Sean Lewis (77) Hey - what's all this talk about a little railroad behind Tastee Freeze? My dad's office was right behind there (Lord Electric, as well as a few other small offices). I remember going to his office when I was as young as 4 or so (and as I recall) the building was built right around 1960 or so -- maybe my "much older" siblings Mike (60) or Peggy (62), or someone else, can clue me in on that? I had many a chocolate covered cone from that there Tastee Freeze, by the way. I had no idea there was something as cool as a kid's railroad there before his office was there. Sounds like I just missed the railroad by just a couple of years. I also spent a lot of time (maybe too much!) throwing rocks into the ditch behind his building when I was little (OK, so I'm easily amused...) and I even remember a couple muskrats living in there. Boy, what earth shattering memories, huh? I really do have more exciting things to write about... really... I just can't, uh, think of any right now.... yeah, THAT'S it. -Sean Lewis (77) ~ Puyallup, WA ******************************************** >>From: James Becker (83) To: Patty Sweetin (76) I don't know if it was there when you where a Bomber, and I know it's not now, but Pizza Pete on GWWay was a fav hangout in my day. I do remember the Pay-Less parking lot though, but it was 'cuz my older sister had a '71 Mach 1, so I hung out there with her. By the time I was in high school they had pretty much shut it down. Then while at CBC all the cities starting cracking down on cruising everywhere. I also remember the flavored toothpicks. I've heard a large percent of accidents in the home involve toothpicks, so that might have something to do with them not being on the market. I guess someone thought that kids shouldn't view toothpicks as candy, and besides these days it would have to come in banana split flavor with an electronic gadget to interest kids these days. :) -James Becker (83) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/28/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Davis (49), Mike Clowes (54), Linda Lester (62) Judy Ley (67), Mike Howell (68WB), Dan Ham (72) Mike Davis (74), Shelley Williams (84) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rex Davis (49) Re: Trampolines in the Ground To: Laurie Hutton (72) Yes, there were Trampolines with the frame of the bed even with the ground and according to Fred Phillips (60) the holes dug by GoGo. They were to the south of the Atomic Lanes and it was called a Jump Center. Two Attorneys from Spokane who I think had a financial interest in the Atomic Lanes contacted me about being the manager of the Jump Center. I agreed to do it as a part time summer job. They didn't last long though because people tried to do stunts they were not capable of doing and it became a dangerous situation. I'm not sure of the year, but Fred is probably right in suggesting it was l962 or 63. To: Fred Phillips (60) Hello to you. I see your Mother once in a while at the Lewis and Clark teachers lunch the first Tuesday of the even months. Those ladies are amazing. -Rex Davis (49) ~ Pullman, WA ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) It was "Mike" back in those days. And I think I know why Virginia had all the flavors memorized, they were "fountain" drinks as opposed to bottles weren't they? I seem to remember the paper cups (much smaller than now, but then the price was only a nickel for the smallest size). To: Judy Stein Mitchell (71) Come on, Judy, it's time for you to come out of the closet and admit to your sons that you really are a Bomber. And wear the Green and Gold proudly, even to Wa-Hi games. To: Sean Lewis (77) If this is the same one we've been talking about, the miniature railroad was a part of the Brinkerhoff's amusement park that was in that area for many years. It was an oval of track, 12" gauge, had a semi - scale diesel locomotive for power and four or five "streamlined" passenger cars. The cars had about a dozen or so seats, and you could sit either on adult sized person or two/three little ones in each seat. Doris Brinkerhoff DeFord (57) may have better information on it than I do. But as I remember, the ride was for at least two or three laps of the track, probably about 5 minutes all together. To: all you New York Met fans Remember the war cry of the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers: "Wait'll next year!" And we all knew what happened when "Next Year" finally came; the Bums won the series, closed Ebbets Field and moved to Smog City, CA. Go Bombers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Linda Lester Rutkowski (62) Re: Village Theater I remember