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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ March, 2003
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 ******************************************** ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/01/03 Dateline: San Antonio, TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and 1 Funeral Notice today: Fred Phillips ('60), Larry Mattingly ('60) Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Anne Mitzlaff ('77) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY 02/28: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************** ******************************************** IDITAROD TIME AGAIN: 64 Mushers will be leaving Anchorage starting today at 10am AST Martin Buser -- last year's winner and neighbor to Bill (NAB) & Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) & Vickie Andersen Simmons ('67) and family -- drew #15 starting position. The re-start will take place on Monday, March 3 at 10am on the Chena River near the Fairbanks Airport. The exact location has not yet been determined, but it is a new route this year due to lack of snow. The new route is longer than before at 1200 miles. Last year, Martin crossed the finish line in Nome and set a new record: 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes 02 seconds ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Fred Phillips ('60) Re: Richland Bomber Guys Tony Tellier's ('57) picture of some legendary Bombers, titled "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of (the high) desert..." appears to be the jacket photo and the first sentence of his perhaps- soon-to-be-published novel: "Fear and Loathing in By's Burgers." Hunter Thompson's gotta be proud, even though he's not a Bomber. -Fred Phillips ('60) ~ Somewhere around Richland, on the edge of the not-so-high desert ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Melva Moore ('??-RIP) I just read of the passing of Melva Moore. She was or should have been in class of 60. I cannot remember if she graduated. She and I were moderate friends over the years in school. He mother and my mother were close friends. After mom had the twins, Mike and Mark, Mrs. Moore worked for mom doing housework and ironing a couple of days a week. Mom knew Melva and I were friends and would always bring me up to date on how she was and what she was doing and so on. I have to admit that I had not thought of her in at least 35 years. All I can remember now is that she was a brunet, about 5-8 or 9 and we got along well. I have thought about her for a couple of hours now and simply cannot remember any details. How they slip away from us over the years.... "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ at home South of Tacoma where toasty warm days have brought myriads of crocus in all the gardens, and daffodils and early tulips will bloom in a couple of weeks.. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen's ('60) Birthday, 2-28 On my best days, I'm a day behind... Happy Birthday, Lola, I Love you....Jim -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) Re: Alumni Speakers As mentioned earlier in the Sandstorm, there was a TCH article about students protesting the cloud logo. Many of my students came in ranting about the article. I teach at Richland High School. We had a discussion about what we see, what we hear, verses what we live. It's kind of like the,"You had to be there," to understand reasoning. Are there any alumni in the area who would be willing to come to my class(es) and talk about what it was like to be in high school or live in this area when the bomb went off, people realized what they'd been working on, the top secretness of the area, and how the cloud logo and the pride in graduating from this school all intermix? I thought I'd check and see, then go from there. E-mail makes things so much easier. Thank you. -Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) ******************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Matthew Darrel Napora ('72) ~ 06/16/54 - 02/24/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/02/03 Dateline: Kerrville, TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jimmie Shipman ('51), Roberta Adkins ('52) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) Peggy Adair ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Adkins ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Elwin "Gene" Boyle ('64WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Deana Shipman Groth ('77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jimmie Shipman ('51) & Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52) Happy belated Birthday to our daughter Deana Shipman Groth ('77). We love you. God Bless Mom & Dad Bombers Always -Jimmie Shipman ('51) & Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Byron Beck (married to Bomber Leslie Jacobson ('64) -Gary Behymer ('64) - Downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight ('65) To: Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77) The mushroom cloud and the bomb are the end result of why Richland was created. The symbolism to all of us grads now, albeit us older grads, is the fierce pride we all share about our unique heritage. The fact that we all came from somewhere else and created a town. Our moms and dads made lasting friendships from total strangers, and all of us youngsters grew up in an environment like no other in the world. Kids today don't realize that the numbered houses were all there was. Our moms and dads couldn't talk about work because it was all a secret. Hundreds and hundreds of workers rode out to the area to do what? For what?? My family didn't move to Richland until 1954, long, long after the bombs were dropped, but still my dad went to work and came home and couldn't talk about it. The mushroom cloud logo and the word Bomber to me means a fierce pride in a community and an everlasting fierce pride in our school. All of the grads that I know, will tell you they are so proud because we were considered the best of the best. We had the best school, the best basketball team, and the best teachers, coaches and students. I took two years of Latin in junior high!!! I have friends that I have been friends with my whole life, that are all over the U.S. I don't know many schools that can have an all school reunion and nearly 2000 graduates show up for it. It is not really about the bomb and the cloud, and God help us all if one goes off again. I am against this current war plan, as I am sure some of your students are, but I have a "Nuke-em" T-shirt and Bomber license plates. The Nuke-em shirt to me means the basketball or football team will be severely defeated. Go Bombers!! -Linda McKnight ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Matt Napora ('72RIP) To: The family of Matt My most sincere condolence goes out to you. I graduated with Matt and he was the most wonderful person in school. Even though I have not seen or spoken to him lately, this is a great loss to our class of '72. I have worked directly with CAC for the last five years and had no idea Matt was involved with the committee. To the class of '72 who cannot make it to his funeral, please take a moment to pray for his family and contribute to the fund for him. Division of Pulmonary Interstitial Lung Disease Research, UW Medical Center, c/o Thea Spaulding, P.O. Box 356522, Seattle, WA 98195 Let's show our support to the family and Matt. -Peggy Adair ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/03/03 Dateline: Ft. Stockton, TX ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Glen Rose ('58), Jim Russell ('58) Larry Mattingly ('60), Linda Reining ('64) Patti Snider ('65), Debbie Bennett ('72) Greg Alley ('73) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY 3/3 or 4: Monique Mangold Beaucour ('80) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Glen Rose ('58) Re: Class Of '58 - March Luncheon The Class of '58 luncheon held at the West Richland golf course. Those in attendance were Sam Curry, Vera Smith Robbins, Nick Nelson ('56), Fred Klute, Judy Willox Hodge ('61), Melanie Herrig Curry ('62), Carol Rose (spouse), Glen Rose, Barbara Isakson Rau. -Glen Rose ('58) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) To: Linda McKnight ('65) You got it, girl! There was nothing else like Richland. No expense was spared to provide the best in education. We all (generation by generation) experienced a sense of family throughout the whole community, because in many respects, we uprooted and left our real families to work hand-in-hand to create something special and necessary to defend our way of life. Students in every school in every community have a sense of pride in their school, but ours was born of a unique purpose and carries a special tradition. Unless you were there, you could never really understand it. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: weddings Does any of you Bomber Alumni have any children or grandchildren getting married within say 200 miles of Seattle in the next say 2-3 weeks? We are putting together a promo video on fireworks at weddings and would like to have a little footage of some parts of an actual wedding. Or at least some shots of the couple on an actual wedding day. We have a professional videographer on staff with digital equipment and would be willing to trade a full professional edited video record of the day for the wedding couple. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Linda McKnight ('65) Amen!!!!!!! You summed up exactly how I feel about being a Bomber! I loved growing up in Richland; the life-long friends that I made; the great schools, teachers, principals (how many can boast of a junior high principal (Mr. Anderson, at Carmichael) who made it a point to know the names of each and every student; an awesome high school basketball team, with an even greater coach (Mr. Dawald), and the best damn high school in eastern Washington!!!!!!!! I couldn't wait to be a Bomber and I still have that pride!!!!!! I have an alumni ring (which I NEVER take off), a Bomber T-shirt, and I tell anyone and everyone all about my high school and our alumni website!!!!! And the nuke-em T-shirt to me never meant destroying a country, it meant that the team we played against had better be careful, cause Bombers were in the house and ready to take charge!!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - where we still need rain and lots of it! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) To: Linda McKnight ('65) Linda, You could not have said it better on the pride we have in our years as the Bombers. No one has anything to be ashamed of. It is history that we should never forget. I came here in the '60s and very proud to be a Richland Bomber. Bomber Cheers, -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ~ 49 right now at 5:30pm in Richland - where the Spring weather keeps teasing us and it gets cold again! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Debbie Bennett Bayoff ('72) I am so saddened to hear about Matt Napora's ('72RIP) passing. What a wonderful person. When I was 13, Carol Boyd and I were attending a YMCA dance. On the way there two boys came up to talk to us, Matt Napora and Dave Dounhauer, now both deceased. They were funny and friendly and really a kick to get to know. At 13 I felt so geeky and weird. Matt made me feel special. Later in my life (36 years old) I became a stock broker in Yakima (having moved from Spokane). I really hated moving and not knowing anyone. Then, I ran into Matt again after so many years. He made me feel at home. At the reunion, my husband and I met Matt again with his wife. I was thrilled to see him once again. I always have felt like that 13 year old meeting a friend. Now that I hear of his passing, I am taking time to honor his life and to mourn his passing. I feel lucky to have known him and deeply empty that he is gone. If Karen is reading this... I am so sorry for your loss. He was a dear man. -Debbie Bennett Bayoff ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Peggy Adair ('72) I second the condolences to the family of Matt Napora ('72RIP). He was a great guy and though I hadn't seen him in a few years he was a fellow Bomber and Christ the King grad. 48 is way too young. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its March and that means Spring and hoops in Richland ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/04/03 ~ FAT TUESDAY (MARDI GRAS) Dateline: Las Cruces, NM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Farrell Janssen ('53), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) John Wingfield ('66), Maggie Gilstrap ('74) Jil Lytle ('82) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY today: Vicki Gill Boisoneau ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Wingfield ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Yesterday Jon Boisoneau ('67) & Vicki Gill Boisoneau ('68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Farrell Janssen ('53) Re: By the time Maren reaches Phoenix . . . Maren, Your dateline (3/2 Alumni Sandstorm) of Kerrville, TX made me predict "Fort Stockton" as your next dateline (3/3 Alumni Sandstorm). If I was sure, I was going to place a banner on route 10 near there greeting you. We live just 67 miles south of Fort Stockton, TX in the city of Alpine, TX. So I'm going to predict "El Paso, TX" for your next dateline, that's over 200 miles from Fort Stockton. Drive safely and have a nice return. Bomber cheers (per NB) -Farrell Janssen ('53) ~ Alpine, TX ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & 64) To: Farrell Janssen ('53) Farrell, What does "per NB" mean? You correctly predicted Ft. Stockton... but NOT because I wanted it that way!!!! I was hoping to make El Paso, but car stopped 32 miles west of Ft. Stockton and I called for a tow truck to take me back there. Wish I'd known there was a Bomber that close... I thought you were in Phoenix. Guess that's what I get for thinking, huh? *GRIN* Flew right by El Paso and on to Las Cruces, NM... was hoping to get out of Texas without having to call a FIFTH tow truck in TX... Texas was not kind to me. Later today (3/4), look for me in Sierra Vista, AZ. Next day (3/5): Bisbee in the morning, Tucson for lunch with some Tucson Bombers (I hope) and then Phoenix for the night -- MAYBE two nights in Phoenix. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Las Cruces, NM and heading for Washington state! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: John Wingfield ('66) I just want to say Happy Birthday to my little brother, Jim ('71) who turns 50 on Fat Tuesday. Happy Day, I am so glad you were born! Practice the Power of Peace, -John Wingfield ('66) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) Re: Iditarod Update Maren, Martin Buser is in the lead so far, and many mushers are having to deal with the heat issues (41 in Fairbanks... what state am I living in?) and are dropping dogs already. Martin however has been training his dogs in the "Banana Belt" which is what I used to call the "Tri-Cities" years ago and he seems to be doing fine. There are two mushers dealing with cancer issues in this race. DeeDee Jonrowe and Charlie Boulding. There are both right out of chemo and need our support and prayers to get through this race. -Maggie Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jil Lytle Smith ('82) Although this is a day late, I wanted to send a very happy birthday wish for Monique Mangold Beaucour ('80). May you have many many more!! -Jil Lytle Smith ('82) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/05/03 Dateline: Sierra Vista, AZ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Ginger Rose ('55), Patti Jones ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Rick Maddy ('67) Rick Valentine ('68), Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ginger Rose Reed ('55) Re: New e-mail address for me Maren, I am resettled now and would like to resume getting the Sandstorm by e-mail. I am living in Salt Lake City and serving a church mission at the LDS Family History Library (genealogy), so want to let everyone know if they come here to do research, stop by my area and say hi. I am a library attendant on the International Floor - B1. Thanks, -Ginger Rose Reed ('55) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Puget Sound Area/Fife Luncheon The Bomber Babes and Dudes Please make reservations by Friday March 7, 2003 DATE: March 9, 2002 COFFEE TIME: 11:30 P.M. LUNCH TIME: 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Fife Bar and Grill Between Goodyear Tire and Day's Inn PHONE: (253) 922-9555 ADDRESS: 3025 Pacific Hwy E., Fife, WA I-5 North, Exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma) I-5 South Exit, 136. Turn left on Pacific Hwy. E. PRICE: Price range $10.00 - $14.50 includes drink and tip All Bomber Spouses and Friends are welcome! Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Browns Point, WA - The sun is shining before the next rain storms! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: The peril of crossing Texas We were traveling across the panhandle of Texas in our minivan with our 2 elementary age boys, our dog, and everything we had forgotten to put into the moving van when all of sudden a red light went on and my husband pulled over. We were very fortunate when a fellow traveler stopped, and took us to the next gas station, where they happened to have the part we needed, so we could continue on our way. (After they drove us back and installed the part, which fortunately was small) That was back in '87 when we were moving out to California. We didn't have a cell phone with us, I don't know if we even had cell phones back then. The family who stopped, took all of us, including our poodle dog, into their van, as it was minus 7 outside that day. The kind family who stopped were missionaries on home leave. As there weren't many people on the road that cold day, we thanked the Lord for having some of his Angels watch over us. We did finally make it to California, after also being stopped when the Highway closed for a blizzard in Colorado. And we loved it there. The minivan remained with us a few more years, long enough to survive and be repaired after my crash with another mother when we were on our way (in separate cars) to the Boy Scout Supply Office. (But that's another story) -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where there is still snow and ice about, but the sun is shining and it's suppose to get up to 50 today!! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Catching up on some reading. I have never been comfortable with others losses. I have a complete loss for words and a not so chipper of a day. My belated condolence to the family of Scott Hartcorn (67) on the passing of his father. I miss my father a lot. Re: Mr. Yonce (RIP) I had the misfortune of knowing what I wanted to be at the age of ten. A person really did not need havin a whole lotta book learnin to be involved in what I would later experience. Nevertheless, much of my self imposed misfortune coming by way of youthful naivet, possibly stoopidity, also came by way of having many teachers not taking too keen a liking of me. Troublesome. I didn't read the books. I was a pain sitting in the rear of the class. A clown. Mr. Yonce, my ninth grade homeroom teacher, was much different. He made me sit in the front row close to his desk. I was his left fielder. My most favorite teacher and very much loved baseball coach. My belated condolence to the Yonce family. A great loss. Re: Birthdays Speaking of birthdays, my daughter, Heather (Wenatchee '88), is going to be 33 on March 6th. Oh, the humanity! There was a time that I promised her too never date anyone younger than she. I'm wondering if that was a good idea making that promise? Re: Remember the Alamo When Santa Anna's army reached San Antonio, Travis, in full command because Bowie had fallen ill, declared from within the Alamo, "I shall never surrender or retreat... victory or death." The latter increasingly became the more likely prospect. The Mexican force has been estimated at from 2,400 to over 5,000, the Alamo's defenders numbered only about 185, and Santa Anna declared he would give no quarter. On March 6, 1836, after thirteen days of siege, the Mexicans stormed the citadel. Just thinking of you as you pass through Texas, Maren. By the way, I must owe you a ton of money. I promise to send some soon. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ HB in OC ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) Re: Remembering Patsy Cline... 40 years ago today on March 5th 1963 the face of country music changed forever, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline died in a plane crash. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA - where it is sunny and cold today. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Hey Bombers, I know there are some San Antonio Bombers down in Texas. I'll be at the RiverCenter Comedy Club March 11- 16th, stop by and say hello if you come out. Also, I want to plug my show at CBC on March 22nd at 7:00pm, tickets are available at the CBC bookstore. This show will benefit the CBC women's softball program coached by none other than Mark Ibatuan ('74)! Lastly, but not leastly, I'll be at Catch A Rising Star at the Silver Legacy in Reno, March 25-30th. If you're coming to the Silver Legacy on March 29th for comedy, you can choose between seeing me or Bill's your call. -Brad Upton ('74) P.S. Mike Davis ('74) will be attending the CBC show on March 22nd!! ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Sam Roth Nageley ('55) ~ 1937 - 2/27/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/06/03 Dateline: Tucson, AZ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and two funeral notices today: Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Val Ghirardo ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bobbie Gilstrap Garrick ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** LUNCHES (in order of appearance) 03/08 - Portland/Vancouver 03/09 - Seattle Area More information: Click the lunch you want to know about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Sam Nageley ('55RIP) Not really a good day for reading the Alumni Sandstorm, and find out that one of the good guys has passed on. I know he was a lawyer in later life, but that did not stop him from being a good Bomber. If memory serves, Sam is in the Bomber Athletic Hall of Fame; he was a stalwart of the Bomber line. If you read his accomplishments in high school and college, he was more than that. Sam will be sorely missed by his family, his friends and the entire Bomber community. To: Ginger Rose Reed ('55) Hey, isn't it about time you slowed down just a bit? A whole new job and place to live! Why to go! Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from mizzly Albany, OR ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Bombers who would like Canadian prescriptions filled. I just heard of another deal that might be of interest to those of you who cannot get up to Canada regularly. A new outfit in Bellingham, WA called CAN DRUGS USA will secure drugs for you in Canada through an outlet they have and then that outlet will send them to you. Not sure how the practice works but their number is: (888) 488-3784 Give them a call and see how it works for you. The report said that a lady on Social Security saved 40% on what she had done to date and never left her home. I priced my drugs with them and can cut another 20% plus by going to Canada, which I do three times a month, but this seems like a good deal if you can't get up there, or don't speak the language, eh. Good Luck, -Bill Berlin ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Val Ghirardo Driver ('72) Re: SPUDNUT SHOP I want to say "hi" to everyone and let everyone know that the Spudnut Shop celebrated another milestone; it's 55th anniversary today (Wednesday, 3/6/03). I go to work every night at midnight or 1am and that's the main reason I don't write in very often. I do read the Alumni Sandstorm almost every day though. -Val Ghirardo Driver ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Brenda Sue Neeley Melling ('59) ~ 03/03/40 - 05/09/98 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/07/03 Dateline: Phoenix, AZ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers, 1 Bomber Mom, and 1 NAB today: Betty Ely ('47), Joan Eckert ('51) Marguerite Groff ('54), Gus Keeney ('57) Helen Cross ('62), Jim Hamilton ('63) Paulette Lawson ('63WB), David Rivers ('65) Mike Lemler ('72), Peggy Adair ('72) Chris Webster ('78), Kim Edgar ('79) Darren McIntyre ('82), BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) C.J. Brannen (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************** ******************************************** IDITAROD UPDATE: Martin Buser is in 2nd place. ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melanie Lawson Kohler ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Fisher ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Jochen ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Ray Wells ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Pat Doriss Trimble ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Ely King ('47) Re: Janice Trainor Hammond My daughter was born in Richland 50 years ago today. She was voted the best athletic girl at Carmichael Junior High from the 9th grade. She attended Richland High School for two years and was very much into sports. When her father and I divorced, the horses were sent to her uncle's ranch in California. I returned to college and Janice went to Red Bluff, CA to be with her horses. She graduated from high school in Red Bluff as the most athletic girl. With a name like Trainor, she became a horse trainer. Janice Trainor Hammond now lives in Syracuse, KS. Her brother, Rick Trainor lives at Needmore, PA. -Betty Ely King ('47) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) Re: Spudnut Shop Congrats! 55 years! Congratulations to Valerie and the Spudnut Shop. Kind of makes me feel my age, though. I was one of the first waitresses along with Laurel Merkle Bell ('51). It was half the size it is now and only Spudnuts, drinks and ice cream were served. You've come a long way. Keep it going! Re: Tennis anyone? On a different subject, I wondered if anyone remembers playing tennis on the court behind Marcus Whitman School? That's where I first saw the game played. Some "older boys" were going at it. Loved watching and wanted to learn how to play but no racquet. One of those boys gave me one of his old racquets, which was such a thrill. Have no idea who the "older boys" were but would like them to know how much their gift meant to me. -Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) ~ Redding, CA - where Springtime has arrived! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Just wanted to let friends of Ferol Smith Lukins ('54) know that Ferol's mother, Helen Smith, passed away March 4, in Richland. As most of you know, Ferol was married to another '54 grad, Ron Lukins who died several years ago. Ferol lives in Hemet, CA. She has been dealing with some serious health problems, including recent triple bypass heart surgery. She and her son, Todd are in town and will probably be leaving soon after the memorial service. The service will be at Einan's, Saturday, March 8, at 10:00. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. For those of you that are so inclined, please pray for Ferol, that the death of her mom and the trip here, do not adversely affect her health - and that she recovers quickly from the heart surgery and can successfully tackle her other health problems. Re: '54 in '04 And now, for the commercial. Class of '54, start thinking "50th reunion". I have a suggestion. Come to the Club 40 Reunion, September 5-7, 2003, and see how it works this year for Class of '53, then help us come up with some really "special" ideas or our reunion. We need all the help we can get to make this, our most important reunion, the very best one we've ever had - with the most attendees. Go to the following web site for Club 40 information. Local gals, don't forget our monthly lunch at Granny's March 21. We very often fill up 2 tables. We would like to add a table or two one of these days. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland - where we having a fairly nice sunny day. Lookin' forward to Spring. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Gladys Keeney (RIP) My Sister, Missy ('59), called this morning and said Mom (Gladys Keeney) passed away last night about 3:00 AM. It looks like I will be coming north before the 15th to be at the Memorial service at West Side UP Church. Mom passed away peacefully in her sleep, Missy said. She will be with God and Dad now. I am figuring out how to get up there at this point. I may drive, but it is possible that I might fly up. I will keep you informed. -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Congratulations to the Spudnut Shop!! I came to Richland when I was 4, and I've always remembered it as a fixture of Richland. Re: Bicycling My husband is going to be doing a solo bicycle ride along Highway 50 starting in San Francisco at the ocean on April l5th and hoping to finish at New Jersey on Memorial Day or close to it. If you have any "must sees" for me, driving along as support in the white mini-van, please drop me a line. Also if you see my van, I will have my license in my Bomber Holder, please honk!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where we had snow and below freezing weather last night, so school was delayed this morning, but there is a prediction it should get up to almost 60 this week-end. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton('63) Re: Happy Birthday to Deirdre Johnson Taylor ('65) A longtime friend and one of my favorite "Softmores". Here is a picture of Deirdre, Debbie and the always lovely and forever young Miss Nancy. Are they looking good or what. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Picture didn't come thru, Jim -- resend and I'll post it. Happy Birthday, Deirdre! What day? -Maren] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Paulette Lawson Sicilia ('63WB) To: Melanie Lawson Kohler ('60) I'd like to wish my much-older sister, Melanie, a very happy birthday today (March 7)!! Being the oldest child wasn't always easy for you, was it, Mel? As the middle child, I got by with way more stuff, so I thank you for that! Also, thank you for agreeing to accompany me on the journey to Virginia to move into my new house. Even though I am a confirmed white-knuckle flyer, I promise I will not embarrass you or cause a scene if our plane hits turbulence along the way. I will, however, be happy to buy you and me a drink or two on the plane to celebrate your birthday! Until then, have a wonderful birthday!! Love from your little sister, Paulette -Paulette Lawson Sicilia ('63WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: I think I'll have just one more So I guess it would have been 'bout the time I was pushing the big one one... (1+1=2, that is), I can't recall having any tho till I was around say 4 or 5... at that time, we were living at 1309 Haines, Next to the Reeds (too many years to count... Vonnie ('60), Jerry ('55), Sharon ('57RIP), Larry (RIP... I'm not sure) and Johnny who just kinda floated between classes) to the east (the river side) and Mr. and Mrs. Graham to the west (I think their first names were Mr. and Mrs... but there were a lot of people with the same names back then... kinda like in boot camp... lotta guys with the first name "Private"... boy... glad my last name wasn't "Parts"... )... Kenny Peterson ('64) lives in the Reed's house now and Allen (then known as Butchie) Green ('65) lived across from that house... think he still does when you can find him there... Doug Benoliel's ('65) folks would build a CUSTOM HOME (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) above the Greens' much later, but it doesn't work into the story... so where was I... oh yeah... I am not sure of the first time I tasted one... but I recall the first time I got sent to get some... Oh boy... I'm a big boy now! Get to cross GWWay all by my lone! Yes sir... Why hello Mr. Ghirardo (there's that name again), yup... gimme a bag a them thangs... here's my money... don't know how much is there but my Dad said it was the right change... so I mean hey he's my Dad... must know if the amount is right... As I carried my bag 'o gold back to the folks, I studied the bag... The bag was something that always intrigued me... There was Mr. Spudnut (see how many people had that first name... ) holding a bag with another Mr. Spudnut holding a bag... with another Mr. Spudnut holding a bag... with... .. .. you get the picture... I had never been able to picture eternity or infinity anyway but with the visual of Ol' Mr. Spudnut carrying a bag... with ol' Mr. Spudnut carrying a bag... with... .. .. (years later when Skip Nussbaum ('65) and I would work summers in Walla Walla, I remember holding a bag and staring at Mr. Spudnut holding a bag... clearly, I had not made a great deal of progress in my conceptual abilities over the years... )... So wow Val (Val Ghirardo Driver ('72)), HAPPY BIRTHDAY FORM ALL OF US TO THE WHOLE GHIRARDO FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lemler ('72) Happy Birthday Spudnut Shop, and congrats Val, it is nice to see this Richland Institution still going strong after 55 years. Just wondering how many Bombers have been employed there over the years, Best Wishes for many many more! -Mike Lemler ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Spudnut Shop Congratulations, Val! When we were seniors in high school, I was in the DECA club and they sold Spudnuts in the school store. Since I lived just up the hill on Williams from your shop, I picked up the tray of Spudnuts every morning. Your dad always threw in a few extra Spudnuts for us to eat on the way. He was a delightful man. Dawn Sartain usually walked to school, so I'd pull over and give her a ride. Then off to pick up Helen Stocker, Beth Riggins, and Carol Stewart. Helen and I car pooled so there were times she took on the driving duty. She was also in DECA and we worked together at Tomlinson's Dairy Mart. For a little drive-through mart they sold a big variety of food. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, had specials on egg nog, half and half, sour cream, and you could even order pumpkin pies. In the summer they had specials on fresh Klicker Strawberries. Those were the days! On time there was a truck with a giant camper that was too tall for the drive-through roof almost bringing it down a ways. Anyway, I am going to quit rambling and get back to the Spudnut Shop. Val should be admired for her hard work and accomplishment. You go girl! She is a prime example to all that a pop and daughter shop can still have a booming business in this world. Val not only provides great food, but also provides a great place for Bombers to meet. Good job, well done! -Peggy Adair ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Chris Webster ('78) Congratulations Val & the Ghirardo family for keeping the Spudnut Shop alive for 55 years. You have the best service of any restaurant in the Tri-Cities. Your cinnamon rolls are awesome, all your Spudnuts are awesome. Mayor Bob Thompson needs to have a celebration of some kind. Go Bombers!! -Chris Webster ('78) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Canadian Drugs I saw something on the news about it, it's website is: some woman in Bellingham is running it. You can get great prices, the is a flat fee of $19 for shipping no matter how many prescriptions you order. Depending on the amount of money your saving on your medication, this may or may not be a savings for you, it's worth checking out. -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Darren McIntyre ('82) Re: Ardess Benjamin (RIP) I worked with and was friends with Mrs. Benjamin's daughters, Patti and Muriel. Unfortunately, I lost contact with the girls through the years. Ardess was a very sweet lady and my deepest sympathies go out to her husband and both girls. -Darren McIntyre ('82) ~ Travis AFB, CA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) Well, Happy Birthday to the Spudnut Shop Val and a belated Happy Birthday to you. To those who might not know this fact. Val is a Valentines day birthday girl. Love you sweetie -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: the Tri-City Herald Genealogy discussion C.J. Brannen Wednesday February 12, 2003 at 5:48 I am interested in locating one John A. Sabean - stationed at Richland WA - 1946-47 and/or other friends who knew him. -C.J. Brannen (NAB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/08/03 Dateline: L.A. (Canoga Park), CA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers sent stuff: Em DeVine ('52), Mike Clowes ('54) Gus Keeney ('57), Millie Finch ('65) Tom Hughes ('56), Max Sutton ('57) Mike Waggoner ('60), Jack Gardiner ('61) Jim Hamilton ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Deedee Willox ('64), David Rivers ('65) Janine Rightmire ('65), Judi Wilson ('65) Patty de la Bretonne ('65), Jeff Curtis ('69) Kathie Moore ('69), Peggy Adair ('72) Sheryl Romsos ('76) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Adair ('66) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Em DeVine Dow ('52) To: All the Keeney kids; Heartfelt condolences on your mother's passing. She was one of the sweetest ladies I ever lived near! How lovely that she passed quietly in her sleep... a wonderful way to go on to that next exciting existence, no doubt welcomed by the many who loved her who had gone before. Warmest love to each and all, "Em" To: David Rivers ('65) Your writing cracks me up!! Fun stuff. Morton's Salt had that same kind of picture on the container: a girl with an umbrella in the rain holding a box of salt with a girl with an umbrella in the rain, holding a box... I was quite entranced by that label---imagining it going on and on and on. To: The Spudnut Shop Sincere congratulations on a very successful 55 year run! You folks are the best! (And so are your Spudnuts!) -Em DeVine Dow ('52) ~ windy Richland - where a little bit of rain today helped settle the dust down. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Ray Wells ('54) and Spudnut Shop Birthdays I would like to dispel the rumor that Ray was either born or lived in the Spudnut Shop; that was left to later generations. For both events, add my congratulations. To: The Class of 1954 I would second Marguerite Groff Tompkins' ('54) invitation to fellow class members to join us in September at the Club 40 reunion and see what happens with both the classes of '53 and '58. We should also join in wishing Ferol Smith's ('54) health improves so that she will be with us in '04. To: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Boy, am I in deep doo-doo! I am really late in wishing you a happy 29th birthday. To: Judy Willox Hodge ('61) I'm sure all will join me in commiserating with you over the news that your server has "down syndrome." LOL Bomber Cheers -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ rainy Albany, OR. The weather guessers are promising 8" to 10" of snow in the mountains. P.S. Don't forget the lunches in Portland and Fife this weekend, I won't. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Gladys Keeney (Bomber MOM - RIP) Many people have asked me when the memorial service will be. 2:00PM at West Side United Protestant Church, Saturday, March 15th. I think I had mentioned noon to some folks before, but 2:00PM it is!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Spudnut Congratulations Congratulations Val (72). I was here before the Spudnut shop, but boy oh boy did my dad find it when it opened. One of my fondest memories with my parents is, when we got out of church on Sunday morning, Dad would take us for a "warm" Spudnut filled with delicious vanilla ice cream!! Yummy.................they were delicious. Then it was the spot we all would flock to following a movie at the Uptown Theater. Congratulations for your family tradition - one of the best donuts on earth - none to compare with it - no, not even krispie cremes. Keep it going for my grandchildren, and theirs and on- and-on-and-... -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Marcus Whitman Tennis Courts To: Jean Eckert Sullens ('51) I remember those Tennis Courts very well. We not only played tennis on them, they were the best roller skating rink around. We had two pair of the old steel wheel clamp-on skates. Usually about five or six of us from the neighborhood would go over there to take turns skating. In the summer time when we were going barefoot all of the time the clamp-ons were a problem. First, I had lost the skate key so I carried a pair of pliers to tighten them. They would not hold very well on the old worn out tennis shoes we had and we had not gotten our new "school shoes" that had real soles yet. I found two old belts that my dad had and we cut them off and punched new holes with our pocket knife (every kid had a pocket knife in those days) and strapped the front of the skates around our foot. This would work for a while until your foot slipped out and the skate ended up around your ankle and you ended up planting your nose in the ground. Lots of fun and memories to keep forever. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Max Sutton ('57) Re: Monty Dunn ('80) My wife, Gayle Dunn Sutton ('62), is looking for any information about her step-brother, Monty Dunn. We've lost touch with him and would like to get in contact with him. If anybody has any information on his whereabouts, we would really appreciate hearing from you. -Max Sutton ('57) ~ rainy ole' Renton, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Waggoner ('60) Martha Waggoner died on Whidbey Island on Monday, March 3, 2003. She and her husband Al (RIP 2001) raised six Bombers: Alan ('59), Michael ('60), David ('62), twins: John ('66) & Paul ('66), and Debbie ('69). The family lived in Richland at 1938 Hetrick from 1948 to 1982 while Al worked for the Atomic Energy Commission (retiring as assistant manager of the Hanford Operation) and the children attended Jefferson Grade School, Chief Joseph Junior High School, and Columbia High School. -Mike Waggoner ('60) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: Happy Birthday to Deirdre Johnson Taylor (65) A longtime friend and one of my favorite "Softmores". Here is a picture of Deirdre, Debbie and the always lovely and forever young Miss Nancy. Are they looking good or what. This picture, less the glass of wine, could easily have been taken in 1965. Nothing like great friendships to keep you thinking, feeling and looking young. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Las Vegas This past weekend I was in Las Vegas attending the Nascar Races on Sunday. Before I left San Jose I saw on the Luncheon calendar, next luncheon 3/1/03 at the Timbers at Flamingo & Durango. So I went there, arrived at 11:15 waited until 12:30 no one showed up, so I guess it was cancelled. Maybe next time I'm in Vegas. -Jack Gardiner ('61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Spudnut Shop I, also, want to put in my 2 cents for a wonderful 55th birthday of the Spudnut Shop. I spent many, many evenings there waiting to be picked up after the movie got out. I only get a chance to go there every 5 years now (reunions), but still LOVE the taste of those Spudnuts!! Hope the shop keeps going on and on and on. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ~ where we have been having a warm winter and I'm anxious for Spring ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Spudnut Shop I introduced my South Carolina friend to Spudnuts (she had only had crispy cremes - YUK) and we bought Spudnut Shop T-shirts. On her last trip to see her folks in South Carolina, she wore her T-shirt and had a lot of fun explaining to her family and friends. And yes, she agrees that crispy cremes can't begin to compare with Spudnuts! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where the wind has been blowing (and the dust has been airborne as well). ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: My Buddy It's that time again. Why only 2 years ago, we were going out to dinner celebrating his birthday and getting ready to fly from Vegas to Richland. He don't like them there airoplanes so I thought I'd tag along to hold his big mit if he got nervous. I've told the story 100 times but it never grows old to me. We first met when we were both 15... swappin' cars and figuring we had really pulled one over on the other. I figured he was about 20 and I was worried he might realize I was really clueless and would get the best of me. He had the outline of a man's beard and this big square jaw that looked like it could take a punch from Rocky Marciano with no sweat. He also had this great Buddy Holly curl in the middle of his forehead... mine would never make that great perfect curl... I remember Terry Davis ('65) trying to get that curl to copy a young hood we ran with at Jason Lee, named Bobby Tom Farthing... But this guy had it down pat. Over the years we became closer and closer and then as we both went off to war along with so many of our friends, we lost track of one another only to be reunited thru our pal Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65)... and as the story unfolded we got very close again... to the point were he has actually suggested that he would run up to Alberta to pick up a car for me that I want just for its hot rod components that are virtually impossible to find for less than a small fortune... What does he think... my memory isn't even two years long! Does he forget that I am driving a '34 Ford with plates that read "HRTATAK" in his honor instead of reading "RUMBLE" in honor of Link Wray and his Wraymen... ya think I'm stupude! No way do I wanna repeat that episode! Tho I do hafta admit that but for that little trip made two years ago, Roy Ballard ('63) would not have found the big bomb and we would not have that beautiful baby to lug around all the time... So anyway... even if runnin' in the company of that bad crowd like our own Jim Stull ('62) has taken him from premier hot rodder to premier biker dude... and in spite of the ... cough cough sputter sputter... low slung Dockers... HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMIE ADAIR ('66) THIS MARCH 8TH!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU, JIMMIE! To: All the Keeney kids and especially to my old friend, Jackson ('65) My deepest feelings for all of you. Your Mom was so special... not that your Pop wasn't. Jack was always showing up with great little trinkets and mementos she had hidden away for Jack when he "grew up"... course she couldn't wait that long so every now and again she would release this stuff into Jack's custody... hopefully Barbara tucked it all away so it didn't get lost out in Jack's shop!! But every year Jack has showed up with old newspaper clippings, Sandstorms all weathered but otherwise in perfect condition... I had a huge stack of my own at one time but probably foolishly tossed them as I did so many treasures. I enjoyed Gus' ('57) comment that his Mom was now with his dad. Best wishes to all of you and to the girls, please give Jack a big hug for me... let him know his buds are always thinking of him! David Rivers ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) To: Jimmie Adair ('66) Unfortunately for me, I wasn't as close a friend to this wonderful person as I should have been in school. But, I was given a second chance!!! Yeah!!! Now I can call him one of my very dearest friends and I love him to pieces!! Have a great day, Jimmie!!! You are a super guy with a super family!!! Happy Birthday!!! -Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Judi Wilson Johnson ('65) Re: Fort Lauderdale, FL Bomber greetings, I was just wondering if any Bombers live in the Fort Lauderdale area and/or can tell me where to stay in Key West. We're going east to explore and arrive in Fort Lauderdale on the 16th of March. Any absolutely "must eat at" places??? We have about 5 days for explorations and the AAA book and the entertainment book aren't good for narrowing down the choices. Thanks. -Judi Wilson Johnson ('65) P.S. Happy birthday and thank you to the Spudnut shop. I still remember how delicious those glazed Spudnuts were with the soft ice cream piled on top. UUMMMMM ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) My condolences to the Keeney family on the death of their mother. Actually Sweet Jack is the only Keeney I really know at all, but reading messages from all of you over the years makes me feel as if I know you. My thoughts are with you. Congratulations to the Spudnut Shop! I remember many trips there over the years, especially in Jr. Hi for some reason. Never had any glazed donut as good as a spudnut! And thanks David R. for your as usual entertaining anecdote regarding spudnuts. I hope you're keeping your notes. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) in Seattle ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: Val and the Shop Val Congratulations for all the years of toil and effort in keeping a true icon of Richland up and running. Zip's and the True Stone "fingernail" (segmented ellipsoid to the more pedantic) are virtual newcomers compared to your shop. Many of us have fond memories of Spudnuts dotting events in our lives. Christ the King's St. Cecilia's Boys Choir had boxes of them for their parties. The Jason Lee School Patrol had boxes of them for their picnics. Little League games, hunting trips, Boy Scout gatherings all benefited from the millions of potato pastries you and your family have provided over the years. Did you ever count how many you've bagged, boxed and plated over all this time? A box of Spudies, a crate of Rogers potato chip seconds (leaking grease through the cardboard), and a couple of glass gallon jugs of A&W root beer were the makings of many a great party-feast in my youth. Everyone has had a soft spot in their hearts for those tasty things for as long as I can remember. Today, as my parents are aging, I find myself traveling to Richland more frequently and I always make my first priority a couple of glazed and a cup of coffee at your place to unwind from the road. I can always count on you and your staff and it's the same warm, inviting and friendly place it always was. I can usually spot a familiar face among the crowd that's always present. It's hard to find an unhappy customer at the Spudnut Shop. So, thanks for all the years of early mornings, late nights and tolerating clouds of potato flour dust, it's very appreciated by all. And they say nobody doesn't love Sarah Lee.....she was a piker! -Jeff Curtis ('69) ~ Seattle, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kathie Moore Adair ('69) Congratulations to Val and the Spudnut Shop, there is a lot of hard work that goes on there every day. Thank You Val. March 8th, is Jim Adair's ('66) Birthday, and we will be at the Spudnut Shop, like usual, for our Saturday morning breakfast. Happy Birthday Jimmie! I Love You. -Kathie Moore Adair ('69) ~ West Richland - where it is windy and rainy) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Adair ('72) Re: Happy Birthday To: My brother, Jimmie Adair ('66) I want to wish my brother, Jimmie, a big Happy Birthday from your little sister, Pj. You probably know it, but there are a lot of people out there that love you; just as I do. To most of his old buddies, he is known as "The Doc". Jim is a master in many trades, that is: mechanic, sheet metal worker supervisor, humorist (with a tad bit of sarcasm in a fun way), be there when you need me sort of guy, a super dad, a best friend, a best brother, and the guy that has held the Adair family together. With Jim's honest and forthright reputation, my dealings with people in the Tri-Cities have been so positive.. Everyone that knows him loves him. You couldn't ask for a better friend or brother. Last weekend I found some old 8mm movies my Mother took many years ago and one that sticks out in my mind is Jim's car parked in front of the house on Williams with our old homemade horse trailer behind it. My brother Gene was outside the front of the trailer, I was anxiously awaiting for my pony, "Stubby", to get unloaded -- and low and behold who is that guy with black hair, black glasses, black tie and white shirt in the trailer unloading my pony? My brother, Jimmie. Bless his heart, if even he liked horse power under the hood, he still took the time to help his little sister out with her horse power on legs. I will never forget the good deeds he did for me (and I won't forget the times he got me in trouble either; especially when Benny Johnson told me to flip anyone off that gave me a hard time. Had no idea what the bird meant :) David Rivers: Certainly, you will out do my entry with your gift of wit and vocabulary, but hey, I only have a two year degree of college! :) My thanks to you for getting Jim to your Doctor while in Las Vegas. This is probably pretty boring to most of you, however, I want all Bombers to know that Jim has all my respect as a brother and a friend. By the way, you can most likely see him at the Spudnut Shop Saturday morning between 8 and 9am. Okay, in addition, I want to thank Jim's wife, Kathie Moore Adair ('69), for being such a support to Jim and the entire Adair family. Happy Birthday and I love you. -Peggy Adair ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sheryl Romsos Senyk ('76) Happy Birthday to my friend, Lauri Kraemer Serafin ('77)! We have shared lots of experiences, laughs, and tears over the last 44 years, and I consider you nothing less than my sister. Here's to the next 100 years! All my love, Sheryl -Sheryl Romsos Senyk ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/09/03 Dateline: Vacaville, CA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick (51), Marilynn Working ('54) MIssy Keeney ('59), Lance Hartman ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Marie Ruppert ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Cecily Riccobuono ('77) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Hammons ('51) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Leonard and MaryMike Hartnett Peters ('61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To: All those who knew my mother, Ola Myrick Mom passed away Saturday morning at 2:26. She was a great Mother, friend, and loved every one. My sister Norma ('54) and I were there at her side when she took her last breath. It was sad but it was also a blessing. God has her now. She is finally with her mother. She has been begging her mother to come and get her for the last six months. We will be having grave side services, but we don't know when. Thanks to all the kids that gave her a great deal of joy at the Village Food Store and Diettrich's Market. And, all their pets, too. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) To: Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes ('54) Thanks for your comments re my birthday!! Only wish I were 29!! That reminds me of when I was 32, I told my 4 girls that if I had been born 2 days later (29th) I would only be 8 yrs. old. They said "OH, NO, Then you wouldn't have us"!! Ha... Now in 2004, Leap Year, I would only be 19, just be out of High School. Whippeeeee. (If I had only been born 2 days later!!) Mike, figure the math to get my "real" age. Have a great day!! ALL BOMBERS...... Congrats to the Spudnut Shop on 55 yrs!! My dad knew the fellow from Montana who started the shop. I, too, remember the Spudnut ala modes, with the cherry on top of the soft ice cream. 10 years ago when I moved back here to stay, I went into the shop and ordered one, but unfortunately the younger gal in there didn't know what I was talking about. Big, huge, glazed Spudnuts!!! YUMMY!! Blessings to all the families who have servicemen or women serving our great country, here or overseas. Gratitude to them, as they serve our country and don't complain. Let's pray that they all come home safe. Look forward to seeing my friends at our lunch, March 21, at Granny's in Kennewick. -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney Baker ('59) Re: Life, Death & Spudnuts My congratulations to Val on the birthday of The Spudnut Shop. We will be ordering Spudnuts to share at my Parents' memorial celebration as my Dad, Raymond, made the Spudnut Shop his second home in the '80s and '90s. It was sort of like "Cheers", a place where everybody knew his name and brought him his "usual" without even having to ask!! Thanks, Val, for not only making great Spudnuts but for caring about your customers! -Missy Keeney Baker ('59) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Lance Hartman ('60) & Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) To: All the Waggoner kids Our heartfelt condolences to your family. I well remember Al and Martha as wonderful friends (and neighbors) of my in-laws, Dean & Mary Hartman. -Lance Hartman ('60) & Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Bremerton ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) My sympathy to the entire Waggoner family, especially to David who is my classmate and who I knew best. I also knew your parents from their faithful work at CUP church. Your mother was my Sunday School teacher, more than once I am sure. She and your father are in a better place, but both of them will be remembered by many as the wonderful people they were while they were here on earth. God be with you during this difficult time of loss. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where the little ole pond is melting as it is warming up to almost 60 outside. The sun is shining and my tulips have broken through the ground. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: skates You brought back many, many memories of putting those skates on my shoes... I wore my skate key around my neck on a piece of string--otherwise, I knew I would lose it. I used to skate at Spalding on the tennis courts there, and of course, skated up and down Elm Street, across the street onto Swift, to Betty Bates Roberts' ('64) house, then we would skate up Swift to Cottonwood and back to Elm and do it all over, again. *GRIN* Kinda wish I still had those old skates... my kids wore "shoe skates"... they looked like tennis shoes, but were skates--they were popular in the '70s and '80s... even this ol' mom had a pair and I could "best" them on the streets and any place else they wanted to skate--even took them to roller rinks and "did my stuff". *GRIN* They are popular, again, and I think they are called "sketchers". I kept skating till about 12 years ago when I figured these old bones had enough of landing on the ground and it was time to hang up the skates. *GRIN* To: David Rivers ('65) Your writing is WONDERFUL! Makes me wish I had known all the people you write about, but in your words, I can almost feel that I do. Hope you save the stuff you write... you should put it all in a book and sell it! If nothing else, Bombers would buy it. *GRIN* To: Val and the spudnut shop Congratulations!!!! I remember my first Spudnut - my dad, "Sarge" Reining (RIP) had taken my brother, Tim ('71WB), and I there and I can still remember ordering a maple bar. They were and are still delicious! I go to Fullerton or Lancaster when I really need one... but, it is over 2 hours to Fullerton and over an hour to Lancaster, so I don't get the "need" very often, but when I do, I buy two dozen and bring them home... not all of them make it home!!!!! *GRIN* Thanks for the wonderful potato pastries and giving Bombers one more place to hang out and remember the good times. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we still need the rain, but our chances of getting any are "slim and none"! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Cecily McClanahan McClanahan ('77) Re: Spudnut Shop Congratulations to Val, and your family on 55 wonderful Spudnut years! My memories of the Spudnut Shop go way back to when I was a kid. I would spend the night at my best friend's house, Denice Simmons ('77), and her dad would wake us up early in the morning for a trip to the Spudnut Shop. I can still remember what I would order. One glazed, one cinnamon roll, and a cup of hot chocolate. Now I have passed on the tradition to my own three kids, who have never lived in Richland, but demand we stop at the Spudnut Shop when we're in town. Keep up the great work. Here's to many more years. -Cecily McClanahan McClanahan ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/10/03 Dateline: Eugene, OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51), Ralph Myrick ('51) Marguerite Groff ('54), Mike Clowes ('54) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Tom Hughes ('56) Pete Overdahl ('60), Karma King ('64) Patti Snider ('65), Len Rediske ('66) ******************************************** ******************************************** IDITAROD UPDATE: Martin Buser is in 4th place. ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb O'Malley Wedberg ('70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) Re: Tucson Bomber gathering Great Sunday noon luncheon at the Viscount Suites Hotel in Tucson -- we definitely missed Sara Hill Hightower ('62), but lots of good conversation and laughs were had by Doug Ufkes ('68), Terry Ganz ('68) and wife Judy, Don Andrews ('67) -- who just happened to be vacationing in sun-country, George Barnett ('63), Jim Barnett ('80(, Bonnie Steeber Fresca ('57) and Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51). The temperature was in the low 80s, making the day even more enjoyable. Bomber representation ranged from the class of '51 to the class of '80. -Doreen Hallenbeck Waldkoetter ('51) ~ Green Valley, AZ ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: Mom's grave side services I said I would let the Bombers who knew my Mother the time of the service. They will be grave side at 1:00PM at Einan's. There will be a reception at Norma's home, right after the service. Email me for Norma's address. -Ralph Myrick ('51) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/11/03 Dateline: Estacada (Portland), OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Jerry Swain ('54) Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Bill Berlin ('56), Dick De Ford ('56) Susan Erickson ('59), Bill Johnson ('61) Ann Engel ('63), Janice Pierce ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Ken Staley ('68) Kim Edgar ('79) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay McCue ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Mom's grave side service wasn't written very well. Forgot to add the service will be on Saturday 15th. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Swain ('54) To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Glad to see your mention of "Fission Chips" which was in the same strip as the Spudnut Shop. Fission Chips was run by Cal Decker and Arv Hall and Gene Ritnauer ('54) worked there deveining shrimp and peeling potatoes. Cal Decker's mother worked at the downtown Washington State Liquor store. Years later (1969) I ran into Cal Decker in the City / County building where he worked for the King County Executive. I can still imagine the tart taste of vinegar drenched fries followed by an ice cream filled Spudnut. To: Maren ('63 & '64) Did you get the filled in blanks for the Lewis & Clark 7th grade picture of Mr. Jorgenson's class, which started that year as Mr. Bill Bressler's class? Mr. Jorgenson was a former Naval Aviator and I enjoyed reading his manuals on air to air tactics. Mr. Bressler ended up as the Principal of Blair School at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. My daughter Debbie, was his first second generation student. [I'm pretty sure I HAVE the updates, but haven't added them yet. I'll get to them -- SOON. -Maren] To: The family of Sam Nageley ('55) I first knew Sam in Boy Scouts and a certain ski trip to Tollgate. He was in the JAG office at Fairchild AFB in 1963 and did a fine job looking out for we aviators. My heart goes out to all of Sam's family with deepest sympathy for them and respect for a classmate who was class himself--he will be missed. -Jerry Swain ('54) ~ Live from sun-drenched Goodyear, AZ where it may hit 84F today (Tough task but everyone needs to be somewhere). ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) What can the City Council be thinking? "Trailers" (aka manufactured homes) belong in either North or West Richland, just the way the Government decreed lo those many years ago. Now as to your gardening problem, I would suggest an astro turf type lawn. One can either wash it down, or maybe even vacuum it. Small, slow growing bushes or shrubs could complete the picture. Wouldn't recommend bark dust as that has to be replaced periodically. Best of luck to you on your move. To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) As Ed McMahon used to tell Johnny "You are correct." The Fission Chips place and the Spudnut Shop shared a wall. The "kitchens" were along this wall. Gotta agree that chips (french fries) with the malt vinegar were great. There was a discussion at the Fife lunch about where one could get good french fries. The thought came to me as to why there aren't more Spudnut shops. I think it is because unscrupulous french fry manufacturers have almost cornered the potato meal market. They have found it is easier to make french fries by compacting the meal and pushing it through a tube to make the shape, then cut them to length. Faster and less labor intensive, but I digress. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ safely back in (currently) sunshiny Albany, OR ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Reed family. Laura, It always brings a smile when I read your posts. Your wondrous Bomber comments as a friend and cheerleader helped inspire all your classmates. Each time we peek at our annual or share it with our curious grandchildren... and embellish our experiences in that great city by the cool, clear Columbia we see your name as editor of our annual and how creative our classmates that produced it flash additional pictures in our minds. Larry Reed and Pete Hollick were my best pals at Carmichael in 8th grade. Larry and I were battling to make John Pocrinich's 8th grade basketball team and become Bomber basketball players... An embedded dream of young basketball hopefuls. Pete was shaving twice a day and had it made already! While we were 9th graders at Chief Joseph, I had to help carry my best pal Larry to his final resting place on earth. It still effects me every time I remember the trauma and shock of losing such a friend who cheered up everyone's spirits and made our days splashing the girls at the pool, listening to records at Korten's and riding our bikes around town or retelling jokes outside Mr. Warwick's 8th grade home room class with Ron Snowden, Rennie Willoughby, John Todd and other Carmichael chums. He was a good friend to all he met and his name lives with our first son whom I believe the Reed family would also be proud to claim. Larry Reed always cheered up those around him. Sharon, his younger sister, was a sweetheart of a girl and also a dear friend. We recall how hard Jerry worked at the Spudnut shop and still played football, organized the Prom and came with Ginger Rose, our Prom Queen. I laugh when I recall how long Jerry and I practiced our typing our abc's forward and backward late one night preparing for a test to avoid being early to the letterman's initiation. We took harsh medicine for being late as I recall. We entered the locker room above the football field, claiming it was our typing teacher, Mrs. Thompson's fault for making us work so late. They put some asdf jkl;'s on our posteriors with the large paddles. It was not a heartwarming experience, but we took it and made our mad dash up the walk toward the gym where a cadre of junior and senior girls were in the parking lot with car headlights flashing and horns honking didn't realize the sensitivity of half-nude sophomores even when fully clothed. The ultra-hot analgesic balm accelerated our entry into the showers. Heard from Vonnie not long ago. She was renewing her spirits and launching a new career... We were all hit hard by Sam Nageley's passing too. He was a super Bomber hero and enjoyed life. I recall visiting with Bill Hartley, Sr. in the hall when Sam was bringing the starting pistol back to Mr. Haag's (the Vice Principal's) office from a P.E. class. Sam spun the revolver and decided to click the hammer. The halls filled with students following the unexpected roar from the inconspicuous round still in the chamber. Smoke swirled around Sam's head as Mr. Haag ran out into the hall. The Vice Principal's face quickly changed from serious to one that was trying extraordinarily hard not to show the hundreds of students he was about to explode in laughter. He quickly pulled Sam into his office before collapsing on a chair. His action immediately put every one at ease. Sam needed that response. Hardly a day passed at RHS without an exciting moment or two in the Green and Gold hallways. Our good thoughts of friends sustain us. Neither sorrow, nor wars, nor death's hand can steal our best memories of Marcus Whitman, Carmichael, Chief Jo and Richland High days and our friends from church and neighborhoods help us realize a bit of paradise travels through our veins. Especially as we remember some of the music that propelled us through tough times and good. I still remember the feeling of coming out of the locker room with team mates and hearing our band and fans sing ... "bring down the thunder out of the sky"... it still has a good ring to it. When I think about it... its about like the time a trumpet player in our neighborhood sneaked over to the Old Soldier's home and played the Cavalry charge at 6:30 am. He did a lot of explaining, apologizing and involuntary yard duty, but he did get to meet a lot of grateful old soldiers who thought his trumpet playing was downright spectacular. They also set records for getting outside that exceeded their quickest fire drill at the home. There's an indescribable feeling that sweeps over one's soul once they've had a chance to be a Bomber at Richland High for even a single year. Thanks for reminding us about the Reed Family. Your loyal classmates and admirers are always glad to hear from you. Your continued posts are an answer to our many prayers. Like Thomas Edison once said when asked what next great research should be investigated, he quickly answered... "Find out about prayer... what makes it work"! Just because we can't explain it... doesn't mean we can't use it. Like my Grandfather said, Keep praying for rain and remember to bring your umbrella with you. By the way GOD just called and I think he told me to type shorter messages. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Spudnut Shop Right after the War when we were still in Denver, CO there was a doughnut shop opened by an ex-GI that had the best doughnuts I had ever eaten. I don't know the name of place because rather than to have to wait in line out front, we went to the back door as my Grandmother had loaned the guy the money to get started. When we moved to Richland not long after, we really missed those treats until the Spudnut Shop opened and to this day I think they were the same as what we had in Denver but the Richland surroundings were so much better. As a kid my Mom would ask my Dad to get stamps and mail letters for her so I would go with him to Uptown. Just around the corner from the Spudnut Shop was a bar where the Old Man would go in for a quick... for those of you from North Richland... an adult beverage. He would go in, place his order, take stamps out of his wallet and then come out to where I was waiting and give me the stamps and a buck. I would then stamp and mail the letters and go have a Spudnut or two and we would meet back at the car. One day whilst at Uptown, my Mom gave me some letter and money and asked me to get stamps and mail the letters so naturally, I walked into the bar where (dah) my Dad got them. Right? He was in such trouble and I was Spudnut-less for a number of weeks. That was the first and last time I was ever in that joint... the bar, not the Spudnut Shop. 50 years of operation is really something and congratulations to those folks. They outlasted Seattle First National Bank by something like 40 years. Anyone know where Carolyn Fichter ('58) is living now? She was my Rainbow Girl buddy whilst I was in De Molay. Dr. Bill Weston ('56) is retired from the Denver University [or University of Colorado] Hospital and Medical School. Bill went to Whitman and then to the University of South Dakota Med School and then practiced and taught at Denver. His sister Marilyn Moors Dames ('57?) lives in Portland and older sister Nancy Moors ('54?) is a retired teacher and lives in Seattle. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Seattle [Magnolia District] - where we have 23 coffee shops, no Spudnuts and just one gas station. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick De Ford ('56) Re: Spudnut Shop It was a long time ago that I became addicted to the Spudnut. I found the day old ones tasted the best. I worked for Jerry and Barlow the summer of 1954 until I was drafted in '56. Living in Springfield, MO means that we do not get to eat them very often. In the past 31 years we have visited about 18 or 20 times and have not missed a stop at the shop. This year? I think it was the summer of '54 that Barlow decided to buy the scooters to sell Spudnuts and ice cream around town. At five cents a bar we put the others out of business. It was one of my jobs to set up the routes and keep the scooters running. A jeep was bought the next year with a large box to keep the Spudnuts warm. The route that went around to business was active for a long time after I left. One of my other duties was to babysit the Val and her siblings. I remember that after the shop closed some stayed to enjoy the home brewed wine that Barlow's dad brewed. To have a job at the Spudnut shop was to have the best job in town. You could not find two better men to work for than Barlow and Jerry. The things I learned had an impact on the rest of my working life. I am now retired, spend most of my time making things with stained glass or work on my yard. I have a 3,000 gallon water garden/fish pond with a 3 foot water fall. The pond contains about 50 gold fish half were spawned in the pond. It would be interesting to know how many people worked for the Spudnut shop? To: Those that know Doug Farris ('65). Doug lost his wife Sue, March 3, 2003, in an auto accident. She grew up in Mississippi. Richard "Dick" De Ford ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59) Re: North Central Washington (NCW) Bomber Luncheon Come join us at the: North Central Washington Bomber Luncheon DATE: April 6, 2003 TIME: 11:00 (time to gather - 11:30 (time to order) WHERE: Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan Campbell's House Cafe 104 W. Woodin, Chelan, WA RSVP by: Thursday, April 3 -Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59) ~ East Wenatchee - where it's cold, but sunny... we're on our way to, hopefully, warm and sunny Arizona for the rest of the month! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bill Johnson ('61) Re: Funeral Notice Just a note that Don Ott (Classic Class of '61) passed away last Saturday in California. I think they are planning a memorial service this coming Saturday back here in Richland, but I don't have the details until hopefully tonight (3/10/03) W.L. "Bill" Johnson ('61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: 3/8/03 Portland/Vancouver Lunch Attendees: Len Rediske ('66) & Linda Rediske (spouse) Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59) and Ron Holeman ('56) Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Jo Heidlebaugh ('74), Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Janice Pierce Gunter ('63) Re: Death Notice Don Ott ('61) passed away in San Jose, CA on Sunday, March 9th. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 16th at 2:00 pm at The Cathedral of Joy in Richland, WA. -Janice Pierce Gunter ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Locking Spudnuts in the trunk I have a van. *GRIN* -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - supposed to be in the low 70's today ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) My Grandfather, Grandmother, and their young children (well... 20 something kids) opened a Spudnut shop on Kennewick Avenue in the early '50s. I have fuzzy memories of that place. Unfortunately, my uncle, who was the chief baker, developed health problems that were aggravated by the potato flour and they could not carry on. They sold the shop and the new owners could not keep up the pace either. THE SPUDNUT SHOP in Richland is a lasting tribute to those who believe in hard work (and very early AM work) and great tasting food! Well done all... it's a lasting MUST STOP in the city! -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Men's Soccer FYI any Bomber Alumni or their spouses in Kitsap County, WA interested in playing on a men's indoor soccer team, our company team is looking for a few good men! :) I think we have 5 or 6 more games (we are short players, some of our Navy guys, (God Bless them) have been shipped out). The games are Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm at the Olympic Indoor Soccer Facility located at Pendergast Park in Bremerton. This is a C-League so you don't have to be a great player, just want to play a good game and get some exercise while you're at it. If your interested, email me or show up at one of the Thursday games and ask for the KPUD team. Here's a link to the facility: Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ~ Poulsbo, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/12/03 Dateline: Estacada (Portland), OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, and '02), Sandra Atwater ('51) Janet Martin ('53), Ginger Rose ('55) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Tom Hughes ('56) Jim Hoff ('57), Bill Johnson ('61) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Ann Engel ('63) David Rivers ('65), Vic Marshall ('71) Peggy Hartnett ('72), Jeanette Haberman ('73) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Loescher ('57) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, and '02) To: AKA Bob Carlson ('54) Re: Trailers C'mon Bob, no trailers in Richland? What the hey, What are prefabs but the original manufactured. To: Tom Tracy (55) Re: A beautiful piece on Larry Reed. You are still in line for my job on the DustStorm How did Larry die? I will check with my bro Pat ('55) down in Phoenix when I visit later this month -Dick McCoy, of the tin can class of '45. And '46, and '02 Where beautiful Camano Island is slowly shaking off the long winter. ******************************************** ******************************************** [BOMBER APOLOGIES -- the following should have been in yesterday's Sandstorm. -Maren] ******* >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd ('51) Tomorrow begins the second mini desert reunion of the '50 and '51 Bomber girls (possibly the last---- depending how Dort behaves). We are having the big dinner-dancing event at the Palm Valley Country Club. Last year we had it at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Rotunda. Needless to say, they would not let we rowdies back this year. Seems like some of the girls were smoking in non-smoking areas---Ha! Any of you fun loving Bombers in the area are welcome to attend----if you can stand it! Ha! Dinner seating---5:30 and will probably be in bed at 7:30!! We will try to get you photos this year. -Sandra Atwater Boyd ('51) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) Re: Ola Myrick (RIP) My sincere condolences to Ralph ('51) and Norma ('54). I especially remember your Mom on Halloween. When I was a teenager we lived on the south end of Rossell Avenue you guys lived up the street. A bunch of us, Gary ('53) and Raideen ('50) Porter and my sis Joan Martin ('50) and some others, I don't remember who, stopped at your house for "Trick or Treat". Your Mom "made" us come in and sing a song before she would treat us. I have tried to do that a few times, but the kids look at me like I'm crazy..But if they did this, maybe they would have a lovely memory like I have. Of course, I also remember her at the store next to Marcus Whitman. You are very fortunate to have had her for so many years. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. -Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ginger Rose Reed ('55) Re: Sam Nageley ('55RIP) I, too, was very sorry to hear about Sam Nageley's passing. Sam was a good friend from grade school on through high school. He was my date for my very first formal dance, a Rainbow Christmas dance in 9th grade where girls invited the boys. He was a truly good person and I know will be missed by many. Thank you, Tom Tracy, for the memories of Larry Reed. He is my children's uncle they never knew, as he died many years before they were born. I will save your thoughts to share with them. -Ginger Rose Reed ('55) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Spudnut memories To: Tom Tracy ('55) and Mike Clowes ('54) I would like to know to what or whom you two owe your fabulous memories. Could it have been the Spudnuts? Maybe it was continued "clean living" following you through life......Naaah that doesn't sound right :) It could have had something to do with the consumption of By's burgers I guess, because Marilyn Richey ('53) seems to have inherited the same ability, and we all know how many hours she spent at By's. Whatever the cause, those of us who require a jogging are blessed to have those of you who are so endowed. Every paragraph brings a smile (or sometimes even a tear) as those memories are resurrected. I always know that if I want to know the score of the Richland/Pasco basketball game at the close of the first half during the second game of the 1954-55 season, I can get the answer from Tom. I'm certain I was there singing "bring down the thunder out of the sky" at the top of my lungs, but don't ask me the score! Bob, you are so well informed on many subjects, but mostly I appreciate your memories of very early Richland, North Richland and West Richland. You are a treasure of memories when it comes to the sounds of the "fifties", a gift no doubt, of your years at the radio station. If I want to know what Mills Brothers song Hi-Spot was playing at the close of any Wednesday or Saturday evening, I just have to ask you. I am proud to be a Bomber and often remind my children and grandchildren that I was in the first class at Carmichael, the first class at Chief Jo and the first class at Mac Hall of Col Hi. I feel very lucky to have had the excellent educational opportunities provided by the Richland school district. Many teachers positively influenced us at that impressionable time. There was a rich and unique culture of collected students in the system who landed in Richland from all over the United States, affording all of us an experience not offered in most other schools at the time. We are lucky to have been there. This new media of electronic communication is such a gift as it lets us reignite old friendships and resurrect old memories while we sit in our widely scattered locations and walk, aided by old friends, through the places and situations of yesterday. Thanks to the younger Bombers who carry on the tradition with the same pride, making the Sandstorm newsletter and R2K possible. When I sat in the sweltering, overcrowded gym in 2000 and absorbed the sights and sounds of the collected Pep Band playing and heard the stomping feet at the introduction of the melded basketball teams from years ago, my heart was beating so fast and the tears were falling so profusely that I could not get out the words of "Fight fight fight for old Richland High", even though I had sung them a thousand times in the past. That is one memory I will NEVER forget! BOMBERS RULE -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Tom, Just a note to say don't make them shorter, just more often. They always make my day. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Hoff ('57) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Just read your letter with all the reminders and was very taken by your message on Larry Reed. I too was an attendant for Larry even though I was only a seventh grader a Chief Jo at the time. I have never forgotten that day and sitting in the front of the church near his casket and thinking "He is gone... and way too early. This just shouldn't be." Each time I have attended a funeral I can't help but remember that day in Richland oh so long ago in the Lutheran Church. Larry was a good older friend who lived just across the alley on Haines and I lived on Haupt at that time. I went to see him daily after he returned from the hospital and watched him change before my eyes. Thanks for the memories and kind words, Tom. I still see you in my mind shooting a running scoop shot as you broke down the lane... little did I know you would become equally as skilled with your prose. Keep up the great thoughts and best wishes to you! -Jim Hoff ('57) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: W.L. "Bill" Johnson ('61) Re: Don Ott ('61RIP) I received this e-mail from Elizabeth Minton with more information on Don Ott and felt that it should be passed on to all of his friends via the Sandstorm. ******** Don passed away in his own home Sunday afternoon from heart failure. He went quick and just the way he would want it- in his recliner with the t.v. clicker in his hand. We are having a viewing service here in Danville, CA Wednesday evening and all coming back to the Tri Cities Friday. The memorial service will be held at Einan's Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. Jo and Willie Evans have graciously made the Towne Crier available for a celebration of Don's life following the service. We will have food, drinks, and laughs all throughout the afternoon and probably well into the evening and please ask for anyone who knew Don to feel free to pay your respects. ********* -W.L. "Bill" Johnson (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Don Ott's ('61) passing Don Ott was my Campaign Manager in a 6th grade Class President contest; & it didn't take me long to realize that it should have been the other way around. Even at that time Don had a quiet, thoughtful, 'grounded' demeanor, as well as a wonderful understated 'dead-pan' sense of humor... real 'leadership' material! We found ourselves on the JV basketball team together at Col-Hi, where I was the victim of a really great 'head fake' about 2 or 3 hundred times. When he didn't just drive around me he had a great flat 2-hand jump shot from the top of the key. 20 years later I saw that same shot delivered by Lionel Hollins of a championship Trailblazers team & wondered what had become of Don... He was a first-rate fellow, in my estimation; & I send my condolences to his family. Re: Spudnuts of olde When I'd run my N. end Spokesman Review route, on those cold winter days of '57 & '58, it seemed to work out that I was right next to Uptown, more often than not. I could either go home & get ready for school, or head to the Spudnut for a maple bar... & hot chocolate, if there was time. I was in there so often that Jerry finally just showed me how to 'plug in' the stainless hot chocolate mug into its receptor (there was a heating coil in the base of the mug, & the plug looked like it belonged to a waffle iron) & get myself served. What fun!.. really felt like I belonged there. Watching Barlow waving that stick over the deep-fryer with that smile on his face was kinda like watching a drummer working the ride cymbal... both magical & hypnotic. If someone could figure out how to can the smell of that place for export, we're talking world-class money!!! My congratulations to the Spudnut-- keep 'em coming! ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: Don Ott ('61RIP) I was sorry to hear of the passing of Don. My deepest sympathy goes out to Jim ('64), Linda ('66), John ('??) and Don's four sons. My thoughts are with you at this time. -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Larry Reed I think Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) had the time frame pretty close on Larry Reed's passing. I remember Vonnie ('60) and Sharon ('57) coming over to the house and they were just sobbing. I couldn't understand what they were saying...the only thing I could make out were the words "operating table". The words sent shivers up and down my spine. My mom said Larry had died on the table during an operation. That's all I knew and have ever known... He was such a great guy... all the Reed kids were and they all baby-sat me including Billy Lipke ('56?)... not Johnny of course... Johnny was one of a kind... and loved by everyone.... That's what I recall. -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Dick DeFord ('56) & Spudnuts Dick asked about how many people have worked at the Spudnut shop and Im sure there have been many distinguished alumni... The Sinclairs immediately come to mind, but my anecdote concerns one Steve "Bear" Davis ('72RIP). Steve was a neighbor of the Ghirardos and somehow finagled Barlow into giving him a chance to work at the shop - Val was also there at the time so perhaps she can help out here. I think Bear was a Junior and had achieved a degree of notoriety as a starter for the '71 Bombers (who would go on to take State in '72). Anyway. Barlow put him on in the off-season as part time help - mainly helping clean/close up and harassing Val constantly (Im not really sure if that was part of the job or a perk but we all got to help him at times). Now, Im not sure exactly what happened since I only heard Bears side. He didn't last very long before he was "taken off the schedule". I guess it just didn't work out. He claimed that he was going to sue Barlow for wrecking his Basketball career - I think he gained something like 20 or 30 pounds during the short period of time he worked there (and the Bear was tall but not that chunky at the time). Im sure Barlows version would have been slightly different - like he had to do it to survive!!! Im sure Bear was eating him out of business. So if Barlow had not taken pre-emptive action, the history of the Spudnut shop would have ended about 30 years ago. And perhaps the Bombers might not have taken state in '72. Now Im sure Mike Franco ('70) and some others have great stories of other Spudnut alumni - Im just not sure they can be told here without changing some of the names and actual events. But its nice to know that at least two Richland legends (Bear & Barlow) shared the same stage - and maybe even gave Norm & BJ a bit of a break on groceries for a while. Thats my story and Im sticking to it. -Vic Marshall ('71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Hartnett ('72) To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Well, I think I agree about manufactured homes and the Not In My Backyard [NIMB] feelings, but they do represent an affordable housing solution for many people. They are made better and look better than what was being discussed in the good old days. However, I strongly recommend you do not do the astro turf thing. There are other alternatives that are low maintenance. I am part of a high desert gardening group and there are some wonderful "grasses" and ground covers available. Astro turf is the brain child of those who love petroleum by-products and dead things imitating life. It also start to get funky due to excessive sun exposure and dirt accumulation. If you think it is "no work" well that isn't exactly true. May I suggest you go or call them at 800-925-9387 and get a catalogue and explain your situation. They know all about xeriscape issues. Good luck -Peggy Hartnett ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** [BOMBER APOLOGIES -- the following should have appeared in last SUNDAY'S Sandstorm. -Maren] ******** >>From: Jeanette Haberman ('73) Re: Rob Peutz ('73) Birthday Happy birthday, Rob! You are really 48 now?? I guess I have a few months to wait to be as old as you. Rob is just returning from "Bike Week" in Daytona. One of the few who actually rode their bikes from here in Iowa. Sounds like you had a lot of fun drowning in the rain, huh Rob? -Jeanette Haberman ('73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/13/03 Dateline: Everett (Seattle) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers, 1 Bomber Mom, and 2 funeral notices today: Ken Ely ('49), Janet Martin ('53) Marguerite Groff ('54), Mike Clowes ('54) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) Robert Pierce ('68), Steve Piippo ('70) Mike Davis ('74), BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** IDITAROD UPDATE: Martin Buser is in 4th place. AND... WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Norwegian Robert Sorlie crossed the finish line in Nome at 1:47am (Alaska Time) His time: 9 days, 15 hours, 47 minutes, 36 seconds ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hinkle ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Ely ('49) I have been reading about the 55th anniversary of the Spudnut Shop and I was wondering, where did they open their first shop in 1948? According to my source, the first store to open in the Uptown area was Dawson- Richards in May 1949. I'm just curious. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA - awaiting our first luncheon. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) Re: Spudnuts Haven't read anything about Henry "Blackie" Yonce working at the Spudnut Shop. When he and Marie were our neighbors on Hunt Ave he was a teacher and and also worked there. The kids were all small, not in school yet. This was in the middle to late '50s. -Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Bob Carlson, AKA...('54) and Peggy Hartnett ('72) At least you guys stopped short, just before the term "Trailer Trash." (I appreciate that). I could offer to give you a tour of my "NIMB trailer" - when I have my garage added, and the lush lawn and flower beds. I think you will see that it compares quite admirably to the 1 bedroom prefab north of me and the precut south of me. It may take me a while to have it look like I want - but It'll be home to me. Beats living by myself in a 2-story with basement (7-bedroom; 3-bath) "A" house. But I appreciate your suggestions. Yes, Bob, I'll forego the astro turf. I found a place to get really nice sod - just as soon as my free laborers (son, and son-in-laws) get my sprinkler system in. However, since I know your humor Bob and Peggy was just being helpful - Bomber's don't hold grudges, right? By the way, Bob, have you seen the houses in North Richland - I think I'd have a hard time putting my new home around those houses. There I could understand the "NIMB" Have a good day. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland - where the wind has been just awful. Kind of messes up the warmer temperatures. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46 and '02) Big difference "Old Grad", prefabs didn't have wheels. Plus, I think they were better built than some "manufactured" housing. Remember, they were only supposed to last for 5 years. To: Linda Reining ('64) In the case of vans and/or SUVs, place the Spudnuts carefully as far back as you can, and don't seat anyone close to them. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ The gulls have headed inland, so here in Albany, OR, we have tethered the elephants and tied down the ox carts. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Trailers & xeriscaping Hear, hear, Peggy Hartnett ('72)!.. if my retirement placed me in Benton County (i.e. if my life style didn't dictate that I must work until I die), the quintessential situation in my mind's eye is an Airstream (circa '47-'55) on a sagebrush flat in the kind of evening light that would stop Andrew Wyeth in his tracks & make him itch for his oils. Despite nearly 9 years of 'poking around' this part of the Columbia Basin as a growing boy, it didn't really sink in how beautiful it is until I'd spent several Spring weekends helping with a plant survey in 2000-2001. The far side of Rattlesnake, ungrazed except by deer & elk for 50 years, was a showstopper, of course-- but places like the lower 'bump' on Badger Mountain behind the 'Y' & the canyon off Clodfelter Read (that was well-stocked with Calochortus lilies) or the McBee grade behind Kiona, with more lilies & mounds of phlox & clumps of purple sage (not 'brush'- a shrub with flowers that gives Daphne a run for its money in the 'perfume' dept), hey-gotta stop, now... but those weekends gave me an appreciation that I'd never suspected was possible for these brown hills that I once described as "sagebrush & sand". Yeah, I learned the names (& habits) of some bunch grasses, too... some day, the readers of Sunset will know Poa cusickii & Oryzopsis among the fine ornamental grasses one can include, w/o having to import things from S. Africa or China. For anyone fascinated with the plant life of the east side Cascades & the 'sage 'n sand' lands, here's my favorite book in the backpack: "Plants of Southern Interior BC" by Parish, Coup & Lloyd (Lone Pine Press). It also works for the Blue Mountains- or helps, anyhow. ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Re: Just for Fun... 4A Boys basketball state tournament records Didn't spot the 'girls' url. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Robert Pierce ('68) Re: Bomber hooded sweatshirt Dear fellow Bomber, Hello. A friend of mine who is a commercial painter showed up the other day wearing a nice green hooded Bomber sweatshirt (pullover). The front was adorned with the bomb cloud symbol. I really got jealous of him having one and not even from here but from San Diego. How can I buy one or two of these? My friend got his through a Bomber High School student. Is there any way I could buy two of them, one for my brother and myself? Please advise. Thank you. Best regards. -Robert Pierce ('68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) I remember Don Ott ('61ROP) on the asphalt court below RHS playing basketball every evening under the lights for years. Don was nice a guy to us little kids and always, always passed us the ball if we were open. -Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Vic Marshall's ('71) Spudnut Story Yes, Vic, the Bear did work (or maybe, I should say eat) at the Spudnut Shop that fateful summer between his junior and senior year. A solid 30 pound summer! His claim was that all the eating was justified because "he was a small forward as a junior then became a much larger power forward as a senior..." Pleeze! Maybe the daily dozen hot cinnamon rolls might have had something to do with it! Actually, Bear was ahead of his time when it came to eating "safe" food. Health inspections by the health Department were all good, but they really didn't hold a candle to the "Bear Inspection". His plan was to check for quality of the Spudnut and to save the tummies of all by his own special method. He felt the only way to do that was to eat every third "nut" outta the fryer! He was quite accomplished at this and many many "Spudnutters" owe him their good health. Thank you, Bear, for that sacrifice! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) To: Vic Marshall ('71) I loved your story about Bear [Steve Davis ('72-RIP)] and you are right. Barlow would have probably gone out of business but Barlow was a good guy.. he even hired Mike ('74) and Wig ('82) after that so he didn't learn his lesson with Bear. Sheila ('71) and I even worked there and I loved it. Wig was the only one of us who didn't put on a few pounds during out time at the Spudnut. Val too helped out on the grocery bill. The guys would go in after school and she would fix them "trash burgers", (that was just about everything you could put on a burger I think). They were friends, of course, so she never charged them and Barlow (if he knew) kept it to himself. I didn't know this until years later. funny the things your children tell you when they are grown that they would have gotten in trouble for if they had told you then. We have heard so many funny and endearing stories about Bear since he died -- almost 16 years ago now. Doesn't seem like it has been that long does it, Vic? He and Barlow were people you don't forget. I miss them both as well as Norm. We would have been married 53 years today. -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Donald Terry Ott ('61) ~ 1943 - 03/09/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/14/03 Dateline: Everett (Seattle) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02), Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) MLou Williams ('60), Gloria Davis ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Sheila Davis ('71) Mike Davis ('74), Rob Hausenbuiller ('93) ******************************************** ******************************************** LAST 2003 IDITAROD UPDATE: Martin Buser finished in 4th place. His total time: 10 days, 3 hrs, 40 mins 19 seconds ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Dvorak Skilton ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Wade Hausenbuiller ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Horton Finch ('75) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: James P. Millbauer ('77) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, and '02) Re: prefab trailers To: AKA Bob Carlson ('54) The prefabs didn't have wheels? How do you think they got there? By helicopter? Plus, I would much rather live in a manufactured home, and would have even preferred one to our "B" house, which was MUCH nicer than a prefab, and in a MUCH more elegant neighborhood. (Thayer Drive) -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, and '02) ~ headin' for Cal Saturday. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) Re: Uptown Spudnut shop When I was a kid, we used to buy a dozen Spudnuts and hide them in our coat and then go to the Uptown Theater for an afternoon show. What a delight! Also, in summer of 1955 my parents took us on a vacation to Southern California and I got to drive part way, which was great. We stopped in San Diego to visit Leo (forgot his last name) who had been part owner of the big Richland Barber shop. He retired and opened a Spudnut shop in San Diego. Spudnuts were on the go then. Wish we had one in Portland. -Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: MLou Williams ('60) Trailers? Trash? In Oregon, the law has been changed and a "trailer" (Or manufactured home) can be placed anywhere, anytime as long as it conforms to the other homes in the immediate area. Across from my gorgeous (but messy) home is a "trailer" - with a full basement and a huge garage that were constructed on site. Then the biggest crane I've ever seen carried in the "trailer" and lifted it over the garage and plunked it down on the basement foundation. The place is landscaped and gorgeous. Once it was in place, I had to stop making cracks about putting pink flamingo statuettes in my front yard. Only trouble was, the huge crane on our street shook my house so hard it cracked the cathedral ceiling right down the middle! We're living with it. And also.... some really great people have come from trailers! -MLou Williams ('60) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) Donnie Ott ('61RIP) was handsome, nice, talented, and so much fun. He was our classmate and our friend. I remember his basketball, his music, and his mischief. We will miss him so very much! -Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) My husband and I are about to start our l0 week trip across the United States along Highway 50, him on a bike and me in a white Sienna mini-van. Please honk and wave if you spot my Bomber license plate holder. The first leg of our trip will be to get back to San Francisco so Warren can start riding his bike on the route. We will be doing that by going back to Washington state so we can see our mothers, my brother, Roy ('65) and his wife and kids, my only neices and nephew, and attend Warren's grandmother's 100th Birthday celebration in Brewster April lst!! Our first stop on our way will be to see Carol Rice Forister ('62) and her husband in Kansas City, KS. Then we head onto Keystone, CO to see some dear P&G friends, and then on toward Washington, and eventually on to California. One more thing I hope to do in Washington state is to get over to Mt. Vernon and see the tulips while they are in bloom, and hopefully get in a visit with the illustrious Peg Lewis Johnson ('62), the gal who climbed Mt. Rainier in 2000 at an age many people consider "over the hill". Then we head south. Whenever I drive through Oregon, I feel like I am probably related to most people I see as most of my dad's family of l2 siblings settled in Oregon, except for the 2 families who made it to Richland. I will be trying to check into the Sandstorm every few days, as I thought it would be nice to attend a Bomber luncheon if I ever happen to be in the right place at the right time. We are praying that this impending war can be postponed longer, and eventually be given up entirely. Being born during WW II was one thing, but I can't imagine living during a world war. Hope I don't have to find out how to do that. If the price of gas keeps going up, I'll have to buy a bicycle to get back home myself. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where the snow has all melted, and it's been raining so much there are now flood watches in effect, and the first ducks of the season landed on the pond yesterday. Somehow birds are every where, I wonder where they were when it was so cold. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sheila Davis Galloway ('71) Re: Mike Davis ('74) Congratulations to my "little" brother Mike. Mike received the Tri City Crystal Apple Award for excellence in education tonight at the Red Lion Hotel. This award is given to identify a few (20 tonight) teachers in the seven public school districts who have made a positive impact on the lives of their students. I always knew Mike was a great teacher, but now everyone knows. Congratulations Mike, you truly deserve this award! Love ya. -Sheila Davis Galloway ('71) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Richland School District will be conducting tours of some of their buildings in the coming weeks. These are the buildings that are affected by the upcoming bond. Touring the buildings would be your best opportunity to see the condition of each building and help you decide your bond vote. Please take advantage of this opportunity. Tour Schedule: Weeks of: Mar. 16 - Mar. 22 Mar. 23 - Mar. 29 Mar. 30 - April 5 April 13 - April 19 Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10:00 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:00 PM Fridays: 10:00 AM, 3:30 PM Saturdays: 10:30 AM Contact People to set up tours: Richland High School Steve Neill 942-2515 Hanford Complex Art King 628-3336 Jason Lee Elementary Steve Wuerl 942-2473 or Christy Challender 943-6683 -Mike Davis ('74) Information provided by Mike Edwards, Hanford MS Asst. Principal ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rob Hausenbuiller ('93) I know I don't send anything in very often, I suppose it is so that when I do, it's noticed a bit more. I wanted to just wish my Mother [Marcia Wade Hausenbuiller ('67)] a very happy birthday. I wish I could be there, and with a little hope and some answered prayers... maybe I will be able to make it home at some point this year. -Rob Hausenbuiller ('93) ~ London, England where the sun shines every once in a while... and lights up the cross on St. Paul's cathedral... (love my lunch time walks) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/15/03 Dateline: HOME! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Burt Pierard ('59) Jack Gardiner ('61), David Rivers ('65) Jim Adair ('66), Mike Howell ('68WB) Kathie Adair ('69), Karen Davis ('76) Kim Edgar ('79), Steven Adair ('08) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Holeman ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy Ballard ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Ganz ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jessica Avant ('95) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dick McCoy ('44, '46 & '02) In a way, Dick, they did have wheels. But the wheels were on the flatbed trailers that hauled in the pieces. Your "B" house on Thayer would have been north of Swift, then. Lot of nice pre-fabs south of Swift on Thayer. To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) What passes for North Richland today is not The North Richland of yore. Last time I drove out that way, did not see any houses past that other high school in town. The North Richland seems to have turned into an office park. Ah the price of fleeting fame for a place once billed as "world's largest trailer park" (taking over the title after Hanford closed); and accommodating "America's longest bar" in the North Richland Tavern. Re: Manufactured Homes Today's manufactured home cannot be compared to those "wonderful" trailers of yore. Today they come 28' to 84' wide, 60' plus in length, and even with a second story. Much more living space than 8' wide and 30' long, but not as mobile. Plus the luxury of at least two bathrooms. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Albany, OR - The winds have not abated on the coast... the rain continues, the snow level has dropped to 4,000 ft, and the valley For will be wet. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Ken Ely ('49) Re: Spudnut Shop Opening date You asked where the original Spudnut Shop was located when it opened in March 1948. The answer is: the Richland Y. The Grand Opening for the Uptown Spudnut Shop was March 7, 1950. This means Val can have TWO celebrations for each milestone (i.e. another 55th on March 7th, 2005). Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Don Ott ('61RIP) I was saddened to hear about Don Ott's passing. Don and I were very close during our years at Spalding. Following the 6th grade I went through a very traumatic experience in my life, along with a lot of other kids in Richland. Don went to Chief Jo and I went to Carmichael. Even though we were fierce competitors on the athletic field, we never let it come between our friendship with each other. Don will be greatly missed. -Jack Gardiner ('61) ~ San Jose, CA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Nuther B-day Oh yeah... ok tomorrow morning, let's all meet at the Spudnut Shop. We can celebrate another Gold Medal Class of '63's Birthday... (maybe he'll give us a ride in the T-Bird)... first off I guess we should pick up the Bomb... actually, he can bring it in the truck and I'll drive the T-Bird!!!! I'm helpful that way. I mean after all that work of hefting the Bomb into the truck, he's gonna need some rest (and maybe we'll get a ride in the T-bird)... So everybody get ready for a real honest to goodness party at the Spudnut shop Saturday morning (the 15th) and we will rock this joint like there is no tomorrow... .(maybe he'll give us a ride in the t-bird)... so everybody ... hat's off to the birthday boy (a little booty kissing never hurt if ya get a ride in the T-Bird)... Let's hear it for the Birthday Boy... Hip hip hoooooray... hip hip Hoooray... (now we're sure to get a ride in the T-Bird)... Everyone down on one knee and pay homage to the Birthday boy... (this stuff gets 'em every time... then we'll get a ride in the T-Bird) ... ........ what? It's HER T-Bird? Oh well, Happy Birthday anyway... ROY BALLARD!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Adair Family ('66, '69, and '08) Happy Birthday Roy Ballard ('63). One of the Good Guys, he is always there, ready to help... you can count on Roy. RoyBoy, Buddha, Bookend - Happy Birthday. See you at the Spudnut Shop. -Jim Adair ('66) -Kathie Moore Adair ('69) -Steven Adair ('08) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) I am super happy right now. I just took two First Places and an Honorable mention in the Veterans' Outpatient Art Contest for the Pudget Sound VAMC. My Eagle got first place in the Sculpture Category and A Gold Pin (Wenatchee) took first place in Jewelry. My Nam Vet Bracelet took an Honorable mention in the Viet Nam vet category. I thought you all might like to know it. They are going to place my two first place winners in the National Art Contest in Oklahoma City. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) To ; Vic Marshall ('71) That's it Vic!!! It is all Barlow and Val's fault that all of us Davis' are on the heavy side---because we all worked there at one time or another. The Spudnut Shop was a stepping stone in the lives of the Davis' and Barlow was there to help us with the income we needed to get by for the moment. Hmm, and I thought it was all those years of mom's awesome cooking and dad telling us to clean up our plates!!!! Thanks for the Bear story Vic, I always cherish memories of my brother. To: Michael W. Davis ('74) Congratulations on the big award, big brother---I, as Sheila, am very proud of you. I wish I could be there to see the event--please know I am there in spirit. If mom woulda done her mom thing, I maybe could of gotten the time off to come----Oh well, the 12 hour shifts make it hard to come down and do a turnaround tomorrow. But I am very proud of you---I have heard from so many people over the years-that I didn't even know-- that knew of you as a teacher and a coach. Keep up the good work--you're designing the minds of tomorrow--one child at a time. Thanks. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Quiz - Could You Pass 8th-Grade Math I took the test, (I'm not going to mention my score) no surprise, that I have been out of school way too long and have become too dependant on my calculator. After the test was complete, there was a message telling me it was time hit the books. :) -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/16/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Char Dossett ('51), Mike Clowes ('54) Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) Jerry Lewis ('73) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debra Anne Crane Horne ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Barbara Smith Lynch ('64) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Char Dossett Holden ('51) Just a reminder re: Spudnut Shop. Laurel Merkley ('51) married Jerry Bell and he was a partner with Barlow for years. I believe they were in-laws somehow. Jerry and Laurel opened a shop in Pasco with the Spudnuts and coffee shop in later years. -Char Dossett Holden ('51) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Tom McKeown ('53) Don't know if this news has been published here before, but in a nice note to Club 40, Tom's brother Jim ('53) writes: "Brother Tom is recovering from cancer, and doing well in Seattle Cancer Center. He received a stem- cell transplant from younger brother Mike ('59), and, so far, is clean.....if all goes right he could be released in June. We need to get Tom and Darlene Card McKeown ('54) to attend [Class of '53's reunion]. I mean this IS the 50th." Bomber cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Mike Howell ('68WB) Congratulations on your awards!! Will any of them be displayed in Wenatchee?? You mentioned Wenatchee in your comments, and as I don't think I'll get to Oklahoma City, but will get to Wenatchee and thought I'd ask. I just reread your note and realize, no, I don't think they will be. Congratulations again, and good luck at Nationals!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where it is in the 60s and Spring is coming to life back here. We are packing up the mini-van and heading west. Remember: if you see the Bomber license plate holder to please honk!! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Wendy Carlberg ('64RIP) Forgive the tardiness, but it was 7 years ago today [3/15/06] I picked up the Tri-City Herald from the mail box only to find that classmate and friend, Wendy Carlberg, had passed away on March 9th, 1996. It was Wendy's 'spark' that started the 'fire' to build the Richland Bomber Alumni Page, the Alumni Sandstorm and the many other Bomber pages created by Maren Smyth ('63 and '64). -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: 8th grade Math test Took a look at those problems and all I can say is: Man, am I glad I am NOT in school... I would definitely be a drop out! Barely graduated as it was... think I had a 1.5 gpa! ;) To: Mike Howell ('68WB) Re: Winning CONGRATULATIONS! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we got a smattering of rain, and the Northern Sierra's got snow... might just help a wee bit with the drought conditions this Summer. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: art Congratulations to Mike Howell ('68WB) on his awards for his art. I couldn't paint my way out of a wet paper sack artistically and have always been amazed with people that can. The eagle is awesome, Mike. I was just wondering if there is any hint of inspiration for the "eagle" coming from some of the '60's art pieces that we ('60's folks) used for roach clips? Again, and quite seriously, Mike, congratulations. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: Class of '73 in '03 - 30 year reunion We had our first planning meeting for the '73 in '03 30 year reunion a bit over a week ago. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 20 - 7pm at Coco Locos in Columbia Center North. If you want to help out, please contact: Karen Sullivan Schwebke Planning is in it's beginning stages, so if you have some ideas and/or want to help, now's a good time. We talked about having an informal get-together at a local restaurant on Friday, the Saturday party & menu and what form of picnic we would have on Sunday, if any (potluck or hosted). A golf event is likely and some other options suggested were a school tour, a winery tour and what if any Water Follies tie in we want to do. Later I received an e-mail suggesting a beach party. I've set up a Yahoo group for the reunion, and I have a page where people can update their address info. I'll send another message about these features. -Jerry Lewis ('73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/17/03 ~ ST. PATRICK'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Pearson ('50), Linda Reining ('64) Mike Howell ('68WB), Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Sandra Atwater Boyd ('51) ******************************************** ******************************************** LUNCHES (in order of appearance) TODAY - '40's Ladies and Spouses (longest running Bomber lunch 03/24 - Girls of '54 04/06 - NCW More information: Click the lunch you want to know about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) Re: Mini Reunion Well, our get together in the Desert (Palm Desert that is) was so exciting... a good time was had by all. Some of us arrived on Thursday afternoon and left Friday morning... we stayed at the Boyd 5-Star Hotel, which was amazing in itself. J.D. and Sandy are great hosts and J.D. is very accomplished in the kitchen. We had a great dinner at the Palm Valley CC (I think that is the name)... many pictures were taken - hopefully they are sharable!! Dorothy Hickey Fisher ('51) and husband stopped by for a few nights on their way to a wedding reception in the L.A. area. We spent many hours wondering where people were, what they were doing, going over other reunions, and even sending email to clear up "facts" such as were Jack and Ann Yale twins?? Jerry Boyd ('52) cleared that up (Jack was a year older). When I recover, maybe I will come up with some of our other questions... Today (3/16/03) is Sandy's birthday - almost a St. Paddy girl... Happy birthday to a true trooper!! -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ~ San Diego Area ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Bakersfield Luncheon pictures Maren, Hopefully these come through okay,,, still not too sure I know how to work this goofy scanner. ;) Pictures from the Bakersfield luncheon in February, 19, 2003. Sorry it took so long. No picture of me... it didn't turn out. ;/ Bomber hugs, -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Ya done good, Linda. -Maren] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Helen, I was turned down by the Apple Blossom Festival this year. It was the first time I tried to get in and they took my jury fee and told me they didn't have room. I will be at Cool Desert Nights this year if they will accept me. I will also be at Darrinton for the Blue Grass Festival. To: Rick Maddy ('67) It is plain to see you must have been one of my customers under the Burnside Bridge in Portland in the '70s. Thank You to all of you for the Congrats. This is the first time I have taken a first with my wire. I have never really looked at it as art I always looked at my hobby as a source of quick cash and a way to let my tensions go away. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: St. Paddy's Day Happy St. Paddy's day to all you lads and lassies out there. The past couple of days has seen NW Kansas in the 80s and now tonight we may get some much needed moisture (at least the farmers hope so). The wheat crop really needs the wet stuff. Bomber greetings to all of you, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/18/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Sandra Atwater ('51), Carol Tyner ('52) Margo Compton ('60), Leo Webb ('63) Deedee Willox ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Mike Howell ('68WB), Jim Bixler ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Richard Roberts ('49) ******************************************** ******************************************** LUNCHES (in order of appearance) 03/21 - Girls of '54 04/05 - Olympia 04/06 - NCW More information: Click the lunch you want to know about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd ('51) Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) did a good job yesterday of telling about our mini reunion except for one thing. The arrival was Tuesday afternoon and leaving on Friday morning. Thanks for all the good compliments. We really did have a good time and hope to do it again next year! -Sandra Atwater Boyd ('51) ~ Palm Desert, CA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [We want PICTURES!!! -Maren] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Today, St. Patrick's Day, is just one day of holy month around here as it is Richard's birthday. It is also the birthday of the grandson, Colin, born on his birthday and that makes it even more special. He is hale, hearty, good lookin' as ever and active as usual. Richard Roberts 3/17/31 [class of '49] -Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Went to see Brad Upton ('74) performing here in San Antonio Saturday night. If he is ever in your area, go see him. He is one funny man. Really enjoyed it. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ~ San Antonio, TX ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Leo Webb ('63) To all Bombers that want to enjoy a great Bomber lunch. The Olympia Bombers class of '63 and others are planning a lunch Saturday, April 5th at 11:30. We will be meeting at the Keg on the Olympia West side. All classes are invited to come if you can make it. Please let me know if you can make it. If you need directions let me know. -Leo Webb ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: 8th Grade Math Quiz To: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) I took the 8th Grade Math Quiz too. When I finished the result screen said, "not bad." That's pretty funny, cuz I got bored with it and GUESSED at the last 7 questions. Looks like we could use a little refresher course, eh?! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where the sun is shining and it is beautiful. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer (64) Found... nice used Hyakem yearbook from Central Washington State College, in Ellensburg, WA, for the class year 1968. If you are searching for a replacement copy for a lost or damaged annual or you possibly couldn't afford one, at the time, please feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to give this one to you. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) Too: Terry Ganz ('68) Hey Terry; Sorry I missed your birthday [3/15]. I never knew when it was but I do know how it feels to get older. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Bixler ('72) To: Alumni and Bombers in Richland Re: Richland School Bond - VOTE Please post the following. Thanks. We need your attention and action now! The Richland School Bond vote is coming up in April. The bond is for five critically needed infrastructure projects in the Richland School District - a new middle and elementary school, renovation of Richland and Hanford High Schools, and renovation of Jason Lee Elementary School. We are voting on a $78M bond which when passed will be matched by about $40M in Washington State funds. The tax rate impact of this bond would put Richland residents in between what Pasco and Kennewick residents currently pay. You and your fellow Richland residents need to see the condition of these schools today for yourself. As mentioned by Mike Davis a few days ago, tours are available weekly - check them out. Also, check out additional info: programs on TV (cable info channel) and an info website Talk all this up with your fellow citizens (residents, teachers, students, others). Please become aware of this important issue. And, VOTE in April. Thanks. Jim Bixler ('72) & Sharon Greer Bixler ('72) Lifetime Bombers and Richland residents *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/19/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Ray Gillette ('49), Jack Dawson ('52) Jeanie Hutchins ('62), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************** ******************************************** COLT BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Les Fishback ('34) BOMBER BIRTHDAY 3/12/03: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ray Gillette ('49) To: Richard Roberts ('49) and Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Seems that I was to caught up in the wearing of the GREEN this year to get off a greeting to my old friend Richard Roberts. I know that you don't claim to be Irish, Richard, but on that day Everyone is a bit Irish. Congratulations. (A bit late). My own claim (to be Irish) is only because I had the pleasure of attending (and graduating) from Gonzaga Univ. in Spokane. The Bulldogs (Zags) are (again) part of the big basketball "March Madness" for the fifth year in a row. Let's all give a big Irish cheer for them even though their success will likely be limited. Just too many good basketball teams around the college ranks this year. And even though I live in Arizona, my allegiance will be with the Zags, assuming they get to the second round and play U of Arizona (number one ranked). Go Zags..... -Ray Gillette ('49) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jack Dawson ('52) Re: Spudnuts We have been on a road trip to spring training and when we got back I needed to get a Spudnut and a cup of Starbucks (sorry, Val). When I parked in front of the Spudnut shop I started to lock up the truck door as I had been doing on the trip. I dawned on me what dumb thing to do in front of the Spudnut shop. The world may be going to hell in a hand basket but I refuse to lock up in front of Val's place. -Jack Dawson ('52) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) To: All Bombers I urge us all to put political differences aside and stand United in support and prayer for our leaders, the volunteer men and women of the armed forces and their families. Along with remembering our Veterans with much gratitude and pride, may God bless America and all nations with peace and freedom. -Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) Maren, I don't want to be a "cry-baby" but the Sandstorm always forgets my birthday... sniff sniff.. 3/12/45 don't anyone love me? I am a Bomber, too! -Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Poor baby!!! First ya gotta TELL me when your birthday is... THEN I can added it to my list so I "remember". Happy Birthday -- a little late - THIS year. -Maren] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Cold War Era Civil Defense Museum-Main Page -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Dean R Canham ~ Class of 1945 ~ 1927 - 2003 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/20/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: John Browne, Jr. ('61), Bonnie Timmerman ('63WB) Linda Reining ('64), Linda McKnight ('65) Bill Wingfield ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Larry Crouch ('71), Rob Peutz ('73) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leah Collins Davis ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri Daugherty Cooper ('67) ******************************************** ******************************************** TODAY '73 in '03 Reunion Planning Meeting 7pm Coco Locos in Columbia Center North Email Karen Sullivan Schwebke ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Cold War Era Civil Defense museum To: Gary Behymer ('64) Thanks for this link, Gary... loved the 'sirens' section! woooooooOOOOOOOooooo ^..^ JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63WB) I just have a question about... when was Col High built (I will always call it Columbia High School instead of Richland High School)? It was an old school then. Why did they change the name? Another question... since I went to Chief Joseph... why did they close that school? It was newer that Carmichael... Left Richland in 1960... so I was just wondering. -Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Thought the war in Viet Nam was the last war that would happen during my lifetime, not so. Regardless of how any of us feel about our involvement, we need to back our men and women who are over there fighting. I have a nephew who is in the Air Force and I am worried for him, too. I haven't heard if he is "over there", yet or not. I know this is going to sound selfish, but I am very grateful that he is not a pilot and is not directly in harm's way. We need to keep these brave men and women in our thoughts and prayers. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we are having warm days and cool nights... typical March for us. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight ('65) Hi Maren: Glad you made it safely home from your New Orleans trip. How is that baby? Any new pics to share? [Thanks. Abby's fine. has all the pictures that I have. -Maren] To: All you Bombers who call Oregon home Let's all get behind those awesome Ducks when they take on Utah in March Madness. I know I have told so many people before that I am not a Duck fan, I am a Huskies first, Cougs second fan, but when it comes to basketball and an Oregon team is doing as well as the Ducks (and the Beavs too this year), then I am right there cheering madly. Of course, I will be cheering for Gonzaga too!!! But wouldn't it be something if Oregon upset Kentucky, and Luke Ridnour might just be able to do it, but first we got to get by Utah. Go Ducks!!! To: All the Bomber Luncheon pals from Portland I hope you don't think I have snubbed you all, because I haven't. It is just that with basketball season and two grand kids playing, Saturdays have been consumed by games. But, oh no!!! Now it is baseball season and outdoor soccer season!! Could we possibly have a luncheon on Sunday??? I may never get to have lunch with you folks again. -Linda McKnight ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) To: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) Happy Belated Birthday. Sorry I missed it. :-) -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class '67) ~ Augusta, GA where it is constantly raining these days. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: at last moisture Well, at long last northwestern Kansas and all of the state for that matter got some much needed rain today. It ranged from about half an inch to over 2 inches depending what part of the state you live in. By late afternoon they closed the interstate from the middle of the state west to Colorado, as there were no motel rooms available. Eastern Colorado got from 1 to 5 feet of snow, so I guess Denver was at a stand still today. I know in talking to my patients (and a lot of them are farm families) the moisture was really needed for the wheat crop that has been planted. We are still considered in drought conditions, but perhaps we can get out of it to some extent. If it doesn't get below freezing tonight, we at least hopefully in the AM won't have to fight ice. Have a good first day of spring everyone. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - let it rain some more ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Snow Well here in Denver we are digging out of the blizzard of '03. At our house we got about 40". Jeeze I'm too old for this stuff... took 4 tanks of gas in the snow blower to get to the street. And then there was no place to go. As the time nears overseas we all need to keep positive and say a prayer for all our men and women protecting us from evil. And don't forget to keep your eyes open in your own town. -Larry Crouch ('71) ~ snowbound and wore out.... ******************************************** ******************************************** [Bomber apologies to Rob -- This was sent 3/12/03 but I didn't get it. -Maren] ********* >>From: Rob Peutz ('73) Re: Pulling 45 not pushing 50 To: Jeanette Haberman ('73) Thanks, and yeah got wet. Would rather ride my bike in the 70 rain, than drive my car in 34 snow. Record highs in Florida, and record lows in Chicago. Burrr. Thanks for the cake, Jen. To: Peggy Hartnett ('72) Stopped by the Broken Spoke, did not speak to the owners. 3 days into bike week, raises havoc with what is left of one's mind. I certainly miss mine. -Rob Peutz ('73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/21/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today: Helen Cross ('62), Marilyn Stewart ('62) David Rivers ('65), Pam Ehinger ('67) Jim Bixler ('72), BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marji Brewder Brown ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Molly Hinkle Millbauer ('79) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Kirk Cross ('62) Greetings from Denver, CO where we have spent the day waiting for I-70 West to open, so we can get up to Keystone so my husband can ski for a few days. We spent Tuesday and Wednesday nights at a motel in Limon, CO after they closed I-70 West. Fortunately, it was newly remodeled and they had an indoor pool. Thought of you, Betti Avant ('69), when we drove by Goodland, KS on Tuesday afternoon. This area is getting much needed moisture to combat the long drought, we know, but we really would like to get up and enjoy the snow. Had a nice visit with Carol Rice Forister ('62) and her husband, Gary in Kansas City, and we certainly wish we had stayed a little longer and enjoyed their company, instead of rushing off to sit in a motel room. I did get the Bomber license plate holder on the front of my white van, but no one has honked yet. I think I'll start phoning up a few alumni to pass the time. But we've found a library, so we could enjoy being here for hours. Re: The War I do agree with my classmate, Jeannie Hutchins Simon that it is best if all Americans do what they can to support our men and women who are fighting in defense of our country at this time, and those who are leading them from the President on down the chain of command. I had hoped that this war would never materialize, but now that it has, I am deeply in debt to those who are willing to fight for our country, and I am including them in my prayers, and urge others to do the same. I close thanking all your family members who are mostly younger than I am who have joined to fight and defend our country. -Helen Kirk Cross ('62) ~ on the road from West Harrison, Indiana... west to my kid's great grandma's l00th Birthday on April l, 2003. We have the bike in the van, and Warren had been scouting out his route back for a while, before we decided we'd best make some time to get to Kansas City. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) To: All Tri City Area Bombers Join the nationwide Rally for America on March 22,2003. Show the world that the Tri Cities and all Bombers support their troops and America. Show the U.S. Military we are behind their effort. The anti-war/anti- Americans had their day, now its our turn. LINE THE SIDEWALK in front of Columbia Center Mall Saturday March 22nd from 12:00-2:00PM and SHOW YOUR COLORS!!! Wear red, white and blue, bring signs, flags and enthusiasm. This was in a flyer distributed around the Tri-Cities by my son-in-law, an Army vet, from Hanford, class of (89), Dan Noble, you also know his Dad, Dan Noble, class of 59(?). I plan on standing next to my son-in-law, to show my support of our troops and to honor my brother Roy Stewart (RIP) who served 2 tours in Viet Nam. I HATE war, but wish to show support to the young men and women who are serving our country honorably and with pride. I never want what happened to our Viet Nam Vets to happen again. GOD Bless our troops, our president and America. -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Boomer OK... I'm not much of a pitch man. But there is something each of you needs... Yes needs. Club 40 is selling a little Beaver mascot. Kinda like a beenie- baby but much cooler... you know like those grateful dead bears only cooler than that. This little guy is all decked out in his little cheer leading outfit with all the right markings for all the transitions the school has undergone. Well, almost all... I didn't notice him carrying any airplanes... BUT he is carrying a great big Bomb... just like the one that isn't our mascot... did I say that? Forgive me number 32 ('63)... wuz trying to be politically correct... This guy is a "must have". I got mine today. He is sitting right next to the cool bomb (where do all these bombs come from... what's this one doing on the ring on my finger???????) Tom Hughes ('56 ) carves. I even moved my Rocket J. Squirrel over to make room for this guy and when I move the rockster or his moose buddy you know I am impressed... so come one come all and get 'em while they last... -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) Dear Bombers I'm asking prayers for my son Sgt. James Walsborn he is in the Army and as of yet has not been sent over "there". He just transferred to Ft. Lewis, WA so he could be closer to family after 6 years of being across the country or out of country. His old unit from Ft. Campbell, KY was sent right after Christmas. I was so very glad that Jimmy was back here in Washington nice and safe. He had to leave his career choice of a Helicopter Crew Chief to go to Ft Lewis. He now drives truck. So with prayer and God's help he may not be going over "there". All our men and women in the armed services need our prayers and our support. Please don't let them come home to unthankful people like so many or our Viet Nam vets did. Like Linda Reining ('64) I'm glad he's not flying any more. He's safer on the ground. But I'm his Mom and I still worry. Thank you, everyone! Bombers are the best! -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Bixler ('72) Re: Ads for Richland School Bond Richland Bombers -- it's time to show your pride! The citizens group that is working hard to ensure passage of the Richland School District bond measure on April 22 is looking for alumni who are willing to sponsor a small advertisement in the Tri-City Herald proclaiming their support for Richland schools and the bond measure. For $40, you can show the community that there are many alumni who still support their schools and who believe they must be renovated or supplemented with new facilities. The ads are a fantastic opportunity to put a personal touch on an issue that affects our entire community. To find out more or to arrange to sponsor an ad, contact Staci Maloof or 946-6509. Thanks. -Jim Bixler ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) To: Bonnie Timmerman Glover ('63WB) Wig Davis ('82), who was ASB president at the time can answer that better than I. He and his VP, Guy Glazier ('82), were very instrumental in getting the name changed [from Columbia High to Richland High]. There was another school called Columbia High school [in Burbank, WA] at the time. I don't know whether there still is or not. Wig is covered in 7 feet of snow in Denver. That is what the papers say and Wig said 4 feet so even that is pretty tall snow. He is going to try to get to work today with a 4x4. Wish we would have a snow like that one day and then have a Chinook come up and blow it away in a couple of days. Didn't we used to have nice snows in the winter time or did I just imagine that? -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ~ Remember Brad Upton's ('74) show Saturday night at CBC... still time to get tickets if you haven't already *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/22/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Curt Donahue ('53), Gus Keeney ('57) Janet Tyler ('61), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Art Nelson ('64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Ken Staley ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Peggy Hartnett ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** ANNOUNCEMENT: Yes, Art Nelson ('64) is right... the Alumni Sandstorm is supposed to be for fun and "warm fuzzies" and all about growing up in Richland. (See Art's entry later in this issue.) Every now and then we need to bend that rule just a little... guess that happens during times of War, right? So, OK, anybody who didn't get their "War with Iraq" response submitted for THIS ISSUE hasn't been paying attention, so it's too late for you... you'll just have to argue/discuss amongst yourselves because what you read in today's issue on the subject is all you're gonna read here. We ALL agree on one point: we need to keep a good thought for our military. HIP, HIP, HOORAY! BOMBERS and SPUDNUTS FOREVER!! -Maren ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Rice ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Crigler Welch ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nina Jones Rowe ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Our Troops To: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) & All other interested Bombers There is a web site on which a person can list a member of our armed forces for adoption by a person who would like to have a specific individual in the military to pray for. At this same web site an individual can adopt such a military person, which I have done. The web site is: Scroll down about halfway and instructions on are the right hand side of the page. May God bless and protect all our brave men and women in the service of our great country. -Curt Donahue ('53) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Keeney Parents' Service Many thanks for the Bomber folks that came to Our Parents (Ray & Gladys Keeney) Memorial Service. It was a great turnout and more like a Wake with great music and treats. (Spudnuts and all!!!) I made it back to Yuma all safe and "Sound". -Gus Keeney ('57) & Siblings [Missy-59, Patti-63, & Jack-65] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Janet Tyler ('61) Re: Dallas, TX, sights Dear Bombers, I need some ideas and I knew just who to ask. I'll be making my first ever expense-paid business trip to Dallas, TX next Friday, March 31st. Can those of you who have lived or toured in Dallas give me some hints for sight-seeing? Aside from the Book Depository and the knoll, I know nothing about Dallas. My daughter and son-in-law from St. Paul, MN. will be meeting me there to catch some sunshine and warmth. We'll have Saturday and Sunday to see what we can before I go to work Monday morning. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks Bombers, -Janet Tyler ('61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) To: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) Re: Prayers for our troops I pray that our troops come home safe- & the sooner the better! I also pray that the discord & displays of ill will that followed the Vietnam War can be avoided. Perhaps the willingness to extend respect to all people, regardless of their POV, will make this a better (certainly more civil!) place to grow older together. It is as equally unfair to accuse those who support our troops of being 'warmongers' as it is to assume that those who oppose this military action are 'unpatriotic.' As an example of prior thought on the subject of 'dissent', I offer a quote from a former President, Theodore Roosevelt: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic & servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." (Now, he did say this in 1918, meaning that he expressed this in hindsight a number of years after his own time in the White House... but he said it, nonetheless.) This is, of course, something that we associate with a civilian perspective; which is one reason why we have civilians in charge of the military, & not the other way around. ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Art Nelson ('64) Re: Reply to Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) To: All Classmates and fellow Bombers It has been my understanding that the Sandstorm was intended to be a fun location to reminisce and help our fellow classmates to answer questions, and learn about the places we now call home all over the world. I am concerned that we are starting to set this wonderful forum up as a political arena for unwanted debate. With that said, I feel obligated to comment to Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62). First off all, I am a Vietnam Veteran, "been there done that". Our government even thanks me with a disability check each month for the experience. I did not want to go, but as a good citizen, I did what was expected of me. I came home to angry countrymen and women that perceived me a "baby killer" and life was not good. We lost that war. Now that time has moved on, we find out, it was, as we suspected all along, all about corporate greed and the rights to rubber plantations along with a few other minor products. Now the government of North Vietnam is in control. Was our government right about the consequences if that should ever happened? You know the answer. Today we are at war again. I take great offense at the "Anti war/Anti America" combination. They are two separate issues. Understand this, and understand this very well. I along with a lot of proud Americans, stand with, and pray for the safety of every American in harm's way during this conflict. For those lucky enough to come home alive, I will greet them with open and "welcome home" arms. I will cry for those who are not so lucky, and arrive in a body bag. With that said, I belive the media wants this to be a clear "Love America and anything it's government does" verses the Disagree with the Government, "Anti war/Anti America". Wrong!! Wrong!! Wrong!! I, as do others, do not believe we are again fighting to "Protect America", and I do not stand behind our government's zeal to put our sons and daughters in harm's way. Granted Saddam Hussein is a really bad guy, and needs to be dealt with, but he is nothing compared to a number of others we are conveniently avoiding mention at this time (they don't have anything we want). This one is about corporate greed again, period. The Internet is a wondrous place, and allows those who care to look, the ability to look beyond what the American media is telling us (note: they all seem to have the same script) and look at ourself and our government from the outside looking in, from Europe, Asia, South America. I actually digressed for three more paragraphs to explain why I think the way I do, but decided to stand by my original statement. This does not belong in the Sandstorm. A simple announcement that a rally to back the troops was up coming up, everyone welcome would work for the Sandstorm. "Thank God" we can disagree, but at the end of the day we are all a strange group of Americans that are willing fight for the right to have a Nuclear Cloud on our chest that drives a lot of "anti-nukes" nuts. {;-) -Art Nelson ('64) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Rally To: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) I will be with you in spirit, wish I could be there in person! We have been having rallies here in Bakersfield, CA, too. On one side of the street are jerks holding signs against the war, the President and his cabinet members, and on the opposite side are patriots supporting the war, the President, his cabinet and our boys/men and girls/women who are in harm's way. I also don't want to see these service personnel treated anything like the Viet Nam vets were! Hollywood needs to butt out of politics... they were responsible for a lot of what happened to the Viet Nam vets (remember Hanoi Jane????)! We need to keep the President, our service people in our prayers and keep up the good front back home, so they know we are supporting them. To: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) Talked to my sister-in-law last night, and so far my nephew is still at Fairchild, but his squadron is the next one to be called up... I'm keeping fingers crossed that this is over before he gets called up. To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Boomer I wasn't going to buy one, but you make him sound so appealing, guess I will have to get him. I have the bomb that Tom Hughes ('56) made, too, so guess he could take his place at the luncheons here in Bakersfield. Already bought a T-shirt, and the sweats, so guess I might as well go "whole hog" and buy Boomer, too. *GRIN* Did you hear that, Judy Willox Hodge ('61)? I guess you will be hearing, "the check is in the mail" one of these days. *GRIN* -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - weather is nice... cool in the mornings, warm in the afternoons, and cool in the evenings. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Ooooops To: Judy Willox Hodge ('61) Okay... the beaver is wearing a flight jacket, helmet and goggles... NOT a cheer leading outfit... HAPPY NOW?! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Whether you're for or against the current military action, those now on the ground deserve our support and prayers. Just a note to say "Thank You" to Major General Jim Mattis (RHS'68) who now commands the 1st Marine Division on the ground in Iraq. Keep 'em going kid... our prayers are with you. -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Goodland, KS To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) While passing through Goodland on Tuesday did you stop and see the VanGogh sunflower painting? It is not right on the interstate, but they say you can see it from there. Also, do you know my cousin Jean Bruntlett who also graduated in 1962? Have fun in the snow. -Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Peggy Hartnett ('72) Maren, You and I have been around the block a few times about "politics" and a couple of today's entries went beyond PSA's and prayer lists to finger pointing. Do what you want with what is below. From: Peggy Hartnett ('72) I am saddened that I feel compelled to say this but there is a difference between being against this war and being "Anti-American", it is possible in many ways to disagree with this President and still fully be in support of those that he sent to fight. When we fall prey to blanket statements, loyalty tests and jingoism, we are tossing out many of the reasons this is a still a country people admire, though some of us feel the nation is skating on some pretty thin ice. I fully support people wanting to "Rally for America" and I hope both those who do and those who are protesting never "have had their day", like it is only a one shot deal. I live near a huge, active intelligence base, have many friends currently active and retired and some of those people are the most vehemently opposed to this action that I have spoken too. So I would hope none of us replay any part of the Viet Nam experience, for my part, I gave blood the other day. -Peggy Hartnett ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/23/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers and 1 Lion today: Betty Ely ('47), Drue McGinnes ('57 Lion) Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** LUNCHES (in order of appearance) 04/05 - Olympia 04/06 - NCW (North Central Washington) More information: Click the lunch you want to know about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Betty Ely King ('47) Thank you Art Nelson ('64) and Peggy Hartnett ('72) for such intelligent letters. 0Betty Ely King ('47) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Drue McGinnes ('57 Lion) Re: Chief Jo 1st entering and full three year graduating class of Chief Jo. Attended to RHS 10th grade, graduated Kennewick 57 Living Honolulu Aloha -Drue McGinnes ('57 Lion) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell ('62WB) Maren I just want to thank you for stopping this from being a War Forum. There is too much of that everywhere else. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** [This was sent to me personally, so I didn't include the name, class year and email address. -Maren] ************ >>From: A Bomber... Maren, thanks, I think you handled that beautifully. The entries that were included in the 3-22 issue gave some food for thought, but I think a moratorium is an excellent idea. And, like I said, I think you handled the cut off well, phrased it very diplomatically. -A Bomber *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/24/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jeannine Hughes ('54), Mike Clowes ('54) Judy Crose ('58), Linda Reining ('64) Mike Howell ('68WB), Brad Upton ('74) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cindy Lust Voiland ('72) RHS FORMER TEACHER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Dunton ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jeannine Hughes Shaffer ('54) Re: Young boy at Harlem Globetrotters game I don't know the answer to my question -- do any of you know? About 1960 the Harlem Globetrotters played a basketball game at Columbia High School. During their show, they got a young boy from the audience to make a free throw at the basket. They kept backing him up until he was about the middle of the court and then let me throw. He made the basket!!! Needless to say, the crowd went wild & the Globetrotters made a big fuss over him. It was an almost impossible shot. Does anyone know who the boy was? I don't know, but thought it would be fun to see if anyone remembers this. -Jeannine Hughes Shaffer ('54) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Carmichael and Chief Joseph In some sort of perspective the time line between the two schools is not that much. I believe part of the class of '53 started 9th grade at Carmichael, while the rest went to Col-Hi. This would mean that Carmichael opened in September of 1949. The Class of 1954 started 8th grade at this time, and the class of 1955 started 7th grade. In May/June of 1951, The Class of 1954 graduated from Carmichael and prepared themselves for Col-Hi. In September of 1951, the class of 1955 was split along some geographical line (Williams); those to the north of Williams went to Chief Joseph and those to the south went to Carmichael. Hard to say where North and West Richland kids wound up. So, Carmichael opened in 1949 and Chief Joseph in 1951. Construction on Chief Joseph was probably started soon after Carmichael opened. Chief Joseph was the newer school, but I imagine that school population changed location (North Richland was probably shut down at the time) and the school board decided to use the school closest to the center of the school population. Which does not adequately explain why Spalding was closed, but that's another matter entirely. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from slightly soggy Albany, OR ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [John Ball in North Richland opened 2/16/48 and closed 6/30/55. -Maren] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Judy Crose Snowhite ('58) Re: My mother I just wanted to let any of you who knew my parents to know that my mother, Marguerite Johnson Crose, passed away on her 65th wedding anniversary, March 20th. She was 84 years old and a wonderful wife and mother. -Judy Crose Snowhite ('58) ~ Richland ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Happy Birthday greetings to a wonderful lady who has been in my life since I was about 6 years old. Some of you will have known her as a 3rd grade teacher, but I never had that privilege. I did, however, have the privilege of knowing her as a neighbor, friend, mentor, and "aunt" to my two daughters. She has been in my life through good times and bad times and always managed to give me the much-needed "kick in the butt" or "pat on the shoulder" when I most needed it. Lynn Dunton (former Richland teacher): this birthday greeting is for you! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - temps are warming up, and people are planting all sorts of flora and fauna. *GRIN* ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) Re: Swimming Hi group As the sun is shining here in Westport this morning I am reminded of going barefoot, swimming in the canal at the sand dune and the foot bridge, and of course getting to go to the lagoon in Columbia Park. I also recall shooting the flumes and avoiding the Police Dept. I can recall when Phillip Coffman and I used to dive off the Railroad Bridge between Pasco and Kennewick. Do the kids still do any of these things? I can remember floating down the Yakima on an inner tube and having to walk home (sun burned and bare foot). Did anyone else use to ride their bicycles down the canal when there was water in it? Speaking of bicycles: How many of us rode our bikes down the face of Flat Top from the cross? Jimmy Hopkins (RIP) used to be famous for his rides down the trail. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I have used the Sandstorm on a number of occasions, to point out that my good friend Mike Davis ('74), is, um, how do I say it... larger than me. I've managed to convey this message in a number of ways. I saw Mike last night for the first time since last August and I must say that I can no longer make fun of his girth!! He's a lean, mean, laid-back machine. Maybe it's a mid-life crisis: lose weight, next there'll be a couple of gold chain necklaces and convertible Corvette. Keep up the good work, skinny boy! -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) I know there are no war stories allowed but this really isn't one. You hear the words "company" "platoon" "brigade" "battalion," etc., etc. Can one of you veterans out their enlighten me on what makes up what when talking about military organizations? -Mike Davis ('74) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Anyone interested can read the "war stories"] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/25/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Em DeVine ('52), Dorothy Stamper ('54) Marguerite Groff ('54), MLou Williams ('60) George Barnett ('63), Rick Maddy ('67) Karen Harding ('68), Diane Carpenter ('72) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) A special Thank You to Brad Upton ('74) for a great hour of laughter! It was the 1st time I had seen him and he was just as funny as everyone says he is! Best to each and all, "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ sunny and beautiful Richland ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Actually I don't believe we moved into Carmichael until October or November of 1949. It wasn't finished in time for the start of school. Somebody, please correct me if I am wrong, but that is the way I remember it. -Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Actually, Class of '54 moved into Carmichael in January or February 1949 during our 7th grade. I remember, because we were in hutments at Sacajawea and were so happy to be in a "real" school with wonderful heat. When we arrived at Carmichael, Class of '53 was already there. Class of '52 was already at Col High when Carmichael opened. I won't argue any of your other statements about Chief Jo or anything. I bow to your great memory. It's only when I'm know absolutely that I'm right, will I dare to argue with you. Now there is a chance that your school didn't transfer to Carmichael until you were going into 8th grade. To: Lynn Dunton (former Richland teacher and wife of Bill Dunton, choir director)... Once upon a time, during our years at Carmichael, your husband became so frustrated with the choir that one day he threw up his hands and told us that after dealing with us he would sometimes go home and "kick the dog!" Just wondering... did he really??? I know that no one took him serious, but it's just one of those things that come to mind every time your name is mentioned. I've been meaning to check with you and see how true that was. We knew that he really loved us. Right? He was a favorite of ours. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland - where it's sunny but chilly. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: MLou Williams ('60) Maren, I bet the Sandstorm was so short after the "political opinion" day because our brains were full of responses to what was written, but we weren't supposed to prolong the event. I opted to send my response to the personal email address, and had nothing "unopinionated" left to send to you! I agree that you handled the issue very diplomatically. Now I'm going to try to skirt the kibash by saying I love this time of year in our desert. Moving from Richland to Hermiston was like moving into the past a bit. The town is finally about the size Richland was when I grew up there. Right now we're having glorious sunrises (over the Butte) and sunsets - out on the western horizon, which I can view from my deck with absolutely nothing to block the view from any direction. The desert is turning from brown to green, and the prickly pear plants flat along the highway have lovely pink blooms on them. This is truly an Andrew Wyeth time of year, with all the lovely pastels of the season. Even a clear blue sky full of cumulus clouds creating a reflection of brilliant blue off the Columbia River - it's such a simple sight, but so uplifting. I love this country, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I mean America as well as the Pacific Northwest. I love the craggy Cascades and their volcanic past, and the pointy Alps of Oregon in Wallowa Country, and the high desert, and the pristine lakes, deep as a Crater, and our public coastline for everyone to enjoy, the Columbia River Gorge in the changing of seasons, and even the "valley" for its shopping and restaurants! I love having a home, being safe, driving on paved, swept streets, getting my mail delivered regularly and unviolated, choosing the foods I want to buy from the abundance at the supermarket, and going to a wonderful place to work - the free public library. I figure my income taxes this year will pay to pave about 10 feet of Interstate 84. If that's the cost to live here, it's a bargain. I love having high speed Internet, both at home and at work, and looking at media coverage from other countries, and exploring any topic I deign to type in the google search screen, and reading about the pills doctors sometimes foist on my trusting mother, buying fresh-caught King crab direct from Alaska, and getting books 40 percent off with free shipping for the library. And when I see how many people struggle to survive in many other countries, I love this country even more. I so regret how the soldiers of my generation were treated when they came home, and those who chose to go to Canada as well. I am so blessed to have been born here, and to live here. It amazes me how long it took for me to realize such a simple truth. Now, before I get accused of turning into Longfellow, ("Psalm of Life") I'll stop! But gee, it felt good.... -MLou Williams ('60) Library Director Hermiston Public Library ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: George Barnett ('63) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) I could be wrong, but to the best of my weak memory, all West Richland kids were bussed to Carmichael. To: Linda Reining ('64) People are planting foliage and FAUNA? Wow, think I will come over to Bakersfield and check that out! Uncle Webster says "fauna" is "Animals of an area or time period." Hey, us farm boys will try anything new. OOPS maybe I just opened a Pandora's box. Pardon the pun. To: Mike Howell ('68) Re: Riding bicycles down the ditch while water was still flowing. Seems to me that was tried a time or two. As I recall it washed all the grease out of the bearings (both wheel and the front goose neck) Next time I tried to ride the bike after setting for a couple days, a real problem developed. Didn't do that any more. Bye Geo. -George Barnett ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Mike Davis ('74) Re: military organized Good question, Mike. I am sure several Bomber officers and NCOs with much more experience than I will answer this better than me. One only needs to add, multiply and divide by pi to get a clear and concise answer to it. One thing is for sure, much has changed since the Medieval days of Vietnam so the much younger Marines can enlighten on changes due to technology and time. And going from a jungle to a desert could possibly present other changes with the numbers. This is a breakdown of grunts only (meaning there are also Marines with tanks, jets, typewriters, choppers, engineers, mine-sweepers, trucks, cooks, snipers, etc. etc. in addition to the infantryman). For example, I was in the First Marine Division, Third Battalion, Fifth Regiment, Kilo Company, Third Platoon, Third Squad, first fireteam, FNG (the newest guy of the four in the fireteam). In the large picture, the Marine Corps has six divisions but not all are running at the same time and probably only during world war would all six be involved. In the smaller picture there are three fireteams consisting of four Marines to each squad (twelve). Three squads to a platoon; three platoons to a company. I never got into multiplying my elevens and twelves, so somebody else needs to do the math. When the twelve Marines in the squad with M16s, including the squad leader, one with a "blooper" (M79 grenade launcher) and .45 pistol and sometimes someone with a shotgun (obviously of no use in the desert) moved outside the wire on a mission, added to these twelve squad members are a machine gunner and assistant gunner (A-gunner). Sometimes a rocketman (bazooka in WWII and Korea, 3.5 Rocket in Vietnam - no idea today). A radioman. A Navy Corpsman. Sometimes two Marines with a 60mm mortar tube and base plate. In the field, and depending on who was with us, almost everyone in the squad would carry a mortar shell, and/or a belt or two of machine-gun ammo, plus their own ammo and hand grenades (On an ordinary patrol, I had seven magazines - each holding twenty rounds (bullets) - and usually carried three grenades. Others would carry as many as twelve magazines and up to ten grenades, but these guys had been shot at more than me - in other words, I carried somewhere around 350 total rounds of M16 ammo in the magazines and loose rounds for reloading) depending on where you were going, what the mission was and how long you would be gone. Sometimes a Marine brought a shoulder-fired throw away, rocket launcher called a LAW along for the ride. Each squad of the platoon rotated on who was going out on patrols and ambushes as best as could be considered fair. Each fireteam in the squad rotated on who was walking point that night/day as fairly as possible but there was always someone that had been there longer that knew the job or area of operation. Being "fair" sometimes was subjective. Plus food, poncho, flak jacket, helmet, pack, etc. etc. - heavy. I'm sure I am missing something that will be filled in. I imagine little has changed at the "fairness" of rotation within the squad level in Iraq. In Baghdad and other cities, and certainly not excluding the countryside excursions, the rotation system will most likely come into play heavily and will become life and death for that day's point. Other than Hue City, I cannot recall the last time Marines fought through a city. Prior to Hue I believe it was in the Dominican Republic around 1957. Anybody know? Sorry for the additions to the math question, but thought it might be of interest. As a footnote, my company commander (skipper) was Fred Smith, the CEO and founder of FED-X, and is only proof not all Vietnam Vets are _______ (fill in blank). Semper Fi -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Karen Harding Byers ('68) Is there an alumni lunch in the Tri-Cities? -Karen Harding Byers ('68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp ('72) Happy Birthday to Cindy Lust Voiland ('72) a day late by the time this arrives, I guess. -Diane Carpenter Kipp, also '72 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/26/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Janet Martin ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Millie Finch ('54), Gloria Willett ('56WB) Karol Brimhall ('56), Jim McDougal ('57) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Ed Quigley ('62) Terry Tate ('62), Leo Webb ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Robert Shipp ('64), Rob Peutz ('73) Karen Davis ('76), Kim Edgar ('79) ******************************************** ******************************************** LUNCHES (in order of appearance) 04/05 - Olympia 04/06 - NCW (North Central Washington) 04/06 - Class of '58 More information: Click the lunch you want to know about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) Re: Carmichael Jr. High School Actually I remember it well when Miss Elsa Nordin's 8th grade class from Marcus Whitman walked to Carmichael in February of '49. We were the first students to enter as a group and were so excited. The class of '53 got to choose the name Cougars, the colors, and Pat Badger ('53) and Jane McClure ('53) composed the school song. Some of us stayed there for the next year and some went to Richland High. For those of us who remained as Cougars, it was a very exciting year. In football we ended up with a .500 average-won 2, lost 2. In basketball the Cougars won the Jr. High title with two overtimes, beating Sunnyside 38-36. Baseball was pretty good too. We missed those who choose to go to Richland High, but personally, I didn't want to go because my sis, Joan Martin Slagle ('50RIP), was there. Loved her dearly, but didn't want to go to high school with her- HA HA. It was a great year and wouldn't have missed it for anything. Also attended the 40th Anniversary on February 28th, 1989 and talked to some of the teachers, especially Alton Klucus. Great memories. Thanks, -Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, Mike Clowes ('54) To: Virginia Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) I'm a day late, but hope you have had a Happy Birthday. To: Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54), Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) and George Barnett ('63) Thanks to all of you for getting the time line straightened out. To: Rick Maddy ('67) Good up-date on what constituted a Marine Corps squad. I have only one question, when did they drop the two combat cameramen? *LOL* Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson, Mike Clowes ('54) ~ I think the valley is turning green, but it's hard to tell cause the rain makes everything look gray. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54) Happy Birthday girl - come join us for our luncheon each month, 3rd Fri, Granny's in Kennewick. Would love to see you. Bomber cheers, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I'm confused. In yesterday's Sandstorm you referred to Bill Dunton as Choir director. We moved to Richland in 1953 and were there until 1955. I was a member of the choir during that time, but Harley Stell was the choir director. We did an operetta about gypsies, ballerinas, and Royal Hussars; and Mr. Stell directed. I remember him because he was a fellow Arkansan. Was Bill Dunton there at the same time? -Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Gloria -- see the answer to your question in the next entry. -Maren] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Karol Brimhall Smith ('56) This reply was inspired by the message from Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) to Lynn Dunton, wife of Bill Dunton, our choir director at Carmichael in the 1950s. I was fortunate to have him for my 8th and 9th grade years. We all loved him, all the show tunes he taught us, the minstrel shows and other programs he helped us put on. I have fond (and embarrassing) memories of him. Such as his admonition to me at the time one of my first solos "if you forget the words to the song, just fake it". I had never considered that possibility before, but promptly forgot the words to "Singing In the Rain" and kept singing the title words over and over and over. Then there was the time I was supposed to sing a duet with Mr. Dunton and managed flub that up too. 8th Grade was not my shining moment for music. I remember in choir class when Mr. D. would get so frustrated he would bang that big wooden paddle down on the top of the upright piano. That was guaranteed to restore order in the classroom. And then Merrie Donaldson ('55) would play the opening bars of Chopin's "Funeral March". Fortunately Mr. D. persevered and my 9th Grade performances were much better, and I will be forever grateful to him. Does anyone have any recent information on the Duntons? -Karol Brimhall Smith ('56) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim McDougal ('57) Re: Happy Birthday to Jon McDougal ('64) A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little brudder, Jon McDougal ('64) way down there in Mississippi. "Y'all have a good'un. Suck up some mud-bugs, and quaff a brew or two. There aren't many of us old Richland McDougal's left, but those of us that are still around, are still going strong. See ya in August when you come back to God's country (Washington). Love ya. Have a good one." -Jim McDougal ('57) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) To: MLou Williams ('60) I'd give you a hug if I could, for what you wrote, & the grin & good feelings that came while I read it... you nailed it (even the owls are cheering in the dark, outside). Thanks! ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Swimming... Hey guys, Yesterday, Mike Howell ('68WB) mentioned swimming in the canal and floating down the Yakima in inner tubes, and it brought to mind a question that occurred to me a few years ago, which my parents were never able to answer for me. I spent many happy hours in the summer, from the 7th grade until my first (and only!) year in the wastelands of WSU (my own opinion, after suffering the freezing of moisture on my teeth and in my nose, as I walked from Gannon Hall to the SUB!), swimming and water skiing off the second island, in the middle of the Columbia, there in Richland. You can't imagine the shock I got, upon learning that the islands had been closed to water skiers, because they had been made into a "seagull sanctuary"... I couldn't believe it; that's what the city dump is for, right? So, what I would like for someone to explain to me, is not only the REAL reason (I just can't accept the afore mentioned reason given to me!) this was done, but why the good people of Richland let it happen. Just curious! -Ed Quigley ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Terry Tate ('62) To: Mike Davis ('74) Here, generally, is the makeup of the units you requested information on, at least for the Army. The Marine Corps is very similar. In an Infantry unit a squad is generally 11 men to include a squad leader (Sergeant or Staff Sergeant). Four squads make up a Platoon, commanded by a 2nd Lieutenant with a Sergeant First Class Platoon Sergeant. Three Platoons plus an admin section (cooks, clerks, supply, armorer, etc.) make up a Company commanded by a Captain with a lst Lieutenant Executive Officer and a First Sergeant. Three line (combat) companies and a Headquarters Company make up a Battalion. Three line Battalions make up a Brigade often with two or three support companies also assigned. Three Brigades with all sorts of support units (Medical, Military Police, Maintenance, etc) make up a Division. Typically, a full strength Division will consist of between 20,000 and 22,000 men and women. In an armor (tank) unit a Platoon is usually four tanks and you can work your way up from there. Army Aviation units (helicopters) vary depending on the type of aircraft they have. The attack helicopter company I was with in Vietnam consisted of 16 gunships and 2 Command and Control aircraft. Also, typically starting at the company level the Company Commander will have detachments from his Battalion assigned to him for any given operation. This would include medics, an artillery fire control coordinator and an Air Force officer to coordinate air strikes. Of course this is subject to variations depending on the situation on the battlefield. Hope this helps. -Terry Tate ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Leo Webb ('63) To: George Barnett ('63) We may be old, but you are correct about West Richland kids were bussed to Carmichael. Hey, I see you are registered for the big event in June. I will bring the Corvette and we can cruz uptown like we did over 40 years ago. -Leo Webb ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Attend Eastern Washington State College during 1968? Want to relive a few of those memories? I have 3 copies of the yearbook Kinnikinick for the year 1968 that I will give away to the 1st 3 who ask. These have great photos of Deirdre Johnson ('65) "Queen of Queens", Alexandra Manolopoulos ('64) "Homecoming Queen", Richard Graham ('64), Diane Lousby ('64) and a number of other Richland Bombers. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ living in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: George Barnett ('63) Re: fauna Next time I will definitely check Webster's before I assume I know what I am talking about! *GRIN*... I KNEW flora meant flowers... just assumed fauna meant plants (trees, etc). Oh well... never claimed to be one of the smart ones. *GRIN* -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - "Spring is busting out all over"... including my blasted hay fever! ;/ ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Robert Shipp ('64) Re: Thanks to our Servicemen Regardless of how we individually feel about the current conflict, I believe most Bombers appreciate what our men and women in uniform do for all of us. You can let them know how you feel by going to the web site below and signing in to thank them. The compiled list of names will be sent to our soldiers at the end of the month. It takes about 10 seconds. -Robert Shipp ('64) ~ In windy Richland ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rob Peutz ('73) To: MLou Williams ('60) In a nutshell, Amen! To: Mike Davis ('74) 2 or more ships = Squadron, 2 or more Squadrons = Flotilla, 2 or more Flotillas is a Fleet. Carrier battle groups have several different ships with them, Usually a fueling ship, a refrigerated stores ship, an ammunition ship, and several escorts consisting of Cruiser and destroyers. The marines travel on amphibious assault ships, in Amphibious Ready Groups. To: Jeanette Haberman ('73) Great Weather caused me to ride the bike to Wisconsin to the Jelly Belly Factory. Belly Flops on the way. -Rob Peutz ('73) - Happiness is living 40 minutes from Jelly Belly ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Wow, what a bunch of stuff to try to figure our, but am I trying, yes. I am married to a Vietnam Vet and Marine at that. He was over there... 2 tours through the jungle - between 67-71 I think. I don't understand a lot when he talks of it because I was only about 9 years old at the time. He was in an Echo Company... the "Bastards" or something like that. If you ever want to hook up with him and chat, I sure he would like to. Also a question, does this current war thing bother you... like memories of the past? Just wondering. My hubby is doing well this time... had more problems it seems with 9-11. Thanks for your breakdown... hope dufus big brother Mike understood all that!!!! -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Dog (Breed: Peekapoo) My grandmother is looking for a Peekapoo (very small, friendly, adorable dog), it doesn't necessarily have to be a puppy. I was wondering if anyone knows of a breeder in Washington State, preferably close to the Tri-Cities? If anyone wants to keep tabs the Army's 82nd Airborne, here is their homepage. Of interest is the OEF Afghanistan photo galleries. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ~ Poulsbo, WA *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/27/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Muriel Anderson ('53), Janet Tyler ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Jean Armstrong ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Rick Maddy ('67), Steve Edwards ('68) Terry Ganz ('68WB), Mike Davis ('74) Jenny Smart ('87) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayla Armstrong Worlund ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Jon McDougal ('64) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Muriel Anderson Thompson ('53) Re: Carmichael Jr. High Do you recall that the criteria for being able to stay at Carmichael and not "have" to go to Columbia was determined by IQ test? The top 100 scorers were offered the option to stay at Carmichael. The invitation was extended to about 20 more students since some of the top 100 chose to go to Columbia. I chose Columbia and experienced a subtle prejudice. We were not expected to be the academic cream of the crop. Nowadays I imagine this politically incorrect method would not be used. I wondered at the time why they didn't choose lottery. -Muriel Anderson Thompson ('53) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Janet Tyler ('61) Re: Thanks for Dallas highlights I want to thank all of you who sent me info about Dallas and Ft. Worth areas. We will be following your advise and are looking forward to the sightseeing. I also appreciated your comments about the probable weather for this time of year. Go Bombers! -Janet Tyler ('61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: The young boy who made the free throw in l960 at a Harlem Globe Trotter's game. I was probably there, but must admit I don't clearly remember the incident. My guess is maybe Theartis Wallace ('63), as he certainly could have done that. Greetings from a motel in Ogden, UT where they have a high speed computer, bless them. We survived the snow storm of the last 90 years in Colorado. First by spending 2 nights in lovely Limon, CO where I-70 was closed east of Denver. Then we spent the day in Denver getting to go over the pass west of Denver at 5pm that day, March 21st. That trip over the pass was one of those "rides you'll never forget." We all started out fine, but with a little bit of snow up further, several cars and trucks were fishtailing, but we all made it over. Got to Keystone and some good skiing in just 2-1/2 hours. Not bad for 60 miles, huh? I am sorry I am missing seeing Bombers, as no one has honked at my Bomber license plate holder yet. But we are seeing more of the fantastic and beautiful United States. I close with prayers for all our brave troops over in Iraq, defending us all, so we can keep on enjoying our freedoms and many privileges. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) Attention Bombers I am having a birthday party for Bomber alumni Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) on Sunday, March 30th. Everyone is invited, but please no presents, she already has everything. Her sister, -Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) Happy Birthday to my "little" sister. Although she is no longer "little," she will always be to me. I love you, Gayla Armstrong Worlund ('74) and hope you have a GREAT day!!! Re: Dog (Breed: Peekaboo) To: Kim Edgar ('79) Kim, I hope you find a puppy for your Grandmother. I also am looking for a small "Poo" puppy. They have cockapoos or yorkiepoos or chiapoos. Or any kind of small puppy. My husband and I travel a lot and I need a small dog to travel on the plane with me. If anyone knows of anyone in Arizona, please contact me. Re: Next Phoenix lunch I will plan the next Phoenix Luncheon as soon as Gary Setbacken ('64) gets back to me with a date. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ - where the sun is shining and summer is just around the corner. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Karen Brimhall Smith ('56) Re: info on the Duntons Lynn and Bill live in Fullerton, CA... have lived there ever since they left Richland in the Summer of '59. Bill was choir director at La Habra High School till he retired, and is now a member of the school board. Bill put on minstrel shows at La Habra, too; Lynn would design the sets and get kids in the art department to help build and paint them. We saw his production of South Pacific and he had "jocks" doing the song, "Honey-bun" wearing coconuts for the tops and grass skirts... we would go to the rehearsals, which were almost more fun than opening night. *GRIN* Bill and Lynn still look the same... just a little grayer. *GRIN* -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we are having typical Spring for the valley ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) Re: Your question: "does this current war thing bother you... like memories of the past? Of course it does. And I know you knew that too, Karen. There is a special place in my heart for women that marry war vets and stay with them. Nor do I blame them for packing their bags and leaving. That can be a long, difficult and bumpy road. I personally feel one of my faults is I am quite vocal about the Vietnam War and have no problem inserting my foot deeply into my mouth about it. Not all appreciate that, particularly vets. For example, I drink coffee at times with an old man who was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. One day I said to him I had heard he was in the war but never talked about it and why. I can get away with such questions as that when I wear a tank top. He said he went there a young man and came home a crippled young man, so what's to talk about. And the Vietnam War was a long, long time ago also. I mean, really, who wants to hear about that any more except for the VA shrink? Nevertheless, every time something like this happens (Iraq), I am at times so depressed about it I have a hard time getting out of bed and through a day. Close my curtains and will sit and cry like a baby for no known reason. But, oddly enough, I will also at times head out the door and drive for miles for no reason, or go sit at the beach, try my best to be my fun loving self, get another divorce, move to another town, write into the Sandstorm or... whatever. The two things I do have that are and always have been my saving Grace are my children (I want to see tomorrow) and friends who were with me in Vietnam. Not all vets are as blessed. Ron Heath, machine gunner (who helped put me on the medevac), Ron "Mac" McCarville (2nd platoon squad leader), Bruce Bastien (machine gunner), Rod Hoel (2nd platoon - rifleman) and one of four survivors from all of 2nd platoon that on Feb. 5, 1968 walked into an NVA ambush. My squad came off the Anderson Bridge to pick up (police the area) the last of any gear laying around this site. McCarville just happened to be on Okinawa at the time for a week of school. Mac came back to regroup with a whole platoon of fresh faces. Rod just blended in. Later that year Mac was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. Phil Collins ('67) - who I joined the Corps with and have known since eighth grade - drove a truck up around The Rockpile and many other places. There was a good reason Phil worked at that gas station by the Uptown when we were in high school. Mike Keller (3/26) who I have known since boot camp and was wounded by a mortar shell at Khe Sanh on Feb. 22, 1968. Gil Fifer (3/9 I Company) who I have known since boot camp and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with combat V for heroism. Gil walked point up around the DMZ for nine months with the Third Division and never got a scratch during his tour. Out of these men, Fifer (usually after drinking a fifth of whiskey), Heath and I will talk about the war. Bastien, Mac and Collins much less. Rod Hoel only to these names mentioned would he talk about it and has never been in a VA hospital for any reason. We will work on that. Keller never talks about it. All of these men are sick in one degree or another because of the experience. I am fortunate to know these men and could not begin to express their importance to me. I refuse to take any Veteran Administration drugs, go to PTSD therapy sessions or any kind of counseling whatsoever. You are not an alcoholic until you go to the meetings (Fifer one-liner). And, of course, the Bomber Vietnam Vets and those who were Marines are a very real bonus, too. Not to take anything away from other services. I know nothing about the Army, Navy (except corpsman) or Air Force. I won't mention names, but one Marine's initials are David Rivers ('65). David is a very positive person, but we all know that don't we, and does not realize his impact. There are many vets buzzing around this Sandstorm that have stories and they have enough sense to spare you. I don't. What I have been saying here really just boils down to the need for all to do our best to be kind to those young military men and women when they come home from Iraq and not forget them like the Korean War Vets, or ignore them like the Vietnam Vets. I really do not care how a person feels about this war. I vote. Don't you? And if I have a question about anything, I just go down to the donut shop because there is always someone down there that can give me an answer. There will be wars and rumors of war. The one fact remains - we are at war. Of all things, love is the most important of all. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA - a beautiful day ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Steve Edwards ('68) Re: Passing on a Greeting Greetings to Ray Fisher ('63) from Paul "Butch" Greeley, Seattle PI's 4A Wrestling Coach of the Year - -Steve Edwards ('68) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Terry Ganz ('68WB) To: George Barnett ('63) and Leo Webb ('63) I don't know about the years before me but during my time West Richlanders were all bussed to Chief Jo. I don't know when that changed but it did unless I just hallucinated that three years I was there. To: Karen Davis ('76) I am a Vietnam Vet also and both of the events you mentioned messed with my head as did the first Gulf War. I am doing my best not to get too caught up in what is happening over there except to pray for and honor our service people as they go in harm's way. -Terry Ganz ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Davis ('74) A happy belated birthday to my sister, Karen. She's old and probably won't even be aware that this is late. Anyway, hope you had a good day. (P.S. - was that "dufus" I read?) Also, I saw my buddy, Brad Upton ('74), perform the other night at CBC. A great show! The guy is still funny and still bald!!! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page ('87) Re: Richland School Bond If you live within the Richland School District, please be aware that there is a special election coming up on April 22 (or next week, if you vote by mail) concerning a construction bond for the Richland School District. If you are unaware of the details of the bond, please attend one (or more) of the public forum/ information meetings being held; or tour the schools during the open houses on Fridays each week (except for during spring break). Info is also available several times per week on public access cable TV. Literally dozens of opportunities are available for you, the public, to have your questions answered about this bond -- there's no excuse to be "uninformed"! The schedule of forums & tours is listed at -Jenny Smart Page ('87) ~ West Richland ******************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Bonnie Vandine McGhan ('29) ~~ 10/29/03 - 3/23/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/28/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Ed Wood ('62), Kathy Hoff ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Mike Howell ('68WB) Debra Dawson ('74WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** LUNCHES (in order of appearance) 04/05 - Olympia 04/06 - NCW (North Central Washington) 04/06 - Class of '58 More information: Click the lunch you want to know about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Denver snow storm To: Helen Cross (62) Sorry to have missed you on your way through Colorado. I couldnt even honk, as I was stuck in California, unable to return home. My return flight was delayed by three days due to the huge snow storm. Normally a three day extension of a trip would be a bit of a problem in the laundry department, but fortunately I was staying with my sister, Alyson, and was able to keep fairly "fresh". We still have a huge amount of snow on our sidewalks, which weve been unable to move. Our property manager tells us we can have the neighborhood done for $10,000, which gives you an idea of the severity. We decided to use our abundant solar power instead. Im sitting in an internet cafe in Oaxaca where I decided to come to spend a couple weeks in intensive Spanish training. They have abundant and cheap access (around $0.50 to $.75 per hour, depending on where you go), but I have a devil of a time trying to find the apostrophes on this keyboard - hence the weird spelling. So while my family is at home watching the snow melt, Im living in 80 to 90 degrees , day after day. Oaxaca is a wonderful place, by the way, and I see why so many Americans I meet here tend to come back year after year. -Ed Wood ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Kathy Hoff Webb Conrad ('64) Hi Maren, Sad news today. Garry Wayne Wilson ('64) died yesterday [3/26]. The funeral notice may be in the paper on Saturday. They think he died of a heart attack. My Denny is named after him. Dennis "Wayne" Webb. Love ya, -Kathy Hoff Webb Conrad ('64) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: War and its after-effects Your item in yesterday's Sandstorm (3-27) was very touching. I was married to a guy who served in Viet Nam for 18 months and he would never discuss what he went through or what he saw... but he was different when he came home. I learned very quickly NOT to whisper and NOT to sneak up on him (took away some of the fun things)... made as much noise as possible whenever he was sleeping or whenever his back was to me and he was absorbed in something. I, too, hope that these brave men and women are not treated the way the Viet Nam vets were treated. They were in a war not of their choosing and it was criminal what was done to them when they came home. Maybe we made up for it in some ways with the way the guys were treated during Desert Storm... I tied yellow ribbons around everything I could find! *GRIN* (Dale said the song, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" - sung by Tony Orlando and Dawn - was a favorite of the guys in Viet Nam). By the way, we are planning a luncheon in Bakersfield sometime in May... gonna make this one? *GRIN* Take care. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - temps are definitely getting higher... supposed to be in the 80s by Saturday. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Rick, I wrote this after 50+ hours of Sleep Dep. Thought I would share. Mike Howell (68WB) In Nam 68-69 Demons in the Dark Have you ever heard a Soldier cry at night? When the rest of the troops should be asleep. What he doesn't know is that every other Soldier hears him and leaves him to his privacy. The hootch may sound quiet to an outsider or 'cruit, but the silence is so loud it is deafening. Did you ever hear a Soldier think at night? A Soldier always thinks, even when he is not thinking. Did you ever watch a Soldier Sit at night? He never sits in direct light, and never with his back to the open night. A Soldier has to see at night. Did you ever hear a Soldier watch the night? A Soldier always watches at night. He watches the demons, in the Dusk and in the Dawn but especially at night. Did you ever hear a Soldier Dream at night? Some dream quiet out of fear that they too will wake and not be able to get back to sleep. Some of them cry out in fear, still others in anger but Soldiers do Dream at night. Did you ever hear a Soldier pray at night? They feel they have the right to ask God for a favor, especially at night. They don't ask for themselves for they are not worthy. But they do have the right to ask God for a favor at night. Did you ever hear a Soldier walk at night? It is very hard to hear a Soldier walk, he is always ready to listen to the night. Did you ever see two Soldiers walk at night? They never walk together or close. They do not talk as they walk. They are always alert to what may happen but hopefully never does. Did you ever see a Soldier love at night. It is rather hard to see because he doesn't show emotions like anyone else. He loves constantly but can not let himself feel it. so You won't see a Soldier love at night or at any other time. Did you ever hear a Soldier Talk at night? You would have to be so very close to hear what he says, unless you are another Soldier, then no words are needed, just a motion or emotion. Have you ever watched a Soldier eat at night? He doesn't taste it, It can be hot or cold he won't notice it at night. Cold coffee tastes just the same as hot Coffee at night. Have you ever watched a Soldier smoke at night? He cups his hand around the cigarette for two reasons, One is to hide the light, the other is the warmth he can feel from it. When he lights a smoke he never looks at the fire, by instinct he knows where to put the match. Did you ever see two Soldiers that have never met pass on the street? You will notice that they nod to each other. They know each other without ever talking. How you ask? The Thousand Yard stare that marks them all. They are bound by something no one else can understand. It is a bond that says "I'm here, your back is safe with me". Have you ever watched two Soldiers meet? There is something that is never said... It is something that unless you were there you will never know. Have you ever tasted a Soldier die at night? The taste is something you will never forget. It is somewhere between the taste of Aluminum foil and cold steel. Again I ask you have you ever heard a Soldier Cry at Night? -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler ('74WB) I think I know why some West Richlanders remember attending Carmichael and some clearly recall that it was Chief Joseph Jr. High. There was a dividing line, and anyone living on one side of the line was bussed to Carmichael, while those on the other side were bussed to Chief Jo. I'm not sure when this went into effect, or how the dividing line may have changed over the years, but I know this. Terry Ganz (68WB) went to Chief Jo. His sister, Kathy Ganz (74), my best friend at Jason Lee Grade School, went to Carmichael. During my 5th-6th grade school years, the Ganz family lived west of the canal and north of Van Giesen, so the dividing line, at least by 1968, had to be somewhere in that neighborhood of West Richland. Either the line of division changed or the Ganz family moved between Terry's and Kathy's junior high years (?). Hanford High was being built the year I moved away from Tri-Cities, and I believe ALL West Richland high school students were bussed to Hanford from 1971 on. On the bright side, it was an opportunity to reconnect with grade school friends you were parted from during the segregated bussing of our junior high years. On a major downside, EVERYONE from "West" would rather have gone to Col High, at least in that first shaky year of the new school. My dad was laid off from Hanford and my family moved to Yakima in 1971, so I don't know much about the rest of the story. I'm sure other Sandstorm readers who lived on in West Richland will better tell the tale... -Debra Dawson Fogler ('74WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/29/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: LaVerne Osterman ('51), Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Robert Cross ('62) Ray Fisher ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Jerry Lewis ('73), Rob Peutz ('73) Jenny Smart ('87) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Johnson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Crow ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: LaVerne Osterman Newstrom ('51) I was reading a list of "teachers of the year" and I made a list teachers of my life: Mr. C. Welch, Mr. W.B. Wheeler, Mr. John Marsco, Mr. Ray Juricich, Mr. Edgar Haag, Miss Vanetta Johnson (my very favorite), and one teacher who taught history, Mr. Robert Klekner - the former Army Sargent was he? I graduated in '51 and still am drawing on some of the great wisdom they passed on to me... probably unintentionally... lord only knows no one could teach me anything on purpose in those days. I know now how great they all were. -LaVerne Osterman Newstrom ('51) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday - April 12 TIME: 11:00 a.m. - ? PLACE: DoubleTree/Columbia River at Jantzen Beach (Need directions? email Lola) so we can be sure to get "our" room RSVP: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) by April 9 Fred Schafer ('63) has arranged for the Brickstone Room and it is wonderful to have -makes visiting really nice! Bombers from all years are welcome - the more the merrier! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Mike Howell ('68WB) Re: Poem "Demons in the Dark" Thank you so much for sharing your poem "Demons in the Dark". I cried all the way through it and more tears through the day. I can't even imagine what a soldier must go through but you brought it to the heart. God Bless all of our troops and bring them home quickly. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Browns Point, WA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Robert Cross ('62) To: Mike Howell ('68WB) I never fought in a war so I cannot share the emotions that you and our other soldiers can share. But your poem gave me a brief glimpse into a soldier's soul and it made me cry. Not all the war injuries are physical and not many who went to war come back without some kind of injury. Thank you and all the people who have and will fight for us to make this country so great. It is frustrating to know that there are wounds that we cannot heal but know that we are truly grateful for your sacrifice. -Robert Cross ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ray Fisher ('63) To: Steve Edwards ('68) Thanks for relaying the message from Paul Greely. The Seattle PI is right - he's a heck of a coach and great with the kids. And in his day he was a pretty good wrestler himself, but most of all, as I'm sure you know, he's good people! Thanks again, Steve. -Ray Fisher ('63) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Mike Howell ('68WB) Your poem says it all. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: '73 in '03... We held the 2nd planning meeting for the class of '73 - 30 year reunion, coming up July 18, 19 & 20. For details, check the reunion web site: The tentative schedule is up. There is a search page where you can search for class members & send address updates. I also set up a Yahoo group which is linked off of that page. If you have problems reaching the site, please send me an e-mail directly. Charter has had some problems finding it at times. If it gets to be too much of a problem, I'll move it somewhere else. -Jerry Lewis ('73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Rob Peutz ('73) To: Rick Maddy ('67) I read your entry, with tears in my heart. I think veterans have a gene, in their heart, that make them weep, without warning, and without a word. It is the gene, that makes them drop everything, and run to bring their flag into the house, before the sun sets. It is the same gene, that causes them to travel across the country, to touch their memorial, weep, and yet, remember the lighter times they had. It is the gene, that will make person, run through fire, to comfort a fallen friend. Veterans may have fought in different wars, different campaigns, or oceans apart, but they all carry that gene, deep down in their heart. I salute all veterans, as champions of freedom, And may God help comfort you, as you fight the battle still waging, in the bottom of your heart. -Rob Peutz ('73) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jenny Smart Page ('87) Re: West Richlanders & Middle School Kids of West Richland again are split among the three different middle schools. Some go to Hanford ("Bird Hill", and all the kids from Tapteal). Some go to Chief Jo (south & east of the "little" hill of Bombing Range near the Polo Club & Lakes). And, if you consider the kids who technically live in Richland (Keene Village, Country Ridge, and all those new developments in between, plus the "county area" south of Keene), but attend a West Richland elementary school, there's also some who go to Carmichael! The kids who attend Wiley will have their friends divided up among all 3 middle schools and both high schools (unless of course, they all live in the same development). So much for the long-term friendship thing that "neighborhood schooling" is supposed to foster. Of course, we adults can change all that by supporting the school bond. Relocation of a middle school to WR would eliminate the division of these kids, and foster those life-long friendships that we all have such fond memories of. -Jenny Smart Page ('87) ~ West Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/30/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Tim Avedovech ('61), Joanna Faulkner ('63) Carol Converse ('64), David Rivers ('65) Vicki Owens ('72), Karen Davis ('76) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Killand ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patsy McGregor Boyd ('54WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig Perkins ('69) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Tim Avedovech ('61) Re: Best Teachers I ever had were: Mrs. Waldron (kindergarten) Mrs. Mac Intosh (1st grade) Mrs. Pitts (2nd and 3rd grades) Mr. Dewey (5th grade) Mrs. Cottrill (all time best and favorite) Mr. Worley (most dynamic and interesting) Mr. Piippo (fascinating and in "awe") Mr. Russell (math) Mr. Barnard (math) Mr. Strankman (great PE teacher) Mr. Bernard (very dedicated to his students) Mrs. Jones (Jefferson PE teacher, most colorful and demonstrative) Again, we were so lucky to have the teachers that we did during our growing up years. -Tim Avedovech ('61) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) Re: Brad Upton ('74) Hi Fellow Bombers: I drove from San Jose CA to Reno last Thursday to see Brad's show at the Silver Legacy. He played in the comedy club called "Catch a Rising Star". He IS rising... that is for sure and in fact I would say that he is at the top of his "game". I laughed so hard and so long that I literally hurt all over for hours. It was a workout. Friends, he is SO good... I would wish that all of you could catch his show sometime, if you haven't already seen him. We even had the pleasure of meeting after the show and talked for about 20 minutes about old Richland memories, etc. Jack Gardiner ('61) was also there for the show with his lovely wife. Does anyone know where I can get a schedule of future performances? I don't want to miss a future show if it is within shootin' distance of where I live. Congratulations, Brad, on your phenomenal success and wish you the continued stardom you richly deserve! -Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) God Bless America and those who serve! ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Mike Howell ('68) That piece you wrote on 3/28/03 was fantastic! Made me learn more about a soldier. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where the sun is shinning and it's time to weed the garden ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Asleep at the Wheel No... not a country swing band... just want you to know that I wasn't. I was getting ready to wish the Crowster ('65) and Beej ('65) a very happy birthday yesterday so it would be there bright and early on the 29th... so there I was sitting at the computer... ready to put fingers to keys and I felt a this strange feeling coming over me... It was like a 6th sense... as tho I had eyes in the back of my head... I was aware that something was about to happen... I tensed up for just a moment and then went into a Kung Fu state of mind... I was at one with the universe... I was at peace with the world... then I felt it... like burlap over my face... .. then the net... as the net tightened, I realized I'd been captured by the dreaded proverbial Gypsies... can we still be captured by gypsies or is that politically incorrect? If any gypsies are out there, please don't be offended... it was not your band of gypsies... these gypsies were like a real band... drums guitars... everything... anyway, I drew on the strength of the tiger and began to fight them off... but they were too much for me... I finally could do nothing but go with the flow... I could feel I was being put into the trunk of the car and driven somewhere far far away... I mean really far... like as far as the old Pasco Bridge used to be when you were like five!... I believe they must have used some king of sedative on me because when I woke... I could hear Maren emailing... "Are you awake? Are you awake?"... Oh no... it was almost time for Heidlebaugh ('65) to swing by and get me to go to the Donut Delinquents... I had missed my chance ... but I just wanted you guys to know there was a good reason for not having a message for you on the birthday(s)... I don't make this stuff up ya know... ya know... Would you believe my dog ate my computer? Oh well, Happy Birthday Brian Johnson ('65) and Gary Crow ('65) on March 29th! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) I never went to war, though if I would have been male and a few years older I certainly would have. My birthday, September 14, was chosen number one in the first draft lottery. Was that 1968? In honor of the veterans out there, I would like to share a college experience. My freshman year (1972-3) was at CWSC (now CWU) in Ellensburg. My hall stood beside an old government surplus hall that resembled an army barracks. And that hall did, in fact, house guys on the GI Bill home from Nam. These guys were different. You could pick them out in a crowd. It wasn't just that they were a little older, that they often wore their flak jackets, or that they were serious and reserved. They were just totally different than the guys just out of high school. I dated one, before I transferred to WSU and lost touch. (And for the life of me, now I can't even remember his name!) I entered that hall only once, and though it was the middle of the day it was dark and dreary like the middle of the night. Curtains were closed and hallways were empty. Even though I was young and ignorant about things related to war (had the term PTSD even been coined?), I knew these men were wounded in deep places that couldn't be seen. In my last quarter there, I moved into a room that overlooked that hall, and remember hearing screaming so loud that it would wake us in the middle of the night. There would also be hollering at odd hours, and sometimes you would hear a second voice yelling at the first to wake up. At the time I thought those men were all strange. Now I understand the horrors that must have preceded those nightmares, and want to express my deepest gratitude to those who fought battles on behalf of an unappreciative nation. Many didn't come back. Even those who did often left a little piece of themselves in the jungles, the delta, the villages of Viet Nam. Words are inadequate, but thank you for paying such a high price on behalf of us all. -Vicki Owens ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda (one of 45 nations supporting the coalition) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) To: Mike Howell ('68WB) Wow, nice poem. Lets me understand my husband better... thanks. He served in Vietnam I think in '68-'70 something. A Marine... Linda Reining's ('64) rendition is my husband too. Thanks for sharing. I think I'll copy your poem for my guy. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ******************************************** ******************************************** ******************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Gary Wayne Wilson ('64) ~ 07/26/45 - 03/26/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 03/31/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62), Terry Tate ('62) Jim Coyne ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Mike Lange ('67), Sherri Daugherty ('67) ******************************************** ******************************************** BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tonya Day Gorberg ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Kolb Alflen ('64) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) First of all please let me congratulate my former next door neighbor, Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) on her birthday a little late, as I've been without access to a computer the past few days. Well, we arrived in the big town of Brewster, WA, for Warren's grandmother's 100th Birthday on Thursday. We had the big celebration yesterday when we and about l00 others gathered to wish her well. (By the way, other Bombers were present too, as Ellen, Linda, Debbie, and Carol Bohringer who are my husband's cousins were also there.) In fact, Ellen arranged for Grandma to be mentioned on The Today Show on April l, which is our Grandmother's actual birthday. We've got to meet several relatives we knew about, but had never met before. We can only hope we are as sharp as Grandma in the years leading up to our l00th Birthday. I walked in to see her, and despite it has been almost a year since we've been here, she recognized me immediately. We've got to see several other relatives and friends, and have had a good time with Warren's mother and brother. This week we hope to go on to the tulips in bloom in Mt. Vernon, and another Bomber, Peggy Lewis Johnson ('62). To: Ed Wood ('62) Ed, Glad to hear that you were enjoying Mexico when the big storm hit Colorado!! Some of our relatives here also told us about going out in boats and seeing lots of whales and their babies down in Baja, Mexico, and they were in a different Bay. I wonder if they visit different bays on different days, as they had been in Magdalena Bay they day before we were there, but we saw only a few when we went out with a trusted local fisherman last month. No one has honked at my Bomber License Plate holder yet, but I did notice it seems sort of buggy, so maybe no one has recognized it. When we go by Richland again before we head south, I need a decal to put in the empty place where the license plate should be, can I get one in Richland?? I agree with my cousin, Robert "Bobby" Cross ('62) I appreciate what all servicemen and women have done for us so we could continue to enjoy our beautiful country. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Terry Tate ('62) Re: Bomber Lunch I have read in the past about Bomber luncheons in Fife. Can anyone tell me when the next one is and can any old Bomber attend? -Terry Tate ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [4/13/03 and YES! and Two good sources to help fill in the blanks. -Maren] ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Jim Coyne ('64) Re: Garry Wilson ('64RIP) Sorry to hear about Garry Wilson. Didn't see much of him since school but he was one of the good guys. -Jim Coyne ('64) ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Anita Kolb Alflen ('64) U R SWEET U R NEET U R 2 CUTE 2 B 4 GOTTEN HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! We met in 7th grade at Carmichael and have remained friends all these years. We had great times growing up in Richland... learning about life and boys! Hope to see you this Summer... I'll be at R2K+3 in June... are you gonna make it? -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Mike Lange ('67) Hi everyone For those who know me I just wanted to drop a quick line to let them know that I have just moved back to the Tri-cities from the Tampa Bay area. You all can thank me for bringing this beautiful weather with me. -Mike Lange ('67) ~ God Bless our troops ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Sherri Daugherty Cooper ('67) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Hi Maddy. Just read the Sandstorm today and your entry. It had a great impact on me... as did our conversations at lunch. My girlfriend, Katherine, the Commander in the Navy... (a doctor) has been in Kuwait for over two months now. On my birthday 3/20, she packed up to move up behind the Marines to patch them up when hurt. I just received a letter from her yesterday. We are sending over 100 pairs of women's underwear... they need clean panties... what a luxury! I am in a taping this afternoon of the "USO Tours" DVD for her, as well. We have a small group of singers that will be doing some fun stuff for whomever ...via laptop computer and the DVD. Katherine shares... so we hope it will bring some smiles. My granddaughter, Alyra is singing "God Bless America"... her rendition is so cute... "God shed his skin on me..." I pray daily and off and on ALL day for our troops. The problems with identifying friend and foe... soldiers from civilians... brings back memories of those horrible days you all were in Viet Nam... my heart aches for everyone involved... and it seems to me EVERYONE is involved in some way. Our streets here in Oceanside, CA are bare... I can't watch CNN before I go to bed... or I don't sleep. Your empathy for those that stayed here waiting for those that went over there warms my heart and is balm for my soul. We do need to support each other as we live thru yet another sad and traumatic time. Thanks for sharing... it helps. Your classmate, -Sherri Daugherty Cooper ('67) ~ from sunny Southern California... (Valley Center... No. County San Diego) ******************************************** ******************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` February, 2003 ~ April, 2003