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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/01/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 2 funeral notices today: Bob Harman ('51), Jim Grow ('51) George Swan ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Audrey Eberhardt ('61WB), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Donna Bowers ('63), Fred Schafer ('63) Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63), Shirley Collings ('66) Kellie Walsh ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Engel ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnn Weiland ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Haskins ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Saucier ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Edgar ('79) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) To: Jim Jenson ('50) You bring back some real memories with your thoughts bout Hanford, the trailer town I mean. We lived there from about June of '44 through December of '44. There really wasn't much for kids to do then compared to what they have today but we did O.K. I recall three things we did to make a few cents. One was to sack and carry groceries from the one grocery store to the trailers or cars. We "confiscated" a government wheelbarrow from the play ground across the street from our trailer and used it to haul ice from the ice house to individuals who would give a five or ten cents for the service. We lived on Rostov Street, and, think, Eisenhower. We had a playground across the street and a group of clotheslines up the street across from the bathhouse. Great fun. The most lucrative enterprise kids engaged in was shining shoes on the boardwalk sidewalks of "downtown" Hanford. I tried it with little success but there was one small red headed kid that made big money that way. I recall one fellow who was often drunk who would toss coins on the sidewalk and kids would scramble for them. The police made him stop when they decided that he was throwing them under the feet of women as they walked by. We were allowed to ride the ferry across the Columbia sometimes and we climbed the bluffs on the other side. That was rare. I could go on and on... but not this time. -Bob Harman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Grow ('51) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Story on trailers at Old Hanford We [Grows] the four of us - also showed up in late '43 or early '44 at that temporary trailer lot at Hanford. I can not remember or verify the exact month. My little sister, Nancy [Nansi ('55)], was 7 and I was 11 I guess. What an experience. Soon we were under a canopy and beside a big bath house where the women were on one side and the men on the other. My father was a carpenter and my mother soon worked evenings at the ice cream part of the big tavern. The money rolled in. There were events and entertainment of all sorts. It was strange but no one knew what was going on and as kids we did not even wonder. I do not know what my father thought as it was never even thought about by me. About once each week we would go to the giant mess hall and eat some kind of bird that had thighs and legs as big as an eagle, it could not have been a chicken. Does any one even know what it was. I guess my mother said it was chicken but it was good anyway. Bill Wilkins ('51) and Dale "Rabit" Menier [('49?)] were with me in the half day school and I can't remember if it was morning or afternoon. I was on the school boy patrol. Was Dale Metz there or was it my imagination? Life was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. Soon we were out of Hanford and living in our trailer down behind the Big Y Tavern and attending Marcus Whitman... then into a "B" House on Marshall and into Sacajawea. What fun it was. People never never have experiences like that any more. -Jim Grow ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Finally, a writer! I am ecstatic! I think maybe I am finally arriving at that point where I can entertain the idea of calling myself a budding writer, maybe not a good budding writer but, a budding writer. I know this because, today, I received my first, uh, well, I guess you could call it sort of a rejection notice? It was an unsigned email with no subject and simply stated, "Enough!! Or shorten it up, Please." To: Tom Hemphill ('62), a fellow Bomber and a longtime friend from the diving world. Happy Birthday Buddy. Huntin' times a comin' and it won't be long now before we can qualify for those senior citizen licenses. To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) You are very welcome. But, keep yer pants on girl, shredded or not. You look funny tryin' to be a "Great White Hunter" with yor jacket on upside down. Folks keep askin' why yer walkin' on yer hands and carryin' yer gun with yor feet? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ OK Mystery Critic, is that short ENOUGH?? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Gunny/Gunney The Puddle has grown since I have Paddled around in the puddle of "Pappy" Puddler who keeps up with Pombers on the Sandstorm. So now that we have the Pleasure of being in "Pappy's" Pomber Pleasure Puddle Peestate (now that green of green's we all seem to know so well because of your being a Puddle owner Mr. "Pappy") Prefererence is Pomber Green and Gold. I want you to invite my Black Pomeranian Gunny to visit your Puddle. He is not the right size to wallow up the pool of puddle water unless he invites his Pomeranian friend Pepper. Maren would have to drive over from that far away place called Pomack to obtain a Pomp and Circumstance invitation from you if she wants to ring Pepper. Pepper is a Princess of all princesses in dog land. Pepper's home page My Gunny is a noble guy named by a Pomper Marine, class graduate of Richland ('65). Only to identify pimself by the par he is puddling down the road at the time. Gunny's mom, me, jumped on the pame when pifteen names didn't seem to fit him. It was the beginning of the Piraq Par when Gunny Prawled into my arms for a home. Very fitting name for the noble guy at that time. Being as it was Palentine's day decided he was definitely a Palentine but just to long a pame. Pilitary guys pond with him immediately. Pomen call him "Gunny Sack". He goes with me every Place so expect his visit at Plub 40. "Pappy" your Gunney and my Gunny would have had a great Pomp together. I can empathize with you missing your Gunney as my Sheltie Windy went to heaven a short while ago. Be careful with John Richardson ('58) he's always cooking something up. Who knows what it will be next for the puddle of all puddles? It's not carrying a football again either. (By the way John I don't keep secrets very well so don't give me to many details). To: Lora Homme Page ('60) & Jan Bollinger ('60) Re: Nurses Thought I would let everyone know that Lora disappears at times because of her latest career in nursing. Lora isn't letting everyone know that her new career keeps her busy in harmony with herself. Lora needs a real hurrah to step up to the Plate to do her new career. Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) did her nursing career for a while. Now being the great keeper of words gets to relax a bit. Hurrah for both of them. Be sure to give them extra time when they are ready to paddle in the puddle. I can assure they won't be wearing scrub green or any kind of green that looks like Skip's green uniforms any time soon. To: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Bungee Jumping How's the reservations for the next Bungee Jump going? Yes, it was a boat that the Bungee people swePt me into. Upside down. Very graceful. NOT! At least with being Pulled up in a harness like you it would have made the Bungee time longer. Yep, then jump again. Reservations at Nanimo (got the spelling right this time, Jan) kept the crowd into one jump most of the time. Bungee jumping is like doing "Swan Lake" Jeff. Especially when the Bungee cord is around the ankles. The main difference is doing it upside down. My swinging days started at Spalding also. I'm a couple of years older than you (ok, I confess, five years older than you). We were probably out there swinging together. The swings at Spalding are the best. My little sis, Nina Jones Row ('65), was always tagging along with me. She hasn't really said of recent but she's probably a swinger also. -Patti Pones Ahrens ('60) ~ Browns Point, WA ~ The moon gets better and better the fuller it gets. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews ('61WB) Re: Trailer Park To: Jim Jenson ('50) I never saw the huge trailer park at Hanford. It was gone by the time my Dad was stationed there in the fifties. There were still trailers, but more modern and fewer. The bath houses were a fascination to all of us army brats roaming over the housing area. The best part was I learned to drive in my Dad's Ford woody on all the roads remaining. There were miles and miles of them as far as you could see. Someday I am going to get back to Richland to see if there is anything that I might recognize. Thanks for the memories. -Audrey Eberhardt Mathews ('61WB) ~ Hoping for some rain at our house instead of all around us. Temps in HIGH 90s in central Georgia ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) To: David Rivers ('65) Come on, David, you are just going to have to do a better job of keepin' up with your Sandstorm readin' if you are going to take potshots at those who make contributions. I had already corrected and explained my slip-up on the Wailers in the July 30 Sandstorm, the day BEFORE you took me to task for a "MAJOR" mistake. Lighten up and take your meds, man. BTW, the CD you were stumbling around trying to describe is "The Best of Louie, Louie" from Rhino Records, and it has the original Richard Berry (who wrote Louie Louie) version, The Wailer's version, The Kingsmen's version, The Sonic's (another Seattle-Tacoma area band) version, as well as versions by a wide variety of other groups (10 tracks in all) and is available here: Amaazon.com Link The lengthy jacket notes on this album tell the whole story of Louie Louie, and it is pretty interesting for those who like the Northwest rock sound of the 1960s. To the best of my knowledge, Louie Louie still remains the most recorded rock 'n' roll song of all time. Best Bomber Wishes to All, -Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Fred Schafer ('63) Happy 17th Birthday, Ann Engel Schafer ('63). You are still that perky, sexy little brunette that I fell in love with in 1963... freddie -Fred Schafer ('63) ~ Vancouver, USA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Re: Louie Louie To: David Rivers ('65) There are "Best Louie" I and II Regards, Pitts ('63) -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) It was only 56 years ago today that this handsome man was born. He is my stronghold; I couldn't make it without him. I love you, my wonderful husband of 32 years, Dennis Haskins ('66). Thank you for all of your support and help. Love you much, "Henrietta." -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland - where I can't tolerate this 100 degree heat, or close to it, every day. It's just too much for too long!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) To: Jeanie Walsh ('63), my seester Criminy, you miss me so much you need ANOTHER dawg? Well, since the Wizard of Oz is in my top 5 movies of all time (check my entry in our senior annual) I feel I must contribute to the name dilemma. "Auntie Em" would be my first pick top too (great minds think alike). But maybe a more appropriate name might be "the Wiz" since she is just a baby... heh heh heh. -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) ~ Flanders, NJ and loving it (but missing big sis big time *sniff*) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Laurence Waldo 'Buck' Mabbutt ('66) ~ 2/27/48 - 7/26/04 >>Martin "Marty" William Hickey ('77) ~ 10/29/57 - 7/23/04 http://FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/02/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers, 1 NAB, and 1 anon sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Jan Bollinger ('60) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Patti Jones ('60) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Donna Bowers ('63) Susan Baker ('64), Janice Riese ('67) Marilyn Stewart ('62), Greg Alley ('73) Don Sorenson (NAB - Not A Bomber), Anonymous ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rufus "PJ" Pedersen ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Staley ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Hall ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Strege ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: GOOD MORNING RICHLAND BOMBERS!! To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Are you originally from P oria? I could tell by your Pondversations. I enjoyed the pictures of your Gunny and Maren's Pepper. They remind me so much of a friends little dog, Abigail or Abi. Re: Address it or ignore it? Initially (several months back), I was pushed, virtually kicking and screaming into reading Sandstorm by Myrtle, AKA, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), my much, much younger sister. I freely admit that I thought then it was for people who couldn't seem to climb out of the past. Gradually, I saw the light, ALLELUIA! For me, it became a message tree like the old mountain men and pioneers used. I renewed old acquaintances, established new relationships, and lightened up. As a recovering "seriousniac," I hope that by now, I have somehow encouraged a few others to lighten up. It feels a whole lot better than the alternative and I highly recommend it. However, there are always those who see the glass as "half empty" rather than "half full" and can't seem to see the humor in anything. And, maybe that's all right. Maybe their life hasn't been fun. Hopefully, they will get past it and learn to laugh and smile. I firmly believe that doing so prolongs life and that's of the most interest to me nowadays. But, when they write, privately or publicly, to me with either a positive or negative message, I just wish they would at least have the consideration to ID themselves. I have received a number of complimentary notes and positive encouragement related to my entries (incidentally, all proudly identified themselves) and so far, one "negatory" (who refused to stand tall and ID themselves). However, I must keep in mind that there are probably several silent folks out there on each side of the fence. If it were just the one negatron, I would ignore it, but, apparently a few others on the negative side have complained to some, although not to me nor to the public forum. As an amateur reporter, I cannot reveal my sources (lighten up, that's a joke), but feel compelled to address the issue. Then again, maybe Sandstorm is supposed to be only for the daily bulletin of notices of births, deaths, birthdays, making contact, asking questions, and weather reports from where others live, etc. Damned if I can find that set of rules for writing to Sandstorm anywhere. Sorry Maren you gave it to me once. If the free exchange of friendship, joviality, jocularity, camaraderie, celebration of living, or whatever you care to call it is considered inappropriate for Sandstorm, then OK. But it won't be the same anymore, as the group confab atmosphere will most likely disappear because people had a taste of something fun and good and they will miss it. Sandstorm will be a much shorter sheet for slow reading, complainers of length who haven't figured out yet how to skip over the parts they're not interested in. And, that's kind of like the self-appointed morality police in this country today. If they dislike something, then they're determined to see to it that no one else sees or reads it either. Oh man, I'm startin' to sound like a liberal. So, that is indeed, "Enough!!" Of course, it would be easier on Maren, whom we probably have overworked, lately. This quandary reminds me of the plight of the character played by Robin Williams in the movie "Good Morning Viet Nam!" I think his name was Adrian Hanaeur (sp). Ironically, I just watched that movie again a few nights ago. Help me out here dj Jeff Michael ('65 ). Adrian was an Air Force DJ in Nam who decided to liven up the airways for our boys over there to entertain them and boost morale. Essentially, he was the new kid on the block at the Armed Forces Radio Station. Those already stationed there, were accustomed to doing everything in a rote, routine, dogmatic, ho hum way, like reading the exciting changes of maybe one or two degrees in the daily weather forecast when basically there are only two kinds of weather throughout the Far East, Monsoon Season and the rest of the hot, muggy, sweaty year. Other radio routines were exceptionally long boring monotone talks by the chaplain, lectures on how to heat and eat your C-Rations and numerous personal hygiene issues like how to care for feet and fellow body parts, and other stuff interspersed with elevator music when the boys and girls in country, especially out in the boonies, wanted some "Rock and Roll." Now, the routine stuff was all good, righteous, essential, and important but the troops didn't want just it -- they wanted more. I have enjoyed writing to Sandstorm. It gave me the opportunity to practice my written humor ideas on a quickly responding audience (a one day turnaround is pretty good) with the behind the scene intention of working some of these themes into magazine articles or a book with a fictitious setting and characters. And, it would appear that a number of people do appreciate my postings, both readers and other writers who reply with their own entries. Then, of course, I am obliged to reply in turn so the entries do grow. Nevertheless, the last thing I want to do is to be out of place and offensive to the main purpose of Sandstorm. It's been a hoot! Thank you and I give it a rest. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Surely you will not bow to the criticism of an anonymous writer! All readers have the option of skipping over any entry that doesn't pique their interest, so where's the problem here? Since our editor(s) have never published guidelines or restrictions as to length or frequency of posts, I hope you'll consider that anonymous message for what it appears to be! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: 2004 Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic DATE: Saturday - August 14, 2004 TIME: 11:00 - we'll start cooking about 12:00 noon WHERE: Battle Ground Lake State Park http://www.bgwa.com/battle_ground_lake.htm (Note: $5 parking fee per car DIRECTIONS: I-5 southbound: Take exit #14 I-5 northbound: Take exit #9 follow signs to city of Battle Ground. Drive to east end of town. Turn left on Grace Ave. (in front of Foodliner Grocery), and follow signs to park, approximately three miles from city of Battle Ground. FOOD: Please bring a side dish - hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages & paper goods will be provided. Bring your annuals and your memories. All Bombers, Spouses & Friends are welcome! See you August 14! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ~ ALWAYS A BOMBER ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: "Enough"! who wrote George "Pappy" Swan '59 Oh please! Scroll bars work very well! Use It!!!!!!! I for one am enjoying George "Pappy" Swan's ('59) Sandstorm writing. So do many other Bombers seem to or there wouldn't be so many responses. I suppose I will be the next to get an email if I write too much. You're not even brazen enough to identify yourself! Our reigning webmaster Queen doesn't seem to have any problem with the long emails or as the great editor she is would put a stop to it. Believe me if she has a problem with what is written she will let you know. I know. I've had something cut before. I've had enough limitations in my life and I certainly do not want to be limited here. No one is asking you to read them. NOW "Pappy" proceed! Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Browns Point, WA - Enjoying every minute of the summer here at the water. Waiting for the moon to swing around on the water to enjoy it's full glow against the lights of Tacoma as a back drop. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Can't Cope... what a Drag! To: Seor Juan Richardson ('58) Spanish gold? Right around HERE, somewhere?.. maybe under that PUDDLE? HOO BOY- if we find Gold, I can cast an aspersion that you won't be able to Lift! All I need's a little casting sand, & some castor oil... & a cope & drag. Yup... that's all, I think... oh- and a model. hmmm... I think I know what I want- we can make it out of modeling clay-- a GIANT SKEET! Then, we hasta name it, of course... To: Pappy L O B B M O P P- LOBMOP! (DOODLE EE YAA BA-DOODLE) I want to confess before the crime, this time... my intentions to plagiarize you (and Dennis "El Grande Pondificator" Johnson ('62WB), too), to wit (yes, you are both witty): I'm gonna screen a T-shirt what sez "even fruit bats need garlic" ona front, and "Bowdlerize my Bloviation" ona back. Then it's on to da festival circuit! To DJ: Sorry man... it's too good to leave alone. I was coming out of the fog of Recovery, trying to visualize a poem, entitled "My first Epidural", when I managed to raise my head enough to behold an old friend. "No WAY!" I hooted. ""Long time, no see, pal," purrs "Rainbow" Johnson. "Betcha didn't know I'd find you here." "I can't believe this." I howls, as much as I could with a scratchy throat-man, I'm dry! He's dressed up even brighter than usual... and then I notice, he's carrying something. This guy is a tricky hombre, sometimes. "Whatcha got ina bag, there, Johnson?" "Could be your future, man!" he sez, & his eyes light up & he begins to grin, until it got too big for his face, & my neck started to hurt, and a nurse face looked down and said, "Mr. Browne, is everything OK?" She puts a damp cloth on my forehead and I close my eyes- but I'm still seeing Johnson's great big smile, growing so wide his head is changing shape! "Can I have something for this pain, Dear nurse?" I barely wheeze this out, but she's gone, now- and so is Johnson- for the time being... They told me there was NUTHIN' to this itty bitty hernia operation, but I know that this is no hallucination- I don't think. I mean, I think I don't know... gotta rest, now... ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Dear Sandstorm: I have seriously decided not to even read my Sandstorm anymore because of the bathroom derived humor that has been on as of late. I know all these writers, but I am truly tired of pee and poop and butt indents. How about a fun discussion on the disproval of logic in 1978 (by the proof of the missing in between) and how it effects both religion, education and the way we do science or the fact that we use our left brain all the time at the expense of our right and maybe we need to be more whole brained instead of leaving out 1/2 the information, or do we just need to call those people ADD and medicate their minds. I just know we could make fun of that. {Oh, take THAT discussion to the Sagebrush Rag! -Maren] There are so many great books out there and since I am like Bill Moyers disenchanted with the news focus, maybe some of you can turn me onto some new books because I read voraciously and am always appalled that we are so uninformed and have to have someone entertaining us all the time rather than telling us the truth. As I sit here in the midwest where I have learned volumes about human nature and how they think about family and religious values, I am much more interested in hearing what you think-you people of the sand and sage-I rely on your balance. I wish for more sage than sand-thank you- because sand just blows away. George, if I remember right-puddles dry up in Richland quite easily, do you have a secondary plan? I love metaphors and games but plain talk about what you are trying to say gets my vote every time. Sincerely: -Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ sitting in St. Louis where we are getting Seattle's weather and you are getting ours and I am loving it ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Baker ('64) Re: Tedd Cadd's ('66) House list (7/30/Sandstorm) When my folks moved from the "A" House at 1511 Mahan in 1948 to the "R" House at 1738 Davison, the furniture was also moved. There was also a dressing table for the Main bedroom which later became my desk. I still have the Hutch cupboard, the 6 dining room chairs, and one dresser. When the houses were sold, the furniture was added on to the price of the house. The furniture was made of a very good quality of Maple. A lot of its was later refinished in natural colors or painted. If you see some maple furniture with HEW stamped on it, you are probably looking at some of that original furniture. -Susan Baker ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janice Riese Blaisdell ('67) To: Dennis & Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Happy Birthday Dennis! It's nice to see that someone is still older than me. Hope you have a great day. Shirley, a trip down the Gorge to cooler weather would be a good thing. After a recent trip to Lake Roosevelt, I can't say I miss that much heat! -Janice Riese Blaisdell ('67) ~ Gresham, OR - where it has been in the low 80s for the past week, blue skies and only an hour from the beach! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) To: Linda Stewart Nicholson ('57) Thank you, my much older sister for the birthday greetings, and thanks for welcoming me to the 60s, however I (your much younger sister) am celebrating the first anniversary of my 59th birthday. Good grief, how did we get sooo old, sis? Love you, -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Michael Peterson ('77) It was a great event on Saturday at the Rattlesnake Mountain Brewery in the parking lot. There were bands playing at the venues nearby from 5 till midnite but I went to hear Michael play for an hour and a half. He did not have a band and it was just him and the guitar but he was funny, sang great, did his songs and covers, and said high to his fellow buddies he grew up with along with stories of where he lived in Richland. Another Bomber, Tony Todish and his band Trespasser followed and I heard Michael was going to join them late on a few songs. I had to leave early and missed the late night songs as the heat and the microbrews were catching up and I did not want to meet any of Rich land's finest on the ride home. If anyone knows a record company out there, they need to get him signed to a record deal so he can continue to put out his music to be heard and tour with a band. Thanks for coming home for a show. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In the Mojave desert (Richland) - where my head is the only thing sticking out of the water in the pool ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB - Not A Bomber) To: Bob Harman ('51) Re: Shining Shoes 1944 The shoe shine boy you refer to is Pat McChessney. He made enough money to buy several 25 dollar war bonds. I don't have the photo of him right now but will send it in to the Sandstorm in the next few days. I was surprised to hear of someone who knew this kid. Ever go swimming in the Hanford Lake? A friend of mine Annette Heriford taught swimming to the youth at that time. I have a picture of her to in a two piece swim suit but I promised I'd never let that photo out. -Don Sorenson (NAB - Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anon Re: Red River Valley, the... ...true story...or so the story goes... http://www.plainsfolk.com/songs/song4.htm Another vote for Canada..."According to Carl Sandburg..." http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/poem56.html Two versions... http://www.wildwestweb.net/redrivervalley.html Unless one is from, New York...figures they'd claim it... http://www.wildwestweb.net/redrivervalley.html Good site...background music of...you guessed it... http://www.rienzihills.com/SING/redrivervalley.htm Though I would "vote" for Canadian origins... I suppose in the end it is all relative to loyalty to the place one calls "home". -Anon *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/03/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 29 Bombers sent stuff: Ann Clancy ('50), Bob Harman ('51) Wally Erickson ('53), Tom Hughes ('56) Max Sutton ('57), John Richardson ('58) George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Janet Wilgus ('59) Missy Keeney ('59), Pattie Crigler ('59) Lora Homme ('60), Jim Andersen ('61) John Browne ('61), Dennis Johnson ('62WB) John Adkins ('62), Paula Beardsley ('62) Richard Trujillo ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Jim Armstrong ('63), Marilyn Swan ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Sandy Vandenberg ('66), Mike Davis ('74) Karen Davis ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Noble ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Amanda Engel ('97) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: George Horne, aka George Zielinski ('65) and Debra Anne Crane Horne ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Sacramento Puddle After mulling it over with my puddle in its lush surroundings, I have decided to share with my fellow Bombers the personal letter that I sent to Pappy. It just seems like the right thing to do! If the pipe (visible in the center of my puddle) extends over the pass and on to the NorthWest could this be the start of a United Puddle Nation? My California Puddle supports Pappy's Puddle and the one who creates and shares the trials, tribulations, joys and life of the now infamous Puddle. -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pappy, Some people just do not know how to have fun. Please don't let some dried up old prune slow down or stop the tales of the Puddle Kingdom. I suggest they go soak in a puddle. Have loved the creativity by you and the others that wanted to share in your Puddle. It has been wonderful to start the day with a smile and a laugh and wondering what will be next. By publishing your picture of Puddle you have created a visual that enriched my imagination with your stories and caused me to wonder if I had a puddle to escape to. I live in an apartment and my building has a large expanse of lawn. This morning I looked out my kitchen window and lo and behold a puddle has appeared! I have been impressed for the most part by the range of intelligence, wit, humor, creativity and heights that our Bombers have reached. You are at the top of the list. J Browne would be a very interesting person to know I should think. I looked up his graduation picture to see what this guy looked like. His entries in both Sandstorm and Rag are something else. It just broke my heart when I read your entry today. I felt just as rejected as you must have when you received that ONE "poopy" letter. Don't let it get you down! I say Puddles Unite! You have a Sacramento CA Puddle supporting you. So toss out that apple that is trying to spoil the barrel!!! We love you! With affection and proud to sign my name Ann Clancy Andrews Class of 1950 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) To: Jim Grow ('51) I recall having eaten at the big mess hall in Hanford also. We only ate there for Thanksgiving and Christmas though. What I recall is how they served "family style" and when a dish was empty you just held it up in the air and they would bring a new one filled with the appropriate goodies. (I think the big bird you spoke of was turkey.) -Bob Harman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Tedd Chad ('66) Re: Richland housing & furnishings I want to thank Tedd for sending the information on the housing and furnishing cost. I had mentioned in one of my earlier emails that I remembered our parents paying $37.50 per month for an "A" house. This seems to confirm it........ we didn't really live in the "high rent" district!! Anyway, that's history. I do remember we did have some of the "HEW" furniture in our home. It was made from maple and was very durable!! You try to buy maple furniture today and you'll pay a premium price for it!!!! We did have the best of both worlds then. It was a great place and time to grow up as a "kid". I have very fond memories of our neighborhood on Putnam Street. It was a great place to grow up!!!! I'm very fortunate to still have contact with most of my friends on that block (some have passed away). But, we move on and keep in contact with those that are still with us. Our side of the block on Putnam (south side) had to go to Marcus Whitman. The other side (north) went to Sacajawea. I remember we would find a round rock to "kick" all the way to school to pass the time. We did this going to and coming back. Hey, we didn't have anything else to do... so, we kicked rocks to see who got there first. Another memory I have about Marcus Whitman, was what we called the "monkey bars". I remember during recess we would play "tag" on the monkey bars. I can still smell the metal on my hands from those monkey bars going into class. I have to tell you that those where great times in growing up. I wouldn't trade that in for anything, and the neighbor friends I made during that time are still my best and closest friends ever. They know who they are and we do keep in touch. I want to go another step further and mention playing tag on the Webster's willow tree. Now, that was fun!! You have to remember most everyone planted willow trees then, because they grew so fast. Anyway, this willow tree must have been at least 25 feet high. We would play "tag" on this tree... hey, you would think we were monkeys in the tree. That's how good we got. Of course, the inner branches were cleared from our climbing. It was a perfect playground. The parents of today would have a "FIT". But, that was what we did when we felt like "let's play tag"!! If you touched the ground, you were "IT". You get the idea. Richland was a great time and great place to grow up. I encourage everyone to try to attend their reunions if they can. Thanks again, Tedd. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ We don't have any "ponds" here, but do overlook beautiful Lake CD'A and the mountains looking east. If you're thinking about moving out this way, you better hurry!!! View property is selling very fast, including Sandpoint area. No, I'm not a real estate broker....grin. I'm retired, or is it I'm tired?? Have a great day, Bombers. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) To: Pappy Swan ('59) Pappy, were it not for your prolific pontification by the side of your personal pond I would have to find something to do besides just stare at the wall every morning for 10 or 15 minutes. Being retired I have to keep finding things to keep me occupied and your prolific pontifications fills those minutes perfectly. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) You go boy!! I for one throughly enjoy your articles in the Sandstorm. I'll be down there for bird hunting this fall. Might drop in and see ya. -Max Sutton ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: The unknown critic ('?) Re: In Appreciation Today, I am not writing for fun and pleasure as I have been lately. I am writing about my Bomber family. If you're a graduate, or if you are a want to be graduate as a result of having to leave Richland before you had that chance, then you are a member of a very precious family of Richland Bombers. We are a one-of-a-kind family and there is none other like us. If you, the (unknown critic?) are not a Bomber, (we don't know who you are) then you need to "Butt Out". If you are a Bomber then I have this to say. You have leveled an unprovoked critical attack against a member of our family. Please don't get me wrong, because I appreciate your right to freedom of speech and to say what you will about George "Pappy" Swan ('59). I appreciate this so very much because like you, it gives me the right to speak up and say what I believe to be true about you as well. You, the unknown critic (because you wouldn't sign your critical attack on "Pappy") have three choices at this point. You can sign off, scroll down and skip, or you can read the rest of what I have to say! 1. Pappy, I, and others have been writing for the fun of it and usually at the expense of ourselves not others. 2. I enjoy the patter about the dump, the listing of the Bomber lunches ect. But I also enjoy having a laugh with my cup of coffee in the morning. 3. I have found that if you live life to the fullest, love and "Laugh" through out your life your better off. 4. I have also found in life, that people who speak out at the expense of others and won't stand up and be responsible for what they say, should be disregarded for what they are. People of little character!!!! 5. You as the (unknown critic?) remind me of the gossip who likes to start rumors at others expense. 6. If you have some thing to say about a member of the Bomber family, don't sneak around and stab them in the back, be accountable, say it in the Sandstorm where the rest of the Bomber family can be the judge of what you say, and know who is saying it. 7. Last of all, so there is no mistake about who is writing this, my name is John W. Richardson class of 1958 and, I APPROVE THE "HELL" OUT OF THIS MESSAGE!!!! To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) After reading the four or five paragraphs which you wrote, I feel that perhaps that you are trying to relay to our fellow Bombers that you should be a "Fellow" at some prestigious "Think Tank" thinking worldly thoughts about religion, science, education and family values. Perhaps you should just get "Tanked" and lighten up!! As regards the use of pee, poop and butt (your words) in the Sandstorm, I believe that you are making much ado about nothing. However, perhaps we should give you the benefit of doubt and call poop, bowel movement. As you candidly stated in your paragraph Three of yesterdays Sandstorm, I am like "Bill Moyers", ("B.M." to those of us who know him well) and something about being turned on to books as you are, again in your words a "voracious reader". If you are such a reader, to not read the Sandstorm is sort of like a small child saying, I don't like the way you're playing so I'm taking the marbles and going home. You may have learned volumes about human nature, but if I were you I would keep reading. As for the Gold Metal Class of '63, it was a Great Class, so take care that you don't tarnish that beautiful Green & Gold. To: John Browne Jr. ('61) Re: Spanish Gold I'll touch base with you in Wednesdays Sandstorm... -John Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: What you talkin' 'bout? Geez! I'm tryin' to get some rest here! To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout. I welcome your criticism, your standing up and exercising your rights by giving it to me with both barrels, and boldly signing your name to it. I spent a few years defending your right to do so. And the fact that you are doing so, makes me feel good and brings a smile back to my face. But, not reading your Sandstorm any more because it doesn't totally fit your opinion doesn't get it, nor should a few little P words get in your way of sharing in the fun of the imaginative world of puddles. Besides, I'll bet that even if you say you quit reading Sandstorm -- you're gonna peek to see what's being said anyway. I do think you should write up your ideas and send them in for a fun discussion. Not sure about the fun, 'cause I'm still trying to understand what you were saying in your second paragraph. I once hired a young Biologist with numerous advanced degrees, but we never could understand anything that fellow wrote or said to us. We concluded that he was educated way beyond his intelligence. Donna, you do remember right and once again your education serves you correctly. But as an old Sage once said, "Puddles do dry up in Richland (and in Beautiful Downtown Burbank, WA) and then all the sand blows to the Midwest, as during the Great Depression." Remember, I was born in Kansas. And, in conclusion, I play your own statement back to you, "I love metaphors and games but plain talk about what you are trying to say gets my vote every time." Please feel free to write again, but with some of that "plain talk" that you were talkin' 'bout. Again, I'm George "Pappy" Swan and I approved (correction, I wrote -- well, I approve of it too) this statement. OK, now I want to rest again. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: No more George???!!! Well, my dear George, you great humor monger you!!! I do hope you are still 'reading' the Sandstorm as this little message is for you. Ya know, I was "chastised" (you would call it a "chastity BELT") by someone reading from the epistles of the public forum known as the Sandstorm... and it was a chastising of a reference in my letter written TO YOU and FOR YOU, a couple of months ago to compliment you and just sort of poke a little fun at your mention of your 'bashful Bomber days' and that I congratulated you upon surviving the vagaries of adolescence!! Well, this reader, who I am certain was wearing a tight, little, teenie-weenie thinking cap, seemed to take that as an affront to all of those who had not survived high school days as well as us (her nibs, in particular,) and admonished that I should be 'nicer' when I write to the Sandstorm. Well, don'tcha just know I'm gonna get it again (that chastity BELT thing) if she sees THIS letter to YOU referencing the SAME Offense! Us contributors, we just don't realize the deleterious effect/affect our innocent and unassuming words can have on others. Pity. I vowed then and there NEVER to write again to the Sandstorm, (as you see, this one time is an exception, heh) because as I told this Chastity Beltor (or is it 'belter'??) it is those sort of responses from the critical masses that keep folks from writing and sharing whatever they want to share and keeps them from attending reunions for fear of the same criticism and unwarranted analysis. You said it, George, "lighten up!!!" Jeez!!! I've determined that those wearing the "teenie-weenie thinking caps" that fit so tightly upon their "teenie-weenie" heads just go ballistic when they have the misfortune of reading from a public forum where the stuff comes through nearly unedited and doesn't jibe with their jib. (No reference here intended to be linked in any way to the web site 'jib jab.' Definitely NOT!! Teenie-weenies, do NOT go there!) So, all that said, George, you've been a BLAST of fresh air and humor, and please DO go on to bigger and better and get this puddle stuff published!!! I'll see you at the reunion... and don't look for me as I was... I'm blonde now, that's what gray hair does when it is free-based with chlorine, (oh did, I say a bad thing??? "free-bleached" is better,) and there is now plenty of pulchritudeinousness where there once was none... (guess if shoulda said "portly- nousness.") Just thought I'd add the previous so you would recognize me and also to get a jump on any who would be critical of what life has wrought or rather accomplished with my body!! Not to mention my rather liberal mind. So I'll just say... see ya at the reunion... (I'll look for your name tag!) and let's talk!!! This is my last letter... Your classmate... Janet Wilgus Beaulieu -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Pond People Whereas: I consider it very important to keep up on current local, national and global events and, heaven knows, there are innumerable venues for doing just that and Whereas: The Alumni Sandstorm isn't one of them and Whereas: There is a place for Bombers to discuss and debate serious issues (Sagebrush Rag) on line and Whereas: Pappy's Pond people have provided light moments and laughter and GREAT writing and alliteration. I adore alliteration! (Must be a Bomber thing) Therefore: It is the opinion of this lowly (thats "lowly" not "low-life") Bomber Babe that frequent and humorous entries about the development of "Pappy's Pond" (Though truly disappointed in the "Chunky Dunking" photos), and the important political appointments needed for such an undertaking (not the kind for dead people) should continue and be encouraged. (Apologies to "Pappy's" better half 'cause I know she doesn't like us to encourage him!) SOME PEOPLE JUST HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR!! -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) George, I for one, have totally enjoyed your ponderings. But, I do have one problem... I believe we have a case of stolen identity here... you can't be that quiet, serious guy that I went to school with! -Pattie Crigler Cole ('59) ~ Amissville, VA (don't blink or you'll miss it!), but headed for Sturgis SD today ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) I sincerely hope that you have reconsidered your serious decision, Donna, not to even read your Sandstorm anymore because I want to apologize. I don't know whether you remember that it was I who started the tasteless (excremental references deleted) green debate with my description of the color of Skip's Drive In uniforms, but I take full responsibility. Jan Bollinger Persons (60) was only trying to keep me straight, color-wise as well as spelling-wise. She has graciously taken on this unenviable responsibility because she is my friend and she knows how badly I need help. The shameful references to body part indents, however, originated around George "Pappy" Swan's ('59) pond but I guess you've already taken that up with him. You reminded me of what my mother said when I came home and told her a joke that I heard when I was in the first grade, except she was kinder. You need to understand, Donna, that Jan and Pappy and I are much older than you and so have entered that period of our lives that used to be called "the second childhood" and we are just having fun. You sort of lost me when you started talking about a "fun" discussion of the disproval of logic and right and left brains, but as far as medicating our minds go, I've heard from my old Hippy friends that that's not all bad; I'm willing to consider it, how about you, Jan and Pappy? Talk about becoming one with the pond! When you asked for book recommendations one just jumped right into my mind, it's kinda of old, but I'm fairly certain you haven't read it. It's called How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Norman Vincent Peal, I think. You might enjoy that one. Once again, Donna, I'm so sorry that my thoughtless (excremental references deleted) green color description caused you such anguish and I'm sure Pappy and Jan and the others feel the same. The very last thing that I want is for your sensibilities to be offended and maybe Pappy will try to talk more plainly in the future. Sincerely, Lora (Wash my mouth out with soap!) Homme Page To: George "Pappy" Swan ('69) Since we are apparently voting, Pappy, my vote is for elaborate talk. I love all that fancy stuff; therein lies the humor, and you are one of the funniest people I know. Please don't "give it a rest," I most definitely have not had "enough." We poor disgusting old codgers have to stick together. Maybe we'd stick better if we used some of the ... oops, see how I am? I can't stay out of the bathroom for even a minute. That's one of the problems we old codgers have. -Lora Homme Page ('60) - Like disgusting old Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) always says, Bombers have fun! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Andersen ('61) George Swan and John Browne need to get a life and save some print for other Bombers who really have something to say. -Jim Andersen ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne ('61) Re: Grittings from Ukiah To Donna Bowers: (for your words) Sage and Sand collide Where Wind runs into itself... Stinging pungency! ^..^ -John Browne ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Johnson ('62WB) After my most recent blatant blatherings, it was my intention to desist for the nonce. However, Pappy's mention of an anonymous email requesting that he abate or abbreviate his letters has raised my ire. By and large, most of the Sandstorm contributors are witty, intelligent and their various missives are always entertaining. At the top of this list is Professor Swan. His contributions are not only eminently entertaining, they reflect of level of omniscient observation and pithy professionalism. Whoever the dunderhead is that has cautioned him to emend (look it up) or even truncate his daily diversions and dalliances needs to settle down and realize that this venue is a channel for whatever reasonable discussion the writer wishes to share with the readers. The rules in here are simple - contributions are clean and reverent, but nowhere is there a directive that they must be brief. If the anonymous detractor has a problem with anything other than monosyllabic drivel, that person is advised to spend LESS time in front of "The Simpsons" and more time at the library. You must be "THIS SMART" to engage Pappy in sentient discourse... I don't think this whiner of note quite qualifies... In summation, I hope that Pappy doesn't allow one or two lowbrow dissenters to deter him from his delightful diatribes. I, for one, look forward to his commentary on a regular basis, and would encourage him to continue without pause. Ever in your service, Dennis ('62 woulda/coulda/shoulda) Johnson -Dennis Johnson ('62WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) On a good day we have 10 or more entries in the Sandstorm - any one of us may find an entry or two of not much interest - so pass them by I say. Pappy Swan ('59) don't be silenced... you and others are having way too much fun here. -John Adkins ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Re: Paul Beardsley Update Maren - I sent an update a couple of days ago about Dad and haven't seen it come up. Did you get it or should I resend it? Thanks. -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Paula, Got it and it was in the 7/31 Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Trujillo ('62) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I, for one, have enjoyed your almost daily entries. They have given the Sandstorm new life and certainly a lot of laughs. Not to mention all the other entries you inspired to reply... even though I have had to get the dictionary out on several occasions to interpret what is being said. I also agree that it does us good to "lighten up" and laugh more... this world is already too serious and needs more laughter. Keep up the good work and don't let anyone quench your sense of humor. -Richard Trujillo ('62) ~ from sunny Casa Grande, AZ - where we are having a cool spell.. it will only reach 101 today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Soap-Box To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Donna, to the bright, cheery, girl who always had a smile on her face and always seemed to be the center of laughter. I've only been on the computer about 5 months. I resisted it for a long time and wondered how people could be on the computer day in and day out but since I am pretty much house bound these days, taking care of my Mom at home and seeing to my Dad in a near-by care-home and helping my daughter with her knew little foster baby (by the way everyone, today is the court day for those who are praying), this has been a quiet respite where I can find a bit of laughter and silliness and fun. It has all been in good fun! I live in the real world every day, Donna. I deal with the real world every day as we all do and frankly I don't need to be entertained every day but I do need laughter, and companionship and the support of others who are going through the same things. It has been not only great fun, but I have made some connections with old neighbors, old childhood friends that I haven't heard from in 40 years. I have received some valuable information, historical information regarding our home town as well as prayer support and just seen the plain goodness in what people are doing to reach out to others. It's been great. As you may have guessed with me my life's work so far has been working with children and that has been a joy teaching little ones. While I love to read, I haven't had much time the past several years to do serious in-depth reading but I can tell you one of the greatest books I could recommend is the Bible as it is what has kept me sane and of course no one can teach more about human nature and love than little children. Anytime you would like to e-mail me I would love to talk about serious things because I am a good-listener, I love people and it seems you may be seeking some deeper truths. I actually cut this little poem out of our church bulletin when I was a teen-ager. If your nose is held to the grindstone rough, And you hold it down there long enough, Soon you'll say there's no such thing As brooks that babble and birds that sing Three things will all your world compose: Just you, the grindstone and your darned old nose. If you ever get out my way come have tea with me in my secret garden and will listen to the strawberries sing and the bugs talk and say funny things and we can talk about serious things... but only for a little while. Oh, and in the real world, I never say pee and poop. I say tinkle and Poo-poo.!T To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I hope you never give up your puddle Pappy. The stories and the fun that have spashed around in there have sprinkled a little laughter and lots of good fun our way. And I suspect that you are maybe a secret writer already for you are a fabulous story teller and make a story come alive and I'll bet you are smarter that a great many of us. I enjoy you and others immensly! Thank-you! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) I'm pleased to announce The Fabulous Wailers are still alive and kickin'. Two original members are still there. Buck Ormsby and the Great Kent Morrill (my all time favorite RnR singer). Lead guitarist Rich Dangel (RIP) passed away in December, 2002. The Fabulous Wailers will be appearing Friday, July 30th in Olympia WA at SummerFest and Friday, August 20 at the Southwest Washington State Fair. They still Rock. Take your kids and grandkids and let them hear how Rock n Roll is supposed to sound. Notice I said Rock and Roll not rock (Small r intentional). Try their website for cds t-shirts and hats. Pitts (63) -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Just your 'lil sis writing in to say: I don't care what your detractors may say, you light up my life & always have! I know you were writing in, all in good fun, so keep 'em comin'. I think I am like a lot of others out here in cyber space, we get our first cup of morning coffee & get our Sandstorm fix for the day. I don't worry if I don't like everything everyone writes in, (isn't that the premise we founded even our nation's basic beliefs on?) everyone has an open forum here for the most part & if they want to get specific, take it to the Sagebrush Rag. Well, I hope you don't let it keep you up nights (but you probably will) because as one who is a survivor of several personal family disasters of late, I am still enjoying that "Clampett" humor. Right now it's one of the only things keeping me going! I still love ya, your much younger sister, -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) Roy Ballard here. My best advice: get out of St. Louis and go WEST young lady and don't let the worlds' and countrys whoa get to you.... Thank you... I've said enough. -Roy Ballard ('63) and that is all ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I'm one of the ones who has been reading all these past couple of weeks or so entries and have thoroughly enjoyed the back and forth banter without saying anything. PLEASE, keep it up. And, all the people that have made "Pappy" keep writing back in each day. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where the neighborhood is running wild with "wild" kittens from next door. 4 litters and counting. Two of the mommies with kittens have decided our yard is the perfect yard to raise their brood. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Spokesman Review Sunday August 1st, 2004 Page C2 - Locally - Basketball In the seventh year of the Washington State Senior Games, Papermill Printing is again champion in 3-on-3 basketball. The 55-59 (Age bracket) team of Jon Heimbigner, Jim Bresnahan, Bill Maxey and Dave Pounds beat another Spokane team, made up of Ray Stein (RHS-1964), Jim House (RHS-1963), Ted Nealey, Terry Nealey and Len Long, 34-24 in the championship. ***** On a more serious note... Another error was made concerning that other great TACOMA band... The Sonics... It's Tacoma not Seattle... http://www.history-of-rock.com/sonics.htm -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ let loose somewhere in downtown Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: your entries/puddle stories Keep them coming! They are funny... I enjoy reading about your little puddle! IF there are those who are offended or put off by it, that is what the SCROLL bar is for - like Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) mentioned! I firmly believe that laughter/humor keeps us young and healthy and am glad you have decided to "lighten up" in your "old age" and realize that life is too damn short to be serious all the time! Keep up the good work... this is what the Sandstorm is all about... "warm and fuzzy"! I agree with Patti Jones Ahrens, IF any of us send in something that Maren deems NOT appropriate for the Sandstorm, she DOES NOT publish it!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we are still experiencing triple digits and I could use a small piece of "Pappy's" puddle-coolness about now. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: All the little Louies Thanks to Dave Hanthorn ('63) and to Pitts ('63) for setting me straight on the I and II versions of the "Best of Louie Louie"... I went to Dave's reported site and found some guy wants 40 bucks for a new Vol. I CD... I'm thinking I'm thinking... I can get Vol. II for about 9 bucks... my cassette tape of Vol. I still works very well... now if I had a car with a cassette player left in it... changed all mine out to CDs... Who Knew? Hmmmmmmmmmm... I'm still thinking... While I think... I just want Dave to know that I was NOT picking on him... I would never do that to a Sr. I know my place... Jimbeaux ('63), Freddie and Ann ('63) and Number 32 ('63) have taught me well how to behave among big people and have even allowed me to move from the kids table to eat a time or two. So now that I've been kept in my lowly status... I will just sit back and wait for CD prices to fall again and content myself with the "History of Louie Louie" the book (I'm sure I goofed up the title to that since it is at home and I'm here chained to my desk)... At least the surf was up in Huntington and to the south as well... -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Thank you Donna Bowers Rice! Love, -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ~ in Seattle ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sandy Vandenberg Jeans ('66) Re: Laurence Mabbutt ('66RIP) I saw an obituary for Laurence Mabbutt in the Seattle PI. He was an orthodontist in Bremerton (?). They are having/had a service in Richland. He was a very busy man. Did they have the info in Tri-City Herald? Please post something about our fellow classmate, who from the obituary was a remarkable man. -Sandy Vandenberg Jeans ('66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sandy, Check the 8/1 Sandstorm. - Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) I just returned to Missouri from Arkansas. My oh my - a whole new world! I went to a local watering hole in northwest Arkansas and was approached by a couple fine toothless young men in John Deere hats. We got to talking and they knew I wasn't a "local" because I didn't drive up in a Ford pickup with different color doors and mud caked on the sides from last week's "muddin!" When they discovered I was from the state of Washington (Warshinton to them) they asked, "Do you know a little bald-headed smart ass comedian that thinks he is funny?" I suddenly remembered Brad Upton ('74) telling me that he had recently performed at a place somewhere near there. I think it was "Sam's Spittin Trough." Anyway, apparently these local fellas did not appreciate Brad's comments about their ladies and their tobacco chewin' habits. So a word of warning to you, Brad, if you are reading this - stay the heck away from Arkansas cause they are ready to kick the everlivin' crap outta a skinny bald- headed funny guy. -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) Hello, Just a note to tell y'all that Bombers are everywhere - even when you are not planning on it. Mike ('74), Mom and I were at the Springfield, MO Cracker Barrel today and I asked the cashier if I could write a check out of Washington State. He remarked sure, where are you from? I told him originally from Richland, but I now reside in Spokane and he grinned. He said he was raised in Richland and graduated in 1967 - to all of you that age - he said his last name was Holloway. More remarkable was that he was raised on Torbett Street - whereas us Davis' were and are - one street over on Tinkle. Pretty weird huh. He also had kinfolk in Spokane - on Columbia Street which is a hop, skip and jump from my area in northeast Spokane. Small Bomber world. I asked him if he read this web-page and he said no. I told him to check on it some time and he would probably know some of you older folks that spend so much time placing ink here. As Mike will tell you though - Arkansas was the usual treat to visit. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ~ sitting in Richland, Missouri in 90 heat and about as much in humidity - but loving it. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/04/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 26 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Marla Jo Lowman ('55) Frank De Vincentis ('56), Gary Persons ('57) John Richardson ('58), George Swan ('59) Missy Keeney ('59), Joanne Rolph ('59) Sandy Finney ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Roger Gress ('61) Marilyn Stewart ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Donna Nelson ('63), Donni Clark ('63) Ray Stein ('64), David Rivers ('65) Jeff Michael ('65), Guy Lobdell ('66) Deb Bosher ('67), Pam Ehinger ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Linda Smith ('72) Brad Upton ('74), Becky Seely ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ALUMNI SANDSTORM ANNIVERSARY: 8/1/1998 -- 6 years! Read the very 1st one: http://AlumniSandstorm.tripod.com/htm1998/1998-08-Aug.htm BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Fishback ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Heildebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judie Heid ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike Sams ('65) and Mary Bennett ('69) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I don't really know what it is you do and/or have done to stir up the most recent donnybrook here in Alumni Sandstorm; but whatever it is or was, keep it up. To: Lora Homme Page ('60) If my failing memory serves I think it was Dale Carnegie who wrote the book about influencing and winning. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (perhaps I should say the Reverend Doctor) wrote more on religious teachings and things of that nature. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from the temperature yo-yo capital of the mid Willamette Valley where the weather can't make up its mind to be hot, warm or cool. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) Re: Northern California - Sacramento Area Bomber Lunch To: All Bombers in the Northern California and Sacramento Areas (and, of course, anywhere else) DATE: August 23, 2004 (Monday) COFFEE TIME: 11:30 A.M. LUNCH TIME: 12:30 P.M. WHERE: Coco's Restaurant PHONE: (916) 966-0707 ADDRESS: 7887 Madison Ave, Citrus Heights, Sacramento, CA DIRECTIONS: The restaurant is located on the NW corner of Madison Ave and Sunrise Blvd. From Hwy. 50, exit at Sunrise and go north 4.1 miles, turn left at Madison. From the West: exit I80 at Madison Ave, (East) 4.6 miles, make a U Turn at Sunrise. From the East/North: Exit I80 at Sunrise (South), 4.1 miles, turn right at Madison. We have reserved a private dining room and we do need to have a head count. PLease email me. We had such a good time last meeting and in part it was due to the privacy. Hope to see all of you on the 23rd. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~ West Point, CA -Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) ~ Sacramento, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank De Vincentis ('56) Just a note to let you know that I will be working with the Mariners' announcers Thursday, Friday and Sunday when they play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. I will do my best to get in a plug for Richland and all the Bomber fans as I did last year. -Frank De Vincentis ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) To: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Sacramento Puddle I'm sure you are a very nice lady, but your puddle is causing me some trouble. Since seeing your puddle, my wife [Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)] thinks she needs a puddle, and that it is time for me to dig up a tree stump in our yard to make one. I know it's not your fault, but that stump and I had been pleased to ignore each other up to now. -Gary Persons ('57) ~ Spokane ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) Click for John's entry -John Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Read Pappy's entry -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Read Missy's entry -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) Re: Pappy's Puddle I'd like to present my paragraph on Pappy's Puddle Proponents and predict that "Puddle Paradise" will keep us participants, if only partially(!), in playful patter with Pappy! Many of us (peaceful, quiet persons) prevaricate... but privately prize the purposeful pontifications of Pappy and his cohorts (or should I say "partners"?) in playfulness! We need more laughter! Scroll past if Pappy's peculiar presentations make you peevish! Pappy...persist and persevere! Peacefully, -Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Patti's entry -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) To: Puddle George How does it look from the center of the storm? I hope all of this encouragement will get your juices flowing again and we can read new installments of "On Burbank Pond." A combination of "Lake Woebegone" (sp) and "Twin Peaks," I should think. Really I should. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ you could live in a place called Lacey. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress ('61) To: Jim Andersen ('61) Re: John Browne and George Swan I just want to say thank you for saying it. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Please keep your stories coming as it seems I, like most of the Bombers who read the Alumni Sandstorm love reading them, and the rest can use their delete button if they have a problem. Your humor and wit is amazing and I for one will miss it very much if you stop writing in. Thank you, kind sir, for keeping me laughing... at our ages, we all need a good laugh now and then. -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Gary, I called The Sonics "another Seattle-Tacoma area band". I'm pretty sure that area includes Tacoma. -Dave Hanthorn ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) What does the "HEW" stamp on the back of all the furniture stand for? -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Sorry To Donna Bowers Rice ('63) and any other fellow Bombers that I offended by my language I apologize. It's not like me and I am very sorry. For those of you who are praying for Emmy, the judge did not rule today and so we must wait until tomorrow I will be on my way to Santa Cruz with my husband as his aunt has died, so I will let everyone know the outcome of the court decision when I get back. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: John Browne ('61) I'em to do ten I, With gift alright, 4th girl at fight, I wine to dot me "i". -Ray Stein ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: My good buddy is havin' a birthday! Yes, yes, it's that time again... comes around every year about this time... The little guy who was about the last to give up his DA from the class of '65 is having another birthday. Don't believe me? Go to the '65 yearbook and check it out for yourself... I always thought Warford ('65) and I gave up the ghost pretty late in the game but this guy had us beat by at least 5 years... tho I think some of the Anderson brothers ('64, '65 and '67) may have held on to theirs after our senior year. I gotta say this guy was a great hold out in the DA arena. I guess mine went the day Terence Paul Angel Davis Knox and I decided to die our hair to look like Skip Nussbaum ('65)... when we turned our hair bright orange Brian Johnson ('65) did us the honor of shaving or heads... after that it was "Ivy League" haircuts... which was fine for Warford as his hair would lay down... Terry's and mine stuck straight up... so Terry wore kind of a "buzz" and I have no clue what to call what mine looked like. I actually met the birthday boy thru Terry as they were neighbors... I'll never forget all the times we would go to get the birthday boy to play and we would get there and he would come to the screen door with this little midget between his legs and just say "I gotta baby-sit Jo" ('74)... but when he could come out and play we always had a blast... When Norm Grabowski got his picture in Life magazine in his T-bucket in 1955, the birthday boy cut out the picture and glued it to his wall... always the artist! The Birthday boy now drives a 1929 "Tub" hot rod with a Y block T-bird engine and the Spudnut logo on the side... always the artist. He is the guy who pin stripes all the cars for the Donut Delinquents and is about as good as they come... always the artist... He used to draw Andy Cap on everything in Jr and Sr hi... since I had never even looked at the newspaper in those days I thought it was an original design... I probably figured it out sometime in the '70s.... So here's to ya my buddy my pal: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JIM HEIDLEBAUGH ON AUGUST 4, 2004!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Jeff's Entry -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Guy Lobdell ('66) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Hey Pappy, Ya probably already revealed this miniscule bit of information and I just plain overlooked it, but can ya tell me your MOS? I just love the stories about your puddle, but I'll be darned if I can't help thinkin' that pretty soon you'll be demandin' we bang on the garbage can loudly three times and request permission to speak. (LOL) That's Ok, if ya ever need ta throw up a perimeter real quick, just give me a call. We could probably really bore ourselves to death with stories. -Guy Lobdell, Sgt. USMC (Ret)--6242 ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) Re: Pappy Swan ('59) OK, I have to say something... all you cranky people who don't enjoy reading about Pappy's adventures... don't read them... simple as that. I think he's great, he makes me laugh, and in a tough world that's important. Remember life is short, ya gotta enjoy it while you can. As the bald guy said "hair today, gone tomorrow", (sorry, couldn't resist). -Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger ('67) Re: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Puddle Dear Ann, Those aren't pipes in the middle of your beautiful Puddle. Those are cup holders, right? Yeah I thought so. You have a very beautiful puddle and thanks for letting the rest of share it with you! Re: Holloway ('67) To: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) Dear Karen, You said He was from the class of '67 and that he said his name was Holloway. Well I went to school with a Diane Holloway so was it a slip to say "he"? Was just wondering! Bomber's Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Hey Pappy, remember to change your pond water on occasion or wear the bug spray with Deet. The West Nile virus mosquitoes love standing water. Just a caution. Bomber cheers and keep splashing, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - where it may cool off into the nineties today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Smith Davis ('72) Thank you, Jim Jensen ('50), for your early memories. My dad came in March of '43 and lived in a tent before moving to the posher digs of the barracks when they were built. He never had any fond memories of either. Would love to hear of more early stories. The rest of my family had to live in Yakima when they came out here. What I know of the trailer park is learning to drive on the old roads. It was a great place to learn parallel parking. -Linda Smith Davis ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Man, the Sandstorm is just starting to get really good, and then Mike Davis ('74) jumps in again. Mike, I know you spent a recent night in the hospital with a racing heart. Glad to see the Davis clan stopped into a Cracker Barrel for some of that health food they specialize in. How was the biscuits and gravy? -Brad Upton ('74) ~ writing today from Juneau, AK ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni Guest Book: >>From: Becky Seely Collins ('77) Click HERE to read her Guest Book entry Becky Seely Collins ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/05/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 21 Bombers and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Jim Grow ('51), Curt Donahue ('53) Wally Erickson ('53), Viva Webster ('53) Steve Carson ('58), Audrey Eberhardt ('61WB) John Richardson ('58), Mary Lee Lester ('58) Missy Keeney ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Lora Homme ('60), MLou Williams ('60) Denny Johnson ('62WB), Ed Quigley ('62) Helen Cross ('62), Mary Ann Vosse ('63) David Rivers ('65), Tedd Cadd ('66) Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Erickson ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Nussbaum ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary McCue ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Donna Nelson ('63) The HEW stood for Hanford Engineering Works. Later they used HOO - which stood for Hanford Operations Office and later used ROO - which stood for Richland Operations Office. A few of the books at the Richland Public Library still are stamped HOO. Went to Seattle over the weekend to the eye doctor - 74 with a cool breeze. Heaven! Keep up the good work George "Pappy" Swan. I have lived with pain most of my life and there is nothing that makes you feel better than a good belly laugh - or anything amusing. The world will not cry with you but they certainly will laugh with you. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland where the weather has cooled down a few degrees but headed back up by the weekend. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Greetings, one and all; First things first, I suppose: many thanks to Pappy and John and others who have a knack for writing humorous prose!! I need that jog of laughter! You know, God loves laughter. I read a book, once, with that title and it wasn't much (or any) funnier than what our own Bombers are putting out! Thanks!! I would love to be able to write humorously... but it never seems to work except in my mind. Re: Got a big change coming up in my life Selling the house and moving! When the kids got the money from some Alaska property I gave Wes, I told them since they now had a financial cushion, I wanted to move. They've found a house to buy in West Richland and should finish the paper work by the end of this month. We are busy moving things to storage so we can start showing this house. Eventually, I hope to buy a Condo here in Richland. Yea, no more yard work! And very little child care! And a minimum of house work! For now, I've hired gardeners to get the yard "up to snuff"---it got way ahead of me this summer and I just can't get caught up. Re: I want to recommend a really great photo site http://www.eade.com [Paul Eade Photography] Paul is (now) a local photographer who does beautiful work. Re: Trip to Victoria This weekend middle daughter, Sandra, and I are driving the RV to Victoria (okay, okay, you literalists... we will DRIVE to Port Angeles and take the Ferry to Victoria...) where we will take in the Egyptian display and all the other sites, sounds, and tastes of the area. Hmmmm, I know there was more to mention. I know I had a "small world" story, but can't think of it now. Best regards to all the Bombers out there. Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ in Richland - where we enjoyed a brief respite from the incredible heat. And, no, my boat still isn't working. Arrrgh! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Grow ('51) The Sandstorm is getting to far out in left field. There is empire building. There is too much play-on -words and sixth grade little girl stuff. We are adults not little children. It is getting tiring and hard to wade through. Soon people will just start turning it off and we will have lost something worthwhile. -Jim Grow ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: HEW I always thought that it stood for: Hanford Engineering Works. Maybe someone else knows for sure. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: HEW I'm sure it meant "Hanford Energy Works" followed by numbers. If you have any pieces of furniture with the "HEW" stamp, they could be considered as antiques?? Since, they were distributed in the mid-forties. From what I remember, our parents sent in a list of items they were interested in. Several years later you could purchase the furniture for a very nominal fee. Hope this answers your question. -Wally Erickson ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Viva Webster Metz ('53) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: HEW on the furniture It's HANFORD ENGINEER WORKS. I wish I had some of that furniture. I didn't think much about it as I was growing up in Richland, but realize the value of it now and it would be perfect for certain rooms in my home. -Viva Webster Metz ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Carson ('58) You speak for a lot of us John. -Steve Carson ('58) ~ Chicago ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Does "John" mean John 1:6 or John 1:3? or John Richardson ('58) / Browne ('61) / Adkins ('62)? -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Audrey Eberhardt Mathews ('61WB) Click HERE to read the entry. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) John's Entry -John Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Lee Lester Yarborough ('58) It is with great sadness that I report the death of my sister, Rebecca Lester Cleavenger ('60) on Sunday, August 1. Services will be Thursday, August 5, at 2:00 at the Richland Church of the Nazarene. Church is on Jericho Road off Queensgate. -Mary Lee Lester Yarborough ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Alliteration To: Sunnie Andress aka Joanne Rolph ('59) See! I told you it was a "Bomber" thing! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Lora's entry -Lora Homme Page ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: South Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon No reservations necessary! If you would like you can email me you will be at the luncheon. DATE: August 8th, 2004 COFFEE TIME: 11:30am LUNCH TIME: 12:30pm 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 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: MLou Williams ('60) -MLou Williams ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Denny Johnson ('62WB) Denny's Entry -Denny Johnson ('62WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Pappy's Pondifications... To: Pappy, John, Denny and the rest... Next to the sound of a guitar, laughter has to be God's greatest gift to mankind... Let "the band" play on! You guys rock, and certainly start my day off on the right foot. It's nice to see so many of us agree, although I've run into a few, here in Tacoma that would probably blame it on the radiation! -Ed Quigley ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Happy Birthday late to my former neighbor, Tom Hughes ('56). I've been traveling and have missed getting to email for days. We did enjoy Keystone, CO again with our friends and went to see the high country at Grand Mesa again. Then we just visited our son who is working at King's Canyon National Park in central Calif. That is such beautiful country. And I always love Ojai, CA when we visit my husband's aunt and uncle there. And now I'm in beautiful Roseville, CA with our old neighbors and good friends. California is so lovely. There's just lots of beautiful spots all over this good ole USA. Still hope to make the Battle Ground picnic on August l4. Now onto my first cruise this coming weekend, so tomorrow I fly to Miami, FL, another first as I've never been there yet. First of all, I am so embarrassed to say it, but I forgot my own cousin's birthday. Happy Birthday late to my older cousin, Allan ('59). All I can say at this point is I am sorry I forgot, and I hope you had a great day, and I hope to see you at the reunion on August l4th. How embarrassing!! Happy Birthday late to another cousin (by marriage) to Ellen Bohringer ('66). And I hope your dad is doing better now Paula Beardsley ('62) dear friend and fellow classmate. I will make it to Richland later on this month, and get to re-walk the familiar streets, and say hello to my mother at the Royal Columbian Inn assisted living. Thank Heaven she likes them and they like her and Roy ('65) and I couldn't be happier with the situation. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Roseville, CA still trying to catch up on email. I just heard that back home in W. Harrison, Indiana by the little pond, they are having beautiful weather in the 80s and 70s with cool nights. Even with humidity that would be pleasant. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) Mary Ann's Entry -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big Sister's Birthday Funny thing about Big Sisters... when you're even a couple of years younger and you're a kid, they are soooooooo grown up and sophisticated. Since I never had any sisters, I hadda rely on those of others... Like Laura's ('65) sisters... Beth ('63) and Judy ('60) Parker... they had all the coolest guys with the coolest cars parked on Stevens across from my house... And the Reed girls, Vonnie ('60) and Sharon... so very, very cool... If they were the big sisters of girls you were dating you hadda be kinda careful not to drool in front of your girlfriend... but if they were guy's sisters you could fall all over yourself... The Birthday girl was a guy's sister... he and I were buds from 6th grade or maybe even further, since my pop worked for his I probably knew him longer than just when I went to Jason Lee and up... we used to room together in Walla Walla during the summers and Terry Davis (Knox) and I even tried to die our hair to look like him once. I have two very strong memories about her... other than normal drooling... One is when she and Ralph Lee ('63RIP) were on a motorcycle heading east on VanGeisen almost in front of Mrs. Fellow's house... about where Carol Wise ('64) lived... next door the Fellows'.. All I heard was this most awful scream and maybe a crash but I don't remember the crash... maybe the cryin' tires and the bustin' glass... oh wait... that's a J. Frank Wilson song I'm remembering there... anyway... When I came around the house my dad was carrying the birthday girl and had put a tourniquet on her leg... My next big memory is at R2K-3 during the class of '63's reunion.. she and Number 32 ('63), Carolyn Roe ('63) and LaMont DeJong ('63) allowed Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) and me to walk on the dike with the big kids... waaaaaay too cool... and now It's time to say a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SUSAN NUSSBAUM REEB ('63) on August 5, 2004! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tedd Cadd ('66) To: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: HEW DuPont Corporation was given the prime contract for the Manhattan Engineering District in November of 1942. (This was the code named Manhattan Project.) "Hanford Engineering Works" (HEW) was the name here at the Hanford Site. Note: In some places, it is called "Hanford Engineer Works" ---Information from "Historical Time Line and Information about the Hanford Site" by J. D. Briggs, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, May 2001. Document number PNNL-13524. BTW: The "Historical Time Line and Information About the Hanford Site" can be downloaded in PDF format at: http://www.osti.gov/bridge/product.biblio.jsp?osti_id=786807 -Tedd Cadd ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) Re: Late Birthday Wish Want to wish Judie Heid Elliott ('68) a very Happy Birthday... sorry it was a day late and sorry that I couldn't round up those Percheron's for you. LOL There is always next year. Re: Pontification I do hope that everyone using a PC knows how to scroll down, too. It amazes me sometimes what people subject themselves to. Keep up the good words. I was great seeing "29" entries yesterday... whatever the reason. -Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) ~ Colbert, WA - where the 51 mile an hour winds and dirt storm was "Breaking News" and kept the news on for an hour and a half. In the Tri- Cities that would have been a breeze... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Rebecca Lester Cleavenger ('60) ~ 11/18/42 - 8/1/04 FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/06/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49, Jim Jensen ('50) Dore Tyler ('53), Wally Erickson ('53) Gary Persons ('57), John Richardson ('58) George Swan ('59), Joanne Rolph ('59) Jan Bollinger ('60), Jan Nelson ('60) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Patti McLaughlin ('65) Tami Schuchart ('68), Brad Wear ('71) Gary Davis ('77), Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Westover ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Lynch ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sheeran ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49 Re: HEW OOPS! I goofed!!! I always called HEW Hanford Engineering Works. That what comes from not hearing very well. SORRY. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) ~ from south/government Richland where we have had thunder, lightning, and RAIN. Cooler - 84 today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Business is picking up To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) It seems you have a supportive following! Most of the comments posted seem genuinely sincere. I agree with those who offered observations about the unique character of THE BOMBERS. There is a fellowship that might seem peculiar to outsiders - perhaps even a few insiders. It's a sensitivity about people with whom we share a very singular path in our nation's history. There's a dash a pride, too - I think - in having to deal with circumstances most people never experience. Each generation of us had different obstacles to overcome, but we existed in the same, one-of-a-kind environment. I guess our camaraderie allows us to enjoy successes, happiness, heartaches, concerns, discoveries, etc. with one another as family members might. This is a long-winded way to say to you, Pappy (I'm nine years older than you, but somehow your title fits), that your sense of humor and ability to "see" things that others of us might not, provide your readers with respite from the daily grind. I appreciate the fact that you choose to share yourself with us. To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Your 8/3/04 posting indicates to me that you are a very classy lady. I wish more of us had your compassion and understanding. To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Your Ferrari story (7/31/04) nailed it for my better half and me. We laughed until the tears came. Sent it to our family and extended family. THANK YOU, big time. Sign me - grateful to be a Bomber, -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dore Tyler ('53) Re: Jim Grow ('51) entry (Sandstorm 8/5) Thanks Jim. I've felt the same way for quite some time and was just too lazy to express the feeling. Keep on keepin' on. -Dore Tyler ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: HEW Looks like everyone else got this one right except me. I mentioned Energy, instead of Engineering, or Engineers. Thanks for the feedback on this. More good memories of Richland. Re: Birthday Wishes Wishing my little sister Susan Erickson ('59) a "Happy Birthday" today (Thursday)!! I'm a very lucky guy to have such a great sister; she's always there for me!! She'll be going to her 45th class reunion this September. -Wally Erickson ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) Gary's Entry -Gary Persons ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) John's Entry -John Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) E-MAIL TELEGRAM To: Sandstorm Readers (Including those who do not read it anymore) From: George Andrew Swan, AKA gasman (The serious alter ego of) George "Pappy" Swan, who is on self imposed, voluntary, hiatus -- conducting thoughtful meditation at his puddle but took time out to issue the following statement: "OK, two days." Stop -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) Re: Being "watched" in Richland! Anyone remember surveillance in Richland by (I assume) "government-types" who rode around in cars checking up on residential activities? I just remembered one of Mom's (Erma Rolph) "little rebellions". I gather that, if you saw these men (women?) and realized who they were and what they were doing, you were supposed to just ignore them as they were not supposed to "exist"... being undercover. One day, Mom noticed two men parked in a car near our house at 1101 Acacia Ave. She decided to let them know that SHE was aware of their existence... so she walked over to their car and offered them two cups of coffee! (They were evidently quite startled.) My Dad (Gordon Rolph, who worked out at Hanford) gently scolded her for "noticing" these guys... but Mom just smiled that mischievous smile and probably went on thinking about other little ways to tweak the system! :) I, in my blissful innocent state(!!!), never did realize that any of us were being watched at the time... only learned about it years later. Anyone else have an encounter with these guys or know any more about them... or has too much time in an attic addled my brain and memory? :) -Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) ~ In Vermont - where we are having a very strange summer... lots of rain and an odd mix of warmth, cold and unsettled weather. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Jan's Entry -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Nelson ('60) Re: HEW Well, my sister Donna Nelson ('63) got the discussion going about HEW. I have the original list of the furniture that my parents bought for the "F" house on Judson. I think the most expensive item was under $5. I have to look for the list and try to take a digital picture of it with my "new" digital camera that I am still learning to operate so I can get rich on eBay. Once I do that, I will send it on to the Sandstorm. [See a list of all the furniture/prices for same] -Jan Nelson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Puddle Pals Couple of things... 1) it's my feeling that the Puddle Pals all owe an inspirational debt of gratitude (or, however you, personally, accrue inspirational indebtedness) to Helen Cross Kirk ('62), for making Her "Little Pond" (and its effect on her life) available to us all... Pappy's genius was to recognize a good and universal thing and run with it (to my everlasting joy). 2) The Sandstorm has generally been a collection balanced between reminiscences and our lives, today (well, for those who have one :-)); and these expressions by some of us of our idealized lives together has given our sense of community an added dimension. This is a form of PLAY- one of those aspects of life (along with laughter) that will keep at least Certain parts of us Young and Flexible. Like many unstructured activities, it requires some course corrections (whether self-imposed or as the result of "Suggestions" from others). No Big Deal, really... just the interactions of good-hearted people, with enough in common to feel socially comfortable. To: Ray Stein ('64) uh-oh... palindromiasis! Have you spent any time too close to Baby Gramps, perhaps? He's a "carrier", so I've heard... (eg "Tonto, is that pistol Regulation?" "No... it a Luger, kemo-sabe...") ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ps- Louiefest - On August 28/29 there will be a musical extravaganza that will include an attempt on a Guinness book of records paradigm... 1000 guitars playing "Louie Louie" together (the 29th, I think). The remaining Wailers are involved in this show, (and also run a foundation to provide musical instruments to needy children). Check out http://www.Louiefest.org or Tacoma Dome scheduling, all you Tall Cool Ones out there... ^..^ ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) Re: HEW Trust me on this, HEW IS Hanford Engineer Works. My folks came to work here on New Year's Day, 1944. And I have worked with these documents for 25 years at the Hanford Technical Library. -Patti McLaughlin Cleavenger ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Schuchart ('68) To: Susie Nussbaum ('63) HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSIE!!!! I am so thrilled that our mothers were best friends all of their adult lives - what wonderful memories they created for us kids. Your family is still very special to me and I think of you all often. Hope your day was extra special, just as you are. Love to you, Tami -Tami Schuchart ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) To: Jim Grow ('51) Re: play on words Am not, na, na na, na,. -Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Davis ('77) Re: Stolen vehicle Just this morning I got up to go to work only to discover that my truck was not at home. After the initial shock wore off I called the Richland police department. Yes, it is hard to believe that our nice little community has car thieves. Since I know that there is little chance that I'll get the truck back I am asking all of you to be on the look out for a WHITE 1992 TOYOTA SR5 4X4 WITH A WHITE CANOPY The license plate cover on the back says Richland Bomber Alumni. Please pass this along to anyone you feel may be able to help. If any of you see this truck in your travels please call me. 531-2707 cell 627-2201 home Also I would not keep any personal items or items of value in your vehicle. This is like loosing your wallet or purse. Thanks -Gary Davis ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) Re: H E W To: All H E W does stand for Hanford Engineer Works. Check the web. Viva Webster Metz ('53) is correct. PNNL document sounds suspect. -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/07/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Ann Clancy ('50) George "Pappy" Swan ('59), David Rivers ('65) Tedd Cadd ('66), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Matt Filip ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Bobo ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Peterson ('77) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Fred Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: HEW I really should have known what HEW stood for. I have a postcard (I'm a collector) of Pasco, on the corner of 4th and Lewis - where the only street light was located - that shows the employment office for Hanford Engineer Works. My dad said as soon as he got off the train in Pasco he was taken to this location to fill out reams of paper, get finger printed, and to get his picture taken for his badge. They did not retake the pictures for about 15 years and it showed him bald because the remainder of his hair was in the upper right hand corner of the picture - he never did become bald. Re: Being Watched In Richland My father told us that the FBI was everywhere (beer joints, the liquor store, restaurants, stores) plus the fact that they came around to our house and asked if so and so (usually a neighbor) drank, had wild parties, did anything unusual, did their children get in trouble, etc. My mother always told it like it was - but my dad told her she couldn't do that as she might get someone fired. If possible he said to answer the questions yes or no and not to elaborate. He also told my sister and I that we had better stay on the straight and narrow or he could lose his job. Isn't that scary for a teenager? I started out working in the 720 and Ad Building (703) and every day I walked to work - going past the police department. All of the cars, trucks, government equipment had finally changed color from olive green to very light tan. What looked strange is they had two cars that were unmarked - and they were both navy blue. I'm surprised, Sunnie, that your mother (or father) didn't get in trouble. That was definitely a NO NO!!! One did a lot of pretending in those days. Sunnie: I do not have very many postcards from Vermont - would you email me and I will give you my snail mail address and if you send me two or three cards I will reimburse you for the postcards and the postage. THANKS. My sister and I went to Vermont about four years ago before the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed. Re: Government Furniture At work we had oak cabinets - my boss tried many, many times to buy those cabinets but they would not sell them - they probably ended up in a Hanford dump. A lot of the furniture we had was never sold - just dumped! -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland where the weather has been cool for the past two days. HOORAY ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) To: Gary Persons ('57) Re: Jan's Puddle In order to meet Jan's IMMEDIATE need for her own Puddle may I suggest that you construct a moat around the tree stump. The stump would be the main attraction for the Puddle and as such would be a detriment for its removal. Sounds like a deal to me! To: John Richardson ('58) Re: My Puddle At this point in time my pristine, lush Puddle is going to remain in it's natural undeveloped state for the enjoyment of future generations to come. I will keep your name on file. But then again, money does talk! To: Pam Ehinger ('67) Re: cup holders. You thought so~~~~~~~~~~right! You saw right thru my pipeline cover story. Have tossed rafts back into the Puddle. Happy to share. Bring your own cups! -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Pappy's Entry -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: After all this time And they called it puppy love just because they were... seventeen. How could it be puppy love... when they still are in that scene... Young love... their love... filled with true devotion... What else can be said for two of the coolest kids from the gold medal class of '63 than HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY... SIXTEEN (PLUS) CANDLES... FREDDIE AND ANN SCHAFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tedd Cadd ('66) Re: Engineer/ing The PNNL document was compiled by the DOE Declassification Project from the thousands of original historical documents being declassified for release over the last 10 years or so. The difference between "E" and " E with an ing on it" could be a typo either in the original documents or in the compilation. I believe the proper middle of HEW term was Engineer. -Tedd Cadd ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) To: Gary Davis ('77) Re: Stolen vehicle My real sympathies and empathy to you, Gary. Things HAVE changed in Richland since we were kids, huh? My sister, Sally Hatcher Biggerstaff ('60), and brother- in-law, Richard Biggerstaff ('58), moved back to Richland in 1992. They have lived in lots of big cities over the years, and had become somewhat more accustomed to crime than those Bombers who had hung around Richland. Still, about a month ago, even they were amazed when one of their cars was stolen from the parking lot at Dick's work (for one of the contractors for Hanford -- Westinghouse, I think). It was the middle of the day! He walked out of his office to drive home for lunch, and the car was gone! It was 'recovered' about a week later somewhere up the valley. Pretty much thrashed to death. They did catch the guy who took it. Drug related, apparently -- as so much bad stuff that happens in lives today seems to be. Unfortunately, they are not getting much from the insurance company ... certainly not enough to replace it. Hope you fare better than they did. I felt absolutely violated last May ('03) when my car was broken into in front of the house here in Spokane (even though this is the "big city") -- and $3000 worth of CDs were stolen. (You are right -- NEVER leave anything in your car! I am certain mine would not have been vandalized, if those tempting clamshell CD cases had not been in plain site. Foolish me. They also took my hand gun case (I have a concealed weapons permit) from the drawer under my seat. Fortunately, my gun was in the house.) The only thing I can say in a philosophical vein is that I hope whoever took the CDs is enjoying the vast collection of (primarily) classic rock, country, and Christian music. I am guessing that's not what they were hoping for!!! Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Spokane - where, thank God. the rain came this morning, and it's heading for a high of only 77 today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I for one enjoy the Alumni Sandstorm just the way it is; a mixture of what's going on currently with a splash of our youth growing up. I was encouraged by many at my 35th reunion, including the "infamous" Jeff Curtis to continue writing in it. I have touched base with several classmates, neighbors, and even people I never knew about something I said. Keep up the good work Richard and Maren and for those out there who don't like something "childish" just don't read it. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - where I was awakened by thunder, lightning, and rain this morning ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Matt Filip ('77) Dear Friends Upon being a Sandstorm voyeur these past several years I've finally decided to make my presence known and say hello. Maren... Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to practice this labor of love. You make my day every morning and especially Mondays when I get to play catch-up and read several days of postings. You are a true JEWEL! To: Pappy We've never met but one day I hope that becomes a reality. Keep the pond wet and hurry back please. To: Kevin J. King ('75) Boston sure rocked our shorts at Mid-State Thursday night huh?! You hugged S. so hard her celly fell out of her brassiere and she lost it. True story. I dunno, maybe it was the nectar that freed this all too important communication device. Unbelievable! To: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) Thanks for all of your love and especially incredible tickets to the H. Bowl '03! GO COUGS and I hope all is well with you and yours in Jersey. To: Mike Neidhold ('77) You were so right about Connie Glass. Dave Praino and Rod Devoir didn't quite understand the world in which they were living. Remember Mr. Boswell's American Lit(?) class that we had together as Juniors. The one that Connie attended with us and brightened our day every time she entered the room. I was fortunate enough to sit directly across from her. What a treat! How about when 'Z' torched a cig and got caught??? I thought Bos's eyes were going to pop out of his head upon entering the classroom while noticing this. No disrespect, Mr. Boswell, your class was a definite pleasure to attend but you did handle the situation in a no BS manner that kind of scared me. To: Brad Uppy ('74) Go easy on Mikey D ('74). He can't help the fact that he lives in Finley in a van down by the river and regularly commutes to ARK and MS. Definitely a case of too much fine food late night at Denny's. Maybe someday Brad, you can open for Michael Peterson here on the Central Coast somewhere halfway between Sodom and Gomorrah. Gosh durn, if Michael Peterson ('77) can perform at the M.B. Harbor Festival surely you can perform at Harry's or maybe over at Sky's digs.in SLO, CA. To: Jeff Curtis ('69) I have an incredibly hilarious fish story titled 'On Wellsion Pond' involving your dad, my bro, Neal Sullivan and Ed Charette but it is too long to post today. I'll write about it after you write again. To: Mr. Francis Rish I bet you can still catch all those quarters in succession falling off your arm. Thanks for the Ski Bus trips to Mission Ridge. Finally to Sheryl Romsos Senyk ('76)... I have not and will not ever forget you because without you I would not have this joy every morning. When my world slows down a tiny little bit, I'll either horn or write you sweetie. -Matt Filip ('77) ~ Rocket Man from Arroyo Grande, CA. Go Bombers and NHS Titans! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/08/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Witherup ('53), John Richardson ('58) George Swan ('59), Denny Damschen ('62) Carol Converse ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Jeff Michael ('65), Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: W. Gordy Edgar ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Strand ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer Harden ('96) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Jim Adair ('66) and Kathie Moore ('69) Also, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Gary and Janis Behymer BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Witherup ('53) for those who wonder about surveillance, and if you would like to read something witty about the old home town, check out [my] "Mother Witherup's Top Secret Cherry Pie" in "Learning To Glow: A Nuclear Reader", edited by John Bradley. University of Arizona Press, 2000. TSCP is also forthcoming in the anthology, from Oxford University Press, "Working Class Literature In America". Due out in fall of 2004. If Sandstorm readers would like to be informed about books dealing with Hanford,and the nuclear age, email me. Meanwhile, I have been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, but I will probably turn it down as a matter of principle. -Bill Witherup ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Pristine Puddle Ah Haa! I knew it, I knew it, I knew it!!! From the first word I heard from you, I knew that you were the Au- natural kind of Gal... To: Gary Persons ('57) Re: Stump Puddle Like Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) I think you should incorporate the stump as part of the Puddle. We're talking low cost, low work load, and low style Puddle!! Who knows, one million years from now, they will be looking at this as Persons Prestoric Petrifide Stump Puddle, and some delicious looking young woman, ladie, gal, will be selling your souvenirs... -Jophn Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pictured in my mind I missed my 10th class reunion. I heard from folks who did attend that classmates still looked pretty much the same although many were suspected of having purchased disguise kits in order to impress the others by attempting to look a bit more "foxy" or "handsome" or simply -- more mature. So, I prepared for the next reunion. I dug out my annuals and studied them thoroughly. I wanted to remember what my classmates looked like, the way I remembered them (for ten years). Finally, the day came for my 20th class reunion. Yet, when I arrived, it was evident that all had taken up the disguise game again, in earnest. And, they had done quite well. I recognized a few, but most had put the makeup kits to amazing use. The ladies were "lovely" and the men were "distinguished." They had introduced gray tint into their hair and applied a wrinkle here and a wrinkle there. The really creative ones had even applied padding in all the right places. Even I seemed different, when I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror that first night -- and I was amazed! Unbeknownst to me, someone had sneakily applied makeup to my face and I don't even remember when! I figure that some evil and despicable person had slipped me a dose of knock out drops in the Shirley Temple I was nursing. They even strapped on one of those buckle-on bellies while I was out of it. Hardly any of us looked like our Senior Year Annual Pictures (SYAP), but most agreed it was because of the poor lighting. (Don't worry, the acronym doesn't mean anything, it just got to be a habit when working for the government.) It happens that I missed a 25th somewhat spontaneous reunion. So, again, I studied the annuals for the next 15 years. Every time I thought of a fellow Bomber, I looked them up and I remembered them as they really looked: like their pictures in my dog-eared annual, right? Finally, the day of my 40th class reunion arrived. I could scarcely contain my enthusiasm. With my wife in tow, I burst through the door of the ballroom and quickly realized -- WRONG ROOM! Lots of old people here. Don't see any faces that look like the pictures in my senior annual... As I read some of the name tags, I realize these people are from my class of '59. Then it hits me: OK, I get it now -- but, the joke's on me, again, right? Someone failed to tell me that the reunion is also a Masquerade Ball and everyone was supposed to come in costume dressed as a Senior (or Honored) Citizen. Now here's where I realize one more reason why I love my wife: while I was so intently studying the senior annual, one last time, she must have applied makeup and disguise to me and herself and now we fit right in. Great! We look just like old people! After all of these years, I finally get it: we're still the same people as those in the annual pictures (more or less), but each time we get together, we're a little more "elegant" and "prominent" (at least my "portly" belly is). We're all gettin' real good at this disguise stuff. So, today I am really in the swing of happily preparing for the Club 40 "Revival Meeting" (45 years out of school for me now). And, the good news is, my wife won't have to do the disguise this time. I've been working real hard at looking older -- and by golly, I think I've succeeded. -George "Happy Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ (The much older version) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Denny Damschen ('62) Had about a minute and a half of fun with the following Camouflaged TV Classics quiz. Words have been replaced with similar words or phrases in titles of old TV series as in "Find Space for Father" would be "Make Room for Daddy". It's easy. Have a good day. 1. "Own Rifle, Shall Roam" 2. "The Romance Canoe" 3. "Encounter the Reporters" 4. "Small Residence on the Grassland" 5. "Cab" 6. "Wonderland Visitor" 7. "Errand: Undoable" 8. "Become Intelligent" 9. "Detergent" 10. "Honest Picture-Taker" 11. "The Groovy Group" 12. "Senor Sullivan" 13. "Cart Railroad" 14. "The Dusk Area" 15. "To Relate the Real Story" 16. "The Barbaric, Untamed Mae" 17. "Enchanted" 18. "Scottish Girl" 19. "Celebrity Journey" 20. "She" -later, denny damschen ('62) - Richland - where we had some great thunder last week ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I loved the poem you wrote in Sandstorm 8/7/04!! I'm looking forward to upcoming attractions from your little Puddle. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where we are having a very nice summer this year again. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) I was a bit shocked to learn that "big city" crime had reached Richland! I expect things like that (car stealing) to happen in CA, but NOT Bomberville! In '75, I had a Datsun station wagon with a CB radio (they were the "in" thing, then) installed under the dash--guess it was just too tempting--three kids (teens) broke the driver's window, stole the CB and pretty much damaged the dashboard! I was awakened by a knock on the door and there stood 2 of Garden Grove's "finest", informing me that I needed to follow them to the parking lot! I just stood there, in shock, with tears flowing, and asking them what I was supposed to do. They told me, I went back to the apartment, woke up my 2 daughters, got them dressed, called work, to say I would be late, and followed the policemen to the police station where I filled out papers, in triplicate, saw the three boys (who were ordered to pay for damages and released to their parents) -- they paid for the damages, although it took them a LONG time -- almost as long as it took for the insurance company to settle on the damages to the car (wouldn't cover the CB cause it was not factory-installed)! Re: Those who are complaining about "Pappy" and his puddle Life is much better with humor in it! It is better to find the humor in life than sit back and be depressed all the time! I had enough hurt and pain in my life when I was a kid/teenager---I couldn't do anything about my home life, but I can do something about my adult life and I live it with as much laughter and humor as I can! To those who cannot see the humor in Pappy's and the others that are writing in, SKIP those items!!!!!!! We NEVER know what tomorrow will bring, yesterday is "dead and gone", so take TODAY and live it to the fullest! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we had a break from triple digits, yesterday, wind was blowing, and the temperature was down in the low 90s. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes: Playing on the www last night I stumbled over some Tri- Cities statistics, one of which indicated the crime rate is much lower than the national average. That is really good. I have in other cities had things stolen from within my vehicle, even when parked in my own driveway (Thanksgiving Day)! But, fortunately, never had my car stolen (guess it's not stealing when the repo man takes it). A few of my friends had cars stolen, though. But in sunny Richland last winter, the following occurred. My business associate called me about 1AM. He was standing under the carport at our office with police and fire fighters. His little sports car had burned to the ground! No, it was not a case of vehicular self-emmulation, but rather a revenge torching of a car thought to belong to one of the other employees. Not too long thereafter, a car and house in West Pasco burned also. At first, I thought the events were related, but the perps were not the same. There are certainly some sad, twisted folk out there, even in Richland (darn-it). Re: As to willow trees Aren't they just about the most graceful member of the plant world. We planted one in our back yard on Cedar, but it is gone now. There is a cherry tree in its place (thank you, Dad). As an only child restricted to home most of the time, my imagination was pretty active. I would liken the tree to a woman in a hula skirt when the breezes pushed the boughs back and forth. What did she look like from the waist up? Depended on the clouds, of course. Saw a beautiful one out in South East Kennewick last night. But the most beautiful tree, in my opinion, takes the willow one step further. It is the white, weeping birch. My aunt and uncle in Genessee, ID had one in their front yard. Naturally, there was a bird-house and a swing attached to it when I was a kid. Lots of bird's nests as well...the tree was HUGE. Well, Pappy, hope you enjoyed your two days off. I see in the Herald, it is small bass season. I suspect you spent part of your days-off getting the WA State Fish & Game Dept. to authorize you to sell fishing licenses to all the tourists and restaurant owners that will be lining the perimeter of your puddle in search of those swift swimmers you planted a couple seasons ago. There's a time to sow and a time to reap. Now, I hope you weren't "testing the waters" illegally on your break. I think thou a man of the highest moral fiber! Gotta work on my Fiat...Tony (as in, Fix It Again, Tony) is off this weekend and it has (another) malfunction. dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ Across the river from Bomberdom, where it is the most beautiful morning I've seen (again). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Wow, school has started here in Texas, yes it's true, several of the school districts had to get waivers, unlike the one Quincy Carter got from the Cowboys, to start school early. All schools in Texas should start next week, so this weekend was a "Tax Free Sale" no tax on clothes. Being my wife's birthday was Friday and seeing how I had a business dinner that night I had a kitchen pass to go play with my friends. I took my blushing bride out to lunch today and then shopping at a local mall. What a mistake, I suffered the indignaties of all indignaties, "Here, sit here and hold my purse!" Where does this come from??? The only good thing was all the scenery, and several camel toes. Right Ricco? Not like the old days of starting school after Labor Day. Summer is over in Texas, but it's only 24 more days until hunting season here. -Brad Wear ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/09/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: John Richardson ('58), Jan Bollinger ('60) Lora Homme ('60), Pete Overdahl ('60) Gary Behymer ('64), Donni Clark ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Joyce Stinsman ('68) Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary May ('58WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marj Qualheim Haggard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gay Wear Miller ('69) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: PPPEstates Pro Shop Pappy, Am stuck in Las Vegas, in Phavbulous Puddle with Beautiful Phemales!!! Forget Mondays report ("stop grabbing ladies") will be (maybe) back with full ("stop that") report Tuesday or Thursday, maybe Friday.... -John Richardson ('58), Puddle Pal Agent ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Moat vs. Puddle Just a guess here, but were you a marriage counselor before your retired? I was actually thinking that your idea of a moat around the tree stump might be an acceptable, short-term alternative to a genuine puddle... and then John Richardson ('58) started calling it a STUMP PUDDLE! Well, that just sounds so ugly and the moat lost all of its appeal, Ann! The stump in question is from a very young tree and is only about 5" across; I imagine you had a more mature, stately stump in mind? Incidentally, if you are a counselor, you should offer your services to John. He'll likely need them when his wife Katie Riggins ('60) hears the chauvinistic baloney he's been whispering to my husband, like, "They always expect more than they deserve!" Get him, Katie! Whack him once for me! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane with clear skies and no smoke haze after Friday's cleansing rain. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) I thoroughly enjoyed your entry yesterday, Pappy, and I'm busily working on my elderly person disguise for the Club 40 reunion as we speak. The great thing about this costume is that all I have to do is sit here and age. I know how to do that, I've been doing it with a fair amount of skill now for several years and have been very successful, if I do say so myself. I've achieve some really "major" wrinkles. I look forward with eagerness to the reunion and admiring the handiwork of the other attendees. I know that all the costumes are the result of years and years and years of dedicated work. See ya there! -Lora Homme Page ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: N. Richland Trailer Park I have been interested in the stories on the North Richland Trailer Park. In the '40s and '50s as a kid I was able to spend a lot of time in the North Richland area. My father was the Police Chief of North Richland. For some reason I remember my father telling us [about] escorting the first family into the trailer park. The first family was Mr. and Mrs. Sherm Helrude (Sp.) and their 3 children. I remember the son was also Sherman and his oldest sister was Patty. We became good friends and even met Mr. Helrude's father who lived in the Lewiston, Idaho area. I would really like to reacquaint myself with them if anyone knows anything about them. I will try to scan the picture so others would enjoy this family by one of the small trailers they called home. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Still here after all these years. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Found listed on eBay today..."You are bidding on a souvenir photograph taken at The Spinning Wheel dance club in Seattle WA. It was taken by Rainier Photo Service. The back of the says "February 26, 1946 To a swell kid and a real shipmate. Good Luck in the future. 'Bucky' 1308 Mahan Ave. Richland, Washington". The two families that I know who have lived at 1308 Mahan are the James Family and the Moss Family. Can anyone tell me who this might be? -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA...a concrete river runs thru it... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Emmy Update To: Bombers who have been praying for Emmy The judge did give the birth mom a six month extension. That would translate into 4 months with my daughter and her husband and a 2 month trial with the birth mom. We are grateful on one hand for the extra time to love her and the extra change to have her but it will be extra hard on that little angel to go for all the visits and for my daughter to loose her. We are still praying that the birth mom will change her mind. For those of you who still want to pray and receive updates, email me personally and I'll try to keep you all informed. Thank you so much and Emmy thanks you! I will send another pic soon. She is so cute! Re: Sue Nussbaum ('63) It was a brand new school and I was going to be in the second grade. I was standing in line outside with the other kids who had lined up at the door to go in. In front of me was a little girl with the most perfect sausage curl ponytail I ever saw. Oh, if I could only get my ponytail to go that way! She became my first best friend. We were friends all through grade school days. I loved going to her house on over nights because she had a basement, and a big bed full of dolls and stuffed animals and we got to watch "I Married Joan" and the "Mickey Mouse Club" on her TV. In West Richland we only got 2 TV channels. She taught me how to make the best toasted cheese sandwiches by buttering the outside of the bread. So I always think of her when I make toasted cheese sandwiches. We were in Camp Fire Girls together and went to the same church. When we went to Jr. High, she went to Chief Jo and I had to go to Carmichael. In High School we never had any classes together. But we kept in touch through the years and still write today. Happy Birthday, Sue Nussbaum Reeb! Sorry I'm late. You are a good friend and I have lots of special memories! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: TV quiz from Denny Damschen ('62) Here are my answers: 1. "Own Rifle, Shall Roam" ~ "Have Gun, Will Travel" 2. "The Romance Canoe" ~ "The Love Boat" 3. "Encounter the Reporters" ~ "Meet the Press" 4. "Small Residence on the Grassland" ~ "Little House on the Prairie" 5. "Cab" ~ "Taxi" 6. "Wonderland Visitor" ~ ??? 7. "Errand: Undoable" ~ "Mission: Impossible" 8. "Become Intelligent" ~ "Get Smart" 9. "Detergent" ~ "Soap" 10. "Honest Picture-Taker" ~ "Candid Camera" 11. "The Groovy Group" ~ "The Mod Squad" 12. "Senor Sullivan" ??? 13. "Cart Railroad" ~ "Wagon Train" 14. "The Dusk Area" ~ "Twilight Zone" 15. "To Relate the Real Story" ~ "To Tell the Truth" 16. "The Barbaric, Untamed Mae" ~ "The Wild, Wild, West" 17. "Enchanted" ~ "Bewitched" 18. "Scottish Girl" ~ "Lassie" 19. "Celebrity Journey" ~ "Star Trek" 20. "She" ~ "That Girl" These are fun---need more of them. What is the name of the site where you found this quiz, Denny? -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - triple digits have once again descended on us! Boo, hiss! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joyce Stinsman Komac ('68) It is always with interest that I read about people who run into other Bombers traveling the states. Here is my story. My husband is a member of a Dodge diesel truck club which happens to be called the Bombers. It is an internet club with the owners of these trucks exchanging ideas on how to modify the vehicles. The members are from all around and some times they gather at homes and work on their trucks together usually close to home. They know each other by their internet names only. This weekend a camping event was planned in St. Maries, Idaho with wives invited. We traveled from Port Orchard, WA so my husband can talk trucks with others who speak his language. When we arrived I noticed one man who vaguely looked familiar. My husband said he was from Pasco. I don't know anyone from Pasco so just sort of ignored it. Later when talking to this man's wife, Sheila, (a Kamiakin grad) she said he was a Richland Bomber. I said so was I and then we figured out we had graduated the same year. Who would have thought that at a Bomber truck gathering I would meet a Richland Bomber from the class of 1968. It was really great to meet and get to know John Fellerman, his wife and beautiful little girl Alison. It was a fun weekend even if I don't understand the truck language. -Joyce Stinsman Komac ('68) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I don't see Fellerman on the '68 roster, but I DO see John Fellman ('68) brother of Nancy ('62) & Gordie ('64) -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Happy Birthday to my sister, Gay Wear Miller ('69). -Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/10/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ralph Myrick ('51), John Richardson ('58) George Swan ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Mike Waggoner ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Richard Anderson ('60), Jack Gardiner ('61) Carol Converse ('64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Jeff Michael ('65) Patty de la Bretonne ('65), Betti Avant ('69) Michael Lemler ('72), Cheryl Raekes ('74) Treg Owings ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Bartlett ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mack Richardson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis McGrath ('63WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Collins ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) I noticed in the obits that a Gene Ewing had died. I didn't read any thing about family members. Do any of you know if Gene Ewing was Stan Ewing's (50rip) brother? It seems to me that Stan had a brother named Gene. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) John's Entry -John Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Pappy's Entry -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Air Show tickets OK it is Monday afternoon and I finally have received word on how many tickets I have coming to the Oregon International Air Show this coming weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 13,14,15. Friday the 13th is a night show only. There will be all of the static displays and normal air show ground stuff when the gates open at 6:30. The Air Show begins at approx. 8PM. Not sure what else will be flying that night, but there will be 2 different solo aircraft in the air with our pyrotechnics on board. Eddie Andrenie and Eric Beard. Both are well-known stunt flyers. Not sure what the model of Eddie's plane is, but Eric is the famous Russian Thunder act in his Yak 54. After that it will be our pleasure to fire one of the largest fireworks displays ever in Oregon. This display will include special burning liquid effects and the 800 foot long "wall of fire". Hang on to your hats for that one. The Saturday and Sunday events are daylight only with the gates opening at 9 AM. This year the Oregon Int'l Air Show is pleased to present the Blue Angels Precision flying team. Mid PM each day we will provide the wall of fire burning liquid Special Effects. So here is what I can do for tickets to this event. This is a special offer to Bomber alums and they are free for the asking. And they will be given out in the order received. I will make available 30 passes for Friday night and each pair will include a VIP Parking Pass. The parking is over at Intel's Jones Farm facility and transport to and from the air show gate will be furnished. These passes are wrist bands and will admit you to our special viewing Chalet which is close to "front row center". We will have soft drinks, ice water, and a limited amount of ice cold beer available for our friends at the Chalet. This Chalet is only available Friday night. For those who would like to see the Blue Angels and all the other flying demos, plus the Special Effects on either Saturday or Sunday, I will make available 24 general admission passes to the Air Show for each day. This will get you in the gate, and again each pair of passes will include a VIP Parking Pass for Sat, but sorry, I do not have parking passes for Sunday. Time is short as I was out of town last week most of Wednesday thru most of Sunday so I need your requests hopefully before noon on Tuesday, if possible. This should still allow me to get them addressed and off to the main Tacoma Post Office Tuesday right after noon. So you should get them by Friday OK. If I don't have enough to go around to all requests, I will be as fair as possible. Please let me know if, in the case we don't have enough to go around for the Friday Show, you would like passes for either Saturday or Sunday and give me your preference. Re: A more sober subject if I may One of our pyrotechnicians, Kevin Cowell, in the Spokane area has terminal cancer. We pray he will be with us until the benefit at the park on the island downtown, on the 20th of August. Entertainment Fireworks will donate and present a fireworks display that evening. Kevin's family's plight was featured in the Spokane paper recently. The fireworks are part of a larger effort to give his wife and small children some help as they were left financially stranded as a result of the Kaiser bankruptcy. Donations to the cause will be appreciated. The benefit effort has been fairly well publicized in the Inland Empire area, and any donations should go directly to that effort. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Waggoner ('60) Re: Denny Damschen's TV Quiz Would #6 be Alice and #12 be Mr.Ed? -Mike Waggoner ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Patti's Entry -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Article about HEW in NYT Click to go to the NY Times article -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Gardiner ('61) Re: Supplemental Insurance I will be moving back to Richland, after a 42 year leave of absence. And I need some help, I have to find some supplemental insurance for my wife who is on Medicare. In San Jose she has Secure Horizons. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, -Jack Gardiner ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) I believe that #12 "Senor" Sullivan is "Mr." Ed Sullivan? Other than that, I had only gotten 2, as read down the list yesterday. Good for you for getting most of them. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Gary Behymer ('64) wrote in and said that 4 people had unsubscribed to the Sagebrush Rag as of Saturday! I like the Sagebrush Rag forum for discussing all topics that are deemed not appropriate for the Sandstorm (Maren does a great job, censoring); if you left/quit/unsubscribed because you didn't like the political discussions, why didn't you wrote in with different topics for discussion???? There are plenty of other things that could be discussed: some resent the fact that we are named for the bomb that was dropped during World War II(that could have been a topic for discussion!); also growing up in Richland (there are some that didn't like the schools, the town, the fact that Hanford was partly responsible for the bomb); and many other topics! If we don't continue writing in, the Sagebrush Rag will "dry up and blow away" and then we will no longer have that format. I enjoyed reading THE SANDBOX and missed it when it "died" -- would hate to see the same thing happen to the Sagebrush Rag! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - hot, hot, and hotter ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) David's Entry -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there, Bombers and Bomberettes: Of all the "when I was a kid in Richland" stories that I recall... the "spooks at our house" story is one of the best. Of course, it wasn't until I was in the service that I knew these guys were "spooks". We lumped all of them, CIA, FBI and my personal favorite OSI (Office of Special Intelligence... now isn't that special) into the category of "spooks and spies". The spies were our guys checking out "their" guys. The spooks were our guys checking out our guys. It was the latter that visited our house on Cedar. I had been raised as a child who was "seen but not heard", but still got some solid prompting on what my conduct was to be while these brief case toting folks (not to be confused with insurance salesmen) sat in the living room with Mom & Dad. I can just imagine their training... get the kids talking... they'll spill the beans! The spooks always wanted to know what our neighbors were up to. Did they come home late (translation: were we up late watching the streets at night)? Were they church going-attending folk (translation: were we home on Sundays with nowhere to go)? Were they having domestic problems (translation: were we airing our dirty laundry on a very personal basis)? Did we think they were happy with their jobs (translation: were we happy with the job)? Well, you get the drift. There were no wires (portable tape recorders) in those days, so they were always in pairs. They could take turns asking questions and taking notes... even play good spook-bad spook. And everybody smoked in those days. So when the spooks left, there was a cloud of smoke in our living room, beginning at the ceiling and descending about 4 feet. Wonder if I could sue the gubberment for lung damage... ooops, no lung damage... guess not. Guess the smoke damage is all in my head! By-the-by, do you know why electronic devices fail? Cuz the smoke gets out. Do you know why electronic chip designers are so highly paid? Just you try getting that much smoke in a micro-chip!! -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ in Bombertown, where the wedding party at the Marriott Saturday night just wouldn't quit! Man, what a crowd! Great fun! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) To: Linda Reining ('64) #12 is Mr. Ed! -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, The answers to the two you didn't get are; wonderland visitor-Alice, and senor Sullivan-Mr. Ed. I still get a kick out of Mr. Ed. He was way too much ahead of his time. Bomber cheers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - where Friday night/ Saturday morning I will be up all night walking in our local Relay for Life team sponsored by the hospital where I work (I hope the mosquitoes are kept at bay) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Michael Lemler ('72) Just a thought. I was just watching the news in Seattle and saw a story about new vanity plates. The story said that if you can get 2000 people to purchase the plate, you can get your organization on it, sign me up for a couple "Bomber Plates"! -Michael Lemler ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Cheryl Raekes Smith ('74) To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: TV quiz from Denny Damschen ('62) Okay, so I watched a lot of TV growing up... Here's my guess at the only two you didn't get: 6. "Wonderland Visitor" - Alice 12. "Senor Sullivan" - Mr. Ed -Cheryl Raekes Smith ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Treg Owings ('76) I thought someone would mention this but maybe we don't have as many Mariner faithful as I thought. I can't remember who (Maren can fill this blank in) but during the broadcast of the game the announcers mentioned he had asked them at least 50 times to say hello to friends in Richland! And twice he was in the background with his Richland Bomber jacket, mushroom cloud and all! WAY TO GO! -Treg Owings ('76) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [That was Frank DeVincentis ('56WB) - in the 8/4 SS: "Just a note to let you know that I will be working with the Mariners' announcers Thursday, Friday and Sunday when they play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. I will do my best to get in a plug for Richland and all the Bomber fans as I did last year."] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Michael E. Wood ('67) ~ 10/5/48 - 8/5/04 FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/11/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: John Richardson ('58), Jan Bollinger ('60) Michael Waggoner (60), Helen Cross ('62) Carol Converse ('64), Kathy Coppinger ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Linda Smith ('72) Rhonda Miller ('78), Tonya Johnson ('78) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) John's Entry -John Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Jan's Entry -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) Here is a link to an article about the radiation problems created by the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons industry. Those problems appear to be much more severe than Hanford's. Click here for the link -Michael J. Waggoner ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Hello from sunny Seattle!! We are sitting here at our non- Bombers friends' house here in West Seattle enjoying this fabulous fun of the sound and the Olympic Mountains and blue skies. It's almost always sunny when I visit Seattle, so it remains truly a great place to live. My extended family reunion cruise over the past week-end was great. It was my first cruise,and I really did enjoy it. Can't say what I liked most, but my newly met extended cousin, cabin-mate from New Jersey and I had a good time. Give me the shade of palm tree and I could enjoy those Bahama breezes and water a long time!! Now hope to visit friends, and more of W's family in Seattle, go to the Cross Reunion and lots of dear close cousins, and the Bomber event at BattleGround Picnic next week, and eventually get to see my brother, Roy ('65) and his family, my only nieces and nephews, and my mother in the Tri-Cities next week before I head back to the house by the little lake in Indiana. I'll be driving alone, so if you see my Bomber bumper sticker, please honk and wave. Thanks to John Browne, Jr. ('61) for the compliment. I think I might trade the pond in Indiana for the view of the sound and the Olympics today, if all else were equal. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in West Seattle looking at the big pond of Pudget Sound!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Oh, those frogs look scary!! Loved the picture!! -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kathy Coppinger ('64) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Thanks, Carol, for the answer to #12. Ed Sullivan, of course! Duh! Now I have all the answers to the quiz from Denny Damschen ('62) -Kathy Coppinger ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: John Richardson ('58) Your humor is great--keep writing---makes my day! I'm sure by now, you have read the Sandstorm and learned the answers to the quiz #'s that you didn't get. Maren supplied me with "Alice" for Wonderland Visitor (I kept thinking of Disneyland); and I knew Senor had to be "Mr." something, but the Sullivan part threw me (I kept thinking of Barry Sullivan, the actor, and knew that wasn't making sense). I'd completely forgotten about the Ed Sullivan Show--which we watched almost every Sunday night! Do you remember when he would have Senor Wences on? To: "Pappy" Swan('59) Re: West Nile Virus We have had 5 cases here in Bakersfield--one of them is an ex-news anchor for one of our local TV stations--he was outside, in shorts, cleaning up around his pond and figures that is when he was bitten. A little child has also been infected. Be very careful around your puddle---this virus is nothing to take lightly--can cause serious illness and is pretty hard on the very young and elderly (no, I am NOT saying you are old, but you ain't no spring chicken either.) I'm not even sure the "T3 Team" will be able to survive the bite of those nasty "skeeters"! I liked your idea of mating them with fireflies (called 'em lightning bugs in Minnesota)!* and, you might want to be wary of "no-see-ums", too---those blasted little gnats can leave quite a welt when they bite!!!!! They are another species that needs to be mated with fireflies! To: David Rivers ('65) Re: logos COOL! Are you still planning on being at the hot rod reunion show in Fomoso in October? since it is "right next door" to Bakersfield, thought I would saunter over and see ya. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - it is too blasted HOT... we are having power outage warnings for the next few days... conserve, conserve, conserve... stores have their a/c set at a "cool" 85, which ain't cool when it is 100+ outside!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Smith Davis ('72) Growing up in Richland, visits from the FBI were routine, as security updates on neighbors were conducted. While living in the greater Chicago area, the FBI came to my door regarding a neighbor seeking a new security clearance in another state where he had moved. After doing the routine questions I had heard so many times growing up, the gentleman from the FBI thanked me profusely. He thought he was going to have to turn in nothing on the neighbor, because every other neighbor had slammed the door in his face when he told them FBI. As soon as he left, my phone began ringing, as neighbors were calling to see why I had spoken to the FBI and wanted to know what the neighbor was wanted for! -Linda Smith Davis ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rhonda Miller Williams ('78) To: Jack Gardiner ('61) I saw your request for information on supplemental health insurance for your wife. My husband, Kevin Williams, says to tell you she can get guaranteed coverage here in Washington State. He has been in the health insurance field for over 20 years, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. His business is IFC Insurance, phone number (509) 545-4867, or you can email him. I LOVE this part of being a Bomber! I tell people, "When you're a Bomber and you need help or information, all you have to do is write in and on virtually any topic, someone will point you in the right direction," and I do believe we are the envy of all! Long live the Bomber Spirit!! Bomber Cheers, -Rhonda Miller Williams ('78) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tonya Johnson Walerko ('78) Hi, I am Tonya Johnson Walerko and I graduated from Col High in 1978. I would be interested in hearing from anyone from my graduating class. I haven't been back to Richland in about 20 years or so and sure do miss the area! -Tonya Johnson Walerko ('78) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Robin Sue Whiten ('80) ~ 10/13/61 - 8/1/04 FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/12/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Hughes ('56), John Richardson ('58) Missy Keeney ('59), Derrith Persons ('60WB) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Carol Converse ('64), Deedee Willox ('64) Cyndy Brooks ('68), Ken Staley ('68) Jean Albaugh ('72), Vicki Owens ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nat Saenz ('71) More information: FuneralNotices.tripod.com Click the lunch you want to know about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: August Fife Lunch All Bomber Lunches website Turnout at the August Fife lunch was very light but that was made up for by the appearance of that skinny little guy from the class of '58, Reuben Linn. He has perfected the art of disguise and has selected his strap-on padding very well. Irl French ('51) and Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) were joined by the usual group of Jessica Blessing, Agnes Hughes and Tom Hughes ('56). We were well into some great discussions when Agnes and I had to leave to go visit with our Grandson, Chris Blessing who had just returned from 16 months in Iraq. Hope to see everyone at the Picnic in Battleground next weekend. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, Senor Wences was a great ventriloquist! He had the stern faced mans head in the box who always said in a deep voice "It's All Right" . He also would draw a face on his hand, put a small blond wig on his fist and his hand became a puppet. Do you remember "Stairway to the Stars"? It was on KHQ TV channel 6. I even remember some of the sponsors, how about this, "If you need Coal or Oil, call Boil", or the "Smyth Moving Company", "Smyth not Smith, Smyth Not Smith, Smyth not Smith the Smother Mover"! Now days it kinda sounds like a commercial for a laxative!! How about cruising with John Cruise on "KORD" Radio! Linda, those really were the "Happy Days". Thanks for reminding me of some very fond memories. To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Jan, Jan, Jan, here we go again (make a note, possible song) Out of the goodness of my heart, I go out of my way to try and help you and Gary Persons ('57) with your problems and what happens, you dump on me! Come on Jan, You say, "I don't need any old ramshackle bird bath". "You see", it's all about you again! I, Me, My, Mine, what about Gary, what about this poor man's feelings? In addition, it was a "New" ramshackle bird bath, not old!!!!! I am going to say this one more time, I do not whisper in Gary's ear, no sir, never would, no way, no how. uh uh, not that kinda guy!!! It seems to me that Gary has been extremely quiet on this subject of late and I am beginning to wonder if you are holding my good friend incognito!!! I for one would like to hear Gary's very own views about all of this!!!! -John Richardson ('58) ~ Longwood, FL - where we are still getting rain and you talk about Puddles, we got um!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: John Richardson ('58) You are definitely the Master of Hilarity (with apologies to Brad Upton ('74) who is EXTREMELY funny, but not necessarily in writing)! I haven't laughed so hard in response to a Sandstorm entry in a long time! Kudos! To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) I also am VERY concerned for the safety of the Toads on patrol in Pappy's Puddle. I see major "squish" potential there. -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Re: The Quiz ~ #12 Senor Sullivan Would that not be Mr. Ed... the horse... of course! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: 2004 Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic DATE: Saturday - August 14, 2004 TIME: 11:00 - we'll start cooking about 12:00 noon WHERE: Battle Ground Lake State Park http://www.bgwa.com/battle_ground_lake.htm (Note: $5 parking fee per car DIRECTIONS: I-5 southbound: Take exit #14 I-5 northbound: Take exit #9 follow signs to city of Battle Ground. Drive to east end of town. Turn left on Grace Ave. (in front of Foodliner Grocery), and follow signs to park, approximately three miles from city of Battle Ground. FOOD: Please bring a side dish - hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages & paper goods will be provided. Bring your annuals and your memories. All Bombers, Spouses & Friends are welcome! See you August 14! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ~ ALWAYS A BOMBER ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: potpourri To: John Richardson ('58) What?.. no Frisbees in the Pro Shop? I think "glow-in- the-dark" products are gonna be the real money makers, John... possibly you might find a way to make the Puddle, Itself, glow on cue. Go with the Glow! To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('57) Even though I'm a rabid fan of stumps, in general (their centrality to creative landscaping is truly mythic), you can probably pull this one out with a chain (& an old pickup). Might not require digging at all. Then, with a pond liner in place, you could trim the stump & put it in a pan, stir up some Ready-mix and pour it in. Then you can put the stump back in the pond. It'll make a nice base for the Angel Fountain centerpiece of your new Puddle. To: Mike Waggoner ('60) Thanks for the story link. I got a kick out of the concept of the Soviets .."working in totalitarian secrecy.." Wonder what kind WE used? To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Hey, that ferry to your left is going to Vashon! Yes... the Olympics look pretty good, although I'd swear that the snow is going away earlier in the season these last few years... more purple, less white. I'm afraid "all things" can't be equal, Helen- we rarely get close to the Summer humidity of Indiana around here... ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Linda Smith Davis ('72) I don't remember the FBI while growing up in Richland. I did have them asking neighbors questions about me when I applied to Battelle though. A few months back, I had the FBI come to our home, asking questions about a neighbor that lived behind us. I felt bad, as I had only met the neighbor very briefly once, so couldn't give him much information at all. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64)~ Eureka, CA - where the fog is here and it's misty. Linda Reining ('64), we've had very warm temps here last weekend. I can only imagine what they were like in Bakersfield! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To John Richardson ('58) and Pappy Swan ('59) So, where can I purchase a PREPAID PUDDLE PASS? -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where I'm about to invade Pappy's Puddle if it gets as hot today as it was yesterday! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Cyndy Brooks ('68) Re: FWD Jim Albaugh ('68) ==== Re: Jim Albaugh Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2004 20:10:21 -0400 From: "Holmes, Stanley" To: colhi68 Hi, I'm a journalist for BusinessWeek magazine and I'm writing a profile on Jim Albaugh. I understand he graduated from Richland High School and was an accomplished basketball player, among other notable achievements. He's obviously a very impressive person and business leader and I'm wondering if you or others would be willing to share your thoughts or stories about Jim in high school. Feel free to email or call me with your thoughts or if you have suggestions of other people I could talk to, I would be very grateful for your help. Thank in advance. Sincerely, Stanley Holmes 206-264-0436 http://www.businessweek.com/ ===== -Cyndy Brooks ('68) http://richlandbombers.1968.tripod.com ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: High Tea 24 hours ago, I was sitting on the wharf in Victoria Harbor, musing on my day spent in THE Buschart Gardens and... High Tea at The Empress Hotel. High Tea is truly one of life's RARE moments. Anyone visiting Victoria BC this summer, should pencil in High Tea for late in the afternoon. It really is a once in a life time treat. -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) Re: FBI To: Linda Smith Davis ('72) That's news to me that the FBI went around the neighborhood checking up on people. All I knew was that Nora and Allen Parkhurst's Dad was the FBI agent... but I never really knew what he did. I assumed he was chasing Bank robbers. -Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) Re: 50s Road Trip Day 1 I arrived at SeaTac and found forever faithful friend Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) waiting. Good thing, too, since I had forgotten to give her flight details! Day 2 We were off and driving... South on I-5. First stop, outlet malls in the Chehalis-Centralia area, followed by good Mexican food for lunch. (I do wish that someone would open a Mexican restaurant in Kampala. It's one of the few things the resident American community misses, myself inclusive.) Car and mouths were moving at approximately the same speed as we caught up on news and shared stories from 44 years of shared history. What a treasure to have life long friends. (We met in Sr. Michael Thomas' first grade classroom at Christ the King in 1960.) As the sun dipped into the west, we reached our day's destination: the Medford home of Terri Zangar Roberts ('72). The car was now still, but mouths continued well past midnight. We hadn't seen Terri since R2K, so there's simply soooo much to talk about! Our 50s Road Trip team is now 60% intact. Stay tuned, same time, same place, to the continuing adventures of the 50s Road Trip. To be continued... -Vicki Owens ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/13/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Roberta Adkins ('52), Dorothy Lee Wright ('54WB) John Richardson ('58), Derrith Persons ('60WB) Pete Overdahl ('60), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clementson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Persons ('57) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52) Re: FBI Hello to all; You Bombers who are "a little older" than the youngin's that don't remember the times when we didn't talk about what Dad did at work. I remember in the early '50s when a agent came to our neighborhood asking about a lady across the street. He asked a neighbor about her and she said "Well I always say 'Would I trust her with my kids and my country?' I say 'No' to both questions". We other neighbors thought that was terrible. As this was a defense area no one said or most didn't know what they were doing here other that making good money and had a most wonderful home to live in. -Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dorothy Lee Wright ('54WB) I am Dorothy Lee Wright... I attended Marcus Whitman 1944- '50. Then Carmichael 1950-'51. My family was first residents of a lovely little prefab at 801 Sanford during those years. My father retired from Hanford 1968. I shall always consider Richland my home. Love to hear from my class mates. -Dorothy Lee Wright ('54WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Missy Keeney ('59) Missy, Now you've gone and done it, my wife, Katie Riggins Richardson ('60) walked into my office this morning and said, "John, what's wrong with your head, it looks so big"? I said, "I really don't know what you mean, maybe I got stung by a bee or sumpin". Also, I was so excited in seeing you respond to Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) because I thought you were going to inquire about my good friend Gary Persons ('57) who is missing!!! (See how rumors get started) Imagine my disappointment when you inquired about FROGS? "Really", I think, and maybe I'm wrong, that Gary is more important than "FROGS"! If you are really concerned about Toady Frogs, you may want to contact the good folks at the "ASPTF".. I just wish there was someone I could call about my friend. To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Pro Shop John, You are absolutely right about the Frisbees, and I have had request for Puddle Slinkys and glow in the dark Puddle Hula Hoops. (We call um Pula Poops) also we are introducing a line of under Puddle strobe lights by Heines with 57 different colors. To: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Puddle Pass Deedee, You pose a very legitimate question and the answer is, it depends on what type of Pre-Paid Puddle Pass you want. As you know, we have all kinds of Puddles for which you can get Passes. We have the Potential, the Pristine, the Pith Hat, the Wild, and on, and on, and on... Just be aware that we offer an All Puddle Pre-Paid Puddle Pass for your convenience, and with its purchase comes the "Prestigious" title of "Honorary Puddle Pal"!!! All Pre-Paid Puddle Passes are Market Price -John Richardson ('58) ~ Longwood, FL - where we have a couple of visitors by the name of "Bonnie" and "Charles" headed our way. Time to batten down the Puddle. