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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/01/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 NAB today sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Millie Finch ('54), John Adkins ('62) Ann Engel ('63), George Barnett ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Willox ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Micki Lund ('63) BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar Click the event you want to know more about. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Ah - memories and the buses. When I first came to Richland (Sept. 1944) they were building schools like crazy. I should have gone to Lewis & Clark but they had no eighth or fifth grades so they shipped me off to Jefferson. After 2 weeks they sent me over to Sacajawea. When I arrived at Jefferson they gave me free tickets to ride the bus to school and home (also Sacky). I came out here from Ohio - in a farming area - we were allowed to wear shorts, pants (blue jeans, overalls, and slacks). I went to Jefferson one day in a wool slacks and they sent me home and informed me that girls were not allowed to wear pants in the school system in Richland. I felt like staying home but my mother wouldn't let me - she shipped my butt back to school. Don't think drivers lived in any specific place in order to drive the buses - although a lot of them lived in the south end of town. How about having a father who was a patrolman? My girlfriend's dad was a patrolman and everything she did was immediately told to her father. Everyone knew everyone so there was very little you could do and not get caught somehow. We could not even wear pants to work on the Project. In 1976 the gals in N Area all wore pant suits to work and the plant paper took pictures and from that point on all the gals wore pants. Used to irritate me to death as the guys in F Area were allowed to wear shorts and we gals were not even allowed to wear pants. I remember the girls could not wear pants to school until the winter of 1969/1970. When the snow got up to my knees I called Lewis and Clark and told them my daughters were wearing pants because the snow was so high. They both had to walk to school. My youngest daughter NEVER wore a dresses or skirt after that time. Christmas was quite an adventure. I lived in a prefab - no chimney. When my kids were little we used to spend Christmas eve and Christmas at my parents so Santa could bring presents to my kids. My dad was a shift worker so some Christmases were weird. When he was on day shift we would all get up at 4 a.m. to open presents, etc. I always felt sorry for daddy - he must have slept on the bus going to work and coming home. Graveyard was bad because the kids had to wait for daddy to come home. The kids had rattled each present to death by the time he arrived home. Swing shift - daddy would only get about 5 hours sleep. The joys of living in Richland for Christmas. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. Rained during the night and getting cooler. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) In response to Suzie Gunderson Chiles ('60) [10/31 Sandstorm], I agree with her comments. Too many times we could learn many lessons from our animal friends - but I guess we feel superior!! Thanks Suzie. -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Hanford Buses What I remember so vividly about the Hanford Bus system is, it was an instant access to a great "Hookie Bob" ride. Of course grabbing onto a bus with ice all over the bumper did pose some dangers (including the exhaust) but dang what a great ride. When I returned from my 3 years in "government service", I got my 1st job at Hanford in the "ITT/FSS Bus and Rail" system. I got to know all of the Bus Drivers and Supervisors - clerks - Train Dispatchers and Train Crews. What a great bunch of guys. Their numbers are thinning now but their memories are still great. -John Adkins ('62) ~ Richland - looks like a little rain today. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ann Engel Schafer (The Gold Metal Class of '63) Re: The big "60" To one of the youngest in the class of '63 a very happy birthday. You were my first friend at the ripe old age of 3 and we (with the help of your dad) caused some great mischief over the years. I hope Doug is taking you out for a wonderful evening. In case you don't know, it is the wonderful singer Micki Lund Anderson's birthday. Love Ya, -Ann Engel Schafer (The Gold Metal Class of '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George Barnett ('63) Re: Bus drivers I have been relaying the "bus driver" stories to my step Dad, Leo Warren. He has certainly enjoyed all the mention of the drivers, and remembers well all the stories being told. Leo and his brother (Gene Warren) were bus drivers for years, about 42 years. Leo was the dispatcher of buses and trains (transportation) for many of those years, and says there just couldn't have been a more friendly, reliable, greater bunch of people to work with. Sadly most of them are gone now, but not forgotten. He indicated Harold Jones was the Chief Steward, and he knew every one of the drivers that have been mentioned. Also indicated he still sees Ed Blick and they both discuss and the old days frequently. He commented on Betty Hiser Gulley's ('49) entry saying "Oh Yes, the Gulley boys... there were two of them that I knew. "Dad" got a great ride down memory lane from the Sandstorm entries. Thank You! Bye Geo. (63) -George Barnett ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) 'Of Mice & Men' by Behymer... Thanking all of you for the help received on the 'mice' dilemma at our home. I've done or will be doing most every idea presented. In a different vein... Check out the following picture to see if you can spot your Dad, if he worked for DuPont, the AEC or G.E.. Guessing this is 1946 or so? -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: School Buses I lived on Elm and Cottonwood (shelter-belt area) and we never rode the bus, either. As far as I can remember, the only kids who rode school buses were the kids who lived in West Richland. I walked to and from Carmichael and Col-Hi in the heat, cold, snow, rain, and those blasted sandstorms in skirts and/or dresses! We were not allowed to wear pants and if you did wear snow pants (in grade school), they had to be taken off as soon as you got into the classroom! I remember those sandstorms and the sand stinging my bare legs... they looked like someone had taken sandpaper to them by the time I got home!!!!!! I walked all the way down Swift, to Elm, then up Elm almost to Cottonwood and always wondered why we didn't qualify for a ride to and from school... bet we walked 2 miles, one way (if not, it sure felt like we did)!!!!! Now, if kids here live more than 1/4 mile from school, they ride a school bus! Ya think they might be spoiled?! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - still using the a/c in the house and in the vehicles, too!!!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Now, the way I remember it, ya had to live more than a mile from school to be able to ride the school bus and that was why West Richland kids qualified. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) Re: Happy Halloween I hope all you Bombers out there have a really fun Halloween this year going to the door to see all the cute little ones in their costumes! Sure brings back memories of Richland when I lived on Chestnut Street and went all over filling up one bag and dumping it off in a pile at home and then going out for more!! Those were the days! My sisters and my brother and I all had to see who had the most and all the candy went into piles of the same candy. I guess by the time this is out it will be All Saints Day officially. So Happy All Saints Day. My sister Stephanie ('69) and Bonnie and I all have been going through all of Mom and Dad's treasures together and finding the most amazing things. My Mom saved everything! I found a picture last night of my Confirmation at All Saints Episcopal Church and Chip Abrams ('65-RIP) was in it along with Ellen Spitaleri, Jane Browning, Donna Hawk, Shanon Laybourn, Chris Janos, and Georgia Rice, (all class of '65) just to name a few. Those were also the days. Chip has been in my thoughts and prayers since he passed on in August. He was laid to rest the same day that my Mother was. Chip was a great person. I really loved that guy. All you Bombers out there that still have Moms and Dads, treasure them always and go to see them more because we all take them for granted and never think they will be gone and then they suddenly are and you think "What happened?" Where does the time go? It is all in a blink of an eye. It really is. Much love and prayers to all of you on this rainy cold morning in Bellevue, Washington Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Here are a couple more pictures of your dad's work. One is the control room side of the Remote Mechanical A line. Or RMA line short. Notice the Plexiglas windows looking into the glove boxes. There are water filled windows in front of those Plexiglas windows now. The other is the incinerator. Plutonium contaminated waste is segregated. Plutonium is leached from items that cannot be burned. While the rest is chopped up and burnt for later recovery. RMA Line 234-5 1950s Incinerator 232-Z Early1960s To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Buses I sure miss riding them. Especially in the winter. The story Betty told about the bus doing 360s on the road. Well this happened in the '80s. Just before the WYE barricade the driver over corrected on the turn and the bus did two 360s! It was reported a few folks in the back did not wake up from bus gyrations but rather the "oh babies" and "whoas we just missed them!!" noises. A driver by the last name of XXXXX (blanked out due the fact this guy and his family might read this) had had just about enough of the 2 West riders complaints of it being too cold. He opens the door just after we got to the bottom of 2 East hill and closes it at the WYE barricade. All the while telling us we should be grateful for the heat we do have! Brrr. Then in November 1977 the Purex bus had just pulled into the "lane". We were the 2nd bus in line. But the doors did not open and the driver told us to wait. While a rather large fellow was vigorously complaining why we couldn't get off I noticed Hanford Patrol & Richland PD had this car surrounded with guns trained on this fellow with a rifle. This large guy was complaining so much he didn't see what was going on. To which I told the guy "HEY YOU SEE THAT GUY WITH THE GUN? HE'S THREATENED TO SHOOT THE FIRST BIG GUY HE SEES!" That shut him up. WYE Barricade New To: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) The one who shared time on the bus with a fellow driver, this story was told to me by a friend of mine and swears its true. He had been sitting next to this woman for some time and they had developed a keen friendship (both single). She had been putting her head on his shoulder for a couple of graveyard to work rides. One night when the bus was stopping at the area barricade he noticed a pair of teeth on his lap. Not knowing quite what to do he gently woke her and asked if these were hers? & nbsp; I've attached a photo of the newly constructed WYE barricade and an outside Halloween safety board. By the by, Betty those buses your feet were cold on. I think those were the first new buses Hanford bought after the old "cattle cars". They were maroon and cream colored I think. Halloween 100 areas 1950s -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/02/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 16 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Gene Keller ('50), Marguerite Groff ('54) Millie Finch ('54), Hal Smith ('56) Ken Heminger ('56wb), Barbara Powell ('58) Gloria Falls ('58), Jim Armstrong ('63) Vicki Smith ('63), Carol Converse ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Don Andrews ('67) Doug Ufkes ('68), Lisa Lysher ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Norma Loescher ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Beaulieu ('59) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) Re: Bus drivers One more tale. I never bussed out to the areas except on construction jobs, but I remember well a driver named Harvey. (I didn't know his last name.) He drove the early city buses in Richland (free). We kids gave him a bad time, which he took in good humor. Later he became a driver to the areas. One day, coming down Thayer, he had a fatal heart attack, and crashed into the family home of Ray Conley ('46-RIP). No one other than Harvey was a casualty, and the house was minimally damaged. Dick McCoy, from the Tin Can Class of 1945 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) George Barnett ('63): As you can see my maiden name was Hiser. My EX had no relatives in Richland so the Gulley boys were no relation to me. How many of you former bus riders remember the signs that were put on the bus about DEBARKING FROM THE BUS? I argued with those drivers for about 6 months - I told them you did not debark from a bus but from an airplane or ship. Debark also meant skinning a tree or getting a dog to quit barking. I don't know why that bothered me so much. Each one of the drivers said those signs were the idea of their boss. I guess they all told him what I said and he refused to take the signs down. We had a lab technician that worked in H Area - she was very small. One night she went to sleep on the bus and since there were not many people on the bus she laid down across the two seats. When the bus driver was cleaning out the bus at the bus lot he found her. He woke her up and said, "I've already made my run." She said, "I'm sorry but you are going to have to take me home. I do not have a car." I can't believe that so many memories have flooded through my brain about the buses. The Wye Barricade must have been built about 1962 - the year my second daughter was born. When I returned to work after she was born I had to go through the same mess as you did when you hired in. My security orientation consisted of: "Well Betty, you have lived and worked here so long you know all the routine except they removed the 300 Area Barricade and it is now located at the Wye." End of orientation. John Adkins ('62): Hooky Bobbing. My maternal grandmother always told me God looked after fools and kids. She certainly was right. My dad used to let us hooky bob on the back of his car in the area of old Duane because there were no houses on one side of that street and it (Duane) ended at Lee. I was so shocked because he would not let us do anything if he thought we would get hurt. Don Sorensen (NAB): Those buses you mentioned also had bars across the windows. I always felt like I was being transported to prison. It was the next set of buses that my feet got so cold. They only had a heater in the very front of the bus and the very back of the bus. To Bombers and Bombettes: I don't know how many of you let the changing of time bother you - but I always hated it when we had to change time. My kids always complained about having to go to bed in the daylight and eating at strange times, etc. My dog keeps poking me because we don't eat at the right time. About 4 months ago I saw where the states agreed to go on daylight savings time (except Arizona, Hawaii and portions of Indiana). I didn't get to vote - did any of you? What can we do to either stay on standard time all the time or day lights savings time? I figured with all our brains we could come up with something. ANY IDEAS? -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government - it has been pitter patting for the last several days - still getting cooler. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gene Keller ('50) Re: Hanford buses I lived on Thayer Dr. and those buses would start picking up around 5:30am and I was a PI paper boy. They wanted their paper before they caught the bus and I would do that route in thirty minutes and get home before 6am on my bike and go back to bed. I folded the papers and could really move because it was a short route down Thayer, down Williams, to Perkins and then VanGiesen and home. It was all "A" and "B" houses and prefabs. My dad was a bus driver and he told me many stories about the drivers and the antics they played on each other. My dad actually got started in the insurance business because he had all those contacts on the bus and he would work a split-shift and be in his office from 10am to 2pm. He enjoyed all those people mentioned in earlier entries. I was pleased to get the entry from Jim Jensen ('50) telling about Al Smith, PI paper manager, as I couldn't remember his name. I carried the paper and the Villager from 1945-47. It was a good experience and I got to know a lot of great people. -Gene Keller ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Speaking of Hanford bus drivers: My dad, Harold Groff, joined DuPont in 1945, as a bus driver. He eventually was in supervision, then bus driver again, then supervision. Major difference in pay between the two. We had moved into a Ranch house in '49 and traded that for a 3-bedroom prefab in '52 when he went from supervisor to driver. He eventually went back to supervision. By that time we were settled in an "H" house that we got in a trade with a fellow that wanted a 3-bedroom prefab. Must sound strange to those that didn't live here in the years when the government was our landlord. When you wanted to move, you just found someone who would trade with you. All these names of drivers that have been in the Sandstorm sound so familiar. Patty Jones Ahrens ('60) and I discussed that once. I remember dad talking about "Jonesey" and many other drivers. As a kid riding buses in town, my dad would tell me about a driver that saw me and my friends and wherever we were going, what we were doing, etc. I realized that I had better behave or my dad would surely find out. I left my purse on a bus once, and the driver returned it to my dad at work. Also, my brother Bill Groff ('61-RIP) walked onto a bus when he was about 6. Mom thought he was outside playing with his older brother, Phil ('58) and hadn't yet missed him. The driver asked him his name and delivered him back to mom. She was in shock and more than a little embarrassed that she hadn't missed him. My dad started having heart problems in his early '50s and after two major surgeries, took early retirement when he was 61. He didn't much miss the job - but he sure did miss the guys. He eventually died of congestive heart failure when he was 64. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In Richland where today is quite chilly. I'm not looking forward to winter - but after winter comes spring, and that's something to look forward to. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Millie Finch Gregg ('54) Re: School Bus I don't know how far it is from south Richland, but I walked every day to Carmichael and then to Col Hi, through sand storms, wind, rain and yes snow blizzards! I am sure it is over a mile, but that was the way it was then, and you are so correct - absolutely NO PANTS!! -Millie Finch Gregg ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Hal N. Smith ('56) To: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Thanks for the picture. My dad, Hal H. Smith, is 5th from the left in the second row. -Hal N. Smith ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: Bus Drivers Lots of talk about bus drivers.. Don't know if anybody remembers this but, there was a driver that drove a bus to John Ball in North Richland. He was very short, and looked through the steering wheel to see the road. I remember it being said that someone saw his bus going down the road and thought no one was driving it. I don't remember his name but can still see his face... Also, another driver that drove a bus to Columbia Hi.. His last name was Snow, and claimed to be related to Hank Snow. I believed it, as he would sing to himself going down the road and he sounded just like Hank Snow.. This same driver on the way to school from what is now W. Richland on an icy road did a 180 going around a slow curve. No one was hurt and we managed to laugh it off... Just a couple little somethings that I had never forgotten... -Ken Heminger ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) Happy Birthday to Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) My goodness, it is so hard to believe all of these years have passed. Doesn't seem like high school years were that long ago, but since I have a granddaughter who is in her second year of college and the other in high school reality sets in. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and I was so happy to see your name come up as I don't often see names come up that I know. -Barbara Powell Beaudry ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) Re: School busses Not just the West Richland kids rode the school busses. All of us Camp Hanford kids rode the busses to Chief Jo and Col-Hi for 6 long years. We had the best bus driver in the world, don't remember the name tho. I remember in the winter we rode down a big slippery hill to the houses. My dad was the parks and roads maintenance and would have a crew go out early and maintain the road with sand. Also when we had a sandstorm, the bus would stop by my house and get a couple old towels and wipe down the seats. Yes we always wore skirts and dresses and had a long coat in the winter for standing on the corner waiting for the bus to come up the hill and round the corner. There were a dozen or so of us that lived in Camp Hanford. There are several of us that have kept in touch thru the years. The Army furnished us with a room in the old John Ball school for a rec hall they gave us pool tables and a juke box those were the best 6 years of some of our lives. I remember those days at John Ball well. -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ~ Spokane, WA - where a little rain has been falling and it is getting colder here on the Indian Canyon Golf course where I live. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Armstrong ('63) Hi. My Dad used to say that the trip out to the areas was the cheapest bus ride in the world, 5 cents. I used to go down and meet him at the bus stop. My kids would go to meet him whenever they were visiting. -Jim Armstrong ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) Re: Arizona Luncheon I am visiting family in Goodyear, AZ and would like to have the information for the upcoming luncheon. -Vicki Smith Adkins ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) To: Linda Reining ('64) You're right, Linda. Only the kids who lived in West Richland, the Y and out by Badger Mt. rode the bus. All "in town" kids had to walk. When I moved down on Benham in 8th grade, my father clocked the mileage to Carmichael and it was 2 miles. Of course, with the so called "short cuts", it could have been shorter. We would cross over the shelter belt, walk along the railroad tracks to the bowling alley and on up the hill. Also, that way to the high school. The only time we got a ride from any of our mothers was if it was pouring down buckets of rain. I wore pants to Lewis & Clark and remember having to take them off when I got there also. -Carol Converse Maurer ('64) ~ Eureka, CA where the rain is threatening to get here this afternoon for the rest of the week. Yesterday was 69. The rest of the week is to only be in the high 50s. What a difference a day makes. Hope everyone had a great Halloween and you had lots of kids come to your door. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Christmas and shift work My dad worked shift, too, as did my uncles, but I don't ever remember having to wait to open gifts. Since my grandmother lived in Richland in a 2-bedroom prefab, we were at her house for every Christmas Eve and the living room was stacked to the ceiling with gifts! There were 7 cousins, parents, grandmother, great-uncle, and somehow we all fit and we had plenty of room for all of us in that tiny living room! The only thing we opened on Christmas morning was whatever gifts had been brought by Santa. We lived in a prefab and then a Ranch house and neither of those had chimneys, but I don't remember worrying about how Santa would leave our gifts. Guess we just believed and didn't worry about the hows or the whys. When I had my daughters, they always lucked out, cause all the houses they grew up in had a fireplace. We would go back to my grandmother's house for dinner on Christmas Day. I don't know how she stood all the noise of 7 kids in that tiny prefab, but I don't ever remember her complaining! All those people and only ONE bathroom---how did we survive???????? Now, if we don't have at least TWO, we feel as though we are being deprived! When I left home, we started our own tradition and we open all gifts Christmas Day... kids have to wait til everyone is up... then they can take down their socks and open gifts from Santa, but they cannot open any other gifts till the rest of the family comes over later in the day for dinner and gift-exchange. For breakfast, we usually eat the cake that we made the night before, for Jesus... gotta start the day off just right with a sugar high! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - still haven't gotten our cold weather!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Andrews ('67) Re: Buses The best thing about the buses, John Adkins ('62) mentioned was the access to a great "Hookie Bob" ride. The exhaust wasn't any worse than the mosquito foggers, so the only real danger that I encountered was hitting a bare spot in the road that you didn't see coming. Boy can your feet stop quick but the bus didn't. This experience led to a whole different ride. Living on the corner of Davenport and Delafield (south ender) we could always get a good "Hookie Bob" going on either Cullum Ave. or Duane Ave. The buses usually got up a little more speed on those to streets. What fun..........:):):)... fond memories. Thanks John for the reminder if days gone by. Bomber Cheers, -Don Andrews ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Busses and the Arizona Bombers I lived near Elm and Cottonwood, on Olympia, walked to Spalding, Carmichael, and Col-hi, till the day I graduated. So Linda and I must've been neighbors, cold, snow, rain, whatever, we walked to school, it seems that here in Tucson very few kids have to walk to school, I don't know the guidelines but Tucson is reported to have the largest bus route in the country - no matter what, things are always different when we were kids. So far the "All Arizona All Class Bomber Reunion" [Lunch] is looking very good. Lots of Bombers plan to show up, about 23 as of this writing, which will be the largest I have ever experienced. Many new Bombers wrote to me this year asking to be on my list and expressed an interest in attending these reunions and some will be at the next one on November 13th. Quite a few saw my letters in the Sandstorm and wrote to me. So if anyone who reads this and wants info about the November 13th event, please feel free to write to me and you are all invited. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) Re: Hanford Buses Reading the sandstorm and all the stories of the buses brings a memory of mine with my brother Bob ('81) of when our grandfather George Sharp (NB-RIP) was a bus driver for Hanford. Grandpa use to run the day shift route out to 100-N and some other areas later on. We use to bug our grandpa for a ride on those big buses and he always said "Some day I'll give you one when I'm done with my route." Well one late evening, he had dropped off his last passenger on the Cottonwood route and we were inside just finishing dinner when all of a sudden this big ole bus pulled up in front, it was one of the old blue & silver colored ones, my brother and I saw it was grandpa and jumped for joy and ran out of the house. Grandpa opened the doors and we both ran down the aisle telling grandpa "Let's go." Well it was a short ride, around a couple of blocks, but boy we thought it was the neatest thing. Grandpa dropped us off at the house and headed to the bus lot to take the bus back, he had a big ole smile on his face and chuckling from giving us a ride. Many years later after grandpa retired as a driver I started working out at 100-N in the early '80s and yes, I rode those darn buses every day for several years, hot in the summer with no air at times, and cold in the winter with no heat at times, but no matter what I would always remember while standing on the Cottonwood route to catch the bus, the day grandpa gave us a ride. My uncle Keith Sharp ('57) use to ride the Cottonwood route with me to work at 100-N and we would sit and reminisce about grandpa as a bus driver and all the bus driver friends he knew. Those were the good ole days you could never forget. Earlier this year I watched a documentary on the history of Hanford that was on one of those Richland education channels, while watching one of those segments, low and behold they showed the Hanford bus lot and in one part of the show a big surprise, there was our grandfather standing by the bus on his break with his tobacco pipe, that was the neatest thing to see. One of my childhood memories I'll never forget. -Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/03/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Dave Brusie ('51) Larry Osterman ('51), Gloria Falls ('58) Patti Jones ('60), Patti Mathis ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Pam Ehinger ('67) Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Buses: When my father interviewed for the job at Hanford they told him NOT to bring his car to Richland as they were not going to allow cars in the Village of Richland and that buses would be furnished at no cost. A year or so later Uncle Sam charged 5 cents (each way) because of the insurance cost. Remember the streets up in the north end of town that were very narrow because they were not going to allow cars (Marshall, McPherson, Mahan, etc.). Daddy told my mother not to sell HIS car until he came to Hanford/Richland to see what the situation was. Uncle Sam paid to have the car transported to Richland. I always had to walk to school except one day my dad drove me (obviously he had a day off) because it was snowing. We asked a gal if she wanted a ride to school and she said, "No, I'm from Florida and I have never seen snow before." Keith Sharp - I worked with a Keith Sharp in B Area - he was a Power Operator. There was also a Keith Sharp who was a Nuclear Reactor Operator. The one thing I liked about the buses was the fact that there was no advertising on them. They did mention all the things about the plant - safety, security, events that were going to happen in the Village of Richland, etc. Hated them buses!!! -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - cooler and cooler. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Brusie ('51) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) You probably rode on my father's bus or Gene Keller's father's bus. Yes they did receive medals for safe driving. It was a little round pin with wings on it. In fact my dad was so proud of his safe driving record, He has his pin on his Grave Stone. P.S. Gene Keller's Dad started the Keller Insurance Agency. -Dave Brusie ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Osterman ('51) My son found and sent me the following link to a great article about Gene Conley ('48). Maybe the article has been around and I hadn't heard about. For those who haven't seen it, you might enjoy it. -Larry Osterman ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) Re: School Busses To: Ken Heminger ('56wb) We must have ridden the same bus. How wonderful. I wish I knew you lived in Great Falls, we could have visited. I did the Charlie Russell art show for five years from '93 to '98. I painted flowers - not western lore. It was a great experience. I was always in a room called the Harriet in the first hotel as you drove into Great Falls on the right... can't remember the name but you probably do. It was where the Charlie Russell auction was always held every year around his birthday on March 19. -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ~ still raining in Spokane and 36 this morning ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Bus Drivers Each Sandstorm entry about the bus drivers gives me a giggle. I wish dad, Harold Jones (RIP), was here to read them all. I'm sure he as all the bus drivers would have many stories to add. Some we may not want to hear. They were all so friendly and caring. To think they froze on those busses or roasted must have been quite an experience that I would not have wanted to go through. The bus drivers had to open those doors at every stop. Listen to all the complaints and smile at the same time. Dad was a great listener. Yes, dad was a steward. The picture was quite interesting at times at home as dad was union and mother wasn't, especially when there was a pending strike. He cared so much about those who were young and had children. When a strike was pending he would always talk in such caring and worry about the younger folks and their little ones. Concerned that they would have enough money to feed their little ones if a strike would happen. The friendships they formed were outstanding. From Mr. Pfohl, Mr. Keller, Mr. Green, Red and so on their nicknames were of fondness like their friendships. Many of the bus drivers were avid Bomber fans. Didn't miss a game. Re: Genealogy I am back in the ventures of finding relatives from World War II again. As many of you might remember I wrote about a year ago. Learning about DNA is the latest. The lady in Hawaii (who may be the daughter of my Uncle who died as a POW) has agreed to the DNA. If anyone is interested in having DNA done for their family for any reason. I have found an excellent company in Seattle with a representative who knows what she is doing. Easy to talk to. Through this I am having my DNA done. Representative says we may all have to have DNA some day. Quite anxious to see the results. If the lady in Hawaii or the two in the Philippines are daughters to my Uncle it will sure expand our family, which is very large as it is. All very interesting as I learn more about the Bataan March. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Rain yesterday made everything smell fresh. Spruced up all the fall colors in the Richland area. Even the desert seemed to take on a green look. The overnight of nice temperatures to the chill in the air reminded me of high school days trying to stay warm while watching the football games. I know I have already sent an entry but had the time to do this today for tomorrow. *grin* Re: Mice Went past the mice entries in the Sandstorm because I thought from past experiences I knew what I would do if mice (they always seem to bring their aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and acquaintances) showed up. Looked up last night to see a mouse coming out of my stove. Scurried off to "Ace Hardware" on GWWay today to get the stuff to take care of the problem. Where I lived at Browns Point, Ace Hardware owner told me that "Every time a field is rousted here come the mice." (which had just happened a couple minutes from my home). I thought I knew what I was looking for from my past experiences with mice. Ace has a mouse expert. She showed me every product then explained the following product which she has used for the last four years. (No mice in her home). It is a Sonic Pest Chaser. Will not hurt "Humans and non-rodent Pets". Plug into garage, kitchen and what other room you want them in {Sonic Pest Chaser.. NOT the mouse, right? -Maren]. Information at If my cat could get into the house and stay long enough I'm sure Jessie would take care of the mice. Gunny and Jonesy (named from my dad's nick name, I think out of my 28 nicknames in high school Jonesy was one at times also) my doggies like to chase the cat so he runs outside. Now Jessie has help from a "Pestchaser". I probably won't receive a gift from Jessie either which makes me happy. There is also a product called "Lampe Berge" to get rid of smells in homes. I have good testimony that the product works from a lady I work with. She had her freezer unplugged by an Electrician who worked in her garage. Some how he forgot to plug it back in. When she found it a few days later her whole pig in her freezer was smelling up the whole refrigerator. Everyone said "she wouldn't get it out". She cleaned her freezer with bleach which is a no-no, put the lit "Lampe Berge" in the freezer, no smell. The following tells about the "Lampe Berge": Bombers Have Fun -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ Snow is predicted in the mountains and the temperatures are showing it in Richland area. Maybe early snow is to come. I do enjoy being all nestled into the house watching the snow coming down. Playing in it is fun also. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Lisa Lysher Fuller's ('79) comments of ll/02 Ah Lisa, I remember well the odd moments of glee my grandfather and father gave me. Picking up encrusted pieces of ice on the snow and sailing them over the Marcus Whitman play grounds, as one would skip a rock on the water. Walking to Densow drugs with my dad because the snow was too deep to drive. Sitting on the roof of my parents' house drawing landscapes (actually just roofs of other houses... landscapes sounded better) and having my dad telling me to trust him, just jump into his arms to get down, he wouldn't drop me. Jumping, and not being dropped, ever. Gramps making me feel important for telling him that if you turn left, the blinker in the car would go off. He would put the blinker on to turn, wouldn't do it, and then couldn't figure out how to turn it off. Guess gramps had some problems. *LOL* Well thanks for the trip, Lisa... as an after thought, I remember your grandpa, and grandma. My parents also live on Humphries... small world. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Imagine my surprise in reading the entry from Doug Ufkes ('68) that he lived on Olympia St. and always walked to school. As I lived on Olympia St. my whole school life, I am surprised I don't recognize your family name. You must have lived on the lower block of our street, as I think I knew everyone who lived on "our block" of the 2 block long street. I also remember getting caught in the sandstorms with bare legs, and lying down and crying, and walking home when it was over. My mother didn't drive, so she never drove us, but when I got into high school, I often got rides with friends, or Cathy Wood Stevens ('62) (who was and is a close friend of mine), had her own car, and as my dad drove the bus to the area, I could often use the family car, as long as I got it home before he got home. But you know what, all that walking was really good exercise. I could eat whatever I wanted then, and never had to worry about gaining weight. I was helping out at a local elementary school today, and noticed that so many of the 4th graders are already a bit pudgy about the middle, and I do feel sorry for them, as they are apt to gain more weight as they age, if my life is any example. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN - In the house by the little lake where we still haven't had a frost yet and the trees are beautiful in this unusual 60+ weather with all the fall colors in the sunshine we've been having this week. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) All this talk about bus rides!! I lived on the corner of Thayer and Wilson. Our house was the last house on that end of town. The Hanford bus lot was right behind our house and the old cherry orchard was across the street. (Big cherry tree there) Then Jason Lee school. Myself and my 2 younger sisters had to walk first to Jason Lee as kindergartners, then to Christ the King for 8 years. That was a mile or more.. then one year to Chief Joe, only 4 blocks. Then to Col-Hi a mile and 4 blocks. Only on rare occasions did we get a ride from Momma... Dad worked shift work for AEC, out at the airport, he was the air traffic controller there. But I remember cold rainy, snowy, windy days that we did walk. No pants! Boy did my legs freeze many a day! The kids that rode the buses were the lucky one! *LOL* But now we really can tell our grand kids that we walked in Blizzards! Up Hill both ways! Life was good then! Yes we ran behind the Fogger and yes even tried to hookie bob!! Almost got my eye poked out too! Thanks for reminding me of such great memories! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) To: Betty Hiser Gully ('49) Re: Bus scenes at Hanford Camp Betty, Found some old pictures of buses, a driver and the construction camp bus lot from 1943. Those two-tone buses with the great heater? Several of them were shipped to Japan after they were replaced. Re: 8186-neg bus driver Re: 4548-neg (1944) buses, cars and employees leaving work from 2 Re: 823-neg (1943) Camp Hanford - Bus Lot Re: 2278-neg (1944) Bus Lot at Camp Hanford -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/04/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff, and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Jim Jensen ('50), Betty Conner ('52) Ken Heminger ('56wb), Judy Cameron ('60) Linda Reining ('64), Doug Ufkes ('68) Lori Simpson ('70) and Mike Hogan ('70) Penny Webster ('75), Julie Ham ('77) Michael Mashburn ('77), Lisa Lysher ('79) Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Twins: Betti & Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darren McIntyre ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Larry Osterman ('51) Re: Big "Gene" Thank you for sharing the Gene Conley ('48) story with us. I knew he was "still around," but had no idea where he lived nor what he was up to. I had the great privilege of playing American Legion baseball on the same Richland team with Gene and Dale Gier ('48) and then with the high school team the following season. "Big Gene" and Dale were the primary pitchers on those teams and I was known as the "relief pitcher" (polite term for the new, third string kid on the team). Larry, you made an old man happy by sending in that article. Gene still has that warm, friendly smile. Re: Walking: If I recall accurately, there were rarely more than twenty or so student cars anywhere near the school campus (1946-1950). There may have been a few more being worked on in the auto shop. Just about everybody I associated with walked everywhere (1945-1952) unless granted the very occasional use of the family auto. When I lived on the corner of Van Giesen and Thayer the walk to school seemed a bit long. On snow or below freezing days I used to leave home early so that I could be among the first to stand in front of the heater (rotary, drum type with topside vents) in my home room class and thaw out. Most of the guys I hung out with thought riding the bus was kind of wimpy... walked to school, walked to town (before Uptown was built), walked to movies, walked to church, to the rivers, to Flat Top, to twin bridges, etc. I guess that since there were fewer things to do in those days - we took more time doing them and walking was part of the process. A lot of my fellow strollers are gone now... Bill Hinson ('50RIP), Jerry Arbuckle ('50RIP), Chester Hammack ('50RIP) among them...Art Martin ('50), Ron Bewley ('50), Tom Merryman ('50) and others are still with us. As one of the Bomberettes stated... it was (and is) good exercise. Bomber cheers!!! -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) Re: Busses I worked out in the Area in 1954. We had to car pool to the bus lot to catch our buses, which included the summer of 1954. No A/C, no heaters. It was a strange summer, weather-wise. Boiling hot, or cool enough for a jacket or sweater. I worked in 100-K in a warehouse. They had an A/C in the back of the warehouse that was enormous. We didn't even ask for it to be turned on until absolutely necessary. Often we had to go back into the vicinity of the big squirrel-cage monster, and it would throw water and hit you--whether it was in the face, or on the back, it was very uncomfortable, even painful, as the water thrown was a huge clot of cold - like a cupful. That happened every few minutes. Hard to dodge them, too. Then we moved to Utah, and Doug ('52) attended the UofU, and I worked in a jewelry store. Then back to Richland to re-stock our money supply. I worked for 2 years in 300 Area, and after listening to friends tell of the "Isolation Pay" they got for going out to the outer Areas, I decided to transfer. I got a job in Redox plant - 2000 West Area. It was a long ride, and in a bus smelling of diesel and cigarettes and cigars. I thought "I can do this" - and forged ahead. Then I got pregnant, and I found that I had made a huge mistake. I'd get up, eat, do my morning oblations to the great white throne, and then go eat breakfast again - then shower, and run for the bus stop. Had about a block to go. I'd get on the bus, and immediately be enveloped in smoke. We rode that bus out to the bus lot, and transferred into yet another bus. We were usually one of the last buses to come in there for 2000-W, and so quite often we had to stand. So, there I was, nauseous already, standing on a swaying bus, smelling the vile smells that have haunted me since then - diesel and tobacco. IF I could sit, there was still no reprieve from the smoke. I would use my force of will, and swallow a lot, until we unloaded in front of the plant. I would run as fast as I could, holding my pass (which were in little folders back then) out so the guard to see that I was a "friendly"... and tear into the building, in a dead heat, racing against my stomach turmoil. Often it was barely made. It would take me all day trying to get my stomach back to normal. Then - repeat the process, only backwards. Doug was on strike at the time, and he'd have dinner waiting, along with a big kiss. I'll run thru the open door, pushing him aside, and right to the bathroom for another bout with the great white throne. It would be another hour before I could feel o.k. again. As my pregnancy got to the point where I was wearing maternity clothes, I STILL had to stand. Probably more than half the time. No one would offer me a seat, and I thought such enlightening thoughts as to "Wonder what these jerks would do if I threw up on them..." as I hung on the back of the seats, and prayed, and was totally miserable. In those days, a woman had to "go on leave" when she was five months pregnant. There was another woman in my office who had NO morning sickness, even smoked, and she rode a different bus, where there was no standing. She was two months further along that I, and she went to a different O.B. Dr., who put in her report that she was due the same time I was, so she got to work until seven months. (After being off for six weeks after the baby was born, you would report back, and take whatever job was available - seldom the job you had before.) I still feel nauseous when driving behind a big truck, or in the area of diesel. Another interesting bus ride - one my husband rode daily - there was a man with a huge ornate pipe. He would hold it in his mouth ALL the time - not always smoking it. The empty pipe was beginning to be the source of much discussion, and he was asked by several people to clean his pipe. He said something to the effect that it was just "getting broke in" - and ignore them. One day, one of the regular riders got on and sat by him (Everyone tried to avoid this, and some would stand towards the back to avoid being near him.). He greeted him, with a smile. Then "did a double take" on the pipe, and said, "That sure is an interesting pipe!" The pipe man smiled, and gave him a brief history of it -- and the rider said, "May I see it?" He handed it over, and the man tossed it out the open window, with the bus traveling down the highway at full speed - and said, "Oops! Sorry!" And everyone on the bus cheered! Smoking in the work place was the norm back then. In fact, for nine years I worked for Walla Wall Community College inside the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla, and had to deal with nearly everyone who worked with me smoking. My boss had - always - a cigar. Someone asked him when he lit the first cigar of the day, and his answer was that "It depends on whether I fell asleep smoking one." In fact, he was in the Senior Annual in WW his senior year, holding a cigar in this hand. There were times that it was too much, and I'd go out and walk around to get my nausea under control. I often reminded him of the hazards of smoking, and - yes - nagged him about it. He had to give it up - Drs. orders finally, a short time before I left there. Not only were the College officers and Instructors smokers, but we had all the inmates coming in throughout the day, and going to class, etc. I can only remember one other person who worked up there who was not a smoker. Shortly after I left there, smoking was prohibited in offices, and other inside places. (Except bowling alleys. I never could understand that.) Kudos to the people with insight who were instrumental in getting smoking out of the workplace, and public places. I hear now they're trying to pass some laws about smoking OUTDOORS in Washington. I know there has been a law a long time in Utah that no one could smoke by a door where people had to go in and out. I have been told over the years, to "Get over it! That's the way the world is!") I went to the hospital for major surgery in 1970, in Seattle. I had been so sick for years at that time. I had the audacity to ask for a non- smoking room, and the NURSE told me that there was no such thing! That I was being a baby, and very inconsiderate of the people who smoke, and "can't help themselves." So with much satisfaction I read of how that part of the world has changed. I was given a room after a lively discussion between the nurse and me, and then Doug came in, and was much more forceful than I ever could be, and the room I was given was at the end of a long hallway, with 3 other beds, and I was the only patient. And the nurses took their time in answering my buzzer. The 2nd day after my surgery, an elderly lady was transferred into the room. She had the same surgery and I, and would struggle to get up and to the window, and open it, and sit there with her head out as far as she could get it, with one of those little kidney-shaped pans to barf in. So they put her in with me, and together we STILL didn't get responses to our buzzers. We had one other younger lady come in just before I left the hospital. She had a double mastectomy, and barfing hurt her so badly, and they moved her to our wing, into our room. Strange that the nurse would claim that "No one else has ever complained!!" -Betty Conner Sansom ('52) ~ Goldendale, WA - where our long-awaited rains have started, with a vengeance. Predictions are for snow in the mountain passes (we're 14 miles from Satus) starting this afternoon and going thru Friday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) To: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) I've been in Great falls since 1972 so was here when you were... The hotel you mentioned is the Heritage Inn. They host many different functions, some I even get to go to. It's possible that we unknowingly bumped shoulders somewhere along the line. If you by chance get back this way, be sure to look me up... I'm in the phone book. -Ken Heminger ('56wb) ~ Great Falls, MT - Temp 42.6 and sunny ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) Re: Bus hits Judy ('59) and Sally ('63) Rees' home I read with interest Marilyn Stewart Stephenson's ('62) accounting of the bus accident where the bus driver had a heart attack and hit Judy and Sally Rees' home. See below: Marilyn's letter to Patti Jones Ahrens ('60): Also you mentioned the big bus accident where the bus driver had a fatal heart attack and his bus ran into our house at 1313 Swift. We lived in an "A" house and the bus actually hit the other side when Sally Kay Rees ('63)was eating dinner. The house was pretty damaged and I remember that Mrs.Rees was actually hurt, her legs I think as she also was in the house and the bus hit her or so I remember, I was pretty young. I do remember that the only one who was small enough to get into the house to save Sally was Gary Setbackan's ('64) dad, so he crawled in and got her out. I remember she was pretty scared and not hurt, but had chili all over her. Our side of the house wasn't damaged, but the concussion of the bus hitting the house knocked my big brother (I won't tell which one) off the John and it scared the heck out of him. Did I remember it right, Sis? -Marilyn Stewart Stephenson ('62) I remembered this incident as Judy was a good friend then (still is) and decided to ask Judy Rees Ryan ('59), who is married to Ken Ryan ('58). They live in Tucson. I emailed her Marilyn's accounting. Judy Rees Ryan replied: "The article is fairly accurate about the bus accident. My sister was trapped in the kitchen, and Gene Conley ('48) was the one who actually rescued her. I was in the dining room, and I was just knocked over by the impact. Mother was cut, but not enough to be hospitalized. We all thought an Atomic bomb had hit our house!" So now we know the whole story! Just want to say the 45th Reunion was GREAT... many thanks from those of us from far away for all the work you, who are in Richland, did to make it such a success. My sister, Dorothy ('55), was among the 50th Reunion bunch so it was great fun seeing all of her friends also. Seeing other friends from other classes was very special also. Club 40 works well! Lots of wonderful memories of days gone by there.... -Judy Cameron Ayers ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Daylight/standard Time I am with you... I absolutely hate the time changing... I understand the need for it years ago, but now, it is nothing but a blasted nuisance! For my money, we should leave it daylight all year long... really makes more sense to have that extra hour of daylight in the Winter instead of Summer! Re: Hookie-bobbin'... never did it behind the buses, but my Mom would pull my brother, me, and some of the other kids in the neighborhood, behind our '53 Plymouth, down Elm to Swift and back up to Cottonwood... also hooked our "saucers" behind the car... I think of that, now, and how crazy that was... we could have slid off the saucer and ended under the tires!!!!!! UF!!!!!!!! Re: Bus Drivers... if I remember right, Nester Wise's ('63) dad was also a bus driver. Re: Sonic Pest Chaser I had these when I had my house... put one in the garage and one in the kitchen and they really did work. They had a green light and as long as that light was green, it meant that it was working. When a little red light came on, it meant that it was sending out a current to chase away the bugs/critters... not all that certain about how it worked, but it had something to do with sending vibrations through the wiring and the noises that it created bothered the bugs/critters and they would go some place else. I do know that the 4 years I had my house, I had NO bugs or critters... it even chased the little frogs that would come inside the garage... they were always hiding in the flower beds, but when they got inside the garage, they immediately went right back out, which was fine with me, cause I am no fan of bugs or critters that can jump at me! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA ~ we are getting cooler weather... 60s for the next 5 days! They are even talking rain for next week. Yea!!!!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Olympia Street To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Helen, yes, we lived on the lower block... I was 2 houses up from Elm on the north side of the street. My dad only just recently sold that house, he still lives in the NW corner house on the upper block. The Careys, the Blalocks -- they lived on the lower block as well. One thing I notice whenever I am back in Richland is how much bigger those Sycamore trees are! -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) and Mike Hogan ('70) Dan Ham ('72-RIP), husband of Barb Hogan Ham ('72) and father of Angie and Molly Ham, passed away last evening [11/2/05] at Kadlec Hospital following a lengthy illness. Memorial Services will be held at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland on Tuesday November 8th at 3pm. -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) and Mike Hogan ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Penny Webster Smalley ('75) Re: Christ the King 50th Anniversary Celebration All Bombers who are also Christ the King Alumni... this is a follow up reminder to the entry earlier this week. Please pass the word to all former students at Christ the King School. Christ the King School is celebrating their 50th Anniversary!!! Bishop Carlos A. Sevilla will rededicate the school for its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, November 5, 2005 with a 5:00 p.m. Mass at Christ the King Church; 6:00 p.m. Rededication at Christ the King School. Following the rededication, the evening will continue with a "Stroll Through the Decades", where you can view photos and memorabilia from Christ the King School's 50 years. There will be beverages and Columbia Basin specialties, provided by local vendors. Tickets are $12.50 each ~ available through the school office or AT THE DOOR. Additional information can be obtained by calling Christ the King School office. All CK class alumni are invited to attend. We hope to see you there. -Penny Webster Smalley ('75) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Julie Ham Froehlich ('77) In Loving Memory (Class Of 72) Daniel Wayne Ham - Age 52 September 26, 1953 - November 2, 2005 Everybody please raise a glass to the best part of our lives. We will miss him. -Julie Ham Froehlich - sister (class of '77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Michael Mashburn ('77) To Whom it May Concern: Re: Lady Bombers Volleyball Richland's Varsity Volleyball qualified for Regional last weekend at Eisenhower HS. (Congratulations, ladies!!) The Bombers go in this Friday as the 4th seed from the Big 9 opening the regional tournament against #1 seed, Mead HS at 7:00 PM. My daughter, Rebecca Mashburn #9, and I were talking earlier this week and she was so excited because she had heard that the 2005 squad was only the second team in Bomber history to make it to regionals. Is this true? My sister, Lori Mashburn ('80), was a darn good volleyball player herself playing on some good Bomber squads. She never went but I find it hard to believe that Richland has only represented the Big 9 in volleyball twice. Will somebody help me solve this volleyball mystery? I have been looking around in as effort to validate her statement. I haven't found anything so far that leads to the other team that made it to regionals. My efforts did however lead me to this [] website. I am a native Richlander and have enjoyed reading the stories. They have taken me back to times that I had almost forgotten. Richland was a great place to grow up and is still a great place to live. Sincerely, -Michael Mashburn ('77) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) To: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: Hanford Buses - Memories - Sandstorm entry 11/3/05 Patti, thank you for your memories of your dad and grandpa. Yes, we all seemed to have no fear in trusting our grandpas or dads... they always seemed to have that special tone in their voice... for you it was the jumping off the roof, for me, the first time my grandfather taught me how to ride a old red Hidaka motorcycle in his back yard, I was always worried I would fall over but grandpa would keep saying to me, "You won't fall... just give her the gas.", and around and around in circles I would go, of course stopping was a little different but I did it, and when I did stop, grandpa stood there holding the handle bars with his pipe in his mouth and just grinning... after that I thought I was fearless and wanted to ride more. Their memories we will always cherish, I love handing down my stories of grandpa to my daughter, she loves to hear all about him for she was just a infant when he passed away so she doesn't remember him but can picture everything about him from our stories. It's funny you mentioned Marcus Whitman... my brother and I use to do that all the time... skipping ice... we didn't care for the walking from Cottonwood to Marcus Whitman in the winter, but looking back we did have fun with the snow along the way. Densow's was a great place to go, I always loved going up there and seeing all the neat goodies they had. Thanks for sharing your memory. Grandma still lives on Humphreys and I go by every chance I get to visit. I hope your family is doing well. It is a small world. To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) I'm not sure about my uncle working at B Reactor... he might have I'll have to ask him about it. I know my father, Wayne Lysher ('57), did some work there at B for awhile before moving to a different area. When I started working at 100-N in the early '80s, my uncle was already out there at 100-N... there were 2 Keith Sharps out there at that time, one was several years older than me and if I remember went to Col-Hi, I believe he was the nuclear operator there, my uncle Keith Sharp ('57) was a power operator who worked next to the 105 bldg. He was out there till his retirement in 1994. Lots of memories working with him there. -Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) Re: More Bus information To All Bombers and their Buses, Found some more information on Hanford's buses. 