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 Alumni Sandstorm Archive ~ November, 2004
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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/01/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Roberts ('49), Vern McGhan ('49) Ann Pearson ('50), Ann Clatworthy ('54) Dorothy Stamper ('54), Lenora Hughes ('55) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Patti Mathis ('60) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Roger Gress ('61) Ann Engel ('63), Susan Baker ('64) Don Andrews ('67), Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Willox ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Micki Lund ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Sexy Rexy Davis ('49) Happy birthday, buddy!! Have a bunch more. Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) and I are doing well. Enjoying family, travel, volunteer work and hobbies. -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vern McGhan ('49) & Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) To: John Adkins ('62) Re: Club 40 CD To what address do I send my $10 to purchase a CD? To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Where do I send Sandstorm dues? -Vern McGhan ('49) & Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) To help the "billing dept" of the Sandstorm (Maren) I have decided that I would send in my yearly dues on my birthday... just a suggestion to all of you, but it is a easy date to remember. -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) Re: Club 50 CD I would love to have a copy of the CD of Club 40 and the 50th Class Reunion of Class of '54. Just let me know where to send the money and how much. I had the most wonderful time at our 50th reunion and want to always remember the people and the fun we had. The CD will help me do that. I also enjoyed our Mid-Atlantic gathering which included Major General Mattis ('68) of the USMC. My husband Carl is amazed at how we Bombers keep in touch. Maren, sure wish we could pick up and move closer to our grandkids like you, but you know what? They are moving all over the place now so we are out of luck. Enjoy your time with them, it will go so fast! BTW, I'm glad you are going to set up a billing system for us, I know I'm past due! -Ann Clatworthy Hogshead ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas luncheon Don't forget that we are having our Las Vegas luncheon again on the 6th of Nov. I will be at the Road Runner located at 9820 W. Flamingo. All you Las Vegas Bombers come and join us at 12:00 noon. Hope to see everyone there that can make it. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Hi Maren - Good luck with your move to Grandbaby land! It's wonderful to live near them - I don't and sure do miss seeing them! Have a safe trip! Please run our notice for the November luncheon. DATE: Saturday - November 13, 2004 VISIT TIME: 11:00 a.m ORDER LUNCH: 11:30 WHERE: DoubleTree/Columbia River DIRECTIONS: Take the Jantzen Beach Mall Exit off of I-5 Please contact Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) if you are planning to join us. All Bombers, Spouses and Friends are welcome! Thanks, Maren! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Sounds like you take great care of your squirrels, but sounds expensive. I raised one from about 2 days old until her release and I found the best food came in cereal boxes on your grocer's shelf. Any box on the top shelf seemed to work. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ~ waiting for the door bell one more time so see the ghosts and goblins. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne Jr. ('61) Re: Ska-Virrels in da Treetops I'm routinely bombarded by Douglas-fir cones, here, in season... it's those Douglas squirrels. (That Douglas guy sure made his mark around here!) They get a great booming sound off the new tin roof on the shop/garage/store-room; and they do it on purpose. I've watched 'em carry cones from all parts of the tree, run out on a limb above the roof, and cut loose. It's funny, too... because the result is that some seeds are shaken loose in the process, before the cones roll off into the collecting area; and the lucky ducks who score on the left-behind seeds are the jays, who scratch around like little chickens at dawn on the days after bombardment. It's funny because, out in the hazels beyond the garden, these two parties are constantly doing noisy battle through most of August. It's a funny world... There's been a less-than-hilarious invasion, lately, though... these gray squirrels that someone brought to the Island a few years ago (because they "missed" them) have run the little guys off a lot of their territory. It's not enough to have to deal with owls & feral cats- now their own cousins are giving them a run for it. The grays give me a run for it, as well... they dig the tree seeds out of my pots- the ash, maples, hazels & oaks, particularly- and carry them away, or eat 'em up. I'm contemplating some Heavy Metal remediation of this situation. (Does anyone think that playing Metallica or Scorpion tapes will drive them away?) To Pappy: Nawww... I think it's probably one of Sherman Alexie's story lines these guys have 'adapted'... not Michael Moore's. To Mary Ray: Right on. To Tuna: We' gonna GETCHA if you make 'six-oh', bud! (Better leave those old popcorn balls for the pigeons in Stumptown...) ^..^ -John Browne Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) Happy Birthday to one of the persons that keep the Richland Bombers spirit alive. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) To Micki, Here's wishing you a very Happy Birthday. You have now caught up with the rest of your classmates in age. You were my very first friend at age 3 and we have lots of memories of things we did together. Have a wonderful day. -Ann Engel Schafer (Gold Metal Class of '63) ~ Where we have spent the last 4 days at Long Beach in beautiful sunny weather and saw our classmates Paul and Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Baker ('64) Here's an Idea: If you know how much you owe Maren, why not put it in an envelope with your name and address on it and give it to Maren as she comes thru your area on her way South. If you aren't going to make it to the gathering at RoundTable Pizza on Thursday night, find someone who is and send it with them. Maren: Maybe you could have a large envelope with you to collect those envelopes in. Those giving you an envelope could write their names on the front of your large envelope as double bookkeeping. -Susan Baker ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Andrews ('67) To: Judy Willox ('61) This is wishing the happiest of birthday to a special lady. Happy birthday, Judy!!! -Don Andrews ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Terry Ganz ('68WB) I couldn't agree more. I also could not have said it better. I must admit I am over 45 years old and I still have arms. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Michael "Mike" McDonald ('66) ~ Passed away in 2003 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/02/04 - VOTE TODAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Rex Davis ('49), Mike Clowes ('54) Gary Persons ('57), Gus Keeney ('57) Barbara Curtis ('58), Jan Bollinger ('60) Linda Reining ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Ken Staley ('68), Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma Loescher ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Beaulieu ('59) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rex Davis ('49) To: Richard and Carol Tyner Roberts ('49/'52) Dick and Carol, Thanks for the greeting!!! We still have hopes of getting down your way one of these days. We could see Rufe, Joe, you, Glenn and Bonese on our way to Palm Springs. Thanks again. -Rex Davis ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Squirrels Don't know about Metallica scarring squirrels, think they may be into to that. On the other hand the Marie Osmond Sings the Kiss Song Book album would probably do the trick. May even scare everyone else off the island. To: Judy Willox ('61) Happy Birthday. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ No problem with squirrels in my backyard, just raccoons. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) & Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) *******REMINDER: GOOD-BYE PARTY FOR MAREN******** Bombers will gather in Richland to say good-bye and good luck to our Alumni Sandstorm editor, Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), as she sets out on her cross-country trip to relocate in New Orleans. This will be an open-house style (no-host) gathering, so Bombers can drop in for pizza, a beverage, or just to say "good luck" and chat with other Bombers. * DATE: Thursday, November 4th * TIME: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM * PLACE: Round Table Pizza - 245 Torbett, Richland The restaurant has asked for an approximate head count to assure good service, so if you plan to attend, please reply ASAP. Bomber cheers! -Gary Persons ('57) & Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Update Hi All, I went to Dr. Hieb this Morning about my neck. She says I am doing great and can now be free of the neck braces and collar. She says not to be painting overhead for extended periods, and can take up Golf again whenever it feels OK again. "The neck will tell you if you have over extended yourself" she says. It's been a long summer and fall, but the main thing is that I'm still here to write about it!! Many thanks to all of you for your support through my ordeal. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Yuma. AZ - where the wind is blowing like stink today, but the sun is shinning with no clouds on the horizon!! High 70s and low 80s later on this week they say!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Curtis Meares ('58) Chuck Curtis ('55)..age 67, died of a unexpected heart attack at his home in Tacoma on Sunday, October 31st. For more information please call me (his sister) Barbara at (509) 627-2502. -Barbara Curtis Meares ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Bakersfield Bomber Lunch DATE: Sunday, November 14, 2004 TIME: 2:00pm WHERE: Coco's Restaurant on Rosedale Highway/Jet Way DIRECTIONS: Highway 99 to Rosedale exit; West on Rosedale; left on Jet Way and follow the road into Coco's parking lot All Bomber Spouses and Friends are welcome! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers & Bomberettes...whasssuuuuppppp? Well, Maren, I really think that's a cool move for you...actually all three of them. #1...going to be near your g-kids, even if it is muggy part of the year. Mine are scattered from New York to Colorado and a under-age daughter in CA. Hard to find any common geography that is humanely habital and fair to all (Hudson Bay?). #2...Your management of the website and ability to say: "enough's enough". #3...And, your discretion with your address. In fact, I have at least twice inquired to your personal email address for an address to send money and had no response. My know I'm such a crazy guy that I might t-p your tree or egg your door if you sent my comments to "the back page" as Pappy Swan ('59) put it. So, how 'bout getting one of those PO boxes at a USPS facility or Mail Boxes, Etc. (now known as UPS Stores). [Look for an email -- coming to your inbox SOON -- that will have my address. -Maren] Guess I'll just have to stuff money down your shirt before you leave. {GO FOR IT, JEFF!!! I ain't scared of nuthin'. -Maren] On a totally different subject...I notice with great pride that the long established tradition of the "Sandstorm" and "Columbian" being honored for excellence has continued. There was an article in the Tri-City Herald a week or so ago giving credit where credit is once again. How cool! Gil...oh, THAT Blankenship...I (duh) hadn't made the connection. See you at the Pizza Hut! [Huh? How about the Round Table!! See the entry (above in today's Alumni Sandstorm) from Gary Persons ('57) & Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) -Maren] -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ in the Tri-Cities - where it was snow free for Halloween. It almost always snowed on Halloween in Colorado the 20 years I lived there. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Please Vote! In an election we're unlikely to see again in our lifetimes, with hope and prayers at least, this election seems to demand our participation more so than many in recent years. I urge and implore all registered Bombers and their friends, regardless of their political affiliation, to go and VOTE TODAY! It's too important to sit on the sidelines and watch! VOTE EARLY! -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: Bomber Presidential Survey Go to to participate in a Bomber Presidential survey. We can see how well the country's vote matches the Bomber opinion. Polls are only open on Nov 2. I'll give the breakdown after the election. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/03/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff today: Gus Keeney ('57), John Richardson ('58) Roger Gress ('61), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Hi all, Great Morning I got up this morning to the sun shining brightly and no wind. We were sitting out on the patio having coffee and reading the paper and chatting with the people walking by. More folks are showing up here in Yuma way more early it seems this year. My new neighbors must have come during the night with Washington plates on their motorhome. I guess I had better go greet them and see if they are related to Bombers! Re: Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP) I came to check my email and saw the note from Barbara Curtis Meares ('58). As I wrote to her, he will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure to know him. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Sunny and 72 degrees already at 8:45 this morning. Another great day in Paradise (Yuma, AZ)! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Barbara Curtis Mears ('58) Re: Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP) Barbara, I was truly saddened to hear that Chuck had passed on. I remember watching Chuck play basketball and was he ever good. He will be missed by many. Please except our heartfelt condolences. -John and Katie Richardson ('58) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Barbara Curtis Mears ('58) Re: Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP) Sorry to hear about Chuck's passing and I will let his cousins Gary Curtis ('62), Sharon Curtis Gress ('63), and Debbie Curtis Myre ('68) know. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Move to Louisiana Richard Anderson ('60) will be publishing the Sandstorm from today till I get to my new home in Louisiana. Thank you, Richard. The U-Haul is 95% packed... I'll spend 11/3 cleaning and packing the remaining stuff and plan to head for Richland on 11/4 -- to arrive in Richland at LEAST in time for pizza at 5:30pm on 11/4 at the Round Table on Torbett. I'll be giving out Bomber hugs like CrAzY and hope to see lots of Bombers there. Still no projected arrival date in Louisiana... stay tuned.... Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/04/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Jim Andersen {'61}, Mike Brady ('61) John Adkins ('62), Shirley Collings ('66) Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Twins: Betti & Robert Avant ('69) Darren McIntyre ('82) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Andersen {'61} Re: Gordon Andersen ('54) Gordon will be having by-pass surgery Thurday-am at Sacred Heart in Spokane. Thanks for your prayers in advance; will keep everyone posted. -Jim Andersen {'61} ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Additional Reading (Opinion) -Mike Brady ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: 2004 Club-40 Photo CD Album If you are interested in receiving a photo CD album from the recent Club-40 reunion weekend, send me an email that includes your Postal Mailing Address [aka snail mail address]. I will send you a CD in the next outgoing mail; and, you can make the $10.00 payment to me by return mail. For those of you that will be attending the pizza farewell to Maren on Thursday [at Round Table on Torbett -- 5:30-8:30] and are interested in a photo CD album, I will be there and will have some of those CD's with me. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ~ sunshine and a "little breezy" ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: 1977 Annual Is there anyone with an extra 1977 annual? I have a 1966 classmate who would like to purchase one. Please let me know at the above address. Thanks so much, -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: Bomber Presidential Election results <> [See where 100% of zero Bombers in NY gave their votes to Buffalo (Bob)!] More results to come. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Charles "Chuck" Curtis ~ Class of 1955 ~ 10/22/37 - 10/31/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/05/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff today: Tom Hughes ('56), George Swan ('59) Lora Homme ('60), Ray Kelly ('63) Michael Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Charles Cox ('56) Judy Cameron ('60) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: South Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon No reservations necessary! DATE: Sunday, November 14, 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 Northbound, Exit 136-B (Port of Tacoma) I-5 Southbound 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! -Tom Hughes ('56) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Editors, Alumni Sandstorm Re: Ten percent never get the word. In ancient times, when I was in the Marines, we had a saying that "Ten percent never get the word." When it comes to the Alumni Sandstorm, the editors obviously receive and review all of the entries sent in and they both control what is published. Furthermore, they both either write and or review their own comments published therein. Therefore, it is obvious that they are not included in that ten percent. But I must be! What the "heck" (avoiding the "coarse language" taboo), did I miss over the past two weeks? Actually, I am at a loss to understand both editors. Recently, you reissued your Editorial Policy and then continued to publish articles on taboo subjects. As Maren said in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm, "Richard Anderson ('60) will be publishing the Sandstorm from today till I get to my new home in Louisiana." So, Richard, I will be up front and say, "You allowed this morning's 'slap in the face' so the following is to you." "Re: Ontario Thugs Threaten Grosse Pointe Expats (Opinion)," whose opinion? Oh! I get it -- an editor's trick to encourage the reader to read on, right? After the intensive discussion of a week or so ago, I was amazed to see that you published the entry by Mike Brady ('61) today. It was the most blatant violation, that I have read in Sandstorm, of your own "Taboo Subject" list; specifically, political invective/rhetoric, libelous or defamatory material, and negative opinions. And this is your first "solo" issue since Maren entrusted it to you. Where will you take it from here? Your own editorial policy also states: "We expect courtesy and respect of fellow alumni in the Alumni Sandstorm. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and good taste. ... We try not to let submissions that are purely opinion in nature or entries of non-Richland material creep into the Alumni Sandstorm." Richard, I respectfully suggest, "TRY HARDER!" To reiterate a statement that I advanced before, "Don't wet down my leg and then tell me it is raining," meaning: don't establish a list of taboo subjects that we cannot write about in the Sandstorm only to violate it yourself by publishing those posts that perhaps agree with your own personal opinion rather than sticking to the Editorial Policy that you as an editor have imposed on other Bombers. However, Richard, I agree on one of the points that you allowed: "for you, change may be difficult." To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: (Opinion piece from Sandstorm 'Op-Ed' page (2004-11-04)] Read Pappy's commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I'm remembering that I first started reading the Alumni Sandstorm about a year ago and I'm thinking that it is a wonderful publication and I am really hoping that it does not self- destruct. However, I respectfully (and I emphasize "respectfully") suggest to the editors -- Cut the crap! Either stick to your own Editorial Policy as most of us writers are now trying to do or throw this thing open and let the rest of us defend ourselves and counter these insults. Beginning to wonder if it's worth this hassle? ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: [Opinion piece from Sandstorm 'Op-Ed' page (2004-11-04)] Read Lora's commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page -Lora Homme Page ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Bomber Presidential Election results [view them at: <>] Since 61% of the Bombers voted for Bush (and so did I although I wasn't in the poll), I guess we were even more correct than the country at large. To: Lee Upson ('63); if you're watching, sorry! -Ray Kelly (Gold Medal Class of '63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Michael Davis ('74) I noticed that Richland did not play Pasco this year in Big Nine football (Thank God!). I'm wondering how many years do you have to go back to find the last time Richland and Pasco did not play each other. There's something for you to do, Jacobs and Richardson! -M. Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/06/04 Dateline: Richland ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Editor's Note from Richard Anderson: John Northover ('59) asks (infra) "... I am not sure what qualifications our 'editors' have to be editors." I came to Richland in January 1956. I attended Chief Joseph Junior High School. My English teacher at Chief Jo was Mrs. Ora Cottrill. I am qualified. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff today: Carol Horstman ('53), Gloria Adams ('54) Millie Finch ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Max Sutton ('57) George Swan ('59), John Northover ('59), Lora Homme ('60), Sandy Finney ('60) Jim Andersen ('61), Irene de la Bretonne ('61) Lee Upson ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Deedee Willox ('64), Guy Lobdell ('66) Anonymous ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Becky Rulon ('66) Gerald Stein ('66) BOMBER LUNCHEON ~ Las Vegas BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Horstman Massey ('53) Does anyone know where I could possibly purchase a '54' Annual, or get a copy of one? My husband Morris Massey, Class of '54, didn't get one and he would like to find one or a copy; if you know where I can find one, please let me know. Would appreciate the help in locating one. -Carol Horstman Massey ('53) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) MY TWO CENTS (for what it's worth) As I recall, the Sandstorm website was started for giving us the opportunity to share "remember whens'". That was great. Time evolved and entries started coming in that voiced opinions of various subjects. The Editors, in their wisdom, opened websites allowing us to voice those opinions freely. It did not interfere with those who wanted to share memories. I see no problem with that. Can you imagine the position we've put Maren and Richard in when we start sending in entries that some people may take exception to? There is absolutely no way you can please everyone. It seem to me they have tried every thing they can to accommodate all of us. Either by publishing our input or offering alternative web sites where we may say whatever we want to say about anything. Please, let's give Maren and Richard the credit they deserve and not take them to task over something they've tried hard to prevent. This is intended to be a "fun" site for alumni to share great memories of Columbia High or Richland High, depending on your age. Let's not mess it up. Write anything you want to write, just give the Editors the opportunity to print it where it fits the best. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: The Internet Sandstorm Yesterday someone wrote into the Sandstorm with nothing but complaints! This mode of communication has been hanging around here for years, and it is a positive, fun, way to remember our growing up in Richland, etc. If anyone is not happy with how it is going, then just like a remote on the TV, you don't have to read this and can choose not to even receive it. I am saddened by people who just always want to find fault with others, things, and life itself. Let's enjoy every minute we have and fill it with good thoughts, instead of trying to run people down. I wouldn't ordinarily respond to something like this, but I know that Maren and Richard through the years, have attempted to run this in a way to satisfy those who just want to have some fun remembering and chatting with former classmates. Perhaps we can get back to remembering when we ran behind the mosquito wagon, etc. Bomber Cheers, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) and Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) Reminder - Bomber Luncheon in Sacramento DATE: November 8, 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. 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 8th. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~ West Point, CA -Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) ~ Sacramento, CA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Editor: I too was blindsided by Mike Brady's ('61) comments under his hidden title. Just about anyone who reads the Sagebrush Rag knows where I stand, or stood, on the recent election, and participated in the Bomber poll too, so I was dumbfounded with Mike's political comments in the Sandstrom. I would love to dive in on the other side of the political spectrum in the Sandstorm but have not because it is not the right platform to carry out your personal political views. Pappy is right. The Sandstrom editors not only have the right to edit materials but also have the obligation to scan incoming materials for items not intended for the Sandstorm's established format. We as Americans have a lot of repairing to do after this election and we have to start right now. Articles like Mike's only drive the division further apart. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where the weather is fair and the living is good. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) To George "Pappy" Swan (59). Good for you Pappy. He's needed someone to let him know what's and what's down. I doubt he will print this message, but we shall see. Max Sutton (57) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Northover '59 Re: Editorial Guidance I agree with my fellow classmate - Pappy the Puddle Man '59. The 'policy' established by the editor's of the Sandstorm seems selective at best. Given that, I am not sure what qualifications our 'editors' have to be editors. Perhaps the 'editors' title and function should be changed to 'assembler.' That is the 'editors' would assemble the emails we send in ... format the days emails into our Sandstorm email and send it out. Do not spell check, do not correct any fractured syntax or change anything that is received from any one of our fellow BOMBERS that have something to say. Some times I use a antinymom as a metaphone and on occasion I have been known to use a aphostrophy in a goodly sense. I just hope you get my meaning. I will be my own editor ... which is what I do now ... I have a track ball. On the track ball is a little wheel that I turn to move the cursor up or down in the daily Sandstorm .. stopping at the first sentence of each literary gem ... If that sentence intrigues me ... I read the second ... etc. etc. etc. ... As soon as I loose interest in the daily drivel ... I move on to the next BOMBER's submission and repeat. I have the power to NOT READ any thing I want. There are many subjects I have absolutely interest in. If one of my fellow BOMBERS write about one of my who-cares-subjects ... I move on. NO HARM NO FOUL!! I do not need anyone to 'edit' anything for me. I am free to choose. Everyone of our fellow BOMBERS has that same POWER ... Freedom of Choice. Use it!!! OR Maren and Richard will color the Sandstorm to their own evil purpose ... OHHhhHHHh NOooOOOoo ... Mr. Bill!!! So to Maren and Richard ... put it all in. Let us pick and choose. If one of our fellow BOMBERS is upset by some submission ... one can answer and place that in the Sandstorm, email the individual on a personal basis, have a bad hair day or move on with life!!! Yours in respectful indifference ... From Paradise - where all the women have the choice of whether they want to wear a bikini or not, all the men have the choice of whether to have a shot of Tequila or a Martini or both occasionally on a regular or ill-regular basis, and where all the children are still wise beyond their years. john northover - '59 - 7 41 ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Maren's "Richland Send Off" Pizza Party If all overnight stops for Maren and Burt are anything like last night on their southbound journey, they should have a good trip. God Speed. There must have been 35-40 Bombers and spouses showed up. Thanks Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and anyone else for making the arrangements. My wife, Jeanne, and I very much enjoyed the Pizza Party. It was great to once again reunite with Puddle Pals and all Bombers who showed up. And I did not go home hungry. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where I'm still thinking about that combination Pizza. Hmmmm, shoulda bought another one for Darby's and my lunch while bird hunting today. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Personal Attacks I've heard privately from some of the people who have written in to the Sandstorm and, as a result, received irrational emotional tirades through their personal email from the lunatic left. I've heard from some of these people myself. The glory of democracy is that people with differing views are free to discuss and debate issues freely. In our country we have two major political parties with differing philosophies from which to chose our leaders after having heard both sides proposals for the governing of our lives. I thoroughly enjoy a good debate and now and then throw something in just because I know it's going to get a response and I frequently learn something from the opposition. But I refuse to get into a slapping contest with out-of-control, angry people who have nothing to back up their opinions so stoop to personal attacks. He who loses his temper, loses. I have decided to just ignore them. If they don't have the courage to express their RATIONAL opinions, as opposed to emotional personal attacks, in a public forum, they're not worth my time. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Enjoying the beautiful sunny fall day in the Tri-Cities. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Andersen ('61) Re: Gordon Andersen ('54) I am glad to report he had successful by-pass surgery Thursday late afternoon in Spokane. Will be home in 5-7 days. -Jim Andersen ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) To paraphrase a quotation easily printed in today's (11/5/04) Sandstorm, thus, this altered quotation should also be readily printed in tomorrow's Sandstorm: > "Since 61% of the Bombers voted for Bush ... > I guess they were even more INCORRECT > than the country at large." -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lee Bond-Upson ('63) To Ray Kelly ('63): Youll regret that vote. Certainly not today, and probably not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your grandchildrens lives. --Lee Bond-Upson (Gold Medal Class of '63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:George(Pappy)Swan('59)and Lora Homme Page('60) well said! agree completely with both your posts from Friday, November 5th, 2004----where is the Sagebrush Rag when we NEED it??? Gary(Behymer, 64)did you give up on publishing it? it was a good forum for us to discuss things other than the "warm and fuzzies" that the editors only want in the Sandstorm. Linda Reining('64)........Bakersfield, CA.....blasted wind blew the latest storm to Las Vegas AND Los Angeles! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Maren's Trip Maren just called; it's 9:27pm Pacific Time, Friday. They [Burt's driving] are doing fine, just entered Wyoming and are still driving. They sounded like they are enjoying the trip. I miss her already! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Guy Lobdell ('66) To: George (Pappy) Swan ('59) I read with great interest your comments in the 11/05/2004 Alumni-Sandstorm. I think you hit the nail on the head (I just hope you're not poundin' nails inta your life raft out there in the middle of your pond). I am quite certain that this type of editorial freedom has occurred several times in the past, and NO I can't quote specific instances. Oh well, it sorta reminds me of a lifer E-6 with 24 years in the Corps tellin' ya ta do it that way because that's how he wants it done and don't worry about what he does, besides he is a Staff NCO. Guy Lobdell (66) PS Maren-Richard, or whoever edits this message............This is a slam on Marine Corps Staff NCOs (lifers as opposed to career Staff NCOs, not on the editorial board of the Sandstorm). ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Anonymous "Pappy", Does it really require 500+ words ( Not to mention the "rebuttal") to say: "Perhaps Mike Brady's entry would have been better sent to the "Sagebrush Rag"? If Richard make a mistake...he made a MISTAKE!!! That does not call for a verbose response from anyone. After all, HE is the Editor and could have as well simply left your entry and "rebuttal" out... If as you say, "Beginning to wonder if it's worth this hassle?"....perhaps, no, I won't go there... -Anonymous (Which is always the case) God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you? -Anonymous (A different fellow, with a good idea) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/07/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 24 Bombers sent stuff today: Dave Brusie ('51), Dick Pierard ('52) Dick Wight ('52), Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Curt Donahue ('53), Millie Finch ('54) Ray Hall ('57), Lora Homme ('60) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), John Browne, Jr ('61) Roger Gress ('61), Ed Quigley ('62) John Adkins ('62), Helen Cross ('62) John Campbell ('63), Dave Wittenbrock ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Bob Mattson ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) Lesley Wood ('66WB), Pam Ehinger ('67) Mike Howell ('68WB), Gary Turner ('71) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) Dan Haggard ('57) BOMBER LUNCHEON Class of '58 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) Maren, Yes! please give us the address. I am one of those delinquents. Please stay away from the diving platform on "lake Ponchatrain" [close: 'Pontchartrain' -ed]. I think that's how you spell it. I damn near drowned in that lake when I was a young airman at Keesler Air Force Base with Ray King many years ago. Helped a girl that couldn't swim get to the platform. Have fun with the Grits and Chikory. -Dave Brusie ('51) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) From a person who has spent a lifetime in the writing business, I am happy to inform everyone that the main qualification for being an editor is a willingness to do the job. My hat's off (well not right now because it is cold in Massachusetts and my bald spot shivers) to Maren and Richard for their good work. I wish I could have been there to buy them a beer and pizza to show my appreciation. But I am sure my esteemed brother Burt ('59) is keeping her well-supplied with such on their epic safari across the country. Dick Pierard ('52) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick (Attilla the Hun) Wight ('52) Re: Editing, opinions et al As an off-and-on ALUMNI SANDSTORM subscriber, I haven't known much about the policies of the folks who put this delightful (usually) periodical together. I certainly am a "free speech - 5th Amendment" type of fellow, but the guidelines Maren and Richard have espoused seem reasonable to me, considering the intent of SANDSTORM. Keep in mind our editors, publishers or whatever you wish to call them were apparently self- starters in getting this thing going. If some of the subscribers aren't happy with the site, then perhaps withdrawal is the better option. It ain't like these folks are on our payroll; our subscription "dues" are voluntary, and likely don't do much more than cover costs of hardware, software, website costs, et al. Besides, the SANDSTORM is after all intended to let COL-HI grads exchange reminisces, get-togethers, personal news, and other mostly light-hearted aspects of life. As the ol' saying goes, the subjects of sex, politics, and religion are seldom discussed calmly ... or even rationally. If Maren or Richard from time to time violate their own guidelines, I'm willing to call it an oversight. If anyone wants to discuss politics with me, you have my email address. -Dick (Attilla the Hun) Wight ('52) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the pizza party for Maren. I also want to thank the people who spend so much of their time putting the Sandstorm together. I also feel that most of us Bombers are rational human beings who are able to make decisions for ourselves and to accept the opinions of others. I have always loved the fact that I had the opportunity to be a Bomber for two years, and a Bomber in my heart forever. Alice and I had a chance to meet some people we did not know when we attended the pizza party. We are new to this area and soon will be living in Kennewick. We moved here for the same reason that Maren is going her way, grandchildren. Have a happy Bomber day, -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Everybody Re: Griping Quit your bitching and just enjoy this medium for staying in communication with fellow graduates from a great high school in one of the most unusual cities in the world. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Editors I must say some of you Bombers out there really surprise me daily. Who in their right mind would think that Maren and/or Richard are "evil"? I think that is way below the belt. I have not heard so much negative discourse since a few years ago. Perhaps some of you were not reading the Sandstorm at that time. People wanted a place to be able to write in about childhood memories, growing up in Richland, school activities, etc., and the majority of people wanted that, and did not want a forum for people to expound on their political or religious views. And, it has been going very well, as we have picked up more and more viewers of this fine paper. It is an enormous task to be able to have this delivered to us on a daily basis, and it should be kudos to Maren/Richard, not ridicule. Think about it, would you be willing to undertake such an operation? I think it is time for people to take a deep breath, move on to the things of today, for it is a present you know!! Bomber cheers, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Hi friends, When I wrote you stating that I was going to have a hernia operation next Tuesday, November 9, I didn't think that I would get so many positive responses from you. It is needed and I thank you all for your kind thoughts and wishes. What a support group you are for me. Thank you very much. I will be updating you when I get out. Once again, thanks for caring. -Ray Hall ('57) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Editors and Going Away I attended the send off party (thanks, Jan Bollinger Persons ('60), for being the organizer, get-things-done person that you are) for Maren Thursday night and had a great time. When I arrived, I was standing there looking around the room and I spotted a big guy wearing a Bomber jacket standing in the middle of a bunch of people. I went over to ask him which one was Maren since I'd never met her in person, looked at his name tag, and guess who? Our own sweet Richard. To make a long story short, he finally told me where she was, I got to meet and talk with her in person, and am sorry that she's going so far away. Thank God for the internet, she's as close as the click of a mouse. Have a good safe trip, Maren; I'm looking forward to having you back on line soon. To: Maren Smyth and Richard Anderson, Editors I WOULDN'T HAVE YOUR JOBS FOR ANYTHING! Thanks for doing a difficult job that many of us seem to have suggestions regarding how it ought to be done and thanks for being thick enough skinned to let it roll off. My responsibilities keep me pretty homebound so your efforts with the Sandstorm have provided hours of diversion and entertainment for me. My only suggestion, Richard, is please don't add or modify a subject line for my entries and listen to George "Pappy" Swan ('59). Heh heh. Once again, I love a debate and good discussions but only as long as they remain fun and/or interesting as opposed to emotional and irrational. I've noticed that when there is a topic of interest being discussed, Sandstorm participation picks up. That can't be bad. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) I was surprised and pleased to see my entry printed in today's Sandstorm (11-6-04). Surprised because our editor has a long history (from the earliest beginnings of the online Sandstorm, (e.g., mushroom cloud) of selectively editing out perspectives she does not support and leaving in those she supports. I truly think she does not always know the difference and is mostly unaware that she does this. Since the 90s, I have not tested this observation. So the results of this test surprised me. Congratulations to our editor for positive growth. -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr ('61) Re: Editorial policies I salute our present editor for an even-handedness that is not always so apparent in our beloved 'Storm... and, as a former student of Ora Cottrill's, meself, can only add "'nuf cred!" The policy of sequestering certain comments seems like a good one, to me ... as Juan the Sailor put it, a few lines lets you in on what to expect --and one can read further or move on, as one wishes. I *do* like having some proof-reading and spell-checking energy exerted, though, because it makes some posts easier to read (and lends the occasional non-sequitur, mangled homonym, etc to the mix). I, too, have missed the Sagebrush Rag; and fear that the address list got so heavy that it may have slipped and fallen deep into one of the many traps that Gary has set for missives from former Nigerian oil ministry assistants (and/or their counterparts in Rumania and Brazil); and is electronically enmeshed for the duration. As a result, a number of us must be unwilling exiles, driven to remotest Blogistan, where the very anonymity can perpetuate the gravest misconceptions. In The Rag, at least, we had a sense of some common experience (the better to appreciate our diverse opinions)... ^..^ JHBrowne, Jr. ~ Vashon Island, Wa -John Browne, Jr ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) Re: Your new quotation. Spoken like a sore loser. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) [And this, Roger, is a perfect epitome of what 100% minus one -- you -- of the Sandstorm readership DOES NOT WISH TO SEE IN THE SANDSTORM! (And it will not, ever again, appear while Maren and I are editors of this rag.) -Richard] ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: editing of posts To: Bill Berlin ('56), John Northover ('59), and Mike Brady ('61) Hey John, in an ideal world, your ideas for "assembler" would probably work. But! As you know, we don't live in an ideal world, unfortunately. Five years ago, I helped set up a Mac-specific (computers ... you know, that other 5%!) free help web site, in response to the takeover (and eventual demise) of the NoWonder PC/Mac site, by AOL, who wanted to make it a "for profit" site. It took 6 months, literally thousands of exchanged emails (since the 13 people involve are scattered all over the world), and lots of international legal advice. Since the "community" is much the same as the Bomber community, we wanted to keep things mellow, inoffensive, and friendly to all ages and both genders, our guidelines were pretty general and, boiled down, came to "No discussions involving religion, politics, or sex." We deemed these 3 subjects "hot buttons", in which no amount of discussion would do anything to change anybody's mind, but could result in lots of hurt feelings and anger, since they are so subjective. Luckily, since I'm one of the "moderators", most of our members, about 1,400, are pretty mature, and I can count the number of times I've had to step in, almost on the fingers of both hands. But, since the topics are not constrained to just computers or Mac problems (which are very few, mind you! :) ), sometimes the posts come pretty close to going over the edge. Usually, a private email will take care of the problem. So, I can understand what Maren and Rick run into occasionally. Being a "political animal", I certainly understand the desire to jump into a discussion on politics, but it seems to me, that the Sandstorm's "main page" is not the place for it. However, when Rick or Maren put a link to another place, I never figure that I can just innocently go over there and find something inoffensive, and I think it's silly to just assume they did it for no reason. I'm almost impossible to offend, but I realize that there are many of delicate sensibilities; I would think that they would be aware of that, and not click on the links, as did Bill Berlin. I am NOT faulting him for that, just asking for some understanding. That said, I would advise Mike Brady that there are a lot of sites out there that welcome political discussions, and are, indeed, happy and anxious for people to write in and "get into it!" with them. Unfortunately, a lot of people get their feelings hurt on these web sites, as people are generally not very gentle with each other! To: Lora Home Page ('60) Just remember, Lora, all the lunatics are NOT on the left! :) And, finally, to Pappy: Careful there, Pappy; you're startin' to sound a mite "curMUDgeonly" (11/5)! :) To both Maren and Rick, I extend my thanks for THIS site, and the hard work they put in on it. I look forward to my "Bomber-fix" every day! -Ed Quigley ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Sandstorm Entry - or not - Your choice There is an old axiom -- don't find fault without a alternative course of action -- I submit the following. It has been a historic truth, that the Sandbox concept of distributing opinion entries has not done well. It also causes some concern when opinion pieces are presented within the "Daily Sandstorm" format. We have recently seen some opinion subjects listed and tied to a link if you choose to read them. I actually think "The Sandstorm" is strong enough to support both concepts. For your consideration -- perhaps a "page two" could be added to the Sandstorm. What I mean by this is: at the end of the "Daily Sandstorm" a divider line be placed and opinion entries could be found below that line, or on "Page two". If a reader chooses not to be involved with opinions -- simple -- don't go below the line. Now I am no authority and Maren is surely more able than I to consider the technicalities of such a change in policy -- I am just offering a plan for consideration. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ~ frost last night and fog this morning -- but a mostly "sunshiny" day. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) 1.. I am very glad to learn that the farewell party for Maren was a great success, and to learn of their progress across country. I am just sorry they aren't coming this far north on their trip, so we Indiana Bombers could show them some Hoosier hospitality (if transplanted). 