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Re: Birthday Wishes I wish that days weren't quite so busy, that weeks passed less quickly... Happy Birthday to Gary Persons ('57) my OLDER brother... well my only brother... Gary, I think you are an incredible brother and I am grateful and proud to be your sister. I hope your birthday is the very best... because that's what you are... the very best!! It's Friday the 13th... does that bring back memories? or what? Happy Birthday Gary!! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Pete's Entry -Pete Overdahl ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: FBI Comes Around I remember an agent coming to our house on Goethals, once... and my mother being terrified to a point beyond paucity of any gastro-intestinal output. The only thing I recall hearing was "Rufus", which was the first name of our next-door neighbor, on one side- and it was probably not what they were really there for- he seemed pretty much a model citizen. Years later the FBI came to question me, after I'd taken a test for a post office gig in a small coastal Oregon town. At one point the agent asked me to sign a paper, which I said I'd have to read, first. About the seventh paragraph it said that Anything I said could be used against me in court, if necessary. I said I didn't want to sign it, but asked if I could keep it, and think it over. However, he demanded it back. He was very pleasant, all in all... but I didn't get a job. To: Ken Staley ('68) High Tea in Victoria, BC? Cool... how high did you get, Ken? Is The Empress that place with the copper roof? If so, it's very grand... like most of Old Victoria. I may just have to go back, and take some time. My only trip for more than a day was mostly spent out at U.Vic, at a 3-day ecology confab, while there was a transit strike. It's a pleasant hour's walk from the Harbour area to the campus... lots of fabulous landscaping... ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Douglas McVey, a member of Classmates.com is searching for Carolyn Rigby, a Richland Bomber from 1976. If someone knows her whereabouts, please forward information to me & I will make sure he gets it. -Gary Behymer ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/14/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52), Missy Keeney ('59) Helen Cross ('62), Freddie Schafer ('63) Shirley Collings ('66), Jean Albaugh ('72) Greg Alley ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Collings ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Swanson ('64) Bomber PICNIC today: Portland/Vancouver area Picnic at the Battle Ground Lake State Park (WA) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Re: Victoria, BC, Canada My middle daughter, Sandra, and I spent a few days in Victoria recently. We went specifically for the wonderful "Eternal Egypt" exhibition at the British Museum. It was totally awesome and well worth the trip. I've loved Victoria since I was first there in 1983 or '84... but have never experienced High Tea. I told a friend I was going to pretend 'money doesn't matter' on this last trip, but when they told us High Tea at the Empress would cost $50 each, I gulped and left it at that. Hey, Ken, can you give us some of the details? Butchart Gardens, celebrating their 100th year, was a treasure! I hope my video is good. Haven't watched in on TV, yet, and the LCD is too small to see much. Re: Pappy's Puddle Passes Today I had a yard sale and will again Saturday, and yesterday while I was hosing down the patio and driveway, I noticed the very large puddle got very HOT!! A Word of Caution to all you folks who think a dip in Pappy's Puddle would be refreshing---check it out with your big toe first! My best to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ in WAY TOO HOT RICHLAND! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: John Richardson ('58) Gary Persons ('57) must still be alive somewhere as his family members are wishing him Happy Birthday in the Sandstorm. I suppose he could be being held captive somewhere. You might have to contact the FBI since Bombers kind of grew up learning to deal with the FBI! OOPS! PS To John Richardson ('58) Sorry about causing that "problem" with your head. Spouses are usually quite good at getting it back to it's normal size! Good Luck! -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from beautiful Seattle where we had a great treat of going on a sail boat cruise last night to see the sunset!! And John Browne ('61) I am hoping to take that ferry this afternoon to actually see Vashon Island. I don't think I've ever actually been there.. I am looking forward to the Cross reunion tomorrow and the tale-end of the Bomber picnic at Battle Ground State Park!! Wow, the weather is so great here these past few days. I went to Queen Mary's tea house in the U of W district yesterday and had lunch with a few non-Bomber friends and Carole Johnston Berg ('62), another brilliant Bomber who was raised in Richland. We go way back to Sunday School class and Junior High choir at CUP church. Her husband just retired from Boeing, but she is planning to start her 38th year as a chemistry teacher at Bellevue Community College. Any WSU fans or graduates might be interested to know we are staying with our good friends, Ray and Mary Eldrige. Ray was the President of the WSU Alumni Club in 2002-2003. He is recovering from a serious stomach cancer surgery this past July. I know he would appreciate hearing from any friends who might care to drop him a note. I will be happy to give you his address, if you email me privately, or I'll bet he is in the West Seattle phone book. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ loving the great weather here in the Seattle area, especially views of Puget Sound and the Olympics. The humidity and view of my little lake will have to wait, although I hear that the weather has been unseasonably cool back there with wonderful sleeping temperatures in the 50s. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) Kudos to North Redmond Little League they will represent Washington at the Little League World Series. The last time a team from Washington went to the World Series was Jimbeaux's Kirkland bunch and they won the championship. All the Bombers from that area will be rooting them on. -Freddie Schafer ('63) ~ from sunny and hot Vancouver USA, looking forward to today's Bomber Picnic at Battle Ground State Park... bring the sunscreen... it will be a hot one. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Here's wishing my brother, Jim Collings ('62), an awesome 60th birthday. From your cute little sister, -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland - where this 100 degree temperature is unbearable, but I'll take it over the weather in Florida. How awful! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) Re: Business Week Profile So Business Week wants the Bombers' input on Jim Albaugh ('68)... be nice, you guys. No road trip stories. -Jean Albaugh McKnight ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Brad Upton ('74) Attention Brad. The former Holiday Inn and or Tower Inn is open again for comedy and music. There is a grand opening this weekend and in the coming weeks some of the comics who have been in town like Dwight Slade, Art Krug, and Michael Mancini are going to be there. There are still pictures on the wall of comedians who have done stand up there. I don't see yours. Maybe its in the back room. I will check out a show and fill you in how the new owners do in running the place. Maybe you can make an appearance or tell me about some up and coming new acts that I need to check out. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In the T-Cities where the sidewalks are melting with the 100 degree heat. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/15/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Anna May Wann ('49), Marilynn Working ('54) Marla Jo Lowman ('55) and Sandy Finney ('60) David Rivers ('65), Ken Staley ('68) Mike Howell ('68WB), Betti Avant ('69) Tony Valdez ('84) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Prepaid Puddle Passes Just wondering if you give "Senior Discounts"? -Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wnn ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Re: Happy Anniversary! To: Elaine Armstrong Anderson ('54) and Wayne Anderson I want to wish you two a very sincere Happy 50th today on August 15th. It brings back memories when I was your Matron of Honor at you wedding in Prosser. (Bill and I had gotten married the monday before on the 9th of August.) I know you went on a cruise to Alaska for your celebration and hope to see you at our 50th in September!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Kennewick - where it is threatening to rain with thunderstorms! Was a nice cloud cover today for the bbq for my grandson who is home from Iraq on R & R. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) Re: Northern California - Sacramento Area Bomber Lunch To: All Bombers in the Northern California and Sacramento Areas (and, of course, anywhere else) DATE: August 23, 2004 (Monday) COFFEE TIME: 11:30 A.M. LUNCH TIME: 12:30 P.M. WHERE: Coco's Restaurant PHONE: (916) 966-0707 ADDRESS: 7887 Madison Ave, Citrus Heights, Sacramento, CA DIRECTIONS: The restaurant is located on the NW corner of Madison Ave and Sunrise Blvd. From Hwy. 50, exit at Sunrise and go north 4.1 miles, turn left at Madison. From the West: exit I80 at Madison Ave, (East) 4.6 miles, make a U Turn at Sunrise. From the East/North: Exit I80 at Sunrise (South), 4.1 miles, turn right at Madison. We have reserved a private dining room and we do need to have a head count. PLease email me. We had such a good time last meeting and in part it was due to the privacy. Hope to see all of you on the 23rd. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~ West Point, CA -Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) ~ Sacramento, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 'Nuther great birthday! I'm glad I got to know this birthday girl... she is one of those people who get younger and better looking every single year. Maybe I'm just lucky to know people who seem to have found the fountain of youth. This birthday girl is from one of those "girl dynasties"... all those great looking sisters one after another. She was a year ahead of me in school and I didn't really get to know her till we hit high school... she was in that wonderful class of '64 who decided it was ok for the Jr. girls to troll for "younger" guys... what a sophomore year that was for my class!!!!!!!!! Whenever I get home to Richland she is always one of the people I want to see first. Her "big sister" ('63) and brother-in-law ('63) were among the group that let Janine Rightmire ('65) and me walk on the dike with the big kids... wow... and she is one of those people who always has a smile for everyone even tho I know sometimes she doesn't feel like smiling... I owe her so much for setting me straight on a very dysfunctional friendship that was eating me alive for a long time... in just a few words I was able to see my part in the whole thing and make things much better by just saying "no"... so for all you've meant to me and to so many others... HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATHIE ROE TRUAX ('64) on August 16, 2004!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Staley ('68) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Re: High Tea details I didn't look at The Tab. She Who Must Be Obeyed did all... and High Tea was HIGH on her list. It is a tea... and tea IS served. You can have a touch of "The Bubbly" or sherry or cognac if you wish. (The booze is extra). Tea is presented (and poured), berries (in season) or a fruit of some kind is first, in a small dish. Then a tray of finger sandwiches, along with scones and Jersy cream, and small, finger desserts. The Formal Tea Room is richly dark wood, quiet in the extreme with just the hint of classical music in the back ground. We sat in tall, plush, wing backed chairs at a small table by the window with an indescribable view of Victoria Harbor. (Those of you who THINK you're pilots need to watch the sea planes zip in and out!) The more open dining room has a piano player, which, to me, would have destroyed the mood. I understand not too long ago, a coat and tie were required. High Tea has devolved now... their only dress requirement is "no shorts". Re: Butchart Gardens Those who have seen lauded city "gardens" before have only seen wannabees. And this from someone who used to spend hours in The Rose Gardens of Portland. THE Butchart Gardens were planted when the wife of a concrete magnet got tired of looking at his gravel pit. The Residence (and gardens for that matter) are still private property... and indeed, the residence still functions as the home of the heir of the garden. I highly recommend Victoria Canada. And don't be bashful.... they're used to Yanquee Tourists -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: David Rivers ('65) Hey David eat your heart out. I just picked up this 1947 Dodge 3 window Business coupe. I am hoping to be able to drive it to Hot August Nights next year. It already has a 360 with a 727... all the chrome came with it. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Freddie Schafer ('63) Freddie, Least you forget the "Baby Bombers" of Richland who went to the Little League World Series last year. They went 0-3 in pool play, but I saw all 3 of their games in Kansas on ESPN. Their coaches were all Col. High grads. In fact, the father of one of the players and the uncle of another had led Col. High to the state championship the spring of 2003. Re: Relay for Life If any of you are asked to contribute or participate in your local Relay for Life fund-raiser please do so. Our community is between 4500 and 5000 and we raised over $23,000. for our local people fighting cancer. In fact, one person alone raised over $1,000. I survived being up for 12 straight hours, after being called in at 4:30 that morning for a patient and then working an 8 hour day before the event. Bomber cheers, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS - where this am it got a bit "nippy" before dawn. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tony Valdez ('84) To: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Former Holiday Inn I saw your comment on the former Holiday Inn and or Tower Inn. It used to be the Royal Hotel and now it is called the Clarion. I don't go out to comedy or music shows, but I did find something very interesting about the new managment. They don't take "in-town" guests. Yes! That means you can't get a room. We always take one of my daughters there for her birthday every year. She invites 2 friends and they swim and spend the night. This year we were not welcome. I am sure this will upset some in the community. She had her brithday at the Hampton Inn where they were welcome with open arms. -Tony Valdez ('84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/16/04 ~ Elvis died (1977) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Gini Miller ('49), Jim Russell ('58) Lora Homme ('60), Micki Lund ('63) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Shelly Campbell ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Gress ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Roe ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kirby Belcher ('75WB) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gini Miller ('49) Hi Bomber Friends, I've been away for a few months - and am so glad to be back. I'll be another '49er to send an entry from time to time. Yes, there are a lot of us left. Short update: Graduated from college in May and set off to travel in my big RV and car to Missouri. There my plans were to build a little house on a lot I bought a year before and do grad school on the Internet. But on May 12th while on the road, the engine of my RV caught fire. I was able to get out with my two dogs, but the RV burned to the ground in a matter of five minutes!! I lost my 13 year old kitty and EVERYTHING I OWNED! My car was unhooked and saved, so we continued to Missouri. There for one month, I lived in an 8 x 8 shed on my lot - hauling my own water, burning my trash, and finding out that some real hillbillies (and drug runners) were just over the hill (not part of my development). Couldn't find a job (but had no clothes or phone anyway) - so no building loan - so no house, etc. etc. I "cut bait" and fled. Won't bore you with the details, but finally (after driving 3800 miles with two dogs) landed in Fort Worth in a nice apartment, and I am registered at Texas Christian University to take some "leveling" courses in Art History to get into their grad school next year. Also this year am studying for the GRE and taking French (will be tested in grad school). Still don't have much except the bare necessities, but the important things are: I am still sane, and I have put all that nightmare behind me. I really don't believe I would have survived unless I had the focus of going to grad school, come hell or high water. I've been through the hell! I'm so happy to be back among my Bomber friends. Please let me hear from any who remember me. I want so much to return to normalcy as quick as possible! I did send an email to Glenn and Bonese Collins Turner ('49). I just read the July and August Alumni Sandstorm issues. Not too many entries from '49ers (Hi to Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) and (Jo Cawdrey Leveque ('49/'50) - Hi - and thanks again for the info about Steve Douglass' ('48) death). I see some names from my brother, Bob Miller's ('52) class whom I recognize: Roberta Adkins Shipman (Hi to Roberta & Jimmie), and Mack Richardson ('52) was mentioned, also Ron Snow ('52). And I saw Rex Davis' ('49) name (Yes! I did it, Rex - now on to grad school!) Hope to hear from anyone soon! -Gini Miller ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: Marguerite Colliton (RIP) Does anyone know if this might be our Spanish teacher during the 1955-'57 period? I had Miss Marguerite Colliton for Spanish during the 1955-'56 school year. Thought this might be her: www.legacy.com/Link.asp?Id=LS02517265X This notice was in the Sunday Seattle Times obituary. (I keep looking to see if my name is listed among the departed. So far, so good.) I had pretty good grades throughout school, but Spanish was not one of my finer subjects. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ sunny & glorious Mountlake Terrace, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Puddledom Real Estate I have just become aware of a closely guarded secret which I feel impelled to share with all of you. There is a fish pond in Pappy's Puddledom!! For you sports fisherpeople who may not be interested in the Puddle with it's golf coarse, etc., there is Grandma's Fish Pond, presently, as I understand it, being enjoyed by Mrs. Pappy on an exclusive basis. However, I suspect that in the not too distant future, lots bordering the pond will become available and those of you who get there first will get the best locations. To: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) I happen to know that you, Gary, have traveled far and wide, even into the wilds of Alaska, in search of the perfect fishing hole (Ocean? Whatever.) and that there has lately occurred a certain amount of discord and dissension in your domestic life regarding the removal of a stump, or not, in your yard for the purpose of forming a puddle of your own. I have the perfect solution. You and Jan should talk with John Richardson ('58) who is in charge of Marketing and Sales for Puddledom, to see if perhaps Mrs. Pappy would consider subdividing Grandma's Fish Pond. This would leave your back unstrained, the stump safe, you would have your own privately stocked fish pond, and Jan no longer would feel "out of it" because she is the only one who doesn't have a puddle! See? Perfect! You're welcome, you're welcome. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Micki Lund Anderson ('63) I am writing to ask for help from any Bombers out there that might remember the Blossoms that lived on Barth. I believe that they had a daughter that would have graduated around 1957. [Could be Bonnie Blossom ('56) -Maren] Their address was 409 Barth and my neighbors at that address are now trying to sell their house. It seems that the parents are deceased and didn't ever sign the deed over. It is a big mess and they need to find the next of kin. If anyone can help us we would sure appreciate it. Thanks (in advance!) -Micki Lund Anderson (Gold Medal Class of '63) PS I also hope I didn't botch the name! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) George "Pappy" Swan ('59) where are ya? Did the skeeters get ya? Did your puddle dry up, or WHAT? Miss your stories -- hurry back! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - where this blasted heat and humidity is about to make me melt!!!!!!! I have close friends in Merrit Island, FL...haven't heard from them in a few days... don't know if they got any of Hurricane Charley or not... keeping my fingers crossed! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Oooooooooooooooooops Well I never said I could count... I was sure yesterday was the 15th... so Sunday hadda be the 16th... right??????? So another birthday wish to Kathie Roe Truax('64)... see how important you are to me???? I even wished you happy birthday twice!!!!!!!!! (gotta get me a fool-proof calendar... lemme see... thirty days has September....) -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger ('67) Dear Bombers! I'm proud to announce the birth of Ava Patricia Parker wt 7lb 1oz 20.5 inches long! Her Mommie is my middle daughter, Deidra Ann Walsborn Parker! Both Mommies and Baby are doing fine. DeDe had a C-Sec. and Ava was born at 0907 on Aug. 15 2004. I am so very proud of both of them! Other good news is my son, SSgt. James Walsborn is home on R&R from Iraq, but he's chosen to spend this time with his girl friend in Tennessee. Mom takes the back burner here! I'm just glad he's in the states if only for 2 weeks. I know he's in good hands right now! Thank you letting me share some of my joy! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shelly Campbell ('71) Attention Bomber Band Alumni and Bomber Band Supporters! Remember the great times you had in marching band? Does the Fight Song still bring you to your feet? Whether you played Pink Panther or Louie Louie in pep band, Bomber Pride and the love of music still lives in your heart! The RHS Instrumental Music Boosters must raise $15,000 this year to put a marching band on the field and repay the Richland School District $5100 for the sharp new marching band uniforms. If you would like to help support the marching band program, consider making a donation to the RHS Instrumental Music Program (a 501-C not for profit organization) c/o Allan Eve, 930 Long Avenue, Richland, WA 99352. Checks or United Way contributions are appreciated! The 2004 RHS Marching Band will proudly present "The Mask of Zorro" at home football game half-time shows and in competition. Come cheer them on at the Cavalcade of Bands at Edgar Brown Stadium October 2, 2004. The students will greatly appreciate your support! -Shelly Campbell ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/17/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 18 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Dick Roberts ('49) Betty Bell ('51), Stan McDonald ('53) Marguerite Groff ('54), Deanna Case ('55) Bill Berlin ('56), Ray Loescher ('57) John Richardson ('58), MLou Williams ('60) Tim Avedovech ('61), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Carol Converse ('64), Jo Miles ('64) Kathie Roe ('64), Deedee Willox ('64) Tedd Cadd ('66), Karen Davis ('76) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Charlotte Carlson ('52) Judy Boggs ('64) BOMBER CALENDAR: <www.calsnet.net/All_Bombers> Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Gini Miller ('49) Welcome back. None of the hillbillies run shine any more because it is more profitable to sell pot. (In the hills was where NASCAR started -- they had to build special cars to run shine.) I was in Kentucky in 2000; the state runs copters all over Kentucky to see if they can spot pot -- blends in with corn just fine, but not tobacco as it is darker green. When I first started to work on the Project, in Purchasing, we ordered a still for the 200 Areas. I said to my boss, "I never knew anyone who bought a still -- they just made them." My boss asked me how old I was and where was I from. I told him 20 and I was from southwestern Ohio, but my father was from south central Ohio -- where stills abounded -- and my mother was from eastern Kentucky where stills abounded (more than Ohio). He was shocked (he was from the Lewiston, ID area). My two favorite singers were Elvis and Bing: they both died in 1977, Elvis in August and Bing, I believe, in October. I am having a senior moment. To the lady from Vermont [Joanne Rolph "Sunnie" Andress ('59)] who sent me the postcards -- THANKS. My mailman knows that I collect postcards and he always yells, "YOU GOT POSTCARDS!" (Two senior moments.) To LARRY MATTINGLY: Contact me -- I have an address that you can order the tickets for the B-Reactor dinner ($40) and also the bus schedules. They are running 7 buses (7:30am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm). (Three senior moments.) To: Joe Baker's son (not Tom). Contact me and I will give you an address. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) ~ south/government Richland ~ where the weather has been HOT HOT HOT - it is supposed to be over a 100 for the next 2 to 4 days. BOO HISS. In September, the good Lord willing and the crick (creek) don't rise, I will have lived in Richland for 60 years and this has been the most humid summer that I can remember. I am sitting in a pool of sweat (do humans sweat?). ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Gini Miller ('49) You deserve some good luck. Hope it comes soon and does well for you. Keep up the courage. -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) I just wanted to let anyone interested know that the Richland Seniors Association (RSA) is sponsoring another Third Friday Dance this Friday, August 20th from 1:00 - 4:00 at the Richland Community Center. The Easy Swing Band with Bob Leveque, Clark Hodge, Ron Monk, and Rob Ragsdale will be playing. Admission is only $4 at the door and refreshments will be served. This is an "All Ages" dance -- we do not limit it to seniors only. Hope to see you there! I really goofed last month, and forgot to get it in the Sandstorm. If you can't make it on Friday, we also have a dance on the Fifth Sunday of any month -- meaning Sunday, August 29th. Same format -- 1:00 - 4:00 -- with the Easy Swing Band, $4 at the door and refreshments will be served. Hope to see some of you there! Em DeVine Dow, have missed seeing you, so hope you can make it also! Love to hear more of your ideas also. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) To: Jim Russell ('58) Re: Marguerite Colliton I am pretty certain that the lady who just died at the age of 92 in Montana was in fact the former Spanish teacher at Columbia High School. I had her for Spanish for two years in high school. She was strict but a good teacher. Very private person. I did not do as well in some other classes, but I managed to get B's and A's from her. Sometime between 1959 and 1964, while I was going to the UofW in Seattle, I saw her downtown in Seattle at Frederick & Nelson's. She was a classy lady, but a woman (then) of few words. She lived a long life. The situation described in her obituary ties in closely with events I recall. That's why I am pretty certain that it was indeed her. To: Class of '53 Dorothy and I are finishing last minute preparations for our vacation. We are flying via Amsterdam to Vienna tomorrow to visit our youngest son, Jason, and his wife, Sharon, and 3 kids -- Hanna, Isaiah, and Joshua (7, 6, and 3) -- in Bratislava, Slovakia, where they live (45 minutes from Vienna, Austria). In two days, we are flying to Zurich for 8 days to travel via Swissrail passes all around Switzerland. Jason worked in Zurich for Swissair over a summer when he was in college. We will be gone 3 weeks and look forward again to a good time in Europe. Hope to maybe get a day in Northern Italy this time. We both just turned 68 this summer and hope to continue in good health to be able to enjoy physically challenging things like hiking with our grandkids, none of whom live close anymore. Our eldest son, Jonathan, and his wife, Shirah, live near Santa Rosa, California where he works as an engineering consultant. They have two little girls, Sienna and Storey. Dorothy gets a new cast on her right arm today so that we can go tomorrow. She had surgery on her right thumb joint and carpal tunnel in that wrist. She's okay we think. But a definite inconvenience for the trip. We appreciate the work Maren does to keep the Sandstorm going. We do not always get the chance to read it, but it is truly unique that our high school has this treasure to allow those persons who wish to keep up with acquaintances to do so. It is a good resource. Keep up the good work, Maren. Since our 50th reunion last year, I hear fairly often from Bill Chapman ('53). He lives a short distance up the freeway from us . Gotta run. Best regards, -Stan McDonald ('53) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: Ronald Morrill ('54RIP) The Class of '54 has lost another classmate. In Sunday's paper there was a death notice for Ronald Morrill. The obituary hasn't showed up yet, so I thought I would give you what information I have: "Ronald Morrill, 68, died Thursday at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. He was born in Seattle, and lived in Richland for 58 years. He was a retired lead groundsman for the Richland School District. Columbia Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Pasco, is in charge of arrangements." If and when the obituary is printed in the paper, it will be published in the Sandstorm. Looking forward to seeing many you at our 50th next month. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ in Richland where the weather was bearable yesterday. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Deanna Case Ackerman ('55) To: Micki Lund Anderson ('63) Dixie Blossom was in the Class of '55 but I have no idea where her family lived. -Deanna Case Ackerman ('55) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Victoria, B.C., Canada Victoria is a great place to visit and to live in. The current Egypt exhibition at the Royal British Columbia Museum is great but one should not miss the centre of the Museum, the history of British Columbia. Great for adults and kids alike as it is a diarium [sic] display; you can actually walk through the displays. It is a tourist oriented place. Definitely do Butchart Gardens but there are a lot of great things to do in Olde Vickki. If you stay downtown at one of the great hotels around the harbour, take one of the little Harbour Ferries out to Barb's Fish and Chips at Fisherman's Wharf. British fish and chips on a dock replete with a begging harbour seal (Suzie). Take the little boats to a couple of pubs too. If you like to walk, you can walk from West Bay all the way out to Oak Bay along Dallas Road. Bikes work too. Lots of great places to eat too. If you have a car, go out to Sooke Harbour House west of town. World class restaurant but make reservations. Closer to the centre of the city is Pablo's, in an old house, Elevation 15 (?) that has a great view of the city, great Greek restaurant with a classic Greek windmill and more. Don Mee's in Chinatown is great for Chinese food and as close to Chinese food outside of China [where I go 3-4 times a year] that I have come up with in North America. As for high tea. If gasoline is $2.00 a gallon, High Tea at the Empress costs about $1,000 a gallon. Rated from good to great as an experience but very few Victorians that I know have ever been there. Take $$$ [US or a lot of Canadian]. That is my report on the Victoria pond, eh. Go there in September when the kids are back in school and everything is in operation. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ where the Anacortes Chapter of the Bomber Alumni will meet on this coming Thursday. Open to Berlin and Priebe but if there are any other Bombers in the area we are open for a future meeting. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: Shouldn't be driving Any Bomber work for the State Patrol? I'd like an answer -- send directly to me if you would please -- about records. Does the State Patrol keep "incident" records? It would seem to me that every time an individual has a driving problem such as ending up in a ditch, confused, miles from home, there would be a record of that incident. And wouldn't multiple incidents for the same individual be in a database the patrol would have for that individual? Thanks for you help. As I said, please respond directly to me. -Ray Loescher ('57) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Re: Hot Puddle Marilyn, you do not know how lucky that you are; you apparently are in possession of one of the highly acclaimed "Solar Hot Puddles". People pay top dollar to sit in these Puddles with medicinal healing qualities. You may want to give thought to fencing your puddle before your neighbors find out. Next thing you know, all your neighbors will be sitting in your puddle yelling for you to bring them a "Cold Libation". Welcome to the "Puddle Club"; but, with becoming a Puddle comes responsibility. Guard your Puddle well! To: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Swollen Head (sounds better than "Big Head") Missy, Missy, Missy, you are so right about how "Spouses" are so adept at deflating their significant other (means pop your balloon, burst your bubble), I mean she reduced the swelling in a mega micro second, and my head is so small now, that I am talking in a high pitched squeaky voice sort of like Alvin the chipmunk. I want to thank you so much for all that you have accomplished in this matter!!! (Say that in a high pitched squeaky voice and see what it sounds like.) To: Gary Persons ('57) Re: Car ('57) Where Are You? Gary, Gary, where are you? Your good friend and pal is extremely worried about you. If you are allowed to read this, please contact us. Your Bomber buddies are concerned. Your pal Missy Keeney ('59) wants me to contact the "F B I", how ever I want to hold off calling in this "Full of Bull Individuals" group only as a last resort. We miss you. Contact us! To: Ann Thompson aka Anna May Wann ('49) Re: Puddle Pass Discounts Ann, not only do we offer a senior discount, we offer the "Sexy Senior Bomber Discount All Puddle Pass". This pass is good for all Puddles (Blackout Days Apply) and can also be used as a prescription drug card for the purchase of Canadian mail-order drugs. The cost of this "Phantastic Puddle Pass" is 75% off market price. To: Micki Lund Anderson ('63) Re: Blossom Micki, there was a Don Blossom in the Class of ('58). Was he a member of that same family? -John Richardson ('58) ~ Longwood, FL ~ where the state took a heavy hit this weekend: 500,000 buildings and dwellings damaged, $11 billion estimated cost, half million without power and probably will be for another week, and 16 known dead. If you think of it, say one for all of those in distress or need. It won't hurt, and it certainly might help. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: MLou Williams ('60) As late as 1978 I had one of the dressers originally in our "B" house. It was stamped with HUD, which stood for Housing and Urban Development. I don't recall the HEW imprints. (It also had the message I wrote in pencil when I was barely literate that said I was there and the date. That was the unofficial imprint on the underside of a drawer ...) -MLou Williams ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Tim Avedovech ('61) Re: Happy Birthday Hi Roger Gress, All these years I have known you and I find out it's your birthday TOO!!! We have the same birth DATE. Congratulations. I always wondered why you were so "extra smart". -Tim Avedovech ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Summer Olympics My favorite events are gymnastics, swimming, and diving and I feel like I've died and gone to heaven watching all the TV coverage. Last night (8/16) while watching the most recent round of mens' gymnastics, I realized that I've been SEEING '64 Bomber gymnasts Gary Setbacken, Jack O'Connell, Jim Vach, Bill Edwards, Toby Elliott, Aaron Holloway, and William Trujillo (RIP). Re: Oma's Latest I'm flying to New Orleans tomorrow (8/18) for the birth of my 2nd grand child; due date is 8/30. I'll be back home the end of September. I'm still a little apprehensive about the ease with which I will be back to editing the Sandstorm. Richard Anderson ('60) is editing for us (starting with this issue) until I get up and running in New Orleans. I still haven't been able to get the modem on the laptop to work so I'm not sure what kind of hoops I'll be jumping through before I'm ready to do the Sandstorm again ... 2, 3, maybe 4 days [Weeks? -Richard]? The phone is supposed to be installed 8/19 [Don't ask; I know what this means and you don't. -Richard again], so it'll be after that for sure. If I need him to, Richard will edit again for a couple of days around my grand child's actual birth date, and then most assuredly for a couple of days at the end of September while I fly home and get all caught up with stuff that's will have been building up while I was gone for six weeks. [That Richard is *such* a good dog, doncha think? -Richard yet again.] Please be kind to me while I'm in New Orleans with a very S-L-O-W dial-up connection to the internet. Try not to flood me with HUGE pictures -- especially if they can wait until I get back. [Oh go ahead and send your pix -- to the address in the footer of each issue of the Sandstorm, PLEASE -- I'll post them in an intermediate location until Maren puts them where she wants them. - Richard for a fourth time] Once I get all set up, look for more of Maren's Malarkey. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Re: "High Tea" I, too, was very disappointed when we saw the cost of the "High Tea". I'm sure that you are paying for the atmosphere also. We have a tea place here in Eureka that has high tea. When my friend's and my birthdays come around, we treat the birthday gal to "High Tea". It's only $30 and we have to get a doggy bag to take home all that we can't eat. Our husbands then have dinner with the leftovers. Ours starts out with a green salad, followed by two of everything that is made (e.g., sandwiches, quiches, scones). This is all topped off with a desert. Plus, all the tea you can drink. We go there each week with other friends just for the lunch, plus I will stop by whenever I'm downtown shopping just by myself. Yes, I need to get back to Victoria for my "fix" of English. Been there once and LOVED the whole city. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ~ where the sun is shining and looks to become a very warm day. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jo Miles ('64) One of my favorite John Lennon quotes hangs on my wall, "Before Elvis, there was nothing." -Jo Miles ('64) ~ Granger, WA ~ still traffic signal free ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) To: David Rivers ('65) Thank you for the two nice birthday messages. You are a super friend and a really special guy. Yes, the girls of the Class of '64 were lucky. We had super cool guys ahead of us in the Class '63 like Hamilton, Plows, DeJong, and my first love, Bobby Hyatt; handsome and smart guys in our own class; and the cutest and most fun guys in the class behind us ('65). Bomber boys were the best looking, best dancers, and most fun guys in the Tri- Cities. Thanks, David, for our years of friendship. I had a wonderful birthday, and your greetings made it even better. See you at the next reunion. Hugs, -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox ('64) RE: Elvis Elvis died???? RE: David Rivers' *30 days has September* Here's an easier way than "thirty days hath September" to figure which months have 31 days. Make a fist. You have 4 knuckles and 3 "valleys" (one between each knuckle). The knuckles represent months with 31 days; the valleys months which have fewer than 31 days. It's easy, and you always have your fist with you! Starting at the pinkie finger, count: January on first knuckle February on first valley March on second knuckle April on second valley May on third knuckle June on third valley July on fourth knuckle Now go back to the pinkie finger, count: August on first knuckle September on first valley October on second knuckle November on second valley December on third knuckle -Deedee Willox ('64) ~ Burbank, WA, where I had my Spokane grandkids overnight Saturday. I got to hug 'em and hug 'em and rock the baby. Grandchildren are your reward for not killing your kids! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Tedd Cadd ('66) Re: Totalitarian Secrecy I'm not sure what is meant by the term "totalitarian secrecy", but it reminds me of a comment I saw in an intelligence report some years ago when I was in the Air Force. The person making the report (US citizen) told a "telling your kid the facts of life" kind of joke to a Soviet counterpart. The joke fell flat. It turned out that the Soviets used the phrase "the facts of life" to describe the negative things they had to tell their kids about the reality of the government in the Soviet Union. So a joke from a society that was fearful about telling their kids about sex didn't translate to a society where telling their kids the truth about their government was a dangerous thing to do. It was a sobering thing to see in print. -Tedd Cadd ('66) ~ Proverbs 15:4 ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) Happy Belated -- well, it is still right now, but yesterday when you read it -- Birthday to Anne Mitzlaff Gerken ('77). Mitz, even though you're younger ..... you still look older than me!!!! That comes with having children late in life: they keep you young. Hope your day was a good one. I was thinking of you, little buddy. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ~ in Spokane, at 93 degrees at 1945 hours and low humidity, a change from the world down south a couple weeks ago. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/18/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Gini Miller ('49), Bob Johnson ('54) Richard Anderson ('60), Jan Bollinger ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Dennis Johnson ('62WB) Jim Hamilton ('63), Frank Whiteside ('63) Nancy Mallory ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Ray Stein ('64), Bill Wingfield ('67) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Jack Moorman ('54) Gary Carlson ('64) Jacki Shipman ('75) BOMBER CALENDAR: <www.calsnet.net/All_Bombers> Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gini Miller ('49) Re: A BIG HUG TO YOU ALL! I cannot express in words, just in my heart, what it meant to me to receive SIXTEEN emails since my Sandstorm entry!!! I even heard from Dianne Frost who is Class of 1967! Since 1998 when my brother (Bob Miller ('52)) died, I have been without any family -- until a couple of days ago! Thanks, Bomber friends; you are my family, and believe me, I appreciate you more than ever! Love, -Gini Miller ('49) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bob Johnson ('54) Re: New Subscriber People may wish to click on NY Philomusica's website address, which is the organization founded by me in 1971 for performance and recording of music: <www.nyphilomusica.org> Looking forward to the reunion in September, 2004 -Bob Johnson ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Submission (infra) from Frank Whiteside ('63): "Oldie 'tear jerkers'" Frank, Back in June 1954, during the Army-McCarthy hearings, Joseph N. Welch, Special Counsel for the Army, asked of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy: "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" I believe that Mr. Welch anticipated your bringing up the subject of certain songs which you describe (charitably) as "Oldie 'tear jerkers'". "Yikes," I say, "Yikes!" I had so hoped never to be reminded of those drecksome "songs". One sighs. -Richard Anderson ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Lora Homme ('60) and John Richardson ('58) Just how many people have you recruited to join your conspiracy, and WHY do you want to deprive me of my very own personal puddle??? Unlike some others, I'm not real interested in owning a part share of a puddle or pond, unless it's at least within walking distance of my house! I'm sorry, John, but your persistent attempts to improperly influence Gary have forced me to block email on his computer from "certain" senders (that would include you and Lora). Gary is now incommunicado to you (he doesn't know how to remove the blocks) until such time as he has dug up the stump to create my puddle. I WILL have a puddle! I will, I will, I will! To: Maren Have a good trip and send us some pictures! (When I finally get a puddle, may I send one very small picture?) -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) All this stuff I'm reading about senior citizens; they can't be talking about me. It wasn't long ago I was a young man, then I became middle aged, now people ask me if I want a senior discount. How time flies. The old cliche, we need to take time to smell the roses has never been truer in my life. I don't recall anyone on their death bed saying they wished they worked more. I think I will put in for retirement tomorrow. -Mike Brady ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dennis Johnson ('62WB) Re: remembering the number of days in the month The following is purloined from a MAD magazine from the mid-50s. I've never forgotten it (obviously). Thirty days have Septober...April, June and NoWonder.. All the rest got 31, 'cept my grandma, she gots a little red tricycle... From Las Vegas, where our 38 minutes of rain produces 4" of water ... and floods half the intersections in town. Then we wait another 11.5 months for the same. -Dennis Johnson ('62 woulda/coulda/shoulda/mighta/wanna/hafta/needa) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) As odd and out of place as this might sound, High Tea at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City is truly an incredible experience. It far surpasses any others that I've endured, with the Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy telling me to sit up and stick my pinky finger out. "You don't want them to think you're from Kennewick," she would remind me. I think they have it off of the lobby, every afternoon. I would also recommend the Grand America as one elegant and outstanding hotel. I always thought they had High Tea at Chief Jo on a daily basis. DeJong and Hills always had cucumber sandwiches in their lunches, when I had peanut butter and brown sugar. We did find common ground with our mutual appreciation of well done Twinkies, Pepsi, and a "doogan" for lunch once we got our driver's licenses. jimbeaux PS- Don't worry Rob, I was only in SLC (or Mecca as LaMont used to call it) on a business deal; I'm still a free agent on Spiritual Matters. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Oldie "tear jerkers" As the anniversary of the death of Elvis just recently passed, I just happened to pull out some of my old original Elvis albums, including his first one from about 1956 or 1957. It took a while, because I still have about 150 old albums and quite a stack of 45's. I hadn't heard them for a while, but for some reason I thought of my two dogs, and I suddenly wanted to hear "Old Shep". Wow, I didn't realize what a sad trip that would be. As a huge oldies fan, I got to thinking about some of the other old "tear jerker" songs. "Old Shep" has to be right up there. Then I thought of some others. Like "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning, the song that supposedly caused some teenagers to take their own lives. A couple of others that were my favorites were "Ebony Eyes" by the Everly Brothers, "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro, and "Last Kiss" by J. Frank Wilson. Believe it or not, I still listen to my old vinyls once in a while. Any other oldies fans out there that still have any of their favorite old "tear jerker" songs? -Frank Whiteside ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Re: Class of '64 Reunion Booklet I just received my reunion booklet and t-shirt in the mail. Sat right down and read every word! What fun! I really liked having the pictures right there too. Also got the cd (had a little bit of trouble recognizing people in it -- must be me!) I'll enjoy wearing the shirt. The looks you get when you tell people your HS mascot was a bomb! Many are also surprised to find out that the Evergreen State has a desert in it. Sure hope to come back to the NW one of these days. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ here in TN we have been enjoying some record breaking cool (70's) weather, but it is supposed to go back up -- humidity always ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: DeeDee Willox ('64) Re: "30 Days Hath September" Your way of learning the months is ten times easier than trying to remember: "30 Days Hath September, November, April, June; All the rest have 31, except February, which hath 28 (29 in leap year)." My youngest daughter is an elementary teacher; when she was in college, they taught them the "knuckles and valleys" version -- she taught it to her kindergarten students -- even taught it to some of the other teachers and parents. Re: Elvis Spent the better part of today watching some of his movies on TCM: Kid Galahad (one of my favorites); Girl Happy; Double Trouble; Kissin' Cousins (which I think is one of the worst ones he ever made!!!!!!); It Happened at the World's Fair; Harum Scarum (another worst); and Jailhouse Rock (which I think is one of his better ones, along with Love Me Tender, and King Creole -- didn't show either of those today, and I think they are among his best ones). Saw that Target is offering six of his movies on DVD or VHS -- might have to break into the piggy bank and buy them! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ~ still in the triple digits -- might just have to hijack Pappy's pond and get cool! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Gary Adrian ('64) Just wanted to let people know that about a week ago, Gary had a double by-pass operation. I hadn't seen or talked to Gary in several years but keep "up" with him through his mother. I called Gary and he sounded great! He's doing some exercises and anxious to get back on the golf course. Re: "Reluctant Warrior" by Michael Hodgins I just finished this Vietnam era book. The descriptions of Marine life are vivid, captivating, and also very true according to Jim House ('63), who is mentioned several times in the book. -Ray Stein ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) To: Pam Ehinger ('67) Congratulations on the birth of your newest grandbaby, Ava Patricia Parker; you must be proud. Also tell your son how proud we all are of him and his fellow military and what they are doing for us, keeping the war on terror over there. Who would of thought after 9/11/01, that we would have gone this long without another incident? [NB: to those who would go running off at the keyboard in response to this rhetorical question; I'll forward your spasms to Gary over at SagebrushRag. -Richard] -Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Augusta, GA where it's a pleasant 71 degrees at 0600. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Funeral notices scanned from 8/17/04 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Ronald H. Morrill '54 ~ 5/2/36 - 8/12/04 FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/19/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff today: Gloria Adams ('54), Millie Finch ('54) John Richardson ('58), John Browne Jr ('61) John Adkins ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) Jeff Michael ('65), David Rivers ('65) Bruce Strand ('69), Vicki Owens ('72) Cecily Riccobuono ('77), RaeLynne Abraham ('78) Robert Epler ('80WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Lois Weyerts ('56) Clark Riccobuono ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Oldies One of the oldies we still talk about is "Watching Scotty Grow" by Bobby Vinton. Our youngest son's name is Scott ('81) and every night when I tucked him into bed we would play that 45 and smile at each other. He loved it. He remembers that to this day. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Jack Moorman ('54) Sorry for a belated happy birthday, but knowing you, you are still celebrating!! See ya soon at the reunion. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: "I will, I will, I will" tantrum I knew it! You are holding my "Good Friend" and "Best Pal" Gary Persons ('57) hostage against his will! My friend Persons is too good a person (does that sound right?) to be treated in such a "Dithpicable" (as pronounced by Daffy Duck) manner! I now call on all Bombers to write and insist that this J. Persons person start treating G. Persons like a person! My friends and Bombers, can you imagine the horror, the pain, and the tragedy of the treatment to this poor man?! Stand up and "Demand" that our "Beloved Friend and Bomber" be released and treated with the respect that he has earned and deserves!!!! But, nooooooooo. She wants *HER* Puddle!! -John Richardson ('58) ~ Longwood, FL ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Browne Jr ('61) To: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Tearjerkers Your mention of "Teen Angel" caused a flashback: my brother singing HIS version, "Teen Zombie" -- as in, "Teen zombie/ I can hear you/ Teen zombie/ And I fear you/ ..." -- made me laugh out loud this morning. I still spin some of my old vinyl, although lately it's been the middle-aged vinyl that moves me (e.g., Dr Buzzard and his Savannah Band). I must say that the Everly Brothers' song "So Sad" was way more effective on me than any of their other sad ones, partly because, musically, it opened my mind about harmony. When they'd get to the end of the second line, and be singing harmony on the high octave in the sub-dominant, and hold it as the chord beneath them moved to the dominant, I was hooked! How did they *do* that? Well, I have lucked out here, because there are a few other people around here who still cherish the Everlys and Buddy Holly, etc., and we get together and howl a few times a year at seasonal parties & [and -ed.] salmon bakes. The reissues from the Folkways catalog by the Smithsonian (on remastered CDs -- sweet!) has really made the recorded music in my life much more satisfying. I could never afford these as vinyl and checked many of them out from public libraries 'way back when'. It's an interesting matter to me that a great deal of this music was celebrated by people who were associated with 'radical' causes, when the music itself was 'traditional', i.e., part of an oral history of the cultures from whom it was collected. But, then, 'radical' does refer to 'roots'; and these cultures WERE our country's roots in this hemisphere (and, hey, we wouldn't have Rock 'n Roll without 'em). ^..^ JHBrowne, Jr. -John Browne Jr ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Class of '64 photo CD The Class of '64's photo CD is still available for those of you who may be interested. Send me an email with your postal mailing address and I will send you the CD. You can send me the 10 bucks by return mail. Re: Frank Whiteside's "tear jerkers" "Tell Laura I Love Her" John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ~ it's only gonna be 97 degrees here today ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: oldie tear jerkers Yikes, Richard! Sorry, I didn't mean to make you sad thinking about those old "tear jerkers". (LOL) You make me want to cry just talking about them! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Ketchup Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes, Once again, I've been out of cyberspace for a few days. And boy did I screw-up this time. My wife's nephew got married in Northern CA, so we packed-up the hound and took off for the wedding. We took the short way there; kinda in a hurry to see folks. We wandered up 101 as far as Lincoln City on the way home. I had never seen that part of the coast as a kid; only the Sea Lion Caves (elevator!!! -- my mom coulda done that!) and the Trees of Mystery. It was totally awesome! We took many opportunities to walk the beach. Our Italian Greyhound loves to run on the wet sand. Oh, the screw-up? My sincere apologies to Carol Converse Mauer ('64). The wedding was in Arcata, and I didn't think to contact you in Eureka!. Shoulda dun that for our Scrabble Mom's. Way dumb on my part!! You live in a pretty part of the country. Arcata was surprising to me. Kind of a throw-back to my days in Boulder, CO, what with the modern hippies and Rastafarians. Stayed at the North Coast Inn, partied on the Point Friday night (toured the old Indian village) and did the wedding at the Unitarian Church Saturday. Next time we are in the area, I'll think ahead better, Carol. There's another reason I've not posted for awhile -- I'm kinda in shock. I've been invited to do some swinging with an upper-class person. On the one hand, I'm truly flattered; on the other, well, I'm not really accustomed to this kind of approach. She's even invited me to do some scouting around town to find the best location for swinging. Having been away for the better part of 40 years ... I'm not sure where the cool places are. I've tried to bring the subject up with a few folks; but, most of my friends are pretty conservative church folk, so I'm striking out, so to speak. After all, she's the older sister of one of my highly revered classmates, and as David Rivers knows, that is pretty heady stuff. I'm also not too sure what to say to my wife ... she's not the swinging type! She was OK with the Bungee jump thing, but this might be more of a leap of faith kinda experience, what with no lifelines and all. As in my younger days, I'm just not sure what to do. And did I miss something? How are things with the Beardsley clan? Inquiring minds want to know. dj jeff -Jeff Michael ('65) ~ back in Richland after a tour of cooler climes for a few days. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Memories Funny how we just gotta listen to the old Elvis songs around this time of year. I always want to get my old Roadie jacket our that I got back in the early 70s when I was still going to see the King twice a year at the "International" hotel in Vegas. The International was the greatest -- they had the most wonderful lounge where Little Richard, Ike and Tina, Wison Picket [of "Dodge Dart Dolly" fame? Ooooeeee! -ed.], The First Edition, Little Anthony, and tons of others played all the time -- we just about lived there; and then there was the Big Room and the King -- 25 smackers a person -- dang me! But it was worth every hard earned cent to see the King. Frank Whiteside ('63) brought a tear to my eye with Old Shep. I remember the first time I heard it -- it was by Tex Ritter -- but Elvis did it better'n anyone. Thanks to Denny Johnson ('62WB) for helping me remember how to remember the days in a month. And I can't ever thank Jack Moorman ('54) enough for parking his red '33-'34 coupe out behind his parents' house behind the park at Stevens and Van Giesen while he was away in the Air Force. It cost me dearly but gave me my first love in cars: almost nothing in this world prettier than a nice '34 Ford coupe ... yesereeee! Darrell Moorman ('65) and I went to look at it one day ... we were so in awe of that fenderless hotrod we didn't get any closer than 10 feet I'm sure; but Jack's mom said we broke the driver's side window and we hadda pay for it... groooooooaaaan ... high admission price but worth it too! Well, Tropical Storm Ralph is still hitting Vegas so I'd better sign off before I get fried by lighting. -David Rivers ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) Re: UW Alumni Gathering My wife Toni (Frankfurt American High School '68) and I attended a UW Alumni get-together at "The Monastery at Mesa" last weekend. It would have been fun to have seen more Valley Bomber/UW Alums. -Bruce Strand ('69) -- (UW '75 & '77) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) Re: 50s Road Trip This was meant to follow immediately after the entry of 8/12, but my ISP apparently took a vacation! Still, lets continue with news of the 50s Road Trip Day 3 We woke up to fresh blackberry pancakes, thanks to an early morning excursion by the eldest son of Terri Zangar Roberts (72). Then we packed our gear into her red Mustang convertible, put the top down and headed out. Our first destination was the redwood forests. All of us had been there on family vacations in the 1960s, so even Californias agricultural checkpoint brought back memories of cars packed with hot bodies and no air conditioning. The forests themselves provided nostalgic sights and smells. We hiked a short loop trail to stretch our legs and further enjoy a beautiful natural, national resource. A few more miles down the road, we saw an exit marked "drive-thru tree", and began cheering! Is there any adult American who hasnt seen photos of that tree?! We created our own postcard to commemorate our road trip. After many miles of redwoods and Pacific views, we reached Fort Bragg and decided to spend the night. Day 4 The next morning we decided to stick to the scenic route all of the way south. It would take longer, but phenomenal ocean and forest views were well worth the hours. We became tourists, enjoying each and every sight, smell, and memory. Terris Mustang convertible was in good company. California is the home of hot cars, and we passed zillions of other Mustang convertibles, Jaguars, BMWs, and convertibles of every make and model. Lunch was bayside at Sausalito. Fresh clams, scallops, and prawns cooked in various California cuisine concoctions were indescribably delicious. Within minutes we were sailing across the Golden Gate Bridge, and weaving through San Francisco on our journey south. We had hoped to reach Monterey for the night, but arrived at the John Steinbeck Museum in Salinas after its 5:00 closing time. Oops! So we found a hotel a few blocks away and checked in. Since we had time on our hands, we visited the local mall for shopping and a quick dinner in the food court. There was certainly nothing like that in the 60s! Stay tuned, same time, same place, to the continuing adventures of the 50s Road Trip. To be continued .... -Vicki Owens ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Cecily Riccobuono-McClanahan ('77) Happy Birthday to my big brother, Clark Riccobuono, Class of '71. You are the BEST! Hope you have a great day. Love you lots. -Cecily Riccobuono-McClanahan ('77) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: RaeLynne Abraham ('78) To: Tonya Johnson ('78) Hey Tonya, Gosh it is soooo good to hear from you. I have wondered where you went after high school. I was just talking with my dad (he is here visiting) and we were swapping softball stories and your name came up of course. You can write me directly so I can get your email. Good to here from you. -RaeLynne Abraham ('78) ~ from hot hot hot San Diego, CA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Robert Epler ('80WB) Re: Oldie Tear Jerkers Ah yes, sad songs say so much as Elton John sang in his classic 80's hit. I have a couple of favorite tear jerkers from the early 70's. Who could forget "Alone Again, Naturally" by Gilbert O'Sullivan from 1972? Or the classic "Seasons in the Sun" By Terry Jacks in 1973? Now if these songs stir up suicidal feelings, I recommend Doris Day's classic, "Everybody Loves A Lover" from 1956, I think. You will walk away whistling while you work (from Disney's Snow White, of course). -Robert Epler ('80WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/20/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff today: Betty Hiser ('49), Rick Reed ('49) Mike Clowes ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Lora Homme ('60), Margo Compton McCord ('60) Jim Anderson ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Jim House ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Carol Converse ('64), Ray Stein ('64) Mike Franco ('70), Vicki Owens ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Loretta Ostboe ('55) Mary Jean Mattson ('60) John Choate ('64) Steve Jackson ('64) Jerie Ehinger ('69WB) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '54 Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: All the people who commented on the 30 days hath September. I never could remember the 30 and 31 day thing. A friend I bowled with told me to hold out my hand and hide my thumb. Starting with January -- use the first finger and that will be 31 and the hole between the fingers will be 30 except the first hole would be 28 (or 29). When you run out of fingers start over. I wish someone had told me that about 30 years before. -Betty Hiser Gulley, '49er ~ from south/government Richland where it has been HOT HOT HOT. Supposed to cool down to the high 90's this week; but the humidity is getting to me. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Rick Reed ('49) Re: Golf I'll be in Richland for the Club 40 reunion from the 10th through the 12th. I'm looking for someone to play golf with on the 10th and the 12th. Any course will do. My index is 12.6 and I'll play with anyone. Let me know. Email me direct or answer to the Sandstorm. Thanks in advance. -Rick Reed ('49) ~ Auburn, CA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson ('54) For: Jan Bollinger Persons ('58) Re: Puddles and Stumps I hope you are truly ready for what may ensue if you persist in the stump removal project. This will entail several trips by your husband to either Home Depot, Lowes, Fred Meyer, and/or your local John Deere dealership. At these places he will purchase the many tools and pieces of earth moving equipment necessary to complete the project. The cost of this may be proportional to the Defense Department's budget. Yes, it can be that high. The other things to consider are the various federal, state, and local government agencies that you would have to deal with (permits and the like) in converting your stump into a puddle. There may be environmental issues here that no one has thought of. Bomber Cheers, -Bob (Mike Clowes) Carlson ('54) ~ I too have a puddle (artificial) in my back yard and a whole file cabinet of official permits. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Oldies "I'd like to teach the world to sing/ in perfect harmony." One wonders why Coca Cola isn't using that powerful music in advertisements over and over again? Someone must have a bias against 'perfection'? Hey, if it works -- don't fix it. Watched the Chinese in Beijing swaying to the music as they heard the 'oldie' played in English in a repeated Coke advertisement. There's just something about a catchy, upbeat song. "Happy Talk" -- South Pacific, 1954? "The Moon is Blue" --crazy words our folks said were just goofy until we reminded them of the popular 1930s song they sang: "Hutsut rall, sittin on a rilleras and a bralla bralla (sp) suet." (Loved the "Moon is Blue" because the first time I heard it I was with one of the most lovely, intelligent, beautiful ladies who ever attended RHS. "Now I think I see a taxi up a tree/ A lamppost and a spaniel drinking tea/ And you can see it soon, a month of Sundays comin' up in June/ Because the moon is blue.") Later, 'supercalifragilistic' extended kids' alphabits a bit. I always thought "Friends and Neighbors" was about as upbeat a song as you could ask for and classified Richland's residents. The world is a happier place when you have people like that around you; it's true. So in our hearts we all say thanks to all of you -- friends, classmates, and neighbors who meant so much to us; and still do. Music is the magic that renews and refreshes memories of love, challenge, achievement, respect, and hope. Good memories are free to recall and "You Can't Take That Away From Me". Is another reminder to "Keep Talkin' Happy Talk". Lots of songs from church bring back various memories of places, tastes, people. No music could be more inspirational than when teams came out of the locker room and the fabulous RHS Band started playing "Cheer, cheer for old Richland High/ Bring down the thunder out of the sky." The indescribable feelings all of you band members created through that magic music really added power to the hardwood court, the football turf, and the green and gold uniforms. Thanks for the music and the memories. It nuclearized the famous RHS fans and somehow helped transform players' feelings of nervousness into energy. Maybe we should use that music before we send kids into the dentist's chair? I always thought we should have a patient-activated shock collar around the dentist's neck so he/she wouldn't have to ask, "Can you feel that now? Does this hurt?" Maybe we just need more music in the dentist's office and everywhere else; and Happy Talk as well. Almost every song from 1948-55 amazingly brings back the good thoughts of Richland's history. It can put a smile on the gloomiest face. Thanks for the memories, and remember what Jimmy Durante always told us, "You gotta start off each day wit a song." A proud '55 Bomber from Marcus Whitman, Carmichael, Chief Joseph, and 'almost' Spalding, -Tom Tracy ('55) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) When I was told by a very reliable source about Grandma's Fish Pond, I sincerely thought that I'd stumbled upon the perfect solution to the Persons puddle problem and I'm sure that if you weren't holding Gary incommunicado, he'd agree with me one hundred percent. (And for your information, I've been put on the blocked undesirables list by better folks than you!) However, you seem to have your heart set on having a puddle in your very own yard, and it doesn't seem to have occurred to you that you, yourself, could easily create a puddle. So, being the forgiving friend that I am, I will pack my little shovel, journey to Spokane, and personally dig you a hurking big hole wherever you want it. A shovel and a garden hose are all that you need. It won't have the ambiance of naturally occurring puddles like Pappy's, and no glass holders, mushroom shaped umbrellas, or any of that, but, by golly, it'll be a proper personal puddle to be proud of. Whadaya think of that? -Lora Homme Page ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Margo Compton McCord Lacarde ('60) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: N. California We just got back from southern Oregon and northern California too. We went to Medford, OR. For white water rafting on the Klamath River. First time and boy, was it a blast. Going to do it again next year. We drove down 101 to the redwoods. Spent a couple of days in Crescent City and Klamath. Also went to Trees of Mystery. Stopped in Eureka for breakfast on our way back to Sacramento to fly home. May have passed each other along the way. -Margo Compton McCord Lacarde ('60) ~ San Antonio, TX ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Anderson ('61) To: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Bobby Goldsboro sang "Watching Scotty Grow", not Bobby Vinton. -Jim Anderson ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Well John, I did take the ferry to Vashon Island, so I've really been there now. Pretty neat like all of Seattle in the sunshine. We left West Seattle Saturday morning and went to the Cross Reunion at Rooster Rock, Oregon. We had more people there then before and we all stayed later so we missed the Battle Ground Bomber picnic this year. We then spent a fun night reminiscing at Bobby Cross's ('62) in Battle Ground. I've been to Richland where I love the park by the river and go there often, and spent some time with my mother in assisted living. And I got to see my old neighbor, Elsie Walker, mother of Susan, Harry, Jim, and Eddie Walker (I'm afraid I don't know their correct years, but all Bombers). And I got to visit with Larry and Lorraine Riggs, still on Haupt Street, parents of Nancy Lawrence Riggs ('49? or '53) and to see Rev. Mel and Eleanor Finkbeiner, parents of Adina ('65) and Bruce ('68?), as well as my uncle Bob and his wife Louise. Father of Allan ('59), Bobbie ('62), Carol ('64), MaryJane ('66RIP), and Duane ('78); all my fun Richland cousins who I grew up with. All of these neat people I got to see are living such interesting lives and doing so much at their ages; I need to keep active to keep up with them. Sadly, I didn't get to see my brother, Roy ('65). I am now on the way back to home by the little lake. I have just spent a fun day with Sue Elliot Homan ('62) in Hayden, Idaho. We went swimming in Lake Coeur d'Alene at 8 this morning. It was great. I haven't been swimming in such a clean lake in a long time. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in transit to the house by the little lake in Indiana. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) Because Ray Stein ('64) mentioned he recently read "Reluctant Warrior" and that I (or my call sign) was mentioned on several pages, I feel obligated to offer the following disclaimer and explanation. First, you may recall that a few years ago, Jimbeaux ('63) [Jim Hamilton] warned Sandstorm readers to be aware when a Marine starts a conversation with, "This is a true story ...," you had better get your hip waders. Nonetheless, I told Ray that the book was accurate and that I had verified many of the facts and events by reviewing my Platoon Commander's notebook (which I had kept as a proud souvenir of my year in Viet Nam), and the summary of my letters home that my mother had typed and placed in a nifty binder. I told Ray that I knew the author very well. He asked, "But did you serve with him?" I explained that we were in the same platoon in Officer Candidate School for ten weeks, the same platoon in The Basic School in Quantico, VA for six months; we were together in Naval Gunfire School in Coronado and arrived in Viet Nam on the same plane. (At each breath, Ray interrupted with, "But did you serve with him?" - he is obviously under the influence of current events.) The book covers the six months the author and I were Platoon Commanders in the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. This was the period when the U.S. was starting to reduce the forces in-country, certainly after heroes like fellow Marines Mack Brand ('64), David Rivers ('65), and Rick Maddy ('67), had returned home to treat their wounds. Our unit was conducting long-range patrols with six men, for typically six days at a time, and with minimal verbal communications. When we arrived, the mission was changing from observing the enemy and using supporting arms, to aggressively engaging them and acting as bait. My letters home compared the patrols to being a Dawald Bomber. Rehearsing our response to various situations (like practice), the restless night before the patrol (game), the anxiety as the helicopter inserted the team (center jump ball), and the confidence as the helo left (the game was underway). I assured my parents that I was secure with five very professional, dedicated, and well- disciplined 19-20 year olds. They gave me the respect I had not yet earned. The pride I had in being their Lieutenant was comparable to being the Bomber Captain proudly representing the team at center court, knowing that Simpson ('63), Wallace ('63), Stein ('64), Webb (' 64) et al. would safely take me to victory. 1st Recon Bn was experiencing an 80% casualty rate for Lieutenants. I was fortunate, as my most serious wound in Viet Nam was receiving a wedding announcement from a Chief Jo girl* (some might argue that was worthy of a Purple Heart). The experiences the author writes about were very similar to mine, including a 106-degree fever (the damage may explain some of my Sandstorm postings). However, our leadership methods were different. He was right out of the Marine Corps manual; I was more about being the Bomber Captain. We both made it home without getting our men killed. Anyone wanting to read about me charging an enemy bunker and simultaneously performing life-saving steps on three wounded Marines as I carried them all on my back to a helicopter will be disappointed. It did not happen. To say my role in this book was a cameo might even be an overstatement. One page says, "I recognized the tall form of (why not svelte?) Jim House ...," another entry describes us planning missions together. Other pages include cryptic radio communications between our teams (call signs). For some reason it meant a lot to me that Ray had thoroughly read the book. I felt good that he made astute observations and asked probing questions about this important period in my life. With a steel-eyed glare he asked me to explain one situation where the author's story left me hanging. He was surrounded and was dependent on me to get him some help. He said I was not responding to his radio calls. (Readers might assume I was too engrossed in a Harold Robbins novel to be bothered by his little problem or had taken my team into the ville looking for dates). I assured Ray that both of my radios had malfunctioned. The author finally says that I was aware of his dilemma and I eventually told him some heavily loaded jets were inbound. I believe the book is well written and accurate, but can't really recommend it to any particular group, although Ray said he enjoyed it. Perhaps it would good for young officers in the Basic School. Viet Nam vets would probably say, "been there, done that" or may not want to awaken old nightmares. The dialog occasionally contains some words and phrases that Marines should use only when communicating with each other. Nonetheless, the book presents an accurate picture of what we did. There are no reports of murdering women and children, rapes, torture, dope, or burning of villages for no tactical purpose; the stuff Hollywood, some media, and politicians like to stereotype Viet Nam veterans. We did not experience that and I wanted Ray (and now Sandstorm subscribers) to understand that. Those rare incidents should not taint the 3 million who served honorably. If I could add a chapter to the book, I would include the humor and goofy things that happen even in combat. During one risky river crossing, I told my men that if I was being towed away by the current they were to shoot me and report me as Killed in Action. I did not want there to be a headline in the Tri-City Herald, "Richland Grad Drowns in Viet Nam". When I was in drown-proofing training in Quantico, the instructor repeatedly had to dive in and get me, as I stood on the bottom of the deep end, trying to make my trousers into a floatation device. On one occasion I blacked out before he got me, just as a vision of my Tolo date flashed before me. When it was my turn for the final test, my instructor yelled, "Lt. House, do not dive off that platform; you fail and I am not in the mood to come down and get you today!" Ms. Roe ('63) and other Yakima River rafters will not be surprised by that event. O.K., Jimbeaux ('63), the "Tolo date flashed before me," is my one embellishment. Although it is "neat" to be mentioned in a book about Viet Nam, I assure you my service was no more gallant than my Gold Medal ('63) classmates (7 women and 57 men) whose names are listed on the veterans page of the class web site. What an impressive class contribution during a difficult time. Semper Fi, Howard Savare ('63), RIP. Out. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA *PS: I did not get a wedding announcement from an eighth grader. "Chief Jo girl" is an endearing reference to a very select segment of a group representing about 25% of the Gold Medal Class ('63). They know who they are. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Frank Whiteside's ('63) "tear jerkers" Where will it end? The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" with a very poignant, "me gotta go." -Gary Behymer ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Tear jerkers "Patches" To: Jeff Michael ('65) Oops is right!! It would have been great seeing you in person after all these years. Well, like you say, "next time around." Glad you enjoyed the area though. Yes, Arcada is definitely still back in the 60's. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA, around 6 miles from Arcada, where the fog has hit us for the past week or so. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Let me see if I can help you with your question, "... Im not sure where the cool places are." Step into the shower, and after you scrub down, slowly turn the knob towards the "C". When its all the way to the "C", stand there as long as possible. Cool? You bet, and to increase the effect, belt out a few lines of "... Looking for love in all the wrong places." -Ray Stein ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) To: Kathie Roe ('64) I missed your birthday!!!! Living on the corner of Davison and Willis with that bunch of Roe goddesses (led by Mom, Kitty) right up the block on Hetrick, I learned early about REAL RICHLAND WOMEN (didn't learn much, really, just endless crushes). Kathie you know how much I love all of you ... hope you had a great birthday. I am sending this from an all Chinese internet shop in Madrid, Spain. We (Cheryl and daughter Janelle) are at the end of a three week trip that included Italy, France, and now Spain. We went to Normandy and got to see some of Dads (82nd Airborne) WWII handiwork noted there. Hope all is well with ALL the Roes, and happy birthday to the one with the best laugh, among other things. -Mike Franco ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) Re: 50s Road Trip (continued) Day 5 Good morning, Salinas, California! After stuffing the trunk of the Mustang once again, we were off to the John Steinbeck Museum. We didn't quite qualify for the senior citizens rate (even though Sharen (Manolopoulos, '72) had just received her invitation to join AARP the day the road trip started), but we found that we all qualified for the teacher's discount and the AAA discount, making our visit to the museum even more of a bargain! Even if you're not a Steinbeck devotee, the museum is well worth a visit. Snatches of movies and plays based on his books, personal sketches woven into the area's history, even the pickup and camper he drove for his book "Travels with Charley" are all in interactive displays. After two hours we felt we had barely scratched the surface of all there was to see and do, but it was time to head south. We passed through Monterey and started down Highway 1. This is Big Sur, and every bit as beautiful as remembered. Sharen had run the northernmost stretch in a marathon last year, so provided some fun background information as we sped south. Terri (Zangar Roberts, '72) enjoyed the winding road a little too exuberantly behind the wheel; it was surely a glorious stretch of road to ride in a convertible. Lunch found us at an upscale outdoors restaurant with a cliff-side view of the Big Sur, and the ocean breezes were an added treat. But our goal was beyond the Big Sur. A family in Simi Valley, California was awaiting us. The mother of this family is another forever friend from first grade; only, she never got to be a Bomber. After ninth grade at Carmichael, her dad moved the family to Bettendorf, Iowa. There were many tears that summer! We arrived after 9:00 and were met on the doorstep by her mother, Jeanne Neill (Bomber Mom WB). Although I hadn't seen her in 28 years (for Terri it had been 35), there was no need for introductions. Remy Neill MacKenzie ('72 WB) arrived minutes later, and I can tell you the reunion was sweet! We picked up right where we left off those decades ago, and the only problem was everyone getting all their stories in! Each of our three nights went to 3:00 a.m., just trying to catch up on all of life's experiences from years gone by. For any of you who knew Remy and may have wondered what became of her, she has turned into a fine person. She's married to a British electrician who works at Universal Studios, and they have three vibrant children, aged 11-15. (A fourth died from cancer at age 4.) We remarked that, although we've spent far more years apart and out of touch than we ever had together, the bonds of friendship are still very real and very sweet! Return Trip: After three days and many adventures in Simi Valley (including a party with the beautiful people at Lake Malibu to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Woodstock, which is a whole story in itself!), we bid Remy and her family farewell. For the northward journey, we chose the express route, I-5. We never came close to running out of things to say, songs to sing, or stories to tell. We're already planning our next trip, this time by air, to Uganda. And why not? Friendship is too sweet to let a few thousand miles get in the way of time together! -Vicki Owens ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/21/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 18 Bombers sent stuff today: Wally Erickson ('53), Gloria Adams ('54) Lenora Hughes ('55), Mary Winston ('55) Ken Heminger ('56WB), Missy Keeney ('59) John Browne ('61), Marilyn Stewart ('62) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Betty Noble ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Gary Setbacken ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) David Rivers ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) Daniel Laybourn ('70), Michael Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Don Fisher ('50) Twins: Larry & LaVerne Osterman ('51) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Miss Colliton, RIP It's always sad to lose a classmate, or teacher you respected. I took two years of Spanish. I saw her in a supermarket I was managing in West Seattle, around 1972. She was real surprised to hear me call her name. I explained who I was; I'm sure she didn't remember me since I'd added another 9 inches to my height. It was good to see her, she was very polite. She didn't seem to have changed that much. Miss Skogen was another one of my favorite teachers! I just got back from camping with one of my grandsons on Lake Roosevelt, above Grand Coulee dam. He'll fly to Great Falls, Illinois for his "SEAL" training next Tuesday. We're very proud of him; he's a great young man (18 years). He's been working out and swimming most every day for conditioning. I would like to get some information from our "Sandstorm" group about where to stay and eat in the Napa Valley area. We will be coming back from San Francisco through Napa Valley the third week of September. This will be during harvest time; would like to make reservations as early as possible. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ where it been hot, but supposed to cool down this weekend. Beautiful Coeur D'Alene area. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Jim Anderson ('61) Re: singer of "Watching Scotty Grow" You're absolutely right. When I read the posting the day after I sent it I realized the mistake I'd made. Thanks for giving credit where credit is due. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) To: Loretta Ostboe Fraser ('55) Loretta, sorry I didn't get this into the Sandstorm on time for your birthday. My internet was down for the whole dadburn day for some reason, but back up again this morning. So, Happy Birthday to a great friend for lo these many years. Hope your day was wonderful and that you "kicked up your heels" and had a blast. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ in Las Vegas, NV where we have been blessed with temps under the triple digit mark for several days and hopefully will have the same for the next several days at least. High humidity on some makes, but still, all in all, not too bad for Vegas this time of the year. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mary Winston Wymer ('55) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Oldies Would that our world could, indeed, live in perfect harmony. I've missed your hiatus from sharing in such detail your treasured Richland memories. You have a keen ability to describe the happenings of so many years past so that it doesn't seem like so many years have passed. Your loyalty to old friends and your alma mater is admirable. -Mary Winston Wymer ('55) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ken Heminger ('56WB) To: Lois Weyerts ('56) Nice to see a familiar name once in a while in the Sandstorm. You and I shared the 7th grade in Mr. Webbers class at Chief Jo. Been so long ago and yet seems like yesterday. Hope all is well with you and yours. -Ken Heminger ('56WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: oldies The Rolling Hills Chorus has a great arrangement of "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" and it is part of our current repertoire. We will be performing it Saturday night at Club-40 as part of our "Laugh-In" take off. Y'all should be there!! -Missy Keeney ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Browne ('61) Re: Biz Opp To: Tom Tracy ('55) I can see the dentists queueing for a collar fitting, smiling and nodding to one another, saying, "Yes, it's about time we had something like this!" (And a "Sala gadoola Michi gaboola" to you, sir!) To: M'lou Williams ('60) I'm curious as to local opinions about the incinerations coming to your neighborhood. Is there any buzz to create a festival around this event, a la "Burning Man"? (Then, again, maybe I disremember where you are.) Speaking of fab lyrics, I found an old 16-page magazine in a stack of sheet music, recently, that had a bunch of words to tunes from the '20s and '30s (called "Liberty Songster #321", which came out weekly and cost a dime, once). It had the "official" words to a tune that I'd participated in, meself, while under the influence of a spell (aka "jug band music"). I was sharing this new knowledge with my dad, who immediately chimed in on the chorus! One can never comprehend the depths of musical extraneity that lurks in one's forebears ... (hold tight! hold tight! fuhr ei acki sacki want some seafood, momma ...). JHBrowne, Jr. ^..^ -John Browne ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) Hi Bombers, I am looking for the phone number of the Bomber who is volunteering for the ACES group here in Richland. I had her name and number written down someplace but (senior moment) I lost the paper it was on. My son-in-law will be deployed soon to Iraq and I would like to volunteer for ACES, and help out in any way I can while he is gone and after he comes back. By the way, he is not a Bomber, he graduated from Hanford, some of you may remember him and his wife, she is a Bomber, Dan and Merrye Stephenson Noble ('89); his dad is a proud Bomber, Dan Noble ('59). I can't remember when his aunties graduated, but do email with one, Lynn Noble. I know we are all praying for Dan's safety and will ask for all you Bombers to say a little prayer for Dan and his family. If someone can email me back with the number for ACES I would be very grateful. Thank you. -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn ('63) To: Jim House ('63) Jim, you are far too modest when you wrote: "I assure you my service was no more gallant than my Gold Medal ('63) classmates (7 women and 57 men) whose names are listed on the veterans page of the class web site." As one of those 57 men from our class listed on that veterans page, I can assure you that your service as a Marine in Viet Nam was far, far more gallant than my service as an airman in Korea at roughly the same time. Although I am proud to have served my country in my small way, I would never begin to assume that my service was equal to those who served in combat in Viet Nam or any other war. You and all the other service men and women who served in 'Nam have my utmost respect, and it just burns me up when "... Hollywood, some media, and politicians ..." tell the lies they do about people like you, especially when it is in sworn testimony before a congressional committee and is offered without a shred of evidence, and has never been retracted or apologized for even after all these years. So, thank you Jim, and all the others who served in 'Nam, and also thanks to all those "kids" serving in Afghanistan and Iraq today. You are all American heroes, whether you are too modest to accept this praise or not. -Dave Hanthorn ('63) ~ Mercer Island, WA ~ where the weather is about to change back to the usual Puget Sound drizzle. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Noble Giedd ('63) To: Vicki Owens ('72) I've enjoyed your entries on the "50's" trip. Of course all those names sound familiar to me since my sweet little sis was part of the group so many years ago. I do remember Remy Neill, as a very young child. Was so nice to be updated on where she is and how she is doing. Always loved her name: Remy. Perhaps Lynnie can make it to Uganda with you all next year. I know she missed out not being able to go on the big road trip this year. Sounds like you all had great fun. Just remembering all the good times is wonderful! Your dear friend's older sis, Bett -Betty Noble ('63) ~ trying to get our deck refinished before the rains decide to come back. Where did they go? It's a dry one here in our forest. The loggers have to stop by 1:00pm due to fire danger. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) It's been a busy 10 days for traffic headed towards U of I and WSU. What appears to be an endless line of U- Hauls, horse trailers, motor homes, pickups, and the like ... all carrying the belongings of your most precious children ... leaving home for the 1st time ... creating in you the infamous 'empty nest syndrome' ... which, by the way, lasts about 20 minutes! Good luck parents!!! -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ at the corner of Main & Canyon in downtown Colfax, Washington ... 3rd stoplight heading south in Colfax ... and there are only 3 stoplights (;-) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Bakersfield Bomber Luncheon is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 19th, 2:00pm, at Coco's on Rosedale Highway. Coco's doesn't take reservations, so would like some sort of an idea of how many are planning on coming, will make it easier for tables. Email me if you need directions. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ~ we are still having triple digits and I am sooooo ready for winter!! Can't get excited about fall/autumn, as we don't really have one -- stays hot til the end of October! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gary Setbacken ('64) Re: Jim House ('63) What Jim failed to mention is that to all Marines, Force Recon is considered the "Elite of the Elite". My good friend Hector Alvarez ('64), who received a Silver Star for saving his patrol from an ambush by six Viet Cong, always speaks highly of "RECON"; he was a candidate but had a bad ankle. Recon is kinda like Delta Force with an attitude!!!!! "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war" (probably muttered by a Marine "Gunny" [Yeah ... right! -Richard]). Semper Fi to all my Marine brothers and fellow warriors, -Gary Setbacken ('64), Cpl USMC ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Thanks for the ... Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes, Say Ray Stein, thanks for the help finding the cool spots. I'm sure that sage advise comes from years of personal experience! But you see, I've already "been there, done that." In fact, through much of my own research, I have found the not even the Columbia in winter is a cold as many hot showers in Russia. My mom used to threaten to send me on a one-way flight to Siberia when I was young. Little did we know I'd get there eventually (but DID manage to get back). Gee, these recollections bring to mind a couple scenes from the relatively recent movie "Simon". Brrrr. Seriously, folks, I've been commissioned to find the best locale in Richland to do some swinging ... not drowning or freezing to death. So, if you hear reports of an "older guy" hanging out at the parks or school playgrounds, it's just me ... not an escapee from a Jethro Tull album jacket. The "Travels With Vickie" chronicles in the Sandstorm are niggling my gray matter. Don't think there was a Steinbeck Museum when I was last in Marin County. But, there was a way cool leather store on the harbor front in Sausalito where, in '81 or so, I bought my favorite cowboy hat. That chapeau is now being worn by a (rather large headed) gal who lives in San Diego. She was up here with us last winter when the "rare" snow storm came. She liked the hat so much that I let her take it back south when the cold got to her. Seems quite amazing that so many of us Bombers were touring the same geography at about the same time. Gosh ... we coulda scheduled a Bomber Lunch! Now, on this music thing ... dj jeff is stayin' purty clear. I'm more down with Sir Paul McCartney and his "Silly Love Songs". Kinda relate to "All My Exes" ... it puts a fun spin on things. But just so's I'm not completely out of step ... I'll throw "Dead Man's Curve" your way. Pleeeese stay away from Glen Campbell's "Honey" ... don't touch that one about the guy in a phone booth trying to get the number for his girl in "Memphis, Tennessee". And absolutely, none of that Billy Jo McCallister, stuff. After all, "You Can Cry If You Want To", but "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!" dj jeff -Jeff Michael ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Number 32 in your program I never relied on Cliff Notes in college ... probably because I didn't read a book till I was 21 (Tony Harrah ('65) will verify that fact). In fact, I was so scholastically out of it all during school I didn't understand the change in my buds during our senior year; they were all getting ready for something that clearly didn't seem to involve me and I just couldn't understand it; made for some big time resentments and my year of "dropping out" as I fondly refer to my senior year. To be painfully forthcoming, I remember everybody getting on a bus to go to Yakima or some place to take a big test. I don't think I had signed up for it but since everybody else was going I jumped on the bus and went too; not sure if they let me take the test or not. I also didn't use the Notes cuz I couldn't afford them ... but I must say that I relished reading after that first book and just couldn't get enough so I read everything in college as though it was the first time -- duh ... it was, Rivers -- so what I'm getting at is I am so very proud that our own Number 32 ('63) finds himself as a character in a nonfiction account of the life and times of Marines in Vietnam. Now I can proudly say that I was mentioned in the Cliff Notes of the book. Even though I wasn't in the original manuscript. I'm always amazed at how much others seem to know about the war; Terry Davis (Knox '65) has told me so much stuff I'd never have known -- I must have been a tad self centered cuz all I knew is what was going around right here right now. Even my POW bracelet that I still wear after all these years (I eventually had my little brother roll one for me out of sterling so it didn't irritate my wrist from what ever that stuff was we brought back with us; then Terry's girlfriend and I went to a very nice HAND engraver in LA and he engraved it like the original) bears the name of a young PFC from my area who was lost when they were overrun the day before I got back to the USA. Actually I've never taken the time to try and remember which way to count for the hours difference in time zones; he may have been lost earlier or later US time. I can't deal with that time zone problem --too mind boggling and totally incomprehensible as an old law professor used to say (in fact he's my age -- he's now the Dean of the Law School here -- I was late getting to Law School). So just a note to thank Jim House for being the guy he is; for Ray ('64) reading the book and mentioning it; for Mac ('64), Rick ('67), Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65), Tuna ('64), Brad ('68), and all the other Marines; and folks like Jimbeaux ('63), Jimmie Adair ('67), and Keeney ('65) in those other outfits men and women served in during "our war". And to Jeff Michael ('65), Hey Jeff! -David Rivers ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: RIP Former Spanish Teacher Someone had written about a former Spanish teacher having passed away in Seattle. We need to put her in the Funeral Notices site. Would you again provide her name and the link to her notice in the Seattle paper for me? Thanks! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Daniel Laybourn ('70) Re: that music ... Hey folks, it was Wilson Pickett (the Wicked Pickett) with gems like "In the Midnight Hour", "Mustang Sally", "Funky Broadway", and "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. -Daniel Laybourn ('70) ~ in the seemingly always semi-foggy central Monterey Bay area ... though my chile pepper plants love it. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Michael Davis ('74) School is starting again real soon so I have been brushing up on my Science. We'll be opening this year with a study of the solar system. Here's something you probably were wondering about: Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. A light-year is how much light travels in a year. So traveling at 186,000 miles every FRICKIN second you can imagine how much distance light travels in a year. Well, lets just see........ 60 seconds in a minute 60 x 60 = 3600 seconds in an hour 3600 x 24 = 21,600 seconds in a day 21,600 x 365 = 7,884,000 seconds in a year 7,884,000 x 186,000 = 1,465,424,000,000 (or rounded up to 1.5 trillion miles) So let's continue................... The sunlight you saw this morning will be approximately 1.5 trillion miles away at this time next year (one light year, mind you!). Now, this is going to start getting a little crazy, so pay attention.... Our galaxy, The Milky Way, is approximately 100,000 LIGHT-YEARS across (Remember that 1.5 trillion miles -- that is ONE light year!!!) so, our Milky Way Galaxy is approximately 1,500,000,000,000,000,000 miles across (that number, if you are wondering, is 1.5 quintillions, I think!). Now to blow you away...... Scientists estimate there are over 200 billion GALAXIES out there!! Betcha didn't know that, Upton! And so many of you thought I was just a dropdead gorgeous boytoy! Joke's on you ..... I got substance!!! -M. Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/22/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff today: Jim McKeown ('53), Marilynn Working ('54) Missy Keeney ('59), George Swan ('59) Jan Bollinger ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Jan Nelson ('60), John Browne ('61) Myrna Bolin ('62/'63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Deedee Willox ('64) Michael Davis ('74), Brad Upton ('74) Keith "Jumbo" Davis ('82), Heidi Davis ('00) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Kathie Moore ('69) BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Wally, Living in Sacramento, we get over to Napa often, and have stayed at a variety of places. Our favorite is Vintage Inn in the middle of the valley in the town of Yountville. The time that you are going is the "high" time and all of the inns will be at their top price. My suggestion would be to get a AAA book and go to the "Wine Country" section ... it will have all of the towns in the valley and most of the places to stay ... this way you can pick your own price range. Have fun! -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ in sunny Sacramento where the Delta Breeze is keeping the temperature in the 80's. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) To: Michael Davis ('74) Were you a drop dead gorgeous toyboy? You sound like you one!! ;-)) You said you GOT substance ..... OR you're on substance? hahaha I enjoyed your scientific rendering on our universe. Here are some other figures you might (or might not) be interested in. After all, you are such a youngn'!! Our memory book for our 50th class reunion next month has: 132 pages 21,975 words 103,169 characters (no spaces) 125,800 characters (with spaces) 1,120 paragraphs AND ......... 4,056 lines Now ... isn't that interesting? Can't wait for the skit from "Laugh-In" at our Club-40!! Mike, when you are grown up -- in 10 more years -- you will be able to join Club-40!! I get a kick out of reading these Bombers from the Class of '64 saying how they are so old ..... just you wait!! Enjoy all of you!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Kennewick ~ (I feel like a traitor when I type that name!) Wind is kicking up and looking forward to the rain tomorrow!! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Mike Davis ('74) Yes, Mike, you certainly do have "substance"! Thanks for that fascinating entry. I had no idea. Blows my mind (although it doesn't have far to go!)! -Missy Keeney ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George Swan ('59) To: Guy Lobdell ('66) Re: Hey, ya still around? The Block against me sending you email, that you mentioned, must still be on. I have tried to answer and send you several emails but all are immediately blocked by AOL. Perhaps you can contact AOL and tell them two old dudes want to communicate. Otherwise, I'm doin' good. Hope you are too! Funny, you mentioned Mice in the MREs. The mice got into some MREs (survival rations in addition to those permanently belted around my midsection under my shirt and cleverly disguised as a portly protrusion) that I had in a big plastic tool box in the back of Henry, my ol' '81 F-150 Pappy Huntin'-mobile. I observed one of the furry little infiltrators so I stuck Pfc. Murphy, one o' me cats, in there. The offending aggressor mouse runs up on Murphy's paws and sits there, pickin' his teeth, while Murphy looks at me as if to say, "What?" He is no longer Pfc. Murphy, I busted him back to Pvt.and sent him back through Basic Mouse Pursuit. He needs to further develop his killer instinct. Oorah! No time for writing much lately. Had one heck of an intense week. My two stepsons came and replaced two windows and overhauled Mrs. Pappy's car. They brought four grandsons (high school football types) that I herded for the week. Got a big jump on reclaiming my place from the Yard Demons. Wish I still had that kind of energy. I can still go at it in the heat but at a much slower pace. I think it has something to do with casting a bigger shadow nowadays; therefore, there is more surface area to absorb heat. But, that should be a benefit, come winter. But right now, it's definitely, POWER TO THE PUDDLE! I shall return, to the writing, eventually. Guy, are you going to be at the Club-40 Rendezvous or have I already asked you that? Would like to make your personal acquaintance someday, in fact any Bombers and especially fellow Marines. Semper Fi, we still have to do that walk down the clam beach someday. Pappy -George Swan ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Bob (Mike Clowes) Carlson ('54) Re: Puddles and Stumps Ya' know, Bob, whatcha say makes a lot of sense! No doubt the gov't requires lots of documentation for the creation of a residential puddle -- maybe even an Environmental Impact Statement. And I'm pretty sure the utility company wants me to call before digging, even though there was a large hole dug to plant the tree in the first place. As to expense, I just wish you COULD convince my husband to buy some new tools! Every lawn tool around here was once used in a yard that was mostly basalt rock and all the spades have scalloped edges. The garden rake-head is wired to a nail driven into the splintery old handle. The two-handled pruner loses a handle every time you pick it up. There is just one trowel that is not bent and rusty. However, if Gary (Persons ('57)) wants to work with that kind of equipment, so be it. The puddle won't care one way or the other. To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Is that offer to dig a hole in my yard your not-so- subtle way of saying, "Why don't you do it yourself, Jan?" The answer is that, at this time, I am unable to wear proper footwear to activate (?) a spade. In any event, if you have the time to drive all the way to Spokane and dig a "hurking big hole", I'd much rather put you to work decorating my house. (Where ever did you find that word, "hurking"?) Remember how much fun we had spending Gary's money on furniture while he was off fishing in Alaska? (Now THAT will really set John Richardson ('58) off again about wifely abuse to his dear friend Gary, and you shall undoubtedly share in the forthcoming recriminations.) To: Jim House ('63) Making a floatation device out of your trousers? Underwater? Could you explain that, please? A big thanks to you and all veterans of that unfortunate war, especially those who had buried painful memories that are awakened by the current political scene. -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Where temperatures are cooling down into the 60's next week, making for PERFECT stump-digging weather! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Swings in Richland When I read your entry the other day and today thought you were indicating my invitation? Can you confirm? Being an older sis of David Rivers ('65) I have learned to ask before I leap. You know, it is a Spalding neighborhood thing. Definitely don't want my sis Nina Jones Rowe ('65) to come forward and be a brat right now. I need her more grown up right now than I have ever needed her to be. Her big sis is leaning on her or is she leaning on me? Only she knows! Don't want to insert my foot in the Puddle too quickly or the puddle pals may have to rescue me/us. Re: Genealogy I have learned a major lesson about genealogy in the past two weeks. If you don't want the ghosts in the closet do not play in the puddle. You may find out more than you ever thought. After I have talked to more relatives I will explain. Has brought forward pain, laughter, joy, and harmony for many. Re: Club-40 Attendees Scrolled through the website today. Many that I have heard were coming are not in the website as yet. The great team taking care of all the registration is doing everything to get done as fast as possible as the registrations come in. If you already know you are coming expect some good Bomber friend surprises as they will show up. Getting your registrations in now will really help the Club-40 team. Gives a better count for the hotel. Twenty days until all the fun. Bombers Club-40, one of the thank you's for being in the senior years. Bombers Have Fun, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Browns Point, WA ~ Rain clearing the air. No wind has made a great rainy day. Hopefully it's raining on the other side of the mountains helping the firemen get the fire out near Wenatchee. Will know when the news comes on in a few. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jan Nelson ('60) My sisters and I were talking about Col-Hi teachers and one of my favorites was the geometry teacher but can't remember her name. Help. [Mrs Naomi Buescher -- on entering the NE door of Mac Hall: first classroom on left on first floor; iirc -Richard] -Jan Nelson ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Browne ('61) Re: Asteroid man Mike Davis's science warmup brought to mind that guy who came to the schools with the asteroid collection, and the strange clock, which he used to explain about distances traveled and the movements of our solar system and Milky Way (which both rotate around their own "centers"). The clock described the movement of the earth around the sun; the movement of our solar system within the Milky Way galaxy; and the movement of the Milky Way through space. After his presentation, he would tell us how far "we" had moved (in the time that he'd been talking) in each aspect of our 'travels'. I loved looking at those little space rocks which he had collected, too ... he had dozens (if not hundreds) of meteorites, from Chinese checker-sized spheres to a few fairly hefty ones. And, he had great theme music, too; some kind of gypsy dance music in a minor key that is still with me, nearly 50 years later. He kind of foreshadowed "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" in some respects. Anybody remember his name? JHBrowne, Jr. ^..^ -John Browne ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Myrna (Jam in a Jar) Bolin Turner ('62/'63) Re: "How much is that Dogie in the window? The one with the wagley tail" Does any one know of the whereabouts of a Richland fellow classmate of 1963 named Bill (Billy) Norton? In his senior year he had Mr. Paul -- Morley Paul, English teacher, I think. He was quite an entertaining chap to sit within earshot of. Also does the high school still have the vocal group "The Sandmen"? The 3 best singing voices from the Class of '63 were: Beth Chiles (mezzo- soprano; 3 octaves as clear as a bell), Patty Kenney (alto; beautiful vibrato sound), and Homer Blackburn (tenor/bass; the voice of an angel). I also think Albert Levitte, Class around '61 or maybe '62, also showed great vocal cords. Must run and fire up the tea-pot. Peel and slice some fresh peaches and drench them in heavy cream. -Myrna (Jam in a Jar) Bolin Turner ('62/'63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Saw in the Seattle Times this [Saturday] morning that Sean Spencer, the son of Jim ('64RIP) and Joanne Spencer was participating in the Olympics as a pitcher on the Greek baseball team. Didn't know if there was some northend Spencer/Manolopoulos connection that I didn't know of, 'cause his eligibility is "Greek" to me. Jim played on the Gold Medal baseball team in the Pan-Am games back when we both worked together for Grover in '66 or '67. Regardless, it's pretty cool. Is he the first Bomber, or Bomber progeny to participate in the Olympics? Jimbeaux PS- When they make eight-ball an Olympic sport, the Gold Medal Class of '63 has an "automatic" in Medo Smith or Dink Morris. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Silly nonsense oldies To: Richard Anderson ('60) Richard, Since you are such a non-fan of oldie "tear-jerkers" (dare I mention them? [Oh sure, go ahead. -Richard]), I was wondering how you felt about "nonsense" oldies. Surely you have a sense of humor! Right? Ray Stevens and Roger Miller are my two favorites -- Ray had many, among them "Ahab, the Arab" and "Gitarzan"; and Roger sang ones like "Dang Me", "Chug-a-Lug", "Kansas City Star", and "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd". Also, Lonnie Donnegan's "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor" comes to mind. Smile, Richard, if you like them! Bet you even have your own favorite. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary) Richard responds (when you're the DE(P) you don't have to wait a day!): Frank, A favorite? You betcha! "Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, Walla Walla bing-bang ...." ("Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdaserian, Jr). For somebody who has been known to sign his entries with '(Wa-Hi'60WB)' this song is pure magic! Oh, the "natural selection" tunes? Lemme see, here's this babe standing by the car which is stuck on the railroad tracks ... with a train coming ... and she hops right in! Where *is* she from? Pasco? Kennewick maybe? Those were genes which should not have been passed on! -Richard Anderson (Wa-Hi'60WB) ~ Judy Willox ('61) told me a rumor that our "R-Cloud" logo will not be repainted on the center circle when the Dawald Gym floor is replaced. That happens and the only Bomber games I'll ever see again will be when they play Wa-Hi! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox ('64) To: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) and anyone who is interested Re: ACES The local ACES contact person is Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54). Their website is: <www.americansupport.org> -Deedee Willox ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Michael Davis ('74) Now, after yesterday's lesson on light years, I am sure you are ready for a brief history lesson since I also teach U.S. History. And, being a person of substance, this is all vital information. Pay attention, There will be [a] quiz. Abraham Lincoln was our tallest President at 6'4" and James Madison was our shortest at 5'4". You may be thinking, "So what?" Well then, how about this? William Howard Taft was our fattest president, weighing in at over 300 pounds. He also got stuck once in the White House bathtub, having to be helped out by servants. Too many Spudnuts! The first assassination attempt was on Andrew Jackson. In a large crowd a man pulled a gun on him at close range and the pistol misfired! Did the Secret Service take over the situation? Hardly, I'd say. Andrew Jackson reached for the culprit and one-punched him, knocking him out! Let's see John Kerry do that! Grover Cleveland was the only President to get married in the White House. He was in his fifties and his new bride was but 21 years old! I believe he was also Bill Clinton's favorite president! William Henry Harrison gave the longest inauguration speech in history. It also happened to be rainy and cold. He caught pneumonia and died a month later. Must of been a Democrat! I'll leave you now knowing that you are probably scratching your head and thinking, "This guy is brilliant! What was Upton thinking?" All you teachers out there: have a good year and learn 'em up real good! -M Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Here's some math to ponder: you are about to begin your 26th yearofteachingwiththeFinleySchoolDistrict [NB This is how it came down the pipe; professional "comics" have their methods; I was not about to tamper with the "material" -Richard]. You have commuted daily from Richland for a 36 mile roundtrip each day. Twenty five years of commuting x 180 days per year of teaching = 4500 trips. Forty five hundred trips x 36 miles per roundtrip = 162,000 miles of driving from Richland to Finley. In 25 years you have traveled less than what light can cover in a second. I can also conclude from my calculations that your brain is shot and you need some hobbies. However, you are still a boy toy. -Brad Upton ('74) PS- 162,000 miles and you couldn't do 3 more to get to the reunion. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jumbo Davis ('82) To: Michael Davis ('74) While you're working out on the calculator and computer is there a way you can tell me how many feet all of Hank Aaron's home runs traveled in the air compared to Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Willie Mays? I'm guessing 755 home runs x 380 feet, which is 286,900 feet. Just to get you excited that's 3,442,800 inches. How about Alex Rodriguez? He makes $20,000,000 a year playing baseball. That's $123,456.79 a game, if he plays in all 162 games. This dude makes $41,152.26 a hour, if the game last 3 hours. Not to mention all the millions he makes for endorsements. Then there is Kobe Bryant. He only makes $18,000,000 an year playing basketball. That would be $219,512.19 a game if he plays in all 82 games. A mere $87,804.88 an hour, if the game last 2 1/2 hours. The 4 million dollar ring he bought his wife for cheating on her is pocket change. -Keith "Jumbo" Davis ('82) ~ looking forward to the women's trampoline and speed walking events ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Heidi Davis Mortensen ('00) Re: Birthday girls Just wanted to wish my favorite lady in the whole world a very happy birthday! We love you grandma BJ (Davis): Bomber mom, Bomber grandma, and future Bomber great-grandma. Happy 71st! Also, happy birthday on the 23rd to my cousin Nikki Davis ('02)! Love, -Heidi Davis Mortensen ('00) ~ Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/23/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Millie Finch ('54), Lenora Hughes ('55) George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Michael Waggoner ('60) John Adkins ('62), Marilyn Stewart ('62) Betty Noble ('63), Marilyn Swan ('63) Shirley Collings ('66), Tracy Cole ('76) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Marc Shipman ('83 NAB) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Sacramento Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) I am so glad that you got the booklet sent to the printer last week, my dear -- it sounds like you were entirely too close to the subject to have all that information!!! LOL I know it will be wonderful and thank you for all your labor of love! Just couldn't resist saying something about it!! :) -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) To: Harvey Irby, Jr. ('64) Harvey, I saw in this morning's Las Vegas Review Journal that your beautiful mother Betty passed away last Thursday. Bob and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. She was a beautiful lady and we enjoyed her presence at our Las Vegas Bomber luncheons so very much. We will truly miss her. Give your dad our condolences too and a big hug. Please continue to bring him to our luncheons. He is a fine gentleman and we enjoy him so much. Again, our deepest condolences go out to you, Caroline, and all your family. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Michael (more than just another cute face in the ol' toy box) Davis ('74) Re: Doctor Bomber's Feel Good Medicine I enjoy very much, your writings, those of Upton, those of the Puddle Pals, and those of anyone else who casts a bit of merriment upon the waters. Collectively, I think it all contributes to "Dr. Bomber's Feel Good" therapy which all Bombers receive in a daily dose of smile enrichment right here on Alumni Sandstorm. I liked your science stuff and that on the presidents. If you teach anywhere near the way you write, your students must really enjoy your classes. It sounds to me like you kinda enjoy it too. So, who cares how far ya gotta commute to a "fun" job? Somebody with more math ability and time on their hands than me, should calculate how many days in a career could be spent hating to get up and go back to just "a job" vs. returning to something you look forward to every day. Was it Bill Moyers who talked of finding your own personal bliss? My career in fisheries was "to die and go to heaven for" right up to near the end when all the politics (internal and external) muddied the rivers. So, I retired to clearer puddles. However, I must remind myself that I was never "a dropdead gorgeous boytoy," but merely a Chubby Checker kinda Chunky Dunker. And, I did step in some kind of substance once in my gramp's cow pasture. But, that probably don't count. Mike, as a teacher at Finley High School for several years, you must have known my friend, Robert "Bob" Spurck (RIP). I believe he taught math. Bob was one of the early National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) scuba diving instructors in the nation. He worked with me personally, prepping me for the "hell week" of the Instructor Training Certification Course (ITC) conducted at Fort Worden in Port Townsend in about 1975. Incidentally, Tom Hemphill ('62) was on staff for that course. Completion of that course was the door opener for my becoming a Unit Diving Officer (UDO) with NOAA. I had great respect for Bob and I still have great memories of his aquatic abilities. He left us when he was much too young and too soon. To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Dear Puddle Pal Jan, you have aroused my curiosity. Your description of Gary's lawn tools seems to match that of my own. Is there another type of lawn tool of which I should be aware? To: Jim House ('63) Re: Recon Jim, did you serve with Force Recon, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, or both? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA ~ Where raindrops actually dimpled the surface of the puddle on a much cooler today. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Michael Waggoner ('60) To: Mike Davis ('74) I have a question for you as a historian. Someone told me that there is a tendency for U.S. presidential elections to be won by the taller candidate and by the candidate with the longer name. Do you know if there is any truth to this statement? -Michael Waggoner ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Frank Whiteside ('63) and the "Silly nonsense oldies" You test me Frank -- but I'm up to it: The Jones Laughing Song Das Fuerers Face Wild Bill Hiccup Pal Yat Chi Clink Clink Clink - Another Drink Drip Drip Drip - (The Sloppy Lagoon) The Bubble Gum Girls Stick Together (now don't tempt me; there are 36 cuts on this "Spike Jones CD") And Frank -- I have all of those Roger Miller cuts -- I'd be pleased to share them with you. -John Adkins ('62) ~ beautiful downtown Tri Cities; might only get to 80 degrees today with maybe a little rain and breeze. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) To all Bombers who responded to my request for information on ACES, thank you so very much for your thoughtful emails and messages of thanks and prayers for my "son" and daughter. I have sent personal emails to all who wrote thanking them, but wanted to let all the Bomber family know that the response was large and immediate to my request. Bombers are the greatest!!!!! Thank you and God Bless You All, -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Noble Giedd ('63) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: "That cat won't hunt ..." Is Pvt. Murphy a male? I'm assuming so and if HE is, most male cats are too lazy to hunt. I loved your story about the mouse in the pick-up. Or I should say, Henry, your hunt'n mobile. I live in the forest and get mice in my Honda Accord. We've tried everything to keep them out. Closed up vents, etc. Anyone have any expertise on how to keep mice out of cars? I don't like trapping them but it's been the only way to get them out once they are in. Ugh! I don't like mice unless they are in their own environment. By the way, welcome back. I look forward to your future entries in Sandstorm. Liked the one on reunions. Hope to meet you at Club-40. To: Myrna Bolin Turner ('62-'63) Hi my friend! I've also been wondering where Bill Norton ('63) is these days. Where are you Bill? Last time I saw you I was sporting around in a cute little "Spider" convertible at Zips too many years ago. You listed our talented singers from the Class of '63. Just want to confirm that Patricia "Patty" Keeney sang for us at Nadine Smith ('60) Heusser's home a few years back and still has that beautiful voice. Celebration of life: On the day of Club-40 our family is gathering for a celebration in honor of our father who will have turned 90 years old on September 8th. Dad didn't have his own family for very long since they passed away early in life. He was determined to have a lot of children and there were 6 of us. Sadly, we are now down to 4. Our friends from our childhood, teen years, and adult years can confirm he has been a super dad. His love for life has kept him healthy and always happy. -Betty Noble Giedd ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: BJ Davis Happy Birthday to one of our favorite Sandstorm Bomber mothers! We have not heard much from you for a while; hope all is well with you and that you had a great 71st birthday. I think that you should have one of the Davis kids bring you to Club-40, as a drop-in on Friday night so we can meet you! I mean, this Davis clan is almost legend in Bomberland!! -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From:Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: WA State teams in World Series Someone had mentioned earlier that the only team going to the World Series from Washington was the Redmond Little League. Here is a current report on that team. Redmond loses Little League World Series opener ~ <http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/othersports/187400_redmondww.html> Redmond stays alive in Little League World Series ~ <http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2002012397_webredmond22.html> However, the KENNEWICK BANDITS are playing in the AMERICAN LEGION WORLD SERIES: 8/20 Lost to Eden Prairie, MN 8-5 8/21 Beat Paducah, KY 1-0 8/22 Beat Edmond, OK 7-5 Here is a link to how all of the American Legion teams are doing. Kennewick plays again tomorrow at 1:00pm. <http://www.baseball.legion.org/2004/html/confstat.htm> Only four teams of the original eight remain in the contest: Kennewick; Boyertown, PA; Portland, Maine; and DeLand, FL. Oh, let's all vote for the home team (kind of). -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ~ What a wonderful break in the weather today with highs probably 60-70 and sprinkles of rain throughout the day. Love it!! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Tracy Cole Heidelberg ('76) Re: Danny "Diesel" Heidelberg ('78) On Sunday, August 22, after a fight with pancreatic cancer, Danny Heidelberg passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends. Thank you everyone for all the visits and well wishes you have given Dan and his family over the last 5 months. Those thoughts mean so much to his wife Tami, sister Denise Heidelberg Rowe ('71), and brother Don ('74). If you have any memories or stories about Dan, please post them here; we would love to read and remember him by them. For those of you who knew Dan, he kept his joyful, pedal to the metal, love of life right up to the end. We're going to miss him. -Don's wife, Tracy Cole Heidelberg ('76) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Funeral notice scanned from 8/22/04 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Lionel W. Roberts ('52) ~ 8/1/34 - 8/1/04 FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/24/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 Bomber Parent today: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Ely ('47) Bob Harman ('51), Helen Cross ('62) Chuck Stade ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) Shirley Collings ('66), Unsigned Weasel ('66) Michael Davis ('74), Brad Upton ('74) Kim Edgar ('79), BJ Davis, Bomber Mom ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donni Clark ('63) Vicki Case ('69) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Bob Cassidy ('?? RIP) I was dismayed to hear from my bro that Bob Cassidy had passed. A good friend and a great athelete. When we were old we played on the Uptown old men's team. He was something, that guy. If anyone played 2nd better, tell me. In his prime he played on the state champ Davis team. Later he was a ref in several sports; maybe some of you young whippersnappers remember. Bob and I also delivered furniture for Pleiss-Davis, and our constant bull made the work fly by. Later, Hop. Dick McCoy ('45) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Ely King ('47) Re: High Tea After being in Hong Kong six times, I decided 1990 would be my last time. I walked over to the Peninsula Hotel and had my High Tea while my roommate Lena was on a tour. I sat at a single table and felt like a lady dressed up for the event. In 1987, John Hughes, Class of '47, sent his driver down a small mountain to pick up Alice and me for lunch at the huge restaurant he managed overlooking the South China Sea. We had the best lemon chicken. We came back down by a tram. We later had dinner at Laju's sister and husband's home in a flat overlooking Hong Kong. They are from India. It was the most wonderful Indian dinner overlooking Hong Kong. -Betty Ely King ('47) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) To: My dear cousin Pat Aeschliman Roberts Re: Lionel W Roberts ('52 RIP) Pat, it grieved me to read of Robbie's passing. I remember that he had health problems but it still was a shock to me. I love you and will be remembering you in my prayers. -Bob Harman ('51) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from Blaine (northwest of Omaha), Nebraska!! I've just been to a wonderful federal Wildlife Refuge center here, part of the Lewis and Clark thing, and I'm nuts on Lewis and Clark. I even bought a "Lewis and Clark slept here" t-shirt!! I got to see a big lake and lots of neat birds, and two sets of Bambi twin deer with their spots still on them. I even bought a guide to try to identify the birds. I've decided I need more cattails to attract more birds to my little lake. I've seen some fabulous country again traveling from west to east. I couldn't believe how azure blue Bear Lake in southern Idaho was, and Flaming Gorge was neat, once I got there. And I tried my first PEO B&B, which felt like I was with a friend, which is how I knew it would be. Hope to try more these last two nights before I get to the house in Indiana by the little lake. I think I will be glad to get home. Must be getting old(er)!! Still traveling, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bill Ward (Chuck Stade) ('62) Re: Hello Richland It has been such a long time since I have had contact with anyone from Richland, and wish to keep in touch with those who miss me haha or ones who wish to forget me. For those of you who have forgotten who I am, my name is Bill Ward aka Chuck Stade. I have experienced many wonderful things over the past 40 plus years and have traveled the world compliments of the US Government (Army). I now reside in Salem, Oregon where I am a veterans representative for a member of Congress. I enjoy helping veterans who have issues with federal agencies and have been doing this for the past 4 years. I would love to develop friendship with those I have lost touch with over these many years. One great thing about time; it allows a person to grow within and make life a success. I have experienced many wonderful things and seen parts of the world (other than Vietnam) that people only dream about. If any of you would like to get to know me better I would welcome your email. I look forward to each of the Sandstorms daily newsletters and I also look forward to hearing from those who remember me. -Bill Ward (Chuck Stade) ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) To: John Adkins ('62) Re: Nonsense oldies John, I had forgotten about Spike Jones. He's the grandpappy of nonsense songs. Thanks, but I have the original vinyl Roger Miller and the CD. Just thought of David Seville and the Chipmunks and Monster Mash. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: American Legion World Series Kennewick won on Monday, so they will play the only undefeated team, Portland, Maine, on Tuesday at 1:00pm. If Kennewick wins that game there will be an additional game played shortly thereafter, again against Portland, Maine to determine the overall winner of the American Legion World Series! Acording to the TCHerald the games will NOT be televised -- what a bummer! We can still root for the home team, though! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland, where we had another comfortable day of weather, thank goodness! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Unsigned Weasel ('66) To: George "Pappy" Swann ('59) Pappy, I think I got all the blocks off now ya might try emailing me again, and if that don't work try <super secret email address deleted> I know ya won't have any any trouble with that one. Those mice are still at it in my shed; I put some of those sticky mouse traps out there, and the next day I found one of them moved half way across the shed and full of fur, but no mouse. The next night I put some of those new-fangled plastic ones out there with a good portion of peanut butter on them to entice that mouse back. The next morning I went to check the traps and to this day one of those traps is still missing. I think I'm going to hafta stand guard duty out there one night real soon! -Unsigned Weasel ('66) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Michael Davis ('74) To: Michael Waggoner ('60) Re: President Elections won by the candidate with the longer name I've never heard of that before , but sounds interesting. Let's see: Bush over Gore (tie) Clinton over Dole (true) Clinton over Bush (true) Bush over Dukakis (false) Reagan over Mondale (false) Reagan over Carter (tie) Carter over Ford (true) Nixon over McGovern (false) Nixon over Humphrey (false) Johnson over Goldwater (false) Kennedy over Nixon (true) That goes back over 40 years and it looks like the falses have it! Whoever told you that, you might want to slap him around a little. To: George Swan ('59) I remember Bob Spurck. A nice man. -M Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I would like to wish a belated happy birthday to BJ Davis. BJ, would you please take a quick peek in Mike's medicine cabinet? I'm sensing a desperate cry for help. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Seattle ~ catching a red-eye tonight. Should read my next Sandstorm in St Thomas, VI. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Washington State teams in World Series Poulsbo (North Kitsap) WA has a team playing in the 14 year-old world series this year as well: <http://www.brlworldseries.com/html/14ws.html> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Re: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs I came across this and thought it was worth mentioning. In the past, survivors drawing Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs because their spouse died from a service-connected cause, lost this benefit if they remarried. Effective Dec. 16, 2003, qualifying spouses who remarry after age 57 retain the DIC benefit. Those who remarried after age 57 but before the new law took effect can have their DIC benefit restored -- but only if they apply for DIC reinstatement by Dec. 15, 2004. To apply, these surviving spouses should submit a written request for restoration of DIC along with a statement of dependence (VA form 21-686c). The form is available on the Web at <www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/21-686c.pdf>. Applications should be mailed to the nearest regional VA office. To find the nearest office, go to <www.va.gov> and click on Facility Locator. --VICE ADM. NORBERT R. RYAN JR., USN (RET.), MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: BJ Davis, Bomber Mom Re: Danny "Diesel" Heidelberg ('78 RIP) My heart goes out to the Heidelberg family. First they lose Donna, their mom, and now Danny. I hadn't seen Danny since he was a teenager but Denise is one of my other kids. She and her family have always been the most cheerful people. You enjoyed being around them. I'm so sorry, may God be with you and give you comfort in the days to come. To: Pappy Swan ('59) You are right, Mike is a great teacher and his students love him. He told me the other day he was now teaching students of former students. He is a handsome dude (Mother's point of view, of course) but I saw your pictures, Pappy, and you are pretty good looking yourself. Bet Mrs Pappy thinks so too. To: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Marilyn, thank you for your neat letter. I am very proud of this "Davis clan" and they would be glad to do anything I asked of them; but, I don't get around much anymore, so I don't think I can make it to the Cool nights, but thanks for asking. Thanks for the birthday wishes also. The "Clan" was over to help me celebrate; most everyone -- Wig [Kent Davis ('82)] and family live too far away; we always really miss them. Karen [Davis Scheffer ('76)] and the girls were with me for two days, the morning of my birthday, but had to get home before the festivities. Those are my favorite times when we all get together. My granddaughters were expressing the thought that I had to live forever because they were afraid those family get togethers would stop but Sheila [Davis Galloway ('71)] will see that they don't. The next big one, after Heidi's and Kyler's birthdays, will be Thanksgiving at Jumbo [Keith Davis ('82)] and Jen's I guess. Their Thanksgivings have become as famous as or more so than mine were. One of the granddaughters' friends asked if he could come to it again and he lives in VA. Our family and Jen's family all get together and it is a fun fun time as well as Christmas dinner at Sheila and Steve's. This has been a tradition as long as I can remember. Heidi and Chris have taken over the holiday (Fourth of July) that was the Bear's [Steve Davis ('72 RIP)]. Bear would be proud of his son-in-law; he loves those fireworks as much as Steve did. Which brings me to my final thank you. Thanks to my sweet granddaughter, Heidi [Davis Mortensen ('00)], for her entry Sunday on my birthday. Everyone agrees that Heidi is the sweetest member of our family. Well, Marilyn, I guess your saying you hadn't heard from me in a while brought forth this "book". Sorry. -BJ Davis, Bomber Mom *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/25/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick McCoy ('45), Wally Erickson ('53) George Swan ('59), Denny Johnson ('62 WB) Shelley McCoy ('63RIP), Marilyn Swan ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Kathie Roe ('64) Audrey Zielan ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Dianne Ingalls ('67), Mike Franco ('70) Vicki Owens ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Jerry Swain ('54) Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) Greg Stone ('80) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Richard Anderson, Deputy Editor Re: Bob Cassidy's Class Year Hey Richard! Quit looking. Bob came out with the anti-aircraft squadrons after WWII. He stayed and married a local gal. Another such was Big Sam who went on to own the tavern near the mall. He too has passed away. See ya at the party [Club-40]. -Dick McCoy ('45) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Napa Valley We've decided we'll be staying overnight in Calistoga. I've looked into some of the wineries, but would like some input on some "unique" wineries also. There are the regulars: Beringer, Robert Modavi, Louis Martini, Domaine Chandon, and Domaine Carneros. If you can give me some input on wineries you think more interesting, that would be great. We'll be staying on Hwy #29 going north. Also, interested in any Mexican, Italian, seafood, or grilled restaurants of your choice on the way north (lunch) ... grin. Appreciate any feedback. Want to thank Jim McKeown ('53) and Marilyn Singletary ('60) for their response. It's great being a Bomber!!!!!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ CD'A [Coeur d'Alene aka "Artichoke Heart" -Richard] ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Betty Noble Giedd ('63) Re: "That cat used to hunt" Pvt. Murphy was formerly an orphaned male when rescued by a friend on Blewett Pass, north of Ellensburg, WA. Since his early years, about inductee age, he has been in-between gender designations. I never thought of this before, but I suppose he can no longer vote in Washington State now because he will not be officially aligned with either party. Murphy still spends most nights out on patrol of the home perimeter. He is highly proficient at stealth tactics. I once watched him lie, unmoving about two feet above the ground, as a very large black and white bushy- tailed Pep Le Pew ambled about beneath Murphy's perch. I was so pleased that he exercised excellent judgment in not attacking that particular "Kittee Kittee". For years, he would return each morning with his victims or prisoners. His little body count would be laid out for inspection by the patio door, usually one if any at all, on rare occasions two. He never bothered birds, but focused on mice, virtually all house mice from outside around the woodpile but a vole now and then. He seems to have a sense of humor which has cautioned us to look at his mouth when we let him into the house. Several times he has raced in with a live mouse in his mouth, only to drop it, sit back on his haunches and watch the riot overtake his humans. I'm positive he smiles at those times. I have often speculated that he is a cross between bobcat, cottontail rabbit, and gray squirrel based on the fact that he has always been a long and lean, squirrel- tailed gray tabby color with that "buff rabbit brown" in all the right places (all better for night camo) and I sometimes think that I should have named him "Squirrel". Several years ago he brought in a live prisoner, a tiny cottontail rabbit, carrying it like a little kitten. We raised "Peter Wabbit" until he was grown and released him into a park that already had a population of cottontails and no "Hooters On Scooters" were allowed off road. I think now, Pvt. Murphy is just getting older and too well fed (kinda like me). I wish I could learn his secret for staying slim. It's probably tomcatting, no, "neutercatting", around all night and napping by day. I tried it once but I kept going to sleep and falling off of my perch. I'll probably give Murphy's stripe back to him soon. I named him "Murphy" because I suspected an Irish ancestor in the woodpile. Now, surely I couldn't deprive a fellow Irishman of his merriment, could I? I know what you mean about the affinity of rodents for vehicles in the woods. I have had Alvin and his little gang of chipmunks get into Henry (front and back) and he is a tall 4x4. It wouldn't be so bad except one time they tried to hijack Henry to go to town for a load of peanuts. It's a good thing that Henry is a hard starter. Supposedly, the old-time cowboys used to put horsehair ropes in a big loop around their bedroll to keep snakes away. Maybe if we braided long ropes out of cat hair and looped them on the ground around the vehicle.... Uh, you try it, Betty, and let me know how it works. Lookin' forward to your acquaintance at Club-40 also. To: Unsigned Weasel ('66), aka Guy Lobdell You almost confused Richard; but, ... I knew it was you by certain rodent references and bits of Marine jargon. It is highly possible that there really is an "unnamed mink or weasel" (like the notorious "Phantom of the Fleet" on Navy ships or a diminutive "Zoro") burglarizing your shed and misappropriating your traps along with the "expired meece". The culprit, brandishing a sewing needle sword and attired in tiny cape and swashbuckling hat adorned with a tweety plume, probably thought that you were serving them up on the half shell or as SOS. The fight goes on. I must perform another sweeping action in the back of Henry today. To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Helen, beware of what you wish for. A few cattails and reeds are nice but have a way of choking out the shallows of lakes, ponds, etc. I refuse to let them get a start in my puddle. I have lost a lot of my favorite hunting and fishing sites along the rivers and backwaters to the dreaded cattail invasion. Of course, that has happened over half a century ... seems like only yesterday .... -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA ~ Today I will continue on with Mrs. Pappy's new fish pond in the backyard to give the yard balance and harmony with the Mr. Pappy's Puddle out front ... in the driveway ... on occasion ... sometimes. No cattails allowed in either. Water lilies are OK. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Denny Johnson ('62 WB) Re: Nonsensical songs ... How about: TRANSFUSION by Nervous Norvis ("slip the juice to me, Bruce") or THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY ("... ha ha hee hee - to the funny farm ...") - artist's name escapes me, but it was regal-sounding or PURPLE PEOPLE EATER or MY BOOMERANG WON'T COME BACK Speaking of Chipmunks - my recollection is that David Seville and Ross Bagdasarian were the same person. How about all the "car songs"?? "Hot Rod Race", and its sequel "Hot Rod Lincoln"? Trivia question for you "experts": who originally recorded "Hot Rod Lincoln"? Hint: think 1956/57 ... the guy STILL owns the car (a Model A coupe with a Lincoln V-12 flathead) and was still showing up at various rod runs with it up to a few years ago. More car songs: a NW hit for about a week: "Big Impala And The Little Forty Ford"; an instrumental, "StickShift" (may also have been a NW band). I won't bother with Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Ronnie and The Daytonas; they're too well known. The car songs were way more fun than the "tragedy music". -Denny Johnson ('62 WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shelley McCoy ('63) Family Re: Shelley McCoy ('63 RIP) ~ Memorial Ride 9-4-04 Please view our poster announcing a memorial ride for Shelley McCoy: Shelley McCoy Memorial Run Poster -The McCoy Family ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Happy Belated Birthday, Monday August 23rd, to one of my dearest friends ever!! It's not too often that we find a friend who becomes more like a sister than a friend. We have been friends since the 10th grade at Col-Hi and have shared many triumphs and heartaches, laughter and tears, not to mention the wonderful vacations and camping and fishing trips our families shared over the past 40 years. Now I find out that my newest granddaughter, Paris Emilee Lloyd, was born Monday on your birthday. How ironic is that? Wish you were gonna make it for Club-40, maybe next year!! Love ya, -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: More 'Nonsense oldies' The following 'Nonsense oldies' were written and sung on the Doctor Demento Show by our own Joe Keefe from the Class of 1964: Freeze Dried Fido Grandpa Died Laughing What's All The Fuss About Columbus? Giant Spiders - (with Sharon Keefe) Chipmunks In Love I Won't Let Go of My Remote Joe is married to Sharon Scharnhorst Keefe, Kennewick Class of 1964. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ '... with diamonds on the soles of my shoes.' ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) To: Jim House ('63) Thank you for your entry the other day about your Viet Nam experience. I cannot imagine what it was like for all the young men and women who were there. You are all heroes in my book. Thank you for serving. I'm glad you came home safely and fondly remember those who didn't. -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Audrey Zielan Campbell ('64) To: Class of '64 Reunion Committee I'm very tardy in sending my thanks to you and the Reunion Committee on the great job everyone did for the 1964 40th Class Reunion. I can only imagine how much time, effort, and planning goes into something of this magnitude to do it The Right Way and you all did it The Right Way. My hearty congratulations to all of you. -Audrey Zielan Campbell ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes, Just a couple add-ons today, please. Always the odd-ball, me. Did my military time (flyboy; 7 plus years). Got close to 'Nam: the R&R Land of the Geisha Vacation. "Good Morning, Japan!" to all you battered and bruised guys at the military hospitals. Did "my war", 6 days in 1967, in North Africa ("got" to stay in-country an extra month). That's the month my father has never forgiven me for. He worked at "the plant" where vacations were scheduled in January for the upcoming year on some priority/seniority/rank system. He chose to take a week off when his only child (me) returned from 18 mos. in Libya. My boss (OIC for military folk) thought I did such an exemplary job during the evacuation of dependents that he'd like me to hang around an extra month to help "mop-up". 