many wonderful performances at the Village Theater - Senior English Teacher John Barton in "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and Anne Kornberg in "The Diary of Anne Frank" to name just two. However, the most personal memory was when those of us at Carmichael Junior High School performed in "The Clown Who Ran Away" with Fred Van Patten under the direction of John Noel Bouchard. You don't remember seeing me in the performance - I was the front end of the horse. Were any of you my partner in the two-person costume? I would love to hear from you. At the beginning of the performance, I remember that we ran down the entire length of the aisle from the back of the Theater. -Linda Lester Rutkowski (62) ~ Walnut Creek, CA ******************************************** >>From: Judy Ley Warninger (67) To: Jo Clark Donahoo (67) Major's Burgers on 3rd and Washington? No, never heard of them. Do you live in Yakima? I'm going to be out and about today, so I'll have to swing by and give them a try. I'll let you know what I think. Thanks for the tip. By the way, how long have they been there? Is Major's trying to give Miner's a little competition? -Judy Ley Warninger (67) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell (68WB) Hi Group; I just wanted to add a couple more memory shakers. ~ What about Sen Sens from Densow Drugs to hide the smell of smoke, ~ Or Sitting at the Signal Gas Station in West Richland on the Old Packard (53) that was painted all yellow and had a sign painted on the windshield that "a Blind Man Drives this Car" ~ How about spending Saturdays at the West Richland Auto Wrecking or Ganz Welding or Bob Styers just so you could keep it running long enough to Buzz Bombing Range Road to get to the "Y" to Park at the Wagon Wheel and listen to the Band while sitting on the Hood with your favorite person. That was back in the days of Ethel Gasoline for $.25 a gallon and $.10 Cokes. Have a good one. -Mike Howell (68WB) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) How many remember the tunnel that began next to the shores of the Yakima and ran under the bypass? It ended in the middle of the shelter belt next to a small "wigwam-like" structure that was home to a family of gnomes. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Ham (72) Re: Powder Puff Football To: Steve Piippo (70) It was a great game, Steve. Barb and I were there. Did you happen to catch that little blur, Molly Ham, as she scored the first touchdown for the Juniors? She's built so low to the ground it was hard for the opposing team to grab her flag. Just like the old man! Thanks for talking to me, Steve. As always, -Dan Ham (72) ******************************************** >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard (84) Re: Bomber rivals Judy Stein Mitchell (71) wondered how many former Bombers are out there cheering on (or pretending to anyway) former rivals. Count me as one here in Moses Lake. I didn't make it to the Chiefs/Bomber game here a couple weeks ago, but I really wanted to throw on that Bomber sweatshirt and sit on the Moses Lake side! Re: Root Beer Now on to the subject of root beer. My husband, a prolific home brewer, is always dragging home various pieces brewing equipment. A neighbor was recently clearing out his equipment and told my husband "If you take some, you have to take it ALL"! The ALL included a 50 gallon root beer maker from A&W! It's a huge, insulated, metal bucket on legs with lots of wires and valves. We're not sure if it even works, but if we ever get the inkling to make 50 gallons of root beer, you are all invited for a frosty mug full! Best Wishes, -Shelley Williams Robillard (84) ~ Moses Lake, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/29/00 ~ FALL BACK ~ CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Missy Keeney (59), Ann Bishop (60), Jim House (63) Carol Converse (64), Jo Clark (67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney (59) Re: Gnomes To: Mike Davis (74) I grew up with three other Keeney Kids in a house on Cottonwood that backed the bypass highway. We all remember that tunnel and the family of Gnomes. I think they managed the Denny's at one time. Go Bombers! -Missy Keeney (59) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Myers (60) Re: Class of '60 Lunch Announcement Class of '60 and or spouses: We are meeting at Haydens Place in Pasco on Saturday, November 4 at 11:30am. Take Rd. 68 exit off of I-182, turn north on Rd 68, turn right at Shell Station. Haydens is on the left in the same building with Brian's Butcher Block. See you there. -Ann Bishop Myers (60) ~ Kennewick, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Re: Bomber Dilemma To: Judy Stein Mitchell (71) I am certain by now hundreds of Bombers have experienced the "Dilemma" of having a child compete against RHS. Integrating Bombers into rival communities is a good thing. It upgrades the entire conference, state and planet. Amazingly I have even accepted the cross-marriages of classmates in the Tri Cities. I learned that it was not necessary to hate my opponents during the pea harvest in the summer of '62. While fellow harvesters like Frank Osgard (63WB) and his cronies were learning the lessons of life living in the YMCA, your brother Ray (64) and I were invited to live in the home of a Walla Walla family. Jim Matthews (63WW) was an All-State end, a decent basketball player and more importantly a great guy. His mom provided three great meals a day and I don't recall his little sister complaining she could get coodies from Bombers living in their house. That was a great experience for us. In addition to being able to save the entire $1.25 an hour we earned (which I am sure Ray still has squirreled away in a pass book savings account), we gained some degree of respect for our opponents. The following season I kept my elbows to myself while guarding Jim and Ray chose not to embarrass the Wa-Hi guards EVERY time they brought the ball up the court in easy Bomber victories. A few years later I went so far as to endorse Jim as a "good guy from Wa-Hi" for a curious Bomber co-ed at WSU. I wish success for your son, because whether he likes it or not, he's got Bomber blood. There is no reason to let the Green and Gold conflict with the love for a child. Although I personally reached my limit when expressing my preference that my daughter work in a Nevada brothel rather than teach at Ellensburg High School. Fortunately she chose a third option. Here's to another Bomber championship and a great season for the Wa-Hi quarterback. -Jim House (63) ~ Houston, TX P.S. A Green and Gold T-shirt goes nicely under any garment. ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To: Laurie Hutton (72) I, too, remember the trampolines by the bowling alley. I would stop by there on my way home sometimes for a few minutes of jumping. They were a lot of fun. Then, go into the bowling alley for a Coke. Fun times. The outdoor roller skating rink must not have been going for long, as I don't remember it at all. But, then, I don't remember a lot of stuff back then. Probably too young. What were the years that it was going? In high school, it was the thing to go to the INDOOR roller rink every Friday and Saturday night to skate. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************** >>From: Jo Clark Donahoo (67) To: Judy Ley Warninger (67) Yes, I do live in Yakima. Major's has been there since sometime last spring or early summer. I've heard they have another store somewhere in one of the small communities west of town. After seeing my short comment about Major's my sister, Janet Clark Gunter ('68 ~ Hardin, MT), said I should start a new career as RD, food critic. Might be better than the job I have now. -Jo Clark Donahoo (67) ~ Yakima, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/30/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Richey (53), Tom Hughes (56), Barbara Seslar (60), Helen Cross (62), Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To: Gary Scoll (56) Yes, I remember Tim's Drive In. It was named after By's first son. By thought the 19 cent hamburger would go in Richland. It was a success for a while but people preferred the By's burgers as well as Tastee Freeze sandwich and Zip's when it came to be. A lot of us tried By out of investing into a beautiful building which is now a doctor's dental office next to the Shell gas station on the corner of Williams and Goethals. I helped cook there when I was working at By's. Good thought but not a real successful business venture for By. -Marilyn Richey (53) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) Re: Satellite Photo If you connect to: and type Richland, WA in the [box below the large words "TERRA server ~ Find a specific place" - on the left side of the page - and then click the "GO" button] it will bring up a satellite picture of Richland. You can zoom in or [click a specific place on the picture and] pan around the town to find your house, etc. -Tom Hughes (56) ~ Auburn, WA ******************************************** >>From: Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) Re: Looking for Pat Ogden Osborne Does anyone happen to know where Pat Ogden is living now? I knew her in high school. She didn't graduate. She married Gary Osborne, had two