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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/01/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Paul Ratsch ('58), Keith Arndt ('60) Bob Grout ('66WB), Kim Richey ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Pittman Molnaa ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Johnson Andrews ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Williamson Reuther ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul Ratsch ('58) Re: Jim Crawford ('51RIP) Jim Crawford passed away in his home in Richland Thanksgiving Day. He was a 1951 Bomber. -Paul Ratsch ('58) ~ Dallas, OR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Keith Arndt ('60) Re: Bob Cowan ('60RIP) I just returned from a Thanksgiving trip to South Carolina to discover via Alumni Sandstorm that my old buddy Bob Cowan had passed away. I echo many of the kind words expressed by Fred Phillips ('60) and Kathy Graham ('60). Bob Cowan was one of a kind. I find it difficult to think of him without smiling. Many of us could recount numerous stories about him--from buying beer in high school, to a classic boxing match at RHS to the infamous Pullman grange hall incident. On that count I'll only state that "we beat the rap," and Fred Phillips was correct in stating that Bob soon thereafter departed for San Diego State. Bob always valued his Bomber roots and his Bomber friends. I know he counted Kathy Graham and John and Connie Madron Hall ('60) among his very best and long term friends. We'll miss you, Bob, and as Fred Phillips said we'll all be probably joining you sooner than we'd like. (Now, Fred Phillips, there's a guy we could really talk about!) -Keith Arndt ('60) ~ Parrish, FL - sunny and 70... the golf courses are green and the fish are biting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Viet-nam Port visit For the Viet-Nam veterans from Columbia High, I'm passing this article for information only. -Bob Grout ('66WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kim Richey Dykeman ('74) Re: My Dad - Don Richey ('47RIP) Dad passed away at Kennewick General Hospital on Friday, November 28th due to complications with phenomena. His past 5+ years were spent at the Kennewick Life Care Center due to a stroke he suffered shortly after a successful open heart surgery in June of 1998. The stroke left him paralyzed on his right side and he was also unable to speak. I know there were many friends who came to visit him over the years and as time passed, there were fewer who stopped by. But I know it didn't stop people from praying for him and being in their thoughts and in their heart. For to know dad was to love him. Whenever I ran into any of dad's friends, they always asked how he was. In time, it became difficult for me to tell people that dad's condition was never going to improve and that he would never live the active life as he once did. Although it's extremely hard knowing he is no longer here, I know he is in a better place and he is no longer suffering and in pain. There will be a viewing at Einan's Funeral Home (By- pass/Swift) in Richland. Monday, December 1st, from 4pm - 8pm. Grave side service will be held Tuesday, December 2 at 11am. Dad was truly one of a kind. He was a true Bomber through and through. He continued to support Bomber athletics over the years especially football and basketball... and we all know how he loved those road trips to State. Dad was one of the original founders who helped create Club 40. Those who knew him best, knew he was an avid UW-Husky fan, a New York Yankee fan, a Dallas Cowboy fan, and of course he had a passion and love for Golf. I truly hope he is teeing one up as I'm writing this. He was loved by many and will be missed. I love you dad......Kim To: Dick McCoy ('46) Thank you for your kind words. You of all people know how much he loved those Huskies! I could see dad's eyes light up when I told him of the victory over the Cougars a few weeks back... He loved it! Your friendship over the years was one of value. I truly appreciate your correspondence with me as well. -Kim Richey Dykeman ('74) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/02/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 2 funeral notices today: Dick McCoy ('46), Bill Witherup (53) Tom Tracy ('55), Barb Isakson ('58) Larry Holloway ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Bob Grout ('66), Suzanne Cowan ('71) Kim Edgar ('79), Sue Oberg ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy Rice ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('46) To: Kim Richey Dykeman ('74) I appreciate your words. I am one of those whose visits to your dad, Don Richey ('47 RIP) tailed off in the last couple years. I always had a tough time getting him to respond. He would pretend to be asleep, so I would pretend to kiss him. He woke pronto fast! I really feel he didn't like the visits, that he resented being seen in that helpless state, and I respected that. I used to visit whenever I was in Richland, then once yearly. I did see him last year. I sure wish I could have said goodbye, so I'll say it here. Kim, you didn't ask for Husky tickets last year, but if you want a pair in the future, let me know. We have to have a Richey at least at one game. -Dick McCoy ('46), Bomber as always ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Did anyone one else live in the trailer camp at Pasco, summer of 1944, while the prefabs and other houses were a-building in Richland. My family was there June - August, until we moved to a prefab on Snow, then later to Townsend Court. My dad had snapshots and pictures of life at Snow and Townsend Court, but no photos of the army trailer camp. I asked my mother, but she does not remember, why no photos of the trailer camp at Pasco. Perhaps cameras were forbidden because of "security". Anyone else have some feedback here? And what was the name of the theater in Pasco just down the road from the trailer camp? I saw it in Picturing the Bomb, but disremember its name. -Bill Witherup ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Don Richey ('47RIP) Congratulations on Don Richey's selection to play in the timeless Hall of Fame Game. A new uniform with golden cleats. When the Big Team chooses sides to see who calls plays, Don will be picked first. They're going to love his emblem. We always believed in him and trusted the plays he called. It was an era when quarterbacks called their own plays and lots of players played offense and defense. An era when coaches coached during the week and let players perform at game time. When some of us were pretty small, Don left us embedded with good memories. He was bigger than life to those of us who played in the street, on the playground and pretended to be quarterbacks just like Don. He personified the solid stuff that makes the best role model for kids in any generation. His winning spirit and confidence split the uprights. His attitude reflected those of his great coach Fran Rish, who encouraged and motivated everyone who ever attended Col Hi. That spirit is passed along in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him. Don Richey carried that winning attitude in a unique way that made us all proud. He was as fine a player as ever wore a Bomber uniform, but a much better human being than a player. No matter the score Don always looked like, acted like and carried the attitude of a winner. A tribute to his family, friends, teachers, classmates, coaches and all the school kids' who ever attend or attended Richland's schools. Some of us grade school kids slipped down to watch the team practice. Don taught us to never, ever give up. We were all better Bombers because of the examples set by Don and many like him who followed. I still remember my father saying, "That Don Richey is a real man and always gives fans their money's worth". Don Richey - a bomber well worth remembering. An embedded Bomber and Don Richey fan -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) Re: '58 Classmate "Bert" [Bertha Halstead] passed away this morning [12/1/03] at 6:05 am. Her remains will be cremated. There will be no service locally. Her children will sprinkle her ashes on the Oregon coast at a later date. We will miss her. She can rest in peace. -Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Holloway ('64) Re: Don Richey ('47RIP) I was sorry to hear about Don's passing. I worked for Don when he was a Supervisor at Siemens. I, as well as everyone who knew this great man, will truly miss him. He was one of the best of the best. God will take care of him now... bless his family. -Larry Holloway ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Fireworks!! WOW...I mean, like really, WOW!!! As my wife and I are sorta displaced citizens and haven't much here in the way of family and friends, I was kinda looking for something special to do on the T-Day break. We did a small (very small) dinner at home Thursday, took in the football games and looked forward to days of turkey casserole, turkey sandwiches, etc. We have been accustomed to cooking TWO 20+ pound turkeys and having few leftovers. After all, we had two kitchens to work with in our house, and a guest list that usually worked out to a pound of turkey per person. So when I saw the announcement of the fireworks in Coeur D' Alene, I said "Self, how 'bout we go there Friday and spend the night." Sounded good to me, so I said "Honey,..." First-off, she said that's just like you... a crazy idea. But it sorta grew on her. So we made internet reservations and took off. The new resort was booked-up, but if you haven't been there, it is way cool. Service, accommodations, food, service... it was up to the best SoCal has to offer. The parade was a blast; especially the "Red Hot Mamas" marching troop. And this given it had rained most all day, there was snow on the ground, it was as cold as _ _ _ and continued to rain through the evening. Then, the long awaited fireworks... WOW. I mean, like, I'm no novice to fireworks shows, having supplied audio to beach crowds in San Diego to accompany the fireworks for many years. Even so, this was the BEST show my wife has EVER seen. I would rank the aerials second only to the Republican National Convention in San Diego nearly 8 years ago. But the real kicker was the rounds and rounds of blasts from dockside launchers low over the lake. They were like nothing I have ever seen before! And they were always in conjunction with some really sweet aerials. The finale' with lots of aerials AND dockside blasts was awesome!!! Now, I have to tell you, I HATE getting my head wet and so does my wife. We, neither one, had a hat, hood or umbrella. But we stood on the pool deck (uncovered) of the Resort Hotel from start to finish. Earlier, we had seen Larry Mattingly ('60) and his crew setting things up on the dock. (Yes, you were being watched from the 7th floor dining room.) Even so, I was still amazed. Larry and his mates did a spectacular job in really nasty conditions. My wife and I thank you for the heads up in the Alumni Sandstorm. We had a delightful and unique Thanksgiving! dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ Richland - where the weather is grubby today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Supporting Our troops It's worth the time to see this Link. -Bob Grout ('66WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzanne Cowan Dimeff ('71) Re: Robert "Bobby" Cowan ('60RIP) A complete obituary (which will appear in the Tri-City Herald) has been added to Bob's BOMBER memorial page for those who care to read it. I would like Bob's Bomber friends to know that the "from the family of Bob Cowan" entry that appeared in a previous Alumni Sandstorm was an error by a secretary in Bob's old law firm who was in error since I was in Kenai at the time. If you would like my Mother's address, email me and I'll give it to you. -Suzanne Cowan Dimeff ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Bertha Halstead Sundberg ('58) Just a note to let you know that my Aunt Bertha passed away this morning, Monday Dec 1st, 2003. Although, we are truly saddened, we know she is in a better place, I'm sure my grandmother was there to greet her.. If anyone wants to send their condolences, please email me and I'll pass them on. -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sue Oberg Friend ('79) Re: Thanksgiving Shopping in the Tri-Cities I had the pleasure of making a trip over the mountains from the Seattle area for Thanksgiving this year. It was my turn to drive to the Tri-Cities to spend the holiday with my Mom and Dad. My folks made the leap over the Columbia a couple of years ago when they built a house in Pasco. Somehow, the Green and Gold that flows in my veins has a difficult time saying that Im going home to "Pasco" though. If Richland could somehow annex that land over there, it would be much easier for me to let that roll off my tongue. Anyway, I decided to roll out of bed early Friday morning and go shoulder to shoulder with the other shoppers. Lets just say I did my part to help the Tri- City economy. I was also hoping that I might run into some of my old classmates who still live in the area. I think I did as much people-watching as I did shopping. Unfortunately, I didn't find a single person that I recognized. It wasn't until I was in the check-out line at Target - several hours later, that I realized that the faces I had been searching for someone I might recognize were of a 20-30 year old age range! Oh crap, reality rears its ugly head! Im 43 now, so that means that my former classmates are all (dare I say it) middle aged like me. Now that was a really depressing revelation, so I sulked out to the car and went back to my folks' house (in Pasco) to drown my misery in a turkey sandwich and a piece of pumpkin pie. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Its like all my old classmates are supposed to be frozen in time and stay exactly as I have them memorized in my head on graduation day. I probably passed several people who I went to school with, yet didn't recognize a single one. Perhaps if I had been looking at 40-something faces instead of 20-something faces, I would have had better luck! -Sue Oberg Friend ('79) ~ Kingston, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Don Richey ('47) ~ 3/10/03 - 11/29/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/03/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), R.G. Mick Mikulecky ('53) Glen Rose ('58), Bill Berlin ('56) Deedee Willox ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCHES 'n stuff (in order of appearance) 12/06 Portland/Vancouver Lunch 12/07 Bakersfield Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: Prefabs I would really like to find out that if anyone remembers a white prefab. If you do, can you remember it the trim was white or a color other that white. I know all the other prefabs had white trim. I am in the process of making a bird feeder for a neighbor and he lived in what he thought was a white prefab. His dad was superintendent of the Horn Rapids Prison Camp and he thought that was the only color they had. He can't remember either. So, hopefully, one of you guys or gals that can still remember will let me know. Thanks. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: R.G. "Mick" Mikulecky ('53) To: Bill Witherup ('53) I don't remember any gov. trailers at pasco, Bill, But I do remember a lot of them in Kennewick. My family lived in one about where the K hospital is now located. Maybe 1 block west of it. 5 of us lived in a one bedroom thing. The bedroom was separated by a curtain (possibly by a sheet). There was a fold-out divan in the front of the trailer that my little brother and I slept on and my big brother slept on a palette on the floor. Cozy little place. -R.G. "Mick" Mikulecky ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Glen Rose ('58) Re: Bertha Halstead Sundburg ('58RIP) My condolences go out to the family and friends of Bertha. Even though she has passed on to a place of peace and absence of pain, those that have to stay behind still grieve. I have many fond memories of Bertha, both when we were in school together, and during the last few years. One of her favorite memories was beating the boys down on the south end at marbles. A few of the names I can remember are Cliff St. John ('58), John Hodges ('58), Bill Lattin ('58), and Max Sutton ('57). Later, when we played marbles on the living room rug, I began to believe that maybe she did win those guys' marbles. After she would win all mine, we would divide up, and then she would win them again! I did better at horse shoes and we spent many hours playing that game down in Columbia Park, walking along the nature trails there, and sitting on a bench drinking coffee and talking. I remember how she loved to go places and the trips we would take around the area in my old truck, the walks we took around the old neighborhoods in Richland, the music and the movies that we shared. Most of all I remember the discussions and the arguments that we had, and the way she always ended those with "You're gonna miss me when I am gone Rose!", and "I'm gonna come back and haunt you!". I do miss you, Bert, and, even though you are a girl (one of the most ornery that I ever knew), you were a friend of mine.. -Glen Rose ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bob Cowan ('60RIP) Small world. I have done a lot of business in Alaska over the years and have lived there as well (Kodiak, King Salmon and Anchorage) and served in the US Coast Guard (Juneau) and it now appears that I did some legal work with Bob Cowan in Kenai some 20 years ago. We talked, had lunch and a "pop" or two but never did it come across that he/I were Bombers. Who would know that two guys from Eastern Washington, Richland to be exact, would eventually meet and do business in Alaska. I graduated in 1956 and immediately went to Kodiak, Alaska to help with my college expenses but it was later that I was doing business on the Kenai Peninsula and required legal assistance from Bob's firm. Very fine guy, Bomber or not, but I wish now that we had the commonality of being Bomber's in our past. I am sad at his passing but feel privileged to have known him. Bob ['60] was not related to John Cowan ('56). John had two sisters but not brother. John lives in Westport, WA. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Seattle waiting to move to Anacortes, now in January. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA To: Bob Grout ('66WB) Thank you for that awesome website on the Military! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer (64) A continued salute to Barbara Hosack Busch (65), who served both her community and her country. Take time out to sign her guest book in the Tri-City Herald. Click to go to guest book -Gary Behymer ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/4/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers, 1 NAB, and 1 funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Claris Van Dusen ('48) Max Sutton ('57), Barb Isakson ('58) Marj Qualheim ('60), John Wingfield ('66) Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68), Steve Piippo ('70) Russ Price (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCHES 'n stuff (in order of appearance) 12/06 Portland/Vancouver Lunch 12/06 Girls of '60 Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Bill Witherup ('53) We lived in a Govt trailer camp down by the bridge on the Columbia for a short while in July 1943. They were unbearably hot, being painted Army brown. To: All you sports fans I am rooting for the Ballard Beavers in the State Champ for three reasons: 1. They have no middle school football in Seattle, no 6 year systems. 2. Who likes Pasco (ugh) anyway? They are an athletic factory. How big is that school? 10,000? 3. I like the Ballard mascot. -Dick McCoy (from the Tin Can Class of 1945) Bronc, Beaver, Bomber. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Claris Van Dusen Troutman ('48) Re: Don Richey ('47RIP) So very sorry to learn of Don's passing. I had no idea he was so ill. My sincere condolences to his family. I didn't know Don personally in high school, but did have a bit of a crush on him. I don't think anyone knew that (just as well!). Always thought he was so good looking. I will pass this news on to my brother, Van ["Bud" ('52)], as he knew Don also. Bomber hugs and good thoughts to you Don -- we'll all meet again soon and share some fond memories. -Claris Van Dusen Troutman ('48) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) Re: Bertha Halstead ('58RIP) It is with great sadness that I read the Sandstorm today and found out that "Bert" had passed away. She was a neighbor when we lived on Barth Avenue in the south end. I lost track of Bert until a few years ago when we started getting the Sandstorm. We e-mailed back and forth a lot, but I hadn't heard from her in a few months. Now I wish I had sent her something, a joke anything. She will be missed by me. -Max Sutton ('57) ~ in sunny Orlando, FL. visiting my granddaughter. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) Re: A change in class '58 luncheon Our Luncheon day has been changed to Dec. 21 at 1pm. Our classmate, Susan Seeberger Thiss has been hosting our December Luncheon at her home: [physical address deleted from the Sandstorm for Susan's privacy -- contact Barbara to get the address, phone number and directions. -Ed] Their is a donation fee of $5.00 per person. Please call and come to Susan's for the '58 Christmas luncheon. It's a wonderful spread and there are wonderful desserts. We will miss one of our classmates who is usually there: Bertha Halstead Sundberg. It was Bertha's suggestion that we need to have once a month Luncheons. Bomber Cheers -Barbara Isakson Rau ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) Re: Bomber Luncheon The girls from the class of 1960 have a lunch at Las Margaritas on the first Saturday of each month. So the next luncheon is this Saturday, December 6th, at 11:30am. Could you please get this in the Sandstorm. Thank you. -Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Wingfield ('66) Re: Sightings Aloha, My Mom and Dad (Jean and Royce Wingfield) are visiting for ten days, from Richland. On Sunday after church I took them up the West Side of O'ahu, through Waianae and up beyond Makaha. As we were driving through Waianae I spotted a sign along the street that read Coke and below it in light blue lettering Tastee Freeze. I was amazed to find a Tastee Freeze here in Hawaii. I began remembering all (or at least some) of those times (maybe one or two) when I would go to the Freeze below the High School and have a ice cream cone dipped in chocolate. Hmmm. Driving back into town I confirmed the sighting, but did not stop to see if they had the chocolate dippers. I'll do that next time I am out there. Last year my wife, Jane and I were in Santa Barbara and sighted a Spudnut Shop... I tried to turn around but was not able to with the traffic, so it may have been a pigment of my imagination. Yesterday I took the Folks to Pearl Harbor, where we visited the USS Missouri and Arizona Memorial. Dad was here when the "Air Raid" occurred in 1941. He arrived in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1940, aboard the Battleship Oklahoma and a year later was on the Destroyer, Alwyn when the war began. It was amazing to me to be with him yesterday and hear his running commentary and listen to his recollection of words spoken and things done that day. He witnessed the carnage as they were able to move his ship out of the harbor, and out to sea where they rallied around the Carrier Enterprise. Of course I am so thankful that my Dad survived, but more thankful that he is such a decent and kind man and one of my best friends. To share that visit to Pearl Harbor was deeply moving to me. An interesting footnote is that nearly half the visitors on our boat to the Arizona were Japanese; and my Dad's best friend from work at 200W, for many years was a Japanese American from Pasco, Bob Ono, who fought with distinction in Europe. Just another reminder why we need non-violent means to solve our differences and settle our problems, to work for peace and freedom. Mahalo, -John Wingfield ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68) To: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Supporting Our troops Thank you for sharing this link it REALLY is worth publishing twice in the Sandstorm, in case anyone missed it. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher (68) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/05/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Alice Gilbert ('51), Gloria Willett ('56WB) Patti Jones ('60), Helen Cross ('62) David Rivers ('65), Karen Schildknecht ('67) Brian Denning ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Douglas ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Alice Gilbert Daraskavich ('51WB) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) I would like to know if the Horn Rapids Prison Camp was on the Yakima River during the early 1940's? You mentioned that your neighbor's father was a superintendent there. My father was stationed there and we lived in a quonset house at the camp when I was a kid. It must be the same place. My father's name was Ralph Gilbert. Several students lived there among them was Bob Marcum ('51RIP) and his brother. Does anyone else remember that camp? I had never heard it called the Horn Rapids Camp. -Alice Gilbert Daraskavich ('51WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) Re: Looking for... Several months ago a Bomber alum wrote asking if anyone remembered a girl named Deannie who liked horses. It rang a bell, but I forgot about it until the other day when I was going through some old pictures and other memorabilia from my high school days. One of the pictures I found was a signed junior class picture from Deannie Laughlin. I looked her up in the yearbook and found that she was listed as Roberta Laughlin, but I know that she went by "Deannie" (probably her middle name) and that she did indeed love horses. Her family must have left Richland about the same time mine did, because I could not find her listed as a senior. Re: Old Swimming pool Many people have written about the old swimming pool which I really don't remember, but I do remember a pool down in front of the high school where our P.E. classes had swimming lessons the first and last two weeks of the school year. I know that I thought of more reasons not to dress out during that time. Remember in the fifties, we didn't wash our hair every morning and blow it dry before going out. It was a painstaking process of pin curls every night, especially when we started wearing those curly little bangs. My P.E. class was in the morning; and even with a swimming cap, I thought I was ruined for the rest of the day. Is senility kicking in, or was that pool where I remember it, and was it one of the pools being discussed? Re: Hanford There's also been much said about Hanford and the number of cancer patients who worked there. I guess my Dad was either lucky or has a very strong immune system. He worked at Hanford in the early forties. He joined the Marines in '43, served in the South Pacific, and stayed in Japan after the war when the rebuilding program began. He was stationed very close to where the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Then when we returned to Hanford, he worked in one of the areas where he often had to wear special suits and had to be scanned when he left work each day. He will be 89 in January, still makes the 2 1/2 hour drive to my house when the mood strikes him, grows a large garden every year and is much more agile (both mentally and physically) than I am. Merry Thanks and Merry Christmas, -Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon No reservations necessary! If you would like you can email me you will be at the luncheon. DATE: December 14, 2003 COFFEE TIME: 11:30 P.M. LUNCH TIME: 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Fife Bar and Grill In between Goodyear Tire and Day's Inn PHONE: (253) 922-9555 ADDRESS: 3025 Pacific Highway E., Fife, WA I-5 North, Exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma) I-5 South Exit, 136 Turn left on Pacific Highway. 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 - which was missed by the Wild Winds ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from Sedona, AZ (I wish). We did visit there for the Thanksgiving weekend and fell in love with the place. That part of Arizona is as beautiful as Washington State is to me. Now I am back home in Indiana looking at my gray pond outside, and I am very thankful for another day of no snow or ice, as it is so much easier to get around without it. I think I could get used to almost 70 outside every day. Re: John Wingfield's ('66) comment about Pearl Harbor. We felt that way when we visited the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan last year. I join in your hope that we start finding non-violent ways to settle our differences. Re: Bill Berlin ('56) In scanning my Sandstorms after returning from the beautiful red rock country of Sedona, AZ I missed your comment. I accept any and all compliments at my age, and my wish to be a writer doesn't seem to progress past writing into the Sandstorm. Re: Big pool in Pasco I don't remember the big pool in Pasco. I'm very surprised, but for some reason my parents and my aunt and uncle didn't take us kids there. I think when the pool was down in the park by the river, I was only allowed to go into the wading pool they had there. Again I am surprised, as I don't even remember not knowing how to swim, I learned to not fear the water at such a young age. (May my past English teachers forgive all my negatives. Especially Mrs. Schnauer (I believe was her name) from CBC. OH, how I hated that woman's dissecting of my papers. But she did teach us a lot about writing, after we'd worked out the anger. She graded our papers, and told us how many mistakes we'd made, but not what they were, and to really get a grade, you had to turn back the paper corrected-- according to her rules. But you know what, if I ever end up teaching English, I think I'd use her method, it worked!!) digress.... To: Sue Oberg Friend ('79) I had to laugh when I read your entry about that feeling of disappointment of not seeing anyone I know when I go to the Tri-Cities, especially the mall there. But I've gone through realizing that I'm looking at the kids of the people I might recognize, as while I've grown older, of course, so have they; but now I suppose I should be looking at the grandparents of these young kids running around at the mall. I occasionally have recognized someone I knew from Col Hi. (And I've gone home to the Tri-Cities at least once a year for about 35 years now.) About 5 years ago, I spent the summer at my brother's house in Kennewick, (yes, that's Roy ('65), who won't write into the Sandstorm). I was spending my days with our father who was recovering from serious surgery, and I had a temporary pass at the Court Club to work off stress. One time I was there, and asked a lady if I could share her swimming lane. When she swam to the edge, I said "wow, you really remind of B.J. Reed who I went to high school with." She said "Who are you?" Well, it was BJ Reed ('62), and she said no one had called her that in years. Now she goes by Mrs. Jane Roop... I met Jeff Dawson ('62) later that summer at her house. We all had changed, but we recognized each other once we knew who we all were. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where we aren't expecting snow of the season with baited breath and fear (of driving on ice), but at the moment the little pond is shining in the moonlight; well, really the light of the neighbor's spot light, but moonlight sounds better, and it looks like it's getting foggy. Such is winter in the mid-west. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday Flash 1/5/03 Hello Americans and Ships at Sea: Flash Flash... the coolest girl is having a birthday this very day. She came to Richland from Seattle (I think that's how you spell it)... Her Daddy was the Bank Honcho tho I don't think I knew that when we were going together... took us forever to get together in the first place... she liked "older boys" and course I hadda sit at the little kids table till Jimbeaux ('63) finally invited me to sit with the big kids... so anyway... this chick is a rider... of horses and what a rider of horses... plus she is the sweetest friend anyone could ask for... back in Jr. High we used to sit together cuz our names were next to each other in the ABCs (I know there's another name for that)... she usually sat behind me... I loved to grab her ankle and flip her almost out of her chair... yes, it's true... I knew howta impress the chicks even at that age... what a romantic... one time I reached a little high... her face was sooooooo red... my cheek was sooooooooooooooo red where she slapped me... but we always made up and even tho she is far away from me (in Vegas) we are never apart... we email and call and her kids think of me as... "that goofy guy that hangs around mom a lot" (still working on Uncle David)... she was my date at the Last Dance at Hi-Spot and usually allows me to escort her at the yearly '65er get together and the all class... so I just can't save it up no more... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JANINE RIGHTMIRE CORRADO ('65) -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) Re: Don Richey ('47RIP) My mother, Betty Schildknecht, has asked me to forward her sincere condolences to the Richey family at Don's passing. She remembers him so well from the good old days of baseball and fast pitch softball, when he played with my dad, Bill. Although I never met Don, his name was mentioned often in our house whenever the subject turned to sports. Please know that he and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. To: Gary Christian ('67) Well, I made it home from the hospital and surgery went as expected, more or less. I just went for a checkup, though, and was told I'll probably still need a little more surgery. It's just not healing as we'd hoped. Seems they are determined not to leave me a "leg to stand on". More to follow as it happens. Talk to you soon. -Karen Schildknecht Mateo (67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brian Denning ('77) Re: Friday after Thanksgiving "Shopping" To: Sue Oberg Friend ('77) No, it's not just you. Next time, review your Senior year annual for help/refreshment on faces. (also very helpful for class reunions!) Duh. How nice of you to consider the Tri-Cities economy. However, only women would consider the day after Thanksgiving a "Fun-shopping" day. Men would define this activity as "Battle". Or, the infamous "please kill me now" day. I talked with men I work with who actually told me their/wives plan was to have someone get an empty kart, get in line at the check out, (empty) and have someone else run around the store and fight for the items they want and run them back. Sounds like loads of fun. No amount of money is worth losing your dignity, or life over a $29.00 DVD player at Wal*Mart. Am I the only person who read about the poor women who was trampled to death (or died later clutching it) during a Wal*Mart 06:00 opening? Christmas is a wonderful holiday that has become something I "need" to start thinking about around Halloween? Think about the people you care about year round, not just during the "Retail Sweeps Weeks" that have been ground into our brains since childhood. Please do not construe this as me dumping or picking on you. Not at all. I slept in that day, had a sandwich, and was just glad I was home with my wife & kids watching Sponge-Bob Square-Pants or the History Channel. -Brian Denning ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/06/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 Colt sent stuff: Kay Weir ('37Colt), Anna May Wann ('49) Roberta Hill ('49), Ralph Myrick ('51) Floyd Melton ('57), Steve Carson ('58) Burt Pierard ('59), Richard Anderson ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Dennis McGrath ('63WB) Jim Hamilton ('63), Jeff Michael ('65) John Madsen ('71), Karen Davis ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* FROM THE EDITOR: PLEASE... "sign" your entries... remember your class year, and LADIES, don't forget your maiden name!! FIVE of you forgot that today -- you know who you are. ALSO, send entries to the address at the end of every Alumni Sandstorm... that's Check out my Christmas Greeting from Gary Christian ('67) -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DeVine ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lamont DeJong ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER LUNCH TODAY: Portland/Vancouver Lunch BOMBER LUNCH TODAY: Richland - Girls of '60 Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kay Weir Fishback ('37) Re: Here's more from "Old Lady History" Do any of you know that the Washington County with the highest cancer rate? NOT Benton or Franklin. It's Chelan County where they spray apples to kill cut worms. Don't worry about eating them -- they are very well washed before they are shipped. And, of course, the big cancer killer was a gift from the Indians [it served us right for the way we treated them}... it's tobacco of course. I happened to be privileged to meet two men who were instrumental in designing the BOMB... they knew hitler was doing it, too, so they said every day they worked as hard as they could to do it and every night they prayed nobody could. It's a terrible weapon but thank we beat Hitler. -Kay Weir Fishback ('37) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Another passing Just received word from Glenn and Bonese Collins Turner (both 49) that Charles "Chuck" Osborn ("49) passed away on October 2, 2003. They sent a copy of the obit but it is such a poor copy that I will bring it to the "stuffing" party and see if someone there can put it into the Alumni Sandstorm obit file. To: Brian Denning ('77) Re: Men and shopping the day after Thanksgiving My son-in-law is the ranger at Battleground State Park and on Friday as he opened the park there were a few men going out fishing, he made the comment to them that it was going to be pretty wet out there. Their response was that it was okay. It was sure a lot better than going shopping. The females of our family went to Lloyd Center at Portland. Hadn't been there in years had a ball. Loved the excitement and for some reason everyone was in a good mood (Could it have been because they left their husbands at home?) -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roberta Hill Karcher ('49) Re: Las Vegas Christmas Lunch The Las Vegas Bombers are having a Christmas Potluck on December 13th at noon at my house. Send me an email and ask for my address, phone number and/or directions. -Roberta Hill Karcher ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To: Alice Gilbert Daraskavich ('51WB) Yes, the camp was on the Yakima River right above the Horn Rapids dam. It wasn't a prison camp, as such. I know we called it that. It was a holding camp, I believe for conscientious objectors. The actual name slips my mind. I will see Bob and ask if he knew your family. Bob was also a third grader at the old Sacy. I was a sixth grader. My sister, Norma, was a third grader, however, I didn't know whether she knew Bob or not. I will get the correct title and send it to you. When I get the correct name to you, I will give you a web site to go to. It will give you information on the camp. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Ralph-- I believe it's Columbia Camp... See today's entry from Burt Pierard ('59). -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Horn Rapids Camp Yes the Camp was along the Yakima about half mile or so above the Horn Rapids Dam but I can't remember if there was any other name for the camp. My Sister and Brother-in-Law lived out there. He was Erven Womack and was one of the guards but mostly drove a transport bus between the camp and Fort Lewis transporting inmates. I spent parts of two summers out there at the ripe old age of about nine as both of my parents worked. I can remember the prisoners watering the grass in the parkway between two rows of Prefabs with fire hoses and they would spray us keeping us cool during those very hot days. Don't ever remember going down to the river which was right behind the last row of Prefabs. My nephew was about four at the time and we had a ball. One beautiful morning we went across the street in front of their Prefab (they lived on the front row) and helped ourselves to the ripe raspberries the prisoners were tending. I ate so many and got so sick I have never eaten another one. The prisoners main job was to take care of all the orchards, grapes, and etc. left behind around Richland from the farms that were originally there. All of the north end of Richland had fruit trees and best I can remember there were a lot of fruit trees where Carmichael school is and where the Ranch houses were but don't quote me on that. I have no idea what was done with the fruit harvested but it must have been a lot. I lived on Hunt across from all the wonderful action there playing in the swamps and trees where the Uptown stores are now with the likes of Darrel Johns ('57), Larry Clark ('57), Jim Hoff ('57, and others. The fun activity there was all the open houses the new stores had each time a new one opened. The best was seeing how many times one could go through the Spudnut Shop for a free Spudnut. Well enough of all that. -Floyd Melton ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Carson ('58) The "big pool" in Pasco was an indoor pool at the airport used for training the Navy Pilots during WWII. The thing I remember most about that pool was the platform at the ceiling some 40 (seemed like 100) feet above the middle of the pool. There was a rope for access but I was never able to get more than half way up. Fond memories. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago, IL - where we still mourn for the CUBS ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) & Alice Gilbert Daraskavich ('51WB) Re: The Prison Camp The camp you are both referring to was formally named Columbia Camp. It was opened in February 1944 and operated by the Federal Prison Industries. The camp consisted of Minimum Security Prisoners from McNeill Island Federal Penitentiary, mainly Conscientious Objectors, who were moved there to tend & harvest the orchards within the project. The fruit was sent for consumption at several Federal Pens. An interesting aside is that there was no fence around the camp but only a few prisoners escaped. Federal Prison Industries moved out in October 1947. The camp was then put to various uses by the Corps of Engineers and private contractors until final closure and abandonment in February 1950. The location was just upstream from Horn Rapids and Benton County Parks has built a campground on the site. There are a few foundations that weren't plowed up but you need to look some to find them. Maren has posted some pictures and more info on the alumni website. See: Be warned that that particular portion of the website is loaded to the max with stuff so access is somewhat limited. If too many people try at one time, they will get a "Bandwidth error -- try again later." Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Hoops Report The 2003-2004 season has started! Thanks to the Big-9 having eleven teams (go figure) there are no non-conference games; every game is a "counter". So, Bombers started off with Davis, the pre-season pick for the best team in the Big-9+Little-2 (Bombers were picked third, after Pasco), and the game was a cracker. Final, in overtime, Bombers 79 -- Davis 84. This affair started out slowly and climaxed as a really entertaining barn burner. Example: the FOUR minute overtime period was won by Davis 18-13; had that pace been maintained from the beginning of the game the final (after regulation) would have been Davis 144 - Richland 104. Anyway, the team uses the entire court -- we don't have any "wide bodies" to establish an immovable inside presence -- and looks to get points off of crisp passing and constant movement. None of the dreadful three-point-itis which is so painful to watch. Defense -- the one thing you can do *all* the time --looks to be a focus of all the players. It's going to be an entertaining season! -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday (late) to my fellow classmate of the best, at least my favorite class of l962, David Douglas. David, what have you been up to lately? I really enjoyed reading about your adventures in China. Re: Xmas prep Well, being gone over Thanksgiving, and since we are leaving on Christmas day to start driving out to the WSU Bowl game in San Diego, I'm thinking that I'm going to start decoration this funny metal tree with a girlfriend last summer in Placerville, CA. [I wonder what she means by that. -Maren] My husband likes the real mccoy kind of evergreen trees, but that entails getting him to go out and find one, let alone set it up, and I'm already behind where I'd like to be in getting ready for Christmas. Re: Day after Thanksgiving Shopping I do agree with Brian Denning ('77) that that was tragic about that woman getting trampled in the rush for bargains. And I had to laugh at his description of that day versus how many women would describe it. We've gone to Best Buy for big computer specials on that day more than once, and I've often chatted with many men as we stand in line for about 3 hours getting to check out. WE Americans are getting to be crazy shoppers it seems. Re: St. Nicholas Day Today is the 5th of December and it's St. Nicholas Day in Holland, and other parts of Europe, when the Saint used to come on a horse led by Black Peter, and leave a carrot or a lump of coal in the children's shoes depending on how good they'd been. So Happy St. Nicholas Day!! Re: Golden Decade And I want to wish my good long-time friend (we go way back to Spalding Elementary School and Bluebirds), Cathy Wood Stevens ('62) another member of my favorite Bomber class, Happy Birthday on December 7th!! She will just beat me to entering another golden decade, but we enter bravely, with heads held high, as we continue to strive to have a good time in this life that God has given us. Right, Cathy?? Send me your cell phone number, so maybe we can get together in San Diego. [Helen--my big brother will enter that "golden decade" Dec 16th! -Maren] -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where we are still waiting for the first real snowstorm of the year to begin sometime this afternoon or evening, but with highs of almost 40 expected it won't be as bad as it could be. The little pond is looking serene and gray after a lot of rain overnight. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis McGrath ('63WB) A belated birthday wish for Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) from one of the "older boys." HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANINE. -Dennis McGrath ('63WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) You just might be from the Gold Medal Class of '63, if you've got more than twenty stories that start, "So this one time, me and DeJong thought it would be a good idea if we..............." Happy Birthday LaMont. You're a great friend to all of us and the reason that they start selling egg nog the week after Labor Day. You just go down to the Dollar Store this afternoon and treat yourself to something really nice. -The Lovely Miss Nancy and Jimbeaux p.s. And people used to say, "there's nothing worse than one of Kenny Wright's GOOD ideas". You showed 'em, and the rest is history. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Roy Cross To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) So what's up with that low-life brother of yours "who won't write into the Sandstorm"? Cat got his fingers? Doesn't want to look like he's stuck in the old millennium, does he? And all those years in school, I thought he was one of the cool guys. Com'on... enquiring minds want to know. Well, if he won't speak (type) for himself, guess his big sister will just have to tattle on him some more. Now, that's bound to put a good spin on things! dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ Richland - where it's cold and rainy. I don't remember rain here... it should be hot and clear or snowy and cold. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Madsen ('71) Howdy y'all Stumbled across the site - good work! - kinda surprised to find myself missing - John Madsen '71 - even double-checked my transcript to verify my own ident and class - found that I was who I thought I was - always good news! Good to see this is being done - was struck by the names of those gone - God bless them - will stay in touch peace and love, -John Madsen ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) I just want to take this opportunity to wish my big brother Michael Wayne Davis ('74) a Happy 48th Birthday on the 7th. Geez, you're old! No honestly, all you Bombers and Sandstorm readers out there don't really know the Mikie that I know. As far as big brothers go-----the picture couldn't have been painted for a better one. Mike has always been loving, supportive, and concerned with my life and that of my family. He is tough to beat as far as wit goes, that a token from daddy's genes I am sure, and an all around terrific individual. Thanks Mike for your hard work within our family and your love and care for Mom over the last year or so. I hope you have a great birthday and that all is well with you. I love you and I appreciate you and I thank God for you. Love, little sis, -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/07/03 - PEARL HARBOR DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers and 2 Bomber funeral notice today: Richard Roberts (49), Ralph Myrick ('51) Dick Pierard ('52), Marguerite Groff ('54) Helen Cross ('62), Jim Collings ('62) David Rivers ('65), Gary Behymer ('64) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Mike Franco ('70) Greg Alley ('73), Heidi Davis ('00) Sarah Davis ('02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Hoff ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed Borasky ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim House ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Spears ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karma King Yourdan ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Bakersfield BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) Re: The JFK visit My dad, a bus driver at the time, told me about the visit. He was asked to wear a tie. My dad was always a nifty dresser and wearing a tie was nothing new to him. He was privileged to drive some of the Kennedy entourage. My mom worked in a photography unit and I probably have some of the pictures of the event stored around here somewhere. I'm glad Dick Harris ('49) made his comments about the cancer issue. It was well said. -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) To: Alice Gilbert Daraskavich ('51WB) If you go to you can find our information about Hanford. It has a lot of declassified information. When you get the site, go to the bottom of the page and click on simple search. Then, you can type in anything you want to find, like Columbia Camp, click go, and it will take you there. It is really interesting to see all the stuff they have released. To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks Burt for sharing the website. I will give this to Bob Taylor. He will probably recall some of the names of the camp. He was eight years old when his father was superintendent of the camp. He was there in 1944. That is when we were at old Sacy. My, how time flies! -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) My thanks to Bro Burt ('59) for the clarifying information on Columbia Camp. I can remember driving past it and seeing Richland-style prefabs but I had heard differing accounts as to who was incarcerated there. I appreciate having the straight scoop on it. Actually, an interesting story would be one on how the prefabs were made. how long they were produced, and what kind of marketing of them went on. Also remember that Burt's birthday is December 12. He will welcome a free round of beer from whomever is around. Best wishes to him from one who is sitting in the house stalling around as long as possible before the wife shoves him out the door to tackle the foot of snow outside. These New England snowstorms are ridiculous but the ski resorts and the Patriots love them. -Dick Pierard ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: Class of '54* Lunch at Granny's To: Class of '54 (*not just the ladies this time) Our monthly lunch is next Friday, Dec. 19, at our usual tables (in the back) at Granny's. By then you will have received the Club 40 Newsletter, "DustStorm" and realize that our BIG 5-0 is just around the corner. Please come and join us for lunch. We usually arrive between 11:30 and noon. We don't have an official committee yet and need ideas from YOU, YOU, and YOU: in person at our luncheons; e-mail; phone; or snail mail (e-mail me for phone # or address). We could also use some men. Larry Christenson and Jim Watts have volunteered (I mean to say, we recruited Jim and he very nicely accepted our invitation.) He and Dona Belt will be our Master & Mistress of Ceremonies for the reunion. Now you know why you can't miss this one. We ladies are more than willing to have any guy from our class join us for lunch and dazzle us with his ideas, or just come and offer assistance. You are more than welcome to bring your wife; she may have some input also. Otherwise we may just have to recruit you. If you aren't a local and would like to offer assistance during the reunion, please let me know. If you do not receive the DustStorm send me your address. I'll grab a few extra and mail one to you. We have a fairly current address list, but I know there are some that may not be correct. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and will be having lots of loved ones around for Christmas. I know I will. I sold my big A-house to a daughter and her family. We had Thanksgiving there this year. As it has always been for holidays, it was packed floor to ceiling. At last count about 50. It was really strange being in that house where we lived for 37 years, and not having to worry about a thing. My kids wouldn't even let me bring any food this year. Strange... Looking forward to seeing some new faces at lunch Friday the 19th. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ in Richland and looking forward to our BIG FIVE-0000!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Well, I have to clarify the mess I made in trying to explain about the funny metal tree I did get decorated last night. Well, my girlfriend (not a Bomber, or even from Washington) and I each got one from this store that was closing out in Placerville, CA last summer. They were throwing them out and we thought they were so cute, so we each got one. Well, I'll have to try to get the digital camera and take a photo and send it to Maren who can somehow get online. (I am still dragging into computer literacy here.) The tree didn't turn out as cute as I hoped, but my husband is sick, even though we did get our flu shots, so we'd still be wanting to go get the tree, so I'm ahead of the game this year anyway. To: Jeff Michael ('65) As you now live in Richland, right, why don't you call him up?? He's in the phone book in Kennewick, and he can tell you what he's been up to. Besides being busy raising 3 kids, ages l3 to 8, and I do give him a hard time about all he has coming in raising 2 girls and a boy during their teen age years, I wouldn't want to try to comment on what he does that he doesn't have time to write into or even read the Sandstorm. Maybe you could enlighten him about why we do read it and write in!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where we had 40 and mostly sunshine all day for a great winter day back here, and now at almost 9pm on Saturday night and we are still waiting for the first snowfall of the season. For my money, I hope me and the little pond out back keep waiting. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Collings ('62) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Not sure how sorry you should feel for the lady trampled in her rush for bargains. She has filed 16 claims for injuries at businesses and 9 for injuries received at Wal*Marts. Since she has never received more than $1200 maybe she is just accident-prone. Or maybe this is her big payday; she is claiming, "I'm panicked. I'm afraid to go into any stores, especially Wal*Mart." -Jim Collings ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Number 32 on Pearl Harbor day Oops... I may have given the subject of this birthday wish away in the title... oh well... born on the same day as my ol' buddy Bo Belinsky, this guy kept all the kids in awe at school. The highlight of the week was the "Game" wherever that might be. At the 2000 R2K, Rod Brewer ('65) confessed to me that he hung around this guy all his life just to learn a trick or two... this guy was his idol and of course the hero of the school and the idol of many... all the things I've said before about heroes growing up in Richland apply to this guy with equal force... when his country called he joined the Marine Corps as many of us did... In fact, he tried to get Brewer to join too but Rodney got away somehow... I think the recruiter was closed the day they went to sign Rodney boy up... So a wonderful Birthday Welcome to a guy who has green and gold and Crimson and gold running thu his veins... HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM HOUSE (Gold Medal Class of '63 and #32 in your program!) -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Found...a nice used Columbian for the class year 1962. (No signatures.) If you've been searching for a replacement copy, for a lost or damaged yearbook, an 'I never had a copy', or 'it would be a great Christmas gift for my Mom or Dad'... please contact me. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Now living in Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) You know, I was just reading the 12/6 Sandstorm (since it's the morning of 12/6 as I am writing this). It was a little of this, a little of that. I came across Karen Davis Scheffer's ('76) entry, wishing her brother, Mike Davis ('74) a Happy Birthday. Now here is what struck me -- and actually brought tears to my eyes for a moment. I don't know the Davis family personally. In fact, most of the people who write entries to the Sandstorm I have never met. But I have been reading since February, 2000. And after nearly four years, of being a privileged member of our Bomber cyber-community, even those of you I haven't met seem like at least acquaintances, many like friends, and a few even like family. I remember when Mr. Davis died, for example. You know, I grieved for his family, and still think of B.J. (especially) so often -- in particular now with the holidays here. (Always a hard time to get through without one's beloved.) I have never (yet) seen a Larry Mattingly ('60) 'sky in bloom' display, but I am so proud of the incredible work he does. I've never (yet) been to a Brad Upton ('74) comedy concert -- but I love how he makes everyone laugh. I don't know most of the people to whom David Rivers ('65) (who I also don't know) addresses his Birthday greetings -- but I join him in wishing them birthday joy -- and in celebrating the essence of each one of them, through David's writing. And remember how we all 'went' with Maren to New Orleans for Abigail's birth? We have celebrated the arrival of a lot of babies and grand babies, here, too. And weddings. And job successes, anniversaries, etc. How about all the prayers that have been solicited and freely raised up when one or another of us (or someone we love) has been facing illness, surgery, or some other trial or affliction or hard time? How about the words of encouragement, when we tell one another we are feeling overwhelmed by ... (you fill in the blank ... for me it's been grad school!) How about all the suggestions for places to see on vacation, real estate agents to contact when one of us is moving to a new city, the cheapest/best way to get medications, etc, etc, etc. I could go on and on. But what I am getting at is this, I guess. What a blessing it is to be connected the way we are -- to greater and lesser degrees, to be sure. But still ... think of someone you know (and we ALL know someone) who really has no connections to anyone. Then, join with me in giving thanks for 'belonging' to and with one another the way we do here. I graduated 35 (WOW!) years ago -- and know for certain that I could post a need or question to this Bomber forum today, and have responses within a day, at most -- from Bombers of all ages. And that's NOT because I am special -- it's because this is a VERY, VERY special creation, the Bomber Alumni Sandstorm. Happy Advent and Christmas Blessings to my very extended family on the Sandstorm. -Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) -- Spokane ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Mike Davis 48 years old?!?!?! Happy Birthday and take care of yourself... a lot of us count on you to carry on "the spirit of Bear". I also appreciate all the kind words of your sister... I have my doubts, but I will take her word for it! I am sure The Bear smiles down on you.... have a good birthday. -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: MIke Davis ('74) So is it your birthday? You have been known to make people get tortured at Red Robin with the clapping birthday greeting when it is not there real birthday. December 7th, you will live in infamy. The state championship tonight is Pasco versus Ballard. If anyone has noticed or not I will mention it. Jeff Morgan, who I believe is class of 1971, has a son who is the starting QB for Ballard. So there will be a Bomber relative who can possibly beat the bulldogs. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ The sun is out but its still winter, almost. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Heidi Davis Mortensen ('00) & Sarah Davis ('02) To: Mike Davis ('74) Just wanted to wish Uncle Mike Davis a very Happy Birthday! We love you very much! Have a great one!!! Love Your Nieces, -Heidi Davis Mortensen ('00) & Sarah Davis ('02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Charles "Chuck" Osborn ('49) ~ 2/27/31 - 10/2/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/08/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 22 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom today: Mary Triem ('47), Jerry Molnaa ('52) Carole Clark ('54), Larry Christenson ('54) Marguerite Groff ('54), Ruth Miles ('59) MLou Williams ('60), Richard Anderson ('60) David Douglas ('62), Helen Cross ('62) Ann Engel ('63) and Fred Schafer ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Kathy O'Neil ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Bob Grout ('66WB) Bill Wingfield ('67), Pam Ehinger ('67) Tami Schuchart ('68), Mike Howell ('68WB) Mike Davis ('74), Jennifer Caldwell ('88) Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom), ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Very well said - we don't know some of the folks who write in, but enjoy their humor and humanitarian feelings to their fellow Bombers. I, for one, was the recipient of those wonderful, warm thoughts when I was ill. But, whatever the "cause" or the situation, Bombers help Bombers! Today several of us are meeting to get the DustStorm mailing ready to [be mailed] to Club 40 alumni and having some good potluck food to keep us going. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ~ in Richland where it is waaay too cold for my conditioned-to-FL bones! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Molnaa ('52) Re: Pasco Navy Base We have been reading in the Sandstorm about swimming in the pool at the old Pasco Navy Base. In today's (12-07-2003) Tri-City Herald there is a picture of Navy personnel on parade at the base on November 11, 1944. The caption also states the Navy decided on Pasco to train Navy Pilots because of the cheap land and good weather. The Base was commissioned on July 11, 1944 and was completed 18 months later. I had coffee with a friend who lived here at that time and he confirmed the 1942 date. He said at the deep end of the pool they had one of those units where pilots were placed in a dummy plane and dunked into the water to practice under water escape. Let's move ahead to when we went swimming there. The pool was known as the "Pas-Port Plunge". I think the man that owned or managed the pool was a Mr. Barr. So hold your nose and jump in!! Where do we have coffee? Wellsian Way McDonald's, every day Monday thru Saturday from 8:00 - 10:30 AM. There are some old Bombers plus several old Bomber dads. If I was to list them all it would be 25 of us. Usually we have 6 to 14 show every day. Feel free to come down and join us and swap a few tales. We are called the "ROMEO CLUB" R--Retired O--Old M--Men E--Eating O--Out -Jerry Molnaa ('52) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carole Clark Oien ('54) Re: Kudos to Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Lynn-Marie, I echo what you said about the close connections we feel with those who read, and especially write into, the Alumni Sandstorm every day. I could never have written my thoughts about it so eloquently but agree with what you said whole heartedly. To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I'm looking forward to our 50th class reunion. How quickly those years have passed. -Carole Clark Oien ('54) ~ from Sun City West, Arizona where it is supposed to be in the 70's today. We've been enjoying our patio nearly every day and are so glad we're missing the snow in our former home in Juneau! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Christenson ('54) To: Lynn Marie Hatcher ('68) Amen and well said. -Larry Christenson ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Class of '54 In case you noted a glitch in my invitation sent to those interested in attending the December lunch at Granny's, I thought I should clarify myself. I said: "Our monthly lunch is next Friday, Dec. 19. I was only half right. The day is Dec. 19, but not next Friday. [That's the THIRD Friday of the month] At our age, we don't need people confusing us unnecessarily. I can hear some voices saying, "speak for yourself!" Please let me know if you don't get your "DustStorm" sometime in the next week or so. I will see that you receive one. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Thanks, Lynn-Marie, for saying so eloquently what I have often thought -- and many other Sandstorm readers have as well, I'm sure! Even though many of the Bombers we read about are folks I have not (yet) met, the sense of community and family is always there. -Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) - in beautiful Goldendale, WA where it keeps trying to snow, but it stays rain until you get out of town and up the mountain. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: MLou Williams ('60) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) You said it best. Thanks for caring enough to say it. and Thanks for feeling the way you do. I do believe we are put on this earth to make life easier and better for one another, and you just did. -MLou Williams ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Weekend Hoops Roundup Bombers are 1 and 1 after the first week of play of the 2003-2004 campaign. Four of the kids are going to get most of the "squeak time" this season: Tim Bussman (sr) and James York (sr) have two solid years' varsity experience, Joey Frank (sr) played a lot as a junior (and showed a *lot* of improvement over the summer -- he was a rock in the Davis game -- Coach has to be really happy with his emergence), and Shawn Brooks (jr) steps in to get lots of minutes at forward -- he is the tallest Bomber at 6'5"; but, is willow thin. In fact, Bombers are going to have the same problem this year as they did last: we don't have any *big* guys; we can be pushed around under the basket. But, Coach Streufert seems to prefer lithe quick players over the more ponderous variety favored by some coaches. After two games the team has survived the rebounding wars just fine, outrebounding both Davis (by lots) and Kennewick (by enough). Seniors Jayson Miller and Zach Bixler, up from last year's JV, will split most of the minutes as the fifth starter/sixth man. Time will tell who will emerge from the remainder of the new players -- juniors Jared Feaster, Garrett Stevens, Tyler Roberts, Ben Cartmell, and Kyle Conley; and sophomore Sam Cartmell -- to fill out the seventh and eighth spots of a normal 8-player rotation, or a 9 or 10-player rotation if that's the road to be taken. I forgot to include the Davis linescore on Saturday; and, I had to wait until the Sunday paper arrived to find out what had happened Saturday (I simply detest the Kennewick gym -- it has to be the worst place in the entire state to watch hoops -- so I didn't go to the game; plus it figured to be a crummy game anyway). Here they are (the Kennewick game taken from the TCH): ==================================================== 1 2 3 4 OT Davis 10 32 41 66 84 Bombers 16 30 44 66 79 Miller 4, York 22, Bussman 12, Brooks 9, Frank 19, Bixler 13, Roberts, S Cartmell, Stevens, B Cartmell =================================================== 1 2 3 4 Bombers 16 32 54 59 Kennewick 11 25 34 45 Miller 4, S Cartmell 2, Bixler 6, York 18, B Cartmell 4, Bussman 17, Brooks 6, Frank 12, Feaster, Roberts, Stevens, Conley NB--Yes, yes, I know that the individual scoring adds to 69, and the quarter splits in the TCH suggest that it was 69, but this is the TCH and they get so much so wrong. Tomorrow I'll find out what the *real* score was. =================================================== -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Douglas ('62) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Thank you for the birthday greetings, Helen. I returned to the U.S. over a year ago and am back working for the state of Arizona again, as Wage Analyst for the Alien Employment Certification Unit. Needless to say, Phoenix, AZ, is not nearly as exciting as China. I think I am homesick still for my students. We keep in touch through e-mail and pictures, however. Just before returning I took a trip with a student to Xi'an, where the underground rooms of clay soldiers were discovered. (I got to meet one of the two men who made the original discovery while drilling for water for his farm.) I had gotten to see a traveling exhibit at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu several years ago - never dreamed I'd get to see it in person! My student Vicki had never been to Xi'an, so her uncle made the arrangements for us as he had once lived there. We took a sleeper car ("soft bed") as it was a 27-hour train ride. When we arrived in Xi'an we were picked up by the police. (Her uncle was a policemen when he lived in Xi'an.) He drove us (in police car) to our hotel to drop off our luggage and then took us to lunch at a wonderful noodle restaurant. I had a quiet birthday - we went out to dinner at a Thai restaurant. If I can subtract correctly, I think this is the 6-0 birthday... I try not to think about that too much. -David Douglas ('62) ~ Phoenix, AZ - where the temperature is in the 70s during the day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Yeah, David... most ALL of you '62ers will celebrate your big SIX-OOOOO in the next year or so. My brother, Tim, is right behind you (on Dec. 16th)!!! -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Man, I must be getting old. I can't believe I did it, but I did, I messed up on the date of Cathy Wood's ('62) birthday. It's December l0th not the 7th as I remembered. Happy Birthday, might as well celebrate everyday until then, and afterward too, huh?? To fellow-classmate Jim Collings ('62) I didn't follow that Wal*Mart case too closely, as I was enjoying being in Sedona at the time. But I thought that that poor lady was killed, not just trampled. And no body deserves to die for that cause. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana where we escaped the snow storm all weekend. Both days were with blue skies and sunny, and about 40 and that is great winter weather around here. I heard something on the news about another snow storm coming, but last time I looked they didn't predict any snowfall all next week. WE like it that way. (we meaning me and the little pond out back.) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Fred and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: Happy Birthday To: Dean Heiling ('63) You are a lucky man... living with an older woman who gets better looking every year. Happy Birthday Anita Cleaver Heiling (Gold Medal Class of '63) The Schafers -Fred and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Happy Birthday Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) You don't look like you'll be SIXTY next year, but I can remember when you did. jimbeaux p.s. The Lovely Nancy (she of the pure heart) had nothing to do with this. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) I enjoyed your thoughts about the importance of the Sandstorm and your feelings about "being a privileged member of our Bomber cyber-community..." I'm sure that there are many of us who read the Sandstorm daily, but rarely write in. Thanks for expressing what I, and I'm sure many others, feel. It is great to know what the "Bomber family" members are doing and to keep up on the news from Richland! Maren, thanks so much for all that you do to make the Sandstorm available to all of us! -Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) ~ Los Altos, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) I have just one word on what you posted in the Alumni Sandstorm on 12/7 ---- AMEN!!!!!!! We are definitely blessed with this forum and all the teachers, coaches and "kids" we had for role models... this old world would definitely be a better place if more people had grown up in RICHLAND!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - it is raining and I am one happy camper! Since we don't get snow, I will take all the rain we can get---at least it means snow in the mountains--which are only an hour's drive from here. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Arizona Memorial Yesterday was Dec 7th and the Arizona Memorial was the one thing everyone honors and remembers every Dec 7th. Who started the fund raiser for the Arizona? Check the following Link. I never knew that a singer from Tenn. was the Man. -Bob Grout ('66WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('6) To: John Wingfield ('66) in Hawaii Hi Cuz, I'm glad you are getting to spend time there with Uncle Royce and Aunt Jean. Say hi to them for me. I can't wait till Christmas time when we head over to God's country for Christmas to spend with my Mom & Dad (Truman & Carol). I'm sure I'll see your parents while I'm there. To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) -- Spokane. Excellently said. I'm sure there will be hundreds of people write in to you responding to your piece yesterday. You brought tears to my eyes. I went and saw the movie "Radio", last night with my better half Christa, and I still have tears in my eyes from that movie. Your piece is so true. We see the names of the people and although we have never met most if not all, we sure feel like we know them. Thanks, -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon class of '67) ~ from sunny but a bit nippy Augusta, GA - where it gets a little frost on the ground but is gone by 8am and we can still be on the tennis courts by 9am, although in long sleeve t-shirts. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) Re: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Thank you, Lynn, for summing it up for me and I'm sure many others. This Sandstorm brings so many of us together. It's nice to be in contact with friends that we haven't seen in many many years! I know I've used the Sandstorm to pray for my son who just left for Iraq, and my mom who just had a Mastectomy, oh by the way the lymph nodes all came back CLEAN!! Thank you all for your prays! See Lynn you're very right! Thank you for your words, for putting it all together for me and many others! Oh by the way it'll be 37 years since I graduated! So in June that will make you 36 years! Just thought I'd straighten that out for ya! *Grin* Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Schuchart Keller ('68) To: Lynn Marie Hatcher ('68) Lynn Thank you for sharing your feelings so eloquently. I feel the exact same way but you said it so well. A blessed holiday season to you and to all the Bombers out there. Love, Tami -Tami Schuchart Keller ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) I couldn't have said it better and I have the exact same feelings. I am glad you put it into words for all of us. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Mike Franco ('70) Thank you for the birthday greeting. I remember when 48 sounded pretty old. Now I guess it's not that bad. I talked to you at George's funeral, but only briefly. I should say that I could hear you rambling in the back of the church during the "pre-game." It was easy to see you because Steve Neill was in front of me! It was good to see you again. It has been quite a while. But I must say I appreciate the fact that you always seem to "warn" us through the Sandstorm when you are coming to town. That is valuable information!!! To: Greg "Boog" Alley ('73) Yes, the 7th is for real! No fake birthday recognition at Red Robin. What Boog was referring to was the old Fake Birthday prank at Red Robin. A few weeks ago Panch Ibatuan and I were dining (ever so lightly) at the Red Robin when in walks Steve "Stats" Cassidy ('73) with his wife. They sat a few tables down from us and when the waitress come by we informed her that it was Steve's birthday (a lie). Well, you know the rest of the story - clapping employees, tooting horns, singing the birthday song!!!! Panch and I were already outside peering through the window when the celebration began. Stats looked at his wife like she was the culprit and she raised her hands in shock, "Wasn't me!" After the song was over we peeked our heads back in through the back door and got Stats' attention and waved and said through our tears of laughter, "Happy Birthday!" It was great being nearly 48 and acting like an eighteen year old. To: Karen ('76), my sister Thanks for the birthday greeting and the kind words. I am a legend in my own mind! Love ya To: my beautiful nieces, Heidi ('00) and Sarah ('02) Thank you for the birthday wishes. The Big Bear would be very proud of what his two baby girls have become - as I am! I love you both. My lovely mother Billie Jean is taking me to dinner this week and my elderly sister Sheila ('71) is making me dinner sometime this week. That leaves Jumbo ('82) and Wig ('82) - GIFTS PLEASE!!!! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jennifer Caldwell Anderson ('88) My father, Robert "Bob" Caldwell ('60), passed away October 25, 2003. I am interested in receiving tid-bits and stories about my father from his fellow classmates and teachers to add to my scrapbook. Thanks. -Jennifer Caldwell Anderson ('88) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) I meet former students and enjoy hearing about their families. Merry Christmas to all, Pasco won and is our state champ... It has been a long time for them. -Wanda Janos (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/09/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers, 1 Bomber Mom and 1 NAB today: Dick Harris ('49), Dick Roberts ('49) Sandra Atwater ('51), Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Mike Clowes ('54), Millie Finch ('54) Max Sutton ('57), Jim Russell ('58) Richard Anderson ('60), Susan Ledingham ('64) David Rivers ('65), Jeff Michael ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Ruth Russell ('71) Dee Shipman ('72), Karen Davis ('76) Beth Young ('81), Wig Davis ('82) Lisa Koch ('88), BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCHES 'n stuff (in order of appearance) 12/13 Las Vegas Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************** ******************************************** >>From: Dick Harris ('49) Re: Pasco Naval Base and Swimming Pool I have enjoyed reading the comments about the large swimming pool on the Pasco Naval Base. In the early days, our Richland Scout Troop were allowed by Naval Personnel to use the Naval Base Pool on Sunday afternoons. Before I had a car, I used to hitch hike to Pasco to swim on Sunday afternoons. We were given passes that allowed us to get through the guarded gate on the East side of the base, near the pool. Apparently other groups were allowed to use the pool, because I can remember hitch hiking with Billy Watkins ('47RIP) on one particular Sunday afternoon and I don't remember him being a Boy Scout. Billy had a good looking sister, Bettye Watkins ('47) and they had come to Richland from Bastrop, LA. As we waited for rides, we had some great conversations! I remember Billy describing hitch hiking back in Bastrop. He said he would be hitch hiking and on the way home he had a technique to help get rides. When a car came along, if it didn't stop to pick him up, he would yell, "Bastard!" Sometimes the driver would stop, back up and angrily say, "What did you say, kid?" He would reply, "I said, 'Going to Bastrop?'" And, invariably, the driver would give him a ride. The U.S. Naval Pilots used to fly Wildcats and Hellcats from this base, as I remember. More than one were courtmarshalled for flying upside down, under the Pasco bridge over the Columbia. There were reports of kids hiking into the Bomb Range that the naval pilots used for training, west of the Yakima River, and hauling bombs home or to drop off the Yakima River bridge into the river, but I wouldn't know anything about that. I am sure a lot of those U.S. Navy Pilots contributed much to our winning the War in the Pacific. -Dick Harris ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Jerry Molnaa ('52) In San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, CA, we have seven branches of about 100 each of Retired Active Men, RAMs. Quite like the ROMEOs, I imagine. I happen to be the Big Ram for the Five Cities Branch this year and have enjoyed it. I have a good friend who is a ROMEO and from what he describes the RAMs may be a little more organized with bylaws, a few procedures, etc. The point is we get together to renew old friendships and provide the opportunity to make new ones. We are devoted to the promotion of independence and dignity in retirement. Also, when we meet once a month, we are served a totally illegal lunch: high in calories, carbohydrates and all the rest of those nasties. We have a guest speaker and then after the speaker leaves at his or her option, we tell some smutty, sometimes pretty raunchy jokes; the winner is awarded the "joke cup", a small toilet bowl, which he keeps for a week. It's a lot of fun, isn't it? -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandra Atwater Boyd ('51) Re: Passport Plunge When I read what Jerry Molnaa ('52) wrote, it brought back many memories. I was a lifeguard there and Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) was also. We did have a bad experience when the chlorine machine broke. Ann and I would have a swim before we opened to the public and that is when pure chlorine came out from all sides of the pool. We had to swim though it----not a pleasant experience! We were able to have a lot of girls for a swim party after closing of the pool----what fun! Before the Navy left, a PE teacher was able to take a bus load of we kids over and we did some of the things that the Navy men had to do in their training. Anyone remember that? -Sandra Atwater Boyd ('51) ~ Palm Desert, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Re: Welsian Way coffee To: Jerry Molnaa ('52) Jerry, I read with great interest about the coffee meeting at McDonalds. I come to the Tri-Cities frequently to visit my 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. One of these days I will leave a little earlier and stop by for the coffee gathering. That is if there is room for an old Bomber wanna be. I knew you when we were in school together, but left at the end of our sophomore year. -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) In cold Yakima ps I too spent many happy hours at the pas-port plunge ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: From the Advance Warning Dept. The [Club40] DustStorm has been folded, spindled and mutilated. As soon as Burt [Pierard ('59)] gets through licking slightly over 1000 stamps it should be appearing in a mailbox near you... if you are a Club 40 member that is. A fair word of warning: there are three (count 'em 3) different registration forms with this issue. The forms are all for the same weekend, but do apply to different folks. The green form applies to all members of the Class of '54. It is not only for the Club 40 weekend, but also for the reunion activities that the Class [of '54] will be having on that weekend. There is another [form] for the Class of '59 (salmon colored) and a goldenrod colored form for Club40 members NOT from classes of '54 or '59. The simple thing about these separate but equal (except for costs) forms is that they all go to one place and [checks] are made out to only one party. I hope that makes sense. It is an effort to cut down on redundancy in registration. [Special] separate reunion activities for the classes of '54 and '59 will be held at the new Community Center Riverview Room... Friday afternoon [for class of '59] and Saturday afternoon [for class of '54] [Following the afternoon activities] everyone will gather at the Shilo for the evening's festivities and food. I certainly hope this does not confuse Marguerite [Groff Tompkins ('54)] too much... at least she won't have to handle all that money. Bomber and Christmas Cheers to all -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) - back on the wet side in Albany, OR (The rain ended [eastbound] and began [westbound] about Hood River, OR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: THANK YOU I also just wanted to thank Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) for her words about receiving the Sandstorm every day. It is a great way to "see" a glimpse into what some Bombers are doing. What a wonderful tool to stay in touch. It is so great to be able each morning to see familiar names, read stories that bring back memories, and yes it was a wonderful place to grow up - and I must say, my class of 1954 is the GREATEST!! Looking forward to that big 50 next year, and I personally want to see everyone there - those of you who have been hiding - it is time to show your faces! Once again thanks Maren for your wonderful work, and Bomber's keep writing. Cheers to all, -c******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) Re: Navy Pool Glad to see someone come up with the ole' name for the pool, The Pas-Port Plunge. It was indeed owned by Mr. Barr. His son graduated with us in the class of '57'. Phil Barr was his name and a very nice guy. I spent many an enjoyable evening there on class parties, Boy Scouts, etc. This brings back a lot of memories, but I guess it is supposed to. -Max Sutton ('57) in rainy Renton, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: The Sandstorm To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) and all the rest Lynn-Marie, Your December 7 message brought tears to my eyes because I feel so very much the same about this network of Bomber alumni. Your thoughts are shared by all of us, and your words were better than most anyone could compose on the subject. I want only to add how much I look forward to drawing up this correspondence among the many that come in every day. It puts me in touch with family I love and family I have never met. Perhaps unlike others, however, I save it to the last. It is that dessert, that apple pie with just a little ice cream, that reward for "surviving" the night and enduring the many business and other social obligations on this cyber highway. I save it to the last, so I can linger and smile and laugh and weep just a little. It's a good thing. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ in downtown Mountlake Terrace, WA where we share Seattle skies but not its traffic. