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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/01/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Bob Harmon (51), Marian Wade (57), Audrey Eberhardt (61WB), Bill Johnson (61), ******************************************** ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Bob Harman (51) Date: Sat Jun 30 18:12:53 2001 CONGRATULATIONS! What a great idea! I wish I had found it sooner. There are many folks I would like to find that someone might help with. How about Cecil Golden? Bev Boyd (51)? Lou Ann Binns (52)? just to name a few. Those were good years! I worked at Safeway for "Mac", some of you may remember him. I also worked at the Richland Laundry. I was with a group of '51 grads who were employed in a drafting training course by G.E. Others were Bob Campbell, Paul Weichel, Donna Shannon, Don Meyers, etc. Thanks for the home page! -Bob Harman (51) ******************************************** >>From: Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins (57) Re: North Richland To: Anita Hughes Hogan (52) I lived in North Richland for a few months in my sophomore year. My stepmother and I first lived in a small one room cabin for a couple of months, which wasn't too bad, and then moved into an 8 X 27 trailer. I thought we would freeze to death that winter. I had seven blankets on me. My stepmother was afraid I'd get crushed. But we survived and eventually got into a one bedroom on Sanford and later a two bedroom at 1117 Winslow where we stayed. I really enjoyed living in the Richland area. To: The lady who remembers Ely, NV. as a brothel town with muddy streets I have lived here for 7 years now. My employee tells me that in 1980 or there abouts, they tore up the main streets and laid new asphalt. Possibly that's when you were here. There are two brothels in Ely with one now shut down. If you're not interested in them, you don't know they are here. Personally, I think they should get rid of them, but in Nevada (and I think a couple other states), you just have to ignore them. SOMEDAY!!!!! -Marian "Martie" Wade Jenkins (57) ~ Ely, NV REALLY HIGH (6500 ft) and hot - 95 degrees today ******************************************** >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) Just a note on a stormy Central Georgia afternoon. I am very happy the reunion was a success. I am already planning to make the next one and praying the Lord will provide the ways and means. Also I want to thank everyone who responded to my request to get in touch with Roger DeWitt. I have his correct email address and he was kind enough to answer me. I really enjoy renewing old acquaintances and really do not expect them to remember me. I am still looking to a copy of the 60 annual and am willing to pay for it. Soooooooo if anyone has a spare I would love to have it. To: Anita Hughes Hogan (52) Re: largest trailer park in the world I was not there until the mid-fifties but I did learn to drive on all those empty paved roads. My family also walked many a mile in the evenings just enjoying the beauty of God's creation. I surprised my Mother's doctor with the fact that a desert exists in that little corner of Washington. As usual his perception was rainy and cool over the entire state. Well enough rambling for now. Thanks for the shared memories and replies to my inquiries. -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) Summer Thunderstorms all day in central Georgia 90s and muggy tomorrow. ******************************************** >>From: Bill "Lane" Johnson (61) To: the class of '61 I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our reunion such a success. I know that had to be a lot of hard work, but you pulled it off with excellence. I want to thank each and every one of you for letting come up there and perform for you. I won't ask here if you enjoyed what I did because I don't have to. With some of the personal e-mails that I have received and the comments in the Alumni Sandstorm, I already know. Most important though I knew the night of our reunion by the way you received my music. Some of you may have noticed that it was very difficult to get through that last half of the last song, but I am proud to be a Bomber, proud to call each of you my friend and if you remember a member of my extended family. Thank you for making that night a night that will truly live with me forever as one of the most fulfilling and memorable experiences of my life. -Bill "Lane" Johnson (61) "Keep a song in your heart and a smile will follow" ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from June 30, 2001 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Karen Bucholz Dennison ~ Class of 1958 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/02/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and one Bulldog today: Bob Harmon (51), Jerry Oakley (51), Jim Grow (51), Bob Clowes (54), Paula Beardsley (62), Sharon McDermott (63), Paul Case (67-Bulldog), Ken Staley (68) Michael Figg (70), Diane Hartley (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Harman (51) Re: About That Trailer Park I seem to recall that the largest trailer park in the world was NOT the one in North Richland but, rather, the one at Hanford during the construction of the Hanford project and the homes in Richland. I lived in one of the r trailers at Hanford from June of '44 until January of '45 when we were given a two bedroom prefab at 1609 Marshall. A note of interest; that small house has recently been on the market for $112,000! Of course it has been expanded and remodeled extensively, but how things change. I bought a three bedroom prefab from the government in, I believe, 1957 or 8 for about $2400! Of course, I sold it about a year later for $5500. -Bob Harman (51) ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Oakley (51) To: Bob Harman (51) Hello Bob, Great to hear from you. I have a solid memory of Lou Ann Binns and I believe she was in our class of '51. I agree with you, this Alumni Sandstorm is great. Where are you and what are you doing? By the way, do you, or anyone reading this know anything about Jim Thompson (51)? -Jerry Oakley (51) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Grow (51) Re: Day's Pay, The Bomb and Bombers. Read today's Tri City Herald Op/Ed page for a real slam to our newest little toy bomb. The green and gold one we saw last week at the reunion. [see notes below] It brings up the question also on where we got our name. This was hashed over in here [in the Alumni Sandstorm] a while back. What was the consensus, that is, why we went from Beavers to Bombers? My father worked the days pay in Hanford where we lived in a trailer, first on a parking lot, then under a Canopy. The bomber was shortly forgotten about and a few months later the Bomb went off. I was then in Sacajawea and shortly thereafter I became a future Bomber. I never even considered myself a future beaver. It was the Bomb not the bomber as far as I will ever be concerned. -Jim Grow (51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [The new Bomb Jim's talking about -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: Living(?) in North Richland I have mentioned in the past that from my Freshman year to most of the way through my Junior year, we lived in North Richland. It was a "house" on "B" Street. To tell you it was better than living in a trailer might be an exaggeration. Personally, I think living in the houses in NR may be the genesis of the lyric "Gotta get out of this Place!" Seems when ever the wind blew (like when did it stop) several new layers of dust were added; and the dust came through the seams between the panels. To add to the problem, they were heated by an oil stove in the living room. The upside was that we had complete indoor "facilities" and real sized back doors (not like the escape hatches in pre-fabs). No dashing across a cold, windy street to the bathhouse for us. When we lived there (sometime in 1950) the trailer park was barely more than two-thirds occupied. That portion north of "downtown" NR and west of GWW was completely empty, and I think "they" had started to dismantle the bathhouses. This lasted until the Army opened "Camp Hanford", but I think there was enough room on the east side of GWW for those Army families to park trailers (if they had them). And knowing how the military likes to do things, I would imagine that officers were eligible for empty houses, but I'm not certain on this. The Army barracks were west of GWW and north of the boiler house (which was the source of heat and hot water for the bathhouses and commercial buildings). The nice thing was that the people living in either the houses or in trailers did their best to plant grass, trees and other green things. If memory serves there was a park next to the tavern and across the street from the North Star Theater. Other than the dust, and the cold winters (had snow on the ground in '50/'51), my other memories were of playing baseball with the North Richland Merchants team. Bomber cheers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR (where it promises to be in the low 80s today and the 90s tomorrow. ******************************************** >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) I'm sorry to report that our friend and classmate Ellen McDonald Strode (62) passed away this morning. She was a lovely lady and I will miss her wonderful smile, great attitude and wry sense of humor. She was a class act. Good-bye, dear friend. -Paula Beardsley Glenn (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon McDermott Bruce (63) I grew up in Richland but don't remember a school by the name of John Ball. Where is it located and how long has it been there??? Thanks. -Sharon McDermott Bruce (63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [John Ball Elementary website ******************************************** >>From: Paul Case (PHS 67), "PHS Bulldogs On-Line" Re: Ironic PHS in FL with bulldog mascot Maren, This was forwarded to my by Sandra Green Reuther (PHS 63) and I thought it would be of interest to Bombers as well as Bulldogs (the Northwest variety!). Paul Case (PHS 67) --Original Message-- From: Judy Subject: similar high school names and mascots To: Sandra Hi, I am not a {PHS} classmate, but was searching for my own high school site and found yours. The neighboring town of Dade City, Florida has (the only one) high school which is named Pasco High School. The ironic part is that the mascot of our high school and Pasco's arch rival is the Bulldog, as is yours. The high school I graduated from is Zephyrhills and there is a small rural community nearby named Richland. It just seemed to be too good not to share the connections between two states so far apart yet having similarities. We just visited my daughter in Seattle last week so I do feel a certain kinship and I graduated in 1963 but from Zephyrhills. >Judy ---------- -Paul Case (PHS 67) ******************************************** >>From: Ken Staley (68) Re: Cherry Season Well, the season has passed. Those of you with 'fond' memories of picking the delicious Bing cherries in your youth have missed out. A bumper crop faded into memory with a rain storm late last week. Much of the crop not picked already was destroyed. Fortunately, Benton City missed most of the trouble. Those cherries that did survive were huge, sweet, and that lovely deep purple! It is true, the further out on the limb you get... the better the fruit. Can apricots be far behind?? -Ken Staley (68) ******************************************** >>From: Michael Figg (70) Interesting meeting last night with a Class of 70 WB. A friend here in the Columbus, Ohio suburbs owns and operates an art gallery and picture framing shop. She is active in the town's Arts Council and sponsored the first segment of the Arts Council's Fund Raiser with an open house in her gallery. I was standing near the the refreshment table when she walked up and looked at a gentleman standing in the refreshment line and then looked at me and said "Michael, are you familiar with the jazz guitarist Larry Coryell ['61]? Well, this is his brother, Jim." Of course the subject never really did get to music. I looked at him and said "If you are Larry's brother, that means you are from Richland, Hunt's Point, right?" His jaw dropped a couple of inches, and we started talking about Richland. It turns out he is 49, and graduated in 1970 in some place like Dallas or Chicago, but lived in Richland until he was about 10, probably 1962 or '63. He must of reached 4th or 5th grade at Jefferson, as he talked about it, and a Hunt's Point house would have been about a quarter mile from my house on Davison. I don't remember him at all and wonder if anyone else does from the class of '70 or thereabouts from Jefferson does. He also mentioned a sister Gloria who sounded like she was a year or two older. Small world. -Michael Figg (70) ******************************************** >>From: Diane Hartley (72) Re: STUFF Ok all you '71, '72 grads. We need to start some talk of something besides the reunion. I know it was great, but it is (as they say) like Mike Davis (74) - gone forever. Speaking of Mike Davis: I thought I knew a person by this name, and then I remembered, there really is no such person - sorry B.J. but I just wanted to let the world know that if there was a Mike Davis it would be too much for Richland folks to live up to. I am thinking of the stud bucket I thought was him, but must have had the wrong picture in my mind. I saw a person walking not long ago that looked like Mike Davis - but he was so slim and trim I thought "Oh well, I must be dreaming." I also think the Mike Davis I knew was a great track star (you just had to know the inside joke, I know it thanks to Shelia) so if Mike is out there, we will find him, until then I will try to get rid of my 60 extra pounds and who knows the next time there is a get together we will show up and dazzle all. I know VAL at the Spudnut Shop is swearing at me right this minute -I have never been to any of the stuff, but in my old age keep reading how great all these reunions are so will try to make one. If I can ever find a Mike Davis I will see if we might go on the same day. Ok, if there is anyone out there that has some good things to talk about, let's get it started - NO DENNY'S or OLD SONGS please :) Now that I have made everyone mad - I'm gone. -Diane Hartley (72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/03/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff: Jerry Oakley (51), Ralph Myrick (51), Anita Hughes (52), Charlotte Carlson (52), Judie Hoff (54), Sue Garrison (58), Larry Mattingly (60), Mike Lewis (60), David Douglas (62), Helen Cross (62), Sharon McDermott (63), Susie Shaver (63), Gary Behymer (64), Donna O'Neal (66), Jim Anderson (72WB), Kim Edgar (79), Jenny Smart (87) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Oakley (51) Re: Early years of North Richland - Circa 1947 As I recall, North Riceland (NR) was quite a shot from Richland proper (several miles?) and there wasn't much in between. Anyone remember the huge construction cafeteria for the work going on at North Richland and beyond? Well, myself, Bob Sorick (51) and Harold Baker (51), among others I am sure, worked at the cafeteria as morning fry cooks. Up at 4:00am, work 'til school starts, then back to work after school 'til 7:00pm. Ah, the energy of youth. I knew there were several more people that worked out there that were older than I, but I can't recall their names. Perhaps someone can help me in this. When we arrived in the Tri-cities in 1943 we were housed in Government row apts in Kennewick. They were in south Kennewick on the other side of the irrigation ditch. I guess that was somewhat better than the trailer parks that some of you have mentioned. Anyway, we were there less than a year when we got our duplex ("B" House} at 517 Douglass Avenue in Richland. We thought we were in Paradise compared to the little town of Highmore on the plains of South Dakota. But, I suppose a lot of people thought of Richland as a "step up" in those times. It's great to have the Alumni Sandstorm to relate some of these things. -Jerry Oakley (51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Interesting Hanford Construction Camp website... -Maren] Hanford Construction Camp Stats ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) To: Jerry Oakley (51) Jerry, I had a real good friend named Jim Thompson. He had an older brother whose name escapes me. Jim lived on the corner of Duportail and Rossell. Would that be one in the same? -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Anita Hughes Hogan (52) Re: LouAnn Binns I see LouAnn Binns name keep popping up. She was in the Class of '52. -Anita Hughes Hogan (52) ******************************************** >>From: Charlotte Carlson Terry (52) To: Jerry Oakley (51) Can't let the class of '51 take credit for our great majorette, Lou Ann Binns - she is definitely one of the GREAT class of 1952!! I was at the class reunion of 25 years in 1977, and she was there. Lived in the Richland area. Going to make the 50 years reunion in 2002 and hopefully she'll be there. Sorry, Jerry. -Charlotte Carlson Terry (52) ~ Prescott, AZ (where we are having 100 degree days - lots of air conditioning!!!! Hoping for the monsoons today! ******************************************** >>From: Judie Hoff Buxton (54) I hope this makes it's way to the Alumni Sandstorm site and I have the right address. I'm new at this and still learning, so please let me know, Maren or somebody, what I should be doing. My daughter has been helping me, but she goes home to Lake Tahoe tomorrow and I will be on my own again. Re: The wandering St. Bernard in Richland in the late 40s and early 50s I am sure it was mine and my family's dog. He was an abandoned dog and we brought him Home and named him Max, short for Maximum. He never got over wandering the town and followed me and my brother to school and my Mother to work at Korten's Music Store in uptown Richland. My brother is Jim Hoff (57) and lives in Kirkland, WA. I live in Mission Viejo, CA, and have for 30 years. It is a very lovely place in southern CA in south Orange County near Laguna Beach and San Juan Capistrano. I would very much like to hear from other Bombers in the area and possibly get together or talk or something. Today is partly sunny, in the 70s and a very nice breeze. Hope this is not too goofed up. -Judie Hoff Buxton (54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ {Judie, You did GREAT... -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett (58) FOR YOUR CALENDARS Bob Pritchett, RHS teacher/coach from 1955-1981, will be 75 on July 9. There will be a SURPRISE (we hope) get- together for all on that day, July 9. Stop by any time between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. We've reserved the Gazebo in the park (the one behind the Fire Station). Just take the little road adjacent to Sterling's Restaurant, and turn left at the park--it's right there. CAKE AND COFFEE/PUNCH All you wrestlers, golfing buddies, card playing friends, former students and athletes--everyone is invited. NO GIFTS, PLEASE!! If you're unable to drop by but would like to send an e-mail, we'll take copies of all to the park for his SURPRISE. If you'd like to send a card, please send it to daughter Nancy here in Richland (drop me a note if you'd like her address). Thanks to all! -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett (58) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) Traveling about the NW the last few days has given me a couple of reminders of why I can get a periodic small touch of homesick for Richland. The incomparable sunsets, and the desert in bloom. Not sure why I seem to notice the wild flowers more this spring, but the sunsets are really something. This natural pyrotechnic display is at it's best in the lower Columbia Basin. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly (60) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lewis (60) To: Sharon McDermott Bruce (63) and all John Ball was all Quonset huts, except for the hallway which ran along the back and connected the huts. It was on the east side of North Richland, and overlooked the Columbia on C street. I visited the site last summer and it is all grown over with weeds. Across the street, however, are the new industrial buildings. We lived about six blocks south, in one of the few houses; across the street were the trailers. -Mike Lewis (60) ******************************************** >>From: David Douglas (62) I know many people were tired of the children's songs that we contributed for a while. But I want to thank everyone who did. I collected them all in a Word document and am taking them to China with me. Once in a while we will take a break from English and literature, and sing some songs... As I was thinking of this, I remembered that when I was younger we had an ancient book of Steven Foster songs. I was wishing I had it. Then I began unpacking some books that we shipped from Hawaii to Arizona and - lo and behold - there it was! He wrote "Camptown Races" and "Oh, Susanna" among many others. Am taking this with me as well. So - thanks, everybody who contributed! -David Douglas (62) ~ Gilbert, AZ (where the corn is as high as an elephant's thigh, I think) ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) Re: Larry Coryell (61) Where is Larry Coryell now?? I remember him from growing up in Richland, as I graduated in '62. That is neat that he was stated to be the "jazz guitarist". Re: Florida Pasco Bulldogs - nearby Richland, FL And the similarities with Florida. Who would have believed it possible. Just proves Bombers are everywhere. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~ West Harrison, IN (where it's sunny, but getting quite humid these days. ******************************************** >>From: Sharon McDermott Bruce (63) To: Michael Figg (70) Re: Larry Coryell (61) I don't know his brother Jim but Larry and my brother Larry had a band in Richland called the Royals, does anyone remember them?? I always liked Larry and sure wished my brother had cont. playing in a band with him.. that would have been awesome. My brother played drums, Grant Ross played guitar and of course there were others in the band. -Sharon McDermott Bruce (63) ******************************************** >>From: Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) Re: Reunions I've read all about the R2K+1, and I didn't think I had anything to add until last night. Our daughter had a surprise party for our 35th anniversary, and there were our oldest and dearest friends... I can only say that as we get older, our friends get more dear... So to all you youngins, hold on tight to those friends and have fun, because you will love it later, and the pictures are GREAT. (and embarrassing!!!). I shall not miss another reunion, even tho I couldn't get motivated to go to R2K. See ya next year! Love, -Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) ~ Olyville (where the sun was out, the jet ski and boat started, and the grandkids were fun... Life is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: score continues to favor Col-Hi (;-) This site continues to be of great value for ALL of us searching for friends and or Bombers from the past. Please make sure you take the time to sign into it... no, there is not a cost unless you want to use it. Here is the current score: 3394 total alumni from RICHLAND/COLUMBIA High School 2490 total alumni from KENNEWICK High School 2204 total alumni from PASCO High School -c ~ downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Donna "Dawn" O'Neal (66) Date: Sun Jul 1 15:26:43 2001 Greetings - Class of 66 Nice touch to be able to find out if our classmates live next door to us now and find old friends! Hope the reunion is wonderful this year.... Have a great time! -Donna "Dawn" O'Neal (66) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Anderson (72WB) How about those dances at the community center type building on GWWay in the late 60s, they had this overhead projector with some kind of oil and water thing, and they'd smoosh it around and we were supposed to feel like we were tripping or something. Like any of us knew what that was like! I also remember going to see a band at the carnival- thing they have during the hydro race week, at the park along the water where the race is (sorry my local places names aren't better.) There was this one band, they were doing a cover of Lighter shade of pale, they thought they were really cool, and so did we, except for there were these huge flies buzzing around the musicians heads, and they really didn't notice, but it ruined the whole "we're so cool thing", and my bother and I were laughing so hard we had to leave because people were staring at us. Ah, those teen years. -Jim Anderson (72WB) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Benefit Check Up for Seniors This link was on the news the other night,, it helps seniors find out if they are receiving benefits they are entitled to. (I'm not sure, but, I think it also helps folks that are disable, but not quite a Senior yet. Below was taken from Benefits Checkup Website: "The National Council on the Aging created Benefits CheckUp to help older adults to quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Family and friends can also obtain facts about benefits that their loved ones may qualify for. Chances are, you will be surprised to learn what benefits are available to you, regardless of your income." Anyway, I thought I'd pass it on. Want to wish you all a SAFE and Happy 4th of July. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Sunny forecast in Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page (87) Re: Herald Editorial In my opinion, it doesn't really matter whether we, the Bombers, are named after the "plane" or the "bomb". It is a mascot worth defending either way, political correctness be damned! I, for one, plan on writing the school board and RHS administrators voicing my support of keeping the shell on campus. As for the "no weapons" policy of the district --- oh, please, when will someone use a little common sense and see that this "weapon" is no longer a weapon, just an empty vessel? If we down play (forget) who we are, and why we are/were here, then we will be destined to relive the horrors of that era. I say use the shell as a "learning tool", to TEACH the kids at RHS today what war is about, and how being strong militarily will keep us from having to use such devices in the future. Speak up now, fellow alum, lest we start losing ground right here on our own home turf. Forever Proud of the Cloud! -Jenny Smart Page (87) ~ West Richland, WA (where I'm expecting a delivery of another 40 pounds of cherries today from the in-laws in Whitstran - best cherries in years, and I'm willing to share) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I still haven't seen the Herald editorial. Will someone scan it and send it to me so I can put it on the website?. That way we can ALL read it. -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/04/01 ~ HAPPY 4th of JULY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Dick McCoy (45/46), Jerry Oakley (51), Marian Howser (51), Hugh Hinson (52), Mike Clowes (54), Wynell Williams (55), Judy Rollison (58), Betty Noble (63), Donna Bowers (63), Emajean Stone (63), Fred Schafer (63) and Ann Engel (63), David Rivers (65), Joanne Sittig (65), Dan Henry (68), Mary Jane Smith (70), Diane Hartley (72), Dave McAdie (79), Kim Edgar (79) ******************************************** ******************************************** Editorial mentioned in recent Alumni Sandstorms Sent by two Bombers: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) and Lori Killand Whelan (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (45/46) To: Gordy Weir (47) Glad to see you aboard the Sandstorm, now someone my age can play. I've known Gordo since we arrived in Richland in 1943. We went to Richland Hi, Col Hi, EWU, and UW all at the same time. Kindred souls. Gordy and Lou had their 50th wedding anniversary Jun 30... Being best man I went down to hot hot Sacramento to join them in their celebration. I met Gordy's nephew, Roger Fishback (62) at the bash. Bombers everywhere one turns... it seems I am now back on Camano Island, WA, 80 in the day, cool, cool at nite. Paradise. To: Nadine (whippersnapper) Heusser (60) Club 40 is an alumni assoc of old Bombers. You must be out of school 40 years. Due to your advanced age, you are eligible. Just email Lola Yale and she will send you the necessary sign-up stuff. Sept. 8 to 10, 2001. The tone of your message implies that I am a Beaver of the OSU variety. Not so... I am a Richland Beaver from the dark ages before Bombers, and also a UW Husky. Bronc/Beaver/Bomber 4th of July Cheers, -Dick McCoy (45/46) ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Oakley (51) To: Ralph Myrick (51) I think we have the same person in mind, at least I hope so. I THINK he had an older brother and I THINK you have the address right, however I don't recall their house being on a corner. Was that address in the "new" area north of Van Giesen? The Jim I knew was a medium height, very thin fellow. He drove his parents beautiful 1947 blue Buick convertible to school. Doreen tells me that a Jim Thompson appears on so I will explore that. By the way, Jim married a Kennewick girl whose name had an Irish flavor. Also, he, at one time, lived in Las Vegas and that is where I lost track of him in the early '60s. -Jerry Oakley (51) ******************************************** >>From: Marian Howser (51) My mother and Father and my two brothers and I moved to Richland in 1943 also. We also stayed in Kennewick for a while before we could actually move in to a prefab... a three bedroom one. I attended Marcus Whitman grade school and also attended the north west united Protestant church that originally met in the same grade school that we attended, until the church was built. It still is located in the same place on Sacramento Blvd., but the buildings are not the same. I remember having to walk home from school backwards and let the sand that was blowing fast hit the backs of my legs and not my face. I didn't have far to go. It was hard to keep the sand out of the prefabs. I remember the snow storm we would have in January and soon afterward the sand would cover it and it looked dirty. It was dirty. Our household belongings came to us on a train... My Mother could not get the 9' high desk into the house that had approximately 6 1/2 foot high ceilings. While I was at school, she used a saw and made three separate pieces out of the desk, the top of the desk fell apart because the boards had grooves that held them together. I still have the desk and the bottom of it has been attached to the middle part so it now can be moved as one piece. I did it, with pieces of fencing, picket fencing. That was all I had, so it worked. The desk was originally built with square nails. someone said that they thought it was a Governor Winthrop desk because of its plain style... It is made with Black walnut wood. One of my brothers still lives and works in Richland... He used to live on Alice Street but he lives in West Richland now. That is Wilbur (57). My other brother was killed in a car wreck involving only himself when he was 22. His name was George Thomas Howser, III... he was in the Air Force. He graduated in 1953, I believe. He was two years younger than I was. -Marian Howser (51) ******************************************** >>From: Hugh Hinson (52) To: Judie Hoff Buxton (54) Judie, You did great. I am planning on making the 50 for the class of 52, next year. Brother Dave is MC ing the class of '51 ceremonies this September. That is their 50th. Where does time go? All is well with my Dorothy and myself and I hope all is well with you two. Keep in touch. Bomber cheers to all -Hugh Hinson (52) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) First of all, I would like to thank Maren for sending me a picture of "The New Bomb." I like it, and coupled with the mural it should tell people who we are. In other news, even my copy of the '52 Columbian lists Lou Ann Binns as a member of the class of '52. To: Judie Hoff Buxton (54) It's always great to see someone else from The Class join in. Welcome aboard. To: Gary Behymer (64) is not only a place to keep in touch with fellow alums, but for those of us who started in a different school system, it helps get in touch with other friends. To: Jim Anderson (72WB) You sure it wasn't an over-sized Lava Lamp? And, finally, a check of the TCH's web page a few moments ago shows that they have not up-dated their editorial page. Sometimes one wishes the "media" would leave well enough alone. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ beautiful downtown Albany, OR, where again it promises to be a muggy 90 over the 4th. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here's that editorial: ******************************************** >>From: Wynell Williams Fishburne (55) To: Judie Hoff Buxton (54) Hi Judie: After all these years we find out who "Max" the wandering St. Bernard belonged to. After going through my Mom's pictures not long ago I found a picture of him with my little brother! I live in the High Desert, Victorville and have lived in Southern California for 40 years -- in Yorba Linda before here. My son lives in Leucadia and I'm down there often so I'm familiar with the Mission Viejo area. Thanks for clearing up who the St. Bernard belonged to. We had such fun with him. -Wynell Williams Fishburne (55) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Rollison Anderson (58) Re: North Richland Trailer Park All this talk about the North Richland trailer park has sparked many memories for me. My sister, Glenda "Jane" Rollison Hightower (52) and I came to North Richland in 1944 with my Dad and Mother. Dad worked for a construction company building the Hanford facilities. He was a pipefitter. We lived in a tiny trailer for what seemed like a long time to me. Then we moved into a two bedroom prefab on Perkins in Richland and it was like a mansion after that trailer. I remember my sister used to roller skate on the linoleum in the house when I was little. So noisy. One night a week Dad would take the family out to the North Richland cafeteria for dinner, it was a big treat for us. I was 4 at the time with very blonde hair; my sister was 10 with very red hair. Even I have to admit we were adorable kids. All the single men who lived in North Richland and were missing their families would come over to our table and make a big fuss over us two girls. They would bring their desserts to share with us. That story always brought a smile to my Dad's face. He was so proud of his two girls. He owned the West Richland Tree Farm until his death in 1995. My son, Mark Rollison, now lives on the property. -Judy Rollison Anderson (58) ~ Encinitas, CA (where it is warm and muggy right now. Usually it's perfect weather. ******************************************** >>From: Betty Noble (63) To: Diane Hartley (72) "Hartley" as I fondly call you and remember you so well when you were, and still are, the "wild and crazy" friend of my sister Lynn's... I too have regrets of not getting to a reunion, other than my 10th. I keep hearing so much about them and hear how much we are missed when we don't go. I will be at the next one, I promise. To: Larry Mattingly (60) I am sooo homesick for the sunsets in the Tri-Cities. At one time I lived east of the Kennewick air strip and had a beautiful view of every evening in the west. We now live in the forest and I don't get to see sunsets or sunrises unless I travel a little higher up the mountain. Nearby is the tallest peak in the coastal range, Mary's Peak. I have been told on a clear day you can see the ocean from Mary's Peak. I've not experienced that yet and look forward to that sunset. It may equal your blooming skys! To: Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) Happy 35th Anniversary! Re: North Richland If I remember this correctly I was out there one time with brother Dan's fianc looking for the huge tumble weeds. We got stopped by an MP and I believe it was more for him to flirt with Sharon than anything else -- she was a gorgeous girl. -Betty Noble (63) ~ in the forest where the sun dances through the trees ******************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of 63) Dear Sandstorm: Speaking of Coryells and coincidences. One of the headliners at our town (St. Louis) jazz festival was none other than Larry Coryell (61). He was with his two sons who are now a family act. It would have made all you Bombers proud, the sons are just as talented. Larry has the distinction of being one of the leaders in the US in developing jazz fusion for the guitar. Unfortunately, Larry was missing his reunion for this gig, but it was fun to see him just even for a moment. Re: Dentists One of the 1st dentists I interviewed for a position right out of hygiene school was George Stephens, DDS (60). At the time, I had no idea who he was so when he said "We're Bombers," I had no idea what that had to do with being in the dental field. I was racking my brain as to what kind of response I would give and then it dawned on me that he meant we were from Richland. What an amazing coincidence. Out of all the dentists I could have found in the Seattle area to go to work for, here was George, who was the big brother of Larry (63). I spent 6 1/2 great years working for him... he is a great guy and has just about the best office in the Seattle area - he is in Renton - for all you Bombers looking for a great dentist. I have worked in many dental offices since then... his is the standard of excellence I think of often. It pays to be a Bomber. My brother Cliff sends his best regards... he missed the reunion due to pending surgery for a detached retina. Thanks -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of 63) ******************************************** >>From: Emajean Stone (63) Re: Larry Coryell (61) To: Helen Cross Kirk (62) & Sharon McDermott Bruce (63) I had a chance to talk to Larry Coryell last summer at the San Jose Jazz Festival. He appeared on Sunday night on the main stage with a wonderful blues singer whose name I cannot recall. He is living in New York City. He is still playing and recording. I am hoping that he will be back this year for the festival so we can have a longer chat. -Emajean Stone (63) ~ San Jose, CA (where it is suppose to be close to 100 today. ******************************************** >>From: Fred Schafer and Ann Engel Schafer (63) Note from Maren: The Schafers sent ALL of us an MSN greeting! The link led me to a great card with some fireworks and at the bottom it said: "Have a safe and sane 4th or a 5th on the 4th but don't drive The Schafers 63" ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: Fireworks To: Larry Mattingly (60) One of the hotels in Vegas did it's fireworks early (Saturday) and they had sky in bloom kind that spelled USA... not on the ground... in the air.... Jim Adair (66) and I were wondering... how'd they do that? -David Rivers (65) P.S. Happy Fourth to all of you!!!!!!! ******************************************** >>From: Joanne Sittig Swanson (65) To: Michael Figg (70) Michael, We lived across the street from the Coryells. My younger sister, Susan, used to play with Jimmy. He was quite a character and appeared every day in a different costume. One day he would be a super hero; the next he would appear as an Air Force officer. One day, after hearing a knock, my Dad wryly announced, "Elvis is at the door." Jimmy had come over with one of Larry's guitars hanging around his neck. We really enjoyed him as a young child. Gloria was a friend of mine. She was gifted with a vivid imagination, which made for a wonderful playmate. I remember how saddened I was when she moved away. I wouldn't be surprised if she turned out to be an author or artist with her creative spirit. I remember hearing Larry practicing his guitar... it could be heard all over the neighborhood. Who would have guessed that he would turn out to be such an accomplished musician! He had a gentle spirit and I remember him being very kind to his kid sister's friends. Their mother was quite a gifted artist... I remember she loved painting. Apparently her love of the arts influenced her children dramatically. It doesn't surprise me that you ran into Jim in an art gallery. -Joanne Sittig Swanson (65) ******************************************** >>From: Dan Henry (68) To: Jim Anderson (72WB) I really don't know what drugs you were on but I never saw any big flies and I don't remember much of the early 70s. -Dan Henry (68) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Jane Smith Poynor (70) To: Class of '70 Re: time to ante' up! I don't chime in very often - however today is my day and I'm doing it! I just clicked upon the Class of '70's web page and saw that Dan Laybourn ('70 Webmaster Guru) is asking for donations to keep the Class of '70's web page operational. Our website is one of the best - believe me I've looked them over, and I would hate to see it have to end because of lack of support. If you can't afford the full amount I'm sure Daniel would appreciate anything you may be able to send. He's a great guy for doing this for all of us and it's time for us to say thanks! Ok, I'm off my soap box - hope everyone has a beautiful and safe holiday! Mary Jane Smith Poynor (70) ~ Anchorage, AK (where it's finally raining and the threat of forest fires is finally lower) P.S. Do you realize that we can't really enjoy the fireworks up here on the 4th because we have sooooo much daylight! They're better appreciated when Mr. Mattingly sets his off during the State Fair in late August! -Mary Jane Smith Poynor (70) ******************************************** >>From: Diane Hartley (72) To: Jim Anderson (72WB) Yes, Jim, The community house dances were so great. I don't know if we spent more time dancing or in the girls' rest room fixing out hair and makeup.:-) The Christ The King dances were really good, too. I remember going to those dances and having to wait until the last minute to get dressed so the skin tight Levis would not get a wrinkle in them. HA! To be so skinny again... wow not in this lifetime. To this day when I hear "Whiter Shade of Pale" I think of the dances and all the girls praying certain guys would ask them to dance. -Diane Hartley (72) ******************************************** >>From: Dave McAdie (79) To: Jenny Smart Page (87) Re: the "New" Bomb That's a rather interesting stance for you to take, being the vocal supporter of local school bonds that you are... Sorry, I live in Kennewick, so I am not much help on bond issues, but I agree with you regarding the Bomb!!!!!! I'll take some cherries, have Jon set them in my office - Friday though ;) Bombers everywhere - Have a safe and fun 4th of July. -Dave McAdie (79) ~ Kennewick, WA - 100 degrees HOT, Love It!!!!! ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Weapon Policy & New Bomb I haven't seen the article yet, however, I agree with Jenny Smart Page (87), let's use some common sense. We have an opportunity to use this empty shell case as a learning tool... Keyword being "EMPTY". It's not a weapon, it's an artifact! Before you know it, someone down the road in the future won't like the painting on the wall of the plane as well as our name: "Bombers" saying that it represents; death and destruction and determines it's politically incorrect. The name will be changed back to the Beavers, and the next thing you know, there will be a mural of a "Beaver" on the wall of the gym. It could happen, just look at Chief Joseph Jr. High. Their mascot was changed from "Warriors" to "Eagles". Bombers (Plane or Bomb) will live on forever! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from July 3, 2001 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Ellen McDonald Strode ~ Class of 1962 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/05/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent steff: Richard Roberts (49) and Carol Tyner (52), Betty Bell (51) Ralph Myrick (51), Anita Hughes (52), Marvin McDonald (60) Audrey Eberhardt (61WB), Marilyn Stewart (62), Betty Noble (63) Roy Ballard (63), Dennis Strege (71), Lynn Noble (72) Diane Hartley (72), Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts (49) and Carol Tyner Roberts (52) To: Charlotte Carlson Terry (52) Last March we made a visit to Prescott... met Marilyn "Bugsy" Griffin (50) and had lunch at the Prescott Brewery. Marilyn looks good and had many funny stories to tell us. If we had known, we would have given you an invite. -Richard Roberts (49) and Carol Tyner Roberts (52) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Bell Norton (51) To: Judie Hoff Buxton (54) Judie, I worked at Korten's with your mother, probably from mid-1952 until fall of 1954, after I married Bill Norton in January 1954. I have thought of her often, along with Noel Loman. Do I dare ask how she is? Please give her my regards, if it is possible. -Betty Bell Norton (51) ~ about 102 here in Richland today. ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) To: Jerry Oakley (51) Jerry, Jim lived on the corner two houses from me. It was near the water tank that used to stand on the hill. I always knew where I was because I always looked toward that tank. Duportail ran into Thayer Dr. near the Masonic Temple. The first street was Roberts, then Rossell. I know they left but can't remember where. Jim, his brother and I liked to hunt. We would always walk down to the Yakima and hunt ducks. I took my dad's 30-30 and they both had 12-guage shotguns. I don't know if you remember the slues that were behind Sunset gardens or not, but we went there to hunt and fish for carp. We had a sack of dough balls, string, and hooks. We saw an old duck on the water and one of the Thompsons shot it. We wrapped it in a brown sweater and placed it in some brown grass just in case anyone showed up. It wasn't open to hunt. We just got set to throw in our lines when lo and behold Kershaw, the game warden, showed up with his son. Standing near the duck, and not seeing it, he asked to see our licenses. We didn't know anything about licenses so he hauled us in and took us to the old brick police station on GWWay. They let us sit for some time and then took us home. On the way, I could only think about the trouble I was in and, remember, if kids got into trouble the parents were fired from their jobs. Man, I was worried sick. He let us out at our house and all I could remember was I told Kershaw to take my gun but please not fire my dad and when I got out of the car I ran up to the door and was yelling, "the goddamn game warden caught me." He laughed and let us go. All he told my dad was that we needed licenses and we had to hunt with a person over 21 who also had a license. Crazy kids!! -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Anita Hughes Hogan (52) Re: New Bomb Maren, Thank you for doing such a great job, and for including the picture of the bomb. I have read so much about it in the past few days, and have been wondering what it looks like. Re: Hanford Construction site To: Jerry Oakley (51) My Dad went to work on the construction site in 1947. He brought us to Richland from western Washington for a few days to see it. We ate in one of those "mess halls." It was really something, and I had no idea there were so many people there at that time. The website about it is incredible. Thanks, -Anita Hughes Hogan (52) - where it is still high and dry and hot near Mt. Shasta ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hanford Construction Camp Stats ******************************************** >>From: Marvin McDonald (60) Just wanted to let the group know that the TNT (Tacoma News Tribune) had a real good write-up and article on the front page about Larry Mattingly (60) and his fireworks company. Good pictures and the article was good size taking up about a 1/4th of the front page and 1/2 of the back page. Larry's company is firing the show over Commencement Bay here in Tacoma at the Freedom Fair. The show that Larry and his partner, Ken Julian, put on last year was voted the 8th best in the world by the Web site of the Discovery Channel. The Discovery Channel Web site has reporters all over the world and to be placed 8th is quite a distinguishing honor when you consider all of the large cities and fireworks companies in the world. GREAT WORK, LARRY! I only wish I had the equipment to record tonight's display on tape. I will try to get some digital pictures and maybe some 35mm to share with you all but the lack of the music that Larry choreographs with the show makes them pale by comparison. -Marvin McDonald (60) ******************************************** >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) Re: 4th of July I have attached something I think is wonderful. I thought you might be able to use at least part of it in the Sandstorm. I understand you may not be able to use it or you may have to delete part of it, but I think you will agree it is something special. [[URL doesn't work] Keep up the good work. -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) ~ Central Georgia hot, humid with afternoon thunderstorms ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson (62) My brother, Lionel Stewart (52), passed away June 30. We laid him to rest yesterday (7/3/01) here in Richland as he wanted to come home. He was a wonderfully kind, sweet and funny man. He leaves his wife, Shirley Moorman Stewart (54), 5 children, 12 grandchildren, our Mom, me and our sis, Linda Stewart Nicholson (57). We will all miss him very much. -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson (62) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Noble Giedd (63) Oops! I've been corrected. When my husband told me Mary's Peak was the highest peak in the coastal range he meant around our area. It's also a popular place to view the valley fireworks. We are having a wonderful July 4th with my son and grandchildren. To: Larry Mattingly (60) The sky was in bloom tonight and filled us with happiness! -Betty Noble Giedd (63) ******************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard (63) Re: The Bomb Maren, I don't have the ability to scan the editorial from sundays paper, but Keith Maupin (47) has written a 8,000 word paper that got the editorial written sunday. Keith started high school in 1945 at Columbia High and gives the complete story of the bomb or the plane is the correct mascot. I have a copy that he gave me last friday and the bomb is the correct one. The whole story is not being told at the high school. By the way, the correct mascot is now installed at the high school. Thanks to many supporters. Thanks -Roy Ballard (63) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis Strege (71) Re: '71 Reunion Link Maren, I have finally upgrade the Class of 71 reunion link at: Could you please had our link with the others. Thanks, -Dennis Strege (71) ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden (72) To: Diane Hartley (72) To: Jim Anderson (72WB) Ah yes! Community House dances, CKS dances, tight jeans and hairdos. I remember those great remnants of our past when I hear certain songs, too. One of my all-time favs has to be "Birthday" by the Beatles. It didn't matter where we were, when that song played we didn't care if the boys asked us to dance or not. There was just no stopping our "happy feet" and we boogied with or without a guy! I have to admit that my feet still get happy when I hear that song today... (picture that image, Hartley!) And Jim, how about those rugby keggers at OSU? You managed to attend a couple of those with "old thunder thighs". As I recall, we never did need music to make our feet happy... -Lynn Noble Paden (72) ******************************************** >>From: Diane Hartley (72) To: Betty Noble (63) Yes, Babe - as I remember calling you - I am still crazy - a bit older so not as wild. I hear from Lynn... she sends me lots of jokes. She also sent pictures of her grandchildren which I still have a hard time dealing with as we are MUCHHHHHHH too young to be grandparents. I will try to loose the pounds and go to my next reunion too, if I went now people would not know sad is that? Oh well - still the same inside I guess. :-) -Diane Hartley (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Re: Bomb Editorial Must have been a slow news day at the old Herald. No weapons policy? - give me a break! -Mike Davis (74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/06/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers, 1 Bomber Mom and 3 funeral notices today: Anita Hughes (52), Judie Hoff (54), Marla Lowman (55), Myrna Branum (57WB), Ann Engel (63) and Fred Schafer (63), Dennis McGrath (63WB), Carol Converse (64), Ray Stein (64), Barb Crawford (67), Debbie Bennett (72), Mike Davis (74), Kim Edgar (79), BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anita Hughes Hogan (52) Re: Great Website To: Audrey Eberhardt Matthews (61WB) Thank you for the beautiful 4th of July website. I sent it on to many friends. Re: Korten's music store To those of you who remember the days when we could get our favorite records and take them into booths and listen to them before buying them! Wasn't that just great!! -Anita Hughes Hogan (52) ******************************************** >>From: Judie Hoff Buxton (54) To: Betty Bell Norton (51) & the rest of you who replied to my first Sandstorm contribution. Thank you all so very much... what a pleasure to hear from so many dear old Bomber pals... it has been so long for most of us. I will try to answer each of you, personally, before I leave for the Northwest on July 11th. I will be gone until the end of July and plan to have great fun visiting friends and relatives in Washington and Idaho. Re: My Mother, Eleanor Hoff, who worked at Korten's Music Store Thank you for asking about her, Betty Bell (51), but I'm sorry to report she passed away in June of 1989 after a long illness. She was at home (Kirkland, WA) until, almost the very end of her life. She was a wonderful, dear lady and we shall always be less without her... she leaves us many beautiful memories. Re: My father, Roy Hoff He is 91 years old & resides at Evergreen Vista Nursing Home in Kirkland, WA and seems to be quite content and happy there. Think of it! Thanks again, Larry, Wanda, Hugh, Pat, Carol, Carol, AKA, Bill, Kenitzers, etc. etc., You know who you are, I will be in touch. One last note: Marilyn Richey (53) has been very seriously ill lately and Roberta Geldner (54) is having hip replacement surgery next week - July 9th - I'm sure they would appreciate our good thoughts and prayers. We just had a big cloudburst and a big rain over southern CA, in Mission Viejo. Now it is warm, humid and cloudy. Happy day after the 4th, -Judie Hoff Buxton (54) ******************************************** >>From: Marla Lowman Kenitzer (55) To: Betty Bell Norton (51) Hi Betty, I have a lot of fond memories of Korten's Music Store. My Mom was Noel Lowman and I remember Mrs. Hoff - also Mrs. Witherup. I wonder where her son, Bill, is - anyone know? He was a really nice guy and my Mom thought a lot of him. Korten's was quite a hang out for the musically inclined and for those of us who just wanted to listen to the latest... can you believe 45s?. My grandkids don't even know what a 45 is - I wonder if they sell "records" anymore - times sure have changed. It's an overcast day - unusual for my neck-o-the woods, but will probably get up to 100 later on - West Point, CA - the eastern slope of the Sierras, not far from beautiful Lake Tahoe. -Marla Lowman Kenitzer (55) ******************************************** >>From: Myrna Branum Willard (57WB) To: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) Thank you, Audrey, for sharing the beautiful "4th of July" sight. That was spectacular and I was thrilled to have something like that to send on to others. -Myrna Branum Willard (57WB) ~ Dundee, OR (where it's a beautiful 75 degrees and the grapes are the size of pin heads. ******************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer (63) and Fred Schafer (63) We hope everyone had a great 4th.. we did. If you get a chance, come to Vancouver USA for their 4th of July Fireworks... they claim that they are the biggest and best west of the Mississippi and I believe them... they are awesome... The Schafers 63 -Ann Engel Schafer (63) and Fred Schafer (63) ******************************************** >>From: Dennis McGrath (63WB) To: Roy Ballard (63) Re: "The Bomb" Kudos and accolades for your entry in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm. As a willing participant in the recent installation of the "bomb" at Richland High School, my thanks go out to you and to all of the members of our armed forces, past and present, particularly those who have made the "ultimate sacrifice" that we could live in a "free" country. I for one, am incensed and appalled at the recent history revisionist commentary printed in the tri city herald referencing the installation of the "bomb" at RHS. My father, Col. McGrath, Pearl Harbor survivor, one time C.O. At Camp Hanford, and high school educator, would indeed roll over in his grave if he was aware of the omnipresent movement to revise "our" history! To reiterate, "had there not been a Pearl Harbor, there would not have been a Hiroshima or Nagasaki". History does indeed have an uncanny way of repeating itself. A strong military and educating our youth are essential to preserving democracy as we now it. "The bomb", without doubt, saved countless thousands if not millions of lives, both American and Japanese. It also brought the war to a swift and unnegotiated end. Thanks, Roy, for your dedication. -Dennis McGrath (63WB) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) I really enjoyed the insert that Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) sent in. I've forwarded it off to many of my family and friends. I hope everybody had a safe and sane 4th of July yesterday. We had trouble seeing the fireworks through the thick fog. Guess that happens more than it doesn't around this area. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ~ Eureka, CA - where it's foggy and cool. What's new around here, eh? I'm starting to envy the people who live in the heat!! :):) ******************************************** >>From: Ray Stein (64) Re: Beavers - Atoms - Bombers I have completed my research and it shows conclusively that the name change from Beavers to Bombers was instigated by the cheerleaders! They grew weary of wearing those large flat tails, slapping them on the gym floor whenever the team needed a boost. The difficult sit-down motion required to slap out a cheer like '2 bits' was a real killer. Then there was that annoying cheer where the entire student body showed their teeth and rapidly clicked them together in unison. The only thing that seemed to work was when one side of the gym hollered LEAVE IT TO! LEAVE IT TO! and the other side answered THE BEAVERS! THE BEAVERS! The singular noun form of that cheer later appeared on TV, but honestly, I doubt that it inspired anyone in the athletic arena. The final straw was when the Senior Boys began using the name Beaver in completely inappropriate ways! As soon as I can send my research with all references to Maren, I think you will all agree that we owe those Beaver cheerleaders big time! With Bomber Pride Inside, -Ray Stein (64) ******************************************** >>From: Barb Crawford Marsh (67) Thank you, Audrey Eberhardt Matthews (61WB), for the wonderful site address. I've sent it to all my grandchildren and quite a number of friends:) Great to see (and experience) things like this! To any of you who didn't check it out, now is the time! Blessings..... -Barb Crawford Marsh (67) ******************************************** >>From: Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) Re: Mosquito trucks How many of you remember chasing the "Mosquito Trucks"? I can' t help but wonder what health problems occurred from inhaling the noxious gas. At that time, we never really cared. At 47, I think about it. Re: American Flags I live in a very "earthy", health conscious part of British Columbia (Slocan Park... by Nelson). If you wonder what happened to all the '60's hippies... they live here now. Lots of "Soy" products... and vegetarians... and "Ex-Americans" from the Vietnam era. It was sad yesterday "July 4th", living in Canada... and not seeing a single American flag. No one in our area wants to acknowledge being American. I do. Most Canadians are very polite and not flamboyant at all. Needless to say... I don't fit in well... Me and my American Flag blazing.... Happy 4th everyone. To: Vicki Owens (72) Did you see a lot of American flags? Just wondering. Also, does anyone from Jefferson Elementary remember the party at Mike Dalen's home? Roxanne Snyder (71) and two other girls got up and sang "Downtown"... It was really great. What ever happened to Roxanne Snyder? -Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) My heartfelt sympathy to Bill and the Neill boys. Your wife/mother was one of a kind - hard as nails, but with a huge heart of gold. I have very fond memories of Madlyn. I'll miss her. -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Not having an same appreciation for the Bomb I wore my R2K sweatshirt to the Doctor's office last year. He asked me what a mushroom cloud was doing on my sweatshirt. I explained it was our high school mascot. He was shocked, gave me strange look and said, "And you're proud of that?", I said "Yes!" with a smile and explained the history to him. He commented that he's surprised it hasn't changed, since it's obviously not politically correct. I told him there's usually controversy every few years, but it hasn't changed yet. Considering the source, his occupation and the fact he didn't grow up in Richland, I suppose I could understand his point of few. However, that doesn't mean I have to agree with it. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) Re: Madlyn Neill ~ Bomber Mom of Rick, Phil, Steve and Mike What a grand lady we have lost. She was really a fine lady and one of the Bombers biggest fans. My heart goes out to her family. She raised a fine one. -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notices were scanned from the Tri City Herald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Irene Luelloff Towne ~ Class of 1937 ~ ~ Eleanor Boyd Rockwood Kosorok ~ Class of 1956 ~ ~ Chuck "Woody" Conrad Jr. ~ Class of 1958 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/07/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes (54), John Northover (59), Larry Mattingly (60), Audrey Eberhardt (61WB), Helen Cross (62), Shirley Sherwood (62), Fred Schafer (63), Brad Wear (71), Vicki Owens (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** NOTES: Yesterday's Sandstorm had Barb Crawford listed as class of '67 -- she's class of '55!! Sorry about that, Barb!!! GEEZ! I had yesterday's subject as 07/05/01 instead of 07/06/01!!! SHEESH!! -Maren ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: Korten's Ah, the hours and money I spent in that place. The booths were, perhaps, the best part. I just wonder how many 45's and 78's got worn out from just "sampling". For those of the younger set, back in the dim, dark past there were such things as phonograph or gramophone records. Before my time the music or speech was recorded on wax cylinders, but you could only get one or two minutes of what ever. Then someone invented the flat disk, and for what ever reason a speed of 78 rpm was selected. The records were about 10" in diameter, and had a play time of between 3 and 4 minutes; just long enough for 32 bars of music (so they say). Later (after the war) both RCA and Columbia got in a big battle over record speed. Columbia got off first with their 33-1/3 disks in either 10" or 12" sizes. On the 12" disk they could get at least 30 minutes of music to a side, a real boon to lovers of classical music. RCA countered with the 45 rpm. The saving grace of the 45 was that it was lighter and took up less space than a 78. Later RCA was able to extend the play time of the 45 to about 6 to 8 minutes. But, I digress. My collection got started under the watchful eye of Mrs. Lowman. She even allowed me to by some 33s on lay away. I still have them, complete with record of payment on the back of the jacket. Now you know where my money went, records, movies, Spudnuts, and not necessarily in that order. Bomber Cheers to all -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR (south of Dundee) where it is still warm and dry. ******************************************** >>From: John Northover (59) Do with out a bomb shell??? .And what Richland stands for??? The Bomb is a symbol ... a symbol, an image that represents some real [or imaginary] thing or a convenient concept that is recognized as the real thing. It is much easier to carry around a symbol. Symbols are easier to understand. They are tied to images in our mind. The bomb is a symbol that represents POWER!! We humans understand power. In order to survive in this world we need POWER. We need the ability to be free from other influence(s) that would deter us from seeking our own view and choice of life in this world. We want to do what we want to do ... We want freedom. We want peace. We have the strength to impose DEATH and DESTRUCTION on anyone, anywhere in the world. As do others on us. It is a choice. We chose freedom; we are still working on peace. Others chose to enslave. Our world is filled with opposites. Life - Death, Peace - War, Freedom - Enslavement, The bomb - The Flower ... in our present world unfortunately we need both. Someday hopefully, we will not. Having the power to chose to use the ultimate act: DEATH and DESTRUCTION ... or use the threat of DEATH and DESTRUCTION and have the ability to deliver that concept to someone or some other entity will cause them to listen. They will be hesitant in trying to bend us to their ways. We have canned 'DEATH and DESTRUCTION' ... That is power in a can and that symbol is a bomb or a mushroom cloud [I wonder if mushrooms like our choice of symbols ... I am sure someone will argue for mushroom rights soon ... ] We had used it as a vehicle to end a world war. I am not going to get into whether it was 'right' or 'wrong' ... There has not been another world war since. There have been 'police actions' one which is still on going [Korea] and the other a great second place finish in the Far East War Games [Viet Nam] name a few. We are moving toward a more peaceful world. We use those symbols for the rest of the world to note. Those symbols are so much more than 'death and destruction'. They are symbols of a strong nation. They let the world know that we mean business. They let the world know that we have the resolve to go our way. Without them we would be speaking ... what language??? Look on the other side of the coin... is that a symbol of 'POWER' or 'DEATH AND DESTRUCTION' that you see? No, when we look on the other side of the coin we see PEACE and FREEDOM!!!!! It all depends upon whether you see your martini glass, half full or half empty. It depends upon whether or not there is one olive or two. Just remember that the cost of freedom is death in a can ... -John Northover (59) ... In Peace ... in San Diego ... At Peace ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To: David Rivers (65) The "U S A" was likely 3 separate shells fired at one time angled to burst near each other. These pattern shells like hearts, rings, stars, happy faces, and so on, are relatively expensive. They are hand-made with a small shape charge inside to ignite and force the stars out into a preset pattern. The stars are generally larger then normal and are packed into the shell case in a pattern. The stars are held in place with inert material. One problem is that there is no guarantee that the shell burst will be oriented facing the audience. They tumble in the sky and burst when the time fuse burns down. Many of us in the industry have tried things like tails similar to a kite tail, or a piece of rope, to hold them in the proper orientation during flight, but so far nothing has worked reliably. I fired 75 or so pattern shells in the Tacoma display last night. All but 4-5 of them broke facing the audience. People say "how do you do that?" I just grin and say "oh, we do it". It is just pure luck. I have seen it go the other way too many times. Several weeks ago an alumni wrote of escorting a bicycle run in Alaska. Sorry I don't remember your name, but I was skimming my mail fast and didn't save it. Last year they stopped overnight right at the state fair grounds. We were like 3-400 feet away. We will be there again this year from the 20th of August through the 3rd of Sept. Look us up if you end up there at the same time, and I will watch for the bicycles. I have had a pyro from England and his new bride as my house guests for several days over the 4th. They even worked with me on the Tacoma barge on the 4th. They were awestruck by the "Bomber net" (Alumni Sandstorm). They just could not believe the depth of our common bond. They were very complimentary about RHS Alumni and especially Maren for her work in holding us together. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly (60) ~ From my office near Olympia, WA ******************************************** >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) Thank you everyone for your kind comments about the "4th of July" site. I wish I could say it was my idea, but someone sent it to me and, being the daughter of a WWII and Korean War veteran, I had to share it. I still get chills and weepy when I see the flag and hear the "Star Spangled Banner." I get angry when I hear the "politically correct" spouting about apologizing for the bomb... I have heard no one suggest that Japan do the same for Pearl Harbor. My thoughts don't change the bomb and don't apologize for anything in war - there is too much people don't know or understand. Thanks for my time on my soap box... Have a good one. -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) ~ Hot, humid, 90-95 degrees with afternoon and evening thunderstorms in Central Georgia ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) To: Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) Re: Mosquito Trucks Yes, Debbie, I have often mentioned the health hazards of chasing after those mosquito trucks as a kid. I commented about what happened to the mosquitoes to my brother, Roy, who worked in Kennewick government until quite recently. At 57, I have to agree I wonder about the health risks in chasing after those trucks too. Somehow mosquitoes seem to not be as prevalent as when we were kids. I am due to come back to the Tri- Cities for a quick visit around the first of August. I will be going via South Dakota and Alaska, and I have packed some good insect repellent. Hope I won't need to use it, but I remember big mosquitoes in those places during trips in the past. -Helen Cross Kirk (62) ~ West Harrison, IN (where it is wonderfully cooler and not humid for a few days anyway.) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Sherwood Milani (62) To: Marla Kenitzer (55) Marla, Do you remember me? We worked at LLNL together. There was another Bomber in our midst there as well, and I wish I could remember her name. She was a very pretty young woman who worked in Finance. She helped me put a Field Work Proposal together with the University of Idaho. I also remember Korten's Music Store, but for another reason. One of the ladies that worked there knew my mom and called her to let her know that her daughter (me) was in listening to a song with questionable lyrics (she should hear today's music). I'm wracking my brain to remember the singer and the offending word. I think it was Gene Vincent ("Be Bop a Lula") and the awful word was dinghy. Help me out here someone! Anyway, it was nice to see your name in the Alumni Sandstorm. -Shirley Sherwood Milani (62) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Schafer (63) To: Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) Yes, I remember the spray trucks... spent hours chasing them... which may explain my SAT scores. To: Ray Stein (64) You made my day -- no month -- that's the funniest thing I have read in a long time. THANKS...keep it up! -Fred Schafer (63) ******************************************** >>From: Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) To: Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) Yes, we can all remember the "wonderful" mosquito jeeps OOOOPPPs. But going north, we met up with a whole community of Vietnam war recluses at Refuse Cove in Desolation Sound. They set up a whole community, around a dock, and it is absolutely beautiful. It is composed of Profs and other intellects that fled the USA and set up in this wonderful area. We pulled in in our 21 foot boat, docked, made dinner on the dock, then went up to the "dessert" place on the hill, where we met the locals, and had a wonderful conversation about literature, history, etc. The next morning we had to wait for the "gas" person to get done with his other duties before he could go to the pump. We returned to Refuse Cove 2 more times in one week as it was so laid back. So... all you Bomber boaters, go there and enjoy!!!!!!!!! It is in another world... We love the Gulf Is! Luv, Susie -Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Wear (71) To: Debbie Bennett Bayoff: (72) Re: Mosquito Trucks Debbie, Quite a few Bomber grads were employed at Benton County Mosquito Control over the years. I'm proud to say I was a "Bug Mugger" for several years. The stuff we sprayed out of the fogger was diesel and flit, a light harmless oil. It was sprayed onto a hot manifold and smoked and a fan blew it out of the back. I'd bet you couldn't do the fogging today with the current EPA standards. Probably a good thing too. Some of our illustrious alumni of BMC were: Rob French (71), Mark Badgett (71), Dean Large (71), Mike Walker (73), Paula Moberg (73). I know there were several others from '68 and '70 but I can't recall their names. It was a great job for a college student during the summer and breaks. Driving 4 wheel drive trucks in the mud all day, and swimming when you wanted. The only down side was when you got stuck, it was an all day affair getting out. Sometimes a two or three day affair, depending on how deep you went. A lot of good memories from there and Barker Ranch. -Brad Wear (71) ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens (72) To: Debbie Bennett Bayoff (72) Do I see a lot of American flags? I expect to see at least one today. This year we're celebrating the 4th on the 7th. "We" are the American community in Uganda. As a warden in the American community here, I was recently at the embassy looking over the lists of citizens. We're over a thousand strong in Uganda, a nation that is the size of Oregon. For some crazy reason the Ugandan government didn't give us the 4th off, so tomorrow several hundred Americans will gather for a big down home barbecue, presentation of colors, and the whole nine yards. It's a day I really look forward to! We have a new embassy in Kampala that opened earlier this year. The old one was a enormous security risk. Since Kenya, Tanzania and Ugandan comprise the "East African Community", and since Osama bin Laden had also targeted our embassy here on that summer day back in 1998 when bombs went off in the other two capitals, the U.S. government made us a high priority for a new embassy and it was constructed in record time. By the way, the bomb for the Kampala embassy was twice as big as the one that annihilated the Nairobi embassy, but security operatives here caught it while it was still under construction so we were saved the death and destruction that Kenya and Tanzania suffered. The stars and stripes fly over the new embassy each and every day, and with a huge spotlight at night. It's a sight that never fails to make me feel proud. I think those of us who live abroad have a heightened appreciation for the liberties we enjoy as Americans. When you live in a country where law and order are relative, where it's the money trucks that have sirens and the ambulances get stuck in traffic (aptly demonstrating life values), and where votes are bought by a bar of soap, it makes the things we take for granted feel verrrry valuable! Last year at the alumni basketball game at R2K, we sang The Star Spangled Banner. I know it's our custom to do so, but I don't get that opportunity very often. Lynn Noble Paden (72) looked over at me in time to see the tears slipping down my cheeks. I didn't do that when I lived in the States, but after 15 years of living in Uganda I do it most every time I hear our national anthem. Scratch me and you'll see green and gold... cut me deep and I'll bleed red, white and blue! God bless America! -Vicki Owens (72) ~ Kampala, Uganda on a belated American Independence Day *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/08/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem (47), Jerry Oakley (51), Dore Tyler (53), Fred Suckow (55), Sue Garrison (58), Pat Vach (60), Sandra Genoway (62), Linda McKnight (65), Patricia de la Bretonne (65), Lynn Noble (72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) Re: John Northover's (59) contribution of 7/6/01 I totally agree with your analysis of "the bomb", it IS our Bomber history and no amount of rhetoric is going to change it. Politically correct be d.m..d. -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ~ Richland, WA and very proud to be a '47 Bomber ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Oakley (51) To: Ralph Myrick (51) I found Jim Thompson, Ralph... thanks to you and Doreen, and he has given me permission to to include his email address in the letter for any of his friends to contact him. What is even better, he is in Kennewick right now and will be for the weekend. They are traveling in their motor home, but are at his son's place. He tells me that they will return for the reunion weekend in September. His wife (Dorothy Milligan Thompson) will attend her 50th reunion in Kennewick. Thanks again -Jerry Oakley (51) ******************************************** >>From: Dore Tyler (53) Re: THE BOMB and the bombs Is John Northover (59) with Navy PIO? I have recently seen a number of bumper stickers and at least one license plate frame stating "There'd have been no Hiroshima without Pearl Harbor" (When I see Nagasaki instead of Hiroshima I'll know it's a Green and Gold Bomber) Regards, -Dore Tyler (53) ******************************************** >>From: Fred Suckow (55) Re: Stuff Maren, Keep up the good work. Just remember, don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff. Barb Crawford was class of '55 if I recall. Of course, my recall isn't what it used to be. What has happened to the class of 55? Not much verbiage as of late. I worked at Korten's during my senior year with MS Lowman and MS Withrup. I certainly remember the booths for playing records. And I remember the audiophiles that would not buy the record they had listened to because it "was used." I also remember the X rated records by Redd Foxx and others. All under the counter stuff. I talked to my son tonight after he returned from W2. He talked about the fireworks show there and I hope that our Mattingly was involved. I hope to hear more of the "55"ers in the next issue of this wonderful dialog. -Fred Suckow (55) ~ beautiful Murrieta, CA ******************************************** >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett (58) REMINDER: BOB PRITCHETT's having his 75th birthday. He was RHS teacher/coach from 1955-81. It's a SURPRISE in the park on Monday, July 9, 3:00-7:00 p.m. Drop-in get-together in Gazebo in the park (the one behind the Fire Station). Just take the little road adjacent to Sterling's Restaurant, and turn left at the park - it's right there. Stop by any time. Former students and athletes, wrestlers, golfers, card playing friends - everyone is invited. CAKE and COFFEE/PUNCH. Bob has never had a party before, and wouldn't approve of this one if he knew about it. NO GIFTS PLEASE. Thanks to those of you who have already sent e-mails and cards. He'll be pleased that you've remembered him. -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett (58) ******************************************** >>From: Pat Vach (60) Re: Happiness is the sky in bloom, and know how they do it To: Larry Mattingly (60) I really enjoyed you response to David Rivers (65). This year on the 4th I had the enjoyment of watching the Woodinville fireworks show with, among others, my 5 year old grandson. The only problem is that he is at that stage where he simply has to know "why", or this case "how." I spent a significant part of the show trying to answer his questions as to how the fireworks people were able to make the fireworks do those great blooms in the sky. Of course, I could see his dad sitting next to me smiling and knowing that no way was I ever going to be able to satisfy Conor's curiosity, and that the questions would just keep coming. He was correct. The question did keep coming, and I did not have the answers or anything close that would satisfy a curious mind. Now, at least, I can tell them that I know someone who does know the answers and keep up the myth that grandparents know everything and everybody of importance. Pat Vach (60) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: Mosquito Sprayers My dad worked for GE and Battelle NW as a marine biologist, and he and my mom were avid gardeners. During the 50s, he told us that the "spray fog" coming out the back of the mosquito sprayers included DDT. Every time we saw the "sprayer" jeep coming down Cottonwood, we had to run home and shut all the windows in the house and stay inside for awhile, until the spray dissipated enough to where our parents felt it was safe for us to go back outside (usually during warm summer nights). I will NEVER forget the awful smell of that "spray fog". From what is known today about things like DDT, I would wager that it was probably not good for us to be exposed to it. -Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight (65) I read the Tri-City Herald editorial, and I fired off my comments. I wanted to share part of the them with all of you. The politically correct stuff is okay to a degree, but to say that our Bomb is a weapon is absolutely hogwash. Also, if the bomb is no longer the mascot, and the mushroom cloud does not exist, is that not changing history? Is that not about the same as saying it never really happened? Is that not the same as those saying the Holocaust did not happen? We are the Bombers and the Bomb was and should remain our mascot. It should have a resting place in the school along with all the trophies. We all know friends and acquaintances without class reunions because their schools no longer exist. We should fight fiercely for our roots to remain. I agree with Jenny Smart Page (87) who states that the Bomb should be used as a learning tool. It should be a symbol of Peace. To: Larry Mattingly (60) After seeing the fireworks on the 4th at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, I really missed your wonderful display from our R2K. Let's just say the tall wide bodies standing in front of us, kept us from seeing all the display. I realize it couldn't go very high because of all the boats in the river, but it was a disappointment to me. When will you be in this area doing a show? The blues were awesome, though.. I had a wonderful time seeing all who attended our reunion. Hope we can all get together next year. Green and Gold and Bombers Forever. -Linda McKnight (65) ~ On Mt. Scott in Portland babysitting my grandkids and the weather is absolutely stunning!! ******************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne (65) We've had this discussion before. But yes, I remember the DDT Jeep in the summer. We ran or rode our bikes behind it, inhaling that great familiar fragrance- ----DDT! Mom didn't like us to do it but we did it anyway. A summer ritual. I'm amazed to still be alive and relatively healthy. Bomber Cheers, -Patricia de la Bretonne (65) in Seattle where we seem to be having some summer. ******************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden (72) To: Vicki Owens (72) Seeing those tears trickle down your cheeks at the R2K offered me the perspective to see what I and probably others in the U.S. take for granted on a daily basis. Because we enjoy our freedoms and liberties as a matter of "entitlement" rather than "privilege", we sometimes forget that other countries aren't as fortunate. This year, I found myself getting rather choked-up when I heard our national anthem and "God Bless America" (especially the Kate Smith version:) during the Fourth of July celebrations. My 'pride to be an American' resides on my shirt sleeve once again. And, after getting back in touch with you after all these years, Vicki, I remember why I've been so proud to be your friend for these past 41 years! The family history research I've been doing on our family has also served as a reminder of why I should be grateful to be in this grand country. I've confirmed that two of my Noble line grandfathers were in the Revolutionary War and am awaiting confirmation on others. My brother, Larry (60), wrote a tribute to our James Noble who was documented as taking down the British flag after his company won a battle at Stoney Point, NY. Reading these accounts that he researched is humbling and personally connects my gratitude for my grandfather's suffering and bravery. I urge anyone reading this windy reply to do a little family history research and I guarantee you will find it "soul rewarding". -Lynn Noble Paden (72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/09/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Thompson (51), Sandra Atwater (51), Dorothy Cameron (55), Lequita Branum (55), Wynell Williams (55), Max Sutton (57), Ernie Smith (60), Larry Mattingly (60), Maren Smyth (64), Pam Hunt (66), Diane Hartley (72), Jim Anderson (72WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: JIM THOMPSON (51) Date: Sun Jul 8 20:41:44 2001 Class of 51 Just wondering who was still around from the class of '51. -Jim Thompson (51) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) I remember Korten's and the booths for listening to records. It was great fun. We girls would try to go every Saturday morning and try to be the first one there to get the most popular record. They did not always have a lot of one record and so sometimes we would have a sad face cause it would be a while until they would have more. -Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) ******************************************** >>From: Dorothy Cameron Powell (55) It has been a waltz thru time to be reminded of all the wild and crazy things that we did in Richland. The memories of some of you are incredible... even the trivia is rather interesting. To: Fred Suckow (55) You say the '55ers are not jotting off notes??? Remember we ARE considered the "silent generation"... HA!! I ALWAYS got marked down for talking too much in class. Re: Remember? Does anyone remember "jump off Joe" in the Kennewick highlands? We would drive as fast as those "buggies" would go and fly off a big bump in the road... hoping to land on all 4 tires. Two times over that route and then I would chicken out. Actually that was probably the beginning of several back problems. Those were fun times... circus shows in the back yard, Spudnuts, 25 cent movies, cruisin' By's, drinking cherry cokes with real cherries on the bottom, slumber parties where we "shared" all the secrets, Hi Spot, Church Camp, submarine races, 25 cents an hour for babysitting, and living in a town where we never had to lock our doors. Lots of fond memories of the class of '55... great friends... and it was a era when we could be kids until it was time to grow up! The Bay area is a great place to live... have enjoyed it for the last 41 years. Weather is gorgeous (most of the time) but traffic is awful (all the time). Bill and I leaving for France for a month this evening... maybe I'll run into a Bomber! Don't know how the Bomber cheer will go over at the Normandy Beaches tho'!! :) -Dorothy Cameron Powell (55) ~ Walnut Creek, CA... just east of San Francisco ******************************************** >>From: Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) I remember spending time in Korten's music store. They were always helpful to find the music one was looking for. I just purchased on T.V. "The Fabulous Fifties". Ten CD's in all. Hours and hours of wonderful songs of the fifties. Let me tell you it will bring back a flood of memories. It was well worth the money just to hear the oldies. My grandchildren love the music. -Lequita "Lea" Branum Clark (55) ~ Nampa, ID ******************************************** >>From: Wynell Williams Fishburne (55) To: Fred Suckow (55) Hi Fred, Was surprised to hear that you are living in Murrieta, CA. Have you lived in that area for long? I drive down the 15 often from Victorville on my way to see my grandkids in Leucadia. Keith and I live in Victorville. Would be fun to get together sometime. We visited Jim and Sandra Boyd in Palm Desert earlier this year. Was fun reminiscing the old Richland days. Great to hear from a former classmate. -Wynell Williams Fishburne (55) ******************************************** >>From: Max Sutton (57) Re: The DDT Truck Thinking of the mosquito truck always bring back the memory of my cousin Larry. Larry was from Spokane and was going to CBC and staying with my parents at the time. One summer night something woke him up and when he looked out the window, he saw the fog. Thinking it was smoke, he ran downstairs, trying to pull on his pants, and called the fire department. My Dad - hearing what was happening - went down right behind him, but alas, was too late to stop the call. The whole neighborhood got in on that one, even if it was around 1:00 am in the morning. We have never let Larry live it down to this day but he has been a good sport about it. Even the firemen got a chuckle over it. -Max Sutton (57) ******************************************** >>From: Ernie Smith (60) Re: DDT jeeps I also ran behind the DDT sprayers and the only side effects that I have from it is Mosquitos don't seem to bite me. I rarely get bit by mosquitos and when I do it's usually minor. Who knew... -Ernie Smith (60) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To: Pat Vach (60) Our company did the Woodinville display. Long-time friends of mine, Greg and Vicki Ray were the pyros. Reports are that the show went well. Thanks for the comments. My thanks to Vicki Owens (72) for her "4th of July" notes as an American living abroad. Many Bomber alumni have, or are now experiencing the rigors of being an American living in another county. Some are civilian and some military. Their living conditions can run from pleasant to hostile. They frequently do not have the same basic rights that we enjoy. We admire you for your tenacity in putting up with it and still remembering you are American. Re: "Old Glory" in foreign countries. I can still remember a boat trip up the Rhine River some 20 years ago, and seeing the early morning sun shinning on the gigantic American flag flying straight out in the stiff breeze over the ruins of the ramparts of the Reamagen bridge in Germany. There were about 40 Americans standing in a group on the upper deck at about 5:30 AM. No one was ashamed of their tears. Vicki actually fired a good share of that fireworks display we did for R2K. I am proud she is a Bomber, and a friend, and she is certainly an inspiration. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly (60) ~ At home near Tacoma, WA - facing the ruins of my yard after the weeks of neglect during the "push to the 4th". ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Re: Bomber Prayer Line List I'm starting another list!! Anyone who would like to be notified when there are Bombers asking for prayers, send me an e-mail and I'll add you to the list. You will also be able to send a request for Bomber prayers to this list. Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth (64) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Hunt Cadd (66) Re: Fireworks To: Pat Vach (60) If you and Conor would like to know more about how fireworks work, visit this site: How Stuff Works - Fireworks How Stuff Works has wonderful, detailed articles - with animated illustrations or photographs of the insides of things - about all kinds of stuff, from toasters to heart surgery. This is the site for kids who like to take everything apart - and for adults who would like to but know how hard it is to put things back together! From HSW, I learned what the tracking button on the VCR really does, and lots of other neat stuff. -Pam Hunt Cadd (66) ~ West Richland, WA - On the Yakima River (what's left of it this year), where it's a cool desert morning full of bird chatter ******************************************** >>From: Diane Hartley (72) To: Lynn Noble (72) Hey -- I never knew you had the ability to write and speak so well. Just kidding. Your note to Vicki was so nice. I, too, found myself a bit emotional at church when we sang "Battle Hymm" and a few of the others. After reading what Vicki said - we really do just go day to day and are free to come and go as we please. We all should be very proud to be Americans. Now at this time Mike Davis (74) is saying "Enough of the Lee Greenwood sing along!" It might start another song war. Thanks for your profound words. -Diane Hartley (72) aka: once a smart a-- always a smart a-- So I am told :) :) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Anderson (72WB) RE: The bomb and peace and America Here we go again with the hilarious Hiroshima-atomic bomb bumper stickers stuff. When I read that "bombs should be a symbol of peace", I'm dumbfounded. (or some would say just the first part of that word!) I spent an important part of my life in Richland, and understand Richlandites rightful passion about the important history of Richland. So may I dissent? Is there room for that here? Richland doesn't have to defensively insist that bombs=peace to justify its past. No one can make a case against the hard work and high ideals of those who worked on defense projects. But bombs don't=peace, bombs=the failure of humankind to find reasonable and rational ways to live together. Keep the bomb forever if you want, but be willing to live with the heat from the growing numbers of people who are less than enamored with the idea. And while we're on the "American Pride" theme here on sandstorm, it's important to remember that while so many of us who read and submit here have a great view of all the good things about our country, there are a heck of a lot of people who don't have the same view. Racism, hatred, and numbing poverty are staples of many American's diet, and I think it's good to remember that when we start getting all teary-eyed about how great America is. I don't think many whose lives are twisted by racism, hatred and poverty read sandstorm, but they are still out there among us, and our passion might be better directed at raising them up than on congratulating ourselves on how great our country is. -Jim Anderson (72WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/10/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers, 1 funeral notice and 1 NON-Bomber today: Doreen Hallenbeck (51), Curt Donahue (53), Gail Henderson (53), Mike Clowes (54), Carol Hollingsworth (55), Tom Matthews (57), Sandra Genoway (62), Janine Rightmire (65), Donnie Dean (66), Don Andrews (67WB), Perry Campbell (not a Bomber) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) Re: Korten's - Records To: Sandy Atwater Boyd (51) You recall Korten's and records, and I recall the record shop on GWWay, just south of what is now the Hanford House. It had rows and rows and shelf after shelf of 78 rpms. Can't seem to recall the name of the building, but do recall that my sister, Janet (49) and I spent a lot of our allowance money there. When we moved to Arizona I gifted Brad Cutshall (51) with my collection of 78 rpms. Perhaps other classmates may remember the name of the record shop I refer to. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) ~ Green Valley, AZ ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Re: America To: Jim Anderson (72WB) While I agree that there is much to do to make America perfect, we can still take great pride in our country, because there is none better in the world. There are a myriad of churches and other charities through whom we can work to accomplish making America better. -Curt Donahue (53) ~ Federal Way, WA - where the weather IS perfect. ******************************************** >>From: Gail Henderson Renner (53) To: Marilyn Richey (53) Sorry to hear you have been ill. My prayers are with you. Hope this finds you 100% better. Take care, -Gail Henderson Renner (53) ~ Milton, FL ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Jim Anderson (72WB) Jim, You got the idea in the last paragraph of your comments in yesterday's paper. There are far more important problems in America and the world than whether or not we Bombers have planted a symbolic bomb in the school courtyard. Now, if you can convince the media of that, maybe someone will be more inclined to help eliminate hunger, racism, hate, war and other forms of nastiness we humans practice on one another. Re: Mosquito fog My friend, Dore Tyler (53), once commented that he thought my old '50 Chev was a disguised mosquito control vehicle. Just because there was a cloud of blue smoke coming from the exhaust didn't mean I was "fogging", just burning the carbon off the valves. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ still in Albany, OR, where the old thermometer in the backyard got above 90 this afternoon. ******************************************** >>From: Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) "Dorothy Cameron," a name I haven't heard in years! Did we not go to Chief Joseph together? I go to Walnut Creek often and had no idea you lived over there. I live in Roseville. Been here 20 years now. You had rosey cheeks and a big smile and were short. I remember you as being friends with Donna Calahan who moved to Mass. in our soph year. I just picture you with her. Let me know if I am remembering right. Nice hearing your name again. -Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin (55) ******************************************** >>From: Tom Matthews (57) Re: Max and Korten's I was well acquainted with the St. Bernard adopted by the Hoffs. Riding your bike at the south end of Haupt was more exciting because Max, a most friendly dog, would run out to greet you resulting in a quick visit to the asphalt. Max was usually around for our Cub Scout Den 4 meetings at the Hoffs. "Chase them down the alleys, chase them down the streets, Den 4, Den 4 can't be beat" was our motto. I think it applied mainly to Max's skills. A classmate and accomplished pianist friend of mine would often visit Korten's in the 50s... to listen to a new record as if deciding to buy it, try to get the lyrics down on paper, and then go home and recreate the music on his piano. Sometimes I think it required several trips. -Tom Matthews (57) ~ Basking in the Kirkland sun... ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: America the Great To: Jim Anderson (72WB) Hear! Hear! There's always room for improvement; we need to look around outside of Richland, and see where there is need in this Country before we send so many American tax dollars off to other lands. Of course, there are needs there, also, but much of the tax dollars these days are spent by our government for political gains and games, and not for true charity! Bomber Cheers! -Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** >>From: Janine Rightmire Corrado (65) To: Larry Mattingly (60) Hey Larry, I live in Woodinville. This was the first year I've missed the fireworks. I live up on Hollywood Hill and can watch without having to go down into the valley. My friends and neighbors said this was the best display yet. It's nice to know a Bomber had something to do with the beautiful celebration. Thanks!!! -Janine Rightmire Corrado (65) ******************************************** >>From: Donnie Dean (66) Greetings Bombers! My name is Donnie Dean (66), Vietnam Veteran, Ex-Marine, Grandfather of one, Father of two and married to the same woman for 33 years {not a Bomber}. I missed the 2001 R2K thing but I plan on going to the 66 reunion in two weeks. Does anyone know Linda Hess (66)? I would love to e- mail her. I just got in touch with Walt Sommers (66). I haven't had any contact with him since high school. I appreciate the work that went into this web site. Great Job! Does anyone remember Johnny"s Delicatessen in uptown? How about the Skyline Drive-In on Spangler and GWWay? Anyway...... GO BOMBERS!!!! Later, -Donnie Dean (66) ******************************************** >>From: Don Andrews (67WB) Re: Health Hazards Growing Up In Richland Re: Rituals of our youth Re: Mosquito Patrol My recollection of the summer ritual of traveling "onward through the fog" was not inhalation of anything "TOXIC", but the ever present parked car looming in the distance. These menaces lurking in the fog were as undetectable as a stealth fighter. Equally as hazardous to the physical well being of the youth of Richland was an extremely popular winter ritual of "HOOKY-BOBING" behind the Hanford area buses. Those of you who are not familiar with the term or called it by another name the challenge was two fold. The first challenge was going undetected by the bus driver, who would stop if he knew you were there. The second and most abusive to the body was once you had a good grip on the rear bumper of the bus you would slide on the soles of your shoes, going on the assumption that there was snow and ice on the road. This brings us to the ultimate hazard, the equally stealthy bare patch on the road which had a serious braking effect on your feet without letting your grip on the bumper know. Hence, the face plant in the road. OUCH!!!!! I was lucky enough to avoid the bare patches, but was witness to a few not so fortunate, I have fond memories of these rites of passage as a Bomber. Unfortunately I was unable to complete my training be a "construction brat", we moved to Everett the day before my senior year was to begin. I will always consider myself a BOMBER. Thank you Maren, Sandstorm, and all the BOMBERS in the world. -Don Andrews (67WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Perry Campbell Hi, I am trying to locate Cheryl Caldwell (77). Anyone been in touch with her? I lost touch with her after college. Thanks, -Perry Campbell ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Jack Cravens ~ Class of '55 woulda been ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/11/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Mike Clowes (54), Marla Lowman (55), Jim Hoff (57), John Campbell (63), Pat Merrill (65), Karen Rotan (66), Bill Wingfield (67), Dave Painter (72), Greg Alley (73), Debra Dawson (74WB), Colleen Strassburger (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Apropos of nothing in particular, I was looking up "Sandstorm" in my computer. Something like 20K+ sites through MSN alone. At the top of each page was an invitation to go to the ten most popular Sandstorm sites. Alumni Sandstorm was number one on this list. Don't know what their (MSN's) criteria is, but Maren has got to be doing something right to get this paper in that position. Bomber Cheers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ in Muggy Albany, OR, cooler today but the humility was high. ******************************************** >>From: Marla Lowman Kenitzer (55) Re: Records on GWWay To Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) HI Doreen, I can vaguely remember a furniture store on GWW (sort of across from where the old Village Theater was/is) named Richland Bell Furniture. Could that have been the place you bought records? I'm not even sure of the name of the store, but I can picture the sign and it was the only furniture store in Richland that I remember and I seem to remember them having records. It was good to see comments from my classmates and to learn a little about where they are and what they're up to. Also, Bob - I'm getting better at this stuff, thanks for the coaching. Bet I could really confuse everyone if I said Mike Carlson or Bob Clowes.... -Marla Lowman Kenitzer (55) ~ West Point, CA - Where it was hot yesterday and hopefully a little cooler today (Sleepy - Laid Back) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hoff (57) Re: American Pride Have recently started reading items sent to me by my sister so will probably be more active now. I read the info by Jim Anderson (72WB) and felt compelled to write. Even though I know what he said is very very true and we have much to solve and cure in our country. We are still the only multicultural, multiracial, freely elected democracy in the world making a serious attempt to make the whole thing work for the betterment of all now and into the future. Two years ago my wife and I were traveling in Norway with a group of people from all over the world and only five Americans. It was the morning of July the 4th and we traveling in the mountains heading to the town of Glovik. An older man we had just met the previous day from Israel walked back to us on the bus and took ahold of my arm and said " Congratulations Americans it is your birthday, and if it wasn't for you Americans the rest of the world wouldn't know about this thing called Democracy". I think he said it in a nutshell. Re: Looking for... By the way does anyone know the whereabouts of Sandy Ashbaugh (57)? -Jim Hoff (57) ******************************************** >>From: John Campbell (63) Re: BOB PRITCHETT Like most folks, I was not a "jock", but I remember Mr. Pritchett very well, and he did not impress me as the "typical" P.E. teacher. I had him for Algebra, and while some of the students might have thought he was only a page ahead of us, I thought he did a very good job of teaching. For one thing, he appeared to appreciate the questions and answered them well. I recall him as kind of resembling the legendary quarterback, Johnny Unitas, complete with flat top. I hope he and his family are all well. If I still lived in the Tri-Cities, I'd stop by the gathering and wish him well. -John Campbell (63) ******************************************** >>From: Pat Merrill Davis (65) To: Donnie Dean (66) Re: Skyline Drive In in North Richland That area now has a 7-11, Washington Square Apartments and Condos. I remember the movies, the snack bar, and those awful rest rooms. But, the price was right - I seem to remember that is was a buck carload!! The speakers were so crackly that sometimes you could not hear the movie, but how many of us were really there to watch what was playing on the screen? Once two friends of mine, Linda Swain (66) and Kathy Fiztpatrick (65) went to the snack bar and after returning, Linda happened to turn around trying to get back into the car and managed to dump an ice cream sundae all over the man in the car next to us. It was not pleasant to say the least. Re: Johnnie's Life goes on!! Johnnie's Delicatessen was located in the Uptown shopping center facing GWWay... very busy place from what I remember only being in it once or twice. Seems like a barber shop, and a few other shops have opened and closed in that spot. -Pat Merrill Davis (65) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Karen Rotan Carson (66) Date: Mon Jul 9 20:01:07 2001 CLASS 1966 Hi to all. It's been great to see all my old friends listed. I was at the '96 (30 year reunion) and I have remembered all those I met again after all those years. I regret I will miss it this year. I have my vacation in Alaska during that time. I "bid" for my vacation in Jan of each year. must close. -Karen Rotan Carson (66) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) To: Don Andrews (67WB) Re: Menaces lurking in the fog were as undetectable as a stealth fighter. Re: Stealthy bare patch on the road Hey Donny, I'm glad to see you getting in on this great news- letter. Now if we can only get Diamond Dave McDaniels (67) on board. I had forgotten about the times we used to end up on the trunk or hood of a car while chasing those Mosquito trucks. As far as the stealthy bare patches on the road, if you had quit wearing those cowboy boots with the high heals and using the ones like you're wearing now, you'd have been OK. Ask your bride, Linda, if they had those types of boots way back then. See you in September. -Bill Wingfield (67) ~ Augusta, GA ******************************************** >>From: Dave Painter (72) Re: USCF results Spokane is hosting the US Cycling Federation's US National Masters Road Championships this week. Notable in the finalists is: Mark Painter (RHS '68) 13th in Road Race - Men 50-54 Mark Painter and Mark Bradley (of Kennewick) 2nd in Men's Tandem - Combined age 90+ Both ride for the local Chinook bicycle racing club. -Dave Painter (72) ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) I still remember my first 45 record at Korten's, the Beatles double sided single Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out. I also remember the big fire there and a band playing outside on a Saturday that I thought was famous. To: Jim Anderson (72WB) I don't have a political opinion or a stance because I lived here always and I know I am proud to be a Bomber and love the reactions of people on the name and the reference to the bomb. Its always different and makes Bombers unique. To: Donnie Dean (66) My only memory of movies at the Skyline Drive-In now is "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" with Don Knotts. I could remember more but I rode my bike through all the mosquito smoke so anything I say may be DDT induced. -Greg Alley (73) ~ Live from the hotbox in Richland remembering my friend, Blaine Teverbaugh (74-RIP), with whom I attended the '79 all star game at the Kingdome. Wish you were here for this one. Go Ms. ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) To: Jim Anderson (72WB) I've seen housing given to poor people at low rent in America trashed. I've seen cars given to privileged American kids wrecked. The psychology or sociology of "the gift" seems to be if you didn't earn it it ain't worth nothin'. We, as American taxpayers and parents, don't benefit by giving more to the users and abusers of society. They don't learn anything about responsibility by accepting free cars and housing. I struggle every day myself with bills, and I work as much as society will let me to pay back my own educational loans. I say cut some slack for those who attempt to achieve the American Dream by educational loans or employment (traditional) methods and fail because of discriminatory hiring practices. The users and abusers of the American Dream can fend for themselves. -Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) ******************************************** >>From: Colleen Strassburger Lawson (76) Re: Comedy Show / Brad Upton (74) Last week I saw Brad Upton's Comedy Show at the Comedy Underground. For a hilarious evening I highly recommend Brad's show. There was a group of WSU male alumni attending Brad's show for their buddy's bachelor party and in typical Seattle fashion Brad targeted WSU (since they were in UW's territory) making WSU's alumni intelligence questionable. They were great sports because of Brad's quick wit/intelligent humor. Anyway, it was a fabulous evening. Thanks Brad, -Colleen Strassburger Lawson (76) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Thomas Raymond Foote ~ class of '66WB ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/12/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 2 funeral notices today: Mike Clowes (54), Elsa "Lolly" Phillips (57), Margo Heiling (57), Jack Gardiner (61), Dave Hanthorn (63), Colleen Strassburger (76), Jamie McDevitt (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) and Marla Lowman Kenitzer (55) Gotta think Marla Jo is right, Richland Bell Furniture (atom symbol on their sign for years) was almost directly across GWW from the Village Theater. I'm not too sure if they sold records, but it is highly probable. The only other place in the vicinity would have been the dime store on the corner of Lee and the Parkway. And, let us not forget that Korten's also had an outlet in Pasco, and if memory serves, wasn't the "home office" in Longview, WA? Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR - waiting for the thunderstorms to develop on the west slope of the Cascades. Might get a drop or two here... ******************************************** >>From: Elsa "Lolly" Phillips Schultz (57) To: Jim Hoff (57) As of last Christmas, Sandy Ashbaugh Courtney (57) and her husband lived on their boat in Sausalito, CA. The only sure way to contact Sandy is through her daughter, Nicki Irwin, who lives in Boise, ID. I usually see Sandy every Christmas when she visits her daughter in Boise. They do not have a phone on their boat and currently do not use their computer. If you're interested, I can give you Nicki Irwin's phone no. -Elsa "Lolly" Phillips Schultz (57) ******************************************** >>From: Margo Heiling Barron (57) To: Jim Hoff (57) Re: Whereabouts of Sandy Ashbaugh (57) Sandy Ashbaugh Courtney is retired and living on a yacht in the San Francisco Bay area (maybe Sausalito). I sent an e-mail to someone who may have more info to send you. I haven't seen her for about 35 years. If you find her, tell her I hope to see her at our 45th reunion next summer. I have a great picture of her in Mr. Drollman's 5th grade at Spalding. Lavine Williams has one of her in Mrs. Neighbors' 4th grade class picture. Lavine paid a lot of money for that picture at the 40th reunion auction [auctioneer: Gene Johnson (57)] we had for the benefit of the RHS computer lab. If she comes to the reunion, we'll bring the pictures. -Margo Heiling Barron (57) ******************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner (61) For those in the class of '61 I talked to Curt Gord (61) the other day. It took me 40 years to find him. He was thrilled to death to hear from me. He lives in Midvale, UT. I think he said he has three children. He's in the propane business. I sent his address and ph.# to jay siegel or if you want contact me to get in touch with him. -Jack Gardiner (61) ~ San Jose, CA ******************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (63) To: Jim Anderson (72WB) With your strong feelings about racism and hatred then you should be especially proud to have attended a school that has the Atomic Bomb as a school "mascot". You see, the Atomic Bomb was originally designed to stop the racism and hatred of Nazi Germany, and then was actually used in the effort to stop the racism and hatred of Imperial Japan, then was used for years to keep in check the racism and hatred of the Soviet Union. If the United States had not been in possession of "The Bomb" for the past 50+ years, then racism and hatred would have swept over the earth in unimaginable waves. If you think this isn't so, then travel to other places in the world, where racism, hatred and poverty really hold sway (places like most of Africa, Communist China, North Korea, Iraq, and Iran) and maybe then you will learn to appreciate that although the USA isn't "perfect" it is still, and always will be the most free, open, filled with opportunity for all, country in the world as long as we Americans keep it that way. How do we keep it that way? Not by griping and grousing about it, but by pitching in and doing something constructive to make it better. -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) proud to be a Bomber, and proud to be an American ******************************************** >>From: Colleen Strassburger Lawson (76) Re: American Dream To: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) I wonder how George W. Bush is enjoying his Presidency. Generally, social classes perpetuate themselves by the doors that are opened or unopened. Our fates are linked partly to how we perceive our choices but also partly how society perceives our choices. Education helps level the playing field but the education that is offered is not equitable. The majority of minorities live in areas where schools are underfunded. Therefore, there is a shortage of material/textbooks; the material is outdated, no lab equipment, classrooms are overcrowded, overheated in the warm months, cold in the winter, dilapidated playgrounds and no sports programs. What healthy child could be inspired? Poor children come to school in dire conditions, underfed, medical problems, family problems. How is the cycle broken? (Kozol is a great resource on our nations educational system). I am also proud to be an American and to live in a democracy, America is Democratic Capitalism. However, in juxtaposition those 2 words are an odd combination. One believes in a completely equal distribution of political power, while the other has an individual interest in maximizing personal consumption. We have seen the rise of economic wealth translated into political power. Again, yes I do have American pride. However, we need to remain vigilant, not fall into apathy and be aware of a greater sense of purpose and responsibility to others. -Colleen Strassburger Lawson (76) ******************************************** >>From: Jamie McDevitt (81) Attention Class of 1981 Our reunion (August 9-12) is in danger of being canceled due to lack of response. If you are planning to attend the reunion, the committee needs your registration and payment ASAP. A decision to cancel the reunion must be made two weeks prior to keep from loosing our deposit. Time is running out. If you are planning to attend and have not registered please contact me or one of the committee members. If you have registered and know of other classmates who are planning to attend and have not registered please pass this information on to them. We are also unable to locate many of our classmates. If you know of someone who has not received information about our 20 year reunion please direct them to the reunion web site. Your 20 year reunion committee has worked hard to put together a fun and affordable weekend. We're looking forward to seeing our classmates and celebrating 20 years as Bomber Alumni. -Jamie McDevitt (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notices scanned from TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Jesse Daniel Murphy ~ Class of 2001 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/13/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: LaRee Conner (50), Doreen Hallenbeck (51), Ray Loescher (57), Roger Fishback (62), Fred Schafer (63), George Barnett (63), Leo Webb (63), Carol Converse (64), Donnie Dean (66), Geoff Rothwell (71), David Painter (72), Kim Edgar (79), Carolyn Schneider (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: LaRee Conner Pratt (50) Re: Richland Bell Furniture Record Shop Richland Bell Furniture located on GWWay had a fairly large record shop with sound booths upstairs over their furniture store. Sue Dodson (50) worked in the record shop and I worked next to the record shop in the upstairs office during my senior year after school and on Saturdays. Richland Bell Furniture is still in business at the same location on GWWay. -LaRee Conner Pratt (50) ******************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) Re: Music Store The record shop I'm referring to was on the same side of the street as the Hanford House [aka Desert Inn]. You are probably referring to Richland Bell Furniture Store, on the west side of GWWay. The record shop was on the east side of GWWay in about 1945-47. I believe in later years it became the typewriter repair shop of the father Patty de la Bretonne (65) and Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) (right, Irene?). Perhaps Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) or Ray Conley (46) can shed a bit of light on the subject? -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) ~ Green Valley, AZ ******************************************** >>From: Ray Loescher (57) Re: Music Store After the uptown shopping center was built, a record store was located there connected to Uptown Furniture. It may have sold more than records as there was a blind piano tuner who frequented the place. My connection - I was fortunate to have an after hours job as the janitor during my junior and senior years for those establishments. Saved a few coins for college. And for Boston shakes at the Dairy Queen. Anyone remember what a Boston shake was? -Ray Loescher (57) ******************************************** >>From: Roger Fishback (62) Re: Entries of Late I think it's time to bring back THE SANDBOX! If that isn't possible, then some entries should be edited off the page. -Roger Fishback (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [All THE SANDBOX needs is a new moderator. Anybody up for it?? -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Fred Schafer (63) Re: Olympia Bomber Lunch Thanks to Leo Webb (63) for setting up the luncheon... it was great. Where were you, Suzie and Ellen??? Stood me up again. -Fred Schafer (63) ******************************************** >>From: George Barnett (63) To: Debra Dawson Fogler (74WB) Re: Your response to Jim Anderson's (72WB) comments Thank you for saying so succinctly what I bit my lip, and refrained from allowing my alligator mouth to extol. I did see a touch of truth and optimistic idealism in the message Jim had penned, however, it spurred an immediate retort in my brain, that had I sat down and pounded out my initial response, -- Well, suffice it to say, Maren or somebody would have bleeped the entire regurgitation. Not even THE SANDBOX, were it available, would condone my reaction. Maybe it was three tours in Viet Nam, or 22 years on the police Department that jaded my thinking and patriotism. Again thank you for the politically correct rebuttal. -George Barnett (63) ~ Tucson, AZ - where Happiness is the Desert in Bloom (unless you have allergies) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [George -- Wanna moderate THE SANDBOX??? -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Leo Webb (63) Re: Olympia area Bomber lunch We had a great turnout for lunch today, with a few not attending (S.S.). This time we had two from other decades: Paula Moberg Bigelow (73) and her mother, Marjie Kingsley Moberg (46). Also Fred and Anne Engel Schafer (both 63) came up from Vancouver. From the Olympia area, Mary Collins Burbage (63), Joe Ford (63), Eddie Thompson Baird (63), and myself. I have some photos I will be sending in. What a day, it turns out Marjie was Joe's 4th grade teacher. It is fun getting together and rekindling the dusty roots of yesterday. -Leo Webb (63) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) To: Those of you who live in the Bellingham area I need your input. There is an open position with the company that my husband works for in Bellingham. We are wondering what the weather is like - how much rain and how often the sun is out. Also, what the cost of living is like there. Any help that you can give us is greatly appreciated. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ~ Eureka, CA - where the fog is STILL with us. ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Donnie Dean (66) Date: Thu Jul 12 19:07:30 2001 Missing classmate I'm class of 66, looking for Linda Hess (66). I went through Marcus Whitman, Carmichael and Col Hi with her. Where are you, Linda? I love this Bomber web page. Thanks to those responsible. -Donnie Dean (66) ******************************************** >>From: Geoffrey Rothwell (71) Re: Politics To: Dave Hanthorn (63) Here we go again. We've been told in the past to keep politics out of the Alumni Sandstorm. I appears to be OK to be political if the politics agree with the status quo. We used to have THE SANDBOX to spout off, but something seems to have happened to that venue for putting people down for their beliefs. Let's keep the name calling, bullying, and rhetoric out of here. The assumption that the atomic bomb was originally designed to stop racism and hatred is false. It was designed to win the war. The US denied the existence of the persecution of the Jews and refused to let them in as refugees. The bomb was used against civilians in Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of them, and to be proud of this weapon of mass destruction is beyond comprehension outside of Richland. To assume that anyone who criticizes the Atomic Bomb is griping and not doing something constructive is plain wrong. There are millions, if not billions of people, who believe that nuclear weapons should be banned and are still trying to make the world a better place to live. Let's focus on our commonality and stop the personal attacks. -Geoffrey Rothwell (71) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [PLEASE! Will somebody volunteer to moderate THE SANDBOX? Geoff is right... this stuff needs to be there. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: David Painter (72) Re: New National Champions! Congratulations for great performance in 2001 Nationals! UNITED STATES CYCLING FEDERATION - MASTERS NATIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS 1st PLACE - TANDEM MEN 90+ (combined age) Bomber Mark Painter (68) 6th PLACE - WOMEN 45-49 Bomber JimaLee Oren Painter (72) -David Painter (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: FW: hi - do you know where Deanna Clemons is? Thought I'd pass this on, some of the alumni might know who she is. -----Original Message----- Sent: Saturday, July 07, 2001 1:38 AM To: Kim Edgar Leeming Subject: hi - do you know where Deanna Clemons is? Hi Kim, years ago I went with a classmate of yours (during the 78-82 time frame) -her name was Deanna Clemons... I even remember attending your grad night stuff with her... but we lost touch in the 84 time you happen to know where she is now? Please let me know what you can, or feel free to pass this on to someone who can let her know I'm wondering how she's doing now... Thanks, -Bill Cook ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Carolyn Schneider (81) To: Jamie McDevitt (81) Re: Class of 81 20 yr reunion... Just to let you know... I've not been contacted for the reunion and I even have my email address on the class website! I was never contacted for the 10 year either. -Carolyn Schneider (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/14/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers, Day's Pay co-pilot today: Brad Kuiper (56), Janet Wilgus (59), Irene de la Bretonne (61), Judy Willox (61), Marilyn Simmons (63), Carol Converse (64), Betti Avant (69), Valerie Nielsen (60), John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Brad Kuiper (56) Re: Boston Shakes To: Ray Loescher (57) Ray: Boy, do I remember those Boston Shakes! It's probably the reason I look the way I do today. That's what I had for lunch every school day for my last couple of years at Col Hi. Chocolate shake with a hot fudge sundae right on top. Goooooood stuff! And of course then I had to have a Spudnut as often as possible. Is there a pattern here somewhere? -Brad Kuiper (56) ******************************************** >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) Hi Doreen, I just wanted to know if you lived on Hodges Court while in Richland? I'm pretty sure that my mother-in-law has said that they purchased the home where she still lives (at age 84) from your family. We have shared many visits there and of course... my husband Tom (59) and his twin brothers Peter and John (62) lived there while in Jr. High and Tom in High School. There have been a few changes, but I'd say the house must still retains it's original "character" from the date it was constructed, and Tom's mother still just loves it there and never wants to leave. She walks to the River every single day - a hip replacement a year ago kept her from her "pedalic vigil" for only 3 weeks. Thanks for your contributions to the Sandstorm. -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) ******************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) Doreen: You may be thinking of what was once Paul's Hobby Shop which later became Ernie's Printing, my dad's shop. It was located on what is now a portion of the parking lot at the Hanford House. Paul Crowder (sp) was the owner of the Hobby Shop and I believe it did sell records. -Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Ray Loescher (57) I think that the blind piano tuner that you are referring to is Bill VanWinkle as Bill has been around for a long time and still is. He is still tuning pianos and lives down in the Richland Y. He is still in good health, has a delicious sense of humor and the best piano tuner around. He restored my sister's baby grand some time ago and keeps that old family heirloom in good shape. Now if he could just do something with Deedee's shape! Hahahaha!!!! Sorry Deedee, we all know I ain't too far behind in needing the restoration too!! *G*!! Anyway, Deedee Willox Loiseau (64), my sis, keeps in touch with Bill all the time and does some business for him also. I have driven for him in the past and he is so much fun and so interesting to be around! I am sure that is who your blind piano tuner is Ray. Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ~ where it's hotter than hades and had thunder storms tonight ~ and wondering how Maren is doing up there with that horrible fire in her area and all that smoke! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [No smoke here... don't forget George Caruthers, another blind piano tuner... used to work at Korten's -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Simmons Arnold (63) Just read David Painter's (72) comments in today's Alumni Sandstorm and want to applaud my good friend's husband for another big win: Dick Finch, husband of Peg Sheeran Finch (63) won the gold medal in the United States Cycling Federation of Masters Road Race in the age 65-69 category on Monday July 9 in Spokane. He also placed 4th in the Time Trial on Thursday. The gold medal is his 2nd in the USCF race, having won the same race two years ago in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. -Marilyn Simmons Arnold (63) ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer (64) A big THANK YOU for all of those who wrote to me about Bellingham. Sounds like a great town. We will be talking with the office manager of the company this weekend. Fortunately, there are a lot of offices all over Washington. Don't get me wrong - I really think the ocean and Redwoods are a great place to live. I'm just really missing the kids and grandkids. Time to come home. -Carol Converse Maurer (64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant (69) Re: vacation I just got back from Richland after a 2 week vacation. I drove from Kansas and had a great time. Some things never change (the only thing is the Tri-Cities continue to grow). My cousin Jean Bruntlett (62) and I drove from Richland to Cheney and spent time with her brother John Bruntlett (54) and his wife, daughters, and granddaughters. I even saw his in-laws whom I hadn't seen since probably 1962. I also had some time with my nieces, Sarah Avant (94) and Jessica Avant (95). In Idaho Falls I even saw a good old fashioned Smitty's restaurant that I believe was still open. Ah, for the good life in the Tri-Cities. When I am asked if I am going to move back, I say I would like to if it weren't so darn big. I like the small town life. Here's hoping everyone has a nice rest of the summer. -Betti Avant (69) ~ Goodland, KS - where we had over 2" of rain last night ******************************************** >>From: Valerie Nielsen Lee (69) Did someone say - Boston Shake? Mmmmm, chocolate shake with a hot fudge sundae on top!! We got ours at Tastee Freez... did Dairy Queen have them, too? I wonder how many Weight Watchers points that would be! Does anyone remember Ginny Milligan? She lived in Richland for a year or two and seems to have fallen off the face of the earth... if anyone knows her whereabouts I would love to get in touch with her. Still in Richland where the weather is great, we even have great thunder storms! -Valerie Nielsen Lee (69) ******************************************** >>From: John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) Re: Day's Pay Mural website I happened across your website and was amazed to see your article and photo of "Day's Pay". I flew several missions as co-pilot on this plane in 1944. I was in the 493rd Bomb Group, 862nd Bomb Squadron at Debach, England. Those who flew her will always be grateful to the Boeing employees who were so generous with their contributions. And thanks to the students at Richland High School for remembering. Just thought you'd like to know there are some of us around who still have memories of this great plane. -John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) ~ Cincinnati, OH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [If anybody wants to write Mr. Lampkins a letter, let me know and I'll give you the address. -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/15/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and John Lampkins today: Dick McCoy (45/46), Doreen Hallenbeck (51), Ray Wells (54), Larry Mattingly (60), Kerry Rhoten (71), Rachel Rudd (77), John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Mccoy (45/46) Re: record store To: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) and others: Yes, there was a record shop in that little building just across GWWay east of the end of Knight Street. I remember clearly that I bought an album of Sinatra on 78s that I still have. The shop sold some 33s but I don't believe it lasted till the donut 45s came out. The building was of concrete block, I believe, pre- Hanford, and it did house Ernie's Printing after the record shop. There was a Paul Crowder (46), but there was no connection unless it was his father, which I doubt. My first recollection of the building was that it contained the first headquarters of the famous Richland Patrol. Our old friend Paul Beardsley would remember that. Bronc/Beaver/Bomber Cheers -Dick Mccoy (45/46) ******************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) Re: Record Shop Thanks for reminding me of a few Richland use-to- be's. I've had several responses on the location of the record shop. Ray Conley (46) confirmed my thinking that it was located on the east side of GWWay, across from the use-to-be post office where Ray worked at one time. I was also reminded by Jimmie Shipman (51) and Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) that it was Paul's hobby shop at one time. Ray mentioned that whenever he could scrape together fifty cents he'd buy a record. Ray also mentioned that he still has his 33 1/3 record collection, but not his 78 rpms. We still have the 45 rpm records and record player with the large spindle in the middle. My, how the recordings have changed. To: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu (59) Sorry, but we lived in the south part of Richland, on Davenport Street. There was another Fred Hallenbeck (my Dad's name) in town who was much younger than my Dad and who also had a daughter named Janet. Perhaps this is the person who sold their house to your parents. Thanks for the memories. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter (51) Green Valley, AZ ******************************************** >>From: Ray Wells (54) Re: Day's Pay To: John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) John, The Boeing employees may have also purchased a B-17, but Day's Pay was purchased by the Hanford workers, and my father was one of the contributors. -Ray Wells (54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See entry from John Lampkins in today's Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly (60) To: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) Your mention of Paul Crowder's hobby shop brought back a couple of memories. He (Paul, Sr.) also had a crafts class 1 or 2 evenings a week in one of the smaller rooms in the old community bldg. I still have, and use, a pair of bookends I made in one of his classes. I was about 7 or 8 at the time. I still remember beginning to learn to work with my hands to make things. My spare time (not much of that now days) is devoted to finishing my woodworking shop at the back of my property. Another 400 or so man-hours and I can fire up my lathe and get back to custom wood bowls and platters. Another activity at the "Community House" was the fly tying club. I still use the skills learned there and tie most of my own fishing flies. The quiet delicate work to make them look like real bugs is good therapy from the intensity of constantly ringing phones and the pressure of running a business. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly (60) ~ near Tacoma, WA ******************************************** >>From: Kerry Rhoten (71) Well, it is less then two weeks until Tower Of Power Concert and if there is anyone that wants to go to the party they can call 509-366-4025 to see what is left in the way of tickets. -Kerry Rhoten (71) ******************************************** >>From: Rachal Rudd de Waal (77) Hello there all Bombers of '77 Does anyone have information on the class of '77 reunion, which should be coming up in 2002? I've asked this question before and haven't heard a thing! Seeing as I live in Europe (Holland) it is hard to keep up with what is going on over in the Tri-Cities. This site is a wonderful tool and might get me some answers for I have a lot of planning to do if I should come to this reunion. The date is most important..... some of the all Bomber reunions have been in June but I assumed that the individual class reunions were held in August. If anyone should have contacts and/or dates for me, I would appreciate it! Greetings to you all and maybe I will see some of ya next year. Bye for now Groetjes (greetings) from Holland -Rachal Rudd de Waal (77) ******************************************** >>From: John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) Re: Day's Pay I must apologize for my error in my note of yesterday. My fading memory of those days told me the Boeing workers paid for "Day's Pay". My sincere apologies to former Hanford workers and their descendants. This will teach me to do more checking, rather than relying upon my memories of 57 years ago. The contributions of the HEW workers resulted in the delivery of many tons of bombs upon the enemy by this gallant plane. -John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral notice scanned from July 14, 2001 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ~ Dolores "Dee" Meicenheimer Prichard ~ Would have been class of 1952 ~ *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/16/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and John Lampkins sent stuff: Irene de la Bretonne (61), Patricia de la Bretonne (65), Brandy Brickey (91) ******************************************** ******************************************** Bomber Nickname Research Project is finished: ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) You might be interested to know that the building at the East end of Knight Street once contained the Richland jailhouse. Then, after it was a hobby shop run by Paul Crowder and when the government "sold" the town back to the people, my father owned the building as Ernie's Typewriter aka Ernie's Typewriter Printing, and, finally, Ernie's Printing. My brother and I worked there during summer months while in high school (as did Jim Russell and Bill ?). I was fascinated by the remaining jail bars in the basement and the graffiti etched in the walls. My dad sold it for a "pretty penny" to those wanting additional parking for the upgraded Desert Inn (Hanford House). I returned from college one time to find it gone! -Irene de la Bretonne Hays (61) ******************************************** >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne (65) Re: Paul's Hobby Shop/Ernie's Printing In the early days (mid to late 50s) when My Dad Ernie had his shop in the half quonset hut beside the hobby shop, I used to go over to look at polished rocks. Sometimes I even got to buy a few. I loved them. It's really all I remember looking at there. Regarding the cops headquartering there (at the old hobby shop), there was a jail cell in the basement. One year when the earth behind the shop caved in, an old set of stairs down to the cell was discovered. I also found an old key there. The outside of the shop was covered in pebbles and broken colored glass (painted over) which I used to pick off sometimes. There were lilac bushes and anthills back there, and I had a slingshot one summer that I used to shoot towards the river. Sometimes cats and kittens lived under the shop and Mom used to take care of them, once bringing home a kitten"Bitsey" we had for a while. Totally part of my young childhood, full of stuff to discover. -Patricia de la Bretonne (65) ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Brandy Brickey Rhett (91) date: Jul 15 2001 2:45AM To: ALL (1) debbie grad 73-76 help me find... Need to find an old friend soon. I knew her by Debbie Moore, but Moore was her married name after high school. She married Brian Moore and they had a daughter Amy in about 75-77. They divorced about 78-79. It is VERY important I locate her soon. If you have ANY idea's who I am talking about and/or can help please e-mail me. THANK YOU -Brandy Brickey Rhett (91) ******************************************** >>From: John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) Re: 8th Air Force Museum Hello again, Maren. I have received several responses to my original note so I thought some might be interested in learning more about the Mighty Eighth Air Force, in which "Day's Pay" did such a gallant job. The Mighty Eighth was formed in Savannah, Georgia in 1941. The members of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society have established a museum in Savannah. Website will give you about anything you care to know about the 8th. You may already have this information but I'm sending this just in case. -John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/17/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers today: Mike Clowes (54), Patti Jones (60), Mary Ray (61), David Rivers (65), Mike Davis (74), Kim Edgar (79), Shelley Williams (84) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: New Sandstorm Mailing Service Does the website address change? -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Good question!! No, the website address will not change. It is still -Maren ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones (60) To: John Lampkins (Day's Pay co-pilot) Glad you found our website. Really appreciate the information you sent today. Would enjoy hearing your experiences about the plane itself, how long you flew as a co-pilot for Day's Pay. It's not often to have the opportunity to hear first hand experiences to do with things that have touched us Bombers. Thanks to Maren and many others, the Alumni Sandstorm has afforded us to read more experiences. Re: Reports from Burt Pierard (59) and Ray Stein (64) You've just eliminated any possibility in my mind that the Bombers are the Bombers. Appreciate all your study, leg work and documenting this for the Bombers history. Re: R2K+1 Recent health problems at the last minute kept me from coming to R2K+1. Enjoyed all the various accounts of the reunion plus pictures on website. Looking forward to getting the Bomber Babes [luncheon] up and running again in Sept. See everyone at Club 40 in Sept. Re: Fireworks Four fireworks shows from my home in two weeks. Three from my patio, the fourth a half minute walk to watch from a hill shows me again how magnificent Larry Mattingly (60) and his partners at Entertainment Fireworks are. The first one was at the Emerald Queen. Sitting in my living room I kept hearing kabooms. Thought it was normal logs being put on barges. When the light dawned I walked down the road to see the excitement of the beginning of fireworks for the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July two of the shows went off at the same time. Rustin Way in Tacoma and Cheney Stadium. Simultaneously the Booms and the Blooms kept everyone thrilled as the sound floated across the water. The tide flats and water tend to double echo the sounds. About 40 people, family and friends, were here at my home. Everybody agreed they are the best they have ever seen. What a way to celebrate the Fourth. -Patti Jones (60) ~ Browns Point, WA - Where the wind is calming down and the temperatures are expected to rise again. 54 degrees at 10:49PM ******************************************** >>From: Mary Ray Henslee (61) To: All Bombers I am writing today to share with all my excitement at launching a Web site called "Uplifting Jokes And Stuff". It was quite a learning experience and I want to thank Maren for putting up with a lot of questions that now seem pretty silly. She assured me that it would all come together in time. After reading many less than interesting computer manuals and picking the brain of anyone that I could corner, I managed to pull it off. I have launched a joke site where I plan to post the funniest jokes that I can find. Besides a select array of humor, my site will also provide you with uplifting, thought provoking, and inspiring writings. There will also be Quotes and Proverbs to supply you with some wisdom to apply to your everyday life and pass on to others. I hope that all of you will visit my site and find it a site to bookmark [or add to your favorites]. I have not forgotten my roots, as you will see if you click on links. I have decided to hold off on placing a Submit A Joke on my site for the world to send material and see if I can keep getting enough material from friends, family, and hopefully alumni first. If you would like to help me make this site the most uplifting site on the web, you can send jokes and stuff to my personal email address [which you can find at the beginning of this entry]. Please put "Alumni" in the subject line... it will help me to know which email is which. Thanks. -Mary Ray Henslee (61) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: Thanks Ray and Burt Well, that was fun. I think they both did a great job and showed total reserve in the telling. They both pretty much had the same facts... as is often the case in any "case", but each was able to weave the Bomber story into a compelling argument for each side's case. I will not let my bias show nor will I suggest that something that happened in '65 has shaped my take on the whole thing (think mushroom cloud and copyright). Re: Important truth Now... It is about time that young Richlanders learned the truth about something really important... THAT GARAGE BAND FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE RIVER DID NOT INVENT "LOUIE LOUIE"! The credit actually goes to Richard Berry... but anyone can write a song (well, not anyone... but if you've heard Berry's version you know he didn't really INVENT "Louie Louie" either... he just wrote it). It was INVENTED by those bad boys of the Tacoma/Puyallup area, Kent Morrill, Buck Ormsby and Rockin' Robin Roberts that first broke lose with that wonderful Northwest Anthem in 1958... to be reborn at record hops in our very own tri-cities just a few years later... PR and the Raiders picked it up in '63 and did a pretty decent version... but no one... I mean no one did it worse than those kids from Portland... and don't you forget it... Remember... just because they say it often enough... DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE! Re: Butch Manthei (65) update For those who are wondering, Butch Manthei (65) is doing much better in the burn unit at Harborview. Gary Webb (64), Tony Harrah (65) and Gregor Hanson (65) have all visited with him and say he is in good spirits and will be back in Richland in a couple of weeks to finish his treatment. He begins grafting tomorrow so think good thoughts and pray 'em if you got 'em. -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Michael Davis (74) Re: Bomber Nickname Research Project Is it named after the plane, Day's Pay? or Does it represent the "bomb"? I DON'T CARE! Now, lay down, cold rag on the forehead, get some rest, and GET OVER IT!!!! -Michael Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Little League All Stars going to Scottsdale, AZ The North Kitsap Little League All Star Team will be representing "Washington State" this Saturday in Scottsdale, AZ. The team will have to come up with air fare & motel fees in less than a week. Does anyone have suggestions on who to contact for Corporate sponsorship? There are several kids who can't afford the trip and need assistance. My boss, David Jones, is coaching this team... he's pretty excited and a little nervous trying to figure out how to get the team there on such short notice. I would appreciate any suggestions on collecting sponsorships. I would also forward any encouraging messages or recommendations that you coaches/former coaches wish to pass on to him. We have a few Bombers living here in Poulsbo... I guess the Bomber DNA has had an influence on our baseball team. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard (84) Re: Bomber Nickname Research Project WOW! That about sums up my opinion on all of the research Mr. Pierard and Mr. Stein did to back up their opinions on how and why the Bombers became the Bombers. Personally I have always thought people of the time were thinking of either/or/and airplanes and bombs. Whatever the reasons, I am proud of the name. I just wanted to thank you all for your work, I REALLY ENJOYED reading the accounts in your special reports. -Shelley Williams Robillard (84) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you missed it, both reports are on the web at: Bomber Mascot Website *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/18/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and one Bomber Mom today: Dick McCoy (45/46), Marian Howser (51), Bob Clowes (54) Judy Willox (61), Dave Wittenbrock (63), Jim Hamilton (63) Leoma Coles (63), Don Woods (64), Patty de la Bretonne (65) Steve Piippo (70), Jim Anderson (72WB), Greg Alley (73) Kris Klingman (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** NOTE: About the entry from Mike Davis (74) in the 7/17/01 Alumni Sandstorm. When Mike sends an entry, he "signs" his entry "M. Davis" -- I'm the one who actually changes that to "Mike Davis (74)" for him... yesterday - don't ask me why - I changed "M. Davis" to "Michael Davis (74)". Wanted to set the record straight because one Bomber saw that "Michael" and thought Mike was changing his name... Sorry about that, Mike!! -Maren ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (45/46) Re: Bomber Nickname Research Project Research by Ray Stein (64) and Burt Pierard (59) is very well done, as is the excellent article by Keith Maupin (47). Ray does a great job, but I have to go along with Burt and Keith, for the following reasons:. 1. The B17 was built in Seattle, and the Bomb was partially a product of Hanford. 2. Richland was taken up with pride with that product in October of 1945, Not in the Day's Pay or any other bomber. 3. My old friend Dale Gier (48) has been wrong in the past, and will be in the future. He cannot be the final authority on this matter. There are plenty of us old folks that disagree with him. 4. The "Fly Boys" pertained to the Basketball team of 46/7 who were a run and gun team. 5. Any reference to the "Atoms" can't be taken seriously. It was just a gleam in some sportswriter's eye. It persisted after the Bomber name change only because the Sandstorm came out bi-weekly. 6. Newsweek, NBC and the TCH got in a huff over the BOMB, not some B17. 7. As Burt says, the logo tells the story. 8. I can't prove it, but I have long maintained that the name change came not from the kids, but from Paul Nissen and the Villager, and ultimately from the Army guys out on Hunt Point. They made all the decisions in those long ago days. I do wish people would discontinue dissing the Beavers. We were the bridge between the old Broncs and the new Bombers. We instigated many of the traditions that are still in use, The Sandstorm, The Columbian, the Letterman's Club, etc. Joe Barker was just being Foxy when he described how we took the Beaver emblems off our sweaters, substituting the Bomber. I have a beautiful pic of the first Letterman's Club meeting in the Spring of 45, and there were no Beaver emblems in sight. Where would one buy them in that war year? If we did have them we sure wouldn't have removed them. I do agree with Ray Stein that the kids presently attending the High School should have the last word on the Bomber/Bomb mascot today. But they won't get that opportunity. The revisionists began their work almost immediately in 1945 and we will ultimately see the end of the mushroom logo. -Dick McCoy (45/46) - Bronc/Beaver/Bomber ******************************************** >>From: Marian Howser (51) Re: Bomber Nickname Research Project Thank You, I enjoyed reading all of your memories. Sincerely, -Marian Howser (51) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) Re: A&W Root Beer Some months back several of us lamented on the passing(?) of A&W Root Beer stands. They seemed to be a diminishing breed. Today, on Oregon State Highway 34 at the junction with I-5, I saw my first new one. Seems they have teamed up with service stations and become part of the junk food network. Keeps up like this and I'll have to go to (gasp) Denny's. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Mike Davis (74) Hey Mike, you said: "I DON'T CARE!!!" Indeed!! How can you NOT care about where your Bomber family roots came from? I took your advice and did get a cold rag to put on my fevered brow, lay myself down and got some rest - all because your entry gave me such a HEADACHE!!! To: Burt Pierard (59) and Ray Stein (64) I apologize, fellas, for "I DON'T CARE" and thank you for the good job you both did and the time and effort that you both put into this interesting research! I enjoyed reading it and I am sure many of us did!! Bomber Family Cheers (and durn proud of it!!), -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ~ where I'm lovin' the cooler weather!! ******************************************** >>From: Dave Wittenbrock (63) To: Mary Ray Henslee (61) I love a good joke , so much so that I find myself contributing to the Sandstorm. I used Netscape 4.7 to visit your site and, like Maren, was also not able to activate any of the links. Hope this information helps and I look forward to perusing your site. Re: Bomber Name Research Project A big thanks to Ray Stein (64) and Burt Pierard (59) for their efforts to find the "facts" behind our "Bombers" name. I enjoyed reading both arguments. It is too bad that history is not taught this way in school since "history" can be very dependent on the view point of the historian. Dave Wittenbrock (63) ~ Walnut Creek, CA - the sun has returned but with moderate temperatures (thank goodness) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) To: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Having lived in Kirkland for nearly 30 years, and having a long association with Kirkland National Little League, we (the lovely Nancy and I) can't figure out why this team is having to foot the bill for travel. Unless, the team is playing in other than official Little League tournaments. There seem to be a zillion "World Series" held every summer that are named after baseball legends (even Vic Bucolla, Nick Pasoot, and Steve Dalkowski), but I thought the Little League Regional is always in San Bernadino. When KNLL sent teams to Williamsport in '81 and '82 the league didn't have to pony up a dime. I think this is probably a case of the coaches keeping a good team together after they were eliminated from tournament play, and getting high centered by their own success. Can't imagine holding players responsible for their own costs. I wouldn't want to play in Scottsdale in late July... hope they draw the 4:30am game. Good luck finding the money, I know there aren't a lot of extra bucks laying around and you can only have so many car washes with this crappy weather. Semper Bomberus, jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (63) ******************************************** >>From: Leoma Coles (63) To: Mary Ray Henslee (61) I tried to get into your "jokes and stuff" and I couldn't get any farther than the initial page. Will keep watching to see if anyone else has any luck! Sounds like fun, keep trying!! This newsletter is a great way of keeping everyone in touch... Take care, -Leoma Coles (63) ~ Salem, Or (where it's overcast and cooling) ******************************************** >>From: Don Woods (64) We all have opinions! I feel that the bombshell is symbolic in many ways and should be kept. Too bad we can't get a shell of a current bomb, which is polished stainless steel. -Don Woods (64) ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne (65) What happened to Butch Manthei 65? I missed something. Could someone fill me in? Meanwhile, all good thoughts go out to him and his family. -Patty de la Bretonne (65) ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo (70) Re: Bomber Nickname Research Project To: Burt Pierard (59) Thanks for 'resting your report.' To: Ray 'navigator' Stein (64) Great navigating and smooth landing. -Steve Piippo (70) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Anderson (72WB) RE: Bomber name I've done some research recently, looking through old papers and talking to old Richland citizens, and came across some surprising information about the origin of the Bomber name. I would like to share that. The original name for the Richland High School team was, in fact, the Pigropers. Jesse Langendorf, the first football coach at RHS, came up with the name. At that team the team was practicing on a small field next to a pig farm near Kiona, as there was no field yet built in Richland. Langendorf was a coaching genius, and paid special attention to agility and fitness. The story goes that he would have the team work on quickness drills by running through the pig farm, lassoing the swine and then carrying them around the field to build strength and endurance. The local sports writer for the Tri-City papers referred to them as "the Pigropers", with the first published appearance of this name showing up on September 11, 1879, in describing a Richland victory over the hated rivals from Zillah. More extensive and exhaustive research indicates the name was changed to Bombers in 1919, and surprisingly had nothing to do with bombs. At that time, the Pigroper quarterback was a stylish young local lad Bob Merz, who at 5'2 and 135 pounds was the largest player in the Lesser Inland Empire league. For a few seasons, sentiment had been brewing in Richland against the Pigroper nickname. Some felt it was hardly a dignified name, while others felt it was unfair to the pigs. This was around the same time that a national "Fairness to Pigs" movement had caught fire, and tempers raged at town meetings as neighbors were pitted against neighbors in the fiery debate. After a big win over Horse Heaven High, people gathered outside the Pigroper locker room, chanting the name of Merz, who had just set school records in several offensive categories. People were chanting "Go Bob Merz! Go Bob Merz!" Local sports writer Fritz Gildenknob, who had developed hearing problems, wrote in the next day's paper that "apparently the boys have a new nickname, as the fans were chanting Go Bombers, Go Bombers." The name stuck, and the rest is history. Thank you for the opportunity to set the record straight on this vitally important issue. -Jim Anderson (72WB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I understand documentation for Jim's theory may be provided by Rod Serling. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Mike (or Michael) Davis (74) To: the old Mike Davis, or the fake Mike Davis, or the mystery Mike. You are not proud to be a Bomber? Your Mom is a Bomber mom. Are you a Finley man now? What's the mascot? Is it the wildcats, the mud hens, dust devils, maniacs, blue devils, bulldogs, or maybe the Mariners (bandwagon). We will get you your own bomb. Maybe Jim Van Wyck can get you a replica bomb from the movie Pearl Harbor. -Greg Alley (73) ~ In cool Richland in July??? ******************************************** >>From: Kris Klingeman (Bomber Mom) Re: Richland Instrumental Program Jobline I am Kris Klingeman, Vice President of the Instrumental Boosters. The Richland High band is setting up a job line to raise funds for their upcoming trip to "nationals" in Nashville, TN over spring break 2002. Got any work you need help with? Yard work, housework, household projects, etc... just about We have hard working dedicated kids... give them your support. Thank you, -Kris Klingeman (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/19/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers and one not-a-Bomber: Dick Pierard (52), Mike Clowes (54), Grover Shegrud (56), John Northover (59), Audrey Eberhardt (61WB), Judy Willox (61), Mary Ray (61), Roy Ballard (63), Linda Reining (64), Shirley Collings (66), Kathy Moore (69), Greg Alley (73), Jim Rice (75), Kim Edgar (79), Rev. John D. Ashbaugh, ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard (52) Re: Bomber Nickname Research Project I read the point-counterpoint piece on the Bomber nickname origins with great interest. As one who was only 11 at the time but did have a lot of interest in what was going on around me, I would have to say that the utilization of the atomic bomb had to be the key factor. I keenly recall the euphoria of those days in August 1945 and the enthusiasm in Richland that it was "our bomb" that ended the war in the Pacific. (I might add, as a historian, that I am convinced we would have used it in Germany had it been available soon enough, but that is another issue for another time.) It never occurred to me as a Columbia High student, 1948-52, that my predecessors at the school had adopted the nickname for any other reason than the bomb which our parents had assisted in producing. I vaguely recall during my sojourn in the big Hanford trailer camp in 1944 that the construction workers had raised the money to buy a B-17 by giving up a day's earnings and a PR ballyhoo accompanied the effort, but that was quickly forgotten. It obviously had made no lasting impact, as the plant operations people living in Richland were not willing to contribute to rescuing the aircraft from the scrap heap. As for the bomber cheers, etc., that is something that would naturally accompany the use of such a nickname. We youths did not separate out in our thinking the delivery of the atomic bomb from conventional high explosive or incendiary bombs. I think Burt's carefully researched and well-thought out piece has pretty well laid the issue to rest. I hope it gets the widest distribution. I would recommend its publication in the Tri-City Herald, and the museum in Richland ought to issue it as a pamphlet of some kind. This is a part of our history that ought not to be forgotten, and there is no need to try to cover it up with some sort of modern-day political correctness campaign. What happened, happened. Once again, Burt, thanks for a fine job that has resolved a controversial question of our past. -Dick Pierard (52) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Burt Pierard (59) and Ray Stein (64) Way to go guys, well written arguments are always worth more than rants. This being said, Ray, I'm sorry but I've got to side with Burt; his argument was just a little tighter on facts than yours. To: Jim Anderson (72WB) I remember Bob Merz. We used to herd them down Saragossa way. Only then they came in cans, or was it long neck bottles. To: Greg Alley (73) My sources tell me that the Finley Aardvarks have recently changed to the Finley Widgets so as not to offend the Ants Are Our Friends lobby. Bomber Cheers of all kinds, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ Albany, OR muggy and overcast ******************************************** >>From: Grover Shegrud (56) Re: hobby shop To: de la Bretonne sisters (61) (65) I remember the hobby shop... spent a lot of time there going with Kent Webb (56) buying model airplane stuff. I remember the pebbles and glass exterior, also... seems to me it was blue glass. I, too, would pick off the glass on my way to the swimming pool... 1949-1952 time period. -Grover Shegrud (56) ******************************************** >>From: John Northover (59) Re: The BOMB[ers] To: Mike Davis (74) Michael, Agree with you one hundred and 59% ... It is time to get over the all this BOMBER name stuff ... Burt (59) and Ray (64) both get A+ on their reports... I like the idea of the rag on the head ... just move it a little lower and a little twist ... and GAGGGGCCCHHH!!! ... Perhaps the school should change their name to the Richland "SPUDNUTS" ... Or the Richland "FLATTOPS" or the Richland "A-Houses" or the Richland "B-Houses" or ... Yatty, Yatty... Yacht!!!! yours in perpetual confusion -John Northover (59) ******************************************** >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) To: Mary Ray Henslee (61) I have a fairly new computer and I went to your page- -my husband came into the room to see what I was laughing about. It is great. I hope you don't mind that I passed the address on to my children and some friends. On another point I think I remember you, but I, also, worked with a lady with the same name. Would you by any chance remember me? If so I would like to hear from you. I am enjoying everyone's comments, but as an army brat I am going to keep my opinions to myself as I am not politically correct. -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) ~ In DRY, HOT Central GA ******************************************** [Here is Judy's entry from yesterday... without my editing. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Michael Davis (74) Hey Mike, I see you trying to sneak in the back door with that new title, "Michael". Any way you want to slice it fella you are still that "non-existant" person that you so strongly decreed yourself to be back when, so that means that your "non-existant" entry carries not so much weight with this Bomber family, right?! "I DON'T CARE!!!" indeed!! How can you NOT care about where your Bomber family roots came from? Now, I did indeed take your advice and did get a cold rag to put on my fevered brow, lay myself down and got some rest all because your entry gave me such a HEADACHE!!! And in the famous words of that oh so sassy waitress that hails out of Mel's diner--"Michael, kiss my grits!!!" *G*!! To: Burt Pierard and Ray Stein I apologize fellas for "I DON'T CARE" and thank you for the good job you both did and the time and effort that you both put into this interesting research! I enjoyed reading it and I am sure many of us did!! Carry on for I know that you two exist!! LOL!! Bomber Family Cheers (and durn proud of it!!), -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland - where I'm lovin' the cooler weather!! ******************************************** >>From: Mary Ray Henslee (61) To: All Bombers Re: Uplifting Jokes And Stuff Thanks to those that sent emails. Sorry to those with Netscape that can't get the site to work and to those that could go through the site, I hope you enjoyed reading the material. I tried to keep the site simple so that it would be compatible with most browsers and be fast to download and easy to navigate, since people are in a hurry nowadays. Even decided to take off the drop- down menu that I had planned to put on every page because it needed Frontpage server extensions and I wouldn't be able to test it until it was actually on the internet with my host's Frontpage server extensions. Did not count on this, as the program is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) program and is suppose to be compatible with Netscape. I used nothing on my site that specified a later version than 4.0 of either Microsoft Explorer or Netscape. I am sure that I will eventually find out the problem. If it turns out to be Microsoft and not me, then Mr. Gates will be getting a less than friendly letter from me letting him know that I am not a happy camper. Since most people develop Web sites for the purpose of eventually making money, a web development program should without question be compatible with most browsers. I have been told that there is no way to develop a Web site that is perfect on every single persons browser and computer because there are a lot of variables, but one would hope for better than this and that it would at least work even if it doesn't look as perfect as the original on some browsers. I started out with quite a bit of material edited and ready to go, but if anyone wants to send me material, I can be reading and editing it for future use since I know that eventually I will probably be needing more material. I will probably add more material to the site this weekend, but don't want to over do it until I can sign up with the search engines, which I can't do until my problem is solved. Thanks to those that already sent stuff and to anyone else, you can send it to my personal email address. Placing Alumni in the subject line will help me to sort out my mail. -Mary Ray Henslee (61) ******************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard (63) Maren, The bomb has been removed from the high school and damaged in the process. The superintendent had it removed and stored in an old district van. The reason was that I had not filled out the correct form, which I wasn't told about when I contacted Steve Neill, Steve Potter and the man in charge of the maintenance staff for the school district. I have a meeting with the super. in the morning to see what needs to be done. I hope this will come to a simple end for all, but who knows. The district could have simply called or asked to either remove it or wait for the process to work it way through, but no, lets do it this way. I'll let you know the outcome. -Roy Ballard (63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) To: Mary Ray Henslee (61) Just thought I would put my "two-cents" in and let you know I visited your site and I liked it. ;) Keep up the good work... always nice to know that a "Bomber" can "make the grade." ;) -Linda Reining (64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - where the weather is "cool" for July - thank goodness! ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Re: Butch Manthei's (65) accident: Butch is an exceptionally nice person. I pray for him and for his family through this very emotional and tragic time. -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair (69) Re: the New Bomb Heard on the 11:30 news tonight, on KEPR, that the new Bomb was cut out and removed by the school district, saying that the Bomber Alumni's did not have proper approval to install the Bomb. Supposed to be a meeting with Alumni and the school board to resolve the issue. I think this needs some Bomber response, as in some letters to the school board and the Tri-City Herald Editor. So if anyone out there believes in the Bomb, here is your chance. I do understand that as Bombers we are not all in agreement here, and I respect that, but I do believe in a majority ruling. So let's get to it. Once a Bomber always a Bomber. Tri-City Herald Letters to the Editor 107 N. Cascade Kennewick, WA 99336 Richland School Board c/o Richland Public School Administration 615 Snow Avenue Richland, WA 99352 -Kathie Moore Adair (69) ~ in quiet, cool West Richland ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley (73) To: Jim Anderson (72WB) Can I buy the rights to your Pigroper story? You can write the screenplay and Van Wyck can produce. Marty Scorcese can direct. Gone With the Pigroper, The Bomber Story, I just can't come up with a title yet. Its brilliant. -Greg Alley (73) ~ Alive and glowing in the nuclear city. ******************************************** >>From: Jim Rice (75) RE: Jim Anderson's (72WB) research Thanks for the excellent and authoritative history of the Bombers (nee Pigropers). That explains the whole "pigskin" thing, too. And don't forget the role that wide receiver Tommy Newcomb played in that win over Horse Heaven ("the Fillies") -- it was Fritz Gildenknob's poor hearing that gave us the immortal "Nuke 'em" cheer as well. -Jim Rice (75) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Little League Playoffs Does anyone know how many times the Richland Little League took State, and gone onto Western States Regionals or even the Little League World Series? For those of you who didn't know, Aaron Sele (Pitcher for the Mariners) is from Poulsbo WA... his mother works at the High School. He played on the North Kitsap Little League as well as the high school team, Here's a link if anyone's interested: 062 To: Jim Hamilton (63) It's my understanding that the North Kitsap Little League has come up with $2800, plus any donations that they receive from sponsors (the airline tickets alone are close to $6000, hotel fees $2500 and food ?), the team and parents, have to come up with the rest. The coach figures that total cost will be around $10,000. The parents and team are currently going from one local business to another asking for donations, so far they have collected $5200 in two days. (Apparently, the Little League would cover the full costs of 11 & 12 year old team, but not the "Big League" the kids on this team are 17 & 18 year olds, they all attend the High School here in Poulsbo). The Leagues focus is on the little guys. If the team wins the games in Scottsdale, their expenses are taken care of after that. The team will then board a plane to South Carolina for the Little League World Series. This is the first time that the North Kitsap Little League has had any team go to Regional. For those of you who live in the Scottsdale, AZ area and want to watch some great baseball, the team "NK" North Kitsap Little League (team color; Navy Blue & White), will be playing at the Scottsdale Stadium - Indian School Park. The games start on Monday (Not sure of the time yet, 5:30, 7:00 or 8:00. If you watch, be sure to stop by and say hi to the head coach "David Jones" and let him know you are a Richland Bomber. To: Coaches/Former Coaches If you have any words of wisdom about Regionals or the World Series that you'd like share, or wish to pass on best wishes/encourgement, email me and I'll forward it to the coach. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ******************************************** >>From: Rev. John D. Ashbaugh (not-a-Bomber) Re: Mr. Ashbaugh, Jefferson teacher, 1957-58 Trying to find your Mr. Ashbaugh to see if he is related. Any information on how to contact him would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. In His Service, -Rev. John D. Ashbaugh, PA-C, V-Pres. Ashbaugh Family *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/20/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Letter from Superintendent Semler Sandra Atwater (51), Burt Pierard (59), John Adkins (62), Jeannie Walsh (63), Teresa DeVine (64), Chuck Monasmith (65), Karen Schildknecht (67), Patrick Goble (71), Mike Davis (74), Jill Lytle (82), Jenny Smart (87) ******************************************** ******************************************** I've put the TCH article on the Bomber Mascot Website ******************************************** >>from: Rich Semler, Supt. of Schools - R.S.D. Re: bombshell info July 19, 2001 Dear Richland High School alumni and friends, I wanted to clarify why the deactivated bombshell was removed from the Richland High School gymnasium on July 18, 2001. The Richland School District has an official policy for accepting gifts. The policy states that all gifts must be approved and accepted by the Richland School Board. In this case, the bombshell was installed before board members had an opportunity to consider the gift request. In addition, there are obvious political overtones that surround this particular gift. I know that the Richland High alums who worked on this project had good intentions, but there are strong feelings on the other side as to whether a bombshell should be placed on the Richland High School campus. It is for these reasons that the District has a policy requiring final board approval. It is appropriate that our elected officials make this decision rather than myself, other staff or private citizens. Consequently, I have placed this item on the August 14 school board meeting agenda. Board members will have an opportunity to review the gift proposal, listen to public comment and then make a decision on whether to accept the bombshell or not. I encourage interested community members to attend the meeting. The meeting will be held at the Administration Building, 615 Snow Avenue, beginning at 6:30 pm. Sincerely, Rich Semler Superintendent Richland School District ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) I have read that some people do not believe it was a good thing that we used the bomb to end the war. That makes me think of where I was when it did happen. My Dad loved to fish and he saved his gas rationing coupons so he would have enough to go to Idaho to fish. He, my Grandmother and I were in Northern Idaho and my Dad went to the country store to get the paper and that is how he found out what he had been doing. He was so proud that he had been a part of that! We now have a neighbor that was in the war and he said that plans had been made to invade Japan. He said that so many of our men would have been wounded and killed. Everyone that he knew were so very glad that the bomb had been dropped! Just wonder where everyone was when that big event occurred. -Sandra Atwater Boyd (51) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To Arms! To Arms! The PC Police are coming! I may be a bit paranoid here, but since I don't believe in coincidences, the removal of our new bomb by Superintendent Semler the next day after my attempt to expose the Day's Pay fraud at RHS was published, is mighty suspicious (retaliation?). It is time that we Bomber Alumni say "Enough is Enough" and show the School Board what Bomber Pride is all about. Check John Adkins' (62) submittal for addresses and phone numbers of the School Board members and take pen or phone in hand and tell them WE WANT OUR BOMB BACK! Also, be ready to make a mass showing of force at the Aug. 14 Board Meeting (if we haven't got our bomb back by then). We really need to give Roy Ballard (63) all the support and backing that we can to show our appreciation for all his work and our disgust with the Richland Schools Administration. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: John Adkins (62) Re: The New Bomber Bomb If we, as Bomber Alumni, do not step forward and express our views regarding the placement of the new mascot bomb - then we, as Bomber Alumni, should never complain about its status. This item, I am told, will be discussed at an August 14th School Board meeting. The School board should have the full benefit of our feelings. For those who feel moved to contact any or all the Richland School Board members regarding the gift and its current status here is a list of the members, their addresses and their phone numbers. (apparently they are not connected via e-mail) RICHLAND SCHOOL BOARD Members of the Richland School Board are elected by local residents. Each board member serves a four-year term. You are welcome to contact your elected board members if you have any questions or comments about the Richland School District. Meg Weiss, President Term expires November 2001 201 West Greenbriar, Richland 627-1933 (h) John Steach, Vice President Term expires November 2003 345 Snyder Road, Richland 375-3307 James L. Peterson Term expires November 2003 2309 Camas Ave., Richland 375-1645 Mary Guay, Legislative Rep. Term expires November 2001 2312 Hood, Apt. B, Richland 375-1171 (h) 375-1176 (w) Phyllis Struck Strickler Term expires November 2003 1015 McPherson, Richland 943-2444 -John Adkins (62) ~ Richland - The temperature is fine - but some tempers are a little warm ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (63) Re: We can't take this sitting down! Bombers Unite!! The removal of our mascot is really rotten. Some of the school board members are probably graduates of Yakima High or Pasco and they are pea green with envy that we are such a GREAT school. I say we fight the good fight to keep our name sake The Bombers!! -Jeanie Walsh Williamson, "Gold Medal Class of 63" ******************************************** >>From: Teresa DeVine Knirck (64) Re: Mr. Ashbaugh I have been interested in the two Ashbaughs who have written in recently to Sandstorm. Those who attended Jefferson Elementary may have had Benny Ashbaugh for sixth grade. He was the greatest - taught us lots, but allowed us to do some pretty creative things (for those days) -Don Doud (64), do you remember the play you wrote and we put on? I think Jo Miles (64) has our "yearbook" from that year. If anyone has any info on where Mr. Ashbaugh and his family went after he left Richland, I would like to know. Lots of good memories from that year. I think our class pic is on line somewhere. -Teresa DeVine Knirck (64) ******************************************** >>From: Chuck Monasmith (65) Re: One Question, One Statement Many thanks and great respect for the research done by Burt Pierard (59) and Ray Stein (64). Even thanks to Jim "Bob Merz theory" Anderson (72). Did a little "Lazy man" research. Hit the Google search engine for "Bomber". 17 of the first 20 hits were sports teams. Of course the Bay City Bombers (both Roller Derby and Ice Hockey). Also got a hit on the Big Bombers (Japanese soccer), the Essendon Bombers (Australia Football Club). of course got a hit on the Bronx Bombers (NY Yankees). My statement will be: The Bombers is great name for team. Airplanes, Fat Man, Fat Man, Airplanes...Get over it people. WE ARE THE BOMBERS, THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOMBERS. 'nuf said My question. Why did I not get a hit for the RHS (really Col Hi) Bombers? -Chuck Monasmith (65) ******************************************** >>From: Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) To: Mike Davis (74) Re: Shaking things up So, Mike, is this what you meant when we were visiting out in Ponch's garage?? I thought you meant that we needed some humor... look what you started!! At least I can still see you, so you haven't disappeared completely. Keep 'em guessing... and keep on walking. It looks good on you. Oh, and I'll expect you to pick up some little whirlygig for Bonnie next time you come to my yard sale. Don't forget! -Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) ******************************************** >>From: Patrick Goble (71) Re: its time to act It is time for EVERYONE TO GET THE PEOPLE BY THE THROAT WHO ARE TRYING TO KILL THE BOMBERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone who wants Richland High School's mascot to stay the same needs to write to or e-mail the Richland School District and tell them we want our history left alone. There have been many efforts to get little digs into this proud school history and the latest is the cutting of the BOMB out of the high school gym. The sorry excuse of not having all the correct paperwork done was used to cut the BOMB from the gym when a few simple phone calls could have gotten the information and any needed clearance without trying to ruin the hard work of some BOMBER ALUMNI. If you feel strongly about this send an e-mail to the Richland School District and to the Tri-City Herald and let them know we will not take this laying down. The Richland School District can be reached at click "Contact R.S.D.". ...and if you are [in Richland] on the 14th of August there will be a Richland School District Board meeting at 6:30 pm at 615 Snow, Richland, WA. SHOW YOUR BOMBER PRIDE STAND UP FOR THE BOMB. -Patrick Goble (71) ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis (74) Re: Removal of Bomb Fellow alum, Roy Ballard (63) and his cohorts went to a lot of trouble to donate the bomb to our alma mater. I find it disheartening that the administration has decided to remove it to appease a small minority. (They claim it was removed because the installment procedure did not go through the proper channels. Give me a break!) So what do we do? Do we accept this politically motivated action or do we voice our opinion? I say, since we are the majority, let's have our voice heard. Apparently, there will be a board meeting on August 14 where this topic will be discussed. You need to be there! Numbers speak volumes. But, also, you can do much more. Get that old piece of plywood out of the garage, slap some paint on it, and make a sign voicing your desire to "Return the Bomb!" Can you image the effect of driving through this community and seeing yard after yard with signs posted? The MORE THE BETTER! Let's support Roy and his friends and get the bomb back up where it belongs. Don't just say you're going to do it. DO IT! -Mike Davis (74) ******************************************** >>From: Jil Lytle Smith (82) Re: Removal of the Bomb I am a Bomber alumni and also a Bomber Mom. My daughter who will be a sophomore at Richland High this fall had some strong feelings about the article in the Tri City Herald. This is what she had to say about it: It was great that one of the Alumni donated that bomb shell. What a way to show pride in our school. We need more people to do special things for Richland High. There are too many negative things going on and its nice to see something positive happen. The school district shouldn't make such a big deal about someone contributing the bomb shell to Richland High school. Its something positive that will add to the school spirit. Having it there for all to see and know how much spirit we Richland Bombers have will not harm anyone. I say put that bomb shell back where it belongs!! I agree. A big thanks Roy Ballard (63) for installing the gift... I hope it all works out and that bombshell has a permanent home in the foyer between the gyms where it belongs. -Jil Lytle Smith (82) S. Smith '04 ******************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page (87) Re: TCH web site Just a quick warning about submitting a letter to the Herald via their web site. Be sure to simply e-mail it to them (but not as an attachment), and DO NOT use the form on the web page. When I last checked (within the last two months), when a letter was submitted via the form, it was not really submitted, just sent off into the great unknown of the cyber-world. This means they never receive it! And, although I have pointed this out to them (more than once), as far as I know, they have failed to fix the problem. Be on the safe side, and just e-mail or snail mail them a note. Oh, be sure to keep it under 200 words, or they won't print it either (picky, picky, picky, aren't they?). -Jenny Smart Page (87) ~ West Richland, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/21/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers, 1 Bomber GB today: Note from Rich Semler, Supt. of Schools - R.S.D. Jerry Swain (54), Mike Clowes (54), Marla Jo Lowman (55), Richard Anderson (60), Stephanie Dawson (60), Judy Willox (61), Sandra Genoway (62), Jim Hamilton (63), George Last (71), Maggie Gilstrap (74), Kim Edgar (79), Paul Hodson (2005GB), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rich Semler Re: Permission Since I was not in my office at the completion of my letter to the [Alumni] Sandstorm, I had asked Steve Aagard, our communication officer to route my letter to the [Alumni] Sandstorm. It is authentic - Rich Semler, Superintendent, Richland School District. ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Swain (54) Re: Atoms, Bombs, Bombers et al... Congratulations to Burt [Pierard-59] & Ray [Stein-64] The research and rhetorical efforts you both put forth was outstanding. I moved to Richland with my parents (Millard & Jessie Swain) in June of 1945 and the first major event I remember was the dust storm that chased all of us swimmers out of the downtown pool on a warm afternoon in June. I have racked my memory, but cannot remember anything about the naming of the High School teams and mascot. I hardly think any nine year old in Mrs. Puderbaugh's fifth grade class at Lewis and Clark would. I do remember Atomic Frontier Days, Nuclear symbols and mushroom clouds in later years on high school signs and clothing worn by cheer leaders and pep squads. I also remember pollywogs at Welsian Way and sixth grade class in a quonset hut. I also know that the B-17 never delivered a nuclear weapon or carried one. At the B-17 50th Anniversary in 1985 I was fortunate enough to get a ride on and fly "Sentimental Journey" the B-17 from the CAF. If the bomb and airplane are considered together, the B-29 must be airplane of choice. Therefore, I must conclude that pride in weapon was the motivation for the "Bomber" name, not the conventional weapon carrying B-17. Have a spudnut for me, Lloyd and Linda! -Jerry Swain (54) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Chuck Monasmith (65) Like you, I tried a quick research on the web. Under "Bombers" I did find one reference to the band, but apparently that link is out of service. However, using the words "Richland Bombers" there were about 2000 hits. I only looked at the first page, and all were Col-Hi (RHS) related. Let the Bomber Cheer be "Save our Bomb!" -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ******************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer (55) Re: The Bomb Congrats to all those who had a hand in the "Bomb" issue. It has been fun to read all the background "stuff" - I learned quite a bit. I guess the latest controversy -the removal of the bomb casing from the RHS - has sparked quite a response from alumni. I for one have always been proud to be a Bomber and I don't know of anyone who I went to school with who isn't. I'll leave all the in-fighting to those who don't have anything better to do, and continue to remember good old Col Hi and the great friends I grew up with. If I was still a Richlandite you can bet I would be roasting the Superintendent and School Board (or whoever decided to remove the bomb casing) -what a crock! They ought to be more concerned about educating our kids and less about getting headlines. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer (55) ~ Sunny Wonderful West Point ******************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson (60) To: Roy Ballard (63) Roy, Is Semler going to provide you (or anybody) with an advance copy of the agenda item; i.e., the complete text of whatever resolution that (presumably) he has come up with? Also, is it Semler's intention to have whatever he comes up with enacted at the meeting of the 14th, or to present it as a first draft? Yesterday I wrote the following to Maren regarding Steve Aagaard's forwarding of Semler's memo to the Sandstorm: >Isn't Semler's note just a classic example of >bureaucracy in action? He had to know that his >heavy-handed action was going to provoke an uproar. >Looks like somebody at RSD is taking this opportunity >to force the issue (of the Bomber name itself, I fear). >I doubt that Semler himself would do this - he doesn't >have a dog in this fight that I know of - but somebody >put him up to the drastic action taken in his name. Perhaps I was wrong in assuming that Semler doesn't have a dog in this fight. Do you have any further information on this point? Regarding the possibility of a recall of the school board members who vote in favor of the resolution [to eliminate "Bombers" as the official nickname of our school]: I am going to prepare a Sandstorm entry urging concerned residents of RSD to file as a school board candidate for the fall election -- filing is FREE (amazing!). The filing period is next week; strangely enough the RSD website tells you how to go about it Recall elections are nasty business; filing for a position on the board is a serious shot across the current board's bow. Of course, being a school board member entails more than selecting school nicknames (sigh). Bomber cheers, -Richard Anderson (60), Asst. Alumni Sandstorm Editor ******************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) Re: Note on Richland School Board FYI, the "Phyllis Strickler" who is on the Richland Wchool Board is actually Phyllis Struck Strickler (60). I don't know if any of the other members are Bombers. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek (60) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Mike Davis (74) Atta boy Mike!! Ya really came through when it mattered the most!! Now I KNOW that you are really one of us, that you do exist and are as proud of our heritage as all of us are! I am really proud to be one of your Bomber sisters!! Ya gotta be proud of him BJ, he's back!! *G*!! -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) To: Mary Ray Henslee (61) Uplifting Jokes [website] works on Netscape Communicator 4.7, Netscape 6, Internet Explorer and MSN Explorer, except it doesn't fit the page as well on MSN (that is typical). Nice site! -Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton (63) Re: Louie, Louie, We gotta go Read in the Seattle Times today [7/19/01] that the Fabulous Wailers are playing this weekend in White Center. Gotta think it's Saturday night, but they gave (206) 762-6793 as an information number. Now I never go to Rat City, but it's as close to the old Spanish Castle as you Wailer fans are ever gonna get. They ain't gonna last forever, this might be your last chance. That'll be Pitts out there dirty boppin'. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton (63) ~ Kirkland, WA - where the Latts are cheaper than the beer, but the art galleries are open 'til 10pm. ******************************************** >>From: George Last (71) Re: Class of '71 Reunion - Missing classmates It is getting close. Our 30th reunion is August 10, 11, and 12th and we have not heard from many of you. Send your registration form in right away. If you don't have one go to or just let us know you are coming. Also, we are still having difficulty finding a number of classmates, see below. If you know where any of these people are, please send us any information you have - address, phone no, e- mail, etc., or have them contact us directly. Please contact: George Last or Dennis Strege Gary Ackerman; Willard Matthew Airhart; Valerie Alexander Huffman; Janet Allessio; James Andersen; Wayne Anderson; William Ayotte; Hanan Ayoubi Mondo; David Baird; Timothy Barlen; Sheryl Bartlett Lester; Harold Bates; Robin Beary; Kristine Bement Clayton; Sally Bennett Hoffman; Ron Bishop; John Boason; Pat Bolger; Mike Boolen; Sandy Brenden Stredwick; Scott Brittain; Darrell Brodhead; Janet Brown Dudra; Janice Brown Ward; Sandy Brusseau; John Buchanan; Leslie Buntin; Paola Calanca; Patricia Carter; Betty Childress; Maxine Childress; Janine Cleverly; Noel Clifford Jones; Tim Cobb; John "Jack" Compton; Mike Cook; Roger Cook; Michael Crouch; James Degan; Craig Destree; Linda DeVine Tisdale; Charlotte Drake; David Dumler; Doug Duncan; Susan Ellwein; Todd Erickson; Peter Esselman; Becki Feranti; Ken Gable; Sam Garman; Loria (Norma?) Gates; Donna Gauger; Deborah Gear; Vickie Gordon; Tim Gosney; Kathy Hale Brooks; Jim Handshuh; Stuart Hanneman; Pamela Hardy Grigware; Gary Harmon; Patty Harris Kennedy; Lloyd Haymond; Randy Hendricks; Edna Hendrickson; Dorothy Hovermale; Sherry Hull; Charles Humrickhouse; Steven Huntley; Joseph Jackson; Jeanne Jaske; Robert Jensen; Steve "Taco" Jimenez; Mary Kelleher; Carol Kendall; John Kenitzer; Michael Kilgore; Evelyn Knight; Kathlene Koehler; Ronald Kohlas; LuWanna Koontz Airhart; Darlene Lasater Snow; David (Greg) Lawson; John Lee; Jack LeMoine; Sandra Leonard Day; Jacqueline Levine; Thomas Lutton; Jeralynn Lyso; Roxi Maher; Rick Marrell; Leanne Mason Lusher; Karen Matuszewski; Michael Mayouski; David McCullugh; David McGee; Jill Meinke Dyson; Duane Merrill; Mark Mishima; Kevin Moore; David Moss; Mike Mudd; Richard Muller; Esther Nash Witherspoon; Patti Neibaur; Judith Nelson; Sharon Nelson Portor; Andy Newcomb; Patricia Norton; Martha O'Connell; Patrick Parmer; Tom Patin; Janet Paul Dickenson; Eric Phinney; Paul Phinney; Steven Pierce; Judith Porter; Steven Preece; Vanessa Pugh; Cindy Quane Dingman; Jim Rassmussen; Donald Rector; Deborah Reynolds; Louis Reynolds; Mark Richman; Barbara Ridgeway; Dennis Riste; Chrysti Robertson; Mary Beth Rowe; Curtis Russell; John Sams; David Sears; Gary Sebade; Barbara Shafer; Ed Shanett; William Sickles; Laura Sinnard Harbert; Rodney Slagle; Bryan Smith; Robert Smith; Patricia Spencer; Terry Splattstoesser; Janice Starr; Steven Stever; Greg Stinsman; Elias Suazo; Gene Swift; Rebbeca Swinney; Debra Thomas Lanz; Kurt Thompson; Lee Thompson; Tim Thompson; Marcia Thorson Jensen; Norma Thurston Crain; Harley Tuck; James Turner; Debbie Vining; Dan Waller; Roy Walston; Roger Ware; Clyde Webb; Richard Webber; Linda Weeks; George "Rick" Weetman; Mary Wellington Harris; Lawrence West; Ruth Wett; Carl Wilson; Patrick Woodruff; Richard Wycoff. Thanks, -George Last (71) ******************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara (74) Re: The bomb Could someone send those of us who do not live in Richland email addresses of the board members who will be voting on this issue? If I were to put "Return the Bomb" up in my yard on Crooked Lake, AK (ten miles from Big Lake, AK) my neighbors would really think I was nuts. However, it would give my B & B guests something to talk about. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara (74) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Suggestion: Form Letter I know a lot of alumni will want to respond, but because of lack of time, can't really find the right words to say or a number of reasons, probably won't let their voices be heard. So, if someone out there is good at writing letters, they may want to submit one to the Alumni Sandstorm, so that folks can copy it and sign their name and either mail it or email it. I'd offer, but I'm not the best letter writer and it would probably have more meaning from someone attended school during the war. The more letters we get out the better the outcome. Also, someone might want to suggest to the school board, that they move their meeting to a larger place (Like the School Auditorium or Boy's Gym -I'm not familiar with how big the Administration Bldg. is), so everyone can attend. I've seen city council meetings here in Poulsbo, where people had to stand out in the parking lot because the crowd had exceeded the fire code. I really don't think they know what kind of support the bomb has. I'll be sending off my letter as soon as I compose it. -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ or Tri-City Herald Letters to the Editor P.O. Box 2608 Tri-Cities, WA 99302 ******************************************** >>From: Paul J. Hodson (2005GB) (Gonna Be) To: My Bomber Family When I heard the news this morning about what the people at RHS administration did to that beautiful bomb that some alumni built, I was very angry!! For the past two years now, I have patiently waited to become a new member of the Bomber family. I have seen how the Bombers come together at gatherings like the R2K reunions and at my grandma's reunion this summer and the love, caring and pride that they seem to have for one another. I cannot imagine why anybody would have a problem with that. Their mascot does not represent hate, but pride in the job that their parents did well. It represents the love that they all seem to have for each other. How can this be a bad thing? I really want that bomb to stay in the foyer there at Richland High School. I took some video footage of it at the R2K+1 reunion and thought it was a perfect mascot for the school. I also like the mushroom cloud in that foyer too and the Day's Pay on the wall of the building. Please let these things stay, I want to be a BOMBER!!!!!! My grandma wants to move out of our apartment into a big house so bad, and she could do that right now if we moved to Burbank. But she knows how bad I want to be a Bomber, so she is still in this little apartment and hating it because she loves me. I told her this morning that if RHS was not going to keep the name, mascots and the logos and put that bomb back in the school that I didn't care if we moved to Burbank. After waiting for two years to become a Bomber, I hope that this privilege is not taken away from me. If it is going to be, then my grandma should have her house now. Bomber Wishes to Everybody, -Paul J. Hodson (2005 GB) (Gonna Be) (I HOPE!!) ~ Richland ~ I HOPE!! Hahaha!!! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/22/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today: Dick Roberts (49), Burt Pierard (59), Jack Grouell (61), Sandra Genoway (62), Roy Ballard (63), Gary Setbacken (64), Linda Reining (64), Rick Valentine (68), Jeanne LaCroix (77), Jil Lytle (82), B.J. Davis (Bomber Mom), ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts (49) To: Ray Stein (64) and Burt Pierard (59) Congratulations to you both. Your treatise on the origin of the "Bombers" was well researched, well written, well presented and certainly represented a lot of hard work. Thanks for the effort. I first read the Stein report which was starting to convince me that maybe because of my maturity and the 50 years that had passed since the naming that I was probably wrong and the Bombers were named after the "Days Pay". Perhaps Dale Gier (48) was right. Then I read the Pierard report and my little gray cells were returned to my original thinking, the Bombers were named after the "Bomb". How foolish of me to be swayed otherwise. But what about Dale Gier. Thank you Dick McCoy (46) for suggesting that Dale's been wrong before. That took care of that matter. Because of my bias I reread the Stein report which shed no further light on the issue. The Pierard report clearly outlines and substantiates that we were named after the Bomb. I remember that Joe Barker, teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, was a no nonsense, straight forward man of integrity without any ax to grind and I believe his story, "...the original idea of the word "Bombers" was the atomic bomb, not an airplane as it is now used." Personally, the "Days Pay" bomber never entered my mind until this debate started a couple of years or so ago. Since 1945, the date of the change from Beavers to Bombers, it has always been foremost in my mind that we were named after the "Bomb". "Days Pay"? Something that my dad contributed to when we lived in Hanford. The local museum says we were named after the bomber instead of the bomb. I hope some of you locals will convince the authorities the errors of their way. Now we have the School Board messing around with history. I hope you all will go to the meeting and share your views. They will all get a letter from me. -Richard "Dick" Roberts (49) ~~~~~~~~~ Dick's letter to the School board: July 21, 2001 Meg Weiss, President Richland High School Board of Trustees 201 West Greenbriar Richland, WA 99352 Dear Ms. Weiss, I am a 1949 graduate of Richland High School. In 1945, when I was a freshman, the mascot name was changed from Beavers to Bombers. The origin of the name, "Bombers" has been thoroughly researched and the outcome, in my opinion, and that which reflects my thinking over the past 50 years, is that we were named after the bomb and not the Days Pay bomber. Any attempt to change the origin of the name would not reflect history, would be dishonest and would be a disservice to the alumni of RHS and to the future students and graduates. Joe Barker, teacher, coach, principal and superintendent said, "the original idea of the word "Bombers" was the atom bomb, not an airplane as it is now used." Coach Barker was a no nonsense, straight forward man of integrity. It would be difficult for the school board to change the course of history because of some ideological, contemporary view that some people may have. Please do the right thing, maintain the historical perspective and keep us all proud of being alumni of the Richland High School Bombers. The bombshell must be returned. Go Bombers!! Richard "Dick" Roberts ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: All Bomber Minutemen & Minutewomen Re: The Bomb Removal Protest OK folks. We've got our marching orders and the movement is growing! Thanks to Sandra Genoway (62), in yesterday's Sandbox #127, we have all the hints and instructions necessary for the Protest Meeting on Aug. 14, but there is much that we need to do before then. Namely, keep those cards, letters and phone calls flooding in! Thanks to Supt. Rich Semler (yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm), we now have his email address and I recommend that we fill his Inbox for his arrival at his office on Monday. Keep the pressure on and we will prevail! I assure you I will be in Richland on August 14th along with the hundreds of others. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: Jack Grouell (61) Re: Consider a repost? I originally posted this in the Alumni Sandstorm in September, 1998. It seems to have some relevance to the current discussion of "The Bomb" It is inevitable that any discussion of Richland will eventually touch on the reason for its existence, which was to provide a place to live for the thousands of workers and their families who were there to build and operate the Hanford facility. While those workers were engaged in this effort, thousands more were fighting in the battlefields of the Pacific and Europe. My dad was one of those GIs and, in 1945, after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and some of the other battles leading to the defeat of nazi Germany, he was being held in a camp in France, awaiting shipment to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan. The bombing of two cities in Japan with nuclear weapons made that invasion unnecessary and my dad was sent home, along with thousands of other GIs, many of whom would not have survived the ongoing war with Japan. Am I sorry there was a bomb? I am sorry there was a war. I am grateful that there was a way to end it without further unnecessary loss of life on both sides. Was it necessary to use the Bomb? Was ANY of it necessary? The debate will never be resolved. What is resolved is that the war ended without an invasion, and lots of dads came home. The people who built Hanford have nothing to be ashamed of. Jack Grouell - September, 1998 July 21, 2001 Today I would add that we must never forget the tragedy that was WW II, and we can not tolerate the efforts of those who would re-write the history of that time out of context and with the intention of making the horrible facts of war socially acceptable and politically correct. The heritage of Richland is "The Bomb" and that can not be changed. -Jack Grouell (61) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: RHS MASCOT - THE BOMB Dear Bomber alumni, How is this for a letter? From the beginning of Hanford, many of the parents of Richland High School alumni, and many of those alumni, themselves, have been dedicated to, and some have given their lives, their health and well being for, the purpose of the research advancement and use of nuclear energy, creation of weapons and nuclear medicine. We alumni take pride in the fact that our community was involved in ending the most tragic of world wars, WWII. In the fight for world peace and democracy, the United States built a bigger and better deterrent weapon -- the atom bomb -- and deployed it first! We won! Although no bombs were built at Hanford, the necessary substances involved in making an atom bomb were produced there. Many of us feel and know that having a strong arsenal of weapons, including the most awesome and terrible atomic weapon ever known to man, has probably been the greatest reminder to our enemies that if they mess with Uncle Sam, they can expect substantial damage in retaliation. We Columbia High/Richland High School BOMBERS, alumni and our parents, are proud for what our mascot stands. We want the beautifully-crafted bombshell, donated to the BOMBERS by some BOMBER alumni, to be repaired and returned, immediately! (You may use any or all of this as your letter signed by you, if you wish.) -Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard (63) Just a note that Semler also told me. The school board will make the decision to accept the mascot bomb, or not accept. Also, that the school board would also decide whether or not to keep the name bombers and the plane or bomb. Did I hear the word RECALL IN THE FUTURE?????? -Roy Ballard (the great class of 1963) - as are all of the other classes of Columbia High Or Richland High School!!!!!!!! ******************************************** >>From: Gary Setbacken (64) Re: The Bomb I have been reading all the comments, here is mine. My father was a Marine in WWll. He was scheduled to invade Japan until the Bombs. Estimates of American dead from the invasion exceed 300,000. He could have been one of them and I would not be typing this. We are Bombers because of the Atomic Bomb and I'm very proud of it. Semper Fi, -Gary Setbacken (64) (USMC) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) Re: David Rivers (65) and the "Bomb" I think David should type a letter for all of us to sign and publish it in the Alumni Sandstorm and then we can copy and paste and forward it to those "illustrious" members of the school board! I was sent a copy of the letter he is sending to the school board and he put his thoughts into words better than I can! Many Bomber cheers for David! -Linda Reining (64) ******************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine (68) Re: Proud To Be A Bomber To: Supt. Semler Mr. Semler: I would like to take this opportunity to express my disappointment over the Bomb issue. As usual this has become a bureaucratic nightmare and has been very poorly handled. Richland should be proud of its legacy and it's part in ending WWII. Put the Bomb back and let RHS be proud of it's legacy. -Rick Valentine (RHS Class of 1968) ******************************************** >>From: Jeanne LaCroix Grant (77) Re: Brandy Brickey Rhett (91) Looking for Debbie Moore First of all she is not a Richland Bomber... she actually graduated in California. I am a (77) graduate, and she is my step-sister. She is here local... E-mail me and I will give you all the particulars. -Jeanne LaCroix Grant (77) ******************************************** >>From: Jil Lytle Smith (82) Re: the bomb Let's remind those who think that having the bomb (shell) in place is a bad idea just what the bomb is..... THE BOMB IS A SYMBOL OF STRENGTH, IT PRESERVES THE PEACE. -Jil Lytle Smith (82) ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) To: Judy Willox Hodge (61) I'm very proud of him [Mike Davis (74)], Judy, but not because he is a Bomber... he has always had his priorities straight. -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/23/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers today: Maren Smyth (64) and Jeff Curtis (69) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Re: RHS Nickname/Mascot *Every* submission today concerned itself with the controversy surrounding the RHS Nickname/Mascot; therefore, I've moved ALL this stuff (except the entry from Jeff) to THE SANDBOX and you can read all those entries at: We are also starting a new "RHS Nickname/Mascot Newsletter" as a supplement to the Alumni Sandstorm which will be edited by Richard Anderson (60) and you will be able to filter the Newsletter to your trash if you don't wish to read entries on that particular subject. Re: R2K+1 There's a 31-picture "slide show" from R2K+1 at: Re: All Columbians online project Project is progressing... Burt Pierard (59) has scanned MANY Columbians and sent CDs to me with the Columbians on them. In the last couple of months, the Columbians that I have put online are: '44, '45, '46, '47, '48, '49, '50, and '51. I'm working on the 1952 Columbian now. Check out the website... there are other class Columbians put online by others. All Online Columbians Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth (64) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Curtis (69) On Becoming a Beaver (...shudder): The sirens wailed on Tuesday The children hit the decks In crouched repose 'neath wooden desks Hands covered heads and necks It seemed to us a game then A break from math and all We'd giggle yes, we'd fidget And await the all-clear call When it came we all crawled out And clambered to our chairs We then resumed our studies Safe from world affairs I worried about homework I worried about grades I worried if she'd like me, The pretty girl with braids I never worried very long About the threat of wars If or when the bomb would drop Within domestic shores Was it because I knew about The work our parents did? Not really, cause after all I was just a kid No, my concerns had more to do With maximizing fun Of skating and of swimming, Enjoying desert sun Of Freeze Tag and Red Rover, Mother May I Please I'll take my dime and spend some time Down at the Tastee Freeze I was free to wander I was free to roam Never wonder, never worry 'Bout the safety of my home And I was free to do all this, Engage in childish toils Without the hunger, pain or fear Endured on foreign soils Because of what they did here They focused their careers The steel men and the fitters, The Corps of Engineers On building for the future Of making war not last Its horror and its carnage Relegated to the past When all was done and truth was told The awful power proved The fireballs that lit the Earth Should not again be used Don't be ashamed of what was done Don't hide it in the past The benefits of history Once forgotten just don't last We do not wish to glorify The violence or the waste Or argue here semantics Of ethics or bad taste We associate with its power And its intended use We do not praise but vilify Those intending its abuse We all are children of an age Where the atom held its sway Its protection and its power Was meant to light the way And so I am Bomber And a Bomber I will stay I will not lose this label 'Cause you took the bomb away That was just a hunk of steel An icon, nothing more The Bomber that is in me Isn't bolted to a floor Its rooted in my history It never goes away And it is responsible For what I am today So if true intent says "lose the name" And the bomb's a place to start You'll never, ever drop the bomb That's in a Bomber's heart -Jeff Curtis (69) ~ Seattle, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/24/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Clarence Fulcher (51) and Gloria Adams (54), Judy Willox (61), Mary Mike Hartnett (61), Mary Ray (61), Betty Noble (63), Dena Evans (64WB), Jo Conrad (65) Judi Wilson (65), Judy Farris (70), Jim Anderson (72WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** QUESTION FROM AN ANONYMOUS BOMBER: ...what does the "WB" mean after some writers' names? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WB = WannaBe OR WouldaBeen ******************************************** >>From: Clarence Fulcher (51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher (54) To: Jeff Curtis (69) OUTSTANDING, Jeff, simply outstanding. No one has ever said it better!! -Clarence Fulcher (51) and Gloria Adams Fulcher (54) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Jeff Curtis (69) Way to write Jeff!! I really liked your poem in the Sandstorm of 7/23/01. It does say just about everything that a Bomber would feel and want people to know. Great job!! Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ~ getting warmer! ******************************************** >>From: Mary Mike Hartnett (61) Re: Larry Coryell (61) Larry was in town [Portland, OR] yesterday... What a great concert!! He is so cool, and such a sweetie pie. Really, one of the best jazz guitarists out there! -Mary Mike Hartnett (61) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Ray Henslee (61) To: All Bombers Re: Uplifting Jokes and Stuff Some have written to ask for the site address so included it with my email again. A quick update, as I am very tired. I am in the process of changing all the Text Boxes to Tables and hope to be through in the next few days. I theorize that this may be the problem since I think that they are new to Frontpage 2002. Anyone who has used PowerPoint is probably familiar with Text Boxes. They have the advantage of being a little easier to work with than Tables unless you use Tables a lot and are familiar with them. I have found some real disadvantage with the Text Boxes though and probably would have chosen to change the web site anyway. Better now than before I add too many more pages. As some of you who may have tried to print material may have found, the pages as they are now do not print out very satisfactorily. If you do a selective print, the print starts in the middle of the page and spits out empty pages beyond what you selected. Not good for a joke site where people may want to print out material. I have found that the Tables make printing much more acceptable, as the print starts at the top of the page and only prints out what you have selected without extra pages coming out of your printer. The Text Boxes and the Happy Face in the Title Box have also been creating an extra file for each page, which has also been worrisome and causes a longer upload time. This will be eliminated now. Only wish that there had been some warning of these things in the Manual that came with the program or the big 2 inch thick book that I bought. For anyone who decides to use Frontpage 2002 in the future, these are things that I have learned the hard way. To: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) Thanks for your comments about the site in the [Alumni] Sandstorm and I do intend to write as you requested, but have been soooo busy. -Mary Ray Henslee (61) ******************************************** >>From: Bett Noble Giedd (63) Re: Linda Reining Pitchford (64) Those who know Linda, as she has contributed often to the [Alumni] Sandstorm, should know she just lost her mother and she herself suffered from a blood clot to her left lung. Linda was -- and still is -- planning to fly into Pasco on August 4th to attend to family matters. She always signs off her e-mail to me "hugs, Linda." She would be more than ready for any "Bomber" hugs from you. Let her know you care. -Bett Noble Giedd (63) ******************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr (64WB) Re: Jeff Curtis' poem I have been reading the [Alumni] Sandstorm for a few months now, and I do not believe that I have read anything as heart warming as your poem. Very few people can put there feelings on paper as you did. I am going to print it and frame it, if you don't mind. Sincerely, -Dena Evans Harr (64WB) ******************************************** >>From: Jo Conrad Bott (65) To: Jeff Curtis (69) That was one terrific article that says it all. Thanks, -Jo Conrad Bott (65) ******************************************** >>From: Judi Wilson Johnson (65) To: Jeff Curtis (69) Thanks, Jeff. Very well said!! -Judi Wilson Johnson (65) ******************************************** >>From: Judy Farris Rick (70) To: Jeff Curtis (69) As usual, Jeff, you are right on! We all have that same pride! Thanks for the poem. -Judy Farris Rick (70) ~ writing from beautiful Vancouver, WA USA ******************************************** >>From: Jim Anderson (72WB) Re: The weather I played golf today, it was sunny and 75, such a beautiful day. It reminded me of when I first played, it was at Shamnapum in Richland in 1969. My neighbors, Jim Bixler (72) and Dick Cartmell (73) loved to play, and we'd spend almost every day there, it was only one dollar! I think our parents loved it too, as it was a fine way to get the kids out of the house for a buck. I'm about as skilled now as I was then, but today's outing in Seattle evoked strong and positive memories of walking around in the sun in Richland. -Jim Anderson (72WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/25/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy (45/46), Anna May Wann (49) Bob Clowes (54), Patti Snider (65) Bill Wingfield (67), Renee Huff (71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (45/46) To: Jeff Curtis (69) Jeff, I thought your poem excellent, but you just had to take a shot at the Beavers, didn't you. Former Beaver (shudder) -Dick McCoy (45/46) ******************************************** >>From: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) To: Jeff Curtis (69) ...from an old gal 20 years your senior - I love you. - Your poem says it all. Your poem alone tells the school board the whole story and what being a Bomber means to all of us. You did us proud!!!!!. To: Dick Roberts (49) What happened to your trip to the Seattle area in June, I didn't hear from you? Just got in from a dinner cruise on the Sound and the weather is beautiful in Seattle and Redmond. Hope to see lots of you at the Club 40 reunion in September. -Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) To: Jeff Curtis (69) I must add my thanks to you, Jeff, for the thoughts you put to "paper". I like to think it calmed things down a bit. Now, what was this noise about building a "Krispy Kreme" monument in Howard Amon Park? Bomber Cheers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes (54) ~ warm Albany, OR (and it ain't a dry heat) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller (65) To: Jeff Curtis (69) That is a great poem, ever thought about publishing poems? I agree, I couldn't have said it better. Just another note: I hope some of you got to see the Beegees Concert on Fox Family channel tuesday July 24th, it is so fun to hear the 'old' songs! Does anyone remember what Andy Gibb died from? Bomber Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller (65) ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (67) To: Jeff Curtis (69) That poem said it all. I hope that the RHS school board meeting on 8/14 is packed with Bomber Alumni. That would be awesome. -Bill Wingfield (67) ~ Augusta, GA ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Renee Huff Bjornard (71) Date: Mon Jul 23 15:41:41 2001 I'll be thinking of you as I miss this 30th reunion Hi classmates of '71 ~ I just received notice of our class reunion in a few weeks and will miss the festivities; which is really a shame as my brothers Jeff and Jody will be visiting Richland July 29th - Aug. 5th, and I'm going to miss that too! I remarried in 1999 to the sweetest, kindest man (incidentally, I found him in Richland). We left the nuclear industry and are in the process of breaking into the music industry here in sunny Florida. My husband, Trond, is a gifted music composer and licensed captain (that's why we're in the Ft. Lauderdale area). Be watching the Weather Channel as he will be interviewed for his own "Perfect Storm" experience last year out of Cape Hatteras and has been inspired to express his "mindscape" in an orchestral piece. Our web-site Media Music Productions will be up and running soon. I am employed as a marketing assistant to a financial planner enjoying the benefits of my recent degree fr -Renee Huff Bjornard (71) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [NOTE: The RHS Guestbook will only hold a LIMITED message... I believe Renee's was cut off... -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/26/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Charlotte Dossett (51), Margo Compton (60) Jeff DeMeyer (62), Sandra Genoway (62) James Becker (83), Mandy Holmes (97) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Charlotte Dossett Holden (51) To: Anna May "Ann" Wann Thompson (49) Hi Anna May, Nice to know you are still in the Seattle area. I live in Bellevue within 1 block of Bell Square. Perhaps we could have lunch sometime. -Charlotte Dossett Holden (51) (Sister of Joanne Dossett MacLean-Kennedy (49-RIP) ******************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) When I graduated from Col Hi in 1960, I did not order a class ring. Does anyone know how I might be able to get one at this late date? Thanks. -Margo Compton Lacarde (60) ~ San Antonio, TX where it is HOT HOT HOT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Margaret -- Depends on the company that made the '60 class rings... if somebody from '60 will check the inside of their class ring, the company name should be there... Herff-Jones made the '64 class rings and I've got a flyer from Herff-Jones which states that they don't keep the special dies used to create the rings that are more than 30 years old. I suspect if another company made the '60 class rings, they have a similar policy about special dies. -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMeyer (62) Re: 1962's 40th class reunion Where are you? We have lost contact with the following people and need to find them for our 40th class reunion. Richard Dean, David Bell, Carole Brown Westphal, Rod Shanks, Jan Nelson Lattin, Keith Crownover, Don Curtis, Saralyn Reil Curtis, Carol Buchanan Krinke, Doug Burns, Judy Clarke Tembreull, Mary Jane Douglass, Maxine Dowd, Ron Dykes, Ken Elliot, Roger Farber, Margaret Gibson Tucker, Patricia Hahn, Clark Hall, Linda Hanson Toth, Tom Harmon, Faye Heneghen Dukes, David Henry, Doug Hilderbrant, Gearld Hooper, Lesie Lang Dalton, Freddie Lenhart, Richard Lloyd, Patty McCue Huthinson, Ben Miles, Bob Mitchell, Anona Niles Carvetti, Carole Petterson, Chuck Smith, Margaret Smith, Judy Stewart Hunt, Suzann Tabbe, Lloyd Taylor, Sue Tomlinson Yount, Carl Vance, Laurel Vlacil Murry, Mary Wamsley, Walter Webb, Linda Whitaker Kadlec, Dave Wilson, Kathy Wilson, Valeree Workman Offerman, Yvonne Wright, Darris Yeager. If you know the whereabouts of any of the people above, please contact me. Thank You and Bomber Cheer, -Jeff DeMeyer (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: Bee Gees To: Patti Snider Miller (65) Dear, poor Andy Gibb died from a stomach infection. I have always been a Bee Gee's fan, too. Sorry, I missed their concert, but like to watch the old videos on VH-1, when they play them. I especially like some of the 80s stuff. -Sandra Genoway (62) ******************************************** >>From: James Becker (83) To: Patti Snider Miller (65) Re: Andy Gibb He died the way many addict die... trying to quit. He had went into rehab., was clean for a bit, and was making a musical comeback. Then when he relapsed his resistant was low, so he overdosed. I wasn't a big fan, but I'm always rooting for the individual who makes a effort to quit a drug they're hooked on. -James Becker (83) ~ sunny in Seattle, perfect night for going to the Mariners! ******************************************** >>From: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) Greetings to all Bombers from sunny Southern California. Well, it's been cloudy and cooler lately, but it's still summer. To: Patti Snider Miller (65) Andy Gibb died of a heart infection though I believe he had drug/alcohol problems as well. I was only nine years old when he died, so I can't really say that I remember well. My knowledge of the Bee Gees and Andy is from my mother's tutelage and as young as I am, 22, I know quite a bit about that era of music. To: anyone who will help quench thirst for knowledge I grew up in Richland but know frighteningly little of the "early" days of the 40s and such. I've begun some reading on my own and searching for the history of all the names in the area. Who was Howard Amon, for one, and anything else that anyone wants to tell me. I want to know about where I grew up so I can in due time teach my children and my husband why I'm so proud of being a Bomber (for more reasons than Richland was a pretty darn cool place to grow up). Thanks and keep the Bomber spirit alive! Green and gold veined, -Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/27/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and a Bomber Birthday today: Ralph Myrick (57), Margo Heiling (57) Burt Pierard (59), Patti Jones (60) Mary Ray (61), Bob Mattson (64) Dena Evans (64WB), Gary Behymer (64) Rick Maddy (67) ******************************************** ******************************************** Re: Bomber Birthday Wishes For those who might know Vern Lawson (49), he is turning 70 on August 7th and I know he would love hearing from old friends - perhaps a card, email or call. If you want Vern's address or phone number, ask Maren. ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Re: Looking for person To: all Bombers of 40s and 50s I have had a call from Brad Cutshall (51) and was trying to recall a person whose nickname was "Pinhead." Can anyone remember who this was? -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Margo Heiling Barron (57) Re: Howard Amon and early Richland history To: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) In 1892 Nelson Rich of Prosser and Howard Amon of Richland formed a "Benton Land and Water Company" and began digging the irrigation ditch to bring water to the area. In 1905 Rich and Amon reorganized their holdings under the name "Benton Water Company" and located the town of Richland. Also in that year Howard Amon bought Ben Rosencrance's Richland land and platted the townsite. Rosencrance had purchased the land from the railroad in 1880 at a price of 50 cents an acre. Howard's son, William, built the Richland Bank, which still stands today at the northeast corner of Lee and George Washington Way. The bank was constructed from concrete bricks, which were manufactured by a small concrete block factory, about where the tennis courts are at Howard Amon Park today. In 1910 Howard Amon deeded Amon Park to the city, which probably explains where the park got its name. A lot of interesting facts derived from news clippings, data, etc., were published as a booklet and titled "The Long Road to Self-Government," The History of Richland, Washington, 1943-1968. I believe Paul Beardsley of Richland is the author. -Margo Heiling Barron (57) ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard (59) To: all (56), (57) & (58) grads Re: Need to borrow a 1956 Columbian Help! I need to borrow a copy of the 1956 Columbian to complete the "Columbians on CD Project" through 1959. If you have a '56 book and are interested in loaning it to me for scanning, please contact me by email or by phoning me at (360) 805-0277. If the annual needs any repair (like cover coming loose, pages starting to come loose, etc.), I have a Book Binder in Seattle who will spiff it up, at my expense. Most of the annuals I've borrowed up to this time have been returned in better condition than I received them. I am hoping to find somebody in Western Washington and east of Puget Sound but if I have to drive farther, I will do it. I treat these annuals as valuable, historical documents so I have always driven to pick them up and return -- I don't trust the Postal Service. If you can help me out (and lots of people still on the Waiting List for CD Vol. III), let me know. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard (59) ~ Monroe, WA ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones (60) To: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) Re: 1960 Class Ring Inside the 1960 class ring is c, which is circled, Josten 10K. Called 800 information tonight to find that Josten is still in business. They still make class rings for high school and college. The phone # is. 1-800-962-9092. Enjoy wearing your class ring when you receive it Margo. Re: Class Ring and Mushroom Cloud My class ring had been a normal part of my everyday jewelry since high school. In 1982 working for a company that was very biased I was confronted about the ring. The people became incessant about it so decided to remove it. (The company closed within a year.) Every class reunion I would put the ring back on, then remove it after. It was always interesting at class reunions, that classmates would see mine then tell stories of what happened to theirs, which made it fun to wear. Inside was always the pride of being a Bomber. Just before R2K I put the ring back on my finger, there it remains. Realizing now that I could not explain the pride of being a Bomber was what kept me from wearing it in front of the biased people. There is a heart inside, inbred like family, of being a Bomber. With pride, wearing my class ring, is a joy. The ring may be scrutinized by others, but this Bomber will wear it in pride from now on. Would enjoy hearing more stories about class rings. Bomber Forever -Patti Jones (60) ******************************************** >>From: Mary Ray Henslee (61) To: All Bombers Re: Uplifting Jokes and Stuff Uploaded a new version. I have been told by some of you with Netscape that were not able to get the links to work before, that they are now working. Will write more another time. Am soooo tired! If you like the site and want to help make the site a success and keep it going, you may contribute jokes and dtiff/ If you like the site, please tell a friend. Most sites make it by word of mouth and that is what I am hoping for. Thanks, -Mary Ray Henslee (61) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Mattson (64) Re: Radiation victims offered help Bombers, In this morning's sunrise edition of the Oregonian (7/26/01) there is this article concerning people made ill by exposure to radiation or dangerous substances while doing national defense work. Officially called the Energy Employees Compensation Resource Center, will open it's doors this Monday, located in Kennewick. "Our goal is to take care of the men and women who were harmed as quickly as possible," said Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao in a news release. The Hanford resource center is one of ten opening around the country. Between 650,000 and 750,000 workers nation wide may have been exposed to radiation, beryllium and silica. "These workers gave their labor - and many of them gave their health - in the service and protection of our country during the Cold War." The center was established under a 2000 law that provides defense workers who contracted radiation-related cancer, berylline disease or chronic silicosis with a $150,000 lump-sum payment. If the worker has died, the payment could go to the relatives. It gave no phone or e- mail address of any kind. God bless us, Bomber Bob 64 -Bob Mattson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr (64WB) Re: An unbelievable alumni I have talked with a dozen or so people about what is happening in Richland and the variety of feelings that have been voiced. None of them can believe that a school has a daily newsletter, let alone the amount of people that seem to read it. I print it out daily and the average page count is 4. (I haven't counted the number of submissions on a daily basis though). You should all be proud of the way you wear the "green and gold". I have raised four daughters, still have a son in 9th grade, and at no time did their alumni ever show the pride that Columbia High (Richland High) has shown. With circumstances I had no control over, I left Richland in the beginning of my senior year, but my brother, Jerry Evans, graduated in '64. I did attend his graduation ceremony, and I cried most of the way through it. Reason being is that I missed Richland and the friends that I left behind at Columbia High. Do any of you remember the green and gold bumble bee that was sold at the school as a mirror hanger? I just thought of that little guy the other day and wondered where mine ever ended up. To: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Thanks for the note. Ask DeeDee about my e-mailing her. I don't think that I could send two of those. -Dena Evans Harr (64WB) ~ Living in Pittsburg, CA - near San Francisco, CA where the weather can't make up its mind. ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Class Rings I, too, am missing a class ring. Any of you artists want to design one? I'm sure we could find a number of 'folk' that would purchase a "Bomber Alumni Ring"! Count me in... -Gary Behymer (64) ~ Somewhere in Colfax, WW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Count me in, too!!!! -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy (67) To: Mandy Holmes Taylor (97) Here is a very special book: "Tales of Richland, White Bluffs and Hanford 1805-1943"; Martha Berry Parker; 1979 Here you can see who passes on a daily basis: Here you can find Andy Gibb and just about everyone else: on Directory when you get there) -Rick Maddy (67) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Cyndy Brooks (68 webmaster) has scanned "Tales of Richland, White Bluffs and Hanford 1805-1943" Martha Berry Parker's Book *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/28/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem (47), Margo Heiling (57) Margo Compton (60), Judy Willox (61) Jeanie Walsh (63), Jil Lytle (82) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (47) To: Ralph Myrick (51) Re: "Pinhead" "Pinhead" was the affectionate nickname of Delbert Massey (47-RIP)... some of us in '47 were proud to call him friend. He always had a smile and lived life to the fullest. -Mary Triem Mowery (47) ~ Richland and Ft. Lauderdale, FL ******************************************** >>From: Margo Heiling Barron (57) Re: Class Rings I, too, lost my class ring - in the summer of '57 while swimming with some classmates in the "rapids" of the Yakima River near West Richland somewhere. It actually just slid off my finger - maybe it was too large. Sometimes I wonder if anyone ever found it or if it is at the bottom of the river somewhere. Just as a curiosity, does anyone in the class of '57 still have one and can you tell me who made it? -Margo Heiling Barron (57) ******************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) To: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Class Rings What a great idea. A "Bomber Alumni Ring". I may hold off on trying to get a class ring made. Would much rather have a Bomber Alumni Ring if someone can figure out how to get it made. Anyone have any ideas? Of course, it must have the mushroom cloud on it. Bomber Forever (even if my husband can't understand it). -Margo Compton Lacarde (60) ~ San Antonio, TX - where we "might" get some rain soon. ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Burt Pierard (59) Jeez Burt, do you have to stop doing the Columbians on CD at the year of 1959? Couldn't ya just keep going with them? I would be willing to loan you my '59, '60 and '61 annuals if you did!! Could ya huh, huh, huh!! *G*! To: Patti Jones (60) Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I have wondered for years how to replace my ring that was just about totally obliterated with my ex-husband's excessive wearing of mine. He took it from me shortly after I got it and would not give it back! He was a mechanic and literally wore the ring down to no more than a lump of 10k gold. You couldn't see my year, my initials, the engraving on the inside was gone and the insignia was unidentifiable!! I always did hate him for that and now you know why he is an ex-husband!! LOL!! NEVER mess with a Bomber huh? Oh yeh, and he did finally give it back--in that lump form!! LOL!! I have to think that the same company did the class of 61 rings that did yours and I am going to give them a call today! Thanks again!! To: Gary Behymer (64) and Maren (64) Re: Alumni Class Ring Yep, yep, yep!! Count me in three!!!! Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland - where the traffic is horrible and the noise on the river is deafening!! ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh (63) Re: Class Ring... I lost my class ring down the kitchen sink the second week I had it. My Mom always thought I gave it to Jon Burnley (63-RIP). If there is a push to place orders for l963 class rings, count me in... I don't care what it costs... -Jeanie Walsh (63) ~ Simi Valley, CA -where it's Chamber of Commerce weather and Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library... ******************************************** >From the FIRST Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Jil Lytle Smith (82) Date: Tue Jul 24 21:46:40 2001 reunions/old buds Just wanted to say Hi! to the class of '82... would love to hear what everyone is up to! -Jil Lytle Smith (82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/29/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Patti Jones (60), Susie Shaver (63) David Rivers (65), Shirley Collings (66) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones (60) Re: Class Ring To: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) What a great idea to come up with an alumni ring. It goes right along with everything the Bombers have been doing. Then I could wear two rings with a mushroom cloud, making a double statement. LOL Margo also e-mailed me that she had talked to Josten's. They do not have the die cast any longer for the 1960 ring. Leonard Peters (60) e-mailed me that he knows the Jostens representative for the Tri-City area. If we can get four or five years of class rings together from class years 55 to 60 (or more years) we could come up with a design that benefits the years of the Bombers. Meeting with the Josten's representative during Club 40 week-end would probably draw a lot of class rings together. Then the representative could help us draw together a good design. I would be willing to head this project. To: Judy Willox Hodge (61) YOU'RE WELCOME -Patti Jones (60) ~ Browns Point, WA - where the temperature has fallen to 65 degrees and the wind is somewhat warm. Watched the largest ship in the world go out last night in all her glory. ******************************************** >>From: Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) I have a friend (engineer) that is staying in the Tri-Cities, and wants to know where to go for a good meal. As I'm living in Olympia now, I can't advise him. He will be there for 8 weeks, so please let me know great places to dine... e-mail me. Thanks -Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) To: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Class Ring Me too!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins (66) Re: Ron Stull (66WB) and brother, Steve Stull (69) "Stulls seek Senior Success," from the Seattle PI 2001-07-17-PI-Stulls.htm A note from Greg Poynor (66) -- Original Message -- From: Greg Poynor To: Shirley and Dennis Haskins Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 7:44 AM Subject: Ron Stull Hello Way Down South, The last I heard of Ron Stull, back about the time I got drafted in 1968, he had left school, joined the Army and was assigned to play golf in Japan for Army Special Services. Greg Poynor ---------- Re: ...from article: "Always a promising player, Steve Stull won three consecutive state championships for Richland High School - still the only local school boy to pull this feat." Sounds like that ole' ball is still 'sailing!" F.. O.. R.. E..! Re: Butch Manthei (65) Is there any new information regarding "Butch" Manthei? -Shirley Collings Haskins (66) ~ Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/30/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers today: Anna May Wann (49), Lois "Pat" McCrarey (50) Bob Harmon (51), Ralph Myrick (51) Jerry Oakley (51), Curt Donahue (53) Linda Sommers (57), Margo Compton (60) Audrey Eberhardt (61WB), Judy Willox (61) Rose Boswell (61), Betty Marois (63) DeeDee Willox (64), Gary Behymer (64) Linda Reining (64), Maren Smyth (64) David Rivers (65), Rod Brewer (65) Pam Pyle (69) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anna May (Ann) Wann Thompson (49) Re: ALUMNI RING To: Patti Jones (60) An Alumni ring! What a wonderful idea. I will be there with class of '49's ring... count me in. My class ring won't even fit my little finger any more - it evidently shrunk while sitting in the dresser drawer. It may be a little cloudy in Redmond this morning but we are heading over for a week of Lake Chelan sunshine golf, and gambling, and hopefully to meet our wonderful Maren. -Anna May (Ann) Wann Thompson (49) ******************************************** >>From: Lois "Pat" McCrarey Trent (50) Hi, I would like to be included in the class ring replacement for the Class of 50 or a Bomber Alumni ring. "Bomb Cloud "of course. Thanks to who ever came up with that idea. -Lois "Pat" McCrarey Trent (50) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Harman (51) To: Margo You asked about having an alumni ring made for Bombers; I have a friend who is a Jostens representative. I will ask him what he thinks about the idea and see if he can find out what it might cost. It's a good idea. -Bob Harman (51) ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Oakley (51) Alumni Rings??? Count me in!!!!!! -Jerry Oakley (51) ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick (51) Re: Bomber Hats To: Anyone that knows I would like to purchase two more of the R2K hats. Where can I get them? -Ralph Myrick (51) ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue (53) Re: Alumni Ring Me too!! -Curt Donahue (53) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Sommers Evanson (57) Re: '57 class ring To: Margo Heiling Barron (57) I still have my ring, do not know what finger it fits anymore but I will bring it to Richland sometime and you can look it over for a manufacturer. I wore it to a party once in the 80's and the mushroom cloud on the ring was the topic of conversation all night. This is supposed to be the always perfect weather weekend on the coast and it is raining today. Our community has a salmon bake on the beach today. How does a wet seat and soggy salmon sound? Hope the sun is shining where ever you are. -Linda Sommers Evanson (57) ******************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) To: Patti Jones (60) Re: Bomber Alumni Ring Can't take the credit for this idea. Gary Behymer (64) gets the credit. Really hope we can get this going though... already saving my money. -Margo Compton Lacarde (60) ~ San Antonio, TX - where we still haven't got that rain and everything really turning brown ******************************************** >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) To: Patti Jones (60) Although I did not graduate from Columbia, I would not mind having a class ring for 61. I will keep checking so I do not miss any information. I still would like to get a '60 annual, so if anyone knows of one laying around I am willing to buy it. Thanks, -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (61WB) ~ Central Georgia - 90s hot, humid with thunderstorms every where but my house. ******************************************** >>From: Judy Willox Hodge (61) To: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) I am working fast and furious on that ring Margo. And yes, it does have the mushroom on it. Hopefully we can get a jeweler to carry out the design in metal once we get it onto paper - which it is now. Will keep you posted! To: Patti Jones (60) As I just told Margo, Patti, we are working on it. If Josten's didn't have the die for your 60 ring, then it's a sure bet that they won't have it for my 61 ring either. *:( * Ratty-pooh!!! By the way, Patti, if you are talking about the same Leonard Peters (61) as I know, then you just cannot lay claim to him for your class. He's mine!!! LOL!! Leonard hails out of the class of 61, not 60. And since I am in touch with him all the time, I will see if he and I can get together with these representatives that he knows. Of course, the design would be shown in advance for Bomber Alumni approval. I am sending a copy of what my husband drew up and she can put it on the Sandstorm or web if she wants so that it can be viewed by you all. I will leave that up to her. Alumni Ring website To: Susie Shaver Caldwell (63) Tell your friend that The Outback is an excellent place to eat and a fun place too. For Chinese food I really enjoy The Golden Palace in Richland. Outback is out by the Columbia Center area close to Wal-Mart. LaComida's in Kennewick has good Mexican Food as does LosMarguerita's in Richland. We also now have an Olive Garden here too out by the center by the new Costco store on Gage. Outback is on Canal and the Palace is on GWWay. LaComida's is on Kennewick Ave. Outback has a variety of foods, i.e.: steaks, ribs and etc. and it is ALL good!! And of course, if it were up to Mike Davis (74), there is always DENNY'S!! LOL!!!! To: David Rivers (65) No, no, no David!!! YOU can't be "me too". That was Maren. And I was "count me in three". Soooo, you gotta be " me four"!! *G*!! Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox Hodge (61) ~ Richland ~ where the weather is nice and cool and the river is now quiet!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I count is 18 Bombers interested in an Alumni Ring... so far... -Maren] ******************************************** >>From: Rose Boswell Smith (61) Re: Alumni Rings Sounds good to me. I still have my class ring, I think it's a little tight... my ex wore my ring for a long time too. but its still in pretty good condition... yep we need the mushroom cloud... it wouldn't be our Col Hi without it. We are truly unique... maybe we could get a design with 40 or some such thing on it. Haven't they been trying to get rid of our mascot for a long time? It comes up every so often. Let's hope the little Bombers vote to keep it - or who ever gets to vote. Or if we get to vote. Maybe a good old gathering in front of the school for a protest. *LOL* I never was involved with a protest before... second hippy childhood is rearing its head. I was working and raising kids the first go round. Now I'm free and old enough... course you all know about how old I am so I wont try to fool you. -Rose Boswell Smith (61) ******************************************** >>From: Betty Marois (63) Re: Alumni Ring Yes I would like very much to have an alumni ring. Let me know if there is anything I can do to get this project moving. I am very proud of the Bombers (and the Plume) and they should be represented for all times. Before the loudest protesters get the them erased from our history. Thanks -Betty J Marois (63) ******************************************** >>From: Mercedes "Deedee" Willox Loiseau (64) Re: Alumni Class Ring To: Gary Behymer (64) and Maren Smyth (64) Yep, yep, yep!! Count me in! Does anyone have an idea how to get this done? -Mercedes "Deedee" Willox Loiseau (64) ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Ron and Steve Stull... Just a note to let you know that their Dad, Ron Stull, was a very good golfer in his own right. Happy birthday little Ron Stull... August 28th that is... Final note to: Peggy Stull (64) Your freckles are still beautiful. Thanks for pulling me aside at our 35th and chatting... -Gary Behymer (64) ~ now living in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) To: Gary Behymer (64) Re: "Bomber Alumni Ring" Since I was not fortunate enough to be able to purchase a class ring, I am VERY interested in an "alumni" ring... would still LOVE to have a class ring, but doubt that it is possible... think Maren had said the company that our "year" was purchased from only kept the dies for 30 years, and I have been out of school longer than that. ;) -Linda Reining (64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - I am feeling better, and last night my youngest daughter had her first baby... after 32 hours of "labor" - Johnathan Wayne Davidson - the "apple" of grandma's eye! ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth (64) Re: Alumni Class Ring I wonder if all you Bombers who are saying you want to buy an Alumni Class Ring know how much it will cost. Herff Jones (the company that made the '64 class ring) sent me a flyer about replacement rings... with an order form and a drawing of 2 possible replacement rings you can order... of course, neither of their two styles has a mushroom cloud on it, but I'm thinking the prices might be similar, so I'm sharing the Herff Jones information: You can have yellow gold or white gold Ladies Ultrium $193.00 10K gold $273.00 14K gold $314.00 Mans Ultrium $197.00 10K gold $314.00 14K gold $389.00 Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth, classes of '63 and '64 ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers (65) Re: Butch Manthei (65) I got a note from Bobby Cummings (65) Friday, with the latest on Butch. He is still healing well, though is not too good in the pain area. They have held off on any grafting because the healing is going well and they would prefer to graft as little as possible. Butch is restless and ready to leave. We Bombers are funny that way... can't sit in one place too long. But all good things take time and he will be at Harborview for the near future. Send him a card, a bouquet of wrenches... give a call... help him pass the time. A Quick one and then I'll sign off: I lived next to Butch from 2d through 5th grade. My house faced Acacia and his faced Birch so our back yards abutted. The first day of 7th grade, we were in our home room... all excited to be big time Jr. Hi types. The teacher hadn't come in the room yet and before she did, Butch managed to disassemble his desk...he was putting it back together when Mrs. Gill walked in the room so he just sat there kind of holding it together. She began calling names and then she got to Manthei.... "Edward Manthei..." Butch called out in a loud voice.. "That's Butch!" As the words left his mouth, his desk gave way and the legs clattered with a great fanfare on the floor while he sat holding the top in his lap... What a great initiation into the big time of Jr. High! -David Rivers (65) ******************************************** >>From: Rod Brewer (65) Re: class ring I'd go for an alumni ring with the mushroom cloud AND class year. -Rod Brewer (65) ******************************************** >>From: Pam Pyle Jewett-Bullock (69) To: Burt Pierard (59) ...and I have Columbians '67, '68, '69! :-) -Pam Pyle Jewett-Bullock (69) ******************************************** >>From: Regina "Gina" Rees (81) I, too, lost my class ring when I moved from North Carolina to Richland in 1985. I sure wish I could replace it. I was proud to wear my bomber ring. I was born in August so my birth stone was a peridot, which is green, how appropriate. So if any comes across a class ring from 1981 with the initials RR. Let me know. Gina -Regina "Gina" Rees (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 07/31/01 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 27 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely (49), Betty Conner (52) Wanda Wittebort (53), Bernie Qualheim (56) Gary Scholl (56), Larry Clark (57) Sharon Panther (57), Missy Keeney (59) Ann Bishop (60), Patti Jones (60) Mary Ray (61), Jeff DeMeyer (62) Sandra Genoway (62), Anonymous (63) Leoma Coles (63), Linda Belliston (63) Bob Mattson (64), Dena Evans (64WB) Linda Reining (64), Donna Fredette (65) Jo Conrad (65), Dorris Meloeny (68) Brad Wear (71), Diane Hartley (72) Kim Edgar (79), Gina Rees (81) Jamie McDevitt (81) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely (49) Re: Alumni Ring Count me in for the Alumni ring but first I must ask, "Do we need permission from the School Board"? Since it is involved in the minutia of every school in the District, perhaps it must also give its permission even for an alumni ring. Just a thought. -Ken Ely (49) ~ Orangevale, CA ******************************************** >>From: Betty Conner Sansom (52) Re: Class Ring I lost my ring in Vernita, when we lived out in the desert by the BPA power station. Kept hoping someone would find it and return it. I'd love a new one. In the class of '52, we had a choice of a plain, black, blue, or red stone. I chose the blue, and loved it. The date was worn off, along with all the other writing - just the blue and gold. Please include my name on the list...! Thanks. -Betty Conner Sansom (52) ******************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay (53) Re: Alumni Ring Count me in on the Alumni Rings. My daughter, as she went off to college in 1984, asked to wear my Bomber ring. She still has it. Great Idea. Sincerely, -Wanda Wittebort Shukay (53) ******************************************** >>From: Bernie Qualheim (56) You can count me in on the alumni ring. -Bernie Qualheim (56) ******************************************** >>From: Gary R. Scholl (56) Re: Alumni ring HI All I lost my ring in 57 and would like a ring again. Sounds like we are back into high Gear on the mascot and more power to those who can be at the meeting on the 14th. We who can only be there in thought wish you well and GO GET THEM for all of us. We are behind you. To all you '56ers that will be at the reunion in Sept., I send my regards and regrets that I will miss this reunion due to a New GRANDSON I will meet in Gallup, NM where my daughter lives. Have a good time for me as well as yourselves -Gary R. Scholl (56) ******************************************** >>From: Larry Clark (57) Re: Class Ring I had my ring stolen about 10 years ago when somebody broke into my house and took a bunch of stuff. I was really upset that somebody broke into my house but I was probably most upset at the loss of the ring!... would love to have a replacement. I am in contact with Margo Heiling Barron (57) who said that a Company called Jostens apparently made the rings for our class. She had a website for them. Is the plan to get a Company interested in making some rings if there is enough interest? Would it be generic for all classes or specific? Would it have the mushroom cloud on it? Please keep me in the loop and count me as one who would gladly buy a ring. -Larry Clark (57) ******************************************** >>From: Sharon Panther Taff (57) Re: Alumni ring Yes, yes - count me in for an alumni ring also. Couldn't afford one when I was in high school. -Sharon Panther Taff (57) ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney (59) Re: Tri Cities Restaurants I had a Bed and Breakfast in an "F" house on Taylor in Richland from 1990 until 1994. I often recommended restaurants to my guests. My favorite is The Green Gage Plum in West Richland. Everyone loved it. The Emerald of Siam in Uptown Richland has been in Northwest best places for years and has GREAT Thai food. The Apollo just off Lee and Jadwin has good Greek food and the Samovar in Uptown has excellent Russian cuisine. Just thought I would make some suggestions for those who want something besideS franchise food! -Missy Keeney (59) ******************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Myers (60) Re: August Lunch Bomber Ladies of the class of 1960 will be meeting at 11:30 August 4 at the Olive Garden on Gage Boulevard. Hope to see you there. -Ann Bishop Myers (60) ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones (60) To: Margo Compton Lacarde (60) Realized my mistake that it was Gary Behymer (64) idea after I sent the Sandstorm entry. Already e-mailed Gary an apology. To: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Thanks for waking me up about Leonard Peters (61) class year. *grin* Re: Alumni Class Ring In suggesting that we meet with the Josten representative during the Club 40 week-end, my thought was to get a team of four or five people together to make this happen. Ultimately, Judy, you are right it would be an Alumni decision. Fred Phillips (60) has also volunteered to work with the team. Spoke with Jostens this morning to get the number of the representative. Called Mark Stevens who the Josten representative, said is the representative for Richland. The recording when I called said "that they are on limited summer hours until August 27". Left a message. Hopefully one of the Bombers in Richland will reach him before that. My conversation with Josten representative at main office seemed to bring up a lot of questions. Cost Effectiveness Designing our own On going orders They only keep the designs for four years. Stones are in almost all of the rings now, would we want a stone? Private jeweler may be a way. Cost effectiveness still a question? The count so far of Bombers wanting a ring, from emails that I received and the Sandstorm is 23. Bomber Cheers -Patti Jones (60) ~ Browns Point, WA - 72 degrees, sunny and light wind has brought a chill across the water. ******************************************** >>From: Mary Ray Henslee (61) To: All Bombers Re: Uplifting Jokes and Stuff I just found out that I inadvertently left off the www on my URL in the Friday, July 27, issue of the Alumni Sandstorm. Didn't mean to do that since my site will not work without the www. Using a computer and the Internet is a continual learning process. Some people do not realize, I use to not, that putting in the www or leaving it out of a URL address can make a difference when accessing a site. I don't know why some sites are set up to need the www and why some sites will not work if you use the www. I am sure that every site on the web looses some traffic because of this fact. When I go to a site, if it doesn't work, I try putting it in or taking it out, whatever the case may be. Anyway, take note, mine does need the www. Sorry, I shouldn't have written the entry when I was so tired. Some of you with Microsoft Explorer or Netscape browser versions in the 4s may have been seeing my small happy faces beside the categories as question marks or something else recently. The reason is because when a browser does not possess a particular font, it will change it to another font in its base. You don't realize this is happening when you go into sites because you don't know what font was originally used. With my site you do. I got the happy faces out of the symbols collection (which is theoretically text) because since I am going to have to change them around every time that I update, I decided this was the best route to go. After I changed from text boxes to tables to solve the problem with the Netscape browser not being able to use the links, the happy faces stopped being happy faces with older browsers. Reason, the text boxes were converting them into .GIF before, since the text boxes use Extended Language Markup. Bet you all were just dying to know all this gibberish. LOL Anyway, I decided to try to put the happy faces into small text boxes the size of the faces since I think that the only reason that the text boxes were affecting the links before is because the links were in the text boxes. They should not be affected by just the happy faces being in the text boxes. Hope everyone will now be seeing happy faces beside the updated categories and the links on the homepage are working. This has been quite a learning experience for me and I hope that any information that I have shared will help those that go after me. Having the Alumni audience has really helped with my troubleshooting and I very much appreciate those that have taken the time to write and let me know what was going on with their browser. Happy surfing! -Mary Ray Henslee (61) ******************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMeyer (62) Re: 40th Class Reunion (2002) Does anyone know the whereabouts of Doug Lukens (62). If so, please contact me. Bomber cheer -Jeff DeMeyer (62) ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Genoway (62) Re: Bombers' Alumni Ring I have an idea for the Bomber alumni ring. On the "R" part; instead of just green enamel, perhaps we could have brilliant-, princess- or tapered baguette-cut, channel- set green stones. Something like, "emerald" or "peridot" zircons, or simulated emerald or genuine peridot (a lime green color, usually). And, there is always jade; although, I have read that the dark green jade is more scarce these days. What do you all think? -Sandra Genoway (62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [*sorta* what Sandra is talking about: Alumni Ring website ] ******************************************** >>From: Anonymous (63) Re: Alumni Ring Put me down for an Alumni ring. Although the price is reasonable, I am concerned too many of my girlfriends will want MY ring. Therefore I must withhold my name at this time. -Anonymous (63) ~ Houston, TX - Where the grass is Green, the sun is Gold and there is a special white Cloud overhead) ******************************************** >>From: Leoma Coles (63) Well, I think it's great that everyone is talking about their class rings... still got mine, if you end up needing it to make others... just let me know! Bomber Cheers!! -Leoma Coles (63) ******************************************** >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning (63) Re: Bomber Hats I've had some inquiries from Alumni wanting to know if the "R2K Bomber Hats" are still available for Sale. The answer is yes!! Contact Jana of "Canyon Ridge Designs". -Linda Belliston Boehning (63) ******************************************** >>From: Bob Mattson (64) Re: rings & things It's worth a peek in your local pawn shops for school rings. There are some from all corners of the globe. Along with the six racks of wedding rings, there should be some if they are gold. Lotza other cool stuff too. Good hunting, Bomber Bob -Bob Mattson (64) ******************************************** >>From: Dena Evans (64WB) Re: Alumni ring I, too, would like to join the ranks that want to order an Alumni Ring. Re: '64 Columbian If possible, I would like to buy another yearbook as my brother Jerry (64) has his (MINE) packed in one of his storage units... I may as well consider that puppy a goner. -Dena Evans (64WB) ~ Working in Lafayette, CA and saw a gaggle of geese flying south. I think that the weather here has them confused also. Was suppose to be in the high 80s... didn't even get close because of the strong winds. ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining (64) To: Judy Willox Hodge (61) Saw the drawing and I really like the one with "Richland Bombers" on it... great drawing! - Linda Reining (64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - wind is blowing and not going to be as hot as yesterday (107). ******************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette (65) Re: School Bomber Class Ring I am really interested in the alumni ring... Count me in!!!! Thanks for all the hard work on this!! Yes, Jeff, Stephanie is my sister and is doing well. Her youngest child just turned 21!!! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette (65) ******************************************** >>From: Jo Conrad Bott (65) Re: Class ring I'm for an alumni ring, it would be great. My old one, with God knows how many others, is at the bottom of the River. -Jo Conrad Bott (65) ******************************************** >>From: Dorris Meloeny Alred (68) Does anyone remember when Richland became a city, and they dropped a bomb in honor of the event in the field north of the Uptown shopping area. As I remember it hit quite close to the SW corner of that field - near the Newberry's Store. I am curious as to any one else's memories. -Dorris Meloeny Alred (68) ******************************************** >>From: Brad Wear (71) To: Frank Hames (69), Steve Carrigan (70), Tedi Parks Teverbaugh (76) Now that we've let everyone in on Krispy Kremes, I was wondering if we should tell everyone about Golden Chick? -Brad Wear (71) ~ In really hot Richardson, TX ******************************************** >>From: Diane Hartley (72) Re: Class Ring You may want to contact Rich Lang of Lang Jewelers in Richland across from Richland Bell. He does a fantastic job. -Diane Hartley (72) ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming (79) Re: Small World The other day while I was at work, I was talking to one of our Commissioners for the PUD (Water District) of Kitsap County. It turns out his father graduated from RHS, he thinks about 1915 (he's not sure of the exact year). He said his father played on the School Baseball Team and when they had their 50 year class reunion, he said that every player as well as the coach attended. I'm not sure of his first name, however, his last name was Caldwell. He said his father worked on the bridge in 1920 after he got out of the service. Good year for North Kitsap Baseball, the Babe Ruth (15 year olds) team won state as well and are off to regionals. The big league won 2 games and lost one (by one point) in the regional playoffs. The South California team is off to the World Series. I'm coming to the Tri-Cities the next weekend, I'm looking so forward to some sunshine and of course a Spudnut. Bombers Rule! -Kim Edgar Leeming (79) ~ Poulsbo WA ******************************************** >>From: Gina Rees (81) I too lost my class ring when I moved from North Carolina to Richland in 1985. I sure wish I could replace it. I was proud to wear my Bomber ring. I was born in August so my birth stone was a peridot, which is green, how appropriate. So if any comes across a class ring from 1981 with the initials RR. Let me know. -Gina Rees (81) ******************************************** >>From: Jamie McDevitt (81) Re: Class Ring / Bomber Alumni Ring My class ring was stolen in 1990 when my apartment was burglarized in Seattle. Of all the jewelry stolen (most was costume jewelry), my class ring is the piece I was most disappointed to lose. I had even considered going to local pawn shops looking for it but decided that the pawn shops weren't in the safest areas. Still wondering where/when my ring might turn up. My name was engraved on the inside of the band. Although it is unlikely that I'll ever see my ring again, I can't help thinking that stranger things have happened. I'd buy a Bomber Alumni ring! -Jamie McDevitt (81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` June, 2001 ~ August, 2001