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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/01/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Paul Weichel ('51), Jim McDougal ('57) Larry Mattingly ('60), Judy Willox ('61) Debbie Lukins ('78), Deanna Lukins ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday: Rick Valentine ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Rice ('77) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Weichel ('51) Re: Death of Willis Weichal ('49) I hate to pass along sad news but I thought that some of you would like to know and also to pass it along to any one that you know that knew Willis. Willis was in the Class of 1949. Thank you, Paul -Paul Weichel ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim McDougal ('57) Hurricane Katrina: Just wanted to let everyone know that my brother Jon McDougal ('64) survived Katrina. His entire family lives in the Gulfport and Long Beach, Mississippi area. As youve probably seen, everything from Biloxi, west to Pass Christian, is a total loss. Gulfport and Long Beach are right in between Biloxi and Pass Christian. They dont know how or why, but they survived while riding the storm out in their house! They were told by the local authorities at about 4:00 pm on Sunday that the area was under curfew and they were not to leave their house!!!! They got some water damage due to rain coming through the roof after the wind tore most of the shingles off, blew out a couple of windows, and downed all their trees. They were very lucky that the flooding from the storm surge stopped about 5 feet from their front door. They appear to be in a small pocket about two blocks across that didn't get much damage, but Jon says there is total devastation two blocks away in all directions. Their house is about one mile inland off the beach and theres a set of railroad tracks on top a dike that sits between them and the beach, and thats probably what saved them from worse damage. Theyre safe for now with water from a well, natural gas still working, phones are working!!, and they have a generator so their able to keep all the food in the refrigerator and freezer from going bad. It sounds like they are better off than about 98% of the other people in that area. -Jim McDougal ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) If any alumnus would like to start a Katrina/Bomber relief fund I would contribute the first $100. I am in Alaska now and will be on the road almost continuously from now through late October, including 3 weeks or more in China, and simply cannot take on that kind of a task. Obviously if there no one volunteers on this I will see that amount goes to a relief agency. Or directly to a Bomber alum if they are in need. I have an acquaintance who is a FEMA Damage Inspection Consultant. He is on his way to the N O area now. In his last e- mail he said the word was that it was "really bad, probably the worst ever". -J Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox ('61) To: all Bombers, young (but not too young), and old Our very own William Lane Johnson, Classic Class of '61, and country singer extraordinaire, wanted me to inform all of you that he will he at the 3 Margaritas on September 3rd with his beautiful velvet voice in tow. He is really nice and easy to listen to and I hope I can make it. So, won't you join in the fun and let's have a party at the 3 Margaritas on Saturday the 3rd. See ya there?!! Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox, Classic Class of '61 ~ Richland ~ where the evenings are really cool now and I LOVE it! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Debbie Lukins Lee ('78) To: Eric Lukins ('81) Just wanted to send a Happy Birthday to my "little brother". Now that you are "maturing" into adulthood, let's steer clear of the skate and snowboards for awhile longer, OK? "You're only as old as you feel." "Early bird gets the worm." "Nothing learned, nothing gained." "Nothing worthwhile comes easy." "You get what you pay for." Geez, I feel like I'm stuck in one of your emails! Hope you have a GREAT day. See you on Saturday. Love you lots, Deb -Debbie Lukins Lee ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) Re: Eric Lukins's Birthday!!! I just want to let my brother Eric Lukins ('81) know that it wasn't my idea to let everyone know that he is 42 today. It was our other sister, Debbie ('78). Have a Great Day. Love Always, your YOUNGEST sister, -Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/02/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Curt Donahue ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Jim Hamilton ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Deedee Willox ('64) Dena Evans ('64), Linda Reining(64), Chuck Crawley ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Linda Lester ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gordon Mumford ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) Re: Katrina I feel like I am reading history in the making through the Alumni Sandstorm. Our prayers are with each and every one of you who are in the midst of this terrible storm and everyone suffering because of Katrina. To: Eric Lukins ('81) Happy Birthday. It is nice to see that your sisters are wishing you a happy birthday. Many more to come. From an ex- neighbor. To: Paul Weichel ('51), re: Willis Weichel ('49RIP) Don't know if you remember me or not -- I was in the Civil Air Patrol with you, Willis, Les Prengruber, etc., as an adult (1951 to 1960). We took several trips together -- my first flight was to a cadet competition at McClellan Air Force Base in California. I was scared to death. I was thinking about Willis the other day -- don't know why. My condolences to you and your family. Where the heck was he? The last I heard he was in Idaho. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland. We are having cooler weather. Hooray! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) Re: Katrina Victims Fund I'll match Larry Mattingly's ('60) contribution if he gives it to Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) for support to Maren. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) From the "Counting the Absentees" Dept.: Almost up-to-the-minute results for the Club-40 weekend are now in. And here they are: Class of '45 - 2 Class of '46 - 1 Class of '47 - 5 Class of '48 - 4 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 - 2 Class of '51 - 5 Class of '52 - 24 Class of '53 - 17 Class of '54 - 21 Class of '55 - 85 Class of '56 - 8 Class of '57 - 9 Class of '58 - 12 Class of '59 - 10 Class of '60 - 50 Class of '61 - 8 Class of '62 - 2 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '64 - 0 Class of '65 - 0 Class of '70 - 1 If you haven't sent in your registration, please do so promptly as we need to know how many will be there Friday and Saturday so the Shilo cooks will have some idea of how many to cook for. Right now, the tally stands at 318 for Friday and 238 for Saturday (this includes guests). Hope to see you there, -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Just got off the phone with Frank Whiteside ('63) who is presently ensconced in some motel north of Mamou. He's got a TV, Magic Fingers and has been able to keep track of everything that is going on. Mamou is a wonderful Cajun town north of Lafayette that the always lovely Miss Nancy and I have always enjoyed, but that's a story for another time. Frank and Linda are fine, although they don't know what the condition of their home is. Casa Frankeaux [I believe, Jimbeaux, that you want 'Maison Frankeaux' here; this is, after all, the frog-speaking part of the country. -Richard] is on the Westside, so by all reports it should have only some wind damage. His son's home is totally destroyed, so when Frank does get to go home, he will have a lot of company with his son, and his son's in-laws. The roads are not passable, so he's not sure when that will be. For whatever reason his "reservation" at the motel runs out on Saturday, but here comes the typical Whiteside story: he's been "invited" to move in with the Chief of Police at his home until things stabilize, and he can go home again. Keep Frank and everyone else in your thoughts. He's up -- which with Frank is not always easy to tell -- but concerned. Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Hurricane Katrina update Wanted to let everyone know that I'm still safe and sound at my sister's -- Julie ('69WB) -- north of Baton Rouge. We added two more to "Julie's Refugee Camp" yesterday: my daughter's godmother and her daughter -- both nurses at Children's Hospital. They had been at the hospital all this time until it finally became evident that they needed to evacuate all their little patients to somewhere else. They had to "caravan" in their personal cars from the hospital to the New Orleans airport. Each car took one or two little patients with a nurse or doctor and the child's chart. Then they were moved from the New Orleans airport to various other locations. A bunch of them went to a hospital in Kansas City. After they put their charges into other capable hands, they drove here to my sister's, showered, and slept most of the afternoon. Looks like some of the "refugees" here might be going somewhere else tomorrow... IF they can get a good, operational generator. Stay tuned..... Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: A Mini Reunion What a great time we've been having with Dena Evans Harr ('64) in town. We have done a lot of running around and enjoyed every minute of it. We attended two Red Hat Ladies functions this week, plus a small group party. Of course, we went to the Spudnut Shop; who can resist their cinnamon rolls? We met Larry ('64) and Barb Eckert ('61) Holloway, and Mary Massey Horsey ('64) there at 10:30 Wednesday morning. As it turned out, the ladies of '63 & '64 were meeting for lunch at 11:30. So we got to see several people from those classes as well. It was a very nice visit. So good to see everyone. I have to praise the Alumni Sandstorm again for bringing Dena and me together after so many years! Thank you Gary and Maren!! To Maren: You are in our prayers and hearts. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) Re: A Mini Reunion Deedee Willox ('64), Larry ('64) and Barb Eckert ('61) Holloway, Mary Massey Horsey ('64), and I (Dena Evans Harr ('64)) met at the Spudnut Shop on Wednesday morning at 10:30. What we didn't know was that it was the Wednesday the girls of '63 & '64 meet at 11:30 for lunch. So as the 5 of us were visiting, more people from our class ('64) and Class of '63 came in. Linda Bellingston Boehning, Rosalie Lansing, Kathy Hoff, Sharon Sasser were there; help me out ladies, anyone I'm forgetting? Forgive me if you were there and I can't remember. I just wanted to say what a joy it was to see people I knew from school and haven't seen for sooooo long. And I'll be back! -Dena Evans Harr ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(64) re:Hurricane Katrina finally had another phone call from Frank Whiteside(63)--he is fine---they are in a motel in Oberland--also with are his son, daughter-in-law, and son's in-laws. Frank said the last he heard, his house was okay, but thinks his son's place is probably under water, so figure they will be all be living together for a while. said he lives about 30 miles from Maren. he asked me to post an entry and let everyone know that he and his family are okay. wanted to know about others in the area- -asked about Jim McDougal(64)and some others---told him we had heard that Jim and family were okay, but I didn't know about others--except for Maren, of course. *grin* isn't sure when he will be allowed back home--just waiting for them to tell him it is safe and then they will return. re: Larry Mattingly's idea of money for Bomber alumni affected by Katrina this is a great idea, but someone is going to have to get all the names and addresses of the alumni. I do not support the Red Cross, but am more than willing to send money to Bombers, who I know will get the money! Linda Reining(64)......Bakersfield, California---gas prices over $3 per gallon--supposed to "hit" $4 by the weekend! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Chuck Crawley ('67) Re: NOLA flood pix at digitalglobe This site has satellite pix of NOLA from yesterday [8/31/05]: -Chuck Crawley ('67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/03/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Gloria Adams ('54), Ann Bishop ('56) Vera Smith ('58), Margo Compton ('60) Peg Sheeran ('63), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Dennis Hammer ('64), Shirley Collings ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Katrina We chose to help a little both ways. We sent a donation to Jeanie and we sent a donation to the Red Cross. I had an interesting conversation with the Red Cross person. I asked how much of the donation actually goes to the specified recipient? She didn't have specific percentages but said many people had been asking the same question so they had sent an email to the head office asking for the numbers. I told her I'd call back tomorrow and see if they have numbers. Re: 50's sports figures My personal favorite is Clarence Fulcher. He was All-State, All-Star, and Most Valuable Player his senior year in 1951. I saved all the newspaper clippings in a scrapbook I started in 1951. I also gave the silver football on a chain to one of our grandsons so he could give it to the lady of his choice when the time comes. I wore it around my neck for 2 years and was VERY proud. He also was a starter on the Washington State Cougars squad as a freshman. Not many can claim that accomplishment. He's still my All-Star!!! -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) We live in Texarkana, AR. If any alumni are in need of a place to stay, we can find room for about 7 in our home; and more in the other unfinished house (has electricity, water, and bathrooms). -Ann Bishop Ousley ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Vera Smith Robbins ('58) My prayers are with you, Maren. I still haven't been able to contact my nephew James Colletti. He and his wife and 2 kids were living in Belle Chasse, LA. He worked at the military base there. Hope they are safe. -Vera Smith Robbins ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) Re: Bomber Katrina Victims Fund I have to agree with Linda Reining ('64) about knowing where the money you donate goes and who gets it. We are getting a lot of the refugees here in San Antonio. I want to do something, but all the Red Cross wants is money and it goes into a general fund. I would much rather give to people that I know need it and will get it. Of course it would not be tax deductible (that's the CPA in me), but who cares if it will help a fellow Bomber. Maybe some Bomber attorney, or someone, could set up a trust fund we could contribute to. Just an idea. My prayers go out to Maren and everyone else in this time of need. -Margo Compton Lacarde ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Re: American Red Cross Linda Reining ('64) must have had a bad experience with the Red Cross, causing her to make the comment that she doesn't support them, but as a volunteer for decades -- as a nurse, and in other capacities -- both locally and nationally, I have seen the good this organization can do. With the ARC's many decades of experience with disasters, I think they're getting better with every "event" at organization; learning from their mistakes, and trying to do the best they can with volunteers like you and me. This catastrophe is unlike any others in many ways. I will continue to support them. -Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: In-Transit Sandstorm Subscription payments I put in a temporary change of address to my sister's place yesterday since it looks like we'll be here for a while. I figure since there isn't any power or water, etc., they haven't been DELIVERING any mail all week and the last mail I got out of my mailbox was Saturday, August 27th. I've got my fingers crossed that the temporary address change will go through and the post office will just send all my mail here. Re: Refugee Update The newly unemployed applied (online) for benefits yesterday. My son-in-law's parents and grandmother headed for their camp in Mississippi yesterday morning. They don't have any power there, but took a generator with them. Since they didn't come back here last night, they must be OK. We got one more today (my daughter's aunt's husband). So, we lost three and gained three..... which means we're still at NINE extra people here. They said on the local news that the Baton Rouge population has about doubled this week. I believe it. Stay tuned..... Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Tri-Cities is 6th safest place from natural disasters has an article on the "Safest And Least Safe Places In The U.S." from natural disasters. Listed as number six is Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA. The article does not list all the places it talks about, go to the left side of the article and click on the pictures that say "safest places" and "least safe places" for slide show. I have listed some of them: Safest are: 1. Honolulu, HI 2. Boise, ID 3. Santa Fe, NM 4. Yakima, WA 5. Spokane, WA 6. Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA 7. Medford-Ashland, OR 8. Corvallis, OR 9. Salem, OR Least safe are: 1. Monroe, LA 2. Dallas, TX 3. Jackson, MS -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Katrina Relief Fund I'll match Larry Mattingly's ('60) and Curt Donahue's ('53) $100 donations for Maren's fund. Any others match make a match? -Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/04/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Marilynn Working ('54), Missy Keeney ('59) Larry Mattingly ('60), Patti Jones ('60) Don Peyton ('63WB), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Carol Cross ('64), Paul Tampien ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Lynn Dodson ('66) Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Johnson ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ray Kelly ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Southam ('80) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) On behalf of the Class of 1954, I am willing to collect funds from our classmates of '54 to mail to Maren at her sister's home north of Baton Rouge where she and 8 others are being sheltered. I will collect the money for one week including the Club-40 celebration next weekend. I will be at the Friday night dinner, but not Saturday. Any '54 alumni who want to donate can email me for my address and I will keep track of everyone who donates and send their names to Maren along with the money. I would like everything collected to be mailed Monday, September 12th. If this is acceptable to my classmates, please let me know and I will be collecting Friday night and will try and have a BIG card you can sign for Maren and her family. I have emailed Maren for her sister's address and will send it there. If you write a check, just make it out to Maren Smyth. Receipts will be available too. I am sure they need help with utilities, extra food, water and transportation. She can do whatever she see fit for others or whatever. DO YOU ALL AGREE?? See you at Club-40 on September 9th!! Millie, Marguerite, Joanie, Norma, or anyone else in '54, I welcome your assistance. So thankful as we hear of other BOMBERS who are safe. Maren has devoted her life to keeping us all connected, least we can do is make her survival a little easier (if that is possible!). -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Kennewick, WA where we are high and dry and in the 80's! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Richard, could you publish Jeanne Hutchens Simon's address every day for a while so people who want to send contributions to Maren wouldn't have to search for it. Thanks, -Missy Keeney ('59) Missy, you know..... this is the sort of marvelous idea I never think of! -Richard Here it is: Send your donation to: [send an email to the Sandstorm and we will send you the address by return email -the editors] Make checks out to: Jeanie Simon I will send you a receipt for your donation I will keep a list of names and document donations **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Bomber Relief funds We have seen several alumni offer to match my offer to Maren. I have had several more offers in direct email. Maren is a loyal Bomber and good friend. If that is the consensus I certainly would send the funds to her. I also prefer not to send the money to the Red Cross. However I have a brutal schedule from now through October and truly cannot handle trying to properly set up something like a proper fund (501?). My original hope was that one of the Bomber attorneys would jump in and set up a fund that could grow to several thousand dollars. Many of us can afford to send in $50, $100, or even possibly more. There may be several Bombers who will be in dire need. We won't really know for maybe a couple of weeks or longer. I have had a reasonable year and will increase my offer: I will send $100 to Maren and another $100 to a fund for all Bombers who will be in need if someone will set it up. There are what, several hundred of us on this net? Some are on a fixed income but many can certainly afford a contribution. Let's all have a little Bomber Pride for a very worthy cause. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from temporary digs in Anchorage. Did the last display for the Fair last night. Will clean up the mess today and relax a couple of days before heading to the next venue in a busy fall. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Hurricane Katrina Victims/Donations Our customer service lady for the company I work for lives in northern Louisiana. I have worked for this company for over ten years and I know she can absolutely be trusted. I am on the phone to her right now while I write this. There is a tent city that is close to her. She says most important right now because of Katrina's victims leaving the disaster so quickly that items are most necessary. Such as canned food, diapers, toilet paper, toothpaste, books for the kids, clothes, and so on. These people in the tent city are having to pay $15.00 a night to stay there. One lady in the tent city has three children in a two man tent. She has offered that if we send money or items she will do shopping and make sure they are delivered to the victims in her area. When you give to the victims you know it is going directly to them. If interested please email me and I will give you her contact information: Name, address, phone number and email. A quick story she has told me. She was at the grocery store and a lady was buying food for the sixteen family members that will be with her indefinitely. Her house is small. Another lady was checking out buying ten blow-up mattresses. From this you can tell that our customer service representative is well in contact of what is going on in this city for the victims. Her husband is also a public servant. The stories of giving she is telling me about the giving to help is phenomenal. So please email me if interested in helping in this manner. Bomber Tears, -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Peyton ('63WB) To: Frank Whiteside ('63) Frank..... I was relieved to read that you and Linda are safe. We're so sorry about your son's house. We are hoping your house survived. We hope to read more about you and your family. You're in our prayers. -Don Peyton ('63WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Refugee Update Most of the "refugees" will stay here at my sister's today. Four of us are going to try to get back to our houses to get more stuff to bring back to my sister's and we'll bring Stacey's car back, too. We're leaving VERY EARLY. We're not supposed to be allowed in til 6am Monday, but we talked to friends who were allowed to go in yesterday without so much as being asked for an ID. We have to be gone by "sundown". My son-in-law talked to their next door neighbor yesterday. The big pecan tree in their back yard is down. There are problems with the shed that was close to being replaced anyway... and (the biggie) 1/3 of the roof on their house is gone. HOWEVER, the neighbor put up temporary tar paper and we're hoping there isn't water damage from the roof problem. We'll do as much repair as time allows today. My house (across the street) is apparently fine. Want to get my computer, so I can get back to work doing the Sandstorm. We'll know more soon..... WHAT AN ADVENTURE! Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) Re: American Red Cross I had such faith in ARC especially after taking classes in community disaster taught by a Red Cross volunteer and know the organization does wonderful work. After the way ARC handled donations for 911 announcing they would use part for their other needs (as they received so much for 911) there was such a public outcry against this that they said they would not redistribute the 911 donations, but I have to wonder if they won't do as they feel necessary and not make a public announcement this time. Maybe this is why Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) couldn't get a percentage of "how much donation actually goes to the specific recipient" -- will be interesting to hear their answer. I still admire and respect volunteers of ARC and wish I were in better financial and personal health to donate/volunteer substantially. -Carol Cross Llewellyn ('64) ~ Grays Harbor County WA ~ 6 miles inland from Pacific Ocean **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Tampien ('64) Re: Katrina Refugees We are in the Nashville, TN area. If there are any Bomber evacuees we can help please contact us. [send an email to the Sandstorm and we will forward your message to Paul -the editors] -Paul Tampien ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining(64) since the Sandstorm tries hard to stay out of taboo subjects, I will keep my reasons for not supporting the Red Cross private(if you want to know my reasons, you can e mail me directly), but I do want to help support those Bombers who are experiencing hard times due to Hurricane Katrina. just need to know who needs the help and where to send the money---I know we have: Maren; Frank Whiteside; Jon McDougal---who are the others? I can't afford to send each one a $100 donation, but can and will send it to a general fund to be doled out to each of them. Kern County is sending firefighter--emt's to help in this disaster, too. also heard there are some going from the Tri- Cities. thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone that are suffering. Linda Reining(64).........Bakersfield, California....don't feel I have the right to complain about anything right now. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) Re: Safest Places I looked at the list of safest and least safe places and beg to differ with Honolulu, HI as being "safe". I went to college there for 2 years and learned quickly that if supply ships or air contact were disrupted for over a week the whole island is out of food. There is very little arable land and too many people to be sustained. I wonder what they used for the criteria? -Lynn Dodson Stedman ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Red Cross The one comment I have regarding the Red Cross is they are compassionate. When I was in the Army in the spring of 1976 my dad had one of many heart attacks. They called my company on a Saturday and I went over to the hospital where their office was and talked with a volunteer about getting home on emergency leave. I talked with my mother and we decided I should wait a bit before coming home. Any excitement sent my dad's heart monitor racing and we figured my coming unannounced might lead to something more. I elected to wait 6 months as I had saved my leave so I could get an early discharge based on terminal leave. The Red Cross called my clinic not too long before my shift was over one day in November and when I walked in not only was the same volunteer there but also the hospital chaplain. I knew at that point my dad had passed away, probably sometime that day. They were very caring and allowed me to call my mother. I am most thankful that I had decided to take one full month of leave the summer before and drove by myself from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky to Richland and spent time with my parents. That was the last time I saw my dad and I miss him very much. My mother is gone now, too, about 17 1/2 years after my dad's passing. I think as kids growing up we take too much for granted when it comes to our parents. I really miss them so very much, also my younger brother Howard ('72RIP). Take time if you haven't lately and tell your family how much you love them. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ~ cooler today with a breeze. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/05/05 ~ Labor Day ~ Party ON, Dudes! Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Bonnie Beardsley ('56) Burt Pierard ('59), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Linda Reining ('64), Brian Wildenborg ('89) ----------- Editor's Note from Deputy Editor Richard: Y'all know?? ..... we missed a birthday! Back on the first of August the Online Alumni Sandstorm had its First Birthday. IN DOG YEARS!! Yep, it was seven years ago that the very first issue of this rag hit the internet. Dog years!! Who woulda guessed?? BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Halstead ('61WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanie Hutchins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) I got back last night [Saturday, 3rd] from Germany where the absolutely incredible pictures and reports of the New Orleans hurricane and the ineptness of President Bush and his people in dealing with the disaster have dominated the media all week. The papers were actually comparing us to a Third World country with respect to the level of official response. I was relieved to open the Sandstorm and find that our Maren is safe. Thank God! -Dick Pierard ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) I have just gotten word tonight [Saturday, 3rd] (by way of South Africa) that Kent Hamrick ('53) and his wife Pat and their family have survived Hurricane Katrina. Their home is in Slidell, LA. I have no specifics as of yet... just that they are alive. -Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: The "R-Cloud" is back!!! Check out the this pic: from Saturday's Tri-City Herald. If you look closely at the football helmet, you will see that the R-Cloud has returned (the recently retired coach Lonnie Pierson had it removed back in 1987). This follows pics this spring of the State Champion RHS baseball team that showed the R-Cloud on their uniforms. Just to refresh your memories, the R-Cloud was originally designed by a student in J.D. Covington's class in 1971. Covington (the football coach then) liked it and wanted it added to all athletic uniforms. The school agreed, registered it as a trademark, and put it on the uniforms. Along came Pierson (in the fall of 1987) and ordered it removed, which led to an all- school vote on the official emblem of the school in February 1988, which received national press coverage. According to the accounts, Scott Woodward (baseball coach), joined with Pierson and ordered the symbol removed from the baseball uniforms. Of the school's 1300 students, 1205 voted and the R-Cloud received 1084 votes. By the way, one of the alternatives was a generic B- 17 bomber (this was before the "Day's Pay" Fraud was conjured up) that received only 40 votes. Since there has never been another vote, the R-Cloud remains the official symbol of Richland High School to this day and I think it's great to see its returning to the uniforms. Welcome back, old revered R-Cloud. Bomber cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Refugee Update WHEW! What a trip!!! My house is fine. Chris and Stacey's sustained some damage: lost 1/3 of the roof at the back of the house and the bathroom; Maddie's room and their bedroom are all pretty much trashed with sagging ceilings and nasty looking mold. So we're at Julie's for a while... more tomorrow. I took pictures and brought my computer back, but I'm too tired to set up the computer now. Wanted to let everyone know that we got there (and back) safe and sound. NOBODY has been able to get through on my cell phone since Katrina. I'm gonna put up a "Vegas68's Katrina Refugee Update" web page in the next day or two. Stay tuned..... Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining('64) had a short phone call from Frank Whiteside('63)at around noon, today, Sunday, Sept. 4. he said they were heading home--was so glad to be on the road and going home. was pretty sure his place was okay---said the entire roadway was crowded with 18- wheelers and Army convoys--wasn't sure what that was all about- --told him that was supplies being delivered to those still in New Orleans. he asked about others, told himMaren and Jon McDougal(64)were okay. he asked about another Bomber who lives in Slidell, Mississippi, but the connection was bad, so I couldn't understand the name--sorry, Frank---if anyone knows who Frank is thinking about, let him know that Frank and family are okay- -is hoping the same will be for them. Linda Reining('64).....Bakersfield, Ca. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From: the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook >>From: Brian Wildenborg ('89) POSTED: Sunday 09/04/2005 11:17:33am COMMENTS: Nice site,lots of alumni...E-Mail and catch up!!!!! -Brian Wildenborg ('89) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/06/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Richard Roberts ('49), Dick Avedovech ('56) Burt Pierard ('59), Patti Jones ('60) Richard Anderson ('60), Patricia Rediske ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Linda Reining ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Robert Avant ('69) Ruth Russell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernon "Bud" Van Dusen ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Hann ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janell Johns ('71) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: John Heffner ('66) and Melanie Dukes ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Roberts ('49) Burt Pierard ('59) brought us some good news about the "R- Cloud". Go Bombers. -Richard Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) Re: Eleemosynary Organizations If you are interested in an alternative to the American Red Cross to send financial aid to, there are two organizations that I have dealt with in the past that are excellent. They are: Mercy Corps at and the Northwest Medical Teams at Both organizations are working in Louisiana and Mississippi as I write this. -Dick Avedovech ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Use of the term Day's Pay Fraud in yesterday's post In my post yesterday, I attempted to use a personally coined term, Day's Pay Fraud (no quotes, all 3 words capitalized) as a stand-alone, proper noun, to describe a specific event, or rather a continuing series of events (which is, by the way, a term I have used frequently before). Namely, the unrelenting campaign by the RHS Faculty and Administration to create and perpetuate the myth of our Bombers name's origin being the "Day's Pay" airplane. They started in the mid-80s with a concocted story (that did not include "Day's Pay") that the name was changed to Bombers in the fall of 1944 (before the A-bombs were dropped) but enough documentation exists to easily disprove that contention. Some consider using the word fraud in my created term is a little "over the top" or too strong a word but what else so appropriately describes the complete fabrication of a story (without a hint of historical documentation) and repeating it endlessly as the "truth" for over 10 years until now, most students and parents believe it is the truth? I have not been able to find a single printed reference to "Day's Pay", mentioned by name, IN ASSOCIATION WITH RHS, until after the coming of the mural (about 1993, I believe). So this is to what my created term, Day's Pay Fraud, refers. As to yesterday's appearance of the quote marks around Day's Pay, that was purely the addition by the SS Deputy Editor. He did have the decency to contact me and inform me what he had added. I strenuously objected to setting off the plane name that way because it changed the meaning of my created term and someone would get the impression that the fraud referred to the actual plane purchase campaign. Indeed, that is exactly what happened. Ray Wells ('54) wrote asking what the fraud was (with the Day's Pay Campaign). I did not want the post to go out that way, so I asked the Deputy Editor to scrub the story but, for reasons unknown, he ran it anyway. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>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 or Patti. 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: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Chief Jo Teacher Sighting Yesterday, Monday (Labor Day!), Mr. Ken Russell stopped by to visit when I was at the Torbett McDonald's for my customary coffee. Mr. Russell was one of my first (and one of my favorite) teachers when I was so unceremoniously Shanghaied from Walla Walla (GO BLUE!) back in January 1956. I could today go directly to his classroom at Chief Jo (last classroom on the right in the "gym" wing) and imagine him leaning against his desk, teaching us math. He did good! And he looks terrific! -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) Re: Katrina Donations For all of you who are a little leery of Red Cross, etc., don't forget the faith-based organizations. For all of us who are churched, of whatever faith, I know that there is a conduit for your caring right in your faith. Since I know that a lot of Lutherans from Richland Lutheran are regular readers, I offer the ELCA Domestic Disaster Fund, found at Also, look for any organization that you belong to that is willing to match your donation (your work, fraternal memberships, etc.) Thrivent is giving $1 for every $2 donated to ELCA, just go to their website and donate on-line or download a donation form. Peace, -Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) ~ Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Katrina Refugee Update Thought I was gonna rest yesterday, but spent most of the day getting my computer set up and getting it hooked into my sister's DSL line. Finally accomplished and realized what a lot of updating there is to do. We're still getting settled for quite a long stay, I think. More tomorrow..... stay tuned. Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ still hangin' out at my sister's **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: R-cloud So glad to know that this much-loved symbol is back in its proper place! Some things should never be tampered with and this is one of them! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - weather is finally staying in the 90s--no more triple digits are predicted. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) To: Burt Pierard ('59) You were talking about the "R-Cloud" on the athletic uniforms. Even though it came about after I graduated I have always liked it. It gives the uniforms a nice touch. It seems odd to me however that Scott Woodward would vote to have it removed from his baseball team's jerseys. He was an All-American high school football player for Richland. I noticed several years ago, also that the person leading the charge to do away with the mushroom cloud on the school banner was a graduate of Kennewick High School and was my senior year English teacher fresh out of Central Washington State College (now University). My! How some people want to do away with the tradition of Columbia High School, now Richland High School. Most of the cheers we did in school were for "RHS" not "CHS", but that doesn't matter, what matters is the tradition. Thanks for listening. Go Bombers!!! -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) From: the All Bomber GuestBook POSTED: Monday 09/05/2005 4:53:25pm COMMENTS: Seems a Galaxy far,far away and a long time ago....but it was by and large fun **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Russell ('71) Re: Katrina, and what can be done now My twenty-five year old daughter, who prides herself on being somewhat tough as nails in general, and who nearly never cries (except when it comes to children and animals) came over to my house today, sat on my sofa, and wept while talking about Katrina, and the desperate needs so many people are facing. I confess, my knowledge of the devastation was mostly from this newsletter, and the concerns for Maren and her family, etc.... That changed today, as I went online, and scanned the news channels as well, and saw that my daughter was not exaggerating in the least. I am so ashamed that I haven't kept more abreast of events. In my defense, I have been sick, and, except for reading my emails, have spent a lot of time this past week doing little more than lying down reading, as something like Mineer's Syndrome has affected my balance. I realize that is unfair to assign blame wildly when things like this happen, but I hope that, when everyone is accounted for and public safety is restored, that everyone who has the least bit of power to affect change in the way things are handled will take a long, hard look at why aid was postponed for so long, and why the victims were so hard hit. I think I can express that prayer without getting political. For the moment, though, I want to toss something out there, with the understanding that I have been in a sort of vacuum due to chronic illness for the past few years, and I may not be able to see consequences of my suggestion, or the whole picture as clearly as my fellow alumni. My feeling that I wish to share is this: if I were in the military over in Iraq or wherever, and my home town or home state were hit with a disaster like New Orleans, and I saw news footage, or received news about people dying and desperately needing supplies, restored levees, emergency shelters and the like, I know that I would be going out of my mind with worry and grief, and wild to return home to help. Any good I might be doing over in the Mid East could not possibly outweigh what I could do if the military, out of compassion, and yes, the desire for good press, would assign me to home duty to do what the National Guard is supposed to be doing. For pity's sake, many of these military personnel ARE called up National Guardists, aren't they? It only makes sense to me that transporting them home to assist in a military style action to protect our country and her people where they are needed would be an act of compassion and good sense on the behalf of the administration. Nothing will bring back the lives lost through natural disaster and/or poor planning, but the morale factor among the troops and the populace in general by hands-on, personal action by the men and women of the South, or, such volunteers with personal or family ties that could be spared, would go a long way to restoring national pride. They have the training, they have the discipline, and I would bet my last dime they have the burning need to come home and help. Am I hopelessly simplistic in my approach, or have any of you heard of something of the sort in the works? What do the rest of you think? Also, I know where to send what little money I can spare, but has anyone heard of trucks or transport planes taking in basic household supplies or clothing to the disaster areas? When the Mexico City earthquake happened years ago, the Salvation Army locally took every blanket, shovel, etc... they could load into trucks, and flew them down to help shelter and dig out the victims. My family stripped our household and garden shed down to the necessities and sent everything then that we could. Right now, I am at about the worst position I have ever been in financially, but I have been blessed with a lot of material goods. I had been making up boxes of clothing, baby clothes, and blankets, etc... to donate to the Mission here locally as soon as my daughter could take them over to Pasco. I am embarrassed as to the excess that I have been harboring in my closets and storage, when there were folks in need here locally. If there is any material relief being arranged to fly in clothing, blankets, or even tents to help shelter people, I want to know who and where, because that is something that I would be able to do. If anyone hears about such a thing, or will be going personally in a way that they could take supplies along, please email me, or look up Ruth Pierson, West Richland in the phone directory and call me. Thanks again to the list for being such a wonderful caring group of people. I know that we are all so grateful that Maren and the others we have been concerned for have been protected the way they have. Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/07/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Wight ('52), Wanda Wittebort ('53) James Johnson ('60), Patti Mathis ('60) Barbara von Olnhausen ('62), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) David Rivers ('65), Ruth Russell ('71) Lynn Noble ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lisa Peterson ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick Wight ('52) Re: Faith-based donations for Katrina relief Just want to clarify and add on to the Sept 5th entry in Sandstorm by Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63). THRIVENT FOR LUTHERANS will add a matching dollar for each $2.00 donated to one of four Lutheran-based charitable organizations -- BUT ONLY ON BEHALF OF FOLKS WHO ARE THRIVENT MEMBERS. They did the same thing for the South Pacific Tsunami Relief last year. I have donated both times, and it sure is a great "bang for the buck" for those who are Thrivent members. -Dick Wight ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) Has anyone tracked down Kent Hamrick ('53) of Slidell, LA? He and wife Patricia lived there in 2003 and he worked for Trinity Industries. -Wanda Wittebort Shukay ('53) ----------------------------- [Wanda, Kent and his family are OK. This was reported by Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) in the 09/05/05 Sandstorm. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: James Johnson ('60) To: RVT (aka Richard) Anderson The picture of the RHS v. Kennewick football players made me think of our rugby-like (tackle, no pads, no helmets -- only cuts and bruises) football games at the corner of Stevens and Van Giesen. You may recall that the only way I could get you down was to "thump" you around your built-for-soccer legs! It seems as if no one (high school, college, professional) anymore tackles at a point where the runner has to go down, i.e., the legs! What gives? See you Saturday, September 10th... at the old playground? Also, can anyone name this Richland athlete? Here is a partial list of his sports-related accomplishments at RHS and post-RHS. * Earned 9 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball * Basketball starter junior and senior years * Captained the basketball team his senior year; averaged double digit scoring * Basketball All-State Tournament Team Honorable Mention his senior year * All-State Baseball team his senior year; played in the East vs. West All Star game * All-State Football team his senior year; played in the East vs. West All Star game * Four years college-level baseball; held the home run record at a NW university (may still; not sure) * Two years CC college-level basketball and football * Professional baseball player at the minor league level in the Baltimore Orioles organization -James Johnson ('60) ~ Marietta, GA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis ('60) I realize this may sound cold to some, but let's not forget our animal friends that have also been devastated by the hurricane. -Patti Mathis ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) Re: Katrina/Charity Giving Someone raised the question of what portion of a donation to charity actually goes toward the charitable good works. is a website that lists many charities and their annual reports, including the distribution of their expenses by category (IRS requires that this information be made public) -- just scroll through the annual report until you get to the pie chart and hold your cursor over the "programs" piece of the pie. American Red Cross is 91.1%, Mercy Corps is 91%. Northwest Medical Teams (my favorite) isn't on the list (they are at but their website says 96% of their donations "directly help people in need." -Barbara von Olnhausen ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Re: Refugee Update: 1 left - 2 came back ~ yesterday's total: 11 Worked on "Vegas68's Katrina Refugee Update" page all day yesterday. It's not quite finished, but will give you all a place to go check for the latest. Took pictures when we went down on 9/4 and that's what's taking so much time. I'll have a link to the pictures when I get all finished with that. Check it out; bookmark it (or add it to your favorites) and go there to check for updates. My knees still haven't recovered. There are only 4 steps up to my house and the same for my daughter's... countless trips across the street... we moved a lot of her bedroom furniture and some from Maddie's room. There were only 4 of us and the guys spent much of the day up on the house roof and the shed roof making temporary repairs. We also had two refrigerators and one freezer to clean out. YUK! I was up til 4am yesterday morning trying to get caught up with email. Put the email aside to work on the website and hope to get all caught up with both later today. Re: Kent Hamrick ('53) and wife Pat, who live in Slidell, LA Kent and Pat live in Slidell, LA and usually drive in for any New Orleans Bomber lunch. There was a Sandstorm entry from Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) the other day about Kent and Pat. I was so relieved to see that they are OK and asked Bonnie to give my sister's telephone number to them. Well, Pat called yesterday morning and it just made my day. Everyone is alive and that's the important thing. So many others were not so lucky. To: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) When I look at the track of Hurricane Katrina, it sure looks like she might have gone right by where you live. Any damage? Are you and your family all OK? Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: '65ers...get em while they're hot! A Very Special Thanks to Alex Clark (ain't a reunion... yearly or five year without Alex and his Letterman's Sweater and Keeney ('65) with his Letterman's jacket and both wore them in June), Cindy Hoffman, Derrith Persons, Ed Sullivan, Linda McKnight, Patti Snider, Rick Rickard and Tere Smyth for taking and sending all the pictures to John Adkins ('62) who took the time and trouble to put them into DVD format complete with tear jerking music (see John... I didn't say anything about "sappy") memorializing our 40th reunion. If you haven't ordered a copy please contact John. You will be happy you did. Best 10 bucks you will spell in a while. For those of you who missed it... Terry Davis (Knox) did a superb job on his guest shot on the new TV show "Wanted". I know I mentioned he was shooting it a while back in Long Beach but I didn't know when it would be on... was sure it hadda be during the first 6 weeks as they would only shoot 6 episodes before sweep week to see if they would get picked up and sure enough he was on the 6th episode... Mouton ('65) watched it and agreed that he did a good job... so it wasn't just me... She mentioned that Chip Abrams ('65) had passed and I was sorry to hear... It has probably been noticed in the Sandstorm and I guess I didn't catch it... We hate to see our dear friends leave us like that... Some of my staff looked at out dvd with me and they were so shocked to see how many kids were at the 40th... I know there were even more kids that weren't in the pictures... one of them had a class of 1000 and says not near as many come to her reunions... that made me think of how long we have known each other... most of us have known each other since grade school at least and since birth in some cases (hate to start rumors but did you hear that Terry Davis and Tony Harrah ('65) shared a room naked... or at best in little blankies???)... dang! David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Russell ('71) [Editor's Note: in yesterday's edition Ruth's submission was incomplete (and it was ALL my fault). Here is the complete text. -Richard] Re: Katrina, and what can be done now My twenty-five year old daughter, who prides herself on being somewhat tough as nails in general, and who nearly never cries (except when it comes to children and animals) came over to my house today, sat on my sofa, and wept while talking about Katrina, and the desperate needs so many people are facing. I confess, my knowledge of the devastation was mostly from this newsletter, and the concerns for Maren and her family, etc. That changed today, as I went online, and scanned the newschannels as well, and saw that my daughter was not exaggerating in the least. I am so ashamed that I haven't kept more abreast of events. In my defense, I have been sick, and, except for reading my emails, have spent a lot of time this past week doing little more than lying down reading, as something like Mineer's Syndrome has affected my balance. I realize that is unfair to assign blame wildly when things like this happen, but I hope that, when everyone is accounted for and public safety is restored, that everyone who has the least bit of power to affect change in the way things are handled will take a long, hard look at why aid was postponed for so long, and why the victims were so hard hit. I thing I can express that prayer without getting political. For the moment, though, I want to toss something out there, with the understanding that I have been in a sort of vacuum due to chronic illness for the past few years, and I may not be able to see consequences of my suggestion, or the whole picture as clearly as my fellow alumni. My feeling that I wish to share is this: If I were in the military over in Iraq or whatever, and my home town or home state were hit with a disaster like New Orleans, and I saw news footage, or received news about people dying and desperately needing supplies, restored levees, emergency shelters and the like, I know that I would be going out of my mind with worry and grief, and wild to return home to help. Any good I might be doing over in the Mid-East could not possibly outweigh what I could do if the military, out of compassion, and yes, the desire for good press, would assign me to home duty to do what the National Guard is supposed to be doing. For pity's sake, many of these military personnel ARE called up National Guardists, aren't they? It only makes sense to me that transporting them home to assist in a military style action to protect our country and her people where they are needed would be an act of compassion and good sense on the behalf of the Administration. Nothing will bring back the lives lost through natural disaster and/or poor planning, but the morale factor among the troops and the populace in general by hands on, personal action by the men and women of the South, or, such volunteers with personal or family ties that could be spared, would go a long way to restoring national pride. They have the training, they have the discipline, and I would bet my last dime they have the burning need to come home and help. Am I hopelessly simplistic in my approach, or have any of you heard of something of the sort in the works? What do the rest of you think? Also, I know where to send what little money I can spare, but has anyone heard of trucks or transport planes taking in basic household supplies or clothing to the disaster areas? When the Mexico City earthquake happened years ago, the Salvation Army locally took every blanket, shovel, etc. they could load into trucks, and flew them down to help shelter and dig out the victims. My family stripped our household and garden shed down to the necessities and sent everything then that we could. Right now, I am at about the worst position I have ever been in financially, but I have been blessed with a lot of material goods. I had been making up boxes of clothing, baby clothes, and blankets, etc. to donate to the Mission here locally as soon as my daughter could take them over to Pasco. I am embarrassed as to the excess that I have been harboring in my closets and storage, when there were folks in need here locally. If there is any material relief being arranged to fly in clothing, blankets, or even tents to help shelter people, I want to know who and where, because that is something that I would be able to do. If anyone hears about such a thing, or will be going personally in a way that they could take supplies along, please email me, or look up Ruth Pierson, West Richland in the phone directory and call me. Thanks again to the list for being such a wonderful caring group of people. I know that we are all so grateful that Maren and the others we have been concerned for have been protected the way they have. Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) To: Ruth Russell ('71) You asked if trucks of supplies are being sent to the disaster stricken area. In fact, I know that the federal government ramped up their response as early as Saturday, August 27 to respond to the disaster. My husband is the assoc. administrator for the federal motor carrier safety administration and rec'd a phone call from Secretary Mineta's office on the 27th and was given the Fed DOT plans for responding. He worked furiously that night and into the early hours Sunday morning to coordinate efforts with his staff located throughout the country in order to set up plans to get trucks that were loaded with generators and other supplies through all of the major interstates throughout the country as efficiently as possible. Some of these trucks were carrying huge pieces of heavy equipment and generators that were used to restart the pumps to drain "NO" of the murky, toxic water. They are also being used to restart the pumps carrying much needed petroleum to the northeast area of the country as gas stations were beginning to shut down throughout that area in order to begin conservation. He also coordinated efforts to send caravans of busses to carry people from the Dome to Houston and refrigerated trucks loaded with food and which will also be used (not at the same time) to store human corpses found. Some of these loads were so big it required closing interstates and acquiring state police cooperation in every state to allow the trucks to go through without being weighed or stopped for routine safety checks. If this small federal agency had to accomplish all of this, imagine the magnitude of all federal agencies' coordination of their respective responsibilities. I have heard on TV and other media that the feds were slow to respond, however, I know first hand that operations to help this devastated area began immediately. Could it have been better? Absolutely. But many people were and are being saved and hopefully our economy won't react adversely because of this response. I just hope that there will be more focus on uniting during this time and helping all of these Americans to get their lives and health back. -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/08/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Norma Boswell ('53) Curt Donahue ('53), Mike Clowes ('54) Nick Nelson ('56), Mary Judd ('60) Larry Mattingly ('60), Patricia Rediske ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Nancy Mallory ('64) Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Armstrong ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Adele Paulsen ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: The 09/07/05 posting by Lynn Noble Paden ('72) Well said Lynn!!! The uninformed bandwagon, in a rush to judgement, has been dashing the other way far too long. Your comments took courage. I'm proud of you and your husband. -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Norma Boswell ('53) Re: Katrina, inspired by the following epigram: "... what usually happens to people whose lips we cannot read has happened here." Kathleen Parker (in the Orlando Sentinel) Lip Reading by Norma Boswell, September 2005 A hundred thousand victims scream. Theres murder in the air. Lake Ponchartrain has burst its dike. Flood water will not spare the hapless ones who own no car. Oh, Lord! The working poor, unsmiling kids, immobile old are swept without a floor to shore their feet. The citys built too low. Sea reclaims land. The hurricane roars on to states that are disaster-planned, but where is help? The death toll climbs, resources on all sides. Our top command receives the blame. Frustration builds, derides our human faults. Yet earth sets traps on lands both far and near. Compassion builds as people find no place is safe from fear. Love to my compassionate Bomber friends, -Norma Boswell ('53) ~ hoping to see you in hometown Richland this weekend at the Club-40 Reunion **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) Re: Katrina Relief Transportation Thank you for revealing some facts. It seems most people want to lay blame before they want to help, no matter what the situation. Good job!! -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) From: "The Polls Have Closed" Dept. Here are the standings as the count-down to the party begins: Class of '45 - 1 Class of '46 - 2 Class of '47 - 6 Class of '48 - 5 Class of '49 - 8 Class of '50 - 2 Class of '51 - 5 Class of '52 - 27 Class of '53 - 17 Class of '54 - 21 Class of '55 - 93 Class of '56 - 11 Class of '57 - 9 Class of '58 - 11 Class of '59 - 11 Class of '60 - 51 Class of '61 - 8 Class of '62 - 4 Class of '63 - 1 Class of '70 - 1 The latest count has 336 Bombers and guests filling the room on Friday night, and 249 coming back for the Saturday night feast. This is sort of a low-key party this year, no "live" entertainment, but there will be a raffle both nights. Just sorry that the Classes of '64 and '65 couldn't make it. Maybe next year. As the missing Dick McCoy says: "See you 'round the pool." -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) ~ the Weather Channel predicts monsoons in the Willamette Valley for this weekend. [Frankly, Robert, this strikes me as a perfect excuse to come to Bombeville this weekend. -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nick Nelson ('56) To: the Club-40 members who will be attending the annual reunion this week-end. I'm sure that many of you remember Olympia Beer and the labels with the dots. For many 'BOMBERS' this was the beer of choice. Club-40 will be holding a silent auction for an 'Olympia' pony keg that was donated by Janet Forby Padgett, Class of '60. This keg is a real collectors item, with the original plug and a very low serial number. It's in great condition and will compliment any bar or recreation room. It would make a fantastic conversation piece or a wonderful occasional table; just add a glass top. The proceeds from this auction will go to the Conley/Richey Scholarship Fund. So, bring your checkbook or lots of cash; the club can't process 'plastic'. Bomber Cheers, -Nick Nelson ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) To: Patti Mathis ('60) Re: Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund I am in agreement with your statement that we "not forget our animal friends that have also been devastated by the hurricane." The Humane Society of the United States has set up an emergency Disaster Relief Fund. Anyone wanting to help in the animal rescue and recovery effort may go to and make a donation either by mailing a check or using their credit card on this secure site. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: J Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Relief Funds Finally got home, just before daylight this morning. While I am home for a short time washing and packing to get back on the road, I will get out my check book and send the promised $100 to Jeanie for disbursement. It will be in the mail this afternoon. To: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) Additional on the relief effort in trucking. As a member of the Washington Trucking Association, my company receives a frequent feed of information on trucking regulations and other items of interest. A recent Federal DOT bulletin also announced a temporary release from strict "Hours of Service Rules" for all drivers in the relief effort. This allows them to drive longer hours between mandatory rest periods thus getting the supplies there sooner. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ Among other places I will be is Spokane on the 17th, where we will do a medium display for the re-opening of the Monroe Street Bridge. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) Re: Katrina donations Yup, I should have been clearer about the Thrivant matching fund thing. What I was hoping to convey, is that we can (must) all try to look for ways to extend our donations by looking for sources that will match our contributions. For most of us that will be a job, a fraternal organization, or -- in the case of Thrivant -- an insurance company. As far as donating goods: every place that I have looked is pretty much unanimous about not sending "stuff" unless you go through a specific organization that is going to be responsible for transportation and distribution, and this is why: there are few, to no warehouses for storage and sorting, no people to sort, guard, distribute the "stuff", no way to transport it from location to location, etc., etc., etc. If you want to see a discussion about the tons of clothing that were bulldozed into the ground after Hurricane Andrew, just check out the Thrivant web site Anyway, just hook yourself up with a reputable charity, faith-based or not, and do what they ask. If you have a burning desire to donate things, do it at the local level. America is so good at responding in an emergency, and not so good at always noticing the day-to-day needs right under our noses (wherever we are); there are always food banks, clothing distribution centers for working wardrobes, etc., even places that help outfit the kids who need something nice so they can go to a prom or other dance, baby layettes, quilts and blankets for the homeless, knitted caps, gloves and scarfs for the cold and homeless, jeans and phone cards for homeless teens in all the major metropolitan areas; bathrobes, slippers, stationary for the elderly in retirement homes who have no one to visit them, or help supply their needs; bath towels and toiletries for hygiene centers (read: a place where you can get a bath and wash your clothes while living under a downtown bridge); the list and the needs are endless. Each one, reach one, Peace, -Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63) ~ Lynnwood, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) [Yep, folks; ya wants to see what Maren is up to, ya goes to her website! -Richard] Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) To: Maren Re: Katrina Katrina did indeed come through just east of Jackson, TN. They say the east side is the one you have to watch especially for tornados (which devastated this town a couple of years ago). We lost power for a short time during the night and had half a dead tree come down. I lived in Vicksburg, MS for almost 30 years -- a friend there tells me a few thousand are still without power. Their schools closed last week -- opened back up this week. She said Jackson, MS still hasn't restarted school. Some of the storm victims are here in Jackson, TN. The scope of this storm and its after effects are mind boggling. Some states are scrambling to place kids in school (and we all know that many schools are overcrowded, understaffed, and under-financed), hopefully some kind of regular routine will help them. My son-in-law went to Monroe, LA to help his friend who was working at a seminary in NOLA. He and his new wife are OK, but may have lost all due to flooding. Re: mail Just looked at Maren's website about Katrina. Reading about getting no mail reminded me: a couple of years ago when tornados devastated this town one of the structures destroyed was our main post office. It was a concrete building! At the time hundreds of power lines were down -- just really massive destruction. Nearly everything has been rebuilt, relocated, etc. now. What nature can dish out, we need to respect! My prayers will be with all those whose lives are now changed due to the storm. -Nancy Mallory Johnson ('64) ~ sunny today in Jackson, TN and not quite as hot **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Gene Latendresse ('52) Searching for the whereabouts of Eugene (Gene) Latendresse from the Class of 1952. Mail, email, or phone number would be appreciated. -Gary Behymer ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/09/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Deputy Editor Richard's Commentary: 1) Maren will be back at the editor's desk tomorrow. She is getting settled in at her sister's house, her Katrina website is up and running, and she welcomes having something to do. [Aside: can you even begin to imagine being one of the refugees? The mind-numbing boredom associated with not having a job and having no money, and, and, and.....?] 2) You will be seeing me back at the desk for a short time when everything gets settled down and everybody moves back to wherever. 3) THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!!! =====> John Browne, Jr. ('61) (the Pride of Vashon Island) has a problem with his email (he uses, poor boy) in that the mail server at <> rejects anything from him. So, WE NEVER SEE HIS SUBMISSIONS! John somehow assumed that he was on some sort of "blacklist". NOBODY (well, except for ONE singularly noisome individual whom Maren has "kill-filed" on her computer (I still see the rubbish!)) is on any "blacklist"; we don't have one. If you send something to the Sandstorm and nothing happens, ASK US ABOUT IT. You can send an email directly to me at one of my Yahoo addresses <rvta_richland[AT]> to bypass the <> email system; or directly to Maren at <vegas68[AT]>. We will get whatever problem there is sorted out. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Burt Pierard ('59), Patti Mathis ('60) Jim Hamilton ('63), Frank Whiteside ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Ruth Russell ('71) Lynn Noble ('72), Kerry Steichen ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bob Clancy ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Erlynn Belliston ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Ann Vosse (63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Bazemore ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: More R-Cloud logos on RHS uniforms Check out the attached picture of part of the RHS Girl's Cross-country team and note the R-Cloud logo on their shorts. I have no idea if this is a recent addition or not. Further info on the RHS baseball team: They have had the R-Cloud logos on their uniforms (and later on their hats too) continuously since the spring of 1989, the first year after Scott Woodward left coaching at RHS. Indications are that the R-Cloud logos might very well be on all sports uniforms now, but I haven't researched that. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis ('60) To: Mary Judd ('60) Thanks Mary for putting the Humane Society of the United States web site up. I totally forgot. -Patti Mathis ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) I heard from the two Franks yesterday. Frank Whiteside ('63) called to say that he's home, has power, limited cable, no internet, and friends in high places now that he's stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom at the Chief of Police's house in some little town in Louisiana. Osgard ('63WB) on the other hand wanted to volunteer his services in New Orleans, figuring that his experience of swimming in the Yakima River as a kid would make all that flood water in New Orleans seem like a Club Med vacation. Semper Bomberus jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Home sweet home!! Just wanted to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during our recent ordeal with Katrina. My internet just came up today (9/8), and I had 287 e-mails (many were spam) Whew! Hope I'm not gone this long again! Anyway, we are fine. The house sustained minimal roof damage (shingles) as did my sister-in-law's house next door. My storage shed was destroyed, and we lost about $500 worth of refrigerator and freezer food. Some houses were untouched on our block, and some had severe roof damage. As for two-story homes, we came out about the best. Anyway, we are very lucky, but many others are really in bad shape -- no jobs or homes. We came home last Sunday when the electricity came on, so we are back in the usual routine except that my cell phone won't work on our street, and we can't call anyone locally in certain area codes. We can make some long-distance calls. We are still not getting any mail service, the garbage hasn't been picked up in nearly 2 weeks, and credit cards and checks are not being accepted locally. Food and gas are pretty scarce as well, but we are okay because we can drive to Houma (about 30 miles away) and get both and, luckily, we got cash advances before we returned. We still can't use our main bank account to pay bills yet but think that will change before too long. My son's house ended up with some wind damage, and he lost his shed. His father-in-law lost his farm, cattle, crops, and farm equipment and is out of business. We don't know about his house yet. My wife's first cousin, who is an ophthalmologist at Tulane, and his wife are staying with us for a while. They were evacuated with their two pet birds (after wading through chest-deep water) by a Blackhawk helicopter. Anyway, I'm really glad Maren, Kent and Pat Hamrick, Jon McDougal, and others are okay. Keep up the generous giving to those MANY who are in unbelievable need. Tons of people have NO homes or jobs. Bombers are the BEST!!! -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA (St. Charles Parish) and 30 minutes from the NOLA Airport **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Re: Regarding a misunderstanding..... -------------------------------------------------- Re: The 09/07/05 posting by Lynn Noble Paden ('72) Well said Lynn!!! The uninformed bandwagon, in a rush to judgement, has been dashing the other way far too long. Your comments took courage. I'm proud of you and your husband. -Jim Jensen ('50) and To: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) Re: Katrina Relief Transportation Thank you for revealing some facts. It seems most people want to lay blame before they want to help, no matter what the situation. Good job!! -Curt Donahue ('53) ------------------------------------------------------ About the above posts, which were written to applaud Lynn's response to my post: I am not sure if I am misunderstanding here or not, but if something in my post sounded to these gentlemen as if I wanted to play the blame game, or go political with my own agenda, nothing was further from the truth. What I was trying to express was that, yes, of course, when everyone is safe and the present urgency is addressed, the folks in charge at all levels will want to look for ways to be better prepared for the next bad hurricane, and will want to put in place strategies for a more immediate response. Writing my post from the position of just having had my eyes opened to just how great a need existed, what I was really after was information: information about whether the southern military personnel were being allowed to come home to help, and information about any local efforts involving material goods, rather than cash only donations, which for me is in short supply. I readily admit to being naive about what constitutes a really effective response to such needs. The thought that material relief that had been donated, like clothing, had to be bulldozed into landfill following Hurricane Andrew is saddening, but I can understand why it could happen. Patricia Rediske Weatherman ('63), who gave a wonderful answer on why such donations are impractical, also expressed my own thoughts on helping locally. Our family, albeit in a small way, has always been involved in some kind of effort to pay back to the community. When my brother Lloyd ('67RIP) was going through some hard times during junior high and high school, my dad volunteered with the Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps as a chaperone and fundraiser. It was his way of helping my brother and other kids find something worthwhile that would keep them out of trouble. My sister Edna ('65) worked with Special Olympics. My mom set an example for us by making our home a place of refuge for a lot of folks: from babies, to high school age, to the elderly; sharing time, clothing, bedding, home cooking, and a whole lot of chocolate chip cookies. Looking back, for someone who didn't drive a car or hold a formal job and who was the epitome of a stay-at-home wife and mother, she made an awful lot of difference during her life. She grew up taking care of eleven younger siblings when her mother became an invalid, and she kept on adopting elderly folks and young'uns for the next sixty odd years. When she died, her extensive teddy bear collection, which were just about the only "special" things she kept for herself, went to the local police to be handed out to kids in crisis due to domestic violence. "Each one, reach one" could have been her personal motto. I hope that someday, when I am gone, that will prove to have been the legacy I leave behind as well. I really appreciated Lynn's answer to my questions ("have any of you heard of something of the sort in the works? What do the rest of you think?") because that was what I was after --answers. I had already packed up most of the goods I was discussing, to send to the Mission in Pasco. That's where my daughters and I generally donate to. I was just considering, via the Sandstorm, whether it would be a good idea to send anything that would be of any use to the hard-hit folks in New Orleans, etc., since their need was more immediate, considering the good weather here. What she shared about her own family's efforts put ours to shame, but I am so grateful to Lynn, her husband, and all the hard working folks she described. Such people turn disasters into testaments of the endurance and the generosity of the human spirit. She ended with "I just hope that there will be more focus on uniting during this time and helping all of these Americans to get their lives and health back." That is our prayer as well. Again, to Jim Jensen ('50) and Curt Donahue ('53), my apologies for not wording my thoughts more coherently. Thankfully, some folks, like Susan Nussbaum Reeb ('63), were able to grasp my intention, and responded to my request for help deciding how to donate, and reassuring me that sensible things were happening regarding letting local servicemen and women help. She wrote me that, "... everything is happening that you suggest. The government has brought servicemen and women home from Iraq, realizing that they aren't effective there when they are worried about their families here. The number I heard was 300. Every state is sending supplies, as you suggest. For instance, I live in Idaho, and our Guard has transported airplanes full of supplies and brought back elderly people to live in a nursing home in Nampa. The evening news showed them arriving and being greeted by our governor and health care folks. There were 40 in the first group; I'm not sure if the second group has arrived or not. Some people have made their way here with the help of family. Churches and others have organized to gather and sort clothing, etc., to send with the planes that are going." The post yesterday from J Larry Mattingly ('60) on trucking also brought clarity to the situation. I am proud to share membership in this group with Susan, Lynn, Patricia, Maren, and all the rest of you who are trying so hard to make a difference. I apologize for this being such a long post, and I thank you for listening, and for emailing me. Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lynn Noble Paden ('72) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Thanks for the kudos but I sent the entry to provide information and hopefully some balance to this situation. My husband (and many other public servants) could be working in the private sector making a heck of lot more money and spending fewer hours every day, but has answered his call to public service (remember JFK's plea) for the second time in his career. Now, my husband is a "big boy" and, after 27 years of public service with the Oregon State Police, he doesn't let the narrowly focused, self-serving media get to him. But, when his and others' hard work is overshadowed in the media with remarks such as "incompetence", it does get my dander up! Hence, what seems like courage is actually my "lioness instinct" coming forth to guard my family. To: J Larry Mattingly ('60) I'm glad the hours of service rules were relaxed for all --but doubt it will last long, so enjoy it while you can. Were you in Tampa a couple of weeks ago for the National Trucking Conference? That was my first and I really enjoyed it. I've always known that driving the "big rigs" takes more skill than one could imagine but the display of "precision driving" was amazing to me! It was also a joy to meet so many trucking families! -Lynn Noble Paden ('72) "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice. "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where," said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kerry A Steichen ('74) I got this email. Is this a new site or just one that wants to do the same as the Sandstorm? ------------------------------------------------ Text of email follows: ------------------------------------------------ If you have not already done so then please take a moment to Register today for the new Alumni Archive for Richland High School! Please click below and select the Register button to make up your login. http://www[dot]RichlandHS[dot]com/ If the link above is not clickable then just copy and paste it into your browser and select Go. ------------------------------------------------ -Kerry A Steichen ('74) [Kerry, this is a website akin to Classmates[dot]com. The outfit running the site registered a bazillion domain names for high schools around the nation and is attempting to populate each site with email addresses and whatnot by inducing people to register. As far as I can tell it isn't a phishing or spamming operation; then again, unless you like sites such as Classmates there isn't any compelling reason to register. And, like Classmates, it makes its money by requiring you to pay to see any of the useful content. -Richard] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/10/05 Dateline: Zachary, LA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FROM THE EDITOR I'm Baaaack!!! Thank you, Richard Anderson ('60) for publishing the Alumni Sandstorm during all this Hurricane Katrina mess. I feel more like myself than I did before I got my computer up and running here at my sister's home. All evacuees (and my sister) are doing well and hope we don't have to impose on my sister too much longer. You may see a duplicate entry or two... -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Bill Hightower ('49), Curt Donahue ('53), Derrith Persons ('60) Jan Bollinger ('60), Mike Brady ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Carolyn Moore ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Connie Dean ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doreen Hallenbeck ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Donna Fredette ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Devine ('69) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Doug Sansom & Betty Conner ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Hightower ('49) To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) and Vera Smith Robbins ('58) Shannon Craig Gross ('50) and I will join you all for lunch on the 10th at the J D Diner. I fly into Vista Field tomorrow (9/8) for a week or so. - Bill Hightower ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Curt Donahue ('53) To: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) I thought nothing of the kind regarding your post. My response was directed solely at Lynn Noble Paden's ('72) message, because what she stated flies in the face of the media and many of the politicians who attempt to make hay from every catastrophe that befalls mankind. Your message was very thoughtful and deserving of equally thoughtful consideration. I'm sorry that you felt my comments were directed at yours. -Curt Donahue ('53) ~ Federal Way, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Derrith Persons Dean ('60) Re: Birthday wishes Good morning! I would like to wish Connie Dean O Neil ('60) a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Today I hope you are enjoying Club 40!! Today is our class of '60 reunion... thank you for all your work on it. More FUN memories... -Derrith Persons Dean ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Pet Rescue Another organization that is rescuing pets orphaned by Katrina is Noah's Wish. You can read their Disaster Update report at Like you, I am very happy to know that these organizations are on the scene. -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Hurricane Katrina I just returned home from a two week trip to Peru. What a shock it was to hear of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. We first heard about the hurricane on the Wednesday following the storm from Freddy, a 16 year old street kid selling post cards in Cusco, Peru. While I was in Peru, I learned about the goodness and kindness of the people of that country, and when I returned to the United States, I was once again reminded of the wonderful humanity of the people in the United States and throughout the world when the chips are down! -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) About Virginia Ehrig ('58)... I haven't been able to find her email address since I returned home, but I did learn from our mutual friend, Mary Ann, that she has returned to the Methow Valley, and is usually staying there with her. Cards and letters can be sent to Virginia at [address and phone # deleted for Virginia's privacy. Email Helen if you want them -Maren] As we see all the destruction, and loss of life around us, let us make use of each hour that we have. As those of us who believe, God is watching over. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Carmichael Junior High School -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carolyn Moore ('65) Can someone tell me the date for the 1965 graduation ceremony and how many people were in our class? Please write to me. Thanks. -Carolyn Moore ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >> Willis Weichel ('49) ~ 7/31/31 - 8/25/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/11/05 ~ WE REMEMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Millie Gregg ('54) Patti Mathis ('60), Ruth Russell ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Wingfield ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Ingram ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heidi Davis ('00) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Katrina Musings To: Ruth Russell Pierson ('71) Curt Donahue ('53), in his 9/10/05 posting, expressed my sentiments to a tee. In my earlier remarks I simply wanted to express my unqualified thanks to Lynn Noble Paden ('72) for describing efforts and events as they actually were. A mere few hours after the hurricane had passed out of the New Orleans area the nay saying, hate America first crowds were getting their licks in on TV telling our nation how rotten the government and most of us are. These are the same people who always speak without having possession of all of the facts. Greater New Orleans, before Katrina, had a population between 1.3 and 1.4 million souls cramped into a comparatively small area. Katrina had crunched it and made it an extremely dangerous place to be (for the most part)... downed electrical wires, fires, flooding, etc. There was no problem in flying a few helicopters into the area. No problem in bringing a few small boats into the area. Can anyone imagine what resources would be necessary to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people? Such resources couldn't even be located - anywhere - by anyone - within the first few days. Thank God for all those (including many of the victims of the hurricane) who sacrificed their lives to save others. Those people put America and its citizens first!!!! -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) WELCOME BACK LADY Missed you last night at Club 40 - just wasn't the same. Glad you have your computer up and running. Richard did a great job, though. Later, -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Thanks Jan, the site was very informative... was almost afraid (but not quite) to broach the subject of animals with all the human suffering.. and am very relieved I was not perceived as some nut case. (at least not on this subject). -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ruth Russell ('71) Re: Yesterday's post from Curt Donahue ('53) Dear Curt--- Thank you for your entry yesterday---I really appreciated it. Sometimes circumstances cause misunderstandings, but the great thing is when folks, like you, go an extra mile they don't have to, in order to fix a false impression. I must apologize for not emailing you first to ask you just what you meant by your remarks before I posted my reply. When I read the entries, and the way they were placed, it seemed like a direct response to my post, and I confess that I felt swatted, sort of like an annoying fly... You were, of course, absolutely right to applaud Lynn Noble ('72) for her comments regarding the shameless politicking that is being indulged in at a time when everyone's first priority must be to restore safety and reunite families. I am slowly learning that it is nearly always the best policy to sit down for a very long moment and think before sending off an email, just in case the brain decides to kick in with an alternate plan of action that shows more respect for the other party. Until then, I beg your patience, and thank you for your graciousness. Keep well and keep safe, -Ruth Russell ('71) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/12/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Michael Ragland ('57) Gary Behymer ('64), Betti Avant ('69) Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Baird ('46) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: 1955 Bomber reunion Good morning Sandstormers. I know most of you have been up for hours, but this old body has only just finished breakfast. My throat is very sore from trying to talk to so many fellow Bombers at the big Club 40 bash last night. It was fun as always and those of you who couldn't make it must try to come next year. My "Not A Bomber" friend even enjoyed it. I never did make it around to all the bulletin boards full of photos and mementos. Hard to get the bi-focals adjusted to that height. Of course the highlight of the weekend was the Class Of '55 special event held on Saturday afternoon at the new Community Center in Howard Amon Park. It is a beautiful facility and much more glamorous than the old Community House where we all went to Hi-Spot dances. Our party was located in the Riverview room and we could all sit and watch the park activity and river traffic, but rather than that for the most part we were listening and watching our own show inside. Richard Johnson did a fine job of filling Tom Tracy's shoes as master of the ceremony. His ability to come in at the last moment without rehearsal was a blessing for the committee as we were all disappointed that Tom Tracy could not be with us. Just wait 'till he finds out who all was there! Thanks Richard for helping out. Mitch Miller would have been horrified at our pitiful attempts to