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Hoops, Bombers v. Kennewick The *real* final score of last Saturday's game against Kennewick was Bombers 69 - Kennewick 45; not 59-45 as reported by the World's Third Worst Newspaper, the Tri-City Herald (the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin has eased into the second worst spot). -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Ledingham Bayley ('64) Re: Class reunion '64 grads for 2004 Greetings! Hoping that there will be a reunion in 2004 for the class of '64. Need to know who to contact for info as my address has changed a few times within the last 10 years. Thank you, -Susan Ledingham Bayley ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Here's the Class of '64 website -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Free... free at last Did I make it? What day is it? I haven't been able to see a newspaper since I escaped from the trunk of the car... Oh, it was awful... the horror... There I was sitting at my computer... getting ready to go and visit my kid... I had just finished writing happy birthdays to Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) and Number 32 ('63)... I was just putting pen to paper... well not a real pen to real paper I mean... these things don't have paper... I mean the printers have paper but then what would happen if I pushed print instead of send... nothing... there would be nothing in the Alumni Sandstorm since print means print and send means send... (Note to self: Good excuse for future use... "I pushed print instead of send"... too late to use this time)... so where was I... oh yeah... I heard a noise coming from behind me... sounded like "You grab him Kathie ('64)"... "No you Carolyn ('63), you know Jimbeaux ('63) wants to be the one and only entry for his birthday on the 6th..." It was muffled cuz they wore ski masks... but I think that's what they said... so anyway... that's why I didn't get my Happy Birthday to LaMont DeJong on 12/6 sent to the Sandstorm... Would you believe I pushed print instead of send?? Hello chief........ -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) RIGHT ON, SISTER...AMEN. Well said. And I've only been hooked up a few months. My thanks to Pat Snider Miller ('65) for telling me about it when I was here when my Mom passed away. In fact, I remember a few years ago when i is was not even "e-literate". I had been working on boats in San Diego and dj'ing on the side (as usual). I was asked to leave the boat yard to manage the dj company and realized how behind the times I had gotten. I'm now e-literate and so blessed by it, now that I live in Richland and need to keep my connections with my friends in SoCal, the cyber-world is so cool. I don't know how we would have coped without it. Now, how 'bout those famous guys, Lewis & Clark. dj jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: weather alert To: All Alumni Sandstorm readers in Missouri and points east Northwestern Kansas is under a winter storm watch for later this afternoon (Monday) In fact most if not all of Kansas is expected to get snow, anywhere from a trace to a foot or more. You all best get out the boots and mittens, and even possibly a snow shovel. We desperately need the moisture out here, so we will take anything we can get. Have a good day to each of you, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - (I'll keep you posted on our total) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: Sandstorm family, and Marlene Russell Kallioinen, ('62) Hello, Bombers--- As many others have already commented, Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) expressed what I have been feeling ever since I began reading the Sandstorm online. Thank you, Lynn-Marie. For me, it has been a wonderful little window on the world, filled with familiar names and references, and I have truly appreciated it. I have never been to a class reunion because, first, I was too distracted by family life and parenthood, and later, because of poor health and a general feeling that no one would remember me at this late hour of the game. I am grateful to have the opportunity to get to know you, after all, here on the list. One thing about it, if I ever make it to a reunion, I will feel much more at home, thanks to all the posts. This is in reference to my earlier posts regarding my cousin, Marlene Russell Kallioinen ('62), specifically the one on Thursday, October 02, 2003, which was a head up to the list concerning the multiple inoperable tumors discovered in her brain and lungs. I talked to her brother, Charles Alden Russell ('69) this weekend, and was saddened to learn that Marlene has been hospitalized for treatment, evaluation, etc..., and may soon be going into some form of hospice or home care, as the chemotherapy and other treatments become less effective. I am so proud of the way my cousins have wrapped their sister and her husband, Kelly, in their love and caring. Marlene enjoyed a time of increased strength and well-being from early treatments, and her family filled up that time for her with laughter and love, limousine rides to dinner, etc... I also am so thankful for the caring response of the alumni here, who have written to get Marlene and Kelly's address to send cards and encouragement. This is just another example of what Lynn-Marie was talking about in her post. Charles Alden said that Marlene sort of drifts in and out because of the meds, but that the pain management is working well for her. Please keep her, and especially her husband, Kelly, in your thoughts and prayers over the holiday season. If there are any of Marlene's special friends who would like to get in touch with Charles Alden, or either of Marlene's sisters, Dianne Russell ('67) or Linda Russell ('64) for a more personal update, email me and I will give you contact information that respects Marlene and Kelly's need for privacy at this time. I will also post updates here on the list as I hear from Charles Alden. Thank you. Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dee Shipman Jones ('72) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Hi Lynn, Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed your last entry to the Sandstorm. I totally agree with you on what you said... it does feel like an extended family! When you mentioned the Davis's it brought back some great memories. Steve Davis ('72RIP) was my very first boyfriend and I got to know his family and I especially adored his parents. And when Mr. Davis died I grieved along with the rest of us Bombers who knew him. Anyway, your letter reflected my exact feelings regarding our "Bomber Family"... Thanks again, -Dee Shipman Jones ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) As many other have said before me, you hit the nail on the head. This Sandstorm is unique and a lot of fun, let alone informative. Sometimes it is the only way I touch base with some people. I know my family members are all over it-- so it is a chance for me to express my love or whatever for them--(Heidi--ok) Tears, we Davis' have shed a lot in the last couple years. I thank God for the love that we share to hold us together and that is speer headed by the matriarch, Momma, no doubt. I have had some health problems of late and the doctors not getting down to the nitty gritty of what is wrong has really depressed me and caused my other stresses to magnify it seems. Well, sweetheart momma is always there to cheer me up. When I hear of friends acquiring cancers and other diseases, I tremble and as I look at my 5 year old little Rebekah and 15 1/2 Bethany, I pray the Lord carries me until His return or until I get my girls off, settled and married some day!!! But Lynn-Marie, as I got off the subject, you're very right about how this Sandstorm is actually therapy for all of us old and current Bombers to see how others are doing and hearing about their lives. I too feel close to many "semi-strangers" out there. Thanks for voicing the thoughts for us all. Thanks Maren--we all appreciate your hard work. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ~ in Spokane too - where I am watching big snow flakes coming down on the northeast side. "I no like snow", as daddy used to say. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Beth Young Gibson ('81) Re: Pasco 4A state champs Hey, I know they're not our team, but we should all be proud of our fellow Tri-Citians! It looked shaky there at first, but they took advantage of some turnovers and came out on top. Those last 30 seconds were agonizing! Fox Sports Northwest carried all the games and we were treated to some pretty good football. I am personally proud any time one of our "lowly" east side teams stomps on the west-siders! I mean, how many times have the Prosser and the Touchet teams stomped their opponents? I love it! Go Bulldogs! -Beth Young Gibson ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wig Davis ('82) To: Mike Davis ('74) How could I have completely forgotten your Birthday? Rates right up there with me remembering my wedding anniversary. I recently purchased tickets to see the Denver Nuggets and the Timberwolves on March 24th. Sharing this purchase with my lovely bride (Brenda) she was touched by my remembering our wedding day and wanting to celebrate it together. I did however have "some explaining to do" when she determined that this is a promotional night for the Nuggets and Coors beer called "Guys Night Out" (two duckets, two beers and two T-shirts $39). Opps!! We should have a good time and I may be in the running for husband of the year!! So I hope you understand how I could have forgotten such a great day as the celebration of your birth. See you soon, Here's a "warning" for the rest of you: I'll be flying into Pasco on the 12th for the weekend. Merry Christmas to all, -Wig Davis ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lisa Koch Muir ('88) To: Jennifer Caldwell Anderson ('88) Jennifer, I am so sorry to read about your father's passing. My thoughts are with you. -Lisa Koch Muir ('88) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) You are and always have been a keeper Mike. Mom -BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson, aka H E W To: Ruth Miles Bruns ('59) Reading the Sandstorm today I saw the last name Bruns. And I was wondering if you might be related somehow to Les Bruns? I've seen his name in some documents and an old ARCHO News I have so I was just wondering. To: Gloria Willett Green ('56WB) Also reading the 12/5/03 entry from Gloria Green about her 89 year old father. I am guessing he worked in the reactor areas. As far as I know that was one area it was required to have this done for you. it's possible they might have done this for the operators who worked in the canyon buildings but most for the work they did there really didn't require that kind of attention. Unless it was a particularly "hot" job. Hand and foot surveys done on what they called "hand and foot" counters or five folds. But that was done before you left the zone, building or went to lunch. Its a real pleasure to read about the reminisces of the children and their parents who worked at Hanford. As far as the cancer rates I'm sure quite a few people contracted cancer due to Hanford radiation. But this matter is best followed up in another section of the Bomber web site. Thanks for your time. -Don Sorenson, aka H E W *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Black ('48), Don Fisher ('51) Dick Avedovech ('56), Floyd Melton ('57) Rich Greenhalgh ('59WB), Ann Engel ('63) Fred Schafer ('63), Leo Webb ('63) Dena Evans ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Shirley Collings ('66) Chuck Crawley ('67), Don Andrews ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Diane Carpenter ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Wood Stevens ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Vallely Horn ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) Hey, am I the only one who reads the King County Journal?? The reason I ask is I saw an article on yesterday's front page about Mike Bair who is in charge of developing Boeing's 7E7 Dreamliner in March. The article said Mike is a Richland native and is 48 years old which would make him a ? graduate. Can somebody add (or subtract??) These people over here have finally heard of the East side of the mountains, I do believe. Anyway, we have another famous person in our midst. -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ Bellevue, WA P. S. Another person who deserves a lot of praise is Kay Weir Fishback ('37Colt) who shares the past with us. Thank You, Kay!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Fisher ('51) During the summer of 1943, we had prisoners of war (I think they were Italian) working in the orchards just above White Bluff boat launch site. They would yell at us but the security guards would not let us get together. They were stationed at the some buildings that were located near Yakima River. They had high fence around the buildings and guard towers in the corners but I don't remember seeing any guards in the towers. I think there were pretty quiet prisoners. -Don Fisher ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) For you Bombers who are getting up to the age of 50+ years and are dealing with the potential of prostate cancer (which means about 50% of you), and the prospect of a surgical knife or implant of radioactive seeds does not seem appealing, I would be happy to share with you my experience at Loma Linda University Medical Center where I received the non-invasive, Proton treatment. -Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Pas-Port Plunge That was a great place to go for a swim, especially in the winter. The only bad part was the high humidity and the smell of chlorine. The fun thing that I remember was to run like mad off the end of the diving board and catch the rope swinging from the rafters. Then if you were strong enough you could climb the rope to the crows nest. I remember it being a long way up but in fact it was probably only 10 - 12 feet up. If you made it to the top you could jump off for a thrill. Now it would be against all kinds of OSHA and who ever rules, HA. The things we remember and have good feelings about. Not many youngsters have ever had the opportunities that we had in Richland and the Tri-Cities back in the '40s and '50s. We just don't appreciate how lucky we were or how good we had it. There are so many things about that community that were so unique and a bit unbelievable to most in this day and age. We had it made and didn't know it. Some real talented person should write a book about the life of a youth in Richland in the '50s. -Floyd Melton ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rich Greenhalgh ('59WB) Re: 12/7 Bakersfield Christmas Lunch All Bomber Lunches website We had our Bakersfield Luncheon on Sunday at Linda Reining's ('64) house. Plenty of snacks were available, as well as cookies and candy. Present were Linda Reining ('64), Rich Greenhalgh ('59wb), his wife Stella, Bob Grout ('66wb), and his wife Michelle. Ernie Dow ('68) showed up just as the party was breaking up, and Rex Hunt('53wb) and his wife Cheryl attempted to make it, but couldn't find Linda's house. We all had a pleasant time reminiscing and becoming acquainted. Rekindling the awareness of our special heritage as Bombers gives us a feeling of being a part of a special time and place. It's a nice feeling! Bomber Greets to all! -Rich Greenhalgh ('59WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Fred and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: Portland,Vancouver Bomber Lunch,Saturday 12/6 All Bomber Lunches website A good time was had by all at the Columbia River Doubletree... we exchanged white elephant gifts. Those in attendance were Bob Carlson ('54) and wife Karyn; Ron Holman ('56) and his wife, Leslie Swanson Holeman ('59); Mary Heidlebaugh (Bomber Mom); Lola Heidlebaugh ('60); Tom Hemphill ('62) and wife Linda; Fred Schafer ('63) & wife Ann Engel Schafer ('63); Len Rediske ('66) and wife Linda; Alan Porter ('67); and Jo Heidlebaugh ('74). -Fred and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Leo Webb ('63) Happy Birthday to a friend, a buddy, we had lots of fun over 40 years ago but we went our separate ways. He played the keyboard for one of Richland bands of the '60s, "The Chessmen". Now you all know... Happy birthday to Larry Wersen ('63). Have a really great day! -Leo Webb ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dena Evans Harr Evans ('64) Maren: The "card" that Gary Christianson sent to you was wonderful. I have a hard time just replying and forwarding. I know that I would blow up my computer if I tried doing anything as complicated as Gary. I have a scanner sitting here being used as my sons stand for his lamp and does quite a good job too! I would hate to try to use it for anything else. Zack, my 16 year old son, gets so upset with me whenever I get on this darn thing, because I usually end up doing something wrong. He suggests that I take a night course to learn what its all about. Maybe. Someday. When I'm not so busy. When the moon is set just right in the sky... Possibly when hell freezes over, etc. Re: Looking for... Does anyone out there in Bomber Land know the where abouts of Nina Romanelli ('64)? Please if you do, let her know that I am inquiring about her and please give her my email address. Thanks! Bombers forever. -Dena Evans Harr Evans ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) I'm searching for a copy of Mrs. Jones' (PE teacher Sacajawea in the '50s) book ""Hooray, P.E. Today". Anyone got a copy? To: Richard Anderson ('60) I'll bite (;-) ...and the #1 World's Worst Newspaper is _______? -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ somewhere in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: 12/7 Bakersfield Lunch All Bomber Lunches website December 7th, 2003, Bakersfield got "BOMBed for Christmas" and had a great time! Those attending were: Richard Greenhalgh ('59WB) and wife, Stella (from Bakersfield); Bob Grout ('66WB)and wife, Michelle (from Chino); Ernie Dow ('68) who arrived as the party was ending, stayed long enough to grab a bite to eat, drink a cup of coffee, and then headed back over the grapevine to Glendale. We don't care how late you come, as long as you show up!!!!! And, of course, me, Linda Reining ('64)... the luncheon was at my house. We missed Rex Hunt (5'3WB) and wife, Cheryl... he had forgotten to take my address and phone number, so after driving around Bakersfield for about an hour, they gave up and drove back home to Hanford, CA!!!!! We missed the two of them... worried something had happened... they have never missed any of our gatherings... glad to know it was only his forgetting the directions that kept them from showing up!!!!!!! (just had to "needle ya" a bit, Rex). We also missed Lynn and Bill Dunton (who are ex-Richland teachers) from Fullerton... Lynn was sick, so they were not able to attend.... was sorry that they were not able to attend... will keep fingers crossed and maybe they can make the next one. Our next gathering will be some time in February, at Coco's on Rosedale Highway. Stella said Richard's birthday is the 18th, so we will try to get as close to that date as we can. She didn't tell us how old he would be... we'll have to make sure she tells us that tidbit by the time we all meet, again. THANK YOU, Bob and Michelle Grout for the cute friend's figurine from Disneyland of Goofy, Mickey, and Donald. Also THANK YOU to Richard and Stella Greenhalgh for the two plants... my green thumb is the WORST, so will keep my fingers crossed that they last a few days, at least! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Richland Theaters This is an article that will be of interest. It was from the Opinion section of the 12/06 TCHerald. -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Chuck Crawley ('67) To: Dick Harris ('49) Thanks for the reminder of the days when hitch hiking was a pretty reliable way of getting around without a car. I hitched around the area quite a bit, to Walla Walla, Joseph, Oregon, Ellensburg, even Seattle, and never had a bad experience. Met several interesting people who gave me rides or I gave rides to trying to balance the scales. I had my own technique too but nothing so brinksmanly as Billy Watkins. Those were simpler times. -Chuck Crawley (BRCo '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Re: Bombing Range Target After 8 days in Mazatlan with 85 weather, we returned to the Portland airport at midnight last night, 38... what a shock. The first thing in the morning over my first cup of coffee I found this article in the Vancouver Columbian which took me on another journey back in time chasing the every elusive jackrabbit off of Bombing Range Road. Who else knows this journey in time and space. I hope this monument can be saved. Holiday Bomber Wishes to All -Don Andrews ('67) ~ Ridgefield, WA - 48 and rain (there's no place like home) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: snow Hello all- Well, we did get about 4" of the white stuff but the moisture content was very low probably less than 1/2 inch. We still need the moisture or the farmers are going to be in deep trouble again next year. Go Bombers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp ('72) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) I skipped a couple of Sandstorm issues including the December 7th because of temporary intense involvement in a project - read all the notes to you about your entry, so finally figured I'd better find the back issue and read it. And I'm so glad I did. Beautifully written - you expressed exactly how I feel about the Sandstorm, though I only had a nebulous, semi-conscious feeling until you put it perfectly into words. Thank you for helping a lot of us realize our own feelings, and expressing them so well. One thing I'd add - there are many times I have the thought to respond to someone's e-mail, usually just something trivial (but fun or interesting) - but I stop myself - I'm trying to learn to stay focused and not let myself get distracted and sidetracked (ADD). I imagine a lot of other readers do the same thing (though probably not for the same reason.) So I'm extra grateful to all who do take the time to write. Most sincerely, -Diane Carpenter Kipp ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Char Dossett ('51), Dave Brusie ('51) Jim Grow ('51), Linda Stewart ('57) Patti Jones ('60), Richard Anderson ('60) Brent Van Reenen ('67), Don Andrews ('67) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Brad Wear ('71) Brad Upton ('74), Kerry A. Steichen ('74) Dan Morgan ('83), Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Evelyn Evans Valley ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Larry Wersen ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Char Dossett Holden ('51) To: Don Andrews ('67) I seem to keep losing your email. Please send it again. I am sorry I missed the picnic, it would have been fun to visit with you. Perhaps next year. -Char Dossett Holden ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: All Richland Bombers Re: Don Richey's ('47) Passing We will all miss him. He gave me my first letter sweater. We gave each other the nickname of Bronco. He has gone to a better place, and will remain in our hearts and memories. -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Grow ('51) Re: Pasco Pool We all went swimming in the Pasco pool but the best thing was to go surf boarding in the irrigation ditch. Or how about going to the hay stack down at Columbia point? Now that was fun. -Jim Grow ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Stewart Nicholson ('57) Re: Roller Skating at the Navy Base With all the memories of the Pass Port Plunge, does anyone remember skating at the gym on the Navy Base? My brothers, cousins and I would go there on the week-ends. All the girl cousins were surprised on Christmas with satin skating skirts and blouses that our Mothers made for us. It was a very big deal. I remember celebrating my 10th birthday party at the rink and having a great time. Later, I attended classes there when Columbia Basin College rented the buildings. -Linda Stewart Nicholson ('57) ~ sunny Tonopah, AZ - where the high today is supposed to reach 66 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Puget Sound Area/Fife Luncheon No reservations necessary! If you would like you can email me you will be at the luncheon. DATE: December 14, 2003 COFFEE TIME: 11:30 P.M. LUNCH TIME: 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Fife Bar and Grill In between Goodyear Tire and Day's Inn PHONE: (253) 922-9555 ADDRESS: 3025 Pacific Highway E., Fife, WA I-5 North, Exit 136 B (Port of Tacoma) I-5 South Exit 136 Turn left on Pacific Highway. 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 - Rainy day with no wind. Actually delightful weather to meet up with a Bomber spouse Marilee Zimmer ('72 Federal Way, WA. graduate) for finishing our planning for the Christmas luncheon. Hubby Bomber John Zimmer ('66) tagged along but we wouldn't let him give his input. **grin** Hope Bombers who live close will make the Puget Sound Area luncheon/Fife part of your Christmas Holidays. Surprises are planned! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) To: Gary Behymer Re: World's Worst Newspaper The World's Worst Newspaper is ..... I don't know. All I do know is that no matter how bad something is, there is always something somewhere in the world that is worse. Being the World's Second Worst is not a good thing though. -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brent Van Reenen ('67) Re: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Bill and his parents will be visiting Leavenworth the 21st of December and I am meeting him for lunch. Bill lives in Augusta, GA now. If any of you NCW bombers are interested in having a little get together please email me asap so we can figure out what to do. -Brent Van Reenen (Blue Ribbon Class of 1967) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Re: Bombing Range Target I tried to send an image with yesterday's entry but it didn't work so I'll try again with this one. Computer skills are not my strongest skills. I perk up when ever I see an article on this side, being the left side, of the cascades. Just wanted to share. Bomber Holiday Cheers -Don Andrews ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Re: need the words!!! Another Bomber and I are knocking our heads against walls (not the best idea for either of us!), trying to remember the words to the Alma Mater. Does anyone have them, remember them ... or know where I can find them on one of the Bomber website links? Thanks -Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ {Fight Song Did the alma mater change when they dumped the Columbia High name????? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Please God I'll be good. Let WSU beat Texas this year. Last year I was cheated by Oklahoma. At least no one in my family is from there, or went to school there. Texas, a different story. My spousal unit is a T-Sipper ('74) and I will never hear the end of it if Wazzoo snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. I was hoping Texas Tech would face Wazzoo, as both of my boys and my money go there. I could tolerate that, but Texas, it's almost as bad as A&M. For those of you not in the Lone Star State, it's a Texas thing, like big hair, Houston vs. Dallas, Ft. Worth Vs Dallas, sweet tea Vs regular tea. So from here on out until 30 Dec, I'll be asking for divine intervention for the Cougs to win. -Brad Wear ('71), WSU '75 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I believe Mike Bair is a Bomber/Falcon, Class of '74. To refresh your memories, the Class of '74 will always be special....not because it gave us Mike Davis '74, but because it was the first graduating class from Hanford. We were all together as sophomores (thus the Bomber part) and then they split us for the fall of '72. Hanford opened that year with just a junior and sophomore class. RHS and HHS held their 25th Reunion together in '99. Hopefully we'll have our 30th this summer. Mike, you organizing? -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) To: Carol Black Foster ('48) Your reference to Mike Bair who is in charge of developing Boeing's 7E7 Dreamliner. I also get the King County Journal and thought the same seeing Richland. Well I reviewed the '72, '73, '74 sites and reviewed his Biography at work not finding a thing. He may have been a Hanford graduate or somewhere else. Just don't know either? To: 1974 classmates Class of 74 is developing their 30 year class reunion and needs your help in finding classmates and seeking more help on the committee. Please pass along our request if you know one and reply if you are part of our group. We are also wanting to find the Hanford grads of '74 since they were the first grad class and we had a combined 20th with many of them. -Kerry A. Steichen ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dan Morgan ('83) Re: Class of 83 website - Reunion photos and changes Hi! This is to let '83 classmates know that the 20 year Reunion photos received so far are ready for viewing, and many of the changes for the website that were requested then are in place. Most of the photos have descriptions (and I have info on ones that I had questions about). As soon as all of them have descriptions I'll e-mail our class to you to let you know --- as you can then request a cd of the photo pages with full-sized jpg photos for greater detail in viewing and printing. Tripod's free websites have an hourly and monthly limit. So, if the site is slow, or is down for a bit, just go back later. If needed, I can mirror the site at my own domain sometime in 2004. Catch you later! -Dan Morgan ('83), '83 Webmaster ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: RHS Alumni Tournament 2004 The RHS Alumni Basketball Tournament 2004 is scheduled and locked in. There were many suggestions from Alumni concerning the tournament. And we listened. 1. Tournament will be two days instead of one: June 25, 26 2. Faculty vs Class of 2005 game Friday night 3. Half Court games for the Gold Division, Full court games for the Green Division 4. Registration Fees have changed 5. Start advertising earlier. 6. Play no matter what! Tournament info and applications available at If you have family members who would like to play, let me know and I can mail them an application. If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and 1 NAB today: Jack Lowrey ('49), Dorothy Stamper ('54) Bill Berlin ('56), Charles Cox ('56) Jinnie Eckert ('58), Steve Carson ('58) Marilyn Stewart ('62), Jim House ('63) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Julia Alexander ('65), Len Rediske (66) Betti Avant ('69), Darlene Napora ('69) Kellie Walsh ('77), Dick Hays (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Martin Rasmussen ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Burt Pierard ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Morrell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lanette Powell Empey ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Lowrey ('49) Re: Roller skating at the Navy base To: Linda Stewart Nickleson ('57) Passed many an evening and weekend at that rink. Several of us belonged to the Skating club. Many fond memories. Re: Bombing Range Tgt To: Don Andrews ('67) Remember the range and target well. Several of us used to buzz for kicks. Almost killed me once. -Jack Lowrey ('49) ~ Layton UT ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) Re: Mike Bair ('74-HHS) I am not at all surprised at Mike's success. We lived next door to the Bair family on Comstock 1966-1969. We were renting the other side of Col Hi principal, Ed Haag's duplex at that time. Mike was in the same grade as my oldest daughter and they went to Carmichael, after Lewis and Clark. We moved to the north of town in 1969 and I lost track of the Bairs. My daughter did go to Col Hi her sophomore year, then moved to Hanford Hi when it opened. Class of '74 was special being the first graduating class of Hanford. They had a lot of fun. We also had kids that graduated there in '75 and '76. -Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Remembering Dumb Stuff Remembering the Pas-Port Plunge, skating at the Base and the haystack reminds me of the "Highlands Jump." I guess that I was probably 14 or 15 at the time but the railroad, in its wisdom, cleaned out a number of refrigerated cars of their old insulation. This stuff looked to be a combination of ground rubber mixed with cork and was reddish in colour. In any event, they dumped it along the roadbed just east of the old Sanders Field and just below a bluff that overhung the railroad tracks. What an opportunity to get stupid again! We would go down there and jump off the bluff into this huge pile of insulation, get covered in small particles of red material and then make the long dirty climb back up to the top of the bluff and do it all again. There were people from Richland, Kennewick and Pasco [even one girl from Walla Walla that I thought was real cute with this junk in her hair] jumping, leaping and generally having a good "ecumenical" time between rival area High Schoolers. As with all good things, the Railroad stepped in and stopped it because it "might be toxic," which was the first time I had even heard that word and I was living in Richland. Dah! We lived in a toxic environment so what did a little rubber and cork hurt? Anyone else remember this one week of utter bliss and stupidity? -Bill Berlin ('56) - Hang on Dave Priebe ('57). We are moving to Anacortes in January, or whenever we sell our Seattle house. Coffee at the Penguin is on me. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Charles Cox ('56) Re: wsu vs TEXAS To: Brad Wear ('71) Not on their best day. -Charles Cox ('56) ~ Georgetown, TX - where the golfing is great ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jinnie Eckert Stephens ('58) Just a note to let you know: Ron ('56), Gene ('54) and George Stephens ('58) lost their brother, Larry Max Stephens ('63RIP) from a massive heart attack while visiting in Thailand December 9th. -Jinnie Eckert Stephens ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Carson ('58) World's worst newspaper, with all of the cheating, lying and mis-representing that appears in the New York Times, it would take a newspaper like the LA Times to compete for the prize. -Steve Carson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) To: Linda Stewart Nicholson ('57) How is it that I don't have any memories of that skating rink or the neat stuff Mom made for you and that you had your 10th Birthday Party there? Is it because I was soooooo much younger than you, big sis? -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Brad Wear (71) I share your angst about WSU v. Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Another Pac 10 loss to UT would be dreadful. I imagine the T-sip fans must be calling the talk shows claiming they should be playing LSU for the championship (?) instead of Oklahoma. After all, they did have another great recruiting class...blah, blah blah. I suffered mightily in Houston after the UW lost a big lead late in the game against Texas two years ago. Knowing what we know today, a "betting man" might be even more suspicious of the coaching decisions that led to the Huskies laying down like dogs in a 4th quarter collapse. I felt compelled to quit my job, put my house up for sale and move out of state. For your sake I hope WSU wins. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (where the only burnt orange I have seen is the beautiful sunset) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I am wondering if any Bombers can answer a question regarding thyroid treatments. My oldest daughter, Traci, is 37 and they have discovered some tumors on her thyroid (they don't think they are cancerous, thank God). They are giving her a pill with radioactive stuff in it, and then scanning her thyroid; they have told her it can take as long as 6 weeks to shrink the tumors or dissolve them, if not, then she will have to have surgery. Now, for my question---they are doing this scan tomorrow morning and they have told her she cannot have contact with any member of her family, co- workers, friends, OR strangers for 3 days--she is also not to let anyone else use the bathroom she uses, for those same three days---does this sound "normal" to anyone? I will be the first to admit I am very confused about this, and more than just a little nervous about her having this done! Any advice, from somebody more knowledgable than a nervous/ anxious mom will be greatly appreciated. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ it is raining in Bakersfield, CA., and we have snow in the mountain areas so the "ski-bunnies" are going to have a happy holiday season. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Have a Happy Harley Birthday 12/12 Vaaaaaaarooooooooooooooooom... getcher motor runnin'... late out on the highway...... Ah... My buddy my pal... got his colors flyin', pony tail flappin' and his bomb earring janglin'. It's that time again! First time I met this guy he was directing traffic at R2K and I knew he was a kuel dude right away. Last year I made the mistake of whining on his birthday and this summer he almost refused to ask me to help with anything. No sniveling this year. I love the bomb and will carry it anywhere... long as Roy-boy ('63) can get me help to carry it and Number 32 ('63) doesn't jump us for touching the green and gold... So a great big happy birthday to my dear friend, Burt Pierard ('59)! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Julia Alexander ('65) Re: Prison camps Thank you, Don Fisher ('51).. I thought I was really getting old and having confusing memories about the prison camps. I have always remembered hearing stories about a P.O.W (or could it have been an internment) camp somewhere on the Yakima River near Horn Rapids. But if that is so.... were there two camps? Does anyone remember hunting for arrowheads and Indian artifacts across the highway from the Horn Rapids dam? To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) I'm a little late... being on vacation for a week to rainy So CA to visit kids for an early Christmas... Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your beautiful input! I have had friends who wonder why in the world do we keep in touch with high school classmates... now I will print your response and just hand it over... and feel badly for them that the can't experience what we Bombers do! Bomber cheers to all! -Julia Alexander ('65) ~ Forks, WA - where it is damp but not raining in the 3rd rainiest spot in the lower 48 states. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Len Rediske ('66) Re: Looking for Stella Borgeson ('87) My wife, Linda, is looking for any information about Stella and her family. Stella is listed among the graduates of 1987. My wife and I both have a connection to Stella and her family through Richland Lutheran Church, and her mother's family in Portland, OR. Anyone with any information please get back with us on email, or in the Sandstorm. Thanks a bunch to all Bombers. -Len Rediske ('66) and Linda ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Alma Mater To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Don't you recall in sophomore P.E. class we took tests on the rules of the sport we were participating in at that moment? Well, it included the words to the fight song and alma mater. I must say I knew all the words to the fight song, but alas the words to the alma mater were not learned as well. I, being a tomboy only missed one question all school year on the sports' rules, but literally "bombed out" on the alma mater. I think it was some time in my senior year where the words all came together. Bomber cheers to you for your writing your feelings about this forum called the "Alumni Sandstorm". I can not wait to read it every morning. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - where today it is foggy and cold, but no new snow ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: Holiday Bowl To: Brad Wear ('74) For those of us who attended WSU and have loved ones (two sons and a husband who attended UT for undergraduate or graduate), we're just happy that one of our teams will come out a winner! Unlike last year when we watched the UT arch rival Sooners stomp on WSU, this year will be a win/win situation for us! Go Cougs & Longhorns!!! -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69), WSU '73 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) To: Brad Wear ('71) *LOL* at yesterday's post! My nephew is also a Texas fan. I will NEVER hear the end of it if the Longhorns prevail. -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77), WSU '81 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Hays (NAB=Not A Bomber) Re: Looking for Dale Johnston (maiden name) I would like to locate Dale. We were very close friends 1959-1961 era. She graduated from high school near that time 1960-62. Can you help me with any leads. Thank you in advance, -Dick Hays (NAB=Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), Dick Avedovech ('56) Floyd Melton ('57), Max Sutton ('57) Steve Carson ('58), Donna Bowers ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Julia Alexander ('65), Bill Wingfield ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Ruth Russell ('71) Merle Huesties ('72), Peggy Hartnett ('72) Treg Owings ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Becky Alexander ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Jumping into refuse The cork and rubber pile was probably more than just "toxic" - it was probably "dirty". A friend who lived at the Dalles 1942 - ?, and whose thyroid clicked off at age 8, thanks to Hanford, said his father worked on the railroad that delivered material to Hanford, and that often the cars were brought back "dirty". Seems to me a lot of people still have their heads in the metaphorical sand when it comes to all the cancers and auto-immune illnesses caused by the home-town industry. Wake up, folks, and smell the metaphorical coffee! -Bill Witherup ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) To Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Remembering dumb stuff too! Yes Bill, I remember jumping off that bluff into the pit with ground rubber and cork and being scared out of my wits and realizing what a dumb thing I was doing while in the air! The most discerning thing was the rubber pieces and cork that got into the nose and ears. I wasn't smart enough to hold my nose. -Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) Re: Highlands Jump I remember it well but I thought it was out there for some time as I remember going over a period of weeks. The great thing was to jump off in the dark, like it scared the heebie jeebies out of you. One night a bunch of us went out there with some girls that didn't know about the "rubber" at the bottom. One of the guys (someone will have to help me here) acted like he was going to take his life and we just encouraged him. Well when we got to the pit he jumped out of the car and just ran over and jumped. Needless to say we had some hysterical girls on our hands. It was also good that the stuff had not been removed. The stuff compacted to the point that we started hitting the ground so it was time to quit. I had almost forgotten about that thrill. Thanks Bill, but you had to be a bit older than 14 or 15 as I was driving then. How time flies. -Floyd Melton ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) Re: The Pit!! Well, Bill Berlin ('56), I was wondering when someone would bring up that piece of trivia. I remember the "Pit" well cause I jumped off and got stuck for a short while. You guys know that we would have beat the tar out of our kids for doing what we did growing up. Sure was fun though. -Max Sutton ('57) ~ in wonderful Renton, WA - not too cold yet... not too warm either. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Carson ('58) Bill Berlin ('56) sure jogged a memory with his summary of the Highland Jump. I had forgotten about that but just the mention brings back the memory and the smell of the insulation. Hard to explain to Mom when she had to wash the clothes. Jumping at night was a particular thrill. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Re: Larry Stephens ('63RIP) Dear Sandstorm and The Stephens family: I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Larry Stephens' death. I have known him from the 4th grade on up. He was truly a good guy and a gentleman. I was also fortunate to work with his brother George ('58) for 7 years as a hygienist... he, too, is the just the salt of the earth. My deep condolences to the entire family. As I sit here and think of the past, I am indeed saddened to realize that so many of my grade school friends are gone now. Spalding was a wonderful introduction to life in Richland. I was such a tomboy and can remember being kept after class for writing on my desk with Shelley McCoy ('63RIP) and Ralph Lee ('63RIP) and Nester Wise ('63). Larry and Chuck Gardiner ('63RIP) were there, too, somewhere. And I think there were a few more, too. We were supposed to be sanding and refinishing our desks, but with Shelley throwing his leg up on the desk and acting like Jerry Lee Lewis and cracking jokes, it was probably the most fun I ever had at school besides the boys chasing the girls at recess. What wonderful, harmless fun and I can truly say each one of these fellows will remain in my heart forever as truly good guys and gentlemen (deep down). I believe that Spalding has had far more of its share of '63ers lost and I am so sorry for that. Larry was just the epitome of all these guys... someone you could really trust and laugh with. We won't have these fellows to hug at the next reunion and I shall miss them all greatly. We are only 59... its way too early to loose them, but I am so thankful to have known them. Sincerely, -Donna Bowers Rice ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Larry "Dobie" Stephens ('63RIP) My wife, Linda, and I want to extend our sympathy to the entire Stephens family on the loss of a great fellow classmate -- Larry "Dobie" Stephens. I had just gotten re acquainted with Larry and his charming wife, Ann, at our New Orleans luncheon in January of this year. We had a great time sharing old memories and talking about our families. He seemed to be having a good time in retirement with his family and was quite involved in ping pong tournaments. I remember in high school that he was involved in baseball-- hence the nickname "Dobie." We exchanged a number of emails and phone calls, and I was looking forward to seeing him again at the luncheon in late September. Unfortunately, he was unable to make it because of other obligations. He was anticipating another visit to Ann's home country, Thailand, which he seemed to enjoy a lot. I'm glad that he was able to make the visit at least. We'll miss you, old friend! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to all the Bombers who wrote words of encouragement AND knowledge regarding my questions in yesterday's (12-11-03) Sandstorm... I heard from: Lynda ('70, in Florida); Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67); Pam Pyle Jewett-Bullock ('69); and Carol Crose Ells ('62)... you all helped to alleviate my anxiety about the radioactive process that my daughter will have... glad to know what her doctor told her was "normal"... not always sure I trust doctors OR their information, but glad to know they are right, this time. THANK YOU, once again, for all the information. "Bombers are like that, they really are" (not sure how many will remember, but there was a commercial in the '60s? about Bayer Children's Aspirin and the little boy in the commercial said this, but it was about "moms", not Bombers, I think it "fits" the Bombers.). I am very proud to be part of this wonderful group! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - more rain predicted for the weekend... snow in the mountain areas, too. LOVE IT! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Julia Alexander ('65) Re: sister's birthday 12/12 Oh my gosh! I forgot to publicly wish my younger sister, Becky Alexander ('77) a really great happy birthday! (Today as I write and tomorrow as you read this.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I won't tell how old you are :>)./ -Julia Alexander ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) To: Brent Van Reenen ('67) I'm not sure when we will get to Leavenworth. It probably won't be in time for lunch. I will be with a bunch of family members, so I will have to coordinate it with them. I will call you when I have a better idea of what time we will be there. Re: Pas-Port Plunge I too have many fond memories of that huge swimming pool in Pasco. My mom Carol, used to take my sister Jan Wingfield McCallum ('68) and me there when we were very young. I remember when we 1st started going there, we would swim over to the rope, grab the rope and the older kids would pull us up onto the platform. I agree the platform now seemed like it was 30' up, but it probably was more like 12' or 15'. When the older kids weren't up there, it forced Jan and me to climb the rope ourselves. Luckily we had honed our rope climbing skills in our backyard of 1422 McPherson St., so it wasn't a problem. Does anyone know the answers to these questions?: How hi was the platform? What year was the pool opened to the public? What year was the swimming pool closed? Who was it that we owe thanks for pulling us up on the platform? -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ Sunny, but a little chilly, Augusta, GA. It's so cold that I will be playing tennis today in a long sleeve t-shirt, at least for the 1st set. :-) I wish I was playing where my cuz Johnny Wingfield ('66) is living now, I'm jealous, Johnny. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: thyroid answers To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda- The reason being that the stuff they use to "kill" the thyroid is radioactive. Hence, her body could emit some radioactivity to others and it is excreted through the urine once it leaves the body. I work in Radiography and this is about all I know about thyroid tests (and that is just what Nuclear Medicine techs. have told me). I know when I was in ultrasound school, sometimes we would have to do a thyroid study on someone who just had had thyroid studies and we had to be careful around them. My niece, Sarah Avant ('94) had those same treatments this past summer and seems to have no ill effects from it. Bomber kudos, =Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - cold & foggy ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: Marlene Russell Kallioinen, ('62RIP) Just wanted to let everyone know that my cousin, Marlene, passed away peacefully this morning, December 12th, 2003, at 1:20 a.m. Yesterday was Marlene's 60th birthday, and due to the excellent care of the folks at Hospice House, she was able to share the day with her family as comfortably as possible. The funeral date is undecided as yet, but will probably be in the Tri-City Herald Sunday. I will post the day and time as soon as I know more. Thank you again for your concern and prayers. Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Merle Huesties Estrin ('72) To: Linda Reining ('64) I sat through thyroid treatment with a girlfriend of mine several years back. The pill the doctors are going to give to your daughter is called a radioactive dual isotope pill. This pill is kept in a small metal container placed inside a second metal container. The doctor/nurse does not touch this pill. They pull it out of the container with a pair of tweezers and place it in a cup for the person to take. For approximately six weeks after taking the pill, if your daughter went into a black-light room (remember them?) her throat would glow. The reason no one is supposed to have contact with her during the first three days is that her body will excrete radioactive material through her pores. Anyone around her must wear latex gloves when touching her, clean the toilet thoroughly after she has used it... I suggest getting some toilet seat covers for that time, and your daughter will likely be on thyroid replacement medication for the rest of her life. This radioactive pill will "kill" the thyroid while shrinking the tumors. The patient will have a similar reaction as someone taking chemotherapy, which basically is what this is, so figure for three days, your daughter will likely feel ill, but beyond that, the pill worked great. My friend had Graves' disease of the thyroid and is doing absolutely great since she took the radioactive isotope (approximately 12 years ago). It saved her life, so it was well worth it. I will keep Traci in my prayers that she has a smooth, easy time with this. To: Peggy Hartnett ('72) Happy belated birthday, Peggy Margaret! I have been living in Phoenix on a six-acre horse ranch for the last three months. Please e-mail me, as I would love to get together with you. Who are some of the Bombers that live in the Phoenix area?? Is there is Christmas get-together planned?? I would love to go. To: Len Huesties ('70) Happy early birthday, Big Brother (Dec. 27)! You are a great brother and I really appreciate you taking care of mom and dad. I know how trying that can be! My love to Deb and the kids. -Merle Huesties Estrin ('72) ~ Phoenix, AZ - where it is COLD at night, but sunny in the day time. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Peggy Hartnett ('72) To: Brad Wear ('71) I feel your pain, but as far as anything having to do with Oklahoma, aren't you aware of the fact that the Sooners are #1 always and forever, no matter who is making the rankings! I learned this valuable lesson when I married into an OK clan and the one I married actually played football there. They give a passing, benign nod to the doings of UW and WSU for my sake, but really the only time I have been able to have one over on them was this year's Little League World Series! -Peggy Hartnett ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Treg Owings ('76) Re: Christmas and the Cougs I was remembering some of the things I use to do in Richland during Christmas. One was caroling. A few of us would go door to door singing and having a great time. Paul Barber ('76) should remember that. Also Leslie Abraham ('76) and her family. It was a great time. Another tradition was to go to the Lutheran Church's midnight service. Sheryl Romsos ('76) was another regular there. Lots of good memories from Richland this time of year. What are some of the traditions other remember? Now, I have to comment on Darlene Napora Shuley's ('69) comment of a win/win w/the Holiday bowl. Must not be a real Cougar! This game is a win or lose. No in-between. Next thing I will hear is a Cougar rooting for the Dawgs since they are from Washington! -Treg Owings ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and another Spudnut Lover today: Jim Jensen ('50), Mike Clowes ('54) Loretta Ostboe ('55), Helen Cross ('62) Carol Wiley ('63), George Barnett ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Vernita Edwards ('65) Sheryl Romsos ('76), Sherrel Johnson (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick and Kay Mitchell Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Smith ('58WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole Novotny Jenkins('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick McCoy ('45, 46, '02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Horn Rapids commentary: Don Fisher ('50), Ralph Myrick ('51), Julia Alexander ('65) I found all of this and other information truly interesting. During the eight years I lived in Richland, '45-'52, I never heard the words "Horn Rapids." Back in those days we walked EVERYWHERE (few Bombers had cars back then) on both sides of the Yakima - for miles. Around '47- '48 Bill Hinson ('50RIP) and I once watched a baseball game played by prisoners who were "in", according to Bill, for murder, rape, etc. The "camp" team was playing against a semi-pro group. The camp was supposed to be nearby. The field looked a lot like Col-Hi's...a backstop, a few bleachers, playing field as hard as concrete. I remember some Quonset huts near the field. There were other structures, but I don't recall anything about them. The game was great! The participants were extremely talented. One short-stop hit two mammoth home runs and fielded his position like Alex Rodriguez. Re: 12/12 note from Julia Alexander ('65) I had never heard of a place where Indian artifacts might be found. There was a place, however, where many rock hounds used to go. I was told that the hunting area was part of a pre-historic Columbia River bed. The Columbia had changed course several times in several locations (cataclysmic?) and some sites were dry, rock-strewn places such as the one I visited on an outing with a church group. Most of the group were interested in "thunder eggs," roundish, cantaloupe-sized agates, and geodes, but detection of these prizes took a practiced eye. I settled for pockets full of small, almost clear agates which I thought were beautiful. Reportedly there were similar sites involving former Snake River beds. Does anyone remember anything about these places? -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Current DustStorm Some of you Club 40 members have by now received your copy of the DustStorm and at least one of you has a question about the Memorial List. That question is "Why so many from the Class of '63 and so few from the other classes?" The explanation is that this is the first year the Class of '63 was eligible for membership in Club 40. Therefore, a, hopefully, current list of their classmates who have passed away since they graduated. Come next December, there will be a list of the departed members of the Class of '64 (as that will be following that class' inclusion in Club 40.) Throughout the year I try to maintain this page with information gathered from class rosters, The Alumni Sandstorm and the Funeral Notice page from the All Bomber website. I hope this explains things somewhat. Bomber Cheers, -Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes ('54), Editor of the DustStorm ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Loretta Ostboe Fraser ('55) Re: Skating at the Navy Base I am so glad Linda Stewart Nicholson ('57) mentioned the skating rink at Navy Base in Pasco. I have mentioned it to several people, and no one remembered it, but I KNEW I HAD SKATED IN PASCO WAY BACK then, and no one remembered the rink!! Thanks Linda... guess I'm not losing it after all!! -Loretta Ostboe Fraser ('55) ~ In West Richland for Christmas with all the kids, and then to Yuma, AZ to get warm permitting!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) First of all my condolences to Marlene Russell Kallioinen's ('62RIP) family. I was very saddened to learn that another Bomber friend of my childhood has left us. But I am glad she was surrounded by her loving family when she died, and will go to be in Heaven with our Lord. Re: CUP Last night I went to a local performance of Handel's Messiah. It was beautiful and well-done. I was telling a friend how lucky I was to have grown up in Central United Protestant Church where every year for ages we were treated to a fantastic performance of the Messiah on Christmas Eve. Do you remember Liz Campbell Jones as the soprano soloist? (I couldn't believe how focused she could be with 7 kids at home waiting for Santa Claus), Mina Miller, and Bob Campbell are the other excellent soloists I will never forget. I'm sorry, but I have forgotten who the other soloist was. But being raised attending CUP, I had no idea how excellent the music program there was, until I went out into the world and heard some other performances. We were truly blessed and I give a very belated thank-you for all the hard-working choir members of CUP and their families for giving them the time off from family responsibilities to be in the choir, for the great music they provided. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where the pond behind the house finally got started freezing the past 2 nights, and winter has arrived. We had temperatures in the 20s all day, and started getting some snow flakes about 5 pm (EST) tonight. Some of the little birds coming to the bird feeder look like they have on winter coats, as their feathers look sort of puffed up or blown about by this cold wind. God Bless them. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Wiley Wooley ('63) Re: Larry Stephens ('63RIP) My sincere sympathies to the Stephens family. Larry was a good friend. Barb Meyer ('63) and I wrote to him when he left for the Air Force. When he was stationed at Moses Lake AFB we spent a lot of weekends with him and his friends. Barb married his Air Force friend Tim McKinney and I married another friend of his Buddy O'Connor. I will always remember his crazy laugh and the good times we had together. Later, Good Buddy! -Carol Wiley Wooley ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: The Pit Aaah yes the pit full of insulation. Remember it well. We still lived in the Kennewick highlands when the insulation was dumped into that pit. 1212 N. Edison was the address, just above Lundgrens cherry orchard. "Butch" Eddie Olson, (60)? (61)? And I watched them dump the insulation into the pit back about 1952 or '53. (time dims time). Right after the trucks left, we went down and played in the crap. We would climb up the rock ledge, probably about 10' or so and jump. It was still very loose back then and we would sink almost to our waist. That red crap would stain your skin, and get up your nose and into any other orifice, (read that your mouth). We were too "chicken" to jump from the top until some time later when the "big" kids started doing it. Then before too long, large rocks were being dropped down into the pit and landing on one of those buried just out of sight was not high on my list of "things to do today." Later at Col-Hi, that same red crap was utilized in the high jump and pole vault pits. It cushioned the fall but still retained the nasty characteristics of which I spoke. Larry Coryell ('61) Danny Dougherty ('62) and many other track and field types, received the full enjoyment of cleaning out the crap after every practice. Bye Geo. (63) -George Barnett ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To all you wonderful Bombers who have been e-mailing with all your advice on the thyroid pill and the precaution that my daughter has to take---THANK YOU. I talked to her last night (Friday, 12-12-03) and she was tired and had a horrible headache---not sure if that is from the pill just the stress of having to take the pill and all the precautions. she is a "worry-wart" just like her mom, but she hides it better than I do. I sold my house and am in the process of moving---in fact, I should be packing more boxes, RIGHT NOW, but just had to get my "Sandstorm fix" for the morning. I am taking my computer to my youngest daughter's house (will be staying with her and her family til I find another house), but it will take a few days to get hooked back up, so in the meantime, I just want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has sent me things on the thyroid procedure that my oldest daughter has had. I won't be able to personally or impersonally reply, so am taking this forum to say thanks--don't want any of you to think I am snubbing by not replying---won't be on line til probably the end of the week---will miss my daily "fix" in the morning---Maren, you can keep sending them, I will just spend a few hours catching up. LOL Thanks, again, Bombers----you are a great bunch and I am sooooo proud to be a part of this great community! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - I'm keeping fingers crossed the rain stays away til my sons-in-law are done moving my stuff into the U-haul and into storage. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vernita Edwards Loveridge ('65) My brother, Clif ('68), and I had our telephone interview with NIOSH on Wednesday night. I believe it went well, although only time will tell. Who knows when they will even get the "dose" established for Hanford. Going through that process, however, forced me to once more get "acquainted" with my dad. As I'm sure the rest of you have discovered, the AEC documented if our folks even sneezed. I have often described Richland to current friends as a "company town" but going back through dad's records (over 600 pages) really made that apparent, from the appliance purchases and deductions from his checks to the medical notes, it makes a great history of his life. As I was going through the records and seeing familiar names, I could picture them and the effect they had on our lives. Clif and I were also very hesitant about this process, knowing Dad would never file for it. When he had bladder cancer in '58, the doctor asked him if he thought his job had "anything to do with the cancer." Dad replied, "No, my government would never allow that to happen." I've always thought it interesting the doctor chose to actually quote dad on that. As Clif and I both reminded Ana, our NIOSH interviewer, these men never questioned what they were asked to do. They were in part "saving the world as we know it." Retrospect and hind sight makes us see that time in a different light, but I am so proud that our folks stepped to the plate when needed. If nothing ever comes of the claim, it was nice having a trip down memory lane with Dad. Peace, joy and Merry Christmas to everyone! -Vernita Edwards Loveridge ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sheryl Romsos Senyk ('76) Greetings to Treg Owings ('76): I would love to be home in Richland for the holidays... maybe next year. In the meantime, if you and Sue are in town, why don't you try to get some classmates together for caroling? I'm sure that my parents would enjoy the visit, as well as others still in town. All my best this holiday season to Maren and the Sandstorm readers! -Sheryl Romsos Senyk ('76) ~ A balmy 12 in the Twin Cities, MN ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sherrel Johnson, Spudnut Lover (NAB) DATE: Saturday, December 06, 2003 2:23 AM Re: Spudnuts I live in El Dorado, Arkansas and we have a Spudnut Shop... I know it's been here as long as I have (51 years), and judging from the on-line info I've read this a.m., it probably began in 1949 or 1950. The store is not in its original location, but retains its original sign. One source indicates that the earliest chain shops was in Salt Lake City. Another indicates the name "Spudnut" was coined by a Richland, Seattle entrepreneur. There are multiple variations of the same basic recipe on sites as varied as those dedicated to down-home cooking to can be. People who come home for the holidays, or who visit from outside the city but have been introduced to Spudnuts on a previous trip, have to, and I mean HAVE TO get Spudnuts while they're in town. Edible anytime, they are most wonderful hot, just coming off the glaze rack. What else can you tell me about Spudnuts and Richland, Washington? There is an interesting book called Fast Food listed on Amazon when I searched for "Donuts & Spudnuts"... Also, I tried but failed (even after registering) to post a message on the Spudnut Shop message board about Spudnuts; there's a museum somewhere.. What I would like to do eventually is plot/chart Spudnut Shop locations on a U.S. map . . . then take the tour! -Sherrel Johnson (NAB=Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick Roberts ('49), Jim Jensen ('50) Bob Harman ('51), Orrin Pilkey ('52) Ann Bishop ('56), Richard Anderson ('60) Earl Bennett ('63), Patricia Rediske ('63) Lloyd Swain ('66), Shirley Collings ('66) Penny McAllister ('67), Anna Durbin ('69) Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) BOMBER LUNCH Today: LUNCH 1940's Ladies & Spouses ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Happy Birthday, Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02). Whatever you're doing or did, you deserve the very best. Hope you had a good one! I enjoyed chatting with you last summer on the phone when we were waiting in our RV for the ferry from Whidbey Is. to Port Townsend. We will be around that area again next summer with another set of grandsons age about 14. We take them to Paul Allen's Music Experimental Museum in Seattle, Pike Street Market, ferry ride, Port Townsend, etc. It's such a great place in the summer time. This year, we hope to also make a visit to the glass museum in Tacoma. For old times sake, a few years back, we toured the Olympia brewery for a second time. Most of us, in those Col-Hi days, were weaned on Oly. Now, I prefer a good IPA, like Pikes Brewery IPA, Northcoast Brewery Acme IPA, Prescott Brewery IPA and others. -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ~ Grover Beach, CA - where it has been raining and now the hills are luminescent green, the oceans a brilliant blue and the sun is shining bright. All good for the wine grapes. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Capture A few hours ago Saddam Hussein was captured (about 11am PST) GO TROOPS!!!! GO MR PRESIDENT!!!! God bless America!!! One small step for humankind. -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) Re: Jim Jensen's ('50) mention of a burial ground. Jim, I remember that burial ground and did spend some time rummaging around in the ground there. I never really found anything of substance but it definitely was there. As a matter of fact it is still there and it now has a high chain link fence around it to keep the diggers out. Relative to the "prison camp" at Horn Rapids, as I recall it was called Camp Berlin. I was only about 13 but I recall that it was a camp for conscientious objectors, not murders and rapists. Correct me if I am wrong. Your mention of kids with cars reminded me of a number of cars at school them. One of them was owned by Charley Moore ('50) and I think it was a Mopar. He had moved the column shift to the left side of the column to make one arm driving easier. Also, "Mush" Michaels had the loudest Mopar I ever heard. He sold it to a friend of mine, Cecil Golden. Does anyone know what has become of Cecil? I had a beautiful little '23 Chev coupe that I loved dearly. I burned a rod out of it and Bob Johnson fixed it in auto shop. It never was the same after that. -Bob Harman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Orrin Pilkey ('52) Re: Sandstorm Radiation Discussion I'm inspired by Bill Witherup's ('53) "wake up and smell the metaphorical coffee" letter to broach the subject of radiation-related illnesses at Hanford. I know this is a touchy subject for some but in my view our parents did us no favors the way they ran the plant in the '40s and '50s. My brother and I have both had thyroid cancer and I know well the numerous stories of downwinder problems. My daughter who works in public health tells me that professionals in her field argue that there still is no strong statistical evidence that cancers are above normal levels among those of us who grew up there. I have spoken with a physician who believes the same. Can anyone direct me to a definitive or at least scientifically sound study that argues to the contrary? I really enjoy the free flow of ideas and stories from all the Bombers. Merry Christmas to all of you, -Orrin Pilkey ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) Re: Pas Port Plunge and Rink I spent many happy hours at the rink in Pasco!! While my parents were going through a divorce, my mother took me to that rink 7 nights a week... it was open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. Monday and Tuesday it was only open to clubs and private parties. My Mom knew the man who ran the place, so I went all the time, for opening 'skate' until 'Grand March'. I was to be a "Tin Soldier" in one of the shows, but, alas, it was cancelled. I guess my mother was "keeping my mind off things". I spent many hours at the pool after she married my step-father. It was great fun. I really thought I was doing something by being able to swim the length of the pool TWICE (90' each way). -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ Texarkana, AR - Overcast and 36, but no rain in the forecast. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Hoops Report -- Week 2 Two home games this week: Friday v. Southridge then Saturday v. Pasco in the annual varsity doubleheader game -- boys at 5:45 and girls at 7:30 or so (the times will be reversed when the teams go over to Pasco on January 31st). The best Friday game ended up being in the old gym at 5:45: the freshman "A" contest. Close all the way, it attracted a fair crowd into the creaky old place by the time the 4th quarter was underway. I had forgotten how much noise a few people can make in that gym if they put their mind (and feet) to the task. Down by three a Southridge player put up a three at 0:00.1 left in the game -- miss..... but, a foul! Three free throws to tie the game and go into overtime. Kid makes the first and misses the second. Now he has to miss the third on purpose get the board and put it in all in one motion to have a chance; but, he make it and the game is over: Bombers 51 - Suns 50. Off to the big gym to get ready for the varsity game. Yikes! What do I see but (you'll have to check the picture I took the following night) I don't think anybody was expecting *that*. The game itself turned out to be a gourmet cheeseburger served on a very stale and moldy bun: the second and third quarters were efficient and entertaining basketball; the first and fourth were not. A great shooting night from James York: five threes and six twos but no free throws; Southridge never fouled him so no trips to the line. The line score pretty much tells the tale. ====================================================== 1 2 3 4 Southridge 12 25 39 50 Bombers 10 31 53 61 Miller 4, York 27, Bussman 12, Brooks 3, Frank 12, Roberts, Bixler, Sam Cartmell, Ben Cartmell, Stevens 3 ====================================================== Saturday the thugs from Pasco arrived. The Bulldog front line comprises footballers Roby Clyde, Marc Mackay, and Eric Mattox and they played like they were still in Tacoma battling Ballard (Pasco won the 4A fuh-bah championship a week ago). The first half was a rough ragged fray ending with Bombers ahead 24-23. Richland doubled their score in the third quarter: rather than try to out-muscle the dogs they decided to out-shoot them; it worked like a charm with Bombers outscoring them by 24-10. Pasco ended up fouling any yellow jersey they got close to in the fourth quarter -- Bombers scored 14 of their 18 points from the free throw line -- and it was all over. When the Bulldogs get a few more games in they are going to be formidable. ====================================================== 1 2 3 4 Pasco 7 23 33 49 Bombers 13 24 48 66 Miller 5, York 20, Bussman 14, Brooks 3, Frank 10, Bixler 8, Conley 4, Ben Cartmell 2, Stevens, Roberts, Sam Cartmell ====================================================== This coming Friday Bombers travel to Wa-Hi for another tough game. I'll be there -- Wa-Hi is the *best* place to watch a game in the entire league (and the Wa-Hi football team puts on a tailgate party -- for free! -- in the parking lot before the game) -- besides, I'm from Walla Walla. Good time. Saturday we return home to face a team in serious reorganization: Eisenhower. Ike suffered a horrible season last year; but, they have a new (and one of the most successful) coaches in the state: Pat Fitterer. We ought to win but ..... If you are planning on attending a game this season, Saturday is the one. This is the final weekend before Xmas break and all the college kids will be back in town and at the game. Get there early and say hello. -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Earl Bennett ('63) Dear Stephens family: I was saddened to hear about Larry's death when I read the Sandstorm today. Larry and I were not close in high school, really from completely different circles, but he contacted me about a year ago because our common Air Force background and some of my recent activities that were referenced in the Sandstorm piqued his interest. We've had several telephone conversations since then, and just before he left for Thailand he called to say he would be gone for some while, but might try to keep in touch via email. We had not had a chance to get together yet, living so far apart (Virginia and Florida), but we probably would have eventually. I'm not sure what prompted his interest in my activities, but I feel there is a reason for everything that happens in my life. I know he was glad to hear that there was very little "putting on airs" at the reunion this summer, just friends renewing acquaintance and catching up on years apart. It prompted him to decide he wanted to attend the next one, and missing that opportunity is what makes me sad. Condolences and warm regards, ecb3, from central Virginia where we woke up to our second significant snow (3-4 inches last night, 5-6 inches Dec. 5) in less than ten days, both earlier than any measurable accumulation we've experienced since 1989. -Earl Bennett ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) To Jim Jensen ('50) I remember going on a field trip with my CBC geology class, we had to pass through the security gates, so it had to be out on the Hanford Reservation site. We studied "Hanford Conglomerate", which just looked like a sandy bluff filled with all kinds of different sizes, shapes and colors of stones, but the "sandy" part was as hard as concrete! My professor, whose name escapes me, sorry about that-he was a good guy too-told us that the stuff as world famous in geology circles. I found a vertebrae imbedded in a chunk of it, and he went ballistic with excitement. I kept that thing for years, several people looked at it and most thought it was from some sort of camel type creature. I finally gave it to a budding geologist, of about 9, who fell in love with it when I loaned it to a class at the church school where my husband works. I made the lad promise me that if he ever found out what animal it belonged to that he would come back and tell me. To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I remember going to CUP to hear the Handel concert, several Christmas seasons, it was one of the hottest tickets in town, the place was always packed and the performances were always beautiful. Someone, I don't remember who, just mentioned the other day, about the Lutheran church in Richland. That was my church, Richland Lutheran; and today I was stuck by your comment and that earlier one, to realize that so much of our lives revolved around school and church and that we had a lot of respect for each other's churches and the efforts they made to give us places to go and things to do. I'm sure that a lot of church camp experiences and caroling parties, hay rides and concerts were shared by those in, and out, of the various churches that were sponsoring the events. Finally, my prayers and thoughts are with Larry Stephen's ('63RIP) family in this time of loss. Having lost a loved one at this time of year, I know how hard it will be for them. -Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lloyd Swain ('66) Hello Fellow Bombers, I attended the CUP Messiah Concert last night with my trusty dvcam and provided all the audio and video turns out, it will air on Charter Channel Three in the Tri Cities starting next week. I will let you know which days and times in a subsequent email. I can also provide videotapes if someone wants one. I will mail it to you as well. The cost will be $19.95 with $1.60 for the governor and $4.00 bucks for the mailer and postage. Concert will run around 1.5 hours. I hope some of you will also attend this lovely concert. It has become a tradition for our family and one wonderful way to spend a holiday evening with friends and family. Joy to you all -Lloyd Swain ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Brenda Douthit Schultz ('89) '89 Bomberette earns award ~ From December 14th TCHerald: Richland High School graduate, Brenda Douthit Schultz ('89), earns Teacher of the Year award for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which includes the islands of Saipan, Rota and Tinian -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Penny McAllister D'Abato ('67) Re: Jim Jensen ('50) One of my fondest memories is looking for agates along the bombing range road. I have several strings of Indian beads my mom and my grandmother hunted by the river when she was young....they hang in my kitchen always. Merry Christmas to all!! -Penny McAllister D'Abato ('67) ~ from southern CA this is the best time of the year!!!! ya cool weather!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Re: My Niece is moving to Richland Dear Sandstormers: One of my delightful nieces {brother Jerry's youngest daughter] who grew up in Tacoma and graduated last June from the University of Washington will be moving to Richland to work for Batelle. Can any of you give her hints on looking for a place to live and hooking up with other twenty somethings? I hope she loves our home town. And now I'll have a place to crash if I have an irresistible need to visit, which does happen. -Anna Durbin ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Three cheers for the red, white, and blue. Way to go troops. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - where today was a bit warmer ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Donna Evert Thomas ('46) ~ 7/27/28 - 12/12/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Doris Palmer ('49), Curt Donahue ('53) Bill Berlin ('56), Tom Hughes ('56) Steve Carson ('58), Helen Cross ('62) Jim Hamilton ('63), Ray Stein ('64) David Rivers ('65), Jeff Michael ('65) Joanne Boyd ('67), Pam Ehinger ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Vicki Owens ('72) Paul Barber ('76), Tami Lyons ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joan Campbell Hinkle ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Keys ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Smyth ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry Davis ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doris Palmer Overla ('49) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Happy Birthday McCoy. Sorry to be late but have not been able to go on line for a few days. Hope you had a great day and will have a healthy happy year. -Doris Palmer Overla ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) How sweet are those three little words? "We got him!!" Congratulations to our troops!!! -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill "Camp" Berlin ('56) Re: Camp Berlin per Bob Harman ('51) CAMP BERLIN? Boy, it doesn't get any better at Christmas time to get a prison camp named after you. Bob, I love you. Here is what I remember about the Horn Rapids Camp a/k/a Camp Berlin. Never heard of the title Camp Berlin but I will take it. At my age I will take anything that moves me closer to fame. What I do remember is going out there for a couple of Boy Scout encampments that included world class pancake flipping. My old bud John Cowan ('56) would have been the champion had he not flipped a Gold Medal toss so high that a bird swooped down and picked it off in midair. Big John did not think it so funny but the rest of the troop were rolling on the ground. We did find some small patches and a couple of other items that had Italian on them and my Dad, who was a 12-star General in the Pasco Army Reserves, told me that he thought that the camp had once both German and Italian POWs. I know for sure that both POW units were at Camp Roberts, CA but thought it odd they would be here at Horn Rapids right in the center of God's country. There were still some small building and Quonset huts on the site when we camped there but no real signs of it being a major POW camp. -Bill "Camp" Berlin ('56) ~ the day after another great Bomber Luncheon in Fife. Those of you who have not been to one (or its been a long time), "get out there." Lots of fun... but wear hip waders 'cause it gets a little deep after a while. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: December Fife [Puget Sound] Lunch All Bomber Lunches website Well, we had a super get together for the December lunch in Fife. Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Marilee Zimmer (spouse) outdid themselves by purchasing and wrapping a huge selection of gifts to be handed out to the people at the lunch. Each person had to select a gift from the table and then tell how they came to Richland, where they lived and if a Bomber Spouse, how they became a Bomber. They then could unwrap the gift. A lot of very interesting stories. Many were similar in that we came from somewhere else and moved into various forms of Government housing, many were prefabs. the early ones had stories of no streets, lawns or trees and almost all had to put in lawns (some several times). The spouses for the most part had never heard of Richland and took a while to get drawn into and understand the Bomber look at the world. Gifts ranged form Teddy Bears to Plaques, to wall hangings and a Columbia scrub board. Our waitress, Tina, brought her two grand kids to see us and Jim McDougal ('57) brought his beautiful little Grand Daughter Samantha. Others attending were Bill Berlin ('56), Larry Mattingly ('60), Nick Nelson ('56), Al Stephens ('66), Bernie Qualheim ('56), Emily Perlman, John Zimmer ('66), Marilee Zimmer (spouse), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Jim Hoff ('57), Jessica Blessing, Agnes Hughes and me. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Carson ('58) Re: Chicago Bomber Lunch (1/17/04) I am willing to host a Bomber Lunch in the Chicago area if anyone has strayed as far East as I did. I will reserve an area at STEVENS STEAK HOUSE in Elmhurst, Illinois. This restaurant is at Exit 12 on I-290 the York Street-Elmhurst Exit. I am setting it up for Saturday lunch on January 17th. Hope we have some takers. -Steve Carson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I just want to wish fellow classmate, Tim Smyth a Happy Birthday today!! I've been rereading some of Jeff Curtis' ('69) old neat entries. He really does a great job of recapturing how it was to grow up in Richland. I thought I would die laughing when he told of trying to get home from the big swimming pool without shoes. It really felt like the pavement was that hot. We were sure we could fry eggs on the street during the day at least. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where the little pond is still half frozen, but hey, we are glad it's only half frozen. The sun came out a little this afternoon between the clouds, and tomorrow it's suppose to get up to 45 before it snows again. We are getting out our WSU flag and Cougar gear, getting ready for our trip out to root on the Cougs at the Holiday Bowl. Hope to see someone I recognize this trip. I'm planning to get Cathy Wood's ('62) seat # so I'll be sure to see her. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: Larry "Dobie" Stephens ('63RIP) While we spoke on the phone every month or so, the last time I spent time with Larry was a couple of years ago at some beach bar up on the Florida panhandle. We lunched on grilled Amberjack sandwiches and shared nearly as many Red Stripes that afternoon as we did memories. We also, I might add, stayed long enough to enjoy a memorable sunset. Ann, Dobie's wife, just sat there smiling and nodding at the right time, but I know she didn't get it. It was just too far of a reach for her, coming in off the bench cold and having to share the afternoon with a couple of Bombers. He promised me that he'd make the next reunion, but some things came up and he needed to stay at home for our 40th. When I shared the stories with him, he told me he wished he'd been there with us. I told him he was. I checked my e-mail last week in St. Maarten and learned of Dobie's passing. It really took the starch out of me, much more than I would have imagined. As in dealing with many a crisis, I bought a couple of cold beers off of a guy on the street and went down on the beach to share a couple of Dobie stories with the Lovely Miss Nancy. While most of us hadn't seen him in 40 or so years, he was a super guy, a horrible poker player and imminently worthy of the title, "a real piece of work". They are all back together now, Chuck Gardiner, Dobie, Webb, Shelley and Ralph. They're sittin' at the "Group W Bench", playing grabazz, remembering nicknames, card games, ball games and good times long past. Obviously them Pearly Gates don't have the equivalent of Tom Lyda, or they would have already been kicked out and sent back. St. Peter is probably shaking his head, 'cause even for him, it's a reach. I miss you Dobe, I wish we had lived close enough that we could have spent more time together. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Orrin Pilkey ('52) Re: Sandstorm Radiation Discussion Your request for a 'Hanford did it' study might be satisfied by looking at the work of Dr. Alice Stewart, a world-reknown epidemiologist. I'm not sure about the "scientifically sound" part of your request, as Stewart's work is old and has been severely criticized by other scientists. The best data on thyroid disease among persons exposed as children to radioactive iodine from Hanford are in the Hanford Thyroid Disease Study (HTDS). You may download the final report at: de.htm I believe that anyone who grew up in the Tri-Cities in the late '40s (studies show over 95% of released I-131 occurred between 12/44 and 12/49), or worked at Hanford has a valid claim. However, I don't believe that people all over the NW can blame various medical problems on Hanford. When these claims are not supported by scientific data, it only serves to dilute the cause of those who were truly harmed by Hanford. -Ray Stein ('64) Merry Christmas! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Ya gotta love 'em cuz they beez yer fren 12/16 Ok... birthday time again. What do you say about a guy you've hung with thru thick and thin? Sometimes ya just wanna take his scrawny little neck and wring it and sometimes a huge hug ain't big enough. Right now I'm in a wringing mood. Last week it was a hug mood... least till Friday. He's always been exactly the same so I don't expect him to change. Kinda comes with the territory. When we were kids, he used to go set over in the corner at a party so the girls would come over and comfort him and find out what was wrong... He can tell you each and every party he WASN'T invited to tho I'm sure he couldn't recall a single one he was at... He knew where all the food was in every house on the Chief Jo side and probably a great deal on the Carmichael side. He knew who kept ice cream in their freezer and was always ready for a bowl. He can still snatch a cookie out of your hand faster than an Irish Setter and wolf it down before you know it's gone. In the summer before 7th grade he and I decided we'd become blondes like Skipper ('65). Black hair doesn't turn blonde... at least not the way we did it... it turns orange... so we wore baldies all that summer. We've done it all and are still there for each other in a pinch. So... I guess I'll just say a big happy birthday to my life-long bud, Terry Davis (Knox ('65). -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Mini Reunion Just got back from a quick visit with two Bomber classmates, Larry Gross ('65) and John Foster ('65). We all served time with the USAF, so we got to swap war stories and talk about cars (male bonding... almost!) The name David Rivers ('65) came up more than once, but since he did wish me a Happy Birthday last week, he's off my correspondence list. No... really... David, you can keep the car you're going to offer me... you can't placate me so easily... NO, I'll not be bought!! Well, is it red? Red's still my favorite color, you know. Oh, my step-daughter and two grand daughters are enroute on the train to Christmas in Richland. My wife is soooo excited. Me, too. Have kids that would like to hang with two girls, 9 and 11 from now until New Years? dj jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joanne Boyd ('67) Hi all, Thought I'd put a call out for help! My daughter is planning on getting married next June and we're looking for kind of a retreat center place... for 200 guests. She'd like overnight accommodations nice enough for Grandma (82 years), but some cheap enough for her friends. In a pretty location. Western Washington preferred, but around Richland would be OK. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. How about those Zags? What a game on Saturday! Kate (the daughter getting married) and her fiancee are Gonzaga grads. -Joanne Boyd ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) Dear Bombers I'm here to Brag!! My son Sgt. Jim Walsborn was with the troops that found and captured Saddam!!! I asked him now with the bad guy caught does he get to come home! Of course the answer was NO! Well a Mom can hope! But I'm glad that man is now out of business. Oh I know there is a lot to still do! But let me have my little dream....ok? Thank you to all the Bombers who have prayed for our young men and women over there! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: striped bottom warm ups To: Richard Anderson ('60) Richard, Boy did that picture of the striped bottom warm ups brings back memories. I served in the Army from '74-'77 and returned to Richland late in '76. I used to work Red Cross with a friend of mine at Bomber sporting events. I know the state championship team of '79 wore them. I recall when black basketball shoes were all the rage whether it was in your team colors or not. My brother, Howard ('72RIP), was working at the University of New Mexico and had to order several pairs of black shoes. He hated, but it is what the players wanted, so the ordered them. Let's go Bombers. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - where we may get some more snow Monday ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) To: Vernita Edwards Loveridge ('65) Your comment that "the AEC documented if our folks even sneezed" was a new concept for me! I remember the "other" bottles put on the front step for pickup, and the id badges with the film inside to document radiation exposure, but what else is out there? Better yet, how do we get this information? I'm one (of probably many out there) who knew very little about what my dad actually did. I knew he was an electrician, and much later (after reactors began closing and things were declassified) I knew he supervised electrical maintenance. But I'd love to delve into whatever archives might be out there. Where do I begin?! -Vicki Owens ('72) ~ Kampala, Uganda ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul Barber ('76) To: Treg Owings ('76) Treg, Caroling with you and anyone we could find foolish enough to join us, is among my fondest Christmas memories. I'm not sure what that says about the rest of my memories, but our little forays for free cookies and smiles were just plain fun; and you know, we weren't half bad. We weren't that good either, but we were certainly loud and joyful. Merry Christmas Treg! -Paul Barber ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Re: Bomber Christmas Memories To: Treg Owings ('76) One of my fondest memories of Christmas in Richland is going Christmas Caroling with Mr. Baer's choir groups and ending up at Mr. Baer's house afterward. We hung out for hours singing Christmas carols as if it were one big family. The carols always sounded so beautiful as if they had been rehearsed. I also remember going to the "Church Across The Street" to hear the bell choir perform. That was always a treat. -Tami Lyons Zirians (Class of '76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers, 1 Colt, 1 NAB, and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Kay Weir ('37 Colt), Burt Pierard ('59) Judy Willox ('61), Bill Scott ('64) Jo Miles ('64), David Rivers ('65) Ruth Russell ('71), Stu Osborn ('71) Kim Edgar ('79), Lisa Koch ('88), Don Sorenson (NAB-Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '63 & '64 Lunch *add '04 dates* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: 12/17 Corey Boehning ('87) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kay Weir Fishback ('37 Colt) Re: Christmas Greetings to Bombers near and far God bless the little things this Christmastide All the little things that live outside Little cold Robins and Rabbits in the snow Give them good faring and a warm place to go- For the sake of he who died who was a Babe at Christmastide. -Kay Weir Fishback ('37 Colt) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Bill Berlin ('56), Bob Harman ('51) & any others who still believe that Columbia Camp was a POW Camp Re: Columbia (Prison) Camp I thought my post from a couple of weeks ago would have settled this issue once and for all but apparently I was mistaken. Columbia (Prison) Camp was NEVER a POW Camp. I remember, as a kid, believing that it was but now that the true use of the Camp is fully documented, I realize we were wrong. I suspect that the rumors were started to explain something that we didn't understand at the time. We knew that it was a "Prison" Camp and built and operated during the War. We had no other explanation for a Wartime Prison Camp built in the wilderness except a POW facility and the rumors apparently took off from there. We now know that Columbia Camp was built for and run by the Federal Prison Industries to house minimum security prisoners from McNeill Island to tend and harvest the orchards in the Project Area. Many of the inmates were Conscientious Objectors and some were surely of German, Italian and Japanese descent, hence the recollections of foreign accent inmates and foreign memorabilia. All this was fully documented in The Richland Villager and by the East Benton County Historical Society. Maren has spent a lot of time and effort to accumulate and post these documents on the Bomber Alumni Site and I would hope that anybody who still has any questions would take the time to read this stuff. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Willox Hodge ('61) To: My Bomber Family Everywhere (And anyone else who reads this) Merry Christmas to All With Love May all of your holidays be filled with love, laughter and peace with a wonderful new year to follow. I am proud to be an American and specially a part of this Bomber family. My love to you all. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! -Judy Willox Hodge ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) To: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ~ Grover Beach, CA Well, at last I discover another Bomber here on the beautiful Central Coast of California. Good to know there's at least one in the neighborhood. How about it, any other Bombers in the Santa Maria - San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara area? I envy those Bomber lunches I hear about elsewhere. -Bill Scott ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jo Miles ('64) Re: Larry "Dobie" Stephens ('63RIP) I remember Dobie Stephens from Colt League baseball during the summer of 1962. The games were played at Falley Field, which later became a kegger site, and now is part of the golf course near the Columbia River. Dobie was a phenomenal lead off hitter for Seattle First National Bank, sometimes putting together hitting streaks of 7 or 8 base hits in a row. He was on base more than Ichiro. He was also the funniest guy on the field, cracking up teammates Jim Holmes ('63), Mike Byrd ('64), Mike Huske ('64), Stan Seguin ('65), Duncan Sinclair ('65), Mike Botu ('65), Wayne Godwin ('64), Gregor Hanson ('65), Ken Finley ('64), and Jim Cochrane ('64) among others. He was a great guy during good times. -Jo Miles ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: No Way Jeff Michael ('65) DJ Jeff ('65)... I pushed "print" instead of "send". Now... You did not have a birthday last week. I know because "we have ways" to keep track of Bombers and you do not have a birth certificate on file with the "agency" so you must be an alien infiltrator. You cannot fool us with planted "memories" of our childhood or fake pictures that are clearly altered. Ya think this is 1963 again where we will accept altered pictures on Magazine covers without question? Now... If you are a good little boy and write on the board "I will not talk in class" 5000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 times and provide us with proof of birth... we might be willing to accept you for a future entry. -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: Marlene Russell Kallioinen ('62RIP) Hello, Bombers. Just wanted to let you all know that Marlene Jean Russell Kallioinen's obituary was in the Tri-City Herald on Sunday, December 14th. Her husband Kelly wrote it, and it is a reflection of his love for her. It is found at: There is also an online Guest Book to leave memories and condolences for the family. It is found at: or you can go to: and click on obituaries. Memorial services will be Saturday, December 20, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kennewick East Stake Center, 515 S. Union, Kennewick, Washington. Thanks, Bombers. May all of you have a great Holiday, and be sure to Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stu Osborn ('71) Re: Black basketball shoes - WIAA State Tournament '79 To: Betti Avant ('69) and the Bombers Just so you know... No one better exemplified being an ultimate Bomber trailblazer and the predecessor of the '79 championship team's penchant for wearing black basketball shoes other than Kelvin Soldat ('71) of my RHS class of 1971 who shocked the basketball world assembled at Art Dawald Gym one night during a varsity game in '70 when he came off the bench for Pat Hoke ('72), unsnapped his kelly green warm-ups and strode on to the court while the Bleacher Bums pointed and the Pep Club gasped.... Kelvin was wearing black Chuck Taylor Converse All-Star low tops!! This story is now legendary and has appeared here before but I'm here to say that at every class reunion since, Kelvin's classmates still remind him with a snicker about his ultimate "feet" of guts and his "What, me care?" attitude when everyone else on the Bomber team that year wore white Converse high tops and when no Bomber would be caught dead in those black low tops, even when they were far away from the mixing area down the hill from Mac Hall smoking cigarettes at "Ernie's Rack and Cue" listening to "Hey Jude" AGAIN or licking dip-tops at Tastee Freeze. I have to admit however, after Kelvin's unabashed showing my next pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars were black. I knew your brother Howard Avant ('72RIP) in grade school and for awhile in high school... What I remember about Howard was his thoughtfulness and dedication to serving the athletes he was managing. I thought of him a few times as a few of us in the class of '71 went on to CBC and followed Hawks basketball. A couple of my friends, Jim Cardone ('71RIP) and Phil Owen ('71) became equipment managers for that '72 CBC hoops club that won their league that year, the same year that RHS, anchored by Steve "Bear" Davis ('72) beat Hazen for the Class AAA Boys State basketball title. Hazen's warm-ups were legendary, too having the "Scotties" as their mascot, the tartan plaid was quite comely. [The weird thing is, I live very near the Hazen area now in Juanita.] Some may remember that CBC's National Championship in Junior College Football came in 1979 but by that time I wasn't going to the high school hoops games anymore, rather being paid to cover a budding Continental Pro basketball league playing out of Art Dawald Gym on KZZK- FM radio and announcing the scores for that classic 1979 high school basketball season and State tournament when Richland eventually beat Pasco 72-59 for the State AAA Boys Basketball title. Maren, I've attached a scan of the original press release announcing Richland as the winner of that tournament giving special mention to the Richland fans. With it in the same zip file is another scan of a page from the "WIAA Tournament of Preps" program dutifully filled out showing each and every match up and game score of the now legendary Bomber State AAA Finals held on March 15, 16 and 17, 1979. Enjoy, Bombers! -Stu Osborn ('71) ~ In overcast Juanita, south of Bothell, north of Kirkland, Washington where it was unseasonably warm today, 61 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See also... the '79 Program cover The 1979 Team Pic/stats page from the same program: AND the 1979 State Champ Team pic WITH their trophy] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Retreat for 200 Wedding guests To: Joanne Boyd ('67) We do a lot of camping up at Fort Worden State Park, they have a beautiful setting of old Officers Homes and Barracks as well a conference center and laundry facilities. The park also has two Campground/RV parks as well. The park is located just outside of town of Port Townsend. This is the old military base that the movie "Officer and a Gentleman" was filmed. It's used year round, for weddings, family reunions, conferences and camps for kids. I'm not sure what the price is, but I often thought it would be a fun place to rent. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ~ Poulsbo, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lisa Koch Muir ('88) To: Joanne Boyd ('67) Joanne, Congratulations regarding your daughter. Although I'm not much help with regard to a location, I would like to extend an offer for some of your other possible needs! Please feel free to visit my on-line bridal store at Should there be anything of interest to you or your daughter, use the discount code "Bomber" for a 10% discount. Happy holidays and again, congratulations! -Lisa Koch Muir ('88) ~ In Huntington Beach, CA - where we have a temporary ice rink set up next to the pier at the beach! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson, aka H E W (NAB=Not A Bomber) Re: Hanford Workers history To: Vicki Owens ('72) If you are searching for information on your father's work history you should be able to file a FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, request to DOE. I believe there is an office in Richland open to help with those requests. This will gain access to any files they have on your father including any security checks. Those security checks will reveal where he worked before Hanford, what folks told the investigators about him, the names are included except the investigator's name. I can tell you your father had access to the most sensitive areas of the reactor. It has been my experience most if not all maintenance folks worked with the guts and inner workings of those plants. They might not have told him all the details but he would have had a very good idea on how the reactor areas worked. To file the FOIA you will need a full name and SS number and if you have it a payroll number. The payroll is not essential but it might expedite the process. -Don Sorenson, aka H E W (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Marlene Russell Kallioinen ('62) ~ 12/11/43 - 12/12/03 >>Tommie Callahan, Jr. ('48) ~ 10/14/03 - 12/4/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and 1 Colt sent stuff: Kay Weir ('37Colt), Jim Jensen ('50) Bob Harman ('51), Dave Brusie ('51) Ralph Myrick ('51), Bill Witherup (('53) Sharon Panther ('57), Sue Garrison ('58) Suzie Gunderson ('60), George Barnett ('63) Deedee Willox ('64), Dena Evans ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Bill Wingfield ('67), Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Nelson Smith ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kay Weir Fishback ('37Colt) Re: Prison camps They did have low level convicts in the prison camp [Columbia Camp was established as a camp for Federal Prison Industries. -Ed] who came and worked on the farms. One worked on my father's farm and took pains to tell us he was a crook and not a draft dodger... in fact he had two sons in the Army. However there were some Italian prisoners of War brought to the area [NOT housed at the Columbia Camp near Horn Rapids. -Ed] because the Geneva Convention calls for prisoners to be incarcerated in a similar environment to their home country... that was us. The camp was somewhere in the West Richland Area and I think they were glad to be here. Some of them went to work in the canarary. Some contrast to the way Adolp and Benitto treated our guys. -Kay Weir Fishback ('37Colt) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Columbia Camp was NOT a POW camp. Read the documentation -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Burt Pierard's ('59) 12/17 submittal on Columbia Camp I viewed and downloaded the articles on that subject. It was interesting and informative and is now a part of the history of Richland (for personal use) I am collecting. 'preciate it Burt and others who labored to consolidate the material. Further, I now understand why I had not walked anywhere near that place. The extent of my plodding in that direction was just a little beyond twin bridges. Bill Hinson ('50RIP) and I rode our bicycles to Benton City and a bit beyond, but never took a trip in a northwesterly direction. Big Bomber Thanks to the historians, -Jim Jensen ('50) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks, Burt. I feel like I finally know what the camp was. Only question; was it ever known as "Camp Berlin"? -Bob Harman ('51) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I doubt it, Bob!] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Dick McCoy ('45-'46 ) Happy Birthday and one from my sister Bonnie ('45RIP) even though she is gone. -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: Columbia Camp All Bombers Columbia Camp was never a prisoner of war camp. I used to think so, but it wasn't. It was a holding camp for conscientious objectors and minimum security detainees. My neighbor, Bob Taylor, whose father was supernatant of the camp, straightened me out but good. On the subject of Columbia Camp. I was talking to my sister, Norma ('54), and she gave me some inside information. I guess some of you will remember it was a party place for Bombers after it closed in 1947. You know, like beer parties and whatever went with it. Well, Norma told me that during a senior sneak day (remember those?) she and some of her friends went out because she heard of the party that was going on. She never made it. When she neared the camp, a bunch of police cars beat her to it. Evidently, one of you young fellows out there tried to jump a hole, which was at one time a basement, with his coupe. The coupe didn't make it and got wedged between the basement's walls. Guess the driver was feeling pretty good. She also said that she remembered going out there to dance on the cement pads. Turn on the radio and let 'er rip. Must have been a sight. Can anyone remember the driver or the events? -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Replying to Orrin Pilkey's ('52) e-mail today [12/17] I can't direct you to any particular study that will give you all the answers, but I have been doing research for a psychobiologist for ten years who, himself, hosted Hanford products as he lived downriver from Hanford at the Dalles. His thyroid clicked off at age 8. As he worked for awhile as a cell biologist, before getting a degree in psychology and counseling, he understands how mammalian biology responds to radiation. Firstly, the Tri- City area is iatrogenic, meaning it lacks in the geology very much natural iodine, so with the releases of I-131 from Hanford, this stuff goes right for the thyroid and the thyroid sucks it right up. I, myself, am not scientifically trained, so I may not be explaining this too clearly. Basically, all the radionuclides released into the environment by the Plutonium manufacturing process ain't healthy. Our parents, my dad, too, were not fully informed of the toxic environment in which they worked, and they all believed they were doing patriotic work. I don't blame my dad, who, himself, died from prostate cancer that eventually spread to his bones. And as my counselor friend says, the prostate is one of the main collectors of radionuclides... As for getting a clear picture, realize that scientists who work for the government have a vested interest, and that data can be spun to support whatever argument you want to make. Some of the worst offenders at Hanford were the Health Physicists, the modifier "Health" being an oxymoron, because their job was to figure out how much dosage was safe for the workers - they were not really interested in worker health! This is something of a long reply, and I don't know how helpful. But one is not likely to find too many sympathetic doctors who work in the Tri-Cities? and you see what happens to Whistle Blowers. -Bill Witherup ('53) ~ Seattle ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) I also remember jumping off the bluff into the "stuff" by the railroad tracks in Kennewick. The guys in our youth group talked about it a lot and so one night after a youth group function they took several of us girls out this mysterious place. Of course it was pitch black and the boys just ran and leaped off the bluff into the stuff. Took some badgering to get the girls to do it. Finally with some encouragement from below I took the plunge. It was a heart stopping experience leaping into the dark before you landed. Talk about a mess trying to get the stuff out of my long hair and about everywhere else so my parents wouldn't ask where I had been. Good memories. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) Re: loss of Bomber Parent Judy Jo Ehlers Evanoff ('59) and John Ehlers ('61) lost their Mom on November 28th. Jo Ehlers was an important part of our lives. We Garrison Girls grew up in the house next to Ehlers' on Roberdeau. She was the Mom all the neighbors ran to when there was a problem--cut finger, bad hair, sewing project gone awry. She returned to Richland the past four years, giving us lots of opportunities to enjoy her sharp mind and lasting wit. What a lady. We'll all miss her tremendously. Her funeral notice is on Einan's site - Search for Ehlers} -Joretta "Sue" Garrison Pritchett ('58) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) Re: Tommie Callahan, Jr. ('48RIP) To: Norma Callahan Harrington ('56) & Marilyn Callahan Although we didn't know Tommie, my husband, Bob Chiles ('58) and I would like you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this trying time. Norma, do you remember us moving next door to you, back in 1963, on Benham? We were certainly surprised to find each other again after so many years of being childhood neighbors. Marilyn, I remember you well. You spent a lot of time at our house playing with my little sisters, Jane & Pat Gunderson ('64), and visa versa. -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ in Omak, WA - where we have at least 5 inches of snow and the temperature is 15. Brrrrrrrr ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Pook's got a birthday The secret's out! Pook owes his longevity to good, clean wholesome living. He shunned tobacco, alcohol, and green leafy substances, and all because the board of education at Carmichael Junior High School made him see the light. All right class mates, I did my part, and I'll try to stick with my story. Happy Birthday POOK SMITH ('63)!!! and I'll have a barley soda toast to you this day. Bye Geo.(63) (Barnett) -George Barnett ('63) ~ In sunny Tucson, AZ - where the temperature should be about 73 reaffirming why we live here. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Fort Worden To: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Thanks for the website address for Fort Worden State Park. It was a walk down memory lane for me. If you read all the history from that site, you will know that the Fort was used as a Diagnosis Center for juvenile delinquents. Well, that's a pretty good description for me at that time; a real heller! And I ran away from home every year in September from 1958 on; really hated going to school. I was sent to Fort Worden in 1962, having been previously in Home of the Good Shepherd in Spokane (from which I ran away twice) and a foster home in Spokane, neither of which was sad to see me leave! I really did raise hell a lot. They sent me home about a year later in 1963. I still keep in touch with another girl who was there; she is a Bulldog, but I don't hold that against her! Well, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it! All is well that ends well. Today I am much different from that girl so long ago. Now I'm a Sunday school teacher! Jesus has a way of changing your life! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) To: (the Spudnut Lover) Re: Spudnuts It's very funny that you wrote to the Sandstorm in regards to the Spudnut. I was quoted in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, by Michael Storey about my feelings on the Spudnut V Krispy Kreme, dated September 25,2003. When I emailed him, he thought that I was from Arkansas because there is a Columbia High in the Little Rock area. He was dumb- founded to find out that I was from the state of Washington. We corresponded a couple of times by email before he printed the article. I felt quite privileged to be put in print on my preference over donuts. Not many people have that distinction in life! LOL I do not live near a Spudnut at the moment, but plan on being back in the Washington State area in 2004. I have a couple of friends (sisters) Judy Willox ('61) and Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) who make sure I get my Spudnut fix when I am in the Richland area. The Spudnut Shop is filled with a great bunch of people, both employees and customers. Always a pleasure being there. Sincerely, -Dena Evans Harr ('64) ~ Pittsburg, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Don Parsons Richland Class of 1964 1968 grad of Montana University 1967-1968 scoring leader with 11.9 points per game. 1967-1968 rebounding leader with 8.8 rebounds per game. Not too shabby for a fellow who never played high school ball! Anyone with any CBC records for this 'late bloomer'? Search Results or Indiana State .pdf file -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ still alive in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Congratulations 12/18 ASU! ASU! ASU! ASU! ASU! ASU!........ aaaaaaaaaaah... brings back memories... to the extent I HAVE memories of my drinking days... musta lost alotta cells back then... But now I just gotta say CONGRATULATIONS to Janine ('65) and John Corrado ('64)... on June Corrado's graduation from ASU. I know Junie is glad to be finished with the undergrad and wish her all the best in her next adventure! For John and Janine, I gotta say that you two done good with all three of your girls. I was lucky with Sarah and I'll stack her up with Anna, June and Jonnie... but NOT at all sure I coulda pulled off three in a row as you guys did. Enjoy your visit to Tempe... go up to the top of the stadium and see if you can find where the guy split my head open with the beer bottle years ago... I bled like a stuck hog so the evidence may still be there... Stop by the Law School and tell Wild Man Mike Birch to behave himself... he ain't that young anymore... and tell the new Dean "Hay" for me... -David Rivers ('65), That goofy guy that hangs around mom ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) To: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) Re: your son Sgt Jim Walsborn. We are all so proud of him. Those words "We got him" sure was music to my ears. I would sure love to hear Jim's story of how it went for him. If he sends you an email telling the story, please forward it to me. I can't wait till we can get our troups out of Iraq. They are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. Bombers Rule -Bill Wingfield (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ Augusta, GA where it's rainy and a cool 54 at 6:00am. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) Well Group with the big Christmas Day just a week away I would like to extend Holiday wishes to one and all, but especially to all of you who make my day brighter and much less routine. There are times when I take a hit of sadness from the passing of someone I knew or should I say have known. All in all the person whom I wish to thank the most is Maren for bringing us all together. It had to be a calling that put her in the position to do so. Merry Christmas, Maren. Then comes David Rivers ('65), big brother to Mike ('68WB), I know he doesn't remember me, but I do remember how mean he was to us little kids way back when. Hope your Holidays are very good, David. Then there are so many others that I can only relate names and memories shared. I can't name all of them but Judie, Doug, Mike, and others will get personal cards so I really didn't forget you. I love each and all of you and hope that we will all get to visit somewhere, sometime, on this side of forever. I am setting my schedule to be home for Cool Desert Nights again this next year good Lord willing and If it is in Richland. I missed so many of you last year and I am really sorry for that. This has been a very strange year for me and I don't know yet how I feel about it. We have all had our ups and downs but for the most part we as a whole have survived. To that we can all Thank God. Have a Very Merry Christmas and most importantly be safe. My wish for the New Year is for all the ones I care about to see at least one more happy safe year. -Mike Howell ('68WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('46), Wally Erickson ('53) Helen Cross ('62), Freddie Schafer ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), David Rivers ('65) Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '54 Lunch BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nick Nelson ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pook Smith ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony Harrah ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* NOTE: "C" House and "R" House ornaments are available $5 each ($6 if mailed) "C" and "R" are added to others already available: "A", "B", "F", "H", Ranch, Prefab, and Precut, as well as the extremely famous Richland Bombers and Hanford Falcons. Get at Richland Community Center or contact Sue Garrison Pritchett ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('46) Re: Columbia River Camp So it was not a Prisoner, of War camp. I had always heard that it was such, and Pinky Bloomer, Ed Johnson and I delivered milk out there once a week. As for all the records to the contrary, the officer management of HEW lied a lot, and they might have kept the nature of the Camp a secret. Not a good thing having POW at a hush hush project. I wish Orville Marcum ('48RIP) and Don Allen ('47RIP) were still around, they might set this straight. I am glad that Kay Weir ('37Colt) wrote about Italian POW working on their farm. I KNOW there were such POW in the area picking fruit, because I saw them. However, she said they lived out near West Richland. Maybe so, but there wasn't a damn thing out there in those days. If one goes a little farther up the river, what does one find??? To: Dave Brusie ('51) Thanks for the kind words. You are right, if your lovely sister, Bonnie ('45RIP) were still with us, she would have sent her best. -Dick McCoy ('46) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Arrowheads & Indian artifacts To: Julia Alexander ('65) I remember hunting for arrowheads and Indian beads near a site not far from the "Riding Academy" outside Richland in the late '40s. It was northwest of the Riding Academy a 100 yards or so. We assumed it had been a burial site; so we took a fine screen for shifting the sand for small beads and arrowheads. Glad you mentioned it, those were fun times exploring the area outside the Richland area. Some of my neighborhood friends were with me at the time. Also, I remember walking along the river bank of the Snake River (not far from Sacajawea State Park) and seeing lots of stones that the Indians used for tools and cutting. I'm sure most of them are gone now. I vaguely remember seeing stones used by the Indians on the river banks of the Yakima River near West Richland.......can't remember exactly were that was. I haven't been to the small Sacajawea State Museum for several decades (50 years) it still there? If you're interested in seeing a great collection of Indian artifacts and LOTS of Arrowheads displayed in frames....I highly recommend it!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ On the west side of Lake Coeur D'Alene ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I want to extend Christmas Greetings to my Bomber family too. I'm grateful for my daily Bomber fix also, though sometimes it has brought a tear to my eye, as I am saddened at the loss of another member of our great Bomber family. And I want to thank Maren for her dedication in keeping us up and running on time. I've read about the toxic levels of "the area", and I fear to say, well, I swam in the river as often as I could, ran behind the DDT trucks, again as often as I could, from l948 on, and so far I am fairly healthy. (Knock on wood, and prayers to saints I don't know, and prayers to Jesus who I do know). And my 2 children are healthy at 23 and 26, so I have much to be thankful for. As to health standards in earlier days: I really don't think we can put today's standards on yesterday's world. Do you remember the study where they dissected frozen fish from 1900 and found out there was a higher toxic level in those fish than today?? All is relative, I believe. Maybe the clean dry air we breathed there helped us more than we knew, at least it maybe cleaned out some of the sand we all inhaled in the sandstorms!! I appreciate all the knowledge, wonderful stories,and the web of attachments this media helps us to hang on to in our fragmented lifestyle of 2003, almost 2004. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ from a real Currier and Ives scene of frozen lake and falling snow in West Harrison, IN. It's actually above freezing and warmer today than yesterday. Making daily health walks a challenge. (I'm waiting for the snow to stop before I start walking for today, if and when it does ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: Happy Birthday, Pook To: Pook Smith ('63) David George never knew how good a catcher Chuck Gardiner ('63RIP) was till Rish put you on the hill. You can still sling it. Happy Birthday, Pook. Have a good day and a great year. -Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To paraphrase some e-zip at Ft. Benning back in 1968, "Dont nobody, ain't got no stories about Pook". Long before the venerated and not so revered had only one name, ala Willie, Hillary, OJ and A-Rod, there were only C.W., Norris and eventually Pook. Pook and his dog Zeke, were the genesis, of a great many memories for all of us from the Southend. Even with the nearly unlimited capacity of the internet, there just might not be enough space if we included the ones that include Bill Wilson, Dick Plows, Terry Jones and the Chipmunks, the moral of most being, "what were we thinking". Happy birthday Pook, thank you for being my friend for fifty some years. Wouldn't it be great if we could go back to playing Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. But of course we always do when we get together and belly up. jimbeaux p.s. The only time you disappointed us was our senior year, when you let #32 out foul you by eleven. He may have gotten the whistles, but you sold a lot more Ace bandages. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 12/19 Birthdays ('63) and ('65) It's a big day for the Bombers today folks. Two... count 'em... two birthdays today. The first guy was a Senior when I was a Sophomore. I can say it now tho I couldn't even think it then, the Seniors looked so swave and "preppy" in everything they did. Oh I tried... yeah I tried to be as cool as they were... I got the wing tips, the Weejuns, the Madras shirts and even a Madras Sport Coat (tho I'd kinda like to think today I never wore it, I'm afraid I probably did). But try as I might, I just didn't fit the mold. The first birthday boy was one of those guys that just oooozed cool. Even his name... in fact, I almost didn't know his real name cuz no one ever used it... (tho come to think of it, I bet the teachers did... like the first day of 7th grade I remember the teacher calling "Edward Manthei ('65)... Edward... Edward... " and from the back of the room came: "That's BUTCH!")... so it was probably the same for "Dave" ('63)... he probably looked around the room every time they used that name on the first day of school, and wondered who the "new kid" was before realizing the teacher was calling his name. Anyway, he ran with guys who all looked like they were already upperclassmen in college. Freddie Shaffer ('63) Jimbeaux ('63), Frank Osgard ('63WB) Rob Hills ('63), Dean Heiling ('63), the Hyatts ('63RIP), Dick Boehning ('63) Lamont DeJong ('63), Chuck Gardiner ('63RIP), Number 32 in your Program ('63), Denny Smith ('63), Dobie Stephens ('63RIP) and tons of others plus all the Spiffy ladies from various classes... in fact... Jimbeaux, tell me if I got it wrong... but one time I think The birthday boy and Frank Osgard were on a date at the drive in with some girls from the class of '65 in one of the girl's parents' car. The story goes that Frank got very loud and obnoxious (very unusual for Frank)... and might even have been drinking beer! So, Frank got very fresh with the girl with the car and when the birthday boy and Frank went to the concession stand, the girls drove off and Jimbeaux, Miss Nancy ('65), Freddie and Ann ('63) hadda give the boys a ride home... hey... true story... I don't make this stuff up! The second birthday boy was born and raised in Richland. He shared a room with Terry Davis (Knox ('65) just after he was born and before Terry got sprung. He was NEVER out of place and fit in wherever and with whomever... he was smarter than the rest of us and had a worldly way about him that just amazed me! I hung on most every word he spoke... at least the ones with less than twelve syllables. I've told the story about the black converse low cuts before and won't repeat it here but he was a trend setter... He gave me my first listen to the Beattles "Rubber Soul" album and shared many many many harrowing moments with me during our high school years... mostly involving officer somebody trying to locate us for questioning. Without further fanfare, ladies and gents... and you too Frank O, I give you... the birthday boys: Pook Smith ('63) and Tony Harrah ('65)! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) Re: Walla Road Trip To: Richard Anderson ('60) Back in about 1968 when the "Muscle Car" era came onto the scene there used to be some interesting times by loyal high school Bomber fans on the road trip to Walla Walla. Leading the Hall of Fame "Muscle Cars" was a 1968 orange Pontiac GTO Judge driven by a Hedges, if memory is correct and the Maki 1968, maroon, Plymouth Roadrunner, 383, automatic, black leather w/custom wheels. Road trip eta times to Walla Walla established have with stood the test of time. Probably the most voracious Bomber fan, ever, at a Walla Walla game was my friend 'Suey Gentz.' Good times, if the memory... -Steve Piippo ('70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Jerry Molnaa ('52), Fred Suckow ('55) Burt Pierard ('59), Jim Hamilton ('63) Jeff Curtis ('69), Kim Edgar ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Collins Moyers ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyle Hawk ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rodriguez ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Molnaa ('52) Re: help a Bomber I had coffee yesterday with Tom McMillin ('48) and his wife Joyce. Joyce has had a cancer return and I am asking all you Bombers out there to put her on your Prayer List. May the Lord Bless you this Christmas Time -Jerry Molnaa ('52) ~ Richland,WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Fred Suckow ('55) I just read the note from Helen Cross Kirk ('62) and couldn't agree more. There are so many 'things' that could get us/make us ill that is difficult to decide which one caused our illness. I played with mercury; worked with asbestos; and hazardous chemicals; and worked in the 200 areas for years. I have handled plutonium and enriched uranium and was a smoker. If something gets me, I won't know what to blame. I believe if you have a genetic weakness to a toxin or carcinogen it CAN (maybe) get you. We had a good life in Richland. Most of my memories are good - some not so good but all-in-all there probably couldn't been a better place to be raised. Thank you Helen for your contribution to the life we had and to moderation in everything. -Fred Suckow ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: The Milkman, Dick McCoy ('46) Re: POWs at Columbia Camp Well, old buddy. I respect your memory as much or more than anybody from that era but I think a Senior Moment is occurring here. I agree that the HEW folks weren't known for their truth-telling. However, it flies in the face of reasoning & logic that they would allow POWs (who, like our own armed forces people, are sworn to try and escape whenever possible) to be placed in a facility WITHOUT ANY FENCES so close to a project that was called "the best kept secret of WWII." It is a further stretch of credibility to imagine that ANY POWs were even confined at McNeill Island Penitentiary, let alone grouped with the minimum security inmates at Columbia Camp. (I assume that you do admit that all Columbia Camp people came from McNeill.) According to Art. 56 of the July 27, 1929, Geneva Convention Accords (the ones in effect through WWII up to 1949): ( "In no case shall prisoners of war be transferred to penitentiary establishments ... in order to undergo disciplinary sentence there ..." This includes escapes or attempts to escape. They could only be sent to a Pen if they committed a serious enough crime in confinement to warrant a Judicial proceeding. In that case, I would assume that they were sent to a military penitentiary, like Leavenworth. I still contend that the research documents are correct and there were no POWs at Columbia Camp. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) The Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy and I were forced to overnight in Philadelphia on our way home from San Juan. There is nothing like a night in an Airport Ramada with no luggage other than a USAir amenities stocking, to put you in the spirit of the Holidays. The fact that it was the "City of Brotherly Love" only made it that much more special. So to all you Bombers out there, "I GOT YOUR FA-LA-LA" jimbeaux p.s. Today is the 15th annual Gold Medal Class of '63, Chowder, Marching and Caroling Society Christmas Party in Olympia. I sure hope they don't send "Disaster Jim Forman" to report on it.* *It's a Seattle thing -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: A Christmas Card Fifty-three years ago my parents moved into a three- bedroom ranch house halfway up the block on Tinkle Street between Birch and Cottonwood. Several months later I was born and I was wonderful, so Im told. Over the next five years, my two brothers arrived and together we filled up the bedrooms of that little house. Santa came bearing my presents for the first time, and the last time, to that home. I returned to that house from my first day of kindergarten and I left there for my senior party the evening of my graduation from Col-Hi. My family lived there through the administrations of eleven presidents, one of whom was assassinated, one resigned from office in disgrace and one escaped impeachment by a whisker. We were there while our countrymen fought through five foreign wars. We (and the rest of the neighbors) stood out in the front yard of that house to watch a tiny basketball-sized satellite flash through the midnight sky after the Russians put Sputnik into orbit. Twelve years later on the television set in the living room of that house we watched American astronauts stomp dusty footprints into the surface of the moon. In the sixties, I went off to Oregon and Wyoming in the summers to work and each time returned to that place. In the seventies, while in the Army for several years, I left the country and headed to West Germany, traveled to Munich and Frankfurt, Paris and London, but when my enlistment was up, my home on Tinkle Street was still there. I've lived in Seattle now for nearly thirty years but have made countless trips over the pass through Ellensburg and Vantage to get back home to Tinkle Street. Fifty-three years, over half a century. Last spring, my aging parents began experiencing more and more difficulty with lifes daily challenges and, needing a little additional help, moved away from Tinkle Street into an assisted living center. Two months ago we sold the little ranch house on the oddest named street I've ever heard of, the only house Id known my parents to live in for my entire life. Although I may seem awash in sentimentality, I dont feel that this is exclusively an event of sadness, particularly at this happiest time of year. Things change and things pass on, such is the relentless nature of life and time. Every room in that little house bursts with memories of happy times, not so happy times, triumphs, defeats, birthdays, marriages, parties (and a couple of hangovers), picnics and poker games. Kids came, grew up and left and then came back again, first with new spouses and then with kids of their own. And, after all, that little ranch house yet stands mid-block on Tinkle Street between Birch and Cottonwood; its just thatwe aren't there anymore. Still, I think that memories surrounding the multitude of holidays that passed though our lives in those walls tend to linger longest on the tongue with the sweetest aftertaste and glow brightest in the heart with warmest remembrances. So it is in the spirit of all that the little home was to us at this joyous season and to the many memories of holidays past spent under its roof, that I dedicate this card, an image of a Christmas past: Many seasons ago and not so far away The snow begins falling soon after the darkness of deep winter has engulfed homes on the shores of Tinkle Street, the twinkling of household Christmas lights up and down the block providing colorful counterpoint to the starless sky. By the time dinner is eaten and dishes washed, a white carpet nearly covers the lawn and is beginning to blur the distinction between lawn and sidewalk, sidewalk and street. The ability of fresh snowfall to round off, in seamless transition, the indelible boundaries contained in the everyday landscape is a great part of its power and magic. And in that process, a day-to-day vista so commonplace and so familiar is reborn as a new world of beauty and mystery; a place of unknown potential; an exciting, pristine land promising hours of exploration and discovery. The snowflakes swirl in obedient unison to the blustery choreography of the eddying winds like flocks of birds, in wingtip-to-wingtip synchronization, repeatedly changing direction in flight. Gusted flakes hurling themselves against the windows make a barely audible, tiny crackling as the bottom corners of the panes begin to round off with their drifting accumulations. All the while, in the warmth of a snug ranch house, my family settles in front of the television to watch A Miracle on 34th Street. We watch it, though for the first time, sensing instinctively even during the storys most contentious moments that Kris is, after all, the real Santa Clause and that John Payne, Maureen O'Hara and little Natalie Wood will end up as one happy (and undeniably good-looking) family. Drinking glasses sit spent, abandoned on coffee and end tables, their insides coated with the thick yellow remnants of rich eggnog and speckled nutmeg. Nearby, the remains of what had been a plate of creamy fudge sits pillaged, with only two chocolate brown cubes left in evidence, one with a toothy bite taken out of its corner. On the kitchen counter raw cinnamon rolls lay tucked into glass baking dishes, all curled up and rising beneath cheesecloth covers, waiting to be popped into the oven first thing in the morning. Two pumpkin pies sit cooling on the yellow Formica and chrome kitchen table, their warm, spicy aroma filling the room like an invisible fog. A massive Butterball turkey reclines into a pan in the sink thawing at the speed of a retreating ice age, seemingly goose-pimpled and anxious for the glorious warmth of tomorrows oven. A huge white wire star with blue lights at each of its five pointy tips hangs in the living room window facing out into the night and casts its distinctive glow on our now white and pillowy front yard. Needled shadows of fir branches dance red then blue and yellow then green on the ceiling in random abandon, fired by the flashing strings of lights adorning the limbs of our Christmas tree. The last of the bubble-light holdouts finally cedes to the physics of heat and chemistry, or maybe just succumbs to the spirit of the eve, and begins a merry, colorful boiling, matching its peers on neighboring branches in furious but silent percolation. The lowest branches of that tree are challenged for space, forced up or aside by the glut of brightly wrapped and bowed packages encircling its trunk; packages that have been thoroughly examined and shaken in half-playful, half-serious attempts to discover the truth of their secret, irresistibly tempting contents. The room flickers with the undulating glow of black and white images on the screen. I sit in my fathers lap partially watching the movie, partially watching my younger brothers dozing off on the carpet, tranquilized by the soft flannel of their new pajamas and the treats in their tummies as is evidenced by tell tale eggnog moustaches and chocolate goatees. I know that sleep is a fast track to the joyous glories of the next morning, a morning that seemingly can never arrive for those remaining awake and aware. But the moment is precious and distinct. I find that steeping myself in it, lingering in an awareness of the abundant, pleasant sensations of here and now, is the sum total of my immediate desire. I sit in silence twirling a lock of my fathers hair with my finger while the furnace rumbles to life with a low whispered exhale that surrounds us in a protective and comforting blanket of warmth, trivializing the reality of the icy temperatures outside the walls. The crisp scent of fir swirls refreshingly throughout the room like a holiday incense lacing nostrils and adding yet another multi-sensorial stimulation to the special eve. I am relaxed in the comfort of home and family. I am joyful about the surprises and opportunities of the Christmas morning, finally only a few hours off. I am content and I am happy. I distantly hear the judge in the movie pronounce, If the United States Post Office has chosen to recognize this man as Santa Clause then it is not the place of this court to disagree... case dismissed! And as his gavel echoes a final punctuation of the inevitable, positive result, I drift willingly into a contented doze that promises to transport me, in what will seem mere moments, to a Christmas morning full of wonder and excitement. Images of frosty panes, electric trains, and candy canes begin a quiet, wonderful slide show in my dreams. Outside the winds diminish then cease and the limitless cascade of icy flakes float down in a slow glide onto the still whiteness of their own crystalline bed. And all is silent and all is calm up and down the shores of Tinkle Street except for the distant rhythmic chiming of sleigh bells from somewhere above the falling snow Well, thats my card. I hope you caught the moment. Please accept this vision for the holiday of red and green as my seasons greeting to the children of the green and gold. May you receive it in the spirit of happiness, contentment and peace. And may that spirit find you no matter where you happen to be, if at no other time, for every Christmas yet to come. Merriest of Christmases Bombers, -Jeff Curtis ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Tribute to our Troops Link A friend forwarded me the link below... it really makes you think about what our men and women in the military and their families are going through. It brings brought some of my childhood memories of my dad going off to Vietnam. Check out this song - Don't Give Up On Me - by Neil Ford and slide show presented by Operation Home front and RGBDNA Interactive. Once you click on the link, (depending on what kind of modem/internet you have) click on either "View BroadBand" or "View DialUP" it will take a minute to load. -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Genora Dye Medford ('57) ~ 11/3/38 - 11/26/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/03 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Ritchie Ludwig ('45), Bill Witherup ('53) Curt Donahue ('53), Burt Pierard ('59) Connie Madron ('60), Suzie Gunderson ('60) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), Tim Avedovech ('61) Donna Nelson ('63), Freddie Schafer ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Anna Durbin ('69) Pam Pyle ('69), Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Osborn ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ritchie (Hal) Ludwig ('45) My turn... There was a Japanese-American internment north Benton City on the old road to the projects camp was on the east side of the road... Also in the summer from '41 to '44 I was either working on the wheat ranch, working in the pea cannery, or gun running watermelons from Hermiston to Hanford....... During the summer of '42 I worked in the Walla Walla pea cannery alongside some German POWs... that's the only known POWs that I ever heard of... -Ritchie (Hal) Ludwig ('45) Addendum.; Chalky Conway ('45) was my co-pilot while shuttling watermelons to Hanford and I believe it was the summer of '44... Ritchie--- ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Re: Running behind DDT trucks, swimming in the Columbia. Yes, a common experience in mid '40-ties. Whether one survived all this radioactive and traumatic assault had nothing to do with praying to the Almighty, though some folks would like to believe they are specially chosen; but whether or not you had a certain T-cell. I forget, whether you have it or not, but the T-cell is the survival factor. My mother, almost 90, survives. My dad died at age 77. My dad, perhaps realizing the toxic nature of his employment, even after it was authorized OK, did not allow, or invite my mother, out to the poison factories for the grand tour. Somewhat like, if you were a coal miner, saying, hey, mother, would you like to go down in the tunnels and pits? -Bill Witherup ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Jeff Curtis ('69) Christmas Card What a wonderfully visual representation once again. How much we all appreciate your talent. Merry Christmas to you, Jeff, and to all other Bombers. God bless you in the coming New Year and grant you all His peace. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Bob Harmon (51) Re: Camp Berlin I think I've pieced together, somewhat, the renaming of the Camp Columbia site as Camp Berlin. This apparently occurred long after Camp Columbia was closed down and all the buildings removed. I was talking to Missy Keeney Baker ('59) tonight and she recalls, as a Campfire Girl around 1954 or so, that they had camp outs on the site and her leaders and parents referred to it as Camp Berlin. It appears that the Camp Berlin name was coined by one of the scouting groups that were using the site. Since Bill Berlin ('56) doesn't remember that name for his scout camp outs, it was probably dubbed Camp Berlin sometime after his outings and before Missy's. The originator and basis of the name may have been lost to antiquity, however, the answer to Bob's 12/18 question is yes, it was known as "Camp Berlin," only just the site, not the original camp. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Connie Madron Hall ('60) Re: A Christmas Card To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Wow! That was exactly the way it was in our little Ranch House on Chestnut Street, except the Formica and chrome table was green. Thank you. -Connie Madron Hall ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) I would like my wonderful, handsome husband, Bob ('58) to know how much I love him, on this our 44th wedding anniversary. He has been the reason for my season, and the anchor for my boat. I love you very much, Poodie 2. -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ~ Omak, WA - where the weather has stayed cold, and the 6 inches of snow glistens, even without the sun. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Irene de la Bretonne ('61) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Well done! Simply beautiful! -Irene de la Bretonne ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tim Avedovech ('61) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Jeff What an awesome Xmas message. I'm going to save that one. That is fantastic and spoken from the heart. You too have a fantastic holiday time. -Tim Avedovech ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Talking about the Twin Bridges jogged some happy memories for me. My grandfather showed us how to hunt agates out around the bridges because the road was gravel. Anyway, he took Jan ('60) and me after it rained and said we needed to walk toward the sun because you could see the agates on the road then. They were very visible. I also remember the road forking to the right and a family at the very end sold us eggs. Re: Chemistry Sets Does anyone remember chemistry sets for Christmas? I read Morris's Disappearing Bag to my classroom and it reminds me of the basement in our "F" house and David Craig, Connie Bloom, and my sister Jan would have three of them set up. I didn't touch them!!! They were in a green metal case with about three rows of white bottled chemicals, a Bunsen burner and test tubes, and a book telling what to mix with what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: 1963 Chowder Marching & Caroling Society at Olympia Christmas Breakfast -Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Temporary email address... Salute to you Jeff Curtis ('69). May ALL 'Bombers' be caught up in the season. May your memories be of the good and might all of us learn from that which was not so good. God Bless Us, each and everyone. -Gary Behymer ('64) living in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Happy Holidays, Dearest Sandstormers. Jimbeaux, if you and the Fair Miss Nancy ever get stuck in the City of Brotherly Love again, do call us. We are in the phone book, and we could at least buy you a beer to while away the times. We're only 20 minutes away from the airport in Ardmore. And that goes for other Bombers. We do have extra rooms for visitors now that we have daughters going off to college. I have to warn you that we do have two lovable and hairy dogs. And Jeff Curtis ('69), thank you for that magnificent Christmas Card. It brought back a lot of memories for me. I didn't ever really want to sell my parents' "K" house, my "home," that was so full of memories, but time does move on. I guess it is good that your parents are able to enjoy their lives more without the responsibilities of a house. If you see them over Christmas, please give them a hug and a kiss from Anna Durbin. I'm missing my Daddy a lot this holiday, but I have some of him in my wonderful daughters. Love, -Anna Durbin ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Pyle Jewett-Bullock ('69) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Re: A Christmas Card Thank you, Jeff, for that wonderful expression of your Christmas memories on Tinkle Street. Your prose is, as always, thought provoking and fully engaging. I am reminded, again, what an honor it is to share with you (and others) a place on the roster of the Col-Hi Bomber Class of '69. Our holiday windows were adorned with bubble lights, but there's nary a bubblehead among us. We were hypnotized by gyrating, shiny aluminum Christmas trees which reflected the swirling patterns of electric color-wheels, but our corporate character is sterling and our hearts, pure gold. We were enormously privileged children who have become resourceful, responsible, generous adult citizens of the country our parents sacrificed so much to secure. And, Jeff...Merry Christmas to you, too! Likewise, to all the distinguished and cherished citizens of Bomberville, Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year! -Pam Jewett-Bullock (nee Pyle '69) ~ Stafford, VA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Nine days and a wake up before WSU kicks the Longhorns butt. (How long has it been since you veterans have heard that term?) Saw off varsity's horns!!!!! It's an Aggie thing. Speaking of Aggies, they don't even have women cheerleaders. Wazzoo 24-Texas 17. Texas Tech 48-Navy 21. My money and my boys go to Tech. To: Jeff Curtis ('69) What a masterpiece. I loved it. -Brad Wear '71, Wazzoo '75 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/03 ~ WINTER SOLSTICE Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers and one reader sent stuff today: Mike Clowes ('54), Charles Cox ('56) Burt Pierard ('59), Audrey Eberhardt ('61WB) Helen Cross ('62), Pook Smith ('63) Joanna Faulkner ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Patricia de la Bretonne ('65), Jeff Michael ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Jerry Lewis ('73) Mike Davis ('74), Don Sorenson (NAB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bob Chiles ('58) & Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Dick McCoy ('45) and Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Italian prisioners at Columbia Camp Perhaps the Italian prisoners Master McCoy claims to have seen were "soldiers" of different Italian "armies" found in New York City, Chicago, and possibly Los Angeles/Las Vegas? Bomber and Holiday Cheers to all, -Bob Carlson aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from the wetside of Oregon. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Charles Cox ('56) To: Brad Wear ('71) Wishful thinking again. TEXAS 24 - wazzoo ZIP. -Charles Cox ('56) ~ Georgetown, TX ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Ritchie (Hal) Ludwig ('45) You correctly identified the location of Columbia Camp but I don't think that even the most rabid Columbia Camp POW'ers will agree with your terming it as a Japanese-American Internment Camp, as it absolutely wasn't so. I am somewhat hesitant to voice my objection to your terminology since it will probably open a new front in the "Camp Wars". Anyhow, my objection is the loose use of the term "internment" (a pet peeve of mine). Internment is an internationally accepted, specialized term that goes back hundreds of years (to the Revolutionary War, I've been told). It applies to the confinement of foreign nationals who have been found legally guilty of disloyal actions or subversion. They were "Interred" until the cessation of hostilities and then deported. During WWII, there were only 4 internment camps in the U.S. (Montana, N. Dakota, New Mexico, and Texas). The Crystal City, Texas camp was the only one for families. All 4 camps contained German, Italian, and Japanese nationals and all the internees were deported at the end of the war. The ten Japanese "relocation camps" were a totally unrelated issue. All Japanese-Americans and nationals residing in the coastal areas of Wash. and Ore., the entire state of Calif., and southern Ariz. were forced to evacuate from the "militarily designated areas" under Executive Order No. 9066. The relocation camps provided optional -- but not mandatory -- food, housing, and services for evacuees. The evacuees were free to leave at any time as long as they went east instead of back to the coastal areas. Note also that the Japanese living in eastern Wash. and Ore. were allowed to stay right where they were. I'm off my soapbox now. If you want to read an interesting account of a Seattle girl who voluntarily left Camp Minidoka (near Twin falls, Idaho), check out the book "Nisei Daughter" by Monica Sone. Bomber cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews ('61WB) To: All Bombers Everywhere Merry Christmas! May we all remember why we have this celebration, and may His peace be with each of you. To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Your memories are precious; I enjoyed them. We never lived anywhere that long thanks to Uncle Sam, but I have some very precious memories of loving parents and friends I haven't seen in over 40 years but still remember. Thank God, He gave us the capacity to retain those memories. -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews ('61WB) ~ in central Georgia where it is cold and Christmas is definitely coming. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) I'd just like to add my compliments to you on the beautiful piece you wrote about Christmas in Richland when we were small. I have similar warm memories, except our table was red and chrome. The best to all in Bomber land. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana where we above freezing today and tonight, so the little lake is thawing and the snow is disappearing. We have hopes?? fears?? of more snow for Christmas, hope not as we will be leaving to start our trek out to the WSU game in San Diego. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Pook Smith ('63) To: Freddie Schafer ('63) Thanks for the birthday greeting, Fred ..... and you are on the money about Chuck Gardiner ('63RIP). He and Terry Jones ('64) were the best catchers I ever threw a wild pitch to. But nobody but a fool would crowd the plate on me that had any brains or know-how. -Pook Smith ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) To: Bombers everywhere Just wanted to wish all of you the merriest of holiday seasons with a few treasured Christmas memories of growing up in Richland. Perhaps some of you can relate to these memories and some who know and remember me were likely a part of them. The third house we lived in in Richland is the house I actually remember Christmas in -- the pre-fab and "A" house hold no memories because I was too young. The third house was the "B" house at 933 Long St. which was right across the street from the high school. This house had a coal furnace down in the basement. Many days leading up to Christmas I would slink down to that cold damp room and stand and stare at that coal furnace and wonder how in the world Santa Claus would get down the chimney to deliver presents. Would he fit? Would he get soot all over himself? Would he understand that it wasn't a real fireplace that he was used to but a blazing hot coal furnace? Would he survive the descent? My mother in her easy confident manner would put a small plate of cookies on the Formica kitchen table near the back door along with one of those little bottles of Coke. So sure I was that Santa would need such a snack after a long night of delivering presents to all the children everywhere. I had indeed been a good girl, as good as I knew how to be, so he wouldn't forget that I wanted a baby doll, maybe even one that wets like a real baby, maybe a Betsy- Wetsy. Wow, when I fed that doll her bottle of water, she peed so fast it would make my head spin. Better be ready with that white flannel diaper already pinned on her with the little gold safety pins. Sure enough, only cookie crumbs remained on the plate the next morning and the Coke bottle was empty. He must have been hungry and thirsty for sure and downed them quickly before resuming his route. And there were the presents under the tree -- oh my gosh -- how did he know just what I wanted? I had only told Mommy and Daddy and of course the Santa I knew was not the real Santa down at the department store (was it called Anderson's?), where I sat on his knee and explained carefully what I wanted before walking away with the candy cane he gave me. If we had snow for Christmas I could go out and lie in the snow and make snow angels or go over and go sledding down the hill with a nice steamy cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows afterward. If we had snow a few days before Christmas I prayed fervently that a Chinook wouldn't blow in before Christmas and leave in its wake all the dead brown grass with a few patches of dirty icy snow where the lawn once was. I really didn't like the look of that brown grass. When we moved to the "D" house on Wright near Marcus Whitman I was by then too old to believe in Santa Claus. It was the time of Elvis Presley and "Love Me Tender" with "Jailhouse Rock" on the other side of my first Elvis 45. But I wasn't quite ready to give Santa up because it was so much fun to get up in the morning and see what was under the tree. One year I wanted a bike so badly and I was quite sure I would get one. I looked everywhere in the house though, including down in the basement thoroughly, but no bike. I couldn't get to sleep for worrying that my wish might be forgotten. But I pretended to be asleep when I heard my bedroom door open and knew my parents were checking to see if I was asleep. "She's asleep," they said. Then I heard the front door open, and my dad going out into the chilly night. A few minutes later, as I peeked through the curtains straining to see through the frosty glass of my bedroom window, he came back to our house with a big shiny bicycle and brought it in to place in front of the Christmas tree. They had hidden it next door at the Fruchtls (sp?) house .... I hoped Preston hadn't taken it out on a test drive, being that he was a boy and all. Yikes! When we moved finally to our ranch house at the other end of Wright, corner of Torbett, I think, the visions of Santa were no longer dancing in my head (not unlike sugerplums) ..... but Christmas meant carolling, which was my very favorite thing to do. A group of us kids would pick a street, bundle up with coats and scarfs, and go door to door singing our little hearts out till front doors opened cautiously and folks peered out to see what was going on. Some people seemed bored by it all and barely acknowledged our magnificent presence and delivery of beautiful music -- others joyously received us, even some joining in to sing with us and offering us treats of cookies, candies, or hot apple cider. Our last rendition was always "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as we walked away down the sidewalk towards our next victims. Together with all *your* fond Christmas memories in Richland, know that it was indeed a rich land, a rich environment, and our proverbial stockings were filled in a glorious way growing up where we did. May your bubble lights bubble on through 2004 and all your Santa dreams come true ...... Bomber cheers, -Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) ~ Campbell, CA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Thank you for that lovely Christmas Card! I also want to say "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" to all Bombers out there near and far. Have a safe and wonderful holiday. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) What a lovely lovely Christmas card. Thank you. And Happy Holidays to Bombers Everywhere. -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) ~ in Seattle ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) Jeff, you put it so well. Thank you. So much that you write is held in common with so many kids in Richland. Just a few blocks away, on Cedar, were the homes of the Weavers, Otts, Beardsleys, Kellys, and more. Paul B., Paul K., and my dad remain in those ranch houses nestled on the northwest side of Bomberville. The same snow, the same cold winds, and the same dust whipped through our yards and seeped into our homes. But each and every home was different and distinctive inside. Each produced variations on a theme: children, each with a unique appearance, special personality, and a specific niche to fill in later life. I find it amazing that such diversity can be created from such similarity. Let us all rejoice in those differences and in the commonalities we share. Happy Holidays! dj jeff -Jeff Michael ('65) And a special thank you / God Bless you to Maren. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To all past, present, and future Bombers and spouses everywhere, May each and everyone of you have the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years. Gosh, 2004 will bring another leap year. I am proud to be part of this wonderful family called the Columbia, aka Richland High School, Alumni Sandstorm faithful. Maren, keep up the terrific work. God watch over each and every one of you. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS, where today is cloudy, but not windy ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Regarding the discussion of POWs, when I went on a tour of the B reactor, I seem to recall someone telling us that there were Italian POWs that worked on harvesting the fruit, etc. after the Government took over the land. The discussion happened on the bus ride to or from the reactor a couple of years ago. I can't remember who it was who said it, but we talked for a while with Mike Hughes ('63), who just left as head of Bechtel, so it may have been him. There should be a record somewhere, or someone such as a historian who can confirm or deny. -Jerry Lewis ('73) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Brad Wear ('71) Slap my face, Brad, but WSU doesn't stand a chance against Texas. It could get ugly! And how 'bout them Dawgs? tee hee Merry Christmas, -Mike Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) To all, Hanford work has its own mystic as well as its own language. Behind the fences and guns were reactors, separations, research, and support laboratories. Some stories that might have been heard could have gone like this. I was crapped up while deconing some pigs and door stops. It was only 1000 counts and it came off with the first wipe. The trombone stuck while it was in the sample cup on the canyon deck. Those candle snuffers just got in the way so I stopped using them awhile ago. And while working with very radioactive samples I have heard this before "go ahead and just grab it and twist the cap off. It'll be less exposure than working with those extension tools." Some Hanford recollections. In one 200 East facility a worker was asked to do a special assignment. A one-time exposure of 1000 mrem to be taken in a very short period. She did it and stayed out of the zone for a couple of weeks. This 90 year old person still lives in Richland. Working with radiation has its hazards to be sure. Another person I know swears he received his brain cancer from working closely with plutonium metal. He died before his 70th birthday. Another had plutonium solution spray in his mouth while working with one of Hanford's early plutonium shipping containers. He died of complications at age 89. At 86 he was still very active. Worker habits in the zones could play an important role in determining an increase of cancer. Some would keep themselves in the gloves while waiting for the next bit of work to come along. The radiation fields could be triple digits, i.e., 100 mrem or more. Others would back away to keep exposure low. A worker in a 200 W facility drops a few 10ml volumetric flasks containing 10 mgs of Pu metal that break and spill on the floor. The Pu metal is picked up with tweezers and placed in new flasks. Its worth mentioning at this time no mask was worn. However when Pu metal is brushed clean of oxidation very little contamination is spread. This worker is still very much alive and just as onery as ever. I only know a few stories of those who passed away from cancer mostly because I won't and shouldn't ask the widows or their families. Any questions about this information you can e-mail me. My thanks to Maren and other Bombers who support this wonderful web site. -Don Sorenson (NAB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/03 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick McCoy ('45), Alice Gilbert ('51WB) Jerry Swain ('54), Richard Anderson ('60) Dennis Hammer ('64), Brad Wear ('71) Jerry Lewis ('73), Jan Strain ('74) Karen Davis ('76), Treg Owings ('76) Shannon Chapman ('84), Shelley Williams ('84) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Blankingship ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig Lansing ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Riggins Stroben ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: the ever continuing saga of Richland's very own Area 51 -- the camp at Horn Rapids To: Ritchie Ludwig ('45) You old dog!! You must read this ancient newsletter! I called you to see if you survived the Riverside CA fires, but got no answer. You sound as ornery as ever, so you must be OK. Gun running watermelons! I do remember that. But you and Ed Johnson were better known as Indian Pony rustlers. When you gonna get back up to Club 40? I am glad you introduced the Japanese Internment Camp thing. Those kind of throw-downs drive Burt Pierard ('59) nuts. To: Burt Pierard ('59) The camp in question was not known to us as Camp Berlin. In my good old beer drinkin' days we partied out there, and we called it Ebbtide Flats. You know, the old Italian POW camp. -Dick McCoy (from the Tin Can Class of '45) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Alice Gilbert Daraskavich ('51WB) Re: the ever continuing saga of Richland's very own Area 51 -- the camp at Horn Rapids I just got through reading the Prisoner Camp article which states that no one has been found who actually lived at the camp. Well, I did for at least six months in 1944. I could point out the quonset house I lived in from picture in article. I wonder why they called it Columbia Camp when it was on the Yakima River? I always called the camp the Yakima River Camp. I have many memories of that time. [Alice continues her story in a subsequent entry --ed.] I haven't jumped into the "Prison Camp" discussion until now. I lived there in a quonset house. I walked the desert hills nearby and loved the sagebrush and sand dunes. There were no murderers, rapists, etc. there. They worked around our home and posed no threat to the kids who lived there, though we were told not to engage them in conversation. They were prisoners from McNeil Island and were brought over the mountains to work the orchards that were left after farmers were moved out. They were honor prisoners. My father, who was a lieutenant at the camp, did not care for some of the Conscientious Objectors because he said they would not work. I am sure there were no prisoners of war at this camp; maybe somewhere else in eastern Washington. For the first few months kids at the camp went to school in Benton City. Then the powers that be moved us to Richland when a school was build. We all were on shifts and had a long bus ride about an hour both ways. We were on the afternoon shift; so, many times it was dark and after six when we got home. My family later moved to Richland because my father went to work for Army Corps of Engineers and continued to supervise the care of the same orchards. After I graduated from high school in Tacoma my father took me out to the camp area and nothing was there except a few bare areas. That must have been in 1951 or 1952. It sounds as if you have the camp story straight by now but I thought I would add my memories. I have lived in Selah, Washington for ten years after living near Bremerton and Silverdale for 41 years. I retired from the Naval Underseas Engineering Station in 1993. I always wanted to move back to eastern Washington after my days here as a child. I revisited the camp site when I first came back and had a hard time finding it. -Alice Gilbert Daraskavich ('51 WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jerry Swain ('54) Maren and fellow Bombers, Tom McGuire ('54) phoned me yesterday to tell me that Fran, his wife of 44 years, was killed in an automobile accident in late November. Tom's grown children Kathy and Tommy have been some comfort but he is hurting from his loss. Tom is challenged by osteoporosis caused by long term use of prednisone for asthma. He retired from the CHP in the late 90s. For those who are so inclined some prayers of comfort for him would be in order. He is not as computer literate as Fran was so he may be slow to answer e-mail words of comfort. Merry Christmas to you, Maren, and all our Bomber friends. -Jerry Swain ('54) ~ enjoying blue skies and desert environs in the Phoenix area. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Hoops Summary -- Week 3 The first third of the season is complete -- more or less -- and the Big 9's eleven teams are starting to sort themselves out. The conference comprises the Four Horsemen and the Seven Dwarfs. The horsemen: Bombers, Wa- Hi, Pasco, and Davis. Six teams qualify for tournament time in late February; the important goal is to finish first or second thereby gaining automatic admission to the East Regional; the third through sixth teams get involved with the ever scary loser-out games. The top four are evenly matched so I won't hazard a guess now as to the order after twenty games. Two Bomber games last weekend: a one point loss at Wa-Hi and an 18 point rout of visiting Ike. The Wa-Hi game was a pleasure to watch from the opening tip to a final scramble for a loose ball as time expired. Bombers couldn't shoot, but Wa-Hi is a really vile rebounding crew so Bombers got lots of chances: on one Bomber possession it took four(!) offensive boards before Joey Frank finally coaxed in a shot from maybe a foot away. Richland was done in by a Stein -- Ryan Mitchell, Ray's nephew, was the best player on the floor over the course of the game: 16 points and excellent distribution (Ryan is Wa-Hi's point guard). At the end it came down to Wa-Hi leading by one, 58-57, with 10 seconds to go, and with the ball. Mitchell misses the front end of a 1-and-1 at 0:08, Bombers grab rebound -- but, step on line; ball back to Wa-Hi -- Graybill misses front end of 1-and-1 at 0:05; Bombers get rebound but are unable to get the ball upcourt cleanly and time runs out. ------------------------------------------------ 1 2 3 4 Bombers 15 23 42 57 Wa-Hi 11 25 40 58 Miller, York 9, Bussman 13, Brooks 10, Frank 17, Stevens 8, Bixler, Ben Cartmell, Roberts ------------------------------------------------ Saturday it was back home to face Eisenhower at Dawald. Ike has a bunch of really tall guys like they always seem to find out in the apple orchards; fortunately, they don't play hoops very well. The first quarter went to Ike by two and produced a very exercised Coach Streufert: he barked at the team most forcefully during the quarter break. Obviously it worked because the boys went out and took care of business efficiently over the second and first half of the third quarters; then, the game turned into a sloppy rout over the remainder of the game. Richland won this one with good defense and intelligent offense (after the awful first quarter). ------------------------------------------------ 1 2 3 4 Ike 14 21 32 44 Bombers 12 28 47 62 Miller 8, York 20, Bussman 14, Brooks, Frank 11, Roberts 4, Bixler 3, Ben Cartmell 2, Stevens, Sam Cartmell, Conley ------------------------------------------------ Off to home. But wait! What's this going on in the old gym? Ah ha! The Freshman "A" team is at it again (they played concurrently with the varsity): there is still four minutes to go in their game and the score is really close. And the game goes into overtime. So a bit of a crowd wanders in to see how it turns out -- and it gets really loud because all the Ike players from the other teams are cheering their freshmen on and the Richland people are cheering right back. Game ends with a Bomber making one of two free throws to win the game by a point. Good stuff! It is now Christmas break. Next game is at Moses Lake on January 3rd; but, the next game I'll see won't be until the 10th -- the truly dreadful Wenatchee comes to town. (Well I won't be hoopsless; Wa-Hi visits the Tri- Cities for three games during the interim.) -Richard Anderson ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Chemistry Sets I did get a chemistry set for Christmas. I wonder how we survived those days. Today it is considered too dangerous to let kids play with chemicals, or guns, or do a lot of stuff we used to do. The book didn't tell us how to make gunpowder, but the encyclopedia gave us the ingredients and proportions. Ours didn't work because we just used burnt wood for the charcoal. Chemistry sets were a popular thing in those days because there was an emphasis on getting kids to learn science. Microscopes and telescopes were also popular. I got all three as Christmas presents, and I still have all three. The chemistry set and microscope (packed in its original box) were packed into an old trunk when we moved to Richland just before I started high school and it sat under the basement steps of our "B" house on McPherson until about 12 years ago. They are still in that trunk along with some other toys and stuff. Even though our attempt to make gunpowder failed, we did find a way to get the job done. Like in "October Sky", after Sputnik was launched we wanted to make rockets. We used glass bottles for our rocket motors. We taped up the bottle so it wouldn't shatter, drilled a hole in the plastic lid for the fuse (the lid blows off with the explosion; if we had a metal lid it would become a bomb instead of a rocket). We made our "gunpowder" and filled it about three fourths full, then cut off match heads to ignite the powder. The match heads alone launched the rocket about a foot, but the "gunpowder" just burned, bubbled, and boiled. So then we filled the bottle with match heads and had a successful launch. We measured it with a 100 ft steel tape and it went just over 250 feet. We made a number of rockets after that, some successful and some not. We even made a two-stage rocket, the last one we ever made and the only one we painted up and made look pretty. The first stage was blown up, but must have given a boost to the second stage. We looked all over that plowed field and never did find it. If we did that today we would probably be arrested for making bombs. Also today there would be only girls in that school because all the boys would be kicked out for bringing pocket knives and squirt guns to school. Re: Old Christmas toys Has anyone our there but me kept some of their old Christmas toys long after they have outgrown them? Maybe even some are starting to become collector items. I still have a Marx semi truck. It is about two feet long. Saw one at a swap meet about 15 years ago for $150 just like mine except the colors were reversed. The rubber tires on mine have gotten hard and some have split. I still have my electric train. It is a Marx instead of a Lionel and I still have the box. Have seen some of the trains for sale on eBay that have a very similar box, but haven't seen the same train set. I was a Cub Scout, but never a Boy Scout. However, I did receive a Boy Scout knife one Christmas and it is amazing that I still have it, considering all the pocket knives I have lost over the years. And, of course, there is my Daisy Eagle air rifle. Found a site on the Internet that says that model is "scarce". I don't know if it still works or not; it hasn't been used in 30 years and I am afraid to try it. Got to admit though, that I had more fun with that BB gun than I ever had with a real one. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) To: Mike Davis ('74) Mike, it could get ugly, but I doubt it. Can you say OU 63 - Texas 0? The T-Sippers are a legend in their own mind. They are defintely beatable. Eight and a wake up. Go Cougs. One of my favorite memories from WSU is walking back from the hill on a snowy night and seeing the Sig Ep house all lit up with the guys setting up for dinner or just goofing around. Ray Stein or Max Jensen might remember the same vision. -Brad Wear ('71, WSU '75) ~ in warm, 70°, Richardson, TX ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jerry Lewis ('73) Re: the ever continuing saga of Richland's very own Area 51 -- the camp at Horn Rapids I called Michele Gerber, the Hanford historian, today and asked her about the POW issue. She said there were no POWs, only low-level prisoners as previously reported. So this is my mea culpa for repeating unsubstantiated stories (even though I did end it with a caveat that it should be checked out). I promise to be better next time, even if it's more fun to start a rumor. -Jerry Lewis ('73) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jan Strain ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) who stated, "And how 'bout them Dawgs? tee hee" How 'bout those DAWGS!!! Let's go back and review Apple Cup history: 1998 - UW 16 - WSU 9 1999 - UW 24 - WSU 14 2000 - UW 51 - WSU 3 2001 - UW 26 - WSU 14 2002 - UW 29 - WSU 26 2003 - UW 27 - WSU 19 Six wins for the DAWGS in the last six years. I'd say the DAWGS own the cougs. Sorry, I couldn't resist. :-) I wish the cougs well in the Holiday Bowl but I don't see them coming out with a "W". -Jan Strain ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) To: brother Mike Davis ('74) Which Dawgs are you talking about? You best not be attempting to bad mouth these Gonzaga Bulldogs. You'd never meet a better bunch of guys and die-hards, they'll be there in the end -- as usual. It's nice to see young men play hard together and are all clean cut and nice -- sort of like the Bomber representatives, huh? Wishing all you folks a happy holiday. And may the new year approaching be better than this last. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ~ in Spokane -- still loving those Gonzaga hoopsters till the end. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Treg Owings ('76) To: Charles Cox ('56) Re: Prediction: TEXAS 24 - wazzoo ZIP So Charles, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and take WSU and 20 points for 10 bucks. What do you say? -Treg Owings ('76) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shannon Chapman Davari ('84) Re: Class of 1984 Reunion Just wanted to let any and all members of the Class of 1984 know that it is time to start planning our 20 year reunion. I know it is hard to believe, but true! I believe the date has been set for the weekend of July 9- 11. I have been put in charge of gathering names and addresses; scary, but true! Please send me any information you might have on our classmates. My e-mail address is: <>. Happy Holidays! -Shannon Chapman Davari ('84) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shelley Williams-Robillard ('84) Merry Christmas to all you Bombers out there. We had an early present-opening this morning with our children, as we will be leaving tomorrow to go Christmasing with our extended families. I just wanted to wish all of you a blessed Christmas time. Mr. Curtis's entry ["A Christmas Card"] made me think of growing up in an "F" house on Jadwin. On Christmas morning we always had to wait at the top of the stairs until EVERYONE was ready to go down; it was absolute torture. This year I had a lot of fun wrapping my children's presents. They each had a certain wrapping paper, no tags. They had been absolutely beside themselves trying to figure out whose was whose. Peace to you all, -Shelley Williams-Robillard ('84) ~ Moses Lake *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/03 ~ Christmas Eve Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Anna May Wann ('49), Dave Rhodes('52WB) Charlie Cox ('56), Linda Stewart ('57) Max Sutton ('57), Gloria Falls ('58) Linda Fairweather ('59), Audrey Eberhardt ('61WB) Helen Cross ('62), Fred Schafer ('63) Patti Snider ('65), Clark Riccobuono ('71) Peggy Hartnett ('72), Brad Upton ('74) Kim Edgar ('79) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Conley ('46) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: J.D. Davidson ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Groff Taylor ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Miller ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art Schafer ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Sandstorm Editors Dear Santa, Here is our Xmas list. Not much we want; but, we've been good (well, pretty good) and we'd love it if we could get three little presents: 1) have all of our wonderful readership's submissions sent to <>, 2) have all of the submissions signed with the author's full name (including maiden names for those ladies who have been happily married for oh so many years), and 3) have all of the individuals' class years noted so we don't have to try to chase them down. Like we said, not a whole lot, but it would bring real joy to our little virtual newspaper office. See what you can do Big Guy. Merry Christmas and Bomber Cheers, -Sandstorm Editors ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Just want to wish my dear friend, Ray Conley ('46), a very Happy Birthday today. Also, thanks to Jeff Curtis ('69) for his wonderful "Christmas Card". Jeff, whenever you write your first novel I would love to have an autographed copy. I read a lot, but I find your writings one of the most entertaining and very visual. You are one of the best. Merry Christmas to everyone and have a very Happy New Year; also plan on attending Club 40 next September [when sending in your dues and registration, please remember to enter *your* year of graduation on the form -- not just your spouse's]. -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) ~ from the small town of Bothell, where the last two days have been wonderful - even sunshine. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) My wife Alice and I wish all Bombers and Bomber Woulda Beens (WBs) a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Charlie Cox ('56) To: Treg Owings ('76) Re: Cats v. Cows Asking for 20 points spread is much. My only problem is I do know which TEXAS team is going to show up. Example is Tx vs Okla. -Charlie Cox ('56) ~ Georgetown TX ~ Where the temp. was 77 on the first day of winter. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Stewart Nicholson ('57) Re: the ever continuing saga of Richland's very own Area 51 -- the camp at Horn Rapids My husband, Bob Nicholson ('56), lived at Columbia Camp as his father worked for Morrison-Knudson. We have a picture of him standing outside the quonset hut they lived in, proudly holding his bicycle with the squirrel tail tied to the handle bars. As soon as we return to the Tri-Cities in the spring I will try to scan the picture and send it to the Sandstorm. Also, I have some pictures from Sacajawea that I'm sure will bring back memories. Merry Christmas to all of you and a very prosperous New Year, -Linda Stewart Nicholson ('57) ~ from sunny and warm Tonopah, AZ ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) Re: Cats and Cows and Dawgs -- "Them Dawgs" To: Jan Strain ('74) My wife and I, being ol' Huskies, have a bone to pick. Our money, of course, went to WSU so I guess we're ol' Cougs now. Anyway, to reply to your comment, I trust the ol' Huskies will be watching the TV when the Cougs play in the Holiday Bowl. Too bad you guys weren't even close to a bowl game. -Max Sutton ('57) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) Best wishes to all my Bomber friends and family for a happy holiday season. Ours will be brighter this year with the miracle of our grandkids -- my son had twins in May -- and a new great grandson on December 15. This makes six grandkids and two great-grandsons. My grandson in Richland had a fight with the tv and the tv won. His foot is not broken; thank God for that as he is a hockey player. Merry Christmas everyone, -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ~ Spokane, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Fairweather Piele ('59) Hello, My name is Linda Piele (Fairweather, Class of 1959). I have sad news to report to the Class of 1964. My brother, Ralph Fairweather, died unexpectedly on November 25th in Oakland, California. The apparent cause was heart failure. For those who are interested in what Ralph had been doing the last few years, they might want to visit this web page, which includes a memorial tribute: <> This "Final Cut Pro" users group, with which Ralph was much involved, will hold a memorial service for him on January 7th at 7pm, in San Francisco, during the MacWorld conference. Of course, anyone in the area would be welcome to attend. Ralph's survivors include his 34-year-old son, Abrol; his 4-year-old grand-daughter, Barbara; and three sisters: Phyllis, Edith, and Linda. Please let me know if you have any questions. Linda Fairweather Piele ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Audrey Eberhardt ('61WB) To: Bill Blankingship ('62) A belated happy birthday to you. I did not realize you were almost a Christmas baby. May you enjoy many many more. -Audrey Eberhardt (dinky) ('61WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I want to add my birthday greeting to Lyle Hawk ('62) from the best class to those of the Class of '62 for sure! I was mesmerized by Jeff Curtis's ('69) Christmas story set on Tinkle between Birch and Cottonwood. As I had memories of a similar childhood lived with my family on Olympia Street, which is between Birch and Elm with Cottonwood running through the middle, how far away can it be? And I know the kids who lived on the other side of Swift (behind our house) went to Marcus Whitman (I believe) and West Side UP church! I just got out my trusty map of the Tri-Cities which I spirited from our house from the many, before it was sold in '99, and you lived almost to Van Giesen, that was farther than I was permitted to walk to when I was at Spalding. And also I never had a reason to go to Tinkle. I went to Torbett, which explains why I wasn't familiar with exactly where Tinkle is. (That map provided an interesting few paragraphs about Richland's history. If I ever learn how to scan I just may send it in. With no grandchildren, sons (when they are home) who think I live in the Dark Ages and that it is hopeless to help me anyway, and being so far away from John Adkins ('62) who has helped me register for all of the reunions I have attended, I wouldn't look forward to getting this information anytime soon.) -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN where our Currier and Ives Winter wonderland scene of frozen snow- covered lake, and -hills will be disappearing tomorrow as they predict it will get up to 40's and thus melt much of the snow. Today the roads were dry enough so I could get in a good walk and meet a few of the neighborhood dogs. And the sun is shining. All in all a lovely winter day in Indiana! PS-- Jeff, you are a tribute to all your English teachers, your writing is a joy to read. If I were a publisher, I'd suggest you should be published. PPS-- To: Fred Suckow ('55) -- Thanks, I'm glad someone agrees with me. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Fred Schafer ('63) Forty years ago I got down on one knee in front of family and friends (wanted to make hard for her to say no) and asked cute little Ann Engle to marry me. Ann, thanks for saying yes. Every day of my life has been better since. Thanks for 40 years. Let's have 40 more. Happy Holidays to all and may 2004 be a great one! -Fred Schafer ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Patti Snider Miller ('65) I heard a true story today about one of us Bombers. Yes, Rich Bowen ('65) had taken a 'whoopi' cushion into the Uptown theater and when the guy ahead of him left for the snack bar .... yes, the whoopi cushion went there. When the kid came back and sat down .... well, you know what happened. It must of been verrrry loud! The kid reported it to the manager and Rich was kicked out of the theater once again. Any other stories you might have about Rich? I'd love to hear them. Just want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless You, -Patti Snider Miller ('65) ~ in Richland where it is very cold; by the time I got off work I was an icicle! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Clark Riccobuono ('71) Re: Wazzu and Brad Wear ('71) Holiday Bowl? Do you remember the score of the Apple Cup? Huskies: unranked -- maybe 120th in nation this year. So you might want to rethink your Texas v. Wazzu score. Oh yeah, Kegel's back, that should give the Kittens one touchdown. No comments from Davis. But I will take your predictions. -Clark Riccobuono ('71) ~ lovely Puyallup, where the temp changes about five degrees now -- 35 to 40. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Peggy Hartnett ('72) Re: Mrs. Duncan (RIP) (retired teacher) I was wondering if any of my other classmates can correct me if I am wrong -- you're Bombers; so, of course, you will! I had Mrs. Duncan in 2nd grade at Christ the King; that would have been 1961-62. She was our teacher for First Communion. The part that I *think* I recall is that her son was ordained that same year and gave a Mass at our church. A few of us were asked to participate and, though I don't recall what our role was, I know we got to wear our First Communion dresses again, which my mom was pleased about. I think after three girls she was getting a bit tired of this fancy dress for one event business! (She should be glad we weren't Mexican and she didn't have 3 quinceneras in her future!) Anyway, in the obit it didn't mention that her son was a priest and so I wondered if my memory was playing games with me. Any of the rest of you from that class have any recollection? -Peggy Hartnett ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Merry Christmas to all!! -Brad Upton ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Old Christmas toys I still have my "Velvet Doll", still in the box. (She has short blonde hair, until you push her belly button, then you pull her pony tail out, she has long hair.) My dad had given her to me soon after he returned from Vietnam. When he had left for war I was still in the doll stage; I had pretty much grown out of it when he had returned, however, I didn't want to hurt his feelings, so I played with it for a while. I decided to save it for my daughter when I grew up. Since I only have a son I'll have to wait for grandchildren. -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ~ Poulsbo WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Ralph Fairweather ('64) ~ 1946 - 11/25/03 <> *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/03 ~ CHRISTMAS Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff today: Carol Black ('48), Rufus "R. J." Pederson ('48) Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49), Jack Lowrey ('49) Wanda Wittebort ('53), Marguerite Groff ('54) Mike Lewis ('60), Jay Siegel ('61) Janine Rightmire ('65), Leonard Arnold ('69) Mike Franco ('70), Vic Marshall ('71) Brad Wear ('71), Larry Crouch ('71) Jean Eckert ('72), Lynn Noble ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Bowls ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay Coates ('72WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) Dear Sandstorm Editors: Would you please add to your wish list that contributors add where they are from? Thank you for all your hard work and Merry Christmas!! -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ Bellevue, Wa PS-- Maren, please note that I didn't forget that I had a maiden name. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Rufus "R. J." Pederson ('48) Dear Sandstormers all, Merry Christmas and best wishes to the birthday kids on Christmas eve. Special thanks to Ray Conley ('47) for not making me the oldest person on the internet. For J. D. Davidson ('51), did you know my little bro Donald "Pete" Pederson? For Max Sutton ('57), are you related to Bill Sutton ('48) or do you know where he is? STOP THE PRESSES!!! The missing blue blazers are found -- and it didn't happen at Club 40. One of our better trombonists in the "What's Up?" swing band took my blazer in hopes that I would stop playing with them and thus improve the sound of the trombone section. More later re Pasco pool diving board, DDT and radiation, POW's, Rex and Rembert and other Hunt Point All-stars. Hugs and smooches to all and in case there's e-mail in heaven, happy b'day to my dad! -Rufus "R. J." Pederson ('48) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Ray Conley ('46) Have a great birthday, Ray. You deserve it. I have always admired and respected your gentlemanly ways. -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jack Lowrey ('49) Here's to a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all you Bombers out there in the Land of the Free. From Jack and Luci Lowrey. -Jack Lowrey ('49) ~ waiting for a major storm to come in tonight for a white Christmas for the little ones in Layton, Utah. God Bless. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) Just want to wish all "Bombers", wherever they may be, A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. Love to ALL, -Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) ~ Rainy Lake Ridge, Virginia after a balmy fall day yesterday. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Holiday greetings to the readers of the Sandstorm. May you and your wonderful families have a blessed Christmas. I especially want to send the Class of 1954 Christmas greetings. One thing I have found out since moving back to Richland (in 1967 - after 11 years in Michigan) is that our '54 Bombers are wonderful. We that live in the Tri-Cities are so blessed. We get to see each other often. We support each other through illnesses and deaths in our families and the joys of becoming grandmas, and grandpas, and when the word great is added. Through all of our ups and downs there are the friends of '54 who call, send cards, and those of you that send wonderful e- mails of support and love. I have been on the receiving end and I just want to say thanks for the blessings you have sent my way. And ..... send in your registrations for the BIG 5-0. (Just couldn't resist a short commercial.) -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ in Richland where the grandkids are praying for snow, and Grandma's happy the way it is. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Lewis ('60) To: Everybody who likes the sky Re: Winter Galactic Crossing Every year just at this time the Sun crosses the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy within seven degrees of the dense, heavy Galactic Center. It's a big thing and it marks the rotation of the Galaxy, which is not very much but it adds up in all the little angles in biochemistry, love, and war. This all happens because the solar system, which is a disk, and the Galaxy, which is a disk, are by no means parallel but are tilted with respect to each other. Also, the Sun is not actually causing the apparent crossing, rather, the Earth's motion around the Sun does that. The important thing is that the Galaxy rotates a little each year, just an eensy teensy bit. Actually, about 6 milliarcseconds. But you can never go back. It means that in 170 years, the Galaxy rotates (where we are in it) about one arc second. One hundred seventy years is enough to found a conservative family, or a new nation. And you meet seconds of arc on your real estate property surveys. God bless and keep on trucking. I almost burned my omelet writing this so it's a hot subject. And I know how many eggs go in my omelet. -Mike Lewis ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel ('61) Some are classmates, some are friends, some are acquaintances, and some are names without faces, but each and every one is a part of my life. Our shared memories add color to the darkest day and remind of a much simpler time when people were able to simply enjoy each other and not have to be concerned about being "PC" or whether or not one might get hurt doing something. We are so fortunate to have grown up (maybe next year?) in such a special town as Richland and share our lives with each other. To Bombers everywhere, Merry Christmas and a glorious New Year. -Jay Siegel ('61) ~ in Poulsbo, WA (clear blue skies and warm gentle breezes) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) Happy Holidays Bombers!! May you all be blessed with much peace and love and health and happiness!!! -Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Leonard Arnold ('69) Re: My 2003 Christmas Card To: All Bombers everywhere He was then, He is now, and He shall be Yet in that one incredible instant, Oh yes - Stopped He. Not to smile, nor just to oversee, There was this desire to create! For to Him, this was the one idea that simply could not wait. Difficult it is to know, the complexity in so doing, To plant that seed, and set it willfully free, to fly on wings. No - He did not hesitate and wonder, nor did He guess, Oh! Such infinite love, to pause from then, and then to Bless. To capture now, By earth and breath, one special human being, Still He somehow, marveled at the image, His Godliness was seeing? The Father stopped, momentously- Because now/was, as it shall be, Then he blinked again, the world re-turned, spinning dreams to see. Yes, In that Awesome moment nothing was as important, He knew. He was giving the world, It's greatest/precious gift And it was You! -Leonard Arnold ('69) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) Re: Bomber road trips per Steve "Piiipps" Piiippo ('70) Steve is absolutely right; short of the State and Regionals trips, we had great "same day road trips". Walla Walla was always an adventure -- getting kicked out of the Corner Restaurant in downtown Walla Walla for throwing food, the compulsory stop at Minors after a Davis or Ike game, and of course, those Moses Lake and Wenatchee trips. These were ALWAYS good fun. The Yakima trips were always special because of that tavern (really dumpy) in Moxee where they would serve you if you could see over the bar. That jar of pickled eggs on the counter was older than all of us put together! It seems the Yakima trips were the best for me. I remember coming home from a basketball game in a blinding snow storm, serving as shotgun for driver Pat Magula. At one point we thought we had a flat tire, stopped and found that we were about 30 feet off the road! I would be interested in hearing about other road trip adventures -- remember, the stories need to be good, if not totally accurate! I want to wish all Bombers and extended family everywhere a happy and peaceful holiday season and especially a healthy and prosperous New Year. I think this is also a great time for all of us to note and remember our departed Bomber mates. There are many I think of but one special one I'll toss out for thought is the very best friend I ever had or will have: George Dana ('70RIP). George distributed smiles and happiness like Santa gives out candy canes. I know lots of us feel the same way about George. I would be interested in hearing thoughts from others about departed Bombers. The best way to treasure our memories is to share them. Happy holidays to all! -Mike Franco ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) To: Peggy Hartnett ('72) Re: Mrs. Monica Duncan -- Retired Teacher (RIP) Mrs. Duncan was a wonderful lady and a great teacher; but, her son is Denny Duncan ('66), a well respected Bomber hardwood alumnus. Although it would be easy to mistake Denny for a priest :-):-) I can assure you he is not. The teacher you are thinking of was Mrs. Surman -- her son was ordained about that time. I believe he is now in Australia and still a priest. I think he comes back to Richland from time to time. My favorite CK lay teacher was and remains Mrs. Nickola -- you would have graduated with Lee Ann ('72). Great family, and Chris ('68) was another notable Bomber hoopster who went on to play for Gonzaga. Happy holidays all!! -Vic Marshall ('71) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) To: Charlie Cox ('56) Re: Cats v. Cows Charlie, that's what I'm betting on. What Longhorn team will show up? I'm hoping it'll be the fumbling one. If not, Wazzoo will be in for a long day. I'll be about ten miles from you on Christmas Day; I'll be in Cedar Park. Should be another 70-80 degree Christmas Day in Texas. I'm out here alone rooting for the Cougs, my wife and most of her family are U.T. grads so it's pride that's at stake right now. Ricco, come on, you know deep down you love the Cougs; you know you're a closet "Butch" fan. No double entendre intended. The Dallas Chapter of Metroplex Marines wrapped up our Toys For Tots campaign last week and we collected and distributed 127,000 toys in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area this year. Up from the 115,000 we distributed last year. Merry Christmas to all, and best wishes. Jeff Curtis -- keep writing. -Brad Wear ('71, WSU '75) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Merry Christmas To All. -Larry Crouch ('71) ~ I have been told the best year .... ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jean Eckert Imholte ('72) In response to Peggy Hartnett's ('72) question about our 2nd grade teacher at Christ the King -- I believe you are thinking of Mrs. Sermon. She had a son, Darrell, who became a priest (Father Sermon -- that always cracked me up), and was ordained the year we were in 2nd grade. A few of us "lucky" little girls were chosen to be something called chalice guardians at the reception held for him in the cafeteria. Our job was to make sure no one touched the shiny gold communion chalice that was on display and "risk death" (we were told!). I remember a scripture reading about a man helping carry the Ark of the Covenant in Old Testament times, who reached out to keep it from tipping as it was being transported, and fell to the ground instantly dead. It sure made an impression on me then and we did our job with fear and trembling! Kerry Carraher and I were two of the other guardians. Does this sound accurate, Kerry? I believe the other teacher, Mrs. Duncan, was from a different year of our illustrious CK education. Hope that helps. -Jean Eckert Imholte ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) To: Peggy Hartnett ('72) Re: Mrs. Monica Duncan -- Retired Teacher (RIP) Yes, I believe you're correct, Peggy, about Mrs. Duncan's son. (You jogged a memory that I had shelved!) Mrs. Duncan was such a quiet and nice person. I didn't have her in second grade (I had Sister Celeste Mary -- was that her name?) but always found Mrs. Duncan to be very soft although firm when she needed to be. Thanks for bringing back another fond memory of CKS! Christmas blessings to you! -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/03 ~ Boxing Day Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers and 1 Bomber mom sent stuff today: Shirley Watts ('49), Dave Rhodes (WB'52) Stan and Dorothy McDonald ('53), Leoma Coles ('63) Betti Avant ('69), Lynn Noble ('72) Mike Davis ('74), Karen Davis ('76) BJ Davis (Bomber mom) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shirley Watts James ('49) Happy birthday to Ray Conley ('46). Ray, I wish you a healthy, happy 2004. -Shirley Watts James ('49) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes (WB'52) To: R.J. Pederson ('48) R.J., your brother Pete and I were very good friends. We also spent some time on the rodeo circuit. He was also a pickup man for stock contractor John VanBelle. I rode bareback horses and saddle broncs and Pete pulled me out of harm's way many times. -Dave Rhodes (WB'52) ~ Yakima, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Stan and Dorothy McDonald ('53) Happy Holidays to the Class of 1953! Have a healthy and prosperous New Year. And if you are ill, reflect upon your blessings and count your friends at the top of the list. Best Regards, -Stan and Dorothy McDonald ('53) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year. Had a wonderful holiday with my son and his wife from Seattle and my brother and his wife and daughter from Sumner, Wa, and especially enjoyed my 15 month-old grandaughter (but I overdid the gifts for her) LOL! Thanks for a great year of news and the class of "63" reunion! Take care all, -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ in Salem, OR where it's quiet and cold tonight! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, here it is Christmas morning and I thought I would get to sleep in for a change. Wrong -- my newspaper guy came a tad bit before 5:00 am and awoke me with his extra noisy rattletrap pick em up truck. I don't even get up this early when I am working. Oh well, I guess I can take a nap this afternoon or go to bed early tonight, as I have to work tomorrow. I hope you all got your wish list answered. When asking my hairdresser's little boy (kindergarten) what he wanted for Christmas he said, "which list?" I guess he had more than one wish list (from the mouths of youth). Happy new year all, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS, where it is supposed to be in the 50's today ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) To: Peggy Hartnett ('72), Jeannie Eckert ('72), and Vic Marshall ('73) Peggy, it's a good thing that Jean and Vic have better recall than we do. It was indeed Mrs. Surman whose son was ordained and who taught second grade, opposite Sister CLETUS Mary (that came to me last night as I was drifting off to sleep!) who was my second grade teacher. Whew! Glad we got that figured out! Merry Christmas! -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) ~ in cloudy Oregon City and anticipating the arrival of my children and grandbabies to relive the spirit of Christmas through their excitement and imagination. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Mike Franco ('70) First of all, happy holidays, Mike. Sharing the stories of the departed, but not forgotten, Bombers is a good idea. You mentioned George Dana ('70-RIP) and the his ability to put a smile on everybody's face. Coming from that same mold of humor and compassion was none other than the Bear [Steve Davis ('72-RIP)]. There are two giants, with hearts of gold, who are missed and will always be remembered. -Mike Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) To: Mike Franco Re: Remembering Deceased Bombers Boy, I think that is a great idea. To reminisce of Bombers of the past: the ones we've lost to untimely deaths, injuries, diseases, old age, or what have you. I would love to read more quips about George Dana -- I too, loved that man very much. It was so much fun when he would visit the Davis household. Others, including Larry Chafin, Rick Slater, Dink Marcum, Matt Duve, and my own brother Steve "Bear" Davis -- the ones we've lost would provide so much enjoyment to remember the good ol' days when they were around. If any one has stories of Bombers of the past, please share with the rest of us. Thanks, and on this Christmas Day that many are celebrating, I wish you joy, happiness and peace. And I pray that you celebrate our Lord on a daily basis -- not just this supposed holy day or a Sunday -- but He lives daily -- Jeremiah 29:13. (I hope no one takes offense -- my immediate family and I recognize the Sabbaths and the days that Christ himself took part in -- like the Feast of Tabernacles etc.) But anyway, I wish you all the best for the new year. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ~ in Spokane where it is about 35 degrees and "I'm lovin' it!" ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: BJ Davis (Bomber mom) To: Mike Franco ('70) Of course my favorite departed Bomber is "Bear" [Steve Davis ('72-RIP)]. We used to follow the Bombers everywhere; but, one of my favorite memories is on a trip to Yakima. (That was one of my favorite trips too but can't say that I ever stopped at the bar in Moxee; I might have tried one of those eggs however.) We used to go on many of those trips with Gary and Connie Miller. One night we were running late so we stopped and picked up some Kentucky fry and were on our way. It started snowing, one of those real pretty snows, and I thought to myself, what a perfect moment. Norm and Gary both were very laid back men and everything was quiet and still; it was almost like we were floating. That memory, though different from yours Mike, has always stuck in my mind. I hated to go to Walla Walla. Remember how the Walla Walla audience would blow whistles and our guys would stop playing but the Walla Walla team would just keep on playing and the Walla Walla refs had the worst reputation in the league (apologies to the Walla Walla people of today)? Happy belated Christmas to you all; and, to my two scattered children, we miss you. Wig, we love you man (smile); and to Karen, our love and get-well wishes. -BJ Davis (Bomber mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/03 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Anita Hughes ('52), Jay Siegel ('61) Ed Quigley ('62), Fred Schafer ('63) Patricia Rediske ('63), Betti Avant ('69) Peggy Hartnett ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeannine Hughes Shaffer ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Chapman McFall ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Eckert Weyers ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Len Huesties ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Nelson ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Anita Hughes Hogan ('52) I am sending this note to wish my sister, Jeannine Hughes Shaffer ('54), a very Happy Birthday today. Also to wish all Bombers and their families a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year! -Anita Hughes Hogan ('52) ~ where the sun shines on beautiful snow covered Mt. Shasta this morning ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel ('61) Now that Christmas is past, I hope that each of you had as good a one as I did. A note to remind all of you Bombers that enjoy fireworks, that Larry's company is once again doing the show at the Emerald Queen this year. If you happen to come out, the best place to watch the show from is between the casino and the river boat. From there you can hear the music and get a good view of the fireworks. Larry will probably be near that location with the music but I will be out with the fireworks -- if you are there, take a walk out and say, "Hey!" At any rate, everyone have a reallly great New Year. -Jay Siegel ('61) ~ Poulsbo, WA ~ Clear, blue skies and warm, gentle breezes ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Jay Siegel ('61) Well said, Jay. I never really appreciated what a special place to grow up we had, until I moved up to Tacoma in '64/5. The level of education we received, the freedom from fear, and the closeness of the community (although, I have to admit that I was sometimes irritated at how quickly word got around when "someone" got caught doing something he shouldn't -- not that I wasn't the "perfect child", mind you. Cough, cough!) were incredible. And from what I have gathered from my friends here, the unique bond that the "kids" from Richland share, is truly something to be treasured. Almost daily, as I read through the Sandstorm (Thanks, Maren!), some memory is sparked by someone's post, and I really appreciate it. To: Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) Say "hello" to Guy's wife, from her "old" guitar teacher! :) -Ed Quigley ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Fred Schafer ('63) The Schafers "63" had a great Christmas with our two sons in chilly Vancouver USA. Now we are off to sunny Tucson AZ for a week of R&R. Ann and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2004. -Fred Schafer ('63) PS-- good hunting, Connie, for your new PC; remember the ad, "Get a Dell, dude!" ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) Re: Old Christmas Toys To: Dennis Hammer('64) in the December 23, Sandstorm Yes! I have a trunk full of my old toys. My favorite is the Raggedy Ann doll that my Nana hand-made me. She is faded and a bit frayed around the edges (a bit like me, come to think of it) but much loved. I also have a doll that is part cloth, with a crying mechanism in her chest, and with a composition head and eyes that close, her arms and legs, alas, are made of rubber, the kind that turns brown and brittle with age, and those parts are almost gone. We have a doll hospital near us and I've been thinking about seeing what they can do with her. I also have a pair of dachshund (sp? -- drat where's the dictionary when you need it!) dogs made of red oil cloth (anybody remember that stuff?) that snap together in the middle to make a duo, with long floppy ears sewn on. And ..... the famous two headed bed doll, which every young lady had to have to decorate her bed; mine are blonde and brunette, they also had waking and sleeping styles. I have been meaning to ask my baby brother Len ('66) if he still has his wind up sulky racer and his hedgehog doll that Mom brought him back from a trip to Germany. She saw it and realized that it looked like a puppet on the old "Uncle Jimmy" television show. Does anybody but me remember that show, produced in Yakima, with the old cartoon segments, the treasure chest that always had Wonder Bread and milk as part of the prizes, the birthday club and the puppets? Oh, what a weird trip down memory lane that was! Anyway, back to the toys. I used several of them this year in a display I helped put together at the assisted living community where I am the business manager. The residents loved them! We had a toy piano, a doll high chair, a monkey doll, a dinosaur doll, a toy sled, and a doll my mother had as a child -- with real hair, a real woven straw hat, kid leather shoes, silk stockings and an open mouth with little teeth showing inside -- she's about a foot tall and, I think, German made. Well, better go. I love reading all the memories from any and all Bombers! -Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) ~ Bothell, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: gyms One of the things I remember most about the Wa-Hi gym was it was so tiny. Didn't they have some seats above the one basket? It always got so hot in there that sometimes they would open the doors to cool it off some. It almost seems to me that Chief Jo's was bigger than theirs'. I went to every out of town game I could get to, either by rooter bus or sometimes someone's dad. When we went to Wenatchee my sophomore year, we had more fans than they did. I was at the end of the 2nd row and sat the whole game with one foot on the floor and the rest of me on the bleacher. No one could move any closer together. Are these gyms still as small today as they were 35 years ago? Bomber cheers to you all, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS, ~ no snow for Christmas (except for what hadn't melted) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Peggy Hartnett ('72) Re: Mrs. Monica Duncan -- Retired Teacher (RIP) Thanks to all of you Bombers, I knew you would set my thinking straight. I was a little right and a little wrong. I always check my mail here at the museum and my colleague and I were discussing one of the many history/stories that is often repeated in Bisbee. Suddenly when I saw the error of my memories it gave me pause -- that is how history is often messed up! Thank heaven I am not in charge of keeping track! Re: Boxing Day I was so happy to see Boxing Day on the dateline. I love the ideas behind Boxing Day. When I lived in NYC and working for incredibly rich people, one of them was English and if he was in New York at Christmas, he made a point of giving something, in person, to all of us who worked for him. So, though far from wealthy, I do try to think about those folks who make my life a little easier and go see them and say thank you on this day. Happiest of Holidays to you all. -Peggy Hartnett ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/03 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff today: Doris Palmer ('49), Tom Tracy ('55) Jim Russell ('58), Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Pam Swain ('61), Audrey Eberhardt (WB'61) Paula Beardsley ('62), John Adkins ('62) Len Rediske ('66), Rick Maddy ('67) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Betti Avant ('69) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Doris Palmer Overla ('49) To: Ray Conley ('46) Happy Belated Birthday, Ray. Sorry to be so late. To: All Bombers young and older Hope that the New Year will bring you all the wonderful things that you deserve, good health and happiness for you and your families. -Doris Palmer Overla ('49) ~ from sunny Florida where we are truly enjoying a visit from our daughter from Korea and busy helping her plan for her retirement from the Army after 22 years ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Wally Erickson ('53) The brow of the hill overlooking the riding academy, just a stone's throw from our ranch house at 1325 Cedar, seemed to be a good place to find the small beads. I recall Ron Kulick showing a few of our 4th grade classmates where we could find them. We screened a small collection of them and brought them back to Marcus Whitman teacher who collected buttons. While screening beads I could see my favorite sorrel "Jerry" grazing in the pasture below. I could also see that giant black horse with the mean look in his eye ... the one who knew he had me intimidated the first time I let him stare me down. When I agreed to ride him I had no idea that look in his eye meant he would put all his feet together in a bunch and elevate me haystack high as he moved a few paces left. He did have a look and grin that asked, "You want some more of this?" I always arrived early and selected Jerry who had to be the finest horse I ever rode at the stables. He could stop on a dime and give you change for a quarter. He loved to run and carrots were his ice cream and candy. I got a tear in my eye when I found out he'd been sold. It may have been the year we outgrew our Roy Rogers lunch boxes. Back to the bead warning. We took her seriously when our teacher expressed concern about sacred burial grounds. That ended most of our archeological digs in that area. Besides the fact that we were boys and not attuned to remaining patient enough to thread a needle through that tiny shafted bead. Those finely sliced, hollow beads may have been precision cut from the machine shop of ancient space explorers. Theories hold that once they finished watching the earth cool from the moon's surface, what else were they supposed to do? They dropped a few beads across the prairie and watched the rumor mill spin. I've been hoping we could find one of the wonderfully talented seamstresses from the Class of '55 (who were kind enough to show us how to stitch emblems on letterman's sweaters without stabbing ourselves) to give us their theories about the beads. It would also be great to find one who would take this large ball of steel wool and knit me a Ferrari. Seriously though, I know that the young ladies of RHS '55 spun lots of straw into gold and love for their families and helped make each new day better than they ever expected. Good thoughts to those who live and lived in that "wonderful place to grow up in" Richland, the land of Magic Firehouse Basketball and the world's best glow-in- the-dark friends. Maybe someone knows about the beads. Thanks for the memory Wally. Cheers from across the years and Many happy returns, -Tom Tracy ('55) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: rival gyms To: Betti Avant ('69) I don't remember the Wa-Hi gym as tiny. The gym I think I remember as having seating at the end and above the basket was that of Pasco. I can visualize being "seated" at that end, looking down at the closing moments of action at the season's kick-off jamboree for the Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland teams. I think it was the 1957-58 season. Each team played a quarter against each of the other teams (that doesn't seem to work out mathematically). As the horn sounded at the close of the quarter against one of the teams, Col-Hi's C.W. Brown hooked a desperation shot from one end of the court to the other. NOTHING BUT NET! My memory of the Wa-Hi gym is much less rewarding. One weekend afternoon, the DeMolays from Richland Chapter challenged the DeMolays from Walla Walla to a basketball contest. We had done well in the Church League and felt pretty confident. We traveled to Walla Walla and met face-to-face in the Wa-Hi gym. Everything was fine until the tip-off. That's when we discovered that the Walla Walla high school basketball team were all members of the local DeMolay Chapter. It wasn't pretty! -Jim Russell ('58) ~ in beautiful downtown Mountlake Terrace. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) NOTICE FOR JANUARY 10, 2004 LUNCHEON WHAT: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Christmas Luncheon DATE: Saturday - January 10 TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. WHERE: DoubleTree/Columbia River I-5 Exit #308 - Jantzen Beach Exit Prices vary from $5.95 - $13.95 - but all the food is good and portions are generous! Please contact Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) if you will be able to join the group! <> -- New Bombers join us almost every month! Spouses and guests are all welcome! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Pam Swain Johnson ('61) Did anyone else notice that the toys we bought our grandchildren this year were remakes of toys that we bought our children years ago? There were GI Joes, Micronauts and, of course, Legos. The difference this Christmas being the price and the technology. Our Bret wanted Mind Storm Legos -- and Hooray! I found the last set. For a mere $199 he can make his own robots and hook them up and program them with his computer. As I said the price is somewhat different from the $14.95 sets we all bought way back when but think of where Bill Gates would be today if he had these cool toys. Also did anyone else notice the Homeland Security toys? Spy glasses, decoding devices and so on. I think all you old guys used to order those same glasses from the back of comic books with the hope of using your X-Ray Vision to see through girl's dresses. Everything old is new again. Best wishes to all for '04. -Pam Swain Johnson ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (WB'61) Don't remember if I wished everyone a Happy New Year for 2004. I also want to tell everyone how much I enjoy reading the memories. I must agree also about the education we received. I transferred from California at the beginning of the 7th grade into Mrs. Smith's room at Chief Jo -- talk about culture shock. I was honor roll in CA, but very far behind at CJ. I remember how embarrassed I was, when Mrs. Smith promoted me provisionally. Thank God for excellent schools, it has served me well over the years. I will not be reading my Sandstorm for a week. I am going to help take care of a granddaughter after shoulder surgery. I will miss it. May everyone have a healthy, prosperous, and blessed 2004. To the very, very, hard workers of the Sandstorm my deep and sincere thank-you for an exceptional performance. Bless you. -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews (WB'61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) To: Jeff Curtis ('69) I remember that chrome table and the gentle spirit of our nice neighborhood. I didn't realize your folks weren't still in the old house. I'm sorry to hear that. You have a wonderful way with words that brings the memories welling over me. My strongest memories of the holidays are of sitting down to dinner with the Reils every Thanksgiving and Christmas until we were teenagers. Janice, Nancy, and I sat at the kids table with Saralyn, Scherion, and Rick; and when we got older, we got to go to the movie on Christmas night. What a great childhood we got to have. Thanks Mom and Dad. To: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Happy belated birthday Vera Alice! Dad sends his love to you also. I hope each of you has a blessed new year and it is filled with the best of everything wherever you are. Thanks Maren for continuing to provide this wonderful connection. You are the best. -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) There is a small brushing of snow here in "the Beautiful Downtown Tri-Cities" this morning, enough to make the streets and sidewalks white but not enough for a real serious run down Carmichael Hill or a Hookie-Bob down Hunt Street. Those of us with SUV's have joyously engaged our 4WD's and made the run to the Spudnut Shoppe for warm spuddies and a few exchanged stories of snowfalls past. My two grandsons are excited -- first offense with snow for them. CONNIE LOUISE is getting a New Computer! -- DUCK everybody. Happy Holidays to all. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Len Rediske ('66) To: Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) Re: old toys and dolls Yes, Sis, I still have my sulky racer, my Raggedy Andy doll, my mechanized Popeye skating toy, as well as a very old black stuffed dog with sewn on patches. I don't remember him at all, but Linda just pulled him out of the bottom drawer where he lives with other assorted old stuffed things. I enjoyed reading your Sandstorm entry today (12-27). I don't remember most of the toys that you mentioned, but I am sure that they mean a lot to you. I really recommend that you take the dolls to the doll restorer. We took a doll in to a local restorer, and had great results. My wife Linda has most of her childhood dolls and stuffed animals. Some are quite threadbare. We also have four storage tubs chock full of stuffed animals, mostly bears. We use them to change the seasonal decor in our house. How about you other Bombers out there? Do you have some stories of your childhood toys and dolls? -Len Rediske ('66) and Linda ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Wazzu, Bombers, and elderly cattle Not that I am much of a football fan. Other than stopping in at Sears electronics department and rooting for Washington state teams of any kind on the tubes I pretty well quit watching the game a few years back after noticing what I thought was Craigs sister quarterbacking a Seahawk game for the final minutes of a losing season. Some Sears shopper viewing the game on another screen yelled out, Hey, they put Craigs sister in the game! Of course, he was wrong. Although, I must admit, it did take me a few downs to realize it. Nevertheless, the Wazzu game has again tweaked a bit of interest because this is possibly the last season for the Texas mascot, Bevo the Thirteenth. I gotta see that. And if someone is thinking this has something to do with the Soylent Green Mabton case, I assure you it does not. Here is the beginning of the story and address for the rest if interested: "Bevo XIII, the University of Texas longhorn steer mascot, has seen a lot in 16 seasons. It may be about time to put him out to pasture. The Silver Spurs spirit club, which takes care of the mascot, is considering retiring Bevo XIII after Texas plays Washington State in the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday, if it can find a suitable replacement. Club officials believe the time is probably right for a steer as long in the tooth as in the horns. He's 19, nearing his life expectancy of 22 ..." <> Does anyone watch the Seattle Utah Los Angeles Laker team we got down here? Give them their rings and lets end this years pro season circus as soon as possible. Too painful to watch! Reminds me of always being chosen last down there on Barth at the eight-footer with the bent rim because nobody wanted a 57 post that couldn't jump. Keep the Bomber play by play coming ... PLEASE!!! I enjoy seeing familiar names that make me wonder if that is so and sos kid. Toss in a Bomber girls game now and then if someone can. Who is on that team? Nice to read about a game that is a game before falling into the after high school abyss of who cares. Is Title 9 still in effect? Anyway, gotta go ... my WWE is starting. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA ~ clear, sunny, a freezing cold 59 degrees, high 30s at night ... surfs up ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) RE: Discovering and going with what we're 'good at' Had a lovely, quiet, warm, loving, contemplative Christmas week thus far. The highlights have been midnight Mass Christmas Eve, and two day trips (25th and 26th), looking for rural property. (Found some great stuff east of Walla Walla, up on a ridge above Dixie. Any Walla Walla-based Bombers reading? Please get in touch if you're out there.) Will be having Christmas-type dinner with good friends this evening. My eldest son, Seth (HHS-WB'93) and wife Sarah (NAB), just south of Everett, are expecting my first grandchild on January 6th. She is, of course, hugely pregnant by now, and it would not have been wise for them to have come east of the mountains for Christmas. So they spent Christmas Eve with her father's side of the family, Christmas morning with her sister's family (3 little kids), and Christmas Day with a ton of people at her mother's house. Just talking to Sarah and Seth on the phone with our Christmas greetings for one another as they dashed from one place to the next made me appreciate even more the quiet and truly spiritual and loving experience Christmas has been for me this year. Canaan (HHS-WB'96) only had four days off from school in Phoenix, as he is fast tracking so he can finish in three more months. So coming up was not an option for him. The other two (de facto step-kids and neither Bombers), ages 20 (Erin) and 14 (Nikolai), were with their bio mom this Christmas. Next year, which will be the LAST Christmas in Spokane, God-willing, there will be all four kids (ages 15-30 by then) plus at least one kid-spouse (Sarah) and maybe a boyfriend/girlfriend or two here -- plus the baby (who will be nearly a year old by then). It will be rousing, and I will be thankful for the kids' presence and love, face-to-face. But ..... My experience this year helped me discover something about myself, as I prepare to be Grandma Lynn-Marie. (I'll bet that comes out as "Grandma Limmery" from little ones. That's kind of cool :-) ) I don't think I am the kind of grandma for holidays. I think I am the kind of grandma for 'ordinary days', and trips to baseball games and such. That's a good thing to know about oneself. For one thing, it will keep the kids (all of them) from having to worry about "whose turn is it to have us for Thanksgiving/Christmas this year" -- and establish their own traditions instead. Now, don't get me wrong -- I think all of you Bomber grandparents who DO have your kids/grandkids come for Christmas are probably creating great memories with them. But I think the real secret of good grandparenting (I say this as speculation, not having done it yet) is probably is going with what you're good at and what you enjoy doing with the grandkids. For example, Sarah's mom (the other grandma) is into shopping and dressing up and having tea parties and such. That's good -- because I will be the grandma who is into digging in the dirt, teaching the grandkids how to care for animals, and how to keep official score at a baseball game, etc. So I figure the grandkids will get some good balance in their lives. WOULD APPRECIATE THOUGHTS/COMMENTS ON THIS FROM BOMBER GRANDPARENTS WITH SOME EXPERIENCE! In the meantime, I will SOON be posting pictures to our website of my grandson. (We have birthday bets ranging from 12/28 to 1/13. I am praying for sooner rather than later -- for Sarah's sake, and because grad school starts again on 1/13. The kids want me to stay for a week after the baby comes -- so sooner will work much better!) No doubt you will all be breathlessly awaiting the link to those photos ;-) (Hey, I do get a kick out of YOUR photos -- even those of you I don't know personally. So I figure you just might enjoy these!) May each of us walk in the light as we enter the New Year. Blessings, -Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Wa-Hi Gym Thanks, Richard, [for a trip] down memory lane with the pictures of the old Wa-Hi gym. Gee, these pictures make the gym bigger than I remember. Of course the visitors' section was always in "enemy territory" where the reserved seating was. Even Dawald Gym was that way, as I occasionally got to sit in that section when I worked for Dr. Pettee and he gave me his tickets when he was not going to the game. I know there were nights when the fire marshals would come through and get people out the aisles because they were over seating capacity for a big game. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ sunny today but not too warm *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/03 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Marguerite Groff ('54), Wynell Williams ('55) Pete Overdahl ('60), Donna Nelson ('63) Mike Howell (WB'68), Betti Avant ('69) Lynn Noble ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) -- Deputy Editor ======APPEAL FOR TECHNICAL COMPUTER ASSISTANCE=========== Re: Burt Pierard's ('59) Computer is Broken NOTE: this is a appeal for technical assistance. If you don't know too much about the inner workings of a PC the rest of this will be *REALLY* boring. I recommend that you skip to today's regular content. The situation: Burt has a Dell 4100 running Windows ME. It has two physical hard drives: C:-20GB and D:-80GB. It appears that the C-drive has been attacked by a malicious virus and has been rendered un-readable/un-bootable. What Burt needs is for someone in the Tri-Cities who has the appropriate hardware/software resources to extract a number of critical files from the drive (if possible) which will then permit him to reformat the drive from scratch and do a clean install of Windows ME. The files in question pertain to Club 40 matters for the most part. I spent much of Sunday afternoon and evening at Burt's trying to recover the data using really old Norton Utilities (V7.0 for DOS) without much luck. Without any luck, in fact. Indeed, it is just a WAG on my part that the problem has been caused by a malicious virus. So, if anyone in Bombeville or the Tri-Cities can help, Burt -- and Club 40 -- would be infinitely grateful. You can either send me e-mail which I can pass on to him; or, give him a call at 943-3400. I am including my e-mail address in the web-based version (normally we strip e-mail addresses in a somewhat feeble attempt to defeat the address-harvesters): <> Thanks in advance for whatever help you can provide, -Richard Anderson ('60) -- Deputy Editor ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Class of '54 I hate bad news as much as anyone, and especially at this time of year. However, I need to report that we've lost two of our classmates. Dennis Hoxie ('54) passed away on Christmas day. I talked with his wife, Judith, today and she gave me some background that isn't in the obituary. Apparently he had Lou Gehrig's Disease and, more recently, Alzheimers. I have asked Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) to scan the obit onto the Sandstorm funeral notices. It may not show for a couple days. I wanted to warn you that the obit says that Dennis moved to the Tri-Cities in 1971 and it doesn't mention where he graduated from. It confused me so I talked with his wife and sure enough it was our Dennis. His wife explained the obituary problem was a family issue between herself and a stepchild. Somehow the stepchild won out. She did tell me one very positive thing that happened for Dennis. After years that she, I, and others tried to make him feel guilty about not going to our reunions, this year, out of the blue, he told her he wanted to go to Club 40. It was very important to him to be there. He was obviously ill, but was enjoying visiting with everyone. She told me that he was very upbeat and pleased that he had gone. After that night, he went downhill fairly quickly. I have to apologize to you for not putting this information out sooner. While I was in the hospital following surgery in October, I saw an obituary for Charles 'Chuck' Hendricks. The obit also used the name Charles 'Dwayne' Hendricks. I remember him as Dwayne. Anyway, he died on October 3, 2003. Apparently he dropped out of high school and joined the military in 1953, so Col-High isn't listed. I lost track of the obit from the paper. It has been found and I will mail it to Shirley Haskins to scan onto the Sandstorm Funeral page. His name isn't on our '54 web page. John Bruntlett is now the webmaster and I'll send him a note to add Charles to our list and show him as deceased. Now, enough is enough. The rest of you stay healthy and alive and have a wonderful 2004! See you at the BIG 5-0. Remember, if you did not receive the DustStorm, please let me know and I will see that you get a copy so you can join us in September. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ in Richland where we finally have snow. Doesn't thrill me; but, the grandkids are happy. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) To: Len Rediske ('66) and Linda In response to childhood toys, I have quite a collection of the Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls -- 20 to 25. I still have the original polka dot boxes (blue, red, and pink polka dots). The price is still on some of the boxes -- $.99, 1.29, etc. I also have an original box of the "Sparkle Plenty" paper dolls. Not sure what to do with all these things as I doubt my children would ever want them. Anyone have any ideas to offer me? Thanks for the memories, -Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: All Alumni Richland Bombers I have been playing catchup with my Alumni Sandstorms over the Christmas Holidays. It sounds like everyone is enjoying this special time of the year with their families and friends. I know some of our alumni are not with family and friends as they serve in our Armed Forces all over the world. I hope some of them have access to this fun website wherever they are. Everyday we read of the loss of another service person in Iraq or in other hot spots of the world. So as we approach this coming year of 2004 we want to keep in mind there are some of our alumni who are not in such fun parts of the world and we should continue to send our love and prayers. Let them know we appreciate what they are doing as we can continue to celebrate this time of the year with our loved ones. God bless all of our men and women in the Armed Forces. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Richland, Washington -- Home of the Mighty Bombers -- where it is sunny with a little melting snow. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: Christmas Toys I still have my Toni doll and she's dressed in clothes my grandmother made. I also have a walking Muffy doll and another soft doll that I never liked because I must have been getting too old for them. A not so good memory is having to say what we wanted for Christmas in Mrs. Nelson's 3rd grade room at Sacajawea. I wanted a stuffed panda bear and when I said it, I was laughed at. I got it and loved it. My sister, Suz ('67) got one just like it. I still want to pick up all the stuffed toys at Goodwill when I go. -Donna Nelson ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell (WB'68) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) As the grandfather of 12 excellent examples of grandchildren (2-16) and Dad to two sons and three daughters -- the two boys have not yet had kids of their own -- I regret to inform you that you have no say in the matter of traditions. You can change present opening to Christmas Eve or even to Christmas afternoon. It can be at anyone's home but, no matter what, you are going to be involved. Face it, it is beyond your control and you will learn to love it with every waking breath. So get use to it, Granny. LOL! -Mike Howell (WB'68) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: old toys I still have the teddy bear my parents gave me as an infant. Mom had removed the buttons for eyes before it was given to me. I also have the rocking chair I used to sit in endlessly. In fact, I have never touched it up, it still bears the scratches from the rivets on my blue jeans. Teddy seats in that rocker with a tank top with an Army Specialist-4 pin on along with a pair of my first pierced earrings in her ears. She holds my cabbage patch doll in her lap (a present for Christmas when they were popular). I think I kept a couple of toys my mom had saved when I cleaned out her apartment when she passed away. Here's to Bombers everywhere, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ the wind is howling today (typical for northwestern Kansas) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Loved reading about your expectations of grandparenting. I've been a grandparent for almost three years now, and have found it more delightful than I could ever imagine and a true blessing. When my son and his wife first discovered they were pregnant, both were concerned because it "wasn't how they had planned" their life and in fact they had decided that children wouldn't be introduced to their world for another 10 years or so ... now they couldn't imagine life without their son, Ian, who is now almost three. I am fortunate to live only 40 minutes away from them and have been blessed with the ability to spend a lot of time with Ian over the past couple of years. I've experienced his first smile, first time he sat up by himself, and the first time he used the potty! We play on the floor with trucks, cars, buses, and dolls and we take "adventure walks" together -- which Ian now demands as a condition of visiting us! I also get to yodel out several rounds of "Oorah, oorah" (Irish Lullaby) at his bedtime during his visits. The first time I got to rock him to sleep, tears welled up in my eyes because it brought back wonderful memories of when I sing to Ian's daddy in the middle of the night. We visit Papa (my husband) at the Oregon State Police headquarters where Papa is officially the "chief executive in charge of the state agency" but who cites nursery rhymes on the floor in his office with Ian -- much to the delight of the OSP leadership team who usually only see him engaged in politics with the legislature and making tough decisions. I have even made "my time off to play with Ian" a condition of my HR consulting contract -- and no one dares to argue when I tell them that I'll be off for a few days playing with Ian. When our children flew the nest, we immersed ourselves into our careers even more. By having Ian in our lives it has caused us to rethink our priorities from our spending so much time in our careers to giving back to our family. I'm sure other grammas and grandpas out there will agree with me that you're in for a wonderful time with your little one and we all understand your excitement. I'll look forward to hearing your stories as you walk through life with your little darling! -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) ~ aka to Ian: "Nee-Nee" *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/03 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff today: Norma Loescher ('53), Bill Witherup ('53) John Browne, Jr ('61), Jim Hamilton ('63) Carol Cross ('64), Linda Reining ('64) John Wingfield ('66) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Sue Richey ('53) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Fuh-Bah Tonight: Cats (9-3) v. Cows (10-2) ~ 5:00pm (Pacific) ~ ESPN ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) I remember at this warm-hearted season of the year, friends, neighbors, and cousins dropped in to give and receive holiday gifts. Fragrant, mouth-watering baked goods were savored on the spot. Mom Loescher was a seamstress, knitter, crocheter, needleworker, and maker of crafts. Her dresser drawers full of aprons, embroidered dish towels, sweaters, doilies, doo-dads, and tablecloths were generously emptied at Christmas. Dad, after joking about saving money by decorating a large fern or other house plant, would bring home a Christmas tree and set it up, filling the living room with the pungent scent of pine. Silver garlands, tinsel, bubble lights, and family ornaments made the tree a thing of beauty. For years we saved and reused the tinsel. One year Barbara Gaebel Zepeda ('53) painted the West Side Church windows with a nativity scene. They looked like stained glass -- too beautiful to wash off. The youth group went caroling every year and had a Christmas party in the home of our lively sponsors. We took food to the Union Gospel Mission. Each year the list of New Year's Resolutions grew shorter as we learned we wouldn't keep fifteen, ten, or five pledges. We prayed energetically for important things. This year I pray for peace and good health for all of us. When possible, I'll work for those things. Bomber cheers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) ~ writing in Richland, where patches of snow linger, and snow skies alternate with blue. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) Does anyone have a copy of the Dupus Boomer cartoon book, and in good condition, and for sale? My father's copy, which is now in the archives at University of Washington, was torn and water stained. -Bill Witherup ('53) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr ('61) To: Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) Re: Sparkle Plenty Are you talking about a paper doll of the Love Child of Gravel Gertie and B.O. Plenty? Get Out! ..... and find a color copier and wreak a little artistic havoc before it's too late (if it ever is). Ahhh, Sandstorm ..... the memory bombardment continues. Happy 6th Day of Christmas, everyone (what IS that one? Six pigs with wings? Everything's getting hazy.) ^..^ -JHBrowne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, Wa ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) It was at 2pm, 36 years ago today that this young butter bar Lieutenant in his brand new dress blues waited at the altar for the Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy. With my homies Dave Pugh, Rob Hills, Bob Mathis, and Jim Armstrong at my side, she and I took our vows, and the rest is history. She still makes my palms sweat, and I'd do it again tomorrow. Don't nobody pinch me now. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) To: Wynell Williams Fishburne ('55) Re: Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls I tried to email a reply to this Sandstorm entry and it was returned from AOL undeliverable. Hello - I just read your entry into the Sandstorm where you were wondering what to do with story book dolls. I sold many on eBay for a friend and did quite well w/o the boxes and some w/o the original clothes and all listed as 'played with'. You might be amazed at how much you can make selling them on eBay. Check them out on current auctions and completed auctions. Good luck! -Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Re: grandparents I have three "natural" grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 to almost 3; and four "foster" grandchildren, ranging in age from 17 to 5 -- they are the reason I get up each and every day with a smile on my face and a reason for living! I am fortunate enough to live in the same town as my grandchildren -- can't imagine not being able to see them each and every day! They bring a joy that is indescribable and more tears, laughs, and fun than I ever thought possible! I watch them daily while their mommies and daddies are at work and I LOVE IT -- best job I have ever had! So, relax and enjoy being grandma -- it is the best and you will be rewarded with many kisses and hugs and small voices calling out your newest name -- you will love it! By the way, I am NOT the grandma who will dig in the dirt (no green thumb, here), nor am I the one who will teach them about sports (I am a spectator, not a participant), but I "delight" in the things they find in the dirt (bugs, snails, worms, etc.), and I am one of their staunchest rooters at the various sports they partake in -- my voice is usually the loudest one (nothing new to those that know me), and yes, it embarrasses them, but they also know I will be there at all their games, cheerleading competitions, and band competitions, rooting for them to do their best, no matter if they win or lose! So, enjoy your new name and finding a whole new way to look at the world and the discoveries that will be uncovered by the newest member of your family. It really is wonderful to be called, "grandma", "nana", "memaw", or whatever. My mom was called, "gran-gran" and I am called, "mawmaw" -- BEST name I ever had! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Wingfield ('66) [Note: John consigned this to hotmail on Dec 24th; hotmail finally sent it to Sandstorm FIVE days later. (Great outfit, Microsoft, ain't it?) Anyway, here it is. --Ed.] Merry Christmas to you! I was thinking back to days growing up in Richland the other day. We always looked forward to and hoped for a White Christmas, in our family. I remember one time it snowed about 4-6 inches. The boys in the block made a good snow fort next door to our house, in front of Bob Frick's house. There we were having a good snow ball fight; Bob, Richard and Allan Coffman, Jim Newell, and others when up drove Leonard Sauer, stopped in front of Bob's house and tried to make it into the house. We had such fun giving him a blizzard of snow balls. The great fun of it was we were all bundled up in winter parkas, caps and gloves so no one recognized us, so I thought. But later, when I was in Sauer's mechanical drawing class, perhaps two or three years later, he gave me a hack. That's when I began to see that what you put out comes back to you. Another great treat that we always tried to enjoy after a good snow was hookie bobbing. (Now check me on the spelling here, John Allen, but the fact is I don't ever remember seeing this spelled before.) There are so many memories of growing up in Richland: warm, heart felt memories of growing up in a family with love and stability. But I know that was not true for everyone, not everyone has good feelings nor good memories associated with Christmas and the holidays. So my prayers go out to support those who do not, that they may forgive and heal those hurts and pains and be free to enjoy life from now on. May you have a wonderful Christmas, filled with love and happiness, good health and prosperity. Mele Kalikimaka from the slopes of Diamond Head, -John Wingfield ('66) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/03 ~ NEW YEAR'S EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers, 1 Bomber daughter-in-law, & 1 Bomber Funeral Notice today: Phil Belcher ('51), Muriel Anderson (53WB) Wally Erickson ('53), Max Sutton ('57) Helen Cross ('62), Nancy Mallory ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) Cheryl Moran ('66), Stu Osborn ('71) Treg Owings ('76), Jenny Tomaszewski ('94) Ryan Seidel ('94), Kathie McCoy (Shelley's daughter-in-law) ****************************************************** ******************************************************* Editor's Question (Again): Maybe the Bomber who knows the answer to this question missed it when I asked in an earlier Sandstorm. Someone had asked for the words to our Alma Mater and I had put the URL where the words can be found... it begins with the words "Oh, we love our fair Columbia"... so now I want to know if our Alma Mater was changed when they changed from Columbia High School to Richland High School????? -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Wallace ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Allen ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Many years ago when I was at Col. Hi., we would have a snake dance from the high school down through the down town section winding up across from the old police station. Every one in town would have sent their Christmas trees to this area, (there would be hundreds) and the fire Department would set the pile on fire while we stood around and sang. Can't do that now-a-days. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ Prosser - where it warmed up to 26 today, a good time to stay inside by the fireplace. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Muriel Anderson Thompson ('53WB) To: Bill Witherup ('53) Reproductions of the Dupus Boomer Cartoon Book are for sale at the museum in Richland located in the old rec building. I bought a copy for my old friend Herb Bullard hence I no longer have it to send to you. Maybe someone can pick one up for you there. Regards, -Muriel Anderson Thompson ('53WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Indian burial site To: Tom Tracy ('55) I enjoyed reading your email on the "Indian beads"... Your classmate Kenny Webster ('55) emailed me afterwards and he thought maybe it could have been a "ceremonial ground" instead of a burial site, since we didn't see any bones in the area. Kenny was one of my neighbor friends who was with me at the time. He also mentioned he still had some of those beads and bits of pottery... I would love to see them some day (since he lives in California and I'm in Idaho). Also, have some great memories of riding those wonderful horses at the riding academy. What fun times we had as kids. Anyway, thanks for your response... I and many others (Bombers) enjoy reading your emails. You should write a book about the "Good Old Days in Richland"... great memories. And of course thanks to Maren for making all this possible. I want to wish all the BOMBER FANS a very Happy NEW YEAR for 2004!!!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ We got snow in Idaho for the Holidays... overlooking snow in the mountains and on the evergreen trees. The birds are busy at all the bird feeders. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) Uh-Oh, those ole Texas boys got clawed pretty good by the Cougs. The score was not very indicative of the game cause the Cougs really took 'em apart. It was a very well played game. -Max Sutton ('57) ~ Renton, WA (Cougar Country) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) We are in San Diego for the great game. We are having lovely weather today after a very cold-for- here day yesterday. People in big coats and muffs... funny for me to see in such mild weather. We had a great parade this am. Happy New Year to all. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: Bill Witherup ('53) My Mom had both Dupus Boomer books which I loved. They have been re-issued in one volume. My sister got me a copy. I think she got it in Richland. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ Jackson, TN - where it is cool and sunny ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight ('65) To: Linda Reining ('64) and to all those other grandmas out there!!! Oh yes, being a grandma is the most wonderful thing in the world. Being a mom was extremely wonderful, but you all have to admit was such hard work, and no sleep for about 20+ years (well at least with my kids who still can give me grief - ha ha!), but when you first hold that new grandbaby (and yes, I was right there in the delivery room annoying the heck out of my daughter), the emotions are indescribable and bring a tear to my eye right now. I attend every sporting event, and I have three grandkids... so sometimes it has been that I have been the only family member there due to the other sporting events the other kids are involved in on a weekend. I remember the opening of baseball last year, and my oldest grandson, who is 9, was playing in his first game. It was rainy and wet, and they all had their cute little uniforms on, and here comes Clint sliding into home base all covered with mud!! I am congratulating his successful run, and look over and the youngest who is 5 is standing in a mud puddle up to his ankles, after doing the splashing thing that little boys can never avoid. I am proud of the fact that I am the first person to ever take my grandson to Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the first person to ever buy him a Krispy Kreme (and the last time I ever will eat one... bleh)... My heart melts when my youngest grandson tells me out of the blue "Grandma, I love you. You are the bestest grandma!" Happy New Year everyone!! And love up those kids and grandkids. -Linda McKnight ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) where is Jim Newell? -Patricia de la Bretonne ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Cheryl Moran Fleming ('66) It's been a while since I read the Sandstorm or written in. Jim ('65) and I just returned from Redding, CA where we spent Christmas with our daughter and her family. Best Christmas yet! We drove and as we traveled through Oregon one night, we listened to a portion of The Cinnamon Bear on the radio. It was a good experience to drive down I-5, looking at the lit up houses beyond the freeway, car heater blasting and listening to the program. Ah, the simple joys! Cathy Weihermiller ('66) is coming tomorrow and we will spend New Years in downtown Spokane at First Night. Jim and his band are playing at the Ridpath. I'm adding a resolution to 2004, to try harder to keep up with the Sandstorm. Happy Bomber New Year!! -Cheryl Moran Fleming ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stu Osborn ('71) Re: From: John Wingfield ('66) >>[Note: John consigned this to hotmail on Dec 24th; >>hotmail finally sent it to Sandstorm FIVE days later. >>(Great outfit, Microsoft, ain't it?) Anyway, here it is. >>--Ed.] Maybe this isn't the correct forum to air this but since I've seen others here take the tact of blasting Microsoft in the past and the editors always allow it, I'll finally submit an alternate response. Ed's comment about Microsoft yesterday finally struck a chord loud enough to elicit my reaction. Not sure if very many of you on the Alumni Sandstorm forum realize just how great an outfit that Microsoft ACTUALLY is... Sure, as an industry leader Microsoft is perceived as arrogant but that's not what I see from the inside looking out. All I see is a bunch of good natured, hard working, extremely SMART people trying to deliver great products to customers. Year in and year out, my company surveys as one of the top 5 places that college grads want to work. And just because someone like Ed jumps on the "bad-mouth Microsoft" bandwagon once again, that's not to say my company is responsible for delaying a little ol' piece of email sent from someone's hotmail account. Some of you may disagree, but Microsoft isn't responsible for all of your computer woes. Bill Gates doesn't have it in for you. Since there's no one else to blame, it's very easy to blast the software maker without knowing anything about the actual issue. People automatically point the finger at code running on personal computers or on servers as the first culprit. But there is this thing called a "TCP/IP network" that can get congested at times and cause bits and bytes traveling on twisted pair wires through routers, gateways and proxies to get lost or delayed. The Internet isn't as dependable and reliable as people might think. Think of the company's challenge in the marketplace for a short minute before joining the anti-Microsoft league. Big, successful companies are easy to blast away at but it's my company that continuously contributes to the State of Washington's economy in a very positive way. Think of our economy for a moment without the largest software company in the world doing business here. It would be akin not having Boeing here. Software is very technical and while it always has bugs, no company I've ever seen fixes issues as quickly, listens to customers more intently, reacts to partners' problems more efficiently and designs new software for users more effectively. All I'm asking is to think for a second before blasting Microsoft on each and every issue that you encounter using your PC. Doing that is fun, yes but it's exactly like discrimination in my book. Why if it wasn't for Microsoft, this Alumni Sandstorm forum wouldn't even exist today. Of course I'm biased because Microsoft provides me a good living and no one knows a company better than an insider. -Stu Osborn, (RHS class of '71) A proud Bomber and Microsoft employee... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Treg Owings ('76) Re: COUGS WIN Just wanted to say to all those doubters and Texas fans (especially Charles Cox ('56), COUGS WIN! It was really nice to win a bowl. Nice way to end the season. To: Charles Cox ('56) Re: Prediction: TEXAS 24 - wazzoo ZIP So Charles, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and take WSU and 20 points for 10 bucks. What do you say? -Treg Owings ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Ryan and Jenny Tomaszewski Seidel (94) DATE: Monday 12/29/2003 4:46:50am COMMENTS: Looking for info on the '94 class reunion. We've been living in France, near Paris, since Sept. 2002, and may not be home next summer, but are having a great time. Have three girls now, Ryan is an at-home dad, and Jenn works full time as a chemical engineer. Take care everyone! Go Bombers and Go Cougs! -Ryan and Jenny Tomaszewski Seidel ('94) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kathie McCoy (Shelley McCoy's ('63RIP) daughter-in-law) Re: The Bone got a shirt too! To: Friends of Shelley McCoy ('63RIP) :) Mick's friend surprised him yesterday with a framed autographed poster from Jay "the bone" Buhner! Along with a photo of Jay holding his new Harley Davidson/Shelley McCoy shirt! Mick was very surprised & loved it! We thought it was worth sharing :) Love, -Kathie McCoy (Shelley McCoy's ('63RIP) daughter-in-law) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Jay "the bone" Buhner's McCoy Shirt] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Dennis Hoxie ('54) ~ 11/19/34 - 12/25/03 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for 2003. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2003 ~ January, 2004