daughters, and he passed away at a young age. We've lost touch. -Barbara Seslar Brackenbush (60) - Richland ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To: Jo Clark Donahoo (67) Not getting to live in the great state of Washington since l968, I have not ever been to Major's, but wasn't Minor's the great hamburger stop at Union Gap? After all these years, I can still remember their great hamburgers, fries, and shakes, especially after swim meets in the summer, as well as when I got to go to Bomber "away" games. (I think my dad and Uncle Bob made more away games than I did, as they didn't have to work at night like I did.) I guess working part time at Densow's all those years, I missed more than I ever knew reading about all that went on at Zip's etc. It probably had something to do with always playing it safe by going steady in high school too. (My social worker analysis of some of my early life decisions, made from this position of hind-sight all these years later.) Bomber cheers, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~ somewhere in rural Indiana, outside Cincinnati, Ohio ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: A&W Root beer To: Shelley Williams Robillard (84) ~ Moses Lake, WA Say, Shelley, perhaps we could put a barbeque together with that "A&W" root beer! I'll be over. I think I know how to copy their hamburgers, too. Maybe, we could time it right for the 2001 Alumni Ride (Seattle to TC's)? Re: Little League Baseball To: Missy Keeney (59) Was this the same Keeney family that played such GREAT little league baseball? Do you remember Stan (62) and Denny (63) Smith and from Cedar Street? And, my own brother, Gil (65). We lived on Cottonwood, too, further north. I still remember the good times at the Spalding Grade School baseball field -- I'm sure there are others I have forgotten who played, also; like, John Sonderland and Doug Lukens (both '62)? My brother and I never met the gnome family; or, maybe he just kept it a secret, like a lot of other stuff he only shared with his best "buddies". It was very interesting going to the desert fields in back of Cottonwood, across the Stevens Bypass Highway. You could see rabbits and snakes, mostly, but some pheasants and morning doves, too. It was a great hangout place for the kids from our neighborhood. We also used to bake hamburgers in tinfoil on a little fire we would make in a sand pit somewhere. That was our own little secret "cookout" place away from home we learned how to do from camping with our mom and dad. Those were good times! -Sandra Genoway (62) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 10/31/00 ~ HAPPY HALLOWEEN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: John Campbell (63), Betti Avant (69), Steve Piippo (70) Debra Dawson (74WB), Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** ******************************************** NOTICE: To all Alumni who have not received items ordered before, during or after the R2K Reunion, please contact me by e-mail, or call Kathy Hoff Conrad, R2K Chairman at 509-946-6318. Kathy's computer has been down, but she usually answers her phone and does not mind anyone calling her. She has the original order records, and can check your order for you. We keep hearing via Sandstorm or from Maren, etc., about ALUMNI who haven't received their items. Please contact us directly. Some T-shirts were ordered after the Reunion directly to Canyon Ridge Design. If you ordered from them, and you haven't received your order, notify us also, instead of them, and we will check on it for you. Kathy talks to them frequently. We are sorry it has taken so long for some of these orders, and we apologize for the mix-ups. We will do everything we can to track down the problem. Linda Boehning, R2K Reunion Secretary ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: John Campbell (63) Re: Drive-in restaurants I remember Tim's as a walk-in restaurant. The hamburgers were inexpensive (20 cents as I recall), but were smaller than others, so most people didn't think it was a good deal since you needed to buy more of them. I think the mortuary moved in after it closed. Skip's was ahead of its time - very good burgers. Minor's were big, but I don't think they were all that tasty. Reminded me of Big Mike's (after By's). A&W burgers were popular with the family, but the burgers always tasted salty, but the root beer made the difference! Parking was kind of limited and didn't favor "hanging out". Artic Circle was cheap, had good fries and the special sauce. Zip's was the best in my humble opinion. They had a good selection and put up with us parking our cars on their lot. Have many