sing along with Pat Acton Jonson and Carol Hollingsworth Entrikin. It seems the only song of the 1955 Hit Parade that was not about unrequited love or some other sadness was the peppy version of Teresa Brewer's "Music Music Music." Thanks to Margery Hurst Dickinson for bringing her group of "Seasoned Steppers" to the party for our entertainment. They were quite a lively bunch and well enjoyed. We were all amazed that Loren Claunch could hold his pucker so long and create such beautiful sounds in his whistling routine. Thanks a bunch Loren! We had a few spur of the moment words of wisdom and humor from Dick Roach, Tom Graham and Roger "Lovable" Myers to fill a bit of time while we waited for the Richland High School Band to appear. Well worth waiting for I must say. No holds barred when they broke out in the Fight Song. Bomber blood stays in your veins forever. Sue Bridges Olson could hardly contain herself and I must admit I had chills myself. The band gifted us with a few more numbers and everyone seemed happy to hear them. I think I even heard Dick Elverude and Dave Forrest singing along! A more somber note was the releasing of green and gold balloons at the calling of each name of the deceased classmates. As each one drifted upward and through the trees, we had a mental picture of their vibrancy in life. We celebrate them and know they are not forgotten. All who were there had a wonderful time I'm sure and we owe it all to the still beautiful and very good hearted Sharon Templeman Watts. She did a superior job of organizing this party and pulling it off like a pro. Thank you so much. Thanks too to Ted and Billie Lawell Neth for the great job on our memory books. The rest of the evening was more relaxed and I have to say that all the "girls" are still pretty and the guys, well.........they look a little older. Except, of course Lonnie Whitner and Dave Belcher. Many of us carry around a few more pounds than we did in 1955, but we are so old now that it doesn't seem to bother us. We are NOT too old to have fun however, and that is what we did. You shoulda' been there!! -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ in cloudy and cool Richland (Bomberville) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Michael Ragland ('57) Maren, Have followed your exile as you reported to. Thankful that you are all safe and have suffered a relatively small amount of loss in your home. Of course, we are all seeing the devastation from the television perspective. One comment that I wanted to make, which you can somehow convert to the Sandstorm if you wish, is that the news here (in Seattle) happily reported that a number of pets have been evacuated to a shelter in Tacoma, where they will be available for adoption in the immediate future. While I applaud the saving of the pets, it would seem more humane to attempt to allow the original owners to claim their pets. Not sure how that could be done, perhaps with photos placed on line or with someone who could help the owners know the location of the animals. I know that I would be devastated if I had been forced to leave an animal and could never know what happened to it, even if I could not retrieve it. Keep up the good work and stay safe and dry. -Michael Ragland ('57) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [A friend of mine from Chelan is flying into Baton Rouge Tuesday and will work with an animal rescue group for a week. I'll sure ask if her group has some method for reuniting pets with owners. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) There are a number of 1950s parade photos for sale on eBay...recognize anyone? -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Welcome back Maren. I'm glad you are well. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) I've been on a cruise ship for the past week and paying big money to go online--so I let my Sandstorms wait. Was there a big storm somewhere? -Brad Upton ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/13/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Missy Keeney ('59), Carol Converse ('64), Jim Adair ('66) and Kathie Moore ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Howard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Clugston ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Standefer ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Paul Hodson ('05) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steven Adair ('08) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) BERT WELLS IS COMING TO RICHLAND! Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 at the Richland Community Center. Bert is putting on his show for us, and it should be a lot of fun. Please come and show Bert a great Tri-City welcome. Some of you remember that Bert had a children's TV show back in the '50s called Buckaroo Time. He did that for a few years, went to college, taught high school for 4 years and was a professor at Eastern Oregon University where he taught competitive speech. During these years he also went to Micronesia where he taught English to teachers there--AND spent many years on the Knife and Fork and Dinner Club circuit around the U.S. During that time he won "Best Speaker of the Year" twice. He kept this up for several years, even after retiring from teaching. A couple of years ago he moved back to Yakima--but didn't stop there! He started entertaining at Senior Centers and Retirement homes to "keep young"! Thanks to Linda Belliston Boehning ('63), Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) and Sue Garrison Pritchett ('58), I contacted him and he agreed to do a show for us. Since then he has also been booked at Charbonneau Gracious Living in Kennewick, Alterra Wynwood in Richland and a third one I cannot remember the name of. Tickets are $4 in advance at the Community Center or $5 at the door on Sunday. Or call me at 946-5385 and I will give you more info, sell you tickets, or whatever. Please join us Sunday the 18th at 1:00 and show Bert a great Tri-Cities welcome! And another note: The Richland Seniors Association is sponsoring an all-ages dance Friday, September 16th from 1:00 - 4:00 at the Richland Community Center. The Easy Swing Band plays great music for dancing and listening. Tickets are always just $4 at the door and refreshments are served. Please join us! And I would like to make another plug for a dance: There is an Adult/Senior dance at the Sausage Fest at Christ the King School in Richland on Saturday September 17th from noon to about 4:00. The Tri- City Herald gave the wrong time in the paper so we hope this catches a lot of people that might be interested. Swing Unlimited, a 21-piece band plays the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and others--all for only $5! Please join them--and enjoy sausage at a discounted price. -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Re: Pets Maren, I, also, was hoping that there would be an intensive effort, i.e. on line photos and details, for reuniting pets with their owners. Some of us were talking at Club 40 and agreeing that we would have stayed and drowned with our dogs rather than be separated from them. I know that sounds foolish but people's pets are often essential to their health (mental and physical) or well being. I guess those terms are interchangeable. My dog happens to be "portable" (she's pretty small and fits in my backpack) and therefore easier to take with me places but if she were larger she wouldn't mean any less to me. I'm anxious to know what you find out about the process. Welcome back, by the way! -Missy Keeney ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Hi Maren - I just got back from vacation and was anxious to read your entries into the Sandstorm about your adventures with Katrina. Am very happy that you and the other Bombers are safe and sound. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - back to the fog once again. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Adair ('66) and Kathie Moore Adair ('69) September 13, 2005 -- Steven Adair will be sixteen. He will graduate as a Bomber in the year 2008. We want to wish him a very special Happy Birthday. Love, Dad and Mom -Jim Adair ('66) and Kathie Moore Adair ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/14/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers and 1 Bomber Spouse sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Mrs. Kent Hamrick ('53), Hal Smith ('56), Gary Persons ('57) & Jan Bollinger ('60) Darlene Minard ('60), Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Frank Whiteside ('63), Bill Wingfield ('67) Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sheila Ramerman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vicki Owens ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Melissa Holmes ('92) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Club 40 For those in this area that did not attend: SHAME ON YOU. I had a good time. I wish to thank each and every one of you who stopped me and said you enjoyed reading my entries in the Alumni Sandstorm. As I told most of you I am a frustrated writer. And those of you who were astonished that I could remember things so far back. I've noticed in the past 6 months that my short term memory is shot to heck. I was amazed at the number of people at Club 40 whose parents that I had worked with (or brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc.). A lot of us can't hear - it was like being glued to each other when we were talking. Wasn't that noise level terrible Friday night? Wonder what Shilo can do about that? The print keeps getting smaller for some reason (I noticed people bent over trying to read the badges). I have a strange request. I can only use Camay face soap - the rest make my face swell up like a toad. I found out that Proctor and Gamble (P&G) has quit making Camay. For years I have saved Camay slivers. Does anyone know how to remake soap out of these slivers? Would appreciate help with this. September 14, 1944, my family, the Clarks (Juantia and Marian), and another lady left Kings Mills, OH for Pasco - on the train. We arrived in Pasco on September 17th and had to live in a Pasco hotel until they fumigated our house (we had bedbugs) and came into Richland during one of those "termination winds". We were going across the Yakima River bridge and it was so dusty that we could not see the bridge. This was just days before the startup of B Reactor. My dad was working at B when it started up (graveyard shift). He came home and said if the world only knew what they were making out there they would be scared to death. That's all he ever said about that subject until they finally announced that we were making parts of the atomic bomb. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - weather has cooled down. Love it!******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mrs. Kent Hamrick ('53) For those of you who asked about pets and the aftermath of Katrina. We here in the Slidell, LA area have been very fortunate to have a group here called Noah's Rescue. They have taken in many dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and all sorts of odd animals. They keep good track of who they belong to, and/or where they were found. They have helped the people here with food and other necessities for their animals. They are fostering out as they can animals that can not go home at this time, and even shipping some of the unwanted and stray animals to other states for safe keeping. They have been wonderful and caring to all of us that have come in contact with them or in need of services. Anyone wanting to send them a donation can get them at the following site. We are fortunate that we have all are family here now with us. All are doing well and we thank all the Bombers for their prayers and concern. -Pat Hamrick, aka Mrs. Kent Hamrick ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) I think the only one who had a worse Saturday than the U.W. Huskies was my brother, Pook ('63). He and his wonderful wife, Maribeth, were getting ready to leave Queen Ann Hill for Husky stadium when the Pookster was attacked by an as yet to be diagnosed condition and ended up at Swedish Hospital in Ballard. He is presently in I.C.U. I know Bombers everywhere will be rooting for him. I'll keep you informed as soon as I know more. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Spokane Bomber Lunch We're a little late getting out notice of the Spokane Bomber lunch after a weekend of rousing fun at reunions in Richland! We are reminded of just how exhausting all that laughing can be--and what a sense of fulfillment we're left with when the party is over. Thanks to every member of the 1960 reunion committee and Club 40 for a great weekend! And now, on to more Bomber fun here in Spokane... DATE: Sunday, September 18, 2005 COFFEE: 11:30 AM LUNCH: 12:30 PM PLACE: The Cathay Inn (Chinese and American menu) ADDRESS: 3714 North Division (Look for the tall sign on the east side of the street.) PRICE: Most lunches $5.95 - $7.95 Please make your lunch reservation as soon as possible. All Bombers, spouses and guests are welcome! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) -Gary Persons ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Minard Mortensen ('60) To: Everyone who made our reunion a success Thank you for all the hard work you do to make our reunions a success. I thoroughly enjoyed renewing old friendships last week at our class's 45th reunion. We had it in conjunction with Club 40's reunion and everything was first rate. I'd try to thank each of you individually but I know I'd miss someone. Sincerely, -Darlene Minard Mortensen ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Hi Maren - We're glad you are safe - and pray that you will be back home soon - Thanks to everyone in Richland and the Club 40 Board who worked so hard to make the Club 40 Reunion a success - it was wonderful. And, Thanks to the 1960 Committee for all their hard work to make our 45th Reunion a success - it truly was a success. Seeing people I hadn't seen for 45 years was great - seeing how people had changed - or not changed - isn't life interesting?! Won't list names because I would surely miss someone! - But thanks to ALL of you! -Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) ~ Vancouver, WA - where I sure hope the sun shines tomorrow! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Re: Nightmare or Ground Hog Day? It seems that since Katrina wreaked havoc on the Metro New Orleans area that waking up every day seems like a nightmare in the Bermuda Triangle or possibly like the movie "Ground Hog Day." When I turn on the TV, the local stations are STILL monopolized by more and more stories about death and destruction. The New Orleans newspaper is about an eighth of an inch thick and is almost entirely devoted to the storm and its aftereffects. When I drive the few miles to Highway 90, the old highway that connects Westbank New Orleans and Downtown via the Crescent City Connection, it resembles a speedway with thousands of cars, police, emergency and military vehicles flying by in both directions with no particular destination in mind. Our local stores are jammed to the gills with people standing outside in lines waiting to get in to shop. People are walking around in a daze with grim faces. I feel as if I'm living in the Twilight Zone during the Great Depression or WWII. While shopping in a Wal*Mart in Houma, LA the other night, I noticed the shelves were striped bare of many items and people seemed to be shopping as if in a panic. Signs read "No liquor sold after 8 pm" and "No gun or ammo sales." Many credit and debit cards were not working when people attempted to use them. We went into a local store and had to be let in by the owner after we rang a doorbell. All kinds of shady characters are roaming the highways and seem to have spread a kind of paranoia since the shooting, murders, rapes and assaults in the city. I keep wondering when or if things will ever be normal again. We have had no garbage pickup since before the storm hit. Mail delivery started a few days ago, but I have only received about 3 pieces of mail and can't seem to get the mail picked up. Local phone service is almost non-existent. I have tried to make calls locally as early as 5 am and as late as 11 pm with no success. Getting someone to repair damage or to get any other kind of service is nearly impossible. In spite of all the insanity, I feel really grateful that our isolated little "Pleasantville" survived with minor damage. A few homes had major damage, some had minor damage and others no damage at all. We were extremely lucky!! The water stopped 8 feet below our levee, although we apparently had sustained winds of around 130 miles an hour and nearby gusts of 152 mph. Today my wife and I spent the day at a local church helping to distribute food and supplies to hundreds of people who lost their jobs and homes. I hope that our Bomber brothers and sisters continue to help as much as they have already. I thank you on behalf of all those who have been saved by your generosity. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~ Bayou Gauche, LA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Maren, Thanks for the [Alumni Sandstorm] Dues reminder, Maren. Just so you know, I had to retrieve your email notification out of AOL's Spam folder. Just thought I'd let you know, so you could mention it in the Sandstorm. Or you could just add this email to the Sandstorm. Bill Wingfield (BRC 67) ~ Augusta, GA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Dear Bombers, I would like to ask you to please pray for my Momma. On Saturday, 9/10/05, she blacked out and fell head first in the bath tub, her head in the tub and her body on the outside. She broke her neck when she fell. She was flown to Deaconess Hospital on Sunday morning. She has what they call a hangman's fracture... 97% of people with this fracture die instantly. Momma was very, very lucky and had God and all His angles around her when this happened. They put a "halo" on her today which will keep her neck stable. She will have to wear this for 2-4 months depending on how well she heals. We are very lucky to still have her with us today. Momma is 78 years old but is very active. She asked the ER doctor if she could go snowmobiling this Winter! That's my Momma! But she needs all the prayers she can get so please pray for a speedy recovery. Thank you All so very much! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/15/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Norma Loescher ('53), Charles Zook ('55) Hal Smith ('56), Patti Mathis ('60) Ed Wood ('62), Helen Cross ('62) John Adkins ('62), Jeff Michael ('65) Patricia de la Bretonne ('65), Rick Maddy ('67) Lynn-Marie Hatcher ('68), Shelley Williams ('84) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Day Before Yesterday (9/13): Leon Howard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Bill & Forrest Goodenow Terry ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) Remember the Time by Norma Boswell, September 2005 Remember the time a cheerleader cleaned your smudged glasses on her slip? She was so much fun. Her humor rocked. To be around HER was a trip. Remember the times we ran behind mosquito trucks spraying our street? We sucked up the fog of DDT and just laughed, and called it a treat. Remember the times we stomped our feet on the boards of the thunder gym? Spirit had no end. Raw throats grew hoarse as our basketballs dropped through the rim. Remember the time I climbed on the back of your bike and you gave me a ride? You skidded, I fell and skinned my knees, but you kissed me so I never cried. Remember the acid darkroom smell and the dim red light to work by? Images formed in big sloshy trays, recording the life of Col-Hi. Remember the track? The athletes there were fleeter and bigger than life, and the football field, home of green and gold, and the locker room, sweaty and ripe. Successful or not, we aimed to be great. Our coaches and players excelled. Our students grew smart, our friendships strong, our loyalty planted and swelled. We danced to the jive, we rocked and rolled, we cuddled and blissfully moved. We snake-lined through theaters, lit big bonfires, strung crepe paper...Bombers grooved. Bomber cheers, -Norma Loescher Boswell ('53), who had a wonderful time at the reunion, thanks to friends who shared memories and hugs ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Charles Zook ('55) POSTED: Wednesday 09/14/2005 10:13:33am COMMENTS: NONE -Charles Zook ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) Re: Pook Smith ('63) Unfortunately there is little to report on the Pook's progress. He is still under heavy medication and can't communicate well. I want to thank all of you Bombers who e-mailed and called today. I'll keep everyone informed as to his progress. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis ('60) To: Pam Ehinger ('67) So sorry to hear about your Mom. She sounds like she is full of spunk and that is half the battle. Hope all goes well. -Patti Mathis ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ed Wood ('62) Re: Return to Richland Janice and I are driving to Leavenworth to attend our youngest son's wedding this weekend. We stopped overnight at Walla Walla. I think it's been 0ver 40 years since I've been there, and it certainly doesn't look like what I remembered. There has been a lot of good reconstruction and development. Some of the wines we tasted were excellent, too. Then today we drove through Richland so I could introduce my bride of 37 years to Spudnuts. They were as good as I remembered, even though now we eat them with decaf coffee instead of Spudnuts ala mode. The contrast between a quality Spudnut and the overly sweet airy product of Krisp Kreme is pretty stark. -Ed Wood ('62) ~ from Bellevue today ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: An update on Virginia Ehrig Worthington ('58) I spoke with my friend, Mary Ann in Twisp, WA about Virginia last night. She is continuing to receive treatment weekly in Seattle for the cancer which has spread to almost all of her organs. So far, she has been able to return to her home in Mazama, WA right after her treatment, but she is weak, so friends have been able to drive her, but when the pass is closed, no one knows what will happen. Virginia is still hopeful to make another trip to England in her future. But I know she would love to hear from anyone from Bomberville. Her email address: I will send it to those who have contacted me privately. The best thought is to send snail mail in care of my friend, and she sees her often, or would know where to send it to get to Virginia. Virginia Ehrig Worthington, % Kirkland, P.O. Box l75, Twisp, WA 98856. Also, I want to tell my cousin, Carol Cross Llewellen ('64), that she did a good job of stating her feelings that the Red Cross has done a good job... I agree. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Back home in the house by the little lake in Indiana, where it is cool as we are expecting rain, and our lawns are green again. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Club 40 The Club 40 weekend is over and being put to rest. I have been asked to put together an accumulation of pictures from the weekend into a DVD. So - any and all of you who took pictures last week end and would be willing to share those pictures in a DVD photo albums- send me your pictures. Electronic files are the best - and most places that develop your film will also put your pictures on a CD in electronic form. If you have questions - please contact me - sometimes I can even answer them. -John Adkins ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... I read and enjoy the Sandstorm issues... even when I get behind and have to read a week or so at a time. But I'm not much into reminiscing. So, I don't jump in to post very often unless we are touching on something current, future or humorous, (I miss Pappy's Tales). But Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) got to me today! We didn't use Camay at our house... Mom was more a "Dove" soap person. I was required to take baths... not showers. We were also a cost-saving family. So... when the bar of soap in use dwindled to a sliver, I would carefully mold it onto the replacement bar. This was easy to do after allowing both elements to be "boats" in the tub a few minutes and the surfaces would soften and become liquid. In no time the sliver would wear away and the soap bar would have been totally consumed. "Waste not / want not" as Mom used to say. As for Katrina, I am so sad about how humanity can be so inhumane in the aftermath of nature's wrath. It's not enough that the storm created wreckage and havoc, but some of the normally good folks of the community stab themselves in the back, too. On the bright side, the world-wide response to the tragedy that has brought assistance, money and prayers to bear has been heart warming. Stepping down from my soap-box, I remain: d jeff Michael ('65), one of those wearing shame for living in the area and not attending Club '40 on my first opportunity! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Put Camay soap in Google and you will get several sites where you may order it! -Patricia de la Bretonne ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rick Maddy ('67) The Lewis and Clark vaccine experiment of 1959. Thank goodness for Salk, huh? The polio shots. You can see by the photo George Moore ('67) and I are real excited about this shot program. Stephen Long (Did Long graduate with us or had he moved?) doesn't look much better. Patty Meador ('67 RIP) looks like it is another fun school activity. Wish the flip side photo off the polio shot clipping was better. I changed it to gray scale, but not much help. Clipping is old and coming apart. Been looking for it for a couple years and stumbled on it last night. Nevertheless, including the football photo for the heck of it. I wrote the article text onto photo. I don't think it was much longer before they ended the use of BOY. -Rick Maddy ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) Re: Bombers in Idaho? Now that I am firmly entrenched (albeit not yet unpacked, much less organized!) in Idaho, I am wondering if there are any other Bombers around these parts. Lewiston/Clarkston (WA) - Orofino - Culdesac - Gifford -Reubens, etc. Would be delighted to see a Bomber face or two around here! -Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68) ~ Haven Farm, Culdesac, ID ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Shelley Williams Robillard ('84) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) The sister of a friend used to use soap slivers by putting them all into the end of pantyhose and tying it off. Better yet, I get a catalogue (don't know why, have never ordered from it) called The Vermont Country Store. They have a lot of stuff that is hard to find or can't be found anywhere else anymore. I just got one the other day so when you mentioned the soap I looked and they DO have Camay soap. They have a website you can order from if you don't get the catalogue. -Shelley Williams Robillard ('84) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/16/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Mary Judd ('60) Jay Siegel ('61), Leoma Coles ('63) Jon Lindberg ('66), Darlene Napora ('69) Kellie Walsh ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Suzie Gunderson ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Karen Kleinpeter ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Moore ('80) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I want to thank each of you who answered my request for Camay soap. I don't like a red puffy face. Waste Not - Want Not - for those of us who lived through the Great Depression. My neighbor receives the Vermont catalog and she brought her catalog over to show me the Camay ad. Are any of the Hoke family members of the Alumni Sandstorm? I just wanted to let you know how sad I was to see about the death of Cyd (Sydwana). I had just talked to her days before her death. She was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with and talking to. She certainly will be missed by others who were not a part of her family. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. Weather has cooled off - hooray. We might even have a few sprinkles of rain over the week end (just in time for the Sausage Fest). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: 2005 Club40 Reunion Pictures This year's Club 40 reunion was a great success! Everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. Thought I'd share the few pictures I took. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel (The Classic Class of '61) Re: Soap shreds To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) After several years of living in hotels 3 months out of the year, I discovered that I had a drawer full of those little bars of soap, not really useful for more than a single use. Not wanting to throw them out I chopped them up and filled a 1/2 cup Tupperware with a snap on lid about half full of the chopped up soap. I just covered the soap with hot water, put the lids on and set them in the laundry room for about a month, stopping to shake them when I thought about it and occasionally adding just a bit of water now and then as the water mixed with the soap. When they didn't "rattle around" any more I took the lids off and let them sit until they were dried and pulled away from the container. I put them into a paper bag with a little baby powder, shook them and had a whole bowl full of round bars of multi coloured soap about 1" thick and 2" around. The ZIPLOCK 4 oz containers work real good. A word of warning: don't try to melt the soap in a microwave! Soap is mostly fatty acids and heats up very rapidly in a microwave. I put about 2 cups of soap and water into the microwave to melt and make into a pourable mixture. After about a minute, I heard a "blurp". I quickly opened the microwave to discover that I had made a great simulation of Mt. St. Helens. It did make it easy to clean the inside of the microwave. I hope this helps. -Jay Siegel (The Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) I am offering my prayers for Pook Smith ('63) and hope to hear some good news soon. As we get older (I will be 60 next month) it is a blessing to have good health and be able to enjoy life every day. I am glad that Maren is safe and hope that her family can get their lives back in order soon. Thanks to all that keep us in touch thru the Sandstorm, it is truly a great way for us to show our concerns and prayers for each other... take care all! -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ n Salem, OR - where the weather is still warm during the day, but cooling off at night! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jon Lindberg ('66) Re: Rick Maddy ('67) and Polio shots Theres a Tri-City Herald picture of me in virtually the same predicament over at Spalding as the one you and Steve Long were in over at Lewis and Clark (but I havent scanned the pic yet). In fact, I think Spalding got hit first because I wound up on the front page of the Herald. The caption under the picture said "Jonathan" said it "tickled." [Note: only teachers ever called me Jonathan.] The word "tickled" was obviously a little boys macho attempt to compensate for the total terror going on inside of me. If I remember right, Paul Potter and a girl named Linda something were right behind me in the line. Later I heard that some kids back East got polio from the Salk vaccine. I wonder if that is one of those urban legends or was really true. -Jon Lindberg ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: The Spudnut Shop Reading Ed Wood's ('62) comments this morning about the Spudnut Shop reminded me that I had taken some photos while I was visiting Richland over the 4th of July this past summer. If anyone needs a Spudnut fix, just look at Val smiling over her fresh batch of cinnamon rolls. You can almost smell those wonderfully fragrant Spudnuts and hear the buzz of conversation and laughter. Even the outside of the shop is gorgeous with the dandy flower boxes My Dad (RIP 11/04) used to tell me that his daily visits to the Spudnut Shop were therapeutic... kept him involved with life. I remember one time when I was visiting from Texas (hadn't been home for about 5 years), sat down with Dad's group and ordered a sprinkled doughnut. Big mistake. After being razzed for a while, I realized that I had committed the sin of calling the famous Spudnuts, doughnuts Anyway, whenever I'm feeling down, I can look at my digital photos and visit the Spudnut Shop vicariously! -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) VOTE FOR WSU's mascot Butch the Coug. He needs your help!! Go to: * Scroll down to VOTE NOW and click -- this will get you to the entire voting list. * Once on the "vote now" page, locate Butch -- he is in the 2nd row to the far right. * Once you click for Butch, scroll down quickly to the bottom of the page and click on the "E" until you see a "Submit" Button * Once you click submit, your vote will be counted. You can vote only once a day --- unless you unable your cookies." -Kellie Walsh Patterson ('77) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/17/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Dick Avedovech ('56), Hal Smith ('56) Larry Mattingly ('60), Ray Stein ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dena Evans ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Paul Hirst ('63) and Mary Ann Vosse ('63) ****************************************************** ****************************************************** >>From: Dick Avedovech ('56) Re: Remember the Times To: Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) I truly enjoyed your poetry "Remember the Times" {9/15 Sandstorm]. It brought back memories of riding my bike behind the jeeps that were fogging the streets with DDT oblivious to the cloud that surrounded us. And yes I remember the times in the gym at the basketball games, also yelling until I was hoarse and feet ached from stomping the bleachers. I still remember the trip to the State Basketball championship in Seattle with Bob Arnold ('56) in his car. The Bombers were terrific! I also remember trying to swim in the muddy Yakima river when I could hardly swim at all, and ice skating on little Nelson and Big Nelson pond on the other side of the dike in the cold winter. Funny! It is sometimes easier to remember the good times at Col-Hi than it is where I left my car keys this morning. Ain't aging wonderful? -Dick Avedovech ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) Re: Pook Smith ('63) Update I talked to the hospital this a.m. Pook has shown some improvement but is still under heavy medication. It looks as if he will be there for at least another week. I'll continue to report as I get new info. Thanks again, Bombers, for all the calls and emails. He will be very proud of you. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) To: Jeanie Walsh Williamson ('63) ~Simi Valley, CA - Home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library I may be in your area in a couple of weeks. Please contact me directly regarding the library. Sorry to reach you this way but I lost the last few entries in my address file including yours. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Stein ('64) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Thought you might enjoy this "little soap story". -Ray Stein ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/18/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Bell ('51), Gary Behymer ('64) Gay Edwards ('64), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jackie Sheard ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Bell Norton ('51) Just a reminder that Bert Wells will be at the Richland Community Center Sunday, September 18th at 1:00pm with a great program! Tickets will be $5 at the door with a reception following. Hope you can join us! -Betty Bell Norton ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Soap shreds After returning home from the U.S. Army, in August of 1970, I went to work for my Father-In-Law for one year. (He owned a motel in Walla Walla, the home of Chief Twice Nice.) He took all of the used soap bars, let them dry out for a week or so, then ground them up in a meat grinder to be used in the motel laundry 'whites.' "Something special about you babe Maybe its your smile But when I see you You peel the Dial" -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gay Edwards ('64) Hi Everyone... We hear the recent reunion in Richland was superb. We were supposed to be there, however, Vera (my MOM) has been very ill and was not yet strong enough to travel. So, let me update you on Vera Edwards, your former teacher at Carmichael, Chief Jo, and Hanford: Vera became weak in June, this summer. She just kept losing weight, since she could not eat or drink. We were at the hospital emergency room twice... at doctors' offices frequently... etc. No one could find out why she was having these problems. Finally, after 3 fainting spells at my house... I got an ambulance to transport her back to Sacred Heart emergency. When they got ready to release her AGAIN... with no answers for us... I told them I was not willing to take her home until they told us what was wrong. I shared with them once again that I have Crohn's disease, and that Vera's Father had died of colon cancer... and shouldn't they take a peek at her digestive system. Long story short, she did have blood in her colon... and she was immediately admitted to the hospital. Several tests ... and at least a million blood draws... determined that she had a bleeding ulcer of the duodenum. She had lost at least 4 units of blood, and was simply running on empty. One particularly great gastro doc, and some strong meds, have helped her immensely! We have her back home now... she can eat and drink without problems. We are working hard to help her regain the 15 pounds that she lost this summer. She has her spirit and her personality back... and will head to the Bomber Lunch today, in Spokane. God is good, and we feel blessed. Thanks for all of your friendship and prayers. Let's face it... you just can't keep one of these good ole' girls down for long! Blessings... Gay and Vera Edwards -Gay Edwards ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Dear Bombers I want to say Thank You for all your prayers for my Momma! Yes I still call her Momma, and Dad Daddy! I guess I'll never grow up! LOL! Momma is doing great! She's up in a wheel chair traveling all over the place. They will be taking her out of ICU soon I hope. She'll have to spend some time at St. Lukes for rehab. But that should only last a few days I hope! They did find some swelling in her throat and now they have her on... Thinkin' liquids, and ya know the word (I can't spell it} the food where ya blend it so it's mush!! And it tastes yucky! Anyway, until the swelling goes down she'll be on that for a while. Her right arm is very swollen. They are checking that out too! But her neck is stable and right now that was our biggest worry! Again thank you for all your prayers! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/19/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) John Adkins ('62), Frank Whiteside ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Betti Avant ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: last port of call From the permafrost of Fairbanks with its golden birch and aspen and the unique Susan Butcher, thru Denali and Anchorage, then embarking on the Dawn Princess for Skagway, Juneau and krazy Ketchikan to the Charlottes north of Vancouver, we have bullied our way thru this damn turf/surf cruise. We were in a gale wind last nite, and I was standing on the fore deck leaning into the wind, when the Captain spoke from the bridge, "good man," he says, says he "you are a fine mariner and I wish you to join me for dinner at my table." He was right, I have gained my sea legs, and have only hurled twice today. I hope the Club 49 party was a great success. Your obedient servant at sea. -Dick McCoy, from the tin can class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Gary Behymer ('64): I always wondered what they did with all those little bitty bars of soap after someone used them only once or twice. Now I know. I just figured the maid kept them. I remember staying at a motel that used Camay and I asked, as I checked out, if I could have a bar - she let me have three (they were a little larger than the normal hotel/motel soaps). That was an interesting little poem too. Thanks. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - weather has been heavenly. I'm not ready for winter. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Club 40 Photo Album on a DVD Those of you who attended the Club 40 weekend and took pictures - here is your chance to share those pictures with other Club 40 attendees and get a look at their pictures at the same time. I will produce a DVD Photo album containing pictures taken at the 2005 Club 40 weekend if I can get enough pictures to make a good show. If you have friends that do not watch the Sandstorm, contact them and let them know I am looking for pictures. So far, I have only about 40 pictures for the album - I'd like to see about 200 or more, and I know those pictures were take. Contact me - send me those pictures. -John Adkins ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Frank Whiteside ('63) Maren, Here's a good slide show about Katrina. It's supposed to play "House of the Rising Sun" in the background but some computers may not play it. Put it in Sandstorm if you can. -Frank Whiteside ('63) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Frank -- YOur attached file is a Microsoft PowerPoint file and it's HUGE (4541KBs). I have no idea how to get it on the website, so I suggest anybody who wants to take a look, email you directly and ask him to send it. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Why thank you for asking, but yes that was the Always Lovely and Forever Young Miss Nancy on page 13 of Pacific Northwest, the Sunday magazine that came with your PI/Seattle Times on Sunday. It's the one thats always sandwiched betwixt the Target and Franklin Mint inserts. You know, Wednesday will be the 43rd anniversary of our first date and she still makes me act studing and causes my palms to sweat (see above, to find out why). Wednesday will also be the day we leave for Los Angeles to participate in the filming of Bomber Baywatch, starring the Gold Medal Class of '63 and a couple of wannabes. Pictures at eleven. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Gay Edwards ('640 Would you please tell my one and only favorite teach "Hi." for me. I wish for her to get a lot better real quick. This is one great lady and also a great teacher. -Roy Ballard ('63) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) I was unaware that Mrs. Edwards had been so sick. I had emailed my cousin, Jean Bruntlett ('62) to give her my best if she saw her at Spokane luncheon (that was before I saw Sunday's note from her daughter, Gay ('64). My prayers are with you, Mrs. Edwards, I am sure you will do well. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - AM fog and PM bright sunshine *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/20/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Tom Tracy ('55) Jay Siegel ('61), Helen Cross ('62) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bruce Killand ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) To: Burt Pierard ('59) Your Letter to the Editor in Monday's Tri-City Herald was right on. I think you said everything needed to defend Richland High's pride in the Cloud that has been resurrected. Since you were responding to a nasty letter published on 9/11, I wonder if that writer might have the nerve to respond to your letter. The readers of the Sandstorm, who don't have access to the TCH might like to read your response. Can you attach it to an e-mail for those that are interested in reading it? You did good!! -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In Richland where the weather is perfect - at least for now. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Gay Edwards ('64) Your Mom, Vera, was a bright ray of sunshine for thousands of students. Her enthusiasm and confidence-building made her an educational champion. She gave us the courage to speak in public when most of us would have rather faced wild animals in a jungle than tackle a speech in front of our classmates. Vera Edwards earned a 'coaching stipend'... and would have been a great athletic mentor. She knew how to reach down and pick up the fallen runners. Be sure to tell the doctors that Vera has thousands of student friends and they'd better take better care of her... or else leave their cars (the ones with windshield wipers on the headlights) running in the parking lot. We have lots of friends and classmates whose names end in vowels. Tell your Mom we love her and treasure her wisdom, enthusiasm and persistence to help us all believe in ourselves just a few decades ago. Bomber cheers, -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel (the Classic Class of 1961) Re: 45th To: The Classic Class of 1961 As some of you already know, I have been tasked by the Chairman for our 45 Year Class reunion to verify the accuracy of our class roster, specifically the email addresses. In the next few weeks, I will be sending out a message that will require some action on your part. I am sending the verification messages out in small groups to attempt to bypass most spam guards. Watch the Sandstorm for the message that I have sent messages to all addresses that I have. If you have not received one by then, please send me your current email address and I will send the message to you to confirm. The plan is to do the communications for this reunion by email or word of mouth - no snail mailing. So if you know of a classmate who does not have email, talk with them and let them know what is being planned. More information will be coming as the email address are verified. I hope to see you all there in 2006. Clear, blue skies and warm, gentle breezes -Jay Siegel (the Classic Class of 1961) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I missed reading the Sandstorm yesterday, so I am late with my birthday greetings to Jackie Sheard ('61). Jackie, I hope you are feeling better and had a good birthday. I always remember your birthday, as it is also my oldest son's. Remember 28 years ago when you were at a family picnic, probably celebrating September birthdays, and I called and caught Joy at home to tell her Chipper had been born? To: Mrs. Edwards I'm sorry to learn that you have been ill, Mrs. Edwards, and I am glad you persevered, Gay, to get a result from the doctor. Sorry, I can't make the Bomber luncheons. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - where it is cool and breezy by the little lake. Quite nice, actually as there is not so much humidity. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Thinking about the start of school todayRemember when summer lasted forever and was greatoh the Labor Day(s) past. Would anyone know the whereabouts of Cathy Steach ('67). Just wanted to maybe say hello to her. Back to work. Fall is here Re: East Texas Roadhouse Blues Since moving from East Texas in March back to the "Workers' Paradise" here in the Seattle Soviet -- I mean metro area -- I have come to appreciate many of the differences. First of all, East Texas has a capitol that is far removed from Austin; and that is Houston. The Democrats in Austin are very isolated to that particular enclave. Nacogdoches, where I lived is the oldest established town in Texas and it really is quite extraordinary to walk the same space that Sam Houston practiced law, drank whiskey, and talked revolution. There is an historical marker about 20 miles out of the city on the Old San Antonio Highway that marks the land and old ranch house sight that saw the birth of the first white child in Texas in about 1803 and the part she played in the Revolution. For those of you who think there are nothing but rednecks in that neck of the woods; there were actually two types of people who were drawn to the Texas Revolution. They were "Texiacans" who were American settlers and technically Mexican citizens, and "Tejanos" who were native born Mexicans who had a great distaste for the dictatorship of Santa Ana. There really are "Bubba"s and Billy Bobs down in East Texas and Friday night High School fooball is God's reward for a well spent week. The thing I miss most about East Texas though is the food; with the exception of squirrel brains and scrambled eggs... do not care for scrambled eggs... More anon -Robert Avant ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/21/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Tom Tracy ('55), Burt Pierard ('59) Jim Hamilton ('63), Dennis Hammer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ann Clatworthy ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Waggoner ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dean Heiling ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Tracy ('55) To: Wally Erickson ('53) Found this draft in my "draft" box. You had asked about Lonnie Whitner. Lonnie Whitner was a super great guy. Last time we visited, he was still living in San Francisco. After he finished at the UW he went into the USAF. Our big fraternity reunion in Seattle was in 1995. Lonnie had married a flight attendant five years earlier and they had a 4 year old son. Lonnie was a bright student and loved the stock market even while in H.S. That's why he started and finished his career as a broker with the company that always said... When our broker talks... everybody listens. I think that was Merrill Lynch. The Bullish guys. Lonnie and I rode up to Seattle to enroll in the UW together... with my sister-in- law who drove 35 mph on the straightaway and 15 mph on curves. Hitch- hiking was a better deal in those days. Lonnie and I stayed in the dorm during pledge week and joined Theta Chi Fraternity the following week. It was an exciting time in our lives. I'd never been to such well organized parties! But the fellowship and friendships lasted. Three of the students from Lincoln High's team also joined and we became good friends... Every time they saw us in later years they always jokingly said... You dirty, rotten ..*!%^#@'s from Richland! Their No 1 ranking hadn't saved them from Lonnie, Chuck Curtis, Norris Brown, Tilbert Neal, Dave Forrest, Robbie Hatfield, Darrel Mitchell and Bernie Qualheim. Lonnie was a serious student. Dawald introduced Lonnie to basketball and he was a 'natural'. In two years, Lonnie became a great player and worthy of his UW position. I was grateful for the scholarship. Tuition, books, fees and a $150 per month job was above and beyond what I had ever expected. On football weekends, we got to sell programs outside the stadium. We got to keep $.35 per program. The best day I ever had was when we played Baylor Univ. (Waco, TX) and this slightly inebriated Texan with two fur-coat clad beauties on each arm approached... handed me a $100 bill and said: "Son... y'all kin keep the chaynge, cause we're here and we're gonna kick your team's ass"... and kick they did. $100 was such a deal, I gave my programs to another student, dashed in to sit with my fraternity brothers and helped sweep out the stadium after the game and help haul out the drunks. Some kids came in with a sack full of oranges they'd squirted vodka into and during the game peeled themselves a sackful of "screwdrivers" they were always surrounded by a pile of orange peelings. Actually the work was fun and helped build a good spirit among the athletes. Lonnie was a good businessman and a super student. I lost track of him after our Freshman year when I transferred to play more basketball and do something besides lob the ball into the big man and walk down the floor. I enjoyed 3 1/2 exciting years playing all the basketball a guy could ask for... I did miss the fraternity; its organization, parties and friendships. They've lasted along with the good memories for all these years! Lonnie was a good friend, a guy you could trust and a great player during the tough games. Glad you reminded me of your friendship with Lonnie. Hope all's well in Coeur d Alene. I love to visit your resort. It's a classic. Its finally cooler here in Boise. Been a long, hot summer. Just one more day and Fall will finally make it in. Sorry I took so long to get back. Thought this had already been sent. Have a good one. -Tom Tracy ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: R-cloud letters to the TCH Editor Thanks for the kind words. I have attached scans of both letters, the guy's from Kennewick and my response. Bomber cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Instead of using Burt's scans of letters, you can read 4 recent letters to the Tri-City Herald (in order published) at: Also note that "NATE HOLDREN, Kennewick" is a '90 Bomber. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Found this article in the paper when I was re-carpeting the bird cage: Maybe more than a coincidence that today is Dean Heiling's ('63) 60th Birthday. jimbeaux p.s. Too bad he's going to miss Bomber Baywatch, just to stop traffic in Las Vegas with his much younger appearing Show girl wife. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) To: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) et. al. Re: Tri-City Herald Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor in the Tri-City Herald are available online at the Tri-City Herald website. Scroll down the blue column on the left side to "Opinion" and click on "Letters to the editor." -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from Kennewick, a suburb of the Mighty Bomberville *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/22/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Hal Smith ('56), Lois Weyerts ('56) Bill Craddock ('61), John Adkins ('62) Linda Reining ('64), Carolyn Karns ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathy Coppinger ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: JoAnne Bucholz ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bert Hammill ('70WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) Re: Pook Smith ('63) update I talked to the hospital today and Pook is better. His blood pressure is near normal and he is making good sense. We are looking forward to his release in a few days. There is going to be a period of recovery, possibly in a facility near home. He asked me to thank all you Bombers for your good wishes. If hurricane Rita allows me, I am flying up there in the next few days. We will keep you all advised. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Missing '56 Classmates The 50th Reunion committee is trying to locate the following people and would appreciate any help you can give us. We will be celebrating our 50th Reunion next September in conjunction with the Club 40 Reunion -- September 8, 9, and 10. Send any information that might help us to me. JoAnn Beatty, Clara Bolin Toss, Norma Connell Foxx, Paul Cox, Carlton Craven, Jean Eaton Gladwell, James Green, Carol Groves Nielson, Wanda Hamilton Harding, Ronald Jackson, Charles Johnson, Janice Joseph, Caroline Kirk, Marlana Little, Alvin Maruca, Jack Mattson, Nellie Sue Mayberry Kingry, Dan MacKenzie, James Nicholls, Linda Reitzel Swarm, Elnoramae Roestel Richardson, David Lynn Row & Frances Sims Rowe, Dick Sievers, Dale Stone, Bernice Valdez Roberts, and Bill Wiley. Re: Class of '56 Bomber Ladies October Luncheon DATE: Tuesday, October 4 TIME: 11:30 AM PLACE: 3 Margaritas at 627 Jadwin Avenue, Richland. Contact Lois Harrold at my e-mail address above by Friday, September 30th if you plan to attend. That way we can be sure to include you in our reservation number. We hope to see some new faces this fall! -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ Loving the beautiful fall weather in Richland and wishing it would never end ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Craddock ('61) Re: Government issue furniture. Does anyone out there have general knowledge of how much original HEW furniture is worth in today's market? My Mom has a hutch and drop-leaf table with four ladder-back/rattan chairs she wants to sell but we have no idea as to their value. They are all in maple and in original finish and in pretty good condition for being as old as they are. She and my Dad got beds, desks, lamps, etc. back in 1944 when we first moved into 1/2 of a "B" House. Some of the stuff wore out, broke, etc. over all these years but she still has quite a bit of the original stuff. I kinda hate to see it go but I have no use for it and neither does she anymore. Help, please. -Bill Craddock ('61) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dunno about CURRENT value, but check out the ORIGINAL cost of some of the G.I. Furniture: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Club 40 Photo Album I now have over 200 contributed pictures for the photo album, the one thing I am missing is some pictures featuring the Class of '55's 50 year celebration. If any of you folks from the Class of '55 have some pictures of your events - I sure would like to include them in the Photo album. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Tri-City Herald article about the "Cloud" To: Burt Pierard ('59), Marianne Boring; & Matthew Dado (RHS Senior) Thank you----I agree with your comments 100% and wish others would stop trying to make us ashamed of our mascot!!!!!!! It is so disheartening to read an article by any Bomber who just doesn't seem to "get it"... makes this old Bomber's blood boil!!!! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ the Kern County Fair opened today (Sept. 21st) and cooler temperatures have finally arrived in Bakersfield, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carolyn Karns Keck ('65) Re: Hurricane Rita I'm looking for Fred Schafer ('63)... I am is his cousin, Carolyn... would like to know if any one in the family is in danger of Hurricane Rita. Thanks -Carolyn Karns Keck ('65) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Carolyn - Fred's brother, Art ('70) lives in Lake Charles, LA... I'm SURE Art is keeping a close eye on Rita -- as are ALL Bombers who are even CLOSE to Rita's strike zone... Rita is a cat 5 hurricane (as was Katrina) and she needs to be watched... -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Diane Fuquay Bailey ('68) ~ 7/21/50 - 9/8/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/23/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger ('60) Mary Judd ('60), David Rivers ('65) Janis Cook ('68), Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Hamilton ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George Zielinski ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Steve Simpson ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Posenauer ('73) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* [NOTE: There have been additional letters to the Tri-City Herald Editor concerning the mushroom cloud issue and all can be read at: Added to the letters there is additional text from Deputy Editor Richard Anderson ('60) regarding Tri-City Herald letter-publishing policy. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: reflections I'm finally back from that fool cruise, and have fought my way through 57 messages, including 16 SS. I am not a "cruiser." Some thoughts: Club 40 was a great success, even without me. How could that happen? I have been corrected in my recent list of the baseball elite of the forties. I missed Jim Doyle ('48), who, with Gene Conley ('48) were the first Baseball all-staters from RHS. In addition I would call that 1948 team the best of the decade, which included some super teams. I note from comments in the SS that my profile would include me in that "hate America first crowd." I object. I served in the Army, as did my father, grandfather and oldest son. I, and others of my beliefs, love our country as much as anyone, but just feel this great nation is heading in the tragically wrong direction. Also, we feel that when there are failures, there should be accountability. The buck should stop somewhere. Nuff said. I also learned that Norma Loescher Boswell ('53) is a great poet. I missed my daily hit from the SS very much. . Bomber always -Dick McCoy, From the Tin Can - Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Linda Reining '64: Truer words were never spoken. I have never been ashamed of the fact that we have the Bomber designation. I came out 61 years ago this month and worked on the Hanford Project for 39-1/2 years. I have been proud of the fact that my father came out here to help with the BOMB. I still don't glow in the dark and, for an old lady, am not in too bad a shape. I was born with a whole bunch of physical defects in the days before anyone even heard of an atomic bomb. GO BOMBERS!!! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - cool weather - I like it. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Persons ('57) and Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) Re: Nineteen Bombers Do Lunch in Spokane What a fun lunch last Sunday! Some of us didn't tear ourselves away from friends at the Cathay Inn until almost 4:00 on Sunday--which was maybe a little late for those visitors who had a long drive home! Spokane Bombers welcomed a local newcomer, Marilyn Charette ('58), and four visitors from Richland: Jim Miller ('52), Bev Coates Karnes ('52), Judy Willox ('61), and Nick Nelson ('56). Also visiting were Larry Mattingly ('60) and friend Jackie Whedbee from Tacoma, who had provided the fireworks display celebrating the reopening of Spokane's Monroe Street bridge on Saturday night. This month the birthday cake was cut by Kay Mitchell Coates '52), Rick Valentine ('68), and Gary Persons ('57), who all had birthdays sometime in August or September. We recalled our first Spokane Bomber lunch three years ago, which fell on Kay's birthday, and the cake was a U.S. flag design! (Well, Gary's mission was to purchase a carrot birthday cake at Costco, but it turned out that the only carrot cake they had was in a flag design--so he had to make one of those "executive decisions.") Other local Bombers who joined us on Sunday were Richard Coates ('52), Gloria Falls Evans ('58) and spouse Jim, Gay Edwards ('64), Ray Stein ('64), John Bruntlett ('54), Jean Bruntlett ('62), and Jim House ('63). Our next lunch will be the Sunday before Thanksgiving, on 11/20. We're already hearing that we'll have more out-of-town visitors for that one, and we look forward to another fun group! -Jan Bollinger Persons ('60) and -Gary Persons ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: The Radiations The Radiations performed at the 12th Annual All-Senior Picnic today in Howard Amon Park. They were outstanding as always. Missy Keeney ('59) is 2nd from the right and Micki Lund Anderson ('63) is on the far right. -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber Baywatch, etc. So I'm sitting here... in my favorite LaMont DeJong ('63) Hawaiian shirt... the one with the islands on the front and back... along with a few hula girls on a white or eeek-crew background... a black and white lattice design across the shoulders and sleeves... kinda like a bowling shirt only with big Hawaiian flowers (pink) on the sleeves... and kinda feelin' left out so I figured the shirt would make me feel better... and it does cuz my Partners hate this stuff... they wear suits and ties every day... the other day and of them spoke about how being dressed up makes one feel better about themselves and therefore do better at what they are doing... after admitting that our generation of which we are the leading edge broke ALL the rules growing up... sounded like one of my dad's talks... so anyway... I've got this awful brief due soon and until about three weeks ago I had no clue how I was going to defend this case except to put the Plaintiff to its proof on damage... all of a sudden the light went on and I realized I have the classic "Ship Peerless" case without the bails of cotton and Liverpool and all that (Dean Heiling ('63) who just turned the big 60 on Tuesday and was hiding out in the penthouse of the Luxor here in Vegas can explain if I'm losing anybody here)... ya know... some people think I have ADD... I don't even know what the letters stand for... course my father thought it was agent orange... tho I'm sure I was exposed I don't see any problems from it that I have noticed... so anyway... here I am in this great shirt... and it comes to mind that there are two more birthday boys turning a year older on the 23rd... talked to one of them yesterday (day before yesterday when this appears) who was on his way out the door for the shooting of Bomber Baywatch... and again apologized for missing such a great event... right after I wished Mr. Heiling HB that is... where was I? Oh right... birthdays... the first Birthday boy was a true mover and shaker in school... so much so that Terry Davis (Knox) ('65) was in total awe of this dude and it hasn't worn off at all... the second guy was one of Terry's best friends and we all used to walk to Jason Lee together... when Terry and I weren't trying to figure out how to remove one of Bobby Tom Farthing's switchblade knives from Bobby Tom's house... in fact... Terry tried to make a spit curl in the middle of his forehead like Bobby Tom's (ala Buddy Holly)... but could never get it to stick... maybe if he'd tried Crisco like on a them there Carmichael boys (ain't gonna mention yer name, Irwin ('62))... so anyway... as I was saying... these two guys are having birthdays and I really want to wish them HAPPY BIRTHDAY before I take off on some other topic... the younger one I punched in the stomach at Zip's one time after I had tried to "run" real fast and see if I could step out of Cappy Haines ('63-RIP) car and not fall down... I couldn't... got dragged from the back of a jeep like that one time in Viet Nam too... talk about deja vu... so I was all bloody and a mess and just hit this kid in the stomach for no reason... I apologized a couple of years ago... must still bother me a bit for me to think of it again just now... I'M REALLY SORRY, DUDE! OK OK... I'm getting to it... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JIMBEAUX HAMILTON ('63) AND STEVE SIMPSON ('65)!!!!!!!!!!! AND TO THE CLASS OF '63... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (by the way... didn't Kleenex used to come out of the box easier? I tried to pull the first one out this morning and the way the have them stuffed in there you have to like pull out ten to get one... then you have ten Kleenexes hanging out of the box and almost feel you should use them right up so they don't look so messy all hanging out like that... ) -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Janis Cook Tames ('68) Re: Diane Fuquay ('68-RIP) I was so saddened to read about Diane Fuquay in the 9/22 Sandstorm. I was not a close friend to her, but always thought very highly of her. She was so smart, quiet and kind, with a dignified manner about her. She was the kind of person that you looked up to and admired. She had a very full life and accomplished so much. I remember one instance in 1977, we had to fly our newborn daughter to Childrens Hospital for a medical emergency. I remember seeing her name listed as one of the Physicians on staff. I tried unsuccessfully to contact her, but she was off duty. I would have appreciated her input. My condolences go out to her family, she will be missed. -Janis Cook Tames ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: East Texas Roadhouse Blues Verse 2 Talked to some friends back in Nacogdoches Texas; where I lived for four years before returning to the home of the People's Commisart and learned that Hurricane Rita will probably be dumping about 20" of rain or more if the current track continues for the storm. I bet they were glad that the Do-Dat Bar-B-Q was over. For those who have not had good Texas Bar-B-Q; where the brisket may be cooked for up to 12 hours with oak wood, not charcoal...well, you are missing a great treat. 70 teams normally compete in a cooking contest where they Bar-B-Q brisket, pork ribs, chicken and sausage. You get to go to the contest, pay a $10 entry to the grounds; which goes to charity and commence to "pig out" at every booth. And to think cooking contests are as thick as bees on honey in a Texas summer...makes you want to go back...except for those fun filled tornado warnings and thunderstorms that can dump 2" of rain an hour. And also let us not forget the lovely and talented fire ants that have the temperament of a rabid pit bull. Almost makes you grateful for the King Election Board....Well, maybe not. Robert Avant ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/24/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Ken Ely ('49), Wally Erickson ('53), Bruce Strand ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roy Cross ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Alan Lobdell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ron Frymier ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Wade ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) To: David Rivers ('65) - I was thinking the same thing about the Kleenex - seems like every time I want one Kleenex at least three come out. Sounds like the Kimberly Clark Company are trying to sell Kleenex!!! Que Sera Sera. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/Richland - fall is officially here - it is supposed to get down to freezing Sunday night. Cover your tomatoes! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Betty Ely King ('47) is in Kadlec hospital with a stroke. She has lost the use of her left arm and leg but everything else is working. She is now in Physical Therapy. Her daughter, Janis Trainor, is here with her. I know she would appreciate Bomber prayers for a complete recovery. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) To: Tom Tracy ('55) A little delay in responding to your email on Lonnie Whitner. Thanks for the information. When you listed the players for the Bomber basketball team of '55 you left out your name, of course we all know you were part of that great team!! Yes, Lonnie and I made record time hitch hiking our way to Seattle. He was a fun guy to share the time with. I'm glad he got serious about basketball and did so well. Also, seems he picked the right occupation as a broker. The last two decades have been very interesting to say the least. Interesting you and Lonnie went to UW together. Does that make you a Huskie?? I love the Seattle area; we moved to Coeur D'Alene to be closer to our six daughters, all in the Spokane area. If you do come up this way again, email me and we'll get together. Always good to catch up on things from a former Bomber. Which reminds me I still need to get together with Dawald's grandson Kirk Vitulli in Spokane. We both had things going on and had to reschedule. I saw on NBC news yesterday about a lady in Boise, Idaho opening one of her rentals to a black family from New Orleans. She even had furniture brought in for them, plus food in cupboards and refrigerator. The father said he would look for a job in Boise and make it their home. In the mean time they have a place to stay... no charge until he finds work!! They also mentioned Idaho's black population is less than 1%. Not sure you saw that, but I thought it interesting to share. I might add, everyone in northern Idaho speaks English. Coming from Seattle it was a real culture shock. Thanks again....Bomber cheers!! -Wally Erickson ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bruce Strand ('69) HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to my Bomber sister Karen ('70). That should be: Dr. Karen Strand Winslow ('70). Karen, I know you are in the air on your way to Greenville. Sorry I missed your call this a.m. when you had a stop at PHX (my cell phone was off - charging). Do have a good trip... Your older & wiser brother (I like to say that because she's the one with the PhD), -Bruce Strand ('69) ~ Tempe, AZ - where we're on our way to another 100+ day - but it is in a cooling trend... *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/25/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NO Bombers sent stuff today -- ZERO Well.... that's a first!! BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Hector Alvarez ('64) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/26/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: David Tillson ('50), Jim Jensen ('50) Lenora Hughes ('55), Freddie Schafer ('63) Gary Behymer ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Anna Durbin ('69) Betti Avant ('69), Dave Doran ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (9/25): Richard McAllister ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Yesterday (9/25): Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Helen & Carol Evans ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Tillson ('50) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Betty, Re: Your Dad I've been meaning to contact you for some time. In 1962 I returned to Richland and went to work at DR reactor on B-Shift. I worked with your dad Floyd for several years. In fact, as I recall he was on my shift the night we shut DR down permanently, New Years Eve '64-'65. Didn't see a lot of him after I moved to KE except occasionally when he held over on supplemental crew for outages. I remember him fondly however because of his patience and understanding. His knowledge kept me out of trouble more than once. Re: Camay Soap Saw your post about Camay Soap in SS 9/14. Does it have to be the face soap or will the bath soap work? I have six bars that you're welcome to. All I need is an address. -David Tillson ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Bait and Switch Rita!!! We in Katy, TX [suburb of Houston], were one of the "intended victims" of hurricane Rita. Had the storm followed its initial course, as a Category 5, essentially through the petroport of Freeport, TX, we would have fallen within the 80-mile swath regarded as the most perilous. Didn't happen. The thing kicked northward and tore through the Sabine River area (border of Texas and Louisiana), made shambles of Beaumont and Port Arthur (Texas), then aimed at Lake Charles (Louisiana) and a huge area of environs. As part of the process, catastrophic rain and wind ripped through New Orleans and the rest of Maren's back yard... breached one primary and other, secondary levees and made a mess of the State of Louisiana. East Texas got clobbered. Southwest Arkansas, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama, etc. were all hit. The total embattled area was greater in size than many significant countries. The storm, which dwindled to a Category 3 and now a Category 1, is still spawning tornados and flooding - destinations unknown. Bomber prayers are needed for Maren and her family, Frank Whiteside ('63) and family and others. Their exposure to two of the most devastating storms in our nation's history, one on the heels of the other, must surely have taken a toll on them emotionally, spiritually and physically. Despair must be replaced by encouragement and loving support. My family spent all of its energy in preparing and packing for evacuation (for two days) before being granted a stay of execution and electing to ride out the storm. Over two and one-half million people evacuated the area. We in Katy were fortunate. As of right now the casualties on our street are piles of broken branches, piles of pine cones and assorted, leafy debris. Out on the major highways are hundreds of abandoned vehicles (ran out of gas). More tragically is the untold number of dead pets left on the sides of the highways. We are told most died from heat exposure and dehydration... or were abandoned by their owners. Sometimes even the greatest happiness has a grim side. Our four dogs are safe and happy under our as yet undamaged roof. Hang in there, Bombers... where ever you are. -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) Hi Maren, Hope you are okay and that Hurricane Rita didn't cause you any problems. I always keep you in my thoughts and my prayers! Bomber Hugs, -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ In Las Vegas, NV - where the weather is beautiful and it looks like we are done with the triple digit temperatures!!!!! Sure hope so anyway! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Freddie Schafer ('63) Re: Hurricane Rita Hi just got back from Los Angeles, CA. My brother, Art ('70) and family are OK. Their house is OK and they're staying about 40 miles north of Lake Charles, LA until given OK to go back. We had a blast in CA celebrating Jimbeaux Hamilton and Beth Parker's birthday. Those of us there were: The Hamiltons, Houses, De Jongs, Boehnings, Ellen Weihermiller, Marylou Watkins, me & Ann, and Christy Roe ('71). I'll send pictures when I get a chance. -Freddie Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) More eBay treasures... 1940s PHOTO NEGATIVE A534 Richland Washington Cheerleaders 1940s PHOTO NEGATIVE A533 Richland Washington Football Atom Bomb Atomic WWII Era Age Richland WA Pennant Made a quick stop in Richland on Wednesday to take in a Spudnut. To do so, I broke Gary's unwritten law of 'NO' antique or book stores... which by-the-way is just around the corner from the Spudnut Shop (;-) -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... What the heck kinda deal is this? No Sandstorm entries [9/25/05]! This is unfathomable!!!! I'm... like... aghast! Cat got your tongues? At least it's not Bulldogs. Overcome with CNN/Hurricane Doldrums? Hmmm, where's Pappy Swan ('59) and the pond dwellers? What cruise is Upton ('74) up to? David Rivers ('65)... did you miss a birthday? Maybe we need help from Michael Brown... or, maybe he's not up to such a daunting task. As for me, well, I was just, er, a... like... busy. But I fully expect a rebound... as long as our computers are not gas powered. -dj jeff Michael ('65) ~ In the Tri-Cities (just can't say Pasco yet) where the weather this fall is just totally worth the risk of a locally generated nuclear holocaust. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) WOW NOTHING [9/25 Sandstorm]!! We must all be busy! I just wanted to let all of Bomber Ville know that my Momma is doing great! She's up walking!! Tomorrow 9/26/05 she will be going to St. Luke's Rehab. She will be there 10 days to 3 weeks... she's been doing so well I'm sure she'll be home sooner than we think! Thank You ALL for all the prayers They did wonders for her! Bombers Rule, -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Ok, I'll byte. Anything bad happen with Maren and Rita or is she okay? Did they lose power again? Sounds depressing, but not as bad as we feared. How about our other Bombers in the track of Rita? Please check in. We sent up a lot of prayers for you all. -Anna Durbin ('69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Anna--I'm fine... still at my sister's (Julie ('69wb). We lost power but the power went off about an hour after I sent the 9/24 Sandstorm and came back on before it was time to send the 9/25 Sandstorm... and my son-in-law fired up his trusty ole generator to keep everything frozen in the freezer. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Maren, Perhaps everyone thought you may be without power. I hope all is well with you... don't blow away. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where there is a definite nip in the morning's air. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Doran ('72) Re: Mascot -Dave Doran (-72) ~ where at Sandy Point the meadows are the same color as the dog and the tide fills the canal for his afternoon swim. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/27/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Phil Belcher ('51), Bill Berlin ('56) Ann Engel ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Carol Converse ('64), Bill Wingfield ('67) Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Crose ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* [NOTE: Two more letters to the Editor of the Tri-City Herald: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Phil Belcher ('51) Re: Maren's Fund Today I received my receipt from Jeanie Hutchins Simon ('62) for the donation I sent her. I hope she did not foot the bill for postage and material. Jeanie, you are truly a great person to do something like this for a fellow Bomber. Shows the true Bomber spirit. [I received a check from Jeanie yesterday... thanks to all... I'll be sending individual notes soon. -Maren] Re: Vera Edwards I somehow missed the edition that had the information concerning Vera's sickness. My wife has been sick and I guess I was not running on all two cylinders at that time. Give our love and concern to her and so happy to hear that she is feeling better. As a young child we looked forward to her visits as she was a great friend to my Mother. Re: My wife My wife, Terri, is having a heart cath Thursday in Richland. We hope and pray that stints will cure the problems that she had been having. Your prayers will be appreciated.) Bombers Rule! -Phil Belcher ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Jimbeaux Hamilton's ('63) Birthday Jim, sorry I missed sending you a congratulatory message but I was driving past Bomberville and "the Pond" on our way to Sun Valley, Missoula, Flathead Lake and Kelowna, B.C. I remember Jimbeaux's birthday's very well. We lived just two blocks south of the Hamilton's and when it got close to Jim's birthday, say a week out, we all began to be nice to him again. Maybe it was only five days out but Jim Russell ('58) would remember. Anyway, we were sure that Dad Hamilton had drilled a chocolate well in his basement because Jim's Birthday Party featured chocolate, A LOT OF CHOCOLATE. Now Mom Nita was not spoiling our 1963 Bomber grad, she routinely spoiled the whole neighborhood but this day was really, really special. Dad Hamilton and Dad Berlin celebrated with the ubiquitous cigar and adult libation too. Re: A Bomber Test Whist in Sun Valley we were having breakfast at a local hot spot and on the walls were all kinds of old product signs. You know the kind. Union 76, Wonder Bread, Uncle Joe's Molasses, etc. Well right above my head was none other than "Bomber Bread" with what looked like the under side of a B-29. Anybody know where "Bomber Bread" was from? Re: Bomber notices to the Sandstorm Sure glad to see postings from grads from the '70s and a few from the '80s. Sure wish you guys would sign off with where you are living (or traveling). Reading the messages are great but guessing where they are from is really frustrating. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ back in Anacortes, WA where the weather continues to be great and glad to be home. "East, West, home is best." ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: California Trip Ok,OK Sorry, I told Fred to wait another day to send the pictures. We were really tired when we got home from all those 60 year old people celebrating. Rosalie Lansing Haag ('63) and Jerry and Judy Shibly ('63) Cozad were also celebrating with us. Ann -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) To: Fred Schaffer Fred, I believe that it is Ann and I -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Re: 9/25/05 Sandstorm with NO entries WOW! That is a first. Maren, I'm wondering if everyone thinks perhaps your computer is still off and can't receive their e-mails for a few days? I'm so glad that Hurricane Rita didn't do the damage it could have in the city of New Orleans. [Carol--Even if my computer had been off and I couldn't publish the Sandstorm, anything addressed to gets distributed to BOTH Deputy Editor, Richard Anderson ('60), and me. That is so that IF I can't publish the Sandstorm (for whatever reason), Richard has all the entries and he can publish it. -Maren] -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA - where it's like winter with thick ground fog and crisp temps. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield (BRC '67) Re: Response to 9/25 Sandstorm -- with NO entries To: Maren I guess everyone thought you were out of pocket. I bet you get a bunch today. -Bill Wingfield (BRC 67) ~ Augusta, GA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: Rita Fellow Bombers - We didn't get a drop of rain from Rita here in Austin, Texas, but lots of Evacuees. Unfortunately, this past weekend was the Austin City Limits Music Festival with bands from as far away as England and New Zealand. There were 65,000 people already here attending the festival and no available hotel rooms for the Evacuees. Everyone I know has someone staying with them, are working in the various shelters or are getting ready to help with the rebuilding in East Texas. A big problem is that many gas stations here are out of gas. On Friday, I was trying to put gas in my daughter's car for her return trip to Texas A&M (located in College Station which is NW of Houston where the whole town is out of gas) and could only find one station with gas with a limit of $15.00 worth. Luckily, my daughter drives a Mini so that pretty well filled up her tank. There have been the usual miscommunications and a little bit of chaos - i.e. The families of children evacuated from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston who were staying in the St. Michael's gym had no cots as the Red Cross delivery people were so busy with so many shelters that they missed that delivery. So, emails went out asking for pillows, blankets etc. and the families were taken care of... Overall, people have been amazingly kind and generous. I just hope & pray that hurricane season will be over soon! -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/28/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Hal Smith ('56), Mary Judd ('60), Tom Verellen ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Jensen ('50) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Toni Hausenbuiller ('98) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal Smith ('56) Re: Pook Smith ('63) Pook is back in Bomberville. Maribeth picked him up yesterday in Seattle and they returned about 7p.m. last night. He is presently at a rehab facility in Richland for a while to regain his strength and get a medication schedule down pat. We all want to thank the many Bombers for the e-mails and calls from all over the U.S.A. -Hal Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Judd Hinz ('60) Re: 2nd Annual Senior Citizens Float Trip We enjoyed our float trip down the Yakima again this year. The weather couldn't have been better. Sunny and warm with a little breeze. We put in about 1 mile above Twin Bridges and floated approximately 7 miles down to our house. It took a little longer this year -- we were in the water 9 hours. I invited George "Pappy" Swan ('59) to our puddle party, but he had already made plans to help some youngsters on a pheasant hunting trip. Bob and Ann Patton ('58 WBs) also had a prior commitment. There's always next year! -Mary Judd Hinz ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Re: The great logo controversy of "05 In the spirit of compromise: It seems to me that while some choose the cloud as the school logo, others could concentrate on the area outside of the cloud as the focal point of the logo and we're one big, happy family again. -Tom Verellen ('60) a class that ends in zero; Bill B. I'm somewhere near Lacey (we need to change the name of this town). *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/29/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Bob Rector ('62), Donna Nelson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kay Mitchell ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Rector ('62) Re: Flying Power Parachute near Blue Mountain Burn, Sept. 05 [Check out the bull elk in the picture!!! -Maren] -Bob Rector ('62) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Another picture of Bob flying at: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) Re: North Central Washington Bombers So, it's about time for the North Central, WA Bombers to gather. Any suggestions on time and place?? I'll call to make reservations. and.... a while back I dated a guy who's children were Bomber graduates. We drove by the school and saw the Day's pay mural. He said "You don't know what that is and you graduated from Richland?" I said my mascot was the actual bomb and cloud not an airplane that carried a bomb. I lived with childhood fears that the Russians were coming and I tell people about the monthly air raid drills. I feel like I earned the right to have the actual bomb and cloud as the mascot. -Donna Nelson ('63) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 09/30/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Mike Brady ('61), Jim Armstrong ('63) Roy Ballard ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Brad Upton ('74), Mike Davis ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tami Schuchart ('68) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Brady ('61) Re: Coach Strankman My thoughts are about Coach Strankman as I read about his death this morning in the Sandstorm. I only knew Fred during my years at Chief Joseph Junior High School (1955-1958), but I still remember him as a fair and kind man with great character. As a youngster, I remember him as the stereotypical "Coach" in the best sense of the word. He was someone we all looked up to, respected and in many ways, patterned our life after. We are all fortunate to have had Coach in our lives. -Mike Brady ('61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) Re: Katrina/Rita Found what I think is a reputable organization called "Forward Edge International", who has a donor who has pledged to match up to $1 million plus administrative costs for the hurricane effort. It is a faith based (I know, I know!!) organization that goes to disaster areas and helps rebuild homes and churches. I think they are a good outfit and the money donated is doubled. What a deal!! Anyway just a suggestion in case some of you are thinking of giving some bucks for those people down there especially in those little towns that are being overlooked. Re: Bomber Dad (RIP) I am sorry to report the passing of Richard "Dick" Wersen today. Father of Larry ('63), Kathy ('64), Becky ('65), and Linda ('66). Father-in-law to Don Alder ('62), Jim Armstrong ('63), Sandy Jenkins ('63), and John Fletcher ('64) He was a nice man and will be missed by his family and friends. -Jim "Pitts" Armstrong ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Has anyone ever thought of have an all Bomber cruise... like to Alaska? We were having dinner with Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) and her husband, Keith, and the question came up. -Roy Ballard ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Bob Maulsby ('59-RIP - May 5th, 2005) I'm a bit late with this news but finally got the particulars during a 'barber' session here in downtown Colfax, WA. While most of you will NOT recognize the non-Richland names... some will. Former members of the 1959-1960 Columbia Basin Hawks, honored their friend and former team player Bob Maulsby (Bomber 1959-RIP), in early July, with a memorial service. Those members present were, Jerry Streeter, Jerry Voltendahl, Fred Farrell, Dick Hannon & Larry Gunn. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Today I am sailing somewhere between San Juan, PR and Bermuda. The graffitti in San Juan was very interesting. All over the place things written like: "Viva Miguel Davis" and "Miguel Davis is magnifico!" A pretty young lady was spray painting "Miguel Davis esta caliente!" I also saw "Miguel Davis es muy grande." Does anybody know of this Miguel Davis guy? -Brad Upton ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: Fred Strankman (RIP) We lost a great one. Coach Strankman will forever live in the memories of Richland athletics. I think the best thing about Coach Strankman was that he made everything fun - practices and games. He never lost sight of the fact that it was just a sport and they were suppose to be fun. Winning was great (he did a lot of it), but the main thing is go out there and enjoy yourself. Thank you Coach, -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` August, 2005 ~ October, 2005