1966 Bus Fares Jack Hughes Driver 1964 -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices >>Gene Latendresse ('52) ~ 3/29/34 - 10/22/05 >>Richard Chandler ('58) ~ 1/19/41 - 10/29/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/05/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), Ginger Rose ('55), Burt Pierard ('59) Dave Hanthorn ('63), Lori Simpson ('70) and Mike Hogan ('70) Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Charles Cox ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Judy Cameron ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Jim Jensen ('50): I went to Col-Hi from '45-'51 and I rarely remember more than 15 to 20 cars at the old parking lot in front of Col-Hi (gravel and all). Most of the teachers were given living quarters as close to the high school as possible. I used to walk home with Miss Brown (sophomore English, etc.) - she lived in the dorms on Lee. One of the math teachers lived down by me on Douglas. Betty Conner Sansom ('52): State law stated that a woman could only work through the end of her third month but with permission from her OB/GYN doctor she could work until the end of her fifth month. I remember my girl friend, who was a supervisor, worked up until her eighth month. Thank goodness both of my kids were early. Women, except those who work in agriculture where time was of the essence, could not work a 48 hour week. When I first started to work in Purchasing in the 700 Area, we were working Saturdays. Our big boss had to write a letter each week to the state and say that we need X number of people to work Saturdays in order to get certain projects at Hanford completed for the good of the country. In all our comments about the buses no one mentioned those guys with wandering hands. Since there were so few women we were outnumbered. If I found out any of those guys had wandering hands I always told as many of the women as I could. (Those were the days when women could not wear pants!!!) At that particular time there was nothing that could be done to those men. There were several times that I asked people to change seats with me to avoid those JERKS. One of the men, in later years, was asked to give up his bus pass (a big shot engineer). I think most people were asleep when they had to get off the bus, go into the badge house to get their badges and get back on the bus. One gal got on the bus and instead of putting her nickel in the money box dropped her badge in the box. The driver did not have a key to the box and told her she would have to wait until he came back that night to pick up the day shift people. She had to return to the badge house and get a temporary pass for that day (which in later years cost $900 to process a temporary badge). I was raised as a "Go to he** Southen Baptist." All of our money went to the missionaries - no fancy churches, no alters, no gold, no statues, the preachers wore business suits, etc. I was going with a Catholic fellow and each Sunday Father Sweeney would get up and say to the people: "We need more money" I told my friend I knew where they could get some money and he asked where: "I told him they could take all that gold at the alter and sell it. If I had stabbed him, he wouldn't have looked more shocked. They were just at the point of building Christ the King School. I told Father Sweeney one day that he was beginning to sound like them Southen Baptists. (Maren - no "r" in southen) Lisa Lysher Fuller ('79): Good - I thought maybe I was losing my memory (the Sharps). What can we do about daylight savings time? Need some suggestions. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - I understand it is snowing on I-90 - Brrr. Our weather keeps getting cooler - the wind is blowing today but the sun is shining. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ginger Rose Reed ('55) Jerry "Jay" Reed ('55) passed away Thursday, November 3, in Spokane, WA, after suffering with severe medical problems for the past few months. There will be an obituary in the Spokane paper shortly and we will see that a copy is sent to the Alumni Sandstorm. A memorial service is being planned for him in Spokane next Tuesday or Wednesday. We will have more information on that soon. When I visited with him the middle of October, he expressed appreciation for the cards, phone calls and emails he had received from old friends and classmates during his hospital stays. -Ginger Rose Reed ('55) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Re: Private cars @ Richland There has to be more to the car story since private cars were never restricted in Richland. How do you think the Operations people, like my parents, got their trailers to Hanford Camp while they were waiting for their houses to be built? It is true that the side streets in northwest "Old Town" discouraged "on-street" parking, but ample parking space was provided in the gravel areas in the center of most blocks. -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ San Jose, CA (temp - will be back in Richland Monday) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Hanthorn (The Gold Medal Class of '63) To: Michael Mashburn ('77) The previous Bomber volleyball team to make it to regionals was the 2002-2003 school year team. I found the information HERE Congratulations to your daughter and the other girls for their success this year. -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) and Mike Hogan ('70) Dan Ham ('72), husband of Barb Hogan Ham ('72) and father of Angie and Molly Ham, passed away November 2, 2005, at Kadlec Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Memorial Services will be held at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland on Tuesday November 8th at 3pm. -Lori Simpson Hogan ('70) and Mike Hogan ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) To: Betty Conner Sansom ('52) When you worked at REDOX, was it in the 222-S or 202-S building? I spent 4 years at 222-S, 77 to 81, and worked with quite a few folks who were there during the start up of the 202-S plant and 222-S Lab. Edna Smith, Gladys Ashenbrenner, Fran Agopsowitz, and perhaps Obie Amacker are a few of the folks I know. My e:mail is I remember the smokers on the bus. But during my time they could only smoke in the back of the bus. It was still miserable but not as bad as your experience! My most memorable time was when several of the older men were speaking their minds about December 7th. The man with the black cowboy hat, who got off the bus next to the fab shops in East area, had the most feeling in his voice as he spoke about his role in the war after 12-7-41. -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Robb Abrams ('62) ~ 1944 - 10/30/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/06/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Betty Hiser ('49), George Swan ('59), Darlene Napora ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Becky Rulon ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gerald Stein ('66) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Father Sweeney used to get up each Sunday and tell the people they needed more money to help build the school. He said it was costing the church $4200 a MONTH for the interest alone. In the early '50s I thought that was a tremendous amount of money. I was barely making that much for a salary. Burt Pierard ('59): All I know is that when my father was interviewed in April, 1944, to come to Hanford/Richland they told him to sell his car because Uncle Sam was not going allow any private automobiles in the Village of Richland. I realize that the Project had cars, buses, etc. My dad was furious and called Uncle Sam every name in the book. Everyone else who came out here from that small town (Kings Mills) in Ohio sold their cars in order to transfer to Richland. My dad was one of the few that did NOT sell his car. The only other person I know who did not sell his car was Tom Clements. He drove all the way from Ohio to Washington. Went down to the ration board in Cincinnati and told them that he was driving to Washington State to go to work on a project being built by the Manhattan Project. He told me the ration board practically threw stuff at him: gas stamps, stamps to buy tires, and anything else they thought he might need. Do I remember the gravel parking places - the one on our block (on Duane) took up half of our back yard. December 7? I was furious because it was Sunday night and I was getting ready to listen to Gene Autry. The radio station kept interrupting the show to announce that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. Boy did my life change!! For the better I might add. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - Cool out this morning - the wind blew last night. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Living under the Big Sky To: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Ken, My wife, Jeanne, and I have considered for some time a move to Montana. I, of course, like the outdoor life possibilities found there. I am also a great fan of the early history of the western expansion of the United States (Native American history and legends, fur trade and trapping, exploring, and the cavalry and Indian conflicts). Constant reading of accounts of these histories and visiting many of the sites has made me well aware of the geographical benefits of living in Montana or Wyoming just to be closer to where it took place. However, these readings also drove home the fact that winters there can be severe. When younger, that sounded exciting but looking ahead to the senior years and dealing with snow drifts and blizzards held me at bay. Recently, a dear friend of ours who spent much of her younger years in tiny Paradise, Montana (north of Missoula, south of Thompson Falls, and east of Flathead Lake) bought her aunt's house and has been fixing it up to retire there the end of this month. About a month ago, we accompanied her to help with some of her final "fix ups." I have to admit that I became enthralled with the Clark Fork River Valley and surrounding area. Apparently, the winters there on the "Wild Horse Plains," as it was referred to by early explorers and trappers, are fairly mild and wildlife, hiking, fishing and related outdoor activities abound. In the late afternoon for three days straight, I sat on her front porch and watched Bighorn Sheep and Mule Deer feeding on the nearby mountainside. Virtually every store that I went into seemed to have fish mounts (especially huge Northern Pike) on the walls. My wife likes the area, the occurrence of relatively mild winters and the idea of living close to our friend -- Who am I to argue with such a relocation. Furthermore, my elves have expressed interest in the winter festival and prairie dog rodeo possibilities in Montana. If this move comes about, it will not happen overnight and we would like to consider other Montana possibilities. I have only been in Great Falls once. At the end of the third quarter of last century when I was taking flight training; I flew in and out of there but did not have the time to get out to see that area from the ground. So I was wondering if you could let me know what the winters are like there and of course what the "local" outdoor activity possibilities are? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - where Momma Nature is trying hard to make up for a few years of little rain (If'in ya wanna go uh huntin' er fishin' ya better pack yer rain duds). ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49} I had to laugh when you told your catholic boyfriend that Fr. Sweeney ought to sell all the gold on the altar to raise money for the school. The golden-colored vessels etc. could have raised a couple of hundred dollars if that. (Some chalices are worth lots as they are given to the priest at their ordination with contributions from family & friends, but since Fr. Sweeney was from a poor family in Boston, I doubt his was worth much monetarily although very valuable in his lifetime of priestly service). But I have to admit, that even I thought that the paint used around the symbols of the Evangelists & the Crucifixion on the altar contained real gold. That myth of mine was destroyed when they tore down the old church and my Dad (a real waste not want not guy) acquired those two pieces. He cut them into two headboards for queen-sized beds. After looking at those headboards up close and personal, I can tell you that there is no gold and they made of inexpensive stained & painted wood. My sister, Shari (67), inherited those beds and I'm sure she'd be happy to let anyone examine them. Anyway, I'm sure the generations of school children at CK donated many thousands of dollars with their mission boxes, so the building of the school was worth all of Fr. Sweeney's appeals for money. Congratulations to Christ the King School on 50 years of service on this anniversary weekend! -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Dan Ham ('72) ~ 9/26/53 - 11/02/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/07/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Dick Pierard ('52), Patti Cole ('52) Ken Heminger ('56wb), George Swan ('59) Doug Ufkes ('68), Darlene Napora ('69) Steve Piippo ('70), Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marilyn "Em" DeVine ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dan Haggard ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Julie Smyth ('69wb) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dick Pierard ('52) In regard to Betty Hiser Gulley's ('49) comments, it sounds like in some of the recruiting places the government had a misinformation (or was it disinformation?) program going on cars coming to the project. Burt ('59) and I remember all too clearly the way that Dad arranged to have Mom and us brought to Hanford in the family car pulling an itsy-bitsy yellow polka dot house trailer in June/July 1944. So the car was very much a part of our life in the Hanford camp and in Richland when Dad relocated there at the beginning of December 1944. -Dick Pierard ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Cole Pierce ('52) I want to wish my dear friend Marilyn Em DeVine Dow ('52) a very Happy Birthday on November 7. Hope you have a great day and that this next year is an exciting and eventful one for you and your loved ones. Thinking of you! Love ya, Patti -Patti Cole Pierce ('52) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Living under the Big Sky Wow..! After reading your comments about Montana, it made me want to move here. (Grin). It's true that there are a lot of things to do here, if you're willing to take the time to look for it, but I'm sorry to say that as with everything else, it ain't what it used to be. It's not the "last best place" anymore, it just used to be. When I first came here in the early '60s, I could go to any stream, river or lake and be the only one on it. Now, with the influx of money toting people, the lakes and rivers are ringed with cabins and swank houses. The sad part is.. many folks that have lived here for generations in what is now considered resort areas are being forced off their property as they cant afford the high property taxes. Again the result of big money coming up from California and buying up all the land. The rivers are full of outfitters, catering to those fly fishermen that don't mind spending $500 a day to catch a fish. I don't do much fishing anymore as it's too crowded. I had a favorite lake that I'd like to take my boat and just spend a leisurely day trolling. Didn't really care if I caught a fish or not. Just liked to enjoy the solitude, and watch deer, mountain goat and other animals come down to the edge to drink. Now there are so many jet skis and boats pulling skiers that it's just a waste of time. Now if you like to ice fish, or hunt then you may find your niche here. I'm not a hunter so can't tell you much about that, other then a lot of people do, and some mighty nice elk and deer come out of the hills. I would be remiss if I didn't also tell you that when the Californians and New Yorkers come here to get away from it all, they also bring their bad habits with them. Great Falls used to be gang free, now I understand there is at least three gangs running around. As I said before, they come here to get away from it all and are soon bored from nothing to do. I could go on and on about how it's changed but I don't want to make it sound too bad. It's got to where it's too crowded for me and mine, but there really isn't any place to hide anymore. Now you may come here and find that its not crowded at all compared to where you are now. and come to enjoy it. As they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'm just relating from my perspective. As for winters, the last few years have been really mild. Those of us that have been here awhile, including the natives, are just waiting for the other shoe to fall so to speak. I vividly remember -30 and -40 temps and cold soaked vehicles for weeks on end. Here lately though, we get a -30 temp once in a while but then a Chinook will come through and warm it up into the + 30s and believe me it feels good. Montana still holds the record cold spot for the nation at -70 at Rogers Pass, which is located about 60 miles west of here. We also haven't gotten the snow we usually get, which effects the rivers and streams. Need the snow pack in the mountains to feed the streams. The skiers complain about the lack of snow too. Every winter now, we all hope for a lot of snow. What snow we do get is just powder so not a lot of moisture in it. Montana has a lot of history, and many interesting sites to go see. I used to have a place on the Missouri River that I liked to fish. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was sitting on one of the campsites of Lewis and Clark. I went to go fish one day, and couldn't get to it as they were excavating the area for artifacts. The only thing I can suggest is for you to come and see for yourself. I know I have a problem. I know what this area, and the rest of Montana for that matter, used to be and I'm not happy to see what's happened to it. I get the same feeling when I return to my old stomping grounds in West Richland. The only thing that hasn't changed is Flat Top itself. But, I see even that has been taken over by people wanting to build on it. Even got the top fenced off so you can't climb it anymore... There is one place in Montana, and I don't care how many times I go there, I'm always awed by its beauty. And that place is Glacier National Park. It's the one place in Montana that hasn't yet been totally spoiled by encroachment. Well, Pappy, that's about all I can add. If you have any specific questions, I'll try to answer the best I can. -Ken Heminger (56wb) ~ 42 and dark outside. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Correction on Living under the Big Sky To: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Ken, For a bit there, I thought I was wrong but then I realized that I was only mistaken. As you probably are well aware, Paradise, MT is not east of Flathead Lake but "west." And yet another PSM (Pappy Senior Moment) which further explains my concern over dealing with severe winters in my senior years (which seem to have arrived early -- already). I like the idea of having more and better outdoor possibilities for my remaining active years. However, the mild winters in the Tri-Cities would be hard to give up. I enjoy going to the mountains, during any time of the year, and I love to "play" in the snow and cold but it sure is nice after a few days to retreat to the "warm." Anyone else ever notice how wonderful that first hot shower feels after several days of grubby outdoor enjoyment? -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA - where today finally dawned with no rain, a partly cloudy sky, and a current comfortable temperature of about 53 at 1:45 PM -- Looks like a good afternoon for chasing pheasants or getting ready for the upcoming late buck hunt. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: November 13th Just a reminder Arizona Bombers, one week from yesterday at 12 noon, in the Harvest Buffet, at the Harrah's Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino is the "Arizona Richland Bombers All Class Reunion." We have 27 Bombers who have told me they will be there plus several Bombers who might be able to make it if they can work it out in their schedules. We, of course, hope they can work it out as "the more the Merrier." The Arizona Bomber List has grown to over 50 Bombers... thanks to the Sandstorm and Maren. I hope someone has a digital camera they can bring as Maren wants some pics. It is not too late to "sign up" and I also want to remind folks that I have to call the Casino with a number... I have made the reservations. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) Re: History of CK My sister, Sharon Napora Bennett ('67), sent me this brief history of Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland and also a photo of the headboard made from one of the panels which were are either side of the main altar in the original church building and a pair of candle holders made by the men of the parish. "Father Sweeney was a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, and was ordained in nearby Springfield in 1938. He served in Spokane and Republic, WA, before coming to Richland in 1943. In those early days Father Sweeney celebrated mass in a leaky tent, a theater in the Hanford construction camp, and an old grange hall. The first tent held 150 people and the second tent held 1,500 people (like the army tents on M*A*S*H). Without a church or office, he gave marriage instructions to young couples in the car; and had water dripping on his head as he served communion on rainy days. Our church building (that housed the pictured altar piece made into a headboard & candle holders) was built by the government in 1944/'45 (not an old barracks building like I thought, but that same government/Army construction--plain and sturdy, no frills.) Let alone gold, the church did not have the padded kneelers or upholstered seats of many built in those days, but it was said that "its decor offered an ambience that invited reflection and prayerful devotions." I understand the government built a protestant church, too. In 1954 the Diocese bought the church and surrounding 11 acres from the government for $24,387. This purchase enabled the parish to begin a fund drive to finance the dream of an elementary school and convent. October 2, 1955, a proud Christ the King parish dedicated it's new school and convent built at a cost of one million dollars. Every spare parish penny went toward a school for the children instead of a new fancy church and the parish lived with the drafty Army building for almost 40 years until the new church was built in 1981." -Darlene Napora Shuley ('69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [See pictures of Richland Churches at: -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* NOTE: The following was sent to a personal email address on Thu, 3 Nov 2005... the email was not picked up/sent to until yesterday. Sorry, Steve. -Maren] -------------------- >>From: Steve Piippo ('70) Dan Ham ('72) passed away last night [11/2/05] in Kadlec. Dan was a true friend who watched my kids grow up as I did his. Steve Neill ('72) told me many times, Dan "Hambone" was one of the toughest Warrior [Chief Jo] football players he saw. I sat with Dan at many softball games watching our wives coach our kids. Dan supported field trips for my MST [Materials Science Technology] students at his work site for years. Dan was a quiet, good guy in all ways. Dan will be missed. -Steve Piippo ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) Re: Old Bus Lot To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) & Betty Conner Sansom ('52) I have thoroughly enjoyed your comments on the Hanford buses! I have dug through more of my records and found several pictures of the old bus lot that used to be where Chief Jo is now. These pictures were taken in 1952. I have quite a few others showing the condition of the buildings. They did not hold up well after 7 or so years. Of course the facility was built in a big hurry as many buildings were. But that is another story to be told later. And by the by I have a film on the 222-S lab taken in late 1951. The title is "No Comedy in Errors". Phantom mouse has the lead role with the lab workers as the supporting cast. Great film. It can be ordered from Lockheed Video. The cost is about 15 bucks. Great flick. 2601-1-neg-j (1952) 1131 Bus Garage.jpg 2601-1-neg-k (1952) 1131 Bus Garage.jpg 2601-1-neg-q (1952) 1131 Bus Garage.jpg 2601-2-neg-b (1952) 1131 Bus Garage, Bus Lot, Etc.jpg 2601-2-neg-n (1952) 1131 Bus Garage, Bus Lot, Etc.jpg 2956-1-neg-a (1952) 1131 Garage Area - Condition of Parking L.jpg -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/08/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Richard Roberts ('49) Ray Hall ('57), Louise Moyers ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Eckert ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Spencer Houck ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Dick Pierard ('52): The only thing I know is that the people interviewing were talking only of the Village of Richland, not Hanford, etc. If they were representatives of duPont they probably had not ever set foot in Richland, Hanford, etc. Besides, at 13 what did I care about cars? All I knew abut cars were that you could not buy a car to "crow fer day." (Kentucky sayin'.) Pappy ('59): Things are changing all over. I went back to the small town in Ohio in 2000 that I was originally from (300 people at that time) and could not recognize the entrance to the town that I had lived my first 13 years. What a shock! Father Sweeney: He and I kept knocking each other in the head the entire time I was going with the guy (Al) who was Catholic. Al finally asked me to marry him and I decided to take the instruction classes. You were only required to attend for 3 months (I think). I decided to try 6 months. Most of those people were anxious to get the classes over with so they could get married. I asked 15 bazillon questions so the classes usually lasted longer than they were supposed to. I knew many of the people attending those classes (from work). They were always furious at me because I made the classes last longer than they were supposed to. Father Sweeney, for some reason, thought Al and I were already married. I finally decided that I could not convert and Al and I broke up. We told Father Sweeney that I would not convert and Al moved to Seattle. I ran into Father Sweeney for years at local stores and would chit chat for a few minutes. In 1988 my father had a stroke and in 1989 had to put him in the Life Care Nursing Home (Richland). My father passed away and my mother would not go down to the nursing home and pick up the remainder of his things (glasses, socks, razor, etc.) so I was elected to go down. I collected all of his things in a box and left them in the lobby and ran around to visit the people I had become friends with. For some reason you always think of that room as your friend, parent, relative's room. I went by and they were putting finishing touches on Daddy's room. When I went in to pick up the box with daddy's stuff in it the secretary asked me if I would be a witness to a new patient. IRONY: I asked her who it was and she said it for a fellow from Boston who had no relatives in Richland. Don't know why but I immediately thought of Father Sweeney. I asked her if it was Father Sweeney? She said, "Yes, do you know him?" I don't know why I was so shocked. I thought of all the years he tried to convert me. I signed the papers as witness and walked into see him. He, of course, did not recognize me, but I shook hands with him and later saw where he died. Why did the good Lord have me at that location at that particular time? Me, a heathen (as far as Father Sweeney was concerned and not even a Catholic), and he as a very good person. The Lord does strange things at times. I went out to the area when they had built the bus lot W A Y out on Stevens. I remember sitting with one of the guys who told me he used to sell newspapers at the new bus lot. Lots of things were sold there (from non-profit organizations) - red poppies, etc. I never did like that bus lot - if we had 15 drops of rain 13 of them would end up at the bus lot and you were slopping around in the water. WE Johnson (General Manager of the entire Hanford Project for GE) was having a meeting of engineers downtown. He asked if anyone had any questions - one YOUNG engineer said he did not know who designed that bus lot but they did a terrible job. Mr. Johnson asked why and the young engineer said, "You have to wade through water each time it rains." Big silence!!! Mr. Johnson finally told him that he (Johnson) had designed to bus lot and the young engineer still said it was a very bad design. Never did hear if the young engineer kept his job. -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland. BOO HISS - seems like it is dark ALL day long. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Dick Pierard ('52) My dad and mom lived in the biggest trailer park in the universe in Hanford in a handmade, totally unsafe wooden trailer with a pot belly wood stove for heat. It's a wonder we didn't all die from carbon monoxide poisoning. I remember making the early morning dash to the warm and cozy utility building to take a shower among other things. I wonder how many others had the opportunity to live in that trailer park and go to school in Hanford? Cheers, -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Hall ('57) When I had my first football coaching job at Chief Jo, I had the privilege of coaching and working with Danny Ham ('72-RIP). Pound for pound, he was such an awesome competitor. Off the field he was a great person to be around. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to know him. We emailed each other recently and he was a supportive friend. Yes he will be missed. coach hall -Ray Hall ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Louise Moyers ('65) Re: CKS rededication - 50 years Maren: You had to have been there! In fact, I don't think anyone from the lst CKS class was there, but several others were. It was a blast. Two nuns were present, Sr. Mary Ann Rawson and guess who? Sr. Emmetria! I happened to have some old pictures with me, and I showed her. They were from her music room, she had taken the picture, and she recognized several, including Tere [Smyth ('65)]. She remembered giving Tere an "A" on one of her report cards, and your dad talking to her because other grades were not up to snuff, I guess. Several of us mentioned that we remember her as being quite tall; she is about 5'5" - 5'6" and in her early 80s. I thoroughly enjoyed and loved seeing friends such as Paula ('65) and Robin ('73) Frister; Alex Clark; Dennis Haskins ('66); Mike ('66) and Chuck ('67) Sams; Christine Heinrich; Sharon Napora ('67); and several others. I was especially impressed with Pete Crowley ('67) (Karen's ('64wb-RIP) brother) who had a solid memory of my athletic endeavors way... way... back then. Thanks Pete, it brought tears to my eyes to be so remembered. I laughed - Paula and I were standing there thinking about how long ago this all was; we are in our late 50s now, but both agreed we still look good!!! The school is so totally different - times change of course. Wishing more could have come . . . -Louise Moyers ('65) ~ Cle Elum, WA - where the temperature stands at a cold 22 ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Barb Hogan Ham ('72) and daughters, I remember when the Hams moved into our neighborhood at Torbett and Thayer. Our back yards were adjoining. They later moved down Torbett a block from us. Dan ('72-RIP) and my brother Howard ('72-RIP) played together. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where I haven't washed away yet ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) To: Dick Pierard ('52) and Burt Pierard ('59) You're right. Most everyone I've spoken with drove to Hanford or came by train or other means. I'm sure it was a misinformed recruiter. Floyd Ivers was moving his family to Portland to work in the shipyards. A coin toss decided whether to stay in Richland or continue to Portland. They stayed. Can't remember if it was heads or tails. I've attached the trailer registration card. You will see it was a Chevy. I do know many family members followed afterwards by train. But I preach to the choir. H E W Camp Registration Front.jpg -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/09/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Ken Ely ('49), Bill Hightower ('49) Jim Jensen ('50), Gloria Adams ('54) Gloria Falls ('58), Patti Jones ('60) Linda Reining ('64), Anna Durbin ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Boehning ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kandy Smith ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dick Pierce ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Tom Schildknecht ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* NOTE: This audio clip was sent to me by more than one Bomber "A guy witnesses an accident" is hilarious. So if you need a good laugh today: -Maren ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Re: Update on the condition of Betty Ely King ('47) Betty is still in Kadlec Hospital in the physical therapy ward. She now is able to walk, with a walker, but her foot feels like it's not there. She has some movement in her left arm but has no grip in her hand. But, she is making progress and is yearning for the day she is able to go home. She misses her cats and longs to see them as they miss her. She thanks everyone for their prayers and their visits. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA - where we got a few sprinkles last night but no real rain. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Hightower ('49) Re: Arizona Richland Bombers Class Reunion Nov. 13 To: Doug Ufkes ('68) Shannon Craig Gross ('50) and I will be at the reunion at Ak-Chin Casino Nov 13. We plan to spend at least one night in their parking lot in my motor home. We will be in the area one week and hope to see a lot of Bombers. -Bill Hightower ('49) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) The pictures you share with us bring back lots of memories - thank you. Your 11/08/05 posting was no exception. Our trailer, parked in the "Temporary Camp" and later the "Permanent Camp," was a 27' Glider. I considered it to be a marvelous dwelling until about the third month in the Hanford maze. My top bunk perch began to feel a bit close. It began to seem that my folks, my sister and I were always blocking the passage way of one another. Even after dad was allowed to build a lean-to (6' X 6') space for private possessions was extremely limited. I recall that the "palace" among trailers was a 36' National, polished and gleaming, about a hundred yards away from out place. Dick Roberts ('49) mentioned that his family lived in a home-built, wooden structure. There were a lot of those and many had coal burning stoves. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX - where we had a lovely Fall season of about ten days. It's back to mid to upper 80s now with oppressive, high humidity... the nights aren't bad at 50s. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Trailer Park To: Dick Roberts ('49) Clarence ('51) and I both lived in the North Richland trailer park. We lived there with our parents, while we were in high school and lived there for 2 years after we were married. Clarence's Dad worked construction and they moved all over the states, living in their trailer. My Mom could only afford the rent on a trailer, not a house, so that's where we lived. Bill Hartley (RIP) drove the school bus and we became good friends. He was a wonderful guy. For some reason, those of us who lived out there picked up the nickname "trailer trash". One year at the Club 40 we all got together and asked to have our picture taken as the Trailer Trash from Columbia High. It was a joke to us. We had our first baby while we were living in our "First Home" out there. We had to take out the dinette set to make room for a crib. (smile) Then Clarence got a job with G. E. and we were lucky enough to get a 2 bedroom prefab. I walked myself to death with all that room after living in that 26 foot trailer that had no bed, no bathroom and no hot water. I was in heaven!! -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) To: Richard Roberts (49) My dad and mom and me lived in that "biggest trailer park in the universe" also. We lived in a small cracker box and had to run to the cozy utility building... fortunately it was just next door. We did not have the pot belly stove to keep warm... we did have a space heater. I remember my mom would sit in front of it all day long while I was at school. My dad lived there first... my mom and I would ride the bus from Spokane to Hanford about every other weekend until we moved there when school was out for the summer. Wow! What a great place to live. If we had company over, the kids stayed outside and played kick the can or hide N seek under a street light. Eventually there were fenced playgrounds with swings and such. And a big pile of dirt, I remember it well. -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ~ Spokane, WA - We had snow coming home from the hockey game on Saturday evening. My gr grandsons loved it. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) Thanks for all the bus pictures. More of memory lane. The bus drivers did enjoy their breaks playing cards, talking and enjoying. I remember going to the bus lot with dad. All of them were always so friendly and caring. Re: Saturday luncheon My mother, Norma Jones, had a stroke last night while I was on the phone with her. Since she is four hours away from me, it was quite a moment-to-moment experience getting an ambulance to her and my sister, Nina Jones Rowe ('65), and husband racing up the freeway to be with her (they live forty-five minutes from her.) I am on my way to be with her also. I will miss the Saturday luncheon but will look forward to next month. Please pray for our mom. The prognosis is good for her being 85 years old. Bomber Thank You -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) West Richland, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Re: Just A Reminder WHAT? Bakersfield Bomber Luncheon WHERE? Mimi's on California Avenue WHEN? Sunday, November 13th TIME? 1:00 P.M. DIRECTIONS: Highway 99 to California exit, go West on California and look for Mimi's... will be on the left side of the street in the Barnes and Noble center. Would have liked some sort of "head count"...did hear from a few... looks like we might have 7 instead of our "usual" 5 for lunch. The more, the merrier! -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA - has finally gotten cooler... 50s at night, 70s during the day. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Re: Happy Birthday, Julie Smyth BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today [11/7]: Julie Smyth ('69wb) Julie: Here's a late birthday wish. Happy Birthday and Many More! I remember you well, and I am certain that you are as cute as ever. I think we should remove the (wb) from your name after all of the fabulous work you have done putting Maren and company up for so long. You are a Katrina Hero! Love, -Anna Durbin ('69) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/10/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 11 Bombers and 1 NAB today sent stuff: Paul Phillips ('49), Char Dossett ('51) Dave Rhodes ('52WB), Marilyn De Vine ('52) Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Jay Siegel ('61) Betty Neal ('62), Mary Ann Vosse ('63) David Rivers ('65), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Gary Christian ('67), Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Johnson ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carl Dvorak ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dee Shipman ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fred Meeks ('73) U.S. MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY Today ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul Phillips ('49) I've been gone awhile, but still "listening." I just wanted anyone who might like to know, that my brother, Richard "Dick" Phillips {'53} passed away last night [11/8/05] in Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. Later BRO. -Paul Phillips ('49) ~ Maltby WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Char Dossett Holden ('51) The emails made me remember that I lived in North Richland in a trailer that was homemade with some sort of stove (I don't remember the product that was used). My parents and myself lived while we were waiting for the ranch house to be completed. Mr. Hartley, the bus driver, knew every morning I would be running down the street to catch his bus. One morning I was running later than usual and slammed out of the trailer. He had driven the bus down my street to pick me up. The students all had a good laugh and I was grateful. -Char Dossett Holden ('51) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52WB) Re: North Richland Trailer Park It is certainly interesting to me to read about living in the trailer park. I lived there in 1948 and 1949. We had a 21 foot Columbia trailer which was shared by mom, dad and little half brother, Scott. I loved living there and had many friends there. I would not trade that great experience for anything. It was great being a part of that environment. -Dave Rhodes ('52WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Re: World's Biggest Trailer Park: I'm not sure how we lucked out by getting a farm house, but my family missed out on the experience of the trailers. I remember going into the one Luana Ivers Portch's ('52) family lived in and THINK I remember seeing hammock beds hung from the ceiling for her brothers. I say 'lucked out' because being in the country, we had a dog, chickens, 2 goats and LOTS of freedom, including experiences with bull snakes and rattlesnakes!! However, we rode the bus 10 miles (morning shift) to school and missed out on the friendships and camaraderie of being in town with our classmates. Re: Old times The other day I got out my old, tattered, splattered, hand written recipe for Sweet and Sour Pork and want to share the info on the flyer I'd written it on: from Roy Davis Furniture! The phone was listed as WH-4-4444, so I know it has to be just about 'ancient'! It reads, in part, "Dear Preferred Customer: We're forced to take drastic action because the carpenters are waiting to start work on our store. We're slashing prices in an all-out attempt to move out $200,000 worth of furniture and G-E appliances. This will take place at a special Closed-Sale planned just for you." "We had fully intended to move merchandise to the new warehouse we're building on Welsian Way in Richland. However, due to strikes and other delays, this warehouse is not completed." It goes on to say: "Look at these surprising appliance prices: A G-E clothes dryer for only $83; a G-E automatic washer for $148!! all-wool carpet...for only $9.94 a square YARD (emphasis mine) and this includes the heaviest of rubber pads and the finest in quality installation." "We invite you to a special After-Hours Sale on Tuesday, July 31, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm'.." "P.S. and just look at these 'DOORBUSTERS' (Quantities Limited --- Be First In Line When Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.) Air Mattress Beach Raft 80 cents, Quality Lawn Shears 49 cents, 2-Quart Decanter 25 cents." I think we can safely say those days are gone forever. (But, then, so are the wages!) Perhaps one of our historians can put a year on that flyer. Re: Birthday A special Thank You to all who sent birthday greetings via email! It is always fun to be acknowledged. When I told granddaughter, Jordan, I am 71, she said in this incredulous sounding voice, "Wow! That's like TEN SEVENS!!!" Ha ha, fun. The good news is that I don't FEEL that 'old'. Or maybe I just don't know what 71 is supposed to feel like! Joined 'Curves' recently. I know I will enjoy the exercises and meeting new ladies. -Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) ~ in Yuma, AZ for the winter. My first year as a Snow Bird. Heading to the Arizona All-Bomber Luncheon November 13th. Then will be in Richland for a couple of weeks for an extended Thanksgiving holiday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: Trailer Park I lived with my parents at 807 "U" Street while we waited for housing in Richland. We even had to wait to get into the park and stayed for a few weeks at Chubbs Trailer Court in Enterprize (West Richland) until a spot was available. We had a 27 foot Marvel with a back bedroom but no bath. Ours was the third lot from the washhouse and it was a long cold run in the severe winter of 1948. Mother taught at John Ball and I went to sixth grade there in the other end of the string of Quonset huts. It was wonderful in the summer because all the kids played peacefully together and outside for the most part. Because we were near the edge (at the time) of the park there were huge piles of dirt to play on. The most fun was flying kites unrestricted by electrical wires or trees. In the winter we spent hours in the wash houses playing Jacks or 7-Up. I have since had RVs bigger than where we lived then. I remember my friend Mary "Tippy" Foley had a Spartan Manor. I don't know how big it was, but it seemed like a mansion to me. Of course she had a couple of brothers and there were only the three of us, so I guess everything is relative. We weren't any different from the other thousands of people there. We used the utility trailer we had pulled from Illinois to serve as storage. My grandmother came from Illinois for Christmas and we somehow accommodated her. Those are great memories, but I'm glad I don't have to do it again. Those sand storms were a killer. I probably only weighed about seventy pounds and just about blew away in the dirt. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) ~ from So. Richland where it is still cold after a night time low of 27. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) Re: Happy Birthday! The link below is a special 230th birthday present especially for all Marines, but is good for everyone's soul. Thank you Chuck. Semper Fi. -Jay Siegel (Classic Class of '61) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Just a note to tell you that my husband, George Brinkman ('60), has been in the hospital 3 weeks with the prospects of being there another 3 weeks. He had surgery to repair a conduit which went very well. As he was a day or so from coming home a leak in his intestine developed and all hell broke loose. I think he has turned the corner as of a couple of days ago. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. George has received several cards from Pete Overdahl ('60). I tried to e-mail Pete from the address given on the alumni site and it bounced back. Pete, if you are reading this, would you please e-mail me. Or, if someone has a correct address for Pete, please let me know. Thank you, -Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) Re: Laugh For The Day Thanks, Maren, for the great laugh yesterday. Hooray for little old ladies with black purses, umbrellas and bibles! -Mary Ann Vosse Hirst ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: November 10, 230 years of tradition... Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Moooooorning, Mariiiiiiiiines. It's that day again. Why it seems like only yesterday, Number 32 ('63) had called a gathering of the Clan. I remember it well. We all met over at Tun Tavern to watch "the game". Yes it is as fresh in my mind today as it was then. I remember that O'Banion kid playing with that sword... his mom kept saying "you'll put your eye out with that thing". I think it was the Mamaluk hilt that bothered her. Then as I recall, Chesty kept yelling "chaaaaaaarge"... we didn't know what to charge... Number '32 thought he was talking about an entrance fee into the tavern... why would anyone pay an entrance fee to get into a tavern? Then someone suggested we head for Mexico... something about Montazuma Hall I remember Mac Hall but wasn't familiar with that one... figured it musta been on a campus I didn't attend... Now Tripoli... I'm pretty sure I heard of that place... Funny... One guy was telling this story about his trip to Bella Wood... says the Germans kept calling him a Devil Dog... we thought it sounded cool and all got tattooed with these mean looking bulldogs with funny hats on them... Then there was that time in Chapoltapec, guys kept getting blood on their trousers so we decided we'd add a red stripe to our uniforms when we designed them to add a little local color... Number 32 said we needed an initiation... that sounded pretty good... but what should it be... nothing gross like the Hell's Angels... but something a guy or gal wouldn't forget if he or she went thru it... yeah... we let girls in the club too... at first it was gonna be one of them he-man women haters clubs but our girl friends and wives vetoed that one real fast... so we invented "BAMs'... well I mean we didn't invent them... just kinda let them join the club... so now on this initiation... we gotta get some guys who really think they are tough to push the new guys around a bunch and still get them to unite and stand together... yelling is good... yelling always makes for a good initiation... and if we call the "slimy pukes" that will really hurt their little feelings... we can make them wear their pants all baggy and their top buttons buttoned... make their utilities too big for them so they really look grubby... the big tough guys get to wear starched utilities with bloused boots and shirts open to show their manly chests... or they can wear dress uniforms with really crisp creases... yeah this is getting fun... Oh I know... they can wear these smokey bear hats and push them down over their noses so ya can't see their beady little eyeballs... then we can make them run everywhere they go... run run run... run to chow... ("readyyyyyyyyy... seats!") run to the potty... no wait run in and out of the potty... but don't let them go... ahhhhh ha ha ha... boy they ain't gonna forget this soon... squat thrusts... those are always fun... make them do them over and over... just tons of them... oh and push ups with their knuckles on their rifle butts... dang what a great initiation... pugel sticks... make em beat the crap out of each other with those babies... oh speaking of rifles... we gotta make them learn to shoot real good... like from a high tower or a book depository... no wait... that's getting kind of extreme... forget that last stuff... now... what do we do with these guys after they finish initiation? I know they can fight our country's battles in the air on land and sea... first to fight... yeah sounds good... and when they go to the next world... we'll let the world know that the gates are guarded by United States Marines! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOMBER MARINES! -David Rivers ('65) S/Sgt USMC (there are no ex-Marines) PS If ya didn't understand any of this... it's OK... it's a Marine thing. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Birthday Happy Birthday, Marines! Best Regards, -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Christian ('67) Re: Seattle Muscular Dystrophy clinic Hello all. Just a quick question if anyone out there might know. I am fighting a late life onset form of Muscular Dystrophy. Specificity OPMD. My sister, Sharon Christian ('62), also has it. It is extremely rare. There are 800 known cases in the state of New Mexico and that is the second largest concentration in the world. It is so rare, that there are only 7 known cases in the country of Holland. But, anyway, I am not at all happy with the MD clinic here in Portland, OR. They either know little about my disease or don't care. Does anyone out there know anything about the MD clinic at the University Hospital in Seattle? I see it listed as a regional MD center. I am hoping they might be able to give me some options. Any information would be greatly appreciated. -Gary Christian ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) To: Judy Willox ('61) Judy, Remember I was telling you I remembered seeing your father's name somewhere? Well, I found it and an a picture to go with. -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/11/05 ~ VETERANS DAY Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note From Deputy Editor Richard: Maren, daughter Stacey and son-in-law Chris, and the two adorable granddaughters are going back to Gretna for a few days to set in motion their return to the old homestead. So, I'll be putting out the Sandstorm for the next few days. Just remember to send your submissions to <> and you won't even know that anything is different. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 12 Bombers sent stuff: Dicksy Poe ('50), Jim Jensen ('50) Dale Ennor ('59), Larry Mattingly ('60) Judy Willox ('61), Mike Brady ('61) Jim Hamilton ('63), Jim House (63) Freddie Schafer ('63), David Rivers ('65) Bob Grout ('66WB), Pam Ehinger ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bev Coates ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jack Sinderson ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Eckert ('64) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jerry Boyd ('52) & Patsy McGregor ('54WB) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dicksy Poe Creek ('50) Re: Hanford Trailer Camp My sister, Virginia Poe Morrison ('51), and I lived with our parents at the Hanford trailer camp from July 1943 until February 1945. My dad had bought an 18ft house trailer in California and we towed all the way to Pasco. There we set up in a very primitive camp by the river, waiting for space in the temporary trailer camp at Hanford. In the temporary Hanford camp our water supply was from barrels which were scattered around the camp for use by the residents of many trailers. We used community portable toilets. I can't remember any bathing facilities. After a few weeks we were given a space on Helsinki Street, only a few blocks from the former Hanford HS, where I attended the 6th and part of the 7th grade. The school was so crowded, that they had a morning shift and an afternoon shift and we still had to sit two to a desk. The old gym had been partitioned to serve as classrooms. I remember only one teacher. Her name was Mrs. Nelson. She was the music teacher and taught us ever so many patriotic World War II songs. (High school children were bussed to school in another city, Richland I think.) At the Helsinki address we had a nice lot access to a large bath very clean bath house, with laundry facilities and yards and yards of clothes lines. Mother planted flowers and a vegetable garden, which she enjoyed. We had lived in the Mojave Desert for 8 years, where you couldn't grow anything except "saltwater trees". The Hanford Camp was a very unique place. We enjoyed a swimming place in the river and later a pool made by bulldozers scooping up the earth to form the pool sides. Movies were shown outdoors in the park and later in a huge indoor theater. All mail addresses were General Delivery. At the post office there was a line for nearly every letter in the alphabet and you still had to stand in long lines to get your mail. Although there was a large grocery store at Hanford we would drive to Pasco to buy some of our groceries. We also took the ferry across the river and bought chickens, eggs, fruit and vegetables from a farm on the river. We bought butter from the farm house at the Horn Rapids dam, where the irrigation employee lived. In February 1945, construction was mostly complete. Dad had gone to work in maintenance in the 200 areas. The trailer camp was closed, at least to operations employees. We had to move the trailer to a less desirable park at the Richland Y for a couple of weeks, to wait for housing in Richland. We were assigned a B House at 1722 Hunt Avenue; Virginia and I attended Jefferson School, and Columbia High School. I want to thank those who offered information about photography copyrights. They solved by problem. And also thanks to those who helped me with my genealogy quest. -Dicksy Poe Creek ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Don Sorenson (NAB) and Judy Willox ('61) Don's posting of 11/10/05 included an interesting bio (with picture) of Mr. Frank Willox, Judy's dad. He was a busy guy!!! It appears that he may have been a member of the Toastmasters about the same time as my father. The Toastmasters used to meet in the conference room of the activity center. One time (c. 1947 or '48), on guest night, Dad took me. The dinner was good. Other than my dad the only person I remember was that evening's speaker -- a Mr. Olsen, I believe. He was a Scandinavian who still sported an accent. Not surprisingly his presentation was about skiing. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ From Katy, Texas ~ where there was a drastic weather change this week; it is still mid-to-upper 80s with high humidity during the day, but the mid 50s nights are no more. They are now high mid 60s accompanied by high humidity. Autumn it ain't. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) To: Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52) Re: "Ancient" telephone number The telephone number you noted can hardly be considered "ancient". The letters "WH", standing for "WHitehall", were introduced sometime around 1960 or 1961. I still remember our five digit number: 5-3847. Earlier, I recall a different number, five digits I believe, which started with the letter "N". Does anyone remember the earlier numbers and what the letters may have signified? -Dale Ennor ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: J Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Buses and other Oboy... I get to use my new laptop again. Much higher speed, larger hard drive and lot of bells and whistles. The best of which so far is WiFi. I drove through an airport parking lot and got my e-mail the other day. I answered it during lunch and on the way home drove back through and sent all the answers. I got 8 hrs. out of the 2 batteries! And this Dell was less than half the cost of the 5 year old Dell clunker. Pretty cool. What a fun time in history to be alive. It is fun reading everybody's stories about the Hanford buses. Even those who never rode one can relate to them. I remember relatives visiting and being kept awake by the swing shift pick up. "How do you stand all that noise?" The bus stop was two full B houses up the street and they were accelerating and shifting right in front of our house. But I don't remember ever hearing them as noise. It was just the bus. What I never figured out was how my lab knew what bus I got off of. I would peak around the corner of the house and he would be jumping straight up and down and wiggling all over at the gate of his pen. Neighbors said 6-8 buses would go by and he would never move. But when I got off a block away his tail would go all over. When I worked in the forward areas -- 200's and 100's -- I rode the bus. But most of the time I spent in the 300 area I drove. Riding them was not too bad. Dress warm in the winter; sometimes the heaters weren't very good. But for me it generally was 45 minutes more reading time twice a day. I have to say I never saw a crabby bus driver. They were a friendly bunch, and good drivers. They made it look easy, but it wasn't always... I have many thousands of miles in semis, loaded with explosives not people. And while it may look routine when watching drivers of large vehicles, it rarely is. Trucks and buses can go out of control a lot easier then you would imagine. At one time my aunt and uncle lived in the west end of that house that the bus ran into at Swift and Thayer. I was trying to remember if it was before the hit or after. Next time I call them in KY I will ask. I can remember driving through the "largest trailer court in the world". Even then to my very young eyes they looked awfully small. I can remember thinking how far it was to the bathroom. We were fortunate to be able to have a house when we arrived in Dec. of '43. Dad had been there for months, in a dorm I think. But he found us a house to share with another family for a few months until 206 Casey was ready for occupancy. Reading the stories of living in N Richland convinces me that they certainly made their share of sacrifices for the cause. What some viewed as excess rewards in the 50's were well earned. One thing that has stuck with many of us all our lives. We do know how to build a fire out of a little paper and kindling. Learning them in a cranky old coal furnace on a cold morning, were dirty, and tough, but quick lessons. Do your grandkids give you the same unbelieving look when you talk about shaking down clinkers, wadding up newspaper, splitting kindling, and shoveling coal? I have some business in the Tri Cities this weekend so will attend the Bomber Lunch Sat. noon. I know where the place is but the reservation instructions are in my computer at the office. Perhaps Vera Smith will see this and count on two of us to be there. I pray Patti Ahrens's mother is doing well. I finally found a Dr. who was genuinely interested in all the troubles and pains in my back, hips, and legs over the last 30 years. He ordered an MRI, and my days of any heavy lifting are over. Mild to moderate arthritic degeneration of discs L1 thru L5, and a lot more discouraging descriptions. I have an appointment with him next week and we will lay out a plan for living with it. I do know I have to lose weight. I had started on that before seeing him and am down 11 pounds in 5 weeks with 50 to go. He wants to try cortisone injections before considering any surgery. At least the rest of my health stuff checked out well. I have had a good life so far, but have beat up my bones pretty bad. But I will be 64 in Jan., so I can't complain too much. For those who may go to the Coeur d'Alene ID Christmas lights festival the Friday after Thanksgiving, we will be doing the fireworks again. We just finished the design of the display. I get to do a bunch of goodies off of over 1000 feet of dock again. Getting that 1000 to 1200 ft. of material to go off on command and all at once, is my kind of technical challenge. I will use nearly 2 miles of wire to do it. Along with that we will have 4 barges full of mortars, including 8 of our 1000 pound 16-inch guns. And, again this year there is a good chance of some surprise effects when least expected... The show will be 8 minutes with 500 pieces of Pyro going off per minute! If you are in the neighborhood and like fireworks, don't miss this one. You need to get there early, before the parade, or park waaaay over someplace. E-mail me early in the week and I will give you directions to a good viewing spot a bit away from the mob. Oy... I have to admit a bit of embarrassment. Last year a Bomber ('53?) who lives down the lake from CdA offered to help relieve my boredom of a evening or two in motel rooms during the week. His name has slipped away from my feeble neurons, and I lost a fair number of names and addresses when I transferred them from my old puter because of a faulty flash drive. So a search of that didn't help. Perhaps if I offer to buy the first couple of rounds he will forgive me and drop me a note. Ok, I have rambled enough. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ From home South of Tacoma, warm and snug against cold wind and rain lashing the window. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) To: Don Sorenson (NAB, but should be!) Re: Don: "Remember I was telling you I remembered seeing your father's name somewhere? Well, I found it and a picture...." I did remember that you had told me that Don, and I always wondered if you had found it. You are just such a busy person that I didn't want to nag you about it. ;o) Thank you so much for ALL the pictures you send to the Sandstorm as they are treasures to us Bombers out here. I am sure at one time that article was around the house as I do vaguely remember it, but it probably left when Dad did. I love all the pictures you send; but this one, of course, is the best! :o) Thank you so much for sending this one! You really oughta be a Bomber! To: Lots of Friends in Bomberville and Beyond Thanks so much for all the birthday greetings I got from all of you friends out there. I do so appreciate them, and every one of you. I love you all! Bomber Cheers, -Judy Willox (Classic Class of '61) ~ Richland, where it has turned just a tad bit frosty at nights now. And Pappy, don't you dare leave me! lol [Now Judy, maybe on your side of the Chief Jo fuhbah field it has been "a tad bit frosty"; on my side it has been flat out COLD! -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mike Brady ('61) To: David Rivers ('65) "It's a Marine thing?" I think it must be a former active duty Marine thing! I spent three and a half years (3 years, 5 months, 22 days, 7 hours and 14 minutes to be exact) stationed with the Marine Corps and I don't think I met one Marine who liked the Marine Corps... except the lifers. Most of them were counting the days. -Mike Brady ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: David 'Pook' Smith ('63-RIP) Several people have made cash donations at GESA for Pook's Memorial Bench and we can't identify them for proper recognition. If you were of those donors, could you let me know so that your generosity can be recognized? We've just about met our goal, and Terry Jones is now working with the city on an appropriate location. If anyone would like to make a donation, the books are still open. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim House (63) Re: Veteran's Day Yesterday I came across something a Marine from Richland had written to his mother while serving in Vietnam 36 years ago. He wrote: "If I am killed, I would like for you to use the death benefit to do something for the youth in Richland. Perhaps you could buy some new swings for Marcus Whitman, some fertilizer for the Little League ball fields and maybe a new scoreboard for the Bomber gym." I suspect that many of the guys reading this will say that was just another Marine full of himself. The women may say it was an awful thing for a son to write to a worried mother. In any case, I decided to share the excerpt with Sandstorm readers today as a tribute to Richland Veterans. The night before the Marine was to lead a six-man team on a special high- risk mission, his thoughts were how fortunate and grateful he was to have had so many friends and good times while growing up in Richland. -Jim House (63) ~ Mead, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Freddie Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Happy Veterans Day to all of us Bombers who served, and a special thanks to family and friends and loved ones whose Veterans gave the ultimate sacrifice; it's because of them that we can enjoy this and other holidays. -Freddie Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ from wet and damp Vancouver USA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) November 11...a date that warms the hearts or should warm the hearts of all Americans. Today is the day we honor our Veterans all of our Veterans. Yesterday was the Marine Corps Birthday and I threw in all the buzz words and phrases I could think of in my feeble little pea brain that applied just to Marines. But today is the day for all of us who were comrades in arms. The Soldier, the Sailor, the Air Force and the Marines. If you wonder why I don't include Marines with Soldiers...well,'s a Marine thing...don't let it bother you. My secretary told me the traveling Wall is over on Fremont Street and she is going to see it. I'm not ready yet. Not sure I'll ever be ready. Not that I don't appreciate everything those guys and gals gave. I do. More than I can possibly explain I do. I made myself watch this Bruce Willis Movie a few years back about a soldier and his niece or something going to the Wall...I mean I made myself watch it...I had a very hard time doing that. But I can't go myself and I can't even go to the traveling Wall. It's just me and I am not ready to get over it....I don't know if it is the way I felt when I got home or I just can't look at the folks on the wall or maybe I know I'd be uncontrollable if I looked at it....When I got home the Hell's Angels took me in along with a bunch of other returning Marines and kind of eased us back into life....They were so kind and understanding I can't describe the love I felt from those men...When I got to my duty station I immediately tried to return to the way of life I had come to know and understand..."Don't mess with your brother." VERY simple rule and most understood it very well....I had some fresh from stateside S/Sgt (a FNG) approach me once who hadn't learned the Rule yet....I taught him the Rule....every morning when he shaves he still remembers that Rule I am sure....It wasn't the right or the wrong thing to do....but it may have kept him alive by learning that Rule...I'm hopeful he never broke it again...Daaaaaaaaaaang...gettin way off track here....this is supposed to be about THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to each and every man and woman in Bomberville who served so the rest of us could sleep at night....You are the blessing to the rest of us and I want you to know we love you. If nobody ever said it...WELCOME HOME! -David Rivers ('65) ~ S/Sgt USMC **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: [Mobile Riverine Force Association] Veteran's Day Excellent message for Veterans Day. Would love to share this with the Veterans and other alumni: <> It's about 6.5 megs so it will take a while to load. Thanks, -Bob Grout ('66WB) ~ Viet-Nam Vet ~ Feb-1967-Nov-1970 ~ Military time U.S.N. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To all our Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, and all other Armed Services! THANK YOU!! Without you we'd might not have the country we have! Rick Allen ('67), Rick Maddy ('67), Dave Bryant ('67), and my son SSgt James Walsborn (NAB), Dave Rivers ('65), and I know there are many more out there that I don't know. You are all very special to each and every one of us! Thank you! Happy Veteran's Day! My son is stationed at Ft Lewis right now. He's in the Ranger School now and just got his BS in Aviation (can't spell and don't have spell-check! LOL) He is a lifer going to be a Warrant Officer. Will be flying helicopters; he's also a Crew Chief too! He's been to Iraq and made it back safe and sound! Thank you again for all that you men and women do for our country! Bombers Rule -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/12/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Betty Hiser ('49) Dick Roberts ('49), Stephanie Dawson ('60) Carol Carson ('60), Bob Cross ('62) Gary Behymer ('64), Dennis Hammer ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Gregory Dodd ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Duane Cross ('79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy ('45) I read with interest about the trailers in Hanford and North Richland. For two weeks we lived in the trailers from hell in Pasco, under the old bridge. It was in August of 1943 while we waited for a house in Richland. The trailers were painted in Army brown and were unbearably hot. The only saving grace was the community swimming hole on the Columbia, directly south of the trailer park. -Dick McCoy (from the Tin Can Class of 1945) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) Re: Phone Numbers When we first arrived in Richland we were able to get a phone because my mother had had surgery and the surgery did not heal properly so we had the only phone in the neighborhood (except a patrolman that lived next door). We lived down on Duane and Central Stores was across the street on Wellsian Way. Our phone number was 1672-W and their number was 1672-J. We received their calls all day long and all night. What a pain! After they combined all the numbers and made 5-number designations our number was 7-4777. After nearly 11 years we moved from an A house to an F House and they would not let us take 7-4777 with us. When the 7 numbers (2 letters and 5 numbers) were assigned everyone in Richland had WHitehall; Pasco, LIberty; Kennewick, JUstice; Walla Walla, JAckson; etc. I remember being in Spokane when my girlfriend received a letter from the phone company and they told her that her number would be ___-____ she yelled, "They are changing my phone number!" I tried to explain to her that just the two letters were being changed to numbers. All she did for the remainder of the day was rant and rave about her number being changed. Re: Veteran's Day God bless those who serve and have served. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland. Beautiful day... our nights are getting cooler... think the cold weather has nipped my roses. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) To: Dicksy Poe Creek ('50) Hi, Dicksy, thanks for the trip down memory lane describing your family's life in the "largest trailer camp in the world" located at Hanford, not North Richland. Our lives there certainly paralleled. After Hanford, we too lived in a sub- standard camp at the "Y" at the top of the hill where the wind did blow and blow and almost blew our little trailer house down. And, it was cold. Then my dad and mom rented a "B" house in the north part of Richland near the corner of Goethals and Van Giesen. We were one of the latter families to leave Hanford where I was in the 8th grade at the old high school. When we first got to Hanford, I joined the school student patrol and 6 months later, or so, I rapidly rose to the rank of captain as everyone else had left to go to Richland. I don't think there were too many left to captain. Where on earth did you live in the Mojave desert? Carol and I lived in Barstow early into my work career from 1955-1960. Cheers, -Richard "Dick" Roberts ('49) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Just got back from vacation and am catching up on the mail. To Larry Osterman ('51): Thanks so much for the article on Gene Conley. My mom and dad were long-time supporters, both personally and professionally, of ALL Bomber sports and athletes, including Gene. They were acquainted with his whole family. Grover died 25 years ago this past August but Mom (Margaret) is still doing great at 90 and still living in her own home. She has never forgotten those days of helping Daddy Dawald and Ray Juricich drive the teams to the State basketball tournament in the 50s. These days she's a fanatic Sonics fan and buys the special NBA package so that she can see all of the games, plus the games of her favorite past Sonics who now play on other teams. If my brothers (Jeff ('62); Gaynor ('65)) are not in town, she calls me or my youngest son (Josh ('93)) in Seattle to share her excitement at some of the plays. She's really something! To Dale Ennor ('59) and Marilyn "Em" De Vine ('52): We got the WH prefix to our phone sometime between 1958 and 1960. My dad thought it was silly and always referred to WH as Wahoo. So to him our phone number was Wahoo 3-xxxx. Before that it was 7-7793 when we lived on McMurray (1950-1958). We came to Richland in 1949 to open Dawson-Richards and just now I cannot remember our first number (1949-1950). We lived on Atkins then, just around the corner from Larry Mattingly at the time. Never knew anything about an N in the number. Funny, I remember the phone number in Vancouver (1944-1949). It was 311. Not too many phones back then, I guess! Funeral note: Sasha Harmon (Sandy Harmon ('62)) -- sorry, old age prevents me from remembering her married name -- called last night to tell me that her dad, Merle Harmon, beloved husband of Sonya Harmon, my very most favorite Chief Jo homeroom teacher, French teacher, and Russian teacher, passed away in Seattle on Monday, Nov. 7. He would have been 88 on Dec. 1. Sonya is still well and active and plans to remain in their retirement apartment in downtown Seattle. I have kept in touch over the years and they both aged gracefully and continued to be lovely and interesting people. I credit Sonya with inspiring me to do more than just get through the classes and to actually work for goals and live a productive life. -Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Carson Renaud ('60) Re: North Richland Trailer Camp I have been enjoying the stories about the trailer camp and wanted to add my two cents worth. We moved from Portland in late 1951 I think it was. My dad worked in 300 area and Mom went to work downtown as a secretary. My folks bought a 27' trailer at 502 G street. Our neighbors to the north were the McDonalds and to the south on the corner were the Thompsons. This trailer had one bedroom in the back, a kitchenette (like in a travel trailer) with a booth that made up into a bed where I slept. In the living room there was an armless love seat and chair which laid out flat and pushed together to make a bed for my brother Steve ('58). Steve grew so tall the year we lived there that sometimes when he would turn over in bed, he would kick the front door open. I always had to go to bed in Mom and Dad's bed and they would sit up in the "kitchen" and listen to the radio and play cards. One of my strongest memories was of waking up one night and noticing the reflection of flames dancing on the wall in front of me. I sat up and looked out the window and saw that the Thompson's trailer was ablaze. Everyone was out except my friend, Earleen. My dad was at the back door trying to get her to come back there to come out the door since the front of the trailer where she slept was burning. She finally made it to everyone's relief. I guess that is what caused my greatest fear to be fire. It was always difficult, as others have mentioned, to have to run down the block to the bathrooms. Someone in our family (I won't mention names) sometimes would not want to make that trek during the night (especially in the winter). We could always tell, come spring, because there would be a large splotch of grass darker green than the rest, right off the front porch. Wonder what caused that? *grin* In those days we didn't have mail delivery. There was a large post office where everyone had to go to get their mail "General Delivery". I got a job as the paper girl but didn't deliver the papers -- I would stand on the steps of the post office every afternoon and sell the Columbia Basin News as people came out after picking up their mail. Can't remember what the pay was -- I think it was so much per paper -- but I do remember going home and putting my take into a coffee can every night to save for vacation. In 1952 we finally got our ranch house at 1210 Cedar Street and moved into town. We had no furniture so Mom and Dad bought beds and one rocking chair. We used the drawers in the bathroom for dressers for a while. The floors were all tile on concrete so there was quite an echo when you walked through the house. I can remember the ranch houses all looked the same. When we were moving, Mom and I were taking a load to the new house. We pulled up in the driveway, walked right up, and opened the front door. To our surprise, there was a family sitting in the living room. Needless to say, we had stopped a couple blocks too soon. Boy, were we red faced! Ah the memories. -Carol Carson Renaud ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Cross ('62) I would like to wish my younger brother Duane Cross ('79) a happy birthday. May your new year be good to you and may all your news be good news. Love you Brother, -Bob Cross ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Boy Scout Photos These photos of Richland Boy Scouts found on eBay: -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: Veteran's Day / Merchant Marine We should not forget the Merchant Marine. All that WW-II production for the war effort by American industry had to be shipped to the troops. Everything for the war effort from Spam (not computer SPAM but the kind you can eat if you are really- really-really hungry), to deuce-and-a-half trucks, to gasoline, to bombs, had to be shipped virtually all over the world to where the fighting was. Getting it there was a problem with U-boats waiting to torpedo the slow moving hastily built Liberty ships. The merchant marine had the highest casualty rate of any of the services, even higher than the Marine Corps. The U.S. government has somewhat recognized them as veterans; they can receive a headstone, flag, and burial in a National Cemetery, but that is about it. -Dennis Hammer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) sorry I didn't get this in Friday's posting, but just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all those who have served to keep me and my family free and able to live in the BEST Country in the entire world!!!!!! I am grateful to all who served. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! and to those who were in Viet Nam, a GREAT BIG HUG---I know a lot of you were not welcomed home the way you should have been, but I want you all to know that I appreciate the sacrifice that you made to "answer the call"!!! my father was a Marine in World War II; both my grandfathers were in World War I; my brother was in the Navy during Viet Nam; and my nephew is in the Air Force and has been in the Gulf more than once! just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to them, too!!!!!!! Linda Reining(64) rained in Bakersfield, CA for about an hour---made everything smell so nice---love the rain! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gregory Dodd ('80) Re: Veterans Day Speaking as a 20 year Navy Veteran, and a Col-Hi graduate ('80), I must thank such a wonderful place as Richland for giving me the home-town feeling that I miss so dearly. I served my country for 20 years, retiring 3 years ago. I served, as corny as it sounds, to defend the rights of Americans from all of the "Richlands" in our country. So many times, I felt sorry for myself while overseas: Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, Guam, Puerto Rico, by myself as a young man, away from family and friends, during holidays, etc; that a lot of graduates went into college among other lines, but I actually felt it my duty, and the feeling made me warm, although lost. The feeling that I didn't go to college to make better of myself. I grew older, I lost several friends, two of them to hostile fire onboard our squadron aircraft. I finally realized I have nothing to be ashamed of; my military brothers and sisters and myself included -- not to mention those that gave all -- gave my "Richland" family the freedoms to enjoy such a wonderful home and that warm feeling I myself felt growing up a BOMBER. To all of those who gave all and families, God Bless you all, along with those serving now and in the future. -Gregory Dodd ('80) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/13/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Jim Jensen ('50) Gus Keeney ('57), Burt Pierard ('59) Helen Cross ('62), Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Carson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) Re: Plant Phones I never understood the phone system that the Plant/City had. Some home numbers would only be 3 numbers, some 4 numbers and a letter, or a letter (I finally figured out that the A was for area) and 4 numbers. It was a mess, but the numbers were easy to remember. Since I was a teenager my father told me I could talk on the phone as long as I wanted BUT if I heard the receiver being picked up I was to hang up. No one could get a private line unless they were someone important on the Project so you were always on a party line. To: Carol Carson ('60) Re: Ranch Houses My father told my mother he was going to apply for one of the ranch houses. She told him that he would live there alone because she was not going to ruin her legs by walking around on that cement floor. Besides, they had no closets. Our neighbors moved into one and she told my mother about 6 months later that she wished she had listened to my mother. She was having major problems with her legs. Our neighbor lady came to Richland from Chicago about 1947. She had gone to the grocery store and went home to put her groceries up when a lady walked in and asked her what she was doing. She couldn't tell the B houses apart. I thought I was going to be blind at 13 and learned to count how far it was from place to place; otherwise, I probably would have gone into other peoples' houses. When I was a child they used to make us stand in school at 11:00am and someone played taps on November 11. Do they allow that now? I thought it was a very nice gesture. That was during World War II; I had two blood uncles and my aunt's husband in the service so I felt especially proud when we had to stand. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) To: Stephanie Dawson Janicek ('60) Re: Dawson-Richards Your posting of 11/12/05, mentioning Dawson-Richards, struck a memory chord for me. I was so pleased with a navy blue suit that I bought from a gentleman who waited on me during my first visit (c. 1951) that I bought all of my clothes from D-R. I was just an 18-year old who was somewhat hesitant about a selection. The patient, smiling gentleman -- who wore glasses -- spent all the time necessary to help me with my decision. I never forgot his courtesy. After a few more purchases he remembered me and thereafter always called me by name as I entered the store. Was he your dad? Re: Telephone Numbers When we moved into our first house (an A-house) we were given the number 49-J, ring 2. I haven't the slightest idea why our number had so few digits. When we lived in Hanford we, like most other people, had to go to the telephone center to make long distance calls "home". The center was located in a small room near the entrance of a "rec hall". It was a place provided for workers to enjoy liquid refreshment after a hard day in the field. Prospective callers would register at a counter upon entering the room. The typical waiting time to have a call placed by a PBX operator was about an hour or so. When a connection was made with your party one of the operators would call out your name and you could proceed to a "booth". Calling times were limited to just a very short period. It was usual, during stand-by time, to hear fights break out in the rec hall... normally one or two. One of the operators would jump to her feet, run to the door and bolt it so that participants would not spill over into the center. Ah yes. The good old days. -Jim Jensen ('50) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Missy may be able to correct me, but as I remember it, our phone # was 8-0107 until I went into the Navy in Jan 1958. Then it changed while I was gone. -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ in Yuma getting ready for my trip to the AZ BOMBER FUNCTION tomorrow. Well... Today as this gets read!!!! Sunny and mid 80's today and for the rest of the week **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er), Dale Ennor ('59), and anybody else who gives a rip Re: Ancient Phone Numbers The original residential phone numbers were indeed 4 numbers + a letter. Check out the first Richland Phone Book (April 1945) by going to the All-Bomber Links <>, scroll down to and click "The Gallery" (under "Sites of Interest"), then click on the "1945 Hanford Engineer Works Phone Book" (under "1940s stuff"). Since that book only had "April" on the front cover, I was able to positively date it as April 1945 when my family was listed at 1207 Swift Blvd. where we lived only from Dec. 1, 1944 to Dec. 1, 1945, hence the "April" had to be 1945. That listing brings up another story of interest (at least to me) in that one of my dad's (RIP-1965) first jobs after arriving at Hanford, in Jan. 1944, was the allocation of the residential phones in Richland Village. That explains how we had one of the first residential phones. One of Dad's closest friends, Rex Vaught (still alive in Kennewick) related the following to me: "Good old Jack [Burt's dad] took care of himself and all his friends. My biggest problem was trying to explain to my supervisor why I had a phone before he did." Now as to the phone numbers, the original exchange was made up of human operator-controlled plugging-in of patch cords to various electromagnetic relay switches (anybody remember the, "Number, please?" inquiry from the operator?). These old switches could not handle very many numbers so I assume the "Letter" designated the switch that the operator connected to and then selected the number from that switch. I don't know for sure, but I think the "Five Numbers" came with the "dial phones" and their electronic switches that could handle all the numbers in the Village. I believe the WHitehall prefix (WH) came with The Direct Dial Long Distance Capability. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland PS-- The "1947 Hanford Engineer Works Phone Book" listed in "The Gallery" consists of only the commercial pages and a couple of residential pages that were scanned and submitted by Tom Mathews ('57). Tom has since made the book available to me and I have scanned it cover to cover but forgot to send it to Maren for posting. I will do so Monday and when she gets a chance (what with commuting back and forth to Gretna), she will complete the posting. I assume she will put some mention in the Sandstorm when she is done. By the way, the residential numbers were still 4 numbers + a letter in 1947. Amazingly, we ended up with the number "1947J" in the 1947 Phone Book which was a source of amusement to my dad, Jack. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) I want to join in wishing my youngest cousin (in my growing up years) Duane Cross ('79) a very happy birthday too!! Sorry, Duane, I know by the time you get this, I will be a day late... but the wish is sincere. Here the sun is shining in a blue sky and it's 57 degrees with a slight wind. A beautiful fall day for here, hope it was at least that nice in the Tri-Cities for your special day. Maren, you said that it was expected to get up to 86 degrees in your neck of the woods a few weeks ago. I'm wondering if it's still expected to be that hot. As I'm starting to throw in a few things for when I go to help in the Katrina aftermath at Ocean Springs, Mississippi over the week of Thanksgiving with a group of United Methodist Committee on Relief volunteers from this part of Indiana. Not that I will pack much, but it sounds like I really won't even need a sweatshirt. We will sleep in air conditioned (and heated) tents!! And there will be a community Thanksgiving meal I'm looking forward to as my dear husband and son can hardly tear themselves away from football to eat... usually. They will probably be forced to go out or order from the grocery store. I don't know where the time if going, but it is flying by. I have to call my brother, Roy, today, as his oldest daughter turned l5 this past week and I forgot to call on the day, (the check was already in the mail, so I really hadn't forgotten her birthday), it just snuck (sneaked?) up on me!! Alright English gurus, help me out here. It's so nice today, I'd rather go rake leaves than clean up inside, but sometimes that wins out. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB) Re: Hanford Trailer Park To those who lived in the trailer camp, Found several pictures of the construction camp. My wife's grandparents lived in an old farm house east of the barracks. His sister took an apricot from its backyard and planted it in their backyard after the move to Richland. Grew into a tree and produced fruit for years afterward. -Don Sorenson (NAB) Interior pictures: 051113-Sorenson-S-1536.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1537.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1538.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1539.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1540.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1541.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1542.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1543.jpg Exterior pictures: 051113-Sorenson-S-1929.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1930.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1931.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1932.jpg 051113-Sorenson-S-1933.jpg *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/14/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Virginia Brinkerhoff ('54) Burt Pierard ('59), Richard Anderson ('60) Betty Neal ('62), Donna Nelson ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Gregory Dodd ('80) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ken Neal ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shirley Collings ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael West Rivers ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Jo Garrison ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) Re: Phones I was talking about party lines. When we still had operators I had to make a call to Seattle for a hotel reservation. I called the operator and she connected me and just after the guy said "Hotel _____" I got cut off. Called again and got the same operator and told her that I got cut off. She connected me again and the same thing happened. I called a third time and got the same operator. She asked how we were getting along with our party line and I said, "TERRIBLE!" She asked if she could listen in on the call and I told her I was just trying to get a hotel reservation. She connected me the third time and when the hotel person answered there was big click and the operator said, "I don't know who you are but you will be assigned a new phone number tomorrow." We had no further problems with our party line. The operator told me that obviously that person knew a lot about the phone system and that was how he could cut me off. PS: She did not charge me for any of the calls. Burt Pierard ('59): Thanks for your input on the phone system. Shirley Watts James ('49): Are you all right? Saw where they had tornados in the Evansville, IN area. Also saw where some people in Indiana are not happy with the daylight savings v. standard time. -Betty Hiser Gulley ('49er) ~ south/government Richland. Rain 15 drops last night. Sun is shining right now. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Virginia "Gin" Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) This is my first time to send "stuff", but I have been reading the e-mail Alumni Sandstorm for a while, and want to thank those of you who put so much time and talent into producing it. Couldn't pass up the latest from Don Sorenson (the spouse of my niece Susan). Thanks, Don, for remembering about the apricot pit that Mom (Elva Brinkerhoff) brought from Hanford and planted in the back yard of our prefab on Smith Ave. in Richland. Not only did the apricot tree grow and thrive, it became host to the most spectacular tree house I have ever yet to see. I have great memories of "the largest trailer park" -- didn't live there, as Dad had scrounged us an old farmhouse -- but often walked through or rode the bus through the trailer park. Saw somebody mention picking some fruit or vegetables from the abandoned farms in Hanford. As an impressionable 8-year old, I got the belief that fruit trees and vegetable patches were just provided by nature, and they were just there to help yourself to as wanted. It was years later (on first trip to California) that I finally learned that fruit trees belonged to somebody and that you should not just walk up and pick some. I have enjoyed reading the articles. Thanks again for doing it. -Virginia "Gin" Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) ~ Republic, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Ancient Phone Numbers -- I made an error Your posting about your 49-J phone number sent me back to the phone books since I had made the blanket statement that ALL residential numbers were 4 digits + a letter. I couldn't find your listing in either the 1945 or 1947 books but I did see a smattering of 3 digit + a letter residential numbers in both books. Even though I didn't make a line by line examination, but merely scanned several pages looking for less than 4 digit + a letter residential numbers, I didn't spot any 2 digit + a letter residential numbers (doesn't mean they didn't exist). I also noticed some commercial or office numbers (pure numbers, 2 - 5 digits) with "RES" references or what appeared to be residential addresses (like Dr. Albertowitz). I'm not sure what that means - maybe commercial listings in residential neighborhoods. In any event, I stand corrected. The "trailing letter" appears to be significant (see my discussion yesterday about the various switches) since some of the outer Area numbers had "leading letters". Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: The Sporting Scene -- Girls Soccer Bomber girls 1 -- Gonzaga Prep girls 0 (4-3 penalty shootout) The Bomber girls soccer team goes to Lakewood (near Tacoma) this coming weekend for two more games: the "Final Four". Saturday's game (Nov 12) was the third consecutive scoreless tie (over two seasons) against the Gonzaga Prep girls, settled ultimately by penalties. If you like to watch teams designed not to lose -- you put your best and fastest athletes in defense and hope for the best from the offense that's left over -- this was your cup of tea. If you complain about soccer's lack of scoring, well... these three games would have been pure torture (neither team looked to be able to score in either of the games I have seen). Anyway, the girls will be the favorites for the State title: they are undefeated and have conceded 1 (ONE!) goal all season. I'll chug over to the school in the next day or so to see if I can get a photo of the team's warmup jacket: you WILL WANT ONE once you see the logo on the back. If you think the R-Cloud is spiffy, well... the Soccer-Ball-Cloud logo is REALLY spiffy! -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Re: Birthday wishes I want to wish my brother, Ken ('57) a very happy birthday! Growing up with a "big brother" was very special. -Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Nelson ('63) To: Betty Hiser Gully ('49er) Re: "Taps" On Thursday we had a very moving assembly with about 9 veterans who told our children when and where they served our country. My class and another class marched into the gym to "The Caissons Go Rolling Along", led the flag salute, sang the flag salute and gave the little flags they colored to each of the veterans and said thank you. After singing "I'm Proud To Be An American", we usually end with the teachers singing "Taps" and high school students playing it on trumpets echoing each other with an explanation of when it's done. It didn't happen this year because of scheduling but yes, we do it and it's an assembly we all get teary eyed and are very thankful to the men and women who have served our country. -Donna Nelson ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Re: Donors to David 'Pook' Smith Memorial Bench Fund Once again I didn't make myself clear. We've got copies of the checks and notes that people sent for Pook's bench, we just don't have the names of the four people who physically came into GESA and laid down cash -- actual greenbacks! -- for their donation. I got a bunch of replies from folks who had sent checks, and it's a real "feel good trip" when you see all the people who wanted to acknowledge Pook. Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) Bakersfield had their Bomber Luncheon on Sunday, November 13th and we had a good turn-out and great time! We had changed from Coco's to Mimi's and think we will continue using this place -- the parking situation could be better, but they take reservations, and the food was good, along with the service, so guess this place will be "it" for a while, right Stella (Greenhalgh)? Those attending were: Rex Hunt ('53WB) and wife, Cheryl from Hanford; Richard Greenhalgh ('59) and wife, Stella, and son, Torbin, of Bakersfield; Larry Bowls ('64), Redlands; Linda Reining ('64), Bakersfield; and Gary Ackerman ('71) and wife, Karla, from Fresno (originally from Colorado, but temporarily in Fresno, due to his job). Was great to see the "old" faces along with the "newbies" -- hopefully, they will continue coming. We didn't get any pictures; next time, okay Richard? Richard is our "designated cameraman". It was suggested that we try to get together around Christmas, so will try to schedule one; will depend on the weather and how busy we all get with Christmas. If I am not able to get one going in December I promise I will have one after the first of the year, and more often than twice a year! This year just got too busy and hectic for me -- sorry about that, will try harder next year. -Linda Reining ('64) ~ Bakersfield, CA -- was a nice warm, sunny day for our luncheon. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gregory Dodd ('80) To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) God Bless you for assisting us all after Katrina. I graduated in 1980 from Col-Hi and retired here in Gulfport MS after the Navy. I also rode out Katrina. Thank God, I and my family fared well... with the exception of leaks in our roof and losing several live oaks and a pecan tree. You mentioned the weather. You really should pack a light jacket/sweater and even a coat. The weather this time of year on the Gulf Coast is very strange. It has been in the 40's in the morning and up to the 80's during the day. We are also expecting a bit of rain all of this upcoming week. Take care and have a wonderful trip. Bless you and your husband for helping those less fortunate than myself after the storm. -Gregory Dodd ('80) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/15/05 ~ Full Moon Tonight Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note From Deputy Editor Richard: Got a note from Maren. She is back in Zachary for a short time and will retake control of the Sandstorm tomorrow for a couple of days; then back to Gretna for good -- I'll be back at the desk for a few more days -- then all will be normal; or as normal as things can be. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Paul Tampien ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janet Tyler ('61) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Campbell ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barbara Maffei ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Greg Alley ('73) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: J Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: E-Mail not received Anyone who sent me e-mail over the weekend regarding the Coeur d'Alene fireworks display on the 25th please resend it. I received several but most of our e-mail for all of the company domain was refused marked "domain full". Our domain capacity is 20 addresses with 200 messages each and we are only using about half that. The ISP hasn't figured out why yet. Sorry for the trouble. I hear the UN is making a bid to take over the internet. I hope somebody figures out that it won't make it better. Re: Veterans Day Apologies to our veterans. I had a very busy week with 5 long days and I simply did not realize Veterans Day was upon us until I read the TC Herald Saturday PM. I am ever mindful of the sacrifices both your and your families have made, as well as those who did not make it back, or have since passed on. Everything America is or has, is as a result of your efforts and those of your forbearers. My most sincere THANK YOU to all. Re: I-90 Traffic (Snoqualmie Pass) A note on Snoqualmie Pass for travelers going either way for Thanksgiving. I crossed about noon on Friday and lost about 20 minutes in the slowdown. Three hours later they announced there was a 5 mile backup. Came back over Sat. night at midnight and breezed right through even though it was snowing hard. Our truck made 2 trips to Spokane and back in the last few days, crossing at about the same times, with the same results. So the moral of the story is: if you must cross Snoqualmie do it noonish or late, or expect ugly delays. Watch your speed: numerous WSP are there, with zero tolerance. I saw at least 5 drivers getting citations crossing east and 4 crossing west even as late as it was. "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ from my "home office", telecommuting a couple of days a week. Sunny and warm outside. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Tampien ('64) Hi! I'll be travelling on my annual trip to Washington next week from Tennessee. Are there any luncheons going on? I'll be in Seattle Monday-Wednesday and then to Moses Lake. Leave out of Spokane. Would like to get together with some folks if that is doable. Also will be attending the Seahawks/Titans football game on Dec 18 in Nashville. Any bombers planning on coming to Nashville? -Paul Tampien ('64) ~ in WARM Nashville *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/16/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers and 1 NAB sent stuff, 1 White bluffs funeral notice today: Rich Baker ('58), Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Gary Behymer ('64), Kathy Hoff ('64) Betti Avant ('69), Gil Gilstrap ('79) Jim Roal ('82), Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti McLaughlin ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Wally Erickson ('53) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Note from Editor Maren: All the recent chat about Trailers.. I found a few more pictures of the trailer camp and put them all here: ******************************************************* ******************************************************* [The following entry from Rich was submitted by Gary Behymer ('64). Rich sent this directly to Gary. -Maren] *********** >>From: Rich Baker ('58) Re: Boy Scout Pictures on eBay Gary, I was surprised to find myself in one of the two boy scout pictures you posted on the Sandstorm. Can you lead me in the right direction for possibly purchasing this picture? Thanks!! -Rich Baker ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) To: Louise Moyers ('65) Re: Missing Sandstorms Louise, Yes, All your Sandstorms have been bouncing in recent days. I tried to send you and email about it all and that bounced, too. Check with your ISP... they must be having some kind of problem. Keep me posted. Re: Katrina Relief Workers To: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Tetanus shots are good for 10 years, so if you haven't had one in the last 10 years, I'd advise getting one before you come down here to help... there's LOTS of RUSTY pokey things sticking up all OVER the place... While I'm in shorts and a T-shirt during the day, the nights DO get chilly and I usually go change into sweats after the sun goes down. IF a cold front comes thru, it could easily get cold enough for sweats and maybe even a light (water proof) jacket... It's still a MESS down there... Bomber cheers, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) ~ still hangin' out at my sister's (for now) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) The following photos are Art Dawald as a Colfax Bulldog Photo One: Dawald 1946 A graduate of the University of Idaho, where he starred in basketball. Coach Dawald brought to C.H.S. one of the most outstanding basketball seasons in its history. Before coming to Colfax, his high school coaching experience came through Culdesac, Kendrick, Gifford, and Asotin. This year, Mr. Dawald's first at Colfax, he presented the school with its one and only State Championship team. Photo Two: Coach Dawald 1947 Coach Dawald, twice presenting Colfax with a State Championship team ends his second successful basketball season here. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho where he starred in basketball. Before coming to Colfax, his high school coaching experience came through Culdesac, Kendrick, Gifford, and Asotin. -Gary Behymer ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) I, along with many other Bombers, belong to an organization called American Citizens Encouraging Support (A.C.E.S.). We will be at the Richland HAPO on Wednesday, November 16th and Richland GESA on Thursday, November 17th from 10am to 6pm selling Raffle tickets for a chance to win the following prizes: #1 A free Tandem Jump, donated by Sky Sports at the Richland Airport (Bombers), #2 A beautiful Patriotic Red, White and Blue Queen Size Quilt, #3 A Handmade Lap Quilt (made by Bombers) and #4 A Patriotic Red, White & Blue Wreath (donated by a Bomber). Drawing to be held January 25th. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each. A special deal for Bombers, 2 tickets for $3.00. A.C.E.S. will also be selling their exclusively designed (By a Bomber) Brass Christmas Ornament "Land of the Free Because of the Brave", which honors all branches of the military, for a donation of $8.00 each. A total of $10.00 with S & H. You may also donate an ornament for the Welcome Home Bags for $8.00. Care Package donations needed for over 200 Christmas Stockings and other comfort items may be dropped off at the Spudnut Shop Saturday, November 19th and Saturday, November 27th between 8am - 11am. "THANK YOU, VAL". All proceeds will be going to help with the cost of Care Packages for our deployed troops, Homecomings for returning Heroes, supporting our wounded in Military Hospitals, helping the families of our deployed Military who are in need and encouraging others to do likewise. Last year we spent over $9,000 to ship packages to the Troops. Let's make their Christmas a little brighter, Bombers. Thank You, -Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) P.S. I sky dived for the first time on Sat. in honor of All Veterans. It was fantastic! My pilot was Johnny Cole, a Viet Nam Veteran, the guy hanging on my back, Dave, was a Navy guy and a fellow jumper, Scott Peterson, was Welcomed Home by A.C.E.S. I felt very safe and secure and hope to jump again soon. Thank You, Guys!!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Don't Close the Blinds [This was submitted for the Vets' Day issue... BUT Betti had ALL the text. I located it online for her. -Maren] Re: Recent trip Last Friday I went to Seattle with my niece Sarah Avant Hernandez ('94) and my cousin Jean Bruntlett ('62). We took a trolley ride along the waterfront. If you have never done this, you should. Jean pointed out several buildings and landmarks. Typical of Seattle I got a picture of the Space Needle through the window covered with raindrops. There was also a park across from where we ate lunch with statues honoring fire fighters. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where it hasn't rained the past couple of days but has been foggy and colder in the mornings ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gil Gilstrap ('79) Howdy all, I was hoping to get into contact with a daughter or daughter-in-law of a Mrs. Chenowith who lived on Wright Street. She happens to have a lot of genealogy of the Gilstrap family and I would like to get in touch. Thanks Gilly (79) -Gil Gilstrap ('79) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Jim Roal ('82) POSTED: Sunday 11/13/2005 6:30:11am COMMENTS: Glad to see this website going. Visit my website at -Jim Roal ('82) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) To: Virginia "Gin" Brinkerhoff Sweetland ('54) Thanks for setting me straight. I have told that story to several White Bluffs / Hanford residents. You would be surprised how many wished they did the same thing. I sent in a picture of Jess in the B-Reactor control room. The Smithsonian interviewed him about his experiences. B Reactor powerhouse was fired up on his shift. I have a picture of the White Bluffs fire station he worked in during the war. I'll send it in as soon as I find it. The tree house you speak of is legendary to the Brinkerhoff children and grandchildren. Your dad would work to improve that old farm house in his spare time only to find others had "raided" his improvements while he was working. Re: Jess Brinkerhoff He and his wife Elva lived in 703 Smith. A lot of folks may know them as the bluebird people. For a number of years Jess would make bluebird houses, blue roof and white walls, and he and Elva would take them to Bickelton to put up. In the photograph, Jess is the one on the left B Reactor 1988 Jess Brinkerhoff.jpg -Don Sorenson (NAB = Not A Bomber) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice >>Carol Williams Clark ('43 White Bluffs) ~ 1925 - 11/10/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/17/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Jim House ('63) Bill Wingfield ('67), Penny McAllister ('67) Daniel Laybourn ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kim Moore ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Barb Hogan ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brian Hogan ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Control of the Internet Of interest to us all is the "control" of the internet. This is not intended to be political but is rather important news. I get a BBC news bulletin every AM via e-mail. It has items of general interest and I also have 2 elected areas that they include news of for me. This is from the Nov. 16th issue. Dateline Tunis: Location of the World Summit of Information Society with 10,000 attendees from around the world. I have paraphrased below. In a pre-conference decision the US has retained control of the internet. Several countries, including China and Iran had attempted to put control of the internet in the hands of the UN. In putting up strong opposition to this, the US was/is very concerned that it would stifle the flow and advance of Information Technology and would easily allow undemocratic regimes to censor the flow of information. I frequently trade e-mail with other pyrotechnic and explosives technicians and managers in quite a few other countries. There was/is a very real fear in some countries that the UN would get control. Many of those I know had real concerns that at least one other nation they could name would insist on the censure of information in and out of their country. "Happiness is he sky in bloom" -J. Larry Mattingly ('60) ~ Off to the house to pack for 9 days in CDA Idaho. Loading 4 barges starts early Friday AM ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) Re: Dawald Photo To: Gary Behymer ('64) Please explain the logo on top of the photo of Art Dawald following his second championship at Colfax. Is that a plane or a cloud? -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Wingfield (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) Re: Sky Diving. Did Keith go, too? When are you going to go solo? -Bill Wingfield (BRC'67) ~ Augusta, GA - but will be in Cayman Brac this next week also Diving, but the SCUBA type. That is if Tropical Depression leaves us alone. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Penny McAllister D'Abato ('67) Thanks to Doug Ufkes ('68) for getting the AZ Bombers together!! -Penny McAllister D'Abato ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Daniel Laybourn ('70) I'm looking for parents of class of '70 folks who might still have grade school pictures (from all schools but mainly Marcus Whitman, Spalding and Jason Lee) of their kids. Or from teachers in those schools during those years. Also, can anybody tell me when Jason Lee opened? {Oh, I can!!! Check out the Jason Lee website. -Maren] -Daniel Laybourn ('70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/18/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Jim Jensen ('50), Deedee Willox ('64) Bob Grout ('66WB), Doug Ufkes ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nancy Riggs ('51) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peggy Hartnett ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lynn Schildknecht ('74) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Trailers To: Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) Your trailer picture ensemble, posted in the 11/16/05 Sandstorm, brought back memories with absolute clarity... of the trailers that were "unadorned" that is. Some of the pictures portrayed the Hanford familiar to me. The pictures of units with fences (some quite elaborate) and large out-structures are a facet that I don't recall. In large measure everything that was there in '44 was as shown - right down to the sand and leafless trees. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share. Bomber Cheers, -Jim Jensen ('50) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Bombers Getting Together I have been in The Dalles with Dena Evans ('64) Harr for a week while she house-sits and dog-sits for her sister. We had a great time. Haven't gotten the pics developed yet. Got a call from Larry Holloway ('64) and Barb Eckert Holloway ('61); they are enjoying the Arizona weather. We miss them a lot since we were getting together and playing cards often. Talked to Jean Armstrong Reynolds ('64) a couple days ago. She is only a few miles from Barb & Larry. I miss her too! Sure wish I was there instead of here; oh well. Re: "Land of the Free Because of the Brave" Brass Ornament I bought the ornament; it's awesome.. When I showed it to Dena, she wanted one too. I also showed it to a friend who is not a Bomber and she also wanted one. It's kinda like the alphabet house ornaments. It's certainly worth the money, especially since the proceeds go to ACES (American Citizens Encouraging Support); they do a great job remembering and honoring our troops coming and going. To all Bombers everywhere Have a great Thanksgiving wherever you might be. Don't forget to have an attitude of gratitude. We in the U.S. have so many blessings for which to be thankful. Share around the dinner table. -Mercedes "Deedee" Willox Loiseau ('64) ~ Burbank, WA - where it was cool and foggy this morning, but sunny and beautiful now. I don't wear a jacket until it gets below 40, as it was this morning. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Drawing of a Woman You all be patient on this, as it is truly cool and not risque. -Bob Grout ('66WB) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Arizona Bombers Last Sunday a group of Richland Bombers got together for lunch near Phoenix. My list of Arizona Bombers started out fairly small when I sent out the first "heads up" letter. By the actual date my list of Arizona Bombers more than doubled, mostly due to the Sandstorm but all by word of mouth from other AZBs. I decided that my list will be officially changed from Tucson Bombers to AZBs. We will have photos soon but I wanted to write this first because it was very special for me. As November 13th approached I got e-mail from a Bomber that was new to the list, Owen "Lynn" Jorgensen ('56). Lynn told me that he and his wife, Donna (also a Bomber), would be at the AZB reunion. I replied to his e-mail that he and Donna would be more than welcome. Imagine my surprise when Donna turned out to be my sophomore algebra teacher. Donna Jorgensen, the first graduate of Col-Hi to teach at Col-hi! [There were others before Donna Gulley Jorgensen ('58). There was Norma Loescher Boswell ('53)... and didn't Rex Davis ('49) teach at col-Hi?? Any others?? -Maren] It was so cool to see Mrs. Jorgensen again and remember all the times she kicked me out of class because I was such a cut-up. I confessed all this to her but forgot to actually apologize to her for being such a clown so... I am sorry, Mrs. Jorgensen. -Doug Ufkes ('68) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/19/05 Dateline: Richland ~ where the weather has turned just plain foul! It isn't going to be over 40 for the foreseeable future. Yikes!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Laura Dean Kirby ('55), Patti Mathis ('60) Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Ehinger ('55) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Trujillo ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wilson ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Lahrman ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) Re: teacher/Bombers I believe my classmate Jim Harbour ('55) taught at Col-Hi for a few years. To: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Drawing of a Woman <> What an awesome drawing taking place as I watched. -Laura Dean Kirby Armstrong ('55) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) To: Bob Grout ('66WB) Re: Drawing of a Woman <> I certainly appreciate all the skills it took to draw the woman, but for some reason it for all the world reminds me of my old Etch A Sketch attempts. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Well, I got my last Sandstorm fix that will have to last me until I get home Nov. 27th, unless tent city, Ocean Shores, MS, has upgraded and gotten a computer hook-up. I've gotten all my shots, and my old duds, and a small crowbar from W's toolbox, so I'm ready to play Tim the Toolman for a week, or whatever I might be able to do to help. My heart does go out to all the people who have lost so much and had their lives changed forever for so many. I can go down there and come back to familiar surroundings and life as I've known it for a long time. An early Happy Thanksgiving wish to the Bomber family members and their loved ones. And thank you for your prayers of support for me and my team and, most importantly, the families who still need help down there in Katrina's memories. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ West Harrison, IN, where our balmy fall weather dropped 50 degrees in just a little over 24 hours, so winter is here and cold. But the sun is still shining by the little lake and the foster cats are happy to be in out of the weather. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/20/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Claris Van Dusen ('48),Gary Behymer ('64) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Fraser ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vernone Chappelle ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Claris Van Dusen Troutman ('48) Re: Having a "backup" editor Thanks Richard -- you sure do nice work! Maren is lucky to have you on board. And I'm so glad she and her family are all okay. Bomber cheers and love to all, -Claris Van Dusen Troutman ('48) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) This a 'pre-bomb' drop pin from Hanford? Any remember it? <051120-Behymer-pin.jpg> -Gary Behymer ('64) [Gary, it being a slow news day here at Alumni Sandstorm, I spent some time researching the Hanford logo. I feel secure in averring that the logo of Hanford High School is not a bird (a falcon, which is a bird with atrocious table manners) but a "Falcon", which is an airplane -- not only an airplane, but a FRENCH airplane, see <Dassault Aviation -- Falcon Business Jets> for details. The company, Dassault, also produces the famous "Mirage" series of warplanes; but, rumor has it that certain members of the administration and staff of Richland School District were uncomfortable with the choice of a warplane as a symbol of Hanford and insisted on the business jet "Falcon". A visit to the RSD website reveals that the budget for the current "renovation" of Hanford High School is $49,186,587. I assume that a commemorative mural of a Falcon jet is included. -Richard] *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/21/05 Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and 1 Bomber spouse-and-dad sent stuff: Ron Hostetler ('53), Ginger Rose ('55) Harvey Chapman ('56), Richard Anderson ('60) Dale Brunson (Bomber spouse and father) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rosemary Qualheim ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John Crigler ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ron Hostetler ('53) To: Paul Phillips ('49) While scanning the Sandstorms the other day I noticed your entry on 11/10/05 advising everyone that Richard 'Dick' Phillips ('53) had passed away on 11/8/05. I wish to express my surprise and convey my condolences to you and his family. As you know, Richard and I were old high school buddies, went into the Air Force together, and later spent time together in Japan. The last time we ran into each other was in Richland, after he had gotten out of the service and I was on leave, transferring to another base. We lived close to each other during the 80's and 90's, when I lived in Lynnwood, WA, but never knew he was just two towns away, in Woodinville. Too bad we couldn't have known and gotten together again. Did not know he was in Woodinville until I moved back to Reno, NV in '98. Again, Paul, I am saddened to hear of Richard's passing and wish you and his family well in the future. -Ron Hostetler ('53) ~ Reno, NV **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ginger Rose Reed ('55) The following obituary for Jerry 'Jay' Reed appeared in the Spokesman-Review, Spokane, WA, on November 8, 2005. Thank you, -Ginger Rose Reed ('55) Obituary, Spokesman-Review newspaper, November 8, 2005: Reed, Jerry 'Jay' Allen passed away on November 3, 2005 from a sudden heart attack. Jay had been winning the battle with cancer and was staying at the Franklin Hills Rehabilitation Center, Spokane, WA. Jay was born on January 7, 1936 in Walla Walla, WA. Some of Jays happiest childhood memories were spent in Glacier Park, MT. He graduated from Columbia High School in Richland, WA in 1955. He married Ginger Rose in 1957. They had four wonderful children together. Jay was a gregarious and charming person who always enjoyed a good conversation. Jay was preceded in death by his parents Alice Gordon Lipke and William Reed; his brother, Larry Reed; and sister, Sharon Reed Jetton. He is survived by his sister, Avonna 'Vonnie' Hoff of Folsom, CA; and brothers Jonnie Reed of Goldendale, WA, and Joe Lipke of Tuscon, AZ. He is also survived by his children: Sabrina Wilkinson (Joel) of Amman, Jordan; Ryne Reed (Wendi) of Chandler, AZ; Whit Reed (Annamarie) of Provo, UT; Bracken Reed (Sarah Thompson) of Portland, OR; and his ex-wife and friend, Ginger Rose Reed of Provo, UT. His grandchildren are Brenn, Tyler, and Summer Wilkinson; Eris and Clio Reed; and Keenan Reed. Jay spent his last years living in Spokane, WA, with his longtime loving companion, Nancy Cabe. His family is very grateful for her devoted care of Jay. (A memorial service was held at the Unity Church of North Spokane on November 9, 2005.) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) Richard, appreciate your stepping in during Maren's absence. Winter has definitely arrived here. It's about the only thing here that continues as it did in the past. Everything other than the weather seems to be continuously changing and, from my perspective, very little for the better. Best wishes to all for a happy and safe holiday season. -Harvey Chapman ('56) ~ Richland? [We, Maren and I, sort of think "Richland": Harvey did not respond to a query from me as to where "here" is; Maren is almost certain that Richland is "here". So, Richland it is! -Richard] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Bomber girls soccer Well, it wasn't to be. The girls lost to Tahoma 0-2 Saturday night in the State championship game. (I think that Tahoma is a school in Maple Valley (southeast of Renton) but I'm not certain and am too lazy to chase it down.) So they end up with a second place bauble for the Bomber trophy case. Hey, they all count over the long run. -Richard Anderson ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Brunson (Bomber father and Bomber spouse) Re: Bill Lattin ('58) I'm not a Bomber although my wife Glenda Lattin ('66) and both of my children are Bombers. There are a lot of folks who are unaware of the accomplishments of Bomber Graduate, Dr. William W. Lattin, Class of 1958. Last Thursday, November 17, 2005, we were invited to attend the Bank of America sponsored Technology Awards banquet held at the Governor Hotel in Portland. At this awards banquet, Bill was awarded a Lifetime Award for his contribution to technology, one of only three ever awarded. The following is the text taken from a special supplement to "The Portland Business Journal" regarding this great honor: <Bill Lattin Tribute> I am very proud of my brother-in-law's accomplishment and want to share this information with all of the Sandstorm readers. Keep up the great work. -Dale Brunson (Bomber father and Bomber spouse) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/22/05 ~ John F Kennedy Assassinated - 1963 The event was commemorated in the December 6, 1963 issue of the Col-Hi Sandstorm: <December 6, 1963 Col-Hi Sandstorm> Dateline: Richland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross ('62), Donni Clark ('63), Sue Lawless ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandi Cherrington ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dawn Bell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Clark ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brent Christi ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brad Wear ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Re: Katrina Relief Here I am in Ocean Springs, Mississippi living in a tent city (sort of like MASH of Alan Alda fame). We had quite a bit of rain during the night, so I didn't want to get up and use the porta-potty in the dark windy night, but we were glad whoever built our tent knew what they were doing, as we were dry inside, and it seems to be warming up by the minute. (It's now 7:50am [Monday], so hopefully we will have another great day to work in weatherwise.) This is quite a set-up. St. Paul's Methodist church has built this tent city to accommodate almost 300 people a night, provides showers and hot meals, and porta-pottys, and devotions, along with daily work assignments to tear out to get the mold and sanitize homes. Earlier their basement was a homeless shelter to l20 people for about 5 weeks. So, with all my shots, I am happy to be able to contribute a little to the relief effort which is still badly needed by so many. Someday I hope to return to the many bird sanctuaries down here. I think we saw a sand crane in the Biloxi Gulf yesterday. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ not in the house by the little lake. It's about 60 degrees and the temperature is rising here in Ocean Springs, Miss. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) To all Bombers everywhere: It has been a while since I have been on the computer. I have some sad news and some really happy news. My parents both died this year and I have not had time to even write about them yet. After my dad died, March 31st, I had to fly to Texas and get guardianship of my sister. My mother became worse in the following months and died on Sept. l8th. Their home sold the day my mom died so the last couple of months I have been in the process of moving my parents' things, cleaning and selling her home. The wonderful news is that our daughter and son-in-law were able to adopt two little children through the Foster Care System. They became "ours" (me-me and pa-pa's) on Nov. l4th. They have had them for the last 6 months and they were a real help to me while dealing with the loss of my parents. Some of you may remember the heartache we went through last year over the loss of the first baby they received when she had to be given back to her birth mom. We are still praying for her but so grateful that God has blessed us with these two new adorable brother and sister. Taylor is 3 and 1/2 and Benjamin will be 2 in December. I have a favor to ask, from anyone who knew my sister personally or of her. Devon Clark was in the Class of '70. She was 7 years younger than me and I left home right after I graduated so I was never really close to her during her teen-years. Tragically she tried to commit suicide in 1984 and didn't succeed, leaving her brain damaged. This was in the Spokane County jail. My parents never wanted to talk about it and were ashamed and also wanted to protect her memory. I so much would like to put the pieces together of her life and would like to make some sense of why she did this. So if anyone can help give me some insight, I will be very grateful. Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving all of you. May God richly bless you. And for those of you who have lost loved ones this last year, may God give you peace and comfort you. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sue Lawless ('76) To: Richard Anderson ('60) Re: Bomber Girls Soccer Let's try that again with a little different spin: The Bomber girls took it all the way to the State Championship game and took second place! They did a great job against tough competition and we are all proud of them. Excellent job ladies! Bombers get so caught up in wanting to be first that we lose sight of the hours and hours of hard work and practicing these kids do just to be in the game. I hope the ladies are proud of their "bauble" and the next assembly lauds them with the appropriate praise and Bomber pride. -Sue Lawless ('76) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/23/05 Dateline: Gretna, LA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Ken Ely ('49), Dwain Mefford ('56) Gloria Falls ('58), Gary Behymer ('64) Jim Felder ('67), Larry Crouch ('71) Tim Cowan ('95) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gayle Dawson ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ken Ely ('49) Re: Betty Ely King ('47) Betty went home from the hospital Friday. She has not fully recovered from the stroke but is making progress. She is able to get around with the use of a cane but she can take care of herself. Kathy Ely ('62) is staying with her making sure she gets in lots of walking around the house. She needs the practice. Her left hand is not completely healed so she will have some trouble typing but she has read all the Sandstorms from the last two months she was hospitalized. Her left foot still "feels like a brick" she says, but she is walking on it. She thanks all of you for your "Bomber Prayers" and will continue to improve, I'm sure. I'm sure she will have a "Happier Thanksgiving" now that she's home. Yesterday, November 22, was the 55th anniversary of the day Jack Lowrey ('49), Dick Schultz ('49) and I enlisted in the Air Force. -Ken Ely ('49) ~ Orangevale, CA - where our weather is still in the 70s but cools to the low 40s at night. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwain Mefford ('56) Re: 50th wedding anniversary Today, November 23rd, is the 50th wedding anniversary of my brother Jim Mefford ('54) and his lovely bride, the former Miss Jeanette Duncan ('54). 1955 doesn't seem so long ago but someone said that the days may drag but the years go flying by. Have a great day and many more wonderful years together. -Dwain Mefford ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gloria Falls Evans ('58) Re: Ralph ('58) and Barbara Bean My condolences to Ralph for the loss of their grandson, age 14. -Gloria Falls Evans ('58) ~ Spokane, WA - sort of cold here today Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We will be doing hockey most of the holiday. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: How Soon We Forget... Archived somewhere in the 'How Soon We Forget' category: "On Friday, November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot as he rode in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas. At his death, the 35th president was 46 years old and had served less than three years in office." I was in Mr. Vandenburg's class as the flag was lowered to half-mast. -Gary Behymer ('64) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [I was in Miss Heath's shorthand class when the announcement came over the P.A. system. -Maren] ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Felder ('67) Is Anybody Out There? Havent heard anything for a long time! -Jim Felder ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) To: Brad Wear ('71) HAPPY BIRTHDAY ......... Brad [0n 11/22] Man you are getting old!!!!!!!!! -Larry Crouch ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Tim Cowan ('95) Dear Alumni Sandstorm, As you may recall, I manage for country artist Jennifer Lynn ( in Portland, OR. We will be opening for award-winning, multi-platinum country star Jo Dee Messina ( on Sunday, November 27th at Portland's Memorial Coliseum ( If you have not already purchased Jennifer Lynn's album Leavin' -- it is available through CD Baby at If you would like to receive an autographed copy, please send a check for $15 and your mailing address to: Tim Cowan c/o Jennifer Lynn 4709 N Oberlin St Portland, OR 97203 Thanks for your support!!! -Tim Cowan ('95) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notices >>Jerry Reed ('55) ~ 1/7/36 - 11/3/05 >>Lois Ives DeHaven ('46) ~ 5/4/28 - 11/11/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/24/05 ~ Happy Thanksgiving ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers sent stuff: Paul Webster ('56), Ray Hall ('57) Fred Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel ('63) Jim Hamilton ('63), Jeff Michael ('65) Pam Ehinger ('67), Betti Avant ('69) Mike Davis ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Christian ('67) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dave Vallely ('60) and Evelyn Evans ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Paul Webster ('56) Re: Jim and Jeanette Mefford's 50th Wedding Anniversary A belated (but not by much) congratulations to Jim Mefford ('54) and Jeanette Duncan Mefford ('54) on their 50th wedding anniversary. A milestone in life and a success in every sense of the word. Jim, I can just shut my eyes and hear your Mom telling how proud she is of you and Jeanette. Happy Holidays to you both. -Paul Webster ('56) ~ Tucson, AZ ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Ray Hall ('57) To: All Bombers and friends Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for! -Ray Hall ('57) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Fred Schafer and Ann Engel Schafer (Gold Medal Class of '63) Happy Thanksgiving to all we wish you lots of family, friends, food and football this weekend. -Fred Schafer ('63) and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) ~ from sunny Vancouver U.S.A. for a couple of days at least ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) I'm not sure exactly when his birthday is, maybe today, maybe yesterday, but I know I'm close. Happy 60th Birthday to Terry Jones ('64). A good portion of my mis-spent youth was with Toad and Pook. I'm not sure I ever saw him ride a bicycle, but his hair was always combed. -Jim Hamilton ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: Update Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... Here I am in not-so-sunny southern CA. We waved as we drove by you, Linda Reining ('64) and Rick Maddy ('67). We head over to Phoenix today for Thanksgiving with the family that lives over there. Then back to SD and back to Tri-Cities next week. Needed to drive this time to tote some big stuff down and some other big stuff back north. I'm so excited... I'll have the big sub woofers back again from my old dj company down here. The guy that bought my system/company has never paid his bill, so now he is giving me back some of the stuff he doesn't use much. OH BOY!! Love that others are doing the MS thing. We will go again next year. See ya all soon. dj jeff Michael ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Where you when Pres. Kennedy was shot? I was in Mrs. Latta's home room at Chief Joe. When it came over the PA all was quiet. I'd never heard that school be so quiet as it was that day. They sent us home soon after. Jim Felder ('67), We're out here, that is The Blue Ribbon Class of '67!! Some write some just read and watch! But trust me, we're here! HAPPY THANKSGIVING to one an all out there in Bomber Ville! -Pam Ehinger (The Blue Ribbon Class of '67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Wild Turkeys in Autumn -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Davis ('74) Re: JFK Death Announcement I was in the 2nd grade at Jason Lee (Mrs. Thomas' class). I was taking my lunch tray back up and saw a group of teachers talking, some in tears. The teachers herded all the kids back to the classrooms, made the announcement and if I remember right they sent us home. I remember nothing but news on the "two" channels all weekend long. I remember Oswald getting shot in the jail garage and the President's flag-draped coffin with the riderless horse and that constant beating of the drum. Not bad for a seven year old. I spent quite a bit of time reading up on all the conspiracy theories and TV documentaries etc., etc. over the years, along with a lot of heated arguments (with "Big G" Dana and others). I use to believe all that stuff too. But after reading "Cased Closed" by Gerald Posner and watching a Peter Jennings special a few years ago (proving the one bullet theory was possible by computer enhancement) I realize how far fetched all the ideas of conspiracy were. Posner took all the conspiracies and disproved them or showed their lack of credibility very convincingly. Sadly enough, Oswald was a 24 year-old deranged kook that successfully brought down a giant by himself and changed history. -Mike Davis ('74) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Patti Mathis ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Leoma Coles ('63) John Campbell ('63), Linda Reining ('64) Donna Fredette ('65), Susie Nelson ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Fran Teeple ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jim Cantrell ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Turner ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Nelson ('77) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Leon Rice ('82) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Shelly Strege ('98) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: the 40's ladies and spouses of 40's guys We forgot to let everyone know that we have cancelled our November and December lunches (last Monday of each month) but will meet again in January '06 (can you believe that... 2006!!!). Hope to see more of you join us. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) Re: JFK assassination I was at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Pasco, where my son of 9 months was hospitalized, when I saw the nuns gathering in groups of two or three, saying a few words and scampering off. Finally someone got the nerve to ask them what was going on, and that is how I heard the news our president had been shot in Texas. For some reason I had it in my head (maybe some misinformation) that it had happened during a hunting accident. On my way home from Pasco to Richland was listening to the radio and heard of his death. I, along with countless others, pulled over on the Blue Bridge and just parked there for a while. What a waste. -Patti Mathis Wheeler ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Thanksgiving Greetings from the Committee on Relief camp at St. Paul's Methodist church here in Ocean Springs, Miss. We are having such great meals prepared for us here, and we are all comfy sleeping on cots in the sanctuary, and we all marvel that at any time of the day or night we can get a hot shower!! And we go out on work details each day set up by a crew of about 7 who keep us organized. Yesterday several of us went out on buses where we delivered made-up turkey dinners to several in the area devastated by the storm. This church has a tremendous outreach program to offer a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner to the community and to then send out these dinners. We will take out another 400 tomorrow on the bus. We (another gal from my church and I) are with a CoR group from Madison, Indiana, so we are the Madison 11. And we have met great people from all over the country. Yesterday we met two cute young teenage boys, one from Colorado, who came from Colorado, and told me being down here has changed how he feels about religion, whereas before he was not religious. It is great to be here -- I've always loved being part of a large group doing anything -- and I do feel these people are so kind and appreciative to us for the little we can do to help them to rebuild their lives. And being able to call and use email has helped me to keep in touch with my husband Warren and son Ryan at home, and others. Carol Rice Forister ('62) had originally planned to come with me, so I give her a daily update, as we are planning to return again, and maybe work with the kitchen and support crew. My prayers of Thanksgiving for all we have, and my prayer is that we will always be willing to have open hearts to all whom we meet. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ Ocean Shores, MS; not at home by the little lake. It's warmed up here after two cool nights of frost or almost, but we hope not to have to drag everything out to the tents again, as it is enough to drag it out of the storage closets. PS-- I was at CBC when Kennedy was shot. I walked into my empty classroom and asked where everyone was and a passing student told me the president had been shot. A TV was set up in the lounge area where we could see Dallas, and the cars, and the grassy knoll. It still is unbelievable to me that they can't decide what really happened. The saddest thing for that family is that I can also remember where I was when Bobby Kennedy was shot and when John Jr. was lost in the plane. My heart does go out to Caroline and the entire Kennedy family who have borne a lot of pain and loss in their family. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Leoma Coles ('63) Happy Thanksgiving to all you Bombers out there wherever you are! It is always a treat to catch up on all the reading of the Sandstorm when I've been working all week and have a minute to sit and reminisce. To: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) I am sorry to hear of the loss of your parents and hope you are able to get on with the joy of living and having the wonderful grandchildren to keep your spirits up. I now have my second grandchild; my son had a little boy, named Dylan, on August 14th and I got to see him for the second time a week ago at Cannon Beach, on the Oregon coast. My daughter, my 3 year old granddaughter and I drove over there for the day, and the weather cleared up, and there was no wind, and we walked on the beach, and had a beautiful day together. Sometimes it's amazing how family can be so enjoyable! Hope you too have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I will pray for you and your family. Take care all... -Leoma Coles ('63) ~ in Salem, Or where it's really cold at night --in the 30's -- and clear and cold in the days, looking like rain by Friday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Passing of Molly Hinkle Millbauer ('79) With a heavy heart, I report the passing of my wonderful niece, Molly Hinkle Millbauer ('79RIP) on Monday evening, November 22nd. Molly suffered a brain hemorrhage the previous Friday. She was flown to Portland, but it was inoperable. Molly is survived by her husband Jim; her kids Matt, Jake, and Michelle; her parents Gary and Joan Hinkle; her brother Bob; and the rest of the clan which meant so much to her; as she did to us. Her passing leaves a big hole in all of our hearts, but we are left with many fond memories. -John Campbell ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) re:where were you when JFK was shot I was just entering Mac Hall for steno in Mrs. Burns class(1:00 P.M.)---some girls were already crying and as soon as the announcement came on the PA system, we all started crying. I don't remember going home early, but I do remember sitting and talking about his just being there in September to dedicate the reactor(was it "N"???). Happy Thanksgiving to all----I am very grateful that I can celebrate with my daughters and their families----we will all be together to celebrate and express what we are thankful for. I am thankful for friends, family, the fact that I am part of this wonderful group called, Bombers, and that my health is okay. -Linda Reining(class of 64)..........Bakersfield, CA----keep waiting for the cold weather to arrive---it has been in the 70's all week. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To all Bombers all over the world, happy turkey day or apple pie day and I hope you are all well today or tonight, whenever this gets to you. I really am writing this before Thanksgiving. We all should be thankful tonight for our health and our loved ones whatever our problems in life. We are all so blessed. To: Mike Davis ('74) Re: JFK, Friday, November 22, 1963 I cannot believe the wonderful childhood we all had and the innocence that was taken away that awful day. I was in the lunchroom sitting next to my friend Maretta Nelson when they announced that President Kennedy was shot. We all went with disbelief to our classes. My class was typing and I remember leaving to go the restroom and standing by the door and looking at the flag at half-staff. It was so strange. I remember waking up that morning hearing the Star Spangled Banner and thinking something was going to happen that day. I remember walking down the stairs in our house on Catskill and seeing my dad sitting in front of the television during the funeral with little John walking in the street behind his daddy's casket. We all have the memory of where we were that day. God Bless You all today and may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you peace today and always. Bomber Cheers, -Donna Fredette ('65) ~ in lovely downtown Bellevue where it is very cold and foggy tonight [very late Wednesday] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susie Nelson Smith ('67) Happy Birthday to my baby sister Debbie Nelson Burnet ('77). We love you. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! -Susie Nelson Smith ('67) ~ and, Jan ('60) and Donna ('63) Nelson *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/25/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Betty Hiser ('49), Bob Cross ('62), Bill Scott ('64) Gary Behymer ('64), Larry Holloway ('64), Donna Fredette ('65) John Foster ('65), Dwayne Bussman ('98) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Adkins ('52) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Berlin ('56) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eleanor Attwood ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: CB Lih ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jill Walser ('81) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49) Something is wrong with my computer and am having problems printing anything. Hope everyone had a good turkey day (Thanksgiving) and had lots to eat. To: Dave Tillson ('50) Your package arrived just about 2 hours after I emailed you. Thanks a whole bunch. As I said I've been having trouble with my computer. I asked the mailman if the package stunk up his mail bag. He just laughed. Re: President Kennedy I was working in 1704-B Building. At that time we were not allowed to have radios at work. A friend called and told me that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. My Power Engineer came in the office and I told him. He called his wife, so between the two of us we were able to provide people with information. After Kennedy died the engineer (power employees had a loud voice because they had to talk over the noise of the huge pumps) walked up and down the hall of 1704-B and announced that the 35th President of the United States had just died in Dallas, Texas. The following Monday they allowed all nonessential personnel to stay home and watch (I did not have TV at that time) or listen to the services. I had to go to the movies to see the newsreel shorts or read in newspapers and magazines about the visual part of the services. I am leaving in a week for Texas and Colorado to visit with my daughters, granddaughter, sister, and nephews. I will have a dog sitter in my house. If my dog lasts until the end of January she will be 16. She is blind and deaf and losing her sense of smell (she will take pills in food where she wouldn't take them before). -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er ~ south/government Richland. Our weather looks like Seattle: rained last night and this morning. Too gloomy!! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bob Cross ('62) Re: President Kennedy Shot President Kennedy's assassination provided one of those "it is great to be an American" experience for me. I was with a group of students by the main office at CBC when we got the word. One of the girls really went off the deep end and when we calmed her down we found out why. Her family had recently moved to the US from a South or Central American country. She said that whenever a ruler was assassinated in her country there would be a civil war. Thousands of people would be killed and you would never know if someone would break into your house in the middle of the night and drag your father off, never to be seen again. After we explained the succession of power in America she was a lot better and was really thankful to be living in America. Now, AREN'T WE ALL? I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving and remember some of the things that we can really be thankful for. -Bob Cross ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Bill Scott ('64) Re: JFK assassination I was in Mr. Paul's English class when a runner from the office came in and handed him a note. He glanced at it for a moment, put it in his pocket, and went on with the lesson. I always have thought that rather strange. About 5 or 10 minutes later, he finally stopped and announced that the President was dead. There were no tears in our classroom, but a few people joked about how awful it was going to be that we were now stuck with Lyndon Johnson. I count myself fortunate that I got to see Kennedy in person just weeks earlier, when he dedicated N Reactor. I got within a few feet of him as he passed by shaking hands. On a happier note, I am pleased to announce that "Angel's Daughter", the sequel to my first published novel of last year, "Angel of the Gold Rush", is now in release and available for purchase. There are a number of my classmates who purchased the first book at our 40th reunion last year for whom I do not have an address to send notification to. If you wish to inquire about purchasing either book, please email me. -Bill Scott ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: Richland's Gene Conley ('48) with future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson -Gary Behymer ('64) ~ Colfax, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Larry Holloway ('64) Re: JFK When Kennedy was shot I was on my way back to Alameda Naval Air Station after spending 9 months on a West Pac [Western Pacific] Cruise on the Coral Sea. -Larry Holloway ('64) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Donna Fredette ('65) To: Mike Davis ('74) You might wonder why I wrote that bit yesterday to you. Well, they left out what I said to you!! I wonder why they did that. Bomber Cheers! -Donna Fredette ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: John Foster ('65) To: All my Bomber buddies Re: JFK I was in Bethesda MD. Walt Whitman High School; we were in class when the announcement was made. It seemed like everything stopped, there was a lot of tears and crying. We were all let out of school at that time. On the day of the procession down Constitution Ave. the school bussed all of us that wanted to be there to a very good viewing spot. The scene that day has burned into my mind forever. I have often visited his grave site at Arlington cemetery; both of my grandparents are buried there also, so I go there every time I get to that part of the country. The next time that Constitution Ave. became a part of my memory was when a rag-tag group of Vets (Joe Kidder, Dwight Carey, and myself) from Richland flew out to D.C. for the dedication of the Wall; we also had a pal from Pasco who got blown up in the War (police action) in his wheel chair. When we got there we did a welcome home (a bit late) march down the same route. If you haven't seen the real Wall, it is a must see, it sure affected us all in one way or another. Wow! Talk about some memories. That's all for now, -John Foster ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwayne Bussman ('98) I can't wait for the start of Bomber hoops. Hopefully it will be a productive year. -Dwayne Bussman ('98) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/27/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Deputy Editor, Richard Anderson ('60) Jim Jensen ('50), Lenora Hughes ('55) Lois Weyerts ('56), Lola Heidlebaugh ('60) Patti Jones ('60), Anita Cleaver ('63) Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Andrew Eckert, Jr. ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Rivers ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* From: Deputy Editor Richard Anderson ('60) To: Donna Fredette ('65) and all who submit material for the Sandstorm Re: Unsuitable Material The portion of Donna's submission for Friday's (11/25) issue which I deleted was a reaction to the paragraph in Mike Davis's ('74) item in Thursday's (11/24) dealing with the aftermath of the JFK assassination; specifically, conspiracy theories. The problem is that we (the editors: Maren and I) ought not to have included that portion of Mike's entry. We have been doing this little newsletter long enough to know what would happen; and, of course, it did. Having said this, I can guarantee that something will slip through in the future; someone will submit a comment; we'll not publish the comment; and we'll get yet another anguished, "But you ran _____'s item. Why not mine?" Hey, while we're pretty much perfect, once in a great while we'll make an error (think of the rare miscue by Ichiro; it happens to the best of us). I addressed the problem in one of my run-off-at-the-keyboard editor's notes -- hey people! READ the things; they concern the Sandstorm itself; they are always the very first thing; think of announcements in home room! -- in Friday's issue. Maybe sometime we can improve the submissions guidelines that are on the archive site:; help us out here by sending suggestions. Gosh, once I get going I can scarcely stop. Enough already! Bomber and Sandstorm cheers, -Richard Anderson ('60), Deputy Editor ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Jensen ('50) Re: Presidents A number of you Bombers have commented on your recollections of November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated. I was at my desk in the Procurement Office of Vandenberg AFB, CA when Lt. Col. Schmidt received a telephone call from headquarters and made the announcement to us by intercom. All seventy-two of us were stunned by the message. We didn't have much time to reflect on it as the Strategic Missile Squadron was preparing for a launch and virtually everyone was trying to make certain that all of the supplies and services were lined up for the mission. The President's passing was commemorated later that day. For reasons not entirely clear to me I was more deeply affected by the death of President Roosevelt. He was inaugurated about five months after I was born and had been the president of our nation during my entire life. When he died, on April 12, 1945, I was in the seventh grade at Sacajawea Grade School, in Miss Bissonette's class. The announcement was made over the loud speaker. Janice Taylor (maiden name) ('50), sitting at the desk in front of me, turned and began to talk about Harry S. Truman - citing his Missouri background and service record in World War I. If I remember correctly Janice had just moved to Richland from Walla Walla. I was astounded that a classmate, especially such a pretty one, knew so much about someone as unremarkable as a vice president. Roosevelt's death depressed me. I had lost one of life's touchstones... a solid piece of reality in a turbulent world. Dad sort of put me back together during the next few days. By the time President Kennedy died, death to me was no longer an occasional stranger. I had been in the service for over eleven years. On the brighter side... our family had more to be grateful for than it is possible to describe. It felt good to express our thanks last Thursday. I hope all you Bombers had the same experience. -Jim Jensen ('50) ~ Katy, TX - where out drought broke today ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) To: Joan Campbell Hinkle ('57) and Gary Hinkle ('56) Please know that my thoughts and my prayers are with you as you go through this terrible time in your life. I am thinking of each of you and hoping and praying that you are enduring. I know that your Molly ('79-RIP) was a wonderful woman and that she brought you much joy and happiness. Take care of yourselves!!!!! To: David Rivers ('65) Happy Birthday David. To me you are still "a little guy" that was like a baby brother to me. I hope this day is filled with great happiness and joy for you. Hugs!!!!! -Lenora Hughes Bejarano ('55) ~ Las Vegas, NV - where the weather is nice--windy for today and tomorrow and I could live without that, but the temperatures are right where I like them. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: JFK When President Kennedy was shot, I was a second grade teacher at Edison Elementary School in Pullman, WA and all three of us second grade teachers were outside on recess duty. It was hard to believe what we had heard. The students returned to class and then all were brought together in the gym to be told by the school principal that President Kennedy had died. His voice broke while he spoke and a few students laughed--they just had no idea of the magnitude of what had happened. I remember being glued to the TV for days watching all the news and funeral events. It was so sad. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ Richland - where the sun finally shown today after about two weeks or more of grey skies. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) Happy Birthday David Rivers 9'65)!!! Hope it's a great one!!! -The Heidlebaugh Kids - Jim ('65), Jo ('74) and Lola ('60) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: Bomber Birthday There is a Bomber down in the south land who puffs up in pride when he shows his hot rods. Always is designing next one. His work has many facets that give. him pride. Lawyer he is, judge at times, takes care of so many people. Remembers everyone's birthday. If you really want to see him beam in pride call him by the nickname he has always wanted to be called. He spoke of it amongst one of his birthday wishes to another Bomber in the Sandstorm recently. "Big Moose" is what he wanted to be called growing up. We who have known him have always known him as David Rivers ('65). (To me another one of my little brothers in the neighborhood on Birch in Bomberville.) Wishing you a big huge Happy Birthday Biggggg Mooosseee. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - Weather is cold, clear and Christmas is calling after a wonderful Thanksgiving shared with Bombers and a friend. Belated Happy Thanksgiving to all Bombers. Cooking dinner for Thanksgiving after years of not doing it kept me quite busy. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) Re: Quail Hollow If anyone had a loved one that resided at Quail Hollow in Richland and had some problems, please email me. -Anita Cleaver Heiling ('63) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: David Rivers' ('65) Birthday Today is his day. David is now a semi-adult. David is one of the Las Vegas valley's finest articulators. He builds great cars. He still has lots of black hair, and a flat stomach. His picture is seldom seen at the Post Office any more. He's a great friend. Happy Birthday, friend. Eat cake. Semper Fi -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Molly Jo Hinkle Millbauer ('79) ~ 3/21/61 - 11/22/05 *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/28/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marie Ruppert ('63), Roy Ballard ('63) Jeff Michael ('65), Nancy Erlandson ('67) Betti Avant ('69), Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) The day after Thanksgiving I went shopping with my daughter, Christy. It has been something we always loved to do starting when she was a pre- teenager. This year I wore her out! This may not seem like more than a normal occurrence, but this past April I had double knee replacement surgery. For the past several years shopping for a seven hour stretch with only stopping for dinner was out of the question. I am so very thankful for my new knees! The irony is I now have a permanent handicapped parking permit! Where was it when I really needed it? I rarely use it, as I feel guilty about taking a space from someone who really needs it. Anyway, if any of you are considering this type of surgery - DO IT! I can now play with my grandkids again. -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ Blue skies have returned to Richland! ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) and Nancy Erlandson Ballard ('67) To: David Rivers ('65) A happy birthday to you and may you have many more. By the way, I went by the rod shop on a Sunday on my way to Tucson and it looked like it had turned in to a X-sports rod and truck shop. Just curious. -Roy Ballard ('63) and Nancy Erlandson Ballard ('67) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes... November was a tough month for icons of our youth... JFK and John Lennon (or was it December for the Beatle?). In my first year at Col-Hi, I was working at the cafeteria during both lunches. I would leave my class in MacIntosh Hall (newly built) and dash through the construction area to the cafeteria a few minutes before first lunch. When the announcement came over the PA, I was just cleaning up. I can't remember, but it seems like it was between first and second lunch. I do recall standing in the cafeteria, nearly alone, and thinking about how this would change things. He had stood up to Cuba, which was pretty scary for us young bucks about to go into the military. What next? Would we be a courageous country yet avoid war? Time would tell! As for John Lennon, I was sitting in front of the TV in my family room in Boulder, CO with a fire roaring in the wood burning stove. I cried when they told the story of the shooting. I could not believe anyone would do such a thing. It has been repeated way too many times since then. Meaningful lives lost for stupid reasons. By the way, in my last post, I referred to people going to Mississippi/ Alabama, etc. when I used the abbrev "MS". Wasn't referring to a disease that has stricken some of my adult friends. We had planned to go again to MS in December, but that month has become too crowded to do the people justice. So, we will go in 2006. One of my pastors produced a nice DVD from the photos and videos we shot there. It is still shocking to view, after seeing it first hand. Our prayers continue to be offered for the folks that suffer there. -dj jeff Michael (65) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) How about them Seahawks? Brown is a hero again. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where we had some bright sunshine after early morning low clouds ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Mike Franco ('70) My recollections of the day Kennedy was shot were about the same as all previously reported. One kind of painful reminder is that that day is also my parents' wedding anniversary. (way to go Mom & Dad, you are up to 58 years!). I remember I was working in the cafeteria at Jefferson as a 6th grader at the time of the news. I remember the ladies we worked with were great, I remember a Mrs. House, who I think was the mother of Jim House ('63)... can anyone confirm that? Anyway, I remember all of us being sent home to a quiet, sad, mournful weekend. I later read of some who greeted the news with joy and happiness... some who hated Kennedy... anyone hear of any of that? Had short visit to Richland over the weekend... just enough time to eat some turkey, watch some football and pound some Spudnuts. Happy holidays to all Bombers! -Mike Franco ('70) *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/29/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers and 1 Lion sent stuff: Pete Reiland ('54 Lion), Patti Jones ('60) Helen Cross ('62), Jim House ('63) Doug Ufkes ('68), Nancy Nelson ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Janis Ervin ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Campbell ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Howell ('68WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Polk ('70) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Pete Reiland ('54 Lion) Re: Trailer Parks Hi. My name is Pete Reiland. I live in Richland. I didn't graduate from Richland HS. I graduated from Kennewick HS in 1954. I did go to Richland schools in the 5th grade. My daughter and son-in-law did graduate from Richland HS. I am looking for information and pictures of the Government trailer court that was on the West side of the train bridge in Pasco. I lived there in 1943. I believe that the trailer court was for people who came to the Tri-Cities and didn't have any place to live. I have checked with the museum in Pasco, but they don't have any record of it. They did have some information on a trailer court that was on the East side of the train bridge. If anyone has any information or pictures of it, (I can make copies of the pictures and will return them) please contact me. -Pete Reiland ('54 Lion) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: My mother and my brother The month of November has become a blur in time. I had quickly put in a Sandstorm entry regarding my mother earlier this month and her becoming ill while I was on the phone with her. Mom (Norma Jones) had a stroke. She has gone from the hospital to a nursing facility. For eighty-five years old she has done very well. Projections for the moment are that she will go to an assisted living facility soon. Also in Vancouver, WA. I'm feeling a little lost that I am not right there with mom. Nina Jones Rowe ('65), my sister, visits with her almost daily. You are welcome to send emails which I will forward on to Nina and she will take them to mom Many Bombers ask me often how my brother Joe Jones Winterhawk ('58) is doing. Joe has had a form of Altzheimers for the past six years. His wife moved with Joe to Redmond, WA, from California, arriving about the 7th of November. A week ago today Joe fell in his home. He was rushed to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue (I think that is where it is). From there he was taken to Harborview Hospital in Seattle. He was in intensive care until Thursday. The only thing found different in his tests is a slight bit of blood in the brain. Joe will be moved some time next week to a nursing facility. Any prayers and emails would be appreciated for Joe. I will email them on to his wife, Susanne, who will read them to Joe. This has not been an easy time for the family. I wanted to stop and take a few moments to update everyone. Your prayers have been felt since my mom went into the hospital. Appreciated by Nina and I both. A special thanks to Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) and Lola Heidlebaugh Bowen ('60) for whisking me off to lunch while I was there with mom and in the midst of packing mom's stuff. Bombers always know when to help out. Re: Sandstorm Amongst all of this month I have managed to get behind in reading the Sandstorm, then caught, behind again. Reading the Sandstorm always brings a warm smile, laughter and appreciation for All Bombers who write in about whatever they write. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA for now. Could be off to Vancouver, WA any minute or Western Washington to be with Joe. Snow is forecasted tomorrow so I am nestled in to work and get caught up (if that is possible). Maybe take doggies for a roll in the snow if the snow falls. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Where did you go when you went to Mississippi to work on the hurricane relief effort? We were at a very well organized camp run by Christians Organized Relief Effort in Ocean Springs, Miss. Our work assignments were pre-evaluated for us by their team of contractors, so when we went to a house we knew what we were to do and we had the tools to complete the jobs needing to be done. They also had an orientation meeting for all who came before they started working. It felt good to be part of this enormous task. Those poor people down there have lost so much of their very fabric of their lives, I have to admire all those who are remaining down there brave enough to build back what they have lost. And as usual you get more than you give. I was part of a very Christian team of eleven from Indiana. It was a joy to work together in an atmosphere of support, and thus we did accomplish a lot in that week. It helped that all the people we met down there were positive toward us. When we gave out meals from the church on Thanksgiving, many of the residents we went to in an area with a lot of hurricane damage told us they didn't want to take food from someone who really needed it, so we searched further to deliver our meals. We ended up giving some of them away to folks who were coming out of a Wal*Mart not far from the church. It was a blessing to be able to help in this effort, as this tragedy is as great a disaster as I've ever encountered facing our nation. We really do have a lot to be thankful for living in this nation with the freedoms we have. Let us all appreciate what we have. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Jim House ('63) To: Mike Franco ('70) "Great Lady" describes my Mother but she did not work at Jefferson. -Jim House ('63) ~ Mead, WA ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Doug Ufkes ('68) Re: Arizona Bombers Lunch/Reunion The pictures are in and it is time to write something about the Arizona Bombers. My Bomber list grew to 61 people because of the Sandstorm and approximately 30 attended the November 13th lunch/reunion at Harrah's Casino near Phoenix. Graduation classes from 1949 (Bill Hightower) to 1981 (Janet Love McKirahan and Dianne Smith) and many years in between were represented. Bombers came from all over Arizona, from Yuma on the Western border of Arizona (Gus Keeney 1957 and Marilyn DeVine 1952) to near Dragoon (Terry Ganz 1968 WB and his wife Judy) and, of course, from all over the greater Phoenix and Tucson Areas. The pictures of some of us there can be seen at A great time was had by all and it was so much fun seeing all these Bombers, so far away from where we went to school. The next reunion is on March 12, 2006, same time, same place, so all of you AZBs mark your calendar and come. For me it was great fun and I was very happy to meet all of you new Bombers and to see everyone together again, can't wait until the next one which I hope will be bigger. With an aside to Bill Hightower and Shannon Craig---write to me. -Doug Ufkes ('68) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) Re: JFK I remember i was in front of the siding curtains just finishing lunch and waiting for the curtains to open to go back to class when the announcement came about John Kennedy. It was the end of the 1st lunch session. Re: Seahawks Way to go to those Seahawks. I have always known they had it. Just took a little longer then I thought though. *lol* Re: Knee Replacements Way to go on the double knee replacements. I need them too for both knees but doctor says he doesn't want to do it for a couple more years cuz they wear out too fast. I just don't know if I can wait that long. Re: Thanksgiving Hope all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and for once since 1968 I am actually looking forward to Christmas as I will have all 6 grandkids here together at once and their parents. -Nancy Nelson Wyatt ('69) ~ in Northeastern Washington where we had snow and it's still snowing. *************************************** *************************************** That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` ******************************************************* Alumni Sandstorm ~ 11/30/05 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff: Dwain Mefford ('56), Rich Baker ('58), Burt Pierard ('59) Betti Avant ('69), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jeanne Turner ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Klusman ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sandy Clark ('71) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* ANNOUNCEMENT: Christmas ornaments are available, now and throughout the year. We have Richland Bombers, Hanford Falcons, and Richland House ornaments (A, B, C, F, H, R, Prefab, Precut, and Ranch). They may be purchased at the Richland Community Center GIFT SHOP (open 9-3 weekdays) for $5.00. Or they be ordered by mail for $6.00 each (includes shipping/handling). If you want one sent directly to a family member or classmate, just give us the word--no extra cost. Order form available at: Proceeds benefit the Richland Community Center. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Dwain Mefford ('56) Re: Knee problems There have been several entries lately about Bombers with knee problems. One year ago I had a series of three injections in my knees that have done wonders. A doctor had recommended replacement for both knees but another doctor suggested we try the shots. I am glad we did. To learn about the treatment go to and type in "chicken shots" in the search box. Chicken shots refers to the source of the fluid for the injections not to the fact that some of us are afraid of surgery. -Dwain Mefford ('56) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Rich Baker ('58) Re: JFK Assassination I was sitting in the lunch room at "D" reactor with Craig Buchanan ('57) and others when the announcement was made over the PA. All of the 100 areas (and perhaps the entire project) went to a skeleton crew the next day in observance of this tragedy. -Rich Baker ('58) ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Jeff Michael ('65) Re: MacIntosh Hall reference In your 11/28 post about the day JFK died, you refer to MacIntosh Hall as "newly built." I'm not sure what you meant there, maybe "newly named" (it was simply known as the "new building" during my Col-Hi years, '56-'59) or maybe "newly remodeled." In any event, the building construction started in July 1954 and was completed during the following school year ('54-'55) - construction pics are prominently featured in the 1955 Columbian. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland P.S. I was soundly asleep in my bunk at Atsugi, Japan, trying to get a few more minutes of "hangover avoidance" shut eye, when some guys from my squadron came back from breakfast at the Chow Hall and said the JFK news had been announced there (the morning of the 23rd for us). Naturally, I just rolled over and didn't believe them. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Well, the Olympia area at least dodged the "winter bullet" for now. They were predicting anywhere from 1-4" of snow mixed with rain last night. Instead it stayed above freezing and we got over 3" of rain instead. I had an interview yesterday and the personnel director made the comment about eastern Washington being too dry for her. I guess she visited Kennewick quite frequently growing up and didn't like laying in the grass in the evenings and it being dry where as in Shelton at night once the sun went down the grass got damp. I told her the humidity is higher in that area now because of the increased irrigation. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA - where I'm trying to dodge the raindrops this morning After this earlier post the weather changed again. Walking to the mailbox it was raining to beat the band. After I came back in and sat down to read it changed to snow. It snowed for the past couple of hours and now is doing nothing. Such is the weather these days. ******************************************************* ******************************************************* >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: NFL Bomber If you watched the Turkey day football you might have seen the Detroit Lions get crushed. That was the end for their coach. Greg Olson ('81) is promoted to offensive coordinator. Its a tough league but he gets a chance to call the plays for the offense for 5 games. Wish him luck. Re: Richland Y The famous exit out of the Richland Y is history. Now you take a big loop around to a temporary exit on the other side of the road. The old exit up the hill by the former Big Y tavern was the site of many accidents and many close ones of which I almost had. People never knew for the most part how to merge into traffic, or move out of the way to another lane. This Saturday is also the 11th annual Circle of Friends party at the Oddfellows hall in Richland. I had fun being a part of it in the early years and now just enjoy going. All proceeds go to local charities. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ In cold Richland where the snow is on the way *************************************** *************************************** That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` October, 2005 ~ December, 2005