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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/01/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Linda Reining ('64), David Rivers ('65) Dan Ham ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Engel ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: MaryAnn Weiland ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Haskins ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anne Peterson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paula Saucier ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Edgar ('79) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Okay, that "subdural hematoma" thing sounds just a bit scary... what is it? I know "Hawkeye" used it on M*A*S*H a lot, but I didn't know what it was then, either. Sure hope things are okay. Maybe you need to get a second opinion?????? Take care, my friend. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ we are still sweltering with triple digits in Bakersfield, CA and no end in sight! This is just plain miserable!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Today is your birthday! Monday August 1 Dun dun dun dun dun dun da dun. Whhhhhhhhopppppeeeeeeeee... the day is very special in one household in Bomberland... I can see it all now... the Hubby lets the birthday girl sleep late... then wakes her with a little breakfast in bed... strawberries and cream... with the biggest rose she has ever seen lying on the tray... they cuddle and coo for the morning and then off to shop for her gift which he has practiced self restraint for the last month thinking she'd love this or that... but he has managed to wait because on this most special day he wants her to pick out just the right gift for her... he hands her a card that professes his undying devotion and off they go... later it is dinner by candle light in a little out of the way place he knows she loves... Can't take her to the place he took her on the first date because... it's a bit of a drive back to Richland and besides... Zip's fries and tartar sauce just wouldn't be as special as the little bistro... by then they are a bit tired and they lie back and remember the days at Col-Hi and the love that bloomed so long ago and marvel at the time that has passed and the strength of their relationship... Another perfect day in Bomberland for the Birthday girl and her loving Freddie ('63)... tho it may not happen exactly as I predict... one thing is for sure... the Birthday girl is very special to all of us! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANN ENGEL SCHAFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dan Ham ('72) I think I can help Mike Davis ('74) out with his "what-ever-happened- to" questions about some of the old Chief Jo teachers: Harold Richards - Shop Teacher - went into business for himself where he made custom ordered "hack" paddles. He was on the verge of a major breakthrough when he developed a cedar wood paddle (the 64 hole model) with Titanium shaft for better follow through. Light weight enough so that even Mrs. Sherrard could use it without having to send you across the hall to Mr. Bell. I believe the business folded before he could get it out into the market when, unforeseeably, corporal punishment was banned in schools. Mary Ann Ford - Art Teacher - Mary Ann was forced into early retirement from Chief Jo due to stalking from a full 90% of all the boys in school. She does however, live on in my little fantasy world (c'mon, you had them, too). Sorry, these are the only ones I know about for sure. Hope it helps answer some of your questions. -Dan Ham ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/02/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Betti Avant ('69) and Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rufus "PJ" Pedersen ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Staley ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Earl Hall ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis Strege ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* HIGHLIGHT: Picture sent to this editor (personally) and the claim is that the picture was taken "on the Hanford site on Monday near the Columbia River" and titled "Swimming out by 100-F and H". HOWEVER, I see the date stamp on the photo looks like it was taken 8/3/04. At any rate, what a cool picture: ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, the first day of work wasn't too bad. Lots of paper work, having 2 different ID cards with pictures made, and the afternoon spent on a computer doing some required "learning" and tests. Tomorrow will be much more of the same; getting the car registered and I'm sure lots more paper work. The Department of Defense really makes one do a whole lot of things before you can ever start actual work. Oh well, such is life. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Dan Ham ('72) You spoke of the "64 hole model" of Harold Richards, but failed to mention the "Ham Slam." I believe you were the only one to have his own official hack board. Must have been a problem student! As for Mary Ann Ford.......maybe! Take care, -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/03/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49) and Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Noble ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Amanda Engel ('97) BOMBER ANNIVERSARIES Today: Bill Johnson ('57) and Joyce Lynn Green ('57) George Zielinski ('65) and Debra Anne Crane ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Missed writing - haven't felt too good - the heat if getting to me. Thursday and Friday it is supposed to get over 101. BOO HISS!! The boat races are over (don't asked me who won). I am not interested in racing of any kind. Guess now everyone will be in a mad dash to get the kids ready for school. Going to Seattle tomorrow to see my eye doctor. I have glaucoma and have to go up once a year to make sure that it is not progressing. Had two surgeries so hopefully everything will be OK. It is supposed to be cooler in Seattle. Hope everyone is okay -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - Too blankety blankety HOT. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Re: ALL BOMBER LUNCHEON Richland Reservations must be made by emailing me or Vera by August 11, 2005. Reservations can also be made by phone. Luncheon announcement will appear in the Sandstorm the week before the luncheon and the week of. The place in West Richland was chosen (about a minute from the border of Richland) because of size, good food and price. If we outgrow JD Diner we have a back up in Richland that is a little more spendy. WHEN: Saturday August 13, 2005 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Use to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 add drink, tax and tip Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors at times. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Vera Smith Robbins ('58) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/04/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Barb Isakson ('58), Judy Link ('59) Lola Heidlebaugh ('60), Mike Brady ('61), Mike Howell ('68WB), Larry Crouch ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Fishback ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Dall ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judie Heid ('68) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Mike Sams ('65) & Mary Bennett ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barb Isakson Rau ('58) Re: Class '58 Luncheon and Changes Well, class of '58, it's our luncheon time again at O'Callahan's (the Shilo Inn restaurant). 1:00 this Sunday, August 7th. This will be our last lunch as just class of '58 but we can see each other and some other Bombers the 2nd Saturday of the month. We will be joining The All Bomber luncheon. It's been fun and I've enjoyed trying to remind you and let you know but maybe we can get more classmates to come at a different time and place and we can see other Bombers in classes before us and after us. Sounds Good-right. Re: Club 40 - Also another reminder is that Club 40 in September is coming real soon. Friday, September 9 at the Shilo Inn. Food and Dance $20.00 per person and $40.00 per couple. At the door its $5.00 extra. Saturday, September 10, Activities at the Shilo Inn Dinner and Dance # 30.00 per person and $60.00 per couple and at the door its $5.00 extra. $5.00 is 2005 Annual Club 40 dues required and is well worth the money, gang! You get two newsletters (The DustStorm) a year. Make Checks Payable to: Richland High School Club 40 Mail to: Club 40 Treasurer 17224 Woodcrest Dr. NE Bothell, WA 98011 Don't forget the '58 Luncheon this Sunday, August 7th at the Shilo Inn. Don't forget Club 40 in September 9th and 10th. Your Classmate -Barb Isakson Rau ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Link Crampton ('59) Re: Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensational Program (EEOICP) There have been several short entries concerning the EEOICP. At the time I didn't pay much attention to them. But now my sister, Ann Link Steckline ('63), and I have filed a claim in behalf of our Dad. We filed in either August or September of 2004 and seem to have gotten thru the early paper work OK. We did not have much documentation to go on, just employment dates (which have been verified) and his death certificate listing cause of death as lung, bone and brain cancers. It has been 20 years since his death so no hospital records are available and the doctor has died. So options are a dead end for us. What Ann and I are wondering is, has anyone else filed a claim and how did your process go? Also has anyone actually received a pay out and how long did that take? We know we are probably looking at least a two year wait but we would love to hear from any one else who has gone thru the process or who is involved in it at this time. Thanks to any of you who do reply. -Judy Link Crampton ('59) ~ Gresham, OR ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Re: 2005 Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic DATE: Saturday - August 13, 2005 TIME: 11:00 - we'll start cooking about 12:00 noon WHERE: Battle Ground Lake State Park (Note: $5 parking fee per car DIRECTIONS: I-5 southbound: Take exit #14 I-5 northbound: Take exit #9 follow signs to city of Battle Ground. Drive to east end of town. Turn left on Grace Ave. (in front of Foodliner Grocery), and follow signs to park, approximately 3 miles from city of Battle Ground. FOOD: Please bring a side dish - hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages & paper goods will be provided. RSVP: Lola - so we know how many to plan for. Please mention "Bomber Picnic" in your subject line. Bring your annuals and your memories. All Bombers, Spouses & Friends are welcome! See you August 13! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ~ ALWAYS A BOMBER ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) I've been coordinating the adult softball leagues for the city of Seattle since February. All of the leagues will complete their season by Sunday afternoon. Tonight, I'm at Green Lake presenting trophies to their league winner. Last night I was at Montlake and the night before at Ballard. Not a bad way to spend a retirement! My older sister, Carol ('60), was in Juneau, AK a few weeks ago, and lo and behold, Larry Coryell ('61) was playing a concert up there. Carol and Larry spent about a half hour talking about the "good ole days." When Larry started his second set, he talked about how he got his start in Richland playing with the likes of Don Ott ('61), Beth Peterson ('61) and the infamous Grant Ross ('61). You don't have to be a '59, '60 or '61 grad to remember Grant's renditions of "Jailhouse Rock", "Blue Suede Shoes", and "Good Golly Miss Molly!" -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Howell ('68WB) To: George Zielinski ('65) Hi George Happy Belated Birthday. If you happen to talk to your sister, Becky, have her drop me a line will you? Thanks. -Mike Howell ('68WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) Re: Interesting Info Just a short note on the cool old cars from our past. I have a '65 Falcon sprint sorta rat sorta hot rod and last week my two grandsons were visiting us... they thought it was greatest car ever... they would just go out in garage and sit in it for hours. They played with the window cranks and wing windows ash trays... they were fascinated 100%. I took the 6 year old for a drive and let him sit in my lap.... I know I'm horrible person for that but he LOVED it... we ran through gears chirped the tires... he is hooked at 6 on real cars that shake, rattle, and roll. He asked his Mom and Dad if he could get one....haha -Larry Crouch ('71) ~ Grinning in Colorado *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/05/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), Margo Compton ('60) Shirley Davis ('56) & Gloria Davis ('61) Donna Bowers ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Rod Brewer ('65) Claudia Stoffel ('68WB), Vic Marshall ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Erickson ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sue Nussbaum ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary McCue ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Bomber luncheon Our Bomber luncheon will be this Saturday, August 6th. The time will be 12 noon and the location is the Road Runner at 9820 W. Flamingo. Hope to see many Bomber friends there. For information contact: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) or Roberta Hill Karcher ('49) BOMBER CHEERS!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) To: Judy Link Crampton ('58) Re: EEOICP My sister and I started our claim regarding EEOICP for our father in March 2002. Your information sounds a lot like ours. Father passed away a long time ago, not much in the way of medical records. He had bone cancer. I have a file about four inches thick with all the paper work. We finally got a ruling in June 2005. It was against our claim. So we will get getting zip. But, I guess it is worth trying. They may figure they have to pay out on some of the claims and you may be the lucky one. Hope it goes better for you. If you need any help, please contact me. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey ('56) & Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) To: 1955-1979 students of Julia Davis Dear Richland Bombers, Many of you have written over the years about having our mom, Julia Davis, as an English teacher. We have appreciated every comment, and all have been read to her. Tonight [8/4/05], at 7:00, our mom passed away at the great age of 90. She would have been 91 in October. She had the greatest passion for her teaching and remembered all her students -- and each grade he or she had received over the years!! You may never have known that, in addition to being an excellent teacher, she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She inspired us to always be our best, and she left quite a legacy -- 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren who love her very much. Thank you for being part of her extraordinary life! Gratefully, -Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey ('56) and Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Bowers Rice ('63) To: Judy Link Crampton ('58) I was a good friend of your sister Ann ('63), and lived down the street from you on Perkins. I filed a claim for my father about 3 years ago-he died of amelonotic (Marie Curies cancer) melanoma (a hangnail did not heal 7 years after he had had the last of two overdoses of radiation on his left hand (among 5 other kinds of overdoses). He was 59 while his younger brother is still alive at 84, his dad died at 88 and his mom at 94. We think he died an early death due to his exposures. What I noticed on my father's case was that the alpha and beta counts changed significantly after the TLD was introduced instead of the radiation badge. I wanted to understand why that happened because he had not changed his job (carrying weapons grade plutonium to be cooled down) so I became interested in the Int'l Journal of Radiation Units (ICRU Journal), only 5 libraries carry it in the US-none in WA and only one in the west coast, and it is no longer available online to anyone not in the field. The way radiation is counted is a fascinating subject, and one that has changed over the years. The way they figure your dad's probability of death from his exposures is based on the probabilities of deaths due to the exposures to radiation in Nagasaki and Hiroshima and since not many died from skin cancer they give my Dad's melanoma a "0" value to work with. The math just does not fit the exposures of my father, and he does not fit the other probabilities even in the Hanford study where they lean more toward beryllium/lung cancer even though that is where his cancer finally got him. There is a theory that when 2 alleles are overdosed with radiation, they eventually will mutate into cancer. That is what I think happened to my dad. I maintain their way of figuring is faulty and they need to compare apples with apples, which they are not doing (just how many people had overdoses while carrying hot rods of Americium and plutonium on their left hand and what did they die of). I am not sure you can count on the doctors either, as when my Dad died they distinctly told us that it was of Amelonotic melanoma and I see by all his records now that it is just melanoma. Since the US Govt. is responsible for both the measuring and monitoring of radiation, it is only when you get a study done by epidemiologists that recognize that there is a higher than normal rate of death at Hanford, that you even get anything done. Of course, that is all explained by the Govt. backed physicists by saying that the plants in Oak Ridge and England and Hanford were dealing with different chemicals, or buildings or methods or TLD's. So the study is not valid. I want to wish you luck, we have been at this for 4 or 5 years now, since I originally asked for all his records (Many of which I sat and added up and did not come up with their totals). What I have learned is that when most of us rely on Physicists and engineers and mathematicians to come up with something to measure a complex problem in biology such as radiation that their devices often are not adequate since we use geometry as a base to solve the problems of biology. See: "The Fallacy of Computers" and Stephen Wolfram's "A New kind of Science". Both books as well as others recognize the limitations and scope of mathematics and computers and biology. I do not want to discourage you. We have had our personal interview and are in the dose reconstruction phase. This has been an interesting journey and I wouldn't change it at all because what I learned has much more value in application to other things. -Donna Bowers Rice ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Richland Bombers took over downtown Colfax, WA, by storm this Thursday evening, August 4th. In fine form and certainly reeling from their recent triumphant Olympia & Dayton 3 on 3 tournament championships, 'Too Tall' House ('63) & Ray 'I'll Wax Nostalgic' Stein ('64), were in top form reliving old Richland & new basketball stories. I believe Mr. Stein recanted his earlier Alumni Sandstorm position on a 'Days Pay' verses 'Atomic Bomb' birthing the namesake Bombers? Then again it could have been the air conditioner right above our heads at the Top Notch or it may have been the 26 grams of fat, in the burger, and 64 ounce cokes they drank. Mr. House lived up to his accounting/ auditor's background by winning the, "Where are they now?" contest and I'm sure Ray spent hours boning up on Class of 1964 nostalgia. Gentlemen...thanks for the great visit.... -Gary Behymer ('64) P.S. Anyone with old Bomber game films (probably 8mm) should contact Ray or Jim who would be more than appreciative. Concern was expressed by all over what seems to be lack of readership participation in the Alumni Sandstorm. Have we exhausted the B.S. barrel? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Best buds Oh sure... he's about as good a friend as I've ever had... the kinda guy who will suggest "let's go get Bomber tattoos and you don't question it... you just go get tattooed... and I see him every week for breakfast and car stuff on Saturdays... and I don't think I've ever missed his Birthday before... well not a whole bunch a times... like not 30 or 40... So... I gotta say I blew it... thought Lola ('60) had it covered but all she talks about it Bomber Lunches... so Jimmy Heidlebaugh ('65).. please forgive my thoughtlessness... and I have one... well two words for you: "Sheet metal screws". And yes... we are 59 this year. "60 in 06". Now... on to the Bomber Babe birthday... this girl was the sister of one of my other good buddies. She has always been a doll and a really special lady to all of Skip's ('65) friends. Terry Davis ('65) and I insisted a few years back that we were gonna make her little brother participate in our Sorry 7 gatherings... we actually pulled him outa his house one day... it was a very teary eyed reunion for all of us... But Susan ('63) suggested that we let him alone and we have honored that request... after all... she is a big kid and big kids know best... (yes Jimbeaux and Number 32... I'm admitting it)... So it's just a nice feeling to be able to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUSAN NUSSBAUM REEB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook: >>From: Rod Brewer ('65) COMMENTS: Strege, you out there? -Rod Brewer ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) Re: Belated Birthday wish... Just missed the deadline on getting a Happy Birthday to Judie Heid ('68) so better late than never. Hope that you had a great one...55...double nickel...and now everywhere you look will be a 55 mph sign. Love you. -Claudia Stoffel ('68WB) ~ Colbert, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Old Cars To: Larry Crouch (71) Larry- Glad to see you are enjoying driving old metal. Here in the Detroit area, we are getting ready for 2 big car events. This weekend is the Consours de Elegance which features about 100 old "Collectible" cars displayed on the grounds of the old Dodge mansion grounds (now part of Oakland University). These cars are not drivers, but rather carefully restored show cars that are worth big $$$$. They do fire up a couple of special cars every year (a couple of years ago, it was the winning car from the initial Indy car race back in the 1920s). The really cool event is the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, August 20th. Woodward Avenue was the place all the kids cruised back in the '50s-'70s with about 5 infamous drive-ins- all gone now but 1. It started out about 10 years ago with a few old car buffs and has grown to be "the world's largest one day car event". The cruising route is 3 lanes in each direction over a 6 mile section of Woodward- and it's bumper to bumper for about 12 hours that day- PLUS there are cars parked (LeMans style) along both sides of the street. It's a car lover's dream- many muscle cars and hot rods but also old family favorites like the Rambler/Nash or Studebaker. It gets to be sensory overload after a while. I don't know where all the cars come from- you don't see that many- even on nice days but about 2 weeks before the cruise- they start coming out of the woodwork. So if anyone is planning to be in the area that weekend- plan to check it out. You can get more details at Bomber Cheers -Vic Marshall ('71) ~ Beverly Hills, MI *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/06/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Sharon Panther ('57), Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Mary Ray ('61), Linda Reining ('64), Deb Bosher ('67) Mike Davis ('74), Yvonne Ling ('75), Teresa Barber ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Caroline Westover ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Lynch ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sheeran ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To My Loving Sister Wishing a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my sister Susan Erickson Kuntz ('59)!!!!!! I did call her today [8/5/05] to wish her Happy Birthday. I would like to share some memories of her "teasing" brother. We lived in an "A" house on Putnam St. We had our separate bedrooms; but, a couple of times I would sneak into her closet while she was in the bathroom getting ready for bed. When she went to the closet to hang her clothes... I would be in the far corner of the closet where she couldn't see me. I would shake the hangers and she would ask... "Wally, is that you?" I also remember getting under her bed while she was in the bathroom and when she got into bed, I would push up on the mattress!! Again, Sue would say "Wally, is that you? Stop it or I'll call Dad." We have talked about those times and we end up laughing about it! Great memories... thanks, Sue for being the best Sister in the World!!!!!!!!! That's what big brothers are for... right!! Just wanted to get my Sister ready for the real world????? Any other Big brothers out there that have a story to share???????? -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ It's been Hot in Coeur D'Alene this week, although we're about 10 degrees cooler than the Tri-Cities!! Went swimming in Lake Coeur D'Alene today at Sunup Bay and the water was perfect!!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Sharon Panther Taff ('57) Re: EEOICP We came to Hanford in 1944. Mother started a claim over a year ago on my dad's behalf. My dad was plagued with skin cancers for years and was treated locally by a plastic surgeon. He also had colon cancer. The doctor, still living, refused to release any records re the skin cancer treatment. Mother was told early this year that she would be getting nothing also. However, I worked at F area in the early 1960s with a millwright who contracted prostate cancer a few years ago after retiring. He submitted a claim and was awarded $150,000 in a short time. Go figure. -Sharon Panther Taff ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Apologies to little brother - Missed your birthday in the Sandstorm! Remembered to send a card to your house - hope you're having a wonderful time in Alaska! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JIM HEIDLEBAUGH ('65) Thanks to David Rivers ('65) for the scolding - you're right - seem to have the Portland/Vancouver 2005 Picnic on my mind (what there is of it) lately! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Ray ('61) To: Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) and Shirley Davis Lawrence-Berrey ('56) My condolences to you both and to the rest of your family on the passing of your mother, Julia Davis. Your mother always made me feel welcome in your home and I can assure you as a teenager not always sure of herself it did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. You are both a testament to Julia's success as a mother and the respect of her many past students at Col-Hi is a testament to her success as a teacher. There could be no two more worthy accomplishments. Be grateful that your mother was blessed with a fulfilling life and the good fortune of living long enough to experience the joys of being a grandparent. Whenever someone I know or once knew passes away one of my favorite quotes always comes to mind: When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. I feel sure your mother is rejoicing. -Mary Ray ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: EEOICP For those wondering if the Government pays on these claims---yes, they do. My dad passed away in 1992, from liver cancer. I think I heard about this compensation in 2001 or 2002, I contacted my step mother and she applied for the claim. It took almost 2 years, but she was awarded the entire amount of the compensation. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA -we have had 27 days of triple digit temperatures, with a break of 99 and now we are back on triple digits and, if you can believe the weather people, we will have triple digits till the end of August and possibly into September!!! UGH!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) To: Judy Link Crampton ('58) My sister and I also filed a claim for our dad 4 years ago. We also have a thick file and many, many hours of research, but records were not kept that well at Hanford back then and there appeared to be a lot of grey areas. Dad's file was actually lost once during this claim process and once they claimed we hadn't done the phone interview, which we had, but took time to straighten that out. (keep a paper trail). They got hit with many thousands of claims - many more than anticipated - and had to reorganize. I wonder if that is why so many are being turned down... My sister and I requested a phone interview with the people running the dose reconstruction and were told dad hadn't worked there long enough to develop cancer according to their guidelines, (1951 to diagnosis in 1962). I commented that it seemed strange that they can come up with that kind of time table considering the knowledge of cancer is so limited we can't find a cure. Anyway, hope you are more successful, we really wanted accountability and are completely disillusioned. You might consider hiring an attorney. I know some of you don't approve of these claims and that is your right, but I hope we don't get into that again. -Deb Bosher Neuroth ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Gary Behymer ('64) stated in yesterday's Sandstorm the following: Concern was expressed by all over what seems to be lack of readership participation in the Alumni Sandstorm. Have we exhausted the B.S. barrel? Okay, I'll stir things up a bit. Let's talk about a topic that has been discussed in the past, but not much has been mentioned recently. Specifically, Dawald Basketball Era vs. Teverbaugh Basketball Era. Although there were many fine teams and excellent players during the Dawald years (1947(?)