2.. Maren and Richard are doing us all a great favor by editoring [I *had* to leave this as-is; it may not be a word, but it ought to be -Richard] the Sandstorm. I think they are well-qualified, and perhaps more important motivated to do the job. I doubt the Sandstorm would be as interesting as it is without their efforts. 3.. I rarely read the other options, but I agree, I'm glad they are there. 4.. I have several friends, whom I don't agree with politically, so we've agreed not to discuss our differences, and I think we should keep politics out of the Sandstorm. 5.. I think items about being Americans and supporting our men in uniform do belong in the Sandstorm. 6.. I think Maren and Richard are doing an excellent job of a difficult task of deciding what to include and what not to include, because there are several options open to them. 7.. If you think you could/would like to do this task, why don't you volunteer to help them, maybe they can use help, maybe not. 8.. I'm still in the house by the little lake enjoying the last bit of Indian summer before the first frost. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Campbell ('63) It's not that I don't like a good discussion on important issues, but I agree with the Sandstorm policy on their "warm and fuzzy" policy. This is a forum for things that unite us, not divide us. I have never seen anyone change anyone's mind on their political or religious choice through their perceived logic or put- downs. Sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. There are (or should be) other forums such as the Sagebrush Rag (still going?). -John Campbell ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dave Wittenbrock (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Florida Everglades My wife and I decided to spend a couple weeks visiting the Florida Everglades, the Keys, and Miami. We have never been there and it has always sounded fascinating. So I thought I would tap into that immense data base of Bomber knowledge. Are there any Bombers who would like to share their favorite sights, hotels, or restaurants? We will be in Florida the first two weeks in December. Bomber Cheers, -Dave Wittenbrock (Gold Medal Class of '63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Let's get back to the old Sandstorm Okay, now everyone has had his or her say, so let's not keep the dissension going and destroy the Sandstorm. I really think some of the articles are a result of not having the Sagebrush Rag to vent things. I am as political as anyone and have a big mouth and a lot to say, but let's not ruin a good thing. However, if we are going to have a POLICY for the Sandstorm, EVERYONE, both readers and editors, need to abide by it. Richard and Maren have done a great job, and we should all be grateful for their hard work. May I suggest that the EDITORIAL POLICY link be printed at the bottom of each Sandstorm with the other addresses. That way, EVERYONE knows the rules and then Maren and Richard can simply RETURN articles to senders with the message, "VIOLATES SANDSTORM POLICY." Then the editors are not put in the position of having to be the bad guys and portrayed as CENSORS. Gary, you really need to re-activate the Sagebrush Rag if you can. I think you have a lot of potential contributors at this time. We all have a common bond as Bombers and need to agree to disagree and leave it at that. So, please, everyone, KNOCK IT OFF and follow the policy. And if the Sagebrush Rag is re-activated, vent your feelings there, or go exercise and take a cold shower! Maren is moving down here by me, and she doesn't need another big headache after her move. -Frank Whiteside ('63) PS-- OOPS!! I forgot that I already had suggested to Maren that the policy be printed at the bottom and just realized today that it WAS printed there after I sent my article. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) I am in agreement with those who have written in about what this site is all about. It's all about the memories of childhood. It's all about the positive things going on in our lives at the present time, like birthdays, anniversaries, and grandbabies. It's all about being here for one another and praying for one another in times of sadness. We need to continually be encouraging each other no matter what. For those who write in that have that great sense of humor that can make the rest of us laugh -- that's good! It's always fun to get a weather report. I hope that we can continue for years to come with this site. Our editors do a great job! My hat's off to them! -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA ~ We're having some very nice days before the rains hit once again. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bob Mattson ('64) Re: Maren update Bombers, got a call from Maren at 9:45 Saturday night. Burt, the navigator and herself were east of Dallas-Fort Worth. After fueling up and getting something to eat, they were going to crash out at a rest stop and then cover the last 500 miles, arriving at her new digs tomorrow. Good news to hear. Later, -Bob Mattson ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: the election To Irene and to Lee, you are so right on. It is a sad sad day for the world and for this great country of ours. All we can do is pray and get involved. Don't get so mired in depression that you can't get back. Onward Christian Soldiers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lesley Wood Nelson ('66WB) Re: Ed Wood ('62) Because of the Sandstorm, your sisters -- from Texas, Oregon, and North Carolina -- are able to collectively wish you a Happy 60th Birthday today, Sunday November 7. And the best of everything as you begin your 7th decade, Edward (Ed, Eddie, Et). With much love, Lesley, Francie, and Boo, -Lesley Wood Nelson ('66WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Oh, I can't believe what some of you are saying. Maren and Richard are doing ALL OF US a great big favor by taking care of our beloved Sandstorm. Then the few ruin it by make slams on our editors. What makes you think the editors of newspapers or magazines could do any better, let alone you? I enjoy my Sandstorm every morning. I love the light hearted banter we have in here. Leave the political stuff out of here. This is a "warm fuzzy" room. Besides, our political views are just that, OURS. I may not agree with you nor you with me and that is what our country is made up of. So leave that stuff out of here. As for correcting our spelling and misuse of grammar, there are just too many entries to do that too. It is up to us to correct our own mistakes. I for one just laugh when a PhooBah is made. Most of the time I'm laughing at myself. I'm no writer and I sure can't spell! (I'm a great nurse but a rotten speller) So please, please, let's get away from all this bickering. I don't normally write like this. I'm a happy person at heart but these last few days of Sandstorm have made me cry. Please let's not fight in here and let Maren and Richard know how much we appreciate all the hard work they have done and are doing. If you have comments about any of this write ME [Deleted from Archive Edition], not the Sandstorm! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) I personally enjoy the Sandstorm and the way we stick together about things and memories and disagree about other things. I have to agree with Maren (since she put this site together) that it is a place for happy thoughts, memories, and information that Bombers want to know. I have been entertained by David Rivers and his Birthday Blessings and have felt the hurt of the passing of old friends. For some reason, I don't know if it is the animosity caused by this past election or not, but we seem to be divided for no reason at all. We are the same people we were a couple of years ago and this place we come to for fun has been turned into a battlefield of opinions. Come on Bombers, let's put our friendships back first and let politics go. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gary Turner ('71) Linda Reining, I couldn't agree with you more (a phrase that you may never see on the Sagebrush Rag!!). The beauty of the Alumni Sandstorm is that it brings together a very diverse group of people who have one common thread: we all grew up in a town with many unique characteristics, characteristics that have for better or worse defined much of what we are today. Sadly, the nation is experiencing a divisiveness unseen since the sixties. It impacts all of us in many ways every day and I always look forward to my all too brief trips to nostalgialand that the Alumni Sandstorm provides. Let's keep the discussion to Richland, RHS, and other related topics that we can all enjoy. The politics and religion should go to the Sagebrush Rag where we can disagree without being disagreeable. For Lora Homme Page. That sword cuts both ways. I have received several emails to my personal email address filled with personal attacks from the Irrational Right (opposite of the Lunatic Left, as you put it) after posting my opinions on the Sagebrush Rag. The key is that these were posted on the Sagebrush Rag, not the Sandstorm. I took it as a compliment since, as you stated, a loser resorts to personal attacks when they are unable to counter your argument. If anyone receives a personal attack based on a posting on the Sandstorm, they might want to consider why their post would prompt an attack and take it to the Rag. Finally, I applaud Richard and Maren for the excellent job they do as assemblers, editors, or whatever you want to call them. It is a thankless job and we wouldn't have this forum without them. I personally have never had any issues with their editing or censorship until this current political thread recently erupted. I hope this is the end of it. If not we could soon see the end of the Alumni Sandstorm as we know it. Do not let that happen. -Gary Turner ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/08/04 Dateline: Richland ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Oh no! Not another Editor's note. Richard here. I played a bit of a nasty trick on everybody a few days ago, a trick which has caused poor Mike Brady ('61) all sorts of grief. I'll explain in a day or two, right after I relieve Bill Berlin and Pappy Swan of the guns that they are plotting to use on me. But, it's still Halloween season (sort of) so I have provided a treat. It's about editing and guns and language and guns and it's by Mark Twain and it isn't very long and it's really really funny. Click this link to read all about how James Fenimore Cooper ain't all that he's cracked up to be: Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses things about guns? ********************************************************* ********************************************************* ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff today: Betty Ely ('47), Gus Keeney ('57) Jan Bollinger ('60), Lora Homme ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Roger Gress ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Linda Reining ('64), Deedee Willox ('64) Bill Wingfield ('67), Mike Howell ('68-WB) Michael Davis ('74), Brad Upton ('74) Karen Davis ('76) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Barb Eckert ('61) Spencer Houck ('71) BOMBER LUNCHEON Northern California -- Sacramento BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Ely King ('47) Re: Great job Maren and Richard I am sorry I did not go down the street to your Pizza Party. I was in deep depression. You both do a great job. I don't know if I can say this; but, the Saturday before the election, I had my picture taken with the man that John Kerry saved in the war. He was a Republican for 34 years and changed to vote and campaign for his friend, John Kerry. -Betty Ely King ('47) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Kudos to Maren and Richard for they have both at times sent my entries back or asked me if I really meant to say something I had written. I am becoming notorious for putting things in writing that I wish I could have written differently, it seems. My sister Missy ('59) and Mary Jones Metcalf ('56) can vouch for that at this point. I think the forum is a great one and they are doing a very good job of keeping us from getting out of line. I am very thankful they have the grit to face all this every day. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ In Yuma, AZ where it is raining today!!! What the heck is going on!!!??? ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Sandstorm Editorial Policy Judging from the number and intensity of posts regarding Sandstorm editorial policy, it seems rather clear that there needs to be an "all or nothing" approach to enforcing the published policy. Either ALL posts must comply (my preference) or NONE need comply -- in which case, the policy needs to be reformulated. It is unrealistic to expect one side to sit quietly by while the other gets in its licks, unchallenged. The editors cannot open the door just a crack and then decide to slam it shut when the inevitable rebuttals rush in. I don't think any of the posters object to being sent to Page Two, so long as ALL controversial posts are isolated in the same manner. The one policy that would be very easy to enforce is the most important of all to me: no anonymous posts, ever! And especially not when they confront other posters by name. What can possibly be the justification for allowing this? Our Deputy Editor openly stated at Thursday's gathering that he lets the "taboo" subjects in as a way to stimulate discussion. True to his word, it appears that he has turned away no posts since then, although he did put one poster on notice yesterday. The fact of the matter is that debate does stimulate discussion, and without a bit of controversy, there seem to be very few contributors, lately. Some days the Sandstorm reads rather like an announcement sheet, with mostly birthday congrats, meeting or lunch announcements and funeral notices. Those are important topics and part of the glue that unites us; but after six years of publication, perhaps we've exhausted many of the "warm and fuzzy" topics like running behind the mosquito wagons and Termination Winds. Maybe we all need to put our minds to creating a list of new Richland topics to nudge memories and encourage posts on those subjects. My favorite reading is the personal experiences of Bombers (true or richly embellished). Some who have great stories are reluctant to write but might be willing to submit a private one- line suggestion to add to an ongoing topics list -- sort of like the daily listing of birthdays. I'm brainstorming, here ..... y'all jump in when you're ready! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Cloudy and 50, a good day for putting Christmas lights on the roof before the snow flies. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) To: John Adkins ('62) Your suggestion that the Sandstorm is strong enough to support both warm fuzzies and opinions and that there be an opinion page is excellent. I'm not sure why some people feel compelled to read posts that they know are going to make them uncomfortable, but if there is a definite boundary that they must pass to get to them and since we're all adults here, it's time for them to take responsibility for their actions and NOT GO THERE. To: Ed Quigley ('62) and Gary Turner ('71) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Read this commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) WOW! -Mike Brady ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Barbara Eckert (Classic Class of '61) and Spencer Houck ('71) Have a Happy Birthday. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I want to add my Happy Birthday wishes to a great member of my class -- the Class of '62 -- Ed Wood. I didn't want to risk spoiling the family surprise so didn't dare publish this before. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana ~ where we've had a wonderful weekend of sunshine and warmer weather (about 60, but winter is creeping in, seeing lots of Canadian geese flying overhead, a sure sign by the little lake.) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Arrival in Gretna, LA (as related to Deputy Editor Richard via RIAD) We, Burt and I, arrived in Gretna (which is across the river from New Orleans) at noon PST (Burt won't set his watch to local time because he will be returning to Bombeville soonest) -- 2:00pm CST. More to follow when the computer gets fired up and there is more time to relax. Gotta run; my phone card is down to twenty minutes. Bomber and Sandstorm cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Just a reminder that the Bakersfield Bomber Luncheon is this Sunday, November 14th, at 2:00pm at Coco's on Rosedale Highway. If you need directions, email me. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ cold in Bakersfield, CA but no rain as yet -- keep predicting, but wind keeps blowing the rain clouds towards Southern CA (82 miles south of here). RATS! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Maren's [and Burt's] Trip Maren called Saturday night, but I didn't get her message until Sunday morning. At 9:30pm Saturday they were just east of Dallas-Ft. Worth. Looks like they are making good time. I'm happy for her moving close to her grandchildren; who wouldn't want to be near them?! But, every mile takes her further away from us, and I'm NOT happy about that! Love you, Maren. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) Happy 80th Birthday Bomber Mom, Carol Wingfield! -Bill Wingfield ('67) ~ Augusta, GA ~ but in Bomber Land for Mom's 80th BD. Nothing could be finer. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68-WB) By now Maren is probably trying to figure out what room each box goes in and trying to find the coffee pot. I sure hope so. Not that she needs any more work than she already has but at least it is a new chapter in her not so humdrum life. I know she is looking forward to holding (and changing) the newbies. "GO GIRL!" you earned it. If you will send me the exact spelling you want I will send you a matching set of necklaces for you to give for Christmas. Mother and kids etc. I want to personally thank you for your work on the "Sandstorm" and I hope you and Richard continue to do so. On a brighter note, I go in for spinal surgery on the 15th and the doctor has promised that I will walk out of the hospital without my crutches and not need them again unless I break a leg walking on the beach. I would sure like people to put in a good word to the Lord for me. I can use all the help I can get. I hope to be able to go to Richland this next summer for Hot August Nights. I want to be a spectator this year. I am looking forward to seeing everybody again. Some of you I visit now and then and others I think I will but never get time to do. -Mike Howell ('68-WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Michael Davis ('74) To: all Re: the recent griping How 'bout a group hug? -M. Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I think what we are seeing in the Sandstorm is a reflection of what we just went through with the elections. The mean-spirited, dishonest (almost comical) campaign ads were truly sad to watch and an embarrassment to our country and sensibilities ..... and apparently they worked. I'm not pointing fingers at either party; they are both guilty. We are a reflection of our society and it's not pretty. I encourage all of you Bombers, no matter if you lean left or right, to write to all of your politicians and demand the end to the negative ads. Tell me why I should elect you, not why I shouldn't elect the other guy. -Brad Upton ('74) PS-- Can I still make fun of Mike Davis? It's so easy. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) Wow! Mike Davis, Brad Upton ..... where are you? [Oddly enough Karen, both weighed in today. Do you have any ESP powers we ought to know about? -Richard] There's nothing but negativism in this ol' paper and we need something to smile about. Prayers to Jumbo (Davis ('82)) and Jen (Mauer) on their "journey" over the next month. God be with you both. Bomber ladies of 1976; how did the coast trip go? I thought of y'all. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ~ NOW nearly a Deer Park resident and glad to be out of Spokane. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/09/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 25 Bombers sent stuff today: Dick McCoy ('45), Marilyn "Em" Dow ('52) Dorothy Keys ('52), Dick Avedovech ('56) Mary Jones ('56), Missy Keeney ('59) George Swan ('59), Lora Homme ('60) Mike Brady ('61), Jay Siegel ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Kathy Coppinger ('64), Gary Setbacken ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Mike Howell ('68-WB) Claudia Stoffel ('68-WB), Steve Piippo ('70) Vic Marshall ('71), Lynn Noble ('72) Michael Davis ('74), Mike Neidhold ('77) Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Dick Boehning ('63) Kandy Smith ('63) Dick Pierce ('67) Tom Schildknecht ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Maren and Richard It may be morning in Gretna, La, but is mourning in Richland. Also, I always wondered why I felt like I fell out of bed after reading Fenimore Cooper. Thank you my favorite, Mark Twain. -Dick McCoy ('45) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" Dow ('52) Hi everyone, Now that the furor of the elections has (hopefully) died down, I want to submit my new and (hopefully) final email address: [Deleted From Archive Edition]. As you see in the above paragraph, I have a lot of hope ..... for the present, for the future, for joy and good health and happy times for all Bombers and their families, and their families, etc., etc., etc. I was glad to see so many people at Maren's "going away" party at Round Table. Good plan!!! Thank you to those who set it up. Blessings on you all, -Marilyn "Em" Dow ('52) ~ in increasingly chilly, and very beautiful Richland, in its fall finery. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dorothy Keys Harding ('52) Ladies and friends of Class of '52 will meet: WHEN: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 TIME: 1:00pm WHERE: Las Margaritas Restaurant (back room) 627 Jadwin Ave., downtown Richland If you can come notify: Dorothy Keys Harding or Helen Bartlett Sullivan Mowery or Bev Smith Jochen Or you can call one of us so we can give the restaurant an approximate head count. Hope to see lots of you there. -Dorothy Keys Harding ('52) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) Now that the election is over, I can admit that I am a proponent to "Arm Bears!" since I no longer bear arms myself. (Have to admit that I still own an antique 12 gauge, double barrel shotgun.) I say, give the bear a fighting chance. All he has is a few teeth and some long claws which are no match for an idiot with a gun greater than a .22 cal. I wrote in on my ballot an initiative to arm bears legally rather than to sneak around the government's back to arm bears. However my write-in initiative was voted down, no doubt by those who want to keep bears at arm's length with their guns. Oh well, such is a voter's life. Back to what moonshiners do - hide behind the bushes to conduct their god-given right to make moonshine and arm bears. -Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mary Jones Metcalf ('56) Re: Gus Keeney's ('57) entry of yesterday Just have to share the humor of Gus Keeney's ('57) entry as it's kind of an inside joke that won't be apparent to most of you readers! Gus has a unique perspective on Maren's and Richard's role as editors (or whatever has been determined to be the politically correct term) and what it takes to carefully, nay, critically observe the narrow path of non-offensive submissions. You see, he has the "grit" to face the diametrically opposed positions of the two women mentioned in his note yesterday; i.e., his sister, Missy ('59) and his friend, Mary Jones Metcalf ('56), AND remain on speaking and emailing good terms with both. Since neither Missy nor I have been "out of line" in spite of our polar opposite positions on religion and politics, perhaps Gus should be given an Award of Merit for maintaining decorum and spirit between two extremely opinionated females. And, to all who might think otherwise, I have totally enjoyed Missy's company and figure that there truly is hope for this nation since the two of us can inhabit the same room without the need for aggravated verbiage. I also add my kudos for Maren and Richard and hope that you will continue to keep this forum as it was originally intended. -Mary Jones Metcalf ('56) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Whew! Big sigh of relief. Maren and Burt are both safely in/about New Orleans. I watched them leave on Friday morning about 9:30 and when I heard on Sat. evening that they were approaching the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I was thinking, "ARE THEY INSANE?" Having just watched brother, Gus ('57), suffer the consequences of falling asleep at the wheel, I am a little bit paranoid! To: Brad Upton and Mike Davis You are both a breath of fresh air! To: Sandstorm Editors I personally appreciate keeping controversial topics -- i.e., religion, politics, sex -- out of the pages of the daily Sandstorm. Providing another forum such as the Sagebrush Rag or the Sandbox was an excellent way of handling that policy. Sometimes when I am reading my daily Sandstorm, someone will make a statement in the first sentence or two of their entry that upsets me even if I quit reading it and go on to something else. Maren and Richard do a great (and sometimes thankless) job of providing this wonderful tie to our past and to each other. Sometimes it has to be a difficult call if something qualifies as "controversial" and everyone makes mistakes. I really like Maren and if she were perfect (sorry Maren, you're almost perfect, I know!) I don't think I would be able to stand her! I love what the Sandstorm has added to my life and I wouldn't want to lose it. If you have a controversial subject you need to expound on, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. It works for me! To: Marilyn (Em) Devine Dow ('52) What a lovely party your family hosted to celebrate your big birthday! I was proud to have shared that with you and hope your actual birthday (yesterday) was great too! Wow! I don't think I have ever been this wordy (at least not in the Sandstorm). Bomber Cheers, -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland, Washington ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Oh... okay... -Pappy ('59) PS-- Can I be anonymous too, from now on? [NOOooo ..... not on my watch, Pappy. -Richard] It just seems ..... safer. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: see Pappy's submission, supra Ha ha ha ha! Right on, Pappy! I wonder what ol' Richard would do if we all started writing in anonymously. [Piece of cake! "Access denied!" I'd pitch 'em. Would make editing the rag *really* simple. -Richard] Re: James Fenimore Cooper Thanks, Richard, for sharing "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" by Mark Twain! I laughed my head off and feel vindicated after all these years. Looong ago when I was still a kid, I decided that science fiction probably wasn't improving my mind much and that I needed to acquire a little culture. I should at least try to read some of the classics of literature that weren't required reading in school. Since Chingachgook (pronounced Chicago) was a TV series or something and I liked outdoor adventure stories, I decided to start with Cooper's Natty Bumppo tales. After having struggled through the first one, I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but I was determined to get ejecated. I managed to get through all of them. The only thing that I can think of that I've been more relieved when it was done is ninth grade algebra. I don't think I had ever encountered such boring, insipid characters or such flimsy unlikely plots in my whole short life. However, since they were American classics, I figured it must be my lowbrow taste and lack of educated discernment that prevented me from appreciating the great literary qualities that they must possess so I kept my opinion to myself and went on to England and Charles Dickens ..... a little more to my liking. None of them quite measured up to Isaac Asimov, but, oh well, I was acquiring culture. At last, I can come out of the literary closet! James Fenimore Cooper is the worst writer I ever read! At least if my taste is lowbrow, I'm in good company. Thank you, Mark Twain for having the courage to call a spade a spade! And now, all you James Fenimore Cooper fans out there, please don't write to me at my home to protest. I'm not interested in a personal relationship with any of you. Mark and I have so much in common. Heh heh! Re: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) closed her excellent post yesterday with a suggestion that it was time to put up Christmas lights and I flashed on a cherished Richland memory. Does anyone else remember the short little street out on the shelter belt, I think it was Elm Street, where all the residents on the street put up elaborate Christmas lights and decorations during the late forties, early fifties? It was a Christmas tradition for my family to go for a drive down Elm street to see the decorations for several years. Does anyone remember how long those people continued decorating like that? -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Thinking snow for Christmas! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Guns & Butter Hey, I've got a good idea! What about separate Club 40 reunions for the Kerrys (K) and the Bushies (B). Of course the K's would meet on the left side of the State of Washington and bring butter while the B's would meet in Richland and bring guns. However, the B's would have to be careful not to accidently shoot one another. Mr. Editor: Is this pushing it a little too much? [Nah, I owe you one after sandbagging you last week with a subject line I wrote for your Op-Ed piece. Besides, a bit of gentle satire enlivens this staid rag. -Richard] -Mike Brady ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) Re: Editors and editing Having been involved in the publication of several periodicals over the past few years, I must agree with the statement that the person(s) who edit are the ones who are willing to accept the job. With the acceptance of the job comes both privileges and responsibilities. The greatest responsibility is to get the paper out! If they do that, then filtering the content is the individual's responsibility -- if you don't like it, don't read it. Personally, I have been a member of "the Men From La Mancha" since junior high. I have jousted with enough windmills to have acquired a "Don Quixote Badge, 3rd class". One thing that I have found out is that something controversial published in a paper such as the "Sandstorm" will very seldom influence anyone and will most often infuriate. I have three letters on gun control (a subject near to my heart, and the cause of many broken lances!) and two on the election. These are two and three-page missives in WORD. I can write such a letter, venting my anger and frustrations or expressing support and agreement. This allows me to change my thinking if necessary (yes, I do change my opinions if facts support the change), speak my piece and not make any unnecessary enemies. All political officials are excluded from this policy. We are probably the only school in the world with such a great communications device as "The Sandstorm". Each of us should be "assistant editors" and be sure that what we submit is actually good for the "community" and not just the clanging of our own personal bells! Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes, -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of 1961) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) If anyone doesn't think Richard is qualified to be an editor (and he most definitely is), just read that site he highlighted in his Not Another Editor's Note. Any thoughts I had of being a writer are gone, as I got tired just reading that bit of information, that he called short. I don't understand the trick at all, but perhaps all will be revealed. I'm still in sunshine in cold weather (below 40 degrees) by the little lake. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From Gary Behymer ('64) I believe most everything has been covered by the Alumni Sandstorm? Perhaps it's time to put it to bed? Saying that, how about someone taking over the Sagebrush Rag? You can change the name to The Sagebrush Sandstorm or the Alumni Rag. -Gary Behymer ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Kathy Coppinger ('64) To: Deputy Editor (Plenipotentiary) Richard Kudos goes to you, too, Richard. Don't let the ***b......s*** get you down. You are doing an excellent job. -Kathy Coppinger ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gary Setbacken ('64) Happy Birthday to all my Marine brothers (November 10th) and God bless all the guys in Iraq who are "GETTING SOME" for all us "old farts". Semper Fi, -Gary Setbacken ('64) USMC ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: Iraq Read this commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page. -Donna Fredette ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Read this commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Kudos to Mike Davis and Brad Upton for coming in when needed! I'm all for the Group Hug ((((((HUG))))))!! Re: Mike Howell ('68-WB) You have my prayers. I wish you God's speed in your recovery. Please keep us posted on how you're doing! Bombers Rule! -Pam Ehinger Nassen (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68-WB) To: Michael Davis ('74) Be sure to include me in that Group Hug. I would love to be included especially by some of the Bomberettes I remember. -Mike Howell ('68-WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Claudia Stoffel ('68-WB) Re: Warm and Fuzzy I just spent 3-4 hours outside watching the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). It was quite a show. I'm a little north of Spokane where there isn't much light in the sky, so stars are abundant and brilliant. I saw the lights shining for a long, very long, time ... I just couldn't stop watching. It is truly amazing what this world has to offer. As I watched cars buzz by on the highway I wondered if they could see it and were they thrilled too or if I was just over-reacting. I was wondering how far they were visible tonight and how many Bombers saw them too. Did anyone in the Tri Cities (or anywhere else) see them too? -Claudia Stoffel ('68-WB) ~ North of Spokane in Colbert where they are starting to build housing developments all around. I have watched hundreds of trees go down this summer ... guess it won't be dark out here much longer. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) Re: Brad Anderson ('02), USMC Bomber graduate Brad Anderson and former freshman roommate of my son Scott ('02) at Central Washington University several years ago is currently in Iraq as a USMC combat soldier going from house to house. Brad turned 21 a few weeks ago in combat. As a student he was/is top notch. Care packages include: baby wipes, BBQ sun flower seeds, gum, lip balm, gum, Sponge Bob items, seasonal stuff. Care package must be addressed as below and will take approximately two months to arrive. P.F.C. Brad Anderson E. Company 1st PLT. 2-5 P.O. BOX 55573 Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5473 Re-deployed. To: Sandstorm Editors Looking at all these future Bomber alumni kids surrounding me here at RHS who will one day be reading the Alumni Sandstorm ..... keep up the good, time consuming labor of love editorial work. -Steve Piippo ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) I sure do wish all you political types would get off your soapboxes and get back the original purpose of this site: to share MEMORIES of growing up in Richland. I get enough reality the rest of the day; I don't need to see it here!!! Re: New Bomber Subject Someone pointed out that perhaps we should investigate some new subjects about Richland instead of getting into rhetoric over who has suffered the most because of the election. I would like to nominate a "pain" point that I recall pretty well from my younger days ..... the Richland Police Department. I don't know how it was outside of my "special time" (1963-1973) but I would presume that there are a ton of RPD stories out there. In retrospect, I pretty much feel sorry for the poor cops of our day. Richland was such a "clean town", mainly because of the qualifications it took to get there in the first place, that true crime was pretty much non- existent. So the cops didn't have much to do, except hassle the kids (I'm going to suppose that they were intimidated by the adults). I have a few stories that I will throw out over the next few weeks if this subject catches on but one of my favorites involves a couple of other ex-Bombers: Wes Gates (??) and Tim Gates ('70). I don't really know Wes and haven't seen Tim in years but I'm thinking they would be okay with this story. The story was related to me by their dad, Richland American Little League coaching great Floyd Gates (RIP). If you recall, when President Kennedy came to dedicate the new reactor at 100N in September of 1963, all the Richland school kids got the day off to go see the event. Many did go see him but a lot also used the day as a free day to goof off. Apparently Wes and Tim, falling in the latter category, were down at the river with their BB-guns doing what young boys do with BB-guns at that age: look for dangerous animals like sparrows and magpies, and play war, etc. Apparently, the RPD had been warned to look for "suspicious activity" during the time of Kennedy's visit. Coincidentally, this BB-gun activity also apparently qualified in their minds as "suspicious activity". Since Kennedy's helicopter was due to fly across the Columbus within 30 miles or so of where Wes and Tim were, the RPD became concerned that, perhaps, the Gates brothers were intent on "bringing it down" ..... with their BB-guns. So the RPD, again in their zeal to contribute to National Security interests, "arrested" the brothers and took them in to the police station. Floyd was called to come get his delinquent boys -- but only after Kennedy was safely back to Moses Lake and aboard Air Force One. To say that Floyd was miffed about the whole incident would be an understatement, but I heard the story years later as an amusing anecdote. Those of you who knew Floyd can only imagine what choice words he had for the police. Well, maybe that will prime some pumps on infamous encounters with the RPD. I also hope you all notice that I did manage to sneak in the subjects of both politics and guns into this little story but hope my transgression will be allowed. [Sorry Vic, but 'politics' and 'guns' are no more subjects of this tale than were the set props in an episode of "All in the Family". So, you're safe. -Richard] To: Richard and Maren Keep up the good work. My fellow Bombers ..... let's get back to gossiping about the past!! -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI ~ where it is sunny and bright ..... and 32 degrees. I think maybe it's time to put the boat away. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) To: Richard When you decided to play the trick on Alumni Sandstorm readers, you apparently forgot the pandemonium that Orson Welles caused with "War of the Worlds". -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Michael Davis ('74) Quite the profound statement by Senator Upton. Geez, and I just thought he was a bald headed funnyman! That boy has got substance!!! He's got my vote! -M. Davis ('74) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Neidhold ('77) Re: Richland v Pasco Fuh-Bah You would have to go back a long way to find out the last time the Bombers and the Bulldogs did not play each other. I have been around Bomber Football as a player and coach for what seems like forever, and I can't remember not playing them. I can remember when I was in junior high, when Pasco and the Bombers would play twice a year. Any one else remember that? -Mike Neidhold ('77) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: Bomber Presidential Election results Added more graphs to the <Bomber Election Survey>. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/10/04 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 23 Bombers sent stuff today: Betty Hiser ('49), Jim Grow ('51) Ralph Myrick ('51), Betty Conner ('52) Mike Clowes ('54), Darlene Trethewey ('56-WB) George Swan ('59), Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Lora Homme ('60), Mike Brady ('61) Jay Siegel ('61), Rosann Benedict ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Frank Whiteside ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), David Rivers ('65) Steve Piippo ('70), Brad Wear ('71) Barb Belcher ('72), Cecily Riccobuono ('77) Gilbert Blankenship ('81) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Bill Johnson ('57) Carl Dvorak ('58) Dee Shipman ('72) Fred Meeks ('73) UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS <> BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) MEMORIES: How well I remember driving up to Elm Street and looking at all the decorations. Have no idea when the residents quit doing that. Does anyone remember going down to what is now John Dam Plaza and having Christmas programs with Paul Beardsley leading the singing? He also did this for other events. (Crowning of Miss Richland, for instance.) Does anyone remember the Atomic Frontier Days? If you were going into your freshman year they would initiate you. I was scared they would initiate me!! Does anyone remember the Hi Spot? The Mart? I spent many an hour in the Mart. Does anyone remember the fireworks after the war? They frightened the younger children because they had never heard nor seen them before. Isn't it too bad that people are so quick to judge but not very quick to give thanks? I think our editors do a fantastic job. Keep up the excellent work. It's like the TV, if you don't like it, turn it off. You don't have to read the newspapers or listen to the radio or even exist. That is your choice, if you don't like the Sandstorm don't subscribe, it's like a nice warm fuzzy in the morning. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland where it gets cooler each day and we have begun to have fog in the early morning. Nice sunshine in the afternoons though. Does anyone remember the fogs we used to have in the late 40's? ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Grow ('51) Re: Vic Marshall ('71) Letter of Tuesday Nov. 9 Read this commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page. -Jim Grow ('51) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Well, Harvey Montgomery ('50) and I finished blowing out sprinkler systems Monday. We had perfect weather. Cold mornings, but nice later on in the day. We did have some difficult houses trying to find turn-offs, blow- outs, valves, and sprinklers. I know just how bad it is because Harvey says terrible, not blankety blank. When he uses terrible, terrible, terrible, it is really bad. I really enjoy working with Harvey. He is a great guy. I am looking forward to working with him next year, that is, if God wills it and the creek don't rise. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) Police Stories! Yes, a lot of Police Stories are out there. When we gather with former classmates, this is one that usually comes up. My husband Doug (Class of '52) used to work, during summer break from college, for the City of Richland, watering city-owned property lawns, and the cemetery. There were no underground sprinklers in those days. Just the big heavy hoses and the big sprinklers that turned and squirted water in all directions. He had to go to work at midnight, so that left the early part of the evening open to fun and escapades. He and two friends (Class of '53) had a goodly supply of firecrackers left over after the festivities of the Fourth of July. They were just riding around, and noticed several police cars in the vicinity of the Ranier Bank, in Uptown Richland. (Across the walkway on the same side of Uptown from the Tahitian restaurant, and down the street from Dawson-Richards.) One of them got the great idea that it would be funny to toss some of their firecrackers in the direction of the police, and see if they were alert. The first time by, and toss, went uneventfully, so they went by again. This time, there was some attention paid to their little noisemakers. But the third time, a police car was waiting, and followed them out of the Uptown district, and out to Jadwin, past Williams, and then turned on the lights and siren. (I might add that one of the three was the son of one of Richland's Finest, and the other two had 'occasion to speak' to the force; it was pretty certain they were all known by RPD.) They stopped, as scared as expected, and waited. The policeman stuck his head in the window, noting the three scared juveniles, and asked, "Do you have any more firecrackers?" Of course, one couldn't admit to having any such device, because that would surely 'convict' them, and heaven knows what that might mean. (Like parents being invited to step into the picture, etc.) So, they said, "No," as they looked around to make sure none were in sight. The policeman, wise man that he had to be, told them to follow him down to the Police Station. At that time, the headquarters were located on Knight Street, across from what is now the Federal Building. The discussion in the car, other than the moans and groans and wondering how a night in jail could impact their standing in their parent's estimation, centered on, "How do we get rid of the (several) strings of firecrackers we still have?" The policeman was driving fairly slowly, and it was mostly a straight line to the station, and they feared that if the cop saw firecrackers going out a window, he would stop, and get them, fingerprints and all, or whatever the authority did in those cases. They held on them as long as they dared, and when the police car turned off Knight into the parking lot, one of the guys decided that it was 'now or never' and tossed the whole supply out the window. As the policeman parked his car, they looked back, and there on the windshield of a car they sat. Visible to the whole world, and they were doomed! If the policeman noticed, he didn't say anything. They followed the policeman, each vying to be the last one in, to the office. They were questioned, and warned, and questioned, and finally, they were allowed to go home -- just in time for Doug to make it to work. They had to report in to the station once a week, for several weeks, where they heard lectures on safety, and other subjects that were not highly interesting to the culprits, but none of the three remembers having the parents' being notified. The one thing the three had missed was the reason the police were gathered at the Uptown district. There had been an alarm from Rainier Bank shortly before their arrival, and the police were gingerly trying to determine if there was someone in the bank at the time, or if they had left it, were they still in the area. You know, I don't think that was ever revealed to any of us. We believe it was a malfunction of the system, but, who knows? Or cares? -Betty Conner Sansom ('52) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Bob (Mike Clowes) Carlson ('54) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) You must remember that James Fenimore Cooper's writings gave us some really bad movies and a great television series. Outside of several books on robots, and a history of the future universe, what else has Issac Asimov done lately? Surely no great movies or bad tv series. And a philosophical question: Do bears really have the right to arms? -Bob (Mike Clowes) Carlson ('54) ~ the fog has lifted (at last) in Albany, OR ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Darlene Trethewey Dunning ('56-WB) Does anyone remember the man who lived over by Spalding grade school who rebuild bikes and sold them? He gave me my first bike when I cried as I didn't have the $20. Let's focus on the great things that happen in Richland. Love you all, -Darlene Trethewey Dunning ('56-WB) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Marines everywhere Happy 229th Birthday! Hand ... Salute! To: Those in it I know that you will "not" go gentle into the dark of night nor the light of day, "my Band of Brothers." Semper Fi! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Hi Richard - and Maren - Please run our notice for the November Portland/Vancouver Bomber luncheon. DATE: Saturday - November 13, 2004 VISIT TIME: 11:00 a.m ORDER LUNCH: 11:30 WHERE: DoubleTree/Columbia River Take the Jantzen Beach Mall Exit off of I-5 Please contact Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) if you are planning to join us. All Bombers, Spouses and Friends are welcome! Thanks a bunch - for the notice and for the Sandstorm! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Merry Shopping One of the headlines on my home page today is "the Shopping Season has started!" Shopping Season? What happened to the holiday season; you know, Christmas and Hanukah? Has the politically correct holiday now become Shopping Season? Ok, then, since I always try to be politically correct, I suppose I should wish you all merry Shopping. Instead of stars or menorahs we could decorate with dollar signs. We could put up those money trees that they sometimes use at bridal showers and decorate it with currency, strings of coins, credit cards, and sales receipts. Instead of snow, we'd spread those white Styrofoam packing peanuts under it. We could put a bank president figure with a big lighted cigar in his mouth on top instead of an angel. Gifts could be wrapped in the colorful store ads that turn the Sunday paper into a thirty five pound tome. I guess we could keep Santa but maybe we should change his last name to Sales. You know those cute miniature Victorian villages with the lighted windows that people display at Shopping time? Those could be replaced with little models of strip malls with parking lots instead of ice skating ponds. Instead of carols we will sing advertising jingles. Or: Jingle coins, jingle coins, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to shop in the good ol' Bon Marche'. Dashing to the mall, for a one-day, half-price sale, up the stairs I run, got a coupon in the mail. Well, you get the idea. Hmmmm, it kind of loses something, doesn't it? Oh well, Merry Shopping and a Happy New Purchase. [Lora, Freberg already did this; sorry. -Richard] -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Thinking packing peanuts for Shopping Season! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Controversial issues In regards to Jay Siegel's ('61) comments, "...controversial issues published in a paper such as Sandstorm will very seldom influence anyone..." Read this commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page. I was not kidding about an eastside/westside reunion! -Mike Brady ('61) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) Re: Happy Birthday Marines! Once again, on this special date, there are Marines going in harms way -- a moment of silence in remembrance and appreciation of them. And now a toast: "The past to learn from; the present to live; and the future to look forward to." Semper Fi Marines. Clear blue skies and warm, gentle breezes, -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61), MSgt USMC, Ret ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Rosann Benedict (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Heal the Divide Read this commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page. -Rosann Benedict (Gold Medal Class of '63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To Arms, To Arms The Omnipotence of the Gold Medal Class of '63 has been besmirched, all for the lack of a viable Sunshine Committee. We all knew that Tuesday was the birthday of Spiro Agnew and Mary Travers (she of Peter, Paul & Mary), but we overlooked one of our own. In the name of Art, Zip's, and all things Green & Gold, how could we all have forgotten the 60th Birthday of Dick Boehning? Be sure to call the boy and leave a message. He'll call you back when he gets off of the golf course. Happy Birthday Dick, here's hoping you shot your age. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Maren's Welcome Back to New Orleans Lunch On Saturday, November 20, we will have a Bomber lunch get-together to welcome Maren back to her old stomping grounds. Richland's loss is our gain! It will be at the same restaurant as last time: The Quarter View Restaurant at 613 Clearview Parkway in Metairie, LA, phone 504.887.3456 at 2:00pm. There are limited parking spaces, but it is not usually real crowded at that time. If no parking is available, park in the Sav-A-Center parking lot next to McDonalds. If you come I-10, get off at the Clearview Parkway exit and head toward the Huey Long Bridge. Cross West Metairie where you will see Krispy Kreme and McDonalds. The restaurant is just the other side of McDonalds. Please contact me ASAP if you plan to attend so we'll know how many Bombers to expect. This was the only day we could plan it before Thanksgiving. Try to attend if you can! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Elm Street~~~~ I lived on Elm Street from 4th grade through my junior year in high school---my mother, Hazel, along with other neighbors (the McAllisters; Wises; Conrads; Dozers; Muellers; Taylors; Garcias--know there were others, but these are the only names I can remember) all decorated their houses and entered the contest that the City put on (my mom won 3rd place one year---have the picture someplace---she cut Santa's Toy Shop, reindeer, and elves out of plywood and painted them). I don't know when it started or when it ended---I only remember my mom doing it for a couple years. the Garcia's lived about the middle of the street and if I remember correctly, he always took first place. To: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Re: site for sending packages to service men and women in Iraq Thank you so much for this link---went to the site, printed out the lists of what to send--will be going to Target this weekend and buying the necessary items and getting them sent off. wish this had been done for the guys who served during Viet Nam, maybe they wouldn't have felt so isolated from the rest of their country. I know, I know, becoming too political, so I will stop before I get banished to cyber space or some other "hot" place. Re: Sagebrush Rag I'm sorry to hear that it might "bite the dust", but I do agree with the editors that the Sandstorm needs to be just a place for "warm and fuzzies"---I like reading about everyone's experiences as a kid in Richland and the things we all did as kids--we should all be dead from running behind those mosquit trucks! some of the memories have been long forgotten, til someone writes about them, and then gets the "juices flowing" and I remember even more things about growing up in the BEST damn place in America and with the BEST group of kids, EVER!!!! I am proud of my home-town and proud to be a Bomber and a part of this Alumni Sandstorm!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - supposed to get more rain, but so far, clear skies and no rain clouds in sight! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Hey, Mike Brady ('61), that is a great idea! Absolutely hilarious. Thanks for the laugh! I needed it. I guess my entry was too libelous. Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Happy Birthday Marines! Semper Fi. -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) From the Halls of Macintosh to the shores of the old Yakamee we have all grown up in Richland and seen what we could see....ok...I'm no poet and no lyricist........But as with Brother Setbacken ('64 USMC) it's that time again to wish all my Brother and Sister Marines a Crimson and Gold and Green and Gold HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am never able to name them all off tho I really wish I could...I know Jim House (number 32 in your program '63) Jim Heidlebaugh ('65), Kenny Johnson ('65), Marv Steele ('65...he once kissed a gunny), Gary Webb ('64...His brother Terry ('63 RIP) and I spent hours planning my joining the Marine Corps....) Mack Brand ('64) Rafael Alcazar ('64), Steve Simpson ('65), Rick Maddy ('67), Mark Black ('66 RIP), I think Richard Brunelle ('65), Bob "Tuna" Mattson ('64), Brad Wear ('71)...I know there are many more and I apologize for not being able to recall at the moment.......But that doesn't mean that you are not dear to me and in my heart. We all served in the finest military outfit anyone could ever imagine and we are all Bombers thru and thru...It's funny....we never stop being Marines and we never stop being Bombers....something to be said for that. I remember my first night on those yellow footprints like it was yesterday and I remember being decked outside the airport on the sidewalk and knowing this wasn't anyplace I'd ever been before. Man...two minutes in the Corps and I'm already flat on my back with a smashed in nose....never had to tell me twice agian....Aye Aye Sir....period! From the biggest smart ass back on the block to A J Squared away in under 7 more diddy-boppin' fer me and no more pogey bait...just a lean mean green now...all these years later...some of the lean and some of the mean has left us...but we are all "proud to wear the title of United States Marine!" -David Rivers ('65) S.Sgt USMC ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo (almost graduated '70) To: Mike Neidhold ('77) Re: Scott Piippo ('02) -- #42 (CWU fuh-bah) #42 at CWU's final season scrimmage did well as the 6'1" 250lb blocking FB. Those boys really really compete, rooting for each other after every play. First season in five years #42 did not have reconstructive surgery or a broken bone(s). Thanks for helping him get there. -Steve Piippo (almost graduated '70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) To: Steve Piippo ('70) Bomber and Marine Corps cheers to you regarding sending gear to Brad Anderson ('02). I can't tell you how much this affects the men who are in-country, and how much they appreciate it. The Metroplex Marines (Dallas organization) has shipped over 8,000 pounds of "stuff" to the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Word of advice: try to ship the gear in shoe-box sized containers. For some reason they can get this size package delivered fairly quickly (usually within 1 week) but larger size packages take over two weeks. No liquids, ammo, firearms, porno, or alcohol; it'll be confiscated or dumped. Do send eye drops, chips, jerky, skoal (even if they don't dip, they use it as trading bait), paperback books, car or cycle magazines, and a real favorite are disposable cameras. November 10th, Happy Marine Corps Birthday; 229 years of tradition unhampered by progress. The most destructive fighting force known to man. -Brad Wear ('71) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Our family too had a Christmas tradition of driving down Elm street during December. In fact, we kids wanted to do it every night! It's a different group of homeowners there now and they don't decorate like the group in the 60's and 70's (my memory span). Does anyone know if there is any street/neighborhood now that's known for its exceptional lighting displays? Someone had the idea to find new subjects to discuss. Something from our collective past histories. So many things have been discussed in the past that might be interesting to newcomers. I've been racking my brain (which doesn't take long): time spent playing in the parks/school playgrounds, Big Pool, Tastee Freeze, A&W, favorite teachers (mine was Mrs. Deusner at Carmichael). Did anyone go on the Classroom on Wheels between 8th and 9th grade? Our condolences to the Carrigan family on the loss of Thomas Kelly Carrigan ('72-RIP). Keep up the good work, Maren and Richard. -Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) - West Richland, where it's been foggy and chilly all day, but the sun is peeking out now for a few minutes. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Cecily Riccobuono-McClanahan ('77) To: Dick Avedovech Jr. ('56) Dick, I couldn't agree with you more! I too think we should arm Bears. Those poor things. Out roaming the wild with no defenses. Just think. If we armed the Bears, they could shoot back. Now that would make Bear hunting a little more sporting now wouldn't it? (lol) Thanks for a good laugh, even if it may have been unintentional. To: Mike Neidhold ('77) Hello my fellow grad, and dear friend. I too remember when Pasco and Richland would play each other twice a year. I also remember the fights. My parents didn't want us to go in the bathroom alone, as the Pasco girls back then were pretty scary. The lights would go out, then it would start. I never was hurt, but it was intimidating all the same. Funny how things change. In our day, Pasco was predominantly Black, and Pasco was Richland's biggest rival. When I attended my niece's graduation at Pasco High this past June, it was mostly Hispanics, and Caucasians, and now they don't play each other at all?? Wow! -Cecily Riccobuono-McClanahan ('77) PS-- Here's my group hug! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gilbert Blankenship ('81) To: Gary Setbacken ('64) I would like to echo Gary's comments and wish a happy birthday to all my Marine Corps brothers and sisters, past, present, and future. God bless you for all your efforts home and abroad. I wish you all a safe and happy birthday. As tomorrow comes to a close, I will hoist a libation, and commiserate with my fellow Marines over those who are no longer with us, and those who are apart from us so that we may remain free. I will close the evening by "shedding a tear for all our fallen enemy" -- my brothers and sisters will understand :-) For those interested in this year's CMC message -- I have included the link: <2004 Commandant's Message> Ooh Rah! Semper Fi! SSgt Gilbert Blankenship 2621/2629/0151 USMC 1981-1994 (quitter) -Gilbert Blankenship ('81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/11/04 ~ Veterans' Day Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Betty Hiser ('49), Rick Reed ('49) Jim Grow ('51), Tom Hughes ('56) Raymond Hall ('57), Gus Keeney ('57) Ed Quigley ('62), Ed Wood ('62) John Campbell ('63), Fred Schafer ('63) Frank Whiteside ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Diana Bennett ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), David Rivers ('65) John Zimmer ('66), Mike Franco ('70) Clark Riccobuono ('71) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Bev Coates ('52) Don Brackenbush ('63) Don Eckert ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Jerry Boyd ('52) and Patsy McGregor ('54-WB) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) Re: Pasco Football I remember going to a Richland/Pasco game (in the late 40's) and they called timeout. Everyone from both teams formed a circle and inside the circle was a Pasco player and other football personnel. Seems like the strings that held his pants together went kaput and they had to find another string and fix his pants. That must have been the longest timeout I can remember in watching Richland play football. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland ~ foggy this morning but it does clear up in the afternoon. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Rick Reed ('49) Re: Marines Every November 10th, I remember an incident that happened to me a few years back. It was in Las Vegas at a Christmas Show and I was demonstrating a golf product. A young couple was listening to my sales pitch and I noticed the young lady had a Marine Corps jacket on. I asked her male friend if he was a Marine. He responded, "YES SIR." To which I responded that I was an ex Marine myself. He immediately took a step foreword , got right into my face and retorted, "SIR, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN EX MARINE, SIR." Needless to say, from that day forward I am still a Marine and very proud of it. Happy birthday Marines. -Rick Reed ('49) ~ Auburn, CA ~ and a short note to you Carol Tyner Roberts: I will always remember Bill as one of my closest friends. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Jim Grow ('51) [Angrier than a ..... well, really really angry, Mr. Grow submitted two items, forty minutes apart. -Richard] Read this commentary on the 'Op-Ed' page -Jim Grow ('51) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: South Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon No reservations necessary! If you would like you can email me if you will be at the luncheon. DATE: November 14, 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, -Tom Hughes ('56) ~ Auburn, WA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Raymond Hall ('57) Thanks for all your prayers and thoughts. I had the hernia operation on Tuesday, and except for the pain from surgery, all is well. It is an awesome feeling knowing that I have an awesome support group. Thanks again. I now will rest at home for a week or so. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, -Raymond Hall ('57) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Semper Fi Sorry, I got busy last night and forgot to send the congrats to USMC's 229th Birthday yesterday. I might be forgiven for I was a NAVY Aircraft Electrician, but I was TAD to -- I think it was VMA 211 -- for a short period when they were very short on AE's. They were a great bunch of guys and were very appreciative of having even a Swabby in their ranks for that period. Semper Fi, Marines! -Gus Keeney ('57) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To all the veterans, Whether or not I supported "your" war (assuming you are NOT a politician! :) ), I want you to know, truly, how very thankful I am for your service and sacrifice for our great country. You and all of your "brothers and sisters in arms" are being remembered, with gratitude, for making it possible for all of us to hold, and discuss (argue?) our various positions on political subjects, without fear of a knock on the door in the middle of the night. You are our nation's greatest treasure. Bless you all! -Ed Quigley ('62) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Birthday memories Last week Janice and I took a two day drive to Houston to deliver furniture to our son Brian, now working there as a lead game designer for a video game company. We timed the trip to celebrate my 60th birthday with my "baby sister" Alyson. She organized a wonderful memory-laden roast which I richly deserved. Thanks Helen, Fred, Mac and others who added fuel to the roast. It was certainly a surprise to hear from you that way. My sister Lesley ('65-WB) really outdid herself with a memory scrapbook that included photos and newspaper articles that I don't recall having seen before. Such as a photo of the Spudnut shop (15 cents for ala mode) which showed the Sportslets toy and hobby shop next door that I don't recall -- complete with a selection of tricycles parked out front. Or one of Lyndy Wheeler ('62) and Vivian Gereke (exchange student from S Africa) attending an AAUW meeting with my mother. Thanks for the memories. -Ed Wood ('62) ~ Morrison, CO ~ awaiting tonight's snow. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Campbell ('63) Happy Birthday to my good friend and classmate, Don Brackenbush (Nov 11). I think you've held up pretty well, Don. I know you're enjoying your retirement. I can't wait. Maybe Lila will bake you a cake, but don't get burned trying to blow out all the candles! -John Campbell, Class of '63 ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Fred Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Lora, thanks for the memory of Elm Street; we lived on 1022 Cottonwood right across from the Clarks -- Jake, Jo, Janet, Janelle; all Bombers -- and it was a Christmas Eve tradition for the family to walk on Elm Street (one of the beautifully decorated homes was Nester Wise's ('63)); made the wait for Santa's arrival easier to bear. Happy Veterans Day to all of us who served. -Fred Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from damp Vancouver USA ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Maren/Burt in Maren's new home with daughter Stacy and granddaughters Today (Tuesday), I went to Gretna to help Queen Maren and Burt again, like yesterday. Burt and I managed to get the broken clothes dryer fixed, and we searched for a refrigerator which would fit in the space in the kitchen to no avail. Stacey's (Maren's daughter) in-laws offered the use of an extra refrigerator, so tomorrow we'll go pick it up. We had shrimp po boys for lunch and then just visited, and I managed to get some pictures of Maren and baby Maddie as well as Stacey and Maddie and of beautiful little Abby who has grown like a weed. Attached are some pictures that don't really need any explanation. Things are progressing slowly, but Maren should have things settled soon (hopefully). Don't know when she will be ready to handle the Sandstorm duties again, but it should be fairly soon. Pictures from Gretna, LA -Frank Whiteside ('63) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) We honor our 1964 classmates who served in the military: <Class of '64 Veterans Page> -Gary Behymer ('64) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Diana Bennett Ground ('64) Re: Elm Street at Christmas Our first home in Richland was on Elm Street (1107 was the address) and I vividly remember all the lovely decorations at Christmas. Our next door neighbor was Herb Mueller and quite an artist. He would do very elaborate set-ups on his lawn. I also remember every year after Thanksgiving we would go to Uptown to see all the Christmas lights and decorations the stores put up. About two weeks before Christmas we'd go out as a family and buy our tree and then go spend our carefully saved allowances in J.J. Newberrys to buy presents for each other. What great memories. -Diana Bennett Ground ('64) ~ Still in Juneau, Alaska, where it is getting pretty cold (down to 25 last night) but still no snow on the ground. We did have Northern Lights last night -- so beautiful. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re: topics for Sandstorm~~~someone mentioned favorite teachers---I LOVED: Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Sterling at Marcus Whitman; Mrs. Schwartz at Spalding; Miss Ruby and Mrs. Claire at Carmichael; Mrs. Jensen and Mrs. Burns(steno teacher)at Col-Hi. loved going to the Big Pool---my mom would get my brother and I passes and we practically lived at the pool each and every summer! *grin* walking all over town on a Saturday---to the Uptown, to the library, then always stopping at Zip's and then getting home in time for dinner. *grin* always stopping at Dairy Queen and getting a double-dipped chocolate cone; going barefoot and feet getting "black as pitch" and scrubbing them with comet and lava soap to get all the tar off! going swimming at Columbia Park(wasn't it called, The Lagoon?); Saturday morning movies at the Uptown---price of admission was a penny receipt from the drug store next to the theatre; "buck night" at the drive-ins; learning to drive a stick shift(first car was a '49 Ford, "three on the tree") and "killing" it numerous times, before I got the "hang of it"; sock hops at Carmichael; high school football games and the dances in the gym afterwards; the Harlem Globetrotters coming to town my Sophomore year and laughing til I cried at their antics---they made it look so easy--loved Meadowlark Lemon---thought he was the best! and, many other great things about growing up in Richland! I still believe it was the best place to be a kid---for the most part, we had great teachers, great friends, and good role models, which is not something that many can say today!!!!!!! ;/ I also remember Atomic Frontier Days---does anyone know or remember why they were no longer held in Richland and moved to Columbia Park? does anyone remember the Fire Prevention Parade that was held every year---we could dress up and be part of the parade? what about when the police department would come to the grade schools, conduct bicycle safety week and IF you wanted to be able to ride your bike to school, you had to pass a safety course and they would license your bike(in case it was stolen, they would be able to find it---didn't work----mine was stolen---when I was in 7th grade and it was NEVER found). also remember the carnivals at the grade schools and at Carmichael---- remember the cake walks? the "white elephant" store at the carnivals? and how many girls remember the fashion shows(at Carmichael)---if you took Home-Ec, you had to sew at least one outfit and model it for the entire school during an assembly!!!!! Linda Reining.......Bakersfield, CA.....still saying we are going to get rain, but so far, we are dry as a bone!!!!!! ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Mike Brady ('61) Re: controversial issues (11/10 Op-Ed) Right on. To all you other Bombers out there including those of you out there in cyber space: God Bless You All. Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Vets' Day WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU...WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU...WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU...the only words any of us wanted to hear when we got home...I've told my story about coming home so many times you are all bored to tears with stay with the Hell's angels and the care they gave us as we tried to adjust to being back in the World...the gut wrenching need to get outa here and get back to what we knew and could trust...fear of the bad guys and the knowledge that VERY few on our side would mess with us because they knew we were as crazy and maybe crazier than they were....step on your neighbor's toes and you might find you have no foot....ahhh the good life....why there was this brand new S/sgt from Stateside...I'll never forget the time he tried...oh never mind....I don't want you to think I was some kinda animal or the point of this little ditty is to tell all you guys and gals that if nobody told you today...To all the Squids, Doggies, Fly-boys and Fellow Juggies, snuffies and officers alike...Welcome Home, Thank You and We love you and what you gave and gave up for all of us! Happy Vets' Day VETS! David Rivers ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: John Zimmer ('66) Most of the Bombers will not remember me, fewer will remember my mother, but I am asking for your prayers. My mother, Iris (Wadley) is in the hospital in Puyallup, WA. Without going into detail, she is a very, very sick woman. The doctors have told my sister, Joyce, tomorrow morning (11/10/04), they will know how extensive the problem has become and whether another surgery will do any good at all. Mom was always there for us kids and our friends, never complaining about anything, as she isn't now. I know I haven't contributed to the Sandstorm writings but reading the daily issues I know and feel how close all Bombers are to one another. I had a terrible wave of loss come over me after talking to my sister on her return from the hospital tonight and ask for all Bombers to take a moment to put this wonderful, thoughtful, caring woman in their prayers for good news and recovery. Thank you my Bomber friends. -John Zimmer ('66) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) "Can't we all just get along?" Really, if all this is going to get serious then I am going to go elsewhere for my entertainment .... like the Washington Husky football web site! Davis, Upton, other immature, shallow degenerates (euphemism for most Bombers I knew) .... I think it is time to right this tottering tub! It is time to rally around our Bomber traditions, our Bomber history, our Bomber lore and avoid reality at all costs!!! Act now, before it is too late!!! Whew!!! That wore me out .... I am going to take a nap ..... NOW DON'T MAKE ME SAY THIS AGAIN OR I AM GOING TO GET REALLY TICKED (remember that word?). And next time anyone gets worked up, just think about Fran Rish lecturing us about swearing, about that football game with Borah High of Boise, about Coyote Crownover ('66) hitting that hook shot, about changing the frequency on Lodefink's police scanner at Zips on a Saturday night, of hooky-bobbing behind cars when it snowed until you hit a manhole cover, of the mosquito spray truck and of course .... seeing President Kennedy shaking the hand of Mike Franco!!!! Lighten up Bombers ... it's what we are known for!!! -Mike Franco ('70) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Clark J Riccobuono ('71) Re: Police Stories Good police stories have to start somewhere. Does anyone remember a RPD officer named Lodefink? One boring hot August night in our sweet little spudnut town Chris Vowels and I decided we needed something to do. So we climbed the Lutheran church. There was a rope on the back side in the flat roof that one could hoist themselves to the top. We pulled his El Camino up in front of some speculating neighbor's house. Then went on our climbing journey. As we were viewing the lovely sights of the Columbia river and many of Richland's beautiful scenic sites, a police car pulled up, then there were two, and three. I said, "Chris, look at them. What do you think they are doing?" Come to find out nosey neighbor ruined our fun and called the police. Come to find out one of Chris's dads (RIP) was an RPD officer. Yes, Lodefink. Oh well; we got a real spankin' and had to go home. They were going to arrest us for trespassing, but spared our perfect records. Guess what? Chris Vowels is, and has been, one of Richland's finest police officers for many years. Yeah, we had our fun growing up there. Sure wish it was the Bombers on top of the football poll. But nice to see the east side is well represented by PHS. -Clark J Riccobuono ('71) ~ Love Puyallup, where slugs grow ramped [and rampant?]. ********************************************************* ********************************************************* Funeral notices scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Thomas 'Kelly' Carrigan ('72) ~ 2/27/53 - 11/8/04 >>Owen L. Hacker ('76?) ~ 6/23/59 - 10/20/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/12/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Char Dossett ('51), Dore Tyler ('53) Lenora Hughes ('55), Burt Pierard ('59) Darlene Minard ('60), Lora Homme ('60) Mary Ray ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Bob Cross ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) Steve Piippo ('70), Lynn Noble ('72) Elizabeth Mcallister ('78) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* EDITOR'S NOTE OK, Folks, I'm BACK! Now we can get back to NORMAL! There may be some repeats... I'm trying to pick up anything that was missed while I was off. Bomber cheers, Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Cross ('79) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Char Dossett Holden ('51) I have been asked to organize a luncheon in the Seattle/Bellevue area. Before I can confirm a meeting place we will need to know how many Bombers are interested in a luncheon on Sunday, perhaps every other month? I would appreciate a reply and your email address. Thank you. -Char Dossett Holden ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* THIS ENTRY IS FROM 11/6/04 >>From: Dore Tyler ('53) What Skippy and Millie said. ["Skippy" is Gloria Adams Fulcher (54); "Millie" is Millie Finch Gregg ('54) and Dore is talking about what they said in the 11/6/04 Sandstorm. -Maren]. -Dore Tyler ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) We had a wonderful turn-out for our Las Vegas Luncheon this past Sunday. Thirteen people turned out and it was great to see those we hadn't seen for a while and a couple of new faces. I hope we can keep adding to our group as we have so much fun. I took photos, but my camera and my computer are refusing to communicate with each other and so will have to see what happens with this problem. My son is working on it, so perhaps soon. In attendance were: Carole White Evans ('65) and husband, Jim; Harvey Irby ('64), his wife Carolyn (NAB), & his father Harvey, Sr. {NAB}; Nancy Moore ('70); Duke ('50) and Daisy Clark Smith ('54); Jim Nelligan ('50) and his wife, Ginny (NAB); Roberta Hill Karcher ('49); my husband, Bob Bejarano (NAB) and myself. We had a great time remembering the "good old days" as usual. Hope we can have this great of a turn-out each time we meet. If I get the camera and the computer all squared away I will send photos. Wish me luck. Ha -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Musings on Da Trip As I am sitting here in N.O. (actually Gretna, LA), I have been thinking back about the trip and decided to put the thoughts in to a submittal. First, I would like to acknowledge some offers to get together for coffee or something but you can probably tell from the previous reports of our progress, the timing was wrong everywhere to hook up. Michael Waggoner ('60) & Ron Richards ('63) had expressed a Denver area interest but we went through Denver during the wee hours of Saturday morning. (by the way, thanks to Ron for the short cut tip through Fort Collins, CO - it worked well for us.) Also, Larry Dibbern ('58) offered to get together in Fort Worth/Dallas but we went through there shortly before midnight, Saturday night. We both want you guys to realize that we did not just ignore your kind & thoughtful offers. I would also like to acknowledge the concerns of Missy Keeney ('59) who called Maren's cell phone several times during the trip to check on our progress, although bless her heart, she had to criticize my all-night driving since the memory of her brother Gus' ('57) asleep-at-the-wheel accident is still very fresh in her mind. Anyhow, we made the 2500+ mile trip in just about exactly 50 hours - not bad time with two Rest Area sleep stops and two sit- down meals. After arriving here on Sunday, Maren's daughter Stacey and son-in law, Chris, wanted to start unloading the truck and all I wanted to do was sleep. I tried helping for a while but faded fast and crashed with pleasant dreams of all the work I was avoiding. Monday was consumed with completing the truck unloading & picking up a used washing machine. Frank Whiteside's ('63) assistance in the latter project was greatly appreciated. Tuesday was the "fix the clothes dryer" day. I had disassembled the beast and found the culprit part when Frank showed up again. He drove us to pick up the parts and even sprang for them. His able assistance was again appreciated for the re-assembly (these things always come apart much easier than they go back together). Wednesday was the day to go pick up a new refrigerator and install same. Again Frank was there to pitch in. After completing that project, it was time to play and the three of us went down to the French Quarter. We started at the Central Grocery with Muffaletta sandwiches and then drank a toast to Jim Hamilton ('63) who has continuously promoted that place. After wandering around looking at stuff for a while, Frank had to leave and Maren & I were left on our own. We did Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's (I needed to replace my glass that had been lost over the years since getting it in my Navy days in 1962) and toasted all Marines (for their birthday), especially the Bomber Marines. After more wandering and liquid consumption (including something called a Hand Grenade), we were wandering down Bourbon Street when the familiar strains of "Old Time Rock & Roll" came wafting from a club into the street. We were moved to start dancing right there and soon drew a crowd. We must not have been too goofy as a gal came up to us a block or so away and said she enjoyed our dancing. [The gal said NOTHING to me... it was BURT she was talking to... and she said "I saw you dancing... you're a GREAT dancer... and she was right, too!! -Maren]. Topped off the evening with coffee and biegnets at the Cafe du Monde and it was time for a cab ride home and welcome rest. I'll be flying home Saturday morning. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Gretna, LA (just visiting) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ENTRY SENT 11/9/04 >>From: Darlene Minard Mortensen ('60) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Christmas Lights Dear Lora, I enjoy reading your posts to the Sandstorm. When you talked about the Christmas lights it brought back memories for me. My dad was a bus driver and had to work shifts. The times when he had to work Christmas morning, we would all go to "see the Christmas lights." When we got to the car, dad would have to go back to use the bathroom before we could proceed. He always took a long time. Unknown to us, he was putting out our Christmas gifts. Then before we got home from seeing the lights he would say, "Didn't I just see Santa going down that chimney? Maybe he's already come to our home." Sure enough, when we got home the presents were all there. What fun! Have a happy holiday season. -Darlene Minard Mortensen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Bears and arms To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) In Wednesday's Sandstorm, you asked if bears have the right to arms? After carefully researching the subject, I must conclude that the answer is no. Only hominoids have the right to arms, all other creatures must make do with legs or wings. Now, if you want to give them guns, go for it. However, I recommend that you simply leave them in conspicuous spots where they will find them. I don't think bears are known for graciously accepting handouts, as demonstrated by the many unfortunate occurrences in Yellowstone Park and various other sites. They tend to bite the hand that feeds them and they've even been known to rip an arm right off! Then, of course, you have the problem of teaching bears to use their guns in a safe manner but for that you're on your own! The four legged thing may be a problem. And since I've decided to address questions regarding arms, someone a while back asked a question regarding the right to bare arms and a friend of mine, I will not name him since it would probably get me banished to that "other place," pointed out that we all have the right to bare arms, or to long sleeves, it doesn't matter. I certainly hope this clears up any questions there are about bare and/or bear arms. Re: Richland Police I've read the entries describing humorous incidents with the Richland Police with interest. A while back I wrote in and mentioned that when I turned 16, my dad bought a '57 Ford with the biggest engine you could get and, not being real smart at 16, I tended to be a little fool hardy and heavy of foot. This caused me to have several encounters with both the Richland Police and the State Police. I assure you, not one of them was the least bit humorous. It wasn't then and it isn't now. Expensive, yes, funny, no! I did not find them to be at all "intimidated" or even moved to mercy by my piteous whining. I never got a ticket I didn't deserve so I just took my lumps, paid the fines, and prayed my parents wouldn't read the police reports in the paper. It's entirely possible that those tickets may have saved my or someone else's life since it slowed me down at least for a little while. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNITED STATES MARINES!! Re: On a (Christmas light)er note It was good to hear from so many people, privately as well as in the Sandstorm, who share my memory of the whole of Elm Street being beautifully decorated for Christmas. Those were fun times and good years. To: Barb Belcher Valenski ('72) Yes, Barb, there is a street that is decorated like Elm was, it's Metaline Ave. W. in Kennewick. It is absolutely spectacularly decorated. One house, yard, and trees are almost solidly coated with lights, top to bottom, roof and all. The only thing not lighted is the lawn. Another place has the entire yard and driveway covered with great big toys and huge stuffed animals. Almost everyone on the street has an array of electronic marvels to boggle the mind and light the street up like day. But, do you know what? It doesn't even come close to the awe that I felt as a child at the beauty of the lights, the Nativity Scenes, and Santa and his reindeer on Elm Street. To: John Zimmer ('66) I will pray for your mom, John. God bless you and your family. -Lora Homme Page ('60) Bombers have fun... most of the time. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Ray Henslee ('61) Hi, I sent in an entry last Sunday, 11/7/04, that ended up hanging out on my ISPs server until they got it fixed today. I dont know if you will end up receiving it or not, but it is probably out of sync with the discussions now, so feel free to can it if you see fit. Thanks, -Mary Ray Henslee ('61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Haven't seen it. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Cross ('62) Re: Happy Birthday Duane I would like to wish my younger brother Duane Cross ('79) a very happy birthday. I refuse to check to see which one this is for him because if he is getting old, I'm must be getting real old and I refuse to think of myself as an "old man". Happy birthday, brother!!! -Bob Cross ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Maren update--Thursday Maren and Stacey found a refrigerator at Sam's Club that would fit in her space in the kitchen, so Burt Pierard ('59) and I picked it up in the U-Haul rental truck. You might know it was raining the entire time, so we thought we would wait until it stopped. We waited a while and it continued to drizzle, and Burt got restless and I saw him slip out and try to unload the refrigerator on his own even while it was still raining a bit, so I risked getting a little wet rather than running him down the street to the emergency room for a messed-up back. (We both have back problems, anyway). We hauled it up the steps in the carton, but it was too big to go through the door. So we ripped the carton off on the porch in the rain and it slipped right through. It fit in the space perfectly. We rested a bit and I played tug-of-war and fetch with Pepper (cool little dog). We got bored just sitting around, so we decided to head down to the French Quarter to see about replacing Burt's old Pat O'Brien's hurricane glass. It was only about 3 in the afternoon, so we decided to honor Jimbeaux and catch a Muffaletta at the Central Grocery. We each got a half sandwich and toasted Jimbeaux. Sorry, Jimbeaux, I didn't get a Dixie because I was driving. I wanted to call him but realized he wouldn't likely be home at 1:30 PST. We left there and went to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville gift shop so Maren could pick up a drinking glass and something for the grandbabies. Burt and I waited outside. I finally went in and left Burt outside. We happened to look back outside about 2 minutes later and saw Burt visiting with a "lady." We teased him about it. Apparently, she was a "lady of the night" out walking the streets on the early shift. He managed to wiggle out of hurting her feelings by saying that he was already with someone in the store. (I wondered what he would have done if we hadn't been along--may have been a police decoy and would have busted him--LOL--naw, Burt would probably have politely declined, gentleman that he is.) Anyway, it was too early for Pat O'Brien's, so we loafed on a bench in Jackson Square, but there was only one mime and a few artists and a bunch of empty horse carriages, so that didn't last long (early Weds. and rain equals little action). I suggested Pierre Maspero's around the corner--good food, cheap booze--imagine $1 strawberry daiquiris and $1 draft and wine in the Quarter! Don't know anywhere else there that it is that cheap. We found a smoking table with doors open to the outside and Maren ordered a daiquiri, Burt a draft and I suffered through a diet coke since I had a 45 minute drive back to the bayou. Maren was tired and got giddy (I know she will deny it) after ONE small daiquiri. (LOL). They decided that they wanted to wander the Quarter and catch Pat O'Brien's much later. I knew my wife was home by then and that I was supposed to do a eye-of- round that I had put off already for 3 days, so I decided I better hit the road rather than risk the wrath of God or a late- life divorce. Stacey said she would pick them up if they called, (being only about 15 minutes away on the Westbank) so I took off after giving Maren my phone numbers for the fifteenth time. I told them I'd rescue them if they got stranded but also warned them that I don't post bail (LOL). So I hope they made it back. I'll check on them later just to make sure. I have a feeling that they won't be up too early. -Frank Whiteside ('63) PS--Fact of the day: Louisiana is probably the only state that has drive-through daiquiri stores. They even sell them at some of the movies. I bought one once--not bad--just don't get the 100 octane one, or you might miss the movie! (Richard, wish you would publish the smiling picture of Abby and Stacey if you can--think everyone would like to see her). [Not to worry, Frank... there's a gazillion pictures of Abby on her website at -Maren]= ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) problem~~~when I got my morning copy of the Sandstorm and opened it, all the writing suddenly changed from the black to a blue, with everything underlined and I wasn't able to open the pictures that were sent in by Frank Whiteside ('63)--was weird. did anyone else have that problem or is it just something with my computer? [Click here to find the pictures - Maren] -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65), Hi all, Thanks Linda Reining ('64) and Diana Bennett Ground ('64) for the wonderful memories! How could we ever forget the carnivals and the cake walk!!!! I was always so proud to win a cake, it was the easiest thing to win!!! I remember riding in the float that my Dad drove for the Lions Club at Frontier Days. Those days were the best ever. I remember running up to my Dad asking for money and I can picture him handing me a $5.00 bill. In those days that was a lot of money!! I remember saving my money and shopping at J.J. Newberry for Christmas too. What a great memory. I remember going to the Downtown theatre to watch the scary "Dracula" shows and I loved them!! My friend went next door to read magazines because she was so scared! I also remember seeing "West Side Story" there and dancing part of the way home in the dark down the streets with my friend Linda McKnight('65) while waiting for my Dad to pick us up! The free shows at Uptown Theatre, the free donut holes after, spending days at the Big Pool and running from shade tree to shade tree barefoot all the way home. Going down the path to the Sand hills was the best and the Christmas decorations on Cedar Street a couple of houses down from Barb and Kathy Berkeley's ('63) house were always the best in town! Just laying on the front lawn and watching the clouds float by, or running all around barefoot, climbing trees and eating green plums, sleeping out almost every night are among my favorite memories! I do remember modeling my salmon colored skirt and jacket on stage! What fun that was!! What a great childhood we all had. Not many people all over the world could top it. [A day late. -Maren]: Bless all the troops all over the world today on Veterans Day and keep them safe. Thanks Maren and Richard for this wonderful website to keep us all in touch and to cheer us up! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) On this Veterans Day [yesterday]', before driving out to the Veterans section of Sunset Gardens cemetery time reflected on the military citations earned during the early months of World War Two by a young Army Air Force Lieutenant flying a B-26 Bomber "Classy Chassis." Reading the Air Medal & Distinguished Flying Cross citations word for word, written on ancient old yellow Army Air Force papers the word "pioneer" stood out. Re-reading again it was learned these medals were earned as a "pioneer of aerial bombardment" never done before in war history. Furthermore in daylight without fighter escort yet to be developed. Historians of air combat know the B-26 'Widow Maker' was known as a death trap but later became a substantial contributor to WW Two. Early in the war the B-26 was untested for the young pilots. Only the most skilled could fly the B-26. 