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17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 LAST ONE ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/1/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Mike Clowes (54), Burt Pierard (59), Patti Jones (60), Fran Barker (64), Mike Davis (74), Jenny Smart (87), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Sandra Genoway Spruksts (62) Yes, you are right about the "invasion" of germanic speaking peoples, but I thought that occurred during the second or third century AD (or whatever it is called now). The misplaced Austrians I was referring to arrived sometime during the 1914-1918 war. Not all of them got chased back to die vaterland. There is certainly a great deal of mistrust between northern and southern Italians. The Carabineri I knew came from either Napoli or Sicily. They told me that Carabineri from northern Italy were sent down south. It was considered the best thing to do. Bribing a stranger is a lot more difficult, it seems, it Italy. It was a good tour, and I did learn a few things. People from Verona, Padua and Venice all told me that the people in Vicenza ate cats. Seems this story started in the "bad" old days of the 14th and 15th centuries, when just about everybody had their own army. Vicenza, it seems, was a site for training the various armies in looting, pilliaging, siege making, etc. One army stayed too long, and the people of the town began to run out of food. To this day, cats walk nervously in Vicenza. Go. Bombers! -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: Robert Shipp (64) Re: Day's Pay & Bombers The article in Hanford Reach was interesting but unfortunately it was a whole year off. The following quotes from the written historical record show the name change from Beavers to Bombers occurred in the Fall of 1945, not 1944, and had nothing to do with Day's Pay. I realize this is getting dangerously close to being banished to THE SANDBOX, but since all I will be stating are quotes and not opinions, I hope Maren runs this. All these quotes are easily verifiable by checking the microfilms of "The Villager" newspaper. Unfortunately, the only films in existence for the period of March to October 1945 are at Richland Public Library, but you locals can check me out. Thursday, September 13, 1945: "The Villager" carried an article on the Football Jamboree coming up that weekend. The last paragraph (p. 10) said "Indications are that the Col-Hi teams, formerly known as the "Beavers" may this year be known as the "Bombers" or "Atomizers" because of the nation-wide publicity the village has received as the home of the Atomic Bomb." Thursday, September 20, 1945: "The Villager" carried a headline "Col-Hi Bombers ..." in reporting the results of the Jamboree but referred to the "... Beavers of Richland ..." in the article. Eventually all reference to the "Beavers" was dropped and on Thursday, October 11, 1945, an ad in the Villager promoting an upcoming game referred to "... Under the lights at the Bomber Bowl ...", the first reference to the field name. As an added emphasis, on Thursday, May 16, 1946, The Villager carried an article about the Col-Hi Annual which was to be called "The Columbian" for the first time. The article stated "The theme of the annual is, appropriately enough, "The Atom" and throughout the pages of the publication appear atomic symbols, flashes of atomic light, etc." Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens HEAR YE HEAR YE HEAR YE ALL BOMBER ALUMNI WOMEN'S LUNCHEON Date: January 14, 2001 (first one) Time: 12:00 noon Where: Marriott - at the airport Address: 3201 South 176th Street, Seattle, WA 98188 Price: will vary depending on the number attending ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE IN BY JANUARY 8th 2001 We need volunteers who would like to help keep this Bomber Women's luncheon an ongoing thing. We've all talked about getting together for lunch a reunions. Now is the opportunity to do it on an ongoing basis. Bring your ideas to form this ongoing luncheon to what Bomber Alumni Women would want it to be. Please send questions and/or reservations directly to me at -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** >>From: Fran Barker (64) Does anyone know where to get "Bomber" T-shirts? I'd like to have an address or phone #. Thanks. -Fran Barker (64) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Re: Steve Piippo's (70) Cheer leading Request Steve, The cheerleader that use to do the back flips from one end of the floor to the other was none other than Mike Franco, Class of 1970. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page (87) Re: Shameless Plug! Its December again (already), and that means its time for a Tri-City tradition to be held. I'm speaking of the Mid-Columbia Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker", showing Friday, December 8, Saturday (evening show), December 9 (matinee & evening shows), and Sunday December 10 (one matinee show). The company is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show this year -- quite a feat considering its put on almost entirely by volunteers! Please come out and support this talented group of young people -- you won't be disappointed! There's still good seats available -- tickets are sold at Albertson's, Dance Boutique, Uniquely Nor'west, and JD's Time Center. Oh, and by the way, please buy a raffle ticket (or 5 or 10), because I gotta know that my hours of cutting these things apart haven't been wasted :) See you at the show! -Jenny Smart Page (87) ~ West Richland p.s. Feel free to give extra loud cheers for the absolutely cutest little party girl in the show -- my kid, the one in the green dress with the curls!! (And of course, I'm saying that without any sort of parental bias....) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from November 30, 2000 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ~ Richland ~ Richard "Andy" "RC" Anderson ~ Class of 56(WB) ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/2/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 2 funeral notices today: Mary Triem (47), Judy Willox (61), David Douglas (62), Helen Cross (62), Paula Beardsley (62), Joe Ford (63), Linda Reining (64), Robert Shipp (64), Lynn Belew (70), Dan Ham (72), Debra Fogler (74WB), Sean Lewis (77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) To: Burt Pierard (59) Thank you for reaffirming the source of our Bomber name. About a year ago, we had a round of how our name originated. You have made it very clear - and historically correct - with your research. Along with the physical aging process, our memories sometimes do not age well! Bomber Cheers -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ~ Ft. Lauderdale, FL & Richland ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Re: Holiday Humor To Share With Our Bomber Friends Recently my sister, Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) bought a pair of over-alls from a local department store and took them home to wash them before wearing them as she always does. Upon removing the over-alls from the washer, she discovered that one of the clips had broken off one of the straps. A week later, while we were at water aerobics, she mentioned this fact and we decided to go back to the store that day and exchange the broken pair. We arrived at the store and stood in a rather long line to tell the story of the over-alls to the clerk. As I held our place in line, she went back and got a new pair to exchange. As we were standing there, she happened to notice that what she got to replace was a different brand than the ones she was bringing back. Seeing no other over- alls of the broken brand, she got the other brand to replace them. When we finally reached the clerk, I stood aside out of the way for Deedee to take care of business. A couple of minutes later I looked over at her and noticed a look of exasperation on her face. I approached her and found out that she was having a hassle trying to exchange the over-alls. It seems that this store claimed to not carry this brand and that they could not exchange the defective pair. I could understand why my sister became very upset and telling the clerk that she would contest the charge to her card as she had just purchased the over-alls just a week before and she had her receipt to show this. However, the receipt also showed the name of the brand she was trying to get and not the brand she was bringing back, so this compounded the problem. The clerk called upon a manager to come and handle the problem and as we were waiting, Deedee was visibly and verbally upset. The clerk again entered the task at hand and said to Deedee that if she just had her receipt it would help. That was the straw that broke Deedee's back and she quite loudly stated that she DID have her receipt. Feeling that the clerk was poo-pooing her protest became the straw that broke Judy's back and I loudly went down the clerk's throat. Knowing the integrity and the depth of honesty that my sister has, I could not let this clerk tread on her. I threatened to have her head on a plate( well actually it was just her job that I threatened to have), and I let her and the two assistant managers that had since come to our aid know it in no uncertain terms. After a bit more haggling, the over-alls were finally exchanged, and we went about our business of, of course, more shopping! As we were wandering about, we ran into the assistant manager that helped us out and we thanked her profusely. That was the end of the story -- or so we thought!! Two days later as Sis and I were back at water aerobics she came up to me and said that she had an embarrassing thing to tell me. Asking what it was, she commenced to tell me that when she had gotten home after our fiasco of Monday at the store, that she had found the over-alls that had actually come from the store and that she had grabbed the wrong pair off the clothes bar in her laundry room. Seems that she had washed two pair that day and that brand "broken" HAD actually come from a different store and were in fact about three years old. Brand "okay" were actually okay and the ones from the store in question. I about drowned in the pool that I was laughing so hard!! And every time that I looked at her during class I laughed some more. Well, knowing my honest little sister as I do, I knew what we were in for that day, so I gathered up my courage as did she to head back to the store to make right all our wrongs of two days before. When the clerk called down the assistant manager that had helped us two days ago, the look on her face was the classic "Oh God, what now?" look and was she ever surprised when we told her the story of the mistaken identity. In the meantime, the clerk who was the brunt of my anger two days before came back off her break, and was she ever relieved to know that we were NOT there to make good the threats that I had made before, but to apologize to her for the whole ordeal. Deedee was able to retrieve her "very old" pair of over-alls that were still there and she paid for the new ones that she had since taken home and, yep, you guessed it, washed before wearing them. We apologized again, the clerk and manager said that they understood and we all went away alot happier than the Monday prior. NOT before I told the clerk and manager however that, "I told you that my sister was a very honest person; I did not however say that she was smart!!" LOL!!! I guess that you could say that there are two morals to this story. One being that, in this case two wrongs did go back and make a right, and the other being that honesty really is the best policy. I know that there are four people right now alot happier for it!! Bomber Cheers and Very Happy Holidays To All, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note to Maren from Deedee Willox Loiseau (64): Actually, I'm the one who originally said, "I'm honest, just stupid!" It's a joke! I know I'm not stupid and you know I'm not stupid. Even Judy knows I'm not stupid. But what I did was sure dumb! Now every time Judy says or does something dumb, I say "You're related to that Loiseau woman, aren't you?" ******************************************** >>From: David Douglas (62) Friday, December 1, 2000 (Gilbert, Arizona) A private memorial ceremony was held today at Picacho Peak, located near the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway between Casa Grande and Tucson, Arizona, in loving memory of Patty Bezzio, Col-Hi class of 1963. Attending was a single mourner, David Douglas. He was Pattys first date, they shared together their first romantic kiss, and he has always considered her his high school sweetheart and the first genuine love of his life. Following the reading of verses from Psalm 51, a prayer of confession and petition for forgiveness, a dozen blue balloons (to remind her of his eyes) were released into a blue and white misty Arizona sky. The service concluded with music, Seemann, deine Heimat ist das Meere by Lolita, their favorite song commemorating their meeting in German class. A single long stemmed red rose was left at the site. Mr. Douglas committed a grave injustice to Patty, to his lasting shame and sorrow. It was his long desire to someday locate her and offer his apology. He found her too late. His only hope is that her friends, who knew and appreciated her gentle nature and sweet spirit, might offer him their forgiveness on her behalf. -David M. Douglas (62) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To: Steve Piippo (70) Re: Cheerleading Request I think there was more than one cheerleader who did those back flips back in my day. Was it Dave Simmons or Craig Guse (I need help, I can't find my old annuals to look this up, and it's been a long time since I thought about this. Was it Saralyn Reil who used to do them?) I just remember watching in awe. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) somewhere near Cincinnati in Indiana. If I ever get to Baitsville to see a game, I want to look up this coach from my hometown!! ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) Re: A&W Root Beer To: Michael Figg (70) We stopped at that same A&W in the middle of nowhere South Dakota this past July also (Did we pass in the night?) and had a cool frosty A&W on our way to Mt. Rushmore. Big Attraction in the area.... Gas Stations!! There really was nothing else for miles and miles. Man that root beer tasted so dang good!! -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Joe Ford (63) Re: Alum Lunch in Olympia Fellow Richlanders; A group of '63 Col-Hi alums and one '64 Col-Hi alum met for lunch on Olympia's West Side on Thursday the 30th of November. Organized by Leo Webb (63), the group also included Ellen Weihermiller Anderson, Mary Collins Burbage, and Joe Ford (all '63) and Richard Swanson (64). We all enjoyed the chance to catch up with family news, look at photos from the remarkable R2K reunion in Richland last summer, and exchange news about our friends and classmates. Other Olympia area alums are invited to get together with us. We don't have a schedule, but do plan to gather for lunch now and then. -Joe Ford (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) To: Fran Barker (64) You asked where you could buy Bomber T-shirts. Go Scroll down to SITES OF INTEREST Click the BUY BOMBER STUFF link. -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp (64) Re: 1944 or 1945? To: Burt Pierard (59) and John Adkins (62) I really didn't mean to start a controversy. (There's enough of that in Florida to last the next 20 years!) Since I didn't come on the scene until a year (or two depending on which date is correct) after RHS became the Bombers, I have no personal memory of the event. I assumed the 1944 date was right since it was based on Dale Gier's (48) recollection that was quoted in the article, and he was there. So what's the answer? Was Dr. Gier misquoted? Was his memory playing tricks on him? Maybe the student council voted on it in 1944 but it didn't become official until 1945. Who knows? And did the Bomber name come from the airplane or the weapon? Either way, I'm proud to be a Bomber and always will be regardless of when or why the name was adopted! -Robert Shipp (64) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Belew Schmidt (70) To: Steve Piippo (70) Cheerleaders that school year ('68/'69) who did the back flips were --- Debbie Waggoner, Cindy Morgan, Cindy Semmern and Teri Schurhart. Our Sr. year ('69/'70) we had Teri again and Cindy Maki ('71). -Lynn Belew Schmidt (70) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Ham (72) Re: Cheerleader Request To: Mike Davis (74) & Steve Piippo (70) Mike Franco (70) may have done the flips from one end of the gym floor to the other but let us not forget our very own Connie Manolopoulos (72) who also did the very same routine. I may also add she was a lot more graceful at it and definitely a lot easier on the eyes. You may also be interested to know she is a Chief Jo alumni, the starting point for basketball players and cheerleaders alike. -Dan Ham (72) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) Ten years-or-so ago my nephew, Larry Muir, was a mouse in the Tri City production of The Nutcracker. It is indeed a memorable production for cast and audience alike. While Spokane may offer a big-name, spectacular show on ice, it cannot compare to the joy of watching loved ones perform on-stage in Bomberville. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >>From: Sean Lewis (77) Re: Burt Pierard's (59) Sandstorm submission on 12/01 I think virtually all RHS alumni will heartily join me in thanking the powers that be that the name "Atomizers" wasn't selected over "Bombers" so many years ago. Yikes! Our lives just wouldn't have been the same. -Sean Lewis (77) ~ Puyallup, WA ******************************************** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ******************************************** >>From: Cliff and LaDean Wood Stice (61) Charlotte Diettrich Daines (61) passed away 11/27/00 in Richland. ******************************************** >>From: Diana Williams Francis (80) Hello to the Class of 1980 and others who were touched by the amazing enthusiasm and zest for life of Lisa Jones Wood (80). Lisa passed away on November 30, 2000 from cancer. She lived courageously and never complained. She will remain a true inspiration for me and my family. There will be a memorial service for Lisa at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland on Monday, December 4th at 1:00 pm and a reception following at the Knights of Colombus from 2-5. For more information on donations check the Tri-City Herald. For those of you who knew Lisa, you know we have lost an amazing woman, friend, mom, wife and teacher. Thanks for making us laugh, Lis. Love Diana Williams Francis (80) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/3/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 2 TCH funeral notice links today: Ralph Myrick (51), John Adkins (62), Sandra Genoway (62), Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68), Mike Franco (70), Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Did you get the funeral notice for Charlotte Diettrich Daines who died this past week. I didn't attend the memorial service, however, my sister Norma Myrick (54) did. She said that it was filled to capacity and a lot more. What a shame to lose such a young life. -Ralph Myrick (51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See the link to Charlotte's funeral notice towards the end of this Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) Re: Robert Shipp (64) and the "name game" Neither Burt [Pierard-59] nor I are looking to "start" a controversy - to the contrary - the research we have in our possession (it seems to me) pretty much ends any controversy. WE WERE NAMED FOR THE BOMB - not the plane. By the way you can see all difference it makes just by watching a sunrise. -John Adkins (62) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Re: Patty Bezzio (63) and David Douglas (62) To: David Douglas (62) Dear David, Please know that you are forgiven for whatever it was that you thought you did to wrong Patty. >From Patty's friends; and now yours, too, -Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) and George Spruksts ******************************************** >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68) To: David Douglas (62) Re: Not too late - Patty Bezzio (63-RIP) David, It was not too late. What a lovely service you held in her honor. I am sure her spirit was there with you, and that she knows what is in your heart. My condolences to you. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) To: Steve Piippo (70) Re: the cheerleader who did back flips Mike Davis (74), who stated that it was me, is usually totally wrong on everything. This time he was only half wrong. I was never a cheerleader but I did once do a back flip off a twelfth row seat at a football game at Wa-Hi. Ok, what was the name of the stadium in Walla-Walla? Starts with a "B" (Mike Davis, that is the letter after "A"). I think most of our class of '70 cheerleaders were pretty good at those back flips although with our football teams (How many guys DID Rallis kill in practice?) and basketball team there was not a lot to flip about! Tricia Meeker, Cindy, Lynne, Schuchart all had three things in common... can you guess what they were, Mike Davis??? That's right!!! 1) They were all short (kind of) 2) They were all girls 3) They NEVER, NEVER ate at Denny's -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) Although your storied athletic career is over, I never saw you do a back flip. I have to include my wife Kathy Feaster Alley (75) in the group who did the center court flips. She was also a fine gymnast. My best wishes to the family of Lisa Jones Wood (80) who passed away this week. I used to work with husband Leon and I wish him and the kids the best. From an earlier message I wish Sue Clifford (73) a good recovery from her recent surgery. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notices scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ~ Richland ~ Charlotte Diettrich Daines ~ Class of 1961 ~ ~ Lisa Jones Wood ~ Class of 1980 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/4/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Claris Van Dusen (48), Betty Conner (52), Marilyn Simmons (63), Betti Avant (69), Steve Piippo (70), Art Snyder (71), Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Claris Van Dusen (Knox) Troutman (48) Re: Possible New Member Hi Bombers -- Am writing to ask anyone from the Class of '52 (or prior, even) who might remember a guy named Vernon "Bud" Van Dusen. He left in 1947, joined the army, then returned to graduate in '52. He is my brother (I was Claris Van Dusen way back then) and I would appreciate any contact you could provide him. He has had a minor stroke, but it did leave him with the inability to create words. He talks okay, though hesitates over words sometimes. He enjoys his computer a lot and it is now his main source of entertainment (aside from the good ol' telly). He might try to type a response, but it probably would be a bit garbled. However, he can send greeting cards to anyone. He uses mostly. Works well for him. Bud lives in Naches, just outside of Yakima, with his pet dog TJ. He has given up race car driving, as his reflexes aren't what they used to be. He has also had cancer of the esophagus, but it has been in remission now for several years. We are so grateful for that. Bud and I lived on McPherson in Richland from 1945 to 1947. We then moved to North Richland for one year, but Bud was gone into the army by then. He has fond memories of his high school days there. Thanks for any messages you are willing to send him. And if you like you may copy me when you do write. Happy Holidays to All! GO BOMBERS! -Claris Van Dusen (Knox) Troutman (48) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom (52) Re: Walla Walla Stadium To: Mike Franco (70) The stadium in Walla Walla is the "Borlesky". (We spent 18 years there.) My daughter was one of their awesome cheerleaders, doing all the flips and gymnastics and dance routines, at all the football and basketball games and special performances - graduated in 1979 from Walla Walla. Kathy McKewon (Tom's daughter) also was in the group. Our loyalties are divided. We had 3 of our kids graduate from Walla Walla (our 2 sons in '83 and '84). (our other 3 girls graduated from Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, WA.) -Betty Conner Sansom (52) ~ Goldendale, WA ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Simmons Arnold (63} To: David Rivers (65) ... a belated Happy Birthday. To: David Douglas (62) ... I remember Patty Bezzio (63-RIP) and want to thank you for the beautiful tribute you gave her. -Marilyn Simmons Arnold (63} ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Re: Times are a'changin I remember the second semester of my senior year I had Mr. Strankman for World Geography. He told us he had gotten a cassette tape recorder for Christmas and thought this was the "wave of the future" for recording things and listening to tapes. Over the years I have accumulated quite a collection of cassette tapes of my favorite music. Last week I went to WalMart to buy the Billy Gilman Christmas tape and low and behold I could only find it in CD form. I became a part of the "now generation" and bought a a CD-cassette combination that also has an AM-FM radio in it. Looking at CDs today they have ones from the time I remember; Beach Boys, Ann Murray, etc. I think I know where part of my Christmas bonus will go this year. Oh, well, what is a bonus if you can't spend it on something you need or better yet want????? -Betti Avant (69) ~ Goodland, KS ~ the sunflower capital ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Lynn Belew Schmidt (70) Thanks! Along with the fan pleasing fast break basketball, the 'back flipping' cheerleaders were awesome and fun to watch. Believe Cindy Maki was at the all class reunion with the rest of all us old farts. Enjoyed chatting with you at our 30th reunion. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Art Snyder (71) To: Mike Franco (70) The name of the stadium in Walla Walla is "Borleske". Sad but true that the Bomber football team does not do well there. I go and cheer for the Bombers when they come to town. It is usually a good game, it just seems colder than it used to be in the good old days. -Art Snyder (71) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) To: Franco That stadium would be Borleske, I believe named after the famous Denny Borleske. To: Greg Alley (73) With your "Springboard" fame, I'm sure a few back flips on your part would only be way too easy! -Mike Davis (74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/5/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes (54), John Northover (59), David Douglas (62), Deedee Willox (64), David Rivers (65), Steve Piippo (70), Greg Alley (73), Debra Dawson (74WB), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Claris Van Dusen (Knox) Troutman (48) Re: Vernon "Bud" Van Dusen (52) You wrote and asked if anyone from the class of '52 or earlier remembered your brother, Vern. How about some of us younger folk? If my memory banks serve, I remember Vern from the Civil Air Patrol. I also think he had a hardtop Ford that was a model year ahead of when hardtops came out. In the parlance of the day, Vern was a cool cat. And, hey Vern (sorry about that) do believe my old buddy Dore Tyler '53 may have a few recollections, too. Hang in there. Bombers always -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Vern's not on the Sandstorm e-mail list. Claris sent his e-mail address is [deleted for privacy] Claris also said: "You may not hear back from him at this time if he is unable to create a message. But I would like him to receive the Sandstorm messages you get. When we can get together I will be able to help him with a way to correspond or at least input some brief messages." So... send him messages.... -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: John Northover (59) Re: White House Comment Line Maren, For the Sandstorm: I received this from one of the great '59 Bomber Classmates ... Perhaps the rest of the SandStorm world would like to participate ... regardless of whether they are on the 'right' side or the 'wrong' side ...!!! *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* "White House Comment Line: John, I do volunteer work at the White House. For the last month or so have been answering the White House comment line (along with about a dozen other people). People call in and we keep tallies on some of the hot items. Yesterday I personally received 88 calls for Gore to concede (versus 29 with the message NOT to concede). These messages are taken to Gore's office at the end of each day. Probably never looks at them, but at least the people that work for him are aware. Anyhow, you might want to send out this number to your large distribution list. It is 202-456-1111 (you will get a recording, then have to hit "0" to get comment operator). People should state that the message is specifically for Gore. You just have to give your comment along with the state you are name, etc. Comment line is open from 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT or EST." *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* SO citizen Krane ... here is your chance to give'm .... whatever!!! -John Northover (59) ~ San Diego, CA ******************************************** >>From: David Douglas (62) Thanks to all who wrote me. You have been helpful beyond expression. I don't know if that was a "first" for Sandstorm, but I know of no more appropriate or healing community I could have shared with, even in the brief time I've known about you all. Tim Smyth (62) wrote to me, after my first greeting: "I think you were a bit less of a cut-up than the image you portrayed. I never remember you grazing too far off the 'beaten track.'" Well, I'm the first to admit I lived a rather repressed life. Which is why I recall the few times I was a 'cut-up' that much more fondly. In talking with Maren, who apparently was in my German class, although I don't recall her (sorry, Maren - someone else in that class held my attention at the time), I reminded her of the teacher's punishment for misbehavior - having to write "I am a menace to the good of society" in German ("Ich bin eine Gefahr..." whatever) several hundred times after school. Maren says she doesn't remember this - she apparently never misbehaved. Come on, people, someone must remember it. Surely Patty and I weren't the only ones who had to write this a few thousand times that year (it was the only class we had together and we did love to talk and write notes). I finally took to writing pages of it in my spare time. Then when I had to go in after school, I'd write one page, pull out my spares, turn them in, and go home after five minutes. Somehow the teacher never quite figured out what was going on. One other memory from German class - Vivian Gericke (62). She could speak Afrikaans, which as I recall is a derivative of Dutch, which is in the germanic class. As a result, she could read German with flawless pronunciation, even though she couldn't understand it any better than the rest of us. But because she could pronounce it so well, the teacher thought she could speak it. He'd rattle off long complicated German sentences to her, which she couldn't comprehend. She finally got tired of it one day and rattled off a long complicated Afrikaans sentence, which HE couldn't understand. He never did that to her again. And of course, there was the German Christmas Banquet. The infamous German Christmas Banquet (in my memory). If anyone recalls that, you may remember Patty and I got there rather late. I wrote a speech about that for Toastmasters and entered it in the humorous speech contest a few weeks ago (Your First Formal Date: Things NOT To Do). It didn't win, but I had fun giving it. Then I also got stopped by the police twice on dates. While looking for a place to park. Never had the courage to ask anybody where a good place was. I can tell you a couple of places to definitely avoid, however... Okay, Tim, so it wasn't much. But I enjoyed what little of it there was! -David Douglas (62) ******************************************** >>From: Mercedes "Deedee" Willox Loiseau (64) To: Betti Avant (69) So, did you buy the Billy Gilman Christmas CD? Is it a good one? I had never heard of him before watching Ice Jams on TV. They had live artists performing for the skaters and Billy Gilman was one of them. I thought he was quite good. -Mercedes "Deedee" Willox Loiseau (64) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: Happy Birthday All through Jr. High and High School, I was followed around by the prettiest girl. What a treat. I mean this girl followed me everywhere. She always managed to get the teacher to get her to sit behind me. She even managed to set it up so that she could walk with me during graduation... I mean this girls was all over me... I just knew she was madly in love with me. Then one day, I learned that the teachers were using the alphabet to make their seating charts! Well, no matter... Happy Birthday to Janine Rightmire Corrado (65)! You made school a better place to spend my time! -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Lynn Belew Schmidt (70) About those cheerleaders: My middle senior daughter Kristi, is also a Bomber cheerleader. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) After many attempts at Borleske stadium we need a Wa- Hi graduate to make it official on the spelling. I am thinking of a new name for the girls gym or just the old gym. How 'bout the Davis Dome, maybe Franco Forum, Davis Arena, Franco Pavilion? Denny's could throw in a couple million for renovations and sponsorship and the new mecca will be constructed. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Debra Ora Dawson Fogler (74WB) Condolences to the Diettrich family. Charlotte's picture in the obituary looked just like I remember her - must have been her senior photo. My sister, Gayle, and Karla (64) were best friends throughout high school. My Mom and Ora were so close, she made that my middle name in honor of her friend. I lived for the penny candy bought at Karl Diettrich's store in the Marcus Whitman neighborhood on Dupertail, I think. When we moved to West Richland in 1968 (?), Karl owned Food Lines, I think it was, out there too. Wanda, I remember as a chronic smiler, the kind of person who makes everyone feel welcome and wonderful. I don't know Ora, the sister of Charlotte that I'm named after, but I hope if any of the family is reading this, they know how sorry the Dawson family is for their loss. -Debra Ora Dawson Fogler (74WB) ~ Cheney, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/6/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Re: Vandals hit Richland High courtyard ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Tyner (52), Richard Anderson (60), Jim Hamilton (63), David Rivers (65), Janie O'Neal (65), Lynn Belew (70), Gil Gilstrap (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKnight (65) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Tyner Roberts (52) Re: Vernon Van Dusen I was a member of the class of '52 and counted Bud as a friend. I sure remember that beautiful motorcycle and he gave me a few rides when the parents or the transportation failed. I designed a logo of a little dragon with wheels for their bike club sometime along in 1951 or '52. We were both from Kansas and since I was a reluctant immigrant from our Kansas farm, I felt a kinship. I haven't seen the other entries regarding Bud, but I wish him well and hope life has been good to him. -Carol Tyner Roberts (52) ~ Grover Beach, CA ******************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson, Class of '60 Webmaster Item 1: Death of Dennis Robertson-Beatty I learned today of the death of our classmate Dennis Robertson-Beatty of complications of lung disease, in Salt Lake City, on Sunday, December 3rd. Please join me in expressing condolences to his wife Karen. Her e-mail address is: [deleted for privacy]. You may contact me, or Walt or Alice Morgan [deleted for privacy] if you would care to contact Karen directly by telephone; we will be glad to give Karen's number to you. Item 2: Telephone Number and Computer Monitor I finally have moved into a real dwelling here in Bomberville and have a phone number if you need (or care) to get hold of me: (509) 943-8637 [this can be committed to memory as WHitehall-DUNES for those who remember that the 94 exchange here in Richland was/is WHitehall]. Second, if anybody has a spare 15-pin color monitor lying about gathering dust for whatever reason, I would be really really appreciative if you could donate it to me -- my laptop's display is broken and I need a "real" monitor to plug it into in order to be able to use it (life was so much less complicated in the days before computers, wasn't it?). Sigh. Bomber cheers, -Richard Anderson (60) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Re: Need a little guidance from the Bombers out there. What with the holiday season coming upon us, I'm confused as to what constitutes a proper hug. Does the head go to the right and the wrap 'em up arm go high and to the left? That would leave the huggin'/squeezin' arm to the lower right. If you don't do it right, you risk the chance of banging noses and layin' a lipper on someone's mustache. Last Saturday night I almost hit the panic button, but made it through my Heiling, DeJong and Boehning hugs (warning to everyone, LaMont hugs back). That was before a wonderful bottle of Cabernet, and a visit to Dean's "Cornucopia of Libations" after dinner. The good night hugs weren't as sharp and crisp. Let's all agree on "The "Bomber Hug" -jimbeaux ******************************************** >>From: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) Does anybody out there know how I can get my hands on an annual from 1965? My memory isn't what it use to be and I would sure like to see some of those old faces. -Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Belew Schmidt (70) To: Steve Piippo (70) That's great! I hope they still have as much fun as we did. Make it to state for basketball and I'll look for her. -Lynn Belew Schmidt (70) ******************************************** >>From: Gil Gilstrap (79) Re: Frank Teverbaugh Does anyone know what Mr. Teverbaugh is doing now or is he not around anymore? I always wanted to know if he was the one who left the grease spot on the poster board in the gym office or if it was J.D. Covington. LOL -Gil Gilstrap (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/7/00 ~ PEARL HARBOR DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today: Curt Donahue (53), Jim House (63), Joanna Faulkner (63), Patti Snider (65), Rosie Valenzuela (69), Greg Alley (73), Tedi Parks (76), Regina Rees (81), BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Re: Vandalism at School I never cease to be amazed at what prompts people to participate in wanton destruction of someone else's property and it goes on all the time, it seems. My personal feeling is that the punishment for vandalism should be much stiffer than for theft or burglary because the victim is left with the picture of the damage and, in most cases, has the job of cleaning up and/or repairing or replacing the damaged articles or materials. Where, in theft or burglary, the item(s) taken are only a memory of what they were. -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Re: All about me Boston Celtic great Larry Bird and Richland Bomber Jim House (63) were born on December 7th. I shamelessly wanted to see those two names in the same sentence. Having been born on Pearl Harbor Day and having Green and Gold in my veins is purely coincidental. To suggest otherwise would be material for the Sandbox. -Jim House (63) ~ Houston, TX (but still very close to Richland) ******************************************** >>From: Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) Hello Everyone! and Happy Holidays to one and all! I'm wondering if any of you remember my half brother, Clyde Foster (49-RIP), who was a basketball player in the late forties there at Columbia High School. He was later killed in the Korean War. I don't have all that many memories of him since he was 15 years older than me. I do have distinct memories of my father taking me by the hand and walking across the street (we lived on Long right across from the gymnasium) to go to the basketball games. All the sights and sounds of the exuberant crowd, stomping on the metal bleachers, the cheerleaders, and of course the game itself were unforgettable, even to a three year old little girl. -Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) To: Gil Gilstrap (79) Re: Frank Teverbaugh He is alive and well. He and his wife come through my check stand at Albertsons a lot. My son, Robert Miller (96) and I saw him at the bowling alley the other night with his grand kids. With winter upon us what are some temperatures out there while you are writing to the Sandstorm? It's 30 COLD degrees here. Saw a few lite sprinkles of snow in south Richland. To: Jim Hamilton (63) Doesn't the Bomber Hug depend on whether you are a short Bomber hugging a tall Bomber or a tall Bomber hugging a short Bomber or two short hugging, or two tall hugging? Just go with the flow :) Happy Bomber Holidays, and hugs! -Patti Snider Miller (65) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Rosie Valenzuela Preston (69) To our class of 69 Our fellow student, Nina Burlinton, lost her Mother. She died 11-18-00. It happened so fast. I am so sorry for her family. Please call if your family needs anything. May God bless all your family, always your friend and class mate Rosie Valenzuela -Rosie Valenzuela Preston (69) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) Number 45 in your program, number one in your heart, its the big 45th birthday party on the internet. Can we all meet at Denny's and sing the Happy Happy Joy Joy song. Have a great birthday and enjoy being one step closer to the senior citizen discount at you know where. -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) To: Gil Gilstrap (79) In response to your question about my father-in-law, Frank Teverbaugh and what he's doing now. Yes, he still lives in Richland. He did take a trip to the mid-west this year. Some college out there was looking to hire a new coach. Their guy... I think his name was Bobby Knight apparently wasn't cutting the mustard. But 'ol Frank turned the job down... just couldn't tear himself away from Richland. He's too busy enjoying his retirement with his wife, his motor home, his boat, and his grandkids. Regarding the grease stain on the poster. The way I understand it, Frank was in the gym office one day when Mike Davis (74), walked in with a McDonald's sausage biscuit. Frank, still unnerved because Mike didn't go out for the basketball team, seized the biscuit and threw it and it hit the poster board, hence the grease spot. They had words, of course... very unfortunate and Mike, said, "Fine!!, Coach, I'll just go to Denny's!"... and the rest is history. Thanks for asking, Gil. I'll give Frank your regards... -Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) ~ Benbrook, TX ******************************************** >>From: Regina Rees Christensen (81) I have to write because it breaks my heart to have the court yard and Richland High vandalized. I was in the graduating class of 1981 and while I attended what was then Columbia High School the courtyard was vandalized that year too. A beautiful old tree had to be removed because of the damage done by a heartless few. The tree was replaced and has grown but from what my son has said, it is possible that the tree was damaged in this last attack. It saddens me to know that this may have been done by students at Richland High, just as it was done in the past. The court yard is something to be proud of and should be respected and enjoyed for all attending school now and for those to come. -Regina Rees Christensen (81) ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) Today, the 7th, Mike Davis (74) is 45 years old. Our whole family would like to wish him a happy Birthday. His Dad sometimes teases him that he was the second disaster to happen on December 7th. Not true, he has been a truly great son. I remember when he was small he couldn't talk plain, a speech problem, so he just didn't talk to anyone but his sister, Sheila (71) and I. We had no trouble understanding him. He started Kindergarten and still couldn't talk plain so he never uttered a word. We were called to school and the school psychiatrist talked to us about Mike's "problem". His Dad (being a very wise and unflappable man) told them "When Mike wants to talk he will"... and he did... and hasn't stopped since... Happy Birthday, Mike We love you The Davis family *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/8/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Carole Clark (54), Mike Clowes (54), Sharon Chapman (57) Rose Boswell (61), Shirley Sherwood (62), Phyllis Geery (65) Steve Piippo (70), Brad Upton (74), Jay Schreiber (79) Sonny Parker (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Carole Clark Oien (54) To: Patti Snider Miller (65) Re: temperatures where we are reading the Alumni Sandstorm. Right now I am in our winter home in Sun City West outside of Phoenix and it was 78 degrees on our patio this afternoon. BUT we are leaving in a few hours for our other home in Juneau, Alaska and there it is in the 40s. Yes, that is warmer than it has been in the Tri-Cities. My parents still live in Pasco and I watch the temperatures closely. The weather makes me wish we were staying here for the holidays but the family (our two children, daughter-in-law and expected first grandchild) pulls us home. -Carole Clark Oien (54) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: Pearl Harbour Day As I went to bed last night (12/6) or early this morning (12/7), I thought I should have penned a few words about this day and what it meant (or means) to some of us. Pearl Harbour Day is truly a generational thing. Many of us had fathers, uncles, brothers, cousins who went to war because of what happened on December 7th, 1941. I do not mean to belittle the mothers, aunts, sisters or cousins who also went to the same war. Some of us were born prior to this date in history, and we were seen as the last of the "depression" babies. Some of us were "war babies", and I will not go into that. Those who were born during or after May 1946 are, of course, "the Boomers." I say May, 1946, as that is approximately nine month after the end of the war. In a perverse sort of way, if it hadn't been for the war, we wouldn't be Bombers. Richland would still be a sleepy farming community on the banks of the Yakima, and more than likely competing in sports against Hanford and White Bluffs instead of most of the state. The team would probably still be the Beavers. (Odd question at this point, but what were the school colors then?) And most certainly there would not be and Alumni Sandstorm, let alone the alumni web pages. My memory banks tell me that I do not actually remember December 7th, after all, I was only five years old at the time. I have a vague recollection of wondering where Pearl Harbour was. I also have memories of people worrying about Japanese air raids on the west coast following Pearl Harbour. I even wondered why there wasn't a bucket of sand and a shovel handy inside the house (in case an incendiary bomb dropped through the roof). We worried about things like that back then. I also remember an "air raid" a few days or weeks later. It was at night, and after the blackout curtains were pulled shut, I crept under them to watch what was happening (being careful, of course, not to let any light leak out). All of the houses around us were dark, not a light showing anywhere. Well, by golly, Centralia is going to survive this one! Hey! Wait a minute! If all the house lights, neon signs, etc., are supposed to be out, why are the street lights still on? No one could give a good answer to that. Perhaps the person in charge of turning out the lights was a Japanese or German spy! Fat chance, I think somebody forgot. But the day did make changes in life as we had known it. Rationing and all that that entailed soon became a fact of life. Never did figure the whole thing out, what was the difference between red and blue points? And, why couldn't I have a bicycle without having to put my name on a list and what for what seemed like forever (and this was after the war)? It was best that I take my dime to school each week to buy a savings stamp, which, when the book was filled, I could be come the proud owner of a war bond (later savings bond). Gee, I still wish I had those, think of the money they would be worth now. I could probably take the whole gang to Denny's for a Grand Slam all around. Alas, I have already cashed the bonds and spent the money. Such is life. And if you think you had it rough, try ridding to Seattle behind the seat of a '39 Ford business coupe (there was no back seat, just some room and a rack of some sort to keep samples or what ever in. I felt every expansion joint in Highway 99, believe me. Or riding the train and having to stand all the way. Boy, did we kids have it rough back then! Had to walk... no, that story doesn't work anymore. Just give thanks and a grateful prayer to those who fought, survived, or died on this day back in 1941. Even though surprised, they did their best with what they had. And they helped keep the wolf away from the door. Always a Bomber -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Chapman McFall (57) Re: temperature The weather in the Phoenix area is unseasonably warm... even for here. It must be about low 70s with beautiful blue skies. Today I saw Santa at the mall -- wearing red velvet Bermuda shorts. To: David Douglas (62) Welcome to Arizona. I think that was a very moving tribute to your classmate. -Sharon Chapman McFall (57) ~ Mesa, AZ ******************************************** >>From: Rose Boswell Smith (61) I guess I didn't read what happened to the courtyard? Was the mural messed up? To: Bombers in Seattle area Please think about Ann's open house. We would like to see a lot of you. -Rose Boswell Smith (61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [The URL for the Tri City Herald article about the vandalism at RHS is:] ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani (62) To: Patti Snider Miller (65) It is currently 32 here in Grants Pass, OR and foggy. It may be in the 20s by the weekend. -Shirley Sherwood Milani (62) ******************************************** >>From: Phyllis Geery Iavarone (65) To: Class of 65 Hi to all of you! I am now living in Rhode Island, have been here 32 years. After all these years, I just found out recently, about our web site and the Sandstorm. I found out from Richard Bowen. I thank him! This is so interesting reading things about Col-Hi. I have been so busy these last 35 years raising my 6 children, that while I often thought about my high school years, I haven't gotten back to that part of the country and I do miss it. Also wondering if anyone still remembers me. I'd love to hear from old classmates. -Phyllis Geery Iavarone (65) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Mike Davis (74) Happy Birthday you old fart. Keep teaching and coaching. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton (74) To: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) Re: Mike Davis (74) BJ, You mentioned in yesterday's message about "when Mike was small"... I think you meant to say "when Mike was young." Small? No way. Mike, I hope you enjoyed your free birthday meal! -Brad Upton (74) ******************************************** >>From: Jay Schreiber (79) To: Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) If your [father-in-law] replaced Coach, Mr., General Knight (would not want him grabbing my arm for respect) it would have been too much fun to travel the 50 miles south to Bloomington, IN just to give him a bad time like in the days gone past. Please pass on my best wishes to him. Also, wasn't Frank the one who wanted the basketball players to run Cross Country to get them into shape for Hoops season? -Jay J. Schreiber (79) ******************************************** >>From: Sonny Parker (81) Re: The courtyard I agree with Regina Reese (81)... (How are you, by the way?) In 1981 the giant tree in the courtyard was cut down by several idiots. If memory serves me correctly, the perpetrators didn't graduate. Our school should be a place of pride, not vandalism. Thank goodness for Karma! What comes around, goes around... -Sonny Parker (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from December 7, 2000 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Dennis Beatty (Robertson) ~ Class of 1960 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/9/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ANNOUNCEMENT: RHS Vandalism culprits are RHS students... identified and arrested. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: David Brusie (51), Mike Clowes (54), Judy Willox (61), David Douglas (62), Helen Cross (62), Gary Behymer (64), Linda Reining (64), Patricia de la Bretonne (65), Gil Gilstrap (79), Jay Schreiber (79), Kim Edgar (79), Regina Rees (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Brusie (51) To: Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) You bet I do remember Clyde "Red " Foster (49-RIP). Played for the Bombers just before me. Good player too, and a very good friend. I was sorry to hear that he died in the Korean war. -David Brusie (51) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Carole Clark Oien (54) Carole, You have my deepest sympathy. Forsaking the warmth of Arizona for a trek to "Seward's Icebox." But then, it is for a good reason; a chance to see your first grandchild. I'd probably do the same thing, except that my son and his then wife brought their first born to my house. It was still something to behold, but not what it is like seeing your firstborn for the first time (other than pictures). As for life in the Willamette Valley, it is cold (28 - 38) and foggy. Weather guessers say there might be some rain tonight, but that what they always say. And in really going out on a limb, perhaps snow next week sometime. People in the Bellingham area are advised. At least here on the West Coast, we don't have to worry about "frozen chad." Onward Bombers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Re: Pearl Harbor Day Piece To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Bob/Mike, *G* That was a real nice piece of writing that you sent in. I really enjoyed reading it. You captured so many of the concepts of that era and really made me relive them - nice job!!!!!!!! Sincere Bomber Wishes, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: David Douglas (62) Heads up guys - Dorothy and Dianne Bosso's (62) birthdays are this Sunday. Happy Birthday to two of the most wonderful people with whom I have had the longest running (won't say oldest) friendships - since Kindergarten. I celebrated mine on the 5th of this month, with a surprise birthday party at home, and two (2) lunches from colleagues at work. My son-in-law asked if I'd had a good birthday. I said, "Yes, I don't feel any older". He said, "Do you feel any wiser"? "No, I gave up on that a long time ago". -David Douglas (62) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To: Patti Snider Miller (65) Re: Temperatures It's about 24 outside here tonite as I write this, but it should be up to 48 on Sunday and they are expecting 53 on next Monday. However on Wednesday when I was trying to hang some swags outside and put up bows, it was about l2. But the best part is that so far we, in southeastern Indiana haven't had any snow to deal with so far. And that is a blessing. Shalom, -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~ outside Cincinnati, OH ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: The Dynamics LP To: Maren Smyth (64) This is from Harry Wilson from the Class of 1964... or would have been (;-) You might share it in the Alumni Sandstorm. Behymer ~~~~~~~~ Subject: The Dynamics LP Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 17:33:13 -0800 From: Harry To: Gary Behymer Gary, I lived @ 1224 Gowen (also by the river). I can't place you but we had to have been in the same class. I knew Billy Rulon, Kenny Dahl, Susan Knox, Richard Twedt, Cathy Roe, Pete VanWyck. Pete died several years ago. His little brother Jimmy is a big movie producer in Hollywood. He produces Sly Stallone, Mel Gibson, etc. I did play with Tom Warren. I have a picture of the two of us playing at a sock hop. I hung out with Allen Coffman. I think he was about a year or so ahead of us but we both played guitar and that was my reason for living in those days. I remember all of the folks that you mentioned that left in 1960. Wow is a small world. If there are any Bomber get-togethers please keep me in mind. My wife and I try to get over a couple of times a year. We normally stay at Cavanaugh's in Kennewick and just come to enjoy the weather and so I can reminisce a bit. Thanks for the update. It sure has taken me back. Harry Wilson ~~~~~~ -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: blackouts and rationing I heard about those things from my folks but never heard anything from a kid's perspective. I remember the air raid drills during grade school and they scared the "dickens" out of me... can't imagine what it must have been like "for real". As for being a "boomer" ; I was born in January of '46. Never had to wonder, "What did you do after the war, Daddy"? ;) By the way, the temperature here in Bakersfield, CA is 58. at least we don't have the dreaded "tule fog" today! Have had it all week... makes for a dreary day and horrible driving conditions. Monday the sun never broke through... my granddaughter said it was because God was still sleeping. ;) -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne (65) Re: The funeral notice of Dennis [Robertson] Beatty (60) Is this the same guy who wrote in to the Sandbox less than a month ago about looking for a place to retire? I didn't know him, but does anyone know what happened? It just seems so ironic and sad. Condolences to his loved ones. -Patricia de la Bretonne (65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dennis DID send Sandstorm entries -- can't remember if one was about retirement... Dennis was seen at R2K dragging an oxygen tank around with him... He was one of "The Sandmen" who entertained us at the R2K Soc Hop... The funeral notice that Shirley Collings Haskins (66) put up on the funeral notices website at: says that Dennis died of "complications from pulmonary fibrosis". -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Gil Gilstrap (79) You guys, is this the same tree that was almost cut down and then the school had to finish the job in '79 cause if it is the guys that cut that tree did graduate and one of them was killed in a car wreck a few years later? A lot of talking about some trees I know that they mean a lot to some people but I believe there are a few things more to worry about than some old trees. gilly 79 -Gil Gilstrap (79) ******************************************** >>From: Jay Schreiber (79) Re: The courtyard tree To: Sonny Parker (81) Sorry, Sonny, but your memory is incorrect on that point of it happening in '81. It unfortunately happened in '79 and I believe the individuals who committed the damage were made to finish the rest of the yard work and replace the tree. Of course my memory may be failing me after 20 plus years, but I believe that is when it happened. -Jay Schreiber (79) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Large Tree in the Courtyard To: Regina Rees (81) & Sonny Parker (81) Unless there was more than one large shade tree in the courtyard, I think you're talking about the tree that was cut down in 1979 by a few of my misguided classmates (I believe there were three of them) as a Senior Prank. There was talk about not letting them participate in the graduation ceremony, however that didn't happen (their parents did some fast talking). These wayward students (from what I remember) just ended up with a slap on the wrist, and only had to plant a new tree. I'm curious, does anyone remember if these students also had to do any community service or pay a fine? There's no need to mention the name of the students, it happened along time ago, let's just hope they grew up. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Regina Rees Christensen (81) Thank you, Sonny, for your support. I am fine and still living in Richland after a few years away. I am proud to be the mother of a Richland Bomber. We have a great school and am proud to support it all I can. -Regina Rees Christensen (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Irene de la Bretonne (61), Ed Wood (62), Gary Behymer (64), Kathy Rathjen (66), Jim Blakely (67WB), Andy Ward (68), Jay Schreiber (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) The majestic tree in the courtyard was murdered in its own home in 1979, just outside the window of the classroom where I taught writing to juniors and seniors. Many, many students understood the interdependence of trees and the quality of our lives and wrote deep and insightful essays reflecting their understanding, both scientific/ecological and spiritual/heartfelt. Many of us will never forget the sound of the wailing chainsaw as it severed the last branches from that tree and segmented its heart for firewood. A+ for those essays, students of 1979 -- I retain copies in my files to this day! -Irene de la Bretonne Hays class of 1961 and teacher 1974-1980 ******************************************** >>From: Ed Wood (62) To: David Douglas (62) I took a look at the photos on your web site. A touching ceremony. Thanks for sharing that with us. But I must say that you have a remarkably understanding wife to see you put up the web site! -Ed Wood (62) ~ Lakewood, CO ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Forwarding Harry Wilson's (SHB\64) message ~~~~~~ "I've been checking out the RHS website and have found it wonderfully done and truly fascinating!!! You have put a whole lot of work in it and I have been enjoying the fruits of your labors. I found myself in the Future Class of '64, Jefferson Grade School, 6th Grade, Mrs. Anderson, picture. I have even provided a couple of missing names for the picture. Thanks for letting me know about the site. I've uncovered a wealth of info from my past. You asked about my still playing. I do about once a month. We are called "Legends" and every guy in the band is a very accom- plished musician and has a legacy in NW music. We play a club in the South end of Seattle (usually on the 2nd Saturday) and also play private parties. I would love to play for a Richland Bomber function sometime. We are scheduled to play the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues festival this summer. Otherwise, my time is spent working for The Boeing Company. Thanks again for the info and take care. Let's keep in touch. Harry" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -Gary Behymer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) Shane Loper (89) and wife Kristin have a new son, Ashton, born 12/06/00. He's a robust, handsome fellow. This is our third grandson and another future Bomber. Grandson #2, Logan, born on 11/14/00 to Jenny Loper Buchanan (87) and husband Chad, was transported by air yesterday from Kadlec NICU to Sacred Heart Hospital. Please keep them in your thoughts as doctors there continue in efforts to make a diagnosis and determine how best to help Logan and parents get home - hopefully by Christmas. -Kathy Rathjen Loper (66) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Blakely (67WB) Does anyone know the whereabouts of John K. (aka J.K.) Ellwanger? He was my friend when we attended Spalding Elementary School. We both lived on Sanford Street in the fifties. He would have graduated a year ahead of me in the class of '66. Are there any students from Carmichael who remember Mr. Bill Dunton? He was a music / choral instructor who became very well-known in Southern California when he re- located to La Habra High School. Our families remain in casual contact and I'm sure he would enjoy hearing from you. -Jim Blakely (67WB) ******************************************** >>From: Andy Ward Stewart (68) Just a quick message... I work in Jackson Hole, WY and live 70 miles south of there. Last night was a -16 degrees. It warmed up to 24 today and a snowstorm hit. We got about 8 inches of snow. I just drove home and it is still snowing. It is supposed to continue until Sunday night at which time an Artic Freeze is supposed to come on down and drop our temperatures to -25 to -30 degrees. I think I'll just stay home by the fire. -Andy Ward Stewart (68) ******************************************** >>From: Jay Schreiber (79) Re: Tree In Courtyard To: Kim Edgar (79) Kim, I don't know if the 3 individuals had to pay any cash for what they did, but I do know they were out there sweating quite a few days to dig out the stump and replant the new tree. You're right, the names do not have to be mentioned because we all made mistakes in the past that can be left in the past. I also remember some individuals (me included) pushing a small car from Jack Praino's house into the mixing area. If my memory serves me, students were either allowed to take swings at the car with a sledge hammer, or had to pay to take a swing. Does anyone else remember anything about that? -Jay Schreiber (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Jack Lowrey (49), Gene Keller (50), Dick Nelson (59) Betty Neal (62), Fran Barker (64), Linda Reining (64) Bill Wingfield (67), Larry Houck (59) VIA Spencer Houck (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jack Lowrey (49) To: Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) I remember Clyde Foster (49-RIP) as a great classmate and jock. I had heard that he had ate the big one in Korea but don't know any of the details. A bunch of us got caught up in the "Police Action' during that time frame. I wonder how many others didn't make it through Korea and Viet Nam. -Jack Lowrey (49) ******************************************** >>From: Gene Keller (50) To: Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) Yes, I remember Clyde "Red" Foster (49-RIP) very well... He and I played lots of basketball together at the gym in Richland. He was a good player and was very competitive. He was a year ahead of me but always treated me as friend and loved to play basketball. He once told me he liked me because I passed the ball to him! I knew he lived around Long Street but never really knew (but I think) it was near the Morton house. I knew his life was taken in the Korean War and thought about him often as I was in college at that time and knew I may end up in that war too. I just wanted to let you know he has not been forgotten by those of us who were his friends and fellow Bombers! -Gene Keller (50) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Nelson (59) To: Betty Shane Cluck (57) Re: 11/29/00 Sandstorm entry Betty, That would have been a very strange game!!!!! Did Ray tell the other team to wait for the replay? Or was this during a time out? or a Half time? That sounds like Ray, but hard to picture. I played for Ray as well, and Dawald. Would have liked to have been there! To: Gary Behymer (64) Re: 11/30/00 Sandstorm Entry Gary, My first year of teaching and coaching was at Colfax High School. I taught Chemistry and Physics and coached JV Football, JV basketball and Golf, 1964-67 That year and the next two were among the best years of my teaching and coaching career. What are you doing on the main street of Colfax? To: David Brusie (57) Re: 12/09/00 Sandstorm Entry Bombers of '57, '58, '59 and '60 - remember you guys very well. We talked about Bomber tradition on all of our bus trips up the Valley. Thanks for getting it going! It is a tribute to you for setting the foundation of "Bomber Pride and Tradition" thru the years. Go Bombers - wherever you are! -Dick Nelson (59) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman (62) Re: New Grandparents John Adkins and Carol Crose Ells, both of the Class of '62, became grandparents this past week. On December 3rd Mike and Carol Crose Ells became first time grandparents to Jackson Wyatt Ells, born to their son, Aaron and wife Sarah in Lansing, Michigan. Jack checked in at 8 lb. 12 oz. John and Mary Adkins welcome grandson, Brendon Curtis Adkins to their family. Brendon was born on December 5th and weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. John and Mary's son, Tony and his wife are the proud parents. I've seen pictures of both babies and they are gorgeous. Both Carol and John have every right to be bustin' their buttons with pride. -Betty Neal Brinkman (62) ~ Guelph, Ontario, Canada ******************************************** >>From: Fran Barker (64) Re: Harry Wilson (64WB) To: Gary Behymer (64) I would love to know which club in Seattle Harry Wilson plays. Also, anyone else in Seattle playing in a band? Thanks, -Fran Barker (64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Fran - Name of the band was in the thing Gary forwarded for the 12/10/00 Sandstorm from Harry: "We are called "Legends" and every guy in the band is a very accomplished musician and has a legacy in NW music." -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) To: Jim Blakely (67WB) You asked if anyone from Carmichael remembers Mr. Bill Dunton; he left Carmichael the year before I got there, but we used to live behind him and he and Lynn were good friends with my folks. We lived on Rossell and they lived on Roberts. I re-connected with them when I moved to CA and saw quite a lot of the musical productions that Bill produced at La Habra high school. Lynn writes in to the Sandstorm occasionally. Bill has retired from teaching and last I heard, he was a member of the school board. Carmichael lost a wonderful choir teacher when he transferred to CA; but Carmichael's loss was La Habra's gain. Re: Temperature in Bakersfield, CA 58 and expecting a cold front from the Pacific Northwest tonight or early tomorrow. -Linda Reining (64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) I'm now back in Bomberville, at least for one more day. Spent one week here. It was great getting up and reading in the Tri-City Herald that the Bombers won the basketball game over Pasco. That brought back fond memories. I was able to attend my niece Kelley McCallum's debut as Clara in the Nutcracker at the Richland HS Auditorium this week end. It was awesome. Kelley is the youngest daughter of my sister Jan Wingfield McCallum (68WB) and Grant McCallum. I hope y'all (I've been in the south for 15 yrs) got to see it. It is really a great performance right here in y'all's back yard. We've seen The Nutcracker all over the US, and I haven't seen any better. No, I'm not prejudiced, just because Kelley and her older sister Megan McCallum (1999 Clara) have both had the lead role. My only regret is that it looks like Megan and Kelley will be Hanford grads unless they do some serious rezoning in Richland, or something like that. I got to visit with old friends while here like Ken. To: Keith & Kathy Hoff Conrad Thanks for the Bomber BB game video. My dad and I watched it as soon as I got back to their house. To: Obie & Judy Amacher Thanks for the boat light show. That is another of the neat little side shows that go on here in Richland. We had fun building a fire down on Columbia Point and watching the boats go by with our friends and my 2 oldest of 4 grand children. 4 already, I can't believe it. To: Mike Dodson (64 or 65), Lynn Dodson (66) & Dave Miller (67) Sorry we couldn't hook up. Please let me know if you are ever in GA. Although Mike & Lynn, it was good getting to see your parents Oren & Bonny. To: Cousin Johnny & Jimmy It was good to get to see Uncle Royce & Aunt Jean. We had some good laughs together. Jimmy, I'll call you tomorrow to see if we can hook up. Bye Y'all Bombers Rule -Bill Wingfield (67) ~ Augusta, GA ******************************************** >>From: Spencer Houck (71) Re: Dennis [Robertson] Beatty (60-RIP) Maren and the group, I just got off the phone with my brother Larry (59) who asked if I had known Dennis and of course did not recall. Larry told me that there would be a memorial service at Einan's either Tuesday or Wednesday this week. Larry's (59) computer is down for now or he might have been able to provide more info. For those who knew him he had been living in Colvile and had a "summer home" in Arizona. Anyway I thought I would pass this information on for those who would like to know. Have a good week. Thanks, -Spencer Houck (71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann (49), Sue Garrison (58), Sandie Romeri (60), Patti Snider (65), Lynn Noble (72), Staci Campbell (86WB), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) Re: Christmas Bomber Alumni and families Open House Just a warm invitation to Bombers in the Seattle (or anywhere on the West Side) area please stop by and say Hello next Sunday. 2:00 pm to whenever. Dress is casual - Kids, grandkids, wives, husbands, room mates, or whatever are all welcome. Lets get acquainted. Got a Christmas letter from Dick and Ida McCoy and they feel this is the last year for "Club 40". Maybe we can think of a way to put new blood into the club and revive it. Please stop by and visit. I have sent out invitations to other 49ers in the area and I hope the rest of you youngsters who have friends, who are not on the internet, invite them also. Remember kids are welcome. I live in Redmond - house is easy to find (although I'm sure Don Richey (46) and Ray Conley (46) aren't convinced of this) Every other football season they had trouble finding our house after the Cougar-Husky game. Just E-mail and I'll give you easy directions. Or you can call - I'm in the East Side Phone book under Mel Thompson. Re: Clyde Foster (49-RIP) To: Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) - Clyde's half sister With Clyde's red hair it was hard to not notice him. He always had a smile on his face and was loads of fun to be around. And of course all of us gals loved to watch him, along with the other basketball players, represent Richland on the basketball court. It was a sad day when we learned about his death and put another worry in our hearts that our loved ones might not return from Korea also. Sorry you missed out on getting to know him better and for a longer time. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) Got this note from Dennis Robertson Beatty (60-RIP) back in September, and for some strange reason I kept it. Thought I might get over to the Coast next Spring and would give him a call. Knew him from work, in the Federal Building in the 60s and 70s, and later in the 3000 Area. Good person. Nice to be around. Got to see him at the all Bomber Reunion in June. Had an oxygen tank, but seemed chipper and same ol' Dennis. He was so happy to be there. -Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) (married Bob Pritchett, our teacher/coach) ----- Original Message ----- From: Dennis Sent: Friday, September 01, 2000 6:35 PM Subject: A special Message to my friends This is to let you all know that effective the 12 of September this year I will be officially on medical leave and functionally retired. Karen and I will be putting our house up for sale here in Utah and hopefully, soon, moving to the Long Beach Peninsula in SW Washington. We have been looking at the Ilwaco and Long Beach areas and have literally fallen in love with this region. My doctor says that it will do wonders for my lungs and should grant me some relief and additional life span. I want to let all of you know that you are always in our thoughts and now that I am "retired" will have more time to communicate via the old computer. Would love to hear from any of you. I will keep you posted of our address as we change and whatever else I can. Karen and I are working with her son Jason to try and identify a WEB based business we might be able to get into on the coast. If you have any ideas please don't be bashful, share. As we travel thru your area we will get a hold of you and visit. For those of you who are wondering what the heck this is about, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This is a gradual buildup of scar tissue in the lungs that is incurable. Treatments are varied and they have slowed it down considerably which gives us all a lot of relief and hope. Your prayers would be mostly appreciated at this time if that is your thing. All our love to you all and see ya soon....... -Dennis ----- End of Original Message ----- -Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) ******************************************** >>From: Sandie Romeri Rutherford (60) Just found the website about 2 weeks ago and have enjoyed it. Sorry to have missed the Y2K reunion. My sister, Lynda Romeri Paladin (62) and I would love to have seen you all again. Sorry to here about Dennis Robertson (60) and we send our best wishes to his family. All of you Bombers that remember my sister, Lynda (62)... please keep her in your prayers and thoughts... she was diagnosed with lung cancer three weeks ago and is having a pretty hard time right now. She's at Mt. View Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. I'm sure any cards and encouragement would be welcome. I would like to find Dennis Robertson's sister, JoAnn. If anyone has her where a bouts I would like to be notified. Christmas blessings to all, -Sandie Romeri Rutherford (60) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) Just want to say congratulations to the new grandparents: Mike & Carol Crose Ells and John & Mary Adkins. Both boys and 8 lbs. They sure grow big babies these days :) Enjoy! -Patti Snider Miller (65) ~ 22 and there is wind... suppose to get to 25 tomorrow.. a heat wave!!!! ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden (72) To: Jim Blakely (67WB) My family also lived behind Bill and Lynn Dunton and next door to Reinings on Rossell during the 50s and 60s. Both Bill and Lynn (and their children and grandchildren) are a wealth of talent and love for the arts. Bill is so musically and theatrically talented and Lynn can create masterpieces out of just about anything. My Mom used to marvel at the beautiful hats Lynn would make. They visited our family in Kennewick in 1988 for my folks 50th wedding anniversary. And, being the gracious entertainer that he is, Bill played piano during the event while Lynn tutored and directed the decorators! Like the Reinings, our family has kept in close touch with the Duntons. They are like family to us. I especially feel fortunate to be a godchild of Bill's mother and named after Lynn! They are the quintessence of goodness and grace. -Lynn Noble Paden (72) ******************************************** >>From: Staci Campbell (86WB) I would like to know if anyone knows the where-abouts of Tonya and Chauncy Wilkins from the classes of 84 and 85... I would like to get in touch to see how they are. Thanks! -Staci Campbell (86WB) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Senior Prank To: Jay Schreiber (79) Hi Jay, Good to hear from you, hope all is well. Yes, I do remember the car in the mixing area, wasn't it a Volkswagen? I thought it was pretty funny myself. I also remember some kids "Borrowing" the "Horsy Ride" that belonged in front of Albertson's as well as the "Little Century 21" house. Does anyone else remember any of their class pranks? Re: Bomber Ornament FYI, we just put up our tree last Friday, on which I proudly hung my "Bomber Ornament" I purchased at the R2K. Happy Holidays! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See a picture and order a Bomber ornament: Ornament Order Form] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard (52), Kay Conrad (60), Judy Willox (61), Janie O'Neal (65), Rick Maddy (67), Gil Gilstrap (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard (52) Today is my esteemed brother Burt's big six-O and I want to send him birthday congrats via our newsletter. He's a great guy with remarkable survival capabilities -- in fact, only 40 years to go to get that letter from the president, if we have one by then! Best wishes and good luck. -Dick Pierard (52) ******************************************** >>From: Kay Conrad Johnson (60) Re: another Bomber gone-- I talked to Willie Whalen this morning. She told me that her son, Peter, had died last friday -- Dec. 8. Peter Whalen graduated from Col Hi in 1959. -Kay Conrad Johnson (60) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (61) Re: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60-RIP) To: Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) Sue, I had received that same note from Dennis back in September and was heartsick when I lost it when my brother revamped my computer. Was not suppose to lose anything when he redid it, but you know how these darn things are- mind of their own! I was so happy to see the entry by you and to be able to retrieve that message from Dennis. Thank you so much for sharing his message with us. I remember that I felt so happy for him and Karen that he was finally able to retire and move to a more healthy place for him. How funny and sad life can be sometime huh?!! I was very glad that I got to see him at the R2K and to hear him and his fellow "Sandmen" sing for us once again! It is a moment to treasure as well as are the pictures of him at that reunion. I know that I will always treasure those last pictures as well as the memories of him. I know that he is now home with his Maker and finally free of his suffering and I hope that his loved ones can find solace in these thoughts. My prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to them!! Bomber Cheers to All, -Judy Willox (61) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) Re: Stratton kids Does anyone remember the Stratton kids. There was Ronnie, Donnie, and Carl who were much older than I. Well, probably not that much older, but when you're a kid anyone over two years older was "much older". And then there was their little sister, Sherry, who was two years younger then me. I believe Ronnie was in a band that played around. They were my cousins and I've lost contact with them. If anyone knows the where abouts I would appreciate some info. -Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) Re: To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) *I was curious about this ""* Out of curiosity I went into this site, joined, "snooped and pooped", and found an old girlfriend from Prosser. I had asked one time if anyone knew her, but to no avail. Her cousin wrote me. I would like to thank all who actually use brain cells and invent these (computer/internet) things. I am reserving my last remaining one for something special... I think. So far, no SPAM from "them." Whoever they are. -Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** >>From: Gil "Gilly" Gilstrap (79) To: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Yes, I remember on graduation night we took the house and when the cops showed up they were pretty cool - even got a picture of them and us holding beers in our hands right in front of the gym. Man, were they worried about their jobs that night. -Gil "Gilly" Gilstrap (79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVine (52), Mike Clowes (54), Betty McElhaney (57), Jim Russell (58), Larry Mattingly (60), Patti Jones (60), Marianne Matthews (63), Cheryl Moran (66), Mike Howell (68WB), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) Hi, everyone; I'm moving again!! This time, just up the street a few miles, to Birch. Same phone number. But first, I'll spend 10 days in Alaska (daughter, Keri Hubbard, is graduating from the University in Anchorage.) Exciting times, these! Dad mentioned the other day that almost all his female progeny have graduated, or are in, college. Few of the boys, though. I think trade/vacational schools should count. I hope everyone has joyous holidays and all the best in the new year. Regards to all, Em -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow (52) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Judy Willox (61) and Linda Reining (64) Thank you for your kind words. Persons of your age, I think, had a much scarier time of it with regards to air raid drills. I don't recall any while I was in grade school. We did have the weekly (or was it monthly) fire drill; but none of the "duck and cover" kind you guys went through. This does prompt another memory of that time, long ago, about an event that took place in either late December 1941, or early in 1942. The story has it that a Japanese submarine surfaced off the coast and lobbed a few shells into the Tillamook forest. Another version has the submarine launching a sea-plane which dropped incendiary bombs in the forest. No one is quite sure as to what really happened. The event did not help the nerves of the adults. Of course, we kids knew better than to try to burn a forest in the middle of winter on the West Coast. There are also tales of the same submarine doing the same thing along the California coast. This is probably the genesis of the lamentable Steven Spielburg movie "1941." To: Rick Maddy (67) Like you, Rick, I also bit the bullet and logged onto "" Found a couple of names that were listed as "missing" on my class's web page. Also looked for people I went to school with in Centralia, long before I came to Richland. Found one that I knew, but haven't heard back, except for a note that says "I only check my e-mail twice a year." Hope this person doesn't work for the post office. Haven't been spammed by them as much as the ration I get from E-Bay, but there always is the delete button. And, Maren, I want to publicly thank you for the aid and assistance in clearing up a minor problem I had with my e-mail. According to her, it is now fixed. We can only keep our fingers crossed. However, my own tests have shown that this may be true. Bomber cheers to all, and happy holidays -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) To: Jack Lowrey (49) I know you don't remember me but saw your entry and just wanted to say hello. We lived next door to you on Goethals. We were at 302 and you at 304. We were in the "A" house next door and Tilsons were in the other side. I remember the day before you went into the service, you and some others (don't know who they were) left in a convertible and I think you were sitting up on the back seat. You were having quite a celebration. I know your Mother was sad to see you go. We thought a lot of your Mother, she was so pretty. She really looked after my Mom when she had her surgery and cooked special food for her. I didn't see much of your Father but remember him as being a very handsome man. Also remember your dog, Hanford. We were the only kids in the neighborhood that could go near him. He didn't take too kindly to strangers. We saw Katherine and Bill off and on through the years, They were a real kick in the pants. My husband, Jon (52), said he ran into you at Craig AFB in Selma and talked to you for a while. He was a flight line mechanic. Glad to know you made it through all the service years. Do you remember the Chafins, Kents and the Clines? Merry Christmas to all -Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Russell (58) In Wednesday's edition, two good friends were mentioned in separate entries: Peter Whalen (who died) and Burt Pierard (who refuses to die). I remember Peter as a serious student with a quiet sense of humor. He seemed to come into and out of my young teenage social life on several occasions. My memories of him are dimmed by time, but they are coated with good feelings. Pete will be missed. Burt Pierard is another matter, altogether. Those of us who had the fortune to pal around with Bro. Pierard never were in for a dull moment. I refer to him as Bro. Pierard because we were both active as Brothers in DeMolay. He was known as much as "Beak" as he was as "Burt," for obvious facial qualities. Congratulations Beak/Burt on reaching your 60th birthday! -Jim Russell (58) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) Re: Dennis Robertson Beatty (60-RIP) I just read the note from Dennis in yesterday's Sandstorm. I felt a particular twinge of sympathy and my heart goes out his family. 5 years ago Christmas Eve my brother-in-law passed away from that same rare but not- all-that-uncommon disease. Dennis is to be remembered for his show of good spirits in that note, in the face of such adversity. We should all remember him in our prayers. -Larry Mattingly (60) ~ Tacoma, WA ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) RE: Dennis Beatty Robertson (60-rip) Dennis was a wonderful classmate who remembered everyone through the years. After not seeing Dennis since our 30th class year reunion, he e-mailed me when I popped up on the Sandstorm, after finally getting a computer. Through Dennis's e-mails he was very excited that the opportunity was there for him to move to Longbeach area to help him with his health problem. His Dr. felt a moisture climate would help his lung disease. Did not find Dennis at R2K so e-mailed him to make sure he had gotten there. We made a plan to make sure we saw each other at 1960 class reunion. At the 40th class reunion for 1960, Dennis was so excited to be there. He immediately wanted me to meet his lovely wife, Karen. They were going to the coast of Washington right after the reunion to find their new home. I was so glad to have the opportunity to catch up with Dennis after all the years to hear all the wonderful things he remembered about Bomberville. Dennis, you will be missed. My sympathy to his lovely wife Karen, in her sadness and sorrow. To: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) About your long lost cousins. Carl Stratton lives in Richland. His phone # is listed. He will be able to catch you up on all the Stratton boys. Carl's son was married on Saturday evening during R2K, at the Red Lion where the evening event of R2K was going on. Managed to see Carl for a few minutes at the end of the evening. Bomber Cheers -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** >>From: Marianne Matthews Wood (63) Re: "Found Bomber" I work at Children's Hospital and have to park off site and ride a van into work. Sometimes on the van we get into interesting conversations as happened yesterday. The van driver was complaining about environmentalists not allowing more power plants to be built (so Seattle can gobble up more of California's power) and I gulped and spit out, "Well, I do think think there are power companies that would be glad to add some nuke power to the grid." So the driver asked if I glowed. "Of course" I said, and then from the back of the van I heard, "So do I." Now, I know this is not as exciting as running into someone in Paris or Katmandu, but it was still cool and my glow was ever brighter that day. Anita Wright (64) is the fellow Bomber who graduated a year after me and lived not far from my neighborhood... and, Maren, maybe she was also in our German class. I'm looking forward to more conversations on the van or around the hospital with her. Go, Bombers. -Marianne Matthews Wood (63) ~ Bothell, WA (sometimes known as "boat hell" but we finally sold our 24' Glasply so now it's Bothell again) ******************************************** >>From: Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) [Husband], Jim 65) and I have finished hanging our Richland houses on the tree and they look as good as they did last year. Quite a conversation starter when we entertain local Spokanites during the Holidays. Are there any more coming out for this year? Or has this subject already been talked to death and I am just now asking? One of my New Year's resolutions will have to be to keep up better with the Sandstorm. Thanks again for all your hard work!!! Merry Christmas to ALL!!! -Cheryl Moran Fleming (66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Any more house ornaments? How many and which ones do you already have? There are 5 house ornaments and also a Richland Bomber ornament. Check out the website at: Ornament Order Form ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell (68WB) During this Holiday Season as with most we all get involved with our own little world and forget to tell the one we love that we care. We can all site many cases where feeling have been hurt in the seasons of good cheer. I want to say I am sorry to a special person and to any one else that I have been inconsiderate to. I am Sorry. I do want to wish all of you Happy Holidays and Maybe someday I will return to the Tri-Cities for more than a drive through. -Mike Howell (68WB) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Senior Pranks To: Gil "Gilly" Gilstrap (79) You were lucky not to get in trouble over the "Borrowed" Century House and be caught with the beers as well. I think most cops are pretty good at judging characters, they can tell if a kid was just goofing off, "making a mistake" or a kid that has a real problem. Most of the time they can make a judgment call. My husband's is a Sergeant for the City of Poulsbo Police Department, I hear some pretty interesting stories from him, unfortunately, with liability these days they can't be as lenient as they were in the past. Senior night, I went for a ride with a classmate, were pulled over by a police officer, (a friend of my classmate), he said we were the only "Sober Seniors" he's seen all night. He actually told us to get off the streets so we wouldn't get hurt. Fortunately with education about drinking and driving, I'm hopeful there aren't as many kids drinking and driving these days. If we only knew then what we know now. Happy Holidays! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ RUMOR: Snowing in Richland.... ready for Carmichael Hill?? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard (59), Carol Converse (64) Maren Smyth (64), Vette Workman (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: Jim Russell (58) Thanks for the birthday greeting but mainly thanks for the memories you triggered with your mention of my nickname "Beak." I was immediately taken back to those idyllic 50s before people were so uptight, Politically Correct, and entirely too serious about life. The originator of the nickname was none other than good ol' Howard Chitty at Carmichael Jr. High, about my 9th grade year, I believe. He told a bunch of us guys about an old time football player (that he had either known or admired) with a protruding proboscis, nicknamed "Beak." At a later time, I was riding in the back of the team bus for a basketball game (I was a Varsity manager), and he was also sitting toward the back. For some reason, there was a football helmet in the back that we were goofing around with. I put it on and Chitty took one look at me and said "It's Beak." Some of the players, like Bob Maulsby (59) picked up on it and the name stuck. Rather than being offended, I enjoyed the attention (being somewhat withdrawn at the time) and thought the concept of a nickname was really cool. Can you imagine a teacher in this day and age coming up with something like that and not being sued and drummed out of his job for the supposed "damage" he had done to my self-esteem? In any event, the nickname became wildly popular with my DeMolay cronies, like Jim (58) and Jack (60) Russell, Bill Bettenberg (58), Dave Gostnell (58), and Bob Sandall (58), among others. Later, when I became Editor of the DeMolay newspaper, my editorials were titled "Beak Speaks." Ah, those were the days. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) Re: Terrell Williams I just found out today from Gail Plee Woodard (64) that Terrell died on November 20 of this year. I'm not sure what class he was in, but thought you might want to know. I hope that this Holiday season finds everyone out in Bomberville Land happy and healthy. I feel truly blessed this year! Have a very safe Christmas and New Years. Here in Eureka, we have missed that ol' Artic Express. At least the deep cold that alot are suffering. It's in the high 40's to low 50's with rain. Happy Holidays, -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Awesome (HUGE - 535KB) picture of the earth from the Boeing built Space Station. Made a MUCH smaller (6KB) version at: Another discovery while checking out the Earthlights picture Astronomy picture-of-the-day website: Bomber Holiday Cheers, -Maren Smyth (64) ~ Chelan, WA ******************************************** >>From: Vette Workman, aka Susan Andersen (71) Re: any news about the class of 1971 reunion? Hi! I'm living in Portland. Graduated in 1971 as Vette Workman. Am interested in attending a 30th year reunion. Any news? -Vette Workman, aka Susan Andersen (71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/00 ~ Happy Birthday Tim and Terry! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 coach today: Tom Tracy (55), Janice Woods (60WB), Patti Jones (60), Judy Willox (61), Maren Smyth (64), David Rivers (65), Patti Snider (65), Earl Streufert (RHS Head Basketball Coach) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Wynell Williams Class of (55) Our best thoughts and prayers are with you, Bob and your families on the passing of Terrell. We have treasured memories of so many pleasant times when our families had dinners, picnics and visits together. Terrell was a friend to everyone he met and a credit to his family. Thinking of his smile reminds us of his friendly attitude. He was always so optimistic, friendly and kind. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: Janice Woods Ehrke ~ (60WB) Happy Holidays to every one from San Francisco. Another gorgeous day in the City but I am nostalgic for the Snow and those old holiday memories from Richland. We always had two turkeys every holiday because my Grandmother always fixed the Sage Dressing and all trimmings while Great Grandmother fixed the old German Fruit dressing, with black cherries, apples, cinnamon, and such. That way nobody had to miss the Turkey Gravy. I was very lucky, ours was I guess, a young family, so at one point we had a total of nine grandmas and grandpas counting those from Pomeroy, Ephrata, Walla Walla, Seattle, etc. The house was full of presents and love! I wish those Special Christmases for everyone at the Sandstorm. -Janice Woods Ehrke ~ (l960 Wanna Be) ~ San Francisco, CA ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens (60) HEAR YE HEAR YE HEAR YE ALL BOMBERS ALUMNI WOMEN'S LUNCHEON To be held monthly on the second Sunday of the month Date: January 14, 2001 (first one) Time: 12:00 noon Where: Marriott - at the airport Address: 3201 South 176th Street, Seattle, WA 98188 Price: will vary depending on the number attending We need volunteers who would like to help keep this Bomber's Women's luncheon an ongoing thing. We've all talked about getting together for lunch at reunions. Bring your ideas to form this ongoing luncheon to what Bomber Alumni Women would want it to be. Please send questions and/or reservations directly to Patti at -Patti Jones Ahrens (60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (61) Re: Sandstorm Rumor To: The Rumor Monger (64 probably) *G* That were no rumor, it WAS snowing! Reality bites however -- no Carmichael Hill this time around -- we are now in the throes of a good ole' Tri City chinook. Such is the life in good ole' Bomberville!! Bomberville Cheers to All, -Judy Willox (61) ~ Bomberville (formerly known as Richland) *G* ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) To: MY BIG BROTHER, Tim Smyth (62) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRO!!! Bomber cheers, -Maren ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: Another Bomber Birthday It was almost Christmas and Mr. and Mrs. Davis hadn't been too long in town, having been part of that Oklahoma contingent that arrived at Hanford with the rest of the folks a couple of years earlier to work on God knew what. Almost Christmas and here they were, waiting the arrival of a new baby. They [already] had a girl, would this one be a boy or a girl?... what should they name him? Terry Knox? No that wouldn't do... Then what? How about Terence... but Terence alone doesn't sound just right. Terence Paul, that sounds good... but it could still use a little oomph... Terence Paul Angel (65)... for this new Christmas angel... that's it! And so it was, on December 16, 1946, Terry... future golden gloves boxer... future ColHi thespian... future TV Doc, War Hero... and heaven knows what else... came into the world... a BOMBER through and through. Happy Birthday, Terry! David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) Hi all! Yes, the rumor is true... snow came down a whole lot on Wednesday (12/13) afternoon and then again Thursday (12/14) . It was beautiful coming down, quite a storm, could hardly see!! BUT... as usual, it is now 3pm on Friday (12/15) and it is 40 wind blowing and snow is melting fast. Sure hope we don't get any of the freezing rain they are predicting. I certainly hope the sledders got to play on Carmichael Hill before today. I would like to take this time to wish all Bomber Alumni and your families to have a wonderful Christmas!! Bomber Holiday Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller (65) ******************************************** >>From: Earl Streufert ~ Head Basketball Coach, RHS Don't forget about the 2nd Annual Bomber Alumni Classic Basketball game on December 23, 2000 at Dawald Gym. If you are interested in playing, contact Jim Castleberry or Earl Streufert. All players will receive a Classic T-shirt and are invited to attend a social immediately following the game. The player fee is $25 with proceeds to benefit Bomber Basketball. Admission to the game is $3.00 per person or $10.00 per family. Go Bombers!!! -Earl Streufert, Head Basketball Coach, RHS *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ONE Bomber today - could have been others... read on.... Det Wegener (65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Det Wegener (65) Actually I wrote this yesterday. But it came back to me. So I am trying again. Det Wegener (65) *********************** Hello all you Bombers! I've enjoyed reading all the reminiscences for the past couple of weeks. After traveling the world (lived in Germany for three years teaching in German schools), I moved back to Richland in 1975 and wouldn't live any place else. My wife (Val - Othello '72) and two daughters (16 and 19) live on 12 acres out side of West Richland. We've been out here for 21 years! We are very involveD in horses (4-H, Pony Club) and a non-profit youth steel drum band. Went to Hawaii with them for a performance tour in April this year. Regarding the Japanese attach. It is true a submarine attach took place on the West Coast of the US. I would need to do some research to verify this, but I believe it was on the light house at Fort Camby at the mouth of the Columbia River. Other than the battle of the Aleutian Islands, this is the only actual attach on the mainland unless you count the following... the Japanese would send bombs up with balloons from Japan which would be carried by the winds over the US and eventually would drop. These might be the forest fires people remember. One hit a family who was picnicking and killed a child and mother (if I remember correctly) Best Wishes to all of you! -Det Wegener (65) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers (one Anonymous) sent stuff: Dave Henderson (60WB), Mick Hemphill (66), Linda Hensley (70), Debra Dawson (74WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dave Henderson (60WB) Re: Question How come Det Wegener's (65) reply to the Japanese attack appeared in the 12/17 issue of Sandstorm and my reply did not. Do we have some discrimination or favoritism going on here? -Dave Henderson (60WB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [No favoritism -- haven't seen it yet, Dave. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Mick Hemphill (66) Just wanted to wish all Bombers out there a Very Merry Christmas! And a special holiday wish to Brother Tom "The coot slayer" Hemphill (62); Dan "Boom-Boom, Take 'em boys" Gregory (66); John, "me too please" Cole (66); and Ron "How does it Look" Griswold (66). I can't wait for the replies?? Been wanting to share my memories of the day I left home. Mine are very similar to Bill Didway's (66). I had also joined the Navy and Dad took me to the bus depot in Pasco on the evening of Dec. 7th, 1967 (Pearl Harbor Day, appropriately). I was supposed to report to some hotel that night in Spokane, but instead made contact with my buddies who were going to school there at the time. Cole, Duncan, Schildknecht, and Jerry Rogers (67). We all ended up at Wild Bills, a very fine establishment, at State Line, Idaho. We invented the Macarena that night, I think. I vaguely remember the boys dropping me off at the induction place the following morning and it was down hill from there... probably the longest day of my life. It took me a week to recover and realize how good Mom's cooking really was. Bill Didway, if you don't have a motorcycle I will swing by and pick you up next year for the Bomber Biker reunion. Would love to share some "sea stories" with you. Remember how every sea story begins? "Now, This Is No Sh - - !". All you Bombers out there... have a wonderful Holiday. -Mick Hemphill (66) ~ Antioch, CA ******************************************** >>From: Linda Hensley Mount (70) Re: Det Wegener (65 and Japanese sub attack The attack occurred off the coast of Oregon south of Astoria at Fort Stevens (we used to camp there). The sub commander thought he was aiming at a ship installation of some sort and I don't remember if we fired back -- I don't think so as our people didn't want the Japanese to know there was really something to fire at. They have a great little museum at the fort that chronicles this event as well as it's original purpose as the western most civil war battlement. -Linda Hensley Mount (70) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) I have toured a fort near Warrenton, Oregon a couple of times. It must be Fort Stevens. It's a series of cement bunkers along the coast line, and at one time had huge guns pointing out to sea. Historical markers posted there claim that it is the only site in the continental U.S. that was fired upon during World War II. A Japanese submarine was the culprit. Since I majored in history in college, I either read in a textbook or heard in lecture about Japanese incendiary bombs attached to balloons. They were floated over west coast states, and I believe a couple of people were actually killed by them. Their main purpose was to scare people and make them lose faith in the government's ability to protect American citizens. There's another great historic fort in that area of Oregon. Ft. Clatsop, which is a reconstruction of the Lewis and Clark original. People are dressed in period clothing and demonstrate bullet-making, candle-making, and other survival skills. My sister, Michel (75WB) lives in Astoria, so I spend some time in that area almost every summer. The beaches are absolutely gorgeous, and body surfing is great if you can take cold water. But I'll be home for Christmas, back in good ol' Richland, WA. Chinook winds sound pretty good. We've had snow on the ground here for over a month! -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ~ Cheney, WA ******************************************** >>From: Anonymous Hey Maren... if you want to put in an ANONYMOUS blurb about the Sub attack... It took place at Fort Stevens on the Oregon coast. There is a nice commemorative plaque at one of the old gun emplacements for viewing that gives the whole story. Been there a few times. Fort Stevens State Park is a neat place to tour. Have a Joyous Christmas, Kid! Chatless and Anonymous *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann (49), Charlotte Carlson (52), Dave Henderson (60WB), David Douglas (62), Paula Beardsley (62), Jim House (63), David Rivers (65), Janie O'Neal (65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) Re: Cell phone Someone left a cell phone here yesterday. Call or e- mail and I will see that you get it back. I can take it down to Floorcraft and have it on my desk it you want to retrieve it there. At our Bomber open house we had representatives from the classes of '49, '61, '63, '65 and '82. It was nice to see those that could make it. Thanks for coming. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Charlotte Carlson Terry (52) Re: Battle Stations I lived in Ventura, CA for 21 years and out by the ocean they had bunkers that supposedly had gun emplacements during the war also. It was known as "Hobo Jungle" when we lived there, but the old cement bunkers were still in place. Probably more of the coasts had this sort of thing than we imagine. Happy Holidays, and a wonderful New Year to you all. -Charlotte Carlson Terry (52) ~ Prescott, AZ ******************************************** >>From: Dave Henderson (60WB) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Hi Bob: What caused the fires in the Tillamook forests of Oregon, during 1942, nobody really knows for sure. It is possible that a Japanese submarine did shell the forests, or it is just a probable that they put ashore a party of saboteurs who started the fires. What is known by historians is that the Japanese released a large number of incendiary balloons (in Japan) that were designed to float across the Pacific and land in the Americas. The plan was that they would start a number fires. Maybe one or two of the balloons did make it to the Americas. Yes, Bob, a Japanese submarine did surface off Goleta (just west of Santa Barbara, CA) in 1942. The submarine proceeded to shell the Texaco refinery. If my memory serves me correct the damage was minor, and after a dozen shells the submarine submerged and left the area. More troubling than what the Japanese did or didn't do in 1942, was the fact our country was so unprepared for W.W.II. It would be fair to say that should the Japanese have decided to attack the west coast, after Pearl Harbor, there was nothing in place to stop them. No wonder the adults were so unnerved. -Dave Henderson (60WB) ******************************************** >>From: David Douglas (62) Date: 12/12/00 16:58 Re: Pearl Harbor Day Was too busy to write at the time, but the discussion of Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, reminded me of stories my wife (American of Japanese Ancestry) told me about the effect of Pearl Harbor on the Japanese there. The military brass back in Washington, DC, wanted to intern all the Japanese in Hawaii. The local military told them that it would be impossible. A few AJAs with close connections to the Japanese Embassy in Honolulu were interned, but otherwise the Japanese were left free. But they were harassed. Soldiers could enter and search their homes at any time, and often did. Anything Japanese - books, music, letters, money - was confiscated, so they took to burying these in the back yard. Japanese language schools were closed. The adults adopted English first names instead of their Japanese names. My mother-in-law's name was Hatsuno -she became Helen. The Japanese tried so hard to show they were loyal Americans. There was never an instance of sabotage during the entire war. Many Japanese enlisted and an entire regiment (? -I'm not a military person) was formed, the 401, which fought valiantly and was much decorated in the Italian campaign. Hawaii's senior Senator, Daniel Inouye, lost his right arm in that campaign. (He was once criticized for a picture of him taking the oath of office holding up his left hand - until it was pointed out he'd lost the right one defending his country.) Arizona has a special affinity with Hawaii, obviously, because of the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. Flags flew at half mast here Dec. 7. And the highway I drive down to Tucson on is called the Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway. Always a nice reminder when I pass the sign. Surprisingly, I miss Hawaii much less than I expected. Whenever I mention to anyone that we lived in Hawaii for 32 years, they invariably say, "You moved to ARIZONA from HAWAII????" I miss my friends there, but I love the variety in Arizona, the people I work with, the job I do ... Can't ask for more than that! -David Douglas (62) ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) Re: Sister Janice (64) Janice Beardsley Detrick will be arriving back home with her family in tow for the holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 20 through the 5th of January. Anyone wanting to contact her can e-mail me with a phone number or whatever and I will get her the message. They will be staying with her in-laws and her mother in-law is not well so want to keep phone calls to them down. We are pretty excited. Will have the whole Beardsley clan together for Christmas for the first time in 15 years. Should be some shindig. We are wishing all our fellow Bombers and their families the best Christmas and New Year ever. We are so blessed. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Re: Submarines The discussion of the threat of Japanese submarines off the West coast brings back some memories. The fear must have continued long after WWII. I remember numerous girls of 63 anxiously standing watch late into the night along the Columbia River making certain foreign subs could not approach Hanford. I sometimes regret spending all those summer nights at the park shooting baskets and guzzling A&W root beer, when I should have had the courage to join our brave maidens of defense in their vigilant watch along the Columbia River. -Jim House (63) ~ Kingwood, TX ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: More on Harry Wilson Class of 1964 (SHB) (Should have been) One of the bands that Harry played with was The Dynamics. Here are pictures of Harry from the back of "The Dynamics with Jimmy Hanna." He played with many of the great PNW recording artists. Group members of The Dynamics, in the following photograph, include Jeff Afdem who played for the Springfield Rifle and Springfield Flute. Here's Harry... Larry Coryell (61) was Harry's guitar teacher while he lived in Richland during the late 50s and early 60s. Searching thru a 1959 Chief Jo Warrior I find him on page 35 in Mrs. Gill's home room. Other members of that class that I have visited with at Class of 1964 reunions and on-line would include Sandy Dreher, Diane Brown, Richie Twedt, John Crigler, Barbara Dains, Kathie Karnie, Kipp Quinlan, Laura Richards, Arthur Nelson, William Scott, Arlene Jensen, Mack Brand, Kathie Roe, Judy Boggs and Mortimer Snerd. Any Bombers in the Seattle area ever get a chance to see him play? -Gary Behymer (64) Now living in downtown Colfax, WA ~ home to the Codger Pole... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Mortimer Snerd???????? Checking to see who's reading?] ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: Yet Another Bomber birthday Didja ever know one of those guys that just always seemed to have it all together? Not just in one way or even a couple of ways... I mean the whole package. I mean he could wear anything and look cool. He could say anything and sound cool. Even when you weren't entirely sure WHAT he said... you just knew it was cool. One of those guys that always seemed so very cosmo even though he'd spent most of his life in Richland... Born there for Cripes sake! I am talking here of the very guy who brought us black converse tennis shoes in a world of brown wingtips. Not a guy in converse tennis shoes but the guy who brought them from Portland and made them the ONLY shoe to wear... (Well... not the only one... cuz converse were a bit "pricey" for some of us but Richard Twedt (64) saved our bacon by wearing black indoor track shoes with white stripes that were only $3 bucks at BB&M... so even though I was around 50 when I got my first pair of converse... and I considered the purchase for what seemed to be hours... Richard allowed us to pull off a fakaroo in the 60's that I'll never forget)... but I digress... Anyway, this leader of men and boys alike, came in to this world... and particularly into our Bomber world... on December 19th, 1946, and I am proud to say that I will always love him like a brother (yes, Tony... I know it is love him as a brother...) Happy Birthday, Tony Harrah (65)!!!!!! -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) Re: I can't remember I was wondering about the tree ornaments in memory of the houses. I forgot who was in charge of that and if they got my order. I ordered three one for each house significant to each of my parent's girls. I think they will be great keepsakes. I mailed in my order and very foolishly misplaced the name and address of the person I sent it to. Thanks for your help. Just sign me, Frantic at Christmas -Janie O'Neal Janssen (65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ornament Order Form *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Ralph Myrick (51), Marilyn Richey (53), Mike Clowes (54) Dean Enderle (57), Burt Pierard (59), Dave Henderson (60WB) Margo Compton (60), Rose Boswell (61), David Douglas (62) John Adkins (62), Ray Stein (64), Vette Workman (71) Karen Polk (76), Tracey Horne (78WB), Dave McAdie (79) Ken Scheirer (85) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Duane Kearney, long time librarian at Jason Lee and tapteal Elementary Schools and Carmichael Middle School died as a result of a heart attack this morning at 8:00AM at Kadlec Hospital. Duane had the attack while in class at Carmichael Monday. I knew Duane well and it was shocking to me that he would have a heart attack. He was a great librarian and a great person. I guess God wanted him to come home. God be with you, Duane. -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) Re: War Years My Mother and my brother Alan (49) spent the summer of l943 in California with some of my Mother's folks. They had a trailer that they put down on Huntington Beach each summer and somebody was always down during the summer. My brother and I spent most of the summer on the beaches. I remember the Navy shore patrol riding up and down the beaches on horses. It was against the law to be caught on the beach after dark. There were some people who were killed in that summer who were found on the beach and had run in with the shore patrols. You could build fires but only till the sun went down as they said the enemy could see on to shore with the lights. In San Diego all the netting across Pacific Coast highway in San Diego where the aircraft manufacturing buildings were for lockheed and other builders. The headlights of your cars had the top part of your car covered so not to be able to have high beam lights as they would show alot of light when you drove on Pacific Coast highway. I do remember all the military people at that time in San Diego. You could hardly walk down the Broadway Street which is the main street in downtown at that time. That was a summer I will never forget. -Marilyn Richey (53) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: Forts on the West Coast Fort Stevens is only one of three in the Astoria - Illwaco area that were built during the Civil War to protect the entrance to the Columbia River (as is if the Columbia Bar didn't). There are also three forts built near Port Townsend and Whidbey Island. All of these were "upgraded" during the Spanish-American War (read bigger guns). They were manned by a branch of the Army known as The Coast Artillery. As "Cousin" Charlotte writes, there are also some in California. I'm sure that they abound in the Golden Gate area. I believe Alcatraz was one before it became a prison. And there must be some in the Monterey Bay area. There are some around Point Loma in San Diego, but they have all been taken over by the Navy and hardly recognizable. Most are now state parks. The one just north of Port Townsend served as the background set for the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman." Re: Indignities suffered by Japanese-Americans Sad to say, that which was done to these people during World War II was not really in fear that they would become spies and/or saboteurs for the Empire. In Hawaii, they were treated much better than they were in Washington and California, and probably Oregon. The story that they would do such things was an excellent "cover story" invented by certain parties who were motivated by greed and not patriotism. The area now know as Tukwila, just south of Seattle, was once the home of some of the best truck farms in the state. To the dismay of some, who first said the land was a worthless swamp and nothing more than a flood plain for the Duwamish River; the Japanese immigrants to this area saw something much different. To the best of my limited knowledge, the people of Seattle didn't object to have fresh produce at reasonable prices during the period of time the Japanese farmed this area. The Japanese farmed extensively between Renton and Tacoma in what is now nothing more than a bunch of aging warehouses and industrial parks. That was the price they paid for being born in Japan. There were people who saw big dollar signs in taking over this land. Up until the war, there was no way these greed merchants could get the land, as the Japanese people owned it. Well, the war gave the greedy ones the excuse they needed. The Japanese farmers would suddenly transmorgify themselves into spies, saboteurs and revolutionaries hell- bent on taking over the Seattle-Tacoma area. They sold this great idea to the Government, and sure enough, the Government said the Japanese Americans must be locked up and all their goods and chattel forfeit. Guess who made out in this deal? To: Jim House (63) Thought you younger folk would be quicker on the uptake. In my day, one of the things one did to entice a young lady to a somewhat romantic spot was to ask her if she wanted to go and watch the "submarine races." Now, these races where held quite frequently on secluded bodies of water that may or may not have been attached to some ocean. And they were most certainly held at night because the submarines didn't want to be seen. Guess the "war stories" told by their older sisters must have scared the girls of your generation into believing that tale. Bomber and holiday cheers to all -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ still in Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Dean Enderle (57) Re: Holiday Greetings MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL BOMBERS EVERYWHERE!!!! Keep the traditions alive and in a quiet moment pause for a thought for absent friends this holiday time. Best Wishes -Dean Enderle (57) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: Dave Henderson (60WB) Re: Japanese sub and balloon attacks on US Mainland There were actually 3 sub attacks: Feb. 1942 -- shelling of the oil field by Santa Barbara; June 1942 -- shelling of a coastal fort in Oregon; and Sep. 1942 -- sub launched float plane that dropped incendiary bombs, starting a few small forest fires. The Fire Balloons ("fusen bakudan") were something else, altogether. Each balloon carried 2 to 4 incendiary bombs and one anti-personnel bomb. Of the more than 9,000 balloons launched between Nov. 3, 1944 and April 1945, an estimated 300 confirmed sightings and landings occurred. A Gubbermint imposed censorship on the media was intended to prevent panic and deny the Japanese of any information that the balloons actually reached the U.S. The balloons not only covered the western U.S., but one was even reported in the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan. The balloons did kill 6 Americans (the only wartime casualties on the mainland) when a minister and his wife took some kids fishing in southern Oregon, east of the Cascades. They discovered a balloon crashed on the ground and the kids were poking around it when it exploded, killing the woman and 5 children. The censorship ban was lifted on May 5, 1945, to warn people not to tamper with the balloons. Of interest to those of us from Bomberville, on March 10, 1945, one of the last balloons crashed into the transmission lines carrying power to the Hanford Project, causing a short power outage that caused all the reactors to shut down. It took about three days to get them back up to full power. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: Dave Henderson (60WB) Re: Submarine Watching When I read Jim House (63) e-mail, I broke out in deep laughter. My wife turned to me and said "What is so funny?" Since she grew up in west Texas, where they call creek a river, she has no concept of a submarine race.. After I got my car (and fake ID) I, too, spent many a warm summer night, parked along the mighty columbia river, doing my patriotic duty by helping the frightened young maidens keep a vigil for enemy submarines. -Dave Henderson (60WB) ******************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) To: Jim House (63) Re: Watching for submarines on the Columbia River Just wanted to say it wasn't just the girls of '63. I know I started doing my duty of watching in '58 and I am sure there were many others before me. I know we kept Richland safe during that time. We were also told we might get to see the submarines racing each other. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Bombers everywhere. -Margo Compton Lacarde (60) ~ San Antonio, TX ******************************************** >>From: Rose Boswell Smith (61) Thanks so much Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) for opening up your beautiful home to us. Too bad more of us didn't show up but had a lovely time. New friends I hope and Merry Christmas to everyone. Hope to see lots of you on Jan 14 for the women's luncheon.. -Rose Boswell Smith (61) ******************************************** >>From: David Douglas (62) Re: Sandstorm Entry (re-sending) Say, I've got a chance to do some research here that I never expected to have. I have occasion to work with children and teenagers, and once in a while have tried to tell them what I did for fun as a child. I can remember some of the games we played - often till ten o'clock at night in the summer time thanks to late sunsets - but I can't remember the rules. Maybe somebody can help me (and add to the list)? I remember three games in particular. One was "Annie Annie Over" (if memory serves), which was fairly simple. One person was on one side of the house, another on the other side. You tossed a softball over the roof, yelling "Annie Annie Over" to warn the other person. If he/she caught it before it hit the ground, they ran around one end of the house and tried to throw it at you. You had to try to get to the other side of the house without getting hit. Not sure what the penalty was if you got hit, though. Second was "Kick the Can." All I can remember of this one is a tin can sitting in the middle of the street. Someone was "it" and everybody else tried to kick the can without getting tagged. I think. This one is kind of hazy. Third was some form of hide and seek. All I can remember of this is, when the game was over you called everybody in from hiding by yelling "Ollie Ollie Ox In Free." Or some reasonable facsimile. We didn't write this stuff down back then, so I'm not sure how it was spelled. Can anyone supply further details, or add other games to the list? -David Douglas (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I'll add "Two Feet in the Mud" in our neighborhood. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) Re: Japanese Balloon Bombs It turns out that the real interesting thing about the Japanese balloon bombs - was not that they existed. They caused almost no damage - though they did caused a couple of personal tragedies. The interesting part is what made them possible. The Japanese discovered high level winds that circle the globe, i.e.; The Jet Streams; and theorized - correctly - that they could use those winds to float bombs to the United States. Though the Japanese did get a couple of shots off at Oregon (Now who would have missed Oregon anyway - Huh - Kathylambrown) they had no way to mount any serious threat to U.S. Security. But what an effort on their part. -John Adkins (62) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Ray Stein (64) Re: Christmas Record To: Patti Stordahl (72) I have a record (78 RPM) of "O Holy Night" and "Bless This House" recorded by Geraldine Stordahl on 12/18/49. She was our baby sitter way back when and I believe she would be your aunt. If someone from your family wants the record let me know. -Ray Stein (64) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Vette Workman 1971 Date: Thu Dec 14 23:38:29 2000 Just saying 'Hi" to the class of 1971 Hello! all you Bombers. Glad to here some of us are still alive. Am in Portland, still going to school. Let me hear how you all have been. -Vette Workman (71) ******************************************** >>From: Karen Polk Kirk (76) Re: 1976 Informal get together For anyone wishing to get together with other '76 (or there abouts) alumni there is a very informal get together Friday December 22 at 7:00PM at the Towne Crier. Hope to see you all there! -Karen Polk Kirk (76) ******************************************** >>From: Tracey Horne Scadden (78WB) Re: My Sandstorm Entry Hello, I sent this a couple of days ago but never saw it, so it was one of those lost ones... I will try this again... Thanks for everything you do for the Richland Bombers site... Tracey ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Happy Birthday to you Terry Davis (Knox)... You must be OLD... Because I remember driving to Spokane with you in the car with my folks to a boxing match... I believe you were a young 17, but I was maybe 8 or younger, and I am old so you are really a relic... Hope you had a nice day, and every time I see you on the tube I make sure to let my kids know "Hey, that's the guy I drove to Spokane with many many years ago."... Speaking of boxing the old man (Dad) Gene Horne (57) Still has it in him, put on the boxing gloves and went after my 16 year old a couple weeks ago... They are both looking for a rematch... My dad will do anything to keep himself young and sprite... lol... Happy day again to you... -Tracey Horne Scadden (78WB) ******************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie (79) To: Jim House (63) Jim, While I am far too young to remember any ladies "standing watch late into the night along the Columbia River making certain foreign subs could not approach Hanford", I guess their efforts must have been successful. Once all of the potential enemy craft were stopped and, finally, penned in behind McNary dam, there did not seem to be any viable use for them. Many ambitious promoters must have approached these brave ladies (guards of the fleet) and proposed the idea of "racing" these rusting hulks in the Columbia. These enemy craft have proved to be wonders of modern mechanical construction as this racing activity continues to this day!!!! Happy Holidays Bombers!! -Dave McAdie (79) ~ Kennewick, WA ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Ken Scheirer (85) Date: Tue Dec 19 03:07:43 2000 I seem to be the only "Class of '85" who has left a message. If you are reading this and were a part of the 85 class, drop me a line and tell me what you've been up to. I've been in Atlanta GA for the past 15 years!! Also, if anyone knows the whereabouts of Chris Elder, please let me know. -Ken Scheirer (85) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from December 19, 2000 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins, '66 ~ Richland ~ Rose Wildenborg Peters ~ Class of 1966 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/00 ~ WINTER SOLSTICE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Lois "Pat" McCrarey (50), Joretta Sue Garrison (58), David Henderson (60WB), Larry Mattingly (60), Sandie Romeri (60), Bob Mattson (64), Patty de la Bretonne (65), Bill Didway (66), Pam Ehinger (67), Larry Stone (71), Treg Owings (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Lois "Pat" McCrarey Trent (50) Hi, This is Lois McCrarey Trent [class of 50] On November 5th, 2000 I sent a check to the person who was handling the license plate frames, for the 50th Reunion. In her statement she said there were a few left and when they were gone they were gone as of 12/19/2000 the check hasn't cleared the bank nor have I received any information regarding the four plate frames I asked for. If anyone can get me in touch with the person handling the frames I'll proceed from there. My address and phone number were on the check. We will be out of town until the 26th of December. Hope to have an answer when we return. Sincerely, -Lois "Pat" McCrarey Trent (50) ******************************************** >>From: Joretta Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) Re: Last minute ornaments I've had a few "panic notes" regarding ornaments, and want to offer the following info. The Richland Seniors Assoc. has "A", "B", "Ranch", "Prefab", and "F" house ornaments. We also have RICHLAND BOMBERS and HANFORD FALCONS ornaments. They're available at the Richland Senior Center Gift Shop weekdays from 8-5. However, the Center is to be closed Friday and Monday for the Christmas Holidays. NOT TO WORRY: All the extras are at our home (no storage room at the Center), and we're happy to help you out. Please phone first (946-9087), and if we're home you are welcome to stop by anytime, including evenings and weekends. If we're not home, leave a message and I'll phone you when we return. All proceeds go to the building fund for the new Richland Community Center. Bless you all... and Merry Christmas!! Thanks. -Joretta Sue Garrison Pritchett (58) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: David Henderson (60WB) Re: Ladies Standing Watch Thanks Burt Pierard (59), Bob Carlson (54), John Adkins (62), and Marilyn Richey (53) for your personal insights on what happened during WW II. I will add that information into my old memory banks on the chance that my grand children (all five so far) may asked Grandpa what was it like to be a kid during W.W.II. Re: "submarine races" Yesterday I conducted a non-scientific poll at work. I asked a twenty of women at work, of all ages, if they heard of the term "submarine races". Out of the twenty women, only three smiled and said they knew about "submarine races". In general those women from the mid-west and the eastern states never heard of the term "submarine races". I wonder if the concept of watching "submarine races" was a local tradition. To ALL have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year -David Henderson (60WB) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) Re: Digressions, confessions and a bit of joy Having been to the Spokane area (a foot or so of snow) via Snoqualmie pass (several feet of snow) twice in the last couple of weeks, my hours of driving time were passed in thoughts of snow in Richland and only 2 or 3 actual white Christmas's. I never wanted a sled as there wasn't all that much snow and a piece of cardboard worked about as well. Also I didn't have to worry about someone stealing my sled and I didn't have to take the cardboard home. I do remember the blizzard of 48 (?). They wouldn't let us leave Lewis and Clark until a parent was there to pick us up. And, I can remember some real cold a time or two at something like 25 below. Dad kept a weather diary in those days and I have it somewhere. But between about 1945 and say 1965, I can only recall snow Christmas eve or day 2 or 3 times. Is that right? Or have I slipped a cog? My aging brain tells me that if there was snow before the holidays a Chinook would usually steal it away. Most of the snow that stayed around seemingly forever was in Jan.- Feb. Then the Tri City Herald would run "Chinook Contests". But with Carmichael hill, "hooky bobbin" and great snowball fights, we made the best of it. I have a confession to make... as much time as I spent time looking over the Columbia at night, I have to admit that looking for submarines was the furthest thing from my mind... Going through some boxes of my "old stuff" the other night I came across a picture that I took on a Christmas eve of my girls at about 3 and 4 peeking around the corner of the dinning room to discover Santa (a kindly neighbor) was just coming in the front door. It is a priceless bit of joy in my life and will go into my "keep at all costs" box. A last note... I walked into my daughter, Sandra's, house the other night to deliver a Zip drive she wanted to borrow, and there sat her mother, my ex-wife, and "60" classmate, Jeannie Shanks. We had not had any contact since our divorce about 35 years ago. We talked non-stop for a good 4 hours. She looked great and has aged well. She is single and lives and works in the Phoenix area. I have encouraged her to join us here at the Sandstorm. The most emotional part of the evening was when Sandra walked out of the kitchen and saw her parents sitting together for the first time in her life. We parted with a good hug agreeing to continue to stay in contact as the parents of our children, and delighted to have some small closure for that part of our lives. She was off to spend Christmas with her sister, Carol Ann (RHS class of 56?), in Spokane. May the peace of the holiday season be with you and may you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ~ From my office, Olympia, WA ******************************************** >>From: Sandie Romeri Rutherford (60) Re: Lynda Romeri (62RIP) I would like to thank all Bombers who held Lynda in prayer these last few weeks. My beloved sister, and best friend, passed away December 19, 2000 at 8:30am, at the Mt. View Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Lynda was diagnosed with lung cancer the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Our Mother, older sister, Karen, Lynda's sons, Darrin Myrick, Vaughn Paladin, Shane Paladin, Lynda's boyfriend, Pete Ostapow and myself were with Lynda this last week before she passed away. Lynda's funeral will be held December 28th, 2000 at The Darling & Fischer Mortuary, 615 N. Cruise, Los Gatos, CA. I will send in her obituary after the funeral. God bless each and every one of you, With love and gratitude!! -Sandie Romeri Rutherford (60) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Mattson (64) Re: bunkers I worked for the State Department of Natural Resources during the summers of my junior and senior years to get some money and get out of town. I fought forest fires and cleared fire access roads up in the Olympic range out of Port Angles. There I saw several large concrete bunkers set facing the sound tucked away high on the hill sides. At that time they were totally abandoned with no trails or markers. The locals knew they were there but the fortifications held no significant merit or mention. They must have had some really big guns, though, because it would have been one hell of a shot to even hit the water from that distance. But I'm sure they had it covered. Later, -Bob Mattson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) We used to play annie annie over, and if you couldn't get the ball over the house and it came back to you, you said "pigtails". That's all I remember, except we used to play it most of the time with something bigger than a softball. I loved that game on a warm summer evening. I can almost smell it. -Patty de la Bretonne (65) ps Happy Holidays to everyone! ******************************************** >>From: Bill Didway (66) Re: birthday I want to thank my Mom for her birthday call to me... after all without her participation 53 years ago there would be no birthday. I thank my sweet sister, Rita, for the great Bomber Christmas Tree ornament. My brother, John, for the funny card, nothing about getting older on it. And last but not least my sister, Laurel, Jo "We Want A Recount" Finn for the funny phone call. You all made for a good birthday. How many other Alumni out there were born on the 16th of December? -Bill Didway (66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Two others that I know about, Bill! My brother, Tim (62) and Terry Davis [Knox] (65). -Maren ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (67) HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AN ALL!! I blew my hard drive and I lost everything!! Been down for 3 weeks now!! I was going into withdrawals!!! I need my Sandstorm!! So now I have a bunch of reading to do!! Just wanted to let one an all know that I have a new e- mail address! So now you can find me and let me know how you're all doing!! Hope to hear from ya!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (67) ~ Thorp, WA ******************************************** >>From: Larry Stone (71) Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May the holidays and the coming year be joyous for all. -Larry Stone (71) ******************************************** >>From: Treg Owings (76) To: Karen Polk (76) Re: Get together Friday Count me in if we get there in time! We are coming to the Big City for a couple days. Nice to hear from a fellow 76er. Are we going to have a 25th reunion?? To: David Douglas (62) Re: kick the can Kick the can was one of my favorites. I'd play it today if you wouldn't get shot creeping through the neighborhood. It would start by someone kicking the can as far as they could. The person who was "it" would go get it and bring it back, close their eyes, and count to 100. Everyone else would hide. If he saw you he would run back to the can and jump over it and say, "over the can on .... behind the bush" or where ever they were. You then had to wait. If someone kicked the can before he got everyone you started over. The first person caught was "it". -Treg Owings (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Doris Palmer (49), Jack Lowrey (49), Dick Pierard (52), Curt Donahue (53), Dwain Mefford (56), Jay Siegel (61), Rose Boswell (61), Emajean Stone (63), Vicki Owens (72), Mike Davis (74), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Doris Palmer Overla (49) A very merry holiday season to all Bombers. And most especially to the class of '49. Love all the mail but most of you seem so young. -Doris Palmer Overla (49) ******************************************** >>From: Jack Lowrey (49) To: Betty McElhaney Hudspeth (57) Yes, I remember you, Betty, and your family. Thanx for the hello and nice words about my folks. Glad to hear that Katy looked after your Mom when she was sick. Didn't know about that. Got a nice E-mail from your brother, Steve (53), some time ago. Both of you brought back some fond memories. Can't quite remember seeing Jon at Craig, as the cob webs are getting thick as time marches on. I do remember the Chafins, Kents, and Clines. Visited With Jennet Cline the last time I was in Richland when Bill passed away. Talked to Davy Tilson, Your "A" house neighbor several years back. He's an environmental engineer in SLC. Very good hearing from you. Merry Christmas to all. -Jack A. Lowrey (49) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard (52) Many thanks for brother Burt's (59) and the other informative contributions about the Japanese bomb activities in World War II. I well remember the day in March 1945 mentioned in the discussion when a bomb was exploded somewhere in the desert northwest of town. We could see a plume of smoke off in the distance, and we were told that a Japanese balloon bomb had been found and was set off. But the only fatalities that resulted from this piece of harassment was that incident in the Oregon woods. Knowing the record of finding WW 2 bombs in Europe, it would not surprise me if a balloon bomb turned up somewhere in the wilds of the Northwest even today. In fact, the problems of unexploded ordnance can be extremely long lasting. I visited Verdun, the terrible World War I battlefield in France, a few years ago and people were ordered not to leave the marked roads and paths because of the danger involved, even though the cratered moonscape was now covered by a healthy growth of trees. Merry Christmas to all from crisp and cool New England. -Dick Pierard (52) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Re: Attack on Pearl Harbor All the continuing discussion of WW II prompts me to tell my story. When Pearl Harbor was attacked we lived in White Salmon, WA, which overlooks the Columbia River upstream from Portland, OR. That Sunday morning we were on our way to church in Hood River, OR and when we stopped to pay the bridge toll the toll taker informed us that the Japanese had attacked. On our way back home while crossing the river, I remember looking downstream the whole way, to see if they were coming. During the ensuing years until we moved to Richland in 1944, my dad spent one or two nights a month guarding a railroad tunnel along the banks of the Columbia River. I also remember losing some playmates overnight as the local Japanese were shipped off to interment centers. May all you Bombers have a most joyous Christmas and a blessed New Year. -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************** >>From: Dwain Mefford (56) Re: submarine races One day in 1954 my dad asked my brother and me if one of us had his car parked by the Yakima river at midnight the previous friday night. After some discussion dad told us that a policeman friend of his had recognized the car and wondered what he was doing at the river at that time of night. After further discussion -- and since my '42 chevy was in good running condition -- we decided that older brother Jim (54) must have had the duty that night to keep the Yakima safe from invaders. -Dwain Mefford (56) ~ Portland, OR ******************************************** >>From: Jay Siegel (61) Re: Time of the year! As is usual for this time of the year, I spend some time thinking about the past years. Sometimes the thoughts turn sad with the knowledge that my children and grandchildren don't have the fond memories that I have been blessed with - the great friends that helped me make it through the hard times, the "jerks" that helped me to understand my imperfections, the wonderful times that were enjoyed because of the uniqueness of our city. Of all the towns and cities across the country, none shows the unity that there is in Richland. I have spent may hours "surfing the web" but have found nothing to compare with our sites and unity. There are bridges spanning the many generations that grew up in Richland that don't exist anywhere else. Yes, there are issues to deal with that are unique, but they are usually kept in perspective rather than distorted. To each person who calls themselves "Bombers", I fondly say "Thank you" for making my life a bit brighter. I wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday season and a Great New Year. -Jay Siegel (61) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** >>From: Rose Boswell Smith (61) Yesterday I got an e-mail from my classmate, Leonard Peters. He got into a bad auto accident where his beloved wife of 31 years was killed. Please everyone send prayers to him and his daughters to recover. Those of you in the area: he may need a visit .. Thanks. -Rose Boswell Smith (61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Note from Maren: Leonard's wife was a Bomber, too!! She was Rose Marie Wildenborg Peters (66-RIP). Her funeral notice and two articles from the Tri-City Herald have been scanned by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) and are on the website at: ******************************************** >>From: Emajean Stone (63) Re: Sandie Rameri Rutherford (60) entry Just a short note to Sandie Rameri Rutherford's entry regarding her sister Lynda (62-RIP). In case some of the alumni in the Bay Area were hoping to attend the services on 12/28/00 - the correct street name where Darling & Fisher are located is N. Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos. It is always so sad to learn that one of our Bombers has left us. -Emajean Stone (63) in San Jose, CA ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) To: Larry Mattingly (60) I really enjoyed your entry to the Sandstorm today. It was sweetly personal, and a good reminder to extend forgiveness when the situation arises. You really seized the moment -- even after 35 years! I'm sure that "closure" gave you a glow that will carry you for days (if not months?!). As a psychologist, I know how much physical illness has a psychological basis, and too often that basis is bitterness and unwillingness to forgive someone of past hurts. When we don't forgive, we're usually focused on the other person's actions, and think they deserve it. But more often we're only hurting ourselves, with the added stress and anxiety raising our blood pressure, contributing to stomach problems, and all the rest. Whoever said forgiving is divine (was it Shakespeare?) definitely knew a lot about life! I know a lot of us will be with family members over the holidays (and the closer a person, the more opportunities to wound). Here's hoping others will get an opportunity to resolve old hurts, and make their holidays a little brighter. Speaking of the holidays, catch the love that's winging to you through cyberspace. Have a blessed Christmas and joy-filled New Year! -Vicki Owens (72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Re: Lob Ball Games Remember playing lob ball games at the local Little League Fields. And then as we got older we graduated to the Pony League Field below Carmichael. The game had other names such as "Over the Line" or "Home Run Derby" Many hours were spent playing this on weekends or after Little League games. I remember Kelvin "Dog" Soldat (71) was always up for getting a lob ball game together. His enthusiasm for this game puzzled me then and still baffles me to this day. You see, the Dog played a mean game of tennis and was a pretty solid basketball player (although incredibly slow), but when it came to lob ball he was brutal. In fact, of the thousands of lob ball games I participated in with countless other people, Dog is the only person I can recall to never ever ever hit a lob ball homer!! Dog, there's still time! -Mike Davis (74) PS - This athletic feat would have to rate right alongside Jim Bixler (72) going scoreless the entire season of ninth grade hoops at Chief Jo and Dick Cartmell (73) lacing out but ONE hit his entire 14 year old Pony League season. Simply miraculous! ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Bunkers at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend The bunkers are still there and available to the public, we take our son camping at the park several times a year. Some of the bunkers are overgrown with brush, and there is some graffiti, (mostly pictures, someone trying to show off his/her artistic abilities, not too bad), but you can still get into them. There are trails to them to make easy access. It's a blast seeing the kids go into them (it is pitch black inside) every now and then someone remembers to bring flash lights, the kids usually come out screaming because someone made a frightening noise. Happy Holidays! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today: Mary Triem (47), Tiom Hoffman (47/48), Mike Clowes (54), Ed Borasky (59), Kay Conrad (60), Larry Mattingly (60), Kathie Roe (64), Linda Reining (64), Chuck Monasmith (65), Mike Howell (68WB), LaDonna Davidson (71), Penny Mitchell (71), Stu Osborn (71), Greg Alley (73), Dave Trent (75), Kim Edgar (79), Jeff Osborn (82), Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (49) To: Ken Ely (49) Hi, Ken. I understand you heard from a classmate of mine, Gordon Weir. Does he have e-mail and if so, will you share it? Hope all Bombers, young and old, have a great Christmas and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. -Mary Triem Mowery (49) ~ Ft. Lauderdale and Richland ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hoffman (47/48) Merry Christmas to all of you Bombers and especially to the classes of '47 & '48... and to Roberta Ann Hill (49). Love you guys. -Tom Hoffman (47/48) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Hey! Have any of you noticed the days are getting longer? To: Larry Mattingly (60) I think it was the winter of '49-50 that you may be recalling. I remember trying to deliver the TCH during that wonderful time. We lived in (dare I say it) Kennewick then, across from the Vista Golf Course. Went sledding near the club house a time or two, and boy was it fun to watch people trying to play golf. Think that is where "International Day-Glo Orange" paint was invented. Other wise you had a hard time finding your golf balls. Seasons Greetings and Bomber Cheers to all -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ holding out in rainy Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Ed Borasky (59) Re: E-mail Spam Attacks and your ISP Quoth the 12/22/00 Sandstorm: "NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Communications said Wednesday that its system is back in full operation after being slowed by a wave of millions of junk messages that delayed e-mail for as many as 200,000 of its Internet customers on the East Coast. "Each time it was tens of millions of messages. Our mail servers could not handle it," Verizon spokesman Larry Plumb said from Arlington, Va. Plumb said the first spam attack occurred Nov. 19, with additional attacks on Nov. 20 and Dec. 5. The company is still investigating the source of the junk e-mails, Plumb said, although Verizon knows the Internet service provider from which the messages originated." My ISP (Teleport in Portland, Oregon, now a part of OneMain which is now a part of Earthlink :-) experienced similar problems. In fact, at one time I could not send e- mail because the server was choked with this stuff. There are some things you can do about this: 1. Insist that your ISP *prosecute* the offenders when caught to the fullest extent of the law. This isn't gonna get fixed if people don't start going to jail and doing hard time for attacking innocent users of the Internet. If your ISP isn't willing to protect its users with the force of law, find one that it. I don't have Verizon as an ISP but I do have my local phone, long distance and cellular service with them. If they don't go after the attackers, I'd seriously consider switching my service. 2. Be careful when you visit web pages. A lot of them will ask you innocent questions like, "Would you like to be informed about future products?" The correct answer is "No". Watch out, because the default is usually "yes". And most of the legitimate ones will allow you to unsubscribe if you change your mind. The conventional wisdom on unsubscribing is that it is a mistake, since it tells the spammer that you are a real person. But in the case of more or less legitimate companies like, say,, it will work and is a good idea. 3. Of course, it goes without saying that you need a virus scanner that examines your e-mail as it comes in. I have Norton, which I know does this. Just to be on the safe side, if you get an executable attachment from someone you know and trust, file the e-mail away without opening the attachment until the next time your virus definitions get updated. That way, if the attachment contains a virus, you'll most likely hear about it on the news and the virus scanner will most likely be ready for it. -Ed Borasky (59) ******************************************** >>From: Kay Conrad Johnson (60) Re: Dec. 16 Birthdays TO: Bill Didway (66) My son, Michael, was born on this date. I think he graduated in 1981 from RHS. -Kay Conrad Johnson (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) Re: Coastal artillery trivia There were indeed several fortified positions "forts" and other bunkers and batteries here and there up and down the Pacific coast. The "Presidio" and its associated batteries near the Golden Gate is probably the most famous. As was previously described, the entrance to Puget Sound was protected by 3 forts triangulated across the actual entrance to US waters. A visitor to Ft. Casey on lower Whidbey Island on the east side of the entrance has a fine example of the main feature of these forts. Big guns! They have two of the remaining dozen or so in the world. These rare pieces are 8 and 10 inch "disappearing carriage" coastal artillery. The two that are there were found at Subic Bay and the Ft. Casey Historical Society had "bid and beg" for them. They were dis-mantled, shipped over, and re-assembled at their present location. You can easily tell that they were in the war as the bullet hits are still very evident as pits in the steel. The "gun"/or "piece" was set down in a hole behind slopping ramparts. After the breech (back end of the gun barrel) was loaded and closed, the barrel assembly was cranked up so that it was above the rampart. Upon firing the recoil was absorbed by a counterweight system that allowed the barrel to drop back down below the rampart in the loading position. If memory serves me the range was about 25,000 yards or about 20 miles. The projectiles weighed about 600 to 1000 pounds depending on size and type. The concrete and much of the steel is still intact, but other than the guns all apparatus is gone. However, there are interpretive signs that pretty well explain it. These old forts are a great place to picnic, watch whales, and view a bit of history. My favorite subject... well maybe 'cept for pyrotechnics. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly (60) ~ Tacoma WA ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax (64) Re: HOLIDAY BASKETBALL GAME I read in the Alumni Sandstorm a while ago that Coaches Streufert and Castleberry have put together the second annual Bomber alumni basketball game. The game is scheduled for 7pm in the Bomber gym on Saturday, December 23. John and I will be attending the game with my brother, Bill (59), and his wife, Bonnie Webb Roe (59). We hope to see a lot of Bombers there who are in town for the holidays. Happy holidays!! -Kathie Roe Truax (64) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) Re: Merry Christmas The cookies are baked, the jerky is done and the house smells "yummy"... brings back many favorite memories: 7 little kids gathered around the tree in my grandmother's 2 bedroom prefab anxiously waiting for the brightly colored packages to be passed out by "Santa Claus"... my great uncle would don a Santa hat... have no idea how on earth we all "fit" into that little prefab! 8 adults and 7 little kids and piles and piles of presents! The noise must have been deafening, but don't remember my grandmother complaining! And, then we would all go back the next day... we opened gifts on Christmas Eve... for dinner! Have you seen the "Tangerine Bear"? I bought it for my grandchildren and was very disappointed in it. WE need "Cinnamon Bear" on video! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Cool here in Bakersfield, CA and we still haven't gotten the rain they keep predicting; yesterday it was over 70! Just not the type of weather I want for this time of year! ;) -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Monasmith (65) Patty de la Bretonne's (65) recall of games reminded of a game instigated by Darrell Street. I think he moved to Seattle when we were in the 7th grade or so. But while at Marcus Whitman there were a group of us playing baseball, admittedly hurrying the season, and a few still playing basketball. Not enough players for a good game of either. Darrell, being the great compromiser grabbed a baseball bat and said pitch me that basketball. Darrell was a talented piano player but we knew right then he would never have enough of a grasp of physics to be an engineer!!! The rebound from the bat hitting that basketball at full force knocked Darrell out cold. For weeks the side of his face was purple and swollen. Darrell, wherever you are, thanks for the physics lesson! -Chuck Monasmith (65) ~ Most of the time in Bellingham and now ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell (68WB) Re: Merry Christmas Howdy; A Students, B Students, C Students, D Students and Friends. I really want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. -Mike Howell (68WB) ******************************************** >>From: LaDonna Davidson Lovejoy (71) Re: Rose Wildenborg Peters (66-RIP) Rose Peters babysat my girls, Kristie and Melanie, when they were small. As with so many of "her kids", Rose never lost track of them, and maintained an interest in how their lives were going, even when they were ages 24 and 19. We visited Richland two years ago and stopped by to see Rose. As usual, she was surrounded by the kids she was caring for, and loving it. She really influenced my children's lives and her untimely death is a blow to us all. Our prayers go to Leonard and their girls, Rachel and Lanie. LaDonna Davidson Lovejoy (71) ~ Las Cruces, NM ******************************************** >>From: Penny Mitchell True (71) Re: Merry Christmas Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all Bombers everywhere. -Penny Mitchell True (71) ~ Bothell, WA ******************************************** >>From: Stu Osborn (71) Looking forward to the Spudnuts this Saturday morning when I drive by "Uptown" Richland for Christmas with my last minute gifts to stuff into my nieces', nephew's, brother's and sister's stockings wearing the warmest layers in my closet. We're not used to the bitter cold Richland Winter weather over here in Seattle but I'm again looking forward to coming home, Snoqualmie Pass notwithstanding. Is the snow still deep enough to sled down Carmichael these days? A belated happy birthday to my stalwart brother Jeff Osborn (82) He's now 37 years young living in "West" and blessed with three great kids and a wonderful wife, Tonya. See ya soon, bro!! Where's all the Bomber hangouts this week? Towne Crier? Hope to watch you guys jam a bit with the local muse, Jack and the band down in Bomberville while I'm there, bro. I'll bring the CD my band cut with me as the recording engineer! I got a credit! Where's the best nightclubs for Christmas cheer, Bombers?? We usually end up at Cavanaugh's lounge or the comedy night at the Hanford House. Ran into Zane Seely and his lovely wife last time we were there. He invented "Grab-Ons" (dipped-in-rubber grips for bicycles and exercise equipment) and made a few mill. So anyway, if anyone wants to join us for a Spudnut on Saturday morning around 9:00, I'll buy... Re: "Annie, Annie, Over... Pigtails!!!" The rules mentioned all seem right except for catching the ball on the other side of the house. How could that be proven? Don't remember having to tear around the side of the house with the intent to paste the other guy with the ball... We just never got that good, I guess. I'll have to add, "Kick Soccer" to the list of "the games kiddies play..." It was just like Baseball except the ball was "pitched" by rolling it to the plate and the "hitter" would kick the ball. You were out if the defensive team could get the ball back into the infield and hit you in stride between the bases with the ball. Needless to say a red, rubber playground soccer ball was the ball of choice... We used the same kind of balls in those infamous Junior High "Warball" tournaments in the Chief Joseph Junior High School gym... but that's another story. All for now... Merry Christmas, Bombers, -Stu Osborn (71) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike Davis (74) Thanks for writing in to the Sandstorm for the holidays. You know we all have missed your insights and comments and a day without Mike is like a day without sunshine. Oh yeah, we haven't seen sunshine for two months. Please don't include my stats from lob ball or my baseball career as many seasons were spent batting close to the Mendoza line. Last question: Blaine III? -Greg Alley (73) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Trent (75) Re: A very proud moment for the Trent family. Marriages seem to come and go these days and hardly anyone is willing to fight out the tough times any more. But I'm here to tell you that two very special people in my life will have been married for 50 years on December 22nd. My mom (Lois McCrarey (50)) and dad (Frank) have survived raising three sons (for those that knew us, you'll recognize that as a feat in itself!), and spent nearly all of their 50 years together in Richland. They've been to hell and back over the years, usually coming to get one of my brothers or me! But now, the years have passed, and the rambunctious boys have become fathers, and even grandfathers. Life has settled down for them somewhat. They are able to do what they want, instead of what they must. In the Sandstorm, we've talked about our friends, places to hang out, teachers, favorite local heroes, and Bombers that made it big. But I know that most would agree that the real heroes are the people that live the example everyday. Too many people stop short of real success in life and go after the short term "rewards", but the real heroes stick together, whatever the obstacles. I am very proud of my parents for this achievement (they wouldn't see it as such a big deal), and can only wish to have found what they have together. My only regret is that "home" is nearly 3000 miles away, and my brothers will have to host the party without me. My body will be in Philly, but my heart will be with them on their great day. For those that know my parents, if you see them around town in the next few weeks, tell 'em Happy 50th Anniversary!!! I love and miss you "Ma and Pops". Congratulations to both of you, my personal heroes. -Dave Trent (75) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) To: Jay Siegel (61) Hi Jay, Every time I see your entries in the Sandstorm, I tell myself we are going to have to meet each other sometime. Poulsbo is such a small town, we've probably seen each other standing in line at Central Market buying groceries. After the Holidays and things have slowed down, I know of few people who live in the area, it would be nice if we could all get together for coffee. If anyone in the Poulsbo area or even Kitsap County is interested, let me know. If we have enough interest, we could meet in a more central location: (You guessed it, "Denny's") in Bremerton. I hope everyone and their families have a wonderful Holiday Season. Merry Christmas! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Osborn (82) Hello all Bombers out there in the world. I'm not a man of many words but I do feel part of a strong fraternity, network, family or whatever you want to call it of Bombers who all share a common history. We all grew up in a place where the sun shines bright, the climate is just right, the birds sing, the church bells ring, the tumbleweeds roll, the wind and dust blow, the economy grows, the rivers flow, the people don't glow, the kids excel, the mosquito truck smells, and on and on and on... I'm sure many of you could add to this thread... and already have. On this Winter Solstice, I would just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and lots of success and happiness in the coming year. -Jeff Osborn (82) ~ West Richland, WA ******************************************** >>From: Ellen Barns (Bomber Mom) Re: Another December Birthday Anyone remember John Barnes (80?)? He lives in Houston now. His "southern" accent now has that Texan drawl. His birthday was the 13th. -Ellen Barnes (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/00 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 24 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Kay Weir (37), Dick Harris (49), Dick Roberts (49) and Carol Tyner (52), Judy Meyer (53), JD "Jim" Boyd (55), Mike Bradley (56), Fred Phillips (60), Frazier Botsford (62WB), Helen Cross (62), Sandra Genoway (62), Jeanie Walsh (63), Joanna Faulkner (63), Keith Hunter (63), Deedee Willox (64), Gary Behymer (64), Leona Eckert (65), Patti de la Bretonne (65), Patti Snider (65), Mike Franco (70), Ron Breedlove (71), Frank Trent (72), Jim Burger (72), Elizabeth Mcallister (78) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kay Weir Fishback (37) To: Mary Triem Mowery (47) You wanted Gordy Weir's (47) E-Mail address. Here it is: [deleted for privacy] You can ask him what OV stands for. I had to ask him which was pretty dumb of me as I am his sister - RHS class of '37 - that's right '37. -Kay Weir Fishback (37) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Harris (49) Re: Blessed Holiday To: All Bomber friends and classmates May your Holiday be a blessed one and the coming year offer you and yours the opportunities for enjoyment of life and peace in our world! Now to the task at hand - pack the car for a trip from Wenatchee to Sunriver, Oregon, where we will meet our son, Scott, from Dallas and our daughter, Leslie, and her husband, Mark, from Spokane for Christmas and a few days of skiing on Mt. Bachelor! Merry Christmas, all! Dick and Bonnie -Dick Harris (49) ******************************************** >>From: Dick Roberts (49) & Carol Tyner Roberts (52) HAPPY HOLIDAYS! A BIG BOMBER CHEER! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Some of our great California Central Coast weather is on its way. Richard "Dick" Roberts (49) Carol Tyner Roberts (52) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Meyer Donovan (53) Happy Holidays and a very peaceful, tranquil, healthy and blessed 2001, especially to the Bomber Class of 1953! Happy Holidays, -Judy Meyer Donovan (53) ~ Portland, OR ******************************************** >>From: JD "Jim" Boyd (55) Re: A&W Burgers A few weeks ago many of you writing about how good the A&W burgers were. Since we owned an A&W for twelve short years, I thought I would pass along their secret recipe for the burger sauce. Use salad dressing (can use mayo) Add ketchup until sauce is dark pink in color Add equal amounts of mustard and green hamburger relish (it takes very little of the last two ingredients) THAT'S IT! To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes, (54) The days are not getting longer, there are still 24 hours in each and every day (this is adjusted now and then by a second). However, the daylight time will continue to increase until sometime in June. Then the whole process will start all over again!! -JD "Jim" Boyd (55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Um, that would be SUMMER SOLSTICE when it starts all over again - ALL BOMBER REUNION TIME - June 21st or so. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Mike Bradley (56) Re: Happy Holidays!!! The lights are up, the christmas tree all decked out and the smells of the season waft through the house. It is a lovely time of the year. For all of you who know my brother John Bradley (65), who now resides in North Carolina, please contact him via E-mail and say hello. He is just recently home from an extended stay in the hospital and now is an out patient receiving Chemo and radiation treatments to combat a serious case of cancer. I am sure he would love to hear from all of his old classmates. His E-mail address is [deleted for privacy] Happy holidays to all of you Bombers and most certainly a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of the class of '56. -Mike Bradley (56) ~ Kirkland, WA ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips (60) When Santa came to Richland Christmas Eve, 1946 The Christmas party was at our 'B' house. The adults were merry and the children were excited. I was only four, but I knew the night was magic. Santa Claus was coming to town. Saint Nick finally burst in looking just like I had imagined, wearing a red and white suit and carrying a bag of goodies. But the family dog mistook him for the mailman and charged toward the door. Santa was saved when the critter got tangled up in the Christmas tree, sending it crashing to the floor and scattering ornaments in all directions. While the kiddies squealed with delight, Dad put the dog out in the back yard and Mom began to clean up the mess. Santa Claus wasn't even fazed. He was extremely jolly. Perhaps it wasn't the first party he'd attended that night. After passing out toys to all the little ones, Santa headed into the kitchen with the guys. They were in there for quite a while, passing around the Christmas cheer, but there were other parties and other children and finally it was time for him to leave us. Hoping to see the reindeer, I followed Santa Claus out the door. He made it as far the first porch step, got down on his knees and puked. Then he stood up, stumbled across the street and, with a wave and a "Ho, Ho, Ho," he roared off in a black Chevy. My Dad told me that Santa couldn't use the sleigh that night because there wasn't any snow on the roof. I squatted down on the porch and inspected what he had left there. It appeared to be mostly fruitcake. I pointed and said "Mom, look what Santa did!" So now you know it's true, there is a Santa Claus and he comes to Richland. And tonight, don't forget to leave him a snack. -Fred Phillips (60) ~ usually in Bellevue, WA ~ but I'll spend Christmas Eve in Richland, in the same house, with my Mom. We'll reminisce about how her only child met Santa. It's become a family tradition. ******************************************** >>From: Frazier Botsford (62WB) Re: Two things Does anybody know how to get a copy of "The Cinnamon Bear"? I'd be very interested in hearing it again after all these years. The balls we used in "Annie Annie Over" were not softballs, I think we used tennis balls. Anyone who's ever played Softball knows full well that these balls are not *soft*. The game would not have had such an obvious longevity had softballs been used. There aren't too many kids who would have played a second time after being clocked in the back with a "soft"ball. Also, not very many of our parents would have put up with the wear and tear on their roofs, or accepted the noise of these clunkers hitting the roof. Tennis balls... or "war balls" would have worked, if you managed to get one snuck out of school. -Frazier Botsford (62WB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Where to get Cinnamon Bear?? See the entry from Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) in this Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) I'd just like to add my best wishes for a wonderful holiday season this year of our Lord, 2000, and extend those wishes to include 200l, "the real millennium" I am told. And I want to know: Is Jim House (63) really going to make the Bomber Basketball Game later today, and leave his wife and kids in Houston?? Remember Christmas is the season and Jesus is the reason!! Love to all fellow Bombers, relatives, former neighbors, friends, and friends I haven't met yet. Shalom, Helen Cross Kirk '62 outside of Cincinnati, Ohio where is it about l7 outside and predicted to get colder, but we will have a lovely white Christmas this year!! -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Re: Submarine Races - and other childhood games December 23 - Edmonds, WA I'm sitting here with the window open because it is warm enough now that we can open the window, again, and get some (hopefully) fresh air at 11:30 at night; after everyone has gone home from their late Christmas shopping. Overhead, I hear the droning of jet engines; one right after another. There have been many tonight. On the news it showed Sea-Tac was bumper to bumper. But why are there so many jets flying over Edmonds? We don't have an international airport up here. We have heard more and more of them up here lately, and my guess is that they are having to use the Everett Paine Field because of the overload. Anyway, getting down to the subject: When I left Richland for the first time out-on-my-own experience away from home, it was also my first-time on an airplane (well, a DC-9 to SF, anyway). From SF, it was a prop to Santa Barbara. This was in 1968, and the hippy sub-culture was well on its way in California by then. This was, of course, quite a culture shock for me: not only the hippies, but many of the other Californians, too. I must have been some kind of a naivet, also, and this is where I first heard the term "submarine races" -- as in "so and so went down to the beach to watch the..." It took me a while to figure that one out. I really didn't date much while I was still living and working in Richland. It was the most boring place on earth to me, with not very interesting adults who were mostly all too old for me, I couldn't wait to get away. However, I found Santa Barbara to be very complex; the "diverse" people, mostly a college town (UCSB), and a tourist attraction. I did get there in time to take in "Old Spanish Days" during the first week of August (I think). This is truly a beautiful festival, if you ever have a chance to go. Make reservations early, as it does get crowded. Also, I happened to have Christmas and 1969 New Years there. The deciduous trees had hardly finished dropping their leaves; it had been colder for a few weeks in December (around 40 F at night); however, on New Years that year it was 81 on the beach. I called my Mom in Richland who told me it was about 20 -- that was a very cold year for the Tri-Cities. When I went home in March, my Mom picked me up and I remember looking at everything with frost on it glowing in the moonlight. How different it looked, and all the little houses in a row viewing them from the by-pass, all looked flat and so small and somewhat bizarre. It took me a while to get used to living in a "government" town, again. I guess that is why I didn't take too long to go to the big city, Seattle, to continue my career as a secretary/stenographer and my quest for "life". To: David Dougles (62) My brother and I used to play Annie, Annie, Over usually at night at our ranch-style house. We had a big street light right in front of our house, so it was pretty easy to see the ball on that side; in back we had to turn on our back-door light. I remember we used a tennis ball. The object was to catch the ball being thrown over the roof to you. When the person on the throwing side did not get the ball over the roof, they had to yell "pig's tail" (this was an "honor" game). If you did not hear the other person yell "pig's tail", or if the ball was not immediately thrown back over the roof, you had to start running to the other side of the house, but hope you did not run into the person who had caught your ball; you always did not know which side he/she was using to run to the other side. If you ran into your opponent, they got to "tag" you with the ball. I, too, don't remember what the consequences of this was, except that we may have kept some kind of score for who got the most "hits". Our neighborhood kids usually got together in one of our front yards (not ours - it had a fence), and, again, by the light of the large street lights, we would play "Red Rover, Red Rover, Send ______ (from the other side) Right Over". Sorry, I cannot remember very much more than that, for now. Maybe if I think about it, it may come back. Does anyone else have the "rules"? We also did most of our cleat/metal skates, skating on the nice sidewalks in front of our houses; usually into the night during the summer. We used the big, wide sidewalks at Spalding School on the weekends, and during the summer days to go skating, too. When we got older, by then the skating rink was the place to go for church-group activities, where we rented our skates. It seemed so different; just skating around and around in that oval. However, I did enjoy watching the more advanced and talented skaters perform for all of us. Hoping your jet lands on time... and Happy Holidays to all the Bombers everywhere! -Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63) As I sit in Simi Valley ,California, there is a very important Basketball game going on in Richland, Washington... Be sure to fill us in on who the players were, and the score... and a very Merry Christmas to all Bombers everywhere!!! -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63) ******************************************** >>From: Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) Hello Everyone! Just wanted to wish you all the warmest and cheeriest of Holiday Seasons. I want to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to those of you who took the time to write to me about my half-brother, Clyde "Red" Foster (49- RIP). It has been the best gift I could ever receive. With tears of joy streaming down my cheeks, I have sat here and read and re-read all the replies you sent, all of which brought my long-lost brother back to life for me, through your memories. Since I have virtually no memory of him, I now have a patchwork quilt of memories sent in by all of you. It means more to me than you will ever know. I would still love to hear from more of you who remember him and I'm especially interested now in any pictures you might have as well. I'm in San Jose, CA if any of you are in the area and want to get in touch. Again, thanks so much!! -Joanna Faulkner Brown (63) ******************************************** >>From: Keith Hunter (63) Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS WISHING ALL THE BOMBERS A MERRY CHRISTMAS.. -Keith Hunter (63) Maren too!! ******************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) Re: Cinnamon Bear I guess I'm just a big kid at heart as I still love to listen to Cinnamon Bear at Christmas. Tomorrow will be the last episode (Christmas Eve). I have also got my 6 year old granddaughter listening last year and this year, so that makes it even more special! I bought Cinnamon Bear tapes two years ago and CDs last year from They are published by Radio Spirits, Inc. P. O. Box 2141 Schiller Park, IL 60176 if doesn't have them. Merry Christmas to all you Bombers everywhere. And remember, Jesus really is the reason for the season. The family time is great, the food is always good, the presents are fun, but the highlight for me is the candlelight service at our church on Christmas Eve. -Deedee Willox Loiseau (64) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: The game continues..... >From December 12th... Come join the large contingent of Richland Bombers listed at The Bombers still hold the lead at the Classmates site. As of 4:00 P.M Tuesday December 12th: 1,952.....Richland Bombers 1,368.....Kennewick Lions 1,149.....Pasco Bulldogs ----- >From Saturday December 23rd 7:48 AM: 2,144.....Richland Bombers 1,405.....Kennewick Lions 1,185.....Pasco Bulldogs ----- In the past several weeks, Bombers have gained 192. The Kennewick Lions +37 and the Pasco Bulldogs a +36. ----- One of our best sources of 'newbies' is the site and YOU! Let's find more Richland Bombers thru you (;-) Make it a point to find just one Richland Bomber, any class year, who is not listed on one of the Richland e- mail sites or at Classmates. By making that effort, the Alumni Sandstorm along with the total number of Bombers listed will double this coming year. ----- This 'frantic' search began just 4 years ago when 7 Bombers were found in a short time. 7 led to a web site which led to 'many' web sites... which 'gave' us those special folks from the Class of 1964 who started R2K 2000 this past June. ----- Don't forget the Alumni Sandstorm! Maren is on about the 29th straight month of sending the Sandstorm. YOUR PARTICIPATION is the key there. Go for it! ----- Merry Christmas! -Gary Behymer (64) ~ Now living in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** >>From: Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) Am surprised no one has mentioned the fire at the Spudnut Shop the other day. Haven't heard how bad it was or how long it will be before they are able to reopen. Merry Christmas to all. -Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) No no , we don't need Cinnamon Bear on video. Think a minute. I have vivid pictures of the characters in my mind. SOME things need to remain sacred. Imagination is one. We don't need to give in to video and animation and Disneyizing (yuk!) of everything. think bigger please. Just my opinion. Happy Holidays. -Patty de la Bretonne (65) ~ Seattle, WA ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) I just learned from another alumni that Jimmy Jones, father of Phil Jones (69), passed away last night. Jimmy recently found out he had cancer and he apparently died of a massive heart attack. Like a lot of you, I have known him for many, many years... he has even fixed my G.E. appliances! He was a great softball player and coach. My brother, Mike Snider (62) played on the same team with him. I will also miss him coming through my grocery line and giving me a bad time, every time. He was the greatest!!! Our hearts go out to you Phil, -Patti Snider Miller (65) and Mike Snider (62) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Franco (70) To: Mike Davis (74) Re: Lob Ball As a doubles partner of Dog Soldat I can attest to the fact that his tennis game was indeed "mean". I believe I also can explain the lack of success by both Dick Cartmell (73) and Little Bix. In the late 50s/early 60s in the rough and tumble ghetto of what was then northeast Richland was the ORIGINAL Field of Dreams known as Clark Stadium. Cartmells, Felts, Boson Turping and Bixlers all plied our trades (wiffle ball... mostly fat-bat) on that hallowed turf. But on occasion when the game drooped and slipped and the magic seemed to slip away... it was on these days that we quite often channeled our energies to hitting Little kids (i.e.: Little Bix and Dick Carts) on the head with the fat bats. It was all in fun, of course but I am sure it had its affect over time. The lesson from all of this is that if you hit your kid over the head enough times with a plastic baseball bat he may turn into a pretty good golfer. Soldat??? I have no explanation whatsoever for him! Happy Holidays to all Bombers everywhere... a prosperous and healthy New Year to all!... AND GO DAWGS!!!!!! -Mike Franco (70) ******************************************** >>From: Ron Breedlove (71) Re: Gordon Andersen (54) Gordon Andersen graduated from Richland in 1954. He married my sister, Barbara Breedlove (61) a few years back. Some of you may know Gordon's brother Jim, or Gordon's son, Cameron. Gordon recently underwent heart surgery (double bypass). That would have been the easy part. Gordon was losing weight and the doctors discovered a baseball size tumor on his colon prior to the heart surgery. The biopsy showed cancerous. After the heart surgery, the doctors operated to remove the tumor. They thought they got it all. He will be undergoing chemotherapy treatments starting first week in January. I know there are many people out there that know Gordon and Barb. And all of you know that Gordon would do anything for anyone. He is the most generous person I have ever met. I love the both of them dearly. The other day, after the latest doctor appointment, I think Gordon realized that the surgery to remove the cancer may not have been entirely successful. He is really down. Barbara is doing so so, but it is rough on her too. I don't know if this is the right place or even the right thing to do or not, but I am asking for a few of Gordon's friends out there to give him a call to try and give him a little lift. Or call Barb. I do know that if Gordon knew I was writing this to all of you he might get upset. They do not have a computer. Please, if you talk to him, don't let him know that you found out about his problems from the Internet. Their telephone number is [deleted for their privacy - - if you want it, e-mail Ron - his e-mail address is at the top of this entry]. -Ron Breedlove (71) ******************************************** >>From: Frank Trent (72) Re: A very proud moment for the Trent family Thanks Dave [brother, Dave Trent (75)]. You've been able to say what we all feel in our hearts. Our lives have been blessed and enriched through the love and devotion of our parents. But, the best part is that over the years our parents have become my two best friends. Those of you who knew them as " Mom and Dad" know exactly what we mean. We missed you last night Dave, but we all understood. However ... you do have to come back sooner or later. We have a golf game to settle, and I'd like to check the math on that score card one more time. -Frank Trent (72) ~ Tacoma, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jim Burger (72) Re: Pacific Coast Fortifications To: Larry Mattingly (60) Been to the Presidio and Ft. Casey numerous times, but these forts had nothing compared to the installations in the fields between George Washington Way and Howell, North of Kaisers we built in the 60s. We used old boards, 55 gal drums, and anything else we could pry loose from our back yards to create tunnels and bunkers. Didn't need to raise or lower our guns, they were always loaded and ready to make that perfect shot. It's amazing how many times we could get "hit", and never die! The only thing that could do us in were the MOMs... "Those tunnels are surely going to collapse... just wait 'till your father comes home!" But we would of course get the OK from Dad... "Just don't dig 'em so deep" and the battle would continue on. Any other fort builders out there? And how about tree- houses? I heard there were some along the by-pass / beltway but that was too far away in those days... Why, it was an all day trip just to ride our bikes the 3 blocks to the river! Happy Holidays to all ye Bombers! -Jim Burger (72) ~ Shoreline, WA ******************************************** >>From: Elizabeth Mcallister McCardle (78) Re: Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to all... I was away for 18 years but am so glad to spend my second Christmas in Richland... there is no place like home... Elizabeth Loosmore.. (Mcallister).. "78" ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from December 21, 2000 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Duane Kearney ~ Librarian for the Richland School District since 1974 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/00 ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS, BOMBERS!