-1970), the finest years of Richland basketball occurred during the Teverbaugh years (1971-1977, or was it 1978) The only year a Teverbaugh team did not make it out of the District tournament was 1976 (the beloved Bicentennial Bummers). Every other team made it to the state tournament highlighted by the 1972 championship, followed by runner up finishes in 1973 and 1974. Coach Teverbaugh still has the highest winning percentage of any coach in the state of Washington with most of those victories right here at Richland. During the 1970s Richland was a "mass production plant" of basketball talent. Teverbaugh began his career with two of the most dominating big men in RHS history with Pat Hoke ('72) and Steve "Bear" Davis ('72-RIP) (Did I mention he was my brother?) The duo combined for nearly 2000 points over their three year career and topped it with a state championship in 1972. The team was not just the two big guys as they were joined by Dick Cartmell ('73), Dean Thompson ('72), and Steve Neil ('72). Off the bench was 6'5" Bryan Coyne ('72) and guard Jim Kasey ('72), both would have started on any other team in the conference. Those years were followed by the Mike Neill years of 1973-75 and three final four appearances in Seattle. Although most supporters from the 1960s will claim Ray Stein ('64) was the finest there has ever been, he can only be considered second best. I lived next door to Jim House ('63) during those years and idolized all the Bombers that use to come over and play on his court. My favorite was no doubt Ray Stein. He was Godlike in the eyes of this eight-year-old. In fact, one time I got to play Ray a game of HORSE. (I doubt he would even remember this) I was the little neighbor boy that was always looking through the fence admiring these "bigger than life" players. During a lull in the action between games Ray challenged me to HORSE. Being the kind young man that he was he let me beat him. (Of course, I didn't realize that at the time) I went home, grinning for ear to ear, telling everyone I just beat Ray Stein in a game of HORSE. I was the greatest player on Earth!!!! Having said this and with no disrespect to Ray, my childhood idol, Mike Neill was the best there has ever been. I recently found the all-time career leading scorers in Washington High School Basketball. If I remember correctly Mike was listed at sixth or seventh (Roger Fishback could tell you this) with a total of over 2,000 points! Keep in mind, these were the years of three-year high schools. All the other players listed above Mike were four-year players. (There may have been one three-year player above him) 2,000 POINTS!!! A stellar career is going over the 1,000 points mark. He reached that mid way through his junior year. Often lost because of his scoring ability was the other aspects of his game. He was also the top rebounder for his teams and if you were open he got you the ball. I always like to tell the story of Mike as an eighth grader at Chief Jo Junior High. Mike averaged 24 points a game that year. Keep in mind that the junior high games were only 24 minutes long in those days. Another junior high story... remember what a big deal it was to play on Piippo's Varsity as an eighth grader? I can remember Pat Harty and Randy Lee and Steve Neill doing the feat as I'm sure there were others. It was a remarkable feat. Mike came out of Jason Lee Elementary School and started on Piippo's Varsity as a 7th grader and averaged 19 points a game, I might add. So, Ray, you were a great one, and brightened the eyes of many young boys in this community, but I could only give you Number 2. (There you go, that should get some of you pre-Teverbaughers worked up. I fully expect to hear from my old neighbor, Jim House in Ray's defense!! tee hee) I cannot close without mentioning other good players during the Teverbaugh years. The likes of Bruce Wallace, Jim Thompson, Paul Rinehart, Leroy Stevens, Cam Mitchell, Kelly Euitineur, Roger Sonderland, Rooster Anderson, Mike Aichele, Rick Slater, Keith Prichard, etc... all good players in their own right. Also, Coach Teverbaugh molded sophomores Brian Kellerman and Bob Kennedy, two future state champions for Coach Phil Neill. The basketball of 1950s and 1960s was great to watch, but the peak of Bomber basketball was definitely the 1970s with Coach Teverbaugh. Okay, let me have it! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Yvonne Ling Deshayes ('75) Could you put a message in for the Class of 1975 Reunion for August 11, 12, 13 and 14th. Website listed above. Thanks -Yvonne Ling Deshayes ('75) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Teresa Barber Wise ('78) Re: Mrs. Davis (RIP) I was sorry to hear of Mrs. Davis' passing. I do not remember very many teachers but I remember her. She was not only a great teacher but you could tell she had a passion for kids. I'm sure she will be sorely missed. -Teresa Barber Wise ('78) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/07/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Mike Brady ('61), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Terry Liechty ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Bobo ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Peterson ('77) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Fred Schafer & Ann Engel ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Basketball OK Mike Davis ('74) it comes. We all experience our "glory days" of high school basketball and always think our years were the best. Best coaches, best players etc. I don't know much about the game. You'll have to refer to Tom Tracy ('55) for the details, but it seems to me we went to state several times when Dawald was coaching. I am not trying to diminish the accomplishments of Teverbaugh, but we had some great players in the fifties too. (Tell him, Tom) and as far as spirit... there is no comparison with the way the "old boys gym" rocked when we heard the fight song and the fabulous five took the floor. I'm betting your way of inciting a riot VIA Sandstorm will awaken several sleeping dogs. -Laura D. Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Ray Stein ('64) As a gym rat on Saturday morning at Chief Jo, I remember playing basketball with Ray Stein. He was in the 6th grade and I was in the 9th grade. I remember thinking, "this little kid isn't too bad, but he needs to work on his ball handling skills!" -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Bomber Basketball & the Like... As we all should realize by now, the late '50s & early '60s cannot be compared to the seventies and certainly not the eighties. Most of you younger folk are probably not aware that the 'roundball' was NOT round in the earlier years. I would expect 'Too Tall' House ('63) to tackle that issue. Another member of the Class of 1964 MUST be mentioned as 'deserving' of the Mike Davis 'Finest' award'." Donald 'I'm a late bloomer' Parsons, who never played as a Richland Bomber, did start two years for the Columbia Basin Hawks and then had two more starting years with the Montana Grizzlies. I dare say that the finest & perhaps greatest basketball 'player' ever to come out of Richland is/was Leslie Jacobson ('64). Leslie married Byron Beck who played 2 years for CBC... 2 years at the University of Denver... 9 years with Denver in the ABA and another year with Denver in the NBA. If anyone desires to argue the point that Leslie is NOT an equal partner with Byron please feel free to give MR. Beck a call. -Gary Behymer ('64) P.S. Greatest pre-Dawald/Teverbaugh player - Gene Conley ('48) Greatest 'clutch free throws' - David Simpson ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) didn't have an older brother, but I did have a younger brother who terrorized me! Tim ('71WB) did his best to make things interesting. We would go camping, he would find anything that resembled a snake, then throw it towards me, yelling, "snake, Linda!" and then laugh till he cried, watching me run in place and get absolutely nowhere!!!! Remember the cemetery near the Uptown? (can't remember the name of the street [Williams]). We would walk home from the Uptown Theater and had to go right by that cemetery... he would go in there and hide amongst the graves and headstones... I was too scared to go in after him, so I would stand on the outside of the fence and yell for him to come out! We had cousins who lived in Minnesota and they had outdoor plumbing (no locks)... he found it very funny to open the door at the wrong times!! It's a wonder he survived my youth! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ hotter than you know what in Bakersfield, CA!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Terry Liechty ('64) Re: Toivo Piippo Years ago, sitting in health class with Mr. P the subject came up about the Russians taking over the world. Mr. Piippo told us not to worry about the Russians. He said that the threat would be from the Chinese. That seems today to be almost prophetic. Consider how dependent our lives are on things made in China. I had a glass of apple juice and the container said, "concentrate from China". -Terry Liechty ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Mike Davis ('74), aka BooBoo The only thing I can say about the Dawald vs. Teverbaugh debate is they both had the best players available to them at the time. If Ray Stein ('64) had played for coach Teverbaugh it still would have looked great for the Teverbaugh era and vice versa. I grew up watching Stein, House ('63), and others play their game for coach Dawald and even had him for Government my senior year. Coach Teverbaugh came after I graduated but I saw some of his coached games, also. In fact my brother, Howard ('72-RIP), managed that '72 championship team and he was very proud to be part of it. Players can make or break a coach so to speak. That is what I have to say on the subject. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA, HOT-HOT-HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Mike Davis ('74) Mike makes a very good argument about Bomber basketball. It's hard for me to choose cause I started watching in about 1960 so I saw some players and missed some good ones too. I enjoyed every minute of watching hoops at Dawald gym. The 1974 team was a good one and went up against one of the greatest teams in state history (Garfield), or so they were rated as one of the best of all time. The team was missing one ingredient, a great small forward. Mike Davis chose not to participate that year. I use the term small with Mike very loosely. In the 1972 annual you will see Mike, number 40 in your program and number one in your heart. Mike chose the winter to study for his latest work, public address announcer for Finley football and basketball. I hear he is quite good and I think he studied under Harey Caray or Howard Cosell. I also recently attended the new indoor football league, The Tri-City Fever won it all in their first year of existence. I don`t know there class years but Josh Jelmberg caught 2 TD passes and Jeremy Bohanon played a fine defensive back. 2 Bombers. 6000 people screaming in the Tri-Cities coliseum was pretty fun. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In the hot box desert known as Richland in August where it's great outside in the afternoon if you are a rattlesnake. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/08/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Jerry Swain ('54) Shirley Collings ('66), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Strand ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Grant Ranlett ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordy Edgar ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer Harden ('96) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim Adair ('66) & Kathie Moore ('69) ANNIVERSARY Today: Gary Behymer ('65) and Janis Cook ('65 Lion) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Reminders The Portland/Vancouver Picnic at Battleground State Park is a mere 6 days away (by the time you read this). Saturday, August 13, is getting closer, even as we read. Let Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) know you're coming and we'll put a burger or hot dog on the grill for you. The Annual Club 40 weekend is also fast approaching. If you are planning on attending and haven't coughed up the dough for the food; here's an incentive: At the door the prices go up another $5.00 per head, per meal. So, please, get those registration forms in. If you didn't get one, go to and scroll down to the form markers. There are three, one for the Class of '55, one for the Class of '60, and one for everyone else. Re: The Latest Figures Dept The most recent count is in for those attending the wing-ding in September; they stack up like this: Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 2 Class of '48 - 3 Class of '49 - 6 Class of '51 - 5 Class of '52 - 15 Class of '53 - 10 Class of '54 - 16 Class of '55 - 66 Class of '56 - 4 Class of '57 - 6 Class of '58 - 5 Class of '59 - 5 Class of '60 - 40 Class of '61 - 4 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '70 - 1 (and for the same reason as last time) If you don't see your class listed, or you think more should be there from your class; get on the ball and tell your classmates about the party. Names of those attending are also on the Club 40 website (see above). -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ Albany, OR, where the big fight is not over coaches but between the local papers and the Weather Channel as to how hot the valley will be. p.s. "Camping with Henry and Tom" opens this Friday at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Swain ('54) Re: Tom McGuire ('54-RIP) Classmates, It is with great sadness that I report that Tom McGuire ('54) died peacefully on August 4th at his home in Cottonwood, CA after a long respiratory illness. His daughter Kathy was with him at the end. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of the Flowers in Red Bluff, CA on Wednesday, August 10th. Should anyone want an address for the family, send me an email and I will send it to you. Tom's wife Fran preceded him in death two years ago. I will miss Tom, a long time friend from Lewis and Clark grade school (6th grade). -Jerry Swain ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Outlook Express question Does anyone know how to override Outlook Express when I receive an email with an attachment, and then I receive a message that OE removed my access to view the following unsafe attachments? Some attachments come through fine, but others don't. Our daughter was recently married, and her friend sent copies of the pictures she had taken using her digital camera. Why would they be considered unsafe? Your help is most greatly appreciated ~ -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland - where it is nice and toasty. At least it cools down to the high 50s during the night. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Dawald Era vs. Teverbaugh Era Yeah, the sleeping dogs awaken! -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/09/05 PEACE! It's still a good idea! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), Jim House (63), Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary May ('58WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marj Qualheim ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gay Wear ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Las Vegas Bomber luncheon The Bomber luncheon was on Saturday, August 6th and we had a nice turn out for it. Hopefully we will continue to bring out the "regulars" and the "new faces". Those in attendance were: Roberta "Robbi" Hill Karcher ('49), Harvey Irby ('64), wife, Carolyn (NAB), his father, Harvey, Sr. (NAB), Guy Corrado ('62), his lovely daughter, Lisa Corrado (NAB) and Lisa's friend, Rachel Konis who is from Spokane and will be teaching here starting this fall, Nancy Moore ('70), Raymond Kelly ('63), Diana Krueger Harter ('59), Gene Horne ('57) and Carol Bishop Horne ('57), Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) and husband Bob (NAB). A wonderful time was had by all! Our next luncheon will most likely be on the 1st of October and I will be letting everyone know, so be sure and look for that one. BOMBER CHEERS!!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ In Las Vegas, NV - where it is hot and humid, but bearable. We have warnings for possible thunderstorms and some flooding, but it seems like it always manages to miss our place, so we most likely won't see any of it. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Mike Davis ('74) Okay, I will take the bait and address your topics: Art Dawald era vs. Frank Teverbaugh era and Ray Stein ('64) vs. Mike Neill ('75). Like a politician I will avoid a straight answer. But first I must make the following disclosures. The only game I saw Teverbaugh coach, he lost. The only game I saw Mike Neill play, he lost. For 2/3 of my Bomber career I feasted on Ray's pinpoint passes and continue to do so regularly in 3 on 3 games. Only Norris Brown ('57) and John Meyers ('58) played more games for Art Dawald than I did, and the news I received in Vietnam that Art had mentioned me at his retirement meant more to me than my subsequent orders return to the USA. I am grateful for all he did for me. So my potential bias is obvious. Because I lived out of state from 1963 2003 my analysis is based on what I read in "Bomber Mania", data in the alumni web site, and a few discussions over Spudnuts with Roger Fishback ('62) who no doubt is THE authority on these subjects. Both Dawald and Teverbaugh came to Richland after winning consecutive State Championships at smaller schools. (Maybe it is time for the school district to use that criterion again). Teverbaugh only coached at Richland for seven years ('71-'77) so I compared that to Dawald's '56-'64 period. I know that is nine seasons but he did not coach in 1959 due to an illness and we should ignore my sophomore year 1961, because... never mind. Their records for the seven years are as follows: Teverbaugh: 155 wins and 23 losses. One State Championship, 6 State tourneys, placed 5 times (1,2,2,2,4), Two First Team All-State Players (Hoke '72 and Neill '73-'75). Dawald: 164 wins and 23 losses. One State Championship, 7 State tourneys, placed 6 times (1,3,3,3,3,7); Five First Team All State Players (N. Brown '56 & '57, Meyers '58, C. W. Brown '58, Wallace '62 and Stein '63 & '64. Art also coached several other All-State players outside this period. One could argue the data for these seven years slightly favors Dawald even though it ignores his early years during the birth of Bomber Mania and his later years when his victories declined. I will not choose between them, they were both exceptional. Instead, I will offer that coach Phil Neill ('66) simply had the best Bomber team with the 1979 State Champions that won 26 consecutive games and included three All State players Bob Kennedy ('79), Mark Hoke ('79) and "Player of the Year", Brian Kellerman ('79). Ray Stein ('64) vs. Mike Neill ('75) No question that Mike was the greatest scorer in Bomber history and reports indicate he was also a good rebounder; he was first team All State 3 times. The team record during his years was 68 and 10. Although Ray averaged 11 points less a game for his career, he was a tremendous playmaker and rebounder. I might argue his defense was his greatest attribute; he could lock down the opponent's best player and could have humiliated others if he chose to. He made his teammates (see me) better. He was first team All State twice and second team once. The team record during his years was 69 and 8 although Ray did not play in two of those losses because of illness). However, neither of these guys meets my first criterion for Greatest Bomber because they have no rings. Therefore I choose Brian Kellerman ('79), State Champion and selected the "Outstanding Player in Washington" that year. I am sure all of those mentioned here would be embarrassed by this banter and many others no doubt will be bored by it, but you asked for it. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Picture of the old Community Center / Rec Hall Re: Picture of John Ball Elementary School in North Richland -Gary Behymer ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/10/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Carol Bishop ('57), Mike Brady ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Bartlett ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mack Richardson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dennis McGrath ('63WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rod Collins ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Saturday [8/6] was the 60th of the Hiroshima drop. We will hear the same old crap about it not being moral or even necessary, only more so. Most of the negatives will be from those who were not around duting the War. I do know that the loss of life would be frightful in the assault on Japan. I also know that all the Classes of 1945 across the nation would have been cannon fodder. God bless the avoidance. Speaking of 1945, Thursday I will fly back to my first high School 60th reunion in Mound, MN. As in Richland, old friends are always friends. -Dick McCoy ('45), from the Class of '45, Broncs, Beavers Bombers, and... Mohawks. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Bishop Horne ('57) --- for Gene Horne ('57) Re: Terry Davis ('65), aka Terrance Knox To: David Rivers ('65) When can we expect to see Terry in the new tv show "Wanted"... we have been watching for him to appear... will he be a regular?? -Carol Bishop Horne ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Jim House ('63) has gotta be right, because, after all, he's Jim House! I also lived out of state during many of those glorious Bomber years (1962 - 1980), but to me, the greatest basketball player of all time (in the whole world, forever and ever) was Norris Brown ('57)! In my mind, his exploits have gotten greater over the years. As a matter of fact, I remember him crossing the half court line, jumping in the air, twisting and dunking the ball with his back to the basket. Now that was a circus shot! Seattle sports writers called him the "little Elgin Baylor" who could dribble the ball off the backboard before shooting. -Mike Brady ('61) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/11/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy ('55), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Richland has a litany of fine players. They are all my heroes. Those who practiced, played ahead of us, with us or after us. We salute those famous players of the '90s, '80s, '70s, and '60s. We often brag about them to our co-workers, we also salute those from the '30s, '40s and our own '50s. We enjoy a well-established history of green/gold basketball players and coaches. We also have our share of non-players (many probably don't know whether the ball is pumped or stuffed). Any who fail to put Gene Conley ('48) in less than first place just don't know basketball history and were probably overwhelmed during puberty-- that period of time wherein acne and hormones collide; causing any sound or sight to be considered historically "generalizable". They would tell us that "all aborigines walk in single file... because the one they saw did". But we love them, tolerate them, feed them and nurture them just the same. Conley wasn't flamboyant. He didn't have to be. At 6'8", he could strike out players with ease, some of which were too frightened to stand in the box and bat against him; dash across the field afterward, put on his spikes and win the high jump in a track meet. And in the summer he could capture all the dolls at the carnivals when they came to town and shut down the baseball throw or ring toss. He was also a magnificent leaper. When he became a Celtic, the fanatical fans called him "Jumpin' Geno" because he could defend against Wilt Chamberlain better than anyone in the NBA (Wilt was the all time greatest player in the game - bar none)... Chamberlain played two complete seasons in a row without missing a minute of time) 160 games... nearly 50 minutes a game... due to overtimes. Won the scoring title, the rebounding title, assist and many others you can find on the internet. He also caused the officials to install two new rules during his first year in college because of his extraordinary talent. (He dunked his free throws---so they had to install a rule that kept a free throw shooter from stepping over the free throw line until the ball hit the rim) It was hilarious to watch the rebounders standing on the line while Wilt dunked a free throw! Conley could 'front' Wilt defensively and knock away or steal any pass attempts made to Wilt. Once Wilt got the ball nobody could stop him. Bill Russell's coach Red Auerbach said: "Chamberlain could do anything... except beat Boston and Gene Conley". Auerbach also stated clearly... "Gene Conley is probably the best athlete who ever lived." (after coaching in Boston and getting to meet with Red and know him, I think he was right about Gene Conley's athletic ability). One thing besides Gene's smile and easy going spirit was his fine sense of humor. Before someone jumps up and shouts Magic Johnson or Michael Jordan, they should have seen Wilt at the UW against our famous hook shooter (from the corner) Bruno Boin... the step out of bounds shot. Wilt took one big step from the key swung his long arm and blasted that shot into the upper deck... it sounded like a cannon... then he went back to dunking his free throws. When an out-of-bounds play occurred under the backboard, Kansas just passed the ball up over the backboard. Wilt could jump to the top of the backboard, grab the ball and pull it down for a slam-dunk to end all slam dunks. (think about it)... the officials did and put in the second rule due to Wilt... "An out of bounds play shall not occur directly under the backboard. Any pass or shot thrown over the backboard shall be considered a violation." Before long Wilt would have to meet Gene Conley and the Boston Celtics. The Third Rule was made by the Boston Celtics... It was the "Jumpin' Gino" Rule... Whenever Wilt came to town... Gene Conley ruled over Wilt magnificently. Even Wilt agreed with that assessment. Besides pitching for Boston, Gene probably represented his friends, family, community and the game better than anyone in the history of Richland basketball.. I wish everyone could have seen him play. It is good to hear of our other famous players coaches too... Richland has sent basketball emissaries into many colleges, universities, military bases and communities all over the world... we love them and guard their reputations fiercely... -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Jim House ('63), Mike Brady ('61), etc. Your words are great arguments for who was second best. You'll have to decide that yourselves. Good day. -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/12/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Jerry Boyd ('52) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Pete Hollick ('55) Jan Bollinger ('60), Josef Choate ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nat Saenz ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I always did think Gene Conley ('48) was the best. I knew zilch about sports - I had a difficult time with games because of my sight and hearing. Girls: Remember the "girls rules for basketball?" Hated them. Especially since the girls only had the gym Tuesdays and Thursdays and the boys Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. (In my sophomore year when the school was built for 300 and we had a thousand students we (girls) were sent to the auditorium for health classes on the days that we could not use the gym.) There are several fires in the area - 41,000 acres have burned near Dayton (Pomeroy). Also a small one (so far) on the Hanford Reservation. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - HOT - we've been in the high 90s - low 100s. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jerry Boyd ('52) To: Tom Tracy ('55) The gift of writing and facts are great. We go back a long way and hope to see you at Club 40 on Friday night. Brother Jim is planning to be at the Fifty Class Reunion for the Class of '55. Patsy and I have moved to Yakima and enjoying the Northwest again -Jerry Boyd ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Basketball To: Tom Tracy ('55) They say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." There are "stats" by which to measure, but if it's your little girl, she is a winner!. Maybe the same can be said of athletes. Once you have seen Lance win a race, Gene pitch, Tiger putt or Wilt dunk, they become your favorite. You believe they are the best, and to you they are. You have an emotional investment. Too bad we don't all have that opportunity. We all know you can't compare apples and oranges, and sometimes statistics lie. It takes a lot more than physical skill to be a great athlete the same as it takes more than a great figure to be a beauty queen. I have my favorites and most of you have never heard of them. I like apples better and Spudnuts best! -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Hollick ('55) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Wow, what a memory and your knowledge of what went on back in "in those days" is truly impressive! My favorite basketball player of the 1950s happened to be Tom Tracy. Looking forward to our 50th celebration! -Pete Hollick ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Reunions Small and Large It had been more than 45 years since Gloria Falls Evans ('58) had seen her good friend Claudia Gomez ('60), so she was pretty excited to hear that Claudia would be visiting her sister in Spokane this week. They had a couple of get-togethers and on Wednesday we had a little Bomber lunch with Claudia and our husbands at the Chic-A-Ria restaurant. It was great to see her again and we had a wonderful gab-fest. Unfortunately, she'll be flying back to the far-off land of Delaware on Friday, but we hope she'll return one day. Seeing Claudia after all these years has increased the anticipation of seeing a lot more classmates at our 45th reunion and Club 40 next month. There are many I hope to see whose names do not yet show on the registration list . . . time's getting short, y'all! There are only a few days left to get entries for the Memory Book in the mail, as they must be received by 8/22. -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ~ Spokane, where temperatures have moderated to the 80s and baby quail are still hatching. They make such cute parades! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Josef Choate ('60) Re: House hunting in Richland I need assistance in checking on residential real estate in Richland. I would appreciate it very much if anybody knowledgable with the market in Richland would contact me. Bomber cheers, -Josef Choate ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Coney Island I'm not always slow in responding to things in the Sandstorm but lots of company as well as working has kept me from responding in a timely manner. I have been told that Dennis Barr's ('58) parents were the owners of the Coney Island. Fun to read your great memories of the Coney Island. Having good food there at a good price in early marriage must have helped the pocket book. Are you one of the McKeown's who lived on Acacia? If so our family lived you on Birch. If I am right your family's home was right behind Mary Marsh's ('56) family. One house south of Mary's family was the Clarks and we were right across the street at 1307 Birch. Recent happenings have taken me to Birch quite a few times. One of those was spending the weekend with my sister Nina Jones Rowe ('65) during her 40th reunion. When Mary Marsh's ('56) brother and mother died I saw Mary. Mary said, she knew the lady who lived in our Birch house. She was out of town at the time. Mary said "go by and introduce yourself some time". The time I chose was when during the weekend of Class of '65's reunion. Nina said, "She wanted to go by all the houses where we had lived". When we got to the Birch house I pulled my truck over. Nina immediately said "What are you doing?" I responded with "Get out of the truck". She followed along sheepishly. When I arrived at the door I knocked on it not knowing what would happen. The lady living there answered with a quizzical expression. I introduced us and within a minute she said "Come in". Darlene gave us a tour. Caught us up on the remodeling that had been done and what else would be happening. Darlene knew all the history of who had lived in the area so our conversation was on the same page immediately. Nina and I only disagreed on one thing in all the hour we spent there about things that happened when we grew up. One window out of all the inside of the house was still original. Everything else had been changed. The window is sealed shut. We had a good conversation about mom cooking and looking out the window over the sink (where ever I have lived I almost always had a window over the sink which I have always liked, reminded me of home). As we left Darlene said to "be sure and come back". The next morning Nina and I went to Denny's for breakfast. Darlene happened to be there and joined us for brunch. I have been back to visit her at the Birch house. Who would ever thought so many years later I would make friends with someone at the Birch house... sure brings back the memories Re: Class of '65 reunion So many kids of our neighborhood on Birch to catch up with. Me being the one of the older kids on the block I didn't want to miss anyone. Between Nina and I, I think we saw most of them that were there. Met many new Bombers also. Great thanks to the team who put on a good reunion. Gregor Hansen ('65) is a fabulous announcer. We could hear him all the way in the back of the room. DJ Jeff Michaels ('65) is an outstanding DJ. Ever get a chance to catch him DJing, it is well worth your time. He knows how to keep the people dancing. I think he does weddings and all kinds of functions as a DJ. Right Jeff? At brunch Sunday morning it was quite entertaining to listen to David Rivers ('65) and Terry Davis ('65) tell their stories of what they have done as friends for years. Re: Living in Richland area So many things have happened since I have been here... time is flying by. Soon be a year that I moved back. There are so many things to chose from to do I haven't hardly begun to explore outside of Richland. Memorial Day brought a new memory. I was told by Vera Smith Robbins ('58) to be ready as we drove to the cemetery for the ceremony that was about to take place. There were over 850 huge American flags flying through out the cemetery. The cars of people were driving in leaving flowers so fast it was overwhelming. The ceremony that was presented was tearful as it all was. This picture is Vera is at her the grave site of her husband, Sam Robbins ('58-RIP) with the flags flying. Flat Top Park has quite a few nights of live music. The group memorial weekend entertained us with lots of American Music. A brief time with Columbia Basin College singers from the Broadway show "Oklahoma" made it enticing to go see the show at CBC. Mary Lou DeMeyer ('59) sang. Hydros weekend caught my granddaughter and I two evenings at the Art Walk at Howard Amon park. What fun. Food was good, booth people were interesting, lots of good items for sale. Much, much more but those were my greatest highlights of recent times. Re: Heat in Richland! Guess I am one of the ones who thinks every minute of the hot weather is fantastic. One of the reasons I moved back here. Sitting in the glaring afternoon sun is so warming to my heart. Sitting as I did Sunday on the patio of the Shiloh Inn watching the Columbia River meander past Sunday afternoon was so relaxing. No I can't spend more than about an hour in the sun at a time as I have not completely acclimated as yet. Will happen though as I am doing everything I can to spend time outside every day. No more dark gloomy Western Washington for this gal. Re: Utah group To: Peter Kay Wheadon ('56) Thanks for your picture of the Bomber get together and who was there back on 7/12/05. Looks like everyone was having lots of fun. There was talk back a while ago about getting an All Bomber luncheon going some where in the Salt Lake Area. There are plenty of Bombers to have that happen. Please if you get a group together again send an entry and pictures to the Sandstorm as you did this time. Always so fun to catch up with Bombers through pictures and an entry to go with it. Re: Club 40 sign up Hurry to get your reservations in to help make that job easier for our lovely treasurer Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49). We want her relaxed to enjoy the reunion. Right Ann? She is one busy lady with all her doings and family events, such as a family wedding being added to her doings this summer. Of course if you get to know Ann she does love to be busy. Don't miss Club 40. Attending yearly gives opportunity to meet so many Bombers that become new Bomber friends when ever you go again. Janine Rightmire Corrado ('65) can attest to that. As she hugged me at the class of '65's reunion saying with a big smile on her face and saying "Aren't these reunions fun". Now how I got to know her was by attending every year as she has been doing also. Are you going to be at Club 40, Janine? I know you will enjoy. Re: Bomber Basketball The recent writing about coaches has been interesting. Well put everyone! Thank you! Now that I am close to writing a book guess I'd better sign off, get outside and get some more tan. Eastern Washingtonians tan, they don't rust like Western Washingtonians and I am proving it. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Where the weather is perfect however it is! The marine air seems to have flowed down the Yakima valley to cool everything down a bit tonight. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) To: Mike Davis ('74) Oh, yeah, that's right... Gene Conley ('48). Case closed. Nice job, Tom Tracy ('55)! -Brad Upton ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/13/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Mike Clowes ('54), Chuck Holtz ('55) Carol Bishop ('57), Ray Loescher ('57) Derrith Persons ('60WB), Mary Judd ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Gary Behymer ('64) Rod Brewer ('65), Greg Alley ('73) Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Clementson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Persons ('57) BOMBER LUNCH Today: All Bombers BOMBER LUNCH/PICNIC Today: Portland/Vancouver BOMBER REUNION Tonight: Class of 1975 BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Latest Count Dept. I know you've all been waiting with baited breath for a reasonably up- to-date count of how many will be at the Club 40 Reunion (Friday, Sept. 9th to Sunday, Sept 11th). Well wait no longer Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 2 Class of '48 - 3 Class of '49 - 5 Class of '50 - 0 (nada, ziltch, none - wassamattayou?) Class of '51 - 4 Class of '52 - 16 Class of '53 - 11 Class of '54 - 16 Class of '55 - 70 (I wonder why) Class of '56 - 5 Class of '57 - 6 Class of '58 - 5 Class of '59 - 6 Class of '60 - 42 (party animals) Class of '61 - 4 Class of '62 - 1 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '64 & '65 - 0 (you don't like us?) Class of '70 - 1 For the names (and we do have names) registration forms and schedule of events, check out the Club 50 website at: The Portland/Vancouver Bomber Picnic is today, Saturday the 13th. Don't be late. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ gotta agree with Tracy ('55) - Gene Conley ('48) was the best EVER. p.s. "Camping with Henry & Tom" opened last night, so you have only 6 more chances to see it. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Chuck Holtz ('55) Re: Tom Tracy ('55) I will have to agree with Pete Hollick ('55). It amazed me to see Tom Tracy canning baskets from near half court, both right and left handed. He didn't miss very often. Not many could keep up with him in Cross Country either. Truly a great athlete! -Chuck Holtz ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Bishop Horne ('57) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Utah Bomber Reunion Our daughter, Tracey Horne Scadden has been wanting to put on a Bomber reunion for some time now... we know that there are a few Bombers in the area... she lives in Roy, Utah as do the rest of our girls... 3 in Roy and one in Brigham City... they are not Bombers... all graduated from Ketchikan, AK... but have an interest in the Bombers... If u would like to talk to her... email me and I will give you her email address... she really is interested... -Carol Bishop Horne ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: Norris Brown ('57) The class of '57 should be heard from when it comes to remembrances of Norris. Basketball was BIG TIME back in those years. Everyone knew the Bombers were going to be in contention at state tournament. If memory serves me correctly, Richland was ranked 1st in the state for most of '57 with 22 wins in a row (It's true, I checked my annual). Norris was the anchor of a balanced team of juniors and seniors. Norris was so smooth. It seemed like he was just taking it easy when in reality, other players were going all out just to keep up with him. He made it look easy. What could he do? His ball handling skills were the best. He could shoot from far out and he could dunk the ball as well. And he was a team player. He was simply the best. -Ray Loescher ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) August 13th!! and its not a Friday!! Happy Birthday to my big brother!! Gary Persons ('57) May you have many, many more!! Enjoy your day, Bro Love to you, -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: Gene Conley ('48) I just happen to be reading Hank Aaron's autobiography, "I Had a Hammer", and I thought some of you might enjoy this little excerpt. "On our team, it seemed like you had to hit somebody sometime to earn your stripes. But none of us could top the time Gene Conley punched out a Doberman pinscher. I was away at the All-Star Game at the time, but the team was staying over in Los Angeles and a bunch of the players were invited out to some Hollywood producer's house. Things got a little carried away, and somehow a young actress ended up in the swimming pool. I think she was the girlfriend of the producer, and he told the players to get the hell out of there. Apparently, they didn't get out fast enough, and that was when he sent the Doberman after them. The way I heard it, Conley just turned around and flattened that dog." -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I've been enjoying the lovely Tri-Cities weather this past week, and trying to visit relatives, which hasn't turned out to be as easy as I'd expected. I finally got to walk along the Columbia Park river walk, which is the best thing about the Tri-Cities in my opinion. And I'm all excited to see the Lewis and Clark exhibit at the CREHST museum. Glad I happened to pick up a flyer and learned it was there. I had a brief visit with Elsier Walker, my 91 year old neighbor on Olympia Street, and she is doing so well. And I had a nice visit with the Finkbeiners tonight. Plan to be back next week to do some more visiting with my mother, etc. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ drying out in this dry heat, but I love the cool nights. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Living in the Palouse... Some while ago...someone asked me why we live in Colfax? Here's my answer in photos. Alison Meyer brings the Palouse farming area to life with her photos. There should be six pages...enjoy! -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rod Brewer ('65) Thanks Tom Tracy ('55) and Jim House ('63) for your eloquent remarks. Not only entertaining but probably logically flawless as well. That said, I have to add that if the truth were ever know, I doubt Richland has ever graduated a better athlete than Ray Stein ('64). My support for that statement would take longer than I care to invest without someone else buying the beer. I will say that as a b-ball player, Ray definitely has several close green and gold peers. However, as a total player - scorer, rebounder, defender and leader - I would take Ray over any other Bomber. A fan. '65 -Rod Brewer ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Mike Davis ('74) Who is your Bomber starting 5? I, of course, would not like to leave anyone out but who is after Neill, Conley, Kellerman, Stein? We would need a full squad and I`m sure it would be real hard to leave off some great ones from a top 12 or starting five and a second team. Remember this weekend, last night August 12th and tonight the 13th its the class of '75 Bomber reunion. My wife Kathy Feaster Alley ('75) is doing the organizing and it will be a great time. What's the saying, be there or be square... I had to say it. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ It's still hot but love the cool mornings and nice late evenings. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) To: Upton and the rest Look at the numbers, kids! No contest! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Robert "Bob" Wedberg ('65) ~ 10/3/47 - 8/10/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/14/05 08/14/45 The Villager Headline: "PEACE! OUR BOMB CLINCHED IT!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Ray Loescher ('57) Missy Keeney ('59), Helen Cross ('62) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Collings ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Swanson ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Gene Conley ('48) To: good friend Tom Tracy ('55) You have it right about Gene. I would add that he was voted most valuable in both the Seattle and New York Hi School all star games of 1948. Also, when Russell, that great rebounder, was in the game with Gene, our boy always jumped center. What does that tell you? Because his brother Ray ('46 RIP) and I were best friends, I knew his whole family, Mom, Dad, sister Billye ('61). His Dad looked just like Gene except being nine inches shorter. A great family. I like Greg Alley ('73) and his pick for top four, at least until Kellerman. Very good, but thee were so many others I couldn't pick even nine more. -Dick McCoy, From the Tin Can Class of 1945 Bomber always ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Loescher ('57) Re: Bomber Basketball I see other Bombers are recalling the great basketball players of their era. The names are familiar. Gene Conley ('48). Who can argue that one? Isn't he the one who started it all? No one has said much about Chuck Curtis ('55), but he was a pretty good one, too. He later played college basketball on a nationally ranked team. Tom Tracy ('55) -- He was the one kids my age wanted to emulate. Norris Brown ('57) was awesome. John Meyer ('58) may not have been the best center Richland ever had, but I'd guess he could hold his own with any of them when it came to rebounding. No wonder. Didn't he later play in the NFL? There were many others who came along after '57. From what everyone says about Ray Stein ('64); wow! My comment about Norris Brown being the best still stands. I didn't mean to say he was the best of all the great Bomber basketball players. He was simply "the best" for me. -Ray Loescher ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Ray Loescher ('57) You are right, Ray! Norris Brown ('57) was "poetry in motion" on the basketball court! I have wonderful Bomber basketball memories! To: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Thanks for sharing that great Gene Conley ('48) story from Hank Aaron's autobiography! -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) My condolences to Shirley Davis Berrey ('56) and Gloria Davis Tinder ('61) on the death of your mother. I'm sorry I just couldn't get to the funeral. I did talk to Rev. Mel Finkbeiner afterward. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Greg "Boog" Alley ('73) writes: Who is your Bomber starting 5? I, of course, would not like to leave anyone out but who is after Neill, Conley, Kellerman, Stein? We would need a full squad and I`m sure it would be real hard to leave off some great ones from a top 12 or starting five and a second team. I'll agree with most of that four. Norris Brown and John Meyers would have to be included, along with Stein, Kellerman and Neill. Honorable Mention: Pat Hoke Greatest Not to Play: Springboard Alley (a fine jumpshot, indeed) -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/15/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Larry Mattingly ('60) Judy Willox ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Ann Engel ('63) and Freddie Schafer ('63) Bill Scott ('64), Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I have both of the Villager papers (PEACE, etc.). Can anyone tell me how to preserve them - they are getting kinda dog-eared. I know they are supposed to be in acid free folders but where can you buy them? I buy acid free folders for my postcards but they are not large enough for the two papers. I'm glad to see the discussions on great BOMBER basketball players. I don't know if the rules for boys basketball changed through the years or not - if so - then we would have to take each era. Aren't all Bomber players great? -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - weather has cooled for a couple of days - HOORAY! But being August I'm sure we will get more hot weather before summer leaves us. Fire near Pomeroy/Dayton still burning - over 52,000 acres and only about 45% contained. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Storm Reminder I was in N Central Iowa this week for the annual Pyrotechnic Guild convention. I had to leave a couple of days early. On the way back to the Minn-St Paul airport to fly home I had to sit with about 30 other cars under a large overpass. It so reminded me of Richland in the '40s and '50s. The sky turned almost black, the winds rose rapidly to over 50 MPH carrying all kinds of dirt, limbs, weeds, paper and so on. Everybody stopped because the hail grew to the size of golf balls. Then the rain hit. Large drops, very heavy. Some tried to drive on but backed up as the wipers could not keep up and visibility out the windshield was zero. The radio had emergency network messages saying the storm was 40 miles wide and 20 miles deep and moving South at 30 MPH. We sat about 25 minutes or so. I phoned down to the convention and told them what was coming. Heard later they had nearly 3-inches of rain in 25 minutes. The fireworks that night were fired from a mud bog. Thanks to whoever posted the Villager Paper for today. Nice reminder of Hanford's origins. When I was packing things after my mother passed away I found an original of that very paper and I have it in the family treasures. I hope this fall and winter to have the time to finish my den and work room upstairs in my shop building on the back of the property. Then I will unpack, sort and clean all the items I have and distribute them to younger members of our families who want to save them for their children. I am in hopes of getting back from my annual August-September trip to Alaska in time for Club 40 this year. Just as I was boarding my plane home this week I looked back at some kid having a temper fit and screaming about something, and noted a man about 35 with a yellow shirt with BOMBERS in green letters walking past to another gate. I was past the door and could not turn back. No idea who it may have been. Thanks for all the opinions on basketball players and teams. I remember what fun it was to have my dad take a bunch us over for the final game when we won the championship. 1958 I believe?? "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: Mike Davis ('74) Hey Davis---Mike that is; Class of '74; Reunion deserter; gotta tell ya babe that your good pal Upton---Brad, that is; Class of '74; Reunion visitor; was at Class of '75's reunion live and in person Saturday night. Now if he can go to an underclassman's reunion and fit in soooooo well, how the heck come you can't even get to your own class reunion? Gonna let this fella show you up Davis? Don't let Upton one-up ya kiddo. ;o) And while I am at this, I gotta say that ALL the basketball players that have been talked about in the Sandstorm lately are ALL great!! My personal favorite? Since I watched him in city league, I gotta say that Norris Brown ('57) was mine! Like Ray Loescher ('57) said, "He made it look easy!" I wish I could have been old enough and young enough to have seen them all play! -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland ~ where the weather is turning to perfect and another reunion down. Now on to Club 40 in September. Hope to see many of you there! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Chuck Curtis ('55) It seems most of us forgot about Chuck Curtis ('55). He's got to be in the top ten out of RHS. According to Marv Harshman, Chuck was one of his all-time favorites. I believe Chuck made small college All-American at Pacific Lutheran University and went on to play professional basketball. It's not hard to argue that Gene Conley ('48) was the greatest athlete to come out of RHS and one of the best of the 20th century. It's amazing to me that he had a 3-4 year playing gap between the time he played with Celtics and the Knicks and continued to have a successful basketball career while playing professional baseball for Boston, Milwaukee and Philadelphia among others. But in my mind, Norris ('57) will always be the greatest! -Mike Brady ('61) P.S. Do you remember 6'8" Wayne Moss ('54)? He went on to play at Oregon State University. How does he stack up to the rest? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) and Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: Portland/Vancouver Area Bomber Picnic The 4 annual Bomber Picnic was held Saturday at battle Ground State Park a good time was had by all. Those in attendance were Ann Thompson, aka Anna May Wann ('49), Irl French ('51), Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) and Karyl Carlson, Barbara Crowder Hopkins ('55), Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) and Mom, Nadine Smith Heusser ('60), Tom Hemphill ('62) and Linda Hemphill, Ann Engel Schafer ('63), Fred Schafer ('63), Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) and Denny Hoban, Peg Wellman Johnson ('66), Alan Porter ('67), Don Andrews ('67), Alan Smith ('69), Jo Heidlebaugh ('74). -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) and Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: Basketball Stars Convincing arguments have been made for putting other Bomber basketball players ahead of Ray Stein (to whom I am partial, having been a '64 classmate). But he enjoyed one distinction I'm not sure any other Bomber b-ball player had: as far as I know, he's the only Bomber named to Parade Magazine's High School All-American Basketball team. Anyone know if there are others? -Bill Scott ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) Thanks to Mike Davis ('74) for stirring the bucket a little with the basketball Q & A. Always interesting, always entertaining. I recall going down to the 8 foot bent-rim, no net, court near Barth on the south end and playing ball with a few of those guys that coulda, woulda, shoulda played for Coach Dawald, but instead had a cigarette hanging out of their mouth while stuffing the ball down my throat. I think 3 on 3 tournaments were born on that small court. Maybe not. Unfortunately for them, smoking and getting Ds and Fs in the classroom didn't help matters. My excuse was being 5'7" and unable to jump... dribble... influences from the Class of '65... Ds... Fs... etc., etc. There were some great basketball players in town that never dribbled a ball in Dawald Gym. I wish I could remember their names. I guess that's the point. I'm still wondering what Ray Stein's ('64) greatest Bomber basketball starting lineup looks like. And then there are the girls' teams. Who were the great Bomber girls' basketball players? Can anyone name one? Again, I cannot recall that girl's name down there on the Barth court, with the fag hanging out of her mouth, cramming that basketball down my throat... I've been home for about three weeks recovering from that six week road trip to AR, TN, VA, OH, PA, MA, MO and home again. If I would have known Mike Davis was in Arkansas, I would have called and bought him breakfast, supper or dinner at the local Waffle House. Little Rock was a hoot. I was visiting a Marine Corps comrade from the Vietnam War days. Robert, a black man, had to take me around to his neighbors, who are scared to death of him (long story), and introduce the crazy cracker to them. We were both wounded at the same time. WAY TOO MUCH FUN ha. The last time I saw Robert was on a medevac chopper thirty- seven years ago. Thirty-six hours in a black neighborhood in Little Rock, AR. He wanted to know what the slums were like in Richland. I told him, of course. Now that is a sliver of education you can't get out of a book. Awesome visit. Plymouth, Mass. What an interesting place. I had always wanted to look at "Thee Rock" and finally got there. Massachusetts folks are great to talk to. Ova hea, ova thea. Hard to understand sometimes. I hadn't seen that many white folks in one place since the last time I was in Northtown Mall in Spokane a couple years back. Great seafood, I might add. I don't recommend taking long road trips alone. I got into an argument in my tent with myself up there in the Smoky Mountains in eastern TN. I always did hate arguing, particularly when it crosses the line into assault. -Rick Maddy ('67) ~ Glad to be home in HB again. It's a dry heat. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/16/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Tom Tracy ('55) Dick Avedovech ('56), Floyd Melton ('57) Pete Overdahl ('60), Bill Craddock ('61) Mike Brady ('61), Jean Bruntlett ('62) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Bruntlett ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roger Gress ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tim Avedovech ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Roe ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kirby Belcher ('75WB) WE REMEMBER: Elvis died (8/16/77) "Before Elvis, there was nothing." -John Lennon ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Ray Stein I have been out of town more in the past 8 years than I have been in town. I live on Davenport and your dad used to live on Downing. Is he still alive? I used to see him walking around the block - and miss seeing him and talking to him. I am sorry if he is gone - I really enjoyed our little talks. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - weather very nice right now. Fire around Pomeroy/Dayton still burning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) Re: Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP) We saw one of the greatest Bomber Champions sign a new contract last year when Chuck Curtis left us for a new team. His loss is hard to take. This writer would choose Chuck Curtis on his team if he had to pick a playing partner. We went through the fun years from Marcus Whitman to Carmichael through Col Hi, decided we'd better wrap up our H.S. basketball season by beating the No 1 team in the state - Lincoln High in Seattle... One can live a lifetime on that game... We worked the Summer of '55 in Alaska together courtesy of the U.W. Although Chuck chose to go to Pacific Lutheran before school started, my loyalty and best thoughts of him as a friend and a team mate remains. Chuck could have played on any team. He had the techniques to get in position as well as Larry Bird. Once Chuck got the ball inside, you knew he was going to score or shoot two free throws. He knew how to zig when you thought he was going to zag. He could make an opponent raise or lower his hands, leap to check a shot that wasn't there and then slip in a lay-in or a short hook shot. When he decided to score, it was a given. Just like when Norris Brown ('57) got the ball and decided to score. There was no stopping him. Makes me smile when I think of the times we sat in the back of Dawald's class (we ran out of desks), so Chuck and I sat at a small table and shared basketball ideas from time to time... the pick and roll while we wrote reports on The Potsdam Agreement plus how to be ready and hit him with a pass the instant he broke toward the ball. Knowing what to do next from the training of a great coach helped us both. I remember the game we were in Jr. High and sat behind Dawald's bench in the early '50s. and were angered as the Wa-Hi coach Boots Wooten who had such a lead on the RHS team he let his team go shower and put on their street clothes at half time... 