67 combat "aerial bombardment" missions flown by the young pilot, now balding with crews signed up quickly because in 67 missions a crew member was never lost. Thanks to all young veterans and aging veterans. Special Thanks to JCHOUSE32. -Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) I agree with Mike Franco ('70) (just don't tell him) that we shouldn't be getting worked up when we disagree with the content or opinion of Alumni Sandstorm submissions. If we can read it from the premise that no one intends to offend others by their opinions, chances are there will be fewer hurt feelings. After all, no two people will share the same perspective exactly on any subject. If we can assume that it is their perception -- their reality -- about a topic or subject then perhaps we can all agree to disagree from time to time. (Did that sound too much like Denny Johnson ('62WB)?) So enjoy this publication and don't sweat the small stuff. -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) Bi-coastal: in Oregon but headed for Virginia next week. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Elizabeth Mcallister Loosmore ('78) I love listening to all the memories of Elm street, I was born in 1960 and missed all of that. Growing up in Richland and on Elm street brings back memories of a time and a neighborhood that I am sad to say is far and few between in these days. We were like one big family and spent summers playing at each other's house, and yes the running behind the mosquito truck, what other children did such a thing. Richland is and will always be a special place. -Elizabeth Mcallister Loosmore ('78) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/13/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Mike Clowes ('54) Lenora Hughes ('55), Jan Bollinger ('60) Lora Homme ('60), Carole White ('65) Jeff Michael ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) Patricia de la Bretonne ('65), Guy Lobdell ('66) Pam Ehinger ('67), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Carson ('60) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Portland/Vancouver COLLEGE FOOTBALL Today: LSU vs Alabama - 6:45pm (Central Time) ND vs Pittsburgh - 1:30pm (Central Time) - NBC BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Misc. Memories - 1 We moved to Wishram WA. near The Dalles when I got a job with BPA (compliments of Doug Samson, '54) where we purchased an old farm house on six acres. I set up a gun range 200 yards from the house with targets ranging from 15 feet to 200 yards. Several months later we were in Portland and saw a AK-47 in a gun shop. My wife has always been against weapons like that but she allowed me to buy it. We used to have several people (guys and girls) come out on the weekend to shoot and we had a blast. It wasn't unusual to go through 2-3,000 rounds in a day, in fact we purchased our ammo by the case. We shot everything from .22s through the AK. Someone once asked my wife if this wasn't expensive. She replied that it was no more expensive than going to the tav and this way she always knew where we were. (One of my friends said that we probably had more ammo than some 3rd world countries!) Re: Misc. Memories - 2 After graduation ceremonies in '51 I was going down Lee exceeding the speed limit and was pulled over by a Hanford Patrolman. He was in the process of starting to write up a ticket when he got another call. He let me off with a verbal warning and left. (I drove slower for the rest of the evening. His name was Aptgar (sp) and was a part time vet. He treated our cows several times and I knew that he would tell my Dad. He didn't) Re: Sandstorm editing. I was somewhat confused when the flamers started on this site. I believe in freedom of speech, but not in a family (?) paper. (We are the Bomber family and as such have something that should be treasured.) I have enjoyed reading each and every edition for several years and when I miss for some reason I have withdrawal. Our editors are the very best and do a great job so we can keep in touch. If you notice the time stamp on the email you'll see that often its mailed out when we are all in bed. I couldn't do it and I appreciate the work they put in. They can edit my entries when ever they feel they need to, its not as if its a statement that would affect the world outcome. Keep it light. -Phil Belcher ('51) ~ in foggy Prosser and 32 this morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) My picture of "Jellystone Park" has been altered radically by your premise. Yogi bare armed to the teeth is a frightening thought. To say nothing of the violated pikinik baskets. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ bearicading myself in Albany, OR, where the fog has returned. [note to Maren: Please don't youse yer spelchequer on this] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Lunch - Saturday, November 6th Carole White Evans' ('65) husband, Joe Evans, also graduated in '65. Probably my mistake. Maren, so happy you made the trip to Gretna safely and that you are now settled into your home near your grand babies. You will be missed in the Pacific Northwest, but I don't think there is a soul who can blame you for wanting to be near your daughter and your granddaughters. They just grow up too fast and so when we have the chance to be near them it is one well worth taking. Enjoy every moment you have with them and give them lots and lots of hugs and kisses. I know you will!! Bomber hugs!!!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Darlene Minard Mortensen ('60) Re: Sneaky Dads & Santa Enjoyed your account of how your dad arranged for Santa to visit while you were out looking at Christmas lights. We also enjoyed touring Elm street in December, but the Santa scene played out a bit differently at our house. My family always gathered next door at my grandparents' house on Christmas Eve, and when Santa didn't come in person (because we were old enough to recognize his voice), he was known to ring the doorbell and run! That was not as creative as your dad's trick, and my sister Gale ('59-RIP) and I eventually caught on to that ruse: Daddy invents an excuse to leave the house, two minutes later the doorbell rings and we find a big Santa sack on the front porch. A minute later Daddy comes in the back door, all out of breath. Hmmmm! Of course we girls weren't about to admit we knew the score, for fear the gifts would quit coming. On the Christmas Eve following our "enlightenment," we had the usual family gift exchange--which always preceded Santa's arrival--and there was a special gift to my grandparents: a deluxe, eight-note, chiming doorbell in a decorator wall box! Well, that was cool and all, but by now Gale and I were watching Daddy's every move, knowing that the old buzzer doorbell wasn't gonna' go off until he left the house. We were flabbergasted when the adults decided that this was as good a time as any for my dad and my uncle to INSTALL the door chimes! It involved lots of trips to the ranch house attic, pulling wires, etc., and the job didn't go smoothly. Finally, at some time after 11 PM, Santa had the honor of being the first visitor to activate the new door chimes. I don't recall anything that was in Santa's sack that year, but I'll never forget those door chimes! I wonder if they're still announcing visitors at 1218 Richmond? -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - where the Christmas lights are on the roof, ready to sparkle on November 26th ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Uptown Richland, Newberry's department store, and eyelash curlers Several people have included Newberry's department store that was located on the northwest corner of Uptown Richland among their memories. I also remember Newberry's. It was the site of one of my rites of passage from childhood to adolescence. Uptown was our equivalent of a mall; on Saturday, all the kids hung out there. We either walked down and circled the block over and over, or cruised around if you or one of your friends were lucky enough to be old enough to have a driver's license. Down around Skip's Drive-in, then back around Uptown with an occasional pit stop at the Standard gas station, all day long. If you needed to buy something, you either stopped at the drug store, which had some things, or at Newberry's, which had everything. One Saturday in my pre-driver's license, Junior High days, my friend, Judy Havens, and I were making the circuits and stopped to look around in Newberry's wonderful cosmetic department. It was on that momentous day that Judy and I purchased our first eyelash curlers. We went into the ladies room to turn ourselves into the glamorous femme fatals that the package promised. It was certainly not as easy as it looked. First of all, you had to be able to keep at least one eye open in order to find your eyelashes and it had to be the one to be curled since there's no way to get the lashes between the crimpers if they're clinging desperately to your cheek in self defense. I finally managed to catch one or two and immediately pinched for all I was worth. Unfortunately, I also pulled away from my eye at the same time, resulting in plucking those two lashes right out of my eyelid. That hurt!! That eye wouldn't stop gushing tears so I went to the other eye, having learned from that experience. To make a long, painful story short, we finally got the majority of our eyelashes, if not curled, at least bent up at a 90 degree angle and set out, red eyed and looking like we'd just been to a funeral. We spent the rest of the day circling Uptown, stopping at various ladies rooms to pursue those lashes that had managed to escape our first efforts and reapplying the gizmo to any that looked like they might be trying to relax. Since I had blond, mostly invisible eyelashes anyway and hadn't yet advanced to the mascara level of cosmetic artistry, no one besides Judy knew or cared that I now had glamorous curly eyelashes. But I'd passed a milestone and there was no turning back. I enjoy being a girl. (Isn't there a song about that?) -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Reminding myself that I was glad to move home from California because I enjoy the change in the seasons. Nice warm sunshine all the time is boring. Yes it is. Uh huh. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carole White Evans ('65) Just thought I'd let folks know that husband Joe ('65) and I attended the Las Vegas Bomber luncheon and truly enjoyed meeting and talking with everyone. Entry dated 11/12/04 identified my attendance with husband Jim... I'm going to start searching for that lost fella to let him know that I'm just too old to juggle 2 hubbies!! Loving Las Vegas and retirement. -Carole White Evans ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Nope, not gonna mention it... not gonna say a word... just walk around the icky spots on the Sandstorm Trail and move to higher ground. Like Elm Street... that was our way in and out of town. Living at the north end of Cedar, two doors from the Beardsleys, next door to the Weavers, across the street from the Otts and the Kellys and two doors the other way from the Smiths, my Dad knew all the "right" ways to get to and from anywhere in the area. To go to Pasco or Kennewick (what new/new bridge with no overhead structure) meant driving down Cottonwood to Elm and to the "Bypass". Yep... do remember all the pretty lights and Nativity scenes. Yes, it was OK in those days to use the word "Christmas" when referring to the holiday, lights, decorations and vacations/ breaks. Mom hated the use of "Xmas". She said that was taking Christ out of Christmas, and after all, what was it all about, anyway? (Ooops, don't go there, Jeff). I also remember there was a Black family that lived on the corner of Cottonwood and Elm. I wonder if they felt the pressure of the community, or just by nature, always took really good care of their home, lawn, etc. For whatever reason, they really kept their place nice. (Don't go there, either). All that list of fun stuff from Linda Reining ('64)? That was all the same list of stuff that my folks wouldn't let me do. And just look, my brains didn't get scrambled by the mosquito sprayer, I'm not paralyzed from a spinal injury diving into the big pool, I did not drown in the Lagoon, no grow up to be a gap toothed hockey player to cover up for that man-hole cover injury to my upper, front teeth. etc. (No, No, No... don't go there). But I did run away from home (the first time) with Mary Cordella ______, who lived next door. We got to the Shelter Belt in the early light of day. Avoided the snakes, etc. as we headed East towards the Yakima River Bridge by the "Y", sneaking behind Elm Street residents' homes... but is wasn't Christmas time. (Yeah, I'm stupid, but not so dumb as to run away in winter!) Well, we got about the bridge when a RPD black & white picked us up and brought us to the station. (Oh, Oh, better not go there.) Higher ground seems to be in scarce supply around here! But wait... there's more. It was cool to meet & greet folks at the pizza parlor and give Maren the funds that she was overdue... yes, in her sweatshirt. Putting the money there was fun, her trying to retrieve it was a REAL HOOT. (Let's see, that is surely a place NOT to go.) And what in the world was that explosion in the other room all about. Seems to have been some finger gapointin' going on. (Definitely, DON'T GO THERE!!) I actually got to meet Pappy Swan 9'59) - sans the Puddle, Richard Anderson ('60), Burt Pierard ('59) and others. Love the Deputy Editor monicur. (Isn't that, like Latin, for One Dog?) Moving right along, outa here. And where in the world is our favorite comedian. Love and kisses (for the Bomberettes, ONLY)... surely DON'T want to go THERE! dj jeff Michael ('65) in the Tri-Cities where I had to drive to Baker City, OR yesterday to get out of the gray soup. The fresh snow in the mountains sure is pretty! (Maybe I'll go THERE). P.S. Was cool to meet Nina Jones' sister, that wild and crazy swinger! (Don't EVEN take me there!) -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* CORRECTED URL from the 11/9/04 Sandstorm: >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Read Linda's comments -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ********************************************************* ********************************************************* >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) Dear Char, I would attend a luncheon if it were held in Seattle, probably not Bellevue. Thanks, -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) - in Seattle ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Guy Lobdell ('66), Sgt. USMC (Ret.) I know that I'm a couple of days late (and a dollar short), but I just wanted to briefly wish a happy 229th birthday to all of the Jarheads out there, and salute all of the veterans from all services for their brave commitment to our country in the time of need. THANK YOU, ONE AND ALL! -Guy Lobdell ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) I want to thank All the Bombers for All the Prayers they said for my son SSgt James John Walsborn. He is COMING HOME!!! He is healthy and well!! He'll be home on Sunday the 14th!! The whole family will be there to meet him. He doesn't know that! He thinks it's just me! Oh what a surprise for him!! Thank you ALL again from the bottom of my heart for all your love and prayers and support. He'll be home for 90 days then he will join his old unit from Ft Lewis. Which means he'll be going back to Iraq but only until June then he'll be home again! Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU ALL!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) I also agree with Mike Franco ('70) who says we shouldn't be getting worked up when we disagree with the content or opinion of Alumni Sandstorm submissions. For example: Brad Upton ('74) shouldn't mind when I call him a skinny bald-headed funnyman. Being a teammate of his on the American Legion baseball team of 1974 and watching him play baseball... Well, let's just say the comedy routine started way back then! And Greg "Springboard" Alley ('73) knows I'm not ridiculing his talents on the hardwood. The guy was a scoring machine. You couldn't stop him, you could only hope to somehow contain him. The Box and One zone came about because of the "Springboard." Coach Teverbaugh just didn't see it! And when I mention that Jim Bixler ('72) went his entire 1968-69 ninth grade hoop season at Chief Jo without scoring a single bucket. That's not ridicule, that's historic!!! Never been match since! And Dick Cartmell ('73) going in the first round to Rivershore in the 1969 PONY League expansion draft, leaving Einan's Chapel. The new Rivershore team was going to build their club around the flashy Cartmell. Dick went on to lace out one hit (a single) that season. Baseball's loss, golf's gain! And my old buddy, Mike Franco. I'm sure you all remember his story of being the first cub scout in the entire civilized world to shake President Kennedy's hand during his visit to Hanford in 1963 and the President's response of, "Hi, Mike! How's the family?" We just try to keep Mike comfortable. There's not a lot else we can do. Bless his heart. Yeah, like I said earlier... "group hug!" -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/14/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Marla Lowman ('55), Terri Royce ('56) Donni Clark ('63), Sandy Finney ('60) Linda Reining ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) Mike Howell ('68WB), Betti Avant ('69) Brad Upton ('74), Gilbert Blankenship ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Neal ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael West Rivers ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jo Garrison ('69) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Bakersfield BOMBER LUNCH Today: South Puget Sound (Fife) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55) & Sandy Finney Harvego ('60) Re: 11/8/04 ~ Sacramento Bomber Lunch All Bomber Lunches website We enjoyed ourselves again, and had some new faces at our luncheon - these are such fun get-togethers. We have the honor of people coming from far and near to attend. Our furtherest (my English teacher would cringe) away was, again, Jim Clancy from Redding, CA. Our new faces are Pat and Frank Collins from Lincoln, CA. I always come away from these affairs grinning and thinking what a great bunch of folks lived in Richland when I did. I think its quite unusual for high school alumni to come together after so many years and be able to generate such enthusiasm. Those attending this time around were: Gordon Weir ('47), Dave Wilson ('49) and Margie George Wilson ('50), Pat Leibel Collins ('54) and Frank Collins ('51), Deanna Case Ackerman ('55), Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin ('55), Pat Finney Risser ('56), Sandy Finney Harvego ('60), Ann Clancy Andrews ('50), Jim Clancy ('52), Jeannie Richardson Scott ('54) and husband Scotty Scott, Pete Hollick ('55), Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55), Harold Kenitzer ('54). We will do this again in three months or so and would love to see you and you and you come too. Watch for the announcement around February or March. -Marla Lowman Kenitzer ('55) & Sandy Finney Harvego ('60 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: Patricia de la Bretonne's ('65) comment I, too, would attend a Seattle luncheon or other get-together but might -- just might -- bring myself to go to Bellevue if it were scheduled there. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Hi all Bombers out there in Bomber Land. I've been away from the computer for a while, still taking care of my Mom. I was looking forward to some time around the Puddle with the pumpkins and cornstalks. I thought for sure there would be some scary stories by a bonfire and we wound swap Halloween stories but since we have jumped to Christmas already I'll save those for next year. Since I came to Richland in l949 in December my first look at Richland was snow-covered. The first time I saw Uptown Richland it had red and white candy cane lights hanging from every light post. I'm sorry I don't remember Elm Street although I'm sure I saw it because one of the fun things we did every year was drive around and look at the Christmas lights. I do remember a place between Uptown and Downtown Richland that was a large grassy area full of Pine trees that was decorated every year and I think they had the Living Christmas Tree there because I can remember that we always sang and listened to singing there. In Jason Lee we always had a living tree in our room every year that we decorated and it seems we celebrated Christmas almost as much in school as in church. We always had a Christmas program, sang Christmas Carols and talked about the Christmas story. Mr. Snow, our janitor told me years later that all of our teachers at Jason Lee were Christians. I remember Mrs. Laney, my favorite teacher told us to never write Christmas with an X because you would take Christ out of Christmas and never put anything on the Bible because it was the Word of God. This is what we were taught in public school in the '50s. Does anyone remember the huge snowballs we rolled at recess? I think our classes competed to see who could roll the biggest one. We had a huge field and maybe it was because I was so little but those snowballs seemed huge to me. It seems like the whole class was out there at recess pushing those balls. Then of corse, there was the snowball forts and fights, and games of fox and geese. In those days we girls had to wear dresses so we wore long pants under our dresses and put them on and off, on and off for every recess! Sledding on the hills in West Richland was wonderful! Especially under a full-moon with a walk home under trees that looked like a Winter Wonderland and toasted your hands in front of the old oil-burning stove and then had hot cocoa. Making Fudge, our choral Christmas programs, hay rides and Christmas caroling at the hospitals are just a few memories I have. And I thought Santa only came once to our town before Christmas at the Bon Marche. He always looked the same, you only saw him once. That was pure magic! Re: Babies Ayla, our turtle, eggs never hatched. Not one our of the twelve! Sorry Maren, I promised you I would name one after you. Maybe next year. To all of you who have been praying for our little foster grandbaby Emmy, I appreciate your prayers and thoughts. Thank you! By all outside appearances she is suppose to go back to her birth mom. This week she started 4 hours a week, 3 days a week. The next it will be 6 hours a week, than 8 hours and then go to overnights. We are heart-sick because we have had this baby for 9 months now and we love her as our own. The worst thing is that the home the State saw as unfit 9 months ago, they are now planning on sending her back to and I tell you it is not a good situation. So if you believe in prayer as so many Bombers do please continue to pray for her protection. To: Mike Brady ('61) I didn't get in all that was said Mike but I wish you were kidding when you suggested meeting on different sides. We should all focus on the things that unite us rather than divide us. And when we do have passionate differences we must remember to share them in love because we all know the other way doesn't work. I imagine that most Bombers are deeply caring about those things that matter the most in life. We may differ on how to solve the world problems but we'll never solve them with division. Sorry to take up so much space this time. Thank you, thank you, thank you all you brave Americans who have served our country at home and abroad! I can never say it enough. I live in a free land because of you! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ southern California - where we are actually having a cool fall. We even have some gold and red leaves this year. Today it is overcast and you can see the clouds in the sky, and last night we had an orange and pink sunset but never like the ones in Richland! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: sneaky Santas when I was about 5 years old, my "heart's desire" was a "Tiny Tears" doll, but my mom kept saying it was too expensive. that Christmas Eve I was sitting on the couch with my folks, when there was a knock on the door, and jingle bells could be heard--- I was afraid and anxious all at the same time---I finally opened the door and there on the porch was that "Tiny Tears" doll including her case and all her clothes! I really thought Santa had to have delivered it, cause both my mom and dad were sitting on the couch! years later I found out it was Betty Noble, mom of Bombers: Dan ('58); Larry ('60), Patsy ('61-RIP); Betty ('63); Becky ('60-RIP); and Lynn ('72WB) who had snuck over from her house (we lived on Rossell at the time), jingled the bells, and knocked on the door, then ran around the house and back into her house! was the BEST Christmas ever. re: eyelash curlers Lora Homme Page('60) made me laugh when she talked about those eyelash curlers and trying to get them to curl. I had my first eyelash curler when I was in 7th grade---what a trick trying to get those lashes into that thing without pinching surrounding skin! thought I had "mastered" the chore, when my little brother decided he needed to show me something--you guessed it, instead of turning MY HAND along with my head, I kept my hand straight and all my lashes were in the damn curler!!!!!! just knew those things were NEVER going to grow back! since I had dark hair and lashes, it was VERY noticable that lashes were missing! does anyone remember shaving off our eyebrows and then drawing them on? think I was in 9th grade when that fad became popular---we thought we were so cool---boy, was my mom mad---she told me they were never going to grow back (they did) and I would always have to draw them on---well, that didn't sound so bad---I could always change the "arch" and be "very glamorous"--- could get free "arch" designs with some mascara (Maybellene was one of the brands--might also have been Revlon) for making your own eyebrows. man, kids now-a-days just don't know what they missed!!!!! To: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) and the boxes for any soldier went to the site (thanks for giving us this link) and decided it would be easier to just click on the box to give a "ready-made" box to a male or female soldier (I did one for both)---this way, all I have to do is pay for it. To: Jeff Michael ('65) The black family that lived on the corner of Elm and Cottonwood were the Ards---they were super neat people---Jimmy played basketball for Carmichael--moved to Chicago before he entered Col-Hi--played pro-ball for the Nicks(?), I think that was the name of the team. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ where the rain still is eluding Bakersfield, CA!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) That was the best written paragraph about times as a girl in Richland that I have read lately. You should write a book about Richland, or maybe we should all write a book about Richland with entries from everyone. What a great accomplishment that would be! To: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) Why not Bellevue?! Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: Mikie Rivers ('68WB) Young folks, old folks, everybody come, come to Michael"s Sunday School and have a lot of fun. Please check your chewing gum and raisens at the door and you'll hear some Bible Stories like you never heard before. Adam was the first man, Eve was his wife, they all lived together in a little brown house, all was fine til the first baby came, then they moved to the country and started raising Cain. There are more verses to this as Mike can tell you. but since heis 55 years old today it might be hard for him to remember. I think we were in the forth grade with Mrs. Dodds when he Taught this little ditty to us, by us I refer to Dougie Ufcus, Kenny Staley, Buster Housley, Francis Bunger, Mike Furner, LeslieHuff), Kristine "Ponytail" Knight, Della Bean, and a few othera my mind at this time can't recall. We were out by the swings sets at Spalding and and it only took a few recesses and we were all singing loudly. We also had a song about Lulu that doesn't belong here does It, Mikie? I know that David will be giving it to you good today, and you can give it back to him Next week. My Birthday wish for you is that you live long enough to be a problem to your kids. I'm already a problem for mine. Tomorrow they will be sitting in a waiting area for 4 1/2 to 5 hours while the doctors fix my back, I would really like to get together for a full chorus of "Martins Sunday School" After I am up and around. Maybe if he promices to be good we will invite David.Back to where I started. Happy Birthday Mike and Many More. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, my move to Oregon is about to begin. The movers will be here in a few hours (Sat. am). I'll finishing cleaning the house and hit the road on Monday. I'll be thinking of all of you while I head west. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ soon to be Eugene, Oregon ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Ouch, making fun of my American Legion baseball career. Mike, do you know who made the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League All- Star Team in 2000 and 2001? Who hit .431 and .419 while playing 7 different positions? You? No. After making my second all-star team and being named team MVP I retired in 2001. I'm eligible for the Hall of Fame next year. Next year you'll be eligible for AARP. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ appearing at Giggles next weekend in Seattle. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gilbert Blankenship ('81) To: Pam Ehinger ('67) Welcome Home SSgt Walsborn! -Gilbert Blankenship ('81) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/15/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers sent stuff, 3 funeral notices and 1 NAB today: Dick McCoy ('45,'46, & '02), Charlotte Dossett ('51) Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Tom Hughes ('56) Donna McGregor ('57), Gary Persons ('57) Susan Erickson (59), Jan Bollinger ('60) Lora Homme ('60), Roger Gress ('61) Frank Whiteside ('63), Peg Sheeran ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Mike Howell ('68WB) Betti Avant ('69), Mike Franco ('70) Jim Millbauer ('77), Molly Hinkle ('79) Zorba Manolopoulos ('91), Moka Pantages (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Tyler ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Campbell ('63) BOMBER LUNCH Today: 1940's Ladies & Spouses BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45,'46, & '02) Re: Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP) I read in the Seattle PI a couple of weeks ago that Chuck had died. However, I have seen nothing in the Sandstorm. So I went back to the website and found his name. I then went over all the October 22 to 31 Sandstorms and found nothing. What's up? Re: Gordon Anderson ('54) Also while looking, I saw a email mentioning Gordon is out of commission. Is he OK? I'm almost afraid to ask. -Dick McCoy ('45,'46, & '02), Bronc, Beaver, Bomber ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See the 11/2/04 Sandstorm for the entry from Chuck's sister, Barbara Curtis Meares ('58). PLUS Chuck is listed in the Funeral Notices at the end of the 11/4/04 Sandstorm. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Charlotte Dossett Holden ('51) Re: Seattle/Bellevue Luncheon I appreciate the 6 people who responded to the luncheon idea in Seattle/Bellevue; however, the participation is too small for a restaurant to accommodate the group. Sorry. -Charlotte Dossett Holden ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: SACRAMENTO lunch All Bomber Lunches website Hi Maren, I got an email from a Bomber in San Luis O - and he said something about our Las Vegas luncheon - then I read the Sandstorm and was tickled to find out you are "human" - we are Sacramento folks, not Las Vegas. Don't worry about a correction, those that were there know where they are from - just wanted you to know too. You must have been thinking Vegas. Bomber Cheers, -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [OOPS! Fixed now. Check the URL listed above. Sorry. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: South Seattle (Fife) Lunch All Bomber Lunches website Well, we did it again. Had a wonderful get-together with several Bombers at the Fife City Bar and Grill. There were only six of us there this time but this was enough to keep us busy talking for quite a while. There was Alan Stephens ('66) who brought along a copy of the speech that he gave at his Mother's funeral last month. It was vary moving and I think it said a lot about Alan. Maybe he can share it with others through the Sandstorm. Irl French ('51) was also there. Irl always makes for a good time and lively discussions. The ever beautiful Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) was also on hand for the discussions. We talked a little about Patti Jones Ahrens' ('60) move to West Richland. Agnes, Jessica and Jessica's Mom, Valerie, had helped Patti get packed and we all showed up to witness the confusion of loading the truck for the move. Patti seems to be settled in now and is very happy with her move. We miss her over here and hope to get over to see her soon. My wife Agnes, my grand daughter, Jessica and I rounded out the crew for lunch. We plan on being there for December and hope anyone in the area can join us. We all want to give our heartfelt prayers to John and Merilee Zimmer for John's Mother and hope to see them at the lunches in the near future. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) Don't want no bear to get my arms. Cheers, -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) ~ Cold in Espanola, NM ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) & Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bombers Alumni Lunch The Spokane Area Bomber alumni lunch will be next Sunday, as follows: DATE: Sunday, November 21, 2004 COFFEE TIME: 11:30 am LUNCH TIME: 12:30 PM WHERE: The Cathay Inn (Chinese and American menu) ADDRESS: 3714 North Division (Look for the large sign on the east side of the street. Our tables will be in the back corner of the restaurant, under the windows.) PRICE: Most lunches $5.95 - $7.95 RSVP: (for headcount) to JAN or GARY All Bomber spouses and guests are welcome. -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) & Gary Persons ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Erickson Kuntz (59) Re: North Central WA Bomber Lunch DATE: Saturday, November 20, 2004 TIME: 11:00 AM, order 11:30 AM WHERE: Gustav's in Leavenworth, WA ADDRESS: 617 US Hwy 2 (West end of the downtown area) We will be meeting on the 2nd floor. The early part of December wasn't available due to the Christmas Lighting. The colors have been beautiful! Hope some of you out-of-towners can come. Car pooling can be arranged for those in Wenatchee. How about a car pool from the Tri-Cities! -Susan Erickson Kuntz (59) ~ in East Wenatchee where the fall colors have been spectacular ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Santa Clause I've read the accounts of Santa's visits on Christmas Eve with retrospective envy; my family opened our gifts from people on Christmas Eve but I was told that Santa made his rounds after all good little boys and girls were in bed fast asleep! Jan Bollinger Persons ('60), I can't imagine how you and Gale survived until the chiming doorbell was installed at almost midnight so that Santa could be the first to ring it! That had to be pure torture and I know about torture. You have no idea how difficult it was to be a "good little girl" and just get my eyes closed on Christmas Eve, say nothing of going to sleep. Those nights seemed interminable! However, I always finally drifted off and woke in the morning to Santa's bounty under the tree. To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) I remember the winter of '49, Donni. (Did I really say that!?) As you now know, we don't usually have much snow so that was a wonderful year for kids. We actually had a blizzard that formed drifts that were taller than me in some places. We lived on Sacramento St. across from Spalding School so when it started to snow and blow on a school day and visibility went to about zero, my Mom walked over to get me and volunteered at the school office to drive kids home who were going to have to walk by themselves. It was slow going, but she was born and raised in Northeastern Montana and wasn't fazed. She managed to get a lot of kids who lived quite a ways from the school to their front doors that day. After it quit blowing, the kids in my neighborhood went out to play in the glorious, snow. Sharon Gentz ('60) lived on one side of me and Annie ('60) and Mary Ellen Napier ('63) lived on the other. Terry and Sandy Firestone (moved away, I think) lived on the other side of Annie and Mary. I played until I could no longer feel my feet, my mittens were so wet and my hands got so cold that I went home crying. My mom shucked me out of my cold wet clothes, hung them on the backs of chairs in front of heaters to steam dry, wrapped me in a blanket, gave me a cup of hot cocoa, and sat me in front of another heater to thaw out. After I warmed up and things quit hurting, Mom bundled me up again and back out I went to a winter wonderland like I'd never seen before. My parents came out and helped us make big snowmen, we dug deep caves in the drifts, and rolled huge snowball forts. Snowball wars were wonderful fun and no one ever got their eye put out. Nineteen forty-nine was a very good year. To: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, I guess shaving off your eyebrows became a fad too late for me or I'd sure have shaved 'em. Barbara Stanfield ('60) had big beautiful brown eyes with the most perfect natural eyebrows I ever saw. They were a wonderful high winged arch and I don't think she even had to pluck them! I wanted eyebrows like that in the worst way but, alas, my genes demanded that I suffer with very light, almost nonexistent eyebrows that made it over the top of my ho hum blue eyes in a utilitarian manner but certainly added nothing to the effect of my 90 degree crimped eyelashes. It wasn't until I got old enough that my mother would let me wear a little makeup that I finally was able to apply pencil so that it at least appeared that I had eyebrows. But since the application of pencil was determined by the placement of those few, but dictatorial natural brow hairs, they were still really boring. If I'd only known about shaving them and stenciling those suckers on, I coulda had Barbara Stanfield eyebrows! To: Donna Fredette ('65) Thanks, Donna, it would be fun to put together a collection of Richland memories, but I think there's already been a book written about Richland. It was called Dupus Boomer, wasn't it? Does anyone else remember Dupus Boomer? Well, it wasn't exactly a book, but a collection of cartoons created by a Hanford engineer, or accountant, or something, that started out in the local paper. Was it called the Columbia Basin News, or was that later? That was so long ago. -Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ Whose eyebrows haven't improved a bit and keep getting lower and lower. If they don't stop soon, they'll look like a mustache. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [LOOK! John Northover ('59) has put two Dupus Boomer books online: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Janet Tyler (Classic Class of '61) Have a Happy Birthday and many more. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) At this point, Burt Pierard ('59) has left Louisiana and is back in Seattle (I think) and Maren is settling down in her new home across from her daughter and grand daughters. [Burt's home -- he called from Richland last night. -Maren] It is always difficult to make the decision to move from your home state and leave a legion of longtime friends. But, of course, when it becomes necessary to move to be near your children and grandchildren, one has to do what is most expedient. Driving and flying back and forth from Washington to Louisiana over and over was not a practical or affordable option for Maren. Moving across country is an expensive ordeal not even including the expense of re-settling in a new home. I, for one, am extremely grateful for the hard work that Maren and Richard have done over the years in publishing the Sandstorm. I had lost track of nearly all of my friends from Richland over the decades. Then, in 2000, when I retired, I started getting the Sandstorm and was able to share past experiences and renew numerous friendships dating back over 50 years in some cases. I have exchanged e-mails with hundreds of former classmates as well as many Bombers that I barely knew or didn't know at all. I owe that to Sandstorm and its editors. I think that those who have perhaps forgotten to show their appreciation for our one-of-a-kind publication should do so by paying their subscription/donation fee which was set previously at $12 a year. That's a little over 3 cents a day! Who among us can't afford three cents a day? Some contribute much more than that and some avoid paying at all. I personally think double the $12 fee would still be a bargain!! There are a number of expenses involved in keeping the Sandstorm going every day not even including the large amount of time involved in putting it together. So please, show your appreciation for this glorious publication. If you haven't paid your yearly fee, please do so by mailing it to the address that Maren sent out to everyone recently. If you have lost it, contact me, and I will send it to you. If you REALLY can't afford the full $12, at least send something. If you can afford more, please send whatever amount over $12 you can afford. It's not right or fair that Maren should spend her time and money to keep Sandstorm going without our help and full support. Remember: It's not just her publication... it's ours as well, and I, for one, want to see it continue indefinitely. I hope you do as well. -Frank Whiteside ('63) PS--I know that Maren will hesitate to print this, but this is something that needs to be said. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: Lora Homme Page ('60) and Newberry's I had to laugh at her entry, because it brought back those memories of standing and drooling in front of all those cosmetics - NONE of which I was wearing, but then I found the phony hair section, and for some reason, I bought a 2 foot-long blond braid (with my baby-sitting money) that matched my shoulder-length hair. Had always wanted LONG hair, but with 6 kids in the family, I guess Mom thought shorter was better and easier. I can't imagine how I thought anyone would think it was MY hair, but I remember wearing it - at least once (to Carmichael - not RHS, thank goodness... ), and loved swishing it around - knowing I was attracting all the guys' attention. Yeah.... right. And while I'm here, I want Ron Richards' ('63) to respond re: his fishing trip on his new boat. There are many of us, I'm sure, who want to know how you fared up north. -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to: Donni Clark Dunphy)'63) loved your memories of the snowball fights, forts(cousins:Cheri ('66); Mike('67); and Joni('72)Demers lived on Casey Street---their lawn was "built-up" and we could make the neatest forts in their front yard), and playing fox and geese and rolling those big snowballs. doubt anyplace else has ever held as many fun memories as Richland. I remember the Christmas pageants at Richland Lutheran Church(I even got to play an angel(I know, quite a stretch, huh? *grin*) when I was in 9th grade, I think. we had Christmas plays at Spalding, too. none of the schools here do that anymore---they do have their choirs sing Christmas songs, but nobody puts on Christmas plays anymore. miss them. just one more of those blasted "politically correct" things that have ruined the "good life". ;/ and I remember having to take off our pants for each and every recess! and what about those rubber boots???? my blasted tennis shoes or saddle oxfords would always get stuck inside and I would spend an eternity trying to get them unstuck and into my seat before the bell rang!!!!!! hurray for junior high AND high school---wasn't "cool" to wear rubber boots to school---just "braved" the icy sidewalks in our tennis shoes(which were always bought at McCan's---- think that was the name of the shoe store in the Uptown)---thinking we were ice skating. *grin* what GREAT memories, thanks for reminding me of them---seems like I forget a lot, til somebody else writes in and then the memories come back. not getting OLD, just getting BETTER with age! *grin* -Linda Reining ('64) ~ still NO rain in Bakersfield, CA---lots of dark skies and cold wind, but the rain is still eluding us! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) Hi Bombers; When you are reading this I will be asleep in the Seattle VA Hospital getting my back fixed. I do want to ask a favor today. Please include me in your prayers. I will be in the hospital from 6 to 12 days then I get to come home to recover. I am suppose to be able to get rid of the crutches and walk on the beach again and soon I won't be a VW Bus any longer. VW bus is the only vehicle that came out with the continental kit in the front, Like Me. As I remember it was bald on top too. I have to agree with the 3 or 4 entries I have seen about us all writing a book about Richland Memories. I would love to add to it if it ever gets off the ground. I doubt I will be up and around enough to be on the computer before Thanksgiving so in case I am not I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. One more thing in this bond we share whether it be that we are from Richland or just the love we were taught there to share with each other the season of happiness is upon us now and that is what we need to concentrate on rather than the hate that is spreading throughout the world. There is enough of that everywhere else. Let's all of us share the Love. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, the best laid plans went up in smoke Saturday. The mover called me at 8:30 (he was supposed to be here between 8 & 10) and said he was in the other side of the state and wouldn't get here until Sunday. I hope it is early as I still plan on leaving Monday am. This am it is a bit foggy and snowed a little last night. The longer I wait the more I won't like it because I have mountains to cross too many times. I won't be on line for a week or two, but will catch up on my reading when I get established in Eugene. Take care everyone, I'll miss my "daily fix" for awhile. -Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) And another thing Mike Davis ('74) Dick Cartmell ('73) played basketball all the way through CK, Chief Jo and RHS and NEVER once committed a foul... he did get fouled himself every time HE shot... the rest is history... My best wishes to all Bombers, just got finished paying 18 with President Kennedy and Elvis, they send their best! Bomber cheers to all -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Millbauer ('77) & Molly Hinkle Millbauer ('79) Re: John Campbell ('63) - 60th Birthday To the GREATEST Uncle in the World Uncle John, HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY! Time to retire back to the Spudnut Capital of the World! Love, Matt, Jake & Michelle Millbauer Love ya lots, -Jim Millbauer ('77) & Molly Hinkle Millbauer ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: Alumni Bomber Basketball Tournament Survey It is time to start planning for next year's Basketball tournament. If you would like to provide suggestions, please fill out the survey for next year's tournament Thanks -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Moka Pantages (NAB) Hello, I saw your email address listed on Richlands alumni organization Web site and thought that you might be interested in learning about an important new program sponsored by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Agency for Toxic Disease Registry (ATSDR). This program is interested in reaching out to Richland alumni who graduated between 1956-1965. In January 2005, the Hanford Community Health Project (HCHP) will be launching a major public awareness campaign to educate people who may have been exposed to radiation (radioactive iodine I-131) released from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. This outreach effort will be reaching out and educating individuals who graduated from high school in Adams, Benton and Franklin counties between 1956-1965. As a centerpiece of the campaign, HCHP is building a network of active community alumni organizations to spread the word about the campaign and encourage those concerned about exposure to learn more about the releases and related health issues. And this is where we need your help. We are hoping that you may be able to provide the proper contact who could help us disseminate information to the rest of the alumni organization. We are in the process of building a new information Web site, self-assessment tool and even an e-card to help get information to those who need it. I have pasted a bit more information for you to take a look at. I would like to update you on the project and talk about how we can reach out to the rest of your fellow alumnus. Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience at: 206.770.7075. Thanks, and I look forward to speaking to you. Kind regards, -Moka Pantages (NAB) ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Steven Charles Cantrell ('68) ~ 2/8/50 - 11/10/04 >>Thomas 'Kelly' Carrigan ('72) ~ 2/27/53 - 11/8/04 >>Owen L. Hacker ('76, '77 or '78?) ~ 6/23/59 - 10/20/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/16/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Carol Black ('48), Betty Bell ('51) Roger Gress ('61), Frank Whiteside ('63) Joanna Faulkner ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Steve Piippo ('70) Llorene Myers ('72), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wally Erickson ('53) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) Maren: I finally got back on line in time to learn you were on the way to your new home. I didn't even get a chance to say DON'T GO, like it would have made any difference. I also missed the big rumble you people had and I still don't know what set it all off. I hate that. But what I really want to know is did you get the letter I sent to your old address as I noticed the check hasn't cleared and am wondering what happened to the letter. It was about the same time you were moving. So if you would let me know if you didn't get it, I will stop payment and try again. Anyway, have fun in your new adventure. That place looks really exotic. Good luck. -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ Bellevue, WA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Carol, Check received. Sorry for the delay in responding. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder that the Easy Swing Band will play at the Richland Community Center on Friday November 19th from 1:00 - 4:00 for the November Third Friday Dance. Tickets are only $4 at the door and refreshments are always served. Come join us! Em Dow, we would love to see you there--lost your new e-mail address so haven't been able to contact you. We'll be having another Activity Committee meeting on Thursday December 2nd at 8:00AM--and would love to have you there again. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Dick McCoy ('45, '46 &'02) Re: Chuck Curtis ('55 RIP) Check 11/03/2004 Sandstorm. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: New Orleans Luncheon Reminder This is just a reminder to those who wish to attend our "Welcome Back, Maren" Luncheon. DATE: Saturday, November 20 TIME: 2 p.m. WHERE: Quarter View Restaurant ADDRESS: 613 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, LA PHONE: (504) 887-3456 DIRECTIONS: Go to Mapquest or contact me. So far, including Maren, we have a total of 7 people coming. Come on Southern Bombers! We can do better than that! Please contact me ASAP if we have others who wish to attend. We would like to know how many to expect so we can arrange seating. Join us-- we're friendly and won't bite you!!! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) McCann's!! That was the name of the shoe store in Uptown that I couldn't remember! I had wanted to share a silly story maybe the girls could relate to that had to do with McCann's. I am thinking I was 12-13 years old and high heels with 3.5 inch thin heels, and pointy toes were in vogue. Oh, how I wanted a pair of those shoes. My mother wouldn't buy them for me because, after all, I couldn't wear them in the first place, and had no place to go in them in addition. So I saved my babysitting money and when I had $4.95 saved (quite a chunk of money in those days for someone my age) I went to McCann's and bought my first pair of high heels....beige (to *go* with everything of course). Well, I couldn't wear them, so I put them on display. I situated them on the corner of my dresser so that they were the last thing I saw at night before I went to sleep and the first thing I saw in the morning when I woke up. I would just let my eyes linger on them and dream of actually wearing them someplace. I tweezed half of my eyebrows off one day, trying to get that perfect eyebrow, I just kept tweezing more and more away, until my horrified mother caught me in the bathroom and stopped me before I went all the way with those tweezers. I think she was not only very mad, but very sad, because she really cried that I would do such a thing to myself. And those eyelash curlers can hurt a lot if you happened to catch some eyelid skin in them when you squeezed them closed. Oh, those girlhood days ~ we tried to grow up before our time, and now we want to turn the clock back. Yikes! Bomber Cheers, -Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Sandstorm and subscription I agree with Frank Whiteside ('63)... I would miss this publication if it were not in my mailbox all the time (in fact, on the times when, for whatever reason, it has NOT appeared, I have had withdrawals and immediately sent an email to Maren to find out if she is sick or if it is a problem with my computer. Thankfully, it has always been something with AOL, not with Maren... and, I think doubling the $12 yearly rate is not too much to ask, especially when you break it down to just pennies a day to keep all of us connected and a great way to remember Richland, being a Bomber, and fun times growing up in the "good, old days". -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - rain eluded us, again!!!!! guess I am gonna have to find someone to do a rain dance!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) It would be fun to put together a collection of Bomber memories with everyone contributing. It doesn't matter one bit if another book has been written because it would be a different book and would be a book of memories of growing up in Richland as girls and as guys from the '40s, '50s and '60s. I don't think anyone has ever done a book like that! Anyway it's a thought and would be so much fun! Is there anyone out there that would be willing to publish it? To: Everyone and Linda McKnight ('65) I heard on the news last night that the Post Office is only accepting mail for the soldiers addressed to them and is requesting that it only be sent by family members. I guess they are swamped and because it probably is dangerous to get it to everyone. In other words they don't want mail addressed to "any soldier", because they think it won't get to anyone at all. I hope everything that has been sent so far will get to the soldiers before the Holidays. To: Mike Howell ('68WB) You will be in my prayers today and I will continue to pray for your recovery! To: Lora Homme Page ('60) again Thanks for the memories about the snow! Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) To: LCPL Brad Anderson 02 (address addition) LCPL Brad Anderson 2/5 Echo Co. 1st PLT. UIC 40355 FPO AP 96426-0355 Address must be listed as above. Care Packages take about two months. Brad is in IRAQ. -Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) To: Clark J Riccobuono ('71) Oh, YES... Do I remember Officer Lodefink! One night coming home from CBC, I was coming around the bend on Goethals from the old highway and as I rounded the bend, who would be standing on the center line like Superman but Officer Lodefink pointing to me to pull over. I was going 37 in a 25 but the most embarrassing thing was I was just around the corner from our house on Douglass. One year later, nearly to the day, I left the house at night and took Goethals to go downtown. I just happened to glance at the cars along the curb and just as I came up even with him, I saw the light bar on his car light up and he pulled me over again! Same road, same speed, same cop! A few months after that, my mom had moved to the North Richland trailer park and I was on my way home late at night when our Ford station wagon ran out of gas as I rounded the corner and the steering wheel locked. Who should pull up right behind me but Lodefink! He asked me what happened and because of the late hour, took me home in the cruiser. To this day, I don't know if he recognized me, but oh, was I embarrassed! -Llorene Myers Bezanson ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Mike Franco ('70) Hey Mike, I think I saw you and JFK and E at the turn. I was in the club house catching a bite to eat with Marilyn. She's such a kidder! -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/17/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Patti Cole ('52) Tom Tracy ('55), Marlene Maness ('57WB) Margo Compton ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Pete Overdahl ('60), Bill Scott ('64) Linda McKnight ('65), John Zimmer ('66) Kim Edgar ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Hogan ('72) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Donna Fredette ('65) I'm always interested in why the people came out to Richland in the '40s and '50s. I think that would make a most interesting book. I think most of the ones who came in the early '40s probably came with their parents or guardians - transferred with duPont or GE. When I first came to Richland there was no fifth or eighth grade in Lewis and Clark so they transferred me to Jefferson (which was not completed at that time). There were too many of us for that room and they transferred some of us to old Sacajawea and there were too many of us so they split us up into four groups and I went to school from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. At Christmas break they sent me back to Lewis and Clark and I finished my school year from 1 to 5 p.m. so I went to every grade school that was in Richland at that time (Marcus Whitman opened just shortly after the Christmas break). So, except for the first two weeks at Jefferson, I went the entire eighth grade from 1 to 5 p.m. Did I learn anything? Who knows? -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er ~ south/government Richland - it rained last night - and the temperature, if the sun shines, should get up to the lower '50s. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Cole Pierce ('52) Maren, don't know if this will work or not, but hope you can publish this for all the Bombers to remember Ronnie in their prayers. He was like a second brother to all the Cole family and he needs the Bomber family prayers. Thank you! ****** Dan Gregory ('66) sent the following message about Ron Griswold ('66) I want to take this time to let you know that another fellow alumni is gravely ill. Ron Griswold was diagnosed with CJS a month ago. He had been going through physical and mental changes for the past year. He underwent numerous tests here and Seattle and tests results were sent everywhere in the USA to find what was wrong. It wasn't until 6 weeks ago that a Doctor here, did an EEG and diagnosed this disease, which is nicknamed Jakeob's disease, which is a human form of mad cow's disease. He is in the Hospice center in Kennewick and his wife, Beth, is the strongest and most supportive woman I've ever seen. She quit her job several months ago to care for him and is now residing with him at the center. Ron is not expected to live past Christmas. We visit him and Beth every week, but the Ron we knew is no longer, just the body that looks like Ron. Pray for Beth, for her strength is so great now but I fear that the strength may falter soon. Thank You for your time, Dan and Judy Green Gregory ************* -Patti Cole Pierce ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: John Zimmer ('66) It doesn't matter who you are or how long you were a Bomber... you have our best thoughts and prayers for your Mom. Everyone gets them from us, whether mentioned or not. Whenever such a Mom, wife, friend or loved one leaves, we often discover a bright new star in our universe... Keep the good thoughts and memories... To: Rick Reed ('49) It was good read your comments about the golf demonstration. You were one of my Bomber heroes. I shall always remember the day that you invited me to fill in for a missing player during a pick up scrimmage at Marcus Whitman when I was in 5th grade. It was my first time on the court with a Richland Bomber and a memory that only a Walter Mitty dream might conjure up... that maybe, just maybe I could wear one of those green and gold Bomber uniforms. The kindnesses that you, Gene Keller ('50), Dick Dawald ('49) and several of our RHS legends permitted younger kids in those days when we had open gyms in the evenings and on Saturdays helped build future Bomber teams. Richland's setting and community loyalty was the perfect place to springboard those who later served in our military ...Columbia High maintained a Semper Fi spirit. No one who wore our uniform could escape the internal thrill of coming onto the field or court when our band played 'bring down the thunder out of the sky'... I truly enjoy our friends and classmates' letters, notes and comments and remembrances. They are an extraordinary legend of perhaps the finest days in America when people from everywhere gathered to quietly bring the people, resources and determination that a little piece of the sun in the hands of mankind. A power that was demonstrated again recently at the launching of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier ...without an explosion... the largest vehicle on the planet with a fuel cell the size of a basketball...that will propel the carrier for more than 20 years... People like you and your family brought with them the consideration for others that made our neighborhoods into a brotherhood which was arguably the most productive achievement of all government projects in the history of mankind. No wonder we've had the most explosive 'fast break' in basketball... from legendary coaches. You were one of our celebrated giants of the field, the court and the classrooms at RHS. Thanks for the memories... and if you will just softly hum ...'bring down the thunder out of the sky' just before you tee off on the golf course, it will keep you in the win column. Semper Fi to Richland High -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marlene Maness Mulch ('57WB) Re: Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) In reading Joanna's letter yesterday, I realized how fashions have changed in the few years between us. In the '50s we hadn't thought of wearing high heels. Our idea of looking good was: Jantzen sweaters with matching skirts with a string of pearls tied in the middle and saddle shoes. We wore lots of crinoline petticoats with an elastic cinch belt around the waist. We liked poodle skirts and poodle hair-dos, dickeys and pearl chockers. We curled our hair with bobby pins and wore "baby doll" shoes. We wore our dad's white shirts, jeans and a dog collar around our ankle. And the guys -remember the colored suede jackets, the white bucks and Princeton hair cuts. A very strange thing we did was, in a sitting position, to take a few deep breaths, hold our breath and have someone squeeze us around the middle until we passed out. We were doing this in the rest rooms at Carmichael. Really!! -Marlene Maness Mulch ('57WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: 3 1/2 inch high heels and pointy toe shoes Boy do I remember those shoes. Did get to wear them for a while in my twenty's, poor feet. Have you gone shoe shopping lately? 3 1/2 inch high heels and pointy toes. Just love them but once again, can only lust after them. I may not know better, but my feet do. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ~ in rainy San Antonio, TX ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Open House Moving has caught up with me. Will have to cancel this Saturday's open house for a later date. Will let everyone know when I get the date set. Re: Moving As I said in the paragraph above "moving has caught up with me". Now I think I am still super woman but the few Bombers have stopped by have been amazed at what I have accomplished since the decision to move back to Bomberville. Well not quite Bomberville, West Richland. Only takes about four minutes to Richland's City limits. (Tried to do a Sandstorm entry for three nights and ended up on the couch falling asleep, that should tell me something). Would probably take three minutes but "do not speed in West Richland" I was warned. Police are out to write tickets if one mile over speed limit. Arrived at my new home on the 30th of October. Thanks to a team consisting of my daughter Katrina, son Scott, three grandchildren, Mary Judd Hinz ('60) and spouse Ron and My Uncle Jim Boak they had the Uhaul unloaded in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Heavy furniture was placed during that time element with me directing where it goes. A fun night returning the Uhaul and Chinese buffet with my kids was great before the work began the next day. Kids and grand kids returned early morning to Western Washington. Leaving Browns Point was a whole different story which would make this really long. Bomber Tom Hughes' ('56) wife Agnes and granddaughter Jessika were a great help though. Endless boxes to empty was glad when Thursday night came for Maren's going away party to get a break. Sad to see Maren go but I know she will return for Bomber functions next year. I was so welcomed by everyone about my return after 43 years I had mixed feelings with Maren leaving at the same time. Tired I left early to drive Mary Judd Hinz ('60) home and get to bed early. Finally after a week off had to go to work the next morning. At Maren's party met Jerry Molnaa ('52) who he told me about the Bombers meeting for coffee at the Wellsian Way McDonald's. My Uncle Jim meets up with them. Said I would be there some morning. Haven't made it yet. Will look forward to doing that some time soon. Meeting swinger dj Jeff Michael ('65) made me wish for a time to stop everything and go swing for hours but the boxes would still be there. On a rainy day like today would be a perfect time Jeff. Be part of the puddlers at the same time. Definitely good to meet you Jeff. Next break was Class of '60's luncheon on Saturday. Ladies luncheon but Pete Overdahl ('60) crashed in to make for some delightful conversation. It was good to see everyone there. Vera Smith ('58) and her friend Char and I had brunch on Sunday at Denny's. Roxanne Knudsen ('62) came in and was surprised to see me there. On Monday Vera and her friend dropped by and helped me hang my big pictures. Always seems to be a Bomber at hand when you need one. The week went on with work and unboxing, hanging pictures so on. Vera, Char and I met for brunch again at Denny's, Roxanne joined us as well as Fred Phillips ('60) whom Roxanne let know I was there. May be growing into a whole different luncheon. Who know's at this point but Bombers do create. I have accomplished in two weeks what I set out to do. Settle into my new home where it is comfortable and livable. All the boxes have disappeared into the recycle bins behind the fire station. Finding out I had to drive the boxes somewhere because there is no curbside recycling was one of those don't go there that dj Jeff Michael ('65) mentioned in a recent entry. I AM SO GLAD TO BE FINALLY HOME!!! Any Bomber who would like my address and phone number please email me Re: Bill Berlin's ('56) entry a couple of weeks ago and Puget Sound Area Fife luncheon. I have managed to keep up with reading all the Sandstorms even though a couple of days late some times. Appreciated what you said about the Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon and my not being there. The brunch at Denny's yesterday helped my missing the luncheon. It just didn't seem right to not be there. I have only missed one since I began the luncheon four years ago this coming January and that was because the date was on Club 40 weekend two months ago. Tom Hughes ('56) will do well in keeping the luncheon going. Thanks Tom. To: Lora Homme Page (60) When I turn back the pages of time when you talk about make up I amazed to this day that you are not some famous Hollywood make up artist. You were so good at doing my makeup back in high school days. To this day good at doing your own. Have not ever forgotten the time you did my makeup when we were about 17 and found that I have a blue eye and green eye. To this day I have not asked my mother whether it had been that way my whole life. With only one bathroom for five people couldn't stay in there long enough to look in the mirror. How many times I remember being told I had been in the bath tub long enough. Re: Maren Maren has always done well in editing my entries. Even kicked one back to me that I thought was important. She was right it wasn't important. I'm sure you will have fun editing this one. If I have a grammatical error she always finds it. I do feel that Maren should be paid $50.00 a year from every Bomber [Yer a riot, Patti! -Maren]. There is hardly a subscription to any magazine today that comes monthly that it isn't at least $30.00 or more per year. Then you have to thumb through all the advertising to find the good stories. Thanks to Maren we receive the Sandstorm daily with much more than magazine subscriptions. Hopefully I will be back to short entries now that my days seem to have some semblance of order. **grin** if life really has any order? Any Bombers thinking about returning here, do it! I know this is one move I am not going to regret and I have only been back two weeks and two days. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - where there is a light drizzle of rain and my dog Gunny is sound asleep waiting for me to go to bed. My constant doing has worn him out also. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Short of Space To: Alumni Sandstorm Readers I have a slight problem that maybe some other reader maybe has encountered. I lose approx 1 or 2 lines on a page when I print the Sandstorm. The Pages at the top right are right at the top and then the column comes up short at the bottom of the page. I print them and read at more of an opportune time, like at work. I tried to find the end of the page when I read on the computer screen and I don't have any luck. I have a good printer, HP PSC 750 XI. It is the only thing I print that comes up short. So if anyone else has this problem or knows how to correct this, I would greatly appreciate your help.I am no computer wiz, so hit me gently with instructions for the corrections. Tusen Takk (Norwegian for a Thousand Thanks) -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ South End of Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Memories of Christmas in Richland in the '50s . . . For the first 17 years of my life (1946-1963), I lived in an E house one house from the corner of Jadwin and Symons, diagonally across the intersection from the old J. J. Newberrys store. We had installed a big New-England style picture window in the front of the house. In those days, there was a Hanford bus stop across the street. Hanford workers would huddle against the frigid winter cold while waiting for the bus. So we decided to make it a little more bearable for them. We'd open up the curtains as soon as we got up in the morning, and turn on the Christmas tree lights. So the tree, right square in that big window, shone out across the street. It was also our custom to drive up into the pine forests around Spokane each December and collect some fresh Ponderosa pine branches. We'd bring them home, and Dad would make a large wreath by tying the branches around a Hula Hoop, and putting a big bow at the bottom. We'd hang the wreath on the front of the house and shine a big spotlight on it in the mornings, so the bus passengers would have that to look at also. I also have fond memories of going to the Buck Private army surplus store every year at the Richland Y for our Christmas tree. It was always any tree you wanted for $1.00 Anyone else remember that? Bomber Cheers, -Bill Scott ('64) ~ Santa Maria, CA - where what few deciduous trees we have are turning red, we have sunshine and temps in the low 70s, and Arnold is the gov. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Hi Maren - Hope you are feeling settled in your new home. Here is a Sandstorm entry. Here is the actual internet address for Attention: Any Soldier, If you wish to donate or send a box, please follow all instructions carefully, as your box may never be delivered, or could be returned to you months later. As Donna Fredette (65) my best friend, mentioned, the Post Office is swamped with mail for the military, so if you would like to wait until after the holidays to mail something, I am sure all those fine men and women heroes over there will still have the basic needs that war can't provide. Also, letters are a very important part of this. As I mentioned before, I hope, there are many soldiers over in Afghanistan and Iraq who have no family back home to send them mail. I wrote several generic letters in one of the boxes I sent. The actual box went to an actual soldier, but this soldier had requested mail for other soldiers in their particular location who get no mail, so I addressed the envelopes, simply: To An American Hero. The letter was just newsy stuff about my home town's weather, Portland, Oregon, and about my family and kids, and pets. About the squirrels in the backyard. That kind of stuff to bring home a little closer to them. I also stated over and over how heroic they were. Just a few hints for those who might want to send a word or two of kindness. Bomber Cheers, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Zimmer ('66) To: All the fantastic, wonderful, thoughtful, caring Bombers I was completely overwhelmed by the response from Bomber Land with prayers for my Mother. When I wrote in asking for your prayers I honestly thought it would help my mother until she left us. Many of you know "THE POWER" and believe completely. Just to reaffirm. Mom made fantastic strides to recovery and was able to come home from the hospital yesterday. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Bombers have always been great friends to one another. Many of you who I may have forgotten reminded me friends are forever, no matter how far apart they grow. My family and I thank all of you and I look forward to future reunions so we can meet face to face. I will always remember! -John Zimmer ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Habits or Traits learned in School I was curious if anyone has habits or traits they picked up in school? I don't know why, but for as long as I can remember, I have always signed my name "Kim" with a smiley face. I found a Father's Day Card I made in 2nd grade and my signature had a smiley on it, so I'm guessing, that when I was learning to write in cursive, I decided to add a personal touch. It drives my husband nuts, especially when I signed legal documents when buying our house. I signed my driver's license as passport that way as well. Bomber Cheers! -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/18/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), Patti Cole ('52) Margo Heiling ('57), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Deedee Willox ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Riggs ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Hartnett ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Schildknecht ('74) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) My wife, Judy, and I are getting ready to put all the neat thoughts that some of you sent in about Helen Skogen. If there are still some who would like to write something for her, send it to me. Helen is comfortably settled in at Altera and she really loves it there. She has a cute, one bedroom apartment that is homey and warm. To find her at home is hard because that lady is doing something all the time. Altera provides all kinds of things for the people living there. Helen is really in good shape and looks fifteen years younger than she really is. He only problem is her eyes, she has macular degeneration, but that doesn't slow her down one bit. Helen is a gracious, kind, and loving lady with a very positive outlook on life. Judy and I love her dearly. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Cole Pierce ('52) Thank you so much for all your letters about Ronnie Griswald ('66). For those of you that would like to send a card to Ron and Beth, you can email me or Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49) at and we will give you the address. I know they would love to hear from you. Thank you all for your prayers. Sincerely, -Patti Cole Pierce ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Margo Heiling Barron ('57) Re: Class of '57 luncheon DATE: Saturday December 11, 2004 TIME: Noon WHERE: Las Margaritas Restaurant (back room) ADDRESS: 627 Jadwin Ave., downtown Richland RSVP: Margo Heiling Barron ('57) Please send me an e-mail to make a reservation. You can also go to the Calendar page at the top of this page and click on the event to send an e-mail. Please pass the word to any '57 alums you know who may not have access to the Alumni Sandstorm. Looking forward to a good turnout! -Margo Heiling Barron (Class of '57 ahead of our time) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: A note of thanks To: Dick Avendovech ('56) I really appreciate knowing about the Mt. St. Helens cam! This morning at around 6:30 there wasn't enough light to see much beside the outline of the mountain- with one exception: at the base of the steam plume coming from the crater there was a tiny bright spot. I'm guessing that it was magma. Later, when the true dawn came on, the spot was gone- probably swamped by all the other light on the site. With her white shawl gathered around her shoulders, the mountain is still a lovely place- even if her pointy little head is gone... Well, I'm putting a note for myself on the white board inside the back door, to look for copies of "The Eyeliner Chronicles" to purchase, as xmas gifts for the Very fortunate, prior to 12/25/05. I'm wondering if it will be Author or Editor Lora who has to trudge the "new book" circuit; but I'm sure it will be worth waiting for! ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I am glad to learn that you are settled in Louisiana, Maren, and that they will have a luncheon there to welcome you. I want to add my birthday greetings to John Campbell ('63). I was touched by the sweet greetings to you as an uncle, as the "best uncle in the world". How great to have such a good relationship with those kids. My memories of our working together at Densow's goes back to when you and I were not much older than those kids. I thought it was fun to work there. I also have to add my very late birthday greetings to my youngest cousin (of my Uncle Bob's family), Duane Cross ('80). Duane, I was so embarrassed to read your brother's entry and realize I had forgotten your birthday. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana - where we have cloudy skies and a little rain today, but we are lucky as it could be much colder. I've just spent a fun week showing a girlfriend from California (NB) around Indiana in bright sunshine with blue skies. We've found some really fun places and things to see (and eat if I'm honest). At home by the little lake where the geese are flying over. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Welcome home! We'll have to get together for lunch. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: LR3 Ad + Sonics? Hottest TV ad tune of the moment is the one from the new Land Rover 'Into The Country' commercial, in which a guy drives his car through various desert landscapes to the sound of the pounding PNW classic tune "Have Gun will Travel" by none other than The Sonics. Written by "Louie Louie" composer, Richard Berry James 'Wailers' Armstrong ('63) is no doubt 'out of his tree' over this one (;-) Sorry Jim 'me boy''ve been 'Shot Down'. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Marlene Maness Mulch(57WB) I remember: wearing crinolines under all my skirts---the more, the better! elastic cinch belts; dickeys. also remember those 3 1/2 inch heels----wore them to church--- walked from Elm Street to Stevens to the Richland Lutheran Church in those heels! bought my first pair of heels in 9th grade and quit buying them when I got out of high school----much eaiser and ten times more comfortable to just wear tennis shoes! remember buying heels/pumps at McCann's and having them dyed to match the color of our formals? think they were brocade??? remember the "d.a."(duck a**)hairstyle? if you asked for it in the beauty shop/barber shop, you said, "ducktail". *grin* think I had a pair of white bucks when I was in 7th grade--they were too hard to keep clean. remember the "wedgie"? it was a saddle oxford, but the soles were thinner than the regular saddle oxford and not as "clunky". *grin* "cool" color was tan/beige. to:Betty Hiser Gulley('49) re: people came to Richland---my mom and her sisters(didn't want to stay on the farm)read an article in the Roseau Times (Minnesota paper)about women and men being hired to work at Hanford, WA, they applied and were hired(her mom and dad were in Canada working on the Al-Can Highway, waited til they got home, sold the farm, and they all came out together)she and her sisters lived in the dorms, my grandparents bought a prefab and my grandfather and great-uncle went to work at Hanford, too. my dad was hired after his discharge from the Marines---thought it was only going to be a temporary job (he had always planned on going home to New York), but met my mom and the rest is history. *grin* to:Kim Edgar Leeming('79) re: habits or traits learned in school the "big" thing to do when I was in junior high(don't remember doing it in high school)was to make hearts and/or big circles over all the "i's" in every word that was written on the paper. also remember buying refillable ink pens(the clear refill was screwed onto the end of the tip)would buy turquoise ink---only time we weren't allowed to use it was for a test, we could use it on daily work. think they were made by Papermate. I do still make my "f's" backwards---instead of the "loop" being in front, it is in back (looks like a small "j", but the top of the "j" is taller). I can remember Mrs. Barnhardt and Mrs. Clair(8th grade homeroom and 9th grade homeroom teachers at Carmichael)marking my paper for mispellings because of that "f". *grin* Linda Reining('64).....the blasted tule fog has returned to Bakersfield, CA and it is thick as "pea soup" outside--can't see the house across the street!!!!!! we are having a fog warning from 6 p.m. til 10 a.m. and I have to be at my daughter's house by 8 in the morning to watch the youngest grandson---I HATE driving in this stuff---will be driving with the windows down, at a snail's pace and watching all the other airheads zoom around me like I am standing still--amazes me how fast these dummies drive in the fog!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: granddaughters Sofia and Gabriella and they are my mother Mary Fredettes' Great Granddaughters! Click HERE to view picture Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/19/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Barbara Farris ('59WB) Walt Bailey ('60), David Rivers ('65) Rick Maddy ('67), Barb Belcher ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Ehinger ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Trujillo ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wilson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Lahrman ('63) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '54 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Memories Of all the memories that have been published since I've been reading the Alumni Sandstorm - not once have I seen a song or music being mentioned. Most of my allowance and babysitting money (except for the postcards I bought) were the Hit Parade magazine (only had words and not music) and the OLD 78 records. Whatever happened to the Hit Parade magazine? Since I could not hear in high school that was the only method I had of learning the words to all the songs I could not live without (songs are too numerous to name). Anything on music or songs? -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - raining right now. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Farris DeFord ('59WB) Re: Linda Reining ('64) Linda, I remember most of the things you wrote about. I went to Carmichael also. Do you remember the white bunny shoes and the pixie shoes? I had black suede and white too! Do you remember putting plaid shoe strings in our saddle shoes, and sometimes we wore one blue sock and one white sock for our school colors. That was the good old days! -Barbara Farris DeFord ('59WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Walt Bailey ('60) Was thinking of moving back but after Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) said "do not speed in West Richland, I was warned that Police are out to write tickets if one mile over speed limit". Here in Virginia it is almost mandatory to exceed the limit by 10 mph. -Walt Bailey ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Stuff Oh what a wonderful treat! I just received a wonderful postcard from my old sweetie, Tuyet, in Hue City. She found my name on the Bomber web site and wrote to tell me that we now have at least 17 grandchildren and she wants me to come back and see her. (I guess her computer can receive but can't send) What a great Thanksgiving surprise. I could hardly contain myself as I read her note. The picture on the postcard shows the city in all its beautiful glory. It is hard to recognize it as the last time I saw it was in February or March of 1968 and was pretty much burned out. Maybe even April. There are buildings standing and even some flowers growing... nothing looks demolished at all. Yes, I remember the day we met... My buddy Doug and I had just "found" a ton of gold in what appeared to be a bank... in what appeared to be a safe... with what appeared to be a huge lock on it... which appeared not to be impervious to a well placed claymore and Yankee ingenuity... (Did you know you are not allowed to transport gold bullion between countries?... I think that is just a stupid rule)... yes... there she was standing amid the bombed out buildings in these cute little black jammies with her 6" spiky black flip-flops... oh what a sight... black soot all over her face and her nails done in fermented grime... wonderfully brown stained teeth as she spit that red goop out of her mouth... Her beautiful melodic sing song voice that reminded me and still reminds me of fingernails on a chalkboard... We spent a wonderful afternoon playing hide and seek among the rubble... so romantic it takes my breath away just thinking about it... to make it more interesting we tossed grenades at one another when it appeared one or the other of us had strayed too far from the hiding place of the other... so at long last... I have found her again... Now my mind races as I think of what she must look like after all these years... as I recall her mother looked to be 95 and was only 17... so... let's see... uuuuuh... oh well... ahhhhhhhhhh life is good and what more could one ask... Funny tho... her handwriting looks a lot like that of Frank Osgard ('63 WB)... funny how things happen like that... I'm enclosing the front and back of the postcard for all to enjoy. -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Weathering the storm Wow! I'm gone ten days and the Online Sandstorm got heated. I always miss the good stuff. I feel compelled to rant now for a bit. Now, if I can just get it past Maren! I drove to Olympia on a whim to help my mother move into an assisted living home. I had a piece of my furniture in her apartment needing extraction. I have been blessed with the ability to jump up on any given morning and leave town, sometimes not knowing where I am going and return a week later. Some call it retired. I do too. I supervised while my brother and sister-in-law did all the work. Mother, Doris, is in a much better place. Three squares and twenty-four hour watch from the front desk. You don't show for breakfast, they are knocking on your door finding out why. She has been having difficulty with walking, but still can motor around good enough on her own with her walker at a hair-pulling, nerve-wracking, teeth-pulling pace if you happen to be strolling with her. A lot more social life. Folks her age. It's all good. Mom is a mellowing seventy-eight years old. I got back about four days ago. Gone ten days thinking I might get stuck on some Donner Pass coming and going in my two-wheel drive Ranger. Heavily laden with water, chips and dip, the trip went very well. The Redwoods are magnificent. Passed through in July but wanted to take another look. All's well that ends well. The editing stir was interesting. I know I've done my best to be a burr under the saddle but Maren wouldn't print it. I've said it before, sometimes she thought what I had written would upset the Christians. Sometimes she thought it would upset the Communists and the topics on sex were simply not going to happen. I personally didn't care who it offended but Maren had the foresight to know. And in hindsight I know she made the right call. IMHO, the Alumni Sandstorm is her baby and she can raise it however she desires... or end it. I don't get involved with raising other's "kids." And I'm not starting here. Anyone's opinion on that editing issue is useless fodder, including mine. I probably still owe her fifty or sixty bucks too, but have I paid? Nope. Soon, Maren. I do have to make a public mention of my beloved Marine Corps. A belated Happy Birthday, but one that is heart-felt. And, by the way, is the only holiday the Marine Corps celebrates, no matter what they tell you. Marines in Iraq and other military services deployed there come to mind. I cannot respect more a person that joined our military for duty, honor, country or whatever personal reason they had to join the fight. Yes, even those of us that had the judge's option of jail... or military. There is not one Marine or former Marine that does not know that the Marine Corps tells you where you are going and who you are shooting. This is not school. No Q&A time or complaint box. Only orders. And you go the course. I will assume all other services are likewise. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your sacrifices. One of those crystal clear sacrifices being what the Vietnam War should have taught everyone, but seems to keep on shocking people; the job can cause severe mental illness among those doing the killing for our country. Small story -- I drove into Pismo Beach (the 101) on the way home and I thought about an incident there a year ago. Three high school boys drove by me and one of them pointed at me and said, "Look at that guy's arm." They laughed. I was wearing a tank-top because it was eighty plus degrees. I gave them the stink eye. That's dangerous if you are old and can't run fast. At least I was good for a laugh that day. My left arm is two inches shorter than my right arm and fused at the elbow. Doctor Amber (Commander, U.S. Navy), my orthopedic surgeon, asked me what I wanted to do with my left arm (before fusion). He wanted to know if I wanted to have it fused straight for zipper problems and/or my golf shot. I told him I wanted to drive a car because I would figure out the zipper deal later. The doctors got a steering wheel and measured the angles of the dangles and that is the angle of my left arm. A bit odd looking, but useful. Those boys... at that very moment my PTSD kicked in and I wanted to throw a frag into their pickup, blowing off some limbs, so I could ask them if they thought my left arm was still laughable. I quickly came to my guilt ridden senses and just blamed our society for raising children that have evolved little from somewhere around the Darwinian monkey branch. Nevertheless, I will give those young naive boys the benefit of the doubt. If they are presently seeing any form of media about Iraq and possible escalation, they probably don't think my left arm is as funny today as it was yesterday. Adults... a lady hands me change and since I cannot open my right hand on my good arm because of shrapnel passing through the forearm muscle, missing bone, destroying tendons, blowing off the top of my ring finger, a single trench digging piece traveling through the thumb muscle starting at the wrist and breaking the thumb joint, the thumb now fused straight unlike the left elbow... I drop the change all over the counter. She looks at me and says, "Why don't you open your hand next time?" I said, "I would if I could." I gathered the change and exited instead of jumping over the counter into the cage and onto this woman's ignorant bird chest (you gotta love that, Phil). Okay, she made a simple misjudgment. I'll give her that. Maybe she was the grandmother of one of those Pismo teenagers. I could go on and on and on about being a cripple... I mean disabled... I mean handicapped... I mean disabled with handicaps... I mean physically challenged... ahh, no matter what they call it I still feel crippled. What was wrong with the word crippled? I started this life-long trip being one. I still feel like one. Living among the abled as a disabled person has it's moments. I know. I know. You want to tell me the "feel good" able/not disabled parable. I'm the guy that used to write "Hire the Handicapped, They're Fun to Watch" on the VA return letter head. The same people that told me that going and seeing "Saving Private Ryan" might cause distress, PTSD episodes, proceed with caution and then say nothing, not one mention, to not watch Shock and Awe on CNN. Don't take me wrong. The VA is good to me. But there is problems in la-la land. And this has nothing to do with being a Bomber. I digress. My apologies. After being wounded I spent one week being stabilized in DaNang and then two months in an Army hospital (249th Army General Hospital, Yokohama, Japan). A Marine in an Army hospital being treated by Army Medics, not Navy Corpsman, in an infectious amputee ward (B-211) because the Navy hospital was full. They were considering cutting my arms off to save me from possible blood poisoning is what I had gathered from scuttlebutt. I was already on my death bed, sick, down to 107 pounds from 175. A ghost of who I was. Somebody must have said let's try saving them because either way he is dead. I was also dealing with a severely infected wound just below my beltline caused by a large piece of shrapnel passing through an empty canteen, low back, that had sinus tracked (spread out upon entering) which you could stick a pop can in. Two years later I was riding in a car with Ken Webb ('67) when the largest piece popped out and stuck to a 4X4 bandage, eventually healing. I still have it. Obviously, death never visited, but I swear I talked to him. Before being run into an operating room the medics would put a pen in my mouth and I would draw an X in the signature space giving them permission to hack and whack as they wished. I remember doing that twice out of five operations in Japan. There is a lesson here. A person on morphine will sign anything and remember very little. The first thing I did after waking up was see if I still had my hands somewhere close to where they should be. This place was a stench ridden hell. Ohhh, the stories. Gangrene. The screaming. My oh my... I will spare you the horror. An Army doctor, maybe doctors, given to me by miracle saved my arms. Dr. Amber later would save not just my arms but my life (mentally and physically) in the Bremerton Navy Hospital. A little over one year in the hospitals. Sixteen operations. I will tell you a couple stories about being gassed on an O-R table that will curl... uh, never mind. Not a Bomber story. How do I feel about the servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan? I'm miserable beyond description. I know this all sounds like a "poor me" story, but I live in Huntington Beach and can move tomorrow to any place I want. I do NOT feel sorry for myself, trust me :-) I'm just on a rant here. I am among "friends" here. Most put up with me. Some SPAM me. Bombers... maybe that is a better descriptor. I'm telling, re- hashing, spouting more of the same, already several times told stories in the previous Sandstorms, but I felt you might like to again hear what is going on with the wounded today. Remember them daily. Help when you can. War does not change. My mother was vacuuming their living room floor when the Marine Corps green automobile pulled up in front of her house. Every time I think of that happening to her... there are no words to describe how I feel to this day doing that to her. But all this has nothing to do with being a Bomber, so I better end this. But not before thanking all you Vets and saying how much I enjoy being amongst you here in the Online Sandstorm. And THANK YOU Richard and Maren for reintroducing me to several old friends I have not talked to in many many years. Right from the beginning Barb Gore McCleary ('67) told me about the Alumni Sandstorm. Like many of you I have watched the tide come in and go back out many times, at times during stormy seas. The strong have survived. The weak let their subscription lapse and gave false email addresses to send the Alumni Sandstorm to. I'm off to re-read the first nine months of publications where you can pretty well read all you want to know about the Bombers. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA - where it is sunny. AND my sister, Sheila Maddy Kelly ('66) became a grandmother this morning (18th) for the first time. Jerry (KHS '64) and Sheila's daughter, Carrie (and dad, Aaron), had a girl (Madysun). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) Re: Volcano Cam This website has been added to my daily list of things to check every morning - of course, reading the Sandstorm is first! I enjoy checking around sunrise and sunset and have seen some really great pictures. I even printed one really good shot and sent it to a friend in Brisbane, Australia. Not professional quality, of course, but still very interesting. To: Linda Reining ('64) I enjoyed the story of how your family came to Richland. It's so interesting to hear how people came from all over to live and work in Richland. To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Welcome to West Richland! It's a different place than when we were young, but hopefully the changes are all good. My dad's family moved here from Arkansas in (I believe) 1946. There has been someone from the Belcher family living in West Richland ever since, in fact, my granddaughters live here, too. Call or e-mail if you need any help or info. Maren, please send me your address so I can send you a check. The service you provide all of us, scattered around the world, is priceless, but we can at least make a token payment. -Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) ~ West Richland - where it is raining outside and very chilly. All the beautiful red and yellow leaves are almost off the trees. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Ruth Marie Kron Culp-Hunter ('43) ~ 3/19/26 - 11/16/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/20/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Clarence Fulcher ('51), Bob Johnson ('54) Gloria Adams ('54), Millie Finch ('54) John Browne ('61), Donna Nelson ('63) Tami Bond ('63), Gary Setbacken ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Pam Hunt ('66) Pam Ehinger ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY last Monday (11/15): Barbara Maffei ('71) BOMBER LUNCHES Today: North Central Washington Bomber Lunch New Orleans Bomber Lunch BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Clarence Fulcher ('51)& Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Thank you for sharing your painful, physically and mentally, war experiences. I think it helps those of us who have never been anywhere near anything like that have a mild concept of what it must be like. No one but those of you who were actually there could possibly understand. We are very thankful to those of you who have served or are currently serving to preserve our great country. The longer we can keep these wars on ground other than the United States of America the more chance our decendants have. Please tell us what you would suggest as ways to help both those of you who have already served and those who are currently serving. How can we make things better for you? Thank you again. You have our respect and gratitude. -Clarence Fulcher ('51)& Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Johnson ('54) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Thanks Dear Mr. Maddy, I very much appreciate the time you took to express yourself in today's issue of Sandstorm, and the composure with which you were able to convey your thoughts on your experience as a vet. You make compelling arguments for learning to be more thoughtful. Correspondingly, you make a powerful case for the need in us all to become more aware of the consequences of action entered into with insufficient thought. You deserve very high praise in all those areas that came into view through your piece, and from your superb capacities for dealing effectively and thankfully with your experience in life. I am grateful to you for your willingness to share those thoughts and experiences and to place them into such civilized terms, even though such experience could have mangled any sense of civilized behavior you imagined you once had. Sincerely, -Bob Johnson ('54) I have taken the liberty of forwarding th 11/18 issue of the Sandstorm to a large list of people from many generations and walks of life, among them several who have had similarly engrossing accounts of service to our nation, some foreigners (Quebec and Australia) and youth (son, daughter, grandchild) and the grandparent of that same grandchild on the mother's side. Among them are a very broad span of opinions on the subject of our nation's place in the world and within its own community. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Cheers for you Rick and your information you told about how people treat the crippled, handicapped, disabled, etc., as you say, whatever you call it we are not like "normal" people. Yet, if you ask anyone what normal is, they don't know. I was not in the Armed Services, but because of poor health, I have Oxygen 24/7, and of course have to tote a tank along with me, and because of arthritis and many surgeries, I don't walk normal. Somnetimes I am gimping along, other times use my walker, and other times in my wheelchair - and I cannot believe how rude, disrespectful people are to the challenged amongst us. I was mortified after having leg surgery, and was at the mall with husband pushing me in the wheelchair, and someone bumped right into me, jarring my leg, and just looked at me and took off. Many other times, I have been alone and trying to get in a door, with my oxygen tank and my cane, and people just walk on by. So I understand what our military people are struggling with and it is not right. Only if people could imagine that they too someday could be in our shoes. Thanks for writing in. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Speed limits around the world To: Walt Bailey ('60) Virginia seems to have it right... the Washington system is rather arcane, and requires one to 'do the math'. It's allowable to drive 10% over the posted limit, plus 2MPH (the legal variation allowed to speedometer function). So, when the speed was posted 55, you drove "55 + 5.5 + 2" MPH- (rounded off to the nearest higher number) or 63. The "ticketing parameter" for WSP is, generally, 10MPH over the posted limit, although there are some special considerations on both sides of this, eg school zones, and log trucks on a downhill stretch of highway with a hill in their immediate future. One special class of miscreants on the Interstates here get No Mercy: and that would be hitch-hikers. It's kind of amazing that an entire form of common motile behavior (ie walking) is prohibited on Federally-funded public property, ie the great concrete rivers of our great State; but it appears that will likely be the case, until the price of oil approaches parity with the price of Perrier... I was absorbed in Rick Maddy's ('67) recent post when the radio voice distracted me with a story about a hospital bombing in Mosul, where some alleged wounded enemies were receiving alleged treatment. Who can comprehend the alleged cartoonish behavior of bygone days, when those pilots parked their Spads & Fokkers after a day of aerial dueling, to trade insults in a French cafe over the local red wine? What were they Thinking??!.. just one of those moments where the technological profiency exceeded the grasp of the Efficiency Experts at the War College just long enough to let a little Humanity creep into their best-laid plans. Oh, the Horror! Don't Ask who the Enemy is! Next thing you know, you'll be trying to figure out What this is all About! Don't Go There. Leave it to the Experts. They Know. They'll Tell you... eventually. Hey- maybe they'll make a movie about it, if there's enough interest. (MERCY!) ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Speaking of holiday memories in Richland, our Mother, Mildred, used to belong to the Homemakers Club in the late '40s and '50s. I don't know what they did but Jan ('60) told me it was out of the Extension Office. I am bringing some pictures to our Bomber Lunch tomorrow in Leavenworth and someone can send them to our website since I don't know how. Christmas meetings were with the big fat man in the red suit and I was terrified of him. -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Bond Trudell ('63) I wanted to wish Bill Wilson ('63) a Happy Birthday on 11/19. I found this picture of the "Tolo King of Hearts" while going through old photos for my scrapbook and thought others from the Class of '63 might enjoy the picture. -Tami Bond Trudell ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Setbacken ('64) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Rick, Well said, Marine!!!! Semper Fi, -Gary Setbacken ('64), USMC ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Do you remember "Left Right Out of Your Heart" by Patti Page? That was one of my favorite songs on the piano that was introduced to me by my wonderful piano teacher Mrs. Riley... and the Mickey Mouse Club in the '50s was great... and American Bandstand and Dick Clark and all the great singers like Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darrin. But most of all Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957. Of course who could forget Paul, John, Ringo and George!!!!!!!! Paul and George replaced my pictures of Elvis all over my bedroom walls. Thanks for the memories, Betty, and also for the great idea of wondering why families moved to Richland. That would make a really good book. Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) P.S. I almost forgot the 45's for hours that I would play with Richard Chamberlain (Dr. Kildare) singing and Richie Valens' ("Oh, Donna") and The Big Bopper ("The Three Stars") and of course one of the very best by Roy Orbison "Only the Lonely". I thought I died and went to heaven when I heard him sing that! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Hunt Cadd ('66) To: Walt Bailey ('60) Walt, when the Air Force moved us to Virginia in 1970, we learned that it is also mandatory to signal left if you're turning right, and vice versa. Up till then, I'd naively believed what anyone signaled. I got cured of that in a hurry. Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) is right about speeding in West Richland - the same goes for the long trek over Bombing Range. (Traffic engineers' motto: "New detours every week while we search for Keene Road.") If you don't like flashing lights, use your cruise control to maintain 35 mph. Best part of West Richland - our itty-bitty library that is actually a portal to the huge Mid-Columbia Library system. If they don't have what you want, you can look up and reserve books online (there or at home). When your book arrives in West Richland (a couple of days), you get an email notice. Then you can make the quick jaunt to pick up your book at the front desk. It's a great place to talk books and enjoy the small town atmosphere. We live just outside WR in the county, on the Yakima River where we enjoy coyote serenades and geese flying overhead. -Pam Hunt Cadd ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) I almost forgot! Happy Birthday to my Uncle Donny Ehinger ('55) on 11/19! You're the BEST!! And thank you for all that you did for the family when Jimmy Came home from Iraq. That was the happiest Day of all! SSGT James Walsborn is now on USA soil! He's stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA!! To: Rick Maddy ('67) Hey Maddy If your sister is a grandma that makes you a GREAT Uncle! You've always have been GREAT in my book! So keep it up! You're the love of my life! Take Care of yourself!! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67 and I'm a GREAT GRAMMA! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/21/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Richard Roberts ('49) Carol Tyner ('52), Harvey Chapman ('56) Lora Homme ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Frank Whiteside ('63), Carol Cross ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Nancy Mallory ('64) Joyce Stinsman ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY (11/17): Brian Hogan ('74) BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY (11/20): Vernona Chappelle ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosemary Qualhiem ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Donna Fredette ('65) In 1948 the JCs had a BIG Atomic Frontier Days. Kirk Douglas, Roddy McDowell, Monte Hale, Patti Page, etc. were here in Richland. Patti Page was just coming on the scene as a singer and they introduced her as "That singing rage - Patti Page". (Tennessee Waltz, How Much Is That Doggy in the Window.) She had just gotten married and they kept calling her husband: Mr. Patti Page. That must have been hard to swallow. Monte Hale's arm was in a sling - he fell off a horse (he was a western star). I wore out three 78 records of Doris Day singing, "Sentimental Journey" (Les Brown was the band leader). My mother told me if I played that song one more time she was going to ring my neck. Also wore out three records of "In the Mood" with Glenn Miller. Still two of my favorites. At Col-Hi we had a juke box in the music room and at noon you could go in a play the records (no cost) and dance. One day the juke box malfunctioned and the records come flying out of that juke box like frisbees - DUCK. I don't know if you remember or not but during the Second World War you could not leave your jobs - especially if you were working on a job that was part of the war effort (unless you were drafted). That's how most of the people ended up in Richland because duPont had closed quite a few plants. Plus the Manhattan Project had enough power that they could hire people off of their current jobs. School was late starting in 1944-'45 because they were still bringing in train loads of people - one train load from Denver alone. I remember that the plants were closed in Kankekee, IL; Old Hickory, TN; Kings MIlls, OH; Salt Lake City, UT; Terre Haute, IN; and Belle, WV among other places. Anyone know of other plants that were closed and the people transferred to Hanford? Guess I was too old when the Beatles came on the scene - I never liked them. I still like Elvis - my interest in music waned after Rock and Roll came into being. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er ~ south/government Richland where it is a beautiful day - cold but beautiful. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) & Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) Re: Happy Thanksgiving Please click on the following link to see your card: Hope it's a wonderful one for all of you. -Richard Roberts ('49) & Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) Missed Rick Maddy's ('67) article. Can someone out there in Bomberland send me a copy. Thanks, 19th -Harvey Chapman ('56) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Harvey, Read Rick's entry in the 11/19 Alumni Sandstorm. If you've already deleted it from your inbox, read it on the Alumni Sandstorm website at: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Rick Maddy ('67) I submitted the following before and was refused publication in the Alumni Sandstorm, maybe because I addressed a particular person, who, when this was forwarded to her, understood that we agreed completely. Based on recent entries, I am submitting it again, personal references removed, in response to Rick Maddy's ('67) entry from a couple days ago. I'm appalled at his account of experiences he's had and am deeply ashamed of the people who behaved in that manner. Though I know it doesn't really do any good, I want to apologize abjectly for them. I think that their IQ's must hover somewhere around room temperature and pray that they are a very small minority. I believe that the vast majority of the people who are (and have been) in the Armed Forces of the United State of America are there because they believe in defending freedom, not because they want to kill babies, torture prisoners, or take over the world! They are our sons and daughters and grandchildren, for God's sake! They deserve our support! Sending care packages is a wonderful idea. I believe that's called "putting your money where you mouth is," and I admire you, Linda McKnight Hoban ('65), for having the idea and sharing it with us. Thank you for making a positive suggestion for action in the midst of a lot of impotent talk. No one in their right mind, at least among us who's loved ones must be on the front lines, is in favor of war. I want to go on record once again, right here and right now, as absolutely HATING WAR! It's human insanity at it's worst! However, since not everyone in the world agrees with that, and some even believe that dying during the commission of an aggressive act is a sure way to heaven, it's essential for a nation who wants to preserve freedom to maintain an armed force and be willing to use it. Now, as in the past, the people of this country have had the decency and courage to defend ourselves and to go to the aid of others. Notice that I'm talking, here, about "The People," not the politicians. Whether politicians have hidden agendas and what they might be is usually beyond our ability to know as a certainty, but The People of the United States are the only people in the history of the world that I know of who ever gave a rat's behind what happened to anyone else. We are the first on the scene with aid at any disaster anywhere in the world. Americans are generous and courageous and if that's a politically incorrect statement, so be it!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!! -Lora Homme Page ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Walt Bailey ('60) Re: Moving Bomberville Don't let the speed stop you, Walt... Bombers learn quickly. The first week here I didn't even know whether to drive or not. Felt like I was making 100 mistakes just to drive seven minutes to Uptown. Driving in Western Washington is of course much faster than here. I felt like I was dropped off on some foreign highway. If I really want to get on fast speed I can drive minutes south to the freeway and go faster. Always options. Living here is worth every minute of slowing down. Try it you might like it. Re: Bomber Spouses, Bombers and Prayer Len Rediske's ('66) wife Linda (who emails back and forth with me a lot) took me into her heart of prayer when I was moving as well as other Bombers. So many times when I was stressed, unsure and not sure whether I would be able to accomplish everything in my move, my heart would be lifted by prayer. An email from Linda saying "You can do it!" would lift my spirits. Linda's biggest prayer was that I would make the right decisions. When she first emailed that prayer I went "Oh no. She is so right!" I thought the decisions in moving would not ever end. (Even though not said I knew Len was also praying with her). Day by day it became easier. Prayer works for whatever need. Linda reads the Sandstorm every day and then prints it out for Len. Like so many Bomber spouses and friends, she is involved. Thank you, Linda. To: Barb Belcher Valinske ('72) Re: Move to West Richland Thank you for your offer of help! When I get to doing the open house I might call upon you if that works for you. I am settled in now with minor things to be taken care of. Come visit me some time... that would also be fun. Email me and let me know where you live and I will email back with my phone number. I'm in the flower streets. Some of my family will be here for Thanksgiving and will help with a few finishing touches on the house. Luckily my new home had been painted and was move-in ready. Re: Class of '52's luncheon In my busy doings I read that the class of '52 women were having their luncheon last Tuesday. I was going to email and ask if I could come to their luncheon. I thought they were the Bomber class that had been having a luncheon the longest that I read about in the Sandstorm over the last couple of years. Time caught up with me and I had to go into town. Decided to drop in and say hello. Well I was wrong it wasn't the longest running luncheon of Bombers. Immediately the group that was there invited me to join them. Met so many of them couldn't keep up with all the names. Did meet a couple of ladies who write into the Sandstorm that I wanted to meet. Enjoyed every minute of it. When it was time to leave they asked me to join them again. I will! Thank you class of '52. Wish I could visit all the Bomber luncheons across America. Bombers Have Fun!!!!!!!!!!! -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA and proud to be here where the sun shines. Feel like my bones are finally drying out after the years in Western Washington's dampness. Have learned don't leave a door open when the wind is blowing. Made that mistake and my home looked like a dust bowl. A Bomber should know better. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Tim Smyth's ('62) wife, Terry My wife Linda and I want to extend our sympathy to my old friend, Tim Smyth (Maren's brother), and his daughters on the loss of his wife and their mother, Terry. Our thoughts are with you. [Terry passed peacefully on 11/20/04 about 9AM. They would have been married 36 years next Tuesday. Love you, bro! -Maren] Re: 11/20/04 New Orleans Bomber Lunch All Bomber Lunches website Once again, we had a nice lunch to welcome Maren back to the New Orleans area. The rain slowed us down a little, but didn't stop us. Present were Maren, Tami Bond Trudell ('63), Tami's hubby, Bill, my wife, Linda and myself. Maren took a few pictures [see link above] Hope we can get a little bigger turnout in the future. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) To: Cathryn Hodgin, aka Vernona Chappelle ('64) Happy Birthday, Best Friend [on 11/20/04]!! Hope you are having a wonderful birthday/anniversary celebration. Love always, -Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Barbara Farris DeFord ('59WB) Re: Bunny shoes and pixie shoes Remember both of those---had my first pair of bunny shoes in 7th grade---got them for Easter----loved those shoes! think I bought my pixie shoes at McCann's (spent most of my babysitting and allowance money in that store..*grin*). and I do remember putting plaid shoe laces in my saddle oxfords---also remember wearing blue and white (Carmichael colors) in my tennis shoes. do you remember putting tiny, jingle bells on your shoes at Christmas time? we must have driven the teachers crazy, but don't ever remember being told to take them out or to stop wearing them!!!!!!! we also wore jingle bells on our coats---mine was a small, gold bell nestled among some holly berries and leaves (plastic, of course). *grin* Re: old songs I remember running home from school to watch American Bandstand ---it started at 3 and ended at 4. used to know all the names of the regular dancers and used to buy, "Teen Beat" and always read the column in there about the show and the dancers--it was written by one of the girl dancers---Pat???? remember Kenny and Arlene and Justine and ? learned to do many, many dances from watching all those kids. "the stroll"; "mashed potato"; "twist"; "watusi"; "the locomotion"; and many others. loved listening and singing (though I cannot and could not carry a tune) to: Frankie Avalon; the Four Seasons; Bobby Hyland; Bobby Vee; Bobby Vinton; Bobby Darin; Fabian; Elvis (of course!!!!); Connie Francis; Paul Anka; Annette; Shelley Fabraes (she sang, "Johnny Angel"); Roy Orbison; The Shirelles; Beachboys; Jan and Dean; the Supremes; and many others, can "see" them clearly, but their names escape me at the moment! ;/ Re: West Richland and speed limit When I was home in June for my 40th class reunion, my daughters, grandkids and I were driving through West Richland to get to my brother's place in Benton City----Tim ('71WB) had warned us of the speed limit and how strict the West Richland police were-----well, she was going about 40----cop came up behind her with his lights flashing, he told her he "clocked" her at 43 and gave her a ticket--- pretty damn expensive one, too! for the rest of the time we were home, she set her cruise control at 35 each and every time we had to drive in or out of West Richland!!!!!! To: Rick Maddy ('67) thank you for telling it like it is! I have a granddaughter with learning and physical disabilities and the hurt she goes through on a daily basis is enough to make my heart break each and every day! it is so hard watching her struggle with things that most take for granted---she has spina bifida occulta (which affects her motor skills), she is 11 years old and just this year learned to skip and to jump with both feet together! she will always struggle, but we have learned a lot through her---she has taught us to be very tolerant of others---we see people through her eyes and we are better because of her. she has a great spirit, as do you. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - tule fog has once again arrived---school delays twice this past week and we are just starting our fog season. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: Rick Maddy ('67) I have been thinking about your entry. I have only the greatest respect for service men and women past and present. Both of my brothers served in Viet Nam -- Jesse ('66) on an aircraft carrier and David ('64) (Army) on the ground. David was in a mortor group and demined roads. He was mostly in the jungle. He got a shrapnel wound in one hand (no permanent damage). The only stories he has told are things like locals coming out to sell them stuff (he bought scarves and necklaces). He said they were told if locals offered to sell them some soft drinks by the glass (from a jug) not to buy it as it might have ground glass in it. We sent him small toys at Christmas (also cookies of course) which the guys played with and then gave to some kids. I know some atrocities happen in wars, but it's got to be hard when you can't tell who is an enemy (they should all wear a big E or something). Maybe a little less tv coverage would be better. I know those of us who didn't go to Nam (or Iraq) can't really know what it was like. In thinking about kids and their lack of empathy, my experience with this was with my husband, Larry. When he was undergoing radiation (for a brain tumor) he lost all his hair. They drew marks on his head with permanent markers. He usually wore a ball cap to cover it up, but one time we were in a fast food place and he thought some teenagers were laughing at him. It's too bad not all parents attempt to teach kids to consider what it might be like to walk in someone else's shoes. Some things can be seen (as you described) and some cannot, but it sure is great to have people around who care no matter. As for kids, we can hope they learn empathy some time -- adults who have none -- well when it comes down to it they are missing out on a lot (caring for others usually comes back to you). Thanks to all those who have and are serving our country. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ It's been rainy here in TN and a little cooler - but not cold. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joyce Stinsman Komac ('68) My oldest daughter is getting married this spring. As a mother- in-law to be, I am looking for some help. I know I am supposed to give my daughter some great advice about marriage, the wedding night and life together. She is 31, my first child to get married and (in my mind) never been kissed prior to the event. One of the guys at work told me his advice is to tell her to keep her "Yap" shut and life would be good. This from a man who has been married 3 times, so I am sure he knows. I think I need some help. Words of wisdom I can share with her on her wedding day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I remember reading some book about how to keep your husband happy written in the '50s. That would be so perfect since she is definitely a modern woman. If someone knows where I can find this, please let me know. -Joyce Stinsman Komac ('68) ~ hoping to be a grandmother soon *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/22/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff and 1 funeral Notice today: Mary Triem ('47), Marguerite Groff ('54) Ken Heminger ('56WB), Max Sutton ('57) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Ed Wood ('62) Helen Cross ('62), John Adkins ('62) Tim Smyth ('62), Pam Ehinger ('67) Rick Maddy ('67), Mina Jo Gerry ('68) Anna Durbin ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi Cherrington ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn Bell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brent Christi ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Wear ('71) WE REMEMBER: 11/22/63 JFK Assassination BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* NOTICE TO ALL BOMBERS: Kathy Hoff ('64) (who doesn't have e-mail) has asked for a notice to all Bombers who are in town the Friday after Thanksgiving, who want to meet for lunch, at Sterlings on GWWay at 1:00. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Although I don't write to the Sandstorm often, I read it every day - a ritual with me! FYI: the '40's ladies and spouses of '40's guys have been lunching once a month since 1987, so I kinda think we may have the honor of being the oldest Bomber lunch group. The '40's guys also have a lunch group, but didn't start theirs quite as early as the ladies. We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month (including December) at 1 pm at the Red Robin in Kennewick. Drop by and meet some of the gals. Also, I would like to remind other ladies of the '40's that we are still going strong and come enjoy visiting with us. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) The Class of '54 has lost another special friend. Dick Grabner ('54) died Friday, 11/19. His obit was in today's TriCity Herald. As sad as it is for his friends, we all know that he was more than ready to reunite with his lovely, Rose Gire Grabner ('54RIP) who predeceased him on July 31, 2003 and their son, Ryan who drowned in 1967. I've known Dick and Rose since Sacajawea. When we were in fifth grade, Dick was in the sixth grade. His teacher was Margaret Bice. We were surprised when we reported for sixth grade, Mrs. Bice's class, and Dick walked in. He told me once it was the best thing she could have done for him - besides she just liked him so much, she couldn't let him go. With the way they used to set classes alphabetically, Rose had Mrs. Bice, too. I think their long love affair started way back then. Rose and I sat together at graduation and she told me that she and Dick had gotten married just 2 weeks before. She looked so happy. They never missed a reunion unless health problems got in the way. Dick was at our 50th celebration for awhile, but had to leave early because of his health problems. We will miss him. His obituary is in today's Sandstorm. I want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your loved ones and enjoy the bounty. You can diet on Friday. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland - where we've had a great fall. But, there is a hint of winter in the air, with ice on my car windows this morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Heminger ('56WB) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Betty, On your post about Frontier days. you missed a couple that was also there... Jimmy Wakely and Chill Wills. Chill Wills was at one of the stores In Richland, (don't remember now which one) and was doing autographs. My little brother managed to get him to sign his cowboy boot... I also remember going to the Richland theater to see some of them. Again, I don't remember who all was on stage, but I do remember Monte Hall being there... It could be he was the only one scheduled to be there because now that I think about it, he was late, and we sat around waiting for him to show up... As you said, his arm was in a sling, and the fact that he said he fell off his horse and broke his arm, stood out in my mind. I thought at the time, what kind of a cowboy would fall off his horse... Of course I was about 12 at the time. -Ken Heminger ('56WB) ~ Great Falls, MT and a balmy 42 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) While reading your latest entry to the Sandstorm, I had an old age brain zap. I charged up the stairs, searched an old trunk and found one of my prize possessions, an autographed cowboy hat by Monty Hale wishing great riding and roping. Thank you very much for bringing that memory back to me. -Max Sutton ('57) ~ in good ole' Renton, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re:Portland/Vancouver Bomber Christmas Luncheon DATE: Saturday - December 4, 2004 TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (or as long as Bombers want to visit!) PLACE: DoubleTree/Columbia River I-5 Exit #308 - Jantzen Beach I-5 Northbound - follow Jantzen Beach Center signs Second traffic light, turn right - that puts you in the parking lot. I-5 Southbound - Jantzen Beach exit - stay in right lane - go through the traffic light - turn left - that puts you in the parking lot! Enter Front door - go past front desk to Little Brickstone Room RSVP: Please contact Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) if you are planning to join us! There will again be a "White Elephant" gift exchange - $10.00 maximum ALL BOMBER SPOUSES AND FRIENDS ARE WELCOME! THE MORE THE MERRIER! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Wood ('62) To: Tim Smyth ('62) Tim, I only had the pleasure of meeting Terry once, at a Col-Hi reunion many, many years ago. I told myself then that Janice and I would try to make it out to New York for a visit with you folks one of these days, but so far we've not made it. Shame on us! Terry's passing reminds us that we have a limited time to enjoy life with ones friends and family, and we should take advantage of all the time we have. I know you've done so with your family. Our sympathies go out to your family on your loss. -Ed Wood ('62) ~ Morrison, CO ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I want to add my sympathy to Tim Smyth ('62) and his family with the loss of his wife, Terry. I met Terry in 2002 when I went out to dinner with them when I was in Vermont. Tim, I trust your great family of daughters, sons in law, and grandchildren will help you through this difficult time. I am keeping you in my prayers. I also want to add my respect and thanks to Rick Maddy ('67) for sharing with us how difficult it is to be wounded and then not treated with the respect he deserves for serving our country and fighting for our freedom and paying such a high price. I am glad you are finding some help now with the V.A. We never really appreciate what we have until it is gone, sadly I know that is true. I appreciated your honesty in your comments, Rick. I hope it helps me to take more time to do what little I can to help servicemen serving our country away from home. And I think somehow I missed extending my best wishes to Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) when her birthday was mentioned earlier this month. Her parents who are in their 90s are delightful and I am fortunate to have had their friendship since we met in l963 when they were the leaders for the Koinonian Fellowship at CUP Church for kids older than high school. And lastly, I want to join my cousin, Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) in wishing Cathryn Hodgin, aka Vernona Chappelle ('64) a Happy Birthday. I know Carol has really valued your friendship over all these years. Sincerely, -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana in the house by the little lake where it got up to almost 60 today. We've had a lovely warm and late fall for the midwest around Cincinnati and I've enjoyed driving on these roads without fear of black ice, etc. I do worry that that will come. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) To: Joyce Stinsman Komac ('68) Re: Advice to a newlywed When my daughter got married - I took her out to lunch - over a chicken salad of some sort, I told her that sometimes older generation and the younger generation can come together and a sharing of information could be a good thing. Looking at me sweetly, she said "What do you need to know. Dad". -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - looks like a fine - fine - sunshiny day ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tim Smyth ('62) Thank you, Bombers I want to thank all you Bombers for all your prayers and emails of support for my wife, Terry, and our family. Unfortunately, she was sicker than any of us thought. Her liver and kidneys were in bad shape and she passed to the Lord Saturday, November 20th. Her funeral will ironically be on our 36th wedding anniversary, November 23rd. That makes it doubly hard. But Her spirit lives on in our girls (Shannon, Kelly, Erin and Meghan) who have been so wonderful through this whole ordeal. -Tim Smyth ('62) ~ Hudson Falls, NY ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) This is my Daughter Deidra and SSgt Jimmy, holding baby Ava and me the PROUD MOMMA and GRAMMIE!! This picture was taken just after he got there! Thought all the Bombers who have been praying for him would like to see him. Thank you all for All your prayers. He'll be stationed at Ft Lewis, WA! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger Nassen (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Long and windy and thank you for the scroll button!! [Find Rick's "long and windy" in Additional reading. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mina Jo Gerry Payson ('68) To: Joyce Stinsman: ('68) I don't write very often, but read the Alumni Sandstorm daily. I had to reply to your entry. The best advice my husband and I ever received was from the minister who married us. At our pre-wedding counseling session, he told us that we should never go to bed angry and always make "I love you" the last thing we say to each other each night. I guess it works, because we hit 32 years in August of this year. It is something that I intend to pass on to my children when they finally find "Mr. and Miss Right." -Mina Jo Gerry Payson ('68) ~ not ready to be a grandma yet! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) To; Tim Smyth ('62): So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. It must be a very hard time for you. Our hearts are with you. To; Joyce Stinsman Komac ('68) All I can tell you is what my mother told me. As we are walking across the parking lot after our wedding, (I was 25), she said, "Your sister, the doctor [Marye ('63)], has told you everything, right?" To this day, I regret that I wasn't quick enough to say, "No, what?" I think you have already taught her everything she needs to know. When she has a question, she will ask you. Wishes for happiness are the best, as far as I can tell. And please don't bug her about getting pregnant. It will happen when it is meant to happen. We made our parents wait six years, but it wasn't for want of trying. And questions would have just made us crazier. In the end, we got to know each other better and have stayed married longer than a lot of people. Peace and congratulations. Not that I have any experience in this. I am hoping my daughters will wait to get married till they know who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Right now, my oldest who has graduated from college is going through the uncertainty of whether she and her boyfriend can get work in the same location. It's tough. Love, -Anna Durbin ('69) ~ Ardmore, PA - here it is gray and rainy and the beautiful red trees are losing their leaves. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Dick Grabner ('54) ~ 5/28/35 - 11/19/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/23/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 19 Bombers sent stuff: Gene Hall ('48), Betty Hiser ('49) Dennis Chapman ('54), Millie Finch ('54) Gary Persons ('57), Susan Erickson ('59) Jan Bollinger ('60), Michael Lewis ('60) Gloria Davis ('61), Paul Lewis ('61WB) Helen Cross ('62), Paula Beardsley ('62) Linda Belliston ('63), Mike Lahrman ('63) Gary Setbacken ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Jeff Michael ('65), Tom Coleman ('66) Tami Lyons ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle Dawson ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gene Hall ('48) Re: North Central Washington Lunch All Bomber Lunches website Hi Maren, Glad that you are happily relocated in LA. Burt filled us in on your trip to get there. We had a nice luncheon in Leavenworth. Susan asked me to send you this picture. Attending were Brent Van Reenen ('67), Missy Keeney ('59), Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59), Donna Nelson ('63), Gene Hall ('48), Betty Ann Hall (spouse), and Burt Pierard ('59). Hope this finds you happy and well in your new digs. -Gene Hall ('48) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Memories I remember Jimmy Wakely coming to the old Village Theater (on GWWay) because that is where all of the B Westerns were shown. I forgot about Chill Wills - I always liked him and that strange voice. That particular time (Wakely) was not connected with the Atomic Frontier Days. My mother was a great fan of hillbilly music so she had quite a conversation with Jimmy Wakely. We stood in the lobby and she must have talked to him for about 15 minutes. I was really surprised that he would take the time to talk that long with her. Her thing was the Grand Ole Opry - which Wakely appeared many times. Hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving - and please give many thanks to the things that we have and to our "boys" who are serving their country - here and abroad. Thanks to those who contribute to the Alumni Sandstorm - it is so interesting to find out where our Bombers spread their wings and ended up all over the globe. My oldest daughter and granddaughter are here visiting for the week. I am really thankful for that. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er ~ south/government Richland - cool night - they thought it might snow but guess it went to the Blues. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Chapman ('54) Re: Dick Grabner ('54-RIP) I was saddened to hear of the death of a dear classmate, Dick Grabner - class of '54 - Dick was a good pal and will be missed by all the class of '54, especially George Bowles, Sonny Murphy and myself - "REST IN PEACE OLD PAL -Dennis Chapman ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Dick Grabner ('54-RIP) I just want to add my few words to what Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) said yesterday. Dick and Rose were a wonderful couple, and the love they shared just flowed outward. Our class will truly miss another one of our special classmates. To: Cathryn Hodgin, aka Vernona Chappelle ('64) Also wanted to say a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Vernona/Cathryn. Wow! I wish when we were working together I had known your real name! Anyway, hope your day was as special as you, my friend. Re: Thanksgiving Everyone have a great day of Thanksgiving. Even the word says it all, be grateful for all the thanks we can give, or all that we give and receive the thanks! Enjoy the food (as Marguerite says, we can diet the next day), and company and take a nap between football!! Cheers to all of you, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) & Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: 11/21/04 Spokane Bomber Lunch All Bomber Lunches website Visiting Bomber alums added extra sparkle to our Spokane Bomber lunch at the Cathay Inn on Sunday [11/21/04], which lasted late-- but still ended too soon! We were delighted to welcome from the Tri-Cities Kay Ivers, Connie Dean O'Neil, Marsha Lawell Hathcox, and Derrith Persons Dean, all from the class of '60, Judy Willox ('61), and from Seattle, Nick Nelson ('56). Pam Ehinger Nassen ('67) drove from Grand Coulee to surprise us and she was beaming to have her son home on leave from Iraq. The ladies from '60 managed to arrive early enough to get in some shopping before lunch and Marsha apparently won the "prize" for contributing the most to the Spokane economy. Good show, Marsha, and come back soon, all of you! We love your faces AND your tax dollars! Spokane area Bombers who attended were Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and spouse Jim, Rick Valentine ('68), Jim House ('63), John Bruntlett ('54), Ralph Bean ('58), Jan Bollinger Persons ('60), and Gary Persons ('57). We bought a Costco birthday cake for dessert and, by golly, it turned out there were indeed two Bomber birthdays coming up! Jim House and Marsha Lawell Hathcox both have birthdays the first week in December. Jim cut the first piece of cake (carrot, his favorite) with that special House "flair" (see photo). All Bomber Lunches website There was another treat in store for those Bombers who were still hanging around after 3 PM. A young man approached us and inquired if we were from Richland, because he had noticed Nick's Bomber jacket. Would you believe he was the grandson of Art Dawald?!! He was there with a family group, including his mother, Art Dawald's daughter, now 75 years old. It was quite a trip to meet this fellow (sorry, can't remember his name), who talked about visiting his grandparents' grave site at Sunset Memorial Gardens last week, recalling when the plots were purchased, and marveling at all the housing development now around the cemetery. You just never know what good things are in store when you come to a Bomber alumni lunch! -Gary Persons ('57) & Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59) Re: North Central Washington Bomber Lunch All Bomber Lunches website The North Central WA Bomber Luncheon held at Gustav's, in Leavenworth, on Saturday the 20th, was a fun get together, as usual. The seven of us talked about the Club 40 Reunion and Maren's move down to Louisiana and how much we're going to miss her!! Burt Pierard ('59) and Missy Keeney ('59) joined us with a dozen Spudnuts!! Missy shared the fun her talented group had performing "Laugh In" at Club 40. We were fortunate to have had them! Donna Nelson ('63) brought pictures of the Richland Homemaker's Club with their young children, and Gene Hall ('48) brought pictures from the '40s. In attendance were Donna Nelson, Gene Hall and his wife, Betty Ann, Brent Van Reenan ('67), Burt, Missy and Susan Erickson Kuntz '59. We really missed our Web Master, Maren!! Wishing her, her family and all of you Bombers a VERY SPECIAL and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! -Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59) ~ A beautiful day is predicted for Thanksgiving and we are fortunate to have all of our family here, plus a few53!