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue (53), Marilyn Richey (53), Gary Scholl (56), Marvin McDonald (60), Judy Willox (61), Sandra Genoway (62), Dave Hanthorn (63), Jim House (63), John Campbell (63), Kenny Peterson (64), Rick Valentine (68), Betti Avant (69), Rick Polk (70), Rick Chappele (72), Bob Olsen (78) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To: Mike Davis (74) Denny's made the big time - it was a clue in the Sunday crossword puzzle. I think it was solely because of your diligent work. Re: FIRE AT THE SPUDNUT SHOP? That ranks up there with the 2000 election fiasco as a top news item of the year. -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [For a Spudnut Shop Fire update: See the entry in this issue from Kenny Peterson (64) - Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) To: Phil Jones (69) I just read about your father passing on this week and express condolences from the Richey family to your family. I had the pleasure of knowing your father through my brother Don (47) when they played softball together on all those championship teams they played with in Richland. Your father taught me a great deal about pitching and I watched him to learn the art of pitching. He always had time to help me develop my skills in pitching. I know I appreciated him when both my Mother and brother, Alan (49) passed on in the last two years as I saw and spoke to him at the services. My prayers go out to you in this time of lost loved one. -Marilyn Richey (53) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Gary R. Scholl (56) I just wanted to wish all the Bombers a very Merry Christmas And A very Happy New Year. -Gary R. Scholl (56) ******************************************** >>From: Marvin McDonald (60) I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. Here's hoping that 2001 will prove to be the best for all of you. -Marvin McDonald (60) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (61) To: All Bombers Everywhere Merry Christmas - December 25, 2000 My family wants to wish every Bomber everywhere as well as everyone out there a very Merry Christmas and a very prosperous New Year to come. May God bless you all and shower you with His gracious love and peace. I want to especially ask God to bless those that have recently lost their loved ones at this holiday season and give them the strength to carry on and heal. My heartfelt sorrow and prayers go out to you all. God bless you!! Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Mogs!! (My Mother) I love you!!!! With Much Love and Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox (61) & Family ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Re: Christmas -- Russian Style Dateline: December 25 Hey! There's only 365 shopping days left until Christmas; that is, unless you happen to be an "Old Calendar" Eastern Orthodox Christian. They go by the Julian Calendar for all of their Holy Feast Days, so Christmas 2000 on the Julian Calendar (Dec. 25) is January 7, 2001 on the Gregorian (modern) Calendar, created by the Roman Pope Gregory in the 1500's. Since the Eastern Orthodox Church was a separate entity from the Roman Catholic Church by then, they decided not to follow this new calendar, but to stick to the calendar (Julian) that was in use at the time of Christ. Some more modernist EOC's have, however, changed to following the modern calendar. January 7 is the true Russian Christmas, which was not allowed to be openly celebrated in the Soviet Union during the communist regime, for some 70 years. It was, however, celebrated in secret by those devout Christians in underground churches. The Moscow Patriarchate State Russian Orthodox Church was allowed to have Christmas (for show) on January 7, and other than that, the Soviets or Red Party members only celebrated New Years on January 1 (Gregorian-modern calendar). Now, have I thoroughly confused you? Julian Calendar Christmas is still observed in parts of England and the U.S. Appalachia as "Old Christmas". If you have never had occasion to have a Russian Christmas and share this delightful Holiday with Russians (Russian- Americans, new Russian immigrants), you do not know what you are missing! First, you go to Church on Christmas Eve (January 6) Vigil in the evening, starting at about 6:00 p.m., which is the traditional Russian all-night vigil service, and nowadays lasts about two hours. The church is all decorated and aglow with cathedral chandelier dimmed and large and small candles glowing; there are natural, undecorated Christmas trees (yes, more than one), and evergreen boughs and flowers decorate the walls, door archways, and pertinent Holy Day Icons. The priests and bishop have on their "finest" white, red or gold brocade robes, trimmed in Europa embroidery and braid; their miters twinkling with "jewels". Of course, the parishioners are wearing their finest clothing. The women are in furs, if they have any; the men in their best suits and coats. Of course, there are the younger-styled and also the less "fancy" dressers there, too, and all are welcomed! If you are a lover of fine music, this is where you will hear some; Russian choirs have been renowned throughout history for their beautiful singing and style of music. Even Tchaikovsky wrote liturgical music; Rimsky- Korsakov used parts of the Pascha liturgy in his "Russian Easter", including bells. We are not talking "liturgical chants" here; this is full-scale notes, similar to Western sacred music, but with different sounds, rhythm and tones that cannot be described by me. On Christmas Day, you go back to church for the Christmas-Day Liturgy ("mass"), after which you get together with loved ones and friends in the church hall for the break-Nativity Fast dinner feast, after six weeks of eating only vegetables, fruits, bread and a little wine and oil (only on Sundays and Feast Days), as a period of preparation to greet the New-Born Holy Christ Child. It is also a very good health benefit, as the body and soul are purged during this time of prayer and fasting in spiritual contemplation of Christ's Nativity, and looking forward to His Return. At home, the Christmas tree is set up and decorated on Christmas Eve day (January 6). After going to church on Christmas Eve, the family comes home and eats "kutya", the traditional meal made of cooked cereal with raisins, honey and cinnamon. The table is spread with straw (representation, from the manger) and an Icon of the Nativity scene is placed in the center of the table. According to tradition, wild beasts harm no one on this night, in honor of the Christ Child's Birth. Russians love to party! A Russian Christmas lasts twelve (12) days, during which time people go from home to home in celebration of the season, with their own family on the first day, and starting with the second day, going to their friends' houses to parties and get-togethers. Each day of the twelve, gifts are exchanged with family and friends, starting with the humblest gift on the first day and ending with the most extravagant gift on the twelfth day. Children go from house to house carrying a huge star and singing Christmas carols (Russian carols, called kolyadki, are always spiritual in commemoration of Christ's Birth). At the parties, the vodka flows like water, as well as other "spirits", too, and Russians always serve foods like beluga or salmon caviar, roast goose, duckling, turkey, pheasant, ham, beef, venison, pike and sturgeon fish, and pirogi, which are large pies made with beef or chicken, potatoes, onions, celery, cabbage, rice, sauerkraut, mushrooms, carrots, peas (several or more of any of these ingredients) made in a three-sided baking pan, with one "door" side to get the pie out. Other foods included are Russian pastries (similar to French pastries), torte cakes, honey cakes, rum babas (cakes soaked in rum syrup), krendel cakes, khvorost, or "birch bark" (a deep-fried cookie strip that is twisted and after frying, is dipped in confectioner's sugar), Russian tea cookies, baklava, Russian cream (like ice cream, or like a "charlotte"), and of course, kisel, which is similar to our "smoothies", made with fruit and milk or cream. If you are on a diet, better stay away, because you will be sorely tempted to break it! During this time of celebration, no fasting is allowed, except for on the Eve of Theophany, the twelfth night. During the twelve days of celebrations, the clergy come around to the parishioners' homes to bless them with Holy Water, and to join in the festivities. It is the Russian Orthodox Christian tradition that you cannot turn anyone away from your home, especially during these Holy Days, since you may be entertaining Angels, Saints, or even Christ, Himself, unawares. The twelve days of Christmas culminate in the Feast of Theophany; or, Epiphany in the Western world. The eve of Theophany ("Twelfth Night") is a strict fast day when you eat nothing until the first star appears in the heavens that night (pray for a clear night). In Russia, and in Russian communities elsewhere in the world, on the Feast Day, itself, after the Liturgy, the clergy and parishioners proceed to rivers and lakes for the "blessing of the waters". In this procession, banners with icons are carried and censors leave clouds of incense smoke billowing to the heavens. Cannons roar and bells peal as a huge cross is lowered into the holes cut in the ice of the frozen rivers and lakes. After the water is blessed, this Holy Water is then bottled and kept throughout the year until the following Feast Day and is partaken of on an empty stomach, as needed, for spiritual and medicinal purposes. During this blessings of the waters ritual, for spiritual purposes, some people jump into the icy water; in a thousand years' time in Russia there has never been a case of someone getting ill or dying at that time, since the water is infused with the Power of the Holy Spirit and is, itself, Holy. These blessed rivers and lakes are called "Jordans" on that day. The processions are going to the "Jordan", and they commemorate the baptism of Christ Jesus when He went down to the Jordan River and was baptized by St. John, the Baptist, at which time the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) was Manifested, which is why the Feast is called Theophany; that is, the Manifestation of God. It is also a commemoration of the visit of the Magi and the slaughter of the 14,000 infants by Herod's soldiers. It is the culmination of the Christmas season, and in the very early church, was Christmas Day, before a separate Christmas Day was created. The day after Theophany (January 20), the Christmas tree is taken down. So, now, maybe that explains why, on some houses, you see Christmas lights and decorations for many more days after the traditional American Christmas/New Years' Day celebration is over. You may have seen a different kind of "Santa Claus" decoration, too. In addition to the traditional, spiritual Christmas, the Russians also have "Grandfather Frost" who is a white- bearded old man dressed in a long velvet-type robe and coat trimmed in fur and wearing a fur hat. He is accompanied by the "Snow Maiden" who is a beautiful teenage girl lavishly dressed in a decorated and trimmed brocade robe and with a kokoshnik (or huge tiara) on her head, with silver, gold, pearls and jewels embedded in its design. Together, they go about, bringing presents for good little boys and girls, and switches for naughty ones. This Russian Christmas myth is not to be confused with "Father Christmas" of Western European lore, nor with St. Nicholas, who really did exist and became the Patron Saint of many Eastern and Western Christians, and who also is remembered in Holland as "Sinter Klaas" who brings good children presents and naughty children lumps of coal in their shoes on December 6. St. Nicholas was later commercialized into "Santa Claus", after the popularity of the Christmas poem, "'Twas The Night Before Christmas", became a holiday tradition. Now you have learned something more of what some other people in America (and in Old Russia, a place in the heart) observe as their Christmas Holiday, and what traditions are celebrated and remembered from year to year. Merry Christmas ("M I P", and Joyeaux Noel) from Sandra Genoway and George Spruksts in Edmonds. -Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) I just want to wish all Bombers a Happy Holiday and Best Wishes for a great and prosperous New Year. I would also like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Sandstorm over the past year. Your expressions of joy and sadness, your many wonderful memories, and your many wonderful stories from past to present have been a bright spot each day in so many lives. THANK YOU, -Dave Hanthorn (63) ~ Mercer Island, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Re: Alumni Game To: Helen Cross Kirk (62) No, I did not participate in the Alumni basketball game on Saturday, nor did I follow your earlier suggestion to take my family with me... Instead I had the bad judgment to suggest to my wife that I make a quick 48 hour solo trip to Richland so I could briefly visit friends, mingle with the stars, and still be home for Christmas. My proposal turned into an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" on CBS, with me playing the fool. My daughter suggested I was immature, my dog gave me the "Am I going to be an orphan" look and my wife merely stared through me in a way that made me wish she had screamed, "Absolutely not, that is a Bad Idea". On the other hand my Mother thought it was a good idea and wanted to join me in a visit to the Dawald Gymnasium. That just about sealed the wife/mother-in-law relationship. I initially attributed this setback to having married outside the cult. However, I now believe most Bomber wives probably would not have tolerated my act either. I acquiesced, stayed home and donned my R2K sweatshirt for Christmas Eve, claiming the color fit the holiday spirit. Tomorrow I began training for next year's alumni game... just in case. Happy Holidays -Jim House (63) ~ Houston, TX ******************************************** >>From: John Campbell (63) Re: Annie Annie Over The question about what balls were used for Annie Annie Over. The answer is whatever you had. The kids around Birch Street often used tennis balls, rubber softballs, but there were also a spongy. light weight ball sold back then. Two things you needed were 1. No rain gutters; and 2. No fences - so you could run around when you caught it. Many a summer evening the neighborhood kids would play this game or hide and seek. It was fun and didn't cost anything, and kids of any age could play. -John Campbell (63) ******************************************** >>From: Kenny Peterson (64) Re: Spudnut Shop Fire The Spudnut Shop did, in fact, catch on fire the other night... fortunately minor damage was done... Val had it up and going by the next day... seems the fryer was the culprit. Re: Cinnamon Bear story It was - and still is - one of my favorite Christmas stories... for any of you that would like copies, I believe that Pat McCoy's (55) son is still selling them... or did... as well as a lot of other recordings... I'll try to do some checking... -Kenny Peterson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine (68) All is Calm, All is Bright... Having a White Christmas this year in Spokane... about a foot of snow on the ground. Christmas morning always brings back memories of when I was 6. I came down stairs to find an Electric Train running around underneath the Christmas Tree. It was an 'American Flyer' (wish I still had it). By adding a couple of drops of 3-in-1 oil down the smoke stack it would puff real smoke, funny the things we remember. Merry Christmas to all and to all a great Christmas... -Rick Valentine (68) ~ Spokane, WA. ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all past, present, and future Bombers. Jesus' birthday is here again. -Betti Avant (69) ~ Goodland, KS ~ 7 above zero and sunshine ******************************************** >>From: Rick Polk (70) I'd like to wish all my fellow Bomber alumni a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New year. -Rick Polk (70) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Chapple (72) Re: Mr. & Mrs. Trent Just want to say congrats to the Trents on their 50 years of marriage. I've called Mrs. Trent "MOM" since I met her when I was in the 7th grade. And Mr. Trent, I don't know where you got the patience when it came to Jr., myself and our friends, but thanks for not "killin" us for some of the stunts we pulled throughout the years. Lord knows we deserved it. You are two of the most loving and understanding parents I have met, and I try to be the same myself now, thanks to you. Yes, Mrs. Trent, Frank Jr. was with me whenever I got in trouble, even if he denies it to this day. heeheehee Merry Christmas and wishing you many more happy years together. -Rick Chapple (72) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Olsen (78) Just wanted to wish all you Bombers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!!!! GO BOMBERS!!!! -Bob Olsen (78) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Lou Stines (50), Curt Donahue (53), Mike Clowes (54), Carol Converse (64), Art Snyder (71), Peggy Roesch (71), Frank Trent (72), Pete Sikov (72), Sheryl Romsos (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Lou Stines Pearson (50WB) Many thanks to Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) for her Christmas Day essay, "Christmas-Russian Style." I have a "High School" folder in which I file Alumni Sandstorm entries that I have found to be particularly meaningful. I will definitely add this entry to those that I treasure. Perhaps, if I researched through all of the back Sandstorm issues, I could find the answer to the following question that immediately came to my mind: "How does she know all of this fascinating information/stuff? It sounds as though she has it at her finger-tips [quite literally]!" Perhaps that could be the subject of another fascinating and personal essay at some later date entitled, "Exploration of the Russian Culture-My Style"? Christmas Day weather in Western Washington, Olympia style: high gray and white broken cloud cover with a brilliant luminescence to define where the sun hides from view. -Mary Lou Stines Pearson (50WB) ~ Olympia, WA ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) To: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Thank you so much for that outstanding explanation of a Russian Christmas. That was very enlightening. May God bless you all in the New Year. -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: J.D. "Jim" Boyd (55) You are correct, sir, in admonishing me for improper grammar when you took me to task for my comment on the "days being longer." Perhaps I should have made some reference to the fact that I was speaking about "day" as opposed to "night" and not the twenty four hour period also known as a "day." I suppose that if I had mentioned the "nights" were getting shorter it may have clarified things. At least it is good to know that someone from the class of '55 stayed awake during the semantics section of junior english. Re: the Spudnut Fire Thank heavens it was not as serious as we were first lead to believe. The loss of the Spudnut Shop would have been a mortal blow to those things Bombers hold in great respect. Regardless of what those krispy kreme heretics in Texas have to say about it. Let's face it, Spudnuts are an integral part of growing up Bomber, whether you had any or not. Re: Gordon Andersen (54) I hope that other members of the class have joined me in passing on our best wishes to him. Gordon was a fine basketball player, and quite possibly the one who taught Tom Tracy how to tie his shoes. We can only hope and pray that Gordon will be with the class for it's fiftieth reunion. Remember that Tuesday, December 26th is "National Return UnWanted Christmas Gifts Day". I'm sure the merchants are waiting with baited breath to find out what is this year's least wanted gift. Bomber cheers to all, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ trying to keep dry in Albany, OR ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) WOW!! That was some narrative you gave to us about the Russian Christmas, Sandra. I thoroughly enjoyed every last word. I had no idea of the celebration. Great job in letting us see it all in our mind's eye. Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Years to all of you!! -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ******************************************** >>From: Art Snyder (71) I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you all have a happy and prosperous New Year. To: Mike Davis (74) I really did it in style this past Saturday. A trip to The Spudnut Shop and then lunch at Denny's. Can life get any better than this? -Art Snyder (71) ~ Walla Walla, WA ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Roesch Wallan (71) To: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) et al Re: Russian (and Greek, and Serbian, and Antiochian, etc.) Orthodox Christmas Thank you for your description of the Russian Orthodox Christmas. Each of the ethnic Orthodox communities (Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, Armenian...) has a different twist on the story ... but we all march to a much different drum than the western secular/humanistic/materialistic culture by which we are surrounded. Our Christmas lent (11/15- 12/24) is not filled with sappy and bad-theology "Christmas" carols, rich food, partying, etc. We focus on what is to come and being prepared for it: the Nativity. (We usually avoid the word "Christmas" because it has changed its meaning in western culture.) Yes, the partying (and this in Orthodox style, not rum-soaked and bawdy free-for-alls) begins on 12/25, yet still with the forward look to Theophany on 1/6, and we celebrate its Blessing of the Waters with a still more forward perspective to the great and pivotal event in Orthodox life: the Great Lent and Holy Pascha (Easter, to westerners). If you are truly in search of a Holy Nativity that is family-friendly and rich with meaning, head east ... I mean way east ... like to the eastern Mediterranean ... and to the writings of the early church fathers and the traditions that lived from the time of the scriptures. You will be amazed at how off-course the west is and of how much you have been deprived. But please, NEVER refer to the Orthodox liturgy as the "mass" as that is highly inappropriate. That is a Roman Catholic word, coming from the final words of their Latin liturgy ("missa est something") which dismisses the congregation. To the Orthodox, it is the Divine Liturgy and nothing else. Thank you. Kala Xristougenna to y'all, -Peggy Roesch Wallan (71) ~ Spanaway, WA ******************************************** >>From: Frank Trent (72) In the 12/25/00 Sandstorm, Rich Chappele (72) said: "Yes, Mrs. Trent, Frank Jr. was with me whenever I got in trouble, even if he denies it to this day. heeheehee Merry Christmas and wishing you many more happy years together. -Rick Chapple (72)" Was Not ... Was Not ... Was Not ... -Frank Trent (72) ******************************************** >>From: Pete Sikov (72) Thanks to Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) for the wonderful description of the Russian traditions of Christmas!! -Pete Sikov (72) ******************************************** >>From: Sheryl Romsos Senyk (76) To: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Thank you for sharing the Russian Christmas with us; I found it interesting to compare with my husband's Ukrainian background, and I have passed your entry along for his siblings to read. Merry Christmas to Bombers and families everywhere and a healthy, happy New Year as well! >From the Land of 10,000-Pretty-Much-Entirely-Frozen Lakes, and a temperature this sunny Christmas morning of 16 below zero ~ Shoreview, MN -Sheryl Romsos Senyk (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy (55), David Cloud (60), Dennis Waltman (60), Pat Vach (60), Annette Hall (62), Sandra Genoway (62), Det Wegener (65), Dan Wilson (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Gordon was a great Bomber basketball player for sure. But he was more than a player, he was a good friend to those who knew him or ever visited with him privately. He reminded me a lot of Whitey Schell (51) on the court. Unusually surprising moves, quick hands and a good shot from just about anywhere. In response to your comment Mike, ["Gordon was a fine basketball player, and quite possibly the one who taught Tom Tracy how to tie his shoes." [He did not teach me to tie my shoes. He gave up on that one. I'm am pleased to say I'm still attending remedial lacing classes and will soon be fitted with corrective green and gold moccasins.] Re: Gordon Anderson (54) I'm sure all Bomber basketball players who knew Gordon Anderson send their best thoughts and prayers for his speedy recovery. Gordon was one of the finest basketball players I've ever played with. His peripheral vision and risk-taking basketball made it a joy to be on the court with him. He was another Whitey Schell (our own Pete Maravich). Beyond basketball, Gordon deeply cared about other people and when you got to know him, you realized that. His best creative abilities in basketball matched his grand sense of humor. I have wonderful memories of Gordon printing greeting signs similar to Burma Shave comments on notebook paper and holding them up to the back window communicating with drivers following us as we drove to the State Basketball Tournament in 1954. He was as creative in his humor as he was on the basketball court. One of Gordon's best was when he played "drill" sergeant at the U.S. Naval Base near Seattle (where Dawald hid us from the big city - keeping good boys from the bright city lights and extra curricular activities during the tournament). Gordon marched us into the officer's mess hall with all the ceremony of a salty drill sgt. meeting his recruits for the first time (loudly chewing us out and pretending to inspect each one of us.) It brought down the house. One of the officers asked Gordon if Gordon would do that again "tomorrow morning" when one of their base commanders was in for breakfast. Gordon could have been on stage if Richland had only had an agent available. It still brings a smile across my face as I think about it. Gordon knew more jokes than Flip Wilson and could even make Dawald laugh at times when he wanted to keep a straight face. Gordon was a great basketball player and I always felt better when he was on the court with us. We remember him well. Gordon was one of those who wore the Bomber uniform, knew the meaning of pressure and extra effort from extended, exhausting practices, full court presses, fast breaks, discipline from demanding coaches, high expectations from fans (who thought you should take lots of risks, although half dressed, never miss a shot, always be in shape, compete with a group of unfriendly opponents who wanted to embarrass you in front of your friends, classmates, neighbors, teachers and family, be respectful, finish your homework, bring honor to your school while fending off personal remarks and answering questions from those who didn't know whether the ball was pumped or stuffed or the difference between a jock strap and an Egyptian sling shot. Once in awhile we remembered some fan grumbling that they'd never forgive us for losing to some other team. As a member of Gordon's team, we recall a quiet, but determined spirit that included never losing. We may have been outscored a few times, but we never lost. I'm sure Gordon continued to pass that spirit along to those he met. It's still a spirit well worth keeping alive. It belongs to the hearts of those who still wear the proud R2K spirit shown this past summer. To: Gordon Anderson (54) Get Well Gordon, I'll send a brand new whistle to your 50th Reunion and march in your next drill! I'll even you buy some of those delicious powdered (also known as "scrambled egg look alikes") that we ate at the military mess hall at the Naval Base and a new pair of Converse Basketball Shoes (the shoes would probably taste better than the eggs) I talked to GOD today and HE told me to tell you to get back on your feet and get ready for another visit with your friends at that next reunion. Keep thinking the good thoughts. Everyone's saying special prayers and passing along our best wishes. Just get well. Your friend in Green and Gold... and Gray -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: David Cloud (60) Re: WWII and Oregon's Forests Earlier Alumni Sandstorms carried discussions of Japanese bombing of the Oregon coastline by plane and by balloon. Many details of these events may be found in Silent Siege-III by Bert Webber. The Japanese submarine (I-25) was equipped with a modular float plane (Yokusa E-14-Y1) in a water tight compartment forward of the conning tower. On June 21, 1942 I-25 fired 17 shells at Fort Stevens. One shell clipped a tree limb. (reported in the 6-23-42 New York Times). On September 9, 1942 Nubuo Fujita and his observer- navigator Shoji Okuda were catapult launched from the submarine with two 170 lb. incendiary bombs. The bombs were dropped about 8 miles east of Brookings on Wheeler Ridge. The soggy conditions extinguished all fires except one, which was smothered by a forester, Keith Johnson. On September 29, another sortie put two bombs on Grassy Knob, east of Port Orford. No fires were ignited. The Balloons. Reportedly, the Japanese strategy of sending balloons aloft into the jet stream for eventual arrival on the Oregon coast, was finally realized in 1944. The first balloon was released on November 3, 1944. Approximately 6000 balloons were launched. Most were made of 600 pieces of paper glued together by school girls. With 16000 cu.ft of hydrogen, they could carry about 1000 pounds. In the late stages of the program, advanced designs included the use of rubberized silk. However, the B-29 bombing raids burned much of Tokyo, including the balloon factories. Only 361 incidents have been reported of the discovery of balloon parts, bombs, or bomb fragments. These sites are scattered from the Aleutians to Mexico and as far east as Detroit, Michigan. The season that favored the use of the jet stream is also the season of maximum rainfall along the Oregon coast. The Tragedy. Rev. Archie Mitchell, his wife and five children from Sunday School went on a picnic, May 5, 1945. While walking