'Twas a display of poor sportsmanship indeed. We both hoped someday we'd see Dawald get his revenge as he turned and confidently remarked: "Some day Boots Wooten will be sorry he did that". He was right about that. In '55 it was a thrill to help make it happen in their own gym. We blitzed them. Our fans, team mates and band performed famously. Chuck scored 32 points. Everyone played one of their best games. Lonnie Whitner was an animal on the boards while Norris and Tilbert Neal ('56-RIP) stole the ball repeatedly and humiliated the Blue Devils and their coach. We did it in 3 quarters. When Dawald cleared the bench, our team mates increased the spread and buried them deeper. What a thrill. After the game we saw the biggest smile we could ever remember come across Dawald's face. A well-deserved satisfying smile from the coach we both respected and admired. Boots took the loss well and credited Dawald highly afterward. (Kudos to the teams who also devastated Wa-Hi twice) I don't ever remember the two of us being more intensely motivated to win until we met up with No. 1 ranked Lincoln at The State Tourney in '55. They were giants. Their fans started gabbing our basketballs during warm ups, playing keep away with them and calling us names... taunting us about our geography and ancestry was not a nice thing to do. We led them all the way. Near the end of the game we went into Dawald's pass- cut stalling offense where a player could easily score a lay-in if anyone tried to double-team. Their big men couldn't keep up, became exhausted and the other Seattle fans among 12,500 chanted at us to "POUR IT TO "EM". On the way out of the gym it was fun to slow down and ask the rude, stunned and tearful fans from Lincoln.. "How 'bout that"? How would you like another dose of that 'glow in the dark medicine?" We lived for decades on some of those memories and I think we both built many more through college. Chuck was a true champion; a winner and no one could ask for a better team mate. He's in my Hall of Fame. We were both grateful for our friends and Bomber classmates and neighbors. Chuck's favorite song was "If You've Got Friends and Neighbors All The World is a Happier Place.." The Class of '55 always seemed like the very best class one could have chosen to graduate with... Their presence still "puts a smile on the gloomiest face" One should think hed be in the Hall of Fame, Chuck held the scoring record nationwide!! Its a record never to be broken. They reorganized the league. Without being arrogant, we unabashedly take a moment, to honor all the teams, bands, friends, neighbors and loyal fans who helped defeat Wa-Hi or Lincoln since... With a special thanks to Chuck and Bomber cheers to you all! -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) To: My brother, Tim Avedovech ('61) I wanted to wish my awesome little brother a great birthday on Tuesday, August 16th. This day back in 1943 may have been a tough one for our country, but a great day for our family. I am most privileged to have you as my brother and best friend. However, I wasn't quite so sure about that when we were kids in early Richland. Have a good one, Bro. Love, Dick -Dick Avedovech ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Floyd Melton ('57) When basketball is discussed in regards to RHS my favorite story came via Fran Rish. In PE class one day in '56, I believe, he told us about getting calls, years earlier, from the Richland Guards (the police) as they were called back in the early days of Richland, telling him someone was in the RHS gym and they could hear a basketball bouncing but all the lights were out. Mr. Rish told us that he knew right away who was there and headed to the gym. When he got into the gym and with the lights still out he would call out the name of one of his students, the name, "Gene" as in Gene Conley ('48). Mr. Rish told us that Gene broke in very often to get his dribbling down pat, in the dark. He also said that when Gene entered Col-Hi he had trouble bouncing the ball let alone getting from one end of the court to the other. Now, that is hard to believe and I do not know the accuracy of his story or the facts about Gene's ability at that time in his high school career but it is a good story. Gene Conley has to be the greatest athlete that ever graduated from RHS in my book. There have been very few athletes who could play in two pro sports at the same time let alone be as successful as Gene was. I do love the memories of Norris ('57) and C.W. Brown ('58), especially a particular play Norris made at the, I think in the 1956 state basketball tournament, where he dove from the fowl line and in an almost horizontal position threw the ball up for a 2 pointer. He could float and that is fact. -Floyd Melton ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Gary Persons ('57) I am sorry that I missed your birthday, good friend. I am so glad your sister Derrith remembered and you so deserve it. You don't look a day over 75. I will see you at our 45th and the Club 40 and I will buy you a Tall Soda Pop. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Where it is holding in the 90's in sunny downtown Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Craddock ('61) Interesting stuff regarding Bomber basketball greats. Four names I haven't seen get much recognition that (in my opinion) certainly shouldn't be left out: Bob Frick ('60), Theartis Wallace ('63), C.W. Brown ('58), Kevin Presto ('??)... I'm sure there are others as well. Kudos to Rick Maddy ('67) for mentioning the fact that there were lots of super players that never played for one reason or the other (and not just bad grades and cigarettes either). In my years, '59-'61, I remember that guys such as Jim Hawkins ('60), Fasier Rasmussen ('61), Jim Anderson ('61), and Rick Neill ('61) could have been stars. I'll bet there were representatives from most other eras as well. Larry Dawes ('54) didn't play for the Bombers but had a fine career in the Military and was invited to a couple of NBA camps. By the way, is there anyone who realizes that Rick Neill ('61) might have been the best of all the Neill brothers? I remember coaches Dawald and Juricich trying very hard to get him to play. He made most of the varsity guys look pretty weak in PE classes. For once, I agree with Mike Brady ('61) - - Norris Brown ('57) was in a class all his own. An amazing player. Gene Conley ('48) was undoubtedly the best of the Bomber "big men" but for a "one-on one" player, Norris has had no peer at Richland. No matter what the debate and no matter what the opinions, RHS (Columbia High) has been blessed with an amazing quantity of amazing basketball players. -Bill Craddock ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Hmmm...thanks for the memories Rick. I was one of those kids puffing on a Pall Mall while playing basketball on the 8' hoop on Barth Street. I can still see Pook Smith ('63), Ron Cowgill ('63) and Bill Wilson ('63) driving past me for a lay-up. Unfortunately (or fortunately), it took me until October 10, 1985 to finally kick the cigarette habit, and (fortunately) I'll never forget those wonderful days on the black top. But back to my favorite Richland subject, Bomber basketball. Is it inappropriate to ask what was the worst Bomber basketball team of all time? My vote goes to the 1961 team. That was the only year that I remember that a Richland team did not go to the State Tournament. They got off to a slow start losing their first four games and finished with a respectable 12-8 record. Jack Glover, Don Ott, Bruce Smith, Randy Free and Dave Warren were great athletes, but for some reason it took them a little longer to put it together. Bruce eventually became Virgil Carter's primary receiver for BYU football, and Terry Smith ('61) was selected "most athletic" at our ten year reunion for jumping out of the stands and tackling a Stanford player rushing for a touchdown. On the other hand, I'm convinced the 1961 girls with the same training as the girls today would have been one of the best. Billye Conley, Katie Sheeran and Beth Pederson would have been the nucleus of a great team. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jean Bruntlett ('62) Happy Birthday to my brother John Bruntlett ('54). Have a great day. -Jean Bruntlett ('62) ~ Cheney, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Rick Maddy ('67) Re: smoking and basketball Never mind the guys that smoked and didn't play Bomber Basketball. What about the guys that smoked and DID play? Two that come to mind for me are Pook Smith ('63) and Gary Webb ('64). They both were pretty regular smokers in high school (as I recall) but both were starters for Art Dawald's run and gun fast break Bombers. I still don't know how they managed it. Maybe some of you can remember others. As for playing on the eight foot baskets, there was always a game going at the Perkins/Roberdeau playground hoop. Some of the players there were Tim Smyth ('62), Jay Williamson ('63-RIP), Denny Casto ('63), Terry Webb ('63-RIP), and myself ('63) and then some Bomber players like Gary Webb ('64), Rod Brewer ('65), Bobby McClellan ('66), and even Ray Stein ('64) a couple of times. I'm sure I'm leaving plenty of guys out, but the ol' memory banks aren't what they used to be. I was only about five foot six then, and could just barely manage to dunk on that eight foot rim. Of course Webb and Stein were only a couple of inches taller than me and both could dunk with ease on a ten foot basket. That's probably why nobody ever invited me to try out for the Bombers, hmm? Okay, I guess I am going to have to weigh in on the best Bombers discussion. Here are my picks by position, with first, second and third team rankings: Center: Gene Conley ('48), John Meyers ('58), Jim House ('63) Forward: Norris Brown ('57), Thea Wallace ('63), C.W. Brown ('58) (for you youngsters, these guys are all related) Forward: Mike Neil ('75), Pat Hoke ('72), Bob Frick ('60) Guard: Ray Stein ('64), Pat Crook ('58), Gary Webb ('64) Guard: Brian Kellerman ('79), Bob Kennedy ('79), Steve Neill ('72) I may not have gotten the position played right in all cases. For example, Ray Stein and Gary Webb were often listed as forwards, but since both were under six feet tall when they played for the Bombers, and could shoot the lights out from long range, they seemed like guards to me. Also, like I said before, I need a memory upgrade. I saw all of these guys (except Gene Conley) play for the Bombers, and they were all great. But my all time favorite Bomber, not because he was the greatest player, but for his grit, attitude, work ethic, rebounding skills, and most importantly his life-long Bomber Spirit, is none other than ol' number thirty-two in your program and number one in your heart, the pride of the Gold Medal Class of 1963, our very own Jim House. Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) brought up an important point for all to keep in mind when comparing Bombers from different eras, the rules have changed over the years, and likewise the style of play. Back in the fifties and early sixties, teams that played the Mighty Bombers often thought they would stand a better chance if they played "stall ball" to hold the score down so they wouldn't fall so far behind. In those days, a player could just stand and hold the ball. This rarely worked as far as their chances of beating the Bombers, but it did tend to hold the scoring down. Another thing to remember is that Coach Dawald hated to "run up the score" on the opposing team, and would often bench the starters for most of the fourth quarter. Of course that didn't always work either. I still remember the 1963 Big Nine District Championship game when Dawald pulled all the starters for the entire fourth quarter against Ellensburg, but even so the Mighty Bombers rolled on to a 103 to 59 win. As I recall, the Bomber that canned the basket that put the Bombers over the century mark was a young sophomore by the name of Mike Toner who had been moved up from the JV team for the district and state tournaments. We all have our fond memories of Bomber basketball. One of my favorites was when I was a little kid and my older brother Jack ('57-RIP) took me to a Bomber game in 1956. The Bombers were playing Hermiston, Oregon in a non-conference game. It was the first time ever that a Bomber team broke the century mark, 101 to 65. I still remember seeing that scoreboard click over from 99 to 01, and the crowd going just absolutely crazy. I have been a big Bomber fan ever since. What a town, what a school, and what a team. GO BOMBERS, ON TO STATE! -Dave Hanthorn (GMC of '63) from hot and muggy Mercer Island, sure glad I had that AC installed last year (whew). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Remembering the great Chuck Curtis ('55) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Hot time summer in the city (the 16th) Got a Bomber Birthday for a real hot kitty... she's so fine do lang do lang do lang... wish she were mine do lang do lang do lang... well ok... that was inappropriate... I'm a day too late and way short... but oh this girl has had my head turned for over 40 years and she still has "it"... One of my favorite buds to get together with whenever I'm home... So nice to have great friends like this one... and korse the fact that she's a real looker is... well it's just great! So here ya go, my dear... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KATHIE ROE TRUAX ('64) -David Rivers ('65) PS I'll be outa town on the 22d so may I take this time to wish Kathie Moore Adair ('69) a wonderful birthday too! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Boy, there were some nasty pictures of the dust blowing in Eastern Washington the other day. It almost makes me glad I don't live there anymore. In our B house it seems dust always had a way of finding a crack or two to enter the house. In my dad's later years that dust would always get his heart and lungs congested so it was most difficult to breathe. A couple of mornings I had to contend with some fog, but it wasn't too thick. The worst part of my daily commute other than the traffic is the sun going in the morning and coming back at night. Looking at a map I thought Ft. Lewis was north of Lacey but boy was I wrong. East in the AM and west in the PM. I have managed to get somewhat used to it, traffic is another matter. Some days it moves right along (60 mph) and other times it creeps along because someone sees something and slows down (even if it isn't anything major). Friday was a great example; in one spot a couple was beside the road out of their vehicles just talking, but it caused a major slow down I imagine because people wanted to see what if anything was going on. Bomber greetings to all out there, -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it was another hot one today *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/17/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Clowes ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Lorin St. John ('55), Missy Keeney ('59) Patti Jones ('60), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Brent Van Reenen ('67), Gary Christian ('67) Gary Schauer ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charlotte Carlson ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Boggs ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Verna Gore ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: "And the Count Goes On" Dept. Almost hot off the press, here are the latest figures on attendance at the annual Club 40 Reunion: Class of 45 - 2 Class of 46 - 1 Class of 47 - 3 Class of 48 - 3 Class of 49 - 6 Class of 51 - 4 Class of 52 - 17 Class of 53 - 14 Class of 54 - 19 Class of 55 - 77 Class of 56 - 7 Class of 57 - 8 Class of 58 - 8 Class of 59 - 5 Class of 60 - 43 Class of 61 - 4 Class of 62 - 2 Class of 63 - 1 Class of 70 - 1 Pretty fair, some of the usual suspects have now joined in, but there are still quite a few left out there who have not. So, keep those registration forms coming in. And, if you have lost or mis-placed yours, go to the Club 40 web page at and get with the program. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ back in Albany from the Vancouver picnic where a good time was had by all on a really pleasant day. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Bomber Basketball I have been reading with interest all of the comments, ideas and votes for who the #1 Bomber basketball player of all time was and there have been many. When I was a little kid my Dad used to take me to most Bomber home games when Gene Conley ('48) was reigning hell over the Bomber opponents, but I was also of the era of Tom Tracy ('55), Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP), Tilbert Neal ('56-RIP), Norris Brown ('57) and John Meyers ('58-RIP) and came back to Richland or at the State Tournaments to see Ray Stein ('64) and other great Bomber dribblers into the '70s, '80s and '90s. Picking the best is very difficult but picking the All Time, All Star Team would be even harder. What comes to my mind was the evolution of the game from Gene's time into the (say) '80s. The game Gene played was a lot more patterned, both on O and D. The transition game was a lot slower and more deliberate and far fewer fast breaks. The O game was set up routinely and the D game was always man-to-man, thus a guy as talented as Gene Conley was an object to be dealt with big time. Chuck Curtis ('55) was also a deliberate player, he played at PLU when I was going to Linfield and that was always an end-to-end court battle. He was an NAIA All American a couple of times during his college days. The Bomber game of '54, '55 and '56 was changing to more of a fast break on the O side and a quick drop-back on D. Norris really picked up the pace and I can recall his fast break lay-ins from both right and left hand. Today he would be called "The Glove" or the "The Smooth." The games I remember the most in '55 and '56 were with Wapato with Bill Douglas and the two Juarez boys, Gene and Richard. The same is true with the Coaching dilemma and who was the best. My era was with Art Dawald, who I did not care for as a PE teacher, but he was a great coach. I did not know the other chap but his record stands for itself. Like all sports, things "then" and "now" in basketball are so very different, it is kind of like choosing between apples and oranges and I prefer to remember Gene's huge hook shots, Norris flying through the air for yet another lay-up and Stein dropping them in from close and long range. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I am sitting on my deck with an adult beverage in one hand and Bomber basketball memories running through my well worn memories of a bygone ere. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lorin St. John ('55) Re: RHS boys basketball As a new school year is about to begin; it seems appropriate to reminisce about our high school years. A big part of that reminiscence is remembering the sports teams that represented our school (good ole school spirit) during those years. Memory being what it is (ala Maurice Chavalier singing "I remember it well" with Hermione Gingold in the 1958 musical "Gigi") - I'll put my two cents in concerning great Bomber basketball players/teams. Up front I will admit that I am partial to the years of 1952-'53 thru 1954-'55 (sophomore thru senior years) in which the basketball team went to the state tournament all 3 years. The Bombers were conference co-champs with Yakima in the 1952- 53 season which necessitated a play-off game since the conference champion was awarded an automatic state tournament berth. This was the first year of a new league that included Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Yakima, Ellensburg, Sunnyside, and Wapato. In previous years (1945-'46 thru 1951-'52) the league consisted of Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Prosser, Grandview, and Sunnyside. Richland's victory over Walla Walla 52-51 (defending 1952 state champions) was a real high light during the regular '52-'53 season. Richland's OT win over Yakima in the critical state tournament play-off win was also a high light. Those of us that were listening to the game on the radio were left in the lurch and wondering what had happened when the radio suddenly went dead. When the radio connection was restored, to our delight, we learned that Richland had won 55-51. Tom McKeown's ('53) buzzer beating shot gave Richland the 1953 district tournament championship with a 52-51 victory over Yakima. Harold Gibson ('53), Jack Sinderson ('53), Tom McKeown ('53), Charlie Gant ('53), and Bill Griffin ('54) were on the starting five with Gordie Andersen ('54) being the #6 man; stand out in my mind as truly a great team in the newly formed Class "AA" league. The 53-54 team was also exciting finishing in 2nd place in the conference standings (Wapato won the league championship). During the middle of the season 6'8" Wayne Moss ('54) came off the sick list and joined the team. From that point on Richland went on a winning streak to win the 1954 district championship game over Russ Insley's Wapato Wolves 60-54. This was the first bomber team to win their opening round game in the state tournament. Unfortunately in the quarter-finals, Richland's opponent was Franklin of Seattle (eventual state champion) with 6' 8" Bruno Boin and company. Richland gave it's best but lost 60-48. Wayne Moss tired to keep Bruno in check as best as he could. The starting five were Chuck Curtis ('55-RIP), Bill Griffin ('54), Tom Tracy ('55), Wayne Moss, and Roger Mikulecky ('54). Gordie Andersen was on the starting five until Wayne Moss joined the team during the middle of the season and became the #6 man. The 1954-55 bomber basketball team was the first team to finish in the state tournament finishing in 4th place. All through the season there was a running battle between Lincoln of Seattle and Richland being ranked #1 and #2 in the state poll rankings. This was the time when a #1 ranking in the state polls rated a red headline on the front page of the paper. Lincoln eventually finished #1 and Richland finished #2 in the final poll. Richland was league co-champions with Wapato (11-1) and again necessitated a play off game since the league champion was awarded an automatic berth to the state tournament. Richland won 67-55 with the help of Derald Mitchell ('56) and Denny Olson (#6 & #7) when some of the starters ran into foul trouble. Richland won the district championship for the 3rd year in a row defeating Highland of Cowiche 74-57. This was the first high school basketball game televised in the Tri-City area. Richland beat Dean Nicholson's Puyallup Vikings 62-61 in the first round of the state tournament and advanced to the quarter finals against Gonzaga Prep, a team that Richland had defeated during the regular season. This time it was Gonzaga's time to win. Richland won the next day in a loser out game beating the Wenatchee Panthers 72-46 to advance to the 4th and 7th place game against, of all teams, the #1 ranked Lincoln Lynx. (Lincoln had lost 46-43 to O'Dea in a quarter final game). Many thought that this was the true state championship game in the jammed pack Hec Edmunson Pavilion pairing the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the state against each other. The Bombers played a truly inspired game that night leading all the way and winning the 4th place trophy 67-61. Chuck Curtis was selected 1st team all state. Tom Tracy's half court shot just before the end of the 2nd quarter kept up the pressure on Lincoln and carried over the momentum going into the 2nd half. Tom played his heart out during this game and inspired the rest of the team. (His older brother Bill ('51) played in the state tournament, for the Bombers, during the '49-'50 season losing two one point games and in the '50-'51 season winning one game and losing two). The starting five for the '54-'55 team were Chuck Curtis, Tom Tracy, Norris Brown, Lonnie Whitner, and Tilbert Neal. Jerry Colkitt did a fantastic job during these years broadcasting Bomber football and basketball games on 960 AM KALE. He made it real exciting and we felt like we were right there during the away games. This was a brief re-cap of those 3 years of the high school experience. Our family lived next door to the Roberts family on Smith. Keith Roberts ('48-RIP) played 3 years for the Bombers during the 1945-'46 thru 1947-'48 school years with Gene Conley and Orville Marcum ('48-RIP). He had a basketball hoop in the back yard for a time and the neighborhood kids would shoot some hoops during our play time. (By the way Keith was the uncle of Pat Hoke ('72 all state for the Bombers) and Mark Hoke ('79 all state for the Bombers); his sister married some guy from Kennewick named Hoke)) This was the beginning of my interest in RHS basketball. Talking with Lester Fishback ('34) and Robert Fletcher ('40) about RHS basketball before WW II is a memorable experience in itself. Lester remembers during his playing days for Richland that a chalk board was used keeping score during the game and changing jerseys between players when subs went into the game. There were not enough jerseys to go around. Robert (My home room teacher at Carmichael Junior High School in the 7th grade during the '49-'50 school year) was involved in the mascot change during the '37-'38 school year from Colts to Broncs when the ASB council voted for the change. Who are the greatest players with the greatest stats. I'll leave that up to the individual classes with their unique remembrances. Each team is different with its own "flavor and mix" and with new rules and styles of playing and coaching. Win or lose; we are the Bombers--Go Bombers. From sunny Arizona; -Lorin St. John ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Computer Does anyone remember a picture of a computer circa 1950's that took up a whole room and had a man standing beside it? I thought it was a Sandstorm picture but it may have been another source. -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Gene Conley ('48) This past week-end I was at the Portland area Battle Ground Bomber picnic then to visit my mom for a couple of days who lives in Milwaukie, OR. Since I have become the family librarian, my mom gave me a bunch of scrap books and pictures of my grandmother Nettie Jenkins (RIP) who lived on Judson. Why this picture of Gene Conley ('48) was in one of her scrap books is beyond me. Unless it was something her husband (my step grandfather) Bruce Jenkins (RIP) wanted saved. Certainly enjoyed finding the picture and immediately wanted to send it into the Sandstorm for everyone's viewing if they haven't seen the picture. It was taken from a newspaper. No note of which one. While with my mom we went to dinner at a place called "Old Chicago". Had dinner out on the patio. I had my "Proud to be a Bomber" shirt on. Three ladies were coming towards us. I noticed the older woman of the three looking at me. About the same time the younger with all her pride and a big smile said very loudly "I am a Bomber" in school right now. We all laughed introduced ourselves and talked for a bit. The mother said "they live on Cedar". They were there for the weekend of shopping. Always fun to run into Bombers. Re: Battle Ground picnic Thanks to all the organizers. What fun. Fred Schafer's ('63) hamburgers are the best. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Returning home I found my yard to be a mess from the big dust storm while I was gone. At first couldn't figure out what happened until I went to read Saturday's newspaper. I missed a good old fashioned Richland Sandstorm. Or did I? ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Bomber Basketball I remember the Ray Stein ('64) & Gary Webb ('64) combination fast break. Gary's little stutter step kick-start and the two of them were off!! Brought the crowd to their feet while they traded the ball back and forth between them. That was a guaranteed 2 points by whichever of the two of them arrived at the basket first! Great memories! -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ Gretna, LA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brent Van Reenen (Blue Ribbon Class of 1967) Re: My two cents on Best Basketball players I have been reading the postings on the great ball players in Richland history with great memories being brought back. For my money, Norris Brown ('57) was the most fascinating and skillful player to play at Col-Hi, Gene Conley ('48) the most successful, Ray Stein ('64) the most intelligent, and the combined Neill brothers probably had the greatest impact of any family over the years. As a young boy in the fifties I got to see some of those great teams of that decade and then in the '60s many more. I believe Ray Stein may have been the most unselfish player I ever saw on the court. He could have scored many more points but often gave up the ball to those around him. The combination of Stein, Webb ('64) and Brewer ('65) was awesome. I spent many years involved in Basketball as a coach, scout, statistician and fan. A note to Rick Maddy ('67): as another 5'7" guy who got it stuffed down my throat at the Barth court, I still remember those games with great pleasure. -Brent Van Reenen (Blue Ribbon Class of 1967) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Christian ('67) Re: The passing of Karen Schildknecht Mateo ('67-RIP) It is with great sadness that I report the loss of a classmate and a great personal friend. Karen passed away yesterday, the 16th of August. Many of you will remember her posts over the years here on the Sandstorm. Unfortunately, the battle against her illness made it impossible for her to post here in the last year or so. But I know she read the Sandstorm whenever she could and was a green and gold Bomber through and through. I first met Karen on the steps outside Carmichael Jr. High. We became friends, but as so often happens, we lost touch over the years. But the internet saw fit to reunite two old friends after nearly thirty years, and we became closer than ever before. Karen and her beloved husband Pete came to know my wife Deborah, and the four of us would spend time on the Oregon coast as well as walks through the Portland Saturday market. The four of us would spend many evenings together over a nice dinner and wonderful conversation. The dinners and trips were nice, but what I really treasured was her dear friendship. Over the last few years I watched as Karen fought one crisis after another and somehow came through each time, And with each battle her smile brightened and her determination strengthened. But the last battle was just too much for her. To Karen I would just like to say, You have more courage than anyone I know. I am so proud of you. And I will always remember what you told me once. "God will never give you more than you can handle" So my dear friend, I guess he decided that you had had quite enough." Good bye, my friend, Gary -Gary Christian ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Schauer ('84) Re: Bomber hoop history What a great read the Sandstorm has been over the past few weeks, reliving all the basketball lore of years past. Thank you Mike Davis ('74) for getting the topic started and thank you everyone else for sharing your memories. Makes me wish I could have seen the likes of Gene Conley, Chuck Curtis, Jim House, C.W. Brown, and Ray Stein play if they were truly as great as you all make them sound. Luckily, I did get to grow up watching Mike Neill and Brian Kellerman play (to this day, the numbers 44 and 24 are my favorite). Tom Tracy, thank you for allowing us to relive the highlights of the '55 season. Even today, Eastern WA teams don't get the respect they deserve by West siders, so I can imagine how it was 50 years ago. Bill Craddock, Kevin Presto played on the '83 and '84 teams after transferring to RHS after his sophomore year. He went on to play for and help regenerate the Miami Hurricane basketball program. Speaking of the '84 team, those in my class recall a very special year being 25-0 at one point and rated #1 in state most of the year. The team ran into trouble at State and under-achieved (the Quinn Snyder (Duke star and current Missouri coach) - led Mercer Island team were too much to handle), but they still gave us a season to remember. I believe that all 5 of the starters (Presto, Scott Frick, Rob Buchanan, Mark Borgeson, Terry Duncan) went on to play college ball at some level. My biggest regret in high school ... easy - not playing my senior year and missing out on this special run. And one more thing, how is it that Kevin Presto is the only player after Brian Kellerman in '79 to be mentioned in all this "greatest player" or first, second, and 3rd team lists? Do you mean to tell me that all of the top players played from '48 to '79 and not a single player in the past 25 years is worth mentioning on this list? I'd love to quiz Coach Neill on this topic some day as he was involved with the program for so long as a player, coach, and continuous observer. -Gary Schauer ('84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/18/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Mary Triem ('47) Ray Wells ('54), Mike Brady ('61) Gary Behymer ('64), Ray Stein ('64) Susan Baker ('64), Greg Alley ('73) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Moorman ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Carlson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jacki Shipman ('75) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Club 40 Well, the eighteenth annual party is right there down the calendar. You better get signed up before you go to save some $.. Club 40 is such a great event. Not only are there class reunions, but even better, schoolmate reunions. Each of you Bombers might meet the folks from two years behind you and two years ahead of you as well as your own classmates. Whatever happened to that cute sophomore gal? You get the picture. The biggest drawback to class reunions is that Sunday AM when you say goodbye for another 5 or 10 years. At Club 40 you just have to wait till next year. Y'all make it a habit and plan on an annual party. Of course, you do like I say and not like I do. This year, I won't be there, the first miss in 18 years. We are going on an Alaska cruise, Fairbanks to Vancouver BC. We were going in August, but they oversold. We could have waited another year, but I don't even buy green bananas at my age.. I will miss the great 60th reunion of the Class of '45, and the 50th of '55 within which I have a lot of friends due to my bro Pat ('55). Have fun everyone. -Dick McCoy from the Tin Can Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) I can give you an approximate date for your outstanding basketball picture - 1946 or 1947. Dick Sears, pictured on Gene's right, graduated in our class of '47. Ah, memories!!!! -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Wells ('54) Re: History Channel says Japan had an atomic bomb Last night The History Channel presented a program on Japan's WWII atomic bomb program. Recently, documents, written in Japanese, were discovered and investigated. Turns out that Japan had developed and tested an atomic bomb but because we used ours first they never got to use theirs on us. Several Japanese who are still alive who participated in the program were interviewed and they verified that this story is true. You can order a video tape (or maybe a DVD) of this program from the History Channel. -Ray Wells ('54) ~ in sunny Desert Aire, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Bill Craddock ('61) said "For once, I agree with Mike Brady ('61)" I'm still convinced Bill is upset at me because I spent the day at the beach with Gerry Lattin ('61) and Carole Burt ('61 while he and Jack Gardiner ('61) drove aimlessly around the Uptown district. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) "I am the greatest!" -Clay/Ali OK... so we have or have we decided who is/was the greatest Bomber basketball player/team? Anyone care to tell me which Bomber family had more 'team members'? -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Coach Art Dawald (RIP) When Art Dawald retired in 1970, he advised new coaches to "use a lot of psychology on your players". Since the Sandstorm topic these days is basketball, I thought I would share some of the ways Dawald "psyched" his players. First, he seldom if ever complimented opposing players or teams. In 1962 when we played Hudson's Bay in the State Tourney, all Dawald said about them to the newspapers was: "They aren't too fast, they don't play good defense. I think we can go around them and go through them." At the time HB had 6 players who eventually played Div. I college ball, including one (6'10" Craig Raymond) who was a 1st round NBA draft choice, but Dawald could only see their faults. With Dawald at the helm, the Bombers beat HB in '62 and again beat those same slow, no defense players in '63. Coach Dawald never called opposing players by their name, instead he referred to them by their number. If Dawald had coached against Michael Jordan, he probably would have told his defender, "OK, you've got #23, remember, he stays in the air too long when he jumps, we'll get the ball and score before his feet hit the ground". Dawald never even entertained the idea that the Bombers might lose. A reporter once wrote: "A supremely confident man, Art never went into any game without sincerely believing he would win. And he instilled this faith in his players. Their confidence exuded on the basketball floor to a near point of arrogance. Opposing players and coaches alike grew in awe of the green and gold jerseys." I remember my first home game against Gonzaga Prep. I glimpsed at G-Prep as we warmed up. They looked mighty big and tough to this skinny soph and I was apprehensive. When we went into the locker room for our pre-game talk, Dawald began by saying something like: "If we only beat these guys by 5 or so points, they might get the idea . . ." Well, needless to say, we won by 18 pts. One of my favorite Dawald quotes was: "If you want to win badly enough, the other team is practically immaterial." Never was that statement more truly reflected by one of his players than on an afternoon at a B-ball court on Tinkle Ave. With Mike Davis ('74) no doubt, peering through the fence, I asked Jim House ('63) if he thought we could beat the Boston Celtics. Jim, who at the time had been "psyched" by Dawald one year more than I, replied, "Sure, if we could play them at home". With due respect, -Ray Stein ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Baker ('64) Happy Birthday Judy Boggs!! I miss seeing you at the bank. The place isn't the same! -Susan Baker ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Some great trivia about your time as a Bomber basketball player and a very convincing argument to include Chuck Curtis ('55) in all lists for all-time Bomber basketball players. Somehow he is not mentioned as often as others even when I talk to people of all ages here in town. To: Dave Hanthorn ('63) Your list is pretty good of hoop players at the different positions but I might have to delete Steve "Stubby" Neill ('72). No offense because he did play on a state championship team but he peaked in his sophomore year with a 33 point outing. He does a fine job as principal at the high school. He listed himself as 5'10" in the programs in high school. Those numbers were truly inflated. Another memory was a disappointing one. I`m sure someone out there was at the game but the call on KALE was a downer as I sat in my living room with my dad. Was it 1966 as a guy from Renton sank a half court shot to beat the Bombers? -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In hot Richland where I still shoot hoops when I can find a basket. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) My deepest sympathy to the Schildknecht family in the loss of their daughter/sister Karen ('67). I've known Karen's sister Lynn ('74) for a lifetime and through her I have come to know Karen and the entire family. Karen showed an example of courage that people do not see very often She sent a message to all of us that anything can be faced with strength, dignity and a heartfelt smile. She taught us that goodness can be found in any situation. She only had time for cheerfulness when sadness and despair would have been the easy way. We can all learn from Karen Schildknecht Mateo. Be at peace, Karen. Re: RHS Hoops Check the numbers, folks, the numbers! 2,011 points!!! It's really not a contest Did I mention a 2nd, 2nd, and 4th place state finish? We can call the banter of the last few days.... "The Battle for Number Two" Happy debating, -Mike Davis ('74) ~ All I can's a good thing Upton didn't play hoops!!! *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/19/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Gary Behymer ('64), Ray Stein ('64) Rick Maddy ('67), Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lois Weyerts ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Clark Riccobuono ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Barott ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Trivia Question... and I DON'T have the answer... Any of you Chief Jo Warriors' from the 1958 to 1960 era remember a very tall and mature 9th grader... in the order of 6'8" to 6'10"... or so it seemed at the time? Toivo Piippo made great effort to teach him the fundamentals of basketball but to no avail. I remember Mr. Piippo and Charles Solomon ('64) on the Warrior court for hours one week working with this young man. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Worst Bomber Basketball Team (potentially) I wanted to respond to Mike Brady's ('61) query about the worst Bomber basketball team. Instead of the worst, I would like to suggest a team with the worst "potential" for a winning year. That would be the players who sported the green and gold in '63-'64. They certainly were the smallest team. When they beat a Yakima school at Richland, the TC Herald called it an "upset", a "stunner", a "shocker". Now when have you ever heard those words to describe a Bomber home victory? The opposing coach was so upset at losing to these rag-a-muffins, he said Richland was "lucky" and the officials were to blame. On one occasion, a newspaper referred to this team as "midgets". Anyway, the trials of those '64 Bombers are chronicled in a recently discovered poem. The prospects were bleak for that '64 season. The team was too short, that was the reason. Not a regular starter exceeded six-one. Strasser was close, and so was Compton. The Columbian said later, "We thought we'd be losing". But as play started up the Bombers were cruising. The fans had relaxed with just a few fidgets. They cheered and cheered for the green and gold midgets. At the halfway point with one overtime loss, In the Yakima Valley, Bombers were still boss. But up next was Davis with a mighty good team. The Bombers were doomed, or so it would seem. Now Dawald just laughed, "Davis the best?". He told his small charges, "They're just like the rest". And so on that night, on that basketball floor, Somehow the Pirates weren't so big anymore. The crowd was packed in and with all said and done, It was 72-67 and the Bombers had won! "How could that be!", the Davis coach sobbed. He said in the Herald he thought they were robbed. He said Brewer was "lucky", (with his eyesight corrected). "Impossible to have a shot so perfected". "And Webb was shooting way too far out, How could he make them?", we all heard him pout. "And how 'bout those fouls", he continued to whine. "They called them on Ted, but never on Stein!". But when Districts were done, the Bombers were champs, And all over Spokane, the fans set up camps. LC and John Rogers - not much of a battle. Two wins in a row and it's off to Seattle. But Renton would ruin this oh so nice story. A 47-44 loss sapped some of the glory. I'm sure Richland fans, a title preferred. But a 23-2 record, the trophy was third. And so this tale took a single wrong turn. There's still something special I think we can learn. Though the typical Bomber is tall as a steeple, In '64 we won with some pretty short people. Over and out, -Ray Stein ('64) ~ In Mead, Wa - Where my wife says it's time to stop living in the past and get some work done ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) I would like to give my condolence to the family and friends of Karen Schildknecht Mateo ('67-RIP). I find hearing about the loss of a classmate always disturbing, always sad. I have always had the greatest amount of respect for Karen's brother, Jim ('66), who was a platoon commander during the Vietnam War. When we were kids in high school, Karen had moxie. To hear the way she took on her illness is of no surprise. Thanks, Gary Christian ('67), for sending us the heads up. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Robert Avant ('69) To: Ray Stein ('64) If I am wrong, please correct me. Was not Coach Dawald a believer in the 2-1-2 zone press that another coaching lightweight (John Wooden) managed to have some success with? I do remember listening to the Hudson's Bay game on the radio in '63 and as I may mistakenly recall the defense... a long forgotten concept in the war of the stats won that game... Oh for the days of Bill Russell and the All Stone Hand Shooters that triumphed like you guys did. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Karen Schildknecht Mateo ('67) ~ 12/8/48 - 8/16/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/20/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 funeral notice today: Tom Tracy ('55), George Swan ('59), Mike Brady ('61) Helen Cross ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Loretta Ostboe ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jean Mattson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Choate ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Jackson ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerie Ehinger ('69WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Margaret Surplus ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Ray Stein ('64) Sometimes people don't recognize the smaller magic green and gold leprechauns when they see them. Enjoyed your remembrance of the Yakima game during the 'LITTLE BOY Bomb Drop' Circa 1964. (A Nagasaki experience for the Yakima coach who couldn't take the fallout). He is listed among the weak-minded "It's not my fault we're losing" ranks. Wish we could all have CDs of those RHS games beyond our year's events to witness the basketball skill of you, your contemporaries and those that followed. Stunning defense and scoring came from the green and gold teams that followed ours. Only got to see one game after leaving high school. We were recruiting Steve Sandlin for our college and came to see him play against Toppenish in the new Richland gym. It was a really close game... until right after the national anthem. The Bombers played everyone but the cheerleaders and still won 90-55. Privately, Dawald expressed to me how angry he was because the opponent was such an inexperienced team. You know as well as I that he had straight forward, clearly defined ways of expressing himself when he was upset. Please thank your wife for letting you disembark from mere economic and domestic enterprises to engage in and spread across the ethernet such highly-valued, historic data and literary research. Re: Someone said they read that Gene Conley ('48) K.O.ed a Doberman? Not sure about whether Gene Conley knocked out a Doberman that attacked some guys a party... but remember clearly seeing him neuter Pasco's nine (9) bulldogs in a single day at the Richland baseball diamond... and he didn't even have a note from their veterinarian. It was rumored that he was also thinking of establishing a local lion-skinning franchise because he frightened the hides off a pack of Kennewick lions in a neighboring community with regularity. It is well known that Conley favored cougars and was welcomed in their company. Bomber Cheers -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ray Wells ('54) Re: History Channel says Japan had an atomic bomb Ray, I also watched, with great interest, the History Channel's program examining Japan's W.W.II effort to develop an atomic bomb. According to it, they got as far as actually testing the successful explosion of a nuclear device on one of their smaller islands but fortunately had not yet reached the point of packaging it into a portable bomb by the time we dropped ours on their cities. Apparently, our side had no inkling they were at that stage of development and at the war's end all pertinent records were destroyed by the Japanese prior to our occupation (Except for one set of papers that a Japanese scientist's widow brought forth only recently). The follow up investigation uncovered potential Japanese plans to deliver atomic bombs, not only on US fleets but on our larger west coast cities by aircraft launched from their large submarines. Assuming that all of this is true, can there be any question that the Japanese military regime of that time would not have used "Their Bomb" if they had reached final development first? Just wondering? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ in "Oh I say, ratha toasty" Burbank, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: On the Beach! I got e-mails from Carol Burt ('61) and Gerry Lattin ('61) telling me they don't remember spending a day at the beach with me, BUT they remember spending some wonderful afternoons and evening with Bill Craddock ('61) and Jack Gardiner ('61) water skiing on the Columbia River! Well, it was a good dream while it lasted. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the home of my brother, Roy Cross ('65) who sadly is so overwhelmed after looking after his 3 darling children who he had later in life than some of us, that he can't seem to fit reading the Sandstorm into his schedule. I have really enjoyed traveling around the state and visiting some friends and family. I was most taken with the beauty of the Columbia River around the Vantage area on my drive south from Twisp, WA. But the beauty of the entire state is always calming to me. I also had a most interesting call while I was in Twisp visiting a non-Bomber friend, as it turns out that a friend of hers is a friend of mine. Virginia Ehrig ('58 could have been, she did early college entry way back then) is living around the Twisp - Winthrop area now. Sadly, she is battling cancer for the third time, and it is quite serious. She was so surprised and pleased to talk with me, I know she would love hearing from other Bombers. If you ask me I will send you her information as she could certainly use some cheery news. We will be starting our drive back to Indiana this weekend, so I may not be online every day. I ALWAYS love being in the Tri-Cities, and walking along the Columbia River is my favorite spot of the favorites. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ soon to be back home by the little lake. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Basketball player at Chief Jo To: Gary Behymer ('64) After perusing my two surviving Chief Jo yearbooks, I didn't see anyone that seemed as tall as you mentioned, but one guy that I remember who stood out was Roger Brunelle ('61). He was quite tall and mature, and I believe I remember him playing basketball at one time. I lost my '57-'58 yearbook somewhere along the way, so I'm not sure who may have been in that group at the time. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices >>Rick Donnell ~ Class of 1961 ~ 2/25/43 - 8/17/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/21/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Lenora Hughes ('55), Mike Brady ('61) Frank Whiteside ('63), Jim Hamilton ('63) Pook Smith ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Jen Frank ('02) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Fisher ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Larry & LaVerne Osterman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Loretta Ostboe Fraser's ('55) birthday This is belatedly in the Sandstorm, but just wanted to acknowledge my friend, Loretta Ostboe Fraser ('55) on her birthday. It was yesterday, but my heart is in my best wishes for her as I sent this today. Hope that your day was very special and that you celebrated with gusto! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ Las Vegas, NV - where the weather is very pleasant right now. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Rick Donnell ('61-RIP) I am saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Donnell. Rick was a wonderful guy. I will always remember his warmth, his artistic talent and his smile. My condolences to his family and friends. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Basketball player at Chief Jo To: Gary Behymer ('64) I just realized who your mysterious basketball player was. I remember when Coach Piippo and Charles Solomon ('64) were working out with him. It wasn't Roger Brunelle ('61) like I thought yesterday. I'm sure it was Bill Kidwell who was about a year ahead of me. He was very tall and looked as if he were 25 in the 9th grade. I knew Bill at that time because he lived across from me on Jadwin. His dad was in the Army. I believe his dad transferred before he ever reached high school. Although he was very tall and mature, he was quite awkward at that time as I recall. But, who knows, maybe like other late bloomers he went on to be a basketball star somewhere else. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To: My good friend and fellow Kirklandite, Mike Brady ('61) I think it was either Frank Osgard ('63WB) or Mark Twain who said "Damn those eye witnesses, they sure can ruin a good story". We feel your pain. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pook Smith ('63) To: Ray Stein ('64) Since Hudson's Bay has been a recent subject about our '62 & '63 games, I want to remind you of what ART's exception of our third place in '62 when the Hudson Bay coach - who was not a happy camper - said "We want you all to know that next year we will be back to win". Then Dawald replied that he should remember that we will be back too! He was on the money as usual. -Pook Smith ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Bill Kidwell I believe I found a picture of the 'very' tall non-basketball player. I believe he is also in the 1960 Columbian. My man was Bill Kidwell? This photo was in my 1959 Warrior... -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: My "big brother", Robert Avant ('69) Welcome to the Alumni Sandstorm world. I know you will enjoy it as much as I do as you have already contributed. Do contribute from time to time as I do when someone rings a bell with a memory. I know I look forward to my morning read. Thanks Maren & Richard for all that you both do. -Betti Avant ('69), the little sister by 6 whole minutes ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jen Frank ('02) Re: Bomber Basketball and all the Memories It has been so much fun reading everyone's stories about the 'long ago' basketball days. My family moved to Richland in 1986 and started taking us to basketball games as soon as the season started. I remember the guys like Andrew Coleman ('97), Juggy Hundal ('94), Aric Buck ('95), Nkere Reed ('95), Doug Shultz ('95)... you get where I'm going. I was the little girl at state all painted up with my pom poms and green and gold everywhere (like there weren't a bunch of us :)). I played basketball in high school, as did my brother and my sister and all of our friends. As time has gone, many other sports have also made a name and provided that Bomber tradition to the reputation that glows from the RHS campus. I still come home from college when it's time for state to start... I miss it too much and it is the only place that I have ever been where there is so much school spirit and dedication to one school. We have lived on Davison Ave. since we moved to Richland putting us in Hanford High School territory. When my little sister was about three, Steve Buck told her she couldn't be a Richland Bomber, because where her house said that she had to be a Hanford Falcon. She very positively responded "I don't care what my house says, I don't like the Hanford Falcons and I will be a Bomber!" She had originally told my Dad he was going to have to buy a new house so she could attend RHS. She graduated this year as a member of the Class of 2005 as a Bomber, and so technically ends my family's involvement at RHS. The thing is, as you all know, once you are a Bomber, you are always a Bomber, green and gold through and through. Missing the Traditions and some Good Basketball, -Jen Frank ('02) ~ Boise, ID - where it's supposed to be a scorching 98 today and classes start again on Monday. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/22/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Jim Jensen ('50), Mike Clowes ('54) Sandie Karshen ('55WB), Mike Brady ('61) Dwayne Bussman ('98) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: BJ Davis (Bomber Mom) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) The Alumni Sandstorm of 8/21 announced Don Fisher's ('50) birthday. The last time I saw Don was at the Class of 1950 picnic which prefaced the 1996 Club 40 program. Other than a little gray hair and very few pounds, he hadn't changed very much from the earlier, "last time" I saw him around the mid-fifties. I first met Don and his brother Jack ('51) in the mid-forties when we attended church in a few rooms of Lewis & Clark Grade School. Don played football in high school and Jack was a cross-country runner. Don made a major contribution to the success of RHS during Coach Rish's early days and that contribution was later recognized when, in 1994, he was inducted into Richland High School's Hall of Fame. Don's son, Mark ('76), was accorded the same honor at the same time. Despite his success as a superb athlete and recognition by all who knew him that he was an individual with an abundance of positive attributes, Don remained somewhat reserved and always humble. He was a quiet leader. I'm certain that Don has maintained those admirable characteristics throughout his years. Many happy returns, Don. You have always been a man worthy of emulation. Fellow Bombers, stand and cheer for one of Richland's finest. -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Latest Returns Dept. New figures have just been handed in to the newsroom. Here are the latest tallies, with 87 0/0 or the precincts reporting: Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 3 Class of '48 - 3 Class of '49 - 7 Class of '51 - 4 Class of '52 - 18 Class of '53 - 16 Class of '54 - 19 Class of '55 - 78 (and that includes BOTH Roger Myers) Class of '56 - 7 Class of '57 - 9 Class of '58 - 10 Class of '59 - 8 Class of '60 - 46 Class of '61 - 5 Class of '62 - 2 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '70 - 1 (a spouse of a Club 40 member) Time is getting short, and we do need a good figure to give the cook so that there will be enough food for all. And it has just occurred to me why the Class of '50 is not there this year. French Fries and gravy for dessert on Friday night is no longer on the menu. The total count at this time is 283 on Friday and 213 on Saturday (including spouses and significant others). Join in on the fun. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) - from almost hot downtown Albany, OR p.s. Still looking for more of the usual suspects to sign in. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook: >>From: Sandie Karshen Lukins ('55WB) Sunday 08/21/2005 2:05:29pm COMMENTS: None -Sandie Karshen Lukins ('55WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Gary, Are you sure that picture of Bill Kidwell isn't from a photo line-up of prisoners from Walla Walla? -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwayne Bussman ('98) Re: Bomber Basketball I moved here when I was 5 and remember going to Richland High to watch my uncle, Charlie Bussman, coach. I watched him when he coached the boys and girls. When I became a Bomber, I loved it. I remember going to all the games like any other Bomber student. My senior year was the best, because both the girls and guys went to state and I got to go there for the first time. What an experience!! Then when I graduated, I still went to games, just not as much. Then my cousin Tim Bussman ('04), played for them, and there I was again, at almost all the games. Now that he has graduated, I may not be at all the games, but I will go as often as I can. Like Jen Frank ('02) said, once you're a Bomber, you're always a Bomber. -Dwayne Bussman ('98) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Duane Owen Allred ('56) ~ 2/4/38 - 8/18/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/23/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Mary Triem ('47) Betty Hiser ('49), Ann Pearson ('50) Lenora Hughes ('55), Mike Brady ('61) Kathy O'Neil ('63), Vic Marshall ('71) Tracy Cole ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Spears ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Horne ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donni Clark ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: All stars As long as the subject seems to be "the best athletes ever" let's have a little fun. With my usual brilliant expertise I will name the best of the forties. Today will be basketball, football and baseball the next couple days. I pick only the best players, no regard to position.You younger folks have never heard of most of these guys. So don't argue with me. Kenny Grubb ('45RIP), Bud Row ('47RIP), Chuck Larrabee ('47), Orv Marcum ('48RIP), Gene Conley ('48). The best team, was '46-'47. They were very good and league champs, but did nothing at State. I was in the Army then and came in from Ft. Lewis to watch. On entering Hec Ed pavilion, I saw a sea of green and gold with big R letters, clear up to the ceiling. No, they weren't our fans, but those of Roosevelt (Seattle) one of the favorites. The Bombers lost two and were out. However, they had beaten Pasco (ugh) earlier, who did take State. I invite others to do the other decades. I know quite a bit about the fifties, but not much beyond. Tom Tracy ('55) can do the fifties, but only if he includes himself. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Col-Hi class of '47 Where are all of you??? I don't see many names on the Club 40 registration list! Since one of our classmates was in the obits yesterday, we need to remember that once a year we can meet and greet all of our old friends and enjoy them!! Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Don Fisher ('50) Both my kids said to wish you a very happy birthday and many more. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - warmish today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) To: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) As a member of the class of '50, I am somewhat surprised that no one from our illustrious class deems to attend the Club 40 Fete... however, since I never heard of the french fries and gravy (except it being mentioned as a "treat" at the reunions), I doubt that is the reason! Have no idea when that menu started, but think it was after the '50 group. They didn't have that at the drive in!! -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ~ Down here in San Diego area it is hot and muggy... so un San Diego.. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Re: Birthdays I would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to two special people. Gene Horne ('57) and Donni Clark Dunphy ('63). Hope that both of you have a wonderful day today. You are both very deserving of special Birthday wishes! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Where is Bill Kidwell? Gary Behymer ('64) and I are on a world-wide search for Bill Kidwell (Chief Jo, 1959). No one has seen him since the 9th grade. I'm not necessarily a conspiracy theorist, but I'm convinced the two guys standing next to him in the picture (see Gary's entry 8/21/05 kidnapped him by gun point. Your assistance is absolutely necessary. Thank you and good luck. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) Re: Successful coaches I really enjoyed reading Ray Stein's ('64) comments on what Art Dawald did to "psych" up his players, as well as his great poem on Richland basketball. I clearly remember watching many basketball games and wondering what the coaches were saying to their players. Richland had fantastic players and excellent coaches. I'd love to hear from other former Richland players about how their coaches inspired the teams and the individual players! -Kathy O'Neil Childs ('63) ~ Los Altos, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vic Marshall ('71) Re: Bomber B-Ball Families Okay Mike Davis ('74) -since you continue to claim Mike Neill ('75) as the greatest Bomber roundballer of all time, that would seem to give a great deal of merit to naming the Neills (Phill ('66), Steve ('72) and Mike ('75)} as the pre-eminent Bomber Hoop family of all time. I think I see a controversy brewing. I don't know about the rest of the eras but I can think of a few other families - led by your own that could lay claim to the title. I think also think that the Andersons, Hollicks, Gottschalks and possibly Hogans had 3 or more Bomber hoopsters. You could look at total points, games won, State, Regional and District records. Oh, the possibilities are endless. Since Bomber trivia was never my strong suit, I will leave it to you, Greg Alley ('73), and all you other "experts" out there to comment. Mike Franco ('70) - you have been noticeably absent from all this, and we know as the "Mobil Answer Man"... you have always been ready with the "right stuff". What say yee? Bomber Cheers, -Vic Marshall ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tracy Cole Heidelberg ('76) Re: Diesel Heidelberg ('78) - 1959 - 2004 One year ago yesterday, August 22, 2004, Danny "Diesel" Heidelberg ('78) passed away. Please raise your fishing poles, golf clubs, and beer glasses in remembrance to our friend and brother Heidel Deidel. -Tracy Cole Heidelberg ('76) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Chip Abrams ~ Class of 1965 ~ 6/19/47 - 8/17/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/24/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Ken Ely ('49) Ann Clancy ('50), George Swan ('59) Marilyn Swan ('63), Ray Stein ('64) Patty de la Bretonne ('65), Rod Brewer ('65) Diane Carpenter ('72), Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancie Millius ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Case ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Wade ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: Baseball List Today I introduce my baseball greats of the forties, again w/o regard to position. Kenny Grubb p, ('45RIP), Leroy Pyles c, ('45RIP), Ray Hultman 1b ('47), Don Richey of, ('47RIP), Dale Gier p, ('48), Orv Marcum of, c, ('48RIP), Gene Conley p, ('48). Actually Gene and Orv could play any position. Most of the guys above went on to become great adult softballers, Orv and Don becoming all state. Kenny and Don played adult softball while they were still in high school. Kenny was drafted by the White Sox, but had a health issue, and died quite young. I can't pick the best team of the forties, because they were all quite good. Richland has always produced the best in baseball, see the results this year. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Re: French Fries w/Gravy In the early days of Richland, before there were drive-ins, the only place in town to eat was the Cafeteria. After an evening of activity, we would congregate at the Cafeteria and eat French Fries covered with gravy. The cafeteria later became The Mart with retail stores and even a bar called the Evergreen Room. I'm surprised you didn't remember that, Ann Pearson ('50). -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [pictures of the Cafeteria. ] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) Re: Club 40 I am in agreement with Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) regarding the BIG ZERO for our class on the roll call for Club 40 this year. I challenge former class mates who live in the Tri-Cities area to step up and represent those of us who cannot attend. Re: french fries and gravy I don't know about french fries and gravy at the drive in but do know that after we hung out at the Hi-Spot we would go to the "cafeteria' and hang out a little longer. French fries with gravy and cherry cokes were always consumed. Who knew or even heard of fat grams! At least that's how it was with my friends until 1950. Another memory about the "good old days" -Ann Clancy Andrews ('50) ~ In Sacramento, CA - where the state fair is full swing and the weather has cooled enough to make the experience enjoyable. Speaking for Ann and myself, if I may, come on you '50 Bombers!! Make it happen!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Going buggy Rejoice, those of you who hunt! Hunting season is upon us once again, bringing with it the joys of going afield accompanied by favorite dogs and hunting partners. Even if you don't hunt there are still some good fishing and camping trips left this year. However, the fall season always brings with it some unwanted associates -- Bugs -- mosquitoes, gnats, no-see-ums, ticks, wasps, yellow jackets, black flies, and fleas, just to name a few. They bite, swarm in our faces, and generally attempt to drive us, well, BUGGY! They can defile the cleanest windshield in a matter of seconds. I have always heard that you could tell a motorcycle rider when he smiled due to the bugs in his teeth. However, bikers seem to have learned how to cope with that problem, which I think, explains why they never smile when roaring down the road. Or, perhaps it is because even a small bug hitting the face at 50+ mph can bring even a grown man to tears so maybe they are in pain all of the time. Bugs have many other annoying habits. In the duck blind, I have momentarily gone to the ready while focusing on a lone duck coming in, only to realize that the "lone duck" was just a bug hovering about two feet in front of my face. That's when a more experienced hunter (like us old guys) will straighten up and say, "Hmm, there was a single coming in but he must have flown the other way." They're out there -- just waiting for us. In damp areas, mosquitoes lurk for one last chance to commit their vampire acts of aggression on hunters and dogs. Meat-eating yellow jackets wait poised to pounce on fresh meat during the warm weather of early fall. I have endured swarms of yellow jackets that literally covered game as it is being dressed. Likewise, trying to eat a midday outdoor meal is a real ordeal with the little buggers covering your plate. When I was a kid and growing up around the Tri-Cities, ticks were something associated with going to the mountains. Now, ticks are abundant in the vegetation here all along our local rivers. Fleas are always more common during the dry season. Even wasps seem to be more prevalent also. And, on a recent fishing trip to Moon Lake in the High Uinta Mountains of Utah, I had my first and a most unpleasant encounter with biting black flies. The owners of the resort called them "Buffalo Gnats." I'm sure the editors wouldn't print what I called them. Every fall season hunters, fishermen (and "fisherwomen" too), and campers must endure these annoying little critters until the first good chilling frost. So, how do we cope with them until "Jack" shows up? When younger, I wanted to go in pursuit of "the great outdoors" no matter what so I made the best of it. When in the woods, like many adolescents, I always wanted to look more experienced -- older (now an irreversible phenomenon). One short-lived but somewhat creative technique that I hit upon was allowing the thick clouds of mosquitoes to settle on my face to create the illusion of having a thick beard. I soon realized through the agony of mega-multiple mass bites that this was somewhat less than a good idea. And, adding gross insult to gross injury, the uncooperative little "wee-beasties" failed to arrange themselves in any semblance of a well-trimmed beard. Furthermore, their random clustering upon my young face made me look a lot like Wolf-man Jack. I immediately, if not sooner, abandoned that idea. I like to recall that particular decision as a genuine milestone in the early stages of my wisdom acquisition process. I considered a number of alternative defenses for the attacks by "killer bugs." Once, I tried "smudging," by building a roaring fire and smothering it with green foliage (now considered most politically and environmentally incorrect). This kept the bugs at bay in the immediate vicinity of the fire (well, maybe a couple of feet) but left me and my clothes smelling much like a smoldering refuse dump on a damp winter day. In addition, I attracted six Boy Scouts offering to show me how to build a proper fire and one search and rescue helicopter. I abandoned that idea soon after being knocked flat on my fanny by a load of fire retardant dumped from a low flying aerial tanker -- A failed good idea. Pappys Revelation: Where there's smoke there's not always fire maybe just a half-crazed kid covered with mega-multiple mass bug bites. Once while snooping through my dad's fishing gear, I discovered an old "moth-eaten" Boonie Hat with a bug net hanging from the brim (much like a beekeeper's hat). This contraption seemed most promising when I first tried it out on a deer hunt -- until a large population of skeeters gained entry by infiltrating through the breeches in my security net system. Like tiny, high-pitch motored, fighter planes they began flying the pattern around my head. Further concentration on the hunt proved most difficult (well impossible) with my eyes involuntarily tracking all that close air traffic performing flybys (like a small-scale air show). My eyes went crossed every time one did a touch and go on my nose, not to mention the anticipation of each impending bite -- Another failed good idea. Now, I did eventually achieve some success in this endeavor, even if it was short lived, ummm -- very short lived, okay maybe I had no success at all. However, I discovered that completely submerging myself underwater brought instant relief, but unfortunately only for brief periods, as I couldn't seem to hold my breath beyond 30 seconds, well maybe 15 seconds ... or less. And furthermore, once I surfaced the bugs renewed their attack with a greater ferocity on wet prey. So, like my movie star heroes of yesteryear, I tried breathing through a straw -- only to come exploding out of the water gagging on the bugs that I sucked down my personal breathing apparatus. Yep ... and yet another failed good idea. Okay so its tough hunting deer from underwater anyway. Years ago when I was still a pup, bug dopes found on the market, seemed to attract bugs more than repel them and actually seemed to assist the bugs in locating you. Once the bugs had eaten the so-called "repellent" off of you, they proceeded with vigor to feast on your skin like little buzzards dining on leftovers. Many times, I have reflected upon this most perplexing problem -- around a smoky campfire -- and with tear-filled red eyes, I have chokingly reached the following conclusion: The bug dope people should have been more straight forward with us. When we were kids, the bug dope marketing philosophy should have been revised to include a free insect control device (a fly swatter) with each bottle of attractant (I mean repellent) purchased and an attached set of instructions reading: 1) Apply "Super Anti-Bug Stuff" liberally to exposed skin and wherever. 2) Wait patiently until a mega-multiple number of bugs are consuming your skin. 3) Whack the holy living daylights out of yourself with the insect control device. 4) Researchers have found that working in two-person teams thereby whacking the holy living daylights out of each other to be the most productive. 5) Therefore, one may find it more efficient to purchase two "Super Anti-Bug Stuff Systems" (at the super bargain price of course because if one is good, more is better). 6) Thus, "Super Anti- Bug Stuff System" will not only allow you to deal with annoying bugs but annoying family members and friends as well. 7) In addition, you can invite other folks you just don't like to join in. "Super Anti-Bug Stuff system" will provide and opportunity for coming together in a harmonious mutual effort to enjoy the great outdoors. 8) And City folks will enjoy the added bonus of venting those pent up feelings of stress and frustration at both annoying bugs and annoying people. But, I digress, of course -- as usual. Nevertheless, take heart friends. Today's improved insect repellents are much more effective so relief is just a swipe or a squirt away and there are some pretty good bug-proof, outdoors clothing items on the market now. I found a package deal of repellents by "Cutter" at Costco with five different containers (three wipes and two sprays) at a price of only $9.95. We put them to the test on adults and children in the mountains of Utah and they kept biting black flies and mosquitoes at bay for up to two hours before a need to reapply. Containing the active ingredient "DEET," the repellents are also effective against ticks, gnats, no-see-ums, fleas, and even those nasty chiggers (if you already live or plan to venture back east). But, read and follow the directions on the label. For dogs, use a good tick and flea powder. We also found the wipes effective for the dogs after lightly wiping their bellies, ears, under the chin, and top of their heads (places where they can't lick the repellent). Keep the solutions away from the mouth and eyes of people and dogs, and wash your hands after applying it to avoid forgetting and rubbing your eyes. Yes friends and fellow Bombers, I went "Buggy." Some say I was already "Buggy." But now, I see the light. There are no more dark clouds of bugs before my face. I feel like singing! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA ~ Where its still hot but gradually cooling as the early mornings now have that certain coolness and unique smell of -- autumn coming -- that feeling that always announces the coming of football and hunting seasons. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) I wanted to send Happy Birthday wishes yesterday (8/23) to one of my dearest friends ever. Hope you had a special day!! I can never forget your birthday now as my youngest granddaughter, Paris, was born one year ago yesterday on your birthday!! -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) Re: Richland/Davis game Someone pointed out to me that I had the wrong score in my poem. It should have read: Bombers 72 Pirates 65 (not 67). We won by seven! Pun: Eves ago, log now's reb mob (Pirates), all 'Abes' on 'D' (rah 'D'). Dawald, "On my Gym? No!" (D-law). Add hard-nose ball, a set, a rip. Bombers won! Go log a Seven Up! Palindromically yours, Ray Stein ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) I was so sad to read of Chip Abram's ('65-RIP) death. We were not close friends but he was always one of my favorite classmates. I remember him as a kind, funny and very intelligent guy. I'm sorry he's gone from us. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rod Brewer ('65) Re: '63-'64 by Stein "The Bombers had Stein and Webb, 'nuff said.." oh, and if Ray hadn't fouled out at the end of 3 against Renton, well, you figure it out. -Rod Brewer ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Diane Carpenter Kipp ('72) Hello Fellow Bombers, My mother applied as a surviving widow to receive compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program; my step-dad, Bill Blalock, died of Hodgkin's disease almost 21 years ago after working in the Area for many, many years. My mom just received a notice recommending denial of her claim and she has 60 days to appeal. I don't live in Richland so am not up on the details of this issue. I am writing to ask if anyone can give me any advice or information to pass on to my mom about how to go about appealing this decision. (Possibly this topic has been discussed in the Sandstorm but I have not been reading for about a year and a half.) Are there any attorneys who are taking these cases on a contingency basis? My mom can't afford to pay an attorney unless she does receive compensation, but I'm guessing that an attorney will be essential to an appeal. Does anyone know what percent of these applications are being denied/ accepted? Has anyone who's been denied, successfully appealed? Any advice will be very helpful and very welcome. I have no idea where to start, and my mom is totally intimidated by anything of this nature. (I am clueless but not intimidated!) Since I do not receive the Sandstorm, you'll have to e-mail me directly. Thank you so much. -Diane Carpenter Kipp ('72) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Last Comment on Bomber Hoop Greats I have but two words to say.........Dog Soldat ('71) Case closed, argument over!! -Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Ramona Ricketts Dickerson ('51) ~ 1934 - 8/17/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/25/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Ann Pearson ('50) Lora Homme ('60), Helen Cross ('62) Carol Converse ('64), Gary Behymer ('64) Susan Hurst ('65), Kerry A. Steichen ('74) James Becker ('83) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jerry Swain ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharen Manolopoulos ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Stone ('80) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: Football list Today I present my the best of the Forties, in my favorite sport, football, again without regard to position played. Kenny Grubb, tb ('45RIP), Chalky Conway, hb ('45), Hal Ludwig, fb ('45), Leroy Pyles, g ('46RIP), Don (Pinky) Bloomer, g ('46RIP), Don Richey, hb ('47RIP), Dale Gier, qb ('48), Mel Thompson, g ('48RIP). Chuck Crowder, c lb ('48RIP). Kenny made all my teams, because he was such a great athlete. He was triple threat, passing, running and punting. We set pins together, and the next thing I knew he was playing in the men's league with nearly a 200 average. Hal had oversized calves and hit the line like a bag of bricks. Chalky looked slow because he ran so awkwardly, but was a ten second runner. He was all knees and elbows and downright dangerous to tackle. Pinky went back to Louisville and became all-state in one year. Dale and Mel went on to become college stars. Dale to Eastern and Mel to WSC. He later saw the light and coached at the UW for a number of years. The best team by far was 1944... big, fast, deep, and tough. Using a single wing, the running attack was brutal. Only playing together that one year, by the end they could have beaten anyone. There may have been better teams in RHS history, but none tougher. Depression kids, Construction brats, and swing from the heel guys. Oddly, the worst team in RHS history was the next year, 1945. I oughta know because I played on both. Most of the great players from '44 graduated, went in the service, or left with duPont. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) Re: French Fries and Gravy Well, I knew someone would step up to the plate and set me straight about where they served French Fries and Gravy... I still don't remember eating any!! Come on Kenny, you expect me to believe that you have a picture of me eating that???? And I spoke with my sister, Judi Pearson Parker ('54), last night and she had no recollection of french fries and gravy!! I do remember the Mart... and the Evergreen "Cocktail Lounge" where I was served my first alcoholic beverage on my 21st B'day... in attendance were Sandra Atwater ('5RIP), Dorothy Hickey ('51), Jo Cawdrey ('50) and Bugsy Griffin ('50)!! It was a big event which we celebrated as each of us hit the magic age. And I agree with Ann Clancy ('50)... come on you guys in Richland! Don't let our class be the only one not represented... I shall not mention the people by name who live in the Tri-City area and could give up a few hours to represent us!! Also, Ann, I don't remember a cafeteria by the Hi-Spot... I must have gone through my teens with blinders on, cuz there sure are a lot of things I don;t remember... but then my parents made me come home at 10pm so what went on after that was only known to my friends who could stay out later!! -Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: The Fly Conspiracy Speaking of bugs, it's fall already. I know this because the flies are slooowly circling! Why is it that all summer long they go energetically and single-mindedly about their business of spreading filth and disease, never lighting anywhere long enough for me to swat their revolting little black bodies to death without first whapping and whomping all over the house in my determined pursuit? Now you'd think I was their best friend! They want to cuddle! YUK, YUK, SHUDDER! A fly sits on my knee, I shoo it away, it sits on my foot, I shoo it away, it sits on my arm, I take careful aim and SLAP... my arm where it was until just before my hand arrived. Meanwhile, as my eyes water and I'm rubbing my arm where the red handprint is, the fly is serenely settling cozily on my nose. MY NOSE, for God's sake!! I don't know about you, but I tend to overreact rather dramatically when there's a fly on my FACE! I've never given myself a black eye or anything, but it certainly is a possibility. Maybe it's a plot: The Fly Conspiracy. They are the world's smallest terrorists and their intent is to get us to beat ourselves to death! WHERE'S MY RAID!!? -Lora Homme Page ('60), AKA The Fly Stalker (I think I need tights and a cape.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [HINT: Flies take off BACKWARDS -- improve the odds... swat BEHIND them... you'll be amazed... -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I am on one of these library computers where the time is running out. I promise I will send Virginia Ehrig's ('58WB) address as soon as I can. We've just been in beautiful northern Idaho at L P.O. I can't spell it [Do you mean Lake Pend Oreille? -Maren], but it was so beautiful, peaceful and quiet, with WSU friends from the past. And now we are driving through Montana, the view is sort of fantastic, as least the place isn't burning up as it usually does. Hope to see Carol Rice Forister ('62) in K.C. on my way back to the house by the little lake. But I'm running out of minutes here. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Miss Washington already ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) My cousin lives in New Hampshire and always tells me about those "yucky black flies". They get them during the spring for a few weeks and then they are gone. She says you can't go outside at that time without paying for it. Your article was really funny. Been way too long since you wrote in last. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) If he were still alive... Robert 'Bruce' Whiteside (a should have been 1964 Richland Bomber)... would be celebrating his 59th birthday this Sunday, August 28th. A former U.S. Army Lieutenant and veteran of the Viet Nam War, Bruce died in June of 1988. Salute. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Hurst ('65) Re: Chip Abrams ('65-RIP) I was saddened to read of Chip's death even though I'd found out at our reunion in June that cancer was overwhelming his body. I'd just gotten off a card to him the first part of August reminiscing about how our parents used to car pool us to the Square Dance lessons at the Community Center when we were in 6th or 7th grade. We only lived a block apart and our moms were friends so they took turns driving us. I'm not sure we ever partnered up once we got there, but I do remember enjoying the square dancing. I also enjoyed talking to Chip at some of our reunions probably the last time at our 35th reunion. He came across as a caring and well grounded human being. He still had that grin that I remember all through school and his sense of humor. I'm sure he will be missed by all the knew him. Sincerely, -Susan Hurst ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kerry A. Steichen ('74) Re: Softball Greats I want to introduce my softball greats of the '70s+ that took 4th place in the Greater Boeing Open this last weekend. Being the only one not living in the Tri-Cities but wanting a team of family members to complete I talked my three brothers (Kim ('72), Dana ('76), Rial ('78)) and one sister (Alicia ('80)) and her husband to add to my 4 kids, 2 nephews, and 4 friends. We played 4 games in the Seattle area last Saturday. We had great weather, lots of fun playing together and just another chance to spend some time together. -Kerry A. Steichen ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: James Becker ('83) Re: Bomber Death no-funeral I am sad to announce the death of my sister, Valerie Rene Becker ('81), who I loved and admired very much. She died peacefully Sunday morning on the 21st in Southern Idaho where she chose to spend the last few weeks of her life. She is survived by two beautiful daughters, three sisters, her Mother & Father, and me - her brother. She lost a short battle with pancreatic cancer, and she is truly in a better place. There will be no funeral (at her request). If anyone deserved a celebration of life it was my sister. She influenced everything about me from my character to my love of athletics and art. I already miss you, Val. -James Becker ('83) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/26/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 13 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Betty Hiser ('49) Bill Berlin ('56), Ken Heminger ('56WB) Lora Homme ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) Pook Smith ('63), Ray Kelly ('63) Linda Reining ('64), Lamont Worden ('65) Linda McKnight ('65), Patty de la Bretonne ('65) Robin Frister ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gene Keller ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Twedt ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Hopkins ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Sasser ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joyce Soehnlein ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Merle Huesties ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gauin Moore ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: Other lists This is the last of my missiles. I did not rate track because I don't know anything about it re those days. I did hear they had a good team with some speed and heft from other sports. I never turned out for track, but I know at distances I could beat anyone in Richland. You have heard that the fox runs for dinner, while the rabbit runs for it's life. 'Nuff said. I did not rate tennis either. In one DustStorm I teased them for having such lovely white letter sweaters. Ol' buddy John Sullivan ('46) called me and claimed they went undefeated in 1946. Maybe so. I do wish you would go to the Bomber page, pull the 1945 Annual, and check sports, tennis. John is the one on the left. I asked him if he ever tried to jump over the net. I just got a nasty look in return. While there, turn to football, and note the 1945 team. There is pic of the first team in stance, with Norman Dam ('45) cut out. Note the leather helmets, and no face guards. I told you they were tough. The pic of the five guys below look like they were 30 years old. There were four members of the 2nd string in the pics. I told you they were deep. There were no women's sports. They did play a stupid basketball game on half court, defense on one end, offense on the other. Ladies were incapable of running the full length. And those bloomers! I also did not mention anyone from 1949. There were some I could have, Whitey Schell ('51), Dave Brusie ('51), Don Fisher ('50), Will Meicenhiemer ('50), etc. They played some in the Forties, but they all graduated in the wrong decade. Who was the best coach? John Eubanks, football. He took 35 disorganized teenagers in August, and turned them into a real team in November. The worst? By far, R.C. (Jack) Hoff, 1944-'45, who cut Orv Marcum, Gene Conley and Chuck Larrabee. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) - The only cafeteria that was near the Hi-Spot was the old Mart. It started out being a huge cafeteria and was later divided into: The Mart, Evergreen Room, cafeteria, drug store, and jewelry store. I think the Hi-Spot had a very small place to buy cokes, etc. I lived on Duane Street (which ended at Lee Boulevard). My mother didn't care how late I stayed as she could look down the street to see if the Hi-Spot was opened or closed. If I wasn't home 15 minutes after the Hi-Spot closed, she would come down and drag my butt home. I couldn't escape. My memory is getting bad. I remember things that happened in high school but not yesterday. Lora Homme Page ('60) - it is definitely getting fall - I saw two, what we used to call in Ohio, horse flies. HUGE. We had outhouses when I was a kid - and the flies never bothered me until I had my kids and all I could think of was FILTH. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. Weather, right at the moment is cool, but more hot weather expected. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Attn: All Bombers who live, lived, worked or traveled in or to Alaska I am reading a little book called "ONE MAN'S WILDERNESS" (Costco or Amazon) by Sam Keith from the journals of Richard Proenneke. Dick chronicled his building a log cabin from scratch in the Twin Lakes area 150 miles west of Anchorage in the 1970s. It is a quick and very interesting read about a man who made the most of nature and its products, or as Dick called it "nature's lumber yard." It was also the subject of a PBS Show as Dick shot a lot of 16 mm film too. Always shots of him coming or going away from the camera, which was fixed on a tripod, thus no cameraman. I knew Dick and stayed in his cabin (upper bunk) a couple of times back in the days when I was flying. Twin Lakes is now part of the Lake Clark National Wilderness area of Western Alaska and Lake Clark Pass was how we flew into Anchorage from where I was based at King Salmon. At the time I owned part of an air taxi operation there at King Salmon and learned to fly there as well. Eventually I worked up to a multi- engine, commercial, IFR/De-icing rating because we had a flight line of Piper Arrows, Commanchie 6s, Cessna 182s on floats, Beavers, Otters, Twin Otter, Widgeon, Goose and Mallard amphibians as well as a Swerengine Metoliner and a Martin 580. I loved the Piper Arrow and eventually bought one. It had retractable wheels, 145 hp Lycoming, comfortable for 4 people and went like stink. I digress. A couple of times a month I checked out a Cessna on floats because I needed float time, which is a different ticket from an amphibian rating, and would fly up to Twin Lakes to see Dick. I would always bring him food stuffs (eggs, bacon slabs, canned butter, waxed eggs, sugar and the odd can of Prince Albert pipe tobacco) and spend some time with him. I probably learned more from Dick than all of college and Masters degrees put together. Later my father-in-law, who knew Dick from his early days in Kodiak, built a cabin on Upper Twin Lake not far from Dick's and Dick did a lot of the work on that building too. He just loved doing that stuff. I was flying one of our Widgeons into ANCAK, as it is known to Alaskans ("Now you are in Anchorage you are only half an hour from Alaska") and stopped and picked Dick up to go to the dentist in Anchorage and on the way back he said ("...for $80 I could have done the same job with my auger and a small bit..." Dick's cabin is now a historical site in the Lake Clark Wilderness area. I think that Dick and Burbank Pappy might have had a lot in common, but if you want a "real nice" read, "ONE MAN'S WILDERNESS" will do you good. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA remembering my younger days in King Salmon and Black Jack Daniels was an everyday event. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Heminger ('56WB) Re: the Hi-Spot I grew up in what is now West Richland, and didn't get out and about as some in Richland did. I'm curious about the Hi-Spot. I remember making it a couple of times to a place somewhere in Kennewick that was normally a Night Club, but on occasion they would open it to us teenagers. It was a perty swank place with table cloths and everything. They even had up town entertainment, I remember they featured the Four Aces one time that I was there... Anyway, was that the Hi-Spot or something else? -Ken Heminger ('56WB) ~ Great Falls, MT ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: More Fly Conspiracy And furthermore, how do flies know when you pick up a weapon? It doesn't have to be a fly swatter. It can be a rolled up newspaper or a magazine. I've even, upon occasion, attempted subterfuge. Picture this: Fly who has been cruising my kitchen, disappearing and appearing, seemingly at will, (I think they have tiny little Clingon cloaking devices) finally lights on the counter and stays put for a quick scan for errant crumbs. I spy him and freeze so as not to alert him that he's been spotted. Then I slowly and casually move toward the Penney's flyer laying on the table, pick it up as though to look for bargains, and turn slowly and innocently, watching him from under my eyelashes. Fly is just standing there on my counter looking at me with what I'm sure is a superior smile on his disgusting, bug-eyed little face. One glance at my fly basher and, poof! He's gone and he doesn't appear again until I've put the Penney's flyer down where it's out of reach. Fly buzzes and buzzes around the kitchen with me following, frantically waving him away from stuff. He even lights on ME now and again just so I'll know who's boss. I reach for the swatter, turn, fly is gone. Lay down the swatter, Fly is back. As long as you have the swatter in your hand, they're nowhere in sight. You can stand there for an hour and no fly. But just put it down for a second and here they come. It's terrorism, pure and simple. I discovered something quite by accident, Lysol kills flies as well as Raid! I was washing down their landing pad with Lysol when one of them, in his complacent certainly that I was harmless, sat down on the counter to my left. Without thinking, I instantly turned and fired a shot of Lysol and hit him! I was as surprised as he was. But HE died! Ha ha ha ha ha! (Triumphant, evil laugh.) Since then, I've discovered that just about any cleaning product is somewhat effective and doesn't leave great splats of insect poison on counters and cabinets that must be rigorously cleaned up. Windex works great on fruit flies and cleans the mirror or window when you wipe it off, multitasking, as it were. Good grief, my life is so boring that I'm reduced to writing about flies and cleaning products! -Lora Homme Page ('60), AKA The Fly Stalker (my tights and cape are kind of fun. The old bod isn't exactly Wonder Woman, but at 63, who cares.) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) I hereby nominate two athletes from the class of 1960 (a class that ends in zero) Phyllis Struck and Bob Frick to the Famous Bomber Hall of Famous Bombers. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ near Lacey WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pook Smith ('63) Re: Bomber Hoops Please let us not forget one of the great Bombers. He lead the state in points scored... Theartis Wallace ('63) and not only that... he was a damn good wide receiver in football! I should know... I was his Q-B for several years. -Pook Smith ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Kelly ('63) To: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Flies Your note on The Fly Conspiracy reminded me of how we used to deal with the little pests when I worked as a locker attendant at the Richland pool in the early '60s. A girls' swimming cap strap, stretched out to about three feet in length and suddenly released on a targeted fly on the wall, resulted in a kill over 50% of the time. By the end of the summer, the white walls in the life guard office had an amazing pattern of black, yellow and red "splats" that from a distance looked like modern art wallpaper. -Ray Kelly ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Bugs and Bug Spray Since we have had 5 cases of West Nile Virus here in Bakersfield and Kern County, we are using bug repellant with Deet anytime we are outside where we have to be concerned about standing water. My oldest daughter and her husband have a pool... the kids have been real diligent in using bug spray when they are outside in the back yard playing. We haven't seen any mosquitoes around the pool, so we think the chemicals and the chlorine probably keep them away, but we still put the Deet on them. Pappy----good to hear from you, again. been missing your tales of the elves---did they go "on the lam"? As for those blasted black flies----they are horrible here, too, but nothing is as bad as the deer flies and horse flies that we would always get bit by when we would go to Minnesota!!!!!! also had to make sure we had no ticks on us when we came in from playing outside! ugh! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ we are still having triple digits in Bakersfield, CA... am soooo ready for cooler weather!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Lamont Worden ('65) POSTED: Thursday 08/25/2005 6:02:35pm COMMENTS: Just a quick note in case the word hasn't been posted here yet: Our dearly beloved classmate, William Barrington "Chip" Abrams, passed away peacefully at home in Liberty Lake, WA (just east of Spokane), last Friday, August 17, surrounded by family & friends, after a valiant battle against Metastatic Malignant Melanoma. His funeral services will be at the Liberty Lake Chapel of the LDS church on this Saturday, August 27. There will be a viewing from 09:00 to 10:30, then the actual services at 11:00. Following the burial, there will be a gathering (pot-luck, music & open mike to tell stories/memories about Chip) to celebrate Chip's life. In lieu of flowers, his family requests you make a donation to "The Chip Abrams Scholarship Fund", being set up to assist needy students at the Spokane Community College where Chip taught for 20 years. You can mail your check to Linda Abrams, 108 N. Wright Blvd., Liberty Lake, WA, 99019. Directions to the church where the funeral will be held: Get on I-90 heading east, past Spokane, towards Idaho; take the Liberty Lake exit; go straight ahead, THOUGH the stop light; TURN RIGHT on MOLTER; the church is on the LEFT side of the road. If you are on I-90 coming FROM IDAHO & the east, take the Liberty Lake Exit & TURN LEFT at the stop light; then turn right on Molter & the church is on the left. If you would like additional information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Lamont Worden at 509-927-7528. Rest in Peace, dear brother Chip. Your passing has left a great void in the lives of all who knew & loved you. -Lamont Worden ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) It saddens me that we lost two of our classmates within a week of each other. Bob Wedberg very, very suddenly, and Chip Abrams a week later from cancer. I remember Bob's wonderful little shy grin in school, and at R2K he looked the same as high school with the crew cut and that same sweet smile. Chip was so much fun in school, and I remember a whole bunch of us going to church functions together. I have a picture of the two of us at our 30th Reunion somewhere amongst my keepsakes. I will always remember what a wonderful person he was to everyone. Donna Fredette (65) asked me to write about Chip for her, too. They were friends since grade school. They used to go to church camp together. She misses him terribly. I will be sending a condolence to the e-mail address given by Chip's family. Donna's mom passed away on Monday. Please say prayers for Donna and her family through this very difficult time for them. If anyone would like Donna's address, please e-mail me. Bomber Hugs, -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patty de la Bretonne ('65) To: Gary Behymer ('64) I wondered what became of Bruce Whiteside ('64-RIP). Years ago I knew his wife before she was his wife, in college. Remember him a little in high school too. I did not even know he had died. I'm sorry to hear it. -Patty de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Robin Frister Washburn ('73) Re: '65 Reunion Maren, My sister, Paula Frister ('65), wanted me to ask if or when there will be a bunch of pictures from the '65 reunion. The memorial was pretty incredible, but she was pretty sure there was a bunch of pictures they were putting together. Thanks, -Robin Frister Washburn ('73) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/27/05 Dateline: Gretna, LA -- and keeping an eye on Katrina's eye. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 NAB (I think) sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02), Jim Jensen ('50) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Grover Shegrud ('56) Terri Royce ('56), George Swan ('59) Lora Homme ('60), John Adkins ('62) Susan Nussbaum ('63), Bill Wingfield ('67) Lyle Personette (NAB, I think) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mark Saucier ('70) BOMBER ANNIVERSARIES Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) and Jan Nussbaum ('55) Ron Holeman ('56) & Leslie Swanson ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) Re: French fries and gravy To: Ann Pearson Burrows ('50) One of my favorite freshmen. You never knew of the fries 'n gravy, because you were far too young to enjoy the best things in life. -Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Athletes The Sandstorm of 8/26/05 announced that Gene "Buddy" Keller ('50) had cause to celebrate - his birthday that is. Happy birthday to another one of the good guys from the golden class of 1950!!! During our school years at RHS, 1946-1950, ol' Gene was successful at essentially any undertaking he chose to pursue: President of the Boys' Federation (1950), President of the Letterman's Club and Treasurer of the Associated Student Body (1949), starting guard of the basketball team (3 years), successful member of the baseball team (3 years)... hit a home run over the left field wall at Brave's Field as a member of the Tri-City All-Star Team. He was a conscientious student, well-liked by his classmates and teachers. Coach Dawald considered Gene to be the team leader on the floor and relied on Gene's ability to carry out game plans. Following graduation from college he joined the teaching profession, served as a principal and finally a position(s?) in education administration. Gene's family lived in an "A" House on Thayer Drive just down from our home at 1603. His sister, Bev ('49), was equally active in participating in her RHS experience. Mr. Keller was a great supporter of his family. He could be relied upon to be in the stands cheering for Gene and all the Bombers. A super family!! Many more to you, Gene. -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) To: Ken Heminger ('56WB) Re: Hi-Spot I believe you are thinking of the Kennewick Social Club. I remember going there when they let the teens take over a few Saturday nights. I only got to go a couple of times since it was "out of town" and someone had to drive there. I remember dancing to "Party Girl" and doing the "Bunny Hop" in a huge long line. I think that building burned down and was replaced by the "Shufflers Shanty", a square dance club. Hi-Spot was located on George Washington Way in the Community Center building when you would have been attending. Prior to that it was on Lee Blvd. in the dorms. Wasn't what is now West Richland once Heminger City and then Enterprize? You must have owned or at least lived on Heminger road not far from the old wooden Twin Bridges. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ In Richland, getting ready for the big 50 reunion ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Grover Shegrud ('56) Re: Hi-Spot To: Ken Heminger ('56WB) Ken -- that was the Kennewick Social Club up in the highlands near the drive-in theaters. They opened up to a teen dance on Saturday nights at least in 1954 and 1955. Only soda and snacks were served. I met my first wife there. There was also the club put together by Chick Powel and his wife in 1952 - 1953 time period, I forgot the name. We met at Sacajawea grade school and other places. All this separate from the Hi-Spot. -Grover Shegrud ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) To: Bill Berlin ('56) Bill -- I really appreciate your recommendation of "One Man's Wilderness." I was born in Fairbanks where my dad was a mining engineer (before he went nuclear). We left Alaska right after Pearl Harbor and returned when I was 7 so dad could run a wilderness mining camp for a summer. It was called Caribou Creek -- and so far out from everything that my mother radioed into Fairbanks for groceries every week, and they came via single-engine Stinson. I know there was a bush pilot my dad thought a whole lot of, whose name was Morris King. Did his name ever surface in your flying days up there? He was a generation older than we are, but maybe some stories about him? Caribou Creek was a wonderful part of my childhood, as it was just my family, a handful of miners, and a big, tough woman cook named Mary, who shot a moose one morning and woke all the miners to help chase him down (ugg!). I spent that summer hanging out with the dogs (now I wonder how they got out), climbing around the piles of rocks left over from the dredging, and watching moose and bear from one of the hills. We could smell the bears, they were so close to the trail my dad and I took to fish. Only a single-engine plane could get into Caribou Creek, as it was mountains on 3 sides, a little, rough river on the fourth, and a tiny little airstrip that often saw planes tear off through the trees. Once, a pilot did that and, all the eggs my mom had ordered made it through without breaking. I have no idea where Caribou Creek was, but saw its name attached to a park or reserve a few years ago on a map. Do you know where the hell I was? When we left at the end of summer, the plane taking us had to land on skis. It then lost all radar, and had to follow the tree tops back to Fairbanks. My mother was so shaken, she could hardly board a plane back to Seattle. I will order the book immediately. Thanks, again, Bill. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) ~ in warm sunny Seattle, where fall weather comes tomorrow. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Flying, Bugs, and the EAC To: Bill Berlin ('56) Bill -- I envy your flying experiences in Alaska. In 1970, when I worked for six months in the Pribilof Islands and Cold Bay, I had only completed a couple of hours of flight instruction in the lower 48. I met some really interesting and exciting people (and some real characters) out where the Aleutians begin. Today, they are probably genuine historical figures in Alaska's past. I got to know some of the Reeve's family of Reeve Aleutian Airways while out there and rode with them on flights to and from Anchorage and all the stops on the Alaska Peninsula in between. In addition, I rode with some U. S. Fish and Wildlife Pilots on surveys (mostly low-level flights). When I returned to Washington State, I eventually earned my private pilot's license (single engine land) and worked on my commercial ticket. I completed the hours but never did take the written and flight tests. I always intended to get the float rating but ... With everything else that I had going on, maybe I just tried to do too much but I still wouldn't trade the experiences for anything. I turned down a job with the state of Alaska where I would have worked at a hatchery on Afognak Island. Instead, I went with the U. S. Government's National Marine Fisheries Service to work on the Salmon and Steelhead runs and "the passage at dams" concerns on the Columbia River System. Don't we always wonder, "What If?" I will look for the book, "One man's Wilderness." To: My friend, Lora Homme Page ('60) Lora -- I have found my 10 ga. black powder, double barreled shotgun to be most effective on pesky flies -- in my garage. If you stand back a bit, the pattern of shot is quite large and therefore will take out several of the little pests at one time. Being a front-loading gun, you can add just about anything that will fit down the muzzle to the load, such as old leftover nails, nuts, and bolts liberally saturated with bug spray. Therefore, even if you miss, the resultant cloud of black powder smoke and bug spray will get them like the old "skeeter foggers" of our youth. If you have a chance to try this, let me know how it works. I almost got a shot off in the house but was interrupted by Mrs. Pappy. Something about her interior decorating? She just failed to understand my mission. To: Linda Reining ('64) Actually, the elves are alive and well but are on hiatus this summer working as bug control pilots. The puddle is currently dry because they use it as a landing strip. They fly their little home-built, ultra- ultra-light planes which are equipped with tiny machine guns and unguided missiles. As a result, the trees, shrubs, and the entire exterior of my house and vehicles are all thoroughly riddled and currently my yard somewhat resembles a war zone. Lowkey is, of course, squadron leader and has run up an impressive score. However, Lowiq, true to form, has crashed thirteen times (takeoffs, landings, and just into the bushes in general). He did achieve the status of "Ace" after shooting down five -- of his own wingmen. Poor guy, whenever he goes up, the bugs just seem to fly circles around him but that's not all bad, as Lowkey is circling above like the "Red Baron" just waiting for the right opportunity. When Lowiq is finally surrounded by the distracted enemy bugs, Lowkey noses over and power dives through them. While avoiding Lowiq's erratic flying he is usually able to take out several bugs on one pass. When the elves turn on their little fogger machines that are suspended underneath their tiny planes, the sky suddenly becomes like a small scale aerobatic show over Pappy's place. Of course we have to wear some surplus WW II steel helmets and flak jackets now when outside. I tried a suit of armor once but unbeknownst to me, Mrs. Pappy turned on the sprinkler and I rusted up and three hours later she finally cut me out with a can opener. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA ~ Where it is still hot and uh-oh, another flight of the Elfin Air Corps (the EAC) just took off. I gotta go man the garden hose on damage control. Since they began using tiny tracer bullets I'm afraid of losing my house to a fire for sure. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: More About Flies And now, are you ready? More about flies. I know, get a life, but anyway... Last night I was here in the office and Mom came in and told me that a fly had been harassing her and she'd finally trapped it in the bathroom where it had promptly turned on it's cloaking device and she couldn't find it. Oh joy, revenge is mine! She handed me her trusty fly swatter and, opening the door a tiny crack, I sucked in my gut and slipped in, slamming it behind me. Ha, now I have you, you nasty little transporter of evil bacteria! I must flush you out! (Bathroom pun intended.) I slapped and swished and swatted in every corner, nook, and cranny, to no avail. Rapidly becoming discouraged, I took a last swish down behind the stool, and there he came! I took a swing, missed. He landed on that little chrome pipe, I swatted, couldn't hit him hard enough in those cramped quarters but he took off again and landed on the wall in the corner. Whap! He only moved a couple inches, being supremely confident that I couldn't get up enough smack to do any harm in five inches of space behind the toilet in a corner. Wrong! I just kept on swatting like a machine gun: wackwackwackwackwack!! and he fell dead! Lora one, fly, zero! I probably won't tool a belt or anything yet, but I'm on my way to bigger things. Or maybe I should just buy some fly paper and do something a little more constructive with my time and energy. 0Lora Homme Page ('60) ~ The tights are OK, but the cape cramps my style, it has to go. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Class of '65 DVDs All of the pictures are in place - the music is in place - the DVD is ready to go to the Class of '65. For those of you who have already ordered, I will send those out in Monday's mail. For those of who would like to order: Send me an e-mail that includes your postal mailing address, I will send you a return e-mail that includes my mailing address, so you can remit me $10.00 and in the next U.S. postal mail I will send you a DVD. The disc will run on your TV set through a DVD player or through your DVD reader on your computer. The program lasts just short of 39 minutes. -John Adkins ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) Re: 50th Wedding Anniversary Happy 50th Anniversary to the greatest sister and brother-in-law a little (well, younger, anyway) sister could have. Jan Nussbaum Sinderson ('55) and Jack Sinderson ('53) will be celebrating their 50th today, August 27. They enjoyed an early celebration with their kids and grandkids in Hawaii this spring, and they will be home in Roseville, CA, enjoying their special anniversary this weekend. Here's to many more love-filled, fun-filled years, you two! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ where retired life is good in Boise, ID -- home of former basketball star, Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield ('67) Re: Favorite Bomber Football Player of All Time? Big Red, or better known as the guy that put fear in the minds of who ever was on the other side of the scrimmage line from him. That would be big John Wingfield ('66). I loved going to Bomber football games with his Dad, or my Uncle and namesake, Royce Wingfield, along with Johnny's younger brother, little cousin, Jim Wingfield ('74), to watch Johnny play. Did I say little cousin? Somehow that doesn't seem right. As far as I remember, Jimmy always towered over me. One time we drove in Uncle Royce's '58 Ford station wagon to Yakima to watch the Bombers play Eisenhower. We don't need to talk about the score of that game. I seem to recall, that the Bomber defense was on the field most of the game and since Johnny played defense, we got to see him a lot on the field. That's what I went to see anyway, along with the cheerleaders, of course. Speaking of that who was your favorite cheerleader of all time? Myra Weihermiller ('67) and Rene Walton ('67) were 2 of my favorites. -Billy Royce Wingfield (BRC '67) ~ Augusta, GA where it has finally cooled down enough so that I only go thru 2 T-shirts during a tennis match. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lyle Personette (NAB, I think) Someone on your website was asking what happened to Virg Personette here is his recent obituary: Virgil Edgar Personette, born May 7, 1920, in Burlington, CO, passed away on June 9, 2005. For most of his childhood, Virg lived in Twin Falls, ID with his parents, James & Nellie Personette, and brothers Vernon, Edwin and Marlen. Virg was preceded in death by his wife Joan, and brothers Vernon and Edwin. Virg is survived by his present wife Madge, brother Marlen, daughter Colleen King, step-sons John & Roger Gregersen, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nephews and many cousins. Virg graduated from the University of Oregon, and received his Masters Degree in Music Education at the University of Idaho. He spent the last 18 years of his teaching career in Richland, WA as a band instructor, retiring in 1978. Virg was a very talented musician and first learned to play the harmonica from his Mother at the age of five. His favorite instruments were the clarinet and saxophone. Virg enjoyed many wonderful years playing with bands, including the Shrine and Elks. He loved jazz festivals and "jam sessions" with his many musical friends. After his retirement in 1978, Virg met and married Madge in 1983. Together they spent many happy years traveling, making or listening to music, and enjoying family and friends. A memorial service for Virg was held at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 18th at the Fircrest Presbyterian Church at 1250 Emerson St. Fircrest, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or to the Fircrest Presbyterian Church. Published in the News Tribune (Tacoma) on 6/14/2005. -Lyle Personette (NAB, I think) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/28/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note from Deputy Editor Richard: well, for the whatevereth time this year, Maren has had to make her escape from New Orleans to avoid yet another hurricane. (Why ever in the world do people want to live where they have hurricanes? Seems kinda dumb to me.) Anyway, she sent me a note saying she is well away from any possible harm and will await the all-clear to return home where she can start sorting out the snakes in her house. So, I'll be putting out the rag for a couple of days. Which means also: Pook Smith will see his entry which I think is funny and topical and Richlandy and funny. (Maren sort of doesn't like this kind of thing, but it's harmless and entirely OK as far I am concerned.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Jim McKeown ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Deanna Case ('55), Tom Tracy ('55) Larry Mattingly ('60), Lora Homme ('60) Pook Smith ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dave Henderson ('60WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Felder ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McKeown ('53) Re: Anniversary of Jack and Jan Nussbaum Sinderson: Classes of '53 and '55. Happy Anniversary to two special people. Pete Hollick and I had lunch with Jack on Wednesday, and that bum never mentioned it. Jack and Jan will be at the Club 40 festivities, and Jan will be attending her class's 50th. Many have forgotten, with all of the talk on outstanding basketball players, that Jack was a starter and outstanding player in the early 50's. He went on to Pacific Lutheran and played on that national championship team with Chuck Curtis. I believe Jack started 3 years, and I believe the coach was Marv Harshman -- later of Wazoo and Husky fame. Anyway, Happy Anniversary, and I'll see you two again in a couple of weeks. -Jim McKeown ('53) ~ from sunny and warm Sacramento, will be in Portland tonight [Saturday], hopefully to cool off. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: From the Polls are Just About Closed Dept. With 98 percent of the precincts reporting; here are your latest returns: Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 5 Class of '48 - 3 Class of '47 - 7 Class of '50 - 1 (but it took the nudgings of a spouse, I'll bet) Class of '51 - 4 Class of '52 - 22 Class of '53 - 17 Class of '54 - 20 Class of '55 - 84 Class of '56 - 7 Class of '57 - 9 Class of '58 - 12 Class of '59 - 9 Class of '60 - 49 Class of '61 - 4 Class of '62 - 2 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '64 - 0 Class of '65 - 0 Class of '70 - 1 Currently the count stands at 308 Bombers and guests on Friday night and 231 on Saturday night. So hurry and get your registrations in before the rates go up. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ From warm Albany, OR **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deanna Case Ackerman ('55) To: Jack ('53) and Jan Nussbaum ('55) Sinderson Congratulations on your 50th wedding anniversary! You still seem as happy together as you did over fifty years ago. That's a wonderful milestone. See you at the reunion. -Deanna Case Ackerman ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63): I join you in saluting classmates who married classmates from RHS. Jack Sinderson ('53), another of our all-time heroes, and Janice Nussbaum ('55), a class leader, scholar, and song leader have a treasury of good memories. Many happy returns. Still makes me smile when I remember an older man yelling encouragement to Jack during a basketball game: "Come On Jack!" His comment was misunderstood by a young lad behind the man who tapped him on the shoulder bravely and said: "Don't you say anything bad about Jack Sinderson. He's MY Sunday school teacher!" Jack had everyone's loyalty and respect. So be careful if you're tempted to yell at Jack; you never know when someone might tap you on the shoulder. It is well known that Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) was one of the top executives at Boise Cascade Corporation. When she announced that she would retire from Boise Cascade, the board of directors decided to sell the company. When you know you're going to lose such an exec and former RHS super-cheerleader; everything's gotta go! Congratulations Susan. To Jim Jensen ('50): Gene Keller ('50) was as good a role model for young kids as any parent could ask. He was always a gentleman, a first- class basketball player, and a friend to all he met. He's a classic Bomber. One of our most famous cheerleaders, Patty Badger feels the same way. Happy Birthday Gene, from a young kid whose dad always said after your games: "Now there's another young man who makes us all proud." We've had decades of those rolling out of Richland High School. You and so many others set a good example for all young lads in our community. Many happy returns. To Dick McCoy ('45, '46, '02): Thanks for your lists of players. Getting to read some of them rings the earliest of memories when we moved from Los Angeles into the Yakima Valley to Prosser and got to see a high school basketball game. The opponents wore long warm-ups that looked like golden silk with green stripes and letters, called themselves Bombers, and dominated the Prosser Mustangs. One player, Gene Conley, during warmups, performed the first dunk shot our family ever saw. After seeing that experience and watching the smooth play of Orville Marcum, Chuck Larabee, and the super player Junior Williams -- who were all having a good time -- my brother Bill Tracy ('51), another hero of mine, and I decided being a Bomber basketball player must be a good deal. Dad had promised us forests and mountains in 1947 when we left L.A., but the best jobs seemed to be in the Yakima Valley. He never warned us about the Sahara sands of eastern Washington where no one ever complained about not having their own sand box. Nevertheless we were treated to good friends like Hoyt Roberts, Bill Leach, Lorin St. John, Loren Claunch, Gloria Meicenheimer, and Jean Von Krosigh, and a wonderful welcome and years of fun starting at Marcus Whitman thru RHS. You remind us of great football at RHS. I used to sneak down and watch Rish's 1948-51 teams practice. They were impressive. Seemed like the giants Wilbert Meicenheimer ('49) and Don Marczyc(sp) and a few others like our own Ted Neth, Tom Groves, Rufus Garoutte, Dave Forrest, Pete Hollick, and Kevin Burke ('55) shouldn't have been issued jerseys with numbers; they should have been required to wear license plates. Must have been only 50 years ago today that we watched Pete Hollick run for nearly 100 yards against Wenatchee; Ted Neth and Denny Olson(RIP) smashing Wenatchee's QB, separating him from the ball and Ted Neth alertly recovering the ball in the end zone. Chuck Curtis and I had the best view -- managing the first down chain. Lots of good games. We all admired every player who spent the time practicing, managing our equipment, and playing on our teams. How we loved our bands, cheerleaders, songleaders, and drill teams! Few know how they inspired us all. RHS was loaded with super talented musicians. Many will gather next week to help embellish the memory of '55: spudnuts, good music, the best friends you could ever find, and cool summer nights. As I recall Jan Barker and Lowell Hansen were two of the very best at dancin'. To Maren: Re: In New Orleans It's Life Jacket & Seat Belt Time! We know you can bring in a Good Sandstorm, but a hurricane is a bit much. Take the Nawlins' HIGH GROUND. As The Saints Go Marchin OUT!. If you leave late, it's LIFEJACKETS FOR EVERYONE IN THE CAR!!! Be safe. Come back soon. Hope all's well and the 'creek don't rise.' -Tom Tracy ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Flys and fries Here I am stuck in Alaska for 3 weeks doing several displays for the State Fair and the City Of Houston Founders Day. I have only 3 days between gigs to explore as I please; tough work but I enjoy it. Actually I have made many friends up here and we have a great time. So far this trip I have seen several moose, one trophy sized bull from about 50 feet. Wow, he was BIG. I bagged a large bull moose many years ago hunting on a special draw in northern Canada. This one was way bigger. We just stood there looking at each other, but when I opened the car door to get the camera he turned into the brush and disappeared. We also ran across a grizzly sow and 2 cubs while hiking, but she barked and started toward us and we carefully backed on outa there. We were like 100 feet when we stopped and as soon as we started to back up she growled and woofed but didn't come any further. All 4 of us just kept walking backwards until we were out of sight, and then turned and went back to the car. I am staying in a house in Anchorage only a few blocks from where a man was attacked by a sow with 1 cub a couple of days ago. Fortunately she just knocked him down and scratched him up a bit then left. I saw a picture of him in the paper, ugly scratches but he will recover OK. As to French fries and gravy. Having traveled extensively in Canada doing a couple of hundred fireworks shows over the years all across that country, I am well acquainted with fries and gravy. More often then not that is the way they serve them up there. I actually got used to it and it wasn't all that bad. Nowadays I try to avoid fries as a matter of weight control; some days even that is hopeless. Like most, I hate flies. I do a lot of shows and special effects at fairgrounds and rodeos. There are always flies. Sometimes a lot of them. Skitters don't bother me all that much, but I hate flies. Had one in the car the other day. Up and down the windshield right in my vision. Then around my head and back to the window. Soon as I opened the window to shoo him out he goes to the other side of the car. Then back around my face laughing at me after I put the window up. I have an appointment with a prospective client and no time to stop and kill him. But the contest goes on 10, 20, 30 miles of torment. Traffic was heavy going through the Wasilla construction zone so I had to put up with him. Finally just as I was pulling into a parking place to meet the prospect, he flew over to my side window and asked to be let out. I pushed the down button and out he went without even saying thanks for the ride. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ Off for a walk in the hills in the sunshine. The other night doing fireworks I could have almost drowned standing up. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme Page ('60) Re: Flies, Damn Flies Thanks to all of you who have sent me suggestions for tracking and killing flies; I will give them a try. However, Pappy, I don't believe I would try the muzzle loader shotgun even if I owned one. I'm with Mrs. Pappy, I'm afraid, since flies frequently wind up landing on a window, it would be pretty hard on the window even if I didn't shoot a neighbor. I read somewhere a while ago, though, that if you come at a fly from two directions, he is so confused that he doesn't know which way to dart so just sits there, paralyzed by indecision while you dispatch him at your leisure. So I tried it. Ha! Here I am creeping forward, both arms raised and outstretched, clutching fly swatters, eyeball to eyeball with The Fly. He's just sitting there having a little snackipoo in a drip of caramel syrup, watching me with what I'm sure was an expression of pure incredulity in every one of the facets of his buggy little eyes. When I finally got close enough to strike, I paused for a moment, suffering a little confusion as to what to do next myself, and he lazily lifted off and LANDED ON MY FOREHEAD! Ahhhhrrrggghhh! I hate flies! They are so arrogant! I think I will paper my walls with flypaper! ..... Well, that was a disgusting thought, wasn't it? Enough about flies; could I borrow the bug patrol, Pappy? -Lora Homme Page ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pook Smith ('63) Re: Bomber basketball trivia In a huddle I asked Gary Webb if his itched and he replied, "No. But do yours itch?" Ray Juricich had no sense of humor and I was benched for that quarter; but, mine did not ITCH. -Pook Smith ('63) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/29/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and one NAB sent stuff: Ann Clatworthy ('54), Laura Dean Kirby ('55) Susan Nussbaum ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Linda Reining ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Ruth Russell ('71), Nick Burton (NAB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Crose ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bonnie Webb ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Gilbert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Anita Fravala ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brenda Belcher ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kristi Strege ('00) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Clatworthy '54 (Ray Weyerts ('53-RIP) Hogshead Re: Triple Teen Club To: Grover Shegrud ('56): Chick Powell's club for teens was called the Triple Teen Club: thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen year olds, the ones left out at Hi Spot. I attended for several years and enjoyed the leadership training Chick, a police officer, provided. He was an excellent leader, a veteran of WWII who married a lovely British "war bride". Their daughter "Rainey" reads the Sandstorm and we have corresponded. Chick taught us how to dance and behave, providing a haven for those awkward ages. He is well remembered. To: Lois Harrold ('55) HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY (August 19th) to my cousin-in-law Lois Weyerts. -Ann Clatworthy '54 (Ray Weyerts RIP '53) Hogshead Fort Valley VA where we are waiting for the results of Katrina **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Fifty Years Now the grads of fifty five are coming alive. I see a few more names added to the list each day for our big celebration. I congratulate Jack Sinderson and Jan Nussbaum on fifty years of marriage. I was there with you in my pink veleveteen dress as a bridesmaid. So happy for both of you. Tom Tracy, you will certainly be missed at our big fiftieth reunion. It is obvious that you could have entertained us well. Duty calls instead. Eager to see my classmates as we celebrate on September 10th. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) To: Tom Tracy ('55) Tom, you give me way too much credit. I must set the record straight. I worked WITH and FOR Boise Cascade execs for 33 years, but I never was one. It's tough for this long-time BC employee to watch the changes at the company that once was. Part of it has become OfficeMax, and the other part is undergoing tremendous downsizing and is apparently for sale. My friends who still work there tell me that I retired at a very good time. I must agree . . . although I miss the environment and the people (not to mention the benefits!) every time I drive by the BC building. One of the best benefits of retirement? Watching the neighbors leave for work as I'm reading my Sandstorm early every morning! -Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63) ~ from Boise, where the forecasted high is 95 degrees today and just 78 degrees on Tuesday. Yea!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** [Ooopsie on me! I forgot to include Maren's entry in yesterday's Sandstorm. Bad Deputy Editor! Bad, bad Deputy Editor!! Anyway, here it is. -Richard] >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Dateline: Gretna, LA 8/27/05 7pm Getting ready to shut down the computer and do final packing as we're evacuating in the next couple of hours. I'll check my email, but I'm depending on Richard to get the 8/28 Sandstorm out -- and maybe the 29th, too?? I'll be in touch.. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To Tom Tracy ('55): You mentioned Wilbert Meicenheimer ('49) in the Sandstorm on the 28th; do you know where he went after graduating? Reason I am asking; while my youngest daughter was going to college to earn her teaching degree she worked as a pre-school teacher for five years for a Donna Meicenheimer here in Bakersfield, CA. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ still having triple digits and more predicted for the rest of the week! arghhhhh [But not even close to the "arghhhhh" of having triple-digit winds! Category 5 hurricanes are BAD news. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Maren, I hope there aren't too many snakes to sort (if any, that is). I remember playing in a vacant field next to my grandmother's apartment with my brothers. We picked up a rock and there was a snake. I don't know what kind it was (a rattler perhaps). Well, to make a long story short, my brothers took off running faster than I did. I wanted to stay and find out what kind it was, but didn't. I finally caught up with them at the edge of the field and no, the snake wasn't on my heels. Days of playing in Richland where there were a lot of vacant fields that now have houses and apartments in them. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA, where it is lots cooler today and supposed to rain Monday. [Ah Betti, you're not in Kansas anymore; just wait until November rolls around. heh heh -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Russell ('71) Re: the fly issue I always heard that flies take off straight up, and it seems to be true, as I almost infallibly (albeit disgustingly) can kill them with my bare hands this way if they come close enough. My youngest daughter has developed the same skill using this technique, not that it's one we particularly brag about. Now if we could only get rid of all the yellow jackets that seem to be swarming in our yard. Re: fifties Bombers athletes I was tickled to read about Loren Claunch and Ted Neth the other day. Being older, Loren knew my sister, Edna ('65) better than he knew ever me, but he still was like family to me. Loren's parents, Ralph and Mabel, lived next to my family on Thayer Drive, and his mom was a surrogate grandmother over the years to my daughters and me, as well as a wonderful friend to my parents. I just wish she had lived long enough to get to know my grandson Gage in the same way. She was one of those people, that after knowing them for twenty or thirty years, you can't think of a single moment when they weren't kind and caring. She grew beautiful roses in her front yard, but it is no exaggeration to say that her life and ways exuded even more fragrance and beauty than her beloved garden. It broke my dad's heart when we lost her soon after my mom died -- of all their friends, I think he respected her the most. And Ted Neth was an inspiration to me in the Art Department at CBC, as well as getting me my first art commission. A very talented man, Mr. Neth. -Ruth Russell ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/30/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Derrith Persons ('60WB) Helen Cross ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Vicki Schrecengost ('67), Shelley Williams ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Hoff ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patty O'Neil ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Maren and New Orleans If you have never been to NO you have no idea of just how much of a problem hurricane Katrina really is. Below sea level and more or less surrounded by water, NO is protected by a lot of levees, or what we used to call dikes in Richland. If you have never been in a hurricane, even a little one, the experience is awesome, so when I see all of these pictures of NO on TV my thoughts and prayers go out to Maren and her family because they are right in the middle of all of this mess. Two daughters and four grandkids arrive today. The Princess and the three Rat Brothers are here for five days and we have a bunch of stuff planned for them. Speaking of airplanes, my son- in-law just bought a Citation V so that is the way they are coming in to the Anacortes airport. May try to con a ride on that job whilst they are here. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where we got a really good rain all last night and my golf course size yard is loving it. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) Its that time again!! What? - Lunch - what else?? Who? - Class of '60 When? - Saturday, September 3rd!! Time? - 11:30 am Where? - 3 Margaritas, 627 Jadwin, Richland Come on ..... lets talk! -Derrith Persons Dean ('60WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Greetings from the home of another Bomber -- Carol Rice Forister ('62) -- in Kansas City, Kansas! Warren and I have been visiting her and her husband Gary for a few days, and Carol and I are enjoying reminiscing. We have especially enjoyed looking at the book about the Alphabet Houses built in Richland, and both of us didn't know we were raised in Y houses, instead of ranch houses! I finally got to visit the CREHST museum and the lovely Howard Amon park when I was there a few weeks ago. I had a real fun night as the guest of Elsie Walker, my 90+ year old former neighbor on Olympia Street, where she still has one of the original wardrobes in her house. (I had forgotten about them, as we had replaced them years ago in our ranch home across the street.) Her son Jim Walker ('67 I think) was also home visiting his mom, so we had a good catch-up visit of years too. He lives in Issaquah now, and I had forgotten he had visited me in Cincinnati in maybe l976 when he lived in Lexington for a few years. It's been a great trip. I have enjoyed getting together with so many friends and family I don't get to see often enough along the way. Wish I could have included more, but I am getting older and slower as I go. But I must admit I am ready to return to my house by the little lake in West Harrison, Ohio. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Hurricane Katrina I'm still at my sister Julie's ('69WB) north of Baton Rouge. A couple of trees blew down here... my son-in-law and his dad already got the chain saw and made fast work of cleaning up the downed trees. Looks like we'll be here for at least another day -- maybe more -- the state police aren't letting anybody back just yet because there's no power, etc., etc., etc. We heard from one of our neighbors (who stayed there) that our houses (mine and my daughter's) are OK and apparently not even under water; but, still suspect there is no power so we'll wait until the authorities tell us it's OK to return before heading back. The power was off here most of the day, but came back on and has stayed on since about 9pm, so that's more than a lot of folks in this part of the country have right now. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ hangin' out at my sister's for a little while longer. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vicki Schrecengost ('67) Re: Books Now that son #1's wedding is behind us, I am ready to take up books once again. The mention of "One Man's Wilderness" is a great start. Does anyone else have a recommendation for a "must- read" book? "Freakonomics" is definitely on the list, as is "A Cheating Culture". I am open to most every genre. -Vicki Schrecengost ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard ('84) Re: Hurricane Katrina I pop onto MSN tonight and the picture that pops up is a man in Gretna surveying his living room's lack of walls. I think to myself, "Gretna, that sounds familiar! Oh Maren, I'm so glad you went somewhere safe." Hopefully you won't have too many snakes to sort out when you get home. God Bless, -Shelley Williams Robillard ('84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/31/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Patti Jones ('60) John Adkins ('62), Peg Sheeran ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Linda Reining ('64) David Rivers ('65), Anna Durbin ('69) Jason Allan ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Lattin ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Stephens ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Howard Kirz ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Kirz ('68) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Maren: Have been watching Good Morning America for the past 2 days and their entire programs are on Katrina. I can just imagine Peter Jennings is up there looking down and wishing he were doing the announcing on Katrina. Our prayers are with you, Maren, your family, and all of the people who have been or will be harmed by the storm. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland. Weather has cooled just a little. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Re: ALL BOMBER LUNCHEON Richland Yes, the luncheon will be Club-40 weekend. We will still go ahead with the luncheon as there are Bombers who come to the luncheon that are not eligible for Club-40. Also it is a great time and place for Club-40 Bombers to have lunch during the events of the weekend. Reservations must be made by September 8, 2005. Email Patti or Vera. Reservations can also be made by phone. Call Vera 509-628-9130 or Patti 509-967-9309. WHEN: Saturday September 10, 2005 WHERE: JD Diner, 3790 Van Giesen, West Richland, WA 99353 Used to be Coney Island (Light green building just past the Yakima River bridge heading west from Richland) TIME: 1:00 P.M. PRICE: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. Prices range from $4.50 - $13.95 (add drink, tax, and tip) Bomber spouses and friends are welcome! Looking forward to also seeing out-of-town Bomber visitors. Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Vera Smith Robbins ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: DVD Available for the Class of '65's 40th Reunion With nearly 180 pictures and 39 minutes of DVD display, the 40th Reunion DVD is available to the Class of 1965. To obtain your copy, send me an email that includes your postal [snail mail] mailing address and any special directions (such as more than one DVD; or, send it to my sister Sue; or, something). I will send the DVD out in the next day's mail, and will respond to you with my [snail mail] mailing address so you can send me the $10.00 (which is the cost of the DVD - including mailing). -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Tell us what you need, Maren. Love, -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Hurricane Katrina I figure everybody is pretty much sick of Katrina news coverage so I'll keep this short... maybe. What I want everyone to know as you watch all the flooding in New Orleans is that we live in Gretna, LA -- which is on the WEST bank of the Mississippi River. All the flooding you've seen on your TV set is on the EAST bank. Part of Jefferson Parish is on the east bank and part is on the west bank. All that east bank flooding is BETWEEN where I am now and Gretna. Richard Anderson ('60) found this on yesterday (the 30th): ========================================= Tim Whitmer, chief administrative officer of Jefferson Parish, which includes part of metropolitan New Orleans, said parish President Aaron Broussard had ordered the parish off-limits until next week. "Jefferson Parish is closed," he said. "It's just not a place to be." "We're hoping to allow citizens to return by 6 a.m. Monday with a picture ID," he said. "But they have to realize they're going to return to major, major problems." ========================================= Sooooooo, it looks like we'll be here for a little while longer and Richard will be editing the Sandstorm for a while longer. Who is "we"?? Well, there's me, my daughter, my son-in-law, my two DARLIN' granddaughters (that you can see at, my son-in-law's parents and grandmother, and my daughter's grandmother. That's NINE extra people staying at my sister Julie's ('69WB) house north of Baton Rouge and we're all just kinda hanging out. We've heard (and seen on TV) some folks who were turned back when they tried to return, so we'll wait for the state police to tell us it's OK to return... who knows when that will be??? I lived down here for Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and for Hurricane Camille in 1969 (lost EVERYTHING to Camille). I heard somebody say today, "You take Betsy and Camille. Add them together and double them and Katrina was worse." I think they're right, even though I don't think I've lost everything like I did for Camille. I'd really rather NOT have added Katrina to the hurricanes I've been thru. And hurricane "season" doesn't end till 11/30!!! I'll try to keep everybody posted, but you can probably see more on TV than you'll get here. Oh, we got some pretty heavy winds here at my sister's. Two of her trees blew over, but my son-in-law and his dad got out the chain saw and made quick work of the tree clean up. No other damage here. To Frank Whiteside ('63): I got your email on the 27th that you were going to evacuate and hope you're reading the Sandstorm as you wait to return. I'm watching for news of where you live, but haven't seen anything specific yet. MOST of the national news is either the Mississippi Gulf Coast or New Orleans. Keep your fingers crossed and give my best to Linda. OK, so maybe this wasn't so short... OH WELL! Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ still hangin' out north of Baton Rouge **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:Hurricane Katrina had a phone message from Frank Whiteside---said that they had left New Orleans and gone to Oberland in SW Louisiana. he said New Orleans was totally closed and there was debris everywhere. he asked about Maren---I tried to call and let him know that she was okay in Baton Rouge and that she had written to the Sandstorm a few times, but couldn't get through. he said there is debris and destruction everywhere and they aren't even sure when they will be allowed to return home---he sounded so "down". said there is no electricity and he isn't even sure if there house will be there when they return. according to what they show on TV, New Orleans is completely under water. can't even imagine how hard this must be on all those living in the Gulf States at this time. I will try to call him, again, tomorrow, and if I am successful in getting through, will post another message from him. he wanted everyone on the Sandstorm to know that they were okay and also wanted a message relayed to Maren. we all need to keep our prayers and thoughts going out to those in "harm's way" and to count our blessings that all we have to complain about is the blasted heat, black flies, and skeeters that are currently "bugging" us. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ cooled down to 98 in Bakersfield, California today. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Where does the time go?????? All I did was leave town for a couple of days and I managed to miss three...count em three VERY important birthdays....these three Bombers are very special to me...and each of them only celebrates their birthday once a year unlike Johnny Crigler ('64) who has been celebrating two for who knows how long....The first guy ('64) was born on August 26th...he married one of my favorite ladies (it didn't take but hey...) he provides me with endless joy in reliving "The Fight"...ah yes...the fight....Terry Davis ('65) never tires of reliving that infamous event even tho it took place over 40 years ago! I hear from the ex that the birthday boy still has flashbacks himself... The second guy ('64 born on the 28th) is the owner of perhaps the most bomber memorabilia in the history of the world. He can't live in Richland because they don't allow storage facilities large enough for his collection on residential lots...not matter how many acres the lot contains...he also keeps me advised of all the cast off stuff on ebay that he doesn't want and talked me into buying an Album of music by Kippy Lou ('62)...but since he keeps me up on grain prices I can't complain... Last but not least is one of the most energetic and wonderful ladies ('64 born on the 30th) I've ever had the pleasure of knowing...and Yes...she knew Heidlebaugh ('65) even before i did....she has put more into Bomberdom than most of us will ever be able to...Not that she didn't have help...but she was the backbone behind so many wonderful not affairs...well yes affairs but not those kind of know...Bomber affairs...hmmmmmmmmm that doesn't sound right either...but she was one of the first girls I ever met at Col-Hi around the first day of school....Warford ('65) knew all the girls and he introduced us around that first day...I was madly in love...but I was so young and inexperienced...oh woe is me..... goes: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO RICHARD TWEDT, GARY BEHYMER AND KATHY HOFF CONRAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Dear Maren: Thanks so much for letting us know that you are okay! It sounds like it will be a lot of work for people to clean up and get back to normal. I sent my donation to the Red Cross to help, and I hope a lot of Bombers will do the same. Good luck in getting back soon and finding things not too bad. And stay away from gators and snakes. Love, -Anna Durbin ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook >>From: Jason Allan ('72) POSTED: Monday 08/29/2005 11:13:40pm COMMENTS: help locating Dan Ham 72? wallaby and jack? i read an entry from dan ham 72 about his uncle being the host of the 60's kids show Wallaby and Jack out of spokane WA. i would really like to get a hold of dan about that show, if anyone could help connect us it would be greatly appreciated!! or if anyone has any knowledge of that show drop me a line. thanks. -Jason Allan ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` July, 2005 ~ September, 2005