'Course, the plant wouldn't let Dad change his vacation plan, so ... I missed his vacation and the Water Follies/boat races that year. Oh, well. Yes, Ms Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ... I'm talkin' to you. Wasn't that an invitation to do some swingin' you sent my way a while back? I'm guessin' you might have had a rare, brief, senior moment. I'm still deeply engrossed in research ... hope I can make that Club-40 deadline. Oh, you DO recall that I am too young for Club-40? Guess this will be extra-curricular activity for you. And, no, we won't tell Nina! Not even a whisper! Does she even read this? In looking at today's Sandstorm (Kim Edgar Leeming), I'm trying to figure if getting "DIC" from the VA is a good thing? I don't recall getting Subsidy Qualudes Under Authorized Technicalities (SQUAT) from them. Oh, but wait ... I did use the VA Home Loan thing a couple times and took some beginning classes from the Columbia School of Broadcasting with VA bennies. Now, thanks to advice from Larry Gross ('65) and John Foster, I am trying for some medical benefits as befits me. No decision on what that is yet. Anyway, wherever you serve and whenever you serve, just remember the words of that great poet Bob Dylan: "Ya got to serve somebody." My suggestion ... choose wisely! dj jeff -Jeff Michael ('65) ~ in my cave on Goethals where, if I go outside to look, I might think I've moved to a parallel universe in Portland. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dianne Ingalls Frost ('67) Re: Indiana luncheon picture Indianapolis Bomber Lunch Picture My apologies to Helen Cross Kirk ('62) and Max Case ('57) for being so tardy with this picture. Max took it and sent it to me to scan and send in, but it got delayed at my end. As Helen reported back in June, we met at the Olive Garden in Castleton and had a very enjoyable lunch and visit. Present in the picture are Wayne Davis, who is Dianne's fiance (he's wearing a Spudnut Shop hat and is, I think, our first honorary Canadian Bomber!), Dianne Ingalls Frost ('67), Helen Cross Kirk ('62) who brought a picture of her famous little lake, and Max Case ('57) who brought his annual which prompted a lot of "do you remember" conversation. When Helen gets back from her travels and Max gets a break in his busy schedule, we'd like to have another get-together, hopefully down the road a bit so we can accommodate some more scattered Indiana Bombers. -Dianne Ingalls Frost ('67) ~ Fishers, IN ~ where the heat & humidity have made a comeback and the bird feeders outside my window are full of birds and blowin' in the wind. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) I also want to add my thoughts on the passing of Bob Cassidy. He was in that greatest generation of Richland referees (all respect to Dicky Cartmell -- what's with the "Richard"?!?!?) including the wild man Orv Marcum, Don Semmern, and many others. Bob was just a great guy and like most parents of ours he was a great friend of all us kids as well as his fellow "adults". My thoughts especially to my fellow former EWSC "student" and roommate, Stats (Steve) Cassidy. Sorry your dad is gone but those stories will last generations. -Mike Franco ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Vicki Owens ('72) Note from Deputy Editor Richard: Well, I've finally managed to post Vicki's pictures from her recent road trip. All I can say is, "Mustang Sally, you've *got* to slow that Mustang down!" Vicki Owens's Road Trip Photos -Vicki Owens ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/26/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 24 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Bev Smith ('52) Jim McKeown ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Jerry Swain ('54), Missy Keeney ('59) George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Jan Bollinger ('60) John Browne ('61), Roger Gress ('61) Ed Quigley ('62), Myrna Bolin ('63) Leland Upson ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Sharon Phillips ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) David Rivers ('65), Shirley Collings ('66) daughter of Peggy Jones ('67RIP), Rick Valentine ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Terry Hutson ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Gene Keller ('50) Sharon Hopkins ('64) Sharon Sasser ('64) Richard Twedt ('64) Joyce Soehnlein ('67) Merle Huesties ('72) Gauin Moore ('82) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Someone mentioned Spike Jones. His songs sure woke you up and made you laugh (or cry depending on if you liked his songs or not). He sure messed up a few songs. How many of you went to the old Village Theater where the movies were considered B movies? The A movies (better grade) were shown at the Richland Theater. I went to see a Western at the Village -- either Gene Autry or Roy Rogers was on and I was shocked to see Spike Jones in the movie (I believe it was the Roy Rogers). Last place in the world I expected to see Spike Jones. Spike Jones was also at the old Grape Festival that Kennewick used to have ... in the late 40's I think. -Betty Hiser Gulley, '49er ~ south/government Richland ~ where (thank goodness) the weather has cooled down to the high 70's. It should stay cool for the next 3 or 4 days. HOORAY ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bev Smith Jochen ('52) Re: Bob Cassidy (RIP) The 'Local Gal' -- referred to by Dick McCoy ('45) in yesterday's SS -- who was responsible for Bob's conversion from an Ohio 'Buckeye' to a 50+ year Washingtonian was our own Pat Mulligan ('53). Bob should certainly be considered an Honorary Bomber, although I imagine Hanford will want to claim him as well. Whatta guy he was! An absolute TREAT to know. His family has put together a wonderful tribute to him which describes, in part, his unforgettable impact on so many. Please visit the online obituary at: <Einan's Funeral Home Notices> and click on [View Memorial] for Robert E 'Bob' Cassidy. -Bev Smith Jochen ('52) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Bob Cassidy (RIP) Dick, Thanks for the info on Bob Cassiday. I played a little softball with him in the 50's and early 60's. He was a super infielder, good clutch hitter, and a great guy. Sorry to hear that he has passed on. You are correct that he was not a Bomber, but he was in his heart, and he married one of my classmates, Pat Mulligan, right after graduation. To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Napa Valley Wally, Don't get me started on wine and restaurants. You've mentioned some of the ones that are visited by thousands, but you might consider Niebaum-Coppola, owned by the director. His wines are nice, and the Niebaum old mansion is a kick. He also has his Oscars on display, along with an old Tucker auto. Also, Sterling is nice -- wines average -- but it includes a gondola ride. Great wines can be found at Silver Oak, Rombauer, Plump Jack, Grgich Hills, and Napa Cellars to name a few. There are over 300 wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Restaurants could be: the French Laundry and Brix in Yountville, Tra Vigne, Italian, in St. Helena; and for a super lunch overlooking the Valley, the Auberge De Soleil in Rutherford. Happy hunting. -Jim McKeown ('53) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bob (Mike Clowes) Carlson ('54) Re: The search goes on As you know by now The Class of '54 will be having its 50th reunion come this September during the Club-40 weekend. While attendance looks good, there are a few whom The Class hasn't heard from in a long time. They are listed among our rolls as "missing". I ask if any Bomber out there knows any of these people, please urge them to contact Marguerite Groff Tompkins or check the class web page at <Class of '54 Website>. Here are the names: Pat Barber, Mary Ann Bollen, Edward Borello, Suzanne Evelyn Burn, Jim Butler,Gail Craven, Pat Daigeneault, Patrica Jean "Pat" Duffy, Jeanine Dye, Ed Ray Edwards, Roger Ensign, Wayne Ewing, Bill Gean, Betty Jean Geiger, Tom Griffith, Kaye Horrocks, Thomas "Tom" Johns, Jackie Luckey, Dwaine Mann, June Marshall, Claire Martin, Nancy McClellan, Jim McClure, Lorraine Murphy, Loretta Murphy, George Musser, Jane Parker, Gene Peisker, Lyle Peterson, Shirley Riggs, James Scoggin, Clark Sheridan, David Short, Gary Strong, Pat Thomas, Alice Verbrugghen, Norma Wissinger, Ray Work, Earl Yates, Leslie Young and Michael Zimmerman. I understand any late arrivals will have to sit in study hall with Mr. Anderson (of wood shop fame). See you at the party, -Bob (Mike Clowes) Carlson ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jerry Swain ('54) Maren, Happy birthday to me today. [Sent Wednesday, August 25; today, of course, is Thursday, August 26; Jerry's b'day may have been yesterday ... or maybe today; we'll never tell! -Richard] -Jerry Swain ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Cats To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) (and other Bombers who are "owned" by cats) When my children were young, we had a great book entitled "Our Animal Friends at Maple Hills Farm". I was also able to find a copy for my grandchildren even tho' it is, sadly, out of print. It described all the animals that lived on the farm and their different personalities. One of the cats (and the largest) was MAX. "MAX would leave gifts of guts on our doorstep, but then, no cats are vegetarians." (Or something like that.) Cats LOVE to bring us presents and I guess we are supposed to be grateful. Yeah, right! Live mice let loose in your house are nothing. Try a snake or two! -Missy Keeney ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Lucky lucky lucky! To: Vicki Owens, Terri Zangar Roberts, Remy Neill MacKenzie, Sharen Manolopoulos (the girls of '72) I enjoyed very much the pictures of your trip and was especially taken with the beautiful lady with the red paint job and horsey jewelry. Being an aging, elderly gentleman (what's all that laughing?), when I came to the last picture of scantily clad ladies in some kind of a concrete puddle I politely averted my eyes, and suddenly I was terrified. You ladies probably do not realize how lucky you were. There is an escaped Circus Lion cleverly concealed in the vegetation behind you. Oh, I shudder to think how your trip could have turned out. The mere presence of the raging Mustang must have held the lion at bay. To: Betty Noble Giedd ('63) and Guy Lobdell ('66) Hey you guys, I may have inadvertently stumbled on the answer to our "mutual mouse miseries". Get yourself some cheap sunglasses. No, no that's not what I meant to say. All these lovable nonsense songs running loose through my mind lately. Sorry! OK, here's where it gets really weird. Get yourself a herd of chickens. You heard me right, a herd (or read me right -- told you it would get weird). Yesterday, I am standing there in the backyard armed with hose and spray nozzle squirting spider webs off of my vines on the fence (yeah, I know, that's kinda weird too), lost in thoughtless revelry with a bazillion of those aforementioned songs replaying in my head, when up runs one of my self-trained chickens, with a mouse in its beak. I told you and I told you --its a weird story! Well, after I patted the chicken on the head and uttered the obligatory, "Good Hen, Good Hen!" it came to me -- no, not the chicken, it was already there -- a thought came to me -- happens sometimes: get yourself a herd of chickens and train them to hunt mice. They will be just like those little feather-less chicken-like dinosaur things in Jurassic Park. Now you gotta stay on top of things because once the mice are all gone, who knows who they'll go after next. So, that's when you invite the neighbors to your mouse free environment and serve fried chicken! Cool huh? To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Dear Donni, I have never even met you yet I feel like we are old friends due to your relationship with my "much younger" sister and our exchanged emails so I too must wish you a belated Happy Birthday! Your Birthday was Monday the 23rd, right? Are you sure you folks can't make it to Club-40? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ where the rain in Burbank falls gently on the puddle and I'm lovin' it. I wonder if today, there is rain in Spain? ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pvt. Murphy Sounds to me like Murphy has been reading too many Garfield cartoons! In addition to befriending mice, have you ever noticed him swatting spiders? I think it's to Murphy's credit that he brought you an unharmed bunny and wonder about their relationship as that bunny grew up. As kids, my sister Gale ('59 RIP) and I had bunnies a couple of times. When I was in the fifth grade at Spalding (lived across the street on Richmond), we had a bunny and a small mixed breed dog, mostly Boston terrier and Chihuahua, named Buster. He was black and white with the Boston terrier face and big Chihuahua ears, and very smart. We taught him to climb the steps and go down the slide on the kindergarten playground. When we brought the bunny in the house and turned it loose, of course the chase would begin! The bunny would run in a zigzag course and let the dog get almost close enough to grab its tail, then suddenly turn and leap right over the dog's back and head in the opposite direction. I told my teacher, Mrs. Schwartz, about the dog and bunny show and she brought her 3-year-old boy over to watch the fun after school one day. They weren't disappointed! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane ~ still having cool weather and intermittent showers day and night. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Browne ('61) To: Deputy Editor Richard Anderson ('60) Re: The Big Artichoke I was thinking that C d'A meant "the heart of the neighborhood" ... silly me! Next, you're going to tell me that a literal translation of the word "Alaska" means "Land of the Midnight Thistle", I imagine. [Richard responds: Mais non, you imagine incorrectly. "Alaska" means "Poor Python"; Rudyard Kipling wrote about it.] BTW, my compliments on formatting the photos in yesterday's paper. Usually, when I examine the imbedded photos (or any URLs) in the Sandstorm text, my [Back] button takes me back to the menu page. This time, I bounced right back into the text. My thanks 2U, sir! To: Dennis Johnson ('62 WB) There are some notable ethnomusicologists who agree that "My Rocket 88" might just be the first "rock & roll" recording. (I assume the guy was singing about a car ....) Re: "funny stuff" In my early years, many days after school KALE Corral, not homework, demanded my attention; and Homer & Jethro were always a reason to listen more closely. Later on, when the cowpokes no longer had me by the ears, Stan Freberg somehow got a hold of my funny bone (the humerus?), and warped it into a brand new shape (from which it never recovered). He also made the best case for the superiority of radio over TV as the medium that most stimulates the imagination. To: Helen Cross ('62) I second Pappy's warning about cattails ... but there are sedges, rushes, and other emergents which aren't so invasive, and DO add wonderful habitat and food sources for birds -- plus their own visual beauty. Taking a cue from Pappy (re water lilies), you can add these plants in containers, which restrict their abilities to become an overwhelming force. But, I'd make the case that water lilies, uncontrolled, can (and do) take over shallow lakes and ponds as efficiently as cattails. Water depth is one control for all these plants. Plus, it's the way of all lakes to 'give it up', over time, and resign themselves to lives as marshes ... and, eventually, meadows, and prairies. To: Pappy ('59) OK ... a fat mallard IS a lousy trade for a rail, I guess .... I saw two of them, finally, after hearing them for years. Sora just don't look like 'dinner' to me. I don't get the 'skinny as a rail', thing, though ... Now, 'skinny as a bittern' -- I could understand *that*. Anybody pretending to be a bulrush stem (with pretty fair success, usually) gets my 'skinny' vote. Animal disguises are amazing. There has to be a component that we humans haven't identified yet (hypnosis and mind-reading might enter the picture). The best disguise that I ever discovered was the newt in an old Thermos, pretending to be coffee .... ^..^ JHBrowne, Jr. -John Browne ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Richard Twedt ('64) Happy Birthday to my old neighbor and I don't mean old as in years. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Dennis Johnson ('62 WB) Damn, Denny, your note about car songs sent me scrambling to my collection of 5,500 vinyls, searching for "Stick Shift" by the Duals. After a few minutes of searching through my somewhat mysterious organization (even to me!) of records, I found -- TA DA!! -- Sue Records, LP 2002, "Stick Shift" by The Duals, in High Fidelity (A "Long Playing Microgroove Flexible Record")! The Duals were Henry Bellinger and Johnny Lageman, who lived on the same street in Los Angeles. The collection would actually be much larger, had not someone walked off with a ton of 45's that I had left at Salmon Beach, while I was in grad school, back in Nova Scotia. And, you ol' rock 'n roll junkies (Pitts, Denny, John, Frank....), if one of you still has a copy of "Little '40 Ford" by Leon Smith, who was from someplace in Oregon, I would dearly love to have an MP3 of that song, and would SERIOUSLY owe you, if someone could provide me one! My first "real" concert, I think, was seeing him warm up for The Venturers [Ventures, maybe? - Richard], in the Highland Hills Bowling Alley, back around '57/'58. My dad had to drive me out and pick me up, since I was not yet (legally!) driving, although by that time I was actually a "veteran" on the streets of Richland, but only when my folks were out playing bridge. I was surprised that I didn't remember "Big Impala And The Little Forty Ford", considering I was driving my dad's '60 Impala, at the end of high school. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Pvt. Murphy Your note brought back fond memories of the day that I was out working on the deck, and heard a spine-tingling scream from the kitchen. I came scrambling through the door to find my "ex" perched on the kitchen counter, in a real tizzy, because Niesha-the-cat had brought a little garter snake in, for her viewing pleasure. Upon my entry, Niesha picked up the snake, and, apparently offended by Laurie's reaction, calmly carried the snake back outside. Incidentally, I plan to send in a picture of my own "puddle", which I'm pretty sure will elicit an attack of "Puddle Envy" from you! :) There are quite a few "boys" erecting a concrete suspension bridge across her, at the present, and I think that they are planning to be done with it, sometime in the next year or two. Unfortunately, even on the hottest days, it's a bit too cool to enjoy lolling about in it, so I guess maybe I'd be willing to trade with you. One other drawback to having a puddle this big, is that the feds, the staties, and fisheries all keep an eagle eye on what we do down here, and there's no way we can sell any more "water front" property, as they've decided that you can't build within 300' of the shoreline. So don't get over exuberant about your development plans for the area around the puddle, lest you attract their attention! -Ed Quigley ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Myrna Bolin ('63) Re: Classmate Shelley McCoy ('63) How fitting to have a memorial ride in honor of Shelley. A day doesn't go by that I don't think of Shelley. He lives on in so many of his classmates. I can remember him in the 7th grade standing in line at Carmichael Junior High waiting to get his hand stamp to attend the sock hop. He was somewhat shy and insecure but his wit combined with the music beat would take over as he strolled to that gym floor to do the bop (a popular dance style then) as he checked out the young girls standing around giggling. Oh such fun. Myrna (Jam in a Jar) Bolin -Myrna Bolin ('63) ~ Boonsboro, MD (40 miles from Camp David) ( 50 miles from Baltimore) (72 miles from the White House in D.C.) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Leland Bond-Upson ('63) Re: Nonsensical songs "Theyre Coming To Take Me Away" was by Napoleon XIV. Let me add one more: "Rats In My Room" by Joey and Danny. Anyone remember it? 1963. I don't believe it charted on the top 100, but my brother Jeff ('67 RIP) would play it for friends, and slip it in at parties and dances for comic relief. The song was droning and unmusical, but the lyrics were plumb crazy. The second verse was "There's a goat in my boat." -Leland Bond-Upson ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Vicki Owens ('72) It was fun to get daily snips of your "50's Road Trip" and now to be able to see pictures -- great!! It was fun to go along, even if it was through the computer. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Denny Johnson ('62 WB) Re: Hot Rod Lincoln Song was originally done by Johnny Bond in 1960. He was here in Kennewick maybe 10 to 15 years ago. He had the car there and a display of pictures showing the conversion. It used a Lincoln of about 1948, and was not just a Model A car with a Lincoln engine. It was actually a Lincoln chassis with a Model A body. It used the Lincoln engine, chassis, bumpers, wheels, and even had the Lincoln dashboard installed in it. The hood was stretched out longer than normal, but then it's hard to put a V-12 in a space made for a 4 cylinder. It would make a very interesting project to reproduce again today, but not too practical. The Lincoln is too valuable to do that to these days. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ crusin' in Kennewick [boy, not if the Kennewick goons can help it: there are signs all over Clearwater sayin' "NO CRUISING"] ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Sharon Phillips Cowles ('64) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: NAPA VALLEY A MUST SEE is the Coppola Winery in Rutherford. <Niebaum Coppola Winery> -Sharon Phillips Cowles ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Betty Noble Giedd ('63) Re: mice When my mom was alive and living in Idaho, she had a problem with mice living in her Buick (they loved the "jockeybox) -- she would wad up pieces of tinfoil and stuff it into all the cracks and crevices that she could find -- the mice don't like the feel of the foil on their teeth, nor do they like the sound it makes (she got this hint out of a "Farmer's Almanac") -- hope you have success with those "meeses". Re: your dad and his 90th birthday Wish I could be there to help "MR." celebrate! I have wonderful memories of your dad: making pancakes on Saturday mornings (he always made them into shapes) and playing cartoons on the big projector that he would set up in the living room at your house on Rossell. He always seemed to have plenty of time for all the kids in the neighborhood -- even though I lived right next door, I never wanted to go home! Give him an extra-special hug from me! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ~ has been below 90 for the past two days -- hooray! But, school is starting Monday and the weatherman is predicting more hot days ahead! boo, hiss ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) To: Denny Johnson ('62 WB) Ah, "Transfusion" ... I think I was in late grade school when I first heard it. "Pass the Claret to me Barret". Perfect 4th grader music at the time. I've never forgotten it. Thanks for the memories. To: Vicki Owens ('72) Great pics! Ladies, you look great! -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: He's a rebel .... It's that time again. Birthday time, that is. This is one of those guys who could wear a gunny sack (not that he ever would) and look good. He managed to pretty much miss every reunion his class had but did finally make it to R2K. He rivaled Terry Davis (Knox ('65)) for clothing and even all those guys from the Gold Medal Class of '63 (I was going to name a few but every guy I thought of was such a sharp dresser I couldn't mention them all). Gee... glad that time has passed. We sophs must have really been intimidated by the Birthday Boy and the Class of '63. Musta buried that way down in the old subconscious. One of the more famous fights of my years was the Birthday Boy and Terry Davis (which is not to suggest that the Housley/Cox ('64/'64) bout has not remained in many of our memories). Poor Terry had to ride in a car all by himself with a bunch of guys from '64 for the event. Funny thing ... at R2K, on Saturday at the old DI, the Birthday Boy and Terry showed up wearing almost the exact same slacks and shirts. So, to a fine Artist and a great friend ... gotta wish Richard Twedt ('64) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on August 26, 2004! -David Rivers ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Senior Legion World Series Final 8/25/04 from TCHerald in Corvallis, OR Bandits go silent in Senior Legion World Series Final. Portland, Maine, takes title in Game 1 with 2-0 victory over Kennewick. Don't forget the great ball Kennewick played to get to that final game! We still root for the home team! -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland where it has been nice, cloudy, rainy weather for about three days now!!!! Love it!!!! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marjorie Grosvenor Jones Snow, Class of '67, RIP Re: Marjorie Grosvenor Snow, Class of '67, RIP aka Marjorie Jones Snow ('67 RIP) Dear Bombers, My mother, Peggy Snow, requested that her obituary be sent to this site. She was proud to be a Bomber and really enjoyed hearing about her fellow classmates' achievements over the years. She will be missed very much by friends and family. Sincerely, Sarah Snow ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Peggy" Marjorie Grosvenor Snow, loving wife, mother, and friend, passed away at home with her family on August 23, 2004, after a courageous battle with Hepatitis C and liver cancer. She was 55. Peggy was born December 29, 1948, in Richland, WA to the late Stephen and Marjorie Jones. She graduated from Columbia High School, Richland, WA, in 1967. In 1977, she graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a bachelor's in Earth Science. Later that same year, Peggy was reunited with her childhood sweetheart, Ronny Snow. They married June 25, 1979, in Richland, WA. Peggy and Ron lived in Benton City, WA, and Livermore, CA, before settling in Los Alamos in May, 1985. Peggy worked for Rockwell Hanford Operations as a geologist from 1977 to 1981, specializing in the Basalt Waste Isolation Project. Peggy began work with the Earth and Materials Science division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1987 as a chemical technician. She had a great fondness for geology, travel, and the outdoors. No year was complete without at least two family road trips. Peggy is survived by her loving husband Ron; her daughter Stacy Baker and husband Larry of Middletown, DE; her daughter Sarah of Austin, TX; her son, Spencer; one granddaughter, Madeline Baker; and a sister, Elizabeth Goldkuhl of Boulder Creek, CA. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Jones. A reception in honor of Peggy will be held Friday, August 27th at the Snow residence. Friends are welcome to stop by and visit with us between 6 and 8 that evening. Peggy's family would like to thank Barbara of the Visiting Nurses for her tenderness and support. Memorial contributions can be made to: Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service PO Box 692 Los Alamos, NM 87544 ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Rick Valentine ('68) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Some input on the Napa Valley wineries. My personal favorite wineries in the Napa Valley are: Frogs Leap Vineyards 8815 Conn Creek Road Rutherford, CA 94573 (707) 963-4704 Best Offering: zinfandel ~ red zinfandel just doesn't get any better than this! Frogs Leap also does a great cab. Silverado Vineyards 6121 Silverado Trail Napa, CA 94558 (707) 257-1770 Best Offering: merlot ~ if you are a merlot buff this one is worth the effort! Silverado also does a great cab. You might also consider the Napa Wine Train, or Hot Air Ballooning the Napa Valley; both these are a great outing. -Rick Valentine ('68) ~ Spokane, WA ~ where a little rain the last couple of days has been a great break in the recent hot weather. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Vicki Owens ('72) Those were great pictures of your visit to California. I had a grandmother who lived there when I was a kid and every other summer or so we would go down and visit her. She lived within walking distance of the beach and we have many pictures of us playing on the beach. In fact, we went on vacation to Disneyland when it first opened in 1955 and some of the rides weren't even painted yet. My grandmother came to live with us in the late 1950's and eventually got her own apartment. Those were the days of care-free living. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Goodland, KS ~ where for the third straight day it has been in the 90's, but is supposed to start cooling down (we'll see about that). ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Terry Hutson ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) It amazes me Mike, how far you have come and how much you have accomplished as an upstanding teacher. This, from a guy who use to sit in back of me in Homeroom ... and who was more interested in pulling my pony-tail than listening to Mrs. Clark. But hey, MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!!! I am so proud of you. Have a great year teaching! -Terry Hutson ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Funeral notice scanned from 8/25/04 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins >>Daniel 'Diesel' Frank Heidelberg ('78) ~ 10/21/58 - 8/22/04 FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/27/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and 1 funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45), Dick Roberts ('49) Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52), Wally Erickson ('53) Gus Keeney ('57), Joanne Rolph ('59) George Swan ('59), James Johnson ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Mike Waggoner ('60) Denny Johnson ('62WB), Betty Noble ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Guy Lobdell ('66) Daniel Laybourn ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Saucier ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Ron Holeman ('56) and Leslie Swanson ('59) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Pat Mulligan Cassidy ('53) I mentioned that Bob Cassidy (RIP) married a local gal; I am now told that she was Pat Mulligan ('53). I have met Pat, but didn't remember her name at the time. I believe her bro was George Mulligan ('57), another softballer. They kind of stick together. I have lofted a few beers with George in my lofting days. I believe he lives over here on the West Side somewhere. -Dick McCoy ('45) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick Roberts ('49) To: Wally Erikson ('53) Instead of going to the overcrowded Napa Valley, I suggest you make a visit to the San Luis Obispo County wine country where our California golden hills are rapidly turning into beautiful, brilliant, green, grape vineyards. Our industry has been around a long time and produces some of the finest wines in the world. And, it is still unspoiled, where you can still sip without a cover charge at most wineries. If you get tired of sipping wine, head west of US 101 and visit our spectacular coast along US 1 and maybe take a peek at the Hearst Castle, view the Morro Rock, and admire (and smell) the elephant seals. Just an idea! -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Those people at Verizon cut off our DSL early so many of my messages have been bounced back to the senders. What a nuisance! I expect to stay at my house for another month or month and a half, then will go on vacation. I looked at two houses today and like both of them. But I probably can't do anything until I sell this house. (Hopefully, SOON and for a good price!) It is supposed to go on the market for about $135,000 to $140,000 and will be listed soon. I hope to see lots of friends at Club-40 (September 10/11/12)!!! Best regards to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ in cool Richland, where that little spit of rain this afternoon made the grass too wet to mow. And boy, is it getting tall! (I must have put the wrong fertilizer on it -- wanted it to just "green up", not grow faster!) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Napa Valley The response has been very interesting and informative. I'm sure if we lived near the Napa Valley area, we'd be going to a different place at least once a month for overnight, and dining, etc. It really sounds exciting!! It's been over 30 years since I've been in that area. Looking forward to enjoying the great wines and wonderful dining. The response has been great! Like Jim McKeown ('53) mentioned, there are over 300 wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valley; there is so much to see in so little time. The wine country is also growing from Walla Walla through the Tri- Cities, Prosser and Yakima Valley. The potential is staggering. With all of the wine tasting ... is it legal to drive while drinking?? Again, I want to thank all those who have shared some very good information on where to go (wineries, dining, etc.). Thanks to Jim McKeown (they seem to go there often), Sharon Phillips Cowles ('64) (lives nearby), Rick Valentine ('68) (from the Spokane area -- need to meet him at one of our Spokane luncheons), Cliff Cunningham ('62) (lives in Napa Valley) and Mary Collins Burbage ('63). Hope I didn't forget someone. Go Bombers!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ CD'A (Coeur D'Alene), Idaho ~ yep, we're now "potato heads". ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Some bad news Got bad news from the doc today. My neck isn't healing as well as he had hoped. Still showing signs of not knitting properly. So I guess I'm gonna be in the neck brace for a while. Have to wear the sling for two more weeks. Wish me Luck!! Hugs, -Gus Keeney ('57) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Joanne Rolph ('59) Re: Missy Keeney ('59) and cats... Yes, Missy, you are right on! We have been "owned" by several cats over the years and have been given many little dead things from them as tokens of their esteem. However, it is not the dead animals but the live ones that give us our "wildlife moments". Of course, I made the mistake of telling someone a year or two ago that, although we have had live mice, shrews, voles, and birds of various shapes and sizes brought into the house for us to "play" with ... we had never had a snake brought in by any of our cats over a span of 16 years! You know the ending of this story. Since then, we have had at least three live snakes brought in by our cat! You should see the antics we go through to get the critter back out into the great outdoors! Sigh. But we do love our cats!!! -Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) ~ In beautiful Vermont where there is a touch of fall in the air and we haven't really had summer yet! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Quails, Rails, and Kitty-kat tales To: Missy, John, Jan, Ed, Linda and other Bombers who are "owned" by cats or visited by "Angel cats". Re: Pfc. Murphy By popular demand, and after review of meritorious service, Murphy has his stripe back and is once again Private First Class Murphy. To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Jan, we kept "Peter Wabbit", the bunny that Murphy brought in unharmed, in a little pen, with little human contact, until he was big enough to go it on his on. There were too many other tomcats and critters of the night roving the neighborhood. Murph would visit the pen but did not spend a lot of time there. For many years, we had a black and white cat named "Max" which was short for Pat McManus, my outdoor writing hero. To: Missy Keeney ('59) Missy, we have had a number of "Angel Kitties", as my wife calls them. They are kitties that seem to show up unannounced as though they chose you. They become part of your life, perhaps for a long time, maybe only briefly. Many of our cats have been Angel Kitties. There was Smokey Joe, a Siamese cat who walked right up to me in the yard one cold December day talking nonstop the way Siamese cats do without letting me get in a word. He had a nasty gash under his left front leg that the veterinarian thought might have come from a fan belt. Cats like the heat of auto hoods in winter and sometimes will crawl up on a warm engine. Smoke graced us with his presence for about two years and then disappeared. Puddy, is a chubby yellow and white that, as a kitten, decided he liked us better than the neighbors and moved in. Each cat seems to have its own little quirks. Puddy's is to sit and stare at me when he thinks it is his turn to have the easy chair that he just lends to me on occasion. Other times he just throws himself upside down in our laps and starts purring while waiting for his massage and if we don't start right away or stop too soon, he reaches up with a furry white paw and pats our face as a reminder, "Not done yet!" He is still with us and we hope for a lot longer because we recently lost another Angel Kitty, Yawni. A couple of years ago, Jeanne walked out to the mailbox and there was a little yellow kitten sitting beside the arborvitae bushes. The next day he was there again so Jeanne told him that if he followed her to the house that he had a new home. He just sat and watched her walk to the house. The third day was a replay of the one before. She stood talking to the little yellow tabby for a long time, letting him know that all he had to do was follow her to the house for a new home and a family. Jeanne, ever so slowly, walked to the house, stopped, and turned. There, way out at the end of the driveway, sat the little kitten, still watching her. So, with a heavy sigh, she opened the door and put the mail inside, shut the door and walked straight back to the kitten who sat yawning, which was his little quirk. So Yawni came to live with us. He was a hunter of mice and occasionally kind of a "Clyde Beatty -- Bring 'Em Back Alive" cat. He brought a two-foot long yellow colored racer snake into the house for Jeanne and visiting neighbor lady (while I was gone to work). Fortunately, the snake's defensive action was to coil into a ball. They called the neighbor's husband to save the day as Yawni sat there and, you guessed it, yawned. He also brought in a full grown male California quail that Jeanne was able to take from him. She held it for a while and stepped outside and it flew away as if nothing had happened. Yawni again yawned. To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, I have heard of wadding up pieces of tinfoil and stuffing it into cracks and crevices to block mice but had forgotten about it. I have used steel wool but that would probably rust on a vehicle. To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) John, I always wanted to own a lake that I could have just the right number and spacing of *big* water lily pads. Then with my black wet suit on, I would run, with fishing pole in hand and trolling a big bass plug on a short line, really really fast across the water stepping on the big lily pads. The bass would be so severely irritated at the big frog abusing their lily pad roof that they would undoubtedly fight to kill that tadpole following the big frog. So whatta ya think? What you say about "the way of all lakes to 'give it up,' over time, and resign themselves to lives as marshes... and, eventually, meadows, and prairies" has always fascinated me. I guess it's called "succession", isn't it? When flying, I always liked to look at old creek and river channels that have closed off and the different stages of filling in. One of my favorite duck hunting sites as a kid near Burbank, WA was actually an island and is now filled in and grown up in trees. And, there and several other places, I too, always heard rails but only in recent years was I able to see the secretive little birds. I agree, whoever coined the phrase "skinny as a rail" must have been thinking of those found on railroad tracks. And, when diving in Puget Sound, I used to find baby octopuses in beer bottles pretending to be ... I don't know ... Brewskis? To: Ed Quigley ('62) Ed, I know what you mean about the shoreline thing. I know there are a lot more people backpacking nowadays but when I get to an alpine lake and have to camp 200' or more from the water; it gives me an exquisite view of the bushes. I'll talk to John Richardson ('58), the Puddle Development Agent, when he comes back on-line after the big windy in Florida. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA -- where the weather was wonderful today. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: James Johnson ('60) Re: Bob Cassidy (RIP) I would like to offer Pat and the Cassidy family my condolences. At times like this I wish I didn't live 2,000+ miles from Richland! I met Bob while playing in the Richland fastpitch softball league in the late 1960s. After my brother, Bill Johnson ('57), "retired" as the shortstop for Sam's Uptown Tavern I was fortunate enough to take over that position. Bob played second base. Other greats on the team I was in awe of included Orville Marcum, Ron Feaster, and Phil Whitney, to name a few. What a bunch of characters! We had great fun, played a lot of softball, and nearly won the State championship one year. Bob was one tough second baseman. If a runner did not slide into second on a double play he only did it once with Cassidy at second! He had a special way of treating umps, too, as CJ Mitchell and others could testify. Anyone who saw or played with Bob surely remembers how he warmed up for a game. You wouldn't want to be too close as he would let loose one, and only one, 90 mph rocket at you ... and he was done ... warmed up with one throw!! He was a great guy! -James Johnson ('60) ~ Marietta, Georgia ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Swinging You didn't put my name on your entry so I was guessing from that one Sandstorm entry that you were talking about my invitation. Learned a long time ago not to assume anything. Of course I haven't heard about any other Bomber or spouse jumping to find swings yet. Bombers can be last-minute so we may have a big group in the Puddle when we set the time, date, and place. I have been told by a classmate of yours that you are a good looking man. I did say in my entry that all Bombers and spouses were invited. Yes, this will be an extra activity for the Club-40. Probably not approved by anyone but the puddlers. My sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65) does read the Sandstorm. She hasn't ever put in an entry that I know of. We always have lots of laughs together about what happens on the Sandstorm. Job keeps her super busy. Now two grandbabies in a year takes up most of her extra time. She also checks on my mom and spends time with her as Mom lives close to her. Maybe soon she will write the Sandstorm. Right, sis? To: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Puddle I was told "the big dang ocean out in front of my place doesn't count" by a puddler. Right, Jan Bollinger Persons ('60)? With all this rain, Ed, it will be easy to create the right size puddle? Still waiting to see you at the Puget Sound Area luncheon/Fife, Ed. I don't give up easily as you see. Would enjoy first hand pictures of the new Narrows Bridge span first hand from you, Ed. I have a great puddle from a big pipe but it takes this kind of rain this week to make worth while puddle. It flooded the yard here so bad a year ago. The county has had to come out to find out how they can fix it being as it is their problem. Well, knowing county government, it may take a while to fix it. Meanwhile I will enjoy the puddle at any size. Will get a picture soon. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Browns Point, WA ~ Raccoons haven't left. My neighbors and I just counted six good-size ones. They're capturing our hearts on who's going to feed them first even though we know better. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Waggoner ('60) Here is a link to an NY Times article about great floods during the Ice Age, when a glacier in Montana created a dam than produced a huge lake, and periodic collapses of the glacier dam sent great floods through the Columbia Basin: "Ice Age Floodwaters Leave a Walkable Trail Across the Northwest" <Link to NYT Article> -Mike Waggoner ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Denny Johnson ('62-WB) To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Sir, I must beg to differ. While your description of the vehicle is most certainly accurate, the individual that originally recorded the song in '56/'57 (as a response to "Hot Rod Race" {"me and my wife and my brother Joe, took off one night from San Pedro ..."}) was Charlie Ryan. Johnny Bond did a "cover" of the song, but to my knowledge, did not have such a car. Charlie Ryan has had the car just about forever. If you check the lyrics of all the subsequent recordings/covers, they all say "had EIGHT cylinders, and used 'em all" as opposed to the original, which touted "TWELVE cylinders ... blah blah". Perhaps the esteemed Mr. Ed Quigley, noted "wax" archivist, could validate this for us -- hard to believe that in his vast compendium of vinyl that he does not have at least a few of the various versions. As a side note; "Hot Rod Race" was an atrociously bad song -- hardly rhymed anywhere, and when it did it was forced. To: John Browne ('61) Yes, yes. "My Rocket 88" was about a car about the same as "Sixy Minute Man" was about a wristwatch. Thanks for reminding me of the true roots of what we call "Rock & Roll". The ethnomusicologists you cite pretty much universally note that ROCK and ROLL were salacious terminology used as synonyms for ... for ..., well ..., you know what they meant. Analysis of early black music reveals many instances of this type of substitutional wording. I agree with you -- Stan Freburg was a master -- some of his stuff is classic; e.g., "Anybody else don't like that song?" delivered in a heavy Russky accent -- from one of his songs. To: Ed Quigley ('62) You are truly amazing. regardless of your indiscernible filing system -- to be able to find a copy of "StickShift" in your vast collection shows you are a true "groove-o-phile". Thanks for providing the names of the performers. I too, have watched the Ventures many times. They used to come up to WSC (as it used to be known in MY day) and U of Idaho, down to Lewiston on many occasions; short on lyrics, but l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng on dancing music. Their bass player was a big tall guy who always had the same cadaverous expression on his face. -Denny Johnson ('62-WB) ~ from Las Vegas, where temps were only double-digit this week. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Noble ('63) Belated Happy Birthday to Donni Clark Dunphy ('63). What hasn't been said about this lovely lady? With all her "duties" in life she takes the time to remember her friends. Thanks Donni for the nice card you sent me on my birthday. To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) The information on hunting mice using farm animals (chickens) is unique. Now, all I have to do is get the chickens. "Self-trained chickens"? We had a wonderful "tuxedo" kitty who would bring mice in to us as a reward. So I can really relate to checking the mouth before we would let her in. She played with snakes out in the yard but never brought one in. She loved going after the hummingbirds but didn't know the right from wrong in her hunting ways. She always knew when I brought cantaloupe home from the store and would follow me into the house. She would sit in the kitchen until I cut up a few tidbits for her. She loved it! But we lost Punky to the neighbor's dog so the two kitties we have now are kept indoors. To their dismay. Their latest activity is watching for the 3 chipmunks who come for the "critter" food my husband puts out. To: Linda Reining ('64) I know you'd be there for Dad's party if you could. He was so good to all in the neighborhood. He was considered the handyman of the neighborhood. He had been called upon to fix many a washing machine or whatever. He always had the knack of being able to fix things from what he had available. His delight in those days was the CB radio and his contacts with others he would eventually meet. And he still makes pancakes for the great- grandchildren even with his diminished sight. We think he's great. Foil to foil the mice: I did try stuffing the vents in the Honda with foil last winter but the mice still got in the car. We do close off the outside air vent on the car (when we think about it). To: Vicki Owens ('72) Great pictures you sent in. I got a feel for the '50's trip through your writing and now get to see the fun! -Betty Noble Giedd ('63) - The rain found us and we've been drenched for days now. I understand it will clear this weekend. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Mary Anne Parrish ('64) This web site was built a number of years ago... Mary Anne Parrish ~ Where are you? <http://krookmcsmile.tripod.com/MaryAnneParrish.html> Found! >>From Mary Anne Parrish Hello Out There in Richland WA. I see you've been looking for me. I'm alive and well, living in Pittsburgh, PA. Let me know if you receive this email. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Guy (not a weasel anymore) Lobdell ('66) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Hey, I think I cleared up part of the meeces problem. Went out and checked that one new fangled plastic one that I had left and by golly it was full of mouse. Then to make things even better, along comes another mouse dragging my other trap attached to his tail. That mouse was really upset about the trap -- tried to bite me, but he died quickly. Ya know Pappy, I've seen at one time or another quite a number of "SEMPER FIs", and other things in this Sandstorm that would indicate that there are quite a number of former Marines within the ranks of subscribers. It seems that there is quite a variety of groups of Bombers that get together for lunches, etc. Maybe we could start something like "Bomber Jarheads for Happy Hour". What do ya think? -Guy (not a weasel anymore) Lobdell ('66) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Daniel Laybourn ('70) To: John Browne ('61) Re: Rocket 88 I believe this refers to the piano (Boogie Woogie style); see: Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88's. -Daniel Laybourn ('70) ~ the upper central Monterey Bay coast. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Funeral notice was scanned from the 8/26/04 TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Peggy Jones Snow ('67) ~ 12/29/48 - 8/23/04 FuneralNotices.tripod.com *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/28/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff today: Laverne Osterman ('51), John Northover ('59) George Swan ('59), John Browne ('61) Ed Wood ('62), Ann Engel ('63) Dave Wittenbrock ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) Sherri Daugherty ('67) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Dave Henderson ('60-WB) Gary Behymer ('64) Jim Felder ('67) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Laverne Osterman Newstrom ('51) In your wildest dreams you won't believe what happened flying stand-by out of Minneapolis to Spokane..... who was I seated next to? ..... a class-mate from '51: Betty Boggs. What are the odds for such a thing?? What a pleasant leg of my journey. -Laverne Osterman Newstrom ('51) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) Re: Bomber Knowledge In the past couple of Sandstorms there was some talk about the speed of light and the distance that light travels in one year ... vast ... so vast one cannot imagine how truly vast the distance light covers. This made me think about Pappy's Puddle and the speed of light in relation to his pond, made up of billions and billions of H- two-O's. Which leads me to one of my ponderings: if Pappy's Pond is 3 feet across ... light would travel across the pond in about 3 billionths of a second ... a very short time. Do the math ... and you will see that light travels about 1 foot in 1 billionth of a second ... actually about 11.8" or so. Since you can look at time in terms of distance ... the 1 foot ~= 1 billionth of a second. You can express your life in terms of the distance light travels per year. At about 6 trillion miles per year. My life is about 380 trillion miles wide!!! Again, vast. Even though one billionth of a second is fast ... it has to be much slower than the time it takes to make an instant of NOW. What I want to know .... can anyone of you Bombers out there tell me how wide the NOW is? That is the PRESENT ... NOW ... NOW ... This very instance; that is the "NOW???" How long does it take to turn this instant into the PAST? How long does it take to turn this instant into what was the possible FUTURE probabilities that the NOW can experience or become? Maybe Mr. Scott covered the material in his physics class when he would talk about his steam car, or Mr. Carlson may have passed out the answer while trying to get us to spell all them there bug names correctly, or maybe I just was not paying attention. One other thing. If you have a hard time thinking about how vast a billion is, imagine that you have one billion dollars to spend. No interest earned as you are keeping the billion dollars in a vast can in the back yard as you spend one dollar per second. It will take you over 31 years to spend one billion dollars!!! Now imagine a trillion dollars, spending one dollar every second. Imagine trying to spend that amount, one dollar per second. That vast time frame is over 31,000 years!!!! Good luck! Thank you in rapt anticipation for your concentration and consideration as I eagerly await your answer. v.r juan the ponder'r - 7 41 -John Northover ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Guy Lobdell ('66) and all Bomber Marines Re: A gathering of Marines [aka a "CF" where "C" is "cluster" and .... -Richard] Guy, there have been a lot of "SEMPER FIs" and other entries in the Alumni Sandstorm that would indicate that there is quite a number of former Marines within the ranks of the subscribers. Breakfast or lunch gatherings of any Bombers and various categories of Bombers are happening around the country, all the time. An occasional Former Marine Feed, Chow Call, or "Bomber Jarheads, Gyrenes, and Devil Dogs for Happy Hour" or some kind of "Rally at this point" get-together could be an inspiring bit of fun. "Once a Marine, always a Marine!" How about it guys? Anyone else willing to close ranks with Guy and myself and discuss the possibility? TELL IT TO THE MARINES! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Browne ('61) Re: The Big lake My thanks to Mike Waggoner ('60) for the info on a geology 'theme' trail ... what a great idea! Years ago, while researching regional diversions, the book "Roadside Geology of Washington" came my way, which had lots of fun stuff (rockhound sites, in particular) inside -- PLUS, the very best explanation of plate tectonics (with a NW focus, applicable anywhere) that I have ever found. About 4 years ago I was among a group of volunteers coming to do some botanizing in the sagebrush country, in early spring. One of our party (Betty Swift) had spent some time in the area as a grad student in the '50s, including some work digging in an archaeological trove in a cave that was about to be covered by Ice Harbor dam. One of her mentors had made her aware of the watery post-glacial history of the Columbia Basin. As we drove down from Vantage in late March, we could see fresh snow on the north side of Rattlesnake Mountain. She asked to stop and look, and pointed out the lakeshore on Rattlesnake, that was accentuated by the fresh snow (which had been melted in exposed areas). She called it the "lacustrine" something-or-other, but it was a shoreline, fairly obvious, about 200' below the top of the mountain. Rattlesnake is over 3,000' high. To get an idea of how extensive the lake was, before it worried its way through the Cascades and out to the ocean, take a look at a topographical map of our Inland Empire. There are no wave-sculpted shorelines showing on the Horse Heaven Hills, because they were probably more than a 1,000' underwater, when "Rattlesnake Island" offered the only campsite for miles around. It wouldn't surprise me to find that Snoqualmie Summit is just about the same height as those wave-induced ripples below the observatory on old Rattlesnake. ^..^ -John Browne ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Mud baths To: Wally Erickson ('53) If you're staying in Calistoga, be sure to try the Calistoga mud baths. There are two types. One is a hot slurry, but the original mud bath right across the road from the Calistoga Hotel is what I'd recommend. After my wife and I went through the routine, she suggested we "amble" back across the road to the Hotel for dinner. I asked her if there was anything less energetic than "amble", as I was so relaxed I wasn't up for such strenuous activity. Ed Wood ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: Mary Collins Burbage ('63) Mary, wondering minds want to know: did you move to California and not tell anybody? Last I knew you lived in Olympia, WA. Just wondering? -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dave Wittenbrock ('63) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Napa Wine Tours I would suggest you consider Del Dotto as a small vineyard that has excellent wine tours. I believe you have to arrange for them ahead of time but they do "barrel tastings". We really enjoyed the tour we took last year. They take you into their caves armed with a wine glass and the tour leader with a barrel thief. You get the chance to make comparisons like the same wine aged in French Oak Barrels vs. in American Oak Barrels (Yeah, I was skeptical too -- but did taste a difference.) Their wines are very good but a little pricey for my taste. I only brought home one bottle that is being saved for a special occasion. If that sounds interesting to you, check them out at <www.Deldottovineyards.com>. Enjoy your trip!! -Dave Wittenbrock ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Denny Johnson ('62-WB) Re: Hot Rod Lincoln From my copy of "Rock On: the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock n' Roll. The Solid Gold Years" by Norm N. Nite: "Charlie Ryan -- His version of "Hot Rod Lincoln", which he recorded for 4 Star records, was the first release of the song. Johnny Bond had a slightly bigger hit with the same song on Republic records a few months later." It gives the dates for the Charlie Ryan version as April 1960 and the Johnny Bond version as August 1960. I guess it was Charlie Ryan that I saw in Kennewick with the car; I just remember hearing the Johnny Bond version on the radio in Jr. High. I guess at my age I can now start claiming a "senior moment". My crusin' car was a '57 Olds convertible. It only had eight cylinders but it did have the J-2 engine. Three two barrel carburetors so I could keep up with "them kids in their Chevy's." Too bad I didn't have it in High School; I could have put the top down and gone trolling for girls. Two more car songs are "Beep Beep", about the "little Nash Rambler", and "Seven little Girls Sittin' in the Back Seat Kissin' and a Huggin' with Fred". My copy of "Rock On" is a first edition and does not have the index which was added to later editions so I can't look up the artists. I have both of those records, but can't seem to find them. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ "drivin' me to drinkin'" ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Sherri Daugherty Cooper ('67) Re: Our mortality I was so sad to read about the passing of Peggy Jones Snow ('67RIP). She was such a beautiful young woman in high school, and wow, what a lot of accomplishments in her adult life. I am proud to have known her. We emailed a few times last year and she did not mention her illness. We just never know when we will reach our end here on this earth. It reaffirms my belief in living each day to the fullest, enjoying my beautiful grandchildren, and other family members, and my dear friends. I pray for Peggy's family and ask that they feel the perfect peace that our God can give to us when we allow it and accept it. -Sherri Daugherty Cooper ('67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/29/04 Dateline: New Orleans, LA (95 - 98% humidity) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers and 1 Falcon Sent Stuff: Carol Black ('48), Wally Erickson ('53) Marla Lowman ('55), Gus Keeney ('57) George Swan ('59), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Lora Homme ('61), Roger Gress ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Mike Quane ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Linda Reining ('64) Nancy Mallory ('64), Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) Debbie Jackson ('74-HHS), Steve Wagner ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Crose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Webb ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Gilbert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brenda Belcher ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kristi Strege ('00) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) Re: Pondering To: vr. juan the ponder'r 7 41 juan: I was wondering how long it would take you to jump in the pond (ering). You have done it again, I mean as in blown my mind, what there is left of it, of course. The picture you sent to the Sandstorm awhile back of the terrible storm you had in San Diego still haunts what is left of my mind and now the PHYSICS lesson??? At least this entry didn't make me laugh so hard that it hurt my former broken rib. It just hurt my brain as it was trying so hard to concentrate. Haven't you had any more big storms?? From just one of your many admirers. -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ Blahvue, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Napa Valley Wow, my head is spinning with all these places to go and see. I can't thank each of you enough for you're responses to my request. So much to see, drink and dine and be "merry". It should be a great trip thanks to the Bomber group Also, want to thank in addition Ed Wood ('62) (including "Mud baths" in Calistoga, should be interesting), Dave Wittenbrock ('63), and Jim Hoff ('57). To: Dick Roberts ('49) Yes, we will be going down the beautiful Oregon Coast, Redwoods, and the California Coast (101) as well. Coming back through the Napa Valley on the way home from SF and on to Crater Lake and Bend, OR. Now, if there is some other ideas on those areas, do I dare ask?? Each one of you have been a great help! Go Bombers....Thank you, thank you, -Wally Erickson ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: The Sacramento Area Luncheon All Bomber Lunches website It was held at Coco's in Sacramento and we had a very nice time. Seems like we learn a little more about each other every few months. We were pleased to have Jim Clancy ('52) join us from Red Bluff, CA. Jim and sister Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) are "old timers" and moved into some of the first prefabs built in the early 1940s. The Bombers attending, in addition to Jim and Ann, were Deanna Case Ackerman ('55), Jeannie Richardson Scott ('54) and husband Scotty, Gordon Wier ('47), Ken Ely ('49) and wife Delores, Jim McKeown ('54) and wife Edna, Jack Sinderson ('54), Phil Gant ('54), Harold Kenitzer ('54), Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55) and the Kenitzers' Grand Daughters, Anna and Victoria Lema. Gordon mentioned that his sister Kay Wier Fishback ('37Bronco) is very ill and he is headed for Bomber Land as we speak. Kay, if you read this we are sending our love and prayers. We will be looking forward to our next luncheon in November, so if you are in the area, stop and say hello. Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) was definitely missed this time, she is gadding about the Northwest with sister Pat ('56). -Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) I want to thank every one for all those "Hang in there" E-mails I got from Bombers around the world. It's just taking longer than we expected to get the neck healed!! Old Age I guess!! Thanks again, -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: John Northover ('59) Re: The NOW Flip the switch again, Jaun. I'm gettin' older and lately my neck seems to be so stiff that I couldn't keep up with those little light beams as they go flyin' across my puddle. And........ Sorry, had to stop and wipe away the tears. You will recall that I confessed to being a very backwards and bashful lad when growing up and passing through the Bomber years? To this day, I am especially overwhelmed with emotion when I here the word -- NOW! All this mention of, an instant of NOW, how wide is the NOW, the PRESENT NOW, etc., brought back extremely painful memories. Its OK, Jaun, not your fault, but all due to one of those awkward "instances" of trying to grow up in Bomberville. On the other hand, I wish you would have enlightened me with this dissertation of the definition of the NOW back then. You see, I finally got up enough nerve to ask out this certain young lady (any resemblance to the actuality of anyone whom you might remember is purely a Fig Newton of my imagination). I did not own a car (I put all my hard earned money into hunting gear back then, well, now too). So, we had walked all over Richland from her house to the movie theater, to Zip's Drive-in, to the Spudnut Shop, points beyond, and finally back to her front doorstep. All through the evening, she kept complaining about her feet hurting which was hard for me to understand as I regularly did a few miles every morning, hunting, running my trapline, and then close to a mile to school (uphill both ways and sometimes snowing). I just figured it was due to her poor choice of footwear. Those little pumpy things, with no ankle support, had to hurt and I told her that she should have worn hunting boots just like I did. Anyway, there we stood on her front porch. It was all coming down to the moment of truth. I had visions of the short happy life of George Swan coming to an end 'cause I wanted to die right then and there! She got this kinda goofy look on her face as she looked up at me which made me feel real manly 'cause I was about a half inch taller than her. But, my confusion mounted further as she reached out for me and I thought she wanted to wrestle so I got her in a good, tight, front-press hold. Then, she totally disarmed me as she closed her eyes and pooched up her lips like she is going to try to bite me. But, I was too fast for her as I yanked my head back out of the way. "NOW," she moaned, "kiss me NOW!" Well, I'm originally from the deep south of southern central Kansas with some Irish mixed in and sometimes, we say "me" for "my." All I could think of was, "Where is her NOW?" And, in my befuddlement, I stepped on her sore foot. She let out a caterwauler and both of us, still in that wrestlin' hold fell into her mom's rose bushes. Well, she never seemed to be interested in going out with me after that. Actually, she never talked to me again. So once again, I was stupefied and smitten with unrequited love, and for years whenever I heard that song, "I wonder who's kissing her NOW?" -- I would get a goofy look on my face and wonder just what part was it that I should have kissed? To: Richard Anderson ('60) "[aka a "CF" where "C" is "cluster" and .... -Richard]," Good One, Richard, and I thought you were just another unbending, stern ol' editor. [I'm back... and I wouldn'ta put that in the Sandstorm. -Maren] Sent to me by: John Browne ('61) "You might not even need the wetsuit to troll for those lilypad largemouths, Pappy... if you get the right pads! ^..^ http://www.users.uswest.net/~jhoneycutt/vic.htm You're right JB, those are awesome lilypads and the guy in the picture is built like me too. Plus now I have a cheat site to figure out how to spell the name of these big pad things. Thanx. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where Darby and I are frantically trying to get sufficiently caught up on some of the "Honey Dos" so we can go Grouse hunting on 1 September with a reasonably clear conscience. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Nothing To: Juan Northover ('59) My research indicates that NOW takes no time at all... so, no Width (and possibly other timeless qualities)? I have a question, too: if light has a 'particle' form, then it probably spins around, since that's a kind of universal behavior of particles. So, a point on the particle's surface must be traveling faster than the speed of light, no? I was visiting a friend who's convalescing (after a bad industrial accident), and he gave me a copy of the September "Discover" magazine, that's dedicated to the life of Albert Einstein. (My friend had extra copies.) I can't recommend this too highly- some of the illustrations of theoretic physical principles alone are worth the cover price (the great photos of a young Albert are an added bonus). He apparently went sailing a lot- and used musical endeavors to clear his head, &/or get a fresh perspective. EM3WEM3W etc (IF 3=C & W is a 'doubling' exponential function) It's rotational logic.. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('61) To: John Northover ('59) Re: NOW As always, Juan, you got me thinking and that isn't easy for me, the creaky wheels turn slowly, but here goes. When you got to the place where you said, "Do the math..." you lost me so from then on I just had to wing it. You ask how wide the NOW is. I would say that God and Einstein may be able to measure it, but from my perspective (see Pappy, I'm catching on to the perspective thing, too), NOW is immeasurable with no beginning and no end. It is infinite and eternal in all directions. There is only NOW; the past and the future are illusions. NOW IS, and that's all. THERE IS NO ESCAPE! Pondering in the Puddle -Lora Homme Page ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress ('61) To: David Gilbert (Classic Class of '61) Have a happy Birthday. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the house by the little lake in Indiana!! I finally did make it home late Wednesday night, after a very fun and interesting trip across parts of Montana, Idaho, including the wondrous azure blue bear lake, and Flaming Gorge, Osage National Wildlife Refuge was my favorite stop of the trip, well except I did love the history on Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Ohio. Getting back to the humidity of the east has taken some adjustment the last few days, but I am getting used to it again. Glad I got to see more of our great US of A!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana - where it is about 89 with about that much humidity at the house by the little lake. (It will rain soon, and after the advice about cattails, I have given up on that idea. About half of the shoreline has no cattails, so the birds have to reside with me and my neighbors' cattails. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Quane ('63) Those of you visiting the San Francisco Bay area this summer and looking for a interesting, inexpensive way to spend the day I highly recommend sitting in on the Scott Peterson trial in Redwood City. I have been giving extra credit to my Criminal Justice students that brave a half a day attending the trial. Summer quarter ended, class is out and I have finally found the time to take my own advice and attend the trial. It's well worth the time especially if you have never observed a celebrity trial. Celebrity trials are an event in themselves with all the hoopla and the national news talking-heads trying to fill in a few minutes of breaking news. It's fairly easy to attend. You show up at 7:45 am for a drawing/lottery for 30 public slots. There is an average of about 60 people drawing for 30 slots so you have a 50/50 chance of being dawned. (With Amber Frey as a witness the daily lottery has increased to 300). My criminal justice students figured out how to beat the lottery (system) and get in every time. This is a bit of information I better keep to myself, so I won't feel an obligation to bail you out if you get caught. A 19 year old can always plead ignorance. The Peninsula Cal-Train drops you off a block from the courthouse. If you drive park in the Cal Train parking lot it's a dollar for four hours. It's a dollar for 10 minutes at the waterfront in San Francisco, 20 miles to the north. Get your pass for the trial and your set for the day. My students recommend going to the basement cafeteria at the mid- morning break and sitting in the mid-section. The defense team will sit near there and you can eavesdrop on their strategy. It's amazing what the students will come up with. I took a class to San Quentin and they figured out they could break out, it was so easy I felt obligated to pass the information on to the assistant warden. The trial starts at 9:00 am Monday thru Thursday and you have in and out privileges all day. At the noon break go out to the media area and listen to the trial consultant who briefs the media as to what went on all morning. This guy is great. He evaluates both the defense and the prosecution side. He then answers questions for all the news talking- heads. After the briefing the talking-heads go on-camera and paraphrase or quote this expert as if they were in the court all morning. Remember you have to be a little bored or be a big fan of court TV to enjoy this day in judicial paradise. Frank Whiteside ('63) and Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) are entertaining the idea of a visit this fall. I hope they are big fans of court TV since they will be spending a day in court. -Mike Quane ('63) ~ From the foothills of San Jose - where the days are warm and the evenings cool, and the last rain was in early May ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Oma's Latest Was supposed to arrive in New Orleans, LA (NOLA) on 8/18... Northwest Airlines (NWA) flight delayed out of Sea-Tac so missed connection from Memphis to NOLA and had to over night in Memphis. NWA gave us refugees a whopping $13.00 for dinner, $5.00 for breakfast and put me in the Courtyard Marriott... BUT didn't even spring for a trip to Graceland! OH WELL. Arrived 8/19 at 11am... my daughter had a doctor's appointment that afternoon... I watched 20-month old Abby (ForeverAbby.com) and waited for my phone to be installed in the house across the street from my daughter. No time to unpack. Her due date was 8/30, but her doctor said the baby was already 9+ pounds and would surely cause delivery problems for her if they waited for the due date. He wanted her in the hospital THE NEXT DAY (his day off). My new granddaughter arrived that day (8/20/04 - 10 days early) and it's been VERY hectic ever since. She's a good baby... she looks so tiny. And did I tell you that Abby is 20 months old? She sure is busy! It took longer than expected to get unpacked and get the laptop all set up... Thanks to Richard Anderson ('60) for publishing the Sandstorm thru this busy time. Keep a good thought for Richard who is currently dealing with blurry vision in his left eye. He'll have limited (or maybe no) access to the internet while he's in Seattle for tests. Just got ForeverAbby.com updated yesterday morning. Still haven't done any Maren's Malarkey, but I'll get to that soon. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Cats, etc. When my girls were little, they had the usual cats and dogs along with white rats, guinea pigs, hamsters - since those varmints were more than I wanted to handle, I had rabbits and a cockatiel. The cockatiel, Puffer, hated cigarettes - would pull them out of your mouth and throw them (had many a burnt hole in the carpet and clothing); he would also climb onto your plate and eat spaghetti. We had a Visla, who was mother to all the critters - she was always sharing her food with the rest of the household. Puffer would crawl all over her and pull her whiskers, as did the rabbits, and that goofy dog would just lay there and tolerate them - she was a hunting dog, but she never even barked at them, let alone hunted them! She also shared her food and whiskers with the rabbits that I let freely roam the inside of the house! One of these rabbits, Richochet, loved to play out in the back yard - she didn't like me, though! I had raised her from infancy, but she would attack me each and every time I went into the back yard - she would grab onto my pant leg and growl every time I went outside! Ever heard a rabbit growl? Weirdest sound I have ever heard! I would have to stand there, waiting for my husband (now ex) to get her to release my pant leg! He was the only one that could make her let go - I could tug and tug, but she would just pull harder and growl louder! He would call her "Richosh*t", she would let go and run back out into the yard - I tried calling her that name, she just held on tighter! I still have rabbits, but they are STUFFED or CERAMIC!!!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ blasted heat has returned to Bakersfield, CA - was over 95 and supposed to get hotter!!!!!!!! boo, hiss ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) At the end of your entry a couple of days ago you said you haven't really had summer yet. Well I would be glad to share with you! We have definitely had summer (and also humidity). If I could I would package it up send it to you. My sister (in the Tri- Cities) sometimes asks if I would send some rain to her. Or perhaps you could send some coolness to Tennessee! To: John Northover ('59) I put forth this idea about NOW: It varies in size. Now just think about it. When you are in NOW doesn't it sometimes seem to drag on and on and other times speed by? Well that shows that Now changes in size depending on circumstances! Oh dear, does that mean my NOW today or yesterday can clash with yours? That could cause someone else's NOW to swell or shrink or disappear couldn't it? I think I'm getting a headache. Guess I'll go ask one of my cats for help. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) To: John Northover ('59) Don't we have some computer scientists out there who could explain the technical limitations of current computer technology in terms of nanoseconds. If light or electrons travel about a foot every nanosecond, does it take 800 miles x 5280 feet (about 4,000,000) nanoseconds for my email message to travel from here to Richland? -Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Debbie Jackson Dunn ('74-HHS) Happy Birthday to Anita Fravala ('73) -Debbie Jackson Dunn ('74-HHS) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Wagner ('76) Re: Danny "Diesel" Heidelberg ('78RIP) My deepest condolences for the Heidelberg family. I didn't know Danny but my mom was very good friends with Donna and Wert. They took many trips to Omak and Tri-City Americans hockey games. Donna and my mom (Betty Wagner) both worked at Kadlec Hospital together for many years until retiring. I remember Tracy as we had many classes together going all the way back to Sacajawea Elementary School (the old school that was demolished a few years ago). My deepest sympathy goes out to the Heidelberg family- - Steve Wagner ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/30/04 Dateline: New Orleans, LA (yesterday: 89 - 97% humidity 'n buckets of rain) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Roberts ('49), Joan Eckert ('51) Ralph Myrick ('51), Orrin Pilkey ('52) Mike Clowes ('54), Karen Cole ('55) Joanne Rolph ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Roger Gress ('61), Linda Reining ('64) Rick Maddy ('67), Ken Staley ('68) Betti Avant ('69), Barb Fichter ('72) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hoff ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty O'Neil ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: www.calsnet.net/All_Bombers ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Plan to spend a couple of hours at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR. It's a must see. On your next trip, plan to go further south than San Francisco and see some other great California attractions. Bon Voyage! -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) To: Wally Erickson ('53) As you tool up I-5 on your trip back you might consider taking some time out to view and walk over our Sundial Bridge. This is a beautiful and architecturally unique span over the Sacramento River. Just take SR44 west from I-5 when you get to Redding. After crossing the river you'll see a sign directing you to Turtle Bay and the Sundial Bridge off to the right. Enjoy! -Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: Helen Skogen I have noticed that some people have mentioned Helen Skogen as their favorite teacher. She was mine, also. Now, after 32 years and the death of her best friend, Marion Hankwitz, she will leaving her home on Forest St. to live at Altera. Helen just can't take care of the big house and yard by herself. She is really excited about living there. I was wondering if any one who knew her or had her as a teacher would send some comments to me about her to me, I would take them to her. Helen is healthy except for her eyes. She has the dreaded macular degeneration, but I will tell you what, it doesn't slow her down. She is my daughter, Cassy's, adopted grandmother and Cassy couldn't love her any more if she was blood kin. Judy and I feel the same way about her. If you all would send something, I know that Helen would be thrilled to death. She has a special reading machine to help her read. You should use bold face, black, and print about 18 or so. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Orrin Pilkey ('52) Re: The big lake Like John Browne ('61) I am very excited about the geology theme trails. But I think he may have misunderstood the situation during the ice ages. The "big lake" responsible for the channeled scablands formed repeatedly behind a dam near present day Missoula, MT. There isn't or at least there shouldn't be a lake shoreline remnant on Rattlesnake mountain. The article about the catastrophic release of Lake Missoula water in the NY times had special meaning for me. It mentions that the sediment carried by the vast flood ended up in the Pacific Sea Floor on the Tufts Abyssal Plain. In the early part of my geology career I was a specialist on Abyssal plains, a type of feature few people have heard of (or care about). I had the opportunity to observe some cores from this plain and saw the sediment from the Great flood that was deposited hundreds of miles west of the shoreline. When the floods hit the sea the sediment was probably originally deposited nearshore. Later, due to a storm or perhaps an earthquake, the sediment suddenly formed what is called a turbidity current which likely flowed down the continental slope in a spectacular mass moving perhaps as fast as 60 miles per hour, eventually flattening out and dispersing on the abyassl plain. It would have been as spectacular as the big flood coursing down the Columbia River gorge, perhaps more so, but nobody was there to see it. The turbidity current probably spawned some tsunamis. -Orrin Pilkey ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: John Northover ('59) Re: Now Upon further revue, could the whole thing be chalked up to a boring SeaSlug/Bolt preseason football game? Wandering minds want to know. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) To: Ray Stein ('64) Since I can't make the next Spokane luncheon, I thought I'd send you the title of a book about Viet Nam Cobra pilots. My brother Johnny Cole ('66) has a chapter written about him. Actually, the whole story isn't included, I'll tell it to you the next time we get together. I'm very proud of my brother and all that served in that war. The book is "Snake Driver" by Bob Rosenburgh. Hope you are enjoying these waning days of summer. To Maren: Aren't grandchildren the greatest!! I have eleven and would like more, but no one is cooperating. Enjoy, they grow up too quickly. -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA - where we're having lovely spring weather. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) To: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) Last week I actually turned on the heat in the house for a couple of days!!! It was so cold we were wearing extra clothes... and this is August!!! Really strange. I do wish I could send some of the rain to all you folks who are sizzling or steaming in the heat. Autumn is on its way here [Rhode Island? -Maren]... some of the trees in the woods are beginning to turn those beautiful colours of reds and golds. We reach peak foliage season in early October. Hope it will be a little cooler for you soon! -Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Fireworks at Alaska State Fair 3 weeks in Alaska shooting fireworks. Kinda tough work but someone has to do it . Did a private wedding on Kings Lake (Wassilla area) a week ago last Friday and another private show on Saturday nearby. The opening of the Fair was last Thursday and we did a small display for the opening. And I helped a friend do a salute to the military with a display at the fair last Friday. Rained 2.2 inches and the wind blew. We were soaking wet in our rain gear and pretty miserable for a few hours. But the crowd liked the show and that made it OK. The best is yet to come with a large display Monday the 30th and a very large display on Friday the 3rd. Both are choreographed to music. Both Monday and Friday's displays are larger then last year. Any alums at the fair are welcome to come by the fireworks site near the grandstand and say hello. Spent last night at a friend's house on an island on Big Lake. A full moon came up over the mirror water and into some stratus clouds and the northern lights were up just a bit and it would be hard to beat that evening. I will get back to the lower 48 just in time to take a couple of days and make Club 40 for the first time in three years. [I'll miss Club 40 this year. Grrrrrrrr. -Maren] "Happiness is the sky in bloom". -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress ('61) To: Lora Homme Page. I think you might have been the class of '60 instead 0f '61? -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Congratulations, Oma! The picture of Abby, Mommy, and newest granddaughter, Maddie, were adorable! Isn't being a grandmother just the best feeling in the whole world? I LOVE it! I'm looking forward to more on Maddie--already enjoy reading all about Abby on her home page---have been missing Maren's Malarkey, stop being so busy and get that page updated, gal. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - school starts today and the streets are gonna be busier than normal---hope everyone remembers to slow down and watch for kids--not all schools have crossing guards and kids forget they are supposed to look out for cars, too! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) To: Lora Homme Page ('61) Re: NOW A most excellent NOW interpretation. I can only ponder NOW being the past at the very moment the word comes to finality off the vocal chords, or somewhere in-between. To: George "Pappy" Swan (59) NOW, speaking of the missed opportunity kiss, I believe most of us must have had times of coming to the T in the road and simply taking a left... I mean right... left, right? And I actually think I understood what you said. To: John Browne, Jr. (61) After digging through my closet and finding my Algebra 092 class notes I see that I forgot to take notes for interpreting the operational acronym for solving (a + b)(a - b). I recall the first letter was F for first and L for the last. Maybe if I can get a little help on the two middle letters (F**L) I will be able to move forward trying to calculate the speed of light that whatchamacallit is traveling. To: Ray Stein (64) After talking to you in Spokane about jets, I went away thinking you had to be right. Given the example you expressed about the jets that fly at the hydroplane races - a logistical nightmare for planes in a hefty no-fly zone of the vicinity. Two WWII P-38s did the fly-by. Equally charming. There was a rifle salute with seven Air Force personnel. Not sure if it was a twenty-one gun salute or nineteen - Nacey Kent Jr. was enlisted - because after the first seven rounds I was in a low crawl to some Oregon grape bushes near a big tree... then I came out of my stupor, for lack of a better word, still standing and hadn't moved an inch. To: Jim House (63) HUH-TEN-SHUN, officer on the deck! -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA - water temp is 68, surf's good, always a few rogues now and then to wake you up and soak your beach towel while you scramble for the tanning lotion and kids. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Staley ('68) To: Lora Homme Page ('61) Of course, being a parent helps... when I say GET OUT OF THE BATHROOM NOW! There is no doubt about what NOW means! And I've discovered that Einstein wasn't all that after all. At my age, the real Relativity of Time depends on which side of the bathroom door you're ON! -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Maren (9'63 & '64) Congratulations on the birth of your new granddaughter. I know how airline travel can be... one just hopes if they have a connection to make they are on time. When I flew back from Pasco to Denver it was a mess. Denver was socked in all day with bad weather, so flights into there were either held up or diverted most of the day. I was glad that was where I was due to stop, as everyone was coming in at about the same time. Have a good time with the grand babies. Bomber rah-rahs, -Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barb Fichter Jenson ('72) To: Maren ('63 & '64) Congratulations on your newest arrival...what's her name? [Maddie] I am really getting into this grandparent thing - I have discovered when the babies get really cranky, you can give them back to Mommy and let her deal with it!!! Actually, my grandson, Jordan, is almost five months old. I don't have any problem with him during the day. Nighttime is another story. Krysti has been holding him and rocking him to sleep every night, and Nana evidently can't do that like Mommy does, so Jordan gets cranky and everyone knows about it! Enjoy the little one. They don't stay little for very long. -Barb Fichter Jenson ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) My heartfelt sympathy to Denise and Donny and the rest of the Heidelbergs. I remember Danny as the little brother that always wanted to tag along with big brother, Donny when we were kids. He always had a smile for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/31/04 Dateline: New Orleans, LA (yesterday: 87 - 83% humidity - more rain) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Tom Tracy ('55) George Swan ('59), John Northover ('59) Lora Homme ('60), Mike Waggoner ('60) Marilyn Swan ('63), Tedd Cadd ('66) Cecily Riccobuono ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Dick Roberts ('49) I will add the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR to our list of places to see. We're considering Carmel also, love their shops! So, much to see and in such little time. Thanks again. To: Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) Interesting you mentioned the Sundial Bridge. I just read about it recently in the latest Sunset magazine (Sept. issue). What a beautiful bridge design, the name of the bridge is very appropriate. There's also hiking and biking trails. We'll have to check it out. Thanks for the input. Bomber Cheers -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Coeur D'Alene where it's finally cooled down. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: Helen Skogen Miss Skogen had our admiration and respect. She was always kind, yet businesslike. You knew she expected you to be successful in Algebra and to mind your manners in class. Beyond her kind ability to make you think she believed you were smarter than you thought you were, was the cool confident appearance she displayed. When she had an opinion it was respected. She was one of the best teachers anyone could ever ask for...but she was an even better human being. We loved her dearly and should have found more ways to tell her how much we appreciated it. She was one of the examples of Richland's educators who 'paid it forward' for all of us. Thanks again Miss Skogen...for helping all of us put the X's, Y's and Z's in their proper places. XXX's and OOO's to you in the XOXOXOXO format for the extra time you took to help us move beyond our inexperience. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Expansion of the NOW To: Rick Maddy ('67) NOW, is the time ... to say, that I think Yogi Berra expressed it best, "When you come to a fork in the road -- Take it" or something like that. But, he also says that "they give you cash, which is just as good as money" so... See what you started, Jaun the Sailor? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where the weather has been great and so has the chunky dunkin' in my puddle at the fork in my driveway where my corn is way up there as high as an Ostrich's, Giraffe's, or elephant's eye (take you Pick) and the punkins are... punkinin' (doing what punkins do -- a whole bunch of 'em) and my wife can't wait for Halloween. *** To: Vicki Owens ('72) Re: Your great pictures of your 50's Road Trip posted in the 25 August Alumni Sandstorm I generated absolutely zero response (public or private) from my 26 August comments on the fourth picture in your series of "50s Road Trip" pictures, the one of you ladies in the "Hot Tub-like" Puddle. I started to think that I was losing it. Then, I asked my fellow puddle Pals about it and low and behold, none of them had noticed the dog with a Lion-like haircut (in the bushes) behind you ladies in that fourth picture. They would not admit to it but I know that they thought I was nuts and just would not tell me. Now, I am wondering if you ladies really did not see the dog or did I just bomb in my effort at humor? After nearly 60 years of hunting and outdoors stuff, my eye just kinda naturally went to a little something that was out of place in that picture. But maybe I'm just nuts NOW and Pappy is not funny anymore. Inquiring, twisted minds got to know? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Oh, I wonder, wonder, who bagoo ooh, who -- who let that dog out now (or wrote the book of love or whatever)? Well, that song was probably a little before your time; so you probably still think I'm nuts. Please move to the end of the line of similar believers. Tank you veddy much! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) To: Carol Black Foster ('48) We have not had any more storms ... for NOW ... To: George "Pappy-the-Pond-Man" Swan ('59) Your version of NOW can last an eternity ... I imagine the fall into the rose bush was in slow motion with each instances of NOW ... lasting forever ... with your life passing ... To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) See also Scientific American September 2004 .... Special Issue - Featuring Albert. A NOW with no time ... Now that makes my head hurt... Spinning particles ... as I have been told ... depends upon how you observe them ... do not know what they are in the be-tween time. Al and I had something in common .. sailing .. however while racing we have an occasional beer on a regular basis ... which dilates time and the NOW... To: Lora Homme Page ('61) Living in the NOW ... great advice ... I like that ... No PAST .. No Present ... NOW To: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) NOW can last entirely to long ... and am confident that all our NOW's are the same ... unless you are racing around faster than a speeding bullet ... then your NOW contradicts itself and stretches out ... things get a little bit warped ... and my confidence slips ... To: Geoffrey Rothwell ('71) " ... 4,000,000) nanoseconds for my email message to travel from here to Richland." ... Is this a trick question ... where is here? Santa Barbara, San Bernadino, Kingman, Flagstaff, Gallup, Montorse, Denver, Cheyenne, Chadron, Rapid City, Bismark, Minot, Yorkton, Wynanyard, Prince Albert ... or close the there? AND to Rex Hunt a Gentleman, emailed me directly with: ""NOW" can be measured by the time it takes from when the Light turns green and the guy behind to blow his horn. A subdivision of "NOW" is how long it takes my wife to interrupt a conversation between me and any striking young lady and the commencement of said conversation. Rex Hunt (53wb)" NOW I know ... I knew you guys and gals had the answer ... Thanks ... Juan the ascian ... 7 41 -John Northover ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Thanks Roger Gress ('61), you're right. I was in the class of '60, not '61. I went to my "sent mail" and find that I typed '61 at the top of the entry but got it right at the bottom. I guess Maren was being kind by correcting the date on the bottom so that a year was subtracted. However, the only way I could have graduated in '61 was to have been held back a year and though I have a loooong list of spectacular failures in my life, a matter as insignificant as a grade is not one of them. Nineteen sixty it is. Besides, that's the past and the past is all an illusion anyway. Which brings me to Rick Maddy ('67). It seems to me that you can only ponder the NOW in the NOW because you're suspended there. The past exists only in your mind, and yours is different from all others, an illusion. Unless, of course, you're on the wrong side of the bathroom door, as pointed out by Ken Staley ('68). That puts a whole different perspective on NOW. ("Perspective" is really significant, Pappy, thanks!) Pondering in the Perpetual Puddle, -Lora Homme Page ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Waggoner ('60) Re: Orrin Pilkey ('52) I wonder if the "turbidity current" might be related to the above- water phenomenon of "quick clay" (I may have the wrong term). As I understand it, sometimes a hillside of saturated clay will suddenly liquefy and start sliding, perhaps due to an increase in moisture content, an earthquake, a change in loading (such as large snow drifts, dumping mine tailings, etc.), etc. If these massive floods were more frequent than earthquakes (which would seem unlikely, because the Pacific Coast is so active), it might be that the floods would build up too deep a deposit near shore, and just the mass of the deposit would so increase the loading as to trigger a turbidity current. -Mike Waggoner ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: Danny Heidelberg (RIP) Donny, Denise & family Heidelberg: Back in the early '60s I used to tend the Heidelberg kids for your parents while they went bowling I think. I lived in the corner house of 1328 Wright Ave. & Symons Street. Danny, it seems was the youngest & I'm thinking still in diapers at that time. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, it must be a great loss to your family. I was also sorry to hear of your mother's passing, I did not know that she had passed away last year until I read Mike Davis' ('74) entry to Sandstorm. I know something of loss of a loved one as my husband passed away in March from an aneurysm in an artery leading from his heart into his abdomen. It was very sudden & completely unexpected & we are still reeling from his passing. Please pass on to your sisters & your father how very sorry I am to hear about what has happened in your family. With thoughts of you all, -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tedd Cadd ('66) Re: NOW The length of NOW is a definitional issue. Remember the question, "If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound?" If one defines sound as the agitation of the air around the falling tree, then the answer is, "Yes, it makes a sound." If the definition of sound is the effect of that agitation on a human's ear or the effect of the human's ear on the brain, then the answer is, "No, it doesn't make a sound." If the definition includes the effect of the agitation on an animal's ears/brain or on insects or the like, it would be virtually impossible for any tree to fall silently. So it is with NOW. The definition NOW could be saying the word which has a fairly narrow range of time of utterance. If somebody says, "Can we talk? Is NOW a good time?" the length of NOW can be hours. I would vote for a variable span of time for NOW. Conceptually, NOW is also a point on the time continuum. And a point has no dimention. Thus NOW would be nothing. Kinda hard to make a case for this definition since we all seem to exist in the NOW and if NOW is nothing, nothing exists. -Tedd Cadd ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan ('77) Re: Danny Heidelberg, and Marty Hickey (R.I.P.) My condolences to the Heidelberg family. Danny was such a jovial person, and just plain fun to be around. I was also sad to hear about the death of Marty Hickey. Marty and I graduated the same year, and attended F.E.A.S.T together our junior year. He was so much fun. I always looked forward to seeing him at the reunions. Marty and Debbie always won the longest marriage award. I remember when he and his wife, Debbie Poorman, also a grad of 77, started dating. We were still in high school, and I think it was our senior year, but I could be wrong. Could have been junior year. I remember they were married before we graduated. Anyway, they were so in love, and couldn't keep their hands off of each other. They were ALWAYS together, and walked arm in arm, kissing, and smiling. They took a lot of teasing for it, but they didn't care. They were IN LOVE! I think most of us were just jealous. None of us thought it would last, but there they'd be at the reunions, still smiling, still arm in arm, and still very much in love. Some of us will live our entire life, and never be as lucky to know love like that. My very deepest sympathy to Debbie, there children, and grandchildren. Marty was truly one of a kind. If there is someone who knows of an address for Debbie, could you please send it to me. I would like to send her something a little more personal. Thanks. -Cecily Riccobuono McClanahan ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` July, 2004 ~ September, 2004