along a creek near Bly, Oregon, they discovered a fragmentation bomb and its collapsed balloon. Whether a child touched or kicked the bomb, is unknown. However, it exploded and killed Ms. Mitchell and all five children. This was barely three and a half months before the end of the war. The Tillamook Burn occurred between the wars and was not ignited through efforts by the Japanese. It may have helped plant the idea though. I hope that this helps with some of the issues raised earlier in the month. Merry Christmas from Roseburg, OR -David Cloud (60) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Waltman (60) Re: Cinnamon Bear Tapes There has been some interest in the Cinnamon Bear over the past couple of days on the Alumni Sandstorm, well you need to look no further than the Tri-Cities. For those also interested in old time radio, Pat McCoy (55) sells radio programs on reel to reel and cassette tapes. I have an extensive collection of old time radio tapes of the "Gunsmoke" series and have enjoyed dealing with Pat in the past. He has been written up in the Tri-City Herald several times over the past 30 years and is donating his extensive collection to the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University. Last time I checked you could reach him at the sites below: Website: Just click on the rectangular field box in the upper left corner of his site and then at the bottom click on gift albums. They have a special new web site price of $14.95 for the Cinnamon Bear Tapes! My sister Amanda got the tapes for our family several years ago and since then every December we listen to all 26 episodes. McCoy's Recording P.O.Box 1069 Richland, Washington, 99352 phone: 509-627-4039 fax: 509-735-4225 orders only: 1-888-756-2269 A Healthy and Happy Holiday Season to all you Bombers, wherever you are! -Dennis Waltman (60) ******************************************** >>From: Pat Vach (60) Re: Cinnamon Bear I have a six tape, 23 chapter version of The Cinnamon Bear The Original Radio Series with the Original Music. I got this set from my children several years ago, but the following information from the package is likely still good. ISBN 1- 880623-00-5 Distributed by Stiles-Bishop Productions, Inc. P.O. Box 93-531 1 800 93 PADDY -Pat Vach (60) ******************************************** >>From: Annette Hall Bundrant (62) Re: Jim Jones (RIP) This is the first time I've replied to and news. I had to write in response and respect for Jim Jones. I managed the 7-11 on Van Giesen for 4 years. It was the first time I had ever met Jim. He was a long time customer. My respect for him grew as I knew him longer. Felt the pain when his wife passed away. He always seemed to keep a love for people and his baseball. When I left the store, he was one of the many that I really missed. His bright smile and adventures were always a welcome for me. My condolences to all of his family. It is a great loss. -Annette Hall Bundrant (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Re: How I Know About Russian Christmas Dear Sandstorm alumni, Remember in my last post before the one about Russian Christmas, I explained that I could not wait to get out of the Tri-Cities in 1968 to get on with continuing my secretarial career and to experience "life"? I was 24 then. In 1984, I met my fianc, George Spruksts, at a very unusual place to meet one's future husband. One Saturday in September 1984, some of my more conservative, politically active friends (mostly Republicans) held a political demonstration rally at the Seattle Civic Center Flag Plaza and International Fountain area. There were not many of us; however, we had invited Dixi Lee Ray (remember her, our WA State Governor?) to be one of the speakers who talked about energy needs and other political concerns of the day. It was during the time when Soviet physicist dissident, Andr Sakharov and his wife, Elena Bonner, were reported about on our American news as the Moscow couple who were being held hostage, under house arrest by the Soviet government. Many of my friends and I were very anti-communist/-socialist. I was particularly interested in the Sakharov story, since I had worked with many physicists at Hanford. So for this particular demonstration, I made a poster sign with a "smiley face", only instead of the smile, I turned the mouth down and at the top I wrote, "The Sakharovs NEVER have a nice day!" I think the almost-future governor of WA State, John Carlson, who was there that day, held my sign, for a while anyway (John usually did not like to hold signs very much at demonstrations; I would find the ones I gave him to hold later down on the ground some place -- he was quite young then). Prior to that demonstration, about a week earlier, a group of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees along with Polish and Russians and, again, my anti-communist friends all held a demonstration and marched on the water front of Seattle. For this demonstration, I had painted numerous signs. The one I chose to hold happened to say something about the *Russians* were using Afghanistan as their weapons' testing grounds (for the types of bombs being dropped there, including "toys" that children would pick up that would then explode). Well, George and his friend Mel (both from Seattle) were at that demonstration. When George saw my sign he came over to me a read me the "riot act" about the use of the word "Russian" in my sign. He corrected me by telling me that is was not the Russians; it was the SOVIETS! (Many Russians are very sensitive about being blamed for what the communist government who took over their Country has done to mankind, and do not appreciate being called Soviets, themselves, including being from the "former USSR, or former Soviet Union".) I was a little taken aback at that, but felt badly that I had offended any Russians with my sign. When I went home, I painted over the word "Russian" with white paint and later replaced it with "Soviets". Then I proceeded to take it to the next demonstration at the Seattle Center. That was when I was introduced to George and Mel, and we exchanged phone numbers. I was so intrigued! I wanted to know more about what was happening in Russia, and how the people were coping with their oppression on a day to day basis. Like many Americans, I knew very little about Russia or Russians, except for what we were then hearing on the news, having never really studied in school very much about them, and since I had only gone to business college, I did not ever study college history or poly sci. I was trying to decide between George and Mel, as to which one to call and ask for an "interview" about Russia. I decided to call George. I don't know why; it was just that while I was talking to him and Mel, I got this very strange sensation while looking at George's face. It was somewhat "psychic", I think. It was not a bad feeling; it was more like, I could trust this face - this person. He gave off good "vibes". I was scared; what if this guy, being Russian, was involved at all with the KGB, or worse?! I had worked for the USAEC and was told when I left that if I ever traveled to a communist government country to drop a postcard in the mail before leaving informing them that I was going there. Well, talking to an American citizen of Russian descent (half Russian; half Latvian) was not exactly like going to any of those countries, especially since I had chosen the Bellevue Red Lion lounge for my "interview". (George later told me that he also was scared. Who was this person that was so interested in Russia and communism; why were she and her friends "anti-communist" political activists? That was "a new one" for him. He had only experienced most Seattlites as being uninterested in things Russian, and many he had met at the University of Washington were very much socialist, including many of the profs.! George grew up in Seattle, after he and his mom and her family came here in the early 1950's. They originally came from Latvia, and they were refugees from WWII. But that is another story. . . Some of what I know about Russian Christmas is because, to a great extent, I have experienced it right here in the Seattle Russian community. Besides converting to Russian Christian Orthodoxy in 1987, and attending the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle on Russian Christmas (Nativity Feast on January 6 & 7), I have entertained Russian Americans and new Russian refugees and immigrants at Russian Christmas and for other holiday parties in my own home. I have also been to some of the local Russian and Ukrainian homes for Christmas and other holiday parties and get-togethers. George and I also know Serbian people here in the Puget Sound area. These are very fascinating people with many stories to tell of how they came to America, and who is still in the "old country". But that, too, is another story. . . -Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) ******************************************** >>From: Det Wegener (65) Re: Games We Survived Talking about games we used to play... we played "Boston Bulldog 1,2,3" at Westside Church during our Scout Troop 237 meetings. I think it was to help release all the tension adolescent boys build up. It consisted of one person being "it" and everyone else lined up on one side of the field. On the "signal," everyone would run to the other side. The "it" had to catch someone, get them off the ground, and yell "Boston Bulldog 1,2,3" before putting them down. If you could get your foot or hand or head to touch the ground before he finished, he had to say it again. There was honor here, too. Then the caught person joined the "it" in the middle and had to catch others. This went on until everyone was caught. Eventually, you had three or four little guys ganging up on one of the big guys. Sometimes the "setting down" was not so gentle. We were lucky we didn't really hurt someone. You probably couldn't play that game nowadays. Some parents would see it as a chance to make a little money. This may have been our form of "Rover, Rover Send _____ Right Over." To: Helen Cross Kirk (62) My Mom says hi! Det -Det Wegener (65) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Wilson (76) Re: Warm wishes!!!! To: Sheryl Romsos Senyk (76) Hi Sheryl, I wish you lots of warmth in the new year. I'm still living in the Tri-city area, been hovering right around 32 degrees here. To: all alumni I wish you ALL a warm and prosperous new year. I was almost a statistic. I hit some black ice and rolled my T- bird on the last Monday in November. I thank God I walked away with only minor neck pain. Be extra careful if you still drive a rear wheel drive car. T-birds are very light in the rear. God bless you all!!!! -Dan Wilson (76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn Richey (53), Pete Wascher (60), John Foster (65), Phil Jones (69), Treg Owings (76), Stephen Schraedel (79), Derek Bowls (84) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Richey (53) Re: Gordon Anderson (54) Gordon was one of the guys in high school that you could not avoid. He had a good sense of humor and was liked by most people or peers. He had a very dry sense of humor and I enjoyed all the talks we had in school as well all the times he came to By's where I worked. As to his basketball skills, they were many and talented. He was an outstanding passer and feeder to players on the court. I never thought he received the acclaim he deserved as a Bomber. I think he was a very head strong person and sometimes clashed with Daddy Dawald -- most who played for him had that experience at least once in their lives. Gordon could have been a very excellent college player if he so desired. I hope you fight like you did as a Bomber and a strong person that I have seen in many years. I consider you my friend and may you and Barbara get though this battle. God Bless Gordon -Marilyn Richey (53) ~ Richland, WA ******************************************** >>From: Pete Wascher (60) Re: Cinnamon Bear I remember the Cinnamon Bear series! I was transfixed as a kid. I've never heard it anywhere else but in the Tri-Cities. I wonder who produced it? It was excellent. -Pete Wascher (60) ******************************************** >>From: John Foster (65) Friends, Yesterday (12/26/00) our old friend, John Bradley (65) lost his fight with cancer. His Wife's E-mail address is [deleted for privacy] -John Foster (65) ******************************************** >>From: Phil Jones (69) To: Patti Snider Miller (65), Mike Snider (62), & Marilyn Richey (53) Thank you for the kind words about my father, Jim Jones, who died 12/22/00. I haven't had too much time to check in on the computer so this is a little belated but heartfelt none the less. My Dad truly was a Richland Pioneer having arrived in Richland on Dec. 7, 1947. He piled up a lot of friends in those 53 years. Marilyn, it's funny you mention his working with you as a fast pitch pitcher. He was still doing that right up until the end. He pitched in Richland from 48 to the late 70's or early 80's. Like 30 years. In his 50's he was still trying to teach guys to pitch to keep the game going, with teams full of late teenagers and early 20's kids. When the Men's game finally died he sort of lost interest for 10 years. When the girls switched to fast pitch he once again started actively coaching and conducting clinics. He had three schedule for this winter. It's pretty cool that a 75 year old was still able to keep that active for all but about the last three weeks of his life. Thanks again for the kind words and thoughts about my Dad. In case you didn't see the paper, his service will be this Thursday, 12/28 at Central United Protestant Church at 2:00 p.m. Following that, there will be a "celebration of his life" at West Richland Golf Coarse from 4 to 7:00. -Phil Jones (69) ******************************************** >>From: Treg Owings (76) To: Det Wegener (65) We too played "British" Bulldog at the Lutheran Church (cup cake) in troop 248. I agree about a wonder no one was ever hurt. To: Karen Polk Kirk (76) I went to the Town Crier around 10 and there was not a Bomber (a '76 Bomber) to be found. Sorry I missed you. -Treg Owings (76) ******************************************** >>From: Stephen Schraedel (79) Happy Holidays to everyone! A lot memories have returned as my parents recently announced they will be moving from Richland. Now, we are sorry that we didn't come home to visit more often. What a great place to grow up, and in which to live - the word is "ideal." However, all is not lost. My parents will be living within 2 hours from our current address, and we will all see each other more often than when we were 12 hours apart. Also, my older brother and family still live in Richland, so we have an excuse to keep visiting. PS. Did any other '79ers get a scooter for Christmas? I'm not afraid to say that I did, and they are a blast! My wife gave me Christmas money for a mountain bike, which by careful budgeting, I was able to get both a bike and a scooter! The scooter has two purposes: One, to ride with a ten year old son - when he's not riding with his friends, he likes to do things with his dad, and he's proud to say his is the first dad in our neighborhood who bought himself a scooter! Two, to let our younger son borrow to ride with his brother and friends, since he didn't ask for a scooter for Christmas and many of his friends will be using theirs to travel by. I wish all a super Happy New Year! Take care! -Stephen Schraedel (79) ******************************************** >>From: Derek Bowls (84) Re: 12/15 Alumni Sandstorm RUMOR: Snowing in Richland... ready for Carmichael Hill?? I remember Carmichael Hill in the winter time. I owe a thousand thanks to those people who allowed a whiny kid like me to sit in their running automobile to warm up my feet. I also remember when Jerry Gilstrap wore one of those coats with the slick exterior. Whenever I started down the hill in any sledding device, all Jerry had to do was plop on his back, start down the hill, and catch me before I got halfway down the hill. Hey, Jerry! What was the material of your coat made of? -Derek Bowls (84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Hughes (56), Denny Johnson (62WB), Roxanne Knutson (62), Don Peyton (63), Linda Reining (64), Leona Eckert (65), Rosie Valenzuela (69), Mike Mattingly (77), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes (56) Re: Fort Casey Larry Mattingly (60) mentioned Fort Casey and the Big Guns there. Here are two pictures: one of the Fort and one of the Guns for anyone that has never made it to the Fort. 2000-FortCasey.jpg 2000-FortCasey-BigGun.jpg -Tom Hughes (56) ~ Auburn, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now THAT'S a big gun!! -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Denny Johnson (62WB) Re: Old radio shows Remember listening to Cinnamon Bear every Christmas season as a small child. I had a big Zenith console radio in my bedroom, and other programs that would hold my rapt attention were: Gunsmoke, Crime Busters, Inner Sanctum, Green Hornet. One I remember best was the one put on by the Washington State Patrol called "Could This Be You?" It was "real radio", consisting of taped traffic stops of suspected drunk drivers - conversations, sobriety tests... Don't remember how many years it was on, but I never missed an episode if I could help it - anyone else recall this precursor to COPS and Real TV?? I will refrain from describing our lovely Las Vegas weather in deference to those of you in less temperate climes -Denny Johnson (62 Woulda Been) ~ Las Vegas, NV ******************************************** >>From: Roxanne Knutson Short (62) Happy New Year to one and all, Bomberville, everyone here in Richland and everywhere!!!!!!!! Spudnut Shop escaped what could have been a real tragedy by having permanent foam fire extinguishers above the deep fryer. The thermostat stuck and employee's thought everything was turned off. During the night the extinguisher went off and saved the building. From what I was told everyone worked real hard to get it up and running as fast as they could. I observed Young's cleaner's shampooing the carpets two days later. The shop was open for business in two days total, which I think is record time! Val really worked to make this happen. She had to get rid of all food, bottled extracts, etc. replace windows, get a new ceiling, and go out and buy all new supplies, besides clean the whole place up. When you went into the place after two days closed everything was in it's proper place as far as the front of store was concerned, grill was going like always, with not one scent of smoke. unbelievable!!!!!!!!!! Val probably won't forget the year 2000 for a while. In my neighborhood we played Annie, Annie over some too. The most fun was when our parents would play and include the water hose. We would be in swim wear on a very hot afternoon get soaked. Can't remember if the person who was it had the power over the hose or if the one's not it had it. Paul Lewis's Dad, Vern Lewis was always the instigator in getting the parents to play with us on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. What a guy! I can remember water hose fights with many hoses hooked together, two and three going at once kids and folks fighting tooth and toenail, with lots of laughter. Must have been some real hot days. Remember how hot it got in those days? It's not the same now with farming and humidity. Need to run now and I promise it won't be as long before I talk to you all again.. Love Green and Gold! -Roxanne Knutson Short (62) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Don Peyton (63) I'm really not away. Our computer has been down for about 3 weeks and not sure when it will be fixed. For those who sent us Christmas cards, our letter will be sent out when the computer is fixed. -Don Peyton (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) Stephen Schraedel (79) asked if any other '79ers received scooters for Christmas - I don't know about that, but I do know I bought them for my two grandchildren and my daughter bought one for her husband (their daddy) and they are having a great time! AND, this "old granny" got on one and had a blast!!!!!! I used to roller skate with my daughters when they were little and I will admit that was a lot easier than "scootering". "May be old, but I refuse to grow up"!!!!!! (was one of my ex-husband's "major" complaints, but that is another story). ;) Happy New Year to "Bombers", young and old. -Linda Reining (64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************** >>From: Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) Was very saddened to hear of John Bradley's (65) passing. Remember him well as a student at Christ the King. Didn't see him much after eighth grade but have never forgotten him. We have lost another great friend of childhood. So sad. I will pray for his wife to have the strength to get through this loss and her grief. -Leona "Mari" Eckert Leahy (65) ******************************************** >>From: Rosie Valenzuela Preston (69) To: Phil Jones (69) I was sorry to hear of your Father. I would like to express my condolences. I know how you must feel. Always know you have the Bomber family if you need anything. God bless you and again, I am so sorry, a friend -Rosie Valenzuela Preston (69) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Mattingly (77) Re: Live Webcast Mike Mattingly (77), guitarist for Ecstasy in Numbers, will be performing with singer/songwriter Kevin Jones in a live radio broadcast on KOHO Radio 101.1 FM from Leavenworth WA. You can also tune in live on the Internet. The date is Sunday January 14th, 2001 from 7-8 p.m. More information on Kevin Jones can be found at his website, and more on Mike and Ecstasy in Numbers at -Mike Mattingly (77) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Scooter To: Stephen Schraedel (79) Hi Stephen, I got one for my six year old son. We share it. You're right: it is a blast! We may have to break down and get another one. I'm glad we bought him one. We were going to wait another year. Good thing we didn't, he would have been mortified if we hadn't. Every single kid in the neighborhood has one, including the two girls he plays with outside. We are fortunate to live in a culdesac - not too much traffic. The kids ride their bikes, skates, skate boards and scooters and go-carts, (anything with wheels). It's nice to see everyone wearing their helmet. Unfortunately, my son's the only one wearing the knee & elbow pads and gloves. Being a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT for four years has made me safety conscious. I saw too many injuries that could have been prevented. So when you're playing anything that involves wheels and speed, don your gear and have fun! Happy Holidays to everyone, drive carefully and wear your seat belts! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 2 funeral notices today: Helen Cross (62), Sandra Genoway (62), Peg Sheeran (63), Maren Smyth (64), Karen McDonald (65), Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To: Jim House (63) Re: Alumni Game I think you made the right choice!! I had to laugh about the mother-in-law/wife relationship issue. Hope you are planning a family trip home for next Christmas and Alumni Game. To: Det Wegener (65) Tell your Mom I wish I could return her greetings in person. Richland and the people in it held a very wonderful place to grow up in my opinion. I just wish we'd had the Sandstorm from '62 onward. What a wonderful way to keep in touch. To: Sandra Genoway S. and Tim Smyth (62) Do you realize how far back we go to Spalding all those years ago? Your comments about the Russian customs are very interesting, Sandra. Thank you for sharing them with us. I have to brag: my cousin, Bob Cross, also of the class of '62 became a grandparent for the first time on December 24, 2000, when his daughter Amy gave birth to a little girl in Boise, Idaho. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~ It's still cold (in the lower 20s) and snowy here outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, beautiful to look at, a real Norman Rockwell type of weather. ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) Re: Ft. Ross, CA and the Russian/Alaskan Settlement Dear Alumni, I have found some interesting web sites about Ft. Ross and the Russian-American Company settlement in northern California. This particular web site (URL below) describes in detail the history of this Fort on the California coast. It is about how in 1812 the Russians sailed down from Alaska with 25 Russians and 80 Alaskans who proceeded to build and establish the Ft. Ross colony in this area which was north of the Spanish settlements which ended in San Francisco. There are also pictures included with this site. Re: Spudnuts vs. Krispy Kremes This morning while listening to the Rush Limbaugh show on the radio, from a list being read of what's in and what's out (like, Hillary's in; Bill's out, etc.), it was mentioned that Krispy Kremes are "in". All I can say is that the people at the "Washingtonian" (D.C.) - found on line at: apparently have never tasted a Spudnut. Perhaps we should enlighten them by sending them some Spudnuts, *express*, of course. I think they would definitely have a different selection on their "list". Mailing address: Washington Magazine Inc., 1828 L St., NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20036 Re: Old Time Radio For any of you interested in listening (again) to the old radio shows, they are available on the "Net" at the following web sites: When Radio Was (archives): -Sandra Genoway (Jeneau) Spruksts (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [...and don't forget our own Pat McCoy (55). His website features "The Best Of Old Time Radio". Find it at: ******************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch (63) To: Mike Mattingly (77) You're apparently playing in Leavenworth the same night my son, Jon Morgan, is singing with his group, the Akafellas (from the coast), on the 14th. We'll be driving down from Omak to see them (and you, too, if it's the same gig.) Did you know your mom and my dad "dated" for years after they'd both become widowed in Richland? -Peg Sheeran Finch (63) ~ Omak, WA ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) To: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Shirley, I've sent you MANY responses the last few days. I've even received (and responded to) the ones asking me to respond to see if you would receive my response. Call your ISP and ask them if they can help you sort out the problem. The Sandstorm seems to be the only way we can communicate right now... so when you read this (on the website, if you don't receive your Sandstorm), you'll know that I've sent you plenty of e-mail the last week or so.. MAYBE your ISP is blocking all e-mail that's coming from [deleted for privacy] -- ask about that when you call them. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth (64) ******************************************** >>From: Karen McDonald Jones (65) Re: QB Drew Brees just wanted to play for WSU The Seattle PI link below tells the story about the Purdue quarterback that is coached by a Bomber. -Karen McDonald Jones (65) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) To: Phil Jones (69) Your dad gave my oldest daughter very quality encouragement and instruction on the skills and art of fast pitch softball. Always a class man and one of the Richland men who inspired, motivated, supported and led many kids by example. Our generation in our youth and later in life benefit from men like your father. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notices scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ William Guinn ~ Class of 1970 ~ ~ Dorthy Nelson Canoy ~ Class of 1966 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/00 ~ NEW YEARS EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today: Tom Tracy (55), John Adkins (62), Jeanie Walsh (63), Jim Hamilton (63), Kerry Rhoten (71), Sue Galpin (78), B.J. Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy (55) To: All Bombers Everywhere: Thanks for the memories. Many happy returns. -Tom Tracy (55) ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) Re: 2000 + 1 Here is a wish that you all find a peaceful and enjoyable new year - and a hope to see you all at the "ALL BOMBERS WELCOME RECEPTION" during the Cool Desert Night's get together in June of 2001! -John Adkins (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63) Hey, did I miss the basketball score and who played, or did I miss that e-mail? Happy New Year Bombers everywhere!!! -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Re: The Queen's Birthday List Here it is the end of another year. On the the 30th of December, again I feel compelled to climb to the top of the highest roof and tell the world just how dang fortunate I feel to have been married to the Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy [Wick (65)] for 33 years. There are no dress rehearsals for life, but I wish there were, so I could do it all over again. Only this time I would have sold my Microsoft in March and checked to make sure "Them Heilings" hadn't short sheeted my bed. As always, we will celebrate our anniversary on New Years Eve. This year we will "double date" with my sister Carolynn (60) and her husband Tom, who drove up from Florida to spend Christmas and meet our grand daughters Princess Julia and Miss Jessie. It's been a wonderful year, and we've so very much to be thankful for. A strong family, good health, great friends and the hope that 2001 will be even better. Let's all work on it. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (63) ******************************************** >>From: Kerry Rhoten (71) To Phil Jones (69) I was sorry to hear about your father passing away. I, too, have fond memories if him and the family. May God bless you all as the days go on. -Kerry Rhoten (71) ******************************************** >>From: Sue Galpin (78) To: Mike Mattingly (77) Mike Any chance of you ever playing in the Tri-Cities for those of us who never seem to get out of town?? I went to your website but couldn't find a schedule of when/where you're going to be performing. -Sue Galpin (78) ******************************************** >>From: B.J. Davis (Bomber Mom) To: Phil Jones (69) Your Dad was a special guy and I am sure you are aware of that. We enjoyed watching him play so much - he was the best. He came and fixed appliances for us, too, and was always so fair. He had a great personality and we all enjoyed what time we spent with him. Our sincere sympathy for your loss The Davis Family -B.J. Davis (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Letter from the Editor PEACE -- it's STILL a good idea. BEST WISHES for 2001 to ALL BOMBERS!! THANK YOU ALL. This Alumni Sandstorm couldn't exist without all of YOU. BOMBERS have kept the Alumni Sandstorm going since August of 1998 -- 864 issues -- We started with about 300 readers and now have a "circulation" of 1944. We Bombers are a uniquely phenomenal group. Once a Bomber -- ALWAYS a Bomber... We are bound together as innocent children whose parents moved to the Washington desert without extended family. We became our own family. The reason for Hanford was - and still is - PEACE. Looking forward to the Alumni Sandstorm in 2001 and beyond. Peace and Bomber Cheers, Maren Smyth (64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for 2000. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2000 ~ January, 2001