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Michael Lewis ('60) To: Anybody in the plane You know, there was an interregnum in the early nineties I think it was, and most people assumed it would be over in a couple of years, but vestiges of it are still around and I think the intent was that it should be recognized as an indefinitely grave continuous time around the turn of the millennium, lasting from six or eight years before the Y2K instant, and about six or eight years later. A time of exceptional gravity, in which the order is not certain. This was in relation to the fin de siecle which was mentioned in French publicity. relating to the century. After all, this is the time between one millennium and another... America being only 200 years old, the more ancient countries are setting considerable order. Especially the newer nuclear order is just now being established, mostly by the children. Of Bombers, natch. -Mike Lewis ('60) ~ Seattle ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) Re: "Desert Sky" I have been looking for Robley Johnson's "Desert Sky" since 1998. Does anyone know where I can find a copy? I know it is a precious commodity, but I sure would like to have one. Thanks! -Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul Lewis ('61WB) To: Tim Smyth ('62) I am so sorry to hear the sad news. You have all my Bomber prayers. -Paul Lewis ('61WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) My husband and I will be in Russia on a mission with the Methodist church in late December and early January. We will arrive a day early into St. Petersburg, and leave a day later than the group out of Moscow. I was just thinking that perhaps a Bomber might be able to advise me on safety issues in Russia, any thoughts of using public transportation to and from airports when we are not with the group, and the names of places to see and stay for that one night, as we will be on an overnight train to Moscow on our last actual night in Russia. We will be at the orphanage with the children on January 7th, their Christmas, and we will be having a party for them. I am excited about the trip, and a little apprehensive. Long story, but we have recently become foster parents to 2 neighborhood cats, so after 8 years, it is fun to have animals to talk to when I'm alone. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana - by the little lake, where it's gray, and raining by the little lake, but thankfully still in the 50s, so warm. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Re: Paul Beardsley (Bomber Dad) Just want to let all his friends in Bomber land know that Dad celebrated his 92nd birthday today. After his serious medical situation this summer, we are amazed how well he is doing. I think there is steel in his spine to keep him going so strong. Many of you have e-mailed or called to check on his condition and we appreciate your concern and thoughtfulness. Mentally he is getting more fragile but still knows most of his visitors by their face but names are pretty much gone by now. He has been going through old pictures and has found many pictures of our classmates parents he has known over the years. Some we knew but many we didn't but he has enjoyed the reminiscing anyway. The good news is he is around to attend my son's wedding this weekend. He loves his grandchildren and Danny in particular so we are thrilled he will be in attendance. There was time this summer, we weren't sure he could make it. Happy Thanksgiving to all and I am particularly thankful to still have Dad in my life. -Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Re: Bert Wells I woke up this morning to a wonderful e-mail from "Bert Wells". Many of you may remember him from the Bert Wells TV Show, "Buckaroo Time", that we all watched after school.. I asked and received his permission to put his e-mails to me on the Sandstorm. I'm sure he would love to hear the memories that many of you have of his show.. I had written into the Sandstorm a few years back asking if anyone remembered Bert Wells, Uncle Jimmy, etc? I had mentioned that I still had their autographs that I got when they came to Richland one day.. KEPR'S 50th year celebration sounds fun.. Hi Linda! Out of the blue, someone E mailed me a website that I didn't know existed and asked me to pull up find "Bert." It turned out to be your letter asking a number of nostalgic questions, including wanting to know if anyone remembered Bert Wells from "Buckaroo Time." I am he. Have had a wonderfully full and satisfying life to date... now having lighted a 75th candle on my cake. When I left the television stations, KIMA, KEPR, to go to college, I then decided to teach rather than to return to television. My main location was teaching speech communication at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. I continued to do a lot of entertaining here and there, and eventually was voted the number one Knife and Fork Dinner Club speaker for the national circuit. I retired from education circles at age 58, then spent the next 14 years along the Oregon Coast. Just last year I returned here to Yakima, the valley of my birth, in time to help Uncle Jimmy celebrate the 50th anniversary of KIMA TV. As you may or may not know, shortly after that, Uncle Jimmy (age 85) died unexpectedly with a rapid bout with cancer. In the meantime, I have put together several programs for various retirement homes in the valley and have thoroughly enjoyed presenting those to most grateful audiences. My wife is still with me of nearly 52 years, and our blessings are many. Yes, I remember him! Now, pray tell, it's your turn... who are you? I send best wishes, Bert Wells 5027 Tumac Drive Yakima, WA 98901 and.... Thanks for getting in touch! And fine...go ahead and send the letter on to Sandstorm. I have nothing but fond memories for the Tri Cities area. I have heard from David Praga, Station Manager, KEPR TV, that they are planning to do a little golden anniversary celebrating at the end of this year or first of next. I might well have opportunity to turn back the many pages and do a touch of nostalgia on the air for all who would I did with Uncle Jimmy here at KIMA TV this past year. It depends on what kind of celebration plans the station is considering. Thanks for a brief rundown on what the website is, and glad our lives have touched in this era of modern miracles... computers! And, it's a two-way street.. you have made my day also, and again I send, Best wishes, Bert Wells -Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Lahrman ('63) To: Tim Smyth ('62) We'll continue to pray. God Bless, -Mike Lahrman ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Setbacken ('64) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Lora, We all hate war but some of us realize that when it is necessary to preserve our way of life it is our duty/calling. I regret that I'm too old to be with my fellow Marines fighting a great fight. My Grandfather (WWl) my Father and my Mother (WWll) were Marines. -Gary Setbacken ('64), USMC ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Rick Maddy ('676) You deserve a huge pat on the back for taking on the task of being a Special-Ed teacher---wish my granddaughter could have had a caring person like you as her teacher. If I were to tell you the kind of teacher she got, I would be sent to cyber-space or the Sagebrush Rag (which is somewhere in limbo)!!!!!! take care. I also liked what you wrote about sending "care packages" to the hospitals--- Long Beach (CA) Naval Hospital is the closest one to Bakersfield. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - no rain, but fog is predicted for the morning. would you believe we found snow when we went down to Corona over the weekend? snowed in Lake Ellsinore and Temecula---on the mountains---was only 20 miles from where we were in Corona!!!! weird weather for that part of California! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey Bombers and Bomberettes... Just a couple quickies this AM: Rick Maddy ('67) - Huntington Beach, not a bad place to be. Bet you're thankful your eyes didn't get injured! Really appreciate your message. My mom (not a Viet Nam vet) walked with a limp most all her life (when she wasn't on crutches, in a wheel chair or using a walker). She was EXTREMELY self conscious. She wouldn't go to a lot of places because she hated the staring eyes...especially from kids. That one fact shaped my life more than anything other one element. Keep up the good work and the chin. I'd say Semper Fi, but that doesn't work for Fly Boys; and I don't know what a good match is. How 'bout "OVER"? Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) raises music issues. When I was VERY young, Patti Page was one of my very favorite singers. Just "How Much IS That Doggie In the Window?" One of the first LPs I bought was the Best of Perry Como (imagine that). The barber shop I was working at (West Gate Shopping Center) is the place I first heard The Beatles. I cried in front of the TV when John Lennon was killed..."Imagine". Lived in Boulder, CO, then, watching the evening news in front of the wood stove. As a DJ, music has been my life. I've worked classical, country, jazz and pop. I've been to many indoor and outdoor concerts and interviewed many of the top artists of our times. Even worked with a couple (Ike and Tina Turner, just to mention one). I was very sad hear recently when Ray Charles died. We had his troup to Thanksgiving dinner at our home in Tokyo many years back. Spent a couple hours pre-show in the mobile Pink Floyd van while covering a three-day, outdoor music festival during the "Dark Side of the Moon". It's hard for me to pick favorites, but, "The Wall", U2's "Joshua Tree" and Judy Collins' "Hijira" were three of my favorite albums. There are many more top ranking performers, in my mind, from Buddy Holly (visited his recording studio and talked with its owner, Buddy's engineer) through Baby Bash (ran camera for his show at Coco Loco's last fall, that have touched my life. Never forget Paul Simon, BB King and Jose Feliceano in small club settings. There is just no space between us (Dave Mathews), me and music. In fact, when I spoke at Mom's Remembrance a little over a year ago, I reminded folks in the room of the Edwin Hawkins Singers rendition of "Oh Happy Day" as the day the she was finally released from the body that had not served her well for 82 years. Heaven is a place she can go and not be stared at by anyone! dj jeff Michael ('65) in the Tri-Cities where It's a Beautiful Morning, and I'm thinking David Rivers ('65) had way too much free time in-country! -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lonnie "Tom" Coleman ('66) To: Tim Smyth ('62) Tim, Our hearts go out to you and your girls. May God bless your family with peace at this time. Tom & Ava Coleman -Lonnie "Tom" Coleman ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Re: Apple Cup While watching the Apple Cup this weekend, I heard the announcer refer to one of the Coug players as being from Richland, WA but didn't hear who it was. Does anyone know? -Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/24/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Wally Erickson ('53), Larry Christenson ('54) Ann Bishop ('56), Gus Keeney ('57) Jim Hoff ('57), Patti Jones ('60) Leoma Coles ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Deedee Willox ('64), Evelyn Evans ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Steve Wagner ('76) Susan Lundgren ('82), Marie Whitney ('02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Christian ('67) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '63 & '64 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Memories Most of my early Richland memories are of Paul Beardsley. He did an excellent job of keep our morale up during the WWII - I loved all the songs we used to sing. I am so glad he has recovered. You are so fortunate to still have him around. Has anyone been around long enough to remember when radio station KALE was a hillbilly station? They used to have a program called KALE Karole (can't spell) with Lloyd Amon as the MC. Lots of southerners here in this area at the time. Happy Turkey Day - for all Bombers. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland - was cloudy last night and Jack Frost paid us a visit - my windshield early this morning has his pictures all over the car windows. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Re: Happy Thanksgiving to All My wife (not a Bomber) attended the luncheon with the Ladies of the class of '52 and other guests. She enjoyed it immensely and got a chance to meet many nice ladies. She does plan on attending the next luncheon that they have. It was very nice to have the Bomber gals accept her and make her feel so welcome. Now, at last, we are moving into our home in Kennewick. You can't believe how good it feels knowing that we are getting out of this apartment. We will be moving over the next few days. We can't get our major things from the storage company until Monday. We will take what we have in the apartment and rough it at the house in Kennewick. Happy Thanksgiving to all the Bomber family and others wherever they may be. It would be great if we all said a little prayer for our men and women in the armed forces in the U.S. and around the world on Thanksgiving Day. -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Maren: Gee, it's too bad you're going to miss the snow and ice on the roads coming in soon. Glad you both made it a safe trip. [Thanks, Wally. I figured this was the BEST time to leave the PNW... I'm gonna miss my favorite season (Spring). :-( -Maren] Re: Lunch in Leavenworth I would have loved to have been there for that lunch (especially at Gustav's). They have the best hamburgers and "real" French fries, not counting the tap beer selection. When ever I go to visit my sister, Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59), in East Wenatchee, it's like I've got to go to Gustav's; especially during this time of the year they have all their lights up for the holidays. It's a beautiful place. Re: Lunches in Spokane When I asked Maren why Spokane had their reunions on Sunday (at my 50th reunion); she said it was the only day she could be there. [Sorry, Wally, I didn't say that. ANY day was good for me. -Maren] I told her Sunday didn't work for me, since Sunday was the day we went to church. Do you think that could changed to another day since Maren's moved to Louisiana? I know of another classmate that would like to be there (Bill Murray '54). Anyway, it's just a thought. Would like to be there, but Sunday's not a good day for me. [You'll have to ask Gary &I Jan Bollinger Persons -- the planners of the Spokane lunch -- maybe they'll switch it -Maren] To: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Wow, you're lucky to have you're Dad for all those years. Our parents knew your Dad very well. For those that don't connect who your Dad is....he put together a book with the history of Richland in the early '40s and '50s with pictures. I have one and it's a "keeper". If anyone is interested in having one, I'm sure Paula can help you out. [Check the website for Paul's book: Long Road to Self Government -Maren] It's also obvious that you were named after your Dad!! I'm sure he wouldn't remember our parents; but greet him anyway and wish him the best for years to come. He's someone who really loved the Richland area and wanted to share it with everyone who could relate to those times of Richland growing into a tight community. In the neighborhoods, everyone looked out for each other. I remember when we left for a trip (couple of weeks), our folks never locked the doors of our home. We'd come home and everything was just as we left it... didn't even think about anyone wanting to come in while we were gone. Those days are gone forever!!!!!! To: Rick Maddy ('67) and Millie Finch Gregg ('54) My hat's off to you both!! There are many of us that take our everyday lives for granted. What you both did, certainly reminded us of what we take for granted every day. I love your attitudes... it's being forgiving and moving forward. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ The weather in Coeur D'Alene area is cool, but no rain or snow yet. We can see snow in the higher elevations looking east. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Christenson ('54) Re: Dick Grabner ('54-RIP) Having been out of town on family medical problems I didn't know of Dick's passing until today while clearing the Sandstorm entries. Quite a shock. We all just saw him at our 50th reunion. He will be missed and now he and Rose ('54-RIP) are together. He was in my class to at Sacajawea with Mrs. Bice holding court. Take care old friend. -Larry Christenson ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) To: Mike Lewis ('60) HUH? -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) ~ mild and rainy for the last 4 days in Texarkana, AR and several more rainy days predicted... wish I were back in Colorado... OR Washington!!!!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) My Prayers go out for Terry Devine who's Son, Richard, was injured in an auto accident the other day. Terry and Marilyn's father also died from injuries from the same accident. My prayers go out to all of them at this point. And on a lighter note: I think Bert Wells wrote a little song he used to sing locally called "Rabbit Ears". Rabbit Ears, Rabbit Ears, All he's got is Rabbit ears and I've got is antennas to the sky. He gets a picture bright and clear, and all I get is atmosphere. Snow. sleet, Hail, and foggy sky!! (and so on) Or something like that, anyway!!! Any one else remember that ditty?? -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hoff ('57) Re: Atomic Frontier Days Thanks for the memories of those early Atomic Frontier Days. I too remember the parade and all the celebs. Not trying to top you all, but my father Roy Hoff was a home movie buff starting in 1938. So I have movies of those folks in the parade along with the horses some pretty hoaky wagon floats, the Queen and Gene Conley ('48) standing tall along with some other Bombers. Those were very fun and quite memorable days. I also remember a classmate by the name of Bill Lindgren I believe whose uncle came to town and stayed with Bill when we were in the 4th grade at Jefferson elementary. This uncle was also a western movie star and played the role of a side kick sod buster type who led a mule etc. Anyway, our teacher decided she would call and have him come and talk to all of us at school. She reported that when she called he answered and it went something like this "Lindgren's mule barn, which jackass do you want to speak to". Oh did we think he was something special. Hope my memory isn't too foggy and maybe someone else can recall this. Wish I could remember the fellow's movie name. -Jim Hoff ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Post Cards In recent months I think it was you who has talked about your Post Card collection. I was in Safeway on GWWay recently. The clerk was helping a man. When she turned to me she seemed a little stunned. She said, I have not ever been asked this question". The man was looking for post cards. She had lived in a Alaska where they were everywhere. I couldn't even think of a place where I had been where I had seen them. I told her that I was pretty sure I would know who would know if she was ever asked that question again. Told her I would get back to her. So if it is you Betty would you let me know where they could be found in the Tri-Cities would really appreciate it. To: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Re: 40's luncheon Thanks for the heads up on your '40's Bombers group being the longest luncheon. Accept your invitation to attend your luncheon. Probably won't be in December as I will be with my family in Tacoma. Look forward to January though. Re: Birthday There is a Bomber who remembers so many birthdays in the Alumni Sandstorm. Would like to be the first to wish him a Happy Birthday [1/27] but I'm sure with his great Bomber friendships I am not the first. He's pretty special to have his birthday fall during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend being as he gives so much to so many. Even shares his birthday with the Turkey when it falls on Thanksgiving day some years. If you can get him out of a hot rod he would probably get lots of hugs easier. Being as one of his growing up years' wishes has been greatly fulfilled being in a hot rod might be where he will be on his birthday. Even though I hadn't known him since he was about ten years old talking to him the past couple of years hot rods are definitely a fulfilling passion for him. Beams at every car that is restored. HAPPY BIRTHDAY David Rivers ('65) Happy Thanksgiving to all Bombers and your families. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - where the sun shines even when it is overcast. Other Bombers have been filling me in on the events of West Richland. This is not a sleepy bedroom town. Lots of activity even though the traffic is slow. I think I have finally caught up with the momentum ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) To: Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) Linda, regarding the letter from Bert Wells. I remember when I was younger and taking tap dancing lessons that I danced at some talent show or program that was either Bert Wells or Uncle Jimmy's. We always watched their shows and it's great that Bert wrote such a nice letter back to you. Just wishing all of you out there in "Bomberland" a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope you have a wonderful family and friends to share it with. This will be my daughter's first experience with cooking the turkey, and I am a guest! It will give me more time to spend with my darling 2 yr old granddaughter!! Take care all, -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ Salem, OR - where it's getting colder and rainy! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) I just want to wish each and every one of you a great and special Thanksgiving Day! We have many many things to be thankful for. Tim Smyth ('62), you and your family are in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. Maren, I'm sorry to hear that you have moved, but, hey, I know how you felt about being so far away from you daughter and grandkids. I, too, feel the same way. Washington isn't THAT far away, but I can't just pick up and go whenever a feel the need. You are also in my prayers for your sister-in-law's passing. Am loving all the memories being said once again in the Sandstorm. I, too, remember the Caroling that was done each year in that grassy area across from the Federal Building. Can't remember the name of it right now. It was always so decked out in lights and so many people there to help celebrate the different choirs that sang. Also, I remember all the Christmas lights that were displayed on some of the streets in Richland. I thought it was cool that the three cities had contests to see who did the best and most along with the different streets in Richland. Seems to me, that around in 1973-74 was when the City of Richland decided there was a shortage in electricity or something like that. We weren't to put up all those Christmas lights on the outside of the houses any longer - at least not as before. My x-husband worked for the City at the time and was told that, especially the employees weren't to decorate outside. Bummer!! -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where the fog is in today, but has been sunny. Keep up those memories, people. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Myrna Bolin Turner ('63) I know, it's taken me a lifetime and a half to get these pics of Club 40 to Maren. But here they are. We did have fun, didn't we?! Jesse and Beth are great people. I enjoyed getting to know them. And of course, I enjoyed your company, you are always a kick! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where it is getting nippy out, but I'm still only wearing a lightweight jacket if any. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Evelyn Evans Vallely ('64) Want to wish my husband David ('60) a wonderful and happy 37th anniversary on November 24th. Love you lots and hope to have many more. Love Evelyn (RHS 64) -Evelyn Evans Vallely ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Walla Walla Cannery, aka Rogers Walla Walla, aka American Fine Foods, aka Chiquita Processed Foods, aka Seneca Foods is now defunct... A number of Richland Bombers earned college money working in either the plant or the harvest crews. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Wagner ('76) To: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Re: WSU Cougar from Richland That was Jeremy Bohannon ('01) who plays defensive back for the Cougs. I believe he is a senior this year. Another great Apple Cup in freezing Pullman (would have been better if I would have brought my coat instead of wind breaker jacket). brrrr.... -Steve Wagner ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Lundgren ('82) To: Tami Lyons Zirians ('76) Re: WSU Cougar from Richland Jeremy Bohannon #26 Congratulations to the Cougars on their Apple Cup win. Being a Husky myself, I feel obliged to point out that the Huskies also have at least two players from Richland: Ryan Brooks #79 Ricardo Dovalle #37 And as a transplant to the North, to note that both teams list at least one player from here in Anchorage. Regards, -Susan Lundgren ('82) ~ in Anchorage, AK - where it is too warm and a tough year to be a Husky football fan ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marie Whitney ('02) I am an RHS alumni from the class of 2002. I also went to Marcus Whitman Elementary, and Carmichael Middle school. I am currently serving with the Army in Baghdad. I would like to be added to the alumni email list. Thank you. -Marie Whitney ('02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/04 ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers and Bert Wells sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Betty Hiser ('49) Don Lyall ('52), Millie Finch ('54) Norma Myrick ('54), Missy Keeney ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Mike Lewis ('60) Ed Quigley ('62), Helen Cross ('62) Ann Engel ('63) & Fred Schafer ('63) Donni Clark ('63), Maren Smyth ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Tedd Cadd ('66) Bill Wingfield ('67), Bert Wells ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Turner ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Rice ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Strege ('98) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Along with some others you forgot Janice Paige (sp?) If you would like to look up snob in the dictionary, just find her. She was an ex Tacoma gal, and you wouldn't find her talking fifteen minutes with the unwashed. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Postcards I do not believe that there have been any new postcards of Richland and the Tri-City area made in the last 20 years except for the new hotels/motels that have sprung up. The old Payless on Lee (Rite Aid) has a few cards (after you enter the building walk to the first intersection and turn left), the Richland Chamber of Commerce has some, Hampton Inn has a few (of the Inn itself of course), CREHST has some, Malley's Drug has a few but hardly any from Richland or the Tri-Cities, the Pasco Airport has a few. With all the to-do about tourists this is an item they really should try to promote. The one thing that surprised me when we moved to Richland is that construction workers were considered second class citizens. At that time (mid '40s) just a step above blacks. I never understood because whoever worked on construction made LOTS of money. Re: Bert Wells Aren't memories nice - I had forgotten the RABBIT EARS song. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - it pittered pattered last night - the driveway was kinda wet when I got up this morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Lyall ('52) Re: Arkansas/LSU Maren I follow the Sandstorm daily and have noted in the past you are somewhat of an LSU fan. Jo Ann and I have lived here in Fayetteville for 11 years now and have become big HOG fans. Your Tigers are 4 point favorites against our HOGS this Friday in Little Rock. Hope the line is wrong. We were out of town (Hilton Head) during your move South or we would have had you drop by to see our beautiful NW Arkansas. -Don Lyall ('52) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Don, I'm an LSU fan because I went to LSU... didn't graduate, but my brother, Tim ('62) did!! My son-in-law is also an LSU grad so we have our own Tiger cheerleader she will sing the LSU fight song at the drop of a hat. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Paula Beardsley Glenn ('62) Happy Birthday to your Dad. I know how wonderful it is to still have your parent. I thought I would add a little trivia to the Bomber readers about your family and ours - how they intertwine! When Paul was working in the Area in the 1950s and on - he needed a Secretary - and he got Marjorie Finch (my mother - who by the way just celebrated her 90th Birthday). Then 30 something years went by, and I was in need of a Secretary at work, and the person I chose was Nancy Lucke (who turned out to be Paul's daughter)!! Small, small world. My mom sends her best wishes to Paul, as do I, and to you girls, Paula, Nancy and Janice. Also to all Bombers: HAPPY THANKSGIVING - enjoy yourself with your family/friends and loved ones. Mine is especially wonderful because our #1 Great-Grandson is here visiting from California with our #1 Granddaughter (his mommy) and our #1 daughter. Boy that is a bunch of #1's. We are having a great visit though and cherish every minute we have together. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) To all, Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, my family, and friends, my ACES family, all our Troops all over the world, and the local TV and radio stations. I love you all. This website about Lightning bugs is so neat I had to share. God Bless, -Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Bert Welles I thought it was "snow, sleet, hail and soggy pie." But then, I was a kid, what do I know! The other great song he did was "Who put the gum on my seat in the movies?" To: The Devine Family My heart is breaking for you. May your spirits be healed by the love and light that goes out to you from all of us! To: The Bomber family Have a wonderful holiday with those you love and travel safely. -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Thanksgiving greetings to all alums and their families. It is a time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. It is also a great day to enjoy good food and the company of friends and loved ones. This will be my 8th year in a row to spend the week of Thanksgiving in a motel room, in Coeur d'Alene, ID. For those of you who can make it, the fireworks display Friday will be the biggest yet. This year we will have 5 barges out in the lake and 1000 feet of the boardwalk for firing platforms. We started last Saturday loading 3 truck loads of equipment onto the barges and 5 tons of 16 inch guns. We will have 10, 16-inch shells in the display. We will open with a pair of them and close with a pair. We have sawed, hammered, welded, and wired for 5 days. The crew will spend Thanksgiving with their families and we will load explosives early Friday. Last I heard they have changed the music this year. It will still be Christmas music but different from the past. They are expecting a record crowd, get there early. The fireworks are always after the parade and that can be anywhere from 5:45 to 6:15 or so. I will be at the head of the boardwalk after the display if any of you want to drop by. I will scurry home Saturday AM and wash and repack for my first non-pyro vacation since '89. I will be in Honolulu through the 9th of December. Any Bombers who would like to meet for lunch, dinner, drinks, or conversation, please contact me. I am staying with my daughter in her condo downtown and will have a car. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from windy and rainy Coeur d'Alene, ID. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Lewis ('60) To: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) Ann, I'm packing for a hurried departure to see brother Steve in West Richland so will reply after Thanksgiving. He lives on Bombing Range Road... It's good to hear from you. The interregnum is just a pause while things are uncertain, as they are when a monarch passes away and a new monarch has not been chosen. There was one maybe two decades ago when one of the old world rulers died, am afraid I can't remember which, but it was sort of implied that it would be good to consider the millennium then. Turns out that the whole temporal order, except that determined by counting days and watching clocks, is uncertain in those times, and it meant that people just had to wait until the kids grew up and started setting the order of things all over. Millennia are really big events, and you might have seen some of the religious in a panic about "rapture" and the "end of the world". Of course it isn't that serious. It has to do with social, political, and other sorts of order. Sometimes people get really worked up about it because it reaches ideas that effect their personal lives or the lives of their families, for instance, the moral order in the recent political campaign. But it is really just an uncertain time for everybody in matters of gravity in the long run, and is not any kind of controversy. My own view, since a Bomber always thinks of atoms from time to time, is that the order of years in atomic number are important (Hydrogen is 1, then 4 elements and then the really important organic elements of Carbon, Nitrogen and Oxygen are numbers 6, 7, 8. So six years is about the minimum time before, and after, the turn of the millennium that things are confused, for everybody. Many don't know about atomic numbers but atomic weight is okay, and those three important elements in life (C, N and O) are mass or weight 12, 14, and 16. So for some, it will be twelve years before they start making up their minds, or even more. I think that's one reason World War I started in 1914. And look at children growing up at 6, 7 and 8 years old, or 12, 14 and 16. There's lots more... -Mike Lewis ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Not only do I remember KALE Corral w/Lloyd Amons, but it had a major influence on my life. After hearing Steele Ship's (Robert Ship's ('64) father) backyard strumming, which led me to believe that I was hearing the angel's sing, I went to the radio for another helping, and that was the ONLY place I could find guitar music. If memory serves me right, Lloyd was on twice a day, from 4-6, both a.m and p.m., and I think it's the only time in my life that I actually enjoyed waking up early, in order to hear those wonderful sounds. Once Bill Haley and the Comets came down the pike, though, my tastes moved away from country music. Unlike some of you, who appreciated Bobby Vinton and that genre of music, I felt the field of rock 'n roll was a vast wasteland (other than the great stuff that was coming from our own Northwest area of the country!), from about '59-'64, when the Beatles, Stones, Animals and others, arrived on our shores to inject new life into a rotting corpse. I remember how thrilled I was, that there was finally something to listen to, on the radio, once again. Of course, soon after, I pretty much abandoned listening to the radio, because after hearing a new song about 6-8 times an hour, I realized I was burning out on them. The love of the sound of 6 strings attached to a box finally completely captured me, in my second year of grad school, when I picked the guitar up, for an escape from the drudgery of school, and wound up taking a 3 year leave of absence to find out if I could make a living with it. Certainly hasn't made me rich, but I wouldn't trade places with Bill Gates, even if I had the chance! To: Gus Keeney ('57) Wow! As soon as you mentioned "Rabbit Ears", that melody zapped right through my mind; I had completely forgotten about it. Thanks, Gus! Now, a question for the rest of you... David Rivers ('65), being just a youngster, won't be able to help me with this, but some of the "more mature" of you might. Around '58-'61, there was a guy that worked at Pete Washer's Mobile gas station on GWWay. He drove the most beautiful emerald green '40 Ford that I've ever seen, and also rode a motorcycle, and I can't, for the life of me, remember his name. Does anybody out there remember it? Also, the very first candy apple red Ford (Crown Vic? can't remember) I ever saw was owned by a guy that got drafted, and left the car in the care of his girlfriend, and I remember a bunch of people bemoaning the fact that it would probably be completely faded out by the time he got back, due to the care that those finishes required, back then. I've been trying to remember his name, also, and it continues to escape me. ..Anybody? Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! -Ed Quigley ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I want to say welcome to the Alumni Sandstorm and thank you for being so brave to serve our country so far away from home to Marie Whitney ('02). We hope the Sandstorm can bring you a touch of home while you are far away, and that you will be able to catch up on some old Sandstorm thoughts on our appreciation of the military, and their work to keep up free here in America. Happy Thanksgiving greetings to all Bombers, from a Bomber in West Harrison, Indiana where it is rainy and overcast, but well above freezing, so I'm not complaining. There are a couple of ducks on the little lake today...My foster cats are just lounging here inside with us. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) & Fred Schafer ('63) We wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, we will spend the day with our son and grandkids. Have a great weekend of family fun food and football. The Schafers from mild and moist Vancouver USA -Fred Schafer ('63) & Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Bert Wells Maren, I didn't get time to read everything about Bert Wells. But went to my scrapbook and found my autographed pic of Bert Wells and pic of my campfire group that went to see him. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Bert Wells I sent this note to Linda Belliston Boehning ('63): OH, now that it's going over in my head... "the lemonade tree"... that's some of the words in "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" MAYBE it's The lemonade tree and the blue bird sings in the big rock candy mountain???? Hmmmmmm.... well not TOO bad.... I just did for the Big Rock Candy Mountain and came up with this: /Chorus:/ Oh the buzzin' of the bees In the cigarette trees Near the soda water fountain At the lemonade springs Where the bluebird sings On the big rock candy mountain -Maren Apparently Linda sent my note to Bert Wells and he responded: Hello Vegas 68! The Big Rock Candy Mountain was my opening theme song for the six years I spent doing Buckaroo Time. (4 years at KEPR, then on the KIMA in Yakima for an additional 2 years) Since it was a program designed primarily for youngsters, I dropped the "Cigarette Tree." Hence, this is what I used: Oh, the buzzing of the bees In the lollipop trees Near the soda water fountain, Where the lemonade Springs And the bluebird sings In the big rock candy mountain! Have received at least a dozen responses from Linda Boehning's message she put on your website....a lot of them recalling Rabbit Ears, a song I wrote and the kids all adopted way back then! I shall write out all the words and send them to the Sandstorm site for those who have been inquiring about lyrics other than the chorus.... (the chorus being what most of them remember!) I am not a graduate of Richland High School, but surely recall being awed by that big school when I was going to Grandview High School, and we were in the same league playing the Richland Bombers, including people like Orval Marcum and especially Gene Connely, who went on to excel in both baseball and basketball in the professional leagues! Have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to conjure up Auld Lang Syne. Thanks and keep up the good work. Bert Wells ========= I actually got an email from Bert Wells!!! See his note to the Sandstorm about the Rabbit Ears later in this issue of the Sandstorm. Bomber cheers, Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Happy Thanksgiving to all Bombers, near and far. we have started a tradition at our Thanksgiving table---we all sit around and say what we are thankful for. I am thankful for: being a part of this great Bomber alumni association; my family and friends, who always manage to "keep me grounded". AND I am especially thankful for our service men and women who are sacrificing a lot to keep this Country free and allowing all of us to be who we are and the freedom to live the way we want. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - last three mornings I have had to scrape ice off the front and back windshield on my van. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tedd Cadd ('66) Re: New Math and speed limits I'd like to offer an alternative calculation to the proposal a few days ago. Let's assume a person sets their cruise control at the proffered 63 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Let's make two other assumptions: the particular speedometer is off by 2 MPH (shows lower than actual speed) and the radar gun is 3 MPH over actual speed. Both of these assumptions are well within possible errors for the equipment specified. (My speedometer reads 2 MPH high at the 30 MPH mark for example.) That would place the officer registering our hapless motorist doing 68 MPH with an actual speed of 65 MPH -- both of which are well over the very informal "I don't bother with them until" guidelines all the officers I've worked with use. The 10% plus 2 calculation is not written into law. The defense of "But, your Honor, my speedometer was set at 63" will be accepted by the judge as admission of guilt for exceeding the speed limit. And, as has been noted by several officers when asked such a question, the police can stop you for even just one mile over the limit. -Tedd Cadd ('66) Who drives the speed limit because all those red and blue flashing lights upset my stomach ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Walla Walla Cannery, aka Rogers Walla Walla, Closing Say it's not so. I can't believe it. Boy is Diamond Dave McDaniels ('67) going to be bummed. I remember he had the cushiest job in the cannery. His job in the cannery was the "Cook" which meant that every once in a while he would just add the proper amount of, sugar, or was it salt? I can't remember, I do remember that he didn't add anything. When I asked him how come he never did add anything, his reply was that he didn't like it so sweet, or was it salty? Click HERE to read about the closing -Bill Wingfield (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ Augusta, GA - but on my way up to Oswego, NY to spend T-giving w/my better half Christa Wingfield ('66NAB) and our 2 grandkids Tia & Bailey Bevacqua, who, by the way, has been working & playing with my family, up there in Bomberland. What's wrong with that pic? Oh well, it's made my mom and dad, (Truman & Carol Wingfield) and sister Jan Wingfield McCallum ('68wb) and her daughters Megan McCallum ('04HHH) and Kelley McCallum ('06HHH) happy. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bert Wells Re: Rabbit Ears Hi Gus Keeney, Bill Scott, Raymond & Linda Stein, David Rivers, Rainy Tanner, Gary Behymer, Kathleen O'Shea, Linda Boehning, and a number of others whose E mail addresses I do not have, but wrote me. Nice to hear from all of you, some of you indicating I "Made your day". Surely you have made my day also, and thank you for remembering after all these years. Bert Wells One of the items that seems to be of common interest is the song RABBIT EARS! Most everyone who has written indicated a reasonable knowledge of the chorus. It almost seems unreal that the retention is so strong after these 45 to 50 years. Thought you might be interested in the "Full Monte," that is, the song in its entirety. As you may (or may not) recall, the verses were spoken; only the chorus was sung: RABBIT EARS......By Bert Wells Chorus Rabbit ears, rabbit ears, all he's got is rabbit ears And I've got antennas to the sky. He gets his picture bright and clear but all I get's an atmosphere like snow, sleet, hail and soggy pie! Verse I I told the boys the other day, better make your plans to come my way. Got a new TV, the best one I could buy. That boxing match should be a pip, we'll just relax and maybe sip a beer* or two and watch the rounds go by. Across the street that very same day a TV truck was pulling away and the curiosity just naturally got me down. It didn't take me long to see that my neighborn known as miser lee had bought the cheapest TV set in town! I know I shouldn'ta rubbed it in, But I just couldn't help my know-it-all grin And what he replied didn't sound a bit like cheers. But that thing that really took the cake and I laughed 'til I thought my sides would break was when he opened that box of tiny rabbit ears. (Chorus) verse 2 The day of the big fight rolled around, My antenna gleamed high above the ground and to the front room all my pals came pouring. Across the street I smiled to see, in the living room was miser lee just sitting there...All my company ignoring. "Well, start the show," the boys all said, "Let's watch the champion knock him dead." So, ceremoniously, I turned that mighty switch. But while that battle was being fought, The only picture I ever got looked like a caterpillar.... With the itch! One by one, they left my house, ignoring me as if I were a mouse. Oh, I guess they stopped a time or two....To leer. Then off across the street they went And the rest of the evening they all spent Enjoying TV....With old....Rabbit ear! Chorus Verse 3 Just one thing left, that's plain to see, I'll apologize to miser lee Maybe ask him over to have a coupla beers*. I couldn't live through another flop, So tomorrow I'll go to the TV shop And get myself a pair of rabbit ears! Chorus *The lyrics were originally written using the word "Beer." When I realized it might be something the youngsters would enjoy, I added a word and made it "Root Beer." p.s. Maybe we should get everyone who would remember together for an evening of food and fun. I'll provide the PA system and the entertainment! In any event, thanks again for your interest and kind words. Bert -Bert Wells *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/26/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 Bomber Mom sent stuff: Jimmie A. Shipman ('51), Marilyn DeVine ('52) Karen Cole ('55), Floyd Melton ('57) Donni Clark ('63), Marie Whitney (02) Orrel Walser (Bomber Mom) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (11/25): Charles Solomon ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Adkins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Berlin ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eleanor Attwood ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: CB Lih ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jill Walser ('81) ALL BOMBERS LUNCH Today - Sterlings on GWWay at 1pm BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jimmie A. Shipman ('51) To: Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52) Love you Babe, Happy Birthday -Jimmie A. Shipman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Re: Funeral services for Bomber Dad, Harold De Vine, FYI Terry rented a room at the Richland Community Center from 3:00 to 5:30 for a get-together after the service. I missed getting that item into the paper with the obituary. This will be announced at the service, but I thought if anyone doesn't want to/or can't go to the service, we want you to know you would be very welcome to come down and visit a while. Rich is still in the hospital and as far as I know, is scheduled to go to Seattle on Monday for surgery on his injured vertebrae. (T-9 and T-10) I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We all have so very much for which to be thankful. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ in warmer but windy Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) My twin sisters, Jackie and Judie ('63) were in the 1948 Frontier Days baby contest. Roddy McDowell was the judge. They won a prize... not certain for what place. They were very cute and at that age they were really difficult to tell apart! Judie's fiance even got them mixed up the day before their wedding, so I guess it was difficult when they were older too. He's never heard the end of it either. Ha. To: Em DeVine Dow ('52) Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Terry and families. Love, the Cole Family -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA - A warm, beautiful day for which we are truly thankful. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) To: Jim Hoff ('57) Jim, I too remember Bill Lindgren's ('57) uncle and also that Mrs. Duncan (our 4th grade teacher) showed one of his uncle's movies in class. I did not remember it was Bill's uncle but I do remember getting to see the movie in class. I also remember the Frontier Days parades and the cowboys. If I remember right Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and others were there on different occasions. I also remember the Tucker car in one of the parades. What great times. One of my memories was going to the Village theater and walking up dark spooky GWWay at night being scared all the way especially after a scary movie. What grand memories Richland has, the 12 cent movies until you were 12, the opening of the Uptown Shopping center, going to the Spudnut shop on the different grand openings and seeing how many times you could get a free Spudnut before they caught you, laying on my bed at 1314 Hunt on Friday and Saturday nights and watching the fights going on out in front of the Uptown tavern, (free entertainment), trying to ride on Jim Hoff's ('57) St. Bernard, the fireworks in the Bomber Bowl, the many visits to Mr. Linn's office in Jefferson with Daryl Johns ('57), and the list goes on and on. A great place to live and I did from 1945 to 2003 except for 6 months in the army and 4 years at school. All six of our children graduated from the great Bomber world as did Joyce and I. Now I live in Eugene, OR and what a change this is from that previous life. Words can't describe the cultural shock. -Floyd Melton ('57 the best class ever) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Thanksgiving To: Everyone out in Bombersville A very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. This has been one of the hardest years of my life and having the Alumni Sandstorm this year has been a blessing. I've found some old neighbors that I hadn't heard from in 40 years. I've also renewed some old friendships and made some new ones. Pappy's Puddle and Pals got me through some tough days and the prayer support has been amazing. Thank-you again. To: Betty Hisser Gulley ('49) Betty, You delight us with all your wonderful memories, a few of which I share. We came to West Richland in l949 and lived out at the Clark ranch at the end of Harrington Road. After a year when our barn burnt down we headed back to Hot Springs, South Dakota. It was there a year later that my Dad got a call saying that they needed him to work at the plant. So he drove back and then my mom and I followed him on the train. My Dad never thought they would take him because he was taken out of school by his father in the 8th grade to work and never finished high school. As for all your wonderful memories of Atomic Frontier Days and Hi-Spot and wonderful music..........I have great memories of those times, too. I don't remember the stars. But I do remember going down to watch the talent show in the park and the two songs that stick out in my mind hearing were "Mockingbird Hill" and "My Little Grass Shack". I remember the parade and the carnival booths down in the park. They had tents set up that they played Bingo in. My Mom was great at teaching me old songs and how to harmonize with her. So everywhere we went we would sing together. Some of the songs I remember her teaching me were......."Slow Boat to China", "Far Away Places", "Harbor Lights", "Red Sails in the Sunset", "Indian Love Call" just to name a few. I found my old autographed pic of Bert Wells, from when my campfire group went to see him. I thought he was so handsome and nice. Bert Wells Does anyone remember that Col-Hi had Thanksgiving Formals? My very first formal was the "Crystal Ball" The year was l960. I wore Glenda Burdsall's ('63) tangerine lace formal. Oh my, I felt like a princess. Didn't we have beautiful gowns? Lace, chiffon, and taffeta, ruffles! And have you ever seen another school do a formal the way we did? The false ceiling completely covered with rolls and rolls of crepe paper and every wall covered with murals, crepe paper, flowers, etc. so you couldn't even see the wall. It truly was a fairy land scene. That first formal was also my first time to eat at a fancy restaurant, the Tahitian Room. I had never eaten there before, I was only a sophomore sitting there with a table full of seniors including David Simmons ('61-RIP) and Sarilyn Reil ('62), and I pulled back my knife to hard on my steak, and my whole plate and all the food on it flipped on my lap. Talk about an embarrassing moment. I wanted to crawl under the table and hoped that everyone would go away. Ah, are troubles were so small then, huh! Have a beautiful, wonderful, Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ~ La Mirada, CA - where the days have been warmish cool, the night cold, the skies blue with clouds, and there is 2 and 1/2 feet of snow at our cabin. Yeah! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marie Whitney (02) Here is a picture of me here in Baghdad. -Marie Whitney (02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Orrel Walser (Bomber Mom) From a Bomber Mom to her Bomber gal, Happy Birthday Jill Walser ('81) on November 26th. -Orrel Walser (Bomber Mom) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/27/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Betty Hiser ('49) Ann Clancy ('50), Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Lenora Hughes ('55), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Roy Ballard ('63), Bill Scott ('64) Deedee Willox ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Janine Rightmire ('65), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Mike Howell ('68WB), Paula Mulvey ('79) Anonymous ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Andrew Eckert, Jr. ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rivers ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) To: Ann Hogan Roberts ('58) You are right about snobs in high school. They are often just shy. We had a gorgeous girl in the class of 1945 named Jane Blair. She rarely talked with anyone, and we all thought she was just stuck up. None of the boys asked her out, including me. We were all a little afraid of her. In later years after high school, I had a chance to meet her, and she was quite congenial. She even mentioned that she was sorry that not many dates were available in her school days, looking me in the eye. "Hey," I said to myself, "it's too late, and I'm still afraid." I have often wondered what happened to Jane... -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Bronc, Beaver, Bomber. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Roberta Adkins Shipman ('52) Happy Birthday and many more. To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) I remember your [twin] sisters [Judie & Jackie ('63)] vividly. I thought they did such a good job "cheerleading." To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Even though the plant had a lot of PhDs, there were a lot of the men with lower than high school educations. My father only went to the eighth grade because they closed the high school where he lived. I remember when they closed the factory at home (Ohio) several of the people who came to Hanford only had third, fifth, and eight grade educations and were very thankful that duPont brought them out here. Except for the fact that you could not leave your job if it was essential to the war effort. "Slow Boat to China" was among my favorites. Since I was deaf all though school I had problems making friends. I never attended any of the dances - belonged to Tri-Hi-Y and we decorated the gym for a "Sock Hop." To: Teenagers: We always think we are so "uppity" until an event like the steak happens. Funny now but drastic then. Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. My family gave thanks for things they were thankful for and my one big thing was that I didn't have to have any surgery for the year 2004 - HOORAY. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er ~ south/government Richland - the wind blew for the past two days but looks calm out now. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) From my photo album: Richland Day Parade, 1948. Sorry, I don't have a scanner. In the back of a horse drawn wagon, the Queen and her court, all in one piece bathing suits, Jantzen's, no doubt. The Queen does have on her crown and long cloak! No names listed. Monte Hale and Janice Paige in convertibles. Roddy McDowell on Triple Teen Club float. Max Terhune on a horse. And who is that you may ask? I had to surf the net to discover he was a western movie star with Republic studios, a side kick to such as Gene Autry, John Wayne and Johnny Mack Brown. Big in westerns at that time. And last but not least a Bomber and Bomberttes float with, and are you ready....... Mel Thompson ('48-RIP), Gene Conley ('48), Dale Gier ('48) and Bob Overstreet ('48). To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) "Slow Boat to China", 1949! That reopens the wound of a broken heart! Oh, the agonies of a teen-ager. -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) What a joy it has been reading all the letters about the Atomic Days Festival in 1948. I had forgotten about a lot of the things that went on at the festival. Those letters have brought back a lot of pleasant memories. I also remember in either '48 or '49 there was a Tucker Automobile on display in Richland and my stepfather and I went to see it. That car had almost all of the safety features that we have on these so called up to date modern autos of today. I have always envied those of you who were able to stay in Richland for your entire high school days. I have always wished that I too could have stayed, but my stepfather was a construction worker and in 1950 he was laid off and we moved away. It is only recently that my wife and I have moved back to the Tri-Cities. We now are spending the next couple of days moving into our home in Kennewick, so I will not have internet capabilities until Monday. A hello to Jack Morrow ('52) and Pat Ackley Morrow ('53) and yes Alice and I are the people who bought your friend's house in Kennewick. We hope that you both will come to visit us when we get settled in. My sincere condolences to my classmates Terry and Em Devine on the loss of their father. A happy birthday to my classmate Roberta Adkins Shipman. -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) To: David Rivers ('65) Happy Birthday, David!!!! I hope you have a great Birthday today and that you are spending it with people you love. I still remember you when you were a baby and you were a really cute little guy. How many years ago was that now???? Must have been about 1945 or 1946 I guess. How these years have flown by. I could call you "my baby" back in those days, but now I just say you are my "little brother"!!!!! I hope that is okay with you. Hope we will be seeing you at our luncheons soon. We have such a great time I your presence is missed so much. Once again HAPPY BIRTHDAY my longtime friend!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Miss Damsite My mom remembers Janis Paige being a sweet girl in HS until her senior year... maybe the fame & fortune had already turned her pretty head by then. She was "Miss Damsite" in 1947 (at McNary Dam)- which doesn't sound like the most glamorous of designations- but the intentions of these kinds of 'honors' were of an innocent sort, I imagine. I wonder if anyone thought that there should be a "Miss Atomic Pile" or "Miss 'B' Reactor" in those days... I remember meeting "Miss Fire Protection" at the Marion County Fair in 1967, and attempting a joke about gun safety that went absolutely nowhere. Better stop now... Like Ed Quigley, I had a penchant for KALE Corral-both in the morning (in my paperboy years) and especially after school (in my "missing homework" years). That music taught me better than anything before or since to be able to 'hear' harmony in vocal arrangements, and also why they worked, musically. I loved the early rockabilly & rock 'n roll for the guitar sounds, and also for the vocals- and the great R&B & 'do-wop' sounds, which were a brand new experience- before folk music (incl blues) reared its unkempt head. But KALE Corral was the place to hear the Everly Brothers, Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. slipped in among the Faron Young, Ernest Tubbs, Patsy Cline, Little Jimmy Dickens & Sons of the Pioneers staples of '50s Country music (and Homer & Jethro- even then & there, funny socio-political commentary was musically available). Re: Atomic Frontier Days One of my least-proud moments came during this annual happy time- my reaction to the "Initiation" process. I got cornered by a couple of upperclassmen who thought I needed warpaint; and I screamed and bawled, and just freaked out generally so much that they didn't really finish properly, and left me looking messy, instead of 'artfully defaced'. I was a big baby, for sure... and to compound the bad situation, the 'artists' were 2 of my local baseball heroes, Marc McGinnis & Jim Roberts. There's definitely something to be said for suffering humiliation gracefully; but it wasn't until much later that an appreciation for this perspective made an impression on me... My hopes are that this holiday weekend has given us all time and reason to be thankful; and that we will carry our new insights with kindness and determination into the Winter holiday season. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Marie Whitney ('02) Hi first. You be very careful and watch your back and I thank you for your service to our country..... -Roy Ballard (Class of 1963 "Col Hi" and a vet of Vietnam) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Well, nobody else owns up to remembering the Buck Private's dollar Christmas trees, so how about this one? When I was very small, every year for what seemed like years, there was a Christmas radio serial called (I think) Judy and Jimmy and the Cinnamon Bear. It always began December 1st, and had one episode each day, with the climax on Christmas Eve. It involved Judy and Jimmy's glass tree- topper star, which fell and broke as it was being put on. Glued and put on the ledge of an open window to dry, it was stolen by the Wintergreen Witch. Judy and Jimmy then set off on a long series of amazing adventures to get the star back, finally doing so on Christmas Eve. Anyone else remember that? -Bill Scott ('64) ~ from (soon) sunny Nipomo, CA - where we will at last move into our own house on November 30th! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See the next entry -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* --- the following is from the 11/7/02 Alumni Sandstorm --- ======= >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Cinnamon Bear Well, it's that time again! Yes, right after Thanksgiving, we start listening to the Cinnamon Bear episodes. I got a set for me and a set for my grand daughter in Spokane so we could listen together (and apart). She loves them as much as I do. So, here's where you can get them. They are available on CD or cassette. Cinnamon Bear tapes and/or CDs are available from Original Radio Broad Cdrdos 4037, Glanville Heisch Price: $24.49 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25. Smithsonian Price: $35.98 & This item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. I ordered them originally from Radio Spirits, Inc. (Smithsonian) P. O. Box 2141 Schiller Park, IL 60176 $34.98 for CD plus shipping ISBN 1570190682 $24.98 Cassettes plus shipping ISBN 1570190674 Also the website that was in the Alumni Sandstorm on November 5 is I went to the site and it has all the episodes named, numbered, with the date first aired. Apparently, you can order from him. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) There is a guy out here in Bomberland who is one of the "good ones" and manages to always bring a smile/laughter and sometimes a tear or two, with his entries. I didn't know him in school, but have gotten to know him through this publication--even met him at a Las Vegas luncheon and am happy to call him "friend". He is a pretty cool character--his passion for hot rods/old cars (he seems to always be buying another one or two) reminds me of a couple of the characters in American Graffitti and Grease. I'm pretty sure all of you have guessed who this birthday guy is, but in case you haven't, Happy Birthday, David Rivers ('65), on November 27th! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - still NO rain, but cool days and nights ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janine Rightmire ('65) To: David Rivers ('65) Here ye here ye......... all rise....... Here comes the Judge, here comes the Judge!!! Have a great day, David!!! Happy Birthday!!! -Janine Rightmire ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Birthday Wishes to that man among men. David Rivers ('65) is a semi-adult. Happy Birthday David! Here's a picture of his latest ride. -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) ToO: David Rivers ('65) To know him is to think twice about wanting to know him. He gives us words of Wit and of encouragement. He has a heart of gold and yet can be so very cold. His humor is sometimes great at others his brain is late. He was a late bloomer, Thus his dryer humor. We are all better for knowing him, even on the loosing end. It is really such a bummer that he didn't design the Hummer. This is his day of joy, doesn't take much for that old boy. He has his toys and a few people he enjoys. Just a few years left before he needs a cane to go outdoors. How lucky I am to know you David sorry that didn't rhyme. Happy Birthday. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paula Mulvey Noakes ('79) Re: Postcards You can also find postcards at Wal-Mart. Since I live in Kennewick now, that's where I head. Also, the East Benton Historical Museum has some. I went there last year with my son's first grade class. Not a huge selection, but some neat sketches and postcards anyhow. I've also seen postcards at Rite Aid (I go to the one on Ely in Kennewick, but I would think the others would also carry postcards ... the one in Lincoln City, Oregon, does!). Hope that helps somebody ... -Paula Mulvey Noakes ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anonymous HAPPY BIRTH DAY BOMBER, DAVID JOSEPH RIVERS II!!! -Anonymous *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/28/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff today: Carol Black ('48), Grace DeVincentis ('50WB) Wally Erickson ('53), Karen Cole ('55) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Suzie Gunderson ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Guy Lobdell ('66), Shirley Collings ('66) Debra Dawson ('74WB), Don Sorenson (NAB = Not a Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Black Foster ('48) Re: Russia To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I saw a really good documentary on CNBC last night about Russia today and hope you saw it too. My mother, Leola Black (RIP), and Carmichael teacher for years, and I went on a bus tour thru Russia before "The Wall" came down and it was very educational, to say the least. We had a man on the tour who spoke Russian and we got into some pretty intense conversations with Russians on various stops. I remember one woman who was extremely angry about the Star Wars program. She really reamed us out!! The people and customs were so different from ours that it was very hard to relate to any of them. Our InTourist guide would tell us propoganda that she had evidently learned in grade school and we just kept saying "HUH??" She would get irritated with us and modify parts of her stories. Another weird thing was the KEY LADIES. Every time we left our hotel rooms, we had to leave the key to our room with the Key Ladies. I don't know what they did with the key or if they checked our rooms for whatever. Make sure you go on their Subway. That was unbelieveable to me, especially since I haven't been on that many subways. But judging from the TV program last night, things have really changed in Moscow, especially. The farming areas looked about the same and it looked as if most of the "wealth" was in Moscow. I wish I could give you tips on getting from the airport to the city but I know nothing about that part. I always keep bribe money ready whenever I go to strange areas so that might be something to think about!! Have a great trip. I wish I was going with you!! Be sure to give us a report when you get home. -Carol Black Foster ('48) ~ Bellevue, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) To: Marie Whitney (02) To our beautiful Richland Bomber in Iraq - our prayers and best wishes go with you. -Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Fireworks in Coeur D'Alene WOW, Fantastic... Impressive, Stupendous and Beautiful!! Everything that has been said about Larry Mattingly ('60) is true! It was a beautiful clear evening (not real cold), with a full moon; perfect evening for fireworks. This was in front of the CD'A Resort Hotel north end of Lake Coeur D'Alene. What a beautiful setting. After the fireworks all the outside Christmas lights were turned on at the hotel complex, a sight to behold. If you haven't been here before, it's a beautiful sight with nature. Afterwards, my wife (Judy) and I met with Larry after this "big spectacular" show at the north end of the "boardwalk". This boardwalk is the longest recorded in the World. Anyway, we had a great visit with Larry afterwards and thanked him for a great show. There had to be between 20-30,000 people there; the population of CD'A is under 40,000. This is a "BIG" deal for our area. Next year, Larry and I will get together during the week he's here for setting up...right Larry? Also, in our conversation he mentioned his business also works the fireworks near our place at Sun Up Bay. It's small, but we love it, because we feel it's a local thing. But, the word is getting out how good it is and more people come each year. What a small world this is; this is what makes the Alumni Sandstorm so valuable. Otherwise I would never have known who Larry is. Thank you Larry for a great experience!! Now, I can put a face to someone that gives so many people so much pleasure. Don't forget, next year we get together for lunch, or dinner...for sure. Someone has to make sure he eats. Larry said there were 20 plus working to make all this happen. You can tell in talking to them, they love what they do. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where the weather was beautiful for a great evening of entertainment. Live from Coeur D'Alene area. One more word...."Supercalifragalistic" (sp.?) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) Maren, I don't know if anyone has written in to inform our Bomber family of the passing of Ronnie Griswold ('66). He died yesterday [11/26/04] with his wife Beth at his side. Please say a quick prayer for her. Thanks, -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Christmas Luncheon DATE: Saturday - December 4, 2004 TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (or as long as Bombers want to visit!) PLACE: DoubleTree/Columbia River I-5 Exit #308 - Jantzen Beach I-5 Northbound - follow Jantzen Beach Center signs Second traffic light, turn right - that puts you in the parking lot. Enter Front door - go past front desk to Little Brickstone Room I-5 Southbound - Jantzen Beach exit - stay in right lane - go through the traffic light - turn left - that puts you in the parking lot! There will again be a "White Elephant" gift exchange - $10.00 maximum ALL BOMBER SPOUSES AND FRIENDS ARE WELCOME! THE MORE THE MERRIER! If possible, please let Lola know if you can be there! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) To: Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) Re: Robley Johnson Photo Hi Gloria, For as long as I can remember, my Mom has had a Robley Johnson framed photo of "Sand, Sage, & Sky". Could this be what you are looking for? The photo is, of course, black and white, the picture is beautiful... especially the sky. It might have been taken as a storm was brewing. I would be happy to get a copy made and sent it to you. Even if it isn't the one you are looking for, it is still an awesome photograph. Just let me know via email, and I will "git 'er done", as Larry the Cable Guy would say. BCs, -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Yes, Bill Scott ('64) I remember the Cinnamon Bear series on the radio, although I rarely missed a day of the adventure, I must admit, I learned more of the story line in today's issue of the Sandstorm than I remembered. After a nice Thanksgiving, it's time to start doing a little decorating for Christmas, I must admit not having little ones around, there isn't a lot of incentive to do it. But as 2 of my neighbors already have something out, I'd better at least get something on the doors. I do remember going all around Richland and even into Kennewick to see the lights at Christmas time. Funny, though I was only a block from Elm, I don't remember it as being a really neat lit (lited?) street. My heart does go out to all families whose loved ones are far away at this time of year. Especially those in the military. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ by the little lake in West Harrison, IN - where we are so lucky to be having rain instead of snow and ice, as it's still in the high 40s outside. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) To: Bill Scott ('64) and Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Oh my goodness! I can't tell you how many times through the years I have thought of those years curled up on the rug, in front of our old radio, the one with the rainbow dial, and listened to the Cinnamon Bear saga. It was a delightful adventure I looked forward to every Christmas. I always thought the adventure started when the children went up to the attic to get the decorations and found the Cinnamon Bear? I can't wait to get the CD and enjoy it all over again with my grandchildren. Thank-you! -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: David Rivers ('65) Gosh I didn't know that David turned 60 today... must be a typo. Happy B-Day, David. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Oh the cinnamon bear! I remember lying on the floor in front of our big radio every afternoon during the holidays. I have a set of tapes but have not listened to all of them recently. Hmmmmm, maybe I'll get them out........ ok ok. Happy Birthday to David Rivers ('65)! I have enjoyed your writing in the Alumni Sandstorm so much. Also like your 'latest ride', as Jimmy put it. and-- are you really a judge now? Hope you had a great day, and wish you many more! -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ~ in Seattle ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Guy Lobdell ('66) To: David Rivers ('65) Wasn't you that I met in a land far off, the world of Oz. My chopper landed on your boat off the coast of California, and you guy were on insert maneuvers (or was it manure)? -Guy Lobdell ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) I received this message from Dan Gregory ('66) regarding our classmate Ron Griswold ('66): Ron's journey here on Earth ended this morning, Friday, at 4am. Now his new journey with God has begun! Please pray for Beth [Ron's wife]for now she needs that power to continue on. Beth rarely left Ron's side through out this whole ordeal, she truly was his earthly guardian angel, for he showed no signs of pain and went peaceful. God Bless All Who Receives This, Judy and Dan Gregory -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Debra Dawson Fogler ('74WB) Re: Couer d'Alene annual festival I went to the Couer d'Alene, Idaho day-after-Thanksgiving parade and lighting ceremony yesterday. I'm sure the annual event has a catchier name, but I don't know what it is. Anyway, I heard Larry Mattingly's ('60) name mentioned when the brass were handing out the thank yous before the fireworks show, which was not surprising. I believe he designs and/or pyrotechs this event every year (?). WOW! What a fabulous show. Thousands of people holding candles and singing Silent Night, then POW! Fabulous fireworks exploding in sync with Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells.... The finale left us speechless. After a moment, my friend said, "Well, they've really outdone themselves this year." Thank you, Larry, THAT was cool! -Debra Dawson Fogler ('74WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not a Bomber) Re: 1950 Atomic Frontier Days To: All Those Who Remember, I have a few pictures of those "Frontier" days. Enjoy! -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not a Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Carol Latta Miller ~ Class of 1952 ~ 2/6/34 - 11/17/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/29/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers & 1 NAB sent stuff + 1 Bomber Funeral Notice today: Evelyn Kingsley ('49), Bill Wilborn's daughter ('54) Joanne Rolph ('59), Nelson sisters ('60. '63, '67) Frank Whiteside ('63), Jean Hawley ('63) Deedee Willox ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Ervin ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Campbell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Howell ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Polk ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) Happy Birthday to Janis Ervin VanBergen ('49) Mon. the 29th. of Nov -Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darci Wilborn, daughter of Bill Wilborn ('54) This is Bill Wilborn's daughter, Darci. I regret to inform you that Bill Wilborn passed away Monday Nov. 22. Viewing will be held, Monday, Nov. 29th 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services, Tuesday Nov. 30th 10:30 a.m. at Renaker - Klockgether Mortuary 7651 Commonwealth Ave Buena Park, CA 90621 714-521-1010 Sincerely, -Darci Wilborn ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) Re: The Cinnamon Bear Radio program! I'm glad to see that many people remember enjoying this program... I certainly did! A few years ago, I came across the tapes of the Cinnamon Bear in a catalogue and I now make it a tradition to listen to them every year during the late Autumn and the Christmas season. Sitting up in my attic studio working on Santas and watching the snow turn the Vermont countryside to glistening white... The Cinnamon Bear program always seems to merge my past with my present in a delightful way. As Judy would say..."It really is most magical!" : ) I wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season to everyone. -Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nelson sisters ('60. '63, '67) We're all a bunch of turkeys for forgetting to let every Bomber know that it was our baby sister's birthday on Thanksgiving Day. Happy Late Birthday Baby Sister, Debbie ('77) -Jan ('60), Donnie ('63), and Suzie ('67) Nelson ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Cinnamon Bear/old time radio shows I've noticed the usual articles about "Cinnamon Bear" this time of year. I purchased the cds a few years ago, and my wife and I listen to them after Thanksgiving just like my brother and I used to do when we were little. For those who don't want to purchase them, you can hear them FREE on Just click on "all shows" and go to letter "C" and find Cinnamon Bear. It looks as if they have every episode. They also have lots of other radio shows as well. Happy listening! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jean Hawley Saunders ('63) Somehow I missed the entries re: The Cinnamon Bear. Does anyone know where to purchase it? -Jean Hawley Saunders ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Read the entry in yesterday's Sandstorm... entry from Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64). -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Frontier Days I well remember Frontier Days. Does anyone know why we stopped having them. I always thought it was because we joined with Kennewick and Pasco for the Water Follies, but I don't know why I thought it. I was Betsy Ross in a school play and later in what I thought was Frontier Days, but now that I read the article again, perhaps it wasn't Frontier Days. The article talks about Camp Fire Girls . Wouldn't it be fun to have Frontier Days again? It was a big deal, though; planning would really be a nightmare and it would probably be cost-prohibitive. Oh well, we have our memories! Re: Cinnamon Bear Oh, how I loved listening when we were kids. I was so delighted when a friend gave me a set of the tapes (they were bad tapes, old and not good quality, but better then nothing). Later I found them in a rental and talked the guy into selling them to me (thus disposing of the bad tapes). Still later, I found them again and bought them for my granddaughter. She and I listen together every year, even though they live in Spokane and we live in Burbank. She just turned 10; her 7-year-old brother likes them too. It's becoming a tradition. Still later I found them in CD, so of course, I purchased them again. I think I'm done buying them now, but I do have another granddaughter, born June 20th, so maybe not. She is the 10-year-old's little sister, so maybe the tapes will last long enough for her to enjoy them too. 'Tis the season For your butt to be freezin' --Maxine -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where it is kinda cool, eh Pappy? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Cinnamon Bear I bought the tapes a few years ago and tried to get my grandkids interested, but they just don't understand "the magic" of listening to a story on tapes---they are too used to watching instead of using their imaginations to "see" the adventure! oh well, I will keep listening and remembering "the magic" that came on every night at 5:30 p.m.? for 15 minutes til Christmas Eve! course, now I listen to them all at once, instead of waiting for those 15 minutes! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - got a bit of a storm Saturday night---even had a strong enough wind to blow down some tree limbs and rained enough to make the streets slippery and cause a few "fender-benders"----still amazes me, after being here for over 30 years, that CA drivers don't slow down when it rains! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Oh my gosh the "Cinnamon Bear"! It was my favorite when I lived on Chestnut Street as a child. I looked forward to listening to the whole story every year. We had a little white radio and I sat by it in our warm kitchen every winter watching my mother bake and cook and eating frosted graham crackers or tapioca pudding, etc. It was better than T.V. I am going to have to get that C.D. for next Christmas. My granddaughter will be 5 and a half then and just about right to get started listening to the story. Thank you to Bill Scott ('64) for reminding us about it! Re: Marie Whitney ('02) over in Baghdad She has requested some pictures of "home" (Tri-Cities) so if anyone has any that they could put on the website for her to see or if you would like to email me I will give you her address where you can mail them. Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Charlie Kirkland ('59) ~ 7/28/40 - 11/22/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/30/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Lenora Hughes ('55), Margo Heiling ('57) George Swan ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Dennis Johnson ('62WB), Brad Upton ('74) Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanne Turner ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Cinnamon Bear -- Must have been after my time. Re: Old time radio It was fun sitting around the radio, with no lights on (only the light from the radio dial), and listen to "I Love a Mystery", "The Shadow", program that had the door that made all kinds of noise, etc. You just closed your eyes and listened. The comics were good too: Fibber McGee and Mollie, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Judy Canova, The Great Giltersleeve, George Burns and Gracie, etc. Never liked Fred Allen. I thought it was a marvelous time - you just imagined Fibber McGee's closet. Red Skelton was always a step ahead of his sound men and he would answer the phone before it started ringing (he also did this on TV - which was live). Red Skelton was good at mime so you could still use your imagination. I think "kids" today do not use their imagination like we had to. I do not watch soap operas because I disliked them so much on radio. In the days before air conditioning people used to leave their windows open from early spring to late fall and on the way home from school I could hear Ma Perkins the entire way home. I truly dislike them now on TV. I have enough problems of my own without listening to someone else's troubles. I remember being sick and staying home from work for 4 days. When I went back to work someone ask me what happened to John/Suzie. I looked at that person and asked what she was talking about. She said, "Did you not watch the soaps while you were sick." I told her, "No, if I was too sick to be at work I was too sick to watch TV." Re: Frontier Days The JCs in Richland used to sponsor the Atomic Frontier Days and after having spent so much money in 1948 - having all the movie stars, they kinda had a hard time financially. Guess the Frontier Days went the same place as the Kennewick Grape Festival. I think it would be nice if we could have separate things from the Water Follies - I'm not into racing of any kind. You would have to find a sponsor who had a lot of members (or volunteers) and some money. Any volunteers? When? Where? The Frontier Days was during the Labor Day holiday and the Grape Festival was usually after harvest. Can't think of anything that is going on during that period of time. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - it has really been cool at night - yesterday morning there was REALLY frost on the ground. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Atomic Frontier Days 1948-49 I remember the movie stars and the fact that Monte Hale had a broken arm. It was my understanding that he had a little too much to drink at the Frontier Tavern and fell off his horse. Probably not the true story, but one that keeps going. The western "stars" that I remembered were Roddy McDowell, Janis Paige and Mr. Hale. They set up a casting call on the greenway (now the parkway) for kids to be extras in a western. I marched right up there with my mother's coaxing in my plaid shirt, fringed skirt, cowgirl boots, hat and holstered six-shooter cap gun. I didn't even get to the head of the line before they were through. I did participate in the entertainment at Bomber Bowl and Riverside Park. I think I did a Hula one year and an acrobat routine the next. Those were great times. I also remember a small airplane going down Lee in the parade. To: John Williams ('56) So enjoyed the tasting at your winery yesterday. For any Bombers who enjoy a fine glass of wine occasionally, you really ought to check out John's place "Kiona Vineyards." Bomber Cheers from Richland -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Vegas Christmas Party The Las Vegas Bomber Alumni will be having a Christmas party on the 11th of December at noon. It is going to be held at the home of Roberta Hill Karcher ('49). We will have a pot luck luncheon and a "white elephant" gift exchange. If you are interested in attending and haven't already received an email from me, then you can contact either Robbi or myself. -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Margo Heiling Barron ('57) Re: Class of '57 Lunch on December 11 The Class of '57 is getting together for lunch in Richland on December 11, Noon, at 3 Margarita's (previously Las Margaritas), 627 Jadwin. Please send me an e-mail to make a reservation. You can also go to the Calendar page at the top of this page and click on the event to send an e-mail. Please pass the word to any '57 alums you know who may not have access to the Alumni Sandstorm. Looking forward to a good turnout! Margo Heiling Barron, Class of '57 ahead of our time ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Coolness It is so cool here in southern Burbank that the elves who live around the puddle have begun sharpening their ice skates. A week ago, they ceased to wear western clothing in observance of Elfin Frontier Days and are now sporting insulated parkas, mittens, ear muffs, neck mufflers and Bunny Booties in anticipation of the First Annual Puddle Placid Winter Games. Christmas lights abound in Elfin Town, especially on their little Elm Street. They seem to be reserved as to who they talk to and furthermore, I seem to be the only one who sees them. Hmmm. Anyway, in my last chat with some of them "oer" a hot buttered noggin o' nog down at the Puddle Pub, I heard that they are negotiating with the Cinnamon Bear for Master of Ceremonies and Maxine for stand up comic. They figure that Brad Upton ('74) would probably be off on some kinda love boat venture in a warmer clime and therefore, unavailable. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - where 'tis the season an' me posterior is indeed freezin' -- S'pose I better quit sittin' in the puddle 'til the elves finish building the puddle-side sauna. Deedee, up there in the far north, ya'll must really be freezin'? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Spokane lunch and fireworks On my way to Coeur d'Alene last Sunday I stopped at the Chapter on Mission to join the Bomber lunch. I followed the note from the Bomber Calendar, but nobody was there. Did I miss something or did it just not happen?? In my business, except for holidays, we do most of our work on the weekend so I have a hard time making lunches. I have 3 times missed Portland by a day, I just missed Wenatchee by a couple of hours here a while back, Last February I missed Sacramento by 2 hours. There have been several others I can't recall the names of. Oh well, I will keep trying. If you haven't been to a lunch in your area, you should make the effort. They are a lot of fun and I have met a lot of really nice Bombers. Well we did the fireworks display last Friday at CDA Idaho shortly after 6 PM. The weather was clear to 5000 feet and all conditions were perfect. As Wally Erickson ('53) noted, there was a full moon. While I am not superstitious, it is interesting to note that since August of 1991 I have fired close to 50 displays under a full moon, and without exception they were all essentially flawless. There was a slight breeze that removed the smoke, and the display was flawless. It was maybe our very best effort anywhere in the 8 years since we bought the company. Even my partner and I were impressed (we are very picky and our own worst enemy about performance). The first shot was 2 giant 16-inch shells that went up about 1500 feet and burst a total of about 1200 feet in diameter and dripped fine brocade fire all the way to hiss in the water. The rest went better then planned. Our crew numbered 20 at various times during the week-long set-up. They are a great bunch and it was the smoothest teamwork I have seen in several years. Wally and his wife Judy came by after the show and we had a nice visit. Thanks Wally for the kind words. And yes, next year let's get together for dinner or something. A evening or two in a motel room is ok but a week of them can be a bit much. After notes: Word came to us from resort management the next day that Chuck Norris, who is in CDA for a film shoot, remarked it was the best he had ever seen. And the actress Patty Paige (Austin) who lives in the CDA area was giving some kind of speech later that night, opened her remarks with several very nice compliments about the display. So, maybe we are getting there. One more day of work and Honolulu here I come. By noon Wednesday I will be on the beach sipping a cold gin and tonic. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Johnson ('62WB) Thanks for reminding me of "Cinnamon Bear". I had a big old Zenith radio in my bedroom....pulled in short wave, some marine bands (not THAT kind of a Marine Band, you tromboners...sit down). Listened to anything and everything I could find. One of my favorite programs was "Could This Be You?" It was taped encounters with (mostly) drunk drivers on WA state highways, courtesy of the WSP. I was, of course, in grade school, but it was quite entertaining to listen to the myriad of excuses, slurred explanations and gross belligerency from drivers that had been pulled over. Anyone else out there remember that one? The Shadow, Gangbusters, Gunsmoke, Lone Ranger...there was always something coming across the dial that was exciting. Denny Johnson ('62WB) ps: My dad (Robert "Bob" W. Johnson) died on November 2...he was a Bomber Dad - daughter Rita ('64), sons Steve ('66) and Jeff ('76?), and of course myself. Folks lived in Richland from '50 to '56, then again (there IS life after Clarkston) from '63 to '8?. He worked as Asst. Manager at National Bank of Commerce, which became Rainier Bank and/or Security Pacific and finally was gobbled up by Bank of America. I know there was a constant turnover of high school students that trained as tellers, etc there. He truly loved that city...was an avid golfer and a member of KofC, Rotary, CofC. He attended Christ the King Church faithfully nearly every Sunday that they resided in Richland. He was a fine man, a great role model for his children and his children's children and will be sorely missed. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my sister Rita's tremendous contribution to the comfort of both of my folks' final years. I could fill a chapter with what she has done that transcends simple offspring obligations. -Dennis Johnson ('62WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Cinnamon Bear Please stop talking about the Cinnamon Bear. It's making Mike Davis ('74) eat Cinnamon rolls and Bear Claws every morning at the Spudnut shop. Just trying to help. -Brad Upton ('74) PS. Someone is turning 49 next week! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) Re: More 1950 Atomic Frontier Days Photos To All, Here are some more from the 1950 Atomic Frontier Days. Enjoy!! -Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` October, 2004 ~ December, 2004