memories of Perry and Johnny Moore and their Ford, John Dale and his car of the month, Ed Lange and his Buick, plus many more. It gave us a place to go. I can almost smell the Hobo steak sandwich. Meanwhile, back to the low carb diet. -John Campbell ~ Class and cars of '63 ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Re: Halloween Here it is -- Halloween!! Do any of you have any favorite memories of this wonderful day? There are three that come to my mind as I sit here at the keyboard. In the first grade both of my brothers had the measles. My cousin Jean (62) lived about 2 blocks away. My mom took me to her house, then she took me around her neighborhood and at every house I had to ask for extra candy for my sick brothers. It was hard to do, as I was quite shy. In the fourth grade I had my appendix out two days before that day, so my brothers were asked to get extra candy for me. However, my teacher brought me a box of candy, the ladies who worked with my mom gave me a fruit basket, and some hospital employee's kid went out and got me a bag full of candy. Needless to say my brothers weren't willing to share their stuff (as I had more than they did). In Junior High the youth group had a costume party. I got out my dad's old Army jacket and hat and went as a soldier. About 10 years later I joined the Women's Army Corps. Was I predicting my future with that costume? I doubt it, it is just the way things in my life worked out. Has anyone else some memories of Halloween that were odd? -Betti Avant (69) ~ Goodland, KS (The Topside of Kansas) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Dan Ham (72) Dan, We were well aware of Molly Ham and her running back talents inherited from Chief Jo Warrior, Jack Ham. Molly clearly has the mental toughness and competitive spirit dad has. We had our special Powder Puff blitzing defense in but Molly just out quicked us. To: Judy Stein Mitchell (71) Judy, Last summer Ray and I had some coffee in the local McDonald's when conversation turned to Walla Walla sports. I was bragging on my son #58 middle linebacker/center for the Bombers and Ray was telling me about your son the quarterback. We joked they would see each other. Unfortunately my Scott had an injury and blood infection which caused him to miss the WW game and more. But, he's back now and maybe they'll meet in the playoffs. Great conversation about sports instincts, creativity. -Steve Piippo (70) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) My daughter has been competing against the Bombers this year. In the past, Bombers have been AAA and Cheney has been AA in Marching Band competition, but both bands have gotten quite small, so we were in the same league this fall. Naturally, I've been rooting for the Cheney Blackhawks, blood being thicker than Columbia River water. The Bombers prevailed last weekend, however, and since I couldn't cheer my own daughter on to victory in Finals competition, I cheered for the Bombers. Their show was really entertaining, and improved a lot from the Pasco Cavalcade of Bands performance early in October. If you've never seen a marching band competition, I highly recommend it. It is SO amazing what these kids can do. I saw lots of green and gold last Saturday in Everett, but didn't get a chance to strike up a conversation with any Bomber band parents. If you were there, you know what I'm talking about. Anyway, our loyalties can be divided but we don't have to go on a big guilt trip! I'm just thrilled to be involved with these talented, hard-working young people, and I'm proud of every one of them. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ~ Cheney, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) Re: Judy Stein Mitchell's (71) note about rooting for former rivals In 1979, I was student teaching at Garfield High School in Seattle and volunteered to help out with the basketball team. They only had one assistant coach, so I basically worked as the second assistant for the season. Garfield made it to the State tournament, as expected (the 'Dogs were the defending champs), and faced the Bombers in a semifinal game. Richland, led by Kellermann and Kennedy, beat Garfield and went on to win the State title. Even though I was "officially" for Garfield, it was great seeing another Bomber state championship (I'd seen the '72 tournament wins against Lincoln and Hazen when I was a freshman). -Jim Rice (75) ~ Mt. Rainier, MD (next to Washington, DC) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for this month. Please send more. ******************************************** ******************************************** September, 2000 ~ November, 2000