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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/01/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Marguerite Groff ('54) John Richardson ('58), Jan Bollinger ('60) Mike Lewis ('60), Sue Elliott ('62) Patricia de la Bretonne ('65), Carol Converse ('64) Jan Klusman ('66), Rick Maddy ('67) Steve Piippo ('70), Beverly Hinkle ('73) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (11/30): Jan Klusman ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Pittman ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Johnson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Williamson ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Dennis Johnson ('62WB) I always listened to "Could This Be You?" I was appalled at the answers some of those people told. I was disappointed that it no longer appeared on the radio. I don't suppose in this day and age they could do a program on TV. Besides - it would be very costly. Sorry to hear about your father. I still miss my father and he has been dead 12 years. Re: Radio Does anyone remember when radio shows could be 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes long? My first postcard was given to me by my maternal grandfather (who ran a mom and pop grocery store in two rooms of their house) advertising bread - they sponsored The Lone Ranger in Ohio. The program started at 7:45 p.m. and lasted until 8:15 p.m. (After years of having that postcard I discovered it was just an advertisement for the bread - what did I know - I was only 5.) -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - weather keeps cooling down - may have 15 sprinkles of rain today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) I was saddened to read in Monday's Sandstorm that we lost another classmate, Bill Wilborn. If you missed the item, his daughter Darci was kind enough to send a note letting us know about her father's death. I sent an e-mail to her thanking her for thinking of us and asking if she could e-mail me a copy of the obituary. If I receive it I'll forward it to Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) so she can publish it in the Sandstorm. My request is: Knock it off. Since our very successful 50th reunion we've lost 3 classmates, Phyllis Browning Phelps, Dick Grabner, and now Bill Wilborn. That's 3 too many. We were fortunate that Darci knew how to notify us. The new DustStorm will be coming out in December. Even though you were just here for our BIG reunion, consider returning for the Club 40 celebration next September. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland - it's getting colder. Every time my furnace goes on I see $ signs. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Richardson ('58) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Old Cars The emerald green 40 Ford that you remember belonged to Lee Arnold ('57). Lee and I drove Pete Washers home heating oil delivery truck one cold winter and also worked at the station where we used to have contests to see who could greet the customer, check the oil, check the tires, wash the windows and fill the car with gas the quickest. That, my friend, was when gas was $0.34 a gallon, and going to the Village Theater on Saturday morning cost $0.12 and that was for a double feature movie, two cartoons and the weekly continued serial feature. Every so often the manager of the movie would have to break the bad news that they missed the delivery of the continued feature and that it was on the bus to Yakima. We would all boo whistle and throw popcorn boxes and he would run for cover while laughing. When you stop and think about it, that Saturday morning movie was the cheapest baby sitter that our folks ever had. You also mentioned the lacquered candy apple red Ford Crown Vic and that was owned by Ray Quillon from Kennewick and was absolutely beautiful. You were right about the girl that he gave it to when he left for the service, within six months the car was completely faded to a pale pink color. Re: Old Radio I have been reading with much interest the discussions about the old radio shows. Someone mentioned a program that started with the unlocking of the door with rattling chains and loud squeaking. If I am not wrong, I believe that was a show called the "Inner Sanctum" Very scary listening on a dark winter night with the wind howling outside. How many of you remember these programs? "The Whistler", sponsored by The Signal Oil Company, remember them? What about the "Fat Man", "Gang Busters", "Sky King", "Big Jon and Sparky", "Space Patrol", the "Lone Ranger and Tonto" who always said "Tyhee Kemosabe" (always wondered what that really meant?). What about "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and his big dog King", "Captain Midnight", the "Green Hornet", the "Cisco Kid and Poncho" and of course "Gunsmoke" with James Conrad who was the great voice of Matt Dillon. [Make that WILLIAM Conrad.. James ARNESS was the TV Dillon. -Maren] How many of you remember these old time movie stars? Lash Larue, Whip Wilson, Johnnie McBrown, Hop Along Cassidy, Rocky Lane, Red Rider and his sidekick Little Beaver, Rex Allen and Zorro. You could always tell the good guys from the bad because the good guys always wore white hats. -John Richardson ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch 11/21 We are sure sorry to have missed you at our lunch on the 21st (see Alumni Sandstorm entry on 11/23)! Our apologies that the Bomber Calendar led you to our former location instead of the current one at Cathay Inn on North Division! (Bombers haven't met at The Chapter since last May.) We expect the Cathay Inn to be our permanent location and have requested an update to the calendar; however, just to be sure that a last-minute change hasn't occurred, please look for our lunch announcement in the Sandstorm or Email us the next time you'll be in town. We don't want to miss you again! [All Bomber calendar has been updated. OOPS... When's that next Spokane lunch, Jan??? -Maren] To: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Saturday vs. Sunday Bomber Lunch When we originally polled Spokane area Bombers to determine the most popular day for our lunches, the great majority preferred Sunday. That was more than two years ago, so we're conducting another poll, asking Bombers to vote for Saturday, Sunday, or Either. We'll put you down as a vote for Saturday and let you know the final results. To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) If you're too sick to work, you're too sick to watch TV?? But Betty, TV must be good for what ails you . . . just look at all the hospital rooms that have TVs these days! LOL! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Where we woke to our first real snow of the season, but less than two inches of the white stuff, so far. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Lewis ('60) Well, I gotta confess, my sister Peggy ('62) and I used to listen to "The Shadow", "The Creaking Door", "The Fat Man", and other whodunits in the back seat of our old Plymouth at night in Seattle while Dad drove and Mom was in the front seat beside him. It was really spooky in that car at night. There were two other radio shows, can't recall their names now but did only a couple of years ago. The Cinnamon Bear was high on my list too, but I never told anybody about that, and listened to it only at home. That was all around 1949. Also The FBI in Peace and War -- with the theme song from Love of Three Oranges -- but not when it was aired, it might not have been that long ago. -Mike Lewis ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sue Elliott Homan ('62) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Fireworks I just have to say - we've been in Hayden/Cd'A for three holiday seasons now, and we wouldn't miss the holiday kickoff/fireworks display for anything! It was truly indescribable - and it was so great to hear everyone around us talking about how it was the best fireworks they'd ever seen. We happened to be at the Festival of Trees later that evening, when Patty Duke Pearce (I don't think Patti Paige is around any longer, but we knew who you meant!), who is the honorary chairman of that event this year - anyway, she DID start her speech by saying this was the best fireworks display she'd seen in her whole life. Pretty cool - and the audience agreed heartily. ~ Am proud to know that a fellow Bomber was responsible for all that beauty and excitement - our thanks, Larry! -Sue Elliott Homan ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Any names of any of the people in the Frontier Days pics? Anybody? -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) OK. All this talk of the Cinnamon Bear radio program. This morning, while half way through the Sandstorm, I got my tapes out. NOW, when do I start listening to them so that I end up right with the last program? I can't remember. I was thinking it was Dec. 1, but I just don't remember. Help?! -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ had a great Thanksgiving day here in Eureka, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* [This was sent yeste4rday, 11/30. -Maren] >>From: Jan Klusman McCurdy ('66) sniff sniff.... my birthday is today -Jan Klusman McCurdy ('66) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Janice - Ya can't be cryin' because nobody remembers your birthday if you don't tell us when it is BEFORE it happens!!!! Got it on the calendar so we'll remember next year. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Camp Pendleton Navy Hospital I wanted to update you on the Navy hospital on Camp Pendleton following that tirade I produced a couple weeks ago... the second one, not the first one. I took a little trip down there with a buddy from the Vietnam days, Rod "Hole" Hoel, to see what was going on. Got a call from another Vietnam vet buddy, Ron "Mac" MacCarville, who is involved in the First Marine Division Association, that there were conflicting reports as to the needs of the wounded and for us to go check it out. The rooms are NOT packed to capacity. The brunt of the wounded from the Fallujah scene came and went. But that is not to say what tomorrow may bring. We all know this war on terror, or whoever else decides they don't like us, can turn ugly (escalate) at any point in time. Nevertheless, Rod and I visited six Marines in four rooms and talked to the doctor on call. A small sample, but adequate for the feel of things at Pendleton. Men were from Kilo and Lima 3/1 if I recall correctly. Several 3/5 had left or were running around and not in bed, but doc told us there were only a couple of that bunch left. Ward doctor, nurse and military staff were excellent. Helped the whole way, pointing out the wounded's rooms and showing us where to wash our hands with disinfectant before going from room to room. All Marines reported that everything is all good. Each said they have been treated very well, are thankful for us spending the time to see them and thank you all for your good wishes and prayers! We told them how proud we all are of them and for the outstanding job they are doing for us. All I can say is it is like looking in a mirror at us thirty-five plus years ago. They all have one thing on their mind, they just want to get home. They are from everywhere; WI, WA, northern CA. I'm not sure what military hospitals have who, or where, but like I said, if you are inclined... CALL first. One Marine had his dad and girlfriend visiting him and we spoke a few minutes to dad alone, an Army Vietnam era vet. He too said things were much better today. Another had two rounds go through his left thigh, missing bone, and he could not feel his foot. He was about an hour from going into the O/R. Said he didn't need a thing. Another told us they had busted down a door and as soon as that happened a room full of Iraqis opened up on them. Turned into an O.K. Corral scene with hand grenades being tossed both ways and bullets flying. Killed one Marine and wounded three before getting the job done. This young man had shrapnel pass through his hand from a grenade. Pinned and wrapped but did not know the outcome in store for him. He said a couple months before that an RPG round hit this building he was in and the roof fell in on him cutting his leg pretty badly. He had a nice scar from that too. He figures he will recover and go back to duty. I don't know about that, and I said nothing. He also needed nothing. Everyone said they had everything they need. The city of Oceanside has a large population of veterans and the city alone probably contributes enough for all to be happy at the Pendleton hospital. Talked to the one Navy doctor and same-o same-o from him. All is going very well as of today. Plenty of phone cards, DVD's... etc. etc. The situation with the wounded is very positive. Clean operation. Private rooms - one or two to a room. You can see the hollow in their eyes, but that is expected. Hopefully as time passes they will sparkle again. They got the psychologists and psychiatrists on board; A LOT better than what we saw during Vietnam and medieval medicine. These young men are being well cared for. Of course, they have a generation of vets looking at them and a few commanding generals too that, in my opinion, did not get the treatment as expected for war wounded and are going to be sure this is not the case again... which at this time is not the case. Rod and I did not attempt the germ infested I.C.U. ward. Right now, prayer and hope for a more peaceful world. If the war worsens, the hospital situation could worsen drastically depending on numbers, but you know what to do. Balboa V.A. in San Diego has only a few in their halls so we opted to not go... this time. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) LCPL Brad Anderson ('02) writes he/troops have swept through Baghdad and Fallusa...tasked out at 140%...14.5 hour firefight on the 8th...apologizing for not writing back sooner. -Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Beverly Hinkle Lais ('73) Re: Gerald Saucier I don't usually send in anything, but I would like to ask for Bomber prayers for JoeAnn Saucier, Mark, Paula, and Trish, for the loss of their Husband, father, grandfather and recently great grandfather. He will be greatly missed. Love Beverly Hinkle and family -Beverly Hinkle Lais ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) My coworker and old friend, Lori Whelan Killand ('72) and I were discussing today at school Brad Upton's ('74) comments about Cinnamon rolls and Bear claws and my eating habits. We thought, "Why such meaningless banter?" I mean how about some real important stuff like, "Why are two of our elementary schools known as Jason Lee Elementary School and Marcus Whitman Elementary School when Jefferson Elementary is not known as Thomas Jefferson Elementary School?" Not to mention the old Spalding Elementary was never called Henry Spalding Elementary School. What the hell is that all about? Not Fair! Kinda like Goofy gets to live as a human when Pluto lives the life of a dog! They're both dogs, for crying out loud! So, Rogaine Upton, start addressing the real problems of life and get off the fluff! -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/02/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Mike Clowes ('54), Pete Overdahl ('60) Freddie Schafer ('63), Deedee Willox ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Fran Teeple ('68) Brad Upton ('74), Jim Wheeler ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Randy Rice ('73) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Thanks - I could not remember the name Inner Sanctum (was on an elevator the other day and it made as much noise as Inner Sanctum). I don't know what Tyhee means but Kemosabe is what do you know. Someone who knows Spanish should be able to tell you. I had a crush on Johnny McBrown. Re: Gunsmoke When I had my second daughter the doctor said that I had interrupted his favorite TV show: Gunsmoke (she was born at 10:08pm). To: Mike Lewis ('60) Since we never had radio in our cars I never had the opportunity of listening to old radio shows in the car. Must have been interesting. I would probably have wrecked the car. (Does anyone remember when your parents drove their cars to the area that they were forbidden to have radios?. That was because they could used to transmit and receive messages.) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Glad you visit vet hospitals. It is sad when you read the that vet hospitals are in deplorable condition. To: Beverly Hinkle Lais ('73) I worked with Jerry several times out on the Project. He was a Chief Power Operator and I always admired him for his ability to do a very good job with one arm. We worked together in B Area and N Area. My condolences to his wife (she worked for the City of Richland for years) and his children. After he got to know you he was a very funny person. To: Mike Davis ('74) I like fluff. Certainly better than reality shows that on TV. When I came to Richland Lewis and Clark was already here (pre- government). Jefferson had barely opened and Sacajawea was at least up and running. Marcus Whitman was built and part of it was available after the Christmas break in 1945. Don't know why they chose not to use Thomas or Henry. They told us when we first came to Richland that the schools were named after people who helped settle the Pacific Northwest. (The only one that did not follow that was Columbia High - the two junior high schools were not built.) This included, later, John Ball in North Richland. So - what items would you suggest instead of fluff? -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er ~ south/government Richland - sun is shining but cool outside. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Well, at last Alice and I are in our Kennewick home. We are still surrounded by large stacks of boxes, but I assume that eventually we will empty all of them and wonder why in the world do we have so much junk. I have read with great interest the e-mails about all of the old radio shows. I must really be old because I remember all of them. One of my favorite holiday programs was the Cinnamon Bear. I never missed an episode. I remember all of those old movie stars and going to the matinee movies on Saturday. How many of you remember the Gene Autry weekly serial at the theater. They had all of these underground cities and a whole lot of other stuff.. Have a great Day!!!! -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: John Richardson ('58) If memory serves (which it usually doesn't), Al "Lash" LaRue and Charles Starett (when appearing as the Durango Kid) wore black hats. Perhaps this was the first inkling that the world was more shades of gray than pure black and white. To: Mike Lewis ('60) The actual theme to "The F.B.I. in Peace and War" was the march from "Love for Three Oranges". Ironically, the music was written by Serge Prokofiev, a Soviet Russian. Re: Other memories What ever happened to: The Homecoming Parade The Homecoming Bonfire and The Homecoming Snakedance following the bonfire? Stay tuned, The Bomber DustStorm [Club 40's paper newsletter] will be hitting your mail boxes sometime in December (it's almost done.). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: Dennis Johnson ('62WB) Re: Radio Show (Could This Be You) It was interesting to see your note and Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) about the show on radio called "Could This Be You". I also took a great interest when I would listen to the show as a young man. I later joined the Washington State Patrol and served 25 years with them and 22 of that was working traffic. The stories each officer knows from experience is quite entertaining. The show had finished shortly before I joined the patrol. A Sgt. George Amans started the show in 1946 and it was heard virtually the world over for almost 20 years. A retired Lieutenant from Spokane is now writing a small book on the experiences of the Troopers of the Washington State Patrol. I have read the proof copy. Re: Frontier Days I remember going to the Frontier Days as a kid and watching the talent show on the south side of the Lee extension on a stage. Along with one other contest I had not read yet, the Beard Contest. I know they had certain rules and different categories. I am sure some of the readers had fathers who entered this contest. I know that it is close to Christmas and Santa and his long beard. I remember some fairly long grey beards or white who entered the contest. To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) You must have a postcard collection. I have some old ones not used from 1947 that were produced by Union 76 for advertising their gas but were some nice touched up photos for the cards. I have a few if you are interested. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: Send warm & fuzzys Ann is having brain surgery (colonoscopy) this Thursday morning should be home be noon. So send her some comments about everything coming out alright. Everyone over 50 should have a colonoscopy... it is a pretty simple gig and could save your life. Re: Identity Theft Keep a watch out for people standing near you in the checkout line at retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. who have a camera cell phone in hand. With the camera cell phones, they can take a picture of your credit card, which gives them your name, number, and expiration date. CBS reported this type of identification theft is one of the fastest growing scams today. Be aware of your surroundings. -Freddie Schafer ('63) ~ from chilly and wet Vancouver, USA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Carol, there are 26 episodes, the 26th to be on December 24th, so you would have to start on November 29th. Enjoy! -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: old radio programs I don't remember listening to those mentioned on the radio, but I do remember watching: "Sky King"; "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon and his dog, King"; "Lone Ranger"; "Cisco Kid and Poncho"; "Green Hornet"; among the others that were mentioned. I also remember Judy Canova--- can still see her pigtails and her big mouth---think it was almost as big as Martha Raye's and/or Joe E. Browne. and, I remember Hopalong Cassidy (just watched a story about him on the Westerns channel that was narrated by Dennis Weaver~~Chester on Gunsmoke), Red Rider and Little Beaver, Johnnie MacBrown, Rex Allen, and Zorro~~~think these were on every Saturday afternoon---I can remember watching them at the movies, too, but also remember them as being on weekly. my great uncle used to come over every Saturday and watch them all day long (at night, we would watch Gunsmoke, Have Gun will Travel, and others, and on Sunday night we would watch Bonanza)---at times, we could also find westerns made with midgets--- loved those--always looked like little kids playing Cowboy and Indian. To: Rick Maddy ('67) Thanks so much for the update on how the Naval hospital is treating our wounded. so good to hear that they are being treated so much better than all of you who came home from Viet Nam--nice to know that there are vets out there that care and give a damn and are making sure these kids are treated the way ALL service men and women deserve to be treated! thanks, again, for all you do and did and hope you know that I and many others are proud of all of you who served and are serving. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - where we set a record for the coldest night on record (24 degrees Monday night). Decided I was tired of scraping off ice in the early morning hours, so have resorted to a beach towel on my front windshield! can remember my mom putting a blanket on the front windshield in Richland and also in Wishram. Man, I miss having a garage to park in! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) Re: Larry Mattingly '60 Making it to one of your "Bloom" shows is becoming an obsession with me by now. I keep missing them by a day or hours. It must have been near perfect weather - for winter, brrr - since we've had few really freezing days here. I can only imagine how gorgeous it was that night with all the CD'A hotel lights and scenes lighting the ground and you and your merry "elves" lighting the sky. FYI, you're thinking of Patty Duke Astin, not Patty Paige. Paige died in an airplane crash about 1958 or early '60s that ended her country music singing career. Patty Duke had promised months ago to serve as chair for the CD'A hospital annual fund raising. That kicked off the same night as you were lighting the sky. And it was barely two weeks after Duke underwent single bypass heart surgery. Have a safe flight to the land of sun and sand. -Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Good point, Mike. But what was Sacajawea's last name? -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Wheeler ('81) I was wondering if anyone could email me photos of the old Sham- Na-Pum golf course. I would very much like to find a picture I can save to disk then take somewhere and have it made into a photo. I would very much like to present this to my grandfather for Christmas since he spent so much of his life there. Thank you. -Jim Wheeler ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Ronald Lee "Griz" Griswold ('66) ~ 8/30/48 - 11/26/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/03/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Watts ('49), Grace DeVincentis ('50WB) Marilyn DeVine ('52), Dennis Chapman ('54) Millie Finch ('54), Tom Hughes ('56) Jim Russell ('58), Burt Pierard ('59) George Swan ('59), John Northover ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Denny Johnson ('62WB) Ed Quigley ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY 11/30: Sandy Clark ('71) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Watts James ('49) Happy Birthday to Janis VanBergen ('49) from me too. Your long-time good friend, -Shirley Watts James ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) Re: Radio No one has mentioned "Lux Presents Hollywood" which came on at 9pm Monday nights. Also "Mr. District Attorney" on Wednesday nights and "The Hit Parade" on Saturday night either before or after "Inner Sanctum". Were these just on the East Coast or were they here too? I came here in 1950 and I don't remember good reception on the radio then. There was a lot of static. -Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) To: Frank Whiteside ('63) Thank you for the attachment [link] for the Cinnamon Bear. I was wondering what everybody was talking about until I listened to it! It was one of those "aha" moments. Holiday greetings to each and all, -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Chapman ('54) Re: I remember.... ....My memories of the '48 Frontier Days also include Monty Hale's automobile..he drove into town in a red Cadillac convertible with "longhorns" attached to the grill.... ...In response to Betty Hiser Gully's ('49) e-mail regarding songs of the '50s...One of my favorite memories was sitting at the snack bar at the old Rec Hall with Dick Grabner ('54), Ron Lukens, Larry Murphy ('54) and George Bowles ('54), and listening to the juke box with Kay Starr singing "Wheel of Fortune" and "I'll Never Be Free" and Guy Mitchell's "Pawn Shop on the Corner in Pittsburgh, Pa". Other favorites at that time were "Mockingbird Hill" - "My Heart Cries For You".....Lefty Frizzell was the most popular country western singer at that time............. I enjoy hearing from the "Sandstorm" and learning what is going on with old friends and classmates. Keep it coming. Best Regards... Dennis Chapman ('54) P.S. To Larry Christianson ('54) - Larry, weather is fine in Sarasota - give me a call some time....mirrors are inexpensive in FL -Dennis Chapman ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: Roy Stewart, II - RIP To: Sue McElhaney Stewart ('54) and her family. I was so saddened to read in the TCH yesterday on the death of your son, Roy. Sue, my heart is aching with you and for you tonight, and you will be in my prayers for strength in the days ahead. To all of your children, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother and know there will be an empty void there, but Bombers are good healers and will continue on. Cherish the memories you have of the precious time you had together. Sue your other classmates share in your loss also. My love and hugs to all of you, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: South Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon No reservations necessary! DATE: December 12, 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! -Tom Hughes ('56) ~ Auburn, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Russell ('58) I have very fond memories of the Cinnamon Bear radio story. For two successive years prior to moving to Richland, brother Jack (60-RIP) and I listened to those episodes with delight and suspense. We heard them over KEX out of Portland. When we moved to Richland in the fall of 1949, we felt terribly uprooted and missed our friends in Silverton, OR. Imagine our delight when our first December rolled around and The Cinnamon Bear came alive on KALE! At least some of our friends were still around. I get misty-eyed even today when I listen to that story. (We did enjoy good friends and good neighbors after a short while in Richland - thanks to Bill and Bruce Berlin, Carolyn and Jimbo Hamilton, Pat Murray and all the others living in the south end and attending Lewis & Clark.) (Jimbo wasn't the "stud" in those days - he was Jimmy, Carolyn's ornery little brother!) -Jim Russell ('58) ~ alive and well in Mountlake Terrace, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Betty Hiser ('49) & Mike Davis ('74) Re: Grade School names The study of the school names is an interesting (to me) exercise. In The Beginning (at the govt. takeover in the Spring of 1943), there were two schools existing, Richland Grade School & Richland High School that were incorporated in to Spokane Architect G. A. Pehrson's design of the Richland Village. As an aside, the high school didn't have an actual gym (just a fairly low ceiling basement area) so their basketball games were played in the grade school gym. Richland Grade School was immediately closed for remodeling and used for the remainder of 1943 as the Civilian Engineers Offices. In the Fall of 1943 (until Jan. 1944), any elementary students in Richland were bused to the only school maintained at the Hanford Construction Camp, namely Hanford High School, which was used exclusively as a grade school (half-day classes). At the same time, any high school students in Hanford Construction Camp were bused to Richland High School. In Jan. 1944, Richland Grade School reopened as the first of the first group of Richland Village elementary schools (Jefferson & Sacajawea in Sept. 1944) and all 3 were named after people involved in the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Pehrson apparently felt that full names were not necessary although some Alumni Sandstorm posts indicate that some people didn't make the connection with Thomas Jefferson. The 4th grade school that Pehrson was responsible for was Marcus Whitman (Jan. 1945) and I can only assume that he felt that Marcus was a Walla Walla person & not connected with L & C so people would not know who Whitman was and thus, spelled it out. After the War, no new schools were opened until the Phase II Construction Boom in 1948 when John Ball (Feb. 1948), Spalding (Oct. 1948), and Robert Gray Jr. Hi (Feb. 1949 -renamed Carmichael before opening) all opened. Jason Lee opened in Jan. 1952. Again I assume the people named were not household words and were spelled out, although Spalding is an anomaly for which I have absolutely no explanation. Slightly off the subject but another name you might be interested in was the name of the new High School (April 1944). DuPont's Final Project Report indicates that they (DuPont) thought the school had been named Columbia River High School and it appears that Pehrson just dropped the "River" part. I can find no drawings, sketches, etc. done by him that include "River." If that was indeed the "official" school name, it might explain the mascot name change from Broncos (the old RHS name) to Beavers in the Fall of 1944 (maybe someone felt an aquatic animal was more appropriate). This turned out rather lengthy so I'll wait until tomorrow to write about Richland Days/Atomic Frontier Days. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Uh? Ummmmm? Soooo, who was Patsy Cline and where did he fit in? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) Sacajawea's last name was Charbonneau IAW this site: I thought the question was a test. v.r juan the john '59 - Where the Santa Anna winds are influenced by the chill of the North and it is COLD ... temperature got down to 39 last night ... All the women in paradise had to put on long john's and all the men simply had another Martini and the kids ... well they just continued being kids ... still wise beyond their years. -John Northover ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Corrections on Patty Duke Thanks to Fran Teeple Wolf ('68) and Sue Elliot Homan ('62) for setting me straight on the Pattys. Soon as I read the first note I thought Duuhh, I knew it wasn't Patty Paige. She died a long time ago. I was down on the barges stacking racks of mortars when the word of her comments was passed to us about fourth hand and I didn't think much about it at the time. Two of our crew that night also deliver furniture part time for a store in Spokane. Both said they have delivered furniture to Patty Austin's (Pierce?) home. Our flight to Honolulu was incredible. We picked up a tailwind at 35,000 feet and landed 55 minutes early. It was the shortest flight I can remember in all of the many many times I have been here. There was not one empty seat in that 767 and not a grumpy kid in the bunch. It is always a heady experience when they first crack open the door in the tropics and that warm, moist, fragrant air wafts into the plane. We jumped on a Wikki Wikki bus to the car rental counter, checked out a convertible, dumped our stuff at my daughter Sandra's, parked the car in the parking garage under her building and walked the block to the beach. It was nice to sit at table in front of the Sheraton with a tall cool gin and tonic and not have to make plans of what we had to do. We will just wander and take it as it comes for the next 10 days. "Happiness is Hawaii in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Denny Johnson ('62WB) First off, I'd like to thank all of those who extended their condolences to our family for the loss of our dad. Many sent e-mails, others responded in the 'Storm. My punctilious proclivities will not allow me to let a repeated error go unchallenged - the cowboy's name was: Johnnie Mack Brown...not McBrown, MacBrown or other variations. And I assume everyone is aware that "Little Beaver" of Red Ryder fame is now on trial for the murder of his wife. (Robert Blake, aka Baretta) Rex Allen and his horse Cocoa were big favorites of mine. As a Boy Scout in Clarkston, my troop provided ushering duties one year at the Lewiston Roundup....Rex Allen was one of the stars, and he actually shook hands with me....I was inclined to NOT wash that hand forever...that lasted about a day, of course. How many remember all the illegal drag races around the Tri- Cities? Horn Rapids Rd, Columbia Park, the potato processing plant, the old trailer park? It was "run what ya brung", and pretty much anyone with more than fancy wheels took part at one time or another. I'm sure there were other places these were held, but I didn't move back to Richland until '64, so I probably missed a few of the older places. From Las Vegas, where the temps actually dipped below freezing for two nights in a row...and my wife has to cover her precious plants each time that occurs (I've got the local burlap market covered). Y'all have a good Christmas now, y'heah? -Denny ('62WB) Johnson ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: John Richardson ('58) Thanks for the info on the owners of the '40 Ford and the Candy Apple red Ford, John. Those were the names that I was looking for! Indeed, I remember the days of "full service" at the gas stations, and put in my own time at Jimmy Smith's station, next to the Village Theater, in '63 (4?). And, as I mentioned a few years ago, the Village Theater was the scene of my first traumatic experience with inflation, the day that the price went from 12 to 20! Somewhere around a 66% increase! I have to say, though, that it was probably what my Mom and Dad considered to be the best deal in the world, since they'd drop me there around noon, and pick me up at between 6 and 7! On the radio programs, the only one I didn't listen to, and don't remember, was "Fat Man". "No School Today" (Big Jon & Sparky) was my first brush with what I later recognized as "hypocrisy", although at the time, it was only experienced as disappointment and hurt, when Big John stated, at the end of his final show (due to being fired!), "There, that'll hold the little bastards for another week!". . . Pretty sure that was another example of a mike being left on, when it shouldn't have been. And who the heck was Johnnie McBrown? I wish the good guys still wore white hats; it would sure make figuring out who to vote for a bit easier. (Although I suspect that they'd all be out purchasing white Stetsons.) Anybody know whatever happened to Lynn Bryson, who, I think was a member of The Sandmen, around '58, and later ran a music show on KORD? Did he stick to radio as an occupation? To: Denny Johnson ("honorary" grad, but I can't remember which class let you in! :) ) Condolences on the loss of your father, Denny. As I'm sure you remember, my Dad and I went "head-to-head" from the time I was 7, until I was 31! We became best friends for the last 14 years of his life, and I still miss him, darn near every day. -Ed Quigley ('62) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/04/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Betty Conner ('52) Dick Pierard ('52), Dick Wight ('52) Karen Cole ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Burt Pierard ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Rosann Benedict ('63), Jeff Michael ('65) Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCH Today: Portland/Vancouver Area BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Pete Overdahl ('60) When is the book coming out on "Could This Be You?" I started collecting postcards in earnest about 1994. I started buying the Union Oil cards about two years later because of their size and colors. The cards were issued starting in 1939, '40, and '41. They stopped in 1944, '45, and '46 (during the war years) and started back up in 1947. I have duplicates and triplicates of some of the cards because they were different on the back. Send me a note and I will give you my snail mail address. One thing I never understood was the fact that they did not consider Colorado as western. No cards were issued from CO. To: Freddie Schafer ('63) I have never had a colonoscopy but did have a fractured skull when I was a teenager. I had the absolute worst headaches that I have ever had in my life. They finally discovered that I had a blood clot pressing on my brain and they had to drain the blood clot. Ann is on my prayer list. To: Linda Reining ('64) Judy Conova's talent was wasted. She was an opera singer but the persona was ruined as a hick from the sticks. Her daughter, Dianna, was on TV for awhile but I haven't seen her lately. Apparently she did not inherit her mother's singing voice. To: Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) I had forgotten about "Mr. District Attorney". Here, in Richland, "Hit Parade" was on while my mother was getting supper and I wanted to write down all the songs and she was yelling, "Set the table, etc." Radio reception here was pretty good. Re: Memories Does anyone remember in 1948 (I think) that Richland was playing the basketball tournament (for the first time) in Seattle? I was listening to it on my neighbor's radio (my dad was sleeping - he must have been on graveyard) and during the most exciting part the radio station lost power from Seattle so there I sat waiting for the power to be restored. Whew! To: Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks for the information about the schools. I think Spalding's first name was Henry - he was, I believe, a school teacher. Carmichael name came from the gentlemen who owned that property before Uncle Sam came in - he owned a big orchard - I remember the G.E. News had a article that anyone who wanted a fruit tree could come up and dig them as they would be destroyed when the school would be built. To: Larry Mattingly ('60) I didn't know that Patty Paige had died. I slipped a cog somewhere. Enjoy Hawaii. I took my children over in 1972 and we visited four islands. Aloha. To: Denny Johnson ('62WSB) I knew when I wrote McBrown it did not look right. I still had a crush on him. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - where we have had fog for the past two nights. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) Re: Patti Page ("How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?") Her name is spelled "Page" - not 'Paige'. I cannot remember her being in that 1948 (or was it 1949) parade. Janis Paige was there - and I remember her, and Johnny Mac Brown, and Roddy McDowell, but I don't remember P. Page? Re: Atomic Frontier Days My stand on the Atomic Frontier Days celebration was that it kind of dwindled down to a few floats, and entirely too many horses. We sat on the curb by the old theater on GWWay, and there was about 15 minutes of horses for every other parade entry. The Tri-City Water Follies became the same, and also the Kennewick rodeo (can't remember the title of that). So, wise heads prevailing, they combined them. I can't remember when the last Frontier days was held, but I know I attended the 1954 parade with out-of-town friends. The carnival at Howard Amon Park [then Riverside Park] was a lot of fun. I remember Kirk Douglas coming to Richland in about 1952 or 1953. I have NO idea of the event, but about 200 girls (me included) stood by the gazebo that was there at the time, awaiting his arrival. This "hero" - who played every part (still does) to the hilt -- Spartigas, for instance, was about 5'7" tall. A big disappointment at the time. He came in with a local gentleman, with no fanfare. And they made their way thru the crowd, and he had on cowboy boots (mark up 2 more inches to his height - so he might have been 5'6" - with silver on them, and some elegant silver on the toes. He stepped on the back of my ankle, and removed a large chunk of flesh. - It took me years to appreciate his talents, after that. He's now one of my favorites, and I still wish he had noticed what he did, and apologized. I can't even imagine any of the now-famous stars coming to Richland. -Betty Conner Sansom ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) Re: A couple items to mention. First, the 2005 Manhattan Project 60th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar is now out. It is published by the Manhattan Project Heritage Preservation Assn., in Montour Falls, NY. You old-timers will surely like to have one of these calendars gracing your wall, as it is in my office. For ordering information check their web site or call toll-free 1-888-299-4494. Second, a follow-up on brother Burt's ('59) informative piece on the origins of school names. As he pointed out, the schools were named after figures who had some role in the early history of the Pacific Northwest, with the first three taking their names from the 4 most significant personalities in the Lewis and Clark expedition. Jason Lee was a pioneer Methodist missionary who went to the Northwest in 1834, and is alleged to have preached the first Protestant sermon west of the Rockies. Marcus Whitman and Henry Spalding (the school named for the latter has since been closed and become a private school) and their wives, Eliza and Narcissa, reputedly the first white women to travel overland to the Oregon country, were Congregationalists who were sent West by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1836 to establish the Oregon mission that would minister among the Nez Perce Indians. Spalding founded a station at Lapwai, just east of Lewiston, Idaho, and Whitman at Waiilatpu, near Walla Walla. The Whitmans were massacred in 1847 in an Indian attack on their station. Both places are historical monuments today. Chief Joseph was the great Nez Perce leader who is one of the heroic figures in the history of the aboriginal or "native" Americans. John Ball school was named after the first teacher in the Northwest, but I don't know anything substantive about him. -Dick Pierard ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: celebrities in town Late one night in either 1950 or 1951 (after I was old enough to have my own car - a '38 Chev "beater") - I stopped in at the coffee shop in that big drugstore downtown, which as I remember NEVER seemed to close! I was sipping a coke or something, when in walked a fellow, white/grey haired, tall and slim, big six-gallon Stetson an a white suit covered with pictures of playing cards. I had no idea who he was, but sure was curious! I got up the courage to speak to him, and asked point blank who he was. His response: "Why, son, I'm T. Texas Tyler!" T. Texas Tyler was a fairly well-known country western singer during WW II whose biggest hit was "Deck of Cards", a song depicting a GI overseas in combat using a playing card deck to lead himself through a Christian ritual. Anyone remember the song??? -Dick Wight ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Cole Correll ('55) In response to the request for identification in the [Atomic] Frontier Day photos, check out the entertainment picture. My sister Patti ('52) is the girl playing in the band. She was the only girl in the dance band, and was so talented that Mr. Pappas remembered her at the Club 40 reunion. To: Some of my classmates Do you remember square dancing at Frontier Days? -Karen Cole Correll ('55) ~ Nine Mile Falls, WA - Cloudy with a skiff of snow ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Jim Russell ('58) Great memories of the Cinnamon Bear programs. You and Jack ('60-RIP) put us on it when you guys moved to Richland, and right next door to Bruce ('62-NAB) and I. I had forgotten that program and that you guys had moved up from Richland, your Dad to manage Parker's Hardware in Uptown Richland, and found the series on our local radio station. I was telling my Mother (aged 95 and still in her own house) about your entry in the Alumni Sandstorm and she reminded me that old Jim Hamilton ('63) used to refer to himself as "Mimmy" not Jimmy. Do you remember that? Bruce, Pat Murray ('58?) and I do because we used to egg him on to say his name. Does that make him "Mimbeaux" now? Too bad he did not call himself "Bimmy" ant that way he could now be "Bimbeaux." I keep posted on Jimbeaux from his Sister-in-law, who works at our favorite store in LaConner. Berlin's G2 is everywhere. Happy holidays to all of the South Richland, GWWay 'hood members. Semper Bombers. -Bill Berlin ('56)~ Anacortes, WA - where I made a new friend yesterday. Half Swiss and half Japanese but who has spent some time in Richland on various projects and really likes the area but is now living in Anacortes. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: All who have been writing about Atomic Frontier Days Re: AFD & other Community Celebrations Before I start, I feel it is only fair to say that any mentions of the Kennewick Grape Festival & the Pasco Water Follies are purely from memory (even my esteemed Bro Dick [52] couldn't help out with his incredible memory). Maybe some of you grayer than I, Bombers can jump in on this. I'm reasonably sure that the Annual Kennewick Grape Festival (late Sept., I believe) was going before the Govt. Takeover but I'm not sure about the Pasco Water Follies (I just haven't taken the time to check the old Pasco Heralds on this). My only vivid memory of the Grape Festival (other than old Programs kicking around the house and lost to antiquity) was attending, as a young child, a Remote Broadcast of the Ralph Edward's Truth or Consequences Radio Show. Many, if not all, the stunts involved people getting dumped on or dropped in Grape Juice. My recollection is that the Festival only continued until about 1950, or so. They then joined in with the Water Follies (in July each year) to form something named like the Pasco- Kennewick Water Follies. In Richland Village after the Nagasaki Bomb and the resulting end of the World War II, the entire Village was engulfed in euphoria and the pride of the community's contribution. They wanted to have a celebration. (By the way, this was the same euphoria that engulfed the Col-Hi students when they changed the mascot name to Bombers, Oct. 12, 1945.) They hurriedly threw together a one day event (Sept. 5, 1945) that included a parade and other events. They didn't even have time to print a program so the Villager ran a single sheet extra edition that included the program. This became known as the 1st Annual Richland Days Celebration. In 1946 & 1947, Richland Days expanded to include carnival rides and the Lee Loop Midway but was still held around Labor Day. With the onslaught of the Phase II Construction Boom in 1948, it was decided to recognize that era by changing the name of the community celebration to Atomic Frontier Days. The name was changed on July 8, 1948 but the 1st Annual AFD was still held in Sept. In 1949, the event was moved to the 2nd weekend in Aug. and it was held annually on the 1st or 2nd weekends in Aug. until its demise. Paul Beardsley's book only documents the annual events through the 10th Annual in 1957 (after which he was apparently more concerned with documenting the 1958 Incorporation and the transfer from the Federal to Local government). I believe AFD continued through at least 1960 before being rolled in with the Water Follies to become the Tri-Cities Water Follies. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Wendie Walker ('62) Hey Wendie, do you read the Alumni Sandstorm? Well, I just reread Hendrik Ibsen's "The Doll House" and it brought back thoughts of all I didn't learn because we sat across the row from each other in our WSU class on Scandinavian Literature, and we had fun chatting about the good ole Bomber days among other things. To: Donni Clark ('63) Your recounting your embarrassing moment of when your plate fell on your lap is just why I always ordered shrimp when I went out to eat. I was afraid I'd cut something incorrectly, or something, as going out to eat wasn't high on my family's list of things to do. To: Ed Quigley ('62) I've enjoyed reading your accounts of many incidents. I agree that dropping us all off at the Village Theatre was a cheap form of babysitting. And I remember the shock when they raised their prices. To my cousins in various classes: I wonder if our parents (or at least my dad) didn't like going to the fun parts of Atomic Frontier Days, because I remember the parades, but not spending money on games of chance or shooting anything. With all the remembering of favorite old songs from the past, tonight I got to enjoy a special put on by public television called "Magic Moments: The Best of the '50s Pops." Well, Patti Paige was alive and well (I must admit, I too, didn't know if she was or not before she came on stage tonight), singing "The Tennessee Waltz", and so many other wonderful songs and singers from the past were on, too many to mention, but I did hear Gogi Grant sing "The Wayward Wind", and "Little Darlin" by the Diamonds, I believe. I didn't realize how many popular groups of 4 men there were until tonight. The 4 Tops, Lads, Preps, etc. All sang great songs, and I knew almost all of the words to all of them. I wonder if I could have learned history dates better, had it been put to music?? While I am remembering old favorites, I guess The Loretta Lynn Show was one of my favorites, and the George Burns and Gracie Allan shows were 2 I never missed if I could avoid it. What fun remembering all these fun times of our youth. I'm still surprised when I see me or my contemporaries (you all born before 1950) in the mirror that we are the gray-headed, thicker in the middle ones now, like the people they showed in the audience tonight during the magic moments show. It's sunny again today here in West Harrison, Indiana, not far from Cincinnati, and we feel blessed living by the little lake because we won't have to worry about any snow or ice, at least not this weekend. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Still enjoying the warmer temperatures by the little lake. A few ducks flew in today for a swim on their way south, I guess. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rosann Benedict ('63) To Burt Pierard ('59) Burt, Henry Harmon Spalding was also a Northwest missionary, like Marcus Whitman. Hence the name. We had all explorer-missionary/ explorer names for the elementary schools--and Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis & Clark on their expedition. -Rosann Benedict ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... I recall most all those old radio shows you all have spoken of in the Alumni Sandstorm. But for a different reason (because I'm not old enough to have heard them originally). Back in my radio days in Colorado, we aired a program called "Old Time Radio". As you would guess, we ran many of the shows that have been mentioned. But I don't recall anything about Cinnamon Bears/Bear Claws or even Krispy Kremes. Oh, while Upton ('74) is on my mind...fluff is good...especially when grown naturally upon the head. Even an info commercial on cable at 2AM (baldness solutions) is better than most any TV reality show! By the way, Sacajawea WAS her last name. Her first and middle names were "Running Bear". It was just way too long for the porch of the school. My favorite old TV show was the Walter Cronkite program called "and You Are There". It was the most interesting way to look at history ever created. I also liked: "Alfred Hitchcock presents", "G.E. Theater" (with Ronald Reagan), "Hit Parade", "What's Your Line" and "Candid Camera" (the first and only real reality show). Do you really think Ozzy Osborn and his family conducted themselves "normally" when their house was full of cameras/mics? Kinda like watching WWE (which we all agree is NOT scripted...not). I thought "Kemosabe" was "my friend" sorta "Native American" for "Amigo" (not the car). Interesting, Bob Carlson, that you would mention those CHS traditions. I was thinking of them just the other day. Did they end when CHS became RHS? Did the Bonfire create too much air pollution? Was the Snake Dance not PC? Did the Parade violate jay-walking ordinances? I do recall that the Class of '65 had the biggest bonfire of all time!! Course, we were all suffering from the effects of unacceptable mascot syndrome (UMS) in those days. At least I seem to remember offering many UMS when called-on by Mr. Gentle to recite Pythagorous' Thorem and whatnot. A few years back when I was suffering a flare-up of the chair staining kind; my wife (bless her palpating heart) talked me into one of those medical procedures Freddie Shaffer ('63) spoke of. I found it a bit "invading of my personal space". But (oops), I guess it's better than going to jail...from what I have heard about "cavity searches". Oh, BTW, does anyone have a solution for the "when I can't find my classroom, forgot my schedule, where's my locker...and my clothes" dreams I have been having lately? Maybe I've been reading Sandstorm too much...or a relapse of UMS. Hi to Vic Day, my old Sandstorm (the non-cyberspace version) classmate. I remember some fun days in the darkroom! Well, developing!! I see he's still doing Germany! Least he's not "flying in his taxi" like a Cat in the Cradle. Yes, Phoenix was phun...but it's good to be back... -dj jeff Michael ('65), in the Tri-Cities where its foggy and cold. What's up with this!! Did Richland and Bakersfield get left out of the global warming pattern? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) Re: Atomic Frontier Days beards To: Pete Overdahl ('60) I remember reading an old Richland Villager 1948. Did not see anything about beards in it. But I do remember someone telling me about a beard contest with prizes awarded in different categories. I do know they had a "kangaroo court" for those folks caught not wearing some kind of western attire. This court would move about the "Village" to convict the offenders. Apparently Atomic Frontier Days prior to 1948 was only one day. In 1948 it started on August 30th and ended on September 6th. While the brochure advertises 3 days the paper details events for 8. Also Atomic Ties with a cowboy theme were also sold. Seen a photo of one on Fred Tauch's dad. (Fred, sorry if I butchered your last name). Re: Atomic Frontier Days pictures To: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) As far as names of the folks in the photos I do not know. I was kind of hoping some Bombers would see themselves in them. I have more to send but I wonder if it would be too many. I will have to admit it would be great fun to recreate something like that again. Those old floats were great. May be it could be done in some kind of display fashion. There has got to be a lot of memorabilia in the possession of some one. May be a one day affair might do. Who knows. -Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Don--Instead of duplicating effort, how about just give us the URL of where (in the Declassified photos pages) each picture is that you want us to see??? -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/05/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Colt Funeral Notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Ralph Myrick ('51) Stan McDonald ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Ken Heminger ('56WB), Tony Tellier ('57) Burt Pierard ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Mike Lewis ('60), Ray Stein ('64) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Patty de la Bretonne ('65), Janie Crowley ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* NOTE: "WB" means Woulda Been BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Douglas ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janine Rightmire ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art Snyder ('71) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '58 BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Betty Connor Sansom ('52) I thought Patty Page's name was spelled Page because when she was here in Richland (1948) she was just getting started and they introduced her as: "That singing rage, Patty Page." (No i in page at that time.) Are you any relation to Ralph Sansom? He worked in B Area at the time I did. I remember he had 15 or more years without an absence and they were going to give him a big award in Olympia and he would not go because he would miss work. He delivered Meals on Wheels after he retired. To: Dick Wight ('52) "A Deck of Cards" was a song that would be hard to forget. I think Tex Ritter also made a record of that song. The song came out, I think, during the Korean War. To: Karen Cole Correll ('55) I thought some of those women had the most beautiful square dance dresses. Re: Kennewick Grape Festival Spike Jones appeared there - I remember our neighbor's young daughter (probably about 1946 or 7) telling about him. He was talking with another person and the other person asked Spike Jones who that woman he was with the other day and Spike Jones replied, "That was no woman - that was my wife." Re: Village, Richland, and Uptown Theaters I always looked very young for my age (those days are gone forever) and got in as a child until I was about 23. My mother never used the theaters as a baby sitter -she always went with us. And we never stayed to see the movie a second or third time. To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I am originally from Kings Mills, OH where Kings Island is located (of course I lived there before the Kings Island came into existence). I spent many years in the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. I still have relatives that live in that area and in Kentucky. I try to get back there every 5 years or so. My last visit was in 2000. To: Jeff Michael ('65) When Candid Camera was at the movies (one of the many shorts) it was called Candid Mike. I had an experience at the store recently. I was putting oranges in a plastic bag. I kept putting in oranges and the bag never got full. I looked and the bottom of the bag was open wide. I looked around to see if I might be on Candid Camera. To: Don Sorensen (NAB) I remember the beard contests. Some men just could not grow long beards. I think the guys had to start about 3 months before the contest to grow their beards. I had started to work on the Hanford Project in 1950 and it was the only time we were allowed to wear pants to work during work days (jeans, cowboy shirts, scarfs, cowboy boots, etc.). We could always wear grubs if we worked on the weekends. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - typical late fall/early winter weather. Spokane, according to the paper, is to have 8 inches of snow. BRRR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) I wonder if you, "old timers" can remember what you did at the end of the Japanese War? I remember that Jim Thompson, my sister, Norma ('54), Marl McCreede, Gene Goodman, and I walked the streets around Rossell Ave. The Watts might have been with us, I can't remember. I was blowing my trumpet, the others were hollering and banging garbage can lids together and yelling as loud as we could the war it over. Neighbors came out to see what was happening, some of them complaining until they found out what we were doing. I had just had a bike accident and put a big gash in my knee. Mom put a big white bandage on it so I looked like I had just returned from battle. My biggest relief was that my Dad would be safe from being drafted. I can remember being scared every time the mail came, expecting to see a letter from the draft board. It was a memorable time. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Stan McDonald ('53) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) and others interested... Patti Page, the singer, is not dead. Her real name is Clara Fowler. She is very much alive and living with her husband in Solana Beach, California (she used to live in Rancho Santa Fe. The reason I know that is because she answered an e-mail inquiry I made to her about a year ago concerning her nephew, Charles Fowler, who was a close friend of mine during my freshman college year at the University of Tulsa (I graduated from UW). We frequently ate meals together and he looked much like Patti Page (The Fowler look). She was kind enough to answer my inquiry and spoke about how much he meant to her but that he died about six months before my inquiry of lung cancer. He was a smoker. (Not when I knew him). Anyway, Patti Page had a concert here in the San Diego area about a year ago at the East County Performing Arts Center. I'm not sure that she is still touring or doing shows now. Perhaps, Betty, you confused Patti Page with Janis Paige, an actress. -Stan McDonald ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: The AFD "Entertainment Picture" In addition to Patti Cole (on sax); one can also recognize Phil Yount ('53) on base, possibly Mr. Pappas and Gene Dewey ('52) on trumpets and maybe Jim Gladfelter ('53) on trombone. Re: Snake Dance Heard from Rex Hunt ('53WB) that the possible reason for shutting down the snake dance was some looting and pillaging during or following the dance. Certainly couldn't have been any Bombers, so the dance may have been infiltrated by lions or bears (oh my). There are some pictures in the '52 Columbian of both the parade and the snake dance if anyone cares to look. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ from sunny (at the moment) Albany, OR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Heminger ('56WB) Re: Addition to the "Do you remember" dept. Not sure if this was brought up yet or not, if it was I missed it. But... do you remember when they first started broadcasting something close to FM Stereo? You had to have two radios tuned to different stations to listen to a song in stereo... It was a perty cool concept at the time.... -Ken Heminger ('56WB) ~ Great falls, MT - 49 and overcast ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tony Tellier ('57) Re: Ah, those simple dayz gone by Dialing (phone) Instructions ~ 1940s? -Tony Tellier ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Rosann Benedict ('63) Re: School names You missed the point of my posting. I was attempting to answer the Mike Davis ('74) facetious question about why some of the grade schools were given single names only and why some had full names. My contention is that Pehrson (the architect) reasoned that Lewis & Clark, Jefferson & Sacajawea were self-evident and starting with Marcus Whitman, full names were used for the other Northwest personalities that weren't so well known. As I stated, the only anomaly to my thesis was Spalding Grade School (not designed by Pehrson), i.e., why wasn't it named Henry Spalding Grade School? By the way, John Ball was not an "explorer-missionary/explorer" but was the organizer & teacher of the first school in the Oregon Territory. -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Atomic Frontier Days My memories of early Atomic Frontier Days are the parade, my dad and uncle Allen Stine with the required beards, and of course the fireworks. The parade was cool with all of the military stuff from Camp Hanford and I can still see in my minds eye, the tall red headed fellow with the big baton that led the VFW Drum and Bugle Corps. After the parade the soldiers would set up one of the big anti- aircraft guns in the park. (As an aside, I can also remember riding with someone up North of the Ringold area on the other side of the Columbia and watching them practice with those guns on drone aircraft. You would see the burst of smoke from the ground and see the black bursts in the sky and then hear the rumble of the guns going off. They fired several at once to get a pattern in the sky.) I think I remember that part of the demise of the AFD was the banning of gambling and games of chance on the "midway" by the new city council. This was a couple of years after Richland became a city, around '59-'60? Something about bringing city laws into conformation with state laws? To: Jeff Michael ('65) I have to agree, one of my all time favorite TV programs was "You Are There". It gave history real credibility. To: Burt Pierard ('59) I am too young to remember the Grape Festival but I do remember that at one time when they started cutting it down for housing developments, Kennewick supposedly had the largest concord grape vineyard in the world. I know some folks in Tacoma area who got cuttings and still harvest grapes from their 50 year old vines to this day. I can remember the wonderful smell of the ripe grapes in the fall. Re: Johnny Mac Brown I never did know how he met them, but my father used to meet Johnny, Jack Elder (early NFL player) and Pierson Cooper (dad grew up with him in KY) who was the retired Monahans TX newspaper publisher. The four of them met in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area and played golf for several days once a year. I have a couple of the old letters from Johnny to my dad and Jack Elder wrote us a nice letter when dad passed away. At that point they were all retired and getting along in age but it went on for several years. Re: Old radio programs We listened to many of them. Fibber McGee, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, The Great Gildersleeve (Leeeeroy!), and others. My favorites were Johnny Dollar, The Lone Ranger and The Shadow. I always admired Red Skelton. He was a genuinely funny person and never had to resort to vulgarity or cheap tricks to entertain. A while back a client of ours bought N318BH, which was Bob Hope's personal jet aircraft. Haven't had a ride in it yet, but a tour of the aircraft showed that Bob traveled in style. As he said, "it's not a fast as the old Lear but it's a whole lot more comfortable". Don't everybody jump me for what I missed, but I never listened to the Cinnamon Bear, and never watched Howdy Doody or Capt'n Kangaroo. I do remember Bert Wells and "The Big Rock Candy Mountain". But not so much that I liked it, but that it was about all that was on in those early days. As I do now, I spent much my spare time reading. "Happiness is Hawaii in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ The trade winds are blowing hard in Hawaii. Stopped at the Pali lookout today, and saw the winds actually blow several Japanese tourists off their feet. The wind caught the big coat of one tiny elderly lady and just bounced and tumbled her along the walk. Two of us caught her as she nearly sailed by. She was full of cuts, bruises, and abrasions. Shades of old Richland. When you got right up against the rail it was incredible. I didn't even try to take pictures. Right now it is Sat. at 5:40 AM and the wind is howling around my daughter's high rise condo. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Lewis ('60) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Well, when we were listening to the mystery program (I recall Inner Sanctum now, too) we lived in Seattle, and moved to North Richland only around 1950. My father did not drive the car to the area or if he did, never mentioned any restrictions on the use of radios so it was probably relaxed by then. By the way, there are various websites on which huge collections of old radio shows are listed for sale. is one, but a search for "old radio shows" brought up over 7 million hits. I must be missing something, too, but cannot figure out what it should be. -Mike Lewis ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Richland didn't make it to "State" in '48, but the '46-'47 team did make it. Their district title was chronicled in the 3/6/1947 Richland Villager, "BOMBERS WIN TITLE Thousands Fans Watch 'Fly Boys' Win Easily" To: Burt Pierard ('59) You left out some history! The "euphoria" that engulfed Richland after the Nagasaki Bomb caused the Sandstorm to name our team the Richland Atoms! 10/29/45 Sandstorm - page 3 After "Bombers" appears (on the same Sandstorm page), the term Atoms is never again used in connection with Bomber sports teams. Though "Atomic" Bombers would seem an appropriate moniker, that term is never used. Instead, as the above-mentioned article states, the Bomber sports teams are nicknamed - (quote) "Fly Boys, as they are known at the high school . . ." After appearing in the '47 and '48 yearbooks, the name 'Fly Boys' also disappears from Bomber vernacular. Re: State Picnics Anybody remember "State Picnics" that were so popular in the '50s? Our family always went to the North Dakota picnic and enjoyed three-legged races for us kids. -Ray Stein ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Judy Canova and her daughter---geez, I remember watching Diana Canova, but never even connected the two names. and didn't know that Judy had been an opera singer----just liked watching her in those westerns on Saturday mornings and she always played the comic, sidekick. To: Dick Wight (52) Re: "Deck of Cards"----I remember that song, very well! they used to play it on the radio at Christmas all the time! in fact, our local country station, KUZZ, (owned by Buck Owens--who is still alive and running the station) plays it, but they usually play the version by Tex Ritter. makes me cry each and every time I hear it. thanks for the memory. To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Gogi Grant and the "Wayward Wind"----I love that song---Betty Bates ('64) and I used to sing it all the time---used to drive her dad bonkers---we couldn't carry a tune, but that never stopped us from singing it!!!!!!! To: DJ Jeff Michael ('65) Re: "You are There"-----IF they had taught History that way, I might have really learned all the important stuff! loved listening to Walter Cronkite----think my most favorite was when he did the one about Joan of Arc----his voice really made am impact---made History come alive--too bad teachers couldn't have used that program in classrooms! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - we have set a record...... 5 days of the coldest temperatures in decades! been in the 20s and we have been having freeze warnings----warming to 50s/60s during the day! my kind of weather, gets the blood pumping! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday giiiiirl Ho ho hee hee... It's that time again... a birthday for a very special girl... oh yes... ain't no doubt about it... Only known her since 7th grade but when I met her I was knocked over at first glance... oh yes... cute as she could be... with a last name in the Rs so we were always together in all the school stuff... you know how imaginative and innovative they were back then... either lined up by height or by last name... no exceptions boys and girls... so I was lucky enough to have her sit behind me most of the time... the only exception... and I was counting on it big time... was gradgeashun... they messed us up by doing something with class standing... since I wasn't paying attention (too busy screaming out the "let's have a Heidleburg beer right now... a hardy Heidleburg would go like wow... it's got the flaaaaaaaaaavor the other beers lack... that's what keeps the people coming back oh Heidleburg... " with Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65) to be listening to anything else)... I didn't see it coming till it was too late and I was walking up there to get my deeeeeploma with someone else... bummer... .. well, I've told most of the stories about this gal... she was and is a looker and can still knock my socks off with that winning smile... I know her beautiful daughters are gonna throw her a big party with noise makers and everything for turning 21... so it is time to wish HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65)!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) To: Jeff Michael ('65) I have had those "where's my locker, what's the combination," dreams over the years! weird ones. some at grade school, some were Jr Hi ("What's my next class, will I be late, where's my next class?") For me they always coincide with some rather important change in my life that maybe brings up stress. But they always take a dark and anxious turn. You are not alone. Thanks(?) for the memories. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janie Crowley Smith ('77) Re: Research article In JAMA (The Journal of American Medical Association), Dec 1, 2004, pp 2600-2613 is an article that may be of interest to Bombers. The title:"Thyroid Neoplasia, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, and Hypothyroidism in Persons Exposed to Iodine 131 from The Hanford Nuclear Site". Results: "There was no evidence of a relationship between Hanford radiation dose and the cumulative incidence of any of the outcomes." -Janie Crowley Smith ('77) ~ Sunny Bangor, Maine ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Ted Kurth ('24 Colt) ~ 5/4/05 - 11/26/04 >>David Carter ~ Class of 1975 ~ 8/20/56 - 11/30/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/06/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Jim Jensen ('50), Bob Harman ('51) Roger L. Myers ('55), Donna McGregor ('57) Burt Pierard ('59), Janet Wilgus ('59) Mike Brady ('61), Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Freddie Schafer ('63), Joanna Faulkner ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), Karen Davis ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Terry DeVine ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lamont DeJong ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda McKnight ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Lewis & Clark To Burt Pierard ('59) I was surprised to learn that the graders went to Hanford in the fall of 1943. The hi school did open in the old "Alamo" in the fall, I was there, and they did import the Hanford kids. However, the Lewis & Clark was built by the native Richlanders to house all grades, as the old hi school was falling down. (The one we willingly went to.) Also, if L&C was closed, please note that the Richland Broncs played basketball there in the 1943-44 season. In a forerunner of things to come, they actually beat Kennewick that year. One more item. That low ceiling basement you mentioned in the old hi school was a gym before Hanford. I can only imagine the low arc necessary to score. Ray Stein ('64) would have been happy. There was a cage to hold the "crowd" to keep them from the court and V.V. The baskets were right up against the wall by the looks of the court lines, faded but visible when I took Spanish down there in 1943. -Dick McCoy ('45), Go Broncs ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Ralph Myrick: Everyone in my neighborhood ran out their back doors yelling and screaming and hugging each other. But beneath that upbeat feeling was, "What's going to happen to the plant and Richland?" How many of you remember the Power House (784 Building) in downtown with the whistle? That was the only time I can remember that the whistle blew when it was 8 a.m., 12 noon, 12:45 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. It seemed like it blew for an hour. It seemed, at the time, that the whole world had lifted from our shoulders. I think it also blew when we celebrated VE Day. I never did think my father would be drafted. He was too old, married, had two children and was doing a job for the war effort. Stan McDonald: I was never confused about Patty Page - it was the other people who started putting the i in Page. Also at the time she was here in Richland her first name was spelled Patty and not Patti. Larry Mattingly: Old Radio Programs: What about HENRY - HENRY ALDRICH! You are right - I only remember once that they cut Red Skelton off of the air. They were ALWAYS cutting Bob Hope off of the air. When they did that you just had to listen to however many minutes of music they got cut off. Does anyone remember when the people who regulate copyrights on songs started suing everyone for playing music without paying for the copyrights? All you heard on the radio was "I Dream of Jennie with the Light Brown Hair" and songs that were not covered by the copyright laws? Reading - that's where you can really use your imagination. I learn so much by writing to the Alumni Sandstorm. I couldn't remember the date of our "first" state tournament. Thanks Ray. Don't know why - but Ohio never had a state picnic. I remember that South Dakota always had picnics. Linda Reining: Judy Canova was always an opera singer - she just acted like a hick from the sticks and I don't think many people remember her singing on TV and on radio. Mel Blanc played on her radio show with a Spanish accent and he always said: "Hasta la Vista" and she would reply: "Hasty Bananas to you too." What about Tex Ritter's version of "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke". I was smoking at the time and found it amusing but at 40 when I could no longer walk from my office building to the government bus without stopping to "catch" my breath I had to quit and could understand the words much better. Jane Crowley Smith: When I was around 43 I began to have what I thought was menopause. I went to my ear doctor and he recommended that I see an Internist. I had Graves disease - hyperthyroidism - on the way to work we used to pass the 200 Areas where you could see the yellow iodine being released (I131) My thyroid had enlarged and I had to take two batches of radioactive iodine to make my thyroid shrink. and now take good old pills to keep the thyroid regulated. To this day I don't know if it was "Hanford related" or not. The doctor did tell me, since I was from the Midwest, that people in that region do not get enough iodine to keep from having thyroid problems and I hate fish. The amazing part about goiters (thyroid) is that Seattle has massive problems with thyroids - where the best fish in the world is located. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - rained last night and the sun is shining right now. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: The Good Times You Bomberland folks have been bringing back old memories by the ton. It's been a pleasure to hear about "old" experiences, events, circumstances, etc. I look forward with happy anticipation to each day's postings. In the 12/5/04 Alumni Sandstorm, Ken Heminger ('56WB) mentioned early FM-stereo "technology." Brought back memories of living at 1500 Judson. I loved just about everything Stan Kenton recorded. I used to race home from church and before the folks got there I would open the windows on either side of the porch, open the front door, turn the volume way up on our multi-speaker radio and blast the world with Stan Kenton and his orchestra. As I sat on the front porch the acoustics and reverberation were fantastic!!! Never polled the neighbors about my music listening habits. Tony Tellier's ('57) submittal (with picture) on telephone dialing instructions was a gas!!! When we first moved into our "A" house, 1117 Marshall, in late 1944, we were on a party line (who wasn't?) No dial on the telephone. You just picked up the instrument, hoped the line was clear, and gave the operator the number you wanted. Our first telephone number was 49J, ring 2. Larry Mattingly ('60) told Burt Pierard ('57) about Kennewick's concord grape vineyards. My folks used to stop by what I think was a business building (white, one-story) and pick up a couple of gallons of grape juice. Larry is right. Marvelous aroma. When my sister and I had to wait in the car one of the employees used to hand us a big bunch of grapes to enjoy. My Mom, ex-farm girl, WWI vintage, used to call the concords "slip skins." When I began to tear myself away from baseball, basketball, sandlot football, etc., and enjoy music, among my favorites were "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole (some years later heard the Nat Cole Trio at the Bluenote - in the Loop, Chicago), anything by Jo Stafford, "Invitation" by Les Brown, most things by Perry Como, the George Shearing quintet, Billy Eckstine ("Mr. B"), the divine Sara Vaughn, "Harlem Nocturne", almost everything by Dave Brubeck, Frank Chacksfield's (sp.) "Ebb Tide", many others. Does anyone remember seeing and dancing to the "Big Bands" that used to make Walla Walla a tour stop circa 1953-6? Ray Anthony, Harry James, Ralph Flanagan, et al. Bomber Cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) I guess I'll weigh in on this Atomic Frontier Days. I remember a number of things but what stands out for me was the year we gave away a new Tucker automobile. I think it was '48 but I'm not really sure. [Apparently], the winner of the Tucker received a set of seat covers or something like that. I also recall the big promoter of the event ended up in some kind of scandal about the money, etc. I also recall Janis Paige and Chill Wills being there. They stayed at the Desert Inn. Many of the kids, especially boys, hung out there to get a glimpse of Janis. What a really beautiful lady... at least to a impressionable fifteen year old boy. The parades were great and I was sorry when they stopped. There hasn't been anything to match it here in the Tri-Cities since. Our atomic heritage should have been retained. I never could figure why we grew beards for something as modern as atomic energy. I guess it was because we called it a frontier day! -Bob Harman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger L. Myers ('55) Re: Atomic Frontier Days/Old Time Radio I have enjoyed reading about the "Old Time Radio" comments and the Atomic Frontier Days. Like most other entries it brings back pleasant memories. I enjoyed listening to The Jack Benny Show, The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid, Mr. District Attorney, etc. Fortunately, I still am able to hear many of these. I purchased a new automobile last December that had "XM radio" included. I was delighted when they have one channel devoted to "Old Time Radio". On Thursday, while driving, I heard the Cisco Kid, The Lone Ranger and Tales of the Texas Rangers (starring Joel McCrea). These shows are nostalgic but also remind me of a simpler time when good and evil were easy to recognize and good always triumphed. As for Atomic Frontier Days - I will always remember the time that I discovered that everyone was not always going to tell me the truth! I was enjoying all the sights, sounds of the midway one evening (I was in junior high school) and stopped outside of a carnival type tent. The "barker" was promising $25 to anyone who could last three rounds against a professional wrestler (a big threatening individual in wrestling shorts and shoes). After exciting the crowd for 5 or 10 minutes the barker made some disparaging remarks about the lack of real men in the audience. I was excited when a rather ordinary looking man agreed to "take on" the professional wrestler. Eagerly, I paid my quarter so I could see this brave man wrestle the professional. I watched them wrestle and was disappointed when "my hero", the audience member, wrestling in his bare feet and jeans, lost before the three rounds were up. He did give an excellent account of himself before succumbing. I went home that evening thinking of the bravery exhibited by the ordinary man who accepted the challenge of the professional wrestler. I left thinking that when I got old enough, I would be more than willing to do battle and avenge the defeat of the volunteer from the audience. The next week, I was crushed and figured out that perhaps everyone was not always going to tell me the truth, when I watched "Professional Wrestling" from Spokane on TV and saw the same two wrestlers competing. Yes, the blue-jean volunteer from the audience was also a professional wrestler and had been "planted" in the audience. I also remember the "hazing" that took place - the threat was always worse than the actual "hazing" and the junior high romances that blossomed and wilted during the celebration. -Roger L. Myers ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) Re: Memories Radio shows that I remember. My sister, Pat, and I used lie on our stomachs in front of the radio on Saturday mornings and listen to listen to "Buster Brown" and "Let's Pretend" with the commercial on "Cream 'o Wheat is so good to eat - you eat it every day", and the commercial of Buster Brown and his dog Tie who lived in the shoe! Then came "The Morning Breakfast Club" with Li'l Orley and the bubble gum machine where Li'l Orley would get caught up in a great big bubble and go rolling down a hill and I don't remember what happened to him. Unless I actually heard a few episodes to refresh my memory, "Cinnamon Bears" is new to me. Do you remember Phil Harris singing "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette. Smoke, Smoke, Smoke, Until You Smoke Yourself To Death, Tell St. Peter At The Golden Gate, I Just Hate To Make Him Wait, But I Just Gotta Have Another Cigarette." (Yeah, they knew way back then that you could smoke yourself to death.) Didn't Johnny Cash do a version of The Deck of Cards" also? I had a pair of gray sued pixie boots. I was very fond of the very pointy shoes and was told I was always buying witches shoes. Bomber Cheers -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) ~ in cold Espanola, NM - where it has been down to 3 lately. Had snow - didn't melt - just evaporated. Had more snow last night and it warmed up and finally did some melting. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Origin of the Bomber Name As Ronald Reagon would have said, "There you go again." You are continuing to muddy the waters by taking advantage of the lack of any written documents that state specifically that we were named after the Atomic Bomb and its associated effect on ending the war. I assume your only motivation is to somehow defend Dale Gier's ('48) 55 year old memory that he was a Sophomore Rep on the Student Council that met and voted to change the name from Beavers to Bombers and they were acting as a commemoration of the purchase of Day's Pay. In fact, the Introduction to your Day's Pay Defense paper states that Dale's article in the May 2001 Club 40 Newsletter is all one needs to read to prove your point. Let's lay that issue to rest once and for all: Dale Gier was NEVER on the Student Council during the 3 years he attended Col-Hi. Not only does his picture & name not appear with the Council in the '46, '47 & '48 Columbians, if you check the Service Credits with his Senior Picture in the '48 Columbian, you will see that there is no mention of being on the Council, any of his 3 years. So how does a False Memory like this occur? In researching my Atomic Bomb Defense paper, I interviewed dozens of old grads and my cursory contact with how the human memory works (and sometimes doesn't work) was enlightening. I am no expert, but I believe False Memories do start with a glimmer of truth and in the individual's attempt to recall, the human mind will fill in details, whether they actually occurred or not. I think that is what occurred with Dale. He remembered being elected Soph. Rep to something and assumed it was the Student Council. His mind must have then taken off and created images of this meeting that never happened. The element of truth was his Soph. Rep election to Boy's Federation (see the next Sandstorm after the one you cited and also his Service Credits). Since I was not permitted to rebut your Research Paper (by mutual agreement), I will now prepare a Formal Rebuttal to send to Maren for inclusion with our papers, I invite you to do the same. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) Re: Pattijan Dukeastin Payge To: Stan McDonald ('53) This Patti Page topic is an absolute riot!! I hope you have the time to edit this funny series of Standstorm babble and send it to the real deal!! We've gone from Patty Austin, to Patty Duke Astin to Janis Paige and Patti Paige er Page and I think we should add Patsy Cline and a few others to it just for the heck of it. Remember the old game "gossip?" This is it with a twist...advancing OLD AGE!! I think our contributions started with an innocent question from Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) about why they didn't see Mattingly ('60) at the Bomber luncheon in Spokane. This stuff is such a great read. -Janet Wilgus Beaulieu ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I enjoyed learning how to dial a telephone in yesterday's Sandstorm. Note that if you need assistance to complete a call, dial operator, explain the situation, and SHE will be glad to assist you. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) Happy Birthday to an older classmate and a good guy. Now you can legally use your senior discount card, and tap into that 401K. Happy Birthday Lamont DeJong. You put the gold in gold medal class of "63". See ya at 8:15am on the 18th... we have the hot chocolate ready. Re: Portland Lunch Pictures Click here for pictures -- Photos accessible online until 04 January 2005 -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) I found a story behind this song is a link: Bomber Cheers, -Joanna Faulkner Brown ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: "You Are There" I do remember one teacher you used an episode of "You Are There" in History class. That was Mr. Bob Blankenship in the year '62-'63. He showed the episode about the "Boston Massacre." That was the program where I first learned about the mutiny on the Bounty, and although I did not remember the ship name, or any of the names of people involved, couple years later when I it came up again, I thought "Oh yeah!" One of the TV programs I really enjoyed was called "Bold Journey" where a guest would show a silent film of their travels, usually sailing the South Pacific or a trek through the jungle or something like that. The guest would then narrate the film with the help of the host, who I think might have been Mike Douglass. Re: Radio shows There used to be two 15 minute shows I liked to listen to every day. "The Story Lady" followed by "Big Jon and Little Sparkie." I really liked "Big Jon and Little Sparkie" and remember one time I missed those shows because I was sent to the store to get something. I really didn't want to go because there was dried mud built up between the fender and tire of my bike acting like a brake. (I later learned that you can take a screwdriver and knock the mud out in no time). I really did not want to go because I was sure with my bike like that I would not make it back in time, and sure enough, I missed it. I remember the series ended with a story line about flying saucers. I also remember that my parents took me to see Big Jon and Little Sparkie at the Walla Walla armory. I believe Big Jon was the voice for both characters on the radio, but for the live appearance, Sparkie was a puppet. [If memory serves (from 1999), this picture of Big Jon and Sparkie came from David Rivers ('65)... -Maren] -Dennis Hammer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) Please everybody wish with me a super happy birthday to my big brother---the light of the Davis' lives----MICHAEL WAYNE DAVIS ('74) on Dec 7th--Pearl Harbor Day. He was the second bomb that dropped on that day. I love you tons there brother---wish you were around as my walking partner. Have a terrific day. -Karen Davis Scheffer ('76) ~ in Spokane ---No Deer Park now, with about 4 inches of snow. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/07/04 ~ PEARL HARBOR DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 25 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Betty Hiser ('49) Ann Clancy ('50), Bob Harman ('51) Marilyn DeVine ('52), Wally Erickson ('53) Bill Smith ('55), Chuck Holtz ('55) Grover Shegrud ('56), Tom Hughes ('56) Barbara Brown ('57), Margo Heiling (57) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Ann Engel ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Jim House ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Deedee Willox ('64) Ray Stein ('64), David Rivers ('65) Jeff Michael ('65), Brad Upton ('74) Heidi Davis ('00), Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Hoff ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ed Borasky ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim House ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Spears ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karma King ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Oh how I wish I had the command of the English language so I could elaborate on the facts of our Bomber history AND the fortitude to tell it like it is that you have. YOU ARE SO RIGHT about the origin of the Bomber name. Some of the younger Bombers have listened to the "politically correct" faction for far too long! From an older (elderly?) Bomber: -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Jim Jensen: Party lines: My father told me I could talk as long as I wanted on the phone until I heard someone else pick up the phone and I had to hang up. Only VIPs could get telephones when we first came out but my mother had had surgery just before we came to Richland and it was not healing properly so we did get an emergency phone (party line and all). Our phone number was 1672-W and Central Stores number was 1672-J. Needless to say - our phone rang all of the time. I loved the plant operators. Les Brown and his band of renoun (sp?). I wore out three 78 records of him and Doris Day - Sentimental Journey. Bob Harmon: Too bad Tucker could not get financial backing for his car. It was so advanced for its time (he was here during the 1948 Frontier Days). I thought it was strange that all of the floats in the early days were on government trucks - everything was kakai, which I hate the color to this day. Radio: Has anyone mentioned Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthey and Mortimer Snerd? Donna McGregor Salazaar: Phil Harris - I loved it when he sang: "And That's What I Like About the South." My husband used to tell me the only good thing about those pointy toed shoes was to kill ants in the corners of the room. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - weather doesn't know what is wants to do today. They say we may have snow! Not ready for that! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: radio programs Sitting in front of the old Philco and listening to Fanny Brice as "Baby Snooks" and Edgar Bergen and "Charlie McCarthy" A couple of my favorites along with so many others that that have been mentioned. My father grew his one and only beard for the '48 beard contest. Didn't win a thing! -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50)~ In sunny, cool Sacramento, waiting for a storm to come blowing in at 20 to 30 mph. There goes the holiday decorations! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) How many remeber when the small stucco house accross Kennewick Avenue from the golf course was virtually the last house in Kennewick. It's still there! -Bob Harman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Re: Some thoughts on recent contributions I think it was Phil Harris who sang Smoke, Smoke Smoke (that cigarette). He had a beautiful wife, Alice Faye, who was on radio and TV with him. They were married almost forever and were very talented. The line many comedians used as a fall-back joke was "Who was that lady you were with last night?" The answer was," That was no LADY, that was my wife." In those days there was a big difference inferred by the term "lady" as opposed to "woman". It still drives me nuts when the news reports some horrendous event and then refers to the perpetrator as a "gentleman". Picky, picky, picky..... [That's one of my pet peeves, too! Some "gentleman", huh? -Maren] Does anyone remember "Let's Pretend"? I listened to it about 65 years ago, ( THAT is a time warp!) when we were still in Ellensburg. I'd lie on the floor and snuggle up to our big console Zenith radio and let my imagination fill in all the "visual" details. Re: grade schoolers going to Hanford High Terry ('52), Sharleen ('50) and I went there on the early shift. We lived in an old farm house from Dec. '43 to June '44 out North of White Bluffs, a ten mile bus ride to the school. We had no running water, and only 1 electric light. There was a well down the hill at the barn, but it was not good for drinking. Using our red Flyer wagon, we'd haul buckets of it up to the house for laundry and bathing. We had a water-tight canvas "tub" in which we would bathe once a week, as I recall. It was collapsible and the folks would set it up in the kitchen so we'd have warmth from the wood stove. Sharleen's teacher wasn't any good, and our mother had lots of health problems in those days, so Sharleen and little brother Richard went back to Ellensburg and stayed with relatives until school was out and we moved to Sunnyside while the Richland housing was being finished. Thanks to all who have submitted these great memories. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ in cloudy, rainy Richland - where holiday lights are brightening up houses all over town. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Radio shows From time to time, I'll reflect back to my favorite radio shows. Every Sunday evening before dinner, I'd lay on my folks' bed and listen to my favorite radio shows on their Zenith radio. Mr. District Attorney, The Shadow and Inner Sanctum were my favorites. I have to share one of the "Inner Sanctum" stories I still remember. It's about a couple of young boys that find a "loaded" pistol near one of the garbage cans in the alley of New York City. They decide to play "Russian roulette". This goes on for several minutes with a "click" after each one takes their turn. Towards the end, one of the mother's calls out to Johnny to come home for dinner. Johnny decided since he had to go home, he would point the gun at the garbage can to see what would happen.. you guessed it, the gun went off. It was very suspenseful!!! I too, enjoyed "Could this be you?". It was very well done and like it has been mentioned several times about other radio shows, you could close your eyes and picture in your mind exactly what was going on. I don't remember "Cinnamon Bear". I guess I was to busy playing "Cowboys and Indians" during that time....grin. Re: Carmichael Jr. High Thank you both Burt ('59) and Dick Pierard ('52) for the info on the schools, it was interesting. My class of '53 (7th grade) and Dick's class of '52 (8th grade) were the first classes to transfer into the new Carmichael Jr. High Feb. '48. I remember they were just starting to install the seats in the new Auditorium. Also, they were just finishing up with the new Gym (not sure what they were doing). I think my 7th grade teacher was Mrs. Fisher I transferred from Marcus Whitman. It was very impressive to have our own lockers. I believe they were in the final stages of installing all the lockers during that time. Two years later, half of our Class of '53 was sent to Columbia High School (Freshmen) and the other half (9th grade) stayed at Carmichael. The class of '53 was the last Freshmen class of Columbia High School. Refer to "1950" Columbian. We really thought we were "big shots" to be able to go to High School. It was great to connect with the other half of our class from Carmichael the following year. Re: Uptown theater I remember walking with my friends to Uptown to check on the building of the new Uptown theater. The walls, ceiling and stage area had just been completed. With nothing but dirt inside with lots of scaffolding. My friends Bill Lloyd ('54), Bill Dunwoody ('52-RIP) and Kenny Webster ('55) found an opening to get in to check it out. I'm not sure of the date of the Grand Opening?? But, I do remember there was a brand new "Buick" four door sedan in the lobby... I believe it was a '53. This would have been in the fall of 1952. Maybe someone out there can confirm this for me. Memories at the Village theater was being able to mix our beverages at the "pop" machine. The manager of the theater lived upstairs; he always wore a suit and tie. I can still see his face with a thin mustache keeping control of the long lines. Thanks for the memories. -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where it's starting to snow again. It's a lovely sight looking out over Lake Coeur D'Alene and the snow covered trees. It's like a "postcard" setting, or Christmas card. Happy Holidays to all my "Bomber" friends. Cheers!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill (aka Duane) Smith ('55) Re: Good ol' days When we first moved to Richland in '44, only the main through streets were paved. We lived in an "A" house on McPherson, one of the unpaved streets. Every evening we would meet many of the neighbors as we all used our garden hoses to water the street in order to keep the dust down. How times have changed! We used to go to either Yakima or Walla Walla to do Christmas shopping, now people come to the TC to shop. -Bill (aka Duane) Smith ('55) P.S. Are there any plans yet for our 50th reunion? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Chuck Holtz ('55) If my memory serves me right (and it frequently does these days) Pat McCoy ('55), has a very large collection of the old time radio shows and sells copies to anyone wanting them. Don't know if he's still in the business but to anyone interested, try him. -Chuck Holtz ('55) ~ In Everett where it's raining lightly. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) Re: End of WWII I and a hundred or so kids and parents were watching a movie in the Village theater when the war ended. The movie was stopped and everyone went out in the street and whooped it up. After a while we went back in and they restarted the movie. I have no idea what movie though! -Grover Shegrud ('56) ~ In Martha lake, Mill Creek, Bothel, and/or Lynnwood, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Grapes Mention of the Concord Grapes around Kennewick reminds me of one of my early jobs. The first summer that I worked in the grape juice plant in Kennewick it was called Churches Grape Juice. My first job was re-palletizing boxes of grape juice. When the juice came off the bottling line the boxes were stored with the necks down. Prior to shipment all of the boxes had to be turned over to allow the sediment in the neck to disperse before they got to the store. My job was to pull out a pallet and turn over each box onto another pallet. Worked 10 hour days for 25 cents an hour. The next summer Welches had bought out Churches and I got a job cooking grape jelly. I tended 10 fifty gallon steam kettles that I would fill with juice, turn on the steam, add the sugar, essence and pectin and cook it until it came up to temperature. I would then open a valve and drain the jelly down to the bottling room. For this job I only worked 8 hours but got 35 cents an hour. It was a good 10 years before I could stand the smell of grape jelly. When all of the jelly had been processed they sent me out to work on the cold storage tanks. This was in August and the temperatures outside were over 100. They had six, five hundred thousand gallon cold storage tanks. These had to be washed out and pre-chilled in preparation for the new juice. They would fill the tanks with ice water to pre-chill them. My job was to crawl into the top of the tank in a little rubber boat and, as they lowered the water level I would work my way around the wall and when they found a leak on the outside I would go to the spot and patch it with a ceramic paste. I was one of the few that wore an overcoat to work in August. I would not call these fond memories but these jobs did pay for my school clothes all through high school and into college. I also remember at the end of the summer I would take all of my money and we would go to J. C. Penny's in Kennewick to buy school clothes. Rather than the cash machines at each checkout counter they had a cashier that sat in a cage on the second floor. Each checkout counter had a spring powered device that the clerk would use to send the check and the money up to the cage. The cashier would make the change and send it back to the checkout in one of the little spring powered tubes. The whole time you were in the store there were these little tubes sailing along the wires all over the place. Hope to see everyone at the Fife luncheon next Sunday. -Tom Hughes ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Brown Webster ('57) Maren, I missed the location of the Cinnamon Bear episodes. Could you help me out, please? ========= --- the following is from the 11/7/02 Alumni Sandstorm --- ==== >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: 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 - 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. ============ Also, people have mentioned sending you checks... do you have a set fee for the Sandstorm? Please let me know. Thanks. [Still asking for 12 bucks/year donation. -Maren] -Barbara Brown Webster ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Margo Heiling Barron ('57) Re: Class of '57 Luncheon Reminder If you haven't reserved a place yet, there is still time. Please respond to my email address. Thanks. WHEN: Saturday, December 11 TIME: 12:00 Noon WHERE: 3 Margaritas ADDRESS: 627 Jadwin in Richland -Margo Heiling Barron (Class of '57 - ahead of our time) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Old age, and Olde radio I was also a "Big Jon & Sparkie" fan- but realized right away that the show was an amalgam of entertaining vignettes from many sources. For instance, I had heard the "Li'l Orly" stories as a regular part of the old Fred Waring Show, which were introduced (and narrated) by one "Uncle Lumpy"- with musical effects provided by the Fred Waring Orchestra. The Fred Waring archives are at Penn State... and they've farmed out the Little Orley CDs to a company in Michigan. Check them out at if this interests you. (The only other source that I'd ever seen for these was the personal collection of the stories on 45RPM records, that was in the possession of Jimmy Green, a 'loose cannon' of a youth at Chief Joe whose family moved on to Yakima. We became friends years afterwards, and those records were one of his treasures.) Someone recalled that the opening sequence of "Big Jon & Sparkie" involved a show about spacemen. That's right- it was the chronicles of General Comet, starring Captain Jupiter (and I think it probably began as one of Big Jon's ad-libs, and just caught on). The Captain had some great adventures, involving even interstellar hazards of the plant world, eg the Strangulating Gloxinia. I think that there were a couple of villains, too- Montmorency Clutchrider and Ivan Cruisingspeed(?)... and adventures in the Oh-oh Ozone (and the No-no No-Zone as well... anyone?). One regular line indicating an astonishing development became a great favorite around our house, to wit: "his eyes got as big as sewer lids, and his mouth hung open like a trap door, swaying in the breezes". I confess that I still remember the theme of Big Jon's show (was it called "No School Today"?) which was "The Teddy Bear's Picnic". The "Let's Pretend" sequences were really wonderful productions, as well- they could be awfully scary, at times... very well produced radio. We had records of some of these childhood stories, too- like "Hypotenuse Turtle" and "Tubby the Tuba", and others a bit less memorable. I never have gotten the Cinnamon Bear tapes... but maybe it's time to resurrect that old Crazyquilt Dragon, and the other mysteries from that neglected trunk!.. and pass them along... ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I can't believe it, tonight on public television, they are celebrating the start of Rock 'n Roll fifty years ago with tapes of old Ed Sullivan shows that show Elvis, the Beetles, Roy Orbison who sang "Pretty Woman", and more. It is really fun to see and hear it all again, like it was back then, and as I said before I know almost all the words. 12/7 is the date of a sad, famous happening in our history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, but I would also like to wish my dear friend, Cathy Wood Stevens (also of the great class of '62) a very happy birthday!! We go way back to Spalding Elementary and Campfire days with Mrs. Bishop, among others as our fearless leaders. They were brave to take us on, clueless as we were about almost everything, but snug growing up in Richland society; years later Cathy and I were in Rainbow Girls together, then the Drill Team, then WSU, then we both married and went our separate ways. Since Cathy's birthday came before mine, she always seemed to reach milestones like driving and marriage, and having kids, and alas, grandkids before me, but I eventually will catch up on the last one too. Hope you have a great birthday, Cathy, you deserve it, sorry, I just can't be there to help you celebrate. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the house by the little lake where some ducks have been cruisin' around our lake. Heck, they might think they are "south" already, it's 63 here tonight!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: Portland Christmas Luncheon The Portland Christmas Luncheon was held at the Doubletree at Janzen Beach. We had a gift exchange and a good time was had by all. -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) I'm a bad person.... I knew that Wednesday the 8th is Anita Cleeaver Heiling's ('63) birthday, and that 12/7 is Jim (Number 32 on your program and number one in your heart) House's ('63) birthday, but I totally overlooked the fact that the 6th of December is the birthday of LaMont DeJong ('63). He's the straw that used to stir the drink, but is now the reason there is a Dollar Store on every corner in Portland. I have a good excuse, it being that the Forever Young and Always Lovely Miss Nancy and I spent last week in Washington DC. The high point being Sunday's "Putnam Avenue Ladies Alumni" Luncheon at Jane Browning's ('65) home in Herndon. Jane and her husband Tom were gracious hosts, who cooked us a steak, poured generous and copious quantities of Columbia Crest (we're Two Buck Chuck folks), took us to the airport and eventually pointed us in the general direction of the United Counter at IAD in time to catch our flight. Picture But I digress, Happy 60th Birthday to these three, very integral parts of the Gold Medal Class of '63, without them we'd be no more than twelve or fifteen rungs above the No Hope, Lost Cause Class of '62. I think it was no less than Mac Davis, who penned the words that could have been, and should have been our class motto, "Oh Lord it's hard to be humble, when you're perfect in every way ......... Semper Bomberus, jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Ray Stein ('64) I see in yesterday's Alumni Sandstorm you may have been misled by a Bomber allegedly suffering from "False Memories". Before I lose it, I want to clarify some misunderstandings you may have about me. I was not the lead in the Marcus Whitman 3rd grade play in '53. The Bombers did not win the State Championship in '61, '62 or '63. I did not date the '63 Homecoming Queen. I did not win the Navy Cross in '69 for saving dozens of children from a burning orphanage. Also, I am not the Jim House from Richland that was quoted in the December 2nd Tri-City Herald front page story about losing so many friends to a devastating disease. Don't forget, I will pick you up at 6:00 tonight so we can celebrate my 60th by going to a High School basketball game. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: Old Radio Programs Has anyone mentioned listening to Our Miss Brooks yet? -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where it's pooring down rain today. Am loving this Christmas season! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Ray Stein ('64) and Burt Pierard ('59) Oh goody, rebuttal! I, for one, look forward to it. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Dick McCoy ('45) I dont understand. You wrote, "...low arc necessary to score. Ray Stein ('64) would have been happy. There was a cage to hold the "crowd" to keep them from the court and V.V." I never shot very well, but I had a high arc. Who or what is V.V.? Cage? I dont care. Now a sound barrier would have been nice because as a HS and college player, even though I was fully aware of my skin problems, on occasion, opposing fans thought I needed a reminder. To: Burt Pierard ('59) Honestly, I don't care if people think Bomber came from a plane or a bomb. I only got into this debate because it seemed like you and Keith Maupin ('47) were only interested in presenting one side of the story I was right! Maupin wrote a paper on the subject and never mentioned "Richland Atoms", "Fly Boys", planes on cheerleader jackets, class officers called Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator, etc. I just thought Bombers deserved to hear the whole story. Dale Gier ('48) doesn't need me or anybody else to defend his credentials. I do think we need to take this discussion off the Alumni Sandstorm to a rebuttal format. -Ray Stein ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Thanks Freddie and Ann Good Ol' Ann Engel Schafer ('63)and Freddie Schafer ('63)... that's ol' not old... I can always count on them in a pinch... thru telepathy, they knew I had miscalculated LaMont's ('63) to be the same as Bo Belinsky and another Gold Medal Class of '63's birthday to be Pearl Harbor day... and they were good enough to make sure a big Happy Birthday was posted for a really cool head (yeah... we really used to say that... in fact the Beach Boys still say it on "Be true to your School")... so now that I've tried to make up for my fopaw (that's French for you that aren't multi lingual) I'll remember another really cool head... tho his head is even higher up above mine than LaMont's (and I was really tall in the 5th and 6th grade... but somehow 6 foot wasn't enough to be tall after that)... this guy was a master of disaster on the court. With the other guys in his class and the two classes below (Rodney Brewer ('65) still believes this guy is a god among men and far be it from me to contradict that)... this guy has several favorite colors but they always end in Gold... maybe that's why they call it the gold medal class... he loves Green and gold and Crimson and gold... that's only natural since he's a died in the wool Bomber and will Ever Faithful to the Bombers and Will always be a Marine and Ever Faithful to the Corps... (that's Semper Fi for all you folks that took Latin)... so the day is December 7th... a date which will live in Famy (the opposite of infamy)... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JIM HOUSE... NUMBER 32 IN YOUR PROGRAMS!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... We've got trouble, and I spell it T-R-O-U-B-L-E, right here in River City! I mean trouble with a capital "T". Admittedly it may not be troubling to you but it sure is to ME! Unlike Martin Luther "I have a dream" King, Jr., I had a nightmare last night. Patti de la Bretonne ('65), I sure you hope you don't share this one with me! But I may have to quit reading the Sandstorm as a result. It is penetrating my subconscious like no Col-Hi teacher ever could. Last night I nightmared that I was somewhere in Bomberville and met up with David Rivers ('65) who was in town for some unspecified reason. He allowed as how he recognized me, but I sure didn't recognize him... and told him that I wouldn't even have recognized him if he was wearing a robe (as in "Here Come da Judge"). His honor was standing at a high counter, but more like customer service at a bus station than a judicial bar. Wait, maybe it was the other kind of bar... my mind's a little fuzzy on that part. Well, to make a short story end quickly, I don't remember anything else. Sorta like my grocery list... long lost and soon forgotten. Had planned to go to Mt. Vernon area today to pick-up a car, but postponed to Thursday in hopes of better weather in the mountains. Been a while since that was a regular consideration in my planning! -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ in the Tri-Cities - where it's another gray day. I just don't remember it being cold and gray so much when I was a kid. Guess that's because I have such colorful memories (and dreams). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Karen Davis ('76) Who's Mike Davis? -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Heidi Davis Mortensen ('00) Happy birthday Uncle Mike! We love you! Love, -Heidi Davis Mortensen ('00) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) Re: December 7th 1977 it had been 36 years since the attack. A scant month earlier I started at Hanford. That morning during the bus ride to East area another rider wearing a back cowboy hat turned to his seat mate and asked "Where were you on December 7th?". This query began a wave of reminisces from several of the older passengers. Somewhere in that sea of recollections that washed over those who listened to the older generation, I believe our minds eye took us back to that day from so long ago. Mine was wide open! Paying close attention to those who shared that part of their lives, I came away with a better understanding about that terrible Sunday morning. As the bus slowed to a stop, the man in the black hat left his seat, adjusted his dark glasses and just like he did on every day I rode with him tipped his hat and said "See ya tonight." A few years ago his obituary appeared in the paper. After I read the last word the memories of that bus ride washed over me again. -Don Sorenson (NAB=Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/08/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 17 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Bud Bartlett ('51), Dick Wight ('52) Marilyn DeVine ('52), Wally Erickson ('53) Jerry Swain ('54), Lenora Hughes ('55) Tom Tracy ('55), Bill Berlin ('56) Max Sutton ('57), Burt Pierard ('59) George Swan ('59), Dennis Johnson ('62WB) Helen Cross ('62), Fred or Ann Engel Schafer ('63) David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Cleaver ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Old, Old gym To: Ray Stein ('64) I stated that because of the low ceiling and practically no arc, you would have been happy. That is because you worked the paint so beautifully. Now, Mike Neill (sp?) (yr)? would have been at a disadvantage because of those looping high long shots. V. V. meant visa versa. Yes there was a cage at the sideline, but it probably was there to keep the action out of the crowd. Also a driving layin would probably have resulting in peeling the dribbler off the wall for the baskets were nailed thereon. To: Marilyn DeVine Dow ('52) I know you went to Hanford school, because you lived out that way. However, I would like to hear from any "graders" who bussed to Hanford from Richland in the fall of '43. I don't remember that but Burt Pierard ('59) is usually right. To: Wally Erickson ('53) I'll tell you how old I am, I worked construction on Robert Gray Jr. Hi, (Carmichael) and, as a surveyor, laid out the lines on the Basketball court. I also remember that we chuckled at the Carmichael name, because that was Jack Benny's bear. -Dick McCoy Bronc ('45) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) My eye doctor at the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati called me Baby Snooks from the time I was 4 until I left Ohio at age 13. I was always amazed that Phil Harris and Alice Faye stayed married so long - even back in those days it was rare. Does anyone remember the tunnel that went from Carmichael and Columbia/Richland High? I didn't know it existed until my daughter told me about 3 or 4 years ago. I think it was originally built to place people in the event of an air raid, etc. I thought the Uptown Theater was the most elegant thing in existence. We used to go to Sunnyside and Prosser to do our Christmas shopping. Grover Shegrud: Thought I would let you know that I still miss your sister, Marj. While we are doing these memory things I always think of things that she and I used to do together. Fred Waring played such beautiful music. December 7 (PEARL HARBOR DAY): How many of you remember? It was Sunday evening in Ohio when all of the radio shows were interrupted to make the announcement: "The Hawaiian Islands have been bombed by the Japanese." My father had had surgery and it was his first day to get out of bed. I was getting ready to listen to Gene Autry when they interrupted the program to make that announcement. I don't know how everyone else felt but I was sick to my stomach. Certainly changed my life forever. How could anyone not like Eve Arden in Our Miss Brooks? I was in love with Mr. Boynton (sp?) and more so when I first saw him in the movies. Cute!!! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - rained last night and not too cold this morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bud Bartlett ('51) Re: Frontier Days Picturesl The band members in the 1950 Frontier Days photos as I remember are Back left to right; Bass, Phil Yount ('53-RIP), Trumpets Les Blackwell ('51) and Bob Cooke ('51), Trombone Jim Gladfelder ('53). Front row; Sax Mervyn Janos ('51WB), Clarinet Bud Bartlett ('51), Sax Patti Cole ('52), and Sax Steve Douglas ('48-RIP). It was great fun playing in the band, and as I recall we were the first dance band that was formed by Richland Students. I cannot name the band leader for sure. Mr. Spalding is the name that comes to mind. The curley haired singer I did not remember at all. -Bud Bartlett ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Listening to the Radio In more MODERN times (let's say 1949-'52) a ritual was to listen to KFBK Sacramento and KGO San Francisco, "clear channel" AM radio stations that came in well after dark on most nights - listening to Lucky Lager Dance Time, and another program from Mel's Drive In in Sacramento. Good music to "sit and watch for submarines" on the Columbia. Anyone else ever search for submarines on nice summer nights? -Dick Wight ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) Re: A couple of thoughts on the Bomber name and the end of the war... Recently if finally got my grandson's graduation announcement (Anthony Taylor '04) and was surprised to see the picture of a bomber airplane logo. The "story" they are selling seems to be catching on. We were NOT named for an airplane!! When we heard the war was over, we got out our biggest American flag, which was already attached to a pole, and with Terry ('52) riding on the hood of the car holding the flag, and my other siblings, Sharleen ('50) and Richard ('57) and I riding on the running boards and yelling at the top of our lungs... our Mother drove slowly all over town in celebration!!! Most likely we had neighbor kids along with us, but I'm not sure which ones. Jim Clancy comes to mind. -Marilyn "Em" DeVine Dow ('52) ~ in "partly sunny" Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Tom Hughes ('56) I remember Church's Grape Juice having been in the Grocery business for several years. You sure worked your way up, or should I say in the tank....grin. Re: JC Penney I also remember it was about 1960, or '61 that they issued JC Penney credit cards. This was a huge thing for them because, before that time everything was strictly cash. Jim McKeown ('53) could probably verify that since he worked for JC Penney. Re: "Green and Gold" How about those Sonics?? They are playing real team basketball. When we had season tickets in the late '70s, the seats where we were sitting were only $3.50 behind the backboard. They won the World Championship in '79, what a great year with Jack Sikma, Freddy Brown, Gus Williams, Dennis Johnson, Johnny Johnson, Paul Silas and Lonnie Shelton. And of course Lenny Wilkens was the coach. Who was sitting in front of us, none other than Gary Porter ('53) and Hal Gibson ('53). Those were great times! I hope they can continue playing like they are now. The Seahawks... it's getting ugly!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ We got about 4 inches of snow this morning south of CD'A, Idaho ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Swain ('54) Re: Memories and suggestions. To join in on the memories of radio: Do you remember hearing this? "It shall be my duty as District Attorney not only to prosecute to the limit of the law all crimes perpetrated within this county, but to up hold with equal vigor-- the rights and privileges of all it's citizens" (Jay Josten in the title role). Or: "Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man?" The hours spent listening to these radio shows and the others mentioned in the last four or five Sandstorm issues burn in my memory of a slower paced way of life in Richland and the Tri-city area. Puttering in the basement with my Chemcraft chemistry set, building and flying model airplanes purchased at Paul's Incorporated, The soft ball games down by the park and of course Atomic Frontier Days. I still can't believe it's been fifty years since graduation but here we are... I look forward to the cajun recipes that Maren is collecting and hope the recipe book that she publishes and sells comes out soon (how about it Maren?) [Ummm, Jerry... I don't cook! -Maren] -Jerry Swain ('54) ~ The sky is blue in Phoenix ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Bomber Alumni Christmas Party Hello Vegas Bomber friends, Once again I would like to remind everyone that our Christmas party will be this coming Saturday, Dec. 11th at noon. It will be at Robbi Karcher's home. It is a pot-luck affair with a "white elephant" gift exchange. We will have sodas to drink and if anyone wants anything "harder" they can bring their own. It is going to be SUCH FUN so hope we have lots of good Richland people showing up. If you need more information-directions to Robbi's, etc., feel free to either email or call myself or Robbi. Please come and join us!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: HEW - Secrets, Secrets, We got a lot of secrets. In reading back about the FBI Agents from August's discussions. We really respected them. They dressed as though they might be passing out religious literature. I remembered when they came to the house. Seemed like once a year and asked about our neighbors. But it didn't matter. All our neighbors were great people and we always remembered the good stuff about them. "Did you know Lloyd Kent, the super half back on the Bombers' Football Team lives next door? And Bob Thomas, one of Richland's finest cross-country runners lives across the street? Well and there's the well-mannered Halstead girls who lived on the South side of us - Bertha, Dorothy were perfect examples of wonderful young ladies who followed the strict rules of the Richland community. I especially remember one agent remarking as they left. "You sure seem to have a near perfect neighborhood". Dad quickly responded, "Yes, we're among the best people you could ever want to know" as he winked at the agent. In the year the government planted all the trees along Barth Street, one of our classmates one street over chopped off a single sycamore sapling with his new knife to make a 'spear' or some primitive instrument for hunting frogs or capturing carp. Word had it that the FBI examined the topped tree, decided somehow it was from a new hunting knife, checked the local stores and the merchant remembered the identity of the lad. The future wood cutter received an embarrassing visit, a posterior application of superior force from his Dad and the intelligence-gathering capability of our FBI rang a new note of supreme oversight in the hearts and minds of the neighborhood. George Washington wouldn't have stood a chance in Richland with all the cherry trees, hatchets and Village Theater FBI wannabes. The agents practiced on our young Paul Bunyan neighbor and left him with a warning. The message rang through the schools like sirens at a Five Alarm Fire. If you got in trouble with the FBI you could lose not only your job, but your house as well since the government owned them all. Today the tree incident would have been a pure case of "Clear-Cutting along the Columbia" with a medley of mandatory peripatetic tree-hugging, penance penalties. We watered those trees from the advanced state-of-the-art dual watering infrastructure now being advocated and installed in many communities. Conservation practices ahead of their time - thanks to The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Each of the early homes had two water systems. Water lawns with river water and save drinking water for potable purposes only. We neighborhood kids watched a young engineer searching for the pipes while walking across our lawn one day as he brought the long ends almost parallel to the ground. he showed us how to take two wire coat hangers, shape each into an inverted "L" and 'witch' the exact location of the pipes before digging down to fix a leak. He informed us that we could also find the location of pipes inside our houses. We thought he was faking it until he let us have the magic wires. We located every pipe in the neighborhood and someone kidded us about calling the people of Salem Village to have us checked out. -Tom Tracy ('55) ~ where it's 36F, snowing lightly in Boise and our ski resort at Bogus Basin just got 6 new inches of powder and we're all 'witching' for a white Christmas. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) To: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: Church's and Welch's Grape Juice Company. I did a couple of stints there too. I got a really cool (literally) job because of my size. It was a turning point in my life because it was then and there I decided I would be good in finance and business. The Foreman lined all of the rookies up and made the job assignments and when he got to me, all 5' 10" and 145 pounds of me, he said, "do I have the job for you." He then got me a pair of hip waders (way too big) and a hard hat (also way too big) and took me into the tank room. You have to know a little, very little, about how they make the various grape products that came out of that plant. The first process is to make the juice, filter it to take out the "big chunks" and then pump it into huge holding tanks in a very cool room. Over a period of time the grape sediment falls to the bottom with the juice on the top to be pumped out for the various products. What is left in these huge tanks, probably 20-30,000 gallons each, is the grape sediment and that has to be removed for future use of the tanks. Enter Berlin. He told me that not all of his employees could do this job, just special people and because of its "very technical" nature I would be paid 35 cents an hour, a 10 cent premium. Was it because of my huge brain that I got this job? No. It was because of my small body, which fit head first into the access port, about four feet up from the bottom of the tank. In I go and then Boss hands me a high pressure hose and turns it on, the idea being to force the sediment to a drain on the other side of the tank. One light laminated the tank's interior and every noise rebounded around the nearly empty tank like a ricochet bullet. Out of boredom, I hit the brass nozzle on the side the tank just once and my hearing has never been the same. I was scared "you know what" less but the more I was in there, up to my waist in grape sediment, the more games I could figure out and the lower the level of sediment. After a couple of hours the Boss came and got me for a break outside the tank, noting this was the "best job of sediment flushing he has seen in his 10 years at the plant," and out I went into the sun and 100+. Hey, (as Jimbeaux Hamilton ('63) will tell you) you don't have to hit old Bill Berlin more than three or four times in the head with a hammer to get him to realize that (a) he would be rolling in money with the 10-cent an hour bonus, (b) he was always cool, unlike the pallet loaders who were bathed in sweat all the time and (c) nobody looking over your shoulder telling you that you were not a "real fireman" and get back to work flushing grape sediment. I did it all summer and never broke into a sweat. Someone said to me once, "How can you take this wet, messy, purple, disgusting job all summer?" And I shouted, "What, and get out of the corporate life?" Thanks for the memories Tom. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in somewhat sunny Anacortes and getting ready for our first (and only) open house in the new house. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Max Sutton ('57) Re: Uptown Theatre To: Wally Erickson ('53) Your memory is correct concerning the new Buick in the lobby and like you I can't remember if it was a '52 or a '53. However I do remember the opening movie was Bob Cummings in "Cheesecake". Can't remember what is was about though. My Dad took me and the line extended down the street and around the corner from the Spudnut Shop. The manager of the theatre was named Styles. I graduated with his oldest son Doug in '57. They actually lived over the Richland Theatre. Very nice people. -Max Sutton ('57) ~ in rainy Renton, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: End of the War celebrations My personal memory of the end of the War was a little shaky (I was only 4-2/3 years old at the time) so I turned to my esteemed Bro Dick ('52) to fill in some of the details. I do remember having a parade by essentially all the neighborhood kids in our block. I remember sitting on my little chair in our wagon (pounding on a pan with a spoon, as I recall) while Dick pulled the wagon. We paraded West on Swift, around the McPherson loop, more West on Swift to Thayer, South on Thayer and then East/NE on Long back to Swift. When I queried Dick about how many kids were involved & whether he could identify any of them, he responded that those memories have escaped him. "I would have to be hypnotized to bring those out." Maybe this little account will trigger some memories of other people who were kids on that block and can jump in here with more details. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: "Flying low" and driving on snow The following is an excerpt from a note I wrote to my logger/ cowboy friend and neighbor, J W, who lives near Okanogan, WA: J W, I went out hunting for a bit yesterday morning and was going to use your tree stand but it started seriously snowing again so I figured that I better get out of there and out on the highway. Now, bear in mind that Saturday night I finished a most interesting read about the First Marine Division, my old outfit (Kilo Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment) in the early sixties. The book is, "BREAKOUT, The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950" written by Martin Russ. The North Koreans, after invading South Korea and wreaking havoc, had been chased clear to the Yalu River (the border with China) and it was all but over. The Marines and other allied forces were ready to turn the country over to UN Forces and as General Douglas MacArthur had indicated have the boys home by Christmas. Then the Chinese Communists jumped in and suddenly a force of 12,000 U.S. Marines was surrounded by 60,000 Chinese Soldiers. This fight took place from mid-October to mid-December. Both sides had a third enemy, the severe North Korean winter. Some have tried to say that the Marines retreated. As the Marines said in so many words, "They're on the right, they're on the left, they're in front of us, and they're behind us -- We can shoot in any direction and the bastards can't get away now." When you are surrounded and outnumbered by such numbers, the only way out is not to retreat but to attack in a new direction. They had Marine and Navy air support when the weather permitted. And, they brought out all of their dead and equipment that they could and all of their wounded. In that two-month battle, the Chinese suffered an estimated 25,000 killed in action and 12,500 wounded. Marine casualties were about 700 dead, nearly 200 missing, 3,500 wounded, and more than 6,200 non battle casualties -- mostly frostbite (about one-third soon returned to duty). Nobody, kicks that kind of butt if they are running away. But I digress. Some say that I am "too" proud of having been a Marine. I say, "Impossible -- No one could ever be that proud!" With that book fresh in my mind, I took your advice and once loaded, warmed up Lil' Ricky (my little two wheel drive, faded Marine Green Ford Ranger) and "let him roll." The trip from the cabin to the road was pretty much reminiscent of the effort to get up there Saturday night but faster, very very much faster in a retrograde manner. As I released the break and in my mind, like an old Geriatric Marine carrier pilot in a gull-winged Corsair hurtled down the deck to become airborne. Instantly, I was out there flying support of my fellow Marines at "The Frozen Chosin" making low strafing runs (in my imaginative mind now but I must admit that then my actions were merely a rapid response effort of avoiding an assault of speeding pine trees). I heeded your advice of, although difficult to resist the urge, not stepping on the brakes because of the ice underneath the fresh snow. Well ... I heeded until I needed to slow a bit on that downhill turn to the left. But I was immediately reminded of an oriental friend of mine who banged his car up a few winters ago on the ice. He said, "Aiee! Step on blakes -- Cah go fastah!" Little Ricky side slipped in a new direction of a Big Ponderosa. Foot quickly off the brake and the nose came around just in time to zoom between two large trees and out on the flat where in like a flaps down and applied throttle and then flaps back up maneuver we hedge hopped over the barrow ditch and onto the road and climbed out of the action. Darby licked my ear in a "Well Done" gesture although I'm sure she knew we were lucky and fate had once more taken our side. Several mule deer does applauded and turkeys gobbled as we raced by and descended down the S curves and lined up on the main gate. Darby dropped flaps as I cut power and we caught the first wire and plunked down on the carrier deck. OK, it was the plowed dirt deck at the gate. Once we taxied out on the county road and shut the gate, we launched again for the long flight home through heavy weather until about Orondo. From there the "mission" was on a bare and wet flight path. Darby took over and I slept through Wenatchee and resumed pilot in command at Moses Lake. We touched down in Burbank near the Puddle at 1530 hours. Life is good. ~George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Once again back in Burbank, WA - with Darby where it is wet and cool but much warmer than where we were. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Johnson ('62WB) I have been encouraged (intimidated?) to acknowledge a face-to- face condolence regarding the passing of my father. On Saturday morning, at the new So-Cal speed shop Christmas hot dog get-together, surrounded by hundreds (maybe a couple dozen) of street rods in all manner of completion, the Right Honorable David (you can call me Hoodlum) Rivers ('65) did in fact, extend a hand of sympathy to me. He was quite emphatic that I document this touching moment in the Sandstorm. I believe he just likes to see his name in print in something more august than the daily police vagrancy reports. I hereby assure him, by the presence of this missive, that his momentary lapse of "tough-guy" persona has been duly accepted and appreciated by the undersigned. from Las Vegas, where I am trying to string three days together to effect my engine swap...I remain... Dennis (Hoodlum-in-training) Johnson ('62 coulda/woulda/shoulda) I submit that the Jason Lee principal, Ms Peterson, and the myriad of other teachers I had, would certainly promulgate that I achieved HOODLUM status many years ago...but perhaps the criteria has changed.... -Dennis Johnson ('62WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) How embarrassing, Cathy's Woods Seven's ('62) birthday isn't until the 10th. I thought I remembered it right. At least I did remember it. To: Tom Hughes ('56), former next door neighbor I don't know what they call that type of system with the tubes that carry the money up and over things, but they use that system at the drive-up window at the bank where we go. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana where it is still unseasonably warm (64), and the little lake is blue, as the sun is shining, and I'm not complaining about the midwest weather. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: UNSIGNED - EITHER Ann Engel Schafer or Freddie Schafer ('63) Happy Birthday to an older women, who always has to show her ID to prove she old enough to get senior discount. Now you can tap into the 401K without penalty. Got your card in the mail today and all I can say is don't you or Dean quit your day jobs. Happy Birthday Anita Cleaver Heiling, you are one of golden ones of the gold medal class of '63 -UNSIGNED ~ From wet 50ish Vancouver USA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Stuff First... I agree with Number 10 in your program ('64)... the bomb/plane issue has been thoroughly briefed and the Court has taken it under advisement... When the Court gets ready to render its decision we will all be notified... until then no further briefing on the subject shall be accepted. For the optimists out there... don't hold your breath... for the pessimists... the answer is there ain't no answer... Counsel, Ray and Burt ('59) are to be commended on putting forth excellent arguments on both sides of the issue... next case... Second... I KNOW cool head doesn't come from "Be True to Your School"... it comes from "I Get Around"... think I'm stuuuuuuuuupude? For DJ Jeff ('65)... that was not me at the bench (the Court is at the bench... counsel are at the bar... geeez Jeff)... that was the great and powerful Oz. On the "other bar"... I have not bellied up to that one in 18 years... thank the Lord and some good friends! I think I've told the story about our '65ers' 25th reunion when a bunch of us were having lunch... Either Simpson ('65) or Parker ('65) asked why I wasn't drinking... I told them I hadn't had a drink in 3 years or so at that point... in unison... I mean everybody at the table... exclaimed... "thank God"... nuff said. Now be good or you'll get coal in your stocking! -David Rivers ('65) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/09/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45 '46 '02), Keith Maupin ('47) Ken Ely ('49), Jim Jensen ('50) Betty Bell ('51), Jim McKeown ('53) Tom Hughes ('56), George Swan ('59) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Marilyn Stewart ('62) Frank Whiteside ('63), Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruth Miles ('59) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45 '46 '02) Re: FBI To: Tom Tracy ('55) You are right about the old FBI types. I don't know if they were really FBI, but they were very intrusive. Once when I was applying for a Hanford job, they asked my neighbors if I was the one who painted "ok by dick" on the water tower. Heck, they should have asked Paul Beardsley. He knew. No one ever really nailed me for that one, but they knew. However, once an officer of the day vehicle appeared next door. I couldn't resist implanting my call words. I didn't hear directly about it, but my Dad sure did. He was a procurement agent for the engineers. (No, not that kind of procurement.) After he was dressed down, I caught it. The whole town was very afraid of the power of the so-called FBI, when your very home and job was on the line. -Dick McCoy ('45 '46 '02), Bronc, Beaver, Bomber.. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Keith Maupin ('47) Why do we survivors of Columbia High School, students during the war years who remember the Richland Bombers "bomb" mascot continue to defend it? Because it is physical evidence of a historical event preserved in our memories. At the B-Reactor Sixtieth Anniversary Banquet the author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb", Richard Rhodes said, "We preserve what we value of the physical past because it specifically embodies our social past." When our memories are challenged we feel secure in that the concrete evidence is there to verify our memories, but when concrete evidence is falsified or relegated to a closet, as was the bomb from center court, and then replaced with a latter-day revelation that our mascot was a B-17, then we feel violated. Tradition is ritual that renews our psyche and its loss is irreplaceable. When facts are misrepresented and falsehoods are employed in an attempt to sanitize the past and nullify my memories, then I will take offense and defend my history, not because it was without blemishes, but because it is real, it is mine, and without my history I am nothing. -Keith Maupin ('47) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Re: Radio memories Like Dick Wight ('52), I too listened to KFBK, Sacramento, on night radio in '47-'48. My favorite was "Stan's Private Line" sponsored by Stan's Drive-In in Sacramento. They took requests from the drive-in customers, through the car hops, and the music was played on the radio as well as through speakers at the drive-in. Each Saturday, they played the top 10 songs requested that week. I wrote to the station, requesting a song that I knew would be in the top 10 and dedicated it to my Kennewick girl friend. My request was granted and I heard the dedication the following Saturday night. When I came to the Sacramento area in 1952, one of my first stops was Stan's Drive-In. Thanks for the memory, Dick. To: Dick McCoy ('45, et al) Did you ever hear the story of a cable, or chain, tied to the rear axle of a patrol car in Richland? -Ken Ely ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: THE December the 7th I often think about the commitments my family members made during WWII, about rationing, about moving to Washington, etc. Until I read some of the Bomber comments about 12/7/41 I hadn't thought too much about that very day. It was remarkably warm in Salt Lake City that Sunday. The sun was shining. I went for a walk in Liberty Park, a half-block from our home on 9th South. The park was safe in those days - even for a nine-year-old walking alone. I strolled through the aviary and then watched the monkeys cavort and the seals perform their endless diving and sliding exercises. Upon my return trip home, when I arrived at the corner of 9th South and 7th East, something was eerily different. Instead of the usual, steady stream of traffic only a few cars were scurrying around. Ritz's corner store and the ice cream parlor were closed - on Sunday afternoon??? There were only a few pedestrians to be seen and those were some distance from the typically busy intersection. As I passed my friend's home, a few doors from mine, I saw his grandmother staring blankly out of the living room window. She didn't respond to my wave. As I opened our front door I saw that my parents and grandparents were huddled around the radio. I started to speak and my mom held her forefinger to her lips. The radio announcer was speaking excitedly - almost ranting. I heard something about Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, ships on fire, the Japanese.... After a few minutes mom led me into the hallway and soberly, with tears in her eyes, told me about the attack in Hawaii. My cousin, the one who had joined the national guard, had earlier left for maneuvers in Hawaii. His "vacation" was to last a number of weeks. It would be nearly four years before he came home again - a battle-scarred, artillery veteran. His dad, a civilian, received a call later in the evening to report to his work station at Hill Field. It was a sad and grim Sunday. I had no idea how deeply my family and extended family would be affected and changed by the events of that day. On the bright side, my family later moved to Hanford, WA - then Grandview - then Richland... and then I joined the BOMBER family. BOMBER CHEERS!!!! -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) To: Jim Wheeler ('81) You asked about a picture from Sham. We have one taken of a bunch of the guys just shortly before they closed the course. I would be happy to make you a copy and send it to you snail-mail, if you would like. My husband, Bill Norton, golfed there for years and we'll put the names on the picture for you. What was your grandfather's name? Bill probably knew him. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Wally Erickson ('53) You are right on about credit at JC Penney... 1961 was the year when they finally offered to sell for credit. James Cash had a terrible feeling about spending money you don't have, and since 1902 to 1961 everything was in cash. By that time he was an Honorary Chairman and other people ran the Company. When I look at my Visa, he may have been right. -Jim McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Hughes ('56) Re: South Puget Sound Area/Fife luncheon No reservations necessary! If you would like you can email me that you will be at the luncheon. DATE: December 12, 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: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Dennis Johnson ('62WB), my friend of the Puddle Re: Dads Please accept my condolence regarding the passing of your father. Keep the good memories alive and he will be around through them. My Dad passed in the mid-eighties. I know that I have written of this before but I still miss him. And that is good. I especially keep his memory alive and vibrant during hunting season. He started me, taught me how, and we became the best of hunting partners. Not a hunting season goes by that my hunting buddies and I don't retell "Swannie Hunting Stories" around the camp fire. One that always comes to mind was from a deer hunt near Bickleton, WA. Dad was up in years by then (actually about my age now, come to think of it) but still insisted on getting out there. While we young fellers ran the ridges and gullies, Dad took his lawn chair out a ways from camp and sat there bundled up in hunter orange just waiting and watching. That night back in camp, and the guns were put up, the fire was stoked, and dinner was cooking. Dad, who had been unusually quiet, poured himself and the other three of us a libation and broke his silence when he said in a loud voice, "WELL LINE UP BOYS AND JUST KICK MY A - -!" Seems as though he had fallen asleep in his chair when he heard a rustle in the sagebrush next to him. He opened his eyes and slowly raised his head to behold a massive buck mule deer standing about 15 feet from him. He slowly raised his rifle (a semiautomatic Remington .308 caliber), slipped the safety off, lined up the sights on the buck, and squeezed the trigger ... and squeezed the trigger ... again and nothing happened, other than the big buck slowly turning away and walking out of sight. After the deer was gone, Dad figured it out. He had committed a mistake that all military and security people are trained to avoid. He was a Hanford Security Guard. When loading a firearm, make sure the action goes all the way home, otherwise as he had to admit, it won't fire. He, as a guard, had trained with the Army at Camp Hanford and that had been drilled into him but that one time he forgot to check. He never forgot that buck (of course we never let him) and we still retell the story. We got a lot of mileage out of that episode and Dad's memory is kept alive through that and many other good stories. Now, in the back of my mind, I know that my buddies and grandkids are mentally filing away stories about me to tell around future campfires. And, I plan to be there, even after I'm gone. I'll be the wind blowing campfire smoke into their eyes. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Just recalling and building memories. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Old gymnasia We have a wonderful old gym here on Vashon which has outlived its second grade-school (the latest one was razed this past Summer). It's wood, with a roof peak of around 24', has bleachers on one side (about 5 tiers, the length of the court), and baskets that extend into the court about 3 or 4 feet. the baselines under them are about a foot from the wall. There are wrestling mats permanently mounted to the walls behind the baskets- about 6x8 feet- to cushion the driving layup aftermath. The baskets are 10' regulation. I remember, when I was volunteering at the school there 20 years ago, that the key was 'oldstyle', i.e. it looked like a keyhole. I'll have to check and see if it has a more modern delineation, these days... ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) In reference to yesterday and what December 7th stands for: I was at Carmichael last night watching my granddaughters dance team perform and mentioned to her that the flag was at half mast and asked her and a few of her friends if they knew why. First of all, they didn't know what "half mast" was and secondly they had no idea why it was at half mast. Then I asked them if they knew what December 7th was, none of them knew that either, finally I mentioned Pearl Harbor, a few of them have heard that name, but didn't know why. It is such a sad state in this world that it only takes 60 years to wipe out history, a bunch of 12 and 13 year old kids who have had history taught in school didn't know what yesterday was, it makes me so ashamed and angry. -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) To: Jerry Swain ('54) Re: recipes Jerry, As a long-time Louisiana Bomber transplant (most of 38 years), I can give you a few good sources for good recipes. I have quite a few recipes of my own, but I do my cooking without recipes by taste, so I don't write them down. In fact, when I use other recipes, I add my own personal touches to make them better. Last night, I cooked up a batch of plantation pecan pralines with about 90% pecans--glad I'm giving them away--too fattening for me and not something you give to a diabetic for sure! Since Maren refuses to become a cook, try these sites: under "More Recipes" click "Frank Recipe Archive." He has 12 kinds of gumbo alone and tons of other great recipes. [You have to register at this site. -Maren] Also, Other good sites are and These are only a few of the free recipe sites. You really don't need to buy a fancy cookbook when you can get lots of great recipes free online. These sites have enough good recipes to keep you cooking 24 hours a day for the rest of your life! Happy cooking, Jerry! How about a few great regional recipes from some other Bombers? -Frank Whiteside ('63), aka "Frankeaux on da bayeaux" ******************************************************* >>From: Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) Re: Mascot Changes So where is the document that explains the reasons for all of the mascot changes for Richland/Col-Hi. It should be a standard read. -Zorba Manolopoulos ('91) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Bomber Mascot Website] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/10/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Mary Triem ('47) Jack Lowrey ('49), Betty Bell ('51) Joan Eckert ('51), Dorothy Stamper ('54) Helen Cross ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) Susan Baker ('64), Steve Piippo ('70) Tim Cowan ('95) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Wood ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Wersen ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Vallely ('69) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Ghosts To: Ken Ely ('49) Good grief! Chains to a patrol car? Ghosts of the past away with you! Besides, wasn't that in a movie? To: Keith Maupin ('47) You are right on. I feel the Bomb may well have saved my life. The plans to invade Japan would have included me and many of my friends. -Dick McCoy ('45) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Fellow grad, Keith Maupin ('47) Regarding our Bomber mascot - I am positive that your eloquent words speak for our entire class, as well as many other '40s grads. Thanks! -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jack Lowrey ('49) To: Ken Ely ('49) I remember that request. Stan's Privit line was one of my favorite programs. I also remember the Police car story. I've always wondered if it was true. Thanx for the memories, Ole Buddy. -Jack Lowrey ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) I am getting fairly involved with a new Cub Scout Pack, through the Cathedral of Joy--boys ages 7 - 10 (with our 10-year old great grandson). Their Pack leader asked if I could find some names of local armed service men or women, serving in Iraq, for the boys to write to this coming Monday night (Dec. 13th). I know this isn't much time, but if you could e-mail me with names and mailing address, through the Sandstorm, I would get this information to the Pack Leader right away. I've tried a few other places but have had no luck. Thanks for any information! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ~ In windy Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) Re: Fun Jobs Many of us held various part time jobs through high school. It would be interesting to hear what jobs we all held and what we thought of them. Toward that end, my most "fun" job was working for a toy and hobby shop called Sportlets. It was located right next to the Spudnut Shop. (When the Spudnut Shop enlarged it took over much of that area.) This was a great place to work during the Christmas holidays! We all wore Santa hats and red skirts. Our boss was really into HO gauge trains. He had a huge layout set up which could be seen from outside. It really lured shoppers in! It was so much fun helping parents/children pick out toys/games, etc. There was always the excited Christmas feel there. However, after Christmas, sales really sagged. The hobby part of the store did well but ultimately Sportlets failed. Too bad. They were just ahead of their time. Now it would be a moneymaker all year round. -Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) To: Keith Maupin ('47) Your statement about our mascot, 'the bomb' was right on. I'm sure you expressed exactly what many of us feel. Thank you! -Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Today, December l0th, I want to wish my dear friend since grade school days continuing into today, Cathy Wood Stevens ('62) a Happy birthday!! Look to the future, embrace what is good in the past, and forget the rest.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana by the little lake, but tonight I'm in Dayton, Ohio at my husband's seminary as we celebrate the Advent Season, where we are still enjoying December weather in the 40s at night. It will sure be a shock to this old system to go from 40F to -?? when we hit Russia on 12/26, but it will be nice to come back to whatever, as it will seem warm after that. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Cinnamon Bear 5 CD sets Just happened to notice that the 5 CD Cinnamon Bear set (with the entire 26 episodes) is for sale on ebay from Spinsoft Software for $12.99 plus $3 shipping. This is about a third of what they cost under the Smithsonian Series. They also advertise the MP3 set on 1 CD for $4.99 plus shipping if you have that CD player. If interested, check it out! On just type in "Cinnamon Bear Spinsoft Software" and it should be among the first items to pop up. Just wondering if anyone else is having trouble downloading "Cinnamon Bear" free on It comes through perfectly for me, but some others are having problems downloading it. Not sure why it works well for some but not for others. Any suggestions from you computer whizzes? -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Baker ('64) I'm seeing so many entries from those of you who graduated in the early '50s. Do any of you remember Jane or Nancy Jenkins? They lived at 1740 Davision during that time. I think their older sister Georgia was married around 1949 or 1950 so she probably didn't attend Col-Hi. -Susan Baker ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) To: John Browne ('61) Is there a dentist on Vashon Island named Mike Maki? Maki I think is an ancient ex-Bomber who played some football and tried to play some basketball? -Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tim Cowan ('95) Hello RHS Alumni Sandstorm! Below you will find a special announcement about a debut CD I just released with my wife, Jennifer Lynn. We have been working very hard for the past couple of years to develop Jennifer's music and record her first album. It is now here and I wanted to let the Richland Alumni out there know about this huge accomplishment! I would greatly appreciate if you could post the information below. Thanks very much! Tim Cowan (Class of '95, ASB Treasurer) Jennifer Lynn is excited to announce the release of her debut album, Leavin', which contains eleven original songs and a cover of Loretta Lynn's "Honky Tonk Girl". This bold debut album is described as an All-American blue ribbon blend of country and rock-n-roll. If you would like to own a copy of Jennifer Lynn's brand new album, please visit & to access MUSIC SAMPLES and CD Baby's online store for purchases. You can also add reviews of the album directly at the CD Baby site! Jennifer would appreciate your help in getting the word out. If you are interested in hearing her songs on the radio, please contact your local radio station for requests. Thanks to KBOO & KONP for playing the songs already! And a few side notes: On December 3rd, Jennifer was interviewed live on KONP's "Art Beat" ( in her hometown of Port Angeles, WA. Two songs from the album were played on the air during the interview. Thanks to Karen Hanan & KONP for the nice comments! In January, Jennifer will travel to Seattle to perform at the Johnny Cash Tribute Night at Conor Byrne's Pub( The tribute, arranged by Portland rocker Joshua James, was originally performed at Duff's Garage in Portland and has since travelled to Eugene. For all you fans in Seattle, please come out to Conor Byrne's on January 14th! This coming February, Washington State Magazine ( will feature an album review and an article about Jennifer's live performance at Portland's White Horse Bar & Grill this past October. The show was a special event for WSU Cougar Alumnae headed to the WSU-OSU football game. Special thanks to Tim Steury, Ken Olsen & George Bedirian for their enthusiastic interest! Thanks for your support! -Tim Cowan ('95) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/11/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Bob Harman ('51), Jim McKeown ('53) Dick Avedovech ('56), Gary Persons ('57) Jan Bollinger ('60), Carol Cross ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Ruth Russell ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Evelyn Evans ('64) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '57 BOMBER LUNCH Today: Las Vegas Bomber Christmas Party BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Harman ('51) In response to Joan Eckert Sullens' ('51) suggestion about part time jobs I'll give my input. First, while living in the trailer park at Hanford in '44, I would deliver ice from the ice house to the trailers that had iceboxes. No pay, only tips. (I used a government wheelbarrow that I found in a playground.) Next, I was a delivery boy for the Seattle P.I. and I had a substitute named Joan Eckert. She occasionally accompanied me on my early morning route. We were buddies then. My mother worked at the Richland Laundry and was able to get a summer job for me. I shook sheet and fed them in to the mangle. When school started I was able to work in the dry cleaning in with one of the Wollbright boys. We pressed pants and jackets. Then there was Safeway where I worked for Mac in the produce department. I remember that we would throw oranges against the wall untill they were really juicy, then suck the juice out. I held that job, with one school year off, until after I started working for G. E. two days after graduation. The rest is history as they say. (Joan, you remember that we used to go in to the cherry orchard after the route and just visit and have a good time?) -Bob Harman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) To: Steve Piippo ('70) I believe that Mike Maki does live on Vashon Island and he had a bunch of brothers and sisters... one, Judy married my brother Mike ('60), and they live in Richland out near Hanford High. Did your Dad coach at Chief Jo??? I remember him way back, and believe he played for Oregon State when they won the National Championship. [That was 1939. Read about Toivo Piippo (RIP) here: -Maren] Right out of High School, a bunch of us played a pick up game against he and several other teachers in the area. We had Gene Keller ('50), myself, Jack Sinderson ('53), and a few others, and we thought we would kick their butts. They absolutely wiped the court with us. Great memories!! -Jim McKeown ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) Re: FBI When we moved to Richland in 1944 we were in one side of a "B" House (single level duplex) that was just across the street from the pre-fabs. A year later they built some "H" houses behind us and we moved into an "H" house. The interesting thing there was that the house next to ours was reserved by the government for FBI agents and their families and we got to know several families. On the fourth of July of our first year in that house, they held a party next door and the wife of the FBI agent was an expert with a .45 Cal automatic which she fired in the air on the fourth. It woke me up and scared the be-gibbeees out of me. Re: Memories It has been fun reading about all the favorite radio shows which I spent a considerable amount of time listening to. We also spent Sunday afternoons listening to the Metropolitan Opera which may have been a start of my love for classical music which remains with me today. I played clarinet in the HS band and Mr. Pappas always had us play some classical music. To this day, I know every note of Dvorak's "New World Symphony", and fondly remember when we put on a concert with Rafael Mendez, then considered one of the finest trumpet players. Another memory I'd like to share is when Lynn Jorgensen, Bob Tadlock, and I think bob Arnold (all class of '56), and I went rabbit (and what ever else we could find) hunting up on Badger mountain in a blinding snow storm. The wind and snow covered our tracks and with some fog, we got sort of turned around up on top. When we were coming down off the mountain, we weren't sure whether we were on the North Side (towards our car) or on the South side, towards the open horse heaven hills. Fortunately everyone else's sense of direction was better than mine and we came down the right side of the mountain. Now that area is in houses, highways and shopping. -Dick Avedovech, Jr. ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunches Poll The majority of Spokane area Bombers who responded to our poll said they had no preference to Saturday or Sunday for our bi-monthly lunches. Four preferred Saturday, four preferred Sunday, and two wished for a weekday. Given no clear preference, and the fact that one of our very loyal Bombers cannot attend on Saturday due to his work schedule, our lunches will continue to be held on Sunday. Thanks to everyone who responded, and we'll hope to see you all on January 19th! -Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Was that a Chinook that melted our snow? The weather was warm and breezy but it didn't quite feel like a typical Chinook wind. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) Re: Small World Had a neat experience today in my shop (7th Street Consignment) in Hoquiam today. Got talking to a customer (Don Breitenfeldt) who said he owned a business in Yakima and when I mentioned that I grew up in Richland, he said he was originally from Prosser and played sports against Richland students and later did his student teaching at Marcus Whitman Elementary and actually was acting principal for two months due to illness of principal. He was there from 1959 - l963. What are the odds that he would come to Hoquiam, stop in my shop while waiting for his wife to finish her doctor appointment, that we would start chatting and find a Richland connection? He and his wife were heading back over White Pass today (Friday) as the weather is suppose to turn nasty again Saturday. He was a very interesting and pleasant man! -Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Thanks to Frank Whiteside ('63) for reminding us of the free download of the Cinnamon Bear! I just downloaded the 1st episode and it was so wonderful to listen to it again. What memories of Christmas past it brought back! I can't wait to listen to all the rest! That must be why we had a silver star on top of our Christmas tree every year in the '50s and '60s! I remember when we changed the star because it was held together with so much tape but you know I have never found another top I loved as well. I couldn't download it at first because of my firewall so I went to and downloaded a free security protection update and then it came on. Merry Christmas to everyone out there in Bomber land! Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: Birthday List Hello, Bombers! I am a little bit red-faced to be asking this, but because I may not be the only one needing to know, here goes... Just exactly how does one go about getting included in the birthday calendar list? I just went to BOMBER CALENDAR which is listed right after today's Bomber birthdays, and was disappointed to see that, nope, my December 16th birthday still is not listed. (Sniff, sniff, whimper...) Last year, after joining the Sandstorm list, I was happily anticipating getting my moment in the birthday spotlight, only to realize that I wasn't special enough to be included. It's silly, but I was kinda looking forward to it. Then, I thought, well, it probably takes awhile to get it in there... Plus, it was embarrassing to write to Maren and ask to be added. So I didn't. But this year, I have no shame!!! This is one birthday I am very lucky to be having, after spending three weeks in the hospital during September on some pretty shaky ground medically, due to complications with lupus and diabetes. I have been home and in physical therapy since September 25th, and I am happy to report that I am getting stronger each day, and am spending more and more time with a walker, and less time in the wheelchair. I am hoping to be up on my own two feet and causing trouble again before long! But, in the meantime, it would mean a lot to me to get on the list alongside the other "special" birthday boys and girls. So, how about it? Will I make it this year? Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) ~ getting older, and, thankfully, better, in beautiful West Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Already got you added, Ruth! Wish you had told me before. I would have remembered your birthday since December 16th is my brother's birthday, too! All one needs to do to get on the calendar is let us know what to add.If you scroll down towards the bottom of the website, there's actually a link that you can click that says: "Want to add something?? Click here and tell us what to add." I know you're not the first to ask, so it's a good thing you wrote. Now others can get their birthday added, too! -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/12/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Joan Eckert ('51), Ralph Myrick ('51) George Swan ('59), Bob Grout ('66WB) Micky Hemphill ('66), Bill Wingfield ('67) Janis Cook {'68} ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Day Before Yesterday (12/10): Loretta Jensen ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (12/11): Jim Qualheim ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Janet Martin ('53) Rick Morrell ('71) Becky Alexander ('77) Lanette Powell ('79) Josh Mattson (NAB) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) To: Bob Harman ('51) Sure do remember those early morning forays, first delivering the papers, then sitting up in the cherry trees gorging ourselves while we solved the problems of our teen world! Great memories. What I can't remember for sure is where the orchards were located. I keep thinking they were back by the bus lot - Wilson Avenue. But then there were some down toward the Columbia River close to Jack Dawson's place. Doesn't appear to be even one tree left. -Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) I was talking with a friend of mine, an old timer, about a song that I thought about. The words are something like, "I gotta a girl, she is a corker, I buy her everything to keep her in style." Is this a published song or something that was made up by a bunch of kids? -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: End of WWII On December 7, 1941, I was a tiny tike wrapped in those swaddling clothes on a Kansas Farm (that doesn't seem possible that I was once tiny, does it)? It would be many years before I would understand what that date represented. However, I do remember the end of WW II. I guess I was about four years old and just a tiny tot (that doesn't seem possible either). My dad was 4-F from a farm accident. So he had gone to work in Wichita at the Boeing Plant and helped to turn out B-17s until they switched to building B-29s. We lived in a housing area reminiscent of Army barracks. I remember music (maybe radio) and all of the people coming out of their houses talking, yelling, singing, running about, and dancing in the streets. That night there were fireworks and more of the revelry. I can remember Mom and Dad and other people saying, "It's over!" What was over? I remember the words "War and Over!" I'm sure that I did not understand but later whenever it was talked about, I remembered that day and especially that night because I got lost in the crowd and a nice man who took me to find my parents. And I remember the joyous feeling of being reunited amidst all the celebrating. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Santa Tracking Make sure all grandparents show this to the little ones who believe... -Bob Grout ('66WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Micky Hemphill ('66) Re: Griz and friends It's been a while since I have written and feel it is due. We celebrated Ron Griswold's ('66-RIP)life yesterday with a wonderful service at the First Baptist Church in Kennewick. I saw many old friends and met some new ones. I must say, as funeral services go, this was one of the best I have ever attended. I can't begin to name all of the people there, but I hope half as many show up at my funeral. I just have to say that I miss Ronnie very much. He was one of a kind and a dear friend. -Micky Hemphill ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) To: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: "getting older ... in beautiful West Richland I want to wish you a very happy birthday. If you see my cousin Jim ('p71) there in West Richland, please say "Hi." to him for me. -Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ~ From sunny and not so warm 43 at 0900, Augusta, GA. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janis Cook Tames {'68} It is with sadness that I pass on the news that another Bomber has left us. Jerry Steen {'66-RIP} passed away suddenly on December 10, 2004 at home. He was my neighbor for the last 7 years, and you could have not found a better one. Any time you needed help or wanted to trade garden produce or just gossip, he was your guy!!!! His wife Judy, needs all our prayers, as this was quite a shock. He will certainly be missed. Watch the paper for death notice and more details about a service on the 15th. Thanks, -Janis Cook Tames {'68} ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [We're watching the paper and will have Jerry's notice scanned as soon as it's available. -Maren] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/13/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber Funeral Notice today: Mary Triem ('47), Ann Pearson ('50) Dick Pierard ('52), Mary Winston ('55) Jim Russell ('58), George Swan ('59) Mike Waggoner ('60), John Browne ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Patty de la Bretonne ('65), Gilbert Blankenship ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Bob Grout ('66WB) Thanks for sharing the Norad site with us - truly enjoyable. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) To:Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) I, too worked at the toy store by the Spudnut Shop. Did we work there at the same time? Seems to me we did. I remember walking across the vacant lots from the high school to work after school. I couldn't recall how long the place lasted, but I didn't last that long... Think I graduated that year... my recollections seem to get all mixed up and maybe I only worked Christmas time. Also worked at a bakery on the corner... don't remember the name, but do know that Janet Browning worked there also and ended up marrying the baker a year later. -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ~ Here in sunny, rainy, foggy and snowy San Diego... We have had it all for the last several weeks. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) I want to wish my esteemed brother Burt ('59) a belated happy birthday. He's the guy to talk to for a straight scoop on the early history of the Hanford Project and Richland, and I appreciate how much I have learned from him. Here's to a free beer (or two) when I see you next month while I am in Washington. -Dick Pierard ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Winston Wymer ('55) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) The song goes like this: "My gal's a corker, she's a New Yorker. I buy her everything to keep her in style. She's got a pair of hips just like two battle ships. Hey boys, that's where my money goes...." etc., etc. I think it's a WWII vintage song as is "Rosie the Riviter." -Mary Winston Wymer ('55) ~ in sunny Shoreline, WA. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Russell ('58) Re: Old time songs To: Ralph Myrick ('51) My gal's a corker, she's a New Yorker I buy her everything to keep her in style She's got a pair of legs, just like two whiskey kegs Hey boys, that's where my money goes-oes-oes;ttMYGALSA.html This is the kind of stuff we used to sing back in our camp song days. I think we kept passing the challenge to each other to make up lines until we ran out of patience, ideas, or maybe it was when we started to get pretty raunchy. Apparently it is a published song AND something that was made up by a bunch of kids. -Jim Russell ('58) ~ Mountlake Terrace, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elf Protest Would anyone like to borrow some elves? The elves living near my puddle are becoming most unruly. Marching and singing, waving signs that say, "Think Snow!" and conducting candlelight vigils, they are upset at the lack of snow and cold weather. They are downright fearful that the Winter Games on Puddle Placid will flop. Just yesterday, an elf named Lowiq tried to skate on the unfrozen puddle in a self-styled protest. He is now in a little feather bed, thermometer in his mouth, a little hot water balloon on his head, and trying to re-sharpen his rusty skates. Thank goodness that part of the puddle is shallow. All of this activity is most distracting during the day and making it extremely difficult for ol' Pappy to get his beauty rest at night (at least now I have an excuse). I have tried to assure them that it's not my fault and as my friend in a former life, Ben Thefrankone once said, "Every elf talks about the weather but not a one does anything about it." And furthermore some snow would be good for me too. It makes the goose hunting so much better. But alas, it all falls on deaf Elfin ears. I'm in rowdy elves up to my pointy ears. Please help! ~George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Just sitting here all cross-eyed with these ear plugs in my big ears and trying to remember, "Who let the elves Out?" ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Waggoner ('60) I do not remember the end of World War II, but I do remember my father coming home shortly afterwards, when I was three. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, mom, and my two brothers and I went down to the big railroad station in Chicago to welcome him home. My father had his helmet, covered with camouflage cloth. I thought it looked like a turtle. I did not know what had happened, but I knew that this was a very big day. -Mike Waggoner ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) This song that you remember is one of a class of songs that have both geographic and anatomical references (another famous example is "The Tattooed Lady"). What I recall is "My gal's a corker/ she's a New Yorker/ I buy her everything/ to keep her in style// She's got a pair of hips/ look like two battleships/ (legs/like powder kegs; lips like poker chips; etc). I don't remember the very last line of each chorus... Based upon the 'corker' reference, my guess is that this probably goes back to a pre-WWI origin. It's also a march- and sounds like those kinds of ditties that soldiers have come up with, to get beyond the boredom of drill, with a structure that offers the same kind of extemporaneous possibilities that one finds in the prison gang & road gang (incl rr gangs) work songs. To: Steve Piippo ('70) I'll ask Mike Maki if he knows about this list. He's still running a very active practice on the main drag, here... I had no idea that he was a Bomber! ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I remember the corker song, for sure, but I don't remember the name.. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ in the house by the little lake where we are still enjoying above freezing temperatures, but just barely, and I'm keeping our heat down trying to get ready for the real cold of Russia. I watched Dr. Zhivago on TV last night, and loved it as before, but boy, was I surprised at how long "before" was. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Ralph...from the 'how soon we forget category (;-) My Gal's A Corker;ttMYGALSA.html ...and from the Alumni Sandstorm ~ 02/08/02 From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) reminded me of an additional verse and then I remember another to "My gal's a Coker." My gal's a corker, she's a New Yorker, I buy her everything to keep her in style. She's got a pair of hips just like two battleships, That, boys, is where my money goes! She's got a pair of feet Just like the Navy fleet That, boys, is where my money goes! Can anyone remember any more verses? -Ralph Myrick ('51) Merry Christmas from The Behymers Gary Col-Hi Class of 1964 Janis Kennewick Class of 1965 -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: "My Gal's a Corker" I remember that song--we sang it in Camp Fire Girls----had a long list, BEFORE each verse, we sang, "My Gal's a Corker, She's a New Yorker, I'd Buy Her Anything to Keep Her in Style" and AFTER each verse we sang, "Hey Boys, That's Where My Money Goes"----- "she's got a head of hair, just like a grizzly bear" "she's got two eyes, just like two lemon pies" "she's got a pair of ears, just like two giant spears" "she's got a nose, just like a garden hose" "she's got lips, just like potato chips" "she's got a neck, just like a boat deck" "she's got a pair of arms, just like (can't remember) "she's got a waist, just like a tube of paste" "she's got a pair of hips, just like two battleships" "she's got legs, just like wooden pegs" "she's got feet, just like two slabs of meat" ---can remember singing this at day camp at Columbia Park. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ tule fog has returned to Bakersfield, CA--- usually "burns" off by 11 A.M., but it hung around all day and is still here at midnight---more than likely be here in the morning, too! grrrrr ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) My yearly Christmas " Card" from Gary Christian ('67)... THANKS, Gary. -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) My gal's a corker, she's a New Yorker, I buy her everything to keep her in style. She's got a pair of legs just like two whiskey kegs, that's where my money always goes boys. something like that. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gilbert Blankenship ('81) To: Ralph Myrick ('51) Re: My Girl Ralph, I think it must have at least some fame, I recall a running chant we sang during my years in the Marine Corps (1981-1994) which was quite similar - although a bit more risque and I shant repeat it here. Suffice to say that the girl is in the hospital with a coma. I also found numerous references on the web: There are in fact many more - but I found this one which proclaims to be the entire song: My Gal's a corker, she's a New Yorker I'll buy her anything to keep her in style When we go walking, people start talking Hot dog, that's where my money goes She's got a pair of legs just like two whiskey kegs And when they knock together, oh what a sound She's got a pair of lips just like potato chips Hot dog, that's where my money goes She's got a pair of eyes just like two custard pies And when she looks at me I sure get a thrill She's got a pair of hips just like two battleships Hot dog, that's where my money goes She's got a giant nose just like a big red rose And when the lights go out it really does shine She's got a head of hair just like a grizzly bear Hot dog, that's where my money goes And of course I also found it in the Sandstorm Archives (There was a thread about it around 02/08/02) But alas, I could not find any publishing information about it. Perhaps it is just a children's little ditty. The glorious wonders of the internet and all it's useless information - grin. -Gilbert Blankenship ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Janet Mitchell Beecher ('59) ~ 11/30/41 - 12/8/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/14/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 14 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Joan Eckert ('51) Ralph Myrick ('51), Dick Wight ('52) Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Tom Matthews ('57), Missy Keeney ('59) Joanne Rolph ('59), Jan Bollinger ('60) Roger Gress ('61), Helen Cross('62) Donna Nelson ('63), Nancy Mallory ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BELATED BOMBER BIRTHDAY (12/12): Burt Pierard ('59) [How did I miss your birthday? It IS on my list!! -Maren] BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick McCoy ('45, 46, '02) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole Novotny ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Smith ('58WB) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Coats & Kay Mitchell ('52) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I want to wish each Bomber/Bomberette (and spouses) a most happy holiday season - take it easy, drive carefully, pray for our service personnel, and do a good deed during the holiday season. I am leaving tomorrow for the Denver area to visit with my sister, Marjorie "Midge" Hiser Baldwin ('54), my youngest daughter, son-in-law and nephews. Had a most enjoyable time "folding" the [DustStorm] paper and sticking on stickers for the Club 40 newsletter - saw people that I hadn't seen for a long time and yakked away. Come down and join us - you will enjoy it (in May I believe). I will be here to read tomorrow's Alumni Sandstorm so - until the middle of January - I will miss all of you (or as my mother used to say: "Y' all") and the Sandstorm. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - rained last night but the sun is shining right now. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Betty--If you can find any online computer, go to Scroll till you find the Alumni Sandstorm graphic. Go to the Sandstorm site and click on the date you want to read. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) To: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) I do remember you, Ann; just can't remember the other girls working at Sportlets. At Christmas time there were several of us plus John Castle, our boss. After Christmas when it became evident the store couldn't make it, John Castle returned to the military. He was a Lt. Colonel USAF in charge of the Post Exchange at Bolling AFB, Washington D.C. The other partner, Bob Work, continued working for AEC. I was lucky enough to get to stay on at the store while it was being liquidated. While working there, I became acquainted with the Spudnut Shop owners. Went to work there after Sportlets folded. Loved working there but it's a good thing I didn't stay there very long. I became addicted to hot fudge sundaes! -Joan Eckert Sullens ('51) ~ Redding, CA - home of the beautiful Sundial Bridge. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Boy, what memories! I know can remember some of us guys made up some not-so-nice verses. Like, Gilbert Blankenship ('81), a Marine, I can remember that floating around our Army barracks, again verses not repeatable. Dale Brunson sent five or six verses. And, as I have been reminded, we made up verses as we went along. Thanks for helping me recall and old memory. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Joan Eckert Sullens' ('51) comments on cherry trees There were several orchards, one of which (about 3 1/2 acres) was just east of the main drag out to North Richland (can't remember the street's name). I was in the high school agriculture program, and among other projects, "took over" one of those orchards for awhile. I recall Dick Meyer ('51) joined me on that project even though he didn't take ag. Musta been 1950. We got the irrigation system going, knocked down the weeds and brush etc. As I remember, the trees were Royal Annes, hadn't been tended in perhaps 8 years. As the cherries ripened, I ran an ad for pickers in the paper - Dick and I maybe "cleared" 2 cents per pound, but sold a pickup load to a co-op in Kennewick - made a few bucks (not much!) - but kept us off the street corners. I also worked as a box boy for Garmo's grocery for awhile, along with several other guys - class of '50 and '51 guys, I think. One of the guys was sneaking beer by the case out into the parking lot and selling it to other minors - not often, but once in awhile. Garmo fired us all one day after the beer inventory came up short!!!! Garmo hired me back later, but told me not to sell any of his beer! I never did that - though I did sneak one case out into the trash dumpster one for me and my buddies to consume! Ha! -Dick Wight ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: From the Fair Warning Department To: Club 40 members Coming to a mail box near is the next (and eagerly awaited) issue of The Bomber DustStorm; complete with stories, news and other tidbits. Also included are three (count 'em 3) registration forms: One for the Class of '55, one for the Class of '60 and one for us mere mortals. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: I remember World War II very well. Being born in 1938 I was aged 5-7 when my Dad was the Commander of the 3rd (I believe) Artillery Battalion at Camp Roberts, CA, the AG for the Post and finally Deputy Base and Base Commander. I remember the "Dragon Wagons" or tank recovery vehicles I got to ride in. I remember "black outs" when it was thought the Japanese might be flying in. I remember "red points" and "black points" and what they bought. I remember having an Eisenhower Field Jacket being made for me by a German POW who had been a tailor before the War... voluntarily. We corresponded with him until he passed away in Germany in 1976. POW turned good family friend. How weird is that? I remember that Camp Roberts had both German and Italian POWs and that whilst there was wire around the POW sections, the gates were open. I remember the POWs getting both cigarettes, nylons and money before going home and most did not want to return. I remember the USO shows before 5,000 GIs with Bob Hope, Jerry Colonna, Bing Crosby, the Andrew's Sisters and more. POWs sat on the hill behind. I remember getting knocked on my bum firing a .45 caliber pistol (Dad holding my arms), a Garand M-1 (Dad holding my whole body), a BAR (prone) and an M-1 Carbine (prone and still the best weapon I have ever fired and would love to have one today). I remember my first airplane ride in a Piper or Taylorcraft (I believe) T-5 tail-banger. I remember pulling the firing mechanism on a 155 mm howitzer. Big deal for a kid six years old. I remember my trips to the Mess Hall kitchens for a lunch of giant turkey wings. I remember dinners at the "O" Club on the hill at Camp Roberts. I remember R and R trips to San Francisco and the Top of the Mark. I remember Revelry and flags. I remember Taps and flags. I remember starting school in Paso Robles, CA, then Denver, CO, then Ft. Collins, CO and finally Richland at Lewis and Clark. Damn, was I glad to "get home." I remember playing "war" with Jimbeaux ('63), the two Russell brothers ('58 and '62RIP), Pat Murray ('60}, John Cowan ('56), Bob Berndt ('55) in the "compounds" along GWWay. I remember my Dad coming These ought to start some memories for those of us old enough to remember... and how about Korea, the very deadly "Police Action." -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA - where my Linfield, OR Wildcats play for the national NCAA Division III football championship this weekend in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. Go Cats!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Matthews ('57) Re: Bomber B&B ~ Back in September, we were researching possibilities for a family reunion and stayed a couple of days in the Wallowa area in Oregon. We arranged one night of our stay at a B&B called The Bronze Antler in Joseph. Finding out from Heather on the phone that her husband Bill Finney ('62) was a Bomber clinched our decision to stay there. We would recommend it to anyone as an excellent place to stay with friendly hosts, excellent food (must be the Bomber cook,) and a beautiful home. First snow was on the mountains and the weather didn't cooperate much but it was a nice break for us. Picture: Bill & Tom. -Tom Matthews ('57) and Jean Matthews, Ki-Be ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Maren, How could we have missed such an important Bomber Birthday? I don't think anyone cares more about Bombers and Bomber history than Burt Pierard ('59)! Belated Happy Birthday, Burt. Thanks for all you have done for Club Forty! [Missy, It's a mystery to me. Maybe Pappy's Elves had something to do with it since Burt IS on my list. Sorry Burt! -Maren] To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) YOU HAVE ELVES? And you're complaining! I would love to have elves, even disgruntled ones. -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) To: George "Pappy" Swan! ('59) Pappy: Please send the protesting elves here to me in Vermont! We have a large pond that they can skate on, snow for snowball fights (and for making "snow elves")... and since Husband and I are soooo old, we live in a world of our own anyway so we won't even notice the signs and songs! If they become too troublesome, Husband can take them out for a "walk in the woods" behind the house and set them to tracking moose!! That ought to keep the little guys busy and out of your hair (!!) and you'll be able to get back to that "beauty sleep". Here's to Winter! Enjoy! -Sunnie Andress, aka Joanne Rolph ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Protesting Elves What are elves doing at the puddle in the first place? Are they on strike against Santa's Workshop? Suggest you remind them there are only ten days left to finish their work, spank their little behinds, and put them all on the next flight to the North Pole! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Where the weather's mild and we refuse to Think Snow until Christmas Eve--and on 12/26, we'll Think Chinook. The rest of the time, the snow should stay in the mountains, where it belongs! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress ('61) To: Jim Smith ('58) Have a happy birthday. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Well, I woke up to just a little snow on the ground, but I looked out now, and it's really snowing. So much for my warm, midwest winter. But it is only 34 outside, so the roads won't be bad. Old man winter finally found us. Well, I'll just escape to the south of Russia for awhile.... -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where I and the little lake are still standing, but my plastic lighted Santa I inherited from my MIL when she upgraded blew over in the wind last night, and my front porch is sort of protected. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Who remembers: Madda Leana Caddle Leana Hoopenstein Waldendine Hogan Bogan Logan was her name....... She had ten hairs on the top of her head Five were alive and five were dead.......... ...and the verses go on......... Gotta go to work -Donna Nelson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Lowiq?? How is the little guy anyway? Tell him I asked about him. My granddaughter joins the elves in praying for snow. She did this last year and got some (it was in January). This is in Tennessee. Leave some snacks out for the elves. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ here in TN it is COLD! Will be about 23 tonight. Luckily not rain. We've had enough of that! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Gerald Steen ('66) ~ 12/12/46 - 12/10/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/15/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45 '46 '02), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) George Swan ('59), Missy Keeney ('59) Suzie Gunderson ('60), Keith Hunter ('63) Carol Cross ('64), Deb Bosher ('67) Brad Upton ('74), Kerry Steichen ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy Stamper ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marsha Goslin ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, & '02) Re: Birthdays By the time you read this tomorrow, today will be yesterday. Figger it out. Anyway as reported in the Sandstorm today [12/14/04], it's my birthday. Double seven. There was a time that people like Paul Beardsley and Mrs. Dighton didn't think I would make it to my 22nd, much less my 77th. Actually I didn't think Paul would make it this far either, but here he is. As for Mrs. Dighton, she was as old as I am now, then. Whatever. Anyway, who's your Daddy now? Life goes on. Monday last, the doctors filled me with your isotopes, (I told them I probably had plenty already), and put me on the ol' treadmill. What a beast of a machine, and what wasted energy, better spent getting to the bathroom. And, of course, I was full of those EKG wires. I have always felt they would electrocute me some day without the comfort of a chair. If they do, I will sue them blind. -Dick McCoy, ('45 '46 '02) Bronc, Beaver, Bomber, Exhausted. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Bomberville residents: I have a request for anyone who may help me locate a small private cabin in the woods with a fireplace and perhaps a hot tub. I need a two night getaway less than 200 miles from Richland. These people don't cook, but like to eat, so there has to be a restaurant close by. I know there are nice places out there, but I don't know where to look. Thanks for the help -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elfin Update My special little friend, the elf, Lowiq is at it again. He recovered nicely from his skating escapade on the unfrozen puddle only to get himself into trouble once more. As the self-appointed president of the Puddle Placid Polar Bares, he went right out and attempted to skinny dip in the frigid waters of Puddle Placid. He erected a tiny diving board from which he performed a flawless half gainer and soundly stuck himself headfirst into the bottom of the puddle. Fortunately, he had lodged right next to Finkelflip Frog, who had just settled down for a long winter's nap in the silty bottom of Puddle Placid. Finkelflip, with only his big eyes showing saw the catastrophe take place. He performed a heroic rescue and extracted Lowiq from the soggy bottom. He then deposited Lowiq on the shoreline and performed CPR by twisting the elf's pointy ear and pumping Lowiq's leg until a small geyser erupted . Lowiq is once more in his little featherbed...convalescing. Meanwhile Finkelflip has filed a protest for invasion of the privacy of his bedroom by an indecently exposed elf. Life goes on at Puddle Placid. ~George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Just sitting here by the puddle, shaking my head. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Sunnie Andress aka Joanne Rolph ('59) Great idea. Pack those elves off to Vermont. I hear that it is a BEAUTIFUL and progressive state and the rights of the elf population are respected there. Besides . . . . . "Pappy" REALLY needs his "beauty sleep!" Have you seen him without his beard? Scary! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) You might enjoy this sight: The game I had in mind for you is called Elf Bowling. You and your elves could practice and then hold you very own Bowling Tourney. Very special for the Christmas season. Bomber Cheers, -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Keith Hunter ('63) I'm inquiring to see if any one has heard from or talked to Jackie Sheard ('61). I haven't been able to talk to her on the internet for over a month... You can email me directly -Keith Hunter ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) Re: Even A Smaller World Am still in shock for what happened today: I took a donation from my shop in Hoquiam (7th Street Consignment) to the Health & Rehab Center in Aberdeen and a nice man with white hair and beard let me in the back door so I could leave the donation, AND when he smiled and laughed something rang a memory bell so I looked at his name tag. It was Don ('60) my X-husband!! It must have been 30 years since we last saw each other and now both have businesses in Grays Harbor!!! Isn't life interesting?? -Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Pappy, I would like to extend an invitation to you and your unruly elves, (I always say there's nothing worse than unruly elves). We can host the winter games at our puddle. We have plenty of ice and the snow comes and goes. I often see tiny tracks on the ice, no doubt made by tiny ice skates. My elves are very happy elves, might have something to do with the fact that I leave tiny flasks out for them every night, keeps them warm. Might try it, you can buy the flasks at tiny liquor stores. Cheers, -Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) ~ in freezing Ellensburg. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Are there any Erie, PA Bombers? I'm performing at a club there called JR's Last Laugh, January 13-15th. It should be nice there that time of year!! I've also got club dates in Livonia, MI in February and Royal Oak, MI in March. Also, Portland in March and Spokane in April. Did I mention that I have a Caribbean cruise in February? Hey Mike, if I can get the honeymoon suite, do you want to go with me on the cruise? -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) Re: National Championship Football! Good Luck, Bill Berlin ('56) ~ with your Linfield Championship game! My Saints are off to Joe Carroll Stadium - Savannah, TN. Saturday, December 18th to win another national championship (going on third in a row). Carroll College from Helena, MT, NAIA National Championship of 2002, 2003 play St. Francis, Indiana. Any other Saints in Seattle area we are meeting at the Ram at 10am for the kickoff. Happy birthday to Big Jim Ellingsworth who turned 50 this last weekend. I will be in town over Christmas and will have a beer. Brad and Mike: let's have a little holiday cheer and start the New Year with a new contest. Anyone hear from Jerry Sions ('74), we missed him at this year's 30th reunion and don't know what happened. Happy Holidays to the rest of you Bombers! -Kerry A. Steichen, ('74) Saint ('78) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/16/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Shirley Watts ('49), Nancy Riggs ('51) Millie Finch ('54), Jimmie Anderson ('55) George Swan ('59), Patti Mathis ('60) Roger Gress ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Jim Hamilton ('63), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) Kim Edgar ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Joan Campbell ('57) Jack Keys ('60) Tim Smyth ('62) Terry Davis ('65) Ruth Russell ('71) Mary Raekes ('79) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Watts James ('49) I was amused reading about the FBI. Just before my husband and I were married we rented an "A" house. On our wedding night, the FBI pounded on the door of the people living in the other side of the house and demanded to know where Richard James was and how long had he lived there. Our poor neighbors were frightened out of their minds until they told the FBI he was getting married that night. It turned out Dick had parked our loaded car in front of an empty prefab and someone considered that suspicious and turned us in to the FBI. When my father sought employment at the project, the FBI contacted all my grandmother's neighbors and questioned them regarding Dad's integrity. My grandmother couldn't put her face out the door for days for fear she would get more questions about whether or not Dad was in some kind of trouble. Merry Christmas all. -Shirley Watts James ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) To: Marsha Goslin ('65) Happy Birthday a day late. To: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Whistlin' Jacks on Chinook Pass is a beautiful place, about 39 miles from Yakima. Rather spendy but worth it. They have an web page, just go to To: George Swan ('59) You should be writing childrens books, you could do a whole series on elves. -Nancy Riggs Lawrence ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Happy Birthday Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) - sorry this is late, but hope your day was special. Also, to all the gals from the class of 1954, this Friday is our monthly luncheon at Granny's. Hope you will show up, otherwise we might just talk about you!!! Later, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Jimmie D. Anderson ('55) Read the entry here: -Jimmie D. Anderson ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elves on the shelves Well, I think my Elves are sneaking into the house and reading my email because I have found teeny-tiny corks, tiny empty flasks, and spilled witty-bitty bags of chips laying about my study. In addition, I have noticed tiny muddy footprints on my desk and the shelves, not to mention tiny hand prints on my keyboard and monitor screen. And, I am starting to wonder if my little buddies are sneaking the sleigh and the eight tiny Reindeer out at night for joy rides up north to my friend, Deb Bosher Neuroth's ('67) frozen pond to get in some moonlight skating practice. Lowiq, is still a bit under the weather but I am suspecting that his brother, Lokey, although quite shy and retiring may be leading some of these shenanigans. If any of you fellow Bombers see them out and about (in Spokane or even as far as the eastern seaboard) at night flying across the face of the moon, will you please let me know. I do worry about them but it is hard to get upset at these guys as they are starting to remind me of myself when I was much smaller. ~George "*****" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Just wondering Pete Overdahl ('60), has the WSP ever issued any DUIs for sleigh driving while under the influence of Elf intoxicants? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) I remember a Don Llewellyn. he had red hair, and was really a funny guy. Could your ex be the one I am thinking of? -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) To: Terry Davis ('65) aka Terence Knox. Have a happy birthday. -Roger Gress (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it's 21 outside, but the roads are clear, and the ducks are still in the little lake out back. (the little pond in front is frozen, and the foster cats are inside with me, but I need to go out looking for warm underwear for Russia, and heavier gloves, so I'm off.) But before I go, I just want to wish Tim Smyth ('62) a Happy Birthday on December l6th. I know it's been a rough month, Tim, but hold onto the magic of your grandkids still believing in the wonder of Christmas, and prayer. For someday, the day will dawn, and you will be relaxed and able to enjoy what life has to offer again. Look at the little faces of those grandkids, and remember 55 years ago, we were those children in our kindergarten class at Spalding, and look at all the wonderful things life has given us. It got down to 19 last night and it's suppose to hit 15 tonight. We did have a dusting of snow on the ground and flurries that were gone by noon, so the roads are dry. I'm keeping the foster cats inside tonight, since their mean owner won't. (But I do worry about what they will do while we are gone a month, and yes, I've spoken to the owner about this.) I've been driving around without turning on the heat to try to get used to colder temperatures, but tonight coming home about 9:30, I got so cold in the car, even with my coat on, that I turned on the heat a little the last 5 minutes. It's only 60 in the house, but it feels so good after being in the cold car for 45 minutes. I'm seriously investing in some warm underwear tomorrow, silk I've heard is the warmest. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, Indiana - where 6 visiting ducks keep swimming in the little lake, and don't act cold at all, in spite of the fact that the rest of us feel like we are in a deep freeze. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: For the Calendar Gold Medal Class of '63 Chowder, Marching and Caroling Society's 17th Annual OlyFest and Chin Counting Contest. Spar Restaurant in Olympia on 12/18 at 10:00am jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) since Christmas Eve is "just around the corner", thought some of you might be interested in having Reindeer Food on hand for when Santa makes his appearance to all the "good little boys and girls". *grin* Reindeer Food: 4 Tablespoons uncooked oatmeal 2 teaspoons silver glitter mix the uncooked oatmeal with the glitter and store in a plastic bag---sprinkle it on the lawn Christmas Eve before going to bed---the sparkling glitter will attract the Reindeer and Santa will know which houses have little kids living there. *grin* my grandkids LOVE doing this----they make sure the grass is completely covered--don't want to take a chance on Santa missing THEIR house! *grin* -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - tule fog left town, but will return, soon. ;( ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Birthday Kids Well, I blew it wishing the beautiful Marsha Goslin ('65) a Happy Birthday on the 15th... probably because a chick so young and fair doesn't appear to have birthdays... (oh gawd that was mushy)... since I've known her from grade school that excuse may not fly... I do know that Tim Smyth ('62) celebrates his big day on the same day as one of my dearest friends in the woild... (Thought I was John Fogerty there for a minute huh... jes a Choinin' and Boinin'... not sure where a Berkeley kid gets that speech pattern... saw him a couple of weeks ago... he still has it... tho he does not use it on Proud Mary... just everything else...) so... back to the matter at hand... The first time I recall talking to the '65er birthday boy was after some kind of evening function at Jason Lee... we were all standing around in the front yard of the school and the Birthday boy was explaining the finer points of something called a circle jerk... the rest of us just kinda listened in awe as I for one had never heard of such a thing... I'm sure Skipper ('65) hadn't either... his topics really never changed much and I am sure he could still explain the same subject in even finer terms today... tho I don't think I will ask him to do so... He has really done a lot for a small town boy... after college he ran away to the circus in search of a Hollywood career... Naturally his day job... (tho I think it was a night job) was selling "marital aides" and the like in what is commonly called a porno store... as I said... his topic of conversation never did change much... He made his break thru on the Dukes of Hazard and from then moved on to some pretty darned fine roles... he used to like me to come when he was shooting because then he could just pretend to be doing a skit for me personally instead of the camera... in one series the cast and crew assume we were related because we could fall asleep in his trailer almost on command... in fact in one scene... in a particular series... he was supposed to have suffered bad radiation burns... and I think he also came back from the future where he got the burns... they had him in one of those burn tents and they had to keep waking him up because he kept snoring... one time this little snit "actress" claimed that my being on the set drained her creativity... as I got on really well with the rest of the bunch it was kind of a pain to have to remove myself when she was "emoting"... the Birthday boy took it upon himself to make it his job to make sure he made her cry as often as possible with his cruel wit... I loved it... especially since he wasn't using it on me as he had done all thru junior hi... he would later confess he had to "keep me in my place" as the less than top banana under him lest I learn that he was sure I might knock him off his thrown at any time... (oh gawd what we go thru as kids!!!!!!!!!!)... I've always been proud of him... during the good times and the hard times... and I'll love him as a brother thru thick and thin... so it is now time to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Terence Paul Angel Davis Knox ('65) -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) To: Jerry Swain ('54) Re: "It shall be my duty as District Attorney, not only... Jay Josten, was a well-known actor who played "Mr. District Attorney". His 8 year old nephew, Matt Josten, plays Bo Hamilton in the show "Rodney". -Claudia Stoffel ('68 WB) ~ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Looks like Spokane/Colbert won't see a white Christmas this year...but "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and some SPUDNUTS... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) Re: Proud Mom I received two emails today about my 10-year-old son "Scott" (4th grader) in Gym class today. One was from his teacher, the other from a mom helping out in class. (Little do these folks know that the secrets to his athletic skills are his "Bomber DNA" from me and he also had a little help from his dad's very athletic gene) Here's what the wrote: The kids have been having fun today with their 60 minutes of sports in the gym. We had a race and found out that Scott is the fastest runner in the class by far. Wow! That boy can run fast. I helped today in class, we had the kids play for an hour games in gym. So funny! Boy does Scotty have an arm (aka wiffleball softball). I was afraid he'd hit me, knocking it to back of gym and beyond. What a gift he's got!! Happy Holiday Season! -Kim Edgar Leeming ('79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/17/04 [Oops - Yesterday's Sandstorm shoulda been dated the 16th. -Maren] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), George Swan ('59) Irene de la Bretonne ('61), Carol Cross ('64) David Rivers ('65), Jeff Michael ('65), Deb Bosher ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Rislov ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Young ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Corey Boehning ('87) BOMBER LUNCH Today: Girls of '54 BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) 12/14/04 there is a pic of the Church at Discovery park in the Seattle PI. There is a movement afoot to save it from demolishment. That church built in 1942 at then Ft. Lawton, is a twin of the old Protestant Church on Stevens. All Army stuff was built from the same mold, from churches to schools, barracks, (dorms) theaters etc. To: Judy Willox ('61) and Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Thanx for the email cards. The only trouble is, those things never have money in them. To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Thanx for the birthday gift of a new coach. The foes will now bow down at the mighty feet of Washington. Tremble, Cougars. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Bronc, Beaver, Bomber, Husky ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Folks. Ho Ho Ho from *****, Lowiq, Lokey, and the rest of my Elves. And thank you for appreciating the joys of the wee people (of which I think I have always been one--just larger scale) and for tolerating the wild imagination of an old guy who should be out doing "Guy" stuff instead of writing about Elves, at least that's "the world according to my hunting dog, Darby." But, I think she shares my quirks because she is always at my side, or under my feet, or behind me to fall over, or ... Pappy Re: Elves and Reindeer Rodeos Just when I thought I had heard and seen it all. Last night I heard such a clatter, I jumped from my bed to see what was the matter. Out by the puddle I saw a commotion and heard fits of cheering and laughter. Elfin voices were yelling Hee Hee Haw, and vague forms were bucking and bouncing. By the time I reached Puddle Placid the last bit of movement disappeared in the bushes and all was quiet. And, there on the ground that still awaits new fallen snow lay a tiny cowboy hat and a sign that said, in big bold letters "ERRA." The fine print underneath read, "The Elfin Reindeer Rodeo Association announces the first annual Midnight Elf Reindeer Rodeo -- one night only at Puddle Placid in lieu of the winter games that have been temporarily postponed and moved north to Big Windy Country." I barely jumped out of the way as two tiny trucks pulling four place trailers hauling eight tiny reindeer raced out of the driveway. A sign on the back of the last one read, "Ellensburg Or Bust, Yee Ha!" Wonder what that was all about? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - I've been to at least three county fairs and a couple uh big people rodeos and I ain't never seen nothin' like that! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong Try Whistling Jacks -- a great getaway -- comfortable cabins, hot tub, restaurant, etc. -- not far from Yakima. -Irene de la Bretonne Hays ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Yes, Don used to have red hair and still appears to be "a funny guy"! To those who emailed me today (Wed) about Don, I forwarded them to him - hope he makes contact with you! -Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: The REST of the story Just got off the phone from wishing Terry Davis (Knox) ('65) a happy birthday. He was supposed to go to a party at Warford's but "someone" was too busy to come pick him up and take him over to Alkai... so... he's just taking care of his sis... I won't embarrass Simpson ('65) by mentioning his name in here as the busy party... Terry has been asked to do an Art film back East somewhere... (he told me where but I don't recognize any names east of Albuquerque... so I know it is much farther than that... anyway it is about a man who is obsessed with a woman he creates on his computer... see... told ya he still has the same train of thought... I should have mentioned yesterday... but my story was getting a little long... Terry has been doing a lot of writing... writing has always been a huge love of his... I once gave him an old Olivetti... from WWI or WWII... it was so beautiful... anyway as I said, he has been doing a lot of writing... his writing is not for the faint of heart... I will send a story with this and Maren can put it up if she deems it appropriate... if she doesn't (and I won't blame her if she doesn't) you can write me for a copy... BUT be prepared... it is very graphic and full of really bad cus words... It is a story about homeless in LA... that's enough to get you right away... I can remember when I used to go see Terry about every three weeks... getting to my hotel was always a trip because after dark the boxes come out and some cross streets you can't even use at night... anyway... this story takes place under the 7th street bridge... a place Terry and I used to go feed a homeless dog (really)... so If you'd like to read it... go to the site Maren relegates it to which will probably appear at the end of this note... if there ain't nothing there... she read it and fainted... by the way... as I recall it is about 30 pages long... (just looked... 37 pages) -David Rivers ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Too long to read since I'm ready to publish today's Sandstorm right now. Anybody who wants to read it, contact David. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) To: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: You said: "getting older, and, thankfully, better." Not wanting to hide behind a ladies' skirts... and being in touch with my feminine side (although basically cowardly), I have to say I have felt the exact same way! I thought I remembered putting my birthday on something Alumni Sandstorm related and thinking "Oh Boy, I'll get a few seconds of fame (fortune having totally eluded me thus far) each December." Shoulda known not to trust my memory fer anything (but I couldn't recall where I put the sticky note or the memo). Probably with my "other" set of car keys! Note to Maren: (10Dec) Maybe it would be possible for you to have the b-date on the subscription form and make it automatically enter your birthday posting list. I'm not the computer guru here... but I bet YOU can do it. [Jeff--Are you saying your birthday is 12/10? I have NO IDEA how to do what you suggest. -Maren] Re: Part time Jobs Let's see. Started by selling milk in the Chief Jo cafeteria at $.03 a carton for the brown bag lunch set. Advanced to Dish Washer at Col-Hi for 3 years. I fondly recall Mrs. House, one of the cooks there. She helped me a lot through the rough years. My best bud, Alex Clark ('65), and I had a great time together. On occasion, a burst of hot spray water would escape the nozzle in the direction of one of the dish return persons. Big trouble with that control nozzle! Then, the BIG TIME... weekend janitor at the Westgate Barber Shop (still standing, but with different owners). That's where I was when I first heard a Beatles song! Yessir... quite a start do a winding career path... unforeseen when taking PSAT tests and Calculus and Math Analysis, Chems, German, etc. dj jeff Michael ('65) in the cold/foggy Tri-Cities -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) Re: George "Pappy" Swan's unruly elves Pappy, Now I've never been one to complain, however it's been very difficult to get any sleep at night. Ya know, we moved out to the country for peace and quiet. What do we get??? Parties, loud elf parties! All night long, never stops. I often hear shouts of "Lokey, Lowig (where did you get those names??) stop that, I'm going to tell!" I walked out there last night and all I heard was laughter and the clinking of tiny bottles behind the willow tree. This concerns me, Pappy. Please try to control your elves. -Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) ~ in cold, foggy Ellensburg *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/18/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Dore Tyler ('53), Lokey Elf ('59) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Nelson Sisters ('60, '63, & '76) Helen Cross ('62), Jeff Michael ('65) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Ruth Russell ('71) Dave McAdie ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carole Clark ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Nelson ('67) BOMBER THING Today: Gold Medal Class of '63 Chowder, Marching and Caroling Society's 17th Annual OlyFest/Chin Counting Contest BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dore Tyler ('53) To: Dick McCoy (All those years) It's ", , , the feet of mighty Washington..." -Dore Tyler ('53) ~ Doing his own thing in the privacy of his own garden ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lokey and Lowiq ('59 -- 1459) Re: About George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Pappy n Darby go huntin' an Mrs. Pappy takes a nap so me n Lowiq sneekee in an we r scribin this 2 U on Pappy's compoot. Hi. We r mor than 500 yers olt but yung at hart. Eye haf to rite this cus Lowiq are nut uf the hi est intulec an eye only no a litul bit frum peek ovur Pappy shooldar troo windoh sum tym. I naat 2 gud riter or speeler. It r har to due this caws Lowiq loooos trac wot we dueink. We bounce aroun on kees tue right this noat 2 U an he spose to jumpm on tha key eye tellm 2. Butt he get itt rong a lot and luv fun 2 much. Hee hee, Lowiq sto, stopp,,,,,,,,,,, Now he doo cart wheeel. O donnn due dat! U get stuck in keys. Stoooooooooopppp ita! SSShhhhh! Quyyet! Don lafff soo lowdd! U wakkee da mmisssus. Tee hee hee ha! i no OK, it funnee. Whuupppp! Here cum Murphy kitteee kat... he tel on usss. Run Lowiq. Eye finissh and cum soon. Bi Bomber Biggg Peeeple....... - Lokey Elf ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Haf 2 gooooooooooooooo now ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday - January 8, 2005 TIME: 11:00am - 3:00pm (or as long as Bombers want to visit!) WHERE: DoubleTree/Columbia River I-5 Exit #308 - Jantzen Beach I-5 Northbound - follow Jantzen Beach Center signs 2nd 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! RSVP: Please contact Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) if you are planning to join us! ALL BOMBER SPOUSES AND FRIENDS ARE WELCOME! THE MORE THE MERRIER! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nelson Sisters ('60, '63, & '76) Another Nelson sister has a birthday. Happy Birthday to Susan Nelson Smith ('67). From your three sisters Jan Nelson ('60) Donna Nelson ('63) Debra Nelson Burnet ('76) -Nelson Sisters ('60, '63, & '76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I awoke today to see ice spreading across our little lake today, despite the fact this it was above freezing yesterday, but obviously not at night, and is to be above freezing today. That is a good day back here in the midwest in the "bleak midwinter". But it will be a great day, as the sun is shining, and the sky is changing from pink to blue!! With a 10 days to go until we will be in Russia, all is ready to be crammed into suitcases, and I've got the warmer boots and gloves, and long johns, so I shall survive having less heat in the buildings than we Americans are used to. I was an exchange student to Holland right after I graduated in l962, and lived with my Dutch family (also Simon Van Houwelingen's family, who lived with John Ehrig ('63-RIP) right outside of Amsterdam, we only had heat in a few rooms, the dining room, the family room, and my parent's bedroom. I not only survived, but had a fabulous time the entire year. So that is what I am looking forward to in Russia. Re: Part-time jobs: My first regular part-time, well, full-time for most of the summer job was babysitting and running the house for Howard and Helen Chitty while they taught swimming lessons in their back yard. Being with their 3 kids, then 7, 6, and not quite 2 helped me decide I didn't want to have kids anytime soon, and I certainly didn't want to be a single parent, as that was not much fun, and a lot of work. I had to give up almost all of my regular babysitting jobs to do that one for the regular pay, of maybe $1.00 an hour. Then, as I was l6, I went to work at Densow's Drugstore where I worked a full-time shift spread out over 2 weeks in the evenings, 6-10 pm and every other Friday pm, Sat., and Sunday, opposite someone else. It was a great job as we could change shifts whenever we wanted, as long as someone worked. And I loved talking with all the regular customers there. Judy Stewart's ('62) mother was one of my favorites. I made $1.05 an hour there, and worked there until shortly before I left for Holland, a few weeks after I graduated from RHS. When I came back and went to CBC Jr. College, I again went to work at Densow's and in a big wage dispute (for me), I found out I should have been getting raises as I had to belong to the union, so I figured out what I should have been earning, (I had saved all of my paystubs), and got all my back pay. I think all of that amounted to about $300, with my earning about $1.80 the last few weeks I was at Densow's. I then took a formal withdrawal from the union of checkout persons, so technically, I won't have to join a union when I have to apply for a part time job, which will probably be when we return from Europe, with the falling value of the dollar... My cousin, Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) and Carole Sledge ('64) had this same job after I did. In fact, Carole was the one who clued me in on the wage hike. My brother, Roy Cross ('65) who never writes into the Sandstorm, always talked about Terry Davis, aka Terrance Knox ('65) wanting to be a writer. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ where the day is going by, by the little lake and elsewhere, and I've got to get cracken'. My English teachers would faint if they could see all the computer redlines under my writing, as I used to get As in English. (I don't think the computer knows what a paystub is.) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Just thought I'd give travellers advance warning that I'll be tooling down the I-5 to San Diego Monday and Tuesday... you all might want to stay on the surface streets. We'll be heading back around the 29th... gotta do a New Year's Eve gig at Sun Cove, above Wenatchee. Maren: Yes, please, I'd like a scoop of December tenth. Thank you. Pappy: While I'm gone (see paragraph one above), I was wonderin' if you could either elf sit at my place or let my guys come to your party. In fact, as I rethink that... how 'bout I just send them on over... I'd like to have a place to come home to! You know how unruly those guys can be when they get lonesome and bored. And after Christmas they have little (ooops) not much to do and with us gone, they will be lonesome for sure. What's your address? I can give them to Brown tomorrow on an overnight delivery schedule or drop them off after church Sunday... your call. dj jeff Michael ('65) In the Tri-Cities where we had a couple days of really nice weather before the fog/cold returned. -Jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Orofino, Idaho Well, Thomas and I have been looking at rural property for a long time now -- each of separately before, and now together (well, duh) since our decision to marry, which was followed up quite happily by a wedding (3/17/04.) But I digress. We are now scoping out the Orofino, Idaho area. Anybody ever live in that vicinity? It's looking very good on paper (work-wise, property-wise, etc.) Going to spend 12/31-1/3 there, looking at land and talking to the medical folks -- potential future colleagues. Anyway, would appreciate hearing from any of you who might have even a passing bit of insight as to that locale. Thanks - -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Thank you, Jeff! Made me feel lots better to know that I'm not the only one with self-worth issues... (ha ha) As it was, I nearly missed my own moment in the spotlight by reading the Sandstorm on the 16th and thinking it was from the 15th because of the mistake in the dateline, and dumping it into my trash. I sat here and said to myself that it was totally typical that the internet gods would eat the Sandstorm on my birthday! I finally fished around in my mailbox trash can, checked the last issue out again, and, bingo, there it was! My name on the birthday list! Bells! Whistles! Buzzers, huzzah!!! (I have no life these days...) Thank you, Maren. I am now one of the "cool" kids! (kinda sorta) So, this goes out, probably belatedly, but no less sincerely, to Mr. Michael---Happy Birthday! May your next year find you not only a bit older, but happier, wiser, and all the other things that help make us content. Most of all, be sure to Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave McAdie ('79) rE: From the "Department of Cool Stuff" There is small article in the Tri-City Herald today (Names and Faces section) titled "Movie on Fallujah battle rumored to star Ford". It is supposed to be based on a book by Slate reporter Bing West. Harrison Ford is supposed to play the role of General Jim Mattis ('68). Now how cool is that....... Happy Holidays Bombers everywhere. -Dave McAdie ('79) ~ Kennewick *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ***Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/19/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 15 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Mike Clowes ('54) Dorothy Stamper ('54), Millie Finch ('54) Dale Ennor ('59), George Swan ('59) Ann Engel ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Jim House ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Nancy Mallory ('64) David Rivers ('65), Linda McKnight ('65) Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nick Nelson ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Pook Smith ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tony Harrah ('65) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) To: Dore Tyler ('53) "Mighty Feet". My bad. But that is kinda funny. Some Huskies did have them, ie, Steve Entman, size 17 or so. -Senior moments Dick McCoy, from the tin can Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: The Class of '60 Those of you who have received your copy of the DustStorm may have noticed a slight error on the registration form for your class [of 1960]. Do not dispare, you will not be paying for '55's memory book; that money will be for your class's (1960) memory book. I do apologize for any confusion this may have caused. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) To: Carole Clark Oien ('54) Happy Birthday to a fellow classmate and friend! -Dorothy Stamper McGhan ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Carole Clark Oien ('54) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you my friend. Now you are as old as all the rest of us!! Isn't it great! I hope your day is special, just like you. Mom said to tell you Hi also. Your friend, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Orofino, ID is a delightful, small town. We love to have breakfast at a small cafe on main street where they serve the most wonderful cottage fried potatoes. One caveat: if you are thinking of living in town the winter days may require a period of adjustment. The community is in a "hole" and the sun comes up late and goes down early. If, as you suggest, you are looking at a "rural" setting, you would probably be up on the rim and find the very enjoyable. -Dale Ennor ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Elf Awareness To: Jeff Michael ('65) Jeff, Sorry, no Elf sitting allowed here. They told me that they will not allow anyone to sit on them, (except Buddy, whom Papa Elf tolerates) so they have to be careful of large human posteriors in parks, woods, picnic tables, etc. However, feel free to suggest to them that my place and Deb Bosher's ('67) place, up in the "Big Windy" is available. Deb and I have given up fighting it since we have learned that it does no good to attempt any restrictions on these little guys. An Elf is going to do what an Elf wants to do (See Lokey's and Lowiq's entry for yesterday-in my absence). And, they will party at the drop of a tiny pointy hat. I share your concern about a place to come home to! I don't think these guys have to be lonesome and bored to want to have a "little" fun, they're just built that way. We are better off to just let them run wild; they will do it anyway. Don't worry about the address, they know. I have learned that Elves have a telepathic hot line and just know where the action is and if there is none, they will create it. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where I have reclaimed my "compoot," Darby and Murphy are assigned counter Elf security watch duties, and I am considering establishing the "Center For Elfin Awareness" and conducting serious research. I have begun. I am now studying the movie, "Elf" for the third time. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: Happy Birthday #13 The Gold Medal Class of '63 Chowder Marching and Caroling Society 17th annual OlyFest/Chin counting Contest 12/18/04 to celebrate Pook #13 on your program still number 1 in our hearts birthday. Where were David George Smith? Hey if we knew we were going to live this long we would have taken better care of ourselves. Pook we did survive some late nights in Portland back in the day. Have a good birthday and take care -Freddie from sunny Vancouver USA Happy to say there were no winners in the chin counting contest everybody had only one, pretty good looking group -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) & Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) When ever I go to Richland on what Bill Berlin ('56) calls "The Scene of the Crime Tour", I can never pass a street corner, a cigarette machine or a baseball diamond without recalling a Pook ('63) story. Like elm trees, lettered houses and streets with odd names, he's everywhere. Happy Birthday Pook, never thought either one of us would live long enough to need a fishing license much less to celebrate a 60th birthday. Maybe now you'll have time to learn more than the six hundred poker games you invented and claimed were fair for everyone. It was more like they were "fare" for Pook. Semper Bomberus jimbreaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) To: David McAdie ('79) I think it is wishful thinking that Hollywood might portray our Jim Mattis ('68) and Marines in Fallujah in a way that Bombers would deem as "cool". The days of movies staring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Audie Murphy are long gone. Those films may be criticized today as pro-war romantic propaganda. Hollywood has gone full circle in recent years with factually flawed films such as Dear Hunter, Apocalypse Now and Platoon. I am, at best, cautiously hopeful that the portrayal of Jim will be "cool" only because Sheen, Clooney and Robbins either refused or were not offered roles. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA (Only 6 hours away from breakfast with 20 dear Gold Medal (63) friends and a phone call from a special friend in CA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Couple of URLs on the film: Click HERE to see website #1 ~ Click HERE to see website #2 ...and there are apparently many other URLs out there. -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Pappy Re: Lowig's article in yesterday's(12-18-04)Sandstorm---- LOVED IT! had NO trouble reading it, either, since I have Norwegian blood in my veins, I understood every word! Also helped that my great-uncle talked just like that! I STILL say you need to write all these things in a book for children and us BIG kids, too, and get them published! I have some gnomes that I might just send your way---they could give your elves some pointers on being mischievous! Thanks for brightening my day and giving me something to laugh about early in the morning! Keep up the fun----life is just too **** short to be serious, so thanks for the laughter and bringing a chuckle to a dreary day. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ the tule fog has returned to Bakersfield, CA with a vengeance! we have had this blasted stuff for the last 3 days and it has NOT "burned off"----usually rid of it by 10:30 in the morning, but it has stayed around all day and night---hate driving in this pea-soup stuff!!!!!!! Schools had 2-hr fog delays on Friday and two of the school districts closed their schools for the entire day---pretty bad when you can't see the stop sign OR street lights til you are right on top of them!!!!!!!! grrrrrr ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Just checkin' on the welfare of the elves. You know I wouldn't mind having them if they were like the elves that made the shoes for the shoemaker. Them I would know that they would keep very busy doing stuff around my house that I don't do (or don't want to do). Are these elves cousins of the ones at the north pole? They must not be from the north pole or they would be too busy right now to do other things. Be sure to leave out some extra little warm socks for them. Also snacks. Chips or popcorn with soft drinks (milk would really be better -- perhaps they like hot chocolate?) -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ Here in west TN it is fixin' to turn very cold (down to 7 on Sunday night) and possibility of some white stuff (which would make my granddaughter very happy!) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Big Kids and Little Kids Wow... here it is... that time again... As this day rolled around back in '63... one of the birthday boys and I were just lowly sophs and the other birthday boy was a big time Senior... I remember the '65er and I walked in to our first "mixer" during our sophomore year... they were playing "Oh Donna" as we walked in and I could see we were really in the big time... no more noon dancing at Chief Jo... this was night time and night time is the right time for slow dancing and a little cheek to cheek... I knew we had arrived... course I didn't know where we had arrived... I thought we had come to the coolest halls in the world for walking girls to and from their lockers... to and from their classes... the land of eternal study hall and PE... the hand ball court and the wall with that cool "63" on it like the great T-shirt Freddie Schafer ('63) wears to school functions (I think they got them for a reunion one time)... the '65er birthday boy found it to be a place for stimulating conversation... expanding the mind... and walking girls to and from class... He was wearing his black converse that he had brought over from a short stint in Portland... As I recall... the '63 birthday boy would soon be wearing the black converse but at the time was probably in Weejuns or WingTips in keeping with Jimbeaux's ('63) fine leadership... I'd see Jimbeaux, LaMont ('63), the Heilings ('63) the birthday boy and their crowd just oooooooooooozing cool, while the '65er birthday boy and our gang did our best to emulate the big boys who were trolling our halls for "our" girls... sharks in the water and here we were mere minnows... The '63 birthday boy would go on to be voted "best dancer" along with my next door neighbor, Beth Parker ('63)... Number 32 in your programs was most versatile and Shelley ('63-RIP) was wittiest... all the while the '65er birthday boy and I were making our way thru the ranks for our day in the sun... I have always admired him as the smartest kid I ever knew and the one who could crack me up with the driest humor going... Here we go again, gang wishing Happy birthday to Pook Smith ('63) and Tony Harrah ('65)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on the 19th! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) I wanted to give you an update on the packages I sent to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. I have received two heart-warming thank you Christmas cards from the two soldiers I mailed boxes to in Afghanistan. The first card, came from a 19-year-old young woman soldier who just happened to have been educated in Southern Oregon. She was getting married on December 4th on leave. She said the UNO game I sent was a tremendous hit, as she can hear the men in her company playing it in the tent every night. The other thank you, I just received yesterday. The young woman soldier was thrilled with the scented candles, as there are not very many good smells over there. When I started this project, I didn't expect that I would receive any communication, but now I have people to write to. This has filled me with such joy, I am bubbling over with it. Happy Holidays everyone!! -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) This is catch up for me. -I left town November 30 for Santiago, Porto Alee (Brazil) and Buenos Aires, then spent that last 6 days in St. Louis... So I have been out of the picture for a while. I was just thinking how fortunate I am to visit all these exotic, romantic places then, thud... I am totally deflated with the news that Brad Upton ('74) gets to "work" in Erie, PA!!!!! Talk about making me feel small... no, I have never been to Erie PA... (maybe if I could be funny)... I can only dream!! - Happy birthday (late) to one of the '70 greats, Jimmy Q (Qualheim). As usual, Jim, my gift to you is to continue to keep under wraps what REALLY happened at The Stilts apartments that night way back when... No need to thank me, I luv ya man! -I have always thought that if we had a Bomber Parents Hall of Fame it would contain just about all of our parents. However, reading the comments concerning Mike Maki reminded me of his father. Mr. Maki was one of the all time great parents around town when we were all kids. Parents like Mr. Maki really made Richland what it was to all of us growing up. Great guy! Hope all Bombers are doing well out there... (I understand that "doing well" is a relative condition for Mike Davis ('74) but we can continue to hope!) Bomber regards to all -Mike Franco ('70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/20/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: George Swan ('59), Pete Overdahl ('60) Jim Yount ('61), Deb Bosher ('67) Rick Maddy ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Collins ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lyle Hawk ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rodriguez ('69) BOMBER LUNCH Today: 1940's Ladies & Spouses BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Squirrely Little Elves I had to take a break from working on another hunting story so as I write this, I am sitting here occasionally peering over the top of my monitor and out the window as I watch, Seemore, the squirrel. He hangs, full-length, upside down by his little hind feet like a bat with a bushy tail crooked over the tree branch as he dines. He is having an easy, leisurely lunch from our new Squirrel-proof bird feeder. The rest of his relatives, Seemore, Seemore, and Seemore sit about munching on nuts, peanuts, and ears of dried corn. These representative items of various squirrel food groups were placed about the back yard by a kindly old gray-bearded Elf who shall remain nameless. All of his squirrels are named Seemore because he can't tell them apart and he originally had a desire to see more Squirrels in his yard. Now, he sees more Seemores. He is a right happy and jolly old Elf who often chuckles out loud and mumbles to himself using, "Ho Ho Ho" a lot. Just this morning, it was all he could do to contain himself and keep from laughing ... in spit of himself. Unbeknownst to his mere human neighbors, he was really conversing with ... his little Elves. It seems that the Seemores have been seeing more of their Christmas nuts than they have. They are most unhappy little Elves. The neighbors think that all of that high pitched twittering and tweedeling was coming from the birds who were also protesting the unfair occupation of their feeders. Little did they know (in more ways than one) that most of the racket came from yet another Elf protest. The big jolly old Elf was reminding the wee ones that it was to be expected since Lowiq and Lokey had wrangled and saddled the Seemores earlier this year for their squirrel races near the puddle. He further reminded them that erstwhile they had pittled and played all year, there was much work yet to do. For the convoy of sleighs would arrive at midnight to take their years production to the far north in preparation for the "Great Night of All Nights" and to stop going nuts about nuts and get back to work. The old Elf silently wonders if this outsourcing to a warmer climate was such a good idea after all? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where under a hazy sun at 50, I'm wondering, "Do you see what I see?" ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Letter Homes of Richland In the few years I have read the Alumni Sandstorm a lot of discussion about our Dads & Moms working on the project. But I don't recall anyone talking of their Dads being Carpenters that built all the Alphabet Homes in Richland. I know they weren't brought in by boat or air. They have sure held up well for as old as they are and how fast they were constructed. Not to consider what they are selling for today. They wouldn't believe it now. They sure deserve a lot of credit. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Still here after 60 years. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Yount ('61) Re: Looking for Ray Lassila ('60) I'm trying to get in touch with Ray Lassila. If someone has contact information, I would appreciate your contacting me off list at: jim(at) Thanks! -Jim Yount ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) Re: Pappy's ('59) unruly elves Well Pappy, I am pleased to let you know our elves are finally partying a little quieter. I put up some tiny signs by my puddle informing them that all loud, unruly elf behavior would be reported to the RCFUE, (Regulatory Commission for Unruly Elves.) I think this only amused them, they are probably quieter because they are very tired. I know I am after listening to them carry on all night. When people ask me why I look so tired I just say "Blame the elves." In fact that response works so well I may use it as my standard response to all questions, such as "why are you gaining weight?, why is the house messy?, why aren't the bills paid?" etc. Just say "Blame the elves"-it confuses people and they forget what they're bugging you about. We need snow so the Winter Games can begin here at the Big Windy Puddle. Cheers, -Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: Hollywood I have to completely agree with Jim House ('63). Wishful thinking. MONEY is the motivation in Hollywood, not truth. Think about it. Here is what Thomas Jefferson said about newspapers - 'The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. 'I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. 'Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. Letter to Nathaniel Macon, January 12, 1819 - and now I am supposed to believe in Hollywood's "Based On Truth" movies? Sucker born every day. My advice to anyone, particularly children, would be to replace reading a newspaper with watching a movie in Jeffersons quotes. My advice to the general would be to tell Hollywood that if they use his name in their "fact based" movie they will be getting a letter from his lawyer. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Huntington Beach, CA - water temp 57, Surfs Up ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Hi-I'm b-a-c-k. I finally got my disc to send e-mails. I have been very busy since arriving in Eugene. Merry Christmas all. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Eugene, OR - where is the sun? I haven't seen it much since being here ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) FRANCO LIVES! -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/21/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Ralph Myrick ('51), George Swan ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joanne Rolph ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeff Osborn ('82) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Well, Judy and I printed out and put together the messages you sent about Helen Skogen. Judy made a really nice book for her with an outstanding cover. She always does good. Thank you so much for taking time to write about Helen. I read them over twice and everyone of them said exactly the way I felt. Even having a huge crush on her. Right now I am in Meridian, Idaho at Cassy's ('93) home. I came to visit and play Santa Claus in my granddaughter's, Emily, kindergarten class and her second grade classroom plus three more classrooms. I had a great time, but I was found out. Emily opened the door to her classroom for Santa and said, "That's not Santa. That's my Papa." Darn, I was hoping to keep her not knowing. Everyone have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God Bless everyone. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) Re: Unruly Elf Yarns Deb, By golly, I think you have hit on a good one. "Blame the elves." I like it very much. This would provide a reason for all of those things that we all let slip or fail to get done and could generate understanding and acceptance for those of us who see and hear the "Wee Ones." I like it so much that I have coined a possible book title based upon my old job field, "Biology." We could call it, "ELFIN BIOLOGY -- Or Elfin, Blame It On Little Ol' Guy Yarns." We could assemble yarns from all of those like us who, until now, have been afraid to speak up. It provides a perfect and understandable excuse (I mean justification) for our shortcomings -- "Blame it on the Elves." Now, I can, with a straight face, tell Mrs. Pappy why the yard work is not done, why the House is not completely painted, why the wood cutting is not completed, and why I'm not fat but just pleasantly plump -- The Elves made me eat all that good stuff. The possibilities are endless. Gotta take a nap now and do some further thinking on the subject. The Elves are insisting that I rest after that. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Where the Elves will probably make Darby and I go bird hunting later. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: All Bombers in the Richland area Re: Lunch after Christmas I ran into Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) at Fred Meyers on Sunday in Richland. She confirmed what she said at the Thanksgiving luncheon. "Any Bombers who want to meet at the Spudnut Shop on Wednesday December 29, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. Kathy will be there to greet everyone. Others have confirmed they will be there. Great opportunity for Bombers from out of town visiting to get together with other Bombers. To: George Swan ('59) Now known better as "Pappy" Re: Elves Your security of keeping the Elves resting at night is not working. Being as I am a night worker my play time on the computer (computer is not part of my work) comes after about 9:30 p.m. I'm typing away at the computer to find your wonderful Elves are catching my eye. They are flying Santa's sleigh much more than you know. As I look out my computer room window I do not see a vacant sky. I see Santa's sleigh doing unusual flying. With only four days until Christmas Eve you had best corral the Elves so they get their work done. Santa will be disappointed, as well as all those little children that will be waiting for their gifts if all the work isn't done. By the way it is fun to watch what the sleigh can do. The Elves are developing some unusual maneuvers. Really like the one where they fly the sleigh straight up into the sky like a jet then let it fall. I think they have about mastered the maneuver. They are laughing away as they do this. Makes me feel like a kid again waiting for Santa. The Elves are always playing with the lights and doing weird things with them. So far I haven't seen Rudolph at the front. Guess they have decided they better not tire Rudolph out. Being as I have reported the Elves Antics I suppose they will try to get Santa to not stop at my house. SHHHHHH...please don't tell them I reported them. Re: Work in Richland My work started with babysitting at the age of 12. Then on to Skip's drive-in as a car hop. That lasted six months then hired by C.C. Anderson's/The Bon Marche. Good thing as working at Skip's I put on ten pounds eating to many hamburgers and drinking milk shakes. A couple of more months it might have been 30. Worked at the C.C. Andersons/The Bon Marche for 4 l/2 years. Enjoyed every bit of the work I did there. Worked in yardage with Gurtha Edwards whom some of you may remember as she was with the store for years. Helping the gals pick out materials for dresses was always enlightening. Kept me up on who was dating who for proms and various things. (Of course anything happening to anyone in Bomberville spread from person to person in lightning speed anyway). Floated in the summer during vacations and worked in most departments. Christmas was always a fun time at the store. Brightly lit with Christmas decorations. Toy store was brought in by the store just before Thanksgiving. Smiling shoppers made for a lot of Christmas cheer. Hear I am turning the hands of time again back to the wonderful days of living in Richland. Been doing double time on memory since I moved back. All great memories. Merry Christmas to all Bombers and their families. Pray that all of our troops are home soon and the Iraq war is over. Bin Ladin is picked up as well as all of the terrorists. Peace be in this world. May God Bless you and yours. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - I'm still stunned at times that I am living here where the sun shines. Overcast days aren't so dark and gloomy. What a Christmas gift I've given myself. Bombers that are thinking about coming back to Bomberville. Do it, is what I have to say!!!!!!!!!!!! I've spoken with many Bombers that have moved back and they say the same thing. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I don't know if anyone caught this or not, but Harrison Ford has signed a deal to play a 6th grade teacher in Finley. The Mike Davis Story should be out this spring... I already have tickets! -Brad Upton ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/22/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Rhodes ('52WB), Gus Keeney ('57) Pat Aeschliman ('57), George Swan ('59) John Northover ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Mike Waggoner ('60), Suzie Gunderson ('60) Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Deb Bosher ('67), Brad Wear ('71) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Bob Chiles ('58) & Suzie Gunderson ('60) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) I am a Bomber who has come home and I certainly agree with Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) about coming home. My wife and I feel that it is the best move that we have made in a long time. Alice and I also wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to Bombers everywhere. -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Elves!!!?? To: Pappy Swan ('59) Somewhere in our Heinz 57 heritage, there is some Irish Blood. I always blamed all those happenings on the Leprechauns. That is, the ones that I didn't blame on Missy ('59)!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pat Aeschliman Roberts ('57) In this special season of sharing and giving, I want to take this opportunity to get in touch with so many of you. Dealing with my health problems and the loss of my husband, "Robbie" (Lionel '52), has been a challenge this year but I am blessed with an incredibly close and caring family. In addition, we have been contacted and kept in the thoughts and prayers of friends all over the world. I am sorry I have not been able to reply to everyone personally, but rest assured, I am no less grateful and we thank you all. I also hope we all keep a special place in our lives for all the brave who are in harm's way every day to protect us and keep us free. -Pat Aeschliman Roberts ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: My time of the year This is my time of the year, Fall and Winter. I love early mornings, a brisk breeze in my face, the constant wash of lapping ripples on the shoreline, a cold morning sunrise, a hot cup of coffee in a gloved hand, that special comradery found only in a duck blind, the sounds of whistling wings, soft quacking and distant wild goose talk, ducks gliding in on cupped wings, the gentle splash from webbed feet and feathers, the joy of a warming sun, soft warm colors of low- light angles, and the prodding nuzzle of my best friend's muzzle, but most of all -- just being there. And, these are but a few ... of my favorite things. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Well ok, Spring and Summer aren't bad wither. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Northover ('59) Small world story: My daughter plays Varsity Water Polo down here in Paradise. Since the sports teams get no support from the school district or the school there is a lot of parental involvement as we have to raise all the money for all the sports programs. Each team has two or more 'crazy' parents that have volunteered to ensure that the kids have transportation, uniforms, equipment and what ever else may be necessary for that specific sport. With 3300+ kids in school and kids playing just about every sport available it is a huge job. Anyhow ... the two parents that are riding herd over the girls Water Polo Varsity, JV and Novice teams are doing a great job. A couple of games ago I was talking to the team Mom. We had had an unusually cold spell for San Diego. Temperatures were getting done in the high 40s!!! I said to the Mom that when I was back in High School in Washington, this weather would have been considered warm. She said "Where abouts ...." I said "Eastern Washington" ... "Where???" .... "An area called the Tri Cities" ... "REALLY ..WHERE???" I said "Richland ... " She said "I grew UP there and graduated from Hanford High!!!!" Not a Bomber but at least a Richlander!!! She graduated in 1985 ... left after graduation. Her name was Monika Grun....something (not sure of the spelling of the last name) ... anyhow she always says that her name is Monika with a 'K' when we bring checks for various items we pay for. She lived in West Richland. It is a small world ... guess you had to have been there ... ANYHOW MERRY NEW YEAR and HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all and to all good night. Yours in perpetual amazement - Living in Paradise where our weather is wonderful, our roads are filled with bustling Christmas shoppers and life is fast ... john - Senior Research Assistant for Epistemological Ontology - '59 -John Northover ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Seasons Greetings This is to wish all Bomber Alumni and their families a Warm and Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Please remember our fellow Americans in the military in your prayers. These are dangerous times for them. Re: Fireworks There will be a few New Years Eve fireworks. Spokane First Night downtown on the island, Crystal Mtn, Sekiu, a private display at Seattle Tennis Club, and the new Emerald Queen Casino. If they don't need me in Spokane, I will be at the casino. After all our rather perilous work at Grand Coulee Dam last year we did make the General Electric Calendar for 2004. Being 50 feet up on scaffolding in the wind on top of that 400 foot high dam was a fearful experience for the crew. It is difficult to see the 40 foot diameter emblem in the middle of the top of that monster, mile wide structure. But it is a picture we will frame for the office wall. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Waggoner ('60) As Christmas approaches, I think back on what a marvelous place Richland is. We (and/or our parents, our grandparents, etc.) came from all over the country and the world (including coming from the Columbia and Yakima and Snake River valleys). We and they did many of the normal things that people do such as go to school, find work, get married, have families, etc. And also we were involved in the great work of developing nuclear materials for both military and civilian use. We have gone all over the nation and the world (including living in the beautiful Columbia and Yakima and Snake River valleys). I am very grateful to have grown up in this place and with you people. I wish this little community a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. And a special prayer of thanks to those who are and have been keeping us safe, whether in the medical professions, fire or police departments, Homeland Security, the Armed Services, etc. -Mike Waggoner ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) To: Bob Chiles ('58) Re: 45th Wedding Anniversary Good Morning, Darlin', You are my life, I am your wife, For 45 years thru laughter and tears we've always been dears I still love you a bunch and on a wise hunch I'm telling you this much You are still my every thing You still make my heart sing and make the all my bells ring, NO MATTER WHAT! 1-4-3 seus -Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Any Bombers out there that have had carpal tunnel surgery? I think that is what my doctor is going to prescribe for me and I am scared and a bit apprehensive! Not ashamed to admit that I am a BIG baby when it comes to pain---I have already had the nerve conduction test (which hurt like HE**---since I had this done about 10 years ago, I am definitely hoping NOT to have to repeat it!!!!!), so not looking for MORE pain! The carpal tunnel is affecting my left forearm, along with the fingers and wrists on both hands... been on the Internet and looked up the two different methods for surgery --- "open" and "endoscopic" --- both are given good marks for success. I see my doctor on the 17th of January to discuss options, so would like some info before then. any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks. By the way, want to know a GREAT movie to take your kids and grandkids to? "Polar Express"!!!! Took all 7 of my grandkids, plus my youngest daughter to it this afternoon and it was well worth the price of admission (went to the matinee and for 9 of us to go, it was over $67!!!!!!---shudder to think what it would have cost at "prime" time!!!!!!) Thank goodness for Master Card!!!!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ tule fog is STILL here in Bakersfield, CA and looks like it is gonna be around for quite a while. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Class of '65 40th Well now... here it is January already... have received about a million inquiries about the '65er's 40th reunion and hadn't heard from His Nibs Gregor ('65)... then Simpson contacted me asking the same question... fortunately he had the insight to look at the '65er web site and low and behold it was revealed... The reunion will be held at the Old DI/Hanford House/Red Lion June 24-26... uhhhhhhhh 2005... what an unusual place for a reunion... guess we couldn't hold it at the Bomber Bowl since it ain't the Bomber Bowl no more... grrrrrrr... I mean... share and share a like... mama always said that if you get a pit in yer chocolate covered cherry... sue the bast... uhhhh... wrong story... so that's the news that's fit to print... not to jinx the boy er nutin' but Terry the Davis Knox ('65) will be heading for Miami on the 2nd for an episode on CSI Miami... so cross your lil' fingers... While Terry was in Seattle he, Simpson ('65), and Warford ('65) got together at Warford's or some girl's house (may have this all mixed up) and so here are some photos from that little gathering. So all you '65ers... getcher Bomber wear ready for the big whingding this June... can't wait can't wait can't wait... I'm gonna get ahold of Freddie ('63) right now and see if I can borrow his '63 handball court t-shirt... yipp eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Pappy, your book is a great idea, now that we could really have fun with that. The elves are having a terrible time here, the wind is blowing and they keep rolling down the driveway. I heard a tiny little voice suggest they continue the party in Burbank. By the way, do you know that ELF spelled backward is FLE??? Which, at this time of the year, no doubt stands for Flying Little Elves... They better get busy. -Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) ~ in windy, cold Ellensburg ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Wear ('71) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) George, I don't understand why you don't just shoot the mangy elves. They're good eating, kinda like lizard. -Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) I think Brad Upton ('74) is trying to provoke me by saying "The Mike Davis Story" will be out soon starring Harrison Ford in the title role. It's true! It is coming out this spring. Brad failed to mention that he to will be portrayed in the movie. The producers are still trying to sign Woody Allen for the part! -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/23/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Bradley ('56), George Swan ('59) Missy Keeney ('59), Jan Bollinger ('60) Donna Bowers ('63), Marilyn Swan ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Linda King ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chuck Holtz ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Craig Lansing ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Blankingship ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Riggins ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Bradley ('56) I wish all of you Bombers a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and may all your dreams come true. -Mike Bradley ('56)~ in Kirkland, WA - where believe it or not, it is not raining at the moment. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Irish Elf Bowling and Shooting Gallery To: Gus Keeney ('57) I knew tha' Gus. Shearly I did now. Anyone wi' the bountiful and vast amount o' merriment tha' you and yer darlin' sister, Missy ('59) do possess would haf' ta be o' bit o' the Irish persuasion. I too, have a Heinz 57 heritage, and shear an' begorrah, there be a bit o' Irish Blood stirred inta me background too, don' yah know? Me great, great, great ... whatever ... grandaa' departed tha emerald isle, Dear ol' Ireland ,in the 1600s due to his association wi' the lil' people. Yah see now, Leprechauns promised him a wee pot o' gold if he took them to America. Once here, tha' lil' buggers hitched a ride wi' a fur tradin' and trappin' brigade a headin' out west. They an' the gold were ner' seen no more. But then, Grandaa' was always rumored to ha' a bit o' likin' fer a sip o' the ol' Irish spirit an' a wee pint now and then an' ... then an' ... An' to this very day, me an me dear, younger than me, darlin' sister, Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) still be ah searchin' fer tha' lil' pot o' gold. An' so the Elves heard o' er' family plight an' ha' befriended me er' since. They ha' no gold either bu' we be rich in merriment an' good times. To: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) Perhaps, the rolling elves that you have observed are really "bowling Elves" the result of that new game that Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) mentioned, "Elf Bowling," found at: The Elves serve as "Bocce Balls." It may have been introduced by their visiting Italian relatives. I think that the sites of their parties change frequently so they are hard to pin down and to get much work out of them contrary to popular yarns about positive Elfin work ethics. Yes ma'am, I knew about FLE, often simply represented as "Fun Loving Elves." Indeed, they better get busy. But, it is understandable. Their very names reveal much about them. For example, Lokey, from birth (over 500 years ago) was recognized as a very laid back, "low key" little dude and Lowiq had such a "Low IQ," (about three notches above a gourd), that the rest just look the other way and tolerate him. To: Brad Wear ('71) Shhhh! I know, I know but we have to be careful, otherwise we will have yet another protest by misinformed humans. They don't understand that the elves like it. Since the Elves are immortal and no harm can come to them, they find it quite sporting. They explained to me that we could never really shoot them because we would never understand their ability to shape shift, transform, and resurrect. Thus, they and we can have great fun and will still have excuses to blame things on. And, guess what? It is lizard meat that they leave in their place and shape when we think that we have bagged another wee trophy. But don't tell anyone. Sandstorm will be in yet another uproar and just before the holidays. PS What caliber and load do you find works best? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Wonder if Gnomes and trolls, and those Leprechauns (wherever they are) would like to get in on the fun? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Linda Reining ('64) If you have to have carpel tunnel surgery don't be afraid to do it. I had both wrists done 2 years apart by a wonderful neurosurgeon in Seattle and it greatly relieved my discomfort. The nerve conduction test is WAY more uncomfortable than the surgery and I am the BIGGEST BABY on the planet, just ask Burt Pierard ('59). He tried to get me to give blood a while back and there was NO WAY my blood was going any where near that needle. Hey, I even passed out when I had my ears pierced. Happy Holidays to all you Bombers where ever you are. Pray for peace, tolerance and forgiveness in this very divided world where there seems to be little peace or tolerance. -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland since 1990 and it IS good to be home! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Brad Wear ('71) Re: Pappy's Elves Elves taste like lizard??? Is that something only a redneck would know? What did y'all have at your Texas house for Thanksgiving, by the way? I'm also curious what kind of ammo you'd suggest for critters so small that they dance on Pappy's keyboard! Apparently elves come in a variety of sizes, as I've seen photos and even movies where the elves were more like the size of a toddler child. In any case, Brad, it sounds to me like you need a large helping of some Christmas spirit! I just can't believe a Marine would want to shoot one of Santa's elves . . . . no matter what they taste like! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane - Where clouds gave way to sunshine this morning, and just enough gathered at sundown for a brilliant pink sunset. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) What a Christmas present, the pictures of the [Class of '63] Chin Counting Society were just great. You all have not changed a bit!!!! Except for Reed Creer (what a middle name... and did we used to have fun with that) Galbraith. What IS that thing on your upper lip?? No, really it was just fun to see all of you via the Sandstorm-so thank you to Freddie and Annie! By the way where was Anne's picture?? And who won the chin counting contest? I think at our next reunion we could have a contest for the one with the most wrinkles and the one with the biggest waistline, or the most sags/bags or-maybe not!! The name of the get together probably came from Mr. Jimbeaux-sounds like his humor. Anyway, you all are priceless individuals and I am so glad to be a part of the GOLD medal class of '63-you really know how to have fun!! Love ya' -Donna Bowers Rice ('63) ~ St. Louis, M) - 24 and freezing and almost Christmas (or Winter or the politically correct) Holiday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) Re: Bowling for Elves To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Good grief, bowling & hunting for Elves was a bad enough pastime, but now you admit to talking to the wee creatures, also. I always knew there were things about you, I never knew about, but talking to Elves was not one of them. Good grief, now who has the Low I.Q.? Your much younger sister, -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) My husband and I went to see "Polar Express" last night. What a hoot!! The big screen is the ONLY way to really get the most out of it the first time seeing it. I hope that it wins some sort of award for the animation. I plan on purchasing the DVD when it comes out. We have been having lots of fog as well, but not the tule fog that you guys get in Bakersfield. I would like to take this time to say Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Years to all of you out there in Bomberville and wherever you may be. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where the sun is shining for once. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Had two great responses from Bombers concerning carpal tunnel surgery: Mike Howell ('68WB) and JCoyne---thanks to both of them for great info on the surgery---BUT, JCoyne said he was awake for his surgery---not sure I can "handle" that part! Bomber thanks and hugs to Paul Ratsch ('58) and Alan Stephens ('66) for more advice on carpal tunnel surgery. Paul sent good advice on taking Vitamin B-6 (have tried that, but it is no longer helping) and Alan said he just recently had surgery and it worked. Thanks, again, Bombers for "being there". -Linda Reining ('64) ~ it was 32 at 7AM in Bakersfield, CA and windows were all iced over! "ol man winter" has definitely made his face shown in the San Joaquin Valley!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda King Goetz ('79) I had endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery on my right wrist in July and would highly recommend it! I was apprehensive and scared, too, since I have never had any surgery of any kind but it was a breeze. I think it took a total of 25 minutes. The relief was immediate! The recovery took about 4 weeks but it wasn't painful as long as I didn't use my right hand. I look forward to having my left wrist done next summer. Hope this helps. -Linda King Goetz ('79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/24/04 ~ CHRISTMAS EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) George Swan ('59), David Moore ('60) Barbara Gaines ('62), Helen Cross ('62) Freddie Schafer ('63), Deedee Willox ('64) Diana Bennett ('64), Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68) Lisa Lysher ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn Groff ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Miller ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Art Schafer ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) You do not want trolls at your elfin parties; believe me on this. They tend to spend a lot of time preparing lutefisk, drinking grog and stomping around the place. And with gnomes, one just never knows what kind will show up. But, be of good cheer, perhaps the Cinnamon Bear will clear them all out. To all who read this: Have a Happy and Merry... -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year's to all Bombers I want to wish all Bombers wherever they are a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year. I truly hope that 2005 will be good for all of us and to those recovering...2005 is the year to get well. The best Christmas present ever comes daily...the Alumni Sandstorm. Now that the new year us upon us, and for those of us who work a fiscal year, it is time to pay those Sandstorm dues. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA and I LOVE to read where all the Bombers are living. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Christmas Times ah comin' Lokey, Lowiq, and the rest of the elves and myself will be absent from Puddle Placid for a couple of days and may need a couple of long winter naps after that. The Elf Bowling Alley and Shooting Gallery are closed up and we're headin' north today (Thursday-- Christmas Eve Eve). An IFR flight plan has been filed and bright red mittens, Elmer Fudd cap, muffler, and long johns pulled on (under bright Red (maybe its Blaze Orange), foul-weather survival suit). All of the years production from here and other Elf outsourcing sites has already been sent North by Brown, White, and Yellow and a few volunteer Marine C-130s. Tomorrow night (just one Eve) will be busy. Please keep in mind that I (ummm, I mean Santa -- Of course) prefer(s) cookies with lots of nuts in or on them and milk of magnesia. It will be a long night and a whole lot of cookie eatin' goin' on. Good little Bombers (aged 15-whatever) will be rewarded. If not, what were you thinkin' ... when you did that? "HO! REINDEER! HO! I'm still writin' so stop jerkin' those reins. And you Elves out there, knock off the snowball fight and close the window. You're gettin' snow in my keyboard. Ouch," another snowball to the back of my Elmer Fudd cap. They mind so well. Gotta go, the escort of Marine Harriers is hoverin' over Puddle Placid. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - No, there's no snow in the rest of Burbank but if I place a finger on the side of my nose, I can do more than just get up chimneys. Merry Christmas Bombers. HO HO HO ....... ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Moore ('60) and Barbara Gaines Moore ('62) Hi: I was just sent a copy of your Alumni Sandstorm by some new acquaintances, Bill & Christa Wingfield, to read and would like to subscribe to it. My name is David Moore ('60), and my wife's name is Barbara Gaines Moore ('62). I have lived in Richland since 1944, and Barbara has lived in here since 1946. We have been married for 42 years and we own a business called Koi Joy's Pond Shop in Kennewick. We would welcome other alumni visits here, or online to those interested, at Thank you for a wonderful way to check up on our old friends. We both enjoyed reading this copy and are already trying to catch up on past issues on your archives. Sincerely, -David Moore ('60) and Barbara Gaines Moore ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the winter wonderland of West Harrison, Indiana where we did have our snow storm of the century, waking up to snow drifts of 4 plus feet, and an official of about 21 inches deep!! (we were here in the winter of '77 & '78 when we had the last highest snowfall hit, our oldest son, now 27 was a baby then, and I never missed a doctor's appointment with him. Now it would take a fire to get me out of this house.) It's beautiful outside, the sun did shine for a few minutes earlier, but it's a little gray and windy, but thankfully no more snow. We may make it out for Christmas Eve Services. But it is getting us ready for Russian weather. We are to leave early December 26th, via London, and will be in St. Petersburg, (ready or not for me, my husband is already packed), December 28th. I've had the house heat down as low as it will go to get us used to little heat in the house this last month, but my 24 year old son, home from Purdue (of all places), will have none of that, so we've relented to half heat of what is normal. I do wish Bombers of all classes a Happy Christmas season spent with loved ones, and a great new year. For those of you who are of the praying bend, I do request your prayers while we are a part of an 11 member team with the orphanage of 150 mostly teens off the streets of Samara until January l0th. We will celebrate their Christmas with them on January 7th. I also want to wish Happy Birthday to fellow class of '62 mates, Bill Blankingship, was it so long ago we were fishing in Wellsian lake?, and Craig Lansing, who I believe I've heard is in Law Enforcement. Who would have ever guessed that back then?? -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ hey, I found out my boots work in this type of weather, as driving yesterday was not fun!! But I remain in the house by the little lake where I see no living thing on the lake today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) You were supposed to be a Christmas present but you were always a little impatient, so the 24th is your day. That way your cheap older brother can combine birthday and Christmas presents in one. You can't pick your brother but if I could pick I still would have picked you. Happy Birthday Art... you have been in Louisiana long enough to be a bona fide "rajin cajin". Couple more years you can tap into the 401k without a penalty freddie ~ in Vancouver USA where our Christmas will be wet but merry -Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Carpal Tunnel I had carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists last summer. Did the right one first (I'm right-handed). I had the endoscopic surgery, much less invasive and much faster healing time. I wouldn't have it done any other way. In fact the doc that sent me to the specialist, sent me to one who does the open surgery. I refused to do it that way and they switched me to the doc that does the endoscopic. I had the local anesthetic, so I was awake for the surgery, but I fell asleep from the happy stuff they gave me. Two months later I had the left one done the same way. I healed really fast from the right wrist surgery, had no trouble, and NO pain! Doc gave me a Rx for pain meds, but I didn't take any at all. I healed a little more slowly from the left wrist surgery, but still had no trouble, and no pain. A little discomfort in that wrist for several months, but it was gone by six months, and it wasn't debilitating. I am the absolute biggest chicken! And I was ok. So you can do it!! To: All Bombers I hope you have a wonderful Christ-centered Christmas and a great New Year! To: Jeannie Armstrong Reynolds, Maren Smyth, Mary Massey Horsey, Dena Evans Harr, Myrna Bolin Turner, & Barb and Larry Holloway: I love you, friends. Have a wonderful Christmas. I wish we were all together. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where I'm on the lookout for any elves that might stray from Pappy's pond. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Diana Bennett Ground ('64) Since I will be traveling over the holidays I wanted to take the time to wish all my fellow bombers a very Blessed and Joyous Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. -Diana Bennett Ground ('64) ~ in Juneau, Alaska where it is 40, windy and rainy. Not a typical Alaskan winter at all. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: New Way to Celebrate Christmas Well, change can be very good -- but also very stressful. You don't have to be a psychiatric practitioner (like I am) to know that! Of course, this has been a year of BIG changes for us. Our marriage in March, the births of our first two grandchildren (January and February). Put on top of that grad school finals last week, the crunch to finish my thesis by March, the pressure to make decisions about where to buy land and begin my practice (or maybe just to stay in Spokane for two more years until the boy graduates from high school), and a new and demanding (albeit fulfilling) job. Oh yes, and the ongoing concerns (always!) for and about the grown- up kids. (Those of you with kids over 21 will understand, that "grown-up kids" is not a contradiction in terms.) ANYWAY, put them altogether, they spell stressful. And that is NOT how we want to celebrate Christmas -- in chaos and stress. So we came up with a new plan. Some of you (especially those with older kids, and grown kids/grandkids who do not live close by) might find this helpful. This year we did not put up a tree. Our only decoration is an Advent wreath. We shipped gifts off to the grandbabies, the kids, and Great Grandma, and a couple other folks. We made charitable contributions in the names of those who really DON'T need us to be sending more "stuff" their way. We chose those charities based on what we knew are things important to them. (e.g. their own church, etc.) We sent out lots of photos with Christmas cards, knowing that this is something WE would like to see from others -- and something no one else could send, since they were photos we had taken throughout the year. Our Christmas celebration will be Mass on Christmas Eve (10- midnight), then a nice dinner on Christmas Day. For us, this is a way to stay focused on what Christmas is about in our lives. Our "big" celebration this year will be over New Year's. We had already planned to go to check out property and discuss job possibilities in Orofino, Idaho. We will leave on 12/31, and stay over until 1/3/05. We three will exchange gifts on New Year's Day. We are thinking to make this a tradition, which is bound to make things easier in the future for the grown children. That way they don't have to worry about which grandparents they need to spend Christmas with each year. They can establish their own traditions around Christmas. (We were fortunate to have all the kids here around Thanksgiving, so we may 'lay claim' to that holiday in the future.) Anyway, Christmas is alive and well in our hearts -- but it looks different this year. And it feels good. To each of you, however you may be celebrating Christmas, a quote from our Christmas card: "May the light of God fill your life. Christmas Joy! The Peashka's -- Thomas, Lynn-Marie & Nikolai" -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Spokane ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Orofino, ID When I was reading thru the Alumni Sandstorm I noticed that you were wondering about the Orofino, ID area. It is a wonderful place to live, beautiful mountains close by, and very nice people. I moved there in 1996 and worked for a local insurance agency. Everybody I interacted with was so nice and friendly. I always loved small towns and Orofino was perfect. My daughter went to the middle school there and the teachers were very nice and cared about every kid in their class. I helped coach my daughter's co-ed baseball team and the parents and the community were always supportive of their hometown kids. The house we lived in which was on the way to Potlatch, had it's back yard facing the bottom of the mountains and forest, and we use to love watching the deer come into the yard visiting. And during one summer when the Aurora Borealis lights showed up it was great laying outside watching them. The fish hatchery is a great place to visit and you can't go wrong visiting Dworshak dam, there's great bass fishing on the reservoir and you can even take your boat and go in a ways and dry camp along the banks with the deer and elk. There golf course is a challenge but is great to play, took me a while to learn the holes especially hitting over a small ravine to the next hole, but I loved playing it. Orofino is snuggled just right along the Clearwater river, you're not far from Lewiston or LoLo pass. If you love the mountains and small town atmosphere, Orofino is a good town to live in. Just thought I would give you my experience living there. It may have been a while back but I'm sure it hasn't changed much. -Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/25/04 ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49) & Carol Tyner ('52) Ralph Myrick ('51), Marguerite Groff ('54) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Ray Hall ('57) Jean Armstrong ('64), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Julia Alexander ('65) Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Bowls ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jay Coates ('72WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) & Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) The very most Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a healthy, prosperous New Year to all you RHS grads, especially to those in the awesome classes of 1949 and 1952. -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) & Carol Tyner Roberts ('52) ~ In Grover Beach, CA - where it is sunny, almost 70 expected today and tomorrow and families are beginning to gather at our house to await Santa Clause's arrival. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ralph Myrick ('51) Judy and I took the book of your memories of Helen Skogen last night. It was her birthday present, which should have given to her on the December 20th but, we were in Idaho and couldn't get it to her then. Helen was so excited about what you wrote. We read some to her and then she wanted to read the rest by herself. She has reading machine especially made for people with MD. She thanks you all so much. It was so special to see the expression on her face. Now, she doesn't have to die before nice things are said about her. Be on the lookout for a surprise coming probably after the holidays. It should be very interesting. Again, have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year. -Ralph Myrick ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) For those of you that took part in our 50th Reunion, I want to thank you for helping to make it the very best yet. We that work on planning for the big weekend have so much fun. We talk about wanting to make it exciting and wonderful. However, without all of you that join us for the big weekend, there wouldn't be a party. We see each other all year; it took YOU to make it a success. We still rehash the whole weekend every time we get together. We enjoyed the attendees, and missed those of you who could not be there. So to all our grads I want to wish you and your families a VERY BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I note that Marilyn Groff's birthday is listed today. As you might guess, she is definitely my sister. I don't usually wish her "Happy Birthday" in the Sandstorm because she and her husband, Dale spend their winters in Mexico. Her e-mail is Pocket Mail which can receive messages that are much shorter than what the Sandstorm delivers. For the last few years, Colorado has been their summer home. As of this summer, they have moved to Yakima. It was great for me to have them come and visit 3 times this past summer. It's like getting my sister back. However, Mexico is still their winter retreat. I sent her an e-mail this morning to tell her about her birthday being noted in the Sandstorm. Christmas blessings to the publishers of; and the contributors to the Sandstorm. Thanks for entertaining us all year long. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland - Where the weather is still very mild during the day and only a little ice on car windows in the morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) To all the faithful Bombers and Bomberettes, especially those still around the "homeland" where it is a pleasant winter day, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and joyful and prosperous New Year. We could be in Madison, Wisconsin where it is below zero, Bloomington, Indiana where the snow is creeping up to the doorknob, or even in Arcadia, Florida where it is a balmy seventy degrees. I would still rather be here where I am able to be with my family and friends for the holiday. Blessings to all. See you after church tonight when we go Santa hunting. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Hall ('57) Wishing you all the merriest Christmas. Pray that 2005 will meet all your needs and exceed your every expectation. GOD BLESS YOU ALL -Ray Hall ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) A Very Merry Christmas to every Bomber wherever they may be. It's been a longer than usual year for me and I am still behind. I am working on my New Year's Resolution, to get caught up and stay that way. There will be more to come next time in my entry to the Alumni Sandstorm. HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a MERRY NEW YEAR. -Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) ~ Goodyear, AZ (At this time of year, I am glad I am here) 58 is better than 29 in my book. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Merry Christmas, Bombers everywhere! The grandkids sprinkled the reindeer food and Santa made his usual stop--they got more loot than they needed, which is normal. Prayers to all our Bomber military--you are in my thoughts at this time of year, and all year through. I am very thankful for your sacrifices, especially at this time of year, when you are so far away from loved ones. Merry Christmas, Bombers, wherever you are! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ tule fog is still here in Bakersfield, CA and the temps are in the 30s. brrrrr... Even talking snow in the Lake Isabella area, which is about 60 miles East of here. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all Bombers and their families everywhere! God Bless our young men and women in the military all over the world and keep them safe. Believe in the goodness of mankind at this time of unbelievable conflict in the world. May God Bless you all richly in the New Year and may 2005 be a year of healing. Love and Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ~ where in downtown Redmond, WA they are calling for snow this weekend! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Julia Alexander ('65) On this Eve of a Blessed event I wish all Bombers a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing all of your memories, your prayer requests, your birthdays, and elf stories. -Julia Alexander ('65) ~ From Forks, WA, the third rainiest spot in the lower 48, where this year we might not even make it to 100". (that means we are having a minor drought.) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) In the words of well known books and TV shows "God Bless us everyone" and "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night." I don't want to be long winded today. -Mike Howell ('68WB) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/26/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), John Browne, Jr. ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Leoma Coles ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vera Smith ('58) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: 'Tis the Season "It doesn't snow in Katy, Texas!" quoth the native Texans. "That dusting of 1988 was just exaggerated frost." Several weeks ago, when the daytime temperatures hovered around 70 - with high humidity - who was I to argue? It was almost Christmas Eve. I had made my last gift delivery to dear friends. It was as crisp and brisk as it had been for the past week or so and it was a dull gray outside. Still... just seeing vapor from one's breath doesn't necessarily mean much. I leaned back and had a short nap. Later, as I came downstairs I glanced out of the front windows. Humph... must have rained a little... the driveways were shiny. I pulled the curtain back for a better view and saw a round, white circle where a tree had formerly grown. I threw open the door, walked away from the entry and stood... ... in the falling snow. The neighbors' roof tops were covered with a white veneer. The cars parked on the street were coated with a thin layer of... snow. The tree branches and boughs were laced with pure white. Although the ground cover was still sparse and composed of the granular variety it was still... snow. The clean, sharp smell was intoxicating. Why is it that a hush settles over the land when the first snow of the season falls? Memories came flooding back... so many other snowy places... so many friends and loved ones... so many moments when a wonder of nature was shared. There have been so many moments when I have been privileged to share with family and old friends and new... the true essence of this season... It's about 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day. A heartfelt Merry Christmas to each of you and your loved ones and to all people of good will. -Jim Jensen ('50) [Jim's in Katy, TX - a suburb of Houston -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: The Feast on Stevens OK... It's Boxing Day. What do I DO with all these boxes? Maybe it should be called "Recycling Day"... I could use a couple of elves, today- even if they were a little hung over. To: Linda Reining ('64) I TOTALLY understand your reservations about carpal tunnel surgery, after being tested for nerve damage. I had an alarming experience, meself, with a test that was administered by a neurologist without the aid of her assistant (perhaps a cautionary tale of medical understaffing, and its aftermath). I went to be tested when the Doc was trying to get by without help. She got the electrodes all hooked up to me and the rheostat, on the 'bad' arm, and began pushing the buttons while recording observations and advancing the amperage incrementally. This was 24 years ago- no computer screen, no instant readout, no autopilot. When she finished that series, she unhooked me on the left side and hooked up the right side, to get a 'normal' background reading. With the electrodes all glued in place, she hit the switch for the first test. My body went rigid for its entire length, and rose completely off the table about 2 or 3 inches- because she had neglected to turn the 'stat back to Zero to begin the series (or at least that's what she TOLD me, as an apology- and had the presence of mind not to laugh!). That pretty much convinced me to wait on the surgery, while I still had both hands attached. My wife has had the surgery by each method, both successful- and there's not a visible scar from the second one! She was back to full strength in less than a month, both times, with hardly any discomfort beyond the 'day after'... To: Diana Bennett Ground ('64) Juneau is changing, I guess. There was a picture of cowboy on his dripping horse, in the rain, on the sidewalk in downtown Juneau, right in front of macDonalds, in the Seattle PI a couple of days ago. Apparently he wrangles horses up the Mendenhall Valley, and decided to ride to town. Hey- sounds like a true Alaskan to me! To: Carol Cross ('64) godspeed- and a blessed Epiphany be thine! Don't take "nitchevo" for an answer! New Year's benedictions to all!.. with an abiding hope that we can appreciate what others are feeling, as we continue to understand ourselves better (and can give our own idiosyncrasies a little hug). -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I'm on the phone confirming we can get out on American Airlines in the morning to start our flight to Russia. To look at the TV it looks a mess out there at the airport, but twice American Airlines has said we will be fine, so I guess we won't brave the interstate to drive to Chicago, (which they say are still not safe due to all the snow and cold weather we've had back here.) It really was a winter wonderland as we drove to our little church for Christmas Eve Services, and will be for awhile, though fortunately a warmer winter wonderland around here. We have been very blessed indeed, as our son made it home from Purdue before the storm to spend the holidays with us, we've had plenty of food, our cars run, our road got plowed, and we've not suffered a power outage as so many thousands around this area have. So Merry Christmas, and we do appreciate your prayers for us on our Russian Adventure!! St. Petersburg here we come!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where the little lake is surely frozen by now, as it got down to below 5 last night. Right after all the record snow fell, my husband tried to step on the lake and sunk in. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) To all of you in Bomberland, a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!! To: Bill Berlin ('56) I do miss living in Anacortes... lived there for over 15 years. Both my kids went to all their school years there. We did have some cold and icy winters, but the summers were beautiful and I miss my friends and the San Juan Islands. May have to get up there again in the next year or so.... To: Diana Bennett Ground ('64) Hope your travel is safe, and you have a very enjoyable holiday, maybe we will see each other again back in Richland some time. I am hoping to go back next summer to the "all-class" reunion, or the Club 40 get-together. Well, it's late, and I'm sure Santa has something in store for my adorable little 2 yr old grandaughter in the early AM... so take care all, -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ Salem, OR - where it's pretty cold tonight and a little wet and Santa's on his way!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: White Christmas in the deep south Jim Jensen ('50) is right... it doesn't snow in Katy, TX. And the last snow I saw in Gretna, LA was about 1972 and it crippled the city of New Orleans... the snow closed all the bridges back then... I remember the Mississippi River Bridge Authority (the bridge cops) escorted cars across the Greater New Orleans Bridge FIVE at a time. That was NOT Christmas Day in '72. Watching the weather reports last night (Christmas Eve), I could see that it was snowing in Houston and there was a severe weather advisory that extended East only to Lake Charles, LA... the weather people were giving us a 30% chance of snow on Christmas Day here. I wasn't very hopeful because they also told us that we're supposed to have 70 in just a few days... PLUS Winter Solstice (12/21) I had on shorts and a T-shirt!! It started late in the morning with freezing rain that made some messy slush. Then about 3pm it really started coming down... big flakes falling softly to the ground and it was sticking. My daughter was so excited saying "ONE day in 365 we get snow and it's Christmas Day!" Granddaughter Abby was taking a nap (and NO WAY do we wake her up to see the snow), but Maddie was awake so here we go: Christmas Day Snow in New Orleans, 2004 In 150 years of record keeping, there has only been snow in New Orleans twice... and the last time was 50 years ago. Much later, Stacey's next door neighbor started a snowman in the dark saying he might not ever have another chance... he borrowed my son-in-law's LSU hard hat for the snowman. What a great Christmas... won't forget this one any time soon. Today is Abby's 2nd birthday... birthday party is here. I need a nap. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/27/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Frank Whiteside ('63), Carol Cross ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAYS Today: Marilyn Schultz ('52) Jeannine Hughes ('54) Sharon Chapman ('57) Patti Eckert ('68) Len Huesties ('70) Ray Nelson ('70) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Hey Maren! In your 12/26 posting I saw two, absolutely beautiful girls, Maddie and Stacey, and a cleverly designed snowman. It's easy to see why you now reside in Louisiana. Gentle Cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: snow in New Orleans area Yep, its true. We got it nearly everywhere. The only official record of snow on Christmas Day was a dusting of it in 1954. I was ready to pull out my sled and head to Carmichael Hill or Flattop, but then I remembered I don't live in Richland anymore. So I thought I'd settle for the levee (dike in Yankee) a few hundred yards away, and then I remembered I didn't have a sled anymore and wouldn't be likely to find one too easily in the local area. Oh well, I thought, at least I can get a few shots while waiting for Christmas dinner to get ready. These are very rare shots, and I have very few other pictures like them over the last nearly 40 years in the South. They are all taken from my yard. Frank's Christmas pictures - 2004 Hope everyone had a great Christmas and, of course, have a Happy (and safe) New year! PS--Snow is still on the ground on Sunday morning! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) To: John Browne, Jr. ('61) I don't have a clue what your December 26, 2004, entry to me means?? Am I again being confused with Carol Crose ('62), Carol Converse ('64) or Pat Cross ('64-RIP)? Even asked my much smarter friend, Cathryn Hodgin, aka Vernona Chappelle ('64) and she also has no clue. P.S. I believe you have stated that you are Mark's ('64-RIP) older brother? He was one of my favorite friends especially all the fun times we had on swim team. Still miss him! [Yes, John is Mark's older brother. I miss Mark, too. -Maren] -Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/28/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Patti Jones ('60) John Browne, Jr. ('61), Sonny Davis ('62) MaryAnne Greninger ('67WB), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robyn Richardson ('78) BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Winters in Richland in the late '40s My first memory are the coal furnaces and the coal bin. The trucks would pull up to the side window of our "A" house to dump the coal down a metal chute into the coal bin in the basement. Our Dad would get up early to start the fire if it had gone out during the night before he went to work. It was up to me to make sure it was still going before I went to school. There wasn't a thermostat to control the heat, so it was done systematically. I remember helping Dad carry the "ash can" up the stairs and to the front of the house for the garbage men. Can you imagine dumping ash cans every day during the winter?? And, they didn't have auto-lifters in those days. As kids, after a big snow fall we would of course try to make the best snowman in the block. And we used small pieces of coal for the eyes and mouth, and a carrot for the nose. After the furnaces were converted to oil, we had to figure out what to use for the eyes and mouth (I think we used Mom's buttons out of her sewing kit). I would use one of my Dad's old hats and a scarf. He didn't smoke a pipe so we would improvise. We also used the coal for buttons on his front. I have to tell you the best snowman in our area was done by Ann Clatworthy's ('54) Dad. Every year he would make a "snowwoman"! You get the picture? She looked very similar to Dolly Pardon of today. Mr. Clatworthy would also use food coloring to show clothes with a plunging neck line. Now, this was on the corner of Thayer Drive and Putnam; there was a lot of traffic going back and forth here. Our Dads really got a big kick out of it, the mothers was another story. I really don't know how he got the colors on the snowwoman without it smearing, but he did. Maybe Ann can fill us in on that part. It seems he used a jewelry necklace to catch your eye. After we outgrew the snowman thing, then we started making forts. We would challenge each other with a snowball fight. One of our secrets was to make a whole bunch of snow balls (without gloves to make them harder) and put them on to a garbage can lid (like a tray). And then it was "charge", after the charge and threw all of the snow balls we would retreat using the garbage can lid for a shield.... clever eh! Fun times with some great memories. To Maren: I got your new address from my sister Sue. Do you want me to send the check to your address, or do you have a PO Box? Please give "us" your PO Box number if you do, or I'll mail the check to your home address. [Don't have a PO Box here... the street address is OK to use. -Maren] I can see why you moved.... what a beautiful granddaughter!! [Maddie's older sister, Abby, is a keeper, too. to see them both. -Maren] Thanks for all you do for the Alumni Sandstorm and wishing you the best for the New Year 2005! -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Coeur D'Alene, Idaho area - where it's a beautiful sunny day without any snow for Christmas. That's very unusual for around here. Happy New Year to all my Bomber friends! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Bomber connections Not wanting to drive to the Browns Point area from West Richland for Christmas with my children and grandchildren decided to take the bus. In my memory there use to be a bus called Basset that went from Richland straight through to Seattle. The same coming back. Vera Smith Robbins ('58) who was taking me to the bus kept saying there was a bus from Richland. I called Greyhound to find it left from Pasco. Vera and Char delivered me to the bus station an hour ahead like Greyhound said. What a fiasco! The attendant to do our tickets was an hour late. Then the bus was an hour late because of the holidays. A group of us from the Tri-Cities yakked away the time until the bus arrived. A very nice lady came into the group and joined after we had all been there a while. When I got on the bus I was sitting next to this lady. We like the rest of the group started yakking away. We talked about all kinds of things to do with the Tri-Cities. She said, she was from Pasco and moved there from Spokane in 1955. Everything we talked about lead to some familiarity of life of living in the Tri-Cities. Some how I mentioned Richland, the website and the Sandstorm. By this time I knew her name was Patti Clark. When I mentioned the Sandstorm she stopped looked at me and said "my son-in-law Brad reads the Sandstorm". I said, "do you mean the Comedian"? She said, "yes". Then she called him and I spoke with Brad. I told him who I was. He was a bit confused by my using his mother-in-law Patti' cell phone. Patti and I were both laughing. Brad was trying to figure out how I knew her. I explained that I was sitting next to his mother-in-law on the bus. From everything you write into the Sandstorm I don't think much gets past you Brad. What fun it all was to meet your mother-in-law and then your wife and kids at the bus station. Wish you could have been there Brad so I could meet you also. As you said, you will be in Richland in the Spring to appear doing your Comedy routine". Will look forward to meeting you then. Great picture of all of your family which Patti showed me. Please tell your mother-in-law that I called Genie Tours which everyone at the bus station was talking about and Patti elaborated on. I called Greyhound and they said, my money would be refunded if I didn't take their bus back to Pasco. I did take the Genie bus home. It left at 6:00 p.m. arrived in Richland at 9:40 p.m. being as the pass behaved. So much easier. Re: Sandstorm entries All Bombers who write into the Sandstorm. Thank you for all the smiles every morning to start my day. Loaded with memories what better way than a newspaper as a Bomber recently said (I think it was Rick Maddy ('67). Which I laughed when I read what was said as I had just ordered the Tri-City Herald a couple of weeks before. Within the two weeks of receiving it realized that the weekend was the only time I was going to get to read it because of my mornings with the Sandstorm. Happy New Year to everyone. Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - Where the lights of Christmas were still glowing when I arrived home last night. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Browne, Jr. ('61) Re: Official Senior Moments To: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) Sorry, Carol... my message was for one of MY old swim team comrades, Helen Cross ('62), who's heading into the Cool Winter Nights of the Russian Republic. I'm feeling pretty smug, here, with a North wind blowing this morning and an outside temp in the mid- 40s... My brother Mark's ('64-RIP) youngest daughter lives here on Vashon; and her thoughtful grin brings her father's lights to bear, again, whenever I see her. ^..^ -John Browne, Jr. ('61) ~ Vashon Island, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sonny Davis ('62) My Dad died yesterdaythe day after Christmas. He was 87. In the early Spring he received a series of 37 radiation treatments for the early stages of lung cancer. On 12/08 he was at his home in Mt. Vernon, on oxygen, when he suffered an attack and was taken to the hospital. Due to the local hospital being full he was admitted to a Seattle hospital ICU, 60 miles from his wife & home. My mother got to this hospital the same day and never left it until he died. I was told that he died of radiation cancer caused by the earlier treatments. Enough said. He and his wife, Lillie, came to Richland in 1944 and remained for 24 years. He went back to G.E. in 1968 and worked on power reactors in Iowa, Georgia, Spain, and Japan on two different occasions, until he retired. They socialized a great deal in those days and Im hopeful that some Sandstorm readers might remember them. Both my brother Ken and myself (Sonny), grew up on Davison and are products of Jefferson, Chief Jo, and Col Hi. We both still have strong ties to the Tri-Cities. He was a great father and a tremendous person. Already he is strongly missed. No arrangements for services have been made at this time.. -Sonny Davis ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: MaryAnne Greninger Merritt ('67WB) Just a quick message from Bend, Oregon where it is cool and snowy... my birthday is coming up.. February 8th. Susan Britton, Marcia Chapman and I were all born within a day or two of each other in 1949. -MaryAnne Greninger Merritt ('67WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Computer Printer Help Does anyone know of a computer repair outfit that can fix my printer without charging me my next born child? I have a half of a sheet of paper caught in my printer. I can't see it from the paper tray and I can't see it from the area that ejects the paper. I know it is in there because I have the other half sheet and the printer is jammed. These guys rip you off in repair prices. Anybody know of someone please let me know. Thank you -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/29/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bronc funeral notice today: Mary Kingsley ('49), Paul W. Ratsch ('58) Bob Mattson ('64), Janine Rightmire ('65) Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER LUNCH Today: All Bombers welcome - Spudnut Shop - 11:30am BOMBER CALENDAR: <Richland Bombers Calendar> Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Kingsley Spradlin ('49) To: Mike Davis ('74) Mike, it is almost cheaper to buy a new printer than to replace the ink cartridge. My suggestion is to donate the printer to the school computer department, use that as a tax deduction and buy a new printer. You would probably come out cheaper than a repair bill, and the computer class can unjam the printer and have one more for the class. My son needed new ink and found a printer on sale, a different brand but a good printer, for less. -(Mary) Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul W. Ratsch ('58) Re: Champion Of The World Most recent achievement of my oldest son Paul Anthony Ratsch ('76) -Paul W. Ratsch ('58) ~ Dallas, OR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Mattson ('64) Re: no fair Snowball fights, forts and snowmen, oh my. There was only one rule to follow: no ice balls. Getting smacked on the ear with an ice ball was enough to send any warrior home crying. The gang of us kids that lived on Marshall would make the coolest Christmas tree forts. We would raid other's forts stealing as many as we could, and travel for blocks around for trees. We would stock up on ammo, making snowball stacks, ready for action. I remember waking up in the morning and all the snow would be gone! There could have been a foot or so, but a Chinook had come during the night and left my sled sitting on a soggy, green lawn. No fair again. I'm not looking forward for the snow later this week... it makes the eight mile drive down into town a real challenge. Later, tuna Bob 64 -Bob Mattson ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) To: Sonny Davis ('62) My condolences to your mother, you, and to Kenny. I remember your dad very well. Your mom also. They were very gentle people. It is hard to lose our parents. We went through so much with them... growing up and everything that we put them through and they seemed to put us through. It's also difficult because... Yikes... we're next in line. How did we get this old? Oh well... life goes on. Anyway, I remember sitting in your living room and visiting on a couple of occasions. I could see in their eyes that they loved you and wanted so much for you. They knew you had a great deal to offer. They must have been very proud of your two tours in Nam and all the years you were with the Seattle Police Dept. keeping our fine city under wraps. Me, I always thought you should be a lawyer or a writer because inside that fun care-free guy was a very astute young man who could do anything he put his mind to... I bet you could write some wonderful books about what you lived through both in Nam and the police dept. When I think of you Sonny, it is in my basement in Richland with several of your friends and we played pool... well, I just sort of watched. But you taught me to play very well and I surprised some guys later in life when they challenged me to a game... ha! That was fun! Please know I am thinking of you and your family and praying you will always keep your dad close in your heart with memories. -Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) R3: Mike Davis' ('74) printer problems I know, I know!! You can take all that money we raised to send you to your reunion last summer and buy a new printer! Just kidding. Here's what I'd do: Turn it off and on, hit it with the heel of my hand a couple of times and then cuss... a lot. Hope that helps. -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Lyman Nelson ('40) ~ 7/15/22 - 12/27/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/30/04 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff & 1 Retired RHS/HHS Cook funeral notice today: Marlene Maness ('57WB), Richard Anderson ('60) Bob Rector ('62), John Adkins ('62) Frank Whiteside ('63), Creede Lambard ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marlene Maness Mulch ('57WB) To: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Printers You may want to consider a laser printer if you just print in black & white. They are around $200 and you seldom have to change the cartridge. We have had a Samsung - Model ML-1210 for several years and have never changed the cartridge. We bought it from Amazon and have been very pleased with it. I think a similar model now would be the ML 1740 - which is $149 at Amazon. -Marlene Maness Mulch ('57WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Death of Frances Frick I am sad to report that Frances Frick, Bomber mother and grandmother, died from complications of a stroke early in the morning of Wednesday, December 29. As soon as I receive details of funeral arrangements and of a memorial service I shall let everyone know. -Richard Anderson ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Rector ('62) To: Sonny Davis ('62) Sonny, my condolences to you and family with the loss of your father. -Bob Rector ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: The Passing of Earl Martin Davis, Sr. I remember all of the "north end dads" - (they were all known as "Mr." to us - except "The Deevol") - there was Mr. Holmes - and Mr. Lambert - and Mr. Mouton and Mr. Adkins - well you get the picture). There aren't to many of our dads left now - but all of the memories are still with us. I hope we leave memories as good as that for our kids. -John Adkins ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Just wanted to let those who might be interested know that Ann Stephens, (wife of Larry Stephens ('63-RIP) who is from Thailand and has family there, apparently fared well during the recent Asian disaster. Ann's daughter, Angie Doolittle, informed me that their family lives in Eastern Thailand which is away from the coastal region, and apparently no family members were near the coastal area at the time the tidal wave/Tsunami occurred. I was wondering if any other Bombers or their families were affected. Hope everyone sends a check to help the unfortunate victims. Re: NOLA Lunch I am scheduling a New Orleans Mardi Gras Luncheon on Tuesday, February 1, at 1:30 pm at the Quarter View Restaurant at 613 Clearview Parkway in Metairie. We are having it on a week day because of the many daytime parades during the weekend and the fact that many of our Bombers may be at the parades. Maren, Chuck Crawley ('67) and his wife and my wife and I plan to be there. Hope some of our usual lunch bunch can make it as well. Any other Bombers in town for Mardi Gras are welcome as well. Please let me know by e-mail if you plan to attend. I know some people will be working, but I am trying to accommodate our out-of-town Bombers who don't come here very often. I am announcing this early for those who may be in that group. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Creede Lambard ('72) To: Mike Davis ('74) Mike, usually there is a panel on the back of the printer that can be lifted out. That's the case on all the HP inkjet printers I've ever used, anyway. You take off that panel and pull the jammed paper out from the back, making sure you get all the loose bits. Then put the panel back in place and you're ready to go. If that isn't the case, well maybe Evelyn Kingsley Spradlin ('49) is right. I was just pricing printers last week and found several personal-use printers for under $100. We finally ended up with a HP Deskjet 6540 that has much better quality than the Deskjet 812C we'd been using for about 4-5 years, and cost about $150 at Office Depot. (You can get them for even less over the Net, but I'd get it from someone you can take it back to if necessary.) To all: I hope you all had a merry Christmas. I want to thank everyone for the mentions of Christmas in Richland. The thought of taking a sled up Carmichael Hill brought a smile to my face. -Creede Lambard ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Harriet McMakin ~ RHS/HHS Cook & Bomber Mom ~ 9/3/22 - 12/24/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 12/31/04 ~ NEW YEAR'S EVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber Funeral Notices today: Carole Wickstrom ('59), George Sawn ('59) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Pete Overdahl ('60) Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wayne Wallace ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Allen ('66) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers' Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carole Wickstrom Tadlock ('59) Barbara A Chandler, class of 1959, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2004. She was a great friend. I have to say that we spent many good times together in school and these last years. She was living in Tacoma, WA near her daughter Kelly and son Mark. She also has a son Mike who lives in Texas. -Carole Wickstrom Tadlock ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Sawn ('59) To: My wayward Elves Re: Where oh where, are you tonight? OK, maybe it wasn't so bad. Now, I miss my Elves. It snowed in Burbank the night before last and Puddle Placid is now frozen over but there is a discomforting absence of little ice skate streaks. There are no little ski tracks on the little rise. The ski jump stands like a silent sentinel. And, the gophers have taken back their burrow that was temporarily the Bob-sled run. The squirrels are bored because there are no more nuts left to steal from the Elves. All that I found remaining was a tiny little sign tacked to the chalet door that said, "Winter Games Canceled For Lack of Cold Weather So Gone to Baha for the winter -- Via con waivos rancheros con napolitos amigos, Arriibbbaa, Ha, ha!" If they were only here when it snowed but now the snow is melting -- It doesn't look good. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - Sitting here in the remaining, wet, slushy snow thinking, "They weren't so bad and I wish they were back -- Why did they leave me here all alone?" Ah, but then I regain my senses. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: Portland/Vancouver Bomber Luncheon DATE: Saturday - January, 8 VISIT TIME: 11:00am ORDER LUNCH: 11:30am WHERE: DoubleTree/Columbia River Take Jantzen Beach Mall Exit off of I-5 RSVP: Please contact Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) if you are planning to join us! All Bombers, Spouses & Friends are welcome! See you Saturday. -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Champion of The World, Paul A. Ratsch Paul, I looked up the magazine photo of your son in Reno after winning the championship in power lifting. How much did he lift to take the title? Congratulations to him for all his hard work. Is he a Bomber as well? -Pete Overdahl ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I second Frank Whiteside's ('63) comment in yesterday's Sandstorm that we send a check to a worthy charity to help the devastation in Southeastern Asia. In addition, we may be able to spread democracy to the world by showing real generosity in a time of urgent need. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices Today: >>Everette Liddell ('53) 5/24/35 - 12/28/04 >>Tilbert Neal ('56) ~ 1/27/38 - 12/28/04 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` November, 2004 ~ January, 2005